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Cowboy Bebop Shooting Star Volume 1 Manga Opinion Piece

   This is one of the worst interpretations of an anime I have ever seen! Seriously the wrong aspects, such as Ed's feet, are exaggerated. Not only that but the characters' personalities just do not fit even the looks we are stuck with in this manga. If they did not provide a warning about having been made pre/concurrent to the show's creation I would have probably been mentally broken. Why was this even translated to English, or for that matter created in the first place?

List Of My Personal Top 15 Best Comic Media From 2015

Note: You can thank the Valiant Entertainment PR Staff for the idea of this Best Of 2015 list, and the other annual lists I will be doing in the future. That being said Valiant had no other influence on the creation of this list. Links to some previous posts that give my initial reasoning will be found by clicking on certain titles. This list contains comic books and media related to comics. Finally 1 is the high and 15 is the bottom.

1. Tower25 by PJ Patten is a great example of what comic books can be, and that major companies are not always the best when it comes to creative relevance.

2. The series Imperium from Valiant is a brilliant example of how to show the real impact super powered and alien beings would have on the world. There are too many good reasons so I have provided the label in the labels section for you to choose an Imperium review from.

3. It is a tie between the Netflix/Marvel shows Daredevil & Jessica Jones. The former for showing how much complexity live acti…

The Paybacks Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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   I have a bit of a nitpick with the amount of cross-hatching on Antiquarian's face on the third panel of the second story page. Though I do like the art overall especially Geoff Shaw's distinctive style of sharp line work. As for the coloring it is best in terms of how it creates a clear separation of past and present. The color choices for the past scenes combine with the writing to bring forth the idea that Ms. Adventure is lying. Speaking of the writing it is fun yet suspenseful in every area, especially the Popsicle and "Medbay" scenes. If there is one current series from Dark Horse I hope to see succeed for years to come then this is it. In other words this is an extremely recommended issue.

Power Cubed Issue 3 Review

    Not too sure about the cover. On the one hand it has good line work, but on the other the girlfriend's expression does not fully work with the scene. As for the rest of the issue the writing is still a flawed and the line work is a tad weaker than Lopresti's standard. Though the writing is better than last issue in terms of pacing and slightly in dialogue. The art is still strong while a little unsteady looking to my eye. Finally the coloring is the best part of this with its bright palette matching the light story tone. Recommended for people looking to get an okay and quick read.

Itty Bitty Hellboy The Search For The Were-Jaguar Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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   This mini-series has a lot of fun underwear jokes in this first issue. Also there is some decent set-up for this mini-series later issues. However there are two flaws for this issue. One is the introduction of Lobster Johnson failing to give his name like Art Baltazar & Franco tend to do. So he is simply a guy in a costume who jumps out of planes in attempts to inspire fear. The second flaw, though really more of a nitpick, is the Were-Jaguar could have been shown more. Even just in the background would have been fine with me. Though overall this issue is a good start to what will hopefully be an entirely recommended series. In other words I recommend this issue.

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon S Episode 1

  Who came up with the odd idea to have this episode's monster show present her cleavage in order to suck out weirdly designed hearts? Also someone tell me the English vocals for Usagi and Ami will be back to what they were soon. Cause it was annoying to hear the original English dub vocals for Usagi in this episode. Though I was only slightly annoyed by the change for Ami. Obviously the Japanese dub is better in terms of the vocals remaining the same, however it also gives a better version of the evil-doers' plans. Seeing as a "mighty force" does not inspire fear and awe like a legendary lost relic.

   Oh! I just remembered the reason this is late is because I was watching a video format retrospective on Sailor Moon made by Channel Awesome reviewer Calluna.

   Now for questions: Why did the female scientist villain mention that she was going to look for more victims when there is no follow through? Anyone else notice the crescent moon in this episode during one part…

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Fly Girl Adventure Edition

1. Marvel Team-Up #107 (1981) Starts off good but quickly deviates into a convoluted mess and ends in a nonsensical, melodramatic way. It also has the two characters fight for longer than they team-up.

