Thursday, October 31, 2013

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kaku: Outbreak (2013)

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kaku: Outbreak

the story took place in the same village as the previous sequel, where it was completely sealed off due to a mysterious virus since 1983. with its recent outbreak, casuing Rika to be infected, Keiichi and Rena had to deal with the outbreak, also hoping to find a cure for Rika. like all its sequels, the series showed how everything went bad since the outbreak. the difference was being able to see the continuation flow from the beginning until the very end.

the series was very similar to the previous installments. Rena being covered in blood was again expected, along with the familiar characters including Hinamizawa. while this installment seemed to give the idea of the whole series being concluded, it was hard to believe. the story was very fast-paced, though sometimes childish but fortunately, still tolerable. some dialogues did a great job in explaining the originally mysterious plot, which was a great help since it was almost impossible to understand the world that they lived in.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Destroying the Wrong (2013)

Destroying the Wrong

Alissa and Katherine had been best friend since childhood. Alissa got a loving family, a perfect appearance that got her a new boyfriend, Matt. Katherine had always been the supporting character in Alissa life, a loner that only wanted to stay out of the spotlight. they were counting the days until they finish high school and go to college together. but things changed when Alissa met Scott, a man that wouldn't touch her but continued luring her; and Katherine met Walt, an uneasy guy that held great interest towards her.

i received a free e-book from the author in exchanged for a review and finished the book in one sitting. despite having a simple plot, it remained so engaging from its beginning until the very end that the book was impossible to put down. the story followed 2 friends on their high school life, how they avoid being the target of bullies, and how they managed to recover from it after being targeted. while Kat was obviously the more likable character compared to Alissa, it was also understandable why Alissa would be such a person under such circumstances. in many ways, the relatable situation made everything so believable and furthermore captivating.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Log Horizon (2013)

Log Horizon

the story started with gamers trapped in a fantasy online game called Elder Tale. Shiroe was a calm and strategic mage who supported his friends, guardian tank Naotsugu and assassin Akatsuki. together inside the gaming world, they had to conquer every mission, struggle through every challenges just to stay alive.

the role-playing game was familiar to many gamers, reminded me of the older days where we spent time on similar games like this. the series spent episodes explaining how the game worked. jargons and classes were explained thoroughly, which would be very helpful especially for those who were unfamiliar with the gaming world. humors were often hit or miss but never completely flat or annoying to watch. though not exactly fast paced, the series didn't end up being dull or boring, which was unexpected but pleasant.

Monday, October 28, 2013

The Last Stand (2013)

The Last Stand

Owens resigned from the LAPD after their mission failed and his team destroyed, and became the Sheriff in a small town called Summerton. in the meanwhile, a wanted drug dealer named Cortez escaped from an FBI convoy, racing through the wilderness towards the border. it happened that his destination was right beside Summerton. once he slipped across the border, he would be impossible to capture forever. unwilling to put his town in danger, Owens decided to confront Cortez with the intention of bringing him down.

the story was fairly straightforward despite the mass amount of characters introduced. after watching Escape Plan (2013), this film was every bit disappointing especially after seeing so many clown-like characters in it. instead of being funny or humorous, they turned out to be very annoying. Owens and Cortez were both believable and likable characters. their confrontation was intense even satisfying to watch. the multiple bloodbaths were highly memorable.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sukitte Ii na yo Specials (2013)

Suki-tte Ii na yo

each of the episodes for the Special series were only about minutes long each. with little time to explore its plot, it remained thoroughly enjoyable. the series was having Mei conversing with her cat Marshmallow, creating some random situations, even side stories about her childhood. though enjoyable, the episodes were nothing extra even if missed. while most specials were positively entertaining, being touching or funny. but for this series, it could be slightly disappointing.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Olympus Has Fallen

Mike was a former agent who used to work in the White House, protecting the President. after the death of the President's wife, he was discharged since he reminded the President too much of this painful past. one day, terrorists trapped the President inside the White House. Mike found himself fighting alongside the national security team but was the only one who made it into the White House alive. outside, the strategists were forced to rely on Mike and his past knowledge to retake the White House and save the President before the terrorists succeeded in their mission.

the film was most attractive action wise. there were so much blood and gore that one just couldn't get enough of it. the fighting choreography was fierce if not godlike for our few main characters. the plot of having North Korea abducted the President of United States to get back South Korea was until the very end, confusing but fortunately, didn't do much to hurt the flow. the complexity of the plan to get into the White House without detection was however, very welcoming. the villains of the film were led by Kang, a coldblooded leader that was not so distasteful but performed his part beautifully.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Suki-tte Ii na yo (2012)

