Monday, September 30, 2013


Pretty sure I've posted at least one of this videos before (probably with some variant of this exact title), but it's been a while so I don't care.

If one is a fan of Japanese mecha, Dai-Guard is a series that one is obligated to watch because of moments like this:

If you don't understand why someone would shout "rocket punch" while throwing his own robot's severed arm as an impromptu attack, it's because Mazinger Z, one of the super robots that inspired everything that came after him, has rockets built into his detachable arms so that he can throw punches over any distance. Silly, but fun.

And in the most recent Mazinger Z series, someone got the same idea as the guy from Dai-Guard did.

That's coming full circle.

(Incidentally, the titanic gold/yellow robot is actually supposed to be Zeus from Greek mythology. Yes, really. ...I honestly can't imagine mythological Zeus having that reaction to a rocket punch. One of the Viking gods, on the other hand, would have that exact reaction. Those guys had parties where they had the indestructible guy sit against a wall and chucked things at him. That happens to be how and where Ragnarok got started, as it happens. Vikings were metal.)

-Signing off.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Giant Monsters And Lousy Cameras

The other day, I finally sorta watched the movie Cloverfield.

Unfortunately, the shaky-cam effect made it difficult for me to watch and nearly impossible for my sister to watch, and frankly I found the people story mostly kinda boring, meaning there was really only maybe twenty minutes of stuff I really liked in the movie, despite the premise sounding pretty neat.

Also, it has never not been stupid when ridiculously large monsters express interest in eating people when the monsters are actually animals. (If giant monsters are like Pacific Rim's kaiju or Attack on Titan's titans, it makes more sense, because those kaiju were weapons, not animals, and the titans are actually just zombies that range from car-sized to Godzilla-sized. Also, giant monsters that are sadistic sapient creatures eating people is something I'll give a pass, because they're not generally after nutrition either.)

Yes, I'm calling you out, The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms.

No, actually, I'm not.

(It's kind of amazing how well the Rhedosaurus interacts with its environment; this is a black and white film and the visual effects are still nearly on par with the creature effects from the original trilogy Star Wars movies. Although the black and white probably actually helps with the visual quality.)

-Signing off.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I Can't Believe I Don't Seem To Have A Post Titled "EXTERMINATE"

I can't really say I'm a Doctor Who fan, but I'm definitely a Dalek fan.

The best part of this clip is that, while the Daleks technically did bring in reinforcements later, it wasn't because they needed them against the Cybermen, it was just part of some sort of other master plan they had; they easily could have killed five million Cybermen with four Daleks, and possibly just with one (as the boasting Dalek leader suggests).

And, of course, there's the fact that Daleks are the same goofy salt-and-pepper shakers as they've always been in appearance, while the Cybermen felt the need to update their looks over and over and over again. (Though I can't say I care for older Cybermen designs; the new "Iron Man-esque" designs are probably my favorite.)

-Signing off.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Super Spaceship Wars

Funnily enough, it could be argued that the visual format used by Super Robot Wars games is better suited to ship battles; although the following video isn't especially graphically sophisticated, it still amuses me a fair bit.

Why? Because one of the "attacks" in the video (which is not from an actual game but a mockup of one, using designs and characters from the anime Legend of the Galactic Heroes, which I hear is very good but not licensed for English distribution) is based on a one-time event where a character destroyed an orbital defense network by ordering engines attached to a bunch of comets and bombarding them from a distance, and presenting one-time special events as a regular attack is something that is extremely common in Super Robot Wars games. Whoever did this video knows their stuff.

-Signing off.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Invid's Guide to the Star Wars Universe: Alien Species (#93)

(It's been way too long since I've done one of these; for some reason, the nice new computer I got a while back actually threw me off my blogging rhythm, and then my sister got a Tumblr account, which didn't help. I'm amazed I actually got this done tonight, because the weather's supposed to be quite bad, but I've not actually heard any thunder in hours, so I'm pretty happy with things at this point.)

921. Rutanians. Rutanians look like some other aliens called Riorians, because they're based on them. The Rutanians are essentially humanoid creatures with Riorian heads.

Incidentally, I recently saw a post by a blogger complaining that the Riorians were changed from worm creatures to humanoids by the artist who drew cover art featuring a Rutanian. Rest easy, guy, that's not actually what happened.

As for the Rutanians themselves, they didn't like some of their neighbors, and the Yuuzhan Vong duped them and these neighbors into war, letting the Yuuzhan Vong easily conquer them.

Rating: 2/5. The Yuuzhan Vong victim pity-point rules apply.

