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  3. TheIkranRider

    Ikran's F-Zero timeline

    A Tragic Day This walks thru the process of a very unexpected event for Tinsel and Rick. The story starts at a new location in another outer space circuit. Not the one known as the Outer Space Meteor Stream, the circuit that was once bombarded by meteors, but the one deep in Fractalian Space, simply known as the Particle Accelerator. The usual mission for the Elite Mobile Task Force was to beat the next gen of space pirates and win this race, but it won't be easy as this course had a new gimmick, a cinnabar pad that enables an allusion of the track getting blurry and making it swerve rapidly if they should run over the Blinding Zone. Unless if they'd pay attention to the course layout on their radar, they'll either fall off course or collide into any of the walls. Or even fall behind other racers. To add to the festivities, Rick decided to don on his attire as the Young Capt. Falcon and race in the Blue Falcon GT, instead of his usual vehicle, the Dragon Bird! Tinsel, in her Silver Comet, arrived next to it, making Rick a little uneasy. He was concerned about her welfare; just a few weeks ago, she experienced some internal pain as well as spotting. Rick wondered if she was alright, she assumed it's normal as she was experiencing that time of the month, but it didn't discern him. Over time, Tinsel became more agitated and her temperature rose at times, making him adjust the air conditioning in the Falcon Fortress. She did experience some discomfort thru headaches and stomach cramps, and a little less of a drive and an appetite. Rick was also acting peculiar himself, as he noticed his drive has increased more, making him a little reckless with each race and bounty-hunting mission. He was also having constant sessions of meditation with Goroh at his grove in Planet Cryton to calm himself, as well as getting intimate with the exotic drums from Giant; almost every day he had gone away as well as getting more tense, while Tinsel was growing more fragile. Nevertheless, these unusual symptoms didn't hinder their relationship; however, Rick grew anxious about Tinsel. As their friends were beating the space pirates in that wavering course, Tinsel began to feel nauseous and light-headed upon the Blinding Zone interfering her machine including its G-Diffuser. Rick recently noticed she was growing paler before the race started and he wanted her to sit this one out, but she never budged. One time the Comet hovered over the disorienting obstacle, reducing her vision and increasing her anxieties. So much so, that she couldn't focus making her Comet slip hard to the side of the track. She literally felt she was going to faint! Seeing the incident, Rick called her name and immediately stopped then turned toward her vehicle. Since it was in the middle of space, he never exited the cockpit, instead he released a grappling hook which popped out of the Blue Falcon's trunk and attached to the head of the Silver Comet. Still out of it, she hardly noticed Rick pulling her to the finish line steadily, while the rest of their friends just defeated the group of scoundrels, known as Mr. Kool and the Master Class, and won the prize money! Meanwhile, the two machines stopped away from the Particle Accelerator track and he examined Tinsel, still out of it. She hardly noticed him as she muttered Rick. Without his helmet, he escorted her to the paramedics nearby and on a stretcher, she was loaded and taken back to Planet Nintae with Rick always by her side. He watched over her warily, hoping she wouldn't take a turn for the worst. Moments later, they went to a hospital where the Stewarts were awaiting them. They examined her straightaway, wondering what made her so weak and fatigued. Rick constantly reassured her she'll be alright and tendered her. She apologized for partaking in that race, disregarding his advice. Rick assured her their friends won, and he was glad she didn't slip away. Eventually, thanks to a liquid solution made from the Light Reactor Mights, Tinsel got her strength recovered, but still experiencing some discomfort. She wondered if it was something she ate, but the tests shown no signs of foodborne illness. She then suspected it was the course's new gimmick that made her pass out, although to Rick's knowledge she experienced these symptoms prior to which progressively worsened in the last 3-4 weeks, so it wasn't due to motion sickness. Luna and Robert Stewart then encouraged Tinsel to take a urine test, to which she obliged. Rick was still by her side for hours on end as she finally rested, while also giving her some of his comforting thermal energy; they didn't care who exactly won the race nor how much prize money there was involved, although some of it would go straight to the emergency procedure. The Stewarts still housed in Mute City, though out of concern following Rick's, they decided to relocate to the Port Town hospital prior to the Fractilian Space race. Heck, even Phoenix Levin decided to pay Tinsel some visits, even Jack. Despite his best efforts wanting to hang out with Rick to lighten the mood, it didn't help much. Several hours passed, and Dr. Stewart marched in, requesting Tinsel for analysis as the test results came back. Rick feared she may have contracted a sexual disease, as they had more frequent intimate moments, even sometimes twice a day. They usually diagnosed each other but each scan came back negative. Why now? Stewart asked if she can stand, and she slowly trotted to the other room. He even asked when was the last time her menstrual cycle began, which was only a few weeks ago with spotting; he was impressed by how she kept track on red blobs in her holographic calendar from her key fob. Minutes later they returned with wide smiles on their faces, though Tinsel's was more nervous. She then broke the news. "Rick. I'm pregnant! I'm now expecting..!" she said bashfully. He then broke into a wide grin, his eyes and face glowing. "What..? No! No way!" He immediately rose and they held each other tightly as they cried with ecstasy! The Stewarts can't be more prouder, and neither could Rick! They didn't expect this could happen on account on Tinsel's angsts of inheriting her birth defects. She was worried the baby could have similar symptoms to hers both mentally and physically. They figured they'd let the docs use a uterine replicator after the next few weeks. It was a solution over their concerns on delivering a child; mostly Tinsel's, as it can't possibly pass on her birth defects nor would she experience the hardships of advanced pregnancy nor delivery. They were fully aware of what happened to Tinsel as her doomed late mom was giving birth, resulting the placenta being ruptured as well as the fetus lacking nutrients and oxygen. The infant would instead be grown, combining the inserts of samples from Tinsel's egg cells and Rick's sperm, as well as controlling the artificial womb's environment, and removing any corrupt DNA and RNA strands eliminating any chances of cancer, mental illness, and other genetic risks. However, the uterine replicator can be risky as it is experimental letting the fetus grow inside and in order for it to be healthy, the cells must be at their peak, hence making some lifestyle changes like diet and activity. Inside the stasis tube, the fetus hadn't been forming throughout Tinsel's first trimester. Tinsel and Rick were called by Rodney as he made an appointment. He escorted them to the long glass cylinder attempting to scan thru the fluids fogging it, preventing the couple seeing the new lifeform from the outside. Despite his best efforts, no readings showed up... Tinsel grew worried. He then went to the other room to get the high-flying medico. He repeated the process as he continually and thoroughly scanned the tube. He asked how long it's been, and Rodney said they were right on schedule, a few weeks after the prognosis. Still, no results were found, just masses of cells floating inside the liquid tube... He and Rodney turned somber and offered to leave the depressed couple alone for awhile. They were deeply sorry for their loss, even Luna who sobbed for them just a few rooms away. As Rick and Tinsel got back to Port Town, he offered they should try again when she's ready. But, he only saw her sulking on the low-gravity mattress in the opaque bedroom just enough to hide her tears. He couldn't help but also shed some tears as he tried to comfort his beloved's devastation. Their chances for baring a child were lost. The uterine replicator process aborted. A/N: The Fractilian Space section, and the Particle Accelerator, were references to MegaRace, the futuristic-racing game made for the Sega CD and MS-DOS back in 94. This course in particular used to make me dread when I was very young, in fact I believe it was the farthest I might've gotten in the game since it seemed difficult and it stood out to me the most. Also...my hopes on a new F-Zero are dwindling. F-Zero: Overdrive, the fandub, was indeed a blessing, but I don't think Nintendo has what it takes to make a new game. Especially as long as obsessives, greedy, egotistical Myamoto takes the helm. So...Rick and Tinsel were unable to bear a child...
  4. TheIkranRider

    TheIkranRider

    Just a couple updates:

    First off, I started over again and made a new Twitter, https://twitter.com/TheIkranRider

    Second, I have a HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT!!

    Just in time for F-Zero's so-called 30th anniversary, feast your eyes and ears on this!

    Wait is over, guys!!

    Youtube

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    Um, what's your Twitter again? I can't seem to find Fanfictiondreamer anywhere. I hope it's not as toxic as people say it is; wish it isn't like a cancer.

  6. TheIkranRider

    TheIkranRider

    We have 48 hrs till F-Zero's so-called 30th anniversary, but...is Twitter really a toxic site like some say? I want to try it, and I found access to my old account, but it's been suspended and I kept getting Error messages!! I hadn't used it since I created it in March 2019; have I been suspended due to inactivity? Or is it from that scandal the other nite? Is it true people can get suspended just for lulz? Is it home to the worst people in the inner webs?

  7. TheIkranRider

    Ikran's F-Zero timeline

    A/N: Just like Tinsel's short for Rick, I Like it When, this was also based on the segment in License to Wed. I...spent such a long time putting it on hold, as I was never sure on how Rick would describe Tinsel; I'm not Greg Abbey, so I'd always have it in the back burner. But I'll try here. From Rick to Tinsel, he said the following: I like it whenever Tinsel is in a good mood. You can see it both inside and outside. Like, when she smiles, her face and her eyes light up, and the latter sparkles just like a clear body of water or the comet itself. She also seems so energetic, especially when she recovered from Dark Million's thrall. Nothing seems to slow her down, and she always has such inspiration and beauty this way. It seems contagious and this is actually a pleasant sight as she tends to suffer from depression, anxiety, or any of her mental illnesses. Even when she gets giddy, it never bothers me. Actually, looking at her and in her eyes are like windows to the soul; I can see into her, how she's feeling, and who she truly is. I like it when she wants to be close, especially whenever she snuggles. I...miss that loving, secure, and warming feeling even when I was with Haruka. There's always someone loving close by and sometimes I feel discomfort when she's afar and I won't have that kind of contact. It really hurt me knowing I won't see my beloved Haruka again...until my new love, Tinsel, came to be. She and I both love this close contact, whether it'd be a handhold, a hug, kiss, snuggle, or even when we grow intimate; I even invite her over to do so a lot. It's so soothing for the both of us. I like it when she's willing to spend time with me. Just as Haruka used to do. Much like her, Tinsel's company gives me support, comfort, and encouragement to keep on living. She was the one who healed my deep wounds, and Haruka herself also said she's the one for me. And she was right. Whether it'd be racing, bounty hunting when I don't worry so much of her welfare, or just simply living together, she's the anchor for me whenever I go astray, even when we're apart. A perfect example was when she was still with me as she and Haruka spoke in my mind to stop me before I gave in to Princia's charm. She has saved me on several occasions, even after I had that near-death experience while I was suffocating thanks to the Skull's black magic as Miss Killer attempted to destroy me, or enduring Dark Million's thrall. Even with those intimate moments, whenever she's with me, she always makes me feel complete. It's always a relief that there's someone who watches out for me both living and dead. I like it whenever she seems to be the voice of reason. Like a second voice or a conscience to me. Whenever I seem to be at wit's end or if I'm about to pounce on someone, Tinsel's the one who would help me restrain myself. She was the ice for my fiery persona, and vice versa. She's more of an introvert hence more cautious, where I'm the extrovert, so our opposites seem to benefit us. She even taught me the basics of F-Zero racing as she trains me, she helps me identify an enemy, like a new criminal/opponent, and always gives me sound advice without seeming so judgmental or overbearing. Like Jody or sometimes the late Dr. Clash. She has my back no matter how tense I am or the situation is. Like Haruka, she enters my mind and I'd either hear her words and/or see her face, reminding me she's always there for me; to catch me when I should fall. We are the personifications of the Ryu Suzaku (Vermillion Dragon Bird) and the Genbu (Black Tortoise), after all. I like it when she sings and dances for me, as she likes it when I should try to sing for her (but I don't have a good voice) and play for her on the taiko and exotic drums from Giant. She seems to be so passionate if she should pick a song/auto-racing flick/any 150-year-old race for me, or if she wants to demonstrate how much we love each other. She always tends to sing from the heart, even though she sometimes goes slightly off key. And while she's not a professional, she does dance very well; even while wearing that sensuous, organic Black Tortoise dress. Like her eyes and the comet, she tends to sparkle with every moment and movement, and I can feel it, the passion, as much as her giving it. Whatever she does, even while racing, she always tends to think a lot about me and uses her heart. From what I'd heard in one of Falcon's interviews, it's all that matters, even as a key for racing. Those are the traits of my new beloved, Tinsel Steelus Wheeler. My light in the darkness as I am hers. My kindred friend and life partner shall always be my inspiration and significant other. The one who's willing to share her heart, love, and soul with me. My chosen who has helped heal my deep wounds and angsts from the past. My comfort that shall last thru the tests of time, even if it should for another 150 years if we shall be in cold sleep together, or even for all eternity. Tinsel, I am forever grateful that you're truly the woman for me, and this, and our rings, proves our inseparable bond. I love you, now and always, Tinsel.
  8. TheIkranRider

