At that moment there came a roaring and a rushing: a noise of loud waters rolling many stones. Dimly Frodo saw the river blow him rise, and down along its course there came a plumed cavalry of waves. White flames seemed to Frodo to flicker on their crests and he half fancied that he saw amid the water white riders upon white horses with frothing manes. The three Riders that were still in the midst of the Ford were overwhelmed: they disappeared, buried suddenly under angry foam. Those that were behind drew back in dismay.
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“Okay, we’re here, now what?” Theo asked
as he nervously looked around the area you three were currently at. You guys
decided to distract the ghost rider so they won’t take Scott and the others.
It was probably
a suicide mission, but you knew that you needed to save Stiles. Not only him,
but everyone who was taken by these monsters. You, Theo and Liam were standing
outside of the hospital since Liam said he knows where we can hide from them,
when they come to take us.Theo stared at Liam and he was about to answer when
he suddenly had an idea. He looked at the two of us and ran back to the cop car
and reached inside to turn the siren on. Theo eyes almost bulged from his head
and he ran towards Liam and yanked him from the vehicle.
“Are you crazy!
They will come right here for us!” He screamed at Liam, shoving him aside so he
can get in the car to turn the siren off. Liam held his arm and pulled him back
so he won’t go near the vehicle.
“That’s what we
have to do, dummy.” You said to Theo. “We lure them here, where they are far
away from Scott.” Theo stared at you and then back at Liam before he yanked his
arms from Liam’s grip and let out a sigh.
“I’m not doing
this for you two. If anything goes south, i’m saving myself.” Theo said through
gritted teeth, staring at you. You nod your head and walked passed him to get
inside. You couldn’t wait for this to be over with, so you can relax and forget
any of this happened. Once inside the hospital, you looked around to see if you
can find anything that can help you to prepare for what’s coming. You hear Theo
bickering with Liam as they walked inside, and you rolled your eyes at them.
Every khal who ever lived chose three blood riders to fight beside him and guard his way. But I am not a khal. I will not choose three blood riders.I choose you all. I will ask more of you than any khal has ever asked of his khalassar! Will you ride the wooden horses across the black salt sea? Will you kill my enemies in their iron suits and tear down their stone houses?
Hi I need to do some research about classic toku do you have some series that you would recommend
Sure and thanks for the second part as well, that narrows things down just a little bit.
If you are going to look to classic tokusatsu, you need to start at the roots and that’s the work of Eiji Tsuburaya. Tsuburaya pretty much pioneered what we think of as tokusatsu today through his work at Toho Studios in the 1950s and 1960s. Everyone known his work (if not his name) because he was the director of special effects for Toho classic kaiju films including 8 of their Godzilla films (though he was only supervising on 3 of the later ones). He also worked on tons of other movies and I highly recommend some of them such as Frankenstein Conquers the World (Frankenstein vs. Baragon), The Mysterians and Matango.
However, it is his TV work that I absolutely love. In the mid 1960s Tsuburaya decided to form his own production company and start producing high quality science fiction and fantasy programming for television. His first series was Ultra Q, a weekly show about mysterious happenings and monsters that brought the thrill of kaiju home to the masses that they usually had to go to the theater to see.
However, it was the follow up series, his first in full color, that really proved to be the huge hit he was seeking. That show started the Kyodai Hero (Giant Hero) genre of tokusatsu TV shows by introducing a gigantic superhero to battle the monsters and aliens that would appear each week. That show (and hero) was Ultraman.
I cannot stress how absolutely crucial Ultraman was to the history of TV tokusatsu. There had been heroes on TV before (such as 1958′s Moonlight Mask and 1960s National Kid) but nothing like Ultraman. It is the series responsible for kicking off the second kaiju boom and taking tokusatsu out of the movie theater and into homes on a weekly basis.
Though the first series is massively groundbreaking, I would actually venture that the second Ultra Hero show, Ultraseven, is the better series. It has a refined sense of storytelling, improved effects and better set designs than its predecessor. It also has my favorite hero of the franchise in the title character.
Fortunately, all three of these series are available on DVD in the US at reasonable prices (seriously, if you shop around the Ultraman DVD set can be bought for like $10).
With any success comes imitators and those came fast on the heels of Ultraman. Shows like Ambassador Magma*, Iron King and Spectreman flooded the airwaves until by the early 1970s there was a glut of giants rampaging Japanese airwaves.
