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Video Game Review: Toukiden

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Plot:

The setting is Nakatsu Kuni which has been protected since ancient times by “Slayers”. These warriors have banded together to purge demons and other forces of darkness for one thousand years, thus earning their title as “demon slayers”.

Eight years before the main story, time and the heavens distorted and the underworld emerged into the land of man. A great demon rose from its gap and plunged the land into an age of calamity. The Slayers fought tooth and nail against the demon and its army for seven grueling days; they barely succeeded in their mission to save humanity. The great conflict was later called the “Awakening”, and the Slayers whom fought in it were appointed to help restore the land’s political realm.

The protagonist is a part of the new wave of Slayers who rise to deal with the land’s never-ending demonic forces. They reside at Utakata Village, one of the last lines of defense in the war between demons and humanity.

General information:

Genre: Action, RPG
Developer: Omega Force
Publisher: Tecmo Koei
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Platform: PlayStation Vita
ESRB: T
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Review:

Toukiden is one of the most entertaining games I’ve ever played. I love the setting and music of the game. The game has 6 maps that you will unlock during your missions. The story of the game last up to 5 chapters. After chapter 5 you’ll finish the story of the game but there are still a lot of mission that you will have to complete along with quests and relationship status. There are 6 NPC that you can take with you during missions they will fight along your side. You will also form bonds with all 12 NPCs. My favorite is Nagi, she’s the most helpful during boss(Large Oni) battles.

The game also has a verity of weapons that you can choose from and different armors. You get to customize your own character of course. The game also has a Online co-op and single mood. The online missions are different from the missions that you play in the offline mood. Of course there is also the Ad hoc mood.

Most importantly the game is very fun and a bit challenging if you don’t have the right team. The story of the game is actually deep I didn’t expect that. It took me 20hr to finish the game and I was taking my time. The game wont bore you that was the most important part for me. Though compared to Fire Emblem: Awaking, Toukiden is short.

Rate: 4.5/5

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Posted by on June 16, 2014 in Gaming

 

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Movie Review: Maleficent

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Summery:

A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal – an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces a battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom – and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well. (Written by Walt Disney Pictures)

General Information:

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning
Based on: Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, La Belle au bois dormant by Charles Perrault
Director: Robert Stromberg
Screenplay by: Linda Woolverton
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family
Run time: 97 minutes
Release date: May 30, 2014

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Review:

I’m a fan of Maleficent, but I have to treat this as a movie so… First, I’m very glad that they made a movie about Maleficent. I hope they would make one about Ursula, that would be awesome. Back to the movie, the first thing you will notice is the amazing graphics and forest design. Also the verity of creatures living in The Moors. The second thing you’ll notice is how beautiful Angelina is as Maleficent. Then Aurora is born and you wouldn’t be able to ignore the babies cuteness. Probably halfway through the movie you’ll realize that no one had a decent conversion up until this point but who cares. The good fairies are funny.

Of course through out the movie they will show you some awesome battle scenes that by the end of the movie you realize that it was just another Disney movie… minus the music of course. The movie is amazing. I very much enjoyed it but that was exactly how it went. I do recommend it. I would give it a 4 if it wasn’t too storytelling based but it was. So enjoy the movie

Overall Rate: 3.9/5

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2014 in Live action

 

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Anime Review: Kyoukai no Kanata

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Summary:

The dark fantasy follows a high school sophomore named Akihito Kanbara. Although the boy appears human, he is half youmu and invulnerable to wounds because he can heal quickly. One day, Akihito meets freshman Mirai Kuriyama when it seems she is about to jump from the school rooftop. Mirai is isolated because of her ability to manipulate blood, which is unique even among members of the spirit world. Disturbing events begin to unfold after Akihito saves Mirai. (Source: ANN)

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General Information:

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2013 to Dec 19, 2013
Producers: Kyoto Animation, Lantis, Pony Canyon, TBS, Sentai Filmworks
Genres: Fantasy, Slice of Life, Supernatural
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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Review:

Kyoukai no Kanata where shall I begin… Its amazing in a very unexpected way. The anime is both brutal and filled with fan service for a PG-13 rated anime. The story is very good both beautiful and sad.There are many amazing stuff in the anime I cant pin point one thing that made it special. To simplify it, its a Slice of life anime with a hint of comedy that takes an action turn of events. I must mention that the animation is gorgeous. Also the characters never failed to surprise me. I really enjoyed getting to know their powers and personalities. I believe that the director and writer are very creative specially with the way they laid down the ending. I totally respect them for that. I wished that the anime had more action in it or more like I wish that some fights have lasted longer. Nonetheless its a great anime.

