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Anime Fall Line-Up 2016

With Summer coming to an and Fall coming around the corner and the line-up for Anime lined up between July - September list of series were impressive a lot of people I know have enjoyed watching stuff like Berserk, Tales of Zestiria, Love Live! Sunshine and Danganronpa 3 being the most popular ones out of the list for most people and magazines saying they were highly recommend worth watching. A ton of new anime would have started by this week and next week here is a list of a few anime's worth checking out if you have the time between now and until the end of December.

WWW Working!-

Web-ban Working!! is a four-panel web comic spinoff of Karino Takatsu's original Working!! manga series. It takes place at another Wagnaria!! family restaurant location. In the story, Daisuke Higashida gets a job at the restaurant because of family financial difficulties, but no one who works there is normal.

Cheating Craft-

Based on Gemini Xin Luo's novel "Zuobi Yishu", Cheating Craft is set in a world where people have been sorted since childhood by exams, and only those who excel at them can obtain happiness. How will the hero Mumei, a C Type, followed by the heroin Koi a L-Type, struggle in those tests. Now a new battle, one beyond imagination, is about to begin.

Brave Witches-

In September 1944, allied forces led by the 501st Joint Fighter Wing Strike Witches successfully eliminate the Neuroi threat from the skies of the Republic of Gallia, thus ensuring the security of western Europe. Taking advantage of this victory, allied forces begin a full-fledged push toward central and eastern Europe. From a base in Petersburg in the Empire of Orussia, the 502nd Joint Fighter Wing Brave Witches, upon whom mankind has placed its hopes, flies with courage in the cold skies of eastern Europe.

Monster Hunter Stories: Ride On-

This is a world where both men and monsters exist, those who hunt the monsters are called Hunters. A young boy named Ryuto who lives in the Rider village of Hakum, dreams of becoming the world's best Rider. Having just turned 12, he sets out to find his own Otomon for himself before the ceremony where he is given his own Kizuna Ishi. Together with his kind-hearted childhood friend Shuval, his inquisitive childhood friend Lilia, and his partner Naviloo, he sets out deep into the forest, and has a miraculous encounter with a Rathalos.

Keijo!!!-

Kaminashi Nozomi is an exceptional gymnast, so much so that colleges with some of the best gymnastic programs are trying to recruit her. Unfortunately for them, she has other plans. Due to her family being extremely poor, money is everything to her. That's why she wants to step into the world of Keijo. Keijo is a type of gambling sport where girls stand on a small floating platform and compete against one another. The aim is to push the other contestant off of the platform into the water, but they are only allowed to use their butt or breasts to push the others off. Will Nozomi be able to compete in the intense world of Keijo and bring wealth and fortune for her family?

All Out!!-

In Rugby, there is no Ace Striker and there is no No.4 Batter, so who is the star of the team? The story begins at school entrance ceremony of Kanagawa High School where Kenji Gion, a small but gutsy go-getter joins the rugby club. Kenji joins with his classmate, Iwashimizu, who has a complicated past, and sub-captain Hachioji, who always takes good care of his Club members. Lastly, there is Captain Sekizan, who has overwhelming powers, but keeps his cards close to his chest. With such differences in both personality and physical performance, the team must learn to work and grow together to become the best.

Classicaloid-

In a rural town undergoing revival through music, high school students Kanae and Sousuke meet none other than Beethoven and Mozart! Calling themselves Classicaloids, this mysterious duo creates a strange power through the music they play. One night, stars fall from the sky and gigantic robots appear, causing trouble every single day! Bach, Chopin, Schubert also appear as Classicaloids. What is the mystery behind the powers they possess? Are they humanity's friend or foe?

Time Bokan 24-

Story centers on Tokio, a junior high student living in the present time who is suddenly made a member of the 24th century's Space-Time Administration Bureau. Immediately, he learns that the history he has learned in the textbooks is wrong, and there is a more interesting version of history where the peerless beauty Cleopatra is actually the comic duo of Cleo and Patra, Momotarō is more of an ogre than actual ogres. Together with his teammate Karen, they use the 24 Bokan Mecha to search for the True History. The Bokan Mecha will be able to transform and combine, the villains in the story include Bimajo, Tsubuyakki, and Suzukki, who are employed by History Paradise, the world's largest textbook company, to keep history as it was written in the textbooks.

Nobunaga no Shinobi-

This gag manga centers on a young female ninja named Chidori, whose dream is to help the Warring States-era warlord Oda Nobunaga to achieve his goals.

Shuumatsu no Izetta-

Set in an alternate Earth on the eve of the 2nd World War, the story follows Izetta, the last surviving member of a clan of witches that possesses the ability to magically manipulate any object that they touch. Izetta pledges to help protect Princess Fine and the tiny Alpine kingdom of Eylstadt from invasion by the imperialistic forces of Germania.

Other Anime to check out during Fall-

  • Nanbaka
  • Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru
  • Okusama ga Seito Kaichou!
  • Haikyuu Season 3
  • Bungou Stray Dogs Season 2
  • Trickster: Edogawa Ranpo
  • PJ Berri no Mogu Mogu Munya Munya
  • Nyanbo!
  • Kaitou Joker Season 4
  • Teekyuu 8
  • Ameiro Cocoa in Hawaii
  • Ao Oni: The Animation
  • Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters
  • Show By Rock!! Season 2
  • Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume
  • Idol Memories
  • Bernard-jou Iwaku
  • To Be Hero
  • Long Riders!
  • Flip Flappers
  • Girlish Number
  • Drifters

Any Anime that have caught your eye that you would consider watching?

