All posts tagged: A-1 Pictures

Like Someone Possessed – Occultic;Nine (Volume Two) – Humble Opinions

When appreciating a truly enormous jigsaw puzzle, one must take strides in reverse, backing far enough away until the immeasurable mesh of squiggly little pieces makes some semblance of sense. Of course, distance does not change the composition, merely the understanding. Those pieces are still weirdly shaped and were frustrating as hell to put together, barring the ever helpful corners, but the proper perspective does wonders for seeing the picture of which they are a part. That being said, the bigger picture itself may also be a confusing mess that doesn’t exactly mesh with your aesthetic; but hey, you’re the one who decided to put time into building a jigsaw puzzle. Unless you were forced by some third party…blink twice if you need help. So, halfway through and Occultic;Nine is still the epitome of rapid-fire narrative. Characters continue to blather on at a speed beyond human comprehension and treat their ramblings as if they weren’t quoting an anime that doesn’t exist in-universe; also, low blow bringing up “I failed” and Steins;Gate, real low blow. Anywhen, …

The Devil You Know – Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga (Volume Two) – Humble Opinions

If there were ever a being to carry completely justifiable daddy issues, it would be the child of Satan. I doubt he would turn up to any of his child’s important life moments and he also helms a realm of eternal torment and damnation. And that’s terrible. In the specific case of Rin, Satan is also rather determined to utilise his son as a weapon for destroying the entire mortal realm and gaining even more power than he already possesses as the Head Demon in Charge. Totally a selfish move, but what else would you expect from, you know, the Devil himself? When last we left our hero, he was locked in a prison cell and just discovering the extent to which his adoptive father was awesome. We already new Shiro was enough of a badass to hold Satan at bay for years with willpower alone, but now we are also aware of how simply he can heal an entire temple of a deadly demonic disease, befriend the sceptical leader-to-be of said temple and receive …

As Per Paranormal – Occultic;Nine (Volume One) – Humble Opinions

The world is a truly mysterious place. Though we have come to understand it more and more across the decades, there remains a multitude of unanswered questions. I’m not merely talking of undiscovered sub-species or which types of food keep your body in tip-top shape; no, I’m talking of grander things, of more powerful things…creepy things. I speak of what lies beyond, of what lies hidden in the realm of spiritualism and magic, of ghosts and demons. You know, all that fun stuff that makes for a quick scare and everlasting debate regarding the permanence of the soul and the continuation of self after death. Real keep-you-up-at-night kind of stuff. Who would believe in the occult? Seriously, it’s a bunch of childish nonsense that simpler folk use to explain what they do not understand. Such is the opinion of Yuta Gamon, the ironic creator of an occult focused blog known as Kiri Kiri Basara. To debunk those who relish in the supernatural, to tear their arguments apart with science and fact, that is the aim. …

The Devil’s Own – Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga (Volume One) – Humble Opinions

The devil is a bad guy; I don’t think I”m stepping on any toes with that statement. Since time when-somebody-wrote-stuff-down, this beacon of all things evil has plagued the good folk of the world and tempted them with sin. Now, whether you believe such things are literal or metaphorical, they make for some damn fine fiction. One particularly intriguing tale born of this symbolic evil focuses on the age old clash of nature and nurture. More simply put: Is one’s parentage a deciding factor in who they will grow to be? Also, do devil powers make you cool? Welcome back to the realm of exorcists and demons, of cleanse or be killed. It’s been a while since the last animated jaunt through the averagely hellish streets of this particular Japan and no time is wasted jumping back into things. For clarification, watchers of the first anime series may notice a slight clash of plot with what is presented, in which you would be correct. It’s one of those we-changed-the-ending-of-the-story-so-we-could-wrap-everything-up-in-our-initial-run-and-weren’t-sure-if-we-would-get-a-second-season-to-follow-along-with-the-manga-plot situations, so don’t stress over it …

