Snapshot: Sora No Otoshimono: Tokeijikake no Angeloid

Sora No Otoshimono Angeloid of Clockwork

If your really not sure what Sora no Otoshimono we actually took everyone on a little drive through the universe yesterday. So, if you are looking for some background on the series you can certainly check there!

Sora no Otoshimono: Tokeijikake no Angeloid, or Heaven’s Lost Property: Angeloid of Clockwork, is the movie that was released at about the same time as season 2 became available in English in the states; earlier this year. It is marketed as a sequel to Heaven’s Lost Property: Forte (the second season of the small franchise). However, if you have read the manga, this movie and the events take place during parts of the first season and throughout the second season. The story is told about a pretty important character, Hiyori Kazane, who was actually not featured in the second season of the anime except for one particular moment. So there were hopes that she would be placed in the beginning of the upcoming third season. However, this movie pretty much tells her story in an hour and half.

They hold to the important parts fairly well for most of the movie, until the movie begins to wrap up. Then the anime movie takes the story in a completely different direction. Which I feel like wasn’t the smartest or best decision. The ending of the movie should have happened as close as possible to what happened in the manga. It would have certainly made more sense to do it that way to continue with the emotions that they have built in the universe. Also, the way that the movie ends kind of makes me question what they will do in the third season, since she becomes a part of the group to some extent after what happens.  Overall the movie was enjoyable, and normally I like a little deviation between the two forms of media. The deviation that they put in place here, on the other hand, I just can’t agree with or get behind.

For those of you who don’t like subtitles and would rather just watch the dubbed versions aren’t going to be happy to hear, but the movie currently isn’t in English, and I don’t believe there are any plans to make it in English. I’m sorry to the bearer of bad news, especially since, despite the ending, there are some revealing pieces of the universe in the movie to help explain some more of what the synapse is, who the bad guy with wings is, and just what nymph said about Sugata being ‘real.’

Snapshot: Sora No Otoshimono

Sora No Otoshimono Manga

Let the media review begins, and at what better place then perhaps one of the best manga and anime series of the last couple years; Heaven’s Lost Property, which is the English translation of Sora no Otoshimono.

My first taste of Heaven’s Lost Property was through the anime, which is rarely ever the right way to start. Similar to books and movies based on books, its often better to start with the writing. However, after watching both season’s of the anime I was able to get around to reading the manga this past week. Well at least as much as I had available to me; considering the story as actually still in production. Today I will be letting you into both the world of the manga and the anime.

For those who haven’t had the fortune of enjoying the series, Heaven’s Lost Property follows the once peaceful life of Tomoki Sakurai. Tomoki has lived in the same city his whole life, and much of that time has been without the care of his parents who are constantly on business trips and vacations around the world. However, he hasn’t been all alone. His neighbor, and childhood friend, Sohara has been keeping an eye on him, and has kept him in line as much as she possibly could. There has also been the girl in Tomoki’s dream that has been keeping him company through his sleeping hours. One day Sohara convinces Tomoki to talk to a peer in their class that is referred to as one of the smartest students in the school, Eishiro Sugata. This is beginning of the demise for Tomoki’s peaceful life. Sugata convinces Tomoki to meet him at a location under a large tree that has been alive for many years in the fields of the city to discover The New Continent as well as find out the real reason behind  this dream. On his way to meet up with Tomoki, Sugata runs into some trouble and tries to warn Tomoki not to go there. The only problem is Tomoki is already at the location, and the cell phone call breaks out during the warnings. This is the night where Tomoki see’s the skies open up and release one of the most important people to him, Ikaros, an angeloid from the Heavens. So yes, Tomoki’s peaceful life has shattered, but a much more interesting and fun filled life has just begun; especially as their friend circle opens up and they meet more angeloids.

That’s the story in only the first couple of chapters of the story. So yeah there is a lot… A LOT… more that happens. The story is really great mixing both ecchi fan service comedy with combat and strong emotional ties and problems. I myself became very attached to Ikaros right from the beginning, and that was before the details about angeloids come into place. Along the journey the group sure does have a great time, as well as some tough ones, as make new friends, compete in absurd compeitions, and take a particular guy who begins to despise the downer (which means human in the series) Tomoki.

Sora No Otoshimono Anime

All that being said the anime follows pretty close to the story for the entirety of the first season, with just a few small changes to character introduction times. For example Nymph, an angeloid that plays a large roll in the story, comes into the story a lot sooner in the anime, then in the manga. There a couple of other small things that are switched around for the purpose of flow, or at least I would assume they are for the purpose of flow. Which is just fine with me. Personally, I like it when the anime has some differences so this way I can still have some chance of surprise when I watch all the characters comes to life.

