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Intro & Synopsis
Before I dive into this review, let me start by saying this: put on your emotional body armor, because this anime is going to punch you in the feels repeatedly. So keep the tissues nearby and hold on tight to your favorite anime plushy. That said, Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, is a wonderful addition to its genre and further proves that human emotion can be felt through cartoon animation.
From start to finish, Anohana is an emotional roller coaster riddled with unexpected turns and loops in the story that ties its characters together through tragedy. The story begins through the perspective of a 16 year old teenager, Jinta Yadomi (“Jintan”), as he tries to find purpose in his life during what he thought would be another uneventful summer. The plot’s tension is cleverly disguised through his imaginary relationship with his childhood friend, Meiko Honma (“Menma”). Initially, the audience believes that Menma is a real person based on Jintan’s comedic interactions with her. Once other characters are introduced, like Jintan’s father, Menma’s physical existence is finally revealed as a wondering figment of Jintan’s imagination. Menma’s presence is consistently questioned throughout the show, and serves as an invisible force that inspires change in Jintan’s character. Her influence impacts the lives of other characters as well, including her and Jintan’s childhood friends.
As with his relationship with Menma, Jintan shares a childhood connection with four other friends: Anaru, Yukiatsu, Tsuruko, and Poppo; however, unlike Menma, as time elapsed these characters start to become distant from each other and from Jintan as well. Each individual is driven by their own ambition to start a new life in high school or work, and is willing to put aside their childhood memories. Realizing the tragedy that could ensue from permanent separation, Jintan reminds his friends-which in turn reveals to the audience-Menma’s accidental death that occurred when they were all in elementary school. This single memory becomes the catalyst for change among all the main characters, and dually progresses the story’s plot. Ultimately, the theme of the story focuses on the struggle of maintaining friendship, as well as finding closure with the death of loved ones.
With a plotline centered on a small cast, this means that characterization has to be at its best for anyone to be interested. I personally felt this achievement was met in Anohana, as each character contributed their view of Menma as a person, and how their relationship with her impacts the feelings they have for each other. Along with a limited cast, the environment of the story was focused on two main locations: Jintan’s house and the club house where Jintan and his friends would hang out. In most animes, location primarily serves as a sense of bearing for the characters and the audience. In this anime, I could associate specific events in the story with different character’s feelings tied to those events. Even if Menma was never physically present, the idea of her imaginary existence was more than enough to personify the significance of certain locations and the memory of Menma associated with them. In fact, Menma would utilize her surroundings, like the club house, to unite the characters together in meeting and celebrating their final memories of her. Lastly, this anime consists of only 11 episodes. Originally, I was concerned that the story would progress too quickly, like the anime Demon King Daimao. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to see excellent plot pacing, fueled by perfectly timed character analysis.
Outside of the show itself, another major reason why I liked it so much, was my ability to connect to the story. Fortunately, I grew up with a band of neighborhood friends during my elementary to high school years. Just like the story could have originally ended, we all went our separate ways and only a few of us kept in touch. But even if you didn’t experience childhood camaraderie like Jintan and his friends, the story pulls you in from being an observer, to becoming emotionally attached. It does this through its captivating performance by the characters, and the believability in how their situation could happen to anyone in real life. I wouldn’t be surprised if several viewers stated that this story could serve as a metaphor for their earlier years. Having all this said, I would highly recommend this series to any on the fence potential anime fans new to the genre, or to any veterans looking for an anime with realistic expectations in which one can relate to.
What Could Have Been Better
Judging by Crunchyroll’s thumbnail cover art of this anime and the first 10 minutes of the first episode, like Jintan I thought this was going to be another ordinary or superficial story. I was pleasantly surprised by the plot twist of Menma’s death and the impact that her previous existence had on others. That said, I would’ve appreciated a gentler transition into the reveal of this pivotal moment in the story, rather than being heavy handed in the delivery. The story incorporates a heavy dose of flashback as well, which in some cases makes it feel like it takes two steps back to move one step forward into the plot. Perhaps this is why I felt like 11 episodes was enough. This is not to say that the show was padded in any way, but that the story line can be confusing sometimes when trying to associate the impact of past events, with the current emotional state of certain characters. Lastly, as expected with a story well told, I found myself wanting more. Similar to other animes that have a small number of episodes, like Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions, I felt that the story concluded at the perfect spot and has the potential for continuation with a different timeline and possibly a different set of characters. For example, assuming that Jintan and his friends move on, what if they made new friends and then felt conflicted in their feelings and allegiance towards their childhood friends? It’s opportunities like this that I felt could be utilized, but then that would take away from the achievement of the story being compact, but rich in content. I suppose that’s what fan fiction is for, but that’s a whole different topic in itself!
