Five Flaming Hotties

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Today I am in a bit of a bind. For once I have some free time to produce blog content, but I haven’t watched or played anything recently… so there is nothing to write about! With no review material to be found I must resort to responding to one of WordPress’ glorified chain letters. Thank you, MIB for nominating me to participate in Five Flaming Hotties. If you enjoy anime, wrestling or obscure foreign films I recommend giving his blog a look.

Here are the rules of this particular game…

1. Mention the name of the blog you were tagged by, as well as the creators of this game Realweegiemidget Reviews and Thoughts All Sorts, linking back to all blogs involved and including the picture above.

2. List five of your greatest hotties from TV and/or film, i.e. crushes/objects of your affection, including musicians or sports stars too.

3. Tell us how you were introduced to them and why you like them/what appeals.

4. Add some appealing pictures.

5. Tag seven bloggers for their Five Flaming Hotties.

6. Post the rules.

I think you are supposed to pick flesh and blood women for this thing, but everyone knows that 2D is way better than 3D, so my selection will consist of anime ladies. On with the show!

Makise Kurisu (Steins;Gate)

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It only seems right to kick off this “flaming” list with a redhead. They say that intelligence is sexy and when it comes to brainpower you won’t find a finer example than Makise Kurisu. This drinker of Dr Pepper is so smart that she was able to convert a humble microwave into a time machine. Apart from her mental prowess, Kurisu is my type of gal as she is into anime. Not only has she dabbled with cosplay, but she also frequents Steins;Gate’s version of 4chan, where she posts under a Dragon Ball alias.

Rally Vincent (Gunsmith Cats)

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Probably the most obscure character on this list. Rally is the protagonist of the first manga I ever purchased, so I have always had a soft spot for her. For those of you not familiar with Ms Vincent, Rally is a Chicago based gunsmith who makes additional income by moonlighting as a bounty hunter. Not only is Rally an exceptional markswoman, but she is also a mean driver behind the wheel of her Shelby Cobra GT-500. The odds of me hooking up with Rally are pretty low as she is apparently a lesbian… and also a cartoon character.

Rin Tohsaka (Fate/stay night)

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My vote for most attractive heroine from the Fate franchise goes to tsundere Rin Tohsaka (sorry Saber). I just cannot say no to those irresistible twin-tails. Hailing from a long line of mages, Rin is an accomplished caster who specializes in mana crystals. Although she excels at magic she doesn’t fare so well with modern technology. One scene from the Carnival Phantasm spin-off, for example, shows how inept she can be at programing a DVD player. Rin is the perfect girlfriend, even if CG dolphins will gate crash the bedroom during moments of intimacy.

Tsubasa Hanekawa (Bakemonogatari)

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Another example of intelligence is sexy is this studious class representative, even if she waves away compliments about her IQ with the catchphrase “I don’t know everything, I just know what I know.” If you ask me Araragi was a fool to reject this bespectacled beauty in favour of the more violent Senjougahara. She is clever, cheerful and possesses a tremendous rack. As a bonus she is also known to transform into a tongue twisting cat girl on occasion. Sounds like the purr-fect woman to me.

Satellizer L. Bridget (Freezing)

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When compiling a list of gorgeous women you cannot go wrong with a big-breasted blonde. Britain’s own Satellizer certainly fits the mould and gets many opportunities to show off her assets in Freezing. Sometimes I wonder if the series gets its name from the fact that the female cast must feel chilly, given how frequently their uniforms get torn off. As someone who is a sucker for shy girls Satellizer ticks all the right boxes for me. She may give the air of a badass, on the battlefield, but when it comes to romance Satellizer is surprisingly bashful.

Okay, stick a fork in me because I am done. To finish off I’ll abide by the rules and tag seven fellow bloggers…

alex.el-hashem

alfredopasta

Denny Sinnoh

mattdoylemedia

Raistlin0903

Soul

thedeviot

Feel free to chime in with your picks on your blogs or the comments section below. Flame on!

Review of Doctor Strange

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Peter Parker, Steve Rogers, Tony Stark. I am usually quite good at memorizing the secret identities of superheroes, but for some reason I always forget Doctor Strange’s first name. Wow, I guess it is really true that when you’re strange no one remembers your name. Thankfully, for reviewing purposes, I can still recall this film’s premise. Doctor Strange, played by the talented Benedict Cumberbatch, is a gifted surgeon who is forced to retire when his hands get crushed in an automobile crash. The irreparable nerve damage he sustained causes Strange’s fingers to twitch more than me after one too many coffees. When medical science fails to treat his injury Strange decides to research magic in the hopes of uncovering a cure.

OVERVIEW

After receiving a tip off, from a paraplegic who can amazingly walk, Strange travels to Nepal in search of his own miraculous remedy. There he encounters an expert in the mystical arts known as the Ancient One. Under her tutelage he begins to learn astral projection, teleportation and other cool spells. Strange initially struggles to master sorcery, but thanks to his photographic memory he eventually absorbs enough knowledge to become one of the Ancient One’s top students. Man, I really envy Doctor Strange. How I long for a photographic memory, as I can be rather absent minded when it comes to recalling facts. For example, would you believe that I have completely forgotten the lead character’s forename?

Eventually the titular Doctor Strange assumes the mantle of sorcerer supreme and vows to protect Earth from evil using his wizardry skills. The global threats Strange battles in this flick are the Ancient One’s former protégé Kaecilius and a demon from another dimension named Dormammu. As is often the case with Marvel films neither antagonist is particularly compelling. Kaecilius, who desires immortality, is similar to Thor’s nemesis Malekith. They both look menacing and they both lack personality. Dormammu on the other hand is reminiscent of the live action Galactus (Fantastic Four) and Parallax (Green Lantern.) What’s the deal with turning epic villains into a miasma that barely gets any screen time? I can’t get excited about evil clouds.

