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Friday, December 28, 2012

Eroge Bus Episode 18: 2012 Year in Review

In this episode I am joined by GNitro to talk about the past year.

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Show Notes:

00:00 Opening - Skydive - Freefall

01:17 Intros and stuff

10:13 Break - D.C. III Op

12:38 News:
November 30th: Fate/extra CCC RPG's Short Lancer Movie Streamed
November 30th: D.C.III ~Da Capo III~ TV Anime Slated for January 5
December 1st: News Briefs
  • PSP title Photokano is getting an anime adaptation by Madhouse
  • Will also be ported over to the PSV as Photokano Kiss. 
  • Steins;Gate: Senkei Kousoku no Phenogram has been announced for the PS3 and Xbox360 (Spring 2013)
  • PS3 version of Sharin no Kuni, Himawari no Shoujo will be on shelves February 28th
  • GSC has both a figma and a nendoroid for Muv-Luv Total Eclipse‘s Yui coming in spring
December 3rd: Fate/Zero Shirts Splash Saber & Archer's Faces Across Your Chest
December 3rd: Author: Fate/Apocrypha Will Not End in 1 Volume
December 4th: Fate/Zero Arm Cushions Let Fans Rest in Servants' Arms
December 7th: Fate/extra CCC RPG's Short Jinako Movie Streamed
December 8th: News Briefs
  • CD Owaru Sekai to Birthday OST comes out on December 21st
  • Also Chaos Labyrinth OST
  • FLAT’s Secret Game CODE:Revise is being ported over to the PSP as Rebellions (March 28th)
  • Max Factory’s 1/7 scale figure of se.Kirara‘s Nozomi out in April
December 10th: Uta no Prince-sama Gets Its Own Special PSP Color Variant
December 13th: MangaGamer’s Holiday Sale
December 14th: Fate/extra CCC RPG's Karna Profiled in Short Movie
December 14th: D.C.III ~Da Capo III~ Anime's Ad Streamed
December 15th: News Briefs
  • Yatagarasu’s well-received Furuiro will be getting a console port by Yeti
  • Visual fan books are coming out for Pure Girl(December 17th), Rance Quest (December 27th), Majikoi S (January 15th) and Imokata (January 24th).
  • VA Compilation CD, “Panorama Vol.4“, will be sold at C83 on December 29th
  • OST for Innocent Grey’s Uro no Shoujo out on February 8th
December 15th: Ryukishi07's Higurashi Outbreak Short Story Gets Anime
December 17th: D.C.III + ~Da Capo III~ Plus PSP Port's Promo Video Posted
December 19th: Fate/Extra CCC to be Kinoko Nasu’s last Fate work
December 20th: Mangagamer Releases Slave Witch April
December 21st: News Briefs
  • ∀-brand’s resin cast kit for a 1/8 scale figure of Walkure Romanze‘s Bertille out on December 29th
  • Nakahito OST and the Aemushi drama CD out in stores on January 25th
  • Puchipara Bunko’s HLN adaptation of Noesis’ Furifure will include both games (December 27th)
  • PSP adaptation Gaku☆Ou +Meteor out in March 28th
December 21st: Fate/extra CCC RPG's BB Profiled in Short Movie
December 24th: D.C.III ~Da Capo III~ TV Anime's 1st Promo Streamed
December 24th: Fate/Extra CCC Game's 1-Month Delay Briefly Listed by Retailer
December 25th: White Album 2 outscored Mario Bros. on Japan’s Famitsu magazine
December 27th: D.C.III ~Da Capo III~'s Adult Version Listed by Retailer

29:18 Break - Muv Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse Op

30:49 2012 Year in Review

49:09 Break - Kanojo to Ore to Koibito to Op

50:46 Upcoming Games:
Sengoku Hime 4 ~Souhai Hyakkei, Hana Mamoru Chikai~ by unicorn-a / Ge-sen 18

