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The year is coming to an end! Let's look at November in terms of writing!
Writing in Review
This month has been great in terms of writing, because I got an editorial out for once! I also got an interview out, which is good for varing content.
Blogs written this month
The J-Pop experience
10 Questions from RecklessDani
GameSavvy posts This Month
Favourite artwork this month
Awesome thing that I saw/read/did
-This happened as the post was going up for October, but a HUGE congrats to Elliot and Sabrina of Bound By Games for getting engaged!
-We got a new Trailer for Kamen Rider: Reiwa The First Generation and OMG ISHIGATA!
-We Also got a trailer for Kamen Rider Zi-O Next Time: Geiz Majesty!
-As a correction to my J-Pop post, Reol announced her new Album Gold Tower, which is coming out in January.
-We got Sindel for Mortal Kombat 11... and man, the banshee scream seems more powerful than ever.
-WE GOT A ANNOUNCEMENT FOR A NEW NEPTUNIA GAME FOR 10 YEARS OF NEPTUNIA, AND I'M EXCITED!
-Gen Hoshino released a video for Aint Nobody Know!
Games Played this Month
Two games were what were consistently played this month was Neptunia and F1 2009.
Re:Birth 1 is so much fun to play! I got a lot of Laughs out of the scene between Noire and Neptune where they were fightning and it I love that this game is not afraid to be all over the place in tone, it really works here.
F1 2009 is fun, but I've only been playing it super casually because it's a racing game, and I'm only into it because I'm into motor racing. That's it.
Merch bought this month
Nothing to see here, sadly.
November has pretty awesome in terms of things happening! I'm learning more about my abilities and skills, I feel like my ability is increasing in what ever I do. Uni is going great so far, and I feel like I fit more here than I did in Sixth Form. I also have a few projects in the works, so look forward to that!
December will be an interesting month. I don't know how much I will be writing, but I will see how things. I also have a few games I might be able to review. Look forward to it!
But for now, thanks for reading, and I will catch you guys next time.
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Hey this series is back. Welcome to 10 questions, the series where I ask 10 questions to people about their gaming interests. Today I'm asking 10 questions to a friend and a person who's work I've been a fan of for some time, RecklessDani, I talk to her quite a bit on twitter, a lot of her cosplays are great, and she's just a lovable ball of fun! I'll leave a link to her twitter and her Patron as well at the end of this interview, but if you love fun people, she is a person you should follow for sure. Also big thanks to Dani for doing this, I really appreciate being able to interview you!
Besides that that I have nothing else to say, so thanks for reading, and enjoy the interview
What was your first game? Do you have any fond memories of it?
The first game I ever played was Super Smash Brothers on the Gamecube. It's actually insane but I still have my old Gamecube in mint conditions as well as all my games including Super Smash Brothers. Honestly I have so many amazing memories playing this great game. I played a lot with my Dad and we had a ton of fun plus we would play sometimes all day and order a pizza and just relax at home. I guess I can say that was my first time getting addicted to the world of video games and what it had to offer.
When was your first exposure to the wider gaming community (when you looked more into other games that you were not into at first)?
Since I was really young back in the day I played mostly on gamecube and psp but once the xbox was released my father rush to buy it. That was my 1st getting expose to games like Halo & Gears of War. I watch my dad played for hours these game and tyey always peeked my interest. When my dad would go to work I would log into his account and play both these game. It expose me to the online community and making up clans with your friends to play.
What was the first game you truly fell in love with?
The first game I fell in love with was Gears of War. When i first saw this game it intimated me and scared me as well but I saw how my dad got into the game and how much fun he had. Eventually I picked it up and would play story mode with my dad and that was the best thing ever. He was Marcus and I was Dom his right hand hand. After finishing up story mode I started playing competitive online with my friends that's when I started getting hooked.
What was your first video game cosplay?
My first game cosplay was Janna from Leagues of Legends. It was my first time building a cosplay and I really loved how Janna looked it was a great learning experience and my first time getting expose to making cosplay and armor.
Which video game cosplays gave you the most trouble?
The cosplay that gave me the most trouble was Ibaraki from Fate Go. I still till this day put this cosplay on the back burn because I didn't like how it was coming out, had to redo the horns and headpiece several time. Plus getting all her tattoos handpainted was such a pain but I will finish her someday when I feel more confident. She a amazing character and I really want to do her justice!
What was your favourite Video Game cosplay?
My favorite video game is Mercy from overwatch I just love her character design! It's my dream to be able to cosplay all her different outfits and to be able to wear those amazing wings. She will forever be very precious to my heart.
What Draws you to Cosplay? Why do you love it so much?
I have been cosplaying since I was small I just never realized it was call cosplay. What really draws me to cosplay it's the feeling that you get when you put on your cosplay you feel like that character. Its just feels magical to be one of your most beloved character brings a lot of joy to my heart and I love going to Cons and interacting with other cosplayers. It really is a amazing feeling and you feel like you are a part of a wonderful community.
What draws you to video games?
8. I thought at first what drew me into video games was my dad but in reality its the inline community, my friends and the types of game that I play. I love sitting down and forgetting about real life issues and just immersed myself into the video game world where I am a better version of myself. Video game gives meaning to my life and also just helps get through rough patches in life.
Where do you see your cosplays going in 5 years time?
I think in five years I'll still be cosplaying with either my son or daughter I'll probably start making duo cosplay. No matter what I'm a kid at heart and I believe I'll be cosplaying for a very long time. I'm also sure my crafting skills will be much better and more redefined. I can't wait to see all the growth!
Why do you think people should cosplay?
I think people should cosplay because it's really enjoyable also you meet such aamazing people that also have a love for cosplay. Cosplaying let's you be your favorite character and completely immerse yourself its just quite beautiful honestly. It also gives you a confidence boost and overall you feel happier. I really recommend that everybody cosplay its life changing!
All photos are from Dani's social pages and used with permission from Dani herself
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I'll be honest right now: I've wanted to write about this subject for a long time, but I've also been scared to. While I'm very passionate about this subject, I don't think I'm as passionate as some others on the subject, and I'm not sure if I'll do it full justice, so you were expecting a full breakdown on why No Title is a great song, or the breakdown of one of Eve's music videos, then this is not article for you(though I could probably do that last one). This is just me talking about I a medium I love, as I mostly do on this blog.
Also, as a disclaimer, I am using Romaji English for titles that don't translate to English well, because my keyboard doesn't have a Japanese type setting(and even then, I don't know Japanese), and it will make things easier to understand for people who are not weeb as s**t like me.
So, what is J-Pop you are asking? Well, think of it like K-Pop, but in Japanese, however, J-Pop from what I know tends to encompass all Japanese music that isn't traditional here in the west. As such I wouldn't be surprised if people associate the term "J-pop" with Rock music, like how people pair African Music with distinctive styles of "Highlife", "Hiplife" and "Afrobeats".
So you probably wondering, how did I get into this kinda of music? A lot of people would say anime or maybe JRPG among other pop culture phenoms. Me? As with most things in my life it was Kamen Rider.
