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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
Feather Ears and Wings of Glass(C)Eager Passion
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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.
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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!
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So MHA is kinda of on the backburner for now. Not in bad way at all, in fact, I would say Season 3 is best season of MHA so far, but that's for another day.
This show is a Toku Show, and did hear about it in some capacity(I even mistook it for the 2004 live action Cutie Honey film), but this keeps on being talked about by fellow Toku Twitter person, KiwamiCube, or just Cube. So I figured, why not? I need to watch more Toku anyways.
1. Spoliers are abounding folks.
2.I am using TV-Nihon subs.
Also as a disclamer, this will get NSFW.
This is my first impression of Cutie Honey: The Live.
We begin 3 criminals escaping different jails, and they have all been convicted of at least murder. The police but up an effort to stop them, but they end up getting special guns that end helping defeat them. We then cut to our intro theme, which is a bit... unorthodox, to say the least?
The song itself, Cutie Honey, is pretty nice despite some questionable lyrics. As for the opening... I would link to it, but I can't find it on YouTube... and for good reason.
We then cut to a women going to a place called the Hayami Detective Agency, where she meets private detective Hayami Seiji, a detective who lives in poverty in order to expose the problem with capitalism in Japan. She goes there to ask him to find his brother Yamashita Jirou, one of the criminal that escaped. I'll bring this up here so we can come back to it later, but we also keep cutting to a high school where girls are getting their medical check up.
Jirou was convicted for murder, and his sister, Nana think he should turn himself in, and we learn more about him and his motive, but for reasons I'll get into, knowing this is kinda pointless.
We then go to a swimming pool where we see a dude who's actor also plays Kusaka from Faiz talking about who is going to win "this match". It seems that 3 people have bet on the prisoners on how long they can outrun the police. If they win they get a prize and if the prisoners get caught they die. This is demonstrated by Kishima Naoki, who gets caught, and ends up dead. While this works and the game itself is explained fairly well through the episode, I would have preferred some sort of exposition to explain what's going on, but I don't think that's this kinda show.
Nana and Seiji go to the spot where her brother commited her murder, and then Jirou knocks out Seiji, and takes off with Nana, where we learn it was Nana that commited the murder and that Jirou was in jail because he want to keep his sister out of jail. However, someone gave him "a chance". The police show up, and then escape in a car Nana shows herself to be a psycopath, attempting to kill her brother, until the police show up. However, the police,Jirou Nana and Seiji are assulted by a group of hitmen and Kusaka(his name isn't mentioned so I'm calling him Kusaka for now). I think he has multipal people in one body, as he seems to switch between playful and serious on a whim. I like his introduction though, as he still comes across as pretty threatening. But if you think things are weird now... well, be prepared.
Jirou ends up killed as Nana runs and Seiji calls a girl name Kisargi Honey, who's in the medical check-up we talked about early, a he begins running towards a park. However, she gets to the scene pretty fast, and seems overly naive at first. After the hitman begin attacking again, she transforms by RUNNING NAKED THROUGH THE PARK AND KICKING ONE OF THE HITMEN.
YES I JUST TYPED THAT. I needed a moment when saw that, but it is either the dumbest thing I have ever seen, or the coolest thing I have ever seen, and I'm still not sure which.
Her suit is pretty nice, even if it is just red and black leather, though I do like the metal/silver(I can't really tell) on her fingers. Looks like a bunch of rings. Anyways, the last criminal survives and winner got... uh... sexual favours. Huh. Kusuka turns his fingers in FEATHER SWORDS. That's pretty cool. The ends with Cutie Honey being tossed around. Oh and Nana dies as well, probably because she's no longer needed.
The ending is pretty nice, just Honey fighting mooks while a nice little ending theme plays. Honey is a intresting protagonist in the fact that she's pretty childish and innocent all things considered, and I can't wait to see where that goes.
Overall, this reminded a LOT of Senran Kagura, but honestly I'm curious to see where this goes, as the opening teases more heroines, and I want to see how they affect the story. Plus, it's Japanese kind of abusurdly that is fun to watch, because you it's going to be a fun ride at worst.
This was fun to write, it was very different to the stuff I usually watch and I had a lot of fun with the jokes this time.
Either way, thanks for reading, and I will catch you guys next time.
Written By Nana Marfo.
Cutie Honey the Live belongs to TV Tokyo
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"For over 30 years, across 15 mainline titles, the Final Fantasy series has been delivering thrilling RPG adventures to players,featuring icon characters and stories that people love or get really mad at. The series has been constantly reinventing it's self when it comes to gameplay and setting."
