Author: BDT

Detective Pikachu – Quick Impressions/Review – SPOILER FREE

I must admit when I first saw the teaser and trailers for Detective Pikachu, awful was the first thing that came to my mind and I believe many others did not like the look of the movie when they first saw it too.

Everyone was complaining about the look of the Pokémon rather than thinking will this be any good, but let’s be honest, many video game adaptations never meets anyone’s expectations.

After seeing the trailers I was unsure if I would go and see it in the cinema, but as it was released here in Japan first and I hardly go and see any movies I thought why not. Before going any further I would like to say I consider myself a big fan of the franchise and have been there since it all began.

Going in to the cinema with no high expectations and hoping I would have some enjoyment I was anxious. Fun fact only 3 of us was in the cinema watching the English dub.
Not knowing much about the director; Rob Letterman past work. Only knowing the voice of Pikachu; Ryan Reynolds, but I was surprised on another actor who would be in this but I’ll keep that a secret.

First things first that this world we see is amazing and it really felt alive with both humans and Pokémon living together. From the fields, forest and even the main city where most of the movie takes place, Rhyme City.
It’s really hard to make a fictional city believable.

What impressed me the most was the way we see everything. Cinematographer John Mathieson did an amazing work. Made everything in the city believable and the other scenes which turned to a darker tone. I was also impressed on how everything was lit. The lighting in the city during the night time was shot beautifully.

Coming to the music with its synths and maybe a tribute to the older, grittier movies back in the 80’s, the soundtrack was easy on the ears and the slow, tense, shocking scenes worked well with what Henry Jackman composed. Check out his long list of creations that he has done even video game soundtracks.

I’m not going to go in detail with the CGI of the Pokémon because modern movies do go over the top with it and it seems the more we go forward with CGI it can look non realistic. I believe movies should use less CGI it but for this movie it needed it. Of course there is no such thing as Pokémon only in Anime and video games. I would say it looked ok, nothing ground breaking but I don’t believe it was a new leap with CGI but not at one moment I thought that Pokémon looks rubbish.

How about the story itself? Well for one I have not finished the game that this is loosely based off. Without spoiling as much as you seen from the trailers our main character Tim (Justice Smith) encounters on a talking Pikachu who he claims he is world class detective, and that he knows Tim’s father as he was his partner which Tim had the sad news that his father was dead even though they did not his body.
The quest is on to find Tim’s father also why Pikachu has amnesia.

Detective Pikachu is more or less a movie which two of them find clues and search for the truth but obviously not hard to follow, one step at a time. There is another plot going on which ties together which I won’t spoil here.

Did this movie disappoint me? No I did not. Was it fantastic? No, but it’s one of the best video game adaptations to movie, most defiantly. Who is this movie aimed for? Everyone, true you will have a better time if you know the franchise and know “who’s that Pokémon?” and all the easter eggs hidden in this movie but it’s fine if you only grew up only knowing the first generation. The first 151 Pokémon. But I believe anyone will enjoy it and that’s because of Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu.

I would recommend anyone, even families to check it out but highly recommend if you are a fan. Just go in empty minded, don’t have high expectations and I’m sure you will enjoy something from watching this funny, heart warming, action movie.

 

By the way… I bought the パンフレット (movie pamphlet) didn’t know that a Pokemon TCG promo was included. Is this card even released in English?

 

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Where am I?

I know I have not posted anything for over a year. My last update on this site was E3 2017.

If you follow my Facebook page and Twitter you may know where I am, if you do not well I am currently living in Japan. After a long hard process of me trying to get work here I finally moved in March.

My current situation on YouTube and other social media has been on halt. I am very active on Twitter, sometimes on Facebook but I have not posted a video on YouTube for a long time. I wanted to go on hiatus and try to figure out what I wanted to do with my channel. I will just say what I said on my Facebook page a while back.

“The reason you followed me is most likely due to YouTube and yes I have not posted anything in a while, and I tend not do anything anytime soon. I have not got the time nor passion on doing anything anymore. The community I was in was Anime and I guess it’s either that or my love for video games is the reason you follow me. I am tired of the Anime YouTube community and do not wish to post any more of these types of videos. I have not gone off anime, I am still a fan which you probably can see on here (on facebook) with some of the photos I have taken. I just do not wish to talk about it anymore in video form.

You can still follow what I have been watching on MyAnimeList and Kitsu even though as I have been very busy as of late I am way behind everything and have had issues for Crunchyroll to work.

