Top 10 2014 moments- Side B

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The project of 12 days as an idea started as a sampling of moments but many bloggers like us take the chance to generally talk about the series we loved during the year that passed. But this year we thought it might be a good idea to actually do that in a seperate post where we collect the 10 astounding and 10 horrible moments from titles we haven’t included elsewhere. As the list descends, the moments have made better or worse impressions respectively. The last and second part full of ranting is here.  Continue reading

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Top 10 2014 moments- Side A

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The project of 12 days as an idea started as a sampling of moments but many bloggers like us take the chance to generally talk about the series we loved during the year that passed. But this year we thought it might be a good idea to actually do that in a seperate post where we collect the 10 astounding and 10 horrible moments from titles we haven’t included elsewhere. As the list descends, the moments have made better or worse impressions respectively. So here we start with positivity. Continue reading

Pixelated Dreams & Nightmares: An Interview with Dreaming Games

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One of the opinions I reached during the last half of 2014 is that RPG Maker/Indie Horror RPGs are perhaps the most interesting aspect of the modern video game industry. Perhaps it’s that I am a rookie on the genre, but most titles I have come across so far are very interesting and, despite the low budget and the small number of developers, original. Dreaming Games, a team of three people Accha (artists & producer), Trass (main composer) and Usachii (main vocalist) is among those who seem to have a promising future. They have already released titles such as Painted Heart and -the excellent, if I may say so- Dreaming Mary. Both games have gained the attention of the fandom and I really wanted to have them participate in an interview with us. Despite our many delays, they were thankfully happy to participate and tell us all about their games and their team. Continue reading

2014: 12th day of Animanga

hunterxhunterlWhat is a story? A journey into an imaginary universe, a mirror that minimizes on certain reflections of our world, thoughts and ideas we cannot otherwise confess and much more. What is more important, however, is what most stories wish but fail to become; an experience that remains unforgettable, one that breathes life into its audience’s heart. HunterxHunter (HxH) is one of the iconic examples of how to make that goal a reality.

*In this article we’re going to talk about the 2011-2014 adaptation that has covered most of the manga, ignoring the latter and the 1999-2004 anime. This isn’t meant as a disrespect to the other installations of the story but rather as a tribute to our favorite version of HxH. Continue reading

2014: 11th day of animanga

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We’ve said this was a great year for comedies for us and we can’t leave out Oregairu (My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong As I Expected) . It was aired just the previous year and with a second season coming out this year, I thought it’d be a good idea to talk about it now than later when we might have regrets with unwanted routes/develoments (see romance, shipping).  Continue reading

2014: 10th day of Animanga

No_game_no_life_wallpaperAnime is primarily a business. This is a fact that those of us who care a lot about high quality artwork and innovative storyline often forget. The primary reason why we get such products is because people can make money that way -lots and lots of them. Therefore most of today’s titles are filled with over the top fanservice even in cases where it feels unnecessary to have it. I admire anime like “No Game No Life” that try to go beyond the panties and lolis featured in their story and provide the viewer with something more. Continue reading

2014: 9th day of Animanga

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There are certain genres that are always tough to adapt in anime form. Sports and Musical anime are perhaps the best examples of that category, yet Fantasy doesn’t feel so far away. By Fantasy I mean settings that resemble medieval legends and/or worlds like that of Tolkien. Looking back at shows like Record of Loddoss War, Shaman Princess and Kemono no Shouja Erin one can find some good titles that unfortunately share certain weaknesses (lack of action, budget problems, etc.) and lack a sense of fun and epicness. Shingeki no Bahamut is a brave attempt to create something that contains all of these qualities. Continue reading