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Thursday, June 30, 2011

AMV - On a Good Day

First of all, I'm sorry for the lack of updates, this past week has been absolutley awful with tons of university assignments. I still have like 2 more assignments to complete and an exam next week, so I'll keep this post short.

This AMV is titled "On a Good Day", the Editor goes by the alias of "Cyber-EG". Although I don't like the song that much, the editing quality is on a very high level, and that alone deserves mention. Just watch it to see what I'm talking about.




Try to identify all the shows featured in the AMV :P

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Anohana

Short for "Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai", translated as "We Still Don't Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day". I know, long name, that's why I stick with Anohana.
An anime of the drama and slice of life genre, at the time I'm writing this, there's still 1 episode left for the show to reach it's finale (11 episodes in total), but that doesn't stop me from writing about it.

The "Super Peace Busters" was the name of the group composed by six children, made to "enforce justice". As children, they were inseparable, always got together in their secret base in the nearby forest and in general, each day was filled with joy and happiness for them, but suddenly, after a certain incident, the "Super Peace Busters" immediately fell apart, and each one of them started to change and drift away.

Yadomi Jinta, once the group's leader, was an outgoing and energetic kid everyone could count on. After said incident, 10 years later, he's become socially withdrawn and isolated, prefers to confine himself in his room rather than go to school. Although his' was a rather radical change, all of them became very different to what they used to be.


One day though, Meiko Honma (Menma for short, one of the six friends), who had been gone since the incident, appears suddenly before Yadomi, saying that she wants a wish to be granted, though she can't remember what the wish was, and although rather reluctantly, Yadomi agrees to help her. But he can't do this alone though, which means he'll have to do this with the help of his childhood friends. This is how Menma's sudden appereance slowly starts bringing the group back together, although in a very different way than before.


Honestly, I wasn't expecting this show to be so good. It wasn't even on my plans to watch this, but thank god I did. I'm not quite sure if a show like this has been done previously, but so far the plot has been VERY interesting and unpredictable. Character interactions and character development are two things this show handles very well, as well as the conflicts between the characters now that they are mature, and how they solve problems still left over the years.

At least for me, it's been one of the best shows airing this spring, it's only contender being Steins;Gate (which I will certainly talk about later) and Gintama. It's a shame that it has been so short, I'm looking forward to the last episode this thursday.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Summer 2011 anime list

3 or 4 weeks remain of the current season, which has been a good one so far. I'll talk about spring 2011 when the season ends though. Meanwhile, have the anime list for Summer 2011:

It's slightly inferior to Spring 2011, but I always find something to watch. I haven't decided what I'll try yet though, I'll do that when the current season ends.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

News from the E3: Wii U (coming 2012)

One of the few redeeming qualities this year's E3 has had, following Microsofts horrible presentation and Sony's decent presentation. The Wii U (as it is called, don't ask why) has a series of cool features that come along with it's new controller. Check out the announcement trailer (and an extra 12 seconds of Zelda HD):



Characteristics are:
  • Integrated Screen on the controller (with camera included)
  • switching from the TV screen to the controller screen
  • Drawing on the controller's screen is possible with the use of a stylus (similar to the DS)
  • Ability to play on the controller ONLY, without the use of the console (for the simpler games, don't get your hopes too high)
  • Controller allows for motion control (like an iPhone)
  • Controller is compatible with other wii accesories (Wii Fit, Wii Zapper, i'm assuming other accesories are getting support too)
  • It's possible to make video calls with the controller
  • cool feature: share media from the controller to the TV with a simple gesture
  • not really a feature, but that controller looks uncomfortable as hell. It also looks like the controller will be the most expensive controller in the history of gaming...

then we have here a graphics demo, which shows a satisfactory advancement over the Wii's graphical capablities:



What saves Nintendo's conference is it's innovative value. In my opinion, this is exactly what happened in E3 2006, everyone went crazy when the Wii was unveiled. However, this time as well, the Wii U's innovative value is condemned to last very few years at most, and honestly I don't even care about the whole innovation thingy. I just want a new, powerful console with a good selection of games, not gimmicks (though every once in a while it's ok).

