Boku No Hero Academia Review

Boku No Hero Academia is focused on one child in the world where most have special abilities and he is born without one known as a Quirk. The quirks have been slowly expanding through the population but Izuku Midoriya still holds on to the dream of being a hero.

Cover Art

Cover Art

Izuku decides early on that he is a late developer or that if he tries hard enough and puts in the effort that he can one day become just like his hero the All Might. This anime does have a feeling of the western world comics in it but was a little harder to follow for me than ReLife but that was mainly to do with the speed of the dialogue. The story itself is solid and has some really good feel good moments and twists along the way.

The animation didn’t seem as high quality as ReLife that being said it could have been the quality that was watching in and that was 480p. However, you did notice the difference between ReLife and Buku No Hero Academia at the same quality.

Boku No Hero Academia gets the balance of story and action just right and shows the development of characters really well. One of the first lines of the series is no one is equal and although this is the motto all the way through it does show how you can work hard to get where you want to be against all odds.

Students ready to action

Students ready to action

The Verdict

Boku No Hero Academia is definitely worth a pick up as it gives the right amount of balance of action and story, to make you invested in the characters but at the same time, the pace of the action is fast enough for you not to get too bogged down in the story. There are plenty of twists and turns and if the studios allow there will be another season of this awesome anime. So believe in yourself pick up this anime and watch how anyone as long as they are in the right place at the right time you can achieve anything.

ReLife Anime Review

ReLife is only my third trip into the world of anime and I have to admit I really enjoyed it. The reason for choosing ReLife was it was one of the top Animes on the list I was looking at and had a synopses similar to Plastic Memories which was the last anime that I really sat down and watched.

ReLife Cover Art

ReLife Cover Art

ReLife is based around Arata Kaizaki who is unemployed 27 years old that is bouncing between jobs where possible and is approached when he is at his lowest to take part in an experiment. The experiment is to take a pill and go that alters his appearance so that he can go back to high school. This sounds quite interesting because it’s like starting over again putting someone that seemingly is struggling in life back into an environment that they have been before and stable one to boot.

There are a lot of twists and turns in ReLife as Arata comes to terms with his personal demons some were completely out of left field and was not expected others you could see coming right off the bat. The Japanese humour can be missed in western culture from my limited understanding and research but there was some real laugh out loud moments when some of the characters were put in some awkward positions.

The animation quality as I’ve come to expect is awesome, even watching in 480p the quality compared to some of the western counterparts was out of this world, but at the same time simple and not to complicated

The Gang off ReLife

The Gang off ReLife

The Verdict

ReLife is a romance anime but don’t let that put you off if your not into that type of thing, because it explores all aspects of social behaviour and has some really good character development. Along with some really interesting twists even towards the end, just as you think that you have the direction that they are going with it makes another turn. One that I would say is definitely worth catching if you’re low on anime and want a nice easy fix

Game Dev Tycoon Review

It’s probably not known that well on this channel that I really do enjoy the Tycoon games. I spent many hours playing Zoo Tycoon back in the day and much more, but this was part of a bundle that I had bought years ago but I forgot about it.

Which is a shame because the gameplay is so simple yet addictive, and the one game that has some real replay value even though it feels a little short. The problem is the story is based on the generations of the game industry and the speed of the game seems to be quite quickly.

This, however, doesn’t take away from the time that can be invested in the game because as you’re playing the game which is a simple you find little features that you didn’t know what existed. The tutorial pops do a good job of explaining the game but after a while, you start skipping some of the dialogue so you might miss some of the important things.

What I would do to improve this game is to try and add other objectives, expand it from just trying to get the best rating for your game and make the most money. I know that is the aim for Tycoon games but the truth is what the big studios did well with this type of game they gave a scenario for you to do and then they would adjust them. This game doesn’t have that a such you can go through without doing training just about without some smart decisions but having done that and getting to the end of the game, I just want to go back and improve having been given a final score.

