Anime Sunday: Index 3 Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering the final Episode 01 Impression for the Fall 2018 Season. It’s my Index 3 Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot: This picks up after the end of season 2’s finale and deals with the growing tensions between Academy City and other world powers after Vento’s attack. If you’ve forgotten what has occurred in past seasons this is going to confuse you so I advise watching the previous two seasons of Index.

Characters: We don’t get to see many new faces, not exactly. That said we do get to meet a few, but I won’t name them due to spoilers.

Art: The art was incredibly well done, and I can only hope that the rest of the season keeps the same level of quality.

Music: The soundtrack is pretty great, not much more needs to be said.

Overall: A solid start to the final season of the first part of the Index series.

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TNT: 5000 Nen Dragon Volume 01 by Enomoto Kaisei

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the first volume in a somewhat amusing series I came across recently. It’s 5000 Nen Dragon Volume 01 by Enomoto Kaisei!

Plot: The plot is highly ridiculous and more slapstick than anything else. It’s very much not an action oriented fantasy series and even the times it does have action it’s more comedic than anything else. If that is your preferred fantasy sub-genre then 5000 Nen Dragon will most likely be for you. That being said the plot is not that amazing as the entire premise is based off misunderstandings and it can only take that joke so far before it loses it’s amusement factor.

Characters: Revienda is our lead Point of View character, but he’s really not that fun of one. He’s an incredibly passive character, which is definitely intended but it doesn’t make him all that interesting. Reiko the female lead is much more outgoing, but being the incredibly dense outgoing hero is still an overused device and quickly loses it’s appeal. Frankly I had a hard time pushing through my boredom reading this story to enjoy it all that much.

Overall: This is an okay series, but it’s got very little depth to it and the premise is incredibly short lived.

For those who like: Fantasy, Comedy, Misunderstandings as the Main Plot Premise.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or something with very little depth.

Movie Monday: Die Hard

Hey all I’m back with a classic movie for this week’s Movie Monday. It’s Die Hard!

Plot: The plot is pretty great, and while not a rousing epic it does serve as a good benchmark for summer blockbusters. That being said this isn’t a film meant for children so do keep that in mind.

Casting: Bruce Willis portrays our lead character John McClane and this was his breakout movie that really propelled him into stardom. The rest of the cast is also great, with Bonnie Bedelia portraying the female lead.

Cinematography: This was filmed in 20th century Fox’s headquarters which were actually under construction at the time. The rest of the special effects were pretty awesome, and while not super amazing by today’s standards were pretty great at the time for a contemporary film that was neither fantasy or sci-fi.

Music: The music was incredibly fitting.

Overall: Die Hard is a must see film, but do keep in mind that this isn’t meant for kids.

For those who like: Action, Drama, Bruce Willis.

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

Retro Game Friday: Front Mission

This week for Retro Game Friday I’m back with a game that was hugely popular back in it’s day. It’s Front Mission!

Plot: I forgot how sad this story is, honestly after looking up the story for a refresher I was tempted to not bother covering this game due to how freaking depressing the story is. The story is good, but damn is it dark and depressing.

Gameplay: This was a pure tactical RPG and boy did it do it well for it’s time and helped paved the way for games like Final Fantasy Tactics and Advance Wars in the future. You could customize the Wanzers to a pretty deep degree given the tech limitations and the standard of quality at the time. That being said it’s a nearly a pure single player game and while you could play with another it’s hard to do that when you shared a screen.

Art: The art was pretty great for it’s time, and it’s aged fairly well. It’s not the best of it’s era, but it holds up pretty well.

Music: I don’t remember it much at all, sorry.

Overall: A great game, but if you don’t like bawling your eyes out you might want to skip it due to the dark nature of the story.

For those who like: Mechas, Tactical RPGs, Drama, Good Story, Great Gameplay.

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

Video Game Tuesday: Black Armory’s Launch was a Failure

I’m back with a familiar topic for this week’s Video Game Tuesday. It’s all about why Black Armory’s Launch was a Failure!

Black Armory?: Black Armory was the first DLC drop after Forsaken launched for Destiny 2, and it was a massive middle finger to the player base once again. There were many things I had faintly hoped Bungie had learned from in the past, but apparently five years into this series they still make really stupid mistakes.

