Friday, December 21, 2012

Shego Season 2

Episodes of Season 2 of Shego.

1 (21) - The Guardian: Shego and Lee stand before Rayjin and are in total disbelief. After a small conversation,Rayjin teleports the heroes and himself back to his lookout high above the clouds. Once their Rayjin tells them about the current threat to earth and Diabeelze. He reveals that Diabeelze is just a pawn for an even greater evil and that Akbar is just a figure head and the faith is just a cult and that Damnation is a planet in another galaxy. Next he proseeds to tell Shego that she will need all the help she can get against the upcoming threat. Lee asks about himself. Rayjin tells Lee that he's not ready to combat the threat just yet,and he needs more training. Rayjin decides to train them for a short while. He also tells Shego that she has a hidden ability that needs to be unlocked. Meanwhile,back in Damnation,Diabeelze is upset that Shego got away and that Rayjin saved her. He is then visited by a mysterious voice (through an idol). The voice,posing as Akbar,warns Diabeelze that this is his last chance to conquer earth. Back at Global Justice,Drakken and Betty Director are worried about Shego and Lee,since they haven't been in contact with GJ in a while. They mention that they tried contacting them,but failed. They try again,but fail. Meanwhile,Shego and Lee are taken to a backroom area of Rayjin's lair. Rayjin shows them a fragment of the Rainbow Comet,the very thing that gave the Go's their powers. This fragment is White. Rayjin tells the Go's that it was he who sent the comet to give Shego and her Brothers powers,so that one day they can be Defenders of The Planet. Shego asks why Rayjin doesn't just defent the world himself. Rayjin explains that a Guardian is mostly a watcher and can only intervine in world events in extreme emergencies. Back on topic,Rayjin tells Lee that this fragment is meant for him. Lee is surprised. Lee touches the Comet peice and absorbs it's power (temporary ability and power emulation). Soon after the Rayjin tells them to let the training begin. Diabeelze invades earth.

2 (22) - Diabeelze's Fall: Diabeelze is met with millitary and Global Justice agents,but he kills them all. Shego and Lee's training is cut short to deal with this threat. Shego unlocks her secret ability in battle...Flight. Anyway,Shego and Lee (mostly shego) beat back the Demon after a tough battle. The heroes are teleported back to Rayjin's sky sanctuary to complete their training. Meanwhile,back in Damnation,Diabeelze is scolded by 'Akbar'. Somewhere in a far off Galaxy,on a distant Planet,a Sorcerer known as Kwang-Ki,is in contact with his master known as Kai-nokk. Kai-nokk,who's trapped in another universe,tells his minion that Diabeelze has failed misarably to secure earth and that it's his time now. the evil sorcerer smiles evily.

3 (23) - Diabeelze's Quest: Kwang-Ki is on his home world of Maa and is talking with Kai-nokk through an idol. Kai-nokk tells his minion that the earth is a gateway to all universes...even the upper and lower ones. and only a portal from Earth can free him. Kai-nokk tells Kwang-Ki that he had stolen 6 mystical "idols" from the Elder Guardians,that he intended to use to increace his own power. However,he scattered them all across the universe before he was imprisoned in the Chaosverse.  he then tells his faitful wizard that those idols are key items to his release. He concludes that once the idols are together they can open a portal to the Chaosverse,freeing him. But a ceremony is needed and it must be done on Earth at the proper time. He decides to send Diabeelze to retrieve the idols. Meanwhile,Shego and Lee have completed their training and are sent back to Earth by Rayjin. Later on,Lee has some "fun" with his powers and tries to copy the skills of his schoolmates....it fails. Shego scolds him. Kai-nokk (though the akbar idol) gives Diabeelze his new mission. Using his portal creating abilities,Diabeelze travels to the 1st of 6 worlds where the "idols" are hidden (a planet called ezrah). He eventually finds the idol deep within a swamp. Next he heads to a Planet Jihed,where the idol is given to him by Akbar worshippers. While on his lookout,Rayjin starts to get a bad feeling about the future.

4 (24) - The Quest Continues: Diabeelze is on a Planet named Boon for the 3rd Idol. He finds it in a dark forest. Back on Earth,at Middelton High,Lee gets detention for starting a fight with a jerky jock. Vice Principal Barkin wants to go out with Shego and goes to Lee for detailed information. In return,Barkin will get Lee out of detention. Lee agrees and tells Barkin what he knows. After school,Barkin asks Shego out and she reluctantly accepts. Meanwhile,on a Planet called Meijion,Diabeelze locates the 4th Idol deep under a vast ocean. Later on Earth,Shego and Lee (and drakken) are talking about the Date,while she awaits Barkin. Drakken doesn't like this. But,Shego reveals that she owes Barkin one from long ago,but assures that after tonight,all debts will be paid. Barkin picks up Shego up for their date. Drakken hopes that this date doesn't lead to something..romantic. On a Planet called Bur,Diabeelze finds the 5th idol buried deep within the rocky planet. 5 down 1 more to go. Later,Shego comes home from her date with Barkin and when Lee asks how it went? Shego tells him and says that she had a decent time,but Barkin isn't her type. Drakken is secretly glad to hear it.

5 (25) - The Ritual: Shego and Lee are at the HQ of Global Justice talking to Betty Director about that's been goin' on. shockingly,she believes it. Meanwhile,Diabeelze is on a World called Gard,where the 5th and final Idol is. He finds it in a temple,but is challenged by the temples viking-esque guards and has to fight for it. Diabeelze eventually kiils them all and gains the final Idol. He then travels back to Damnation to tell Kai-Nokk the good news. He does just this and prepares to go to earth for the ritual.  As Shego and Lee are living out their daily life at home,Diabeelze is setting up the Idols ontop of a hill outside of Upperton. After setting up,he opens a portal to Maa and Kwang-Ki arrives to help with the ritual. Kwang-Ki brings some grunts (evil monks) to prevent any and all interuptions. Global Justice is alerted (wia its universal emergency satelite) of this evil and summons Shego and Lee to stop them (she calles them via communicator). The Heroes arrive and are assaulted by Kwang-Ki's monks. The ritual is success and a portal to the Chaosverse opens,much to the heroes chagrin (including rayjin). Kai-Nokk is now freed. The Go Cousins engage Kai-Nokk and gets defeated. Rayjin appears and takes the Heroes back to his sanctuary. Kai-Nokk is annoyed at this.
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6 (26) - Evil's Origin: At his Sanctuary,Rayjin heals the duo and tells them that the Earth is in more trouble than they know. When asked,Rayjin tells the Cousins the Story of Kai-Knokk. He tells them (in a long flashback) that Kai-Nokk was once an elder Guardian. The Elder Guardians watch over the Universe as well as the World Guardians. The Job of a Guardian is to keep the balance throughout the universe. Kai-Nokk loved his job way too much and tried to takeover the Universe. He enslaved his part of the Universe and killed all who got in his way. In an act of arrogance,Kai-Nokk stole The Elder Guardian's Idols of Fate (those same 6 idols that diabeelze used to free kai-nokk) and intended to use them to increase his own power. However,the Elder Guardians decided to break their own rules and go after the Power mad Fallen Elder Guardian. They fight and the Elder Guardian's win. Defeated and a bit desperate,Kai-Nokk scattered the idols across the Universe,where the Elder's coudn't find them. Kai-Nokk was then cast into the Chaosverse,where he would remain forever...at least,until now. After the story,Shego wonders how they are gonna win against such a powerful guy. Within the Realm of Damnation,Kai-Nokk is growing weak and reveals to Diabeelze and Kwang-Ki that he needs to absorb the souls of the Universes strongest Mortals in order to keep his immortality and that if 48 hours goes buy without doing so,he will become Mortal completely..and eventually loose his powers. Kai-Nokk decides to start with Earth...and maybe even make Shego his first target.

7 (27) - Return To Damnation: Kwang-Ki asks his master how could it be that he,a guardian,has lost permanent immortality. Kai-Nokk tells his sorceror that it was a curse placed on him by the Other Elder Guardians as one of his punishments for his actions. Diabeelze tells Kai-Nokk that Akbar will help him. Kai-nokk gets annoyed and tells the him that he Is Akbar. Diabeelze is shocked. Kai-Nokk tells his 2 main minions that each day from here on out he will grow weaker and more mortal if he goes without absorbing the souls of,at least 100 mere mortals,50 extraordinary mortals,or 5 super human mortals. Kai-Nokk tells them that he wants Shego gone first,since she may be trouble in the future..after all,the human spirit is the greatest weapon a superhuman has. He tells Kwang-Ki to gather up 100 mortals and to bring them here. He tells Daibeelze to help him (mainly as a portal opener). Kain-nokk says he'll go after Shego...and drain her soul. he's taking no chances and wants to make sure Shego dies. Meanwhile,School is out for the day,and Lee is hanging out at the Arcade. He runs into trouble with some thugs and beats them up. Suddenly,Kai-Nokk appears and a battle between him and Lee begins. Lee loses and instead of taking his soul,Kai-Nokk gets a better idea. He takes Lee back to damnation. Meanwhile,Shego is battling Diabeelze and some grunts,while Kwang-Ki and another group of grunts are capturing some humans. Dr.Drakken arrives to help,but is taken out. Shego defeats the grunts but has her hands full with Diabeelze. While this is going on,Kwang-Kii takes the captured mortals and Drakken back to Damnation via a pre-opened portal. Shego tries to stop them but fails. The villians get away and Shego is pissed and wonders where the hell Lee is? She contacts Global Justice and tells them what happened,she also asks about Lee. Dr.Director tells Shego that they still can't reach him. Suddenly,Kai-Nokk arrives and tells Shego that he has Lee and if she wants him back,she'll have to come to Damnation to get him. Kai-Nokk escapes via a portal he created. Rayjin arrives and opens a portal to Damnation for Shego. Once there,Shego is met with a Kai-Nokk's grunts. She battles them and wins. The closer she makes it to Kai-Nokk's newly established palace,the stronger her foes get. Meanwhile,Kai-Nokk is draining the souls from every captured mortal except for Drakken and Lee,who he intends on draining after Shego is dead. Shego makes it to The palace and battles Kwang-Kii and Kai-Nokk. While the fight is going on,Lee and Drakken escape their emprisonment,find Shego,and help her. Lee defeats Kwang-Kii using his ability copy. Shego has a tough time with Kai-Nokk,not even with Lee's help. A portal opens and Rayjin tells them to return to earth. The heroes do just that. Kai-Nokk goes after them,but it's too late,the portal has closed. When asked about how he knew when they would need a portal,Rayjin says that he can sence the lifeforces of Earth humans..even when they are off planet. Shego is abit angry and upset for not saving those who were victims of Kai-Nokk. But,Rayjin tells her that there was nothing that she could do and as long as Kai-Nokk is alive,those who die at his hands will never be able to rest in peace.