922. Ruurians. Ruurians are caterpillar/butterfly-like beings. Their larval caterpillar/centipede-like stage is the primary active member of society; the butterfly-like adult stage is obsessed with mating and then dies. The total lifespan of a Ruurian is fairly short. This is an accurate reflection of how most insects live their lives, so kudos to the author who created them.

Ruurians are small compared to humans, and are generally cautious and timid, but also very observant (though there apparently has been at least one Ruurian bounty hunter). The most notable Ruurian is probably the historian Skynx, who along with several others hired Han Solo and Chewbacca to help them find the lost treasure of Xim the Despot, long-dead awesome evil dictator. (Spoiler: It turned out the treasure was mostly pretty worthless. Also, despite being tiny and nonviolent, Skynx saved Han from his archnemesis through sheer awesomeness.)

Rating: 5/5. I like the Ruurians rather a lot. They've seen a decent amount of use otherwise.

923. Ruusanians. Ruusanians are/were a tiny population (20,000 individuals or so) of "inbred" humans from the planet Ruusan.

Ruusan is notable, incidentally, as the site where the Sith were seemingly wiped out a thousand years before the movie by a devastating Force technique (it was a thing involving Darth Bane tricking the other Sith into destroying themselves). Later on, it would turn out to be an important site of Jedi/Force/something something MacGuffin blah blah fishcakes.

Rating: N/A. Not really an alien species, guys.

924. Ry'coz. The Ry'coz are inhabitants of the Novor system, relatively recently "liberated" from Hutt Space by the Galactic Empire, and they basically turned the system into a high-end tourist trap.

Rating: 2/5. Good for you, guys.

925. Rybets. Rybets are, as the name horribly suggests, basically froggish people, although they're really more amphibian dinosauroids by appearance.

Apparently, male and female Rybets despise each other to the point where they only come together to mate and tend to murder each other if they hang out for too long. (Usually, apparently, the females murder the males; also, there is a known but highly abnormal instance of a wealthy male keeping a sequestered harem of females.) They apparently are essentially adults at just five years of age, and their mothers kick them out around then, giving them property of their dead father if it's available (heh). (The male Rybet who kept a harem did so, incidentally, so that he could use the large number of children so-produced as a slave labor force. Yes, really.)

Significantly less squickily and more amusingly,the Rybets claim to be natives of the planet Varl, the original homeworld of the Hutts, and that Varl's destruction was the result of a war they'd waged with the Hutts, but nobody else in the galaxy finds this plausible (the Hutts reportedly find it "mildly amusing"). They also claim that they'll eventually reclaim Varl.

Yeah, no, Varl was destroyed either by a cataclysmic solar event (what the Hutts say happened) or by the Hutts' own excesses (what everybody else believes), and while the Hutts now see themselves as their own gods, they still hold the dead planet sacred, and they're still a major power even after the Yuuzhan Vong invasion (which may or may not have done yet more harm to Varl somehow). You're outta luck, guys.

Rating: 3/5. I really like their probably delusional history.

926. Ryn. The Ryn are basically space Romani (what less informed people would call by the slur "gypsies").

Entirely sympathetic and quite positively portrayed space Romani. (In fact, after Chewbacca died [blipping Yuuzhan Vong], a Ryn traveled with Han Solo for a little while and actually helped him heal a little.)

They are said to have invented sabacc, which is basically as I understand it like blackjack if you played with the major Arcana as well as the "traditional" suit cards, and use the game's cards the same way the Tarot is often used, for divination.

Rating: 4/5. I rather like the Ryn, and the fact that they were essentially actually deliberately created to bring attention to the Romani people's historical plights is a positive.

927. S'krrr. The S'krrr are insect people, although there's only two illustrations of them and neither of them really look much like insects. (The one I'm more familiar with actually makes the individual look like a reptile creature with a bug face, in fact.) They're apparently relatively well known for a warrior tradition involving vibroweapons (basically just technologically augmented bladed weapons), but in the present are mostly pacifistic; present day practitioners of their martial arts also are usually poets.

I myself know them best from the Galaxy of Fear kiddie horror series, wherein there was a mad scientist of their species who wanted to turn a type of local beetle into an ecology-destroying swarm because of crazy reasons. This story had one of them restrain the swarm via wing song, the mad scientist being devoured at some point, and also was the most ignominious incident in the entire career of then-Captain Thrawn, as he had a Star Destroyer nearby that could have handled the incident, but due to plot contrivance dropped his only communicator.

I kind of both love and despise that book.

Rating: 3/5. There's a solid core of interesting ideas there.

