8/31/14

[AOW] Persona 4: The Golden (8/31-9/6/2014)

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No need for me to front with you, but when I first heard that P4: The Golden was getting the anime treatment like Persona 4 did... I was a bit wary. I didn't really like the animation style of the first anime (I mean look at this picture, everyone seems to have some form of a 5 o'clock shadow >.>while this looked cool in the game yet much more unnoticeable, on screen in anime format this made the coloring look awkward on the eyes much like how in Gankutsuou the weird photo shop layers took some time to get used to). So far I am relieved to say it has been much easier on the eyes!


Type: Vita Game Adaptation
Genre(s): Comedy, Adventure, Mystery, School, Scifi
# of Ep(s): 12
Synopsis:
The protagonist is a high school student who has recently moved from a large city to Inaba, where he is to live and attend school for a year. At school, he quickly becomes friends with Yosuke Hanamura, the somewhat-clumsy son of the manager of the local Junes megastore; Chie Satonaka, an energetic girl with a strong interest in martial arts; and Yukiko Amagi, a calm and refined girl who helps out at her family's inn. A few days into the game, the protagonist, Yosuke, and Chie follow the "Midnight Channel" rumor, which leads them to discover the TV World and meet Teddie, a friendly creature that appears as a hollow bear costume. Using Personas, the students form an Investigation Team to investigate the connection between the TV world and the murders, and possibly capture the culprit. the group gains new members, including: Kanji Tatsumi, a male delinquent who has a talent for feminine hobbies;Rise Kujikawa, a former teen idol trying to find her identity who moves to Inaba as a transfer student;and Naoto Shirogane, a young female detective investigating the case with the local police who wears masculine clothing and presents herself as male due to fear of rejection.

[DeckRecipie] Mythic BE Dragon Rulers (Aug 27 2014)

This deck is my pride and joy. 

Over the course of the past 8 months it's gone through about 4-5 reworks, the most major one being from having no Skill Drains to having 2. Originally this deck was made based on the Blue Eyes White Dragon structure deck, which means it only had the dragon rulers added and one of each of the mythics (tree/water dragons). While it was a good deck, it wasn't competitive. When this deck was originally built it didn't run Influence Dragon, the card troopers, Miracle Dig, the soul charges, Raigeki Break nor the Dragonincarnation; and it was a solid 40 card deck. Ever since it's last rework this deck has been serving me well. Most duelist would say it's a cheap deck to run, but those who are true to the game know this deck requires a lot of skill- especially skill in remembering how timing works and the order of which you should do the combos :3

Main Deck Size: 41
# of Monsters: 16
# of Spells: 13
# of Traps: 12
Extra Deck Size: 15
# of XYZs: 9
# of Synchros: 6

Monster Line-up:
 Run 1 of Each.
+Heart of the deck.
+Brings themselves out from the Graveyard
and your hand by banishing 2 dragons or a
monster of their given element (wind, earth, fire,
water). But be careful, you only have so many 
materials ;D They each also have a special ability
such as Foolish Burial. Just read 'em!
+Used for synchros.
+Used for fancy XYZs such as 
Dracosack!

Run at 2.
+Useful for cards such as Trade-in to draw 2.
+Used as Synchro material for cards such as
Leo and Star Eater.
+Can also be used as XYZ material for cards such
as Heliopolis and Felgrand that require 2 lvl 8s.
-Not a target for any of the Dragon Rulers is probably
the only downside to running this card, but it can be
used as banishing material to bring a Dragon Ruler out.



Run at 2.
+Useful for Cards of Consonance to draw 2.
+Necessary for synchro cards such as Scrap Dragon
Stardust and Stardust Spark.
-No real XYZ purpose.
+Fire target for the Dragon Ruler Blaster.
+Pretty good when summoned in face down defense
position due to it's high defense.


 
Run at 2.
+ Run in conjuction with the 
Mythic Water Dragon. Use effect
to make it a level 8 which helps
make cards such as Heliopolis.
+Target for the Dragon Ruler Redox.






Run at 2.
+Useful for cards such as Trade-in to draw 2.
+Used as Synchro material for cards such as
Leo and Star Eater.
+Can also be used as XYZ material for cards such
as Heliopolis and Felgrand that require 2 lvl 8s.
+Target for the Dragon Ruler Tidal.




 Run at 2.
+VERY useful in getting dragons to
the graveyard via it's dropping effect.
-Not really useful for syncing.
-Not really used for XYZs.
+Target for the Dragon Ruler Redox.
+Can be used for Star Eater.





Run at 1.
+Used mainly as synchro material.
+Used with Cards of Consonance to draw 2.
+Can bring a dragon out from the graveyard when
normal summoned.
+Target for Dragon Ruler Tempest.



Run at 1.
-Effect doesn't really come in handy since
most of the cards you will be running are
already dragons.
+Synchro material for Black Rose (currently
I use this as a side card because it's ran in my 
Gusto's) when ran.
+Also a Tempest target.
+Use with Cards of Consonance to draw 2.

