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Complete Gurren Lagann Limited Edition Bluray Set
Complete Gurren Lagann Limited Edition Bluray Set
Offered by Sell from Tokyo
Price: $739.99
20 used & new from $655.00

5.0 out of 5 stars With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility, April 28, 2015
I've wanted this for forever! It has mystical powers! When you put the discs into your player and hit the play button (and dance in a circle with no shirt on shouting "Raw! Raw! Fight the powa!") Kamina himself will appear a thousand stories high in your neighborhood and rain down manly awesomeness upon everyone in the vicinity!

When you gaze at the pages of the art book it will instantly change your girlfriend/wife into Nia or Yoko while you keep the book open! When you play the music CDs your sunglasses will evolve before your eyes into giant eyewear of awesomeness!

What's more, the special features discs have the power to bring sight to the blind and the drama CDs bring hearing to the deaf! Small pets have been known to come back to life upon removing this item from it's packaging (such is it's power).

Unfortunately I cannot test any of these claims as I do not have $739.99 in my pocket...


Accel World Set 1 (Blu-ray)
Accel World Set 1 (Blu-ray)
DVD ~ Various
Price: $33.99
27 used & new from $31.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent show loses a bit of momentum in it's combat arena, April 28, 2015
I stumbled upon this anime at my local library in the teen section, and was shocked by how much I enjoyed it. It's not perfect, but it is pretty fun.

The premise is nifty and you can see the similar thinking from the creator of Sword Art Online with fateful dramatic moments decided by high speed combat with lots of yelling. Unfortunately this is the only aspect of the show that is merely mediocre instead of excellent. The fights are imaginative, but the pacing isn't quite perfect and the CGI doesn't have the same impact as the computer assisted animation of say... Angelic Layer or Sword Art Online. And unlike that show, rather than feeling like a natural progression of story, the fights seem like clichés as the hero's health drops to nothing and then he makes a miraculous comeback over and over, and people work out the emotional hang-ups of their life through combat.

Thankfully the rest of the show is EXCELLENT. The main character is a fat, lonely loser and it's refreshing to see a hero who isn't a normal guy/average Joe but actually has a real-world reason for low self-esteem, loneliness, and being bullied. His transformation and salvation due to a mysterious benefactor and a strange digital world is great because it's actually fairly unconventional. His senpai is not a total ice queen, or a harsh demanding master, though she does have these tendencies. His friends are a girl who feels sorry for him and guy who feels jealous of him, and their reasons for what they do are actually quite interesting and complex.

The English dub is fantastic, with the hero's new confidant/guardian doing a particularly great job with her role. The writing for the real world segments is wonderful, and you really believe that this beautiful girl would like this guy who thinks he is just a fat loser due to her intelligence, sincerity, and loyalty.

All that said, this is definitely an unusual show. The Mecha action is okay, but the idea of accelerated digital time/space is kind of out there. The real-world implications could have resulted in some really interesting things, but mostly this is a show about battles in a virtual game world. If you like that sort of thing give it a try. Just be aware that while the dub is rated TV-14, it contains language that would not be shown on regular television (surprising).


Firstborn
Firstborn
by Kieran Scott
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $13.58
46 used & new from $0.84

2.0 out of 5 stars Boring, April 28, 2015
This review is from: Firstborn (Hardcover)
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I picked this one up because the Wolf is my favorite animal and has been all my life. I thought a story told from the perspective of a wolf set in the modern day would be great reading, and a kid's book would result in some quick-moving writing that told a good story.

Instead, I was treated to a story that's a slog to get through (not sure how that's possible for a kid's story at around 200 pages but apparently it is. While not exactly badly written, this book is never entertaining or even slightly engaging. In a word, I was bored.

In school as a child I had Jack London's books read to me, and while I struggled to understand some of the writing due to the sophistication, it was worlds more interesting than this book. Likewise, while Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH introduced some heavy ideas to me as a kid, I really enjoyed reading it in school.

