So I just finished this game on last sunday, it felt like I just finished an action movie. This game is awesome and you wont get bored while you are playing it! But I recommend you to click on the Auto mode, there is nothing so boring that you may wanna skim through it and go on. I mean, really, you dont wanna miss any keyword, right? And there are some battles in the game, I believe you dont want them to stop in the mid and click every time the characters do something.
PS: I am not promising everything mentioned below is completely corret, you know... play by yourself and get another feel of the story!
So the game starts with this wonderful scene, the night of Christmas eve(Oh eve and Eve!)
Then after some moments it's another wonderful scene!
Then our main character shows up and kills these guys! Impressive enough huh?
And this lady shows up too, who are u huh? Never see you before.....(Actually when I rewatch the OVA I saw her show up twice.. completely forgotten lol~)
What a good smile. Anything happened? Seems like this lady can control the crystals.
Never take your time to quarrel with a lady... so let's run away from her, yeah! And then this guy(guy?) shows up! What the **** are you yo!!!
Hell no!!!! u wanna kill me!!!!!?
Lol~ Let's call her the first "Inori" ~~
It's a great pic! But actually it is not in the CG Library.
Here you go! Flashback! Imaging when you wake up and some guys are saying "this is a failure...".... But our main character kun losts his memory so he dont care anyway.
中间那脸太萌动了……好吧……于是主角似乎是个失败的实验体……没能成为真的王……那个黄发正太称他为 伪王 之类的……
Congradulation! You had learned skill "killing people with your right hand"! Well, seems like any creature he touches with his right hand would be crystallized.
Lol ~ how can you run away and get in the right room yo? So the girl introduces herself, she's Carol, and btw, she tells the character his name is Scrooge.
But when she realizes that Scrooge-kun doesnt remember her, she's so disappointed. Yo Scrooge-san! what did u do to her!?
AH~~~~~ Mother Carol ~~~~
Anyway, our prince is taking the princess out of the castle. wow~~~ a gaint stops them! kill him, prince!
Oh wow~ what a wonderful weapon~
Lol ~ Hi ~ Mana ~ Shu~
So the prince and princess are looking for more about the setting of the story..lol.... And they eventually found Shu's father!
Here they mentioned that only kids who are under age 7 have void, since the virus was arrived on earth 7 yrs ago. Also, void is kinda like the soul of a person, so once it broke, the person who provides it would die. So here are some problems, Carol is not under age 7 and she can unlimitly providing different void, why?
When they realize they should help Shu's father.... he's dead already....
So that's the first time this lady shows up, she says her name is Present. A present of the lost christmas( I am not sure if she says "lost"..u ! go check it out!) ... and one of the three Christmas Ghost.
Then Scrooge asks why the "Present" is the first one to come but not the second. And this guy(the same person who controled the one attacked them before) just comes up in a perfect timing, and Present says Scrooge had met the first one already, the "Past"!
Ah~~~~~~~~~~~~~Mana~~~~~~~~~ dont cry~~~~~~ What happens next is mentioned in the anime....
noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!! dont destroy the church!!!!!! plz!!!!!!!!
Well.... luckily, Scrooge found Gai.... so Gai has one CG !
Hmm.... I just found out... it is Past protecting Shu... oh my tears....
Now, lets go back to the beginning.... that's scary... when you pull out babies like that from one's breast....( actually it does make sense?) And Carol is soooo happy and says " that's our children!~“
Finally, they realize it is almost impossible to deal with the ENDRAVE that Past is controling, so they decided to find Past, the human.
Ah... so she's Past.... any comment?
But sadly, although the real Past had died now, her mind is still inside the ENDRAVE..... Carol "that's the real ghost" .. btw, she is yelling "child! child !!!! my child!!!!"
oh wow.... looks so powerful...
Are u sure u are ok, Carol?
AH... whatever... After Scrooge and Carol deal with all kinds of troubles, it is near the end.... Eve is singing....( for real? the sound it makes is brainwashing.... )
Carol !!!! ah~
Ah... so you are crystallized either? Anyway..... she wants Scrooge!
