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Death Note (2017) Netflix movie review

August 25th, 2017 No comments

I don’t frequently review movies, but this is one I believe I can talk about a bit. I’m a bit of a Death Note fan after all. In fact I have an actual Death Note somewhere in my house.

Anime/manga live-action adaptations have a pretty spotty history in America. There was a Fist of the North Star movie that sucked, Ghost in the Shell had pretty mixed reviews (I haven’t seen it yet, I plan to eventually), Dragon Ball Evolution might be one of the worst movies ever, and I don’t remember hearing anything good about Speed Racer back when that came out.

From Japan I have actually seen a few anime/manga-based live-action films that were decent, but there were good for a pretty specific reason. Cutie Honey (both the movie and the TV series… there’s also a newer movie I missed) was pretty good, Prince of Tennis was kinda decent, Great Teacher Onizuka had a pretty fun TV series, Ranma 1/2 has a 2011 movie that was pretty good, the first Rurouni Kenshin movie was quite cool (I need to watch the sequels), the Jojo Part 4 movie looks pretty cool (I really want to watch that), the Kaiji movies were decent…

More importantly and relevant to this review, the Death Note movies were quite solid. There’s one focused on L that was a bit meh, and a new one that takes place several years after the original movies that was okay, but the first 2 were pretty fun as I recall. I know I missed a shitload of movies based on manga in Japan, but these are the ones I’ve seen and enjoyed (I’m sure there’s plenty of crappy ones). What made them so enjoyable was their adherence to the source material and keeping within the style of the series they’re based on, even if they took several liberties. It’s kinda like why the japanese Phoenix Wright live-action movie is good, but, say, The Legend of Chun-Li was terrible.

So since we already have acceptable Death Note movies out of Japan, I was curious about what they’d do with it in America. Maybe it would bust out of the usually-negative impressions people have of anime movies in America.

I’ll talk about the movie itself, how it fares as an adaptation and if it’s any good by its own merits. Let’s go!

THERE MAY BE SPOILERS… I kept it low, but there’s details here and there.

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Castlevania impressions

July 9th, 2017 No comments

castlevania

So this happened. This was a surprise when it was announced. A TV show based on Castlevania (which was rumored for a good while). I really didn’t inform myself about it beyond “hey it’s coming out”, so I was pretty surprised when the trailer came out and showed that it was animated.

Castlevania itself needs no introduction, it’s an absolute classic game series, that Konami sucks at supporting recently. There’s even a style of game that is colloquially known as “Metroidvania”. It has a big amount of amazing games spanning a few , and a few bad ones, and Lords of Shadow which is its own level of bad. Going from “game-that-has-almost-no-story” to “animated TV show” is a pretty big challenge though, especially since the show was said to be based on Castlevania 3.

So I was approaching this with caution. Video game adaptations are well known for not really working out well, with a few exceptions (the live-action Phoenix Wright was pretty nice, for example), so I had no trouble containing the hype. You know, just in case.

My plan here is not to spoil the story note-for-note, or do a complete analysis or anything. I just want to give quick impressions about it. Spoilers may come up nonetheless so…

SPOILERS POSSIBLY INCOMING (but I’ll try to be very top-level about it)

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J-Stars Victory Vs import review

April 26th, 2014 No comments

j-stars victory versus
I like anime and manga. I read a handful of series and watch a bunch too. Series published by Shonen Jump are a bit hit or miss to me, or sometimes are interesting in the beginning and then start going down in quality as time goes on… and some of my favorite series are from Jump too.

On the gaming side though, many people will remember the Jump Super Stars/Ultimate Stars series on the DS, which was a really fun Smash Bros style fighting game (sort of), but with its own unique quirks and customizable parties of characters. It was pretty awesome.

Now it’s the 45th anniversary of Shonen Jump, and there’s a new game out to celebrate its history and characters! It has nothing to do with the Super/Ultimate Stars series, but I assume some people may have bought this (or will buy this) due to that.

So read on and see if it’s good, believe it! (I’m sorry)

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Best of Anime 2009 – Characters, Opening and Ending sequences

January 19th, 2010 No comments

So I thought I was late on this one last year. Well this time seems like I’ve taken even more time getting this out.  I’ve been busy (and lazy), but I’ve finally put together a list of all the best Japan had to offer anime-wise in 2009.  My buddies mgviperman and Neo_NMO helped out putting this together again this year too, so a big thanks to them.

Find out who were the best characters, opening and ending sequences after the jump, as for the rest, it’ll come in part 2 in a few days.

