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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Attack on Titan S2E5: Historia

Hey, guys -- we've had a weird drop in views over the past week, so if you're reading this review and you enjoy it, consider either giving it a boost on Google+, commenting, or sharing it with friends/communities, etc. You'd be giving me a huge help in fulfilling my arbitrary goal of beating last month's views, as well as contributing to the general growth of this blog. Thanks loads.

Attack on Titan
Series 2, Episode 5

Last week, I incorrectly said that this series was twenty-four episodes long -- it's actually twelve, meaning that we're nearly halfway through now, and that feels more than a little odd. A quarter of the series being taken up by this one day and night is one thing, a whole five twelfths of it taking place over a single twenty-four hour period just feels absurd. 

Obviously, that time has been padded out some with flashbacks -- we've got to see some impressive amounts of backstory for Sasha, Christa, and Ymir, as well as a little bit of backstory for Reiner -- but for the most part, it feels almost like a waste. Had it been so inclined, the show probably could have compressed these five episodes down to about three or four.

Let's Play Tales of Zestiria Masterpost

Let's Play Tales of Zestiria

Tales of Zestiria was a game I wanted to Let's Play for a pretty long time before I did -- Danganronpa was originally a replacement for it, after I discovered that Tales of Zestiria had a pretty awful (and totally unenforcable) EULA that said that any Let's Play, fanart, fanfiction, or other derivative work could be seized and used at any time by Namco Bandai as their own work. So, I played Danganronpa (and very much enjoyed it), and then Danganronpa 2, and along the way, I ended up playing a bunch of other interesting games: 1979 Revolution: Black Friday, Alpha Protocol, Dishonored 2, and Always Sometimes Monsters (which I still need to play the sequel to, one day).

But I did eventually decide to try Tales of Zestiria, and I'm glad I did. It's not a perfect game -- in fact, its story is horribly, terribly flawed -- but it was the first Tales game to truly catch my interest and keep it, and it made for one of the most enjoyable Let's Plays I've done on my channel.

One day, I'll do Tales of Berseria, but right now, the channel's busy with Trails of Cold Steel (for which I've acquired no less than two (2) weird angry guys who dislike all my videos because I didn't like their waifu), Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters (which is ridiculous), Alisha's Story, and, come the end of June, Valkyria Revolution. After that, there's Danganronpa Another, Trails of Cold Steel II, Danganronpa V3, and most likely Telltale Games' Guardians of the Galaxy on the table, so it might be a while until we get to Berseria.

Anyway, here are the videos, do check them out:

The Playlist.

Start of Act 1.

Start of Act 2.

Start of Act 3.

Start of Act 4.

Start of Act 5.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Justice League Dark.

Justice League Dark.

Interesting factoid: Apparently the voice actor they got in for Constantine in this film was Matt Ryan, he who plays Constantine in live-action in both the short-lived series of the same name (which I dropped after one episode, but may pick up again some time), and in Arrow. The man's now played three different versions of Constantine, meaning the only actors who have probably played more versions of a single DC Comics character are Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill.

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans S2 (Second Cour) Masterpost.

Mobile Suit Gundam:
Iron-Blooded Orphans
Series 2 (Second Cour)

So, about a month ago we finished the second cour of one of our longest ongoings yet, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans. If you didn't read the reviews at the time, or just want a handy place to find them again, here's a masterpost.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Editorial: Who Is Savitar?

Editorial: Who Is Savitar?

With the most recent episode of The Flash, speculation over who Savitar, the evil metal speedster, is has been kicked into overdrive, with fans debating all of the tiny scraps of evidence we've been given. In the interests of appropriately cataloging all the people it would be, here are eight possibilities for Savitar's true identity.

Do you have a suspect that you don't see listed here? Leave them in the comments, and if we get enough -- let's say, four or more -- we'll do a continuation on Sunday.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The Flash S3E19: The Once and Future Flash

The Flash
Series 3, Episode 19
The Once and Future Flash.

"Oh, wow," said I, and also probably everyone going into this episode. "At last the wait is over and we're going to find out who Savitar is. This is going to be swell."

It was not swell. We did not find out who Savitar is, and honestly, that would be so much less irritating if we didn't have the massive hiatus beforehand. Honestly, I was jumping at shadows for most of this episode: I thought it was Cisco at first, then I thought it might be Barry, then Ronnie, then back around to Cisco or Barry -- and HR still isn't off the hook, since he and Savitar share so many verbal tics.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Supergirl S2E18: Ace Reporter

Series 2, Episode 18
Ace Reporter.

The trailer for this episode honestly led me to believe that this episode would be about Lena hiring an evil reporter to uncover Supergirl's identity: The trailer juxtaposed sinister-sounding dialogue from a character giving an interview with one of this episode's antagonists looking menacing, played with the theme of good and bad journalism throughout, and even ended with a shot of Kara looking panicked as her 'S' emblem is revealed under her clothes.

As it is, this episode is still about journalism, but not in the way I thought: Instead, the focus is on Kara as a journalist, and her learning what makes good and bad journalism, and also on Lena, and her dealing with finding and then losing love. It's odd, this is, what, the fourth time the show has tried to tease Lena being or going evil, only to reveal that she was actually good all along, and I still fall for it every time.

(Dear Supergirl writers: Don't make Lena evil. Honestly, if for no other reason, don't make Katie McGrath play another villainous character.)