Critical Comaprison Corner

Hello all, welcome again to another comparison. Perhaps you remember one of my absolute first writings here, in which I compared Sekirei manga, Sekirei anime, Queen’s Blade manga, and Queen’s Blade anime, and came to conclusion that some were better than others, and that the Queen’s Blade manga had the most story and least fanservice, despite what the anime would lead you to believe.

Well, today, I have a new one. This time, I will be comparing a Chinese game I did not play with two western games. Why did I not play a game I am going to be talking about? Well, I played both games it shamelessly ripped off, and American IP addresses are blocked from playing the game. Frankly, if I need to learn IP address routing so it seems like I am in another country to play a game, it isn’t worth it. It’s okay to have you work towards a goal in a game, as succeeding at it brings a feeling of accomplishment. But having to do work in real life to get to play it, not get some reward? Not worth it.

For those that cannot read Chinese, the game they made is called Final Combat. The games I will be comparing are Team Fortress 2 and Battlefield Heroes.

First, a little bit about each game.

Final Combat is a class based multiplayer online first person shooter. Classes include the Fatman, a fishmarket guy with a minigun and a kukri. There is also a sniper, who has a gun labelled ‘Sniper Rifle’ and carries a stun gun (not a Taser,  they are a brand.)It is quite fitting, seeing as she is going for the sexy librarian/sexy secretary look. There is also ‘The Rocket’ who, quite fittingly, uses a rocket launcher. Finally, there is a clown who wields a flamethrower.

Battlefield Heroes is a class based online multiplayer third person shooter. It has a simple cartoony environment and three main classes. A gunner, who uses a large machine gun or rocket launcher. There is also a soldier, who uses lighter automatic weapons and moves faster than the gunner. Finally, there is the commando, who uses knives and sniper rifles, and is the fastest class.

Team Fortress 2 is a class based online multiplayer first person shooter. There are nine classes: The Scout, Soldier, Pyro, Demoman, Heavy, Enginner, Medic, Sniper, and Spy. It has a cartoony aesthetic to the characters and environments. It has several main gameplay types: territory control or capture the flag. You also have a choice of playing those in either a desert environment, an industrial environment, or for a change of pace, a desert industrial environment. Classes here are pretty easy to guess what each does. The demoman blows stuff up, the pyro lights stuff on fire, the heavy is a big guy with a big gun, the scout is light and fast, the medic heals people, the sniper snipes people, and the medic heals people. Each class has a basic weapon loadout that every first time player gets, but playtime, monetization, and achievements will give you all sorts of new gear. Needless to say, the continued release of new gear and the chance to get it keeps people in the game.

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Funimation April 2012 Releases

Funimation releases for April have finally been announced and are available for pre-order on RightStuf. I recommend the Fullmetal Alchemist movie. It’s pretty good, if you like Fullmetal Alchemist. April also sees three other new releases, including Black Butler season 2, Okami-san, and Legend of the Legendary Heroes. This is a step up over March, which is kind of barren.

April 3rd

Black Butler Season 1 Complete Series DVD/Blu-ray Combo
Black Butler Season 2 Complete Series Limited Edition DVD/Blu-ray Combo
Okami-san and Her Seven Companions Complete Series Limited Edition DVD/Blu-Ray Combo

April 10th

Oh! Edo Rocket Complete Series DVD
Sekirei Season 1 DVD/Blu-Ray Combo

April 17th

Legend of the Legendary Heroes Part 1 Limited Edition DVD/Blu-Ray Combo
Legend of the Legendary Heroes Part 2 DVD/Blu-Ray Combo
Tsubasa Resevoir Chronicles OVA Collection DVD (S.A.V.E.)
Tsubasa Resevoir Chronicles OVA Collection Blu-Ray (S.A.V.E.)

April 24th

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Collection 1 DVD
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Collection 1 Blu-Ray
Fullmetal Alchemist Sacred Star of Milos DVD
Fullmetal Alchemist Sacred Star of Milos DVD/Blu-Ray Combo
Jyu-Oh-Sei Complete Series DVD (S.A.V.E.)

