Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Pervertic Post 12: Trap Time

Time for a little bit of something new again. Gone are the days of otakus being satisfied with hot virtual, 2D girls. It's a little bit more complicated when traps are brought into the picture. Often referred under a group called "Otoko-No-Ko", these guys will bewitch you with their feminine charms that surpass that of the hottest 2D girls. I shit you not, they are a secret class of secret weapons that will one day rule the world...

Hideyoshi is a gender.

Name: Hideyoshi Kinoshita
From: Baka To Test To Shokanjuu

Probably my first ever trap crush and the first memorable trap character that I have encountered in an anime. Considering how I was just getting started in the world of anime at the time, Hideyoshi was seriously an enigma that caught my attention. I mean, this dude sounds like a girl and is pretty much hotter than the main heroines of the show. All that protesting of being a guy only serves to make him somewhat more attractive. There's also the fact that he's always in female outfits. Those nose bleeds are justified...

The sounds of souls being crushed when Okabe
emphasizes on Ruka being a dude...

Name: Urushibara Ruka
From: Steins;Gate

I can probably never get over this one, probably not even today, YEARS after I finished the original "Steins;Gate" anime. Ruka is simply too frail and adorable to be considered a male, especially after the many scenes you get to see with this guy. To be very fair, there is one possible outcome in the timelines where Ruka turns into a girl, and honestly, that's the timeline that sounds the most appealing if Kurisu wasn't such a good main heroine. Anyway, Ruka's trap levels are so damn high that you'd only accept him in female attire, that's how good he is. 

Why?! Just...why?!

Name: Chihiro Fujisaki
From: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

Chihiro is a very weird case, even more so that his seiyuu is ALSO male, now that's just VERY well done voice acting. Out of all the entries here today other than Felix, he probably sounds the most feminine, DESPITE being voiced by a girl! Anyway, this guy is so freakishly adorable that you'd NEVER see the trap card coming. He also so weak that you'd want to protect him, which makes the eventual trap card all the more impactful. Being in a skirt all the time doesn't exactly help too much either...

Honestly though...how the f**k?!

Name: Felix Argyle
From: Re Zero - Starting Life In Another World

Another one that just doesn't make any god damned sense. Felix just oozes femininity and is downright sexy at times, especially during his introduction. The fact that he was later simply shrugged off as a dude was a massive kick in the balls. The guy dresses in a strap dress, stockings, thigh high socks, and f**king heels. I mean, he even has adorable feline ears and a tail. To top it off, he's voiced by Yui Horie. If that isn't tilt enough, then I don't know what is. One thing's for sure, I'd still tap that. 

Jesus, that face...

Name: Totsuka Saika
From: Yahari

Totsuka Saika was very clearly stated at the very start that he was indeed, male. Too bad for protagonist Hachiman and most male viewers, we have a little something that makes us men, and that little something just won't set Totsuka Saika go. This guy's cuteness factors are off the charts and the worst thing about it is that he's extremely oblivious about how good looking he is. Unfortunately (and also fortunately),  Saika never cross dresses in the original anime, because if he did, there would be major nosebleeds.

The original.

Name: Bridget
From: Guilty Gear

How did he not make it into Xrd? Anyway, if there was a character that had been fooling around with the male audience's dicks since the 90s, it had to be Bridget. Since "Guilty Gear X", this little f**ker right here had been playing with our feelings, tricking us into believing that he was actually jail bait. Well, sucks to be you, THIS THING ISN'T EVEN A GIRL. Still, having someone as dangerously cute as that dress in a one piece nun outfit that exposes so much of his feminine thighs is just outrageously...suggestive. God damn, I'll be pissed if he and Baiken aren't in the next GG.

