Saturday, June 24, 2017

MG 1/100 Gundam TR-1 Hazel Kai

 Even though it is Premium Bandai stuff, it is really a surprise that Advance of Zeta stuff made it into Master Grade Lineup. Scheduled for September Release, MG Hazel Kai will be sold around 4800 Yen. I don't know much about Advance of Zeta but Hazel Gundam is a Titans Prototype Mobile Suit based on GM Quel and some traces of Chobham Armor system as well. This version of Hazel Gundam doesn't have anything special yet other than the shield booster though its later iterations are pretty armed to the teeth. AoZ got some really cool design some of them are rather crazy in a good way. I am rather curious why Bandai decide to release AoZ MG out of sudden but i think if this goes well even Hrairoo could make it to 1/100 Scale.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Some Boardgame Expansion Acquisition

 I don't post much about boardgames in this blog but i have been dabbling in this hobby for 3 years already and it drains your wallet as good as collecting Japanese Toys. I like Horror themed Boardgame and Lovecraftian ones satisfied my need quite well. Ever since i played Arkham Horror, i become the closet fanboy of the subgenre. Fantasy Flight Games made some of the more popular and accessible Lovecraft themed Boardgame which i subscribe to Eldritch Horror for some heavy duty stuff and Elder Sign when i need a casual one.

 FFG is quite notorious for chugging out expansion and i am among the helpless fans who keep buying the expansions even though the base game works well by itself. Thus recently i got myself the latest expansion for Eldritch Horror and Elder Sign which are Dreamlands and Omens of the Deep. So far i didn't have time to make full use of the Expansions for both games so far but i should have plenty of opportunity to use them this year especially on Halloween. Perhaps i could post some session report for both games one of these days.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Song of the Long March 长歌行

 A good Feudal Chinese manga is rare and even rarer the one that sets in Tang Dynasty Period. Chang Ge Xing is one of those rare gems coming out from Mainland China showing that Chinese could make some Manhua that outshines the Japanese counterpart. Chang Ge Xing is a story about a Princess who seeks Revenge by Overthrow Tang Regime and a Young yet Powerful Turkic General whose fate intertwined into an epic journey.

 While Tang Dynasty hold special place in my heart for being one the highest point for Chinese Civilization, i follow Chang Ge Xing more than that reason. Kingdom might be another good Feudal Chinese manga but it lacks the finesse of Chang Ge Xing. The storytelling and the art of this manga are simply top tier stuff and it even treads deep on Chinese philosophical value, something really rare coming out of this media. The Character Development of the Two Protagonists are just complex and satisfying, while both start as enemies the Princess and Turkic General are basically two sides of a coin, having so much in common and at the same time complement each other. Both are outsider of their society and seeks the truth of their lineage. One of the best pair from manga series i have seen for a while. I am rather surprised that the author of this series is a young girl in her 20s which makes her certainly very talented if she do everything by herself. I am rather sad that the series is on Hiatus for some reason because Masterpiece like this deserve a proper Conclusion. If you seek a good Feudal Chinese manga that is more than just a Battle Manga than Chang Ge Xing is one of the best one out there. Here is some of my favorite part from the Manga.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars

 Kinda surprised that the Starship troopers going to get another CGI Movie considering Starship Troopers Invasion feels rather Lukewarm. Nothing much known about the new Movie except that it continues after the event from Starship Troopers Invasion and stars Johnny Rico as the protagonist once again. The Movie will be scheduled for release on August this year and i hope it got international release. It feels kinda weird that the sequel movie takes place on mars as the setting considering Bugs are infiltrating the earth already but i guess the new movie will give an explanation on it. By this time the Movie series are nowhere close to the Novel  but i will expect some good action and gore considering the previous did it quite well. The Starship Troopers Novel itself is a good read but mostly for its idea on society rather than the dakka action. I do hope Marauder Armor have more screentime in the new movie.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Liu Jian Piercing I (刺痛我)