8 (28) - The Tournament:  Rayjin is before the Elder Guardians,who talk to him about the crisis Earth is facing and feel that Shego may not be able to stop it. When asked about what to do about it,the Guardians say that they are thinking about reviving the Immoral Warrior's Tournament,where the winner gets 1 rule free request from the Elder Guardians. Shego can enter and try to win. Rayjin questions the thought,telling his superiours that its too risky. Adding that Kai-Knokk's minions or any other intergalactic evil would also be allowed to enter. And that in a ruleless fighting tournament,that's extremely dangerous...not to mention reckless. He then asks them what will they do if Kai-Nokk's guys win? The Elders say that Shego must fight twice as hard then,because they are reviving the Tournament and if she losses,so be it. Rayjin accuses them of being selfish,putting the universe in peril just to rid it of Kai-nokk,a man that they themselves have a personal grudge against. He adds that not only did Kai-Nokk steal your idols,but he also made the Elder Guardianship look horrid. And that they can't get over it. The Elders tel him enough and warn Rayjin that He will be demoted if he Ever talks like that to them again. They then tell him to get Shego ready for the tournament,which will start Next Week in the secluded island south of Thailand. So,Rayjin brings Shego and Lee to his lookout and tells them about the Tournament and its origins. The story goes like this: During the begining of the Universe,the Elder Guardians decided to hold a Universal ruleless fighting tournament for the fun of it,with the winner getting 1 free request from the Guardians. Lee questions the rule free request. Rayjin tells him that the Elders Power may be limited,but nevertheless extraordinary. Rayjin finishes his story by telling them that an Edenian Warlock known as Kai-Nokk won and got his requested to become an Elder Guardian. The Elders hated Kai-Nokk and the fact he wanted to be a one of them. But true to their word,the Guardians granted Kai-Nokk's request. But hated it so much that they decided to scrap the Immoral Warrior's tournament....until now. Rayjin also mentions that Guardians aren't allowed to participate,so it's fair game. Shego still can't believe it but she's in. She'd like to test her powers against those from other Planets. Lee wants to Enter as well,but Rayjin tells him that he isn't ready for it. Kai-Nokk also hears about the Tournament and decides to participare. Diabeelze and Kwang-Kii also want to take part in this. And so Training for the Tournament begins. When Tournament day comes,fighters from around the Universe arrive on the secluded island south of Thailand. The 5 Elder Guardian's greet the participants on the Tournament Grounds. 

9 (29) - Art of Combat: While Shego takes part in the Tournament,Lee and Dr.Drakken are there as spectarors supporting Shego. The Elder Guardians explain that each fight in the elimination rounds will be no holds barred.and that once they have 8 finalists,the main tournament will begin. And so the elimination rounds begin. Shego,Kai-Nokk,Kwang-Kii,and Diabeelze beat their various opponents and make it to the finals (along with 4 others). During that time,Rayjin once again chastises the Elders Guardians for even having this tournament. Eisneroth,the Leader of the Elders,tells Rayjin that this is the most efficiant way to get rid of Kai-Nokk and that one on of these warriors is bound to finish him. Miriza,the only female elder,warns Rayjin that it would be wise not to chastise them again. Rii-Sutan,the 2nd in comand of the grand elders,tells Rayjin that he should just feel greatful that the Guardians are providing free quality entertainment. Elder Rookus,the 3rd of the elders,says that he hopes that this will not backfire and Kai-Nokk or his loyalists win. The final elder,Haanson assures his comerad that he's positive that one of these warriors will get the job done. Rayjin warns them of  Kai-Nokk's soul absorption ability,but they warn him again not to question them.

10 (30) -  The Finalists: The 8 finalists have been announced. Besides the main Characters we have a nomadic warrior from the wasteland planet of Terkata,Melraka. Also we have a ferral 4 armed feind from the jungle world of Burijeru,Burankaa; Next is a female fighter from Edenia (kai-nokks home world) her name is Cunai. And finally,an old masked human who claims to be from Earth,it's Chigo. Shego sees Chigo and says theres something familiar about him,Lee sees this too. The card is announced and it's Kwang-Kii vs Burankaa in the first fight;Kai-Nokk vs Cunai in the 2nd; Diabeelze vs Chigo in the 3rd; And Shego vs Melraka in the forth. the fighters interact with each other backstage,while preperations are underway. Most was nasty,but Chigo seemed nice to Shego and even wished her luck. Kwang-Kii easily kills Burankaa in his fight. Kai-Nokk and Cunai have a bit of dialogue during their battle,but the Fallen Guardian beats his opponent and takes her soul. Chigo humiliates Diabeelze with his amazing skills. Though the old man decides to show mercy. Shego beats and kills Melraka and advances. Kai-Nokk chastises Diabeelze for losing. Shego looks forward to fighting Chigo and finding out who he is...though,she has a suspision. Rayjin is watching the tournament from afar and makes comrnts on it.

11 (31) - Another Go: The elder guardians announce the next fights: It's Master vs Minion in Kwang-Kii vs Kai-Nokk and Old Go vs Young Go in Shego vs Chigo. In the first fight,Kwang-Kii bows out,telling the Guardians that he has not the heart to attack his master. So Kai-Nokk wins by default and makes it to the Finals. Next is Shego vs Chigo. During the fight Chigo and Shego talk to eachother and Chigo even seems to know alot about Shego,even calling her by her real name (sheila) a few times. Shego unmasks her opponent and he turns out to be Chisao Go,Martial Arts Tournament vetreran and Granfather (on her fathers side) of Shego. Chisao reason for entering is to seek new challenges,but when he found out Shego was entering he decided that it would be fun to go incognito until the time is right to revieal himself to her. When asked,Chisao.tells his Grandaughter that Rayjin was the one who told him about this tournament and convinced him to enter. He also tells Shego that the Go family is destined for great things and that her mission,at the moment is,to save Earth. With that and more said,Chisao bows out of the tournament.

12 (32) - Final Round,3rd Rematch: Lee isn't too shocked to see Grandpa Chisao,but questions the "secret Identity" motive. Chisao sits with Lee and Drakken to watch the finals. In the Finals Shego and Kai-Nokk battle in a overdue rematch. The Elder Guardians aren't too thrilled and fear the worst. Rayjin tells Shego that she can do this,but if she fails,the whole Universe may be doomed. Its a bitch of a match,but Shego finally beats Kai-Nokk.The Elders are surprised and ask Shego for her Request. Shego tells the Elders to Take away Kai-Nokks soul stealing ability,that way,he'll be less of a headache next time he decides to attack earth. The Elders Question Shego asking her if she would rather have them kill Kai-Nokk instead? Shego tells the Elders that she kinda liked fighting Kai-Nokk and would like to fight him again,but assures them that She'll end Kai-Nokks life soon enough. And so,the Elders grant Shego's request and take away Kai-Nokk's soul stealing abilities. Unlike the Elders,Rayjin is satisfied with Shego's request. After the Tournament,the Go's and Drakken are at Rayjins lookout,Drakken is impressed at his surroundings. Rayjin congradulates Shego on a job well done and tells her that now that Kai-Nokk no longer possesses his Soul absorbtion technique,the fallen Guardian has been dealt a serious blow. Chisao tells his Grandaughter that he will be retiring from the tournament scene and will be going back home to his wife,who misses him like mad. After a touching reunion,Drakken takes Chisao home in his hover jet. Shego is reminded by Lee to review the events of the tournament to Global Justice tomorrow. 

13 (33) - Damnation Mission: Kai-Nokk blasts Diabeelze for failing so misirably at the tournament and abuses him verbaly and physicaly. After that,Kai-Nokk goes to recharge his power via the Idols whilst he comes up with the next plan. It's noted that he's been doing this ever since he was freed. Meanwhile,Rayjin is infront of the Elder Guardians once again. the Elders still haven't forgiven Rayjin for questioning them in the past. They tell Rayjin to send Shego on a quest to Kai-Nokk's fortress on Damnation for their Sacred Idols. Rayjin agrees to do this,but only because Kai-Nokk still has great use for them. So,during a sunny saturday afternoon off,Shego and Lee are called into action by Rayjin. Shego and Lee fight through Damnation and eventually through Kai-Nokk's fortress. They fight Kai-Nokk and his minions and eventually find the idols. When Rayjin sences their success,he opens a portal home for them. Soon after,Shego and Lee return to their time off activities. Rayjin is reluctant to give the 6 idols back to the elder guatdians,due to a hidden lack of trust. But he does it anyway. The Elders notice Rayjins reluctance and question his loyaly to them. Rayjin calls their accusations idiotic and tells them to keep the idols in an extremely safe place. This angers the guardians,as they hate being told what to do. Rayjin leaves. The Elders concider making Rayjin an enemy of theirs. Meanwhile,Diabeelze is facing major verbal and Psysical abuse by Kai-Nokk for failing even bigger this time.  Quang-Kii never gets blame due to his record. After Kai-Nokk leaves,Diabeelze vows to make everyone pay...Shego,Rayjin,and yes,even Kai-Nokk.

14 (34) - The Rebellion: Lee,having a strong sence of justice as always,busts up a nasty bully for picking on Jim and Tim Possible. Because of this Lee is suspended from school. Shego is miffed off and asserts,for the first time,her guardian athority,so she grounds him. Lee isn't too thrilled and even argues with his older cousin. Meanwhile,Without the power to steal souls or sans the Idols,Kai-Nokk grows weaker by the day. Diabeelze and Kwang-Kii are summoned by Kai-Nokk,who has come up with a new,yet simple,plan: Have Diabeelze open portals to various worlds and have a full scale attack on earth. Diabeelze refuses and tells Kai-Nokk that he's done being his "portal boy" and is ready to take back his roll as Master. He tells Kai-Nokk that he realises now that he's a false Akbar and the real Akbar must be appeased. ASfter a heated arguement the 2 battle. Meanwhile,Shego and Drakken are at Global Justice. Shego is helping Drakken with his newest invention,the Zone Tunneler,a bazooka sized and shaped device that can open portals,though only for a short while. While working,the 2 chat about Lee. Back in damnation,Diabeelze and Kai-Nokk are still battling. It's more of an even fight,due to Kai-Nokk's condition. Kai-Nokk is defeated and is at the mercy of  Diabeelze. Kwang-Kii tries to help his master,but is ganged up on by the grunts,who had made a pact with the Devil lord. Kai-Nokk swears vengence,but Daibeelze tells his weaken ex-master that he gives the orders now. Kwang-Kii is forced to swear allegence to Diabeelze and refuses,so Diabeelze fights him..and wins. After Kwang-Kii swears allegence to him,Diabeelze goes ahead with Kai-Nokks plan,but has his new minions steal The Quartz of Quadra,a mystic crystal,from the World Space Museum in Huston,TX. That crystal can give diabeelze the ability to open multiple portals at once. They hit the museum,but encounter Shego. Shego is soon joined by Lee,who overheard GJ give Shego the mission over the comunicator,Shego blasts him for eaves dropping and tells Lee that she'll deal with him later. The cousins beat the bad guys,but fail to secure the Quartz of Quadra. Rayjin appears and isn't pleased,due to the alien crystal having the ability to increase ones abilities greatly. Shego tells Rayjin that she'll go retrieve it later,just as soon as she's done dealing with Lee. Meanwhile,Kwang-Kii is training the grunts,while Diabeelze is making Kai-Nokk get intouch with Akbar worshippers from other worlds,telling them about the Earth invasion. Meanwhile,The Elder Guardians sence that Kai-Nokk is growing weaker than expected and will soon no longer be a treat,but excitingly await what happens next.  

