Manga Monday: Neo Maou Dante by Go Nagai

This week for Manga Monday I’ve got a Quick Review of a remake to an old series. It’s Neo Maou Dante by Go Nagai!

Plot Synopsis: The story begins with an expanded account of God’s attack on Sodom from the original Maou Dante series. I won’t go into too much detail, but let’s just say that this is a very dark series. Kids absolutely should not read this.

Characters: We get introduced to the main cast, Dante a child prodigy turned weapons developer, his Sister Olga, and Medusa his beautiful and highly intelligent assistant.

Art: The art is incredibly old school, which is probably intention on the Mangaka’s part as this is a remake of a series that was abruptly cancelled in the 1970’s.

Overall: It’s a pretty dark series, but if that’s your cup of tea then Neo Maou Dante will be just for you.

For those who like: Tragedy, Action, Drama, Remakes, Dark Plots, Interesting Cast of Characters, Retro Artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

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Anime Sunday: Gundam Tekketsu no Orphans Episode 01 Impressions

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m taking a look at one of the break-out series of this Fall 2015 season. It’s Gundam Tekketsu no Orphans Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: The year is Post Disaster 323. More than 300 years after a great war between Earth and Mars known as the “Calamity War”, Mars has been successfully terraformed and colonized by humans. However even with the technological advancements, the humans on Mars crave freedom against the government of Earth and seek to improve their livelihoods. Furthermore, while most of Mars’ nations have received autonomy, the planet is virtually dependent on Earth for economic development. A young orphan named Mikazuki Augus is part of a group of children who work for the civilian security company Chryse Guard Security, entrusted with the safety of the Martian Princess Kudelia Aina Bernstein, who has plans for her nation of Chryse to secure independence from Earth.

Plot: Where to begin with this one. Well I guess this is Sunrise’s take on what the atrocity we call Child Soldiers. It shows the absolute brutality that is ever present in their lives and what they have to do to survive. It’s not a pretty picture making this one of the most grim Gundam series ever. It’s most certainly not for kids. I thought Gundam Zeta was bad, and I’ve heard that Gundam Victory is so depressing that I can never actually watch it for fear of it affecting my personal struggle with Depression. Gundam Tekketsu no Orphans takes all that and tops it by a huge margin. I’m a little surprised that they got the go ahead to actually make this series. Now this isn’t to say the series isn’t good, in fact everything I’ve just mentioned makes this series one of the best Gundam series I’ve ever watched. There is nothing cheesy, there is very little humor and it’s purely serious to a degree that is refreshing after Reconguista and AGE.

Characters: Orba and Mikazuki, called Mika by many, are the show’s male leads and while Kudelia doesn’t show much of her face in this episode I hope to see her develop into a strong character. Orba is cruel and vicious to those who raise his ire, but is loyal and protective of those under his command and protection, which is mostly a bunch of kids younger than him. Mika is his best friend and the ace pilot for this Gundam series. Mika has very little emotions show on his face, in fact I’ve rarely seen such an emotionless character. This makes them incredibly strong leads and great foils to one another. Kudelia will be an interesting wrench to throw into the mix for them and I can’t wait to see what happens.

Art: It’s amazing, and while it’s not ufotable quality it is the best quality animation Sunrise has produced in years. Reconguista was a travesty and looked like it was produced in 1970 rather than 2013. AGE wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t nearly as good as this.

Music: The musical score is amazing and epic. In addition Man with a Mission performs the opening theme and does an amazing job with it. It’s not the first band I’d have picked for this series, but it’s not the last either.

Overall: This is looking like it will be one of the best Gundam series in decades and is a must watch for all Sci-Fi and Action lovers.

For those who like: Drama, Action, Sci-Fi, Mecha, Gundam, Amazing Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Great Artwork, Excellent Musical Score.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but how can you hate it?

Video Game Tuesday: Destiny [Final Beta Impressions]

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This is the last post on Destiny’s beta and I have to say that I really am missing it already, I wish I could be playing the full game right now.

Iron Banner: So I took part in the Iron Banner again and I made it my mission to get to the first tier of reputation with them so I could get that sick cloak and a pretty cool emblem of two wolf heads.

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I ended up using a Shotgun and a Pulse Rifle in most of the maps along with a Rocket Launcher for my Heavy weapon slot. I did switch out the shotgun for my sniper rifle on the Moon map, since it was such a huge map it was better suited for a sniper. I dislike how people with an Auto Rifle could mow down pretty much anyone from any distance, but maybe I’m projecting Halo’s Assault Rifle onto this game, and I disliked the Battle Rifle (a Pulse Rifle in Destiny) just as much in later  Halo games. I prefer precision and accuracy over a bullet spray so I would actually like the primary weapons to be a bit more balanced so I could use my Scout Rifle effectively in the full game. That being said it was Iron Banner where balance isn’t necessarily the name of the game and I enjoyed it anyways. I can’t wait to use the Bladedancer sub-class to sneak around in PvP. I might actually enjoy PvP if I like it enough. I’d also love it to have larger teams for some maps or game types. I loved 8v8 matches in Halo multiplayer and I would be disappointed if we could only have up to 6v6.

Exploration: I really wish I could have explored more of Old Russia in the beta, but I do understand why Bungie put highly over leveled enemies to block our path from going to areas we weren’t supposed to get to yet. For example there’s a cliff in one area where you are tasked in Explore mode to scout out the area and if you happen to look down you might see an enemy that will obliterate you if you get within melee range of it.

 

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Now enterprising players with friends, which I do have but don’t own a PS4 and thus couldn’t enjoy Destiny with, used their Sparrows to knock this guy off into oblivion to get access to the cave he was guarding, however he was just guarding a chest.

Speaking of Sparrows if you find all five Golden Chests in Old Russia you get an upgraded Sparrow for your class, one of the ones that the Shipwright in the Tower sells for 2,250 Glimmer. You can do this on all of your characters individually, as Golden Chests are on a per character basis. Dead Ghosts however are not and if you are like me you don’t want to waste your time looking for the same thing on multiple characters for more lore.

Artwork: I really love all the different skyboxes that Bungie has done for Destiny. I know Bungie is well known for their Skyboxes, but they have outdone themselves this time.

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Earth even rotates properly when viewed from the Moon!

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However all that being said I do have issues with some of the artwork in Destiny. The cloak for Hunters animates oddly when you are traveling on your Sparrow, personally I think it could be solved by adding a bit more “wind” to the animation when you are boosting across areas.

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I expect it to billow epically in my wake when I’m traveling on my Sparrow, I spent plenty of time earning that long cloak and I want it to look amazing when I’m on a vehicle.

Story Missions:

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So I only got about an hour to do the Moon mission on the beta sadly, which was only half the time given to us, so I didn’t get to explore the Hellmouth. However I did quite enjoy the mission itself and I was psyched that we could finally get a Pike to drive around. Pro tip: you can perform a lateral dash to dodge incoming fire by pressing L1 or R1, (RB or LB on an Xbox console). Higher quality Sparrows also get this ability.

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Overall: Look I’ve probably annoyed some people by making so many articles on this game already. However I can’t state this enough this is going to be the Game of the Year this year hands down. It’s addictive like Diablo or World of Warcraft, but it’s an FPS with an amazing storyline. Plus the PvP is looking to be amazing if they can fix some balancing issues, like the Interceptor and Auto Rifles. I’ll be starting my journey to “Become Legend” on September 9th when Destiny launches, will you?