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Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception

N4G.comJust finished this graphic novel game called, ” Utawarerumono” developed by Sting. It came out recently and has been the talk of the gaming town for everyone to play. When I first saw it I didn’t know what to think of it, so like always when I’m not sure about a game I go ahead and watch the trailer and see if its good or not. I was kind of put back because the trailer made it look so innocent looking for me, but when you look at the back of the cover it, obviously, says partial nudity, sexual themes, violence, etc, etc.

So, why is that?

Could they not find the right moments that would hint at that? Just to show you what I mean I’m going to show you this trailer for all you folks who haven’t seen or heard of the game yet. If you have then, you can go right ahead and skip over it.

Since, this is graphic novel game I already knew that their would be a lot of talking and cut scenes in the game which I was totally prepared for. What I wasn’t expecting was actually fighting in RPG fighting style battles. I was totally happy with that development, since most graphic novel games don’t let the players do this. At the same time, I was kind of disappointed because the battles are far apart from each other and it was more like I was playing chess than anything. If you’ve already played it then you know what I’m talking about. If I had to guess, I would say that I fought about 8 times in the entire game.

DualShockers.comMy favorite characters to use to fight with and in the story were Oshtor, Kuon(aka secret badass), Atuy( aka the mad princess) and the twins Saraana and Uruuru. Before, I get into them though let me bring you up to speed with the story. It starts with a man waking up on top of a snowy mountain who is later called, “Haku”. He’s wearing nothing but hospital robes, has no memory of who he is or why he’s there in the first place and you can tell right away that he doesn’t fit in whatever world he’s stumbled upon. Later, he gets rescued by Kuon from a giant red slime monster which I still think to this day was trying to tell him something. My theory is that it knew him and was trying to speak to him because it probably hadn’t seen him in forever. That scene was both in the anime and in the game and while the game story progressed I became more confident in my theory that the red slime was someone he used to know.

No, I’m not going to start talking about the anime, too. Sorry, but that rant is for another time and if I start comparing the two we’re going to be here all god damn day. So, moving on…….

Utawarerumono Mask of DeceptionAfter, being saved from death, Kuon vows to become his guardian and not leave him alone until she is sure that he can make it on his own. Thus begins their journey to the imperial capital, where they meet a lot of strange and strong people. Oh yeah, forgot to mention, but it seems Haku is the only live human around. Everyone else looks human, but they all have tails, cat-like ears and amazing strength. On this journey to find work, he discovers conspiracies, secrets, new friends and his forgotten memories.

The story behind this game will leave you at the edge of your chair and wondering WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON?! There are a lot of touching and sad moments in this game that will leave you teary eyed and moments that make you go NNNNOOOOOOO! If you love a good story then I would definitely play this game and if you end up being in love with it like I did and want to know if their is a sequel then you’re in luck because there is one. The sequel ,” Mask of Truth”, comes on September 5th.

I’m totally pumped up for that and I hope you all are, too!

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Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Book

Steam.comThis game I ended up buying recently and I just wanted to try it out and see how it is. It called, “Atelier Sophie”, and it was developed by Gust Co. Ltd. I could right away from looking at the cover that this game was set in a gentler pace than what I was used to in RPG games, but I decided to give it a shot anyway.

It revolves around Sophie, whose a young girl who is a novice in alchemy and after her grandma’s death, she made it her life goal to become the best alchemist around so everyone can depend on her like they did when her grandma was still around. Right as she was working on that plan, she discovers a book she’s never seen before in her shop and it starts flying and talking to her! Plachta is what the book likes to be called and sadly she’s lost all of her memories of the last 500 years.

Sophie decides to help her regain her lost memories and in exchange Plachta teaches Sophie better recipes and skills for alchemy. As the story progresses, they find out that Plachta used to be a human and a very powerful alchemist. Also, she remembered that she was the creator of the “Cauldron of Knowledge”, which is a device that boosts a alchemist’s power or even let’s a person who has no talent in alchemy actually be able to use it.

When Sophie heard this she wanted to get the Cauldron of Knowledge in order to turn Plachta back into a human. Until then, she had to make due with making a doll for her in order to move around more. Here’s something else that I think Sophie should have also been thinking when she heard Plachta’s story after regaining some of her memories. If someone went to all the trouble of moving their soul into a random book and making sure that they lost their freaking memories, I would think that their was a very IMPORTANT reason for that, don’t you? No one just makes them have amnesia for nothing. Obviously, she either wanted to forget something so she wouldn’t be tempted to do it again or someone made her forget and could mean big trouble for Sophie if they happen to still be looking for her after all this time.

