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Windaria Anime Movie Review

Title: Windaria Alternative Title: Once Upon a Time Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Action, Adventure Release Date: 1986 (Japan initial release), 1992 (US, (VHS) first US release), 2004 (US re-release (DVD) with title change) Where to Watch: I don't support piracy here, but as a heads up, ALL of the "US Releases" of this film are very severely edited. And YES, that includes even the subtitled versions! I highly recommend that you watch the original Japanese version at least once before passing judgement on this beautiful movie. Of course, I grew up with the VHS in the 90s, and I STILL loved even the heavily edited dubbed version of the film way back then. Last year, I finally got the chance to watch the original Japanese version. A lot of content was cut from the English version, incl

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Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and 2.5 HD Remix PS4 Videogame Review

Title: Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and 2.5 HD Remix Platform: PS4 (note this release combines various Kingdom Hearts games originally found on the PS2, GBA, Nintendo DS and 3DS) Genre: Action Roleplaying Game ARPG Publisher: Disney + Squarenix Where to Buy: $49.99 on Amazon (at time of this writing) Overall: 68/80 85% B "Very Good Game for Girls" Geeky: 3/5 The games have fun gameplay, good graphics for the age of the games, and a great soundtrack. However, the Disney segments can be a bit too kiddie for some more serious gamers, and although the entire series is about the juxtaposition of light and dark, the light hearted disney characters can sometimes take away from immersing yourself in the deeper darker story of Sora and his friends. Sweetie: 5/5 - This game is cuteness ov

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The Best Upcoming & New Release 2018 PC Games for Girls

Back in the 90s I barely played PC Games, because so few existed that appealed to my tastes. There were exceptions of course, Torment, Fallout 1 and 2, Baulder's Gate, Icewind Dale, King's Quest (and other Sierra titles), Ever 17 (and anything else by Hirameki International), Petz, Black and White, Creatures, Graduation 95, and a handful of other gems that weren't available on my consoles. But largely, console gaming was the highlight of my childhood. That's where all the anime games or JRPGs or story rich games were, especially in the 16 and 32 bit eras, which still remain my favorite gaming period of all time. Genesis, Sega CD, SNES, Saturn, PS1, PS2, and Dreamcast, the majority of my favorite games, still to this day, lived on one of those great consoles. But nowadays, I barely pl...

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Ancient Magus Bride Anime Review

Title: Ancient Magus Bride Based On the Manga by Kore Yamazaki Episodes: 24 Episodes Genre: Fantasy, Super Natural, Mystery, Romance, Slice of Life Studio: Wit Studio Where to Watch: Crunchyroll Overall: 38/45 84% B "Very Good Anime For Girls" Geeky: 3/5 - A great story with high production values, a good blend of action, comedy, mystery and romance make this show a hit with geeks of either gender. I took away 1 point for the somewhat slow pacing of the early episodes, and 1 point away for the character designs - they don't feel as clean or modern as most other contemporary anime characters, even though I understand that's the style also of the original manga. Sweetie: 4/5 - Chise is a unique female lead. In the begining she is broken inside, however we watch her become stron

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Please Save My Earth Anime and Manga Review

Today I'm reviewing a very old manga / anime which is often credited as being (one of) the first (widely successful) Shoujo manga. Its art and story influenced other mangaka like Naoko Takeuchi - In fact there are many similarities between Please Save My Earth and Sailor Moon. For example, both Please Save My Earth and Sailor Moon deal with lovers who were reincarnated on another planet having lost memories of their past lives and fated to meet again and remember sometimes happy, sometimes painful and sad memories. Both manga also focus heavily especially on the Earth and the Moon. There's super powers in each one, and tales of friendship, betrayal, trust, love, jealousy, greed, and bullying. Please Save My Earth is quite a bit darker than Sailor Moon. It's more violent, it deals wit...

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Rhapsody a Musical Adventure Retro Videogame Review

Rhapsody a Musical Adventure is an anime musical strategy JRPG first appearing on PS1 and Later on the Nintendo DS. This review focuses on the PS1 version. Preface: Okay, while researching some stuff (such as release date, etc) for this review, I discovered there was a sequel, and now I am sad AF because the sequel never left Japan..... Major Heartbreak! WARNING THIS LINK ABOUT THE SEQUEL HAS HUGE SPOILERS ABOUT BOTH GAMES!!!! READ AT OWN RISK!!!  The original is one of my all time favorite games. I love all the songs, the heart warming, touching story, the cute characters, adorable graphics, simple grid based turn-based Strategy JRPG gameplay, and use of the puppets in battle. I greatly prefer the version by Atlus on the PS1, much more than the version by NIS on the DS, becaus

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The Red Turtle Anime Review

I just purchased and watched "The Red Turtle" last night. The silent animated feature length film was done, in part, by Studio Ghibli, famous animators of feature length family favorite anime films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, Ponyo, and The Cat's Return, just to name a few. I have to admit, I didn't really do my research on this title (and didn't realize it was a silent film until I began watching it), but every time I saw a preview, I just wanted to see it oh so badly. When I realized I could buy it for only $10 more than the "rental" price ($15 vs $5) I immediately purchased it. For about the first 20 - 40 minutes of the film, I felt disappointed and disinterested; that quickly changed as the plot began to advance, and b...