The second season is where there is quite a bit of difference between the manga and anime. The manga dives quite some more into the darker side with some a particular character that comes into place in Heaven’s Lost Property: Forte. They even cut out a character almost completely from the second season, that comes into a fairly large amount of play in the manga even after the second season. There is a movie that tells her story that was released under the name Sora no Otoshimono: Angeloid of Clockwork; which I will dive into when I do that review. Also, there were quite some difference in the timing when things happened from the manga to the anime. Overall, however, they still told a great story and hit the major plot points.

It was certainly one thing to read all the things that happen in this story, but to watch it made it so much better. They do a great job with the character models and coloring to make everything just pop. The Japanese, and American, voice actors are completely top notch. I love every second that I submerge into the Heaven’s Lost Property universe. It just keeps getting funnier and tugs more and more at the heart strings. I’m looking forward to whatever they creators throw at us next! I highly suggest checking the series out, even if you’re not all that large of a fan of anime. It’s certainly a great time.

Reviewer’s Note: If you do wind up watching the series make sure you watch the bonus scenes after the credits roll at the end of the episode.

Snapshot: High School of the Dead

 

Welcome zombie lovers to an anime that has all you desire in a short, manageable, and enjoyable series.

The series revolves around a group of teenagers as the zombie apocalypse occurs on Earth. While they all have their own reasons for survival they soon find each other and begin to work as a group to survive and make the best of the situation. You don’t get much information on each of the characters as the story begins, but you do get to see their personalities evolve due to the harsh conditions and brutal killings occurring all around them.

However, which is more deadly.. the living or the walking corpses. That seems to be the major question in all zombie scenarios. Let’s just face it, when push comes to shove there aren’t really many people you can rely on or trust. Well there is plenty of the darker side of the living throughout this series; from a corrupt and crazy teacher to left wing protesters who don’t believe that the recently dead are really ‘zombies.’ Hell there is even a number of looters that you get to peek in on and some people who are only out for their own safety.

While only about half of the manga is in anime form (and just barely half of the series is in English til the rest of the English copies release later this year), it is more than worth the watch. The only problem is the questions that are left and the want, no, need for more episodes.

There is plenty of action and comedy throughout the whole series; not to mention the amount of boobs and fan service.[lol]

Snapshot: Rosario + Vampire

I spent quite some time watching both seasons of the Rosario + Vampire series, and I must say that it was well worth the time I spent watching the anime.

Before, I even start really talking about the topic of the hour, forget everything you know about vampires.. and well just about every other monster. Also, don’t expect this series to be a downright scray and creepy experience. This series is deffinately a romantic comedy mixed with a lot of ecchi humor and panty shots.

The story revolves around Tsukune, a young man who has failed the high school entrance exam. With fear of his son having to stay back a year, Tsukune’s father runs into a peculiar person who offers papers for Tsukune to attend a school called Yokai Academy. However, to the human race, Yokai academy has a dark dark secret.. it’s actually a school for developing monsters. ‘Monsters’ go to this school to continue their education while learning how to coexist in the human world. On Tsukune’s first trip to the school he finds that he has no cell phone reception and the bus only comes once a month, so he is quite literally trapped there.

Also, within minutes of entering the monester realm he meets a beautiful girl named, Moka. She reveals herself to be a vampire. However, she is completely a sweetheart. However, she reveals that she isn’t as easy as her emotions are sweet. She must wear a Rosary to block her true power, and she is unable to remove the charm herself. (Honestly, Tsukune doesn’t believe a thing she says.. at first..)

However, once classes start Tsukune finds out about the school’s true nature and that everyone of the classmates he is sitting around is a monster. He also learns that humans can’t normally pass into the monster realm, and often hunted when they do. Uh oh.

As the story evolves Tsukune meets plenty of new friends who become infacuated with him. The true question is will Tsukune stay in attendance at his new academy? Will everyone find out that he is a human before he even has the chance to make the decision? What is Moka’s true nature?

The series is a great watch even with its abundance of sappy 10 second love scenes. The fights, although often short, are pretty enjoyable. Also, the many situations that Tsukune gets him in are pretty entertaining. As I said earlier, forget everything you know about monsters (especially vampires) and remember that this is mostly a romantic comedy. However, I’m sure anyone from a noobie anime watcher to an anime veteran will enjoy the series.

Adventure time: Ice king Why did you steal our garbage? Collectors edition 3ds.

First of all if you don’t know what adventure time is shame on you! Your missing out. It’s a funny children’s cartoon on cartoon network. Why do I watch it then you ask? Lets just say when you watch it, you will realize its not just for children. But if you did know what adventure time was then YES they did make a video game. BUT! Only for 3ds and ds users. This comes with the enchiridion Steel-book case that holds all your little goodies in this collectors edition. If you do not know what that is the enchiridion is a book that fin and jake use to carry around it should them how to be aw sum and how to beat up bad guys etc. But later on in the series they end up giving it to a bear that wants to be like fin. And comes back up in the story later on when fin has a crazy nightmare. You get a stylus but it is Finns gold sword witch he dose not use anymore but it used to be the one he used in most of the episodes. You get the book of beasts witch I have never herd of before. And you get the pixleized version of Ooo map witch is your game play map. And of course the game. I have not played this yet it comes out today! And I’m so excited. I will be doing a unboxing video for those who want to see everything first hand. But it has a old school Zelda feel or a pokemon feel. Everything being pixelated like your playing your black and white game boy again.

