2010 has been the year of the anime world turning to the Americas for inspiration. Highschool of the Dead looked to George A. Romero for its zombified gore and glory, and Occult Academy took a nod from Sam Raimi's style of things that go bump and chuckle in the night. This month the folks over at GAINAX (FLCL, Evangelion) are up at bat, with their spin on gross-out and overtly-sexual humor in the vein of Ren & Stimpy: Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt. It comes as no surprise that the same studio that brought us Kare Kano and Gunbuster manage to hit this one out of the park.
Like many of my fellow friends I spent most of my final year of high school social studies watching movies, doing rap freestyles (badly, mind you) and playing a little computer game known as Worms Armageddon. Although it was merely the demo that little game gave all of us months of nonstop entertainment. Recently -- at least on the PS3 -- a port of that classic game was released under the guise of Worms 2: Armageddon. After seven years since the last time I played it, the Worms franchise continues to be a blast.
I recall the first time I was introduced to Dr. Dog, as they had opened for the Raconteurs at the Orpheum in Boston. A blend of Wilco and the Beach Boys the Philadelphia quintet produced sounds that -- while had elements of past artists -- was quite unheard of. Soon after this opening gig Dr. Dog's name was slowly reaching out there, with performances on Letterman, Conan and Fallon helping out along the way. Shame, Shame, their sixth album and their first on the ANTI- label, encapsulates what makes Dr. Dog a fantastic band, as well as showcase a few new musical chops.
After being in development for well over three years SEGA and Platinum Games have finally announced a release date for their video game Vanquish for the PS3 and Xbox 360: October 19. This week a demo was released, showcasing a prequel to what's to come in this upcoming title. I came out of this demo with many high hopes, but not without a couple concerns.
When was the last time I referenced Dead Space in one of my articles? Oh who cares, because I just finished reading Dead Space: Martyr and, as promised, I am ready to blab. Just to make this very clear, if you are interested in playing the original Dead Space and you have not yet done so then, due to some spoilage, right about here might be a good place to stop reading.
I've been a fan of Moyashimon (or Moyasimon, depending on which company spells it) for almost three years now. I've watched the entire anime series, read the manga and even own an A. oryzae plushie. When I heard that there were plans to do a live-action version I was stoked, and then when I read that FUNimation was to stream the show soon after each episode airs I got excited. Then I watched the show. Needless to say it left a bittersweet taste in my mouth.
The Peanuts gang have been around for a wonderful sixty years, and during that time we have been given classic comics, TV shows, movies and video games. This past June the folks over at Smart Bomb Interactive released the fourteenth Peanuts-based game in its sixty-year history: Snoopy Flying Ace. Needless to say, for a Charlie Brown game, I came out of this dogfight with eyes wide and jaws dropped. How is it possible that a Snoopy title, of all things, might turn out to be the best Xbox Live release of the year?
The Trauma Center series for DS and Wii has always brought a unique experience in the video gaming world, what with its surgery gameplay and storytelling. Some have complained, however, that the series has become too predictable in regards to its style. Fortunately the folks at Atlus have created a new way of taking on this world thanks to the new Wii game Trauma Team.