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The Heroic Legend of Arslan Season 1 Part 1 Review

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Hiromu Arakawa, best known for her work on Fullmetal Alchemist, has released a new manga series called Arslan Senki. This manga series has since been adapted into an anime series by the same name, but is released as The Heroic Legend of Arslan here in the western market. The story follows the young prince of Pars, Arslan, during a time of strife and war in his kingdom. Considering the story is set over 52 episodes, and that this collection only covers 13 of those, some people might find that this particular section isn’t as meaty as most anime series at this point. The story begins with our Prince, Arslan, being instructed in the ways of the sword. But first, before … Continue reading

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Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie Review

Ghost In The Shell has been around for quite some time. It follows a cyborg by the name of Motoko Kusanagi in a futuristic Japan. Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie portrays Motoko right before the start of the original film, which was released back in 1995. As such it is a prequel, but it is also the final chapter in the recent Arise series, which explores Motoko before the events of Ghost In The Shell. The film is great, with an excellent protagonist in Motoko, a great plot with twists and turns and excellent animation. However, it isn’t friendly with newcomers and elements of the story and characters can be quite bland. Ghost In The Shell: The New … Continue reading

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Assassination Classroom Season 1 Part 1 Review

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Assassination Classroom is the comedy series from studio Lerche, and published by Madman Entertainment here in Australia. The series focuses on a mysterious being called Koro Sensei and his students within the classroom. There is a gimmick in play with this series where the students must work together to assassinate Koro Sensei before he destroys the world. However, given the theme, it’s interesting that this isn’t an action series, but is instead focuses on the comedy. The moon has been destroyed by a powerful being that now threatens to destroy the Earth. However, before it does that, it first decides that it wants to teach at a school where the bottom percentage of students are huddled into one class together … Continue reading

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Umbrella Corps Review

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Note: This review is based on a very limited playthrough of the Umbrella Corps game as there are rarely any players online at the same time to even have a decent go at this title. Umbrella Corps, or BIOHAZARD: Umbrella Corps as it also known as according to Steam, is the latest spin-off game in the Resident Evil/Biohazard franchise from the publisher Capcom. In Umbrella Corps, gamers take on the role of a faceless Umbrella mook that engages in Deathmatch style arena battles to complete objectives against other players. This game makes little sense, and doesn’t really do a good job of trying to do so. It seems like a game that is a justification for more DLC purchases and … Continue reading

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Anima: Gate of Memories Review (PlayStation 4)

Anima: Gate of Memories is a Kickstarter project based on the Spanish tabletop RPG Anima: Beyond Fantasy developed by Anima Project. In this action RPG, players control two characters; the Bearer and Ergo, as they attempt to retrieve an artifact known as the Byblos. Despite the ambitions of the development team and their passion to deliver the best product they can, Anima Gate of Memories turns out to be a mediocre experience. While the lore of the world, combined with the decent graphics and sound, turns out to be very creative and combat is surprisingly well thought out, the game suffers from frustrating platforming, a uncooperative camera, a dull narrative and uninteresting characters. In Anima: Gate of Memories, two members … Continue reading

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Sonicomi: Communication With Sonico Review

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Sonicomi is the visual novel and photography simulator developed by Nitroplus+ and published into English by JAST. The title features Nitroplus+’ own mascot character, Super Sonico, as she teams up with the player to become a successful gravure model. Sonicomi, as a visual novel, does a lot of familiar things with the genre, but presents them in a new and interesting manner. Even more, there are some gameplay elements to the story, involving the player actively taking photographs of the character to earn points. As a marketing point, Jessica Nigri stars in the English adaptation of the script, although the original (and preferable) voice actress, Ayano Yamamoto, also takes the mantle of the character in the Japanese voice overs. The … Continue reading

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One Small Fire At A Time Review

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One Small Fire At A Time is the non-Japanese visual novel developed by Kidalang, and published by Culture Select, about a teenaged girl deemed to be mad and placed in a madhouse. The reason for this condition? The inability to use magic in a world where everyone is able to do so. Her life is taken for a turn when a mysterious group of people arrive at the mansion that she is recovering in, and a strange plot involving illegal pharmaceuticals takes the reign. The story begins with our protagonist, Janis, and a short meeting between her, Ena (the nurse of the madhouse), and another girl, Candela. This short intro sets the mood for the entirety of the story, which … Continue reading

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