Posted in review

Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters Review

Godzilla_anime_design_reveal.jpgBefore watching this movie, It was a headline from Inverse that read this film “Is an Anime First, Godzilla Movie… Maybe Third”. After watching Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, I couldn’t agree more.

In Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters Earth is abandoned when Godzilla wreaks havoc and the combined efforts of humanity and two alien races were not enough to defeat him.

20 years later after being unable to find a new planet for the three races to live on, they decide to return and finish what they started.

The vast majority of the film is spent establishing the world, the lore and the characters. Now, here is where the film loses me. I have gone on record saying that world building and characters are the most important part of any good story, whether it is in a novel, game or film. Yet, I found myself getting bored midway through the film.

With all the technobabble going on I felt like I was watching an anime version of Star Trek rather than a Godzilla movie.

I honestly couldn’t tell you anything about the characters as, despite the screen time you get to spend with them, only the main character Captain Haruo Sakaki gets a backstory and even then he doesn’t have much in the way of personality. In fact, all the characters are bland and forgettable.

51HEXHBZ4VL._SY445_This is why my favourite Godzilla movie is the first one, and I mean the original Japanese film, not the godawful American edit which spat in the face of the original. Huh, even now American adaptations of Japanese stories are horrific at best and disrespectful at worse. I guess some things never change.

Sorry, back on track. The first one got the balance of character development and action perfect. You got invested in the conflict as they debated on how to defeat the beast. You cared about these characters and wanted to see them survive. I cried during the hospital scene when I first watched it. Scratch that, I cry every time I watch it. Not to mention the powerful and bittersweet ending.

Well, this is starting to become more of a discussion about the original film that started it all rather than the latest movie of the franchise. As you can probably tell, I love it to bits. However, we aren’t here to talk about that masterpiece so I will save my rants for another article.

This is more of a personal gripe but I don’t really care for 3D animated anime. It always reminds me of cutscenes in games, sometimes when I’m watching things like it I find myself trying to push the X button only to remember “oh right, this isn’t a game” and that is exactly what happened this time. Again, this is a personal preference so take what I just said with a pinch of salt.

c7q_j1nvuaahjde-jpg-large (1)The ending angered me. I can’t say what happened as I don’t want to spoil it but I felt like I had wasted my time watching this movie. Before anyone jumps in to defend it, yes I know that this is the first movie and there will be a second one continuing the story but still I don’t think that excuse holds water for such a lacklustre and lazy ending.

Going back to the blandness of the characters, I don’t see a reason for watching the second film when it comes out as I don’t care about any of them! They spend so much time trying to get me to root for them and showing a tragic backstory but honestly, I was rooting for Godzilla as he was a more fleshed out character!

Overall, Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters was a disappointing film. I can’t bring myself to say that it was a bad film, I’m sure some folks liked it and if that includes you then, cool. Glad you enjoyed it, but for me, I found it dull and forgettable. I don’t recommend this film, especially if you are a Godzilla fan.

I’m going to go watch a proper Godzilla movie now, see you later.

Advertisements
Posted in Mentionable Manga

Mentionable Manga: Fort of Apocalypse

51eiGtK80eLGotta love it when you pick up a Manga series on Crunchyroll and read every chapter in one day.

Needless to say, I liked this Manga, but I am getting ahead of myself. Let’s start at the beginning.

Fort of Apocalypse, also known as Apocalypse no Toride, follows Yoshiaki Maeda as he is framed for murder and sent to Shouran Academy Juvenile Detention Center.

After meeting his three cellmates Gou Iwakura, Masafumi Yoshioka, and Mitsuru Yamano what seems to be a zombie apocalypse hits Japan. The boys must work together to survive, but do not be fooled. This is not your typical zombie outbreak tale.

This is the second zombie Manga I have written about, the first being I Am a Hero and I have to say, while western zombie stories are starting to bore me whereas these Mangas and other Japanese zombie stories are fascinating to me. This is probably just me, but the characters in these stories are far more compelling and they do a lot of interesting twists with the zombies themselves.

