Guardian of the Earth-Kami’s Neglectful Job

I have been watching Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z in their entirety the past few months and while I love the series, there is one thing that really stands out that makes me ask “WTF!” And that is the position of guardian of the Earth, more specifically, Kami.

What a BS character. We are first introduced to Kami in season 4 of Dragon Ball, shortly after King Piccolo’s defeat at the hands of Goku. Goku climbs all the way up to Kami’s Lookout high in the atmosphere I would assume. Why is his lookout so high up? While it never is said, I imagine it is so the guardian can easily watch over the entire planet, protecting it from well…I suppose…everything. Kami is the guardian after all. This would be fine and dandy except for the fact that Kami is a lazy, old piece of garbage who has nothing on his mind except making sure Mr. Popo waters the flowers everyday. I mean seriously, he is a piece of crap, only twice ever doing anything to help the earth.

Image result for kami splitting  with king piccoloLet’s start from the beginning. Kami wants to become guardian of the Earth, but has a darkness inside him, so his predecessor does not approve of him to take the throne. In answer to this, Kami figures out how to remove this dark side of him, which becomes an entire evil entity known as Piccolo. This is where Kami’s BS really starts. Yep, right here, before he is even guardian of the Earth.

Having been removed from all darkness and evil, Kami ascends to the throne. Yet ironically, Piccolo immediately sets out to destroy and invade Earth. And what does Kami do about it?

Absolutely nothing!

So, in his haste and greed to become protector of the Earth, he creates a being that would destroy it, and then takes no responsibility for this evil twin. He just sits back and revels on his throne. What does he care if Piccolo kills everyone on Earth with his great power and demon army?

No, instead the burden falls on Master Mutaito (I am guessing on the spelling here). That’s right, some poor martial artist, after seeing all but two of his martial arts students murdered at the hands of Piccolo and his demons, along with half the world’s population, the martial arts master develops the Evil Containment Wave, using his own life force to perform the move and trap the evil demon. A noble sacrifice. One that you might think the guardian of the Earth might make. But no, he was too busy doing nothing at all.

 

King Piccolo returns decades later, and Kami shows his ignorance for his job once again,  allowing Piccolo to kill a whole lot of people before Goku steps up and takes him down.

Goku then climbs to Kami’s Lookout, only to find that the two inhabitants are both far stronger than Goku and Piccolo. That’s right, Goku had to give it everything he had to beat Piccolo, yet Kami reveals himself to be far beyond Piccolo’s powers. But he couldn’t be bothered to go fight his evil side. Why would he when there’s little kids willing to do the task? Image result for goku fighting king piccolo

Kami informs Goku that Piccolo spat out an egg and that he must face what hatches at the next Martials Arts Tournament. Kami tells Goku he must live at the lookout and learn all that he can teach. Yet, Kami can’t even be bothered to train him. He makes Mr. Popo do it.

db142-31.jpgWhen the time comes and Piccolo Jr. shows up, Kami disguises himself as a human named Hero and actually goes down to Earth to stop Piccolo, fearing Goku would not be able to do so. In other words, Kami makes a noble sacrifice as guardian for the first time ever. His plans backfire, and its Goku who winds up having to save him, actually preventing Goku from giving it his all until Kami was rescued. So he ends up being nothing but a liability.

The next great threat on Earth is the Saiyans. Kami eases his conscience by training the Z fighters to prepare for the battle, doing nothing otherwise to save his planet.

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Then Garlic Jr. comes and takes over his lookout and almost turns all the people of Earth into his puppets. With Mr. Popo’s encouragement, the duo set off into some weird dimension to save the Earth. Mr.Popo had to constantly hold his hand through the whole thing, but in the end, he did something useful for the Earth. But we all know his real motivation behind it. He was ticked off something awful that someone else was sitting in his chair.

While he was whimpering in that dimension, Gohan, Piccolo and Krillin were stuck fighting the immortal monster. Seems pretty convenient for Kami…

But the real kicker is in the android saga. When Trunks, Gohan and Bulma discover Cell’s shed skin, Kami reveals that he has sensed a great evil for FOUR YEARS! He sat back and watched it fester, growing day by day. But do you think he mentioned it to anybody? Do you think he got down off his throne and went to take out the significantly weaker evil on his own? Nah, he just ignored it. This tactic has always worked out for him before, so he was sure it would now too. The Z fighters, they would take care of it, while he takes all the credit from the guardian galactic council or something in their monthly meetings.

Kami finally gives up his life more or less to fuse back with Piccolo to power him up so they could defeat the androids. The only reason he did this was because he was like 500 years old and about to keel over anyway. A convenient way to live a little longer. He offered Piccolo the job of Guardian of the Earth when he sensed his time was near. If Kami fused with him, maybe Piccolo might one day take that job, so he could resume sitting in his chair, as power hungry as ever. What an A-Hole!