2. Adventures Of The Fly #21 (1962) The stories are very generic in design. Not to mention that The Fly and Fly Girl have powers other than those of a fly. So technically these characters should be called The Insect and Insect Girl.

3. "Marvelman and the Atomic Bomber" originally published in Marvelman #25 February 3, 1954 and reprinted by Marvel in Miracleman #1 in 2014. It has good art especially for the time period. However it has several lettering mistakes and the horrible 'hero captured, but not immediately killed' cliche. The final problem I found is that it has a very rushed story with an abrupt ending.

4. Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane #50 from 1964 is just really sexist.

Review With Spoilers Of Sherlock Holmes And The Necronomicon 2015 English Translation In Collected Format

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 This collection of the two issues of Sherlock Holmes And The Necronomicon is almost like a classic telling of Sherlock Holmes. The only differences are the lack of Watson, as well as him relating the tale, and the addition of the supernatural being real. As for whether the translation has substitutions for anything that the original text contained is beyond me.

  I did find two small problems with this work. One is that a previous story is both mentioned in a footnote and in-story to the point that it takes the reader out of the comic. However the brilliant art and writing quickly bring the reader back in. The second problem is minor to most people but will be annoying to hardcore fans of Holmes lore. Plainly said his nose is too small and regular looking. Even just increasing its size a little would have at least better matched his apparent age. (People's noses and ears continue to grow as we age.)
  I found the art to be spot on regarding texture with a co…

Blue Asteroids Cowboy Bebop Episode 11 Opinion Piece

    I love the possible reference to Harpo Marx with the blowtorch/flamethrower scenes, specifically the moment where Spike tries to light up his smoke. Also this episode references Alien and space creature feature horror/suspense flicks is arguably better in English. Mainly due to how much odder the lizard medicine idea is coming from a different cultural background. Also am I crazy or does the ship's computer console scene have a Star Trek sound effect reference in it?

  The creepy refrigerator mystery is something I have questions that I both want answered and yet I don't want to know more about it. Cause ew! Speaking of gross things did the sparkles appearing out of the fridge at the end remind anyone of the end of the video The Coach featuring Joss Whedon? (If you don't know what I am talking about look it up on youtube.)

   Finally Ed is possibly invincible in the series based on all the things Ed survives from falling rocks, the mutated 'rat' in this episode…

Imperium Issue 10 Review with Spoilers

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  This issue is recommended mainly for those who want a deeper look into the history of the Valiant Universe. Though I also recommend it because of the level of depth of both the art and characterization. The art is very cinematic in both artists' ability to create the illusion of kinetic motion. Both artists are also close enough in style that the change in art styles does not remove one from the story. However there are slight differences between Juan and Cafu styles. Juan is a little bit more exaggerated during more extreme moments in terms of portraying things like damage and raw emotion. Whereas Cafu is a little more based in reality and a bit smoother in drawing forms. As for the characterization we get a character study for each character in this issue. Even those who get one scene only are given some for the reader to know about them. Just a truly great issue from a great series that a great creative team is working on!

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon R Movie

  Make it stop! Usagi is fourteen and this movie's creatives are visually suggesting privates being shown with only energy ribbons barely covering anything! Also the very gay alien bad guy is basically fondling her boobs right before this! Are we sure the movie was meant to be a serious attempt at Sailor Moon and not a Hentai parody? Also this perverted crud is inconsistent about how long Mamoru and Usagi have know each other in their present day forms. I hate it for so many more reasons but I will skip telling you all my complaints and go back to trying to forget this stain on a fun franchise.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 Issue 21 Review With Spoilers

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    Harmony is really out of character in this issue because she comes across like a competent evil mastermind. Not to mention there is no explain for why she is the head of the traditional non-morphing vampires. Another problem is that there seems to have been a time jump in the story. This is bad since it could throw readers of the previous few issues off-balance. Also we just started getting a status quo going with the Spuffy romance and it already being shake-in up. Bad idea since it is not stable enough as a status quo. Meaning it should have been given more time for readers to become complacent about it.