I absolutely love this anime! There was definitely more crying involved than laughing, but this is not to say that the show is an excuse to be depressed. If anything, I have a better appreciation for the hardships I’ve endured with friends over the years, and for my emotional well-being. Anger, sadness, regret, and envy, are all real emotions that were portrayed perfectly by the characters. I was amazed at how these feelings were personified into single entity, Menma, and how she was the driving force for character and plot development. Again, I can’t stress enough how this anime should be shared with non-believers of anime or for those loosing hope in a powerful story. This show demonstrates that it’s not always an evil spirit that drives us to change and become something better, but rather overcoming the obstacles of life itself and having friends alongside us.
Thanks for reading another review from MSP and I hope you have the pleasure of checking out this beloved anime.
ThatCosplayGuy signing off.
This is the sequel to last years blockbuster The Hunger Games, based on the novel by Suzanne Collins, about a dystopian future where kids are selected (by a lottery) to compete to the death in a bloody arena, as part of a reality TV show aired for the public to see. The story picks up right after the first movie ends. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) are living in Victor’s Village with Haymitch (Woody Harrelson). A year later, Katniss is visited by President Snow (Donald Sutherland), he warns her that sparking a rebellion will not only be bad for her but her family and friends. In an attempt to quell any rebellion, President Snow and his new head gamemaker, Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) decide that since the 75th hunger games is the 3rd quarter quell, that the new stipulation will be that the previous victors much re-enter the reaping (the drawing for the participants of the hunger games).
I have head the books and I will keep them separate because as someone who has been reviewing for years, I’ve learned that when you review something with the expectation that the adaptation should be the same as it’s source material, you are just perpetuating a very negative stereotype. That being said, I will be talking about differences between the two.
The acting is very well done by a good majority of the cast, thankfully by the ones who are in the lead roles. There are a few stiff actors, and some who are simply reading lines but they are so far and few between, that it’s hardly noticeable. That’s about all I can say to that because it really is great acting. Every character is portrayed with a level of understanding of the intricacies of the role. They understand the weight each character is forced to carry.
The visuals are wonderful, the scale of Panem is shown in more of a wider scale than the first. There is a shot where Katniss and Peeta must do a thing called The Victor’s Tour and visit each of the other districts. On this trip, you get to see other parts of Panem and with it all being CGI, it’s massively impressive and gorgeous.
The story is great in this movie but with having read the story before, I can confirm that this movie is incredibly close to the book. It’s not identical and it shouldn’t be. The story has a very nice flow to it and never lets up. There are moments of general worry for certain people (except i knew the outcome due to having read the books). It has a brief moment of confusion due to dialog not being exactly said, or at least is a deleted scene. It’s towards the end and moves so quickly that by the time you can breathe, you need to stop and think. Earlier in the film, you get these great scenes that don’t exist in the novels due to them being written from the first person perspective of Katniss. The scenes I’m referring to are scenes with Donald Sutherland and Philip Seymour Hoffman talking about what plans they have in line.
Overall I loved this movie, it furthers the story in a lovely dramatic way that will keep people guessing till the end. With beautiful visuals and great acting on top of that, this movie is a must see, as long as you’ve seen the first one. I give this 9/10.
-Gregg Dietz (@ChubRockGeek)
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I’m a huge fan of the bioshock franchise, I even like the second game even though it’s universally panned. I played the first bioshock with the idea that it was survival horror game but it’s more of an eerie thriller due to it being a well rounded FPS. Its sequel was just more of the same in a less eerie way. The 3rd however transformed preconceptions of what players were going to experience. THIS IS A SPOILER WARNING. I’m going try and be spoiler free but due to this games characters and location, that might be difficult.
Burial at Sea is a DLC story to tie into the main plot of Bioshock infinite. Normally I would start with the positive in a review and end with the negative but in this instance, I need to mention the bad first. This game last about 2-3 hours and costs $15. I understand that game development is expensive and that if you do the math on the average length of a standard FPS, $15 for 3 hours seems right. I disagree, by the end I was satisfied due to it feeling like a conclusion to this story but its still incredibly short. This is the only mark against it I found, because it’s really that good. It has noir-esque feeling about it that I loved, especially the intro.