Nanana’s Buried Treasure Complete Series – Review

Nanana’s Buried Treasure is a lot of things, but it isn’t predictable. This short 11 episode anime takes you into an utopian paradise of an island where people can live up to their potential and follow their dreams. On this island, a young person can get a new lease on life… but at the same time this lease must always be paid. Nanana’s Buried Treasure is an odd couple drama, an Indiana Jones style adventure, and even a murder mystery, all wrapped up into an interesting and unpredictable journey where the moment you feel like you’re about to get some answers, the questions suddenly change. In Nanana’s Buried Treasure the titular character is already dead… but her spirit lives on (not to mention, trapped) inside the room of a student accommodation where she plays video games all day and night, and is also somehow able to consume pudding. Now that’s an afterlife we can all hope for right? The SEGA fan in me just has to mention the fact that Nanana is shown playing real video games …

Sword Art Online 2: Part Four – Review

If you’ve followed this site since the beginning, and as a result of that my reviews of Sword Art Online, you’d know that I’m not the biggest fan of this series. As much as I try to make these reviews more about the product than simply my not-so-hidden agenda, it has proven difficult to go through with a write-up and not mention my deepest, darkest hatred for most of what this series has to offer. People often ask me, as they would, why I dislike the series so much, and my answer is usually something to the tune of “It’s just terrible“, which isn’t the greatest response to a question of that kind, I’ll be the first one to admit it. Recently we at SnapThirty have received a review copy, from Madman Entertainment, of the latest Sword Art Online Blu-Ray release; Sword Art Online 2: Part Four, which contains within it the final episodes of the “Mother’s Rosario” arc. Unlike most of my Sword Art Online reviews that begin with nothing but negativity, I feel …

Sword Art Online 2: Part Three – Review

And thus…it continues. Sword Art Online is THE series that will simply never end. It’s so incredibly popular, A-1 Pictures and those in charge of promotion would be silly to turn to the producers of the series and say; “Yeah, that may be enough”. It’s a guaranteed money maker, and it seems as though those behind the writing of the series can, more or less, throw Kirigaya Kazuto and the gang into any given situation, and make what people perceive to be a worth-while addition to the already extensive series. Often Anime and Manga hit a point of critical mass wherein which they attain platinum status. Sword Art Online is one of them. It has countless fans, it makes buckets of money, and there’s simply no end to it in sight. Now, while there is a seemingly limitless number of fans for this series…there are just as many people out there who absolutely detest it, yet despite that, Sword Art Online currently remains one of the most beloved Anime series’ of all time. Go figure. …

Sword Art Online 2: Part Two – Review

The old saying goes; “never bring a knife to a gunfight“, but for Kirigaya Kazuto those words are nothing but empty letter jumbles. Kagemitsu G4 in hand, Kirito takes on each and every single gunslinger in the Bullet Of Bullets tournament with the hope of finding Death Gun; the renegade player killer and former member of the Laughing Coffin guild, stopping his murderous spree once and for all. Part two of Sword Art Online II takes place entirely in the Bullet Of Bullets events as players slowly get whittled away, and the true identity of Death Gun is inevitably revealed. If you’re in need of a quick refresh regarding part one of Sword Art Online II, I suggest taking a read of my review, which you can get to by Clicking Here. It’s worth taking the time, seeing as there will be some direct references to the comments I made in the review of the first volume scattered throughout this here review of volume two. This will be my second time watching through Sword Art Online …

Sword Art Online 2: Part One – Review

Sword Art Online is, in case some of you out there don’t know, one of history’s most popular Anime series. Now even though my words may seem a touch on the exaggerated side, go to any single pop culture-related event and you’ll see that what I’m saying is entirely accurate. In fact, if you have access to a time machine, how about you head back to each and every pop culture convention from 2012 onwards, only then will you truly understand the might of the Sword Art Online fandom. The Anime adaptation, released in 2012, breathed new life into the light novels that preceded it, with hardcore fans going back and actually reading over the same events of which they’ve just watched. Alongside it’s very own manga series and a bunch of new light novel continuations of the story, the series gave birth to a handful of video game titles that attempted to recreate the world of an MMORPG, much like in the series…without making the games MMORPGs. I’m having quite a hard time writing …