This books is too simplistic to educate, too bland to entertain, and too lacking in character, plot, or style to be compelling. It might be okay for some people and their kids, but I'd recommend one of the animal classics before mentioned instead. Likewise, if you just want a modern well-written book to read to your kids that's simple and straightforward there are better choices out there.


RoboCop [Blu-ray]
RoboCop [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Joel Kinnaman
Price: $13.00
67 used & new from $3.35

5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great film, April 22, 2015
This review is from: RoboCop [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Wow. Talk about your surprises! Judging from the overall star rating I thought this was gonna be a direct-to-video garbage. It ain't.

I've never seen the original RoboCop films (heard they were pretty darn gory). So yeah, I can't compare. But I wouldn't want to anyway as this is clearly not a remake but a complete reimagining of RoboCop. As what it is intended to be (an action film with a philosophical plot) it's absolutely outstanding.

If you enjoy Ghost in the Shell, AppleSeed, Blade Runner, or just about any other CyberPunk action film you are going to be in heaven here. The dialog is well written, the plot is fantastic, the acting spot on, the action entertaining and slick. This is a film about the same thing the Captain American:Winter Soldier film was, a world that's a Police State with high-tech "solutions" all set to cleanse the Earth of a troublemakers with robot murder. America is a hold-out to this solution, so a man is brought from the brink of death to cyborg status as the first move to make Americans embrace robot law enforcement. The ethical questions raise are fantastic. In order to look good for the public, this person is drugged up, programmed and turned into a monster. Or is he? His humanity keeps trying to reassert itself. And those pulling the strings have to face a machine with a heart of a man in a fantastic showdown.

The special effects are truly top notch. The action is prolific and the violence is pervasive, but bloodless. It's hard to tell when RoboCop is stunning criminals or shooting them with bullets because there isn't any blood when he shoots people for the most part (it's an almost bloodless movie). Just the same I found the film compelling, engaging, and very, very entertaining.

It raises questions that should be considered. It's well-acted and superbly directed. This is not a rent. This is a definite buy for CyberPunk fans and people who like futuristic stories.


Power Stone
Power Stone
18 used & new from $40.46

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best fighting games ever made and a must-own for Dreamcast owners, April 20, 2015
This review is from: Power Stone (Video Game)
I used to own this game for Dreamcast and foolishly sold my copy years ago. Recently I found another copy and bought it again. This game is just as good as I remember.

The gameplay is incredibly simple. Run around a small 3D arena, grabbing power-ups and weapons and beating up the other player. Get the three power stone to go super-powered. This game is insanely addictive and fun because the matches are over extremely quickly, and while pounding the other player is fun, if you don't get those power stones before they do you are gonna lose, so it's always a frantic dash to grab them first. The graphics are fantastic, the gameplay is lightning fast and control is precise. You can have fun playing the computer but you'll spend all night playing against other people.

I've played the sequel which critics say is a better game, but I like this game better. It's fast, frantic, and fun, fun, fun!


Service Games: The Rise and Fall of SEGA: Enhanced Edition
Service Games: The Rise and Fall of SEGA: Enhanced Edition
Price: $7.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive History of SEGA, April 20, 2015
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If like me you are a huge SEGA fan and a huge history nerd, this is going to right up your alley. It's a bold and entertaining attempt to tell the true story of how SEGA came to challenge the mighty Nintendo, and then lost all the ground it had gained due to corporate arrogance and a series of unfortunate events and bad decisions. It debunks plenty of myths, gives some nice technical data on the specs of all the system released (for people like me who actually are interested in that stuff), and in particular gives a thrilling history of the Saturn and Dreamcast that might even help amateur game collectors to realize which games they need to add to their list to go hunting for.

There isn't quite the narrative story found in "Console Wars", and the sad tale of the American CEO from Mattel who made SEGA what it is and then was over-ridden by fools who thought they knew better is not the focus here (you'll have to read Console Wars for that), but if you want a chronological history of SEGA that shows the evolution of the world of video games in covering al the bases and in good detail, this is your book. It's not so deep it's boring and it's not so summary it's pointless. It's just right.