You play as Booker Dewitt again, but this time in Rapture, the underwater city from the original Bioshock. the date is December 31st, 1958, a year before the civil war that decimates Rapture. A young voluptuous woman knocks on Booker’s door, as Booker wakes, she enters and shortly reveals her name to be Elizabeth, the same Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite...well, kind of. She asks for your assistance in finding this little girl for unknown reasons. Of course you agree and you head through a Rapture never before seen through the eyes of the player. This was easily the most enjoyable part for me as I was intrigued with how alive Rapture felt. It wasn’t the barren wasteland as I had known it before. People standing around and having conversations, doing things like shopping, drinking, dancing and even casually smoking.
This takes about the first hour of the game because you are later taken to a section of Rapture that was buried a while ago, Fontaine Futuristics. the remainder of the game takes place here because this is where you’ll find the little girl you agreed to help look for. This is also the location of the majority of combat. The controls are exactly the same as Infinites because you are controlling Booker again. It’s explained that the enemies are the followers of Fontaine and without EVE, they are slowly mutating and turning into splicers. What makes them really interesting to fight is they are a mix between the enemies from the main story of Bioshock Infinite and splicers from the original Bioshock. You get that eerie sense of dread again from the first game which is nice and something Infinite couldn't duplicate.
Overall, Burial at Sea is a fun and exciting revisit to Rapture, albeit short and a bit overpriced. This is a must download for any fan of the franchise and I for one, am incredibly excited for the next installment because cliffhangers suck. I give this game an 8.5 outta 10.
-Gregg Dietz (@ChubRockGeek)
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Im going to write this review assuming you are familiar with the world and lore of avatar. If you aren't, I recommend you start with Avatar: The Last Airbender, all 3 seasons can be found on Netflix streaming.
The brilliant thing about this season is it sort of has a complete clean slate to work with. That has to be liberating for a writer. Season 2 starts right from where season 1 left off but with the events from the previous season not having to be continued. Sure, certain things do continue as they do with any good story but not in the way they would have in The Last Airbender. I love this new direction the writers are going with this style of storytelling. It’s not all about an over arching main plot anymore, its a central plot that further fleshes out this world's history.
This season, or Book as it’s said, has a lot to do with family. Whether it’s immediate family or extended, that was the main focus this story took. Even with the spirit world being a huge central location we visit frequently, it’s still about close loved ones. There are some very touching moments throughout the season that, dare I say, made me choke up. I wanted so badly for the conflict in the show to be over because I actually care about these animated fictional characters. That speaks volumes about what excellent writing and well fleshed out characters can do.
We are introduced to a few new characters in this season that are integral to other characters growing. I love this dynamic of characters forcing other characters to see the error of their ways. It lends to understanding and loving these people even more. The first 5 episodes is simply building on this, the meat and potatoes of the major plot aren’t apparent till later on, I’m a fan of this though as well. Korra was raised as the Avatar, she never was taught the intricacies of human interaction. So for her, someone being “nice” to her will come off as someone being manipulative to another. This causes for a lot of mistakes being made on her part. Mistakes she must rectify in a very fun and edge-of-your-seat way.
My only gripe with this season and the story as a whole is it can be a bit overwhelming to have so much relationship drama. I get that they’re teenagers and that’s sort of a thing with that age group, i think we’ve all been there, but it becomes boring and not entertaining sometimes. They do try to incorporate it into the plot somehow but it’s feels forced. Now i’m not saying relationship stuff can’t be in the show, it should be, what I’m getting at is it never feels right. I read a comic a while back called “Ultra” written by the Luna Brothers a while back and I described this comic as “Super Heroes meets Sex in the City, as written by men”. The reason i bring this up is it has that same feeling of trepidation for the female side of things.
I loved this season very much, the way it’s structured was intelligent and fun. I’m excited to see where they take Korra and company in the next 2 books. I give it an 8/10.
