Stein;s Gate Elite

In the year 2010 set after the events of Chaos : Head. Rintaro and his team research the Time Travel theory and the evil group known as the organisation who are hell bent in taking rintaro’s research. This causes a cause and effect situation that influences the course of time itself.

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That was the story of the original Stein’s gate game . Since then there has been a animation a online exclusive series and now a new game ….well kind of .

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Stein’s gate elite is technically a remake of the original game with some subtle changes . Banking on the success of the anime series it’s updated the graphics and some of the unproduced storylines in this brand new chapter.

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At the time of the release of the anime . It was and still considered one of the best anime series of all time .

So if you are a die hard fan of this series you are well going to enjoy it.

On the other hand if you aren’t familiar with the lore of the universe and mechanics of the franchise it can be daunting of a play through as there isn’t much of a gameplay but more of a complex movie that you need to rewatch a few time to get through

Fantastic music and artwork

 

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Battle Angel Alita : Cyberpunk

It’s been 13 years since it was first announced that Battle Angel Alita was going to be adapted by James Cameron during a interview for the Avatar . So anime fans have been patiently and cautiously waiting to see if a anime could be adapted well .

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Now its been released the Jury is out : Yes in so many ways

Set in the year 2563 300 years after the fall a disaster that impacted the Earth . A scientist by the name of Dyson finds a cyborg in the junkyard who’s brain is left in tact and repairs her. With no memories of her previous life she is named Alita after the scientist late daughter. She sets forward to find out what and who she is.

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The first thing you notice in the film is the incredible amount of detail in the sets and cg from everything in the robotics to the set pieces matches perfectly to the original source material . images

The main character Alita is a interesting dynamic seeing on the big screen balancing the perfect mix of damsel in distress to dominant kick ass strong female . Whether it’s food or romance she takes the lead in any situation .

Every character has a mixture of good and bad elements . As Doctor Dyson says “Everyone is corrupted eventually in the city ”

Now for the negatives while the action and acting was very executed the major flaw comes in the script writing . For every scene dealing with more than 2 people . Everyone else is silent . There is characters that could of fleshed out a little more than the stereotypical thumbs you go girl   and supportive assistant

Choreography 10/10

Acting 9/10

Script 8/10

A solid work from James Cameron

Swaps4 Interview

Here is a written interview with the Brand influencer and internet personality known as Swaps4.

Q1. Tell us who you are and what you do?

Hi, my name is Jake Caprino and I go by the online alias Swaps4. I’m originally from London, England, but I am currently based in Japan.

I’ve been an avid anime fan for most of my life and I thoroughly enjoy marketing and social media, and with that passion, I’ve channelled it into a career.

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I’m currently a subcontractor based in Japan and utilize my skills within Japanese companies.

Q2. What gave you the desire to become a content creator when you first started?

When I first started to create content and write articles in 2010 information regarding Japanese anime was rather scarce and I figured I could help fill that hole.

That being said, I’m unsure what really drove me to produce content. I guess I’m never satisfied so I always aim for more.

I’m a huge fan of anime so I love being able to produce content related to it, this plays a major part in why I do what I do.

Q3. What challenges did you have when you first started out?

Hmmm, that’s a tough question. I’ve had a decent amount of walls block my path many times, too many to count in fact.

Two things I’ve always struggled with is my sleeping schedule and time management.

I always thought I could be more productive at night and if I stayed up longer I could achieve more. Oh man, I was wrong. You need sleep to function and to think more clearly, sleep is key to getting stuff done.

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My time management used to be pretty bad and I didn’t value my time so my schedule was all over the place.

In recent years, I’ve understood that my time is valuable and that I should treasure and utilize it more.

That being said, I have multiple clocks scattered across my apartment so I always know the time and they’re often set ahead or behind by 10 minutes. This way I think I’m either behind on time or ahead, so I feel a sense of urgency to get stuff done and not be late.

I also have a notebook at hand at all time for taking notes and writing down tasks to do.

My personal advice is to never give up and keep being productive.

Sorry in advance for the wall of text, haha.

Q4 From your twitter I see your fans of some lewd artists do you have a favorite that you particularly follow?

