Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Game Review : Muv Luv Unlimited and Alternative













Dear All, 

It has been some times since I make my last review. Now I would like to share my review about Muv Luv. Maybe some of you have already heard it. From what I know it was very famous in Japan and world wide, hence many side stories encompassing anime, manga, and light novel. For this review I will combine both Muv Luv unlimited and Alternative since it was direct sequel. Besides, I think it was not fair to review Muv Luv Unlimited alone because I don't see any story in it. It was like an opening for Muv Luv Alternative. Anyway, here we go. 

Muv Luv is game about humanity survival. There's fight between human and BETA (alien). You don't have to play Unlimited first but I suggest you play it because you will appreciate what happen in Alternative more than if you directly play Alternative. Anyway, there are 2 parts in Muv Luv Unlimited (Extra and Unlimited). Extra is the original world for our main char Shirogane Takeru. For unknown reason, he was transported into parallel world in which human fight with BETA. To avoid confusion between the two, I will called the world in Unlimited and Alternative (BETA world). In Muv Luv Unlimited, Takeru try to do his best to fight the alien. Unfortunately, he fail to fulfill his duty because of Alternative V. You can say that it was very tragic. Anyway, in Muv Luv Alternative, Takeru came back to the past and now with memories from the past, he will once again try to save the humanity and make Alternative IV become reality. 


Anyway, it was quite long game. But I have no complain about it since it was very great. I mean there's mecha, fighting, military, aliens, science fiction, sad theme, beautiful art, great characters, great music, great animation, and the most important amazing story. The world is vast. There are many characters if you include side stories. I can say it has the potential to become the next Gundam. Even the ending itself is quite open. I mean I can imagine that there's no lack of story to continue it. The characters are solid and developed. You can see our main protagonist character development from boy become grown up man. Even the heroines have back bone to create their own existence. Anyway, the song are amazing especially the battle song. I really like it. And the story itself is top notch. You can feel the emotion in every fight. My suggestion prepare a lot of tissues, especially when you approach 75% of the game (joining A-01 team). The story really move on with full thrusters here. Of course, it could have been better because I feel the last battle is quite rushed. There are many unanswered question. Still it was one of the best visual novel that I ever known. 

I think what makes Muv Luv especially Muv Luv Alternative great is there are many ideas and opinions that is not right and wrong. Even though the main character is Takeru Shirogane, we don't really feel that he has strong influence toward others. Takeru is like blank canvass that become painted beautifully at the end. Like Takeru, we learned many things about humanity. We learned that we cannot always get what we want. But if we can be true to ourselves and overcome the pain, then there are happiness at the end of our journey. The key to our happiness could be lie in our sufferings. I think Takeru learn about this first hand when he know the truth about his journey. 

I really recommend this game for people who like Gundam or casual visual novel fans or science fiction theorist (believe it or not, there are a lot of science fiction theories in this game). Cannot wait for the sequel. 


Rating : 10 of 10 stars


Regards, 
Angela

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Game Review : Sorcery Joker





Dear All, 

I am glad that I can write the review about Sorcery Joker as soon as possible. This can only happen because I really admire the team behind this game. I give my biggest applaud for 3rd eye. I don't care what people say about this game. For me, This is one of the best visual novel game I ever know. 

Sorcery Joker tell story about 6 protagonist in which their life linked with each other. Basically they are divided into 2 camps which is Caster and Outcast. Caster is someone who can use magic and abide by government rule. And outcast is what you can say like freedom fighter who oppose government rule. Besides, there are also people who cannot use magic. Overall, this game tell story about the fight between people who support magic and oppose it. I cannot say more because it will spoiled the story. 

This game is the newest game that I play. I mean it was released near end of year 2017. So there's no excuse for developer for bad graphic, song, and features (if there's any). And from my experience, I can say for sure that it really deliver what I want. I mean amazing graphic, amazing song, amazing story. More so, it was beyond my expectation. The characters are sympathetic. I mean I really like all characters even the bad guy. It was superbly crafted. There are 2 protagonist in this story. But you don't have to choose one of them. You have to play both of them. 

