Thursday, December 29, 2011

My Best and Worst Anime List For 2011

Eating Watermelon With My Waifu

This is just a basic/simple list of what I think are the best or worse shows for the the anime 2011 year. Not all of these series have reviews due to time, being a lazy bastard etc. So kick back let the new year roll in and count down my top/worst list for 2011.

My Top 10
1.Usagi Drop
2.Ano Hana
3.Hourou Musuko Wandering Son
4.Hanasaku Iroha
6.Index II "it started in winter 2010 but finished in 2011"
9.My Ordinary Life "Nichijou"
10.Yuru Yuri

Sums Up this List

Noticeable Mentions
These are series that did happen to enjoy but have not yet had a chance to finish or was just below the cut "I do want to be impartial on this after all"
Fate/Zero only on ep 5
Soft Tenni "great guilty pleasure series, waiting for my blurays to finish due to solar flare lens censorship"
Working Seaosn2/Squid Girl Season2 "only half way through for each as well"
Higurashi Kira Ova 1-3 "just silly fun all around"
Dead-man Wonderland "it would have made the list if the adapt was longer and didn't end in a cliffhanger"
Heaven's Memo Pad "stopped at 4 ep due to various reasons"
Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth "stopped at ep 6 again for my own reasons"

Oh You Mad At My Worst List??

Worst For 2011
1.Twin Angel
2.Lotte's Toy "looking back..NOPE"
4.Last Exile The Silver Wing
5.R-15 "the amount of censorship just killed the show me"
6.We Without Wings
8.Hen Zemi
9.Cat God
10.Horizon In The Middle Of Nowhere

Well there you have it my list for best/worst for 2011. Feel free to post what shows you liked/disliked for this year. Now excuse me while i go off and have some whiskey to dull the memories of Hen Zemi...

-Cecil The Dark Knight

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas Everyone

Merry Christmas From Hatsune Miku

Well everyone I do hope that you are having a wonderful holiday season this year. It has personally been hard year all around for me and my family, however I am sure none of you are interested in that as of now. So lets get down to main point of this post, which is to share some of the best anime x-mas pics, that I have been able to scrape up from @chan, crunchy roll and Google. On a different note everyone how was your Christmas and did you get what you asked for??

-Cecil The Dark Knight

Sunday, December 18, 2011

We are the Little Busters! Now 100% english!

Wooh! Little Busters has been fully translated.
But people with the ME/EX versions will have to wait for another translation...

Translation Notes:

The past few weeks after translation "finished" have been incredibly busy thanks to testing, debugging and general fixing, but finally...

Team fluffy is delighted to announce the release of the Little Busters! complete translation patch.
The impatient one may proceed to download it here

Four and a half years after the original game was released, three and a half years after the translation project started, and two years after our 50%, A.K.A. common route patch, this product of our labor allows you, the player, to experience the game in full, from beginning to end, non-stop, in English.

This patch contains every character route, every minigame and everything else translated.
It also includes our recommended set of fonts.

No machine translation was hurt during production.

We apologise in advance in case this disturbs your family's holidays.

and for those people with EX/ME

In order not to delay the release of the main patch above, we skipped some of the polish from the EX/ME script. We have tried to make these as enjoyable as possible with the translated material presently available. Thus some of the more critical new lines amidst the otherwise translated scripts have already been translated, but not all of them.

  1. These extra patches give EX/ME working minigames, but in return they have a certain amount of untranslated lines here and there, for systemic reasons.
  2. There are also known issues that would've been too much work to fix for this release - the biggest one is one where lines with the same Japanese text receive the same translation everywhere in the script. This causes some errors in minigames, but also makes some lines appear rather weird at places in the script.
  3. You will not find new content in the routes with this patch, because that is the greater part of the problem itself. Instead you will get THE original Little Busters! routes in all their glory. All new content beyond that will have to wait for its appropriate releases.
  4. Muscle Sensation doesn't work in this patch. Sorry, there's just no way around this until we get around to properly re-translating the Kud route.

Little Busters! Ecstasy First Press Limited Edition owners do not need to install the Little Busters! EX 1.01 patch to use our translation.

I know this isn't really a review but I will have my top ten anime of the year list up soon.


