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Under The Dome, Season 1 [HD]
Under The Dome, Season 1 [HD]
Price: $24.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming for a Genre Fan, February 21, 2014
I'm half way through the series and I'm not that impressed. I was a big fan of "Lost" and was thoroughly impressed with the cult-hit "Jericho," that "Under the Dome" feels like a lukewarm mix of the two.

Somehow it just doesn't grab me. It feels so telegraphed that the mysterious Barby is going to be important later. Then there's Junior the sociopath, providing the "drama" by kidnapping that girl I hardly know or care about. It really seems that should have been a plot-line to save for the second season. Then there's that girl with the two moms... ain't she ugly? But besides that shallow point, even though she's portrayed like a realistic teenager, doesn't make me like her any better.

I just feel like it was all done better in Jericho. I should really BUY Jericho, now that I think of it.

But, if you haven't been watching these type of TV series before, I'm sure it's FINE. Maybe It'll get interesting later. Me, I'm thankful for Amazon Prime letting me stream this, instead of spending cash to check out the DVDs.So, yeah, it's a good series to stream on not spend money on.

Three-out-of-Five.


Medaka Box Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
Medaka Box Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Emiri Katou
Price: $59.99
28 used & new from $38.91

5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sentai Filmworks Disappoints, October 29, 2013
Medaka is a normal high school girl, who is loved by nearly everyone, and loves nearly everyone. She's been elected class president and has dedicated herself to making school life better for her classmates, which she succeeds at spectacularly. Anyone who doesn't like her, she wins over to her side eventually.

So, she's a Mary Sue. But, she's got boobs the size of her head!

But, seriously, Medaka is practically a saint with a magnificent body, that happens to solve everybody's problems instantly. It's sorta entertaining. And it looks terrific in HD. Plus, despite what I've said about Medaka's body, it never devolved into pandering softcore porn like Freezing: Complete Series [Blu-ray] does.

It's a bit weak, plot wise. It begins with Medaka solving classmates problems every episode, and ends with one climactic battle. It's fine. It gets more entertaining in the second series, Medaka Box Abnormal.

I really wanted to love this series, but what killed my enthusiasm was the subpar Dub job. All the characters sound too mature to be high schoolers, but the most damning, the lip sync is off. The first episode is terrible at making the lip flaps match the script. It gets better as the series goes on, but it never goes away.

If I'm paying $40-$50 for a crappy dub, I feel ripped off!

Now, if you like to watch thing with subtitles, then this doesn't affect you. But I paid a large chunk money for this, so I am not happy.

So, for a fair beginning for a Shonen series, but a crappy dub, I give Medaka Box a 3-out-of-5. You are better off watching it with subtitles, steaming on Hulu. Or if you want watch it dubbed, wait until this costs less than $30.


Chrono Cross - PlayStation
Chrono Cross - PlayStation
Offered by Hubbagames
Price: $12.59
128 used & new from $6.78

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What if I had never been born???, August 24, 2013
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
As human beings we occasionally wonder about the road not traveled. What if I just got on a bus and left right now? What if I had stuck with my first major, instead of switching? What if that car hadn't stopped? What if I had never been born?

Those types of questions are the premise of Chrono Cross, as the main character, Serge, stumbles into a world where he was already dead. What all those questions mean for all of us, we will never know, but Serge is at the center of something bigger than all the universes put together. What transpires is a dimension hopping plot about alternate futures and temporal paradoxes.

Things you need to know:

Firstly, while this is the sequel to Chrono Trigger, it's not mandatory that you play the SNES/DS game. I can say that, because I had never played CT until I had beaten Chrono Cross. I think it's a fitting sequel, what could you do with a game that had nineteen different endings? The answer is a very creative solution which I shall not spoil.

Secondly, this game boasts 45 different playable characters. On the negative side, less than half of them are remotely interesting. In addition, despite having so many characters, very few can be combined to use special moves (Double Techs and Tripple Tech Skills, as they were called in Chrono Trigger). And as you play through the game, you might find the way they speak (although it's all in text, there is no voice acting in this game) annoying. Instead of programming different things for each of the characters to say, each of them says the same thing, but with a different verbal tic. This was done to save space on the disk.

Thirdly, the unique battle system/ leveling system. For the most part, you only gain levels by beating a boss character. Which means you can't grind until you're ten or twenty levels above everybody to breeze through the game the first time around. In addition to that, the individual battles take strategy. Sure, regular enemies are a breeze, but there's a lot of push-and-pull, risk-vs-reward in the difficult battles.