Kei Tecmo.comThis girl is so soft-hearted that I can’t believe no one has come to swindle her yet in this game. It made want to slap her just to see if she would get angry or something. Personally, I don’t like Sophie’s character all that much, if you ask me. For an experienced gamer like myself, I’ve seen so many types of characters throughout different games with compelling backstories, emotional twists and watching character development throughout the story and other stuff, too. Sophie’s personality doesn’t seem to have that though.

So far, this girl has done nothing, but smile or be shocked, that’s it! If you watch her face you see that she still all smiles, even though, she’s thinking of something sad or something that makes her angry. It makes me think that all she can do is smile and nothing else. If they couldn’t do anything about her forever happy face, then at least make the story more in her favor. For example, she could be putting on a happy face all the time even in sad times because she still has hope in her heart that her missing dad or mom will come back home one day and tell everyone where she/he has been this whole time (both her parents are dead in the story by the way).  Something like that would have helped show her character in a different light than what I’m seeing.

The-O Network.comOther than that their nothing really wrong with the game. It’s definitely a game for beginners or for people who want a change of pace in gaming. This game can become very addicting if your one of those people who like to beat a game as fast as possible. Be prepared though, you will be running around a lot in this game. Enjoy!

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Tanya the Evil

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Today, I’m going to be talking about this awesome anime called, “Tanya the Evil” by Carlo Zen and Shinobu Shinotsuki. I heard about this anime through a friend of mine who knows I have dark and twisted preferences when it comes to anime and video games.  So, when I was told about this show, I knew I had to watch it and sure enough it did not disappoint me one bit.

It’s about a cruel and very logical businessman in the modern world who gets killed and when he does he has a conversation with God who he later calls ,”Being X”, about why he doesn’t believe in him. After their conversation, Being X decides to reincarnate him as a little girl named, “Tanya”, and into another world and tells him that if he doesn’t believe in him by the time he dies in his next life he will never be reincarnated again.

Let me tell you guys that Tanya is the most vicious little girl that I’ve ever seen and she’s super cute, too. Her cuteness puts everyone that she meets off guard until she does something crazy and dangerous. I think Erich is scared of her the most out of everybody, if he knew her story I don’t think he would surprised at this point. I think he’s expecting her to grow horns or something. Tanya’s job is a military mage who fights for the empire ,apparently, she becomes so good at her job that she quickly gets promoted to major ends up forming her own battalion.

Anime-Planet.comBeing X does everything in his power to mess with Tanya and when I say mess I mean kill horribly as fast as possible. Every time he decides to show up he stops time and posses something to talk through which is most of the time a person or a doll. Being X better hope that Tanya never finds a way to hurt him or he’ll be in big trouble, but I really doubt that he will anytime soon.

Anyway, I really like this anime for many reasons and one of them is obviously the characters, mainly Tanya’s evil self. The dark atmosphere of the entire show and the battle scenes. This show really needs a season 2 really, really badly. I hope one comes out real soon. If you like dark type anime, supernatural stuff and battle scenes then you really need to watch this.

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Trails Of Cold Steel

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This game was developed by Nihon Falcom and I have to say that I really loved this game a lot. Their were so many good things about it that I was kind of sad and frustrated when it ended when it did and I’ll tell you why later. But first the story itself………

 

It first starts out kind of normal, you know the new kid who we know as Rean comes to Thor’s Academy, a military school, to better himself and all that but during his first day seven students including himself get randomly selected to form a new class called Class VII. In this school, your social status decided which class you would be in. The royals or really rich nobles would be Class 1, Nobles who aren’t as rich are in class 2 and so on and so forth until it gets to Class 6 which you can probably guess are the poor, common people. So, the board of directors decided to see what would happen if randomly selected students from different social classes were to be put together in one class.

And so Class VII was born and so does the trouble. Obviously, the students fight amongst themselves while trying to get to know each other. Also, fighting off monsters and terrorists that are trying to invade their country. This group has a knack into getting into trouble, but then again it wouldn’t be much of an action game if they never did get into some kind of trouble now would it?

What I liked about this game were the different characters, the dating sim likeness they put in the game where you had to keep spending time with one of your friends to increase the bond between you and the storyline. Man, the ending to Trails of Cold Steel really got me. First off, I wasn’t expecting so many people to being bad guys in the end and if you’ve haven’t played the game yet and are planning to in the near future then you’ll never guess who C turns out to be. I was frustrated and shocked how the entire story in the game did a total 180 on me. I wanted to see what it would happen so bad that I bought the second game in the series to see what happened to everyone.

Yes! There is a second game to series out there!

