Feb 24, 2018

It came from the Toy Chest: What if Himura Kenshin was a bunny?

If the clue isn't that obvious, then you might not know of Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo. It's a comic about a samurai Rabbit, who has crossed swords with a certain Terrapin who obeys this guy


And the only reason we ever get Any Miyamoto Usagi figures is thanks to the TMNT crossovers.

I managed to snag an Usagi by the end of the Advent Calendar and he's been on the back burner for some time.
Let's get cracking!

Articulation:
His Articulation rivals the Nickelodeon TMNT. His loose clothing does hinder the articulation a little bit as well as his scabbards. He can do some Samurai poses, but he cannot go in Seize position... Drat!!!
4.0

Paint and Sculpt:
Playmates shorted out on the paints here. A lot of what was painted in the prototypes (and pictures on the back of his card) was unpainted in the final figure. The Sculpt is pretty decent. Not as good as the 2003 era figure sculptwise (but the 2012 era one is close enough)
4.5

Accessories:
Katana
Wakizashi.
5.0  he needs nothing else.

Overall:
Usagi gets a 4.5 as his final score, which is decent. Much better than past Usagi figures.

Feb 22, 2018

Flinging popcorn at Hagane no Rekinjutsushi live action.

Elric Brothers lost their mom, tried to bring her back. It cost an arm and a leg to the eldest, and the body of the youngest and the mom came back defective. Now the boys travel the land trying to find the Philosopher's Stone to return the youngest to his body.
It almost sounds like a faithful adaptation of the manga?
Ehhh... I'd Say about 55% faithful.

It was better than Deathnote, or Dragon Ball Evolution. It wasn't great, either...
It needed a white cast... Because Amestris is an European ersatz, and seeing too many Japanese folk pretending to be European felt almost like a minstrel show... Oh God! I'm sounding like an SJW... But in reverse...
Ok, all jokes aside. While the costumes were accurate, they looked more like cosplayers than the Characters.

The movie suffered of cramming too much and it's rather obvious that they want a sequel or too like it happened with Kenshin.
I can't believe I'm saying this, but avoid it... Stick to the anime. Now ImI going to wash of my brain by watching Woody Woodpecker the live action movie... Wish me luck.