Opening Songs

Ending Songs
ED 1 - Call Out The Name (Luck Life)

Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Supernatural

Episodes: 12

An unfortunate day for anime indeed when we have to see something like "Bungo Stray Dogs" come to pass. Looking at the promotional art or cover for this show, I expected an action anime, or at least something remotely close to something RESEMBLING an action themed show. Yeah, sure, this show most definitely has guys fighting each other, but unfortunately for it, its surely one of the most confusing and uninteresting shows I've watched in awhile. The show does have a promising start and some great episodes down the line, but it ultimately ends up being tedious, confusing and overall very disappointing. This is one of those shows that got quite popular for reasons I didn't quite understand (probably because of all the hot guys), but oh well.

Yeah no matter how you look at it,
she's not a certified doctor.

For a show that I didn't really like, "Bungo Stray Dogs" does have a sick opening theme. "TRASH CANDY" by GRANRODEO is the kind of opening song that I live for. Fast, furious, heavy and head bang worthy, its certainly a nice opening suited for an action based show. The ending theme is a lot less quick, but for an ending theme, it isn't bad. Its "Call Out The Name" by Luck Life. Its not exactly a slow song, and its more than serviceable than most other ending themes.

Rating: 6/10

Okay, let's lay out some of the problems for "Bungo Stray Dogs". For one, outside of maybe the main character and Dazai (who is easily the only good character in the show other than the crazy doctor Akiko), everyone has very little character development or character side story to really explain their drive. There are some cool abilities here, but all in all its hindered by some characters being extremely bland or whiny. The story is completely out of wack. Outside of some pretty good minor arcs, the final moments of the story made less sense than something out of "Metal Gear Solid". I'd actually be alright with a confusing story, but "Bungo Stray Dogs" does the unbelievable: it jumbles the episodes all around. The final episodes spoiled the immersion and were overall very unsatisfying to watch, and it was surely a crappy way to end the series.

Ladies and gentleman, he's pretty much the best thing about the show.

Atsushi Nakajima is your regular homeless kid that has no idea what the hell he's doing or what's going on. While going around homeless he is one day approached by an enigma of a man, Osamu Dazai, who appears to be quite interested in Atsushi and his predicament. Actually Atsushi found Dazai floating in the river, thinking he was a dead man...but that's not quite important. Anyway, Atsushi explains that nobody likes him because he is stalked by a powerful, supernatural white tiger, which is why he is shunned everywhere. Dazai helps him out, and it is soon discovered that Atsushi himself turns into the White Tiger at night. Dazai somehow manages to turn Atsushi back, but soon explains to him that he has a special power, like Dazai himself. Atsushi is then brought to the Arms Detective agency, where meets other individuals working there with insane special powers like himself...

"Bungo Stray Dogs" is apparently popular enough to get itself a sequel and even an upcoming movie in 2018. Its a strange show to say the least, its certainly not the worst thing ever, but its not something I enjoyed, not at all. The troubling storytelling certainly spoiled any future interest in this show for me. Who knows, it may be something for the ladies instead.

The thumbnail you see above is no troll. This is f**king happening...ITS HAPPENING. MUGEN THE FIGHTING GAME!

So "Blazblue: Cross Tag Battle" has been announced at EVO, and it seems like Arc System Works is simply not screwing around...they are bringing out ALL the big guns to make 2018 an amazing year for fighting game. "Dragon Ball FighterZ", Jubei in "BBCF" and now this?! Man these guys are really trying to BURY "Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite" at rate. I mean, "MVCI" looks alright at the moment, but with these 2 games coming out...things are looking REALLY bad right now. Arc System works has a massive library and right now I hope that they go all out with the roster for "Blazblue Cross Tag Battle", which looks like it has the potential to be absolutely insane.


So in the initial trailer we got a look at Ragna and Jin from "Blazblue", Hyde from "UNIEL", Yu Narukami from "P4:A" and a small glimpse at Ruby Rose from "RWBY". Now I don't know how the f**k did Arc System Works do it, but they managed to throw Ruby Rose, from "RWBY", of all things, into their own crossover fighting game. Whoever was behind this, is a freaking genius, because I have always been a massive fan of RWBY, and the thought of a fighting game for the franchise is bloody amazing. Well, we get something even better, Ruby's fighting game debut will be alongside these amazing legacy characters from Arc's intense fighting game library.

Technically Arc has only worked on BB and P4:A within these 4 franchises. UNIEL was developed by French Bread but Arc brought it over stateside...while RWBY is totally just a net show from Rooster Teeth. I don't know what the f**k is happening here, but the possibilities for this game can be endless. I might just be wishing too hard on some of these potential picks, but at the moment, THE DOOR IS AS OPEN AS IT CAN BE. Here are some of the characters that I hope will appear in "Blazblue Cross Tag Battle".


