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Digimon Adventure: Volume 1
Digimon Adventure: Volume 1
DVD ~ Motoko Kumai
Price: $9.96
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why was I not informed this was out?, January 15, 2013
This review is from: Digimon Adventure: Volume 1 (DVD)
Ok, silliness aside, I'm SO GLAD I stumbled upon this in Best Buy, yesterday. The clarity is good (not HD quality, but I'm not completely complaining), coloration is bright, sound is good... I just wish some special features were in these three disks(I'm guessing Volume 2 has it).

I wasn't expecting Jap dub or subtitles with this, since, honestly, there WERE things cut out in the Eng versions (nothing major, just some things that wouldn't fly for Sat morning airwaves), and the dialog (*rolls eyes* thanks Jeff Nimoy)and characters are changed so much (how Jap Mimi is more of a sheltered ditz compared Eng Mimi being a semi-spoiled primadonna) that having both would be a bit too much work for Flatiron to initially do (Heck, if Shout only gave me dubbed Medabots, and not Jap dub... I can see the trend).

I'll eventually buy the 2nd Volume of the First Season, and hope Flatiron will produce Tamers, soon enough.
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Deadman Wonderland: The Complete Series (Limited Edition)
Deadman Wonderland: The Complete Series (Limited Edition)
DVD ~ Greg Ayres
7 used & new from $112.93

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome... To Deadman Wonderland!, October 18, 2012
Others have summed up the premise and some spoilers (I intend to do the same, since it's vital to those who have NEVER HEARD OF DWL), so I figure I'll lay some things out, from seeing this series, beginning to end, in one sitting.

I DO love this series, and if I had the power, I'd find a way to fund a second season (if the reason WAS ONLY poor ratings in Japan, and not the more vital addition of one of the creators being on maternity leave... which I am ok with). But since I can't and the latter reason is a acceptable reason to be on hiatus, I can only HOPE that US ratings will help this become a reality, much like how we got a 2nd Season of Big O (poor ratings in Japan, GREAT ratings in the US).

But now to the meat: This series takes you on so many twists and turns (positive and negative, for the characters, anyways), all being a bloodsport (Deadman Wonderland) wrapped in a bright colorful bow (the fact that the actual place is a carnival-themed entertainment for the masses... while the prisoners.... well... suffer), that you can't help BUT keep watching. Our 14-year-old protagonist (Ganta) is wrongfully accused of a mass-murder in his own school, as being the sole survivor of said mass-murder by a man covered in red... clothing, if you will (more like restraints). The boy is then imprisoned in Deadman Wonderland, where you not only have to compete in twisted games and sports to survive, but also to earn "candy", since the collar around his neck and all the prisoners' necks pump poison if they don't get their fix within 3 days.

At first, it would seem almost a modern-ish Now and Then, Here and There (which I hated), IF it wasn't for the fact that some of these prisoners (in a separate block from the other scum) are contaminated with a strange virus that allows them to use their blood like weapons, protagonist included (but he realizes this a few episodes in, not off of the bat), all while meeting a same-aged strange albino girl that acts more like a young child (named Shiro); and meeting with and dealing with a rich cast of characters and supporting characters, from a ballsy and hot female prison guard (Makina) who lets her sword do the talking as she strongly enforces order in this madhouse, to a spiky-haired badass (Senji, aka "Crow") who can create blades out of his own blood, who earns Ganta's respect after the poor boy beats him... all at the expense of losing an eye after he loses, to a deceivingly-sweet girl (Minatsuki, aka "Hummingbird") with a thing for flowers who eventually shows she's actually anything BUT sweet (in more ways than one, and that's stating it LIGHTLY), to the man-childish "warden"/"lawyer" (Tamaki) who got Ganta stuck in DWL in the first place, to a band of rebels who simply wish to escape, divulge Deadman Wonderland's hideous darkside, and to try and live normal lives again. And that's only about two-thirds if not slightly less of the main cast I mentioned here.

How will our poor victim of a crooked judicial system get out, let alone survive a twisted carney-themed jail? Will this twisted societal experiment called Deadman Wonderland be seen for the snuff-show it truly is. And who is this albino girl who says she knows Ganta, while he has no memory of her at all?

This DVD series is rated TV MA, and is Uncut. Yes, it has a lot of violence (normal and fantasy), blood (normal, and used as weapons), language (a fair amount of it, but Minatsuki's the WORST), semi-partial nudity (bout.... maybe 5 times in the entire show, give or take?) and a good deal of adult situations (some funny, most NOT!)... but despite the mature rating, you may surprisingly get into this anime more easily than you think (if you have a strong enough stomach; this is NOT an anime for softees or the easily-offended).

