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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Final Fantasy XV: Kingsglaive Early Edition Review


Phew. I just got back from watching the new Final Fantasy movie and damn I have some stuff to get out of my mind. Like literally just got back. And again, bear in mind this is just how I see it. Don't take it as a rule.

BIG REMINDER IF YOU DID NOT FOLLOW UP ON THE GAME'S DEVELOPMENT AND HAVEN'T WATCHED THE GAME'S TRAILER OR DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE BACKGROUNDS OF THIS UNIVERSE, I ADVISE YOU TO LOOK AWAY AND WAIT FOR MY OTHER REVIEWS.

*YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED*



Just a bit of a note, though. This post will not have any pictures of the movie as I watched it in the cinemas. I'm grateful really. Some of us are only going to be able to watch it later on 19th.

Moving on. Kingsglaive is like a prologue to the upcoming game and tells you the story of Noctis's kingdom, Lucis and how it got pried away from his father's dead, cold hands (No. No you can never tell me this is a spoiler because in the game's trailer it already said that his father DIED).

It also tells us on how everything started. How Niflheim got cranky and decided to blow everything up and how the Lucis kingdom managed to stay in  control of their territories despite having their asses handed down to them in the form of huge demonic zerg bombers.

However, most importantly it tells us of the Kingsglaive (duh), what its purposes are and the origin of magic in this whole world. That's very important you know. Like in FF13 the source were the Fal'cie and in FF7 it was the mako stones. So yeah. They elaborated on this topic in the movie as well.

What's Kingsglaive mean?

It was pretty awesome actually. In the beginning they give you an overview of the whole situation and how things originally were and suddenly right after 5 minutes of watching you get to see people jump around and fight monsters. Well... I guess it was just to capture the audience because afterwards there were mostly plotting, raging, discussing and then BAM more action.

Kingsglaive is a band of soldiers recruited by the king for the sole reason of utilizing his magic and protecting the kingdom (sort of like an elite task force) but the peculiar thing about the unit is that none of them were from the capital city (namely Insomnia) and they were mostly people from outside (mostly captured territory) so they were ousted for the immigrants that they are (brexit *cough cough* brexit *coughs harder*).

You know. When you did all you can to protect the country and the people still won't accept you because you're not from there, it kind of hurts. At least that's what I felt.

Again, do note that Kingsglaive is not a full-blown action movie. So don't expect it to have flames and sparks and lightning bolts 24-7 (BUT THEY DO HAVE THOSE SO NO WORRIES GUYS). And really, the fights are worth the wait. They were pretty cool themselves but lets get to that in a bit.

What's Happening?

Yes. You read that correct. That was what's on my mind when the fight scenes occur. EVERY SINGLE TIME. Some of the scenes were really dark (like I can't see shit) but that I blame on the cinema. Maybe later on I'll see if I can watch it in HD or something and see if its the movie or my eyesight.

And then there's the speed. Goddamnit do you know how they fight? I thought I was seeing dragon ball z live action or something. A lot of stuff were happening on the screen and they were happening so fast my eyes were literally squinting the whole time trying to see clearly what it was all about. Sure the graphics were awesome but only, and only if YOU COULD FRIGGIN FOLLOW IT WITH YOUR EYES.

Seriously I am not Goku. I am not a trained martial arts and I cannot see what is happening when people use blink daggers with no cool downs while casting spells and fight at the same time. Honestly. I am very grateful for the killer visual effects but I would give anything to watch all the fighting scenes in detail.

There are some parts where you could see the action going. And believe you me, even if it was some old men fighting an armored knight, it was awesome. All because I could actually follow it with my eyes.

Last Bit of Nitpicking

I can't really comment on the soundtrack much because I didn't even pay attention to it that much. Most of my focus was on the screen but let me tell you something else instead. There's this one guy in the whole movie. He friggin ruins it. Like the whole cast of voice actors were sublime. They delivered their lines perfectly and it suits their cg appearance and all that crap. But this one big fat idiot. Oh God help me. From the start of the movie to the end, his voice annoys me. TO NO END.

You know the feeling when you hear people making their voice sound deeper and rougher than it actually is and it sounds weird and funny? Try listening to it for the whole movie. Try listening to it while the guy was actually trying to say something serious. Try listening to it AGAIN when he's actually fighting monsters.

Forgive me if the guy really did sound like that but my ears are telling me that the voice actor made it sound like that.

That's It I Guess?

I didn't really comment on much except for the objective stuff. Well yeah let me add one more thing. It may be just my opinion but I think the movie is a little inconsistent with some things. There were a few parts of the movie that didn't actually add up. There's also this issue with the ending. I really think they should conclude the movie more carefully. Sure, it'll continue on in the game but still, I felt that the end was too abrupt.

But hey that's just me. I can't even write a proper review, let alone give much comment on a Final Fantasy movie. Kingsglaive is really recommended for those who are going to buy the game as it really will give you an insight of what Lucis and Niflheim is and how magic is perceived in this universe. If you are not one to play the game, I'd suggest skipping it and wait for a HD version to come out on the net. Love your eyes. You only have a pair of em.

