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Akiba’s Trip First Trailer: A Taste of What is To Come in the Q1 2017 Animated Series

8 Nov

akibas-trip-animationBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

After it was initially announced during a DMM Games stage event at the 2016 Tokyo Game Show, an Akiba’s Trip animation trailer has been released. Based on the RPG Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) title, Akiba’s Trip: The Animation is a production of animation studio Gonzo. This series is set to broadcast in Japan January 4, 2017 on AT-X, Tokyo MX and BS Fuji.

The original game released in 2011 took place in the shopping district of Tokyo known as Akihabara. The game saw Akihabara invaded by creatures called the “Synthisters”, who preyed on citizens in Akihabara by feasting on their social energy and their will to live. The only way to defeat the Synthisters was by exposing them to sunlight. This means violently stripping off their clothing one piece at a time.

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Nothing New is Offered in Ratchet & Clank Movie Adaptation

12 May

rncp1By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Movies based on video games are often a hit and miss affair with the masses. Not everyone will have played it. Very few end up as spectacular. Try as many studios might for a memorable blockbuster, most end up as a so bad it’s good category. Not many end up with sequels. Resident Evil, Tomb Raider and Silent Hill are the only exceptions to this list. Maybe the problem lies in who these films are intended for. The latest entry, Ratchet and Clank, is definitely aimed at the kids.

This tale comes complete with the obligatory lessons for youths to take home. This film shows how Ratchet (James Arnold Taylor) should never give up on his dream of being part of the Galactic Rangers. When the anthropomorphic world is filled with critters trying to make a difference in a dog eat dog world of humans glory hounding victories, just how this garage mechanic is going to become a soldier is going to be tough. He has to convince the egotistical Captain Qwark (Jim Ward) to let him join. From here, I thought I was watching Disney Afternoon’s Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. This cartoon was developed in 2000 and the game did not emerge till 2002. For instance, Mira wanted to be part of the galactic police force, but many people (Buzz and her royal parents) were hesitant. While the short robot X-R and Clank (David Kaye) are different personalities, both fill a very similar role. A part of what I loved in this series is in how a brotherhood of trust is developed, and this film moves in a very similar flow. A part of the plot that’s enjoyable is in how Ratchet wants to see the good in everyone, including those who have seemingly chosen to sell out.

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Flying Dog Confirms First Haruka Chisuga Live Concert!

15 Apr

HarukaChisugaBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Flying Dog, the record label owned by Japan’s Victor Entertainment, have confirmed Haruka Chisuga’s debut live concert “First Try!” The concert will take place at the Shibuya Duo Music Exchange in Tokyo July 9th and will be in support of Chisuga’s 1st full album “Try!”

Chisuga is both a singer and a voice actress who found fame in 2012 by winning the Miss Macross 30 contest. Chisuga earned the role of Mina Forte in the Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) game Macross 30: Voices Across the Galaxy. The game would commemorate 30 years of Shoji Kawamori’s Macross franchise. The game featured every animated series of the franchise up to that point. Chisuga continued her success by performing in the animated series of Aquarion Logos (Kokone Kikogami), Owari no Seraph (Mikaela Hyakuya), and Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (Sylvia Lyyneheym).

Haruka Chisuga’s debut full album, “Try!”, will be released June 22, 2016. “First Try!” will be performed Saturday, July 9th. Doors open at 4pm. Curtain is at 5pm.


Source(s): Gwyn Campbell and the Macross Fans- US Facebook group.

Video Source(s): Flying Dog.

Looking Back and Going Forward with Ratchet & Clank

29 Dec

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By Shawn Trommeshauser
(Dreaming in Digital)

Ratchet & Clank was developed by Insomniac Games in 2002 for the Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2). In 2012 it was remade for the PlayStation 3, remastered for high-definition televisions and bundled with two of its sequels. Before that time, this company’s biggest claim to fame was Spyro the Dragon on the original PlayStation – another series which I never had the chance to try back in the 90’s. Even though the PS2 was one of the game consoles I played the most, I never got into the 3D platformers of the time. Games like Sly Cooper and Jak & Daxter all looked colourful and amusing. They received good reviews and they were all popular enough to earn several sequels each, but something always put me off about the style.

Perhaps it was seeing too much about them in the magazines and web previews. The character designs didn’t appeal to me. I was disappointed by the 3D platformers of the previous console generation. I felt it was very hard to live up to the standards Nintendo set with Super Mario 64. Whatever the case, I lost interest and ended up skipping all of those series in the PlayStation 2 days.

That all changed over the holidays. I gave the Ratchet & Clank HD remake a spin and after two hours of game-time, I found the opening of the game left me rather unimpressed (it felt very rushed) and the music … I couldn’t remember a single note once I had stopped playing. This game had no background, there was no dialog, and the scene shifts were very abrupt. It left me looking at a black loading screen almost as often as the animated cut scenes.

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