Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale Tier List

Thanks to Ramonzer0 for helping with this, he basically gave me the position of about half the characters 😅

Tier 1: Basically Cosmic Level

Tier 2: Can solo the Real World
Ratchet and Clank
Cole McGrath/Evil Cole McGrath
Jak and Daxter

Tier 3: Can defeat an entire army, but can't solo real world
Isaac Clarke
Emmet Graves
DmC Dante

Tier 4: Comparable to a small squad of soldier or modern armor
Sir Daniel Fortesque
Heihachi Mishima
Colonel Radec
Sly Cooper
Sweet Tooth
Big Daddy

Tier 5: Could likely be defeated by a single armored modern soldier
Fat Princess
Nathan Drake
Toro Inoue

Elegance vs Peculiarity in Fiction

It has come to my attention for a long while now of two opposing human desires that manifest in our stories, two spirits that possess them that contradict. As I know of no names for these I refer to them as "elegance" and "peculiarity"

What are these things?

I am defining Elegance to mean the sense of things being derived from the same principles as each other, a sleekness where all things are used to create the sense of unity

Conversely Peculiarity I use to mean the sense of something being in principle opposed to those things around it. Something that doesn't seem to fit right, and thus creates the sense of dis-unity.

These things transcend genre and medium, though they may be said to be some product or producer of that mysterious quality of atmosphere.

The nature of elegance and peculiarity mirrors our perception of reality. To all of us, in the case of other humans behaviors for instance, observe that they do things entirely unexplainable to our sense of causation. They respond in ways we certainly wouldn't and act to our tastes contra-productive. Yet at the same time some of what they do is bound by the principles of humanity that we share. When they are hungry, they eat as we do. When they are tired, they sleep as we do.

By the very product of there being differences between things that none the less share a same classification, the conceptions of elegance and peculiarity seem inevitable. And we might expect that to each person is a different level of desire for these opposing concepts.

The taste for elegance is seen in the taste for the things of great magnitude and dignity, and in the absolute, that which is all-encompassing, the ideal of the completely universal experience.

The taste for peculiarity is seen in the taste for the contrast, the love of the interesting tidbits and minutiae, the humor for the thing that seems strange and unassociated. There in essence can't be an absolute to the peculiar because it must go against the grain of what is around it.

This leads to an interesting point, which is the Peculiar seems to be somehow a subversion of the Elegant, rather then a freestanding thing of it's nature.

I must confess, I have a very strong preference for the elegant over the peculiar, to the point that I wonder if I can even present the two in a honest fashion, not helped by the lack of conversation I have seen on these two desires.

I must presume my preference is fed by my experience of the cosmos as a great singular entity, the unity seems so ever present, that any arbitrariness comes across not as it was probably intended but instead as a failing to connect points into the Unity properly.

It is most likely that I simply do not have the same enjoyment of diffused elements that others do rather then they are simply not properly connecting the points.

If you look at my favorite works you will notice one theme coming up again and again beyond all else; the inter-connected, unity of the cosmos, the extension of the premise from the small to the great. It is in the great continuity of reality and being as depicted in fiction that I enjoy to the fullest and in the disunity of juxtaposition that I find I don't understand the popular appeal.

I apologize if this blog seems very weird, this was my merely attempting to give names to something I have never heard anyone express.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

How they Compare: Cerebulon

Cerebulon is the final boss of War of the Monsters, in some way associated with the Zorgulons, a race of aliens who's ships strange materials created the titular monsters in the first place. Cerebulon is a small being who seems to telepathically control a large biological shell as large as the Monsters, who are Kaiju-sized beings as large as buildings, however this biological self is in turn controlling a gigantic metallic big enough to dwarf even them.

In his Metalic Form, Cerebulon is a massive physical powerhouse, one strike able to send kaiju sized monsters flying and dealing heavy damage to them. The same Kaiju are able to survive or tank city-sized tsunamis, the nuclear meltdown of Atomic Island, falling from space to Earth, and the heat of magma. He is similarly durable. Even without his forcefield he can take numerous attacks from Monsters of this level, and while his forcefield is up he can't even be harmed by any of their attacks. For both of these this includes magma from Magmo, Nuclear Missiles from Robo-47, Energy Katana from Ultra-V, Radioactive Dragon Fire from Togera and incredibly high voltage eletricity from Kineticlops. He's way more powerful then the Zorgulons whose ships can easily start massive tsunamis and but whose attacks can do bare scratch damage to the Monsters. He is also easily able to react to and tag the monsters at close range, including Kineticlops who is made of electrical energy. His reflexes should be comparable at least to the monsters themselves who are able to react to and tag Zorgulon UFOs which can easily travel between the Earth and Moon in at most a few minutes putting them at relativistic.

Beyond this, Cerebulon can attack with close-range lightning or he can use his super move, a powerful long-range laser, capable of tearing apart a lesser monster in seconds. However his laser comes up with the weakness that it drains his energy to such an extent that it lowers his forcefield for a few seconds after it's usage.

Like all Monsters Cerebulon also has anti-logia, as he is capable of harming Kineticlops just fine, despite Kineticlops being made of electrical energy.

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In His biological state, Cerebulon is more fragile, but more agile as well, able to not only keep up with the Monsters but blitz them with his famous 10 hit combo using his giant scythe hands as weapons.

He can also cause his scythe hands to catch fire and use the flames an a form of attack as well.

So, how would he do in other verses?

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In the DC Verse, Cerebulon would be vastly superior to most regional or city-area focused metahumans, magicians and so forth. That said any flying brick or planetary level guardian would be likely be able to bring him down through sheer power.

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In Marvel Comics, it would be very similar to DC Comics. Cerebulon would be far outside the range of any Street-Leveler, and most low to mid tier metahumans would either not be able to penetrate his forcefield or would get blitzed by his biological form. That said any solid champion level entity in the verse should be able to beat him.

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In the Legendary Godzilla verse going by the movies, Cerebulon would have a disadvantage in dc and durability since they are city level but would be superior in reflexes and speed in his biological form, meaning it is likely using his laser he could wear down the Kaiju of the verse. However I hear in the Comics the Kaiju got upgraded to city level meaning it's likely he would no longer bear the capacity to wear them down.

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In the Pacific Rim-verse, Cerebulon would be likely superior to the Jaegars and Kaiju in terms of raw strength and durability, likely to a similar degree that he is to the monsters of his own verse. He would also have much higher reaction time then anyone in the verse, and in his biological state should be fast enough to blitz the verse. That said if he stays in his metallic form and one of the Jaegars uses one of their strongest attacks on him it should be enough to overwhelm his forcefield and destroy him, or if he uses his laser and then get hit by several entities normally. 

In the Gamera-Universe, Cerebulon would be a major player in the verse due to having power above anyone but the top tiers and reflexes/speed above everyone else. That said he would still be outmatched in terms of power by the likes of Gamera and Legion and while he could wear them down, they are fast enough that he would have to be very careful in a fight against them, lest they catch him.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Ranking the 7 Eras of DC Comics in order of preference

DC Comics, from my perspective has gone through 7 distinct eras, and I just wanted to express my preference and my reason why for anyone wondering. Some things I look for in fiction, including comics, not necessarily in order, just to start:

1: Idealistic, Optimistic Pro-Humanity Themes
2: Sense of Gravitas, Elegance and Dignity
3: Mysticism and Esotericism
4: A Sense of Legacy (as well as familial themes) and Continuity of Being
5: Being treated like an adult and not being spoken down too

So as to the ages themselves

7: The Dark Age (1986-1996)

The Dark Age had some really big important hits, specifically Vertigo Comics and things outside the main lines which were beautiful artistic pieces. The Sandman is legit my favorite comic series of all time (though that's not exactly a controversial claim).

The problem really was what was going on in the mainlines. 1993 is famously the year Superman died and Venom got his own comic series. The main comics were filled primarily with shock and gimmicks. Gimmicks would go on to infect later parts of the 90s as well but they were super big here imo.

