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Came across the music video on youtube today and I’m not going to lie…I don’t really know why a music video was made for it.  I guess because it’s the two main characters of OOO singing together.  I’m not quite sure.  But sure enough I was happy to watch it.  Ankh singing?  Couldn’t pass that up.

 

After watching it though, I’m sure this video didn’t need to be made.  The lighting’s constantly moving which makes this video difficult to follow and seizure inducing.  I’m not sure what to think about Ankh’s dancing and…slight introspective moments.  It just didn’t fit with his character.  Now if this song was just supposed to be Shu Watanabe and Ryosuke Miura singing, then sure.  Do whatever you want to.  Act like sexy and introspective, dance…have as much out of character fun as you want to.  But this was supposed to be Eiji and Ankh singing.  Honestly, Eiji never seemed to break character.  It’s really Ankh that seems out of place in this video.  Though I know I’m looking at Ankh, it just doesn’t feel like he’s acting like Ankh except for one point in the middle of the song, but still it’s weird to see Ankh sing.  And due to how out of place he seems, this video just comes across as hilarious to me.  Maybe it’s just me, but check it out and see if you feel the same way.

 

Regardless, Time Judged All is a great song sung by two great singers.  And I recommend checking out some of the other insert songs such as Power to Tearer (PuToTyra), Sun Goes Up (SaGoZou), and Shout Out (ShaUTa).

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From the moment I was introduced to the series by some friends, I’ve been pretty hooked on it and have been consistently keeping up with it.  But still, there’s a few little details that I just can’t help but be curious about.  There’s clearly a lot of important (and non-important) details that just need an explanation of any kind.  But as a little warning, there might be a few spoilers below so read with caution.

 

Nightmare fuel at it's best, folks...

 

10. Dr. Maki’s creepy doll. 

 

I hate this thing with a passion.  But then again, I have a predisposition to hating any sort of creepy inanimate objects, especially dolls.  So his is no exception.  While I understand this is something carried over from his childhood traumas, why does he have this thing?  Why does he carry it around the way that he does?  And why does he go insane whenever it falls off his arm or gets “abused”?  Is this doll an extension of himself?  What would ever happen to him if this doll got lost or broken?  As unimportant as this doll is, I can’t help but to be curious about it.  I hate seeing this thing in the show as it’s creepy beyond all reason, but I just have to know more about this thing.

 

9. Ankh’s sudden personality change.

 

Now I hope there’s a good reason for this.  Ankh has been my favorite character since the start of the show and as off-putting as his personality was before, it’s extremely off-putting now.  I understand he’s a Greeed, and as such he’s never going to be satisfied in life.  But at some point he almost seemed to accept his fate.  While he clearly wasn’t happy living with Eiji in a restaurant, he wasn’t completely pissed off about it either.  And he wasn’t beneath asking for help when he needed it (even though it was clear that this isn’t what he preferred).  Of course he was always a self-centered prick.  That was his character.  And I didn’t think it was possible for a person to go from being a self-centered prick to being…even more of a self-centered prick but that’s pretty much what happened to Ankh.  After Eiji rescues him from lost Ankh, the only out of character thing he does at first is acknowledge Eiji’s help.  But not even 2 seconds after, he possesses Shingo’s body again, shows off how powerful he is now, begins picking a fight with Eiji, helps Uva get his body back, and eventually goes to team up with the other Greeed (at least it’s hinted that that’s what he’s going to do).  I’m hoping that this gets explained.  I’d really like to know why he wants to team up with the other Greeed and Dr. Maki.  He seemed so bent on being independent throughout the other episodes so this desire to actually want to team up with the rest of them doesn’t match his character.

 

8. Hina’s abnormal strength and her purpose.

 

As it stands now, Hina is just a stereotypical female lead.  She’s there to support the hero and there to support her brother.  That’s it.  So what was with giving her abnormal super strength?  You’d think that if you were going to do that with a character that you’d at least utilize that to some point.  But no.  They don’t.  She lifts up a “vending machine”, opens a door with a few hundred pounds of weights on it, knocks Ankh out of a tree, and lifts heavy stuff at her job.  That’s it.  With her abnormal strength the least she could do is help out more in battle but she doesn’t even do that.  Is the purpose of her abnormal strength just for comedic effect?  Well that’s a waste of a decent ability.

