April 6, 2017

The Bubble Witch is the New Spring Prescription for You

Stella vs. Wilbur!

Work Your Magic!
So you've got a phone, a smartphone, and you're bored. When you're not reading our blog here at the Otaku Reviewers, there's a ton of games to play for procrastination, time wasting, and between the scenes fun. I mean, that's just only if you think its right to spend your time playing more phone games than on other fancy websites like Youtube. That and not to sound rude but you deserve a break of your very own, if you feel like the times are catching up to you and Hillary (remember election 2016) did not help you feel like a true pop culture enthusiast but like something else entirely. It's Bubble Witch to the rescue with some anime flair, intelligent-socialite cats, fairies, pimpin your places, and last but certainly not least, "Stella the Witch".
More flair for Bubble Witch Stella

What game are you playing now? 2p for SNES!
That reminds us, there's the old-school hit "Bust-a-Move" for SNES that reminisces just like the Bubble Witch series. Wildly popular, rented at high rates on Fridays, etc and etc, that was the greatness of Bust-A-Move. The one-player which could also be a two-player (or more if you bought cheat cartridges) was great, no complaints just TVs getting hot to the touch way before LED screens brought out the flatscreen. The trip back to Blockbuster was great!
Yoshi's Tetris Attack time trial, all you can play fun up to speed lvl 99!
If that's not enough to change your mind on Bubble Witch 3, you could remember Yoshi's Tetris Attack for SNES. Also a 2 player, if you liked that stuff that is. It is wildly awesome, just find somebody to play it with, right? Also you could have rented it at any Blockbuster or Hollywood Video you wanted to. The idea here, they were great games and you could get real competitive with the story and with friends. 

What happens when you're alone with your smartphone and you want to get that same happy feeling? The long answer, for long lasting, abounding joy is Final Fantasy XIII but the shorter answer is definitely Bubble Witch 3 on your phone. Instant gratification is in the animation style, scene progression, and sound fx. Not to mention within the computer programming code thats helping you see them all surprise you with bubble busting, Wilbur beating fun!

Stella and Co.
The idea here...
Play "Bubble Witch 3" on Your Phone!

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February 17, 2017

The Anime World of Last Year (2016)

In the anime-otaku world, pocky is a friend just like dogs are a man's best friend. Pets and pocky were made to cheer you up. Just like anime and video games boost pop culture among certain pop lovers.

Like in Pokemon Go, you get a pokemon at first and then go battle for victory. The debut anime had Ash Ketchum as the main character and obsessed with pokemon battling. He seems kind of introverted and shy compared to Pikachu and his friends Misty and Brock. There were other successful platformers that came with an anime such as Kirby and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT). The TMNT show was even more popular than the "Nintendo (r)" game. The turtle heroes were humanoid hero turtles but they battled bad guys and didn't back down from their challenges and hundreds of foes. As much as Ash Ketchum might have had second guesses about his Pokemon training abilities and his Pokemon, he was not much inspiration to my child self... He was always debating in a way to himself about why he couldn't take all of the Pokemon he caught with him on all of his journeys, which would be impossible for someone who second guesses himself. In a way, he's not exactly a friend you could trust that much, what do you think? Actually he may be excellently trustworthy because he sees trust in Pokemon, they are his friends.

"Tiger and Bunny" - When you saw the title you knew there would be an accidental tiger attack on a helpless bunny. Actually the anime is about two guys who fight bad guys on reality TV as actual superheroes. Off camera, they control their powers and build social lives with each other and their families. But Bunny has a number of problems and Tiger is losing power... Together they overcome all of their issues with The Man and bad guys to save Sternbild over and over again.

"Chi's Sweet Home" - There are slow episodes (though they are only five minutes long) about a stray kitten that is lucky to find a home in the 'burbs of a Japanese city. If you and I keep watching the episodes, Chi starts to love her new home.

"Gintama" - Samurai and aliens are among Edo's post Meiji crowds, where Gin-san runs Yorozuya Gin-san with Kagura and Shinpachi! Don't forget there's Sadoharu a kind of dog (is he a Samurai or not?) that Kagura adopted and likes. ...And there might be some interesting perspectives on the growing stray cat population.

"Yu-Gi-Oh" - That's deja-vu for the popular card game, c.a. the Pokemon fad that we love. Yugi and his friends (!!!) are on a quest and they want the strongest (monsters?) to defeat Yugi's nemesis at Yu-Gi-Oh battle! Some of the card monsters, dragons and knights, are so strong that the battle is almost over when they're called out!

"Natsume Yuujinchu" - The book of friends contains the names and bonds of kinship to untold "youkai" who were befriended by Natsume's grandma. He wants to begin his grandma's second legacy of giving freedom or friendship back to them. Along the way he gains companions who are interested in the book of friends and in Natsume.

"Tegami Bachi" - There are letters to deliver and the terrain is hazardous due to large metallic insects. There is a message of a kid named Lag Seeing who delivered to a new family by his Tegami Bachi, Gauche Suede or Noir. Later, Lag Seeing becomes a "letter bee" or "tegami bachi" that delivers the last messages of the people of that place to distant far out-of-the-way remote locations there, along with partner 'Niche' who is his partner. Without an eagle, without a bloodhound, or panther, Lag the tegami bachi needs to deliver every one of those backed letters of messages to become the "Head Bee" the leader of the "Tegami Bachi" HQ. Don't you ever wonder if Lag ever sees a bit of himself in every letter?

"Inuyasha" - Is he a dog, or a human, or a super demon dog? Inuyasha is the type of guy who could obey the "phrase", "down boy" by his girlfriend Kagura. His dad is somehow missing, that and the exorcist priestess Keikiyo is after him. Kagura likes Inuyasha's world and Naraku wants to wreak havoc on Kagura's human world. Can Inuyasha, Kagura and friends stop Naraku before he takes of the human world! Will Naraku ever actually take over the human world that way? Before you answer these questions, remember that Inuyasha was the most successful program on Adult Swim and that it's already pretty awesome!

February 10, 2017

Your Very-Cat Corner pt. 2

"Pick me up and put me in your tub!"

"...What is that awkward stare?"

"Lavender, flying bubbles, and warm water... ahh..."


Album and Concert Review : Joe Inoue

Joe Inoue is probably most well-known for his song "Closer" from Naruto Shippuden. He writes and performs all vocals and instrumental parts for his music. He does live broadcasts every now and then on Facebook and YouTube. 

JOEpop #1
First off, I was surprised when I saw there was 16 tracks. I was expecting like ten, maybe twelve at most. This album is a variety of different genres which can appeal to anyone and everyone even if you can't understand the Japanese lyrics. "Loner Boner" was a bit awkward to hear at first, but it's now one of my favorites. My top favorite from this album has got to be "Krd". I saw Joe's video commentary about the meaning of the song and thought it was unique and beautiful how he wrote it. 
Pierrot's Rating : 5 of 5

Track Listing
Boys and Girls
The One
Straight Up (Killing Me)
Morning Light
Living Dead
Funk (Like It's a Sport)
Puck You
Loner Boner
Panic Attack

Joe Inoue : Live at Izumicon 2017
First of all, I'd like to say seeing Joe Inoue perform live was a dream come true for me. Although I hoped to hear him perform songs from his new albums,  I thought his set list was pretty good and I knew a good amount of the songs he sang. The acoustic version of "Krd" was definitely a highlight of the night. There were some sound issues, but nothing tech couldn't fix in seconds. In between songs, he interacted with the audience. From most of the concerts I've seen in the past, not many people have done that.  He performed "Closer" as his finale and even went live on Facebook for his fans. It was a great way to end the show.

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