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Been busy the past week or so, which means I am hardly on here over that span of time. Will try to be on here more often
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I have previously written a blog review of Sora no Otoshimono, but now that I have gone back and looked up the various character profile pages ( Tomoki, Eshiro, etc), I have noticed that when I created them (in the name of being able to link the page to the review I wrote), I never went back and re-mastered them to have more details and images added. So hopefully in the next few days (depends on amount of math homework and other things as well), I will be able to go back and better fill out the pages so that it looks and seems more professional. 
 
I have been meaning to rectify this issue for some time now, but Team Fortress 2 along with summer vacation prevented me from doing so when I intended to do this.
 
I also wish to do this since the new season (Sora no Otoshimono: Forte) is launching soon, and several new character profile will have to be made for the series (Astraea, Chaos, etc). Will also be looking into submitting the manga series (Volumes 1 thru 8) for the Sora no Otoshimono franchise while I am at it.
 
In all, I will be doing the following: 

1. Updating (filling in) at least 4 character profiles (the ones for Ikaros, Nymph, and Sohara are already filled in)
2. Begin submitting manga volumes to the Sora no Otoshimono franchise (Volumes One thru 8)
3. Create the page for the new season (Sora no Otoshimono: Forte) and link it to the character's pages.


Wish me luck! n_n

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 Hello, my fellow AnimeVice members, and welcome to this my first attempt at writing about a anime-related game (something other than my prior blog reviews of Elfen Lied, Kampfer, Sora no Otoshimono, or KanoKon). Today, I will taking a look at the recent PSN release of the Gundemonium Collection, which was developed by Rockin' Android and published by Sony Online Entertainment


 This game seeks to punish the weak and leave grown men crying at just how hard this collection of bullet-hell games can be.
 This game seeks to punish the weak and leave grown men crying at just how hard this collection of bullet-hell games can be.

Game: Gundemonium Collection (consists of the following 3 games):
1. Gundemonium: Recollection
2. GundeadliGne
3. Hitogata Happa
 
This collection of bullet-hell shooters will leave you frustrated, broken, and might even induce a controller-tossing rampage that will result from you getting embarrassed by the unrelenting action and massive amounts of projectiles that make these types of games so hard. In classic bullet-hell shooter fashion, these three games (the hardest being Hitogata Happa, which when translated to English, roughly means a "Humanoid Explosion") will pit the player against massive waves of enemies that fill the screen with wave after punishing wave of projectiles and attacks to avoid before the player can successfully bring them down. Players must make wise choices when it comes to using their powerful special attacks and bombs when playing, for the in-game "Friction" points system rewards you with massive point bonuses. 

The 3rd game: Hitogata Happa will test how well your reflexes are...be prepared to fail levels on a regular basis until your skills improve over time.
The 3rd game: Hitogata Happa will test how well your reflexes are...be prepared to fail levels on a regular basis until your skills improve over time.
What is a bullet hell game, you ask? For those gamers who are new to the concept of the bullet hell genre, this is how it works: The player is tasked with taking down their foes by avoiding massive waves of enemy attacks and they must find a way to defeat your foes in order to progress in the game to the next part. For example, think of the boss parts that appear in the Steam game Beat Hazard!. This game is not a anime-related game, but for when you face off against the massive boss ship or the two smaller ships which can absorb a massive amount of damage while dishing out several devastating attacks that can quickly kill you, it compares to the basic elements of bullet-hell games.  You must dodge the punishing waves of enemy attacks and slowly chip away at the boss/bosses until they are defeated.  See the image below for more detail:

A example of facing off against 2 bosses and dealing with other enemies at the same time in Beat Hazard.
A example of facing off against 2 bosses and dealing with other enemies at the same time in Beat Hazard.

This collection (which can be purchased by single game on the PSN for $5.99 or all 3 for $14.99), is a must own for all gamers who enjoy the tough, brutal world of bullet hell games. If you enjoyed the challenging Touhou Project (also known as Project Shrine Maiden with the 12 games released since the 1990's) games, then the Gundemonium Collection is a must buy.
 

The Good:

GundeadliGne
GundeadliGne
Classic Bullet Hell shooter, great graphics, amount of on-screen madness will leave you sweating nervously as you attempt to survive, challenging and engaging gameplay will challenge the player to achieve the glory of successfully beating the game without using a continue.
 
 
 
 

The Bad:

Very frustrating to play (especially for those not used to fast-paced shooters), very difficult to successfully play unless you have practiced (if you found that the first two games were hard, just wait until you try Hitogata Happa), player might become overwhelmed by the sheer amount of action taking place on screen at one time (just wait until the final boss of GundeadliGne...it will leave you crying as the boss lays a massive barrage on you and you are almost powerless to prevent your demise). 
 