Being a techy I constantly wanted to improve the engine every given time but now I’ve got to the end I want to go back and play it again with a different approach to unlocking other aspects of the game to see whether there is a new approach and can get a better score.

I can’t recommend this game high enough for the type of game that you can put down and pick up. It’s a casual strategy that anyone can do and you can try different ways to get success.

The Flash Season 2 Episode 14 “Escape from Earth-2 ” Review

Escape from Earth-2 carries on straight from Welcome to Earth-2 and the cliff-hanger that Barry is held captured by Zoom and the problem with the breach being unstable.  The breach being unstable is huge because it means that the team that went to Earth-2 will not be able to come back.

Iris and Barry from Earth-2

Barry is struggling with the fact that he cannot get out of his cell on Earth-2 with Cisco and Wells worried that they might not be able to achieve anything without him.  The need to find Zoom’s liar has become even more important to get Barry back and within the time that they set themselves.  The problems for Earth-1 also continues as Geomancer is still running loose in Central City and is starting to make people more aware that they cannot just rely on The Flash. This is where Iris has a conflict because although she has written a positive article about the Geomancer situation her editor wants something a little bit more realistic and highlight the fact The Flash might not be able to save them all the time.

While in search for Barry and trying to save him from his captor, it leads Cisco and Wells to try to make a deal with Killer Frost.  Cisco hopes that reasoning with her about Deathstorm’s death in Welcome to Earth-2 will work but it does not go so well and they have to use force that they did not really want to use.  Jay was the focus in Escape from Earth-2 on Earth 1, this seems strange as all the action is happening on Earth 2 but in order to save Jay’s life and the city Caitlin needs to help him get his speed back.  The mystery character in the other cell adds another dimension and questions to the Jay Garrick character.

Cisco and Killler Frost and Iris from Earth-2 negotiating

The stabilization of breach from Welcome to Earth-2 seemed to be fixed a bit early in Escape from Earth-2 but leads to an interesting twist to it returning to being unstable.  The problem with this is that it just did not feel like the sequence was required.  That sequence, however, adds some more development for Caitlin and Jay.

The Verdict

Escape from Earth-2 is a good development from Welcome to Earth-2 but just doesn’t seem to have the freshness.  Grant Gustin puts together a good performance, it was interesting to see him play the Earth 2 Barry as the character seems completely different to the Barry from Earth 1 and Earth 2 Barry does get more exposure.  The cliff-hanger that the team is left with will ensure that there are definitely more crossover episodes to be seen and that is encouraging just to see how the actors deal with playing two characters at once.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Movie Review

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is as Lex Luther said “Two Gladiators going to war” or words to that effect. The concerns of seeing everything in trailers with just the sheer volume of them that had come out was a concern however the movie did not disappoint.

Batman and Superman staring off

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with all the hype had a lot to live up to and the bar had been set quite high with some good superhero movies and shows on the small screen as well in the last couple of years. The problem is these are two highly iconic characters and working out how and when they come together and face off against each other is difficult. The major problem with the movie is the feeling of being disjointed, early on into the movie it swaps back forth from Superman (Henry Cavil) and Batman (Ben Affleck) but it does not seem to follow any coherency. Batman flashbacks go back to his parents dying and Superman’s seems to be the current rather than the past. The way that the two characters struggle with what is right and wrong though well thought out. The question though is do we really need to see Bruce Wayne’s parent story again?

The action scenes, however, are out of this world, the combination of well placed and stirring music to go along with the amazing CGI really pulled this movie together. The soundtrack has to be one of the best that has been put together in a long time as it captured every moment amplify the intensity of the action or the sadness that are felt by people at hard times. Henry Cavil has really grown into the Superman role but Ben Affleck as Batman took it to another level, getting the balance of Bruce Wayne and Batman just right. Lex Luther played by Jesse Eisenberg was another standout performance, he seems to excel in eccentric characters that have a chip on their shoulder like his depiction of Mark Zuckerberg in the social network.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice should be to see these two heroes fight each other but there was something of interest coming out of the supporting characters in the fact that the other villains that come out are Superman’s. This was interesting because although the movie did not need it, with Batman’s enemies being even more iconic is some respects would have been a good just to even up the negatives for each character.