1322d18d58c1d148836c5c8b6df0e89dd8433ea4_hqThe main reason I couldn’t put Fort of Apocalypse down was due to the characters. I grew to really care about each and every member of cell four, but my favourite is Maeda as he has the biggest arc of the cast. A close second being Iwakura.

The other reason was for each issue, not only did the stakes get raised but the story got more and more deranged and I wanted to see how deep that rabbit hole went.

Speaking of deranged, the art of Fort of Apocalypse is gorgeous in its own gruesome way. It kept reminding me of the work of Junji Ito due to the detail and creativity. I don’t want to spoil anything, as it works best if you go in blind, but some of the concepts this story devises are both nightmare fuel and awe-inspiring.

If the title and images I have used haven’t hit this home yet, this is not a Manga for the faint of heart. That being said, if you are looking for a unique zombie adventure with charismatic characters and a whole Tarintino’s film worth of guts and gore, then you need to read Fort of Apocalypse. You know what they say, no guts no glory!

Posted in What Do We Know?

Overwatch 2018: What Do We Know?

77158f5c30a1fb4d3c3e6d4e9c5e1462cb23f9dc_hqJeff, just tell us what is going on already!

In his latest update video, he said that he was just “touching the tip of the iceberg” which was a bit of an understatement if you ask me.

Well, I don’t need to know every detail about the upcoming events, but I do need to know if D.Va is finally getting something! She hasn’t gotten anything noteworthy since the Anniversary event and as a D.Va main, I am losing my patience with Jeff and his team.

Thankfully, one of the events that gave her some nice stuff was last years Lunar New Year event, so I am hoping she gets something new this time around.

Sorry for going off on a tangent, the lack of D.Va content is a sensitive subject for me. Let’s about what Overwatch has in store for us this year.

As you probably already know, you can now use Overwatch League skins. If you logged before yesterday you would have received a free one, if you missed out or want another, that will be $4.99 a piece. You need to pay in League Tokens which you can only get by paying for them.

tumblr_oki69v2Aao1ufdtcro1_r1_500Next up, Lunar New Year. The skins you missed out on will be back at a reduced price like other events prior. He said in the update video that the team has made “significant changes players will be happy with” and that they listened to feedback. Hopefully, the feedback was to give D.Va the skins she deserves!

Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

While most of the update video was vague, what we know for sure is that there is going to be an Uprising 2.0. We are going to get another event tied to the lore of the Overwatch world. Jeff talked about wanting to give folks who missed out last year a chance to experience it but didn’t want to just repeat it.  I’m curious to see what they will come-up with.

They are also going to start putting new skins in the base loot boxes. Needless to say, he didn’t say exactly when this will be implemented into the game, he says it should happen sometime this month. I for one think it can’t come soon enough. I am sick of getting voice lines for heroes I don’t even use.

And finally, a new challenger approaches. Currently known as hero 27, this character is due to be released sometime this year. I am hoping it’s a fellow Scot, but considering the lack of Scottish characters outside of Demoman from TF2, I’m not holding my breath.

All in all seems like we have some interesting content on the way. Look sharp heroes, and good luck in your placement matches this year!

tracer_salute_by_gregorymoralesjr2016-dallfbi.jpg

 

Posted in New Obsession

New Obession: Pyre

PyreHeader-700x967What do you get when you combine a sports game with an RPG? Apparently, Pyre.

Developed by Supergiant Games, Pyre is a game unlike any I have played before. Exiled from the Commonwealth, you are found by a group of travellers who need someone with the ability to read, like you.

Together, you must defeat your opponents in an ancient ritual knows as Rites to regain your stolen freedom. In doing so, you travel around the Downside meeting friends and foes alike.