6: The Silver Age (1956-1970)

I'm not a fan of the Silver Age. Cue Booing.

I just don't enjoy a lot of it. After the comics code everything had to be made more and more for children, and that's what it is, it's children's' stories, and not particularly engaging ones most of the time. I'm not saying they need sex and graphic violence to be good. I just put the Dark Age below the Silver Age. What I don't like about the Silver Age is actually pretty similar to the Dark Age is one way....the gimmicks. The gimmicks and the monotony that goes with it. I'll solve the problem with a new power or a new gadget and not with any cleverness.

The Silver Age is constantly characters stating the obvious like we have no brains, it's villains who are jokes in terms of motivation and threat level and cookie cutter heroes in terms of personalities. I don't get the appeal of "goofiness". To me the lack of gravitas means the lack of interest. I just don't like being treated like a child. I get really really annoyed when I think someone is talking down to me, treating me like an idiot.

Also this is a more personal note, but I generally prefer the fantastical to the science-fiction and The Silver Age tried to make everything more sci-fi and less fantastical.

Why did I put it ahead of the Dark Age? Well a lot of the concepts introduced the Silver Age are cool in theory, and would be put to better use in later eras, it's just I didn't like how they were applied here.

5: New 52 (2011-2016)

The New 52 had serious problems, that said I think the New 52 hate is very often exaggerated.

When it comes to the New 52 I hear a lot of times basically "I don't like this cause it's not what it was before" and I honestly don't get that complaint. It's different...ok? Is it good on it's own merits or what? Maybe it's because at the time it felt like losing the old one forever, which I can understand. Still looking back on it, that argument doesn't hold as much water.

Some of the big problems The New 52 DOES have is that it was DC basically trying to be Marvel. They tried to make their characters younger and more relatable, they tried to introduce a lot more moral complexity, they tried to focus their stories more on psychology. And really that was trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. Also lots of tie-ins and miniseries left over from the previous era's attitude.

So what do I like about? Well the mystical branch of DC had amazing storylines during that time. New 52 Wonder Woman's storyline was great as was Zatanna's with the Justice League Dark against Pralaya.

Geoff Johns took off here and the man, while he isn't perfect does pretty solid work consistently.

Also starting in 2013-2014 timeframe with the DCEU and Convergence, things got so much more optimistic and pro-human all of a sudden. Both of those really brought back the idealism that the New 52 didn't have and started incorporating it for Rebirth.

4: The Golden Age (1938-1956)

I have said I think the Silver is overrated. On the flip side of that, I think the Golden Age is seriously underrated. The stories were very simple back then, but before the comics code they actually really did treat their viewers like adults. The villains weren't complex but they weren't weird goofs or nonsensical space aliens. Most of the villains back them were criminals, mad scientists, and foreign military powers.

You know what I really like about the Golden Age, that none of the other eras really have. Logical consequences to metahumans. This is something I really want in comics and they just don't have. Example: There's a golden age Superman story where a guy dies in a car accident and Superman, angry at it, says if he sees anyone speeding (and he will see) he's gonna personally knock em into jail.

You know what happens next? Superman doesn't become a crazed dictator, a plot I only liked the execution of once, traffic accidents stop. The End. I get annoyed at how fiction seems to think adding powerful metahumans somehow won't change the world in a massive way.

Another example: Superman realizes the slums are dangerous places to live so he destroys the thing, knowing the government will have to rebuild it all nice and better. And this is a good thing because he dramatically improved the lives of everyone there.

That's how metahumans logically work, at least to my guess.

The Golden Age is where the characters were simultaneously the most human and the most archetypal. They weren't the jokes of the Silver Age, or the Philosopher-Demigods of the Bronze. They were just people trying to do the right thing.

3: Bronze Age (1970-1986)

The Bronze Age is an interesting beast. I like the maturity that the Bronze Age had, and I liked the more esoteric otherworldy elements that creeped back in.

The usage of mythology and gravitas such as the introduction of the New Gods to me is one of the most welcome additions to the DC Universe there ever was.

The relaxation of the Comic Code allowed for a wider variety of topics to be shown in Comics, even if they were rather simple depictions early on.

The Bronze Age for me is when a lot of things I liked about comics were allowed to start to seep back in from the repealing of the Comics Code.

2: Iron Age (1996-2011)

The Iron Age's biggest problem to me is it's tendency towards pretention.

Beyond that however, it's a very interesting age, that acts a sort of proto-Prismatic Age, trying to mix elements from all the previous ages into a working symbiosis.

The Iron did a lot of really cool things, especially in the middle to end part. The earlier part of it was a bit too dark age-y and yet somehow was also too anti dark age-y going too far in the opposite direction. This is why I didn't love Kingdom Come that much, it was so....idk, spiteful, towards the prior age. So much of it read like "Yeah those guys are terrible, we are the real cool".

The Iron Age though for the most part strayed away from that, having a lot more complexity and nuance to it, and also had characters develop into the roles that fiction always sees them as now. It reminds me a lot of the DCAU.

1: Prismatic Age (2016 and on)

The Prismatic Age reminds me of my favorite DC Products in general, The DCEU, the best parts of the DCAU, The Sandman, Whatever Happened to the Man of Tommorrow, All-Star Superman

sure it's not always as good as those best parts, but it is clearly trying for the same feel that those create in me. The sense of wonder at humanity's greatness, the quiet legacy and dignity of the DC Universe, the grandeur of the modern mythology.

The Prismatic Age to me is embodied in the words Barry says to Wally in the introduction to the era "How could I have ever forgotten you?". In that question we ask why we forgot the greatness of the past eras and re-strive to incorporate the best parts of all that come before us.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A Review of the Nostalgia Critic's Review of Sailor Moon

So people seem to have wanted this review to a years old review from me so..........uh............hear I am?

I'm a big fan of Sailor Moon. I have seen the entirety of the 200 episodes Sailor Moon Classic multiple times. I have seen Sailor Moon Crystal multiple times. I have read the 60 act manga, MANY times. I have seen all the SM specials and have watched the 3 SM movies. I have watched all of PGSM, the live-action series including the Special Acts. I have played most of the Sailor Moon video games. I have not only seen the original English dub in it's entirety, I have read novelizations of the original English Dub. I have seen all the Stage Musicals both original form and the Kaiteban, yes ALL the stages. I have read many interviews with the creator Naoko Takeuchi and alongside the manga own all of her artbooks (both original collection and material collection) giving all the precious art and details of the series. I have actually played the Sailor Moon Card Game based on the English Dub. What I'm getting at is I know this series pretty well.

I don't have anything against Doug as a person. I am not a regular viewer of his but I don't think he's a bad person or anything. This will be strictly a criticism and occasional defense of his Review of Sailor Moon. You want to support him, here is link to the original video.

I am going to be going over the vid bit by bit with some final thoughts at the end.

Let me actually defend something to start however. I've seen people saying he should have watched the entire series.

Guys let's be realistic here for a second. The original Sailor Moon Anime is 200 episodes long. 200 EPISODES LONG! I am a huge SM fanatic and it still took me like 2 weeks to marathon that last time I tried. Even if you just took the 159 episodes that were dubbed into English, including the final Season Sailor Stars being cut entirely, he has nowhere near the amount of time needed to watch all that even if he had that inclination. Not with also having to write, rewrite, produce, and edit the episode. A lot of the problems come from him simply not knowing much about SM, but you can't expect him to see the entirety of it. That is unreasonable as a time demand.

Is there something he could have done that would have been better? Yes actually. The first Sailor Moon Movie: Promise of the Rose is 1 hour long. Promise of the Rose has amazing reception from the SM fanbase, often considered the best movie and has been legit called the "Platonic Ideal" of SM. It is the perfect thing to watch to understand SM. It's also my favorite movie ever but shhhh.