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Save the Cheerleader...Save the World

The only TV shows I watch now during these days are either current anime shows, The Walking Dead and South Park; but back in 2006 I would watch more programmes than that back in the time during college, started losing interest in Lost after Season 3 where I thought the plot was going nowhere soon after but instead around July 2007 when it premiered on BBC in the UK but this series premiered in September 2006 for North America and Canada.

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I was a huge fan of the series when it was first debuted on TV, the NBC science fiction drama Heroes follows the lives of people across the globe who possess various superhuman powers. So think of Marvel and DC characters put together but instead based on normal people in the modern day world as they struggle to cope with their everyday lives and prevent foreseen disasters from occurring.

There was just something special about Heroes in general it felt like it had a lot of good moments throughout all 23 episodes of Season 1 which was titled as Genesis but the entire plot based on Season 1 begins as a seemingly ordinary group of people gradually becomes aware that they have special abilities and powers. Events illustrate their reactions to these powers, and how the discovery affects their personal and professional lives.

At the same time, several ordinary individuals are investigating the origins and extent of these abilities. Mohinder (Sendhil Ramamurthy) continues his late father's research into the biological source of the change, while Noah (Jack Coleman) represents a secret organization known only as The Company. While coping with these new abilities, each of the characters is drawn, willingly or unwillingly, into the Company's conspiracy to control superpowered people and into a race to stop an explosion from destroying New York City. Meanwhile, focus is placed on Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimilglia) as he tries to maintain his volatile power, and Sylar (Zachary Quinto), a serial killer hunting superhumans. If you have been reading Marvel's Civil War II series in Heroes Season 1 you had a character named Isaac Mendez (Santiago Cabrera) who was painter and drug addict with the ability to paint the future and created the comic series 9th Wonders, but when it came to painting stuff from the future you do wonder what will happen and how can you prevent it from happening. Stuff like that was a really clever idea to see in a TV series which felt like it hadn't been done before.

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Plus you also had other characters including Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka) possessed the power of controlling time both stopping and travelling through time and was on a mission to saving mankind from destruction.

A lot of people I knew really liked the character Hiro who was both funny and serious through most of the series in Season 1 and there was also a novel based on Hiro called Heroes: Saving Charlie where the novel takes place during Season 1 as he transports back in time as seen in the episode Six Months Ago tells the story when Hiro travelled back in time apart from saving the world, he tries to save someone he really loved named Charlene or Charlie for short the waitress had a power of remembering everything when it comes to making stuff and world languages the novel was based around the relationship of Hiro and Charlie before she got killed by Slyer.

The series had other memorable characters including Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg) who had the power to read minds, Niki Sanders (Ali Larter) a single mother with a dangerous alter-ego and super strength and Claire Bennet (Hayden Panettiere) a high school cheerleader with the power of rapid cellular regeneration plus it's very likely you've heard the words Save the Cheerleader....Save the World multiple times when the series' first appeared on TV and on merchandise including books and shirts.

Every week it was on TV I ended up talking about the latest episode the next day at college or online, it was one of those programmes I got hooked on to every week. But when Season 1 had finished I knew that a Season 2 was on the way but soon after Season 2 had started it slowly started going downhill where Season 2 was titled as Generations it only had 11 episodes but there was also the writers’ strike in 2008 which cause a few problems, the series just felt like it wasn't as enjoyable as Season 1 was it had its up and down moments but some episodes kind of dragged on a little bit. Season 3 which was titled as Villains and Fugitives tried to be good as Season 1, okay yes I did enjoy Season 3 more than I did for Season 2 some episodes had some good moments including some fight scenes and serious drama.

But when Season 4 premiered which was titled as Redemption just went completely downhill and half the episodes made no sense but also leaving a massive cliffhanger at the final episode where Claire Bennet jumping from a building and stating showing the public that she had powers then ends it from there. Leaving you with no questions what will happen next could the government or CIA get involved and start doing experiments on these people? Nope just left with questions that had haven't been answered plus no hope of a Season 5 happening later in the future.

But going back to 2007 a Video Game was considered for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and PC after the success of Season 1, Ubisoft entered talks with NBC Studios to use the license of a video game adaptation. This was to be the second big TV property Ubisoft would adapt following the development of Lost: Via Domus, which had begun earlier that year in February. The best website to get all the information on the cancelled Heroes game was from a site called Unseen64.net which is an archived website of beta games and cancelled video games, there's also videos of certain cancelled games on YouTube as well show you what the game could have been like if it got a release.

I first heard about the announcements and rumors back in December 2007 when Season 1 was almost finished on BBC 3 but after reading a mini article of the game being in development I was curious in hearing more information about it. I would be one of those people that would considered picking this game up on release if the development and release went forward as a fan of the series I would have tried this game out on PS3 but did wonder how would the gameplay work would it be a third or first-person mode action-adventure? Would it have clear visuals like we would have seen in other Ubisoft games like Assassin's Creed or Far Cry and how much MB space would it take on your console hard drive and of course what would have the reviews been on for it.

Jumping back forward to recently just last year another series premiered called Heroes Reborn after the events of people being exposed with having superpowers, Primatech, the leaders in Evo research, are hosting a peace summit for Evos and humans to come together, when the venue is bombed. Mohinder is blamed for the bombing, and over the next year, people with powers around the world are hunted down, believed to be dangerous and untrustworthy. With only 13 episodes it tried to be as good as the past Seasons but it felt like we've seen all this done before in the past but if I'm honest Heroes Reborn wasn't that great and just like Season 4 it still had me wondering with questions that didn't get answered especially the final episode at the very end; as of January 2016 the series would not be renewed for a second season.

