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On the 3rd of October 2010, I sat there at around noon, checking to see if my old fickle laptop would be able to record for about an hour for Dochaus’ AlphaVictor podcast (contractual plug). I was looking at a list of the upcoming Anime for the autumn when I had an idea, “if I reviewed one new episode a day for the next seven days then I will of broken ten reviews.” In hindsight, this was a foolish idea, but still a fun one. I started off by picking at random shows that just got updated on Crunchyroll, then later on I just watched a whole bunch and decided to review the ones I felt where most interesting either in concept or execution. Thankfully, none of the episodes I picked where terrible minus   Super Robot Wars OG: something or another, but then I find mechs to be boring.

Review pimpin' section

First up was Sora No Otoshimono Forte, I don’t know about this show. The first episode was an effective introduction to the show to a point where I was somewhat curious to see what actually happened in the first series. However, the whole show seems to be one enormous dick joke with buckets of boobs and panty shots for the sake of it. This is a shame because the mystery of Angeloids, Heaven and the Synapse came off as actually cool. It’s just you have to cut through so much crap to get to the good stuff for example, in the second episode there is probably a total of five minutes of overall plot relevant stuff, ten if your generous. ( full review here
 

This picture is not related at all.
This picture is not related at all.

The second review I wrote was for Yumeiro Patissiere Professional. I have no real clue on how I feel about this show. On the one hand, it’s a really and I mean really stupid premise, a millionaire builds a town and fills it with sweet shops to have a sweets shop world cup. On the other hand, it has an easy watching carefree feeling encasing it that just feels great. There was a point where I wanted to watch the first series to get up to speed and then I notice there are fifty episodes to this show. So ‘eff that. The show easily wins the BEST OPENING THEME award with its song and theme that feels like it would be found in some European capital club called De dans. ( full review here) Third was Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt. I liked it. ( full review here

The fourth review was for Otome Yokai Zakuro that story wise seems okay nothing too out there; the setting is however is interesting to say the least. I don’t know much about of Japanese history other than samurai, ninja and the whole World War 2 thing. I find the show to be oddly appealing the Meniji era seems to be the death of old Japan and the rise of the imperial Japan that ended up in the war. Oh and the art is beautiful just mind meltingly good. ( full review here

Fifth was The World God Only Knows which has a real detective feeling, I just get this real Sherlock Holmes feeling from the main character and hey the writer/s actually know how to make you like a character within the first episode. ( full review here) The Sixth was Fortune Arterial, which has a cool premise; a boarding school has a couple of vampires living in it. Sadly, nothing really happens in the episode to the point where all you really needed to carry the story was the first five minutes and the last two or three. ( full review here) Finally, there was  My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute or Oreimo as it is also known. This is a cute but also thoughtful look at Otaku and how they are perceived in Japan. Oh and it isn’t nearly as incesty as I expected. It also wins the award of BEST BACKGROUND MUSIC with its ska soundtrack. ( full review here

Musical Interlude

Other Shows

 Whoa there, keep something for the rest of the show.
 Whoa there, keep something for the rest of the show.

Speaking of Incest, Yosuga no Sora is a show that started off with the typical harem set up of bunch of girls who seem to fall in love with our white haired protagonist. His twin sister seems to have a connection issue with him that verges on the creepy side to a point where she shows up in her brother’s room at night and asks to “lay” with him. I’m fully expecting the show to do an it’s him who is actually having the incestuous fantasies but time will tell. Squid Girl was fun, it relies waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much on placing Squid and other Squidy words in place of adjectives, and it expects us to find that funny. However the rest of the show is fine and there where a few funny moments that makes it nice and easy watching. Iron Man exists and well they seem to understand that the right Iron Man to Tony Stark ratio favours a more Tony focused format. In that Tony Stark being an asshole is more fun than a dude in a iron suit fighting other robots.

MM! and Star Driver rubbed me the wrong way. MM! feels like it is purposefully doing everything it can to piss me off, with its complete arsehole of a club leader in Mio Isurugi. Why is she put in charge of being a consultant when she is obviously a psychopath? Maybe you would be able to “cure” Sado Taro’s sadism if you just talked to him. God Damn it just watch the bloody opening to your own show and you’ll understand that the problem is his over loving mother and sister. As for Star Driver I feel like the art is just rapidly changing in quality at times there is a major contrast between characters and backgrounds, but in the other realm the artwork is fantastic. There are also two things that really bug me about the show, Firstly why can’t anyone realise that the bad guys are all the students with weird hair colours? Secondly, why is it that everyone’s neck is longer that his or her heads?

