Azure Striker Gunvolt Review

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When this game was revealed during BitSummit earlier this year, I felt a surge of hype running through my body. Coming from Inti Creates, the company that developed Mega Man Zero & ZX series for GBA and DS system, the game has a slight resemblance to those series but at the same time branding its own uniqueness to distinguish itself from all the previous Mega Man series.

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For the record, this game is really a score and time attack based game. Not to say that it’s the most important aspect, but those are the stuff that makes the game look boring. You can just play through the stages slowly, but to be honest playing that way will bore you, at a fast rate. Tagging multiple enemies and then zapping them with Gunvolt’s septimal power (which is his lightning) will rack you with bonus points which will improve the score/kudos generation. The challenge in this game lies on how you can zap through most of the enemies at high pace while avoiding those attacks from the enemies. I just can’t express how crowded the screen can be with the enemies in the small screen plus your lightning sphere generated around you just like the screenshot below. Good luck in avoiding any projectiles.

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The only worth of having better ranks are just the chance of picking more materials which can be used for making equipments post-stage. Crafted equipments give Gunvolt extra capabilities (when it’s equipped of course). Certain equipment reduce damages, improve Gunvolt’s attack and some of it may enable Gunvolt to perform Multi-jump or Air Dashes. Other than that, the ranks are just for bragging rights. Yeah, who doesn’t want to have all the stages in this game at S+ rank, (The ranks are from C to S+) and then showing off the screen cap over Miiverse. Expect lots of ‘Yeah’ from other users on your screenshots if you manage to get that rank on any stages.

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Gunvolt is also capable of manifesting several special skills (which is gained by leveling him up) ranging from offensive (such as Astrasphere) to defensive skills that can either heals or restore Gunvolt’s EP energy. Those skills have a cost to be used and have a cool down time before the same skill can be used again. So you can’t just spam healing skills again & again. But don’t worry, this game doesn’t have limited lives. In other word, you’ll be back by the checkpoint every time you die. If you’re lucky, there’ll be some help from Lumen but this will pull down the stage rank to C. By the way, you can actually avoid from activating any checkpoints in the game. Activating the checkpoint means you’ll be converting your Kudos points into scores. So there’s a risk vs reward in it for those who wants to rack up more Kudos as the higher the current Kudos value, the higher the multiplier that came with it.

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In my opinion, the develovers did a good job in designing Azure Striker Gunvolt’s stages. It is a good homage to Zero/ZX stage designs added with its own unique feel. Remove Gunvolt sprite from the screenshot and edit it with Zero/Vent/Aile sprite and you think that’s a legit Zero/ZX screenshot. While most of the stages are linear, there are hidden path in some of the stages. Take your time & explore them even if it will cost your stage rank. It’s a bit sad that 3D effects are a bit subtle and hard to be seen. But hey, it’s good for your eyes isn’t it?

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I won’t say much about the story but keep in mind that Gunvolt is originally considered a terrorist before he stopped working directly with his group, but even after that he is still in touch with most of them, and takes contract missions from his former group. The story is quite short with most of the characters in the game, and it doesn’t have much backstory. Plus the removal of Japanese voice acting for the story, makes it less enjoyable although I can see why they remove it. On the bright side, the localization was done by 8-4. The translation of the story and texts are top notch in my opinion. Kudos to them for working on it, and even manage to release it in North America in just less than 2 weeks after the Japanese version release.

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Luckily, the removal of voice acting doesn’t mean the eight Lumen songs were removed, it is still there. Racking up Kudos will play one of the songs randomly as long as the Kudos is maintained. The music in this game is quite nice too, considering the one that is handling the soundtrack is Ippo Yamada, the same composer that handles Zero/ZX series. It’s kinda sad that so far there’s no official word whether they’ll release the OST, either in physical or digital form.

