Cyberphile

the love of all things electronic.

Final Thoughts on Kiznaiver — June 27, 2016

Final Thoughts on Kiznaiver

With this weekend having come and gone, Kiznaiver has as well. As I stated back near the beginning of the series, I really enjoyed the characters, their interactions, the art style, and the intro. Unfortunately, Kiznaiver, being a 12 episode series causes it to end FAR too soon. I’ve read rumors that Kiznaiver was actually supposed to be either a 24 or 36 episode series, and so things had to be cut down and removed. Whether that’s true or not, Kiznaiver definitely could have used at least 12 more episodes to help flesh out characters and their backstories, and help solidify the plot. Without spoiling anything, I personally feel as though many scenes could have carried far more weight had we had more back story and build up. Those scenes were still great though, and the fact that they were really says something.

That being said, I still think Kiznaiver is a well done show, and if you feel like something with great characters that’s emotional without being too terribly deep, I’d check it out, it’s only 12 episodes after all. I would happily watch ANY show with ANY plot with those characters, I felt they were all very likable (though you really got on my last nerve sometimes, Chidori). Again, the characters are far more interesting than the plot. I don’t do anime reviews, but if I did, I’d give Kiznaiver a “recommend”.

Advertisements
What’cha Playin’? 6/20/16 — June 20, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 6/20/16

This weekend I played a lot of Guilty Gear: Xrd – Revelator. I watched the entirety of the story (yes watched, not played), completed over 400 combos and 70 missions. Soon (probably today) I start working on this version’s M.O.M. Mode, then at some point I’ll play a bit online as well. I’ll be able to write up a review for it soon.

If you’re not familiar with Revelator, check out my review on Guilty Gear: Xrd – SIGN, as pretty much everything I wrote there holds true for Revelator, with some changes. The graphics are just a teensy bit more polished, (though you’ll need a sharp eye as SIGN looks gorgeous to begin with) there are new menus and HUD, your character will glow blue when a BURST is ready, there’s a new lobby with a customizable avatar for online mode, a fishing mode for collectibles and character colors, a new story, 5 new characters (Jam, Johnny, Raven, Haehyun, and Jack ‘O), a change to the tutorial and mission modes, and a ton of things that I’m probably missing, forgetting, or haven’t tried yet, like M.O.M. mode. If you’re a Guilty Gear or fighting game fan in general, you really should get Revelator, especially if you liked SIGN.

In anime-related news, Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto was as good as it always is (the arm sax) and Kiznaiver, well… It seems like there’s a LOT going on to be wrapped up in a single episode… I guess we’ll see what happens on Saturday.

Also, did you know that Cyberphile has a Facebook page? Feel free to swing by and get our new posts in your newsfeed.

These “What’cha Doin’?” posts are designed to spark discussion, so feel free to post in the comments what you’ve been playin’, watchin’, or listenin’ to lately.

What’cha Playin’? 6/17/16 – Guilty Gear: Xrd – Revelator — June 17, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 6/17/16 – Guilty Gear: Xrd – Revelator

I’ve finally got around to playing Guilty Gear: Xrd – Revelator. I almost forgot how much I loved SIGN! Anyway, I’ve just been tackling the Episode mode so far (that’s like your basic arcade mode) as the stories in Episode mode take place just a few days before the main story. I only need to beat Episode mode with May and Zato and then I can get started on the actual story mode, which I’m looking forward to. I liked the story in SIGN, so I’m sure Revelator won’t disappoint.

Also this weekend we get another episode of Kiznaiver and Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto, so I’m looking forward to that too. See everyone on Monday!

Also, did you know that Cyberphile has a Facebook page? Feel free to swing by and get our new posts in your newsfeed.

These “What’cha Doin’?” posts are designed to spark discussion, so feel free to post in the comments what you’ve been playin’, watchin’, or listenin’ to lately.

What’cha Playin’? 6/10/16 – Catalyst — June 10, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 6/10/16 – Catalyst

I think I’m coming up near the end in Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst. I’ve completed all of the Dashes (which are like time trials) with 3-star ratings, and I’ve got 90% of the side quests done. I’m actually kind of looking forward to finishing the story and being able to just sort of free roam around the map. You can probably expect a full review of it soon.

I’m also looking forward to the next episode of Kiznaiver tomorrow, as well as Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto. Kiznaiver looks like it’s gearing up to be pretty good despite being in its last few episodes.