Haha, are you trying to put me on the spot here? It’s called hentai and it’s art.

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My favorite artists would have to be @haruhisky and @40hara on Twitter. I’m sure you can understand why.

Q5. I see you play league of legends from your videos who are your main characters you play as?

I actually haven’t played League of Legends for a few years now but my favorite main characters were Renekton, Riven, and Katarina. The main roles I prefered were top and middle.

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I really enjoyed playing the above characters since they’re so versatile and can really change a game from a loss to a win if played well. Riven’s playstyle was so unique when she was first release compared to everyone else in the champion pool so I decided to main her.

Q6 Any thoughts on League of legends anime ad coming out soon?

It’s rather interesting to observe how companies engage with their customers/fans/users these days, and Riot Games is a great example for that.

They understand that anime is getting more popular as each year passes by and most likely their main demographic is anime fans so they want to appeal to them.

For example, I remember everyone going crazy over Ezreal because he had Haruhi Suzumiya’s Hare Hare Yukai dance and that caused people to play him more often.

Also, a decent amount of skins are anime or Japan inspired which makes people want to purchase them.

Overall it’s wonderful that League of Legends Season 2019: A New Journey is heavily influenced by anime, but I wonder if we’ll ever see an actual League of Legends anime soon?

Q7 Where would you recommend our audience should go to if they wanted to visit Japan?

If you’re into Japanese culture and love sightseeing, I would recommend Kyoto, Osaka, and Yokohama.

If you want to visit sacred Shinto shrines, magnificent Buddhist temples, and experience a large variety of food, I highly recommend visiting the above three.

If you’re a die-hard anime fan, you must visit Akihabara which has gained recognition as the center of Japan’s otaku. Akihabara jam-packed of many electronics shops and anime shops. If you’re to visit Japan and you love anime, you must stop by the dozens of stores specializing in anime, manga, retro video games, figurines, card games and other collectables.

I would personally recommend visiting Ikebukuro, it’s also a center of otaku culture but not as large or well known as Akihabara.

While Ikebukuro caters more to the female fans, it’s a great place to try different food and relax at the SEGA arcade.

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Overall Japan has many great places to visit, so don’t limit yourself if you visit!

Understanding the Cultural Context : Rising of a Shield Hero

At the moment one of the most popular shows and most debated shows of the season has to be Shield Hero . Shield Hero has its main protagonist transported to other world only to be set up for false rape allegations and robbed in foreign land. While fans will praise the show for clever way of putting the main character in a against the odds scenario where everyone is against you with no way of leaving the world.

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Some professionals and critics in the industry has accused the show of misogynist overtones.

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But a lot of these people are using the today’s context . Shield Hero was written in 2013 by Aneko Yusagi . In 2013 there was a increase of false groping allegations(chikan) made against men in Japan to the point now a days . There has been a increase in groping insurance being taken out . Japanese law is also quite different than most of the West. In Japanese law most investigations are conducted after a confession has been made.

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We aren’t saying that it is a major problem internationally but when it does happen in America it does happen to be a huge issue but in Japanese courts its very hard to prove innocence when confession is made first .

Thoughts are still out on the series as we are only a few episodes in .But I hope people can take the cultural context when looking at anime that has a over reaction such as this.

My Hero Academia : 2 Heroes

When I first caught this visual extravaganza, I was fortunate enough to view it in the cinema and I must say, lads and lasses, the bigger the screen you can grab, the better! The cinematic fix of Deku, All-Might and our stellar collection of favourites will act less like a caffeine pill and more like a shot of adrenaline direct to your heart! But seeing as what many people will have to enjoy is the Blu-Ray format, what I will posit if you are interested in seeing this film is to get your crew of Heroaka fans together and geek out with the energy of it being a rave! And, I will add, bring someone who needs to feel that magic; of what it means to be a hero.

