Sunday, May 10, 2015

RahXephon TV Ep 1 OverLord

RahXephon is a title that was known as a neon genesis clone at the time. Many people liked it but I was in the crowd that ignored it for later viewing. Now is the time I can view Rahxephon so here is my take on it. Digi paint of 2002 fame Bones production. Don't ask me why but i get Rahxephon and Neo Ranga confused all the time. 1998 vs 2002, I gotta slap myself.

Tokyo Normal?
As an uneducated unwashed reviewer from the looking glass of other reviewers This story starts with some classical music followed by some top gun esc plane taking off from base while the assumed captain sits calm listening to classic music, a woman removed the headphones leans over and mentions something resembling Shits about to start foreshadowing. I don't know about you but I'm hooked.

Thats totally not Asuka
20 seconds into the show then it cuts to a painting of Asuka followed by a slow reveal of a boy alone in a big house without supervision. From the note on the table + food,  Mom has to work late. Another trope on the check list.

The boy leaves the house and as he leaves we are cut away to some handi cam stalker on a balcony. Sweet plot progression.The main character joins up with a male and female. The girl is revealed to be Hiroko, She gives the main character shit and he in return mentions he thinks someone is following him. Hiroko breaks tension with "oh shit we are going to be late!"

The show then cuts back to where the main character was looking at the note. There are two suits reporting to a mysterious caller.

Yes maam your fish eye camera is still in the pantry

Back to the main characters the main is named Ayato. So Ayato, Hiroka and their buddy are going to be late and then Bam, the train gets wrecked. Just like that. Also, I'm only 5 minutes into the first episode.
Penny on the tracks OOOps!

Their buddy's name is Mamoru who suddenly fell asleep.
Girl or guy? he went with guy.  O_o

They get into a wreck and only come out of it with minor scrapes and bruises. Ayato seems to be dull and lifeless about the situation.He seems to be puzzeled about the red stuff coming from Hiroka's arm.
Why do they call them fingers if they don't "fing" ?
Ayato bolts off to find help only to see Robot Alchemic Drive (R.A.D. for PS2) levels of damage. On a side note I gotta say I enjoy the BASS they put into the dub. sounds great and really hypes up the action. He gets outside only to find there is someone or something roaming around and the military is no match for it. The stalker shows up to the wreckage and then runs off. We then see 2 of japan's finest jet fighters get taken down by the ship that launched in the beginning. yea.

Great............crazy pigeon lady survived. 
 Ayato runs through the rubble avoiding random building explosions till he happens upon a girl surrounded by morning doves. She turns and Ayato mentions something like "Mashima"
So detailed.
 My first eyecatch, this is going to be a long series.
Superior vending technology, works without power and sideways.
The new girl is named mashima, She seems to like the timid Ayato who doesn't have a clue what is happening. Once again, Mashima talks soft and seems to know whats going on. She mentions the word Dolem.

Meanwhile Hiroka and Mamoru are chillin.
It cuts to the military taking care of all the train survivors. Where'd Ayato go? ............................................Suddenly/ without warning the show goes into batshit insane mode. Hey what the fuck? Does this shit happen regularly? maybe like Bokurano style?
 One of the suits in a helicopter says the govt brought this "thing" out. Um, thing is destroying our town.
Yu-Gi-Oh Episode 176? WTF!
 My suspension of belief has been dangerously stressed to it's limits 12 minutes into ep 1.
Don't look behind you.
So this dude says "Allegretto" meaning that thing flying around.
This woman (with the help of Wonka vision.) rambles off about the "Ollin" It won't awaken without Ollin and even if it did it wouldn't be able to sing.

Don't even try to imagine eyes on her. Don't do it.
A woman then flips around with the sudden and alarming news of we found the Ollin. Just like that.

 The show cuts back to Ayato and Mashima walking around a clean and functional part of the subway when Mashima stops near a well placed poster. She then (TO OUR SURPRISE) disappears just to have the two suits that have been searchiong for Ayato catch up with him. They say they are from the goverment and he is to come with them. The niceties stop there as one of the suits pulls out a 9mm and puts it to Ayato's head. Perdictably this is when our stalker shows up to save Ayato, and she is a badass. After dismanteling both suits she turns to Ayato and says "I want a thank you for your rescue" and "aren't you wondering why that agents blood is blue".
Falcon Kick 

Blue Blood Eh?
Damn Sharpies

 Actually no, There are numerous questions lady, the blue blood is last in line on that list. She then states "come with me if you want to live", terminator style complete with shades removal while she is saying it. She straight up sighs and says "I'll tell you everything about this world". Like a hand holding tutorial in the newest console game she's going to school you in your downright existence of all things.

