Summing up Winter Season 2011/2012

Completely idiotic protagonists who get turned into badasses or Jesus’es, funny horror scenes, unfunny comedies, meaningless robots, drama girls, magical bullshit and finally ever so present: hot springs.

That sums up pretty much everything, but I wouldn’t miss the chance to bash the series separately. They soo deserve it!

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Seirei no Moribito Review

Type: TV (Based off VN)

Episodes: 26

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy

Score: 4,8/ 5,0

Based on a novel of the same name: Guardian of the Sacred Spirit is definitely a pearl of Adventure/Fantasy Anime genre.  Its beauty lies in top-notch art and animation, attention to detail and amazingly absorbing story. This review is mostly a recommendation so I’ll avoid spoilers and instead try to convince you to give it a chance as the serie NEEDS to become more popular.

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Steins;Gate Review

Type: TV (Based off VN)

Episodes: 24

Genres: Sci-fi, Thriller

Score: 3.8 / 5.0

It took me a while to touch the famous Steins;Gate that everyone talks about lately, we all know how it is: the more people praise it all around us, the less we’re motivated to check it ourselves. It’s like wearing the same t-shirt as your twin – you might like it too, but until you get it first it feels awkward to get into it later. And the fact that most anime fans you know mention it every two minutes doesn’t help either.

The hardest wall to break was the relation to chaoS;Head, the serie that I proudly give the lowest possible score for being so bad that it’s existence is a proof that something can always get worse. But oh well, low on the Anime fuel, not much to watch, might aswell force myself and give it a chance..

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Autumn 2011 Anime: Progress update

In some cases nothing changed: Ben-to, Kami no Puzzle and UN-GO are pretty much the same, Kimi to Boku is still an average show with very slight comedy setting,  Hunter x Hunter and P4  have the fresh feeling to them and they can be surprising at times, but that’s also nothing new. Yet it turns out that I underestimated a few other series:

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Persona 4 The Animation: Social Links – Episode 5

I was really curious how it would turn out.  And I’m surprised in the good way, the whole relationship thing became way more complex. Basically what happens here and not in the game: main heroes have impact on the social links’ characters, so it’s all nicely connected as obviously there are no choices to make in comparison to PS2..

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Autumn 2011: Anime I’ll be talking about (Part 3)

The final part, last bunch of series that I look forward to.. And as surprised as I am right now, this season turns out to be my favourite (beginning-wise) of the year, even though I expected HxH and P4 to drag it. I’m going to draw conclusions basing on first impressions, but before that, the missing Anime are:

Guilty Crown

The first episode left me with somehow-good impression, even though it came down to the basics of a complex anime; by which I mean: Military, small group of rebels (with a cool and enthiustastic leader), big Mechas action, main character with a superpower and a hawt singing girl, it’s still damn compelling because of the elegant touch to it. Every scene excluding the mechas fights (as they are completely CGI instead of going Code geass  like it should) feels very refreshing and polished.  I can’t wait for the Sundtrack to come out and I’ve seen only two episodes. As for the plot:

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Dark Souls: Praise the Sun and the community!

                                                 First completed playthrough and a number I shall never forget
 

I will be honest, I consider myself an experienced player. Before I got Dark Souls, I was sure that since I’ve had my ‘sweet’ time with Demon’s Souls and as I know what to expect from the latter, I’d beat the game quite easily with very few deaths. And then the naive illusion shattered. I’ve died. Then I died again and again. Before I realised it, the number of deaths reached second digit, and it didn’t stop there. That’s when I got bitchslapped by reality – There are games that will spit on your experience with the particular genre, it’s the unique design that keeps surprising you. Reflexes and patience alone won’t save you, as the game requieres much improvisation and swift tactic-making, in which case it requieres you to stay focused and it’s not that easy considering the panic attack that you are about to go through.

If you wonder whether you should buy it or not – I can only tell you that it’s a long, emotional journey. The game wants to (and will) troll you, so you have to ask yourself – Are you the kind of person who won’t give up and show the game that you can overcome it? If so, persistance and patience is your best weapon in this dark RPG world.  Don’t misunderstand though, I did (and still do) enjoy the game, be it because of complex ways you can build your character or simply because I can see that I’m getting better at it. Just remember, the game gives you a choice: You take the red pill and play it for sense of accomplishment and satisfaction, or the blue pill and you play to win, in which case you might aswell use exploits and watch walkthrough videos to complete it and dominate the PvP.

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