How Yakuza 0 Got Me Hooked

If there’s one kind of game that I never really dabbled in, it would have to be “Crime Drama” games. Games such as Grand Theft Auto, The Godfather games, or Sleeping Dogs were never really my thing. I guess I’m just so used to playing the hero in games, to the point where I often shy away from games where a criminal is a main character. I usually prefer games where being a criminal is an option, rather than it being the main focus.

This all changed recently when I got my hands on “Yakuza 0”, a mafia-centric game set in 80s Japan. I had heard many great things about the Yakuza games, but never actually played a single one of them until a few days ago. For those of you who don’t know what the Yakuza games are, they are bunch of games centered around a mafia thug named “Kiryu”.

Kiryu serves the Dojima clan, a powerful group of Yakuza. After giving a routine shakedown, Kiryu ends up being framed for murder and has to clear his name. While Kiryu is only just one of the series’ playable protagonists, he’s the one that most of the games center around. Yakuza plays like an RPG, action game, and beat-em-up all rolled into one. You go around and fight punks, engage in the well-crafted story, upgrade your character, and earn tons of cash.

Yakuza 0 is an interesting beast, as it’s technically a prequel to the whole series. Taking place at the very start of the franchise’s timeline, this game focuses on Kiryu in his younger years. He starts off as an up-and-coming Yakuza member, during Japan’s “Economic Bubble” in 1988. This game (and almost every game in the series) in the fictional Japanese city of “Kamurocho”, and usually revolves around Kiryu being roped into some kind of large ordeal.

Kiryu isn’t the only character you get to play as in this game, there’s also “Goro Majima”. Known for his lack of sanity in later games, 0 portrays Majima as a half decent guy. Over the course of the game, he slowly evolves into the madman he becomes in later titles. The game itself starts with its two playable characters in separate stories, which eventually converge on each other as the game progresses.

The game’s story is probably its best feature, as it is presented extremely well. It features some of the biggest stars in Japan voicing its characters, while also including a ton of original songs to fill out its soundtrack. Both of these features help accentuate the story, which is well handled in general. Sure, it’s your general “I was framed!” story you’ve seen in so many shows and movies, but it’s handled with the greatest of care.

Characters are well-established and characterized, and the game does a good job of selling these characters to its audience. You get the see the inner politics of this Yakuza clan, how Kiryu struggles and tries to fit in, and how he has to literally fight for everything he believes in. Speaking of which, the fighting in this game is also top-notch.

You have tons of moves at your disposal, as well as having three different fighting styles that you can switch to on the fly. You unlock many more moves as you purchase more upgrades, giving you many different ways to pulverize your enemies. It’s not just the combat that’s the main draw here, but also the various side activities you can engage in.

You can go to a local arcade and play old Sega games, go fishing, engage in model car racing, or indulge in the game’s many numerous side-quests. Yakuza 0 offers an insane amount of things to do, to the point where it can sometimes feel overwhelming. Despite this, all these side-activities are well constructed and fun.

I’ve gushed a lot about this game, but I won’t lie and say its prefect. The game floods you with cut-scenes, to the point where most of your time is spent watching them. Combat is still plentiful, though it’s annoying when you have to wade through 30+ minutes of cut-scenes to get to them. Despite this, the cut-scenes are entertaining enough to where this isn’t really a problem. In fact, the cut-scenes were so done so well that I never felt the need to skip them!

Another minor gripe I had with the game is the lack of direction, at least in terms of the side-content. I couldn’t really engage in any mini-games until the end of chapter 1, and the other side-activities didn’t reveal themselves until chapter 2. On top of this, the game doesn’t really give a notifier on when these activities become available. It wasn’t until a few hours into the game that I realized I now had access to these side-activities, since the game didn’t really inform me that I could engage in them now.

Regardless, my current complaints are just nitpicks. I don’t have too many qualms with the game as of yet, since I’m only a few hours into it. Yakuza 0 is definitely a well-constructed entry, and one of the best Sega games I’ve ever played. I’m sure I’ll find more flaws and strengths as I progress through the game, but I’ll talk more about those when I do a full review. For now, these are just my thoughts on the game. Hope you all enjoyed reading them!

