Ace Attorney Anime [Episodes 1-4]

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Ace Attorney is one of our favorite video game franchises, with the original trilogy being some of the best games. And, while neither Rachel nor I were ever really into anime except for Pokemon, we were both interested in hearing that Ace Attorney got its own anime series.

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It’s been a long time coming, but we finally got a chance to sit down and watch it. Of course, we were going to get Crunchyroll when I noticed the website sells DVDs of Ace Attorney. I checked on Amazon, it was cheaper, and BAM! Impulse buy. We got it just in time too because the season one, volume 2 DVD set comes out in less than a month.

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Anime is definitely more dramatic or over exaggerated, if you will, than the American cartoons that I grew up watching, and Ace Attorney wasn’t an exception. It was great, of course, and we’re really enjoying it so far. We’ve watched the first four episodes which mirror the first two cases from the original game.

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We’ve played through the games a couple of times, so, for the most part, we remember what happens in each case. There are a couple of times we forget something here and there, but watching the anime we knew how everything was going to play out. Since each episode is only about 20-30 minutes long, the cases go by pretty quick. A few hours of gameplay is squished into 2 or 3 parts of 20-minute episodes. But it’s enjoyable all the same.

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Seeing the game scenes and characters come to life is so much fun. Phoenix and Maya tend to act as we always pictured they would, and we’re enjoying all the voice actors so far — the English voice actors, of course. It’ll be interesting to re-watch the episodes in Japanese to hear how the characters sound.

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Yeah, watching it in Japanese is something I want to try. Maya’s voice sounds a little young for her age, but it’s easy to get used to. Detective Gumshoe is more serious than he is in the games, but I enjoy his character all the same. And then there’s Edgeworth… his voice actor and animations are all sexy. I love it.

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I was actually really impressed with Redd White from the Turnabout Sisters case. His voice and mannerisms were spot-on, with his narcissism and arrogance. I do hope that the later episodes will show more of the scenery outside of the courtroom. While the trial portion of the episodes are fun, I would like to see a little more exploration.

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We’re starting to see a little bit more investigation as the episodes go on. That’s how they did it in the games too, which is pretty cool. I’m sure as the cases get longer we’ll start to see more. I love the show, but I would also love to see a movie. I know they do have a movie in Japan, but even if it’s anime, that would be amazing.

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Wreck-It Ralph Movies

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One of our favorite Disney movies to have come out in recent years is Wreck-It Ralph. Being centered on a video game antagonist and allowing us to dive into the world of video games was right up our alley when it came out. The characters and story were charming, and it was fun seeing cameos from some of our favorite video games, such as Bowser and Sonic.

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You can’t go wrong with a Disney or Pixar movie and, as Kris said, Wreck-It Ralph was right up our alley. His arcade game with Fix-It Felix is a game I would love to play myself. I loved the creativity that was put into the movie to create video games that aren’t real but definitely could be.

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The movie itself came out in 2012, over five years ago, but it doesn’t seem to have aged too badly. The sequel is coming out in November of this year, with the main characters discovering the Internet, and I’m looking forward to it. Considering how quickly technology advances, having the characters just begin to discover the Internet seems to be a little backward, but it should be amusing nonetheless. Not only that, I’m interested in seeing what other famous video game characters will cameo in it.

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I didn’t even think of that. It is a little backward. It’ll be interesting though because they did such a cool job of showing us what goes on with the characters “inside” the game when it’s turned off and even “unplugged.” I can’t wait to see how they portray the inside of the Internet. I’m also looking forward to seeing the characters again. Ralph is a unique guy and all the characters, as diverse as they are, just seem like a great cast.

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I can’t wait for more Sergeant Calhoun! She was my favorite! Considering we saw Bowser in the first movie, I would love to see other characters from the Mario franchise appear. Imagine Calhoun and Peach chatting! I’d love to see homages to the Fire Emblem and Pokemon series, as well. Considering the video games from the movie are all based on arcade towers, it’ll be really interesting to see what else the arcade owner will do to bring his business up to date with the times.

