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Gojira ni-sen mireniamu (1999)
I was fortunate enought to see the original Japanese version of Godzilla 2000. I have to say that this is The Best Godzilla Movie Of All Time. Instead of the futuristic technologies of the Heisei series (maser tanks, mechas and ESP), G2K presents more or less ordinary Japanese life. The only thing slightly futuristic in the movie are the JSDF's Full Metal Missiles (and the UFO itself).
I loved the human cast. G2K will be the second movie that I loved which has a human cast I enjoyed watching, the other being "Gamera: Guardian of the Universe". Katagiri and Shinoda shined throughout. Yuki Ichinose and Io Shinoda are just as good to. One of my favorite scenes with the humans is Io and Shinoda giving Yuki the runaround in their little headquarters (a scene deleted from the American version, I believe). The Godzilla Prediction Network is very well thought-out organisation. Shame they don't really exist ^_^*
MireGoji (the fan name for the 2000 suit) is one of the best G-suits in existence. The new dorsal plates are just great, especially as they light up. They seem to heat up from the inside, rather than flash. The new heat beam is just marvellous. Shame Goji lost the ability to blink.
The UFO and Orga are one of the greatest enemies Goji's had yet. Shame Orga didn't get much to do. However, his destruction was new and refreshing.
The special effects are fantastic. It's so relieving to see missiles hit their target. The CGI shots are great. My favorites are the shot of Goji swimming underwater and the tracking shot of the Full Metal Missiles under the bridge. The music by Takayuki Hattori is also fabuluous.
To sum up: GOJIRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!
The greatest anime I know!
"Where monsters rampage, I'm there to take them down! Where treasure glitters, I'm there to claim it! Where an enemy rises to face me, victory will be mine!"
And with those words from Lina Inverse, we enter the world of Slayers.
I'm only new to Slayers, having seen the Motion Picture and the Special OVAs. However, the TV series is pure excellence.
The dubbed versions are pretty good, with Lisa Ortiz as Lina, Eric Stuart as Gourry, Daniel Cronin and Crispin Freeman as Zelgadis, Joani Baker as Amelia and Stacia Crawford as Sylphiel.
The subbed version is cool, with Megumi Hayashibara as Lina. She's great.
On the whole, this is one of the best anime shows I know, and I strongly suggest it to anyone who's interested. I can't wait to see Slayers NEXT.
Sureiyâzu supesharu (1996)
An excellent trilogy of OVAs!
Because there's three Special OVAs, I'll go through them systematically:
THE SCARY CHIMERA PLAN is very good. The dream sequence which features the proposed super-chimera is very funny. Plus Naga and her clones generally smashing and laughing their way in order to find Lina. Overall: 7 out of 10.
JEFFREY'S KNIGHTHOOD is kinda like a Slayers take on Mission: Impossible. The scene where Lina tells the bandits that Naga's gonna get naked is an absolute hoot! Overall: 7 out of 10.
MIRROR MIRROR really shines. The shadow copies of Lina and Naga are excellent. The Shadow Lina's a simpering humanitarian, whereas Shadow Naga has no self-confidence and is embarrassed by her outfit! Overall: 9 out of 10.
Gojira vs. Mosura (1992)
My company has destroyed forests. I feel very guilty.
Number four in the Heisei Godzilla movies, and it's the return of Mothra!
However, there's a new monster thrown into the mix, the creature known as Battra!
Big G isn't too bad in this one. I'm not too sure about the sound of his atomic heat beam. I think it needs checking.
Mothra is back, but her larva form doesn't move in the way it did before. It's like she'd just propelled on rollers.
Battra is a very good newcomer. I don't know which form I like best, the larva or flying forms.
This is a good movie, but it's not the best.
Gojira vs. Kingu Gidorâ (1991)
Take that, you dinosaur!