    Ikran's F-Zero timeline

    A/N: Wow. Yugioh has been making a lot of appearances in the series. Three times in a row! This one takes place at the rare Outer Space circuit, in the 10th Lap of the anime, not the AX Cup. But rather, the Crystal Cup. I'm not including the Christmas Cup since that was an idea in the Japanese version... So, here's the last Lap in the tense trilogy! Final Lap Tinsel was assisting Rick who was on janitor duty for his month-long probation; she had to make it quick since Jody didn't want her to do so since this was Rick's severe punishment. He disobeyed orders at that lethal incident in Mute City last week. Just then, Dr. Clash came over, alerting Rick that the captain had something for him to see. He went to the large office Tanaka always hung out, with Tinsel following him. "I got here as soon as I could, Jody. What's up?" "I have something interesting to show you, Rick." Both he and Tinsel grew curious, as she inserted the golden cartridge embedded with the emblem of a falcon on it. A large plasma screen buzzed behind the two rookies as they looked up. On it were the schematics and the striking image of Miss Killer to the right and the Moon Shadow to the left! Both pilots were incredibly shocked as their minds flashed back to that incident when Rick was losing consciousness as he hardly saw her leap out of the window in his apartment; Tinsel also saw her escapade too as she raced away on top of the Sonic Phantom! "That's her. I'll never forget her face." Tinsel looked over to her best friend. "She was the woman that attacked you?" the captain queried. "Yeah. Definitely. I'll remember that face forever." Tinsel sobered at the thought; however, Tanaka was stupefied. "After what she did, I don't blame you, Wheeler." He stuttered for a moment. "Uhh, who is she, Jody?" "Her name's Luna Ryder. She's the new pilot who won the last F-Zero race." She then faced Rick, "And, I have evidence she's also working for Black Shadow." Rick was in shock, then she warned him, "She's entered in the Crystal Cup race. We've got to stop her." His demeanor turned serious as he nodded. "Right." Then he looked up at the flat screen again. So Tinsel was right, after all. So she's not the damsel I once knew... She seems to be a very formidable opponent. Tinsel followed his gaze. Rick, do not let her intimidate you. Somehow, I believe she is... "Tinsel?" Jody interrupted her reverie. "Yeah, Jody?" "I know you'd be interested in the next race, for Wheeler's sake, but sadly like the race last week, this one has also been overbooked." Her face fell. "What..? Oh no, not again..! How could this happen?" "The racetrack takes place in the Outer Space circuit just above Earth and near the gateway; it's a popular and new attraction, but also experimental. This is a very special race, and spectators and pilots had enlisted rapidly. I had already recruited Rick, Lucy, Jack, and EAD. Dark Million would go all out on this one." She sighed at Jody's words. Then, the leader perked up. "I'll tell you what, since you're that concerned over Rick's welfare, I'll have you as one of the spectators instead. I'll be counting on you to keep a close eye out." "Right. Thanks, Jody." Little did she know, Jody had an ulterior motive as this reminded the cyborg of another similar incident... Tinsel was so ecstatic to be watching an actual race, only this was in space. Not only that, but the arena was pretty breathable, and the watchers were comfortably bemouth some energy shields protecting the pilots and the brown circuit from devastating meteors. She was so excited as she had never heard of this track before! She watched the competition as closely as possible, but the machines had already hid themselves as they emerged into the ice tunnel. It was quite a shame since Tinsel was barely able to see the spectacular blue tiles sparkle! A few moments later, the Dragon Bird, Astro Robin, and the Blue Falcon finally rushed out of it, resulting in a tag between the former and latter machines. The track began to split in two! "Take the shortcut! Take the shortcut!" Tinsel cried. But the two warring cars dragged toward the longer route, while the Robin made its way, much to her dismay. However, a few moments made her cringe as she noticed the lethal Moon Shadow, taking Jack out of commission! "Come on, Rick, be careful! Don't let her catch you off guard!" The three vehicles were neck-to-neck, and Tinsel was nearly so into their battle that in her peripheral vision, she noticed the shields dissipating! The deadly meteor showers began to fall onto the Meteor Storm track! "Oh no! How can this be happening? Rick, please be careful!" She almost instantly stood up, hoping to have a better vision of the Dragon Bird, but the pilots were too faraway, even for her nearsightedness. She then started to panic and her breathing went shallow! Then, she desperately took out her secret weapon beneath her seat, the Duel Disk! The lethal rock show continued to bombard the course as it was too late to call the Duelists again and they were so faraway. In addition exposure in space is just like an instant death! So, it was up to her now! She stormed behind the rows of seats and drew a few Monsters into her gizmo! Unlike last time, though, this was more accustomed to her skinny arms; Yugi and Joey regretted on giving her a larger size earlier. But Tinsel had no choice and she immediately summoned several Monsters at once, such as the Giant Soldier of Stone, Baby Dragon, Time Wizard, Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon, Catapult Turtle, Kuriboh, and the Winged Dragon aka the Guardian of the Fortress; every one was positioned in Attack Mode with the Cards facing tall ways, while the Soldier was positioned longways showing him in Defense Mode. She then hollered into the contraption, and the Monsters obeyed. "Duel Monsters! Protect the pilots from the devastating meteorites! Everyone, attack the falling rocks while you, Stone Soldier, defend from them!" The colossal golem roared as he stood up straight, bracing itself. The rest of the gang went all out toward the volley of deadly space rock. "Time Wizard! Use your time manipulation to slow down the meteors, and fast-forward to transform the Baby Dragon!" She figured the docile creature won't stand a chance and perhaps cower beneath the onslaughts. So she figured the best way was to use his altered form, just the way Joey did! "Time magic!" it replied in a digital tone. Its arms rapidly rotated making the Duel Monster transform gradually into the Thousand Dragon! Its stats changed, displaying on Tinsel's Disk! Then, the clock rewound its arms as it faced the meteors attempting to slow down the menace! Tinsel figured that Dark Million can be behind this crisis, no doubt! The Slow effect helped. but had little effect; however, the Monsters were able to reach and break their targets a little easier. The Winged Dragon kept using its Fireballs while avoiding other advances with ease. Thousand Dragon let out a volley of flames disintegrating them, while the Catapult Turtle continually launched the expendable Multiplying Kuriboh into the fierce melee! The Darkness Dragon blended into the environment, making it a stealth fighter as it dodged some space rock while incinerating others! Although, Tinsel's troops weren't entirely invincible... Several times already, the Monsters were hit by more meteors and their Life Points kept dwindling, one after the other. Especially one particular Spirit; the gallant Giant was losing its stamina as it was in the line of fire while towering over the pilots! But it still managed to hang in there! Then, the worst was yet to come... Tinsel saw the Black Bull bash into the lead, heading straight for the three leading pilots! She gasped, "Oh no, Black Shadow!" Sensing her fright, the Duel Monsters noticed the commotion and the humongous bringer of disaster. She wondered if HE'S responsible for letting this terror happen! She almost instantly cancelled the thought of attacking it; what mattered most was, "Forget about the Black Bull! Protect the pilots!" They did just that as they bravely continued their valiance, but Tinsel was beyond terrified as she saw a large meteor head straight toward the rear of the track, and the three leading machines were heading for it! "Oh NO! Rick! Captain Falcon!" She didn't care too much of the Moon Shadow, either. As if it heard her screams telepathically, the Giant Soldier of Stone responded as it gazed toward the oncoming storm! While remaining in Defense Mode, it simply secured its feet deep onto the lower layer of the course and raised its arms over its head, bracing for the worst! Willing to sacrifice itself, it took the destructive onslaught like a tree as a few meteors hit its arms! Then, the incoming large meteor impacted the Giant's chest, and it roared in agony as it fell back toward the further portion of the road! Simultaneously, the signal went dead, and the pic faded, replaced by a red X. "I lost the Giant Soldier of Stone! NO!" Tinsel sunk to her knees, never wanting to bare to see the pilots get murdered by the continuous storm nor behold Black Shadow winning! If anything should happen to Rick, Lucy, Falcon, EAD, and all her Monsters she might... Her Monsters gave their all, but each one caved into the might of the meteors; she ran out of Kuriboh leaving the Catapult Turtle nothing to launch, the Thousand Dragon was clobbered by a meteor making it sink to the unforgiving terrain and separated into two: the Time Wizard with its gears popped out, and Baby Dragon unconscious. Even the Darkness Dragon was eventually wiped out, and all that was left was the Winged Dragon! It still let out all its fireballs toward the line of fire, but it was too exhausted to avoid any more. It gazed on an oncoming meteor, and Tinsel broke down. ... Then, a miracle happened! While Tinsel was wallowing in her despair, the Meteor Stream became deathly silent, even the audience as they beheld the devastated race, and the shields are back online again! Rumbles were heard above, and she nearly heard Mr. Zero tallying the results from the 7 Laps the pilots made, although it turned out the Blue Falcon, Moon Shadow and the Black Bull disappeared with no signs of damage! The Guardian nuzzled her, and she gradually came to. She saw its toothy smile, assuring her that it did its bidding. She barely listened to the cyborg's announcements and the race had been cancelled due to severe track damage. She also saw the Dragon Bird safe and intact as a skinny Black Shadow robot crumbled into dust while it left a wrecked machine. It seemed the Emperor of Brutality made a copy of itself to avoid the onslaughts. The Robin, Great Star, and Elegance Liberty were also unscathed. "And it's Lucy Liberty in her first F-Zero victory!" "Ah, no way! She did it!" Tinsel cried with glee. She withdrew the Winged Dragon Card, the Monster dissipated and she ran to the stadium! She was overjoyed Lucy won by default, even when she was giggling while Clash was cheering for her and raising her high! They eventually met up with Jack, EAD, and Rick as they carefully trekked back to the starting line. Moments later, they arrived at the Falcon House and Burt set up the festivities specially for Lucy! "Guys, you didn't have to do this." "Sure we did, Lucy!" Rick said. "Yeah, it's not everyday you get to win an F-Zero race, y'know." Jack added. She simply just admired all the dazzling banners lighting up, and a tall strawberry cake towered over them at the center of the table. Tinsel could barely resist to eat some of it. In addition, a large red banner had white, bold font saying, Congratulations, Lucy! "Well, Lucy, here's to hoping it's the first of many. To Lucy!" Rick cheered. "To Lucy!" Jack and Tinsel followed as they also raised their glasses. "Congratulations, Lucy." Burt said. "Here, here!" Jack added. "Yeah!" Tinsel cried. The new champion and young apprentice just laughed with admiration. Little did the heroes know that this victory was only a blessing and a start to a curse. Especially some great tumultuous trials ahead for Tinsel... A/N: Dang! Finally got this trilogy of error out of the way at last! Well that's it, futuristic racing fans! That's all the crossovers for F-Zero GP Legend and Yugioh. At...least till my all-time favorite epic. Though, Lucy's victory is a sure sign of tremendous trouble for Tinsel as it starts her curse on losing several races, she actually quits dueling and works for the Task Force all-time as Yugi and his posse deal with the Great Leviathan and a menacing 10,000-year curse. Plus, I'd rather here the extended version of the DDR song, Drop the Bomb, at the end of that episode! There was an error here... The Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon was a Duel Monster that didn't belong in the original Yugioh. But rather from GX; I saw an actual Card of it, and I thought it was one of Joey's Monsters, like a polar opposite to the Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon. I was wrong, but I still thought it was a cool Duel Monster. Again, like the last two, it was tense, as I thought my favorite pilots would be destroyed by the endless meteors. Heck, I thought that Zoda was actually killed when Black Shadow ripped off his...yellow tube, or whatever it was. Sadly he wasn't, damn! So this is the prelude to Tinsel's curse as well as my F-Zero epics ahead.
  9. TheIkranRider

    Ikran's F-Zero timeline

    A/N: Alright, here's Lap 2 where I add elements from Yugioh as Tinsel uses its Monsters again. Only this time, it's during an emergency while an F-Zero race is taking place. Lap 2 This began a week later from that incident in Planet Alcatrand and when Tinsel called Yugi for outside assistance. He and Joey received the alert and knew that Dark Million needed to be taken more seriously this time around. With the Battle City competition over, they had more free time, and Yugi has spent more time with Tea, while Mai kept turning Joey down. She just arrived at the Falcon House, ready to start her shift in the Elite Mobile Task Force, having the sweet coffee along with her best friend, Rick. They also met Lucy, Burt, as well as the young kid, Alias; the same one Tinsel, Lucy, and Rick met when the latter was chasing after Samurai Goroh. This time, the tyke was scared on receiving heart surgery next week. Then, a bodybuilder showed up. To Burt, his intergalactic delivery arrived, exotic mangoes, and he introduced the guy as Roger Buster. He has heard of the boy's plight, and he mentioned the delivery was exclusively for him, and that the Fake Star Race is coming up very shortly. He and Rick decided to participate and win for Alias. Nevertheless, he's still pretty nervous of the procedure, even though his mom said it'll save his life in the long run and make him stay healthier than before. Roger offered to win it for the sake of giving him the exotic Doreya mangoes he loves so much, while Rick volunteered to win it as a promise to Alias and as an incentive if he would take the surgery. "You have to take risks. If you want to be an F-Zero racer." Burt said. Alias lightened up and accepted Rick's proposition. "Then let's have a handshake and make it official." They did just that. Tinsel rooted for Rick to take the lead. But sadly, she was unable to register as the Fake Star Cup was already overbooked... With the rest of the Task Force consisted of Dr. Clash, Dr. Stewart, Tanaka, and Lucy, Tinsel watched the competition from the sidelines, still disappointed in her inability to get involved in that race. Heck, she even noticed Rick, Roger, Draq and Capt. Falcon there as well! However, surprisingly, there were no racers from Dark Million. She then grew very concerned... The signal interrupted her reverie and the race was on! Rick, EAD, and Jody were doing a decent job, though the Dragon Bird always kept getting its wings clipped by the persistent Mighty Hurricane. As the war raged on, despite her cheering for Rick, she still felt anxious, but not just for him. Meanwhile, the F-Zero Committee received an ultimatum from Zoda; that they must let all the racers slow down and remain in the orange zone, otherwise they'd explode if they should go above or below it! It was in exchange for them to give Zoda all the profits to him! 10 million space credits! They grew worried for the pilots' welfare, even if they should run out of fuel. The best they can do is alert the Galaxy Platoon! Meanwhile, Tinsel, along with her comrades, received news of a sudden threat. All of the racers must maintain the said speed limit, as a sensitive detonator had been detected on each vehicle, excepting for one... Of course, this wouldn't deter Rick nor Roger's ambition to win the race for Alias; they had a promise to keep, after all. Alarmed for Rick's sake, Tinsel caved in to her anxieties and ran out of the base, disregarding Lucy or Clash's worries. While she was storming to her Comet, she overheard Tanaka's cries, while Stewart was more stern when he suspected there's some kind of transmitter within the racetrack, and they must find and destroy it! With that objective in mind, Tinsel headed for her machine in the garage and made a distress call to Domino City again! According to Clash's analysis in the base, there were a total of nine sensors, though he believed it all to be a hoax, not willing to give away the prize money; however, a machine exploded showing the attack was real! "Duelists. Tinsel Steelus calling Duelists..! Yugi, Joey!" The former picked up the call via a cordless phone attached to a wall. Recognizing her voice, Yugi was anxious on answering it. His eyes widened as he heard the bad news! Meanwhile, Falcon looked over the side of the track and saw a glare coming from the distant mountainside. The Blue Falcon leapt off the track, startling the spectators and even Mr. Zero! But unbeknowst to them, his machine was still attached beneath the course! He was on hot pursuit for the sniper, but something else caught his keen eye. He then punched around the motherboard sending a transmission to Tinsel's key fob. She picked it up and noticed it was from him. Her face brightened but the situation was grim; according to him, there was a blimp circling the track figuring it has the transmitter for the activating sensors! Tinsel doubted, but then recoiled as the blimp never left the track and kept on orbiting it, never leaving a single advertisement; just monitoring the race without any glamor. So, she went with Falcon's advice and passed it on to Yugi. Joey also wanted to tag along as well. Then, her fob chirped when it received a map of sorts, and then she gave the schematics to Yugi. "Yugi! Rick's under attack! Take the Mute City warp gate! Help me out here!" "I'm on my way!" he said as soon as he received the location of Domino City's nearby warp gate! He and Joey ran out and summoned their Duel Monsters. For Yami after transforming into the pharaoh, he used his Curse of Dragon, while Joey followed suit with his Baby Dragon! They immediately loaded their Duel Disks as they entered the gates and materialized discreetly, soaring over the Mute City track. Capt. Falcon alerted the duo as soon as he saw them from upside-down! Just before his machine reached a gap, he ordered them to find and destroy that blimp with their best Monsters and stay discreet! They obliged and Yugi and Joey steered toward it. The Blue Falcon leapt toward it while the Duelists followed. Captain Falcon reached the end of the track before boosting, hurling his Blue Falcon through the air and straight towards the blimp, crashing into the command deck! The nose of the machine pierced thru the airship, seeing a swarm of Death Soldiers drawing out their weapons surrounding the vehicle. "Fireball attack!" Yami shouted, then the dragon unleashed its fury. It also unloaded a little passenger inside it. Joey drew out his Time Wizard and made his dragon age a century. The Thousand Dragon has emerged! Like his partner, the creature snorted and unleashed its own fiery fury, making them attack both sides and igniting the blimp! The invasion distracted the sentinels long enough for Kuriboh to enter the fray, glowed, and exploded the ship from the inside, making the Blue Falcon able to escape! It fell off, startling the duo, but thankfully it was caught in a large maw! "Whoa! I remember this spaceship!" Joey cried. "That's the Falcon Flyer, Joey!" Yami cheered as he made a fist. "Hmph! I should've known it'd be here. That'll put an end to this madness, and save the F-Zero competitors." He composed, "Tinsel was right; Dark Million IS truly raising the bar..!" "Oh man..! I wonder how we can manage both Dueling and this..!" Joey added, implying Tinsel's own angsts. They watched the blimp drop and give off a dazzling display similar to a Viking's burning boat as it descended sharply toward the mountainside! The sniper, Pico, noticed the crash landing too, and with his plan thwarted and his bombs destroyed, he became rampant as he scurried away and drove in his Wild Goose. "Rick! Slow down! That's an order!" Jody shouted back at the base. Tinsel was still in the garage as she received a message of their success. While Dr. Clash held his head never enduring the horror as the Dragon Bird accelerated and reached the finish line first! The crowd went wild for the victorious hero, but moments after the commotion, Roger slapped Draq squarely in the face for his betrayal. It turned out he was under scrutiny by Miss Killer demanding the ransom and he needed to win the race for Roger's sake if he should explode! Roger reprimanded him to take his mind off of their business for once and focus on what truly matters; their partnership, otherwise it'll soon become strained. Rick was also punished but by Jody for disobeying orders on never slowing down during the Fake Star race, putting him and his colleagues in serious danger. Though she did praise him for his first-place victory and receiving the 10 million space credits, he was still put on a long probation; for about a month! This put Tinsel at complete unease as she heard the briefing, even when Clash was still puzzled picking up the sensor from Rick's machine. "These sensors appear to be fake compared to the last machine that blew up." He examined it, no longer flashing. The stress was mounting and Tinsel blurted out, "They weren't fake, Dr. Clash! They were actually real! Didn't you see the other machine blow up? I should know because..." She stopped, then she gathered her thoughts, ignoring the squad's piercing looks. "Because, I saw Falcon leap over the track. And he...invaded a blimp overhead. Then, he made it crash toward the mountain. I think a sniper was there activating these things." She motioned toward the sensor Clash was holding, still perplexed. "Well, looks like we owe him one, Tinsel." Jody said. Although neither woman were pleased. She actually left out the Duelists' invasion to keep their identities safe. The last thing she wanted is to have them investigated for a possible murder. She was also very upset that the Task Force, Roger, nor Draq didn't notice them, as well as Rick receiving a hefty punishment despite keeping his promise to poor Alias. Just like in his last misadventure... Tinsel began to carry a grudge for their fearless leader, but not before she saw Rick stargazing out a large window toward Roger's delivery vessel, with Alias and his mom riding shotgun, while holding a Doreya mango. He just smiled and wished him luck as Alias praised him, "Thank you for winning that race, Rick." A/N: This Lap was a lot more tumultuous than the last one, as the Duelists, Falcon, and Tinsel got more involved. Like, the last Lap, it made me anxious to add the Duelists in, and Falcon didn't give me enough assurance since the tension was still mounting. Besides having Clash never know the attacker and having Rick on a serious probation really pissed me off to no end! You see, despite the good deed and his victory, he still receives the bitter end of the stick from Jody! THIS, aside from his treatment in GP Legend, started my hatred for her! Also, just for lulz, I'd probably add the catchy song from DDR Extreme, Absolute! That song always gives me the feels. Well, this Lap was done, so off to the last one!
  10. TheIkranRider