Suki-tte Ii na yo

Mei was a quiet girl who spent her high school years without making any friends due to a childhood incident that left her believing that people will betray each other sooner or later. one day she accidentally injured Yamato, the most popular boy in school. for some reason, he became interested in her and declared her his friend. their friendship soon blossomed, even allowed Mei to finally began to befriend others.

with only 2 main characters for the series, there were plenty of character developments, which through their pasts and different stories revealed, we were soon falling in love with both Mei and Yamato. we watched as their relationship started with just a simple interest, to friendship and finally romance. despite being another typical romance series, it was both heartwarming and engaging, which made it worthwhile and absolutely entertaining.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Mama (2013)


Jeffrey failed in an investment and killed his associates and wife. he then took his 3-year-old daughter Victoria and 1-year-old daughter Lilly out of their house. driving on the slippery road, they crashed and fell over a cliff. surviving the fall, he walked his daughters to an abandoned cabin in the forest, with the intention of killing them. but before he was able to make his move, a ghastly creature saved the children. 5 years later, Jeffrey's brother Lucas found the children at the cabin, raised by an invisible figure they called Mama.

despite being a horror film, we were pleased to find ourselves never once jumped out of our skins by some element of surprise. on the other hand, it was the progressive growth of bonds the children developed towards their new guardians that made the film somewhat more in depth than usual horror films were. in many ways, the storyline was so believable that it wasn't difficult to feel engaged in their situation, nor feeling rooted for the characters that grew on us. the children managed to be adorable yet terrifying at times, while Mama continued being a mysterious creature that was seemingly beautiful yet eerily haunting.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei - The Animation
ダンガンロンパ 希望の学園と絶望の高校生 (2013)

Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei

15 elite students were gathered at a high class and very special high school. if they were able to graduate meant that they would definitely be able to succeed in life, which made graduating very difficult. the school was led by a bear called Monokuma. he explained that their graduation could be achieved through murder. they had to kill one of their classmates and able to get away with it. once the killed identity was discovered, the killed would be executed, else the others would be killed instead.

despite not being able to make the originally interesting storyline attractive, the series and its idea was captivating to watch. the main problem laid in its pacing. there were no exact main character for the series. everyone was introduced all at once but unfortunately, with only little character development they were unable to outshine one another. with only 13 episodes to explore, the series spent all its time on the murder mystery, sacrificing character development, backstory, even the time spent on investigation. every 2-episodes were spent on a cycle for murder, investigation and trial. the repetitive cycle slowly revealed the true killer.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Escape Plan (2013)

Escape Plan

Breslin was famous in analyzing the security of structures, especially prison. he was placed in multiple prisons where with his ability to analyze and vast survival skills was able to break out soon after. on his latest mission, he was sent to a new prison where he was not revealed its location. after meeting the warden for the first time, he realized that he had been framed. to find the person that put him behind the bars, he had to survive the brutality of the prison and being monitored 24/7.

there were no dull moments throughout the film. right after Breslin was introduced, his skills were demonstrated and moments later, he was put into another prison for more delicious moments for us viewers. unable to trust everyone in the new prison, even its warden, Breslin had to come out with an escape plan, later approached by Rottmeyer who befriended him, getting involved in his plan. not only having 2 very huge casts, the film was very well-paced and exciting to watch. the twists and turns were sometimes unexpectedly humorous, even highly impressive. in overall, the plot and its dialogues were often very smart. whenever we thought we knew how things would turn out, it went a completely different direction, making it even more entertaining.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Kotonoha no Niwa (2013)

Kotonoha no Niwa

Takao was a shoemaker trainee. he skipped school, spending time sketching shoes in a Japanese style garden. one day, he met a mysterious woman named Yukino, who was older than him. without purposely arranging time, the duo started meeting each other again and again at the garden, but only during rainy days. the deeper their relationship got, the more they opened up to each other, but the rainy season was coming to an end soon.

another film that combined masterful talent with bittersweet and emotional storyline. the story focused on the romance between a 15-year-old boy and a 27-year-old woman. Takao felt uncertain towards his future, and Yukino felt that she doesn't belong in the society. while the possibility of such a relationship was wide, little were explored. for as long as the duo met, talked, even falling in love, the confession only came at the very end, giving it little time to proceed any further. dialogues played a huge part of the film, where Takao's dream was revealed, but unfortunately couldn't bring a happier ending to the unrequited love.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