Android Netrunner LCG Creation and Control Card Game
Android Netrunner LCG Creation and Control Card Game
Offered by bringbackdeals
Price: $23.33
15 used & new from $19.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Purchase if you play Shaper or Haas Bioroid Decks, April 19, 2015
I love Netrunner. It's my favorite game. Unfortunately if you don't buy a ton of expansions for it you aren't going to have enough cards to make a good Shaper, Haas Bioroid, or NBN deck. On the NBN side you won't get help here (I'm still waiting for a deluxe expansion that gives NBN enough cards to make a really great deck), but if you want to play a lot of Shaper or Haas Bioroid games, you need this expansion. Shaper cards in particular are hard to come by in a lot of expansions I've bought, so if you intend to play that faction this should be your first purchase after the core game. Haas Bioroid gets some decent cards here and there but this set will give you enough cards to make your ultimate deck and then some.

I'm still trying out all these new cards, but every expansion I'm ever bought has had some great cards and some okay ones, so I expect to have a lot more fun now that I can finally play Shaper and Haas Bioroid decks. In fact, I'm so excited I decided to try a go as the Runner. You might want to buy this expansion as quickly as possible, because a lot of people realized it's pretty much the ONLY way to play Haas Bioroid and Shaper without buying a ton of expansions, and the price skyrockets when it gets scarce.


Android Netrunner: The Card Game
Android Netrunner: The Card Game
Price: $29.83
57 used & new from $25.77

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, awesome, awesome!, April 19, 2015
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In the past couple of years I've started playing a lot of board games, and card games in particular are a favorite of mine. I looked through quite a few trying to find the perfect game to play with my wife, and while there are a few good ones that are nice and simple, I wanted one that was really deep that my wife and I could could dive into together to help deepen our relationship and satisfy my love of strategy at the same time. THIS is that game. For me, it's just about perfect.

The hardest game for two players I've ever loved to death

If you want to learn how to play this game, I suggest you watch the YouTube training videos available online to learn the basic rules, because trying to figure out how to play based on the rules is going to be a lot more work. Even when you learn the rules, the rules CHANGE depending on what cards you are using because the cards override the basic rules every time, and the text on the cards is never explanation enough. Be prepared to have your Smartphone set to Google and to use it often for individual card rule clarifications. And if you ever hit an impasse on individual rules, you should always have one player designated the gamemaster, and be ready to move ahead with a reasonable compromise to keep the game from bogging down. Add to that the fact that this game is asymmetrical (the two sides play completely differently), and I wouldn't blame people for being intimidated. Heck, I've played countless matches and sometimes I didn't understand MAJOR rules regarding links and traces and reoccurring credits, etc. In that way, this game is a bit like Sentinels of the Multiverse, because like that game, you can still play and enjoy it while not completely understanding how to play. Unlike that game, the instructions are very well written, and things are always moving quickly. It's also a lot more fun for two players who can appreciate this sort of thing.

Don't let the scary amount of rules fool you, this game ROCKS

This is a deck-builder with evil corporations and hackers set in a world like Blade Runner or any awesome CyberPunk world you can imagine. Every card is dripping with flavor. Every card has awesome artwork. Every card adds more options. You can play plenty of games with the basic card sets, but you're going to want to buy expansions to give you more options for how to play. Every Corp and Runner faction plays differently, and works with different strategies. There's Corps that just endlessly try to flat-line the Runner. There are Corps that just print money and try to buy their way to victory. There are Runner factions that similarly work very different strategies.

On top of that, there's a ton of out-of-faction cards and base cards that allow you to develop incredibly complex strategies and play styles. Yes, this game has INFINITE depth. You can play for fun. You can play to mess with the other player. You can play to win and only to win. And yeah, you can play to annihilate the other player in as few moves as possible. Awesome, awesome, awesome.

Is this the game for you?

