Monday, August 14, 2017

Kira Kira Precure Ala Mode Ep 27 Review: Hard and Sour

Let's Cooking! This is my review of Kira Kira Precure episode 27. From now on, I will just talk about the good, the bad and overall thoughts of the episode since Kira Kira Precure is kinda of getting 'Meh' unless something happened.

The Good: We finally have an Aoi episode after her last one with her butler which is like a few months ago. So when Aoi got to play in the Blue Fes open concert, she felt the pressure especially when her idol, Misaki is playing next field with a capacity crowd and Aoi's concert had a subtle crowd.

Furthermore, she mistaken Ichika's words (about hard and sour gummies) thinking that her friends are looking down at her. It led to an interesting scene that Elysio successfully influenced Aoi/Cure Gelato in creating havoc in the concert which should lead to a better climax however it failed.

The Bad: After 27 episodes, the girls are not really united in both heart and soul. Thanks to many episodes that focus on Ichika, Ciel and Julio, the remaining four girls had little development or even understanding of each others' strength and weakness.

So when Cure Gelato got turned evil, I was expecting some heads on with the girls as they realised one of their own is now creating havoc but because of no-fists rules, the girls just shouted to Cure Gelato about how she feel and she recovered which it is really a face palm on the face. (Yes, it is a facepalm!)

Although Aoi's blue crystal changed into a lion crystal but because Elder and Pekorin are pretty useless throughout so far, we don't know what this means and because we are only halfway through the season so padding is confirmed.

But why didn't Akira and Yukari's crystals changed shape during their episode? Does that mean we are getting another Akira and Yukari centric episode again? (Lord, I have nothing against those two but can we get to the main plot or at least get some ideas what the girls are suppose to do?)

Overall, a mixed bag for me. It will be interesting to at least see one of the Cures joined the bad guys for a while and see how things will work up seeing that the girls are not invulnerable to outside influences.

Next episode, Himari finally get the spotlight as she become an assistant to her favourite author who is Dr Sweets?! (That's what I am calling him next week!) Until then, see you in the next post!

P.S: I have just finished watching Season 1 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and it is pretty interesting and now halfway through Season 2. If you want my thoughts of the first season, Leave a comment and you will probably get the review real soon.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Kira Kira Precure Ala Mode Ep 26 Review: A Cold Reception

Let's Cooking! This is my review of Kira Kira Precure episode 26. Sorry for the delay as I have just recovering from my wisdom tooth removal and still feeling the side effects. Let's get straight to my thoughts.

Thanks to Ichika's mess up for using all the kira sponge to make a float around the Patisserie, (Although why no one even notice there is a building in the ocean is anyone guess) So the girls ended in a deserted island and guess who they found?

Biburi who is upset that Noir has abandoned her and her doll, Iru has lost her power. We do get some back story of her being abandoned by everyone and Noir created Iru out of her darkness. Somehow Iru represented all her hated towards human. She was shocked to see Ciel who found her on a hilltop but since Biburi lost all her power, she was sulking to herself and ran away.

Ciel who feel sorry for her tried to make up with Biburi after Ichika and company make the Penguin Shaved Ice. Instead Biburi absorb the Kiraru energy from the Shaved Ice to power up Iru. However Iru went out of control and started attacking her too.

Biburi fell off a cliff but Cure Parfait saved her and told her she want to help no matter what grudges they have in the past. After a quick battle with Iru, Ciel offered the Shaved Ice again to Biburi and she took it. But she absorb enough Kiraru energy into Iru to leave the island. Ciel's crystal ball also changed shape into a Pegasus cup which she wonder why? Although what happened to Akira and Yukari's crystal balls when it was glowing last episode? We didn't get an explanation for that.

Overall, it is an okay episode with Ciel trying to show empathy to Biburi as she is a victim by Noir. Although Biburi refused to admit that Noir has abandoned her but didn't show total hated towards Ciel in the end. Perhaps she will have a change of heart in the end seeing how the two new generals are complete jerks so far, I hope Biburi will survive to join the girls in the future.

Next episode, it is Aoi's story and she is joining in a rock concert competition but her idol, Misaki is joining too. Will Aoi crack under pressure or Elysio will used his influence to ruin Aoi? Until then, see you in the next post!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The King of Fighters Destiny Ep 1 and 2 Review: A Faithful Video Game Adaption!?

