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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Outlaw Star Review

Outlaw Star is a 1998 science fantasy western space opera Japanese animated series directed by Mitsuru Hongo, based on the manga by Takehiko Ito, the  plot follows protagonist Gene Starwind and his motley crew of an inherited ship dubbed the Outlaw Star, as they search for a legendary, outer space treasure trove called the “Galactic Leyline”. Positives: Great characters Great music Good voice performances Great action Decent animation style The writing is good The story is awesome Great humor Touching moments Great setup Negatives: Lackluster antagonist Episodics can distractive Plot:  The premise follows a young man,…

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Final Fantasy XIII Review

Final Fantasy XIII is a 2009 science fantasy role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix, released for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, iOS, and Android.  It is the thirteenth title in the mainline Final Fantasy series, and follows Lightning, Snow, and the other heroes who are dealt a hand of fate by the god-like fal’Cie. Cursed and regarded as enemies of society, they have the world against them and nobody to rely on but each other as they struggle to break free of their curse and determine…

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Krull Review

Krull is a 1983 science fantasy novel written by Alan Dean Foster and published by Severn House Publishers Ltd. Based on the film of the same name and is set on the distant planet of Krull, where two warring empires join together in a deadly battle against the forces of evil led by the Beast. Positives: Good writing Likable characters Negatives: Lackluster story World doesn’t feel memorable Lackluster characters Lacks exposition Plot:  Set in the world of Krull, an alien force led by the Beast in its Black Fortress rains death and…

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Final Fantasy VII Review

Final Fantasy VII is a 1997 science fantasy role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix, released for the PlayStation.  Serving as the seventh installment in the Final Fantasy series, the game follows Cloud Strife, a mercenary who joins the eco-terrorist rebel organization AVALANCHE to stop the world-controlling mega-corporation Shinra from draining the life of the planet but end up becoming involved in a larger world-threatening conflict. Positives: Great characters Great story Great soundtrack Fun, challenging gameplay Well-developed world setting Extensive campaign Innovative Materia system Awesome antagonist Plenty of…

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Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV Review

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is a 2016 Japanese computer-animated science fantasy anime film directed by Takeshi Nozue, voice performances include Aaron Paul, Sean Bean, Lena Headey, David Gant, Darin De Paul, Trevor Devall, Adrian Bouchet, Liam Mulvey, and Alexa Kahn.  Based on the 2016 video game Final Fantasy XV, the film follows an elite guard called the Kingsglaive who must stop a sinister plot during a peace treaty signing between the two nations, Lucis and Niflheim. Positives: Phenomenal visuals Beautifully crafted score Great characters Great voice performances Great cinematography Fast…

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Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Review

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is a 2005 Japanese computer-animated science fantasy film directed by Tetsuya Nomura, based on the 1997 video game Final Fantasy VII.  The story takes place two years after events of Final Fantasy VII, focusing on Cloud Strife and his comrades who must stop a mysterious trio from resurrecting the villain Sephiroth. Positives: Great characters Terrific action Phenomenal cgi effects Terrific soundtrack Compelling story Great cinematography Great voice performances Negatives: n/a Plot:  The story is fast paced but does take the time to focus on the…

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