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Anime Review #013 – Tenchi Muyo! Mihoshi Special

Published May 31, 2017 by GravediggerNALK

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Review:

This special is boring from start to finish.  It features the animated debut of Kiyone and Pretty Sammy, and that is about the extent of its worth.  It starts with a weird intro focusing on Mihoshi, the character of little value shoe-horned into the first set of Ryo-Ohki OVAs with little consequence, and then the actual story starts.  Everyone calls out Mihoshi for being a worthless character, so she begins telling the the story of her most infamous case as a detective.  Despite them having no connection to it, she replaces all of the characters in her story with the characters of the series.  Mihoshi tells a tale of generic space criminals trying to destroy everything.  Towards the end, Sasami transforms into Pretty Sammy, a magical girl.  The in-between is mediocre harem in-fighting between Ryoko and Ayeka.

Unless you just really want to see Kiyone’s animated debut or you REALLY love Pretty Sammy, I cannot recommend watching this to anyone.

Scoring:

  • Plot: 4/10
  • Animation: 7/10
  • English Voice Acting: 7/10
  • Overall: 5/10

Information:

Title: Tenchi Muyo! Mihoshi Special (Galaxy Police Mihoshi’s Space Adventure)

Released: March 1994 (1 OVA)

Director: Kazuhiro Ozawa

Written By: Ryoe Tsukimura

Studio: AIC

Licensed By: Pioneer (Former)

External Links:

ANN Encyclopedia

Wikipedia

MyAnimeList

Anime Review #012 – Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki (Series 1)

Published May 30, 2017 by GravediggerNALK

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Prologue:

This review covers the first set of OVAs for the Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki series (6 episodes) and the special, The Night Before the Carnival.

Review:

The first thing that struck me when I started was the quality. Everything was detailed, the colors deep, and almost none of the animation looked rushed.  I will say that some of the digital effects do not look the best, but I have only watched this on BD, so it may be a fault with the remastering process and could very well look fine on the original release.  Even so, the digital effects are very well done for what they are; they do not stick out too much.

The plot is not as good as the animation, unfortunately.  It starts out as a standard adventure-supernatural fantasy story, unlocking demons, etc… and quickly devolves into a harem with little buildup.  The story arc resolves itself rather uneventfully.  The special brings the series’ harem elements to the forefront, and is one of the first examples of blatant harem “fighting-for-first” scenarios that have become commonplace in most harem anime produced in the past 10 – 20 years.

The English dub is . . . there.  This was Pioneer’s first outing, so I can understand any slips, but it is still hard to listen to sometimes.  It is not so much that the sound quality (I doubt Pioneer would produce anything with low-quality audio) or script is bad, but that the acting and some of the voices themselves just do not work well.  From what I have been told, many of the voices remain the same throughout the most of the metaseries, some changing every now and then, which gives me hope for an improved experience the more of it that I watch.

This first set is pretty standard (animation quality aside), but my feelings on that are most likely tainted by having seen 24 years worth of anime that came afterwards imitating and (attempting to) polish its formula.  I can definitely recommend this to watch.  Even if it sounds like it will not be worth it, it is only 6 episodes and a special. There is no reason to not spend 4 hours watching all of it; I know you have spent more time on worse things.

Scoring:

  • Plot: 7/10
  • Animation: 9/10
  • English Voice Acting: 7/10
  • Overall: 7/10

Information:

Title: Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki (First Series)

Released: September 1992 – March 1993 (Special: September 1993) – 6 OVAs + 1 Special

Director: Hiroki Hayashi

Creators: Hiroki Hayashi, Masaki Kajishima

Studio: AIC

Licensed By: Funimation (Former: Pioneer)

External Links:

ANN Encylopedia  (Special)

Wikipedia

MyAnimeList (Special)

Anime Review #011 – Nyan Koi!

