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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Went to see L, Change the WorLd tonight. I was surprised only about 15 people were in the theater to see the movie, considering Death Note, and Death Note 2: The Last Name both nearly sold out when I went to see them. Perhaps most people just bought tickets to tomorrow nights show since it's dubbed where as tonight's was a subbed showing.
The projectionist had a bit of a problem getting the movie started. Apparently these Fathom events are streamed to the theater via Dish Network HD, and the projectionist couldn't figure out how to get the movie started. Every time he hit play it just showed the Dish Network logo, and to see if it was working right started Beer Wars at one point. Eventually he or she figured out they should of started the playback about 30 minutes earlier and needed to fast forward through the upcoming Fathom Events loop that was supposed to be showing during that 30 minutes prior to start time.
Review after the jump and it contain massive spoilers.
As most of you reading this probably know L, Change the WorLd chronicles L's last 23 days on Earth after writing his own name in the Death Note in order to prove Light Yagami was Kira in the previous Death Note movie. The movie opens prior to L leaving for Japan to begin work on the Kira case and does a quick recap for people who might not of seen the previous film. We also learn that during L's investigation of the Kira case a Japan a small village in Thailand is destroyed by the US military to contain a highly contagious virus. A young boy from the village who is somehow immune to the virus is helped to escape by F, who tells the boy to find a phone and call Watari, who is dead by the time the boy makes the phone call. So L brings the boy out why F wanted him to contact Watari.
Meanwhile, a virus sample is sent to a doctor in Japan for analysis. The doctor creates a vaccine, but fearing what would happen if it fell into the hands of the people who created the virus, whom he suspects works in that very lab, sends his daughter to contact Watari with a sample of the virus and a clue to it's antidote. The daughter, Maki, returns to the lab to retrieve her stuffed bear just in time to witness her father commit suicide by injecting the virus into himself to prevent it from falling into the bad guys hands. The bad guys leader, Dr. Kujo, just happens to be K, and Maki's father's assistant. Maki quickly leaves the lab to try and find Watari.
Meanwhile, Kujo contacts L telling him someone killed Maki's father and stole the virus. L magnifies a a reflection behind Kujo's video message and sees a a bad guy that F warned L about via a message left with the boy. Maki finds L and tells him about her father and gives him the vial containing the virus. When Kujo arrives at L's Maki sees her on the surveillance camera, and goes to confront her. In order to try and kill Kujo, Maki injects herself with the virus. L intervenes and takes Maki and the boy away from there with the help of a suddenly appearing FBI agent, who was sent to try and get the Death Note from L.
L, Maki, and the boy make it to a colleague of Maki's father whom L believes can create an antidote before the virus in Maki's system becomes active. Luckily at this point Maki's low blood sugar has prevented the virus from becoming active and infecting all of Japan.
After discovering a vaccine thanks to the MK proteins in the boys system, Maki decides to try once again to kill Kujo and runs off and contacts her alone. Kujo captures Maki, and decides to fly her to the US where the virus will spread, and begin K's plan to wipe out human life to save the Earth.
This leads to a big showdown with L leaping onto a movie airplane with a bag full of antidote. L is able to save all but two of the bad guys thanks to them being to weak to do anything because of the virus that had become active infecting them. L, having only two days left, takes the boy to Watari's orphanage. There he gives the boy a toy robot and a name, Near. L then walks off into the sunset thinking how he would like to have more time in this world.
This movie was excellent. Of the three live action Death Note movies this one is defiantly the best. L Change the WorLd is a very action oriented film, where the other two focused on L and Light's battle of wills with very little action. Kenichi Matsuyama, did another excellent job as L. This time he had to play a different kind of L from the previous film, an L that is out of his element. L is used to working behind the scenes, having others do the dirty work, but this time L is forced to take matters into his own hands while protecting two children. Mayuko Fukuda, played Maki, and during the behind the scenes segment after film she said this was her first film. She did a wonderful job, and a very believable job of portraying a young girl grief stricken by the lose of her father that she is willing to kill the person who did it. Fukuda, probably has a very good career ahead of her.