 一切的偶然都是必然 - Coincidences lead to Destiny

 Seeing Liu Jian's work of "Have a Nice Day" attract some sensation being featured in Berlin Film Festival while Chinese Government attempt to censor which piques my interest on Liu Jian's work. As i haven't find available copy of "Have a Nice Day", i watched Liu Jian's Previous Work instead which is 刺痛我 or dubbed as Piercing I. Despite its arguably terrible animation, Piercing I has simple yet superb story and it is also a good commentary on Chinese Society in particular on the lower end. The story is about a young migrant worker who met series of misfortune which made him decided to return to his Village. Trying to do the right thing he met with injustice instead and one thing leads to another, his friend coax him to commit theft to get even with the person who wronged him. Trying to convey the message of "What goes around comes around" The movie set up lots of coincidences that leads to Bizarre event but somehow believable conclusion making thing going in full circle. I am not good at describing things but watching this movie feels like watching Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. The Reason why the movie is exceptional is that it shows an undiluted glimpse of the nature of society corruption in Mainland China which is something rare coming out of that place. I am expecting "Have a Nice Day" will have the same vibe of this movie and really look forward to watch it once available.

Monday, June 5, 2017

DX Chogokin Combattler V

 If there is such thing as Overkill for toys then this one would be one of them. For those who wants something more than Soul of Chogokin, Combattler V is getting one called DX Chogokin. Slated for End of this Year, DX Chogokin Combattler V will be sold for Hefty Price tag of 55000 Yen. For the double price of the SOC, you will get 35 Cm Tall Combattler V with complete set of the weapons and sound effect when Combattler gets combined. For me i will just stick to the regular Soul of Chogokin if i ever get Combattler V but i guess DX certainly worth it for Diehard fan of the series. Speaking of the series, Combattler V had profound effect on Sentai series despite its Anime Background mainly because it provide the mold of 5-People Special Squad with Combining Robot. If this Chogokin DX sells well i think Voltes V will follow up.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku Wo

 I generally avoid Isekai series because it is the cesspit of poorly written escapism story but Konosuba piqued my interest due the amount of merchandise that Konosuba had over short period and so i thought giving the anime a chance. My expectation wasn't that high but certainly Konosuba is quite entertaining to watch. Konosuba is a series that make fun of Isekai trope by having bunch of Misfits as the protagonists. Having a Neet Betakun protagonist accompanied by dysfunctional harems of Pathetic Goddess, Explosive obsessed loli magician and Sadomasochistic Knight does make good combo for an amusing story. In a way Konosuba entertained me like Haiyore Nyaruko San because the series doesn't take itself seriously. If i can't have my decently written High Fantasy like Lodoss then i don't mind some distractions like Konosuba for a while. So far i have finished both seasons since 10 Episodes for each are quick to finish. Personally i find first season is good while the second lacking, but i think the series easily could continue until the 4th Season. I suppose Deen Studio will have something to keep them afloat after struggling in recent years. Konosuba won't be a good fantasy story, it will give you a good laugh while it last!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Non Scale Twinbee Model Kit

 This is rather out of Blue for a Old School Series to get new Plastic Model but Plum did it. Whether it is for some kind of Anniversary, Plum is going to release Twinbee Plamo with price tag of 4000 Yen slated for October this year. Twinbee is one of the Konami Classic shooter series where one of its most known Gimmick is that in 2 Player Mode you can stick both Twinbee to pull out some powerful Shots. I started the Game from NES but really attached with the series with Twinbee Yahho! which i played quite a few times in Arcade when i was a kid. Twinbee also make its appearance in Parodius series which is quite fun Series. I wonder if Plum is going to release the Blue counterpart but the only difference is that it is Pink in Color and comes with a Ribbon. One of these days i should do some coverage for Twinbee Yahho which is available on PSP. Though it is a long shot, The Twinbee Plastic Model and Castlevania Animation might be part of the attempt of Konami trying to get its act together which might be a good thing if the gesture is genuine.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

MG 1/100 XN Raiser

 Few Years ago Bandai released XN Raiser parts for HG 1/144 00 Gundam as a part of Hobby Japan Exclusive. I remembered the exclusive deal created quite a fuss as people hoarded the particular Hobby Japan just for the XN parts and scalped them for considerable price. Now as a part of 10th year of 00 Gundam series anniversary Bandai released XN Raiser again as Master Grade. The catch is that the kit will be P-Bandai Exclusive which is kinda hard to import without a reseller. XN is slated for July 2017 with the price tag of 8000 Yen. If you think your 00 Raiser doesn't have enough sword then XN would be another good addition apart from Seven Sword for 00 Gundam. Though i personally find regular 00 Raiser is overkill already and the bulk that XN added doesn't make 00 Gundam able to fight melee properly. The XN Buster does look cool but 00 Universe it feels out of place and a lazy copy of Astray Gundam's tactical arms. If you happen to live in Indonesia, Multitoys opened a preorder with rather good price which you can check Here but the Preorder closed by 21 May so better grab it fast!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Total Warhammer 2 Lizardmen Faction Trailer