After countless of video game adaptions to big and small screen, can the King of Fighters (KOF for short) make it or become another lost piece in the ocean of video games adaption?

KOF is no stranger to other media from a 4 part OVA called Another day that cover the events in between the Ash Crimson and Maximum Impact Arc that make fans want more but never got it since SNK has countless finance issues and other video games companies (Capcom, Namco, etc) has stepped into the 3D genre with success and SNK is still struggling with their problems.

So after a major overhaul that lasted for 4 years, SNK finally came back this year with a new KOF (KOF 14) and the announcement of a 3D animated series with China CG company, IDragons Creative Studio and the first two episodes is already out.

So if you are still confused on what is going on after watching the first 2 episodes (or never play any of the older KOF or SNK games) Here is how the story goes chronically.

In the older days of Japan, the evil eight headed snake demon known as Orochi invade Japan and the three big families-Kusanagi, Yasanaki and Yata defeated Orochi with their three sacred weapons. 10 years before the first KOF tournament, Geese Howard murdered Terry and Andy Bogard's adopted father, Jeff over the control of an ancient martial arts scroll. This led Terry and Andy to pursue different fighting styles to prepare the day for their revenge against Geese.

Nice Ass, Mature!

However a mysterious third player is watching everything from the shadows as seen in the first scene of the first episode, a female assassin and her men hijacked an army convoy carrying the mysterious "Black Crystals"

Of course, we can't forget the main character, Kyo Kusanagi and his two faithful friends/rivals-Handsome Electric Fighter, Benimaru Nikado and Judo Master, Goro Daimon. The first scene of them was hilarious with Kyo and his father, Saisyu fighting over a fish ball a la Kung Fu Panda parody. After Saisyu was being dragged away by his wife, the three fighters packed their bags and headed to South Town for the KOF tournament.

The show also did a good mix-mash of the three big SNK fighting games-KOF, Fatal Fury and Art of Fighting (AOF for short) since all three storyline intertwined with each other despite how previously, there was no canon in their respective games.

Product Placement-Download our game!

Oh Mai, I can watch you all day!

Furthermore, the story is also set in current modern time with cell phones and social media like Benimaru trying to make friends with AOF sweetheart, Yuri Sakazaki through Facebook and SNK Poster Girl, Mai Shiranui playing a KOF app game on her phone while complaining of her boyfriend, Andy Bogard running off to South Town for the tournament.

We even get some comical moments from AOF Main lead, Ryo Sakazaki as he comically try to ride his motorcycle with little success and decided to make his way to Geese Tower by foot. The show also gave us of how the action scenes were done with Ryo, Stick Welder/Geese's bodyguard Billy and Benimaru. With their iconic moves like Ryo's Tiger Roar, Billy's Multi Sticks and Benimaru's Flying Drill displaying, it is a KOF Fan's dream come true.

Despite how the CG graphics on some of the characters looked like Barbie dolls, I really enjoyed the story so far and can't wait to see more. With 24 episodes being announced for the first season, it looked like we might go all the way to the Orochi Saga. (KOF 94-97 timeline)

Is Heidern trying to be DC Comics' The Question?

As seen from the opening, fan favourites like Athena Asamiya, Heidern, Kim Kaphwan and everyone favourite Sociopath, Iori Yagami will gradually make their appearances in the upcoming episodes. But for now, the story is focus on the First Fatal Fury game and some homages from the Fatal Fury OVA: Legend of Hungry Wolf with a female love interest, Angelina for Terry.

If you want to watch it, it is available for free on Steam and somehow the 2nd episode was leaked on Youtube. Overall, a good start for KOF Destiny and let's hope it get better by the end!

Update 11/08/2017: Both Episode 1 and 2 are now uploaded on SNK Channel on Youtube.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Kira Kira Precure Ala Mode Ep 25 Review: Choco Macaron

Let's Cooking! This is my review of Kira Kira Precure episode 25 and Yukari is being proposed and Akira isn't liking it! (I will skip the episode summary and just go straight to my thoughts)

So how to make two girls like each other without making it awkward for kids watching on a Sunday Morning? By introducing all sort of hijinks and mixed signals! Yukari obviously has a crush on Akira but never tell straight about her feelings and act all fickle minded when a Prince from a foreign country proposed to her.

