Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Movies pick: Professor Layton and The Eternal Diva


The first movie based on the popular Nintendo DS games is fairly true to the vein of the games it is adapted from. Although the first minute starts of a bit confusing as it begins more like a promo than a film, it quickly falls into a formulaic story. A girl and longtime friend of Layton and his sidekick Luke has arrived in town. An opera diva, she needs their help. Mysterious circumstances are occurring at the opera theatre she performs at and Layton has a nasty hunch that the recent missing girls may be connected to it.

Sure enough, Layton is correct. He and a cast of eccentric characters become part of a challenge to find the legendary ambrosia - the elixir of eternal youth. Each has their own reasons for wanting it, but as the puzzles become harder, the consequences more deadly, soon only a few remain. Between careening boats, a pack of mind-controlled wolves and a booby-trapped castle, it will take all of Layton's mental might and Luke's bravery to see through the red herrings to the nefarious plan hidden within.

The movie tells a good yarn. It is creative, particularly visually with the opera theater, the boat, and later the castle and strange inventions that come into play. The movie, like the games, contains mental puzzles to sort out. The film is narrated by young Luke throughout the movie, a bit too much at times as it is not always necessary, but I think it is likely to keep it along the lines of the original games. The twists at the end were well done with some heartfelt moments included.

The animation was an interesting juxtaposition of very detailed backgrounds scenes and overly simplified character designs. Again this is like the game but the almost drab look to the characters is unfortunate though understandably necessary to keep them looking like they do in the game. At the same time P.A. Works (Canaan, Angel Beats!), the studio that produced the animation, had some intriguing designs to the creative aspects like the theatre and inventions and often employed 3D CG to bring them to life.

IN SUMMARY:
An engaging sleuth adventure perfect for younger viewers. Fans of Case Closed will love Professor Layton's adventures!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Black Friday and great deals are here


So here we are, just a few weeks before Xmas and with the biggest sales of the year, the Black Friday week is here, starting with an amazing sales, oh god i feel bad i ordered the The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Limited Edition couple Of weeks ago, coz its up today for $19.99 and i got it for $37 T_T why didnt i wait for this week?
Anyhow, just keep on checking Amazon for this week, you will find some amazing deals, here is the Anime deals, and here is the Video games deals.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Black friday pre week sales from Aamazon..

Black Friday is around the corner, and its a big chance for any anime, manga and video games collectors to get the latest stuff with lower prices, im still waiting for the actuall week myself, but there is some deals offerd right now on amazon, so check it out, you might find something you like.



Countdown to Black Friday Deals Week
Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, with low prices and sales on electronics, video games, DVDs, and more.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

CLANNAD

Clannad is one of many great anime made by key.
it is based on the final year in high school for the dilinquant Tomoya Okazaki who is tired of both his life and the town he lives in, that is until he meets a shy Nagisa Furukawa on his way to school and befriends her whilst helping her revive the schools drama club.

Without giving away any spoilers it is hard to put into words of how good this anime (as with Key's other work (Kanon, Air ) actually is. This anime would be perfect for anybody who is a fan of Animes with great character personality builds (even in secondary and minor characters) and anybody who find any school based shows interesting, this searies of CLANNAD also has many aspects to grip the veiwers to it, using Comedy, drama and part of a tale that leaves the veiwer wondering of its significance (which is explained in the afterstory Series of CLANNAD). The veiwer is also bought into the story with the excellent usage of music for any major scene.
its just simply one of the most touching anime i'v ever watched, and with the After Story you get the complete story as the characters grow up, graduate, get jobs and getting married.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Collectors Edition was announced of Final Fantasy XIII-2 for North America



Few hours ago a collectors edition of FFXIII-2 was announced for NA, this CE will contain the following:
- Premium packaging featuring artwork by Yoshitaka Amano.
- A 4-disc official soundtrack.
- A full-color collection of concept artwork containing “a variety of never-before-seen illustrations, environments and more.”
And it will cost $79.99

You can already pre-order it from Amazon here

A CE was already announced for EU along side a Crystal Edition that contained more, though it is slightly different than the NA one.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Complete manga to get: Hot Gimmick -VizBig Edition (4 Vol)

Hot Gimmick, Vol. 1 (VIZBIG Edition) Wow, it almost been a year since i last wrote in this blog, and it's been a hectic year for me, just like the manga i'm going to recommend for you guys.
Hot Gimmick is a story revolving an In company-owned rabbit-hutch apartments live tenants who can't afford to live anywhere else, and the apartment complex in which high-school girl Hatsumi Narita lives is ruled over by the rumor mongering, self-righteous Mrs. Tachibana. Get on Tachibana's bad side, and life becomes hell. When Hatsumi has to buy a pregnancy test because her popular sister Akane is late, Mrs. Tachibana's son, Ryoki, who used to bully Hatsumi as a kid, promises not to tell the world about Hatsumi's secret, only if she becomes his slave. Suddenly Azusa, Hatsumi's protector in their youth, reappears to save her again! He's moving back into the neighborhood! Despite the budding romance between Hatsumi and Azusa, Ryoki has control over her through the secret that could ruin the lives of everyone in Hatsumi's family, and he hasn't forgotten who his slave is!
Hatsumi is a sensible and mild-mannered young girl, but she suddenly finds herself in a swirl of drama that threatens to drive her totally crazy. Her younger sister is a shameless flirt and might be pregnant. [Oh no!] An old friend is back in town and is now a famous (and hot) fashion model.[Swoon...]Her neighbor is a bully and is blackmailing her to be his love slave. [Hate him!!]And this is just the beginning! Miki Aihara turned the manga world upside down with her salacious, outrageous, and funny hit series. If you think being a teenager in America is hard, wait until you read Hot Gimmick. These Tokyo boys and girls are really messed up![ from amazon since i couldn't describe it better than this myself]

but why VIZBIG Edition and now the normal one consisting of 12 Vol, it's still available??
well, here is why:
1- if you are a manga collector you know how it's tough to find space for more and more of manga, when manga comes in compressed 3 in 1.. or 2 in 1, you save space on your shelf for even more manga to get.
2- Don't forget, big manga look even better while reading, because it has bigger pages, bigger drownings and bigger text, and it looks even better on your shelf with the side cover art looking more visible.
3- look at the money you save!! while you pay around $9 to $10 for a single vol, you can only pay around $13 to $14 for 3 Vol in one book, so do the math of how much you can save.

i really love those VIZBIG editions and omnibus ones, so i will be posting some of the good manga you can get from them next times.