Thursday, May 07, 2015

Bloodborne


Finally finished the bloody game only to find out that I got the bad ending and missed out and some bosses. Thought about continuing on NG+ but I got too many other games to play. Over the years, I've heard a lot about the Souls games ie Demon's Souls, Dark Souls 1+2.


About how hard the games were but they were rewarding. How the game design and boss fights were really excellent. I never got around to playing them because I had too many games to play and if I wanted an action game I had Bayonetta.


I was supposed to get Naka Yuji's Rodea the Sky Soldier but I was skeptical about the game and made the right decision in getting Bloodborne. Bloodborne is good old fashioned game that kick your ass until you are forced to learn how to play properly. 


No running away on low health to regen and then run back and spam. Spamming gets you killed in Bloodborne. There's nothing more infuriating than running around with 50k blood vials and getting killed cause you got careless.


Bloodborne is a throwback to when gameplay and game design were king. Old school gaming meets new school graphics and RPG elements.


If you're looking for a challenge and hate how regen health has made games boring, Bloodborne is the game for you. A true masterpiece. Bring on Bloodborne 2!


Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Daraka Koya Eps 3-8


Dakara Koya starts off as your typical unappreciated housewife dorama, turns into a road trip movie before finally becoming a contemplative story about moving forward set against the backdrop of Nagasaki. Dakara Koya didn't make me want to visit Nagasaki though. I was entertained, and never once felt compelled to fast forward. Enjoyable.

SPOILER: What happened to the twitter chick?

Saturday, May 02, 2015

What spring 2015 jdoramas should be subbed?

YAMI NO BANSOSHA

Furuta Arata in some WOWOW mystery dorama about manga? Yes please.

SCAPEGOAT

A professor is appointed a cabinet minister and judging from the title is going to be made a scapegoat.

KOKORO GA POKITTO NE

I will watch Abe Sadao in anything and the writer is Okada Yoshikazu.

PANIC IN

This could be so bad its fun. The Tenga guy from Minn! Esper Dayo! keeps getting into dangerous situations and there is a bijin every episode. :)

YOKOKUHAN

Toda Erika!!!!! Plot makes no sense to me but its WOWOW.

I'm still catching up on last season's stuff and Bloodborne is basically taking up all my time. That game makes me want to throw my controller yet I can't stop playing. Pics stolen from https://jdramas.wordpress.com/2015/04/22/upcoming-spring-2015-dramas/.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Neko Zamurai the movie



The good news is that Renbutsu Misako is in it! The bad news is that its pretty much a boring retelling of the dorama series with different characters. The laid amusing, laid back show really is much more suited for the half hour drama format rather than a 1 1/2 hour movie. Maybe for people who have not seen the dorama it might be fun but I'd recommend the dorama over the movie.


Nothing much to see here unless you are a Renbutsu Misako diehard. Whether or not there even should be a season 2 remains to be seen but I think they're just going to run this into the ground like Doctors because it looks pretty cheap to shoot.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Kageri Yuki Natsu spoiler review


Kageri Yuki Natsu is the best jdorama so far and has a strong possibility of staying the best this year, though I hope something even better comes up. I already wrote my review here but since its now been subbed, I thought it would be fun to rewatch it again and understand all the parts that I could not. I highly recommend that everyone watches Kageri Yuki Natsu. Shows like this are why I watch jdramas. This raises a lot of interesting issues and manages to fit it into an exciting suspense dorama.

SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!!!


TRANSMITTED SIN AND GUILT

We've got Hiroko, the daughter of the alledged kidnapper trying to live a normal life and repay her relatives for taking her in. There's Mutou, the husband of the kidnapper who was too scared to reveal the truth and is determined to help Hiroko as a small measure of penance.


Then we also have the housekeeper, the daughter of a man convicted for murder telling Hiroko that she must not let the issue of Hiroko's father's alledged sin affect her life. The housekeeper says that Mutou doesn't know about her past but I'm pretty sure as a reporter he knew and hired her because he knew what it was like.

This was in the kidnapped child's room and is very expensive. When kids are born in Japan, the (grand)parents usually by this (can't remember the name) or a really big vertical flag with the kid's name on it. I learned this on my last trip.

And in the end the son has to live with the knowledge that his adopted father kept the lie going. He is both the son of the victims and the criminal. Will he let this affect his future? I love his line to Hiroko that compared to the housekeeper, at least she now as a choice and in the end Hiroko chose to pursue her dream despite the fact that she knows Mutou gave her the job out of guilt.

