My 2012 Awards

Don’t Want it to End 2012 – The Last Story

When it comes to The Last Story I wish it was longer. I really feel this game should have been longer. It is just so much fun and story plays such huge importance to the game. I completed the game over a weekend and wish there was lots mroe to do. At best can replay dungeons or online modes but I want more story based dungeons. Want to know more of this world.

Please Move on 2012 –  Macross Frontier

As much as I like Macross Frontier I feel it’s getting to point of stupidity now. In particular with Sheryl Nome. She’s basically slapped on everything and gets most attention out of all the characters from series. Her pairing with Alto seems too over used now that it’s annoying. I’m just getting fed up of attention she gets and really wish we could move on. Although this could be me as a Ranka fan just wanting more Ranka stuff and less Sheryl stuff. XD

Please Don’t Forget 2012 – Pandora’s Tower

Out of three major JRPGs localised for Wii by Nintendo Pandora’s Tower feels neglected. The game is a lot of fun and offers a darker theme. It’s not same type of RPG as other two which is why people shouldn’t compare them. The timer is nothing to really worry about and Elena is a lot of fun to interact with. It’s also one of the few RPGs on Wii that actually use Wiimote in a meaningful way and not just as a normal controller. Please don’t forget about this game.

Missing One 2012 – Star Fox

I love Star Fox series. Normally we at least get some sort of minor mention but it’s been quiet for too long. Last Star Fox game we got was a remake in 2011. WIth no Star Fox attraction in Nintendo Land we are all waiting in hope something at least a little Star Fox related appears. Hopefully this year there will be something new Star Fox related.

Most Played 2012 – Theatrhythm Final Fantasy

It’s a great game to pick up and play now and then which is probably why I play it so much. The Dark notes are addictive and the music I know of. Since listen to mostly Japanese and gaming music most other music games just don’t interest me. It’s also one few music games I am actually OK at. There is no way I can do the harder difficulty ones. It took me 15+ attempts on lowest difficulty of Dark Notes.

Most Random Fun 2012 – AKB0048

When it comes to concept it sounds crazy. It’s rebel space idols with micsabers and mechas to put simply. The concert scenes range from almost normal to combat idol battling against army who are trying to put an end to entertainment. The fact the series also promotes real life idol group called AKB48 you would be forgiven for thinking this would be complete rubbish. It’s not. It’s a great deal of random fun.

Most Wanted to be Localised 2012 – Project Mirai

When it comes to other games I feel a bit safer in regards to their localisation. Project Mirai is music game starring vocaloids. The style is done as uber cute chibi or nendoroid style. It’s first Vocaloid game that Gumi has appeared in. Some of music videos have been redone for 3D. Needless to say I always wanted to try out a vocaloid game and this cute one looks perfect for me. However no word on game ever getting localised.

Best New Monsters 2012 – Dream Eaters from Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance

I really wanted to give this game a reward. This is was best I could think of. I feel some people are too hard on the game. I haven’t played all Kingdom Hearts games and I don’t find this game confusing. maybe people relay too much on their memories of the games as opposed to reading what this game has put about them. Choosing to skip cut scenes and not read reports. This game is heaps of fun. I really like Dream Eaters. I like their quirky nature and the way Sora teams up with them. I find their designs are a lot of fun and most unusual when it comes to collecting monster type systems.

Best Multiplayer Fun 2012 – Nintendo Land

When it comes to having fun with others Nintendo Land is just heaps of it. It wouldn’t be the same if it was online multiplayer or played on my own. The game really shines through when played with others. Unfortunately it makes playing single player a bit difficult to do. Once you experienced how much more fun it is with others hard to look back at single player.

Best localization 2012 – Harvest Moon 3DS Tale of Two Towns

When it comes to localizations it can be worth the wait. Especially in case of this 3DS port of DS game. In American release this game was plagued with issues and bugs. European release it was saw fit to have bug fixes. No lag and random crashes for us. We like to thank the American beta testers for their work in finding these glitches so that us European players can get much-needed bug fixes.

Happy Ending 2012 – Aquarion EVOL

From the premonitions, love triangles and previous series ending this was aiming for potentially a huge bad end. For a light-hearted mecha series it would have been disappointing specially with the themes of defeating ones destiny. Ultimately what we get is one super happy end for all. Love triangle dissolved without sad rejected characters at end. Everyone moving on and building a happier world. Whether or not you feel about the end pairing everyone was happy. Which is more than what can be said of other series and movies.

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Review – Macross Frontier

Macross Frontier is a part of the anime series Macross. The main features of the series is songs, romance and mechas. This story focus is on two girls, one an already famous idol Sheryl and Ranka who desires to be follow in Sheryl’s footsteps and their relationship with Alto who has just joined a team of mercenaries for hire. The series involves a lot of singing and mecha fights. The main threat of this series the Vajra are the equivalent of giant space bugs which may not be to everyone’s preference. Plenty of drama, action and signing to enjoy.

The Bad

The anime suffers from something that is very typical of shorter series. The series attempts to correct a two season anime the length of one season. A lot of things are left unexplained or not fully explained leaving the viewer wondering. The characters also suffer from sudden change. Ranka’s rise to fame is more like an instant success then the supposed difficult climb uphill she had to take. There are other character’s and changes that suffer from instant change effect as well but going into that would be spoilers. It’s very hard to understand why some characters did certain actions when in a span of a couple of episodes there is this sudden change. The other bad thing about the anime is that it’s Japanese voices only.

The OK

The first part of the series is quite slow paced and spread out. As a result mecha action isn’t used as much in the earlier episodes. Not a problem if your not a huge mecha fan and it does pick up later on. To be warned there are also a good few fan service scenes specially relating to Sheryl and some of her on stage costumes. Some can be a bit uncomfortable to watch as a result but doesn’t really take away the fun of the anime. With both girls being so different you may find yourself not liking one of the main girls. As a result the first half or later half may not be as enjoyable. Both are great characters in their own right but they do appeal to vastly different people although it is entirely possible to like both.

The Good

The concert scenes are fantastic. Watching the girls sing and dance for whatever reason is hugely enjoyable. There is a wide range of songs so your not going to be stuck listening to the same three songs repeated in every episode. Although there are still key songs in the anime which are reused with slight differences. The mecha action is fun to watch when coupled with the concert scenes. How the songs and the battle play into each other is very nice and I also like how the songs are important storyline wise. There are plenty of comedy scenes and drama as well.

To Watch?

If you can hear fine and  enjoy Japanese music then this is a great series. It’s a little harder suggest this if your a die hard mecha fan. The series is worth giving a go if you like romance and maybe Magical Girl genre as well. The only people that should avoid this are people who hate Japanese music. You can’t watch this without the music as that would be missing 1/2 the anime. It is a well balanced series and a fun one to watch if you can.