Kingdom Hearts III: So Far

So… Kingdom Hearts III is out, and I’ve been both waiting for it, playing it, trying to play it, and yeah… I’m at Toy Story world, and I’ve been wanting to talk about it, so here are my thoughts.

1-30-2019_3-12-37_pm-3cyfudssProud mode is way too easy, at least before the latest patch. Not sure if that has changed or not. There are way too many cut scenes that go on too long, and you end up going to multiple locations/worlds one after the number, at first, without the luxury of saving first. I could have maybe saved at the Gummi Ship map, but it wasn’t apparent from the get-go, so this complaint is still some-what valid.

The gameplay is frantic, sort of confusing, and some of Sora’s abilities take away from combat in a “Jesus take the wheel” kind of way. You summon attractions all of the time, and change your form when prompted to… because why wouldn’t you? It sucks… but it’s tactical. Worst case scenario, it gives Donald Duck time to revive, and cast Cure onto you.

1-30-2019_3-13-55_pm-kokft43iApparently, Square Enix really wanted everyone to care about the Kingdom Hearts games that are NOT the numbered Kingdom Hearts games. I lost interest in the PS3 collections, I never played the KH games that were on GBA, DS, 3DS, PSP, and PS4. I’m including the PS4 because they had a collection called 2.8 which included a short story that was included inside of the Kingdom Hearts 3 engine, that many people called a ‘Demo.’

1-30-2019_3-14-19_pm-iovb4iumEven if you bought a PS3, missing out on the small game they included in Kingdom Hearts 2.8 that was exclusive to PS4, fans would have missed SOMETHING if their only current gen console is The Xbox One.

Aqua, Terra, Ventus… Lea? One guy in this game was only in a dream? Re: coded was apparently important as well. What is going on? Apparently there was also a Japan only browser game? *sigh* Kingdom Hearts 2’s opening covered almost everything you needed to know about the GBA game, but in KHIII… that’s just not the case.

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Ariel in Kingdom Hearts II

The original Kingdom Hearts games came out in 2002. Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories came out in 2008 but Kingdom Hearts 2 came out before that one in December 2005. I mention the PS2 games while leaving out the GBA original of Chain of Memories, because PS2 was where the series started, and the previous game Kingdom Hearts 2, lived.

I’m sorry, but this direct sequel took too long, 14 years, with too many games that were not Kingdom Hearts III in-between. Also, I am a different person than I was when KHI and KHII came out. I haven’t even seen every Disney Movie in-between… so yay to spoiling myself on Big Hero 6?

1-30-2019_3-15-51_pm-1xm4uazvI should also note that I had the game since it launched at 11pm the night before after playing much Resident Evil 2 remake. One of the reasons I previously said that I said ‘trying’ to play KHII was because on X-Box One, I had that whole ‘If your X-Box One is online it looks like your system doesn’t work anymore’ problems yesterday. I was playing an annoying mini-game when I did get the game to finally boot only for my roommate to plug the router back in, and mid-dancing/sighing at a mandatory mini-game, BAM! no more playing Kingdom Hearts.

Expect more thoughts on Kingdom Hearts III in the days to come.

Movies

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse lands today, and I made a spoiler-free review for it!

In sadder news, I saw Once Upon a Deadpool as well, and… yeah… I got emotional near the end, because… well… spoilers? There was a Stan Lee cameo in Deadpool 2. I know I’m late to the party here, but here is me talking about Stan Lee.

The Little Mermaid 2 is about to be 18?!

On September 19th, 2000, Disney released The Little Mermaid 2.

That means that that later this month, the mermaid who began the Disney Renaissance on November 17, 1989… her daughter who was voiced by Tara Strong… that movie will be old enough to vote for The mid-term elections!

All of this is to say… *sigh* we are getting older.

Country singer Chely Wright recorded a new cover of Part of Your World for the US release’s credits, but some parts of the world received a cover from Ann Marie Boskovich

Expect more posts about The Little Mermaid as well as The Little Mermaid 2 in the upcoming weeks.