    Ikran's F-Zero timeline

    A Trilogy of Tension A/N: Yes. You heard right. There were 3 episodes, in a row, within the F-Zero anime that gave me so much tension, and these fanfics shall describe them all. This is just a series of scenarios in which F-Zero GP Legend crosses over with the original Yugioh series, aside from Cold as Ice. Indeed, there are three segments here. Lap 1 It was during a sunset at the end of Tinsel's shift, but just as she was heading for home, she once saw Rick at Memory Park, despondent, as he watched the boats go by. She heard that this reminded him of Haruka as they went on a balmy cruise together 150 years ago, and Haruka herself enjoyed watching them sail across the harbor beside the city line. It was sort of a hobby and became his as well. She once asked Rick why he was so down, could it be on account of the freakish accident back in the dangerous Mute City race, when the Dragon Bird crashed beside Zoda which in turn hit Jody next to it? He felt so ashamed about that sudden chain reaction ever since, but it wasn't the only thing that was bothering him; he still couldn't get his vengeance for Zoda off his mind, which was who he was aiming for, if only Jody didn't get in the way. He also told Tinsel about the secret he discovered, about Jody being a cyborg after the incident 5 years ago in which she and her brother, Andy Summer, got fatally injured during a shootout! To Tinsel, it wasn't the first time she'd heard of a police officer who's half-human; as she found out about another detective named Del Spooner who had a grudge against robots that were atttempting to dominate over humanity in Chicago back in 2035. So, to her, it wasn't too big of a surprise. He also remembered Jody's point of advice, "I hate what Zoda did, but we have a bigger mission than just stopping him. And that's to destroy the organization he works for..!" She'd said that he must remember the good things in life too, and they must never forget them nor be consumed with payback. Believe or not, Tinsel reluctantly agreed with that, as they must fight for the things and the people they cherish so much, and it's natural to forget the smaller things in life. She vowed that she'll be by his side so he won't go astray while facing the demonic monster. Soon, Jody was well enough to take her repaired White Cat for a "test run," when in reality she was heading to the abandoned maximum security prison in Planet Alcatrand. She hopes to find answers in looking to how she can defeat Zoda. Eventually, Rick and Tinsel came back to headquarters, he asked Clash where she went, and he said she took her machine! The Dragon Bird followed the signal emitting from it, leading to a warp gate. Tinsel actually tagged along but only several feet away to avoid detection. To her horror, though, she realized they'd headed to the home world of her worst fear, White Land! Thankfully there wasn't the deadly 50-foot gap she was unable to cross 13 years ago. Her body temperature dropped several degrees, and it wasn't the below freezing climate since the Comet was able to adjust in tepid and frigid environments. But intense fear! Her body began to quiver and break out in a cold sweat, remembering the fatal incident. Her mind fogged for a moment, then as she saw the Dragon Bird's backlights starting to fade, she slowly trodden toward it. Above the snowy horizon, she saw a distinctive spaceship. It was the same one Zoda often used for his assaults, even the one when he invaded the Galaxy Platoon soon after winning that said F-Zero race and reveling in his destruction, even scaring away the weak leader, John Tanaka. When she recovered, she noticed it shot a volley of bullets and Jody was under fire! Rick was also heading toward it making Tinsel alarmed! She immediately stepped on the gas as Rick left the cockpit, took off his denim jacket making him more exposed to the deadly climate and having his body covering her while the malicious madman continued to rain down more bullets! Tinsel hurriedly shot out the Comet's ice jets up toward the gunship's underside. A portion above the stem became frozen almost instantly showing a crystalized bright-blue hue! Knowing Zoda's onslaught had been disabled, he soared away from the hapless duo. However, to Tinsel's shock, they managed to survive, unscathed! It seemed as though the Comet had also frozen the battleship's bullets and they acted more like hailstones instead. Realizing Jody and Rick were alright, they headed back to Mute City together. But not before Tinsel, who was still shaken up, activated her telecom. "We're gonna need backup..!" she muttered. Sure enough, the transmission reached Domino City, in Yugi's and Solomon's home. Inside his bedroom, where it was still nighttime, Yugi picked it up; since it had a different time zone it was much later than in Mute City's, and the kid was a little groggy. Tinsel apologized for calling him so early, but they noticed that Dark Million had recently raised the bar. They should be taken much more seriously and he and Joey must use their Duel Monsters as outside help besides Falcon; they knew he wasn't very reliable on account he's a bounty hunter and thus is usually unreachable. They knew a war was coming, and since he, Yami, and Joey are currently free from dueling since the championship in Battle City, she hopes they'd be available. She believed there could be a warp gate from Japan to Mute City; however she was never sure where. They wished Capt. Falcon would know its whereabouts and assist them on their mission. A/N: Ah...finally got this lap out of the way. This scenario has always been in my mind for years, ever since I first saw the English version of Chain Reaction, although I never liked the order of episodes; as it was used for Lap 6 which is irrelevant since Miss Killer was shown and her debut's 2 episodes away. So instead it should be around Lap 9 since she's been introduced, Tanaka's tirade on Rick winning races would be relevant, and it would start Dark Million's more serious plans. Hence, in order to cope with the anxieties, I introduced Yugioh again since Cold as Ice. Speaking of which, I figured the Silver Comet making its move at a very cold planet would make the most sense allowing Zoda's gunship to retreat; I assumed that Zoda flew off thinking that Rick and Jody had been shot. Yet...they never showed any signs of injury, at all, not even hypothermia. Although, just recently, I figured the reason why was because Jody's a cyborg, while Rick seems a bi3t accustomed to the cold since he seems hotblooded and may have traits related to the Vermillion Bird/Ryu Suzaku. On the subject of cyborgs, I made a reference to the flick, I, Robot. Where Det. Del Spooner holds a grudge against robots, even against Sonny. Always reminds me of Jody even her ambition in the Task Force; both sources debuted in 2004 after all.
  11. TheIkranRider

    Ikran's F-Zero timeline

    If you remember in the comedy movie "License to Wed," there was a segment where couples went as the priest gives them certain scenarios to test them. One of them consisted the statement, "I Like it When..." and the lovebirds fill in the sentence highlighting their significant others' strengths. This I jut came up with on a whim, thinking of how Tinsel would answer it; I'm not sure with Rick just yet. From Tinsel to Rick, she said the following: I like it when Rick gives that daring sneer. It sometimes may represent impulsiveness or ruthless determination, but I always liked him when he's on the prowl. I just think looking at that expression with those squinting eyes and that wide grin is just...kind of cute and sexy to look at, even when he races. I like it when he gives me some friendly competition, on the subject of racing. He never holds back, though sometimes he would show off and give me some playful nudges to my machine. Sometimes we would train with others, but it's mostly Rick that I grew fond with. He once said that racing with me sort of reminds him of Haruka. They did race together, though they never competed against each other, unless if it has to do with the late lethal Miss Killer. Nevertheless, I always looked forward to him as we would cruise through each circuit with gusto and have fun doing it; he's an excellent competitor. I like it when he talks about his distant past and his heritage. Rick is known to be 1/8 Japanese, though it is misleading since he seems to be more of the Brooklyn-type; in fact he was once a Bostonian. He went into cold sleep in 2523 (2051 in the alternate continuity) after that fatal chase with an insane escaped convict named Zoda. There wasn't much technology to cure him at the time, so doctors put him in cryo-hibernation for a century and a half. Needless to say, he lost his whole life then, including his late girlfriend just before he was about to propose. He was lucky he was able to adapt with the times, and found some new friends to help him go through them. Even me and Jack Levin. We were also able to put an end to his old nemesis in Port Town, and Haruka's spirit was finally at peace when Deathborn was defeated upon Captain Falcon's sacrifice. As for his heritage, he found out his native name was actually Ryu Suzaku II. His ancestors relocated to Ellis Island back at 1945, before Hiroshima was bombed. They adapted as they made a living in the US and changed their surnames to Wheeler. And during an anniversary, Rick's parents bestowed him as Ryu's descendant. There were some actions that showed his traits, like having an affinity for ramen noodles, his incredible fascination of the culture, and even training his fighting prowess with a samurai. His Japanese title does represent the Vermillion Bird and a dragon, after all. Plus, his machine, the Dragon Bird, really made sense. And I just couldn't staunch my interest in him; the more he shares his experiences, the more I want to know about him. I like it whenever he holds me close, even if it's just a simple handhold. He practically does encourage it, whether we'd be sitting on a bench in Memory Park, or sleeping next to each other. Heck I sometimes give him some nudges. When we embrace, he feels so warm and secure whenever I'm within his arms. He also tends to feel and be like a rock, hard with all that muscle and a bit rough around the edges, but smooth as well. He also tends to be a hothead, but can be compassionate. Or, he may land himself into trouble at times, but he does have a strong sense of justice. Or he may have something in his mind and can't let go, but it's for a good reason. It just represents the perfect balance, even in his personality, like his warmness melts my ice...even when we get intimate. I like it when he praises me on my greatest traits, whether it'd be my everlasting, unwavering love and attraction to him, my feelings, or simply my nature. He never judges me harshly and he always looks forward to spending time with me and he also listens to my hardships before finding a way to fix them. He's a very caring guy and I tend to do the same to him. I also give him some incentives like picking some things that remind me of him in a positive light, like certain songs about racing, even some surprises such as those in "Days of Thunder." He always worships me and helps me out however he can, as do I with Rick. In closing, there are many reasons why I love Rick. Whether it'd be his actions, personality, motivation, and style. His good qualities always shine through and outweighs his flaws. He's always a joy to be around and he does make a promising mate. It is like we fill our own gaps, cover our weaknesses with our strongpoints, and seem to be the perfect mix of fire and ice; maybe sometimes opposites do attract. I can completely understand why Haruka loves him so much, and these are the main reasons why.
  12. TheIkranRider

    TheIkranRider

    Well...we only have like 9 days left till the so-called 30th anniversary of F-Zero. Although, despite the anticipations and the celebrations for it, including FZerovember and this Luna Bomber project on YouTube...I don't feel so confident. In fact, I feel hopeless. I even started writing a oneshot too, and...let's just say it's gonna get pretty depressing. As I've said b4, it all depends on what the results would be for a new or port of an F-Zero game; if there is one, the baby can be a mix of male/female traits. If not..? Then, I shall release this depressing fic as it is. The Coop review of the franchise, and the Freelance Nintendo review has at times given me some dread on how F-Zero failed in sales, the anime and the 4Kids version flopped, it didn't meet Nintendo's expectations and the MANY times we'd been ignored, especially from the betrayal on Mario Kart 8 stealing the anti-gravity mechanic straight from F-Zero!! Not to mention, there are no reps for Smash and we got lame Spirits. So...I don't see much of a future for it anymore.

    I'm sorry for the depressing post, but I'd been very low and been losing hope. I'm afraid the franchise is dead now, and has been for 16 years, I'm afraid it's time for me to accept its fate, just as a pastime. I'm tired of wishing for something that won't happen. The world, and Nintendo, has changed so much, I doubt it's even possible; I boycotted Nintendo just a few years back. And I feel it's been getting worse always milking the cashcows. I don't think Starfox counts. Real shame.

    Well, expect the results in 9 days. Otherwise, I can never see a light at the end of the greedy, corrupt, bleak tunnel.

  13. TheIkranRider

    Couples in my Fanfics

    This idea was actually inspired by Fanfictiondreamer. As she does despise shipping, when fans only look at one official pairing and defend it with their lives, even if someone would disagree with them as like a sin to their ship. Heck, there's even this trope, Die for your Ship, for a reason; a lot of them are like immature and pick the most awkward couples ever, even when involving multiple universes. Even worse still, some people would go as far and as sick as a three-way relationship or harems. With my couples and hers, however, they seem to make the most sense. She had explained her reasonable choices for her own couples in her stories, to which I can support. So, here are some of mine: LinkxZelda II (Ocarina of Time/Pokémon) Here's the link No. Not the princess, my OC. The foreign Trainer that came to Hyrule unawares. I do support the other choices like Malon and Zelda, and I had seen awkwardness (like Dark Link, Navi, Saria, and Ruto) and in worse cases, Namira in the Gerudo Seduction Dance. But, out of all the crazy choices out there, I stuck w/ the Hylian and the Trainer. At first, I was never sure if I wanted to go thru w/ this or not, so I asked others for help. But, only one user, from DeviantArt, came to my defense. While I do think Link should be with Zelda, as my mind accepted it at first, I later decided things won't work out this way. I had been in an internal conflict since then, but I realized something. Zelda II was more involved than the monarch was, and at least SHE doesn't give him the cold shoulder going back 7 years. She has met him as a kid soon after he retrieved Navi, his guardian fairy. And they had been travelling together ever since. She and her Pokémon were great comrades as they assisted them however they could, even though Zelda II technically works in the sidelines as she's no good at fighting but commands her troops like any Trainer would. But, once they slept for seven years, and as they entered into adulthood, things began to change. As Sheik said once, a friendship can grow overtime and form a strong bond and through it, he'll know which way to go. He also said that young love can evolve into deep affection, and throughout their more tumultuous adventures, well...let's just say that Zelda II developed a crush on Link. They shared some strong feelings with one another, such as coping with their losses and always being there for one another, even though they had to function separately at times, like when Link was comatose by the shadow beast or when Zelda II went gravely ill. Regardless, she had developed a strong relationship, even when she defended him from Ruto and Nabooru, saying he's "already been taken." At first he was more mutually involved with the princess, but when they observed Zelda II's heart being ripped out, she eventually remembered all those times as Sheik, as reminders on how much closer they'd be. So, eventually, since Link couldn't make up his mind, she decided that Zelda II was the better choice, on account that she's Hyrule's only living royal and she'd be too busy running the kingdom with her guardian, Impa, even while it's been under reconstruction. After all, Link, Zelda II, and her comrades had been chosen as portions of the new Royal Guard. And because she had seen their fantastic camaraderie, as well as sharing courage with one another, and remembering herself as Sheik guiding and observing their close actions, it was official. She wasn't the least bit upset about it either. And needless to say, Zelda II was the right candidate for Link as they admired and aspired each other so much. Ichabod CranexLara Thomas (Sleepy Hollow) Here's the link Ever since I wrote the Missing Episodes, I'd decided for the Witnesses from two different time paradoxes be a couple. Aside from JakexAlex, as well as another one later, they seem to be the perfect fit. Sure, many fans always wanted Ichabbie as an official ship, unfortunately, Abbie died after her soul was sealed in Pandora's Box, and she went on as an eternal soul when she chose the 10-year old, Molly. Then, her dystopian future vessel, Lara, complicated matters, and fans absolutely hated it! Well, I didn't. And I certainly got pissed off on how Katrina, Betsy, and/or Zoe turned out! I always saw the Witnesses as functioning like the artery and ventricle of a heart, as indicated in the fourth chapter. Heck, she and Ichabod had their souls merged and functioned in tandem with one another, like sharing one body and mind, almost like a Battle Bond in Pokémon. Though if one should receive injury, so would the other; however, as the apocalypse and Tribulations were nigh, Ichabod and Lara began to fall for one another. This was clearly evident when she supported him through his nightmare of the Horseman of Death challenging him to a brutal duel, which soon resulted his soul to be damned upon his death by the Horseman of War. Since the team's journey through Hell to retrieve Ichabod's soul, Lara's determination and devotion for him rubbed onto them, even during the direst of times. It was official when Lara forgave Ichabod as he lamented over his blame on starting the apocalypse and letting Lucifer escape. She has also lived thru a ruined life with Dreyfuss, and they were both Witnesses from different time paradoxes (one past, one future) then reunited in the present, when the two collided. Their bond was so deep, that their destinies intertwined, much like their souls and even their bodies. Having Abbie's death was an ideal opportunity for Ichabod, Lara, and their friends to expand their horizons to Washington and beyond. And while it was excruciating, it still gave the chance for the kid, and soon the future Witness, to change their lives for a better future for all. Added to this, Lara's been classified as Molly's lost aunt as well as her personal tutor. Jenny MillsxGavin Lucas (Sleepy Hollow) Gavin is autistic, amongst other mental illnesses, so he never had a good grasp on love, nor had any interest on falling for another. As it was indicated when he fought off the Heartless/Lilith and resisted her sensual charm. He stated that finding friends was bad enough for him, until after he was electrocuted by his thrown Taser against the Kraken/siren hybrid. Jenny was there for him as she resuscitated him, got him out of the Underworld and a pursuing Hellhound, and whispered to him that she has deep feelings for him. At first, he thought it was another rebound, counting Hawley and Joe, and he was very hesitant since he's not like her other partners. It didn't matter that much to her, as he'd always been there for her in the most darkest times, from dealing with Frank and his infected soul, to his amazing chivalry, and trying to support each other indirectly after Abbie and Joe's passing. Till the both packed up and went to DC. Remembering all the heroism Gavin displayed, Jenny couldn't resist her feelings any longer; it started when she gave him a kiss while he was recovering from the shock. Then, their hearts intertwined on the Diafol Galon's/Heart Devil's curse. And finally Joe's death, and her foolishness falling for Hawley after experiencing his treachery and deaths twice. Their relationship was close, and Gavin was no longer afraid of intimacy either, as sensitive as he is. Heck, it never faltered even when they officially became Future Witnesses after Ichabod and Lara decreed them. And I'm certainly not going to have Sam Winchester complicate matters since I despise Supernatural! Yes, they may have some similar capabilities, but I'm never going to let the oversaturated series take advantage of the idea! Rick Wheeler/Ryu SuzakuxTinsel Steelus (F-Zero) Here's the link I was very hesitant on having them as an official couple for F-Zero, but I had my reasons. As I was writing Ending it All, I saw most of the Japanese anime for inspiration. But the nail in the coffin was around Lap 43, when Haruka finally broke out of Black Shadow's thrall. She regained her memories and her senses, as Rick attempted to save her and she reminisced on reaching for his offered hand 150 years. Unfortunately, I threw in the towel, once I saw her beat Rick and act as a lackey to Dark Million still. Besides, it was too late since she snapped out of it when the series was nearing its completion. So, while I was developing stories for F-Zero, as well as the aforementioned Ending it All, and because I love Rick so much, there was nothing holding me back. Tinsel had an infatuation with Rick since they first met in The Samurai Returns, and he was her inspiration since then. She always cared about him, even if he should be caught in a bind due to his recklessness. She wanted to fall for Rick and heal his inner wounds while he lamented over his losses, even Haruka. Heck, she saved his life giving him resuscitation after he succumbed to a spell made by The Skull. Even Jody and Dr. Stewart observed this, yet she was too afraid to share her feelings, as it'll hurt Rick even more. It wasn't until Rick saw Haruka in the afterlife after he was inserted the formula reversing Dark Million's thrall. She said that Tinsel needs him, and he should do the same; all she wanted was to make Rick happy and live on with his life while also defeat Black Shadow so her spirit can finally find peace. As Tinsel was recovering from her Booster Fire, they shared a deep, passionate kiss. And when she was in Dark Star, she confessed her true feelings after he made the sadistic choice to save her life and sacrifice Miss Killer's. Then, they soon became engaged, then married overtime. It was just like Tinsel soothing Rick's hotheadedness, and him thawing the ice around her heart; they're a perfect match. Terri ThatcherxJohn Myers (Fantastic 4) Not much was said, but ever since Terri met John Myers as she was settling in New York, there were some clues when they were becoming a couple. They each shared their hardships with one another, even if it's over Italian food; from when Liz became Hellboy's official flame, and his shift to hid freelance position in the FBI, to her self-rejection from the Fantastic 4 and later their temporary separation, Myers and Terri were always devoted to each other. At first she denied she fell for him, when Johnny kept teasing her that Myers was her boyfriend, but she accepted it after a few years. Since then, he has been an indirect ally to the quintet on occasion. AkarixEnzo Matrix (ReBoot) Not the Enzo Matrix which grown quickly in Game Cubes, but rather the second little Sprite who was accidentally restored by the User. It was pretty much a long-distance relationship, once Enzo attended the Guardian Academy at the top of his class, while Megabyte and Gnosis were wreaking havoc, and Akari just returned to Mainframe with her teams from Hoenn to Kalos. It was official when they decided to trade formats, as Guardians and Trainers, after the Net was saved by Bob being the Codemaster as well as his new ally, Expy. They were around the same age once they'd decided to be together, whether it'd be inside the defective computer from New Island, or outside. At first I wanted Samus Aran to be Bob's personal flame, not Dot. But I later decided to accept it as such, since she's an interstellar bounty hunter and is always on the run under the command of her CO, Adam Malkovich, while occasionally participate in Smash tourneys to hone her skills. Disregarding that Dot falls for the "original" Bob and discards the "real" one. Lucy LibertyxLeon (F-Zero) Here's the link Yes, it was portrayed for a short while during Lap 27 in the Japanese anime, but having him being hunted by Beastman while also having him be as a werewolf was a TERRIBLE idea!! So, in Ending it All, I decided to have Leon as his normal, cute, coyote-like self and date with Lucy, whilst still being as a busboy for the Falcon House. It was a strange scenario, as a female human falls for an anthropomorphic, but he did become an official member in the Elite Mobile Task Force by the end of the story, and had been dating with Lucy since then. As weird as it was, I figured it was still a good choice for them both. Ryan SteelexLing Yu (VR Troopers) Here's the link As hard as it was, I actually wanted Ryan to have someone else, and have Kaitlin hook up with J.B. instead. Due to the stock footage used in the series, it often shows Ryan in his lonesome, while Kaitlin and J.B. take the sidelines together, both in virtual reality and out. Because of the circumstances, I decided to make an OC that'll fit Ryan's needs, just after Grimlord was finally defeated at the end of the Virtual War. Ling took Ryan in when she found him unconscious outside her temple. She nursed him back to health, and their relationship blossomed, mostly due to the Florence Nightingale Effect. Their relationship was strong, though, as she grew fascinated with Ryan's tech gadgets, his affection and fighting style, his friends, and his dog. Heck, they even have two kids together, Taylor and Suri. As the other Troopers moved away, both Ryan and Ling advanced Tao's Dojo as a place set for all martial arts, even her specialty, Tae Kwon Do. His father said he must always follow his heart, even though he seems to be in doubt. The other Troopers had accepted it instantly, as Kaitlin was often unsure whom to date with on account of Grimlord's interference. Nevertheless, it was decided, and even their son carried the mantle along with Kaitlin and J.B.'s other children, including Chita herself. Other pairings I support are Fox and Misty, Jody and Dr. Stewart, Luna Stewart and Jack Levin (pairing made by a friend of mine), Spike and Julia, and Samurai Goroh and Lisa Brilliant. I'm on the fence whether I should either support Sion Barzahd and Dominique Cross or SionxAyame. Ratchet and Kim Possible is, eh.
  14. TheIkranRider