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Thor is a favorite Marvel super-hero of mine precisely because he is both like yet so much unlike the rest of his peers. Don’t get me wrong: I would buy Captain America, Iron Man, and Black Widow (especially) a pint any night of the week, but Thor seems to be one of those few characters who is truly in his own league. I doubt that it’s only been the artwork and writing that’s kept Jack Kirby’s and Stan Lee’s creation alive for several decades although both have been excellent in several instances. I think it may also be largely that Thor is both a god in the traditional sense as well as a super-hero in the modern sense (Though one could make the case that our current super-heroes are our current gods. Does no one else possess a Daredevil shrine?) Arguments can be made that the likes of Galactus and Thanos are gods in their own right, but it occurs to me that their look is largely that of a mid to later twentieth century design. That goes for a bulk majority of Marvel’s characters, god or not, but here Thor stands apart from the rest in that his character seems timeless. That is to say, give me Spider-Man and I’ll say, “20th to 21st century”, but give me Thor and I’ll say, “…” Incredibly enough, knocking the hell out of Doctor Doom and Magneto in New York can get old when repeated ad nauseam, but as Thor has been able to alternate between mask and cape battles to cosmic warfare to Tolkien like fantasy, I cannot think of any time that his character has become stale. The character is versatile, and this has kept Thor from going the way of, say, Wolverine and Venom who can sometimes seem stuck in their own skin (and symbiote).
It is because of all this that I’m almost always excited to get my hands on a Thor comic and why I so eagerly anticipated the release of the first movie. Like with many of the comics, 2011’s “Thor” dazzled me with its impeccable design, mixture of magic and science, and fierce enmity between the titular God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) and the inimitable Loki (Tom Hiddleston). The question then becomes, for anyone similarly impressed with “Thor” or with the battling brothers’ roles in “The Avengers”, “Does Thor: ‘The Dark World’ stack up to its predecessors?” The answer is yes… but also no.
“Thor: TDW” is akin to “Iron Man 2”: both are solid entries in Marvel’s series of continuity tied films, but both are flawed enough that they don’t reach the level of greatness that their precursors soared through. To start with, here’s the gist of the movie: after destroying his army of dark elves in order to flee a war with Asgard, Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) and his remaining soldiers begin a relentless campaign to obtain the Aether, an ancient source of the dark elves’ power (think Sauron and his Ring) that will allow them to return the universe to darkness (something whose motives are never really explored thoroughly; unless you’re some kind of sadistically nihilistic space zombie, I can’t really see why anyone would want to live in a universe where it’s that much easier to trip over your own feet). Thor, still enamored of Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and protective of both Earth and Asgard, decides to take the threat head-on and frees Loki from prison in order to aid him.
I’ll get the defects of the film out of the way first. One, Malekith felt under-developed and shallow. Malekith’s animosity with Thor never reaches the tension that the Norse god shared with his freak-show of a sibling, and I had more fun watching the brothers try to work together amongst all their quips and retorts than I did listening to Malekith’s back story and plans. The dark elf king did look pretty cool (despite lacking the long hair usually associated with the villain, the make-up for him and everyone else is as excellent as it was in the first), but it felt like Malekith was less of a primary antagonist and more of a way to bring Blondie and Hannibal Lecter’s intern together.
Moreover, the dialogue of “Thor: TDW” lacks the wittiness and freshness “Thor” and “The Avengers”. In fact, the discourses can feel stilted, repetitive, and inconsistent at worse. Here’s what I considered to be a rather jarring
example: Odin (Anthony Hopkins) tells Thor early on that he and the rest of the Norse pantheon are not gods because they live and eventually die like all mortals, but soon afterwards compares Tor bringing Jane to Asgard as akin to…
bringing a goat to a banquet. Way to stay humble and wise, All-Father.
However, the effective attributes of “Thor: TDW” outweighs its shortcomings. The look of the sequel is every bit as fantastic as its forerunner, if not even a little bit more so. The combination of sci-fi aesthetics with an equally strong sense of fantasy feels seamless, as if someone decided to combine Star Wars with the Lord of the Rings. Watching the space-ships of the Dark Elves attack Rivendell- sorry, Asgard- reminded me why I read Thor comics in the first place: feuds and wars that seem mostly inaccessible to Marvel’s non-magical characters are able to take place with the likes of Thor, Doctor Strange and the Ghost Rider (don’t get me started on the latter’s movies…). Likewise, the fight sequences are exemplary especially (and ironically) with Thor’s final battle with Malekith, an exciting brawl that sends the two hurtling throughout Earth, Jotunheim, and the Dark World itself. The rest of the fights are clever and well executed, helping set the table for arguably the most thrilling sequence of the entire film. In addition, the 3D
version of the movie that I saw did what, in my mind, 3D movies should do: enhance the depth of the film subtly yet conspicuously. To put it another way, the 3D definitely adds a greater sense of texture to the film without becoming
distracting. You might as well catch the 3D version in theatres before you check out the regular DVD/Blu-Ray version for the same reason you would get a cheese-burger rather than just a hamburger.
