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  1. I'm starting a new thread for "normal" movies and shows I watch just to separate it a bit from the anime reviews I've been doing. While I was hoping to start out with Avatar or Abrams Trek, and just not bother with anything else, I thought I might do some reviews of some more obscure sci-fi as well as some older more well known stuff. The only downside is that this tread probably won't be all that active compared to me anime review thread, just because I tend to watch more anime, and because for some reason I actually find it a bit more difficult to write reviews for more standard fare. In any case, look for my 2001 review at some point in the future. Index 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - review 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984) - review Alien (1979) - review Aliens (1986) - review Black Gestapo (1975) - review Cargo (2009) - review Enemy Mine (1985) - review Dante 01 (2008) - review The Descent (2005) - review The Descent: Part 2 (2009) - review Ikarie XB-1 (1963) - review Immortal (2004) - review Invasion (2005 series) - review Moon (2009) - review On the Beach (1959) - review Pandorum (2009) - review Planeta Bur (1962) - review The Quiet Earth (1985) - review Silent Running (1972) - review Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) - review Super 8 (2011) - review The Thirteenth Floor (1999) - review Total Recall (2012) - review
  2. My review for "Highschool of the dead". It is very rare for me to give a 10/10 to any movie or game, but Highschool of the Dead defiantly deserves the 10/10 because it's one of the top best anime I have ever seen, and I'm not just saying that because I like it, and it is better than all the other teen high school anime like Gantz, Persona, and NGE. Highschool of the Dead is a perfect flawless anime that has well exceeded my high expectations in terms of story, characters, music, action and production values, based on the ongoing manga series of the same name Highschool of the Dead follows a group of Japanese high school students who witness the violent global zombie apocalypse during class time at their school, similar to the opening of Red Dawn except the Russians are replaced by flesh eating zombies from the George A Romero's of the Dead films. As the story progresses the students witness World War Z first hand and are forced to fight and evade their way through the thousands of the ever growing undead as well as rescue other survivors and deal with the ones who have gone insane or crazy by the chaos of the zombie apocalypse. The characters are all very well developed and the story is very well written and keep's you wanting to see more, the music plays on the right mood and for those who have seen 28 Weeks Later might recognize the background music that plays near the end of the first episode ;-) Highschool of the Dead is definitely an anime that is worthy of your time and I will be investing my money into the English dub when it gets released. Watch it ASAP; zombie fans will not be disappointed! Thanks for reading, Hope you enjoyed it.
  3. Hi, I am Tsukumo Yuma, and this is were I give my reviews on Movies, Anime, Manga and video games! From new titles, to old titles. I have a review corner on other sites as well, so you might see the same reviews here and on other sites as well. So here it goes!
  4. osborn_2009

    Bound by Flame Review

    So have you guys heard of Bound by Flame yet? It is a fantasy action RPG for the PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. You can read my review for it here. Or you can watch my video review for it here! If you have any questions about the game, feel free to ask! =)
  5. BlackWater

    Shiki Review

    Shiki is an anime based off of Fuyumi Ono's novel of the same name. I've never read those novels and quite frankly, if they're anything like the anime I never want to. The concept of Shiki is this: In a boring country village named Sotoba during a sweltering summer, people start dying from some unkown epidemic. They become tired, pale, anaemic and finally they expire. This coincides with a new family moving into the Kanemasa Mansion, a place some villagers are suspicious of. Natsuno Yuuki (a highschooler), Toshio Ozaki (chief of the local clinic), Seishin Muroi (the local Buddhist priest), Kaoru and Akira (the siblings of Tohru, who dies of this epidemic and is also yuuki's best friend) soon find out the cause of these deaths and it is up to them to save Sotoba. Story: Despite the great start, this story did not live up to its potential. A bunch of Shiki (vampires) invade Sotoba, stay in the weirdly-out-of-place, Western-style castle at the edge of town and then end up eating pretty much every villager. The only people who notice are Yuuki, Ozaki, Seishin and Tohru's siblings. After several investigations into the causes of illness, Doctor Ozaki finds the answer: Shiki. This is only after they attack the hospital to try and kidnap and feed on one of the dying patients. The doctor's best friend Seishin is also witness to this. He goes one step further and is able to see that Sunako, the creepy little girl who comes to the town's ruined church to talk to him at night, is in fact a Shiki herself. Yuuki and Tohru's siblings go another route and dig up the coffin of a girl who has been stalking Yuuki, even after she died. Their conclusion: the empty coffin proves that there are Shiki attacking the village. That same girl caused Tohru's death and he, along with several other villagers must now be members of the undead. The crazy village shaman gets close and nearly outs the Kanemasa's as the Shiki but fails when the family head comes out and makes an excuse. The only conclusion I can draw from this is that if the rest of the villagers are so stupid and blind as to not be worried about strange deaths and people suddenly moving away - they deserve to end up as fodder for the Shiki. In fact, they do. The rest of the story dwindles around after episode 13 showing us nothing in particular. It takes 5 episodes for the siblings, Ozaki and Yuuki to come up with some way of defeating the Shiki. They could have done this in half that time. Instead of giving any useful insight to the viewer about the way the newer Shiki deal with killing people they once cherised, we have some bordeling-yaoi moments between Yuuki and his best friend Tohru. It does show us that Tohru feels devastated by using Yuuki as food, but that he has no choice if he wants to live. In the end, Yuuki also becomes a Shiki, but he is determined to wipe them all out, including himself. The last few episodes, starting from episode 19 onwards, mark the point where the main cast decide to actually do something about the problem the village is facing. By this point, some of the secondary characters and their families, such as the nurses and residents of the villages are Shiki. Akira has gone missing and is probably dead. Kaoru cowers in her house with the family dog, Love, terrified that she will be forced to kill her undead family. She has already dug her own grave in preparation. Ozaki's wife has turned into a Shiki and Ozaki tortures and kills her. Ozaki gets bitten by another Shiki from the Kanemasa Mansion, Chizuru. Chizuru likes hot men and dresses scantily so Ozaki uses this to his advantage and manages to convince her to go the local shrine festival as a "date". Chizuru is reluctant, as Shiki (just like vampires) are rendered weak by sacred symbols and spaces, but she goes with him in the end. Putting his plans into action, he lets all the villagers know that Chizuru is a Shiki. At first, they wonder what the hell he's talking about. But then he convinces them by telling Megumi's father that Chizuru's perfume is the same one that he smelled in Megumi's room before she died, and therefore Chizuru killed her. This angers the remaining villagers beyong all else and they drag Chizuru and rip her apart. They then gather their pitchforks and tractors and go about warning other villagers and ripping, staking and driving their tractors over the Shiki. The head of the Kanemasa family tries to save his wife but to no avail. In the end, the angry mob goes and destroys Kanemasa mansion and everything in it. Seishin and Sunako manage to escape, having hidden in the cellar. Seishin shows signs of become a werewolf-creature and it is up to him to take care of Sunako. The end. The ending is so rushed through, I wonder if the show's creators found out that they ran out of time for a proper ending because they were to busy dragging out discoveries and pointless feely-feelings that did nothing during the show. The story could have been improved by actually showing how the Shiki feel about being what they are, how they're forced to survive. The villagers could have shown more common sense and been able to avoid the problem altogether if they actually listened and did something for a change. The author would not have had to resort to strawmen like the ugly, whiny Masao so the audience can have somethin to hate. NOPE. Instead, everything takes too long to get done and the viewer is left feeling impatient and frustrated, not to mention confused by the main characters and their strange actions. Characters: Another problem is the way the characters deal with things. Ozaki's wife becomes a Shiki, and instead of feeling any sorrow or grief he decides that she's the perfect specimen to use to find a way of killing the Shiki. An entire episode is devoted to the doctor torturing his undead, tied-up wife so he can fin a method of killing her. He cuts her open, he cuts her veins and steries in two, he burns her, he terrifies her with a statue of the Buddha. All the while, he ignores her screams of terror and pain. In the end, he kills her by driving a stake through her heart. I don't know what justified the author or the director in deciding to depict this the way they did. They did nothing to alienate Ozaki's wife or make her look like something inhuman in the eyes of the audience. They gave Ozaki almost no justification for going from husband to torturer-with-no-conscience. But Ozaki is still a hero in the end, so that makes it fine? Aside