This week for Retro Game Friday I’m back with another Mario game. It’s Mario Superstar Baseball!
Gameplay: The gameplay is pretty good, although the fact that they implemented a Mercy rule in gameplay was pretty hilarious to me at the time. It still is, but the main appeal of the game was to recruit players on the opposing team by performing certain acts to earn flags towards recruiting the player. You’d try to do that without recruiting the team’s captain at the same time, which could lead to you intentionally performing poorly, although never to the point of throwing a game since you had to win to recruit someone. If you recruited the captain you’d have to face off against the people you didn’t recruit on a team led by Bowser Jr. which was a pain in the butt from what I remember.
Art: The art was good at the time, but it’s aged poorly since it’s release. That isn’t surprising at all, but required mentioning nonetheless.
Music: Classic Mario music, nothing more need be said really.
Overall: A fun game, but skippable if you weren’t really wanting to play a baseball game that had a Mario spin.
For those who like: Sports Games, Baseball, Mario Games, Good Gameplay.
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.
Merry Christmas everyone! This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Gunjou ni Siren by Momokuri Mikan!
Plot Synopsis: Two guys: cousins, both left-handed, both passionate about becoming their school team’s best pitcher. One of them has already lost the spot once – back in elementary school – and his cousin moved away not long after, seemingly clueless to the fact that he was leaving the guy who introduced him to baseball dispirited and defeated…
Plot: The plot is decent, and more than a bit melodramatic. I don’t mind the melodrama all that much, but it did feel a touch over the top, and I’ve got a tolerance for that sort of thing. I only read this first chapter, but I definitely enjoyed reading it quite a bit. Sadly it doesn’t have many translated chapters out there yet, and due to being sick still (I’m writing this in advance) I didn’t have the bandwidth or brain power needed to sort out the untranslated chapters.
Characters: Shuuji is our main character and he’s a pretty mopey guy. I honestly don’t like him. He’s incredibly bitter over something that is pretty minor. Sorry, but losing your spot in a grade school sports team isn’t all that important in the grand scheme of things. Sora on the other hand seems to either be incredibly good at masking his true feelings or is just clueless. Personally I’m thinking it’s clueless, but who knows.
Art: I’d make a comment about how it’s Shueisha level work, but after checking the publication information it turns out that they do publish it. So yea, guess it does.
Overall: A good read, with sadly very few chapters released in English.
For those who like: Drama, Sports, School Life, Angst, Great Artwork.
This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Mr Fullswing by Suzuki Shinya!
Plot Synopsis: Saruno Amakuni is a 15-year-old student of Junishi High School. As a teenage boy, he desperately tries to find a girlfriend. Being fed up with seeing all the girls fall in love with high school athletes, he decides to join a sports-club himself. He starts looking around at the different sports clubs with the guidance of his friend, Sawamatsu Kengo. They go to check out the weight lifting club (of which there is only one member, a large, frighteningly buff guy), only for Saruno to see a girl that he assumes to be the manager of the club and show off for her. After sufficiently hurting himself, he helps the girl, Torii Nagi , carry some weights off somewhere, and while talking to her finds out that she is actually a manager for the baseball club, not the weight lifting club…
Plot: The plot of this first chapter is full of gags, and it gets more than a little bit annoying. Frankly I’m really not interested in continuing to read this series. Maybe it gets better later on in the series, but basing my judgement off this first chapter (which is the whole purpose of my Quick Reviews) I’m not going to count on it.
Characters: Frankly I don’t like Amakuni, he’s a perverted brat who continuously makes a fool of himself. The rest of the cast isn’t that great either, in fact the only semi likable character is Nagi, but she’s pretty shallowly represented in this first chapter so I can’t get a good read on her as a character.
Art: The art is the only good thing about the series, which shouldn’t be a surprise as it’s published by Shueisha.
Overall: Based on this first chapter it’s an easily skippable Sports series.
For those who like: Sports, Baseball, School Life.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above and/or Mediocrity.
This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Daiya no Ace by Terajima Yuji!
Plot Synopsis: The series follows one Sawamura Eijun , a baseball pitcher with a passion for the sport. Sawamura plans to go with his friends to a local high school and play baseball to the best of their abilities. However one scout from the prestigious Seidou High approaches him and offers him a scholarship and a chance to make it to nationals…
Plot: The plot of this first chapter was pretty intense, and pretty awesome. I have to say that I’m pretty hooked, and will definitely be reading the entire series since it’s already started on it’s sequel.
Characters: Eijun is a pretty likable main character, and it’s not just because he isn’t arrogant due to his skill. He just really loves baseball and hates it when people disrespect their teammates or his teammates. The rest of the cast is pretty interesting, but I’m really looking forward to getting to know Mizuki. He seems like a pretty chill guy.
Art: The art is really good, it could probably do very well in Jump with it’s quality.
Overall: For Baseball nuts, or just plain sports fans, Daiya no Ace should prove to be an awesome read. It’s getting my go ahead thus far.
For those who like: Sports, Baseball, Action, Drama, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Lead Character, Great Artwork.