Many types of gamers could definitely get into it. If you like good storyline but don’t really care about the battles then theirs an easy mode for you and vice versa. If you like sim dating games or anything similar I would recommend this game. So far no true love interest has appeared but it might be getting there. Also, this would be a good game for beginners or for people who simply enjoy a good rpg game like myself.

To tell you the truth, I wouldn’t be surprised if this were to become an anime or something because it certainly has the potential to be one. The first game in the series has been beaten and now its on to the next one! What will happen to Rean and his friends this time?

Play the game to find out!

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Corpse Party: Blood Drive

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I really love the Corpse Party series from the manga all the way to all of the video games they made. Corpse Party has been getting more and more popular over the years because of the incredible horror/mystery surrounding it. This one was made by Makoto Kedōin and developed by Team GrisGris. For those of you who don’t know what Corpse Party is about; it’s about a group of teenagers who decide to perform the Sachiko Forever Charm which is said to anyone who performs the charm will be together forever. Unfortunately, right after they perform the ritual an earthquake starts shaking the entire school and not long after they find themselves in an entirely different school filled with tortured souls and killer ghosts.

 

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It’s a pretty cool show and I recommend anyone who likes horror or mystery to watch it. Just don’t get too attached to any of the characters…….they might not live too long.

 

The latest Corpse Party game is called Corpse Party Blood Drive and I already got freaked out by it by playing the first five minutes of it. You guys may not know it, but I tend to stay away from horror games just because I don’t like jump scares all that much. I will play them from time to time, but only if I think I can handle it. Corpse Party was the exception because I like the series so much. I thought it was going to be like the previous where there’s mostly talking and you have to move here and there to find stuff to move on.

Boy, was I way off with this one. .

The previous games is just like I said before they mostly talk and find stuff while avoiding ghosts, but it wasn’t that scary. They completely changed the game with this one though. In this game, after all the crap happened in the other ones and they finally escaped the school. It turns out that dark powers of the school were becoming so strong that they didn’t even need to drag all the way to the school after you performed the charm to torment or kill you. If you did it in the real world, your horrible death was pretty much guaranteed to happen. Also, Ayumi stupidly goes back to Heavenly Host after a strange boy tells her that the curse has expanded and she is the only one that can stop it. Again I thought it was a stupid move to go back at all. First off, you’re taking the advice of a complete stranger that seems to know all about you.(creeper alert!) Then, she decides it would be perfectly fine to right back after she just back from there by her fucking self!!! Her stupidity meter went up the freaking charts when she decided to do that.

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Source: playstationlifestyle.net           Ayumi Shinozaki aka Dumbass Girl

During that part before she was about to go, I thought it would give me an option or something but that didn’t happen. So, I had to watch make her do these things while I shook my head at her and called her a selfish dumbass. Also, theirs a lot more of the adventure feature in this game and a lot more running away from ghosts, you just don’t know when their going to show up and start chasing you all over the place!

 

I’m not going to tell you how this game ends, but a lot of epic and crazy shit happens in this game. So, if you don’t mind a nice little horror game to pass the time then by all means play it and see how you like it.

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Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright?

I picked up this game mostly because I’ve been playing a lot of Ace Attorney games recently plus I’ve been really curious about what Professor Layton games are all about, even though, I’ve never played any of those. Basically, I was killing two birds with one stone. This Nintendo game was developed by Level 5 and Capcom and the storyline behind it is really interesting. Its about two different people getting sucked into a fantasy world called Labyrinthia.

In this game, the two work together to solve the magical world’s mysteries and hidden secrets. This is where I kind of got confused because the title of the game obviously says Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright, right? So, how come their working together on this instead of being bitter rivals? I have two ideas of why they chose this title. Its because during the entire game we switch out between the main characters stories during a certain parts of the game, so it kind of felt like they were competing to see which character the player liked playing the most. Also, at the end the two are finally duking it out in the last trial (sorry if I spoiled that for anyone) which is they named the game this way.

Personally, I liked playing as Phoenix Wright the most and I’ve learned through this game that I’m not much of a puzzle solver. Sure, I solved a couple of them with no help but most of them I had to use a lot of hint coins to solve them. Hint coins are just what their called; if you find a coin in the game then you can use it to help you solve a puzzle. The only problem with this is that when you activate the coins the hint is something that you already figured out which frustrated me to no end. I liked using them during trials though when I felt like I’ve done everything possible to figure out the contradiction. Also, I liked all the anime cut scenes that they put into it. Who doesn’t enjoy a good anime cut scene?