Heck, Toho even threw their hat into the ring with shows like Ike! Godman, Ike! Greenman and Ryuusei Ningen Zone (Zone Fighter) the last of which tried to up the star power by bring in Godzilla as recurring guest star.
By this point though, there were just too many giant heroes and the formula was growing a bit stale. Tsuburaya could still get big ratings with Ultraman sequels but the derivatives were proving less and less popular with audiences.
That’s when the human-sized Henshin Heroes brought new life to the genre, starting with Kamen Rider. I won’t get into him too much as you already know his story and success but along with the Rider franchise came others, some from the same genius creator, Shotaro Ishinomori. These shows included the amazing Jinzo Ningen Kikaida (Android Kikaider) about a robot hero battling the evil organization DARK while protecting the children of his creator and searching for their Father who is wandering Japan suffering from amnesia after escaping the forces of darkness. It spawned a sequel, Kikaider 01 that told the tale of the main hero’s android brother, an earlier prototype.
There was also Akumaizer 3, the story of three demons who have escaped their service to evil to defend humanity from their former allies.
It also had a sequel called Choujin Bibyun, which featured heroes based off of rejected Kamen Rider designs! The three heroes here were the reincarnations of the heroes from the previous series.
Oh and for recommendations, I would be remiss without mentioning Kaiketsu Zubat, a very unique show about a man travelling Japan and battling evil to find the man responsible for the death of his best friend. It has a very interesting hero named Ken Hayakawa who may actually be more interesting out of costume than in!
There are so many more I could talk about here like the Go Nagai created series Star of Pro-Wrestling Azteckaiser and Battle Hawk.
However, I would be utterly remiss if I didn’t mention the series that lead to me creating this blog, the first of a franchise that’s lasted to this very day, Himitsu Sentai Goranger.
This was the very first of the the Super Sentai series (though it wasn’t called that at the time), the series that would come to rule the airwaves in the next decade (the 1980s).
This is really only scratching the surface. There are so many more shows I could go into but these really are the most important to the development of the art of tokusatsu on television. I hope this helps with your research and thank you for the question!
-The Inheritance Cycle: This book series contains four novels, starting with Eragon. It is about a boy who becomes the first Dragon Rider in a century, and the best chance Alagaesia has of defeating their tyrant. This fantasy book takes the reader on a journey through an intricate world, exploring philosophy. Though intimidating (each 500-800 pages) at first glance, the reading is smooth and nearly effortless. This may be my favorite series of all time, so I highly recommend checking out these great works by Christopher Paolini.
-The Ranger’s Apprentice: This series is an easy read build around a fantasy world anyone can fall in love with. The core series has eight books, over which I became personally attached to the characters Halt and Will, loving them as if they were part of the real world. The series is humorous, heartbreaking, and full of adventure. If it sounds like it may be your speed, go for it and check out this series by John Flanagan.
-Three Dark Crowns: This book is the newest addition to my collection, and is the first book in an unfinished series. It is set in a world where three sisters must fight each other to the death to earn the crown when they come of age. The book is not what I was expecting, but I loved it nevertheless. It forces you to sympathize with each of the girls, when you know only one can survive. The ending was incredible, and did not fall into the cliche trap I predicted for it. I know I’m personally very excited for the work that is yet to come from Kendare Blake.
A bolt of lightning split the sky above me as I stepped out onto the moor. The harsh, flat light illuminated two horses and three riders heading towards us: two atop Murtagh’s horse and a single, redheaded figure riding Fergus’.
The reverberating clap of thunder and first glimpse of my husband sent shock-waves down my spine, making me immobile and rooting me to the ground. I wanted to run, to close the distance between us as fast as possible. My heart beat erratically within me as I searched for Brianna’s hand. Finding it, I held fast and she, in turn, clung fiercely to me. Another flash of light showed their progress across the moor, only two hundred yards, give or take, separated us now.
The storm retreated as Jamie charged across the moor. A roll of thunder hesitated crashing down upon us, coming a full five seconds later than the first. Bursting thru the clouds, a single beam of sunlight illuminated the heather between us.
As if the shift in weather was the sign she had been waiting for, Brianna dropped my hand and surged forward. Her brilliant copper plait bounced against her back as she ran. My heart soaring, I followed close behind.
One hundred yards, fifty yards. The distance between us disappeared with the rain drops.