 

7. Why doesn’t Shingo fight back?

 

It’s a very valid question.  Why doesn’t he?  It makes sense for a while because he was minutes away from death.  But here it is months later and his body’s been given ample time to recover from it’s injuries due to Ankh possessing him.  You even see him fighting to make himself known when his body wasn’t at full strength.  When the Unicorn Yummy was tearing up her dream of being a fashion designer, he overrode Ankh’s personality and attempted to protect his sister.  So when his body was a full strength, why does he just give up and accept being possessed by Ankh?  I’m sure it isn’t a pleasant experience.  Where Shingo’s very calm and polite, Ankh is cold, unforgiving, and hateful.  So to have this sort of person using his body and speaking in such a rude way to everyone and perhaps physically harming people (including his own sister) cannot be an experience he enjoys.  So how can he just sit back and accept it all?

 

6. Eiji’s desire or lack thereof.

 

This topic has been brought up episode after episode.  What does Eiji desire?  Does he have any desires?  Well he clearly does.  It’s nearly impossible to be human and not have desires.  Eiji’s desire has to be to protect the world.  It’s what he’s been attempting to do this entire time anyways.  Not to mention that when we get a glimpse of his desire from the Unicorn Yummy it just ends up being the world.  Literally, just a giant projected image of the Earth that even the Yummy found too large to tear.  While I wish that scene was explored a little more, it wasn’t.  Because in previous episodes we were told that Eiji has no desires.  Well that can’t be true if we were actually shown a projected image of his desire.  Desire seems to be a huge focal point in OOO.  Some believe desire is inherently good but can be twisted.  Others believe that desire is inherently bad but it’s unavoidable.  As for Eiji, he seems to have no desires of his own while displaying that he has desires of his own.  It’s very confusing and I hope that it gets explained at some point in the future.

 

5. Why can’t Ankh’s form hold up even with 6 core medals?

This show would be more interesting with both of 'em together anyways.

 

Why does he still need Shingo’s body?  He has 6 of 9 core medals.  While the other Greeeds can hold their bodies together with just 1 medal, the most he can manage is still his arm.  This just doesn’t make sense.  I can understand that he won’t have a complete form.  But why did the cell medals holding up his humanoid form fall apart?  If they rest of the Greeeds can hold themselves together with just a few cores, then he should be able to too.  It goes against the concept that we were taught at the beginning of the series.  The cell medals stick to the cores like a popsicle sticks to it’s stick.  When the cells are taken away from the cores that’s when things fall to pieces.  We’re also shown that Ankh is much more powerful now than he was before and considering the other 3 core medals were destroyed, it kind of means that he’s complete (or as complete as he’ll ever be).  What was the purpose of having him re-possess Shingo’s body?  My guess is so they don’t have to deal with the effect of getting the actor to be in the same scene together but I’m curious to see what other people think.

 

4. The relationship between Ankh and OOO.

 

We got a little bit of their back story in a previous episode.  In the conflict 800 years ago the past, OOO got greedy and hungered for more power, thus stealing the cores of all the Greeed and the effect of that turned him in to a stone tomb and also sealed all the Greeed with him..  And unless I was imagining a part of the series that never existed, it seems as though Ankh was the only Greeed in the past that attempted to protect the previous OOO.  Or at the least was on his side for a period of time.  It at least explains why he’s constantly worried about Eiji losing control.  He doesn’t want the past to repeat itself and he doesn’t want to be sealed away again.  But that doesn’t really explain why he teamed up with Eiji and gave him OOO powers to begin with.  As a Greeed he shouldn’t want OOO to be revived.  But he allowed it to happen.  While the other Greeed were working together, he was working together with OOO and he was doing so of his own will.  He can claim that he was using everyone around him, but the simple reality was that he wasn’t and he didn’t have the upper hand in this relationship.  As a floating hand he just isn’t that menacing or that powerful.