Little Busters English Patch

Memorial Edition


Little Busters on VNDB

Friday, December 16, 2011

Witch-Hunt's Final Patch Is Out

Ange Getting Some Pay-Back
For those who have been waiting very patiently "for nearly a year now", the final patch for Umineko answer arcs or 5-8 is finally out. After this long ass waiting period we can finally found out what happened on the island..or we will be fucking trolled by Bern and Lambdelta all over again. Sadly I can not spoil this "you must make/reach this decision for yourself at the end of arc8".

Keep in mind this one simple question "is it magic or a trick", will determine the entire outcome for the series "just make sure to save before hand". That's it everyone let me know your decision in the comment section below. As an early gift I will host a hyper-link to the patch and where to order the game. Oh and I do apologize for any spoilers... but get the hell over it.

-Cecil The Dark Knight

Final Patch

Legally Purchase The Game

Best Bgm Ever "Birth of a New Witch"

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Dammit Congress..What The Hell Are You Doing?? The SOPA BILL

4chan.. Your So Silly..
Yeah I do realize it's been along time since I done anything here but the SOPA Bill is one of the main reasons why. In a sense this bill would give corporations unlimited power to shut down any site that they fill infringes on it's said copyright with out any due process. So lets take my site into account everybody due in part that I use hyper-links to you-tube videos or  any torrent site. Even my blog in question could be taken down and I could be charged with felony that would have a max five years in a federal prison "however fair-use might come into play for pics/videos"

One huge thing to point out is the DNS Blocking clause that would completely block your IP from accessing websites that infringes on copyright materials. The said sites would no longer be listed in Google, Yahoo, etc "This reminds me of china for some reason.." All for the sake of protecting intellectual property. Listen I do understand piracy is bad "i still do a bit myself" but this is going way above the norm to do so. Being charged with a fucking felony isn't a mother fucking game people, "that shit ruins people's lives and will only ruin people's ability to get jobs if prosecuted under this

Worship Our New Flag
On the other hand selling illegal goods such as counterfeit games/Cd's/movies, medication is understandable. The person in sense is selling a physical copy that can be bought legally while making a profit off said material online "eBay I am looking at you here", will be liable to remove the said products. Now pay-pal/visa/master-card or other pay means will be stopped if you trying buying said materials which is another clause this bill has. This part of the bill i  am actually okay with..despite being overboard as well. I personally thing this bill is a huge cock slap in the face but let's move on..

After watching all of the stream coverage to day on this bill "from live-stream lol". It has come to my attention that the people trying to pass this have no fucking idea on either aisle what it really means. For the love of god one senator said "let's bring in the nerds to get this right".. I have never face palmed so fucking hard in all of my life.. Oh yeah everyone have some more lovely tidbits from this wonderful conference.. Even this makes me want to slap a kitten. Well I am out everyone "back to lurking" however what are you're thoughts/opinons on this??
...."Just Read It"

Toasters are people

IP addresses are people.

Toasters have wifi.

An ISP is the same thing as a University Network.

Piracy =Child Pornography

The Internet Is For Porn

George Carlin Sums It Up

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Going on Small Hiatus..."Wish Me Luck"

Damn Witches.. 
As of now I am going on a hiatus from doing work on the site until further notice. I still have a lot of drafts that I need to finish up then post here, after that I will done for a while. I just need some time to catch up and think of what to do next is all  "please feel free to give me some suggestions of you don't mind..." As to the other authors here you can still create or upload any of your reviews as you wish, well wish me luck and I will catch you all around later~

-Cecil The Dark Knight

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Looking At Secret Archives... Resident Evil 1.5

 Debug Game-Play

Some of you might be surprised to hear this, but I have been a huge resident-evil/bio-hazard fan for since the franchise started six-teen years ago. I remember dearly playing the first game over twenty times on the Ps1 and Sega Saturn all those years ago. Then slowly/waiting patiently three years for a squeal "which felt like forever when you are a kid". When I first heard that capcom was making a squeal in the summer of 96 I was really excited "especially by all of the screen shoots, leaks from game magazines such as game fan, game pro etc" Hell I even remember cutting out images and making scrap book... "shut up it was just a childish hobby"

Now i can imagine why some of you might be scratching your head saying what the hell is Resident Evil 1.5 ??.. well in all honesty I really can not blame you since many of you are probably from the ages 14-19 reading this. Resident Evil two was in development before it's release in 98 like most games but what many don't know is that the original product was scrapped at 90% park for the usual reasons within game companies. The huge difference if you have noticed is that Claire is not in the game video, that's due in part she didn't exist at all until this project was scrapped. 

