July 10th, 2009

Ling

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You know, I've never been too interested in any of the previous FMA games, but I have to make an exception for this one. I kinda wish this was a movie rather than a game, since I don't have a Wii and don't plan on getting one. It's probably because the story this time doesn't revolve around some Mary Sue character but rather a member of Aerugo's royal family, which means there will be a political element, and it involves a part of the FMA world that hasn't really been explored in the manga. Claudio intrigues me as a character; does he really want peace, or is he planning something? Using Central City as the setting is a plus too; the game looks worth playing just to explore the place. And overall, it seems to focus more on the canon characters rather than casting them as background in another person's story (I haven't played any of the games, but that's the impression I got from what I've seen of them).

I don't really buy the "it ties into Volume 16 of the manga!" thing though; I don't see how a story like this could fit into that time frame, especially in regards to Scar and Winry. Though they seem to have Riza as the Fuhrer's assistant here. But anyway, if they eventually come out with a novel version of this game, I'll be sure to get it.

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Popcorn

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Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 Episode 1:

Oh wow, I think I have a new favorite for this season. I always enjoy a good disaster movie, so I thought this would be right up my alley, and I came away pretty impressed.

What I like the most so far is the realism. Not just in the art and designs, but the characters too. They feel like real people with real problems, personalities, and interactions. This was especially brought out in all the little details like the dad grumbling about potato chips on the floor, Mirai getting picky about the shape of the cakes, the family arguments, etc.

I found Mirai to be sort of a brat with how she complains about everything, but at the same time I could relate to her a lot (I sure act that way when I'm in a bad mood). I'm already loving Yuuki though. What an adorable, good-natured boy! Who wouldn't want to have a little brother like that? ♥ And I thought it was really effective how quickly the atmosphere turned to pure terror in the last couple of minutes. BONES apparently put a lot of research into this story, and I already liked the way they depicted Tokyo in Darker than BLACK (the artwork in the OP looks amazing too), so I look forward to seeing where this goes. Hopefully by the end, Mirai will learn to appreciate her life and family more.

Umineko no Naku Koro Ni Episode 1-2:

Don't have much to say about this other than that I'm intrigued and enjoying it. I love murder mysteries too, and since this is by the creator of Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni, I'm hoping it will deliver a good story. There's already quite a few creepy and intense moments.

So, in all, I'm following four anime series at the moment- Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, and Umineko no Naku Koro Ni. There were some other series from Spring season that I didn't bother to check out or keep up with either, so I might go back to those if I drop any of the ones I'm watching now. Speaking of which, is anyone watching Basquash? I only saw the first episode, but is it worth continuing?