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Ultraman Mebius 23: 
20th-Apr-2013 12:27 am
Me: Okay, what is this one about again?

Me 1: A fairy tale.

Me: Really?

Me 1: Really.

Me: Tell me this tale, then.

Me 1: Once upon a time, there was an alien who lost his home planet, so he migrated to Earth.

Me: Ultraman Leo?

Me 1: Leo isn't the only one with that kind of history.

Me: Okay.

Me 1: One day, he met a woman with a super natural hearing power.

Me: Can you just name him?

Me 1: He's a bird alien or something.

Me: 'or something'???

Me 1: It's not important to the story.

Me: Fine.

Me 1: They went searching for a time wave. Then they crossed a bridge of time and went back to the past.

Me: What is a 'time wave'? Why are they searching for it?

Me 1: I don't know. My job is to tell the story, not to explain it!

Me: Continue telling it then.

Me 1: A time-wave monster was targeting a little girl. So the woman shot at the monster. The monster fired a beam toward her. The alien put his body in front to protect her. He fell down. She told him to wait for her and ran off to fight the monster. He faded away. Monster got destroyed by some random passer-by. She returned to the bridge of time, back in the present.

Me: That's all?

Me 1: Yes.

Me: That sure is a boring story.

Me 1: Fairy tales usually are.

Me: Reveal my bias, why don't you?

Me 1: Well, I am you and you are me.

Me: Great, I've been talking to myself all along...

Notes: I actually like the episode. Just never know how to talk about it properly. And, as expected from someone who is too lazy to reference the episode, most of this are more made up than actually based on the episode. ^^;;

P.S. And I forgot that Ultraman Hikari is another Ultraman with a Japanese name. So Ginga, being the third one, isn't so special anymore. ;P
Umm... What??
19th-Apr-2013 08:51 pm (UTC)
That's EXACTLY how I feel about it. Good episode but unable to comment it well. Have you seen the rest of the series ? Because you have some pretty good episodes to come ^^
(ok, I jumped the canyon, I keep on commenting your blog, you won't get rid of me soon).
20th-Apr-2013 10:47 am (UTC)
Yes, I have. :) Many times, in fact. If you haven't seen it, here is a master post of what I have written on the series so far (I will get to every episode one day).

(And thank you for commenting on my blog. :)
20th-Apr-2013 04:40 pm (UTC)
I've seen this master post. In fact, that's how I found your blog I think XD But I had no memory of it until now...
21st-Apr-2013 02:47 pm (UTC)
I thought it was actually a very touching episode XD

So who is the first Ultraman with a Japanese name, then?
22nd-Apr-2013 07:31 pm (UTC)
It was. :) And I usually enjoy stories dealing with time slip and/or alternate dimension, so I'm favorably biased to begin with.

As far as I know, Ultraman Tarou is the first one with a Japanese name. But since I usually call him Taro, it might not be immediately clear that his name is not actually English. XD
27th-Apr-2013 12:18 pm (UTC)
It is an interesting topic, yeah :)

Oh, I completely forgot about him! It's actually kind of weird to have an Ultraman with a Japanese name, usually their names are some sort of cool foreign word XDD
28th-Apr-2013 03:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it is. :) Although I always wonder whether I find the story in this episode interesting because of time travel or it is an interesting story that happens to have time travel...

If nothing else, I'll always remember Ultraman Tarou as an Ultra who never got a human form to go with in Mebius. But that (not having a human form) doesn't seem to hurt him, so I guess I should not feel too sorry for him. ^^;

They pretty much have no choice but to go Japanese with Tarou and Ginga. But Hikari? I wonder what's wrong with Ultraman Light (or some other variations that escape me right now)? Oh well, guess I'll blame that on Ryuu not knowing cool foreign words. XD
1st-May-2013 09:11 pm (UTC)
Well, it would not be an interesting story without time travel... It would not even work as a story without time travel XDD

I don't suppose an Ultraman would feel bad about not having a human form, after all, Ultramen are not human in the first place. So I guess you don't have to feel sorry for him :)

I kind of thought they called him Ultraman Hikari because he was not a real Ultraman XD Idk, because he was blue and evil instead of red and good? XDD
5th-May-2013 04:27 pm (UTC)
That is true, in this case at least. Oh well, I guess I just like to think too much again...

I'm sure he doesn't feel bad. :) He doesn't need a human form since, as you say, Ultras are not human. (He needs a human host (or a human form) in his own series, though. It just won't work otherwise.) It's just he was the only one without in Mebius, and I thought it was in a marked contrast with the other Ultras, is all. If they all didn't have human forms there, I probably wouldn't even notice anything odd. ^^

That is an interesting point. Humans seem more accustomed to red (and good) Ultras. Whenever a blue one shows up, he seems to be regarded with distrust at first. In general, blue Ultras tend to be more morally ambiguous than red Ultras in their series (except if the blue Ultra is already a titled character like Ultraman Cosmos -- now that one is simply a good Ultraman).
8th-May-2013 09:10 pm (UTC)
Well, that happens to all of us sometimes :) Although it doesn't usually happen to me, to be quite fair XDDD

Maybe his original actor died or something? That might explain why everyone else had a human form and he didn't...

