Hey all I’m back with another Summer 2019 season series for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Cheat Magician Episode 01 Impressions!
Plot: The plot is really stereotypical, and normally I try to give Isekai series more of a chance than just a single episode. However I just didn’t have the time this summer to watch more than a single episode. That isn’t to say I hated the episode, far from it. Cheat Magician is completely and unapologetically a stereotypical Isekai series, and makes no attempt to prove it’s otherwise. It features completely overpowered characters, and supposedly a harem. I’m completely okay with that, as long as it makes no attempt to dress it up with an edgy plot or some other nonsense that is so typical in today’s Anime. I’m probably one of the few who is okay with how stereotypical it is, but Cheat Magicians doesn’t bother hiding it’s nature, it’s in the freaking title after all.
Characters: Our main two characters are Taichi and Rin and really most of the cast we get to meet in this episode. There is another, Myura, but we didn’t get to see too much of her in this episode. Overall Taichi and Rin are pretty decent main characters, but there wasn’t much character development in this first episode.
Art: The art is pretty good, but nowhere near as good as other series this summer season. Still it’s hardly even close to being as bad as anything Studio Deen puts out, so I’m okay with it being just good.
Music: The musical score fits the episode. I haven’t listened to the themes though so I can’t say much more on the subject.
Overall: It’s a stereotypical Isekai series. Take that as you will, but at least it doesn’t bother trying to hide that fact at all. That puts it over a bunch of other series already in my books.
For those who like: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Isekai, Decent Lead Characters, Good Artwork, Fitting Musical Score.
This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with a rather disappointing book. It’s Soulbound to a Dragon, Pantherians of Azra Book 01, by Kurtis Eckstein!
Plot: The plot is incredibly stereotypical and while there are a few new ideas the fact that the star crossed tragic lovers trope was in full play meant they were not enough to catch my interest or energy to bother getting past a certain point in the book. The setting is okay, it serves as sort of Urban Fantasy/Magitech sort of world, but the fact that the author decided to use the word Pantherian to mean all half breed characters despite the fact that the main character is a female with black hair and cat ears and tail was just the icing on the boring cake. I mean if you use the word Pantherian, you are going to think of a panther. Especially with that cover art. Sure you shouldn’t judge a book by the cover, but it’s a pretty obvious flaw.
I assume that it was a play on the word Therianthrope, meaning a human who can shapeshift to an animal form, but to have our main point of view character be a panther girl makes the entire word choice completely useless and nonsense when the next major character we meet is a half breed of a human and a freaking dragon. Pantherian doesn’t really fit for a species classification there now does it? Frankly with all that and the stupid tragic lovers trope being played straight for all it’s worth, it just meant I was completely and utterly unenthusiastic to bother reading past a certain point. I used to stick to my rule that I’ll finish out a story no matter how bad it is, but with the amount of stories that I’ve experienced over the years, and that has only increased exponentially since I started writing a few years ago, I’ve since had to modify my rules. Frankly the stereotypical plot and the nonsensical verbage all meant I had little reason to continue with the book. I had enough warning flags going off in my head to tell me not to bother with this story, so I listened to my instincts and didn’t bother reading past a certain point. Normally I don’t do this, as even terrible books deserve my time to utterly lambast them, but I had more important things to do.
Characters: Riel is our main character and point of view through which we see this world of Azra. Frankly she’s much too ignorant and way too pessimistic about her situation. Granted she has every reason to be given how ignorant she is, but it’s such an overdone stereotype that I couldn’t bother liking her all that much. The rest of the cast was little better, with Eli being our main male character.
Overall: Skip this book, it’s really not worth your time when you will likely waste reading or listening to this.
For those who like: Stereotypical Plots, Nonsensical Verbage even for Fantasy.
Not for those who don’t like: Either of the above, or mediocrity.
This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with another series. It’s Dao of Magic Chapters 1-20 by Andries Louws!
Plot: This story is about a Cultivator, who is later called Teach, that gets slapped down into a lower realm and ends up mucking around in that lower realm. It’s mostly a parody or satire on the whole Cultivation genre and it’s pretty hilarious. Honestly if you love the Xianxia or Xuanhuan genres at all, you’ll get a kick out of The Dao of Magic.
Characters: The cast is pretty bare bones to start, mostly consisting of Teach and a few others, like Lola the Bunny. Honestly my favorite character is probably Tess, if only because I enjoy sneaky rogue type characters and she’s a pretty good one. That said Lola comes close, because she’s cute and it’s not at all because I found it absolutely hilarious when Teach starts punting her. Nope, not at all.
