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Accel World AMV 28 – Silent Scream #accel_world

A new AMV!! ^_^ Sorry haven’t been updating this blog. But enjoy this new AMV. It’s a short one, but I put quite an effort in it, and I hope people enjoy it. I used a song Silent Scream form Girl Next Door.

Vimeo:

Dailymotion:

No youtube. They blocked the video automagically thanks to Avex… 😦

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Posted by on August 25, 2013 in anime, music video

 

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Accel World Alternate OP (AMV #26) #accel_world

Yay, another AMV! ^_^

Vimeo version.

It’s been a while since I made an AMV. Finally managed to finish this. It’s another AMV of two of my favorite things, Accel World and Eurobeat. ^_^ This time, I used the track “I Can’t Stop Lovin’ You” by dream fighters. The AMV started as an AMV reflecting Haruyuki and Kuroyukihime as lovers.

After making my first Accel World alternate OP, I decided to make this into an alternate OP too. Why? Because I’m lazy. 😀 Making it into an OP means I can limit the length of the AMV. Also, it makes it easier in selecting scenes due to the shorter duration. On almost all my AMVs, I also like to introduce the casts of the anime, so making it into an OP kinda makes it natural.

In this AMV, I also used some fan arts done by these awesome artists I found on pixiv. I used a few of the works from . Looks like he’s an Accel World fan too. Also, he seems to be the only few artists left that still do Accel World fan arts on pixiv after the show ended. I also used one art from なかじまゆか. Looks like he/she is a doujin artist too. Of course, fair warning when going to pixiv site, plenty of NSFW materials.

Now if only Sunrise would do a second season of Accel World. I’m in serious withdrawal here.

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2013 in anime, music video

 

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Accel World: The Peak of Acceleration Progress

Still waiting for the unlikely season 02, I keep my addiction at bay by playing Kasoku no Chouten. To be honest, I don’t play a lot of dating adventure games, so I was quite intrigue that apparently there are many different routes and endings for Accel World: Kasoku no Chouten. It’s a very deep game! And so many CGs to unlock!

***WARNING! SPOILERS!

My first run seems like the normal ending/route for the game. It’s the generally happy ending where everybody keep their Brain Burst. However, as I noted in my review, White Cosmos and Cyan Disaster are nowhere to be found. After playing the game for the third time, I noticed several choices that affect the course of the game.

The first one is fairly early in the game, where Haru is going to have tests at school, but Niko dropped by to play some video games with onii-chan.

I think the choice here will only affect the events in the school’s cultural festival. If Haru decided to play with Niko, we will see this during the cultural festival.

If Haru said no, then you won’t get that CG.

The second branch is a very significant one. This is when the Nega Nebulus and Prominence team were fighting Chrome Disaster. During the fight, there is a choice that will result in either Haru or Taku being attacked by Chrome Disaster. This will affect who got infected by the cursed armor. On my first run, it was Haru, thus Silver Crow turned Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2013 in accel world, anime, game

 

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Accel World English (US) dub Preview #accel_world #rant

Rant starts.

Well, the inevitable second rate dub job is here. Instead of simply releasing the original DVD/blu-ray that already have English subtitle in them in the US and make a quick sale while the series is still hot from Japan, Viz decided to delay sales and wasted their money in dubbing Accel World. Of course, it’s a big fail in my book.

1. They added voice feedback for the neuro-linker. It speaks “Load application?” when Haru received the Brain Burst file. This is NOT in the original, ever. Seriously, Viz is digging a hole here. Unless they do more voices for the neuro-linker later on, this is going to be inconsistent throughout the series. If the neuro-linker is supposed to provide feedback when a dialog box comes up, why did it not do so during the wired connection as part of the warning? And how about incoming calls, receiving mail, operating the microwave, etc? This is one of the many reasons I just hate US dub. They just can’t leave the original content alone, they have to add things here and there for NO REASON.

2. No honorifics. Again, another serious problem for a series that relies on the usage of honorifics for the story and characters. Kuroyukihime simply called Haru without the -kun. Problem is, Kuroyukihime uses Haruyuki-kun throughout the series. Just calling Haru by Haruyuki, his first name straight, will imply a certain degree of closeness right off the bat. Also, if Viz follows its own sub, they will get rid of “senpai,” which DESTROYS the whole story and Haru’s character. Haru calls Hime “senpai” because of his character (shyness, thinks that he’s not an equal to Hime, thinks highly of and respects Hime). This is personified in the EX01 OVA. Viz sub completely removes the honorific senpai, replacing with alternate sentences/words. That might be passable as a subtitle as you can still hear Haru saying “senpai.” If they get rid of that in the dub, well, they change Haru’s character. Again, why? What’s wrong with honorifics? It’s a Japanese anime, about Japanese people, happening in Japan, talking in Japanese. Just because they dub it, doesn’t mean they have to change the whole culture. This is like dubbing Harry Potter into American English and changing their dialogues so the vocabularies are more American. Again, another reason I hate US dub. No respect for the original content at all.