.I remember listening to Kamen Rider Gaim's theme, Just Live More by Gaim no Kaze. It's very energetic, giving the feeling of non-stop action through the song thanks to the guitars.
Kamen Rider also introduced me to insert songs. These are songs that usually play in the middle of battle, and these are usually made to fit certain characters or rider systems.
For example in Kamen Rider Kiva, Kamen Rider Ixa actually gets 4 songs. One of these is Fight for Justice, sung by the main user of the Ixa system, Nago Keisuke, talking about he wants to show he is the best user of the Ixa system. Also just to get this out of the way, in the Japan they usually credit the song in the name of the character, with the actor's name usually reversed for CV usage.
The second of these is called This Love Never Ends, sung by the main user in 1986, Kurenai Otoya, talking about how he will fight for his never-ending love. The 3rd is also sung by Nago Keisuke and is called Don't Lose Yourself, talking about the battle within himself when he uses Ixa's final form. called Ixa Rising. The last one is by the band TETRA-FANG, called Individual System, telling the story of Ixa, the white soldier that is waiting for fate.
Once I got into anime, my liking for J-Pop rose. One of my favorite ending themes in anime was Shiawase no Arika or Whereabouts of Happiness by Local Connect. The song just flows very nicely and the lyrics are very meaningful. An opening that I like is Melissa from Porno Graffiti. This is the intro to Full Metal Alchemist 2003, and it's a really nice song. Even with songs that are not considered J-Pop, I'm a sucker for things with acoustic guitars.
The moment I began getting more into mainstream J-Pop was when I listened to Kataomoi or One Sided Love by Aimer. I watched a Kingdom Hearts OC ending with a the song, looking for the anime it was from.
There was no anime. It was an original song. An amazing, unique, beautiful song. The flow of the music is so nice, it just carried me away with it's soothing instruments, and Aimer's beautiful voice.
Now I'm not to just talk about J-Pop and why it's a big thing to me, I also want to get people into the genre. But if you like anime or tokusatsu, I think it would help if you looked up some of your favorite opening songs, insert songs and ending songs to start off with. If you want me to individually recommend songs that are nice to listen to, I would say wait until the end, I'll put some down there. However, I think it's important that we get to know a few artists because they have distinctive styles for their music and music videos.
Just as a quick aside, while most of the link here go to YouTube, there are few Amazon links for the albums. Read more about those here.
Let's start off with everyone's favourite Kamen Rider Band.
Old men with a HELL of a lot of style, don't you think? These 4 have been the official band for the Kamen Rider Series since 2000. Originally consisting of Terasawa Koichī, Miyawaki "Joe" Satoshi, Nomura Yoshio and Watanabe Cher(Not pictured), the band was the official Kamen Rider band until 2007, with Ricky(the man with the sunglasses and pink streak in his hair) join the band in 2006 after Kamen Rider Blade. I can't really recommend an album, but I would recommend songs from them such as Elements and Next New World to really get a feel for the rock style they have, it's very dynamic and flowing, especially in the lead guitars.
I think that 2019 was a break-out year for Gen Hoshino. He started off by releasing Pop Virus in 2018, which lead into the song getting into Death Stranding! Awesome, even if I'm not really into Kojima's games. He released Same Thing in October of 2019, and I recommend that single on the sole reason that the title song for that album is in English, and was written by Gen Hoshino himself, and the song features the Australian band Superorganism. I would also recommend listening to Sarashi-mono, as that song is pretty relatable in my opinion, and Gen also mentioned that the songs in this single contain some thoughts about his career so far, and you can feel it in all of the songs in my opinion. For an Album recommendation, I would say Pop Virus, or Yellow Dancer, as these contain some of his best work, such as IDEA, an awesome song about loving life.
A lot of people may be familler with the Vocaloid Band REOL(and we will get to Vocaloid recommendations soon, trust me), but I'm more familler with her workings as a solo artist. For an album recommendation, I will plug her upcoming 2020 album, HYPE MODE. Reol's songs lately tend to be inspired off Buddhism, or Zen Buddhism, the version of Buddhism that Japan tends to pratrice, so if you like her songs, go and look for the lyrics online. I personally recommend Utena and Phanto(me), especially since Phanto(me) ties a lot into spirits.Also I recommend Saisaki, it's a fun song, and I made a scene based off it.
Eve is known as an Utaite, or as I like to say a indie artist who has worked with a lot good animation studios such as WIT STUDIO, the people behind attack on Titan. Eve's songs tend to be theory heavy, which is good for his fandom, as people can guess the feelings and emotions going into the song. I reccomend Outsider in order to get a feel for his style of music and for his music videos are animated by Mah, who's art style is very, very rough. For an album recommendation, I would say his latest album, Otogi, and his upcoming 2020 album, smile.
He is probably the one of biggest artist in Japan right now. Kenshi started out as a voclad producer under the name "Hachi". I'll be honest, I'm not super into Vocaloid music, because the synthetic voice is a bit ear grading to me, but I do like Donut Hole, as that song talks about a girl who has lost her memory, and can't remember her true name. I'll get into some more Vocaloid recommendations later on.
Kenshi is probably most known for doing the first opening to My Hero Academia. known as Peace Sign, but his music varies in styles. Even his older music has some synth in his voice, and backing track music is more focused on a flowing simple beat shown in songs as MAD HEAD LOVE and vivi. However as you get to soon as you get to Shunrai and Eine Kleine, the synth is gone, and there is a lot more complexity in the beat.
For an album recommendation, I would recommend Bremen or Bootleg, as both have some amazing songs on them, such as Flowerwall and Unbelievers for Bremen, and Hien and Nighthawks for Bootleg.
Probably the J-Pop artist I have known for the longest time thanks to Kingdom Hearts, the game that also put on the path that I am on now. Utada's music in the past was very western inspired I must I say, but it makes sense as she was brought up in New York, so the songs are catchy and flowing. However for Kingdom Hearts. Simple and Clean(Hikari) is more of a slow ballad than anything else, as it was Remixed by PlanitB and later, PUNPEE. Outside of Kingdom Hearts, she has released a Album called Hatsukoi. This is my Album recommendation, as all the songs there are pretty varied and it has Anata on it and that is one of my all time favorite songs. That is something you listen to with the one you love the most
Other Artists I recommend but don't listen to as much as the ones above
Vocaloid and Solo song Recommendations
My 2 top tips
That's all I have to say for this subject. I hope that this.. I'll be honest, over-extensive look into one of the mediums I love, and a piece of entertainment that inspires me, has inspired you to try something new.
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Spooky month has ended(quite literally), so let's recap it!
Writing in Review
This was a good month for my writing! I wrote about anime, including the Devil is a Part Timer and My Hero Academia Season 3!
Blog Posts written this Month
My Hero Academia Season 3: Review
The Devil is A Part Timer: First Impressions
NM Gameworks #24:Maya VS Blender
Game Savvy Pieces written this month
Wings of Glass Review
Favourite Art Pieces This Month
Awesome things I saw/read/did
-MoeGamer put out a nice article what people said were overlooked games!