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They’re in the internet though, so what kinds of games are on the internet? Remember Neopets? Club Penguin? I don’t think that’s a thing anymore, but it’d be cool if they explored those a bit. We saw in the trailer a couple of app games, so I’m sure they’ll do a lot with that as well.

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Oh, God, Neopets! That would be hysterical! There is so much mischief and nonsense they can get up to with the Internet. Plenty of spoilers and images for other video games, games for consoles, app games as you mentioned… What if they found fanfiction and fanart? I doubt Disney will creep down those paths, but you never know. It was fun revisiting this movie, and it will definitely be interesting to see how much bigger the main characters’ world will be once they get connected to the Internet.

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Them finding fanart would be hilarious. What I would love to see though is maybe they’d find they’re remaking their game. Then there’d be trouble! Wreck-It Ralph is a great movie and I’m looking forward to the sequel!

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Pokemon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel

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There are twenty Pokemon movies. Isn’t it crazy how one franchise has spawned that many movies, about the same number of anime seasons, and dozens of video games? Pokemon is a franchise that Rachel and I love, but we’re more the types to play the games rather than watch the movies or television show. With that said, we’ve realized how many movies we’ve missed and sat down to watch the nineteenth Pokemon film, Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel.

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Each time a new movie comes out I always say I’m going to watch it and then never do. I was excited to see this movie on Netflix since it’s one of the more recent ones. For a Pokemon movie, it’s as corny as it can get, but it was one of the more enjoyable ones.

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Yeah, this movie wasn’t too bad at all. It was definitely created with Mega Evolutions in mind, as one of the main plot points was how trainers should have a strong bond with their Pokemon for them to unleash their power instead of forcing the Pokemon to Mega Evolve. It showcased nearly every available Mega Evolution throughout the movie, as well.

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Mega Evolution is definitely something cool and I of course didn’t mind seeing it showcased as a main point in a movie. It was great “bad guy fodder.” Volcanion is trying to protect Magearna and other Pokemon from humans and, while we don’t know his backstory, he made a great hero. Then Ash of course has to come along and help – well, annoy Volcanion. Even though he’s a Pokemon he could speak and he was so sarcastic it was awesome.

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Volcanion was like my spirit animal in this movie, haha! Volcanion was literally stuck with Ash, as a couple of bands linked the two together, throughout half of the movie and it amused us greatly. A counselor for a nearby kingdom wished to have Magearna, who is best friends with Volcanion, in order to control the mechanized kingdom. Ash and friends butt in do their best to help Volcanion. Seeing the mechanized kingdom was a treat! I really enjoyed the animation when it showcased the castle and flying fortress.

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The animation was always great. What I especially loved about the movie was that Ash’s Pokemon did the majority of the work. A few times his whole team just stormed in and took care of everything even if Ash wasn’t even there. They were the true heroes and I felt warm and fuzzy seeing the Pokemon step up like that. Yes, it’s a cartoon, but it still made me feel good. The writing was on point too. The dialogue was funny and the overall plot made sense and made for a great Pokemon movie.

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The battles were always the best part of the Pokemon movies and anime! The music was well done, too, especially the opening credits with the battle going on in the background. Team Rocket was pretty good in this movie too — they’re probably some of my favorite characters, and I would love to see a movie focused on them. They try to be evil, but they just fail at it, haha!

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Team Rocket was impressive in this movie, I agree. They need their own movie or show. Overall, this was a fun movie to watch and I’m sure I’ll be watching it again sometime.

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Ready Player One Trailer

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Can you believe that Christmas is in a week? I’m not sure if I’m ready! I hope everyone else is enjoying the holidays!

A long time ago on this blog, I did a book review for Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. I had heard the rumors when they first popped up about a movie being made based off of the book and it seemed interesting.

The book itself is about a race against time and corrupt organizations for control of the major MMO world called the OASIS. The creator of the OASIS passed away and left behind Easter Eggs and puzzles. Whoever solved the puzzles controlled the OASIS. Considering that the OASIS was considered the real world to many — an escape from a bleak reality — the economic benefits of controlling the world was incredible.

