Anime Sunday: Touken Ranbu Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m taking a look at another series from the Summer 2017 Season. It’s my Touken Ranbu Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: In the year 1863, Japan is split between the warring pro-shogunate and anti-shogunate factions. Izuminokami Kanesada is a Tōken danshi (刀剣男士, lit. “Sword Warrior”), which is a tsukumogami of a historical Japanese blade brought to life by the Saniwa (審神者). With new recruit Horikawa Kunihiro, they chase after the Jikan sokōgun (時間遡行軍, lit. “Time Retrograde Army”) to prevent history from being changed.

Plot: This first episode is pretty intense on the action which is perfect considering that this is animated by ufotable. There are plenty of questions that aren’t answered, like exactly how Kanesada or Kunihiro are person shaped, but I’m sure that it’ll be answered in later episodes. That being said if you are looking for a deep plot driven series along the lines of the Fate series, you may be disappointed.

Characters: Kanesada and Kunihiro are our two leads, and they are pretty intriguing even if we don’t know a whole lot about their background. There are plenty of things we really don’t know about them, except that Kunihiro is a newbie to this whole preservation of history.

Artwork: As you might expect from a ufotable studio the artwork is excellent. The action sequences are always a joy to watch with ufotable and Touken Ranbu isn’t any different.

Music: The music is pretty decent, not super amazing like something from a Final Fantasy game, but not bad at all.

Overall: If you enjoy amazing action sequences, or just like looking at pretty boys who are actually swords than Touken Ranbu is a perfect fit for you.

For those who like: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Amazing Artwork, Intriguing Plot, Good Music.

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

Video Game Tuesday: What We Know About Destiny 2

Hey all I’m back with another post about Destiny 2 since the Gameplay Trailer was released last month. I’m covering What We Know About Destiny 2!

What we don’t know: If we are keeping cosmetic stuff like Ghost Shells, Ships, Emblems, and other Vanity items. Frankly I would want to know if we get to keep this stuff, since it would affect whether I, and I’m going to bet a huge number of other people, will both playing Destiny 1 any more. I haven’t played since a couple days after Rise of Iron was released, because frankly I knew Destiny 2 was going to get rid of all of our stuff for the most part. Why bother playing for gear that won’t even be around for even cosmetic value sake? I wouldn’t have even bothered with Rise of Iron if I wasn’t given the review code and the biggest Destiny “expert” at GiN. Whether all the Subclasses will transfer to Destiny 2 is also unknown at this time. My guess is we’ll be losing Defender Titans, Bladedancer Hunters, and Sunsinger Warlocks. All three had imbalanced Supers, although being able to skip jumping puzzles via blade dancing isn’t really that imbalanced Bungie…

What we do know: We know that you’ll be able to land in multiple spots on each planet and go to a new activity straight from the surface without going to Orbit (thank god), that there are four planets we can visit in Destiny 2, and that we’ll be keeping a couple of older Subclasses in the form of Striker Titans and Gunslinger Hunters. We also know about three new subclasses. The Arcstrider Hunter, which I’ll admit looks awesome with the new Arc Staff Super. The Sentinel Titan, a purple version of Captain America’s Shield being the Super for this subclass, and the Dawnblade Warlock, which has a giant flaming sword that can fire fiery sword beams at enemies from a distance.

The four planets are Earth in the European Dead Zone, Io, Titan and Nessus. We also know there will be lots of cinematics. Whether they’ll be able to give a decent story this time remains to be seen, but I’m not holding much hope at this point. Of final note is the fact that we are losing the ability to hold both a sniper rifle and heavy weapon at the same time. Frankly this seems to be a PvP driven decision, something I’ve always said is a bad idea in a PvE centric game. Frankly Bungie lacks the balls to actually seperate gameplay between PvP and PvE, and this looks like it’ll cause PvE content to become even more of a duck and hide fest. That’s a real shame considering that the gunplay with high movement was what made Destiny so fun.

That’s it for this week’s Video Game Tuesday.

 

Retro Game Friday: Infinity Blade

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This week for Retro Game Friday I’m covering one of the first games for the iPhone! It’s Infinity Blade!

Plot Synopsis: The game follows a cyclical narrative structure in which the player-character and his descendants individually explore a castle in a quest to battle the primary antagonist, the immortal God King. In the game’s introduction, the player-character has just finished this quest, but is slain by the God King. The player then assumes the role of the dead character’s descendant as he starts his own journey at the beginning of the castle.

Plot: The plot isn’t amazing, in fact it’s pretty much a gameplay device, but hey at least it has a plot! Sort of.

Gameplay: As a touchscreen game I don’t really enjoy the game all that much, but it was a lot easier to control than most touch screen games. However the difficulty in progressing after failing multiple times was daunting and it definitely wasn’t conducive to new gamers. That being said people who enjoyed Dark Souls like games will enjoy the difficulty scaling. One bad thing however is that this was definitely made during the days of Pay to Win being a business model, and you could spend tons of dollars getting godly equipment to break the game.

Art: The art is okay, but it’s definitely aged.