Opening Songs
OP 1 - Two Souls -Toward The Truth- (Fripside)

Ending Songs
ED 1 - Orarion (Nagi Yanagi)

Genre: Action, Drama, Supernatural

Episodes: 12

It's that time again, time to dive back into the world of vampiric awesomeness. Seriously though, if you're seeing this, then forget about everything else I have to say and go watch "Seraph Of The End: Battle In Nagoya". In terms of an adventure themed anime with a group of characters set in a cohesive world, I'd say "Seraph Of The End" is a pretty fantastic series. As a whole with the 2 seasons added up, "Seraph of The End" is actually pretty good, with season 2 adding more intense and heated segments to its already impressive first round in "Vampire Reign". I'd say if this series were given more time and episodes to prosper, it can easily reach "Sunday Without God" or "Fullmetal Alchemist"'s level of awesomeness, both of which are shows that hold a special place in my heart. "Battle In Nagoya" is every bit as engaging as its predecessor, and in some cases, even more so.

Everyone needs some Krul Tepes in their lives.

It's been a long time, but Fripside's on the driver's seat for the opening theme in "Battle In Nagoya". This time, their song is "Two Souls -Toward The Truth-". Honestly, from them, its rather disappointing. Its slow to get to its chorus, and even then, its quite mellow compared to their previous offerings when it comes to opening themes (I still get shivers listening to "Black Bullet"). The ending theme is "Orarion" by Nagi Yanagi, which is a little better than some of her usual songs. Its a little bit dark, but at least its not uber slow and has a nice tempo to it.

Rating: 8.0/10

Well, what can I say, I enjoyed season 2 a whole lot, possibly more than season 1. As a full, cohesive story, I'm seriously quite impressed with "Seraph of The End". The characters may not be as endearing as I'd hope for them to be, but there is potential for them to grow further. "Battle Of Nagoya" further advances the story and brings it to a certain level of "Climax", where the vampires and federation really go at it tooth and nail. The 2 sides of the story, one from the perspective of Yu, the other from Mikael, really works well here, even more so than before, since the 2 brothers first met in season 1, things have really intensified. There are plenty of intense moments, and the enemies feel REALLY strong...the good guys are constantly at threat here. Action scenes are done pretty well, though its more on a focus on how nice it is to see allies work together, rather than seeing certain individuals go nuts to kill hundreds of enemies by themselves. There are also plenty of nice twists here and there in the plot, those of which were absent in season 1.

I swear to god Ashuramaru is a trap of traps.

Following the story of "Vampire Reign", it takes place after Yu wakes up from using his hidden ability, "Seraph Of The End" during the decisive battle at the very end. It seems that he remembers nothing about it, but his squad mates do. They choose to keep it a secret from him as they go on their regular lives. They comes to a quick close when the team is quickly introduced to Kureto Hiragi, the current most influential figurehead in the federation. He quickly shows how brutal he can be by threatening Yuichiro by taking both Yoichi and Kimizuki hostage. He is a man who will willingly kill those on his side to get WHATEVER he wants. Anyway, the vampires are quickly dominating the battlefield, and as the title states, the Moon Demon Company are to lead the charge in Nagoya. Yu's and his team will have to fight their hardest if they want to survive the upcoming battle...where plenty of things are going to change.

"Battle In Nagoya" is a worthwhile sequel and successful conclusion to the first "season" of "Seraph Of The End". No doubt here will be more to come, however, we're not really sure whether or not it will even be animated. What's here is pretty good for anime newcomers and fans alike, I can't wait to see what's next for Yu and his friends.

Opening Songs
OP 1 - Star!! (Cinderella Project)
OP 2 - Shine!! (Cinderella Project)

Ending Songs 
Too many to count

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Episodes: 25

Here, take it from me. I love "Idolm@ster", to me, its always going to be my go-to idol franchise, even though "Love Live" took the world by storm, I'm always going to choose "Idolm@ster" if I were given a choice. While both are somewhat similar, "Idolm@ster" has this more "industry" feel to it that really kicks the show up a notch. Both may be about cute girls aspiring to become cute-sy pop star singers, but both tackle the whole "idol" aspect of the shows very differently. "Love Live" is still pretty freaking good, but after watching "Cinderella Girls", I was reassured that "Idolm@ster" is indeed the franchise for me. It all the love, seriousness, drama, rivalry and camaraderie that I can ever hope for, and it's somewhat rekindled my love for the franchise. The original 13 girls will still be my favorites, but the 14 girls of "Cinderella Girls" now hold a special place in my heart for being so dang amazing!