You know what comes with Promise of the Rose? There's a 15 minute short called "Make-Up! Sailor Senshi" which is a funny skit entirely devoted to catching people up to speed on the SM characters, their personalities and the basic worldbuilding for the movie. It was literally the purpose of this short to be played in theaters before the movie so people who didn't know SM could be brought up to speed.

1 Hour, 15 Minutes. You get introduced to the characters and the world in a funny skit and then you get one of the best SM stories ever. Given how short it is relative to some things he reviewed in similar timeframe, he could theoretically watch it in both English and Japanese. It was also dubbed by DiC, the company that made the first English Dub, aka the "Nostalgic" one. Really simple, really easy. If he brought in a SM fan like Linkara for instance, it would have worked even better. It would basically be like his Digimon: The Movie review but he would get some introduction to the world better then that one did.

While I know he did get some help from Moonies on this, it's hard to tell how much. However watching the first few episodes of the series and then attempting to extrapolate what the "formula" of this series is very clearly a flawed way of getting the information you are trying to extrapolate. The best thing he could have done with this in my view is ask people who really like the series for help and directions. But maybe that's asking too much. I try and judge things for what they ARE, rather then what they COULD BE. So let's get into his actual review now. Warning: Gonna be a lot of nitpicks.

0:30- We are quickly introduced to the opening skit where "Dr. Hack, the master of formulas" who is trying to derive the formula for a show to be repeated over and over to make NC money beyond his wildest dreams.
1:37- Dr. Hack describes the formula that NC would go on to describe as being Sailor Moon's. What is Sailor Moon's Supposed formula?

"14-year old girl acts stupid, uses magical powers to look slutty and stupid, talking cat tells her how to fight crime because she's so stupid, surrounds herself with smarter girls that make her look even more stupid"

Off to a great start aren't we? This is how my favorite series is being described. Sigh. Various parts of this will come up later but let me talk about SM's "formula" for a second.

The original SM Manga has no formula because it was absolutely awesome. Sailor Moon Classic was a very formulaic anime though his description is not only insulting, more problematic it is vague and doesn't really describe any actual plot information or what happens. If I was to imagine a show based purely on this and you did as well we could imagine things that have no resemblance. So what IS the Sailor Moon "Formula"

The Average Episode of Sailor Moon Classic went as follows:

1: Important Mundane Event is going on in the lives of the Sailor Senshi
2: Location/Victim of the Week is introduced related to this
3: Secondary Big Bad of this Arc threatens or otherwise commands current Miniboss
4:  Miniboss releases monster of the week which happens to threaten the event, location, or victim mentioned in the first 2 points
5: Senshi Transform and Usagi does her "in the name of the Moon!" speech
6: Fight with the Monster where the Senshi get in someway entangled or otherwise incapacited only to be saved by mysterious protector of whatever the arc is (Tuxedo Kamen/Moonlight Knight...then Tuxedo Kamen again/The Outer Senshi/Pegasus/Sailor Starlights)
7: Usagi uses finishing move of the arc
8: Miniboss gets angry that their plan failed
9: Resolution to the event happening in point 1

This episodes tend to be mostly lighthearted comedy in the anime. This continues until the Miniboss is told to stop the Senshi or die at which point the Miniboss does some kind of unpredictable final confrontation with the Senshi and dies. Somewhere between 4 and 7 minibosses later we get to the end of the season where the secondary big bad releases the REAL big bad, which is some kind of horrific monstrosity that does a whole bunch of horrible cosmic sh*t before Usagi defeats the enemy with the power of friendship/family/compassion/dreams/love depending on the season in a magical rainbow sparkly lightshow. The end of each miniboss arc makes it closer to the manga, and the end of each season is actually really close to what the manga is like, and it's honestly these parts I like most about Sailor Moon Classic. The Manga is best canon imo. The Manga is fast-paced, intense, philosophical and sometimes freaking metal the entire time. 

I give all this information for an important reason. I want you to see that SM DOES have a formula...but the formula is one that allows for so much more variety then the formula explained in the review does. 

1:57- "Do they have a villain that keeps attacking the same town?" "Yesssss"

Will get to this later, but there is a stated reason they attack Azabu-Juuban (the part of Tokyo SM takes place in) in each season.

2:02- "Do they have a tedious relationship with a magical boyfriend"

Oh don't get me started! I really don't like what the Classic did to the relationship between Usagi and Mamoru. This is part of what Naoko-sama meant when she said that the anime had a "slight male perspective". They did not know how to write Mamoru at all.

2:04- "Do they repeat the same animation?" "Worse then Hanna-Barbara!"

Yep, I completely agree here that is a problem with Sailor Moon Classic, and one of the reasons I was so happy that Crystal had attacks that weren't stock footage. Anime, especially in the 90s was made cheaply, so yeah SM Classic reused stock footage of attacks and character intros A LOT.

2:07- "And it was successful?" "It's one of the most popular animes of all time!"

MFW he actually uses "animes" with an s to indicate plural. lol, not really a big deal just funny. And yeah Sailor Moon is one of the most popular anime of all time. I'd argue it's the third most popular after DBZ and Pokemon. It was the gateway anime so I understand for a lot of girls in the west and it shaped the magical girl genre as we know today to the point that there are maybe 2 magical girl anime with as much impact on the current scene as it (Cardcaptor Sakura and Puella Magi Madoka Magicka)

2:43- "I remember when it first aired in America. It was an export from Japan, which I think was originally called "Magical Girl Squad Robo Dance Yes"

very slight cringe I want to be on your side and say this review isn't as insulting as people make it out to be but some of these jokes really seem like they are trying to be insulting.

3:14- Starts talking about the opening

...I can't help it.


4:00- *Jokes about how Girls who like Sailor Moon wouldn't like Star Wars*

Hey I like Star Wars! Well the OT. I didn't see the prequels because I heard they were bad. I saw episode 7 and it just wasn't for me so I stopped. 

Although the idea of Usagi (oh sorry "Serena", this dub name thing is gonna get annoying isn't it?) replacing Darth Vader is pretty humorous.

There are similarities between SM and SW. Both have space themes, and both talk about mystical unifying forces that bind all things, The Cosmos and The Force. Eh.
5:03- Starts talking about the weird way English Dub Episode 1 starts

I have no idea why the old English Dub does this. It takes clips from Episode 44 of the original, the fall of the Moon Kingdom, one of the most important scenes of the series as Usagi is shown the tragic fall of the legacy that was passed down unto her, what she must avenge and restore, and put it awkwardly at the start of episode.

I guess they didn't have faith little girls could follow the story ok which....it so against the idea of SM and what it stands for.

5:10- "At first, it seems like it's gonna be a big… space battle between cosmic planet...people...folk."

MFW this is actually what the series is.

5:38- "Yeah... Look, show, even if you pretend you have a story that matters beyond people who see a high-class meal as a flaming Hot Pocket…"

....ok....let me remind you of something you said earlier in this video:

"It's one of the most popular animes of all time!"

Considering it's popularity, why do you think only people that stupid or shallow would like it? Do you just think the majority of people are idiots?

I try not to be insulted but it's stuff like this that makes it seem very personal.

5:45- "...you still have to follow up that supposed "epicness" with this:"
*clip of the actual start of episode 1 with Usagi rushing downstairs being late to school*

Critic when you are watching a Spider-Man Movie, do you just get bored when you see Peter Parker's troubles with his job, or him in class thinking about his crush? It's our superheroines normal life. What's the problem?

6:22-“She's just your everyday gigantic-eye blond Japanese girl...”

Ok so anime characters generally have different hair and eye colors just to be visually distinct from each other, it's not meant to actually represent their real colors. But I guess the confusion is warranted from someone who doesn't watch anime.

6:33- “You don't understand! I'm Japanese! To me, failure is everything!”