Our shows lived on…

ghostbusters_ver10Lately, the trend has been bring back this or that show or movie that was popular, but do this or that to it. 1980’s Ghostbusters got an all female group, 1990’s Power Rangers had their casts become even more diverse and extreme, and the  2000’s Teen Titans became chibi’s and extremely dumbed down. Each one of those, probably should not have happened.

When the Ghostbusters reboot was not doing well, and they blamed men for trolling on the internet, and not on the fact that the movie was mediocre and missed recapturing how the original movies felt, Paul Feig went on record saying that he would never re-boot another classic property.

Ranger meme2When Jason David Frank of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers talked about how the new movie did not do well, he said that they should have made a movie with the original cast, because that was the only time people were really cheering in the audience.

But then there was Teen Titans Go, which has a movie out now, and despite not hitting the tone of the original show… has fans? I don’t get it, but Cartoon Network sure does show it enough… so I guess someone is watching?

In the next wave of reboot nostalgia bait, we have: Thundercats, She-Ra, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Each has set off their original fans, as they complain about it while others are arguing how stupid they are for it. ThunderCats? Don’t call it Cal-arts cause lots of other people use it who didn’t go! She-Ra? You man babies are mad cause she doesn’t have big breasts! Buffy??? Well… now that one is where a lot of people are actually just going ‘Umm… No? Please!?’

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buffyseason12The problem with Rebooting Buffy The Vampire Slayer… is the fact that that show was very progressive for a 90’s/00’s show… and well… it lived on through it’s comics to this very day. Black Slayer? Kindra, who was awesome. Lesbians? Two… but one fell into the bury our gays trope. Gay guy? Andrew was fabulous! Sexy men? Every darn season. wait… that doesn’t count as progressive? Huh.

Buffy has never left the public’s eye really since the cancellation of it’s sister show Angel in 2004. Sarah Michelle Gellar, visually, is Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Buffy_The_Vampire_Slayer_MovieCertain shows can be softly rebooted, such as Star Wars where they can include old cast members in the original’s world… where they just… well… keep dying every movie. Buffy is one of those given the mythos.

Heck, I’d even allow an entire ret-con of Buffy’s entire show, and have this new slayer be after the 1992’s original Buffy The Vampire Slayer movie! That’s right… they are rebooting a reboot!

Just have her be a new slayer that just shows up because the last couple of slayers have passed away…

Thundercats_the_return_4bGetting back onto the major subject at hand is… ThunderCats continued on past the original show just like Buffy did. There were comics… a lot of them. Lion-O even fought Superman… but who hasn’t? Seriously… he’s sort of a bad person.

There was a soft re-boot of the show in 2011 which failed to get a second season due to poor toy sales.

Voltron similarly had a CGI continuation of the original show, than a bad reboot, but then AN AMAZING REBOOT on Netflix!

Gargoyles had a bad 3rd season thus was canceled, but came back as a short lived comic and now Jordan Peel wants to reboot it, which makes Disney uneasy.

reboot 1Reboot was… soft rebooted? It was just terrible though, and is more of a Code Lyoko reboot under the guise of being a reboot of the original 90’s show, as it threw just way too much of it out, and what was left in was just neutered and did not answer any of the questions that the cliff hanger at the end of the show asked.

deadpoolWhile not a reboot but an adaptation all the same, Deadpool did extremely well considering that it was not in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When asked why that was, Kevin Feige said this:

We’ve always said if there’s any ‘secret’ it’s respect the source material, understand the source material and then, any adaptation you make from the source material should be done only to enhance whatever the original pure spirit of the source material was.

Power Rangers has an amazing comic book out right now, and it is not really a re-telling of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, but an alternate universe of it. When Kyle Higgins and his fellow writers were interviewed recently at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 by IGN, Kyle said:

… my approach was to not write Power Rangers as it existed, or as I remember it existing, but to write it as I remember it making me feel.

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So what lessons can we learn from Paul Feig, Jason David Frank, Kevin Feige, and Kyle Higgins?

Adapting a classic property is hard to do, and may not be worth doing. People want what made them excited for the original property, as that magic is what will capture a new audience as well. No matter what, you have to respect what was, even if you are going to change it.