Say hello to your 14 new lovelies!

I do love the "Idolm@ster" franchise but I'm not a HUGE fan of most of their songs, they just sound too bright and cheery for my tastes. While some of their songs do end up being badass (a small minority), these aren't used for opening themes. For the first season, the opening theme is "Star!!", with "Shine!!" being the opening for season 2. Of course, the songs are sang by the seiyuus of all the 14 main girls of the show. Both songs are cheery and bright with the 2nd opening being the better one in my opinion, though not by much.

Rating: 8.0/10

Let's get the obvious out of the way. In my opinion, "Cinderella Girls" is not as good as the original. Sure, the feel and atmosphere is there, and once again, the cast of idols is incredibly unique and diverse, everyone stands out in her own way. Also, with the formation of idol units, there's a much more distinct separation of who's who, and I like that. While the producer this time round is rather dull and a little bit uninteresting compared to the first, there's still drive to his actions and its good to see that. There is a whole lot of character building among the cast, and them being close knit is really to be expected. As with the original, "Cinderella Girls" is packed to the brim with emotional moments that really seem to pull on your heart strings, those are the moments where the show shines at its brightest. And of course, you watch an Idol themed show for the songs, the show is full of them, with each song being sang by different characters. There's a MASSIVE cast of characters, so there really are a lot of songs here and there by different groups of characters.

Choose. Your. Waifu!

Shimamura Uzuki is a high school girl aspiring to be an idol. She regularly attends a small school that specializes in training idols, where she practices dance steps and certain routines, in an attempt to become good one day. She is scouted by the producer from 765 produce as an idol to be a part of his Cinderella project. Alongside her, 2 other girls from her similar age group were also chosen, Mio and Rin. The 3 were chosen as the last members of the Cinderella project, which was meant for a group of idols to shine brightly on stage as their own cohesive units. There are a total of 14 idols chosen for this very project, and they are all eargerly waiting for their inevitable debut. Uzuki, being the happy go lucky girl that she is, hopes that she can get along with everybody else. But she soon finds out that life in a idol studio with her rivals, is very much different from training school.

"Cinderella Girls" quickly swooped me back into the "Idolm@ster" craze that I've long sought for after the movie. I can only hope that its not the end of the animated offerings of these idol girls. Even if they decide to go for a different group that's not the original 13 and the girls from the "Cinderella Project", I can't wait to see what they come up with next.

Ava, The King's Pet
HP: 8930
Skills: Paw Swipe*, Lunging Bite*, Lunging Claw*, Icicles, Explosion, Ice Pillars
Souls: 78000

Difficulty: 4/5

Deaths: 10+

The final post about "Dark Souls 2" and we'll be covering the final set of bosses from the DLC. Out of the 3 DLCs, the Ivory King DLC is probably my favorite one in terms of map design, NOT INCLUDING the Frigid Outskirts. The kingdom of Eleum Loyce is simply so beautiful and enchanting, it even has such an interesting architecture, there's no way not to lose yourself in its beauty. However, the bosses in this DLC are pretty tough, so take note. As with the Iron King DLC, the first boss in this 3rd DLC is pretty freaking tough....Meet the invisible ice tiger, Ava.

That's one dead dude.

The first time you fight Ava, he's probably going to be invisible and he's probably going to massively whoop your ass. You can only properly see the kitty cat after subduing the blizzard in the shrine later into the area. Ava is a BIG kitty, and that pretty much means he packs a massive punch. He's intimidating, and he's incredibly powerful, he probably took me more than 10 tries on my first play through against him with my mage character. Unless you're completely stacked up, prepare for a tough one.

Paw Swipe* - A homing melee attack that tracks you as Ava spins his entire body while swinging his paw. The damage is massive and the range is deceptively far for a melee attack, so take note.

Lunging Bite* - He charges from afar and lunges in on you with an unblockable bite attack. Once he grabs you he does insane damage.

Lunging Claw* - He charges from afar and lunges in on you with a claw swipe. Like the regular Paw Swipe this one hurts and homes quite a fair bit.

