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YeNguyen

  • Bethesda, MD
  • Joined Jan 7, 2008
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Rage of Bahamut: Genesis

Jan 13, 2015

Rage of Bahamut: Genesis: Badass Fantasy Mural Chic [Review] In 2007, the people behind the cheapo freeware game Elf Bowling got a movie made about their game. After a few years of tricking people into paying to play their game on handheld consoles, Elf Bowling the Movie: The Great North Pole Elf Strikewas released to absolutely no fanfare. Nowadays, the free Flash games of the past have been succeeded by the “free,” microtransaction-laden mobile games of today, and they are making money hand over fist. Granted, the most successful mobile gaming titles are a lot better... See full review

7/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
7/10 characters
7/10 overall

Terror in Resonance

Oct 7, 2014

(Crossposted from my review on Mouthful of Toast) During times of political uncertainty, art can effectively unpack the dual threads of hope and worry that run through contemporary public opinion. Shinichiro Watanabe’s Terror in Resonance is one such politically-minded work and also the most plainly political anime that I can recall since Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex finished ten years ago. It is the type of show that some people will love or hate solely on the basis of its... See full review

6/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
4/10 characters
6/10 overall

The Flowers of Evil

May 13, 2014

Aku no Hana is a masterpiece in a medium that has difficulty recognizing artistic perfection unless that greatness exists along pre-established lines. You may have already heard of the show as the one with rotoscoped animation – the show that anime fans by and large decried for being ugly, boring, and too different – too unlike anime. After all, anime have always existed as escapist tales of either over-the-top or nearly meaningless consequence, populated by purposely designed caricatures; Aku no Hana is not that. There seems to be little room in public perception for the medium... See full review

10/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
10/10 overall

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha

Nov 14, 2013

Maoyu could have been many things including "boring" and "a waste of time" if the creative staff behind this fantasy/history genre-bender hadn't put in as much work as they did. The show is cut from many familiar, even over-familiar, cloths, but the synthesis of all these elements has resulted in a series that feels fresh and light – a considerable step above the mire in which fantasy anime typically drowns. In a world literally populated by role-playing game archetypes, humans and demons have been fighting a long war of indecisive skirmishes and ineffectual campaigns for years... See full review

6/10 story
6/10 animation
6/10 sound
7/10 characters
6.5/10 overall