from being horrifying (which is this show's promise) it did little else but confuse me. No wonder Seishin just turns around and walks away when he witnesses the wife's corpse, tied to a surgery table with a stake through its heart and everything else is covered in blood. However, Seishin's character is no better. He ultimately decided to join the Shiki by visiting Sunako at the Mansion and letting her bite him. What makes no sense is how he got to this conclusion. We're given a few flashes of his latest novel, a retelling of the story of Cain and Abel. Sunako tells him things like "Killing without intention is accident." and that death is horrible for everyone. She specifically does not tell him her background story - that she became a Shiki and was forced to kill people not out of her own choice but because she needs to survive. She saves that for Tohru when he feels bad about killing humans who were once his friends. Seishin basically had no evidence that the Shiki have some kind of crisis of conscience, but he decided to be one of them nevertheless. Yuuki too is inexplicable. His Tough Guy exterior and inner investigative monolagues make him less of an actual character but more of a cut out Hero™. He shows some momentary horror when his undead stalker appears to be biting Tohru's neck, or the first few times she approches his house at night. But he soon calms down, thinking these were all nightmares. The only time he shows and real emotion is at Tohru's death. He shows pity for his friend's tears once Tohru comes to turn yuuki into his snack. These "feeding" moments border on yaoi, which is fine if that's what the show is about. But in this story it just adds to the general confusion. Kaoru and Akira are at least played straight. They are horrified to learn their precious brother is now a walking corpse with a thirst for blood. Their father becomes ill and dies too. They watch while their mother becomes ill with the symptoms of a Shiki's food supply and then eventually disappears. The two are left on their own, afraid and with no-one to depend upon once Yuuki becomes a Shiki. That's all I have to say about the main cast. As for the rest of the characters? In my opinion they are nothing but strawmen, designed to give the main cast something to do, but never fleshed out so we feel any terror of them. The ones that catch on to the strange happenings all end up being killed and becoming Shiki, and then killed at the end of the show. The one that annoys me to no end is Masao. He is nothing but a character the audience is supposed to hate. Does he have no purpose in the story? Check. Does he have an unbearable voice actor, and sounds disgusting to boot? Check Does he whine? Does he think he's a victim and no one pays any attention to him? Does he have one of the ugliest, most putrid character designs for a human in any anime, ever? OH, HELL YES! CHECK! CHECK! CHECK! He's not even funny! He just wastes precious minutes with his ugly face instead of letting the author, directors, adapters and writers do their job and write a convincing story. Character Deisgn: The character design is definitely unique. However, it does not, in any way fit in with the atmosphere of the show. One thing to mention is that by unique character design I mean hair. That is the only thing that makes these characters identifiable. It is also slightly insane, with some character's hair resembling weeds and plant growth in shape. Here's an explanation: Also, the character we're all supposed to hate seems to have consulted Micheal Jackson's plastic surgeon: EW. Actually, his design is an offense to Michael Jackson and his surgeon. Graphics/ visuals: "Meh" is the one word I would use to describe the visuals of this anime. Aside from the hair, the character designs are bland and the animation is standard. The OP and ED animation is much better, using some interesting "overlays" during the first OP and the last ED. The other two feature rather standard animation and gimmicks and are not really noteworthy at all. The show however only uses "negative film" black and white when the Shiki appear in Yuuki's nightmares. Music: Finally, this show has done something right! The bgm is composed by Yasuharu Takanashi and makes the atmosphere what it is with its use of haunting vocals, glockenspiel and violins. In fact, had they used any other composer's music, the total value of this show would have diminished by half and it's already at a low. The first and second OPs are great songs. "Kiss" by Buck-Tick and "Calendula Raquiem" by KanonxKanon and they are both wonderful. The first Ed is somewhat lacking, "Walk no Yakusoku" by nangi whilst the second "Gekka Reijin" by Buck-Tick brings back some of the charm and power of the OPs. However, all the songs are wasted as they build a premise that never really occurs in the show. Overall, I give this show 6/10, and that is only because of the cool music and interesting OP and ED. The story could have evolved into something more interesting but the show's creators seem to be afraid of innovation (much like Yuuki's dislike of his parent's choices) and the show goes no further than the excitement of the first 6-7 episode and then stagnates and rots until the end. I would only recommend this to people who feel that Twilight has made too much of an encroachment on vampire fiction and would watch anything, anything but a Twilight marathon.
  6. Selfoss

    New PS Vita: Mini Review

    Japan has relaunched a slimmer, more compact and less bigger version, without the gorgeous OLED screen, sadly. The lack of OLED thankfully decreases the cost of the console, thus making it more accessible to tighter wallets and a broader audience. The new slim Vita is almost 20% less thicker, a less premium build (like the original Vita), with LCD screen, a longer battery life (circa 7 hours) and the mysterious ports on top disappear, to make room to two LED lights that indicate notifications and the power state of the console. Another difference is the lack of a 3G option which I think won't come missed, as the console's purpose was made for gaming, and not calling. Despite it not being as quality feeling as the previous, the new slim Vita is still considered as a durable console. It also comes in more colours and has 1GB of memory already built in! I already own the original and don't plan on taking a minor step back by purchasing this one, the premium version is just fine for my tastes. What do you guys think, anyone thinking of purchasing it? Let us know!
  7. I’ve been reading a lot of reviews lately and I decided to write one of my own! Unfortunately I can’t boast of much knowledge for recent anime so I just picked out one of my favorites; Cross Game. Anime: Cross Game Company: SynergySP Release Date: 5 April 2009 Episodes: 50 Genre: Sports / Slice of life / Romance / Drama Original Mangaka: Mitsuru Adachi I’m not particularly picky about the anime I watch, nor am I too lenient. So when I rate anime most of my scores idle around the middle of the spectrum. Cross Game, however, sits right at the top of my anime list! It starts off following the 11 year old Kitamura Koh on one of his ordinary days. I had a smile throughout the whole episode, watching him prank his friends into playing baseball and trying to avoid bullies. Smiles for all, right? Wrong! The story quickly takes a turn for the worse as tragedy hits kitamura and his friends. All though Cross Game is a sports genre, don’t expect it to be anything like Eyeshield 21 or Prince of Tennis. There’s no secret technique nor is any super powers. Nope, this is just plain old baseball, done perfectly. The story is split up between a few genres, Sports, Slice of life, Romance, Drama. It doesn’t dwell on any one aspect but rather combines them all relatively equally. Now, a big problem that I originally had with most of Adachi-Sensei’s works is the art. The characters may not be stunning but after a while you get used to it. Personally, I’ve had previous experience with his works so I was already desensitized to the art when I started Cross Game; in fact I think I have a crush on Tsukishima Aoba and of course the lovable Wakaba! Which brings me to my next point, as far as the characters go you will immediately know who’s a main player in the story and who’s not. I wouldn’t exactly call the others ‘extras’ but you’ll know who you’re meant to be paying attention to. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and like the art it’s just a stylistics thing so I had no real problem with it. The characters are ridiculously likeable for the most part, though somewhat stubborn but you’ll sympathize with them none the less. They all have their fair share of troubles that they have to deal while balancing it with their life. The deeper you get into the anime, the more attached you get to the characters and the harder it is to turn away from it. And in that aspect the anime is done perfectly! As for Voice acting there wasn’t anyone who I particularly hated, but just the opposite is true as well. And in terms of music / sound tracks the same could be said so in that department it was quite mediocre to above average. To sum it up while it may not show much fan service with the panty flashes or outrageous bust sizes it does everything else just right to keep your eyes on the screen! The most impressive part of the anime is the flow is at a constant rate, not dragging on anything unnecessary and flying through the good bits either. Though it may leave something to be desired for in the romance section I felt it was well done and achieved exactly what it aimed to do. Characters: 9/10 Art: 6/10 Audio: 7/10 Overall: 9/10 Notes: I didn’t place a number on plot like I originally wanted to do because I feel that in comparison to other anime it doesn’t have much of one, but if you are to look at it as a sports anime (which it is) it has more than enough!Also the overall score is quite high even though the average of the others are not-so because there were a lot of things that were done well but can’t exactly have a number put on it.Please post your thoughts and feedback as I had fun writing this and would like to improve!Thanks for reading that wall of text!
