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Otaku Review: Detective Conan/ Case Closed

Conan as a kid

Take a genius crime-solving teenager. Put him in the body of a six-year-old child, give him a tranquilizer dart, a shooting clock and some other high tech tools that would make Q jealous. Sprinkle it with 800 plus episodes and 20 movies riddled with crime and corpses and there you have it. Detective Conan (aka: Case Closed) is the longest running detective series in the world…and also one of the most violent series imaginable. In virtually every episode someone dies in a gruesome and mysterious way.

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A corpse has been found!

Kundo Shinchi was tailing some men in black who knocked him out and fed him an experimental drug that shrunk his body. Since this would put some real strain on his hobby of solving crimes, he came up with a brilliant ploy. He got his friend, Dr. Agasa to make him a bunch of gadgets to compensate for his size and age. Conan then moved in with his friend and potential love interest: Ran.

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Conan and the kids from his class

 

Incidentally, his childhood friend has a father who is a drunken womanizing gumshoe who jumps to conclusions and sucks at solving cases. Fortunately this turned out to be easily rectified, as Conan drugs the poor sod and proceeds to imitate his voice every time a suspect is about to be exposed. This gave the man the nickname Sleeping Kogoro, and a lot of fame (which in turn attracted even more cases). Naturally Conan has to keep it hidden from everyone else, lest the men in black who shrunk him in the first place find out he’s alive, and the proceed to kill everyone he loves and cares about.

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SCIENCE!

Mind you, he’s quite capable of getting them almost killed himself due to the abnormally high crime rate in Japan. I can assure you that when he and his friends are about and at it, corpses will fall from the sky in a flat, featureless desert.

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Kogoro, random stranger, Rans friend, Ran and the kids
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I want those spy glasses!
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Suspension of disbelief, Ran is a black belt.
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Rule of awesome beats reality!

Every now and then he is also joined by his fellow classmates and Heiji, who is also a detective, and Ai, who was part of the organization. She too, shrunk herself into a child with the mysterious drug. It should by now be worth mentioning that the first episode of Detective Conan starts with a couple getting decapitated in a roller-coaster, which means that the series can get quite bloody and absurd at times. Most of the time however, it’s quite down to earth (if you ignore the absurd number of explosives that show up in the movies and his inflatable soccer ball dispenser).Some suspension of disbelief is needed, since the whole reason Detective Conan keeps up the masquerade from his friends does become quite arbitrary. It’s not that hard to deduce that this kid is too smart for his own good. But then again time does not seem to move much in the series, even when the technology is updated. The author has clearly done his research, and for the most part it’s accurate and wears its inspiration on its sleeve.

Watch it on Crunchyroll
http://www.crunchyroll.com/case-closed

Njål Sand

Haven Review: Enter the Gungeon

EnterTheGungeonTitleFirst up is our disclaimer. We received this game for review purposes only, and as such all opinions in this review are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

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Defiantly not Vulcan Raven.

Enter the Gungeon

Play as a shady gunslinger stuck in a gun-themed dungeon, where living bullets are armed with guns that shoot bullets…and that’s only the first room. In fact there are several gunslingers to pick from, with some unique starting options and passives.

Tutorials are for chumps; here is all you need to know. One stick is for moving, the other is for aiming and every hero has a gun that shoots projectiles. They all come with a “dodge roll” and can have an extra item equipped. They also have a fancy bullet-stopping area attack.

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A gun that shoots the word bullet.

The game is quite simple, highly intuitive and extremely addictive, in both single player and coop modes.

In this randomly generated “gungeon”, virtually everything will try to kill you unless you shoot first. If you can’t kill it, you’re obviously not using enough bullets! That being said, not every weapon uses conventional ammo. Even a simple water gun is deadly and good for quenching fireplaces and things that throw Molotovs, or pesky items afire.

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There is always something going on.

