Seriously, I Think the Last Time I was On Time Was Like . . .
Three Weeks Ago. . .
Also, Something About Games and Anime!
By: Head Writer – Justin Tafoya
Monday, June 1st –
Hello again my Giga-Friends! It’s almost that time of year again! By that, I mean we’re only about a month away from Anime Expo 2015! I’m already getting jittery just thinking about it! I haven’t been to a large convention since last year and I sometimes forget how much planning I need to go through to get ready for it. Heck, I don’t even know who the Guests of Honor this year are! Though, I can be sure of one thing: Dustin will spend a large portion of his time at the Fakku booth, talking to Jacob and Crazy Ben. Ah yes. . . hentai! . . . Whatever that is!!! Yeah. . .
I’m pretty stoked today too, not just because I’m looking for a new job, but because the Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward I bought is being sent today! I dished out about $130 I don’t have for an awesome looking statue of Midgardsormr . . . and a cute chocobo minion . . . and some stuff to make my character look like Cecil for FF IV . . . and a griffon mount . . . and a Kain minion (complete with backstabbing action!). Yeah, it comes with a ton of stuff. And I love stuff. So it’s a win for me (and a loss for my wallet). The guys over at Square-Enix are doing a great job of getting people hyped for the new expansion and, even online, the tension is palpable. People are rushing to get all the content from 2.0 complete, trying to finish the story, and finish gearing their characters so they can rush right in and get to the cool stuff. Me? I like to work at my own pace. I’ve realized I like to look around and see things and appreciate what’s going on. So I’ll probably get my flying mount, and just dick around for a couple weeks . . . I’m very easily entertained. . .
One last thing about that, they got the famous Nobuo Uematsu to do a few songs for the new expansion. Awesome move on their part. The one song showcased so far is called “Dragon Song”, and it’s absolutely amazing. Give it a quick listen and feel the nostalgia wash over you!
Sorry, I feel like I talk about XIV a lot. I can’t help my hype. It’ll be different next week, I PROMISE!
NOW ON TO ANIME!
You know, I have a certain ritual I go through every week when I watch anime. On Sundays, after work or family, I queue up all my anime, clean off my couch, get a bottle of water, get comfortable, and turn on my weekly “stories”. I find that, every single week, the first in my queue is Shokugeki no Souma. In fact, I look forward to watching it every week!
The show definitely does a lot right, and it sometimes sends shivers down my spine from how appetizing the food looks. But, last week, one thing stood out in particular: the rival character. Just as every shoujo anime must have a competing love interest, every shounen anime must have a rival. Most shounen, however, only throw in a rival to make the main character look good, or to have some kind of opposition otherwise taken by the antagonist, or (heaven forbid) to throw in some yaoi-bait for the ladies. Souma’s rival, Takumi Aldini, is different in that he is on equal footing with Souma. His dishes have an Italian flair, but they have the same creative spin that has made Souma famous. Their backgrounds and ideals are nearly identical, but that’s what makes them good rivals. They strive to beat each other, not because to writers said so, but because that’s what a normal person would want to do. There will be more time for manly rival chatter later in my final review, but I just wanted to say he’s an awesome character, and David pointed something out to me about him that just blew me away. Goodjob, David.
I’m sure most of you are either watching, or at least heard of, DanMachi (Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?). Hestia (the best-ia) has exploded in popularity around the internet, so you’ve likely been exposed to it one way or another. That being said, the most recent episode was absolutely stellar. I feel like the show is honestly very mediocre, but the previous episode’s fight scene was masterfully done. It was shown in a way that made the main character, Bell, seem weak and human in a way that you wanted to see him win, against all odds. His fight to prove to himself, and no one else, that he could overcome his cowardice and hurdle his own weaknesses. Honestly, my heart was racing at the end of the fight because I honestly thought they were going to bring out the Deus Ex Machina of the show, but true to their ideals, it was a 1v1. Dammit! It was just a good fight! GO WATCH IT! DanMachi: Episode 8!
Anyway, that’s it for me today guys! I hope you have a great Monday, and an even better week! -J.R