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Steins;Gate Review

Steins;Gate is set in the summer of 2010, approximately one year after the events that took place in Chaos;Head, in Akihabara. The anime is about a group of friends who have customized their microwave into a device that can send text messages to the past. As they perform different experiments, an organization named SERN, who has been doing their own research on time travel, tracks them down and now the characters have to find a way to avoid being captured by them.

 

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The art in the anime is done in a way that makes it seem grim sometimes as compared to its Visual Novel Counterpart, which was done with very bright and vibrant colors. Although, I do believe the VN’s art is better the anime’s does suit its purpose especially when things turn on its head.

 

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The character in Steins:Gate are just awesome in my opinion. I mean you know who every single character is. Every Character has a specific personality to just fall in love with. The characters’ emotion are done so brilliantly that you will be able to sympathized with most of the cast, even the antagonists. Cry for the devil indeed! The main cast is lovable, no annoying characters. Makise Kurisu is your typical genius tsundere with some hilarious guilty pleasure. Mayuri Shinna (~Tuturuuuu!!~) is a moe cosplayer otaku, the purest, most innocent character of the show who has great intuition about the horrible events that the crew is getting into. Okabe Rintarou is the main character, and my favorite character of the show. The guy is a laugh. He claims to be a mad scientists, stated to desire chaos and disorder, seems like a big jerk at first but he truly cares for his friends. His exaggerations and imagination are the best with him ranting about his made-up “Organization”. He has a habit of talking to himself on the phone, I can’t describe it but it’s funny. Daru is another otaku with a perverted attitude. Daru along with Okarin make one of the most hilarious anime comedic duo ever. That is only the main crew, the side characters are also interesting, but I won’t get into that. I will just say that I like Feyris’s moe-ness nyan.

 

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At the beginning of the anime, there are very few BGM to be found. You’ll hear the sound of the Cicadas mostly. That is for the mood.However after a few episodes,you’ll hear beautiful Piano pieces and the main theme from the Visual Novel when shit gets real.The voice acting is flawless, every voice actor fits to every character like a glove. You can feel the emotion of the characters perfectly when they are happy, sad or shocked from the twist of the story.

 

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The most impressive part about this anime is that, everything starts to connect together and makes sense for what this anime had confused me for the first few episodes. In fact, you shall be amazed by how creative and how smart the author is to come up with such an amazing plot. My advice to people who want to start off this anime is this : Do not drop this anime until you have watched episode 4 or so. It’s true that the first episode give so much confusion to us and many random things, if not, come out one after another. At first, I was like what the hell is going on? But the truth is, to me, you need concentration to watch this anime, because you’ll find most of the details from the earlier episodes are explained in the latter episodes. You’ll know what I mean after you watch it.

The story has alot of twists and turns, and the anime has adapted the visual novel story perfectly without changing too much. Just when you think the story has become predictable, there is a twist or two to excite the mood.

 

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Steins;Gate is a suspenseful ride that you will not forget any time soon after you’ve finished watching it. It is so incredibly thrilling and it has so many plot twists and mind blowing events, that you’ll hold your breath or scream at the screen multiple times. It features amazing voice acting performances by talented seiyuu and a great soundtrack, including the opening and the ending. You will end up loving all of this show’s characters, since they all of their own charm and they’re all incredibly likeable.

The animation is fairly good, and the sound effects are incredibly dated, but don’t let that scare you off. Steins;Gate is a masterpiece. It will twist your emotions in multiple ways loads of times. It’s an absolute must-watch, and it’s definitely one of THE best thrillers in the history of anime.

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The Secret World of Arrietty Review

Otherwise known as Karigurashi no Arrietty to Japanese audiences, The Secret World of Arrietty opened to American theaters. Sadly I’m not from America and I didn’t have the chance to watch it in english dub. I bought the DVD though. The story is about Arrietty, a tiny but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper. Like all little people, Arrietty remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to “borrow” scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old Shou, a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty’s family from the home and straight into danger.

