GeekendHey, readers! Welcome back to The Geekend, where we talk about the games, anime and manga that we’ve been enjoying (or not enjoying, as the case may be). The new anime season is kicking into gear, and like you, we’ve been checking out some early episodes.

Let us know what shows you’ve been watching, along with the games and manga you’ve been enjoying down in the comments!

Jimmy Stephenson–Staff Writer

After returning from a busy week of traveling and sight-seeing in the United Kingdom, I’ve been feeling a bit sluggish this week. In the very near future, I’m going to start a new Let’s Play series, but in the meantime I’ve been hitting up a couple of games that I’ve had on the backburner for a while. First up is Rogue Legacy, the Castlevania-style action game that randomizes everything from room and enemy layouts to the player class and abilities. It’s wonderfully chaotic, and the step-by-step upgrade system, in which an entire life will be spent in order to buy one piece of gear or raise your health slightly, sucks you into the “just one more” mindset. When not in front of my more traditional gaming platforms, I’ve resumed pushing my way through Final Fantasy Tactics for the iOS. It’s been forever since I last played this game, and I’m really enjoying being able to play on the go. The touch controls are surprisingly easy to use, and presentation is the same as the PSP version, which means that it looks great. On the anime side of things, I’ve recently found myself immersed in the “Abridged” series that can be found on Youtube. One group in particular, TeamFourStar, is especially noteworthy, as I’ve found their Dragonball Z and Hellsing videos absolutely hysterical. I can’t imagine how much time went into these, but if you’re a fan of those show, you owe it to yourself to check out their work.

Michael Riel–Staff Writer

I started off watching both the first episodes of Sword Art Online II and Sailor Moon Crystal. Although they were both good shows and started off well, I do have a couple problems with them. With SAO II Episode 1 I wanted to see more video game action, not Kirito and some lawyer guy talking for 20 minutes. I know that they need to establish plot and characters, but they did that with in the video game world both in Sword Art Online and the Alfheim Online story arcs. For Sailor Moon Crystal, I like it, but it seems too shiny. I know in context to Sailor Moon it’s weird, but the colors seem a little too bright, and at least right now Usagi doesn’t really give off the bratty teenager vibe that her predecessor did. As for the other anime I watched I started Argevollen, which seems like your typical military-mecha, Gundam clone anime, Glasslip which had very little plot structure in the first episode so I wasn’t sure what was going on, and Samurai Jam-Bakumatsu Rock, an anime (based off a video game) where Japan is ruled by samurai pop idols and a group tries to change that by starting a rock revolution. I’m not sure if I’m going to continue watching any more of these shows, but I have been keeping up on Baby Steps still, and on the side I’ve been revisiting Death Note for the fun of it.

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