...This is getting slightly uncomfortable to talk about. The fact that the characters are Japanese doesn't really mean much, especially in episode 1. In fact the very idea of Usagi is how relatable she is. That she's just a normal schoolgirl, who likes sweets and crushes on cute boys, and doesn't like hard tests. She's deliberately meant to be someone we can relate to. But so far this review has uncomfortably fixated on the "Japanese" thing. Maybe I'm too sensitive but lines like this don't help the picture.

6:41- "Being pretty as sin and dumb as cheese, she, of course, is very popular in school, obtaining all sorts of friends. Like an over-the-top accent with a human attached to it... ...and the awkward years of Dr. Insano's puberty."

Funny points about Naru (Molly) and Umino (Melvin) though I don't recall the anime, original or dub ever stating Usagi was popular at school.

This is the part of the episode where I think it should slip in that Usagi is meant to be an audience avatar, which is really important to understanding things later. But....I'm not sure if he wanted to give it that much thought.

He goes on a bit about how "stupid" she is....freak I know the Dub exaggerated Usagi/Serena's bookdumb nature but....this seems really exaggerated. I watched the DiC Dub of episode 1 for this, and "Serena" doesn't seem that dumb. 

7:42- “Uh-huh. And how tediously long do they drag that out… Oh, Jesus! Just mail me the comedic banter to my office shredder!”

This does make me wonder how if he actually knows how long it takes for them to get together. In the manga it was the end of arc 1, and it saved the universe because Usagi's love for him for reasons that are hard to explain here allowed her to access the power of the Silver Crystal. In the anime, they drag it out to like midway through season 2. That's because the anime didn't know how to write romance arcs because it was written by a lot of men. Bleh.

That said, I think he may be exaggerated this as well. Season 2 out of 5 for a relationship to get together doesn't seem that extreme.

7:57- “By the way, here's a confusing scene. We see her walk by a poster of a young girl dressed exactly how she is dressed. Like it's from a movie or a show or something…So...what? A movie or a TV industry got wind of this idea that coincidentally is exactly the same as what's going on right now?"

...mightttttttttt have wanted to do a little bit of research here. "Sailor V" is Sailor Venus. She is doing stuff while Sailor Moon is doing stuff. Specifically she is pretending to be the moon princess so the Dark Kingdom doesn't think it's Sailor Moon, hence why she goes by Sailor V and not Sailor Venus. 

Yes, foreshadowing. Things happening in the background. It's almost as if this being "one of the most popular animes of all time" means it's not actually stupid, means that it might actually be worth intellectual analysis. 

Sailor Venus joins the others in episode 33 of the original "Enter Venus, the Last Sailor Guardian". In the dub it's episode 29 "Sailor V makes the scene". This is first season stuff you could learn quite literally by looking at the episode titles. 

8:55- "And, of course, this gives way to the famous transformation scene."

Oh God.

9:00- "The tiara, the boots, the nail polish...later covered by gloves so that was pointless, and, of course, the miniskirt. The mini-mini-mini-mini-MINI-mini-mini-mini-miniskirt. Yup, the costume choice that in no way enables her to fight better but sure does force her to squat a lot. Okay, so take out the fact that it's obviously in no way battle armor. Take out the fact that it's obviously fanservice."

Ok I need to make something REALLY REALLY clear right now because it is important to understanding why a lot of Moonies get upset at this.

The Sailor Moon Transformation Sequences and Senshi Fuku....are not sexual. They are not sexual fanservice. The fact that you PERSONALLY found it sexual, honestly says more about you then it does about this show.

What are the Senshi wearing. First of all, the underside of their uniforms are not panties. The Senshi Fuku is comprised of a torso section that covers the entire torso like a figure skater outfit. It then has a miniskirt and several pieces added on top of that. You want to know why I know this isn't sexual.

The Sailor Fuku is just a colorful form of an actual school uniform. This is a Sailor Fuku Uniform common in Japan. Why is it designed this way? 

It's because Sailor Moon is on some level part escapism. It's about imaging your school uniform is actually a magical outfit of a cosmic guardian. It's the same reason kids use towels or sheets as superhero capes. 

The fact that you call it an "obviously sexualized transformation" makes this really awkward because I have to tell you it's not intended to be sexual. This is a show for young girls. It's meant to look cool and pretty. That's it. It's meant to be elegant like ballet dances while also powerful like a magical superhero.

He also mentions it takes a full minute in each episode and yeah complaining about Magical Girl Transformation sequences times to a Magical Girl Fan is like complaining about how Shonen transformations take forever to a Shonen Fan, or like saying Cartoons teach violence to a Cartoon Fan, or that Kaiju movies are made with cheap special effects like stomping through a poorly constructed replica city to a Kaiju Fan. It's such a cliche complaint and the actual source material makes fun of. Sailor Moon has scenes mocking transformation sequences.

Why does Sailor Moon and Magical Girls series have henshin scenes. Here's the reason, they are the most hype thing ever when you are a little girl. It's the scene where the protagonist becomes the Hero. It's like the Power Rangers morphing or Superman revealing his outfit saying "This looks like a job...for Superman!" It's the part that hypes the viewer up for the upcoming cool thing.

9:49- “Yeah. Forgot that for a second, didn't ya? The girls in this show are and always have been 14 years old. 14 years old.”

....uhhhhh....this is incorrect. They start the series at 14 but at the season 5 they are 16, entering high school and they are also over 900 in Crystal Tokyo because the Crystal gave them immortaliy. 

NC then goes on to really fixiate on this point. I could go into why we have a lower age of consent technically speaking then the United States but there is a more important point


Like,  why would you spend so much of your SM Review time talking about age of consent laws in Japan. Especially when you have a skit of your 14-year old self perving on them to make this all seem so much more creepy.

Also....aren't you legit sexualizing a 14-year old character depicting your younger self in a state of sexual interest? In a way that is way more explicit that what you claim SM is doing?...

This part of the vid doesn't have anything to do with SM.

11:25- “My personal problem is, like media in most cultures, it doesn't try to help younger people understand sexuality, (images of Bratz dolls, Britney Spears, and Megan Fox) but rather exploits it. Rather than educate young people about sex, it's honestly just easier if we can make money off of it.”

Even ignoring the fact that SM does not exploit sexuality, SM DOES teach about sexual interest. Even ignoring the manga which is...just amazing at depicting it mind you...there are plenty of examples in SM of sexual jokes and episodic subplots like when Usagi casually mentioned wanting to sleep with Rei under the context of working at the shrine (coded), or when Minako offered to strip to make money to help the victim of the week causing the other girls to get all horrified, or when Minako tried to take her crush of the week to an XXX movie..........

A lot of these involve Minako-chan honestly. 

But seriously, from what I can tell you have seen a few episodes, most likely less then 10 since you think "Jedite" is relevant at all and he gets beaten in ep 10 of the Dub, so how on Earth would you think it makes sense to comment on how this show deals with sexuality?

14:33- “and every villain she's fighting will quietly wait for her to finish before actually attacking. It’s the Japanese way”

Ok I have NEVER gotten this complaint. The Sailor Senshi don't transform in front of the monsters of the week. Not once in the entire 200 episode run do they do that. It doesn't even make sense they would do that because they transform to have secret identities. This is like asking why don't people attack Spider-Man when he's changing into his Spider-Man costume.

15-32:- “But once Luna reminds Serena to use her brain, she goes through her pedo-licious transformation and is ready to kick ass. Or...cowers in the corner like a fucking scaredy-cat.”

Yes Usagi/Serena cowered and cried a lot earlier in the series. That's...that's the point. She's a coward and a crybaby to reflect our insecurities about ourselves so that we can see her rise to become a hero. She was such a breakthrough in the Magical Girl genre specifically because she wasn't some perfect stalwart graceful heroine or some clever trickster but just a normal scared girl who doesn't like fighting and wants everything to be peaceful.