Time travel movies mess with my head. However, GOJIRA VS KINGUGIDORA is the only time travel movie I can follow. To a certain extent. Like, when Big G has been erased from time, why do the Japanese folks still talk about him?
Godzilla is easily at his best here, with his battles with King Ghidorah, the JSDF and their maser tanks and when he gives Sapporo and the Shinjuku distrcit a lovely pounding. Best bit: Big G torching Shindo.
King Ghidorah is good in this movie, but his fight with the jets is not very good. I think the ultimate Ghidorah would be a cross between this one and the Ghidorah from MOSURA 3.
Koichi Kawakita does a lovely job on the special effects. I always prefer Godzilla to battle at night, as that's when the opticals (eg Godzilla atomic heat beam) are at their best.
Akira Ifukube really breathes life into this movie, especially with the use of the Godzilla theme on the end credits.
Roll on GOJIRA VS MOSURA!
I understand they taste good pickled...
I'm just new to SLAYERS, so I decided that The Motion Picture would be my first animated encounter with Lina and Naga. Boy, did I enjoy it. I got lost on the plot once, but I just ignored it and picked up from there on. Out of the two mages, Lina has to be my favourite. There's something about her... I think it's probably her short temper. My favourite scene is just after when Naga literally bounces onto the screen and admonishes Lina for her diminuative stature. Lina cooly points at Naga and uses a fireball to roast her. I also liked the Midnight Blue song at the end. Oh, Naga! I forgot her. Um, well, just looking at her says it all. The best scene with Naga has to be the jellyfish/sea cucumber battle. That was just an odd spell, as was the one with the dragon made of rock (a massive head and tiny body). One problem, though: I think there wasn't enough of Lina's Dragon Slave.
But on the whole, an excellent piece of viewing for newcomers.
The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)
Look at this brain! See, it just won't die!
I CAN'T STAND THIS ANYMORE!!! IT'S HORRIBLE!!!
I think the movie was made to be heckled at on MST3K. It's useless without Mike, Tom and Crow ripping it to shreds.
I'm in another dimension! Help me!!!
With Godzilla dead and gone (yah, right), Toho concentrated on their other major star, Mothra.
In this first of a trilogy (more, more!) Mothra (the 1992 Mothra) battles a creature called Death Ghidorah (a cousin of King Ghidorah?). Thrown into the mix is the new Mothra, called MothraLeo. With time running out for Earth, can MothraLeo survive to carry on the long line of Mothras that have defended the planet?
Of course he can! If he couldn't, why did "Mosura 2" follow it?
The effects are outstanding in this movie. How can one moth have so many beam weapons?
I have to say that Megumi Kobayashi and Sayoko Yamaguchi, who play the priestesses of Mothra, now called the Elias, are excellent in this movie, as well as Aki Hano, who plays Belvera, one of the new elements to the Mothra saga. Of the two Elais, Moll is more determined than Lora, especially on calling the "old" Mothra into battle.
On the whole, a very good movie! Roll on Mosura 2!
BABY OIL?! NOOOOOOOOO!
Definite MST fodder. Notably for Joe Don Baker's character, the self-repairing headlight during the "chase" and for the boom mike (you just gotta know where to look).
The MST version is way better, including the Shaft parody:
TOM: Who's the puffy guy that's a big blurry sex machine? JOEL AND CROW: Mitchell! TOM: That Mitchell is one bad... CROW: Shut your mouth!
Best line of all? Cummings' "Watch out for falling rocks".
How does Mitchell like his scotch. According to Crow, "by the quart". And THAT is obvious.
Catalina Caper (1967)
No shoes. No shirt. No script.
If there was any movie that was destined to be MST fodder, this one is it.
Guest appearance by Little Richard. WHAT THE HELL IS HE DOING IN THIS?
That's more or less it.
The opening titles are weird. As Joel Robinson said about the mermaid, "Nice measurements! 36-2-85..."
Thank you, Tommy Kirk. For making us laugh about love. Again.