Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Gantz

The recent events surrounding Gantz are amazing in that the pace of action is consistent and always leaves more room for different interpretations. I just read 314-316 all in one go awhile ago and still clamour for more. I'm more and more impressed with Tae than anyone else because of Kurono's fragile attachment to her. Although Nishi and Host Samurai are absent it does not hinder much with the situation as they act rather selfishly than others.

The civilization versus civilization idea pertaining to Katastrophe was a little bit underwhelming. I expected something more than what met my eye. I am hoping Oku can reverse that impression and make it worthwhile, which he has undoubtedly the potential to do so.

Sakurai/Cherry's departure will somehow leave a bad taste for most fans considering he lost his arm by a disc attack out of nowhere on the most recent chapter. I wouldn't be bothered much though since he seems to be the weakest and worthless among the team. Not much contributions except crying "Tonkotsu!" with every chance he has. Sakata would make a better psychic replacement than him.

Kaze and Takeshi's presence was a sigh of relief, together with the gantzer with gorilla arms like Oka's. I can only dream one day of Kaze being able to procure such a behemoth.

Blondie alien boss is like-able, being suave and all.

Now I have to wait another two dreadful weeks for the next chap. In the meantime, I'll be theorizing and making assumptions about what will happen next. Tae as a gantzer maybe?

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I try so hard to learn but feel so unmotivated.

Must construct additional brain pylons.

Spartacus Blood and Sand

It is very unfortunate that as I write this blog I realize there will possibly be no Season 2 of Spartacus Blood and Sand. It is, as well, very unfortunate to hear just this month that the star of the show Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. This unwanted tragedy is all but merry for each and every man.

Started watching this the day before and as much as I like this new series it is not without error.

The pilot episode was one to blame. It was weak, cliched and at moments laughable. The performances were meh. It seemed only a sour reflection of its predecessors, Kubrick's Spartacus, Miller's 300 and HBO's Rome. The premise is not only a la 300 it is almost identical to it. It even has Peter Mensah, also known as Mr. "This is madness!". The fight scenes are fun and awesome but the gore makes you laugh which isn't really that much of a deal depending on your perception.

But towards the latter episodes everything seemed to bear fruition to efforts. Not because of all the dicks and tits popping out now and then but due to the driving force it offers for the emotion. You will actually feel as Spartacus feels. Violated, sad, angry, cocky (no pun intended), and hurt.
Lucy Lawless as Lucretia is perfect for the role, but one cannot bear but be reminded of Atia of the Julii played by Polly Walker in the HBO series Rome. Lucretia would probably kick the hell out of Atia anyway. She IS Xena for crying out loud. She has her own titillating moments which I am so fond of but would rather lean on new faces like Erin Cummings who plays Spartacus' wife Sura and Viva Bianca who plays the bitch I so want to slap Ilythia.

The characters in this world are a dynamic bunch that it almost warrants a "smarter" series. Fun characters in mind are Crixus, Varro, Naevia, and Batiatus. Yes, the show is fun and all but it is no history show. Its pure value is entertainment. It gladly delivers, some way or the other. Kind of, like, you know, what the previous show Rome suffered from.

The latest episode got me all worked up emotionally, three episodes remain until the season ends.

Bayonetta

I just finished an awfully excruciating experience in Final Fantasy XIII this past weekend. The reason for such is for its god-dreadful 50-hour long sequences of cutscene, fight, walk, cutscene, fight, walk, fight, fight, fight, fight, fight, then back to cutscene, fight, walk, cutscene, fight, fight. They could have curved the plot somewhere, a twist maybe. Kind of like Final Fantasy VI wherein halfway through the game Kefka actually managed to cause an apocalypse and destroy most of what is left of the planet. He is the ultimate badass in villainkind.

Enough blabber of silly things, I just started Bayonetta last night. It was fun to say the least. I was supposed to pick up God of War III but settled in on Bayonetta because I am waiting for the God of War Ultimate Edition. Still yet to play I and II, that's why. Although I have been a huge follower of Kratos ever since I heard good hearsay about him. Truth be told, Chains of Olympus was one of my favorites for the portable console. The game really did Kratos justice.

Where was I? Oh yeah, Bayonetta. Oh boy, she is an awesome character to play. I have yet to dwell upon the game's first chapter but the prologue was in itself fun. My only nitpick of it is its movesets. She has about a dozen of different kinds of movement for offensive maneuvers but the only thing I can remember is button-mashing punches and kicks, or a mix of both. Some are even so difficult to pull because it needs precision and timing, and that is not what I have when it comes to pressure. When you have a ginormous beast/monster/idiot clobbering at you endlessly from all sides it is difficult to think clearly of strategy. It's like driving a car while talking to someone on the phone while changing your baby's diaper. Classy. Despite all that she never remains to fail to impress.

Who can resist sexual innuendos coupled with pizzazz? I guess none. Bayonetta actually grew on me that quickly. Here was a man so troubled not long ago because of issues pertaining to it being a Microsoft console port. The optional installation worked out better than I thought, although I notice every now and then it saves and saves again, nothing too bothering to say the least.

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