Chaos Blogg 49: Kill la Kill

Hey this one is ready relatively quick. And guess what guys it’s mostly good news, everything here is flawed but none of this stuff was a major disappointment like last time. However almost everything here is freaking weird, and I can’t promise this weirdness is for everyone. On with the remixes.

Megaman X2 (Wii U VC): 

Megaman X easily became my second favourite Megaman game when I played it a couple of years ago. I loved the slightly more forgiving game-play the increased mobility and the introduction of wall jumping. I also loved the kick ass soundtrack and the minor metroidvania elements added to the game. Originally on the SNES, X2 pretty much ticks all of these boxes but doesn’t shine as brightly as the first X game. The visuals are the same for the most part although X gets a new suit design and the introduction of the C4 chip means that you’ll see the occasional wire-frame. The level designs don’t really stand out much visually except for perhaps the snail and moth levels (the names escape me) speaking of which the maverick designs are rather quirky or at least quirkier than the last game. In short it looks as good as X1, however in terms of soundtrack it doesn’t quite ever reach the same level of greatness. The tracks in X2 are still amazing though and I had to think a little about which I wanted to include in this blogg. In each stage there’s 2 collectible items that increase your health, give you a suit upgrade or a reserve tank. The suit upgrades are fairly decent as they give you extra firepower, allow you to locate other secrets and dash in mid-air. In fact for the most part 100% this game is rather easy, as long as you can find the secrets and have enough dexterity to use your arsenal to collect them. I really felt like I was using all of my weapons in this game rather than just relying on the mega buster, for example flame stags weapon can be used to dash in mid air when fully charged, combine this with the mid air and and you can pull off some tricky stuff. This nets you a final secret weapon which is pretty neat since it can instant KO some of the final bosses. Hell this game even has an ice beam which can turn enemies into platforms. In that regard I really like the gameplay here, but at the same time it felt a little bit on the easy side. The challenge of the game comes from trying to beat the X Hunters hidden throughout the game that unlock the true ending and let you skip a boss towards the end. It’s an interesting mix-up but because of their random nature you could end up fighting them when you’re not prepared to deal with thus getting your ass kicked. As you can see I’ve gone way too much into the details, the game is good but lacks the flair of the first and that’s a simple summary. If you want to check it out I can highly recommend it but I would suggest checking out X1 first if you haven’t already.

Jazzpunk (PC): 

Jazzpunk was introduced to me through the videos of two people, Jim Sterling (who voice acted in this game) and MyIGN’s own Ghandi who also goes by the username Celsium and runs a stream on Twitch called The streaming mug. Jazzpunk is an experience, one that I would say is just as fun to watch as it is to play, which isn’t something I normally say about story driven games but Jazzpunk thrives on humour over substantial story and characters. Jazzpunk is weird and is a little difficult to describe, the visual style is simple but does a good job and feels like some sort of cartoon. The visuals aren’t the best graphically though but the style is enough compensation. The soundtrack is there but it’s all based on where in the environment you are rather than following you and your actions, it’s a weird effect and it makes it tough to appreciate the soundtrack (which is decent at best). The gameplay is kind of clumsy and most of your 4 hours will be spent on clicking on NPCs and random objects. However there is some variety here with various minigames referencing many popular/infamous titles like space invaders, quake, street fighter, wave race and even tennis for the virtual boy. In short the gameplay is fun but can get boring quickly. This game really does depend on it’s humour to pull it through and since humour is so very subjective I can’t recommend it to everyone. The game is random, off the wall and the jokes will probably only work once, or at least they did with me. Of course if you see it on sale during the summer sale then I say it may just be worth it for the experience alone, otherwise you may just want to watch it. I mean there are some pretty neat jokes and humorous moments.

Kill la Kill (Anime):