  8. I was ready to fap, /v/, but I wasn't ready to feel. Katawa Shoujo is a visual novel created by Four Leaf Studios. It was the studio's first and last game. The Story: You begin the game as Hisao Nakai meeting up with a secret admirer. Things take a turn for the worse as the event literally gives him a heart attack and he is hospitalised for months for a congenital heart defect. The game moves into full swing with Hisao moving to a new school called Yamaku, a school for disabled children. From there, you lead Hisao through his first year at the new school, making new friends and, if you make the right choices, find a new love. The game is eroge, but you have the option to turn off the adult content and enable what amounts to Relax-O-Vision, wherein pictures of food are displayed. I personally do not recommend turning off adult content if possible, to be explained momentarily. The time commitment, as with most visual novels, depends largely on your reading speed. It took me the majority of an afternoon to do a single route, so this is definitely not a quick play. There is no voice acting and there are six cinematic shorts, one for each path and one for the beginning of the game. It is written in English, but there are several translations floating around. As with my previous review, there will be no numbers or rankings, only my impressions and views. Basics now aside, let us delve into some particulars. Assume there will be spoilers, though I try to avoid any major plot revelations. Overall Despite potential for a lot of offence, it is a rather tastefully done game. The sex scenes do have its place and help to expand on the characters and their relationships, even to the point of including some very uncomfortable and questionable scenes. Each character is given life and depth, even minor characters like Kenji and the nurse. The female leads are all different, sharing some traits across the board but otherwise maintain enough of a personality to keep the paths from feeling like doing the same thing repeatedly. Though its roots lie in 4chan, it is not an incomprehensible mess of trolling and hentai. There are shoutouts and jokes, but even a cursory glance through dev notes make it clear they took the game seriously. It is set in Japan, but they did well to keep the game clear of any "anime-isms" and translate Japanese culture as best they could. There are some questionable areas where these translations are weak, but they did their best, even managing to make it sound like it was actually translated from Japanese (it was, as previously mentioned, originally written in English). The point of the game, as such, isn't to simply hook up with disabled women. The sex scenes do not come up for hours (again, depending on your reading speed), and no more time is spent focussing on them than any other part of the story. As the story unfolds, you--along with protagonist lead Hisao--learn to recognise these young women as independent humans, people who have lives and problems long before Hisao ever came along. The Story There are a few questionable things that become evident upon playing the different paths. Events common to each path seem to take place at different times (the arrival of a letter, for one), but it doesn't detract from enjoyment of the game. There are some weaknesses in the writing, particularly with Lilly and Emi's routes after several other playthroughs. It becomes difficult to connect with some of the characters because the pacing and tension is off in the storytelling (it can't ALL be Hisao's fault--someone had to write his thoughts, after all). It isn't the best written game, and there is perhaps more attention paid to the humorous bits than to the story overall (as it seems different people worked on the different paths, an understandable division of labour). The Art The art is pretty, and the CGs are quite lovely, but it isn't something that will knock off your socks. In certain spots the art especially seems rather loose, an aesthetic that may not be for everyone. Since it is an eroge, there is a certain amount of attention paid to how attractively the characters are depicted, but otherwise it is rather unremarkable. The characters are given a range of emotions to display, some more than others, but otherwise it is like any other visual novel. They stand statically before you. The Music/Sound There isn't much to say about this aspect. The music is not intrusive and rarely out of place, but it can easily get repetitive. This isn't a flaw unique to this game, and it is an understandable one for a free game. Hisao To put it kindly, I thought Hisao was kind of an idiot. To be less kind, he is kind of a jackass. You learn from the start that his hospitalisation had a significant effect on him, but the effects become startlingly clear as you progress through the various paths. Hisao has forgotten how to connect with other people and spends much of the game deep in his over-analytical thoughts, picking apart and questioning everything around him. This characterisation doesn't come from nowhere--you learn that Hisao has a mind for science, something that comes up at least once in each of the paths. He has an easier time grasping his science and math classes, struggling almost comically with his English and Japanese classes. Consider as well that he had spent the last several months effectively a prisoner in a hospital, his only interaction with the nurses and doctors, with the occasional visit from friends and family until those petered out. With that in mind, his nigh obnoxious analysis of each of the leads becomes understandable and relatable. Hisao has spent a lot of time locked in his own mind, his nose stuck in a book for most of his hospitalisation. He has become bitter and cynical, a state that becomes a point of his own analysis in Rin's route. Overall, Hisao has depth. He speaks and responds rather realistically, very rarely breaking out of character. He is not a perfect protagonist and there are moments, especially in Rin's route, where I wanted to shake him violently, to make him realise how much of an idiot he is being. The Paths You have the choice of five female leads. From left to right, you have Lilly, Hanako, Rin, Emi, Misha (who does not have a path in the game), and Shizune. Lilly Lilly is blind and, in my eyes, the most mature amongst the female leads. She is a very proper and diligent young woman, but as you get to know her, you start to see through her armour. As Hanako's closest friend in the school, she tends to be very motherly and caring, a trait that can quickly become aggravating. She was the first one I pursued; I found her path to be perhaps the most boring. Not for lack of drama as there is plenty of it--Hisao's heart disease is a plot point in her path more so than any of the others, and between Hanako and Shizune playing rather large roles in her path, there is no shortage of angst. It just seemed to lack something special to really draw me into their relationship. Lilly is, from the start, ostensibly a Mary Sue. She's graceful, beautiful, caring, and intelligent. Hisao puts her on a pedestal from the start, and it is through her path that her Mary Sue exterior is deconstructed. While not my favourite path, she is not the worst. Hanako Her scars are one of the first things Hisao notices about her, followed by her shrinking violet persona. An almost stereotypical shy wallflower kind of girl, you learn on her path that appearances can be deceiving. Hisao and Hanako are rarely on the same page and misunderstand each other more than once--not nearly as much as Hisao misunderstands Rin (to be fair, he may not understand her at all), but it's getting there. Hanako's bad ending is, to me anyway, one of the most uncomfortable and heartbreaking of the bad endings. Hisao, like Lilly and like others would, react to Hanako with a desire to protect her and keep her safe from harm. This overbearing attitude and these white knight tendencies become a major point of contention throughout her path. Her sex scene is one of the most uncomfortable and awkward. Hanako does not come across as a fully willing participant and Hisao realises this, but continues regardless. She later explains her reasoning, but it does not stop being an uncomfortable scene in my eyes. I pursued her second and while I like Hanako, I did not find myself particularly interested in their relationship. I did like her path more than I liked Lilly's, however. Rin This was the last path I did, and I'm glad it was, because it was the best of them. I relate to Rin on several levels, and actually found myself tearing up during her route. It is also on this route that I found myself extremely upset with Hisao. Rin is an offbeat, armless artist who is quite possibly the most tragic and most hilarious character in the game. You run into her on occasion on the other paths, but it isn't until you get into her path that you have the chance to understand who she is. As previously mentioned, Hisao has a difficult time relating to her, and I suspect that many others will too. She isn't the most logical, instead relying on her own form of logic and reasoning. She is the most sincere of the female leads, but no less stubborn and no less guarded. She struggles with communicating with others and often finds herself instead deeply involved with her art, desperately trying to reach out to others through her painting. Her path focuses primarily on Hisao's attempts to understand what he thinks is impossible to understand, and her own efforts to find some solace with her existence. Her neutral end is, in my eyes, far worse than her bad end. It is heavily hinted that she will end up killing herself in pursuit of an artistic career. Emi The second to last path I did. Emi has no legs, but that doesn't stop her from running like the wind, from being ostensibly the fastest person in the school. Despite her childlike appearance, she comes across as being more experienced--she is a year older, due to her own stay in a hospital while learning to walk. She keeps Hisao at a distance, believing that in order to make it through life without heartache, she must maintain heavy emotional walls. Depending on what choices you make, the degeneration of their relationship can be extremely disconcerting as she quickly puts on a mask, even after emotional fights. It is her openness with sex and physical aspects of their relationship and her reluctance--if not outright refusal--to become closer emotional that stands as the primary conflict between her and Hisao. I did not much enjoy the path and personally found Emi rather annoying. I think it is meant to add to her rather lolita-ish charms. Misha and Shizune While Misha is not an option, you do interact with her quite a bit on Shizune's path. Shizune, the deaf-mute president of the student council, is megalomaniacal, driven, and highly competitive to the point of turning everything into a competition. It is these traits that make her extremely unlikeable in my eyes, but she is easily one of the most traditionally attractive characters of the options presented to you--especially if you have a thing for women with glasses. Her sex scenes are also crafted with just a bit more love--I believe she is actually the "canon" choice for Hisao. Considering that as you progress along her path, you learn that Shizune too has forgotten how to relate to people--unhelped by the fact that she relies on Misha to translate everything for her--and she simply wants to make friends, she and Hisao share more than a couple of traits. He easily falls into her traps, whether she sets them on purpose or not, and goes a lot further for her than he does any of the other girls (he learns sign language so that he can get closer to her). However, things start getting kind of awkward when Misha starts becoming a bigger part of the story. More under the cut. Misha comes to you one day seeking "comfort". If you choose to do so, what follows is an extremely awkward and uncomfortable break of trust as Hisao is currently dating Shizune. Regardless of whether you do so or not, you find out that Misha had--and continues to have--unrequited feelings for Shizune. When Shizune comes to terms with the fact she is taking advantage of Misha, her confession becomes all the more saddening. All that said, Shizune is my least favourite character and her path was rather aggravating for me. Her bad end also seemed to be an unending spiral of angst, but not in any form that I found endearing or empathetic. Final Thoughts It is a humorous and touching story, a game that can easily suck you into the drama of the characters. There are some shortcomings, such as the lack of variety and quality in the music and sound department, the occasional weakness in the writing, but these things are compensated for. It isn't the greatest visual novel out there, even amongst free ones, but there are signs of professionalism and care taken towards its creation. Do give it a play--it is free, after all.
