Discussion in 'Henshin Justice Unlimited' started by scikaiju, Jul 7, 2017.
A new ultraman is about to grace the screen, so here's the series thread for it.
Did Crunchyroll even pick this up? And is anyone else really annoyed by the costume recycling at this point? I'm thinking of not watching this right away.
Geed in Crunchyroll
Something interesting was recently pointed out to me on social media that I thought I'd share:
In the first episode REM states that when Riku uses the Geed Riser he will transform into his "true form". During the transformation sequence, when Ultraman and Belial first merge, the first thing you see is a face. Then they give Geed a classic "rising towards the camera" sequence. The thing is, the face you briefly see isn't Geed's! It's the face of Belial's original form. Then as Geed begins to "rise" there's a very brief flash of the face of Belial's more normal "Reionics form".
This seems to have caused quite a bit of speculation. Is it merely some symbolism? Or does Riku briefly turn into Belial before becoming Geed? (In which case, what did REM mean by "true form"?!)
I was assuming his "real form" meant his Ultra look since he's not really human.
Finally had the chance to sit down, rewatch episode 1, and then watched 2 and 3. They were fantastic. The acting of the children has been pretty subpar, but that aside, I am enjoying this show a lot. I was shocked to see Dada appear, but it was pleasent for the short amount of screen time he had. The third episode though was easily the best of the three. The bit with Zero taking over the dude's body and beating the crap out of those wannabe gangsters was great. Loved their reaction when they ran into him again. Besides that, it still amazes me with how outstandingly detailed the miniatures are and the camera work is exceptional. Aside from some CGI'd moments, the fights are well choreographed. Looking forward to the next episode.
Geed so far has been really enjoyable. I love the fact that Riku is a toku fan, pretty much gives him a different personality compare to the other Ultras that I find quite enjoyable even though when I first heard it, I thought I would cringe. The only thing I could critique at the moment is that the transformation sequence, I really hope they can tackle it that makes it shorter and more streamline later in the story rather than using stock footage - feels like too much padding.
On another note, I made an observation: I don't think the Geed Riser is a proper Ultra transformation tool in-universe since it was made to help the Ultramen for their battle with Belial, which indicates that they were going to fuse with powers of their members (or such). I got the feeling down the line, I think when REM said "real form" I think she was being more literal. Maybe Geed will have a real form and might end up creating his own transformation trinket?
So let me get this straight: After Belial succeeds in a full revival he travels to yet another universe, somehow manages to hold off all the Ultras including Ultimate Zero (how the hell did Ultraman Saga not one punch him?), this occurs some time after Ginga, possibly right after Orb, Hikari just so happened to make new capsules during this time, but only King was able to stop this and now his consciousness is throughout this new universe while these Little Stars hold some secret and Belial had a kid between almost destroying a universe (why?) and now. So.... Tsubaraya is really forcing continuity stretching at this point. X and Orb were a bit hard to swallow at times, but this is borderline driving mere decimeters near the cliff side.
Geed is meh so far at the moment, no annoying bunch ala SSP thankfully but other than that the characters don't seem interesting. X is still a pretty tough act to follow. Orb ended well, but let's see how Geed will hold up...
Orb and GEED have removed my least favorite element of Ultraman, the science military team, and I have been loving it.
Funny you should mention that, it's one of the things I most miss about recent Ultra series. Without them it feels to me too close to the kind of thing Kamen Rider would do.
I do enjoy how this series goes back to having it's main character be the Ultraman in disguise and the other is an Ultraman's host. It feels more "Ultraman-y" than the way Orb just seemed like Gai has a transformation item like every other toku.
I have to give this show some credit. I never really liked Zero that much until now. He had two character traits - being cocky and waaay overpowered. Giving him his first long-term host has let me finally start warming to him.
At the moment I have too many nitpicks with the show to find it great, but it's OK. It started to "click" with me after half a dozen episodes. I just hope it doesn't run out of steam towards the end like Orb did. *crosses fingers*
I do love me some Zero lol
Right! I finally had the time to catch up on Geed's finale!
Could that be the last we see of Belial? I kinda hope so. He has the most awesome looking suit in the franchise but he's died and come back so many times and IMO it's time for something new.
Overall a pretty cool series. I think I prefer Gai over Rikku personality-wise, but unlike Orb this series didn't run out of steam towards the end. Leito's actor did amazing portraying both his normal self and possessed by Zero self. I was sceptical of Laiha at first as she seemed to be yet another instance of director Koichi Sakamoto inserting hs favourite archetype to fuel his leg fetish, but in the end she's one of the coolest female characters the franchise has had (even if her sword is very wobbly at times ).
Oh and I have to shout out Zena, if only because his actor is also Geed's suit actor (and as I understand has been the suit actor for most of the recent Ultras) and it's cool to give suit actors a "face" role.
Anyway, until the movie comes out (fingers crossed someone subs it), it's back to waiting to see what Tsuburaya does next. Hopefully they keep this momentum going.
So we watched episodes 16-20 tonight and I have some mixed feelings. Sixteen and 17 were great, but they felt like they should have been the grand finale of the series. None of the three episodes we watched after it felt all that impressive. I also instantly hate the Misery lady. Not only does she make no sense, she feels tacked on while also being poorly acted. The fights also don't feel as grand suddenly and I'm already tired of Geed's king form. They're not bad by any means, and the one with Geryon was interesting (though, he seemed A LOT weaker than his Ultra Seven counterpart), but I feel like these episodes were tacked on.
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