After some mediocre anime I finally decided to watch something good. Let me start with the soundtrack, this is one of the few animes that had me seriously thinking about which songs I wanted to include in this blogg. Almost every character has a unique theme filled with personality and it still fits the show very well. It was apparently the same composer as Attack on Titan which had a few excellent tracks, however for Kill la Kill he freaking pulls out some amazing stuff and the whole thing sounds amazing. This show lets the composer shine. The visuals are done by the same people who made Gurren Laggan a show which I recommended a couple of years ago I think. It has an awesome style that allows for crazy stuff to happen and I find it difficult to describe. I guess it allows for more humour and is far less realistic than other styles you might be used to. Also to note is that this show has almost every character without clothes at some point which ties into the plot however it may come across as too fanservice-y for some. The sheer amount of skin exposure though pretty much makes it feel like a non-issue, not many times did I feel like the show was trying to arouse me, unlike other shows such as high school of the dead or numerous short comedy animes. It just feels like a part of the visual style and at times a part of the humour and the plot. As for story and character well it feels like a mixed bag. The show has an extremely fast pace which is a double edged sword. The pacing works very well for the first half where the story is mostly action comedy and while the fights are meant to be somewhat serious the show feels balanced between light heartedness and seriousness. The pacing doesn’t work as well in the second half however as a whole bunch of plot twists cause the show to change the status quo dramatically several episodes in a row. The fights also became less spectacular after a certain point (i.e. the huge plot twist) but overall the show doesn’t really suffer greatly. Kill la Kill is a fun time, and it’s a show I can highly recommend to people who enjoy anime. I would just caution those who don’t like seeing too much ‘skin’ although there’s no graphic details. I forgot to mention that some of the style choices reminded me of Tarantino for some reason. Please listen to the music.

The Amazing Spiderman 2 (movie):

Spiderman is a device topic when it comes to the movies. Many like and grew up with the Rami movies and many also like the more humour filled spiderman played by Andrew Garfield. Each set side of the argument has it’s merits and each spiderman movie has been a mixed bag. Personally I adore Spider man 1 and 2, while also thoroughly enjoying the amazing spiderman. One movie I do despise though is Spiderman 3 which had a poorly thought out plot and flipped flopped all over the place without making anything feel connected. It also had emo peter which has gained the same kind of ‘praise’ as The Room did i.e. so bad it’s good. When I saw the reviews for the amazing spiderman 2 I was surprised by the level of hate it had received. Worse than Spiderman 3? How? How could they fuck up that badly? So out of curiosity I went to see it with my own eyes and this may be one of the few times I enjoyed a movie with such negative press. Is this the best spidey movie? No it’s not. Is it better than the amazing spiderman? In some areas I’d say yes, in other areas no. Is it worse than Spiderman 3? No way in hell. Now it does attempt some of the things Spiderman 3 did like having multiple villains and too many plot threads, it could have been 2 movies to be honest. But it executes these things far better. The plot threads actually feel tied together as if the actions of each character are effecting the overall story rather than just randomly fighting each other at random points. I also really enjoyed Electro as his character was interesting not necessarily another scientist, he was also visually more impressive than both the lizard and the green goblin. The ost for this movie stands out a lot more than the previous one although it’s still not as iconic as the main theme of the rami trilogy. Another compliment I have is just how humorous this movie is, especially with Spiderman himself which is an aspect I’m glad to see return from its predecessor and given even more focus. Spiderman himself is a far more endearing character this time if it wasn’t for some awkward peter parker performances. Speaking of awkward performances this movie has plenty of them, and it can be kind of distracting maybe it’s truer to the characters (I’m not the guy to ask about that) but some lines just made me cringe and think “did we really need to say that” not all performances were awkward but enough were for me to notice. Overall I’d say the movie was overly ambitious yet still wasn’t quite the train wreck it’s a far prettier web of plot threads than Spiderman 3, and I can recommend renting this at the very least once. For myself I enjoyed it enough to contemplate purchasing it on sale. Perhaps they might even improve on some scenes with a directors cut as the ending was meant to be a lot darker than what was delivered. I think they would have been better off making it either longer or two separate movies. Now I’ll brace myself for impact from the people who detest this movie.

Another World/Out of this world (PC):

Another World is an obscure retro multiplatform game that was bought to my attention by game grumps. It’s been on the Amiga, the Mega Drive, the SNES, the 3DO and now PC as it was remade in HD. The artstyle is simple but somewhat unique and the HD visuals give the game a much smoother look. The game is charming and has a decent soundtrack even if there isn’t much of it. From what I’ve played and seen the PC version has less music than the older counterparts which I found strange, overall though I had a hard time finding and noticing the music in this game so it’s not the strongest feature. This game reminds me of Heart of Darkness a PS1 game from my childhood that was punishing and relied on try and error. The same very much applies to this game, if you can’t think like the creator you’ll have a hard time. The length of this game is really short so it does depend on you failing for longevity. Given that it’s a strange platform/adventure hybrid you often find yourself screwing despite knowing what to do as well, especially when it comes to the combat involving your ray gun. By no means would I say this is a bad game, but I really can’t recommend it unless you’re curious and see it on sale. The trial and error gets a bit frustrating and the game can be rather clunky at times, although there’s a weird sense of satisfaction in completing it. I did have fun though just in case you thought otherwise.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (anime):

