Nov 242011
 

Play. This. Game.

Ever wondered what gaming would be like if every developer and publisher in the world finally got their act together and thought: “Hey! Shouldn’t games be fun?” But then, some douchebag (whom I will call Transformer) steps forward and protests: “No Mr. Bonta Samti Cars, what they should be are endless series of thinly disguised hoops and hurdles that we force gamers to jump through over and over while creating the illusion they’re having fun . . . also, add some zombies.” A few moments later, Mr. BSC gets fired for thinking logically and goes off to band together with other logical individuals and creates the Saints Row franchise. The End. Lovely story huh? Well, fortunately for us, it came true! Without further ado, Saints Row: The Third . . .

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Nov 242011
 

It’s been almost three months since DC’s New 52 premiered and by now you’ve all probably seen my reviews of some of DC’s rebooted titles including Green Arrow, Superman, Action Comics, and Detective Comics, just to name a few. I must admit, however, that part of me wanted to read every DC New 52 title…but how is this possible given the constraints of my wallet? Luckily for me, my local comic store occasionally has daily deals where they sell copies of a comic for only a couple of quarters. Meanwhile, some of my friends have also gotten hooked on the New 52 and let me borrow a few of the comics I thought looked interesting. Thus, over the last two months, I’ve managed to check out a bunch of #1 titles. I’ve decided to use this article to do some quick mini-reviews in what I’m calling The Gauntlet. Without further ado, let’s begin!

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Nov 232011
 

The title for the series, neat font and all.

This week’s anime review is the title Hourou Musuko, or Wandering Son, which aired from January to April 2011. The series is written by Takako Shimura, and debuted in the popular anime block noitaminA. With a beautiful pastel/watercolor art scheme, the show is, at its heart, a story about growing up, and dealing with gender confusion issues. The story deals with its two main characters, Nitori Shuichi and Yoshino Takatsuki, the relationships they form with the each other and the people around them, and the various issues they confront due to their own unique issues and how it affects their surroundings.
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Nov 222011
 

It’s MoarPowah, Planet Earth calling, Agent Pluffei reporting. Do you read me? This is a very peaceful website. Agent Pluffei, keeping the peace, doing my best to fight the bad guys (?) … wherever they may be. But that aside, I hear it’s time for another anime review! This time I will be writing about Tekkonkinkreet, a movie adapted from a 3-volume seinen manga by Matsumoto Taiyou. I will warn you, this isn’t a movie for everyone, as Judge pretty much hated it, but for those of you who are fans of arsty or weird anime, this is a must see!

Without further ado, itadakimasu~

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Nov 212011
 

Recently, I found some Gundam Wing Kai variations that I think are absolutely awesome.  I hope one day Bandai releases model kits or Robot Damashii figures of these suits.  Take a look below!

The Sandrock Armadillo has some nifty looking shields, the Heavyarms Igel has additional missile pods and leg mounted treads for mobility, and the Shenlong Liaoya has a a giant sword.  The Deathscythe variation will be revealed in the November issue of Hobby Magazine.

Speaking of variations, Gundam 00V has some sick variations of the standard Celestial Being Gundams.  What is Gundam 00V?  00V is a picture novel of customized mobile suits.  Bandai’s Robot Damashii line has produced some of the customized Celestial Being Gundams: the Arios Gundam Ascalon, the Cherudim Gundam SAGA, and the Seravee Gundam GNHW/3G.  I have both the Ascalon and SAGA and have pre-ordered the GNHW/3G (which is a Tamashii Web Shop exclusive).  Don’t you agree that these variations are so much cooler than their regular counterparts?

Nov 212011
 

"Hmm, I wonder what sort of review Laevatein has for this wee-- oh crap, this looks too old! Too old!"

Greetings readers! MOON. (that period is a part of the name) just happens to be the only visual novel I’ve read that was released before 2000. Why did I point that out? MOON. happens to represent the ’90′s style of doing things quite well, for starters. Another neat thing about it is that it’s by what many call Proto-Key (the company that staffed the guys who did Kanon, Air, Clannad, etc, all novels I haven’t finished due to their massive lengths). However, unlike classic Key storytelling, MOON. is quite different. So different, in fact, it’s hard to believe MOON.’s from the same group.

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