KZXcellent took 3 pitches for this in the Armchair Devs podcast. Today(in a more serious and "professional" manor) I will present my ideas for the next game in Square Enix biggest franchise.
This is my take on Armchair Devs: Final Fantasy XVI.
This is the part where I have to write a pitch in around 30 secs:
"The setting for Final Fantasy XVI will be set in the modern world, where our hero must go through the both the suburbs and the modern city in order to bring justice to the world."
What is the General Setting going to be like?
Like I said, our protagonist will have to adventure between the urban and suburban environments, exploring the city and looking at different places in order to save the world. The world has been overtaken by the corrupt government and monarchy, oppressing the people and it's up to the resistance called Dyna, who are looking to find out what is going on in with this oppressive rule, but will find out that a sinister force pulling the strings.
Speaking of, who is the main antagonist?
The stories main antagonist is a female who felt as if she was oppressive by social norms and values within society, because of the fact that she learned to use dark magic and mind control. However, this will only be hinted at in the main story, as a lot of the main moves will be made by the government.
Who will the main protagonist(s)?
Our main protagonists are a part of this resistance force. A boy named Mike and a girl named Rachel are the main 2 fighters in this resistance, Mike uses the element of Fire and Clare uses the Element of Ice, and this would be reflected in their weapons, fighting style and magic. I would have art, but I'm broke and can't draw that well, so sorry?
Speaking of what will the gameplay be like?
The gameplay will be an action RPG, in the style Final Fantasy XV, but with improvments such as enemies counting within a middle of a combo, and different button inputs to peform different combos. As such, it takes elements more from the hack n'slash genre of games.
If you had the choice, who would be your Character designer, Director and Composer?
I want this Final Fantasy XVI to have some style and flare to it. As such, if I had the chance, I would ask Mr Kingdom Hearts himself, Tetsuta Nomura to direct the game. After seeing his work on Megaman Zero and his interptations on the Kamen Rider series, I would ask Toru Nakayama to design the charaters for this game.
As for the sound track, I would hire Yoko Shimomura, because she has proven that she is able to make music for a range of different settings via the Kingdom Hearts series and Final Fantasy XV.
What is the projected time scale for this game?
I would hope to have this game completed in 3-4 years, unless we are working with a unknown Console Artcutre, which would require an extra year or to iron out any bugs.
And that's about it! Thanks to the GigaBoots PodCast Network inspiring this post. What do you guys think? Would it be good or bad? Anything else you want to know? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading, and I will catch you guys next time.
Written By Nana Marfo
Inspired by Armchair Devs #2:Final Fantasy
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Bulid was a good Kamen Rider. I fell off towards the end because school got hard, but I caught up afterwards in the main series, and while there was a bit too much politics in play, and I felt that Evol was pulling BS out of his ass towards the end, it was fun. But how does the movie hold up?
Rules as always:
1.Spoilers(and I'm talking series, not just the film this time) are abounding folks.
2.I am watching TV-Nihon subs.
This is my review of Kamen Rider Bulid: Be The One.
So before we begin, I should note that this film is canon to the Kamen Rider Build story between Ep. 45 and 46. If you go from here, I am assuming you have watched up to those episodes.
We begin with a flashback to Shinobu Katuragi, who talks about the energy of Pandora Box and how it could destroy Earth, and that the fate of Earth depends on someone, though if you watched the show, you know who it is already.
We then cut to the present day, where Sento is talking to Sawa and Misora about the weather, as well as where the other Kamen Riders are. Gentoku is sleeping, while Banjo and Kazumi are visiting the graves of their fallen ones.
The new governors of Touto, Seito and Hokuto make themselves known, with Kengo Ino, the new governor of Touto, saying to the people that Build should be eliminated He then puts them under mind control, and the Hunt for Bulid begins. Saigo Ryouka, the governor of Hokuto, goes to fight Bulid, but Grease(Kazumi) and Rogue(Gentoku) fight her off so Bulid can keep running from the people.
Banjo Ryuga on the way back hears about what is happening, but he ends up in a car with Goubara Mitsuomi, the new governor of Seito. He was also the one that chose Banjo's girlfriend to become a smash, because Banjo needed a reason to be pissed off? Maybe I'm forgetting something in the series, but this kinda comes out of nowhere. Ino shows up, activating Banjo's alien nature, making him pure evil, and granting him the power of the Great Cross-Z Dragon once again. Oh and Kamen Riders aren't affected by the mind control, probably because of the Nebula Gas injected into them.