Spells Line Up:


Run at 1.
-Not really reccomended to run more than
one because it becomes a dead card in
hand.
+Since you will be banishing a lot in this
build, this card will get 3 removed from
play monsters back into the graveyard!




Run at 2 (side 1).
+You will be running level 8s, this gets them
not only into the grave from hand but gives 
you an additional draw of 2 cards.
-Only works for level 8 monsters, but don't worry
this is why the next spell card comes into play.







 Run at 2 (side 1).
+Using the tuners of this deck, drop one to 
grave for an additional 2 card draw.








Run at 3.
+This deck relies on having materials in
the graveyard, and this card gets them there.
+Drops 2 dragons into the grave 
(1 non-effect, and one with an effect).






Run at 1-2.
+Brings monsters from the grave
without having to pay a cost other
than skipping your battle phase. This
has allowed me to make Scrap and 
Stardust Spark in the same turn which
has won me games.





  Run at 1.
+Banishes a monster, which I've
used before to get either the Tree Dragon 
or Water Dragon by banishing either 
Tidal or Redox.
+Really impress your play mates
by running the gold rarity of this ;D



Run at 2-3.
+Fairly straight forward card that
gets rid of a card on your opponents
back row.
-They can activate said card in 
response if able to.
Traps Line Up:


  Run at 2.
+Can get rid of almost anything
on the field as long as you have 
something to drop (which is fine
because we love having stuff in 
our graveyard for this deck)


Run at 2.
+Fairly straight forward trap
that returns a banished dragon
to your hand rather than the
grave which Miracle Dig does.



 

Run at 1.
+Pretty much a staple card.
+Prevents your opponent from summoning
a monster (or monsters) with 1500 atk.







Run at 2-3.
+Was reccomended to me  to
run at 3, but I've liked running
it at 1 but I might put the 3rd
back in one day.







Run at 1.
+This is an answer card to 
your opponent attacking. 
+Usually saved to get rid 
of more than one monster,
but it just depends on how 
the match goes.







Run at 1.
+Gets rid of monsters.
-Unfortunately this includes yours 
as well.








Run at 2.
+Pay 1000 life points to
negate on field effects, which
include your own monsters
and your opponents.







 Run at 1.
+pay 2000 life points to prevent a 
pesky summon.







Extra Deck Line Up:
Star Eater x1
Leo- Keeper of the Sacred Tree x1
Scrap Dragon x1
Stardust x1
Hieratic Sun Dragon Heliopolis x1 
Divine Dragon Knight Felgrand x1
Number 74: Master of Blades x1
Number 11: Big Eye x1
Mecha Phantasmbeast Dragosack x1
Number 46: Dragulon x1
Alsei x1
Number 62: Galaxy-eyes Prime Dragon x1
Stardust Spark Dragon x1
Crimson Blader x1
Gaia Dragon x1

Side Deck:
These are cards I may or may not have. I haven't really become a siding pro yet... so a lot of the time I just stick to my main deck cards unless playing on YGOpro.
Upstart Goblin x3
Foolish Burial x1
MST x1
Burial From a Different Dimension x1
Skill Drain x1
Colossal Fighter x1
Black Rose Dragon x1
Trident Dragon x1
Exciton x1
Red Nova Dragon x1
Lavalval Chain x1

                                           

8/27/14

[AOW] Bladedance of the Elemtals (8/24-30/2014)

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Time for another AOW! This time around I decided to give someone else the chance to pick which one I feature. One of my new League of Legends buddies picked this one :3 I haven't seen a single episode yet so if it's bad you can't blame me.


Type: Light Novel Adaptation
Genre(s): Comedy, Ecchi, Action, Harem, Seinen
# of Ep(s): 12
Synopsis:
Only a pure maiden can have the privilege to contract with a spirit. In here, Areishia Spirit Academy, trained maidens of noble families are gathered and given an elite's education to become spirit contractors. A boy, Kamito, peeped by accident at a girl, Clair, while she was taking a bath and he ended up making a contract with the spirit she wanted. Yes, Kamito is an irregular boy spirit contractor whose existence was thought impossible until now. "You stole...my spirit...you have to take responsibility for it!" "Huh?" "You have to become my contracted spirit!" What will Kamito's destiny lead to?
 

8/19/14

[AOW] Ouran High School Host CLub (8/17-23/2014)

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I guess these past few weeks have made this "hype anime month"... which has not been my intention for August at all! Personally I don't like Host Club as much as most fans of anime who live in the states do... but it is a very enjoyable anime when you want to be cheered up. I decided to have it as AOW because I'm in the middle of re-watching the series as I work on Yugioh videos (I have a YouTube channel that's been more coverage of my antics in the TCG world than anime lately). I tend to "watch" things in English when I need to focus on multitasking. ANYWAYS, I decided instead of including a trailer this time around that you should enjoy 34 minuets of bloopers from the series :D


Type: Manga Adaptation
Genre(s): Comedy, Slice of Life, Reverse Harem
# of Ep(s): 26
Synopsis:
Unfortunately for Haruhi, her high school days take a sudden turn when she stumbles upon the Host Club, an elite club filled with super rich and beautiful boys who use their specific traits and charms to entertain young ladies. Even worse, Haruhi accidentally breaks an 8-million yen vase in the club. Since she is unable to repay her debt with money, Haruhi finds herself with no choice but to work for the Host Club, becoming a male host herself.