Overall: For fans of the Cultivation genre you’ll love this series, so give it a shot.
For those who like: Xianxia, Xuanhuan, Cultivation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Great Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.
Hey all I’m back with a topic that you’ll either not give a crap about, or hate me for talking about it for this week’s Video Game Tuesday. It’s my Thoughts on the Epic Games Store!
Epic Games Store?: So for those unaware Epic Games, the publisher behind games such as Unreal and Fortnite, launched a Digital store to compete with Steam this past Decemeber. It was to drastically cut down on the profit gained from Epic Games for games they did not publish sold on the store compared to Steam. Steam has a 30% cut of the profits earned from each game sale, where as the Epic Games Store would only take 12% of that, and it would forgo the 5% profit if it was made using the Unreal Engine which is one of the most popular game engines available today.
So what’s the problem?: Well there were a few games that were announced incredibly late, just weeks before release, that would become Epic Games Store exclusives, games that had already had Pre-Orders on Steam for months at that point. So the Internet went up in arms and people started Review Bombing games on Steam. Frankly for those cases I can understand the upset about it. The fact that they’d either be forced to download a seperate program to play the game, or risk losing out on the game they spent money on already. However later whenever a game was announced to be an Epic Games Store exclusive, or even just a Timed-Exclusive, there would be significant backlash against it. Frankly I don’t sympathize with those upset at Developers and Publishers wanting to make more money by using the Epic Games Store. Even a single percent, let alone up to 18%, in profits could mean potentially millions of dollars in revenue that could be used by the makers of games to make more games, or make them better. So I get why I they would do that. More money is always appreciated and frankly I get that desire. Maybe Steam needs to change their policies if they wish to be competitive, but either way this isn’t a situation that is going to go away so long as that profit margin is different.
This week for Retro Game Friday I’m covering a game that I really didn’t care for all that much. It’s Cooking Mama!
Gameplay: The gameplay is a series of Mini Games, and features heavily the usage of the touchscreen on the Nintendo DS. Honestly this was one of those games that were meant to utilize the gimmick of a system more than anything else, and while it sold pretty well, I still can never really be a fan of this game.
Art: The art is okay, it’s not amazing, but given it’s 2D nature it’s aged much better than most games of it’s time. Still it looks old and weary now a days.
Music: This was a portable game, which meant that I didn’t get to listen to the music of it. So I can’t remember anything of it. Sorry.
Overall: This is a game that is easily skippable. The only noteworthy thing I remember about this game was PETA protesting it by making a Flash game parodying it.
For those who like: Touchscreen Gimmicks, Mini Games.
Not for those who don’t like: Either of the above.
This week for Movie Monday I’m back with another movie I watched as a kid. It’s Rookie of the Year!
Plot: The plot is pretty standard kid movie plot. Still it was interesting to see instead of something like Big, the kid taking part in an adults world as a kid instead of as an adult. Still the plot isn’t that amazing and is corny at times. Still I loved it as a kid, both because it was fun to watch and because it helped me connect to Chicago as I didn’t remember my birthplace at that time of my life.
Casting: The cast is pretty good, with Thomas Ian Nicholas as the lead character Henry. The rest of the cast is just as interesting, but I remember Henry the most.
Cinematography: There was no really spectacular special effects in this film, but it was filmed on location in Wrigley and a few other stadiums.
Music: The music fit the film, that’s really all that need be said here.
Overall: A fun movie, but if you aren’t watching with a kid it could be boring for an adult.
For those who like: Sports, Comedy, Baseball, The Chicago Cubs.
Hey all I’m back with the first set of chapters in a Web Novel for this week’s Translation Necessary Thursday. It’s Cut and Paste Chapters 1-20 by Sakuya!
Plot: This is a lighthearted Fantasy story that deals with an incredibly overpowered protagonist who isn’t a giant dick. It’s very stereotypical and honestly if it weren’t for it being a “Fluffy” sort of story I probably would never have bothered reading it in the first place. That being said the story isn’t too bad, but it’s nothing amazing either. Sadly the Author passed away this January so the series will never be fully completed. So do take that into consideration if you hate unfinished stories as much as me.
Characters: Our main protagonist is Myne and he’s an okay main character. He is however pretty bland, and overly humble in this first set of chapters. Aisha is one of our female leads in this story, although we don’t really get to see any of the rest yet. The rest of the cast is okay, but still pretty bland.
Overall: A skippable story, but if you want a light hearted Fantasy story than you could do worse than reading this one.
For those who like: Fantasy, Slice of Life, Overpowered Protagonists.