Posted in 2017, Anime

Fall 2017 Anime Season First Look – Part 1

Since I didn’t have a movie review set up for today, I decided to instead write about my first impressions of all the new anime series that are coming out this season. To keep this short and because I have only watched a few of these series so far I’m going to write this in parts. Each part will have my impressions of 3 different series. Today I will be writing about two series that I heard a lot of people had high hopes for, and one series that I only know that I have high hopes. Enjoy.


King’s Game

Screenshot (231)

King’s Game is a series that will contain a lot of gore. It’s a horror anime about a transfer student who becomes part of the class just as the King’s Game is starting, something that he had already gone through in his old school. In the King’s Game students must obey the orders of the king with 24 hours or else they will be punished. It’s going to be a dark series, or at least I hope it’s going to be a dark series. It better not change genre’s halfway through, or be a terrible show.

The first episode starts with a scene where the protagonist watches a girl get punished in the King’s Game. I no longer know if this scene takes place before or after the series, but while watching it I thought it took place later. Then the next scene took place earlier at a school sports festival, and the scene after that one showed the transfer student being introduced to the class. If this series is what I hope it will be this episode gave a good representation of the tone of this show. I also fund it interesting that the only person who knows anything about what’s going on is the protagonist. I find that usually the protagonist in anime is the one person who doesn’t know anything about current events.


URAHARA

Screenshot (232)

I don’t know what I expected going into this series, but I do know that after I watched the first episode of URAHARA I felt as though I had wasted 24 minutes watching something just because it was cute. In fact cuteness is the one thing this series seems to have going for it. The three main characters are an overdramatic girl, a girl who seems to follow the other two characters around and praise them, and a quiet girl. These are all characters found in a lot of other anime series. The art style is different in a cute picture book-esque way. Even the plot seems as though it has been done many times before. This is a series about three girls who use these orb things in order to become magical girls to defeat aliens during an alien invasion. This plot is very similar to the plot of Twin Tails, except at least Twin Tails was hilariously weird rather than boringly cute. Also the red haired girl is way too dramatic with literally everything she says.


Black Clover

Screenshot (233)

I’ve heard the claims about how this is supposed to be the next big shonen anime. It’s about two twins who were abandoned in a church and were raised in an orphanage. At the age of fifteen they go to get their grimoires, books that enhance their magical power. Yuno is gifted with extraordinary magical powers and receives a powerful grimoire with a four leaf clover on its cover. Asta on the other hand has seemingly no ability in magic and he doesn’t get a grimoire until later. This is an interesting new series with a rivalry between two people, one with a lot of power and one with a seemingly no power until later. They later become rivals with the same goal. This sounds familiar, I just can’t put my finger on it.

Anyways I like the focus on magic in this series. Yuno is an interesting character though he is kind of a jerk. Asta is also a good character but I found it annoying how he literally shouted, every, single, line. In fact all the characters are kind of annoying so far and it’s only the first episode. I hope this changes for later episodes. If not then I guess those claims of this being the next big shonen anime would have just been to overhype this show.


So here’s my first first look post for this season. I haven’t decided if I’ll keep these posts to only Saturday or not, but whatever I decide expect the next part soon.

Advertisements
Posted in 2017, Anime, Anime Review

Twin Star Exorcists (2016-2017) anime review

0d9b4b1ea1fa85abd0472c0d1314c2601459549637_fullExorcists deal with all impurities in the parallel realm of Magano; a twisted place filled with monsters known as Kegare. Benio Adashino is a prodigy exorcist who is recognized for her strength who has been summoned by the Tokyo Exorcist Union. On her her way, she falls and is caught by a young exorcist with a dark past. They witness a couple of kids getting dragged in Magano and attacked by a Kegare. Benio fights the Kegare alone but is nearly defeated, only to be saved by Rokuro. Soon after they discover that they are the destined couple known as the “Twin Star Exorcists” who will one day bring forth the one who will end the war between the exorcists and the Kegare. However Benio and Rokuro first have to learn how to get along before their destiny runs its course.

Screenshot (221)This is a fantastic anime with good animation, fight scenes, and characters, for the first several episodes. Then the anime diverges from the manga and becomes weird, nonsensical, and introduces annoying characters. A good example of just how bad this series gets is near the end when one of the villains of the series is presenting his monologue to some of the strongest exorcists. That is the entire episode, the villain giving his exclamation of the evil things he’s going to do and the exorcists going all “no you can’t do that” as they are unable to actually do anything.There should only be episodes containing mostly dialogue in a shounen series when there is at least a little action or the information presented in the dialogue cannot be presented in any other way. It would have been better had the information in the villain’s monologue been spread out over multiple episodes or had it never been presented in the first place. And that’s just one example of how bad this series gets at times.

Screenshot (222)I do not recommend this anime to anyone. If you want to experience the story I would recommend reading the manga. While I have yet to read it, I have heard great things about it. While the concept of this show is strange, I feel like it was well done in the first several episodes. If only the quality of this series was consistent.

Final Rating – 29/50

Posted in 2017, A Fae Alone, NaNoWriMo, NaNoWriMo 2017, Writing

NaNoWriMo 2017 Prep Update – October 5

I have completed the character sheets for a total of two characters so far. One of these characters is my protagonist Nyfo I like her so far and I feel her experiences in the human world will be fun to write. The other character I have created is Nyfo’s mother, Chineo who is your typical overprotective mother. It will be fun writing about her past since she is not one of the focal characters.

Anyways before I created these two characters I decided to also create and develop the history of their home village, Clachefiode. The place a character lives and the experiences this character had growing up play a big part in making these characters who they are. Normally the villages and towns I create are barely developed and most of the descriptions I write for them are superficial. This is an interesting change of pace and it will be great practice for me as a writer.