Each character has a Stamina Meter worth 7 points. You can use that Stamina to perform Physical Attacks, that come in three levels 1. Weak, 2. Strong, and 3. Fierce. Each hit that connects will raise your "Grid Level" by that many points. Your Magic Grid contains the spells that you can use in battle. But, using a Magic Spell will diminish your stamina by 7 points completely, and you can go into negative stamina points, which means it'll take longer to be back up to full Stamina.

This means, in the late game, if you need to heal a party member, it's not as easy as Casting Cure in Final Fantasy. You have to spend the stamina, to build up your Grid, to cast the spell, and most spells can only be cast once per battle. Sometimes it's smartest to have all your party use Defend, just to let your Stamina build back up.

Oh, sure, you could just pound X, going 1-2-3-Element, 1-2-3-Element, 1-2-3-Element! But, believe me, you'll hit the wall eventually. And, just a heads up, you can only get one Revive Element per play-through, so plan your battles correctly!

There's not much else to say without resorting to spoilers. Chrono Cross is an video game epic that should be uncovered as you go. Take the road less traveled, I say. Unlike real life, there's always NewGame+ Mode, where you could do it all over again.

If you've started collecting PS1 games, or JPRGs, Chrono Trigger deserves a spot in any collection.


Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox [Blu-ray]
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Nathan Fillion
Offered by Phase 3, LLC
Price: $16.79
56 used & new from $9.40

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Say "Goodbye" to Everything You Knew, August 1, 2013
No spoilers.

The Flash wakes up in a world counting down to doomsday, and he's the only one that can stop it.

It's amazing what they managed to accomplish in only 81 minutes. It's as good as any episode of Justice League Unlimited. You should be cautious, because it is very bloody. Don't let the kids see this one. It's based off the Graphic Novel Flashpoint by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert. Unlike previous adaptations, they didn't try to imitate the art by Andy Kubert, instead they used the "house style" from Studio 4C, the Japanese Animation Studio responsible (most recently) for the Berserk movies. You can see it in the bits of CGI throughout the film. It looks fantastic, and you can also spot all sorts of character models carried over from Young Justice.

Seriously, let me reiterate, don't let kids watch this because no one is "safe."

If I can say one thing, that is I really like Cyborg in this. Previously, Cyborg's inclusion really felt like a token gesture. This movie, I feel, really legitimizes his inclusion in the Justice League. But, besides that, it really is a Flash centric story. We get so few movies that don't focus on Superman or Batman, hopefully this will prove that other heroes can carry films. I really love this movie.

Extras on the Bluray include

Audio Commentary with the Writer (Jim Kreig), Director (Jay Olivia), Producer (James Tucker), and the original author of the comic (Geoff Johns). I loved this commentary track.

A Flash in Time - A short featurette about the possibility of time travel. Honestly, it's not that informative. That's what happens when you try to explain theoretical physics in layman's terms. It's 20 minutes I'll never get back.

My Favorite Villain! The Flash Bad Guys - a 20-minutes look at the Flash's Rogues with Geoff Johns.

Four episodes: "Flash and Substance" featuring the Rogues from Justice League Unlimited, "Legends" parts 1&2 from Justice League, which is about alternate dimensions, and "Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster" from Batman the Brave and the Bold featuring the three people to use the name the Flash.

And a Sneak Peak at Justice League War, a reboot of the Justice League.

Trailers and a digital comic pad out the disk.

If you love Justice League, you'll love this movie. If you're a fan of the Flash, you're gonna love this movie. If you're a fan of all of these DC-Movies, here another fantastic movie. For a great story, great animation, and some real nice bonus features, I give Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox a perfect 5-out-of-5.


Yu-Gi-Oh! - Jinzo (BP01-EN003) - Battle Pack: Epic Dawn - 1st Edition - Rare
Yu-Gi-Oh! - Jinzo (BP01-EN003) - Battle Pack: Epic Dawn - 1st Edition - Rare
Offered by YuGiOh Overstock
Price: $2.49
28 used & new from $1.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jinzo Shaped the Game, July 25, 2013
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars 
Here's a little history lesson for all you kids that have just started playing the game.

There was a time when monsters sucked. Kazuki Takahashi, who invented the game in real life (not Maxillian Pegasus), used to make up monster cards without planning how they would affect a game in real life. It wasn't until "Battle City," that Takahashi would have to consider how the game was played, and early on, he made a card that blew game wide open:

Android Psycho Shocker.

Also known as: JINZO!!!

