Quest for Camelot(Review)

 

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review the animated movie: Quest for Camelot. This movie was released on May 15, 1998.

 

The protagonists in this movie are Kayley (main heroine)(the daughter of Sir Lionel and Lady Juliana),

Garrett (main hero)(a blind hermit),

Devon & Cornwall (main heroes)(a two-headed dragon)(the right-sided head is Devon and the left-sided head is Cornwall),

Arthur (hero)(the King of Camelot),

Merlin (hero)(Sorcerer)(King Arthur’s advisor) and Ayden (a silver-winged falcon)(Merlin’s pet).

 

The antagonists in this movie are Sir Ruber (main villain)(Ex-Knight of the Round Table) and the Griffin (villain)(Sir Ruber’s pet/enforcer).

 

This movie takes place in the Medieval Era during the days of King Arthur. The locations in this movie are Juliana and Kayley’s Home, the Forbidden Forest, Dragon Country, the Rock-Ogre’s Cave and Camelot.

 

In conclusion, I found this movie to be mystically superb in comedy, music, fantasy and adventure thus making this movie a family-favorite film for all to see. “So next stop: Camelot!”

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Crash Bandicoot: N Sane Trilogy(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy for the PlayStation 4. This game trilogy consists of Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped.

 

The storyline of Crash Bandicoot involves Crash Bandicoot and Aku Aku as he attempts to foil Dr. Neo Cortex’s plans to mutate animals into his private army and rescue his bandicoot girlfriend Tawna.

The storyline of Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back involves Crash Bandicoot and Aku Aku as he attempts to foil Dr. Neo Cortex’s plans to gather Ancient Crystals to power his Cortex Vortex which he intends to use to enslave the minds of everyone on the entire planet.

The storyline of Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped involves Crash Bandicoot, his little sister Coco Bandicoot and Aku Aku as they attempt to foil Dr. Neo Cortex and Uka Uka’s plans to gather Ancient Crystals and Ancient Gems across the vast reaches of time via their Time Twister Machine.

 

The antagonists Crash Bandicoot faces off against in this game are Dr. Neo Cortex,

Uka Uka,

Papu Papu

(Crash Bandicoot),

Koala Kong (Crash Bandicoot),

Pinstripe Potoroo (Crash Bandicoot),

Dr. Nitrus Brio (Crash Bandicoot,

Komodo Brothers (Crash Bandicoot 2),

Dingodile (Crash Bandicoot 3),

Dr. Nefarious Tropy (Crash Bandicoot 3),
Ripper Roo (Crash Bandicoot 1 & 2),

Tiny Tiger (Crash Bandicoot 2 & 3) and Dr. N. Gin (Crash Bandicoot 2 & 3).

 

In conclusion, I think it’s so cool that they brought back Crash Bandicoot for a new and improved encore performance of N-Sanely, crazed proportions.

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LEGO: Marvel’s Avengers(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review LEGO: Marvel’s Avengers for the PlayStation 4. LEGO: Marvel’s Avengers is based on multiple Marvel films.

 

The multiple Marvel films in this game are Marvel’s the Avengers,

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron,

Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger,

Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier,

Marvel’s Iron Man 3 and Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World.

 

The movie locations in this game are Baron Strucker’s Castle (Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron),

SHIELD Secret Base (Marvel’s The Avengers),

Stuttgart, Germany (Marvel’s The Avengers),

SHIELD Helicarrier UNN Alpha (Marvel’s The Avengers),

New York City (Marvel’s the Avengers),

HeliCarrier (Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier),

STARK Mansion, Malibu (Marvel’s Iron Man 3),

ROXXON Corporation, Tennessee (Marvel’s Iron Man 3),

Asgard (Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World),

London (Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World),

AVENGERS Tower (Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron),

Korea (Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Sokovia (Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron).

 

In conclusion, I found that this game truly showcases all said Marvel films in true, humorous LEGO fashion which in turn gives its multiple story plots an extra twist every way/every time.

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Jeff’s Gallery: Josiah Harlan

 

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The only known picture of the American Prince.

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In 1888, the distinguished British author Rudyard Kipling wrote one of his greatest short stories: “The Man Who Would Be King,” about two British mercenaries who adventured into the unknown. As they push forth into then unexplored territory in Afghanistan for wealth and power, they find both but with disastrous results. The story is widely believed to be partially inspired by a daring American adventurer, Josiah Harlan, who was the first American in Afghanistan and Punjab with plans to build a kingdom of his own. He at least, lived to tell the tale long after his adventures, which is more than I can say for his fictional counterparts.

 

Josiah was born in Newlin Township, Pennsylvania in 1799 in a Quaker merchant family. He had nine siblings, one, Richard, would became a distinguished naturalist.  Josiah was described as being tall, muscular, handsome, intelligent, ambitious, brash and a little arrogant. When his mother died when he was thirteen, he devoted himself to reading. He could read Greek and Latin and could speak French. He also studied medicine, botany and ancient Greek and Roman history. He was especially interested in Alexander the Great.

