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Oh hey, I haven’t drawn those guys in a while! Well, at least Ryoku I haven’t drawn in a REALLY long time…

I saw Bumblebee yesterday, and it was alright! I would describe it as ‘amusing’, which is a significant step up from the Bayformer movies, which I would describe as ‘torture’. Sitting next to them, Bumblebee feels like a masterpiece of cinema. The movie is a little too Saturday-morning-cartoon with its logic and a little too roller coaster with its tone to be a great movie, but it’s got plenty of 80’s music, enjoyably hammy characterization, a handful of effective emotional moments, and transformers that actually look like the toys. And it’s actually under two hours long! nice! (I am of the opinion that movies based on 80’s kids merchandise should not legally be allowed to run longer than two hours.)

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  • Merlin

    Ah. That would be a small but significant wrinkle in his master plan: assuming that his son would be the only one to kill his demons of sorrow despite the war zone all around them. This climactic duel between father and son, the crescendo of the father’s plans, could get a little… awkward.

    • Turul

      Hirotomo’s sons are the disappointment that keeps disappointing.

  • Crestlinger

    ‘I don’t Think I’m dead?’ ‘Hey Ken Am I dead?’ from behind, allowing Yori to get the TKO.

  • Kid Chaos

    “Hey, Hirotomo, how’s it hanging?” 😜

    • Hfar

      “…Son of a bitch.”

  • cu

    Self-repairing tiles were all the rage during the Edo period. Right useful, those little blighters were, damn shame that wondrous craft has been lost to time.

  • cu

    Technically, Tadashii also fell to Genchu’s blade. Ryoku was blind as a bat and, when he killed Uso, Yori was fulfilling his repressed desire of staying single. As far as lessons go, Hirotomo could have hired better teachers.

    • Turul

      He did… Genchu. Wait, no, that’s “Hirotomo fired better teachers.”

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  • Major Tom

    “The dead cannot fight.”

    They also tell no tales either so Honou-ko can’t back up anybody’s claims either.

  • Hfar

    “On a different tangent, how are you so FREAKING STRONG DAD?! You are literally breaking a stone floor every time you swing!”

    “I call it my symbolism powers. The fact that I loom so large in your mind is manifesting itself in the feats of power I’m exhibiting during this fight.”


    “No, but it looks cool.”

    “…Okay, fair point.”

    • Da’Zlein

      “Are you sure there’s no actual explanation?”

      “Okay, so you might be a latent psychic whose beliefs can sometimes impact reality”

      “Suddenly my entire life makes more sense”

  • Hineko

    Well, that’s a cue if ever I heard one.

  • Arkone Axon

    This. Totally this. This is why claims like “every aspect of what has happened has been part of my carefully coordinated plan” are such utter crap. I’m particularly thinking of “Bleach.” As much as I loved it when Ichigo cut off the bad guys in mid-monologue, it would have been even better if he’d done it with Aizen. “Shut up! No way did you control everything like that. Your zanpakuto’s power is mental manipulations and making people believe lies – you’re just trying to take credit for stuff that happened, so people will think you’re better than you are!”

  • Nos Rin aka CTCO

    I liked TF4 for one reason. Mark Walberg’s character, actually picks up a gun and starts fighting. I kind of liked 1, and I kind of liked 4, 2 was horrendous, 3 was boring, didn’t see 5, but the worst thing about those movies was definitely how freaking long they were.
    maybe I’ll grab bumblebee if it’s under 10 bucks next black friday.

    • EBeth

      I liked TF1 for one reason – best drinking game movie ever! Take a shot each time you see a product placement = hammered 20 minutes into the movie.
      (Well, OK and it had Optimus Prime – who was literally my first crush ever, but that kinda goes without saying for those who know me)

      • suburban_samurai

        I’d have assumed TF1’s Optimus Prime would not meet your crush standards!

        • Ginger Mayerson

          I agree with you about movies over 2 hours. Bring back intermissions! They were cool.

        • EBeth

          All Optimus Primes make me giddy, what can I say. The scene where he fist appears, rolling up through that mist…my reaction had my date rather confused (and a little put out, I think.)

      • Nos Rin aka CTCO

        ya it was alright for a first film but the rest were pretty bad for the most part. well it was sort of okay.

  • Archangel

    Never believe somebody’s dead until you see their body. And even then you can make a mistake.

  • Ladon

    “You know what they say, Dad. A plan never survives contact with the enemy.” “You’re not the enemy! You’re my son!” “And your plan involved sending assassins after me, I’m pretty sure that makes us enemies! Jeeze, Dad, do you ever think ANYTHING through?”

  • Sunwu

    Wow the Wataro clan needs to get better contractors for their buildings. Cause the cement they poured for the court yard is very brittle

    • clogboy

      Only for dramatic effect of course.

  • animalia555

    The Yayoi Period, an Age of Spirits and War|History Of Japan 5

  • Xinef

    Ah, but Yori said “Genchu’s blade”, so technically speaking anyone else could have used a sword belonging to Genchu and that would also count.

    Also, dead can fight. If in doubt, ask a zombie.

  • Sluice

    WTF is the floor made out of? They seriously need to work with a different company, these tiles are falling apart.

  • Ginger Mayerson

    I think it is a self-repairing courtyard floor-thing. By now in the fight it should be rubble (and they both should be tripping all over it), but it’s smooth as glass. I love Magical Samurai Housing Japan!

  • dr pepper

    Will it count as a victory if he just cuts those weird windshield wiper bangs off his dad’s face?

  • Frank Royce Harr

    Oh, great. Don’t you just hate it when an argument metasticizes?

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