Anime Review: Nichijou (Everyday Life, My Ordinary Life)

So it turns out that Nichijou is not only an anime (available for free on Crunchyroll) but a manga as well. I have not READ the manga, so I will not be reviewing it. However, if I were to place a guess, it would be a 4koma and would have short one-off ‘skits’ (for lack of a better word) like the anime has.

The absolute first thing I have to say about it is that the PV is VERY misleading. Secondly, the description and title are a bit misleading. Judging by what we see, one would be forgiven for assuming it is another slice of life anime with some craaaaaazzzy situations that we have NEVER seen before (and by never I mean every other slice of life anime did so.) And third, I cannot get the image to post.

But, if anything, you should watch the first episode. I gave it a chance, and it ended up getting awarded for being much better than expected (and I would have given it anime of the year 2011 had I though to have an anime and a manga award. Hindsight is 20/20.)

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Anime Review: Fullmetal Alchemist – The Sacred Star of Milos

It’s not very often that I get the chance to see an anime movie in theatres. Aside from one Pokemon movie when I was 10, the chance really didn’t arise until Funimation started putting the Evangelion movies in theatres. Obviously I jumped at the chance to see them. Unfortunately the theatre in my area clearly didn’t know how to use whatever they had to use to for the projection and the image was faded and dark. But still, seeing them in theatres was a nice experience and I was hoping I’d get to do it again. When Funimation first announced the theatrical dates for Sacred Star of Milos I was disappointed because the “nationwide” Canadian screening only covered half the nation. But then they added more and I got to see it and the projection wasn’t shitty, so might as well review it I guess.

When a prisoner with only a few months left on his sentence breaks out, the Elric brothers set out to track him down. Their search leads them to Table City, a city on the border of Amestris and Creta. When the pair saves a young alchemist named Julia from the escaped prisoner they get caught up in a rebellion to restore the nation of Milos to its former glory.

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos follows in the footsteps of movies like Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door and Trigun: Badlands Rumble. All three are movies for series that had endings that would be hard to follow with a sequel, so they end up being random filler that takes place sometime during the series itself. This means the movie has no bearing, and really no connection at all, to the actual story from the series.

The movie really goes out of its way to hammer this point home by practically taking place in another country and having next to none of the major characters from the series returning. Winry is there, but all she does is worry about Ed, then fixes his arm. Mustang is there, but he just reads documents most of the time and kills a couple chimera’s offscreen. Hawkeye is there, but all she does is shoot a gun out of a guys hand towards the end of the movie. Aside from Ed and Al, no characters from the series really participate in the story.

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Winter 2012 Anime First Impressions: Aquarion Evol

Plot Synopsis: A group of aliens comes from another dimension and kidnap humans, and there’s this group of young pilots who fight them off using a combining mecha named Aquaria. But one day the aliens use a mecha of their own to fight back, and the Aquaria is no match for it. Blah blah normal guy ends up in mecha, blah blah suddenly they win.

Thoughts: The first episode of Aquarion Evol is almost a note for note recreation of the first episode of Aquarion. Except it’s 40 minutes long now. It’s about as different as it needs to be to establish that this is in fact a sequel, but that’s it. Aquarion had aliens who kidnap people, so does Evol. Aquarion had an organization dedicated to fighting the aliens using a combing mecha, so does Evol. Evol differs in that they have two mechas, and for some reason they keep the boy and girl pilots seperate. And when the mecha suddenly starts getting beaten, the hero jumps in and with no training at all pilots the mecha and defeats the enemy. I can’t tell if they were going for homage or just being lazy.

Truthfully, I can’t think of much else to say then, “This is just Aquarion again,” because that’s seriously all there is to this episode. Aquarion was a generic, dumb forgettable mecha series with shitty CGI mechas. Evol will probably end up going the same way if it keeps things up, though the shitty CGI mechas are least a little less shitty. So if you’ve seen Aquarion, and from what I gather not a lot of people have, then you already know what you’re getting from Evol. If you haven’t seen Aquarion and want to watch a stupid forgettable mecha series with dull repetitive fights every single episode, go with Evol. I doubt you’ll really need to know anything from the first Aquarion to really understand the story.

Score: I don’t know