 

In 1820, Josiah started his adventures working on a supercargo to India and then China and back. During his second voyage he decided to stay in India when he learned his fiancee broke off their marriage. He joined the British East India Company and served as a surgeon, although he had no formal training, in the First Anglo-Burmese War. He also served in an artillery battalion. Josiah came to greatly admire the Sepoy (Indian Natives) soldiers in the British Force. He also was at the Battle of Prome, where a force of 5,000 British and Indians defeated 13,000 in fierce hand-to-hand combat.  He was posted in Karnal near Delhi after the hostilities and became fluent in local languages but resigned shortly and made tracks to Afghanistan. At that time Afghanistan was seen as a land of mystery and adventure, with medieval, tribal chieftains battling each other for supremacy; literally brother against brother, son against father. A real land of opportunity for certain people, like daring Josiah Harlan.

 

Harlan soon came under the employment of Shah Shujah Durrani, the exiled ruler of the Durrani Empire, now mainly the countries of  Afghanistan and Pakistan, who was living in Ludhiana Punjab at the time. Josiah had heard that the former king was still incredibly wealthy and looking for help returning to power. The American was disturbed by the amount of slaves and courtiers missing parts of their body due to displeasing their master. Shujah once even had his head slave castrated for not securing a tent on a windy day. Still Harlan did succeed in getting hired by the exiled king and in 1827 raised a small force of Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh mercenaries. He even had an American flag locally made for the adventure. With Shujah’s support, Josiah crossed the Indus River and entered Afghanistan to help bring the former shan (king) back to power. Unfortunately his mercenary army was more interested in loot and plunder and soon mutinied but he escaped by disguising himself as a dervish (holy man/mystic). Despite not knowing much Arabic, his little trick worked and he made it to the capital city of Afghanistan, Kabul. There he met the man who he was hired to overthrow, Dost Mohammad Khan, founder of the Barakzai dynasty.

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Shah Shujah Durrani on the left; Dost Mohammad Khan on the right. Two rivals who employed the same man. images from royalark.net and commons.wikipedia.

Harlan however discovered he greatly admired his foe. Dost Mohammad welcomed him warmly and was treated like an honored guest. Josiah found his host to be a fair and just ruler, a polite gentleman, and a brave warrior as well as very intelligent and modest; taking the title Emir (prince) instead of Shah. The American at first believed the then common idea that western civilization was superior, but his visit to this great monarch soon changed his mind. When Dost Mohammad asked Josiah how the American government worked he told him about the separation of power between the President, Congress and the Supreme Court. The Emir responded that it was similar to the Afghans’ with him, the tribal chiefs and the clergy who also served as judges. However, despite his many noble virtues Dost Mohammad did indulge in a number of vices that Quaker raised Harlan did find repulsive. The Emir was a real “playa” as we would  say in today’s terms as he had 16 to 25 wives, depending on the source, at the time of his death and fathered more than twice as many children. He would bring prostitutes to court and a was a heavy drinker despite being Muslim. His court was described as “wild, voluptuous, licentious scene of shameless bacchanals.” Harlan eventually decided that Dost Mohammad’s position as ruler was too strong for Shah Shujah to overthrow without western influence and made tracks for Punjab.

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Maharaja Ramjit Singh and the empire he founded. It fell in 1849, only ten years after his death. map from en. wikipedia.net portrait from sikhanswers.com

Josiah soon came to the capital of Punjab, Lahore. Here he became one of a number of American and European mercenary generals for the Maharaja and founder of Sikh Empire, Ranjit Singh. However the Maharaja  was wary of Great Britain and  may have, understandably, been suspicious of the American due to him being a former member of the East Indian Trading Company and spoke English as a first language. For all he knew Josiah could have been a spy seeking a way to undermine his empire that he worked hard to create, like the other kingdoms on the subcontinent that became the “Jewel of the British Empire.” However Ranjet was also a hypochondriac and Harlan’s claims as a “professional” doctor may have helped win him over. He did make the wandering adventurer governor of the newly conquered regions of Nurpur and Jasrota in 1829 and later of the Gujrat District in 1832, with a handsome pay to go with it. Records of Josiah’s administration there are sketchy but he seemed to have at least done well as he was threatened to have his nose cut off if he failed and apparently kept his sniffer attached. His new master was apparently a combination of both his previous employers. However he had a fall out with the Maharaja and returned to Afghanistan to build an army for his old enemy turned friend Dost Mohammad in 1836.