A big turn off for many will be that this game has a constantly expanding set of rules to look up and memorize. I personally ENJOY this aspect of the game, because the more you play it, the better you understand it, the more complex your strategies, the better you become. Like two people who play chess every day over lunch or something like that, playing this game with someone regularly will help you to understand that person and stretch your mind. If you have a best friend or significant other who loves games like this and so do you, you are likely to consider this your favorite game in a short period of time. If you DON'T have a friend or loved one like that...this game is going to sit on your shelf unplayed and that would be a crying shame.

As for myself, this is my favorite game I own. I have played almost completely as the Corp and almost completely as Weyland and sometimes the ultra-evil Jinteki. Only now am I starting to consider playing NBN and Hass Bioroid. And only now am I finally building Runner decks to play against my wife. The possibilities for playing this game are as endless as the fun. If you can afford this game and the expansions, and have the time and patience for it, it just might become your favorite game too.


DII Oceanique 14-Piece Bathroom Set, Machine Washable, for Everyday Use, Kids, Teens, Includes Shower Curtain, Shower Hooks, and Bath Rug, Pink
DII Oceanique 14-Piece Bathroom Set, Machine Washable, for Everyday Use, Kids, Teens, Includes Shower Curtain, Shower Hooks, and Bath Rug, Pink
Price: $29.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but a bit on the pricey side, April 19, 2015
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The color of the bath mat is definitely pink, but it's actually nicer than you'd think. It's more on the magenta side than it appears in pictures online. I like the color of the shower curtain. It's actually pretty stylish. The shower curtain uses hooks instead of rings, and they are solid, with no sharp edges. Hooks like that tend to rip through shower curtains when they are in unshielded slots like how they are here, so I expect some ripping eventually. The bath mat is foam. Nice, but a bit cheap feeling.

Overall, I like this set, but I wish it was about 20 dollars cheaper.


Mars Attacks The Dice Game
Mars Attacks The Dice Game
Price: $15.19
27 used & new from $12.95

4.0 out of 5 stars A simple and fun dice game, but it could use more flavor and detail, April 18, 2015
This review is from: Mars Attacks The Dice Game (Toy)
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I've never played a "dice" game before, so I was eager to give this one a try. I'm not a fan of the movie or franchise, but I am a fan of sci-fi, so I figured a silly game like this would be a good place to start with dice games.

You can figure out the rules pretty quick if you are familiar with board games, so I'm a bit surprised to see that so many people seem to be having trouble understanding the rules (or even the role they are supposed to be playing). You attack a city or monument. If it's a city you re-roll your dice that show martians (unless the card says otherwise) as many times as needed to get the number of ray guns you need. If you are nuked your turn is over and you accomplished nothing. For monuments you get one roll and it's martians you want not ray guns. Simple. The game is actually fun and is over pretty quick, and the art is outstanding.

Negatives

The negatives are that the artwork is a bit mature (is that blood on the victory points?) and I'm not sure parents would like the theme for their small children (contrary to one reviewer, you are not fighting the aliens or "defending" anything, the theme is you are the aliens DESTROYING the cities and monuments). That said, it's a dice game, so...yeah.

Overall, the game feels a bit "generic" as my wife put it. Aside from what is says on the cover, it's almost hard to figure out exactly what you are doing when you "capture" cards. I think the game needed more theme and flavor and more detail overall. For instance, instead of a generic backing, cards could have had a picture of a city on one side and a destroyed picture on the other. Victory points could have been hidden on the destroyed side. Dice could have been used to purchase "upgrades" separately to upgrade your ship, and "getting nuked" could have done damage to your ship that was kept track of some way. Without ways to upgrade, backstab, etc the game is very simplistic. So if you like your games nice and simplistic and so streamlined they are slippery (and Steve Jackson games have gotten criticized lately for over-simplifying and possibly ruining great games by simplifying too much) this is going to be right up your alley. If you want a game with more theme, more depth, and more fun, I'd suggest King of Tokyo. That game similarly uses dice to deal destruction, but adds monster upgrades and health counters to make the game even better.


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