15 (35) - The Quartz of Quadra: Shego,with nothing better to do at the moment(crime is at a low),seeks info about The Quartz of Quadra. Dr. Director tells Shego that the Crystal was found abandoned in the sands of Quadra,one of Mars' deserts. Once found it was brought to the World Space Museum. The origins and real name of the crystal are unknown,but some have speculated that it isn't of this Galaxy. Rayjin gives her a different take,saying that the Quartz of Quadra is in reality,The Qway Crystal,one of Kai-Nokk's old toys that he had forgotten about. He explains that,when the Elder Guaridans trapped Kai-Nokk within the Chaosverse,he accidently dropped the crystal and it landed on mars. Its also revealed that the Guardians battle with Kai-Nokk took place in the milky way centeries ago. When Shego asks if she has to go to Damnation Again to get the crystal,Rayjin tells her that the Elder Guardians want to see what happens to earth now and has forbid him and Shego to interfere. However,after thinking it over,Rayjin decides to have Shego to retreive the crystal anyway..for the safety of Earth. Shego hates Damnation,but if its to save earth,she's gonna do it. After Shego retrieves Lee (who's recently been ungrounded) and Dr.Drakken (with his Zone Tunneler),,Rayjin opens the portal to Damnation once again and Shego's mission begins. Meanwhile,Kai-Nokk is finishing up his telepathic talks with the various Akbar worshippers from around the Universe. Kai-Nokk gets exausted after 10 hours of telepathic contact. Shego and Co. raid Kai-Nokk's palace and defeat the badguys. Shego manages to almost kill Kai-Nokk in his current state. Lee got extremely lucky and killed Kwang-Kii by using the sorceror's own deadly abilities against him. Shego defeats Diabeelze,but the battle is tough since the demon is using the power of the Quartz of Quadra/Qway Crystal. Shego retreves the Crystal and,thanks to Drakken's Zone Tunneler,head back to Rayjin's place on earth. Once on Earth,Shego gives the Crystal to Rayjin when told. After this mission,Shego hopes that she never ever has to visit damnation Again. Soon after,Rayjin is brought before the Elder Guardians,who are pissed at his insubordination. As payment,they demand him to give them the crystal. Rayjin tells his superiors that it had to be done to save Earth and that it was his civic and Moral duty as Earth's guardian to do so. With that said he breaks the Crystal so that it can never be used again. This pissess off the guardians farther. After Rayjin leaves,the Guardians vow revenge.

16 (36) - Spring Break: Shego and Lee are at the beach,enjoying their time off. Yes,Shego gets vacation time and it's spring break,so Lee is out of school. Dr.Drakken is there too. Meanwhile,Diabeelze gets into an arguement with Kai-Nokk over the last plan and Kwang-Kii's death. Diabeelze beats up Kai-Knokk again and forces him to telepathically contact all of the Akbar worshippers to tell them that the Invasion of Earth has been postponed due to incompetent minions. Kai-Knokk does this,though reluctantly. And so the Invasion is posponed. As Diabeelze leaves for Earth to seek out any ideas for an evil plot,Kai-Nokk schemes to take back power,by using his last resort,a small vile of liqud called 'The Juice of Jerichol'. This item was kept by Kai-Nokk in case of an emergency. The Juice of Jerichol grants the drinker (of the entire vile) either immortality or instant death. Of course,Kai-Nokk stole this from the Elder Guardians when he was one himself. Kai-Nokk takes a chance and drinks the small vile. And to his surprise,Kai-Nokk's power and immortality are restored. He then teleports to Earth to get his revenge. The Elder Guardian's sence this and are furious. So pissed,that they decide to take matters into their own hands. Rayjin also senses Kai-Nokk and,to say the least,is not happy. He also doubts that Shego would be a match for Kai-Nokk now. While Shego and co are enjoying Spring Break,The 5 Elder Guadians go to Earth to face Kai-Nokk. Rayjin senses them and wonders why the Elders have come to earth. Kai-Nokk finds Daibeelze observing the Japanese from a rooftop and confronts him. The 2 then fight. The fight is interupted by the Elders,who send Diabeelze back to the Realm of Damnation. The 5 Elders confront Kai-Nokk. After harsh words are exchanged,the fight begins...with thousands of on-lookers. The Elders defeat Kai-Nokk and strip him of his immortaliy they then add insult to injury by beating the fallen Elder Guardian again. After nearly killing him,The 5 Elders send Kai-Nokk back into the Chaosverse,where he will stay forever. Satisfied that their most hated has been defeated once and for all,the 5 Elder Guardians return to their home to plot vengence against Rayjin. Rayjin isn't very optimistic about the future and feels that the Elders are plotting something.
 
17 (37) - Deal with A Devil: Diabeelze stands infront of the Elder Guardians. the 5 transported him to their sanctuary (known as watchers pandora,located in the center of the universe). The 5 Guardians,fed up with Rayjin,recruit's him to defeat Rayjin and to bring him here for "mortalization". And in teturn,The Guardians will make Diabeelze Lord of Earth. They claim he'd make the Earth alot more awesome to watch,if this happens. Diabeelze questions this at first,but then comes to the realization that it must be Akbar's will for him to help the Guardians,so he accepts. After the 5 increase the power and abilities of the demon,he leaves to do his job. Meanwhile,Shego is infront of a Parole Board,who have decided to aquit her of her past crimes,but warnns her that the next time she commits any wrongdoing,she will be put to Death. After the hearing,Shego,Lee,and Drakken go out to celebrate. Diabeelze arrives at Rayjin's lookout and is emediately attacked by the Earth's guardian. After dialogue,the fight begins. Diabeelze wins and brings Rayjin back to the Elder Guardians. Meanwhile,Lee and Shego are shooting Hoops in the park,with Drakken keeping score. After,the 3 decide to head back to Shego's appartment for dinner and a flick. Suddenly,Global Justice calls to tell Drakken that he's needed in the labs pronto. Drakken uses the teleport belt to teleport back to GJ. Back at the Guardian's sanctuary,a  weak Rayjin and the Elder Guardians are arguing over  eachothers attitude. Soon after,Rayjin has his immortality taken from him. Diabeelze then sends Rayjin back to Earth,where he can live out the rest of his days as a common mortal. And So Diabeelze is made the Supreme ruler of Earth. A weak and Mortal Rayjin goes to Shego for help and she reluctantly agrees. Diabeelze broadcasts his plans all over the world by remotely hijacking a global satellite (ailen technology is like magic,folkes). Shego watches the broadcast and it's on all channels. Shego and co leave for Rayjin's sanctuary to confront and kill Diabeelze. Shego and Lee battle Diabeelze and defeat him with Rayjin's help. Feeling that (even with his new powers) he has disgraced Akbar completely,Diabeelze decides to comit Suicide,but to take the Good Guys with him. Diabeelze uses his Chi to turn himself into a sub-atomic bomb. He explodes and takes with him Rayjin's sanctuary and Shego,Lee,and Rayjin with him...or so the Elder Guardian's think. At the last split second,Shego used her teleport belt to trasnsport herself,Lee,and Rayjin back to Global Justice.
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18 (38) - The New Guardian: When The Elder Guardians find out that Shego and Rayjin are still alive,they are annoyed,but decide to move ahead to their next task..Rayjin's Replacement. They Choose Foojin,Rayjin's Brother as the Earth's next Guardian. Foojin tells the guardian's that he is their personal servant and will do what ever it taskes to make the Earth more to their liking. Foojin isone of the fastest,if not the fastest,guy in the Universe and an arrogant one too. Meanwhile,Rayjin is staying with Drakken,who is still living with the Possibles. Drakken convinced them to put the former Guardian up for a while. After reconstructing the Rayjin's sanctuary,Foojin  begins tormenting the population for his own amusement. Shego and Lee are called into action by Global Justice to stop the New Guardian. Rayjin tags along. Rayjin and Foojin have a bit of "reunion". Shego and Lee have a tough time with their advisary and lose. Foojin's speed overcame them. Foojin escapes. Watching from their Palace,The Elder Guardian's love what they see. Meanwhile,Dr.Dakken has finished his latest project,a Slowbro Ray,a gun that can slow even the fastest down. When another Foojin sighting is found by GJ, Shego and Co take Drakken's new invention and go challenge the Guardian. They win,thanks to Drakken's weapon. Lee emulates Foojin's ability to use at a later date. Later,after the effects of the Slowbro Ray wear off,Foojin is infront of the Elder Guardians and is blasted for his incompetance and weakness. They then decide that Earth doesn't need a Guardian and strip Foojin of his title and,when he tries to attack the 5 elders,his immortality. Foojin attemps to attack the Elders again,but is killed. The Elders decide it's time to teach Shego a Lesson themselves and end her life...as well as Rayjins. Nobody interfears with the Guardian's and lives.

19 (39) - Human Spirit: The Elder Guardians decide to get revenge against Shego,Lee,Drakken,and Rayjin and attack them while they are all at the Possibles for Dinner. The heroes battle the 5 Elder Guardians all through out middleton. Shego and Co. eventually lose the tough fight against the Elders. However,instead of finishing them off,the Elders decide to let them live. They find Shego and Lee worthy and exciting opponents. The Elders still havent forgiven Rayjin for opposing their methods. But the 5 Elders decide to be lenient towards Rayjin,just this once,and restore his immortality and title of Guardian of Earth. They then get a cool idea of a Guardians Fighting Tournament and even invite Rayjin to join. Rayjin tells the Guardians that the tournament is an interesting idea and accepts. The Guardian's leave,but tell Shego and Lee that they will do battle again someday. It's safe to say that The Elder Guardians were humbled a bit that night.

20 (40)- Shego Begins: While chilling at home,Lee asks Shego about how she became mixed up with Drakken. Shego tells him. After being sick of not getting paid and even more sick of abiding by an anti-brutality rule,Shego rebels against Team Go and leaves them. Looking for a quick way to make big bucks,Shego answers a newspaper ad by Dr.Drakken,who was looking for an assistant. So Shego takes the job. Her first criminal act for Drakken was to steal some Super Uranium from a lab in Japan. After completing the Job,Shego found a life of crime awesome and decided to stick with Dr.Drakken. Shego loved crime so much,that from time to time,she would go on her own personal crime sprees. Shego commited crimes all over the world. Some were minor,but most of it was major. It wasn't long until Shego became one of the Worlds most wanted criminals. Shego was unstoppable..that is until she met Kim Possible. And now you know the rest of the story. After the Flashback,the Go Cousins get a call from Global Justice telling them that they are needed to stop a super powered thug in Beijing. The Go's leave for battle. This is another flashback episode. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Disney XD: Better as an all Animation Network?

Y'know. After observing the Disney Channel and Disney XD for a bit,I made an obvious realisaion. This is something that I've shoud've seen before,but was too focused on The Hub and my rage against the network machine to see it. 

And that is: Aside from Fishhooks and the Canadian Crapola,Disney's Animated shows are the best thing that they have on the air these days. Most Cartoons that Disney airs are either Good or decent.I've also looked up some of their upcoming cartoons,most seem good or,at least,interesting.

So what am I getting at? Well,considering that their Animated shows are better,I think Disney should turn Disney XD back into an Animation only network. This move wouldn't only be intellegent,but also logical. Because the fact is,The animated stuff has 4x the ratings that the teen sitcoms have. It's true.  

Sadly,Bob Iger and his retarded cronies see things a whole different way. They see shitty shows like Zack and Cody as a great way to keep good ratings on XD and Teenybopper shows in general,as a Goldmine. But see their animated shows as a way to make a quick buck. God,no wonder Nicktoons Network is kicking Disney XD's ass so much.

Disney XD is a failed experiment that needs to become an all animation network again. The hell what Stewart Snyder and his minions say.An all animation TV Network is Not,i repeat,NOT a Lameass thing.

Disney XD needs to be an all Animation network. It's the only way to save that poor pitiful,piece of crap of a Network. Save the Teen Sitcoms for The Disney Channel (after all,that's what that network is for).

Disney,It's time you changed for the better. I hope and pray it's sometime next year (though,I'm not holding my breath)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Rise, Fall & (Possible) Rebirth of Sailor Moon! Part 10 - Closing!

It is now time for the closing statements from the Founder of The ACF!

First,I would like to thank Dragonranger aka Jason for this great series and hope he makes more in the future.

I've been a fan of Sailor Moon ever since 1996,when it was on the USA network. A great buddy of mine got me into it and at first,I didn't wanna watch it,automatically condeming the series as a girly show. But,i was wrong and was hooked on the show ever since. 

Sailor Moon was the very thing that made me rethink my position on female heroes. Before Sailor Moon,I didn't think highly of female heroes (or female warriors in general),but thanks to Sailor Moon,that changed.

But that's not all,because of Sailor Moon,I got into other animes and eventually Toonami. I was thrilled when I first heard that Sailor Moon would be on Toonami :D. Anyway,Sailor Moon also got me into other "female hero" shows,such as Xena: Warrior Princess. Sailor Moon was my first anime and to this day one of my all time favorite shows.  