The Verdict

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a good movie but having had some of the shock moments spoiled by trailers such as the introduction of Wonder Woman and the reference to other DC comic heroes detracted away from the shock factor. The problem DC has is this movie is a step towards the justice league to mimic what Marvel has done with The Avengers but the franchise just isn’t there yet. The cinematic was the standout point with the acting being just on par, but at the same time this movie just didn’t seem to live up to what people expected of it, possibly down to the amount of the movie that was released in trailers, nevertheless this is still a must watch.

The Flash Season 2 Episode 13 “Welcome to Earth-2 ” Review

Welcome to Earth-2 carries on from Fast Lane where they prepare and enter Earth 2 to help Wells save his daughter.  The team sorts everything out and has to say their goodbyes with some people not sure about whether it is the right thing to do for themselves.

Iris, Barry and Joe from Alternative World

Welcome to Earth-2 is an interesting mix as it enables people to be different, there is a distinct twist on the individuals in each world.  What does this mean for the story?  Not sure the actual meaning for the characters themselves as they deal with different emotions and their own mortality.  When entering Earth-2 Cisco and Barry are amazed by just how advanced it is compared to Earth 1 and this isn’t the only thing.  The problem here is that because it is so advanced they have to use CGI and although the CGI is normally well done in The Flash this just seemed to lack.  The lighting just seemed all off unless it was intentional to show Earth 2 more developed.

While the city effects wasn’t the most impressive thing in Welcome to Earth-2 the story was the other reality that Barry and Cisco find themselves in show depth to their characters they don’t even know existed.  Barry struggles with the dynamic his doppelgänger has with Iris and Joe.  Cisco is concerned that he can’t find his, but when he does he discovers something that perhaps he wished he hadn’t.

Caitlin and Ronnie make and appearance and after seeing Danielle Panabaker play the good girl for the entire show it was nice to see her in a more menacing role.  This was one of the bigger performances because it isn’t expected although the story could be seen playing out that way it is such a stretch from what we have seen until now that that’s what stands out.  The performances as always from Grant Gustin as Barry was well done but Danielle had such a change in character it made her stand out this episode.


Killer Frost and Deathstorm

The Villains also are well done this episode as Villains recently have felt a little detached and not necessarily a threat or a danger, but the way the alternative universe impacted the people that needed to be taken down added an interesting threat but not only that they felt sinister.

Jay also had to step up to the plate this episode with Barry gone and this was a good touch because it showed how much of an impact that Barry has on central city and that when he is missing they miss The Flash.  How Jay was used however was great because the revelations he admitted to Caitlin was huge although they felt small.  They showed even the person who is suppose to be The Flash in the alternative world seems to have more flaws than Barry.

The Verdict

Welcome to Earth-2 is fast paced but didn’t skimp on building suspense.  The concerns of Season 2 not being able to live up to the success and feeling of Season 1 has been unfounded as Barry and his team now get to deal with an alternative universe.  An alternative universe that will show them sides to their characters they didn’t even know that existed.

The Flash Season 2 Episode 12 “Fast Lane” Review

Fast Lane takes an interesting turn after a rollercoaster of emotions that was seen in The Reverse-Flash Returns.  The focus is now brought back to Wells and his relationship with Zoom or more to the point his need to save his daughter and the fact that he is not working with the team not that they know about it yet.