 I don't talk much about Western Games in my blog but this news is noteworthy enough for me to make an exception. As a closet Warhammer Game. i am very thrilled that Lizardmen is one of the faction that will make it into the second Total War: Warhammer installment. While i never play the tabletop game, Lizardmen is the faction that i find to be the coolest! Who doesn't like Jurassic Park and Warhammer Lizardmen allows you to field Aztec Dinosaurs riding on Dinosaurs. For now only three out of four Factions to be revealed in Total Warhammer 2 but many people speculate that it will be Skaven. Even if it is not, The Skaven will make into Total Warhammer eventually because these infighting rat people are the most amusing faction in the series. As for the WHFB series itself, i do hope that Games Workshop will lend its IP to someone to release some more accessible boardgames, I like my Chaos in the Old World but i don't mind some Warhammer-themed Talisman!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Double Zeta Gundam

 Guess Iron Blooded Orphans make me decide to marathon my Gundam Anime backlog and went for Double Zeta after Unicorn. As a Gundam series ZZ is still a decent one but plagued by many problems stemming from the burden of being Zeta Gundam successor. For me, the main issue with ZZ is that it feels that the series are not focused which results in Half Baked characters and rather shaky if not wacky beginning. The first Half of the series is rather unbearable but the second half of ZZ do get better and now i get to see the infamous "Moon Moon"! The Protagonists in ZZ are definitely overshadowed by Zeta considering the Shangrilla Misfits are nowhere as good as Liutenant Quattro team and they survived mainly due to sheer luck. However Judau Ashta is one of the most likeable UC Era protagonist and i liked him better than Amuro or Kamile. This is because he is one of the most compassionate Gundam Protagonist out there without being too hypocritical and manage to retain his humanity even after going through horrors of war. Heck even he still managed to be badass in Late UC whether it is canonical or not. No doubt with his Personality, Judau would really get along with Garrod from Gundam X

 Fluff-wise the main points that i grasp from ZZ is that EFSF are already hopeless at this point and the biggest tragedy is that AEUG fight to maintain the stagnant status quo. I can see how the events in ZZ precipitated to Char's fall to Despair and lead to CCA event. Had Neo Zeon didnt collapse due to Civil War, i guess some better reform could have existed and i would look forward to see ZZ alternate take on next Gihren's Greed. With ZZ finished, i have watched most of Universal Century titles save for V Gundam and the Recent Thunderbolt and overall i got 3 Gundam TV series left away from completion. As a Gundam series, Double Zeta might be weak title but it is far from the worst though watching the series straight after Zeta do give you some shock Therapy.

 Also from ZZ Gundam, now i get why Elpeo Ple is such popular character at its time. Had she not died in the series, i think she has the best chance to be Judau's lover. But SRW gave plenty of consolation for such scenario already and in any case have some Purus!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Gundam Unicorn Finale thoughts

 Very late to the party on this one but managed to finish this Gundam OVA. While it is not the conclusion that i prefer for Universal Century, Gundam Unicorn has a fitting end to wrap up the early UC timeline. Unicorn will be remembered as the series that has one of the best mecha fight animation in gundam franchise but it is still riddled with issues. To me i just find the Gundam Unicorn tried too hard to shove its message to its viewer which is translated into Banagher Links aka Banana, one of the most idiotic mary sue Gundam Protagonist.

 The Laplace Box reveal does make sense but at the same time it makes the whole conflicts until UC Gundam feels futile. I understand the intention for the Anti-War Message, but the Laplace Box just makes the cause of struggle between Zeon and Federation are baseless to the point of being disrespectful. Nevertheless at its core i can see that conclusion of Laplace Box is that a well intentioned lie can snowball into nightmarish vicious cycle. It is just depressing that good characters in previous Gundam series struggled and literally died for nothing when the truth being revealed.