Wolvenciel, signing out.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Web Novel: Sevens

About Web Novels

Hello and long time no see. Today is a great day because I finally decided stop procrastinating in writing novel review. But, today’s post is not about Light Novel. It is about a Web Novel. For those that do not know the difference between a Light Novel (LN) and a Web Novel (WN), the main difference would be WNs are novels written on a website called Shousetsuka Ni Narou and freely available to be read online. LNs on the other hand are commercial novel published by publishing companies in Japan like Kadokawa. Sometimes, novels written in Narou pages caught the attention of these company and they will adapted into LNs or mangas before, if famous enough being adapted into animes. Actually there are many LNs that came from WNs like Sword Art Online, Mahouka Koukou No Rettousei, Kono Subarashii Sekai Shukufuku Wo and Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu. And currently, many writers tend to write stories with reincarnation in a different world as its premise. Not that I’m complaining though.

Alright back to the topic at hand. Since the topic for today is on a WN, I will be sharing the link to the translation. Honestly though, I don’t really read WNs because the style of the writing and the quality of the translation tend to not be as good as LNs. However, this novel here today, I can assure you that it has a good writing style as well as high quality translation. Kudos to Yorai-Kun for such a great translation work.

The Novel Itself

Sevens' Light Novel Volume 1 cover featuring Lyle Walt and ancestors.
Title: Sevens

Author: Wai/Mishima Yomu


Status of WN: Completed with a gaiden series

WN link: http://ncode.syosetu.com/n3250cl/


Translation link: https://yoraikun.wordpress.com/7s-chapters/


Translation status: 57.14%


Alright, this time I will not be posting a quote from the novel since... you can read it yourselves.


The Story (A Legend? Maybe)


By the way, I don’t recommend reading the gaiden series first unless you don’t mind spoilers. The gaiden story take place thousand of years after the end of the main story.

The story is about the adventure of our pitiful protagonist, Lyle Walt. He was born in Walt House, a Count House of the superpower nation, Bahnseim. And, Walt House is basically the strongest house in the nation as you will see as you follow the story. The story starts with the duel between our protagonist, Lyle Walt and his little sister, Celes Walt. The twist in the story is that, this is not a story about brocon little sister or siscon brother. The little sister hate Lyle with passion. Well long story short, he was defeated by his sister and cast out of the house.


Celes Walt

Yes he was abandoned by his family, well there is reason for that. It’s better for you to read it yourselves. (The link is above)

Abandoned by his family, wounded as he was from the duel, he was saved by the gardener, Zell. Zell saved him and also gave him Walt House’s heirloom, a blue gem.

Oh yeah, sorry I forgot to mention the mechanics used in this story. This story is like your typical RPG story with monsters, magic, sword, mana and skill. Skill is an ability possesses by the character and is classified into 3 classes, Vanguard Skill, Rear Guard Skill and Support Class Skill. Gems are used to record the skills so that people other than the original owner of the skill can use it. Well, nearing the middle part of the story more secret of the gems are revealed. Red gems record Vanguard skills, yellow gems record Rear guard skills and blue gems record Support Class skills.

Back to the story, Zell gave Lyle the Walt House’s heirloom because he is the one that is holding it at the moment after the previous head (Lyle’s grandfather) gave it to him to add some ornament to it and Zell did not have the opportunity to give it to the current head. He believes that Lyle will need it more than anyone. And this gem, plays a very important role in the story.

When a gem recorded 8 skills, it will evolve into a jewel. The holder of the jewel will not only be able to use the skills recorded, they will be able to truly master it. Why?

Because the jewel also recorded the soul of its previous owner. Yes, the moment Lyle obtained the jewel and manifested a skill, his ancestors started to regain consciousness in the jewel. From the First Generation Head to the Seventh Generation Head.


The Ancestors


Walt House's ancestors. From left: Brod Walt, Crassel Walt, Max Walt, Basil Walt, Sleigh Walt, Fienness Walt, Fredricks Walt.

First generation head: Basil Walt (Walt House founder)

Second generation head: Crassel Walt

Third generation head: Sleigh Walt

Fourth generation head: Max Walt

Fifth generation head: Fredricks Walt

Sixth generation head: Fienness Walt

Seventh generation head: Brod Walt (Lyle’s grandfather)


Each of the ancestors are a legend of their own with stories, experience and skills that will surely help young Lyle in his journey. Welll... they also have a twisted personality. No, all of those with Walt surname in this story are crazy, I’m not kidding. They are totally evil.

But anyway, with his ancestors and comrades that he gained along the way like his ex-fiance Novem Forxus, Miranda Circry, Shannon Circry, Clara Bulmer and many more, Lyle Walt starts his journey.


Novem Forxus, Lyle's ex-fiance

I have to say, the comedy in this story is golden especially with quirks of the ancestors and Mr. Lyle (?). It is also one hell of an emotional roller coaster, yes it can make you shed manly tears. It has a strategy elements, fighting elements, war elements, nation building elements as Lyle grow with the guidance of his ancestors.

It really is worthy novel to be read and I highly recommend it.