Sailor Moon has influenced and inspired me in many ways,so it isn't just another Anime to me,it's something special. Something I will never ever forget or deny. And I'm not the only one either,as Sailor Moon inspires and influences hundreds of thousands around the world. The Moonie count is higher than you know.

So,thank you Naoko Takeuchi. Thank you for creating such a great series. Heres to another 20 years of Sailor Moon. 

And that,my friends,concludes The Rise, Fall & (Possible) Rebirth of Sailor Moon! I hope you all enjoyed it.

(Sailor Moon English ending theme plays)

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Rise, Fall & (Possible) Rebirth of Sailor Moon! Part 9 - Rebirth!

Since the end of the anime and the cancellation of the english dub, Sailor Moon has been grounded in Japan in 2004, after Toei put the entire franchise into lockdown, causing tension between them and Sailor Moon's creator, Naoko Takeuchi. But, Sailor Moon's influence in anime has resulted into the creation of more Shojo or Magical Girl animes like Pretty Cure, Cardcaptor Sakura, Negima and Tokyo Mew Mew.

But the question is, what about Sailor Moon herself? Back in Japan, there was a live-action version of Sailor Moon, which is almost true to the manga itself, but with a few, minor changes. Back in the good ol' US. of A, and as I stated before, because of the lockdown, the english distributors have let their licences expire, no plans for a Sailor Stars dub with all the controversy that went with it and some fans have given up on Sailor Moon, including the members of the S.O.S., Save Our Sailors Campaign, stating that Sailor Moon will never, EVER, come back to American shores again.

All that changed on May of 2009, when FUNimation, the famed anime distributor, known for their dubs of Dragon Ball Z, Baki the Grappler, Kiddy Grade, Blue Gender, Negima and so much more, did a survey on which anime they dub next and one of the choices were a "redub of the entire Sailor Moon series", which includes dubbing the final season, Sailor Stars. That choice blow every moonie's mind, even yours truly.

It seems that FUNimation has a sudden interest on Sailor Moon and try to make it stay true to the original japanese verision, a lesson Gen Fukunaga's people learned the hard way when they did their dub of Dragon Ball Z long ago, when Ocean Group called the shots with the first dub. By the time FUNimation break off from Ocean Group and became their own company, they did redubs, their way.

Since then, FUNimation's power level was OVER 9000, no pun intended, when they did dubs of other animes and learned one valuable lesson, never mess with the original, and they've been doing it ever since. So far, the survey has since closed and no word on when FUNi will do a Sailor Moon redub

I did a video series on it once on how FUNimation redubs Sailor Moon. Unfortunently, my videos were removed by Toei, stating it violated copyrights, which is not true. I was trying to reach the olivebranch with both Toei and Naoko-chan over Sailor Moon, but Toei snapped it into two and spit in my face for it. It seems that Toei started a crackdown on all Sailor Moon related videos on YouTube, making it harder for us moonies to speed up Sailor Moon's return.

Sailor Moon can't be in lockdown forever if Toei continues their outright defiance against the fanbase, just to appease Viacom and their war against YouTube and the users who like to post their videos for fun and not for profit. Despite this, Sailor Moon was being revived in every single country, starting with Italy. Meaning if this continues eleswhere around the world, we hope and pray the U.S. is next. But only time will tell.

Fast forward to September 13, 2011, Kodansha, the manga company responsible for the Sailor Moon manga, decided to reprint the entire series, including its prequel, Codename: Sailor V (which at the time wasn't published into english). By the time the re-releases of the manga, it got rave reviews and it was selling like hot cakes. Speaking of hot, Sailor Moon merchandice was poping up everywhere, clocks, action figures, posters and of course, t-shirts sold by the store called Hot Topic.

And on top of this, it was announced on July 2012 that a new Sailor Moon reboot anime will be released in the summer of next year, 2013 and according to my sources, this reboot will stay true to the source-material from the manga.

The manga being re-released and a new Sailor Moon anime reboot are awesome and all that. But, the only Sailor Moon will ever truly be revived in the states if all 200 episodes of the original anime should be re-released,redubbed and uncut, including its final season, Sailor Stars. Then, and only then, Sailor Moon's journey back will be complete. Let's keep hoping.

Before I go, let me tell you how Sailor Moon got me into the art and animation business today. I've been a fan of Sailor Moon since 1995 and never stopped loving Ol' Moonface. Yes, its true she is a ditz, there is no secret to that.

But, when it comes to friends, family and saving the universe, she may not have the fighting spirit of Rekka no Ryo (Ryo of the Wildfire) or the wisdom of Optimus Prime, but just like the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz, she has courage and she will not hesitate to stand up for her friends and her family. And that statement couldn't be more true, Sailor Moon represents one of my 5 virtues: Courage. The other virtues and the characters that represent them are:

Optimus Prime: Wisdom
Batman: Resourcefulness
Ariel the Little Mermaid: Love
Rekka no Ryo (Ryo of the Wildfire): Rightgeousness

And if it wasn't for Sailor Moon, I wouldn't be in this art and animation business today. And whenever I hear Terri Hawkes says "Moon Prism Power," I will always think of her as the heart and soul of Sailor Moon and that's saying something.

Bottom line, Sailor Moon is one of the greatest icons of anime, always have, always will be. Let's hope our dreams of a redub come true. Until then, in the name of the moon, I salute you, Meatball Head. And I hope for another 20 years of Moonie Goodness. Thanks for everything and....

A Very Happy Anniversary to our Favorite Magical Girl Series,Sailor Moon. Here's to another 20 years.

Stay tune for some closing statements from ACF's Founder....with a surprise guest.

(Mega Man X8 victory theme plays)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Rise, Fall and (Possible) Rebirth of Sailor Moon! Part 8 - Controversies and Cancellations Gallore!

Even though this anime was awesome, Sailor Moon isn't no stranger to controversy, not just in the original japanese version, but in the english dub, too. Let's begin, shall we.

For starters, let's talk about the awkward gender-bending situation. Since I know much about the english dub more than the japanese version, I will start with it first. Let's start with the changing of genders on some characters, namely Zoicite and Fish Eye.


In the original japanese version, Zoicite was originally a man. But when the english dub came out and to avoid problems with the relationship between Zoicite and Kunzite (Malachite), ol' Zoi was changed from a man to a woman. They did the same thing to Fish Eye when they did the Sailor Moon Super S dub, even though in the original, Fish Eye is a young boy who was in touch with his femimine side.

I'm guessing gay relationships in anime was taboo at the time. It's also woth noting that for some strange and unknown reason,Gran Zirconia had her gender changed. She was a woman in the original,but a male in the dub.

Anyway,back to the subject on Gay Lovers. In the original version, Sailors Uranus and Neptune were depicted as lesbian lovers. But, when they dubbed Sailor Moon S, just like and unlike the Zoicite/Kunzite relationship, they went from lovers to cousins. But, the one gender-bending situation that was ultra-awkward was the gender of the Sailor Starlights.

In the original manga, they were women, through and through. But when Sailor Stars came out, although they were women, they made them men in their civilian disguises, and that angered Naoko-chan and she still has been a bit bitter about this ever since.

And that and that alone, is why Toei put the anime in lockdown for many years, causing the english distributors to lose licencing and why we didn't get a Sailor Stars english dub. That, and every single editing in every single episode of the english dub of the anime itself, from toning down the violence, to censoring some nudity and every other form of censorship known to man.

Since then, many fans of Sailor Moon has given up on the anime, the character and the whole franchise itself, even those of the now debunked (and defunct) S.O.S., Save Our Sailors campaign, fearing that they lost all hope for Sailor Moon....or do they?

Next time, the epic conclusion. Does Sailor Moon return, or has Moonface has become the victim of corporate greed in their quest for the extinction of all animation? Stay tuned to find out. Until then, Stay Gold and Godspeed.

(Marvel vs. Capcom Game Over theme plays)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Rise, Fall and (Possible) Rebirth of Sailor Moon! Chapter 7 - Arrival in the States!

With 200 episodes, 3 movies, 5 specials under its belt, Sailor Moon became one of the most popular animes in all of Japan. When it was released elsewhere in the world, most of the episodes remained intact. But, here in the states, Moonface's path there was a long, difficult road and here's why.

It all began in the 90s. Toei was making bids to companies to bring Sailor Moon to the states and first ones to get was not only Renaissance-Atlantic Entertainment, but also Bandai (who made the Sailor Moon dolls in Japan) and Toon Makers. Their idea for Sailor Moon back then was a live action/animated hybrid t.v. show. A 17 minute pilot and music video were made and shown to Toei but they rejected it flatly, stating that it will cost more to make an original show than exporting and dubbing actual anime itself. According the Cartoon Encyclopedia that I read at the school library once, this show was described as "a cross between the Babysitters Club and She-Ra." And because Renaissance-Atlantic did music with Saban, after aquiring Super Sentai footage, which ultimately became Power Rangers, this version of Sailor Moon was mistakenly called "Saban Moon." This idea never came to into fruition beyond the pilot and the music video, although some of the merchandise for that version were used years later, including the Moon Cycle.

Not long after, somewhere down the road, Renaissance-Atlantic lost the rights to do Sailor Moon, and ended up with DIC Entertainment, now called Cookie Jar Entertainment. DIC, who were known for such cartoons like Inspector Gadget, The Littles, MASK, and cartoons based on video games like Super Mario Bros. and Sonic the Hedgehog, decided to give Sailor Moon a shot and unlike the Toon Makers' version, this one is a an english dub of the anime itself. Years before Sailor Moon, DIC did an english dub of an anime before, which was Knights of the Zodiac, which was a kid-friendly, edited, english dub version of the ultra-violent anime called Saint Seiya, one of many animes done by the same people who did the Sailor Moon anime, Toei Animation, Co. Ltd. To make it happen, DIC did a short promo on the anime itself, saying that it's bigger and popular than Power Rangers and Ninja Turtles combined. In the promo, some things were different that what we see the anime now. For instance, the Sailor Senshi's civilian names were different from the actual english dub today:

Sailor Moon - Victoria
Sailor Mercury - Blue
Sailor Mars - Dana
Sailor Jupiter - Sarah
Sailor Venus - Carrie

Luckly when the anime came out, the names were changed to the ones we know today:

Sailor Moon - Serena (Short for Serenity)
Sailor Mercury - Amy (replace the "I" for Ami and added the "Y" and her english last name was Anderson, but it was mentioned in one episode before going back to Mizuno.)
Sailor Mars - Raye (her name pronounciation is the same, except her first name is spelled R-A-Y-E and not R-E-I.)
Sailor Jupiter - Lita (a pun for lightning or named after Leda, one of Jupiter's moons and not related to the ring name of former female wrestler, Amy Dumas.)
Sailor Venus - Mina (DUH! It is short for Minako. Artemis calls her Mina in the manga. So, there is no change to her first name, sort of.)

Although they weren't in the promo, but appeared in the later seasons of the anime, here is the rest of characters' english names:

Mamoru Chiba - Darien Sheilds
Chibiusa - Rini (Short for Serena, just like Chibiusa is a nickname for little Usagi, so...nuff said)
Sailor Uranus - Amara
Sailor Neptune - Michelle (alternate english name for Michiru)
Sailor Pluto - Trista

The only character whose name isn't changed is Hotaru Tomoe (Sailor Saturn). However, they mispronounce her last as To-Moe and not its proper pronounciation, To-Mo-E.
 
And of course, Tuxedo Mask at the time was called "The Masked Tuxedo," which was either a nod or a rip off of Masked Rider, the english equivelant of the japanese action show, Kamen Rider. After all, Kamen is japanese for mask and Kamen Rider means Masked Rider, go figure.

