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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Toonstruck – Cute and Nasty Cartoons Video Game Retro Review

What is Toonstruck?

Toonstruck is an adventure point and click game which features actor Christopher Lloyd. The game has FMV with 2D animation blend in with live action. The plot of the Toonstruck follows an animator named Drew Blanc and creator of Fluffy Fluffy Bun Bun Show. Drew’s boss Sam Schmaltz want him to designed more bunnies for the show. Drew felt asleep and Fluffy Fluffy Bun Bun Show was on 2AM in the morning. Next thing Drew gets transported in a cartoon world where he meets Flux Wildly. Flux tells Drew that he will help him get back to the real world.

If Drew helps Flux to stop Count Nefarious from making cartoon world dark and adult. Later on Drew and Flux meet King Hugh who tells them to find items for the Cutifier. Cutifier is a mechanism that counter’s Count Nefarious’s The Malevolator. The story goes from there and Drew meets other characters from Cutopia, Zanyu and Malevoland.

What does Toonstuck offer?

The gameplay is old-school point and click adventure. You can move Drew and also use Flux to do things. During interaction with characters, there will be icons on the bottom left corner. Ice icon is to continuing to talk to the character. Stop hand icon is to leave the conversation and there are special ones as well. Live action actors such as Christopher Lloyd and Ben Stein make an appearance in this game. Popular 90s voice actors such as Tress MacNeile, Rob Paulsen, Corey Button Jim Cummings, Jeff Bennett and Frank Welker. It was great to hear those voices out of these characters.

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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.

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Gigantic 2017 – Take Down the Guardian Video Game Review

What is Gigantic?

Team-based shooter are becoming more popular in a second. Motiga’s Gigantic is no exception at all and it’s another statistic. Gigantic history of development is unknown but is unique in anyways. The main goal of the game is to take down guardians from each team. Two houses are represented Aurion and Devendra, these two faction are at war with each other. In order to lead your house to victory, gather power from summoning creature and enemies. Two Guardians face off with one another, as one pin to the ground. An opportunity arise to strike the opposing guardian‘s weakness. For defense save your guardian from being annihilated by defeating enemies to buy more time.

Players has to form a team of five just like any team-based shooters. Each 20 heroes has different classes and playstyles such as shooter, unity, summon, fighter and more. Just like any other MOBA, there are 5 abilities for each hero. Ultimate can be build up by fighting and summoning creatures. Creatures can support in battle with different types. Build walls to protect heroes, heals teammates and scout enemies locations. Creatures can evolve like Pokemon to become stronger.

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Gravity Falls – Fight Fighters and Real Girl Double Episodes Review

What is Gravity Falls?

Here is a double overview of Gravity Falls episodes Fight Fighters and Soos and the Real Girl. Both Gravity Falls episodes deal with video games. Fight Fighter is from season 1 and Soos and the Real Girl is from Season 2. For those who don’t know what Gravity Falls about here is a summary. The story goes its summer vacation in Gravity Falls, Oregon. Two siblings named Dipper and Mable Pines spent time with paranormal con-man Uncle Stan Pine. Stan Pine runs a mystery shack and Dipper notices supernatural and paranormal entities happen in Oregon. Let’s talk about Season 1 of Gravity Falls episode “Fight Fighter”.

Wendy is seeing Robbie this cause jealously and anger in Dipper. Dipper picks a fight with Robbie and challenge him. Dipper plays Street Fighter parody called Fight Fighters. Rumble McSkirmish (parody of Ryu) get summon to fight Robbie for Dipper. Plot B Stan Pines is afraid of height and Mable tries to help him in an awkward way.  Dipper realize Rumble is taking things too far. He fight rumble and wins the fight. Rumble disappears and the episode ends there. Fight Fighters pay homage to video games like Pac-Man, Super Mario and Street Fighter. I would highly recommended watching this episode for gamers alike.

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