The story is adapted from the English novel “The Borrowers” by Mary Norton and is put in the hands of legendary Studio Ghibli.  For anyone who does not know, Studio Ghibli is often referred to as “the Japanese Disney,” with co-founder and director Hayao Miyazaki paralleled to American Walt Disney. This company is also responsible for beautiful fantasy films such as Spirited Away (which can also be easily found in english). Studio Ghibli is highly revered world-wide for not only whimsical story-telling, but also stunningly rich attention to artistic detail and overall aesthetic beauty. The Secret World of Arrietty easily lives up to every expectation.

 

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The animation, as expected, is gorgeous. Yonebayashi provides many quietly inventive set-ups, most notably a beautiful shot of Arrietty being lifted to the top of an end table. He succeeds in creating a huge world in a film which never leaves the house or its immediate surroundings. One of the prettiest movies I’ve ever seen. Since Arrietty is only four inches tall, and we see the movie through her eyes, every detail is magnified. Every dewdrop, every footstep, sounds and details. And their passageways in the walls, and their little house under the floor. The scenes of nature are particularly lush with vibrant shades of green, yellow and blue. The basic character designs are just that, basic, but it’s a welcome brake from 3D digital animation that shuns the beauty that 2D animation can convey.

10/10

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Lovable! I love how Arrietty completely captured a 14 year old girl. And her parents were both great in different ways. Shou/Shawn was so nice, too. And I love how he and Arrietty were total opposites and they kind of learned from each other. The character that I like the most would be Spiller. Spiller was a fantastic source of that coming-of-age story comedy, and because he wasn’t very conversant the animation really showed his character and communication well through expression and such.

9/10

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Along with terrific animation comes a fantastic score (which I intend to buy), but this time it was not composed by the Studio’s favorite and well accomplished Joe Hiashi. In fact, it came from a fan, a French one no less named Cécile Corbel. Her music is beautiful. At times hints of celtic influence slip in, quite naturally I might add. The scores convey and strengthen the emotional state the film is trying to produce. Glad I saw it in the glorious original Japanese dub or not I’ll have to hear the crappy end song that everyone is hearing thanks to Disney. Disney needs to butt out of Studio Ghibli.

9/10

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The plot and characters are classic. To some, this means its a cheesy, forgettable film. I couldn’t disagree more. Just because the film is somewhat innocent, and not wholly original does not mean it isn’t a great one. In fact, it is a relief from a wholly cynical world that has, at many times given up on classic, hopeful plots about courage, friendship and discovery. Those very elements are what makes Arrietty so enjoyable  and touching. The ending may not be what you expect, but it is a fitting one. My heart couldn’t help but swell up with emotion.

8/10
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Overall the movie was great. The strong visual that they had to offer is really something. The story was good, the characters is great and of course the best part of the movie is the environment. I thought is was a really sweet, funny and sometimes sad in the movie and fun for both kids and parents. Although I think the kids will like it more. It’s going on my list of favorite Studio Ghibli movies. Howl’s Moving Castle is still my favorite of all, but this one is definitely in my top five. Your mission, should you choose to accept it.. The Secret World of Arrietty. At the theater. As soon as possible.

9/10

Nichijou Review

It has been a while since we did any review. So lets start now, with a review of Nichijou / My Ordinary Life. Take note our reviews are always spoiler free. As always we start with the synopsis of the anime. The series follows the lives of a group of high school students and their school. Various oddities and absurdities abound, such as a robotic girl made by a scientist who is an eight-year-old girl, a boy who rides a goat to school with his butler, a girl who can procure various guns out of thin air, a cat that can speak and a principal who has wrestled a deer. Despite its bizarre settings and characters, the students still lead normal lives.
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The kind of artwork suits this anime very well. It looks simple at times but it fits in very well, while scenes that required plenty of details are, well, very detailed. I find myself to be rather amazed by the artwork at times. From your principal wrestling a random wild deer, to chasing down your best friend to retrieve a notebook that contains indecent sketches of your crush you accidentally handed over, it is all done, with the utmost ‘epic’ of animations I have ever seen in a slice of life, and given that there’s no plot, this is a strong and important point to my overall enjoyment.