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Game Trailers has the opening of the upcoming Ghostbusters video game available for viewing. I can't wait for this game to be released. It looks like it's going to be really good.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Fighting game Fate/Unlimited Codes is getting a US release by Capcom. This game is based off the visual novel Fate/Stay Night by Type-Moon. The game will be available for the PSP via download from the Playstation Network. The game features a single player, 2 player ad hoc, and story modes. No price or release date other than Summer 2009 has been released.
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Monday, April 27, 2009
Went to Best Buy to pick up some of their $10.00 games but by the time I was able to get out there all the ones I wanted were sold out. I tried getting rainchecks for Devil May Cry 4, Soul Caliber 4, Fracture, and Infinite Undiscovery at Best Buy because their ad said you could get rainchecks for the titles shown in the ad only. But, when they were only able to give me one for Infinite Undiscovery. Afterward, I went by Wal-mart and they had Fracture and I was able to price match it. They also had the Xbox 360 version of Soul Caliber 4, but because the Best Buy ad only showed the PS3 version they wouldn't price match that one.
Anyone able to get the games they wanted or were they sold out already?
Also picked up The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya hardcover novel, and this months Shojo Beat at Books-a-million. Reading Haruhi right now, and it's a pretty good book.
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Saturday, April 25, 2009
J-List is now offering English language versions of ero-manga circle Linda Project! Linda Project! creates some very well drawn hentai parodies of Naruto and Bleach. The first two offerings from J-List are Bleach parodies Ble-Ori, and Ble-Hina. They are available for download only at 6.00 each. You can pick up both issues at J-List
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Friday, April 24, 2009
For this weekend only 4/24-4/26 Valve is offering The Orange Box for only $9.99 on Steam. That's a great deal if your a Half-life fan. You get Half-life 2, Episode One, Episode Two, Portal, and Team Fortress 2 in The Orange Box. And if your like me and already have one or two of the games it's still a great deal since you will save some money on the games you don't have yet, and get gift copies of the ones you already own that you can send to other Steam Users.
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Starting Sunday 4/26 through Saterday 5/2 Best Buy will be running a $10.00 sale on select games. I was in my local Best Buy today and they had pulled the sale games off the shelves, in order ensure they have the games in stock on Sunday. There are a few games I'm wanting to get, but have to work until 2PM on Sunday. Hopefully they will still have the games I'm wanting. I'm going to try and get Devil May Cry 4, Infinite Undiscovery, and Soul Calibur 4. Any games on your want list?
007: Quantum of Solace
Cliver Barker's Jericho
Disney Sing It w/Mic
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
Guitar Hero 3
Guitar Hero Aerosmith
Hail to the Chimp
Lost Planet: Extreme Conditions
MLB 08: The Show
NBA Ballers Chosen One
NFL Head Coach
Overlord: Raising Hell
Singstar Vol 2
Soul Calibur 4
007 Quantum of Solace
Alone in the Dark
C&C 3: Kanes Wrath
C&C: Red Alert 3
Clive Barkers Jericho
Devil May Cry 4
Enemy Territory Quake Wars
NBA Ballers Chosen One
NFL Head Coach 09
Silent Hill: Homecoming
Solder of Fortune 3
Soul Calibur 4
Universe at War
Unreal Tournament 3
Warhammer Battle March
Dancing with the Stars
Disney's High School Muisca
Disney Sing It w/ Microphones
High School Musical 3
Naked Brothers Band w/microphone
Shrek's Carnival Craze
Singstar Country Bundle
The Golden Compass
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Think Fast with controllers
Cheetah Girls: Passport
Disney: Cory in the House
Energy Dance Squad
Engergy Gym rockets
Imagine Ballet Star
Imagine Movie Star
Imagine Rock Star
Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon
My Fashion Studio
Naked Bros Band
Ninja Gaiden: DS
Petz Rescue Endangered
Prince of Persia
Quantum of Solace
Tales of Desperaux
WWE 2009 SmackDown
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Went to Kyoto Japanese Sushi Bar here in my home town for the first time today. I ordered Gyoza (fried), Spring Sushi (California Roll, 7 pieces of sushi-chef's choice), Eel Nigri, and Jalapeno Cream Duck. The waitress I had was very helpful with selecting something from their menu. The fried Gyoza was very good and came with a ginger dipping sauce. The duck was also very good, but the cream sauce begins to wear on you abougt halfway through the plate. I had to scrap some of it off of the last few bites. The sushi, however, was horrible. The fish was very mushy and bland. Even their soy sauce was bland, and I had to drench the rice in it to help flavor the sushi. The only good pieces were the fried egg, crab stick, and eel sushi.