(clears throat) Anyway, the anime itself wasn't released until September 11, 1995, not only around Sailor Mercury's birthday, but also 6 years before the tragegy that is 9/11. When Sailor Moon first aired, it was on Fox Kids as a sneak preview. The episode they showed was "The Return of Sailor Moon," the storyarc that began the anime version of Sailor Moon R, that was the filler season known as the Doom Tree Saga. But, somewhere in the middle of fall, the actual anime was released in syndication. When the anime started from the first few episodes, they had a Star Wars-esqe crawl that reads:

"From a Far Away Place and Time, Earth's Greatest Adventure is About to Begin."

Second of all, not only the original music was done by Don Perry Music, but the Sailor Moon theme in the english dub was their take of the theme from the original japanese version, Moonlight Densetsu. It was sung by Brynne and Nicole Price. The tune of Moonlight Densetsu was there, the only difference was the lyrics. The same thing happen many years ago when Speed Racer (Mach GO GO GO!) came to the states. Just like Sailor Moon, the music from the intro of Speed Racer was the same like the original japanese version, the only thing different was the lyrics. Anyway, the original japanese version had decent songs like Ai No Senshi and Moon Revenge. But the english version a decent list of songs, too like My Only Love, Oh, Starry Night, Rainy Day Man and my personal favorite, She's Got the Power. And why that song is my favorite, because of one man, Stan Bush. That's right, boys and girls, the same Stan Bush who did the songs, Dare and The Touch for Transformers: The Movie. I always assume that there would be a Sailor Moon/Transformers through Stan Bush. Moving on.
 
From the first season to all way to the Ayakashi sisters reformed, the first 82 episodes of the english dub were released that time. Here is an interesting fact on the english dub's production, Fred Ladd, who was the creative consultant for Sailor Moon, was also the one responsible for being classic animes like Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atom), Kimba the White Lion and Gigantor (Tetsujin 28) to the states. After the first intial run, the show was cancelled until it was brought back by Cartoon Network in 1998, thanks in part by a internet group known as S.O.S., Save Our Sailors. Not only the first 82 episodes, but also the rest of episodes of the Sailor Moon R arc, which at the time were called "The Lost Episodes." However, after the last episode of the Sailor Moon R saga, DIC lost the dubbing rights to Sailor Moon and ended up on the door step of Cloverway, an international branch of Toei Animation. Under Cloverway's direction, they dub the episodes of both Sailor Moon S and SuperS, and with some controversial edits, which I will mention later. They were plans for a dub of the last season of Sailor Stars, but due to lockdown by Toei and english licencies expired their licences on the property itself, it didn't happen. From the 200 episodes from the japanese version, only 159 episodes were dubbed, some were edited for content. Speaking of which, I talked about the good, but let's talk about the bad. Although the voice acting was good, some of the writing is a bit akward at times, the original music is a bit different for my taste, except for the transformation theme, the senshi theme, the riffs of Tuxedo Mask, etc. and of course, the editing. The FCC had a field day with this, including muting death scenes, including turning the two part finale of season 1 into one episode. Kids gotta learn about life, and show them that its not all sugar-coated, if you get my drift. In the DIC dub, they use to do a short segment called Sailor Says. You all know that I grew up with action cartoons that have life lessons after every episode like G.I. Joe, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Centurions, The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and so on and so forth. Of all the animes that have life lessons at the end of every episode, except for The Return of Sailor Moon, Sailor Moon was the first. One more thing, when Cloverway took over they dub, they maintain the music from the original japanese version, but the damage was done.

Bottom Line, the english dub of Sailor Moon is like a double-edged sword. Despite the name changes, the editing, original music, and everything in between, it was still a decent anime to watch and if it wasn't for this dub, we would never had the chance to look up Sailor Moon's past and know its differences between the dub and the original japanese version.

Next time, I will talk about the controveries around this wonderful anime and the reasons it got grounded in Japan for many years after the dub was cancelled. Until then, Stay Gold and Godspeed.

(Street Fighter Alpha Stage End theme plays) 
 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Rise, Fall and (Possible) Rebirth of Sailor Moon! Chapter 6 - Sailor Senshi, Front and Center! Part II - The Villains!

Last Chapter, I talked about the main cast of the series. Now, I will talk about the villains from all 5 storyarcs. Like I said, if I don't much info on the characters from the Sailor Stars arc, I am sorry. Anyway, let's get under way, shall we?
 
Sailor Moon (Original)
 
The Dark Kingdom

The Dark Kingdom are the main villains of the first storyarc. They are the ones responsible for the demise of the Moon Kingdom. Queen Serenity banished them, but they were reborn on Earth, to renew their conquest of the entire universe. To drain they energy of the humans to revive their empress, Queen Metallia, they use monsters call Youma, who could either disguise themselves as humans or come out of everyday objects.

Queen Metallia: The true ruler of the Dark Kingdom. No one has ever saw her face, but her power has no limit, which was the case when she leveled the entire Moon Kingdom and not even the Sailor Senshi was powerful enough to stop her. Years later, she was a shadowy figure and not as powerful as she was and needed energy to live. But she served as Queen Beryl's convidant. In the english dub, she was
referred to as the Negaforce.

Queen Beryl: Metallia's right hand. She led the charge against the Moon Kingdom under Metallia's command. She monitors everyday activities on Earth. She rarely goes into battle, but she sends her henchmen to do her dirty work, namely her four dark generals, the Shintennou, which means Four Heavenly Kings in japanese. In the manga, the Shintennou once served Prince Endymion in the past. But in the anime, they are no different as typical anime villains, doing the dirty work for an evil queen. In the manga, she was killed off by Sailor Venus. However in the anime, she merged with Metallia to be one powerful, super-being but ended up killed off by Sailor Moon and the power of the Silver Crystal.

Jadeite: The first dark general. His mission was to drain all the life energy at all life, which he did. But, his plans were thwarted time and time again by Sailor Moon. His Youma are usually shapeshifters, who abduct humans and disguise themselves as their captives (e.g. Morga, the first Youma, kidnaps and disguises herself as Naru's mother). But, his fate was in both the anime and manga. In the manga, he was killed off by Sailor Moon and Sailor Mars by means of the Moon Tiara Action/Akuryo Taisen combination. However, in the anime, after his constant failures by the hands of the Sailor Senshi, Queen Beryl puts him into eternal sleep forever. Although the weakest dark general, I often think of him as my favorite and here's why. In the later years, I use to watch an anime called Ronin Warriors, which is the english version of Yoroiden Samurai Troopers and one of the main villains of the show was the evil emperor, Arago (Talpa). I picture Arago as the japanese equivelant of Darth Vader, the main villain from the Star Wars series. So, what this got to do with Jadeite, you ask. His english name, Jedite, almost sounds like Jedi and in my mind, I picture Jadeite as Arago's apprentice. Heck, I did a drawing and a photomanip of it once. If Jadeite was done right, he would be a evenly dangerous foe to Sailor Moon and possibly Rekka no Ryo (Ryo of the Wildfire). Bottom Line, Jadeite is my favorite because his english name sounds close to the name Jedi and wishing to be Arago's apprentice. As Yoda once said, "No more, no less. A master, and an apprentice." His name came from the jade stone of the same name.

Nephrite: The second dark general. He has the power of the stars and constellations at his command. His Youma are mostly from the objects he touches and when the host touches, they become evil to the core until their energy reaches their peak and thus, the Youma comes out, leaving the victim in a temporary coma. To hide his operations, he goes under the guise of socialite and businessman, Masato Sanjouin (Maxfield Stanton). During his time as Masato, Nephrite meets Naru and he slowing develop feelings for her, and here is where his fate is different in both the manga and the anime. In the manga, he was killed off by Sailor Jupiter. However, in the anime, Nephrite revealed his true character to Naru, only to get killed off by Zoicite and his Youma while protecting Naru. Just like Jadeite, his name comes from the jade stone of the same name. His english translation to his name is Neflite.

Zoicite: The third dark general and a confusing one I might add (more on that later). Trained by Kunzite, Zoicite is as dangerous as Jadeite and Nephrite combined. Assigned to look for the Silver Crystal, Zoicite was in search for the 7 Rainbow Crystals, which form the Ginzuishou or Silver Crystal. Zoicite's Youma are mostly the ones who were human until the Rainbow Crystals were removed. Unlike the other Youma, Sailor Moon can't destroy them. The power of the Moon Stick can restore the Youma back to normal. Zoicite was later killed off by Queen Beryl for disobeying her during his quest for the other Rainbow Crystals. Zoicite is also Kunzite's lover, where in the manga, he is not, just a close friend and confidant and this is where the confusion comes in. In the english dub, Zoicite was changed from a man to a woman to avoid controversy, which I will talk more some other time. His name comes from the mineral stone of the same name.
 
Kunzite: The forth dark general and the most powerful one I might add. He joined Zoicite in their quest to find the Rainbow Crystals. But, after Zoicite was killed off, Kunzite was assigned to look for the Silver Crystal. At the time, he had a brief rivalry with Prince Endymion, who was brainwashed at the time. Just like Zoicite, Kunzite's Youma were mostly human. But unlike Zoicite's Youma, Kunzite manipulated the humans to obey his every move. He was killed off by Sailor Moon by the power of the Silver Crystal. His name comes from the spodumene of the same name. His alternate english name is Malachite.
 
Sailor Moon R
 
The Makaiju Tree: A tree that once was powered by happiness and love. But, when the remenance of the Dark Kingdom came to its world, it free for its life. Most of the tree's inhabitants died, except for two survivors, Ail and Ann, who didn't learn the qualities of life, only jealousy, hatred and power. The tree crash landed on Earth and lusts for energy. To do that, Ail and Ann use monsters called Cardians to drain the humans of their energy so the tree will survive. In the english dub, it is known as the Doom Tree.
 
Ann: The female Makaiju alien. Whenever she sees Ail with another girl, she gets real jealous. Her jealousy is measured for her hatred for all humanity. However, after the Makaiju was reborn as a seedling, her hatred was long gone and she and Ail went to other worlds, so the tree will grow with happiness and love. To hide her true persona, she and Ail disguise themselves as humans to they don't attract attention.
 
Ail: The male Makaiju alien. Unlike Ann, Ail is a calm thinker. He was born with hatred, but after his time on Earth, he learned about friendship and love. He is also a skilled flute player, whether its impressing the girls or summoning Cardians. Just like Ann, he too, disguises himself as a human to hide their true motives. His english name is Alan.
 
*The Makaiju Tree and its aliens never appeared in the manga. The Makaiju Saga was an anime only filler story, while the Black Moon arc was still ongoing in the manga.
 
The Black Moon Clan
 
Born from the rogue moon known as Nemesis, the Black Moon Clan were born for one purpose: to destroy and rule the entire Earth. They left Crystal Tokyo in ruins, but in order to take it over further, they must change the past in modern day Tokyo. The Black Moon Clan's members has a black, upside down crescent moon insignia on their foreheads, which contracts with the regular crescent moon insignias from those of the Moon Kingdom. There were called the Negamoon Clan in the english dub.
 
Wiseman/Death Phantom: The leader of these rogue band of misfits. Though hidden in shadow, the Wiseman is very wise and powerful at the same time. Although very loyal to the Black Moon Clan, his true motives was to rule the universe by himself. Just like Queen Beryl, he likes to pulls the strings on his victims, whether its Chibiusa or Prince Demande himself. In the english dub, he is known as the Doom Phantom.
 
Crimson Rubeus: The first member of the Black Moon Clan to attack Tokyo in the present. In order to change the future, Rubeus has to go after the crystal points which become the future sites of Crystal Tokyo. He often sends not only the Black Moon Droids, their band of monsters, but also the Ayakashi sisters, to do his dirty work. He died after failing to seize control of the crystal points and kidnap Chibiusa and was left for dead by Green Esmeraude.
 