9/10

 

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I love the characters here. Yuuko as the dumb one, Mio as the sensible one always keeping Yuuko in check, and Mai as the silent one who always own Yuuko (and sometimes Mio) in whatever she does. These 3 make the perfect combination within the confines of their classroom. Outside the classroom, however, we have Hakase the childish one (literally), Nano the caretaker robot who is oft abused by Hakase, and Sakamoto the cat as the one maintaining the sensibility within the household. And not forgetting the side characters, the teacher (whose name I don’t remember) who is scared of students, the goat rider whose looks reminds me of Katsuragi Keima of The World God Only Knows, the mohawk guy, and the principal, among many others. All of these characters converge together to make one of the most entertaining animes I have ever watched.

9/10

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What attracts me the most when I first watch the show was the opening song. I find it so awesome that I download their songs and put it inside my iPhone and play it all day long. I later found out that the OPs are sung by Hyadain, who is only one guy. No female backing vocals at all, he does it all himself. Seriously I’m not joking, go look it up. With such a wide cast of characters it’s gotta be hard to find good VAs for every character who can bring out their true personality and colour, but thankfully they have done it. Most characters, if not all, have VAs that have successfully portrayed their characters style and personality, while others have not gotten enough air time for me to determine that. The BGM is great too, often going well with the scene that is going at that moment.

8/10

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Nichijou, which literally means “ordinary,” “regular,” or “everyday,” stays true to its name. Like most slice-of-life comedies, it doesn’t have an ongoing plot. Instead, there are several little packets of individual segments that make up the “story.” There are many reoccurring segments in the show aside from the “Nichijou” cuts, such as “Helvetica Standard” or the “Rabu-teki” (love-like) segments. There are also transitional skits which usually include the loveable characters of the Shinonome Laboratory playing Rock-Scissors-Paper or doing a little dance.

Truly, it’s a look into the everyday lives of the characters. Ordinary life, yes, but what happens in their lives may seem quite out of the ordinary for the viewer, which is the charm and heart of the anime. Normally, all the skits are self-contained, but continuity is still applied where it’s necessary, akin to western animated comedies like The Simpsons. Gag stories comes in all shapes and sizes, for better or for worse. I didn’t like too many of the short segments compared to the longer ones, but some of the longer skits are drawn out enough that it can diminish its comedic effect before the segment ends.

7/10
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This anime is very very much enjoyable, but it probably is not suited for people who don’t like randomness anime, who’d rather be able to tell what’s going to happen next. This is personal preference, and as a person who watches a lot of such animes filled with randomness, I have to say it’s one of the best such animes I’ve watched. So If you want a good laugh, or more than a laugh.. If you want to “lmao”, then yup, I recommend watch this!

8.25/10

Usagi Drop Review

Another week, another anime review from me. Lets start of with the synopsis of the anime. While attending his grandfather’s funeral, thirty-year-old bachelor Daikichi is surprised to discover that his grandfather had an illegitimate child with an unknown mother! The rest of his family, fearing the obligation and embarrassment, want nothing to do with the silent little girl, Rin. Sensing her imminent abandonment and outraged by his complacent family members, Daikichi decides to adopt her himself! …yet he may have underestimated the difficulty of balancing his work, family, and love life with his role as her guardian.

 

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The fluid art and animation, we’re able to see how they become so close. Soft watercolour-esque scenes start out each episode before the opening song rolls. It’s really a nice way of preceding the bulk of the episode. Using a muted, but far from dull, colour palette full of lighter hues the series has an altogether soft appearance that mixes well with the fluffy and comforting content. Character designs are markedly simplistic but there’s no need to fuss over it. With some added touches of realism, it’s nice knowing they do change clothes each day and night and that Daikichi does grow a stubble if he doesn’t shave every day like any other grown man. The backgrounds are subtle yet detailed; from pavement cracks to packaged market meat, everything in view is easy on the oculars.