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All that cheese nicely sliced, let’s put that aside for a second and get into the plot, if you happen to live under a rock, or come from regular television land, which I put in the same boat anyway. Our Young Izuku Midoriya after going through the trials for his Hero Licence and learning of exactly where his path will take him, oh yeah he gets invited to a gigantic Expo by All-Might himself, an expo which is hosted by the #1 Hero’s best lifelong friend, a savant of a scientist David Shield, whose FIIINE and brilliant daughter Melissa also happens to be attending, hell she’s the one who greets the twosome when they
arrive. The whole event comes under threat, however, when a mercenary outfit holds the entirety of the attendees hostage, but luckily enough Deku, Melissa and some fellow students of UA Academy who are at the event too for different reasons avoid capture, and so it falls to them to restore order, and save one of the titular pairs, of Two Heroes of the former generation.my_hero_academia_the_movie_key_visual

And well, I wish I could just unload all the spoilers for you here, but instead I wish to bring attention to the importance of this title, and its underlying concept. Two. Heroes. You may not think much of the idea, and some of you may even know its significance already, but I want to stress the importance of this theme, this Positive Duality, that’s throughout the film. And this is why I also said to bring someone to your featuring of the film who needs to feel that magic, because I think a lot of people take for granted the importance of this theme.
You might be somewhat of a lonely individual, or you might be popular all around, or somewhere inbetween socially, for, dear listeners, I do not know your circumstances, though I hope they’re positive. Still, for everyone, there is at least one great bond in their life. Someone who understands them, backs
them up, and goes alongside them on the path of life, sometimes knocking into them and sometimes encouragingly elbowing them in the ribs to make sure that the direction they go is a good one. This can come in the form of a friend, or family; someone whose got an investment in your welfare, and progress
through life. And when you’re conscious of that bond, each of you shines like beacons to the other,
because life is a little bit more lit up with having them there for you. What was before an uncertain,
hostile or indifferent world is then illuminated, and whatever is ahead, you can face it together.
Now if that sounds like romantic love to you, I must clarify, what that is and what I’m talking about is
pretty similar in description, but cease your gay shit for I’m the one talking here, and the Rotten Girls who
like to imply some sort of shipping between Deku and All-Might have likely already been at this whole
match-up… Well. Stop. Just stop. Get help. That’s statutory. All you shippers give me the shivers over
shit like this, and as a proud soldier in the Waifu War I must say your lifestyle, rather than your art style,
disgusts me! To quote Swan from The Warriors, I don’t like the way you live!
But that’s neither here nor there. Live and let live, like.
The film – yes, that’s what we were talking about – it has a fair shake at giving us a look at the sheer scale
this franchise will eventually have, in terms of the Quirks of the characters, and in terms of just how big
an impact it will continue to have for the medium of Anime and weebish or geeky entertainment in
general. The thing is, guys, is that I think a lot of people are going to be looking for that gratification of a
great story, more and more of the folks all across the world. And for an anime film based off of a
mainstream title, it ticks all the boxes for getting you invested. Its got fights, its got relationships, its got
commentaries upon the broader idea of friends and just what goes into being one for those people in your
life. And its got some Waifus, and Husbandos, the most important factor of all! The ending is a bit of a
stretch, but you don’t pull a muscle watching it, trust me.
Ultimately, however, what I got out of this film, is that example of someone whose trying to do their

best to say yes to life, even if they’re not given by fate the advantages or qualities of others that makes all
of those other people special or more functional in the world they live in. Hell of a thing to draw from
some animation now, but I hope those of you who can appreciate the good in this life know why I took
that impression from this story, and even figure out who I’m talking about in particular!
Its worth the watch, and the film night. So tell your friends, lord it over your enemies who are disturbed
by interests that they don’t understand, and convert your younger siblings who are open to this kind of
message! And keep your little devil smiling!

Anime for Fortnite players

At the moment the hottest game at the moment is Fortnight. With a fanbase of over 8.3 billion players worldwide . It’s hard to argue with the success of the franchise.

But what about the shows that the these players may be interested in?

1 Btoom

Ryōta  is an unemployed 22-year-old young man who lives with his mother Yukie. He is one of the world’s top players of the combat video game called Btooom! One day he wakes up to discover himself on a island with no idea how he got there. When he calls for help a stranger responds by throwing bombs at him. Trapped in the real life version of his favorite game he must figure out a way to survive and uncover the mystery of why he is there.

