I watched The Boy and the Beast over the weekend and absolutely loved it! This is about a year late, but I had to write about it. The movie directed and written by Mamoru Hosoda is a wonderful story with many overlapping themes that make it a rich and emotionally stimulating story; at its core though it is a coming of age story. This is a movie I watched again the next day that’s how much I enjoyed it.
Playing Persona 4 Makes You A Better Person: I was recently very sick. I got a cold that knocked me on my ass, and I was confined to my couch for days and days. When this happens, you try to find anything that will keep you entertained. I stumbled upon a let’s play of Persona 4 Golden by Nico B and proceeded to watch over 40 hours of it :s. I had never played a Persona game before and have been eagerly anticipating the release of the 5th game since I found out about the series (damn delays!). I decided to watch a lets play because I didn’t have a system that could play any of the games, but I still wanted to see the play style and story. I was not disappointed, the game revolves around a teenage boy who has moved from the city to the country side to live with his uncle and cousin. He is there to complete his second year of high school. Murders start happening in the small town, and without spoiling anything your character gets involved and he along with his friends become the only people that are able to find the killer and stop him.
Future Diaries is a very dark and thought provoking anime. Greg wrote about this anime earlier (check it out here) and he and our friend Alex told me I had to watch it. Like Greg said in his post this is a mature anime, for mature audiences. You are going to see some disturbing images. Basically 12 people are chosen and given the ability to see into the future based on their diaries, and must kill each other off until only one remains.
This week it’s time to return to ‘what we can learn from anime’. Over the weekend I caught up on one of my favourite anime’s Fairy Tail, and it had a very touching moment. Fairy Tail is an epic about a guild who’s members play an integral role in shaping the future of the land around them. Basically it is wacky, fun, and often very touching, but also has awesome powers, and amazing battles. It touches on themes of family, friendship, loss, and overcoming all odds. It was in a heartfelt scene near the end of the current season that Natsu, a main character of the show, teaches us what to do in times of sorrow.
About a month ago, I got a text saying “FF7 (Final Fantasy 7) is available on PS4, you have to get it.” Now this being one of the games I missed growing up (Sega, Nintendo, Xbox guy for most of my life), I knew I had to play it. For years I had heard my friends talk about how good it is, and really rave about the whole franchise. If I was going to dive into a Final Fantasy game, why not dive into one of the most critically acclaimed games of all time? FF7 has been a blast to play through, and still holds up in today’s gaming culture. It has a rich story, engaging battles, and a memorable cast of unique characters. It’s been like jumping back into a gaming time machine, but in doing that it has brought to my attention a couple things that I have taken for granted in our new age of gaming. Things that I don’t miss from my childhood.
The Hateful Eight. The newest instalment in the Tarantino filmography. Let me start by saying I really enjoy Tarantino films. He is a master of immersion, dialogue driven story telling and truly creating an experience for the audience. The Hateful Eight is no exception. I definitely did enjoy it, however I walked away from the movie a little unsatisfied. Spoilers to follow so if you haven’t seen it yet, wait and read this after watching the film.