    My Fantastical Memoir

    This is going to be an interesting, though massive, project. Because this is a memoir, and as it defines, it's a personal account that highlights someone's personal experience and/or special sources. For this, I'm gonna try and summarize each of those zany ideas I developed over the years. Fanfictiondreamer has pretty much done this in the Ultimate Story series, but mine's more...complicated, because I'm spanning from many years and different resources, and this is going to be a very long mess. Alright, let's begin: The earliest ideas/daydreams I had was when my older sis was playing the underrated NES game, Crystalis. At the time, I was watching something on Nick, Jr. known as Eureka's Castle. I can't seem to remember anything from the show like I used to, although there were a few characters that stood out, mostly Batly and his pet spider, Webster, the dragon Magellan and his pet worms, and the crazy duo Quagmire and Boggie. I fantasized the guys helping out the robotic protagonist as she got to some watery place... That was weird. Speaking of which, there was this idea from Actraiser, on using awkward plushees, and later replaced by several Sonic chars...ergh. As far as I can recall, there hasn't been much that impacted me as a kid, until around the early 90s. There was this cartoon known as Captain N and the Video Game Masters, the syndicated version of Captain N: The Game Master. I couldn't recall much, but I think I was into Link and Captain N the most. There were also some tics from Super Mario cartoons as well. In 1993, I always recalled as the year that was pivotal to animals, because there were so many forms of media dedicated to them: Jurassic Park, Free Willy, Homeward Bound, and of course, Starfox. Speaking of dinosaurs, I had this vague spark after seeing the first movie, and I was also invested in the racing game, Top Gear. I remembered having this idea of a Tyrannosaurus chasing after the car you're using during a race, trying to use as many Nitros in order to prevent it from being eaten. Go figure. Also, I had a blast with Jurassic Park, as I had collected various merchandise such as some plushees, an awesome roaring Velociraptor, an electronic Stegosaurus, and even an enormous wall poster that can be colored. Plus, I sometimes wished the T-Rex could rip the crap out of Barney. Then there was also Sonic the Hedgehog. The animated series, the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, was indeed a blast, the original game...not so much, but Sonic 2 was definitely the way to go since it was what solidified me as a Tails fan; I adore that little fox, even now. One time, while I was seeing the Chaos Emerald saga, I fantasized on using the 4, not 7, in order to turn into anything I want. Instead of the Supreme High Robotnik like he did, I actually wanted to transform into that awesome, gigantic cobra in which Jafar from Aladdin used. Oh, being a naïve, dumb little kid... During that time, I also got into the original Starfox game, and I always desired to have both Fox McCloud and Tails in one setting. Other than that, this was the first time I ever came up with my own OCs. I fantasized being an anthropomorphic rat, while also having the idea of creating Phantrons, since it was my favorite boss. So, I came up with some names like Jiminy (after Cricket) and Jason, and I used some plushees to do it. With the former as a duck I colored with crayons (I think, although my parents kept warning me it was permanent), some other ducks, and a bipedal tiger for the latter. And soon, I developed a family of sorts, as well as an origin; that Jiminy and Jason were part of a group of Phantrons rejected by Andross awaiting deletion, along with their parents and younger siblings, Jamie and Philly (both pairs being black and white ducks with the white ones being female). As for the rat, I fantasized her as a pilot using a pedal-copter instead of an Arwing, like that vehicle in the Genesis game, Greendog. But she wasn't as skilled as the others, neither was I playing, as the Metal Crusher and the Asteroid Belt in Level 3 were banes of my existence, even Andross' creepiness... In 1994, there were some things that turned me on. Whether it'd be my first PC games such as MegaRace and Undersea Adventure. Heck, for the former, I fantasized having the two little Tigger plushees as part of the game's plot, though I can't recall what exactly. But man, the latter was a heavy hitter. While it was educational, I came up with the first story I ever written, as a project when I was in early grammar school. For more details, see Undersea Adventure. In addition, there was all those Marvel series on FoxKids, such as X-Men and Spider-Man; the ideas I had for the latter were just embarrassing... I didn't know much of Mary-Jane, but there was this idiotic comic I drew, featuring me as a damsel in distress being saved by Peter, but with help from a great white shark and a barracuda, but instead of swimming, they soared. And the two were based on the plastic, hollow toys I had... Yeah. Awkward. On top of that, there were some things that kind of scared me, mostly the tidal wave themes featured in the game itself; thank goodness I never experienced one personally, though it really petrified me. And it wasn't the only one. There was a Discovery documentary about mega-tsunamis as well. Not to mention all those disaster movies I saw like Twister, Dante's Peak, Armageddon, Poseidon... I was preoccupied by those things... Even when I came up with ideas of Indian chars; see My Own Showitious for more. But when it comes to epicness, nothing has prepared me for one of my all-time favorite series, VR Troopers. Podfic might be coming up here. From the idea of me being the fourth Trooper with traits from a cheetah, to introducing the Mutant League, it was phenomenal, and it was one of the earliest things that triggered my own Showitious. I mean, it kept me so preoccupied, it was difficult to focus on other stuff... Ask Fanfictiondreamer, she'll tell you. The Lion King 1 and 2 were...so-so, though I did get very attached to them, collecting the figurines and plushees, even wanting to have all 3 hyenas (Shenzi, Banzai and Ed), rather than just Shenzi. But that was nothing compared to the microtape recorder I found in a car cushion one night. I just chattered a bunch of random gibberish into it, just goofing off. And then I wanted to have the hyenas go on crazy adventures aboard a time machine searching for Sandiego...ergh. Embarrassing. While VR Troopers was coming to a cancellation, there was Mortal Kombat. From the trilogy, to the movies, to the animated miniseries. I remember feeling ecstatic playing as Reptile in II, acting like one of the computer players from 1... Then, there was the first film, and I eventually had a crazy idea of introducing ducks to it, such as Quackers (based on the duck beanie), Quax (I made up), and Spot (based on the giraffe beanie, Twigs). I can't recall what they did, though they appeared again in the sequel too. Finally, there was the cartoon itself, and I went crazy over it! From the Dalmatians of the live-action movie, to the Yoshis in Yoshi Story, to the Toadies from Yoshi's Island, to the three Twist-a-zoids (a purple one, yellow one, and blue one which could function as a rotor), the young dinos from the Land Before Time, heck I even came up with a pretend Ankylosaur (my favorite species no less) using a large crocodile plushie, a lot of sea creatures, and finally Bowser, Mouser and the Koopalings. I didn't get any inspiration when the series switched to 3D, though. There wasn't a lot of things that inspired me for awhile, until around late 1997. I first saw a commercial for ThunderCats on the new Toonami block, and that was the only thing that got me going from CN, not the other shows. At the time, I wanted to make some squadrons to assist the guys, so the first ones were the Prehistoric Squad (based on the LBT dinos), and the Fast Bro Squad (based on Sonic, Tails, Knuckles the Echidna, as well as some other chars like Chip and Dale, an OC named Foxy as a wolf plushie, and Toughy like the croc I used earlier). But the best idea was when I got Diddy Kong Racing for Xmas, and I introduced all the chars from there. And each one was assigned to each ThunderCat, without including the villains. I also had the OC, Olly Ocelot, but it didn't work. There were some ideas using the Beanie Babies for the movie Twister, like Sly w/ Jo, Spike w/ Bill, Tank w/ Dusty, Nuts w/ Melissa, Stinky w/ Jonas, etc. And then there was this random idea including chars for Dante's Peak like Kaa (Disney) and Lil' Kaa w/ Harry, Spike and Lil' Spike the dog w/ Paul, Norbert Beaver and Daggett Beaver w/ Graham and Lauren, Pongo and Angelica w/ Ruth, Tails as the helicopter pilot, Fox w/ Terry, and so on... Like I said, embarrassing. Although my OCs were beginning to flourish after I saw a sneak peek for the Real Adventures of Jonny Quest; and I started using the Rugrats for the first season as well as the Animal Buddies, and then for Season 2 w/o the babies. I came up with the OC for myself, Julie, as an animal owner, but it sucked. And the animals were inspired by DKC and Ace Ventura; most of them were just plushees I had at the time as well as Beanies. And there were some parodies I made based on certain songs like "Do You Hear What I Hear?", a medley of naval tunes from the elementary school band, "Hell's for Children" by Pat Benatar, and that Bryan Adams song "When You Love a Woman." The lyrics were spotty, but embarrassing nonetheless. Dragon Ball Z was like a mixed bag. I first came up with a char from a dragon plushie named Simone who had a tag saying she lost her way and wanted a new home. Then, there was Spyro, from the commercial I saw of the game, not a huge fan. Then, I soon came up with my OC, Soxi… Yeah, terrible name, though she was one of the Z-Fighters, later named Ayame. I also had some ideas using some Pokémon in 1999, like Goku being a Trainer with a Charizard, Blastoise, Dragonite, Machamp, Magmar, Electabuzz, Flareon, Aerodactyl, and the Hitmon fighters, while she used all the Gen 1 starters including Pikachu and while Mew and Mewtwo were mentors. And...the stories were BAD! Currently, I just stuck with just the OC, Ayame; more on that later. There was also Starfox 64, reintroducing my rat OC as well as the Phantrons, the Angry Beavers living in Zoness, the talented Titanian croc based on a Tic Toc plushie, and at one time Stinky the Skunk. Heck the plot based around Star Trek IV was lame..! By 1998-1999, things were still awkward. As the ThunderCats and JQ were ending, I was introducing more Animal Buddies for the latter, and I wanted to finish a certain short with cyberinsects, but I lost inspiration. However, it wasn't long before ReBoot came to be; see my retrospective for details. Of course, I went wild when I first discovered Pokémon, whether it'd be from the anime, the first movie, or the 3D games. And by 2000, Super Smash Bros has inspired me to check out certain fighters like Link, Samus Aran, and Kirby, which I did later on. Samus was involved in ReBoot, though I wasn't crazy about Metroid. And Link came first as I finally got Ocarina of Time. Since then, I wanted to use the Pokémon in the events of the game, from pre-evolutions in the child segments, and evolved forms in the adult segments, but it was too much work. Also, I just couldn't get enough of the latter either. Majora's Mask didn't really interest me. And I grew out of Zelda by 2001. I was going through a lot of excruciating growing pains, and I had some fallouts with some things. First was ReBoot, when Daemon Rising was coming to a close, and I held resentment on those that were infected and betrayed others. And when DBZ had the Garlic Jr. saga, for that same reason. I had so much hatred that I didn't watch the latter for awhile, and I was done anticipating for Goku to return. Luckily, the Android saga and Future Trunks kept me going. In 2002, on May to be precise, I finally got SSBM. And on summer vacation, I was introduced to the PS2 with a handful of games. One of them was my all-time favorite, The Bouncer. Since then, I came up with a crossover. I also made up another one centering around the Daemon saga as well. There wasn't much in 2003, excepting my chars for Starfox Adventures, featuring my rat character, the Phantrons, and even Chiaotzu who made a suicide bomb unto Andross. But by 2004, it was a roller coaster. I was forced to stop using the microtape recorder and I also had to give up on another game related to my Showitious, FFX. I almost had a crush on Tidus, but like other things, it was too much for me. However, it didn't last long by the time I went back to an abandoned franchise, F-Zero. There was a little bit of Yugioh, but I was a casual fan. The F-Zero anime and GX were the turning points where I became a fan for life. Although, there was still the dreaded state standardized test, the HSPA. Eventually I had to give up on F-Zero too by the time it was over in the spring 2005, when the anime was cancelled. I never developed the fic until several years later, as well as other ideas. There was little inspiration after that, though I finally got to some Kirby games, hence losing interest in the show as well as 4Kids. The Code Lyoko game was good, though the idea combining it with The Time Machine (2002) was just wrong... As was the inspiration I had from those 007 movies. 2006 was mainly the year of the Audiobiographies, whether they'd be for Keanu, Ioan, Carrie, Jessica, and Jared. More may be on the way. I did have some inspiration from the Matrix trilogy, like having a char named Pixle who could teleport like Nightcrawler, but the sequels sucked and I lost interest. There was also the idea on combing elements from the Lake House and Back to the Future as a way to create the mysterious mailbox, but that was shunned too. In 2007, I finally got some inspiration from the Fantastic 4 movies. And that was when I finally decided to write fan fiction; to where, I wasn't sure yet. Whether it'd be for the quartet and Terri or the Silver Surfer, I...began to lose interest again years later. The other years started to mesh together, until around late 2009. From there, I had a fallout following Laurence Fishburne and Ioan Gruffudd, and then there was Glee. I fantasized on being a volunteer for the West McKinley Glee Club, though as I held resentment once more, I wanted to resign. Although by Xmas of that year, I got FFIV for the DS! It was truly amazing and still stands as my all-time favorite! Thus I made two stories for it. By 2010-2011 it's been decided I wanted to make fan fiction as a hobby. Although...I got too personal on my part, hence losing my laptop and writing for quite some time up until around Xmas of 2015. But...I still had some ideas in my head flowing around 2013; first was Sleepy Hollow, and then there was Cowboy Bebop. From that day onward...it was kind of random. One day would be F-Zero, the next would be VR Troopers, next would be Bebop, Final Fantasy (which I lost interest in 2011), or even Sleepy Hollow. There were some ideas involving Supernatural, but they combined with the SH fics instead, aside from my hatred for it. I almost forgot to mention that there were some negative tidbits here and there, those I've never experienced before, such as Rosemary's Baby which I included in some Sleepy Hollow fics, along with the Brothers Grunt from Phantomstrider's list of 10 Worst Cartoons of All Time, and recently a grotesque fic by IncredibleIntruder called the Gerudo Seduction Dance which then inspired me to write my first (hopefully last) M-rated creepypasta/revenge fic. Despite these unfortunate experiences, I always wanted to display my thoughts via writing fanfics or artwork, and since then it was like first come, first serve. So...I guess this marks the end of my journey. I hope you all enjoyed reading through my insane retrospective on how I developed certain scenarios, characters, and the like. As crazy as it might be, everyone gets inspiration, no matter how young or broken they are. I might do some more of this at a later time, and feel free to make your own journeys through the endless reaches of fantasy. Write proud and peace out.
  15. TheIkranRider