Jack the Giant Slayer

Jack met with the beautiful Princess Isabelle while selling his horse in the market. when the town was turned upside down with horsemen chasing down a monk, Jack trade his horse with the monk and was given a handful of beans to protect. his uncle was furious, tossing the beans away. that night when Jack was alone in his house, the Princess arrived, having been running away form the castle. the rain made the beans grew and they were carried high into the sky. when the Princess was took away by a giant, Jack was determine to rescue the princess with the help of the King's guards.

while the plot was very straightforward, we sat tight waiting to be impressed throughout the film. unlike Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013), Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) was a great disappointment. being a newly released film, it felt old, if not shallow. there were little character developments. Jack and the Princess were typical main characters with no depths attached. however the bad guy Lord Roderick succeeded in becoming a distasteful character and Knight Elmont was equally worship-worthy. the film in general was only enough to impress children but not the adult audiences.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Beauties of the Emperor (2013)

Beauties of the Emperor

the series told the story of Leer and her journey. originally the beloved daughter of a weapon dealer, she came in contact with a general called Yunkuang. they fell in love at first sight, but her knowledge and independent personality sometimes threatened the male pride. her adopted sister Miaoge was since young, jealous of her good fortune and had the intention of taking everything from her. when she found out that Leer and Yunkuang were in love, Miaoge did all she can to intercept so he would fall in love with her instead.

while in general sense, Miaoge was consider the bad guy compared to Leer. but even in that sense, it was often difficult to hate Miaoge for who she had become. with her parents dead, she was accepted into Leer's family but other than Leer, everyone else treated her as an outsider. she fought for what she wanted and it was acceptable, even understandable under the circumstances. Leer on the other hand, was brought up with plenty of love and sometimes naive and idealistic. but because of her confidence and independence personality, she was able to handle the job of an Empress, putting the people before her very own needs. the series started out slow, but soon increased its pace and compensated with the intensity of the plot.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

as young children, siblings Hansel and Gretel were left in the woods by their parents. they wandered into a candy house and was captured by a dark witch. they managed to kill the witch and years later became famous with witch hunting. one day, they were hired by a village's mayor. 11 children were missing and they were about to execute a woman they accuse for being a witch. Hansel saved the woman, Mina and promised the villagers to find the witch responsible for the children's disappearance. they soon found out that a power dark witch named Muriel was the one responsible. she intended to use 12 children and a secret ingredient to protect the dark witches against fire.

the film was so unexpectedly and disturbingly gory. we found ourselves gagging at some of the scenes, but of course, it doesn't make the film any less worthy of an applause. it had such a twist to the familiar Hansel & Gretel that we knew off, yet remained true to its plot. it was believing, even relatable at times. most of the fights were very close victory, which was logical since these witches were supposedly more powerful than mere humans. but then again, the final twists revealed that the reason behind why the witches' powers failed to harm Hansel & Gretel was due to the fact that they were children of the grand white witch. that alone was simply awesome enough to impress.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Avril Lavigne: Let Me Go (2013)

Let Me Go

Avril released her next single "Let Me Go" (2013) featuring her newlywed husband, Chad Kroeger of Nickelback. since her last 2 singles, which one were rebellious ("Here's To Never Growing Up"), another comic-like ("Rock N Roll"), she went the adult contemporary route with this latest addition ("Let Me Go"). the song featured an old-fashioned house with Avril at the piano and Chad on the guitar. her self-titled album that included all these singles were said to be released in November 5, 2013.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Identity Thief (2013)

Identity Thief

one day, Sandy received a call from the credit card company, asking to confirm his name and some other private information. the following days, he found that his credit card had maxed out, a spa in Florida was calling him, reminding him of his appointment, etc. when the police got involved, and with his new job on unstable ground, Sandy was determine to bring the thief to justice. he left his wife and kids behind and sought out a woman named Diane. after convincing her to follow him back to his hometown, they came face to face with dangerous situations, some even involved the bounty hunters.

from one seemingly cheesy plotline, the film turned out to be highly entertaining. it was unexpected that Diane turned out to be such a beautiful and lovable character in the end. despite the seriousness of the plot, it was a thoroughly enjoyable comedy, with little dull moments. the contrast of 2 characters were played out quite nicely, where in the end, they got to experience each other's lifestyle and decide what was best for everyone.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Love Lab (2013)