Well I’ve rambled on for way too long... so... erm... bye

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These past few weeks have been weird. If there is one good thing about having all this free time is that, I’ve started to slow down in my thinking, meaning I can stop and mentally review the entertainment I consume be that Games, Anime, Film or Music. I hope that means I will be able to write more reviews in general because I find it to be a fun but sadly time-consuming process. But enough with this boring self-reflection, It is time to use this blog for it's intended purpose. Gratuitous self-promotion! 

Reviews

 So far, I have written two Anime reviews in two weeks hopefully I will be able to keep this one-a-week schedule going. The first review was for Gunslinger Girl episode 1: Fratello. I really liked the Art in the show, people have this realistic nature that you just don’t get in Anime that much. What I really like about the show however is how little everyone speaks when compared to most Anime. It gives a sense that everyone is in deep thought and what people do say has been painstakingly thought out
beforehand.   

The second review I wrote was for Kanokon episode 1. This is one of the most out of there shows I have ever seen, this blows Space Trains the anime out of the water in it’s craziness. The one thing I find really weird about the show, well other than;
  • Fox-girl.
  • Hole in roof no one acknowledges.
  • How Kouta can look and be the size of a 7-year-old.
Is how the show feels like it starts halfway through another series. There is no mention so far of how Kouta met Fox-girl, no mention to why he is living there. It is like the show decided to throw you in the deep end.
I really hope that I can stay focused enougth for me to review each episode of both Gunslinger Girl and Kanokon, hey it might end up being fun.
On a non-review note I'm still on my quest tofind a second Manga series to start reading, I've been thinking maybe Yotsuba&! or I could go a safe route and start with Love Hina a series that I love in Anime form. I'm also still watching Heroman on crunchyroll and finding it surprisingly good, I just hope that the show doesn't become a one threat series.

T'other Stuff

 The Bioshock Infinite gameplay trailer/demo came out and as a person who believes this was the highlight of the whole first Bioshock, I can say I'm already optimistic about Infinite. In fact the Infinite demo/trailer made me realise what I like from my drawn ladies. You see Elizabeth’s eyes while also being very large are also very long with thick border-like eyelashes, I compared this to the work of my favourite Comic Artist Josh Howard. He uses the effect of large Irises and Pupils in these wide eyes that aren’t overly large. This combined with a thick outline to the eyes that act as eyelashes causes my sight to be drawn to them.

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Originally Posted on GiantBomb but i thought that it would apply over here.
 
Just recently I got Final Fantasy XIII, and playing it has made me think about the past games in the series and how they relate to my view on gaming today.
being born in the early 90's my first view of the Final Fantasy games was like most other people FFVII, which I hated i can never really explain why but i guess it has something to do with my friend loving it and building it up to the pinnacle of gaming history only for it be fine. In retrospect i think my views on FFVII are filtered through a pair of the black tinted glasses of hatred. 
After taking a break from the series I finally gave it another try with FFX, which to date is my favorite Japanese RPG of all time. Now i know there are some things in the game that are really retarded, Tidus, Wakka, Tidus, Blitzball and Tidus come to mind, and the voice acting is god awful at times, and the whole game suffers from the need to over-explain everything, and Rikku is only 15 yet is the most sexualised thing in the game (if you ignore Lulu's boobs). But on a whole i really like the flow of the game, the fact that it is not until around the last 30 percent of the game until it opens up location wise, and it is a great idea, you know almost everywhere in the game before it throws you to the wolves.
Then comes FFXII, in theory i should love FFXII the game got rid of the crappy love stories, the main character is blatantly not the main character, and there is Balthier (AKA the leading man), however when it came to gameplay i hated FFXII so much, from the battle system to the constant need to do side quests. needless to say i didn't finish FFXII in fact i got to a point where I'm walking across stupid spires in a desert when i said enough.
Since the release of FFXII i have gone and played the FFII remake and FFIX both of which were fine, FFIX is quite a good game and really should not get the grief that it gets, but then i could see why people whoud dislike it after playing VII and VIII.  
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the fact that i bought every volume of my local bookstore's copies of Battle Royale was a fun and very satisfying moment. i only need 13-15 to final finish my 4 year long attempt to get that series.
 
the worst thing had to be the entirety of the Marvel and DC comics major crossovers destroying all my faith in the major comics business.
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