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.

4/28/14

[AOW] Black Bullet (4/27-5/3/3014)

Sorry about the long delay of posting one of these! I've been very focused on being in my local TCG circuit (been getting pretty decent at Yugioh, Vanguard and a few other trading card games) in order to prep for the October YCS. This will be my first time going to a big event for a card game rather than anime or comics. I'm pretty nervous considering right now I have very little chance of making it even through the first of two days. Enough of that little rant, I'll prob post more entries on Yugioh in the future (such as deck profiles of what I currently play), but let's get to what you came here for- ANIME OF THE WEEK! =^_^=

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I've been on an ultra loli run for a few weeks now thanks to one of my newer buddies who himself is a pretty big loli fan... I've always been a fan but I never really embraced this side of me. In fact I used to make fun of a few people who were the type of fan I am. I used to project myself as a fan of smut more than loli where as in fact I'm an almost equal fan of both. Well, it's about damn time I've given in an embraced the ultra cute culture Japan has been releasing called "loli". Time to aww at cute girls who aren't exactly suppose to be girlfriend material cause they are too young :P


Type: Novel Adaptation
Genre(s): Action, Sci-fi, Mystery, Seinen
Project # of Eps: 13
Rating: 17+
Synopsis:
A near future, where humans have been defeated by the viral parasites named Gastrea. They have been exiled into a small territory and live in despair, side-by-side in terror. In this world trapped in darkness—Rentaro, a boy living near Tokyo and member of the "Civil Security"—an organization specializing in fighting against the Gastrea—is used to accomplishing dangerous tasks. His partner is Enju, a precocious young girl. They fight thanks to their peculiar powers until one day, when they receive a special assignment from the government. This top secret mission is to prevent the destruction of Tokyo... Set in a near future, this thrilling heroic-action story... starts now!

2/27/14

[Arch.] Saya No Uta (10/1/2011)

I used to be part of a crew that called themselves "AugReal". Back then when had a little thing we liked to call "Augtober Fest"... basically a parody on the name October Fest. I did a review of the horror visual novel Saya no Uta (song of saya). It was a game that thoroughly creeped me out while causing nightmares for a good week. After I got over this week long period, I thought back at how incredibly good the game was. ). Anyways! Here's the review I did for AugReal back in the day... maybe if I ever play the game again I'll write up a new one....

WARNING: Augmented Reality is somewhat of a family friendly blog but this entry specifically is not for kids. I am reviewing a hentai game even though I played a version that had the sex scenes censored. So I am not responsible if any kids read this because I did put a warning.

October is a month to scare people and dress up as what ever you'd like (slut-tastic versions of your favorite characters included). It's also a month to be extremely grossed out. While I'm no fan of horror films, one thing I am a fan of is a little something called guro, not to be confused with ero-guro. Over here in the states, guro has been incorrectly used to mean gore when in all actuality it's a term that implies malformation, unnatural or horrific situations. A lot of guro that has come out recently is pornographic, but I'm a fan of ones that aren't and a few that are (Tokyo Akazukin for example). For today's review, I'll be going over a visual novel called Saya no Uta (Song of Saya) that was recently acquired by Jast USA for a north America localization. I played a fan translation of the game... only to be unable to sleep for a few days due to my dumb self choosing to play the uncensored version, but I'll go over that in a bit.







Saya no Uta was created by Nitro+ based on Lovecraftian horror elements, which makes sense when you think about how Japanese like their hentai- with tentacles. The game itself isn't really for your average H-game (adult visual novels with hentai scenes) player because it is a game that is hard to stomach due to the main characters "meat vision". I shouldn't have even played this game. It ended up making me stay up for a few nights without sleep or food because of how gruesome the backgrounds are >.> but I could more than likely stomach it now.

