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I'm still alive people! June 25, 2014.
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 Picture not taken with 3DS camera, as you can tell.
 Picture not taken with 3DS camera, as you can tell.

I've had my 3DS for over 24 hours now so I thought I would through together a quick impressions list of the things I like and don't like about the games I have and the hardware itself.
 

Hardware

Pros:
  • Actually surprised how good the 3D is.  I was one of those guys who thought I would never use the 3D that much at well.  Then I tried it out and seen how cool it is.  The depth it adds is more significant then I thought it would be.  Ridge Racer 3D at max 3D is the most mine blowing thing I have seen yet on the console.
  • The system had a very hefty weight to it that I like.  It's not super heavy, but it's heavy enough to feel good in my hands.
  • The Circle Pad feels really good.  I feel like I'm in control when I use it unlike the PSP nub.
  • Taking 3D pictures is cool and they actually look really cool when taken right.
  • While the AR Games and Face Raiders may get old fast, at least they are built into the system for free and that's a nice addition.
  • I'm surprised how the friends list works.  Once you get your friends set up right, it's like a mini version of Xbox Live.  You can see what your friends are playing and send them messages.  It's mind blowing for a handheld.
  • Really like the Home Menu.  It's nice and simple.  Just what you want from a handheld system made by Nintendo.  It's also nice that you can access it in-game.
 
Cons:
  • Not a fan of the location of the stylus.  It's like the old phat DS where you put the stylus in the back.  It really grinds my gears is that it's on the left hand side and not the right hand.  I'm right handed and it would have been nice on the right.  What they should have done is did it the same way the DSi did it, have it on the right side of the system where it's easy to take out and put back in.
  • Really wish the Start and Select buttons weren't in the middle of the system.  I wish it was in the lower right hand side or left hand side of the system.  At least the games I have lets you pause the game with the select button.  
  • The cameras are the same quality as the DSi, which isn't a good thing.  Both cameras on the back and the one on the from are a measly 0.3 megapixels.  My old crappy cell phone I used to use had a better camera.
  • Wish the depth slider worked for the 3D pictures that you have taken.  It's either 3D on or 3D off.  No level of 3D to choose from.
  • There are still friend codes.
  • Wish the battery life was better.  Think god I'm always near a wall socket when I play this thing since I don't travel at all anymore.
  • Bummed the eShop and the internet browser aren't at launch.
 

Ridge Racer 3D

 

 Ridge Racer 3D
 Ridge Racer 3D
Pros:
  • Yo dog, it's Ridge Racer.  RIIIIIIIIIIIIDGE RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACER!!  Plays like the other games which is good if you are a fan of the series.
  • The soundtrack is good.  It has some old tunes and some new tunes (I think) which go with the game great.
  • The environments look really good, especially in 3D.
  • The main mode seems like it might have a solid length to it.  It's fun to go through it and get further and further.  Definitely the longest 3DS game I own at the moment.
 
Cons:
  • Yo dog, it's Ridge Racer.  The main gameplay hasn't changed one bit since the last major game, Ridge Racer 7.  It would have been nice to see something new to the gameplay besides the one button drift, which I wont use.  If you are a first time Ridge Racer player, then it wont bother you at all because it's your first Ridge Racer experience.
  • Wish there were more new tracks.
  • While the environments look good, the car models don't look good.
  • No online play.  This is the year 2011 and a racing game with no online play is unacceptable.
 

Pilotwings Resort



Pilotwings Resort
Pilotwings Resort
Pros:
  • The game is really color full and the world looks great, especially in 3D.
  • While the missions can be a little straight forward, they are fun to play.
  • The aircraft are fun to use.
 
Cons:
  • There are only two modes of gameplay, both of which seem like there wont be much replay value once completed.
  • This game would have been great with online.  Just flying around with friends or competing in missions would have been fun.
  • Wish the characters from Pilotwings 64 were in the game.  Those guys were great.
 

Super Monkey Ball 3D



 Super Monkey Ball 3D
 Super Monkey Ball 3D
Pros:
  • The graphics look great and colorful.
  • The main game mode is still fun to play.
  • It's fun using the motion controls for the main game.
 