 

Yeah...popsicles...Nope. Not menacing in the least bit.

3. OOO Back Story.

 

I touched base on this a little bit above.  Previous OOO was a king that became so consumed with power that he tried to absorb all the medals of the Greeed which ended up turning him to stone and sealing all the Greeed for 800 years.  Was it really that power of the core medals that corrupted him or was it his pursuit for more and more power that made him what he was?  They do say that absolute power corrupts absolutely so why was it that the core medals made him go mad?  It seems like he was already on his way for pursuing power anyways.  That was his character.  He was a greedy king.  He created the Greeed in order to use their power for his own bidding.  Why was it shocking to know that his desire for power ended up being his downfall?  And why don’t we know anything else about him?

 

2. How does Ankh’s hand gain it’s own consciousness?

 

It’s a pretty valid question if you ask me.  He was a whole being before.  Something happens.  His arm becomes detached from his body and somehow retains all knowledge of who he is, what happened in the past, and why he is the way he is.  Meanwhile the rest of his body is left without memory of who he is.  He just knows that he’s incomplete.  This causes the rest of his body to develop its own consciousness.  How the deuce does that even work?  Separating the arm from the body I can take.  It’s weird but in the beginning that was something that I just got used to.  But then saying that the arm retained the original consciousness that he had 800 years ago and the body developed a brand new consciousness is pushing it a bit far.  I understand that logic isn’t always necessary to make a show interesting or fun, but having a little bit of it helps.

 

1. How does destroying 3 of Ankh’s core medals get rid of Lost Ankh?

 

So OOO destroyed 3 of Ankh’s 9 core medals.  Coincidentally they were the 3 that contained the consciousness of Lost Ankh.  So when the 3 cores were destroyed, he destroyed Lost Ankh in the process and we’re left with the original Ankh.  First of all, it’s just amazing coincidence that only 3 medals contained the consciousness of Lost Ankh and it was those 3 that were mystically hit.  But why is it that this action gets rid of Lost Ankh?  And since 6 of the 9 medals (somehow) contained Ankh’s consciousness, why would he have gotten absorbed into Lost Ankh?  It never seemed to me like all the core medals contained their own consciousness.  At times it’s noticeable.  Like when the cores gather around cell medals and reform their bodies.  But usually it’s only one core that does this.  The rest of them don’t seem to react at all.  If all the cores had their own consciousness, why then don’t they just float back to their respective owners or assert their power in battle when they don’t want to work with OOO?  If the cores contain the consciousness of their respective Greeed, that’s fine.  But play the series like this is true.  And if that’s not true, then I guess those 3 destroyed cores mean nothing really.  Except that Ankh can never be whole.  It doesn’t really mean that Lost Ankh is destroyed but perhaps, just subdued or regular Ankh was given a chance to absorb him back into his consciousness.

 

So that’s my list.  I hope you enjoyed it.  Is there anything in here that you particularly agree or disagree with?  Is there something that I left out that you would personally like to know from the series?  Or anything on this list that you feel should be left out or that you think will be revealed in a future episode?  Please leave a comment.  I’d love to hear from you.

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When I was little apparently I really liked Power Rangers.  I honestly don’t remember liking it all that much.  I remembered the cheesy dialogue and the over the top action sequences.  Particularly the characters being kicked or slashed and sparks flying from their clothing.  And I remembered believing that that was ridiculous and stupid.  Every now and then when a new Power Rangers series would come out, I might take a peak at an episode or two but it wasn’t something that was on the top of my list of series to watch.  And over time I learned Power Rangers was derived from a series in Japan, but I never bothered to take a look at it because I thought it wouldn’t interest me either…until now.