  9. This is my review for Naruto Shippuden The first of Naruo Shippuden three seasons were alright they weren't bad but also they weren't that good They dragged the story too much the pacing was slow and by slow I mean really slow ,the battle scenes took several episodes where they can be done with one or two and that almost killed the show ,it's too bad because the story and the characters and very interesting. But after season 3 the anime improve in every aspect the no more slow paced story, spaced battles everything gets better animation, action scenes, sound track and especially the story , I mean it's like it's a totally different anime from what it's started(in a good way of curse) and up till now it keeps getting better and better. Story: The story have humor, action ,tragedy , romance and twists in it and the anime present it so well it makes it worth your while to bear with the first three seasons and some fillers here and there(which are not that bad). In case of characters: most of characters are well designed and easy to relate to ,even some of the Villains ,every characters is unique in his/her own way and have depth. The animations are good...not the best out there but pretty decent for a TV series. Sound track is amazing and fits well in the scenes especially the fighting scenes. So eventually if you are a Naruto fan, you can't miss this anime, it started not that good but it became one of the best anime I've watched. I gave it 9/10 despite the disappointing slow paced first three seasons (~70 episodes)because afterward it gets so good that it covers it up the mess in the first 3 seasons. Thanks for reading and i hope you enjoyed it
  10. Before-Notes So. I've recently aqquired this game called Kamidori Alchemy Meister and I figured I'll do a review on it! I'll be splitting it up into different parts, seeing as how I'm still playing the game. I'll do a "first look" review, "half-time thoughts" review, and then the "final" review. I may end up going through it really quick, or this might take me a very long time, it really depends on my schedule. Anyway, without further ado, here we go! Kamidori Alchemy Meister - First Look Kamidori Alchemy Meister Kamidori Alchemy Meister is a Japanese Eroge, created by Eushully. It's an 'informal sequel to Princess Hunting Dungeon Meister', which I have never played before. In Kamidori Alchemy Meister there are three main heroines, and doing a little bit of research I have learnt that each have their own specific route.There is a loli heroine, a quiet-and-knightly kind of herione, and a motherly / big-sisterly heroine. I'll talk more about these later. The one thing I have noticed about Kamidory Alchemy Meister is that unlike most visual novels, there's a game-play element to it. I haven't even reached the 'eroge' bits yet, and I have to admit this game is actually pretty hard! If I had to compare it to another game, the battle system reminds me of Final Fantasy Tactics, or maybe Fire Emblem, but with less characters to control. Though the game-play is simple, it requires you to keep thinking actively, or rather take care with each move you do. As a visual novel, it's very similar to Utawarerumono, but I'm enjoying it a lot more at the moment. (battle-system screenshots) When not in battle or dungeon, you're either in town, or in a cut scene. The town layout is quite simple as well, just click where you want to visit and you're there. The cut scenes are your typical Visual Novel cut scenes, which I personally enjoy but I know a lot of people find them a bit boring. (in-town screenshot) You play the character Wilfred Dion, a young man who lives in Yuidora, a city famous for it's alchemists. Due to personal reasons, Wilfred failed the Alchemist test last year and has chosen to retake it this year. I won't talk too much about the plot, simply because I just started this game and also that would be spoilers! But so far it seems like it's a coming-of-age story full of adventures, friendship and love! In other words, totally awesome! The music in this game aren't amazing, but I haven't hated a single track yet. Similarly the voice acting, there's none that I hate as of yet, or rather, I quite like the voice acting. The art on the other hand, I'm a bit iffy about. It's generally quite good but I think they could have done more with the in-dungeon sprites seeing as how that's what you're looking at for the bulk of the time. (The battle sprites look amazing though!) They have done quite a good job creating a consistent atmosphere though, so good job to them there. Finally, on to the characters. Emelita First up is Emelita the loli! Emelita is an enthusiastic young girl who, though good natured, is somewhat clumsy. She was the second heroine to run into Wil (Protagonist) in the story, and seemingly knows of him from somewhere. She's quite cute and the situations she gets herself in are quite amusing. She tries hard, and is rather talented when it comes to observing magic and alchemy. On the other hand, her social skills aren't quite up to par, and she doesn't know about a lot of 'common' things. In terms of battle-ability, she's a long-range caster. She has high magic damage, and good AOE (area of effect) spells, but is quite fragile and has low mobility. (I probably favor her the most in battles, I enjoy sniping people!) Serawi Second up is Serawi, the big-sisterly / motherly-type heroine. Serawi is an elf from a nearby village, and due to being an elf her longevity is much greater than a humans. She's a kind, good natured and well mannered girl whom's dream is to have humans and elves co-operate together on an intimate level. (they're kind of distant as it is) She is the third heroine to run into Wil, in the story, it was a brief first meeting. Serawi is the most mature one of the group, and has the deepest understanding of nature and mana. In battle, Serawi is a ranged archer / healer. She is quite well rounded with offense and defense, and also has some support spells. She's the most mobile on the team. (She's probably my favorite heroine out-of-battle. She's also a key supporter in-battle for me!) Yuella Third is Yuella, the quiet but knightly heroine. Yuella is from the foreign lands, Disnafrody. She was the first in the story to run into Wil, and due to circumstances they ended up sticking together. Yuella is a straight forward girl, who has a strong sense of duty. She's distant from the rest, keeping her burdens to herself. You don't know much about Yuella as of yet except that she's a foreigner, and she has requested to have the magic in her sword restored. She's strong and independent, but knows little of how to socialize, and the proper manners in Yuidora. Yuella is a front line solider in battle. She's got a decent amount of health and defense, though lacking a bit in magical defense. She has good movement and can get to places fast, and relatively safely. (She's probably my most used in terms of exploring dungeons. I use her as the front line to soak up damage and to pick off any weak monsters that get in her way.) First Look Ratings Gameplay: 8/10 The gameplay is quite simple, but at the same time challenging. If you take your time it should be no problem! It's quite enjoyable, though I would hope it gets a little more complicated later on. Sound: 7/10 The music is not bad and fits the game well. The sound effects are also above average. Maybe the music will get more epic later on, I'll have to wait and see. Art: 7.5/10 The art is good! I would have liked to have given it an 8 seeing as how the cut scenes and standard dialogue scenes are phenomenal, but the dungeon art didn't really cut the 8/10 mark for me though, but it's still good! Characters: 7.5/10 The characters have their own distinct personality to everyone else in the game. True, they're kind of generic personalities you can find in any anime/game, it's just the start and it would be strange if it started off with huge character developments. Voice Acting: 8/10 As I stated before, I quite liked the voice acting in this game. My biggest peeve when playing a visual novel is when I can't stand the voice of one of the characters, thankfully that's not here. They really did do quite a good job though. Overall: 8/10
  11. This is my review for the anime series, "D.N. Angel" This anime was enjoyable to me at some points, but there were really times where i just wanted to get up and walk away. If you don't have the right determination (or laziness) this show could lose its stuff really fast. Its about a fourteen year old named Niwa Daisuke who, on his fourteenth birthday, finds out that members of the Niwa bloodline have been, for years, transforming into a thief named Kaitou Dark (or dark mousey, w.e.). It happens to him all of a sudden while he's thinking of his crush, Harade Risa. Its then explained to him the whole Niwa situation and the trigger for his transformation is directly related to the heart. In short, whenever he thinks about Risa, he turns into dark. There is also a family like the Niwas called the Hikaris, who are actually the sworn rivals to the Niwas. The Hikari boy like Daisuke is named Satoshi, who goes to Daisuke's school under the name of Hiwatari Satoshi. Like, Daisuke, a being like Dark exists inside him known as Krad. Krad doesn't come out when Hiwatari's heart is stimulated though, nope, Krad forces his way out of Satoshi. The whole routine for the first 13 episodes or so is basically the same, dark steals something, plus a little side mission. Dark steals something, plus a little side mission. The fun comes back into the series when an American named Hio Mio transfers into Daisuke's school and from that point on, the series is basically addictive. For your sake of knowing, Risa has a twin sister named Riku who differs from Risa in every aspect but her face. Good show, though standing back and looking at it, it could be considered shojo. I'll give it an 8 Hope you enjoyed reading.
  12. Hello, I wanted to write up some reviews for Movies, Games and Anime. Hope you enjoy =) Anyway, here is my review for the movie "The Avengers". If you're a fan of epic adventure movies, then this is your dream come true. This is the type of film you fantasized about growing up! It really is the ultimate superhero mash-up and it's done perfectly. The makers of this film certainly understand spectacle but they also get the intricacies and depth these type of characters can provide. That right there assures this instant classic will be thought of as the best as well as the biggest film of 2012. The depth of this movie really did surprise me. Even though the high quality of the actors involved and there previous work as these very same characters seemed to indicate otherwise, I was expecting a wild popcorn movie. I was wrong in thinking it was too much to convey in one film. I couldn't be more pleased because they balanced everything masterfully. Sure, there's the popcorn fun we were all expecting but there's also a definite soul to the film and a smart plot as well. It's truly a stupendous movie regardless of genre. Marvel did it, they pulled off the culmination of a master plan that's been taking shape for years. They deliver a movie the likes of which we've never seen before and as good of a film that's ever been made in its genre. There's a reason this grand of a movie has never been attempted before now. How do you fully flesh out, care about and establish this vast group and still deliver a fun, crisp and coherent story? It's extremely difficult to navigate that edge-of-your-seat excitement while at the same time caring about each one of the characters and their struggles. One of the most impressive aspects of The Avengers is that they managed to get each hero their time in the spotlight and their own character arc. Every single main lead steps up and is treated with remarkable intelligence and given room to shine. I loved that the stakes in this film are ridiculously high and the threat so impressive that there really is a need for these diverse characters to come together. That could have been a stumbling block in terms of story but it's treated just right. It's also a great idea that they chose to introduce all the characters to the audience as if you've never seen them before. Sure, the other films set up and give depth to each character but even if you missed their solo films, you'll still know and care about them in this movie. It's also wonderful that everything is as big as it should be. This truly is the comic book epic of our lifetime (the fanboy version of Gone With The Wind circa 1939 if you will) and it all shows up on screen. Everything looks GREAT and feels epic. The equipment (love that Helicarrier), the relationships, the stars, the characters themselves and the battles are all huge and as fully mesmerizing as they should be. There are scenes that are emotional and there are scenes that are going to make any audience member scream "BADASS!" and mean it. I'm serious when I say that the big, explosive moments are as grand as they should be but it's the smaller character moments in this film that really take it to another level. At this point, we've all seen how good some CG action can get but grounding it with a great story and with meaningful quieter moments is what makes a movie good. That's the ace up the Avengers sleeve. This is NOT some CGI video game movie. Cut out the action and I'd still want to see this movie. So, it's safe to say that they are replicating the comic book experience on the big screen. Years of depth coupled with spectacle and advanced fiction is a treat for non-comic book and comic book fans alike. That's is The Avengers greatest power... the ability to entertain all comers! Thanks for reading everyone.