Sento goes into the government Labs again to research the the Kiwami(extreme in Japanese, though I have seen it called Zenith in relation to Kiwami Arms from Kamen Rider Gaim) Project. This is where Sento meets Kengo Ino, who is a part of the Blood Tribe. This is the tribe that Evolto is a part of, and they were going to destroy earth together, but Evolto had his own plans of course. They also manipulated the wars for each region somehow, though they all saw of the light of Pandora Box(that's not a typo btw, just saying), which increased their motivation to go to war. Himuro Taizan wouldn't have of course(he sent Gentoku, his son in his place), so if we subtract Touto wouldn't Hokuto and Seito gone to war in the first place? Maybe I'm over thinking it.
With the help of Evil Banjo, Kengo is able to retrieve the Hazard Trigger, and combines that with the power of the other 2 governors(who can turn into smash) to become Kamen Rider Blood, a really cool looking dark rider form. He tries to kill Sento(they ended up fighting for the Hazard Trigger), but Evolto keeps him alive, probably to advance his own plans later in the series.
Sento ends up wandering in the rain for a bit, speaking to Katsugri Takumi, and if you haven't watched Bulid, why are you still here? Takumi is still worried about Banjo destroying the Earth, though in a flashback, we see that Shinobu said that Banjo holds the key to the Earth's fate. In that flash back Sento(possessing Takumi's body), asks why he became a scientist.
The next day, Sento goes to fight Kengo, and despite the people being against him, fights valiantly. Misora is saddened, despite being under the mind control, probably because of Vernage's infulence and Sawa seems to be the same way because of her smaller exposure to the Nebula Gas. Sento says he'll keep fighting even if no one is on his side, and using the Gold Rabbit full Bottle(they explain later that riders with High Hazard Levels can make bottles evolve), he's able to free Banjo, however Blood activates the Hazard Trigger to dig into the earth and destroy it from the core. Kamen Rider likes set piece final battles for the movies don't they? Ghost had the 100 Eyecons Battle, Ex-Aid had the City Being trashed while fighting Gamedeus, and now this. It's not bad, in fact it works for the movies, just a trend I've noticed.
Grease and Rogue take on the 2 smash, while Sento thinks of a using Gold Rabbit and Silver Dragon to stop Kengo, but Misora(now with the Vernage personality)combines 2 Gold and Sliver bottles with Genius to form Cross-Z Bulid, a really good looking form which you can is based off the Rabbit Rabbit and Tank Tank suits for inspiration.
Rogue and Grease defeat the smash, while Cross-Z Bulid, in what is a really cool fight scene, fight Blood, and reveals that Shinobu became a scientist for the reason that Sento and Banjo fight: Love and Peace. They defeat Blood, returning the people to normal, and Sento ends the film saying he's happy as long he can create a future for others, along side Everlasting Sky, which is a nice ending theme.
After the credits, Sento is taken to a world where other Riders are fighting, when Zi-O steps in and explains who he is after kicking the monsters asses. This is better than the Ex-Aid movie, because at it feels like the slot at the end was intended.
The story overall is pretty good, though one thing I will levy against it is that the Blood Tribe are not that interesting, which is a shame considering Evolt's character and personality. Kengo does comes off as a charismatic leader, and while a bit bland, I do like what they do with him, as he comes off as a more serious Evolt, but I feel like Goubara and Saigo could have been removed and we would have nothing really missed.
Another complant that I have is that Kazumi and Gentoku are absent for most of the movie, as you can tell the writers want to focus on Sento, more on that in a second. Utsumi also made a cameo, but it's nothing noteworthy. I also think that Misora could have been freed from the mind control earlier, given that she has Vernage's power within her, but for how she was used it was good. However, I can apprecate the focus of this movie on Sento.
Ever since Kamen Rider started doing post-series movie with a focus on the main Rider, just to wrap their story or see how they got on after their series. This feels like that, a wrap up of Sento's character and everything surrounding the relationship between him and Banjo, as well as him accepting that even if people hate his existence, he has to fight.
Overall, I can say that I liked Be The One. While there is a lot of pacing issues, characters that go missing and a few uninteresting elements, those are minor flaws for a good written story focusing on our hero Kiryu Sento.
Been a while since I reviewed a Toku show or movie. Hopefully I can get around to doing the Rider Time shows for Shinobi and Ryuki.
But for now, thanks for reading, and I will catch you guys next time.
Written By Nana Marfo
For Daichi Nobe, the suit actor for Hammer Bros.
Kamen Rider/Kamen Rider Bulid (C) Toei
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