I was going to say Kill la Kill was the weirdest thing I had seen in a while but then I watched this show. This show is based off source material from a different era in time to ours and that shows itself in the artstyle. The artstyle is excessively manly in a way that has a weird sense of charm. It’s also a little off putting considering how different the medium looks in this day and age. If you do take the plunge though you’re in for one hell of a an experience.., a bizarre adventure if you (I said the line). An action comedy JoJo centres around the adventures of the Joestar family, things get rather serious yet it all still feels rather campy and comedic. The music is nice and the ending theme is a British rock piece (at least I think it is). The dialogue is excellent and the sound effects are also something that stands out, the setting is rather unique by anime standards and the time period caught me off guard. Now I’m only talking about Part 1 and 2 when I say all these things since this is an ongoing show with Part 3 currently airing. However the way the story is set I can easily recommend this anime. Of course this is very much something you should experience yourself before you decide if you want to watch it or not. I had an absolute blast and laughed quite a bit and to my surprise I was even invested in the story somewhat. To be honest I don’t have much else to say since I enjoyed this so much.

Okay so this blogg is over. I really hope you found something here that got your curiosity in particular I found the anime included here to be top shelf stuff but I understand if it’s not your cup of tea. Expect the next blogg to be larger in size as it’s the big 50 next time. Anyway here’s a picture.


see you next time.


Chaos Blogg 48: Slightly disappointing sequels 

there I think that should suit the tone nicely. Now these things aren’t terrible in fact many of them are still good, just not as good as they could have been or have made out to be. I hope enjoy the content today, and here’s some music.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Movie):

Marvel movies have been doing well in maintaining quality as of late (ignoring Ghost Rider), after the couple of missteps in Iron Man 2 and Thor, Captain America and the Avengers were a nice a comeback to quality. With Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 both being improvements over their predecessors (and No I don’t mean the first Iron man movie) Captain America 2 had bigger shoes to fill. The first movie was a rather heart warming origin story set in the second world war. Judging from the reviews I was fairly confident winter soldier would be an even better experience and well while I didn’t expect it to reach the lofty heights of the Avengers I really didn’t think people would have overrated it this much. Of course it’s probably a matter of preferences but I found this movie somewhat lacking. I think it’s because the tone of the movie feels perhaps a bit too serious for the actual events within. Sure we’re dealing with more of an espionage scenario but at the same time there are mechanical wings, cyborgs, Indiana Jones villains, and a fucking 1980s(?) computer with a human consciousness on board. The music for instance feels far too serious for these events, and this film is very much lacking the humour quality present in almost all the other films (we get maybe a couple of jokes and that’s it, in fact the delivery of most of these jokes falls kind of flat). It’s a very visually engaging movie for sure, and the second half was really enjoyable even if it reminded me of star wars in some ways (not a bad thing but not something would want your audience to catch onto too easily). However the plot is weak, and thanks to the internet it’s even weaker as all major plot-twists have become FUCKING MEMES (at least to people who go into these movies without any comic book knowledge). Sure it’s a rather huge game changer for the series of movies but it also feels kind of stupid since some of the antagonists are so obvious (um extra scene really highlights this with the fucking campy ass germans with the fucking monocles how did you NOT notice those guys?) and the computer oh god the computer. That scene with the computer completely fucked up my sense of disbelief. In a world of gods, aliens and super villains you’d think that would be the least of my worries, but to suddenly say this universe had the tech to store human consciousness in the 1980s(?) pushed my logic too far. Why hadn’t we heard about this before? Surely Stark or Banner would have done this by now then? was ‘magic’ used? How the fuck did they figure out how to do this? Perhaps I’m looking too much into but that scene hurt my head. The Falcon is a pretty cool character and most of the cast does a decent job but I don’t feel connected to them as much this time around. It may have something to do with the abuse of death and revival “does anyone in this movie die?”, or maybe the scene with peggy (that’s her name right?) where she looks so not convincingly old, or maybe because the first half was pretty much “the good guys are the bad guys”. Not that the overall product is terrible but I’m just having such a hard time wrapping my head around why people love it when I myself see this as a step backward from even the first Captain America. One thing I will say though is that helps set up the foundations for the next movies although whether that’s positive or not depends on those movies and personal preference. I recommend this movie but set the bar kind of low or at least lower than the reviews set it.