So I've now been to both Sushi bars here in Monroe, LA, and have had opposite results at both. Kyoto, while having horrible sushi had a pretty decent entree. I've been to Samurai, the other sushi bar, twice, and their sushi was fantastic, while the entrees I tried were a bit lacking. At Samurai I've had their Red Curry which wasn't that great, and Soft Shell Crab which had a sauce that overpowered everything else on the plate. So my suggestion to anyone living in this area is if you want good sushi go to Samurai, but if your looking for a good entree then Kyoto might be the better choice.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Warner Home Video is offering a trade in program for HD-DVD owners. Visit www.red2blu.com and you can trade your WB HD-DVD's for Bluray versions for only 4.95 for each movie + 6.95 for your entire order. All you have to do is send them the orginal HD-DVD cover art, which means you get to keep the movie discs. So if you were an early adopter of HD-DVD, and don't want to spend full retail repurchasing all your WB titles on Bluray now is a good time to do so.
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Picked up all four volumes AIR this week from Right Stuf. They are having a Bargin Bin Blowout sale, and I was able to get each volume for 7.00 each including the Artbox version of Volume 2.
AIR is a really great series about a girl in the sky who must eternally relive the same sad dream, and the guy who is trying to find her to release her from this dream. It's based off a Visual Novel by Key.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Tokyopop and Pocky are holding an art contest. Just create a piece of art containing Pocky is some way. Prizes include a first place prize of $1,000 and 2nd-5th place prize of a $20 Border's gift card. Winner's artwork will also be displayed at the San Diego Comic-con.
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Good luck to anyone who enters.
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The Feed is hosting a new trailer for Final Fantasy Versus XII, a standalone title for the PS3 that takes place in the same universe as Final Fantasy XII. The trailer opens with the phrase "A fantasy based on reality" and footage from the trailer shows it takes place in a world like ours.
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Friday, April 17, 2009
On Mythbuster's last week Adam and Jamie tested a scene from the Matrix where two semi-trucks smash a car between them, pancaking the car, and fusing the vehicles together. Unable to produce the desired results when using two semi's, the Mythbusters decided to use a rocket sled. The results of their test can best be summed up in the words of Jamie,
The goal was to fuse metal and pancake the car.... What car?
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Thursday, April 16, 2009
The 14 year old Niece of Denver Comic creator Frank Frisina has been missing since Saterday. Anyone with information that might help find Mr. Frisina's Niece Jennifer can contact Arapahoe County Sheriff Invesitgator Bruce Isaacson at 303-795-4711.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Just got this email from Viz Pictures. You can get a free ticket to Death Note: L, Change the WorLd at participating F.Y.E. and Suncoast stores with the purchase of any Death Note DVD or Merchandise. Hopefully they do better than Hot Topic's free tickets to Death Note: The Last Name promotion. I went to Hot Topic a few days prior to try and get my free ticket and the employees didn't know what I was talking about and after finding the tickets didn't think they could hand them out yet despite the movie opening in like two days. Unfortunately, I've already purchased my ticket or I would go to F.Y.E. because I still haven't bought either of the Death Note movies.
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Animate.TV is streaming a trailer for the upcoming ToHeart2 adplus which is due for release April 24, 2009. There will be 2 limited edition versions of the DVD. One comes with a body pillow cover, and the other comes with a CD of character songs and a radio drama.
I'm a fan of To Heart, so I'm actually thinking of ordering the pillow case edition. Only thing holding me back is it costs 9,975 yen.