Green Esmeraude: The next in line of the Black Moon Clan to continue where Rubeus left off. Though elegant, Esmeraude is nothing more than a prima donna. She is mean, often jealous, and in all the years of anime, has the most annoying hyena-like laughter I have ever heard. She was later killed off after the Wiseman turned her into a dragon, which near wrecked all of Crystal Tokyo, only to be stopped by Sailor Moon. Her name was alternated to Emerald in the english dub.
 
Blue Saphir: Prince Demande's right hand and little brother. Very loyal to Demande, he never leaves his side. Unlike Rubeus and Esmeraude, he isn't cold and calculating since he never got involved, fully, in the Black Moon Clan's plans of conquest. When Esmeraude was killed off, and the rise of Black Lady, Saphir became of suspicious of the Wiseman's treasonous actions and he paid the ultimate price. At the time when he was alive, he was romatically involved with the oldest Ayakashi sister, Petz. His name was alternated to Sapphire in the english dub.
 
Prince Demande: The heir of the Black Moon Clan and the Wiseman's right hand. At the time, he was cold and calculating, especially manipulating his foes with his third eye. Unlike Hiei from Yu Yu Hakusho, Demande uses his third eye to not only attack, but also uses it to hypotize, especially using it on Sailor Moon. Speaking of whom, he was often smiting with Sailor Moon at the time, for she does resemble Neo-Queen Serenity, her future self. But, after Saphir warned him about the Wiseman's treachary, Demande learned that the Wiseman was using the whole Black Moon Clan and turned on his master. Like all the others, Demande has died at the hands of the Wiseman. His name, like the others, was alternated to Prince Diamond.
 
Black Lady: Chibiusa's dark side, influenced by the power of the Dark Crystal and the Wiseman. When the Wiseman kidnapped her and through his dark lies, Chibiusa was convinced that her parents and the senshi don't love her no more. Infused by the power of the Dark Crystal, she went from a wee, little girl, to a dangerous femme fatale. Unlike her younger self, Black Lady uses her dark powers through her Lunasphere from her parasols to her dark version of Badminton. But her evil was short-lived, thanks to Sailor Moon and the power of the Silver Crystal and she was back to normal. In the manga, Chibiusa's redemption was totally different. When Sailor Pluto sacrificed her life to save her, Black Lady fought off Wiseman's control, changed back to normal and becomes Sailor Chibimoon. Her english name is Wicked Lady.
 
 
Ayakashi Sisters
 
The Ayakashi sisters are more beings from the Black Moon Clan, who began as henchmen of Crimson Rubeus. Their powers mirrors that of the Sailor Senshi themselves. In the manga, they were evil through and through until they were killed by the senshi. But in the anime, they reformed and live normal lives.
 
Koan: The second youngest. She was the first one to carry on the Black Moon Clan's evil plot and kidnap Chibiusa. Her Blue Flame powers mirrors that of Sailor Mars. Her hairstyle resembles cat ears and wears a pink jumpsuit with purple pinstrips and a tutu. A pink jumpsuit with a tutu? That's almost like the same outfit Melvin Junko wore before he was expose to toxic waste and became a hideously, deformed creature of superhuman size and strength known as the Toxic Avenger. Her english name is Katzy, which explains her cat ear like hairstyle.
 
Berthie: The youngest sister. Her ice powers mirrors Sailor Mercury's and she dresses up like a futuristic aerobics instructor, Richard Simmons, eat your heart out. But when she goes incognito, she dresses a bit elegant. Her english name is Birtie.
 
Calaveras: The second oldest. Just like her other sisters, she is obsess with beauty and is extremely jealous. Talk about beauty being skin deep. Although she doesn't have Sailor Venus' powers, her whips mirrors the Love Me Chain very well. Whip it, whip it good like the song from Devo. Her name was shortened to Avery in the english dub.
 
Petz: The oldest sister. At the time, she is as ruthless as Rubeus and her sisters combined. Back then, her weapon of choice was a dark-powered scepter, that looks like Sailor Moon's Moon Scepter but powered by the essence of the Black Moon Clan. But it was destroyed by the senshi by means of their ultimate attack, Sailor Planet Power. Her dark thunder powers mirrors Sailor Jupiter's. It was later revealed near the end of the story arc that she had a romantic relationship with Blue Saphir. Her english name is Prisma.
 
*During its intial run of the english dub in the states, the Dark Kingdom, Makaiju and Black Moon Clan were one, whole universe. Or in this case as, the Negaverse. In otherwords, in the japanese version, they were separate factions, but in the english dub, they are united as one whole Dark Kingdom, so to speak.
 
Sailor Moon S
 
The Death Busters
 
The Death Busters are the next line of villains in the Infinity arc. This group of villians combine dark magic with those of science. Their sole mission was not only revive the Messiah of Silence, Mistress Nine, but also summon their lord and master, Pharaoh 90. To do that, they create their batch of monsters called Daimons, or Heartsnatchers in the english dub. These Daimons were created from their Diamond Eggs, which when fused to a non-living object, it becomes a monster. By summoning their Daimons, they could steal the Pure Heart Crystals to use their energy to revive and summon their masters. Too bad the Pure Hearts were not mentioned in the manga, only in the anime. In the english dub, they are called the Bad Behaivor Bureau.
 
Prof. Souichi Tomoe: As I explained earlier in my last blog, he is the father of Hotaru Tomoe a.k.a. Sailor Saturn. When Hotaru was left for dead and he was scarred badly after an experiment to contact another world went awry, Tomoe made a deal with the Germatoid to save Hotaru, provided that he serve the dark forces. Since then, now possessed by the Germatoid, Tomoe now founds the Death Busters. He is mostly human in the public eye, but at his secret lab underneath the Mugen School, he hides in the shadows, so to speak. When Mistress Nine came to be, only to be dealt with by Sailor Moon and Sailor Saturn and with the arrival of Pharaoh 90, he was mortally wounded and the Germatoid was destroyed in the process. In the manga, he died. But, in the anime he was alive and was normal, but was shown briefly in one episode of Sailor Stars.
 
Kaorinite: Tomoe's assisant and a very powerful witch. She was the first one to carry out Tomoe's plans to steal the Pure Heart Crystals. In one moment, after stealing Sailor Moon's broach, she was killed off, only to be brought back to life. When the Witches 5 took over, Kaorinite stayed in the sidelines with Tomoe. She was killed off, permanently, when Mistress Nine was revived. In the manga, she was killed off by Sailor Moon. Her name was alternated to Kaori Night in the english dub.
 
Mistress Nine: The Messiah of Silence herself and the dark side of Hotaru Tomoe. She was revived after the Death Busters kidnapped Sailor Chibi Moon and drained her of her life force. Her reign was short-lived after Hotaru was reborn as Sailor Saturn.
 
Pharaoh 90: The ruler of the Tau Nebula itself. In the manga, he had a physical form. In the anime, he was only seen as a anthropormorphic black hole of some sort and wasn't that menacing like in the manga.
 
Witches 5: 5 witches doing the bidding of the Death Busters. After Kaorinite's first death, they took over the Pure Heart operations. Only Eudial and Mimete uses the Daimons, the last three attack on their own lonesome. In the manga, they were Daimons to begin with, they were never truly human.
 
Eudial: The first witch and leader of the Witches 5. She uses her large injector gun to extract the Pure Hearts. She attacks mostly with her flamethrowers. She is the only one who extracted 2 of the 3 Outer Senshi Talismans. But her victory was short-lived when the Holy Grail was revealed and Sailor Moon defeated her. Eudial met her end when she died of a car crash because of Mimete's sabotage. She is called Eugeal in the english dub.
 
Mimete: The nerdy witch. She usually targets young, attractive men. Her Stage Fright attack paralyzes her foes. Just like Eudial, she can use her Daimons to do her dirty work. Fortunentely, Mimete met her end when entered the big screen by means of her power device, but was killed off by Tellu, when she pulled the plug on her, literally. "No honor among thieves" as they say.
 
Tellu: The third witch. She uses plants to steal the Pure Hearts. But, she was killed off when one of her plant monsters, Hyper-Tellum, ate her and then exploded. She is called Telulu in the english dub.
 
Viluy: A tactical genius, just like Sailor Mercury. She uses a master computer to steal the Pure Hearts. But when she gets down and dirty, she uses her Mosaic Blaster from her nano gauntlet. But with all her technical know how, she was killed off when Sailor Moon shattered her gauntlet and got dissoved by her own attack.
 
Cyprine/Petirol: The last member of the Witches 5. She has the ability to split into two. She and her twin, Petirol give the phrase, "Double your pleasure" a bad name. Even their twin power was cut short when the senshi use their own power against them.
 
Sailor Moon Super S
 
Dead Moon Circus: They make look like a regular group of circus performers, but appearances can be deceiving. They come to Earth to steal Dream Mirrors for the sole purpose of staying alive and gain immortality.
 
Queen Nehellenia: The ring leader, no pun intended, of the Dead Moon Circus. She is obssessed of staying young forever. So much she wanted to get the golden mirror, but couldn't because of her evil ways. She was eventually free and continue trying to get the golden mirror but was turned into an old woman was sealed up in her mirror, leaving the Earth forever. She didn't return until Sailor Stars, when she was brought back by Sailor Galaxia by using Sailor Saturn's Star Seed and used Mamoru as a pawn to destroy the Senshi. However, her returning evil was short lived. Thanks to Sailor Moon, Nehellenia discovered the love and kindness she never had and she was turned into a child to begin life anew.
 
Zirconia: The figurehead of the Dead Moon Circus, who Nehellenia put in charge. A little old insect-like alien creature, Zirconia was assigned to find Dream Mirrors to free Nehellenia. However, once the Golden Crystal was found and Nehellenia was freed, Zirconia met her end. Her name was taken from the elemental metal called Zirconium.
 
The Amazon Trio: The first henchmen sent by the Dead Moon Circus. Zirconia turned a hawk, tiger and fish, into humans, doing the circus's bidding stealing Dream Mirrors, . They were very loyal until Zirconia pushed them aside of the Amazoness Quartet. They later gave their lives to save Sailor Moon. They were later turned into humans by Pegasus and left peacefully to Elysion. In the manga, they were evil to the core and were destroyed by the Senshi.
 
Tiger's Eye's: The leader of the trio. He targets younger girls. He attacks with his whip and knives.
 
Hawk's Eye: No relation to the original Hawkeye, Clint Barton. Anyway, No info on him but he does attack with fire, when he blows his small torch. And just like Tiger's Eye, he also targets young girls.
 
Fish Eye: Unlike his two co-horts, he focuses on men. He attacks with knives, but poorly, but does have a water beam attack. Just like Zoicite, Fish Eye is a man in the original japanese, but was turned into a girl in the english dub to avoid anything relating to gay relationships.
 
The Amazoness Quartet: These 4 young vixens took over after the failure of the Amazon Trio. They got their powers from 4 orbs, given by Nehellenia herself. They not only powers that mirrors that of the senshi, pardon the pun, but makes them young forever, just like the Dream Mirrors that would make Nehellenia young. They were very loyal to the Dead Moon Circus until their powers were drained to empowered Zirconia to fight the senshi, but to no avail. After seeing the truth, the Quartet shattered the orbs and help the senshi defeat Nehellenia by switching the Golden Crystal with a pineapple. They have sinced disappeared to live a life of peace. In the manga, they were revealed to be senshi themselves and Sailor Chibimoon is their leader.
 
Ves Ves: The youngest; counterpart to Sailor Mars.
 
CereCere: The oldest and the most mature; counterpart to Sailor Venus.
 
JunJun: The tomboyish one (not in a Sailor Uranus kind of way) ; counterpart to Sailor Jupiter.
 
PallaPalla: The second oldest but a bit childish; counterpart to Sailor Mercury.
 