Published May 23, 2017 by GravediggerNALK

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Review:

If you were expecting anything exceptional from Nyan Koi!, I am sorry.  As far as comedic ecchi harem anime go, it’s definitely above average, but anything more than that would be an overstatement.  The story centers around Jyunpei Kousaka, a 2nd-year high school student in love.  He accidentally breaks a cat statue and now he’s cursed, doomed to serve a set number of wishes to cats before the curse will be lifted.  Unfortunately for him, he is allergic to cats.  Oh, and most of the females in the show want him, but he wants the one that is trying the least (initially) to be with him. Standard harem shenanigans ensue.

The show does a good job of defining each other the protagonist’s potential suitors, but they are, for the most part, just as generic as the next.

  • Kaede Mizuno: Jyunpei’s love interest.  They met before the opening ceremony on their first day of high school.  She is (initially) oblivious to his feelings, and he spends the entire series trying to find his chance to tell her how he feels.
  • Kanako Sumiyoshi: Jyunpei’s childhood friend. Kaede’s friend.  Loud. Aggressive.  Tsundere.  The oppai character.
  • Nagi Ichinose: Jyunpei’s senior. Kaede’s track captain.  Heir of a powerful Kyoto Yakuza family.  Eccentric.
  • Kotone Kirishima: Jyunpei’s junior. Daughter of monk in charge of the shrine hosting the cat statue Jyunpei broke.  Sadistic. Has a fetish for misfortune.
  • Akari Kirishima: Jyunpei’s junior, Kotone’s twin sister.  100% Tsun.
  • Chizuru Mochizuki: Local mail carrier and 3rd-year university student.  The “older than main character to point that relationship is obviously not going to happen, but sexual tension exists and it’s a reason for larger breasts on a character than ones that already exists (Sumiyoshi in this case)” character.

While Jyunpei is trying to ward off approaches from Sumiyoshi and the others in order to spend alone time with Kaede, he is bombarded with requests from local cats.  Some of the cats get time to develop their characters too, but most of that stops at a point as a sacrifice to the development of the human characters.  The thought put into the cats was more than expected, to say the least.  Each cat’s personality definitely fits its role.

To fit all of these characters in, given them all some decent character development, and not drop the cat-quests plotline, all in 12 episodes, the series did much better than expected.  Some parts, especially towards the end, felt more rushed than others, but everything went over pretty well.   The ending was left open to continue with the manga into a season two (that the ending repeatedly mentions), but one has not materialized in the subsequent eight years.

For an ecchi harem series that wasn’t breaking records or getting incredible reviews for the manga, it is surprising to see the quality of the anime’s animation.  There isn’t really anything outstanding about it, but the quality is consistent.  It is definitely above-average in the quality department, and the fact that it did not drop was impressive.

For every cheap, unoriginal, low-quality harem anime I have seen get sequel after sequel, season after season, I am surprised that one “above-the-bar” like Nyan Koi! has not gotten its second season.  Shame.

Scoring:

  • Plot: 7/10
  • Animation: 8/10
  • English Voice Acting: 8/10
  • Overall: 8/10

Information:

Title: Nyan Koi! ANN MAL Wikipedia

Released: Autumn 2009 – TV Series (12 Episodes)

Director: Keiichiro Kawaguchi

Original Story: Sato Fujiwara

Studio: AIC

Licensed By: Sentai Filmworks

Video Game Review #002 – HuniePop

Published May 10, 2017 by GravediggerNALK

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Review:

I am going to preface this review by telling you that I intended to put money towards the Kickstarter for this game, but I may or may not have put all of that money towards going ham at Anime Weekend Atlanta that year.  And if you did not already know, this game is about fucking multiple women as quickly as possible.

The game starts off simple: You ain’t fuckin’.  Then, you meet a fuck-fairy.  Now, you’re fuckin’ (if you’re good at Bejeweled).

