Anime Sunday: Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with yet another Spring 2018 series. It’s my Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Tsubaki Aoi is a college student who has the ability to see Ayakashi, a trait she inherited from her deceased grandfather. One day, when Aoi walks past a torii shrine, she sees an Ayakashi sitting there who announces that it is hungry. She gives it her lunch and then heads to class. On her way back she finds her bento box on the steps of the shrine and goes to pick it up….

Plot: The plot isn’t spectacular, but it’s not terrible either. I really rather enjoyed it, as Aoi is a girl who absolutely doesn’t give up and doesn’t like to take crap from anyone. That being said there is some things that look really obvious to me, but whether or not they actually are what I think they are remains to be seen in future episodes.

Characters: Aoi is our main character and she’s pretty awesome. She’s by no means a bad ass girl, but she has backbone and is quite enjoyable to watch. The rest of the cast is just as interesting, although my favorite side character might just be Ginji.

Art: This is the one downside to this series, and honestly is a pretty big one. The animation is sub par, it’s not as bad as Studio Deen, but it’s pretty damn terrible nonetheless. There were plenty of times when I paused the screen and saw just horrible animation.

Music: The music is fitting, but nothing spectacular either.

Overall: I’d say it would be a must watch if not for the horrendous animation quality. If you can get over that, than this might just be the show for you. If not, you probably ought to move on.

For those who like:  Urban Fantasy, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life, Supernatural, Good Plot, Awesome Cast of Characters.

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

Retro Game Friday: Oni


This week for Retro Game Friday I’m covering a game few people even know exist! It’s Oni!

Plot Synopsis: The events of Oni take place in or after the year 2032. The game world is a dystopia, an Earth so polluted that little of it remains habitable. To solve international economic crises, all nations have combined into a single entity, the World Coalition Government. The government is Orwellian, telling the populace that what are actually dangerously toxic regions are wilderness preserves, while keeping the populace inside the cities safe using atmospheric conversion centres, which treat the poisoned air, rendering it breathable. The WCG uses its police forces, known publicly as the Technological Crimes Task Force (TCTF), to suppress opposition; their primary opposition is a terrorist organization known as the Syndicate, led by the mysterious Muro. The player character, code-named Konoko begins the game working for the TCTF, in constant neural communication with an android named Shinatama, and under the supervision of TCTF regional commander Terrence Griffin.

Plot: The plot was decent, although I had to look up the story again to get a refresher, and as any long time reader of my columns will know that is rarely a good sign for the quality of the plot.

Characters: I actually loved Konoko, sure the player can make choices, but ultimately it doesn’t change the fact that’s she’s a bad ass chick who handles herself pretty well. The rest of the cast was good, but Konoko took the cake.

Gameplay: This was a Third-Person Shooter that fairly seemlessly blended close quarters combat and gunplay together to make a pretty fun game. I actually enjoyed this gameplay quite a bit and it was quite impressive at the time.

Art: The art has suffered, but given the nature of 3D art that’s not surprising.

Music: Don’t remember a whit, sorry.

Overall: Great Gameplay didn’t quite make up for the mediocre story, but definitely worth a try for those who find in a bargain bin.

For those who like: Cyberpunk, Action, Drama, Third-Person Shooters, Close Quarter Combat.

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