But you fail!!! lol!!! Scrooge belongs to Carol !!!
bye bye...Present..... why cant u use another weapon..... well.... dramatic enough...
So after Present becomes the past... Scrooge asks Carol if she's Yet To Come..... And now Carol is going to explain everything....
Carol" I am not Yet To Come, Yet To Come is the one who fight with you all the time... "
well.... so Scrooge and Carol were required to mate(←yea... that's should be how it is said) with each other.... and what happens is that Carol's uterus was crystallized, and their child/children is dying and living continuously inside her uterus (←I dont understand it either... can someone explain?) Overall, what it means is that the unlimited void is provided by these children... and each time the weapon broke.. the child died...
The normal ending is that they decided to destory the world~ ( of course they didn't...in reality)
The True End is they decided to save the world....
Wow .... a rose..... have a wonderful life! see u!!!
what's the point of writing all these stuff...?
(there is an issue with gallery image phrasing, please right click and open new tab to view the images for now)
Just bunch stuff in no particular order
newest iPhone 5 (funny thing is right after we ordered it, apple announced 5S
And whatever happened, my whole family just switched from free phones to smart phones (my parents use samsung, me and my sister use iphone)
some of you were curious
so i took some screenshots from the KTV events
Ice skating in the park in the city, the contrast between nature and the city is beautiful
A squirrel is having a sun tan
An American anime shop
Korean style dinner
Did a temporary part-time in a Manga store
Japanese food (sakura blossom) festival
We waited more than half hour in line for yakisoba (fry noodles) and it was sold out
so we bought okonomiyaki (vege-pancake) instead
By the way, that just reminds me of a moment from K-ON
there was once they went to the mountain lives, and Tsumugi was so looking forward to the yakisoba
but when they got off line it was sold out too
just some recent purchases
love the gift clock came with the magazine
at last, here is a beautiful sun-set picture from today's festival
The game is out for few days now, and I just started playing it (too much things going on and so little time)
For those of you who already watched the anime
It's kinda long if i have to write what happened, so basically
After they beat the final boss (game maker) at 75th floor, system error occured
most skills, items are lost and they stuck at 76th floor and decided to finish off 100 floors
according to one of the spoiler videos i have seen, the error caused the loss kirito and asuna's marriage data
so in the game you can aim for a different main female character
my subject is of course asuna hehe
about the system, kind of obvious, unlike the anime, upon death your char goes back the the last save point
note that if you partner dies, it's also game over (happened to me once with asuna, not sure about other char, probably same for all main chars)
attacking and defensing is automated, I can see this serves two points
one the console (I have an old PSP 2k) won't be able to support full 3d battle
second to keep player from bored out (from clicking the attack button n times in every battle)
instead you get to use sword skills and battles skills, and communicating with your partner (e.g switching, healing, attacking from the back..)
although I only played it couple hours (bit slow too, because it is in Japanese, I read a little slow and once a while find a word that i don't understand, but i still glad that since i started taking jap classes now i'm able to play jap games with no problem)
anyways, already feeling a decent game, really looking forward to continue playing
here is their official home page for the game: http://swordart-online-game.channel.or.jp/?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=direct&utm_campaign=direct
K - Review
I just watched this anime, i was waiting for it since the announcement and with expectations. These were exceeded?
Certainly K has a intrigued story, you find yourself following actions that will lead you to the "what's going on", not the whole story but to get the moment. In this advanced society, beyond the not so political presence, the world is influenced by seven kings, each king posses a color that define his powers, level and kind, in some of the cases their mystical personalities. Those kings have vassals, they may be blessed with power to help the cause, their intentions: some raw, some mysterious. Seems like those kings also belong to a unique group with their people, that sets the rules of ones with unnatural powers, which they must respect and be apart from involving the innocent people, after all the kings fight each other for many reasons. That's when one of our main character, Shiro, make appearance, he, undoubtedly being involved in a crime, chosen to be the target of one of the most violent king, the Red king. But he's not the only one looking for him. In This story you don't know what's going on till the very last episodes.