  13. This is my review for Men in Black 3, May contain possible spoilers. Please Enjoy. The first "Men in Black" film arrived roughly fifteen years ago and pleased audiences. Five years later, the second installment of the franchise arrived and left many moviegoers disappointed. Then, the Men in Black went missing for ten years and now roughly a decade after the previous installment arrived, "Men in Black 3" arrives in theaters with a time-traveling storyline and we finally get to see our beloved Agent J and Agent K again. The arrival of "Men in Black 3" last Friday marks an event of comebacks. Obviously, the film marks the return of the "Men in Black" franchise which has gone dormant for roughly a decade. But the arrival of this film also marks the return of Will Smith to the big screen. His last major role was in 2008's "Seven Pounds" and he has gone into a three-and-a-half year absence since then. Now he returns to the big screen as one of his most popular roles. He is undoubtedly one of the biggest stars on the planet and seeing him return to the big screen is welcoming. Ten years separated this installment and "Men in Black 2", where as fifteen years separated "Men in Black 3" and the original one. Due to the large gap in time between the movies, the concept of Men in Black might be new to some people. Basically, it's about an organization that deals with paranormal and extraterrestrial activity on Earth. You can say that these people are the policemen for aliens. So what's this third installment about? Intergalactic extraterrestrial criminal Boris (Don't call him Boris the Animal or ... you'll see) has escaped a super-max prison located on the Moon. He arrives on Earth to deal with some unfinished and personal business with Agent K. Apparently back in 1969, Agent K cut off Boris's left arm during a confrontation. Now Boris wants revenge and so travels back into 1969 to kill the younger K to prevent the 2012 K from existing. Agent J also travels back in time to prevent his partner from being slain by the extraterrestrial convict. 1969 is different from 2012. Unfortunately, 1969 is a time where there is still discrimination to black people, much to Agent J's dismay. Even though it's 1969 and their Neuralyzer isn't as advanced as the 2012 version, they still have some rad technology, especially the single-wheeled bikes used by the two Agents. But what steals the show is the appearance of Josh Brolin as the younger Agent K. Due to the plot, Tommy Lee Jones had to give out most of his role to Josh Brolin for most of the movie. "Men in Black 3" also offers some interesting twists. Aside from the young Agent K, we also discover some shocking revelations. For example, we now know that famous photographer Andy Warhol is an undercover Man in Black under the name of Agent W. We also learn that there is some chemistry between Agent K and Agent O that dates back to 1969. At the end of the climax, we also discover an important moment about Agent J's early life. "Men in Black 3" is a very entertaining film. It includes solid action sequences against extraterrestrials of bizarre natures. The action sequences are very entertaining and keep the film suspenseful. The climax of the film delivers and does not disappoint. The aliens were also very imaginative, creative and very detailed. Not only does "Men in Black 3" excel in the action scenes, but the cast here delivered powerful performances. Will Smith who had been missing-in-action for three-and-a-half years proved that his star power has not diminished over these years as he delivered a solid, charismatic, and powerful performance. Although he had to relinquish most of his role to Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones also delivered an excellent performance as our beloved Agent K. But the guy who elevated the film's excellence is Josh Brolin. His performance as the young Agent K is compelling and spellbinding and all around impressive. The other supporting cast also did amazing performances. The humor here is also heart-warming. Most of the humor comes from the man himself, Will Smith. When there is a depressing scene, there's always some humor to help alleviate the sadness. "Men in Black 3" as a whole is an impressive and entertaining film. It has an interesting premise, action scenes that build up suspense, solid performances, and outstanding visual effects. "Men in Black 3" is highly recommended, for both fans of the previous two installments, and those new to the concept. While this installment may not surpass the first one in terms of quality, it's a drastic improvement from the disappointing second installment. "Men in Black 3" is an excellent addition to the "Men in Black" franchise that includes an interesting plot line and solid performances, especially Josh Brolin, that is a major improvement to the second installment. thanks for reading
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    Gosick

    Alternate Titles: GOSICK, -ゴシック-, GOSICK, -Goshikku- Type: TV Episodes: 24 Status: Completed. Aired: January 7, 2011 – July 2, 2011 Studio: Bones Genres: Mystery, Romance, Comedy, Action, Detective. Rating: Teen. Plot and Settings: Gosick takes place in 1924 in a small, French-speaking fictional European country, which stretches in a strip from Switzerland, through the alps between France and Italy, to the Mediterranean Sea. The country is called "Sauville" in the English translation of the light novels; it is called "Saubure" in the anime adaption. The story centers on Kazuya Kujo, the third son of a high ranking officer of Japanese Imperial Army, who is a transfer student to St. Marguerite Academy, where urban legends and horror stories are all the rage. There he meets Victorique, a mysterious yet beautiful and brilliant girl who never comes to class and spends her days reading the entire content of the library or solving mysteries that even detectives can't solve. The series mostly focuses on Kazuya and Victorique getting involved in different mystery cases and their struggle to solve them, at the same time forming important bonds with different people. Above information source: Wikipedia. Image Credits: Google Images. My Review: Well according to me this anime is a must watch. Here are the reasons why: 1) Good story development. The story starts off in a very typical way. Guy meets mysterious girl that has super human abilities and such (not to forget the main female character Victorique is a drop dead beauty). I am not going to be specific as to what happens during the anime. You should find out yourself (and be surprised by the anime not me). The story will progress gradually and it will seem a bit slow at first but it will slowly pick up pace. 2) Character depth is fairly good. There are descriptions for almost each and every character in quite a bit of detail (well, at least I think so). You will not end up guessing what the background story for each character is. The anime will gradually give you more in-depth information about the characters as the anime progresses. Each and every 'case' in the anime will be quite thoroughly descriptive about what is going on. I will say this again, please give the anime some time and you will eventually begin to understand where everything is going. 3) Knowledgeable. You will see quite a few nifty tricks, schemes and techniques that will be used and described (even if in brief). Some of the stuff that is used to solve the cases and also tricks that Victorique breaks down and demonstrates will surely amaze you, considering the date that the anime takes place in it is really quite something to admire (I like stuff like that and it really appealed to me, so yeah). 4) Romance. Yep this anime has some of it. It is not very visible at first but as the story progresses you will see the bonds that form between characters and also old ties between them. By the end (if you get to it that is) you will really grow attached to the characters in the anime (I have and I am pretty sure many people will as well). 5) Various side-stories. This is not a bad thing. Do not think of them as fillers (PLEASE!). Every single thing that happens in the anime gives the main plot more meaning. Have some patience and watch all of it and you will not regret it. 6) Good Music. Music is quite important for me in an anime. Something I think everybody would be glad to hear about is that Gosick has great music! I really mean it. The OP and ED themes are all wonderful. Even the music in the anime is fantastic! It really sets the mood and is one of those things that seem insignificant but really add to an anime's overall enjoyability. That is my review for Gosick. This is my first review and I might edit it later if I think it is necessary.
  15. I don't know about some of the other people out there that have seen it, but I recommend Full Metal Panic. It really is a great anime. Currently there are only three seasons out. There is Full Metal Panic, Full Metal Panic: Fumofu (an all out amazing comedy using the shorts), and Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid. Give it a try, you may like it. I honestly like the English dub for this one better than the subs. Enjoy!
  16. Gravity Rush This game is the reason I was going to buy a PSVita. Even after reading a bad review from a popular site, I decided I would buy it anyway, and this game is awesome. In Gravity Rush you play as Kat, a girl that fell from the sky and has no memories. With the power to control gravity with the help of her cat, Dusty, she must protect the city of Hekseville against the Nevi. Meeting all sorts of people and making friends along the way, all the elements are there for a "manga-ish" superhero origins story. The game was said to have a bande-dessiné (France/Belgium "comic-book" drawing style) look, but it looks to me like manga, and it is made in Japan, so I'm just going to say manga from now on. The cut-scenes are manga panels and some of them have animation. There is a little of voice acting, but the voices are in Japanese, most of the game is text, which could be a downer for some people. I think it works well with the art-style, I had the impression I was reading a superhero manga while still playing a game at the same time. The gameplay goes like this. You press "R" to go in no gravity mode, and then you aim where you want your gravity and press "R" again to fly (or fall) in that direction. When you hit a wall, it becomes your floor. I should say, there is no falling damage, that would be silly. The combat is kicking, if you are on the ground you kick your enemies, when you are flying, you do a flying kick. There are no big combos, but there are special attacks that come in later in the game, which I didn't use that much. When the bosses are weakened, thouch the blue circle in the screen and Kat does a finishing move. In another review, there was complaining about the gameplay, because the reviewer wasn't able to hit the enemies each time. I call that difficulty. Missing a kick is part of the game, maybe he just wanted to keep on reading, not playing. Kat's powers can be upgraded by spending Gems, which are spread in the world. They can also be obtained by completing challenges. Kat's reputation affects how much her powers can be upgraded. You can get reputation by doing the main story and side quests. Gravity Rush has a 10 hour story along with small side quests, challenges and some exploration. There are DLCs that will be coming, because the achievement Trophies are already installed. Since this is an origins story and how it ends, it makes me hope for a sequel. This may just be me talking, but I think this is a must-buy for every PSVita owner.