Anyone else looking forward to this OVA?
View the trailer here
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Thursday, April 09, 2009
Nintendo of America has decided not to release the Wii version of horror game Fatal Frame in the US. Fatal Frame is a series of games where you must defend yourself from ghosts using a the mystical Camera Obscura. It's had 3 releases for the Playstation 2, and 4 game has been released in Japan for the Wii on July 31, 2008.
IGN interviewed Tecmo over Nintendo's decision not to release the game stateside. They had this to say,
"Nintendo holds the publishing rights to 'Fatal Frame Wii,' which was developed by Tecmo LTD. and Grasshopper Manufacture and released in Japan on July 31, 2008. Nintendo of America has since then decided not to publish the title in North America – consequently, the title will not be released in this territory. As the owner of the IP, Tecmo feels very unfortunate that the fans of the series in North America will not have a chance to play the game, but respects the final decision made by Nintendo of America."
I'm a big fan of the Fatal Frame series and was looking forward to this one. Had it actually been released it probably would of been the first Wii game I have actually purchased since buying a Wii on release day. Nintendo continues to disappoint Wii owners with continued releases of "party games" and now not releasing a game people actually want to play.
I suggest all fans of the Fatal Frame series contact Nintendo of America and let them know how much you want this game to actually be released here in the states. You can contact Nintendo through their website Contact Form
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Wednesday, April 08, 2009
The first downloadable content for PS3 game Valkyria Chronicles is coming April 16th. I just finished this game last month and it's a really great game, which has even spawned a anime adaptation which just started airing in Japan.
The DLC that will be available is:
Hard EX Mode: A new difficulty level for the main game
Two new scenarios
Enter the Edy Detachment: In this scenario 6 of Squad 7's members are separated from the rest of the squad, and stumble upon a small village being attacked by Imperial troops. Edy commands her fellow squad members as they try and defend the village.
Behind Her Blue Flame: View the war from the Imperial side. You play as Johann, an engineer asigned to Selvaria's squad.
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An English patch for "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni" has been released by Sonozaki Futago-tachi. The patch only covers the Onikakushi Arc, but for fans of the Higurashi series it's a start. I just recently read the first two volumes of the manga and liked them a lot. I've also started watching the anime, but have only watched the first two episodes so far.
Sonozaki Futago-tachi also has a walk through on how you can legally download Higurashi no Naku Koro ni for about $15.00US from Melonbooks.com for those who can't read Japanese. I plan on picking it up when I get paid Friday.
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Saturday, April 04, 2009
FUNimation has acquired the digital, broadcast, DVD and merchandising rights to the second season of Fullmetal Alchemist refered to as Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. FUNimation.com and other video-sharing websites will begin streaming English subtitled episodes of the FMA: Brotherhood begining April 9th.
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Thursday, April 02, 2009
This are some pics of my room I took for a contest Danny Choo was having. This wall of my room used to be wall papered with Star Wars figures, which is why there are little dots lined up near the ceiling. Those are thumb tacks I haven't gotten around to taking down yet. I had to box the figures up to make room for my bookshelves, and desk. I did leave a few up though.
When I worked at K-mart I used to collect the movie buttons they gave to employees to advertise new releases. The ones on that board above my bed are just a few of my collection. I also was able to get some really great displays like a life sized cutout of Mace Windu and Queen Amadala that Pepsi put up to advertise their Star Wars Episode 1 cans. I also have life sized vinyl banner of Jango Fett advertising Attack of the Clones. I have a few other banners advertising a Zelda game and Jurassic Park 3. If I get a chance I'll try and take some pics of these.
Last bit of my room. Shelf containing my Wii, Xbox 360 (Gamertag Ziroc Stormkiler), and PS3 (PSN Ziroc). No idea what my Wii friend code is, but if anyone's interested in exchanging friend codes I can look it up. Most of my games are on that top shelf, some are on the small bookshelf by more door in one of the pics above.
Well that's pretty much it for my room. The other wall only has some storage boxes stacked along it right now. Feel free to let me know what you think and if you have any questions about what something is. I'm looking forward to your comments.
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