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Tytania Episode 13 (Goofus vs. Gallant)

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WHAT IS A MAN?!  Well After This Episode We Can Certainly It’s Not Alses

This episode I thought I would try another new summary/review scheme since like with Alses’ mask coming off at the end of this episode, everyone pretty much shows some of their true colours.  I’m pretty sure Charles Di Britannia would be disgusted if he were here to see it.  Well, I think that with this one the wheels of tragedy have finally been set in motion (and I’m not talking about stupid Lira’s death, that was just a catalyst and a blessing) and it’s time for the fall to begin.  The first step in my coverage of it comes with my Daily Show inspired look at our cast members and how our expectations of them don’t always match up to their true selves, their visible actions, and their actual capabilities.  Pretty much everybody in this episode does one impressive thing and one really dumb thing and in some cases they reveal another side of themselves, for better or worse.  Perhaps it shows that through it all they are, each and everyone of them…..human.  Anyway, let’s have a look. Continue reading ‘Tytania Episode 13 (Goofus vs. Gallant)’

Rideback First Impression

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Unnecessary Slow Motion Mounting Procedures?  This Girl’s Got Style!

Slow start eh?  Well this was the one show that I had expected to reach out and grab me from what I’ve been told, but unfortunately with this first episode it wasn’t able to do that.  That doesn’t mean I didn’t like me, it’s just that it didn’t stand out from the pack anymore than the next series this season.  I guess this is what Megazone 23 would be like if Shogo’s dancer girlfriend Yui had taken his place in discovering the Garland and then ostensibly used it to try and upset the establishment.  I’m definitely getting some Garland vibes from the Scarlet Rideback, although there’s a difference in that one is clearly a transformable mecha to be used as a weapon while the Rideback is a recreational sports and hobby machine.  Oh that and the Rideback is composed entirely of gaudy CG that looks really awkard when you see a clearly traditionally drawn Rin riding on top of it.  Yeah I was pretty much playing spot the CG in the action scene throughout the last quarter of the episode and it wasn’t much of a game. Continue reading ‘Rideback First Impression’

Tales of Abyss episode 15 ~ Natalia strikes back

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Well isn’t that the truth

Yea right on Natalia, you should have done this earlier. Now this is what I wanted to see; the gang sticking their opinions into that cold hearted bastard of a father, sheesh ^^’

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni Translation Patch: new release, Episode 3 complete!

After quite some annoying delay due to the busy period, we managed to keep our deadline clean (well, too bad for a 2008 release).

Witch Hunt is proud to announce that the new patch for Umineko no Naku Koro ni is available!

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Gundam 00 Second Season Opening 2 Quickie Impression

Namida no Mukou – by Stereopony

Yeah, sorry but I’ve gotta give the new opening the big ol’ thumbs down. Again I can’t help but feel this comes down to an issue of (and it pains me to have to make the comparison) the song not fitting with the flow of the video (moreso towards the last 1/3 of the sequence) much like with the case of Gundam Seed Destiny’s Wing of Words.  Although I will say that the mixture does work out to a better degree then WoW did with GSD’s fourth opening video.  Now I’ve personally got nothing against the nudity in the opening and I tend to think that anybody who professes to take offense to such a thing is just being silly, even if it is a little gratuitous, but really it’s a shame because this could have worked out better.  Continue reading ‘Gundam 00 Second Season Opening 2 Quickie Impression’

Yoko vs. Yoko – Great Composers All Out Attack (Part 5)

I fall behind on this series of articles yet again because Final Fantasy XII managed to catch up on me.  Turns out the reason I was having trouble progressing was because at some point between my sporadic attempts at playing it over the past couple of months I neglected to realize that I was something like 6 levels behind in terms of raw character building and 2 levels behind in terms of basic equipment.  It really makes a difference in a game that has such a clearly tiered system of equips.  2 hours of power grinding later and some major loot gathering and selling to finance the massive cost of getting my equipment up to speed I am now owning the game and plan to continue doing so later on.

Anyway, anyone ever notice how I tend to refer to “Yoko Kanno tribal beats” from time to time while doing my OST reviews?  Well tonight I finally get the chance to show off an example of just what I mean by that.  Oh and Shimomura get’s to join in too.  Huzzah….. Continue reading ‘Yoko vs. Yoko – Great Composers All Out Attack (Part 5)’

Umineko no Naku Koro ni: When the witch hunt cries…in joy

Behind this weird and obscure title (if we don’t take the last part of it in consideration) lies one of the most glorious and morale boosting (who am I kidding? More OVERLOAD) event we could ever had.

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Tytania Episode 12 (Are There Two Seperate Scenario Writers For This Show?)

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Nunally 2.0 Lydia …I Simultaneously Love And Hate You At The Same Time….Kind Of In The Same Way I Do This Episode

No seriously, I’m really starting to wonder about the bi-polar style of writing between the two factions of the show.  Specifically about what is going on with the disparity between the way the Tytania side scenarios are written compared to Fan’s side in terms of quality and complexity.  It’s like….okay here’s an example, you know how Call of Duty has two developers that alternate with each game and how while the title of the series always remains the same, one of them clearly isn’t bringing their A-Game even if different scenarios call for different styles of scripting? 

More specifically how wherein one can be praised quite a bit for their innovative ways of telling stories about warfare that make use of solid scripting and visual cues to really pull you into the story and add that extra oomph the other clearly just likes to rehash overused concepts when taking you through their stories or they like to just copy the other guys style whenever convenient, thus resulting in what can only be described as a watered/dumbed down scenario and overall experience compared to what the other team offers.  Well anyway, I’d swear Tytania has the same thing going on and that there are actually two scenario writers for the series, one with a certain degree of skill in his style and the other who’s just kind of winging it.  I’d also swear that if this is indeed the case that the skilled guy got assigned to write the Tytania side of the story and the borderline hack got assigned to write Fan’s side of the story.  In some ways that’s the only way I can explain what I witnessed in this episode.  I worry that this is going to be a long one, but let’s go in for a closer look. Continue reading ‘Tytania Episode 12 (Are There Two Seperate Scenario Writers For This Show?)’

Tales of Abyss episode 14 ~ Revelations here and there

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In our dimension it’s called the magnetic field

Well as expected it was another nice and healthy revelation episode where you just know that our heros will never get a bit of peace and rest until this entire adventure is over. How long has it been now? Weeks or Months? How can they even stay standing after such a long period of activity is beyond me…

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Yoko Vs. Yoko Great Composers All Out Attack (Part 4)

Let’s get back into this series now that I’m all mostly caught up on Tytania and the holidays are behind me.  This time we’re going to be looking at Tension building music. Continue reading ‘Yoko Vs. Yoko Great Composers All Out Attack (Part 4)’


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