Sunday, 28 December 2014

Top 5 Anime 2014

2014 is coming to an end and there is no better time to look back and see which Anime stood out above the rest. This list will only contain anime that started and ended in 2014. This year had it's ups and downs, The fall 2014 season being a fair bit worse than the others this year.  Without further ado let's get into the Top 5 Anime from 2014. 

Gin no Saji 2

Synopsis : Hachiken Yuugo is a mild-mannered academic who chooses to move away from his sub-urban lifestyle and enrol at the Yezo Agricultural High School in the country because of strained relations with his family. He soon finds himself slowly getting used to his new environment with a short learning curve and grows into an empathetic and compassionate individual as he struggles to understand the world of agriculture and how it affects the lives of his new friends.

As the new semester begins at Yezo Agricultural High School, Yuugo is now used to the tough lifestyle of a rural high school, while still wondering what he will do in the future...
Tags : comedy, manga, shounen, coming of age
Thoughts : The second season of Silver Spoon starts off where the first finished without missing a beat. I was a big fan of the first season and it was an absolute joy to see them expand even more on the characters and the agriculture in Japan. The second season has a fair bit of emotional up and downs and some really cute romance.


Synopsis : Calligrapher Handa Seishuu moves to the remote Gotou Islands off the western coast of Kyushu, interacting with various people of the island.
Tags : Comedy, Manga, Shounen
PV :
Thoughts : Barakamon started off really strong with a really fun first episode. The premise behind the show kind of reminded me of Silver Spoon which I loved. Barakamon was probably one of the most feel good shows out this year and I highly recommend everyone to watch it. The characters are loveable, the music was fantastic and the voice actors really did a stellar job!

Ping Pong The Animation

Synopsis :Two long-time friends Smile and Peco are both members of the ping pong club at their high school and are both very talented at the sport. However, Smile's quiet personality keeps him from being able to win against Peco. The club's teacher takes notice of Smile's talent and works to change his attitude toward the sport.
Tags : manga, seinen, coming of age, sports
PV :
Thoughts : Ping Pong the Animation really blew me away, at first I was skeptical about the art work itself,
but the animation, music and story more than made up for it. I previously did a full review on it which can be found here

Knights of Sidonia

Synopsis : It has been a thousand years since the Gauna, a strange alien race with no known method of communication, destroyed the solar system. A portion of humanity managed to escape using enormous seed ships like the Sidonia, which have allowed them to maintain the population while drifting through space. Tanikaze Nagate is a young man who has been raised deep in the bowels of the ship. When he goes into training to pilot the huge robotic weapons known as Gardes, Nagate is entrusted with piloting the legendary unit known as Tsugumori. Nagate and his fellow pilots put their lives on the line against the Gauna, in the desperate battle for the survival of humanity...
Tags : violence, genetic modification, alien, human enhancement, action, mecha, piloted robot, sci-fi, manga, seinen, military, tragedy
PV :
Thoughts : Ahh Knights of Sidonia a moody, futuristic anime filled with aliens, mecha and a very grim outlook on humanity's fate. Even though heavy CGI was used in this show, making the faces look more than just a bit strange, it didn't feel out at all, as this show features some of the best visuals I've seen this past season. For a full review click here

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

Synopsis :  High school student Sakura Chiyo has a crush on schoolmate Nozaki Umetarou, but when she confesses her love to him, he mistakes her for a fan and gives her an autograph. When she says that she always wants to be with him, he invites her to his house, but has her help on some drawings. Chiyo discovers that Umetarou is actually a renowned shoujo manga artist named Yumeno Sakiko, and agrees to be his assistant. As they work on his manga Let's Love, they encounter other schoolmates who assist them or serve as inspirations for characters in the stories.
Tags : Comedy, Daily Life, High School, Manga, School Life, Shounen
PV :
Thoughts : Probably one of the funniest shows this year, first episode had me laughing out loud. Really loving the characters in this show. Sakura is beyond adorable and the mockery of the typical shoujo romance cliches made for some great scenes that made me laugh till my sides hurt. Great animation and music combined with some well thought out jokes and characters that do a bit of a spin on the typical tropes makes for a must see series.

And there you have it, the 5 Anime that stood out above the rest this year, this wasn't an easy list to compile as 2014 had really great anime in general, so instead of me giving all the shows notable mentions I'll add an extra year summary of sorts for you.

As I didn't make a list for Winter 2014 I'll quickly mention the shows from that specific season that stood out for me as the best : Space Dandy, D-Frag!, Gin no Saji 2, Noragami and Saki : Zenkoku-hen. The bad apples where Mahou Sensou and Super Sonico the Animation.