LOL. Ok that is a pretty funny thing a lot of Moonies like to point out. Although there is a legit explanation. On the official English Soundtrack for SM, "One Named Sailor Moon" is supposedly sung by Mina and Rini (Venus and Mini-Moon). In all versions of SM Chibiusa/Rini looks up to Sailor Moon as an unstoppable hero and the Dub made Mina admire her the most of the Guardian Senshi. So they are idolizing her in the theme song.

16:28- “If she even raises her knee a centimeter to kick, she exposes her goodies to the world. Which, in many parts of Japan, of course is no big problem anyway.”


17:36- “The magic tiara isn't her only enchanted device, though. She also has a pen that can change her into anything. Wait, WHAT?! … Well, then, what the fuck is she using that tiara for!? I mean, they didn't give any limitations or anything. They said she can change into fucking anything she wants!”

Yeah this is a dub error, originally it only disguises her into whatever she wants but it clearly does not give the capacities as it humorously shows when she tries and disguises as a business woman and then immediately trips over her own heels.

17:56- “Series over! Six seasons spared!”

Six? SM is 5 arcs long or less in every version.....oh you think Crystal is a sixth arc and not a reboot like it actually is. Whoops.

18:24- “So maybe Jadeite should try his evil plans in another part of town. I mean, it's not like the Power Rangers that can beam anywhere.”

Season 1: They are looking for the Moon Princess they know is in that area
Makaiju Arc: No reason, cause that arc doesn't make any sense
Season 2 Proper: The bad guys are trying to find Chibiusa who went back to Tokyo in the past to find Sailor Moon and are trying to disrupt the crystal points where Crystal Tokyo will be in the future
Season 3: Sailor Saturn incarnated with the other Senshi in the same area and the Death-Busters emerged around her since Mistress 9 was feeding on her energy
Season 4: Helios was hiding in Chibiusa's dreams and the Dead Moon Circus was chasing him around looking through peoples' dreams to find him
Season 5: Galaxia sent her Senshi down to fight the Senshi of Earth because she likes to see Senshi fight for her amusement

 Also they do have the Sailor Teleport. They used it at the end of season 1 to get to the North Pole.

18:55- "Their personalities are about as on par as, oh, let's say... the Spice Girls. No, no, that's too demeaning. Um, let's say Hanson."


Ok I could understand if you said their personalities were stereotypes, especially given that this is the Original English Dub of the anime, but they very clearly do have personalities. Ami/Amy is the Shy Nerd Girl, Rei/Raye, is the Hot-Headed Goth-y (in the anime at least...in the manga she's the spiritual perfectionist one), Makoto/Lita is really girly on the inside but people falsely mistake as being a tomboy and Minako/Mina is the fun light-hearted comedic one. Saying they don't have personalities is like saying the original Power Rangers don't have personalities. You can say they are 2-dimensional but they are pretty clear.

19:08- "Ooh, except Pluto. Um, you're not a planet anymore, so, um... Yeah."

Ok this was another complaint I never got. Now I could point how there are Senshi for Asteroids, for Galaxies for the Universe, for the Void, and for basically everything. But that would be going way to obscure for this. 

You know what was never a planet?


The Series is named SAILOR MOON! Where do people get the idea you need to be named after a planet to be a Sailor when the series stars a Senshi named after the Moon?

He then goes on to talk about how Uranus and Neptune's lesbian relationship was censored out of the show by the Cloverway Dub, and nothing I can see wrong here, it's pretty on-point, though this does give more questions as to the whole not teaching anything about sexuality given how CLEARLY Haruka and Michiru were banging in the series.

21:50- “Serena acts like a selfish idiot; supportive friends pick up her slack; Beryl rubs crystal ball like a boob and sends Jadeite out to create monster and/or device to obtain energy, using a marketing tool targeted toward vain suburbanites; one of the Scouts discovers the plan or falls for it herself; transformation takes place via reused, sexually-confusing animation; Scout or Scouts are trapped; prat in the hat seems to get them out and do nothing else; Serena never figures out who he is, uses her magic tiara that she should've used earlier instead of reusing more dialogue footage, destroys villain, and goes back to being an idiot again.”

This is his final analysis of the "SM Formula". You can compare my formula from above. I like how he thinks Jadeite lets any particular amount of time in this series. It was probably the Nephrite and Zoisite stuff that got SM popular in the West if we're being honest.

Finally he gives his analysis of why people liked SM and honestly this is the part that got me angry. THIS is the part, believe it or not. This is what he says

“Perhaps like a lot of other formulas, it knew what to keep familiar and what to keep changing up. It knew it was going to have a villain, but it changed up what kind of villain. It knew it had to involve an interest or product that girls wanted to be involved with, so it had a different one each episode. There was always peril that the girls had to get out of so that you'd feel great by the end when they finally do, keeping the formula exactly the same but changing up just the right elements that needed to be changed.”

You know why this angers me, because it seems frankly like very shallow surface level analysis, it seems like he didn't see the series as "worth" serious analysis. 

Why was Sailor Moon popular. Moonies have personal reasons but how about I tell you the biggest reason right now. 

It's not something you need to be Japanese to understand.
It's not something you need to be a girl to understand.
It's not something you need to be a teen to understand.

Sailor Moon got so popular for the same reason that Spider-Man, or Neo, or Arthur Dent or Harry Potter or any of those kind of characters got popular. I was filled with insecurities. I thought I was nothing but a coward and a crybaby. I thought the world would be better off without me. Sailor Moon told me that even if I was all the things Usagi was, that I could become a hero. It told me that no matter how bad I thought of myself that I always could Henshin into this graceful strong heroine.

This is not something hidden in the series, this is the most direct message of the series. It is the cornerstone of the First Movie. It is present since the first chapter and the first episode when Usagi says "Luna, I don't know what's going but I need to save Naru!" her want to protect her friend overcoming his cowardice. And it continues to the end where she saves the universe from Chaos because of her love. Sailor Moon is a series that shows us the best side of ourselves, that even a normal girl like Usagi can be the light of the entire universe. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Death Prediction: Jedah Dohma vs Lucemon

Lords of Darkness are not always bestial monstrosities looking for devastation. Some are more civilized in appearance and whose goals, such as the end of conflict, seem almost noble And there are few as eloquent, refined, and seemingly noble in goal as these two masters of darkness.

Jedah Dohma, The Savior of the Demon World

Lucemon, The Child Angel who Transcended Good and Evil

I am Imperator100, and this is a death prediction.

Jedah Dohma:


In a demon world separate from ours is the land of Makai, a world supposedly made from the body of God. Three Makai nobles ruled over the land; Belial Aensland, Garunan Bosital and Jedah Dohma. At only 6,000 years old Jedah was the youngest but cleverest of the 3. Jedah possessed a confidant known as Ozomu who tricked Jedah into absorbing more souls then he could handle from the Gates of Makai and was erased from existence leaving Ozomu to take the throne of the Dohma Clan as Emperor Ozomu.

But this was not the end of Jedah's story. Regenerating a century later, Jedah felt no anger towards his betrayal but instead merely despair over the sad state of his world and determined himself to end all conflict by merging everything into a single soul. If all of life was within a single soul, there could never be conflict between them again. This goal, this mission would drive Jedah to return again and again no matter what and has made him one of, if not the great threat in the Darkstalkers Universe.

Physical Power:

Jedah is styled after a Japanese Shinigami, meaning literally "death spirit". This is similar to the concept of "Grim Reaper". Unique among fighting game characters, Jedah does not use punches or kicks but instead relies on his scythe like wings (which are not actually attached to him but hover close to his body) and to a lesser extent his claws to melee his opponent.