Cons:
  • From the looks of it, the game seems a bit short.  At least there are some collectables which may help lengthen the game.
  • From what I've played, the main game seems like it will be a cake walk.
  • The other game modes aren't that great.  One is a bad Mario Kart clone and the other one is a bad Super Smash Bros. clone.  They could be fun with other players, but they get old fast by yourself.
 
 

OVERALL

 I am enjoying the system.  The hardware itself is great with a few set backs and the games are fun.  Now I just hope Nintendo and 3rd Parties put out great games for this thing often and not in long stretches.
 
 
 

Well, there you have it.  Hope you enjoyed reading up my 24 hour impressions.  BYE BYE!!
 
  
  
 
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Shion no Ou (aka Shion's King) is an anime adaptation of the manga Shion no Ou.  The show was produced by Studio Deen and there are 22 episodes.  The show ran from October 2007 to March 2008.
 

Show Info


Genres: drama, mystery, tournament
Themes: games, shougi, sports
 
 
 Plot Summary via Anime News Network
 

As a child, Shion Ishiwatari's parents were murdered in their own home. Shion escaped unharmed, yet the trauma caused her to lose her voice. The only evidence police found was a shougi board and one piece "the King". Neighbours and close friends of the family, Shinji and Sachiko Yasuoka, adopted Shion and taught Shion how to play shougi. As the years passed, she became known as a genius and quite a famous player. Now, as her fame rises, her past resurfaces and she discovers that being a professional shogi player may just lead to finding her parents' killer.

 

Pros and Cons

Pros:
  • A solid cast.
  • Enjoyed the mix of mystery and shougi.
  • Learning some things about shougi while the show goes one was fun.
  • For a show based on an on-going manga at the time, I thought the ending was solid.
  • You can feel the tension when it's present.
 

Final Thoughts

An excellent murder mystery with a splash of shougi.
 

Who is this for?

If you enjoy shows about board games or similar type things and you don't minde some murder mystery thrown on there, you will get a kick out of it.  Shows similar to Saki come to mind for the board game part.
 

Sources *SPOILERS ABOUND*

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shion_no_%C5%8C
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=8138

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Don't forget to check out my ongoing blog for my Super Duper Mini Reviews and my written reviews.            :) 

Q&A:

Q: What's a Super Duper Mini Review?
A: Well, since I'm done with long, written reviews for now, I decided to put a short list of what I liked and didn't like about the shows I watch.  For some info about the show like genre, plot summary, etc., I borrow (mainly copy and paste  :P) some info from Anime News Network, Wikipedia or the Anime Vice wiki.  So people wont think I'm plagiarizing, I do post sources.
 
Q:  Why are these blogs so short and half assed?
A:  Well, I want to put in as little effort as possible.  Why?  Cause I'm lazy.
 
Q:  Do you care if people don't read these?
A:  Kinda.  One of the main things that keeps me making these things is so I can spread the word of shows/mangas that people aren't aware of.
 
Q: Sometimes there a few or no cons, does that mean the show is perfect?
A: No.  Usually when I make these, I like to highlight the things I liked more then the negatives.  I'm one of those people who enjoys just about anything as long as it's entertaining.  I can easily look past a show's faults if I find enjoyment from it.  Remember, nothing is perfect.

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 Shiki is an anime adaptation of the manga version of Shiki.  The show produced by Daume and there are 22 episodes.  The show aired from July 2010 to December 2010.
 

Show Info

 
Genres: horror, mystery, supernatural
Themes: Tragedy, vampire
 
Plot Summary via Wikipedia
 

The story takes place in a particularly hot summer in the nineties, in a small quiet village called Sotoba. A series of mysterious deaths begin to spread in the village, at the same time when a strange family moves into the long abandoned Kanemasa mansion. Toshio Ozaki, dean of the only hospital in Sotoba, initially suspects an epidemic. But as investigations continue and the deaths begin to pile up, he becomes convinced that they are the work of the undead plaguing the village. A young man named Natsuno Yuuki, who hates living in the village, begins to be pursued and surrounded by death.