Overall Score: 4.5/5

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Welcome, my fellow AnimeVice members, to this my 4th review that I have posted on AnimeVice since joining last October. Today, I will be reviewing the ecchi-anime KanoKon that was created by Katsumi Nishino and released by Studio Xebec. This will be a shortened version of my typical reviews, focusing primarily on the main/supporting characters, plot, and the overall experence rather than go into great detail like in my other two-part reviews. Hope you enjoy it! n_n
 
 Meet Chizuru Minamoto, who isn't afraid to express her obsessive love of Kouta Oyamada in public
 Meet Chizuru Minamoto, who isn't afraid to express her obsessive love of Kouta Oyamada in public

1. Plot/Story

Like some typical ecchi-based animes, KanoKon focuses more upon delivering its own brand of ecchi-humor along with a boatload of fanservice than on the plot itself. The plot is quite thin (if not totally non-existant) in the anime, but here is the main idea behind KanoKon:
 

"Kouta Oyamada, fresh from moving to the city from the rural countryside where he lived with his grandfather, is a first-year student at the massive Kunpo High School. He is quite shy and timid, just wanting to make it through life without having to deal with anything stressful in his daily actions. On his very first day attending school, he comes across a beautiful, busty teenage girl by the name of Chizuru Minamoto, who is a second-year student at Kunpo High. She takes a strong interest in Kouta, and eventually asks him to meet her in the music room after school has ended. He reluctantly agrees to her offer and when classes have ended, he makes his way up to the music room to meet up with her. She confesses her love of him and in her excitement over the moment, she accidentally reveals her true form; that of a powerful kitsune to him. Now knowing her true form, Kouta promises not to reveal her true identity to anyone and reluctantly agrees to hang around with her, for he has feelings for her."

 
As the series progresses, the paper-thin plot along with the lack of story-driving material hamper the anime. Several of the episodes are quite confusing and it is easy to get lost in the wave of fanservice that this show tries to deliver. If you don't mind a overload of fanservice and a lackluster plot/story, then these issues can be mostly overlooked. But for those who perfer a show that has a decent story to drive the plot and characters along, this show isn't recommended.
 
Plot/Story: 2.5/5 Stars
 

2. Main Characters (and Supporting Characters) (Mainly Spoiler-free)

The following list is the main characters that KanoKon focuses on during the show's 12-episode run along with several of the supporting characters. I have made it as spoiler-free as possible (potential spoilers will be hidden behind the Spoiler sections):
 
Kouta Oyamada
Kouta Oyamada
1. Kouta Oyamada: A shy, timid teenager that has moved from his grandfather's house in the rural countryside to the city in order to attend classes at Kunpo High School, Kouta is the main male protagonist in KanoKon. He comes across a second-year student by the name of Chizuru Minamoto, who has taken a strong interest in him and openly expresses her pasionate feelings for him. He gains notoriety at Kunpo High among the student body as the "Great Erotic King", mainly due to the massive amounts of open flirting and passionate expressions of love that Chizuru does to him in pubic. Although reluctant to admit his true feelings for Chizuru or to engage in her very intimate attempts to "make him hers", he does have strong feelings for her deep within his mind.
 
 Chizuru Minamoto
 Chizuru Minamoto
2. Chizuru Minamoto: A carefree, highly-expressive second-year student at Kunpo High, Chizuru is the main female protagonist of KanoKon and is quite obsessed with Kouta Oyamada. She is very expressive of her feelings towards him in public and seeks to have him be hers, no matter what happens. She is always making sexual suggestions, statements, or advances upon the hapless Kouta, which usually leads to him suffering from minor freakouts of embarrassment whenever she makes her moves upon him at school or at home. 
 


 Nozumu Ezomori
 Nozumu Ezomori
3. Nozumu Ezomori: A fellow first-year student in Kouta's class at Kunpo High, Nozumu is the main rival in love against Chizuru in the hopes of being with Kouta (who she also is deeply in love with). She is mostly emotionless and possesses a quiet nature, but when it comes to earning Kouta's affection, she isn't afraid to do whatever it takes to make him hers.  She, like Chizuru, tries to initiate in sexual acts with Kouta, but usually fails due to Chizuru's presence or his major case of indecisiveness.  She lives in a large, expensive penthouse that is empty (she sleeps naked on the floor, curled up like a sleeping wolf)


 Tayura Minamoto
 Tayura Minamoto
4. Tayura Minamoto: The younger, adoptive brother of Chizuru, Tayura is also in Kouta's grade and is quite jealous of his sister's relationship with him (which leads her to say that he suffers from a symptom known as "Sister Complex" and is envious of their love for each other). He is a quiet, mostly mild-mannered individual who is also a kitsune spirit (although he is not as powerful as Chizuru is when in his true form) and he seeks the love of Akane Ashaina (who is the strict class representative of his grade). She usually shoots him down and gives him the cold shoulder (which he does not mind, for he is alright with her being cold to him if it means being with her.
 