Eliza, Sherry and John
The main female lead was originally Eliza Walker who was helped by sherry brikin with the gun shop owner John kendo. Leon however was still the main male lead with help from Marvin a fellow officer and Ada. What more interesting was the fact the two characters paths did not cross in the game. This mean you would play each character to get their story instead of seeing them crossing paths which in all honesty adds great to re-play value in my opinion.

Now why would I care about some old dated game that has horrible voice acting?? Well the main reason is that of the game-play if you noticed in this old trailer and the possibility of what could have been.  Zombies crawling through shutters that are only partially down, chasing after you. The tearing on clothes, bite marks the characters would show from taking damage etc. This is ultimately what I really wanted from resident evil 2 but I will still take what I have.

Leon Being A Boss

Now I could drag on forever and describe what the game was suppose to be like or play but there are tons of sites dedicated this already. My main focus is wanting to see a release or ISO dump of the tech demo that was sent to game reviewers in the states for fans to play. The only remaining copies are in a few collectors hands which are under gag orders not to lead "oh of course capcom... no fun allowed" So the chances are very slim but still exist.

Capcom has willingly threw away the project so I don't see a problem in playing a tech demo for something they no longer cares about or even acknowledges at this point in time. Even if the said person where to dump the ISO online he or she would be a hero in my opinion. I could ramble on forever but let me ask you this what would resident be like with out Claire??

-Cecil The Dark Knight

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Slow Poke Here..Making A Japanese Xbox Live Account

My Set-Up
This is just something I have done recently discovered out of boredom and learned you can play Japanese games on your x-box. However there is catch like with all recent hard-ware that has region locking, however this will allow you play digital copies or demos from your HDD. Now you might be saying what is the whole point in doing this?? Well it's good way to get a-hold of demo's early for Japanese games that might take up to year to come out in the west. The downside is that you need make a repartee profile from your own which some are not willing to do. 

However all digital content can be played through any profile as long as the both profiles are on your HDD which leaves little room for concern. Now the only major problem I have run across is that some games require Microsoft points to buy them and american cards will not work with the account so I learned a lesson there. However if you have credit card/debit card then you should be fine. The biggest hurdle is making the separate account so follow the directions to a letter from this site. So will you be making a Japanese x-box live account now??

-Cecil The Dark Knight

Friday, November 11, 2011

Hmm... Today Is My B-Day..

Hayate, My Anime B-Day Bro
As stated above hayate from the series Hayate the combat butler is one few anime characters that actually share my b-day with me. I will just make this a short/brief entry due in part that I really want to celebrate my b-day alone with my close friends/family. This is just a quick image dump from the images I received from my crunchy roll buddies, I thank you all. Also I will not be buying skyrim today so please don't even ask me.

You all know how to treat a guy right, I truly thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Well enough emotional stuff have a obligatory YouTube video and wish me the best of luck ~


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

New Addition To The Site.. My Review Archive

Not much of an update or addition however I do feel that this very essential for the site. All I did was create an additional page to host hyper links to the reviews I have done so far. I will update the page when ever I do a new review to make it easier for you all to look over/access the reviews I have done. Well that's all I wish to add for this small up-date, let me know what you think.


-Cecil The Dark Knight

Monday, November 7, 2011

Corpse Party Release Date/Details.

Uhh.. Yeah.. That Had To Hurt.

For those who have been following news on this game or have read my previous post about it, then you know that this is first true horror visual novel/rpg to make it state side "even if it's only digital download only". The main focus of the game revolves around a group of high school friends that are trap in an condemned  elementary school. This is where a series of grizzly serial murders took place. over ten years prior school called Heavenly Host Elementary, "who would kill 10 innocent children in a grizzly matter and for what reason??"  I also wish to add this game will have one of the most note worthy Japanese va cast I have seen in a long time.

