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Umetsu Collection Reivew 2/2: Mezzo Forte

dimanche 5 mars 2017 à 02:25
Mezzo Forte (OVA Series, 2000-2001)
Produced by Green Bunny

Female assassin for hire? Check.
Forced sex scenes? Check.
Zany, brutal violence? Check.
Plot points not fully elaborated? Check.

Mezzo Forte is very much the spiritual successor of Umetsu's preceding title, Kite, but with a lighter tone in general.


The pink-haired, spandex-clad Mikura and tech-geek Harada do most of the Danger Service Agency's dirty work (namely carrying out hits and selling androids for prostitution), while the good-natured ex-cop “Pops” directs their efforts. The three goofballs of the DSA are pitted against Momomi and Momokitchi Momoi, a wealthy and heavy-handed father-daughter combination involved in all manner of illicit activity. Clearly more connections exist between these two parties, but the exact factors are only teasingly alluded to in the two episodes of the OVA.

With art again by the Arms studio, expect the pale, yet varied color palette of Kite. The animation is passable, but Mezzo's score is utterly bombastic and far too ambitious. It flails dramatically and broods unconvincingly.


Set in an equally grimy, urban location, Mezzo Forte builds on Kite's original recipe of snappy action and uncomfortable sex scenes. Overall, the atmosphere is goofier and the tongue in cheek nature more apparent. At times the lighthearted humor can be a bit much, but Mezzo Forte is quite an enjoyable piece of low-budget animation. Take it with a liberal pinch of salt and low-to-moderate expectations.

Ratings
-2 Awful, ruined it
-1 Took away from the experience
0 Okay, didn't leave an impression good/bad
+1 Added to the experience
+2 Superb

Story: 0
Writing: 0
Characters: 0
Art/Animation: 0
Music: -1
Entertainment: +1
Personal Bias: 0

References
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=332

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Blue Blood Review

jeudi 23 février 2017 à 04:02
Blue Blood (Full-length album, 1989)
Performed by X Japan, Released by Sony Music

Years ago...
X Japan was a band that I really wanted to like—frantic and authentic heavy metal from Japan. Blue Blood, being the group's most touted release, seemed like a good place to begin. Striking up a downloaded copy of the classic '89 CD, I felt excited. But minutes into the first listen I felt that excitement wearing away. Whatever it was... be it Blue Blood's sound or the music itself... I couldn't get into it. Within weeks the album, along with a few other forgotten works sitting unsorted within my laptop's downloads folder, was deleted

Less years ago...
With some time to kill I was browsing YouTube, watching live sets by Helloween, Blind Guardian and other big-name metal acts. One video continuously popped up in the related section: X Japan's Last Live. I eyed the suggestion uncertainly, thinking back to my disappointing experience of years prior. But after viewing Helloween's “Hell On Wheels” performance I decided it was time to give X Japan another shot.

To my original sampling of X Japan the contrast was undeniable. From the onset of “World Anthem” I was hooked. Suddenly all of the energy I had been expecting to hear from Blue Blood was loud and clear. Whether it was the more soulful live sound or the sight of Yoshiki's neck-destroying headbanging, X Japan looked and sounded the way I had originally hoped. Enthralled and loving every minute, I watched the full concert video.


Days later I purchased Blue Blood to see how the album would sound with a refreshed perspective, and I realized that Blue Blood really is packed with rocking tunes. “Kurenai” and “Week End” are both filled with especially-explosive riffs. “X” became so much more enjoyable to listen to when envisioning thousands of crossed arms being thrown into the air, in time with every shout of the chorus. “Endless Rain” is a piano-led ballad which I don't entirely hate. The lively drumming drives the music at its high tempo and stands out at key moments on the album. Groovy basslines and high-energy solos are in no short supply. Frontman Toshi puts on a passionate performance with his high-pitched singing and shouting both wild and well-controlled. Musically, this is fun stuff.

Production is up for debate on Blood Blood. Truthfully it isn't bad; the studio sound just seems to stifle so much of the band's energy (which is put on display in some live performances). Perhaps it's unfair to compare an '89 audio recording to the professionally-shot concert gig, but the music on Blue Blood still feels a little lacking in album format.


Pushing just over the one-hour mark with little filler, Blue Blood is a nice piece of heavy metal. Its songs are unfortunately constrained by the studio recording, making (at least some) live recordings the recommended way to enjoy them.

Ratings
-2 Awful, ruined it
-1 Took away from the experience
0 Okay, didn't leave an impression good/bad
+1 Added to the experience
+2 Superb

Songwriting: +2
Production: -1
Entertainment: +2
Personal Bias: 0
Random Percentage: 84*

*Bump that up 10% for some live performances of these songs.

References
http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/X_Japan/2150
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X_Japan
The Last Live Video. DVD. 2002.

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This Love...

dimanche 1 janvier 2017 à 03:56
Happy New Years!  Here's some new-old Impurifier:

Download
YouTube

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Abra's Dirty Bomb 'tage #3

vendredi 23 décembre 2016 à 02:10
Many stacked games, hackusations, and the occasional aimbot later... 'tage #3 is done. As had been the case with its two predecessors, playing for the third video went pretty well. Regrettably (oh how regrettably...) the best clip I've hit ( in Dirty Bomb or any other game) wasn't recorded.

It was one of those nights. Every shot was hitting. In the first game I hit a quadfeed followed by a nice triple hs feed. Then it was time for the second map: terminal.

Defense. The bomb was about to blow on the first objective. Just before the bomb blew I spawned in behind the wall and, in some miraculous sort of opportunity, the rest of my team was long-spawned or downed just after the bomb went off. Fel-ix loaded, the lone Vassili peaked from the tunnel to the freshly-opened gate through which the entire enemy team began to charge.

One. Two. Three. Tag. Collateral on four and five. Six. Seven. The killfeed lit up with head shots as quickly as the Fel-ix could pump them out. Playing and on Skype with a friend, I was a tad bit excited. I tabbed out of Dirty Bomb to make sure I was recording.

I didn't even have my capturing software running. Life left me. I laughed, exasperatedly, at myself (something I would do for the rest of the night), and told my friend I hadn't been recording. Desperate, I asked in game chat if anybody had been recording just so that I could at least have a clip of the incredible feed from another perspective. Alas, the moment was lost.

Although I managed to hit a baseline triple hs clip that night, I couldn't believe I had missed that clip. I knew, since then, that it was unlikely I would ever hit something like that, and up to this point I haven't. So, personally, this video is disappointing for that reason. I hope it's more enjoyable for you. Whether it is or isn't, have a good one.


https://youtu.be/UKfMY6_8BG0


Links to the music:

banvox
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/banvox
Twitter: https://twitter.com/banvox
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/banvoxofficial
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/banvoxMUSIC

nor
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/nor_sc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/norofficialpage
Twitter: http://twitter.com/nor0910

LLLL
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lllltokyo
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lllltokyo
Tumblr: http://lllltokyo.tumblr.com/

Maltine Records
Official: http://maltinerecords.cs8.biz/
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/maltine-record

Also, here are the montage clips (plus some extras) raw.

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Winter Haul #1

lundi 28 novembre 2016 à 05:32
Picked out a few things to read, watch and "play" over the past couple of weeks.




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