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Categories: Anime

PS3 Review – Blazblue: Calamity Trigger

August 31st, 2009 No comments

Figthing games are back in force this year. Last year’s Soul Calibur IV and Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix have set the path for this year’s Street Fighter IV, Tekken VI, Soul Calibur PSP, Fate/Unlimited Code, Kings of Fighter XII and I’m surely forgetting some. In this wave of franchises whoring, comes Blazblue: Calamity Trigger.

Developed by Arc System Works, the guys behind the original Guilty Gears game, and published somewhat miserably some will say by Aksys Games, Blazblue features a whole bunch of content on its disc.

I managed to snatch a copy of the Limited Edition back in Late June/Early July when it was first released, a feat that not many Canadians had the chance to do, since the very limited number of copies distributed by Aksys in Canada, and even in the USA.

Read on to find out if the extra wait most of the people interested in the game had to suffer through because of the low distribution was worth it.

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Categories: Anime, Games, ps3, Review, xbox 360

DS import review – Bleach DS 4th: Flame Bringer

August 18th, 2009 No comments

The Bleach DS series is a weird one. The first 2 games were straight up fighting games. Really well done too. And made by Treasure. There were some balancing issues, of course, but overall they were quite good. The third game in the series was a Strategy RPG, and made by Sega. And now this new one is a Beat ’em up. 1 series, 3 genres. Really strange.

So, is it a good beat ’em up, or is it just a lame cash-in on the Bleach name? Read on!

Keep in mind, this is a Japanese game, and I have no Japanese knowledge, so there are certain things I can’t explain/know. (and this is a pretty shot review too)
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Categories: Anime, ds, DSi, Games, Handheld, import, Review

Endless Fucken Eight

August 5th, 2009 4 comments
We're all so sad too Mikuru, we're all so sad too...

We're all so sad too Mikuru, we're all so sad too...

OK.

We’re in August (8th month of the year), it’s the 8th episode of this “arc”. So is this enough KyoAni?

So, to those wondering… what’s going on? Well, there’s this  anime series called Haruhi suzumiya no yuutsu, which aired back in 2006, it was quite popular and fans have been expecting its sequel season since then.

So after starting a second season this summer in the middle of a re-airing of Season 1, making events happen chronologically, making a questionable direction this will give toward DVD releases.

Let me explain this first. At the very least, in North America, the Season 1 episodes were released in chronological order isntead of their airing orders, which kind of ruined part of the plot not even half-way through airing. You see, the anime originally did like the original material, the light novels, and put the events happening in disarray.  It wasn’t actually following fully the novels’ order, but it followed the concept.  And now, with this new season, we’re seeing episodes that are aired in-between season 1 episodes.  The first new one was in-between season 1 episodes.  Are they going to re-release the whole series together or are they going to sell the new episodes separately? Well, I was hoping for the latter. But at that point, it wasn’t such a big deal, really. Read more…

Categories: Anime

Top 10 Upcoming Anime I’m Looking Forward to

March 3rd, 2009 2 comments

Every year, tons of new Anime series starts airing. Often they disappoint, and sometimes we’re surprised where we least expect it. I thought about making a top 10 list of what I’m looking forward to, that is coming out this spring and summer in Japan. These are the shows/movies/ovas that grabbed my attention browsing through the airing lists. Of course, there’s no way to know if they’ll be good or not and odds are that my favorites series by the end of the year won’t be any of the ones listed here.

But enough chit-chat, read on for my top 10 upcoming Anime Series I’m looking forward to list.

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Categories: Anime, Preview, Top 10

Anime – Best of 2008

January 13th, 2009 5 comments

Hi everyone! I’m a bit late on this one, but I’ve worked in collaboration with a few friends of mine at Bleach7/Maximum7 to make this list as exhaustive as we could. Of course I kept most of the final choices up to my opinion, but wanted to take into consideration what I haven’t seen, that was good, but didn’t get time for. This list compiles almost 30 categories (yes I know, that’s too much, sue me) and is a best of 2008 anime list. Now to fit in this list, the anime must have ended by December 31st, 2008, which means some very good titles didn’t make the cut (Soul Eater, Toradora! and more). So without more waiting, here’s my list! Take note that the runner-ups aren’t in any particular order.

Find out what’s the best and more after the jump.

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Categories: Anime, TV shows

Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger – First episode impressions

January 9th, 2009 No comments

Finally it’s here. After 5 years without Ippo anime goodness, we finally get a second “season”. Last time we saw Ippo animated in the ring was in the 2003 movie Champion Road, and since then(unless, of course, you’ve been reading the manga), we’ve been out of the pure awesomeness that is Hajime no Ippo.

Now he’s back and badass as always. Read on for my impressions on the new season and some screenshots.

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Categories: Anime, impressions