But looking back 10 years on the series Heroes really does make me want to re-watch Season 1 again on Blu-Ray, then again it doesn't feel like 10 years when it first premiered but it still holds up today if you haven't heard or watched the series in the past I would say that Season 1 is worth checking out but wouldn't bother watching the other Seasons.

Were you a fan of the series back in 2006?

Thoughts about the cancelled video game?

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Movie Review- I, Daniel Blake

I only heard about this movie a few days ago after hearing reviews and getting free cinema tickets for it on a film that won the Palme d'Or award at the 2016 Cannes Films Festival, the director Ken Loach is also well known for directing past movies one of them that you might know since most schools did it for GCSE English for it on Kes.

Ken Loach's latest film looks at a drama where finding a job in general isn't as easy as people say it is, especially if you live in the UK where finding work can impossible for some people who are on benefits, low income, lack of experience or even not getting use to today's technology where you can apply for most jobs online. Most people would just about do anything to getting a job or getting their benefits sorted especially if the person has a family to feed, plus like most places in the UK places like the Job Centre don't give you much help at all everyone hates going to them and you are pretty much better on your own finding work, sorting a CV out or even doing some volunteer work.

The first thing you may notice that the film has a strong Geordie accent with the story being set in Newcastle, some people might have trouble what certain people are saying because they have a strong Geordie accent. The story can feel a little depressing to watch but it really does go and show you how hard it is for someone who just wants a job and getting their benefits sort but places like the Job Centre can easily make you feel frustrated and knowing how it feels to sit through that every time you go and apply for jobs.

Story follows a work joiner who lives in Newcastle named Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) at the age of 59 who falls ill with heart disease and so applies for the out-of-work sickness benefit Employment and Support Allowance. He crosses paths with a single mother named Katie (Hayley Squires) with two young children Daisy and Dylan; Kate's only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn't know which is 300 miles away from London leaving everything behind her including her mother and the children have to make new friends at their new school. Both Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man's land, caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of striver and skiver in modern day Britain.

There were some scenes which can be powerful to see on screen and really does make you feel sorry for them, soon as the film had ended you would rally be surprised how many people in the room would talk about it and how disgraceful places like the Job Centre can be for some people. It does have its funny moments and serious moments but for a Drama film but once again Ken Loach knows how to make a good drama film.

4/5(4 star film rating)

Hope you've enjoyed reading my movie review :D

One year later since Undertale was released

It was just recently around the end of this month last year I kept hearing so much praise about a game that was released on PC/Steam, a number of people I know kept mentioning the quote "Spaghetti" and seeing drawings of a sunflower and a strange looking skellington all over sites. Then I had multiple people and friends keep telling that I should check out Undertale, it was around the first week in November I finally got around to picking this game up on Steam.

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When you start the game you do wonder what on earth is going on here you play as a human child and you have to guide your human child through an underground world which is underneath the surface of the earth. Whatever choices you make affect the outcome of the game to a large degree, with the dialogue and story outcome changing based on decisions. I really don't want to spoil the rest of the story to anyone who hasn't played this game yet but my advice would be to try and play through the game blind having very little information on Undertale and you'll see why everyone loved this game to begin with.

I kept coming back to this game quite a bit during both November and December, plus recently bought a PS4 a month before than so it was hard jumping back and forth from console to PS Vita to my laptop when it comes to playing games, Had been playing games like Metal Gear Solid V, Persona 4 Dancing All Night and Disgaea 5 during those two months.

Another thing that made this game shine was the 8-bit visuals make a great touch making it feel like a Super Nintendo game, but had a mix of RPG gameplay elements as well like the Shin Megami Tensei series, Earthbound and Dragon Quest. Even the soundtrack is impressive to listen too with memorable theme music from start to finish, did you also know that Undertale was my Game of the Year for 2015.

But another thing that made the game charming is the cast of characters you end up meeting throughout the game, you might have noticed that there's been a few fair art dealers selling fan art at conventions same goes with cosplayers as well you would be surprised how many Undertale cosplayers there are at a convention. Okay yes you may have heard or seen the characters Sans and Papyrus online or at a convention quite a lot plus you can tell by the photos on this blogs, that is actually me in perso.

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I did a cosplay on Undertale as well for this year for SunnyCon 2016 back in June, which was a crazy month for me especially when E3 was on during that week if you caught my past blogs on GameSpot, I was typing like crazy during that month on upcoming games and press conferences. At every convention there are many people including myself would be in cosplay for that weekend whenever it comes to Gaming, Manga, Anime or Movies.

Back for both SunnyCon 2 and 3 for both 2013 and 2014 I entered the Cosplay Masquerade where you end up making most of the cosplay by hand, the past two I've done were both Prinny (Disgaea) and Abe (OddWorld) plus the amount of comments and photos I got from both them were surprising for me.

Mainly because most cosplays I've done always tend to do a cosplay that no one would think of ever doing when it comes to conventions, I am still proud of my Abe cosplay because not only we never get to see an Oddworld cosplay in person but it's about being creative and inspiring other people to be creative when it comes to cosplay.

This year it was my third time entering the Cosplay Masquerade, this time I did a cosplay Undertale. The thought of doing a cosplay at first seemed like something I wouldn't do but after many people and friends telling me to check out this game back in 2015 made me did pick up the game and I loved it; plus had the odd few people I know telling that you should do a Papyrus cosplay. It never occurred to me at first but when I looked into the idea and taking notes on how to get it together it seemed like I could easily do anything, if I could pull of an Abe cosplay I could pull off a Papyrus cosplay.

