Posted in 2018, Movie Review, Movies

The Truman Show (1998) movie review

mv5bmdizodcyy2etmmy2mc00zwvlltgwmzatmjqwowuynmjjntyyxkeyxkfqcgdeqxvyndk3nzu2mtq-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) is your average insurance salesman. He lives in a small house on a clean street with perfect neighbours and is happily married. However throughout his life he has noticed many strange things. The reality is that he is the star of a reality show and everyone he has ever known are actors and he doesn’t even realize it. The Truman Show is watched by many people every day who tune in just to see what he is up to. In addition to this the producers instruct the actors on how best to stir up drama in Truman’s life in order to make the show more interesting. Will Truman ever learn the truth about his own life?

Because of its age and quality The Truman Show is often considered a classic and I agree with that notion. It has a lot of the same aspects as many other classic movies from the 90’s such as a message about a character finding their place in the world and a famous actor playing the main role. To be honest, he plot of this film is simple but filled with a lot of underlying meaning. It’s a creepy movie with a lot of tiny details that eagle-eyed watchers may notice. Cameras are seen all over the place and characters talk about certain products as though their in a commercial. I don’t have much to say about The Truman Show except for how it’s a good movie and I enjoyed watching it.

I recommend this movie to anyone who likes dramas that make you think about certain aspects of life.

Final Rating – 45/50

Posted in 2018, Anime, Anime Review

My Hero Academia season 2 (2017) anime review

85221The second season continues where the last season left off, with the aftermath of the villain invasion. The students continue on with their school life. Soon it’ll be time for the UA Academy sports festival which is still going on despite what has happened. Deku now has a chance to reveal himself to the world as a future symbol of hope in the tournament-like sports festival. Can he reach the end and win first place in the sports festival? Meanwhile a serial killer known as Hero Killer Stain is hunting heroes who don’t represent what he believes a hero should be in the same town where Lida’s older brother is currently working.

Screenshot (50)This is a good example of a second season achieving much more than its first season. The battles are much bigger with higher stakes. Deku learns how to use his quirk better rather than simply becoming much stronger like with most other shonen anime. Characters other than Deku get character development which allows the viewer to relate to and love other characters. The best part about this series is that there are episodes where Deku has no part in the plot, there aren’t that many but there are some. In fact one of my favourite episodes from this season focuses on my favourite character, Froppy.

Screenshot (51)I recommend you watch this if you watched and enjoyed the first season, however if you haven’t yet watched the first season you should go watch that first. There are a lot of plot points that are built up from season 1 in this season. I hope that season 3 is even better than season 2.

Final Rating – 50/50

Posted in 2018, gaming, Video Game Review

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (2012) video game review

Just as Hajime Hinata starts his first day at Hope’s Peak Academy he has a dizzy spell and wakes up just outside a classroom which he then enters. However once he enters he finds himself in a room with 15 other students all with no way to get out. That is when Usami, a pink magical girl stuffed rabbit pops out from behind the teachers desk and announces that they are on a school trip. The walls fall outwards revealing that the students are all on an island. Usami claims that the goal of this trip is to collect hope fragments but after the sudden appearance of the black and white evil teddy bear Monokuma she is redesigned into his younger sister Monomi. That is when he announces the rules of the killing game and life on the island goes downhill from there.

danganronpa2Before I say anything else, I just wanted you to know that this is a visual novel which means that there are long periods of time where you are doing nothing else but reading dialogue and for some scenes listening to voice acted dialogue. There are gameplay elements that I think are mainly well implemented, but if you are the type of person who likes more action packed games Danganronpa 2 is not for you.

As I said above the gameplay is great, however I did have a couple issues with it. I had a lot of difficulty for a couple of rounds of one of the minigames, Logic Dive. This is because when jumping to the left for some reason I found myself missing platforms even when I was sure that I had made it. This could possibly be because I’m bad at games, but it still made me dread this one minigame. Also the difficulty curve is weird. For instance for the third trial I found many of the minigames to be difficult in a good way, however during the next trial there was a minigame that I found easier than the ones in trial 2. Like Hajime literally played Taboo with the answer of this round of Hangman’s Gambit just before the minigame started. Like if the answer was stapler he would have just said “oh if only there was some way to attach two pieces of paper together without tape”. Anyways since I play games for the story more than for the gameplay I’ll let it slide.

The artstyle of this game is unique yet still has an anime feel to it. I liked how blood was almost always depicted as being pink which gave the game a surrealist appearance. There are some pretty gruesome murders in this game because of the killing game and the pink blood makes it so that they are even more unbelievable which is what I think Hajime thinks about this whole situation he’s in. It’s surreal. In fact a lot of this game is surreal. A lot of the settings are nothing like how they normally would be, though I personally think the surrealism was toned down quite a bit in this game after Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. However the character designs as a whole became even more eccentric and strange, especially in the way they behave since the first game which I like because it means that I can have an easier time remembering which character is who since there are 16 characters.