The acting in “Thor: TDW” is pretty good, but it is Hiddleston’s performance as Loki that shines brightest. Loki switches from proud ex-king to a grieving son to a gleefully deranged egomaniac, and he
juggles each role without fail. He is easily the most unpredictable and most fun of all the characters and another reason to keep your eyes on the adventures of Odin’s Prodigal Son.
Lastly, a significant reason to watch “Thor: TDW” is a single sequence that takes place mid-credits. I viewed it with some interest even though Ididn’t realize who the new character was at first and chalked it all up as some foreboding omen. Afterwards, while gathering information needed for the review, I realized who the character was and who was playing him, striking me like a thunder-bolt. I had to check photos of the film to make sure my revelation was accurate, and sure enough my hunch was spot-on. Hmm, how do I explain this without giving away spoilers? Suffice it to say that one of Hollywood’s very best (hint: and hairiest) makes an appearance, unrecognizable and completely
immersed in character. This might not tell you much, but all you really need to know is that like Hiddleston and Robert Downey Jr, this could very well turn out to be one of Marvel Studios’ best casting choices. This mystery thespian is that talented.
“Thor: TDW” is a worthy addition to the Marvel movie continuity and a pretty good time overall. It stumbles at times, but for the most part it sprints pretty quickly. It doesn’t take off and fly like the first “Thor”, but it is still worth the ride.
“Fables” is a graphic novel series created by Bill Willingham for Vertigo back in 2002. The series is about all the fairy tales and folklore, who refer to themselves as “Fables”, being kicked out of their own world they call “The Homelands” by “The Advisory”. They live in one of two places, “The Farm” or “Fabletown”. Fabletown is a clandestine suburban community in upper manhattan, and The Farm is the location of the Fables that can not blend in with regular society because they are either anthropomorphic animals or monsters of some kind. Some are able to live in Fabletown due to a witch that sells spells called “glamours” that cause non-human Fables to appear human. Fabletown and The Farm have protection spells placed on them from “Mundys”, A.K.A. Humans.
Now that you know that information, The Wolf Among Us takes place before The first issue of the graphic novel. You play as Bigby Wolf who was, as I’m sure you saw coming, the Big Bad Wolf from any fairy tale where a big wolf was needed. In Fabletown, he’s the sheriff and is tasked with keeping every fable in line so as to not cause commission with the mundys. This was developed by the same people who made the recent phenomenal game “The Walking Dead”, Telltale Games. Much like The Walking Dead, this will be an episodic series. This is a review of episode 1 and I will continue to review each episode individually.
My overall feeling of this game was complete satisfaction. I loved every second of it. I’m a fan of the graphic novel and that may be a large part of why I’m so into this title. From the second the game starts, you know you're in for a thrilling ride because the music and ambiance is intoxicating. You are, for lack of a better phrase, sucked in. The visual style is that of The Walking Dead but darker, not in tone but in color palette. It’s cel shaded so when it wants to look mysterious, it does with expert execution. The gameplay is pretty much the same as The Walking Dead, a pseudo point and click adventure with the occasional action quick time event. I say “pseudo” because in classic point and click games, you don’t normally move character. It’s usually all done by clicking on what you want and the character moves there to interact, this however, you move the character to the thing to interact with it.
A lot of the puzzles are actually quite easy to solve, I never experienced anything that was too difficult and unsolvable. As long as you are thinking and paying attention to the dialog, you’ll be fine. There are moments where you’ll have to make a decision and this will change the outcome of the story, of course you can always play it again and go for the other option. This is possibly my favorite mechanic in the game simply because it gives me replayability with a relatively short game clocking in around 2-3 hours. Granted, it is only the first episode of 5, its still a very short play.
I have a few gripes with the game though, it has a few technical issues that I experienced in my play-through One of which is the loading, in some cases, its very quick and seamless, in others like right before a huge quick time event, it takes around 10 seconds. I know that might not seem that long but when you're immersed and excited and ready for this fast paced part, it’s maddening. Another was not being able to click on an object simply because the camera hadn’t switched yet and you needed to be in the exact right location for it to register. These gripes are overall just minor annoyances to an otherwise great experience. This title is available on Steam, PSN and Xbox Arcade for $5, that to me was well worth the cash. I give this game a score of 9/10.
