Review: Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 9

Review: Sailor Moon Crystal

Episode 9

Act 9: Serenity – Princess

Hope all of you who celebrate Halloween had a great one yesterday! I did, although I will admit that come late evening time I thought a bit about episode 9 of Crystal, since episode 8 had quite the cliffhanger ending, and I personally wanted to know what turn of events this anime would take. Let’s just get this reviewing show on the road, then, as I know you’re anxious to read about what happens to Tux, too.

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Marvel Heroes 2015 Review. Keep on reviewin’

Marvel Heroes 2015 Review

At least so far…

Loot explosion in Marvel Heroes 2015.
Loot explosion in Marvel Heroes 2015.

Marvel Heroes is an interesting game. It plays like Diablo, as in it’s an action RPG with loot drops and classes (heroes) to play as. That said, it has had an interesting history, at least as far as video games go. It was originally developed by Cryptic Studios under the name Marvel Universe, but it ended up getting cancelled.  Gazillion Studios took over the rights and rebranded it as the name we know today, minus the 2015. That came in May of this year, though I expect it to change to 2016 next summer. We’ll see about that, though. Anyway!

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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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