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From the games description from gamestop.com:

Finn and Jake wake up one morning to find their trash stolen by the Ice King! Jake couldn’t care less about half-eaten bananas, crumpled up math notes, and old chicken diapers – but when the Ice King uses these stolen goods to construct a Garbage Princess, our heroes embark on a fantastical adventure and teach him a lesson! Journey through the Land of Ooo in an offbeat adventure and discover perilous dungeons, unimaginable treasures, the true meaning of friendship, and never-ending fun!

  • An original storyline and concept written by series creator Pendleton Ward
  • Classic Action Adventure gameplay!
  • Conquer dungeons, collect treasure, and complete quests in the Land of Ooo.
  • Punch, kick, or slash foes with Finn!
  • Use Jake’s magical stretchy powers!

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I Am so excited for this game! A New school game with old school twist. of coarse its going to be for children but to me and many fans can see the adult humor in it and favor it for that and the children’s theme. because hey who really wants to grow up?

Snapshot: Indie Game: The Movie

Indie Game: The Movie is a documentary about the creation of Indie Games and the lifestyles of those who work on them. The movie goes so much deeper than just a base explanation of the Indie Game scene, but they actually follow the creation of three games in particular; Super Meat Boy (Developed by Edmund McMillen & Tommy Refenes), Fez (Developed by Phil Fish & Renaud Bedard), and  Braid (Jonathan Blow).

Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky do a wonderful job not only taking a look into the video game development themselves, but bringing the ordinary people, that only get to see the finished product, along with them. The movie was funded by Kickstarter, giving them the chance to follow those mentioned earlier throughout their development process, expo showings, and, even onto the retail aspect of one of the games.

The music, composed by Jim Guthrie, does a great job at accenting the various emotions depicted throughout the documentary. Jim envelopes you into the movie with the various sounds and instruments you hear through out your time in front of the screen. He does a great a job at helping you feel how you see the creators feeling.

There are no amount of words I can really say to captivate all that is Indie Game: The Movie. Honestly, this is probably one of the hardest reviews I have even written because there is just so much I could say, but not so much that I could explain and describe accurately what is accomplished by this movie. The only real way to appreciate this piece of art and piece of informational enjoyment about the creation of video games is for you yourself to check it out. Indie Game: The
Movie is available now!

Derek Padakowski

Snapshot: Tokyo Jungle

Tokyo Jungle is a downloadable game for Playstation 3 users. It is probably one of the most interesting survival games I have played in quite some time. The premise is that all human kind has gone extinct on Earth and animals have taken over the cities. These animals range from pets to zoo animals, and the setting is primarily.. well.. Tokyo.

The animals in the streets of this stone and metal jungle range from ordinary house cats and pet beagles, who have become ferral animals to survive, all the way too animals such as chimps, hippos, and tigers. Hell they even through in my favorite type of animal, DINOSAURS. Now, I’m not exactly just sure how they tied these fierce reptiles into the fiction, but I can’t wait to see.

The game mechanics are simple enough that just about anyone can get into this 3D side scroller type game. However, just because the mechanics are simple, that does not mean that game is short on challenges at all. Actually, quite the opposite. Since the mechanics are simple, there is a limited amount of things you can do as you try to take over the territories in the city, whether it be by beating and eating prey (predators) or by sneaking around and eating the plant life (grazers).

Honestly, the game is a blast and keeps bringing me back. In order to play as the different animals you have to play through Survival Mode as other types of animals and complete challenges. So the replay value comes not only from the joy and ease of game play, but also from the ability to play as a multitude of animals that you have to work pretty hard to obtain. There is all the online leader board aspects from many games that are coming out this year, and the art style is great and matches the tone of the game. The soundtrack, though, is probably the most enjoyable aspect of the game. The music certainly gets you amped for the challenges you will face as a cat, beagle, deer, ostrich, tiger, and well many more breeds of animals.

The odd thing about the game is the animation cutting that was implemented. So as you go around peeing to mark the territories they developer decided that they shouldn’t actually add the peeing animation. However, when you go to breed with mates, they did feel it necessary to add the animation for you beginning to mount another animal. They don’t go through the whole animation, but I just found it funny to see where the developer was willing to draw the line.

Overall the game is a lot of fun. Sometimes I even find it hard for me to put the controller down. It’s only $15 from PSN and there is plenty of play time throughout the game to more than make it worth while on an dollar per hour ratio. While the game may not be for everyone I highly suggest checking it out.

I give the game a 4.5 out of 5.

Derek Padakowski