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Happy Halloween, everybody! Ever since I’ve outgrown the tradition of dressing up in a spooky costume and going doorbell-to-doorbell asking for candy, I’ve instead made a new tradition for myself where I marathon spooky video games; my favorite among them being Japanese horror games such as Zero, better known as Fatal Frame in the west, designed by Koei Tecmo (Tecmo before the merge).
Last year’s (belated) Halloween post was about my fondness for survival horror games like Zero, expressing my wish for the newest installment of the series being localized after missing out on two games on a region locked console. To my excitement, it was due for localization this Halloween season! But unfortunately, the western publishers, Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe decided it would be a good idea to censor certain costumes in this M-rated game for adults, treating them like children who can’t handle such content.
Continue reading Why would you censor an M-rated game?
Big giant NO
Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween! Though more than a day late, I felt compelled to honor the horror festivities we had this season using this humble little Japanophile blog of mine in some way or another. Rather than diving into some bizzarro horror manga by the likes of Itou Junji and such, I’ve decided to ramble a bit about one of my favorite Japanese survival horror video game series that I find myself playing every October: 零 (Zero), otherwise known as Project Zero in Europe and Fatal Frame in the United States.
Continue reading Happy Belated Halloween! (Project Zero/Fatal Frame)
The suffering continues…
My interest in actively discussing Puella Magi Madoka Magica died down significantly during the past couple of years. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the original anime series and enjoyed watching both of the Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Beginning Story and the Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Everlasting Story films, but I wasn’t a crazy enough fan for the series in the vein of, say, Neon Genesis Evangelion that I was super excited with seeing the same story played over again. Especially since (for example), unlike Rebuild of Evangelion‘s constant divergences that make it clear that it’s a new story/continuation, the first two Madoka movies were just recaps of the same 12 episodes of the anime series. There was nothing really new to talk about aside from the spin-off materials, so the wait for Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Rebellion Story was killer because I really wanted to know what was gonna happen after the TV anime’s conclusion.
That said, I was really excited to see this film. Partly because (again) “YAY, NEW MADOKA CONTENT“, and also, I had this feeling that Gen Urobutcher wasn’t exactly finished messing with the audience. I’ve described the original anime as a series with no shock absorbers, and I went in expecting this to be the same case. I thought I was prepared for the inevitable shock, whatever it was.
But I was wrong. I let my guard down. 「残念だったね。」
Continue reading Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie [Shinpen]: The Rebellion Story
Here’s a Puella Magi Madoka Magica parody of GARO‘s episode previews to celebrate
I’m like, two months late on this, but I just heard that the live-action GARO franchise was getting its own anime that will air some time this year. I’m a pretty big fan of the series, and I always thought that the style of the series and the universe itself was very fit for an anime series, so I’m pretty confident that I’ll enjoy it as a fan. I hear it’s not going to be an adaptation of the first GARO though (which, honestly, was something I was always hoping for), and instead it’s going to be a completely original story taking place in the same canon. I’m not all too worried though – since the director for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and Shingeki no Kyoujin is apparently on-board with the project, so I’m actually pretty confident that it will (at least) be above average even if it doesn’t turn out to be really great. But we’ll see. I wonder what animation studio will be in charge of it? Well, whatever the studio is, they better get JAM Project to do the theme songs again, as well as the original composers for the OST.
Very recently and by coincidence, I mentioned GARO in my Final Impressions post of Kyoukai no Kanata. Perhaps this is the anime that will fill in for my missed expectations of that series? Probably not, but regardless, I do enjoy grittier demon-hunting stories in the vein of GARO and Ga-Rei Zero, so this might be up my alley either way. I’ve also did a generic post about GARO‘s first episode back in eighth grade or something, but you probably shouldn’t read that since I was even worse back then than I am now.
Off-Topic: I just finished the first episode of Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren today, and will be posting about it later today.
I’m always looking for new series to adore. Which makes me even more disappointed when a series fails to impress me in some way, or be even mildly entertaining and memorable. Which is why I always try my hardest to see the positive sides to anything I watch, read, and play.
There are quiiiiiiiite a few series this year that have disappointed me greatly. But we’re not going to talk about them today.
On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Continue reading 12 Days of Anime, Day 11: Another favorite
So I just got around to reading Puella Magi Kazumi Magica: The Innocent Malice, up to the latest chapter. Suffice to say, it starts out pretty happy, but since I’ve watch the original Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime series, the quick shift to utter darkness didn’t catch me off guard this time around.
