JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All Star Battle: Style Over Substance

October 24, 2016 no comments Posted in Animation & Anime, Books & Comics, Playstation & Sony, Video Games

NOTE: This article contains no future anime spoilers

 

In a vacuum, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle is a game with almost no merit whatsoever. The 2014 fighting game by CyberConnect2 (developer of the great Asura’s Wrath and not much else good) was released in Japan to fervent hype, receiving a 40/40 from Famitsu (Putting it alongside such greats as Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Nintendogs) and going on to become the best selling game of the year. However I feel this was a mistake on their part, as the game is a steaming pile of horseshit, no matter how much a fan of Hirohiko Araki’s 30 year spanning saga you are.

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My Beef With Fairy Tail

October 3, 2016 one comment Posted in Animation & Anime, Film

screen-shot-2016-09-24-at-12-36-44My beef with the Anime Fairy Tail runs deeps. I want to love this series. More than you know. If you take a look at my favourite anime 7/10 of them are Shonen action. So it’s not like I was predisposed to hate the series and I don’t actually hate the series. I’m almost 100 episodes in and I’m still going. I just dislike it. I get why people like it but whenever I here someone recommend it I just feel the need to watch something better. The main reason I dislike it so much is the characters. With the exception of maybe Erza all the characters are just boring or over used tropes. They each only have a few stand out moments, the rest of the time they feel like these characters are in the wrong setting. At the start of most arcs my hope for the series is revitalised with the hope that it’ll finally get good, because Fairy Tail does have some great stories and ideas but it doesn’t properly execute on most of them and I feel there’s not better place to start than with the main character himself, Natsu.

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My Top 5: MCU Movies

August 22, 2016 no comments Posted in Film, Movies

Hello! The Marvel Cinematic Universe now number 12 movies, verging from great to the passable. While Captain America: Civil War has met with almost universal critical acclaim, I think it’s useful to look at the other movies in the MCU that deserve praise – so without further ado, here’s my top 5 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Anime for Dummies -Part 2

June 22, 2016 no comments Posted in Animation & Anime, Film

Last time we talked about action shows my area of expertise, but this time we’re going to take a look at some other anime for those of you who don’t like shirtless men showing and punching each other. We’re going to look at some romance shows, a horror, a comedy and then a thriller.

Romance:

Say “I Love You”

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Related in 2012 Say “I Love You” is a romance anime that on the surface doesn’t look to different to much others, The art style is slightly different but other than that it looks similar on the surface. Say I love you follows the story of Mei Tachibana a social outcast and she then round-house kicks Yamato Kurosawa, the school heartthrob. The story follows Mei’s journey as she falls in love with Yamato along with to make friends and be authentic about her feelings. Once you dig deeper you realise that Say “I Love You” is the romance genre boiled down to it’s most essential elements.If you want a good introduction to the genre you’d be hard pressed to find a better starting place

My Love Story

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My Love Story takes the conventional Anime Romance and plays with it. Instead of waiting till the end of the series the couple gets together by episode 4. It’s an adorable show about an overly manly muscle man and his sweet and dainty girl friend Yamato. In this anime these two have never been in a relationship before so its all new. There are whole story arcs dedicated to them feeling bad and feel like they’re moving the relationship along to fast for wanting to hold hands with the other one. It’s an adorable little show that you’ll come away smiling form, and sometimes, thats all you want

Hellsing Ultimate

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Now, do you want horror, blood, gore, vampires and a bayonet welding Irish Priest? Then go watch Hellsing! Admittedly I have not finished the series but that’s just cause I haven’t gotten to it. The show follows a vampire called Alucard who is basically immortal and his mistress Sir and/or Miss Integra. I don’t actually know a whole lot beyond that but the fight between Alucard and Alexander Anderson the aforementioned bayonet welding Irish Priest should be more than enough to hook you. Just be wary the episodes are longer at about twice the length then usual which isn’t bad per say but thought I’d mention it. I’m also not a huge fan of the dub at the moment either.

Death Note

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If you heard of an anime it’s likely Death Note. A psychological thriller that originally ran wit series like Naruto and Bleach but I assure you is different. This series is so good it’s one the highest rated in the world and I watched the whole thing in a day. It follows a guy called Light who finds a book called the Death Note and when you right someones name in it they die, that simple. And the story is about the police trying to catch him

Game of Thrones: Book of the Stranger Review

May 22, 2016 no comments Posted in Film, Television

Something finally goes right for our protagonists this week in Game of Thrones!

Another high-quality episode in season 6 this week. While this episode is technically focused on set-up again, it was fantastic! So, here’s my thoughts on Book of the Stranger.

spoilersAs usual, spoilers for all of Game of Thrones abound. Get outta here if you’re not caught up.
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Anime for Dummies -Part 1

May 18, 2016 no comments Posted in Animation & Anime, Film

Anime is an interesting beast to tackle as not every body watches or enjoys but nearly everyone on the internet has an opinion on. So that makes the task of recommending anime to beginners and incredibly daunting task. Many people either love anime and are die-hard fans like myself or people who don’t watch any and like to make fun of those who do.