  17. My review for FMA: Brotherhood =) Fullmetal Alchemist is, in a way, unique. It is very much a mainstream series, with the appeal of a huge cast of unique characters, action that commonly involves special powers, a fairly straight forward story with some mostly obvious symbolism, and a mix of comedy, action, drama, and even some romance. These are all common staples of long running anime series that lean towards a more commercial and public appeal. And yet, for a mainstream series, it manages to continually surprise with a very mature and serious tone. There is a great deal of tragedy and some moments are even frightening and memorable. Few series achieve such a perfect balance of mainstream entertainment and gut wrenching drama and tragedy. Such was what I discovered when I first laid my eyes on the original FMA series. And yet, for all it's greatness, it began to flounder in it's second season. As many series do, it took on its own form and story, and it was at that point that it started to lose its charm. So, Bones did the smart thing. They remade it. For most series, this would be pointless, but for FMA, it's very much welcome. Five years after the original series ended and the manga has had time to grow, this new FMA is better looking, paced better, and follows the manga, expanding the plot in a better direction. It's hard not to like anything about this new FMA. The action is fantastic and looks great, as it always did. We aren't subjected to single shots or poorly edited sequences. All the action is displayed and wonderfully animated. Likewise, all the charm is here as well, from the more serious scenes that fans will remember to the humor which is consistent and still funny. Bones took everything good about the original series and threw out all the bad, replacing those particulars with higher quality details. In a sense, it even feels like a new anime, and by episode 13, it has gone in a completely new direction. A better developed story and characters, superior animation, and fantastic details. These are what make the new FMA an instant new-age classic. Like FMA was the first time around, the new FMA will be one of the top anime to watch out for in the states. Thanks for reading, Hope you enjoyed it.
  18. Okay, so this is partly a review on my part, but feel free to discuss your own oppinions of this film. If you plan on watching this film yourself, and don't want any spoilers then... Just don't open the spoiler tags. Right... Last night, I finally decided to get 'round to watching the film [Rec] 3 - Genesis. I hadn't seen any trailers, or read anything other than what was on the blurb of the DVD. But still, I kinda had some high expectations since I very much enjoyed the first two installments. Note that I am speaking of the original Spanish trilogy, not the remakes that are titled 'Quarantine'. The first one, for me, was a fresh and interesting take on the zombie horror genre. Mostly being a fan of George A. Romero's films, but still very much enjoying Danny Boyle's 28 Days/Weeks films, it was nice to see something that could kinda be considered a mix of the two. I also enjoyed the whole 'Documentary' take on it, as this was before everyone started using that style of filming in horror films. The second one followed the same formular as the first, but improved on it. It answered much questions that were left unanswered from the first, and in general it was a very good sequel. Now this is where I'm left utterly baffled... Having read into this film after watching it, I found that it was more a "parallel sequel", so the events in the film were happening before, during and after the first two. Whoever wrote that is stupid, because [Rec] 3 covered the span of a young couple's wedding night, so the events in this would have only covered one of the two films. But regardless of that, what threw me was how funny the film actually was. It's like the director just took the first two films and decided to make a spoof of them. He also seemed to want to take some of the rather crappy elements of the Resident Evil films (Well, the crappiest elements, I really thought those films sucked so much.) with the whole "hot woman slaughtering loads of zombies." Except, that scene was utterly laughable because... The dude she was with said that they should run, but she was all like "No, we stand and fight!", which was all well and good for her because she had a fucking massive chainsaw, and he had bugger all to defend himself with. Needless to say, he died in that scene. The film in general was full of terrible jokes. It was one of the most cheesiest things I have ever seen in a horror film. And in general, it was such a let down compared to the first two. Now don't get me wrong, to begin with it did have so much good going for it. The story depicted a young couple's wedding. However, things were amiss upon the presence of a relative who had been bitten by something. Of course, he was infected with that 'zombie' virus. Then after his, for lack of a better word, transformation, all hell broke loose. It was a fantastic scene in which the virus was spread rapidly among the guests at the reception party, and the whole hall was a huge slaughter fest. It was very shortly after that when the film got terrible. It focused the story on the husband and wife, who were trying to find each other amidst the outbreak. It had the premise for a rather sad, yet sweet story, which in theory wasn't such a bad thing. But it was executed terribly. The young couple were portrayed as to have some sort of "telepathic" connection, where they could "sense" that the other was alive. They didn't need to rationalise someone desperately searching for their loved one just because they "sensed" they were alive. I mean, put in that situation myself, I would go searching simply because I don't know whether my loved one is dead or alive and therefore any chance what so ever of them being alive would be enough to motivate me. And so began an incredibly terrible and cheesy romp through masses of zombies with the husband wearing some replica armour of St. George, no less! in an attempt to try and find each other. Having said all this, I will say that the film did have quite a decent ending. The wife had been infected, but the husband took her out of the quarantine zone regardless. It was quite a well-filmed scene in which they had their last kiss, the wife giving in to the zombie virus and ripping out his tongue, and then them being shot to hell and back before finally collapsing to the floor, dead. In general, I thought the film was terrible. I guess as a stand-alone film it isn't too bad, as I have seen much worse zombie horrors. (Resident Evil) It's just that, because it is supposed to be part of the bigger story involving the events of [Rec] 1 and 2, all it seemed to do was make a mockery of the films the same way the Resident Evil films made a mockery of the games. It was as if someone like Michael Bay had got his hands on the franchise and put a bullet in its head. But it was from the exact same director! That's what baffled me the most. He did such an excellent job with the first two, and then it was like he just decided "Hey, let's make a spoof of this!" and made something that couldn't be any further from what the other two had accomplished. So, who else has seen this film, and what are your views?
  19. My review for the anime series Naruto This does not include the series Naruto Shippuden. I've already watched a lot of animes throughout the years. Of course there are animes that aren't so good and some are the typical type like the hack and slash method. I can name a few animes that when you watch it, you can already guess the ending or what'll happen on the next episode... In time, I realized and accepted that not everyone is going to like something, or dislike it. No matter what anime it is, no matter how much its budget and how great it looked on screen... It all comes down to the plot, the story, its everything... It all boils down to personal preference. So, the question is, how do you know if you'd like something you've never seen but heard so much about? When I first started Naruto, I wasn't impressed... In fact, I kindda hated it... For me, It was full of bull****... I read the first 3 pages of the manga and I didn't read the following pages and just kept on flipping the pages because of boredom. I was just looking at the pictures because I wasn't interested and when I saw Naruto doing the Kage Bunshin, I wasn like; so what?! Is that all he can do? I was like; "So what if he can do Kage Bunshin"? Still, Goku is better, or Yaiba is better, or so on and so forth... I didn't see the potential of Naruto.. Didn't even bother to see the anime when it hits the TV screens... I didn't bother... That was my mistake... I didn't like Naruto because I didn't give its story a chance to dig in... When I finally decided to give it a chance... I found out that there is more than meets the eye in this anime, I immediately watched naruto and still, I wasn't impressed... I was more than amazed that this anime has everything; drama, comedy, action, plot that can turn a lot of heads for thinking what's next and well, I gave it a chance, and I wasn't disappointed... From the first episode, they presented a distinct setting with distinct characters. Sure, archetypes were being followed (the boy dreaming of becoming big, the old grandfatherly figure, the teacher, the rival). The first episode showed emotion and depth to its main character and what he will struggle with, along with the dynamics of his interaction with other characters and their quirks. Cut about ten episodes later, the plot arc currently being followed felt to me like it was not going to matter much to the main story. Some episodes had drawn out battles, and I got that feeling that the anime would be the type where they would go from different area to different area, developing their skills and learning moral lessons and such, but there would be no grand plot, no B story, that tied the series together. I also worried it would fall into mediocrity. Without giving anything away, by the end of that arc (about 19 episodes in), my mind was changed. Having seen all of the series up to the current episodes, I can say at least for myself that Naruto is a deeper anime than some give credit to, and can be quite addicting. A strong focus is on its characters as they develop throughout the series and there are moments of real emotion, tragedy, intensity and even just amusement. It's not perfect, as there are slow times in the series and the cartoon suffers from tricks to get as many episodes out of the original story as they can, and I won't say every one will end up liking it but I can say it had unexpectedly became my favorite anime. So all of you who loved this anime, keep loving it... All of you who hated this anime, give it a chance... well, you've got nothing to lose anyway, right? Thanks for reading and i hope you enjoyed
  20. Figured I may as well post it here too: Ao No Exorcist This world consists of two dimensions joined as one, like a mirror. The first is the world in which the humans live, Assiah. The other is the world of demons, Gehenna. Ordinarily, travel between the two, and indeed any kind of contact between the two, is impossible. However the demons can pass over into this world by possessing anything that exist within it. Satan the god of demons, but there's one thing that he doesn't have, and that's a substance in the human world that is powerful enough to contain him!! For that purpose he created Rin, his son from a human woman, but will his son agree to his plans? Or will he become something else...? An exorcist? (Source: MU) Razor's Rapid Review: This was a pretty damn awesome series. A fairly unique story helped immediately set it apart from other series and piqued my interest from the very beginning. The music was kick-ass too and this only made me like it more since I pay a LOT of attention to openings and such. Anyway, here's the ratings: Story: 1/2 I loved the story. It was unique, interesting and made sense! However, there was a feeling that many people expressed and one that I kinda agree on. The story does get bogged down and becomes very stereotypical, in terms of being a shounen, in the middle. Still, the premise is very interesting. Characters: 2/2 Classic shounen characters. Rin is just great, as is Amaimon. Though a lot of the characters, as well as the series on a whole, are kind of cliches, this doesn't take away from the story at all. You got your badass, dependent female, headstrong protagonist, yet they're still really enjoyable! A complaint could be made that the characters don't develop a lot, but I don't agree with that. Art: 2/2 Amazing is all I can say. Everything looks so perfect. Kuro in particular is an example of great art. No faults. Sound: 2/2 Yep, as mentioned before, I loved the music in this series. So much so, that I have both openings on my iPod! Enjoyment: 2/2 I loved the series and watched it weekly, almost religiously. Though towards the end I did lose a bit of concentration, it kept me hooked enough to watch it weekly. 'Epic' Factor (Final Rating) This is a funny little category, that's specific to me. In this category, I decide how special an anime feels to me. This factor is what helps me differentiate between the anime that I've rated 10/10. Sometimes, the epic factor makes me bump a series up a couple grades. This series I grade at......... 9/10
