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11th-Mar-2008 10:00 pm

Now, I'm not very sure, but it seems that Mebius is the only Heisei Ultra series that doesn't use the title "Agent" or "Officer" for the team members. Watching Tiga, and then Cosmos, I keep hearing team members use this term (tahi, I think, but I'm pretty sure I'm wrong Taiin, thanks to madsqueeble for the correction) to refer to one another almost all the time. Kind of makes me feel like something is missing in Mebius. But OTOH, Mebius might be going for the closer relationship among the team members as opposed to the more formal ones in other series. In any case, I don't really know what to think about it other than Mebius is doing something different and unique.

Questions of the day:

Is violence the only answer? Is there no other way to help besides destroying monsters?

I don't even want to think, but Ultraman Cosmos hits me over the head with these two and related questions for five episodes straight. And it surprised me a little that other Ultra shows don't seem to care about this particular moral aspect at all, or shows that do care enough to mention it, such as Tiga, don't seem as blatant about the subject as much as Cosmos.

But really? Why can't humans live peacefully with monsters? By what right do humans get to decide monsters' fate? Why is it that Cosmos is a very kid-friendly show but ironically I find myself seriously wondering about all these? Is there no compromise in the world? Why do things have to be so absolute, either all or nothing? What terrible things could happen if people begin to show mercy to monsters?

I think Earth is large enough for humans and monsters to exist together without conflicts, but what do I really know? After all, my (our) world doesn't have monsters falling on buildings and/or destroying things and lives.

Anyway, since I've just finished with Cosmos (maybe more specific thoughts on the episodes might be forthcoming, but I'm getting lazy), I watched a random episode of Ultraman Dyna, for a change of atmosphere. Completely by coincidence (since I don't remember Dyna episodes), it is a sequel to a second Gazoto episode of Tiga.

This is kind of weird. Tsuburaya must like Mayami Shinjoh and Takuma Aoki so much that their love story gets a follow-up across a series. The episode uses some Tiga music. Parts of it seem to be re-created to get the feel of the Tiga episode it is based off. Even the transformation scene, the jump out of the car scene (this time, not Mayumi, though) are very similar to the ones in Tiga. And there is a mention of plasma sustaining human souls again (they're talking about Takuma, of course).

The monster seems to be different, but, just like Gazoto, it also appears from the cloud. This time, it is a bird monster. Legend has it that this monster shows up when the end of civilization is near.

Get to see Takuma's younger brother (I believe) follows his brother's footsteps and becomes a rather famous racer (Mai is a fan, in any case). Since Mai comes to give him gifts and generally makes a nuisance of herself, she follows him to the place where Takuma last appeared in Tiga, so the past comes out about him and Takuma.

Speaking of Mayami, I think I've mentioned before somewhere in this journal that she's Professor Asami Fujisawa in Mebius. I think I like the actress in everything I've seen, not that I've seen a lot. Takuma seems to be a real life racer, so I guess that accounts for him speaking very little. ;P He is a decent enough actor, I suppose. I've seen worse.

And yes, I believe I owe replies to a few people. Please be patient. I'll get to them when I can.
11th-Mar-2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
It be Taiin, or team member. :)

You know what are REALLY GOOD? Cosmos stage shows. Or maybe I've been extremely lucky, because from the two I've seen one dealt quite nicely with the I-would-like-to-be-an-Ultra thread, and the other dealt with how-much-the-world-sucks-but-Cosmos-he-protects-it-anyway. Um, Derashion and Justice and Calamity were in the latter as well, and it was all types of moe and squee and deep resonances, so I'm going to shut up now.

>>as blatant about the subject

Probably because of the juvenile violence cases that cropped up around that time period. So Cosmos was purposely gentle and calm and pacifist.

And then the Sugiura thing came up...*faceplant*
11th-Mar-2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you for that word. :)

Yes, you are lucky to be able to see stage shows at all. I want to go to one too. It doesn't even matter which one. And tell me more if you like, since I don't think I'll have a chance to see them anytime soon.

Oh, the Sugiura incident was the most ironic thing I've ever heard. I've been mentioning it to everyone (all of two people) who has remotely mentioned Cosmos or Sugiura. I guess I'll still a bit miffed that five episodes had to be cut from the original broadcast...
11th-Mar-2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
My plesh. :3

...If you get me started on that one stage show, you'll never hear the end of it. It's based on the premise of Cosmos 3, so at this point Derashion is fed up with Earth being all stupid and sends Justice(!) and UM Chaos Calamity(!!!) to destroy it. Only, they have to get Cosmos out of the way first, and there is drama and subtext and fights and dying and shoulder-grabbing and butt-poking* and the MC being underinformed about world news...

I really should finish up those UMLand blog posts and put them up already.

I am saving my second-hardest steely glare of disdain for Sugiura. Idiot. And poor Cosmos!

*You WISH I was joking about this one.
12th-Mar-2008 04:47 am (UTC)
Slightly off subject, but... For the stage shows, do you have to get tickets in advance, or is it possible to get them day of? <-- hedging bets in case I don't hear back from my friend in Tokyo in time to order tickets for the show running while I'm in Japan.
12th-Mar-2008 06:04 am (UTC)
Um...actually I have no idea. *sheepish* The stage shows I'm talking about, I saw at UMLand.

When you are there please huggle one of the Ultras on my behalf. XD

- Squeeble @ the office and too lazy to log in
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12th-Mar-2008 04:02 am (UTC)
How would you get a kaiju into an apartment?
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12th-Mar-2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
Well, I think I know which one is Pigmon, but you lost me completely on Pigmon obaa-chan. ^^;;
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12th-Mar-2008 04:48 am (UTC)
Okay, dude. I seriously wanna see The Kaiju in Apartment 211.

(Yeah, know that "don't have time to write" thing. *glowers at clock* Why are you so late so soon??)
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13th-Mar-2008 02:40 am (UTC)
Hm, I suppose a lack of injury would probably make the writing process go faster. Very well, I'll let you off -- this time. ;)
12th-Mar-2008 04:50 am (UTC)
After all, my (our) world doesn't have monsters falling on buildings and/or destroying things and lives.

One of the many things that intrigues me about the Mebius universe is wonder what it's like growing up in a world where we know aliens are real, and they do come and visit. Would we have monster drills the way people in earthquake regions have earthquake drills? It an intriguing world to grow up in.
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13th-Mar-2008 02:57 am (UTC)
I do have a theory that somewhere in a deep, dark basement in Tokyo there is a secret bar that's open to aliens only. And it is in this basement where Touri and Mirai first met each other, thus explaining why they recognized each other in episode 23.
12th-Mar-2008 04:52 am (UTC)
Oh, and on not using "taiin"... Maybe it's trying to reinforce GUYS being only semi-military? Which would maybe explain why they'd be so willing to take a basically all-civilian crew. And would explain why Ryuu does not get disciplined for not referring to his superior officer correctly. (My friend who was in the Army would have some intriguing things to say about the way he addresses Sakomizu for the first 17-odd episodes.)
12th-Mar-2008 06:00 am (UTC)
Ah, that makes sense. I completely forgot about the semi-military angle, especially considering that I always get annoyed by Ryuu never addressing Sakomizu as "taichou" until the end of episode 17.
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