Batman: Hush (animated)

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Batman’s foes are some of the most legendary of all time: Joker, Bane, Scarecrow, Riddler, and Mr. Freeze to name a few. Bruce has been the Bat for a while but despite Alfred, Gordon, and his sidekicks, it’s a lonely life. He finds himself falling for Selina Kyle, allegedly reformed Catwoman, and well as vowing to reconnect with his childhood friend and now famous surgeon Thomas Elliot. But things are escalating in Gotham as Batman is lead through a gauntlet of villains interwoven in a unknown plan by a mysterious, bandaged figure named Hush, determined to bring a end to the Dark Knight once and for all.

So I have to this classic was handled really damn well, just about perfect but for a raging flaw. The voice acting is really good and the animation is great. The story features a lot of friends and foes, including a pretty badass fight against a possessed Superman. I love the relationship between Batman and Catwoman and I like the friction Nightwing and Batgirl have towards her; Catwoman’s story arc is one of my favorite parts of the movie. So the flaw I mentioned, what kills the story dead? The twist on Hush’s identity. The book had a great twist, revealing Hush’s identity which screws with Batman on a mental level, which is what I really enjoy about Hush as a villain- he attacks on a intellectual and mental level rather than brute force. The twist is the movie sucks and hurts the value of the story overall. In the end, its a damn good watch but definitely read the book. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus trailer 2

I loved Pokémon as a kid but I’ve fallen out touch of them; I love how the old formula has involved. I love the idea of a huge open world game on the same scope as Breath of the Wild and Elder Scrolls…for the first time in a really long time I actually have real interest in the series and I hope for the best. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

When they Cry

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Keniichi is a pretty normal teen who moves to the quiet village of Hinamizawa, becoming friends with a small group of bubbly girls Rena, Rika, Mion and Satoko. They forge a fast, close friendship in the quiet town, but every town has secrets and legends- Hinamizawa is no exception. Keniichi attends a local festival paying respecting an ancient god, a god of obedience and blood. Its not long after that the curse of the town kicks off and bodies start mounting and every question Keniichi asks is met with malevolent glares and his friends start acting strange. Secrets can destroy you, Keniichi will soon discover.

I seriously ate this damn show up; not since Another and Corpse Party: Tortured Souls had I been so wound up in a anime. The characters have some pretty messed up backstories that caught me off guard and the overall story has plenty of twists of turns I really wasn’t expecting. The story deals with a series of scenarios gone horribly wrong and how the friends you hold dearest, you don’t know at all. I’m going to say, if bodily torture and child death get under your skin, this anime isn’t for you. This anime would easily be in my top three, but this series has a glaring flaw I both love and hate about it- this series is NOT linear and it’s really confusing if you aren’t open minded and willing to see it through to the end and pay close attention, and even then you might have to watch it a second or third time before it makes perfect sense. In the end, I loved this series, flaw in all, and I highly recommend it for multiple viewings. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines

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Diana Prince, the Wonder Woman and princess of Themyscira, is everything most women crave to be: Smart, strong, and beautiful. But Diana feels like a failure after being banished by her people for leaving to help save the world of man. Reinventing herself as a hero, Diana tries to make her sacrifice worth it but despite all the lives she’s saved, she has plenty of enemies. When two of her greatest enemies, Dr. Poison and Dr. Cyber encounter Vanessa Katapelis, daughter of one of one of Diana’s dearest friends who always envied the Amazon; after her mother dies and Diana fails to save her, Vanessa falls into the promises of Cyber and Poison for a chance at revenge…enter the Silver Swan. Can Diana save her people and redeem her friend before its too late?

I actually like this movie better than Wonder Woman in a few ways; surely this movie could’ve been a way better sequel than Wonder Woman: 1984 . We actually a get a nice take on the origin story and a look at some of Diana’s regrets and her flaws; Rosario Dawson sells it as Diana as well as a really good voice cast. There are plenty of villain cameos and a surprise last act but honestly Silver Swan makes for a relatable villain that challenges Wonder Woman. The movie does good between being serious and having light heartened moments. In the end, I really enjoy this film as one of the DCAUs better if not in the category of their best films to date and I hope WW 3 takes pointers from this movie. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

The Junji Ito Collection (anime)

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So as much of a nerd I am and how much I love anime, I don’t read manga. I have heard of the tales of horror legend Junji Ito so just by the cover of the anime, I was pretty excited to see what I was in store for. I wasn’t disappointed. This is an analogy series based off of a variety of stories; each episode containing two stories. A horrific model, a deadly fortune teller, a family obsessed with puppetry, and a wannabe menace trying to cause mayhem are just some of the stories. I have to give major credit to the quality of story telling in such short of a time span. The imagery is pretty damn effective and honestly some of it I found pretty creative and disturbing. The animation is top notch and I enjoyed the performances and music. In the end, if you like horror but need a quick fix, the Junji Ito collection is a anime I really recommend. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Space Jam: A New Legacy

Lebron James, one of today’s greatest athletes, has worked hard over the years for the fame and respect, something he wants to instill in his son Dom. His fame is also a huge asset to Al. G Rhythm, a algorithm for WB and the ruler of the Serververse where all WB’s properties exist. When Lebron refuses to join forces with Al, he takes Dom under his wing and sends Lebron to the now empty Looney Tune world. Al challenges Lebron to a simple game of basketball, giving him the ability to recruit any WB character he can for his team, his prize being his son and there freedom. But Al has a trick up his sleeve…

Ugh- this review is going to hurt. Not only did I loathe this movie, but I actually felt dirty after watching it. Space Jam 2 is essentially a 2 hour WB cash grab that wants you to know this movie exists for money. Lebron is pretty wooden and pretty unlikable when he’s not phoning it in. The Looney Tunes aren’t funny and just come off as desperate, like all those crap cameos that make no sense peppered throughout the movie. Don Cheadle tries but not even War Machine can save this atomic dumpster fire. The effects look cheap, the score isn’t memorable, and this movie drags like hell. In the end, not only do I not recommend watching this, but I can safely say this is without a doubt the worst movie I’ve seen in a few years. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Corpse Party: Tortured Souls

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Keeping my promise to myself after watching Demon Slayer ( season 1) , I’ve been diving back into anime for inspiration. Stories like Hellsing Ultimate and Deadman Wonderland pushed the envelope of adult anime for me, but Corpse Party was pretty damn infamous and I always wondered why…until now.