I’m afraid I don’t have a whole lot to say today, so I’ll see y’all on Monday.

Also, did you know that Cyberphile has a Facebook page? Feel free to swing by and get our new posts in your newsfeed.

These “What’cha Doin’?” posts are designed to spark discussion, so feel free to post in the comments what you’ve been playin’, watchin’, or listenin’ to lately.

What’cha Doin’? – 6/6/16 — June 6, 2016

What’cha Doin’? – 6/6/16

Episode 9 of Kiznaiver was a pretty intense episode with a lot of emotion, and some pretty cool shots and animation. Things are coming to a head, and it’ll be interesting to see how the Kiznaivers deal with the stress they’re all in. We also got the definite yes to the obvious plot point between Katsuhira and Nori, so it’ll also be interesting to see where that goes. There’s only 3 more episodes, which is not nearly enough in my opinion, but here’s hoping they make the best of it.

In other anime-related news, I also started watching Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto. There’s an interesting story behind this though… Years ago, while I was at a Japanese shopping area, I saw a poster of Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto on the window of the book store. It showed Sakamoto tossing a straw into his friend’s juice box from across the classroom. I thought it was hilarious, but I’m not that well versed in Japanese, so I just snapped a picture, sent it to a few friends, and subsequently forgot about it. Fast forward to a few months ago at that same bookstore which has opened up an English manga section (which is cheaper than other bookstores, by the way) and I recognized the art right away. In fact, the artwork from that poster was on the back cover of volume 2! I immediate bought both volumes on a whim, started reading, and loved it. The anime has been practically the same as the manga, which is great.

Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto is a comedy about a boy named Sakamoto who is handsome, cool, and all the girls squeal and swoon over him. He’s also kind of eccentric, but quiet, and can’t stand by and watch as people get hurt. He generally tries to solve problems in his Sakamoto way, remaining his cool air the whole time. We never get any internal monologue from Sakamoto; he is as much of an enigma to us as he is to the rest of the characters. All we know is that whatever Sakamoto does, he does it as stylish as possible. The episodes are shot in a vignette style, with each scene being a separate story, most episodes with 2 or more per episode. So far there hasn’t been any main plot or conflict, just Sakamoto and his silly antics. If you’re looking for a ridiculous and funny anime, I’d definitely check this one out.

In the realm of video games, I’ve been working on playing the PSX Total Conversion of DOOM here and there. You see, there was a port of DOOM to PlayStation 1, which changes up some sound effects, music, lighting effects, and even some entire levels. They later released Final DOOM for the PlayStation 1 that included pretty much everything up to that point with the changes intact. So Final DOOM for PS1 includes Ultimate DOOM, DOOM II and the corresponding Master Levels, as well as bits and pieces of TNT: Evilution and the Plutonia Experiment. Anyway, someone faithfully ported the PSX DOOM experience to PC, and that’s what I’ve been playing.

PSX DOOM is a must play for anyone who liked DOOM 64, or anyone who likes DOOM in general. It came out before DOOM 64, but the atmosphere, sounds, and music were taken and put right into DOOM 64. It’s dark and has a creepy atmosphere, putting a whole new twist on the DOOM levels you know and love. Some things are changed however, because the team behind it weren’t sure they could do the original DOOM justice. Some stages are completely different or removed altogether, while some only have minor changes. Some PlayStation exclusive levels were created too. Archviles (and I think Spider Masterminds) are removed from the game, but they have added in a new monster: the Nightmare Spectre. They look almost identical to a Spectre, but their colors are inverted, giving them that sickly blue/green color. They are also slightly stronger. Anyway, definitely play the PSX DOOM if you haven’t yet.

These “What’cha Doin’?” posts are designed to spark discussion, so feel free to post in the comments what you’ve been playin’, watchin’, or listenin’ to lately.

What’cha Doin’? – 6/3/16 DOOM II Master Levels — June 3, 2016

What’cha Doin’? – 6/3/16 DOOM II Master Levels

Hope you’re not sick of hearing about DOOM, because I’m not sick of playing it. Actually, I’m looking into a new sort of series, with DOOM at the forefront of it… So stay tuned for that. So far the Master Levels for DOOM II have been hit or miss… Either REALLY good, or pretty meh.