-Suddenly Ayato spots Mashima in the doorway of the train. Ayato then jumps into the train, leaving the stalker behind. The stalker seems disappointed emotionally as she watches it pull off into the darkness.
Meanwhile the FNG Ayato that was saved by his stalker, is making sweet fake promises to the teleporting train girl swearing that he will protector her.
The guy that does shadows took a day off.
So then the train announces that they are headed to Xephon Shrine. Oh, shit we missed our stop.
Proof like you didn't believe me.
 Getting kind of Yu-Gi-Oh like around there.
Nightmare fuel
 Guess we better get the dueling cards out.
Who wrote this thing?
Send "Fortissimo" out is what this dude is saying. They then launch Fortissimo.

Another woman is revealed. So each weapon has a corresponding woman.
Rah Xephon's shrine
 Outside of that train station is twilight paradise where a spherical waterfall nurtures a giant egg.
The Dolem reveal themselves

Then the Stalker girl calls them "The Mu".
 Loud singing is heard while Ayato and Mashima are in the shrine, something is calling to Ayato. He drops to the floor and screams Rah.... Xephon and disappears all to the blank stares of Mashima.
Crazy Town has arrived
The threat is shown and that ends the episode.

-Overall the first episode has kept my interest, There are a grip of questions that have yet to be answered (I'm not losing sleep over it.)  I will move faster though this 26 episode series and then onto the movie to see if it holds up to other reviewers reviews.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New anime 2015

The new season is upon us.
Starting with Ikuhara craziness.

Yurikuma Areshi.
I'm in love with that floor.

Monday, October 13, 2014

NYCC 2014

Say nothin. Look at nothing. Absorb anything any everything we have to say. Yeesh.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Resident Evil 2 First Run PSX

Hate for America that went un noticed.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Fairy Tail popularity

If there are fans of Mashima, they sure don't pay for it. I see that Fairy Tail is still around. Jap fans must be loving it. From what I read, it was just as boring as Ravemaster. Mashimas work suffers from being super generic. Its still around, so they must be doing something right. almost at 200 episodes. Impressive for not being one of the big 3 in Japan.

Gonna have to drink heavy to get through this one.

Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax (ANN Rip Archive)

08\07\14 From ANN

Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax Promo Previews Support Characters

The official website for Sega and ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax anime-based fighting game began streaming a new promotional video on Friday. The video highlights support characters, previews the new "Dream Duel" mode, and explains basic gameplay. Rie Kugimiya (voice of Shakugan no Shana's Shana, Toradora!'s Taiga) and Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Sword Art Online's Kirito) narrate the video

The game is a PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita port of Sega's arcade fighting game that features characters from ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Bunko light novel titles. Mami Kawada is performing the opening theme song "belief."
The Dream Duel mode that will debut in the home version includes new conversation events and battles. The game is designed so that both new and experienced players can enjoy gameplay. Network mode lets players face off against opponents across the country. Players can use in-game points to customize character colors and unlock special content. The game allows players to save data between the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3.
The game features 12 playable characters that can team up with more than 20 support characters. Players can combine characters from the same title or different works to create the strongest fighting team.
The game's playable characters include:
Shana with Wilhelmina as support (Shakugan no Shana)
Asuna with Leafa as support (Sword Art Online)
Mikoto Misaka with Tōma Kamijō as support (A Certain Magical Index)
Kirino Kōsaka with Kuroneko as support (Oreimo)
Shizuo with Celty as support (Durarara!!)
Kuroyukihime with Haruyuki as support (Accel World)
Tomoka Minato with her four teammates as support (Ro-Kyu-Bu!)
Kirito with Leafa as support (Sword Art Online)
Miyuki Shiba with Tatsuya Shiba as support (The irregular at magic high school)
Taiga Aisaka with Takasu Ryūji as support (Toradora!)
Yukina Himeragi with Kojō Akatsuki as support (Strike the Blood)
Rentarō Satomi with Enju Aihara as support (Black Bullet)
Other support characters include:
Holo (Spice and Wolf)
Boogiepop (Boogiepop Phantom)
Sadao Maō (The Devil is a Part-Timer!)
"Innocent Charm" (Hinata no Maboroshi, voiced by Yui Ogura) from Ro-Kyu-Bu!
Kōko Kaga (Yui Horie) from Golden Time
Kino (Aya Hisakawa instead of Ai Maeda) from Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World
Mashiro Shiina (Ai Kayano) from The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
Erio Tōwa (Asuka Ōgame) from Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl (Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko)

Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax will ship for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita in Japan on November 13. The PlayStation 3 version will cost 6,980 yen (about US$67), and the PlayStation Vita version will cost 6,170 yen (US$59). People who reserve a copy will receive the Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax Magazine.
Akira of the Virtua Fighter fighting game appears as a boss, and the game has a Sonic the Hedgehog stage.
Publisher ASCII Media Works and game developer Sega announced Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax, their crossover 2D arcade fighting game, in September at the Tokyo Game Show 2013 event. The game is the fourth collaboration between ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Bunko imprint and Sega, and it marks Dengeki Bunko's 20th anniversary.

None of this is me. Thank you for the awesome column, ANN.

 Arcade board : This game uses the RingEdge 2 chipset.