Before then, all the Level 5 and 6 monsters had no effects, or were just utterly terrible, way too much risk for almost no reward. Jinzo on the other hand was pure upside. He shuts down traps, so you don't have to worry about attacking, and couple that with enough monster removal and you could cut out any nasty surprises your opponent could throw at you. He's still vulnerable to Spell Cards, and you can't use your traps while he's out. But, if you got Jinzo, your opponent is gonna lose in about 3 turns.

He was so bad, they actually restricted him down to one copy per deck, because EVERYBODY was playing Jinzo. Even Chaos got huge, you just made room for Jinzo in your Chaos Deck. And for the longest time, nothing could compare to Jinzo. It wasn't until Mobius the Frost Monarch, that people began to move away from Jinzo.

Finally, with all the Syncho Monsters and Xyz Monsters, the rule makers realized, there was another whole can of worms that needing sealing, and eventually Jinzo got unrestricted. You can play three of them now.

Jinzo is still a good monster card. There's no special set up for Jinzo. You just drop him on the field, and he's protecting himself, and all of your other monsters.

I'll never give up on Jinzo.
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Batgirl/Robin Year One
Batgirl/Robin Year One
by Scott Beatty
Edition: Paperback
Price: $18.29
68 used & new from $13.70

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fans rejoice! Batgirl Year One is back in Print, July 21, 2013
This review is from: Batgirl/Robin Year One (Paperback)
If you enjoy Batman comics, then you must have heard about "Robin: Year One" and "Batgirl: Year One." The annoying part was, for the longest time, Batgirl Year One was out of print. Some people were selling a single issue of this 9-issue series for close to $40. This madness is finally at an end now that Batgirl Year One is available in this collection.

If you're a fan of Batman, you know one essential story is "Batman: Year One" by Frank Miller, and by extension "Batman: The Long Halloween" and "Batman: Dark Victory" by Jeph Loeb and TIm Sale.

While not explicitly a continuation of the work done by Loeb/Sale, Robin joins Batman at the end of Dark Victory, so "Robin: Year One" details what Robin, Dick Grayson, experienced in his first adventures with the Dark Knight. "Batgirl: Year One" takes place after Robin's first year.

One thing to consider, though, is the shift in tone compared to the previously mentioned Batman stories. "Batman: Year One" is a realistic, down to earth approach to Batman. "The Long Halloween" is like a mobster movie. Batgirl/Robin Year One could be compared to extra long episodes from Batman the Animated Series. Overall, there are some Batman Villains who are "silly," but there are also villains who are deadly serious, and you're going to see both in this collection.

I don't want to give away any spoilers, except to say Chuck Dixon, our writer, manages to modernize both characters, while staying true to their roots. The art is fantastic, especially for Batgirl: Year One - lots of clean lines and good color. The art could sell the book by itself.

If you collect Batman comics, this is definitely one to add to your collection. Even if you own "Robin: Year One" already, it's worth re-buying just for "Batgirl: Year One." Make sure you get it before it's gone.


Superman: Unbound [Blu-ray]
Superman: Unbound [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Matt Bomer
Offered by Phase 3, LLC
Price: $16.57
71 used & new from $6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Whatever Happened to the Man of Steel?, July 16, 2013
Overall, Superman Unbound is a good/almost great movie. This is supposed to be Superman meeting the "real" Brainiac for the first time. If he ever met Brainiac before, that was just a robotic double. It's based on the Graphic Novel Superman: Brainiac by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank. They tried to replicate the art by Gary Frank, but Gray Frank uses a realistic looking style that doesn't transfer well to animation. Especially in the faces, which appear oversimplified. Regardless, it's a reasonable plot that came out more cohesive in this adaptation when compared to the source material.

What makes this story significant, in the eyes of fans, is that this might be the last appearance of the traditional version of Superman for a long time. After this, they're going to switch to the "New 52" version of the character, where he wears armor. Why Superman needs armor, I don't know. In a funny coincidence, they seem to put a cap on Superman and Lois's relationship.

Even though all these movies aren't in continuity with each other, way back in Superman: Doomsday [Blu-ray] Superman finally admitted that he and Lois are dating. Something he never admitted in neither "Superman: the Animated Series" or "Justice League/ Unlimitted". Superman: Ubound ends with Clark proposing to Lois. It's poignant, because they're not together anymore in the "New 52."

