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My Nintendo DS Collection

As it is it seems like the 3ds will soon be gone with the coming of the Switch, but that won’t stop me.I’ll keep collecting games as long as there are fun ones to play.

American Collection:

Brain Age^2

Bravely Second

Code Name Steam

Chrono Trigger

Digimon DigimonWorld DS

Dragon Quest:Sentinels of the Starry Skies IX

Drawn to Life

Elite Beat Agents

Etrian Odyssey IV:Legend of the Titans

Final Fantasy: Echoes of Time

Fire Emlbelme Awakening

Fire Emblem Fates:Birthright

Ghost Trick

Golden Sun:Dark Dawn

Legend of Zelda:Link’s Awakening

Legend of Zelda:A Link Between Worlds

Legend of Zelda:Majora’s Mask

Mario and Luigi:Parners in Time

Monster Hunter 4:Ultimate

Persona Q:Shadows of Labryinth

Picross 3D

Pokemon Heart Gold

Pokemon Moon

Pokemon X

Prince of Persia

Professor Layton:Diabolic Box

Rhythm Heaven

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2

Super Princess Peach

The World Ends With You

Japanese Collection:

Ash:Archaic Sealed Heat

Dragon Quest:Moster Joker

Final Fantasy: Chocobo Tale

NinoKuni

One Piece: Gear Spirit

Pokemon Heart Gold

Pokemon Soul Silver

Quiz Magic Academy

Time Hollow

 

Korean Collection

Ragnarok

I’ll eventually have a chance to review them all, but I’m not there yet.

~BlerdLikeMe

TV Shows

3% Episode 1:1st thoughts and impressions

The first thing that struck me was the diversity of the show.There are  very few shows that I see that really reflect the world that we live in.So turns out I started watching it in English, but something felt off ,and then when I saw the lips not lining up with the words,I knew it was about that time.I immediately put on subtitles and changed the audio to Portuguese. Turns out this is a Brazilian drama.

This story begins in a post apocalyptic world(as all good stories should).We see young teenagers making a mass exodus to do this thing called the Process.The process is the only way to leave the slums,and go to mythical place called Offshore.A place in which they can live well and get out of poverty.The catch is of all the people who take the test only 3% will pass.There is an organization know as The Cause that is working to undermine the process and the whole way of life for people in Offshore.

So the world in which theses teenagers lives, they live in a slum and everyone’s hope rides on being passing The Process and getting to Offshore.The thing is no one who makes it Offshore ever comes back .So how do you really know it’s a place worth going to. I feel like for most , it’s a “anything has to better than this” kind of thing.The director of Process is sketchy, he almost drowns himself daily to remind himself that this is a life or death process (this is a paraphrase of his exact words).Not to mention almost drowning other to make them understand this as well.Also he has someone whose watching him during this Process for some reason.So I’m not sure how well he actually trusted.The organization he works for doesn’t seem to trust him fully either so they’ve sent a person to watch over this year’s Process.So far there have only been two parts of the Process an interview.Which was well I see determined by your willingness to succeed,truthfulness(sort of),and your belief in yourself.Many failing because they are not genuine or do not have confidence are quickly cut.We are introduced to many kids some make it and some don’t.The second trial is a spatial reasoning.Some kids cheat, some help other,this gives us a general idea of the attitude of most of the kids toward each other.Oh did I mention that one of The Cause operatives has been captured and he may or may not the identity of a mole who is going through the Process.

 

So this has really intrigued me.I only really like half of our main characters, but even those i don’t like I find intriguing.There are a couple of characters whose motive seem to be more than getting to the Offshore.Also we are given the fact that an unknown number of people don’t come back from The Process.Most are assumed to have passed, but considering the fact that only 3% pass, how many actually die and don’t come back.Leaving all their family and friends dreaming and hoping that they made it. This actually reminds me a lot of the Hunter x Hunter exams.It seems simple at first, but there is a high chance of failure and good chance of death. I like the world and I like the technology they have.There seem to be some kind of tech that is put directly through your ear.It’s also gives the introduction speech given by  the director of The Process.The weird thing is as you(they) listen the speech has your name in it.As if he’s talking to you.Another thing I noticed during the interview process they want to make sure that you assimilate if you pass.They make sure that you think The Cause are just a bunch of meddlers.The want a certain mindset of people…

This was just episode one,and we’ve already have death, mistrust, and a mole…They are starting strong.