Sadly for me (and for many others), what we've seen is just a controller. No details at all about the new console itself, (or none I've heard of) so lacking in this department, that leaves us with the announced 3rd party games:



Not bad, Ninja Gaiden 3 at the end looked pretty cool, but I'm still not convinced that this console will not go the same way the Wii did and end up full of garbage games. I really hope it gets lot's of 3rd party support. I want to at least see one of my so loved Tales games in this console (one can always hope lol).

** full catalogue of games announced is:
Smash Bros, New Super Mario Bros. Mii, Shieldpose, Chase Me, Lego City Stories, Batman Arkham City, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Ghost Recon Online, Darksiders II, Tekken, DiRT, Aliens: Colonial Marines. Ghost Recon, Metro: Last Light, Ninja Gaiden 3, Madden, FIFA, Need for Speed y Harry Potter.

They also talk about the 3DS, but screw that, the console is a gimmick itself. And it's too expensive. And still has no games (well actually I don't know because I don't care about this one)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Tales of Xillia

As you may already know, I'm a huge fan of the "Tales of" series. Therefore, I'm always looking forward to the next game in the series. Tales of Xillia marks the 15th anniversary of the Tales series of RPGs, and as such, promises to be one of the best game in the series.

This game is being released in September 8 of this year in Japan, meaning that (assuming it's localized), this game would come to the western audience at around Q4 2012 (actually, it may come later).

The main hero, Jude Mathis (to the left in the cover art), is a young man (15 years old) studying to be a doctor. When in combat, he specializes in martial arts. The main heroine, Mira Maxwell (blonde chick opposite to Jude) is a spirits master who has control over the four main elements fire, water, wind and earth, and along with her sword, doesn't hestitate to use them in battle.

Anyway, the game is an Action RPG, with a Skill system similar to previous Tales games. The difference this time is that combos can be executed between 2 characters, meaning that cooperation with your allies is more important in this game. Better have a look yourselves (skipped to where the action starts btw):



For those interested in the story, check out the story trailer (with subtitles):


I sure do hope this game is localized. Seems it's gonna be a PS3 exclusive, and damn every game I want is coming out for the PS3. No luck with my 360 at all ;_;

Monday, May 30, 2011

Fate/Stay Night, Three different openings

Fate/Stay Night's opening theme song, "Disillusion", has been rearranged two times: one for the TV anime, and one for the OVA (Original Video Animation). I still think the game's opening is better (although it's animation is somewhat inferior):


The anime version of "Disillusion", essentially a slower arrangement (with better graphics):


The OVA opening, better and more original than the TV version. Starts off slowly, then catches on:




Opinions are always welcome ;D

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fate/Stay Night VN

Another Visual Novel, this time it's Fate/Stay Night, some of you may have seen the anime adaptation which is vastly inferior in my opinion. A Fantasy/Action/Romance VN, this one is a Visual Novel most people who play it agree is incredibly awesome.



----The one who obtains the Holy Grail will have any wish come true.

The Holy Grail War.
A great ritual that materializes the greatest holy artifact, the Holy Grail.
There are two conditions to participate in this ritual.
To be a magus, and to be a "Master" chosen by the Holy Grail.
(The experience as a magus is not questioned if one has the aptitude)

There are seven chosen Masters, and seven classes of Servants.

There is only one Holy Grail.
If you wish for a miracle.
Prove that you are the strongest with your powers.

Emiya Shiro is a teenage highschool student, who by pure chance, becomes involved in the Holy Grail War by becoming the Master of Servant Saber. As Shiro is the last participant of the war, the moment he becomes a Master marks the beginning of the battle to see who the strongest is.

The story divides itself in 3 routes: Fate scenario, Unlimited Blade Works scenario and Heaven's Feel scenario. In Fate, we get to see the inner conflicts of Servant Saber, who insists on clinging to the past. In UBW, we see Shiro's conflicts with himself and with fellow Master Tohsaka Rin and her Servant Archer, and how as he becomes stronger, realizes the true meaning of "Hero of Justice". In Heaven's Feel, we see how Shiro ultimately throws everything away in an effort to save his loved ones.