First Thoughts: GATE – Ask Me About My Hobbies

They include watching Anime, reading Manga, playing Video Games, collection figurines and, oh yeah, I’m also a high-ranking military officer…but that’s more my job than it is my hobby so let’s not talk about that. In fact, please don’t bring it up ever again. If I ever had to choose between my job or my hobbies, of course my hobbies comes first! The only reason I work is so that I can fund my hobbies, and the work I just so happen to be a part of is…the freaking military. Within four sentences, I’ve been able to accurately portray GATE’s odd and highly unrealistic protagonist; Youji Itami. He’s a young man with incredible combat skills who’s also an officer in Japan’s national military that, while on his way to a once-a-year sale, must perform his duties as a man of arms and save civilians from warriors coming through a portal from a world more or less unknown. If you ask me, this dark army appearing seemingly from out of nowhere reminds me a lot of …

Tsuritama – Review (DVD/Blu-Ray Combo)

I’ve never really been a fan of fishing. When I was younger, my grandfather would take my cousin and I fishing every once in a while and I always remember it being more of a hassle to me than a fun day out with my family. Even now, as a ripe twenty year old, I’ve done a little bit of fishing but still I find it a little too uneventful to occupy my entire day. After all these years I don’t think I’ve ever caught a fish BUT that doesn’t mean I can’t see the appeal in it at all. In fact, I kind of admire those who can go out and actively catch fish because I simply cannot do so. Hanabee Entertainment have, once again, released this series across Australia and New Zealand but this time they’ve delivered in the perfect way: A Blu-Ray/DVD combo. Thanks to them I’ve been given the chance to finally experience a series that my fellow writer Luke Halliday has been bugging me to watch ever since I first met him …

First Thoughts: “Gunslinger Stratos – The Animation” – Run And Gun…And Then Run Again

Here’s the deal, reader; I had no idea this Anime had been based on a video game of the same name and, for those of you who’ve watched the first episode, it honestly doesn’t seem like it right? I quickly glanced at this Anime on Crunchyroll and, on a whim, I decided that maybe I should give it a try. Fact is; I knew absolutely nothing about it. Judging by the previously released promotional image, this Anime seems like a neo-fantasy war series about a bunch of technicolored characters going head-to-head for some sort of undisclosed reason. I don’t know. I didn’t do any research on this Anime before watching, I just decided to watch. As it turns out…it’s pretty damn good! From what I’ve read about the video game, it’s an arcade shooter that has, as of right now, only been released across Japan. I was in an arcade just the other day and there was nothing but “Time Crisis 1”, “2”, “3”, “4”, and something called “Raging Storm”. Nothing there that looked as interesting …

From The New World: Part Two – Review

As humans, we don’t exactly know the truth of this world. Really, there’s only so much we can know! Think about it; we don’t even EXACTLY know how the universe started. We have a good idea about it but, honestly, a great deal of this world is but a huge mystery just waiting to be solved. Now what if I was to tell you that the world was an entirely different place before you were born? Not just the way people speak, the way they dress or their mannerisms. I mean ENTIRELY different. Unrecognizably different. Unbelievable different. It would be kind of daunting, right? Damn right! Conspiracy theories pop up all the time nowadays and most of them are thrown out the window labelled ‘silly’ or ‘ridiculous’ but what if some were true? What if the royal family really are a bunch of lizard-people eating our babies? What if the world destroyed itself hundreds of years ago and the life we lead now is just humanity’s attempt at reviving what has been lost for so …

“Persona 4: The Animation” Series Collection Review

Life is a fickle and unforeseeable force. Many people throughout the years have tried to grasp destiny in all it’s unpredictable glory but have failed to be able to bend and shape it at their will. This is something that may, for all intents and purposes, be impossible but that doesn’t mean anything bad for us in the world of the living. Day by day we live our lives, not knowing what is around the corner but all the while hoping it is something good. If it is destiny’s desire for you to do something, chances are, you are going to do it. Now put aside beliefs for just a moment and try to imagine a world filled with lives dictated by an immeasurable force. This force manipulates each and every one of us ever so slightly. It’s tender, so much so that it doesn’t even seem like it is there but it is and it’s walking with you hand-in-hand down a path you must take. There may be many splits in this metaphorical path …