Ryu’s Musings – Planetes Omnibus v01

Posted on April 20th, 2016 by Ryu Sheng | No Comments

27831Language: English
Direction: Right to Left
By: Makoto Yukimura
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Type: Series
Genre: Shounen, Slice of Life, sci-fi
Availability: Omnibus
Synopsis:

SPACE IS MESSY. SOMEONE’S GOT TO CLEAN IT UP!

In the 2070s, increased interplanetary travel has led to crisis-level amounts of dangerous space debris, and someone has to clean it up. Planetes follows the space-garbage crew of aspiring explorer Hachimaki, mourning Yuri, and secretive Fee, collected in two omnibus editions, printed from the original files and complete with bonus color pages!

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01Language: English
Direction: Right to Left
By: Eiji Otsuka (Story) / Housui Yamazaki (Art)
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Type: Series
Genre: Shounen, Slice of Life, spiritual
Availability: Volume / Omnibus
Synopsis:

Five spiritualist students at a Buddhist college in Japan realize the job market is tough these days . . . among the living, that is! But the dead need jobs done too, so the five form the Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, carrying out the last wishes of their cadaverous clients, so their souls can move on. But the Kurosagi gang are magnets for weirdness—not just corpses—and every case gets them involved in disturbing personal obsessions, bizarre modern Tokyo fads, and strange rituals of old Japan!

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Ryu’s Musings – Hikaru no Go vol01-23

Posted on April 16th, 2016 by Ryu Sheng | No Comments

01Language: English
Direction: Right to Left
By: Yumi Hotta (Story) / Takeshi Obata (Art)
Publisher: Viz Media
Type: Series
Genre: Shounen, Sports, Slice of Life
Availability: Volume (WW) /Digital (US Only)
Synopsis:

Hikaru Shindo is like any sixth-grader in Japan: a pretty normal schoolboy with a two-tone head of hair and a penchant for antics. One day, he finds an old bloodstained Go board in his grandfather’s attic–and that’s when things get really interesting. Trapped inside the Go board is Fujiwara-no-Sai, the ghost of an ancient Go master who taught the strategically complex board game to the emperor of Japan many centuries ago. In one fateful moment, Sai becomes a part of Hikaru’s consciousness and together, through thick and thin, they make an unstoppable Go-playing team. Will they be able to defeat Go players who have dedicated their lives to the game? Will Sai achieve the “Divine Move” so he’ll finally be able to rest in peace?

We’re going to be trying out a new layout for our reviews. The first section is spoiler heavy, and discusses our thoughts on the story, plot and characters. The second section will include discussion on art non spoiler story and character discussions, as well as our general thoughts on the series. So if you don’t want to be spoiled please jump straight to the second section.

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Ryu’s Musings – Stranger of Sword City (PS Vita)

Posted on April 11th, 2016 by Ryu Sheng | No Comments

160108_boxartLanguage: Audio: Japanese / Subs: English
Developer: Experience Inc
Publisher: NIS America
Format: PS Vita/XBox One
Type: JRPG, Dungeon Crawler
Demo Box: PS Vita
Synopsis:

Your flight crashes after passing through a mysterious portal. As the sole survivor, you awaken to an unfamiliar land lit by stars you’ve never seen. This land is Escario, the city of swords. Quickly marked as the Chosen One, the Stranger of Sword City, you must defend this place, and choose your allegiances carefully as you scour this land for a way home.

This title is, at its core, a game about death and fighting against vanishing forever. You will discover new meaning in the choices you make to survive against all odds. You will define yourself by the lives of those you leave behind, by the people you align yourself with, and the experiences you have on each new venture into the dark labyrinths that threaten to trap you

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Ryu’s Musings – Dragonar Academy vol01-08

Posted on April 11th, 2016 by Ryu Sheng | No Comments

dragonaracademy_vol1Language: English
Direction: Right to Left
By: RAN (Story) / Shiki Mizuchi (Art)
Publisher: Seven Seas Entertainment
Type: Series
Genre: Harem, Shounen, Ecchi
Availability: Volume
Synopsis:

Learning to ride and tame dragons comes easy to most students at Ansarivan Dragonar Academy—except for first-year student Ash Blake, who is known by his fellow classmates as the “number one problem child.” Poor Ash is the laughingstock at school because, despite his unfashionably large star-shaped brand that marks him as a future dragon master, he has nothing to show for it. His dragon has never appeared.

Until now, that is. One fateful day, Ash’s dragon awakes in full glory, but appears different than any dragon ever seen before—in the form of a beautiful girl! What’s worse, Ash soon discovers that this new dragon has attitude to spare, as she promptly informs him that she is the master, and he, the servant. Ash’s problems with dragon riding have only just begun.

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Game Review – Mind=0 (PC)

Posted on March 27th, 2016 by Ryu Sheng | No Comments

mind-zero-recensione-boxartLanguage: English
Developer: Acquire, Zerodiv
Publisher: Aksys Games
Format: PC
Type: JRPG, Dungeon Crawler
Demo Box: Gaming PC, AIO PC & Laptop
Synopsis:

Mind Zero is an action-packed dungeon-crawler RPG. Play as Kei, a high school student whose life turns upside down when he forms a contract with a “MIND,” a weapon/being with deadly powers. With the government and other forces trailing him and his friends, Kei will need to discover the secret behind “MIND.” Will these newfound powers help him or ultimately be his doom?

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