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Anime Review - "Holy Knight" (2015)

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Typically, my reviews are long and pretty in depth, at least, I like think they are. This will be a little different. This is more of a tirade, and I apologize for that, but I had to get this out here. CrunchyRoll and Media Blasters did a bit of a promotional blitz to promote this insipid, wretched garbage heap of a show, so you might be suckered into watching it. And now, it's on DVD. Please, for the love of all that is good and "Holy" (I know, I'm a comedy genius,) don't. Just don't. I've been watching anime for well over a decade, and I can firmly say that "Holy Knight" is at the very, very bottom of the barrel of the wide gamut of stuff I've seen.

Oh yeah. It's that bad.

Review - "Mortal Kombat X"

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(Review is based on PS4 retail copy of the game.)
In an age where hyperviolence is the norm, is Mortal Kombat still relevant?

Fatality: Mortal Kombat X's Brutal Misfires

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Mortal Kombat X is a good game. A very good game. Actually, it's really goddamned good, probably the best Mortal Kombat since Deception, my personal favorite. I picked it up at the midnight launch and have been looking forward to every possible chance I might get to put in a few more rounds into it. From a mechanical standpoint, it's almost pitch-perfect. Every round feels distinctly different, there are numerous ways to play each diverse character, and the combat is blisteringly fast yet never completely out of control. As a lapsed fighting game fan, what I've gotten to play, so far, has sparked my interest in the genre again.

But when I put out my review sometime in the next day or so, I won't be able, in all good conscience, to give it a "perfect" score, or even something very close to a "perfect" score. That's because, despite everything Mortal Kombat X does right, it serves a grim reminder at the state of modern gaming.

Flawless victory? Ha…

Review - "Daredevil" (2015)

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I just finished watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe event of the year. No, I didn't get an advanced peek at Avengers: Age of Ultron or Ant-Man, which are sure to be fine films... well, maybe not that second one. Regardless, I don't think the biggest event in Marvel adaptations will be happening in your local cineplex or illicit streaming site of choice in 2015. After spending around thirteen hours in a rundown slum of New York City, I'm convinced that sometimes, superheroes don't always need huge budgets and lavish special effects. Sometimes, all they really need is a team of writers and producers who genuinely care about them, who have faithfully followed their exploits and understand what makes them tick.

This is why Daredevil might be the most faithful and well-produced Marvel project thus far... as well as a new personal favorite.

The Nerd Persecution Complex

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It would probably take somebody five seconds to look over this blog and see that I'm a stone-cold geek. The rants about video games or anime are a dead giveaway, I'd say. As a geek, I predictably pal around with a lot of like-minded individuals, and engage in a lot of online discussions revolving around all the stuff I tend to care about. It's that last one, though, that's made me a bit jaded. There's a trend I've noticed that pollutes all sorts of online discussion about comics and gaming, and to a far lesser extent, anime.

You've probably noticed it too, if you're an observant individual. I'm talking about what I'm dubbing a "Nerd Persecution Complex," or a false sense of oppression based entirely on... the type of media somebody consumes. Yep.

Spring 2015 Anime Impressions - "The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan"

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KyoAni has become, frankly, a parody of itself. To me, anyways. Each show that comes out of the studio gets progressively more pedantic and less engaging as time passes. Pretty sad, considering they once offered some of the most ambitious, fascinating stuff in the industry. It's kind of a relief, then, that they're off the airwaves this season, and that what once was their most definitive property is now in the hands of a new studio.

The only question now, of course, is if this long-anticipated companion to the 2006 masterpiece, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, is worth the wait.

Review - "Aaru's Awakening" (PS4)

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One of the worst types of disdain you can have, I think, is of the unwilling variety. When you really want to like something, and you have nothing against it, but despite your best attempts, you ultimately just have a burning, festering hatred directed right towards the thing. It's one of the most uncomfortable feelings in the spectrum of human emotion, I feel.

Aaru's Awakening is that feeling encapsulated into a video game.

Hidden Gaming Gems - "Lux-Pain" (Nintendo DS)

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(Hidden Gems is a series where I take a look at underrated movies, games and anime! Got a hidden fave? Send it my way and I'll see about doing a write-up of it!)
Whenever a list of my favorite Nintendo DS games comes up, a laundry list of Japanese titles floods to my mind. And can you blame? The era during which the DS reigned supreme was a time when it was commonplace to bring over weird, niche Japanese games and flood the marketplace with them. Nowadays, if your game isn't a guaranteed hit of some sorts, or at least a hit with a certain audience, it's staying wherever it came from, if it even gets made at all. Even games pitched squarely to the anime audience have common trends between them. Times have changed, for sure.
But back in the day, seven or so years ago, we were still getting a lot of odd little curios from the Land of the Rising Sun. And so, whenever I think back on my favorite DS games from that halcyon era, one title immediately rushes to my mind along with …