Ourai no Gahkthun -What a shining braves- by Liar Soft

Himegoto Masquerade ~Ojousama-tachi no Tawamure~ by Escu:de

Justy×Nasty ~Maou Hajimemashita~ by Whirlpool

Tonari no Puu-san by Tanukisoft

Kanojo to Ore to Koibito to by Pulltop Latte

Koiken Otome by Eufonie

Chaos Labyrinth by Debo no su Seisakusho

Ima Sugu Onii-chan ni Imouto da tte Iitai! by fairys

Kiss Bell by Giga

Appare! Tenka Gomen Matsuri ~Koi to Arashi wa Ooedo no Hana~ by Baseson

73:54 Ending - Kanashimi no Mukou e

Monday, December 24, 2012

Secret Santa Review: Texhnolyze

This is the third installment of the Secret Santa Reviews created by the Reverse Thieves. Enjoy.
Texhnolyze. With a trippy opening by Juno Reactor.
This time around, the person who was in charge of recommending me anime to review was actually good at knowing what I'd like and what are the type of anime I am most interested in. He or She figured out that I love deep (mind-fuck) sci-fi anime. So out of the recommendations, I chose the one I knew the least about and so purchased and watched Texhnolyze: A series released in 2004 by the same people who brought you Serial Experiments Lain.

As with my previous reviews, I dove into this anime knowing absolutely nothing about. I didn't even read the synopsis on the back of the DVD box. Therefore, my first impression was somewhat confused. The first episode has almost no dialogue or narration what's so ever and so it did all the explanations about the characters and settings through very dim visuals as though the series takes place in a very dark place. Later did I found out that the series takes place in an underground city. As the fist set of episodes progressed, I began putting all the pieces together and started figuring out where the series takes place and who the characters are. However, this was only one small layer of this fantastic series.
I can barely tell what's going on.
Texhnolyze is a form of cybernetic technology that provides a replacement for lost limbs. The user can command their new high tech prosthetics much like they would their regular limbs. But there are some mysteries of this technology that eventually the shows shines upon. The protagonist of this show, Ichise, is a down on his luck prize fighter who ends up losing his arm and leg as punishment. The doctor in charge of texhnolyzation in the city sort of forces a new prototype of prosthetics on him. Meanwhile, an outsider who's intent is unknown is visiting the city. On his way, he meets a mysterious young girl who apparently can see the future.The city itself is governed by a multitude of factions which have somewhat hostile relations which each other. Once small mistake can spark a war among the power hungry.
The flowers provide a contrast to this rocky, desolate world.
The series likes to take its time with presenting information to the viewer; building the world episode by episode. Every episode tells little by little about the characters, their ambitions, their virtues and especially their flaws. Meanwhile the story builds to an introductory climax that serves as more as a briefing about the world and then finally builds into a final grand climax where nothing is held back.
This series has so many mysteries.
Even though the series is from 2004, the visuals are still well crafted which is kind of a shame that it wasn't released on Blu-ray Disc. Even though there are some lighting issues (it's too dark) in the first few episodes, they eventually fix it. Though the visuals are somewhat bland due to the setting, the mechanical designs of the world are top notch. The soundtrack is also excellent as it sets the mood of every scene. The opening theme is by Juno Reactor and is quite futuristic.

When put everything together, the series is quite a thrilling story about not just a man's struggle of survival but perhaps even all of mankind. There are quite a lot of messages told to the audience mostly along the lines of fate, raison d'etre and death. So overall this is a must-watch series for people who enjoy deep thrilling sci-fi series that don't BS around. This is definitely now one of my favorites.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Guest Spot: Otaku in Review Episode 144

Once again, @ScottSpaziani and @Gnitro invited me onto the Otaku in Review podcast. This time to it was to discuss and review a fairly dated anime movie called They Were Eleven. Please check it out.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Eroge Bus Episode 17 - Shuffle!

In this episode I review Navel's Shuffle! which is soon getting a physical release.