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2 Future Diary

Yuki is a loner whose solo obsession is journalling what he sees around him . One night he has a dream where he meets the god of time and space and asked to participate in a game . He agrees but what originally thought of as a dream turns out to be a deadly game of cat and mouse for the main character.

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3 Gantz

Before people die they are transported into a room and forced to fight aliens in a deadly game to survive.

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4 Magical Girl Raising Project

When a random girls are nominated as Magical girls only to be told to fight to the death to live this blood bath filled anime is great for people with .

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Character Dive : Vegeta The Warrior who passed expectations

 

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To help build up hype for the DragonBall Super Broly. I thought it be best to discuss one of the best characters in the franchise . Vegeta born on planet Vegeta from a royal family. He was raised to learn the values of being a strong Saiyan warrior. His father  King Vegeta taught him to always follow and respect beings more powerful than them( Beerus and Frieza ) Soon he became the leader of Frieza’s Force . After his defeat by Goku and Co. He learns to control his pride and work with others (unregretfully) . During the course of the show he begins to show respect to his teammates and compassion towards people he cares about.

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His greatest downfall being is his pride. During the events of the Cell Saga he misses his chances to defeat cell because of only wanting a challenge. This is only one of weaknesses which in terms of power he always become short compared to Goku.

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But in terms of character development what started off as antagonist he becomes something more than any of the characters have become He has become a warrior , father figure and loyal husband who risks his life to break the barriers within himself . Getting more powerful particularly in the Cell Saga and Tournament . When I was younger I always looked up to Vegeta’s rage resonated with myself and dealing with the frustration of not being able to connect with people . Through him I learned that sometimes you just need to carve your own path in life or else succumb to being only 2nd best.

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Remember to Check out Dragonball Super Broly in theatres 23rd of January .

Initial thoughts of 2019 anime

We did a recording on our initial thoughts of this current anime season but it would also be best to have a written account .

Shield Hero – A excellent hook for a first episode while having some problems in its exposition it takes 13 minutes to get into the full premise in its premiere episode. A boy gets transported into another world with no knowledge of gaming only to be put in the worst class and set up for a crime he did not commit. Will he succumb to the evils of the new world and the image the society has made for him or will he prove them all wrong?

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Boogiepop and others – A welcome classic makes its return with horror suspense and action . When teenagers start disappearing all due to a connection to a unknown drug the entity known as Boogiepop phantom must make a possession of a body to help defend the world against evil.

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Yakusoku no Neverland – A strong new contender in horror. A group of orphan kids are held in a orphanage with numbers tattooed on them awhile going through experimentation. The unfit children for testing are taken off or “adopted” will the main character Emma survive in a place not quite what it seems . Using strong themes and comparisons to the Holocaust and camps this is a the new hype of the season.

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Our podcast is located here as we discuss all of these shows and news for this week as we prepare for Akumakon if you see us around why not stop by to check out Drinkill the board game which we are testing out

 

 

 

Did someone say Goblins ? – Goblin Slayer review

Goblin Slayer is a dark fantasy series written
Kumo Kagyu and produced by White Fox who have in the past made Stein’s Gate and Super Sonico . It tells a story of Priestess who upon her first mission her entire team get slaughtered and raped by a goblins, survives the help of a mysterious and deadly guild member known as Goblin Slayer who entire mission and goal in life is destroy all the goblins.

Now for the controversial part of the scene . It is kind of perplexing there was such a big uproar over it . Anime has many more gruesome scenes and as reviewers it is our job to review the best and worst it has to offer. As anibloggers and youtubers we have 2 important missions to discuss anime and help discussion in others . And secondly to be advocates for the anime community . And causing so much uproar is not helping people.

For the series it follows a similar dynamic of a classic dungeon and dragons campaign so the feel of the series is quick and high paced using a mixture of sharp designs and soft characters depending on their class and role of the person in the anime.

Now the show has some flaws being that it is based on the dungeons and dragons campaign which is names . Goblin Slayer , priestess , sword maiden , cow girl- what were the names before they chose these roles . While it makes it easy to remember the names it can be really annoying hearing the names come up in conversation.

The overall theme of the show is sometimes you can’t do things on your own was a great message to have in a fantasy setting bringing up memories of when your campaign splits into groups often to be put in danger.