Barely slowing the horse before dismounting, Jamie hit the ground running. I could clearly see his face now, could count the streams of tears rolling down his face. I didn’t bother to wipe my own as I ran and let them trail down my cheeks.
Bree stumbled over something and fell face first into the heather with a wail of surprise. Jamie reached her in a single bound and picked her up, setting her back on her feet. Brianna stood grinning at her father for a split second before throwing her arms about his neck, nearly knocking him backwards with the force of her embrace.
Jamie stood as I neared, but Bree didn’t loosen her grip for a second. Her feet dangled off the ground, still held tightly in her father’s one armed embrace. Jamie reached the other arm out to me and I fell into him.
We sank into the heather, a tangled trio of tears.
Together at last
“Why can’t I ride with da?” Brianna asked Murtagh in mild annoyance. The plan had been that Jamie would ride Bree’s horse on the return trip to Lallybroch and she would ride with me, but seeing that someone would have to ride double, Jamie was not about to miss an opportunity to have me close.
I felt Jamie’s chest vibrate with silent laughter as he heard our daughter’s question. His arms tightened around my waist and I turned my head to look up at him. Lowering his mouth to mine, he kissed me, taking my breath away.
“I still canna believe I’m no’ dreamin’,” he whispered. “I’m afraid I’ll wake and find ye gone.”
“Mmm,” I murmured as his lips found mine again, my hand sliding up the inside of his thigh. “I don’t know about you, but I can’t do this in my dreams.”
He let out a strangled noise and caught my hand. “Christ, Sassenach, no’ now when I canna return the favor.”
“They’re kissing,” Bree said in the loudest whisper I had ever heard.
Murtagh snorted, “Aye, marrit people tend to do tha’”
“What did he call Mama?” She asked as their horse came up beside us. “Satin Frock? She isn’t wearing satin.”
Jamie tipped his head back and laughed, causing another round of questions from Brianna.
Which a long suffering sigh, Murtagh urged the mount down the path and began to tell her the story of how her parents had met… and fallen in love.
Hey, man, just read your thing about Kamen Rider W. It was some good shit, very consice stuff and a great summary of the series. Thing is, though, I hear everybody talking about how awesome W is, but I hear almost nothing about the show that came after, OOO, which I've actually seen a few episodes of. Is it too much to ask your thoughts on that show as well? How good is it compared to W?
Kamen Rider OOOs occupies a strange place for me in Heisei Kamen Rider. It’s sandwiched between two amazing series (Kamen Rider W and Kamen Rider Fourze) which would usually mean it would be considered a lesser series. We see this a lot with a show that follows a massively successful series where an ostensibly good show suffers by comparison to the show the preceded it. Kamen Rider OOOs managed to avoid this by being just a really good show!
The show manages to hook the viewer with the first episode, presenting the basic setup and the series’ great mystery while still telling an engaging tale with good characters. It’s honestly hard to do that. I make a policy to watch the first three to five episodes of any series to get a feel for it. Sometimes, like with Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, it takes me that long to get into a show or get past the things that initially turned me off from the idea. Not so with OOOs, it grabbed me from the start.
Let’s talk about the setup for the series. It begins in a museum, where two corrupt guards are plotting to rob the place. There is a third guard who they drugged and left to sleep while they commit their crime. As they begin their plunder, they disturb something. It’s a sarcophagus that opens and is apparently filled with some kind of coins, or medals. The medals begin to move and gather together, becoming creatures.
These are the Greeed (Yes, spelled with three ‘e’s), creatures created by an ancient wizard and made up of the medals contained in the sarcophagus. They rampage and are battled by troops sent my the owner of the museum, the head of the Kougami Foundation.
Apparently, he was planning this from the beginning. Though his security men are destroyed, he doesn’t seem unhappy about it and just bakes a cake to celebrate the resurrection of the Greeed. This guy is kind of a weirdo and has a thing for baking cakes.
In the aftermath of the attack, the drugged guard wakes up and starts to change out of his uniform. He also finds a strange red medal and keeps it. Just before he can put on his regular clothes, the wall collapses and the police investigating outside are treated to this:
This guard is Hino Eiji, our hero for the series. He’s a world traveler who never plans much ahead of the next day which is represented by his belief that as long as he always has a new pair of underwear for tomorrow, he will have a future.
