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Fantasy Review – The Shadow of What Was Lost

Ever feel like no matter how hard you try, you just aren’t Gifted? Well, so did the protagonist Davian as he kept his true identity a closely guarded secret, only telling his best friends in his school for Gifted students. Unbeknownst to them, they are each going to go on a journey to discover the dangers, the politics and the intrigue around being either Gifted, a Shadow or an Augur. If you’re looking for an epic high fantasy tale to keep you highly invested, you really should check this one out. If that sounds like fun to you, then read on for today’s spoiler-free review:

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Anime Review: That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime

Magical worlds and video game elements combined, it’s one of a plethora of the video game anime genre. However, just because there have now been a lot of them, don’t let that distract you from what separates this one from the others. When our protagonist is killed in episode 1, he is reincarnated on another world as a slime, who gets named Rimuru Tempest. Read on to find out more about Rimuru, as well as how this series does a pretty clever job getting around something we like to call plot armour.

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Review – Devilman Crybaby

My ongoing Netflix binge continues with a dabble into anime that is long overdue.

Quick note before we get started, this is a relatively family friendly website, but this is not a family friendly anime. Watch at your discretion, but you’re probably going to watch it. (more…)


Spoiler-Free Film Review – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

For those of you who haven’t kept up with the backstory to the Wizarding World stories, which encompasses Harry Potter and indeed Fantastic Beasts, you may not be familiar with Grindelwald, bar for the name. You may have heard the name crop up once or twice, so this film helps to solidify who the wizard is and what sorts of crimes he committed – As well as what sort of relationship he had to some of the more prolific characters of Harry Potter.

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Video Game Review – Arkham City

Tim, no reading, there may be spoilers.

As for the rest of you, it’s been ample time for you all to have played, but as Tim recently played Arkham Asylum for the first time ever, it seems a good time to talk about the sequel. Arkham City is fodder for every gaming hall of fame going, a neat blend of sandbox with high quality story, stealth and action, puzzles and combat, and perhaps one of the best representations of Batman ever put to a screen of any size. Arkham City was also going to be the last ever appearance of Mark Hamill as the Joker, promising he’d only return if they ever animated The Killing Joke (they did, he did). (more…)


Video Game Review – >Observer_

After playing Layers of Fear, >Observer_ went straight onto my Steam wishlist. The studio, Bloober Team SA, suckered me in with something filled with hints of the Lovecraftian themes, before fully submerging me into a fanboy’s dream (or nightmare). With a chilling atmosphere, fascinating imagery, and a narrative unravelled asynchronously and through gutwrenching imagery brought from deep within the man’s psyche.

Here we have a game in which a detective in a cyberpunk dystopia plugs into the minds of suspects and victims to solve a crime, and he’s played by Rutger Hauer. If no part of that interests you then I’m afraid I’ll have to ask you to leave immediately. >Observer_ ticked enough boxes for me that I played three hours without noticing, and the game hits a lot more of my fandoms than I initially realised.

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Anime Review: Megalo Box

It’s the Eye of the Tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight. Risin’ up to the challenge of our rival!

Now that I’ve got that classic tune stuck in your head, let’s turn our attention to Megalo Box. One of the latest sport anime to be released, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the manga Ashita no Joe, Megalo Box is a stunning re-imagining of the boxing anime classic. In a bleak dystopian future, a city, filled with the wealthiest in the centre and slums all around the outskirts, houses the gear-based boxing tournament, Megalonia. Will the protagonist, Junk Dog, manage to rise through the ranks, gain his entry to Megolonia and face off against the undefeated Yuri, the king of kings himself who works for Shirato Corporation, the hosts of Megalonia? You do not want to miss this one!

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Literature Review: Golden Age (The Shifting Tides Book 1)

With a king who doesn’t want to face the facts, the second son of Xanthos, Dion, looks to the seas to better his home. Meanwhile, in the grand city of Phalesia, the daughter of the First Consul wishes people would leave the Eldren alone. With one city being more concerned with their peaceful neighbors than the infiltrators from across the seas, the other is blissfully unaware of the potential threats that may come their way. Now, seeking help, Dion and Chloe enlist the help of the shapeshifters, the Eldren, who live in the wilds by Phalesia… But will these powerful people help them, at the risk of becoming wild?

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Kickstarter Highlight – IS IT A PLANE!?

I’ve expressed an interest in diceless role-playing games for a few years now, but I’ve yet to be involved in a game that is completely without some influence of chance, even the odd playing card based game which wasn’t wholly without dice. Is It A Plane!? by Psychic Cactus Games is something rather different… actually something very different. Now funding on Kickstarter is a role-play about interpretation, and is going to be a must have for those who are quick on the draw. (more…)


Film Review – Annihilation

Trailers for this film immediately caught my eye, a psychedelic trip-fest of colours and sounds that screams “art and sci-fi are at it again”. It was a film I immediately knew I had to watch in the cinema to get the full experience, but even if I’d had the time to do so (life is hard, and full of stuff) I would never have got the chance. Annihilation saw theatrical release in America only and digital distribution via Netflix everywhere else.

We’ve been robbed of one hell of a spectacle, not just a visually stunning film but artistically rich. I have a rant on this that I’ll save for another time, for today let me get into Annihilation: (more…)