Sounds like an RPG alright, but where does the sports element fit in. Well, remember the Rites? To put it simply, imagine three versus three basketball. But instead of hoops, you must throw the orb into the enemies Pyre. Oh, and you need to throw yourself into the flames as well, taking that character out of the game until the next person dives into the fire.

There are a tone of different strategies to learn, but my favourite is to use the Cur Rukey to sprint past my opponents and dive in as quickly as possible. Thing is, you can’t spam techniques which means you need to learn how to use each character.

Speaking of characters, outside of the intense gameplay, one of the reasons I fell hard for Pyre is the cast of characters you meet throughout your journey.

previewfile_1184101881I am a self-confessed sap but it is hard not to get attached to the Nightwings. During the course of the game, you get to chat with them and learn more about your companions and the lore of the world.  The more time you spend with them, the more invested you become in their fight for freedom.

Everyone who has played this game goes on and on about the art and the music, so much so it even put me off playing the game for a while. Having played Pyre, let me tell you that they are not overhyping it. I dare say this is the most beautiful game I have played in a while. From the character designs to the backgrounds, everything in this game is incredibly detailed.

Do not get me started on the music, this ramble will turn into a full-blown rant as I go on and on about the gorgeous soundtrack. Let’s just say its amazing and there is a good reason that you can buy the soundtrack.

At the time of writing, I have not finished this game, so for all I know the game might take a sudden drop in later parts but from what I have played so far, Pyre is one hell of a game. Just like how I couldn’t give the best indie of 2017 to Night in the Woods because I hadn’t completed it, I don’t think I can recommend this game.

However, I love it. I adore the characters, lose myself in the music and lose my mind during the trials and Rites. I think its safe to say Prye has burned its way into my heart.

tumblr_ohoe9zPWi41thgcq5o1_500.gif

Posted in Feature

Batman takes on feudal Japan

12-1-I need to take my Batradar to the shop because it has failed me big time.

I had no idea about this upcoming movie until a friend informed me about it a few days ago. How did I miss this? The trailer was released back in the first week of December for crying out loud!

What annoys me the most about being late on the Batwagon (you will have to pry the bat puns out of my cold dead hands!) is that this film promises to be everything I dreamed of.

Anime film about Batman? Check. Set in feudal Japan? Check. Unique visual style and animation? Check.

On top of that, the screenplay was written by Kazuki Nakashima, the writer of Gurren Lagann and the creator of Afro Samurai Takashi Okazaki was the man who designed the reimagined versions of our favourite Dark Knight and his rogue gallery.

Batman Ninja follows Batman as he is transported back in time to feudal Japan to stop Joker from manipulating the past.

teodnrx8apan2cxjuwbpI only have two issues about this film. First off, why is it called Batman Ninja when his design looks more like a Samurai? I’m just saying, though if I had to guess I think its simply because Batman Ninja sounds cooler.

Secondly, at the time of writing, there is no official release date. Why do you torture me so, DC? You wave this amazing anime film in my face without telling me when I can watch it? You are more twisted than the Joker.

With all that said, just knowing that this film exists and will be released sometime this year makes me happy and hopeful for the rest of this year. Let’s not forget Batman: Gotham by Gaslight is coming out on DVD next month.

Maybe 2018 will be the year of the Bat? I for one hope so!

Posted in Opinion Corner

New Year, Old Habits

d62383e23db54076675baa896c93fe786aeb45f5290c063ceb96a893f7e5d218Happy New Year to you and yours! I hope you had a great holiday season and spent time creating fond memories with friends and family.

That being said, I hate January. As far as I’m concerned its the worst month of the year. The holidays are over and everyone is trying to keep their resolutions even though we know at the back of our minds that they won’t last.

At least, that’s what my opinion used to be. Don’t get me wrong, I still hate this depressing month but I did manage to keep a few of last years resolutions. I was able to lose weight and continued to post twice a week. My others went out the window real quick.