Barry and Wells trying to Solve a problem

Barry starts the episode charging around Central City at a bit of a loss that can only be put down to the fact that Patty has left, along with the fact that now that Wally is now a more prominent figure in the West household he feels a bit forced out.  This isn’t as bad as it seems because away of dealing with the loss of Patty and probably the feeling of isolation because the family that has been a part of for years needs its own space, is throw himself into work.  Throwing himself into work is an attempt to try and close the portals dotted around Central City with a hostile Wells.  The real problem is that Wells isn’t working on closing the portals he is working on trying to take Barry’s speed.

The main villain of the episode was Tar Pit which had an interesting premise and looked promising but has to go down in history as one of the most anti-climatic villains due to the fact he just wasn’t imposing.  The character itself had quite a good revenge back story but the actions in the episode just weren’t threatening enough.  Tar Pit had been threatened by some hit man and left to burn alive in some Tar while the Particle Accelerator exploded and caused him to be buried alive in this tar.  It is a miracle that he survived but knowing that he did the solution to defeating him was relatively easy and Barry although let down by failing speed found himself able to save the day.

Zoom and Wells with some of Barry’s Speed

The West Family drama has to be one of the most interesting points to the episode because Joe had always been a character that felt that he had things sussed and was a guiding influence on all the major characters in the season.  The problem is he feels lost with Wally and it is well depicted as he inevitably puts Iris in danger because he wants Wally to trust him before he can start trying to guide him in life choices.

The Verdict

Fast Line follows on from The Reverse-Flash Returns but has some major downfalls after quite a well put together season so far.  This is most part to do with the lack of threat that Tar Pit had on the people even if it did have what could be life-threatening results.  This, however, is well balanced with an interesting dynamic between Barry and Wells and whether or not Wells will completely sell out Barry and the team in order to save his own daughter?

Hail, Caesar! Movie Review

Hail, Caesar! Is a movie that is set in the 1950s concentrated on Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin).  Eddie is known as a “fixer” and his job is to keep all the big egos in check at a movie studio.

Eddie is surrounded by a wide variety of people that adds to the dynamic of just how difficult it is to manage these people.  The problem really becomes an issue when in the big release his main star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) goes missing.  Baird going missing, however, doesn’t seem to be a concern for Eddie until he gets a phone call that he has actually been kidnap Eddie takes this problem seriously.  Eddie goes around trying to put the fires out, because of the press has gone wind of the fact that Baird is missing and wants to know about it.  While the interesting thing about this is both reporters are twins and one has the facts right and the other doesn’t.

Baird Whitlock as he recovers from being kidnapped

The kidnap though has an interesting undertone though with current political climate because of the kidnappers were writers but they were after a communist belief and it felt a little weird because Baird started to take some interest in their cause.  It was depicted in such a way that it was seen that Baird was being brainwashed while being invited to talk to his captives and could essentially be a tool for this group to go up against the establishment and capitalism in this case the studio.  Baird wasn’t the only focus, however, wasn’t the only movie in the making as you’d expect.  Which lead to some interesting sketches from a star-studded affair.

The acting in Hail Caesar was as good as you’d expect from a cast with Scarlett Johansson, George Clooney, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in just to name the household name but they story felt a little disjointed and struggled to be entertaining at times.  The few sketches that were felt like it wasn’t really relevant to the story in most respects.

Eddie neogatiating with one of his starts

The Verdict

Hail, Caesar! Is a star-studded affair with a relatively interesting storyline however the sketches just didn’t feel linked or have much relevance to the story.  The problem is although in each sketch Eddie does fix a problem and it is possible to see that he’s important and needed in the studio, that said though the stars do seem to find their own solution.  The major decision of the story Eddie finds himself trying to decide never really seems to have any other outcome.  It is a star-studded affair and enjoyable but lacks some continuity and ultimately feels like a bit of let down.

The Flash Season 2 Episode 11 “The Reverse – Flash Returns” Review

The Flash has taken many twists and turns in Season 2 but no more so than in The Reverse – Flash Returns. Zoom now needs to take a backseat as they team is faced with the return of the reverse flash but this time, it is the real reverse flash and not just the Dr Wells 1 imposter.

