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Aug. 3rd, 2014

Ezio Auditore (Assassin's Creed Brotherhood)



Ezio Auditore in one of his outfits in AC Brotherhood
Used graphite and colored pencils
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Assassin's Creed Embers




Set years after Assassin's Creed Revelations, Ezio Auditore lives in a countryside with Sofia Sartor and their children Flavia and Marcello. A retired assassin, he was alarmed to find a hooded figure talking to Flavia one day. It turns out the stranger, who introduced herself as Shao Jun, was looking for Ezio to ask him how to rebuild the assassin order in her country and how to help her people. Ezio at first refused but Sofia convinced Ezio to let her stay.


Shao Jun (left) and Ezio Auditore

Ezio and Sofia

"... love of people, cultures, and the world... fight to preserve that which inspires hope and you will win back your people."

This sad and beautiful 21 minutes and 22 seconds short animation film shows Ezio at the twilight of his life. Though dissatisfied and full of regrets, he is still a formidable fighter in the film even if he's slower than the hero in the three games. Ezio's fans will love this peek at Ezio's last moments (and it's good to know that he and Sofia made a family) and might find the ending a bit intriguing. I was holding my breath at the ending and was quite sad when what was foreshadowed had to happen.

Voice Actors:
Roger Craig Smith - Ezio Auditore
Angela Galuppo - Shao Jun and Flavia Auditore
Anna Tuveri - Sofia Sartor
Peter Arpesella - young man
Directed by Patrick Plourde, Stephane Baudet

Assassin's Creed Ascendance



Assassin's Creed Ascendance is a short animated film set after Assassin's Creed II and before Assassin's Creed Brotherhood. Ezio Auditore was informed that a new threat is growing in Roma. Pope Rodrigo Borgia's son, Cesare, is brewing up trouble to take control of all of Roma. In the next 13 minutes and 32 seconds, Ezio learns how his would-be nemesis rose to power.


Ezio Auditore

Cesare Borgia (middle)



The picture story animation is reminiscent of the artistic style of the Renaissance. The music, voice acting, and scenery will all be familiar to the gamers. There are fewer action scenes than in Assassin's Creed Lineage and mostly just recollection of Cesare's deeds to get to where he is at the start of AC Brotherhood. The picture story might be new to the viewers but it's just as beautiful as the animation in the games.

Voice Actors:
Roger Craig Smith - Ezio Auditore
Andreas Apergis - Cesare Borgia
Carlos Ferro - Leonardo da Vinci
Arthur Holden
Harry Standjofski
Directed by Laurent Bernier (Director) and Ghislain Ouellet (Assistant Director)
Produced by Louis-Pierre Pharmand (Producer), Jean-Jacques Tremblay (Associate Producer), Yves Guillemot, Serge Hascoet, Yannis Mallat, and Sebastien Puel (Executive Producers)

Assassin's Creed Ezio Trilogy


Note: My review will not include the multiplayer modes for AC Brotherhood and Revelations and most of the DLCs. I will provide a list however of DLCs included in this edition (refer to cover above).

Assassin's Creed II is the direct sequel of Assassin's Creed, while Brotherhood and Revelations follow up on the story of the trilogy's lead character Ezio Auditore.

The gameplay is similar to the first game. Memories are accessed through the Animus. These memories form sequences and must be completed by performing the necessary objectives of each mission. Ezio's abilities are pretty much the same as Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad's in Assassin's Creed but with several improvements. The wall climb and roof run, Leap of Faith, and tracking targets by stealth or gathering information are basically the same.

At the start of Assassin's Creed II, Desmond Miles is rescued by Lucy Stillman out of Abstergo Industries, the Templars, and brought to a secret, temporary hideout where he is introduced to assassins Shaun Hastings and Rebecca Crane. Their mission is to explore Desmond's genetic memory of ancestor Ezio Auditore da Firenze with the use of a new Animus. They have to locate the remaining Pieces of Eden before the Templars can find them. Desmond will also learn techniques from Ezio by exploiting the bleeding effect. A self-confessed terrible fighter, he can already use eagle vision at the end of Assassin's Creed so it won't be long before he learns the other tricks.
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Assassin's Creed Lineage



Set before events in Assassin's Creed II, Assassin's Creed Lineage is narrated from Giovanni Auditore's point of view. Working as an assassin for Lorenzo de' Medici, Giovanni, stumbled onto some conspiracy to bring the Medicis down after the assassination of the Duke of Milano. The loss of the duke meant also a thinning of Lorenzo's allies and a threat to Florence's power. Giovanni has to discover who is behind the conspiracy.