3. Changing dialogues. In the dub preview, Megumi said “But Hime…” when she saw Kuroyukihime was going to do a direct cable connection with Haru. This was NOT the original script. In the original, Megumi simply said “Uso… (No way).” Again, changing dialogues for NO FREAKIN REASON! Why? Just to show that the VA can say Hime? Come on, how hard is it to say “No way!”? If they change small things like this, what else are they going to change? GIGA UNCOOL! Oh by the way, they get rid of honorifics, but they keep Hime. Why not change it to “princess”? Double standard.

Haru’s VA started okay-ish, but the voice just deteriorates quickly, turning into a very annoying artificial whiney voice. It’s as if I’m hearing a dub job from the 90s. And Kuroyukihime? The thought of somebody else other than Sachika Misawa voicing Kuroyukihime already made me ill. I’m sure these VAs are fine VAs in their own respect. A lot of the problems in dubbing is not necessarily the VAs, but the director and script. I shudder to think the VAs for Niko or Ash Roller though.

You know what hurts more, the fact that people wanting and loving this dub. I mean really, how many people demand Korean dramas to be dubbed? None. How many want Chinese movies to be dubbed? Not many. How many want Harry Potter to be dubbed and localized into American English? Zero. But Japanese Anime? OMFG it has to be English dubbed and localized because we don’t want to be exposed to Japanese language and culture!!! SERIOUSLY? I swear that some people that pretend to like anime are Japanophobes. If you want to watch a Japanese anime, then what’s wrong watching it in its original language and culture? No, people want it to be dubbed and americanized. 🙄

Worse, this means that the DVD/blu-ray won’t get official release till probably 2014. And then Viz will wonder why it’s not selling well. 🙄

Okay, rant is over. I’ll just go back playing Kasoku no Chouten.

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2013 in anime, rant

 

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Accel World: The Peak of Acceleration PSP Review #accel_world

Finally cleared Accel World Kasoku no Chouten, first run. This is the second game form the franchise Accel World, the first being Ginyouki no Kakusei. Just like the first game, it is available for both the PS3 and PSP, and the special edition of the game includes the EX 02 OVA. I bought the PSP version again as it is cheaper, and portable.

**WARNING: There will be spoilers.

Kasoku no Chouten is a direct sequel to Ginyoku no Kakusei. The story started right after the first game, with Phase 07, with Kuroyukihime senpai telling everybody that she’s going to London after graduation. Remember how the first game skipped the Chrome Disaster arc and went straight to the Dusk Taker Arc? Well, Chrome Disaster arc is here now. Similar story, with the Nega Nebulus team helping Niko to fight Chrome Disaster. The story also continues to Haru being infected with the Disaster Armor, although Haru managed to overcome it rather quickly, enhancing Silver Crow with gold trimmings. The story also covers the Space Elevator race. They really crammed in a lot of stuff.

And yes, looks like there won’t be a third game. Why? The story ended. Yes, the battle for level 10. Black Lotus is kicking ass. And yes, that screenshot that was uploaded on the net is true. Kuroyukihime and Haruyuki finally got together, and we have Yayoi Arita. 🙂

Now I don’t know if there are alternate endings or whatnot as this is my first run. In magazines and website, I saw pictures of Cyan Disaster and White Cosmos, but I don’t see them in the game.

If you have the first game’s saved file in your memory stick, the game will let you use it to get some money bonus and access to the first game’s gallery (only the CGs you have cleared will be shown though). The mini games are there, but you have to buy them.

For the most part, Kasoku no Chouten retains a lot of the mechanics of Ginyoku no Kakusei. Again, to those new to the franchise, this is NOT a fighting game. This is a dating simulation/adventure game, where you will be mostly seeing the characters talking and pressing the circle button to see the next dialogue/scene. Majority of the gameplay is the same. You have the adventure mode where you talk with the characters, then you have the dating simulations where you go on dates, and the same rock-scissor-paper Brain Burst battles. They did add some more features to Kasoku no Chouten that makes the game more enjoyable.