9/10

 

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Daikichi is the most important focus of this anime. Rin is but a reflection of Daikichi’s development. We get to see the “change” through his eyes, and we do await his next moves. Daikichi is but a romantic teenager in the head. Had he not been one, he would have never made such a decision. Portrayed as a considerate man right from the very first episode, Daikichi always tries to put himself in Rin’s shoes. Goodhearted enough to accept this from the start, he is also a very good learner. Quite often you see Daikichi asking for advice, whether directly from his sister, or implicitly acquiring it by observing how other parents behave… Yet, the most important quality Daikichi’s character lays on the table is LOVE. This huge sacrifice he is offering, simple to see a child’s smile, is nothing but pure love.

Rin, on the other hand, is just six years old, and so often she does behave as such… Yet, from time to time, we are reminded of her calamity: her father is dead, and she has no clue who or where her mother is. This is why we get to see her having qualms about being abandoned; these qualms are naturally displayed as nightmares from time to time.

Rin’s classmate Kouki & his single mom are pretty much permanent fixtures in Daikichi and Rin’s life. Aside from his apparent cheekiness, Kouki’s a good kid and it shows in his submissive yet protective behavior towards Rin. They are a form of mirror to our protagonists, so similar in their single parent family structure yet so very different in character and dynamics. The rest of the characters are also very realistic.

10/10

 

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The music, consisting primarily of piano solos sometimes accompanied by strings, kicks in at the perfect times fading in and out seamlessly. They are not grand scores but are beautiful none the less. At key moments the director sometimes chooses to have the music go silent, leaving only the key background noises and the voices of the characters, and he uses this to great effect. It can be said the music is as light as a child’s emotions, void of the heavy ideals of a grown up, easily carried away by the breeze of the moment.

8/10

 

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The story is quite simple indeed. Out of the blue, Daikichi decides to take Rin under his wings! A very surprising, and somehow far-fetched decision coming from a single man who has no experience whatsoever at raising a child. What’s not surprising, though, is of course the fact that Daikichi’s life is about to drastically change… Well, the idea of a single man suddenly thrown into the catacombs of parenthood has been tackled so many a time before, so what’s special about Usagi Drop? It is the PACE! The pace, at which this change comes through, is simply perfect. Each episode takes you by the hand, along with Daikichi, and makes you slowly sip this change like red wine. And just when you feel like this is going to be only a portrait of Daikichi and Rin’s everyday activities, you are reminded about the origin of the whole situation, and you start getting answers for your questions: who is Rin’s mother? Is she alive? Why has she abandoned her daughter? Would she wish to see her daughter..

9/10

 

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The show may seem slow throughout the course, but it’s a steady character driven piece that delivers consistently. Normally I’d pass up shows like this but I am always anxiously waiting for an episode every week. Usagi Drop manages to cement itself as one of the best slice of life shows around. It manages to transcend anime in the fact that I think the story is one that can be enjoyed by both anime and non-anime viewers alike. The story is very heart warming and provides many uplifting emotions throughout its run. It is a show I would recommend to almost anyone, and it is definitely deserving of much accolades.

9/10

Welcome to the Space Show Review

I haven’t been reviewing any anime for a while so I thought why not start today? Lets start with what the movie is about. The movie is about five kids who is stuck in space trying to get home. Wild children’s adventure movie is a treat for the eyes, but is also very long.

Summary of the story (Spoiler-Free) : Summer has arrived in the remote Japanese countryside, and five children gather together for a week-long outing at the elementary school. Kiyoshi, the eldest, could not go on his farewell class trip earlier in the year because he was the only person in his class; Natsuki is an energetic tomboy who is on the outs with her much younger cousin, Amane, after their pet rabbit ran off; Koji is a bookworm, and Noriko hesitantly bringing up the rear. While searching for the missing rabbit, they come across a small dog that has been injured, and nurse him back to health. To their surprise, he awakens and thanks them, explaining he is really from outer space, a researcher named Pochi. As a token of his gratitude, he offers to take them to space, and spirits them away to the far side of the Moon, where a massive city teeming with millions of aliens resides. As they are enjoying their special trip, Pochi files his research report, which unexpectedly places Earth on immediate quarantine. Now, in order to return to Earth, the children must now travel to the far reaches of the universe, and the real adventure begins!