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Overall Rating: 8/10

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2014 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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E3 2014 Highlights

There were a lot of games that have been revealed in E3 this year. This post will contain the ones I’m most excited about.

Bayonetta 2

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Platform: Wii U
Genre: RPG
Release Date: October 2014

Trailer:

I must say that Nintendo made Bayonetta totally ridicules but I still dig it!

Child of Light

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Platform: Ps Vita
Genre: RPG
Release Date: 2015

Trailer:

I know this isn’t a new game but its finally coming to the PlayStation Vita. This is the one right thing Ubisoft did this E3.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

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Platform: Wii U
Genre: Mini-Maze Adventure
Release Date: Holidays 2014

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I just love Toad and they are giving us a Toad game! Yay~

Fantasy Life

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Platform: 3DS
Genre: RPG
Release Date: October 24, 2014

Trailer:

I’ve been looking forward to this game for quiet a while and we finally have a release date!

Hyrule Warriors

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Platform: Wii U
Genre: Action
Release Date: September 26, 2014

Trailer:

I’m not a fan of the Zelda series but seeing Link and Zelda in action made me want to get this game.

Monster Hunter

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Platform: Wii U
Genre: Action, RPG
Release Date: Early 2015

Trailer:

Monster Hunter 4 looks Epic!! I cant wait to get my hands on the game and start hunting ;)

Persona Q

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Platform: 3DS
Genre: RPG
Release Date: Fall 2014

Trailer:

This Persona game seems promising and the new characters look totally cool. I cant wait to play this game.

Pokémon: Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

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Platform: 3DS
Genre: RPG
Release Date: November 21, 2014

Trailer:

If I saw the trailer correctly they included Mega Evolution feature to the game. It looks Epic!

Rise of Incarnates

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Platform: PC
Genre: Fighting
Release Date: TBD

This game looks incredible! I love that white bike.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

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Platform: Xbox One/PlayStation 4
Genre: RPG
Release Date: Holidy 2015

Trailer:

This CG trailer looks amazing cant wait to see more about the game!

Xenoblade Chronicles X

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Platform: Wii U
Genre: RPG
Release Date: 2015

Trailer:

The world, the mecha, and the action are all great. I so cant wait for this game.

 

E3 isn’t over yet, I’m still looking forward to Natsume‘s announcement about Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley they are supposed to tell us more about it this E3 so I’m looking forward to that.

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2014 in Gaming

 

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Movie Review: Bayonetta – Bloody Fate

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Based on the 2009 game, Bayonetta: Bloody Fate follows the story of the witch Bayonetta, as she defeats the blood-thirsty Angels and tries to remember her past from before the time she awoke, 20 years ago. Along her side are a mysterious little girl who keeps calling her “Mummy”, a journalist that holds a personal grudge against Bayonetta and a unknown white-haired woman who seems to know more than she is willing to reveal about Bayonetta’s time before her sleep.

General Information:

Directed by: Fuminori Kizaki
Aired: Nov 23, 2013
Producers: Gonzo
Genres: Action, Demons, Fantasy, Super Power
Duration: 1 hr. 29 min.
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

Review:

Hearing about Bayonetta‘s movie made me jump allover the place. Watching the movie was like a dream come true. I mean Bayonetta in a Japanese voice :$ I’m sold. No really, The movie was incredible. The action is amazing. Basically it was all action one fight after the other, defeated a boss to be confronted with a new one. If you are familiar with the game its very similar to it. The directing is amazing and a very good story. I can assure you that you wont get bored. There were cute moments there and funny ones as well. As great as the movie was I was left unsatisfied. I don’t know why, it just felt like something was missing. If you played the game of a Bayonetta fan you must watch it.