Icicles - He roars and spawns a bunch of icicles which home in on you from afar with some slight tracking properties. Simply sprint towards him on either his left or right from a distance to completely derail the icicles.

Explosion - After doing nothing for awhile, Ava lets out an explosion like a fart, doing AOE damage. Simply move away once you see his model go stagnant.

Ice Pillars - He roars and summons some ice pillars around him that appear in random areas. Can be easily avoided by simply moving away, the pillars take some time to form.

He might seem like he has a lot of attacks, but honestly, you only need to worry about his melee attacks. Ava's magic attacks and projectiles can be easily dealt with after some getting used to, and they don't do nearly as much damage as his melee strikes. Ava is huge, so he is easy to see coming, but his attacks have some delay, so it'll take some time to get used to the proper timing to dodge them. His general attack pattern mostly involves going in on you for a few melee attacks, before backing off far away to launch Icicles at you, then he proceeds to try to melee you again. It's an easy pattern to learn, but once he nabs you, you're probably screwed, since he does a ton of damage.

To start off his pattern he usually goes with the standard Paw Swipe, before backing off for Icicles. Run up to him while he channels and misses Icicles to get a few free hits in. If he's far away he'll try for a Lunging Bite or Lunging Claw attack, the former of which is a more dangerous attack, but both are equally scary. The dude does have long recovery times, so you can use that opportunity to get a few good hits him. Again, the timing to dodge his attacks is crucial, and a single screw-up will probably cost you the match, seeing as he does a butt load of damage.

F**king cat mate.

That isn't all he has up close however. There are times where Ava will stand still and roar when you're close to him. This isn't him using Icicles again, and is probably one of his other 2 magic spells that he likes to use up close. One is Explosion, the other is Ice Pillars. Explosion can catch you off guard at the start, but its honestly easy to see coming after awhile. Ice Pillars is a bit tricky, but its so RNG based that there are times that none of the pillars will hit you at all, even if you go completely ham on attacking Ava. Either way, the safe option is to back off when he starts to channel anything at all.

Ava is quite bulky, but after multiple punishes, he goes down like a champ. That's not the last you'll see of the damn tiger, but for now, you get 78000 souls for beating him. Beating him grants you passage to proceed deeper in, where you unlock more areas in Frozen Eleum Loyce.


Burnt Ivory King
HP: 8040
Skills: Leaping Slash, Sword Combo*, Impale*, Ice Pillars, Sword Buff*
Souls: 92000

Difficulty: 4/5

Deaths: 10+

It is highly recommended that you gain alliance of all of the knights before you attempt this battle. The Old Chaos packs a LOT of charred Loyce Knights that are incredibly powerful on their own, NOT COUNTING THE BOSS. I can't count the amount of times I died BEFORE even getting to see the boss, even with ALL of the allied knights unlocked from their slumber. It's a battle of attrition more than anything, and I can easily say that you're going to be in for a loooooong fight here.

Scary looking mother f**ker.

75% of the actual battle is actually just you against the charred Loyce Knights. There are 3 portals that constantly spawn these knights and they will very easily overwhelm you after awhile. The knights are strong individually, they either pack a shield and one handed weapon, a two handed axe, or wield pyromancy. Of the 3 variations, the pyromancy ones are the most annoying, and these niggas spew out of the portals so quickly that its so f**king irritating. Your very own knights will sacrifice themselves to seal off a portal after awhile, so with 4 knights, you'll get one remaining knight to fight alongside you when the big daddy shows up. Honestly though, the knights aren't that much use, since the charred Loyce knights always go after you instead of them, and since they hurt, you'll die unless you run around like a headless chicken as your knights seal off portals. Also, if the big daddy shows up and there are still charred Loyce Knights around, consider the battle lost, you can't take them together.

Leaping Slash - The King comes in on you Gwyn style, slashing a huge area in front of him as he leaps in. Easily dodged or blocked.

Sword Combo* - The only thing that should kill you. A combination of slashes and stabs that usually go to 3-4 hits. Just back the f**k away as he doesn't move much while swinging. Combined with the buff this is quite deadly, so take note.