 

What I like about a movie would be the art that a movie has to offer. In this movie the art alone is really worth the watch. It is a visual overload of creativity, colours, cuteness, imagination, and scenic mastery. There are a lot of places that the main character visit. Every 5 minutes or so they will probably visit some new places. Which makes all the environment and setting brand new.

9.5/10

 

There are some weeeeeird inter-species and age-gap relationships going on in here. Excuse me for being racist (there’s the human race and a bunch of alien races) but it did weird me out just a little bit… He’s a uni professor – and a dog – and she’s a child! That’s not the weirdest thing in anime but still, oh my good golly gosh. Not to mention that most of the relationships aren’t fully developed (Koji and Ink, for example, just happen).

The main characters also aren’t developed enough, at least not enough to become attached to. At least they’re written as children should be – curious, energetic, and individualistic – and voiced by a group of talented children instead of Hanazawa Kana, thank goodness. Noriko hardly does anything besides cry “Kiyoshi!” whenever she gets screen time, which gets annoying, but at the least you can see her insecurities just as you can see Kiyoshi’s maturity and Natsuki’s… Natsuki-ness.  Unfortunately, aside from Noriko declaring, “I am strong!” near the end of the film, it’s hard to tell if she or any of the other kids develop by the end of the movie. Their bond is stronger than before, of course, but there’s no indication of maturing or learning a lesson.

The main characters have a little bit depth and have at least a bit of background, but the villains hardly have any depth to them at all, just a short background story and a desire to help the weak. What they’re aiming for exactly and how they’re going about it is confusing. Why exactly did you need to run a show to accomplish becoming a god? Also, if you’re trying to become a god, why are you bending to the will of a higher being?

The character designs, mostly of the nameless background alien-characters that fill up lots and lots of space, are amazing and awfully cute, and I wish most of the speaking characters could be that cute. We get a bunch of dogs, a giant cat thing that reminds me of Totoro, a striped tomato, a fish bowl, and a female Terriermon, who is the cutest character out of all the speaking characters. The aliens have a cohesive, plushy look and design to them, indicating that although there are loads of different races out there you can tell they’re all from the same movie.

7/10

 

The sounds of Welcome to the Space Show are just like the movie – a variety of sounds and audio effects from classical to zany. They’re a bit understated compared to the art and to the action, but not overwhelming (like Shutter Island, which played overly dramatic music while showing a bunch of people gardening… hilarious, though probably not what they were going for).

Guess who sings the theme song for Welcome to the Space Show? An angel from the UK, Susan Boyle 🙂 The tune and lyrics aren’t I-need-to-play-this-on-loop worthy but her voice is so lovely. Having it play with rolling greens and perfect blue skies on screen is a lot like Ghibli films and most anime and children’s movies in general, but it’s a safe bet.

8/10

 

Welcome to the Space Show has a good plot. Boil it down and it basically makes sense, everything is connected and there are no loose ends — it’s simple to understand, nothing in need of analysis. Ultimately, it’s pretty fun to watch, which is the most important thing in a movie. But the movie is long, and messily chopped up between characters. It feels a little slow at times, and I wonder if kids nowadays could really tolerate to watch all of it and keep track of everything that’s going on. Luckily, there are a few good action scenes and a bit of humor to keep the film from being too slow, and even a rather touching speech near the end. The movie has everything, as though it were trying to appeal to everyone, kids and adults alike – drama, action, romance, fight scenes, humor, adventure, even a car chase, because all movies need a car chase! (Not really.) What it’s missing is a good, strong message to take home, a theme to live by.