I have kept this cosplay quiet over the past few months since January and it did however take me at least 4 and a half months in total in making the Papyrus cosplay. Most of it is paper mache but all I can say is that Papyrus head is one of the proudest thing's I've ever done when it comes to cosplay, plus going back to basic stuff if you were in school or college when it comes to art paper mache can be really handy if you think about this.

So when it came to SunnyCon there were that many awesome cosplayers which were all really impressive, but I was also surprised that a lot of people wanted my photo when it came to Papyrus it was a shame that I could carry a plate of spaghetti but did carry around with me was a tin of spaghetti which made the perfect prop to have carrying around. There were a few Undertale cosplayers as well over the weekend, but it looked like I was the only Papyrus at the event for both Saturday and Sunday.

As soon as SunnyCon had finished after that weekend had a crazy thought about doing the Cool Dude Papyrus which I managed to get done a few weeks later with the spare paper mache I had left to make basketball shoulders, picked up a white t-shirt and bought a red cap you can easily pull it off if you put your mind to it. I used Cool Dude Papyrus for both North East Retro Gaming and for Alcon 2016, speaking of Alcon when I mentioned there were a lot of Undertale cosplayers at convention, there was a lot there was even an Undertale Panel which was fun where fans would talk about the game and pretty much being random which was fun to sit through. But you can see why everyone enjoyed this game that much over the past year and how much of an impact it has caused for both gamers, artists and cosplayers out there, the whole game is just funny, memorable and making you want more but also showing that classic RPG 2D styled games can still hold up today.

Have played Undertale or haven't played it yet?

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*Also here are a few more photos on my Papyrus cosplay*

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15th Anniversary Blog- Silent Hill 2

With all the hate Konami is getting recently from this year and last year from cancelling P.T. (Silent Hills), prevented Hideo Kojima from attending the awards ceremony at The Game Awards and messing Metal Gear Solid V as well it could have had a better story and ending if Konami just stayed out of the way and give Kojima more time in making Metal Gear Solid V even more perfect for a stealth game. Don't get me started on Metal Gear Survive saw the gameplay footage of it during Tokyo Game Show and kept saying what is this? Because Konami wanted new developers in making more Metal Gear games in the future but without Hideo Kojima, this is why Konami slowly getting into a deeper hole which they can't get out of the only thing that's been keeping Konami going is the sales on Yu Gi Oh and Pro Evolution Soccer franchise.

But let's go back to a time when Konami knew how to develop and publish good games, after the release of Silent Hill on the PlayStation which got praised for positive reviews and a classic horror game to play on the PlayStation, you could tell that a sequel had to be made. The development started back in 1999 after the success of the first game the development began where at the time Team Silent weren't given much information on both the Nintendo GameCube and Xbox at the time due to little information on both consoles but the team decided to get it developed for the PlayStation 2 at the time. Producer Akihiro Imamura stated that the decision was also influenced by "a wish from the business section that we move rapidly on the PS2. You know, it is currently the market focus".

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He read all comments about the original game and kept them in mind when working on Silent Hill 2, Masashi Tsuboyama was the director on Silent Hill 2 the influences and ideas came from games like Alone in the Dark and the 3D environments from the 1996 release of Tomb Raider.

Other influences came from horror film directors like Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch; even the names for both James and Mary who are the main characters in Silent Hill 2 their personalities and references came from Jack the Ripper.

Silent Hill 2 was released on September 24th 2001 for North America, September 27th for Japan and November 30th for UK/Europe. Even though it wasn't a direct sequel the story still took place in Silent Hill but in another town set somewhere in the northeastern United States.

The main story was about a guy called James Sunderland who gets this mysterious letter from his dead wife Mary who died 3 years ago. James finds out that his wife Mary is alive and she is waiting for you at that special place which is Silent Hill. When James first visit's Silent Hill he notices a lot of things and has to uncover the truth is his wife Mary really dead?

Like other Horror games in the past like Resident Evil there are always puzzles but it threw in some riddles as well in Silent Hill, the odd puzzles had me thinking what would I do if I wanted to get past a certain part of the game or at least avoid getting killed by random monsters and your only weapon is a plank of wood or a simple hand gun. You never know where monsters could lurk or attack so you had to keep an eye out and of course listen to their movements if you wanted to survive, the real star of the show for Silent Hill 2 was Pyramid Head would later become a staple to the Silent Hill franchise. In Silent Hill 2 Pyramid Head would stalk James who comes to the town of Silent Hill after receiving a letter from his dead wife, Mary. Carrying a giant knife and a large triangular head makes you think how Pyramid Head can move around especially where the eye holes are for the head to see, I've seen the odd Pyramid Head cosplayers in past conventions I've been too and yes their cosplays were amazing to see in person. Pyramid Head even makes an appearance in both the movies and comics.

The 3D environments still hold up today especially on the PlayStation 2 and the port version of the Xbox showing players how well the game has aged well since the release back in 2001. There was a HD Collection for both Silent Hill 2 and 3 on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but had mixed-reviews on release but all have mentioned it had issues with the lip-synching, lack of bonus features where most fans were hoping that Konami could have added Silent Hill 4 and Origins in the HD Collection but wasn't considered at all. The graphics and visuals in the HD Collections looked a lot worse than the original version including bugs and glitches but luckily the PlayStation 3 version got a patch update fixing most of the problems it had on release but nothing was done about the Xbox 360 version.