I have to say, the plot twist in chapter 14 was pretty awesome, especially since you can spot some clever foreshadowing while re-reading previous chapters. 😀 Even though it isn’t written by Gen Urobuchi, the overall spirit and mood of its parent series is still there, and is emulated perfectly by Maaki Hiramatsu. Kind of miss Ume Aoki’s designs though, but Takashi Tensugi’s art is pretty. This spin-off seems to have much more yuri undertones than its parent series did (which all could have been taken out of context, for all we know), so I’m a happy man. <3
Without being as spoilerish as possible, I summarize my thoughts on the latest chapter in two words: POOR KAZUMI.
Continue reading You Can’t Fool Me Twice! (Puella Magi Kazumi Magica: The Innocent Malice)
I finally got off my bum and watched the one “magical girl” anime everyone’s been ranting and raving about: Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
Continue reading Slave to the Deceiver, Magician Madoka
Holy effin’ balls. This is the creepiest manga I’ve ever read. No bullshit. Screw Higurashi. Screw Battle Royale. Screw that Highschool of the Dead BS. This is true horror on black and white pages.
I recommend everyone to kill their lights and read this (unless you somehow manage to get a hold of the actual book, in which case turning off the lights will be fucking stupid). This will make you piss your pants if you happen to have a little sister. Why, you ask? Read it and it will ALL make sense to you. I’m not taking out the trash EVER again.
(Yeah, I didn’t finish blogging the summer season. Sue me. My priorities at the moment are: college prep stuff > video games > anime. Too bad they’re not in the order in which I would prefer them to be. As an apology, here’s a funny video Steven showed me, which he found on VG Cats (wait, they actually updated?!). Cookies for anyone who can point out the person who is most likely saying “yyeah bitches” during that Black Friday stampede.)
More plot-oriented shows should add an element of surprise to their shows and drop the episode previews altogether like Shiki. We all know by now that episode previews usually spoil the crap out of us.
Case in point: During last episode’s cliffhanger, I thought Tohru was going to die. At the start of this episode, it seemed like Shimizu attempting to feast on his blood was all a dream, which made me relieved (because Tohru is cool). And then, they went ahead and surprised me by having him die anyway. I like it when shows do that to me, and if Shiki had an episode preview, I would probably know for sure Tohru was going to die here.
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The look on Natsuno’s face sums up my thoughts. Damn, this show is doing a good job at making me tense, especially this episode.
Return of the dead!
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What the- Get this thing away from me!
My god. The vampires should just bite him already. Masao was not only creepy, but he’s pretty much the most annoying character this season has to offer. o_o I hardly know anything about how his mind works, or who the hell he is, but there’s something about him that just pisses me off.
If that’s the kind of character he’s supposed to be (no duh), the voice actor did a superb job. Of course, Shiki‘s doing a superb job of creeping me out in general. Wonderful atmosphere.
Continue reading Shiki 03
Diapers. I need diapers.
Things are really getting more intriguing with all the mysterious deaths going on.
Given my experience with the horror genre: Over a dozen of deaths with an unknown cause = “Aw shit, this town is screwed.”
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A great opening episode that hopefully sets the atmosphere of creepiness and mystery for the rest of the series. The village setting reminded me a little bit of Higurashi.
(Yeah, looks like Shiki and Ookami-san are gonna receive the Chinese subtitle treatment for the rest of my blogging season…)
Continue reading Shiki 01
Pretty much all the confirmed shows I’m going to blog until the next batch of shows stick their ugly heads in.
I’m probably going to watch one or two more shows in addition to the ones I’m going to blog. However, I’m too much of a wimp to blog that many shows. That, and I have tons of video games I need to beat (and I have a hunch that a good amount of anime this season will disappoint me).
SO, NO SORRIES! =D I just finished up FMA: Brotherhood and will write a post regarding that tomorrow.
Continue reading Seasonal Blogging List (Mid-Summer)
Also known as “Nihon Kowai no Yoru” in Japanese. This is the first installment in my reviews of this Japanese horror anthology, which contains five short J-Horror stories that aired on TBS on 2004 and was released on DVD by Geneon Japan. Naturally, my final thoughts on this J-Horror anthology will be written in the last post. I won’t be summarizing the whole movie, rather, I will be commenting on things along the way. Watch the movie yourself, you lazies! 😛 Now, let’s see if it actually scares me! :3 EDIT: I’ll continue this during fall, lawd. Halloween ftw.
Continue reading Dark Tales of Japan (J-Horror) 01 – The Spiderwoman