Monthly Archives: September 2012
Upcoming Vlogs – Tales of Dumbassery
So I’m just letting everybody know that at some point in the near future, I plan to release a series of vlogs known as Tales of Dumbassery. It’s basically a series of stories of some of the really hilariously stupid things to happen to me in my life, as well as some plain dumb things I’ve seen. And trust me, I won’t be making any of these up, because these are simply too stupid to make up. I may need to make up and withhold certain names in some stories, but otherwise it’s all completely true.
Now I know what you’re thinking, “Isn’t this basically Spoony’s Counter Monkey show without the D&D theme?” Well…yeah, pretty much. In fact one of the stories I’ll be telling that will result in me having to change a name IS D&D related. So I don’t proclaim this to be the most original thing in the history of vlogging ever, I just wanna share some funny stories with everybody as a way to entertain and also for people that don’t know me that well to get to know me a bit more. Plus, it gives me something to do in between reviews.
So yeah, expect the first one to be up in the next couple of days or so. Ja né!
Jyger and N.Harmonik’s Misadventures Now On Blip
The vlogs recorded of N.Harmonik and myself going to Free Comic Book Day and Harbour Con-fusion, now on Blip.
Music is “Intermezzo” from Dragon Quest VIII.
Music is from Dawn of the Dead and Angry Video Game Nerd.
Vlog – I Have Enhanced Status…WTF?!?!
…I think I’m gonna faint. O_O
Okay, so to everybody that made this possible, I cannot express my thanks enough. I am COMPLETELY overwhelmed by all of this, it’s INSANE. I have so many people to thank, and I know I thanked you already on Twitter, but I’m going through it again. lol I want to thank Lewis Lovhaug for being such a HUGE inspiration to me. I want to thank the greatest woman in the world, my beautiful new girlfriend Teagan, for being such a positive influence on me this past month, I love you so much. I wanna thank PinkRangerWannabe, so-shipsahoy, GracefulWitch, and so many more for helping me with this however I needed it, you guys rock. I of course have to thank N.Harmonik for being a great co-star wherever possible and putting up with my bullshit off-screen, and I gotta thank my Mom for filming that bit where I had the Turbo cassette “run over”. I also gotta thank Annetto for letting me be a co-host on her show, however brief I lasted, and giving me some much-needed confidence AND for introducing me to Teagan.
So in short, to EVERYBODY that watched my show, helped get it going, whatever, I owe this ALL to you, thank you all very much, but I’ll tell ya this: My name is Jyger85, and you ain’t seen nothin’ yet, baby! Ja né!
Jyger’s Rant – Kamen Rider Wizard Review
My first review of an episode of Kamen Rider as I take a look at the first episode of Kamen Rider Wizard.
Audio and images from Kamen Rider (duh), Kool Aid, Kingdom Hearts, and Final Fantasy VIII.
Kamen Rider Spotlight: Kamen Rider Skull
It’s time for another instalment of the Kamen Rider Spotlight, and this time we’re going hardboiled as I look at my all-time favourite Kamen Rider of all time, Kamen Rider Skull!
Mentor to Shotaro Hidari, Soukichi Narumi was a true hardboiled detective, but an incident in dealing with the Spider Dopant led to him becoming a Kamen Rider, as well as isolating himself from his daughter when a miniature Spider Bomb implants in him, which would go off if he ever came in direct contact with the one he loved most. He later took on Shotaro as an apprentice and began solving Dopant related cases as Skull, until his tragic end that also began Shotaro and Philip‘s story as W.
Much of Skull’s tech is later passed down to W, or inspires the creation of similar tech. The Lost Driver that the Skull Memory is inserted into looks like a broken half of W’s Double Driver, and in fact was later passed down to Shotaro so that he could become Kamen Rider Joker in case of emergencies where Philip wasn’t available to transform with him. Like with W, it possesses a Maximum Drive slot that allows Skull to his finisher, the Skull Banisher Rider Kick. Also the Skull Magnum, his personal side arm, would later give inspiration to the creation of the Trigger Magnum, and as such operates in much the same fashion. It also grants Skull an additional finisher called the Skull Punisher.
The SkullBoilder is Skull’s modified Honda CBR1000RR motorcycle. It’s kept inside of the mobile garage, the tank-like SkullGarry, which can be called out with the press of a button on the Stag Phone. Both the SkullBoilder and the SkullGarry would later be reconfigured into W’s HardBoilder and RevolGarry.