Let us move on to the main focus, which is trying to solve these murders however the biggest thing is trying to get out alive. The game is split up in to different chapters for each character which only happen to have one true/happy ending. This means if you don't play right/make the right choices you will end up dead and get the worse ending possible for each chapter that you play, "so can you get out alive, or will face a horrible fate??" Well When the game hits the PSN Nov 22nd 2011, see if you're brave enough to do so.

On Nom Nom Nom
-Cecil The Dark Knight

Friday, November 4, 2011

To You of the Future - I give you every song...

Mirai no Kimi to, Subete no Uta ni, also commonly named MikuKisu is an all ages Vocaloid themed Visual Novel by Supplement Time.
The game starts off with a chobits feel to it, at the time MikuKisu is set in androids are commonplace in society, from maid androids to singing androids they have many uses.

On a winters night you are walking home after drinking with some friends you notice a girl asleep on the street. At first sight she seems like a normal girl but after a closer inspection turns out to be a singing android, 01 Hatsune Miku.

After taking her home, installing her and then being glomped, you realize she can only say "mi~"
She also seems to lack standard functions which becomes a problem when getting her into some clothes.
After discovering she had to be configured, you set her language, behavior and vocal settings. This allows Miku to speak and more importantly sing.
And so begins your new musical life with Miku.

It has a linear plot so no choices in this VN, it also has quite a rapid progression due to MikuKisu's short length. But the life with Miku is enjoyable nevertheless.
The story seems to be based around a few of the more popular Hatsune Miku songs, but mentioning them will end up adding spoilers to this review. Of course a Miku fan could easily notice the links.
In fact I was never a big Miku fan, I prefered Luka's darker music, however this game has linked a great plot with the lyrics of Miku's songs, and we all know songs are better when we can link them to something.

The CG art is very well done, Miku is portrayed really well and has a brilliant smile.
As for the background art, well there aren't many backgrounds due to the lack of places visited.
Like most VNs sold at Comiket there are no voices in the game, most of the background music is forgettable as well.
It includes some of Miku's songs like White Letter and one of my favorites Time Limit which I now find kind of hard to listen to.
Unfortunately there in no music mode when the game is finished so the only way to find them again is either via the internet or by playing MikuKisu over again.
-Rating 4/5
-Age Rating Teen +15

Monday, October 31, 2011

Trick or Treat: Have Some Free/Legal Visual Novels

Such Misfortune
So it's time for Halloween with many tricks or treats. Instead of giving out tricks this time I am going to be generous and give away links to free indie visual novels "which are English of course". This is the least I can do for everyone for being so generous to me so far, by hanging out in my live stream channel or just reading/commenting on my post as well. I know it's been a-long since I did a review/preview for any-thing but hang in there, I have just been a little to busy watching fall shows and playing through little-busters. I do hope you all enjoy these games and leave some feed-back on them.

Five Free Visual Novels
1.) Digital: A Love Story
2.) Brass Restoration
3.) RE:Alistair
4.) True Remembrance
5.) Katawa Shoujo

Enjoy This Character Song

-Cecil The Dark Knight

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The High Cost of Making Anime Series

Shut Up & Take My Money
Usually I keep up will anime/game/visual novel news on pretty much everything thanks to c.r. news and, "if you have read any my recent post". However I am amazed at the high cost it takes to just one anime episode "which would be around $150,000.00 rounded up". So if you take into account that most anime series are around twelve episodes that would mean it would cost nearly two million us dollars to produce a basic series. This has me thinking...with that much money to do one basic run series, I can understand why that most are only doing twelve epiosde run series "despite my distaste for visual novel adapts this explains why they do it."

My Face When
However I just wish Deen or J.C. Staff would use their money more wisely in their adapts, but we all need quality in our animation". This has also curbed my thinking a bit in torrenting anime series, however it will not detour me if there is no other option available. Thankfully there are huge legal options with streaming services like crunchy roll or nico nico to cut down on those options with low monthly payment fee's for HD streaming. I do wish to share something else on the subject, most beginner animators only have annual salary of 1million yen or around 9,000us dollars a year. So any of you guys/gals have any opinions on this subject??

