[Anime] Welcome to the Ballroom

Welcome to the Ballroom

Anime

Welcome to the Ballroom would have definitely been better… or at least watchable if it was a shoujo show. The shounen hard work and teamwork approach just felt awkward in the context of dancing and most character interactions were so cringeworthy I couldn’t even finish the show.

Positive:
Negative:
Interesting premise
Awkward animation makes dancing more creepy than graceful
Boring, annoying characters
The plot follows the usual shounen pattern
Doesn’t offer anything of interest or note
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[Game] Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

Ni no Kuni II The Revenant Kingdom

Game

Maybe I’d have liked this game if I were twenty years younger.

Positive:
Negative:
Fantastic anime visuals
Dull, simplistic, cliche story
A sense of adventure
Uninspired, stereotypical characters
Lots of forced tedious side-quests
Full of tedious gimmicks that add nothing to game-play
Low difficulty negates most game-play mechanics

[Anime] The Eccentric Family

The Eccentric Family

Anime

This impression is based on the first season of the show.

An imaginative show with very well-written dialogue and characters that unfortunately doesn’t really go anywhere as it’s more about creating funny situations than telling a coherent story; but then the philosophy it introduces is about striving for chaos and excitement even if it endangers one’s life, so I suppose that’s just too be expected.

Positive:
Negative:
Imaginative, fairy-tale like setting
The story doesn’t have a clear direction
Likable, profound characters
Well-written dialogue
Thought-provoking on life and whether we’re taking it too seriously

[Game] Hitman: Absolution

Hitman Absolution

Game

The Hitman formula of performing stealthy and innovative kills has been nigh perfect in what’s probably my favorite Hitman game so far.

Positive:
Negative:
Varied missions in a variety of locations
The sneaking can get tedious, especially if you can’t figure out a spot
Polished stealth mechanics
It’s easy to lose patience and negate the game design by shooting everything up
It’s fun figuring out the best way to get the kill
The narrative feels a little bit silly

[Novel] World’s Fair (E.L. Doctorow)

World's Fair

Book

A thoroughly immersing and enlightening account of a single relatively poor family’s life in 1930s New York.

Positive:
Negative:
Lively, pleasant prose
Doesn’t really lead to a dramatic conclusion
Interesting, likable, profound characters
Can feel a bit dull at times if you’re not interested in the characters
Enlightening on the life in New York City of the 1930s

[Game] Double Dragon

Double Dragon

Game

Once, this was quite a momentous game, but at this point it’s so outdated it’s barely playable. I felt like I spent more time fighting awkward mechanics than enemies.

Positive:
Negative:
One of the pioneers of the genre
Outdated
Clunky fighting mechanics
Extremely short

[Anime] Youjo Senki

Youjo Senki

Anime

Youjo Senki has an interesting premise, but the plot fails to build on it.

The story stumbles around as the protagonist gets thrown into random military operations that have nothing to do with her personal quest, so naturally you are never invested in any of them either. The whole thing boils down to watching characters react to whatever is happening to them rather than following some sort of a plot. And given how it’s incomplete, I’m not even sure if we’re any further in the story in episode twelve than we were in episode one.

Oh, and the reason protagonist is a little girl is actually explained in a very interesting way. I almost skipped this show because I thought I wouldn’t be able to take it seriously, but, turns out, Tanya is not exactly what she seems on the surface.

Positive:
Negative:
Interesting premise
Characters other than the protagonist are forgettable
Interesting, alternate history setting
The plot doesn’t seem to have a clear direction and just stumbles around
Interesting, likable protagonist
And that makes it darn boring at times
Incomplete