I also watched the documentary Hungry for Change, a pretty interesting documentary on food, health, why diets don’t work, and why Americans are awfully fat. If any of those topics interest you, check it out; as of right now, it’s on Netflix.

I’ve been waiting all week for the next episode of Kiznaiver, so I guess I’ll see you on the other side of that!

Also, did you know that Cyberphile has a Facebook page? Feel free to swing by and get our new posts in your newsfeed.

These “What’cha Doin’?” posts are designed to spark discussion, so feel free to post in the comments what you’ve been playin’, watchin’, or listenin’ to lately.

What’cha Doin’? 5/30/16 — May 30, 2016

What’cha Doin’? 5/30/16

It’s been a fairly uneventful weekend for my gaming and watching habits. I played a ton of Overwatch, a bit of Castlevania, (the original on the NES, check out its best game ever review here, if you haven’t.) and a little Metal Slug and Andro Dunos on my Neo Geo MVS cabinet. I’m thinking maybe I’ll do a bit of a video for my collection soon; it’s not that big, but it’s not that small either. I like collecting things, after all.

I also watched the 8th episode of Kiznaiver, which seems like they’re setting up for a heart-wrenching episode 9.

These “What’cha Doin’?” posts are designed to spark discussion, so feel free to post in the comments what you’ve been playin’, watchin’, or listenin’ to lately.

What’cha Watchin’? – 5/26/16 – Kiznaiver — May 26, 2016

What’cha Watchin’? – 5/26/16 – Kiznaiver

A few days ago, I was feeling the anime bug, so I opened up Crunchyroll for a marathon of an anime that I’ve seen around a lot lately: Kiznaiver. I watched all 7 episodes (that are currently released anyway) in a single sitting.

The first thing that really attracts me to Kiznaiver is the art style. Each character looks great and has their own personality really tied into their character design. If the art doesn’t grab you immediately, the theme song might, with Boom Boom Satellite’s “Lay Your Hands On Me”. Despite it sounding  eerily similar to Take on Me by A-ha, it really kind of amps you up. It really feels more like an actual music video until the characters appear.

Please be aware that there will be early series spoilers for here on out. (Mainly the first few episodes)

Kiznaiver opens up with a strange daydream/flashback of Katsuhira Agata’s childhood, involving a friend of his about to jump off of what appears to be playground equipment. Katsuhira has a strange issue: He is very resistant to physical pain and can’t feel it. As a result, he’s been unable to fit in with most people, and gets beat up on a fairly regular basis. One day after meeting a strange and demanding girl, Noriko Sonozaki, him and 5 of his classmates wake up in a strange building informing them that they have been kidnapped and experimented on. They are what is now known as Kiznaivers: a government experiment that supposedly is an attempt to bring about world peace. Kiznaivers are forced to feel each other’s pain. For example, if one gets hit in the face, they all feel it. The idea is that the reason war is so prevalent is because humans are incapable of feeling other’s pain. At least, that’s what the show tells you. It definitely seems like there is something far more sinister at work here.

The characters range from typical anime trope to completely unusual. You have the goodhearted thug, Hajime Tenma and the childhood friend of Katsuhira, Chidori Takashiro. Then you have a few more interesting characters who aren’t as trope-y like the girl who really just doesn’t like most people, Honoka Maki, the womanizer and seemingly shallow Tsuguhita Yuta, and the incredibly strange (and kind of looks like a Japanese Idol) Niko Niiyama. Finally, the Kizniavers learn that there is a seventh Kiznaiver who is quite a bit different from the rest of them… He’s a masochist, so this whole sharing pain thing is very attractive to him: Yoshiharu Hisomu.

After you get the gist of the story and the characters, the show starts to ramp up by each episode or two having it’s own self-contained story about one of the main characters who really don’t know much about each other, as they are forced to become friends or at least comrades in the screwed up situation they’ve been forced into. The show is very much character driven, as you’ll care much more about the characters than the strange antics they get put into.

I’m interested to see where they go with Kiznaiver. It’s awfully similar to Kokoro Connect, a manga I’ve read relatively recently, though Kokoro Connect seems quite a bit more lighthearted than Kiznaiver.

These “What’cha Doin’?” posts are designed to spark discussion, so feel free to post in the comments what you’ve been playin’, watchin’, or listenin’ to lately.