How did you experience all the anime from 2014? Did you watch a fair bit or only a few shows throughout the year? As always share your thoughts with me!

Friday, 26 December 2014

Best Anime from Fall 2014

2014 is coming to an end, and with it the Fall 2014 anime season. That means it's time to look back and see which was the best anime from the fall 2014 anime season. It also means taking a look at which Anime was the Best of 2014 as a whole but that's for another blog post. Let's get this list started shall we.

Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis

Synopsis : Mistarcia is a magical world where humans, gods, and demons mingle together. In the past, the black-and-silver winged Bahamut has threatened to destroy the land, but humans, gods, and demons overcame their differences to fight together and seal its power. The key to that seal was split in two, one half given to the gods and the other to demons, so that they would never be united and Bahamut never released. Now, two thousand years later, the world is in an era of peace - until the day a human woman steals the gods' half of the key.
Tags : magic, fantasy, dragon, high fantasy, angel, deity, adventure, action, demon
Thoughts : Shingeki no Bahamut : Genesis took me by surprise, as it's based on a Card Game I had fears that it might just be another Card Battle anime that we've seen so many times before. But instead to my surprise and great joy they decided to rather focus on the world portrayed in the card game instead. The characters in Shingeki no Bahamut : Genesis are solid and varied. Bahamut features good music, nice visuals and takes you along on it's adventure.

Psycho-Pass 2

Synopsis : Having learned the true nature of the Sybilla System, Tsunemori Akane chose to obey the system, believing in both humanity and the legal order. She's part of a new police section and spends her everyday life facing down criminals. Unbeknownst to Akane, however, a monster who will shake the system to its core is about to appear before her.
Tags : violence, angst, thriller, sci-fi, seinen, cyberpunk
Thoughts : Tsunemori Akane is back in the sequel to the very well received Psycho Pass. In Psycho Pass 2 she has grown immensely as a character and is a bit of a bad ass herself. The new villain introduced in Psycho Pass 2 is a worthy successor to Makashimi. Fans of the first season would be glad to know the animation and audio standards were kept the same.

Amagi Brilliant Park

Synopsis : Kanie Seiya, a high school boy, is invited on a date in an amusement park by a mysterious beautiful transfer student named Sento Isuzu. He is introduced to Latifah, a real princess and the park's manager, and is asked to be the acting manager of this "disappointing amusement park in the Tokyo suburbs".
Tags : magic, contemporary fantasy, fantasy, comedy, novel
Thoughts : KyoAni's Amagi Brilliant Park was one of the anime I had high hopes for, especially seeing the Full Metal Panic Fumoffu mascot. Amagi Brilliant Park had great comedy, a ton of lovable characters, some super cute moments and a bit of seriousness thrown in. KyoAni did a great job with the visuals in Amagi Brilliant Park.

Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu.

Synopsis : Mitsuka Souji is a first year high school student who greatly loves twintails. One day, a beautiful girl named Thuearle, who comes from another world, suddenly appeared in front of him and gave him the power to transform into the twintails warrior Tail Red. Now Souji must fight in order to protect the peace on Earth with the help of his childhood friend Tsube Aika, who can becomes the twintails warrior Tail Blue, all while keeping the twintails warriors' real identities hidden and dealing with the fact that Tail Red is actually female.
Tags : super power, fantasy, comedy, romance, action, small breasts, large breasts, novel, school life, high school
Thoughts : Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu or Gonna Be the Twin-Tail!! as it's known in english is one of those anime that doesn't really take itself seriously. I mean a show about power ranger like "girls" protecting the earth from aliens that want to steal their twintail affinity? The show features a fair bit of fanservice but not overly much so. The ending track is also catchy.

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

Synopsis : Arima Kousei is a former child prodigy who lost his ability to play the piano when his mother died. His daily life is monochrome, but it begins to gain colour when he meets a female violinist by chance. Miyazono Kawori is an audacious go-getter who is overflowing with personality. Enchanted by the girl, Kousei starts to move forward with his own legs at the age of 14.
Tags : manga, shounen, music, the arts 
Thoughts : Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso first gained my attention with it's characters and music. As the character driven story progresses it draws you into their world and shows that not everything is it initially seems. Some foreshadowing has appeared that gives me the impression that the end will be far from happy. I really like how even though there some complicated relationships going on, it isn't overly forced like in Glasslip. This is possibly my favorite show from the Fall 2014 season.