Not only that, Mutou had the guilt of losing his wife though I think he still have protected her and the crime anyway cause deep down he didn't want her sullying the family name.


Talking about guilt, we have Acchan as the prostitute who has been living with the lie that she told as a five year old. She never knew the details but perhaps deep down she knew she did something wrong with bad consequences and was at last set free.


I was wondering why Horie, the trading company guy would not reveal who the real kidnapper was? Perhaps it was because it was not his sin to confess?


A LOT OF CLUES

Rewatching Kageri Yuki Natsu, I love how clues constantly pop up. Hiroko saying Mutou's son doesn't look like his dad. The band with the babies' names and blood type always being brought up. I like how Mutou's insistence in protecting Hiroko is covered by him and his boss's determination to not let the leak affect an employment decision.


Speaking of leaks, was the leak purposely done by Mutou so that Watabe Atsuro would uncover the truth? Was there any connection with the rival newspaper and politician bribery story? I had rewatched the first two episode two months ago before my trip.


If there is any interesting element I forgot, please write in the comments.


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Ryu ga Gotoku Zero review


Wow, what a beautiful, bittersweet ending. After the crap that was the ending for Ishin, Ryu ga Gotoku Studio have done a pretty decent job considering that its a prequel so certain people have to be alive and in certain places for the first game. I already wrote a lot of my thoughts here but the following are things that stick in my mind after finishing the game.


My main complaint is with the gameplay. After 131 hours, I still can't get all the skills. Completely retarded. You hardly get any money for completing sub stories and most of it is done through Kiryu's Money Island minigame which is a mobile game-like time waster cause you need to wait for your properties to make money and claim the money by going back to your office. The could have easily made it less time consuming by allowing Kiryu to give instructions to his office by using public phones.


Majima's kyabakura minigame is fun cause of the JAV actresses but takes way to freaking long because it combines a dating sim with kyabakura management game and compared to Money Island, doesn't make as much money.


My most hated thing is repeating sub stories for both characters which is just padding and a waste of time. Kiryu and Majima shouldn't both have disco, postcards and the same exact game centre sub story. Quality over quantity. A game shouldn't be long just for the sake of being long. They need to stop turning this series into a grinding game. I'd rather 60 hours of quality content than 100 hours with lots of fluff.


Zero has some of the best sub stories in the series and also some of the stupidest (in a bad way) and reduntant sub stories as well. The main story is memorable. I love 5 but what I remember are the character moments and not much about the story.


Overall, I'm just relieved that the story and characters were done well. Please no more excessive grinding gameplay in the next game. I think Nagoshi or Yokoyama need to pay attention to how minigames and subs stories affect the main game. And more JAV actresses please!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron


Someday, someone is going to make a movie about a bad guy who intends to destroy humanity by going back in time and showing all the kids in the 80s the Avengers movies and blow all their minds. First off, there is no after credits scene. Booooo.

The only negative thing I can say is that Ultron while entertaining is just there for the Avengers to beat up and the mcguffin kinda sucks but at the same time fulfills its role which is to create all the great character moments. Someday a Marvel movie will have a great villain besides Loki but its all about the characters and Whedon gets the characters.


Once again, Whedon does a masterful job balancing so many characters, giving them their moment to shine but the true main character is Hawkeye. I really like what Joss does with him and cements his importance to the team. However, I think Ultron is already straining at the maximum number of characters because its very tough service all the characters' story archs and the main plot.

The opening scene is basically the new version of that team on shot scene from the first movie. The money 360 shot from the final battle is straight out of the comicbooks.

Its interesting how the early rumours about Age of Ultron turned out to be true. The ending had me wanting to watch the next one. The only thing I can do is rewatch Age of Ultron again, I guess. Bring on Civil War! Don't go in expecting the feeling of watching Avengers for the first time. Ultron is just a bigger, more polished version.

Unfortunately, the poor people living in Japan will have to wait until 4 July to watch Ultron but I would trade watching Ultron early for being able to eat Coco Ichi every few days.

Actually, there is one thing I hate which is Vision lifting Thor's hammer. Seriously, the one thing I want to see in Infinity War is Cap lifting Thor's hammer and bashing Thanos with it but this diminishes that moment.