During this whole game, I though the cat named Eve was totally evil. The whole time I thought the cat was special and way too smart for its own good. In the end I was right and wrong and I’m not going to tell you how or why, your going to have to go play it for yourself to why I say so. If your a lover of puzzles or solving crazy trials, then you’ll love this game and its wacky characters. It’ll definitely challenge your brain a bit.

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Gakuen Alice

This cute little manga is called Gakuen Alice and was created by Higuchi Tachibana. In this story, people who are considered geniuses all over the world get sent to this elite school for the gifted. The students who are admitted are treated like national treasures by the government. The only catch is that they are forbidden from contacting anyone from the outside, nor can they ever leave.

One day, Mikan’s friend, Hotaru gets accepted into the school and she’s never seen again. Mikan who so desperately wanted to see her friend again runs away from home to the school where her friend was at. Now everyone says that its impossible to get into the school, but luck would have it that she runs into one of the teachers and takes a shine to her.

Also, that same day she meets Natsume. A cool looking boy who wears a black cat mask and has control over fire. When these two met, she saw him blow up a wall with his fire power in order to escape. Ever since, that day these two have been at each other’s throats because he so mean to her for no reason and she doesn’t understand why.

Mikan gets accepted into the school after they tell her that she also has a power or what they call an ‘Alice’ that has the power to nullify any other person’s power. Turns out that the school wasn’t made for geniuses like everyone thinks, its actually a school for people who have powers. The main focus of this school is to find them and help them hone their powers so they can use them to help society. Turns out that Mikan’s friend has a technology power, which she can use to make anything that she wants.

Later, we discover that Natsume is considered a problem child because he tries to escape the school constantly. As punishment he has to wear the black cat mask which cancels out the wearers powers. But, he so powerful that he can still use them with it on, so what I want to know is why they even bother putting the mask on him in the first place?

Natsume is considered the bad boy in this manga and he only has one friend and that’s Luca who has the power to bond and control animals. He looks as bad as Natsume until you put him around animals and then he turns into a whole different person.

Anyway, Mikan has it tough at this school and I wonder what she’ll do next. For some reason, I think Natsume and Mikan we’ll become friends later………way later in the story by what I can tell. This is a really cute manga and I recommend it to all that like these type of stories.

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Ao No Exorcist Crew

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Last time, I didn’t get to talk a lot about the characters in the anime Ao No Exorcist, except for the twins and the father. So, I’ll talk about them now. I start with the sweetest and gentlest character, Shiemi.

Shiemi is the daughter of a herb shop owner and this is where Yukio and probably other exorcists come for supplies. Shiemi decides to attend True Cross Academy after an incident with a demon that lived in her garden that almost killed her. This girl is extremely shy and doesn’t have any friends because she used to spend all of her time tending to her garden and because of this some people like to take advantage of her kind nature.

I thought that it was good that Yukio and Rin because she would have been in some serious trouble. Speaking of the twins, I can’t really tell if she’s in love with Yukio or Rin or both of them but we’ll see as time goes on.

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Next is Ryuji who is also a student at True Cross Academy. Now his personality kind of shocked me because when you first look at him, he looks like another thug uses intimidation to get what he wants. Actually, not only is he rich but amazingly smart which flip most people out especially Rin. Those two become rivals and end up hating each other’s guts, but I think they’ll end becoming the best of friends in the end.

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Izumo is another student at the Academy. You can already tell that this girl has some issues to work out. First of all, this is a know it all and other than Noriko Paku, she has no other friends. Izumo is a really prideful person and loves to be the center of attention when she can get it. Apparently, she has a talent for taming other demons because apparently its a really rare trait to have. So, when Sheimi turns out to have the same talent as Izumo and has a more likeable personality than her, she makes it her mission to make Shiemi miserable.

Like I said before about people taking advantage of her kind nature, Izumo uses this to make Shiemi do whatever she wants and says that she’s supposed to if they want to be friends. Since, Shiemi has no experience in the friendship department, she blindly believes this. I felt so sorry for her during that time and I also wanted to know what was Izumo’s problem.

Nemu would have to be the laziest and weirdest student in the whole class. He never does anything and most of the time, he’s either playing video games or is talking to his hand puppet. You never know what this guy is thinking and I hope he does something awesome before the season ends.

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Shura ends up becoming another wild twist in this awesome anime. First of all, in the beginning all he did was playing video games and ignore everybody. He wouldn’t talk to nobody. Secondly, it at turns out that not only can Shura kick ass, but is actually a she! And a hot she, at that! Shura was an inspector ordered to watch Rin to see if he was a threat or not to their cause. Later, she becomes one of the new teachers to teach the class. I really like her, she’s got a lot of spunk and likes giving off that tough girl attitude. For some reason, she likes wearing a bra and shorts all the time, no matter the weather and has a sword magically come out of her chest.