7/10

 

Welcome to the Space Show is definitely worth the watch a feast for the eyes with great artwork and animation. But don’t get too wrapped up in the plot itself, because some of it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense when you try to think too hard about it, and you have to remember it really is aimed at at pre-teenage sensibilities. But the beauty of this movie is that critical thinking is not necessary to enjoy the film, so grab a big bucket of popcorn, sit back and just let your eyes drink it all in.

Pros: strong visuals, great setting, fun to watch
Cons: weak characters, underdeveloped themes, messy pacing

8/10

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos Review

Here is another review from us after almost 2 months without having any. Our review as always are spoiler free unlike our episodic review. The story is about a fugitive alchemist with mysterious abilities leads the Elric brothers to a distant valley of slums inhabited by the Milos, a proud people struggling against bureaucratic exploitation. Ed and Al quickly find themselves in the middle of a rising rebellion, as the exiled Milos lash out against their oppressors. At the heart of the conflict is Julia, a young alchemist befriended by Alphonse. She’ll stop at nothing to restore the Milos to their former glory – even if that means harnessing the awful power of the mythical Philosopher’s Stone.

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There has been a lot of complaints about the art style, what people are expecting is that it will look like Brotherhood but it turned out to be different. The animation kind of reminded me of the first season of Fullmetal Alchemist but of course it was greatly improved. The battle scene animation was great and the character style is decent enough. What I like the most is the scenery of the movie which has a great amount of details. Nothing really was misplaced or lacking and I’m grateful to how the art turns out to be. Sure it can’t be compared to the art of 5 Centimeters Per Second or Welcome to the Space Show, but for me it’s good enough for a movie.

7.5/10

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Love the characters in the movie, from the old man who is good at automail and the young soldier who swears to help his fellow villagers and that only the side characters. As for the main characters if you watch the Fullmetal Alchemist already, you will know how their personality is. Ed the one who never give up when it comes to fighting his enemy and Al who always back is brother up when he is in need of help. The best characters of the show would be Julia and his brother, Ashley Crichton, they are what this movie is about and the reason why Ed and Al come to Table City. What is lacking in this movie is the old Fullmetal Alchemist cast, Roy Mustang hardly do anything and he didn’t even throw a single fireball. As for Winry the reason she is in the show is probably for fan service and of course fixing Ed’s automail. The characters in are great and it is something that everyone should be looking forward to.

9/10

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The music is fitting, nothing really catches my ear during my first watching of the movie, although I will note it never sounds out of place or unfitting at all. The song in the start of the film was really good, the fighting scenes had fitting music too and the Romi and Rie is as always amazing voice actors. Maaya who voiced Julia wasn’t bad either. FMA has done a good job with their music and voice, in general.

7/10

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The beginning was a bit slow(because they wan’t to show a little background of the characters) but the pacing was good when they reach the city. The only thing that I feel was a bit rushed was at the middle part of the movie where the villagers try to claim what was rightly theirs to begin with. Al and Ed is still on a quest to find a way to get their original body back, it seems like the movie is before the event of  Brotherhood or probably in between them. The whole movie was like a filler but it was certainly a good one. Overall the actions is there, the story was good, and the ending was just perfect. Glorious as ever and I felt myself hold back some FMA tears (FMA ending has always been great).

8/10

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If you’ve been following the “Fullmetal Alchemist” franchise in manga or on film and TV, then don’t hesitate to check out “Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos.” Not a fan? I think you can still watch it without watching the first season or Brotherhood. I’m still wondering when they will make a sequel after what happened in Brotherhood. I don’t want anymore of this filler, I want the continuation of the series, please. Back to the review, comparing the movie with the anime series, the movies still has a long way to go. Sure the movie was good but it can’t be compared with the anime series which is much better in terms of almost everything. The movie is a very intelligent, well-plotted story – and my hunch is that we have not seen the last of our heroes.

7.8/10