Bran Mak Morn vs Glorfindel


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Suggested by iKnowledge Bran Mak Morn makes his debut here! He is a tough king who always tries to do what is right. That being said, he isn’t an amazing fighter or anything like that. The guy gets the job done, but I would still be worried about letting him lead the charge. Glorfindel’s abilities are greater than what a human is typically capable of and has stood against very powerful beings with limitless ability. He is the clear favorite for this round. Glorfindel wins.

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Metamorpho vs Korra



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Suggested by iKnowledge Metamorpho is a pretty strong opponent who has actually gone up against the Justice League in the past. His ability to use all of the elements makes him a very versatile threat. He is rather similar to Korra in that respect, but she has the edge here. In her ascended state switching between the elements is very easy. Her offensive capabilities are greater than Metamorpho’s and he will just have a tough time focusing on his attacks when she is blowing him all over the place with her impressive air abilities. Korra wins.

Rodan Review

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It’s time to look at one of the original giant monster films. Many believe that Godzilla is really what kicked off the Kaiju boom, but you have to consider the mass market appeal that Rodan brought with him. Rodan isn’t your average giant monster, he is one that can fly. In fact, if we took this version of Rodan unnerfed and put him up against the other giant monsters, he would crush them. Not even Godzilla would last long against such a threat. Rodan helped audiences finally take giant monsters seriously and still works very well as both a thriller and a Kaiju film. While the film does drop off quite a bit at the end, it’s not enough to negate the rest of the experience.

The film starts off with a group of miners heading to the caves. Unfortunately they are brutally murdered by a bunch of giant worms. The humans go for backup but none of their guns are all that effective. Fortunately that’s when Rodan shows up to eat all of the worms and claim dominion over the skies. Any jets that stay in the air are promptly destroyed. The humans realize that the only way to stop Rodan is to throw him into the volcano, but this task gets a little more dangerous once there are 2 Rodans on the field. What can they possibly do?

The short answer is nothing. There’s no way that the ending even could happen. What the film should have done was have the humans acknowledge that they can’t hope to stop Rodan. This would have been the signal for a very emotional scene to start as the humans team up to create a giant paper mache version of Rodan that they sail off to an uninhabited island. The Rodans would follow it and leave humanity alone for a little while. Even I may have teared up a little bit at such a spectacle. As it stands, the ending is emotional but in a sad way. I was rooting for Rodan the whole time and was looking forward to seeing him wipe out humanity. For that not to happen is simply tragic.

Enough dwelling on the ending though. I didn’t like it, but it wasn’t quite horrible enough to drag the film down too much. I have to give credit to the special effects here as they were handled a lot better than expected. I dare say that it even beats most of the modern films when it comes to depicting Rodan’s speed. In this version you actually can believe that he flies at super sonic speeds since we see him outmaneuvering a jet. Rodan may not have a fancy laser to shoot out, but with moves like that he doesn’t even need one! I also liked the size difference between Rodan and the worms. Since we already saw how massive the worms looked to the humans, it’s clear that Rodan is a colossal beast.

As for the humans…there’s not much to say about them. They’re around of course, but they don’t really contribute much to the story. The dub has fun with them as everyone gets in a few good one liners. It’s hard to tell if you’re supposed to take the characters seriously or not. On one hand, it’s not as if they’re making obviously bad decisions or anything like that, but on the other hand…they just don’t seem as invested into the situation as you would possibly expect. After all, having a giant monster around destroying everything is kind of a big deal right? I didn’t dislike the humans, but as with most of the old monster films I found them to be a tad forgettable. Granted, it’s probably because I’m focused on the monsters.

I will say that the writing was solid. These films definitely take place back in an era where scripts were actually handled with care and you didn’t have to cringe at every other line. The pacing of the film is good as well and it manages to cover quite a lot in a short amount of time. There’s not much that the film could have done to be much better in these areas as it was just solid. I can only imagine how impressive this movie must have looked back in the 50s. Whether you are currently a big Kaiju fan or just getting into the genre, this is a movie that I can definitely recommend checking out purely on a technical level in addition to being a monster film.

Overall, Rodan is a fun film. He’s always been a solid monster, but one who is probably a little over matched against the others. He’s simply too fast and strong so he tends to get nerfed quite heavily. I’m hoping that the upcoming American film has a good idea of how to use him, but I am going to be entering that film with a few reservations on the power levels department. No worries, it’s still going to be film of the year, but with all of these Kaiju running around I hope that corporate knows what they are doing. Still…when do they not?

Overall 7/10

Basil (Dragon Ball) vs Buu


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Considering that this fight happened recently, it’s time to have these two duke it out on the blog. Nothing much will end up changing here though as Basil is still completely outgunned against Buu. His kicks simply aren’t strong enough to do much against Buu’s regeneration. When Buu enters his Super mode he also has access to the Kamehameha which will easily blow Basil away. There’s just not much that the fox can do against such overwhelming power. Buu wins.

Neferpitou vs Haruko Haruhara



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Haruko likes messing around and interfering with school romances, but when it comes to a fight she is never prepared. Running around won’t save her in this fight as Pitou is way too fast for her. Neferpitou’s en ensures that the target is always within reach. Haruko can’t hope to escape and she really can’t fight back much either. Her guitar simply isn’t a match for Pitou’s aura. Neferpitou wins.

Lazerman vs Ares


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Suggested by Destroyer Ares is pretty strong. He can take a good hit as well as dish a few out himself. He’s no lightweight, but at the same time I think it’s way too early to put him in the same sentence as Lazerman. Lazerman was able to give Shademan a good fight and took on the full brunt of a Program Advance with no noticeable damage. Ares simply can’t compete with this kind of power and he will quickly be thrown to the wayside. This is simply not a match that Ares can really hope to win. Lazerman wins.

Lazerman vs Moondark



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Suggested by Destroyer Lazerman is an incredibly powerful fighter who possesses a great deal of speed and strength. While Moondark is a very accomplished magician, that simply won’t mean much against Lazerman’s overwhelming might. His disruption blast will stop any spells in their tracks and then Lazerman can also regenerate some of his injuries to an extent during the battle. Moondark is simply out of his league here. Lazerman wins.

Dark Samus vs Dark Pit


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Suggested by Sonic Both of these dark characters will now be able to fight in Super Smash Bros Ultimate. While Dark Samus is definitely a very dangerous opponent, she simply can’t keep up with Dark Pit’s extensive arsenal of weapons. His Dark Arm Cannon is very strong and he can fly at high speeds. Dark Samus will simply get outmanuevered here. Her defensive capabilities are certainly at a high enough level to protect herself from Dark Pit’s attacks, but she can’t do this forever. Dark Pit wins.

Pikachu vs Little Mac


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Suggested by Sonic Little Mac is a strong boxer and he has come a long way. Who would have thought that he would have made the jump from trophy to assist trophy to playable character? The guy certainly has his fans, but at the end of the day he is a little outmatched against Pikachu here. Pikachu has super speed and a very wide range of attack options at his disposal. It will be difficult to Little Mac to land any hits and his defense just isn’t high enough here. Pikachu wins.

Pikachu vs Diddy Kong


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Suggested by Sonic Diddy Kong is a tough fighter and rose up up in the tiers for some of the Super Smash Bros games, but he isn’t actually all that powerful when it comes to a 1 on 1 fight. Pikachu easily has the speed advantage here and a few good shots will end the match. The gap in their power is sizable and the same can be said for the difference in speed. No pop gun shots will be able to hit Pikachu and Diddy has no other viable options. Pikachu wins.