Re:Zero Review; Updates

This is a quick review of the anime series Re:Zero, aka Starting Life In Another World. Also, updates as to what we have been up to recently.

Okay, so the Anime is a 25-episode series which finished recently. However, the source material is a serialized “light novel” which was later adapted (partially) into manga, with plans for a “visual novel”(VN type videogame) as well. However, all I experienced so far, was the anime.

Without spoiling it, I would say that it is an interesting introduction to the franchise, and possibly the world which the main character finds himself in. The story is very character drive, but not so much on the protagonist, but more on the struggles of adapting to a new world. He goes from being a “NEET” (Not Employed, in Education, nor Training) to being a different type of low-status individual: a stranger in a strange land.

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Psycho Pass (Review #2) – Pragmatic Philosophy

Psycho Pass;

Pragmatic Philosophy

Telling stories is an important part of human development. It is what allows us to think abstractly, and develop our neo prefrontal coxtices, of “forebrain”. It affects our sense of what is possible, as well as our sense of what is expected.

Spoiler warning: discusses details of season 1 of Psycho Pass.

In episode 3 of seasons 1 Psycho Pass, the story is a one-off case which is presented and solved within a fraction of the episode. The pacing of the episode serves an a great way to demonstrate the correct execution of an educational drama, however. So subtle is the education, this is “edutainment” at its finest.

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Review – Dragon Ball Super, Episode 1

Dragon Ball Super, Episode 1 

Brief overview:

Great episode, even (or especially) for newcomers to the Dragon Ball world of Shenron and Saiyan-Human hybrids, but also for newcomers to anime who want to know what the fuss is all about.

Rambling details….

For those who don’t know, the longest running x most popular anime series of all time, Dragon Ball / Dragon Ball Z / Dragon Ball GT, got refreshed as Dragon Ball Kai and Dragon Ball Super.

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Quick Review – Heist(2015)

Heist is a 2015, live-action, feature-film / moving picture show (movie, to the un-initiated :P~\ ).

My quick opinion of it, having just watched it: A-Class!


Short Review

Actual imbd link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3276924/

A-class movie, worth watching, perhaps even worth keeping.

I like it much better than a lot of Casino-robbery themed movies. Although Heist combines elements from some of my favourite movies, in my honest and humble horse-xxxx of an opinion, Heist (2015) does these elements better, and is more than the summary of its parts.

If you haven’t yet, go see it and let me know what you think afterwards, regardless.

If you read further, expect FULL SPOILERS, although I will try not to ruin it.

These are some of the things you can expect from the movie:

  • A bus ride which cannot stop. Done in Speed, back in 1994, but I like this one better, as it was part of a bigger whole and by the end of the movie, reveals the mastermind-ness (not a word, but fore-planning and foresight are too big for me to spell properly) of major characters
  • Al Pachino Law: gangsters protect under-aged youth / children. Coined from the character Al Pacino in the motion picture Scarface, and an H added to show a covenant with life. Mentioned on the actor-of-Max-‘s commentary track on the DVD Pi (the black and white independent motion picture film production of 1998).
  • Really good cops and really bad cops
  • Stealing from a Casino, which was done in Ocean’s Eleven and such, but I found those types of motion picture productions to be generally boring and uninterestingly unrealistic. This one (Heist) was paced better, so I could easy suspend my disbelief, and get drawn into the unfolding drama.
  • Lack of knowledge leads to crime. He could have joined a credit union and easily gotten the money that way, if he had joined at least three months ago, and he had years as his daughter’s condition was well known and his drop in potential revenue from “going straight” was also a good time to improve his “financial intelligence“. Don’t let that happen to you. Join a credit union and read up on how to leverage time into massive money, and stuff that is useful to you.
  • Good use of flashbacks
  • Casinos as money laundering fronts (this doesn’t happen any-more since banks are all run by gansters or nerds against gansters); high accountants launder money using virtual structures (shell corporations, offshore accounts, and such like).
  • Typical action stuff: shooting, high speed chases, crashes, fighting one on one with knives, barehanded, armed versus unarmed, and so forth. All great scenes!

Update / mundane notes:

I was setting up a Linux Mint box when I did the first post, and somehow the link to the Linux Mint page was put as the URL for Heist. Sorry about that, this blog is a work in open alpha :P~~.

(imdb entry for Heist(2015) <— actually to Linux Mint, a super-set of Ubuntu which I highly recommend, it feels more fun and responsive so far, easier to use, less orange impositions).