Pokemon: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages [Movie Review]

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There are almost two dozen Pokemon movies — including the upcoming live-action Detective Pikachu film — and, despite how much we enjoy the Pokemon franchise, Rachel and I have really only seen a handful of them. When we had a little downtime lately, we decided to stick one that we haven’t seen before on, and this time we chose Pokemon: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages.

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It’s on Netflix so it was easy enough for us to watch, despite the few DVDs we have of other Pokemon movies we haven’t seen. I remember when this movie came out and it looked interesting to me, though we never got around to watching. I never knew much about Hoopa before watching this film and Hoopa is a pretty cool Pokemon! The movie itself was pretty good as well.

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I was disappointed by the lack of theme song in the beginning of the movie, since I always enjoyed those, but it was a minor detail. This movie dove right into the action, showing off Hoopa’s Unbound Form a century ago and all its power destroying a town in a bid to show off its strength. Considering Hoopa’s Unbound Form is a genie-like creature, it was captured in a bottle by a guy who had some power of Arceus, the legendary Pokemon that is said to have created the world.

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I honestly didn’t realize there was no theme song until Kris pointed it out. The action began from the first second and I was drawn in anyway. Hoopa is certainly an interesting Pokemon as I didn’t realize he’s a genie-like Pokemon. It was a really cool concept. The movie as a whole was great. It was action-packed and none of the characters were annoying. The brother and sister characters were awesome where I usually find the side characters to get on my nerves.

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It took place in the Kalos region, so Ash had Serena, Clemont, and Bonnie as companions. In all honesty, the companions didn’t do much, aside from Bonnie recruiting a random Hippopotas to help them near the climax of the movie. The movie would have done well with just Ash and the side characters — Meray and Baraz — helping Hoopa against its Unbound form. Speaking of Hoopa, the small form of it was adorable in the movie! The Unbound form was actually kind of creepy.

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Yeah, some of the “main characters” weren’t needed. Honestly, Pikachu didn’t even do much in this movie, which was off. The Unbound form was super creepy! He can teleport through his rings and just poke his head through and his eyes were red and evil and it was nightmare fuel for sure. Small Hoopa was so cute though and could, of course, speak English. What I loved most about this movie was that it was one giant Pokemon battle. They summoned a bunch of legendary Pokemon to help and it just felt epic.

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Lugia, Rayquaza, Latios and Latias, Palkia, Dialga, just to name a few legendary Pokemon that were involved in this battle. They battled all around the city, causing such destruction that Rachel and I weren’t strangers to saying, “Well, the people in that building are now dead.” Honestly, if more battles in the anime were that epic, I probably would continue watching the series.

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I still want to watch the anime anyway… I’ve gotten way too far behind in it. But anyway, the movie overall was great. I teared up once, but it never made it cry. It was actually just good feeling and a wholesome movie. It felt different from the rest of the Pokemon movies and I really liked it.

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Minecraft Story Mode: Episode One [TV Show Review]

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While we knew the Story Mode Minecraft games existed, it was fairly recent that we heard about the interactive series of episodes that were available on Netflix. We had no idea what we were going to be in for when we started this up for the hell of it.

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It was certainly something different and neither of us were expecting it to be “good.” It truly was interactive though… which it says it is, but for some reason I wasn’t expecting to use the Xbox controller to make choices for the main character. That was certainly a cool addition.

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You start with the main character entering a building contest with a couple of her friends and, for a while, the only motivation these characters have is to “be cool.” It was a bit cringy, to be honest. The actual plot revealed itself eventually, with a character who had a grudge against some heroes of the world unleashed a Wither monster. It’s up to the main character and friends to find the rest of the heroes to stop the Wither. While there were enough choices throughout the episode to keep the story interactive, there were only a few where the episode actively told you, “Your story is changing,” due to your choice.

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The plot itself isn’t that bad once it’s revealed and it shows some history on the world as well. But yeah, some of the choices were kind of pointless and if you don’t make a choice by the time the timer runs, it makes the choice for you based on whatever your controller is currently on. While I don’t think I’ll watch this again, I’m curious to see what happens if we made different choices that actually changed the course of the story. Some of the choices was also crafting as well, which was a cool touch.