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Ghor providence (modern times)

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In 1838 Harlan led an expedition, with a small army of 4,000, to punish the Uzbek slave traders, and expand Dost Mohammad control. As well as that he took a war elephant to imitate his hero Alexander the Great, and like the Greek conquer he sent the elephant back as it was unsuited for snowy mountains. When he made it up the Hindu Kush mountains he held a flag raising ceremony with the American flag and a twenty six gun salute. He eventually made it past the Indian Caucasus and into Afghanistan. With his army reinforced by Hazara locals, who lived in fear of the slavers, he made short work with the siege of the Citadel of Saigham. He was then invited to stay ten days with a local Hazara ruler, Mohammad Reffee Beg Hazara of Ghor province. Josiah was impressed with the Hazara’s culture, especially the people’s gender equality and absence of slavery. Eventually Josiah and Reffee agreed to give the American and his descendants the position of “the Prince of Ghor” and Reffee Beg Hazara would be his vizier. In return, Josiah would raise and train an army to help make the Ghor stronger and more self-sufficient. But first Josiah had to take care of the slaver’s leader Mohammad Murad Beg. The warlord tried to threaten Harlan with his only cannon but eventually agreed to submit under Dost Mohammad.

 

Unfortunately when Josiah Harlan returned to Kabul, the First Anglo-Afghan War started and the British Army occupied the city. Josiah was not an admirer of the British, despite serving under them earlier, and traveled to Russia. He eventually made it home to the US where he was greeted as a hero. However his popularity soon declined when he published his autobiography, A Memoir of India and Afghanistan, where he criticized Great Britain’s imperial system. He also stated that the Russian Empire could be a great help to destroying it. He got married to a fellow Quaker, Elizabeth Baker and started a family. He also caused a minor scandal in the denomination’s community due to his adventures and the Society of Friends’ pacifist ideals.

Twice he tried to convince the American Government to invest in Afghanistan, maybe an attempt to return to his kingdom. First in camels for the military (a project that the US government would eventually try, without the American Prince’s involvement) and then in Afghan grapes. His plans came to an end when the Civil War broke out. Still it gave him one last hurrah. Always a hater of slavery, Josiah raised a volunteer cavalry regiment but was not used to dealing with the western style of command. The 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry (Harlan’s Light Raiders) ran into problems as its commanding officer was used to running things as an Indian Prince. Colonel Harlan was soon court marshaled. He won but left anyway due to poor health. The former Prince of Ghor would only know of the war’s action through his nephew still serving. His regiment would fight in a number of battles, even have a winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, without him to lead them to glory. Josiah moved to San Francisco where he worked as an unlicensed doctor until his death in October 1871 of tuberculosis.

Josiah Harlan, first American in Afghanistan, still remains an almost unknown character in both his home country and the land he grew to love. He has, however, started to gain more notoriety. He appears in George MacDonald Fraser’s “Flashman and the Mountain of Light.” The Flashman series is known for having the main character meet a number of historical figures in his misadventures. Scott Reiniger, the star of 1978’s Dawn of the Dead is a direct descendant and even has started using the title, “Prince of Ghor,” though this has not given him any more major roles in his career. I strongly suggest reading Ben Macintyre’s biography of the same title of the story. It is also published as Josiah the Great in Macintyre’s native Briton. Nonetheless Josiah Harlan does not have a big name movie about his thrilling life. Kipling’s “The Man Who Would Be King” became an award nominated hit film in 1975, starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Saeed Jaffrey, and Christopher Plummer. Hollywood, get to work on it!

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Sean Connery and Michael Caine both see this movie as one of their favorites.

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SD Gundam Force (TV Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review the anime series SD Gundam Force (the SD stands for Superior Defender). This anime series consists of 52 episodes (2 seasons/26 episodes each).

 

The story setting takes place in multiple dimensions. The different dimensions are in fact the City of Neotopia (a Futuristic-based Realm where Humans, Gundams and Robots work, live and play together), the Kingdom of LaCroa (a Medieval-based Realm populated by Humans, Knight Gundams and Mystical Spirits)(we see three spirits in series. The spirits are the Griffin-Season 1, the Steel Dragon-Season 2 and the Feather Dragon-Seasons 1 & 2), the Land of Ark (a Feudal Era-based Realm populated by Samurai Gundams) and the Dark Axis (a dark realm populated by Evil Gundams who plan to conquer all dimensions as well as to Enslave & Destroy any and all Robots).

 

The protagonists in this series are:

 

Captain Gundam (home dimension: Neotopia)(equipment: Shield, Blaster, Beam Saber and Beam Lance)(ultimate technique: Captain Punch),

 

Zero the Winged Knight (home dimension: the Kingdom of LaCroa)(equipment: Shield, Legendary-Sacred Buster Sword and the Twin-Buster Sword)(ultimate techniques: Super, Magical Violet Tornado and Super Spirit Magic: Infinite Winds),

 

Bakunetsumaru the Blazing Samurai (home dimension: the Land of Ark)(equipment: Twin Katanas-the right-handed sword is in fact one of Ark’s Five Sacred Swords)(ultimate technique: Secret Arts-Bakunetsu: Tenkyoken),

 

(Captain Gundam, Zero and Bakunetsumaru’s group ultimate technique is the Gundam Force: Triple Attack).