~BlerdLikeMe

Movie Reviews

Mirror Mask:A review(not really spoilerish)

So I thought I would try my hand at film reviews I haven’t written any in-depth ones since college, so here we go.

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This movie is more visually stunning than it is anything else.There are many arguments about how strong the story may or may not be, but one thing that is never argued about is the originality within the set, character design, and it’s musical composition.The fact that it hasn’t become a cult classic is a little bit surprising to me.

At it’s very core you could say it resembles the elements of a Wizard of Oz/Alice in Wonderland story.A girl,in this case one named Helena, with problems in her real life is transported to a world very different than her own. The world is very strange, it doesn’t have the bright happiness or insanity of Wonderland nor does it have the sometimes unnecessary darkness that can often be associated with Oz.Another thing that differentiates this movie from the other two is that there is no big thing that happens to garnish us into the new world.There are no tornadoes or rabbit holes, it is an almost seamless transition.

The art style is one thing that truly sets this movie apart from any other.It is a dark fantasy like no other,it’s beautiful and quite unique. It’s the only dark fantasy I’ve ever seen that purposely chooses not use black as it’s main color.Though the ever encroaching darkness is black and tends to spawn eye spiders(that’s how I’m coining them).It tends to use more of a sandy tan to depict it’s world.The character designs are all really well done. Each person having a distinct mask and clothing. Excluding our main character,Helena,who spends most of the movie in her pajamas and bunny slippers.The world is almost totally done in CG and a lot of the creatures are weird, creepy, and/or quite intriguing.The landscape is purposely set to seem artsy .The art of the fantasy world is based on the art that we see Helena draw.The same way in which in the characters of the Wizard of Oz  are fantasy versions of actual people in Dorthy’s life.

In the story she progresses with her companion to try to save this fantasy world while trying to get back to her own.It does have a few classic tropes such as the evil queen and the classic betrayal.Yet everything is done in a new style and intriguing manner so it’s very hard to get bored.I find the world much prettier and much more exciting,than it’s sister movie The Labarinth, although there is no Bowie(and the world isn’t as cute). I’m almost sure I’ll be stoned by many for ever loving this movie over the favorite sibling of then Jim Henson movies,but I do.The labyrinth is cute and well do ne but to be honest I like Helena much more than I  could ever like Sara.Also if I had to choose a world to live in their is no competition.The only negative thing I have to say about this film is the fact the movie called Helena selfish. She wants a normal life, away from her father’s circus, and you can’t blame her.Yet she is called selfish for being tired of this life,and that’s my main problem with the movie.As a parent I believe it’s your job to facilitate your child’s dream and not the other way around.I think it’s selfish to force your child to work in an arena they hate so that you can be happy,but I digress.As does the movie honestly,we are given this point in the very beginning with the argument with her mom,and then we are thrust into a fantasy world.To be honest we aren’t given a lot about her personal life other than the fact that she’s the “typical teen”, aside from the that she works in a circus,and the fact that she loves to draw.Though at the same time we are given a clue that her outburst could honestly be from the fact that she’s a just moody teenager or just wants something different ,rather then her actually hating her life.We are also given images of what a version of Helena could be if she totally ran away from all that her mother’s taught her (or at least that’s how I’m taking those scenes in).In the resolution of saving the queen of the light I see her appreciating where she came from, and not running away from the person she was brought up to be.

 

The synopsis

The story deal with a teenage heroine,Helena, whose tired of her life in the circus(that her parents own). She just wants a normal life.She argues with her mom over this, and not to long after we discover that her mother is sick.After her mother is hospitalized, Helena soon finds mysteriously in strange new world.

This is a world in which you’ll need a net to catch and book and if you neglect it, it’ll sail away back to the library.Not to mention the fact that everybody in this world wears a mask “because how else would you know how you’re feeling”.It’s a world in which giants float and sphinx wont let you pass until you’ve solved their riddle.It’s split into two parts one of light and another of dark.Each ruled by it’s own queen.The problem is the queen of the light won’t wake up and now the darkness is slowly encroaching on the land of the light.Can she get back home and somehow save this world?

 

~BlerdLikeMe