There you have it, my list of top anime from fall 2014. What was your favorites? Did you enjoy fall 2014 as a whole? Let me know in the comment section! And keep your eyes peeled for the Top 5 Anime of 2014 post soon.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Anime Spotlight : Worst Anime of Fall 2014

The Fall 2014 Anime Season was a bit lackluster compared to previous. It had it's gems though but there was a lot of bad to terrible shows. That are just a waste of time. I'm going to compile a list of the Best shows this season in the next week as more shows come to an end. But here is the three worst shows of Fall 2014.

Hi Scoool! Seha Girl

Synopsis : The story of the anime will revolve around Dreamcast, Sega Saturn, and Mega Drive, who have just enrolled in SeHaGaga Academy at Tokyo's Haneda Ootorii station. They are given an assignment needed to graduate by a suspicious teacher, and to clear this assignment, the girls need to enter the world of Sega games. The girls must try their best to graduate without incident.
Tags : short episodes, school life
Thoughts : This show feels like the brainchild of someone who saw Neptunia and decided they can better it in some obscure way, by using MMD like animation, horrible script writing and annoying characters. There is absolutely no reason to watch this show. 

World Trigger

Synopsis : A gate to another dimension has burst open, and from it emerge gigantic invincible creatures that threaten all of humanity. Earth's only defense is a mysterious group of warriors who have co-opted the alien technology in order to fight back!
Tags : manga, shounen
Thoughts : World Trigger is what you end up with when you take a run of the mill shounen manga, add paper-thin characters, lazy animation, ill fitting music and bad pacing. World Trigger is the perfect example of what not to do. Watching this show is seriously less fun than drowning.

Ushinawareta Mirai o Motomete 

Synopsis : Uchihama Academy is growing by leaps and bounds. With the construction of a new school building, there will be one last General Club Festival at the old building that is slated to be closed. The students vow to go all out to make this final cultural festival a success.

The Astronomy Club of which Akiyama Sou is a member is filled with the big names on campus. Just before the festival on October 1, the club receives a request from the student executive committee to calm the uneasiness among the students. There are reports of ghost sightings, accidents, sleeping sickness, and other mysterious incidents at the old building. When Furukawa Yui, a quiet girl who transferred late into the school, appears before Sou, the gears of fate slowly begin to move.
Tags : romance, time travel, erotic game, visual novel, tragedy
PV :
Thoughts : Going by the synopsis and the tags, one might be forgiven for thinking. "Hey this sounds like it has similar elements to Stein's;Gate!" But the truth is far from it. Ushinawareta Mirai o Motomete is a mess filled with every romance cliche in the book, voice acting that's painful to listen to, terrible animation and uninspired characters. Everything in this show feels cheap and forced.

Did you watch any of these three shows? What were your thoughts on them? Let me know in the comments and keep your eyes open for the Best Anime of Fall 2014 post!

Valkyria Chronicles \\ First Impressions Friday \\ #ReefTV

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Gaming on a Budget : Buying/Building a PC - Part 4 - Storage Solutions, Optical and Physical

In previous parts of this Gaming on a Budget Guide about Buying/Building a PC. We've talked about what CPU options there are, choosing the right Motherboard and RAM. as well as looking for the right CASE and PSU. In this part I'm going to talk about the Storage Solutions for your PC, as you'd need somewhere to store your games and a way to install them.

Optical Storage

First things first, no you do not need a Bluray ROM/RW drive, the majority of Games are still released on DVD and most probably you are going to end up downloading the game anyhow via services like STEAM or HumbleBundle. If you want to watch Blurays I suggest buying a dedicated player as they work out a lot cheaper. You may write the odd CD/DVD from time to time, but most of the time your Optical Drive is just going to be used to install your OS of choice. Be it Windows or Linux on your rig.

That being said here are some DVD RW drives that won't break the bank the LG GH24NSB0 Internal DVD Writer and the Liteon - iHAS324

Solid State Drives

Solid State Drives or SSD's are the bees knees if you are looking for Super Fast Read and Write Speeds, making your PC boot in seconds and cutting down your games loading times considerably. But they can also be extremely expensive. That being said if a SSD is something you want in your rig I'd suggest a size of about  120gb. As this is big enough to easily store your OS and a few games without it going into crazy price range.
Some Value for money SSDs are the Transcend SSD370, the OCZ Arc 100 2.5' SSD - 120GB and the Crucial MX100 128GB 2.5 inch SSD. Keep in mind though that an SSD isn't a MUST HAVE part of a gaming rig.