-Source Link

-Cecil The Dark Knight

Friday, October 28, 2011

Well Are You Excited- Final Fantasy Type Zero Demo/Preview

Official Cover-Art
In all honesty I haven't been excited about a Final Fantasy game since 2001 with the release of FFX. It's not that personally hate some of the newer titles, like Crisis Core, Tactics or even some of the newer remakes. However it's just that the main games have been focused more on cinematography with little to no game play. However Final Fantasy Type Zero is gonna change all of that with real-time battles, no random encounters and full movement in 3d much like in Kingdom Hearts so get ready for so many rage quit battles.

A Glasses Girl In My Final Fantasy?? DO WANT

So if you are a fan of action/rpgs this game will be right up your ally and I personally have been playing the demo no-stop for two day's straight and can not get enough of the game. As of now there is no plan to release the game in other country, however I will not give up hope that it will get a state-side release as of yet. It does seem that a chance no matter how slim will be worth it, Square-Enix knows how to release decent games if they take there time. Well below is link to download the demo, feel free to try it out however you will need custom-firmware to run it.

Final Fantasy Type Zero Demo Download

-Cecil The Dark Knight
Official Trailer

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Visual Novel Translation Updates For October

Damn Girl, You Scary

This list is just for informal use only guys. It is to show what visual novels are currently being translated as of now, what the progress on them are and if they beta/partial patch out. If you really want to play the games then use Google and look around for the patches on various blog sites such as my own. If you truly want help to play some of these game just give me buzz and I will do my best to help ya by providing partial patch links or in some cases torrent links. Well use this wish as you list and I will catch you all around later, also thank @chan's /jp/ board for this update.

 Unofficial Patches:

11eyes - 2nd partial patch out, 2092 lines left to translate and 7444 lines left to edit before the third partial patch
Aiyoku no Eustia - Fione Chapter 40% translated
Akai Ito- Yumei's route released, Nozomi route fully inserted,Uzuki route 40% inserted, 14300/21674 (65.98%) overall inserted, last untranslated arc being translated by original translator
Amaranto - Trial released
Apathy Midnight Collection - fully translated, one arc left to edit
Ayakashibito - 25715/50995 lines translated (50.43%), common route fully translated, 23254/50995 lines edited (45.60%)
Baldr Force Exe - Project starting up
Baldr Sky - Translation ongoing
Cartagra - Initial translation complete, future is unknown
Concerto Note - C&D, continuing, translation at 35%, editing at 14%
Daiteikoku - 26,014/130,000 lines translated (20%). 20% partial patch out
DraKoi- Initial translation complete
Fate/Hollow Ataraxia- 65.2% translated, second partial patch out
Forest - Ixrec's upcoming project
Fortune Arterial- 52 of 122 scripts translated, 14 of 122 scripts edited, patch for the trial version of the game
Hanahira - 8 of 50 scripts translated
Heartful Kareshi - 22% translated
Higanbana no Saku Yoru Ni - 2522 / 8082 (31.20%) lines translated
Higurashi Daybreak - being translated
Hinomaru- 19% translated, main arc editing
Honey Coming- Prologue 100% translated, common route 80% translated. Yuma Shichiri's route 5% translated
Hoshizora no Memoria - prologue patch out, common route fully translated, Isuzu's patch released, overall 33333/55183 (60.40%) translated
Hunks Workshop - Being translated, partial patch out
Ikusa Megami Zero - Project alive again, 5205 lines translated
Kawakaburi No Cherry - Being translated
Koitate - Yukino’s route patch released
Little Busters - 93.71% translated, 92.09% edited, patch out with Haruka' route and Kud's route
Love Plus- Fully translated, in the process of finalizing
Majikoi- Yukie + Chris + Momoyo + teacher route patch released, Wanko route TL: 13%
M&M Enchanting Magic & Sweet Charms- 84%
Milky Holmes - Being translated
Muv-Luv Chronicles - Work being done on The Day After 00 + 01
Never 7 - all 113 scripts and 28 of 111 tips through initial translation, 13/113 scripts through final translation
Nursery Rhyme - 9049/34410 lines (26.3%) translated
Ore no Imouto - 9.4% (28/299) scripts translated
Otomimi Infinity - 4130 /105610 (3.91%) translated
Period- All image/UI editing complete, game total translation: 66.60% complete, Miyu + Rin + Aoi + Kohane patches released
Princess Lover - 10% translated
Princess Maker 5- 39% translated
Princess Nightmare - Translator said the project is still active, but very slow, nearly 50% translated
Pure Pure The Story of Ears and Tails- Sachi Patch released, 80.04% translated
Rance 3 - 75% translated
Rance 4 - 20% translated
Rance Quest - 2% translated
Real Imouto ga Iru - translation: 4330/16108 (27%) editing: 3910/16108 (24%), demo up
Sensei Da-isuki 2- roughly 25% translated, still active
Serifu de Kanjite! Seiyuu Doushi: Total: 185/5400 translated
Sharin no Kuni, Yuukyuu no Shounenshoujo - Fully translated, someone has gone through all the scripts for editing
Sin- 65% of episode 1 translated
Shuffle Essence+ - group working on it
Sono Hanabira 7 - fully translated
Sorairo - 2755/48557 (6%) lines translated
Steins;Gate - Script and TIPS fully translated, being edited. Unedited patch out, 7/14 early scripts fixed
Suihensei Made Nan Mile - 32% translated, plans to get a patch out "soon"
Tenshi No Inai 12-Gatsu-"status: ~translating:active~"
Tenshin Ranman - 2% translated
The Second Reproduction - Fully translated, 90% edited
Togainu No Chi- 77% translated, partial patch out
To Heart2- 56% - "The final product is still years away unless I get more help. ", alpha patch with Konomi, Tamaki,Manaka and Yuma routes translated
Tomoyo After - Partial patch released
Toradora Portable - Being translated
Touka Gettan: translation status: ~30% translated
Umineko 8 - Translation: 65%, Editing: 50%, 50% translation patch released
Under The Moon- 6% translated/checked/programmed, still active
Welcome to Pia Carrot 2 - 1st draft translation complete
Yandere - 19% translated
Yoakemae Yori Ruriiro Na - 100% translated, 5% edited
Yosuga no Sora - 33% translated

