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Saturday Suggestion – Anime: Plastic Memories

Break out the tissues for this one! Every episode will have you tearing up!

Brief intro: Enter a future world where humanoid robots called Giftia have memories, human tendencies, and emotions. Special task forces are meant to retrieve them before their lifespan of 9 years and 4 months is over. Once a Giftia’s life expires, they lose their memories and become violent, losing their “human-like” levels of strength and speed, rendering them almost impossible to stop.

Our main characters are paired as Marksman (Giftia) and Spotter (human) in a small task force to recover these expiring Giftia. Tsukasa is an 18-year-old human boy who had no idea what kind of job he was taking on after his interview. He is paired with Isla, a veteran Giftia. Together, they must recover Giftias whose lives are about to expire before they lose their memories. There’s a problem though… Tsukasa has fallen for Isla, but how much time does Isla have left with her lifespan steadily ticking away?

Review: Fans of Chobits, rejoice! If you love Chobits, this anime is a must watch.

Much like Chobits, Plastic Memories centers around a humanoid robot with emotions and feelings. Isla, a veteran Giftia who has had a partner in the past, is paired with Tsukasa, a teenager who has no idea what he’s doing.

The first episode had me snot-crying so bring the tissues. If you thought from the first episode that this anime will be about the Giftias and Terminal Service One, it’s not. It’s all – and I mean ALL – about Tsukasa and Isla. Supporting characters also get their time to shine a little too, though I’m left wondering what the hell is going on with Kazuki? Her character is a little all over the place.

The writers have spiced this anime perfectly with a dash of humor, a sprinkling of science fiction, a little slice of life and a whole lot of bittersweet sadness. It doesn’t take long to empathize with the characters and the job they have to do. You immediately start rooting for Tsukasa to win Isla’s heart.

A heartbreaking twist is the bow on this bittersweet package, and it’ll leave you empty for days.

Bottom Line: All aboard the feels trip.

Official Rating: PG-13

Genre(s): Romance, Drama, Sci-Fi, Slice of Life

Geeky Gal’s Score: 5 out of 5 stars!

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Saturday Suggestion – Anime: Say I Love You

Say I Love You

Say I Love You is a classic school romance-drama anime.

Brief intro: Mei Tachibana is a plain, socially awkward schoolgirl whose idea of friendship was changed forever after being bullied by her so-called friends. To save herself the pain and heartache from this ever happening again, Mei vows to never make friends again. That is until Yamato Kurosawa—one of the most popular boys in high school. Now Mei can’t help but question her choices.

Yamato makes the effort time and time again to be her friend, even freely giving her his number. As their relationship slowly develops, and is marked with an unexpected kiss, Mei is finding it very hard to express her true feelings towards Yamato. Sukitte Ii na yo. follows their developing relationship, as well as their frequent disagreements, to portray how difficult it can really be to say “I love you.”

Review: This romance anime is basically the standard formula of socially awkward girl + hot guy + well-placed drama = love story. What makes this anime stand out that is how well it’s done. The story is so believable and accurate about the first time falling in love. You might tear up so bring some tissues!

I really like this anime as I can identify with Mei: socially awkward, introverted, little to no friends. And even if I couldn’t identify with her, the emotions, feelings, and situations Mei and Yamato go through are so accurate when you first fall in love. I could easily remember back when I had felt those things too.

The anime is also a bit frustrating at times and transparent. You can usually guess what is about to happen, and there’s a lot of misunderstandings from miscommunication or the lack of communication. I still enjoyed watching the story unfold and a lot of the supporting characters have their own backstory that adds to the selling points of this series.

The artwork is beautiful and well done as is the music which is light and sweet. The music adds to the atmosphere which is realistic and in the realm of possibility.

At the end of the day, “Say I Love You” is a sweet romance that tugs at your heart strings even with its basic plot and almost stereotypical characters. It’s well done and beautiful with light music and the right amount of romance.

Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a sweet, classic school love and (a little) tearful romance, try “Say I Love You.”

Official Rating: PG-13

Genre(s): Romance, Drama, School

Geeky Gal’s Score: 4 out of 5 stars!

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Gamer Friday

Gamer Friday – Game Suggestion: The Wolf Among Us

the wolf among us

 

Telltale has brought another comic to life with The Wolf Among Us, and it is a must-play game. Put this on your list if you haven’t already. (Disclaimer: I have not read the comics, Fables; this review is based solely on the game itself. You do not have to read the comics to play and enjoy this game.)