The plot of this game is surreal and amazing and honestly one of my favourite things about Danganronpa 2. Though there is one chapter I didn’t like all that much for reason (chapter 4) a lot of effort went into foreshadowing the grand reveal at the end of the game. The ending is my favourite part because of the stakes of the killing game. I won’t spoil it for you since you need to experience it for yourself to see why I love it. Of course I didn’t like the end-end because I wanted more of the game. When I finished this game I wanted to learn more about the characters and I wanted to see what happened to them afterwards. I wanted this so bad that I watched the Danganronpa 3 anime which I will review in the future and is nowhere near as good as the games.

I recommend this game to anyone who enjoys out there games as well as to anyone who likes mystery. Just a quick word of warning, two actually, there is a fair bit of fanservice in this game so if that’s not your cup of tea then don’t play this. Also if you have a weak constitution and/or are disgusted easily don’t play this game because there is a killing game at the center of the plot and there are some gruesome deaths because of that. Now to find a game where characters die where my favourite characters don’t all end up dying.

Final Rating – 46.5/50

Posted in 2018, Fiction, gaming, Pokemon

My Top Five Pokemon Memories

Since Pokemon day was this past Tuesday I was inspired to write a post about the series. I could have easily done a post on my top five Pokemon, but if I did that I would have ended up with a pretty boring post. For the record my favourite Pokemon is Greninja. Not because it’s good in battle, has protean as a hidden ability, or it was cool in the anime. No, I like Greninja because it’s a frog-ninja, a mixture of two things I really like.

Anyways there was a tweet sent out by the official Pokemon twitter account asking fans what their favourite memories were from the series. That tweet is what inspired me to write this post.

Now before I actually start the list (it’s strange how this is my first actual list post) there are a couple things I want to set straight. I didn’t really get into Pokemon until generation 4 with Pearl, though I did play quite a bit of Pokemon Snap growing up and I watched someone play Pokemon Yellow. Also these memories are all my personal memories, though I shouldn’t have to say that because that is literally in the title of the post. Also there may be minor spoilers for some Pokemon games. Now onto the list.

5. Defeating the Elite Four (Pokemon Black)

Isn’t N so cute? This picture is from the Pokemon website

Pokemon Black and White are the black sheep (lol) of the series. The developers decided that the best thing they could possibly do was to create a region with a completely new pokedex and the focus was set heavily on the story. I personally loved this aspect of the game, though I do understand why some people might not like this detail. Now the region champions had had a big part in the plots of Pokemon games before, but this was the first time where the entire elite four was a major part of the plot.

After getting the stone that held Reshiram, going through Victory road, and then defeating the elite four I was greeted by something unexpected. N was talking about how he was going to challenge Champion Alder to a battle so that he could get people to release their Pokemon, but I did not expect an entire castle to suddenly appear behind the Elite Four which I then had to explore in order to defeat Ghetsis. It was insane and I loved how sudden yet believable it was. Too bad I never played Black 2 because then I would have gotten a continuation of this plot.

4. Beating the Elite Four (Pokemon Platinum)

From Pokemon Platinum

The elite four in Platinum isn’t anything special and was like the elite four of all the games before it, but despite that this is one of my favourite memories. I knew that I had somewhere to be shortly after I started the champions battle, but I attempted the battle anyways. I left it plugged into the wall with the ds on so that I could save my spot in the middle of the battle since I didn’t save beforehand. I then went to make chocolates at the local library. The chocolates were good by the way.

The entire time I was making chocolates I was hoping that nothing bad would happen to my game by leaving my ds in sleep mode for so long. As soon as we were done with everything there we returned home and I finished the battle. I won and it was great.

3. Seviper’s Venoshock Face (Pokemon Y)

Not the face, but I couldn’t find a picture of the face so this should do. From Pokemon X and Y

Pokemon Y was an interesting game to me for one reason and one reason only, I had a defective copy. This meant that whenever I played there was a good chance that my save file would corrupt whenever I turned off the game. This meant that I got to play the game all the way to Lumiose city several times (it wasn’t because of the game breaking glitch either, I tested that theory multiple times). The next Christmas my sister got me a new copy for Christmas since I had lost the receipt because I was young and foolish so I couldn’t get a new copy from Nintendo, which means that I did eventually get to play the game.

Anyways during one of the attempts at playing this game my sister decided to challenge me to a battle. We were in an airport waiting for our flight. She got some Pokemon that were about the same level as what I had at the time and we battled. I had an Seviper that knew venoshock and I used that move specifically and we both started laughing at it after my sister showed me her screen when venoshock was used by Seviper. This is because when Seviper uses venoshock in X and Y it freezes and spits venom or something. Its face when it does this is priceless because it’s so derpy. Because of this experience I remember that face every single time I see that move.

2. Beating Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness

135296-pokemon-mystery-dungeon-explorers-of-darkness-nintendo-ds-front-coverMany years ago I played Explorers of Darkness and I was reintroduced to the same type of world as the world in Red and Blue Rescue Team. My character was a Meowth and my partner was a Chimchar, and our team was known as Team Scratch. I played that game every chance I could. I enjoyed many aspects of the game. There were characters who were more than just characters based entirely off of pokedex entries. There was a fun minigame where you had to look at a Pokemon’s footprint and say who they are. The story kept on one upping itself and was way better than the story of Red and Blue Rescue Team. There are so many things I loved about this game.