 

The antagonists in this series are:

 

Zapper Zaku (home dimension: the Dark Axis)(equipment: Twin Machine Blasters, a Shoulder-Mounted Gatling Turret and a Vibrational Axe),

 

Grappler Gouf (home dimension: the Dark Axis)(Equipment: Shield, Sword, Claw an a Arm-Mounted Missile Launcher),

 

Destroyer Dom (home dimension: the Dark Axis)(Equipment: Twin Missile Cannons),

 

(Zaku, Gouf and Dom’s group ultimate technique is the Triple-Ultra Technique: Final, Deadly, Screaming, Chaos Catastrophe).

 

In conclusion, I found this particular Gundam-related series to be more funny, cartoonish and more kid-friendly than other Gundam anime series cause compared to other Gundams, the Gundams in this series are so really cool and incredibly cute in their Chibi-forms.

(Griffin)

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(Feather Dragon)

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(Steel Dragon)

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(TV Intro)

 

Inuyasha: Secret of the Divine Jewel (Review)

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Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Inuyasha: Secret of the Divine Jewel for the Nintendo DS.

 

The protagonists in this game are as follows:

 

Janis (Main Heroine-Game Exclusive/American/Human)(Weapon: a Naginata called Akanemaru)(Powers: a Divine Power called Kamuitama),

 

Inuyasha (Main Hero/Hanyo “a Half-Demon”)(Weapon: a Sovereign Blade called Tessaiga Which is also known as the Sword of Man/Fang of Destruction),

 

Kagome Higurashi (Main Heroine/Human)(Weapon: Bow & Arrows)(Powers: Sacred, Spiritual Abilities),

 

Shippo (Hero/Fox-Demon/Child)(Weapon: Fox-Fire)(Powers: Fox Magic & Transformations),

 

Miroku (Hero/Monk/Human)(Weapons: Sacred Sutras & the Shakujo Staff)(Powers: the Kazaana “the Wind Tunnel”),

 

Sango (Heroine/Demon-Slayer/Human)(Weapons: a Katana “a Japanese Sword” & a Giant Boomerang called Hiraikotsu) and Kirara (Heroine/Nekomata “a Two-Tailed Cat-Demon”).

 

The antagonists in this game are as follows:

 

Naraku (Main Antagonist/Demon)(Weapon: Miasma “a Near-Fatal, Acidic Poison”) and Datara (Main Antagonist-Game Exclusive/Japanese/God of Storms)(Weapon: Sword).

 

In conclusion, I’ve learned through this game that even the most timeless of friendships can transcend even the most distant of cultural boundaries which in turn proves that while we all may have our unique differences & faults, we’re still in fact connected as a human species in mind, body, heart, & soul.

(Naginata)

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(Hiraikotsu)

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(Tessaiga’s Forms-Top To Bottom)(Tessaiga-Dormant Form/Tessaiga-True Form/Tessaiga Red Form ” the blade glows a deep, crimson red”/Tessaiga-Adamant Form “the blade is automatically coated in a 14K diamond skin/Tessaiga-Dragon Scaled Form “the blade is automatically coated in Dragon Scales/Tessaiga-Black Form “the blade glows a starry, cosmic black).

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Digimon World 3 (Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Digimon World 3 for the PlayStation 1. This is the 3rd game in the Digimon World franchise.

 

The characters in this game are Junior (main protagonist), Ivy (protagonist/friend/rival), Teddy (protagonist/friend).

 

The storyline in this game takes place in a unique version of the Digital World that is known in this game as Digimon Online.

 

In this game, you choose 1 of 3 starter packs that are comprised of 3 digimon each. The 3 starter packs are as followed:

 

Maniac Pack (Bearmon, Guilmon & Patamon),

 

Powerful Pack (Koemon, Agumon & Renamon),

 

Balanced Pack (Kotemon, Renamon & Patamon).

 

In conclusion, I found this game to be the absolute best out of all three Digimon World games for the PlayStation 1. Thus, I hope that this particular game review will help evolve or “Digivolve” everyone’s positive opinions, dreams and ideals into even greater positives.

(Junior)

(Patamon-Maniac Pack & Balanced Pack)

(Renamon-Powerful Pack & Balanced Pack)

(Agumon-Powerful Pack)

(Guilmon-Maniac Pack)

(Bearmon-Maniac Pack)

(Koemon-Powerful Pack)

(Kotemon-Balanced Pack)