Ok, now onto the other stuff... I was somewhat disappointed at the commentary, since it seemed the cast was MORE than happy to talk more about other things than the show (C'mon Funimation, be professional: I wanna hear cast's thoughts on the show and their takes on it, than about their "personal" lives). I felt the use of dark made it difficult to make out in some scenes what was going on; I'm not sure if that was intentional, or if the video didn't show up well when it was put on the DVD (that's not Funimation's fault... if it was the former).

I like this series, but I feel like I don't want to shell out money for books, especially, if a 2nd season DOES get done (one can hope, considering this economy, and how interested the original company who made this anime is interested if demand here isn't high enough), how much or how little it'll deviate from the books (I mean, look at the first incarnation of the Fullmetal Alchemist anime. How much THAT deviated from the books).

Overall, I'd give this a 4.5 (but I'm giving it a 5 since the show has gotten me THAT fascinated)
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Skylanders Spyro's Adventure: Zook
Skylanders Spyro's Adventure: Zook
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why are you people reviewing the game, AND NOT THE FIGURE?!?!?, August 4, 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Ugh.... obvious point-out aside. I had a feeling that Zook would be a fun character to play (and NOT just because he's a walking, Rastafarian-accented, bamboo guy with a bamboo bazooka.), over all, he's a decently reliable far-range-attack Skylander, a few notches down from Flameslinger and Gill Grunt. He also has MIRV mortars which allow an elevated attack (with a pineapple missile, lol), and he "grows" a barrier to slow down oncoming enemies, making him more effective at KEEPING his enemies far. His speed is good, but his armor and attack lack a bit (at first, until you boost with with challenges).

His tactics.... along WITH being a reggae plant-man with an awesome, somewhat scruffy face with a big toothy grin... makes him a worthy add-on to your Skylander cast.


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Advanced Race Guide
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Advanced Race Guide
by Jason Bulmahn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $25.68
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More options and customizability than you can shake a goblin's horsechopper at., August 3, 2012
Without going into too much detail, it goes into alternate racial traits (previously made and new)for the core races (humans, half-elves, half-orcs, dwarves, elves, halflings, and gnomes), along with racial archetypes exclusive to those races (something not previously done, since archetypes were never limited to any one race), and racial feats.

Also, this book goes into details of uncommon races (from the demented pyromaniac goblin, to the agile and tribal catfolk, to the dhampir, blood corrupted with vampiric taint, to the treefrog-like gripplis, and the list goes on and on), along with alternative traits for THEM, AND racial archetypes and feats for THEM.

Finally, the book leaves us with a new mechanic to work with: a Racial Point system, designed for GMs to help create their own races (beit humanoid, or any of the other monster types EXCEPT Animals, Magical Beasts, Oozes, Extraplanar and Non-native Outsiders, and Vermin), or stat out already made ones. The pages are littered with previously-created monsters as examples (a Centaur, a Drider, a Gargoyle, a Lizardfolk, an Ogre) along with a few newly-created races to show your what can be done with the system.

The Racial Point System is a bit rocky, but with some refining, it could be the ultimate and most versatile way of determining if a fan-made race has too much or too little, in comparison to what the CR could be.

Perhaps my only complaint, but not so irksome as to lower my rating below a 5, is some of the art just doesn't fully fit the Pathfinder scheme (such as the Merfolk illustration). But the problem is so miniscule (since a good majority of the art IS good) that It's not even much to consider.

Overall, a book that you won't be disappointed in.


Skylanders Spyro's Adventure: Wrecking Ball
Skylanders Spyro's Adventure: Wrecking Ball
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wrecking Ball is... interesting., December 19, 2011
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
Don't get me wrong, Wrecking Ball can be either a potent battler (using Force Field energy, like a bowling ball), or something to reach things others Skylanders can't (tongue attacks), but he comes with a few hitches: Firstly, if you make him an "Ultimate Spinner" (leaning towards powering up his Force Field), whatever passage that is smaller than his force field will not allow him to pass until you disrupt it (also, it may also awkwardly bounce Wrecking Ball off of background items, such as lamps and other objects hanging off of walls or ceilings).

Secondly making him "Total Tongue" (leaning on making his tongue attacks faster and reach further), will leave him with weak attacks, overall.

Wrecking Ball is ok, but I think I'll keep with Spyro or Voodood as my go-to Magic-type Skylanders.

