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Sword Art Online Review

February 15, 2013 Leave a comment

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At first glance, I figured Sword Art Online to be a sort of .hack copy of sorts. However after watching the initial episode, I quickly realized its potential. A simple fun idea that quickly has a wrench thrown into it that will have you at the edge of your seat.

Story
sao2The story follows a kid named Kirito who seems like a sort of shut-in. For a while now, he had been beta testing a new Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game. Mouthful right? This VRMMORPG named Sword Art Online is later sold in limited quantity to the very eager mass public. Once in the new virtual world, Kirito parts from the initial crowds and party centered battle system to level on his own. Since he knows all the best places to level. Later, after being talked into assisting a new player, they attempt to log out only to find the Log Out interface is missing. Being as the VR headsets lock into the brain, trying to take off the headset is impossible without someone outside the game removing it. Read more…

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More Tokitowa Videos

August 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Over the last week Imageepoch has released a couple move videos for our viewing pleasure.  These two focus the man protagonist (or should I say protagonists?).  First Toki and then her alternate personality Towa.  Sadly they don’t show much of gameplay, but I have to admit that the more I see the more I’m liking this game.  If anything, I’m downright obsessed with trying to find a download for Rewind, which is the theme by May J.

Tokitowa is due to release exclusively for the PS3 in Japan on October 11th 2012. The producer has already expressed his want to release outside of Japan, stating “contracts are in work.”

Also, when you’re done with the trailers and still want more, check out Andriasang’s posting of HD screenshots provided by Imageepoch.

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Yumekui Merry Review

May 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Yumikui Merry, or Dream Eater Merry, is a hard one to judge.  I was originally drawn to this anime for it’s character design.  It just seemed fresh and different.  I enjoyed this anime, but I have my disappointments.  So let’s get into it.

Story:
The story follows Yumeji, a young man with the ability to see the aura about people to predict their dreams.  This ability was nothing more than a horoscope until his life changed dramatically for the worst.  Turns out, there’s another world filled with dream demons.  Some of these demons seek to enter the human world through friendship or force.  By friendship, some dream demons enter human’s dreams and wish to experience a human’s path to their real dreams.  By force, by crushing a human’s dream and making them a vessel.  Yumeji meets a girl named Merry who seems to be a dream demon lost in the human world without her memory.  Together, they fight against the dream demons that seek to crush the dreams of humans. Read more…

Accel World Early Thoughts

May 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Well, it’s certainly been a while since I reviewed anime. Or watched any at that. Time has just been so strapped with many other things. Enough of that though, let’s get to talking about Accel World. I have to admit, when I heard about this anime I wasn’t too sure about it. A preview of the first episode had me wondering if it would turn into another YuYuHakusho or something. I’m pleasantly surprised.

The story follows a short chubby kid named Haru. Being who he is, he’s constantly bullied and treated as dirt in school. This often pushes him to hide in a virtual world. Essentially technology has progressed to the point that people are implanted with neuro links to a parallel digital world. While in this digital world, Haru spends his time avoiding other people and playing games that he gets really good at. However one day after fleeing to the digital world once again, he discovers that his high score is actually broken by someone else. The girl who is the most popular kid in school. She claims she wants to see him at the school lunch room the following day.

When he arrives the next day, the girl asks for a direct link. This direct link allows people to communicate directly from public view. As well as transfer data, which she does. She gives him a program called Brain Burst which allows him to speed up his mind to the point that time seems to stand still. However it’s more than that, as people who use this program compete in duels to see who can keep their Brain Burst. Being as people use Brain Burst to give them competitive edge in sports, tests, and even gambling; it’s a dog eat dog world. Read more…

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AnimePix Video

December 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Whew!  After nearly 2 solid weeks of working on this in my spare time, it’s finally complete.  The Video version of our AnimePix podcast episode.  I took the recording we did and overlaid it on clips from each anime we talked about.  

It’s 50 minutes of solid awesome and I hope you all enjoy. If you all really enjoy it, I may look to doing similar video adaptations of our podcast in the future! Please leave comments or tell us your top 10!

Note the warning at the beginning, there is some brief animated violence clips in this video.

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Howl’s Moving Castle Review

December 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Wow, I love being caught off guard by something amazing. What’s more funny is I should have seen it coming. Essentially I decided to throw on a movie on Netflix in the background while I played my DS. I found a movie with a cover that reminded me of Princess Mononoke. Oh go figure it is from Studio Ghibil, which made Mononoke. I hit play and quickly found my DS thrown to the way side. So stupid blabbing aside, let’s get on with my review of this amazing movie.

Story: Sophie, a hat maker who runs her deceased father’s shop one day runs into a wizard named Howl. Shortly after meeting, they are faced with a pack of shadowy figures. He quickly whisks her away to safety. Shortly after they separate, her sister finds her and is terrified that her sister may have had her heart taken away from her. Assuring her she is fine, Sophie leaves for home. While closing down her shop, she’s confronted by an evil wizard known as the Witch of the Waste. The witch places a curse on her to both take her youth (make her old) and make her unable to speak of the curse to others.

Now old, and unable to explain to her mother what happened to her, she flees from her hometown. Inadvertantly she saves a magical scarecrow who then leads her to safety from a cold storm into a moving castle. This castle is controlled by a fire demon, Calcifer, who seems to be tamed by the owner who ends up being Howl, the witch. After taming the fire demon and convincing Howl that she was hired to clean the castle by the fire demon, she makes her home there. Read more…

Katanagatari Review

December 20, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s not often you find something that seems to change the norm in artistic and story telling.  Katanagatari, while left me confused as to my feelings of the ending, was a classic.

The story follows a strategen who enlists the help of a human weapon to seek out the 12 weapons crafted to wield unimaginable power to it’s bearer.

Shichika Yasuri was the human weapon.  He was molded by his dad to be a blade without blades.  Able to cut with his hand, sharper than a blade, able to pound down a target with more force than a mallet.  Since he was secluded to an island his whole life, he’s constantly struggling to discover the world.  Togame is the Strategian that is seeking to collect all the 12 swords.  Hot headed, self prided, but still weak in strength, she seeks the aid of Shichika.  This combination of brains and strength leads to an interesting combination. Read more…

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