Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Voldemort vs. Xehanort

Fun fact about them - their names actually rhyme and they both have three syllables.

Take a good look at these two villains of fiction and try to decide on your own terms which one is worse. Let's go through comparisons of what they've done to beloved heroes to get a clearer idea:

Lord Voldemort
- Became interested in dark magic at an early age as a Hogwarts student Tom Riddle, ever since he left Hogwarts he twisted his own soul by killing others, thus ripping it into eight pieces.
- Committed mass murder for decades, showing no mercy and remorse, bent on recreating the world in his own image
- His main enemy target was Harry Potter, who eventually killed him when his wand backfired and rebounded his own Killing Curse right back at him.
- Lord Voldemort was UGLY!
- The mastermind behind Voldemort's character is British novelist J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter book series.

Master Xehanort
- Grew up on Destiny Islands and became interested in other worlds, as an old man he showed interests in darkness and manipulated Terra to release his inner darkness for his plans.
- Caused eleven years of suffering across many different worlds using the Heartless and Nobodies, when he became Xemnas, his mind warped into insanity and his desire was to seek power over everything to become a ruler of his own world
- Has no real target enemy, except anyone who stands in his way, particularly, Sora, the Keyblade's chosen, although Xehanort's Heartless and Xemnas were both slain, they were done so in that order, so while Voldemort is dead, Xehanort is still alive and out there somewhere...
- Master Xehanort is NOT ugly. Old, maybe.
- The mastermind behind Xehanort's character is Tetsuya Nomura, renowned Final Fantasy character designer and the main director behind the Kingdom Hearts series.

So, who's worse? Voldemort or Xehanort? You decide. Perhaps future Kingdom Hearts games will give us more insight on Xehanort (a back story, hopefully), which could help even the score or tip the scales...

Monday, July 26, 2010

Another Side, Another Phantom

Even before the official Japanese releases of the games Pokémon Black and Pokémon White, we are introduced to the equivalent of the ever-unobtainable Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Manaphy, and Shaymin, but this time its official number in the new Pokédex is... #000? We've already heard of a Phantom Champion, but this entry is what really makes a mysterious phantom Pokémon. And wait a minute... Wasn't the last #000 entry the infamous glitch Missingno. from the original Pokémon games Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue? Well, it doesn't matter! This cute tyke is officially Pokémon #000, not some dreadful game-crashing glitch. As with the others, this critter will only be able to be obtained via special events, so keep a sharp eye, fans. Also, the little guy is officially the first Pokémon to give us the "V for victory" pose, not counting Pikachu and others in the anime.

Also, on an interesting note, regarding the Phineas and Ferb one-hour special, during one of the several songs, we are to be presented with official anime versions of the main cast of characters. And thank goodness Phineas and Ferb didn't lose the triangle and F-shaped rectangle heads! We expect to see more when the episode airs on Disney Channel and Disney XD. Those who attended the international Comic-Con in San Diego, California may have got an early chance...

...I still want Pokémon Black...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Fanshippings - Stacy and ????

So, how many of you fans like to support couples? Of course, I do. Well, today I'm gonna bring up something worth noting regarding (you guessed it) the TV show Phineas and Ferb. In an episode known as "The Secret of Success" (not yet aired here in the U.S., but originally was to on March 20), Stacy asks Candace to attend a seminar with her. Although the seminar itself is apparently boring, as Stacy falls asleep during the session, she meets a boy named Chad and seems to take a liking to him instantly, as she lets him sit next to her, Candace having run off earlier in a futile attempt to bust her brothers, and after the seminar ends they are seen taking a walk together. Stacy and Chad, huh? And last we fans checked, wasn't she with Coltrane, Jeremy's friend, in the episode "The Baljeatles"? Then again, Stacy did persuade Candace to come to the seminar on the grounds that there might be "cute boys" attending, which convinced her. So for all we know, Chad may just have been introduced for that sake alone, but then again...

Eh, what do I know? Besides, this isn't the couple I'm gonna keep my eyes glued to any time soon. Hell, I'm not holding my breath on Candace and Jeremy either, seeing as Dan and Swampy themselves said that they're gonna get hooked up at some point in Season 3, so it's obvious. The numero uno couple I'm gonna keep tabs on, cross my fingers, and hope for, is...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Aloha, Phineas and Ferb!

The Hawaiian episode has come and gone and now that it has aired on both Disney Channel and Disney XD, it is now available on iTunes as well! And as it turns out, this isn't the hour-long episode that was mentioned to air this summer. Nah, this was just a warm-up. The true hour-long episode is coming in August along with another new episode halfway through the month!

Even though the Hawaiian episode is only another half-hour episode, there's still loads of fun and humor packed into it. In Part I, the stepbrothers are up to their old antics again with one of their unbelievable activities. This time, they create life size aqua primates, or "A-Primes" and they do the "A-Prime Calypso", but instead of Candace trying to bust them, the hotel manager attempts to do the honors, which of course leads to epic fail. Meanwhile Dr. Doofenshmirtz attempts to devolve all human life with his de-evolution-nator, but Perry the Platypus is again able to stop him by causing the machine to backfire. In Part II, Candace is cursed with bad luck when she finds a tiki charm and is eventually told to take it to the top of a volcano to be rid of it. But at the top is a fancy restaurant where her family is waiting and due to her charm wins a free dessert. However, Candace turns it down, as expected, because... well, that's the way she acts when it comes down to things like this. Meanwhile, Dr. Doofenshmirtz and Perry are stranded on an island until the scientist steals a boat and is subsequently swallowed by a whale from the O.W.C.A. named Agent W. Perry and Major Monogram resume their vacation and Candace ends up stuck on an escalator.

Oops, sorry for the spoilers, but I didn't bring up that many details, so why don't you fans see the episode for yourselves? And with that... aloha!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Time Is Short...

Dan and Swampy continue to pleasantly surprise Phineas and Ferb fans yet! Once at a Comic-Con convention, they were asked about the possibility of a 1-hour episode and a movie. The answers were kept in suspense... until now. One of my previous entries confirms the movie, but now, it seems that we will be getting an hour-long episode after all!

This month, Phineas and Ferb Hawaiian Vacation, is set to air on July 9th on Disney Channel and July 12th on Disney XD. And the hour-long episode is to air next month according to an event known as "Phineas and Ferb: Summer Belongs To You". Phineas and Ferb fans, brace yourselves! The summer 2010 event that was mentioned a while ago is already here and running!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Best Wishes

And now there's word, according to leaked sources, that the long-running Pokémon anime series is going to have episodes based on the games Pokémon Black and Pokémon White! But this time, things will be a little different. Firstly, the female Pokémon trainer from the games is not set to be an anime character - instead, a completely new female character will be introduced, bringing a whole new look to this series that continues to be based off the popular games. And like Brock from Kanto, she will also be accompanied by one of the new region's Gym Leaders, but Ash Ketchum is still set to be the central character. So not to worry, fans of Ash!

...I still want Pokémon Black...