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Can Love Truly Conquer All?

Good morning Painkillers, and welcome to a very special Anime Wednesday. Today here in the States, and a few other places around the world, we are celebrating Valentine’s Day. So, on this day of love, I must ask a few questions. Can love truly blossom anywhere? Even on the battlefield? Even if the people are on opposing sides? Well, lucky for you guys, you don’t have to answer those questions, since there is an anime out there that might answer those questions for us. So sit back, strap in, and let’s watch Mobile Suit Gundam: The 8th MS Team.

The show takes place in Universal Century 0079, and if that sounds familiar, welcome fellow Gundam fans, thanks for reading my past post, or both. Anyway, on his way to Earth, Earth Federation solider Ensing Shiro Amada incounters a skirmish between Federation and Zeon mobile suits, and goes out to help. While out there, he ends up getting stranded with Aina Sahalin, who happens to be a Zeon piolt, who is currently working on an experimental mobile armor. They end up helping each other out, and got back to their respective sides.

Finally on Earth, Shiro meets his 8th MS Team. First there is Karen Joshua. She is the second in command, and acts as the teams medic. Up next there is Eledore Massis. He drives the teams support hovertruck. He is not very brave, and has admitted that he is not cut out to be a solider, and only puts himself in danger when it’s needed. Next we have Michel Ninorich. He is Eledor’s partner inside of the hovertruck, serving as the navigator and Gunner. During his downtime, he writes letters to his girlfriend BB. Most of the time, the letters act as narration, to inform viewers what is going on, or to advance the story. The final member of the team is Terry Sanders. He has had a run of bad luck with former teams. Past teams have all been killed by their third mission with, leaving him as the sole survivor, which he has been giving the nickname of “Sanders the Reaper”.

During their time together, the Federation finds out that the woman that Shiro Amada has been talking about, is a Zeon solider, so they throw him in jail for treason. They give him a chance of redemption, he has to take his team deep into Zeon territory and take out a secret base. While there, he runs into Aina Sahalin. What would they decide to do? Will they attack each other? Will they say fuck it, and run away together? Will the Federation or Zeon say fuck it, and decide to just kill them off? Well, you guys just have to watch and see for yourself. I just recently saw this series again on Hulu, and now this is your chance to experience it for yourself. So until next time Painkillers, and have a great Valentine’s Day.

 

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They All Come Out At Night

Welcome back to another Monday, which means it’s time to grab a buddy, and have have some fun. With this addition, we will be diving into a fight game series that I love. Now when we talk about fighting games, the most common names come up, such as Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, then games such as Tekken and Soul Caliber might come up. Unfortunately, one fighting series, with some memorable characters, and had a game come out a few years ago, doesn’t get the love that it deserves. So you guys know the drill, grab your buddy, hook up your PS1, because it is time to play Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors.

This game first hit arcades back in 1994, and I remember helping my mom down to the nearby laundry mat, just because it had this game there. So when it came out for the PlayStation two years later, it was a must have for me. Darkstalkers was created by Capcom, so it uses a lot of the fighting mechanics found in Street Fighter Two, and it adds new things such as, chain combos, air blocking, and crouch walking. Like most fighting games, this game has an odd storyline, that doesn’t makes sense, but we let it slide, cause the game is good. The story goes that an alien has come to devour the Earth, and the characters that I’m about to take about are the Earth’s last line of defense to save mankind. Why these guys are humanity’s last hope, I have no idea!

Anyway, let’s talk about what really makes this game stand out, the characters. You get to choose from ten playable monster characters. They are Anakaris, a 5,000 year old Egyptian mummy, Bishamon, the ghost samurai warrior, Demirti Maximoff, a powerful vampire, Felicia, a sexy cat-woman, Jon Talbin, an English werewolf, Lord Raptor, the ghoulish rockstar, Morrigan Aensland, a powerful succubus, and princess of the demon realm. You also have Rikuo the merman, Sasquatch, well duh he is a Bigfoot, and finally Victor Van Gerdenheim, who is basically Frankenstein’s monster. Now that you know who the characters are, I’ll asked you again, why do these guys care if humanity dies? If it was to save their own asses, that would make more sense.

Each character has their own unique level based on who they are, and where they are from. Not only that, they have their own combos and special attacks that are designed to them. The game is very fun, and you and your buddy will have fun playing against each other, or trying to beat the game, which mean beating the other two non playable characters. There are a few other Darkstalkers games out there for different systems, but if you are not familiar with the franchise, I suggest that you start off with this game to familiarize yourself with the characters. If you can’t find this game, it should be on the PlayStation Network. Enjoy and until next time Painkillers.

 

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Wanted: Pilots for Goddesses

You know what sucks about when some animes come to America, censorship. It doesn’t matter if it’s a good show, bad show, long or short, or even a movie, most of them suffer from censorship. It could be something simple like a word or name change, to make it seem more Western, or something big, such as a complete name change, so that a network won’t get angry letters from some parents group. So here today let’s talk about a show with a little bit of every kind of censorship. Here is The Candidate for Goddess, better known as Pilot Candidate here in the West.

This show takes place in a far distance future. The year is 5030, and Zion is the only planet left that can sustain human life, thanks to continued attacks from an alien life form know as Victim that has already wiped out four planetary systems since 4084. In order to protect Zion and space colonies, humans have developed mechas called “Ingrids” or “Goddesses”, due to their female human like appearance.

The show’s main character is Zero Enna. He is a young teen that just joined the Goddess Operation Adcamedy (G.O.A), so he can become a Goddess pilot. There are a few requirements for someone to even be considered for G.O.A. for example, they must be in good health, between 14-16 of age, EO blood type, and one major thing, that you will have to watch the show to find out.

