This month, DC Comics is releasing a bunch of Zero Titles in honor of the one year anniversary of its New 52 initiative. In general, these issues tell stories about what characters were doing before the New 52 began (though in some cases, like Green Lantern #0, they move the story forward but discuss other origins or secrets). I’ve already looked at the zero issue for Green Arrow, but this week I’m turning to my favorite DC series, Demon Knights. How did this origin issue rate, especially compared to the rest of the series?
This week I’ll be reviewing the Natsume Yuujinchou anime, an adaptation of the manga by Midorikawa Yuki. Of course, there were 4 seasons for this show, but they’re all similar enough that I can cover it all in one go (similar to how I did my Aria review). So the Natsume Yuujinchou anime started in July of 2008. Then it got another season in 2009, then another in 2011, and the latest one in 2012. All of them were animated by Brains Base, and theywere all directed by Omori Takahiro. Natsume Yuujinchou was serialized in a shoujo magazine, despite the male main character, and… it shows. The plot lines and mannerisms of the characters, as well as the general attitude of the series are quite shoujo-y, if that’s a proper description. But let’s examine the show a bit more closely.
If there’s one thing I dread, it’s my backlog. My backlog is like the unbeatable secret boss of my hobby. I’m never forced to fight it, but if I do, it’s not something that I will easily fell. Most prominent on the massive conglomerate is Tales of Vesperia, a game that I regrettably abandoned when I migrated to PS3 land. Though I was only about halfway through, it was probably the one game I still wanted to play and finish on the 360. With firm resolve, however, I finally managed to take my 360 out from storage, with the intent of finishing up Vesperia. Well, I did actually manage to finish it. After a great deal of thinking, I’m not so sure I should have taken it out of storage…
Ah, right now, I’m nose deep in test prep, so unfortunately I have not ventured down to the cinema in order to find a new movie to watch and review. As far as I know there’s nothing good on anyways. Ergo, retro-review!
One of the most critically-acclaimed sci-fi/horror films of the last twenty years, Donnie Darko is dark, creepy, and cynical about the fake and plastic world – everything that clicks with the majority of sci-fi fans of today and yester-year. But let’s talk about whether it’s appeal is as large as it seems, or if it’s just another movie whose praises are sung for some of the wrong reasons?
I’m a huge fan of Green Arrow, something I feel I’ve made known. At the beginning of DC’s New 52 last year, I was very excited that the Emerald Archer received his own title and had high hopes after finishing the first issue. A lot of hiccups, and a big blunder, however, ultimately meant I abandoned this title. When I heard that Judd Winick, one of the better writers of Green Arrow, was writing this origin issue, I felt I should read it, especially since I’ve never actually read GA’s origin story (despite knowing it, of course). Did this comic renew my faith in the new Green Arrow series?
I’ll be honest: I’ve never had any interest whatsoever in reading Wonder Woman comics. Back when I watched Justice League: Unlimited I did like her character, but I never had the drive to learn more about her. Since the start of DC’s New 52 there’s been a lot of buzz surrounding the Wonder Woman series, and ultimately I decided to wait until the first six issues collected in hardcover before purchasing and reading it. Does this series deserve the hype it received?
This week I’ll be reviewing the slice of life anime, Sketchbook ~full color’s~. Of course, the name is a little dumb to type out repeatedly, so I’ll just say Sketchbook. It aired from October to December of 2007, for a run of 13 episodes. It’s by HAL Filmmaker, and directed by Hiraike Yoshimasa. Among their other notable works is Aria (which I did a review for here), which is one of my favorite series ever. It’s pretty clear that there are a lot of inspirations drawn from the Aria to here (though the source material of the respective shows have nothing to do with each other), so that was enjoyable for me. Of course, this is a slice of life show, so the usual disclaimer. Don’t expect anything crazy or exciting or whatnot. Honestly, I kind of treat this show like Aria, if it took place on earth and you replaced all the water and gondola stuff with an art club. And you keep the cats. So if you enjoy that kind of stuff, you’ll find Sketchbook to be pleasantly more of the same.
Last week, I reviewed Baldur’s Gate. I explained that, while the game was very light on actual roleplaying and plot (and characterization was practically nonexistent), there’s some pretty good gameplay in spite of the pathfinding issues (and my general dislike of low level D&D combat). However, it was a very important title when it came out, as it’s often credited for resuscitating the cRPG genre (even though Fallout technically did come out a year before).
Tales of the Sword Coast, Baldur’s Gate’s only expansion, is not as big as some other expansions are. Rather than continuing the story in some way, Tales of the Sword Coast introduces four new areas (and opens up one area previously inaccessible in the original), with a few side stories here and there. I went in to Tales of the Sword Coast expecting some throwaway stories and some more general mid-level combat (not that I would’ve complained, of course). However, what I did get took me by surprise.
Finally, right? Yes, it’s my long-time coming Silent Hill: Downpour review! Yes, the latest installment in the famous and infamous horror game franchise. After multiple staff changes and developers over the years, the series hard-core horror fans came to know and love slowly began to lose it’s amazing reputation with shitty game after shitty game, rehashing the old characters and tropes in an attempt to keep it alive.
So, now after another major change, does this new game serve to bring any glimmer of hope back tot he franchise, or is it just another disappointing failure on a long line of failed game? Let’s take a look.
It might surprise no one that just like in America, sometimes songs and groups in Japan are made for the sole purpose of advertising a new movie or show. But what might be a bit of a shocker is that in Japan, they also do it for stage-plays. Yup, they did one for their version of the Rogers and Hammerstein Cinderella and now they are doing it for Cat’s Eye, a play based on the manga of the same name, about a master thief. The cast will several members from both Berryz Koubou and C-ute, a combo referred to as BerriKyuu. And since most plays rarely last 3 weeks in Japan (unlike the US or the UK where the typical stage play runs for months), the main roles will be swapped between the seven of them.
But does the song really need to exist? There was no big release for “Stacys” (a very well done play about rabid teenage girl zombies) but we’re going to give this the go ahead because…it’s based off of a manga? I don’t know, but let’s take a look!