Patty question Joe about Barry and The Flash

The return of the yellow suit has really brought back some mixed emotions and bring together some very awkward questions while some of if not all the characters are going through a really rough time in their personal lives. Barry is still keeping his true identity hidden from Patty and with the revelation that happened in Potential Energy because the distance The Flash had put between the two. Barry has forced himself into rushing around the city solving or helping every emergency call and Patty is going along with her everyday life hoping that the situation between her and Barry wouldn’t be too awkward.

While Barry is chasing down the Reverse Flash it is apparent with just how badly he is dealing with the breakup and how leaving his life, although amazing with his powers to save people, it will also mean they he needs to try and limit the people he cares about knowing so his enemies can’t use it against him. This isn’t anything new because it was discussed in previous episodes but there Is a touching moment between him and Joe that they discuss the fact, that with Barry’s current powers he is going to have to learn to let people go because there is a hint that he will outlive most.

West Family Reunited?

Francine West also makes another big appearance in this episode, however, her fate becomes a reality in this episode and leads to some very touching scenes between her and Iris, but it also holds hope that West Family will come together after Wally does turn to Iris for advice and support. The other huge thing to come from the episode is Caitlin and Jay coming to the realization that unless he gets his speed back her will die that brings even more of Caitlin’s past to late. Along with Cisco with the help of Wells learns what triggers his vibe, however, the newly found method of could have drastic consequences.

The Verdict

The Reverse-Flash Returns is a very well balanced episode with the emotional turmoil that the team finds themselves in. The return Eobard Thawne and the outcome of the capture was huge. Along with emotional scenes between Patty and Barry along with the West Family and what they are having to face made this a must watch episode and continues to keep the interest in the season. As there was a look between Thawne and Wells that just asks the question with Wells 2 go down the track of Wells 1?

The Flash Season 2 Episode 10 “Potential Energy” Review

After quite a break The Flash is back in Potential Energy. The end of Running to Stand Still is quite a nice one they are all there to celebrate the festive season, and Wally knocks at the door right at the end of the episode, although this is a really good nice ending to the middle of the season things can’t be that simple can they?

Patty and Barry enjoying a dance at an art function

In Potential Energy, all that is blown apart with the team having issues as normal but the issues are caused by the meta-human battle that is raging. In the more recent episodes up until now, the character’s turmoil have been caused by relatively normal reasons but now Barry is having nightmares about Patty and Zoom the question then becomes is she safe? Barry is seeing Zoom kill Patty and he wants to keep her as far away from The Flash and the truth as he can to try and protect her, but that only causes strain on the relationship and now with Patty’s unresolved issues now dealt with regarding her Father is that enough for her?

In a change of pace, however, the team are going after a meta-human that has some real meaning to the storyline in turtle. Up until now in this season, all the villains have been aiming everything at the Flash and actually not feeling too threatening but this was different. Turtle is someone that can slow time down so much that he can steal things and get out before anyone has time to react even The Flash. Realising this the team think he holds the key to defeating Zoom and want to capture him in order to try and get his power off him. In an interesting twist though Turtle goes after things that are of not necessarily high value in monitory terms but in sentimental terms. As they track him down though and Barry deciding he is going to tell Patty his true identity he puts her in harms way and she becomes Turtles target.

Patty captured?

As Joe discovers more about Wally it might be the easiest thing to swallow after quite a rough reaction when discussing way Wally didn’t come to dinner. The chip on Wally’s shoulder that he doesn’t need Joe and that he was a bad detective if he didn’t even know he had a son. Will they patch things up in time?

The Verdict

Potential Energy is a refreshing episode of The Flash with the recent episode becoming a little predictable at times this episode throws some curve balls into the mix. The character development might be going to a darker place at times are always met by the light-hearted humour we have come to expect. Wells also continues to keep us on our toes to which side is actually on.

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