First of all, Brain Burst battles in the first game are pretty much pointless. They don’t add anything to the gameplay as your character’s stats are hard-coded to the story. Heck, it was so pointless that you can skip all battles in the game plus mode. In Kasoku no Chouten, performing Brain Burst battles will actually level up your stats. They also introduces Akihabara Battle Ground (BG), the tournament for Burst Linkers in episode 21. Battling in Akihabara BG will net you some money. Unlike the Brain Burst battles, your stats won’t improve much, and sometimes you won’t gain any additional points at all. Also, you can only do this once per day. This is primarily used to get money quickly, especially later in the game where the gifts are expensive. And yes, remember the name Prussian Stiletto. You will be fighting her most in the game as she is the one with the most reward money.

The game also brings in territory battles, where you will pick an area to do a 3 on 3 tag battle. It doesn’t really add anything to the story per se, but you can recruit additional members for the legion. This is also the only way the other Nega Nebulus members to level up their stats. Only the members that you pick as a team will get the points though.

This creates an imbalance gameplay-story relation. Since you, the player, can do Brain Burst battles as much as you want, Silver Crow will be pretty much the strongest duel avatar. This is especially true later when you are maxing out your stats. All the level 9 kings are nothing against Silver Crow. I mean I pretty much up to the point that I am defeating anybody in two to three turns with my basic attacks. This kinda distorts the game’s story, as while you kick ass during the battles, the story telling reflects otherwise. I guess it reminds you that the focus of this game is not fighting, it’s the dating simulation.

The background music includes some updated arranged tracks, but they are pretty much the same as the first game. I really wish they used the anime OST. They use the second anime opening, Altima’s Burst of Gravity, for the opening of the game. Unlike the first game, looks like they improved the video encoding as it is as smooth as the regular anime now. Also, just like the first game, all the anime seiyuu are here. In addition, we have Utai Shinomiya (Ardor Maiden) voiced too. Alas, Rin Kusakabe is not here, which is ironic as she appears in the EX 02 OVA. Oh, and just like the first game, each character does the piracy warning. Utai’s one is extremely cute!

As for the graphics, well, it is mostly the same. The characters have new wardrobe, but no variety (ie. school uniform, one casual, and a swimsuit. That’s it). Many of the scenes in the accelerated world are now replaced with static images instead of the 3D models. The images are definitely better than the poorly textured 3D models, but it cheapens the game. The CGs are superb, as usual, done with the same style as the anime.

Overall, I enjoyed the game. Of course, I am highly biased as I am a fan of the franchise. Kasoku no Chouten is definitely a better game than Ginyoku no Kakusei, an improved sequel. 9 out of 10. As usual, like most anime-based dating simulation games, this is a game for the fans. If you are not a fan, don’t bother. If you expected a fighting game, look elsewhere.

What saddens me is the fact that they are ending the story, despite the light novel is still ongoing. It is clear that there won’t be a third game, unless they do a reboot/different timeline, or maybe Magisa Garden. Does this mean we may not see season 2 of the anime? 😦 At the same time, they did introduce Utai, complete with her own seiyuu. Maybe there is hope. In any case, this is it for Accel World game. Below is the last scene of the game. Hime: “I love you, Haruyuki-kun.” Yeah, they still don’t say Kuroyukihime’s real name despite the story ending. -_-;

The End.

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2013 in impression, review, video game

 

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To Aru Kasoku no Sekai (English sub) #accel_world

My first experiment with aegisub, a software for subtitling. I’m a complete n00b here, so I have no idea how to do those fancy animated subtitle. All I could do was experimenting with the karaoke feature, since it is built-in to the program.

Youtube version:

Once I competed the subtitle using aegisub, there was the challenge on how to create a hard-sub on the video. Aegisub standard output is .ass file. It allows you to export it to .srt, but you lose all the formatting, fonts, karaoke, and color, so that is useless. I thought of using handbrake, but handbrake only supports .srt for its subtitle input. After digging around further, finally I stumbled upon a program called avidemux. Actually, I was somewhat familiar with this program in the past for transcoding videos. Lo and behold, it has a filter to apply a .ass subtitle file on a video. Alas, it is Windows only, but it works. 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2013 in anime, music video

 

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Accel World Ep 24 Censorship #accel_world

I posted before about censorship in Accel World ep 4. But let’s face it, what people are more curious about is probably this, from the final episode.

Now that the final volume of the DVD/Blu-ray is already out, here it is, the uncensored version.

Well, there you go. 😀 It’s not a big deal, but the bloom that they did on the broadcast version did feel a bit overkill, taking over almost half of the screen, and to cover basically nothing. I mean it’s not like they drew the girls’ nipples or something.

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2013 in anime, censorship

 

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