XMas Time 4 Anime Mini Review

Disclaimer: This was originally meant to be a FB status, hence all the weird abbreviations, but clearly this got too long for that so I turned it into a blog post that I’ll also link on FB.

 

OK, back from my friend’s house for Christmas time cosplay sweatshop/unlimited anime marathon works w/ 4 new shows under my belt: Blood Blockade Battlefront, Juuni Taisen, Gangsta, & Garo the Animation, so time for as short as possible mini reviews…

So, out of all these shows, the only 1 I can truly recommend w/o a lot of disclaimers is Garo the Animation.  Heck, the only (minor) thing I would mention beforehand is that it’s a ‘mature anime’ (not as in really gory or violent, just more adult themed things happening in general).  The other 3: may be way too busy & chaotic, sh*t ending, & non-ending respectively for why I can’t straight recommend it.

However, before I continue, let’s quickly talk about episodic shows.  They’re not everyone’s fancy, but being episodic in & of itself is not a critique or a negative of a show: that’s just a neutral fact.  It’s like saying something is overhyped & nothing more; that’s not actually saying anything (of worth). I personally don’t care too much for episodic shows, but that’s not a definite that applies to all series I have/plan to watch #AlwaysExceptions. Anyway, moving on…

  • Blood Blockade: I would say this is a really chaotic fun show w/ a lot going on in most episodes (at least a lot to keep up w/), & may be hard to keep up w/ or outright can be overwhelming to anyone who isn’t used to shows like this or prefer the calmer/less chaotic shows.  Also, although it tends to be episodic, the 1st season did have an original central plot that overall was good, but that ending was super meh.  Seemed kinda rushed honestly, but everything else was fine + the 2nd season went back to being purely episodic w/ a 2-parter here & there & was overall better imo.
  • Juuni Taisen: Now, as someone who loves gory/violent anime, it’s awesome; if we’re being for real for real: pretty g.d. lackluster.  Besides literally having a set-up where if a character seems to be getting a lot of screen time/inner monologue, they’re 100% guaranteed to be the next to die, there’s a lot wrong.  Some (half?) the fights, despite an entire episode of buildup (at least as far as XYZ character fighting…at all), could last seconds & be super anticlimactic; post mortem motherfcuking backstories that sometimes were half the g.d. episode; certain characters getting 0 backstory while others get way too much (f’ing twins, like, I like them but who honestly gaf???); Rabbit being broken & OP af to the point it was way more of a negative than a plus to the overall tournament (if they limited his abilities it could have worked…maybe); seemingly random af abilities that have nothing to do w/ their Zodiac animal + the whole Zodiac thing being absolutely unnecessary to the overall everything; who tf actually wins the tournament + what their b.s. wish was; Gah, the list is endless…but I still liked it.  I just can’t in good faith recommend this ~.~
  • Gangsta: Oh, Gangsta, the new age Big O where it got cut off far too soon.  Like, all they need is 1 45-minute movie & that could wrap up everything, but instead you’re left w/ a non-ending, several characters dying, missing, dead, & no f’ing clue where it’s headed DX That + it’s like an infinitely more coherent FFXV: Kingsglaive where I truly & deeply care about an overwhelming majority of the characters but the content just isn’t there.  Like, great (hawt af oyaji) characters; interesting premise; meh execution.  Also, this show has surprisingly more slice of life moments & far less action/violence than what you would think seeing characters like Nicholas & Worick, which is a g.d. shame X/  Worst thing is is it def didn’t do well enough to even merit being redone or picked up by another studio for that matter, so chances are slim anything is going to come out (in animated form) that would wrap up their story…what a f’ing shame -_-

So, tbh, fujoshi fav: Gangsta hands down.  All those hawt oyajis being awesome is *rejoices in fujoshi*.  Juuni Taisen is a close 2nd as well due to fujoshi feelz, however, the objectively better, more polished, more coherent, & all that jazz fav: Garo the Animation, which everyone should just watch, if nothing else, for the best hawt af oyaji Dad ^.^

 

Heck, if those costumes weren’t so extra af, I wouldn’t mind cosplaying Ema, German, or Alphonso from Garo…but that’s waaayyy too much suffering for my tastes >_>

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Dangan Ronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls Mini Review

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So, beat Dangan Ronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls the other day. In short…

Plot: 11/10, I would posit this has the best plot & writing out of the entire series

Gameplay: 1/10, have fun not actively trying to destroy your Vita w/ how terrible gameplay is ~.~ Most of the game is spent fighting the camera & unnecessary cinematics among a crapton of other things >.> I would say, contrary to the quality of the writing & plot, this game has the worst gameplay of the entire series

Boss fights/mini games: 7/10, despite a terrible combat system, the boss fights & most of the mini game stuff was actually pretty fun, especially the last 2 boss fights

Characters: 8/10, despite the fact I HATE kid characters, loved all them & the rest of the cast for this game. Besides this, Komaru & Toko had their moments I wanted to kill them for stupidity & c**tiness respectively, but I liked them overall

Music: 9/10, they reuse a lot from the other games w/ the addition of a few things original for the game & remixes of previous songs & all of it’s good

Voice acting (dub): 9/10, besides my issues w/ Nagito’s VA; i.e., good but not nearly as awesome as the sub on account of the creepy laugh, overall VAing quality was fantastico. Now, cinematics you can tell the lip sync was way the f**k off but otherwise really good, especially for the 5 kid villains

Ending: 11enty/10, I absolutely love the ending to this game. SOOO good XD

Overall, the writing, character development, & plot was on-point for this game, it’s just a shame it can be somewhat overshadowed by abysmal gameplay. Def recommend at least watching an LP to see that plot if you really want to skip past soul killing gameplay.