Impale* - He charges for a short while before stabbing his sword forward for an unblockable grab styled attack. Does tons of damage, like most grab moves.

Ice Pillars - Similar to Ava's attack with the same name. Just move around frantically to dodge.

Sword Buff* - He coats his sword with a white aura and increases his damage drastically. Lasts for a few seconds at best.

When the charred Loyce Knight portals are completely sealed off, the Burnt Ivory King makes his entrance. It helps drastically to have a Knight with you, as you would have exhausted a good deal of your Estus supply dealing with Charred Loyce Knights. While your ally knight does little damage, he can take aggro from the King and let you get some free hits in. Because of the nature of this battle, the King himself isn't that durable, so you can take him down quickly with a powerful weapon. Note that once your buddy goes down, it'll much much tougher one on one.

Because of how relentless the King is, there is actually not much of an opportunity to heal here. Once he goes in on you he rarely gets out. You can only heal if he's in a middle of a combo and you somehow manage to get out while he's still swinging, even then, he closes the gap quickly. Another safe opportunity would be when he's buffing his sword, but you'd want to use that time to actually deal damage to him. He is mostly a closed ranged fighter with a slightly longer reach than usual because of his long sword. He uses his Leaping Slash to get in from afar, and up close he usually relies on his combo and Impale, both of which are his best moves.

Let's get him together buddy!

He has slight delay between attacks, meaning you can punish him now and then, though his damage is ridiculously high like all DLC bosses, so take extreme care about not getting hit. He can use Ice Pillars, similarly to Ava, but again, moving around will get you out of it easily. He doesn't have a massive health pool, so rushing him can take him down quick. Honestly, the hardest part of this fight is just the charred knights before him, so there's that. He grants a massive 92000 souls reward.


Lud, The King's Pet
HP: 5070
Skills: Paw Swipe*, Lunging Bite*, Lunging Claw*, Icicles, Explosion, Ice Pillars
Souls: 56000

Zallen, The King's Pet
HP: 5070
Skills: Paw Swipe*, Lunging Bite*, Lunging Claw*, Icicles, Explosion, Ice Pillars

Souls: 56000

Difficulty: F*ck You/5
Deaths: Over 9000

Behold, the worst thing of the entire "Souls" franchise. Not only is the Frigid Outskirts the worst designed map in the ENTIRE "Souls" franchise, this boss just infuriates the living shit out of me for its very existence. After braving through possibly the most brutal, boring and uninspired map, EVER, your reward is facing a palate swap boss from the very same DLC. Holy. Shit. Talk about lazy. At least the Blue Smelter Demon was a swap of a boss from the main game, these guys have the audacity to palate swap RIGHT from the very DLC that they was from. Ugh. 

F**king tigers.

Alright, so instead of one Ava, its 2 Avas now, whoop de f**king doo. Adding an additional kitty cat into the mix doesn't make it a tougher, better boss, its just lazy and ridiculous. If you managed to triumph Ava completely, then good for you, this battle is more or less the same, just that you can't make as many mistakes as before. If you thought Ava was hard like I did, this battle is a freaking nightmare. The worst thing about it is the fact that you need to run across the entire shitty wasteland of the Frigid Outskirts to even GET here....Why they didn't add any bonfires to that area is BEYOND me.

So these dick bags have the exact same moves as Ava, so there's really no need to go through them again. 2 BIG, deciding factors to this fight. There are 2 tigers, and instead of a gigantic, linear arena, we have a smaller, enclosed space. Both are bad news, if both tigers join in on the fight to gang bang your ass, you stand no chance, literally. The best strategy to this battle, and the ONLY strategy for me to actually win, is to BURST down Lud before Zallen can even hit you. If you're solo, Zallen only comes in after you've all but nearly taken down Lud, so f**king light your weapon on fire and go ballistic ape shit on Lud to kill him.

If Zallen is all that's left, then congratulations, it's just you fighting Ava again one on one in a smaller arena. If Lud is still alive when Zallen arrives, then you're practically f**ked, one swipe from each tiger almost always ends in your demise. And once you die, you need to cross that shitty Frigid Outskirts again, I cannot stress that enough. That alone makes this fight so unbearably disgusting. 