I would admit that Silent Hill 2 really did help me make feel a little better at the time when I finished college and was struggling to find work at almost anywhere but if you are going through a depressing state the only thing that made me feel a little better was playing games. But at the same time Silent Hill 2 will always be that game that could easily help people if they are going through a depression state, I can see a lot of people have said that Silent Hill 2 was the best game in the series not only for story-telling and dark visuals the soundtrack can be breathtaking to listen to as well making feel gripped into the game and making you want press on and see what happens next.

The first time I've played Silent Hill 2 was back in 2008 around the month of December after seeing the game for £5 even though it was the Director's Cut of the game still had to buy it, what still makes me want to come back in playing the game is hearing Theme of Laura which is just that good to listen to every time, I even have it as my morning alarm on my phone when I wake up before going to work. By the time I've finished the game I was still amazed how well done it was and of course the story about James but however this game had 6 different ending including two endings that made no sense but they were funny to see which were both the Dog ending and the UFO ending.

If you still haven't played any of the games I would highly recommend you checking them out if you can, especially if you enjoy playing horror games.

Have any memories or favourite moments in Silent Hill 2?

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Movie Review: Sausage Party

When I first heard about this film a few months back, I knew straight away that this was an animated film but aimed to the family audience. Even when I was at school I had session in Year 5 talking about food and brands and even had to write a little story based around the fruit that we liked; I think I had to write a mini story about a Lemon named Leo what I can remember from my childhood and why he wanted to leave the supermarket. There another film I've seen before this came out which was FoodFight! which was the underdog of bad animated movies and yes it was set in a supermarket but the plot on that was all based on product brands.

The first time watching the trailer for Sausage Party was really unexpected the first few seconds you think it's a childish animated film based on foods wishing to be picked up and taken away. That's where you are wrong after those few seconds we really start to really see things and do end up saying what the **** is this? but in a funny way the trailer starts to get really funny and interesting you really do start to wonder is this an adult version of a Pixar / DreamWorks movie on what if they went down this path when it comes to making animated films for adults and not for kids?

The story is a pick and mix where all the food items that occupy the shelves at the local supermarket. Frank the sausage (Seth Rogen), Brenda the hot dog bun (Kristen Wiig), Kareem Abdul Lavash (David Krumholtz) and Sammy Bagel Jr. (Edward Norton) can't wait to go home with a happy customer. Soon, their world comes crashing down as poor Frank learns the horrifying truth that he will eventually become a meal or eaten. After warning his pals about their similar fate, the panicked perishables devise a plan to escape from their human enemies.

It does have a nice element of classic movie references there were some movie references I got straight away through most of the film, but at the very start of the film you really do ask yourself what is this especially at the very beginning of the film when it turns into an opening musical where the foods prey and worship to the gods that wished to be picked up. But what makes that opening and the rest of the film a little clever that it kind of brings back the classic cartoon stereotypes that most people including myself would remember at a very young age or even now if you've watched the odd classic Disney movies or even classic cartoons from the 40's and 50's. Most of the food products that do have the stereotypes does fit in pretty well making you think that you are riding that ride It's a Small World but does have you laughing you when get the jokes and references from that opening.

I might have watched the odd films in the past that have that what the heck is this when it comes to certain films like the Sharknado series, FoodFight!, The Dragon Lives Within and Zomebeavers. Sausage Party does fall in that category where it's a cheesy film but it does keep a good job making you continue watching the film just to see how bad it is and also you could make a drinking game out of it. It does throw in some food puns including some smart and clever moments okay yes it does feel like try a little too hard in making Sausage Party more funny especially if Seth Rogan is pretty much the star of the show and more or less knows his way around things when it comes to portraying animated characters some of his jokes are funny but the other half you wish that he could have done a little better.

The animation is decent and fits in really well in Sausage Party including the characters designs, I would say it's worth checking out if you like cheesy movies or wanting a good laugh if you like comedy movies it's not the best or the funniest but it does fall in the category of odd movies for 2016 but in a good way if you think about it.

3/5 (3 Star Film Rating)

Hope you've enjoyed reading my movie review.

If it's been delayed better off waiting for a few months

If you've read my blog on Why should you pleased that Final Fantasy XV has been pushed back? was originally going to be released on September 30th but Square Enix announced that they'd delayed Final Fantasy XV two months later instead which will now be November 29th for both PS4 and Xbox One worldwide. Plus also gives Square Enix more time in fixing the game without any bugs or glitches, not only that recently this week Team Ico had announced that The Last Guardian had been pushed back to December 6th 2016, the original date was set for October 25th which was next month but they also said they wanted to make the game perfect without any bugs or glitches.

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With the recent news happening this week at the Tokyo Game Show there's been a few good surprises when it comes to trailers for upcoming games like Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8, Resident Evil VII, Earth Defence Force 5 and Berserk. But there has been some that the odd games had been pushed back to a few months but I like I said in my past blog don't mind the odd game being delayed for 1 -2 months plus allowing development teams time to further polish and conduct quality testing so that the reality of the game can match the expectations of both the fans and the creative teams.

Going back to Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 a recent trailer was posted online, I was really surprised how well detailed Birth by Sleep 0.2 was especially on the PS4 and of course right at the end of the trailer a date was announced for January 12th 2017 for Japan and 24th January for the rest of the world. Okay I knew that was going to happen anyways with Final Fantasy XV released on November 29th a week after that was going to be the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 which was originally set for December 2016. If you thought about this would you consider buying both games at once or how many hours would you put in more for either Final Fantasy XV or Kingdom Hearts?

