This show has some extreme contraposto.
Every time I look at the character poses in contraposto, I get a slap in the face: “Bitch! I am fabulous.”
And I will be damn, it is fabulous.
Jojo is a shonen series that takes all your emotions and brings it up to the max. And then over the MAX.
It’s awesome. It’s fabulous. It’s fun. But it is not perfect.
What is Perfect you may ask? It is a very high bar that many try to achieve. It is a story that basically controls your very emotion and also gives you what you want.
Jojo doesn’t exactly motivate or inspire, but it is having fun, and I love fun. It doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel, but it sure does raise the bar in production value.
Similar Series: Gurren Lagann
From the New World punches me in the gut and it hurts so bad that I cried.
Tragic. I hate tragedies.
The thing about From the New World is that it hid itself so well of the genre it would be. It was thrilling, suspenseful, and horrific. But, I never expected to be tragic because I had always remained hopeful.
After finishing the series, I wallowed. I was livid. I had written and published multiple reviews of From the New World, but I was extremely bias on what color to give it and had to pulled them.
I definitely would recommend watching this show.
Top of the line experimental animation. Great music to go along with it. The story is solid but has a few bumps towards the end of the road which irritates me to no end.
Once you get towards the end it will become like the ending of Se7en.
Because just like at the end of Se7en, you will ask yourself the following question in the New World: “What’s in the box?! What’s in the BOX?!”
And then you see what’s in the box, and it sucks in the New World.
VERY Related Anime: Casshern Sin
Further review: I didn’t give it green for one reason: it did not motivate or inspire me. It does’t give me the raw energy that Gurren Lagann or Mushishi does. I am looking for motivation and inspiration, and they are very hard to find. From the New World had me dancing in their palm of their hand but it was for nothing. Like I said before, I had hope for a fabulous climax or reward. It was crushed instead and I can still find respect in that direction but will I look back at it for future reference? No, I won’t.
I am going to do a few quotes that really hit the spot on this game.
SmokeMcCloud, a sad player who hates this game more than me (and want his money back), says it perfectly: This game is “Entirely luck based”.
And because it is base on a LOW “Random Number Generator”, it often punish you for taking risk. However, if you are LUCKY on taking those risk, high rewards! Makes you kind of feel like you won the lottery… but not really.
Allow me to vent: I hate this game! I hate! Hate! HATE this game!
Did I mention I hate this game?
But why do I keep playing it?!
I will try to sum that feeling up.
I assume because the game is short and simple. Each game is like a gamble of your time. Will you make it to the end?
So it becomes like life. Hard. Actually, life is hard. But, FTL is harder!
And since this game is destine to make you fail often, as the saying goes,
“try, try again”.
I first saw this title on Reddit.
The pilot’s plot was interesting and the pacing of the climax was excellent. Now each episode has it’s own story and message, and I am pretty sure, after watching the pilot, this series is going to be dark and gruesome.
It like looking into a mirror but it reflects a black nature.
I think these word truly express what the series is about:
“What if this happens to you”?
“What if this could happen to you”?
It explores a downward spiral, very similar to “Requiem for a Dream”. However, it has a small uplifting that doesn’t seem to be so tragic. But that small hope isn’t guarantee.
Truly disturbing and realistic at the same time.
Unfortunately, I can not give this a green.
It is a tension building series and nothing more. Nothing inspiring or motivating. It just there to be tragic, and oh, I hate tragedies.
Although, I can give it a yellow.
Watch it, and you might enjoy it.
This is probably the best movie this year.
Christopher Nolan delivers and entertains better than Joss Whedon’s the Avengers (2012).
The Dark Knight Rises is as good as The Dark Knight but it may not be better. There were some holes that could have been patched up but with the entertainment value of the film and the characters, it could be overlooked. Do I say what they are? No, because I think they are minor and I did not think of it until I was searching for some conclusion to every film that I watch. I also want to stay spoiler-free.
If anything, I can only recall one scene that was pretty damn cheesy, and another that I wanted to last longer. I won’t say what they are because I don’t think it matters.
So what are you doing?! Go watch the movie!
P.S. Don’t expect anything after the credit like they did with The Amazing Spider-man.
Odin Sphere was first brought to me when my sister lived under the same roof that I did.
We had Gamefly, and many games were on queue for rent.
I believe it was my sister who first queued for it because I had no knowledge of the game at the time.
When she played it, she was having a difficult time, and with that she was done with it.
However, when she gave me the controller. A few hours flew over my head.
It was like magic!
I can’t deliver a numeric system to rate the music, visual graphics, and gameplay but I will switch over to my color system for game reviewing.
Yes. Odin Sphere deserves a
green. It is completely memorable. The whole experience from beginning to end had me dancing madly.
I was inspired. I was motivated!
The story is well made and blew my mind at the climax.
The music is great as well, but not excellent like Mushishi.
Art? My god… I didn’t know sprites could look so damn good.
The game-play was repetetive and difficult, but it was like Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Once you got pass that difficulty, the reward was like water in a desert!
If my review and opinion holds little weight, I present to you Penny’s Arcade take on Odin Sphere. It was that good.
Thank you Vanilla Ware! (Despite making other similar game) Thank you for this piece.
[Edit] Small re-review. I look back at the plot and story and character, and still I MELT! It deserves a purple in my opinion because it is near perfect and it still manages to give me goosebumps when Oswald tells me, “I want to see in myself in the reflection of your eyes”.
My best friend recommended me to go watch “The Amazing Spider-man” because of the “story”.
Despite having reserved feeling prior to watching the trailer, I went with an open mind.
I remember watching the first Spider-man when I was younger and as I recall, it was MARVELOUS!