This is one of those series that doesn't start by "hello my name is x, and I am x" as the story begins in the middle of something, same happens with the characters so the first thing you know about them is what they do. Is a lot of characters to start with, hard to know or judge at first sight but it definitely influence you, at the end of the first moment you want to know more about them. I think the characters are easy to read at least their intention but not what they want. Kings, vassals, students, and a neko girl. Some characters wear the cliché, but in a good way, some other just brake the cliché, they are just not what you think they are. With some others you really can't tell what's going on with them, their reason behind.
I've never look for quality in animation, hard to say that some anime series can surpass that, why's that? I think is not just about improving animation and details, I think is also about what are you showing and the way animations does, that combined with the story telling is a team winner. The design & background of this anime is amazingly beautiful you feel how the society in K is visually advanced and engaged with it. I especially like the way it shows you the characters, you can tell that the situation and actions are normal although during that event, something else is happening out of normal, there is when how slowly shows you the supernatural powers and how are they being managed at the same time introducing the characters, dialogues, and more questions, about the story.
One of my favorites moments is when the personages are involved with the dusks, morning, closed spaces, the light is just so much beautiful the mix of light with colors and the reflections, is not the most detailed animation, is just simply nice to see that kind of effect all over them.
I liked the sound, when the character's showing, fighting or in those minutes of climax of the plot, there's always a exciting music or song molding the instant. During the fights, the music, a theme song does not hold back to embrace the moment. The sound effects are impressive, since the fighting requires a precise execution with the length, effect and that combined with the animation is very enjoyable. Overall the soundtrack is always in harmony with the humor of the plot and characters. The voice acting is delightful! some of my favorites seiyuu were there, so many talent in this K project and that was a pleasing surprise.
Having expectations is not good at all, but is not about knowing what you want to see, is about to expect full enjoyment, then somehow something will impress you. That's how I feel about K, except for the trailer I didn't knew anything, but was enough. I really enjoy this one, I could not stop, I watched every episode one after another, nonstop! although is a anime filled mysteries and a kind mythology, is not heavy to watch, easy to devour. I think is helps that part of the first episodes is basically a persecution and you feel part of it, chasing to get rid of that incertitude around the characters.
is a very nice anime, filled with a intrigued plot where you think you figured what's going on, everything twist more and more, so many characters to enjoy, girl and boys as well, even the less important personage is very nice, I remember this student declaring his love so passionately to the girl who's friend of one of the main characters, and you can see that move a couple of times, so cute, making both of them blushing each time they face each other during the whole series, kyaa.
I had so much fun with K I do recommend this to anyone who likes supernatural powers, where you can find personages with the most sadist fighting face to the most cute and clumsy personage. Is a story about pride, lost, power, loyalty, mysticism and friendship.
Please take a look to this gallery with screenshots of K ->
Some of my friends are organizing an event to bring figures out for picture taking
which is going to happen very soon, by then I will have more photos available but the main issue is this figure is huge (the biggest one in my collection)
and as well as my other figures
P.S. should have received this figure a week ago, but due to miss delivery and I just found the notice today so.. (ﾉ´∀｀*)
anyways here comes the photos
The post office lady said: "This package comes from Japan, a surprise present hey"
true that, my friend bought this for me as a gift (thank you friend (*´ω｀*)
Compare with the TV at the back (showing my website)
Just some other figures I have
I will take some photos of my room some other time, since it does not relate to this topic
In conclusion, The figure is very well made (the second most expensive one I have atm)
and features 2 different bows, the arrow and wings came separately, you can to put them on
the right hand is rotatable too (provide different shooting angles? (´・ω・｀)
At last, staying home, cook for myself
here is a picture of my lunch
today after a doctor appointment, went to the bookstores in the city
It seems like due to Japanese yen price drop or whatever reason, magazines and some books have price reduced by 15%
so I went to check the latest release of Dengeki(電撃) G'S like usual and found that each one has a note under the plastic wrapper