Normally this would be the time that I tell you how good the show is, and stuff like that, but this time I will like to talk about how this show was censored. This show aired on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim lineup back in 2002, in the US. Even on Adult Swim, they still faced censorship, most obvious is the name change. It went from being called The Candidate For Goddess, to Pilot Candidate. More censorship occurred with the removal of nudity (OK fine), religious references (OK, odd though since they still referred to the mechas as Goddess), violence (wait, what), and tobacco use (the fuck). Adult Swim everyone, where you can have an animated comedy series sing a song called “Prom Night Dumpster Baby”, but they can’t have a character on an anime smoke a cigarette.

Even with all of these crazy censoring, this is still a good show. I don’t know about any streaming services that are currently carrying this show, so your best bet might be to find the complete box set that was released back in 2016. If anyone knows anywhere else we could find and experience this show, please let us know in the comments below. Until next time Painkillers.

 

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Take Me Down To Paradigm City

Good morning Painkillers. Glad that you all could join me for another Anime Wednesday. Today’s feature, we will be talking about Batman. Wait, this can’t be right! Let’s see, a bad ass that dresses all in black with a bunch of neat toys, a cool sidekick, and a kick ass butler, okay yeah this is Batman. Alright, I’m joking, but it does have a little Batman feel to it, so let’s get into it, since we got some judging to do. Here is The Big O.

Our story opens up in Paradigm City, nicknamed “The City of Amnesia”. About fourth years ago, an “event” happened, where everyone in Paradigm city lost their memories. Here we meet Roger Smith, the top Negotiator in the city. He has a certain set of rules that he does his job by. He also has another special job, he is the piolt of the Megadeus, Big O. Along with his personal assistant Dorothy, and his butler Norman, they protect the city from other Megadeus’ and also try to find out, what happened fourty years ago.

This show is very good. Roger can come off as very straight forward, but many of his interactions with Dorothy are good for a laugh. Especially when she is trying to follow some of his rules. All of characters are well though out, and interact well with other main and side characters. The first 13 espoides run on like most anime or animated shows on TV. The last 13 however, tend to focus more on storylines, and try to answer all questions.

This show was on Cartoon Network back in the day, but now it might be easier to go out and buy it on Blu-ray. If you guys know where to find this show, please let us know. Would like people that never experienced this show before, to have a chance to see it, and definitely want the people that have seen it, to be able to watch it again.

 

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Toads And Dragons Unite!

Hello all my Painkillers out there, and welcome to another addition of Grab A Buddy Monday! For today’s game, I’m going to tell you about a mash up, that even to this day, I have no idea how this even came together. Anyway, it’s time to grab your buddy, hook up your SNES, and let’s play some Battletoads & Double Dragon.

The plot of the game is simple. The Dark Queen has returned, and is once again hell bent on ruling the galaxy. This time, she has partnered up with the Shadow Warriors (you know, the baddies from the Double Dragon games), to make sure her plans go through. When the Battletoads find out about this, they get on touch with the Double Dragons, Billy and Jimmy Lee to help even the odds.

The gameplay is classic beat em up style. I like the fact that you can choose from all five battletoads and double dragons to play as. You play through seven levels, with a boss battle at the end of each stage. The downside of this game is that it follows the same gameplay as the first battletoads game, where if one person dies, and has to continue, that both players have to start at the beginning of that level.

Normally when I do these post, my goal is to try to get you interested in trying to find and play these games, and because of that, I try to not knock these games. Don’t get me wrong, because this is a good game, and you should definitely check it out. My issue with this game, is that it looks, feels, and plays like a battletoad game, as if the Double Dragons were added at the last second. Me personally, it would have been better to have a bit more double dragon stuff added in, but check it out yourself, and let me know what you think.

 

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Launch White Base!

Good morning my little Painkillers, and welcome to the first Anime Wednesday! Are you guys excited? I know that I am, and I’m going to kick things off right. For those that were here for my birthday, I mentioned that I wanted to do this anime first, but I made an exception, since that one was my favorite. So I figured what better time to do this anime then now. Now, without any further delay, it’s time to strap in, and time to launch Guncannon, Guntank, and of course Gundam. Here is the show that started it all, Mobile Suit Gundam.

The year is Universal Century 0079, the Principality of Zeon has declared their independence from the Earth Federation, and also declared war against them. The war has directly affected every one that lives on Earth and in Space, nearly whipping out almost half of humanity in the process. The show opens up on Side 7, where the Earth Federation newest warship know as White Base, is headed to a secret research base to retrieve their latest weapon. Unfortunately, White Base was followed by a Zeon recon team, and I’m sure that you can guess what happened next.

This show is truly amazing. It shows what happens when civilians are forced into military life, in order to survive. The clashes with the military personnel and the non military personnel, seem very realistic. The best thing about this show, especially if you are a Gundam fan, this is the start of the rivalry between Amuro Ray and Char Aznable.

Quick facts about this show, it was originally supposed to run for 52 episodes. Due to poor ratings, that sponsors wanted it cut down to 39, thankfully the producers were able to get it back to up to 43. It wasn’t until the show went into reruns, that it gained popularity, that the series was able to get spin off shows, theatrical releases, and help it become the franchise that it is. So, if you have watched the show before, or never seen it before, go find it, and check it out.

“Hail Zeon! ”

 

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Taking Back The Streets

Happy New Year my Painkillers! I hope that you all got what you wanted for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or whatever holiday you celebrate. Just to let you know, the Captain ate too much, drank too much, and I’m pretty sure that I’m hungover right now as I’m writing this. Anyway, it’s time to kick 2018 off right with a kick ass classic game. So, for the first time in 2018, the Captain is tell you to go grab a buddy, hook up your Genesis/Master System, and it’s time to play some Streets Of Rage!
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