So, howís about that GTAV everyone? Itís pretty great eh? What with the whole thefting of grand autos and all? Let me tell you, I thefted the absolute grandest auto just the other day.
Öoh fine, no I didnít. I donít particularly care for the GTA franchise myself, nor any sandbox game really. What tends to happen is that I just dick around for a few hours and then lose interest. I might be convinced to give the Saintís Row series a try just because of its sheer insanity, but even thatís kind of a long shot.
So while everyone was out playing GTAV (perhaps explaining the lack of blogs today? Seriously though, only 5?!) I was doing other things. For one, Iím getting increasingly more addicted to La-Mulana. By now Iíve defeated 4 bosses (something that only 11% of Steam players managed to do) and found a good number of secret items that should help me explore the remainder of the dungeon. The verdict I gave last week still stands: itís not all that difficult of a game, but itís incredibly cryptic. Itís a lot of fun too though, and itís incredibly rewarding when you start to figure out how this game thinks or when you start to internalize the dungeonís layout.
Besides that, I have been spending a lot more time watching movies lately. Donít ask me why or how, I guess itís just my pop-culture crush acting up again. This week in particular I watched a bunch of Disney movies that I know I saw at some point but could barely remember a thing about. And a couple I never watched in English because back when they came out I didnít speak it yet. Mulan, for example, falls in the latter category.
- The translation is pretty spot-on, and yet it still canít match the English version.
Other Disney movies I watched were Dinosaur (anyone remember that one? No? Thought so.) and Atlantis: The Lost Empire. The former was alright but nothing special, and there were some spots were the CGI seemed a bit dated. Itís no surprise that this one has been all but forgotten. The latter was pretty great. This was another one I never saw in English before; it was well worth checking out for that alone. The soundtrack is also pretty great, and I thought it was well animated. The story is mostly unremarkable, but the characters make up for a lot.
And now for the final movie. Treasure Planet. Holy hell did this one surprise me. First things first though: I know I saw this movie before, in theates even. By now, thatís a good 12 years ago at least. In fact, itís been so long that I remembered exactly nothing from this movie. Not the characters, not the plot, not the music. I literally remembered nothing except having seen it. Well, okay, I did remember one thingÖ.the alien who speaks only in fart noises. I was 10 when I saw it, alright? What do you want from me?
Anyway, having watched it againÖitís great! I loved it! The plot will be instantly familiar to anyone, as itís just Treasure Island in space. I mean that very literally. The pirates are space pirates, Long John is a cyborg with a metal peg leg, instead of a whirlpool the ship gets stuck in a black hole, treasure island isÖwell a treasure planet obviously, and the entire voyage takes place upon a space ship in the most literal sense of the word.
That alone makes for a pretty interesting setting if you ask me, but what really stood out for me were the characters. Long John Silver in particular has a very interesting character arc. Heís obviously the villain, but only somewhat. Letís just say that this version is incredibly likable all throughout the film, and it turns out that this is one Disney villain who is far from irredeemable.
The other character that I fucking LOVED was Captain Amelia. Sheís a quick and agile feline alien. She also kicks major ass and is wonderfully sassy. Her character and lines are incredibly well written and voiced, and while she does get captured late in the movie she never comes across as a damsel but rather as someone who can hold her own despite momentary adversities. In short, from the moment she is introduced she completely steals the show, never to give it back again. I can watch her scenes over and over again without getting tired of it, and I had the biggest smile on my face during every one of her scenes. Sheís by far the best thing about this movie, and I might go so far to say sheís one of my favorite Disney characters ever now. I really did like her that much.
Ö.And to my great shame all I used to remember from this movie was the farting alien. 10-year-old Shade was a fucking idiot.
Villains in all media, not just video games, can end up being a dime a dozen. Far too often, a villain's motives boil down to "I am a bad, and so I do bad things. Fear me." While this format has worked for countless stories, at this point in my life (the ripe old age of 20) I‚Äôve become jaded and grumpy, finding myself rolling my eyes when I see yet another antagonist wreaking havoc with no background or reasoning presented as to why they‚Äôre being such a butthole.
What‚Äôs far more interesting to me is when a villain‚Äôs motives or actions come across as justified, perhaps leaving you rooting for them to defeat the protagonist [insert Elder God Tier villain meme here].
My favorite example of this would be Meruem from the Chimera Ant arc of Hunter x Hunter. While he doesn‚Äôt necessarily fit the exact mold I laid out above, he‚Äôs easily one of the most dynamic and curious villains I‚Äôve ever come across. For the sake of not spoiling what is perhaps one of the most exciting, action-packed, and tear-inducing arcs in anime history, I won‚Äôt delve into the details of what makes Meruem so great. Instead I encourage anyone who hasn‚Äôt seen Hunter x Hunter to set aside some time and plow through the series. Really, it‚Äôs that good.
But hey, that‚Äôs just how I feel. I‚Äôm sure there are folks out there who prefer their villains to be simple. If I ever met one of these theoretical people I might have a panic attack, but I‚Äôll deal with that should the time come. I‚Äôm sure after some deep breaths we would get along. Maybe we could even snuggle, should my husband allow such an event to transpire.
All said and done, we arrive at the topic of this month‚Äôs Bloggers Wanted: Villains that did nothing wrong. Due to communication errors, this entry in the hallowed halls of Bloggers Wanted is a tad late. Regardless, all you have to do is head over to the Community Blog section of the site, and whip up a Cblog about a villain who you feel was secretly the good guy all along.
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