My Silly Sponsorship Story

Operating a nerd blog is a rather fun experience, since I get to share all of what I write with those who read it. It’s certainly an engrossing and relaxing experience for me, and I just love sharing my life and interests with you guys! Of course, pretty much anyone who updates a blog regularly has a desire to make money off of what they write. A blog that gets popular enough to earn some traction can really bring in the dough, and there are many methods to do so.

One such method is getting sponsored by a company, which is more common than you might think. My blog itself isn’t super big, at least not yet. As such, I’ve never really had a sponsor. However, there was one time where I was offered a sponsorship deal. At least, I think I was offered one, since it was kind of hard to tell at the time. Before I get more into it more, let me back up a bit.

I put out a review for ReBoot: The Guardian Code back in April, which was promptly featured in the “External Reviews” section for that show on its IMDB page. A short time after that, I get a message on my blog from a company. Now, I’m not going to say what the company was, or what they sold. All I’ll say is that they were selling “Inappropriate Merchandising”.

Anyways, I found myself being perplexed by the company’s offer. This was mostly due to me not being able to understand it, not even slightly. To be fair, the company was Spanish, and most likely did not have a translator on hand. As a result, they defaulted on using Google Translate. The most of what I could get from their message is that they wanted me to work for them.

Of course, what they were selling was NSFW (Not Safe For Work) and went against the “Family Friendly” approach my blog took. So, I very kindly told them that I wasn’t interested and didn’t want to work with them. I never got a response after that, and this was back in May. Since then, I haven’t really gotten any sponsorship offers.

I’m sure this will change in the future, as I’m just getting started with this blog. Hopefully, it won’t be from another weird outfit such at this. I have many more posts planned out, on top of new projects I want to try. The reason I’m telling this weird sponsorship story now is to look back on this years events, both the weird and the good. I’m proud of having a more consistent release schedule, as well as all those who comment on my blog. Even if it’s a strange company misunderstanding what I make, I still enjoy whatever comments are left here. Whether or not I agree

SSSS Gridman Episode 1 Review

I just talked about Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad, so I think it’s about time I moved onto SSSS Gridman. So, before I tackle the episode itself, I have to go over a lot of history. For those who don’t know, Gridman: The Hyper Agent was an obscure Japanese action show from the 90s.  Gridman has the same general plot as SSSS, though it’s a lot more detailed.

The show revolves around three teenagers who create their own video-game superhero, who ends up being possessed by an inter-dimensional cop named “Gridman”. Meanwhile, a rogue AI called “Kahn Digifer” decides to brainwash a local delinquent named “Takeshi Todo” into being his henchman. Takeshi creates monsters for Kahn, who brings them to life in order to wreak havoc.

One of the teenagers (who goes by the name “Shoto”) combines with Gridman, forming into a powerful superhero with enough strength to destroy these monsters. Gridman ran for 39 episodes, and ended on a climatic one-on-one battle between Gridman and Kahn. The two of them wound up being destroyed, while Takeshi takes up Shoto’s mantle and becomes the new Gridman. Well, that what was supposed to happen in the sequel series “Gridman Sigma”.

Unfortunately, the planned follow-up was cancelled and we never got to see Shoto officially become Sigma. Later on, yet another sequel was planned. Gridman F was a much looser sequel, and focused on an entirely new cast of characters. However, this planned sequel was also cancelled.

At this point, a lot of people thought the series was over. After all, the show already had two cancelled sequels with no continuation in sight. However, this all changed in 2015. Studio Trigger, the animation studio behind “Little Witch Academia” ended up releasing a new short. This short was titled “Boys invent Great Hero”, and was essentially an animated adaptation of the cancelled Sigma series.

The short involved Takeshi watching a bunch of screens, which showed him a ton of major fights from the original Gridman series. After the flashbacks, Takeshi holds up the device on his wrist and shouts “ACCESS FLASH”, right before transforming into Gridman Sigma. This seemed like a cool potential pilot for a new series, which many people assumed it was. In fact, the announcement of a Gridman anime a couple years later seemed to confirm this.

That’s what you’d think, at least. Confusingly, the anime is based off Gridman F, the OTHER cancelled sequel. Why make two separate animations based off two completely different cancelled sequels? I have no idea, since it seems counterproductive. Maybe the idea behind it was too reuse characters and assets that they never got the chance to properly use, which is rather commendable.