The first one is Mutsumi Haruto. He is student from Academy (school that teach magic). He has high moral about justice. He is your loyal and naive hero. But during the course of game (experiencing real world problem), he developed into more realistic person that understand there's no truly right or wrong. The other protagonist is Amabuki Senri. He is your typical cool protagonist. I really mean it. At first, I feel indifferent toward him. My first impression, he is quite arrogant. But in fact, he is humble and smart. I mean unconsciously you root for him to win because he have that kind of charisma. You can say he is the opposite of Haruto. Surprisingly, I care and support both of them. 

No matter how great the graphic, song, and characters, the most important part is still the story. Sorcery Joker story really hook you from the beginning. There's nothing slow here. There's nothing useless in this story. Every part of the story was necessary for the bigger plot and character development. And the song really emphasis it. There are 3 songs that I really like in this game. Those are embrace, origin, and the truth. Unfortunately, I cannot find those songs in You tube. I feel sad that I cannot share those songs in this blog. I can only hear it from the game. One of the reason I still haven't uninstall the game despite already completed it. 

Anyway, I really like this game. Even after finished it, I still cannot forget it. There are not many game that make me feel like this. This is surprising since it was licensed by Manga Gamer (whom used to license light visual novel) instead of Sekai Project. I really recommend this game for visual novel fans. Hope I can play another game from 3rd Eye.  

Rating : 10 of 10 stars. 

 
Best Regards, 
Angela

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Game Review : Ever17 The Out of Infinity


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Dear All, 

It looks like a dream comes true when I find that I can play this game because from what I know no one sell this game anymore. Still, I take what I can get. So what special about this game ? One reason I play this game is because it was developed by the same team who made Root Double. Since I know how amazing Root Double, I have no doubt about Ever17 quality. 

Ever17 is one of most popular visual novel game in Japan. It was part of Infinity series made by compan KID (unfortunately now has bankrupt). Still, it managed to make impact in Japan visual novel game industry because of the use of science fiction to make compelling and beautiful story. If I were not mistaken, this game was released on 2002 in Japan. At first I thought the graphic would be dull but imagine my surprise when I find that the graphic is quite good and the song was emotional. I mean it have been 16 years since released. It can hold its own compare to current visual novel games. So I really enjoy playing it. 

Ever17 : The Out of Infinity is the second series of Infinity series. Basically Infinity series tell about science fiction story involving player as "god" (If I am not wrong). Well, I cannot really dwell in it because it would be a long story. The story tell us the protagonist being trapped in LeMu underwater park in Ingsel Null (island). Because of certain accident, they cannot get out in time when there are evacuation. Worse, they only have 7 days to get out before it would completely flooded because of water pressure. Anyway, at certain point in the story, you have to make a choice that will determined who will you play. There are 2 protagonist that you will play (as Takeshi or Kid). You will have to complete 4 good ending. And only after that, you can unlock true ending. 

The characters are amazing. I mean they have their own personality and back bone. After going through 4 routes, you get a sense of each character and their personality. And depending on your choice it will affect whether you can complete the 4 ending or not. If you don't want to guess whether your choice is right or not, I suggest you to use the walkthrough. I am not ashamed to tell that I use walk through because I get bad ending at the first times ^^.   The song is quite amazing too. I mean I really cry at certain scene because it was touching. And the song really amplifies it. I doubt I will cry without the song. The voice acting is good. Actually I don't really like Hoshi Soichiro voice because it was quite "cry baby" but it grow into me in the later scene. 

The highlight of this game is the story. There are many mystery in the game that will only get answered if you get the true ending. I will be honest, it was quite boring to play the same scenario four times with some difference. Fortunately for the same scene, you can use skip function. I find that I use skip function often to waste no time. What surprised me the most is the inclusion of us player as Blik Winkel (4th dimension being) and time paradox concept (to be honest I don't really get it how time paradox work). Anyway, it was satisfying experience playing this game. 

Overall, I really recommend this game for visual novel lovers. I can attest that it was classic and timeless even though 16 years have passed. 