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The person last person I think I’m going to talk today is Director Mephisto Pheles. This guy is a total mystery. This guy was one of my favorite characters, he was so funny and he kind of reminds me of a clown or a magician by how he dresses. The moment I saw him I knew he was a demon. The fangs, ears and the way he can transform himself kind of gave it away. Their are a lot of questions surrounding him like why is he helping the humans? What’s in it for him? Are Mephisto and Rin related somehow? If you want any of these questions to be revealed your going to have to watch the show.

 

The Ancient Magus Bride

I usually don’t like talking about brand new mangas because they only have a couple of available, but for this one I’ll make an exception. The new manga called The Ancient Magus Bride a.k.a Mahou Tsukai No Yome was created by a brand new artist named Yamazaki Kore. I give my props to the creator of this manga, it totally sucked me into the story and before I knew it, I was at the end and am now patiently waiting for the next chapter to come out.

This manga is about a girl named Chise who suddenly ends up in an auction to be sold to a bunch of rich people. Her  suddenly being auctioned off in the beginning of the story isn’t what caught my eye it was the fact that not only was she being sold in a world where magical creatures and other beings exist, but she was bought by a very mysterious person. Now, because this is a romance manga I bet most of you are thinking she was sold to a beautiful, mysterious person or something like that, right?

If you are then, you are DEAD WRONG!

Apparently, she’s sold to a very powerful sorcerer that everyone hates for some strange reason and not only that his head is an animal skull. No, its not a mask or a disguise spell or anything like that. That’s his real face! Besides, the fact that he as a animal skull for a head, the fact that he tries to cover it up with a small veil is very funny to me. It’s not like it’s really hiding anything. The moment you see him using the veil you can already tell that his face is disfigured in some way, so why hide it when you live in a world where creatures just like him exist?

Now let’s go back to Chise. She’s a red headed 16 year old girl who is suddenly bought by this strange sorcerer, but she seems to be really cool with it. In fact, her only main concerns were what he wanted her to do for him. You would think she would try to run or at least resist a little, but that’s not the case with her. You’ll find out later, she had a pretty good reason to act the way she acting, but like always I won’t spoil it for you.

After, reading the first chapter I didn’t know if I should be happy, sad or scared for Chise. To make things really interesting in story, not only does she get bought from an auction by an animal headed sorcerer, it turns out that he bought her for two reasons. First, to make her his apprentice. Secondly, to make her his future wife.

That really caught me off guard especially the way he proposed the idea to her. This manga is quite awesome and actually reminded me of a another manga that I’ve read a long time ago, but that can wait for another time. People are always saying, ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ or ‘Don’t let another person’s looks fool you’ in this story Chise is going to have to see if she can love a man where the person inside might be exactly the same as his cover.

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Hekikai no Aion

This manga centers around a nice boy named Tatsuya whose parents have recently died in a car crash. After, their death Tatsuya was left with billions of dollars and a lot of distant relatives coming out of the wood work trying to win his favor.

Tatsuya was a bit of a naïve and kind-hearted boy with not much of a backbone. In the beginning, when he was being bullied for lunch money all he did was smile and politely tell them to back off. He’s one of those guys that refuses to fight back for some reason. It’s a good thing that Nagisa, who is one of his best friends was there to help him get rid of all those bullies or he would be in trouble.

Besides, everyone wanting his money, he comes across a weird girl named Miyazaki. When I first started reading the manga I thought that Miyazaki was a mermaid, but after reading a couple of chapters I learned that wasn’t the case in this story. Personally, I’m not really sure what she is. She has a shadow snake named Aion that comes out of her shadow and attacks people and can not die.

It turns out that she’s the one going after mermaids because she wants to avenge a person’s death, but the only way can she draw the mermaids out if they are a lot of brain washing bugs around. The bugs are little beings that get into your head if your near the sea. Since, this town that they live in is right next door to the sea then lots of people are going to get infected. The bugs have the ability to provoke the evil that lives deep in your heart and make it a hundred times worse.

Miyazaki uses Aion to get rid of these bugs. Also, Tatsuya doesn’t know it yet but he’s become interested in her and won’t leave her alone. Which then leads to her living with him. I love triangles and I think that Nagasi and Miyazaki are going to be fighting over Tatsuya each other a lot in this manga.

I can already see the funny moments in this story and Miyazaki is really playing the mystery card. This manga is really good and I can’t wait to find out more about Miyazaki’s past and to see if they get together or not.

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