  21. Well, to start, it's currently on sale, so you can pick it up for just over ten bucks on Steam. I picked it up because one of my friends wanted it and it was on sale, and I like being able to dress up my characters. Yes, good. I've played it obsessively enough to generate some opinions. General So you're a witch--you found this out when you were thirteen and you did some crazy Super Mario jump that made some people come up to you and asked you to make a Choice. You end up at a boarding school for magical people and from there the choice is yours. You find out you're a wildseed, a witch born of non-magical parents. The nice thing about the game is you don't really have to choose between your studies or having a social life. There are a few cutscenes that are only available when you go to the mall on Saturday instead of staying in and studying, but your romancing normally won't have any effect on your skill building. With one notable exception, which I'll cover later in a spoiler. Bits and pieces about your family are revealed through gameplay while all the other character's stories are revealed primarily through their romantic paths--as expected. None of these stories I found myself especially emotionally vested in--unlike Hatoful Boyfriend which almost had me in tears at one point--but they're interesting and compelling enough to warrant a playthrough or two. Some things I found interesting and worth mentioning: Your romantic options include POC and women. The diversity was refreshing and greatly appreciated. There's a class where you learn about pronoun usage. For those who aren't familiar with pronoun etiquette, there are people who have preferred pronouns when referring to them. It comes up in a discussion about magical beings whose species may not be characterised by sexual dimorphism or may switch between sexes or be without sex entirely. Your professor teaches you a set of agender pronouns to use when you aren't certain what pronouns are appropriate to use. This makes people excited. I don't know if this makes you guys excited. The same professor happily gives you lectures on sex education. The gist of it is you can do whatever you want as long as you give consent. There is no judgment for non-heterosexual relationships or even for non-monogamous relationships. It's mentioned in a line at the end of the year that people came to the May Day ball not only in pairs, but in threes and fours. It's a utopia people dream of. Age differences seem not to matter much--at least within the magical world and when both people are consenting. This is mostly explored when you're on Grabiner's path. Customisation To start, you can customise your little witch and give her an awesome magical name! Unfortunately, you can ONLY be a witch. The devs probably didn't want to have to deal with scripting the game to be played from a male perspective. Anyway. You have two body type options--one is the typical slender character and the other is slightly shorter and curvier. They're both cute body types, but nothing special. For skin tones, you have five options from fairly dark to pasty white. The darkest skintone isn't as dark as I would have liked, but you can't win them all! With regards to hair, you have twelve options of style ranging from some cute little dreads to shorter pixie cuts to some long flowing locks, and fifteen colours. For faces, you have four choices. They're all pretty cute and androgynous, so you can pair them with some of the shorter hairs and complete the look. If you're looking for some in-depth character creation where you can program their personality, adjust the bridge of her nose, you won't find that here. It is better than some other dating sims where you don't even get to adjust the appearance of your character as they never appear on screen. Overall, pretty decent customisation! Art Well, I think it's pretty and doesn't detract from gameplay. I prefer the heavier body type since it makes the faces look nicer, but that's just personal choice. If you're familiar with dating sims, you're probably used to the characters not really moving around that much. They have expressions, but it's a limited palette and almost all of the students make the same expressions. The teachers are more unique in that regard. Some attention was paid in representing heavier characters, but that seems to have only been limited to Ellen, your roommate. None of the male characters appear to be heavyset, although you do meet one with some sweet dog ears. The backgrounds are nicely done, though there's not many to see as your character doesn't go to very many locations outside of the school. She does go to the beach and mall, which has a few places within for your character to visit on Saturdays. The magic special effects aren't anything amazing, just an animated overlay on your screen. Of note--you get a gallery of your romantic conquests. Mine so far reflects two characters ending up with Damien, two with Donald, one with Ellen, one with Grabiner, and a kiss with Pastel. More on the romantic options later. Overall, the art is very nice, but not spectacular. Music/Sound I'm afraid my opinion here may not mean much because I listen to a lot of stuff and tolerate a lot of crap, but there is music and there are sound effects. Voice acting is absent, so whether you find a positive or negative is up to you. I personally like it because I ended up replaying the game about a thousand times and listening to the voices clip as I auto-skip scenes would annoy the ever-living hell out of me. The music is done well, however, and doesn't detract from game, so no weird, inappropriately happy songs during sad scenes! I don't think there were that many songs to the game, so you'll hear the same ones over and over again. The sound effects were limited to the magic. Nothing special there. Overall, the music and sound are done well, but aren't anything mind-blowing. Romance I'm going to touch on this section before heading to gameplay because this is a dating sim. You have a few options for romance. The most obvious one you encounter in gameplay is Damien, the boy your roommate Virginia tells you is a demon. He becomes your senior during initiation week and continues to interact and flirt with you shamelessly throughout the year--so long as you actually do initiation! His path was my first playthrough and I will say it was definitely interesting. See spoiler below for more on him. Throughout his path, he's incredibly flirty and dramatic. He's a troublesome character to date as it causes friction between you and your roommates, as well as the rest of the school. You get the feeling he's a bad boy with a soft side--he openly admits he's been with many people before your character, and you get to meet several of his exes through the school year. However, one day he sends you a letter asking to meet him in the gym one night and he tells you he's dying, that he's going to be gone by the end of the school year. You can offer your soul to him, but whether you do or don't, you still find out he's been lying to you the entire time. He is a demon and he wants your soul so he can ascend to princehood and establish his kingdom in the Otherworld. You have to agree to giving him your soul in order to get his good ending. Either way, he drains your magic and you end up with a "permanent" drop in your strength if you agree. You can build it up at the gym afterwards, but I don't think you have enough time to get it back to the way it was prior to the ceremony. Unlike some other characters who are represented as bad boys with hearts of gold, Damien is through and through a demon--not a single trace of gold. That's just what he is. The way the romance between your character and Damien unfolds after the ceremony is tenuous and emotional. He loves you, he hates you. He wants to kill you and have you by his side forever. I personally enjoyed his characterisation and find it interesting. Next up is Donald. He's Virginia's older brother, but he's in the same year as you. He's mischievous, spends every Saturday in detention, and is always playing pranks. I actually ended up on his path by accident when attempting to complete achievements (one is getting five detentions in a single year), so if you're curious how to get there, that's how! I found him to be very likable and interesting to date, considering the chemistry between him and your character. So far I think he's the best choice for your character, but that's just my interpretation. And then there's Virginia! She's William's (completely unattainable, just so you know) and Donald's little sister and your roommate and comes from a completely magical family. I haven't yet gotten on her romantic path (I was trying and then ended up on Ellen's???). She's incredibly athletic, a little hot-headed, has a great sense of humour, and loves her some sweets. Donald and Virginia don't get along together very well, but William is her self-proclaimed favourite brother. She's one of your main detractors when dating Damien and almost always confronts you about your romantic life at your final exam--she's a little awkward when you date Donald, but is cool with it. ETA: Okay, I finally did her path. It's interesting and adds a lot of depth to her character. Some of the other characters struggle with their identity (it seems to run in Virginia's family, at least), and Virginia's struggle with facets of her identity is worth taking her path to read about. Her story was cute and a little unconventional, but nothing outrageous or unrealistic. Interestingly, in the kiss photo with Virginia, your character is on "top", whereas in the other kiss photos, even with Ellen, your character is on the "bottom". It's an interesting contrast. And then there's Ellen. This little cutie is also your roommate. She's very studious, meticulous, and scientifically-minded. You find out the extent of her interest in science and magic on her path. Ellen is also pretty soft-spoken and friendly, which you see play out in several different ways depending on how you play the game. You can give her advice on her crush on William and see her bond with Donald, but that seems to be the extent of her romantic interests beyond you. There is a little hint of something with Pastel, but nothing significant. Speaking of Pastel. She flirts with everything. Literally everything. If you run for class president or treasurer and give free hugs, she does something moderately inappropriate with her hips when she hugs you. The only other interaction you really have with her besides seeing her in cutscenes interacting with other people is if you send her a romantic Valentine. She shows up at your room, blows some crazy pixie dust in your face, and tells you to kiss her. Depending on which path you're on (if you're on one to begin with), kissing her can be detrimental to your relationship. If you don't care or aren't on one and you kiss her, she then tells you to run away with her or something, but your character gets flustered and rejects her. She's interesting, but I can see why she's not a true romantic option for your character. She just kind of... wants everyone. Your last real romantic option is one of the professors, and it's not the fun pink one. No, it's the Snape-ish Professor Grabiner whom you bump into on your first day and immediately get into trouble with! Congratulations, he thinks you suck at life for being a wildseed. He turns out not to be a very bad dude and is just looking out for everyone, which is expected, really. To end up on his path, you have to do some silly heroics as the treasurer. More on him in the spoiler. You have to save him from a Manus to end up on his path--and it's not so much a path as it is being forced to marry him because the only way to keep you from getting eaten by the Manus is to be recognised as a member of his family. You then go through the school year trying to keep it a secret while your other professor tells you to go ahead and seduce the hell out of him because he hasn't been in love since he was younger. I took his path and made it through the good romantic end, which I found pretty sweet, Even with the age difference. These kinds of romances--teacher-student--seem to be typical for these kinds of games, though. He also doesn't flirt with you at all during the school year, so if these kinds of romances don't interest you, you're safe from any weird teacher creeping. Grabiner just wants to protect his students and prevent them from killing themselves through stupidity. He'll just spend the year terrorising you if you don't end up on his path. Gameplay Like other dating sim games, as you go through the story, you're often faced with decision windows that branch the narrative. Sometimes these decisions are binary, others offer you the chance to explore all of the options without having to backtrack, while others are dependent on your magical ability. Every week you get to choose what classes you take and build your magic, strength, or intelligence at your discretion. You can also choose to sleep, which relieves stress. As you progress through the classes, you learn new spells. These come into play throughout the story and in the exams. Every week you get an allowance of five dollars, which you can save up and occasionally gamble to gain more--you can buy some stat boosting items at the store and items through the school year to support social events. The exams--in my opinion--were the best part of the game. You're dropped into a dungeon and your objective is to get out without dying or being beat by opponents. Each exam can be completed several different ways using different magics, so even if you end up focussing more on one type than others, you may still be able to complete the exam. Failure isn't the end of the world as you generally only receive demerits--get too many, though, and you get kicked out. Opportunities to gain merits come up--more often if you're on Donald's path, of all things. Unfortunately, the exams are the same every single time and there's a limited number of them. The final exam is interesting because it's a group exam--your roommates take the test with you. The professor has a way of making you feel terrible when you fail that exam! Overall Well, if you're into magic and dating sims, I certainly recommend getting the game! The characters are decently written--some more than others, which is to be expected--and the plotlines you discover that connect across paths are interesting. The world built within the game is done well if limited, though that's primarily because your character is new to the world and things are revealed to her gradually--and only if it's appropriate for a freshman to know! You can draw similarities between this game and other entertainment based in a magical world, but it is its own unique thing and doesn't draw too heavily from any one source that it detracts from its own charm. I really enjoyed it and intend to continue playing it, if only to get me some achievements! Give it a try some time (there's a demo on Steam) and see if you like it. I think there has been talk of a sequel coming out, which I'll be sure to snatch up once it comes out. Sorry if you guys wanted numbers in the review--I don't find those kinds of ratings to be very useful for myself. Just because I'm really excited about POC and pronouns and chubby characters (even if there's only one and she's not even that chubby) doesn't mean other people are, so my ratings would seem inflated.
