Xenogears – My Favorite JRPG

August 22, 2016 Leave a comment

Anything Xenogears related is worth the reblog.

Updated: August 22, 2016

This is not a review. This is simply me pouring my passion into a largely unorganized post. I’ve long wanted to write something like this for archival purposes.

To begin with, I think it’s necessary to establish some context. I began playing JRPGs in the mid/late-90s as a kid and one of the earliest titles to capture me was Squaresoft’s Chrono Trigger, a game still beloved to this day by many. I’ll leave fanboying over Chrono Trigger for another time, but it does serve as an important preface to this discussion; it introduced me to legendary music composer Yasunori Mitsuda and scriptwriter Masato Kato, both who were also involved in Xenogears. So when I played Xenogears in the early 2000s I was already intrinsically attracted to it due to hearsay — the fact that some of Chrono Trigger‘s development team was involved…

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Sony of the Day: Walkure – Kaze wa Yokoku Naku Fuku

August 22, 2016 Leave a comment

Lately, I’ve been listening to this nonstop. It’s catchy and well composed. Loving the guitar solo parts. The legit drumming also sounds nice! In case if anyone’s wondering, the song is from Macross Delta.

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Acen / AX2016 Video

August 21, 2016 Leave a comment

Finally I got around to compile this. The video is about all the con stuff I recorded during my stay. I wasn’t able to record as much as I wanted to due to some restrictions and the weight of my camera equipment causing some inconveniences around certain circumstances. Otherwise, enjoy!🙂

Summer Anime Check-in

August 20, 2016 Leave a comment

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91 Days – Fantastic show. Nearly every episode has been great. There has been no announcement on how long this will run but it doesn’t seem like a single cour type of show with the rate its going. Fango pulling an Aria Stark on that recent one got me a little sick to my stomach. If you like Gungrave or something very mature where the entire cast is full of adults, look no further.

The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance – A fantasy war series that undeservingly got the short run of the stick. As good as this show is, there’s one major flaw – Narsus. This guy’s a major hack. Not a single moment where his strategy has backfired on him. Not even Lelouch from Code Geass can compete with this guy. As I’m typing this, only one more episode remains.

Berserk – This new Berserk anime is tolerable at best. As much as I dislike the way its adapted, I’m enjoying the fact it’s not the Golden Age arc. It is confirmed to be a single cour. Why such a short run, I wonder. I find it funny that hardcore fans are so offended by this adaptation on a personal level, and yet they still continue to watch it.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable – 20 eps in and still no major villain. But that’s fine because these single story eps have been quite entertaining. The most recent ep involving Yukako and Koichi has been best ep by far.

Macross Delta – The one anime right now that’s got me most hyped every week. I’m loving the music despite of it from an idol group. The identity on who Lady M is is the mystery. There are some possible candidates. My money’s on Mylene from Macross 7. As for the love triangle, not much as progressed but Freya is winning by far.

Mob Psycho 100 – This anime is so well rounded that even my friends who aren’t big into the medium are into it. The animation is superb and the characters are just simply fun. On recent eps, things have gotten a little more serious but still retains the fun aspect.

Tales of Zestiria the X – While the visuals are overflowing with quality, the substance is severely lacking. The latest two eps introduces Berseria’s story which will take things in a confusing turn of events. Why not have Berseria’s story line be a separate entity like an OVA or DVD extra eps? Shoving 2 anime stories in 1 will result in a mess.

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movie review: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

August 13, 2016 Leave a comment

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Brief Thoughts

I wasn’t disappointed because I expected it to be bad just as most people said. It’s too long, literally too dark, messy, offensive, and a thunderstorm of trash.

This garbage disrespects the very essence of these heroes by regurgitating them, and shits them out into something written by someone with no prior DC knowledge or script writing. Ban this director from ever making superhero flicks. Kick out Jessie Eisenburg. Keep Ben Affleck as Batman. I’m not going into details on my thoughts but here’s a video review from Double Toasted which I agree with for the most part.

 

I have zero hope for upcoming DC movies. Not even Wonder Woman can save it.

Rating: 2/10

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Re-Review: Star Trek Beyond

August 10, 2016 1 comment

Alright, it seems like the reception of this film was much higher than expected which was quite surprising.

I decided to give it a watch again but this time in the “methods” network cuz I ain’t wasting my money the 2nd time on this shit.

Now after seeing it the 2nd time, there’s a review on Roger Ebert’s website, written by someone else obviously, that pretty much summed up my thoughts.

Yes, there’s a promising setup (the Enterprise crew is held hostage by a vicious bad guy who rules a backwater planet a la Kurtz in “Heart of Darkness”). And there are suggestions of classic “Star Trek” style action-plus-characterization-plus-cleverness, and pleasing performances by a cast that has settled into each others’ rhythms, as a real-world naval crew would after years of sailing together.

But the movie never delivers on its considerable promise because it’s always in such a hurry to get to the next action scene.

Star Trek Beyond? More like Star Trek BEGONE!

Compared to my first viewing, my impressions only got WORSE. My initial opinion still stands, however there’s more flaws I noticed on both the technical and the writing. I realized this is another revenge flick considering Into Dumbness was also based on that. The entire middle (snooze) act where the crew was separated had so much back and forth with the scenes cutting to the next separated crew members that there was really no real character moments where I was invested in. The scene with Spock feeling sad for his future self’s death was awkward as hell. The villain’s motivation, which is unbelievably stupid, reveals way too late and too rushed. There’s no remorse for this guy because he’s the bad guy. That’s it. The enterprise getting destroyed AGAIN throughout the trilogy. This one’s rather minor but Sulu portrayed as a gay was unnecessary since he was never gay to begin with in the originals. It was more of a tribute to George Takai. The ONLY thing I liked about the movie was the beginning where the enterprise was traveling in uncharted territories in space, now that’s true to the franchise’s core.

So yes, this movie still sucks. To be honest, I don’t mind if Star Trek takes the action packed route of a film as long as it’s decently written, but the fundamentals of the franchise have to be there. Where’s the build up to the next major scenes or character moments? It’s like watching porn where a dude and a chick undress and immediately cuts to a scene where they’ve already reached the climax without any fucking motion. This movie has so many damn plot holes that it’s an insult to the franchise and my intelligence. Just because it’s science fiction genre doesn’t justify majors plot holes, just putting that out there.

In the end, I wondered, “What’s the point of this movie?” I can’t wait to see HISHE‘s take on this.

New Rating: 2/10

Want a mindless shallow Fast & Furious-type movie in space? This is for you.

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movie review: The Big Short

August 8, 2016 Leave a comment

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This movie takes a very boring subject matter and turns it into a very engaging flick that’s based on actual events and ultimately, making you angry at the end of the flick. Initially, I wasn’t interested in this movie even with the list of big name actors, until one of my co-workers told me how good it was. The basic synopsis is financial market crash from the housing mortgage back in 2005. Due to all the financial terminology, I had a very difficult time trying to retain the film’s full understanding but at the same time, it wasn’t hard to follow in a basic story sense. The whole cast did an incredible acting job. Steve Carell stood out to me the most because he plays a character who’s righteously angry at all those corrupt & greedy corps and wallstreet, the type of person I would immediately root for. He’s a like an angry & vulgar version of Bernie Sanders. I personally prefer The Big Short over The Wolf of Wallstreet because of the educational/intellectual value it holds. I highly recommend this movie to everyone.  It will make you think twice before buying a house.

Rating: 9/10

On a personal note… these events affected our family’s financial situation when we bought our home back in 2004. Wondered why we’re broke all the time? THIS happened. My prediction on the next financial market crash would be student loans.

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