Love Lab

Fujisaki Girls Academy was well-known for their proper students, especially those in the school body. Maki was the student President, admired by her classmates for being calm and polite all the time. Riko however, was admired but had an opposite characteristic. she was more boyish if compared to Maki. one day, Riko accidentally walked into Maki and learned that she wasn't what everyone thought she was. Riko was later forced into keeping Maki's secret while practicing with her all aspect of romance, such as holding hands, etc.

despite leaking some yuri's atmosphere in the general plot, the series wasn't a yuri. like what the title indicated, the story was about experimenting love, the plot was no where near deep or unique, but the well executed comedy that took place every moment, even during climax scenes, were impressively engaging. with plenty interesting characters to bring the plot alive. Riko was the boyish one among the duo, she had zero relationship experience, but was popular among the girls. Maki was the perfect girl, beautiful and polite, but was as desperate as Natsuo to know how to be popular with boys. soon more girls joined them and it only got funnier from there.

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury (2004)

The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury

the story took place between Pitch Black (2000) and The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), in animation. Riddick left the planet with 2 other survivors - Jack, the teenager and Iman, the religious man. they were captured by a spaceship led by a leader, Chillingsworth whom collected villains to be made living statues for display. she had her sights set on Riddick.

while the graphic wasn't as impressive as recent available products, the animation and plot was entertaining enough for Riddick's fan. it was fast paced and always impressive as we watched Riddick fend of enemies and deadly creatures to save himself and the other survivors. while the animation was supposedly to be watched before The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), it actually made more sense if the animation was watched after The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), where its viewers would also be much more appreciative.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou (2013)

Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou

the story took place in a world where it was ruled by 2 tarot cards, the Diablos Tarot and the Elemental Tarot. Diablos Tarot was the tarot of the devil, who feasted on human souls and used the nourishment to bring pain and suffering. Elemental Tarot drew its energy from the nature to fight against the Diablos Tarot. girls from different bloodlines were chosen to wield the Elemental Tarot, defending the good against the bad to maintain the balance of the world.

despite being a magical-girl series, the series was somewhat bold and different, darker even, which made it even more attractive in comparison to the pink, fluffy type. there were plenty of gruesome fights, welcoming blood shed throughout the series. Akari was the latest tarot card to awake, also the latest asset for the team. due to some special circumstances, she had the ability to hear the daemonia's voices, making her sometime isolated from the team, as others found hearing those voices would create obstacles while confronting the daemonia. the plot introduced plenty for its main characters - Akari, Ginka, Luna, and Seira. the fights and story-telling was balanced, giving out impressions on how they continued living after all the hardships. being similar yet so different from Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011) made the series even more interesting to catch.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)

The Chronicles of Riddick

after hiding for 5 years, Riddick met with Iman at New Mecca and found out that Jack had been captured. when a bounty hunter crept up on him, he allowed himself to be caught, so he could find Jack in the same prison. they were reunited but Jack now a different person, calling herself Kyra. in the meanwhile, planets were conquered by a new forces that called themselves the Necromongers. while the high priest converted everyone except Riddick, who killed those he had the chance to get near with, attracted the Lord Marshal's attention. identify as a remaining Furyan, the Lord Marshal wanted him dead by threatening him with Kyra's life at stake.

having watched its sequels, we were from the very first minute, absorbed into the familiar storyline and awesome graphics. the background story took a while to get used to even for us, especially with the new introduction on the race called Necromongers. they were interesting to watch, if not slightly pitiful to have been the bad guys of the film. the twist of having another Furyan hidden among the Necromongers was even more impressive as he passed useful knowledge to Riddick to take down the cruel Lord Marshal. it was impossible to not thoroughly enjoy the film. being so different, Riddick himself was already a character powerful enough to held out attention.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya (2013)

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya

unlike the Fate/Stay Night series that adapted the serious earthly atmosphere, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya (2013) was different, taking place in an alternate universe, becoming a spin-off to the original series. instead of Saber, the main character was Illya. in this alternate universe, she was a school girl. one day, she stumbled upon Kaleido Stick Ruby, who had the ability to turn her into a magical girl.

the series was much more straightforward compare to its originals. Illya's character was slightly different from the previous series as well. here, she was a cheerful girl that grew up in a seemingly normal childhood, with plenty of friends and happiness. everything changed after she became a magical girl. the series added quite a number of fan-services and moe. unfortunately, some dull moments caused by Illya's nativity was unavoidable. with little resemblance to its original series, this installment was more of a childlike magical series that highly resembled Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011).

