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[Review] Anime: Black Rock Shooter(TV)

Okay, this is gonna be short, as this is a short show(only 8 episodes, weird huh?).

 Basically, it's a retelling of the story from the OVA. The same characters, and some new ones, go through troubles and somewhere in another world alternate versions of themselves do battle. But then there's a twist and, well, that'd be spoiling it.

I have to say, there were some inconsistencies that really bothered me, mostly stemming from the explanation of the "other selves" this anime went with. I don't think it's bad, but it does create some problems as some things with them don't make sense when we consider them a "being who shoulders your grief". In the end I think they couldn't quite decide WHAT they wanted BRS to be. In the OVA it was implied to be something similar, but since they didn't outright state anything there weren't inconsistencies, because we weren't 100% on what it's supposed to be. Also, rather than making it in anach…

[Review] Anime: Persona 4 Special


Where do I start?

This was a huge mess, and it's a big let down. Objectively it's not terrible, but it certainly isn't good. Subjectively, however, it's a horrible.

Okay, so it starts off with one of those "in the middle of things" with Margaret attacking Yu. Good start, a nice narrative method and it looks like they'll fit Margaret's Battle in there. But wait, what does that have to do with Izanami? Doubts crept in. After the OP, Yu and friends are having a going away party for Yu. Yu get's some mail. They need to get some stuff from the store so Nanako and Yu go and get it while the rest finish preparing the party. Yu is then suddenly is back at the beginning. He decided to open the mail he got this time and it's from Adachi, just like in the game. While they think about who could be the really real culprit, Yu once again is at the beginning, and is frantic to learn who it could be, he goes and finds the gas station attendan…

[Review] Game: Deathsmiles

Deathsmiles is a side-scrolling shmup made by Cave co.. It was originally an arcade game, but was then ported to the Xbox360, with additional content and game modes not in the arcade version. It was later localized by Aksys Games. Also, might I say that I really fucking love Aksys Games? They're right up there with NIS America and Atlus in terms of bringing over games that we might not ever get. Aksys has brought as favourites like BlazBlue, and it's also brought niche games that I'm really happy about such as Fate/EXTRA. Not to mention, we got our first non-PC Visual Novel release from them, AND it was an Otome game(a game for women, rather than men), which is freaking amazing. I never thought we would get one, since the small ammount of people willing to release VNs stateside don't think games that aren't about dating cute girls would appeal. Hakuoki: Demon of The Fleeting Blossom, for PSP, btw. It's about handsome and manly samurai guys(don't worry, it&#…

[Review] Game: Gungrave

Gungrave is an over-the-top action game made by Red Entertainment, and licensed by Sega, for the PS2. It is rather short(has only six stages), but is a hell of a lot of fun and is totally worth playing. The character designs are done by the same man who created Trigun, and the mechanical designs were done by the guy who did the designs for Sakura Wars(which is mecha series).

You play as a man who has been resurrected after being betrayed and killed by his former partner, and are now what is called a "Deadman". Your job is to stop a crime syndicate headed by the same guy who killed you.

You run around and shoot the fuck out of everyone and everything, and you get style points similar to Devil May Cry. When you shoot things continuously, you gain energy for a special attack, which uses guns and missiles that come out of a coffin strapped to your back. Gaining more style points allows you to get more special attacks. When fighting a boss, when you decrease their health to a cer…

[Review] Anime: Arcade Gamer Fubuki

This is a lesser known SHAFT anime, that was made in about 2002, and is a 4 episode OVA series, based on a manga by Mine Yoshizaki, author of the well loved Keroro Gunsou(Sgt. Frog), is a spin-off of "Game Center Arashi", and is produced by Enterbrain(the company that owns the largest japanese game magazine, Famitsu, and created the RPG Maker engine) It's so obscure, it doesn't even have a wikipedia entry. EDIT: It does now. Also, the first episode was apparently aired on TV.

Arcade Gamer Fubuki is a comedy and possible parody about a girl named Fubuki Sakuragasaki(say that 10 times fast), who is given a pair of panties that give her the power to be really good at arcade games, by a mysterious man aptly named "Mr. Mystery". She enters a tournament to determine the best Arcade Gamer in the world. During which, she is assaulted by an evil group known as "The Gulastic Group", and must defeat them with the power of her "Passion Panties". Nor…

[Review] Anime: Cossette no Shouzou

Cossette no Shouzou, known in the west as "Le Potrait de Petite Cossette", is a 3 episode OVA series. And it is a work of art.

I'm sure not a lot of people like this, mostly because of it's underlying themes of... pedophilia. But it's shown in the same way it was in Lolita. It's not a good idea. is what its trying to say. Let me explain.

The story is about a guy who finds a painting in the attic of a bar he works at. The girl shown in the painting visits him, and takes him to an odd realm, where she metaphysically tortures him, claiming that she is punishing him for her death. Telling you much more would give away all the story, since it's only 3 episodes, but even if I did it is something to behold. I'll just say this: Do not molest/kill little rich girls, they will come back and haunt you in your next life. EDIT: Aw geez, that kinda gives away the ending. Fuck.

The animation, story(a very simple one), music(I believe by Yuki Kajiura), and overall pr…

[Review] Anime: Saikano


If you know about this, you already know what I'm going to say.

This show, is depressing. Now, obviously, I get that it's a tragedy. That's fine. But, other tragedy anime have done it so much better. Madoka Magica would have been just as good, to me if most of the characters who died weren't "resurrected" at the end(I'd go into detail, but that would ruin it). I'm glad they were, but it would not have hurt it as a story if they weren't.

Saikano, also known as "She, The Ultimate Weapon", is like if Madoka Magica hadn't had a bittersweet ending and had instead opted to just kill everyone. At first, the deaths in Saikano are shocking and sad, but by the end, I became so numb to it, that the sight of a guy shooting himself in the head onscreen made me almost laugh. It gets so ridiculous. And at the end? Everyone dies... in the world... no, really.

Saikano is about an unspecified war against and unspecified nation(hinted that it&…

[Review] Anime: He Is My Master

This isn't so much a review as it is me just yelling about an aspect that made it unwatchable for me.

He is my master is a Gainax and SHAFT collaboration. Gainax and SHAFT are 2 great animations studios and everything they make is good... except the stuff they make together, somehow. And I'm not the only one who feels this way. I once saw "This Ugly Yet Beautiful World", which they both made, and it was... unremarkable. You would not think of saying that about studios that made Gurren Lagann and Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei. Some blame this on the director but I don't think that's it. The director only sets up and arranges what is already there. If the core of it is bland, even if his direction is good, it won't change the show being... bland. In fact, I'd say that if the director really was bad, it would have made TUYBW a total piece of crap. But, it wasn't, it was meh. It wasn't really anything.

I cannot say that about He Is My Master. I HATE it…

Hello, and welcome.

I've decided for no real reason, to create an offshoot of my other blog Ramblings of a Crazy Person, that is simply used for reviewing various things.

I did this, mostly because if I used the other, it'd take up the majority of the posts and everything'd get all mixed up.

Anyway. I'm going to review games, anime, manga, and sometimes movies.

It'll be really hard for me to make negative reviews of games and anime, since I don't usually play or watch something that I won't like. I'm really good with that stuff, I can usually tell whether or not I'll like something by the description and premise. There are plenty of exceptions however, and I will pour out my anger for having to sit through or play something terrible when I thought it'd be good. This is very true for movies. I haven't seen a really good movie in a while.

Well, enjoy.