Month: July 2017

30 Day Anime Challenge (The Beginning Of Everything)

So, maybe it’s time to do something new. I want to make something that people often do. The bloggers, as well always do. But, I also want to try this. That is 30 Day Challenge. However, with the theme of anime. Later will be 30 Day Anime Challenge. There may also some like 30 Day Blog Challenge, 30 Day Song Challenge, or the other. I might take that anime theme because maybe this will be something that will be very interesting. If I see from some people blog, I used to see 30 Day Challenge. Maybe this can be some unique.

For those who don’t understand what is, 30 Day Challenge is a challenge where you write down some things you like for 1 month or 30 days. This challenge will have some lists that explain what you have to write for 30 days. Most bloggers embark on this challenge in early January so they know what their new year’s solution is. This challenge has its own uniqueness including know yourself, write a few diaries, reading every day, practice yourself, find your passion and various other things. So, there are so many benefits you can take from doing this 30 Day Challenge. Maybe it depends on yourself.

I’ll start tomorrow early August. For today, I just prepare it first. Without this much talk here are the lists of 30 Day Anime Challenge:

30 DAY ANIME CHALLENGE

Game – Spec Ops: The Line [REVIEW] – You Just Don’t Be A Hero

IGN Rating: 8/10
Genre: Third-person Shooter
Publisher: 2K Games
Developers: Yager Development, Polygon Magic, Darkside Game Studios
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Linux

Third Person Shooter is a genre game that has its own impression like Resident Evil 4, Gears of Wars, Uncharted. There are is the most successful games of all time. Some competitors have started to lose his idea to bring something different. Many are stuck because of a very simple cover mechanism, thus making players not interested at the contents of the game itself. For this game, a player has a very strong first impression. Starting from a solid storyline but making adrenaline racing fast until the visualization and themes raised very explicit.

Dubai

“Spec Ops: The Line” takes on a post-apocalyptic theme, where the city of Dubai got some disaster of the worst sandstorms in history. The natural disaster caused the inhabitants to seek a shelter. Reinforcements help evacuate Dubai residents flow from all around the world. The Americans also sent 33rd Battalion troops led by Colonel John Conrad to assist with the evacuation. However, this unit disappears without a news. Walker, a member of the Delta Force special forces assigned to enter the city of Dubai and look for the presence of Conrad. Together with Adams and Lugo, his mission began. However, there are some mysteries that make this mission doesn’t go smoothly. The condition of Dubai that has no authority to make armed groups appear to rule this city of Dubai. Starting from Insurgents born from the inhabitants to the CIA secret agent who somehow appeared there too.

I also just finished this game. But, I don’t know what to say for this game. Although from the side of the gameplay, actually nothing special. Like the TPS (Third Person Shooter) game, you’ll only see health and bullets. The only thing that makes this game unique is a strong enough simulation system that is more directed to the arcade. This game also provides some environmental effects that will certainly help to defeat the enemy. Like the fragile glass effect that contains tons of sand. If it broke it, it would be easy to pass each enemy. Players can also command Lugo and Adams for your own set of targets. Unlike other games, this game has an AI system that is so strong that it makes it feel comfortable to play. You can also use cover-shot, so you can flank it. Spec Ops: The Line also presents a rather difficult level of difficulty, even for normal difficulty levels.

The first impression for this game is very common. Similar to other genre games, this game presents a very ordinary gameplay. However, you will change your mind when you reach a certain plot in this game. For example, you will be prepared several options that could affect the story like the moral values ​​and real human values. For example in one part of the story, where Walker, Lugo, and Adams are trapped in a situation where they are faced with the game being “judges” alive. You must shoot one of two people who was hanged alive by the rebels. The first person was an American soldier who executed six innocent people for no reason. Meanwhile, the second person is a corrupt who blacklist the small people, although he never killed them with his own hands. Each trip, you will find options like this throughout the game. This game also shows how the war was very brutal, even shown explicitly.

The uniqueness of this game is also one of them a very neat story. The plot presents some images of war like rebellion, violence, cruelty, and some other things. The plot also presents a plot-twist that makes the players will be made goosebumps. As an underrated TPS game, there is no need to distinguish gameplay anymore. Although this game comes as a game that has its own uniqueness, this game also still has some disadvantage. Like a very unattractive cover system, visuals, AI, and even rarely checkpoints are pretty far away.

