Power Stone – Journey Around the World Anime Review

What is Power Stone about?

Power Stone anime is based on Capcom’s 3d fighting game. The story is 19th century strong believers of legend, myths and superstition. These people search for fame, fortune and glory, but there is a treasure that will make any dream come true. They’re called Power Stones, which grants power to the wielder based on will. People journey around the world to search for them. While searching for these treasures, others will have to fight in order to obtain the Power Stone. The game is a fighting game that characters use items and transformation to win. In order to transform, players have to gain 3 power stones but it runs out quickly. Each transformation has two super moves. Only way to win is reduce opponent life bar.

In the anime, everyone from the game is present. The story revolves about Edward Falcon, a boxing/fighter pilot who search from his father. Along with his butler Apollis (who he mistreats) set out on a quest to find the answers. Falcon is portrayed in an immature and impulsive man. Apollis reminds Falcon about finding his father but disregards him. Falcon meets the rest of the cast from the game. Ryoma, a wandering samurai looking for strong opponent and considered Falcon’s rival. Rouge, Ayame, Wang-Tang, Gunrock and Galuda. There are anime –only chararacters such as Octo and Puss. Octopus brother are recurring villains along with Kraken. The brothers team up with other villains to steal the Power Stone from Falcon.

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Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid – Yuri Virgin Island Anime Review

Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid is based on Marvelous Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni action hack n slash video game. Valkyrie Drive is similar to Senran Kagura (also made by Marvelous) but different concept. The plot is girls has been effect by Armed Virus and divided by two classes Liberators and Extars. Liberators are welders and Extars are weapons form by sexual intercourse. The whole scenario on people turning into weapons reminds me of Soul Eater but different. I was not new to that troupe in anime but there are others got it. The plot of the Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid is Mamori Tokonome, an Extar who was recently transported in Mermaid Island. Mamori come off an innocent 16 year old who wants to get off Mermaid Island. She has endure bullying due to her last name Tokonome (means virgin in Japanese) and during school.

Who are the main characters in Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid?

The reason Mamori is on Mermaid Island is because she is been effect with Armed Virus. Tokonome is not the only one on the Island. Mirei Shikishima is a Liberator of Mamori and 15 year old solder from an Organization. She is portrayed as emotionless and courageous to protect someone. Mirei and Mamori journeys to Mermaid Island to help other inhabitants. The Island is ruler by the Governor Akira Hiragi, who is portray as a man but later turns out to be female. Charlotte Scharsen is one of the main antagonist of the series and a member Walter. Akira wants girls who are affected with the armed virus to live in peace. Charlotte display cruel method which displeased her Commandeur Kasumi Shigure and others.

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Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV – Lucis Vs Niflheim Movie Review

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is a CGI prequel to Square Enix’s Final Fantasy video game. The movie doesn’t focus on Noctis Lucis Caelum but a new main character Nyx Ulric. Noctis father Regis Lucis Caelum CXIII does make an appearance in this film. Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is not the only CGI Final Fantasy movie ever made. There are Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within make sure to check these movies out. Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV plot is Niflheim is at war with Lucis. King Regis Lucis Caelum CXIII want to end the war between Niflheim, Regis purpose a peace treaty with Niflheim emperor Iedolas Aldercapt. Not just a peace treaty but arrange marry with Prince Noctis Lucis Caelum and princess of Tenebrae Lunafreya Nox Fleuret.

History and production of Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy

Nyx Ulric (voiced by Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul) who is a member of the Kingsglaive guard. Nyx is task by commander Titus Drautos (voiced by Adrian Bouchet) to protect Lunafreya Nox Fleuret (voiced by Lena Headey) from Niflheim. He learns about mysterious of Lucis and afraid of saving the people he cares about.  Since, Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV was made and decided to make additional media. They want a similar style of Compilation of Final Fantasy VII and have a connection to Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy mythos and stories.