Posted in 2017, Fiction, Writing, Writing Tips

Amateur Writing Tip: Word Processors

A word processor is anything that you can use on an electronic device to write. The one I use is Microsoft Word. Word is perfect for what I need it for, plus I have yet to have any problems with it that aren’t caused by me being stupid (like having an entire assignment written on Word being corrupted because I saved it only on my flashdrive, remember always save your work in more than one place and always use the safe remove option). There is also a similar word processor on Apple products which I’m pretty sure does pretty much the same thing, though I don’t know much about it because I’ve never used a Mac in my life.

Word is a good word processor to use and is fairly easy to get. However there are many more that you can choose from. There is also Google Docs which is like Microsoft Word only online and free with any Google account. It works pretty well and allows you to easily collaborate with other writers, but its online which is something I don’t like much. Another word processor which I’ve heard writers talk about before is Scrivener. I’ve never used it before but after some research I have discovered that it allows you to keep everything you need for writing in the same program, so basically your outline, background material, characters, and settings. It is useful for writing longer works and though you do need a subscription to use it after your free trial, there is a 30 non consecutive day free trial which basically means that you can use it for 30 days worth of actual work time without a subscription if you want to try it out. You can download Scrivener for the free trial here.

There are other word processors of course, but they tend to not be as good as the ones I just wrote about. There are some which can be very motivating in the fact that if you stop writing for too long it will start deleting words. There are others which make writing a literal game. You don’t really need much in a word processor, but if you want to you can search Google for word processors. You may find something that suits you better than Microsoft Word or Scrivener.

 

Posted in 2017, World Builiding, Writing

World building Tip: Monsters: The Undead

Undead are any creatures created after a living creature has died. This group includes ghosts, zombies, liches, and more. Spirits don’t really fit in this group because quite often they were never alive to begin with, or they are connected to living creatures. Undead creatures are important in world building because they can be used to explain what happens after people die in your world, and how magic works if the magic in your world is connected to life. How are ghosts created? What turns people into zombies? What exactly is a liche? You can either answer these questions or not. It’s your choice. You don’t need to explain anything about undead creatures because usually when they are used in a story they are otherworldly and creepy. To explain how they function or how they were created may take away from this.

Of course you could also have undead in your world just to add a horror aspect. Ghosts don’t always have to be scary. It’s possible to write a story where a ghost is warm and comforting rather than cold and scary. You can use them to write a heartwarming story where a character overcomes grief. You can do the same with zombies which have been proven to work in comedies. Liches however will always be creepy, but I’m sure you can make them less creepy if you really try. Don’t restrict yourself with one perspective if you are going to put the undead in your world.

Posted in 2017, NaNoWriMo 2017, Writing

NaNoWriMo Prep Time!

If you have been paying attention you would know that starting yesterday you are now able to announce your novel on the website. I highly recommend you make an account and announce your novel through the official website because come November you will be able to not only update your wordcount but also find other participants in your area, talk to other writers on the forums, and also give you the chance to get cool banners and avatars to use online in order to show off the fact that you wrote 50,000 words in one month. You can announce your novel any day this month, but I recommend that you do it as soon as possible. The website is NaNoWriMo.org and my name on the website is Pieplate if you want to add me as a writing buddy.

Now October is also known as NaNo prep month. This is the month where preppers prep, pantsers don’t do anything, and everyone gets ready to write 50,000 words in one month. Here is a list of things you can do to prepare.

  • Announce your novel
  • Outline your novel
  • Read ahead and catch up on assignments if you’re a student
  • If you’re a blogger you may consider writing all of your posts for November ahead of time, even if you want to write NaNoWriMo update posts throughout the month
  • Stock up on food and motivators

I hope anyone who is participating this year has a great time. NaNoWriMo is a really good thing to experience if you enjoy writing.

Posted in 2017, Anime, Anime Review

No Game No Life (2014) anime review

5a4525c6fc5508fa27f0ed229ad2cbde1396985147_fullSora and Shiro are shut-in, NEET siblings who are behind the legendary online gamer duo known as “Kuuhaku”. They view life as just another lousy game. One day they receive a strange email challenging them to a chess match. They win and are transported to the world of Disboard where they meet Tet, the god of games. This is a world where there is no war or violent conflict. Instead everything is resolved through the playing of games. Sora and Shiro discover that humans are at the bottom of the food chain in a world populated with sixteen different races. Now they have a new goal: unite the sixteen races of Disboard and defeat Tet.

Screenshot (214)This was a very interesting anime to watch. It follows a typical shounen plot structure with “epic” battles to the death around almost every corner, but it does so in such a way that neither of the two protagonists rely on their physical battle prowess or superpowers, but rather their intelligence regarding games. In every single game these two characters play against the other races in a battle of wits where both sides try to outsmart the other. I personally think this aspect of the series is very well done because there are several moments that are key to winning the game which look like either nothing but fanservice or comedy relief.

Screenshot (215)I really like the art style of this series. Everything is cute and colourful in the world of Disboard, contrasting with the dull realistic art style of Sora and Shiro’s world. Not only this but the designs for all of the races are also cool and creative despite the fact that many of them are classic fantasy races like elves. The characters are well written, though they don’t change much throughout the course of the series mainly because they are so good at games in a world where being good at games is a highly prized skill to have.

Screenshot (216)I recommend this series to anyone who wants something a little different. Just a little warning there is a good amount of fanservice in this series. Now watch this series because a prequel series is going to start airing soon.

Final Rating – 46/50