If you’re down with the dark and gritty version of your favorite fairy tales, this game is up your alley. Characters from Snow White, to Grendel, to even Ichabod Crane are all together in a town hidden right under our “mundy” noses. Take up your place as Bigby Wolf, and be the Sheriff that Fabletown needs in this tense and investigative game.

Brief intro: Our story takes places in the 1980’s in New York in the hidden Fabletown. There’s been a murder among the Fables. Deputy Mayor Ichabod Crane sends Bigby to investigate. As you investigate, you uncover the lies, shady dealings, and hard choices that fables have had to make. Who is guilty? Who do you incriminate? Who can you trust?

Unfortunately for you, everyone hates the Big Bad Wolf. Not only are you the Sheriff of Fabletown, but you’re constantly struggling to play good cop/bad cop to get answers. Earning the trust of the fables will give you the answers you seek and determine how the game plays out.

Review: I just finished this game and my mind has been blown. The story-telling alone makes this noir game a masterpiece. You play through 5 atmospheric episodes. The gameplay is relatively smooth, but has long wait times between loading screens. This can easily be forgiven though as you simply just want to know what happens next.

This game is Point & Click with Quick Time Events. Some people hate this. Some people love it. It in no way deters from the game. If anything, it made me feel more like a detective as I tried to uncover the truth. You’re forced to make decisions quickly. Each choice has a consequence: good or bad or a bit of both. There’s times when you have to choose which location to investigate first; going to Location #1 first will be different than if you had chosen to go to Location #2. You truly have to play as a detective and read character’s expressions to see if they’re lying or being truthful.

Be the Big Bad Wolf and solve problems with fear and your fists or help Bigby become more liked and respected among the Fables to find the murderer.

Official Rating: M

Genre(s): Action Adventure

Score: 5 out of 5 stars!

Loot Crate Reviews

June Loot Crate Review: TRANSFORM

June Loot Crate Review!

It’s that time again! Loot Crate #2, and man, did they deliver this time! I love this month’s loot crate!

Just a little summary about my Loot Crate Reviews: I have signed up for the three month subscription. I didn’t want to commit to it if I didn’t like it so I opted for the 3 month subscription rather than the year subscription. Also, I used coupons to get my subscription even cheaper! Don’t worry though, you can sign up for a one month subscription if you want to give it a go. If you want to try it out, you can follow my link here.

This month’s theme was transform. I made this video going over the goodies I got!

I took pictures and have put together this little rundown for you so you can see what exactly you’re getting. Some of these items are/will be unique to Loot Crate and not sold anywhere else so the prices are my own estimates to just give you an idea of what you’re getting from Loot Crate each month. I kind of took some of my prices from last month’s review since this month’s crate contained some unique (similar) items. All prices that I could get from reputable site are still “estimates.” Disclaimer. Disclaimer. Disclaimer.

June Shirt

Unique Transformers/Back to the Future Mash Up T-Shirt

Value: $15

Vinyl Action Figure

Action Vinyl Figurine: Thundercracker

Value: $10

Hexbug Nano Transformer

HexBug Nano Transformer: Optimus Prime

Value: $10

Wristband & Pin

Major League Gaming Wrist Band & June Loot Crate Pin

MLG Wristband Value: $5

Pin Value: $1.99

Mag, Voucher, & Candies

June Loot Crate Mini-Mag, Warheads Candy (3 [I ate one]),

& MLG Voucher for GameBattles Premium Access

Mini Mag Value: $0

Candy: $0.20

MLG Voucher: $5

Stickers

Stickers!

Total Value: $3

In all, my June Loot Crate is valued at about $50 (see disclaimer about prices). $50 versus the advertised $13.37 plus shipping per month is pretty amazing!