Rating : 9 of 10 stars


Regards, 
Angela

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

TV series: This is Us (2016)

Synopsis:

The Pearson' family story revealed in emotional drama.

Review:

Honestly I am intrigue to watch this series after I saw many good reviews and that is really true. This series story is simple but is wrapped in so emotional ways and so much feelings like happiness, sad, joy, triumph and love. This series is really captivating. I was caught up in the first episode and can't wait to watch episode.

This story tell how Jack and Rebecca has triplet babies but lost the 3rd baby and at the same time, there is a baby who left in the fire station and brought to the hospital where Rebecca give birth to both babies. They agreed to adopt the baby and named him Randall. The story tell about Kevin, Kate and Randall. The plot kept back and forth between their childhood and their present life.

There are a lot of up and down and they keep together to face it all together. This story just really nice to watch, it will capture you emotion.

Rating: 8/10


Best regards,

Selene.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Game Review : A Clockwork Ley Line : The Borderline of Dusk






Dear All, 

Now I would like one of newest game that was licensed by Sekai Project. The game was A Clockwork Ley Line : The Borderline of Dusk. This is the first part of Clockwork Ley Line trilogy. Still, it was good on its own and even though it was act like opening for deeper story, it was still satisfying experience for me. Let's take a look. 

Clockwork Ley Line : The Borderline of Dusk tell story like Harry Potter in which Lapis Lazuli is school for people who have talent in magic or magic resistance. But unlike Hogwartz, this school doesn't teach magic at all. It just cover to protect magie (people who have powerful mana and mist (magical equipment). Besides, after 6 pm (if I'm not wrong) the school change into night school with student from night realm come and study. It was not explained from where this night realm student come. I suppose it will be revealed in the next part. Anyway, the protagonist Koga Michiru was invited to join the school. Unfortunately because of misunderstanding, he was asked to join Special Investigation Bureau to investigate special phenomenons. And so the story began. 

I want to say that I don't have high expectation for this game but unexpectedly, I really like it. It has good story, good graphic, and good music. I really like the opening song. It was quite rare for me to like visual novel opening song. Based on my experience, most visual novel have good soundtrack but not opening song. So I really appreciated it. The characters are also quite good. Besides several important characters, there are also many characters introduced that may or may not important in terms of plot. But I suppose it works as cover since some chapter require us to guess who is the culprit. The soundtrack is also quite nice. It was not as deep and classic as G Senjou No Maou soundtrack, still it was good in its own way. You can feel the mystery and the emotion in the songs. The voice acting is also quite good even though nothing outstanding but I quite like Shishigatani Ushio voice. 

There are 3 heroines route that we can choose. It works like G Senjou No Maou characters route. Once you choose the characters route, the story will change and end (aka it won't continue into the next chapter). Some of characters route feels forced and not make sense. But I suppose it was because the story quite short so we don't really know the heroine. Anyway, I still enjoy playing this game. 

I recommend this novel for visual novel fans who love magic or not. It was quite simple and not too long so can be played lightly, unlike some heavy visual novel. 

Rating : 8 of 10 stars


Regards, 
Angela

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Book Review: Villain by Samantha Young (2017)


Synopsis:

Nadia Ray is a Meteorologist broadcaster. One day, his boss Dick blackmail her to reveal Caine Carraway' dirty secrets or she would be fired. That scene had brought Henry Lexington to save her from Dick' blackmail. Both Nadia and Henry share same strong attraction. But Nadia has dark old secrets that made her run, Henry would accept her dark secrets or they love could not last.


Review:

As all my reviews of Samantha Young' books. I love her. Everything she wrote always entertain me and I like it. This book is 1.5 version of series hero and honestly I like this book better than the "Hero" book. I think it is because I like Henry Lexington rather than Caine Carraway, for me Caine is too ruthless, while Henry is more smooth and sweet.

I have bad habits when I read romance book that I liked the hero, I tend to keep reading until I passed my sleep time and made me insomania, I know it is not really good habit. This begin if I really get caught in the story, especially if I liked the hero pretty much. Well, this book pretty much done that to me. I keep reading because I really want to know what Henry would do next to Nadia. I like the love game they're playing at. I believe you will love them too. Henry is one of the sweetest man that will sweep over someone' feet.