Now, let’s get down to business and talk about SSSS Gridman. The show revolves around a teenage boy with amnesia, who goes by the name “Yuta”. In a twist on the usual “Hero With Amnesia” cliche, everyone actually remembers Yuta. In most amnesiac stories, no one remembers the protagonist. That means that the hero can’t figure out their past by asking other people, and the twists about the hero’s identity are saved until the end.

This show throws that cliche on its head, by giving us several characters who know things about our hero. Of course, their knowledge only goes so far. For example, Yuta seems to be the only one who sees a being called “Gridman”, a strange cybernetic being that lives inside an old computer. Gridman tells Yuta to “remember his calling”, which involves combining with him and fighting giant monsters.

This plot setup made me wonder if this is a true reboot, or a sequel. I mean, the creators have gone on record saying that this won’t be a reboot. However, pretty much every source I could find online has told me that it’s a “reboot”. Regardless, what are my thoughts on the first episode? It was pretty good, though not without a myriad of flaws.

One of the biggest problems with episode is the slow pacing, which tends to work against it. The show starts off fairly slow, while building up both its characters and universe. Thankfully, the second half is where the show really starts to pick up. Seeing Gridman face off against a giant monster is the highlight of this episode, showcasing Trigger’s excellent fight-scene animation.

Trigger did an excellent job on making this show look nice, which is definitely one of their strongest traits. Trigger knows how to do an action scene very well, it’s just building an interesting story that leads up to the action is the problem. Some of the setup is generally interesting though, and the mystery is enough to keep me engaged.

I thought this was a decent pilot episode, though lacking in certain areas. I hope that as the series continues forward, that the pacing will pick up considerably. At the very least, SSSS Gridman left me with some good impressions. Here’s hoping it can live up to the two previous shows it takes elements and references from!

OK KO: Crossover Nexus Review

Something I don’t talk about a lot is crossovers. I love crossovers, but I usually don’t feel the need to discuss them. The main reason being that a lot of crossovers are kind of forgettable, or just kind of exists to fill space. So, when Cartoon Network announced “Crossover Nexus”, I can’t say that I was too excited about it. It was billed as a crossover between OK KO: Let’s Be Heroes, Steven Universe, Teen Titans Go, and Ben 10. Out of all 4 shows, the only one I really watched was OK KO.

So, I can’t say that I was too excited about the special overall. However, things changed once I actually sat down and watched the crossover. Crossover Nexus was something unique, especially in a time where most crossovers are losing the “Magic” they used to have. Crossover Nexus is truly amazing, and is far more than a simple blending of four different shows.

Before I get into the spoiler-filled parts, let me give a brief rundown of the special. The crossover revolves around a new villain named “Strike”, who’s main goal is to summon heroes to his world and turn them into statues. Strike plans to “X” the main heroes of the four different shows, completing his collection. Strike himself kind of acts as a physical representation of “cancellation”, as most of the characters that he’s defeated are from cancelled shows.

So, it’s up to the protagonists from 4 different shows to stop him! That means we get a team-up of KO from OK KO, Ben from Ben 10, Garnet from Steven Universe, and Raven from Teen Titans Go. I’ll be honest, the characters work off each other well enough. It’s cool seeing KO form a sort of mother-son bond with Garnet, plus the interactions between all 4 characters are generally pretty good.

That being said, the 11 minute running time of the special hurts the interactions a fair bit. Ben and Garnet form a bond almost instantly with very little buildup, and the rest of the heroes become quick friends in a matter of seconds. Still, I can’t expect too much character development from such a short special.

Something that was kind of off-putting was the animation style, which I found to be rather awkward at times. A lot of this comes down to the fact that OK KO uses a very rough animation style, one that relies on off-model designs and wacky reaction shots. OK KO’s animation is geared more towards comedy, which works great when it’s just the show on its own.

The problem is that the art and animation has to also incorporate three other shows, leading to some strange results. This results in the guest characters often looking pretty awkward, especially since half of the shows featured here usually use Flash animation. Regardless, it’s not a deal-breaker at all. The last thing I’d like to touch on before we get into spoilers is the voice-acting, which is top-notch as usual.

