Beyond The Stars: Alita: Battle Angel Review

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Beyond the Stars is a series of Science Fiction related posts where I discuss different aspects of the genre and review movies and shows associated with it. Today, I review Alita: Battle Angel, from 20th Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment.

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Much like video game movies, anime movies are often criticized for being too unrealistic, too cartoony, and most of the time, really bad. We do have the Detective Pikachu movie, which seeks to shatter both these droughts, but there’s one that seems to be one not many are talking about. Alita: Battle Angel, based on an OVA released in 1993 about a battle hardened cyborg who wishes to discover who she is and what her purpose is in this futuristic life. So, let’s get into it. Continue reading “Beyond The Stars: Alita: Battle Angel Review”

FLCL: Alternative Review

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FLCL Alternative

I’ve mentioned FLCL (Fooly Cooly) being one of my favorite anime series. I’ve spoken highly of its follow-up, FLCL Progressive, and it’s final season, FLCL Alternative has come and gone. It features another female protagonist, but instead of a loner, it’s a group of friends trying to live a somewhat normal life in the world. So let’s get going and see how this all ends. Continue reading “FLCL: Alternative Review”

Playing With Imagination: Thoughts On Octopath Traveler

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Playing With Imagination is a series where I talk about video game stories and plots. Many video games have incredible stories and are often overlooked in our society. Today, I talk about Octopath Traveler from Square Enix.

 

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Back in the 90s, Japanese RPGs ruled the gaming scene. Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Wild Arms, Secrets Of Mana, Romancing SaGa, Xenogears. Too many to list, but this was the decade where JRPG franchises thrived. Today, some still exist, but the western franchises are the true dominant ones now. Dragon Age, The Witcher, Pillars Of Eternity, Divinity, Warcraft, and others.
But one game came out for the Switch that is not only a hotly anticipated title but one that hits all that nostalgic notes. I’m talking about Octopath Traveler for Nintendo Switch. It’s not about octopi, I assure you. It’s about eight seemingly isolated heroes who unite for a common cause. Each has their own history and their own story, but you can play all eight characters.
Going through their story would take forever and I’ve been meaning to talk about it for a long time. So I’ll just go through the nitty-gritty and explain the finer details of the game. Continue reading “Playing With Imagination: Thoughts On Octopath Traveler”

Cinemagic: FLCL Progressive Review

Cinemagic is a series where I talk about live action or animated Movies and TV Shows. Many of them are Science Fiction and Fantasy films that are anticipated enough to give them a watch. Today, I review FLCL Progressive.

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Cinemagic: FLCL Progressive Review

 

Way back in the early 2000s, a little-known anime series came out that changed how we looked at how a series is made. Relying less on plot and more on the art and animation. I’m talking about FLCL, one of my favorite anime series of all time.

FLCL (pronounced Fooly Cooly) is an original anime by Gainax (meaning it wasn’t adapted from a manga) that aired on Adult Swim way back when about a young boy named Naota who encounters a mysterious woman on a Vespa who curses him with a mysterious power that summons monsters and robots from his forehead. The whole series revolves around a mysterious, steam iron-like structure known as Medical Mechanica, the source of a dark power that could bring about the end of the world.

I’ll admit as much, the plot is confusing and it can be hard to follow, but the series doesn’t pride itself on story. It’s the cast and the animation is what makes it iconic. A story about a young boy living a normal life in Japan and his world becomes such a bizarre mess that he must go about his world despite these strange nuances. It’s also very short, only six episodes long. It wasn’t canceled, just structured that way.

In 2016, we learn of a follow up to the series, FLCL Progressive and FLCL Alternative, that Adult Swim and animation studio Production I.G. Since the original series ended on a decent note, I wondered what a sequel would do. Having finished the series on Toonami, I enjoyed the ride and felt that it did some things to feel similar to its predecessor and added it’s own flair. So here’s my take on it.

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Fantastic Wonder: Thoughts on Persona 5 The Animation

Fantastic Wonder is a series of Fantasy related posts where I discuss different aspects of the genre and the many tropes and plot lines associated with it. Today, I talk about the recent anime series, Persona 5 The Animation.

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Fantastic Wonder: Thoughts on Persona 5 The Animation

I discussed a game called Persona 5 in the past. It’s a video game by Atlus where a group of teenagers discover a mysterious world where a human’s darkest desires are manifested into “palaces,” that reflect a person’s true personality. After seeing these humans hide their horrible misdeeds, the heroes form the Phantom Thieves, a group who seeks to change the hearts of evil criminals.

It’s an amazing game that has become one of the best JRPGs of all time. And after a full year, since the game released, an anime adaptation has come out. Atlus loves to make adaptations based on their titles along with many other developers (Danganronpa, a visual novel, is a famous example. In fact, visual novels tend to be adapted all the time). They’ve done it with Persona 4 and Devil Survivor 2, another Megami Tensei title.

So how does this series stand compared to the others? Let’s find out.

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Fantastic Wonder: Thoughts on Black Clover

Fantastic Wonder is a series of Fantasy related posts where I discuss different aspects of the genre and the many tropes and plot lines associated with it. Today, I talk about the recent anime series, Black Clover. Fantastic Wonder: Thoughts on Black Clover   I love anime. It’s been a huge part of my life for a long time. From the big names such as … Continue reading Fantastic Wonder: Thoughts on Black Clover

Beyond The Stars: Blade Runner Overview (3 of 4): The Blade Runner Shorts

Beyond the Stars is a series of Science Fiction related posts where I discuss different aspects of the genre and the many tropes and plot lines associated with it. Today, I talk about the Blade Runner short films in a series of posts focused on the Blade Runner Universe.

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Beyond The Stars: Blade Runner Overview (3 of 4): The Blade Runner Shorts

I’ve already discussed the Blade Runner Movies, but now, we’re moving onto the second half, focusing on the expanded material. This week, we’re talking about a series of short films that serve as prequels to Blade Runner 2049, that bridge the gap between the first and second films. I initially said I’d talk about Black Out 2022, the anime short movie, but seeing as there are two others, 2036: Nexus Dawn and 2048: Nowhere to Run, it’d be best if I covered all of them.

So that’s the plan. Let’s start with the anime short.

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