The fairy wants you to have as much sex with all of these different women as soon and as much as possible.  You are given a Quantum Leap level of information about your situation/subject upon meeting them, you do regular dating simulator shenanigans to learn the rest, and, if you don’t screw it up, y’all do the nasty after a few dates.  The act of sex is simulated by you playing speed-Bejeweled, and you’re rewarded for getting her to climax by a set of well drawn images of the girl in question. Then, you get to fuck the fairy.  Afterwards, Lady Palutena Venus shows up . . . and you fuck her.

Unlike most games of the genre, this game requires meter management, time management, and the moral compass to be in a sexual relationship with a mother and her (adult) daughter at the same time.  So, if you’re like me and play Guilty Gear (or BlazBlue), these concepts should not be foreign to you.

I put in about 17 hours over the course of a day and a half, and it is probably the best 17-hour distraction I could have asked for.

Story isn’t as comfy or emotional as some eroge, but it does provide a set of likeable (or hate-able) characters that you will end up fucking in the end anyway.

Scoring:

  • Gameplay: 10/10 (This is a dating simulator/eroge + knock-off Bejeweled. HuniePop definitely covered everything it needed to for those parameters)
  • Story: 8/10 (Read above)
  • Art: 9/10 (Ditto)
  • Overall: 9/10 (As far as American porn games go, this is near the top of the heap)

Information:

Title: HuniePop

Year: 2015

Platform: PC (Can be purchased uncensored through MangaGamer and Humble Bundle, and censored through Steam.  However, the Steam version can be patched to be uncensored with almost zero effort.)

Designer: Ryan Koons

Genre: Dating Simulator, Eroge

Video Game Review #001 – The Legend of Zelda

Published May 10, 2017 by GravediggerNALK

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Review:

“IT’S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE! TAKE THIS.”

Grab that sword and get to work, Link.  Playing this game for the first time 30 years after its initial release was a little jarring at first.  Realizing that I had not missed anything, and that it was up to me to find the dungeons and, eventually, defeat Ganon with as few clues as possible, I traveled the map from end to end killing enemies and going into every nook and cranny I could (and dying a lot).  Movement and combat were a little tough at first (Note: Playing with a GCN controller was a mistake; Using my friend’s SNES-like GCN controller made it a lot better), but it’s nothing that cannot be adapted to with a little practice.

Navigating my first dungeon was difficult, as I was still adapting to combat and trying to learn how to approach some of the enemies, but, after the completion of the first dungeon, things become much easier (as far as understanding went).  Many of the dungeon areas are simple alterations of previous levels, but the constant movement and puzzle solving made it all worth it to get to the next Triforce fragment (and heart).  Many of the puzzles (especially the forest) were exhausting, but it was well worth it in the end.

If you are not sure if you would enjoy playing it because of how it looks, think about it like this: It is a single, small step down from Generation 1 Pokémon graphically.  Everything looks good, every environment is definable and recognizable, and the enemies are detailed.  Link, Zelda, and Ganon’s sprites are all detailed enough for them to be recognizable if you are familiar with their more modern appearances.  I do not really know why you would focus on the graphics of an NES game, but, for what it is worth, this is worth it.

If you are looking for a game with “a level of difficulty not often found in modern video games,” I would recommend playing this.  The original Legend of Zelda does not feed you anything, barely points you in the direction of your next objective, explains mechanics even less, and tops it all off with a satisfying ending.  Easily one of the most satisfying games that I have played in a long time.

“FINALLY, PEACE RETURNS TO HYRULE.”

Scoring:

  • Gameplay: 9/10
  • Story: N/A (Most of the “story” comes from the opening scroll, and most comments from NPCs are hints or world-building)
  • Overall: 8.5/10

Information:

Title: The Legend of Zelda

Year: 1986 (JPN), 1987 (USA)

Original Platform: Famicom Disk System (JPN), Nintendo Entertainment System (USA)

Platform Used: Nintendo GameCube (Collector’s Edition Re-Release, 2003)

Directors: Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka

Genre: Action-Adventure, Puzzle