Stephen Rao

Hi, I'm Stephen. This isn't updated often. 



Posted by Stephen - Thursday, May 18th, 2017 @ 8:18 PM EDT                                  - MistareFusion 

Dragon Ball Minus is mainly looked down upon because of how it contradicts the already established history of a character - Goku's father. What really makes Dragon Ball Minus such a disgrace in my eyes, is because of this particular exchange from the Saiyan Arc:-

Before they start fighting, Vegeta tries to rattle Goku by comparing their statuses in Saiyan society, saying that Goku should feel privileged to fight an elite - that the whole reason Goku was sent to Earth in the first place, is because Saiyans are tested for combat aptitude at birth and those with no promise are sent to subjugate weak planets like Earth.
However, Goku is unfazed by this insult. In fact, he says he's glad to have been considered trash, because that was what had allowed him to escape those very limitations society had placed upon him. It taught him that hard work is more important than social status, or faith placed on him while he's still an infant.

Goku's journey throughout the Saiyan arc is finding out who he is - and it's nothing good. His native species are terrible people. His brother kidnaps his son, his other remaining kinsmen kill his friends. He has saved the world, when he was actually sent there to destroy it, and it was only through a lucky chance that that wasn't what ended up happening.

However, that's exactly who Goku is - he's one of them. Except that he's not. Even as far back as his birth, his people rejected him; labelled him as nearly worthless and shipped him off to do the only thing they judged him capable of doing and that's the beautiful irony of it all.
If they hadn't judged him to be inferior, he probably would have met the same fate as the rest of them and died. He certainly wouldn't have saved Earth and proven himself to be worthy to have trained under gods (Kami, Kaioh).

Only because his fellow Saiyans concluded he had no potential, did he manage to achieve it and now he is face to face with the personification of that bigotry (Vegeta) and he's about to show him what a low born cast-off can do and just how wrong they were about him. That, despite their aspersions on him, he can be better than all of them.

Unless, of course you believe Dragon Ball Minus, where his parents love him so much, they send him to Earth to thrive, which is exactly what he ends up doing anyway. YAWN!

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Final Brian Matthew Sounds of the Sixties 25/02/2017 STREAM

Posted by Stephen Rao - Saturday, Apr 29th, 2017 @ 4:38 PM EDT


 "This is your old mate Brian Matthew saying that's your lot for this week, see you again soon." - Brian Matthew

R.I.P, Brian. You will be missed!  

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Posted by SylentEcho - Thursday, Aug 18th, 2014 @ 10:21 PM EDT


 All areas are fully coloured. Each and every Pokemon, including the trade evolutions are available. Some Pokemon will still be rare (as low as a 1% chance of finding them).

Download link is at the forum in the Downloads section. Registration is free.   

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Reason for the decline in comic book sales in the early 1970's and the rise of the Direct Market

Posted by SylentEcho - Sunday, Mar 23rd, 2014 @ 4:17 PM EDT
We take a look at what exactly caused the major collapse in sales of comics in the early to mid 1970's, what exactly prompted DC and Marvel to modify their business model and the reason Western Publishing ran out of business. Article here.
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Interview: Robert Venditti on Green Lantern, Character Creation, and Planning Ahead

Posted by SylentEcho - Friday, Mar 06th, 2014 @ 7:12 PM EDT

A lot has changed in the world of GREEN LANTERN since writer Robert Venditti took over and completely changed the status quo of the book. The Green Lantern Corps are no longer seen as the police of the universe. They're now seen as destroyers of the universe, since using the emotional spectrum drains the life from the universe. Venditti chatted with ComicVine over the phone about the book and what's going on.
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Posted by SylentEcho - Sunday, May 20th, 2012 @ 7:18 PM EDT

Batman battles Bane in this second KNIGHTFALL new edition, featuring many chapters that were not including in the previous edition! Collecting DETECTIVE COMICS #667-675, BATMAN #501-508, BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT #19-28, CATWOMAN #6-7 and ROBIN #7!

Book description:
Mentally defeated and physically broken, Bruce Wayne suffered a crippling blow while battling the brutal Bane. Now, the mantle of the Bat must be passed on to another, and Jean Paul Valley answers the call! But as the new Caped Crusader slowly loses his grip on sanity, his idea of justice takes a violent and deadly turn. Witnessing this dangerous behavior firsthand, Nightwing and Robin try to come to grips with Bruce's highly controversial decision while the new Batman sets his sights on taking revenge against Bane!

Color/B&W: Color
Page Count: 656
U.S. Price: 29.99
On Sale Date: May 23 2012
Trim Size: Comic

Naruto and Dragon Ball/Z Similarities:

Posted by Raikaage - Monday, May 16th, 2011 @ 5:18 PM EDT

Today, we look at the multiple similarities between Naruto and Dragon Ball Z. The Naruto author along with many other authors have been greatly inspired by Dragon Ball.