I was so happy when I finally beat it, and also a little bit sad because despite the fact that I could still play it wouldn’t be as fun. This was truly an amazing game and I wished they made a better Mystery Dungeon game in the years that followed its release.

1. Playing Pokemon Snap

snap_en_boxartThis is a classic game. You play as a Pokemon photographer who is travelling all around an island looking for Pokemon to take pictures of. Professor Oak grades your pictures and if they are good enough you can go to the next area. This is a game that should have a remake or sequel but doesn’t. I’ve never heard anyone say they hated the game and as far as I can tell its a popular game. It would also be possible to make an amazing Pokemon Snap-like game with today’s technology so I don’t know why a sequel hasn’t been made already, but anyways I digress.

When I was little my family came into possession of a Nintendo 64 with some games. One of those games was Pokemon Snap and I swear that was the game I played the most because as a little 6 year old I didn’t understand Ocarina of Time (the save file was almost completed and I didn’t think to start a new game) or any of the other games we had. I played on a save file where everything was already unlocked so I could go anywhere without taking good pictures.

It was really fun discovering the secrets of the game after they had been discovered by the last player. It was also fun trying out the final level and getting a picture of Mew even though I wasn’t that good at the game at the time. The game also inspired me to try drawing Pokemon, though to be honest I chose one of the easiest Pokemon to draw with Vileplume. Pokemon Snap was a great game and gave many people great memories.

So here’s my list. If you could name one memory you have of Pokemon what would it be? Post them in the comments below if you want. Come back here later today for a video game review of a game someone else in the aniblogger’s community reviewed not that long ago. This was my first time playing that type of game so I hope the review turns out great.

Posted in 2018, Anime, Anime Review

Little Witch Academia (2017) anime review

83934When magic is declining within society and witches are becoming more and more elements of a bygone era, Atsuko Kagari enters Luna Nova Academy in order to learn how to use magic and to become a witch herself. She was inspired as a child to follow her dreams no matter what by her idol, Shining Chariot a witch who performed beautiful magic shows. Atsuko gains possession of the Shiny rod, Shining Chariots magic wand. Now she much learn how to use it as she pursues her dreams of becoming a powerful witch one day, a dream that seems to be moving further and further away.

Screenshot (48)This series is cute, but it’s not much more than that. The characters are mainly archetypal characters with characters you would expect to see in other series. You have the stupidly naive main character, the creepy character who likes disgusting things, the bookworm, and a queen bee just to name a few. However what I liked most about this series is the animation style which is beautiful by the way, and the presence of the theme of magic and imagination versus technology and logic. Because of this Little Witch Academia shines its brightest whenever Shining Chariot is mentioned or present in the plot.

Screenshot (49)I recommend you watch this series if you like fantasy or series like Harry Potter. Just to let you know Little Witch Academia is not a Harry Potter clone or knock off. The only similarity between the two series is that there is a magic school. This series is entirely worth watching for the animation and themes alone.

Final Rating – 43/50

Posted in 2017, poetry, Writing


I see you

but the true question is

do you see me?

I walk near you,

greet you with joy

but you don’t look up

you don’t smile.

It is as though I’m a ghost

trying to converse with the living.

But when you do notice me

it is not for long.

You look upon me with a look of pity

and ask me how’ve I been

when that is a question

you would already know the answer to

if you hadn’t ignored my presence.

Posted in 2018, Movie Review, Movies

Megan Leavey (2017) movie review

mv5bmtuxotk2ntkxnf5bml5banbnxkftztgwotuyotm3mti-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_Megan Leavey is a rebellious young adult who joins the Marines and learns that it may not be for her after completing her training. This is before she is ordered to clean the kennel and meets Rex, a military dog with a strong attitude. She trains very hard until she can get a dog of her own. After Rex’s partner is injured during training, Megan Leavey is ordered to become his new partner. They form a bond and had such great discipline that they saved a lot of lives while deployed in Iraq. This movie is based on the true story about Megan and Rex while serving in the Marines and after.

I wanted to watch this movie ever since I saw the first trailer for it. I like stories about dogs like this one and it is even better if its based on a true story. Plus I have a dog named Rex who has the exact opposite personality of the Rex from the movie. I have another dog named Roxy just to let you all know.

This was a well made movie. The acting was good, including the animal acting. The special effects made certain scenes appropriately scary. It’s plot was moving. The only real problem I had with this movie is that the trailers made it seem that the final story beat would take up a lot more of the movie than it already did. It makes sense to use that part of the movie in the advertising because it is the most moving part of the movie and if people see that part in the trailers they may want to see Megan Leavey more than if the trailers had shown only combat scenes. While this isn’t a problem with the movie itself and rather a problem with the way it was advertised, I still think that this could make certain people dislike the movie.

I recommend this movie to anyone who is a big fan of dogs and to anyone who wants to watch a moving film. I would not recommend this movie to anyone who hates dogs or believes that playing fetch with a stick with a dog is dog abuse. I really enjoyed watching this movie and I hope you do if you decide to watch it.

Final Rating – 45/50