Now since "Blazblue" is in the game's title I think that most of the characters in this game will probably be from the franchise. No complaints here, since I DID invest most of my time into "Blazblue" out of these 3 fighting games. There are a ton of obvious choices here, but with "Central Fiction" already out there, the roster is huge, and who's going to be in here is kind of a big deal. I believe staple, important characters like Noel Vermillion and Rachel Alucard are going to be in for sure, but the rest is kind of up in the air. At the end of the day it all depends on how large the character roster is going to be...

If we're going to go fan favorites, we'll probably have Tsubaki, Makoto and Hazama/Terumi (why not have both?) in there as well. I personally hope Relius and Saya make it in as well. Maybe toss in a Murakumo unit or two along with Hakumen while we're at it. For me though, I'd really just want Saya and Terumi, give me my bad boy and bad girl of the BB franchise...we're set to go after that. The rest is just fluff, honestly.

Persona 4:Arena

Well since "P4A" is going to be in here let's state some obvious facts: this game has a shit ton of characters, both from the P3 and P4 side. I have no idea who they're going to throw in here, but if we're considering the possible roster size for the game, I doubt many of these characters are going to be in the base game. If we're going to have to choose, it'd probably be most of the P4 cast only, and maybe one or 2 from the P3 side, like Aigis or Elizabeth (I can dream). The likes of Yosuke, Chie, Yukiko, Kanji, Teddie and Naoto are almost already a shoe into the game, even then, some of them might not make it if we're considering the possibilities of other franchises being included into the base game.

I personally had the MOST fun playing Akihiko in "P4:A", and he was my main in that game. Sho Minazuki was also extremely fun to play around with, with Magaret and Elizabeth not trailing far behind. For me though, I'd be content with just Naoto being in the base game, she is, and has always been, one of my top waifus in all of fictional history. A pity she wasn't too fun to play in "P4A", but hey, I won't complain. I won't really bet on Akihiko being in there, since he's probably not too high up there on the popularity list. Elizabeth or Magaret may have a shot, but its probably not set in stone either considering how many from the "P4" side looks favored to be included into the game.

Under Night In Birth

An under-rated fighting game that's considered a niche, "Under Night"'s western console release might not have the most content, but for the most part, it was a fighting game that I enjoyed a whole lot when it came to the core fighting mechanics. The game is very aggressive and had a ton of edgy, anime-as-f**k characters that were very unique from one another. Most were a blast to play, and it was a lot of fun figuring the game out. The game itself isn't very large when it comes to its roster, so when it comes to character inclusions, I won't be expecting TOO much.

Now this is a side where I won't be particularly too worried about, because my main, Linne, will most definitely be in the base roster along with Hyde. She is the secondary protagonist of that game, I highly doubt they'd exclude her. Other inclusions will probably include Orie, Seth, Vatista and possibly Carmine. Amnesia characters would be a good pick as well, especially Gordeau or Chaos. Since the character that I most want to play as will probably already be in, I'd be content with the likes of Gordeau and Carmine in the game, those 2 are badass and fun as f**k to play. If we were to include new characters from ST, Phonon would also make me really hard, but I think her chances are mediocre at best.


 Ah, RWBY, now this is where things get interesting. I have a personal attachment to this franchise, having followed it since Monty Oum released the "Red" trailer WAY back in the day. I was captivated and followed it ever since, eventually leading up to its complete release. Now RWBY has grown into a VERY successful web series, spanning over 4 seasons with a 5th season on the way. Having Ruby in the game probably already means we'll be getting her team mates in the base game, which I am more than grateful to both Arc System works and Rooster Teeth for. I am more than 75% sure that Weiss, Blake and Yang will be in the base game as playable characters.

Now, the 4 main heroines will likely be in, but RWBY has a ton of interesting characters in its universe and I'd be VERY happy if we were to get some other forms of representation. Team JNPR has some potential good picks that would transition well into a fighting game, especially Pyrrha and Nora. Penny would also be swell, but the villains also have some nice possibilities, such as Cinder and Mercury. Dear god imagine the transition for Mercury into a fighting game character...that would be the sickest shit EVER.

Other possible franchise inclusions

Now these are just speculations and possible wishful inclusions that MAY or may not happen, but it would make me REALLY HAPPY to see at least some representation from these franchises. I mean, considering what we have here to work with, it wouldn't be impossible for Arc to be flexible and throw some of these in for the sake of fans.