    How My Fanfics/Artwork Come to Be

    I was watching James Cameron's Avatar a long time ago, and something seemed to be bothering me whenever I see it. I noticed that some of the things I love don't really leave quite an impact like so many other things do; why was this the case? With Avatar, it inspired me with my own screenname, TheIkranRider, but while it's one of my all-time favorite movies, how come it never drove me for any ideas? I pondered about this, and then I remembered something from TV Tropes, Fanfic Fuel. Basically, it's something that catches a creator's eye, or gaps he/she feels that need to be filled, whether it'd be for character development or plot points. This is usually how my ideas come into being, like as Morpheus said as he described in the Matrix, "Like a splinter in your mind. Driving you mad." And that's what that prick does, literally, no matter what it could be. It'll just pull and nag and it would never go away, unless if I were to do something about it. Hence, my fanfics, rants, digital art, etc. No matter how old or admittedly how worse the material is. A few examples could be if there's a song that reminds me of the said work in a strange way, or just something missing in the story, or if I just don't like the end result, or heck even when a series gets canned since there are so many potholes to fill on its road to fulfillment. Or perhaps something I'd get involved with during a personal conflict would give me comfort, albeit temporarily. Maybe I just want an underrated series to be more exciting and give them more attention, like introduce a new character and immerse myself more into the source material, to change whatever needs to be improved, or if it's just a random idea that somehow fits. Another way is to show my own unique perception of a character/event/etc. That there's a way to develop the series better than some lazy writers never had in mind. With Avatar, though...nothing. Excepting maybe a few references here and there, I guess it was just perfect from start to finish; there was nothing that seemed to be wrong with it, and I was completely satisfied with what the film had to offer. It was just ironclad flawless, no matter what the element; I do love Ikrans, after all, hence my namesake, LOL! Perhaps that's why I never had an incident in certain works such as maybe Rocky, X-Men, Star Trek, Big Trouble in Little China, Sucker Punch, etc. or if it's something I'm just neutral towards; as the shoes were already full, there were hardly any gaps, or unless I don't like something that's when I get these pricks/ticks and need to let my thoughts flow, like a levee beginning to break, or a volcano releasing the pressure. I just needed an outlet for these things, otherwise I'd be completely overwhelmed by it, or even when it's partially finished, like how Fanfictiondreamer and I describe our own Showitious. It's just like how the old saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. And hell, unlike those greedy people at Disney, I have a story to tell, and I don't want to change anything that's already perfect since there's virtually nothing to improve nor expand upon! They're just flawless the way they are! I suppose other artists have felt the same ways as I have, even Fanfictiondreamer. I hope I am right on this. The mind is kind of mysterious on how it works, and it is absolutely a terrible thing to waste, as our own potential and feelings.
  16. TheIkranRider

    My Own Showitious

    Believe it or not, sometimes I'd picture some theme songs of my Showitious. 2 of them include those from the original Starfox; those being the Black Hole Warp and the Black Hole level itself. There are some times in which music comes to play as well, like a tune/jingle replaying in my mind, either by after hearing the song playing or just replaying randomly in my head. Speaking of music...there happens to be a certain...event relating to it. And I happen to present this every year at the start of November, aka the former International Month of the Drums. The Tribal Ceremony. This event seems...complicated, but I'll try and explain this as best I can. Please keep in mind it's not Starfox-related, just related to my own Showitious. Please note, this is a non-canon, multi-universal event. And this can be suitable for viewers 13+ I guess. The Tribal Ceremony is an Event created by me. It was an annual occasion that featured certain characters chosen to participate in this enticing ceremony. The idea started when I was very young as I had heard/watched a few of them in some Sesame Street clips and in a field trip when I became enthralled and also mesmerized by the drums. These characters weren't entirely random, they were chosen by their short or long lineage of distant Indian blood. Such characters were featured from various universes to gather as one clan that embrace their tribal destinies. Throughout my life, starting with my youth, more special characters were bound together as permanent members, whether they'd be following the mesmerizing drums or just dancing and trying to attract some mates. This all started during November, The International Month of the Drums, in 2018. Since November is known as the International Month of the Drums, the pseudo-tribe has gathered together as they were in a teepee village for a very enticing ceremony. All of the members perform in unison to honor their distant brethren, with some more related than others. Either way, the assembly was so inciting, so powerful, so irresistible... Members of the tribe include: Domin - My OC from the Injukhal tribe in Tenebre playing the Tom Tom in the left corner. Cecil Harvey - His associate during Domin's regime in the events of "Trials of a King" and "Conquest of the Blue Planet, preparing to beat the neighboring Tom Tom. Spear Guy- From Yoshi's Island, he dances on top of the Paladin's drum in time with the rhythm. Count von Count - Wearing the tribal costume during his visit in Montana, he returns to his passion as he counts and beats in succession on his own drum; it was so easy to get into, and he noticed this was his true calling. Nightwolf - The Native American warrior from Mortal Kombat beating the Djembe. Drowzee - The Hypnosis Pokémon in all his enticing pride, sitting and playing the little drum, calling into the tribe's minds, leading them as he sways his arms, "Drowzee…Drowzee…" Tiger Lily and Chief Big Red (Dragon Rose and Chief Abdullah) - Whether it's from Peter Pan or the heads of the Injukhal, they sit idly as they play the twin bongos. Laughing Bull - From Cowboy Bebop, he sits in front tapping the tablas. Chief Falcolor- The new Onondaga head from the Sleepy Hollow Missing Episodes as he and the former chief beat the massive drum covered with feathers. Chief Turgado- The late head of the Onondaga people; while he had passed away before, he still lives participating in the ceremony. Venusaur - Mewtwo's clone wears more war paint, some feathery earrings, and a grassy dress swaying as he thumps to the mesmerizing rhythm as he roars in pleasure and glory, "Saur..!" Charizard - Mewtwo's flying beast possesses more battle scars and flies over the performance as his tail flame and ardency increases. Blastoise - In the corner behind Domin and Cecil, he shows off as he displays his shell. Rufflet and Braviary rise over the tribal grounds as the former perches on a teepee. Ryu Suzaku II (Rick Wheeler) - My favorite F-Zero pilot embraces his roots as he wears a tribal outfit filled with heavy, red feathers honoring the Ryu (dragon) and the Suzaku (the Vermillion Bird), while he wields a long stick as he's about to beat the tall Taiko. Oozaru - Whether it'd be young Gohan's or otherwise, he roars and pounds to the beat of the drums. He was quite the animal without destroying anything as he kept on letting out his war cries while dancing and slamming his fists to the ground and on his mighty chest, taking in the thrilling dance and embracing the pride of the Saiyans. Chief Parrish (Henry Parrish/Jeremy Crane) - The temporary head of the Onondagas wears one of Turgado's sacred outfits. He once took over the Onondagas, brainwashing them and making them as his own. He stands tall and proud as he beats the giant timpani. Battle Hawk of Darkness (Gavin Lucas) - Parrish's young associate follows his lead as he hits the massive, organic drum in front of him; he was one of the hypnotized tribesmen working with Chief Parrish and the Onondagas. These are all the people that I envisioned in joining this. All the people and drums throughout the years, even while I was really young, that "turned mr on." Embrace the performance with me... A year later, another Tribal Ceremony occurred, only it was at night. Yes... The ceremony shall resume from last year as more enticing and mightier than ever. I should've saved this for the International Month of the Drums, but at the time, I can never resist this entrancing assembly. This time, we have some new members: Fierce Deity Link - This is his first-ever observance of any big, tribal ceremony, even more than in Hyrule. He watches the Gerudo dance around the blazing fire, and he becomes excited and enthralled by the performance, even those playing the drums. He wishes to be an official member of the tribe. Bongo Bongo - The deceased phantom beast joins in with his own massive drum, beating in time with the other tribesmen hanging from Oozaru; it was a perfect fit for him. This wasn't the monster, just an illusion. The Gerudo dance alluringly around the bonfire and show off in front of the tribesmen searching for a mate. While a couple others play on their own drum in the distance. They'd certainly catch a few men to get intimate with. One of them even shook some whirring drums. Sheik - He simply bows down to the irresistible, dark spirit of the drums as well as the might of the chief. Impa - Even though it felt wrong, she simply watches over the ceremony. Even she starts to get a change of heart. Sneasel and Weavile - They both dance around while the latter beats on his own drum. Tinsel Steelus - She joins in with her husband, Rick, in her own tribal outfit representing the Dark Warrior as the winter spirit, the Black Tortoise; she alternates between dancing in the fray as well as beating the neighboring bongo with Domin. Returning members: Ryu Suzaku/Rick Wheeler - Once again, he's dressed in his tribal outfit representing the Vermillion (Dragon) Bird beating on the taiko. Cecil kisses Dragon Rose (Tiger Lily) passionately in the distance. Domin hits the neighboring bongo with Tinsel's. Venusaur stomps and roars proudly along with the mesmerizing beat as he does this in glory and complete arousal, "Saur..!" Charizard, Braviary, and Rufflet soar over the party as ardent as ever. Blastoise shows off his tribal designs on his shell. Drowzee returns and sways his body, hands, and mind as he encourages everyone to move and perform with him, "Drowzee… Drowzee…" Laughing Bull hit twin tablas like last year. Battle Hawk of Darkness (Gavin Lucas) and Chief Parrish hit their own timpanis behind their fellow tribesmen. Chief Abdullah (Big Red) is the main chieftain as he demonstrates his almighty presence; so much so that even Sheik gets submissive to him. Nightwolf hit his own djembre like last year. The Count finds his true purpose once more as he gathers with his frantic friends on his own Tom Tom. Oozaru stomps, roars, and thumps along with the rhythm of the drums, with the full Indian moon giving him more power and enticement. The Spear Guy prances around the bonfire with the Gerudo showing off his usual attire and glee. This is now the nightly tribal ceremony underneath a golden, full, Indian Summer moon. All through the night, everyone has been growing more deeply into the assembly as they gladly join on all the fun of the drums and the alluring dances of their future mates. You will certainly love it on what the people that turned me on has to offer. Please join me as I embrace this thrilling tribal performance... While Chuckie was Chaz's kid in Rugrats, he's actually one of the tribe's, particularly the Gerudos', own children; this demonstrates the DNA code CAN be cracked and the women can give birth to males not once every century. Kid Gohan has been the one transforming into Oozaru throughout each ceremony, but seems to be more of a feral child than being the son of Goku. Phoenix represents the fifth element of the Chinese elements, the Yellow Dragon, aka the Koryu which symbolizes the Earth, the center, and changing seasons. There could also be some minor chanting to enhance these mesmerizations, from counting from 1 to 8 in that steady rhythm, or encouraging "Gerudo Link," or Fierce Deity by chanting his name, or roars by Venusaur, Charizard or Oozaru, or Drowzee incanting his name. The 3rd Tribal Ceremony shall have 2 portions of the assembly. One would take place outside like the other 2, inviting/enticing those into the gathering, while the other takes place inside the teepees; drums and a gong may be within them as well as chanting, and their purpose is to help some of the chosen to dance and even mate if they wish, and perhaps increase their offspring so its population will grow... Even for the Gerudo. Yes... We have the 3rd Tribal Ceremony commencing at night. Everyone has gathered within the teepee village around the blazing bonfire igniting their passion as they dance with the drums... Or watch. This one has been divided into two parts, with the first dragging in some veterans as well as newcomers to the group. Returning tribal members for the 3rd enticing ceremony include: Charizard: He lets out all his fiery fury as he roars and soars above the assembly. showing off his tribal pride... Venusaur: He thumps and roars to the beat of the drums wearing his enticing outfit... AS he lures in other members and encourages them to embrace it. "Saur...." Blastoise: He shows off more of his large shell with the enhanced tribal markings as he watches the intriguing dance. Gavin (Battle Hawk of Darkness): Without his chieftain along, he still embraces the ceremony with pride as he wears his full, ominous outfit as he beats his own massive drum. While also absorbing the beauty of the dances and the other drums... The Gerudo Women also make a return as one prances around the fire with her whispering drums, while the rest of them passionately beat on their own drumline, drawing in and enticing the crowds... Braviary: He flies along with Tribal Charizard, as well as a new Flyer. Rufflet: The tribal chick meets two newer, beautiful tribal birds and how he wishes to even mate with them. Nightwolf: He makes a return honoring his tribe and taking in the scenery while beating on his own drum. Oozaru: Once again, he passionately roars and thumps to the beat of the enticing drums and drawing in the moonlight. As it is shown, he's actually the Great Ape of a new child of the tribe, the feral child, Gohan. Big Red/Chief Abdullah: He leads them as he watches and hits his tall drum with pride and great authority; as if the tribe itself are his own kids aside from Tiger Lily/Dragon Rose, or perhaps even his own loyal subjects. Bongo Bongo: The Phantom Beast returns from the last assembly still beating along the massive drum with his fellow cohorts. Sneasel and Weavile make a return frolicking amongst the group. Laughing Bull: He makes a return as he enchants his brethren and entices others to embrace their roots as well as releasing a few incents in the process. Spear Guy: Indeed he makes a return and pounces around the fire as he brings along his mate, the Spear Girl and his own kind! New Members: Cicinato: Introducing the first boss from Snow Bros; he's no longer alone as he finally lives with his tribal family without any fear or pain from the kids. He skips and leaps with the rhythm of the drums and embraces it. The Tribal Trio: The unnamed, though enticing, group from one of the inciting Sesame Street clips. The beautiful birds dance as they follow along with the Lizard as he beats along with his new brethren. The birds also seem to admire Rufflet as well. Mega Evolved Pidgeot: She soars along with Tribal Charizard and Braviary and shows off her prowess, much like the birds below. Chuckie: He's the new kid of the tribe (not the son of Chaz!) as the tribe's own baby son. As he encourages and hypnotizes each of member of the group as he himself gets lulled by the drums. "Must have fun... Must play drums..!" Those were his first words... Even his hypno-glasses and his primal outfit is the perfect lure with his cries... Phoenix Levin: Introducing the son o Luna Stewart and Jack Levin. He was chosen as the personification of the Thunder Dragon/Koryu, the center, the earth, and the changing of seasons. Much as Rick and Tinsel; there's still yet to find the chosen ones for the White Tiger and Azure Dragon. He watches the ceremony, wishing to be a good musician as his dad with Chuckie and... The Gerudo Girl: She's now less shy and old enough to embrace the ceremony with her brethren. She's quite a cutie of the proud, enticing Gerudo. Tikal: Looks like she's not the only cutie in the tribe; she too is attractive as she prances around the ring. She's quite a sight to see as she embraces the sacred Echidnas. She does feel she belongs here. But that's not all the members this year. Meet them inside their comforting, warm, and enthralling tent performances... For the first time, in the 3rd Tribal Ceremony, we finally see what goes on inside the teepees, and it's just as enticing as the outside. Despite the assembly recruiting and entertaining the newcomers and returning members, the rest of the group either follow the rhythm or make their very own. It's seen more differently than the outside, as some members have their chance to embrace the drums; in this case, seduction. Three different teepees are shown as the ceremony rages outside, each one with their own drums and bonfires. It's warm, awkward, yet pleasant... The first teepee displays the proud leader of the Injukhal, Domin, as he beats on massive bongos while the Count maintains the rhythm of the drums in his usual way. Neither of them seemed fazed as Cecil finally gives in to his impulses and gets engaged with his love, Dragon Rose... The second teepee displays Impa leading an enticing performance amongst a Gerudo woman, a love interest to Sheik and Link in his tribal attire, the Fierce Deity. Or in this case, Gerudo Link. It was surely a good way to relax after some hectic quests. Impa seems to accept the Gerudo's inciting charm... In the last teepee Tinsel becomes fixated on her lover, Rick, clad as the Ryu Suzaku and the Genbu respectively. He gradually and hypnotically beats on the taiko and Tribal Drowzee guides him along. He embraces his sacred roots as well as display his affection for Tinsel while she watches on and takes in the enticing atmosphere... When the time comes, each member shall either encourage them or give in to their thrall...
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    Ikran's F-Zero timeline