Professor Layton and The Last Spectre (DS):

I fucked up on this one. The Last Spectre has been in my backlog almost completed since 2011. Suffice to say most of this review is going off my memories alone and as such I’m very much open to any actual corrections if I get any facts wrong. First off lets start with sound, as far as these games go this is your standard Layton Soundtrack. The main theme is one you have to wait for to get good which makes me often skip it on the title screen, it’s a wonderfully soundtrack though. This game is also incredibly beautiful, and while it doesn’t have the best environments from my perspective it’s hard to deny the quality of the art and the overall wonderfully feeling this game gives you. The gameplay itself is your standard Layton puzzle solving with puzzles involving logic, math and moving blocks *shudder*. These puzzles are pretty hard and in that respect you might be better off learning the ropes from the more forgiving Layton vs. Wright (oh the irony). Apart from a few puzzles and the block puzzles I remember enjoying the puzzling aspect quite a bit. In fact I’m finding myself with cravings for these types of Puzzles as of late so going back to this game helped me get my fix. Layton is also an adventure in some aspects so you’ll be tapping the screen looking for coin and other hidden goodies. There’s also minigames that open up over time and these carry their own charm and challenges, they’re also important if you want all the puzzles. Unique to this game is the London Life feature, which functions like a Layton styled animal crossing and is styled to look like Earthbound. It was a fun little distraction but really nothing that should be a priority. The only real thing that holds this game back is the story itself, or more so the fact that the mystery was rather lacking. I found myself predicting the conclusion very easily for the most part except for some of the specific details. However as an origin for Luke this story works fine and it even gets somewhat emotional at the end, so in that respect the story isn’t terrible just too predictable. Also I find American Luke kind of jarring after being so used to the European cockney Luke voice. I could pass it off in my head as time changing his voice but voices don’t really get higher, in fact the common understanding is that they get deeper with age. Overall I can recommend this game but it loses points on story and you’re better off playing the first trilogy. Oh almost forgot, the villain is kind of lame.

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren (Anime):

Now you might remember that last year I highly enjoy Chuunibyou and it made it’s way into last years top 10. When I heard about the second season I was pretty happy, since the first had a nice story I thought this would be a continuation. However this sequel has no reason to really exist and doesn’t progress the series in anyway substantially. Instead it chooses to give a message of “go at your own pace” which is a fine message to give people but overall it’s not good for a story and certainly wasn’t worth an entire 12 episodes. Firstly this anime is rather good looking with some top notch visuals, the music isn’t bad either and the characters are still somewhat charming. However the only plot lines worth caring about are those of the side characters who go through character development and actually change a bit throughout the season. It feels like the main protagonists are dragging this down ironically enough, their interesting story arcs seem to be over and constantly going back to focus on them just shows how unnecessary this anime is. Sure they face minor challenges and the like but everything goes back to the status quo at the end of the day like some god damn sitcom. Sophia steals the show which makes sense since she’s a brand new character who actually has to go through some change towards the end of the series. There’s potential for some quality drama here, to go along with the decent comedy but it’s never really capitalised on which brings up the question why bother with these protagonists? If you’re not going to do anything interesting with them why not switch the focus completely and have them as the side characters this time. Changing the main character could have kept things fresh and give us an actual story. Overall this series is a waste of time unless you want some light hearted comedy that looks really pretty. So in many ways I can still recommend it but it pales compared to the first.

D-Frag! (Anime):

D-Frag is a comedy anime and probably one of the better ones I’ve seen in my time. Although I wouldn’t say it’s close to the best, it provides an enjoyable time without giving any impression that it might attempt a thrilling narrative. It’s also not as fan-service-y as other shows in this genre at least by comparison. In fact this may be the only thing on this blog that didn’t disappoint me in some capacity. None of the characters were too bland, and it felt like it was focusing on the jokes and characters rather than spending time creating unneeded drama or overextended exposition. There’s conflict and character progression but it felt like it simply focused on keeping things fun. Though this isn’t Nichijou quality, it has fine music and visuals, and decent characters. It’s filled with troupes of course but it didn’t feel like I was simply just exploring things I had seen before. If you want a comedy anime then I can recommend this, it’s short and nowhere near as garbage as some of the rotten stinkers you can find in this genre. In fact it may even feel a little unique in some ways and the protagonist doesn’t feel bland as is the norm for the genre.