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The crafting choices — like, would you craft a bow or a fishing rod for your current situation — were interesting, yes. Some of the characters weren’t too bad, although we were kind of yelling at some of them often enough. Honestly, some of the situations could have been avoided if a character just, ya know, moved from where they were standing. One of the side characters was called Axel, and he was basically the muscle of the group and was fantastic at being Captain Obvious. He was one of our favorites, haha!

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Axel was good, yeah. While there were some good lines that made us laugh throughout this hour and half long episode, I didn’t care for any of the characters or their voice acting. The tones never seemed to match what was going on in the scene and it didn’t seem like there was much emotion or effort behind it. That definitely got annoying to listen to after a while. The sound effects, however, we great. The Ghasts in the Nether were spot on. Granted, they’re probably ripped from the game but it was nice to hear anyway since the voice acting was lacking.

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Considering it was done in conjunction with the developers of the game, I imagine the sound effects were right from Minecraft. We don’t have any emotional attachment to these characters — although, I’m sure younger kids would — but we were interested enough in the plot to be curious about what happens next or, as Rachel mentioned, what would happen should we chose different responses to the crucial choices of the first episode. We’re not rushing off to watch the next episode, but if we get bored enough later down the road, maybe we’ll stick on another one.

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I would like to at least finish the rest of the season. It was interesting, to say the least. And, honestly, I think we had a pretty good time watching it together. Though, I have to take it in small doses.

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The Legend of Zelda TV Show [Review]

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This is one of the corniest and ridiculous shows that we’ve seen. It’s a product of its era, with the episodes following the similar plot line of Ganon creating a scheme to try to steal the Triforce of Wisdom while Link, Princess Zelda, and their fairy friend Spryte stop him. Each episode is about fifteen minutes long and is full of glorious puns.

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The show didn’t last long at all beginning in September 1989 and ending in December 1989. The voice acting is over the top and the overall show is ridiculous, as Kris said, but… I kind of wish there was more.

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More episodes would have been nice. It’s rather a shame that it didn’t do well enough to go past one season. Considering all the episodes follow a simple formula, it isn’t too surprising. Still, we enjoyed the characters, especially with how sassy Zelda and Link were to each other. Zelda was also just as much as a protagonist as Link was, even if she did need to be rescued many times. I also enjoyed the music and sound effects, which are lifted straight from the original games. They were fun Easter eggs.

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Honestly, the music and sound effects were probably my favorite part of the whole show. That could be because we just played the original game on the NES, but still. It was refreshing to hear over the corny voice acting. There’s a reason Link is a silent protagonist. Neither of their voices is at all what I had expected for them, but they worked well enough anyway. Link and Zelda had a cool relationship with one another. They were friends even though Link’s job is to protect Zelda and the Triforce of Wisdom.

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Yes, they were friends, even though one of the running jokes was Link always trying to get Zelda to kiss him. They flirted throughout the season, but Link never gets his kiss. There was respect between the characters, but familiarity to ensure the audience understood the friendships. Other jokes included the famous line, “Well, ex-CUSE me, Princess!” and a time when Link whistled the Super Mario Bros. theme song.

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This show certainly has its charm. It’s fun to see these beloved characters in a new light. This isn’t the kind of show that I’ll turn on once in a while, but I’m sure I’ll come back to it again to get a good laugh.

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Clue Movie [Review]

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The Clue movie is based off of the board game of the same name, throwing people from all sorts of different backgrounds into a mansion where each of them are suspected of murder. Despite the killings, the movie itself is comedic and it’s a fun film to watch no matter how many times you’ve seen it.

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It’s an older movie, which came out in 1985. Our family enjoys older movies, our parents growing up in times and our older sister just being born in the wrong era. We’ve seen Clue many times and enjoy it each and every time. It’s funny with awesome actors and the mystery is one that’s woven perfectly.

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The actors definitely make this movie. Several we knew from other movies, so it was a treat to recognize them in these ridiculous roles based on a board game. Miss Scarlet had also been Cinderella while Colonel Mustard was the principal on Sabrina the Teenage Witch. And, of course, everyone knows Christopher Lloyd.