It’s also worth noting that Skull has an incomplete form that appeared once: Skull Crystal. It’s relatively the same, except that it lacks the S-shaped crack in the helmet, which would usually be covered by Soukichi’s fedora anyway…and by the way, I would just like to note once again for the record that it’s because of W and Skull that I myself have taken to wearing fedoras myself, as a sign of my everlasting fanboyism to these two Riders.
Well, that’s all for this edition of Kamen Rider Spotlight. Next time, we start and finish at a climax. Ja né!
Jyger’s Rant – The Semi-Final Frontier Review
Well, it took forever, but I finally got around to reviewing the Pokémon anime‘s equivalent to One More Day, not on a level of how bad it is, but on the level of how much it pissed me off as a long-time fan. Also, I feel the need to warn viewers this is rated TV-14 for the use of some more colourful four-lettered metaphors, so to speak. ^_^
Images are from Pokémon, music is from Doctor Who, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and as always, Heads Up Hearts Down by I Fight Dragons. And a very special thanks to http://so-shipsahoy.deviantart.com/ for the awesome title card. ^_^
10,000+ Views! + Ash vs Paul Re-Uploaded
A funny thing happened when I got home from N.Harmonik’s today: My blog had hit 10,000+ views! Can I get a Yes chant?
Anyway, on top of that, I have now re-uploaded the Ash vs Paul Trilogy to Blip, which also means that now it’s time to get back to work and do up The Semi-Final Frontier as I promised. Now because at this point my schedule is pretty much shot dead in the head, I can’t say when exactly it’ll be up, but I promise it’ll be soon. Until then, enjoy these three reviews re-uploaded, and I’ll see ya soon. Ja né!
Kamen Rider Spotlight – Girls Night Out!
Okay, here’s the thing. I wanted to cover a female Rider, but sadly there aren’t many and usually only appear one time, usually in the movies. So you know what, fuck it, I’m gonna do them all in one go, it’s girls night out here on Kamen Rider Spotlight! And real quick, this only counts towards Riders that are predominantly female, so IXA and Birth and whatnot being used by women don’t count, and sadly Electro-Wave Human Tackle doesn’t count either, but don’t worry, I WILL cover her at some point.
The original female Rider. Sadly, Kamen Rider Femme only appeared in the Ryuki movie “Episode: Final” and in the TV special “13 Riders”. She’s probably better known in North America as Kamen Rider Siren in the adaptation of Kamen Rider Ryuki entitled Kamen Rider Dragon Knight. In a rare instance in Tokusatsu where the English version is actually better than the Japanese, they decided to make her a full character and part of the “big three” that formed the main protagonists.
Like all Riders of that season, Femme used an Advent Deck, possessing a series of cards that gave her different abilities and equipment, and based around a Contract Monster, in her case the swan-like Blancwing. Her Advent card summoned Blancwing for an attack, the Sword Vent brings out a much more powerful sword called the Wing Slasher, the Guard Vent summons the Wing Shield, and the Final Vent allows her and Blancwing to perform the Misty Slash.
The second female Rider, Kamen Rider Larc falls into the same category as Femme, in that she originally only appeared in Kamen Rider Blade‘s movie, “Missing Ace”. However, a second Larc would appear in DiEnd‘s World in Kamen Rider Decade, giving the Rider a second chance to appear. She typically served as part of a trio with Kamen Riders Lance and Glaive.
Again like Femme, her powers come from cards. Her Change Keroberos (Red) card transforms her into Larc, and her Mighty Ray card lets her perform the Ray Bullet attack with her signature weapon, the Larc Rouser crossbow (and by the way, L’arc is French for “the bow”).
Kamen Rider Shuki only appeared in two episodes, dying in her second episode. And I can’t help but notice a pattern in that almost every single female Rider died, save for one that I’ll get to later. Heck, even Tackle died. But anyway, I digress. Shuki used a harp called the Ongekigen Kitara, since the Riders of Kamen Rider Hibiki used weapons in the form of musical instruments since the monsters they fought were weak to sound-waves. Not much else to say besides that.