They Bleed Pixels (PC):

I can’t quite remember who gave me this game, but I thank them for this experience nonetheless. They Bleed Pixels is a game of uneven difficulty, and this is probably the biggest issue I had with the game. Most levels were fun, challenging experiences as I hunted down my enemies, slaughtered them with the combat system and searched for collectible pages of a book. However for at least 4 levels the game was a painful task of trial and error, with some brutal challenges that felt more cheap than fun. Now this is about 30% of the game that suffers from this and it’s not 100% evenly distributed with the first of these levels being only 4 levels in. Perhaps the controls are too tight or maybe too floaty it’s hard for me to pin down why but these levels felt like I was being punished for not being pixel perfect. That may have been the objective but the rest of the game seemed to find the perfect balance. Maybe it was dickish enemy or spike placement but towards the end I felt like the levels of cruelty were a bit too high and not very rewarding. In fact I assumed at one point I had to perform some almost impossible wall jumps which I didn’t have to do at all. The fact I had so easily accepted the idea proves just how much the game was dicking me around. What did I like though? Well I liked the soundtrack, it felt somewhat unique but suited the dark gloomy tone. One track sounded like the suspense theme from Ace Attorney though. The visuals are also charming for the most part, although I feel the lack of detail in the actual levels was a bit of a downer. It was probably to try and focus on the gameplay (irony is that the visuals sometimes impede gameplay since spike surfaces blend with the outlines at times) more but this game could have looked a lot a better. The bonus levels you unlock are a fun change of pace in sound, visuals and even gameplay mechanics. There’s also unlock-able art which is pretty beautiful though it doesn’t feel like the best reward. The fact the bonus levels overshadow some of the actual levels is a bit of a problem and reminds me of Resident Evil 5 where the DLC trumped most of the game. What makes the gameplay unique is the combat system which works on one button and has quite a bit of diversity and the check point system which is dependent on the player collecting blood and forming the checkpoint themselves once the bar is full. With the full bar you can get a higher core so there’s an element of risk and reward. However because the checkpoints depend on the player stopping all movement the game uses other methods to control where you place checkpoints. Which includes placement of hazards and enemies that at times are more of a cheap hindrance than an actual challenge, like the damn ice surfaces. The checkpoint idea was pretty clever though and this certainly has the foundations of a fantastic game. The majority of the levels are well designed bordering between the lines of punishment and fun. The backgrounds are beautiful and the stages being themed is a nice touch. It’s still a good game and one I can recommend if you see at the steam sale. Just prepare for a few hours of swearing and raging.

Witch Craft Works (Anime):

I decided to speed run this anime in a couple of days and to my surprise it wasn’t terrible. It’s no masterpiece but it had potential to be a good comedy/romance with action to boot. The story centres around generic protagonist and the ‘princess’ of the school who turns out to be a witch and his bodyguard. The interactions between these two is the romance element, while the various villains that try to attack them represent the comedy element. The plot is all over the place and it’s rather wacky yet rather standard for anime. However in the later half the story tries to take itself too seriously, and gets rather convoluted without answering any of the key questions or mysteries raised throughout. These details are hinted at and it seems this sloppy storytelling is the result of this being an ‘anime only’ ending meaning that the source material wasn’t complete when this adaptation was made. This anime is visually appealing with some impressive action, and it’s soundtrack is pretty decent with a really catchy ending theme (note I should have watched this for the last blog now that I think about it). I felt the protagonists were developed to a reasonable degree even if they were bland at times, however none of the quirky cast is given time to develop and shine, and when they are given time it’s often an irrelevant comedy skit scene that’s not really funny and often jarring (like what the fuck does this have to do with anything? why should we care?). It’s far from terrible but it’s not something I can easily recommend since it doesn’t really have enough time to excel at anything and has a very sloppy plot and ending. Also the main antagonist felt random, shoehorned in and wasn’t a very well written character. So much potential but it needed more time.

I hope you all made it through this rather negative addition of the Chaos Blogg. We’re getting ever closer to the big milestone, so I hope you all stay tuned. In the meantime enjoy these two pictures. Also comments are encouraged.