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Nov. 23rd, 2016

A Spotlight on Asian Epics

Most of the studies on folklore focus on European literature. But just as rich are Asian tales of deities, monsters and heroes. Let’s take a look at some of these.
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Nov. 16th, 2016

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag



Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft

Edward Kenway disguises as Duncan Walpole and meets the Templars who are looking for the Sage. The Templars use the excuse of cleaning out of pirates in the Caribbean while they search.

Research cubicle at Abstergo Entertainment
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Nov. 14th, 2016

Ajin



Nagai Kei only hears about the Ajin in the news and during discussions in his biology class although they have been known to exist for 17 years since they were discovered in Africa. Considered dangerous because they cannot be killed easily, Kei develops a fear for them when he learned from his class teacher that Ajin are not human. He feels horrified at learning they were used for experiments.
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Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin found a new exciting project when a Garuda named Yagharek asked him to make him fly again.

Isaac asked his friend Lemuel Pigeon to get word across the criminal underworld that he needed samples of species that can fly. It didn’t matter what it looked like.

Meanwhile, his girlfriend Lin, a khepri, was commissioned by a Mr. Motley to make a sculpture of his likeness. Lin was terrified when she got a good look at her new patron. Isaac doesn’t know about it and Lin was ignorant of Isaac’s research. Isaac unknowingly unleashed a terror in the city unheard of before. His rush to recapture an escaped specimen unearthed the city’s dirty secrets including sentient beings from unlikely places.


Set in the city of New Crobuzon, Perdido Street Station is the first of the three novels set in Bas-Lag. In Bas-Lag, thaumaturgy and steampunk technology exist side by side. It has blurred the lines of different genres including horror, fantasy and science fiction.


China Mieville’s writing is a treat for a jaded reader. I thought I’ve seen every possible innovation in the speculative fiction genre, but Perdido Street Station was a pleasant surprise. The story doesn’t have anything new to offer--careless scientist causes trouble---but the setting of the story is unusual.


It’s a beautiful read. The novel is lengthy, but the imagery, the stories and the characters made it all worthwhile.

Rating: 9.5 out of 10

Durarara!! X2 Shou




This 12-episode sequel to Durarara!! features the same cast of characters and a few additions.


Celty Sturluson seems to have become a favorite target of the enforcers and the media following the chases. Apparently, there is a bounty on her head and the police were not the only ones looking for her.


The murders of a serial criminal named Hollywood is also a favorite subject by the media. The killer wears a different getup in every crime scene.


Ryuugamine Mikado is approached by a classmate who claims to know his connection to the Dollars.


Ikebukuro seemed peaceful six months after the events of the first season, but there is a lot going on in the background.


The series retained its signature storytelling which uses different perspectives from so many characters then tie them all up towards the end. It tried to replicate the pace and the intensity of the first season but it has failed in its job to keep me interested. They just added a few more characters that did not really make a splash.


Rating: 5.5 out of 10

Minecraft



Developer: Mojang
Publishers: Mojang, Microsoft Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment

Minecraft has five game modes to choose from. These are Survival, Creative, Adventure, Spectator and Hardcore.
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Nov. 11th, 2016

Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE!



Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE! Is a parody of the magical girl genre. Never has any series made me laugh at the concept alone. I was expecting a lot of funny scenes and most surely, the anime didn’t disappoint.
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Joker Game



Just before World War II began, the most powerful countries of the world were wary of each other's powers. One strategy to gather information is through sending spies. For such a purpose, Lieutenant Colonel Yuuki has created the D Agency to select and train the best. Applicants were screened through various tests. Those who survived were trained in various fields essential for their future missions.
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Nov. 9th, 2016

Kimi no Na wa.


Miyamizu Mitsuha from Itomori is bored with her life. When she wakes up one day, everyone around her was weird, claiming she was acting silly the previous day. Clueless as to what they meant, Mistuha didn’t think there was anything wrong with her.
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Orange



Takamiya Naho received a letter ten years from the future. What was even more uncanny was that she wrote the letter for herself. There were instructions in the letter about saving a transfer student named Naruse Kakeru.
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