Read on, as we look at about 30 similarities between the shows, plus characters that appear on both shows! Also featured is a small article about what the author thinks of Dragon Ball.

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Goku's Personality Changes:

Posted by SylentEcho - Sunday May1st, 2011 @ 5:13 PM EDT

 We take a look at Goku here and the changes he goes through from Dragon Ball to Dragon Ball Z.

So far we have seen Goku's character and how it doesn't change much throughout the entirety of the series. However, his behaviour changes quite a bit. If one looks close enough, one can see that Goku changes quite a lot... Read full article.

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NEW! Dragon Ball True Character Personalities:

Posted by SylentEcho - Tuesday, March 17th, 2011 @ 8:34 PM EDT
This is kind of a unique article dealing with a few of the changes the dub of Dragon Ball Z made to the characters' original personalities. It doesn't point out every instance because that would be too painstaking, but it does shed light on a few important ones.

The famous Funimation dub altered the Dragon Ball characters personalities quite a bit. Here's a little info on Dragon Ball (Z) characters true personalities.
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Batman - Knightquest (1993):

Posted by SylentEcho - Thursday, June 30th, 2011 @ 9:18 PM EDT

Today, we take a look at something that changed Batman comics in the 90s. This happened shortly after DC comics took a bold step to kill off Superman and keep him dead for about 8 months. It was Batman's turn to be on the bench. Bane appears and breaks Batman's (Bruce Wayne) back.

Realizing he was broken and no match for Bane, Bruce appointed Jean Paul Valley (Azrael); a person who was trained to be an assassin prior to that, but was on the side of good. Paul destroys Bane with his new armored Batman suit with claws and weapons. Slowly "The System" started to take over his mind and he brutalized villians, never cared if bad guys died, threatened to kill Robin, threw Bruce Wayne out of his own house and stayed as Batman for nearly a year (1994). We take a look at some of the highlights of this landmark storyline.
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Super Saiyan Bardock Saga coming to DVD!!:

Posted by SylentEcho - Frisday, Dec 9th 2011 @ 2:18 PM EDT
The latest issue of V-Jump announces that Episode of Bardock, written an illustrated by Naho Ooishi with supervision by Akira Toriyama, will get an anime adaptation! An advance screening will be available at Jump Festa next month, on December 17th and 18th. Rumors further mention an April 2012 TV broadcast, Masako Nozawa returning as the voice of Bardock, and Ryûsei Nakao (Tambourine, Freeza) returning for the role of Chilled.

Dragon Ball began 27 years ago and this just goes to show how immortal it really is. Mangas come and go, but Dragon Ball stays.
The Bardock Super Saiyan story is inspired by from the new character Super Saiyan Bardock that's coming soon to the arcade game, Dragon Ball Heroes.
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Dragon Ball X One Piece and Dragon Ball SD 2

Posted by Raikaage - Thursday, April 21st, 2011 @ 8:34 PM EDT

Cross Epoch is a collaborative work between Eiichiro Oda and Akira Toriyama. It is a crossover story featuring characters from both One Piece and Dragon Ball. It was published first along with Chapter 439 in the Weekly Shonen Jump.

DragonBall SD Chapter 2 has released today and we have English translated scans of the new manga available here! Chapter two follows the story on Planet Namek and a lot more characters such as Gohan, Vegeta and Freeza are revealed. Read the second chapter of DragonBall SD here! 


Dragon Ball X One Piece is out and we have the fully coloured version! It's been uploaded here to our gallery and is fully readable now. Enjoy.

View them here.


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Posted by Raikaage - Friday, January 2nd, 2011 @ 11:18 AM EDT
Ocean vs. Funimation. The war that has been going on for the past eleven years. Which dub is better? Is it Funimation? But wait..they had their flaws too! Was it Ocean?

I finally share my unbiased view on the Ocean and Funimation dubs. Good points and bad points of both dubs are showcased. Check it out here.

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Posted by Raikaage - Friday, April 4th, 2010 @ 5:20 PM EDT
No Freezing, no hanging, no black screen at startup. No nothing. Works perfectly for R4. I have an R4 with the old kernal. This is the ONLY way you can play the rom in English on your DS. Check the blog section for further details and a patch download.


Download description and link is posted at the Blog section.
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Posted by Sharky - Wednesday, October 4th, 2009 @ 7:10 PM EDT
Dragonball Z: MUGEN Characters updates:

Check out the news & developments at my Blog. My MUGEN site will be back online shortly.

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Counter Strike for Nintendo DS:

             Thanks to b@ndit at NGC.              
I tweaked this rom a little.
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