I was looking forward in picking up Kingdom Hearts in December but with it being pushed back a month later I don't mind waiting a little longer for it, but I know that some fans are a little annoyed by it from what I heard from YouTube and from fans of the series especially where most of them just want to play it for Birth by Sleep 0.2 but you've also got to remember that Square Enix did say they would announce something in December on Kingdom Hearts III news but pretty sure the news would be worth it when it gets to that month.

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Also recently announced this week was South Park: The Fractured but Whole had been delayed to Q1 2017, Ubisoft had said in a statement the development team wants to make sure the game experience meets the high expectations of fans and the additional time will help them achieve this goal. Like I said about Kingdom Hearts this was also going to be released in December as well, Fractured but Whole is the sequel to Stick of Truth which got positive reviews and scores for its humor and RPG gameplay elements.

If both games were originally released in December on that same month the sales would have been really interesting but very competitive if you think about it, with The Last Guardian now released in December I can see why both games had to be pushed back either bad timing or just need to polish the game a little bit more.

From towards September and to December there's also going to be a lot of good games released on those months like BioShock: The Collection, FIFA 17 and Dragon Quest VII released in September. When you look at the games that are released for October you really are torn between choices on what games to pick up for that month like World of Final Fantasy, Gears of War 4 and the PS4 release of Rise of the Tomb Raider. And when you look at the games released in November you've got Call of Duty, Pokémon Sun & Moon are going to make an impact on sales and marketing.

Plus Ubisoft have a few games released during those months too including Watch Dogs 2, Just Dance 2017, Steep and Assassin's Creed: Ezio Collection so it looks like Ubisoft has already got a few games lined up on their sleeves for the rest of 2016, I can also see why they wanted to push South Park a few months back to avoid sales with their other games but also most people would be wondering how good those games will do when it comes to reviews for both websites and magazines.

When comes to Weekly Sales in the gaming charts it can very competitive but certain games can stay in the charts for a very long time, a good example is looking at the UK Weekly sales for games anything like FIFA, Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto or even a Lego game they never leave the Top 10 when it comes to sales. You could say a lot British people love playing football games whenever the next FIFA game is released every year plus a boost in console sales as well for both the PS4 and Xbox One; the games I've just mentioned coming out towards the end of this year is going to be interesting to look at especially if the likes of both Final Fantasy XV and The Last Guardian could put up a fight with sales not just in the UK and for the rest of the world especially towards the Holiday/Christmas sales.

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Movie Review: Kubo and the Two Strings

There's only three people I know that know how to make really good stop-motion animation which are Tim Burton, Henry Selick and Nick Park. There's been some really good films out there other years like Chicken Run, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline and of course Wallace and Gromit, but this particular film caught my eye a few months back after seeing a trailer for this and of course reading reviews about it praising for its unique stop-motion animation.

Laika is well known for a production company and releasing films over the years including Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls, I was impressed with the animation and visuals for Coraline but wasn't that fussed about both ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls plus didn't really liked the style of animation when it comes to stop-motion this is my honest opinion both their past two movies that were released. But for Kubo and the Two Strings however I was really surprised how good it was for a film, I know it has an ancient Japan style art look with a mix of origami added in you really don't want to blink at all through the entire 2 hours of this film.

Before going further in the review for this, the story plot is pretty much straight forward Kubo's (Art Parkinson) peaceful existence comes crashing down when he accidentally summons a vengeful spirit from the past. Now on Kubo is on the run, he joins forces with a Monkey (Charlize Theron) and a Beetle (Matthew McConaughey) to unlock a secret legacy. Armed with a magical instrument, Kubo must battle the Moon King (Ralph Fiennes) and other gods and monsters to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. So it does feel like the film is trying to tell an ancient Japanese fairy tale story but with a mix of 3D and stop-motion animation but I really did like the idea where this was going, there's been some good stories, even George Takei plays a voice in the film.

I really did like the story plot for Kubo and the Two Strings but what really made the film shine is the unique animation that had been used, it is very rare to see a really good stop-motion film that can pull off something amazing as that but absorbing with a mix of dark elements, mix of humor and inspiration. It can be really hard to say something negative about it, but it feels like it's going to be one of those moments where everyone gives it much praise when it comes to reviews but not many people would go out and see this film or would instead see something else.

I would highly recommend film to anyone if you have the chance either in 2D or 3D, it also shows that stop-motion animation isn't dead at all due to the fact that most animated films are now in CGI and most of them get mixed reviews upon release. You may want to think about when was it the last time you saw a really good animated film in cinemas or on DVD that could pull off something good as this? As for a person that a mix taste of art and detail I'm pretty sure that Kubo and the Two Strings will still be talked about later in the future and for history of animation.

5/5 (Five Star Rating)

Hope you've enjoyed reading my review :D

15th Anniversary Blog- Nintendo GameCube

For the Sixth Generation of gaming was a very interesting turnout where we all saw some of the best games released on different systems from 1998 - 2013, but during those years you had the rivals of Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft competing with each other when it came to sales but it was also Sega's last time in the console market where the Sega Dreamcast would be their last console and got discontinued in 2001.

But going back to the Sixth Generation Nintendo had quite a competition and struggled with conflicting brand images, particularly the family-friendly one developed during the 1990s especially with the PlayStation selling more units and games to both younger and older audience. With Sega no longer in the console market after 2001, Nintendo's next console was code named it Dolphin it was also their forth entry in the console market and also the first console to use optical discs.