Oh god I hate this so much.

One more thing to take note is that the final remaining tiger will go into a berserk to increase its damage and health regeneration in exchange for defense...only when he's near death. At this point, he's very easy to take down, but his damage is significantly higher. Fortunately I only had to see this once, because when I got to this point, I had already died so many times to the point of me being insanely good at fighting these guys, so one of them going berserk almost meant nothing to me. Just take him down and put the tiger out of his misery.

As a last note, taking two of these guys down only gives you 56000 souls, when the original Ava gave you 78000. F**k this shit, what a sour way to end this series. 

If you've stuck with me all this way, then you have my thanks. With this out of the way, I'll either move to the "Bloodborne" or "Dark Souls 3" bosses....

Or both, who knows. Peace.

Monday, 19 September 2016

More Gods Of War (Noragami Aragato review)

Opening Songs

Ending Songs
ED 1 - Nirvana (Tia)

Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Supernatural

Episodes: 12

A second season to a show that I never REALLY asked for. The first ""Noragami" was good but also kind of generic. Yato's relationship to Yukine and Hiori were nice but I kind of felt that the show didn't really have much to offer that other shows did better. So here we are with a second season that honestly threw me off guard. It was more action packed, it was a lot more intense, and more than ever, the character building also surpassed that of whatever happened in season 1. It was a great follow up to the original and I felt that it EASILY surpassed the original as well. If you did manage to finish the first season, then season 2 has quite a lot to offer that I really enjoyed. When things start to heat up, "Noragami" puts up an intense showing, and "Noragami Aragato" is for the most part, always on full throttle. 

Gods are getting rather fashionable these days.

The opening theme to "Noragami Aragato" is most probably the one of the best things I've heard in 2015 if not for "Raise Your Flag". "Hey Kids!!" by THE ORAL CIGARETTES is heavy, its fast, and it gets the blood pumping real good. Its the kind of opening theme that gets you hyped up every time it plays, and its super hard to try and skip it, because every part of the song is just good. Definitely a lot better than season 1's opening. The ending theme is "Nirvana" by Tia, its another slow paced ending theme sang with a cute voice. It's a complete opposite of the opening theme, but considering its by Ryo from Supercell, I guess there'll be those who'll like it.

Rating: 8.0/10

In terms of story, feels, action and almost everything else, I'd say "Noragami Aragato" triumphs the original. There are just so many memorable moments, and there really aren't any episodes wasted on the main trio doing nothing this time. While its nice to see the main characters laze around in "everyday life" episodes, the show is at its best when there are things at stake, and that there are lots of fights going on. "Noragami"'s animation is superb, and it continues to show here in the sequel. The 2 story arcs presented are great (though Bishamon's arc is better), and rather than just the main 3 characters, a lot more characters are brought into the mix with PROPER screen time. There are plenty of other nice moments in here and it's incredibly intense during its climax moments. It even gives us another semi-cliffhanger ending during the last episode to sort of tease us with the shit that's about to come in the future if they decide to do season 3, and that gave me goosebumps.

Its never complete without sword fights.

Following the ending of the first season, Rabo has been destroyed and now Yato, Yukine and Hiori are all the more closer with one another. Now comes the issue with Bishamon, the ruthless god of war who is hell bent on destroying Yato because he destroyed her clan of familiars all those years ago. Now that she's become a full fledged god with an endless army of familiars that live under her rule, she's pretty much got nothing to fear. However, as a god, having familiars come with circumstances. Yato already has trouble handling Yukine alone, imagine for Bishamon, who has a castle full of familiars to attend to. If even one familiar is blighted, she is screwed, what about a ton of them being corrupted? This all starts to go to hell when one of Bishamon's familiars run into Yukine and starts to get along with him. One fatal mistake is all that is needed to spark a war between Yato and Bishamon...

"Noragami Aragato" ends on a conclusive note with a cliffhanger ending that leaves us wondering what's next to come. Now that Yato is more resolved than ever and that he has even more allies willing to back him up, the next threat better be something catastrophically amazing. However, if the plot to follow is as exciting as what's here, then we have nothing to worry about.