it prints "The attached figure can not be sold in the US due to law restriction"
unfortunately the store doesn't allow photo taking, else I would take a picture
here is this issue's image taken from their site
now, I can guess the reason why it can't be sold in the US is not because it is a little buster's naked figure
but the naked figure looks like a child
(you probably know the majority Japanese drawing styles make characters look like low age range (especially genre: loli) which caused quite some problems with other nations (we being one of them) who take child rights seriously)
anyhow, even the store drop the price for this particular magazine for 20%, I still didn't buy it (see how important the attached gift is for magazine buyers)
Dinner： ramen + beer (because they have a special price when purchased with ramen) + nikuman (肉まん)
here are the stuff I bought today
Originally from a light novel
Majority of the scene plays took place in VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game)
The first thing I have to say about this Anime is the world setting is definitely fantastic. (´・ω・｀)
The fighting system broke the traditional scenes with the MMO setting
For example, battle in regular anime, if the main character's heart is stabbed, or if the body opens up a big wound
it will definitely weaken him, and in most cases the end of the fight (in real life: death)
but Sword Art Online (SAO) as a game can represent this element in HP, brings battle into its full potential
and they don't just limit on this one factor, e.g when their hand is cut they lose it (although it can be restored later if the character still alive)
also weapons, armors and food, even pets are breakable.
not to mention potions, skills, poisons like paralysis that often used by the cheaters in the Anime
together they bring battle into next level
If you have read my other reviews, you know I don't write plot summaries
in fact I avoid to tell the plot story as much as possible, so that those who haven't watch it yet won't be spoiled
while my review is focusing on the details and important elements that made up the show hoping it can also give those who already watched it a meditation (・ω<)
The 25 episode length definitely didn't give the animator enough time for fillers
Course of events seems bit rush, especially the first part of the anime when they try to clear the world of sword art online
It quickly skipped through many floors leaves viewer a bit empty feeling
Other than beating the game, the most important scenes of part one no doubt is the love chemistry between our main char Kirito and Asuna !! (≧∇≦)/
The love scenes of them falling in love and getting married at first is heart touching and later sadden the viewers when they got separated
which makes me feel deeper connected to the character's feeling as Kirito later returned back to MMO Alfheim to rescue Asuna
P.S. the way I watch anime (in this case I finished it in 3 days) has boosted up my feeling since my plot memories are still fresh
The most important moment in my opinion is when the raider team was having trouble with a boss
and both of them were called back to front-line after a short vacation, when Kirito heard about the danger of the boss they were about to face
He wanted Asuna to stay in the base and await for his return, but she refused and replied
"If I stayed, waited, and if you didn't come back, I would suicide"
These lines really moved me
So I decided to rework the structure of my reviews, now I will include a rating and talk on the leading element of the Anime
In sword art online, I think the most appealing factor is their setting
Although as a computer science major, I feel a little awkward when Akihiko (the scientist behind the game)
who locked up all ten thousand players and give them death penalty by sending strong signal to the brain for dying in game or disconnect from the server
the reason is, being a crime in this large scale should bring international top computer pro to hack into the server
or track down the source and disable that functionality locally
Apart from the things I have already mentioned above
The makers really made very good use of the setting of the world of game
PK (player killing), item, party, guild, boss, level etc system
These elements are indispensable and bring more color into the show that created many different user types like
the bads: guilds that focus on killing other players for their money and items, cheaters who try to force players who fell asleep in the public into dual
the neutral: players who have adapted to the life style of the game and want to live a normal life there
the goods: the raider team which both our main characters are in, who try to complete the game so that everyone can be released from this world
and the smiths who work hard making/fixing weapon and armor to support those in the front-line
The contrast of Asuna being the guild raider team captain who known as Senko（閃光） Asuna in the first game
and later being imprison in a cage like a bird who has no strength to fight is a quite interesting concept
And I think most of you would agree that the setting and story of first game is better than the second game
almost forgot to mention, going back to the marriage system, they even have kid, yes "KID!!" ｷﾀ━━━━(ﾟ∀ﾟ)━━━━!!
