Elfen Lied Review

Elfen Lied is a 2004 psychological horror science fantasy Japanese animated series directed by Mamoru Kambe. Based on the manga of the same name written by Lynn Okamoto, the series is centered on the teenage Diclonius girl “Lucy” who was rejected by human beings and subsequently wants revenge. Positives: Highly violent with lots of gore Great voice performances Good animation The writing is decent Interesting premise Negatives: Lackluster characters Score is not memorable Uneventful story Plot:  Elfen Lied focuses on Lucy who is of a newly mutated species, the “Diclonius”.  She…

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Zero Hour (Resident Evil #0) Review

Zero Hour (Resident Evil Series #0) is a 2004 science fiction horror novel written by S. D. Perry, published by Pocket Star Books, and based on the Resident Evil: Zero Hour video game. Sent to investigate a series of grisly murders in Raccoon City, S.T.A.R.S. Bravo Team scrambles into action. On the way to the scene, Bravo’s helicopter crashes. Although everyone survives, what they discover next is gruesome: an overturned military transport truck riddled with corpses — and that’s only the beginning of their nightmare. Positives: Billy and Rebecca are…

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Spider-Man 2: The Game Review

Spider-Man 2: The Game is a 2004 action adventure superhero video game developed by Treyarch, The Fizz Factor, Digital Eclipse, Activision, Aspyr, Backbone Entertainment, and Vicarious Visions.  It was published by Activision, Taito, Capcom, MacPlay, and Nokia, and released for GameCube, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Game Boy Advance, N-Gage, Mac OS X, Nintendo DS, and PlayStation Portable. Loosely based on the Spider-Man 2 film, the story follows Spider-Man/Peter Parker struggles between his personal life which involves Mary Jane Watson and his superhero life where he joins up with a vigilante…

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Samurai Champloo Review

Samurai Champloo is a 2004 action adventure samurai anime directed by Shinichirō Watanabe.  Set in an alternate version of Edo-era, the story follows a brave girl named Fuu, who is on a quest across Japan to find the “samurai who smells of sunflowers”, who is accompanied, Mugen, an impudent and freedom-loving vagrant swordsman; and Jin, a composed and stoic rōnin. Positives: Great main protagonists Awesome voice performances Good animation style Great soundtrack Touches on a lot of themes Intense action Negatives: Story isn’t compelling Plot:  The story follows a young woman named Fuu who embarks…

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All You Need Is Kill Review

Title: All You Need Is Kill Release Date: 2004 Original story by: Hiroshi Sakyrazaka Storyboards by: Ryosuke Takeuchi Original illustrations by: Yoshitoshi ABe Art by: Takeshi Obata Positives: Great characters Interesting story Great writing Great action Great art style Negatives: n/a Plot:  Keiji Kiriya gets recruited into the war against the invading alien menace called Mimics.  However, he dies on the battlefield only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again.  However, he forms an alliance with a female soldier, Rita Vrataski, who could be the…

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Halo 2 Review

Halo 2 is a 2004 military science fiction first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie Studios and published in Microsoft Game Studios.  It is the second installment in the Halo franchise, released for the Xbox, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows; the story follows Master Chief and Cortana who lead humanity in the conflict with Covenant while alternately following the Arbiter who must prevent civil war within the Covenant. Positives: Great voice performances Great soundtrack Good characters Good story Extensive campaign Competitive multiplayer Negatives: Dated graphics Linear campaign Campaign:  The campaign…

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Spider-Man 2 Review

Spider-Man 2 is a 2004 superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, serving as the second installment in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man Trilogy and sequel to the 2002 film Spider-Man. The film stars Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Alfred Molina and Rosemary Harris. The film follows Peter Parker (Maguire) as he struggles with balancing his duel lives while the city becomes threatened by the experiments of the mad scientist, Doctor Otto Octavius (Molina).

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Resident Evil: Apocalypse Review

Resident Evil: Apocalypse is a 2004 apocalyptic action horror film directed by Alexander Witt, starring Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Oded Fehr, Thomas Kretschmann, Jared Harris, and Mike Epps.  It is the second installment in the Resident Evil film series, based on the video game series Resident Evil, following Alice (Jovovich), who has escaped the underground Umbrella facility and must band with other survivors including Jill Valentine (Guillory) and escape Raccoon City alive. Positives: Good performances by the main and supporting cast Interesting characters Great soundtrack Good use of practical and…

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