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Dieci articoli che volevo scrivere da un po’

20 Ago

Bentornati nel blog vuoto. Il post che state leggendo ha la caratteristica di essere formato da 10 articoli, di argomenti diversi, che volevo scrivere da un po’, e ho deciso di metterli tutti insieme.

Di seguito, elencherò i dieci articoli in ordine, così saprete cosa cercare.

  • Scrittura: Evitare la donna nel frigorifero
  • Storia: Perché l’età contemporanea inizia nel 1789?
  • Storia: Impero “bizantino”
  • “Abbiamo avuto un bambino!”
  • Le serie TV per ragazzi e gli omicidi
  • Fusione di due categorie del blog
  • Italiano traditore, Francese codardo, Tedesco nazista
  • Sei abbastanza giovane da essere vecchio
  • JK Rowling e la scomparsa dalla cresta dell’onda
  • Si potrebbero avere buone notizie?

Spero che siano di vostri gradimenti!

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Pua Magasiva, Power Rangers Ninja Storm’s Red Wind Ranger, dies at 39

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I was wondering when and how my “tokusatsu” category would be brought back and used again, but I never wanted it to return for news like this.

When franchises become long runners, it does tend to happen that some of its stars pass away. Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth, JK Rowling’s Wizarding World and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, for instance, all have actors in their casts who are no longer with us.

Power Rangers is no exception. For instance, Machiko Soga (Rita Repulsa’s original actress) and Thuy Trang (Trini, the original Yellow Ranger) have both died, respectively in 2006 and 2001.

Trang, however, has been one of the only two actors who have played Rangers that passed away ever since that fatal car crash, with Peta Rutter, who played Udonna on Mystic Force, the second almost a decade years ago.

Until now.

Pua Magasiva, who played the role of Shane, the Red Wind Ranger on Power Rangers Ninja Storm, was found dead at his home. He was only 39, and the cause of his death remains unknown.

There is a tragic irony in the fact that the first Saban produced season (Mighty Morphin’) and the first Disney produced season (Ninja Storm) both have a Ranger actor who has died.

Shane was a fan favorite ever since its season premiered in 2003, and fans had hoped to see him make appearances during the show’s 20th and 25th anniversary events.

I wanted to make an article about his passing. I was only 8 years old when Thuy Trang died, and I only found it out years later, so this is the first time I actually find out immediately. With Peta Rutter, well, she passed away during those years where I wasn’t even aware that Power Rangers was still going on.

However, since I have no idea what else to say, I want to simply conclude it and honor his memory.

(Oh, you may be wondering why the article’s date is May 10th when he died on May 11th. Let’s just say it’s a long story that is irrelevant with this news)

IN LOVING MEMORY OF PUA MAGASIVA (1980-2019)

MAY THE POWER PROTECT YOU, ALWAYS

Un adattamento più “oscuro” è sempre migliore?

11 Feb

Bentornati nel blog vuoto.

Negli scorsi decenni, non era raro trovare degli adattamenti o dei seguiti di film, telefilm o fumetti che si distinguevano dall’opera precedente per un tono più “oscuro”.

Ad esempio, c’è chi ritiene l’episodio V di Guerre Stellari, “L’Impero Colpisce Ancora”, il migliore della saga perché è il più “cupo” della trilogia originale.

Oppure, prendete i fumetti. Negli anni ’80, tale genere, che era considerato “roba per bimbetti” e difficilmente era preso sul serio dalla massa, ha iniziato ad evolversi in opere dai toni cupi e realistici che hanno completamente rivalutato i “comic books” americani. Non a caso, “Watchmen” e “Il Ritorno del Cavaliere Oscuro” sono considerati due veri e propri spartiacque. Va detto, però, che questo fenomeno era già partito negli anni ’60, con i “supereroi con super problemi” della Marvel.

Tuttavia, da circa 10-15 anni, sembra quasi che la situazione sia decisamente sfuggita di mano. Il motivo? Semplice: ci si ostina a pensare che un adattamento più “oscuro” sia migliore!

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The culture behind a Megazord: Zyudenchi, the “bravest” Dinosaurs ever

23 Feb

Welcome back to my blog.

Dear viewers, it’s about to get wild! Yesterday, after I saw some dinosaur statues at the mall (with some Power Rangers Super Megaforce action figures – the biggest Power Rangers toys I’ve ever physically saw, by the way – in the toys’ center next to them), I thought about Zyuden Sentai Kyoryguer (currently adapted into Power Rangers Dino Charge).

More specifically, I was thinking about how it was historically inaccurate to see a Tyrannosaurus Rex next to a Stegosaurus, because the T-Rex is closer to us than to the Stegosaurus.

Then, I decided to write an article about 24 dinosaurs, whose powers are held by the Zyudenchi, Kyoryuger’s Beast Batteries, while also trying to explain the origin of their names.

Okay, I have talked too much. BRAVE IN!

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The culture behind a Megazord: what’s behind Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers’ Thunderzords

20 Gen

Welcome back to my blog.

If you were a ’90s kid, you have probably watched Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. And, maybe, you remember when the Green Ranger became the White Ranger.

However, I’m not going to talk about the rangers, but about the Zords of that season. In fact, this is an article about the Thunderzords, and the culture that’s behind these beast-themed robots.

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The culture behind a Megazord: The Secret Origins of Power Rangers

20 Ott

Welcome back to my blog.

Last year, I wrote a post about the origins of Power Rangers, and, since it’s on my top 20 most viewed articles in italian, I wanted to translate it in English. So, here we go!

Did you know that Haim Saban’s attempt to bring Super Sentai in the USA lasted 10 years? If the answer is no, then see you after the jump! Continua a leggere

Cos’è un tokusatsu?

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Bentornati nel blog vuoto.

Come ultimo articolo di Luglio, vi propongo un post che sto preparando per il progetto di un blog sui tokusatsu. Dopo il salto, infatti, voglio vedere che ne pensate a riguardo.  Continua a leggere