 
 

Pros and Cons

 Pros:
  • A fantastic haunting atmosphere.  As the show goes it, it gets even dark and creepier, which is great for a horror show.
  • A great cast that fits with the atmosphere perfectly.
  • One of those shows that you want to keep watching and don't want to stop.  You just want to know what happens after each episode.

Neutral:
  • While the show could have ended better, it felt like a solid one as well.  It's stuck in the middle of being good and bad.
 
Cons:
  • While the show does have that addictive factor, it does take some time to get the story rolling.
 

Final Thoughts

A fantastic horror show that's a little slow at first, but wants it starts rolling, you don't want to stop watching
 

Who is this for?

If you are a fan of supernatural and horror shows, this is a must watch.
 

Sources *Spoilers Abound*

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiki_%28light_novel%29
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=11302
 

THE END


Don't forget to check out my ongoing blog for my Super Duper Mini Reviews and my written reviews.            :) 

Q&A:

Q: What's a Super Duper Mini Review?
A: Well, since I'm done with long, written reviews for now, I decided to put a short list of what I liked and didn't like about the shows I watch.  For some info about the show like genre, plot summary, etc., I borrow (mainly copy and paste  :P) some info from Anime News Network, Wikipedia or the Anime Vice wiki.  So people wont think I'm plagiarizing, I do post sources.
 
Q:  Why are these blogs so short and half assed?
A:  Well, I want to put in as little effort as possible.  Why?  Cause I'm lazy.
 
Q:  Do you care if people don't read these?
A:  Kinda.  One of the main things that keeps me making these things is so I can spread the word of shows/mangas that people aren't aware of.
 
Q: Sometimes there a few or no cons, does that mean the show is perfect?
A: No.  Usually when I make these, I like to highlight the things I liked more then the negatives.  I'm one of those people who enjoys just about anything as long as it's entertaining.  I can easily look past a show's faults if I find enjoyment from it.  Remember, nothing is perfect.

 
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Stellvia of the Universe (aka just Stellvia) is an original anime produced by Xebec.  26 episodes where produced.  There was supposed to be a second series in 2005, but it was canceled due to internal errors.
 

Show Info

 

Genres:

action, adventure, comedy, drama, romance, science fiction

Themes:

mecha, space
 
Plot Summary via Anime News Network
 

The year is 2356 A.D. - 189 years after a distant supernova caused a global catastrophe that wiped out 99% of the world population. To keep track on all space activities, mankind has built colossal space stations called "foundations" all over the Solar System. After passing the Space Academy entrance exams, Shima Katase embarks to the Earth-based foundation Stellvia to fulfill her dream of seeing the galaxy and to prevent another interstellar catastrophe from destroying Earth.


 

Pros and Cons

Pros:
  • A solid cast that makes the show enjoyable all the way through.
  • Enjoyed the school life in space idea.
  • Like the take on the sci-fi genre it takes.  It's a show set in space that isn't about giant robots fighting each other.
 
Cons:
  • Would have like a better ending.  While it isn't terrible, it could have been a little more original.
  • Gets a little overly dramatic at times.

Final Thoughts

 A great science fiction show in space that doesn't need giant robots/mechs to be good.  Had a great time through the whole show.  Really wish the second series did get made.
 

Who is this for?

Anyone that is a fan of the sci-fi genre should check it out.  If you are trying to get into the sci-fi genre, try this one out and see if you like it.
 

Sources *Spoilers Abound*

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stellvia
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=74
 

THE END


Don't forget to check out my ongoing blog for my Super Duper Mini Reviews and my written reviews.            :) 

Q&A:

Q: What's a Super Duper Mini Review?
A: Well, since I'm done with long, written reviews for now, I decided to put a short list of what I liked and didn't like about the shows I watch.  For some info about the show like genre, plot summary, etc., I borrow (mainly copy and paste  :P) some info from Anime News Network, Wikipedia or the Anime Vice wiki.  So people wont think I'm plagiarizing, I do post sources.
 