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Specs:
Studio- Nitro+
Platform- PC
Release Date- December 2003 (Japanese)
Rating- 18+
Mode- single player
Genre- horror
Synopsis-
Fuminori Sakisaka is a young medical student, whose life is changed when he gets in a traffic accident which kills his parents and leaves him heavily injured. Fuminori undergoes experimental brain surgery to save his life, but the surgery has an unintended side-effect - it creates a form of agnosia, causing his senses to become "warped". He perceives the world as a hellish nightmare with a black sky and buildings covered in pulsating flesh, where all the streets and building interiors are splattered with blood, giant organs and cartilage. Ordinary people appear to him as grotesque, giant grub-like monsters with a hideous stench, and even food that he used to like now tastes utterly disgusting. [wiki]
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I had planned on making this a review, but it'll probably be more of me ranting about how creepy yet endearing this game is. Almost every review you will read online will say what I need to say in regards to if it is a worth playing game or not so here is a review I'd recommend if you need some internet word of mouth to decide if it is a game you should play.

You may be wondering what this "meat vision" I spoke of earlier was. WELL you see that picture of Saya? Ya, the background is how you would see the world if you had the form of agnosia the main character has due to that surgery he had; this is what I call "meat vision." I can only imagine how horrifying seeing the world in such a way would be. Heck, just playing the game made me depressed enough to be unable to eat and sleep for a few days. If I could actually feel the world as he did (you know, walls pulsating being all slimy. my good friends smelling like rotting flesh), I'd probably have committed suicide or gone back to the hospital and said "check me into a psych ward." Now I'm not the main character, and he didn't check himself back into a hospital 'cause of one thing- Saya.

While other humans appear as slimy monsters to the main character, Saya appears as an innocent little girl- the only one who looks human in this world of pulsating flesh, organs and a sense that the world will never be the same again. Saya is pretty much the only thing keeping the main character "sane," if that's what you could call it considering Saya isn't who she appears to be; her mysterious identity is the driving premise for this game and it is one creepy premise at that. Nitro+ is known for making creepy games (they made Chaos;HEAD which has an anime adaptation that I really love) and they didn't hold back with this one.

One thing this game does very well (besides some very tight knit writing) is with music. Some of the songs are painful to listen too while not playing the game, and almost as painful while playing. They create this sense of trying to survive in this messed up world as well as the innocence of Saya who if it wasn't for you wouldn't really have a companion to call her own. SCHIZOPHRENIA in particular has that fingernails on a chalkboard effect on the ears, and it's used very appropriately during the game. On the opposite side of the musical spectrum is SABBATH which creates a calming feeling as opposed to that creepy one SCHIZOPHERINA created. Shoes of Glass in particular is one of my personal favorites.

Saya no Uta can easily be played through in as little as 5 hours, which was really cool in my opinion considering I'm still trying to get through Fate/Stay Night... but that's a topic for another blog entry down the line.

While Saya no Uta is possibly the creepiest visual novel I've ever played through, it's still sweet and endearing in the end. While this VN has a medical theme like almost all tragic VNs, it isn't about some teenage girls getting a disease and dieing- it's about a male protagonist being given a warped view on the world and how a little girl named Saya helped him deal with it.

There are 3 endings, two of which could be considered bad ends so this game does lead itself to being replayed. I only got one of the endings and YouTubed the others as I didn't feel like making myself more depressed than I was. This is not a game for everyone. The gore content alone is reason enough not to play this game, but there is an option to blur out the content so it won't look as gorey so if that's the only reason you don't want to play this one I recommended using the bluring option because it is a great game. It has a really good linear story and is well worth the read so please give it a chance!

2/2/14

[AOW] #100 SPECIAL (1/26-2/1/2013)

I can't believe I've been doing this AOW series for about 6 years now... time flew right on by! Technically there should be more than 100 at this point but as you all know life gets in the way sometimes. There have been weeks I had to skip due to being at conventions, being in school, and many other reasons. Thanks for those who have been here since the beginning and all you new fans (I don't have many right now but I appreciate you all). Here's to 100 more~ and getting more fans. I am thinking about after this 100th special reformatting how this little series here works :3 Instead of featuring just ONE anime this week I decided to feature some of my all time favorite series that I haven't really hyped up but should.



Bartender follows the nightlife of RyĆ« Sasakura, a bartending prodigy who is said to mix the best cocktails anyone has ever tasted. Sasakura bides his time in a bar named Eden Hall, hidden in a nook of the Ginza district in downtown Tokyo. It is said that normal people cannot simply find and enter Eden Hall, but they must be invited in by the host. Over the course of the anime, various figures of high and low stature, all of whom share unusual troubles and heavy burdens, are "invited" into Eden Hall and are treated to Sasakura's fine drinks, which, with guidance from the young bartender, lead the customers to reflect upon their lives and decide on a course of action to tackle their problems.