-We got a trailer for Kamen Rider Reiwa: The First Generation!
-Alyssa from Nerd Side of Life did a 30 day geek out challenge!
-A big shout to my friendYully from Twitter! You are awesome girl!
-I WENT TO THE POKEMON CENTRE AND IT WAS AWESOME!!!
-Gen Hoshino released a new Single featuring Superorganism called Same Thing, and it's in English! Explicit Language warning if you want to listen to it.
-Also Eve released a new MV called raison d'etre, or reason for living, and it's amazing,
-Reol announced her 2nd Album called HYPE MODE, and released a single of the same name!
Games played this month
I haven't a lot this month, but I did play Wings of Glass to review! And it's very fun! I recommend you try it out!
Also more Nep-Nep! Cute and fun as always.
Merch This Month
Nothing this month. I am a broke uni student.
This month... it's been pretty awesome! Uni has been amazing so far, and I'm fitting in very well, however the second half of last week was... well shit. I was out of money for 4 days until my friend bailed me out. I also had to cut off a friend because they didn't want anything to do with me before... and I'll confess, I had pretty intense feelings for her. I'm just glad I had people to talk to, and I hope things get better for me.
November begins the push to Christmas! As such a BIG amount of focus will go into my T-Shirt store and just generally trying to push my Brand. I'm currently wait on some new graphics of my 2 OC's so maybe a refresh will happen soon here! I've also put in a news letter in place, so click the button below if you want to know when my content is coming out, and a month newsletter to inform you of all my content!
But that's it! Thanks for reading, and I will catch you guys next time!
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Hey all! So the course I wanted to do at university originally was unsubscribed, so I ended up going an animation course instead at the same university. This is more helpful to me, as while I do have both artistic and programming skills, I find that I know more about the programming side, and that the programming is a bit easier for me to learn. However, changing to this course required me to use a program called Autodesk Maya, the indestury standard for 3D modelling and animation.
I will say straight off the bat that Maya is a lot more stable than blender, and I recommend that you start using Blender for 3 reasons:
Blender being free is the big upside to me here. Because of this, I find that Blender is more accessible to younger people, who have little to no money. It's also not helpful that Maya and 3D Max cost about £1,700 a year, which a lot of small studios don't have.
As for the Maya experience? Well, I still think Blender is better, because a lot of the stuff is more logically laid out to me, plus the rendering engines (Arnold and Redshift) for me don't really feel as quick and easy as Cycles or Eevee. I will say that I like that Redshift auto lights your scene for you if you have no Lighting. Also you have to pay more money Redshift, which is just great, isn't it?
Here I have 2 scenes that I made, the Blender one is on the left, the Maya one is on the right. I admit that this isn't a super fair comparison, but I wanted to talk more about the modelling experience rather than everything else, since I don't know how to make procedural textures in Maya yet.
Here's I observed: I found that model overall was easier to make in Blender. I think that Maya is very powerful, in fact I can say that the scene felt easier to make, because it felt like the scene it came together better, as well as the fact that Maya uses On screen Gizmos, making things idiot proof, especially if you have used 3D software before this.
However, I felt that the model was easier to make in Blender. I admit this partly because I'm more use to using the tools there, but I also felt that Maya gave me less control, since I am getting used to Maya pretty quickly. I can see why Maya would be useful for businesses, as does have a lot of powerful tools that I haven't used fully yet admittedly, and I think that it is easier to learn... if you are studying with the software at a specialised school or University. I feel like besides that though, there is no point in using Maya, because Blender is getting to a point of getting a point where it's easier to learn and can do everything Maya can do and more. Plus it's FREE, which makes my choice by default
Before I end off, I also need to say this: Unity Chan Dash has had to restart development. The files that had with Unity broke during a transfer between versions of the engine, and the files corrupted. This is fine however, as there a LOT of things in the game need to be fixed, and I have started working on a new character controller.
That's it for now! Thank you to GoddessReanne for supporting me with one-off coffees. If you would like support me, you can do via the orange button below!
But for now, thanks for reading, and I will see you guys next time!
Written By Nana Marfo
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More anime! So before we start finishing more anime, we need to start some more because priories. This is something which I heard about a lot, but never got around to. However, the anime society at my university has started to watch this, so I figured I should review it.
1.Spoilers are abounding here folks. If you want to watch it blindly... go watch it. Spoilers are here.
2. Depending on the Anime, this can get NSFW.
3. I am watching the subbed version.
This is my first impression of The Devil is a Part-Timer.
In the ocean, Ignora, lies a conspicuously large landform. It surrounded by 4 lslands in the shape of a cross. This is the land protected by Gods, Ente Isla.
So we begin with a war breaking out in Ente Isla, and Satan with 3 of his servents are leading the charge. After 2 of them are killed, and a hero invades his main hideout he retreats with Alsiel, and swears to take over Ente Isla when he returns.
We then cut to several 1000 years in the future, when Satan and Alsiel are now human, meaning that they are no longer able to use magic. Because there is no record of who they are, they are taken to the police station and questioned. I'll be honestly, I do like that there was some stakes here, as it sets it's self out from other comedy series.
After questioning, they learn more about how the world of Earth works, getting new names, oping a bank account and getting a house thanks to the landlord of Shiba Miki, who wants to take on people from unknown backgrounds. They seem to be settling in well, and I will says that the transltion was pretty fast, but I like it, gets things rolling and at a good pace.
After a trip to the hospital, where Satan gets an IV drip, he realises that he needs to take on a part time job, because the IV costs about the same as a month of rent. As such, he gets part time job at MgRonald's, named that because copyright laws, while Astral find a way to get their magic back.
We also meet Satan's coworkers, who call him Maou in the work place. Is that short for Waga Maou? The link has the reference for those that don't know, and for those that do know some how anime has given the chance to make a Kamen Rider reference for the 2nd week in a row.
Ok I'm getting off topic. We meet Chiho Saskiai, Maou's co-worker and Kizaki, his boss. Maou is currently working setting a record on how many Black Pepper Fries that he can sell in a week, to beat the MgRonald's in the district, but the deep frier breaks, and he's unable to finish his shift well, but despite that, he becomes a full time employee. Nice, though the title makes no sense now.
However, in one last twist, it's revealed that The Hero who stopped Satan all those years ago survived, and she turns out to be a girl name Emilia, who he ending up helping earlier because she didn't have an umbrella. I'll save my comments on the ending theme for my full review.
I do like the twist at the end, and I'm interested to see what hijinks come from it, especially if Emilia tries to go to work at McDon- I mean MgRonalds. I also wouldn't be surprised if Japan ends up being Ente Isla.
The anime looks good for the most part, and I link the contrast of the medieval battle at the beginning, contrasted with the standard anime style of the rest of the episode.
Overall I enjoyed this episode, and I'm glad I got to start this anime, as it feels like a good slice of life that will turn a LOT of concepts on it's head.
Well this was fun to watch! Thanks to the anime society at my uni for introducing me to this anime. I won't say what uni I go to just yet, but if you know me, you probably already know hehe.