All of the characters featured here are played by their original voice-actors, which is awesome! It’s always great seeing Tara Strong voice Raven and Ben, two of my favorite characters from pretty much any show on the network. Now, let’s get into the the spoiler-y section of this review. I feel it’s kind of necessary to get into spoilers, since most of the trailers for the special neglect its true nature. So, time for some heavy SPOILERS!

Now, this special was advertised as a crossover between four shows. This isn’t true, as its more a crossover between ALL of Cartoon Network’s shows. A lot of this comes down to the gratuitous amount of cameos, references, and Easter Eggs that this crossover has. You have a ton of classic CN characters all encased in stone, both popular and obscure. This includes characters from The Moxy Show, Dexter’s Lab, Powerpuff Girls, I.M. Weasel, and the list goes on.

Not only that, but there’s a scene near the end where Ben 10 transforms into a bunch of classic Cartoon Network characters. As a result, we get even more cameos on top of the ones we already got! As a result, Nexus has become one of the most ambitious crossovers ever put out by Cartoon Network.

My favorite part would be the resurrection of “Cartoon Network City” at the end, which was a reference to a series of classic bumpers the network used to have. I also liked the villain “Strike”, even if he was extremely underdeveloped. To me, there was a lot about this crossover to love.

Final verdict on this special: It’s amazing! It ain’t perfect, but the massive amount of character cameos and references gives it a ton of personality. Seeing the characters interact is pretty enjoyable, plus the action scenes are generally pretty awesome. Despite it only coming out a few days ago, it’s already become my favorite crossover!

Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad Was A Surreal Show

Ever heard of the media juggernaut that is the “Power Rangers” series? It’s a series so big that most people know what it is. Power Rangers was, still is, and will forever be a series about a bunch of teenagers who fight crime in colorful spandex costumes. The show used scenes from the Japanese “Super Sentai” series and mixed it with American-made footage. The result was a strange mixture that helped to create one of the most popular shows to come out of the 90s.

Nowadays, Power Rangers is a mostly forgotten franchise. While new shows in the series still get made, they get far less traction than they did 20 years ago. Back in the 90s, Power Rangers was a media juggernaut. It was massive, to the point where there was a myriad of shows made in a similar style. Some were made by Saban themselves, such as Big Bad Beetleborgs, Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog, and VR Troopers.

However, some similar shows were also made by DiC Entertainment. Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills is one such series, but there was also another one. This series was “Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad”, one of the silliest and cheesiest shows to grace Fox Kids. It’s surreal and insane, but I enjoyed it all the same. Why do I like it so much? Well, keep reading and you’ll find out!

The show revolves around Sam Collins, a young man who gains cybernetic powers through a freak accident. After this accident, Sam gains the ability to dive into cyberspace as a data-based superhero called “Servo”. At the same time, a misbehaving youth named “Malcolm Frink” is contacted by an AI program. This AI calls himself “Kilokahn”, and he enlists the help of Malcolm to help him make “Mega Virus Monsters”.

Each episode usually followed a similar formula: Sam would try to woo his potential love interest Jennifer, while Malcolm and Kilokahn would create a Mega Virus to get in the way of that. Jennifer wasn’t always the reason Malcolm was causing chaos, he’d normally find some inane reason to cause mischief. A lot of Malcolm’s plans often come off as petty revenge at best, and criminal terrorist acts at worst. The biggest example of the latter would be the episode “Water You Doing”.

This episode is probably the most messed up one in the entire series. What happens is that Malcolm attempts to enter a disturbing poem into the school talent show, but is understandably rejected. So, how does he get revenge? Well, by using a virus to turn the entire city’s water supply into acid. Wait, what?! That’s pretty messed up, even for a cheesy 90s show!

Despite Malcolm’s borderline disturbing actions, he never gets found out and faces no consequences. A lot of the plots tend to go that way, with Malcolm sometimes receiving no punishment at all for his actions. It’s somewhat understandable, since no one knows Malcolm is working for Kilokahn. Even though Malcolm’s actions sometimes border on criminal, he’s undoubtedly the best character on the show.

Malcolm is “relatable”, in that he struggles with fitting in, talking to girls, and making friends. I say “relatable” in quotations, because I’m pretty sure most people have never done half of the terrible things that Malcolm had done. Still, the way Malcolm is portrayed is probably one of the high points of the series. His actor does a good job, and he brings a ton of energy to the role.