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Cuphead – Don’t Make Deals With the Devil Indie Video Game Review

Cuphead is a difficult run and gun indie game developed StudioMDHR. The game pay homage to 1930s cartoon and most unique design in an indie. The plot of Cuphead revolves around two brothers Cuphead and Mugman wander into Devil’s Casino. Cuphead and Mugman was on a winning streak but the Devil was no happy. Both brothers loss and beg for their lives to the Devil. The Devil gives them a proposition if they collect the contracts of debtor. The Devil will free them and the story goes from there. During the development of Cuphead, two brothers Chad and Jared Moldenhauer was inspired by cartoon that came from Fleischer Studios and Disney. Also cartoon drawing style of Ub Iwerks, Grim Natwick, and Willard Bowsky. Moldenhauers watch 1930 cartoons with VHS collection during their childhood.

What is History of Cuphead?

Moldenhauers debate on what gameplay Cuphead will have and attempted to make it in 200. Due to lack of tools to continue the production. After the successful indie Super Meat Boy, Moldenhauers brother try to produce Cuphead once more. Inspiration for Cuphead comes a 1936 Japanese propaganda animated film. Where a man with a teacup for a head, Moldenhauers took notice and run with it. Moldenhauers created 150 different character design for Cuphead ranging from tophat kappa and a person with a fork for a head. Chad Moldenhauer uses hand-drawn animation and using watercolors for the background. Chad uses Photoshop to colorize the game and animation runs in 24 frames per second. Moldenhauer brothers hire an Ontario Jazz musician and a Brooklyn animator for the project. Moldenhauer brothers describing Cuphead as difficult retro game and StudioMDHR plans to surpass the Guinness World Records. For number of 30 boss battles, visuals and number of people working on the game.

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Mega Man 1994 TV Series – Rock and Roll Review

What is the show about?

Mega Man 1999 TV series based on Capcom franchise with the same name.  Ruby-Spears Productions is known for Alvin and the Chipmunks, Saturday Supercade and Heathcliff.  Ocean Productions is voice recording, ADR, translation, scriptwriting, and video editing for anime and video games.  Mega Man TV show is based on the first NES game.

The plot follows Dr Light a robotics scientist dreams of building robots to assist humans. Kind of reminds you of Astro Boy . Dr Wily became jealous of Dr. Light’s ideas and reprogrammed Dr. Light’s latest creators. Dr. Wily vowed to take over the world with Dr. Light’s creators known as The Robot Masters. Dr. Light build a robot help named Rock.  Dr. Light offers Rock to become a superhero to fight Dr .Wily and his Robot Masters. Rock accepts and becoming Mega Man a warrior to save the world.

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The King of Fighters: Destiny – Three Sacred Artifacts Anime Review

What is  The King of Fighters Destiny?

Based on SNK’s hit fighting game series The King of Fighters. The King of Fighters: Destiny is a Chinese CGI anime series created by iDRAGONS Creative Studio. The series is supposed to tie-in with a new KOF-Inspired MMO mobile game. Destiny is not the only anime series but The King of Fighters: Another Day ONA (original net animation). Another Day is based on The King of Fighters: Maximum Impact game. The King of Fighters: Another Day was animated by Production I.G who worked on Psycho Pass, Ghost in the Shell and Tales of Symphonia. The Another Day has only 4 episodes and 10 minute length. While The King of Fighters: Destiny is based on KOF 94-97 storyline mix with Fatal Fury. The King of Fighters: Destiny has 24 episodes and 15+ minute length

What storyline does The King of Fighters: Destiny  cover?

The plot comes from King of Fighter 97, In 1,800 an eight-headed serpent Yamata No Orochi want to extinguish humanity. Orochi has followers called The Hakkesshu who assisted him on getting rid of humanity. Three scared treasures sealed Orochi comes from three clans Kusanagi, Yata and Yasakani. The first part of the series is adaptation Fatal Fury storyline them backtracks to King of Fighter 94. I am guessing that KOF Destiny want to be original and not adapting other SNK fighting franchise. There is an original character in Destiny Angelina who was adopted by Geese Howard after surviving the streets of South Town. For those who are not aware on what King of Fighters is all about. I will give you a breakdown of the series as a whole.