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Big Fish and Begonia Anime Review

Overview: Big Fish & Begonia (also known as Da Yu Hai Tang) is not technically an anime since it is from China instead of Japan; however, it is a beautifully animated fantasy adventure with a lot of heart. The quality of the animation is on par with Disney or Studio Ghibli. The story has a few plot holes and pacing issues, but overall, the emotional impact of the story telling makes this film a must watch. The story may feel familiar if you've watched Disney's the Little Mermaid, or another Chinese animation from the 90s, Chinese Ghost Story. Despite the similar concepts, Big Fish & Begonia still manages to add its own unique twists and takes on concepts of forbidden love and reincarnation. Review: Title: Big Fish & Begonia (Da Yu Hai Tang) Release Date: July 2016

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New Cardcaptor Sakura Anime is “In the Works”

Crunchyroll shared news lastnight that a new Cardcaptor Sakura anime has been announced to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Cardcaptor Sakura manga. Earlier this year it was reported that a new Cardcaptor Sakura manga would be released that would continue the adventures of Sakura and her friends as they enter into Junior High. No information is available at this time as to if the new Cardcaptor Sakura anime will follow the newly announced manga, or whether it will be a series or stand-alone movie, or perhaps a reboot or remake of the original series (for example, taking the route of fellow magical girl Sailor Moon and what she did for her anniversary with the new Sailor Moon Crystal anime), or perhaps this new Cardcaptor Sakura anime will be something new entirely. Also no rele

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Stormfall Age of War Strategy Game Review

var noskimwords = 'true'; Title: Stormfall Age of War Genre: Strategy Game Developer: Plarium Platform: You can play it directly in your computer browser. Or they also have a mobile app for both android and IOS when you are on the go. Where to Get the Game: It's free to play and you can find the apps or browser version at the official website. Link at top of this post. Overall: 84/100 84% B "Very Good Game for Girls" Geeky: 5/5 The ability to lead huge troops and the skill tree and city building aspects make this game high on the geek list. Sweetie: 3/5 It's a "pretty" game, but there's not much "cute" - there's also not much customization as far as appearances go. The story although funny, is mostly just there to move you through the quests and progress through t...

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Romantic Diary Anime Otome Dressup Game Dating Sim with Cooking and Crafting

I just discovered, Romantic Diary, an anime Otome Dating Sim which is part Dressup Game, part Visual Novel, part Cooking Game, and has an extensive crafting system. At the core, this game looks quite similar to Hello Nikki! Which I reviewed here. However, it seems to have more robust features, and a heavier emphasis on story telling and dating elements. It's also a "Stat-Raising" game similar to Princess Maker (which I reviewed here) or Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side (which I reviewed here). Are you thinking about playing this game? If so please use my friend code (input it later after the tutorial at the "friend" screen). We'll both get free stuff! <3 Use Invite Code: 82477180 Title: Romantic Diary Price: Free Platforms: IOS and Android Where To Get Romantic Diary: Go

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Pixel x Pixel Games Announces Guardian of The Rose Action RPG With Branching Plot and Multiple Endings Based On Your Choices

If there's one thing that I love in a game, it's a branching plot and multiple endings, as you'll see from many of the games reviewed or news given here on this website. So I was really excited when Pixel x Pixel Games emailed me yesterday to promote their new Action-RPG. This game looks really great for retro game lovers. It was clearly made with a lot of love and fond memories of someone growing up in the 90s playing all of the classic games. I'll just include the message I received from Pixel x Pixel Games below because it pretty much highlights all of the features that I would want to highlight about this game. I've bolded the bits that I thought were the most exciting. Check out what Pixel x Pixel Games has to say about Guardian of the Rose below. Guardians of the Rose is a sto

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CrunchyRoll Announces New Anime Violet Ever Garden Details and Trailer

Check out the new trailer for Violet Ever Garden. https://youtu.be/0CJeDetA45Q I am so excited for this! (and isn't the opening theme awesome too? And look how cute she is - and just OMG. Geeking out right now so bad lol.) I had never heard of it, until I saw the trailer on CrunchyRoll's Facebook page. From the comments on the facebook wall and the official website at http://www.kyotoanimation.co.jp/books/violet/ this anime is about Artificial Intelligence / AI / Robots / Robotics - Similar to Chobits, Time of Eve, Metropolis, HAL, and Plastic Memories. - All favorites of mine - I am fascinated by the concept of humanoid AI creatures - especially those who have feelings, or what we would classify as feelings - and how they would fit into society. It might also be quite similar to Teg

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