Like what?: They decided to make the first new activity of the new DLC an activity that even people who had the very best gear the day before the DLC released couldn’t complete without being highly skilled premade group despite flaunting the ability to match make the activity and locked it behind a tedious grind. Black Armory wasn’t like past DLC that included Story Missions, Strikes, New Vendor Gear, New Exotic Armor, or Crucible Maps, instead it included none of those things, and just added a new activity and a raid that was locked for a few days after it’s launch that started off at a new gear level that was vastly over the previous cap. They included no ability to catch up for those who hadn’t reached that previous cap, so those who were just hitting 500 power level were still unable to even contemplate doing these activities until a month or more had passed depending on their luck. This has been lessened with a recent hotfixed change that made Prime Engrams drop more often up to the 600 power level cap, but that’s a really shitty bandaid that doesn’t fix the issue with RNG deciding to give you the bird and still requires players to grind constantly.

The fact that the very first activity was geared for people at 630 power level was a big fat screw you to the player base considering the cap was 600, and getting 1 or 2 increase in power level is a serious grind for everyone at the level.  People who had stocked up multiple bounties with Powerful Rewards and keys from the Raid could easily skip most of the grind and get a character past this with ease, but most people weren’t expecting to have to continue doing the same old content just to even think about doing the new stuff and still most likely fail.

This was a serious mistake on Bungie’s part, and instead of really creating a solution they hotfixed it the next day to give the activity a 5 power level decrease in total, meaning people had to spend only a day or two less in a very lucky week to get to that level. I’ve long held that Bungie has no clue how to properly communicate with their consumers, and this is another mark in the long list of proof I’ve been keeping of this fact. I had been playing Destiny 2 nearly daily since Forsaken up to the release of Black Armory, a thing that hasn’t happened since the Dark Below way back in 2014. That quickly changed when I was told to continue the grind just to do a new activity that wasn’t really all that fun in comparison to the work required to do it. I’ll be deleting Destiny 2 off my PlayStation’s hard drive once again and I’ll hope Bungie gets a clue in the future on how to treat their player base, but it’s a tiny hope now and I expect only more screw ups from them.

That’s it for this week’s Video Game Tuesday. Have a Merry Christmas everyone!

Bookish Wednesday: Dragon Seed by James Osiris Baldwin

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with another LitRPG. It’s Dragon Seed, Archemi Online Book 01, by James Osiris Baldwin!

Plot: The plot is really dark, and frankly way too grim for my tastes. It’s not a bad plot, but it’s just really dark for the sake of being dark. A phrase I’m saying a lot lately it seems like, but that just be my imagination.

Characters: Hector is our main character and he’s a bit of a dumbass. The fact that his Dyslexia transfers to the new world he’s found himself in is kind of silly but also makes sense. That being said the fact that he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed is a real let down. The rest of the cast is just as dark as the rest of the story, and frankly I didn’t like pretty much everyone except for one person whom I will not name.

Overall: This is an okay LitRPG, but definitely not for those who dislike the darker fantasies.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Fantasy, Drama, Action, Adventure.

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

Anime Sunday: Radiant Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with my thoughts on the first foreign made Manga series’s Anime Adaptation. It’s my Radiant Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot: The plot is pretty much standard Shonen fare, so it’s nothing spectacular. That being said, consider that a Frenchman makes the original source material and you might begin to see how it is noteworthy for how it sticks to the formula. Still this isn’t a really groundbreaking series in terms of story at least in this first episode. That may change in later episodes or in the original Manga but it wasn’t present in the first episode.

Characters: Seth is our main character and he’s pretty much the standard Shonen protagonist. Kid with big dreams and generally no real way to go about achieving them. The rest of the cast that was introduced in this episode isn’t too interesting either, but it’s not bad. It just didn’t hold my interest other than being noteworthy for the reasons stated above.

Art: The art is pretty well done, and while I haven’t watched later episodes if it sticks to this first episode’s level of quality it’ll be a good series in terms of art. That said it’s again nothing spectacular and not amazing like a ufotable production.

Music: The music is pretty standard Shonen, again. You’ll be noticing that this is a pattern, but once more it’s not particularly outstanding, nor is it particularly terrible.

Overall: Worth a watch for those who enjoy Shonen shows, but those who have little interest in them will find Radiant only interesting in what it could mean for future series.

For those who like: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Drama, Shonen Stories.

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