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Rambling about Kena: Bridge of Spirits
So I wasn't going to ramble this game till we got another traller, but there's a lot of good going on around it, and we just got the game informer article about it! So let's talk about one of the games I'm look forward to quite a bit, and something that has been on people's minds since the PS5 event, Kena: Bridge of Spirits!
I honestly don't know a lot about Ember Lab. The Majora's Mask film was something I heard about but I wasn't super into Zelda yet. However I probably will check that out at some point.
The first trailer for this game was amazing. Let's start with the art style. It's seem to be Disney Pixar like, but has a very anime like flare to it. It's nice, because things having an eastern flare is always good in my opinion. It feels a lot better a lot more appealing to look at in my humble opinion.
The trailer itself comes off as a bit mysterious, as it starts with us looking at the Rot, going around in some lush looking environments. Nice!
We then cut to Kena meditating, with a voice saying this quote:
I know you are kind. You scene the power that flows through this land. Yet, you do not fully understand it.
We then cut to gameplay that shows that this game is a Zelda-style game, WHICH IS GOOD. One thing I've noticed in the gaming industry is that no-one seems to have a old school 3D Zelda like game. Let me know if there is something like that on PC, but it's good to see a developer having a crack at it! Anyways, between this and the articles from Game Informer, lets see what this game has to offer.
Let's start off with the combat. Kena can use her staff to fight with light, mid and heavy attacks. She seems to be powered by spiritual energy, which until told otherwise, I'm going assume it's the physical manifestation of chi, as it goes with the themes of this game. She can use this energy to make a block and turn her staff into a bow. The Rot can also help out in battle by distracting her enemies or powering up her attacks which sounds awesome! Kena herself can't be customized, but the rot can have these cute little hats on them. Kind
Kena's world structure seems to be wide-linear, where you can find thing along the way, but there is a definitive path. The village that you start in serves as your hub. We haven't see a lot of the game, but between the amazing visuals and breathtaking gameplay, this games should be a lot of fun. Kena:Bridge of Spirits launches Q1 2021 for PS4, PS5 and the Epic Games Store(aka, the only reason why I have it)
Funny enough I was writing about this as the delay happened. Eh. However, still looking forward to this game! Also shout out to the emberlab twitter account, they are great!
But for now, thanks for reading, and I will see you guys next time.
Written by Nana Marfo
Terrible Fate/Kena Bridge of Spirits
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Monster Musume : First Impressions
So, remember when I made that poll about the time reviewing lewd anime! I feel like now is the time to re-create that. Monster Mususme was something I heard about when watching WatchMojo list in the summer of 2018. I only did this to learn about lewd animes because I think the only I had really watched at the time was Dragon Maid and My Hero. Still I know this is a monster harem anime, and that the protage's first thing is maybe trying to fuck a snake? IDK, I just know that is gonna be kinda crazy.
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. There's no nudity in this one, but be prepared for some lewdness.
3. I am watching the subbed version.
To misquote Mr.Feel, is he going to fuck a snake? This is my review of Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls.
Darling, not the tip the of my tail.
We begin with our protagonist, Kasum Kimihito in waking up and being chocked by his snake girl, Miia. She feels cold, so Kimihito wants to draw a bath, but instead Miia want's to be heated up by Kimihito's body. THIS IS HOW THE ANIME STARTS. I admit that is a pretty cute way to set up things, by, showing Kimihito as very nervous and Miia as kinda needy, but honestly, making a snake climax by rubbing her tail is one of weirder thing I have seen to start an anime before the opening. Weirder than Thoru transforming to start Dragon Maid.
The opening is honestly really cute, but I have to say it's not super memorable. I guess Dragon Maid's one spoilled me a bit, but hey, it's still cool. Saikousoku Fall in Love is a fun song!
Anyways, we cut to them Miia bathing and Kimihito trying his hardest not to be a perv and also not to get dragged in, as well as reflecting on the renovations he made for Mila to live with him. As he is making breakfast for her, we learn in a news report that interspercies exchange law have been around for a while, and they are being used to enhance the world rather than change it. However, we meet a women simply knowing as Smith, who is overseeing the relationship between them. Basically he can't hurt her in anyway, and she can't hurt humans at all. And yes, this is the reason in universe why he can't fuck the snake. I'm glad that the show is at least providing an excuse in universe why he's a harem protagonist.
This doesn't Miia from trying admittedly because DAMN does she love Kimihito. Or at least there's a bond there. Kimihito basically was super kind to her, despite her appearance of having a snake like lowerbody. Kimihito doesn't care. He doesn't find interspecies to be bad... species, I guess. Miia doesn't mind if anything happens between them, and even tries to get him to fuck at one point... but her snake body dislocates Kimihito's shoulder, so he needs to heal up.
After this they go on a date of sorts where Miia heads lingerie shopping, and Kimihito accidentally grabs her pants(he was wonder how she wore underwear earlier in the episode). Some people laugh at them at them along they way, but she can't harm humans. They end up in a love hotel, even though Smith told them not to but it was more because they needed to get away from the public for a bit. After some self reflection Miia asks if he's only being nice because he has to be... and tries to get him to fuck again, but Smith thanks to the power of twitter puts a stop to that. I will say Miia at least wanting to try to fuck makes things interesting. Plus she's pretty hot. I'm not a furry, she still has human parts.
Anyways, they head back and Miia asks why Kimihito is so super protective, especially after he punched the assholes. Kimihito says it was nothing, especially since they were rude to a girl. Miia tries to fuck, AGAIN(I swear this girls hard-on is like no one elses), Smith break things up, and the 3 have dinner.
The ending theme is pretty cool, it revolves around Smith, adding to the mystery around her.
I think that music is standard for a slice of life, as well as the visual style and animation. I do like a lot of the framing though as Milla has the lower half of a snake so her body is focused on one side of the screen, meaning the animators have to be smart with positioning and it works a treat. Character wise I think Kimihito is cool, and while Miia is kinda desprect, she be fun to have around.
Overall, I think that is a really good starting episode. It's a little bit insane at some point, and fucking a snake brings up a lot of questions, but I still think it's fun.
This was fun! Getting back into anime more, so keep on the look out for more first impressions and reviews!
But for now, thanks for reading and take care!
Written by Nana Marfo
Monster Musume(C)Funimation/Studio Hibari