Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Yamanbagiri Kunihiro: Because I didn't watch any animes yet

Heeeeyyy guys. So how you all doing? I just started playing Touken Ranbu a few days ago and I got hooked to my starting Uchigatana (I mean who doesn't right? First ship, first sword, first spectacles).

(taken from http://www.zerochan.net/1834398)

This time around I'm not gonna be reviewing anything or talking about difficult weird stuff. No. Probably will be doing that after the anime comes out (the ufotable one or the not ufotable one I don't care I wanna see swords). And if by now you people are thinking that I am some girl who likes to see hot sword boys with ripped clothes, I am reminding you that I am not. I'm just checking it out for the sake of curiosity. (I have to admit though, my starting sword's lines are kinda attractive. Just saying)

So yeah. I'm not gonna just do a blank gallery post without any general trivia. That'd feel a bit empty to me. So yeah. Yamanbagiri Kunihiro. I kinda don't get it much but I guess I'll start from the beginning.

(taken from  http://penguinfrontier.deviantart.com/art/Yamanbagiri-Kunihiro-552931783)

Japanese swords have different length, curvatures and usage. Yamanbagiri is an uchigatana which if I am not mistaken translates to "striking sword". Uchigatanas are often wielded by commoners and low-ranking officers back in the days as it is a bit shorter (around 60cm-70cm) than the regular sword and thinner too (which makes it cheaper).

(taken from http://www.zerochan.net/1843194)

The uchigatana is curved in a way that it is easy for the wielder to unsheathe the sword and strike the enemy immediately. In simpler words, have you watched Samurai X? Yeah Kenshin's sword is an uchigatana. Based on what I read, the uchigatana was also made as a countermeasure to horse-riding assholes as it is swifter to just draw/strike the horse using an uchigatana instead of using the standard sword.

(this was on pinterest. I can't seem to make up the url. Still. Not mine)

I really don't understand much of what the wiki said but it seems that Yamanbagiri Kunihiro got his name because of a rumor that someone had used him to kill a mountain witch ("yamanba" translates into mountain witch). Oh and in the game, the last name of the swords are the blacksmith's name. The person who made the sword is Horikawa Kunihiro.

(Goddamnit pinterest)

Now the catch is that this uchigatana is only a replica of Yamanbagiri. Horikawa Kunihiro was ordered to replicate the original Yamanbagiri by some lord and so he did. Which explains why this idiot keeps on mentioning that he's a duplicate and I wanna punch him in the face for that. Oh and even if its just a replica, people called it Kunihiro's best work (these japanese guys sure are crazy) and I'll be damned it looked awesome as hell.

(Related article here https://www.facebook.com/Tourabu/posts/881087931941600)

(taken from http://www.zerochan.net/1863050)

Length: 70.6cm
Hamon: Midare
Smith: Horikawa Kunihiro
Date Created: Azuchi Momoyama Period (1580-1600)

(taken from http://www.zerochan.net/1836745)

P/S: All pictures are subjected to their own creators. I do not own any of it. I'm just sharing all these beautiful pics with you that I found on the net (which some of you would already have anyways). Enjoy.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Touhou review: TH14.3 Impossible Spellcard

TH 14.3 Impossible Spellcard

Just as the title of the game says. This installment is about collecting spellcards that are quite deemed impossible to beat (not absolutely though with proper skills). The game has various spellcards from most of the bosses of the touhou series. 

Since it is said to be impossible, player (which happened to be Kijin Seija) will be using items to cheat in order to defeat the spellcards. Of course, if the player somehow can defeat the spellcard without using any items, greater bonus will be given but as a reinder. Seija has a very low damage per second of bullets, small area of shooting and rather large hitbox. It is considered a feat for someone to actually beat all the spellcards without using the items.

Seija will have 2 Items to be hold at a time (Primary and Secondary). Primary item will mainly be an active item that can be activated by pressing the "x"button. Secondary item mainly provide passive skill but some of it can be activated as primary item but with less amount of the item in stock. A detailed explanation of the item's purposes are shown here

The game has 10 pages of spellcards list which are shown as days. Thus, the game as a total of 10 days where the difficulty increases per day. 

The 9-edge star will show tow the player beat the specific spellcard. Clearing a spellcard with using a specific item will only make the star to have 1~2 glow on one of the edge, depending on what item the player is using. If the player managed to defeat that spellcard without using item, the star will have all edge glow with the green center.

Examples of the spellcards in this game

This game somehow takes you back to the photo shooting danmaku like TH 9.5 or TH 12.5 but.... this time, you can actually fight back and less unforgiving. The game is still hard but... you can "cheat"with the items. However, that doesn't really make the game easy. It still requires basic skills of playing danmaku to actually complete the whole game. The positive way of looking to this game is that it makes the player to sharpen almost all of the danmaku skills and gain beter insight of the spellcards in any other game of this genre.

Link to this game (Moriya Shrine)

Sorry for the late post due to several issues. Next post will be next week so stay tuned. Bye!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Dark Souls III gallery

Sorry for being in a hiatus for a while. I was in holiday, and busy with other stuff. Also, I'm currently addicted to Dark Souls III right now, and it pretty much ruin my daily life. 

This game if I had to put it into word: it is epic. The world is vast and beautiful, the details are amazing and the level design are a masterpiece. The enemy will put you into raging frenzy each time they killed you again and again with cheap move set, but the thrill of facing them and the joy of defeating them is exhilarating. This is the classic Drak Souls that we all love.

Enjoy the picture gallery.

All images belonged to their respective artists/owner.


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