GG is an obvious pick really. I was really surprised to see NO "Guilty Gear"in an Arc Systems Work collaboration crossover project. There is a good chance that we might be getting GG, since it IS after all, Arc's biggest fighting game franchise to date. Imagine the likes of Sol and Ky being in here, teaching all these young whippersnappers a lesson or two? Out of all the other possible franchise inclusions, this one actually does not seem to far off, and I sure as well want it to happen.

...Oh but if it DOES happen, would you guys mind putting Baiken in there in the base game? I really don't want to wait 4 freaking years to have to play as her again (thanks for putting her in Rev 2 though, really appreciate it).

I'm not too huge onto "Melty Blood", but it is a franchise that I am well aware of. I wasn't a huge fan of the game back then, but after jumping into it years later I discovered a fun universe, though I personally have yet to watch the "Tsukihime" anime. This one is developed by "French bread", which also made UNIEL, so I think its not too far fetched to think that they might want to throw in a character or 2 from "Melty Blood" into "Blazblue Cross Tag Battle". Some of the characters would make a good fit actually. I'd personally like Sion, Shiki Ryougi, Shiki Nananya and probably Aruceid to join the battle, one can dream.

Again, I didn't play too much of "Skull Girls". This was one fighting game I only jumped in on when Big Band was announced, that was when I couldn't resist (you could guess who my main was). Why "Skull Girls"? This was almost has nothing to do with the games above, key word being ALMOST nothing. Actually, there was a collaboration with "Under Night" back in the day, and since "Under Night" is in this one....I know, I know, I'm probably thinking too far off on this one, but a man can dream. "Skull Girls" characters have always been epicly strange, they'd fit quite well into a crossover fighting game actually/

A man can certainly dream big. It hasn't been long since "Persona 5"'s global success, so it seems a bit too soon for our favorite Phantom Thieves to make their debut onto the fighting game crossover genre especially when they haven't even had their own freaking fighting game! This one might seem far fetched in that aspect, yes, but it would make me hyped as f**k to see Joker announced for this game. I mean, imagine him being a guest character for the future, inevitable "P5:Arena" that would have its full cast of playable characters?! Having just joker in here would be epic, and it would certainly boost the game's popularity, seeing how huge of a hit "P5" turned out to be.

And that's it from me for now. I personally can't wait to see the future of "Blazblue Cross Tag Battle" unravel before my eyes. I'm now simply eager to see what else the game has to offer in future trailers, character announcements and inclusions are what DRAWS people into a fighting game. TAKE NOTES, CAPCOM!!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

The Hundredth Clone (Hundred review)

Opening Songs
OP 1 - BLOODRED (D-Selections)

Ending Songs
Too many to count*

Genre: Action, Comedy, Science Fiction, Harem

Episodes: 12

How fitting for the name of this anime to be called "Hundred", seeing as one thing is true about it: There are about 100 other harems out there that do or accomplish the same thing as this one. That's not to say that "Hundred" is BAD....its just flat out standard stuff. This caliber of harem is something that you can easily find anywhere in the anime world, its certainly nothing to write home about. Considering the story, characters and setting here, its blatantly quite normal at this point of time. "Hundred" is simply another harem to add to the mediocrity pile. Its decent, but there is really no reason to pick this one over the many other GREAT harem shows out there. Seriously though, harem shows have recently been quite disappointing and generic of late, and "Hundred" falls into that group. However, if you know what you're getting yourself into and just want another harem to add to your collection (kinda like me when I watched this one), then you can go ahead, because "Hundred" isn't exactly horrible, its just a very standard affair that you've before time and time again...

No harem is complete without our busty high school girls
in bikinis playing in the beach.

This show has the audacity to go for an idol-anime kind of thing where it has multiple ending themes despite being such a short show, with each ending theme having the main voice actresses to sing a song that's used for 2-3 episodes tops, before they change it. Not going to bother giving those a look here, all of them sounded pretty generic...just like the opening theme "BLOODRED" by D-Selections. Its pretty generic for a sci-fi harem opening theme, but I won't lie that, its quite catchy. The upbeat and techno-ish music, the flourishes during the chorus...its not bad, making for an overall enjoyable opening theme.

Rating: 7.0/10

It manages to be quite a safe show for me. I mean, for a harem, sure its something that I've seen before a million times, but its still not a BAD harem. There are definitely worse shows out there, and "Hundred" actually manages to not suck that much despite having one of the most cut and paste opening segments I have ever seen in a harem. Characters are not that well built up except for maybe the main 2 heroines because of how rushed the series tends to be, and the fan service scenes are very...safely done. Its usually cliche stuff that you've seen elsewhere, accidental heroines falling onto the protagonist, panty shots, so on and so forth, nothing really new here. The action scenes however, are not too bad. "Hundred"'s strongest point is the variety of different slayer types in the show, with decent action scenes to back them up. However as usual, it staggers towards the end to deliver a mediocre conclusion, but again, its not the worst.