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And Tim Curry. He was there too. The movie is meant to be ridiculous and fun. Honestly, you can’t really figure out the mystery either. I mean, I guess if you took notes then maybe you could try, but it’s a tough one. It all makes sense though. It’s hard to figure out and then the butler reveals all and, if you follow closely, it does wrap up nicely. However, there are three different endings and the writers worked it so that each makes sense.

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For the most part they all make sense. There is a question or two on a couple of the endings, but they’re not totally far-fetched. Originally, the cast is meant to discover who killed Mr. Boddy after he attempts to blackmail each of the guests of the house. Together, with the butler and maid, the guests go around to figure out which of them is the killer. Personality quirks, to put it lightly, ensure that the plot is not serious at all.

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Overall, it’s a great movie and a fun experience if you enjoy mysteries and the Clue board game.

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Donkey Kong And The Legend Of The Crystal Coconut [Movie Review]

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So about twenty years ago, there was a certain cartoon that was based off of the Donkey Kong video game franchise. It was originally a Canadian/French cartoon that was later released in the United States. It’s amusing to me that this cartoon came out around the same time as the Pokemon franchise and comparing how the two have aged over time.

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I didn’t realize it came out around the same time as Pokemon. Or I, at least, didn’t make that connection. The movie is 3D cartoon, similar to Pixar’s style. It’s based off of Donkey Kong Country with similar music, font styles, and characters. I had completely forgotten about the movie until Kris mentioned it. Even then, while the beginning was vaguely familiar to me, I barely remembered the movie at all.

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The animation is a treat to see, considering it was computer animated with motion capture to try to get it as close to the video game style as possible. The Legend of the Crystal Coconut was one of the many video releases of episodes of the show packaged together. I remember renting this particular “feature-length film” from Blockbuster every once in a while as a kid before I tended to just stick to renting video games.

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It was a musical too. Donkey Kong sang and he actually has the best voice out of all the characters. Seriously, I’d buy DK’s CD if he ever came out with one. The songs and the movie itself was kind of ridiculous, but it had good lines and was pretty funny at times.

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Each episode of the cartoon had at least two songs, I believe. It made us burst into giggles when the first song started up, especially since the animation didn’t exactly allow the smoothest dance moves for the characters. Actually, the pirate villains had the best song and dance combos!

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Oh, right. DK had the best singing voice, but he was certainly the worst dancer. The entire thing was them, King K. Rool, and the pirates all trying to get the Crystal Coconut for themselves. It was an hour and a half of keep-away. It was hilarious though and honestly, I don’t think we ever found out the “legend” of the Crystal Coconut, which was what DK was originally trying to figure out.

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Considering it was just a collection of four episodes of the cartoon series, I imagine more of the Crystal Coconut’s lore was uncovered in the other thirty-six or so episode of the series. Since this was just a collection, the timeline of the four episodes was a bit off — in the third episode, or part, of the movie, there was a flashback to an incident that didn’t happen until the fourth episode on the movie! Nevertheless, we were very amused by this cartoon and we had a great time revisiting it.

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Yes, that’s true. It was a great movie and certainly fun to revisit! I’m sure we’ll sit down to watch it again at some point too.

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Ace Attorney Anime [Episodes 1-4]

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Ace Attorney is one of our favorite video game franchises, with the original trilogy being some of the best games. And, while neither Rachel nor I were ever really into anime except for Pokemon, we were both interested in hearing that Ace Attorney got its own anime series.

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It’s been a long time coming, but we finally got a chance to sit down and watch it. Of course, we were going to get Crunchyroll when I noticed the website sells DVDs of Ace Attorney. I checked on Amazon, it was cheaper, and BAM! Impulse buy. We got it just in time too because the season one, volume 2 DVD set comes out in less than a month.

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Anime is definitely more dramatic or over exaggerated, if you will, than the American cartoons that I grew up watching, and Ace Attorney wasn’t an exception. It was great, of course, and we’re really enjoying it so far. We’ve watched the first four episodes which mirror the first two cases from the original game.