Hard Drives

Hard Drive pricing these days are quite good. It's also the cheapest way to get more storage space currently. 
The minimum hard drive size I'd suggest buying these days is 1Tb as the price difference between a 500Gb drive and 1Tb is tiny. You'll also notice that there are different spin speed drives. The most common being 5400RPM and 7200RPM. I suggest going for the 7200RPM drives, especially for your games and Operating system if you don't have an SSD. As the higher speed does help a lot. The 5400RPM drives are better suited for Music, Movies and Pictures.

That being said here are some hard drives to consider. All of which have a 2 year warranty. Toshiba Hard Drive Desktop 3.5 inch - 1TBSeagate Desktop 1TB HDD and the WD Blue 1TB 3.5 inch SATAIII Hard Drive. Your mileage may vary with personal experiences on the reliability on any of the hard drive brands. Personally I've had drives from all brands fail on me, and drives from all brands that are still working for over 5 years. Just make sure to always keep important data Backed Up.

In the Next part of this Guide I'm going to take a look at possible Monitor options for value minded gamers. Things may change in the future as prices fluctuate and technologies change but I hope this guide has thus far been useful to you. 

If you are looking for other Gaming on a Budget related posts check out :
 * Graphics Cards for Under R2500 * Gaming Mice Under R400 * Gaming on a Budget : Where to Begin?

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Gaming on a Budget : Buying/Building a PC - Part 3 Cases and PSU

In the previous parts of my Buying/Building a Gaming PC series I have talked about choosing whether to buy or build your own rig, possible choice when it comes to Processors, what to look for in Motherboards and the right kind of RAM you'd need. In part 3 I would like to talk about Cases and Power supplies.


A lot of you will probably have differing opinions on what is important for you in a PC case. Heck some might even want to build their own custom case from scratch, which mind you is pretty damn awesome if done right. Things I find important in any decent PC case is build quality of the case, you don't want it to be flimsy or full of rattles when the pc starts up. Space for all your hard drives and other goodies is also important, especially making sure it's big enough to fit whatever graphics card you want. Prices on PC cases range from very cheap to stupidly expensive, I've seen some cases go for above R6000.

Some possible options to look at is the Gigabyte IF 133 Gaming Chassis a no frill sturdy case that is cheap in price but not quality. The Coolermaster N300 slightly more expensive than the Gigabyte but has front USB 3 ports. The Coolermaster Force 500 ATX Chassis with CM Elite 500W ATX 12V V2.0 PSU which comes with a 500W PSU at a decent price. The Raidmax Smilodon which has been a firm favorite for those looking for a bit less boring case and the Zalman Plus ATX Mid PC Tower Case - Z11 which features some of Zalman's renowned hair cooling technology.


Most PC cases come without Power Supplies and usually those on the cheaper end of the scale, come with really weak 350w PSU's. The power supply is a very important part of your Rig, as it's the heart of your machine. Making sure all your hardware has enough juice to perform at their best. You get really cheap and really expensive PSU's out there. Just never buy one from a mostly unknown or unheard of brand. For the Most gaming PC's these days a proper 500W and upwards PSU would be all you need, depending on how many GPU's you want to run.

One thing to keep in mind regarding PC cases and PSU's are, they are usually components that you can keep for a very long time IF you have decent ones, so don't be afraid to spend a bit more on them. In part 2 I said I would probably look at storage options and drives in this part but I decided I'll leave that for part 4!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Anime Spotlight : Top Anime from Yesteryear : 2007

On our Anime journey back in time from time to time you have a year that was full of great titles. 2007 was one of those years with shows like Gurren Lagann, Noein, Overdrive and Bamboo Blade to name few I knew this was going to be tough choosing my favorite 5 shows But here they are!


Synopsis : Sawaki Souemon Tadayasu was born with an unique ability: he can see and communicate with bacteria and other micro-organisms - in fact they consider him to be their friend and are quite noisy. Together with his childhood friend Yuuki Kei, he starts a new year off as a first-year student at an Agricultural College. But none of his experiences so far could prepare him for what he would find in his college life!
Tags : contemporary fantasy, fantasy, comedy, manga, seinen, school life, college
Thoughts : I'll be honest, moyashimon caught me completely off guard. My initial thoughts when reading the synopsis about this show was that it's going to be just another silly kids show. Man was I wrong! Even though Moyashimon is an "educational" anime it's filled with tons of adult humour and really interesting characters. Don't let this one slip you by.

Nodame Cantabile

Synopsis : Chiaki Shin'ichi is the top piano student at his university and an excellent violinist, but Chiaki doesn't care about playing these instruments as much as he dreams of someday being a conductor. Chiaki, however, has several deeply rooted fears about traveling, and so finds himself trapped in Japan. Because he's trapped, Chiaki starts to question exactly how far he can possibly go in music, especially when he's passed over again and again for others he thinks are less worthy of musical scholarship and fame.