Anyways, that's it! Thanks for reading, and I will catch you guys next time.
Written by Nana Marfo
The Devil is A Part Timer(C)White Fox
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Ok, so full transparency, this took way longer that I wanted it to, but I managed to get it done! Right around the time the new season is starting.
Eh. Anyways, we continue our journey into the life Izuku Midoriya and UA High school. But it seems there is an even bigger threat on the Horizon.
Rules as always:
1.Spoilers are abounding here folks. If you want to watch it blindly... go watch it. Spoilers are here.
2. Depending on the Anime, this can get NSFW.
3. I am watching the subbed version.
Time to go full hero mode! This is my review of My Hero Academia Season 3.
Let's jump to the end of Season 2 for a second. During the last episode, Tomura met up with Himiko Toga, a girl who has caused multiple murders and Dabi, a dude who honestly doesn't make that much of a first impression besides the fact that he looks like a patchwork quilt. This was the beginning of something we will see as a constant theme in this season, the growth of Shigaraki Tomura's cause.
So Class 1-A and 1-B end up going on a summer training camp. Training them is the Wild Wild Pussycats, a 4 person hero agency, who send Class 1-A on a wilderness hike to destroy monsters. Watching them is Kota, a kid that hates the idea of the Super-Human society obsessed with heroes. During a nightime training exercise. Both Classes get attacked by the Vanguard League of Villains, a group that is an extension of Tomura's original league of villains. They are looking for Bakugo, but Deku ends up saving Kota from Muscular, a dude that just want to be able to fight for the sake of fighting. He killed Kota's parents(hence why he was with the Pussycats), and Deku learns that they are after Bakugo. After taking on Muscular, is what a is a VERY well animated fight, Deku joins up with Todoroki and Bakugo are trying to stop both Moonfish, a convicted murder on death row(JESUS CHRIST) and Tokoyami, who quirk Dark Shadow is out of control because it is nightime, and that is when his quirk becomes harder to control.
They defeat Moonfish in part thanks to Tokoyami's quirk, and the Group meets up with Uraraka and Tsuyu who have been fighting Himiko Toga. She's a yandere, but I'll get into this fight when I analyse Uraraka's arc for this season. Bakugo and Tokoyami are taken by the Vanguard League of Villains, and despite a spirted effort by Deku, Todoroki and Shoji(He had been with the group since the Moonfish incident), they end up losing Bakugo to the League of Villeins. Deku ends up injured thanks to his effort against Muscular and all of Class 1-A go to visit him, with Kirishima and Todoroki having a plan in order to go a save Bakugo. Momo made a tracking device that she gave to the police and All Might to track Tomura's movements, and using a copy of that tracker, Deku, Kirishima, Todoroki, Momo and an uneasy Iida head out to save Bakugo. However the heroes end up going to the hideout, but the 5 students end up going to the Nomu factory where artificial Nomus are made.
The pro heroes and Police invade both the League of Villans hideout and the Nomu Factory, however their plans are stopped when Nomus start warping into the city, and Bakugo and the Villeins are warped to the Nomu factory by All for One, who presence ends up giving the now hiding students "hallucinations of Death". All Might arrives and soon afterwards, Bakugo is saved and Tomura and his gang of villains are sent away. All for One and All Might have their final battle which involves a lot of mind f**kery from All for One.
So early when Tomura was asked where All for One was, he had a flashback to his past, and we learn that his name was originally Tenko Shimura, and All for One tells us that he's the Grandson of Nana Shimura. This breaks All Might, but he manages to take out One for All with what I call the Godsend Punch, despite it costing him what remains of All for One.
After that, UA end up implementing the Dorms System, and while there was some pushback from Enko, Deku's mother, all of the 1-A students enter the dorms as part of Training to get their hero licences and this where the story once again stops for a bit to look more into how individual characters can improve themselves as heroes. An example of this is Kaminari, where he ends up adding a shooting disk drive that allows to concentrate electric shocks better in one spot. This ends up them taking an exam with all the other hero academics that ends up with everyone but Bakugo and Todoroki passing.
Bakugo after this calls out Deku to a fight, have figured out that Deku's power is passed down from All Might, with Bakugo feeling partially responsible for the end of All Might. The two fight with Bakugo winning through, however due to this they are put on house arrest. After that, Deku ends up meeting the Big Three of UA. Mirio Togata challenges Class 1-A to a fight... and they get their asses handed to them.
And that's the story. I honestly found a lot better than season 2 character focused story, not that season 2 was bad, but there a lot more done to flesh out the bigger picture here. There is one new villain that I am skimming over, but he doesn't really do anything here.
The villains are a mix bag this season. While I like the expanded league of villains, Spinner and Magne don't really stick out, Magne especially, he honestly feels like an afterthought. I'm fine with Moonfish being a one off villain because he's a convict so like Muscular, he may have just wanted to kill people. Twice has the same problem, but his backstory is that he cloned himself and nearly got killed, and Dabi is pretty interesting. I wouldn't be surmised if he was one of Endeavour's failed experiments.
What do you want me to say about Toga? She's a Yandere. Yandere's are scary, though that does make me wanna watch Mirai Nikki, but that's besides the point. She can also clone people. She doesn't really use in any meaningful way beside using it to flirt with Deku. That was a thing.
All for One is the best villain of the season hands-down, and I want to say the series so far. His motivation is the same as Tomura's, the idea that society is twisted against certain people, but his power is insane! I need to see the first fight between All Might and All for One, just to get a scope of how powerful this guy can get. On top of that, he ends working his way into All Might's brain, bringing up Nana Shimura just to taunt him. For those wondering, Nana Shimura is the former One for All holder. The way he is presented as villain is just amazing, and I really hope he comes back in some shape or form.
In terms of character arcs, there is a lot less to talk about this season, as most of the character development was pushed to Ochako, Bakugo and Deku. Aoyama get's a small hint of story, talking about wanting to be equal, though it's not expanded on.
Ochako's arc involves her feelings towards Deku, which involves her trying to put her feeling aside after realising Deku is not letting anything distract him. Her fight with Toga involves her confronting those feelings head on because Toga figures out what's going on with her. It's small, but I like Ochako's smaller developments. It's honestly refreshing to see.
Bakugo Arc is the big one for the entire season, and it's focused on him coming to terms with the fact that Deku, who was behind him for a lot of his life, is now as strong as him, and the one that All Might chose, as well as the fact that he feels if he was stronger, he could have helped All Might, and he would have to give up his power. The thing is, Bakugo is kinda of a prick. If it wasn't for Mineta he would probably be my least favorate character, because the way he acts is no where near what a hero should act like. This development made him better a character and maybe he'll get better later, but for me? I don't see what makes him so great. I do admitly like him a little bit more now, but he's still not that great to me.
Deku's arc this season is learning 2 things, the first being to surpass his limitations, which allows to use One for All:Full Cowl Shoot Style, where he uses the powers of the rider kick and DID NO ONE MAKE THAT JOKE YET?