    Ending it All's Virtual Soundtrack! Hey futuristic racing fans. This is just a little something I've been wanting to add to one of my epics, Ending it All. I've decided to create a virtual soundtrack to the story itself; much like a motion picture soundtrack to a feature film. So, here's the track listing in case you're all interested in this as well as the fic itself: F-Zero GP Legend 4Kids Intro with lyrics (Silverrreploid CLE) Beacon Port (Maximum Velocity) Investigation (anime) Chapter 6 Opening (GX) Mute City (GP Legend) Planet Colors (GX) Finish to Go (GX) Ancient Mesa (Maximum Velocity) 8 Guitars (GX) Gomar and Shioh's Theme (GX) Night of Big Blue (GX) Leon's Theme (GX) Roger Buster's Theme (GX) Cover of Red Canyon (GX) Cover of Mute City (GX) The Unexpected has Happened (anime) Fire Field (GP Legend) Rainbow Road (Super Mario Kart) Lost a Life (original) Evil is Victorious (anime) White Land (GP Legend) The Chase is on! (anime) The Promised Land (Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children) ZEN (GX) Synobazz (Maximum Velocity) Respect to "Result Theme of F-Zero" (GX) Track 4 (Top Gear) Qualified (Top Gear) Environmental Disquiet (Metroid Fusion) Emperor Breath (GX) Shutting Down Grace's Lab (Avatar) Port Town (original) Chapter 8 opening (GX) OMFG! GET OUT OF THERE!! (OC Remix) Game Over A (GP Legend) Port Town (GP Legend) Environmental Tension (Metroid Fusion) The Answer is a Mystery (anime) For the Glory (GX) The Fall (GX) Beastman's Theme (GX) Chapter 7 opening (GX) Bio Rex's Theme (GX) Mute City 3.0 (anime) Let the Race Begin (anime) Like a Snake (GX) Keeping the Peace (Dissidia: Final Fantasy) One Ahead System (GX) Invasion (ReBoot) Tatl and Tael (Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask) Pico's Theme (GX) Out of Limits (The Marketts) As Sharp as a Samurai's Blade (anime) Get Ready for the Next Race 1.0 (anime) DIZZY (GX) Devil's in Your Heart (X) At Presentiment's Edge (Dissidia: Final Fantasy) James McCloud's Theme (GX) Port Town (F-Zero Climax) Osc-Sync Carnival (GX) Fanatics Tower (Final Fantasy VI) Let my Evil Plan Begin (anime) The Power of Friendship (anime) It's Nothing but a Sad Memory (anime) Koopa Castle (Super Mario World) Space Land (Mario Party 2) Venom Base 2 (Starfox) Tornado Scramble - Sky Chase (Sonic Adventure DX) Death Egg Zone (Sonic 2) The Skull's Theme (GX) Silence (original) Legend of Hyrule (Ocarina of Time) Final Lap (anime) Ryu vs. Black Shadow (anime) Time for Action (anime) The Moment of Truth (anime) Credits Theme (Climax) White Land II (original) The Battle is Finally Over (anime) Ending Theme (My Version; GX) Bonus Tracks Octoman's Theme (GX) Baba's Theme (GX) Samurai Goroh's Theme (GX) Daigoroh's Theme (GX) Draq's Theme (GX) Zoda's Theme (GX) Jack Levin's Theme (GX) Dr. Clash's Theme (GX) Blood Falcon's Theme (GX) Mighty Gazelle's Theme (GX) Mr. EAD's Theme (GX) John Tanaka's Theme (GX) Death Wind (original) Black Shadow's Theme (GX) Deathborn's Theme (GX) Jody Summer's Theme (GX) Burt's Classroom (anime) Dr. Stewart's Theme (GX) Without End (anime) Resolution (anime) A Friend is Nearby (anime)
  18. TheIkranRider

    The Ultimate Story Scrapbook

    You might want to update your list of Ideal Voice Actors, especially for your other fanfics.
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    Ikran's F-Zero timeline

    My F-Zero Voice Cast If Fanfictiondreamer has done this, then I must as well do it too. In this case, for my F-Zero fics. Feel free to look 'em up if you don't know them. Adult Clank - David Stenstrom Baba/Pico - Sean Schemmel Beastman/Chris Annex- Eric Val Black Shadow/Mr. Zero - Jack Merluzzi Burt Lemming/Andy Summer - David Wills Captain Falcon/Blood Falcon - Eric Kelso Daigoroh - Bryce Papenbrook Deathborn/The Elder - Michael McConnohie Don Genie - Dameon Clarke Dr. Clash - Marc Diraison Dr. Stewart/Yami/Yugi Moto/James McCloud - Dan Green Draq - Michael Chiklis Gastro - Kevin Michael Richardson Holidus - Shane Ray Jack Levin/Bio Rex/Michael Chain - Marc Thompson Jody Summer - Veronica Taylor John Tanaka - David Lapkin Katherine Wilson - Games: Cissy Jones, Anime: Debi Mae West Leon/Gomar/Shioh/PJ - Jeff Gedert Lisa Brilliant - Lisa Ortiz Lixa - Katsuyuki Konishi Lucifer Shadow - Games: Troy Baker, Anime: Jesse Hooker Lucy Liberty/Clank Hughes/Haruka Misaki/Alias/Alias' Mom/Rose/Lily Flyer/Sasuke - Amy Birnbaum Luna Stewart - Games: Lori Fischer, Anime: Danielle Judovits Mighty Gazelle - David Frederick White Miss Killer/Kate Alen/Princia Ramode - Karen Neill Mr. EAD/Joey Wheeler/Roy Hughes - Wayne Grayson Octoman - Eric Stuart Phoenix Levin - Games - Max Kaufman (young), Parry Shen (older), Anime - Sam Lavagnino (young), Jason Griffith (older) Plassein - Eric Rath Rick Wheeler - Greg Abbey Rodney Stewart - Peter Kelamis Roger Buster - Dwayne Johnson Samurai Goroh/Antonio Guster - Ryan Drees The Skull - Andrew Rannells Tinsel Steelus - Myself Vidion/Thieves - The Great Clement/James Clement Zoda - Dave Wittenberg I believe that's it for them. It's sometimes a dream of mine to work alongside these awesome people. Hope you liked this little project I had; you're more than welcome to look into those talented individuals.
  20. TheIkranRider

    Ikran's F-Zero timeline

    So much for Yugioh, now for F-Zero! Well since I've been doing some F-Zero projects, I might as well get something off my chest with another retrospective. Even though, I highly doubt anyone would read this...who knows. Anyway, I'll just start with the original. Like many Nintendo consumers back in 1990-1991, I've seen the first F-Zero for the SNES; it was indeed a classic! Little did I know at the time, it was a launch title along with Super Mario World. Shigeru Miyamoto was in his prime then. I remembered my dad playing it a lot, and he was pretty good at it. I, however, was not since I was very young; I've always kept blowing up and ranking out. It was pretty disappointing, until several years later. I eventually beat the Knight League using my all-time favorite machine, the Wild Goose. Unfortunately, I wasn't so lucky in the Queen League; that gap in the second White Land was the death of me. Thus, I came up with a scenario for my OC. I'd lost interest after that and F-Zero Maximum Velocity back in 2001 was so-so. I did get it for Christmas along with Pinobee and Wario Land 4, and even that was a launch title, but it didn't have the same feel as the original did. I thought I was going to throw in the towel for the series...until in the summer of 2004. That was when I was introduced to my favorite installment, F-Zero GX. Of course, before that, I met Captain Falcon in Smash Bros, and he was a cool fighter. Though, I never had the chance to try F-Zero X. By that time, I was back in the cockpit as I had loads of fun playing it. I remember being in Toys 'R' Us one time, and that's when I saw and bought it. My passion for the franchise came back to me full throttle, and I used the Goose again! This was light years better than the original and Maximum Velocity! Then, I got curious about this "accident" that happened in the events prior to it. For the longest time, I never had the answers, except for that so-called rumor that Pico was behind it. Ironically, he was the pilot for my favorite machine, but I didn't mind. Next, I was enamored by GX's Story Mode. It was insane as hell, and beyond frustrating! But, like Joshscorcher and Meta527ii said, I couldn't help but hate it and love it at the same time. Those chapters were so unforgiving; my imagination just went into overdrive as I tried to hypothesize what would happen next. That was when the duelists, Yugi and Joey, came along. My younger bros were watching Yu-Gi-Oh a lot, so I eventually incorporated them. Sure, they were only card duelers, not racers, but I've made up scenarios in which they've used their monsters in various ways to achieve missions. I did eventually beat the game, though, and I managed to unlock 3 pilots, Deathborn, Dai Goroh, and Princia Ramode. Aside from the raging story, I enjoyed the Grand Prix as I was introduced to many awesome courses (Aeropolis, Green Plant, Lightning) and pilots (Leon, Blood Falcon, Black Shadow, Beastman, Draq, Gomar & Shioh, Pico, Octoman). Out of all the exhilaration, there was always the upcoming junior year; I've dreaded it nonstop since there was going to be a huge state test where if I can't pass, I wouldn't graduate. I've been worried sick over that...I was so lucky I barely passed it. Later on, I was introduced to the anime, F-Zero GP Legend. The first episode I saw was the one that had Rick look for Samurai Goroh. At first, I wasn't very thrilled of the new character, Rick Wheeler. I was hoping to see Captain Falcon as the main hero of it all like in GX, but instead I saw him a few times like any elusive bounty hunter. So, eventually I got used to it and I began to like Rick more and more, especially by Lap 8. Shortly after, by Christmas which was a Saturday, I saw the pilot episode. Aside from some DDR games, it was like the best gift ever! Speaking of which, another stunning gift was from my birthday, when I've played the actual GBA game. Back then, I thought it was amazing, but in retrospect it was pretty rushed, and its story was incomplete. Regardless I had a blast with it, even during the throwback in the Platinum Cup. I hadn't really heard of F-Zero AX or Climax. I guess I was missing out on the former since there was a special cup from that on GX, and I wasn't skilled enough. By the time the enormous test ended, I saw that GP Legend just got up and went, as did the FoxBox. I knew later that it was cancelled and it only had 15 episodes (out of 51) in English. Sure, I found out recently of the subbed episodes, but they just didn't feel the same. And that was why I wanted to write "Ending it All" even though it's been on hiatus for years, much like the series itself. Even to this day, I can't understand why it was so overlooked and abandoned. I too wish that another company like FUNimation or whoever would get the job done properly, instead of a shabby, poor quality translation I'd find on the internet. I'm looking straight at you, Stonestream Dubs!! When I look back on it now, it did remind me of my teenage years, and sometimes these memories can also hurt deeply as well. I felt I'd lost so much then; it's like a void that cannot be filled. I've always wondered why I'd root for the underdog, what if Rick were in Smash, why the good things always have to end so soon... Would the series ever recover and rise up again, just like it did back in 2004..? Before the failures of GP Legend and Climax? Even though I sorely disagree with the first one? And that was the main reason for this retrospective; I want to share my experiences with everyone that'll appreciate them. I know it's been too long, and the anime may never be redone. But still, I just needed to get a load off of my mind before it'll consume me so much. Has anyone ever encountered anything like this? Is F-Zero really a discontinued series? Am I the only one?
  21. TheIkranRider