 With this i guess i can stomach the Gundam Unicorn stages in SD Gundam Genesis. But seriously i don't really like how Bandai put too much spotlight on this series because it just got too many magical hax bs. I still wonder if the existence of UC Gundam makes the Late UC titles being retconned too. For now i am just curious how Sunrise will handle the transition.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Chogokin Guruguru Doraemon

 Doraemon series is one of the most memorable childhood for majorities in Asia and now it seem that Bandai is going to exploit it by releasing some interesting toy for this series. Slated for September this year, Guruguru Doraemon has some interesting tricks on its pocket For 8000 Yen Price tag. This Doraemon diecast toy has couple of gimmicks to live up to its title, an onomatopoeia for spinning in Japanese. Guruguru Doraemon has neat gimmick that by pushing down Doraemon's it will either change its expression or literally take out of something from its pocket. This toy serve as Spiritual successor of GachaGacha Doraemon which was sold around 10 years ago which certainly a step up from its predecessor. I will probably keep watch on this toy because for 8000 Yen price tag, the gimmick is rather lacking for now because this version only comes with 8 Tools which was lesser compared to its predecessor. I think if the response is positive for this item then probably Bandai will release more accessories. Lastly i think with 8000 Yen, Bandai could have added voice effect for the toy. Just watch the official video below for better look on Guruguru Doraemon's gimmick.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

AFA Creators Super Fest 2017

 Went to this event in Jakarta as some of my acquaintances opened some booth on that place. This makes my first time attending AFA related event in Indonesia. Creators Super Fest is basically mini AFA event which focus on fandom circles. As always nothing much to do in this event if you are not cosplaying or shopping stuff. However for such a small event, the enthusiasm of the event is quite good though. On the other hand i am quite surprised with the talent level of illustrators in Indonesia. From the range of the fandom stuff they sell here in this event, the illustration quality are quite good. While it is not as good as the one in Singapore or Australia yet, Indonesian's creative talent still have potential for more growth. Just as always, this kind of event could use some more Japanese Karaoke machine.

My Haul from the event

Friday, April 28, 2017

Yami's Guide for Joysound TV Plus on Vita TV

 So do you like to sing Japanese Song? But there are no Japanese Karaoke Bar nearby or If there is one it is outdated and overpriced? Worry Not! If you have PS4 or Vita then you are able to access Joysound TV Application which is no doubt a godsend for those who like to sing Japanese songs yet live outside Japan. Joysound is one of the biggest Karaoke Machine company in Japan apart from DAM and they extended their service to Playstation Console few years Ago.  I decided to write a guide for Joysound TV because i went through so much trouble to get a working Vita Japanese Karaoke Setup without a guide and hope to help other people with the similar passion to achieve the same thing easier. Even though trying to set up your own Japanese Karaoke entertainment on Playstation seems challenging, with a little bit Knowledge of Japanese and some dedication you will make it out. While this Guide is focused on Vita TV, the general setup is similar for PS4.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sega SPM Figurine Hatsune Miku Innocent Review

 One of my Acquisition from AFA SG last year which i got for 20 SGD. I used to follow Vocaloid through Project Diva series but i am kinda indifferent toward it now. This is my first and only Hatsune Miku Figurine so far since i kinda liked the Song which the costume was based on.

たいを する
こので えてしい

 Miku Innocent dress is from Vocaloid Song called Acute made Kurousa-P one of the top tier Vocaloid Composer out there best known for Senbonzakura. The song is all about Love Triangle which Miku played the role of Heartbroken Maiden betrayed by her lover and best friend. The reason i bought the Innocent version of Miku is because it is one of few costume that brings the "Maiden falling in Love" quality for Miku. In terms of quality, you are getting what you are expecting from Ufo catcher-tier figure where it got decent sculpt, but the face looks derpy upon closer inspection. I doubt will get Acute version of Kaito and Luka considering i am not a big fan of Vocaloid anymore. But if i ever get another Vocaloid Figurine, i might consider the Hanairogoromo version as primary choice.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans Final Thought


 With Iron Blooded Orphans finished airing early this month, a while ago i gave the series a quick marathon and finished the last episode recently. After the flop from Gundam Age and Reconquista, i guess Sunrise did try to put more effort with Iron Blooded Orphans. While IBO Second season got some Significant flaw. Nonetheless i think IBO still managed to achieve its main objective, to reboot the interest of Gundam series which it did with Flying colors. But if Iron Blooded Orphans was not a Gundam Show, i think IBO could have gone even more grimdark.