The trailer doesn’t look bad… But nothing quite stands out to me. We’ve seen amazing scenes done with special effects in plenty of sci-fi and fantasy movies nowadays, and with virtual reality actually being a, well, reality, the idea of the setting doesn’t seem as fantastic. I mean, there is no virtual reality quite like the OASIS in our world — not yet — so it’ll be interesting to see how the OASIS is brought to life, but I’m much more interested in how the movie will portray the characters and the plot.

The plot itself is fairly standard. You can guess how the ending will go. When I was reading the book, the plot was interesting enough to keep reading, but I was generally reading for the characters and their reactions to the corrupt government and how they were trying to save both the real and the virtual world. The trailers show off Wade, the main character, rightly so, but it also focused more on the potential of OASIS rather than the characters. Trailers are teasers, of course, so they’re trying to catch your eye with whatever they believe is fantastic enough to do so, but I hope the movie itself will do the characters justice.

You see Wade, you see who might be Art3mis, you see who is probably the bad guy… I want to see Aech. I want to see more of James Halliday and his influence on this world. Yes, I would love to see more of OASIS, but I certainly hope that the movie will not focus so much on the scenery and special effects that it forgets the story of the characters.

Ready Player One comes out early next year. We’ll see how it turns out.

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Pokemon The Movie: I Choose You!

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We watched Pokemon The Movie: I Choose You the other night. It came out in the US on November 5, 2017. It was shown in theaters and we were bummed we couldn’t make it, but it was shown on TV recently. I’ll admit, I didn’t know much about the movie going in. I just knew it was kind of a throwback to Ash getting Pikachu and starting out. It was a little different from what I expected… so, I was kind of glad we didn’t see it in theaters.

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I have never dropped so many F-bombs nor teared up at a Pokemon movie as much as I did with this one! We expected it to be chock full of nostalgia with the beginning resembling the start of Ash’s journey, which is probably the season of the anime that Rachel and I are most familiar with. We watched the show through the first couple of regions, but our interest waned when the anime started taking place in Sinnoh or so. Basically, when Brock left, so did we, haha!

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The beginning of this movie was great. It was so nostalgic and I loved the way they portrayed Ash starting his journey – and Pikachu is utterly adorable! But for the last hour or so of the movie, I had a steady, thick stream of tears. It wasn’t pretty.

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My favorite part was when the theme song played. Hearing the original theme song was induced so many feelings itself, but having it coupled with the gorgeous montage of key moments from the beginning of Ash’s journey was amazing! Anime is a hit or miss with me in regards to the animation, but this movie was really well done. And the music? Damn, I would love to rock out to those tunes while playing the games! The animation and the music quality was awesome throughout the movie, even when the movie had a couple of dark turns.

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The theme song certainly was the best part. It was more of a montage than an actual theme, but the original song was great to hear and I loved how they fast forward time in that way. The music overall was upbeat and definitely got you amped up during the battles and the climax at the end. The other characters were great, too. I missed Misty and Brock for sure, but Sorrel and Verity were a great addition to Ash’s team. I would love to see more of them.

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Yes, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed Sorrel’s and Verity’s characters. Misty and Brock will always be the best companions, and I was a little put-off that they weren’t even mentioned (although, there seemed to be some Pokemon nods to them in the movie), but Sorrel and Verity did well. It was also a nice conclusion, if you will, for Ash seeing Ho-Oh in the very first episode of the anime. And then the movie had to show the scenes of how Charmander joined Ash’s team, of the episode Bye-Bye Butterfree, of a Luxray having a truly sad ending, that made us nearly bawl. Despite a weird moment of the final battle where Pikachu spoke English, we were tearing up at the end of the fight, too!

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The final parts of the movie were trippy and morbid, which really threw me off. I was not expecting it to take such a turn. It was great to see Marshadow, but even that Pokemon wasn’t explained very well – unless everything just went over my head. Overall, it was a great movie and I’m glad we watched it. It was nice to see the characters again, despite how weird it got.

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