Review: I was surprised this month! May’s Loot Crate was not exactly ideal so this month definitely blew me away! From the top: I love this shirt! It’s super comfy and I got compliments on it. It’s exclusive to Loot Crate subscribers so no one can walk into a store and get this awesome shirt. My most favorite item of all this month was the cute vinyl action figure. I’m IN LOVE with these cute things. I’ve decided I’m going to collect them! The only complaint I have with this *certain* one is that they sent wings that snap on the back, which is awesome except one doesn’t fit. It’s exactly the same as the left wing. Big sad face, but it’s still really cute. Next is the little nano transformer. My brother used to love these when he was younger. While it’s something most would enjoy, I do not much care for it. It’s still cool. I might open it and add it to my things on my desk. After that is June’s pin which is much like May’s. A simple unique design that is just a reminder of this month’s loot crate. The MLG wristband is something else that I really like! While I may not be into Major League Gaming as a part of a team, it’s still really cool to see people who are and watch the tournaments. Then there is Loot Crate’s mini magazine. It’s a nice short read and even has a little comic. Usually Loot Crate sends a link to the magazine so I was pleased to get a paper copy with my crate this month! I ate one of the warheads. Reminds me of childhood…. Anyway, it’s also a nice change up to send treats rather than another set of stickers! Bonus points for candy! They also sent a voucher worth $5 for a month of GameBattles Premium access. This gives you a Loot Crate exclusive badge, Premium Ladder Support, access to Members only Forum, access to 1 Premium Online Tournament a month, and much more. Last but not least are the stickers! The Transformers sticker has clear backing so you can really stick it on whatever you want. The other stickers are names of big MLG teams. Recognize any of those? Curse just moved to Huntsville, AL! Can you imagine?… Sorry, I’m totally fangirling over here (and contemplating putting in a job application). Overall, I loved this month’s crate! Can’t wait for next month’s!

If my review convinced you to try Loot Crate, follow my link right here!

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May Loot Crate Review

May Loot Crate Review!

I was pretty excited to get this little black box in the mail. This is the very first time I’ve ever signed up for a monthly box of goodies, and Loot Crate sounded like it was right up my alley.

I have signed up for the three month subscription. I didn’t want to commit to it if I didn’t like it so I opted for the 3 month subscription rather than the year subscription. Also, I used coupons to get my subscription even cheaper! Don’t worry though, you can sign up for a one month subscription if you want to give it a go. If you want to try it out, you can follow my link: http://mbsy.co/lootcrate/5112615

This month’s theme was adventure. I actually made a video of myself opening the box!

After opening the box and doing some research, I took pictures and have put together this little rundown for you. Some of these items are/will be unique to Loot Crate and not sold anywhere else so the prices are my own estimates to just give you an idea of what you’re getting from Loot Crate each month.

Link T-Shirt

Unique Link T-Shirt

Value: $15

Adventure Time Tin & Figurine

Adventure Time Finn Tin with Zombie Finn

Value: $8

MineCraft Hanger & Loot Crate Pin

Minecraft Skeleton Hanger & Loot Crate May Adventure Pin

Hanger Value: $5.99

Pin Value: $1.99

Legend of Zelda Keychain

Legend of Zelda Keychain & Bottle Opener

“It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this.”

Value: $5

Friend Zone Soundtrack

The Friend Zone Soundtrack

Value: $5

Stickers & Tats

Stickers and Temporary Tattoos

Total Value: $4

In all, my May Loot Crate is valued at about $45. Like I said before, I guessed at some of the items prices so this may not be the same for you; each crate has similar items though. The value, about $45, versus the advertised $13.37 plus shipping per month is not bad at all! So overall, pretty awesome value for May’s Loot Crate.

Review: I was honestly disappointed with this month’s first box. Most of the items I received I was not interested in but others may have really enjoyed. However, I love, love, love the Link shirt. It’s probably my favorite thing from this month’s box. I don’t watch Adventure Time; just not a fan, but the tin is kind of cute. The little 3 inch Minecraft Skeleton hanger is cool. I’ve hung it up in my room for the time being, but it’s not exactly something I could care about. The small button pin is basically a token from this month’s crate. For me, it’s just a reminder of what month this box is from, even though the artwork is nice. The Legend of Zelda key chain/bottle opener is already on my key chain. It has a nice weight, and I’ll find a reason to use it. The CD of The Friend Zone’s soundtrack surprised me. It’s like video game music which is pretty awesome, but I didn’t know where it came from. After a little research, I found their youtube channel which is pretty cool. They do a lot of geeky things like playing games and dressing up. Finally, the stickers and tattoos… I don’t see myself using these but I really like the artwork. It’s a little too kiddish for me. But overall, everything was “okay,” just not things I liked. I’m ready for June’s Loot Crate already!

If my review convinced you to try Loot Crate, follow my link! http://mbsy.co/lootcrate/5112615