  
 Akane Ashinina
 Akane Ashinina
5. Akane Asahina: The current class representative of both Kouta and Tayura's grade, Akane is a strict, focused individual who shows concern for Kouta after seeing the relationship that he is in with Chizuru (although it is thought that she is envious of Chizuru's curves due to her own mainly-flat, plain body). She has a very high sense of regulations, and thus tries to enforce them upon the students in her class (she strongly disapproves of Kouta and Chizuru's relationship due to the open sexual advances that she makes in public). She dislikes Tayura and is very cold with him whenever he tries to make any effort to gain her affection.
 
 
 Ren and Ai Nanao
 Ren and Ai Nanao
6. Ren and Ai Nanao: Twin first-year students who are also in Kouta's grade, Ren and Ai are both spirit hunters who make a meager living and are seen doing mostly what homeless people do (such as eating garbage or making strange stews from roadside weeds and bread scraps they fish out of the dump. They live in a run-down temple out in the woods and fight spirits in order to make money. They are hired to assassinate Chizuru Minamoto for a massive sum of money, but fail to do so in several failed attempts. They become friendly with Chizuru and decide not to kill her after she treats them to a free meal at a family diner (which they consider like being in heaven).
 
 
The characters in Kanokon make up for the show's lackluster story by delivering on the funny moments and some of the outrageous things that they will do to ensure they get what they want. From Chizuru's and Nozumu's constant advances on the hapless Kouta to Akane smacking Tayura senseless after he attempts to ask her out, the characters of the show might be the thing that makes this show bearable to watch. 
 
Characters: 3.75/5 Stars
 

3. Overall Thoughts and Experiences

Overall, KanoKon is a decent anime when it comes to the diverse ecchi genre, but several major plot issues and a lackluster plot drag this entertaining show down and stop it from being a great series.

The Good:

 Kouta falls into their traps once again.
 Kouta falls into their traps once again.
KanoKon does several things right, such as the interesting (and wild) cast and the decent quality animations that the show delivers. Those who appreciate the boatload of fanservice can expect quite a bit of it here (especially the Chizuru fanservice, which will make any ecchi fan happy with it). The humor also shines here, delivering several outrageous moments in which Kouta finds himself in a no-win situation against the efforts of Chizuru and Nozumu and other attempts to gain his affections.
 
 

The Bad:

Some viewers might suffer this reaction.
Some viewers might suffer this reaction.
KanoKon suffers from a lackluster effort in both the story and plot departments. A non-existant plot along with a lethargic story really put a damper on this show and it leads to some confusing moments in several episodes that will leave the viewer in limbo over what just happened. It would have helped to see Studio Xebec putting more effort into the story and plot to help drive the events of the series forward and avoid the confusing moments. 
 
 
 
Recommended for: Those who can appreciate a decent, ecchi anime that isn't shy when it comes to fanservice and can live with the disappointing plot/story.
Final Score: 3/5 Stars
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It has been since the 20th of April when I last wrote a decent review of a anime show (Parts 1 and 2 of my Sora no Otoshimono review along with my brief look at Elfen Lied), so after finishing up the awesome anime Angel Beats!, I have decided to get back into writing my detailed reviews. I will begin writing Part One of my review of Angel Beats! starting tomorrow and it should be done by Wensday. 
I highly recommend this show for all to watch! It is a 13-episode epic that should not be missed.
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Welcome back, my fellow AnimeVice members, to the first blog post I have made in over 2 weeks.  

FanimeCon 2010 in San Jose
FanimeCon 2010 in San Jose

Tomorrow, I will be attending Day One of the 2010 FanimeCon in San Jose at the San Jose Convention Center and I am so pumped about it! I have to hit the road by 4:30 AM tomorrow morning with my dad (who is giving me a ride since my friends or other family members would not consider going to San Jose.) and we should arrive at 8:00 AM in time to register at the gates and witness the start of the 16th Annual FanimeCon.
 
I will be taking many pictures tomorrow of the event (and yes, the cosplayers) with my Canon Rebel XSi D-SLR camera....I will load those up and post my experiences from Day One at FanimeCon here after I return home around 8 PM tomorrow night. Wish me luck! n_n
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