 Iron Blooded Orphans strongest point is its storytelling, which is very good by Gundam standard. Using Child Soldiers as the main characters does make powerful anti-war message after all but the clever deconstruction of Gundam Tropes plays a huge part in my opinion. For a Gundam series, Iron Blooded Orphans ends with rather bittersweet note. But in the process, IBO breaks most of the convention that the previous Gundam titles made and at the same time cements its position as a Solid Gundam series, possibly one of the best Alternate Universe title by far. Apart from the story, IBO got some good fighting scene as well with the brutal nature of the combat helps to emphasize the message that the series try to deliver. The Mobile Armor fight in Episode 36 is certainly some top tier stuff.

 If i have to mention the series flaw. The Second season in IBO felt kinda rushed especially after Episode 36 for some reason. This plays a huge part for the Char Clone of the series causing its character stunted thus lead the final showdown less climactic. I think IBO could have another 12 Episodes to conclude properly. As for the mecha design IBO is rather weak compared to SEED or IBO. Mainly due to poor grunt unit designs and the Cool units doesn't have enough screentime despite it got some moments, but it is just not enough. On a side note, i think some IBO Mecha design are heavily inspired from Five Star Stories especially with that anorexic waist

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Now Playing Toukiden 2!

 When i played the Japanese Demo for Toukiden 2 last year, i know that i will be getting a copy for this game. Now i have clocked a few hours in the game and would like to share my impression on Toukiden 2. For Certain Toukiden 2 is a solid game and i think that the game will have good amount of content even without Expansion. As usual i use Spear as my weapon of choice and seriously the Party AI in this game are way too competent. The Open World mechanics is a fresh breath for hunting game genre and if given enough time to polish it, Koei will have a Franchise that will serve as some serious competitor for Monster Hunter. My thoughts may change once i reached endgame but for now i don't really find any glaring flaw with Toukiden 2.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Evolution Toy Legioss

Ever since i watched Mospeada, i have been keeping an eye for the series merchandise. On this year's Winter Wonderfest I did see the Legioss Prototype but it didn't catch my attention because prototype was rather sloppy. It turns out the one who are making the new Legioss Toy is a company called Evolution Toy which appears to make plenty of Super Robot Toys. The Toy is fully transformable and will be released on July this year with 28000 Yen Price tag which is very hefty for the quality of product. Unfortunately their mold for Legioss seems too Bulky and thus make it look very toyish. For now the Legioss Toy made by now Defunct CMS Corp still look better and definitive. Mospeada itself while nowhere close to Macross, it still have some interesting concepts even though the anime series didn't fully realize it. One of these days Mospeada should show up in SRW series.

Monday, April 10, 2017

1/72 HMM Liger Zero Empire

 On this year's Winter Wonderfest, Liger Zero is one of the two products that caught my attention in Kotobukiya's booth and a while ago Kotobukiya have just released details for the product release. The kit will be slated for July this year and will cost around 5600 Yen without tax. Unfortunately Liger Zero Empire will be Kotobukiya Web product only which means importing would be inconvenient. Compared to the Regular Liger Zero, Liger Zero Empire is pretty much a carbon copy of the former with palette swap, a cool one nevertheless. In the series Liger Zero Empire is what happen when Zenebas Empire steal Helic Republic's tech and develop their own version of Liger Zero. Later on Empire did make their own CAS which Liger Zero X is one known variant. In Zoids Legacy, Zero Empire was one of the available CAS variant for Liger Zero and the easiest one to make. Statswise it is still the same with Liger Zero and have the same quirks as well. I guess if this kit sell good enough, Kotobukiya will likely release Zero X too.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Yami starting watching Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans

 Kinda late to the party but since the series just ended its second season i decided to give the series a run. So far i have finished the first half of IBO and looking forward to watch second season. For now i will just share my impression about the series. My first impression from watching Iron Blooded Orphans is that Sunrise intend to create a completely different Gundam Show with this show. 

 Compared to the previous gundam series, Iron Blooded Orphans looks more gritty and filled with more raw violence. It also doesn't help that the mecha fight in IBO focus on brutal melee while eschewing beam spamming. The protagonist of the series, Mikazuki Augus is what would result from further exploration of Setsuna F Seiei or Heero Yuy archetype. Mikazuki is not a person that you would look up to being desensitized to violence and apathetic toward his opponent due to his life as Child Soldier. Personally Mikazuki is probably one of my least favorite gundam protagonist but his character definitely plays an important role for IBO to deliver its point.