If you are a gamer who like TPS or action, I strongly recommend playing this game. This game’s also very suitable for you who are very fond of the plot-twist story. You will feel a concept that becomes the standard for games in this genre.

Novel – To Kill A Mockingbird [REVIEW] – Love & Prejudice

Goodreads Rating: 4,25/5
Author: Harper Lee
Genre: Classics, Historical, Literature, Young Adult

“…but to remember it was a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

 

“To Kill A Mockingbird,” tells about a family living in Maycomb County, Alabama in the 1930s. This family consists of two brothers, Jem and Scout, and his father, Atticus Finch who is a lawyer. In those days, discrimination was still very applicable to blacks. They aren’t considered important and they usually work as housemaids, drivers, messengers, and so on. This novel will be told from the point of view Scout, an eight-year-old girl whose a tomboy and innocent. Their lives aren’t like what people think. Scout who since birth never knew his own mother due to died after Scout was born. But, she was very grateful still being taken care of by her father, Atticus. Her brother was also obedient to Calpurnia, a figure who practically acted like a mother to them even though Calpurnia himself was already married and had children of his own. During the summer holiday, their best friend Dill always comes to visit them. His arrival was very much-anticipated by Scout. Then the three of them will play together, disturb their neighbor’s, play games, to other fun things.

Finch family’s life began changing when Atticus became the defender of Tom Robinson, a black man for a rape case against a white woman named Mayella Ewell. Until then, the people of Maycomb had strenuously challenged Atticus’s actions but Atticus didn’t care. In fact, they regard Atticus as a ‘nigger lover.’ Because Atticus is defending Tom Robinson, Scout and his brother are always insulted by other children. Then, scout complained about it to her father. Atticus encouraged his children and said he was sure he had done the right thing because none of them were guilty either blacks or whites. When the day of the judgment arrived, Jem and Scout secretly infiltrated the courts to witness firsthand the efforts of their father defending Tom. Scout finally understands that this world isn’t always black and white. She assumes that prejudice is ingrained long enough for everyone and is capable of blinding people so that it’s hardly able to see what is right and what isn’t.

Yeah, tired also write this synopsis not even realize that this synopsis along that. This novel is my favorite novel and very have the meaning of life in it, finally, can review this book. Harper Lee is a genius writer. The theme in this novel has very deep meaning. Readers will be invited to understand each issue from a child’s point of view, a pure point of view, and prejudice-free perspective so that we will see more conflict in the novel.

Characterization of the novel is very impressive. Atticus, who somehow allowed his son to call him ‘Atticus’ instead of ‘father’. He is an exemplary figure. Every sentence that comes out of his mouth is so meaningful. Although his children are always doing minor mischief, he also never hit his children at all. He’s too humble to boast about his skills. In addition, he also treats Calpurnia as part of the family. Atticus wasn’t like a white man who generally looked down on blacks.

Harper Lee also describes the relationship of Jem and Scout with a very interesting impression. I really like this figure Scout because she is very different from the kids in general. At the age that is still like that, Scout has begun to understand the meaning of the world of adults. Though she is a tomboy and sometimes harsh, she is able to show that she is behaving as a ‘respectable lady’ as her aunt desires.

This novel is also included on the list of “1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.” According to The Guardian, this book is a classic reading that has all the factors to be the best book. I also felt very touched when reading that the message contained therein is very appealing for the time Nowadays like Prejudice, Racism, Discrimination, all have their respective values. ​​I also watched the movie itself. The movie was launched in 1962 with the same title. There is one of the most meaningful quotes for myself:

“If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

– Atticus to Scout

Anime – Mekakucity Actors [REVIEW] – The Mekakushi Dan

MyAnimeList Rating: 7,20/10
Genre: Sci-Fi, Comedy, Super Power, Supernatural, Romance
Studios: Shaft
Author: Mahiro Satou, Jin
Seiyuu: Kana Asumi, Takuma Terashima, Shinnosuke Tachibana

SHAFT does have its own uniqueness in every anime. For example, in every SHAFT anime, there is a character that always tilts her neck 90 degrees. Most like that in the anime “Monogatari Series.” But, for this one anime, I don’t understand why many fans consider to a bad anime just because of its nonlinear story and its poor visual of the characters. In my opinion, this is an anime that I love to enjoy.