Recently dumped by his girlfriend for a sausage looking fellow, passed over for a chance to go overseas, removed from his star spot in the piano competition because he walked out on his piano instructor, Chiaki is at his limit. This is when he meets Nodame, or Noda Megumi. Nodame is a free — if filthy — spirit who reminds Chiaki that music can be fun. She reminds him what drew him to be a conductor in the first place and, in learning how to deal with Nodame, Chiaki learns how to deal with others. Chiaki begins to realize what is possible for him, even on the tiny island of Japan.

For Nodame, Chiaki is everything she isn't. Clean, neat, dedicated, studious and inherently arrogant about his accomplishments and capabilities, Chiaki constantly bullies her into being more serious about life. He sees potential in her and her abilities as a pianist that she doesn't care about. Nodame loves Chiaki and wants to be with him, but, because she's not serious about her piano studies nor her personal hygiene, Chiaki denies her affections again and again.

But Chiaki and Nodame complete each other in ways no other can, a musical complement that neither of them can completely escape entirely. Watching them grow as people and musicians, and even as a couple, is an interesting ride.
Tags : sudden girlfriend appearance, comedy, romance, slapstick, manga, josei, school life, coming of age, college, music, daily life
Thoughts : Nodame Cantabile will always have a special place in my heart. It's most probably one of the best romance anime out there at the moment. The quirky Nodame and the always serious Chiaki make a great pair and the other colourful characters, especially in the classical music setting, make for great entertainment. If you haven't seen it yet, what is wrong with you?

Seto no Hanayome

Synopsis : Nagasumi visits his grandmother near the sea during the summer. While visiting, he goes for a swim, and drowns right after entering the water. Fortunately for him he is saved by a young mermaid. Later as he tells the story to his family, a young girl named Sun appears at his home and begs Nagasumi to marry her.

She is followed by two large thugs and they take both him and his parents to Sun's home under the sea. If that was not strange enough, it turns out Sun's parents are mob bosses. Nagasumi is left with the choice of either death or marrying Sun. He chooses to marry a mermaid.

That would likely be that, except Sun's father and some members of the mob are not exactly thrilled to have Nagasumi courting Sun and are determined to bring an end to their relationship — or him. And there is also the matter of keeping it a secret that Sun is a mermaid.
Tags : parody, comedy, super deformed, slapstick, manga, shounen, mafia, middle school, yakuza, school life, coming of age, crime
Thoughts : Seto no Hanayome is easily the funniest slapstick anime I've seen to date. Seriously this romance comedy with mermaids, gangsters and parody's of popular movies has non stop laughs. Ask anyone that has seen it and they will agree with me. Want to laugh till your sides hurt? This is your anime.


Synopsis : Baccano! (which translates to "ruckus" or "stupid commotion") focuses on the stories of different characters in the Prohibition Era of America. Originating back to 1711, a group of alchemists seeking eternal youth are given a special potion by a mysterious demon, making them immortal. However, alchemists began disappearing, and realizing the danger of being close to one another they scatter around the world.

Now in the 1930's, all of the immortals have come together once again. Baccano! tells the stories of each of these immortals, ranging from alchemists, street gangs, thieves, FBI agents and even the mafia.
Tags : violence, gunfights, action, contemporary fantasy, novel, historical, seinen, mafia, crime
Thoughts : Baccano was a rollercoaster ride filled with crazy thieves, gangsters, gore, crime, laughs and great characters. All set in easily one of my favorite periods and with cool music to boot. The show might feel confusing at first due to how it plays out. But as it progresses and everything clicks into place one can't help but love it.

Seirei no Moribito

Synopsis : Once every 100 years, a water spirit implants an egg into a person who then becomes the Guardian of the Sacred Spirit. This time, the responsibility falls on Chagum, the Second Prince of the New Yogo Empire. The Emperor, fearing that the spirit's possession of Chagum could destroy the prestige of the royal family, attempts to have Chagum killed. As a result, the Second Empress secretly asks a female bodyguard, Balsa, to abscond with Chagum.
Tags : action, fantasy, adventure, novel, parallel universe, seinen
Thoughts : If you are looking for a great fantasy Anime in a historic setting filled with adventure and great action scenes. Then Seirei no Moribito is for you. Production IG did a fantastic job, as always, with this adaptation of a Fantasy Novel by Uehashi Naoko & Futatsugi Saki. Seirei no Moribito also features some of the best music you can find in anime.

That concludes my list of 5 favorite anime from 2007. What is yours? Please let me know in the comment section below! And if you need a refresher as to what anime aired in that year I provided a nifty chart below! 