An entirely fallen nation with nearly abandoned cites and partially lifeless towns that are the aftermath to an unbounded disaster. With hordes of zombies looking to infect others and groups of bandits scouring for helpless victims chaos has become standard. The Last Of Us is the latest exploit and major console exclusive straight from Naughty Dog and after everything presented hitherto to this point how does it all fair in the end?
America had been overrun with an unusual species of cordyceps associated fungus that has turned many into diseased atrocious killers. Whatever remains of society now finds itself living amongst other survivors in heavily policed quarantine zones and other independent settlements. With once quiet towns now infested with infected and formerly hectic cities completely controlled by bandits leaves many without courage.
The story centers Joel an enduring quarantine inhabitant and native supply smuggler who lost his daughter when the catastrophe commenced. Joel has now been burdened into hesitantly escorting this special teenager Ellie to an insurrectionary organization infamously recognized as Fireflies. Who find out that Ellie has widespread resistance to the cordyceps infection which could be the solution for an antidote.
The relationship encountered between the both of them develops much more deeply as the two become closer as time passes. Other characters established throughout are curious enough and many play key roles and are not just there simply for filler. The story overall is one of the more fascinating experiences in gaming and at moments becomes both shocking and disturbing.
The Last Of Us is much like Uncharted with that it combines together standard platforming elements and ordinary shooting gameplay. The adventure material is comparably identical to Uncharted as you ascent objects and traverse alongside overhangs in very analogous situations. While it is not acrobatically materialistic as Uncharted and stands fairly stale in certain aspects but still remains well done.
Although despite great platforming action is what formulates the majority of gameplay as the game offers trivial variety in conflicts. You will find yourself either fighting against bandits searching for potential casualties or variations of infected to consistently skirmish through. Conflicts are dealt with either by plowing through with everything you got or staying quiet and using different stealth elements.
Shooting your way through can become marginally hazardous despite good precision targeting and great covering abilities. Weapons are especially restricted with the total amount of ammo they hold and armed bandits barley drop ammo when slain. These specific confines make getting tangled in constant firefights at certain points both very often risky and even unfairly difficult.
The other alternative presented for dealing with enemies is through using stealth to either eliminate enemies or sneak straight through. Stealth is not only the best decision intended for dealing with enemies but in several situations is the only option. Although stealth stands great there are some issues such as there being very few stealth weapons and limited stealth moves.
Another major gameplay element is the beneficial capability to craft certain objects from different random material you discover all around. You will be able to upgrade your weapons within numerous different areas and construct special grenades that have assorted usages. Despite some minor flaws with certain gameplay elements The Last Of Us remains standing durable as an incredibly enriching experience.
The Last Of Us when it derives towards areas around level design this game stands firm being overall simply amazing. Throughout your vast adventure you venture through all kinds of different locations from bandit seized cities to seemly hushed woods. These numerous locations also occur in various seasons as the story paces from deeply harsh winter to lovely eyeing spring.
Enemies are abundantly intelligent and will give you an initially virtuous challenge even when playing through the easiest difficulty setting. Fighting through humans groups from brigands to soldiers remains typically standard material they use covering cleverly and are cunning flankers. Battling against multiple infected is also pretty standard with some special types like infected with sonar and instant killing bites.
Weapons variety is trivial for the most part with your normal affair like the average handgun and the ordinary shotgun. There are also some special weapons offered too including very effective flamethrowers and stealth capable bows with mostly retrievable arrows. You can also create special throwable weapons too such as molotov bottles and blasting nail cans that are all useful.
Although the vast majority of this game will have you concisely escorting Ellie throughout she can mostly watch after herself. Not only does she support you in shootouts with her limited arsenal but she will also occasionally takedown enemies stealthy. She can also help you out whenever enemies have you pinned down and are throttling you which is incredibly helpful.
Although one particularly outlandish element of the design is that Ellie remains entirely invisible towards enemies when you use stealth. Which may seem somewhat awkward in definite settings but remains adequately helpful so you only have to worry about yourself. The Last Of Us generally is amazingly impressive in the design area equally as it stands in the gameplay area.
The Last Of Us is not only one of the best looking games on the PS3 but is also one of the best looking games this console generation thus far with some of the most realistic character models and level detail you may have ever seen in an adventure game like this. Voice acting is also really great with people like Tory Baker and Ashley Johnson behind the microphone and is also given some well written dialog to work with as well to help enhance the story. The game also spots both an incredible frame rate and draw distance although the load times between levels are sometime too long for their own good and overall the games presents itself extremely well.