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We’ve played through the games a couple of times, so, for the most part, we remember what happens in each case. There are a couple of times we forget something here and there, but watching the anime we knew how everything was going to play out. Since each episode is only about 20-30 minutes long, the cases go by pretty quick. A few hours of gameplay is squished into 2 or 3 parts of 20-minute episodes. But it’s enjoyable all the same.

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Seeing the game scenes and characters come to life is so much fun. Phoenix and Maya tend to act as we always pictured they would, and we’re enjoying all the voice actors so far — the English voice actors, of course. It’ll be interesting to re-watch the episodes in Japanese to hear how the characters sound.

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Yeah, watching it in Japanese is something I want to try. Maya’s voice sounds a little young for her age, but it’s easy to get used to. Detective Gumshoe is more serious than he is in the games, but I enjoy his character all the same. And then there’s Edgeworth… his voice actor and animations are all sexy. I love it.

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I was actually really impressed with Redd White from the Turnabout Sisters case. His voice and mannerisms were spot-on, with his narcissism and arrogance. I do hope that the later episodes will show more of the scenery outside of the courtroom. While the trial portion of the episodes are fun, I would like to see a little more exploration.

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We’re starting to see a little bit more investigation as the episodes go on. That’s how they did it in the games too, which is pretty cool. I’m sure as the cases get longer we’ll start to see more. I love the show, but I would also love to see a movie. I know they do have a movie in Japan, but even if it’s anime, that would be amazing.

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Pokemon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel

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There are twenty Pokemon movies. Isn’t it crazy how one franchise has spawned that many movies, about the same number of anime seasons, and dozens of video games? Pokemon is a franchise that Rachel and I love, but we’re more the types to play the games rather than watch the movies or television show. With that said, we’ve realized how many movies we’ve missed and sat down to watch the nineteenth Pokemon film, Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel.

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Each time a new movie comes out I always say I’m going to watch it and then never do. I was excited to see this movie on Netflix since it’s one of the more recent ones. For a Pokemon movie, it’s as corny as it can get, but it was one of the more enjoyable ones.

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Yeah, this movie wasn’t too bad at all. It was definitely created with Mega Evolutions in mind, as one of the main plot points was how trainers should have a strong bond with their Pokemon for them to unleash their power instead of forcing the Pokemon to Mega Evolve. It showcased nearly every available Mega Evolution throughout the movie, as well.

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Mega Evolution is definitely something cool and I of course didn’t mind seeing it showcased as a main point in a movie. It was great “bad guy fodder.” Volcanion is trying to protect Magearna and other Pokemon from humans and, while we don’t know his backstory, he made a great hero. Then Ash of course has to come along and help – well, annoy Volcanion. Even though he’s a Pokemon he could speak and he was so sarcastic it was awesome.

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Volcanion was like my spirit animal in this movie, haha! Volcanion was literally stuck with Ash, as a couple of bands linked the two together, throughout half of the movie and it amused us greatly. A counselor for a nearby kingdom wished to have Magearna, who is best friends with Volcanion, in order to control the mechanized kingdom. Ash and friends butt in do their best to help Volcanion. Seeing the mechanized kingdom was a treat! I really enjoyed the animation when it showcased the castle and flying fortress.

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The animation was always great. What I especially loved about the movie was that Ash’s Pokemon did the majority of the work. A few times his whole team just stormed in and took care of everything even if Ash wasn’t even there. They were the true heroes and I felt warm and fuzzy seeing the Pokemon step up like that. Yes, it’s a cartoon, but it still made me feel good. The writing was on point too. The dialogue was funny and the overall plot made sense and made for a great Pokemon movie.

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The battles were always the best part of the Pokemon movies and anime! The music was well done, too, especially the opening credits with the battle going on in the background. Team Rocket was pretty good in this movie too — they’re probably some of my favorite characters, and I would love to see a movie focused on them. They try to be evil, but they just fail at it, haha!

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Team Rocket was impressive in this movie, I agree. They need their own movie or show. Overall, this was a fun movie to watch and I’m sure I’ll be watching it again sometime.

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