  As for the art the eyes are the main problem area with one panel even having Buffy's eyes almost totally white for no reason. There is also the problem of the regular cover promising a more epic story than anything we get in this issue. In conclusion I do not recommend this issue.

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Volume 5 Manga Opinion Piece

   I am a little confused about the placement of some pages early on. Meaning that Sailor Moon Crystal is actually more developed in certain areas of this story arc. For example when Usagi searches the Black Moon's castle in this volume. Also confusing is why Artemis is still looking like a noseless alien cat. Seriously he does! However the most confusing thing is arguably Saphir's interaction with Usagi. I mean he gives an apology and acts like he wants to help and then he turns homicidal for apparently no reason. Is he schizophrenic in this version of events?

  Other things I question are: where the Black Moon marked corpses came from? Are some of them the parents of the Black Moon characters we have seen? Did the baddie characters we have seen kill their parents? What happened to Mercury and the other character's legs during the teleport escape from the castle? Cause it looks like Mercury left leg is broken and all their legs look withered. Did Shingo grow when he is ta…

Bloodshot Reborn Issue 8 Review With Spoilers

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    Despite the obviousness of the last Bloodshot wannabe being the psycho grandson from the first issue the ending of this issue still had some twists. Especially good is the authority figures intelligence regarding the bus routes and the other Bloodshot hunter that is not our lead. Who will emerge triumphant is still up in the air as the future shown in Book Of Death: Fall Of Bloodshot #1 is not definite. (Basing this off the endings of Book Of Death #4 and Book Of Death The Fall Of Harbinger #1) As for the art it is simply beautiful with just the right amount of obvious cross-hatching for certain shadowed areas. I recommend this issue, and if buying the print format going for the Mico Suayan regular cover edition due to it having story elements.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 Library Edition Volume 1 Review With Spoilers

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    This was more of a re-read for me since I had already read the majority of the issues in single issue  format. That being said I noticed several minor artistic flaws in each of the regular issues. Examples range from Buffy's feet being out of proportion to Andrew just not looking like Tom Lenk in the least. However the vast majority of the art looks good enough. Though this brings up the small mistake of saying that Jeanty is "flawless"when in fact he, and everyone in this universe, cannot be fitted with that description. Especially considering some of the minor artistic flaws are located in the issues he worked on.

    As for the writing it is ill-serviced by Jane's Espenson's 'Magical Mystery Tour Featuring The Beetles' story being at the beginning. Yes, it is a good special to have included for those who either missed it digitally or are only interested in physical comics. The problem is that it screws up internal continuity fo…

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Thor Fist Edition

1. The Infinity Gauntlet #5 released November 2015 is just too chaotic and pandering of a comic. Also it really has nothing to do with the 2015/2016 event Secret Wars, and yet it is supposed to be a tie-in. We get an abrupt ending, changes to the story mid-point that create pandering moments, and too much dialogue. Not to mention it was late and the after-event books have already reached buyers hands.

2. Thors #4 released November 2015 is rushed on the ending. The letterer forgot the letter "n" on a word. It too is late. It suddenly decides to tie-in to Secret Wars proper. Finally the ending turns this book into a bit of a cash grab. Also like The Infinity Gauntlet (2015) series it leaves several questions unanswered.

3. Wolf #4 (2015) is very reliant on the first three issues' plot details. It also has an ending that feels too finale for a still ongoing series.

4. Rocko's Modern Life #2 circa 1994 is has one failed joke in the otherwise good first story. However the…

Unity Issue 24 Review With Spoilers

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  Valiant has its first true failure of a comic. I say this due to my formerly held belief that Valiant's current incarnation still put out quality books even when they were flawed and thus not worthy of my recommendation. However the art in this book ranges from okay to crunch-worthy to horrific. Unfortunately it is more often the last one than the first two because of bad facial expressions and malformed body parts. For instance Capshaw has a squinty face that lacks eyes plus a Joker-like grin in the last panel with the captured Quartz. As for the script some of the dialogue is a little clunky. Though the big problem is the time shift to a "present" moment that does not match up with the cliffhanger ending from last issue. In conclusion I think even completists might want to avoid this issue.