    Top 10 F-Zero GP Legend Strengths

    Alright, if you hadn't seen its 10 Flaws, here it is. However, I don't see GP Legend/Climax as a lost cause like so many consumers think. I will try and list 10 positives to hopefully cancel them out, and maybe help GP Legend get a second shot for airing the American Dubs of the anime. So here goes: 1. Cool Canon Foreigners As the name would imply on TVTropes, they're characters that're introduced to a work that is far from the norm of the actual series, such as a spinoff or expanding a universe. They're also used to add more variety to the cast, whether it'd be diversity or adding a female to an all-male group. Every installment expands their cast, and they hardly disappoint here: In this case, there are 3 main examples of this, those being Rick Wheeler/Ryu Suzaku, Haruka Misaki/Miss Killer/Luna Ryder, and Lucy Liberty. There is also the Death Soldier and Clank Hughes, but they're mostly side chars. The main trio adds more pizazz to the ever-expanding cast, and all the Foreigners are also pilots for the GBA game and Climax. Rick Wheeler (who is my all-time favorite) pilots the Dragon Bird and has an interesting origin, as a cop that woke up from cryo-hibernation for 150 years on account of a fatal accident while pursuing the maniacal convict, Zoda. Now the monster's counterpart is so different than the original series, but he seems to have more development this time around, as does Rick. He happens to be the main man, which could be a problem to some since he often takes the spotlight, unlike many who expect Capt. Falcon like in the prior games. For me? It was like a breath of fresh air introducing a newcomer. And I grew to like him ever since. Greg Abbey has done quite a phenomenal impression on him, and I'll always associate him w/ Rick, no matter what! Lucy Liberty's the youngest member of the Task Force, and she often works as an apprentice to Dr. Clash. She's sweet, independent, and a good role model to women, unlike SO MANY damsels in distress within the Nintendo Universe!! She's voiced by Amy Bimbaum and the Elegance Liberty's a decent, lightweight machine. There's also Miss Killer, who is one of the most awesome Canon Foreigners I've ever seen! As she's been conjured by The Skull and brainwashed by Black Shadow, and happens to be Rick's late girlfriend. Her machine, the Moon Shadow, is nothing to snuff at either, even when I constantly associate it w/ the Cat Stevens classic of the same name! While I hated that it took too long for her to regain her senses, I still liked her as the only woman within the Dark Million organization. She tends to give me the jitters, as it was its way to take the organization more seriously since she was used to eliminate Rick from stealing their victories. Not to mention, she happens to be Revivedracer's favorite character! She's also voiced by Amy, from 150 years ago, but Caren Neill displays her dark persona very well! Others include the Death Soldier, who happens to be a pilot in Climax, and underwhelming, expendable villains. While Clank was more interesting, as he also happens to be a pilot of a special vehicle, and the son of the Mighty Gazelle. He also acts as a promising analyst/engineer much like Lucy who's a junior asset to the heroes. Clank is voiced by Amy, again, and she does a phenomenal job while acting as a child prodigy. 2. GP Legend Introduces a Newer Generation? Yes, I know that the GBA game was very user-friendly and rushed, since it had to coincide w/ the release of the anime in both Japan and the US. However, whenever I saw it on the search engine, it always displayed the same rating; not E for Everyone, but rather Early Childhood. Despite how sugarcoated it is, I actually think this game alone was the first stepping stone for those who'd be introduced to the F-Zero franchise. I still hate the fact it takes place in an alt continuity, and I'm sure that people would prefer the original SNES game for newcomers, but I think the GP Legend game is a good place to start and practice the basics on the workings of the series. If that was truly the developers' intentions, then kudos! 3. Nice, Memorable Soundtracks Like most of the F-Zero installments, even both GP Legend and Climax have some great, catchy numbers. One of the things that make the franchise strong is indeed their upbeat tunes, as well as the FoxBox which I'll get to shortly. In the games, I like most of their remakes, as well as their original tracks such as Mist Flow, introducing the hero/villain, Lightning, and even the depressing Game Over A. In Climax, a few remakes stand out, like the longer version of Silence and the rocking themes of Lightning and Sand Ocean, and the credits/preparation themes in both games. Those in the FoxBox are mostly each of the chars jingles, from the epic three notes of Rick's, to the cocky jingle for Jack, the serene tune for Lucy, the vile themes for Zoda/Black Shadow, the cheery/creepy tunes for Miss Killer/Haruka, the authorative tunes for Jody or Dr. Stewart, the mechanical jingles for EAD/Dr. Clash, the contemporary jingle of Burt and the Falcon House, or the striking chords for Capt. Falcon. Those always tell the audience they are here and are ready to take center stage! And they sure are a nice touch considering they don't have any profile themes, unlike in GX, even for the Foreigners. This was why I wanted Tinsel to have her own from F-Zero's predecessor, Mach Rider. I wish the English Dubs would stay around for these reasons... 4. Awesome Intros Whether it'd be the English version made by 4Kids, or the Meaning of Truth by HIRO-X, they both seem to do great when catching the audience's attention and keeps them engaged! Even when Dan Green does his opening lines in the former. They're memorable, action-packed, and also fun to sing along to (check out Silverreploid's take on the American Dub, and the fan made lyrics of the original version by Rage). In fact, aside from the original and the GBA game's, they were definitely the most recognizable in the entire series! I only wish the English Intro would have more praise, though... 5. The Japanese Version Gave it...Some Closure It was really unfortunate that the FoxBox only aired the first 15 episodes, and it did it again on Christmas just days before the block was usurped as it transformed to the abomination, 4KIDS TV!! By March 2005, it was all over; hence, my fics, including the epic Ending it All. But the Japanese version aired all 51 episodes and introduced some story elements that gave the show...a little more closure. I say little because I didn't like all their ideas, but the ones I did like were introducing the unique, volatile Reactor Mights, Mighty Gazelle reuniting w/ Clank...till his destruction, Rick being engaged and learning the history of Haruka, the inclusion of the Dark Star, and even the complicated legend of Falcon. In which in my story was explained SO MUCH better..! Not to mention, we also had the chance to see the...exploited Falcon Punch and witnessed the end of Black Shadow; wish it was Deathborn instead. Regardless, it did give the series a little chance of finality; I only wish the English Dubs would have the same chance, if it were to get a second-wind on Toonami or Funimation much like One Piece... 6. It's Better Than Maximum Velocity Yeah I said it!! I love GP Legend over Maximum Velocity! While the concept of the GBA was to take SNES-quality games on the go as it works better than the Game Gear, MV was my least favorite in the series. It was well worth the wait when Suzak teamed up with Nintendo, and helped with development while it still maintained a similar gameplay style from the previous installment, GX; energy was still sacrificed for boosting instead of having one per lap'; the ranking out, bomb cars, and dummy cars were cut entirely; and the courses/machines/pilots weren't so underwhelming. Heck, both games even had a homage to the original F-Zero via Platinum Cup in Grand Prix Mode! The only ire I have is that GP Legend got the side attack back, but not the spin attack; instead, it was put in at Climax which also introduced the new Boost Fire mechanic, while still maintaining gameplay elements from GX. With these attributes, I'd still prefer to play Climax/GP Legend over MV any day, even though I'm not very fond of the former since the AI is extremely aggressive, the announcer wouldn't shut his mouth, and nearly everything is still in Japanese..! 7. Characters Take Center Stage As I'd said before about the Canon Foreigners, the side characters from the series take up the spotlight, even with their own jingles. It was a huge gust of fresh air since Capt. Falcon doesn't hog the limelight and instead shows up at intervals, while giving a lot of side chars a chance to shine, especially Rick who's the new main protagonist. In the Mobile Task Force, we get ourselves to be introduced to the team and learn more of their personalities and motivations. We get to know each of the heroes more, even the enemies in Dark Million, rather than just straining ourselves to get first place overall and earn interviews about them. I personally liked how we were immersed with a larger cast, and the 4Kids actors weren't too disappointing, at least not with the main chars. The side chars still get axed after one or two episodes, but the main roster seem to be a lot more fleshed out. EAD has a relationship with a human, Kate; Dr. Stewart functions as a key role and mentor; Dr. Clash is the comic relief mechanic; we see how obnoxious the poster boy, Jack, is; we see how authorative and strict Jody is; but, I never liked how they changed Tanaka. We see how evil Black Shadow and his cronies can be, even when they remade Zoda as a more cold-hearted assassin. Even though the stories in the GBA game are anticlimactic and very short, it was just a welcoming break from the oversaturated mascot! 8. A Tribute to the Original As I'd mentioned, the Platinum Cup, in both games, is a homage to the original SNES game. The nostalgia was almost a killer for me as I'd noticed it was unlocked from completing all Grand Prixes on Normal difficulty. It was a well-earned reward, and while I found the tracks to be slightly smaller and more forgiving (even in White Land and Fire Field), I find them to be a nice tribute. 8 courses were featured in the Platinum Cup, and it quickly became my upmost favorite league in both games; plus, you don't have to worry about the gimmicks from the original since they were cut out, and still play with a variety of pilots to choose from! My only issue, though, is that some of its music can be a bit dull at times... The developers tried to recapture its magic, and praise for that, but I kinda wished there would be an option to listen to the original's music as a nice Easter Egg, like how to switch to the track listings in some Sonic games or some Smash Bros. games. Still, it's a great added bonus. 9. Pilots Are Unlocked, Rather Than E-Scanned Unlike the Japanese version, the pilots are unlocked normally, simply by maxing out each of the eight pilots as you earn points from accomplishing missions in Story Mode. I always thought the process is randomized, maybe not, but it sure beats the hell out of finding those rare, underwhelming E-Scan Cards. I was never a huge fan of those pointless things, nor the scanner, so I was pretty happy you can still unlock the pilots aside from Rick, Falcon, Jack, Jody, Black Shadow, Zoda, Samurai Goroh, and Lisa as you earn them while you progress. It's not a hassle to earn and play each one, even the awesome Canon Foreigners. Beats the hell out of wasting tickets at the garage during GX anyway. 10. Pretty Decent 4Kids Voice Cast We all know about the accursed, corrupt company, 4Kids, despite the nostalgia attached to it; one of the things is the decent voice cast, whether it'd be in Pokémon, Yugioh, Sonic X, or even here in GP Legend! I would prefer the English actors over the Japanese ones any day of the week, and here is no exception! From the unsurmountable Dan Green as Dr. Stewart, to the strict Veronica Taylor as Jody Summer, to the hilarious Marc Draison as he gives the Russian accent to Dr. Clash, the...so-so Aussie accent Marc Thompson uses for Jack Levin, the cheerful, innocent Amy Bimbaum as Lucy, Haruka, and Clank, or the psychotic outbursts from Jamie McGonnigar as Zoda, the intimidating, sinister tone of Karen Neill as Miss Killer or the singer, Kate Alen, and of course the epic voice of Greg Abbey as my personal favorite pilot, Rick Wheeler! I don't like all the voices of the anime, though, as I felt most of GX's voice cast do some of the chars justice such as Falcon, John Tanaka, Silver Neelsen, Draq, or any of the chars that never made the cut in the English Dubs. Regardless a small handful of people have a lot of spunk and so much experience to boot.
  22. TheIkranRider

    Top 10 F-Zero GP Legend Flaws

    Now, now, don't get me wrong, I love F-Zero GP Legend, ever since I was a late teenager. It has actually helped me thru high school during junior year, especially when the large state standardized test was approaching toward March; I still have some fond memories with both the English Dubs as well as the GBA game of the same name. However, nothing's perfect, and as I was creating my F-Zero fics back in the day, there were quite some unpleasantries that needed to be pointed out. So, here are my 10 Flaws in GP Legend, and I'm even including its successor, Climax. Disregards lore One of the biggest and most glaring flaws about GP Legend was the fact that it often ignores the F-Zero lore that was prevalent throughout the series. Sure, there were a few games that had inconsistent intel, such as guessing what Pico's age is, but since both GP Legend and its sequel, Climax, were NOT set in the original timeline like they should be, a lot of fans such as myself couldn't possibly ignore it. There were some examples, but I'll describe as best as I can: In Lap 2, there was Planet Nintae, where Jody was describing to her team, minus the rookie, Rick, when she said the loop is the most difficult part of the course. My F-Zero buddies had pointed out to me that this was just a copy-paste, perhaps a homage, to one of the Mute City courses introduced in X. This was kind of a problem when fans noticed this, as the anime paid total disregard on what its trying to rip off. Zoda was originally a bounty target for Capt. Falcon and was from the Planet Uma-51, according to his profile page. However, since this was loosely in 2051-2201, they gave him a completely different origin as a criminal from 150 years that was put into cold sleep and mutated to a completely different freak than the one fans are familiar with. Some pointed out that James McCloud was portrayed badly as a scoundrel who's not just in charge of the Galaxy Dogs, but oddly enough, trains just anyone for a hefty fee thru brutal training, as well as being an ex-veteran who abandoned his fellow soldiers, including his friend, O'Donnell. Of course, they were trying to come up with some Starfox references, but they made a complete overhaul of his origin and who he is. Although it wasn't too much of a problem since I included both stories in Ending it All; I was never fond of him anyway. The anime, and perhaps the games too, had completely uprooted what made most pilots important such as Leon, the Arrows, Beastman, Silver, Gomar & Shioh, Blood Falcon, Deathborn, etc. And it was just heart-wrenching when Blood Falcon was still created by the champ's DNA, but they had no mention of the fatal accident, nor how Black Shadow managed to steal his chromosomes as Falcon was being hospitalized. Not to mention, the high-flying medico has the generic name, Dr. Stewart, NOT ROBERT! They just gave him a title and surname and no inclination of his family background; not even his father, Kevin, who piloted the Golden Fox in the original Grand Prix then passed it on to him as he died. Nor did they give Jody Summer any credit on climbing Mt. Everest or attending an academy that specializes in advanced technology with John, nor her father who was replaced by her brother whom we won't know his identity until the end! Memorable locations were either discarded (Aeropolis, Green Plant, Cosmo Terminal, Death Wind) while others had been altered (Lightning, Silence). Some didn't receive too much of a makeover like Fire Field, Mute City, Big Blue, Port Town, White Land, or Sand Ocean, Red Canyon, and one was altered such as Phantom Road/Illusion, so...those were pretty decent. Outer Space in the anime, as well as Mist Flow, were awesome too, though. It's no wonder fans wanted to have GP Legend splurged in between GX and Maximum Velocity, including me. Overall, the interesting storylines and legends were completely omitted in GP Legend AND Climax, which could leave many devoted fans in the dust and hate these alternations! Hell, those machines/courses from BS Grand Prix 2 weren't brought back; it's a real shame... Alternate Continuity Both the anime and the game take place in 2201, but they'd technically started on 2051. When Rick became the champion of the NY Grand Prix for the 2nd year, and failed to propose to Haruka after he was fatally injured while chasing an escaped convict, Zoda. He was put in cryo-hibernation for a century and a half, as was Zoda though he woke up 5 years prior. Instead of occurring in the 26th century like the original timeline, it took place in the 23rd century instead. This can really be a problem since the F-Max Grand Prix occurred 2 centuries prior to the ORIGINAL F-Zero competition, and it was just auto racing leading up to the astronomical advancements mankind has made in terms of space travel and racing! I was so sick of counting GP Legend as F-Zero's predecessor, as well as just a lousy spinoff! It still has the main elements the series is well-known for such as the circuits, characters, their vehicles, soundtracks, you name it. Because it took place in 2201, not in 2560! I don't mind adding newer material and Canon Foreigners, but if you're following the same formula that was introduced as a launch title for the SNES, and as a middle finger to Sonic during the 16-Bit war, you guys got some problems! Disregarding all the lore and care put into the series its known for is no good way to start something fresh and exciting, not even sorely relying on just a new controller interface! It's just a cheap, backstabbing way to treat us fans, including me!! It's absolutely no different on how we were bashed over the heads by Shadow the Hedgehog being classified as a spinoff, it's not! Different VAs I know I'm being quite judgmental, but in more ways than one, I actually liked most of the voice cast from GX even more than the ones that portray the same characters in GP Legend. I'm only including English Voice Actors since I disregard the Japanese ones. Such examples include the GX actors for Capt. Falcon, John Tanaka, Samurai Goroh, Gomar & Shioh, Black Shadow, Michael Chain, and Mighty Gazelle. I do like some of those from the F-Zero anime like Jody, Dr. Stewart, Pico, Kate, EAD, Clash, Silver, Jack, and even the Canon Foreigners; although I would like Zoda to be voiced by the same guy that voiced Kefka in Dissidia. Everyone has done a lot of hard work for these things, but I just feel that some of the 4Kids voice actors hadn't done as well as several of the originals have; like a DC fan labelling the Dark Knight as the main guy from Batman: The Animated Series. Different voice actors tend to change your perception on how the character itself should be, even though it's subjective, a few were just lacking at best. Made for the Wrong Demographic Like I'd said in one Journal Entry/Blog, I said that I believed that F-Zero, especially GP Legend, could have been made for the wrong group of consumers. This reminded me of when 4Kids had decided to dub One Piece against their wills, which was originally created for late teens/adults because of its everlasting runtime and strong content. Yes, GP Legend was aimed at an audience with an age range of 7 or higher; however, when compared to the Japanese version, it didn't seem quite right. I always saw the anime since then as targeted toward pre-teens/teenagers, like how GX was; of course, Japan can get away with tons more content than being localized in the States, not counting Canada, but still. If GP Legend, much like Funimation's One Piece, was originally made for older kids, that would've given them a step up in ratings and success. And it probably would've saved it, Climax, and even the series in the long run as well. F-Zero is more intense and serious, plus more strategic, than Mario Kart is; as it's like a bike without training wheels. If any show is constantly sugarcoated or just has a lot of err moments, then practically your show could go little to nowhere and gradually decay into obscurity. The 4Kids Treatment Now I'm not counting the FoxBox era where it was released back in 2004, no. I'm talking about after the fact where the block was assimilated to 4Kids TV; the anime-dubbing company that everyone hates. Well, back in Christmas of 2004, GP Legend restarted their series lineup as it returned to the pilot, which was good since at the time I never had a chance to see. Then, on January 2005, 4Kids TV was officially on and, needless to say, it received the worst abuse as it was cut short. On March 2005, the English dubs had their reruns, only to have no sneak peek like they did every week, and just have it gone like several other anime. I was crushed, never to see the one and only favorite show/reason to watch the FoxBox itself. And it was only to air 15/51 episodes; such a waste!! While the dubs are so underpraised, I heavily defend the cast and crew that made it worthwhile, especially Greg Abbey and Dan Green for their outstanding work! I used to think that poor ratings/sales of the GBA game were what led to the anime's demise, thinking it's probably made for the wrong demographic. Then, after seeing TASproductions' TV Talks vid of 4Kids, I figured it was all because of the 4Kids TV transformation! No doubt that they're bunches of greedy, corporate bastards that heavily edit scenes and never cared for the final product! Yes, it was responsible for Pokémon and Yugioh, and yes they were bastardized after dubbing One Piece which in their defense they couldn't stand making on account of a shady package deal involving Dinosaur King. But by 2005, this was when GP Legend as well as others excepting Yugioh and its faithless leech, Sonic X, which suffocated them to begin with! If only the staff knew better, or if Sonic X never existed, then maybe GP Legend and the faithful FoxBox could've stood better against the tests of time. God I always wished for the anime to rise from the ashes and get a second wind on Toonami or somewhere else!! Have our prayers been answered yet?? Miscellaneous Characters had been badly portrayed Look, it wouldn't bother me if this could happen to those petty pilots like Silver Neelsen, Billy, the Arrows, or Don Genie, not even the masked figure riding the Red Bull. "Red Bull gives you WIIIIINGS!" Sorry, I couldn't resist. But what really bothered me was, aside from the main/side characters, they'd been so badly portrayed for the sake of the anime adaptation. With such fan favorites like Leon, Beastman, Gomar & Shioh, Michael Chain, or just those that aren't in the Task Force/Dark Million in general. A lot of favorites of mine took the backseat after a single episode in the spotlight never to be seen again. Not to mention, I didn't like how those said characters were portrayed either. The Furikakes were labelled as criminals for stealing auto parts to start a business, then they won a race with their NEW Twin Noritta, only to have them disappear with disgrace. Or having Beastman hunt down Leon who was a tragic soul on changing into a werewolf from such a kind human and a love interest to Lucy, only to have their relationship to never be resolved. Or having Octoman as a crook without any references to his mission on restoring the Takorans from poverty. Or making Tanaka a bona fide wimp, whereas he was stern and had a thing for Jody. Or the Mighty Gazelle having better development in the games. Haven't we learned anything from F-Zero X, or at most GX!? A lot of the other pilots got some decency, particularly the Arrows, Michael Chain, Silver Neelsen, Baba, Bio Rex, Kate Alen and others I never cared for. But those I do are like salt on a wound. I'd loathe to see characters poorly acted upon and measly written for the sake of adaptation and an alternate universe without keeping their personalities and character traits intact. But...this isn't the only flaw here... I HATE Hyper Zoda and Jody Summer! So, Zoda's the crazed criminal that barely killed Rick 150 years ago, then was resurrected by Black Shadow by a Dark Reactor Might and transformed into a deformed monstrosity at Alcatran's maximum security prison. He had become Rick's arch nemesis throughout the series, not counting the games from the ORIGINAL timeline like it should be. Later on, he had developed the ability to absorb the Reactor Might's power and manipulate it to become a more grotesque figure suited for his warped mind, as well as upgrading his machine into the Hyper Death Anchor. In all honesty, I NEVER liked Zoda at all! As seen in my fics, Zoda was killed off prematurely by Tinsel and Rick, before he was able to switch into his ultimate form and also utilize the Might to cause illusions and hallucinations to his enemies, specifically Rick and Haruka. Since I never defended Zoda to begin with, and maybe he was often meant to be hated, I just wiped him out entirely, never to be seen nor using his Hyper forms again unlike the anime itself. Another character that I had despised from the anime was Jody Summer, the captain of the Mobile Task Force. She probably was supposed to be the next Samus Aran in terms of strength, personality, endurance, etc. But I was never fond of her in both versions, not even in the GBA title. Even though Rick's recklessness and hotheadedness can get the best of him, as well as his obsessions with Zoda, he always gets inflicted by corporal punishment from her! He always gets these deafening, eye-sore slaps in the face, as well as being put under probation a lot, even so close to getting terminated! Because I'm often fond of Rick, I felt she has crossed the line more times than I can count! I found Jody WORSE than Rick, and she's often very aggressive both physically and verbally and unsupportive, and cold as ice! While she's known for being the sister of Capt. Falcon/Andy Summer/Burt Lemming, I treated her more as an enemy. In my epic, Ending it All, my OC, Tinsel, had lost all self-control and let out all her rage onto that strict cyborg! As she tends to cause pain and suffering to her subordinates even if they're already hurt! For Jack, I don't mind since he rightfully deserves the pain, but I felt that even if they do attempt to rectify their mistakes, especially with Rick, they always receive the sour end of the stick! And these are the reasons why I found these two putrid, pompous pilots to be unredeemable and intolerant in the entire franchise!! And as a tidbit, their vehicles are just as bad to use anyways... Haruka's been brainwashed for FAR TOO LONG! In case you don't know, Haruka Misaki (or the name reversed in the Japanese subs) was Rick's girlfriend 150 years before he and Zoda were put into cold sleep. She was also put under cryo-hibernation and soon after reawakened and brainwashed by Black Shadow and The Skull, as revealed in Lap 8. Much later in the series, it's also unveiled that she had been exposed and vulnerable against the potent influences from the Dark Reactor Might, erasing her identity and rebuilding her persona from the ground up, as if she was "born" and raised under Black Shadow's wing. This did make a very serious villain, especially as the Emperor's right-hand woman, and I personally loved to hate her, especially Revivedracer whom describes her as his absolute favorite. That was all fine and good, and she was pretty fun to use in the games. But... Miss Killer/Luna Ryder was Haruka's true identity for FAR TOO LONG!! It all started when I first saw one of the later episodes, Lap 43: Awakening, in the sub, where Rick was captured one time and he was desperate to save Haruka after he put 2-2 together. And she herself had just returned to her senses soon after she had a flashback of Rick hanging out with her and offering his hand on how much he'd loved her before his tragic loss. Unfortunately, for him at least, he was still being beaten to a damned bloody pulp by her, and he claimed to her treacherous face that she'll never be like Haruka, as she was LONG gone to ever return! I was in such a deep rage/hatred to her, which was why in my stories I had her spilt in 2; one was the byproduct and abomination herself, while the other was her deceased kindred spirit that can't find rest. Kind of like Syndel from Mortal Kombat. It wasn't, however, until the last few Laps in which she officially returned to Rick's side! This was just devastating to me, especially because on how much I love Rick! This truly scarred me as an F-Zero fan, and the wound sort of healed once she met her deserving fate. Haruka, Rick's long, lost love, had been mesmerized nearly throughout the entire series since Lap 8-43 and STILL acted as the corrupted, conniving bitch that she was! This was one of the reasons why I've disliked the Japanese subs ever since!! TOO LATE!!! The damage was done! The villain was 3 in 1? WHAT!? It was fair to know that Black Shadow was a notable villain, and it only made sense when he was featured as the head of an evil organization named Dark Million. He had some promising opponents such as himself, Zoda, Pico, The Skull, and Miss Killer. Even though the English Dubs tended to make him less intimidating than his GX counterpart, he was a pretty decent antagonist. THAT WAS UNTIL HE WAS ACTUALLY 3 IN 1 CHARACTER! I couldn't tell you how much it REALLY pissed me off! Black Shadow's "dream" was to collect all 6 Reactor Mights that were said to be created after the Big Bang, and use them to incinerate the galaxy and remake it as he saw fit! But the main agonizing thing was, he portrayed as himself as well as two other notorious roles, Deathborn and Don Genie! This never, EVER made ANY sense whatsoever! In GX/AX, we saw them as 3 separate characters. One was the Emperor of Brutality, another was his master and a more formidable, scarier opponent, and the third was a trillionaire that wanted to manipulate the F-Zero Committee; not to mention he pilots the Fat Shark which was a broken machine on just how well it maintains its awesome acceleration. But in the anime, though, I was just ripping my hair out! In some episodes later in the show, particularly in Lap 47: Fate, we've learned that Black Shadow was himself and the other 2 pilots simultaneously after Rick was captured in Dark Star. It laid total disregard to the other pilots, and just meshed them together on having the demon fulfill his dream, which ironically was the same as Deathborn's in GX's Story Mode, as well as climbing to the top and taking control of the F-Zero Commission. It would've been more logical for Black Shadow to do all three roles just as him, though the lousy creators had decided to have all 3 distinctive pilots present, have Black Shadow play them as puppets acting as himself, and reversing/omitting the role of Deathborn! For Chrissakes, HE was supposed to be the maniacal mastermind that was introduced to us in GX, and was also labelled as the culprit for the Horrific Accident that suspended F-Zero before the X competition several years later!! Those asinine writers couldn't get their facts straight! And having the MAIN VILLAIN play as both his so-called master and a diabolical moneymaker really rubbed me the wrong way! Even in my fics, the characters remained intact. Those cocky bastards could've given Black Shadow, Deathborn, and Genie separate roles and kept them as such! But they didn't! And THAT was one of the reasons why I could never defend the plot of the anime! Yes I know they were trying to revamp a villain since this is set in an alternate timeline, but this NOT how you do it!!! The Games were Rushed and Underdeveloped! We've all heard the former man himself, Shigeru Miyamoto, said that a rushed game is bad forever. While he hadn't been one of the developers in GP Legend nor Climax, I slightly agree with it. You see, the GBA game was first released in Japan in 2003 to coincide with the release of the anime, Falcon Densetsu. And it was pretty much the same case here in the States, as the FoxBox had presented it on Saturday mornings to coincide with the release of the game itself. Now, I kinda liked that idea; however, there were some things that went wrong with both games. With GP Legend for one, the stories were so short for each character, especially with the vital roles such as Rick, Zoda, Capt. Falcon and Black Shadow; they technically have 5 Chapters with some alternate routes here and there, but their stories have a lot of lost potential. They should've been longer to give them a sense of finality by covering what other scenarios needed to be developed, like training for the Booster Fire, or meeting Black Shadow's demise in Dark Star, or even have Rick's story resolved properly as he reunites with Haruka, or Jody actually finding out who her lost brother is. I was so disappointed that their episodic stories were cut so short and left very little room for development with each of the featured pilots. Some scenarios weren't even significant at all, like Lisa losing her memory, while others were just plain repetitive. I was expecting to be more climactic, even if it has to be as cheesy as GX's plot. But I was sorely let down with the improper endings. Other issues I had were you could take shortcuts fairly easily without being penalized, the music constantly/inconveniently shifts from cutout to cutout, there's no Spin Attack, and sometimes the AI and circuits are too user-friendly; although I'd highly recommend for newcomers of the series to try GP Legend out first because of that reason. And lastly, Climax. Due to poor sales and bad reputations of GP Legend, its successor was never released internationally, at least not legitimately unless you manage to order it overseas. It'd be no doubt pretty difficult, though, but there were some glaring issues with this underdeveloped project as well. First off, the announcer wouldn't shut the hell up! It nags you at every second, and you can't seem to find an option to turn the intrusive announcer off! Besides, I missed the one used for GP Legend. Second, because its predecessor sold poorly, it was never localized, even though most of the subtitles and the announcer were still in English! It was a real shame it never got a chance to be released on US shores when most of its text were developed in our native language! It really missed a lot of potential as a result! It surely sucks sometimes to be in the States on missed opportunities like this! What's worse was that Nintendo's partner, Suzak, was going through rough financial times, and soon went into bankruptcy as a result. If only those 2 games weren't so unprepared, then maybe the franchise itself wouldn't go into a screeching halt! Shame on you, developers!! Put some more time and effort into your projects, even those that'd fail! So, those were my 10 gripes on how F-Zero GP Legend had met its ill fate. Even to this day, since 2005, I always wanted to have the anime itself to have a second chance, whether it'd be in Toonami, Funimation, etc. Or at least have Rick Wheeler as a brawler in Smash Bros. I still love that installment to pieces, specifically the GBA game and the English episodes. And it's still my second favorite next to GX. Heck, it even got me into the FoxBox, then ironically left it when it died too soon. By highlighting their greatest weaknesses constructively, I wish that someone would catch wind of them and prevent it from being more of a dark horse in the series, and maybe have it rise like the phoenix, or vermillion bird/dragon. I'm the Ikran Rider, and I praise GP Legend a lot, and I'll never stop praying for the anime to pick up where it left off and receive a...semi-overhaul, maybe even keep most of the VAs, especially Dan and Greg. Please, if the series should continue, and if Miyamoto wouldn't interfere with the development, make this happen.
  23. Salem

