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Summer Wars [Blu-ray]
Summer Wars [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Sumiko Fuji
Price: £6.00

5.0 out of 5 stars This is my favourite film! A cool, 14 Feb. 2016
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This is my favourite film! A cool, well-paced relevant emotional rollercoaster with great characters and amazing cinematography, buy this film and it'll be one of your new favourites too!

Sword Art Online 4: Fairy Dance (Novel)
Sword Art Online 4: Fairy Dance (Novel)
by Reki Kawahara
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing., 31 May 2015
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Loved the first three books but this one shows a lack of creativity and is poorly written. Had to stop halfway through as it was so bad. Heres hoping GGO can save this...

Nsfw [Explicit]
Nsfw [Explicit]
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars You're welcome!, 7 Sept. 2014
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This albums great!
Not much else to say about it than these songs are well written and are on Par if not better than the great 'parody bands' like Tenacious D and Lonely Island.

The songs make me smile and they're well performed.

Micro USB Data & Charge Cable for Samsung Galaxy S4 S3 S2 Note 1 Note 2
Micro USB Data & Charge Cable for Samsung Galaxy S4 S3 S2 Note 1 Note 2
Offered by Q.M.R DIRECT
Price: £3.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Great!, 9 Aug. 2014
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Does the job and a perfect length!
Arrived quicker than expected and well packaged :D

Sword Art Online Part 1 (Episodes 1-7) [DVD]
Sword Art Online Part 1 (Episodes 1-7) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Haruka Tomatsu
Price: £12.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Land of Swords., 7 Jan. 2014
Sword Art Online was a series I'd found since watching the Japanese dubs as they released on the internet.
And its very strange for me to find an anime series I can actually stick with (bar Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood for its exceeding quality and unparalleled voice acting) but SAO seemed to tick all of the boxes for me.

So I would say, being able to own the DVD and play it on my TV and be able to actually pay for it feels great.

The dubs, initially godawful as they may seem (Kitty-toe (Kiri-to) and Asuna being the worst offenders) do seem to get better, I can only assume that the voice actors only began to settle into their role by episode 3 or 4. The way they pronounce the protagonists, Kirito's, name (see above) is frustrating every time you hear it, but a lot of the voices are great. Secondary characters like Agil, Klien, Lisbeth and Sachi are very well done and feel real, its not the best, but it does the job.

In terms of the show itself, I love it, love the concept, love the setting, could do without some of the pandery fanservice later on (and then later on in the series) but this is an anime I suppose. The story is interesting and jumps between events in the story.

The episodes on this disc are all great and do a good job of introducing all of the characters and setting.
I did recieve this as a gift but would have happily paid full price for it.

Special features are however depressingly minimal, would a commentary have hurt? Or a behind the scenes? Or out-takes? Or something? It just comes off as lazy, and doesn't make you think the studio cares much about the audience or the product. But thats nothing to do with the show really.

Overall this show is great and I would recommend it, subtitles are on hand if you really can't stand the dub, but its worth listening to through once in English.

BARRAGE TP VOL 02 (C: 1-0-2)|Barrage|Barrage
BARRAGE TP VOL 02 (C: 1-0-2)|Barrage|Barrage
by Kouhei Horikoshi
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Good end to a short series., 28 Oct. 2013
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This two-volume mini-series was great!
In a medium where the average volume length is 10-20 a 2 volume series is nice.

I felt that volume 1 was stronger than this, but its a nice resolution at the end, with an interesting plot twist, albeit shoe-horned.

It became oddly sad in the first half but picked up. The characters were appealing though unfortunately didn't have enough time to really become developed.
Go pick if Volume 1, if you like it enough get this, they aren't expensive and they're only two of them, it's a nice short little story.
If you like other short stories Ral Grad is fairly similar to this.

Buffalo Wireless Router
Buffalo Wireless Router

5.0 out of 5 stars This machine is brilliant., 28 Oct. 2013
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Seriously, see title review.