 

While anime is what we primarily watch at my college’s anime club, there’s a good number of members that are avid fans of tokusatsu series.  Primarily Kamen Rider and Super Sentai.  The vice president happens to be one of them.  So when the series, Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger came out, he was first to announce it to club.  And when he’d downloaded the first episode, he made it a priority to show it to us (after watching a Ranma 1/2 movie).  Having the first thing I saw be a massive war between the Zangyack and all 199 Sentai was…amazing.  Well that might be an understatement as I was unaware that that’s how many warriors there were.  The only group that I was completely aware of were “Mighty Morphin'”, which would be Zyuranger.  And I was only mildly familiar with others.  But that wasn’t what hooked me.  No, no…there were two other components of the episode that caught my attention far more than that massive war.  First was the ranger concept itself.  Not only do the Gokaiger team transform into their pirate-esque ranger outfits, but they have the ability to change into and use the abilities of any of the other 34 sentai teams.  Not to mention that I fell in love with the Gokaiger costume design.  And second…if there was anything in the world that could illicit a simultaneous response of confusion, shock and awe from everyone in the club (in the form of shouting out “What?!”) it was a football turning into a garbage truck.  Even 2-3 months later, I’m still trying to wrap my mind around that one.

 

As for Kamen Rider, I’d attempted to watch the Masked Rider series that America had.  I forgot which one it was but I know it wasn’t on the air for too long.  It just didn’t strike my fancy.  I was only aware of Kamen Rider due to the avid fans our club had, but I never sought out to watch any of the series myself.  Well not too long after watching Gokaiger, the same person who introduced me to that showed me the newest Kamen Rider series, Kamen Rider OOO.  Not so much showed me an entire episode but rather the more interesting parts of the first episode.  Such as a fight sequence to a slowed down (rather creepy) version of “Happy Birthday” and Eiji’s henshin and fight with a Praying Mantis yummy.  Also the theme song.  I’d heard it a few times before that.  “Anything Goes” by Maki Oguro is probably one of my favorite songs now.  It struck my fancy enough that I eventually decided to watch it on my own.  And I suppose the two things (other than the song) that kept my interest were the henshin sequences and the different combinations and abilities Eiji has depending on what medals he uses, and the character Ankh.  I’m very intrigued by his character and need to see how his character develops over the series.

 

While I haven’t moved on to watching other Kamen Rider series just yet, I have gotten around to viewing other Sentai series.  Hyakkujuu Sentai Gaoranger, Jyuken Sentai Gekiranger…I’ve finished both of those.  And am watching Engine Sentai Go-Onger, Mahou Sentai Magiranger, and Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger off and on when I can.  Heck, I’ve even started watching Power Rangers again.  I still find it just as corny as ever and since blood is never shown, the violence is just laughable, but (depending on the series) it can still be enjoyable.

 

So how did I, at 22, just get into these series?  For a few reasons.  Firstly, the costuming.  Though I rarely think of myself or call myself an artist, I’m easily fascinated by artistic things.  And Super Sentai and Kamen Rider have very elaborate costumes.  Sometimes beautiful.  Sometimes hideous.  Always intriguing.  It awakens that inner sewer/costumer/cosplayer in me.  And I just wonder how it is they make them.  Secondly, the characters.  They tend to be developed in such a way that I become emotionally invested in them.  Even if I previously didn’t like them.  And thirdly, it’s just fun.  For the first time since going to an art school, I can really just look at a series and the story, sit back and say “You know what…none of this makes sense and I don’t care.  I just don’t care ’cause it’s awesome”.  I get this strange feeling that the creators of these series put in the proper amount of care and not giving a darn.  Because at certain points in any of these series I feel like there’s so much insanity going on that clearly no one cared about logic (or gravity really).  But the insanity is so amusing that I don’t even care that the logic fails at times.

 

And thus I’m successfully changed into a fan Super Sentai and Kamen Rider.  As a newbie to the series and the genre of tokusatsu, I’m hoping to explore this fandom more.  I just wonder how my anime club is going to deal with our new found love of Gokaiger at the start of the new semester…

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