Mekakucity

“Mekakucity Actors,” tells about a strange incident that coincides on the 14th and 15th August. Where some people are declared disappear after being swallowed by a giant snake. This incident is called Kagerou Daze (Heat Haze Daze), where the person is also given the power associated with the eye. Shintaro (Takuma Terashima) is a genius who became a Hikikomori after his close friend committed suicide. She is accompanied by an A.I. girl named Ene (Kana Asumi) who lives inside his computer. When Shintaro spills soda onto his keyboard, he has to go out to buy a new keyboard.

The various unrelated plots will become the main path of the anime. Some fans are very confused to follow because they are not familiar with the original work. If you don’t understand, Kagerou Project is a collection of Vocaloid songs created by Jin (Shizen no Teki-P) which tells of Mekakushi-Dan itself. Starting from his first song Jinzou Enemy, then continued with Mekakushi Code, and finally at Kagerou Daze. The popularity is increasing in 2012 until the adaptation of Novel and Manga. While the anime itself is an anime adaptation Kagerou Project, produced by SHAFT (Nisekoi, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei). Jin also participated as a script writer, composer, and series composition.

Similarly to the “Black Rock Shooter” anime, “Mekakucity Actors” is an anime that adapts the second Vocaloid song. At first, I didn’t really listen to Kagerou Project songs first. Shinbo and SHAFT make it look like the other nonlinear anime like “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.”

Many who are dissatisfied with the Mekakucity Actors adaptation are due to several reasons. First, in terms of SHAFT Head-Tilt (Characters that always tilt the head 90 degrees). Second, the symbolism is too lazy in terms of production techniques such as “Monogatari Series.” And third, repetition of the objects in a frame. Actually, I feel ashamed of the grips of his fans. For example, the opening of the Mekakucity Actors brought by Jin directly and collaborating with MARiA from GARNiDELiA entitled Daze. There are some cases that I see about this anime like delivering it directly in the Kagerou Project fandom by assuming it is a sin. What the fuck man! Why do they think only because it becomes as bad as they think? Her strong vocals can compensate for the melody of rock that Jin has brought so that his rhythm is perfect for this cool song. So, nothing is wrong for me personally. Songs from Kagerou Project also like Headphone Actor, Outer Science, Shounen Brave are very nice to hear.

Overall, Mekakucity Actors is my own favorite anime has even given me my own satisfaction. Starting from the non-linear story, the music is enjoyable, and overhyped for anime like this. Only his fans are responding like a weeaboo. Anime was enjoyed, but it fans that sucks that. You can watch this anime and enjoy that. By the way, the season two also confirmed entitled “Mekakucity Reload”

Anime – Drifters [REVIEW] – Battle In A Brand-New World War

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,07/10
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Historical, Samurai, Fantasy, Seinen
Studios: Hoods Drifters Studio
Author: Kouta Hirano
Seiyuu: Yuuichi Nakamura, Naoya Uchida, Mitsuki Saida

Want to learn something but through anime? Want to know more about the figures of historians from all over the world? Maybe the question will be answered by just watching this anime. (That question is just seems like a weeaboo) Action, blood, cool, and etc. The audience will be amazed by the action of the figures of historians who are trapped in this fantasy world. Anime itself is adapted by Kouta Hirano who actually has something more valuable. Before this anime, he is also the author of Hellsing.

DR

“Drifters,” tells about a samurai from Shimazu clan named Toyohisa Shimazu (Yuuichi Nakamura), trying to retreat after losing the battle at Sekigahara. When severely wounded Toyohisa suddenly stranded in a strange white room with many doors and met a strange man. Without knowing the reason, Toyohisa was immediately sucked by a door and moved into a strange place in the world of living fantasy creatures.

Rescued by two Elf children, Toyohisa met with Nobunaga Oda (Naoya Uchida) and Nasu no Yoichi (Mitsuki Saiga) who also fared like Toyohisa. Without understanding the reason why they were sent into this world, the three samurais were stirring the kingdom who thanks to their actions helping the elves village and was attacked by government troops for rescuing Toyohisa. Called Drifters, the three of them invite the elves to rebel.