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Gaming on a Budget : Buying/Building a PC - Part 2 Motherboards and Memory

In Part 1 of Gaming on a Budget : Buying/Building a PC I talked about where to start when you want to get into PC gaming, and also talked about CPU choices. In Part 2 I would like to talk about the most important part of any PC the motherboard and also RAM.


The motherboard is the most crucial of all parts in your computer, it allows all your peripherals to communicate with each other and is a component that not a lot of people put too much time into when deciding on PC components for some reason. Going for the cheapest Motherboard available for your processor is rarely a good idea, as they are usually on a lower specified chipset and components, can become a performance bottleneck, and most probably don't have the features you'd want in the future like they only have 2 slots for RAM, or they only have a few SATA ports. On the otherside of the price spectrum the rules of diminishing returns also applies, where the added features and performance don't really justify the increased costs.

By now you are probably wonder, so what kind of motherboards should I look for? Well here are a few suggestions based on the CPU choice on the previous blog post. For the AMD A8-6600K Quad Core Processor APU I suggest a motherboard like the MSI A88X-G43 AMD Motherboard - Socket FM2+ or the MSI AMD A88X G45 Motherboard - Socket FM2 plus both are under R1500 and offer a good mix of performance and features for the price, with both rocking 8 SATA ports for example, with the G45 board having 8 USB 3 ports over the G43's 4 USB 3 ports and a few other nifty features.

On the intel side of things to motherboards that would work well with the Intel Core I5 4690 would be the most motherboards with a Z97 chipset. Personally I feel buying a motherboard that doesn't allow overclocking can come back to bite you in the future. With that in mind here are two Z97 chipset boards that don't break the bank. The MSI Intel Z97 PC Mate and the Gigabyte Z97-D3H ATX Motherboard. There is also the MSI Intel Z97 Guard-pro which is closer to the Gigabyte motherboard price wise. One of the things personally like that the Gigabyte has over the MSI is the 3 year warranty, where as the MSI has a 2 year warranty. 

Keep in mind these are just suggestions and the majority of brands out there make really good products.


So now you have your CPU and Motherboard of choice and it's time to choose how much RAM and which type to get. Luckily it doesn't matter which of the above CPU's and Motherboards you have chosen as all of them support DDR3 which makes things a bit easier. Though there is still a truckload of different Memory manufacturers out there with different specs for DDR3 RAM.

When it comes to choosing DDR3 RAM for a gaming PC. these days most new games prefer rigs with 8GB ram, you can buy more if you want but it's not needed. It's usually two buy a pair of 4gb sticks over a single 8gb stick as two sticks running Dual Channel mode does outperform a Single Stick. I personally prefer DDR3 RAM at 1600mhz as it offers a good mix of performance and price.

A few possible options to look at when buying RAM are Crucial Ballistix S XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz DDR3 Gaming or possibly two Corsair Value Select A - 4GB DDR3 DRAM Desktop Memory - 1600Mhz. I'm personally using Corsair Vengeance DDR 1600mhz and can recommend them to anyone. There is also the Apacer Black Panther DDR3 1600mhz in the price bracket on but I don't have much experience with them and they only have a 1 year warranty. But if anyone reading this uses them please be sure to share your thoughts on them in the comment section.

This concludes part 2 of the Gaming on a Budget : Buying/Building a PC series. In Part 3 I would like to talk about Cases and Storage options like Harddrives and SSDs. Keep in mind this series is only a guide to help you get into PC gaming and the only reason I'm using products from one store is to keep things simple. If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to post in the comment section.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Gaming on a Budget : Buying/Building a PC - Part 1 Buy or Build

Many gamers out there sometimes find buying a PC for Gaming or Building their own PC a daunting task to take on, and sometimes decide to buy a console instead.. This guide is will show you that things aren't as complicated as they seem.

Buy or Build?

Other than deciding on how much you would like to spend in the end. The first decision one should be is to either Buy a prebuilt PC or build their own. If you are afraid to build your own PC there is no shame in buying a prebuilt one. Now before you run off to Incredible Connection or the like I'd suggest rather visiting online stores like that sell prebuilt stress tested gaming rigs with good components like This Six Core AMD Powered PC. You can also talk to people at your local computer shops to quote you on a gaming PC. IT people don't bite *wink*

If you do decide to build your own, which has it's own joys and gives you that feeling of pride when your gaming rig boots up for the first time, knowing you built this. There is a plethora of choices before you. Try keeping in mind when choosing hardware for your PC what purpose you want to use it for. As an example. There is no use in spending the money on a Bluray Reader if you will probably never use one.

