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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Ready Player One Trailer

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday! What are you most looking forward to next year?

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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Friday Favorites: Pokemon Movies

Double Jump Kris MiiPokemon: I Choose You is a movie special that came out in for limited theater times in the US to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the Pokemon anime. It’s a loose retelling of the Kanto saga with plenty of references to the newest generation of Pokemon from the Alola region.

While we have not gotten a chance to see it, it is amazing to think that I Choose You is the twentieth Pokemon movie! We’ve always had fun watching the Pokemon films, even they do tend to make us cry by the end of them, haha!

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Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea

Elements from the Pokemon Ranger games were shown on the big screen in this movie, something that I always found interesting. Aside from that, this movie had plenty of adventure and suspense (even though we all knew everything would turn out okay in the end because it’s Pokemon). I enjoyed the setting and scenery, with the main setting of the movie just reminded me of The Water Temple from the Legend of Zelda series, and it was the last Pokemon movie to use traditional cel animation for the animate the movie. It helped that the legendary Pokemon that starred in this movie was the adorable Manaphy!

Pokemon 4Ever

My favorite aspect of the Pokemon 4Ever movie is that it has some really fun time-travel elements to it! I always found the plot to be interesting, especially with the fun little twist at the end, and the animation was well done. The Lake of Life and the forest scenery were really beautiful. Celebi and Suicune were always a couple of my favorite legendary Pokemon as well.

Pokemon 3: The Movie

My fondest memory of this movie is the theme song, in all honesty. The Johto region’s theme music was always one of my favorites! This movie had a bit of a creepy side to it, with the Unown dimension and little Molly’s wishes for her family to return. This movie had some pretty epic battles to it as well, which is what the series is known for.

What are your favorite Pokemon movies? Have you seen Pokemon: I Choose You?

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Batman and Harley Quinn

Double Jump Kris MiiThe last few days of May… Where is 2017 going?

I hope everyone has a lovely Memorial Day this week! Amid video games and comic books, please enjoy some time with your family and good friends.

 

This summer, there is a new direct-to-video animated Batman movie slated to be released.

I grew up watching the animated Batman series due to my uncle having taped the majority of the episodes on VHS tapes. When I wasn’t bothering said uncle to play Ocarina of Time or Super Mario RPG, I was probably wearing out the VHS tapes in order to watch Batman and Robin.

Aside from the fact that it’s Batman, this movie also brings Kevin Conroy and Loren Lester back as the voices of Batman and Nightwing, and I’m so excited! They’ve done some of the best work as their voices, in my opinion. Melissa Rauch, from The Big Bang Theory, will be Harley Quinn and, while she’s obviously not the original voice actress, I don’t think she sounds too bad as the character.

Seeing the animated series again not only brings about a wave of nostalgia, but it also reminds me of the Batman video games out there. Rachel has played Arkham Asylum, but our XBox decided to call it quits before I could get a chance to do so. I have also yet to play Batman: The Telltale Series that is chilling on my Steam account. I definitely need to check out that game soon!

Are you interested in the Batman movies? Who out there remembers VHS tapes?

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Professor Layton & the Eternal Diva

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Last week, I did a post regarding Nintendo thinking of making movies with their beloved mascots. There are already some movies and television shows starring video game characters, such as Professor Layton, whom we spoke about back in February.

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Professor Layton is a series of mystery puzzle-solving games by Level-5. They’re fun and challenging and the characters are so loveable. Apparently they made a cartoon movie with these characters in a brand new mystery. I found it from Amazon. It was six bucks so I bought it on a whim.

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It was awesome seeing Rachel buy something on an impulse like that. Usually I’m the one having a hard time keeping my wallet closed, but as soon as Rachel saw it, she burst out with, “I’M GETTING IT,” and we watched it probably a week later. For a movie based on a video game, it wasn’t too bad!

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I think the characters definitely stayed true to themselves as portrayed in the video games. The puzzles themselves in the movie were fun as well. We tried to figure them out alongside the characters, sometimes being right, sometimes being wrong. It was interactive and you didn’t know who the bad guy truly was until the end.

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Of course near the end Rachel and I were both tearing up. We don’t care that it was an animated movie — it was still sensitive enough to make us sniffle, and it proves how invested in the characters we were. One part of the Professor Layton games that we always enjoy are the cut scenes, so to see all the characters in action was fun!

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Well, the ending did have a great twist. It was a bittersweet twist. But that just made the mystery all the better.

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I agree. There were some really silly parts, but it seemed true to the characters and the world that they’re in. The movie made us wish that there were more coming out to enjoy.

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I looked it up. They were thinking of making another movie at once point. Whether they’ll go through with it or not remains a mystery. As long as they keep coming out with the games I’ll be happy.

Have you ever seen this movie or knew it existed? Do you like the Professor Layton series?

Lights, Camera, Action!

Double Jump Kris Mii It’s the start of a new week!

Last Wednesday, Rachel and I spoke about how game openings were becoming more and more like movie trailers. Word on the street now is that we’ll probably be seeing some actual movie trailers from Nintendo sooner than we think…

 

supermariobrosRemember the Super Mario Bros. movie? Released in 1993, it starred Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as the famous Mario brothers along with a great supporting cast. It was rated PG and given only a 4 out of 10 on IMDB.

Now, over two decades later, we’re hearing rumors from Nintendo that they’re going to throw some of their beloved mascots back up on the big screen.

With the technology and amazing special effects teams we have nowadays, Nintendo just may be able to make some decent movies. Imagine a crossover live-action and CGI Mario adventure through the Mushroom Kingdom. How about the beautiful Hyrule and its deep story of the Hero of Time and Princess of Destiny besting the Gerudo King? Let’s explore Yoshi’s Island or have Fox McCloud give us a tour of the Lylat System. All those gorgeous cut-scenes in the Fire Emblem games? Let turn them into a movie!

I may be getting my hopes up too much. However, it’s a bit difficult to not hope for a Nintendo movie to get the same amount of care and effort that helped make other fantasy franchises like the Lord of the Rings or Star Trek so popular and magnificent.

What kind of Nintendo universes would you like to see on the big screen?