What makes Malcolm truly great is his relationship with Kilokahn, who is basically the show’s real villain. Malcolm and Kilokahn are often at each other’s throats, especially when Servo foils one of their plans. Kilokahn also has the distinctive trait of being voiced by Tim Curry, who has undoubtedly one of the best villain voices of all time! Tim Curry’s Kilokahn makes the show a real treat to watch, as he’s often in a scenery-chewing contest with Malcolm.

Sadly, the show’s protagonist is nowhere near as fun as the other two. Sam is a bland, forgettable, and stereotypical “Perfect Hero” archetype. He’s great at most things, is kind of a slacker, has girl problems, and several really good friends. I hate those kinds of protagonists, the ones that feel like they were engineered to be a role model.

At the very least, Sam manages to act as a sort of counterbalance to Malcolm. The two are the complete opposite of each other, but their interactions are truly the best parts of the show. Most of their meetings often involve Malcolm trying his “super nice guy” act, while Malcolm tells him to buzz off. Now, I’ve talked a lot about the characters, but what about the action scenes? After all, superhero shows are known for their action scenes!

SSSS takes all of its action scene footage from a Japanese show called “Gridman: The Hyper Agent”, which was a rather obscure series when it aired. Gridman took itself far more seriously than SSSS, even going so far as to kill off the protagonist in the last episode! SSSS almost did this, up until it was discovered that Gridman would not be getting a second season. As a result, the series continued on for several more episodes.

As a result, SSSS ended with a total of 53 episodes, while Gridman had only 39. To be fair, this wasn’t too uncommon when it came to bringing live-action Japanese shows to American audiences. SSSS quickly ran out of footage, resulting in all the later episodes recycling footage from past fights. As a result, the writers had to get more creative with the plots of certain episodes.

Later episodes in the series featured wackier plots, including: Sam getting sent to an alternate universe, Malcolm using a virus to rig the school election in his favor, and an episode where everyone got trapped in floppy disks. Eventually, the series ended with everyone going on a nature hike and one of Sam’s friend temporarily becoming Servo. They couldn’t even get Matthew Lawrence (Sam’s actor) back to play him.

The final episode overall was super weird, as it took place entirely in a forest. On top of this, Tim Curry wasn’t even brought back to play Kilokahn! They also couldn’t use any of the show’s previous sets, and overall the finale lacked any closure. Personally, I just consider episode 37 to be the show’s real finale, and I just ignore the cosmic retcon they pulled in the last few minutes of it. Episode 37 just felt like the perfect finale for the show, and it added stakes to a show that had never been there before.

To be fair, the show wasn’t truly great even before episode 37. The show had already become fairly repetitive, due to the constant re-use of the 4 sets it had. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention this show barely had a budget. The fact that they could afford to hire Tim Curry to play the villain is a testament to how little he’d work for back then.

So, what are my overall thoughts on SSSS? It’s alright, but extremely flawed. Looking back at it now, it was just a massive cash-in on a popular craze at the time. However, it still remains strangely entertaining and a true time-capsule of the 90s. The series itself is starting to make a resurgence, sort of.

Gridman just got an anime adaptation, despite its severe obscurity in Japan. What is its new title? SSSS Gridman, with its title being a reference to Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad as well! This is surprising, considering that SSSS was just a cheesy adaptation of its Japanese source material. Does this mean SSSS will make a return, just like Gridman? Perhaps, since the anime may use elements from both shows.

Judging from the first episode, it seems to take more from Gridman than it does from SSSS. I’ll be sure to put out a review on the first episode later today, but for now I’ll just say that it’s good. As for Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad, I recommend watching it purely for its “so bad it’s good” charm. It’s really worth watching in an ironic way, just to see cheesy low-budget action shows at their absolute zaniest.

Why “The Mask” Is My Favorite Superhero Film

Is it just me, or are there too many superhero films out there? Don’t get me wrong, I love a good superhero movie, but there are too many bad ones to count. Amazing Spider-Man 2, Justice League, Thor: Dark World, etc. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of amazing superhero movies out there as well. The problem is that there are too many, with the quality fluctuating wildly between them.