Aroduc has been working on something new, though has yet to reveal the title. ~~40121/69752 lines translated

Official work

Conquering the Queen - October 28th release
Harem Party- Out of testing, end of 2011
Dear Drops - Translation and editing complete, Feb 2012 planned release
Ef - Scripts back to minori
Harukoi Otome - 6 scripts left to translate
Dengeki Strykers - Translation and editing complete, 2012 release
Sexy magic title from Score- off to script insertion
Da Capo III - Mentioned at AX
Innocent Grey would also like to bring over an upcoming title related to Kara no Shoujo
Negotiations with age still ongoing
Negotiations for Oretsuba are still ongoing
Games from Denbonosu - "Hopefully in the future with MangaGamer, I can do something in the US too."[president of Denbonosu]
Negotiations ongoing with Clochette, would like to bring over Kamikaze Explorers
Picked up a Circus title with gameplay

Eien no Aselia- Golden Master
Osananajimi wa Daitouryou - Master probably a week away
Yumina the Ethereal - Final QC/post production, images being translated and edited, goal end of the year
Moero Downhill Night Blaze- "in final debugging and will be released "when it's ready"; probably before the end of this year"
School Days HQ - April/May 2012
Saya no Uta + Hanachirasu - Oct or Nov
Kikokugai + Django: Being released together
Sumaga- Spring goal, demo soon
Seinarukana- picked up, ~32% translated
Sa.Na.Ra.Ra - 8 completed scripts
Starless - picked up
Starry Sky- negotations with voice actors
Muramasa - Common route complete, 2 of 5 chapters towards true end translated, uncertain what will come from the project

LUDESIA- English release planned
Hakuoki - Aksys 1Q 2012
Corpse Party - Nov22nd X-seed Games

Monday, October 24, 2011

Hatsune Miku Is Really Catching On...