  Not recommended to the point that this was the nicest version of this review I could write.

Blue Asteroids Cowboy Bebop Episode 10 Opinion Piece

   This episode feels very choppy due to the frequent transitions, especially those in the bar. I really noticed this more when viewing the Japanese dub. Which raises a question in my mind: Have any Japanese speaking viewers noticed the choppiness if they have watched the English dub?

  Another thing I noticed was how this episode really is very bare on events and plot. Though this may be because it is a slightly noir story that is mainly in the vein of 1940s films like Casablanca. However I think it plays more like a 1920s or 1930s short film due to the bare plot and small cast. Speaking of the cast I would have liked to have heard more of the conversation between Jet and his old pal Donnelly. Finally I think this episode was lazy and did not reach its full potential.

Zodiac Starforce Issue 3 Review With Spoilers

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   The cover and interior colors are great just like the previous issues. However, I do think the cover could have been a little lighter. Also the cover has a definite flaw with one of the villainess's hands apparently missing two to three fingers. As for the interiors the art is good, but the knees are not apparent on every character. Overall the story and art tell the same great story. There is good character development with even minor characters getting great moments. I especially love the motivation of the villainess and how a minor character tries to take on her minions. Just a joy to read that I very much recommend!

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon R Episodes 41 42 43

    Episode 41 has me sort of split on which 90s dub had the better dialogue. I mean fighting for Cheesecake campiness (English) versus a more logical, slightly smarter script (Japanese). Though both were a letdown regarding Demande lacking common sense. Demande is basically a fool for believing a fortune-teller advisor who does not follow orders, fails to be accurate in predictions, and kills his (Demande's) brother. Also I really felt him going insane in Sailor Moon Crystal was cooler than his final fate in this episode. Finally did anyone else think Naru was as unnecessary as Luna and Artemis getting hurt in this episode?

    As for Episode 42 was a letdown for all the time it takes with the saving of Chibi-Usa and only giving a short time to the battle. Heck the future Silver Crystal's location is just remembered last minute in a very rushed Deus Ex Machina. Also I noticed that the other scouts didn't really do anything to truly help Usagi and Mamoru save Chibi-Usa. Th…

Unused Horror Concepts List Of 4 De-lovely Edition

1. Apaches vs Alien Chicken People

2. Giant King Crab vs Godzilla

3. Freddy (Krueger) vs. Planet Of The Apes

4. Children Of The Corn vs Children of Cthulhu

King Tiger Issue 4 Review With Spoilers

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   The ending of the fight being affected by the power of love is slightly cheesy and yet it works if one was invested in the mini-series. As for the art, the texture works well with the colors chosen to create a truly realistic look for the characters and settings. Also the characters never look deformed off model. Regarding the writing I found the dialogue is great with each character having an individual voice. My only problem is the plot hole this mini-series leaves of the Black Sky organization being sort of pointless in the story. I recommend this issue and the rest of the mini-series. Finally I recommend checking out "The King's Table" page for a suggestion by Dark Horse Senior Editor Chris Warner.

Ei8ht Issue 4 Review With Spoilers

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    This issue is obvious in its missing backgrounds, but one might miss that due to how quickly paced it is in the writing. Speaking of the writing it is the best this series has ever seen to this point. We get characters making connections by using logical thought, even if it is somewhat of a leap in logic for which character starts the connecting. Also we get two possible ways the story could go in terms of development. One route featuring a fascist faction winning World War 2 through time travel and the other route involving negating the former of the two. Finally the work done by the colorist and letterer is fine, but they do not stand out in my opinion when compared to several other comics this year. No offense!
    I do recommend this issue, but give the warning that not everyone may be tolerant of the reveal in this issue. Also because it may be somewhat triggering.