Music: Don’t remember much, as I played it on the bus on my way home from college so I rarely if ever had the music on.

Overall: If you’ve never played the game, feel free to give it a download if you have an iPhone, but it’s not necessary unless you’re a bit of a masochist.

For those who like: Punishing Difficulty, Pay to Win, Cyclical Plots.

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

Manga Monday: Übel Blatt by Etorōji Shiono

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This week for Manga Monday I’m covering a really violent series, it’s Übel Blatt by Etorōji Shiono. It is a Seinen, Young Man, series with content unsuitable for those who may be squeamish or don’t like nudity.

Plot Synopsis: Beginning some twenty years prior to the start of the manga, the story narrates on how Koinzell, then named Ascheriit, was a young, prodigious swordsman whose skill granted him the fabled title of Blatt Meister (literally “Blade Master”). His deeds made him one of the fourteen chosen by the ruling emperor of the Empire of Szaalenden to venture into a dangerous quest to defeat a powerful enemy invader known as the evil nation of Wischtech, of whom the many powerful engines of destruction and dark sorcery made a dangerous foe. Each armed with a lance blessed by the Emperor himself, and thus known as the Fourteen Lances, the chosen traveled far into the enemy’s wasted landscape, losing three of their ranks to the perils of the land, until they arrived into a forest where seven of the eleven remaining decided to forfeit their mission, fearing for their lives. Nevertheless, Ascheriit and three of those still bent on following the Emperor’s will continued, and incredibly succeeded in their deed, returning victorious. It was then that the seven who abandoned the mission ambushed their comrades and massacred them. On returning home, they told the Emperor that the four they killed turned traitors against them, and after dispatching them the seven completed the task. Thus, they were hailed as heroes and dubbed the Seven Heroes, while the four who were killed became symbols of treachery and received the moniker of Lances of Betrayal.

Thus, the story tells of the voyage of Ascheriit, who indeed survived the slaughter and vowed to take the head of his traitorous companions, now powerful nobles and warlords hailed as saviors by the people.

Plot: The plot is really dark and very violent, expect more blood and violence in this series than just about anything I’ve ever reviewed before. I love it for the seriousness of the tone and it’s lack of hesitance to cover subjects most find uncomfortable. Do be warned that there are sex scenes in this series, and it’s used in sometimes very gross ways, although never by Koinzell and his friends.

Character: Koinzell is pretty stoic, but he does care about his comrades. That being said if you piss him off don’t expect to die a pretty death. The rest of the cast is memorable, and I like Ato out of all the characters other than Koinzell.

Art: The art for this series is perfect, I love the detail and the dark tones. It must be a pain in the ass to apply all that ink tone to all dark parts of the page.

Overall: If you don’t mind a bit of blood, skin, and a dark tone, you’ll love this series.

For those who like: Dark Fantasy, Lots of blood and violence in their Dark Fantasy, Bad ass characters, Amazing artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or the occasional nudity/sex scenes.

 

Light Novel Thursday: Mushoku Tensei by Rifujin na Magonote

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This week on Light Novel Thursday I’m covering a series that I really love, it’s Mushoku Tensei -Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu by Rifujin na Magonote.

Plot Synopsis: A 34-year-old Hikikomori NEET otaku was chased out from his house by his family. This virgin, plump, unattractive, and penniless guy found that his life was heading towards a dead end. He recalled that his life could actually become much better if he can get over the dark history of his life.

Just when he was at the point of total despair, he saw a truck moving at a high speed with 3 high school students in its path. Mustering all of his strength he saves them, but ends up getting run over by the truck, which kills him.

The next time he opens his eyes, he had been reincarnated to a world of swords and magic, as Rudeus Greyrat with his previous life’s memories intact. Born to a new world and a new life, Rudeus declared to himself, “This time, I’ll really live my life to the fullest with no regrets!” Thus begins the journey of a newly made man.

Plot: Like I said I really like this series, and that’s because while Rudy is a failure in his previous life he realizes that he was a failure for his arrogance in that life. So he always tries to be humble in this new life. It makes him a really likable character. It also helps that his new father is a natural playboy and Rudy inherits that gene from him. The first volume covers his first seven years of life, while later volumes cover relatively less time as the story goes along, by the time you reach the third volume Rudy is only ten years old.  The series is also slightly Harem like, but not nearly along the lines of other Harem series.

Characters: Rudy is a blast to read, and the rest of the characters are awesome as well. My favorite other than Rudy is probably Zanoba, a prince from a minor kingdom who is obsessed with “Dolls”. Rudy is also quite a bit of a pervert, but he isn’t nearly as open about it as Ise from High School DxD is. However you never feel too creeped out by Rudy.

Art: The artwork is pretty great, nothing spectacular though like No Game No Life’s artwork though.

Overall: If you enjoy a story about redemption and love adventure stories, you have to check this one out.

For those who like: Fantasy, Redemption stories, Perveted Main Characters, Amazing Characters, Great World Building comparable to Brandon Sanderson’s work.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but if you hate all of that you are no fun whatsoever.