Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Write-up and Review

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

Review

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Skill trees for Nisha.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Skill trees for Nisha.

I’ve been a fan of the Borderlands series since late 2012, when I started to play Borderlands 2 with my boyfriend. Going into the game, I didn’t really know what to expect, save for the basic premise of shooting and looting. I had never played the original game, so I was going in fairly blind.

I ended up picking Maya the Siren as my character, though I was tempted to play as Gaige the Mechromancer. (I ended up playing Gaige later.) The game was a lot of fun, and we played through the normal, True Vault Hunter, and Ultimate Vault Hunter difficulties. Needless to say, I was very excited to hear that another Borderlands game was being made, and I made sure to keep up on the latest information on the third game in the series as it was being released.

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Review: Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 8

Review: Sailor Moon Crystal

Episode 8

Act 8: Minako, Sailor V

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The episodes have been getting better and better as of late, and episode 8 is no exception to this. I enjoyed watching pretty much every second of it and the ending made me very excited for episode 9. Let’s go over why!

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Review: Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 7

Review: Sailor Moon Crystal

Episode 7

Act 7: Mamoru Chiba, Tuxedo Mask

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I was very excited to watch this episode after the success of episode 6, so much so that I actually watched and reviewed it the day it came out! This is a habit I should totally get into more.

I didn’t mention this during my previous review, since I admittedly have not been re-reading the manga (I originally intended to and time just stopped agreeing with me, so unfortunately I have not had the chance to re-read each chapter as the episodes come out) but I do find it odd how Crystal is deviating from the manga so much. It’s still closer than the classic anime, but I was under the impression that it was to be a near-exact replica, and it’s not. I never recalled Queen Beryl simply showing up at the point in the manga where episode 6 took place: not that this change was a bad thing per se, though it was still a little odd.

Anyway, episode 7 had more animation bloopers than 6, which was disappointing since I was all ready to stop riffing on the quality of the animation since then, but I couldn’t help noticing a few choice stills during this episode. These will probably be cleaned up for the Blu-rays, but they shouldn’t necessarily be this bad now. It’s definitely weird how one episode can be almost perfect and the next not so much. (For one thing, I will never ‘like’ the way Luna is drawn and animated – it always looks so awkward to me.)

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Review: Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 6

Review: Sailor Moon Crystal

Episode 6

Act 6: Tuxedo Mask

I think it’s very interesting that in Crystal, the term ‘Mask’ is sometimes used, as opposed to ‘Kamen,’ which I thought meant the same thing. I don’t know much Japanese, (more to the point: I don’t really know any Japanese, save for a few words here and there) but sometimes I hear the voice actors/actresses saying ‘mask’ instead of ‘kamen.’ The villains seem to use ‘kamen’ more than ‘mask’ for some reason. During this episode, everyone seemed to use ‘kamen;’ this is interesting to me, even if it doesn’t mean anything, nor does it make any difference. Just wanted to point that out.

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I was excited for Destiny

I was excited for Destiny, but now I’m just excited for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.

Back in late 2012, I was delving into the world of PC gaming; I had never really played much on my computer before then, mainly due to the fact that my somewhat rickety PC couldn’t really handle anything more intensive than Bejeweled 3 (which I still play on occasion, don’t judge.) Thing was, I was fairly intrigued by the notion that you could play beautiful games on the computer, and I wanted to do that.

My boyfriend bought me my first ‘gaming computer’ back in July 2012, so I was finally able to enjoy playing games on Steam starting not long after that; I couldn’t tell you the specific game I started out with, but I do recall Team Fortress 2 being an early contender. I loved playing games, and I still do, but back then I needed recommendations. Luckily enough, Borderlands 2 released in August 2012, and my boyfriend talked about how much he loved the first game and how I may enjoy playing the second with him. Since I had already experimented in First Person Shooters a little (via Team Fortress 2) I figured it wouldn’t hurt to take him up on the recommendation, and we ended up buying a two-pack of Borderlands 2. (Technically a four-pack, but the other two went to others that we didn’t play the game with.)

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Review: Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 5

Review: Sailor Moon Crystal

Episode 5

Act 5: Makoto – Sailor Jupiter

After several somewhat lackluster episodes, I am finally happy to announce that episode 5 of Sailor Moon Crystal was a rousing success. The only reason why I took so long in writing this review is that I have had some technical difficulties going on with my site and didn’t get around to getting everything sorted out until recently. Anyway, without further ado: here’s my long delayed review! (Oh, that even rhymes.)

So, much like the previous episodes that were right before the introduction of a new Guardian, the end of episode 4 teased the viewers about the newest addition to the team, Sailor Jupiter. I was nervous about this, only due to the low production value of episodes 2 and 3, which were the other Guardian introduction episodes. However, I assumed (probably naively) that the three week gap between episodes 4 and 5 would allow for the production team to tidy up any loose strands, so to speak. I was pleasantly surprised to see how nice the episode looked as a whole.

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