Recommended Comics List Of 4 Goth Immortal Edition

1. Lumberjanes: Beyond Bayleaf #1 (2015) is a good all ages comic that kids, though mainly girls, will probably enjoy. It has ghost horses and evil huntresses in a story that is more spooky than horror. The art is very cartoonish in style. A very recommended read.

2. Mortigan Goth: Immortalis #1 of 4 published by Marvel Comics UK in 1993 is a decent story. featuring a faustian pact being made while Mephisto and Mortigan play a game of chess. It kind of stands on its own but has an abrupt ending which signifies that it was written to be read with the others. This is just a nicely crafted first issue that also happens to guest-star Dr. Strange. Recommended for anyone looking for a good story published back in the 1990s.

3. Hercules #1 (2015) has a good premise and provides a set-up for this character evolution of the classic ancient hero. Gilgamesh being a big layabout is the only weak point at the moment in this series. The regular cover art looks masterfully done, and the interiors ar…

Ninjak Issue 9 Review With Spoilers

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The previous issue summary is out of sequence regarding the actual timeline of events. This is kind of annoying in terms of how it might confuse certain readers. Though the character designs by Matt Kindt are a treat that sort of makes up for this annoyance. 

  As for the main story, I think that confirming the butler was Colin's real biological father was a smart move. It both makes things better and worse regarding the abuse doled out. Better due the fact that it shows the fact that there may have been the positive motivation of not wanting Colin to turn out like his neglectful mother. Worse in every way abuse from a parent actually is since parents are meant to protect kids. Finally the art and writing are good, but I felt both stories were wrapped up a little to abruptly. It feels like we could have had one more issue of the Shadow Seven arc.

   Despite the small problems I had with this issue it is definitely one I recommend.

Not Recommended Comics List Of 4 Land Of Shadow Edition

1. Shadowland: Daredevil is a collection of several Daredevil issues that tie-in to the Shadowland mini-series event. There is the broken back art problem in at least one issue. None of the characters accomplish anything in any issue. Finally it is too reliant on having read Shadowland.

2. The Flash #237 from 1975 has two bad stories. First off is the Flash's story which relies on some pseudo-science concerning vibrations in a human body being changed by waving hands around. I think the plot would have worked better if Professor Zoom had used futuristic technology. Also why is he trying to blow his own Earth up? Just seems suicidal to me. The second story features Green Lantern helping a populace of Plant people on a world that is constantly sunny on one side and night on the other. I don't think I need to explain why that does not work due to basic elementary school science.

3. Quantum & Woody #20 published by Acclaim Comics in 2000. The art problems are Quantum's cap…

Blue Asteroids Cowboy Bebop Manga Volume 3 Opinion Piece

      I was disappointed by the change in format for this last volume of the regular manga series. It would have been better if we got more stories like the first two. Barring that it would have at least worked if scenes were not randomly skipping to a future scene with no explanation. Also annoying is the lettering blending into the art in various areas of this volume. Finally these stories seemed sort of pointless in how they brought up Spike and Ed's personal histories to add characters in like Mike and Tomato. I just feel it would have been better with more tangential one-shot type tales.

The Vision Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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 There is no explanation of what happened between the Vision's hallucination period (seen in 2015's Avengers #0) and him getting a job where he gets to talk to the President of the United States. Also the problem of telling us everything in horribly written narration instead of letting the story tell us anything. Another problem with the narration is how it flat-out tells us this story has a planned ending. (Just a tip, but plans change and stories don't always reach their conclusions.) Also we are told the neighbors shown at the beginning will definitely die, much like the Grim Reaper who dies while rampaging like an idiot madman. Note that I do like the art, but that is because it looked nice and not because it tells a real or even similar story without the words.

     Not recommended at all!