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The GameCube first released in Japan on September 14th 2001 and November 18th for North America, it wasn't until 2002 when it was released for both UK and Europe. The console was a lot smaller than its predecessors from Nintendo and also smaller than both the PlayStation 2 and the Xbox which were both twice the size as the GameCube.

What the console really did lack was that it didn't play DVDs or even audio CDs which was a shame for those who did purchase the console at launch but if you already have DVD player at the time it wouldn't be a problem to you if you did. If you wanted to listen to your own music you would have to use a CD player or a Walkman if you wanted to listen to your own music while playing games.

The discs for the GameCube were optical discs which was the first console for Nintendo to discs instead of cartridges, the discs however were small which were known as miniDVD if you look it up online, Nintendo used the disc-based format which is a variant of an 8 cm DVD. There was another version of the GameCube called the Panasonic Q which was a hybrid version of the console with a commercial DVD player this version of the console was developed by Panasonic as part of the deal struck with Nintendo to develop the optical drive for the original GameCube hardware.

The only time you'll ever see a Panasonic Q would be at a gaming exhibit or at a retro gaming convention. The Panasonic Q overcomes the size limitation of the original GameCube's miniDVD tray by adding a commercial DVD-sized tray, among other hardware revisions. This was only exclusively to Japan in December 2001, low sales resulted in the Q being discontinued in December 2003. But when you look at both the original GameCube and the Panasonic Q there is a massive different when it comes to console designs and the hardware for it, it is impossible to pick a Panasonic Q at a good price if you see one on the likes of ebay sites would recommended if you are a retro collector.

It might not have the compatibility to play other Nintendo games unlike the PlayStation 2 where you could play PS1 games on the console, the GameCube had a Game Boy Player attachment where you can play Game Boy, Color and Game Boy Advance games on a bigger screen. The Game Boy Player just places under the GameCube console, this was still a neat idea to see from Nintendo of course wouldn't be able to play all Game Boy games on it like Boktai where the cartridges are shaped so that they do not fit into the Game Boy Player properly and with the games equipped with light sensors, use on the Game Boy Player would be impractical to play. Plus if you owned a Game Boy Micro you would have no luck using it as a controller if you hooked it up with the GameCube.

The controller design felt more comfortable to use when playing games it may look a little similar to a PlayStation controller and also reminds you of the Virtual Boy controller if anyone can remember it back in the 90s. It features a total of eight buttons, two analog sticks, a d-pad, and an internal rumble motor, on the right are four buttons a large, green A button in the center, a smaller red B button to the left, an X button to the right, and a Y button at the top. Below and to the inside is a yellow C analog stick, which often serves a variety of in-game functions, such as controlling the camera angle, plus you had the left analog stick on the top left and the directional pad on the left side of the controller, plus you've also got the L, R and Z buttons as shoulder buttons.

The GameCube had a great line up of games during the years the Nintendo GameCube was released with games like Luigi's Mansion, Super Monkey Ball, Wave Racer, Star Wars Rouge Squadron II and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3. The very last game to be released on the GameCube was in fact Madden NFL 2008 for North America in 2007 but if you still wanted to continue playing GameCube games the Nintendo Wii was backward compatible with all GameCube games if you did pick up a Nintendo Wii on launch or a few years after you had the option to buying GameCube games if you wanted to.

Here were my three favourite GameCube games for the system-

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker-

Legend of Zelda games have always been games where you wish the adventure didn't have to end so soon, Wind Waker however had a different take than other Legend of Zelda games. The first thing you will notice is the cartoon-like art style for the entire game, but the 3D visuals really did look impressive especially on the GameCube there had been times where I got distracted from the main quest but instead adventured out to the seas and islands I haven't discovered yet. For its story Link attempts to save his sister from the sorcerer Gannon, with the help of Tetra and a talking boat named King of Red Lions help Link on his quest to rescue his sister and uncover what Gannon is really up to. Another reason why I loved Wind Waker is the soundtrack you could easily end up listening to the entire soundtrack within a day if you wanted to.

Resident Evil 4-

Resident Evil 4 overall is still in fact one of the best looking games to still stand since it was first released the GameCube and then the PS2 a few months later, it’s also my favourite game along with Resident Evil 2 in the series where both games had a good amount of horror and challenging gameplay. Taking places six years after the events of Resident Evil follows the story of a U.S. government special agent Leon S. Kennedy, who is sent on a mission to rescue Ashley Graham, President's daughter who has been kidnapped by a sinister cult. Traveling to a remote rural area of Europe, Leon fights hordes of violent villagers and mutated monsters, and reunites with the mysterious spy Ada Wong. For its story when it came to playing the game for the very first time you are glued to your seat because you never know what was going to happen next or what is lurking behind every corner.

Mario Kart: Double Dash-

The only time I've played Mario Kart: Double Dash is either in stores or at a friend's house, I still find this game enjoyable and addictive especially for its multiplayer when it comes to 2 - 4 players all at once. Just like other Mario Kart games choose what kind of kart you want to drive and also who to play as, in Double Dash you could have two characters sharing one kart, one for the driving and the other for throwing stuff at other racers like banana skins and red shells, it also featured Grand Prix, Time Trail and Versus. But what was also added to Double Dash was LAN play which I never played but have heard it was fun from what I heard from a few people I knew if you had the GameCube Broadband Adaptor up to eight GameCube consoles can be connected, allowing for 16 player multiplayer races with two players controlling each kart; this idea overall seemed really fun if you think about this and this was before online gaming became more and more competitive around the world.