While I liked this book as much as I liked other Samantha Young' books. There are some things that I hoped this book could add. Like, I want to know what happens between Henry' mother and Nadia' relationship. As we know Henry' mother detest Nadia pretty much and I think until Henry proposed Nadia, there are not enough scenes that draw Nadia closed to Henry' mother. Besides, I think Nadia' old past secrets are not bad enough to make their love falling. I expect some more drama like If Henry dissapeared from Nadia and both of them tried to hide the hurt feelings and start date anothers but finally they made together again maybe will make this novel more fantastic I think.

This is more like happy story and happy ending to me. Not much drama here. They always been inseparable. I recommend you to read this novel, you will like Henry as much as I do.

Rating: 4/5

Best regards,


Selene.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

TV Series: The lost (2004-1010)


Synopsis:

Plane Oceanic 815 had crashed and some of the passengers are survive on the island. Later they figured out that they are not the only ones on the island, there are "the others" which local citizen on the island before them. But before them, there is organization called Dharma Initiative who conduct electromagnetic research on this island. On 1970, this organization conduct research because they found the special properties of the island such as electromagetic fluctuations. Later Desmond, who accidentaly sailed nowhere and being saved enter the code every 108 minutes to keep the amount of electromagnetic at bay. One day, Desmond accidentaly did not enter the code and there is big turbulance in the hatch and that caused the Oceanic 815 crashed accident.

There is strained relationship between the others and the survivor of Oceanic 815. There is a British researcher named Daniel Faraday, Daniel is a physician, He conduct research about time travel and he conducts time travel research which will change the variable and the constant (desmond himself). Variable meaning the others beside Desmond. Desmond himself can move toward and backward between time. Jack Shepard found Faraday' notes and determined to save the island and prevent the Oceanic 815 accident.


Review:

I know this is a famous tv series back then, I was late to just finish watch it few months ago. Back then, I was not really interest to this drama, because I am not a sci-fi fan. At first I was doubt to review this because I was thinking some of you or most of you who watched it back then, but this tv series just too good to not to be reviewed, because it stucks in my head for weeks and months and it is not something that I can easily forget. I just want to share my thought and my feeling of this drama. Also, if you are new generations who just heard about this drama, I recommend you to watch the whole drama, either through DVD or online. This drama really worthed for your time and your senses.

One word to describe this drama, complicated. This is the most complicated drama I ever watched so far. Each episode and each season will bring you to something you don't know or something you won't be guessed. Each episode is a surprised. Each episode told each individual, so at the end you will know well every survivor. I really appreciate the effort of the writer and director of this series, I can imagine how hard for them to make this story work. This series also tells a whole lot scientific knowledge that you heard before or never believed before, some of them can be rumor or just a merely stories. Here just a bit example unique scientific experience: Hugo believe that after he won USD150 milllion by entering the number sequence which he believed bring bad luck to him or Claire who went to paranormal to find out that she need to protect her own son and can't let her son being adopted by someone else, later she is being told that she need to get on the flight Oceanic 815 to save her own son which lead her to the plane accident or Rose and John Locke who find their health back in the island or Dr Jack Shepard who is between believe anything rational as a doctor or believe some mythical stories of the island. They are really interesting to be watched. 

I personally a team Jack. I think Jack Shepard is a unique character in this series. At the beginning, he as a doctor tried to save other survivor of the plane and later he who has bad bed manner which means he is never give false hope to the patient. He tried to calm the survivors after some incidents caused by the others. He is a spinal surgeon who operated Ben also, barter it with Kate and Sawyer' freedom from Hydra island. He had bad obsessed behaviour which caused strained in his marriage with Sarah, which caused Sarah's leaving him to other man and had baby with other man. Jack himself is a good doctor. He is kind individual, but he is stubborn and doubtful, he scared to make wrong decision which cause other people distrusted him. 