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Show Notes:
00:00 Opening - Skydive - Freefall

01:10 Intros and stuff

05:57 Break - Moero Downhill Night BLAZE Op

07:58 News:
October 25th: News Briefs
  • -Princess Evangile perfect book will be on shelves November 26th
  • -artbook for rootnuko artist Amakura comes out December 31st
  • -Phat!’s 1/8 scale figure of Fate/kaleid liner‘s Prisma Illya comic ver out in March.
October 29th: Steins;Gate, Hiyoku Renri no Darling Ported to PS Vita
October 29th: Duel Savior fan translation patch released
October 29th: Moero Downhill Night BLAZE Goes Golden Master
October 30th: White Album 2: Shiawase no Mukou Gawa's Opening Anime Posted
October 30th: Aksys to Release Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi PSP Game
October 30th: Taishi Tsutsui's Steins;Gate Spinoff Manga Returns in New Series
October 31th: Little Busters Producer: Anime to Cover Everything, Even Though 26 Episodes Is Not Enough
November 1st: Sakura Wars: Kanadegumi's Anime Music Video Streamed
November 2nd: Announing: Host Holic
November 7th: Latest Looks at "Fate/EXTRA CCC" and "Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya"
November 9th: Unaired Little Busters Episode Offered to BD/DVD Buyers
November 9th: Fate/Zero Anime Inspires Chess Pieces from Megahouse
November 10th: MangaGamer announces Tick Tack and hard copies for SHUFFLE!
November 10th: Steins;Gate Fuka Ryōiki no Déjà vu Film's 1st TV Ad Posted
November 12th: VIDEO: TV Anime "Total Eclipse" New OP&ED PV Posted
November 12th: News Briefs
  • -Imaimo‘s OST will come out on December 21st,
  • -MOONSTONE‘s 10th anniversary memorial book will be out first at C83, then on shelves January 25th.
  • -PSP adaptations are planned for Rosebleu’s Stellar Theater (February 28th)
  • -Debonosu’s Sorakumo (March 7th)
  • -ALcot’s Onigokko!
  • -ALcot Honey Comb’s 1/2 summer
  • -Renai 0 km portable has been set for January 31st
  • -Alpha Max has a 1/7 scale version of Satsuki out this May from Koichoco
  • -Kotobukiya – 1/7 scale Inia -Sukumizu- from MuvLuv TE in April
November 14th: Nekoten can haz sales?
November 15th: Transform Into Total Eclipse Anime's Aliens With Zip-Up BETA Hoodies
November 15th: Fate/extra CCC RPG's Short Gilgamesh Movie Streamed
November 16th: News Briefs
  • -CranCrown will have a ‘Hotcakes with Shinku Set’ (from Iro toridori no hikari) in advance of C83
November 18th:DLSite translates Lonely Yuri into English
November 19th: Women of Type-Moon Dress Their Best for 10th Anniversary Blu-ray
November 23th: News Briefs
  • -FLAT vocal collection will be on shelves December 21s
  • -Kotobukiya – 1/7 scale Yui pilot strengthening equipment from Muv-Luv TE in April
  • -Max Factory – figma Super Sonico tiger hoodie ver. in March
November 24th: Steins;Gate Film's 2-Minute Teaser Trailer Streamed

20:43 Break - Shuffle! OP

23:00 Review of Shuffle!

30:15 Break - Witch's Garden OP

32:23 Upcoming Games:
Tera Beppin by Clockup

Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke o - Michael no Otome Tachi by Yurin Yurin


Witch’s Garden by Windmill Oasis

Naisho no Naisho! by Iris

Yin-Yang! X Change EX ~Boku no Sensei ga Konna ni Onna na Wake ga Nai~ by Crowd

Soushinjutsu Möbius by Studio Jaren

Aete Mushisuru Kimi to no Mirai ~Relay broadcast~ by Alcot Honey Comb

Kurano-kunchi no Futago Jijou bv Cube

Aneimo Neo ~Second Sisters~ by Boot Up!

43:19 Ending - Kanashimi no Mukou e