The most brilliant gun I’ve found so far is the love gun. It shoots nice things, including hearts and squeaky teddy bears. With a little luck it charms enemies as well. Too bad the gun and item drops are completely random, just like the room layout and enemy setup. Rooms usually contain an assortment of things, such as debris, flippable tables, and movable barrels. Naturally, this means that red ones go boom. The most annoying thing with Enter the Gungeon is that there exist suicide bombers. Fortunately they’re easy to dispatch and will probably blow up adjacent enemies.

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Watersports and runaway minecarts.
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Yet another stupid death.

Each floor has a boss and most have a store, as well. Eventually savvy players will realize that it’s possible to reveal floor shortcuts and find many unlockable goodies. Even the first floor can be a challenge, and enemies will most likely succeed at killing you. It’s a top down game where some luck, skill and a lot of patience is needed to progress. Enter the Gungeon is drawn in that lovely pixel art which is so popular these days, and it works wonders. Despite the easy controls and solid mechanics, this game will kick your ass hard and you will die a lot. Luckily, it’s possible to unlock shortcuts and other hidden goodies. But those take some luck and a lot of skill to access, since the bosses drop a special currency. Trust me, each and every boss is unique and hard. This means they will gobble you up and spit you out; then do it all over again.

Don’t let the sprites of the gungeon fool you. A lot of effort was put into the graphics, and it shows. Each room is littered with stuff to destroy. Debris are mostly permanent and can be scattered about with explosions. Many of the gungeon’s rooms provide teleporters. These devices allow you to fast-travel around the map; as long as you’re not currently engaged in combat, that is.20160415210749_1

The room you’re in will be “locked off” during shootouts. The soundtrack for Enter the Gungeon is quite catchy and brilliantly captures the feel and style of the game. It can be bought separately, or in a bundle. The same goes for the sound effects. They make just enough noise not to become annoying. Personally, I enjoy the hell out of this game. However the premise and execution is not necessarily for everyone.

GUngeojn

http://store.steampowered.com/app/311690/

Njål H Sand

Haven Review: Log Horizon

Log Horizon

In an online world within our world, several thousand players got stuck as their avatar within Elder Tale, as the newest expansion pack was released. The series mainly follows Shiroe, the devil in glasses, and his merry followers who struggle with all the problems that occur as the online world slowly becomes real and larger than life. As a seasoned strategist and highly ranked player, he ends up taking taking control as the world keeps throwing new curve-balls his way. Luckily he has a strong supporting cast and is well versed in the art of “plans within plans”.

Yes this is the hero of the story.

There are many a tale in our world about adventures in other worlds. So what makes this series worth watching? It has a lot of char, political intrigues and a huge selection of colorful characters. What really sets it apart is the sense of mystery and the well thought out pacing. The biggest folly of many such shows is they either focus too much on the dialogue or flood the viewer with action. The style and character designs are often all over the place and the use of conspicuous CGI can throw some people off. Unlike some series, the characters here are dressed in a practical way and the artist doesn’t stack gear upon gear. Mind you, they look great. They just don’t fall under the category of costume porn. The intro song is also very decent to the point of becoming an earworm.

One of the major plot points within the series is the mystery behind the event that occurred. How will they deal with their new life in a world where they have player powers, yet the NPCs don’t?

And how will they get home, if it’s possible at all?

Do not question the hairy goat slime.

More than anything it conveys a most human outlook on the nature of mankind and its ability to adapt. A very noticeable thing I just have to mention is the lack of a truly violent tsundre character, accidental perverts and panty-shots. Sure they have some jokes about it, however it’s quite tame and family-friendly in that department.

The Log Horizon anime is apparently based on an ongoing light novel series which got adapted into 25 episodes of animated awesome. I can truly say that I enjoyed this series a lot and I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes mystery and world-building. Now if I only could get hold of more. Yes it is highly addictive, and binge-watching is a quite real and possible outcome.

For anyone interested, it’s possible to see it on Crunchyroll and it should be available for most of the world. Just follow the link bellow.

http://crunchyroll.com

Njål sand