Overall Rate: 9/10

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2014 in Animated, Movies

 

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Anime Review: Blood Lad

url Summary: Staz is the vampire boss of a section of the demon world, but he has little interest in human blood. He’s more infatuated with Japanese culture. When he learns that Yanagi Fuyumi, a Japanese teenage girl, accidentally wanders into the demon city, he jumps to the occasion. However, while Staz deals with an intruder on his turf, the oblivious Fuyumi is killed by a monster and becomes a wandering ghost. The disappointed Staz vows to her that he will find a way to bring Fuyumi back to life. (Source: MU)

General information:

Type: TV
Episodes: 10
Aired: Jul 8, 2013 to Sep 9, 2013
Producers: Brains Base, Viz Media
Genres: Comedy, Demons, Vampire, Supernatural, Seinen
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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Review:

I was looking forward to Blood Lad, and it wasn’t disappointing. It was a bit too short though. the anime is only 10 episodes. They were awesome 10 episodes though. The most interesting thing about the anime were the fights. The characters were pretty interesting as well, specially wolf & Liz. The anime is very entertaining. Its funny, a little dramatic and most importantly its full of action!

The only problem was that I’ve read the manga so I couldn’t help but compare it to the manga. The anime didn’t do the manga any justice. So I recommend If you liked the anime, go and read the manga. The anime is good but the manga is great!

Overall Rate: 8/10

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2014 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Anime Review: Tiger & Bunny

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Summary:

Sternbild City is home to people called “Next,” who use their special abilities to protect the people as superheroes. These heroes solve cases and save lives so they can wear sponsor logos or acquire “hero points.” Their activities are documented on the popular program “Hero TV,” which picks the “King of Heroes” in a yearly ranking. The veteran hero Wild Tiger has always preferred to work alone, but now he’s been assigned the rookie Barnaby Brooks Jr., who has a different perspective on being a superhero. (Source: ANN)

General Information:

Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Aired: Apr 3, 2011 to Sep 18, 2011
Producers: Sunrise, Viz Media
Genres: Action, Comedy, Mystery, Super Power
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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Review:

When I read the title of that anime I imagined something different. The anime was recommended to me by a lot of people. They all said it was good, they didn’t mention anything else about it. It was good!!

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I so regret not watching this anime when it was first released. The title got me fooled. It’s the most refreshing anime I’ve seen for a while now. By refreshing I mean great action, right amount of comedy and drama, and most importantly it was based on good morals and doing the right thing. The anime is about a superhero show, thus it’s absolutely interesting. I liked how all the anime talks about all the heroes not just Tiger and Barnaby. Also the anime had a crazy ending, totally unexpected. There wasn’t anything that I disliked but, it left me wanting more. Even though the ending was good. I highly recommend it you won’t be disappointed.

Overall Rate: 9/10

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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First Impression: Destro 246

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Summary:

Billionaire Tono Ryuichi, the President of Tono Foods Group, a giant food company, recently acquired two young female assassins from the Mexican cartel. Sui and Ai came from unimaginably poor childhoods and was given a choice between killing people or selling their body. They chose the former and went through an inconceivably extreme training and, at 17 years old, they have become one of the deadliest assassins in the world. They are absolutely obedient to their master and they are given the task of finding the killer that poisoned Ryuichi’s wife and child. They begin attending high school to blend into society and, at the same time, read and study which helps them become even more deadlier on the field. Sui and Ai encounter Matoba Imari who is a high school assassin herself and may be more skilled than both of them. But unlike the two, Imari just wants to lead a normal life. Whatever Imari wishes for her life is not their problem because the only thing Sui and Ai feeds on are bloodthirst and a challenge. (Source: MangaHelpers)

General Information:

Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Apr 19, 2012 to ?
Genres: Action, School, Seinen
Authors: Takahashi, Keitarou (Story & Art)
Serialization: Sunday Gene-X

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First Impression:

This manga is the sequel of Ordinary ±. In this manga 2 new characters prevail and they are as sick as Imari. The manga is by Takahashi, Keitarou who made Jormungand. So the art is amazing and so is the concept of the manga since its about Assassins. The manga is so intense with amazing action. So far only two chapters are translated in English. I so can’t wait to read chapter 3. Also it seems like more assassins will show up in the up coming chapters. It’s totally exciting I can’t wait to read more!!

P.S. If you’re not familiar with Ordinary click on the hyperlink above to read its review.