Meanwhile, the Greeed are not idle. These are things that feed off of human want and desire (hence their name) and cultivate these things by using the medals that make up their body to create servants called Yummies out of human greed. They do this by inserting a medal into a person and whatever that person desires most become the goal of the Yummy. Yummys start out looking like this:
In the first episode, the Yummy is motivated by a woman’s desire for jewelry and it begins to eat all the jewelry in the shop. When it has consumed enough and created more and more medals inside of its body, it changes into a mantis creature and goes on a new rampage.
Let’s pause here to talk about the medals. There are two kind of medals. The first are the Core Medals. These are the colorful ones and the rarer of the two. These are the medals that contain the most power and make up the ‘soul’ (for lack of a better term) of the Greeeds.
The other kinds of medals are what make up the bodies of the Greeds and what they apparently feed on. These are cell medals (cell like the cells that make up living things). These are created by the Yummies and can also be used to power weapons and things. However, these are consumed when used as opposed to the core medals, which are hard to destroy.
The Greeed need the Cell Medals to build up their bodies but they crave the Core Medals for two reasons.
1) To make themselves whole and gain their full powers. Each of the Cell Medals has a color and that color is associated with one of the Greeed. For example, the green Core Medals are associated with the insectoid Greeed. He is not complete until he has all of his own Core Medals and cannot have all of his powers before he gains them all.
2) Power. The Greeed can actually use the Core Medals of other Greeed to make themselves more powerful. By stealing the essence of their fellows, they can gain the powers of another Greeed.
As a quick aside, the Medals concept is one of the times I think the gimmick for the year was done well and didn’t distract from the series itself. The collectible aspect was written into the plot and was more than just a fetch quest at the beginning of the show. It turned a marketing gimmick into a core part of the story and I love it for that.
This is where our other main character comes along. Ankh. Ankh is a Greeed, or rather part of a Greeed. He’s been reduced to a hand and cannot regain his entire body until he finds all of his own Core Medals.
He’s a schemer and a planner and wants to get his own body back. He’s got his own agenda and wants to use Eiji to accomplish this. During the attack of the Mantis Yummy, two cops are mortally wounded and Eiji tries to fight back to save them. He cannot and Ankh offers him the power to fight the Greeed, but it will come with a price. Eiji agrees and is given three mismatched Core Medals which he inserts into a belt he was given by Ankh, using them he is able to transform into Kamen Rider OOOs!
Using the powers of the medals, Eiji is able to save the day. However, Ankh doesn’t exactly enjoy being a disembodied so he takes possession of the body of one of the fallen cops.
And there is our basic setup. Eiji is OOOs, fighting against the Greeed, Ankh is using Eiji to find and collect his Core Medals to get his body back (or so he says) and Kougami is somehow responsible for it all. The Greeed are out there gaining power and creating Yummies to do their dirty work.
There are two more characters worth mentioning here, the two most important female characters in the series. One is the sister of the mortally wounded police officer Ankh is currently using as a body. Her name is Hina.
Hina is super strong to the point where lifting an entire vending machine is no problem for her. There is really no reason given for this, she just is. She’s also incredibly embarrassed about it. She becomes Eiji’s best friend and cares about him and what’s happening to him, especially in regards to the influence Ankh has over him.
Or second important woman of the show is Kougami’s secretary, Ms.
Satonaka. She’s probably the most competent non-powered character in the show but really only does her work or fights anything because her boss pays her to. Otherwise, she’s happy to just be a secretary and watch from the sidelines with a kind of exhausted tolerance for Kougami’s antics.
There is a LOT more to this show than the basic setup suggests. There are deeper mysteries about the origins of the Greeed and what Kougami wants from them. There is the price Eiji eventually has to pay for being OOOs. There is what OOOs was made for in the first place. All becomes revealed (except for why Hina is super strong) and it’s all worth it.
In short, Kamen Rider OOOs is a really good show. It might not be as good as Kamen Rider W or Kamen Rider Fourze but the three of them together make a great start for the Heisei Phase 2 era. It showed a lot of promise for what could be done when the marketing aspect of the show is well incorporated with the story instead of forcing the story to serve the toyline. I wish more recent entries in the franchise had kept up this aspect.
Imagine being reunited with Sansa at the Wall after all she went through and proving to her that she is still perfect and beautiful.