If you are doubtful about this series like me before or you are not interest in science fiction drama, but you are really looking into one good drama to be watched in your empty time, try this series. This series is really worth your single seconds, in my opinion. Until now, I still watched back some of my favorite episodes of this drama. This drama just one of the best drama I ever watched so far.

Rating: 9/10


Best regards,


Selene.

Film Review: Brad' status (2017)


Synopsis:

Brad work in non-profit organization. One day, he was accompanied his son, Troy to Boston for Harvard' interview. Then He met his old friend, Craig Fisher. Brad start to question himself, what He really wanted in life.

Review: 

This story focus on Brad' point of view. Brad start to have insomnia thinking about his life. He likes to see social media and start to compare his life with his old friends.

One day he accompanied his son, Troy for Harvard' interview. His son apparently forgot his interview
the wrong day. Brad tried to call his old friend who is professor at Harvard and finally his son can get second chance to be interview with his favorite lecturer there.

During the whole process, Brad learnt that not all looks good seems to be perfect life. This film has good idea but it is quite not sure what message of this film. Beside, Brad' kid appeared too quiet in this film, I don't know if he tried to be funny but it is not funny either. Seems the ending of this film is not really end for me.

Overal quite entertaining film to fill your weekend movie day.

Rating: 6.5/10


Best regards,

Selene.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Film Review: The mountain between us (2017)


Synopsis: 

Alex meet Ben when they hired a small boeing to go to New York. Their plane crashed and both of them need to survive at the mountain. No body help and both of them need to support each other until they find a way to back to city.

Review:

This is a good romance novel. I liked how strangers can be a couple. Ben is a surgeon and Alex is a jounalist. Both of them stranded in the mountain and both of them tried to survive with all they have.
They tried to get to know each other which is not easy at first because Ben is introvert about his personal life. Alex also had a fiancee and she was going to a dress fit session. She is going to marry Mark on the next day.

When both of them finally comeback to the city, they fall in love. Ben tried to avoid Alex because he thought Alex is already married to Mark. She actually called off the wedding. She find soulmate in Ben. Actually the story is pretty good. Kate Winslet is very good to play deep feeling romance. When she played "the reader" it stuck in my head for days. I like her acting.

What I expect is I want more romance session between them. more love emotional connection between them when they stuck in mountain and after they comeback to city.

Well it is still good romance drama, if you are looking into one.

Rating: 7/10


Best regards,


Selene.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Game Review : Ame No Marginal (Rain Marginal)








Dear All, 

Now, I would like to talk about short but beautiful and sad visual novel. It was called Ame no Marginal (Rain Marginal). Well, why Rain ? Well, basically Rain (water) is one of the biggest part of the game. This game was written by Tomo Kataoka, the same writer who write Narcissu. This game sort of prequel for his light novel Mizu no Marginal. But you don't have to read the novel to enjoy this game. The game is quite short so it was refreshing to play short game in a while. 

This game have two main characters. Man who doesn't want to live but also don't want to die. Another one is girl who have already lived for about 1000 years. Both of them live in different era and different place, but somehow their path conversed in white and vast world. I try to give as little spoiler as possible. Anyway, the story is simple. You just play it from man POV, then continue with the girl POV, and then back to man POV, and so on. At the end, both story combined into one and provide very sad ending and happy epilogue. 

For information, it was really short. I finished the game just around 3 hours. But there's also bonus game included, which is Narcissu 1 if you want to play it. But from what I know, Narcissu 1 and 2 is free in Steam. So that makes it quite moot. Back to the game, I like the premise. I mean it's rare to play the game in which the main character is adult and quite suicidal. And the story was quite mysterious too and it attract you from beginning. There's voice acting for the woman but not the man. Don't know why. The not good part is the graphic and music is quite simple. Well, you can say that this is low budget game. The story is the only one that stand out from this game. Unfortunately developers decide to make this game short instead of normal game. 

Anyway, this is good game but short. I recommend this game for visual novel lovers who have spare money. Get this game on sale unless you have lot of money to support developers. 

Rating : 6 of 10 stars


Regards, 
Angela