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2013 in Anime/Manga, First Impression

 

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Manga Review: Gantz – Manga Olympics for Bloggers (Seinen/Shounen Round 2)

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Summary:

Thought your life was bad? Sometimes, death is worse. There is no salvation, peace, nor god waiting to receive you into their care. But wait, a god? Maybe you are talking about that big black ball stuck in the room with you. Now you are thrown into a game, fighting green aliens and robot monsters for the chance to survive.
When Kei Kurono is killed, he thus finds himself caught in such a game; a test of his skills, morals and will to survive. His life is not his own, his death spat and trampled upon over and over again. What happens if he does not listen? God knows.
A word of warning: Gantz is not for the faint-hearted, but neither is it as simple as it looks. Gore, rape and violence is rampant, as are portrayals of greed, violence, and all the ugliness that one sees in society today. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

General Information:

Type: Manga
Volumes: 37
Chapters: 383
Status: Finished
Published: Jul 13, 2000 to Jun 20, 2013
Genres: Action, Drama, Ecchi, Horror, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Psychological, Seinen
Authors: Oku, Hiroya (Story & Art)
Serialization: Young Jump

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Review:

Firs of all thank you Sir Hiroya Oku for 13 amazing years of Gantz. I still can’t believe it ended… I kept looking for one more page after the last page of the last chapter. So yeah, I’m a huge Gantz fan. It’s an amazing manga if you haven’t checked it out, you should.

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Now for the actual review. Gantz concept is totally unique. The manga Follows Kei Kurono & Masaru Katou, they are basically the main characters. Due to the concept of the story a lot of characters appear in the manga. The manga is amazing. I loved the story up until the Osaka Arc. It was magical. Though the last arc which is the catastrophe arc, was totally weird. The manga does develop greatly to reach that arc, but the fights weren’t as good as the previous arcs.
The action is absolutely brutal through out the whole manga, I’m not saying that the last arc was bad. It was just a little disappointing for me. Also, I’ve noticed that the whole focus was back to Kurono. I know that Nishi and Sakurai were also main topics in that arc, though it always fell back to Kurono. To be completely honest here, I was disappointed and didn’t like that fact. One more thing I didn’t like in the manga was the fact that we didn’t see most of the characters in action. Specially Reika, did she ever fight?
Supposedly she got 100 point and fought bravely against so many tough Aliens. Though we didn’t see any of that, did we? It was always Kurono this, Kurono that, and her looking pretty in the background of the page… I mean seriously? Well, even with all that its still my favorite manga and it’s the best and brutalist manga out there. Also the story is amazing. I like the idea of Gantz. Is it recommended? Yes of course.

Overall Rate: 8/10


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Posted by on July 22, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Anime Review: Suisei no Gargantia

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Summary:

The story begins in the distant future in the far reaches of the galaxy. The Human Galactic Alliance has been constantly fighting for its survival against a grotesque race of beings called “Hidiaazu.” During an intense battle, the young lieutenant Ledo and his humanoid mobile weapon Chamber are swallowed up into a distortion of time and space. Waking from his artificially induced hibernation, Ledo realizes that he has arrived on Earth, the planet on the lost frontier. On this planet that was completely flooded by the seas, people live in fleets of giant ships, salvaging relics from the seas’ depths in order to survive. Ledo arrives on one of the fleets called Gargantia. With no knowledge of the planet’s history or culture, he is forced to live alongside Amy, a 15-year-old girl who serves as a messenger aboard the Gargantia fleet. To Ledo, who has lived a life where he knows nothing but fighting, these days of peace continue to surprise him. (Source: ANN)

General Information:

Alternative Titles: Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, Suisei no Galgantia
Type: TV
Directed by: Kazuya Murata
Written by: Gen Urobuchi, Kazuya Murata
Episodes: 13
Aired: Apr 7, 2013 to Jun 30, 2013
Producers: Production I.G, Viz Media.
Genres: Action, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Drama, Romance
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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Review:

I really enjoyed this anime. It had a strong beginning and keeps you interested till the end. The ending was very sad for me. Though i don’t hate sad ending. I like the fact that the Mecha had its own personality it’s something that I haven’t seen in Mecha anime before. I also liked the fact that through out the anime you actually see how the main character adapts with the new environment he’s in. There was some awesome action going on there. Not to mention, I loved the character design as well as the animation. The story was amazing, with a sad ending. *sobs*

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I almost forgot… There were a lot of unexpected things that happened in the anime which makes it that much more interesting to watch!! I totally recommend it! You won’t regret watching it!

Overall Rate: 8/10

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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