This week I’m covering Durarara!! The anime adaptation only.
Plot Synopsis: Mikado Ryūgamine, a young boy who longs for the exciting life of the big city moves to Ikebukuro to attend Raira Academy with his childhood friend Masaomi Kida, who he has not seen since he was young. After the two meet at the train station, they set out at night to the streets of Ikebukuro. Masaomi warns Mikado about people he doesn’t want to cross in the city, such as the violent and superhumanly strong man Shizuo Heiwajima, the information broker Izaya Orihara, and the mysterious gang known as “The Dollars.” After running into some of the side characters, Mikado sees a local legend called the “Black Rider”, who rides around Ikebukuro on a black bike that occasionally neighs like a horse, and who is rumored to have no head under her helmet. The “Black Rider” is Celty Sturluson, an Irish dullahan who is in Ikebukuro looking for her stolen head. The narrative follows all of the characters equally, showing how their lives intersect and creating a greater plot line from what each character knows about a common incident.
Plot: The plot is amazing and while it takes a few episodes to get into it’s worth waiting it out, because this is an adaptation of a Light Novel series by Ryohgo Narita who wrote Baccano as well.
Characters: Of all the characters I like Izaya and Celty and Shizuo probably the most as they are really interesting. However all of the characters are amazing and this is one of those series where it’s worth it to pay attention.
Art: The art in this series is pretty good, but it’s kind of weird dealing with all the outlines of unnamed characters.
Music: The music in this series is probably one of it’s highlights as it’s amazing.
Overall: If you like a good Urban Fantasy series, this takes it to a whole other level.
For those who like: Action, Mystery, Urban Fantasy, Amazing cast of characters, Excellent musical score.
This week I’m covering a favorite game of mine, it’s Metroid Prime!
Plot Synopsis: Samus Aran, a Bounty Hunter, intercepts a distress signal from the Space Pirate frigate Orpheon, whose crew have been slaughtered by the Pirates’ own genetically modified, experimental subjects.
Plot: Well the plot in this game is very minor, and that’s actually to it’s benefit in that it’s all about the gameplay which was quite fantastic.
Gameplay: The game is a FPS game, but it has heavy elements of exploration and puzzle solving involved as well. I really enjoyed the gameplay, and my only complaint is that as a younger kid I got quite scared easily of all the bug-like monsters I had to destroy. Looking back it wasn’t that bad, but this game is probably a bit too intense for a kid.
Art: The art in this game was pretty good, but nothing spectacular.
Music: The music was amazing and very enthralling. It definitely helps set the mood for the game.
Overall: If you enjoy Metroid games you’ll love Prime.
For those who like: Metroid, FPS games with plenty of puzzles and exploration elements.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or have a fear of bugs.
P.S. Happy Independence Day to all the American readers.
This week I’m covering the sequel to Tasogare-iro no Uta Tsukai, Hyoketsu Kyoukai no Eden by Sazane Kei.
Plot Synopsis: “Acknowledge moving to Eden magical sealing process, please connect the Sophia code” a girl was asked to put the barrier, and on her cheek there were tears sliding down. “Shelltis..will we be able to meet again?” A world where humans are ruled by an existence called Yuugenshu. People were able to survive because of the floating continent, Obie Crea,which protected by Priestesses’ prayers. Ymy, the barrier priestess, was waiting for a boy that will protect her, her childhood friend Shelltis. Shelltis had once aimed to become a Sen’nenshi – a partner of Ymy, his childhood friend and also a Priestess. However, because he fell from the continent to the Eden <Garden of Corrupted Song>, he harbored Mateki, what only Yuugenshu have inside his body, and was exiled from Sophia <Tenketsu Palace> where Ymy lives. but before he was expelled he promised Ymy that he’ll definitely come back to her side.
A girl who is personified by understanding the world and a boy who is rejected by it. A story of two conflicting feeling, and a multi-layered world fantasy.
Plot: The plot is loosely related to Tasogare-iro no Uta Tsukai, but it’s totally okay if you don’t read it before reading this series. The plot is much better and much more action oriented than Tasogare-iro no Uta Tsukai was.
Overall: If you enjoy action series you’ll enjoy this one.
For those who like: Action, Fantasy, Magic through songs.
This week I’m covering one of the Wii Launch titles and the number one reason why I learned that gimmick games are absolute crap.
Plot Synopsis: Scott Monroe, the protagonist of the game, is engaged to Miyu Sato, daughter of Isao Sato. At a hotel in Los Angeles, California, Scott is to meet Isao for the first time. A gang manages to disguise themselves as the hotel staff and open fire on Sato’s room. Scott tries to help, but is knocked unconscious. He awakens and grabs a pistol off a dead bodyguard and meets up with Sato, who is injured, on the roof.
Plot: I have serious issues with Miyu being such an easy damsel in distress to take hostage, a yakuza’s daughter is going to be either a complete bad ass in my opinion or so sheltered and protected that it’d be impossible for you to kidnap them. The rest of the game isn’t any better.
Gameplay: I have even more issues however with the fact that the controls in this game are way too ambitious and complex and for a game console that was supposed to be amazing for motion control’s it sucked to control it that way. Give me a standard controller any day please. The gun fights were actually the easiest part of the game, the sword fights being annoyingly complex and stupidly hard.
Music: I remember the music was pretty good, but that was the only saving grace of this crappy game.
Art: The art was in 480p, and looked like crap even for a Wii game.
Overall: Stay away from this game like the black plague.
For those who like: Frustation.
Not for those who don’t like: Gimmicks, Shitty gameplay backed by a shitty plot.
Plot Synopsis: The story is set in a world embroiled by war between Humans and Demons. The Humans’ greatest warrior known as the Hero invades the castle of the Demon King (魔王Maō), leader of the Demons who is actually a Queen, as he is determined to vanquish her. However, instead of fighting back, the Demon King proposes an alliance with the Hero. She explains how a sudden end to the war can bring further chaos to the world as the Humans once united to stand against their common enemies would eventually begin fighting among themselves, with similar issues already occurring at the Demon Realm. Convinced by her words, the Hero joins forces with the Queen and together they execute a plan to bring prosperity and a lasting peace to both Humans and Demons alike.
Plot: It’s pretty ridiculous and doesn’t focus on action although there is plenty of action in the series. I especially like the “I am Human” speech by the Elder Sister Maid. That said the focus of this series is economics much like Spice and Wolf, with a bit of Politics mixed in to make an awesome series.
Art: It’s decent enough, nothing spectacular but good nonetheless.
Overall: If you enjoy a good story with a crazy plot premise this is the series for you.
For those who like: Politics, Economics, Characters with no names.