The Last Of Us is one of most impressive things to come out of Naughty Dog this generation even with the success of Uncharted hanging on their shoulders. Although not flawless then again what game is still stands as an action adventure experience you will not want to miss. And is most likely the last big first party bust to hit the PS3 and should be played by anyone with the system.
Final Rating: 5/5
Game Review By: Aeecee
Before you completely think about dirty things, don't. Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko might have a misleading title, but it is an innocent story (well, mostly ohkkayyy~..). Literally, this translates to The Perveted Prince and the Stony Cat.
Originally a light novel from 2010, Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko was released with 12 anime episodes between April to June 2013. Because the manga version of the light novel was well-received in 2011, this anime gained a lot of popularity.
I must say, I was pretty impressed with this anime that I finished it in just half a day. It was funny, but it also sometimes discussed issues like bullying.
Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko is the story of Yokodera Youto, who is undoubtedly the most perverted guy in the school. He has one problem though - he is unable to show his real perverted side because of his PR instincts.
Writer's Note: PR stands for Public Relations. PR Instinct is a person's facade towards the people. Basically, it is like a mask or a marketing strategy.
One day, his best friend Ponta speaks to him about the Stony Cat in the hill. Ponta's wish of completely relinquishing his perverted side was granted by the Stony Cat in exchange for an offering. His unneeded side was given to someone else. Unable to hold it in any longer, Yokodera went to the hill and brought his body pillow named Barbara-san (seriously, who names pillows?) as an offering. There he encounters Tsutsukakushi Tsukiko who was also there for a wish. Tsukiko wanted her emotions to not be shown easily so she could mature. Both had their wishes granted, but the following day, their wishes proved to be bothersome so they wanted to cancel the wish.
One of the greatest hits of this anime is the graphics. It was really well-drawn and the shots were really great! Of course, it had the standard look that most shoujo anime has: softer and cuter drawings.
The characters were well-developed too and not just the two mains. My favorite character was actually Tsutsukakushi Tsukasa (not a main), Tsukiko's older sister, because of her ignorance. It wasn't an annoying ignorance but a funny one. Their psyches were well-developed so I had a lot of crying moments when I felt the deep emotions of the characters.
This anime is funny, but it wasn't too much. Yokodera's perverted imagination was quite hilarious. Tsukiko's ignorance was funny. Azuki Azusa was a bit annoying though.
By the way, this anime has a lot of tsunderes. You guys may not see that as a hit, but I do. ♪♪(o*゜∇゜)o～♪♪ They also have lolis (come over to the dark side guys~).
Even during the first episode, I kept thinking of Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai (link to review here
). There are a lot of similarities - lolis, tsunderes, the main being a loli almost emotionless girl, etc. However, you should know that there's nothing really original in the world anymore and we string our experiences together (yes, this is from a literary and philosophical perspective).
The story is not as exciting as I like, and I feel there are many out there that is worth watching, but this seriously took the stress away from me when I watched it.
This is a pretty good anime, but if you are looking for excitement, I don't recommend this. If you are just looking to kill time and satisfy your moe, loli or tsundere craving (even a bit of your ecchi), I highly recommend this.
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Fall 2012 anime releases were one of the best in my lifetime. It produced so many great anime and many of them became instant favourite. In fact, most of them were so good that it was hard to choose what to watch first.
Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai was one of the anime I left sitting in my external drive for a long time before I touched it. After watching the first episode, I cannot sit by and not watch the rest. There are only 12 episodes all in all and 6 short special episode (by short, I mean 5-6 minutes or so), so it was pretty easy to finish the anime in one day.
Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai is full of what I love – lolis, complexes, confused guys who liked to be notice by girls, girls pretending to be sweet, and a complicated love story. It was so interesting in my eye that I actually wanted more of the anime to be produced in the future (although I am not sure where the story will head).
The story is mainly about Yuuta Togashi, a freshman who one day encounters Rikka Takanashi, a girl with eight-grader complex. Yuuta used to have the complex so he can easily identify it. He put the syndrome behind him as it was extremely embarrassing. Basically, the eight-grader syndrome is when a person believes he is from an alternate world and he has powers he can weild. Yuuta used to be the Dark Flame Master. Rikka, knowing of Yuuta’s former Dark Flame Master status, claims to be the possessor of the Wicked Eye. In fact, she even wears an eye-patch on her right eye.