In The Name Of The Moon It Will Be Blogged Sailor Moon R Episode 40

   How many other fans failed to notice on the first view that "Chibi" was in English on the extra cup in both the Japanese and English dub? I also think that the scene with Rei and Usagi staring and blushing at each other probably inspired some fan fictions and art. Speaking of romances I feel that  the history between Saphir and Petz is very last minute. Though I do prefer the English dub's ending for the tighter end to their romantic tragedy. The Japanese dub went a little too long after Saphir's death. Another thing that is last minute is the first mention of Death Phantom. Just makes it seem like a last minute edition to the plot. I also wonder why if Death Phantom has absolute power why he needed the Black Moon clan? Finally is the Black Moon clan descended from Death Phantom's original form?

Call Of Duty Black Ops 3 Issue 1 Review With Spoilers

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   This issue while enjoyable is not recommended due to the problematic narrative. The art is inconsistent in every aesthetic area from panel to panel. For example the faces look barely done in one panel. Another example is characters jump for no reason while in a fire fight. Their clothes and the villains' clothes make no sense for a covert operation. There is even a person who steals a hammer who appears literally out of nowhere. As for the writing there is no reason to care for the characters or their mission. The story is written like an amateur play through of a game with all action and no strategy. Finally there are more plot conveniences in this issue than my suspension of belief could take.

Ivar Timewalker Issue 10 Review With Spoilers

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The cliffhanger with the asteroid impact is a good end this issue. It leaves readers wanting to find out how the (good) Neela and young Ivar escaped. However the appearance of (evil) Neela is a little too soon for me considering we already had a lot of focus on her. As for the Julias Caesar reference in the form of a dinosaur it both worked and yet is a bad cliche. If another Roman emperor had been chosen as the reference it would have been less cliche.

    As for the art the facial elements could have been more consistent. For example Ivar's nose when the weapons are presented to him is off model. It is simply too wide. Despite said facial problems the artist works well in creating a visual narrative that matches the text narrative. Finally the colorist and letterer did nice jobs.

    Recommended!

The Nun's Story Film Review

Note: This is another review from college that I have self-edited from how it was submitted originally.

The Nun’s Story is both great as well as agonizing in the way the story of Sister Luke is told.I found it to be agonizing in terms of the slow tempo of the story.It was simply a character study and there was no real development of any other characters.There was no peering into the soul of another character to see the depth any of the other nuns.So, it didn’t work as well as A Man for All Seasons, which was also directed by Fred Zinnemann. However it is great because, since each actress was given the chance to train in an actual nunnery we as an audience were able to see the real day-to-day life of a nun, which ended up being more interesting than I thought it would.
The ending was perfect in its absence of music.It allowed a good kind of jarring aspect to the door opening and Audrey Hepburn walking out.It was almost a William Wyler kind of moment that made the words “The End” appeari…

The Best Years Of Our Lives Film Review

Note: I wrote this review back in college when I was an undergraduate.
The theme of this film is dealing with change, whether it is the change Homer faces with how people look at him and how he sees himself, or Fred and his changing jobs and how they affect his love-life.Fred has to change from a person who has a strong and well-respected identity of “the soldier” to someone who has no identity and doesn’t want to return to the old one he had before the war.The theme of change is also seen in Al’s story.He has returned a changed man and is not the same guy with the big bank job who went along with everything the bank wanted. He has to adjust to being with his family again.
The characters are constantly on the move and this is a tell-tale sign of William Wyler’s directing style. Much like the characters in Roman Holiday, the characters The Best Years of Our Lives are constantly moving. At the start of the film, movement is from planes to automobiles to just people walking around.The on…

Blue Asteroids Cowboy Bebop Episode 9 Opinion Piece

   This episode is kind of dated in its depiction what nerds/geeks/otaku can be. Also the fact that the term "otaku" is used by Faye in the English dub is weird. Though it does raise two questions: How does she know about Otaku? More specifically why does she associate "smelly feet" with them? Overall I really think the only two cool things about this episode are Ed and how the remote controlling scenes. Finally the Japanese dub is better except for the scene with conspiracy nut Kellerman. He just works better in the English dub with the manic Peter Lorre impression.


(Sorry this is a few minutes late by the way!)