 From the onset of the series, the main casts in Iron Blooded Orphans already got some obvious flags that they walk on self destructive part as they play the Don Quixote role. Nevertheless their struggle trying to fight against the odds will be worthy to watch. After Gundam Age and Reconquista, i guess Sunrise finally try to do things seriously with Gundam series. If they intend Iron Blooded Orphans to revitalize the interest of Gundam Series then it did pretty good job, at least in my opinion. For now i am more interested on the prequel chance for IBO since the Calamity War had pretty good potential if done right even though 72 Gundam seems like a tall order. Probably in near future i will also acquire some of those IBO Full Mechanics kit.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Nendoroid 235 Shinguji Sakura & Koubu set Review

Blooming in the spring, cherry blossom of wishes, This flower can even bloom during a storm 

 Quoting Shinguji Sakura's character song from Sakura Taisen 1 this time i am doing proper review in the spirit of welcoming Spring Season.  I am never too fond of with Nendoroids but since there are not much premium Sakura Taisen merchandise these days i got this Nendoroid Sakura into my collection. While Shinguji Sakura is not my favorite heroine in the series, There is no doubt that she deserves her spot as the lead Heroine of the series and certainly plays a significant part in making Sakura Taisen a legendary series in Japan.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

MG 1/100 Justice Gundam

 Wow i might be really sloppy to let this release announcement slip under my radar even though i don't follow Gundam as much as i used to be. Capitalizing the Providence Gundam release, Bandai announced the plan to release MG Justice Gundam on the mid of this year and cost as much Infinite Justice. Despite it took almost 10 years for Justice to get an MG treatment after its successor, it is never too late and to make up for it Justice Gundam got MG Freedom 2.0 Quality. Personally i prefer Justice Gundam compared to Infinite Justice because it was designed as Freedom Gundam's Equal not sidekick like the latter's, though being a closet fanboy of Athrun Zala helps too. Out of all mecha game, Another Century Episode 3 did the best rendition for Justice Gundam as it showcase all of its tricks that it can pull off. If i get back into modelling scene again which is not now as i am too occupied with my job, I will definitely get this guy on my list.

Friday, March 24, 2017

1/8 Bootleg Sakura Saber Koha Ace Review

 I think it is Spring Already in Japan and it is time to post review for Sakura Saber even though it is a bootleg one. This my last Bootleg figure acquisition during my stay in China last year which i got for 100 RMB, way cheaper than the Original. Actually i have many choice of Saber yet i pick Sakura Saber mainly due to my attachment to Sakura Taisen. As usual I hate how Typemoon had become money grubbing fiend who milks Fate series to death while abandoning Tsukihime, thus i got this figure just to spite Typemoon. I just find the idea of Chugging out so many Rule 63 of Famous Historical Figure are just ridiculous and rude thing to do for the sake of fanservice. Anyway Quality of the Bootleg Saber obviously Nowhere to the Original one but at least on par to UFO Catcher tier Figure. Anyway I won't write much in this Review because i am tired of Typemoon's recent self degrading behaviour. Some of the photoshoot might looks shabby because i didnt have the proper lighting when i was in China.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Starting SD Gundam Genesis

 While i am waiting for my Japanese copy of SRW V i am getting back to SD Gundam G Generation series. Recently i got myself a japanese copy for SD Gundam Genesis which i started to play after i completed SD G Gen Overworld. Using Vita TV the Graphic of Gundam Genesis is very gorgeous indeed and yet another step up from its predecessors. Like G Generation Spirits, Genesis only cover Universal Century series only and to be specific the early ones. I like Universal Century in general though i DO hate Gundam Unicorn taking the spotlight.

 After playing couple of stages, My first impression of G Generation Genesis is rather negative. Mainly because Genesis followed the same formula with G GenPortable which means straight retelling the story of Gundam series. Having seen this practice done many times over in Gundam Games do makes you sick of it. I guess Bandai is just being lazy because they could have made alternate take on Gundam series with this kind of game. But nope, instead they wasted effort on which the original work done a splendid job already. The gameplay mechanics do get better though as you need to put more effort on getting stuffs like Ace Pilots or Warships and Warships had more use compared to the previous iteration. While it appears that Gundam Genesis has no Custom BGM feature, The Devs at least put more effort on the BGM department this time. While i am seeing myself will not really enjoy this game i will at least finished the Unit Collection. I just hope Bandai is considerate enough to release another Gihren's Greed Iteration on Vita someday.