In terms of physical strength, Jedah should be comparable with physical powerhouses of the verse, considering his strength was enough to threaten Demitri. Demitri in turn had absorbed Mortal Pyron and was a physical equal of him before that, suggesting that Jedah scale to Mortal Pyron in terms of strength. How strong is Pyron? Well he has been able to make 3 planets, one of which being the Earth orbit around his fingers like rings, an extremely casual feat that was low-balled into the low-stellar range of energy. Considering that in Darkstalkers 2, one of Pyron's win quotes is that he "has crushed stars", this seems relatively consistent.

In Combat, Jedah Primarily uses his wing-scythes for melee-attacks. He can use them as reaper-scythes and can impale an opponent with them and fly up into the air before crashing them down again (Ira Spinta). He can also turn them into a whirling chainsaw of death (Ira Piano)

Jedah's wings also give him flight capacity, fast enough to match the highest tier of the verse, including the likes of Demitri and Pyron. Pyron is capable of moving to and from his home planet of Helistorm to Earth in a fraction of a second between the character select screen and match start, requiring speeds easily thousands to millions of times the speed of light. Also during Pyron's backstory he traveled across the universe itself to collect planets in the timespan of 3 years giving him a speed of over 15 BILLION times the speed of light. Jedah should be comparable in speed to Pyron.

Jedah's raw durability is more impressive then even his strength and speed. In the Japanese Darkstalkers Manga, Jedah's durability was even enough to briefly survive the holy light power of Lilith after absorbing Morrigan. Such was massively above the power Jedah uses to maintain his Majigen which is large enough to contain it's own constellation. Jedah's durability is buffered by his incredible regeneration. Jedah's soul has regenerated from being shattered and scattered across the universe and even having him and his entire dimension wiped out into "nothingness" was unable to permanently destroy him. It is said he will keep returning until his mission is complete. Jedah's regen is also VERY fast, to the extent that he can cut off his own head as a form of block attack (Spreggio). 

Also on the physical plane, Jedah can directly manipulate the fabric of matter-energy, such as when he gave the disembodied soul of Lilith a physical body of matter and energy This suggests he can make things not made of matter manifest physically. 


A rather notable subset of Jedah's powers, His ability to control blood is one of his most famous abilities, capable of covering the moon in blood from another dimension during the span of a conversation. To overcome the rotational kinetic energy of the moon would require 80 Teratons of TNT, and to launch that amount of blood at that speed would require energy in at the very least planetoid range. In the Japanese guidebook, Jedah's blood and entire body is said to be made of a red variable liquid made specifically for the purpose of resurrection

In combat Jedah manifests his hemokinesis as a variety of attacks like the most "conventional" of them, Dio Sega which sends out a whirling blade of blood. He can also trap opponents in a sphere of blood with Nero Fatica, pump his opponents full of blood until they burst with San Passare, and can summon arms of blood to drag his opponents underground into a giant pool of blood, attacking them over and over.

He can also summon a blood arm to slam an enemy into a contrast consigning their soul to him with their blood (Provia Di Servo). This leads well into the next category.

Astral Manipulation:

Jedah as a grim reaper has the ability to steal souls and absorb them into his being. He has absorbed Demitri in non-standard animation. He was able to steal the souls of all of Makai at once, and Makai has a mainland trillions of miles across. After absorbing the soul of his victim, their memories and powers become a part of him as what happened to Ozomu. This feeds into his ultimate goal; the creation of Shintai.

Mental Manipulation:

Jedah's ability to control minds is one of his most famous abilities for good reason. Jedah's mental powers are so strong they could affect even the mind of Pyron, who is essentially a sentient galaxy in his true form, and also in his own ending he became the center of the universe. Jedah's psychic powers are also able to manipulate entities in the past like he did to call to Anakaris 5,000 years ago, somehow ignoring the causal problems that would be associated with that.

Jedah is also implied to be telekinetic, given his Blood Moon Feat referenced above in Hemokinesis.

Spacetime Control:

Jedah has very powerful control over space and time. While he has more standard issue powers like portal creation and inter-dimensional teleportation, his powers go far beyond that.

Jedah was able to maintain his Majigen, which as shown above is a dimension large enough to contain it's own constellation. The Majingen was actually created from Ozomu. After Jedah returned from Ozomu's betrayal, he with his heart filled with mercy, transmuted Ozomu into his dimension. Jedah's dimension is according to the Darkstalkers 3 guidebook outside of space and time.

Potentially related to this is Jedah's sealing capacity. Jedah was able to seal off his dimension such that not even Morrigan could fly out of it despite that fact that she passes through inter-dimensional boundaries between the human world and the Makai every night.

It is also said in the manga that he has complete control over the Majigen and control it's shifting. His dimension has even begun to absorb Pyron in Pyron's own ending after Jedah mentally attacked him.


Jedah is considered the smartest of the Makai Nobles and is extremely manipulative and clever. He is constantly manipulating others to do his bidding and masterminded his assimilation plot to end the universe. 

Jedah also has some level of cosmic awareness. In the manga he was shown to have knowledge of everything going on in the Majingen at once and also was able to know what was happening in other dimensions.


Jedah does have a few weaknesses. He can be overtly sure of his plans working out and unwilling to accept that something might go wrong, such that when something does go wrong he can become rather irritated. It also stated that light can pain Jedah, hence why he does not enter into the daylight, though it does not state that light actually damages him particularly.



While Jedah is a sinister personality that wants to dominate all life and unify it all into a single lifeform, he generally appears completely relaxed and collected. Jedah genuinely believes his goal is good and it is said that his heart is merciful. He speaks very elegantly and acts like a gentleman and good host in most circumstances, but only so long as it does not interfere with his plans. If anything interferes with his plans; gods, demons, monsters or humans, he will being them to the oblivion of death.



((Just to get this quickly out of the way, all versions of Lucemon are part of the same character so all sources ARE canon))

Long ago, the human and beast type digimon began to war with each other. An Angel Digimon came down to Earth to cease their fighting, known as Lucemon. Lucemon took total dominion over the Digital World and ceased the war.

When some of the Digimon tried to revolt against Lucemon's reign, he began to rule more and more cruelly and tyrannically. Eventually 10 Ancient Warrior Digimon managed to overthrow Lucemon and seal him away, 8 of them dying in the process. The Three Great Angel Digimon split control over Lucemon's domain with Seraphimon governing Law and Order, Ofanimon governing Love and Life, and Cherubimon governing Knowledge and Teachings.

But Lucemon has yet to be fully defeated. He has manipulated others, humans and digimon, into allowing his return or serving his will including members of the Royal Knights and Cherubimon himself. 

Child Form:

This form, betting it's Angel nature can heal, resurrect and attack with holy lights. Lucemon's primary attack in this form is "Grand Cross" which launches a miniture solar system at the enemy. Is this not the power of a real solar system? Maybe but it should be far above the power of Vademon who according to the official Digimon novelization created and maintained a solar system sized spatial warp inside a small room:

“Koushiro was led to the “Room of the Mysterious Universe.” It had no ceiling, walls, or floors to contain it, just a strange air-space that expanded indefinitely. With a diameter of 2-3 meters, the room was rather small, and yet it contained the Sun and the planets, even asteroid belts.”

Likewise Wendigomon created a dimension seemingly containing a star, and Wendigomon's digivolved form is Cherubimon, who has only a fraction of Lucemon's power.

Lucemon's Grand Cross is also said to be superior to Seraphimon's "Seven Heavens" attack, which itself if sometimes stated to be stronger then Testament, another of Seraphimon's techniques (which logically Lucemon should be able to use). Why is that important? Well Testament has the power to create a new Big Bang. Lucemon can also attack with an eyebeam that can send people to the end of the world or erase them.

Falldown Mode:

Lucemon's main form as one of the 7 Digital Demon Lords, the Lord of Pride, Lucemon in this form resembles a pseudo-abstract. The Digital Demon Lords are natural primordial forces of the universe. It is said that Lucemon is the darkness in the hearts of people. In this way so long as a dark heart beats, they will return, as long as people have malice in their heart, Lucemon is immortal! Because of their nature, to even battle the Digital Demon Lords is to make them stronger.