What did you expect? How else are we going to get the
main heroine to hate our protagonist?

Kisaragi Hayato is one of many youths planning to attend the marine roaming ship island Little Garden and join their military academy to learn how to use Hundred, a weapon made to defeat Savage, monsters that have suddenly appeared all around the world. Being kind of a rising star prodigy with high hopes, he feels reluctant to enroll into the academy at first, and even skips out on his welcoming party. He runs into his childhood friend Emile Crossford, and they attend the opening ceremony together, with the Queen of the academy Claire Harvey making the opening speech. Claire is the strongest Slayer on board, which makes sense that she gets this privilege. The girls planning to throw Hayato a welcoming party are late to the ceremony as Hayato himself snuck away from them, and Claire decides to expel the girls. Hayato steps in, saying that expelling them is ridiculous. Claire, surprised that someone actually dares to step up to her, attempts to expel Hayato to, but it all turns into a duel between Claire and Hayato, with expulsions and pride on the line...

"Hundred" is indeed one of the many hundreds of harem titles out there that don't do anything too special to draw much attention to it. There is of course potential to it, but its held back by typical harem tropes and cliches without any sort of interesting plot developments. Its probably another one of these LN adaptations that won't get any more attention, which is sad to see.

Opening Songs
OP 1 - Coolest! (CustomiZ)

Ending Songs
ED 1 - Goodbye To Lost Days (SuneoHair)

Genre: Comedy

Episodes: 12

The feeling when you go up against the coolest kid in class and feel stupid for even THINKING about challenging him. That's pretty much "Sakamoto desu ga?" in a nutshell. It is a full blown comedy show all about a protagonist who acts so stupid to the point where he looks like an absolute genius. Basically, its so f**king stupid its good, something similar to that of "Baka Test" back in the day. However, if you're looking for a fulfilling experience with a story and growing characters, "Sakamoto desu ga?" doesn't quite provide that. Instead, its just a show filled to the brim with tons of little stories surrounding the various side characters and their quirky little experiences with our fabulous protagonist. In a way, the show doesn't really get anywhere, but what's here is entertaining if watched in small bursts, only because of how ridiculous it gets at times. If you just want some comedy and quirky fun, "Sakamoto" is the guy for you.

The art of sitting on thing air...

The opening theme sounds way crazier and metal than it need to be. The lyrics are totally uncalled for in contrast with the music, but the song's badass either way. The opening theme is "Coolest!" by CustomiZ. Its a very heavy and powerful song packed with fast music and loud vocals, its my kind of song, but I surely didn't expect to hear it in something like "Sakamoto". The ending theme however, "Goodbye To Lost Days" by SuneoHair, is a slow ballad with relaxing vocals...the complete opposite of the opening theme. Again, not my cup of tea.

Rating: 7.5/10

For what it is, its enjoyable while it lasts. You'll remember it for its ridiculousness, but honestly, its not really something that you'd recommend to everybody. Its good for the memes and it does have some really good episodes, but for what its worth, some of the jokes are easily hit or miss. Hell for the most part, its just about doing ridiculous things, and sometimes that just doesn't sync with everyone. There are also plenty of scenarios that stray away from the ridiculousness and just try to be serious...those don't do too well honestly. Also, since the main focus is on Sakamoto and nobody else, the entire show just ends up being nothing but mini comedy episodes one after another with no real character buildup, which I feel like the show really needs especially during some of the more "serious" moments. But when the show DOES go full retard, it excels in flying colors (the group mixer episode with Sakamoto singing a foreign song is still my favorite), and those are the moments where you should look forward to going forward into this show.

...Only in Sakamoto.

High school student Sakamoto is the coolest kid in class. Nobody knows why, but he is. Everything he does is extremely showy and he simply oozes style in anything that he does. He is extremely popular with both the men and the ladies, though he also attracts a lot of unwanted attention because of that. Welcome to high school, where being targeted means getting attacked by thugs and gangsters, this is what Sakamoto has to deal with everyday. However, instead of fighting back, he acts in ways so ridiculous that even his opposition can do nothing but admit defeat, or even fall prey to his nonsensical ways and get sucked into the groove. Despite being cool, he is also very mysterious, and nobody knows anything about him...which is pretty much why almost every girl wants to get in his life.

"Sakamoto desu ga?" is a simple, ridiculous show that might not be for everyone, however for what it is, its a fun watch nonetheless. I strongly suggest giving this a go if you enjoyed the likes of "Baka Test", though expect no fan service in this one.