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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 15 Mar 2014
I'd rate it 3 stars as a premise, I think the pilot was pretty interesting, but there's a few things I'd change;
- make the cast more likable; probably the most important point, I only really warmed to the main woman, which is a bad thing when the premise of the show is survival, and I couldn't give a damn about most of the cast
- overacting is bad; in typical American fashion, everything seems a bit over played, specifically in the first part where they're trapped in the lift/garage, they exploded at the drop of a hat, which isn't very natural
- the exposition could have been a bit more subtle; the whole thing with the birth-date and tattoo revelations were a bit ham-fisted, but I guess such is the nature of a pilot, they needed those hooks

I'd check out the series

Usurper of the Sun
Usurper of the Sun
by Housuke Nojiri
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars First look at Sci-Fi, 19 Dec 2012
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This is the first book I've read with heavy science fiction elements, I did enjoy the story but I found the characters to be very poorly developed, often the narrative would be a little bogged down with scientific description and so character relationships are barely touched upon - I found Aki and Mark's relationship to be a big offender of this, it's not developed much at all and yet Aki frequently reflects upon it nostalgically as though the reader is supposed to understand her feelings.
I also feel the themes could have been explored further, the mystery of the Builders, the state of the Earth after the ring is constructed, the idea of A.I and the other degrees of intelligence, all of it could be expanded upon and delivered to the reader in a more interesting manner than how it's been written in the book. I expect the writing is a victim to the short length of the novel, detail in all areas is sacrificed.
Overall, pleasant but underwhelming.

Himizu [DVD]
Himizu [DVD]
Dvd ~ Shota Sometani
Price: 9.34

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant and a hard pill to swallow, 21 Aug 2012
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Sono's somewhat twisted message of hope to Japan makes difficult viewing, but if you can stomach some genuinely distressing scenes - Himizu offers a genuinely compelling story. Both story and characters are tragic to a degree of being darkly comic, I've never seen so many people get slapped around before!
Yuichi's world is falling apart and despite his desire to be a good person, there lurks inside him a hunger of self destruction, fed by his mother's ambivalence and one fateful night with his father, Yuichi becomes a danger to society - an almost damning reflection of modern Japan, where we all too often see incidents of indiscriminate stabbings in the streets.
Keiko's own tragic circumstances cause her to feel a compulsion and desire to be wanted by those who would turn her away (to a sadistic degree with her parents) and thus she is drawn to Yuichi, who himself doesn't want complications in life. She persists in offering herself to Yuichi and may ultimately act as a catalyst to his salvation.
The Tohoku earthquake merely acts as a vehicle to reflect the breakdown in society, and in Sono's warped manner you can expect something that will leave a lasting impression.
The music, and ending scenes in particular are especially poignant - with solid acting all around.
I recommend Himizu

Arrietty  [DVD]
Arrietty [DVD]
Dvd ~ Saoirse Ronan
Price: 8.75

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A return to form for Ghibli, 27 Jan 2012
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Arrietty is a brilliant film, one of my favourite Ghibli films of all time.
It's very promising to have such a wonderful film come from a new director within Studio Ghibli, and makes me excited for the future!
Where as Ponyo was a visual treat but lacked substance, Arrietty fires on all cylinders, wonderful art and animation, beautiful soundtrack and a poignant story
Highly recommended

The Crimson Petal and the White [DVD]
The Crimson Petal and the White [DVD]
Dvd ~ Romola Garai
Price: 12.99

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 29 Dec 2011
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The Crimson Petal and the White is an outstanding slice of TV, based on the best selling novel
The best thing on British TV in 2011, highly recommended - gripping storyline, endearing characters, wonderful period setting and a stunning soundtrack

Watch it immediately!

Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii)
Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii)
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Price: 39.90

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern classic, 30 Sep 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Quite simply it's the best RPG of the generation, going back a whole decade.
I'm 110 hours into the game and still have a fair bit left until I finish the story (incl. Endgame content)
The game mixes strong characters/story of a Final Fantasy title with the vastness and exploration quality of an MMORPG, topped with a lovely style, stunning cinematic cutscenes (comparable to a Metal Gear Solid title) and a beautiful soundtrack.
It's absolutely peerless in ambition. The only thing Xenoblade falls short in is recognition, with no US release planned many gamers will not be able to experience and appreciate the wonder of Xenoblade, critically it will also suffer and as a result will be robbed of many awards and praise that it deserves by more publicized titles such as Skyrim

If you love RPGs, no, if you love great games, then buy Xenoblade, it does not disappoint!

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