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Another thing that bothers me is that he states I think in the Saiyan saga that the Eternal Dragon is only as powerful as its creator, in this case Kami. So that is why they could not wish to destroy the Saiyans or whoever they wanted to with the dragon, for it was not within Kami’s power.

So what I get out of this revelation is that Kami has the ability to bring people back to life, grant immortality, and basically grant any wish anyone may desire.

If that is true, then wtf Kami? Why do you never bring people back to life on your own? The Z fighters fight all your battles, you think the least you could do is bring back the ones that die to save the Earth, or use your powers to undo the horrible wreckage that all the villains who plague the Earth have wrought.

I am sure his power is limited in person, having to channel it through the dragon instead, but that’s just what he wants you to think…Kami you wrinkly, old bag. F U.

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Are Improved Graphics Killing Our Imaginations?

As the title suggests, I’ve found myself wondering the past two console generations if the constant improvement in video games is spoiling us. When 3D graphics first came on the scene, everybody was amazed at what they looked like. Suddenly everything was so realistic looking. I remember playing Super Mario 64 for the first time and just being wowed. Every game I played on Nintendo 64 and Playstation seemed to get more real looking with each one. But now when you look back on these games, they are eye sores. I literally have to strain my eyes to make any sense of the blobs of color that are the graphics in that generation.Image result for ocarina of time n64

This is interesting, because I am one of those people who hardly notice any real difference in graphics, no matter how big the jump. I remember when I got a Gamecube, I did not even notice the extremely vast graphical improvement until I went back and played N64 again. Then I was like, “Dear god, these games look horrible!”

More recently, I have gone back to playing Super Smash Bros. Brawl after playing the fourth one on Wii U ever since it came out. I had always thought that Brawl looked amazing, but now it looks terrible. The lack of HD doesn’t help either. What I once thought were beautifully refined images are now just a bunch of polygons with blurry edges.

I just can’t seem to wrap my head around the fact that what we once thought were magnificent, flawless graphics can turn into poorly rendered blotches that you can barely make out. It seriously is blowing my mind right now.

Image result for fina lfantasy 8The biggest game that comes to mind as I think about this strange dilemma is Final Fantasty VIII. I remember playing this, thinking everything looked amazing and wonderful. The people looked so real as well as the environments you traveled upon. While the game looked amazing for it’s time, it just

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Squall or “Leon” from Kingdom Hearts…looked great then, looks crappy now.

looks a fright now. Every perfect little detail can barely be made out now, if it all. Later renditions of Squall in future games such as Kingdom Hearts have made him out to look more or less the same so that I didn’t even notice the change. But when I saw him again in FF8, I couldn’t believe my eyes. It is even more apparent in the older Final Fantasy VII, where everything that looked so nice now is just a bunch of pyramid like polygons stuck together.

 

 

 

 

 

Similar things can be said for every Resident Evil game as well.

It seems the further we advance in technology, the further we leave our imaginative capabilities behind. We do not need to use our minds as much to develop a good looking picture in our heads, because it is right there on the screen. At long last though, it seems like graphics are hitting sort of a stand still. The jump from PS3 to PS4 for example, was quite minimal compared to the leaps and bounds graphics took between all the other console generations. Now it seems that we are just being spoiled with HD and 4K and frame rate, focusing more on refinement and stabilization than gigantic leaps in looks. Maybe this will give our imaginations a chance to catch up.

We obviously think everything looks great because at the time, N64 or Playstation were the best things visuals could offer us, we had not been trained in real power and graphics. We didn’t know better. But something feels dangerous about the way everything we thought looked great really is just a pile of crap. It’s almost like a new system is like a beautiful girl, with plenty of makeup to make her look absolutely stunning. You obsess over her beauty for a few years and then you see her without makeup, what she really looks like, and you’re like “How in the world did I ever find her attractive?”Image result for comparison of women with makeup vs without

This applies not only to video games, but movies as well. I remember being blown away by the special effects in movies when they first came out, but if I go back and watch them now, it’s like “Oh my gosh, that looks so fake, how could they ever put this into a movie!?”

I don’t know, perhaps I am thinking about this too much…

 

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Tournament Of Hotties: Power Rangers Round 5 (Finals)

Here we are, after many long weeks, at last we have made it to the finals! Check out the entire tournament here, the links are listed.

Three beautiful women have made it to the finals, due to an uneven amount of competitors, but that will just make this all the more fun. Coincidentally, the three finalists are also the three hottest rangers of all time. Somehow they did not face off against each other until this exciting bout, which is going to make this even more fun.