The creation of the AI (artificial intelligence)program Yui and she considering Kirito and Asuna to be her papa and mama bring many joys to the Anime
P.S In sword art online, I was exciting to see the society and their friends' reactions when they both get married but that never happened
this is one of the pity for a rushed series
Design / CG ★★★★★
Here comes another change I did for this review and will continue to be (hopefully, positively) for the future reviews
Since a good design needs good CG to maintain, and same for the reverse case
also these two elements are very close related, I have decided to put them together to talk about it
It's very easy to notice the main character's change of cloth/armor as he advanced through the dungeons
With the fabulous look of costume, weapons, united guild costumes, number of monster designs and beautiful environments
together with the awesome CG to bring them all alive, no doubt they deserve full star rating (・∀・)ﾓｴｯ
I personally love watching the scenes where Asuna sticks to Kirito in bed (FFF tan(misery sound echo in the air): burn! burn! BURN!
Music / Sound ★★★★★
Despite there ain't many memorable BGMs, the sound effects (especially battle sounds) has filled this small vacancy
The OP/ED songs are very nice too
OP 1 crossing field by LISA
ED 1 Yume Sekai (ユメセカイ) by Tomatsu Haruka (戸松 遥)
OP 2 Innocence by Eir Aoi 藍井 エイル
ED 2 Overfly by Luna Haruna 春奈るな
P.S 戸松遥 does the voice for Asuna (she is one of the people that I like who keeps the jobs of CV and singer, after Mizuki Nana (水樹 奈々)
This is the longest review I have ever written, hope you enjoy it (-ω☆)ｷﾗﾘ
below are sub'ed and raw anime torrents
This is a collection of around 3 weeks daily
no wait, i wasn't being lazy, i have been working my ass off since the vacation (cough)
so here we go
A Christmas event (karaoke) me and like 14 of my friends have been preparing for quite a while
unfortunately, i didn't get to go because the night before i had a sore throat, and the next day a cold that kept me in bed
TES, according to the pictures, they had a gift share, and this is what i wasn't able to give out
the direct translation of the text i wrote literary means to throw away your dignity
meaning to be open, like 'really OPEN' (´・ω・｀)
and yes, little while before, the dog i took care of as for like a part-time job
I guess you don't wanna open this blog post and the first thing you see is my face so i moved the order for this one
anyways, i wasn't able to continue dog host because my dad was pissed about floor being scratched by their nails (´；ω；｀)
too bad for the products i bought for taking care of dogs, cause i thought i was gonna able to continue it
the reason why i started this is i can able to continue programming for the site while earning some cash to keep the site running
and also, because i love dogs
however, in the end i gave these products for free to my first client
if you were to ask me "you want coffee or tea?" i would definitely say tea
me liking tea has been decades but only recently i purchased full equipment to be a 'real tea drinker' (イェー～）
from left to right: green, black and oolong tea
due to last time i didn't go, so i organized another karaoke
let's start off where we had lunch -> 回転寿司！rotating sushi (a very popular sushi serving method in Japan, but very hard to find it in America, even-though we do have tons of sushi restaurants)
so basically you can pick up whatever you want from the rotating platform, and the price will be counted by the number and color your disks
of course you can order things directly from the waiter like regular restaurants
day view of manhattan
just a demonstration of one of the pages from the karaoke book, you may be able to see the page number if you enlarge the image
they have two books (japanese) like this, total thousands of pages
unlike some modern ktv places that have digital touch machine where you can easily navigate and find songs with other useful settings
this place still uses the traditional (although not that old) way where you have to find song off the book and enter the number yourself
the reason why we came here is this is the only place we can find tons of Jap songs (as it's opened by Japanese people) _(:3 ⌒ﾞ)_
night view of manhattan
supper -> カツ丼 (breaded pork on rice) (in-front of me is udon)
just a day ago, we went to play badminton
lunched at a north korean style hot pot place I usually go
--> (playing badminton) for 5 hours -->
ever since the winter break started, i have been staying home programming for our site
so the lack of doing sport resulted me next day muscle aches (although same thing has been said by the six that went with me)
lastly, dinnered at a BBQ place, plus one friend that bumped in later, 8 of us had to squeeze into one table