Sevens' Light Novel Volume 2 cover

P/s: this is the only comedy novel with fighting elements that makes me feel like crying when the protagonist power up. Each of his ancestors are there to teach him, when anyone of them finishes their task... *sob sob sob* damnit...


~Nass-sama~

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Tanaka-kun Is Always Listless: No Megane Edition


Hey there guys. Here I am again with another review. Oh right. I'm Wolvenciel. Probably gonna be a bit more consistent these few weeks because Big Boss Rkidzz is on a trip to Japan. Look forward for his travelogue posts yeah?

taken from myanimelist.net

So tonight (or specifically morning) I'll be reviewing "Tanaka-kun Is Always Listless" (Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge) and I'll refer to it as Tanaka-kun for the rest of the review.

Summary

Tanaka-kun is basically just another standard slice of life anime featuring a boy's everyday life. No wait I take that back. Its not standard. Its totally out there. I mean the guy is like the most effortless person on the planet. Tanaka (the main character, obviously) is a lazy bum who acts or in his case never acts on anything and always wishes for his days to be as uneventful as possible (even if it means threatening a shrine god).

Yes. He threatened the shrine god. Lol.


The anime tells us about his daily antics and his unending effort to make his days as listless as possible and how Ohta, his best friend, support him in doing so.

Isn't That Just Like Umaru?

Before I kill you for equating Tanaka with that asshole, let me just tell you that Tanaka is someone who understands and admits that he is actually very lazy and useless and sometimes you can see that he's concerned with the people around him and tries his hardest not to annoy them. He's no hypocrite and he stays true to himself and his listlessness.

Yes. Yes it is. I thought so too.


He's just super lazy and his physique is also built around that fact. He gets tired easily. He speaks softly. He doesn't eat as much as a normal growing teenager would too.


That's one hell of a level of tiredness there...


And then there's his best friend, Ohta who carries the role of the doting parent. Literally. This bastard carries Tanaka around as he runs to school, goes for lunch, and halfway back to their house (because Ohta doesn't live near Tanaka). This is due to the fact that Tanaka walks too slowly to school that he's almost always late and Ohta, being the concerned parent that he is, decided that it was upon him to get this lazy ass to school on time.

See. He actually knows that its not good to just slack off so he trains his body so he could slack off in a healthy way... uh...


The interactions between these two are very interesting as they're exact opposites yet they understood and respected one another anyways. Tanaka is always listless (like the title already said) and Ohta is energetic. Tanaka avoids any and all events while Ohta stops by every single troubled soul along the way and offers his services to them. The list goes on and on. You get to enjoy their different view on things and the fact that they still get along really well together despite all those differences.

He tries to avoid anything that comes his way. He hates attention

Is He Anti-Social Then?

Sure, Tanaka might seem lazy (and he is), but he has a knack for attracting people to him due to his overly relaxed mannerism. One very good example would be a loli classmate of his (yes its a loli. Good for you guys who dig that), Miyano who took notice of his laid-back attitude and mistakes it as being mature and reserved.

WANG!

Miyano ends up calling him shishou (master) as she wants to adapt Tanaka's listless way of life so that she might appear more like an adult (yeah this is kinda standard loli behavior I guess?). However, as the series go by, I see that Miyano is actually pretty observant of things (which is quite a rare quality for lolis in anime to have) and that adds a lot of twist into the series itself. But yes I admit she is kinda cute when she's in her usual happy-go-lucky mood.

One of Tanaka's many advice

The list doesn't end with Miyano obviously. As the series go by, a lot more people gets tangled with Tanaka and one even develop feelings for him (BIG SPOILER HERE). You know what? I'm not even gonna include pics of the girl here. Because I liked the girl so much. And yes. Yes, you've guessed it. Its a megane. Try to find her as you watch the anime, yeah?

Any Comments?

Well. Plot-wise, there isn't really anything to comment on because its a slice of life anime. I kinda got interested in this one because Tanaka reminded me of myself back in the days (and now too I guess) but I guess being drowsy and sleepy all the time doesn't mean you're listless.

He's talking about Ohta by the way...


The art is pretty damn awesome (no I didn't check which studio did this) for a slice of life anime that my little brother thought this was some shounen battle anime or something. But its not. Its about a guy who just wanna relax all day and do nothing.

Yep. There's a tsun in this anime. If that's your thing, watch it. She's actually cute.

The soundtrack used also matches really well with Tanaka as in... uh you feel very relaxed and its hard to watch this in the middle of the night as you tend to want to just sleep and not care about shit at all. Its got that soothing and relaxed melody that just makes you wanna drown yourself in it and doze off.

Another Tanaka advice. And I agree.

I'm Tired Too

Well I think that's about it? I kinda get the feeling that twelve episodes of Tanaka is not enough so I guess it must be really good. I mean, if you want more, that means its good, right?

One of Ohta's golden reactions

Or maybe I just like slice of life animes. Yeah. Probably. Oh. I forgot to mention. Ohta is a husband material so even if you don't like Tanaka, watch the anime for Ohta. Yep. Definitely.

I like how they show this. Its... very relatable. I used to do this all the time. Doze off while writing, that is.

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