Giovanni Auditore

From left: Giovanni, Uberto Alberti, and Lorenzo de' Medici

Rodrigo Borgia


AC Lineage shows the familiar wall climbs and roof runs that fans of the franchise enjoy. It also features characters who will be important in AC II. The fight scenes are awesome and the scenery beautiful. The three-episode short film shows the places Ezio Auditore will later explore in AC II and the possible reason why Giovanni and two of his sons were executed in game.
Cast:
Romano Orzari - Giovanni Auditore
Manuel Tadros - Rodrigo Borgia
Claudia Ferri - Maria Auditore
Alex Ivanovici - Lorenzo de' Medici
Michel Perron - Uberto Alberti
Devon Bostick - Ezio Auditor
Jesse Rath - Federico Auditore
Connor Nikides Kokolakis - Petruccio Auditore
Devery Jacobs - Claudia Auditore
Michel Perron - Uberto Alberti
Arthur Grosser - Pope Sixtus IV
Shawn Baichoo - Father Maffei
Peter Miller - Galeazzo Maria Sforza
Directed by Yves Simoneau
Produced by Pierre Raymond, Serge Hascoet, Yannis Mallat
Yves Guillemot (Executive), Ian Whitehead (Line)

Jul. 24th, 2014

Accel World



The technologically advanced world of 2046 is the setting for this 24-episode series. Most people at this time use Neuro-Linkers to access the Internet, interact online and explore virtual and augmented worlds. This neuro-linker is worn like a collar and can interact with the brain.

Hardcore gamer Arita Haruyuki uses this technology constantly to get away from his miserable life at Umesato Junior High School despite having good friends like Mayuzumi Takumu and Kurashima Chiyuri. Fat, short and timid, Haru is a target for bullies. In one of his bad days, he plays squash where he has always dominated the scoreboards. Unfortunately, even in that game someone finally bested him. The intruder Kuroyukihime was impressed by Haru's abilities and wants to be friends with him. His complete opposite, Kuroyukihime is good-looking and famous which only made Haru more suspicious of her intentions.
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Jul. 23rd, 2014

Sword Art Online



This 25-episode series about virtual gaming and it effects to the players. It is divided into two arcs. The first arc (episodes 1 to 14) is set in Sword Art Online, tagged the first virtual game world. Players have to go through one hundred floors of the Aincrad Castle to beat the game. However, the game has a catch. If a player fails to survive a fight, both his virtual and real bodies die. Moreover, once the game starts, no one is allowed to log out until someone reaches the last boss.

Meanwhile, the second arc (episodes 15 to 25) is set in Alfheim Online. It's similar to SAO but players can log out and no one will die if the characters is defeated. In this game, players are divided into different elf races. The ultimate goal is to reach the top of the World Tree.
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Brothers Conflict



Hinata Ema becomes a stepsister of thirteen boys of the Asahina family when her father decided to remarry. She moves in to the family's apartment complex and found it was easy to get along with her new brothers. Being the only child of Hinata Rintaro who always traveled, she found this an opportunity to finally have a real family. However her pet squirrel Juli thinks she has to be careful around the boys because they might try to do something to her.
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Jul. 22nd, 2014

K


Isana Yashiro finds himself a target for various people when he was mistakenly identified the murderer of Totsuka Tatara, a member of the group Homra. Apparently a video evidence shows Yashiro talking to Totsuka moments before the latter's death. Soon enough Ashinaka High School becomes a battle stage for the people after Yashiro and a power struggle among clans.
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Monochrome Factor



Nikaido Akira is a carefree high school student who enjoys cutting classes, sports and yet manages to still be one of the top students in school. When he met an entity from the shadow world, his normal high school life changed when he was forced to become a shin and pair up with Shirogane to restore balance in the world. Whatever nonsense Shirogane has been telling him about the shadow world is no joke at all, as he soon learns when he had his first fight. Akira's role in the struggle takes on a different meaning however when he finds out that he has more at stake than his easy life and his friends.

This 24-episode series follows the adventures of Shirogane, Akira and his friends as they explore the secrets of and fight the creatures from the shadow world.
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