My other resolutions were to exercise three times a week (unless you count my hour and a half walk to work) and to read at least 30 books. Yeah, nope. This year I’m setting the reading challenge to 20 but I fear history will repeat itself.

tumblr_oavryva1j91v1ndxmo1_500In fact, while I had been losing weight, I have fallen into my old habits of overeating and barely sleeping. In the past year, I have been drinking a lot more than I used too which doesn’t help.

So, here is my main resolution for 2018.

Try.

That’s it. I am going to try my best this year, as that is all I can do. Simple as. I’m going to try harder at work, try harder to improve my content and try harder to get into shape.

Good luck with your resolutions and I wish you all the best for 2018!

 

Posted in Lists

Top Four of 2017

BrilliantScaryAmethystsunbird-max-1mbWith 2017 (finally) coming to a close I wanted to talk about some of the good things this year gave us.

So I picked categories each with a winner and two honourable mentions. Here are my picks for the Top Four of 2017.

As a heads up this is a personal list if you are wondering why some things you love aren’t on this list its be like Horizon Zero Dawn and Spiderman: Homecoming it’s because I haven’t played them or seen them. Simple as.

On with the list!

Best Game of 2017: Danganronpa 1.2 RELOAD

tumblr_msqbptHKiR1ry65bao1_500Before you start yelling that Danganronpa came out years ago, I know. However, Danganronpa 1.2 RELOAD was released this year so it qualifies. My list my rules!

I have talked about my love for this game series several times and I don’t want to repeat myself too much so here is the ramble I wrote a few days after it’s release earlier this year, enjoy.

Honourable Mentions: South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Persona 5

I got my copies of both of these games at Christmas so I have only started playing them recently but I am enjoying both of them so far.

Best Indie Game of 2017: Dream Daddy

tumblr_otlv7dGhr91vmrye9o4_400.gifHow could I not pick this game?

Dream Daddy made waves when it hit Steam back in July and I was one of the many people who got swept up in it.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I am a sap. I adore games that make me cry and smile. Bonus points if they make me do both at the same time, which is exactly what Dream Daddy achieved.

Its an adorable game with a lot of heart and laughs. If you haven’t played it yet its 33% off on Steam at the time of writing.

Honourable Mentions: Doki Doki Literature Club, Night in the Woods

Doki Doki Literature Club is one of the best free games I have ever played on Steam if not the most haunting. That game gave me trust issues. Night in the Woods nearly won this category but at the time of writing I haven’t finished it and I thought it would be unfair to give it the crown because of that.

Best Anime of 2017: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

tumblr_onwcakVYUJ1v6bs4yo6_250.gifI may have had some wild nights, but I have never drunkenly invited a dragon to stay at my place as my maid.

At least, not yet anyway.

I was so obsessed with this anime that I cosplayed as Kobayashi for MCM Scotland Comic Con with my best friend who was cosplaying Tohru.

Honourable Mentions: Recovery of an MMO Junkie, Gabriel DropOut

I relate to Moriko Morioka from Recovery of an MMO Junkie more than I probably should. It doesn’t hurt that the anime she is from is quickly becoming one of my favourite comedy anime. Gabriel DropOut is cute as hell in a heavenly way.

Best Movie of 2017: Wonder Woman

choose_your_own_favorite_wonder_woman_gal_gadot_or_lynda_carter_16.gifNot only was this Wonder Woman’s first live-action film, but also the best film DC released this year.

Like many die hard DC fans I was praying on my hands and knees that Wonder Woman would finally break the string of bad DC movies.

Thankfully, Wonder Woman turned out to be everything I was hoping for and then some. It had action, drama, well-written characters and a few laughs.

Wonder Woman truly is the hero we need.

Honourable Mentions: Murder on the Orient Express, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

I’m a big Agatha Christe fan so of course, I had to mention Murder on the Orient Express. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was the perfect sequel to follow the first film in my opinion.

Heres to 2018, let’s hope for the best but expect the worse!