VERDICT

My rating for Doctor Strange is four and a half stars. Watching this movie was a bit like the time I checked out Thor. I am not a fan of the comics starring Strange or the Norse deity, but I ended up loving both their movies all the same. The two-hour running time whizzed by thanks to the strong acting and comedic moments, which star Strange’s sentient cape and a straight-faced monastery librarian named Wong. Another highlight of note would have to be the action scenes. Given that the movie features conjurers, who can warp the fabric of reality, it should come as no surprise that Strange’s battles draw inspiration from stuff like the Matrix and Inception. Said sequences are creatively shot and very trippy… good thing then that I didn’t munch on any hash brownies during my screening.

I’ll conclude this review by getting on my soapbox and saying that all the hubbub about the Ancient One’s casting was unwarranted. Tilda Swinton kicked ass in this movie and I have no complaints regarding her portrayal of Strange’s wise mentor. Critics grumbling about the character being changed from Asian to Caucasian are hypocrites, because no one chastised the studio for altering the skin colour of Strange’s ally Karl Mordor. Ah whatever, let’s not dwell on negativity. Doctor Strange is excellent and I highly recommend it. Watching this film takes me back to the days when I would pretend to be a superhero. My crime-fighting alias was Goldfish Man. I possessed the power of super forgetfulness. Can you believe that I don’t remember Dr Strange’s first name?

Review of Limbo

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Thanks to PSN Plus’ monthly bundle of “free” games I finally got around to playing Limbo – the indie darling that took the world by storm back in 2010. Limbo has been on my gaming radar for quite some time, thanks to all the critical acclaim its garnered, but until now I hadn’t gotten round to downloading it. I guess I was distracted by more “bouncy” releases such as Senran Kagura and Akiba’s Trip. With Limbo now crossed off my gaming bucket list I find myself penning a review that I suspect will fly against popular opinion. Sorry for being that dissenting voice, which questions the mainstream, but what exactly is so special about Limbo?

OVERVIEW

I usually like to begin my reviews with a synopsis outlining the plot of the game I am covering. This isn’t possible with Limbo however, as the title is devoid of story. Playdead (who developed the game) claim that this is intentional, as they wanted to leave things “open to interpretation.” Frankly, I am not convinced. It seems to me that the creators coded a platformer, which is narrative free, but thanks to its eerie visuals players are convinced there is some deeper meaning behind it all. Of course I could be mistaken and am just too thick to appreciate Limbo’s subtle approach to storytelling. If so please forgive me. After watching too many Michael Bay films my brain has eroded to the point were scripts have to spoon-feed me exactly what is going on.

Extensive research (I browsed Wikipedia) has led me to believe that Limbo follows an anonymous boy who is searching for his sister. His journey begins at some woods located on the edge of hell and concludes at a factory situated in a ruined city. From the game’s title we can speculate that the young tyke’s quest is occurring after his death. My, the afterlife is not how I pictured it. I had always envisioned that I would end up living atop fluffy clouds or toasting down below with that horned chap who likes pitchforks. Evidently I was mistaken. When we expire we are destined to spend our days in a derelict urban settlement infested with giant bugs. Aside from the insects, our protagonist will also encounter other humans. Some will flee and commit suicide upon spotting the youngster. Others will try to brutally kill him. Why? Um… that’s open to interpretation.

VERDICT

Limbo is a no thrills puzzle platformer that has you overcoming obstacles by leaping over dangers and interacting with objects. The brainteasers are designed in such a way that you won’t get stuck on them for too long, but you’ll still feel suitably brainy once you suss them out. The game is at its most enjoyable early on, even though I didn’t care for its trial and error style of gameplay. On your initial play through you’ll often perish at the hands of hidden traps, so progress is more dependent on memorizing where ambushes are placed rather than on skill. My passion for Limbo began to wane towards the end when the puzzles were gradually phased out in favour of sections that demand precise jumping to survive. Thankfully checkpoints are plentiful so there isn’t much backtracking whenever you inevitably die.

My rating for Limbo is three stars. It wasn’t my cup of tea, but I can appreciate that it is competently designed. The film grain noire graphics steal the show and I give props to Playdead for having the guts to make a game were children are not spared from gruesome deaths (immediately making the title more ballsy than Fallout 3.) It is hard to recommend playing the game today, as it has since been surpassed by other indie titles. In terms of similar games, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons elicited a more emotional response from me. The under rated Nihilumbra is also worth checking out, as it boasts similar aesthetics to Limbo in addition to having more creative puzzles.

Overall I don’t know what to think about Limbo. It’s not terrible, but the abrupt finale that comes out of nowhere left me feeling unsatisfied. That said, had the game lasted longer than four hours I might not have had the stamina to complete it. Perhaps my expectations were too lofty? Had I played it back when the indie market was less rich I may have been more impressed. On the flip side, had I paid full price for the download I may have felt more aggrieved and given the game a lower score. Much like its title, my feelings on the game are in a state of limbo.

About Me

About Me

A cheeky chappy recently liked my blank “About” page, which has prompted me to pull my finger out and actually jot down some info on there. I suppose a blank about page isn’t exactly inaccurate, given how I’m such an uninteresting guy, but for anyone who cares you can now click on this link to learn a little bit more about my anime and video game history.