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Michael Riel – Staff Writer

Over the past few days I’ve been flying through a few different anime series and even managed to finish a couple. Now back a few Geekends ago, I announced that I wasn’t a fan of Sword Art Online. Well I’m officially retracting my statement because I gave it another chance, and I’m glad I did. After I got past the first couple episodes, I felt myself drawn into the plight of the trapped gamers and was enveloped in the love story between Kirito and Asuna. Of course, I wasn’t expecting the left turn the anime took, when the Sword Art Online story arc ended and they introduced the ALO arc. Although many like to complain about the second half of the series, I loved seeing Kirito’s sister/cousin join in on the virtual game action. After SAO, I saw myself drawn to Dog and Scissor: an anime where an avid reader is killed by a robber and becomes reincarnated as a dog. He is adopted by his favorite author who for some reason can understand his thoughts. The anime gets the latter part of its name from the fact that the author is a sadist who likes to torture people using her scissors. The next series in line was Tonari no Seki-Kun: The Master of Killing Time. It centers on a female character whose desk neighbor Seki distracts himself everyday in class with wild antics that only she seems to notice. Each episode is about seven minutes long, which allowed me to watch most of it in one day. I also tried watching the classic 1970’s anime Galaxy Express 999, but I didn’t get too far into it.

Jimmy Stephenson – Staff Writer

Over last weekend, I was able to put a lot of time into Super Mario 3D World, and was actually able to beat the final confrontation with Bowser. After all that, I can say without a doubt that this game is a system seller. The extra horsepower of the Wii U gets a chance to show off through the gorgeous levels and fantastic soundtrack, and even a few of the gamepad’s features are utilized in fun ways. Sadly, I didn’t get much chance to play with friends, but the co-op that I have tried has been a lot if fun. For anime, I spent this week going through the first season of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. I’m happy to report that the show remains just as over-the-top as I expected. At one point, I was worried that things were getting too serious, but then Captain Melodrama rode in to save the day. All kidding aside, the show was a lot of fun, especially for fans of DBZ-style power creep.

Ethan Willard – Staff Writer

I haven’t been playing too many games recently, only because there haven’t been any that I have been dying to play. So, for the last two weeks or so, I have been playing one game and one game only: Diablo 3. After putting in a decent amount of hours, I can confidently say that I thoroughly enjoy the game, which is a huge plus because Diablo 2 is one of my all time favorite games. I bought D3 for console, and it has been a blast thus far. The best part hands down is when legendary items drop. That moment, when you hear the ping of the item dropping, the star on the map appear (indicating a legendary drop), and the beautiful orange beam of light that emanates from the discovery is one of the more satisfying feelings I have experienced when playing a video game. On the flip side of that, though, it can also be one of the most frustrating feelings because there will be times when a legendary hasn’t dropped for what feels like hours, and then when it does, it can sometimes be specific to another class, or a plan to make a weapon or gear that isn’t quite worth the trouble. Besides that, the game is great. Oh, on an unrelated note, I also made a Steam account. It’s the same as my PSN: tigersuit16.

Dan Furnas – Editor-in-Chief

First and foremost, I finished up Demon Gaze. You can read the full review here, but in short, it’s a decent game that could have been a good game with a few minor changes. There are some basic balancing issues and changes to the dungeon setup that could make it better, but if dungeon crawlers are your thing, then it might be worth checking out. Also, like Ethan, I put some time into Diablo 3 on my PS3, and I’m almost done with my first Inferno run. I’ve had some really good luck with drops, so my wizard continues to be overpowered, making it feel a little easy. I tried to put some time into playing Civilization V yesterday, but my computer started overheating, so that put the kabash on that. I was also introduced to an amazingly bad anime movie called Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned. It was made back in 1980 by Toei and was based off of Marvel Comics’ Tomb of Dracula series. It was dubbed into English back in 1983, and it’s just as bad as you can imagine if you’ve heard dubs from back then. On the bright side, it makes great fodder if you like to give shows the Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment.

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