Kamen Rider Amaki is actually an interesting topic, in that she wasn’t really classified as a Kamen Rider originally, just Transformed Akira. She wasn’t made a full fledged Kamen Rider until the appearance of her alternate reality self in Hibiki’s World in Kamen Rider Decade. She’s armed with the Ongekikan Reppu, a trumpet that also doubles as a blaster.
Despite appearances, Kamen Rider Kiva-la did not appear in Kamen Rider Kiva. Instead, she’s actually Natsumi Hikari, a girl who had nightmares of a future where Kamen Rider Decade destroys the other Riders in a massive battle, and later travelled with Decade in his journey through the Alternate Reality Worlds as they saved each one from different disasters. During Movie War 2010, she teamed with a Kivat from Kiva’s World called Kiva-la to become Kamen Rider Kiva-la, first to stop Decade when he goes on a rampage, and second to stand alongside Decade, DiEnd, and the other Riders against Super Shocker, a massive force born of Shocker, the original enemies of Kamen Rider Ichigo. Oh, and she’s also the first Rider to not die in action, and is presumably still operating as Kiva-la along with Decade, DiEnd, and Kuuga.
Not much else to say about her except that she’s got a wicked-ass rapier called the Kiva-la Saber, which I gotta believe is a weaker version of Kiva’s Zanvat Sword. However, what makes hers a bit more easy to wield is that she doesn’t require any Fuestles to perform her finisher, the Sonic Stab. It has been guessed by fans online that she could use Kiva’s Fuestles to summon his weapons, but I dunno. Kiva-la is a lot smaller than Kivat the 3rd, and I don’t know that she can hold those in her mouth.
The girl who fell from the sky created from SOLU, Kamen Rider Nadeshiko is the newest female Rider. Her powers are the same as Fourze’s, except that she only has compartments for the Arm-based Astroswitches. Her belt comes with her own copies of the Rocket and Radar Switches and she’s only ever seen using Rocket, but since her Driver is based off of Fourze’s, it stands to reason she can use any of the Arm-based Astroswitches he can, leading to fan art of her in his different forms being created on deviantArt and the like. Oh, and her motif is a Japanese schoolgirl… … …Nuff said. lol
So yeah, that’s all of the female Kamen Riders. Honestly, I wish there were more, and I actually kinda hope someday we see the main Rider of a season be a woman. But for now, I will give you a hint as to the identity of the next Rider in the Spotlight…
And no, it’s not Michael Jackson. lol Ja né!
A Few Changes to Jyger’s Rant – The Series
So yeah, as I posted earlier, I am going to be doing reviews on Blip.tv from now on. All my old videos are still on YouTube, and there’s also a few videos I plan to do in the future that’ll be on there, but otherwise all new reviews will be on my Blip page. However, that’s not all that’s changing.
Basically, I’m dropping the storyline because it was getting ridiculous what I had in mind. However, because other people helped to make the videos that had the storyline happen, it’s only fair to keep those vids up on YouTube. N.Harmonik will still be on the show though, and her character is still an android built by aliens à la Yuki Nagato from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, but otherwise she’s not here because I have some strange powers or whatever, she’s just observing the internet reviewer/geek at work.
As it pertains to the Turbo review, I’ll basically be doing a redux of that review, basically re-recording all the moments that had me live and in person, and making into 2-3 videos since I don’t have to deal with YouTube size restrictions anymore.
From now on, anything I review has to be at least a year old before I review it. That’s the deadline. This is because when I first released my review of Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym, a crap ton of people came to check it out thinking it was the actual episode. That was my bad. Sadly, this means that I’ll be putting off a certain review I planned to do until mid-January at the very earliest. But whatev, I’m patient…sometimes. 😛
Oh, and as I stated before, the main series will only deal in animated series and tokusatsu. If I ever cover videogames and the like, it’ll be in Jyger’s Favourite 5 or a blog entry on here.
Anyway, that’s all for now. Ja né!
The Semi-Final Frontier Commentary + Thanks Doug Vlog
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My first review commentary as I talk about the behind-the-scenes crap that went down in the making of this review and some additional thoughts I had on the episode itself and just why it angered me so.
Also, and I don’t know how I forgot to post this here, but here is a vlog containing my immediate thoughts following the official statement regarding the Nostalgia Critic and the future of TGWTG. I apologise if I come off as a bit over-dramatic here. lol
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