Sailor Moon Sailor Stars
 
Shadow Galatica: The final group of enemies in the entire series. Formed by Sailor Galaxia, this group of Sailor Senshi gone bad came to Earth to steal the Sailor Crystals, the Star Seed or life spark of the Sailor Senshi themselves. They disguise themselves as talent agents as their cover. The only members of Shadow Galatica that were in the manga were Sailor Heavy Metal Papillion, Sailor Lethe and Sailor Mnemosyne. But I am focused on the ones from the anime. So let's begin, shall we? And like I said, don't expect much info on them cause I never saw the final season or read the later manga chapters.
 
Sailor Galaxia: The leader of the Shadow Galatica. In the beginning, the fought for the side of good until Chaos, the being she was fighting against, possessed her. With Chaos within her, Galaxia ravaged the entire galaxy to get want she wants, the Star Seeds. She along with her followers killed off all of the Sailor Senshi except for Sailor Moon, who she had to fight against. Galaxia was later defeated when her Star Seed, in the form of Sailor Chibi Chibi Moon, help Sailor Moon defeat Chaos and free Galaxia from Chaos' influence. Afterwards, the senshi were revived, the earth is restored and Galaxia departs in peace with the Star Seeds.
 
Sailor Animamates: The loyal minions of Sailor Galaxia, whose Star Seeds were removed to survive. In the anime, they were real senshi. But in the manga, they killed another senshi from their homeworld to become Sailor Senshi to please Sailor Galaxia. But they were killed off later on by Galaxia. Their members consist on Sailor Iron Mouse, Sailor Aluminum Seiren, Sailor Lead Crow and Sailor Tin Nyanko.
 
Well, I guess that's it for the characters then. Join us next time as I talk about Sailor Moon's arrival in the good ol' U.S. of A. Until then, Stay Gold and Godspeed.
 
(Sailor Moon R eyecatch music plays)

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Ultimate Boss: The FCC

Welcome to another instalment of 'Ultimate Boss'. A segment that basically informs the viewers about how I would do things if I was the boss of,well....anything.

I never thought,in a billion years,thet I'd be doing this. However,recent events have forced me to do this. Ladies and gentlemen,on this edition of the Ultimate Boss,I'll be focusing on the one and (thank jesus) only Federal Communications Commission aka The FCC.

Like most things that made the 2K transition,the FCC has become terrible. Once the keepers of Balance in the various realms of Entertainment,the FCC has now become both stupid and lazy. Here I'll list some of the things they've done.

- Force SatAm TV to become way too Child Friendly. they do this by needlessly censoring the shows.

- They allow the Media Organizations to do whatever the hell they want....Including decimating the purpous of their Networks.

- They only censor the stuff that they themselves feel like censoring. Lazy!

- They are not too friendly towards Animation..unless it either for Adults or Little Children. Stupid!      

- They are somewhat Christophobic.

Now,here's a list of things that I would do if I was in charge:

- First thing I'd do is levy a fine against any Network that airs Reality Shows. They'll be forced to pay 1 Million bucks each time they air a Reality Show.

- Force the Media Organizations to Kerep (or restore) the Main purposes of their networks.

- Be more friendly toward Animation.

- Force the ABC,Fox,and The CW to create Quality SatAM blocks.

- Place a ban on Canadian Cartoons..

- Censor stuff that needs to be censored.

- Kick Porno and Erotica out of Mainstream Entertainment.

- Allow Christian Entertainment to have a place within Mainstream Entertainment.

- I'll Force the Network Executives to do their jobs right.

With these,I'll restore Balance within the Realms of Entertainment. .

Well that's all for now. Next time on The Ultimate Boss. WWE.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

More Modern-Day Cartoons That I Like

Awhile back I listed Cartoon Shows from this day and age that I like. Well,here's another list.

Legend of Korra: I haven't seen much of this show,only a few episodes. Despite this,I liked what I saw. The storylines were well writen and the Artwork is fantastic. The series also has a darker feel to it. The creators themselves did a great job evolving the Avatar world and Korra hereslf is a cool character. Though,I'm not much of a fan of her team. This is because I got into this show late in the seeson and never really had much of a chance to get to know them. However,despite how great this show is,I still like the Original Avatar better. 

Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes: Like with Korra,I got into this show late in the game. But I've been hooked ever since. Love the storylines,artwork,and action scenes. This show reminds me a lot of those Sunday Morning cartoons that I used to watch (and like). Which is kinda appropriate,since the show does air on Sunday Mornings. Bottom line,Avengers: EMH is a great show that both Marvel fans and Action Cartoon fans should never miss. Avengers Assemble!

Ultimate Spider-Man: Ultimate Spider-Man was a show that I've wastched since it's premier. I love Spider-Man cartoons and loved this show. My favorite aspects of this show were the artwork and action scenes. But,the very best part about this show is the special guest Heroes and Villains. Unlike the previous 3 Spider-Man cartoons (animated series,unlimited,and spectacular),this show seems to favor comedy more than drama. Not that's a bad thing. The comedic scenes may be a bit cheezy at times,but I like it. The only thing I hated about this show was the fact that Spidy has to work with a team. Now don't get me Wrong,I like Power Man and Iron Fist,but Spidy is way better when he works alone. These Super Heroes should've been guest stars instead. Anyway,Ultimate Spider-Man is a great show.

Tron:Uprising: Tron Uprising is an Animated series based on the Tron movies. The show is very good. I haven't seen much of this show (all thanks to ditzney's scheduling problems),but I was impressed at what I did see. 3D works extremely well with Tron...it's also appropriate. Tron Legacy is one show that fans of animation will love.

Motorcity: This show surprised me. At first I thought It was gonna be a Canadian Abomination (seriously,can you blame me?). But I was wrong. Not only was this show American,but it was entertaining. Not much to say about this show,except that its a fun watch.

Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters: An American variation of the Deul Masters Anime series. This is the Hubs latest original show and it is superb. The artwork and storylines are very well done. And the action scenes are fun to watch. Kaijudo is a show of excellent quality and gives me hope for an American Pokemon show.

Gravity Falls: Another show that surprised me.  Gravity Falls is Disney show that has some elements that is so unlike the Modern Disney. This show has adventure,mystery,creepiness,monsters,and some dark humor (to go with the regular humor). The show also contains plot twists. My only gripe is the artwork. I'm not sure I like it. But,I do like this show and I know a lot of you will as well.


Kick Buttowski: I know it's not a new show,but it's still qualifies as a Modern cartoon I originally hated this show thinking it was a Canadian Abomination,until I watched some epidodes. This show has some pretty high entertainment value. I think it's save to say that,besides Fishhooks and the kiddie crapola,all of Disney's Modern Cartoons are good.


When I find more Modern Cartoons that I like,you can expect another list.


Friday, July 27, 2012

20 Years Ago - NBC kills Saturday Mornings and the Rise of the Animation Crusader!

Even though the 2012 Summer Olympics in London is on this year. Although I will watch it, if I have a chance, but that is not the reason for this blog.

20 years ago today, before, during and after the 1992 Summer Olympics at Barcelona, Spain, NBC did the unthinkable.  They cancelled the Saturday Morning cartoon block and after the games ended, they show the weekend edition of the news show, Today, that and added mostly teen shows.  Through the years that followed, I thought NBC was the only network would not show cartoons.  Boy, how wrong I was.  In the late 90s and into today, other networks like ABC, CBS, FOX, WB (now called the CW), and even those of the cable and satellite variety like USA, Sci Fi (now called SyFy (See-Fee)), Colours TV followed NBC's example and removed every single cartoon block, just to appease Soccer Moms, Watchdog groups, and Politicians who deemed animation, whether its American cartoons or Japanese anime, as too childish, violent and doesn't make a lot of ratings than reality t.v. and talk shows combined.  Since then, all regular t.v. is showing nothing but talk shows, court shows, the morning news, paid programming and reality t.v..  Look, I nothing we got cable, satellite and the internet to watch our favorite cartoons, I know, I got DISH Network, but what about those who can't afford the luxuries we got.  All they could see is nothing by Jerry Springer and Maury (by the way, what's the point of watching the same paternity and lie-detector shows anyway, they are as repetative as the later stages in a video game, no offense, TOM-Z).

TOM-Z: None taken.

Anyway, I say those networks have made a big mistake, removing those cartoon blocks that we watch not just saturday mornings, but also on weekday mornings and afternoons and sometimes on sundays.  And don't get me started on CW4Kids Toonzai! To this day, it is the only cartoon block on the air on regular t.v., showing nothing but Sonic X and Yu-Gi-Oh! reruns and not to mention the edit "edit" versions of Dragon Ball Z Kai, you know, the ones with a blue Mr. Popo, which the FCC made because they acted racist, which is stupid.  Sad part about this is that without competition, CW4Kids Toonzai is just boring.  Sad being alone on the top, huh?  But, there is one silver lining in this. Any other person would feel helpless and powerless to stop this sad change.  But not me.  I am different, I am exceptional.  Because of those corporations, it put me in the path that I am today.  Fighting for the rights for all animation and give every single Soccer Mom, Watchdog group and Politician a big, fat "SIT ON IT!". Animation does have a future, not just today, not just tomorrow but forever.

I may have not stop NBC when I was a kid.  But now that I am older and wiser, I am ready to make a difference.  I just hope when people read this, they will know this story and will pass it on for years to come. Until then, Stay Gold and Godspeed and...

SIT ON IT, NBC!!!

*Happy Days theme plays, then transitions to in the middle of the theme into Overture theme from Tron: Legacy*

Fade Out

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Dragon Ball Z Facts

Ok. So to make up for the canned Dragon Ball Retrospective. The American Cartoon Federation proudly presents: Dragon Ball Z Facts

Let's Get Started!

Piccolo is actually only four years older than Gohan. Namekians grow and age much faster than Humans or Saiyans, seeing as how Piccolo was already nearly full-grown by the age of 3.

The Saiyans and the Tuffles/Tsufurians waged a 10 year war for Planet Plant known as the Saiyan-Tuffle/Tsufurian war.

Vegeta would technically be the "King" of all Saiyans instead of the "Prince" because his father was killed by Frieza, thus making him the rightful heir to the throne. However, he most likely does not call himself King out of respect for his fallen father.

Broly, the Legendary Super Saiyan was born with a power level of 10,000. This is comparable to most Saiyan elite warriors!

Goku is terribly afraid of needles.

In Dragon Ball Z, not counting movies or specials, Goku only killed two villains, Yakon and Kid Buu.

Cooler, the main villain from movies five and six owns roughly 256 planets. His younger brother Frieza owns up to 79, if not more.

The popular internet meme "It's Over 9000!" was actually a dubbing mistake. It was originally over 8,000 but in the Ocean Dub, they accidentally say 9000. Even now the Funimation dubs use 9000 as reference to the popular meme.

After he fuses with Kami, Piccolo temporarily becomes the most powerful Z Fighter in the series. He surpasses the Super Saiyan powers of Goku, Vegeta, and Future Trunks.

Bulma goes through 17 hair style changes through out the Dragon Ball series.

Cell is the only main villain that Goku never bites during battle.

There are over twenty five variants of the Kamehameha.

Majin Buu is over 5 million years old.

Goku never actually came face to face with Dr. Gero in Dragon Ball. In fact, he was never mentioned until in Dragon Ball Z.

Future Gohan, the alternate timeline version of Gohan, was the only Saiyan character to ever battle with one arm. The Namekians Piccolo and Nail and the Earthling Tien managed to battle with one arm as well.

King Kai's pet monkey, Bubbles, is a reference to Michael Jackson's pet monkey, who is also named Bubbles.

Dragon Ball Z Kai doesn't not cover The Final Sagas of the Dragon Ball Z series.

Counting movie specials and Dragon Ball GT, the Spirit Bomb has been used exactly eight times in all of the Dragon Ball series.