The first scene immediately opened with a fierce battle Sekigahara. The audience immediately drifted to see the first episode of Drifters which is anime with the action genre. Without much dialogue and unimportant scenes, this anime also opens the story with a mystery about the reasons why they can be in a fantasy world. The anime has a fast plot that the audience will not be bored by this anime.

Just like “Hellsing,” this anime also goes with a very regular story like anime in general. That way, the flow flows smoothly and reduces the chances of boring the audience. Oh, I almost forget it. By the way, the season two also got confirmed but not announced the years.

Movie – Now You See Me [REVIEW] – The Closer You Look, The Less You’ll See

IMDB Rating: 7,3/10
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Director: Louis Leterrier
Writer: Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin, Edward Ricourt
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Common, Mark Ruffalo

Caper Story is a crime-themed fictional story but is focused on a criminal from planned by a group of criminals with their own specialties and uniqueness. Most films with themes like this usually use a perspective in terms of the perpetrators rather than the point of view of the police. Caper stories generally show other elements of their own criminals that will be interesting to watch.

One of the best capers story films in history is the 1955 “Riffi” ​​that gained success in those days. It so rare now to get a movie with a caper story theme. But, “Now You See Me” is a film that has its own uniqueness. What makes it unique? Magic. In this film, you will be under a criminal act that makes the audience cheated.

“Now You See Me,” tells about of four street magicians who have their own uniqueness in demonstrating their magic tricks. Suddenly, they are regrouping with a mysterious person through a card they receive. Initially, they had a thought that they were being mocked. Until after successfully solving a puzzle contained in an apartment, they found a magic show that can bring popularity to their name.

“Now You See Me” is a film that has its own interests. One of that is the elements of a magic that became the main theme. Not many films have a magic theme for years now. Sharing things like the use of these four magicians is very interesting. They use magic as a thing to rob a bank.

The duration of this film may be very short, so the main focus of the film is too directed to the crime. This film is not able to provide a complete and deep picture of the characters. The characters seem to appear just like that so there is no characteristic of the characters, both protagonists, and antagonists.

Although like that, this film still has some void in its plot, the scenes presented are still able to entertain the audience. By showing the show of magic and crime, this film is able to make the audience interested in watching. I also want to tell you those who haven’t watched the movie. The closer you see it, the less you will be seen in front of it.

Manga – Akame ga Kill! [REVIEW] – The Night Raid

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,10/10
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Shounen
Author: Tetsuya Tashiro (Art), Takahiro (Story)
Serialization: Gangan Joker

Blood and sadistic. Those two words could explain this anime. The anime is highly overrated but hype in mid-late 2014. Tetsuya Tashiro who became a social media talk because of the animation featuring sadism, some of the characters who are always killed, and moe but soulless killer. If associated with the anime “Attack on Titan” may be practically the same degree of sadism. But, story level might be better “Akame ga Kill!” than “Attack on Titan.” But, I will not review the anime. I will review the manga.

Night Raid

“Akame ga Kill!” Tells about a young man named Tatsumi recruited by Night Raid, a corrupt government rebel organization. At first, Tatsumi came to the city to earn money to raise his village from poverty. On the way, Tatsumi was robbed and lost all his property and helped by someone named Aria. One night at Aria’s residence, Night Raid attacked. Initially, Tatsumi tries to save Aria from the execution of an assassinator named Akame. After knowing the real identity, Tatsumi killed Aria. Because of his talent, he was immediately recruited into one of the members of Night Raid.

So, why am I not reviewing the anime? Why must the manga? Because the anime and manga are very different. In a way, anime it makes me disappointed than the manga. If make the season two of the anime “Akame ga Kill!” May be impossible because of the ending is just like that. But, if the manga there may be hope for the next sequel. In fact, Takahiro himself had announced: “Hinowa ga Yuku!” Is the next sequel to be published on June 24.

Hinowa ga Yuku!

The anime self-own by White Fox studio. At first, the story “Akame ga Kill!” Interesting enough to read and watch. For some reason, there is no improvisation of stories that come out of the dark theme. The action that too often displays the joke makes the anime and the manga has lost his impressed. The plot is also very easy to guess and make everything destroyed.

Esdeath

 

“Akame ga Kill!” is more than enough to show the cruelty, action, and violence in his manga. But, the anime itself is too disappointing and very overrated for me. Especially also in the story that is too cliche and easy to guess. But, if you are very curious for anime, maybe I recommend just read the manga itself.