  22. I haven’t finished it yet, I am stuck on a mission, but so far I have enjoyed it immensely! Ezio is gorgeous as always, and familiar characters from the previous title worm their way into your heart once more. You also have the option of your own Assassin’s guild, which is mountains of fun. It also makes many of the missions quit a bit easier. I have a few complaints, mostly the stupid challenges that are required to achieve, “full synchronisation,” most of which are unrealistic for my level of competence in gaming. Timed challenges and not getting detected are not my forte. Which as you can guess, makes me a pretty crappy assassin. All the same, the random way to kill guards and mindless slaughter of the french was worth it! I give it 4 out of 5 triangles!
  23. I hear and read a lot of skepticism that Fairy Tail copies One Piece. This might be true, though I haven't read anything that wasn't fan posted to support other wise. The only character from One Piece that was adapted to FT to my knowledge was Red Hair Shanks becoming in FT Gildarts. FT actually takes a lot from its creators previous Work called Rave Master or Groove Rave. The main characters and other taken from his previous work is as follows... Rave Master - Fairy Tail Haru - Natsu Elie - Lucy Musica - Gray Plu - Plu - Happy Seigren - Jellal and so on there is quite a few I haven't noticed. Fairy Tail can be seen as original or a remake or a copy. This show is compacted with a great balance of drama, action, comedy, romance and adventure. It grows popular everyday. The few shows that people assume FT copies are... One Piece - via character design, ability and plot. Full metal alchemist - via magic circles that appears and glows when preforming magic. Also a rumor around saying that when natsu puffs out his stomach when breathing fire its suppose to be inspired by luffy turning into a ball. These may or may not be true, I don't know to be honest. My first impression of FT was this show is hilarious I can't wait for more. Arguably an anime that will surpass them all, if done right. Its drama isn't BS like that of Bleach, Its action is comparable to Naruto and One Piece, its comedy may be better then them all. Though it does not yet have status to be in the same league as DBZ yet... This series is promising and so far nothing has disappointed me, with every new adventure there is a new twist and surprise. The downside being that it does resemble so many shows and its main story is hard to be certain of, when they are in filler mode. its randomness is what will throw people off even if its comedy seems to hold up the story. What makes FT more unique is that they give better detailed sequences surrounding the characters relationships and feelings towards each other, even background characters get involved to some degree, and we get to see how they interact with each other. unlike many animes where everyone is at a distance with everyone. The plot does seem to mimic OP quite a bit, Natsu the main character is after his dragon mentor and adoptive father Igneel, while on his journeys he is often seen fighting or making new comrades all the while still searching for Igneel, similar to that of Luffy searching for One Piece. All in all this series has something for everyone, and because of its balance between genres might not have enough for some.
  24. Before writing the review, I would like to tell every one of you that this series does not have a lot of action, so action only seekers, please excuse and don't ruin it's records by dropping it. This series is mostly Sci-fi and drama, and consists of little bits of Romance. This is by far the most realistic and teachable anime for me, there are so many things to learn by watching it. This is a futuristic slice of life that contains a lot of themes that pertain to human nature. Now if that's settled, let's move on to the review. Set in the 2075 AD, Planetes traces the lives of the two main characters, Ai Tanabe, an innocent young woman who is recently arrived in space, and Hachimaki (Hachirota Hoshino), a young, churlish, but experienced EVA worker. Both of them work in Debris section which retrieves debris from space. The debris section consists of fairly good amount of interesting and resolute people, except for some idiots. Story: (10/10) The story revolves around several characters residing in the Space Station ISPV-7, owned by the Technora Cooperation. Their job is to retrieve space debris. Up till the first half of the series, the episodes are like individual pearls, i.e. they are independent and mostly all of them are aimed towards all the crew members of Debris section. One should not think that these are fillers and contain mindless crap, instead the first half is what is more concerned with character development and believe me you'll see the difference in the second half. Throughout the show, many points related to future space travel are addressed, such as the obvious problem with space debris, the problem with space radiation leading to cancer and other disorders, the concept of space born children suffering from the lack of normal gravity, etc. These are all consulted and are integrated with the overall storyline. The main plot of the show will be shown most likely in episode 16, that is the point where the series takes on speed. Terrorists attempts to slow down development in space. These episodes after 16 are very tense, with a lot of intense drama. The ending, in my opinion, was the best part of the series. The Climax was just amazing, During that period your mind would probably be thinking - What will happen next? Will terrorists win? Were humans all wrong by coming out in space? etc. Unlike most animes, the ending was apt and appropriate. Characters: (9/10) The underlying strength of an anime resides in it's character development. This has been considered fairly deeply in Planetes, the overall character development is great in the series. Like I said, The first 15 episodes, i.e. the first half, is mostly aimed towards the characters, so you'll find the characters to be all mature, except for Hachimaki who takes a stupid and kiddish decision on his own in the later half but he soon realizes that mistake.....[blocked due to spoilers]. Animation: (10/10) This could be said Sunrise's one of the best projects. The animation is very crisp, more like "Realistic". The use of CG on the space station was a very good move. Monitor screens for the helmet are well conceived and the diagrams of orbits were nicely drawn. Sound: (9.5/10) The opening theme is surprisingly great, though there are some problems in the ending theme, it is very perky and cheerful. It is sometimes not apt for the serious dramatic scenes, like in the second half. The Soundtrack, as expected, is phenomenal. Hitomi Kuroishi has done what she does best in Planetes too, the other project of hers would be Code Geass. Value: (10/10) In my opinion, this show has passed all my expectations and surely deserves a Killer 10. I initially downloaded this, but now I am going to buy the Blu-ray Box set of this. To sum it up, I completed this show within 4 days, which is quite fast for me, you can understand it's value by yourself now. Enjoyment: (10/10) This is by far the most enjoyable anime for me after Death Note and Welcome to the NHK. It touched on a lot of things - one's hopes, dreams, sense of justice, and even delved into what it means to "love someone". After completing this series, you'll be wondering with yourself - "Why in the hell was I born so early? I want to be in 2075" or at least you'll be thinking of experiencing "Space" yourself. Overall: (10/10) You can witness yourself How moved I am by watching this. It has got to be the best anime of 2003/04. This series should be more popular.
  25. Hey guys, I'm new here. Just want to recommend my all-time favorite (sp?) anime: Berserk. Any of you guys know it? Basically, it's a dark-fantasy medieval kind of anime. Plenty of gore though, so stay away if you're into the PG13-ish anime only. Also, I can recommend the manga. The manga is still going strong (+20 years), but the anime only lasted a season or two, so if you want the ending, you're gonna have to read the manga (and stick around for a decade or two more, haha). Must see IMO. What do you guys think?
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