Gohan, the son of Goku, was officially born on May 11th, 757 Age (A.D.).

Goku's home address is actually given, it is 439 East District.

Kid Buu would technically have the highest body count in the entire Dragon Ball series, as he killed millions if not billions of beings before his introduction in the latter half of Dragon Ball Z.

Broly is the only Saiyan capable of transforming into a Legendary Super Saiyan.

Vegeta almost always addresses Goku by his Saiyan birth name, "Kakarot", but has on rare occasions addressed him as "Goku". Vegeta says the name "Goku" only eight times.

Bulma's last name is "Brief".

Nappa originally did have hair, as seen in the special, Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku.

Master Roshi is 354 years old at the end of Dragon Ball Z.

Future Trunks is one of the few primary Z Fighters to have never used the Kamehameha wave, a trait he shares with his father.

Technically, Gohan defeated Vegeta, not Goku. Gohan falls onto Vegeta while reverting from his Great Ape form, nearly killing the Saiyan Prince.

Old Kai is approximately 15 Million years old during the events of the Majin Buu Saga.

There are three types of Android. They are: Cyborg, Total artificial construct types, and Bio-mechanical.

Pui Pui is named Pocus in the manga, another reference to "Cinderella".

Kai and Kaioshin are born as Shin-jin/Shinian.

Piccolo is one of the only two characters in the Dragon Ball universe to have killed the main character Goku (the other being Cell). Although in both cases, Goku sacrificed himself to save the world.

Dragon Ball turned 25 years old on the 3rd of December 2009. It first was released in Japan on that date back in 1984.

Akira Toriyama stated his favorite character to be Piccolo.

Zarbon is responsible for advising Frieza to eradicate the Saiyan race, thus causing the ensuing genocide and setting the plot in motion for future wars and conflicts.

Ginyu Force mercenary squadron member Guldo's official alien race is Bas-jin/Basian.

Dabura's ultimate fate differs between the manga and anime. In the manga, Dabura is sent to heaven as he would have enjoyed hell. However, in the anime, he is additionally altered to an extent of becoming very flamboyant in heaven.

Rumor has it that Dr. Brief [bulma's dad] and Dr.Gero were academic rivals.

It's also rumored that Dr.Gero was the one responsible for turning Mercenary Tao into a Cyborg.

Dragon Ball Z and One Piece had a cross-over known as "Cross Epoch", which was created by both Akira Toriyama and Eiichiro Oda. This special manga appeared in Japan's Weekly Sh┼Źnen Jump on December 25th, 2006.

Goku and company appeared in a special known as Goku's Fire Fighting Regiment, which taught fire safety to kids in Japan.

Vegeta was born in 732 Age.

Baby is the only main villain whom Goku has defeated as a Super Saiyan 4. The rest of the main villains, Super 17 and Omega Shenron, Goku defeated in his child form. Goku did defeat Eis Shenron as a Super Saiyan 4, although Eis was a supporting villain.

Frieza originally kills the Namekian boy Cargo in the original manga, but his murderer was changed to Dodoria in the anime.

Tien Shinhan has fought every major Dragon Ball Z villain except Frieza for the obvious reason that he was dead at the time.

Piccolo was the strongest Z-Fighter in the series on one occasion. This would occur after he fuses with Kami during the Androids Saga, evidently making him more powerful than all of the Super Saiyan characters.

Future Gohan is killed instantly in the manga, while in the anime his fight and death is shown in great detail.

Akira Toriyama created the concept art for the Super Saiyan 4 transformation seen in Dragon Ball GT.

Yamcha is either severely injured, killed, or already dead in every saga of Dragon Ball Z.

Saiyan's hair styles never change from the day they are born.

The Saibamen that battle the Z Fighters all have the same power level as Raditz.
Goku has achieved every level of Super Saiyan (canon or not) with the exception of the Legendary Super Saiyan form.

The first characters seen with the ability to fly are Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu.

Yamcha has never made it past the quarter-finals of the World Martial Arts Tournament.

Piccolo is by far the tallest Z Fighter at 7'4".

Krillin has six incense burns on his forehead from his time training to be a monk at Orin Temple.

Akira Toriyama created a short lived prototype for Dragon Ball called Dragon Boy.

The space inside the Hyperbolic Time Chamber is part of a completely different dimension.

The second battle between Goku and Vegeta occurs exactly 200 episodes after their first one.

Garlic Jr. is the only villain to succeed in using the Dragon Balls to wish for immortality.

Goku, Bulma, Oolong, and Yamcha are loosely based on the main characters from the Chinese epic, Journey to the West.

Korin Tower is said to be higher than any airplane can reach.

Goku has only won one World Martial Arts Tournament despite participating in six of them.

Oolong never finished his classes at the Southern Transformation Kindergarten causing him to only stay transformed for five minutes at a time.

Yamcha is a professional baseball player for the Taitans team.

Goku's death in the Cell Games Saga was an attempt to shift the focus of the series onto Gohan?
the Garlic Jr. Saga is entirely filler created for the anime.

Goku is completely pure of heart, preventing him from being harmed by the Devilmite Beam, and allowing him to control the Spirit Bomb.

Grandpa Gohan was killed by his adoptive Grandson after the young Saiyan had transformed under the light of the Moon.

Akira Toriyama has stated that Launch did not appear in the manga after the Piccolo Jr. Saga because he forgot she existed.

Launch's "Bad girl" form was the inspitation for the look of the Super Saiyan form. 

Goten got a makeover later in life to keep him from looking so much like his father.

Piccolo was only three years old when he fought Goku in the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament.

King Piccolo, after he was given his youth back, destroyed Shenron as a display of his power.

Mr. Hercule Satan does not die in all of Dragon Ball, despite his weakness.

The Sacred Water atop Korin Tower is just normal water, as the true benefits come from capturing it from Korin.

The anime known as Dragon Ball consists of the first 16 volumes of the Dragon Ball manga, while Dragon Ball Z consists of the latter 26 volumes.

Daikaioh, in his position as Grand Supreme Kai, ruled over the entire universe and all other Kai and Supreme Kai.

Master Roshi's Immortal Phoenix died of food poisoning from some bad bird seed.

Mr. Popo has served under every Guardian of Earth.

Emperor Pilaf successfully invented a Dragon Radar Proof Box to prevent the Dragon Ball Gang from finding the Dragon Ball he had collected.

Because of his fetish for T&A,Master Roshi is unable to ride on the Flying Nimbus Cloud. You need to be pure in both mind and heart to ride it.

Namekians can regenerate limbs.

There are 2 special classes of Namekian: Fighter and Healer. Fighters are natural gifted warriors and healers are hatural healers, There is a super special Namekian breed called The Dragon Clan. These Namekians are super intellegent and are able to create Dragon Balls. There are also Normal Namekians,who don't have any special skill..aside from limb regeneration

Korin was called Whiskers the Wonder Cat in the Harmony Gold Dub.

Vegito's name comes from Vegeta combined with the Japanese form of Goku's Saiyan name, Kakarotto.

Namekians reproduce asexually by extracting eggs from their throats.

Goku and Piccolo were forced to take driving lessons in the episode Goku's Ordeal?

The youngest Super Saiyan in the Dragon Ball series is Goten who transformed at 7.

Kid Buu and Yakon are actually the only villains Goku ever kills in Dragon Ball Z? And... Kid Buu is reincarnated as Uub while Yakon was actually killed accidentally due to his failed attempt at draining Goku's light energy.

Emperor Pilaf and Garlic Jr. have the exact same voice actors in both the Japanese dub and the FUNimation Dub. (For the anime)

Mercenary Tao is the first villain to actually defeat Goku in hand-to-hand battle. (General Blue incapacitates him prior but uses telekinesis to do so)

Masako Nozawa has been playing Goku since the Dragon Ball anime began in 1986, and she still continues to voice him after 25 years.

Tien Shinhan was meant to appear in the 2008 OVA Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!? He did not appear due to the death of his voice actor, Hirotaka Suzuoki. Tien was left out of the OVA in respect to Hirotaka. However, Tien was included in the manga version.

Chiaotzu is an Emperor in the Dragon Ball movie, Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure.

Chiaotzu is also the Smallest Z-Fighter. 

Super 17 appeared in the least amount of episodes as a main villain, and the Super 17 Saga is the shortest saga in Dragon Ball, Z, and GT.

Android 19 and Dr. Gero were meant to play the roles of Future Android 17 and Future Android 18, as the androids who rampaged Future Trunks' world, but their role was later changed? Instead, they remained villains in the primary time-line but weren't used in the Future time-line.

Goku was originally going to be revealed as a Saiyan in the Piccolo Jr. Saga of the manga and anime, but Akira Toriyama decided to delay it for Raditz's arrival.

Almost all of the major Red Ribbon Army members are named after colors, such as General White, Colonel Silver, Captain Yellow, General Blue, Staff Officer Black and Commander Red. In accordance with this pun, Ninja Murasaki's original name is Sergeant Major Purple.

Super Buu has only one thumb and one large finger on each hand in the manga, but in the anime, he has normal human-like hands with four fingers and one thumb.

The names of Frieza's primary elites are puns derived from fruits, such as Zarbon's name being a pun on the Japanese word for the "Pomelo fruit", Dodoria's name being a pun on the "Durian fruit", Cui being a pun on the Kiwi fruit, and Appule being a pun on the word "apple."

Grand Elder Guru is the only character to die twice in the same year and during the same saga.

Frieza has been the most frequently defeated villain, for a total of being defeated 5 times, including the movies and filler. He lost to Goku on Namek, was executed by Future Trunks, and was defeated by Pikkon in Dragon Ball Z. He was also sent back to Hell by Gohan in Fusion Reborn, and was frozen and smashed to pieces by Goku in Dragon Ball GT.

The Otherworld Tournament Saga was Anime filler.

Due to Master Shen being named Shen in the FUNimation Dub, the name of Shen, the character who's body Kami possessed, was changed to Hero. Hero's original name Shen is kept in the Blue Water dub of Dragon Ball.

Akira Toriyama got heavy inspitation for Dagon Ball from Journey To The West,a popular Chinese novel.

Toriyama's least favorite character is Vegeta.

Bardock - Father of Goku is one of Akira Toriyama's all time favorite Animated Movies.

The series was supposed to end with Cell Saga,but his family and friends pushed him to do more.
Dragon Boy is a short lived manga series that is the prototype to Dragonball


Toriyama Originally planned for the Dragonball Manga to last a single year,but due to the additional arcs. it lasted much more and even surpassed Dr.Slump,another famous Manga by Toriyama.
 
Krillin was added to the Dragon Ball Manga to make the Series more interesting.

Cell was created because the editor of the Manga didn't like Androids 17 and 18 as the Main antagonists,so Akira Toriyama created Cell.

Cell was only gonna Have 2 forms,but after being told by his superiors that he looked stupid,Toriyama created Perfect Cell.

Akira intended to put Gohan into the leading role in the Buu sagas.But at the 11th hour,he felt that Goku would've been better for the Job. 

Signs of Piccolo being an Alien were seen in the Piccolo Jr. Saga,where he and Kami{possesing a human} were talking in a weird language. That Language was Namekian.
 
A Saiyan's base strength is decreased if they have their tails removed.

A Saiyan can grow more powerful in 3 ways: 1- By fighting and defeating strong opponents. 2- By recovering from major injuries,and 3 - By being revived from death.

There are 6 types of Fusion: Potara,Metamoran,Namekian,Absorption,Merging,and Machine.

To this day there are heated debates as to whether or not Dragon Ball GT is canon.

King Piccolo and Lord Slug are the only Evil Namekians in the entire franchise.

Freiza's race remains unnamed...even to this day.

Well that's gonna do it for now. Enjoy the factoids. More DBZ goodness to come,I promise.

Stay Gold!