Got my copy of the Osaka crew's new Fixion DVD in the mail yesterday, so I thought I'd post a little review (more of a summary really) detailing what it's all about.
First of all, I have to say that the production work on this vid was amazingly good. You can tell immediately that the guys who put this together are pros. The format follows the standard skate video style with all the different riders having their own part, which works smoothly, and the camera work is first rate from start to finish.
The riding itself is solid. There are definitely quite a few clips in there that really caught my attention, and there were a few things that I hadn't seen before, which is always good. There was one rider in particular named "Yama" who really killed it. He only has one line in the entire vid, but it is easily the best skid combo I've ever seen... Ted Shred to step-over to opposite over-the-bars skid, and then he gets out of that by immediately switching around backwards Shawn Wolf style. And the dood does it super fast and smooth too. Good to see people still getting creative with the skids. The rest of the riders are all very good as well, Japan is really blowing up on this stuff.
I have to say that the best thing by far about Fixion is getting to see all of the amazing locations in the background. Cities in Japan have this unique sort of weird urban beauty to them, and that is in full force in this video. The spots the guys ride range from amazing to absolutely stunning, and I occasionally found myself watching certain parts twice because I had gotten so distracted by the killer backdrops that I missed the riding!
The only mild bummer about the vid is the fact that the infamous Osaka Tony's part isn't included in it. For some unknown reason he bailed on the project at the last second... I can only imagine what a pain in the ass that was for the Soundboarding crew who put the DVD together. Losing your ace in the hole at the deadline is tough, but the guys still came through and put out a killer video which is quite an impressive feat.
I definitely recommend checking out Fixion, you won't be disappointed. Order a copy here.
Also, here is the raw footage from what should have been Osaka Tony's part, in case you haven't seen it elsewhere already...