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omg okay so fem!reader and sansa like they knew each other there whole lives but reader stayed in winterfell and when ramsay takes over she flees to the wall as she was close with jon too, and then sansa goes to the wall n they meet again n cute fluff n smut?? i love this blog so much ❤️❤️❤️
It's her trying to do the right thing by her people that makes everyone think she would be fair and just, not the dragons. Those are just what makes her a ruler.
Okay, no. One, who are her people? Certainly not the ones in Westeros. Even in the show, the only thing that has been corrected from her askewed knowledge of everything related to Westeros was her father’s madness through Tyrion and when ser Jorah told her way back that common folk prayed for rain and good harvest so they could survive, not her family’s return to the Iron Throne.
Two, she has zero idea on how to rule fairly and justly. Or at all for that matter. This is not by her choice, starting from her brother Viserys to her rapist husband Khal Drogo, all she could tell from her point of view is that what they were doing was wrong. TV Daenerys has spent all her time going from one place to the other, things conveniantely falling into her lap. Tyrion, as experienced ‘manager’ and someone with experience in playing politics, was introduced to her in an episode
literally called ‘The Gift’.
And still she is stubborn to act as she is advised. Her advisors and ‘army’ of freed slaves, that follow her more out of being awed by her as their liberator whom they call ‘master’, are what is keeping her head above the water when it comes to 'ruling’. Also she acquired them by tricking a man and then burning him to crisp. And she ruined the city of Astapor, sparing only children and slaves. Yay, bad ass Khaleesi.
I find it particularly annoying how everything comes to her conveniantely. In one episode she has trouble controlling her dragons and in another, problem solves itself and she has it under control again. Also, her rulling references are: family name, dragons and inability to get burnt. That’s it. She has nothing of lengthy success to showcase her ability to rule, whether it would be a natural or acquired ability.
“They have a choice: they can live in my new world, or they can die in their old one.”
There are zero realities where this is fair and just. You can argue with me all day long that this was solely focused on the slave masters of Slaver’s Bay but I disagree. Though she has not said it before, it was most certainly Daenerys’s mind set since she started her little conquest. And yes, it is a conquest.
“I am Daenerys Stormborn and I will take what is mine with fire and blood.”
This is not a mark of a badass woman as most people idolize her to be. This is fucking terrifying. Also, it is not hers. This is something only a conqueror will tell themselves to justify their greed and ambition to control the lives of other people. The Targaryens had zero right to rule over Westeros. They came with dragons, killed everyone who opposed them and fashioned themselves as rulers of Westeros to supplant the rulership they lost in Valyrian Freehold.
She is not in Essos to stay. She wants Westeros. And will leave very unstable enviroment behind her. Also, no matter how morally wrong to you and me the cultures of Essos may be, they had existed that way for centuries, Daenerys has desecrated them and appropriated bits and pieces she had found to be useful to her. In this, you cannot unsee the trope of 'white hero saving poc cultures from their savage ways’. For example, look at the first culture she dissected.
The Dothraki. They sack and raid cities, demand tributes, enslave people and rape is their conquest given right. This just makes you appalled. It certainly did not sit well with Daenerys in the beginning. Now, they are part of her army she will unleash on Westeros. And she took command over them by burning the khals alive in the most sacred place to all Dothraki where no weapons or blood spilling was allowed. Ever.
“Every Khal who ever lived chose three blood riders to fight beside him and guard his way, but I am not a Khal. I will not choose three blood riders. I choose you all. I will ask more of you than any Khal has ever asked of his Khalasar. Will you ride the wooden horses across the black salt sea? Will you kill my enemies in their iron suits and tear down their stone houses? Will you give me the Seven Kingdoms, the gift Khal Drogo promised me, before the Mother of Mountains? Are you with me, now and always?”
So she disagrees with their way of life but has done nothing to change how that at all and is perfectly content to use their 'savagery’ to get what she wants.
“I am a queen, not a butcher.”
I think one would find good number of people who would disagree with that statement.
As for her dragons, they are devastating weapons of war. They are not cute, cuddly pets that will sit around her throne and purr or chirp or whatever. They are not her children. You do not raise your children to do your bidding and torch anyone who does not agree with you. They are literally cocked guns pointed at someone’s head. To quote MCU Steve Rogers: 'This isn’t freedom. This is fear.’
The ability to give Inspirational Speeches she does not write downTM and ability to ride a dragon are not valid job qualifications of a ruler. A conqueror maybe. But not a ruler. Especially a good one.