However, “The Amazing Spider-man” did nothing amazing! It wasn’t even as glorious as its predecessor. I was disappointed!
To put simply, it felt rushed and there were many moments that cringes the viewer.
The Amazing Spider-man had me close to a red and a yellow, and which brings me to updating my review system.
I color this ORANGE! It’s bad, but you might like it.
I have not gone to the movie theater this year. It has been quite a long time actually, but my hand was forced not because I wanted to but for a friend.
I am such a kool guy!
But let’s get to the point. The Avenger, in short, is a enjoyable movie. However, I do not believe it would be memorable.
This is where I come and introduce a new system of reviewing movies. Which goes the following question, is the movie enjoyable? Which if I answer yes, then I recommend watching this movie for your enjoyment. Furthermore, if I say yes, I will extend with, is it memorable? Which in turn, says if this movie will stick with you for the rest of your life.
Why memorable? If you are looking for a movie that inspires, motivate, or possibly penetrate into your Top 100 Must Watch List, then this question is answered for you to consider to take with grain and salt.
Movies, in general, have one goal. That goal is to make the viewer forget the world they are once in and enter a new one.
The Avenger achieves this goal. However, I must say, that I could not help think that the settings in The Avenger felt static and boring.
To conclude this article, I want to reiterate my system in a “Red, Yellow, and Green” street light metaphor.
2012, July 16 – As of today, I have updated the system with 1 more colors.
2012, July 26 – (Yellow-Green) Suddenly, Batman! It had to be better than a Yellow. I swear it!
Green = Inspirational. Motivating. Life Changing!
Yellow-Green (Chartreuse) – Definitely will enjoy!
Yellow = Most likely enjoy viewing.
Orange = Watch at your own Risk!
Red = Do not Watch!
I had just spent $15 on ThatGAMEcompany’s Journey (PS3).
To describe Journey, the experience is like a rollercoaster rides of emotions. I felt sad, happy, anxious, and always wondering what will be at the end of this journey.
The aesthetics and art of the game is simple, minimalistic, and beautiful. It mixes color and naturally fades them together. Furthermore, if you have seen Miyazaki’s Spirited Away, you can connect Journey’s character and art designs to those in Spirited Away. This results into something fantastic, and becomes worth referencing to as a excellent work if one were to become eclectic in Miyazaki’s works.
The score by Austin Wintory is nothing but a beautiful symphony. The harmony outweighs the dissonance if any. The music fits many of the events that occur in the journey, and naturally depicts the story, atmosphere, and mood. In criticism, Wintory’s I Was Born For This (The end title song to Journey. Spoiler if you do listen) almost hits the bar. However, with the opera singer in the background, I feel that it weakens the impact that would inspired and motivate me to dance. His music barely enters my A-Playlist. I will continue to watch over Wintory and see if he grows stronger over time as a composer.
The gameplay is simple. Very simple. I do not think the game was made to have some enormous fun value to it. It felt more like a interactive movie with little exploration. However, I would rather pay $15 to interact with a movie than watch those that we currently have in the past decade.
The presence of the story felt like it was there but nothing impactful. It’s quite cliche actually, and can be ignored. ThatGAMEcompany could probably had expanded Journey into something more than just a Journey, but I think there overall goal was achieved and that was to have the player experience the game, or actually go on a rollercoaster ride.
The game length is approximately 2 hours. Similar to that like a movie. I wish there was more. I wish they had incorporated something like Shadow of Colossus, which that itself spells EPIC. I know thatGAMEcompany achieved an amazing player experience, but I want more. I just want more! Hopefully they will do something epic one day. I will be on the look out!
||7/10 – Simple and Fun. But nothing awe inspiring. Extremely small replay value.
||9/10 – Amazing and worth listening to.
||9/10 – Natural and realistic. The environments makes you feel like you are actually in that place.
||7/10 – Simple story that is ignorable and overlooked.
||9/10 – The overall goal for this game is achieved. It is like a movie and a rollercoaster that causes the player to experience an arrangement of moods.
This is a debatable character development note.
First off, Deus Ex Machina can exist in life and can be used in a subjective way, but I find it to destroy my suspension of disbelief in stories. However, it can have a fallibleness that we can “relate” to.
Puella Magi Madoka most recent episode (number 7) used this device to develop a character. Her name is Sayaka.
Warning; the following content will or may contain spoilers on the Puella Magi series
I will try my best to lightly spoil.
Above. We have Sayaka Miki (left) and Hitomi Shizuki (right). Sayaka plays a stronger role than Hitomi. She has been developed as a “nice, simple, and shy” character. However, the scene I am describing above is a “button pusher”.
Hitomi Shizuki is a device. She is a character made to push Sayaka to become a cliche. That cliche is a Yangire.
And for some reason, I feel extremely irritated.
Here is my reasoning:
1. Sayaka character development was smooth.
2. Hitomi was not developed; She is a sudden character developer for Sayaka.
3. This made Sayaka character development rough and uncomfortable. She became a Yangire.
However this could be all smoothen out if looked into. It was foreshadowed that Sayaka would become a Yangire, but the development felt sudden despite all the warnings.
Unfortunately, I forgot that this series would be sad. I had hope that it would lighten up a bit, but it seems like it is only going to get darker. I may be dropping the series because of this, but I will hang on for a bit longer since it’s a short series.
Anyhow, the development of Sayaka as a Yangire would have been very smooth if the development lasted longer. The series is rumored to only go for 12 episode. We are on 7. Things may be getting rush.
All in all, the rush development for Sayaka is still fallible. I am sure people can relate to the situation that had occur to her. However, I don’t ever want to be reminded of that suddenness.
What would I do to make things better?
Lighten things up!
Where is my little glimmer of hope?