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Pitch Black (2000)

Pitch Black

a space transport vessel carried about 40 people crashed landed on a deserted planet. among the 12 survivors were pilot Fry, bounty hunter Johns, religious man Iman, antique dealer Ogilvie, teenager Jack, lovers Zeke and Shazza, and Riddick, a dangerous convict. they explored the land for places to escape the strong sunlight, but later found that it had 3 suns. the survivors worried themselves over food, water, shelter, and the fear of being killed by Riddick. but when an eclipse that happened for every 22 years took place on the planet, they had flesh eating creatures emerging from underground, feasting on them. their survival was slim, unless they learned to rely on Riddick for his enhanced eyesight.

not being a huge fan of science-fictions, i found myself absorbed into the film with every scene Riddick was in it. like every one of its sequels, Riddick was the good guy despite being a runaway criminal. he was tough and filled with more than enough confidence to drive everyone among the survivors insane. the twist of having Jack, the teenager being truly a girl instead of a boy like she was originally portrayed, was smart. without the luxury of budget, the film turned out to be extremely impressive, which explained the sequels after this installment.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Tamayura: More Aggressive (2013)
たまゆら ~もあぐれっしぶ~

Tamayura: More Aggressive

Fu recently moved to her late father's hometown. she restarted her life and enter the local high school there. she was usually shy with people, but when it came to photography, she was extremely passionate. it made her feel connected to her late father as he used to guide her. in the new town, Fu became close friends with Kaoru, Norie, and Maon.

the series was a continuation of its previous sequel - Tamayura: Hitotose (2011). with familiar backgrounds and characters remaining, a new character was introduced. the character consistency were kept intact, having us instantly felt continually connected to them as in the first season. Kanae, the new character was a third year student and photography enthusiast like Fu. she was originally insecure and timid until she found the Photography Club and join the girls on their daily adventures. with little interest in photography, the series held my interest throughout the episodes, which in return was satisfying, even heartwarming at times.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Remember Sunday (2013)

Remember Sunday

Molly was a lonely waitress that was heavily in debt and in college. one day she met with a talkative jewelry store clerk, Gus. Molly was interested in getting to know Gus, but she also found him mysterious. he always seemed absent-minded and preoccupied. actually Gus had a problem. he can remember everything that happened before a terrible day in his life in 2009. for anything more recent, he relied on reminders, files, even recordings. every time he went to sleep, he would forget everything and had to relive everyday by reading the file he created for such purpose.

at first glance, the film seemed like a happy if not simple romance. but almost immediately after Gus was introduced, things became interesting. it was straightforward enough to understand that Molly and Gus belonged together, but with his sickness as the greatest obstacle, his unwillingness to admit the problem to her had turned the romance into something so difficult for everyone to handle, even to us viewers. at some point after all the truth came out, the film got less intense and much more romantic. it was difficult to imagine Molly going through with reminding Gus of who she is everyday for the rest of her life, but i supposed it wasn't the purpose of the film. in overall, the film was thoroughly enjoyable and engaging.

Monday, October 07, 2013

Defiance #1: Defiance (2012)


Rachel lived in the safe wall of Baalboden, a city free of the Curse Ones, a gigantic scaled beast that blew fire, destroying everything in its path. the city was ruled by the Commander, a legendary hero that was rumored to have the ability to kill the Curse Ones easily. but he was a brutal and sadistic person. girls were to learn to sew and dance for the men, relying on the men to protect their city. but unlike other girls, Rachel learned to track and hunt, to spar like any man under the guidance of her father. one day, his father was sent on a courier mission and later declared dead by the Commander. determined, Rachel set foot out of the safe wall for a journey in search of her father.

being a tough chick, Rachel was a surprisingly lovable character. with her wild red hair, she was one attractive girl with plenty of personalities. Logan was her father's apprentice. with a cursed background, he was often belittled. their romance were certain to bloom despite my fear for Rachel to ruin it. her journey was so intense i found myself absorbed into pages after pages before i was able to take a breather. the unsatisfying end of not knowing if the Commander was killed during the havoc caused by the Cursed Ones was welcoming as it made me look forward to the next installment even more.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Empire State (2013)

Empire State

after failing to get into the police academy, Chris settled for a security job with the armored truck company. first day at work, despite being a security company, Chris noticed the lack of security for the company. he mentioned this observation to his childhood friend, Eddie. motivated, Eddie started an elaborated scheme to rob the cash stored in the security company. even though Christ was unwilling to cooperate, he was unavoidable connected to the crime.

despite having some promising casts for the film, the plot was unnecessarily complicated and uninteresting. from its very beginning, the friendship between Chris and Eddie was frustrating to look at. especially since Eddie was such a bad person, it didn't come off believing that a completely opposite character like Chris would be best friends with him. with the involvement of the NYPD detective as well as local crime bosses that wanted to know who pulled a job on their turf, things got complicated and went downhill every since. the film reminded me of The Town (2010), but a bad version of it.