I will try my best to keep posting on here and Twitter in the mean time but as for YouTube, my long hiatus continues and quite possibly this is the end of the BDT87.”

I posted this back in June, now what I mean by the end of BDT87 is the username itself I have used at the dawn of time when I started going on the internet, back in the dialup days. It’s not that I hate it, but I think everything I have done in the past is tied to that name, and I am unsure if I do start again would it be under the same name or new name/channel. And of course I have no idea what content I will be making as I do not want to talk about anime and video gaming anymore. I could leave the channel open as if I did want to post something about that topic but I don’t really want to be known as two different identities.

I would like to thank everyone who has visited, shared and commented on my content on here. My Youkai Watch comparisons does get views rather often even daily which I find amazing because they were only pictures and not very good ones.

And please watch this space, if you have any questions I will be happy to answer them, but I think it would be best if you message me on Twitter or Facebook rather than on here.

Thanks again,

BDT87

E3 UBISOFT CONFERENCE 2017 THOUGHTS

That had to be the best UbiSoft conference I have seen. No nonsense, horrible jokes or any cringe. (Except for the Just Dance moment but I can let that pass.)

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It had a fantastic start with the announcement of Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle and the appearance of Miyamoto. Most of us saw the reveal of the game before the conference, but to actually see it on stage and the game play and the huge excitement for it was great. I will be honest when I first heard of this I wasn’t really interested on getting it. I don’t know if I will but I am more intrigued now after seeing it and the graphics was great. It seemed that UbiSoft had a lot of creative control on this game. And it’s coming out soon, August 29th for the Nintendo Switch.

It was nice to see more Assassin’s Creed Origins.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole now scheduled to be released in October.
I wanted to play the Stick of Truth but didn’t get round to it and it was censored in Europe which was off putting.

A nice surprise was a game called Skull and Bones, looks and plays similar to Assassin’s Creed Back Flag. Set in 1721, a 5v5 PVP game coming out fall 2018

The biggest surprise for everyone was Beyond Good and Evil 2, now I can’t say I am excited as I never played the first one but it looked pretty cool, and it’s good to see that everyone is excited for this.

 

 

E3 Xbox One Conference 2017 thoughts

Project Scorpio was announced and it’s official name has been revealed. Xbox One X.

The most powerful console ever and the smallest Xbox that has been released.

The price tag $499, and at show floor people did applaud.

All the games looked gorgeous, a lot of exclusive and first console launch exclusives but nothing that I really excited for and wish I could play or need to buy.

The only time I actually cheered was seeing Assassins Creed Origins trailer and game play footage. I have no idea why; as I have yet to finish Black Flag, even start Unity that I own. It did look good, but I am unsure if I will continue with this series.

I was impressed to see that now Xbox One is now backwards compatibility with the original Xbox games.

A good strong conference overall, and they had a good one last year. I really hope PlayStation can top this, as their conference last year was just ok unlike in 2014/2015 when they had fantastic conference. Yes I am a PlayStation fan if you didn’t know. But I always watch my competition and I was impressed on what Xbox brought to this years E3.

Now I have to patiently wait for PlayStation and Nintendo’s Direct.

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A heated discussion

Before reading this I just want to say that this is my personal preference of watching anime and my subjective opinion on the matter, you are free to disapprove on my opinion.

I thought this would be a good topic to write about after my ‘heated’ discussion last night with good ol’ Jeremy Graves from Anime Limited on Twitter.

Let me just say this before continuing on, I don’t dislike or hate the Jeremy, I have met him and spoken with him a few times when I go to MCM London Comic con and always enjoy listening to his podcasts when he was at Manga entertainment and to this day Anime Limited.

 

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Yesterday I decided to start watching Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Blu-Ray, a release from Anime Limited. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Mobile Suit Gundam and was eager to continue my adventure with the series. Everything was perfect with that release and would have presumed everything would be the same with Zeta.

The Opening comes on and then quickly I am disappointed to see the credits are in English, more and that later. But that wasn’t the only thing that made me disappointed, within couple of seconds I realise that the opening these song is not the correct one. I go online to double check and realise that it’s the North American version was used.

This is when I started tweeting for some answers but I knew it wasn’t going to be Anime Limited’s fault as they don’t create these masters but require them from other companies in Japan and America.

What’s the problem I hear you ask, well for one, I like to watch everything in it’s original state, that includes movies as well. I’m not going to watch ‘Das Boot, 1981 Dir. Wolfgan Petersen’ in English dubbed audio for example. I would like to watch the content on how the Directors original product was released.

