Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Rurouni Kenshin Live Action Movie Afterthought

Long time haven't update. I got a chance to watch the live action Rurouni Kenshin film a few days ago and I wrote about it on my tumblr called Parupoli. You can check it out by clicking here

It was a really good film adaptation of the manga and anime that was a little over two and a half hours. Really recommend it. Hoping they'll make a sequel. Hope it can come out in more theaters in the U.S.

Here's the Trailer below:

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Sakamichi no Apollon aka Kids on the Slope

Spring 2012 anime came out and I've been trying to catch up to them but there're just so many. One of my favorite this season is Sakamichi no Apollon or Kids on the Slope. There's slice of life, jazz music, and a bit of drama in it that makes it so interesting. The animation is solid, the music is beautiful and the plot is really fun. Kaoru a shy and timid teenage boy just move to this small town and on the first day in his new high school, he accidentally encounter this buff yankee guy, Sentaro, who'll become one of his closest friend. Their bond? Through jazz music with Kaoru playing the piano and Sen playing the drums. The place? The basement in the record store own by Ritsuko's(their classmate) family. It's a manga turned anime and I heard the anime is going at a really fast so probably it's gonna be a 12 episode series. It's so nice to see something different. You get to see some character development. Later you'll see a love pentagon(cuz five different people ended up liking someone else)...^O^ omg episode 7 is just awesome(won't spoil ya). Below is a nice piano rendition of Someday My Prince will Come from Sakamichi no Apollon.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Quick update and Winter/Spring Gaming: Hakuouki, Tales of Graces f, Xenoblade Chronicles, and more

Back again with some interesting news. Went to see the Korean music groups FT Island and CN Blue concert on March 9 at the Nokia theater. It was fantastic. Both group has so much energy and were great with the crowd. They were singing their main hit sogs and also some of their Japanese songs too. CN Blue had some English single released in Japan so they were able to sing some English songs. Live music was just the best. I had a blast at the concert.

From February on there has been tons of RPG games that I have been wanting to get my hands on.

February:

Hakuouki Shinsengumi Limited Edition
First English translated otome game(visual novel love simulation gears toward female audience) on PSP. It's a VN so lots of reading but I do love the Shinsengumi. The character designs and CGs are gorgeous. Lots of ikemen and bishounen. Thank you Aksys

March:

Tales of Graces f



I'd been waiting for 2 years for this RPG on the PS3 ^o^ it was just so fun. Gamestop was having the special preorder of special character costumes from the Earlier Tales game and ToGf PS3 theme(my current theme on PS3). I finished the childhood arc, the skits were adorable and starting out the adult arc. Looking to be a fun game...waiting for Tales of Xillia to be localize in the US too.

Good finds for March:
Alice Madness Return
Roaming around at Target near my area and found this being on clearance for 14.98. I was so happy, I grabbed it in a heartbeat. I've been wanting to play this game since last summer. This was a very sweet find cuz most of the other places has it for twice the price. This game is the sequel to the previous American McGee's Alice on PC. It's lovely and colorful with awesome darker and twisted Alice as she returns to Wonderland.

Jeanne D'Arc
Fry's Electronics had this for about 9 bucks on the PSP. PSP games are dwindling now even though it's so popular in Japan. The game is a grid based RPG develope by Level 5 studio. The story is a version of Joan of Arc and it has great chibi character design with vibrant CG background. Turn based like FF tactics. Heard it got good reviews for its time so I decide to pick it up.

April:

Xenoblade Chronicles

One of the beset Wii RPG out there. Monolith Soft studio bring us this visually appealing saga of Xenoblade Chronicles. I heard this was the prequel to Xenogears and Xenosaga. Anyways, the story follow the journey of a young boy named Shulk with his powerful weapon, the Monado fighting with mechanical monsters with the help of his friends. Love the terrain and roaming space in this game. So many quest and menu systems takes a bit to get use to. It's a Gamestop exclusive game for the Wii and I got the artbook with the pre order. I was really happy that this was brought to the US cuz Europe got it way before us and it was out in Japan 2 yrs ago. What's even cooler is that you can change the vocal track to Japanese so you get to play it with the original Japanese vocal with English subtitles. The Japanese voice actor for Shulk sounds so adorable. Definitely a great pick up.

here's a pic of the game case and the artbook


Future U.S. release games:

Next up on my to get RPG game list would be...

Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland coming out in May. The next Ateleier games for PS3. Another atelier game..alchemist, mixing, and magic. I got the Atelier Rorona Lim ED and Atelier Totori Lim ED so will probably get this one too. Same character design as the previous game..hoping it will be fun.

The Last Story on the Wii releasing in July. The next game on operation rainfall list of RPG for the Wii that they want it to come out(Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, and Pandora Tower). I do have the original Japanese version of this game...I played a bit of it, pretty straight forward and fun but I'm not that good at Japanese so the US version will help me understand to story more.

Growlanser Wayfarer of Time on PSP out in July. It'd been a long time since I played Growlanser. Missed it a lot. Hopefully the battle system in this one will be good.

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on PS3 sometime in 2013. This is suppose to have a different story than the NDS version that I have.

These were the prospect games so far..and whenever I get a PS Vita..Gravity Rush looks really cool.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Last Story


The first post for the New Year. Hope you all had a good new year. I wanted to do a post on this awesome game I was playing over winter break. It started that I went to watch Zelda 25th Symphony last October with my friend --> Wanted to play Skyward Sword --> Needed a Wii console to play --> Got a black Wii --> Wanted to find other good RPG for the Wii-->Discover The Last Story --> I wanted to play that game. The sad part is, it hasn't been localize in the US quite yet(hoping operation rainfall will continue w/ The Last Story and Pandora's Tower). Luckily, I manage to get myself a copy on-sale at playasia.com a few months ago. Did a little work to my Wii and I was able to play it(yay). The next struggle is to try to understand the story cuz I only understand about 40% of what they are saying(have to practice more Japanese language). I found a walkthrough on-line but it's not the same. Also it looks like the European version of The Last Story is going to come out in Feb 2012 so maybe later this year or next year we'll get the US version.

The Last Story is a great RPG(roleplaying) game for the Wii(which have very few good RPG out). It's a story you play Elza, a young mercenary and his group of friends who goes to dungeons and ruins for jobs in order to find treasures and spoils. You start in a ruin with Elza and his friend and Elza started hearing voices. He later gain awesome power which will be helpful throughout the rest of the story. Of course, he later meets a princess and I got as far as saving the princess from the guard right now.

I've only played a few hours of it so I don't really have the full review of the game quite yet. I can only give my first impression of it. The seiyuu(voice actors/actress) is top notch, each character have interesting personalities, and what's even more fun is that you can change the color of your team's outfit. I thought they were only wearing black outfits at first since that was what I saw in the game trailer but you can actually change their outfit colors. The fighting mechanic is simple. You lock on to link the target to the attack. Elza can use long range attack or close range. Can't wait till I get to do combo attack later in the game.

That's it for now. I'll update more when I get more time to play it( school and work took up a lot of my time).

Below are more pics of the game's back cover, cover slip, reversible cover(it's like the pin up of the cover without text), insert content below.