Which CPU?

I'm a fan on Intel hardware, but I have also used AMD processors before with great results. So brand wise it's going to be a bit of each to their own. The AMD APU's have better built in Graphics processors than the Intel CPU's but in general the Intel CPU's are more powerful than their AMD counterparts, although they can be a bit more expensive. 

These days the majority of new games coming out all want a Quad Core CPU, though some will still run on a Dual Core system. So as a suggestion from both brands is either the AMD A8-6600K Quad Core Processor APU or the Intel Core I5 4690. The AMD is a lot cheaper than the Intel CPU. At that price point you can buy an Intel I3 which is only a dual core. And if you want to overclock you'll need the K series of the Intel Core I5 which costs a bit more. Keep in mind that whatever CPU you choose in the end will determine what motherboard options would be available to you.

In Part 2 of this guide I will talk about Motherboards and RAM. Feel free to ask questions in the comment section.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

It's been a week so far. (Why Telkom Sucks)

Last week this time I got home to find my ADSL disconnected, initially thought there might be some issues with my bandwidth provider MWEB, but I soon discovered that my telephone line was noisy and unusable.
Which gave me only one option which was reporting the fault to Telkom, our only land line operator in South Africa. I also attempted contacting Telkom via Twitter.

Telkom only replied to my queries a day later with a vague response with "we have handed your problem over to technical" with no further progress update or feedback on what the possible problem is, until only 12 hours AFTER their reply, in which they tell me 200 lines in my area are affected and technicians are apparently working on the problem.

Okay fine, I think to myself. A few more days go buy with no news or feedback from Telkom, and no visible sign of anyone working on the road between my house and the telkom exchange, which is less than a km away. Up until two days ago, when I spot two telkom vehicles with people working. Finally I think. There is hope that my ADSL might get fixed and I'd also be able to use my analogue phone again.

But alas my ADSL is still broken and I still can't use my analogue phone line as it is dead. And I received an SMS today from Telkom claiming that my service has been restored. I have a feeling this is going to take a very long time to get it sorted out.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Anime Spotlight : Top Picks from Fall 2014 Anime Season

We are two weeks into the Fall 2014 Anime season and the majority of the shows are out! I initially thought that this season was going to be the season of sequels, as the quality of some of the shows that came out at first were quite low. Shows like World Trigger and Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete had me quite worried.  

Luckily the better shows started to air and I compiled a list of the shows that to me had quite promising starts. Obviously my top shows of the season can only be decided at the end. And a lot of things can change on it. I excluded sequels from this list, as it's usually a given that if someone enjoyed the first season they'd be watching the second and enjoying it. Unless something horrible went wrong.

Nanatsu no Taizai

Synopsis : When they were accused of trying to overthrow the monarchy, the feared warriors the Seven Deadly Sins were sent into exile. Princess Elizabeth discovers the truth - the Sins were framed by the king's guard, the Holy Knights - too late to prevent them from assassinating her father and seizing the throne!

Now the princess is on the run, seeking the Sins to help her reclaim the kingdom. But the first Sin she meets, Meliodas, is a little innkeeper with a talking pig. He doesn't even have a real sword! Have the legends of the Sins' strength been exaggerated?
Tags : fantasy, adventure, comedy, action, manga, shounen
Thoughts : Nanatsu no Taizai started off with a grim premise, but quickly started showing it's more light hearted side. So far the show has some gore, some good laughs. a bit of fanservice and some good action. It seems like a promising adventure type anime, though it might return to it's grim roots later on.


Synopsis : Five girls chase their dreams. The story revolves around the everyday troubles and hardships that occur when working in the anime industry, and the results and conflicts that happen day-to-day among the group of girls.
Tags : daily life, coming of age, comedy
Thoughts : Shirobako gave me Hanusaku Iroha vibes with the characters and work place situations in the first episode. Added that direction is by Mizushima Tsutomu who also worked on Genshiken and Joshiraku. I'm quite interested to see how it progresses.

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

Synopsis : Arima Kousei is a former child prodigy who lost his ability to play the piano when his mother died. His daily life is monochrome, but it begins to gain colour when he meets a female violinist by chance. Miyazono Kawori is an audacious go-getter who is overflowing with personality. Enchanted by the girl, Kousei starts to move forward with his own legs at the age of 14.
Tags : manga, shounen, music, the arts
Thoughts : Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso seems to be a promising romance anime. The characters are all well defined, really loved the attention to detail with the animation and art, and the portrayal of classical music playing so far was quite impressive. I really hope this show keeps the standard set in the first episode or even improves on it.