The second is him now coming to terms that All Might is gone, and very soon the fate of the world and the shape of his dream is now in his hands alone. I found myself heavily invested in Deku's arc this season because it felt like was closer to becoming a true hero. In fact let me say this right now, I think is the best all-around hero of the 1st years, it's just that his power levels are inconsistent is all.
The animation levels have been turned up to 11, as all of the fight scenes a bring a spectacular energy to them. Make my Story by Lenny Code Fiction is a great opening theme, which I feel fits the theme of passing the torch. The use of Long Hope Philla as the ending theme is probably more for movie promotion than anything else, but I love the acoustic mix that is used here. And it's sung by Phillp from Kamen Rider W, so that's makes like it by default.
If I were to rank the seasons of MHA so far, I would put season 3 just above season 2, and far above season 1. I think that this season does a better job of expanding the overall story given to us, and I can't wait to see what's next.
This took me WAY to long, and I apologise for that! Now that this out of this is out of the way, we can get other anime's! I won't be watching season 4 as it is airing because I am MHA'ed out. However there are some other anime's that I want to look at, including Fairy Tail! Look forward to it!
Before I go, I want to take a moment to plug the Animator Dormitory Project. This was brought to my attention by Uniquenameosaurus, and they are a team looking to improve how young animators are treated in Japan. They have so far made 4 animator dormitories, and have housed 11 animators. As someone who is wildly against how corporations treat people, I think that this is a great inshitive, and that you should support it! Help young people! We want to shape our own futures!
And that's it! Thank you all so much for reading, and I will catch you guys later! PLUS ULTRA!
Written By Nana Marfo
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The most stressful month of the year at times, September! A month of a LOT of new starts, but we will get to it.
Writing this month
I sadly only wrote one thing this month, but I'm fine with that because I'm getting used to Uni life, and a lot of other things happened. I also wrote a few things for Game Savvy this month.
Website posts I wrote this month
Top 5 Characters I want for Smash Bros. Ultimate
Game Savvy Posts this month
Indivisable Demo Review
Favourite Art posts this month
Awesome things I saw/read/did
-MoeGamer wrote a great article about differing tastes! He's also currently featuring Senran Kagura, so go check it out.
-Kenshi Yonezu put out an AMAZING video for his new Song, Uma to Shika. I urge to please check it out if you can.
-Harmonia has been working on her own Kingdom Hearts based Project! Go check it out, I can't wait to see it.
-Tokyo Game Show brought us Trailers for both Kingdom Hearts 3 Re:Mind and Final Fantasy VII Remake!
-We also got a lot of info about The Last of Us Part 2, which I'm going to use an excuse to shout out my friend,SydneySushiChef!
-Nintendo also announced that Terry Bogard is coming to Smash!
-We also FINALLY got the announcement of Tokyo Mirage Sessions coming to Switch!
-Some gameplay of May from Guilty Gear 2020 also caught my eye, and we also got all of the characters announced in BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle 2.0!
The first Reiwa Kamen Rider, Zero-One, began airing this month and it's pretty good so far!
Games Played this month
So my controller broke at the end of this month, which put a damper on my progress with Hyperdimention Neptunia. I am loving this game so much!
I also ended up playing a lot of Maplestory 2! The game is really fun to play, I'll probably play it more with my friendPrincessUsagi! Also congrats on your TwitchCon Trip Cece, I can tell you enjoyed it, and you deserved it!
Merch bought this month
WHERE IS THE FAIRY GOING?? I bought a Fairy Tail wallscroll! My first wallscroll as well, which is awesome!
September was a stressful month, as my course had to be changed at the last minunit, so I'm now doing Animation. My parents pushed against it, but I managed to get what I wanted. However, uni has been pretty awesome so far, however no pressure has come on to me yet, so that might have something to do with it. Shoutouts to my flatmates(sorry I'm so boring) and the people I met at the student's with disabilities mixer.
October will probably be the month I forget to do some stuff,so bare with me on that regard, but I should hopefully have something out Tuesday. Also I hope I can finish MHA and review that finally.
With that being said, thank you guys for reading, and I will catch you guys next time.
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Hey all! Once again, today we are doing something different once again! I wanted to talk about Smash Bros. last week as they confirmed that more DLC fighters are in development! With Terry from Fatal Fury confirmed, the possibilities for fighters are endless. So I figured, why not suggest my pretty obvious picks! Well if you know me, at least.
The only rule I have no suggesting fighters that could be Echo Fighters. For those wondering, my picks for those would be Sakura from Street Fighter IV and V as a Ryu Echo fighter, Zack from Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII as an Echo of Cloud and Shadow the Hedgehog from the Sonic the Hedgehog series as an Echo of Sonic. No other rules then that, so Let's go!
1 - Sora - Kingdom Hearts Series
OK, so my 1,2 and 3 are all in all wanted about the same amount, which is basically the most wanted ones. Sora is someone I've wanted in Smash since the hype for DLC fighters started in Smash 4! While Sora has not had any mainline games on Nintendo consoles, all of the handheld entries besides Birth By Sleep have been on Nintendo Consoles. I think he would a good fit with a focus on his magic and FlowMotion, with a final Smash of any of his Limits from KH2, or the flash bang attack from Ultimate Form in KH3.
The only the thing I can see stopping him getting in is if Square Enix decide not to put to allow him in, because of the Hero getting in. Still I would love for this to happen.
2 - Lightning Farron - Final Fantasy XIII series
What, you thought this wasn't going to come up? No, of course you knew it was. Lightning is one of my favorite heroines in any video game, and I think with her move-set being a combination of her 2 classes, Commando and Ravager. Not medic because that could break the game. Her Final Smash would be the powerful Army of One.
I would love this were to happen for a few reasons. First being it would be very cool to Lightning Vs. Samus in a video game. Second being that it would show that Square has some interest in the remastering the 13 trilogy of games. However, I can see her not getting in for the same reasons as Sora.
3) Neptune - Hyperdimention Neptunia Series
Nep-Nep in smash would be worth it for the Meta references alone. Seriously, have her stage be Planetune, and have something like Palutena's Guidance, to where she makes comments on the characters people play as in the stages. This is a bit of a hopeful pick however, because she's only had one game on a Nintendo System(The most recent Super Neptunia RPG), and I don't know if it sold well, so that's something going against him, but I think she could be a great fit.
4 - Shantae - Shantae Series
This pick seemed impossible a while ago, but with the addition of Sans from Undertale as a Mii Costume, I think the door has opened up for Shantae, at least as a Mii costume, but I don't think fighter is out of the question. While her move-set could be a little complex, she could at least have her hair whip as her light attack. She also has a ton of designs that could be used as alternate outfits e.g. her Ninja and Jammies mode outfits.
I'm Hopeful that she could get in Smash, and Matt Bozon has said he is open to the idea. Here's hoping Sakurai sees it as a good idea.
5). Juri Han - Street Fighter IV and V
This is my pure "I can hope for it" pick, because I really don't think it would happen(if a SF girl got in, it would be Sakura as a Ryu Echo, or Chun-Li because of Recognition), but I really want Juri because she would fit better for Smash because she has personality and character that is AMAZING in my opinion. She just want to have fun, and in Smash, that's always welcome.
