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I wonder if Sinbad beat the Prince of Persia...?

My reflex was to make a Spin Doctors reference, due to the title, but it’d be more * AHEM * appropriate to bend the allusion a little more and talk about PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE TWO THRONES. That game concluded the PoP’s “Sands of Time” trilogy back in ’05 and, wouldn’t you know, it also happened to involve an dark, evil consciousness literally spreading over a fair prince’s skin as it asserted dominance.

Though they’re striking, the comparisons basically end there. I’m not going to act like acrobatic thieves and sinister sorcerers are unique to any one Arabesque fantasy adventure. They’re all drawing from 1,001 ARABIAN NIGHTS, as I’ve repeatedly asserted. Still, I played TWO THRONES back during my last thick of serious gaming and I distinctly thought its story was good enough to be dramatized in some other medium... so it’s nice to see that wish more-or-less coming true here.

On a cattier note, it’s amusing to bring up a video game here, because this last arc's starting with a very RPG-style inciting incident. The evil Black Rukh has poisoned your friends! Now your adventuring party has to conquer yet another dungeon to collect enough XP… * AHEM *… I mean, magoi to save them!

Considering how the last Balbadd arc ended with a series-ending sense of finality, the extension of this conflict seems so much like your classic “the princess is another castle” tease. (I mean, they basically are saying that, only swapping ‘castle’ for ‘dungeon’).

To be honest, I’m getting a little impatient to get to the real ending here. It’s not that I’m necessarily dying to see what happens next; I’m just eager to wrap this business up. We’ve only got five episodes left, now. I might just do a ‘chunk’ review and get ‘er done. Stay tuned.

Watch this episode, “The Two Princes" here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

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Marshal Victoryon May 28, 2013 at 4:04 p.m.

Good call on that i thought that 1st time Alibaba Saluja did a full epuip on his metal vessal.

http://www.gog.com/gamecard/prince_of_persia_the_sands_of_time

i own but havent beat watched x beat it . one of the better platformers.

http://www.gog.com/gamecard/prince_of_persia_warrior_within

the second in the sand of time series.Wonder if we will see a darker Sinbad like this.

http://www.gog.com/gamecard/prince_of_persia_the_two_thrones

cover really does give that taken over look.

This episodes an last the music felt.. off an out of place.Also when on main page wil yall change the " Your hang out for anime and manga news, reviews, and forums. Right now we're really into Fullmetal Alchemist." banner? been few other good shonen yall seem really into now. This show being one an rightly so.

takashichea moderator on May 29, 2013 at 1:09 p.m.

I find collecting Djinns from dungeons to get more power and clearing dungeons RPG-esque elements. Haven't play Prince of Persia yet.

No_name_here staff on May 30, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.

@Marshal Victory said:

Good call on that i thought that 1st time Alibaba Saluja did a full epuip on his metal vessal.

http://www.gog.com/gamecard/prince_of_persia_the_sands_of_time

i own but havent beat watched x beat it . one of the better platformers.

http://www.gog.com/gamecard/prince_of_persia_warrior_within

the second in the sand of time series.Wonder if we will see a darker Sinbad like this.

http://www.gog.com/gamecard/prince_of_persia_the_two_thrones

cover really does give that taken over look.

See? I'm not crazy!

This episodes an last the music felt.. off an out of place.Also when on main page wil yall change the " Your hang out for anime and manga news, reviews, and forums. Right now we're really into Fullmetal Alchemist." banner? been few other good shonen yall seem really into now. This show being one an rightly so.

FMA's always relevant, though!

@takashichea said:

I find collecting Djinns from dungeons to get more power and clearing dungeons RPG-esque elements. Haven't play Prince of Persia yet.

Well, yeah. Like D&D, for sure. But if PoP was more like an RPG, I'd say.

Marshal Victoryon May 30, 2013 at 2:37 p.m.

@No_name_here: Tho i dont recall thinking ever you were crazy , sanity is boring any way. I go for at least half crazy my self. Keeps people guessing.

But i digress have to agree FMA is relevant but we as a comunity here have been more into Attack on Titan an Psyco Pass an even Magi than FMA of recent times.By no means would i say FMA is bad or not good.But relevant to our curent tastes an driven articles i would say no.

takashichea moderator on May 30, 2013 at 2:41 p.m.

@Marshal Victory:

Superevil225 and the others voice that issue with Ethan about a year ago. I know it's not current. What matters is the stuff that the staff and community put out.

Marshal Victoryon May 30, 2013 at 3:27 p.m.

@takashichea: Its my only pet peeve .A small one i wount feed.Its just a header sets at a glance whats new.Hell FMA is one of the anime i plan to own.After i get comp fixed up etc etc.

zaldaron May 31, 2013 at 5:54 a.m.

The header makes me laugh every time I see it actually ;).

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