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So, I finally finished the 90's Gamera trilogy. And, you know what? It was really good.

No, I'm not kidding. It's well-made, the special effects by and large hold up, heroines Nagamine and Asagi as well as poor luckless Osako are engaging, and it's generally like watching a good sci-fi/fantasy anime. Because I can't not think anime when Gamera goes all shounen Determinator toward the end of the third movie, blasts off his own hand to free himself, and then absorbs his opponent's attack to make a new hand out of fire. And, all that rather than use the hand in which he was holding a rescued girl who hated him and who had caused much of the movie's trouble.

So, yeah, I've been pulled down the kaiju rabbit hole. Honestly, "Pacific Rim" probably started it. From there, it was off to the adorable "Gamera the Brave" then the excellent trilogy, and then... Well, yes, I did take a peek at the first three of the 60's Gamera movies. Because the entire original run came on the same bargain basement set as the 90's movies, and I figured, why not? The three older entries I watched can't compare to the later movies, but I found "Gamera vs. Gyaos" to be pretty fun in its way.

Anyway, I'm all outta Gamera now*, so, there's only one place to go from here. Godzilla. And, Amazon with their $5 add-on DVD's has been merrily enabling me. I figure I'll eventually work my way through the 80's/90's Heisei series and some of the 2000's standalone movies, and then come back and gabble some more.

...No, none of this has given me a fanfic bug, so you can stop worrying. This is a fandom like the MCU, which I love, but only occasionally gabble about because, for whatever reason, it doesn't demand art and fic from me.

(* Unless the proposed new movie happens. Warning: trailer includes some violent/unpleasant imagery.)
kristensk: bingo! (sk bingo)
So, this weird little drabble is all [livejournal.com profile] mintysage's fault.

Monster Movie Madness (SWAT Kats) )

So, yes, this is a crazy in-joke that somehow took on a life of its own after Sage and I watched some really hilarious monster movie reviews. And then, I took a fatal step and watched an actual Gamera movie, 2006's "Gamera the Brave". ...It's actually a really, good, sweet movie. There's no silliness like the older entries, and the special effects are done well. And, I'm a sucker for the "A Boy and his X" storyline. If that's not your thing, there are three other newer Gamera movies made in the 90's that are also well worth watching. I've made my way through the first two, "Gamera: Guardian of the Universe" and "Gamera 2: Advent of Legion". The second in particular is a fun, sci-fi monster movie. So... yeah, I might own a few Gamera movies now.

Look, you already knew I was weird!
kristensk: little kids in the snow (ane little twins)
Well, it's been a very happy movie month for me. "Pacific Rim" was everything I was hoping for - fantastically cool robots versus freakish monsters and a lot of much-appreciated little nods to mecha anime. It's just a fun movie. And, its particular method of piloting the robots - two, often-related pilots mind-linking to share the mental strain? Oh, that's given me some interesting ideas for future drabbles. I know a couple sets of brothers I'd love to apply such ideas to ;)

Then, there was the "Ao no/Blue Exorcist" movie. *squee!* It's not a perfect movie... and it made me sniffle like I knew it would, but it's fun, more of a favorite series, and absolutely amazing to look at.

Cut for excessive rambling and rampant spoilers... )

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