Thursday, 22 October 2009 14:36

Ghostbusters: The Video Game (xBox 360, 2009)

Overview

1984. A relatively unremarkable year, all things considered. Ma Bell was broken up, Michael Jackson provided his own stage lighting when his hair caught on fire during a Pepsi commercial filming, and Ronald Reagan tries his hand at humor with the line, "My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes," during a radio voice check. Nothing particularly interesting. A legion of little transforming toy robots invaded and forever corrupted my co-writer's consciousness as Transformers debuted. Like I said... small potatoes. And oh yes... A little town on an island on the East Coast got overrun by ghosts, goblins, ghouls, spirits, apparitions, and one really nimble little minx with a flat top... But who you gonna call when something like THAT happens?!

Published in Video Game Reivews
Sunday, 02 September 2007 00:00

Zombie Loan (TV, 2007)

Overview

So, you're minding your own business, sailing along through life, not bothering anybody, when, WHAM! You find yourself with a slight case of death, care of a terrible motor accident. I say a slight case, because you, along with another guy that got killed in the accident, get a special loan offer from the Ferryman. Of course, you know the trouble with loans - killer interest rates, fatally high payments, and sometimes they just plain cost you an arm and a leg... Well, in Chika and Shito's case, just a right hand, but that's the trouble with a Zombie Loan... Things never seem like they're going to cost as much as they really do...

Published in Anime Reviews
Thursday, 30 August 2007 00:00

Devil May Cry (TV, 2007)

Overview

Ok, so everybody knew that sooner or later, someday, it had to happen. Capcom is infamous for its video-games-come-anime, and with the wild popularity of the series in question, it was only a matter of time. I didn't think it too likely that I could expect much out of it, either, but I still dutifully picked up Devil May Cry when it came through on my feeds. It's not that I've ever been a real big fan of the DMC game series. The first one was fun, decently made, and overall a good play. The second and third... not so much. Still, Dante manages to be quite the character, and I figured I'd be in for a couple good laughs, maybe a passable attempt at a storyline... Probably not, but it wasn't like I had much better to do.

Published in Anime Reviews
Tuesday, 28 August 2007 00:00

Kaibutsu Oujo (TV, 2007)

Overview

There's an old proverb that goes something like this: "No good deed goes unpunished." Sort of the bane of all Boy Scouts, but it can be, at times, remarkably accurate... Sometimes, the good deed just plain ain't worth the trouble that follows in its wake. Consider, if you will, the main character in Kaibutsu Oujo, Hiro Hiyorimi. Hiro lives up to the homonym of his name... and winds up dead for taking the trouble. Like I said, "No good deed goes unpunished." Unfortunately for our dearly departed hero, the punishment is only just beginning... he does, though, make for a very nice corpse.

Published in Anime Reviews
Thursday, 22 June 2006 00:00

Witchblade (TV, 2005)

Overview

Masane Amaha has problems - as hard as she tries, she can't seem to get her life right. On her own, it wouldn't be so bad, but Amaha has her daughter, Rihoko, to worry about too. The problem with that is that they live in a world in which children are incredibly rare, and the Child Welfare Agency has the government granted right to take children away for the least hint of cause. So when Amaha steals a Police Car after a moment of weakness in which she signs Rihoko over to the CWA in the belief that she'd be better off, you'd better believe that her problems are just beginning. Readers of the the Witchblade comic series should be interested to see the events that follow, as Witchblade is only just starting to get into gear.

Published in Anime Reviews

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