Official Banner/Poster
If you don't know what vocaloid is or even who Hatsune Miku, then you must have been living under a rock for past five-six years. More less it's an made of group of idols using special software to synthesize voices to make unenviable flash animations and even full motion holograms to all ages visual novels. The main point of this post is to let you know that they are doing a concert in nine USA cites on Nov 10th @7pm, the list of cities are below.

Baltimore, MD                                  
Boston (Manchester), MA              
Chicago, IL                                       
Houston, TX                                     
Los Angeles, CA
Orange, CA                                                               
New York, NY – Two locations                                                                  
San Francisco/Bay Area, CA          
Seattle, WA   

To me this is a huge sign that Hatsune Miku is really catching on state-side or an event like this wouldn't even possible. In all honesty even I am amazed to see that she is that popular with fans over here but hell I have been proven wrong about things before. Well I shall catch you all around later, let me know what you think and will you be attending the concert?? "Sadly I will be unable to do so myself"

One The Best Miku Videos Available 

-Cecil The Dark Knight

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Oh Boy.. Netflix Is In Finical Trouble

Well i am sure some you know of netflix "despite where you may live, with region/IP blocks etc" In case you don't know they are one of the hugest rental by mail companies in America, with hugest legal streaming library of movies, t.v. shows, anime etc. So what effect does this have on legal streaming market?? In all honesty it's a pretty huge sign the American market is just not ready for stream only service for entertainment needs and still want physical media. However for niche content like anime it's better for me watch first then buy later and net-flix caters to that.

Quoted from Yahoo News

None of the developments pleased Wall Street as Netflix lost more than a quarter of its value after the bad news came out. If that sharp decline holds in Tuesday's trading, it will mark the first time Netflix's stock price has fallen below $100 in nearly 14 months

My Feelings On This Matter
I do understand this due in part that all games I buy must be in physical form. However net-flix really shot themselves in the damn foot by charging two separate prices for services DVDs/Bluray's and streaming at $7.99 each. That would mean the price for both services doubled thus pissing a-lot of people off who want to rent new released movies in one place. If this keeps up then I really don't see the company last to much longer unless they do some major ass kissing. So what are you're opinions on this turn of events or what will the outcome  be??

-Cecil The Dark Knight

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Just In Time For Halloween... A Review More Depth Look On Higurashi

Rika Will Make You Submit..

This review is an updated more thought for the entire Higurashi series "this will cover the visual novel and anime". This review does contain spoilers so if you really hate that sort of thing.. all I have to say is, just deal with it

This series originally came from a visual novel adaption from 7th expansion which first came out in comiket 62 august 10th 2002, and the squeal arcs where released up until 2006 comiket 70. There is a full English adaption out for this visual-novel from manga-gamer and as of now you can also purchase the first arc for your Ipod/Iphone and Ipad via I-tunes for .99$. If wish to play the p.c. version the head over to manga gamer to buy a legal copy or can download a free demo for the first arc. " I also highly recommend you getting the sprite hack for the visual novel, this makes it much more bearable to look at."

What an I say about this series that makes me flinch. Well one thing comes to mind is that the series animation is done by "studio deen" which is known for quailty works. It's also quite obvious where the animation falls flat on ass, which sadly do cut away from the serious tone the series is trying present. However the series as a whole is picked back up with it's plot/story/characters and sense of mystery with horror elements that happen to kick all of that out the window. So I am able to handle some drops in the overall quality in the animation. One thing I wanto to point out is that if you are not fan gore or are squeamish in any-way please avoid the t.v. anime and read the visual novel.

This series starts off with our male lead Keiichi Maebara who has moved to the country side with his parents in small town called Hinamizawa "this is the usual set up for the typical harem anime and slice of life series however I was proved wrong within the first thirty seconds of episode one." The village that keiichi moves to is in the rural country side so he is in for a bit of cultural shock as well since he is from the city after all "Again I do realize this is cheap set up however it fits the series just perfectly" One other thing I love about this show is that it takes place in the early 80's so there is no chance of DNA evidence to prove who done it "this is a mystery/horror series after all"

Keiichi adapts pretty quickly since he had a reason for wanting to leave his old home town but I will not spoil that for you. He makes friends with one of the main heroine's "Rena Ryugu" who has a fascination with cute things no matter the gender or what kind of toy it is. I also wish to add one of the biggest anime quotes happen to come from rena-chan which is " I am going to take it home". Since the town has such a low population "around two thousand or so" all of kids go to the same school/class not matter what grade you are in, "adding more to reality that the characters do live in rural country side". 