This is also Superman at the height of his power and experience. He has no problem ripping robots to pieces and putting out fires. He's clearly been saving the day for years, so much so that Lois never doubts that everything is under control. Which leads to the accusations that this is "Lois and Clark" the Movie (Based on the 90s Romantic Drama), or that somehow Superman is a wimp because he "can't control his woman." The theme of the movie is about "control," and how it can be a bad thing. Kal-El doesn't need a hysterical woman in his life, he need a partner. Lois is completely unflappable in the face of danger, and that extends to telling Clark to his face, "Don' tell me what I can't do."

And for those saying Brainiac is defeated by germaphobia, I say that's a gross oversimplification of what happens. I'll also point out that "Heart of Ice," the greatest episode from Batman the Animated Series, ends when Batman throws soup in Mr.Freeze's face. Thankfully he carried that thermos on his utility belt, instead of leaving it in the Batmobile.

FInally, I must say John Noble really stole the show as Brainiac. Every syllable he uttered was awesome. What makes Brainiac a great villain, is that he's the opposite of Superman. While Superman is clearly superior to humans, he likes to pretend to be one of us, and says we can be like him. To Brainiac, all are insects that at best should be kept in jars, or else just pests to be exterminated. It's a great send off to the Man of Steel.

Extras on the Bluray Include:

Audio COmmentary with the creators James Tucker(producer/ director), Bob Goodman (script writer), and Mile Carlin (creative director for DC Entertainment).

Kandor: History of the Bottle City - A history of Kandor in the comics.

Brainiac: Technology and Terror - A look at Brainiac featuring Geoff Johns and Marv Wolfman.

A sneak peak at "Justice League: the Flashpoint Paradox" - It's nice to see a movie featuring the Flash as the focal point. You'll find it under "Trailers."

From the DC Vault - 4 Episodes from Superman the Animated Series:
"The Last Son of Krypton - part 1," "New Kids in Town," and "Little Girl Lost - parts 1&2"

Digital Comics excerpt from Superman: Brainiac and other trailers pad out the disk.

For me, this is a fitting send off for the Man of Steel, and a good cap to the seventy-five year legacy of the character. Let's hope the seventy-five are even better.


Robot Chicken (DC Comics Special)
Robot Chicken (DC Comics Special)
DVD ~ Various
Price: $9.96
56 used & new from $4.75

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really worth $10..., July 10, 2013
I love DC. I buy all the stuff they put out, so I had to check this out.

I was shocked to find the "RC/DC Special" is only 23 minutes long! I had assumed they were going to throw in all their old DC comics sketches, but NOPE... It's just the main 23 minute episode.

Sure, they got two commentaries (with the creators and with the actors) and lots of behind the scenes stuff... but it's still not worth it. If they had thrown in all the other DC jokes they had done before it would have been good, but they didn't.

I feel bad for spending $10 on the DVD, so speading $15 for the bluray is ridiculous. If you ever find it in the $5 bin of your local retailer, it's totally worth the $5, until then... I'd give this a pass.


Ultra Pro - Ultra Pro album portfolio A5 noir
Ultra Pro - Ultra Pro album portfolio A5 noir
Offered by Think Fast
Price: $6.49
22 used & new from $3.82

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fits Yugioh in Sleeves, June 29, 2013
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This is way better than the old models.

Now you can fit Yugioh Cards in sleeves on both sides of the page, so you can hold 80 cards in each album. But, it does mean that the pockets are a little lose, so if you turn it upside down and shake it, some cards can fall out. If you handle it normally, you should be fine.

So, if you're looking for a nice way to store your collection, this is a great option. You can find them in most major retailers. It's gets a 5 out of 5.


Sanwa GT-Y Octagonal Restrictor Plate for JLF Joysticks
Sanwa GT-Y Octagonal Restrictor Plate for JLF Joysticks
Offered by KM Distribution
Price: $9.03
5 used & new from $4.37

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works for Injustice Stick, May 18, 2013
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I bought the XBOX Injustice: Gods Among Us - Battle Edition and it came with a nice Arcade Stick (sometimes called a Fight Stick). The joystick on the Injustice Arcade Stick felt a little weird, and that's where I learned about "Restricter Plates" or "gates."

I have no Modding experience, but I ordered one anyway. I gotta say, not only is it simple to install, but the game feels a lot smoother now. I'm doing so much better than I was before.

It's easy to install - open the Arcade Stick up by taking off the screws on the underside of the Arcade Stick. You locate the square plate on the joystick and remove it by pushing in the clips holding it in place and pulling it out. Insert the new Octagonal Restrictor, then close it up and put the screws back on. You're done.

Again, I have no modding experience, and it was easy as pie. If you want a smoother joystick, get yourself this Octagonal Gate.


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