Post Power Morphicon Post
. . . I’m Hilarious.
By: Head Writer – Justin Tafoya
Monday, August 15th –
Hello again my Giga-Landers! I hope you are doing well on this fine and extremely warm Monday! If you’re anywhere near San Diego, stay inside with a nice AC! . . . and read this to make me feel better!
Anyway, as the title states, I just got back from Pasadena, CA last night because Dustin and I were attending Power Morphicon 2016. It’s an event that happens every two years that celebrates the love for Toku and Sentai series. Primarily focusing on Power Rangers, obviously. It sounds super nerdy, because it is. But, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a fun convention. I might be a little frank here, so I apologize if something comes off as crass, that’s not my intention: PMC pulls in a group that’s very hard to look at from the outside. From where we’re standing, it’s a group of people that are too old to be watching “kid shows” and can’t grow up. On the inside, it’s full of people that are extremely friendly and welcoming in all forms. Regardless of whether you like Kamen Rider more than Sentai series, or which version of Power Rangers you like better, everyone was always having a good time being more happy that they actually have someone to talk with about the shows. It seemed like it was prominent with a group that had seen a lot of bullying, or kids with disabilities, or even personal friends of mine who love the stunt acting and choreography. Some of the actors might be too big for their britches, but most of them were more than happy to take a few seconds out of their day to greet their fans. Plus, watching Bulk and Skull from the original Power Rangers pull off some improv slap-stick was highly entertaining.
On another note, I got to hang out with Rocco Botte from Mega64 as well! I’m a native San Diegan which just happens to be where they are based! . . . And grew up! So I’ve been a huge fan of theirs for a few years. Dustin apparently talks with Rocco on a regular basis about the new Sentai series and upcoming models and figures coming out, so we happened to meet up at the convention. We also happened to meet up with Jay from Jabronie Pictures, an actor and Stunt Actor, who is also a friend of ours. Since Dustin offered to help with Rocco’s panel, we ended up going to dinner together that night. It was honestly really amazing to really meet and talk to two awesome people like that who I consider local celebrities. I really had a good time and, if you’re into any of the aforementioned stuff, I highly suggest you check our PMC when it comes back in 2018!
NOW ON TO ANIME!
Re:Zero has finally thrown in some action to the series on again! It was extremely hype and I still love the fight choreography and shot compositions, even though Subaru wasn’t a fighter this time around. But, the show has just been getting better and better every episode and I hope you guys are enjoying it too!
On the flip side, I’ve been trying to watch another shounen anime called Qualidea Code, which is really really bad. It’s basically a post-apocalyptic show that isn’t really apocalyptic in any fashion. Only kids have these weird powers which are never explained, and the characters are about as flat as the paper they were written on. Hell, they even included one of the most taboo writing offenses known to anime only four episodes in trying to prove that “we can be tough too” while forcing a change in the main character. Even worse, a show whose entire point is fighting, phoned in a terribly animated attack during the climax. Literally using several still shots of an already established scene, just with zoom-in, and a final fade to white. It’s so bad! I don’t know why I’m still watching it! It must be because I need something terrible to watch every season, so I can attempt to make you guys laugh when I write about it.
Anyway, that’s it for me today, my Giga-Friends! I hope you have a great Monday and an even better week! -J.R