9 school friends are chilling out, taking a break after a school event where they stayed behind to clean up. A very close, tight knit group of teens is about to be split when one of there friends is about to transfer school; they perform a goofy little ritual to celebrate their friendship and promise to continue it. When a massive earthquake hits, they wake up, alone in the dark and isolated and unable to leave no matter how hard they try. It’s not long before they each find mutilated corpses in the halls and realize they are locked in a school cursed by mystery, insanity, and gruesome torture. Will they make it out alive?

Oh boy…Corpse Party freaked me out more than most horror movies did in the last decade and that’s a huge compliment. The story is pretty simple but damn if it doesn’t push the concept all the way. The visuals are really disturbing and creepy and their is a great sense of tension and desperation in really well confined quarters. It’s super short at only 4 episodes but it runs really smooth and keeps a good pace. I will warn everybody of 2 things: this is an anime that has no regards for holding back on the dark subjects and sadly this anime is kind of a pain in the ass to find I’m afraid; it is on VRV. In the end, Corpse Party is a hell of a great, frightening anime that sure as hell ain’t for the faint hearted but I highly recommend. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Elfen Lied

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Lucy maybe a pretty teenage girl with rounded horns to the unassuming eye, but she’s a cold, sadistic killer with insane powers. Born with Vektors, invisible arms made of energy she can control mentally, almost no one sees their grisly end coming. After breaking out of a hidden laboratory, Lucy is caught off guard by a armor piercing sniper shot to the head. The mask she wears takes much of the impact but Lucy is left mentally damaged after, becoming a childlike, simple girl named Nyu. She’s found by a kind hearted cousins Khota and Yuka and cared for as Nyu grows to care for them. Khota and Yuka form bonds with others that that desperate, hungry, and afraid, growing there family unit but danger keeps finding them, secret police, other experiments, and plenty of secrets- the most dangerous is Lucy amongst them.

This anime was damn near tailor made for me, a ultra violent mix of horror story, soap opera, and feel good family story with some awesome fights for good measure. The story is really well done and paced almost perfectly, suffering from some repetition and a lot of unanswered questions at the end. I really loved the characters, especially Nana/ Number 7 who is a really sweet, sympatric character who shows how messed up this world really is. I’m going to warn viewers, don’t watch this if heavy gore and heavy topics like animal abuse, sexual abuse, and child death bother you; this anime, for as sweet and even sugary at times is, its also freaky, bloody, and really depressing but manages to strike a good balancing act. The whole series is only 13 episodes which is just about right and makes damn good use of its runtime. The artwork and music are great; honestly I haven’t enjoyed an anime this much I think since Another and I highly recommend it. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Demon Slayer ( season 1)

Well, it’s certainly been a hot minute since I covered some anime. I’ve gotten plenty of requests as well as started many but never finishing but I’ve started again. Demon Slayer is one of the hottest anime to drop since My Hero Academia took off and the movie is now the top-grossing anime film of all time, beating Dragonball Super: Broly . So is the hype worth it?

Tanjiro is a kind hearted young man who loves and wants to take care of his mother and siblings. Life is rough but he glides through smiling kindly…until blood thirsty demons ravage his family, leaving himself and his sister Nezeko as the sole survivors; Nezeko has been left as a violent, murderous demon. Heartbroken, Tanjiro sets off to cure his sister of her demon blood and regain her humanity, undergoing the training of becoming a Demon Slayer, mastering the art of water breathing and gaining new friends as he sets off on the impossible task of not only curing his sister but hunting down the original demon to get her cure…

First and foremost, this anime is absolutely breathtaking on the eyes. The use of color and animation styles, especially during the fight scenes is truly beautiful and makes the series instantly stand out. The relationship between Tanjiro and Nezeko is simple but powerful much like Edward and Alfonse from Fullmetal Alchemist and the characters around them are fascinating and cool, both heroes and villains alike. The season ends on a really cool cliffhanger that directly leads into the movie. In the end, Demon Slayer is a very promising anime I highly recommend checking out, especially if you are new to anime or just want something both heartwarming and badass. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Coraline

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Coraline Jones is a girl who yearns for adventure in a dull, boring world with her neglectful parents. Her family moves into a spooky house surrounded by strange neighbors. One day Coraline discovers their is a whole new world made for her, ruled by her fun, loving Other Mother. There is fun, there is games, but something simply isn’t right with their wide grins and button eyes. The Other Mother offers to keep Coraline, all she has to do is let her sew buttons into her eyes; the Other Mother rapidly shows the horror of the Other World but if Coraline ever wants to save not only herself but her real parents, she’ll have to match wits against the Other Mother unless fall to the same terrible fate as others before her…

So, whether book or film, this ties with Willy Wonka as my favorite kid’s story. Neil Gaiman creates a genuinely intriguing horror story that is pretty damn original and creepy for all ages. The book isn’t long and simple but doesn’t talk down to it’s audience. The movie does an amazing job of translating Gaiman’s world and adding it’s own touches; the Other Mother stole the show for me and is one of my most underrated horror villains. The book and movie are absolutely amazing and I couldn’t recommend them more. May the gaming gods bring you glory.