Since I started buying anime the credits varies from different companies.

Bleach for example which is released by Viz Media in N.A and by Manga in the UK has English credits, and if I remember correctly the 4 films released have different credits, one is in English the other is in Japanese. I wish they would stay consistent. The first Naruto movie, the title of movie is changed to an English version, and again some of the credits would be different. I can’t remember which movie is different as it’s been a long time but I do know it’s not in its original state.

The Studio Ghibli’s release is a great example, when they all came out by Optimum after the success of Spirited Away. Everything would be in English but when they Blu-Rays came out they were all in it’s original state in Japanese which I was very happy about, until they released The Wind Rises and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya which they reverted back to English.

(My own collection, since then I have sold my DVD’s)

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What I’m saying is that I can let this go with a big sigh, but would much rather it be left alone and have the credits of the English cast/companies be used after each episode like they did with Mobile Suit Gundam.

The opening music on the other hand was a big blow for me because this is the first time that I own something that has a massive change like that. The best example I could give would be Dragon Ball; this is where a lot of fans would have their own different opinion on which soundtrack they like better, either the one that they grew up with while watching it on TV or the original version, which was how it was intended. I believe they did a wonderful job on this with the Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Boxes release, which is now out of print. You could argue that this is the same problem as with Zeta.

 

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I am unaware if this series was released in TV in N.A or was a straight on to DVD release. What I’m trying to say is that the people who did watch this when it was released the first time may have some nostalgia factor to it and would prefer the America OP/ED versions. But for someone like me who is getting in to it the first time, I am expected to see it how it was originally viewed in Japan.

What I have read online that when it was released stateside they had copyright issues of using them 3 songs, the 2 OP and the ED. Something similar to Eden of the East I believe as ‘Falling Down by Oasis’ song was used for the OP and they couldn’t use it when it was released here in the West.

I am not sure where I am getting at because at the end of the day there will be always issues from time to time. And as Jeremy said that this shouldn’t ruin my experience and we are lucky to even have it released. Yes we are lucky and I am happy that we have a series from the past that we can watch. The only thing I can do is to skip the OP/ED and get on with watching the episodes. But maybe what frustrated me the most was it is the OP, and that’s a big part of getting you pumped up for upcoming episode ahead, and while the ED has also changed I don’t like seeing companies websites on there, old or modern. You can advertise this after the episode is done or in the booklets, leaflets etc.

While that is little rant you could say over. I know I’m not the only one who thinks this because I did have some replies from my discussion on twitter about it. While some of you might just say “Who cares?’

Hopefully the next Gundam release there won’t be any more issues and if there are changes in Gundam or any other series, hopefully Jeremy could keep us all informed on his newswire articles, like he mentioned there was no episode 15 in the first Gundam release.

Anime Limited ANNOUNCEMENTS – MCM LONDON MAY 2017

Rather disappointed on what was actually announced because there was only 2 surprise announcements. The other series which was mentioned was ERASED, but we knew this was coming out.

  • Hyouka coming on Blu-Ray and DVD in Parts. Collectors edition.
  • Wolf’s Rain Blu-Ray release complete collectors edition.

Hyouka was released on Blu-ray in Japan back in 2015 as a complete box set, Wolf’s Rain has not been released in Japan and the Blu-ray is made by Funimation.

Nice to see Hyouka coming out and for those who missed Wolf’s Rain back in the day,
I have the Beez entertainment release of Wolf’s Rain: The Definitive Edition. I assume that has now lost it’s value.

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MVM Anime announcements – MCM London May 2017

Not the biggest fan of MVM releases. There are some here that I have not watched that are still in my queue on Crunchyroll such as Girlish number and Flip Flappers.
Granblu I did not bother watching this season.

Always nice to see an older series getting a Blu-ray release, especially over here. Fruits Basket was released in Japan on Blu-ray back in November 2016 and getting released soon by Funimation.

  • Armed Girl’s Machiavellism
  • Fate/Grand Order -First Order-
  • Flip Flappers
  • Fruits Baskets (Coming on Blu-ray)
  • Girlish Number
  • Granblue Fantasy the Animation
  • Grimoire of Zero
  • Matoi the Sacred Slayer
  • New Initial D the Movie Legend Trilogy
  • Sagrada Reset
  • Sword Oratoria: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side

Is there anything announced that you are happy about?