Would I recommend it yes but only if your a fan of fantasy because it can be full of tropes in the fantasy genre that may bore you after awhile.

Top Conventions for 2019

As we approach a new year some fantastic conventions around Ireland and the UK will be taking place . From gathering talent across the globe celebrating fandom in all its forms

Akumakon – Taking place in Galway City . The friendliest city in the world . This convention is celebrating its 9th year . It has always been a fantastic event this year showcasing the talent of Masazi a Japanese Cosplayer fresh off from her involvement with the Tokyo Gameshow, Morgan Garrett voice actor for major roles in One Piece , My Hero Academia, and Is this a zombie? Taking place January 18-20th

We will also be showcasing a play test of our recently reviewed Game – Drinkill with our fans

Shurikon 2019 – A bright new comer for Conventions in Ireland ran by the good folks of Dublin Institute of Technology . Its looking to be the next big convention Guests include Youtuber Misty Chronexia and Hopefully us . We will see soon enough . Dates are 23rd to 24rd

Cosxpo– A newcomer to the Convention scene this convention is where the best and the brightest cosplayers challenge their cosplay skills and share their craft secrets run by Kenny Cosplay and located in University of Reading and held in April 5-6

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MininamiCon – UK’s oldest and family friendly anime convention . Based in South Hampton . Celebrating it’s 25th year now . Attendees are excited to see what is stock for this veteran convention.

Saiyacon – A exciting and brand new convention coming to the UK hosted by famous Masako X of Team 4 Star will host the first unofficial content creator’s Dragonball Convention for Europeans with voice actors , bands , artists and podcasts all celebrating one of the biggest and influential franchises in anime. This convention will be held in Milton Keyes just 30 minutes from London. What makes this convention special is the amount of content creators involved is something special . All celebrating one single franchise. Look forward to this event in September

Kamahecon – Another dragonball convention but this time taking place in August . This is a unofficial Dragonball convention in the UK . Showcasing alot of the top talent and voice actors in the franchise . No specific guests announced as of writing this this

Remember guys we are now on Stitcher , Castbox and Spotify now so stay tuned . For anime , geek news and discussio

Top Conventions for 2019

As we approach a new year some fantastic conventions around Ireland and the UK will be taking place . From gathering talent across the globe celebrating fandom in all its forms

Akumakon – Taking place in Galway City . The friendliest city in the world . This convention is celebrating its 9th year . It has always been a fantastic event this year showcasing the talent of Masazi a Japanese Cosplayer fresh off from her involvement with the Tokyo Gameshow, Morgan Garrett voice actor for major roles in One Piece , My Hero Academia, and Is this a zombie? Taking place January 18-20th

We will also be showcasing a play test of our recently reviewed Game – Drinkill with our fans

Shurikon 2019 – A bright new comer for Conventions in Ireland ran by the good folks of Dublin Institute of Technology . Its looking to be the next big convention Guests include Youtuber Misty Chronexia and Hopefully us . We will see soon enough . Dates are 23rd to 24rd

Cosexpo– A newcomer to the Convention scene this convention is where the best and the brightest cosplayers challenge their cosplay skills and share their craft secrets run by Kenny Cosplay and located in University of Reading and held in April 5-6

MininamiCon – UK’s oldest and family friendly anime convention . Based in South Hampton . Celebrating it’s 25th year now . Attendees are excited to see what is stock for this veteran convention.

Saiyacon – A exciting and brand new convention coming to the UK hosted by famous Masoko X of Team 4 Star will host the first unofficial Dragonball Convention for Europeans with voice actors , bands , artists and podcasts all celebrating one of the biggest and influential franchises in anime. This convention will be held in Milton Keyes just 30 minutes from London. What makes this convention special is the amount of content creators involved is something special . All celebrating one single franchise. Look forward to this event in September

Kamahecon – Another dragonball convention but this time taking place in August . This is the first official Dragonball convention in the UK . Showcasing alot of the top talent and voice actors in the franchise . No specific guests announced as of writing this this

Remember guys we are now on Stitcher , Castbox and Spotify now so stay tuned . For anime , geek news and discussions.

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