Was there actually any explanation about why some are blue? It would make more sense if males were blue and females red, but that's obviously not the case. Is the colour something like a race for Ultramen?
13th-May-2013 01:21 pm (UTC)
Haha, I envy you. xD That said, I feel like I might get a little better at not thinking too much, though.

Nah, I heard his actor was just busy. And the ending of Ultraman Taro kind of supports him not showing up. But still, that wouldn't really be a problem. Ultraman actors can and often appear in different roles from the ones they were original known as. In any case, I am no longer bothered about this. ^^

As far as I remember from Mebius (an early episode during Tsurugi arc), the blue ones are scientists (and/or researchers) and the red ones are fighters. Which does describe Hikari, since he originally was a scientist and didn't have any weapon at first. I don't know if that kind of distinction (scientists vs soldiers) could be used for races, though.
29th-May-2013 09:02 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the really late reply, first I was away on a vacation and then I was catching up with internet XD

Not thinking is pretty easy, I'm sure you can do it XDD

Well, I suppose things like being busy can happen too. Besides, if the ending of the original series fits the events in Mebius, it's all good.

That does not seem like a racial distribution... Maybe it's something like in the insect world, warrior bees look different from worker bees, and it's the same here. It makes sense that Ultramen have eyes that kind of look like insect eyes then - they are related to bees XD
15th-Jul-2013 06:35 pm (UTC)
I'm the one who should say sorry. My own reply is almost two months late. Have no excuse, really. Just didn't feel like doing internet when real life stuff came up. If you've already moved on to other things, don't worry about replying or anything. ^^;;

The thing is, I felt like they re-wrote the events of Mebius around the actor's absence. But anyway, I'm no longer into speculating on what should have been and choose to be happy with guest appearances from other actors.

That's interesting. :) I never look for a reason why the Ultras might have "insect" eyes. And I would never thought to relate the hierarchy of bees to Ultra Warriors.
20th-Jul-2013 07:27 pm (UTC)
That's fine, I often don't feel like replying because I guess I'm just too lazy these days XD Although that is not a good thing and I am trying to change that. I hope nothing bad happened in your life in the meantime :)

I suppose it was different for you because you actually knew those actors, but for me Mebius was the first series, so I didn't even think about all those details XD

Lol, well, I really hope they are not actually related to bees, I think all insects are disgusting XD
24th-Jul-2013 04:34 pm (UTC)
I am often very lazy, too. :) I don't know if I have a similar resolve to change my way, however. But anyway, no, nothing really bad happened, but I was worried for a time. Everything is pretty much fine now. :)

Well, I don't really know those actors either. But I guess when I'm familiar with their series, I like to read up on everything about the series, including the actors, of course.

Nah, I don't think they are. I just find your comparison interesting. :) As for insects, I guess I like looking at some pretty ones (like butterflies or lightning bugs), but in general I don't much care for them either.
29th-Jul-2013 07:43 pm (UTC)
If I don't write in LJ, I'll forget how to write in English, so I guess blogging is necessary XD Good to hear that everything is ok now :)

I'm too lazy for that XDD And also there is not all that much info about those actors in English...

I'm even creeped out by butterflies XDDD I definitely like Ultramen better than bugs XDD
29th-Jul-2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
Well, if it's not necessary to write in my own language, I always write everything in English, just because it feels easier. Out of curiosity, which one of your other languages do you usually write in then?

Aww, poor butterflies. ^^;; Speaking of which, some monsters do look like giant bugs, so it's easier for me to cheer on Ultramen to beat them. XD
29th-Jul-2013 09:14 pm (UTC)
Well, right now I'm living in Germany, so at work I write in German or English, but those English things are really simple, so not much of a language practice. And I have a blog in Russian, it is much more lively than LJ these days, so I end up writing in Russian a lot as well. I can barely practice my Latvian anymore, and I worry that I might forget it... Oh well, what happens, happens.

Lol, yeah, I can completely understand that, I'm all like 'Ewww, hurry up and kill it!!!" XDD
30th-Jul-2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
I would love to read your Russian blog if I could understand Russian. ^^;;

And I don't know how difficult Latvian is, but hopefully, it will not be easy for you to forget it. As for keeping up practice, one thing I might do is to write the same blog entry in different languages, but I've never done that so I have no idea how feasible (or how time consuming) it is in reality.
1st-Aug-2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
I'm flattered :)

Lol, I can barely keep up with writing LJ in English, I am too lazy to try to write it in one more language too XDDD
2nd-Aug-2013 04:11 pm (UTC)
I think laziness is also what keeps me from trying it. XD Plus, I'm not sure how interesting it would be to write essentially the same thing twice (albeit in different languages). ^^;;
4th-Aug-2013 07:09 pm (UTC)
I don't really know whether it is possible to say exactly the same thing in different languages - after all, the words have different shades of meaning... But the difference would really be quite minor so it would be boring to write something like that anyway.
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