8/14/14

[AOW] Akame ga Kill! (8/10-16/2014)

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Hype anime usually isn't my cup o' tea until years down the line after all the hype has died for the most part down (I didn't watch SAO nor Attack on Titan until they had been put on Netflix because I just don't like people being so hype about a piece of animation only to have that animation not be as good as its hype suggests)... but for Akame ga Kill I knew it would be hype yet I decided to watch the first two episodes when I didn't have anything to do at my local card shop. When I was about to finish episode two one of my friends came up to me and said "don't watch that anime unless you've read the manga." I looked at him, asked "Why" only to be told it has Game of Throne syndrome... well, I had just started reading the first volume of GoT sooo I knew of the syndrome, just hadn't experienced it. Needless to say, I've decided to go ahead and watch this anime because it seems to be the only anime people are talking about (which is pretty shocking considering SAO II is also playing this season).


Type: Manga Adaptation
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Rating: 17+
# of Ep(s): 24
Synopsis:
In a fantasy world, fighter Tatsumi sets out for the Capitol to earn money for his starving village, and finds a world of unimaginable corruption, all spreading from the depraved Prime Minister who controls the child Emperor's ear. After nearly becoming a victim of this corruption himself, Tatsumi is recruited by Night Raid, a group of assassins dedicated to eliminating the corruption plaguing the Capitol by mercilessly killing those responsible.

5/6/14

[AOW] Dragonar Academy (5/4-10/2014)

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For this weeks AOW I decided to pick something I haven't even remotely watched yet... and something that made some of my friends laugh for a few days cause of a panel in the manga adaptation.... (all I could do was tell people this was ok because in this manga people go to school to be dragon riders).

He's "riding" his newborn dragon 
(who just happened to be born as a human girl)


Type: Light Novel gone Manga adaptation
Genre(s): Comedy, Ecchi, School
Projected # of Eps: 12
Rating: 18+
Synopsis:
Learning to ride and tame dragons comes easy to most students at Ansarivan Dragonar Academy—except for first-year student Ash Blake, who is known by his fellow classmates as the "number one problem child." Poor Ash is the laughing stock at school because, despite his unfashionably large star-shaped brand that marks him as a future dragon master, he has nothing to show for it. His dragon has never appeared. Until now, that is. One fateful day, Ash's dragon awakes in full glory, but appears different than any dragon ever seen before—in the form of a beautiful girl! What's worse, Ash soon discovers that this new dragon has attitude to spare, as she promptly informs him that she is the master, and he, the servant.Ash's problems with dragon riding have only just begun.
Read more at http://myanimelist.net/anime/21033/Seikoku_no_Dragonar#VFojbqBWwGlxmRM4.99

5/2/14

[A2014] Some Initial Impressions

Anime has been a very big hit or miss piece of entertainment for me the past two years, with a lot of the series I watch being misses. The last one I truly enjoyed (in the aspect that I could not wait every week for a new episode) was Oreimo (aka "My Sister Can't Be This Cute). Luckily for me this season has given me that love of anime back... and it's all thanks to a late night at Battle Bliss where a group of us otaku watched Euro Trip then about 4 episodes of anime. To think I almost escaped my life long fate of being an otaku ^_^

Series: Nisekoi
Episodes Watched: 1
I can not say I was pleased with this one... in fact, I was pretty dissapointed considering this is one of the hype anime right now. I am a sucker for a good romantic comedy but this one seems to be following too many of the anime tropes for me to really get into it. Yakuzya seems to be a big thing right now (or using feudal Japan as a setting) but that doesn't really get me any more. I'm not looking for an anime to do what so many others have before. Guy and Girl being forced to be a couple just ins't my cup of tea anymore... but I will give this one a few more episodes before I really drop it.

Series: Blade & Soul
Episodes Watched: 1-5
I only started watching this because my friend Daniel invited me over for dinner, of which during he decided to watched the most recent episode of this series. While it is your typical MMO gone anime series, the art style and story were enough to keep me watching... and the most recent episode ended well enough I want to watch the next one. This is slated to be a short series, so I'll probably watch it all. Oh, and I'm excited for the English release of this MMO but that could be a while so this is the closest I'll get to playing it for now.

Series: Hitsugi no Chaika
Episodes Watched: 1
As I stated in this weeks AOW, I am on a moe trip as of late... Chaika is so freaking adorable. I love her so damn much even though I've only watched one episode. This series has a lot of potential. I love the character designs, and that fight with a unicorn was pretty freaking bad ass. 

Series: No Game, No Life
Episodes Watched: 2
No Game, No Life is an interesting piece of animation. If you're a fan of anime about knowing stats and gambling, this is right up your alley. I've decided to watch it because of the unique animation style. The lines are very pretty to look at.