If you aren’t interested in watching anime but are still reading this post, then I highly suggest watching Digibro’s analytical post about the appeal of anime. And for those of you who do like anime watch it anyway and then watch all his other stuff cause its great.

tl;dr: anime is incredibly varied and creative with shows from all over the spectrum but I think I have narrowed down some of my favourite anime into a list of ones that a good for beginners

One thing I want to get out of the way first is the type of shows I like. I am typically drawn to action shows. Most commonly the Shonen genre popular exams being Bleach, Naruto, Dragon Ball Z and One Piece. But I do watch other shows too. For example on this list I have a series of shorts (a show who’s run time is typically 3-5 minutes as apposed to the typical 22-25 minutes), a horror show, two romance anime and a thriller so there is something here for everyone. For the most part it doesn’t really matter what order these are in but for the first two I think it would be good idea for these come first.

Studio Ghibli

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Studio Ghibli has earned a reputation amongst anime fans and others as one of the pinnacles of the medium. All of there films being amazing easily deserving a 8.5+. With the exception of a few they’re typically not action heavy. They all are story and character based. The graphics in all are visually impressive and each tells a compelling story that will stay with you.

Many of these films are aimed at younger audiences but don’t let that discourage you. Studio Ghibli will provide you with hours upon hours of entertainment.

Cowboy Bebop

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An undisputed classic in anime, Cowboy Bebop follows the bounty hunters who live on the Bebop space ship. Bebop is one of the few shows that is recommended even by non-anime fans fans and for good reason. It’s at first episodic nature allows you to take your time and go at your own pace through it but once the story starts kicking it your instantly drawn in and compelled to watch the rest.

Cowboy Bebop has a bit everything which is one of the reasons it appeals to so many. It’s got action, adventure, interesting characters & scenarios, a great story, and music. Oh dear lord the music.  Even if a space western doesn’t appeal to you I highly recommend you just look up the soundtrack to this show it is seriously great.

If you aren’t completely sold on anime yet. Cowboy Bebop will help you decide. It’s not crazy but introduces you to enough anime centric elements for you to generally expect what’s going to come in future series.

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Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

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I’m sure that at this stage many of you are at least passingly familiar with shows like One Piece, Naruto, Bleach or DBZ and may be aware of the heavy stigma around them for being insanely long. If you liked the idea of a slightly longer action heavy story like the aforementioned but felt that several hundred episodes was a bit to much and that the quality would probably dip anyway then Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is the place for you.

In 2003 studio Bones decided to adapt Hiromu Arakawa’s Fullmetal Alchemist series into an anime. As is often the case with these types of shoes the manga is also being made at the same time as the anime so the show would either have to slow down to a crawl or invent its own story. Bones chose the latter. Today the show has incredibly mixed opinions some people saying it’s as good as Brotherhood and many saying that the original was total dog shit.

But in 2009 Bones decided to readapt FMA but this time with out dicking around. What resulted is what many, myself included, to be the pinnacle of the Shonen genre. Having evolved into it’s final form. The show was not only great in it’s own right with a gripping story, amazing characters and sky high production values, but kicked off a trend that has been getting rather popular in the form of anime re-adaptations, Shows like One Piece, Hunter x Hunter, Jojo’s Bizarre adventure and DBZ have all been fully remade.

FMA Brotherhood is almost universally praised being one of the highest rated shows on MyAnimeList, It has a great dub, the voices of which suit the characters perfectly. FMA can also be found on Netflix for your convenience.

Hunter x Hunter

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Did you like FMA but wanted a bit more action and structured fights? Did you want a deep system and slightly complex system with checks and balances for the abilities system as apposed to the the basically magic of FMA? Then Hunter x Hunter is the place for you.

I won’t go to deep into it because I have a full review planned but just know that while FMA didn’t really feel like a typical shonen. Hunter x Hunter does. In the best of ways. It has similar themes and character archetypes, structured fights and a great story. For fans of the Shonen genre it’s a must watch. But I also think it is good for beginners as it serves as a good introduction to the genre.

Plus the dub is currently airing, so it’s a great time to get into the series

 

 

Game of Thrones: Oathbreaker Review

May 15, 2016 no comments Posted in Film, Television

After a crazy past two episodes, Game of Thrones slows down with Oathbreaker. But is this change of pace for the best? Or is it a grind?

We return to a slower, more political pace to the show in this episode, with more of a focus on character dynamics than we’ve gotten since season 4. Let’s break it down!

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Game of Thrones: Home Review

May 8, 2016 no comments Posted in Film, Television

After a strong start, can Game of Thrones land one of the show’s biggest moments yet?

Whoo! What a loaded episode. After last week’s primary set-up episode, this one was packed with revelations and deaths. Here we go!

For reasons which should be obvious to people who’ve seen the episode, I’m putting the Wall stuff at the end.

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