Even compared to the other Digital Demon Lords, Lucemon is far above. It is said that the other Digital Demon Lords are nothing compared to Lucemon and he demonstrates this by beating Daemon, the Digital Demon Lord of Wrath who had previously absorbed all the other Digital Demon Lords. This includes powerhouses like Leviamon who can swallow the Digital World whole. 

Lucemon has notable ability to warp space and time. His very presence can warp the physics of the universe in unpredictable ways. Lucemon's awakening was enough to collapse the barrier between the human world and the digital world. Lucemon when trying can send everything in the human world and the digital world into his Dark Area, a dark warp of spacetime that is a part of him and exists as the graveyard to collect the souls of deleted data. His spacetime warping aids his speed already impressive enough to blitz a Digimon that moves at lightspeed.

Lucemon has a few other assorted abilities. He can attack with blasts of light, darkness and force. He can turn matter into data, has low level telekinesis and electricity manipulation, can reflect attacks, and can resist existence erasure

Satan Mode:

Described thusly:

"Having the appearance of the dragon of Revelation, it is Lucemon's final form. As was told in the Revelation, it carries the Crowns of the Seven Deadly Sins upon its head, and it holds the orb of darkness, "Gehenna", which absorbs all attacks. All attacks are nullified before the Gehenna, and it is said that the world will perish when Lucemon takes this form. However, Lucemon's true form (Lucemon Larva) exists within the Gehenna, and Satan Mode is no more than Lucemon's shadow. Therefore, no matter how many times Satan Mode is attacked, those attacks will not reach the true form, Lucemon Larva. Its Special Moves are a flame of destruction which purifies everything (Purgatorial Flame), and a light of annihilation fired from the seven Crowns (Divine Atonement)."

This is Lucemon's Final Form. It is said to be that which will being destruction to the entire universe. Beyond those attacks it also has a few more as well as Satan's Wrath which shoots energy out of Gehenna and Dimensional Slasher where it attacks with it's claws.

Lucemon's Larva State is as strong as his previous forms, though more vulnerable and remains inside Gehenna lest his Satan Mode destroy everything in a Rage


Lucemon is a master manipulator and recreated the conditions for his own rebirth though does not seem to be the smartest of the Digital Demon Lords. Lucemon also has a degree of cosmic awareness as he knew the Legendary Chosen were on the Moon.


As the Digital Demon Lord of Pride itself, Lucemon can be overwhelmingly arrogant and vain, thinking himself completely above ideas like good and evil. In addition if his Satan mode is disconnected from the Larva Mode it will go wild and destroy everything.


Said to be the one closest to God, Lucemon lives a paradoxical existence of the ultimate light and the ultimate darkness, of complete love for all beings and complete hatred for all beings. He desires to destroy all of existence and recreate it loyal to himself as supreme. He despises free will as taking others away from his "perfect" will and plan. 

Alright, the combatants are set. It's time for a DEATH PREDICTION!

The Worlds of the Multiversal Ocean float and wander like bubbles in an ocean of nothingness. By chance occurence, one filled with nightmares, the other with code did come into contact. From this new access two beings did meet....

Lucemon flew through this new portal to a strange world that had previously been unavailable to his will. Below him he saw a strange tall figure dressed in dark clothing with blades for wings like an angel of old, he swoopt down.

Jedah beheld this off-being split down the middle come closer to him, light and darkness dancing off him. This small asteroid near the gate was nowhere near sufficient for a meeting of this caliber. Both knew almost immediately that the other would need heed to his will until he was FORCED too.

Lucemon spoke first, his eyes half-closed, glaring at this being who had dared to challenge him. "A shinigami? Do you really think a pitiful force like death can affect an Immortal Divine Entity? Hehehe"

Jedah put his hand to his chin in mock contemplation, eyes closed "Are you a god? Pity..." Jedah opened his eyes suddenly "I was hoping to find something I haven't destroyed before."


Lucemon quickly launched a flurry of strikes at Jedah. "Paradise Lost" he said with understated intensity.

As each strike struck Jedah, the ground itself quivered and trembled from the force yet Jedah remained unaffected, Lucemon's wings extended from his back to cover his arm's length as he launched Jedah up into the air for the climatic part of the strike.

However Jedah quickly countered with "Balzo Perdano" and was suddenly gone from Lucemon's sight. Lucemon quickly turned to where his sensing knew Jedah would be, though he had teleported away. Lucemon suddenly felt a sharpness in his midsection. Jedah performed Ira Spinta, whirling back down to Earth with his wings impaled in the Demon Lord, their crash to the ground making the fragile asteroid split in half and fling through the void, dust obscuring the air.

Through the dust, Jedah and Lucemon could see each other shadows clearly looming ominiously, the dust exaggerated their features though neither knew fear.

The Monster World and the Digital World continue to fuse around them, worlds creeping closer to each other, and both knew that the one who won would determine the quality of this fusion.

Jedah pressed his advantage using San Passare. His Claw extended into where his scythe-wings were impaled and he felt the blood rush from him into Lucemon...

But the blood simply leaked from Lucemon's form creating a massive puddle on the ground. 

"Hmmm? Trying to kill yourself rather then fight me?" Lucemon taunted mockingly.

"Not a creature of blood, are you?" Jedah inquired... "How interesting..."

Lucemon brought his hands together and and his eyes widened with intensity 

"Grand Cross!"

Lucemon fired a solar system at Jedah, the heated orbs burning through the smoke and darkness tearing through the void at superluminal speeds.

Jedah quickly took flight, racing through the system, nimbly dodging around the orbs when he suddenly found his body pulled against his will, by a telekinetic, sending him careening into one of the orbs.

Jedah's head and arms were burned off as his body slumped down on a nearby planet's moon, the orbs shooting past. While most of the holes were cauterized, his stumps shoot a stream of blood that hit the nearby planet and caused the landmasses of the planet to shift, the ocean to burn and swirl, and all life to end in a manner of minutes.

Lucemon flew down and landed next to the body, pleased at his seeming victory.

Jedah's head and arms popped out again from his rapid regeneration, his surprise plan a complete success and before Lucemon knew what happened he was impaled on a wing-scythe and dragged through the cosmos at untold speeds.

Lucemon did not know what happened...before he knew anything he was carried, as is by a vile wind, at rapid speeds. He experienced sudden flashes of heat and cold as Jedah dragged through the cores of the planet and suddenly into a black hole.

Jedah circled Lucemon menacingly on the inside of the black hole, seeing how this being handled the inside of a black hole. Lucemon's light illuminated the darkness before being sucked down into the singularity. Lucemon charged Jedah but Jedah quickly sidestepped him. 

A circle of blood engulfed Lucemon's force as Jedah used the Nero Fatica before slashing him in rapid succession with.

Enraged at this display, Lucemon sent a powerful blast of light outwards. Jedah quickly teleported away from it however in the black hole, the light was pulled downwards, hitting the singularity, the sheer power of the Angel Digimon accelerating the mass to FTL speeds causing the black hole to explode.

From every direction, black hole remnants blasted destroying everything in their way, ionizing the air and causing any atmosphere-bearing planet within a few lightyears to have their atmospheres burned off. Light and heat emerged at intensity unknown to the universe at this state. Lucemon and Jedah were far away

Jedah's entire body was burned and singed from the light. While he remained total composure, his slightly slower movement went not unnoticed from Lucemon's awareness. 

"He doesn't like light, huh?" Lucemon thought to himself internally smiling. Lucemon remembered the light of his youth and from his hand came an intense light...

"Shining Laser" Lucemon said and with that a brilliant laser beam came from his hand, a beautiful silent doom in the black void.

Jedah saw the laser coming, and becoming slightly irritated at this foe projected his consciousness outwards and pulled

Lucemon suddenly saw a red surface come block his laser surface before imploding as the laser drilled through it. Looking around he saw a vast procession of stars and realized his enemy must have called down a stray galaxy as a shield. 