The game itself has yet to be released in English, but the translation group MirrorMoon made an english patch long ago, so any language issues are out of the question.

from: http://erogedownload.com/downloads/fatestay-night/

Monday, May 16, 2011

The World God Only Knows

Currently airing it's second season, it's one of the best shows I could have picked up, it's a romance oriented show with comedy in-between.

The main characters: Katsuragi Keima and Elsie
Katsuragi Keima is a self-proclaimed god of conquest. What this really means though, is that he is extremely good at playing videogames, even more if it's a dating sim (hence the "conquest" part), which is why he is always seen with his PFP (parody of a certain handheld console). He is convinced that girls in the 2D realm are 100% better than those in the 3D realm, and won't even bother using his skills to "conquer" them. In real life though, he is just regarded as a weird freak by his classmates.

One day he recieves an e-mail, offering him a contract to capture girls. Taking it as a challenge, he obviously accepts it; immediately after, a girl claiming to be a demon, Elucia de Lute Ima (Elsie for short), makes her appereance: she asks for Keima to cooperate with her in hunting loose souls. These runaway souls hide inside the hearts of girls with a void in their heart, and to force them out one must fill out that "void". What better way of filling a girl's heart than making her fall in love? This is what the contract actually meant. Morover, Keima can't refuse since he said "yes" to the contract, otherwise his head blows up.

Although Keima doesn't like it, he is now forced to cooperate with Elsie to "conquer" real life girls one by one, which puts him in a very difficult situation since he has 0% experience with real girls. Neverthless, he resolves to finish this job quickly so he can  go back to play the videogames he loves, and proceeds to apply his "conquering" skills in real life.



Carlo Santos of Anime News Network, took on the job of reviewing this series and honestly, I feel the same:
"By most expectations, anything involving ditzy demon girls and gaming-obsessed geekboys and a rotating lineup of high school beauties should have been the stuff of critical derision. Yet the show's sharp sense of humor, honest emotions, and polished production values prove that working with familiar clichés doesn't have to result in a clichéd product. With the right prodding and poking, any anime series can indeed become greater than the sum of its parts."
So in brief, yes it's really good, it's humoristic and romantic elements as well as the parodies it makes of common steriotypes makes it a great show.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Moshidora

Since this recently ended and my memories are still fresh, I'll give this one a review.

Kawashima Minami, a high school student, decides to take on the job of manager for the school's baseball team, using information from Peter Drucker's book "Management".

The reason why Minami becomes the manager of the baseball team is because the previous manager, Miyata Yuki, is her childhood friend, but was hospitalized due to an illness, which leaves her unable to carry out her objective: to reach the national tournament. Minami decides to take the job in her place, though she has no prior experience as a manager: she then picks up a book for business management: Peter Drucker's "Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices", and succesfully applies her newly gained knowledge to the baseball team.

Actually, this series finished airing the previous week, and started airing 2 weeks before that, meaning that per day, 1 episode was aired over the course of 2 weeks (excluding weekends), for a total of 10 episodes. I was able to follow the series daily thanks to the awesome and fast work of the fansubbing group FallenSubs, so many thanks to them.

The series starts a little slow, the earlier episodes are very simple, the plot just advances but seemingly nothing interesting happens. It's later on when the series gets better, after the baseball team begins to show major improvements and innovations. Part of what makes the latter part of the series better might also be because it shows actual baseball, plays, strategies and the like.

Overall, I'd say it was a worthwile watch, it's not something really outstanding, but definately not bad. It's not something I'd recommend to anyone, this one is more suitable to those who have previous knowledge on business, or those who might want to learn one or two things from Drucker's "Management". 

for more details: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=12059


Here, have this rather misleading image of the main female cast of the series:

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tales of Vesperia Opening

To compliment my last post, which was about Tales of Vesperia, check out the Opening sequence to the game:


The song is "Ring a Bell", sung by Bonnie Pink (a japanese artist who is also fluent in english)
Check out it's japanese counterpart for comparison purposes (it's the same song):

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