Instead of listing and talking about them and then picking the winner, I am just going to go ahead and announce the positions in which they will place.

Second Runner-Up

 

Gia (MegaForce/Super Megaforce)

Congratulations to Gia. She is unbelievably hot and sweet, literally everything about her can be described as such. I love watching her, and love looking at pictures of her even more. So here are some for your viewing pleasure.

 

My god, she is perfect, her personality, her body her looks, all perfect. You would be hard pressed to find a better looking woman than this one, yet we have two…

 

Runner-Up

 

Ashley (Turbo/In Space)

The fight between Gia and Ashley was a tough one. Both have perfect bodies and personalities, and are extremely sexy without even trying. I suppose what gave Ashley the edge is the fact that she dressed sexier in her seasons.

 

No matter what she wears, what her hairs like, how old she is, she is just plain beautiful. She has an aura of sexiness about her that is accidental I think. She is just amazing in every way, and the biggest sweetheart in the show and to her fans. Unfortunately she doesn’t seem to like to pose for pictures with in revealing outfits, but just watch the show to get your fix.

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Lily (Jungle Fury)

And here you are folks! Our winner. There was never any dispute about it. As soon as I watched her season, I knew she would be the hottest ranger of all time. She just gushes hot, sexy, adorable, kind, etc.. She is perfect in every way. She is the perfection of both Gia and Ashley combined. Like those two are androids 17 & 18 and Lily is Cell and absorbed them to become the perfect woman. Weird analogy but whatever.

 

Absolutely gorgeous. She apparently does quite a few nude scenes too, so that’s a dream come true for anybody who grew up with a crush on her. That’s something people can’t really say no to. She is beautiful in every way, shape or form and absolutely deserves to be the winner.

Thanks for checking out the Tournament Of Hotties: Power Rangers. I hope you enjoyed it. And as a small bonus, I will list all the rangers now from who I think is worst looking to best looking for a bit of extra fun to see how hot I find them as opposed to how far they made it in the tournament itself.

We have 33 girls, so I’ll get right to it! The round in the parentheses indicates how far they made it.

#33 Gemma-Silver R.P.M. Ranger (Round 1)

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#32 Z-Yellow S.P.D. Ranger (Round 1)

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#31 Mia-Pink Samurai Ranger (Round 1)

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#30 Vida-Pink Mystic Ranger (Round 1)

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#29 Kendrix-First Pink Galaxy Ranger (Round 1)

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#28 Trini-First Yellow Mighty Morphin’ Ranger (Round 1)

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#27 Dana-Pink LightSpeed Ranger (Round 1)

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#26 Kelsey-Yellow LightSpeed Ranger (Round 2)

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#25 Summer-Yellow R.P.M. Ranger (Round 2)

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#24 Shelby-Pink Dino Charge Ranger (Round 1)

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#23 Madison-Blue Mystic Ranger (Round 2)

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#22 Katie-Yellow Time Force Ranger (Round 1)

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#21 Aisha-Second Yellow Mighty Morphin’ Ranger (Round 1)

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#20 Cassie-Second Pink Turbo Ranger/Pink Space Ranger (Round 1)

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#19 Rose-Pink Overdrive Ranger (Round 1)

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#18 Tanya-Yellow Zeo/First Yellow Turbo Ranger (Round 2)

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#17 Kendall- Purple Dino Charge Ranger (Round 2)

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#16 Emily-Yellow Samurai Ranger (Quarterfinalist)

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#15 Kira-Yellow Dino Thunder Ranger (Round 2)

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#14 Alyssa-Pink Wild Force Ranger (Round 1)

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#13 Tori-Blue Ninja Ranger (Quarterfinalist)

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#12 Syd-Pink S.P.D. Ranger (Quarterfinalist)

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#11 Kat-Second Pink Mighty Morphin’ Ranger/Pink Zeo Ranger/First Pink Turbo Ranger (Round 2)

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#10 Taylor-Yellow Wild Force Ranger (Round 2)

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#9 Maya-Yellow Galaxy Ranger (Round 2)

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#8 Jen-Pink Time Force Ranger (Semifinalist)

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#7 Ronny-Yellow Overdrive Ranger  (Round 2)

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#6 Karone-Second Pink Galaxy Ranger (Semifinalist)

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#5 Emma-Pink Mega Ranger (Round 1)

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#4 Kimberly-First Mighty Morphin’ Pink Ranger (Quarterfinalist)

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#3 Gia-Yellow Mega Ranger (Second Runner Up)

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#2 Ashley- Second Yellow Turbo Ranger/Yellow Space Ranger (Runner Up)

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#1 Lily-Yellow Jungle Ranger (Winner)

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And there you have it…all the rangers from least hot to most hot.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!!