and we were battling for cooking spaces, but it was fun
almost forgot to mention, i wrote 2 free plugins(scripts) recently
not a bad download amount for couple days in one site since release (consider it took more than 1 day to be approved)
and i'm quite glad since some of them replied my support topic and thanked me for my work (´・ω・｀)
So I have decided to write site development updates before our official releases
and maybe in the future as well, yea~~ (ヽ´ω`)
(probably not all of them, because some i can update immediately in the annoucenment board, but i will write as much as i can)
Been writing the homepage for the past couple days
also fixing some layout issues, just yesterday I grabbed some of the codes I wrote, put into a plugin and released it over to the system site for free (like always)
the wiki (open database) that I have been teasing about is at the finalyzing stage
going to write a tab content bbcode to help member editing the content too (I will also write a resource page regarding how to use it)
and then, back to the shadow (´・ω・｀)
Originally from a light novel
Recommend to those who like me love war genre and battle strategies
The anime sometimes popup some event image as mentioned by our main char(monkey) are from the game Nobunaga no yabou (did Koei(the game maker) dropped some money into it for advertise? I don't know)
the wars make my heart pounding and wanting to play the game again (yes I have killed some great deal of time with it before, it also taught me a lot of sengoko histories) unfortunately it's been sometimes since previous version, no new work yet (sob
Unique and interesting course of events while respecting the historical ending of the Japanese Sengoku era
However, our main char who is from the future, and in favor of Nobuna he prevented some bad events from happening, e.g rescue of Saitou. his move should slightly change the history as we later started seeing some unique events
Most famous characters get female forms in the anime and eventually turn into a pattern when you see a cute enemy, then you know she is gonna turn into our side (or our main char's harem?)
Another thing I love is the illustration and design done by Miyama zero (one of my favorite artists)
Fabulous costumes, character designs and art style
Very nice graphic to set off battle scenes, costumes
as well as keeping the art style with detailed motions
Awesome song and BGMs
OP - "Link" by Aimi
and ED - "Hikari" by Mizuta Makino
Just by looking at the enemies that are still there, there is a lot of room for new season
and I will be glad to see if there is one coming
Originally from a light novel
The battle against god might seem cool but the battle character setting itself is basically retelling the ancient stories of gods (mostly Greek gods)
and this probably can amazes the first time listeners
but I already know majority of the stuff from Philosophy and Global literature classes
The golden sword is really a buggy setting
and I personally hate the plot of the 2nd and 3rd followers who hesitate and keep feeling shame for a kiss
especially when it relates to the lives of them and the world
(due to the condition of use of the sword, the main char needs information about the enemy, however, our main char of course doesn't have knowledge of every detail of them so someone has to tell him, but the info amount is huge for telling by mouth or read, thanks to the usability of 'magic' they can be sent instantly, and since Campione resists to magic they have to do it by kiss/internal)
Battle scenes are good, the power of golden sword just reminds me of Gilgamesh from Fate stay night
and a lot fan-services
Above average costumes including underwear
The first couple listen to the OP may not be noticeable but the melody is pretty good
I think there is a second season coming up?
Oden, similar to hotpot, materials boiled with soup
there is a slice fired tofu underneath which tastes best, the pink thing (i believe fish meat) is good too
rest are just average taste, most importantly the amount is not enough for lunch
so I bought a Yakisoba pan afterwards with the intention of trying something new (also becuz it's pretty famous among anime)
but i regret it... tastes awful..
later, went to a lion king show after visit to the bookstore
Time square + a notebook of Yuruyuri from my friend
did you notice something? yes the image on the notebook is the exact same place where we standing
after all, here are the purchases
my initial target was the dengeki G's magazine, but unfortunately it did not arrive on time
so i picked up bunko(文庫) becuz of the gorgeous gifts (trading figure + collective booklet of short comic from all bunko works + trading cards)
the rest are all manga, i'm not gonna list all the names, just look at the picture