So Keiichi is friends with mainly just "females characters such as Rena, Mion, Shion, Satoko and Rika" but this does not  fall into the harem territory unless you really want it to. " I really thought it was going to be an harem anime at first..I was proved wrong, majorly wrong by the end of arc1.  Keiichi unlike most male leads also helps teach his younger/older class mates, due in part his education is much higher since was learning at a higher level from at his previous school. Even with all of this Keiichi is still a newbie at there afternoon school club where you play card games or old board games and have you have to suffer from a batsu punishment if you loose.

The Village of Shirakawa, Gifu In Japan
This is what Hinamizawa was based on
The other main focus of the series is on vast range of serial murders that have been happening for five years that take place from 1978-1983. Everyone thinks this is a curse from the local deity Oyashiro-sama for wanting to leave/tear down the home land during the dam war "this would flood the whole town and force everyone to move". The curse revolves around some one dying and some one disappears from with-out a trace. Is this truly the work of god/goddesses or is it something more major "you will have to come to that conclusion on your own". However if you wish use the old bastard Ooishi or the detective in the series as medium to gather clues.

Hinamizawa it's self dipped in traditional Japanese culture all over the place, from the festival of departed souls to main head family and being ousted for what your family did even though your child. Even with all of these barriers it is still very enjoyable to watch "although it's not for the faint of heart". There is even use for old Japanese torture devices from the Sonozaki family use to keep sin/punishment in order "you could relate them to yakuza if you wish, due their power they hold in the village". They are even to be suspected behind the murders at one point.. maybe they are or maybe it's some one you are least suspecting "I did not see the reason why, how or who at all and neither will you until arc four or five". Another thing that did surprise me was around arc four you realize no only a few people die..everyone in the entire village does, but how or for what reason???

You Fu**ed bro

Overall Higurashi is a good example of Japanese style horror that will keep you edge of your seat asking what the hell just happened. However  If you have a problem with gore or even "child abuse",  which does happen in some arcs then avoid this series at all cost. Something else that might bother a few is the fact the story "re-sets every arc after every five to six episodes" This will really confuse some at first however it is essential to show or set up different perspectives from other characters, if you hate that type of writing the just avoid the series. However unlike many shows this anime/visual novel has a true/happy ending that is worth fighting for which is obtainable through miracle in the second season kai or answer arcs.

Noting like some bernkastel wine.. " do you get the joke?"
Another huge plus for this franchise is the creepy music it uses to set the mood. This helps establish when something major is going happen "such as some-one being killed or closing in the culprit."  The t.v. anime does a wonderful job on this level with the bone chilling op from season one that even to this day makes me cringe. Higurashi overall does something very important for the mystery genre. They do established who done it and how they done it. However the cover the most important part which is WHY they done it. 

I can not stress enough the reason why is one of the most important branch in a mystery series/novel.This helps gives the reader/viewer a chance to see through the killers eyes and understand what's going on through their brain. It also helps/set up an understanding why a person could kill over two thousand people just to obtain their goal no matter how deprived it may be. Personally even I felt sorry for the person that was doing the heinous acts towards the end, However I think that is the point in covering why the done it in the first place. 

Well I could go on but there isn't any need for me to. There is no longer anyone that holds the anime licensed in America so if you want to download it then be my guest, however the visual novel and manga is here to legally own. If you ask kindly enough then maybe I will post links to download the anime if you wish but I will not provide links to download the game or manga "please do support the legal means of supporting the series if you can". That's all she wrote on this one, just leave me some feed back and tell me. Now do you have what it takes to solve the mystery or will you just let two thousand innocent people die???
Animation 4/5

Music 4.5/5

Story/Plot 5/5

Characters 5/5

Overall Total 4.5/5

Age Rating 17+

Buy Legal Copies Of The Visual Novel

Arc's 1-4 

Arc's 5-8

Buy A DVD Set "beware of price gouging"

Season One DVD Set