Q:  Why are these blogs so short and half assed?
A:  Well, I want to put in as little effort as possible.  Why?  Cause I'm lazy.
 
Q:  Do you care if people don't read these?
A:  Kinda.  One of the main things that keeps me making these things is so I can spread the word of shows/mangas that people aren't aware of.
 
Q: Sometimes there a few or no cons, does that mean the show is perfect?
A: No.  Usually when I make these, I like to highlight the things I liked more then the negatives.  I'm one of those people who enjoys just about anything as long as it's entertaining.  I can easily look past a show's faults if I find enjoyment from it.  Remember, nothing is perfect.

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Ghost Hunt (originally titled Akuryo Series) is anime adaptation of the manga of the same name, which is based on the light novels of the same name.  There are 25 episodes produced by J.C. Staff.

Show Info

 
Genres: comedy, drama, horror, mystery, psychological, supernatural, thriller
Themes: ghosts, occult, spirits, vampires

Plot Summary via Wikipedia

Ghost Hunt follows the ghost hunting adventures of Mai Taniyama, a first year high school student, who becomes involved with the Shibuya Psychic Research Center (SPR) and its young manager, Kazuya Shibuya. When Mai accidentally injures Shibuya's assistant Lin Koujo, and breaks an expensive video camera being used by SPR in an investigation at her school, she works as a part-time assistant with SPR to repay her debt.

Mai nicknames Kazuya Shibuya "Naru" because she believes he has a narcissistic attitude, and the nickname is generally adopted by all those who come to eventually work with SPR on their paranormal cases: a Buddhist monk, Houshou Takigawa; a shrine maiden, Ayako Matsuzaki; a famous psychic, Masako Hara; and Catholic Priest, John Brown. Later in the series, they are assisted by a third-year high school student, Osamu Yasuhara (who works as an assistant beside Mai) and by Mori Madoka, Naru's mentor.

Ghost Hunt also explores the paranormal abilities of the characters, particularly focusing on Mai's "latent psychic abilities," demonstrated by her dreaming about information relevant to their cases. She is often joined in her dreams by someone who she assumes to be Naru acting as a spirit guide, but whom is later revealed to be someone quite unexpected.


Pros and Cons

 Pros:
  • A likable cast of characters.
  • One of the shows that benefits from the episodic format.
  • The cases started a little simple, but got more complex over time.
  • The cases were enjoyable.  Really enjoyed the 2nd to last case.
 
Cons:
  • One of the shows that losses it's magic after watching it a second time.  I will know exactly how the cases get solved.

Final Thoughts

An enjoyable occult detective show that's fun all the way through.

Who is this For

 If you enjoy episodic detective shows like Detective Conan or anything of the nature and don't mind supernatural stuff, will get a kick out of this show.
 
If you would like the watch the show, check it out over at Hulu.
 

Sources *Spoilers Abound*

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_Hunt_%28light_novel%29
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6817


THE END


Don't forget to check out my ongoing blog for my Super Duper Mini Reviews and my written reviews.            :) 
 

Q: What's a Super Duper Mini Review?
A: Well, since I'm done with long, written reviews for now, I decided to put a short list of what I liked and didn't like about the shows I watch.  For some info about the show like genre, plot summary, etc., I borrow (mainly copy and paste  :P) some info from Anime News Network, Wikipedia or the Anime Vice wiki.  So people wont think I'm plagiarizing, I do post sources.
 
Q:  Why are these blogs so short and half assed?
A:  Well, I want to put in as little effort as possible.  Why?  Cause I'm lazy.
 
Q:  Do you care if people don't read these?
A:  Kinda.  One of the main things that keeps me making these things is so I can spread the word of shows/mangas that people aren't aware of.
 
Q: Sometimes there a few or no cons, does that mean the show is perfect?
A: No.  Usually when I make these, I like to highlight the things I liked more then the negatives.  I'm one of those people who enjoys just about anything as long as it's entertaining.  I can easily look past a show's faults if I find enjoyment from it.  Remember, nothing is perfect.

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