    Salem

    4 year of Awol... Holy $#!* I've been here for ten years!

    1. Sideways

      Sideways

      It's been a while.

  24. TheIkranRider

    Ikran's F-Zero timeline

    Well, since FZerovember's still going on, I thought it might be a good idea to do a retrospective on the classic Yugioh series; not any of its spinoffs like GX, 5Ds, etc. As I'd never bothered with them. The anime had some humble beginnings so I might as well go with them. And this has been a crucial part of my F-Zero timeline. My first vivid memory I had with this was when I saw my ex-stepbrothers constantly watching it on Kids WB, and eventually Nicktoons. It was around the advent of its first movie, Yugioh the Movie: Pyramid of Light. Around August 2004, I got back into the F-Zero series solidifying myself as a fan for life. And while I was playing thru GX, even struggling thru its infamous Story Mode, my bros and I eventually got to see it in theaters; I believe it was around the time I reached Lap 8, after those enormous killjoys Chapters 3 and 7, especially the LATTER!! Anyway, I liked the movie, though...it can also be hard to get into; like any other anime series, if you can't pay attention/understand what's going on, you'd get lost in the sauce. No different than in DBZ..! Since then, I really liked the Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon, the exclusive card of the film! Plus, I also remembered going to an IHOP afterwards trying liver with onions; didn't really like it that much aside from the mashed potatoes. I saw bits and pieces of Battle City when it was at its close, and I became anxious while Joey was brainwashed by Marik, and when he constantly used Ra! Even when Kaiba was about to blow up the island w/ the Duelists still on it!! I'd always hated that corporate, power-hungry bastard! I also hate Mai; that bully intimidating Tea after Yugi suffered from fear when he was about to beat Kaiba. I like Mokuba, though, even when I saw some of the Virtual World saga. As I was anxious in the series, I was desperate when I was struggling thru chapter after chapter in GX; I'd decided to make 2 and 2 together just to cope w/ it. Hence the story of Falcon's Followers. Several of the Duel Monsters, Yugi/Yami, and Joey were my topmost favorite chars, and when I beat GX just before junior year in high school started, and I discovered GP Legend, it was official. Much like in GX, the anime also gave me some hectic moments, thus using Yugioh as a crutch of sorts; such as Truman's betrayal (Cold as Ice), Pico's sensitive-bomb scandal, the idea of having Baby Dragon watch over a Sand Ocean race, Joey using Red-Eyes chasing after the Blue Falcon w/ the sensitive-bomb, making a Valentine's card for my bros, a drawing of Yugi and Dark Magician battling the multiplying Black Shadow virus in Falcon's body...and using the low-level Duel Monsters at the Outer Space Circuit after seeing Double Jeopardy, aside from adding the DDR song, Drop the Bomb! Then...after that, there was this very sudden curse. A curse that lasted for months on end. For not only was junior year (the worst year ever!!) was getting more hectic, the state-standardized test known as the HSPA was underway as were my remedial classes in preparation for it. Not only that, but I just discovered the first episode of the nefarious saga, The Wake of the Dragons..! I encountered the 10k-year curse and how all the Egyptian Gods remained powerless against the Seal of Orichalcos. I think Yami was also being controlled by it... I figured Yami and his friends would never stand a chance since the pharaoh was half the amount..! And it reminded me of The Day After Tomorrow since the Ice Age was also 10,000 years ago, hence a possible solution to this curse, Dartz and the Great Leviathan. Hell, I also had a dream around that time when I saw a city completely encased in ice with a gloomy, dark, indigo sky! And some of the structures like signs or skinny buildings collapsed and shattered. Then, that was it, I was officially done since I cracked under the pressure and it was so damned complicated to endure, even A LOT more than Pokémon!! It's not like it at all!! Even when it involves magic and math which I sorely suck at both fields!! I threw in the towel, and I officially quit hence scenarios for Tinsel. Though I did see some cards from time to time, such as Harpie's Brother (aka Sky Scout) and the Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon. My bros were really into the series and weren't deterred at all, even in GX. One time, I forgot when exactly, I decided to try one of the GBA dueling games. Painful, agonizing FAILURE!! I wasn't into Duel of the Roses very much, and I'd tried the pilot of 5Ds a couple years ago on Xmas... It wasn't my cup of tea on how Monsters were used w/ racing, even having Greg Abbey have a leading role as Yusei... Quite a shame. Then...F-Zero got canned on March 2005, and because of my Showitious and stress going thru the roof, my ex-stepmom forced me to give up on the series too. I was living with A LOT of scrutiny! Well...that was it for me in the series; never finished it. However, I wasn't done using Yugioh. I still incorporated it into the timeline at times late in Ending it All, as well as some cameos in To Be Married and Loved, plus some of the characters are still involved in my Showitious. Especially when I happen to rewatch the very tense F-Zero episodes. They always seem to be the way to help me cope with the stressors, even while finishing the GP Legend saga when the Japanese version gave me HELL! I HATE their pisspoor ideas!!! I...never cared for Dark Side of Dimensions or Bonds in Time; just looked up the former because of complexity. Although it was almost heart-wrenching that I'd missed on Yami's official death, as well as his temporary one by the series finale once he got his memories back as Atem. Thus the ideas for To Be Married and Loved, such as taking place after the last duel, saying goodbye to the pharaoh, and inviting the Duelists while still remaining as distant friends to Tinsel. I guess that's it, and I miss Greg and Dan's epic works, though I do get very weary when it's always about Yugioh even since it's everlasting! All good things must come to an end, people..! So I guess this is the end of the road here. Here are my favorite Duel Monsters, and/or those that're just used for lulz: Kuriboh, The Five-Star Twilight, Flame Swordsmen, Slifer the Sky Dragon, Red-Eyes (all forms), Blue-Eyes (all forms), Black Skull Dragon, Summoned Skull, Dark Magician/Dark Magician Girl, Catapult Turtle, Time Wizard, Baby Dragon, Thousand Dragon, Winged Dragon Guardian of the Fortress, Giant Soldier of Stone, Curse of Dragon, Aura Armor, Magical Arm Shield, the Magnetic Warriors, the Legendary Dragons, Multiply, Castle of Dark Illusions, Swords of Revealing Light
  25. TheIkranRider

    My Cowboy Bebop sessions

    Two new bounty heads for the price of one; here they are! Takeshi Lucero Crowley Age: 37 Bounty: 15,000 Woolongs Occupation: Head of the Drifters Planet: Venus Appearance: A Trip in Paradise Subjects: Jet, Faye, other extraterrestrials Voice Actor: James Hong Lyn Targoons Dogma Age: 37 Bounty: 15,000 Woolongs Occupation: Head of the Drifters Planet: Venus Appearance: A Trip in Paradise Subjects: Jet, Faye, Punch and Judy, other extraterrestrials Voice Actor: Kotono Mitsuishi The two manipulators belonging to a fake deity called the Master. They are the new bounty heads that Spike and company managed to pursue, though they were captured by Andy, the space samurai, instead. The two zealots were able to influence their home world Venus and move onto Tharsis, brainwashing the hosts of Big Shots as well as Jet and Faye in the process. The hunters were hired as bodyguards instead of willingly surrendering their property and money to the likes of their false voyage to a planet called Emperyea, while instead forcing extraterrestrials into hard labor on Pluto throughout their lives, providing them incentives on meeting their religious leader. When Zero invaded the facility, Spike, Julia, and Trudy were freed from under hostile, forceful means, and Spike's impressive detective skills, the plans of those unfortunate enlighteners were thwarted, and Spike narrowly escaped with the stolen woolongs on their flash drive. This also resulted in a fallout between Trudy against Jet and Faye, and only time would tell to heal her wounds. Trivia Both people were NOT inspired! Instead, they were made as characters Ikran hates, as punishment/revenge for maryjoyg38's plaigerism. In fact, the names Lucero, Lyn, and the term Targoons, were made by her! Lyn had the similar sensual vibes as Lyn Hawkeye did, only as a bounty head than a F-Zero OC; again, she was made out of spite from mary's wickedness and disturbing content.\ Takeshi was created based on one of the members of the Wing Kong, a gang in Big Trouble in Little China albeit animated.
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