Quick Thoughts on Ultra Despair Girls

How my day went yesterday/early this morning…
“Just going to play a few hours of Ultra Despair Girls & then get back to being productive”…

10+ hours later

MY KAMI, WHAT HAVE I DONE?! DX

All jokes aside, love the plot & seeing my fav/true hero of the series, Nagito Komaeda, but 2 things:

1) Although the overall VAing, since they only have it in dub, is EXCELLENT, Nagito’s VA is “terrible”. I put it in quotation marks b/c he isn’t a bad VA (he’s actually super great), but no one can hold a candle to Nagito’s seiyuu. Like, he comes close, he has the creepy sound down, but not the unsettlingness. Still, great effort but meh. Especially doesn’t help that I played the other 2 games in sub (’cause Kazuya Nakai), so I have to deal w/ that shock. Quite honestly, the more I actively brainwash myself to forget what he sounded like in sub, the better his voice sounds >.> Incidentally, his English VA is Bryce Papenbrook, who is AMAZINGLY talented, but this role to me is more or less a trap. I don’t believe any current VA really has the range for Nagito (I would venture to say Liam O’Brien but that’s just my bias kicking in), not that dub VAs are bad or that this is terrible or a travesty of some sort, but it is really hard to pull off Nagito, so kudos to him for getting close. However, if you’ve been playing the games in dub, then he sounds excellent, no arguments there.

2) Overall game play is beyond terrible. Kami-sama help you if you’re used to FPSes & then play this -_- It’s a real struggle w/ s**t controls & a gawd awful UI, but I’m managing ~.~ Not surprising when you factor in it’s an FPS like game made by ppl. who mostly do visual novels >.>

999 Post-game “Mini” Review

So, this past Saturday I *finally* beat 999 😀 Super excited since that means I can finally move on to VLR proper w/o a care in the world (since certain characters from that game are literally walking spoilers).

tl; dr version of why I did VLR before 999: originally didn’t care for it too much, didn’t have a DS/3DS (but had a Vita), spoiled most of the game via Wiki/TV Tropes namely b/c I didn’t think US had the game (it’s super Japanese & I never thought US would get/had it), & a few more reasons. Either way, beat the game before 999.

So, tl;dr*2 again; loved the f**k out of this game. Besides that:

+No matter how I look at it, Lotus is an unforgivable c**t most of the time. Like, in the end I still *mostly* like her but she b*tches far too much & is way too condescending at times.

+Sudoku?! Not surprised but f’ing really?! Super ambivalent about this b/c it’s both super appropriate & super f’ing annoying. Thank kami for sudoku solution generator type sites >.>

+Oh, Akane, you’re f’ing awesome (ditto for Santa). I only wish I waited to cosplay him b/c I def would cosplay him now.

+I hate the fact that most of the ‘options’ you have in dialog don’t really matter, it’s mostly about what doors you go through as far as routes are concerned. Granted, to get the true ending, any instance that would encourage certain characters to go on ad infinitum about something that “can’t possibly have anything to do w/ anything”, f’ing DO IT.

+The axe ending has got to be my fav bad ending. Only reason I don’t utterly despise Clover.

+Snake’s cool at first…then by the time the umpteenth snarky/smart@$$ comment kicks in it’s not f’ing cute anymore -_- Like, I know a *lot* love Snake, but I like Ace far more than I could ever like him >.>

+On that matter, w/ the exception of Seven, your character, & somewhat Ace, every character has far too many “jerk w/ the heart of an @$$hole” moments. Smart@$$ is “cute” in small doses, not every G.D. line out of your mouth. Funny thing, it gets WORSE in VLR, but is strangely both more & less tolerable, IDK

+Snake IS a total bad@$$…when he’s not being a snarky d*uche >.>

+Junpei has far too many “you f’ing idiot, THINK!” moments. There are so many times he asks questions about s**t he not 2 minutes ago just commented on X/

+F**k digital roots & base-ANYTHING X/

Finally, even though I’m super happy this means I can move on to VLR, the puzzles are far harder than 999 (at least to me). Like, if I spend enough time trying different combinations & going over clues I most likely will eventually figure it out, whereas VLR puts me in situations I’m just like “…I DON’T F’ING KNOW DX” & I wind up having to play w/ my phone out ~.~ (since I refuse to do less than hard mode).

Oh well, more VLR means more d*uche baggery & Liam O’Brien XD

That was my super “short” rundown of the game I posted on my personal FB page, some other things I would add on are that I loved the ending sequence of the true ending. The song that was playing was great, flipping the interface of the puzzle (you’ll understand when you get there/beaten the game) I thought was a fantastic idea to show that “perfect connection” 2 of the characters had, & the raw emotion was f’ing moving. I genuinely enjoyed every minute of it. Also, the last stinger involving Seven & that mysterious woman, f’ing fantastic.

All in all great game, & I’m glad I played it to completion. Now, onwards! To VLR & may God (Dio [?]) help us all ~.~’