Back in the 90s, this problem really didn’t exist. There were only a handful of superhero films out there, and only a few of them were ever considered classics. You had Batman Returns, Blade, and The Crow. These were all films that I enjoyed immensely growing up, to the point of enjoying them more than most other movies. However, there’s one film that stands as not only my favorite superhero film of the 90s, but also my favorite superhero film in general.

I’m talking about “The Mask”, the classic 1994 film starring Jim Carrey. I saw this film originally as a kid, but I ended up watching it again very recently. Surprisingly, it’s not nostalgia that makes me enjoy this film so much. It’s enjoyable based entirely on its own merits, and I’m going to discuss them here.

For those of you who have never seen The Mask, it revolves around a stereotypical bank worker named “Stanley Ipkiss”. He’s your average luckless protagonist, one who’s stuck with a crappy job and low self-esteem. Stanley can’t talk to women, and is constantly stepped on by other people.

All this changes when Stanley finds the “Mask of Loki” and puts it on, which transforms into a green-faced superhero named “The Mask”. As The Mask, Stanley gains super-powers beyond his wildest imagination. He’s invulnerable, super strong, and has the ability to shapeshift into whatever he wants. His cartoon-ish powers come with a downside though, as The Mask exhibits all of Stanley’s repressed feelings and emotions.

The Mask of Loki releases all of Stanley’s inhibitions, and morphs him into a crazy mischief-maker. At the start of the movie, The Mask mostly just causes chaos and general mischief. Near the end of the film is where The Mask becomes a true hero, and Stanley finally gets the acknowledgement he deserves.

While the movie distances itself quite a bit from the comic it was based off of, it keeps the one most important element that I feel gives it’s uniqueness: The Mark’s cartoon-based superpowers. You see, most fictional superheroes often have stereotypical, simplistic, or easy-to-define powers. They have a basic skill-set that the average audience member can easily get a handle on.

While this makes the character more palatable, it sometimes limits the creativity of said powers. However, because of The Mask’s zany powers, he’s able to engage in a lot of cartoon-ish shenanigans. The Mask is invulnerable, can survive being flattened, can pull anything he needs out of anywhere, and can distract a heavily trained police force with a single musical number. His powers are nonsensical zaniness at its absolute best.

It’s not just his powers that makes the character great, but also his actor. Both Stanley Ipkiss and his green alter-ego are played by comedy legend Jim Carrey. Jim brings his trademark cartoon-y facial expressions and antics to the big-screen, allowing him to portray The Mask like a classic 50s cartoon character.

Due to his unique powers and his perfect portrayal, The Mask comes off as a truly unique and memorable hero. While Deadpool is a hero that tries (and often times fails at) being funny, The Mask is a hero that is just naturally funny. I could never get behind Deadpool as a character, because he doesn’t feel grounded most of the time.

What grounds Deadpool doesn’t feel like a natural part of the character most of the time, often causing the character to feel like two separate beings at random times. However, The Mask is actually two separate beings at random times. This dynamic works better with The Mask, due in part to how their are two separate characters occupying one body. As a result, The Mask feels more grounded with how it portrays its title character.

Another thing I loved about the movie was the lack of a super-villain, something that’s rare for a superhero movie. Sure, there is villain in the movie and he does end up wearing The Mask briefly. However, there’s never a part where two people with powers clash in the film. There’s only one mask, therefore there can only be one with godlike powers.

Seeing Stanley gets his hands back on his mask and transforming into his green-faced persona is pretty great, especially how Stanley easily thrashes the bad guys once doing so. Sure, I love a super-powered showdown between two characters, but I also love when a hero is able to defeat the main villain with relative ease. Not every villain needs to be beaten down in an epic battle, sometimes some comedic slapstick and cheesy special effects are all you need.

Despite The Mask coming off as a typical “normal guy becomes a hero” story, it’s done in a way that makes it feel memorable. It gave us a hero with a ton of unique powers, portrayed by an actor that bought his awesome acting to the table, and was stuffed to the brim with memorable scenes.

Sure, The Mask doesn’t have the grand scope of “Avengers: Infinity War”, or the epic action set-pieces of “Deadpool 2”. What The Mask did have was a funny and unique charm with likable characters, and inventive scenarios. Sure, The Mask being my favorite superhero film comes down to personal preference. While there are many other superhero films that I consider to be better movies overall, The Mask will always be my personal favorite. It’s just an overall great time and an unforgettable classic.