Sato Yo is a high school boy who likes SEGA games. One day, he enters a grocery store to buy some food for dinner. When he tries to take a bento box, he loses consciousness. He comes around to find all the bento sold out. He notices there is a war game going on at grocery stores and players called "Wolves" compete for the half-priced bento. Yarizui Sen, the leader of the Half-Pricer Club, forces Yo to join the club and he enters the bento war.




In the city where Shiki lives, something triggers a spate of mysterious schoolgirl suicides. The connection between the girls who leapt to their deaths is unclear, although all of them have jumped from the Fujou Building, a skyscraper scheduled to be demolished. Meanwhile, Mikiya, after having gone near the Fujou Building, has fallen into a coma. Shiki heads to the Fujou Building herself to save Mikiya. And waiting for her there…is Kirie Fujou. The girls' suicides and Mikiya's coma were all caused by Kirie. Terminal illness had left her bedridden and immobile in a hospital, but one day, she acquires a spiritual body, a separate entity from herself.


1/17/14

[AOW] rainbow nisha rokubou no shichinin (1/12-18/2013)


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I watched the first episode of this series back when it was coming out... I ended up not watching more at the time simply because the first episode was a little much for me to handle. Since then I have watch a lot more mature anime, and have been able to handle much more than what this anime can throw at you. About two weeks ago I decided it was time to give this anime another chance thanks to the lovely crew over at Anime World Order for reminding me this anime is suppose to be really good (being about 7 episodes in now I have to whole heartily agree. If it wasn't for my being in an anime slump I probably would have marathoned this one until I finished watching all of it). Also you can't go wrong with an anime with such an epic opening theme...


Type: Manga Adaptation
# of Episodes: 26
Synopsis:
Seven teenagers in 1955 have to learn to live together in the same hold in the reformatory of Shio. Confined in a hall where suffering and humiliation are daily, they are waiting for a ray of hope in a dark, incarcerating world. The story follows their life together and how they move on afterwards.

12/27/13

[AOW] Marmalade Boy (12/22-28/2013)

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I thought for one of the last 2 AOWs in 2013 I'd go to some classics I don't think many people know about. The Marmalade Boy manga was released in English back when Tokyopop still published a lot of manga (most manga published at the time were from them). It's a shoujo love series with a pretty interesting twist. 


Type: manga adaptation
# of Episodes: 76
Synopsis:
Miki Koishikawa's ordinary life as a high school sophomore is turned upside down when her parents suddenly announce that they are getting divorced in order to swap partners with a couple they met in Hawaii. They seek her approval of the shocking change, and at a dinner where Miki meets the other couple as well as their son Yuu, who is about her age, she reluctantly agrees to the arrangement. Yuu, while at first a jerk who takes every opportunity to make fun of Miki, turns out to be fun and attractive, and Miki finds herself falling for him. Little by little, she accepts her new family arrangement and opens up to Yuu as they become friends.
Miki and Yuu's relationship starts to become complicated because of the previous relationships that they had and developed with other characters. These include Miki's long time classmate and former crush, Ginta Suou, and Yuu's former girlfriend, Arimi Suzuki. A secondary subplot develops when Miki's best friend, Meiko Akizuki, herself starts to have her own problems because of the relationship she has gotten into with one of the teachers, Namura Shin'ichi.
Throughout the series, Miki and Yuu's relationship is further developed and tried, influenced by other characters around them and the relationships that they develop with these characters.
Miki Koishikawa lived a normal life - until her parents tell her they'll get divorced.. She doesn't agree, until she meets Yuu Matsuura... the handsome son of another couple, with whom her parents are switching spouses. They all live together now in an enormous house, and Miki and Yuu find themselves falling in love. They'll have to struggle with their own feelings, other people who want to be with them, and whatever Lady Luck and Fate throws in their ways...
Read more at http://myanimelist.net/anime/334/Marmalade_Boy#zC3qXqWBBFRezmCt.99