I am very happy to say that I was extremely pleased with the anime production. There were lots of very interesting elements and the story has great flow.
One of the biggest hits for me was the fantasy-reality mix-up in just one anime. It was like watching a Shoujo anime, but a Shounen anime at the same time. The reality-blasting parts were really cool. All those weapons had me thinking that this could be a really awesome cosplay item.
Another important hit for me is the story itself. It has good characterization, although not as deep as I want it to be. I wanted the anime to focus on the other character’s past, but with 12 episodes, I guess you could not really do that. I did, however, liked the complexity of Yuuta and Rikka’s characters. The complexes and struggles they face through their freshmen year was nostalgic. At some point, many anime fans would be able to relate. There are things I want to erase in my past because they are embarrassing. There are people I find weird, but never really took time to find out why. All in all, it was like showing me how I was in the past.
There’s a lot of MOE too. ‘Nuff said.
I am not sure if this is a miss for me, but I am starting to get tired of Shoujo anime graphics that all look the same. For instance, I am now pondering upon the possibility that Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, Hyouka and Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai may have the same mangaka or producers. Haru (Tonari), Oreki (Hyouka) and Yuuta look too weirdly similar. It’s a good thing they have different seiyuus at least.
Like I stated earlier, I wish there were more episodes to focus on the other characters because they were pretty interesting too. Good news though! According to sources, a second season may appear in May 2013! I’m not sure if they’ll follow schedule though, as it’s already the second week of May.
I highly recommend this anime if you like cute girls with weird personalities! The story is great too! For me, it is more like finding out the child inside of you. Being mature is great and all, but it is less fun.
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Thanks to proper ad placement, good updates through the online community and of course good ol' Fandango, I happened to feast my eyes on the latest Iron Man movie to hit the silver screen today, May 3rd. If the trailers were anything to believe, we could see all of the suits that Tony made (with clear detail for only a decent handful) as well as a set of ten rings, a healthy nod to the appearance of the Mandarin... as well as a bevy of explosions that came off as a bit Michael Bay-esque.
Past the trailer, the movie itself was honestly a great production, though due to the lack of time it's been out, I'll leave out any spoilers. After a short monologue, the movie starts by playing Eiffel 65's "Blue" as we get a flashback of Tony at a New Year's party being, well... Tony Stark. The events that take place serve as a weighty foundation for the basis of what's to come. It's in this early arc we also find that the Avengers movie is actually regarded as a canon plot point and otherwise and.. well, I'll bite my tongue and leave it at that.
In regards to the story, it was really well developed and had a couple points that were a tad bit on the roundabout side, but was otherwise steel-clad through and through. There were some continuity issues that came to mind, though didn't seem to stand out as anything terribly noteworthy. That aside, the elements of tackling fear and coming to action were played in a no-nonsense manner and once the ball got rolling, the rest of the movie just felt like one fluid experience. Paired with Robert Downy Jr.'s snide attitude, snarky mannerisms and sarcastic quips, the movie seemed to be the culmination of everything that is Iron Man.
Facebook's mobile app also allowed players to go through some mobile missions using suits such as the "Silver Centurion" (Mk 33) and "Shotgun" (Mk 40) prior to the film
For the sake of not being a spoiler-giving jerk, I won't go much more into the plot, but after the events of the Avengers
, Tony gets a little... manic with the tinkering. From the beginning of the film, we see that he's currently up to his 42nd Suit and while he has found ideal uses for each suit such as a Disaster Rescue Suit, codenamed "Red Snapper" (Mk 35)
or a Heavy Lifting Suit named "Igor" (Mk 38)
. I won't delve in much further, But the designs for everything he had been working on to the point of the movie was visually stunning and I wish they were able to showcase more than a handful of designs in full detail on the Iron Man Facebook page
All in all, the movie was amazing and I would actually pay to go see it again... hopefully with a quieter audience. Personal complaint aside, I thought the film was absolutely great and I would wholeheartedly recommend it off to any movie goer, Marvel
fans especially. The movie doesn't delve much into the past, but does do a lovely montage at the end with bits and pieces from each of the three movies. As a viewer, I would recommend watching the previous Iron Man
movies and the Avengers
to "get in the mood" so to speak, but as a standalone film, it was great. Check it out in theaters!
Also, the Mk 42 is also available as a collectible on Sideshow Collectibles. Click the picture to check it out!
Reviewed by: Kaz
Reviewer Rating: 4.75/5