Monthly Archives: December 2015

Iris (2009 series)

My nerd cred evolves as I depart from my usual stomping grounds in Japanese media to explore South Korea’s outlet!

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I’m back!

I apologize for being so late with posting. As I reported a while back, my computer broke. Ironically it was in the middle of me rendering a video that would announce my return to Youtube in a small capacity and all my hard work on that video (it wasn’t much) is now gone in the wind.

The computer breaking basically means I lost everything. I was working on a review of Nevertales: The Beauty Within but all screenshots and such are now gone and it’s been far too long since I played it to give it a fair shake unless I were to replay it which… I’m not about to do. Sorry. Great game, check it out, Mad Head Games deserve all the cred and love they can get.

Hopefully I’ll be able to review another of their games soon.

I’ve also decided to scrap the anime reviews I was working on as they too are simply too faded to remember accurately anymore and thus I don’t feel comfortable reviewing something a month old in my head. My recollection of Wolverine (the anime) was already pretty old when I started the review as I had watched it in chunks over a one year period so that decision was a pretty simple one to make.
The second review I was working on was for Gantz and while fresher in my mind, having watched the entire series in a day or two very recently, I’ve since started reading the manga and seen the two live action movies which at this point would have started to meld into one.

Simply put, I want to give the best review possible, both for my readers’ sake and the product in question. Had I been further along in the review process, I would’ve tried to finish it either way, I’ve done so in the past, but I hadn’t finished putting my thoughts in black on white yet so it would’ve required extensive backtracking to get back on the right path and I’m the kind of person who would much rather go forward.

But my thoughts in a nutshell were:

Wolverine: Fun little romp with a somewhat odd take on a well known character. Much better than its predecessor, Iron Man, but at times the animation was very lackluster and it suffered from poor pacing and uninteresting side characters. It was also a bit too Japanese even for Wolverine’s best. Not entirely unpleasant but nothing I’m gonna rewatch.

Gantz: Very good anime based on a very good manga. Follows the plot pretty much down to the letter for most of it. Has some very good action scenes and characterization but completely stumbles at the finish line and never finishes the race. As I’m now reading the manga, the last and finishing arc is an entirely original creation meant to tie everything up before the series ended prematurely. Which is a shame, there was a lot of potential here, it took a lot of risks and it would’ve been fun to see it come to fruition but oh well. Worth a watch but maybe not watch the last part.

So what’s to come instead? Well, now that I have my computer back it’s time to get back to playing a bunch of HOPA. Doubt I’ll have another Casual Friday out in a week but hopefully I’ll be ready with another one around Christmas. I also have a big review project currently underway that I started while computerless. It involves Asia and drama and spies. Yes, it’s a big one. I’m also gonna try to get back on Youtube as I mentioned before but I have some rebuilding to do on my computer before I can get back to that. I’m lacking a lot of programs so first I need to install all of that again and make sure it’s working like it should. Then we’ll see when I have it up.

But I guess that covers it for now. I hope you look forward to more stuff from me very soon!