928. S'kytri. S'kytri apparently means "windborn" and you would be correct if you guessed that means they fly. Of course they fly. There's no chance that it's just a poetic thing.

Anyway, apparently all their men are blue-skinned and all their women are green-skinned; if a baby is born that contradicts this "natural order," it's killed as an abomination (though somewhere there's reportedly a red-skinned woman).

Despite being essentially hollow-boned humans with bat wings, though, they lay eggs.

Apparently, a S'kytri woman met Anakin Skywalker, who figured out she was Force-sensitive, and he promised to train her; surprisingly enough, after he became Darth Vader he kept that promise.

That makes me think of this:

Because it's the best version of Darth Vader ever, that's why.

Anyway, said woman then, because she'd been taught by Darth Vader, ruled her planet with an iron fist and enslaved her people for the Empire. ...Whoops. (Presumably that was pretty much on purpose, but still. Whoops.)

Rating: 2/5, mostly because the story of that one individual amuses me somehow.

929. Saadul. The Saadul are known only for their role in the Yuuzhan Vong crisis, wherein a number of refugees displaced by an attack on some world or another found themselves lumped in with Rybets and Ryn (huh) as "other" rather than being categorized by their own species. As both Rybets and Ryn are nomadic species with low galaxy-wide populations, this suggests it's possible that Saadul themselves aren't terribly populous, but that's only speculation.

Now, this will sound bad, but... in a galaxy with twenty million known sapient species, "other" is probably going to be a necessary part of any database's categorization system.

Rating: 2/5, because that level of cross-reference in a single post is worth a point by itself.

930. Saffa. Saffa apparently created an art form, Saffa paintings, after coming into contact with another species. Who knows why? Who knows what the paintings are actually like?

Nobody, that's who. Ah well.

Rating: 1/5.

-Signing off.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


(...I was going to put up a longer post, but then my sister got on Tumblr for three hours. It'll go up on Friday. Probably.)

This is both wonderful and terrible.

"So it won't get wet!" "As if it were necessary, one is left over..."

No wonder he apparently became the villain.

-Signing off.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Attack on Spider

Okay, these videos have a lot of stupid and annoying sound effects worked in, but they often have legitimately amazing footage, such as that spider snatching an ant out of midair.

Funny coincidence: I saw that footage as an animated gif free of context compared the anime Attack on Titan/Shingeki no Kyojin (basically saying it was an accurate description of it).

Having watched a fair bit of said anime (free on Crunchyroll), I have to say that yeah, it kind of is. (Note: Attack on Titan is fantastic, but it's also disturbing, violent as heck, and emotionally wrenching. Fair warning.)

-Signing off.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Also, Master Asia Is Awesome And Don't Try To Tell Me Otherwise

I'm doing a little experiment.

There's a video on YouTube that has had its content labeled as mature so that underaged viewers can't watch it.

The video is CGI footage of "superdeformed" (oddly proportioned in a childlike way) Gundams fighting with each other from a crossover video game.

The reason it's blocked is apparently to prevent underaged viewers from making troll spam comments on the fact that a character from G Gundam (the goofy, silly Gundam series-in fact, the character is Master Asia, who fights Gundams with his bare hands) is beating up characters from one of the serious series, and indeed, it's the only G Gundam video on YouTube that doesn't have at least one super-stupid troll comment on the first page.

Anyway, that's got nothing to do with this post. I just want to see if mature-rated videos that have been embedded can be watched by somebody who's not logged in. (EDIT: Turns out you can watch an embedded video while not logged in even if it's been flagged mature! ...I don't know why it took me this long to try this deliberately.)

-Signing off.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

It Was Kind Of Hard To Miss

Quick question: If you're the captain of a spaceship thinking about ramming another ship, does it matter what kind of ship it is?

Answer: Yes, especially if that other ship has a bow specifically designed to ram things such as your ship. Such as a big frikking drill.

(No, Super Robot Wars character, that guy lost because he charged headlong into a giant frikking drill.)

-Signing off.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Stay Awesome, Harry Ord

I... think I've posted this video before, but it did a vanishing act and "doesn't exist" anymore and also it was a while ago, so here we are again.

Anyway, I've noted in the past that Harry Ord is basically the best Gundam character* and also that you shouldn't tick him off.

He's also pretty good at kicking giant robot butt when it comes down to it.

And you should perhaps be cautious about talking about non-robot butts to him.