Quote - Cave Story - I don't see Quote NOT getting in because he's a Japanese Indie character, especially given the fact we have Sans now, so it's very doable as long as Nicalis and Pixel(Daisuke Amaya) allow it to happen.
Byleth - Fire Emblem Three Houses - Given the success of this game, I don't see Sakurai not giving The Three House avatar a slot.
Who do you guys think will join the fight? Let me know in the comments!
But for now, thanks for reading, and I will catch you guys next time.
Written by Nana Marfo.
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My Birthday month has come and gone! More on that later! But for now let's look at the month in general.
Blog Posts written this month
Life is Strange: Review
NM Gameworks #22:What I use
Rambelling about Feathery Ears
Game Savvy posts written this month
Oninaki Demo Review
Going into the future
Favourite Art Pieces this month
Favourite things this I saw/watched/read/did this month
Also, as a side note, since there was a lot of J-pop stuff this month, I 'll be going into that last.
-We got an announcement for Megaman Zero and ZX collections! Zero is my favorite series of Megaman games, so I think I'll enjoy this collection!
-I'm not really into story-time animation, butRelachi made 2 good videos on her First Straight Guy Crush. She's really funny, but maybe she should watch for more red flags.
-SGB did an let's play of Mortal Kombat 11 and Sonic Colours!
-Ellen of Livid Lightning answered 121 Blogger Tag Questions, including my Sunshine Blogger Tag. I don't know how I read all of them.
-Kamen Rider Zi-O ended the Heisei Era of Kamen Rider on August 25, 2019. Farewell Heisei Riders.
-I don't know if I shared this before or not, but Emirichu is one of the bigger YouTubers I find pretty cool, particularly her second childhood crushes video.
-We got another trailer of MHA Season 4! I can't what happens from here on out! That opening theme also sounds pretty good.
Speaking of Music, time to go into the J-Pop stuff.
-Kenshi Yonezu released a cover of his own song, Paprika, which was sung by Foorin, and the cover is pretty awesome with a beautiful video. There was also a video for his new single but that came out this week, so that's for the next in review.
-Reol released a video for Phanto(me). Oh my God, watch this video. It is amazing, so unique and creepy at the same time, go watch it!
-Eve released a video for his new song, Baumkuchen End, and it's awesome!
-I found a J-Pop classic that my friend Lyneriaa wrote about. Plastic Love by Mariya Takeuchi.
-Finally, Yoh Kamiyama, an artist that I haven't really heard of till now, released a video for his new song, CUT, and it's also pretty unique. You see why I prefer Japanese things over the west quite a bit?
What I played this month
Did some grinding in Neptunia. Not much to really talk about there. I've also been playing Maplestory in my downtime, and honestly for an mmo, it's pretty fun to play alone.
I also finished Life is Strange! It was a fun ride, but you can read my review for more thoughts.
Also the day after I posted that Feathery Ears ramble, I bought Wings of Glass! I'm currently at the factory section, and it's pretty fun.
Merch This Month
I did actually buy a wall scroll this month, but Shipping is taking a while.
August, besides a few mental hiccups(which I know how to work through) was AWESOME! It's always been a turning point month for me ever 2017, and this year there was a lot of good things that happened.
Firstly, I PASSED MY A-LEVELS AND GOT INTO UNI! I was so nervous that this wasn't going to happen, and I'm so thankful it did!
Secondly, I MADE A SALE! Yea my friend Ellen(who you may known from above with the 121+ Question) bought one of my designs on a Mug! Thank you so much Ellen!
And Finally, I TURNED 18!!! I AM NOW OFFICIALLY A MAN!Thank you to everyone who sent me birthday wishes!!
TBH though, lately I have been having a few mental hangups, but I've been working through them. One of them is just feeling pretty lonely, but I'm trying my best to break that feeling. Uni should help with that, hehe.
Speaking of September will still have some stuff going on, but since I start Uni, my focus is probably going to be on that, so I may skip most of this month in terms of Blog posts. For that I apologise in advance. That being said, at least expect the MHA review, plus an All in The Character with it.
But for now, thanks so much for reading, and I will catch you guys next time.
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Hey all! So today going to be something a little bit different that I've wanted to try out for a while. I'm just going to be talking about a game with no real rhyme or reason to it! Because it's fun.
As most of you know, I'm a big fan of Eager Passion, the one-gal studio run by Artsy Sayuri. She made Wings of Glass, which I would get around to properly playing and reviewing, but I've been busy if you can't tell. I'll try and get around to it soon as I can, it's not like Mayfly is in this game anyways. No, this game, called Feathery Ears 羽耳 or Feather Ears Hane Mimi is very different to Wings of Glass.
Just a head up, most of my Wings of Glass experience comes from the Demo, which was known under Glass Wing Capstone.
Sayuri is still working on what she calls "Wingsverse", but is making this game in a month. In the image above with the Logo is the protagonist Misa Ikko, a character in the story drawn by Ashley Dengara, a ninth grader. I am already in love with this idea. Exploring the mindset of teenagers trying to design characters is a great idea, honestly it looks like Misa fits right in with the game. I do hope that we can get some of Ashley's perspective on things though out the story. And despite being about questionable teen character design, the game visually looks great, even though it's re-using some of Wings of Glass assets, mainly the source code, so I don't expect too many differences in art style.
The gameplay it's self seems to be a more combat focused Wings of Glass. For those that don't know, in Wings of Glass, you had the same tools, but they were weaker and used only for puzzles, and you mostly use stealth to get around hazards in the game.
Here weapon seem more powerful, and it seems like you have all the abilities in Wings of Glass, so it should be an solid action-platformer. Misa also seems to be interacting with a lady shark called Coral, an NPC in the game. I hope that we get more NPC's that are unique her.
Overall, I 'm really looking forward to this game, and I really want to see where this game goes! Teenagers are super creative, and I want to see how she interprets the idea. If you want to try out Wings of Glass, you can buy it from the links at the bottom(one is for Steam, one is for Itch.Io), and these link are NOT affiliate links, I just like the game.
THIS WAS VERY FUN TO WRITE! I want to do something like for a while, just spouting bulls**t on something that I love. I will do more of these for sure! In other news, TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY!! I'M 18! Thanks to everyone that's I've met over the past 2 years, you all are awesome in your own ways.
But for now, thanks for reading, and to quote Sayuri herself:
Be creative and have fun. Hugs and headpats for everyone!
Take care guys.
Written by Nana Marfo
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Hey all! Today I wanted to do something different today, and since it's my Birthday Month, I wanted to give you guys some of the stuff I use! This will cover hardware and software, beside my Laptop, which I need to replace for reasons I can't disclose. I'll also recommend a book that I use for game design.So Let's Begin!
Headset - EasySMX A55 HeadSet
This thing is awesome! I use it mostly for talking with friends or just playing games, the sound quality is loud, I've little to no audio peaks during my call sesstion with friends, and I found that the headset itself is both very flexable and sturdy. However, it only comes in one colour, orange.The headset costs £10 so snag it if you fancy one from Amazon.