(Just to note, you already need a source of internet, mine is an ethernet port next to my cable/phone port, and I run my cable from the reciever in the wall to the device, it then creates wireless from that, but it can't make wireless from thin air)

Before I bought this I was working internet off of one ethernet cable, now I have full wireless working on three different devices and a wired connection to another (with three more possible ports). This purchase was a heck of a gamble and boy did it pay off.

Setup was extremely easy, a CD wizard installation was quick and easy, and didn't require much storage space either. Then all I had to do was touch the wireless button on the device, having connected my main source of internet to the device via an ethernet cable.
It literally took under five minutes from unboxing.

Its a good looking device too which helps, slim smooth design that just sits in the corner keeping quiet.
I've not had any issues thus far and don't expect any either, if I needed another I wouldn't hesitate buying one straight away, and neither should you.

Gembird 10m CAT5e Molded Strain Relief Patch Cord Cable with 50 Micron Plugs
Gembird 10m CAT5e Molded Strain Relief Patch Cord Cable with 50 Micron Plugs
Offered by ETechland
Price: £1.75

4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin!, 28 Oct. 2013
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This ethernet cable is pretty sturdy, and is long enough for my needs now.
Did notice the cable is starting to wear away, revealing the wires beneath!
But it works like a charm, and the tongs have lasted the longest out of ethernet cables I usually use!

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Xbox 360)
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Xbox 360)
Offered by APE-GAMES
Price: £14.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Tekken does Tag again!, 28 Oct. 2013
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Tekken Tag Tournament doesn't feel that different to its slightly older brother Tekken 6, the inclusion of the ability to Tag fighters in and out of a possible two player team has been added, and rich in-depth storylines have been taken away.

This makes the game feel a little hollow, but then again, who really plays Tekken exclusively for the story?
Animation and graphics are slicker than ever, and each charater actually speaks in their own language which is nice touch.

All characters from previous games (that I know of) have made their return and are available from the getgo, I'm on the fence with this decision, but the Arcade mode is so samey (and has been butchered by awful create a costume characters, turning Kazuya from a threatening scary guy to a wing toting clown) that going through it unlock characters would have sucked anyway.

All the modes are okay, nothing out of the ordinary here, time attack, survival, team battle make a return. One of the most interesting/furiating modes however is the storyish mode where you have to program the robot by fighting with it. Its a challenge to be sure for fighting game amateurs like myself (I'm sure experts whizzed through it) but I found it to be unforgivingly difficult around the third or fourth stage.

Short movies for each character follow ending the samey arcade mode and provide a little fanservice, thankfully these are usually hilarious, like Law and Paul's ending where they get chased by a bear.
Stages are very impressive this time around as well, Snoop Dog's Saint Row-ish stage sticks in mind inparticular.

The customization options are mostly just sad to look at (mostly beause they are usually just too damn baggy!) but certain outfits do stand out, but it takes so long to load the different clothes, even with the disc installed to the console, that most players could be forgiven for not visiting again.

Unfortunately the Customization system appears to be the only place to sell the money you make in the game, and as said before these customizations usually just make other characters look stupid. And you tend to earn the coolest things by fighting and not by buying. The crowning jewel of this mode however is the ability to change character portraits, revealing a mix of unlockable artwork for each character panel.

I must have spent hours on Ghost Mode trying to unlock Slim Bob and Hwoarang's different outfits and character artwork, and Ghost Mode is kinda where Tekken Tag shines, its endless (if you wish it) and gives you a choice of three different fights after each one, a special gold option (usually very difficult!) pops up sometimes offering rare treasure! Plus its also the easiest way to get your players fighter rank up!!

All in all Tekkens the same fun its always been, no great leap has been made, but if you're wanting a fighting game, (especially considering how cheap it is now) this is definitely the one to go for!

Oblivion OST [VINYL]
Oblivion OST [VINYL]
Price: £27.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful soundtrack, 28 Oct. 2013
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The ost for Oblivion is impressive enough on its own merits, but the Vinyl version is just so clean and crisp, the sound is much more powerful than a CD too, which helps.

The packaging too is nice to look at, with some original concept art and a short developers blurb about the making of the film which is nice.

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