Do you still own a GameCube?

Have any favourite games from the GameCube Library?

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20th Anniversary Blog- Crash Bandicoot

Naughty Dog is well known for releasing games including The Last of Us, Uncharted and Jak & Daxter series but back in 1984 when they were first founded in they released like Keel the Thief and Rings of Power were released between 1989 and 1991; they weren't that popular when it came to gaming back then when it came to September 1996 they created one of the most memorable gaming characters and a classic series on the PlayStation.

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Naughty Dog didn't know much about making video games back in 1996 but their games improved more and more nearly every year on the PlayStation hardware. With this being the very first game in the series there were a lot of good and bad things about the game but it was still a good platformer for the launch of the PlayStation. Naughty Dog wanted to help Sony compete with the likes of Nintendo and Sega with their mascots Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog, on September 9th 1996 Crash Bandicoot was released for North America.

I didn't think the story for the first game wasn't that important, Crash must rescue his girlfriend Tawna from the evil clutches of Dr. Cortex. Along the way, Crash can gather fruit for extra lives, smash boxes for random prizes and gather tokens which can be used for bonus rounds. This is where the frustrating moments start to kick in at certain levels especially Slippery Castle which is still one of the hardest levels in the series. In order to save your game you must either clear a bonus round or smash all boxes in any level without dying. It can be a little short but it does offer some replay value especially if you want to try and collect everything on 100% when it comes to collecting the gems and keys plus also the only time you could save the game is either going through a Bonus stage or collecting a gem in a level you've just completed.

What really made Crash Bandicoot stand out is that its outstanding level design and visuals used for its level environments on its 26 levels for a 3D platformer, back in 1996 this was the scrolling like one level you are getting towards the end of the level in the Jungles or getting to the top of Slippery Castle. But some of its do throw in some good challenges here and there plus some of its bosses you encounter at certain levels are simple enough to beat. The soundtrack makes a great touch for the first game with some memorable music added in, hearing the theme music fro the level Hog Wild is both memorable, the boss Ripper Roo his laugh is an adjusted, higher pitched version of a laughter track first recorded Dallas McKennon who voiced the hyena from Disney's The Lady and the Tramp.

Did you also know that before Sony got the rights to Crash Bandicoot in 1996 after being a very successful game on the PlayStation, Universal Interactive Studio toyed with the idea of opening and closing the game with hand-drawn animation. Plus as soon as this was posted on Youtube everyone else has been going crazy in talking about this and what the outcome could have been if the animated series did become a thing-

This video is test animation that was done for Crash Bandicoot, produced by Universal Animation early in the development of the game. It was based on ideas for where we were going with this IP at that time this was only the opening and ending sequence to the cartoon; there are many close to the development of the original game that do not even know that this material even existed. Yet the animation for the cartoon does look well detailed having a cheesy cartoon opening and likely having the same comedy humour we've seen in past cartoons in the 90's like Earthworm Jim, Super Mario and Sonic all got the cartoon treatment back than but seeing one on Crash Bandicoot just had me thinking on questions like why now?

Like what channel would this be on? Would this be one of those Saturday morning cartoons that you watch every week around 7.30 am? Don't get me wrong if Naughty Dog and Sony said yes to the idea before this they've could have got a little more money and likely getting more fans when it comes to Crash Bandicoot. Plus if the cartoon did exists it would be very likely they would get the same voice actors from the original games to play the characters and having Clancy Brown playing Dr. Neo Cortex just don't have a voice actor for Crash because that might leave the series going downhill if the idea did go forward back then.

After the game was released in 1996 it was a huge hit on sales and even helped the sales for the PlayStation and became one of the most memorable mascots for the system, a sequel was in the works and was later released a year later back in December 1997. And again in 1998 with Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped and Crash Team Racing in 1999 which was a lot like Mario Kart but instead had all the characters from the Crash Bandicoot series racing against each other in go-karts but also a nice farewell to Crash Bandicoot before moving on to their next project which was Jak & Daxter for the PlayStation 2.

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At E3 2016 during the Sony Press Conference, Sony said they have announced Crash Bandicoot will be making a return as part of a partnership between the company and Activision, owner of the Crash Bandicoot property. Together, the companies will release fully remastered versions of Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2, and Crash Bandicoot Warped will be released for the PS4. I was really surprised about this idea and of course I've mentioned in my past blogs if you remember the #4ThePlayers campaign advert, featuring a road sign of a bandicoot, with an arrow pointing towards the orange diamond logo of Sony Computer Entertainment America.

This would explain everything on why Sony has kept this quiet for a long time and finding the right time to announce a comeback to the PlayStation plus it has been twenty years since Crash Bandicoot made his first released on the PlayStation back in 1996 so this was perfect timing indeed. However there wasn't any gameplay or even a trailer for the Remastered Crash Bandicoot collection but a Crash edition for the PS4 version of Skylanders Imaginators was announced including a trailer for the net Skylanders game starring Crash Bandicoot. But we won't see what Crash Bandicoot will look getting the Remastered treatment after the Skylanders Imaginators is released but once we see what he looks like on the PlayStation 4 we'll finally be able to replay our childhood game again, I do trust Sony on this shame it wasn't Naughty Dog working on this but as I've already said Sony has once again surprised many people at the last E3 including myself with this announcement.

It doesn't feel like twenty years since Crash Bandicoot was first released but it's one of those games that any people would still come back to when it comes to retro gaming and welcoming the next generation when it comes to gaming.

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