Controller: IFYOO ZD-V+ Wired GamePad
This controller is also awesome! I have dropped mine on a few occasions, but it works pretty well! The controller feel comfortable in my hands, and even with intensive play, I don't get hand cramps. The controller is also in 1 colour scheme: Blue and Back and has the XBOX Face buttons with a PS4 Styled D-Pad. It's £16, so if you fancy one, grab it from Amazon.
Game Making Software:Unity 3D
Unity has been my Game making software of choice, because it's so easy to use with holding your hand. I believe a good program(at least for me anyways), should have ease of access, but should at least teach you the basics of a generalised workflow. Blueprints is fine, I just don't see the need for it because I'm trying to learn everything that I can. Unity is free, although be warned, they do put out updates VERY frequently, so be warned on that fact if you decide to download it.
3D Software: Blender 3D
If you going to do any sort of free course, get Blender. Maya and 3DS are VERY expensive, and even with the free student edition, after that runs out, you can't use it unless you have an absurd amount of money that you can pay yearly. Blender, on the other hand, is free, open source, adaptable and has just gotten an update that streamslines to make it closer to Maya. I'll talk about that more next week. If you want to get started, download Blender here.
GFX/Photo Editing Software: GIMP
GIMP is admittly a very flawed program, but I honestly still use it when I want to do photo editing, and with a few work arounds, it's not so bad to use.Like Blender, the program is open source, so you can add some add-on if you want to make the experience more like Photoshop. Again, GIMP is free, so download it here.
Book: The Art of Game Design
I'm not sure if this book is need for students studing game design, but I think it's a great book regardless. It gives multiple perspectives on game design for stories, gameplay and characters. I would recommend getting the first edition or looking on Ebay if you are tight on money, but if you can, get the second editionfrom Amazon.
And that's it! Thanks for reading, and I'll see you guys next time!
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Well this took too long to write. School can do that to you, my friends. Make you forget you have games to play. Well that and making a bunch of other content, but that happens sometimes. Rules:
1.Spoilers are abounding, and depending on the game, can spoil the experience. This one in particular is very story heavy, so be warned going into the review.
2. I will not put aside any bias, but will try to be fair for games I do not like. This is my personal opinion. If you want to send your opinion, please do so in the comments below.
3.I am covering the PC version.
Also, this game deals with sensitive topics, and again, while I will talk about it, besides teens smoking, I will not show screen-caps.
And be warned, I'm spoiling this game rotten, so if you haven't played it, please do, because regardless of my opinion on the game, I believe this game is something you should experience for yourself. And for those that have played before, I believe that where I made choices are clear with what I chose for certain choices.
So, let's jump into the rest of this story. This is my review of Life Is Strange.
*deep breath* OK, let's do this. Episode by Episode. I'm assuming you read my episode 1 review for the details on that one.
Out Of Time
So after Max and Chloe figure out there is a storm coming to the Bay, we spend some time helping Kate March, who is being bulled and picked on by Victoria among others.. She's someone that ended up that affected thanks to Nathan, a common theme in the story. Nathan drugged her and raped her, and recorded this and put it up on the internet. Kate asks Max if she should go to the police, and in my play-through I advised her that she should.
After that, we ,meet up with Chloe who at her mother;s diner called the 2 whales, where she learns more about Max's time rewind power, but after going to the junkyard with Chloe, we learn that her power is limited, as Max begins to suffer headaches. We also meet Frank, a person that Chloe owes money to for drugs, and save Chloe from impending doom via train tracks. However this take a turn for the dark when Kate wants to JUMP OFF THE ROOF OF BLACKWELL. Max ends up saving her in my play-through. Also, note that Kate spoke to her teacher, Mr.Jefferson, before trying to jump off the roof.
Overall, I would say the story of this episode was good, as it was still some setup, but gave the feeling that something big is starting to happen.
Max and Chloe infiltrate the school after hours, as Max suspects that something was up, where they find more dirt on Nathan, and then go to the pool. More on this in at the end. They then head to Frank's place due to him saying that he had a relationship with Rachel, and they are able to confirm this. This pisses Chloe off, knowing that the person she cared about a lot was with one of the people that they both hated.
Seeing all the pain that Chloe has gone through, Max inadvertently goes BACK IN TIME. She ends up going far enough to the point where she able to stop Chloe's father, William, from dying. However, Chloe can't seem to catch a as ends up in a wheelchair for her troubles, as a result of getting into a car crash on with the car she got on her 16th birthday.
I personally enjoyed Episode 3 as it feels like the one they want you to bond with Chloe the most. And I really felt that bond between them, but more on that later.
So it turns out that Max ended up in an alternate timeline, where William lived, but Chloe ended up paying the price instead. She's not able to use any of her limbs, and her days are mostly spent in a hospital bed. After talking with Max and going through memories, Chloe then asks you ASSIST HER SUICIDE BY TURNING UP HER IV. The devs like us making hard choices, huh? I chose not to because I couldn't bear to see her die.
Max goes back in time again to fix things, letting William die, returning her to the current timeline. After that, Max and Chloe do some investigating, going round gathering clues from David, Chloe's douchebag father, Kate, Nathan and Frank. It leads them to an abandoned warehouse where they find the place called the dark room, where photographs of people have been taken, and they find a folder of Victoria with nothing in it, meaning that she's next. However, they also find a folder with Rachel's name and gruesome photo, and after going back to the Junkyard, they find Rachel's body, leaving Chloe pissed at Nathan. They head to the party to warn Victoria, but when they leave, Nathan implies that he plans to burn Rachel's body, but it turns out the real culprit was... Mr.Jefferson, working with the Prescott's, taking Nathan under his wing, and pretty much becoming his father figure.He sent the text from Nathan's phone, DRUGS MAX AND KILLS CHLOE. But things are not over yet.
Episode 4 was pretty heart breaking to watch at points but I didn't expect that plot twist, and kudos to the developers for adding that assisted death choice.
Mr.Jefferson takes Max to the dark room, and Jefferson does his creepy photography, toying with Max in the process. However, Max manages to find a photo to take her to the start of the week, making sure she hands in her entry for the Everyday Hero's contest, which changes the timeline to her winning, and the day is saved... for all of 20 minuints, as Chloe is caught out in the storm, so Max goes back to make sure she doesn't hand that photo, but ends up back in the Jefferson torture chamber, and with Chloe still dead.
Max puts a fight and with some help from David, Max is able to escape the chamber, and goes to find Warren, her nerdy friend from school, so she can a photo that that they both took the just before the vortex party to save Chloe from going bang. She saves her, but passes out from her efforts, and the game then taunts in a Nightmare, where you apparently fall in love with the deranged photographer, show go through a stealth section that has the other taunting you on what you could have done, be taunted by dead spirits of William and Rachel, and reminisce your memories with Chloe, more on this a bit. When Max wakes up, Chloe realises that she might be the catalyst, and you are forced to make the ultimate choice, save Chloe or save Arcadia Bay?