The various worlds of the galaxy did not appreciate being suddenly flung at mftl speeds, causing a ton of collisions of planets and stars with great explosions rocking the skies of the galaxies. Lucemon eagerly accepted his opponent's challenge and flew through the explosions blasting with great streams of light and darkness through the cloud of stars. Jedah saw the light and darkness stream blast forth and answered in kind manipulated the local spacetime throwing the stars at the various source, as the two dipped and dodged around. 

Jedah telepathically projected, feeling his opponent's awareness throughout the galactic battleground. As Lucemon felt Jedah's disturbance upon his mind, he grew angered at this mental attack and with a wave of his hand started causing this universe to be absorbed into the Dark Area. 

Jedah felt a great pull stronger then any he had ever felt and quickly to another dimension. Seeing an inhabitated planet, Jedah's mind imposed itself on the people of the world causing them to relinquish their lives. Jedah quickly absorbed their souls, readying them for his plan. 

Jedah felt a portal open up behind him and heard Lucemon's voice "Dead or Alive"

Twin energies of darkness and light came from Lucemon's outstretched hands, and Jedah was torn to bits. Lucemon felt himself pulled underneath the ground of the planet by arms of blood torn from their recently dead bodies who attacked Lucemon over and over. 

A swift punch from Lucemon and the planet shattered, the blood of the people once on it evaporating to nothing. 

Seeing Jedah, who had rapidly reformed, Lucemon sent out a more furious blast of light. Jedah, expecting this quickly dodged the attack, the light of Lucemon's attack sending out radiation causing the people of this local space zone to die suddenly of burns and sudden molecular disruption. 

A quick teleport, and Jedah was behind his enraged enemy. Jedah placed his hand on Lucemon and concentrated his mind, and Lucemon's body of data warped and twisted and expanded into a dimension.

Jedah gazed in wonder at Lucemon's body dimension...it was dark and warped beyond all measure, worth then the black hole seen before which shouldn't be possible in known universal laws. A booming voice came from The Dark Area...

"Hehehehe...did you really think this would stop me?! I am the Dark Area, I am the darkness in hearts..."

and with that, the dark area began absorbing the universe's luminaries, with stars and galaxies being pulled towards the Dark Area at incredible speeds.

From the bottom of the Dark Area, the darkest pit of the heart came the ultimate scourge of the universe. A Dragon's roar and then with the 7 crests upon his back, the dragon of the end entered the universe, with a roar that could be heard across the cosmos, the soundwave breaking the ears and hearts of any who heard.

Jedah smiled to himself and thought "What an usual strategy for you...to bring the dark area as a weapon instead of fighting yourself....could it be someone has manipulated your mind at the start of this fight?"

Suddenly a string of dimensions were created around Lucemon Satan Mode's form, thousands of them like Russian Nesting Dolls as Jedah released the souls he has taken earlier.

Lucemon attempted to create a portal out, only to find that he had been sealed in. With a giant growl he began slicing at the dimensional boundaries with his claws, ripping them to shreds. 

Meanwhile Jedah hurried to the border of conventional space, burned and irradiated thought it was with the warp of the Dark Area.

"Souls sleeping in this graveyard....in darkness and ruin....allow me to guide you to the peace of oblivion." Jedah said calmly absorbing the souls from the Dark Area and feeding it into the oversoul...the great Shintai...

Jedah, felt the universe sway and converge as the Shintai came into awakening.

A great tear of the cosmos and Lucemon Satan Mode tore through. The Shintai's power blasted Lucemon Satan Mode, severing his grasp on the Orb of Gehenna. 

Lucemon Satan Mode, uncontrolled, spewed a great purifying fire from his mouth reducing all floating matter-energy around to base data and from his seven crests releasing light streams destroying everything in their past. 

The Shintai and Lucemon Satan mode's power caused the universe to break apart rapidly, the material plane crumbling like so much sand in the wind. 

Inside the orb of Genenna Jedah teleported, the universe ending all around. Lucemon Larva Mode quickly blasted Jedah's Limbs off. 

Jedah spoke unto the larva "There are no souls left, there is nothing left for you to survive within save this meager shell..."

"Are you so arrogant?" Lucemon asked "You still live...and so live as a heart full of malice still beats, I am immortal!"

Jedah regrew his arms and tried to attack again but Lucemon's barrier stopped him and Lucemon blasted him again, knocking out all of Jedah's nerves for a moment.

But Jedah was entirely calm now "Malice? You must be mistaken...my heart is full of nothing...but mercy"

There was an odd swishing movement from the larva who said "without combined death, my data shall possess yours and evolve again....this is your end....TESTAMENT"

The Larva called upon one of his oldest powers which released a sudden burst within the orb of gehenna, the birth of an entire universe all concentrated with such a tiny space, moving at speeds unknown to humanity, with power of divine grandeur...

Jedah and Lucemon were blasted, their component molecules breaking down.... their atoms exploding over and over, the protons and neutrons being flung apart, sub-atomic particles marking base quantum probability floated in the air as everything broke down to constituent bits of existence and non-existence, bits of 1s and 0s inside a grand computer...

01001110 01101111 00100000 01101110 01101111 00100000 01101110 01101111 00100001 00100000 01000001 01101110 00100000 01000001 01101110 01100111 01100101 01101100 00100000 01100001 01101110 01100100 00100000 01000100 01100101 01100001 01110100 01101000 00100000 01100001 01110010 01100101 00100000 01101111 01101110 01100101 00101110 00001010

01001001 01101110 00100000 01010011 01101001 01101100 01100101 01101110 01100011 01100101 00101110 00001010

01000101 01101110 01100100 00001010



Centuries pass, but from the nothingness, clumps of existence emerge from scattered quantum fluctuations. These converge more and more...exponentially until...

Jedah emerges from the Orb of Gehenna, the cosmos plunged into total chaos from that fight. He had much to do....he could not rest until his mission had ended.


So there are a LOT of factors to consider with this fight. Here's a big point though, it's really not about stats this fight. In this case it's far more about who has a better capacity to be able to defeat their opponent's regen factor, because both of their regen factors are REALLY hard to circumnavigate.

When it comes to Jedah overcoming Lucemon's regen, namely that Lucemon exists so long as a heart with malice does, there are two sort of answers. One is that Jedah's heart is legitimately full of mercy which means "all" he has to do is destroy every person besides himself to end Lucemon's regen. The other is to actually destroy himself which theoretically will end the regen and he can allow his own regen to bring him back afterwards. Difficult but more doable then Lucemon overcoming Jedah's regen.

However there's one point, a small point honestly, that really convinced me. Lucemon was originally defeated by the Ten Ancient Warriors via sealing him away. Jedah not only has sealing, but can seal dimensions so well that not even someone who can casually go between dimensions like Morrigan can escape. I know the counter argument is that Lucemon fought the Ten Ancient Warriors which include Ancient Wisemon who has the sealing technique "Laplace in Ma". However it is not confirmed either that Lucemon was hit by that attack (He was fast enough to blitz someone as strong or stronger to Ancient Wisemon in his Falldown Mode) or that Laplace in Ma  is as strong as Jedah's sealing. Combined with his speed advantage and Jedah would have complete mobility over Lucemon and would be able to keep him where he wanted him while Jedah does what he needs to in order to win. 

Beyond that while both are intelligent, Jedah could manipulate Lucemon's pride, and moreover would want to far more then the inverse situation. There is also the possibility he could affect Lucemon in his more naive child form in the ancient past (though we don't know how long ago it was) in order to make Lucemon in the present weaker for him to win. 

The Winner is....Jedah Dohma

Next Time:

Thanks again to my friend Thor for scoring the blog, proving this awesome next time trailer, and for a bit of help with my Jedah research.