Still, the only OTHER reason I still play as him in the game, is... strangely, it's like playing a hyperactive reptilian puppy-dog (i.e. he's strangely cute).
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Skylanders Spyro's Adventure: Stump Smash
Skylanders Spyro's Adventure: Stump Smash
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One grumpy ent who smashes with the best of 'em!, November 23, 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Stump Smash is a Life-type Skylander. His initial attacks are his stumpfist combo (time it just right to get a REALLY painful third hit, which deals double the normal smashes), and he can spit out spinning acorns, which, though deal low damage, compensate by slowing enemies down. This ability comes in handy since Stump Smash isn't the fastest Skylander, off the bat.

One downside, however, to his attacks side is because he's actually pretty big, his stumpfists actually have a TEENY tiny bit of reach, which makes him vulnerable is an enemy is right in his face. This can be resolved when you upgrade him with a Meganut attack (you can make Stump Smash roll this big, spiky nut-thing, acting like an attack ball).

Now, onto his speed, even THAT can be fixed if you choose the Smash-N-Bash path, and give him Stumpfist Combos (His Stumpfist Charge makes him much faster, and it's a deadly combo to begin with).

I wish I could give him 4 1/2 stars, because he's not good enough for all five, but he's not bad plain enough for four. Play him right, and you'll have a high-HP, bashing, smashing tank!


Skylanders Spyro's Adventure Pack - Darklight Crypt
Skylanders Spyro's Adventure Pack - Darklight Crypt
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignored Chop Chop for THIS superior Undead Skylander, AND a new level!, November 19, 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I've gotten Ghost Roaster, and he is an excellent Undead Skylander (plus it's fun to hear his psychotic cackle when he's in skull-mode). I had difficulty finding on the ruins map, at first, but once I played it, it was both fun and challenging. This level is one giant puzzle, and you have to switch between the real world and the "Ghost World" with these "day/night" platforms called Spectral Shifters.

Your mission is to find out why a plump, jolly pie baker is losing all his ghostly customers (since they actually enjoyed eating his pies over... well... eating brains. WHAT?! They're undead!). There is also a boss fight (of sorts), and though it may not be an epic fight, the music that comes with the battle IS (the music used for the Eruptor, Lightning Rod, and Cynder demos, among a few more).

Additionally, both the healing elixir and the time twister are handy (the Time Twister is good for characters with slow, close-range move characters, like Stump Smash, or Bash).

I mentioned in the Pirate Seas level (in a response) that beating that level gives you a mini-game; For Darklight Crypt... you get additional food for healing (here's a hint for the hip as to what kind of food it is: "Everybody loves *noun with three letters*")


Skylanders Spyro's Adventure: Prism Break
Skylanders Spyro's Adventure: Prism Break
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The beam really IS supreme!, November 9, 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Prism Break is unique among other earth-type Skylanders in that he has long-range attacks (energy beams, further lengthened in range by usage of summoning crystal shards) and close-up crystal attacks. He's also kinda fast for an earth-type too (then again, most Skylanders, surprisingly, are fast). His other advantage is that... well... you don't need a pickaxe in the mines levels when you have Prism Break, plus.... he can do something other earth Skylanders can't do (something with those big purple crystals that "usually" need a bomb to get through.... hint HINT).

A good ranged "bulldozer/blowtorch" add-on to your Skylander party/army.


Skylanders Spyro's Adventure: Boomer
Skylanders Spyro's Adventure: Boomer
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Price: $64.99
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Review: BLOW IT UP!!!!, November 5, 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
LOL, hard to start off with a laugh for those who've seen the commercials!

Boomer is one of two initial non-start figures I'd gotten (the commercials kinda helped with THAT decision).

Boomer (a Tech-type Skylander) is a troll, a bomb and dynamite-lobbing troll! But this character's manic expression, tendencies of muttering "boom" once in a while, ALL while either lobbing explosives, planting Troll Bombs, or using his Troll Smash (a wide-range 'quake' ability), mind you BOTH of which are powerful abilities, really makes you fall in love for the manic little troll-bugger!

Overall, a potent and comedic add-on to your Skylander team.
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Skylanders Spyro's Adventure: Stealth Elf
Skylanders Spyro's Adventure: Stealth Elf
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stealth Elf hits FAST, and hits hard!, November 5, 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
She was one of the first non-starter figures I'd gotten, and I'm glad I made the choice. She starts off as a fast up-close fighter with fast striking abilities, with a secondary ability that acts part ways like stealth and part ways like deception with scarecrow dopplegangers (basically, she's a ninja elf).

Later on, you can either upgrade her to be either a better melee fighter (with nasty combo moves, better weapons, and floating blades), or make her scarecrows (typically a passive ability) more deadly (SPINNING SAW BLADES!).

She's very good as a playable character, overall. Only weakness is her defense (But do you expect a stealth character to have great defense? Really?).
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