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Magical☆Star Kanon 100% (2013)
マジカル☆スター かのん100%

Magical☆Star Kanon 100%

with only 1 episode for the OVA, the storyline was somewhat lacking depth, especially on its happening. the OVA was not in many ways, link to its original series. Elsie for one, was not Keima's self-proclaimed sistser, but Kanon's sidekick. Kanon herself took the spotlight as both the victim as well as hero for vanquishing the spirit by applying various magical girl sequences to it. her idol-like singing ability was bubbly and fluffy, attractive especially with no backing up music. overall, these are not the main characters in the series, giving them a spotlight was generally acceptable if not expected for a character like Kanon.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Riddick (2013)


Riddick found himself in an uneasy spot as the Lord Marshall of the Necromonger. he made a deal with Commander Vaako, to be sent to Furya in exchange for Vaako to be the next Lord Marshall. however, Vaako was determined to assassinate him. but Riddick escaped during chaos. being left on an unknown terrine, Riddick found himself up against native predators. he fought with the Mud Demons, deadly and difficult to kill creatures that resided in muddy pools. he found and activated an emergency alert, which attracted 2 ships, one carrying a group of bounty hunters, another carrying men from his past.

having not catch the previous 2 sequels, we were thrilled with the exposure of refreshing backdrops and plotlines. for Riddick, it was his survival that made him such an attractive character. after spending so much time in the wilderness, the way he gave in towards human interaction showed his desperation for civilization. there were really too many characters for the film, more than half of them remained in the shadow. however, the pet dingo Riddick managed to bond with, was unexpectedly heartwarming. watching Vin Diesel finally not around cars and guns was a rewarding experience, making us eager to catch the previous 2 sequels.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Revenants #3: If I Should Die (2013)

If I Should Die

Vincent was a Revenant, whom was immortal and death a periodic occurrence. but when he was captured by Violette, a numa that assumed Vincent was the Champion, wanted him dead so she could have his powers. when he died, he became dormant, lingering about Kate, his girlfriend until Violette pulled him back to her. Kate couldn't accept losing Vincent to the numas, she was determined to find out how to bring Vincent back from the death. at the same time, Violette led the numas to take over the immortal world.

a year after finishing the first 2 installments for the series, i struggled with the first quarter of the book, remembering terms like revenant, numa, bardia, signum, guérisseur, etc. but before i became frustrated with these strange terms, i got hooked to the romance between Kate and Vincent. in many ways, Kate was so relatable that it was easy to believe the happenings that took place in this fantasy world. right after things turned up its volume, it was so engaging that i easily finished it in 1 sitting.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Paranoia (2013)


Adam was a new inventor for a corporation ran by Wyatt. after being fired, he used the company's credit card partying with his friends at a club. he was later retrieved and threatened into becoming a corporate spy for Wyatt. he was trained in a short period to join Goddard's company, who was formerly Wyatt's mentor. after entering the company, Adam had to supply Goddard with a software to track everyone through their mobile phones while recording their conversations, at the same time gaining his trust. later approached by an FBI agent, Adam found out that his colleagues that transferred to Goddard's company all turned up dead soon after.

having little expectation, the film turned out to be entertaining throughout its airtime. with coverage but not too much in the technology field, it was actually viewer-friendly for us who often struggled with technicalities. Adam was like a tiny character compared to Wyatt and Goddard, who had such strong characteristics that it was difficult to decide whether we love or hate them. despite being the weakest character, it was easy to sympathize Adam having no say in all situations. the twists were mostly predictable but relatable, also making it believable.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS (2013)
ロウきゅーぶ! SS

Ro-Kyu-Bu!: Tomoka no Ichigo Sundae

like its first season - Ro-Kyu-Bu! (2011), this second installment too, focused on the same bunch of young girls with basketball. there were no serious plot throughout the series, perhaps some inter-matches that were intense in little girls' dictionary, but definitely not enough to keep one on the edge of the seat. the series was pure enjoyment, with girls of different personalities group together, compete against each other for a winner, sometimes even for the attention of their coach. being the only male among the girls, there was like a mini harem going on, but nothing too serious nor disgusting. as time passed, more and more girls were introduced, sometimes difficult to differentiate them, sometimes even forgetting who was actually the main characters.