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Ace Attorney – Phoenix is Always Right Anime Review

What is Ace Attorney?

The director who brought you Space Brothers (Ayumu Watanabe) and the writers who written Inazuma Eleven (Atushiro Tomioka). Based on the Capcom’s Ace Attorney video game and it’s animated by A-1 Pictures (same animator that does the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice). Ace Attorney is a mystery courtroom video game, where you play as a rookie defense lawyer named Phoenix Wright who helps his clients get a not guilty verdict.

Phoenix wright has a rival prosecutor named Miles Edgeworth who’s in his way. Phoenix meets characters on the way such as Maya Frey, Larry Butz, Dick Gumshoe and many more. As the game progress, instead of being a lawyer Phoenix is an investigator that look for clues behind the murder. Phoenix can talk to witness and get help from his closes friends and present the evidence in the court of law. The anime is a adaption of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and Justice for All.

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MUGEN – Create Your Own Crossover Fighting Game Review

What is Mugen fighting game engine?

How you ever wonder if you characters from anime, gaming, cartoons and movies crossover? MUGEN is the software for fighting game fans. MUGEN is a 2D fighting game engine created by Elecbtye. This engine allows creators to make and rip stages, characters, and srceenpacks from other games. History of MUGEN started off in 1999 as beta. Beta version work on MS-DOS, Mac and Linux operation systems. MUGEN creator Elecbtye forgotten what the engine stand for, mugen in Japanese means unlimited. Elecbtye seek donations to obtain a windows version of MUGEN.

Elecbtye release a private WinMUGEN beta containing limit of two characters and locked game modes.  This new version of WinMUGEN features music plugins and SFF files to show palettes. CNS scripts for controllers and changes to DOS patches to downgrade characters to be compatible. In 2007 hacked WinMUGEN add third-party for hires stages and select screens. Low and hi res stages are compatible in new version of WinMUGEN. I used to download winmugen in the early 2000s.  It was fun and had bugs in the software.  Creation is limitless went it comes to MUGEN.

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Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV – Crown Prince Anime Review

What is Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV?

Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV is a 5-part anime ONA based on Square Enix’s hit game Final Fantasy XV. Brotherhood is directed by Soichi Masui and animated by A-1 Pictures. This is not the only time Square Enix and A-1 Pictures did a collab together, it was a short animated flim called “On the way to a Smile”. Which was a part of Final Fantasy VII: Children Complete Edition, both Square Enix and A-1 Pictures was willing to work together again. The plot is the same as game but the ONA explore the backstory of Noctis’s loyal companions Gladiolus Amicitia, Prompto Argentum, and Ignis Scientia.

During the development of the Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV.  Due to budget of Brotherhood being a free anime, the creators want the anime to a wide audience.

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Gamers! – You Don’t Have To Good at the Video Games Anime Review

What is Gamers anime?

Gamers! Is a light novel written by Sekina Aoi and Iilustrated by Saboten. The plot of the anime is Keita Amano is loner boy who enjoys video games with a passionate. Amano is approach by the most beautiful student in the school Karen Tendo. Tendo is also a gamer and is a part of the games club. Tendo invites Amano to the games club due to both of them having a similar interest and love at first sight. Anamo declined the offer which lead Tendo stalking and acting awkward around him. The animation by Pine Jam which is a new company and directed by Manabu Okamoto. The series pay homage the mainstream games like Super Smash Bros, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Guity Gear Xrd Rev 2, Mario Kart 8 and Tales of Phantasia. During the opening you will see familiar games from those franchises.

The anime teach us that you don’t have to be good at the game or play them competitively. It also tackles real life and romance issues such as Aguri for example she don’t play video games and falls in love with Tasuku Uehara. Aguri finding out that Tasuku is into other girls. Amano and Chiaki debating about video games and Tasuku struggles with being a geek in middle school. Don’t forgot being alone and don’t socialize much in playing video games.

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