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Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

I’m sure you’re surprised that I’m not doing a new-season-first-impressions-whatever but I’m saving that for next week when I’ve actually seen everything I’m planning on at least trying this season.

Anyway, you people on Twitter already know of my annoyance last weekend when I was accused of being under 15 (for the first time in my life) but a couple days ago I finally got to see the sequel to my favourite spy movie.

 

I was mildly disappointed yet pleasantly surprised for a number of reasons…

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The Least Popular Shows on Crunchyroll: Naria Girls

To investigate unpopular anime, I’ve been scrolling down to the bottom of Crunchyroll’s ‘popular’ list to see what I can find. So far, the outcomes have been quite interesting and you can see my post from last week here.

This week, we’ll be looking at Mahou Shoujo? Naria Girls

Mahou Shoujo? Naria Girls is a series of 12 8-minute-long episodes that (surprisingly) aired on Tokyo MX and Sun TV during Summer 2016 and was even licensed by Crunchyroll. It’s a story about three ordinary high school girls that become magical girls/idols to fight monsters serving the evil Ice Queen.

Where, oh where, do I start?

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The Least Popular Anime on Crunchyroll: Peace Eco Smile

We’re always hearing about the hottest new shows like Boruto and Classroom of the Elite and the (debatably) worst things ever created like the recent Death Note film, but we rarely stop to examine unpopular things. I’m not talking about shows that aren’t good enough to be entertaining or aren’t bad enough to be funny but shows that are genuinely just never spoken about for some reason or other. To investigate, I’ve been scrolling down to the bottom of Crunchyroll’s ‘popular’ list to see what I can find. So far, the outcomes have been quite interesting.

PES: Peace Eco Smile is a series of 7 shorts by Studio 4°C in collaboration with Toyota about Pes, an alien who comes to Earth and falls in love with a girl called ‘Kurumi’ (which is suspiciously similar to ‘kuruma’, the word for car). While on Earth, he and some weird alien things that aren’t properly explained become extremely interested in the ‘automobiles’ on the planet, particularly Toyotas.

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Rant: Death Note (2017)

I admit that Death Note means a lot to me and I won’t lie that my inner fangirl hasn’t clouded my viewing experience.  Regardless, it’s still undoubtedly a terrible film, even without comparing it to the original work.

What’s most annoying for me is that the first 20 minutes actually showed promise. I was genuinely thinking to myself “Wow, this might actually be an okay film.” I mean, that scene where Ryuk was shown for the first time was pretty fun to watch but then Light shows Mia the Death Note and all redeeming features disappear along with my hopes that I wouldn’t be wasting my afternoon.

There are so many complaints I have with this sorry excuse of a movie, but let’s start with the elephant in the room: who thought that a psychological thriller that makes you question the true meaning of good and evil would do well adapted into a poorly thought out romance with a touch of gore for added shock value?

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Review: Baby Driver

 

So Initial D is kind of about a guy who doesn’t speak much but drives really fast and likes listening to music. Make it an action crime thriller set in America and I give you…a strange movie title? Now that I think about it, I still haven’t even read a single synopsis. Let’s check Rotten Tomatoes:

A talented, young getaway driver relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

Screen Shot 2017-06-30 at 21.50.15.png…Not sure about you, but ‘Initial D, but American crime-thriller’ like sounds much cooler description, if you can forgive the soundtrack not being eurobeat. But why did I go? Well I saw the trailer in the cinema and it looked kinda cool. But honestly, hearing that’s it’s an Edgar Wright film would have been more than enough.

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Review: “FREE ANIME DVD” (GYO: Tokyo Fish Attack!)

Just a heads up that this is a 15 rated horror film and I included information that may or may not be classified as spoilers.

Over the years, I’ve developed a habit of picking up whatever freebies I’m offered, usually resulting in the accumulation of various leaflets with discount codes, extra carrier bags and energy tablets(?) every time I go to London Comic Con. This year was no exception, and so my attention was drawn to the “free anime DVDs” being handed out near the entrance.

At first glance, I thought it would most likely be a like an anime version of Sharknado, or something.

Discarding the parody aspect, I wasn’t entirely wrong…

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Fire Emblem Heroes: Review

screen-shot-2017-02-05-at-09-16-17Fire Emblem Heroes came out a few days ago, so I thought I’d give it a go for a bit.

I’ve been a little skeptical of “pay to win” games like Pokemon Shuffle and Tales of Link, but, from the few hours or so I played, FE Heroes doesn’t seem to bad.

Yes, you do have to use ‘orbs‘ (the things you’re supposed to buy with real money) but so far, I’ve managed to summon 5 heroes and get through Chapter 3 without even having to consider buying more. Not too bad, although, I will point out that the prices are pretty ridiculous. Call me cheap, but I’d rather not spend £1.99 on only 3 orbs…

There are also other replenishable things ‘Stamina’, and ‘Dueling Swords’ but I haven’t seemed to run out of them to the extent that it’s been a problem yet? I might have to find out what they actually do…

 

Other than the micro-transaction gimmicks and the summoning part (more on that later), the game pretty much runs the same way you would expect a Fire Emblem game on mobile to run. For your convenience of playing on the go, each chapter (there is a story but…¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ) is split into small maps that shouldn’t take you longer than 5 minutes to complete with your four unit team, which still manages to capture the essences of playing a game from the main series (the newer games, at least).

The part where you waste all your money

Let’s talk about the bit you’ll probably waste all your money on summoning. If you saw the Fire Emblem Direct last month, then you already know that the more times you summon in a row, the few orbs it costs. To elaborate, summoning 5 heroes consecutively would cost you “only” 20 orbs, compared to 25 if you were to summon  one on 5 separate occasions. By the way, the 6th consecutive hero starts a new summoning session and goes back up to 5 orbs.

When you summon you have to select one of the following types of orb/crystal things: red, blue, green or colourless. I can’t quite remember what’s what but even if I did I would highly recommend looking up what colour the character you want is to minimise disappointment.

For example, I selected the red crystal/orb to get my husbando Lon’qu. I ended up with a 5 star Tharja  which is pretty good for my first go, but it’s not Lon’qu. (There may or may not have been a tear in my eye)

I am so glad I’m broke right now…

More technical stuff

The app itself doesn’t run offline but it doesn’t seem to eat away at your battery very much (connected to wifi, at least). But I will mention that in terms of space, it is an absolute beast! The initial download seems pretty small but after the two additional downloads it performs after you open the app for the first time take up well over 500MB, so be prepared to delete a few other games or compress your music library…

If you do have space for it, you can find Fire Emblem Heroes in the App Store and Google Play Store (sorry Windows) right now for free, as long as you don’t count the lengths you’re willing to go to get your favourite character on your team.

Verdict: 9/10

Overall, the experience is pretty enjoyable and I can actually see myself playing it for a bit longer than Pokemon Go or Miitomo. I mean, I didn’t even keep those on my phone for more than a week…

In a nutshell: Haven’t found any serious or unexpected disappointments that take away from my Fire Emblem on mobile experience so far, but the orbs are far too expensive and quite honestly, I rather not compress my music even more.