Incidentally, this series apparently still doesn't have an English language release, which is disappointing because it's the Gundam series I'm definitely most interested in. (The three Gundam series I most want to watch are this one, Turn A Gundam, the early/mid '90s-era G Gundam, and Gundam AGE, the most recent one. Incidentally, these are the three Gundam series most disliked by hardcore Gundam fans. The one I'm fourth-most interested in is the original Mobile Suit Gundam, which I've watched a random few episodes of.)

*I am willing to admit that Master Asia, a character from G Gundam who destroys giant robots with martial arts skills, his hands, and a scarf, may in fact be better at least some of the time.

-Signing off.

Friday, September 6, 2013

It Says "Yip Yip Yip" Or Lets Out A Bloodcurdling Screech

This song asks "What does the fox say?"

What foxes say admittedly is less commonly known than other animals, but it's not really a cosmic mystery.

This video's views have apparently octupled since I watched it yesterday.


It's definitely no Gangnam Style, though. (It's not even Gentlemen, to be honest, although it is catchy.)

-Signing off.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sorry, But That Sword Is In No Way A Scimitar

For some reason, the last couple of days I found myself looking up all sorts of Voltron stuff on YouTube. (The entirety of the original lion Voltron series, i.e. the Golion dub, is officially posted on YouTube, along with a few episodes of the US/Korean-created second season, The New Adventures of Voltron, although it doesn't label New Adventures separately.)

So here, have the Korean-animated battle with the "Lotron" robot from the Fleet of Doom movie, where both lion Voltron and vehicle Voltron (my honest personal favorite even if I've never seen an episode of it) gang up on Lotor's robeast-composed giant robot.

(Note the wild animation error with the base thing they're talking about towards the middle, where the final image of it is overlapping on the screen over the approach to it. It's kind of amazing in its badness, and even more amazing because otherwise it's easily the best animation in the clip.

Also, note Optimus Prime's the narrator's the vehicle Voltron commander's grand entrance there. It's actually pretty great.)

I'd read once that this battle involved Lotor gaining the upper hand while they feigned weakness to exploit an opening, but I'm pretty sure that's not what happened. Lotor had what looked mildly like the upper hand for about ten seconds; then they totally trashed him with one attack. Robeasts did comparable damage to Voltrons all the time, and it was the first hit he'd really landed in the whole fight. I tend to think he'd have given a pretty nasty fight to just one Voltron, perhaps even won, but fighting two at once? It just wasn't going to happen.

Thus, his final line in the clip, "It's not fair! They ganged up on me!" makes perfect sense even if it's a silly thing for a villain who doesn't play fair to say. (To be honest, Lotor's a bit of a buttmonkey.)

Also, why don't more people appreciate the '90s-era computer-animated show? It wasn't perfect, but it had Tim Curry as Lotor, for crying out loud! Pretty sure that's the best voice acting the dude's ever going to get.

-Signing off.

Monday, September 2, 2013

It Was The Only Logical Conclusion, Yet...

A bit back, I found out about a lost proposal by big-name Power Rangers fan and occasional actual series writer Amit Bhaumik for what became Power Rangers Ninja Storm. (I thought it was amazing for various reasons. Unfortunately I can't find the post where I mentioned it at the moment.)

Today, I found out that he'd been involved in early Power Rangers Samurai production and has posted a synopsis of his concepts.

I mostly just very quickly skimmed it, and was particularly looking for something specific: His plans for the character Bulk and the character who would become Spike, quoted below.

Farkas ‘Bulk’ Bulkmeier – (36) Ally to Ozawa Clan, from Angel Grove. Earnest but foolish. Sushi chef. Unlike earlier seasons, Bulk is aware of the Power Rangers and is part of their operations, assisting as he can and performing many of the functions of the kuroko (assistants in all black) in Shinkenger. Bulk hopes that his son Eugene will learn how to be braver than him by hanging out with the Rangers of the Ozawa Clan.

Eugene ‘Junior’ Bulkmeier – (16) Son of Bulk, assistant to Bulk. Spitting image of Skull. Eager idiot. Sushi chef assistant. Aids the Rangers alongside Mr. Mason and Bulk. Gets along with Oscar and Iris easier than the others. Eventually becomes Gold Ranger.

I mentioned some while back that I was annoyed at the role of these characters in Power Rangers Samurai. They bore no apparent relation to the plot, at least in early episodes; they'd devolved much further into the realm of rather pointless comic relief than the originals (who weren't really all that far into it at all, actually). At the time, I didn't really talk about what I'd have done myself with the characters to improve their role in the show.

Fun fact? It would have been exactly the above-Bulk being involved as something like an assistant and Spike/Junior becoming the Gold Ranger.

I am seriously not making this up.

-Signing off.