Before I reveal my choice, I want to say that Life is Strange's story... is good! I really like the writing in particular, the interactions with characters make them feel like they are teenagers, and I like the atmosphere that the game gives you. The big problem that I have is that the game keeps playing up that the choices you make in this game affect the past, present and future. Of course I though that this meant that this affects the ending, but in reality, it doesn't because in the end,you have to choose between Chloe and the Bay no matter how you treat people. Hell when I took the photo back to where it all started in Episode 5, I thought that guaranteed me what I though was a bad ending, but then I realised that even if I did I still had to make that choice. That choice is HARD. VERY HARD. But this leads me into the what I think is the defining feature of Life is Strange's story, the relationship between Max and Chloe.
From the moment these 2 met, it honestly feels like they are grown up childhood friends. Max, while still a character that represents the player for me, feels like her own character because she actually has personality traits that make her feel like her own character. Though I will admit, she does feel a bit like a Mary Sue. Chloe is what I would call a tortured character, where she has had almost everything ripped away from her and when Max comes back, she's found some happiness in her life again.
The bond between these two feels like a romantic bond, no matter what happens they have each other, and you even get the option to kiss Chloe in Episode 3. Which I did do admittedly. The moments that Max and Chloe felt like it deepened their bond, and felt heart warming in most instances. For this reason, I saved Chloe. I thought to myself "F**k me if I let her die, she deserves some happiness in her life." That being said the nightmare also drove this choice because dream Chloe taunts you by being with other people while you are in the Dark Room, and this made me tense. Like I said before, I thought I got the "bad ending". I do like both endings though, the Chloe dies ending for the immense effort the devs put in, and the Chloe lives ending for the starting their Brave New World, just like Chloe and Rachel were going to do, in Life is Strange:Before the Storm.
Life is Strange asks you in it's ending, "Is one person worth the world?". And for me, Chloe was.
Life is Strange plays like a point and click adventure. You go around an area and you look at thing, making sure that have the item that you needed to progress. Life is Strange also has you talk to people, and with certain interactions, you can the use the information given to help with other interactions. I like this, although the game is pretty slow because of this, and while I don't mind it because of the setting, I understand why it can be an issue for some.
The big feature of this game how Max can rewind time at any given moment. This is mostly used for changing the outcome of choices, and at certain points see different outcomes. I found this helpful during major choices, where it was said that this action would have consequences, you can tell from the butterfly afterwards and the haze before you make the choice. You can also do this at will, but the game is very linear in where you HAVE to use the time travel mechanic, which makes sense, but again,this limits the impact the choices you make really have.
Looks, Sound and Final Thoughts
The game looks great, as the use cel-shaded graphics and quality of the models are on point, but the factual animation is awful to point of where I found it distracting. I understand that I may have more of an eye for this than others, but it still bothers me that a game that is 70% movie has facial animations this bad. Hell, I even got a glitch where Max's mouth DIDN'T MOVE FOR A SCENE. IT'S CREEPY.
Thought I can say the voice acting makes up for it. Ashly Burch as Chloe and Hannah Telle as Max put in amazing performances, and the music choices for them are perfect. The vocal music(which, despite what REACT says, I don't think is Royalty Free) in this game is awesome, and the atmospheric music is pretty good too.
Overall, I really enjoyed this game, but I feel as if Life is Strange is more of a experience that a game, which makes it hard for me recommend. However, if you are interested in this game at all, I urge you to pick it up, as it is an experience like no other in my opinion.
Huh. I'm surprised this isn't as long as the FF13 review with how much story I needed to cram in. And for those wounding, yes I'm planning to pick up the Comics that take place after the game, and the FF13 prologue book. Money is just hard to get atm. If you want to get them yourselves and help out the blog, you can get them at the affiliate links in the description.
Anyways, this week is A-Level results week so I'll let you know how it goes. And to any A-Level student reading this: Good luck on your journey.
But for now, thanks for reading, and I will see you guys next time.
Written By Nana Marfo
Speical Thanks: Gwen AKA HellyonWorks and Omar, for the recommendation of this game. I hope this review did it justice.
Life is Strange belongs to Square Enix and Dontnod Entertainment
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Summer has always been a turn point for me, and July was the start of that. So let's get into it!
Writing in review
July was where I got back into the swing of things, now with a lot of free time, I managed to get 4 blog post done(including the store launch), as well as something experimental.
Personal Blog Posts
Kamen Rider Bulid: Be The One: Review
My Take on ArmChair Devs: Final Fantasy XVI
Cutie Honey The Live:First Impressions
Update:Store is Open!
Game Savvy Posts
What to expect from Kingdom Hearts 3: Re:Mind
Favourite Art Pieces this month
Awesome Things I saw/did/read
-Ellen of Livid Lightning did a great post on mostly the awesome ladies in media, but mostly Final Fantasy XIII.
-The Super Gaming Brothers just started their let's play of Sonic Colours! These are some funny people, so go check them out.
-My friend Jennifer is doing custom versions of the My Hero Academia girls! She just did Momo, Jiro and Tsuyu!
The Gaming Diaries did a great post on one of the Daily Inkings by Normal Happenings.
- I went to both POC in play and BAME in games, and they were great events!
I got some photo prints from an app called FreePhotoPrints! I just choice 3 at random this time, but I will choose some better ones next time!
Ok, so besides the last few days of the month, July was AWESOME! I WENT TO SO MANY EVENTS AND I LAUNCHED MY STORE! Thanks so much for the support. Like I said on twitter, I haven't made a sale yet and I don't expect to make a sale from a while, but it's amazing to know people like my that I'm making.
August is my birthday month! Yea I turn 18 this month, and my future is also decided this month, because it's A-levels results month. I'm pretty sure got the grades needed to head to my uni of choice(it's pretty low, but I like the vibe I'm getting from it). I don't think this month will be slower in terms of stuff getting done, but if I forget a few things... bare with me.
Anyways, I won't be posting this Tuesday, because... I'll be honest, I've just ran of ideas haha. It happens to best of us.
As always, thanks for reading, and I will see you guys next time.
Back to Blog
Hey all! This is going to be a short one since I am posting this the day I'm recording this, but I just want to say that my store is now open!
This is mostly for people who want to support the site as a one off venture. My designs(as with everything I do are inspired by pure creativity, and a love Japanese mediums of entertainment(some more than others). The links on the store will take you to the appropriate page on RedBubble, when you can get these designs on T-Shirts, Sticker, Posters, Hoodies and more!
Take a look at the designs below, and if you see something you like, head to the store, or go to https://www.redbubble.com/people/nanamarfo1. While here I would also like to promo my Buy Me a Coffee(like Ko-fi but works with credit cards) with commission options available at the button below this post.
By extension, I want to shout out my co-writer at Game Savvy, Kiley Wilde, who is kinda like my online mother to be honest, who runs a small business in T-Shirt and printing business herself called Bamboozie. Check her out she makes good stuff.
But yea, get some stuff if you want to support us! See you guys next week for the in review!