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Zephyr's Compass

A blog about writing, photography, and everything in between.

The Human Revolution is Here! A Deus Ex: HR Review

July 8th, 2012

**Another oldie, but goodie from leetNEET.

Game Info:

  • Sequels: Deus Ex (2000), Deus Ex: Invisible War (2003)
  • Production/Development: Square Enix, Eidos Montreal
  • Genre: Action, Role-Playing
  • Release Info: 8/23/11, XBOX/PC/PS3/MAC
  • ESRB Rating: Mature 17+

The Human Revolution is upon us. The limits we once faced are no more and the time has come to redefine what it means to be human. The question is, at what point does this self-created evolution cross the line? Should there even be any line at all? Either way, you have to decide. Will you join the revolution? Or will you join hands against it? (This review is based on the PC version.)


The Mass Effect of 3′s Extended Cut DLC

July 5th, 2012

With the DLC out and the Mass Effect adventure officially over, there’s no better time then now to talk about the series as a whole, the impact of the ending, and what the DLC does/didn’t do.

Note: The post will be organized into impressions about the game itself (no real spoilers), my reaction to the ending (spoilers), then a section regarding the DLC (spoilers). 

Turn Back The Clock – First Impressions: Rinne no Lagrange

July 2nd, 2012

Figured since Rinne no Lagrange S2 is here, I’d go dig up back this series introduction I wrote way back when as my second ever online article. :D

Series Info:

  • Alternate Names: Flower declaration of your heart, Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne.
  • Production Studio: Xebec (subsidiary of Production I.G.)
  • Air Date:
    • Season 1: Winter 2012. 12/25/11 preair. (11 episodes x 24 minutes per)
    • Season 2: Summer 2012. July start. (11 episodes x 24 minutes per)
  • Notable Staff/VA for Main Roles:
    • Director: Suzuki, Toshimasa
    • VA (Lan): Seto, Asami (Chihayafuru, Hourou Musuko)
    • VA (Muginami): Kayano, Ai (Ano Hana, Guilty Crown, Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam)
    • VA (Kyouno, Madoka): Ishihara, Kaori (Hidan no Aria)
  • Premise/Plot Summary: An energetic girl who lives by helping others, Madoka Kyouno is asked by a mysterious girl to pilot a robot known as the “Vox.” Eager to help, Madoka agrees and becomes the target of extraterrestrials seeking to acquire the Vox for themselves. Wielding the only means of combating them, Madoka fights to protect her city and the planet.

Discussion/Impressions: (Series + Episode 01, 02)

From Xebec, the Production I.G. subsidiary behind the recent Broken Blade (Break Blade) movies, comes the action/sci-fi anime Rinne no Lagrange. Their sole project for the Winter 2012 season, Lagrange may look cliche due to its plot, but you’d be making a mistake not giving the show a chance, especially when it gets so many things right.

Spring 2012 Quick Final Impressions Part I:

June 25th, 2012

**Image borrowed from Random Curiosity’s Spring 2012 Preview.

To say the least, the spring anime season was one of the best seasons in recently years (in my humble opinion). Heck, there might be some argument to be had as it being one of the best, but I’ll save that argument for another time. In any case, “time waits for no one” and the end of the spring season is at hand. As such, an anime blogger,I’m pretty much obligated to write out my final impressions on the season… so here it is!

Note: This post contains Ozuma, Fate/Zero, Aquarion Evol, and Tasogare Otome x Amnesia.

  • Part II (Friday) will contain Jormungand, Sakamichi no Apollon, and Tsuritama.

Turn Back The Clock – First Impressions: Nisemonogatari

June 25th, 2012

Approaching half a year since I wrote my first ever article online or otherwise, I figured it’d be a good time to turn back the clock a bit and do a quick re-post. This was originally written for leetNEET way back on January 13th. In the end, I believe that this post, combined with my next one on Rinne no Lagrange turned out to be one of the main reasons I was able to join Random Curiosity as a writer. Like they say, “everything has to start somewhere…” and this is where I started.

Series Info:

  • Prequel: Bakemonogatari (2009)
  • Production Studio: Shaft
  • Air Date: Winter 2012. 1/8 start. (11 episodes x 24 minutes per)
  • Notable Staff/VA for Main Roles:
    • Series Creator: Nisio, Ishin
    • Director: Shinbou, Akiyuki (Arakawa Under the Bridge, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica)
    • VA (Araragi, Karen): Kitamura, Eri (Angel Beats!, Ao No Exorcist, Blood+, Last Exile, Working!!)
    • VA (Araragi, Tsukihi): Iguchi, Yuka (Bokurano, Mayo Chiki!, Toaru Majutsu no Index, True Tears)
  • Premise/Plot Summary: In Nisemonogatari, the focus turns to the sisters Karen and Tsukihi Araragi. Together, the two “fire sisters” attempt to capture Kaiki Deishu, who makes his return and begins spreading the curse inflicted on Nadeko. Notably, this is the same swindler who deceived Hitagi prior to the events of Bakemonogatari

Discussion/Impressions: (Series + Episode 01)

Following an agonizing two year wait comes the eagerly awaited sequel to the surprise 2009 hit, Bakemonogatari. The question is, was it worth the wait?

Pick 5: Spring 2012 Anime That Deserve More Views

June 18th, 2012

**Featured picture borrowed from Random Curiosity’s Spring 2012 preview.

For the most part, I believe the Spring 2012 anime season has been one of the best in recent memory. We have awesome sequels in Fate/Zero’s 2nd Season, Eureka Seven: Astral Ocean, and Aquarion Evol… entertaining shows in specific genres like Jormungand, Hyouka, Sakamichi no Apollon, and Accel World… etc. But at the same time, we also have quite a few shows that have seemingly been ignored as a result. This post highlights 5 shows I feel deserve more attention.

Control Your Destiny: A Xenoblade Chronicles Review

June 15th, 2012

*A revised version of my original review on leetNEET.

Game Info:

  • Alternate Name: Monado: The Beginning of the World
  • Production/Development: Monolith Soft
  • Genre: Role-Playing (JRPG)
  • Release Info: Wii Exclusive. 6/10/10 (JP), 8/19/11 (EU), 4/2/12 (US)
  • ESRB Rating: Teen

From Tetsuya Takahashi, the mind behind Xenogears and the Xenosaga series, comes (arguably) the best Japanese role-playing game of this generation. (This review is based on the European version and is pretty much spoiler-free, as with all my other reviews.)