Akira being Akira immediately rejected it and the Prince challenged her for Yukari's hand. What follow was several contest which clearly the Prince is a good for nothing like Minami/Cure Mermaid's self-proclaimed Fiance.

Both Yukari and Akira are not honest with each other until Ciel (who still has regret about Pikario's fate) tell Akira to toughen up about Yukari. For once, Ichika wasn't the mood maker and it was a breath of fresh air to see Ciel who has yet to blend into the team to give the suggestion. Yukari also admitted that she is not Miss Perfect as reminded by Julio of how she does is just give mixed signals and being a struck up.

Elysio's appearance was a bit of letdown compared to Grave last week as all he does was sucked the Prince's Kiraru energy, make a monster and mock Cure Chocolat. Of course the power of Love and Friendship saved the day with both gems from Akira and Yukari glowing which means the Legendary Patisserie accepted their Yuri Love?! (Yeah, I am aware that Elysio created a monster out of a Lily Plant which is the Japanese name for Yuri, very subtle, Toei!)

Overall, an all right episode if you like Akira and Yukari's shipping. Next episode, the girls went to a deserted Island and guess who they saw?  Biburi who is all broken from her defeat! Will she go up against the girls again or Ciel who saved her able to change her heart? Until then, see you in the next post!

P.S: I recently started watching certain clips of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic on Youtube and it is not bad with certain similarities to Precure. I even find the Equestrain Girls movies pretty fun to watch. I don't call myself a Brony but I respect how a 1980s girls toyline become a very fun and enjoyable series today. Looking at how many seasons this series is on, do you think it is okay to jump in now? Any recommendations?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Kira Kira Precure Ala Mode Ep 24 Review: Hunger Panic!

Let's Cooking! This is my review of Kira Kira Precure episode 24 and Ciel officially joined the team!

First thing first! Pikario didn't die! (Though I wish he did since it will gave the girls real consequences for their actions) Not only it was a cop-out from last week but in fact, the secret room in the cave is putting Pikario on life support. The girls were also given 6 colors pearls which I am guessing is for their next power-up.

Which it is obvious as we are introduced to two new generals-Elysio and Grave after Biburi was defeated. (Hope she come back as a crazed psycho since no body means no death)

However the focus is on Ciel and her interaction with Ichika, Himari and Aoi. Ciel enrolled into Ichika's class after having lunch with her and her father. (Although how she managed to get in without parents or guardian's permission is another question but then this is Precure where everyone is a little bit oblivious to certain things)

Ciel excel in almost every subjects except Japanese Language since she spent most of her time in France. But the big surprise was Ciel need to eat a lot or else she will turn back into Kirain which I am guessing she used a lot of energy to maintain her human form. However Ciel revert to Kirain and create a scene in school-like how Ha-Chan roam around the school when she first appeared.

The three Junior girls managed to find Ciel and they accepted her weakness since they are all friends now. (Which I actually like this scene with Kirain hugging them on the cheeks) Of course, Grave appeared with his minions and decided to suck up any Kirain energy in the town like a vacuum. (Which means that the villains are going for a more offensives approach rather than aiming a certain target like Biburi and Rio)

The battle isn't anything special despite Cure Parfait joining the fight (No group pose since Yukari and Akira joined in later) The ending is Ciel joining the girls in making cupcakes which I am guessing she might have closed off her own cafe. (So what happen to her staff? Did they magically disappear?)

I agreed that Cure Parfait's addition in the opening felt lazy as they just superimposed her like Photoshop.

You are a Pal, Principal!

Overall, a pretty okay episode with some funny moments with Ichika making a pun joke on her school principal and the girls accepting Ciel as their new friend and ally. Grave is probably the muscle of the group although I hope one of the girls become his opposite in order to hype the tension.

Next episode, the focus is on Yukari and Akira as Elysio make his move on Yukari which cause some tension between Akira and her. Until then, see you in the next post!

P.S: Dragonball Super has finally hit the 100th episode with homages from Dragonball Z Movie 8 and 9. Jired has also proven that there is nothing big deal about Super Saiyan that he cannot handle since he one-shot Kale like nothing.