Ryu’s Musings – Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)

Posted on March 2nd, 2017 by Ryu Sheng | No Comments

hzdLanguage: Audio: English
Developer: Guerrilla Games
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Format: PS4
Type: Open World / Action Adventure
Demo Box: PS4 (Old)
Synopsis: Earth is ours no more

See the world through the eyes of Aloy, a woman shunned by her tribe from birth, as she goes on a quest to discover the deepest secrets of the ancient past. Go up against warring tribes and terrifying mechanized creatures as you enter a lush world facing the near destruction of mankind.
Turn predators to prey, fuse primitive gear with advanced tech and explore sprawling, dangerous terrain as you investigate the world around you.

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1 Day to the Switch….

Posted on March 2nd, 2017 by Ryu Sheng | No Comments

So the Nintendo Switch launches here tomorrow, and I’ve just cancelled my pre-order. My concerns over the viability of the console have made me wary enough to step back from the console for a while.

This post is laying out my reasons as to why I cancelled my order, and may be something here you haven’t considered as well.

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Ryu’s Musings: Fate/Extella – The Umbral Star

Posted on January 20th, 2017 by Ryu Sheng |

Language: Audio: Japanese / Subs: English
Developer: Marvelous
Publisher: Marvelous
Format: PS Vita, PS4
Type: VN/Musou hybride
Demo Box: PS4 (Old)
Synopsis: The famous FATE series is reborn in an astonishing new game, Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star! Hyper-fast hack and slash action featuring fan-favorite characters, facing off against dense enemy swarms in large-scale battlefields! Enjoy yet another deep storyline that the Fate series is known for, and sharpen your skills in some of the most intense combat the series has ever seen! Read the rest…

Ryu’s Musings – Vinland Saga Omnibus vol 01

Posted on May 24th, 2016 by Ryu Sheng |

19087989Language: Japanese
Direction: Right to Left
By: Makoto Yukimura
Publisher: Kodansha
Type: Series
Genre: Seinen
Availability: Print, Digital, SimulPub, Omnibus
Synopsis:

As a child, Thorfinn sat at the feet of the great Leif Ericson and thrilled to wild tales of a land far to the west. But his youthful fantasies were shattered by a mercenary raid. Raised by the Vikings who murdered his family, Thorfinn became a terrifying warrior, forever seeking to kill the band’s leader, Askeladd, and avenge his father. Sustaining Throfinn through his ordeal are his pride in his family and his dreams of a fertile westward land, a land without war or slavery … the land Leif called Vinland.

So there are certain genre’s that I honestly feel shouldn’t be touched by manga-ka, and european history is one of those genre’s. The reason is simple, they don’t fully understand the culture enough to write about it. There’s been more than a few disastrous attempts over the years which frankly hi light my point.

However, every now and then we get some amazing series that turns over that preconception and stomps all over it. Vinland Saga is one of those titles, it manages to feel authentic, while at the same time having a manga vibe to it. Read the rest…

Ryu’s Musings – Seven Deadly Sins v01

Posted on May 11th, 2016 by Ryu Sheng |

10a49-the2bseven2bdeadly2bsins2bv012b2528201425292b2528digital25292b2528hexer-empire2529Language: Japanese
Direction: Right to Left
By: Nakaba Suzuki
Publisher: Kodansha
Type: Series
Genre: Shounen
Availability: Print, Digital, SimulPub
Synopsis:

When they were accused of trying to overthrow the monarchy, the feared warriors the Seven Deadly Sins were sent into exile. Princess Elizabeth discovers the truth—the Sins were framed by the king’s guard, the Holy Knights—too late to prevent them from assassinating her father and seizing the throne! Now the princess is on the run, seeking the Sins to help her reclaim the kingdom. But the first Sin she meets, Meliodas, is a little innkeeper with a talking pig. He doesn’t even have a real sword! Have the legends of the Sins’ strength been exaggerated … ? Prepare to get swept away by an epic fantasy story and colorful cast of characters that will rewrite the history of manga as we know it!

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Ryu’s Musings – Space Brothers v01

Posted on May 10th, 2016 by Ryu Sheng |

space_brothers-chapter_1-0-450x675Language: Japanese
Direction: Right to Left
By: Chuya Koyama
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Type: Series
Genre: Seinen, Slice of Life
Availability: Digital, SimulPub
Synopsis:

Two brothers looked to the starry skies as children and made a promise … Now, in the year 2025, the younger brother, Hibito, is carrying his out. He is an astronaut who has been selected as a crew member for mankind’s first long-term base on the moon. Meanwhile, the older brother, Mutta, has just been fired from his job and is unemployed, but decides to trust himself just one last time. A text message from Hibito sends him applying to be an astronaut too and shooting for the stars … The official Space Brothers manga is ready to launch!

This is the second title I read from the ongoing Kodansha Humble Bundle!

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