Amagi Brilliant Park

Synopsis : Kanie Seiya, a high school boy, is invited on a date in an amusement park by a mysterious beautiful transfer student named Sento Isuzu. He is introduced to Ratifa, a real princess and the park's manager, and is asked to be the acting manager of this "disappointing amusement park in the Tokyo suburbs".
Tags : magic, contemporary fantasy, fantasy, comedy, novel
Thoughts : Amagi Brilliant Park is a contemporary comedy with fantasy elements by Gatou Shouji. Known for Full Metal Panic, which shares a character in this show, namely the mascot Mofu. The first episode was enjoyable with hinting to some past truama with the protagonist in our tale. Very curious as to how this will turn out.

Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu.

Synopsis : Mitsuka Souji is a first year high school student who greatly loves twintails. One day, a beautiful girl named Thuearle, who comes from another world, suddenly appeared in front of him and gave him the power to transform into the twintails warrior Tail Red. Now Souji must fight in order to protect the peace on Earth with the help of his childhood friend Tsube Aika, who can becomes the twintails warrior Tail Blue
Tags : novel, comedy, twintails
Thoughts : Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu. can only be described as a mix between a sentai rangers type show a bit of mahou shoujo a dash of gender-bender and comedy. The first episode had quite some good laughs. Even the lyrics to the ED were hilarious. If you want a show that doesn't take itself too seriously. This might be for you.

That's my current list of top picks for the 2014 Fall Anime season. As I've said before I've excluded sequels from the list and before people get up in arms, Fate/stay night UBW is the sequel to Fate/Zero. What shows are the ones you are most looking forward to this season? What are your feelings of the 2014 Fall Anime season? Let me know in the comment section below!

Friday, 19 September 2014

A Short Rant On The Past Few Weeks in "Gaming"

By this you have most probably heard of some sort of scandal involving gaming "journalists" in some form, either you've heard about ethics, or read one of the multitude or articles out there denouncing "Gamers" as hateful scum, mostly on online publications aimed at said gamers.

This rant isn't about how some highschool-esque clique of developers and writers are going about bullying people with different opinions, or how some internet trolls are harrasing developers or writers. Nor is it about some conspiracy theories floating around on the internet. Nor is it about which "feminist" a polygon writer believes in. Though his way of praising his feminist of choice and what she has apparently done for the industry reminds me much of how the ANC claimed to improve South African internet.

No what it's about is that we as a gamers, when reading game reviews expect to find out a certain few things like: How does the game look? Is the audio good or bad? Does the game run well or is it full of bugs? How is the story of the game? Does it offer anything unique or cool? Is it worth the asking price? Instead for the past few years all we get is articles on how a game is making the writer feel, and in some cases why they find the game oppressing their sensitivities.

But this was just a short rant, I wrote more for myself to vent than for anyone else. Take it however you like. I'm just tired of day in and day out reading and hearing about most of this bullshit that people are spreading as "must read material for all gamers" expecially when it's written by people who hate gamers.

Anyhow time for more Diablo 3

Anime Spotlight : Worst Anime from Summer 2014

So it turns out my picks of the best anime for the summer 2014 anime season were mostly spot on. Those being Barakamon, Aldnoah.Zero, Gekkan Shoujo-Nozaki kun and Hanayamate. I decided instead of reposting the same blog post. I'd rather just go ahead and share which shows were the absolute worst of the Summer 2014 anime season.


Synopsis : The daughter of a glass artisan family, Fukami Touko, spends relaxed days at a cafe called Kazemichi at a friend's house. On the summer vacation of her third year in high school in front of Touko appeared a transfer student boy Okikura Kakeru. He spoke out to her, that he can hear the voices of the future. If someone knew in advance what their future would look like, what would they wish for? While feeling never before felt tremors in herself, Touko realises that she has started getting a sense in her heart which she can't leave alone...
Genre : love polygon, romance
Thoughts : P.A Works is known for their greats like Hanasoka Iroha and Seirei no Moribito and Tari Tari to name a few. So everyone expected Glasslip to also be good. But much like Red Data Girl, also by P.A Works, it is a huge flop. Glasslip has an over abundance of still frames and lazy animation, overly forced drama, no real plot cohesion, a magical element thrown in just for the sake of it, unfitting music and characters with about as much depth as a kiddy pool. Do yourself a favour and avoid this anime.

Momo Kyun Sword

Synopsis : Momoko is a beautiful young sword fighter who was born inside a peach (momo in Japanese). She lives with her constant companions - the dog god Inugami, the monkey god Sarugami, and the pheasant god Kijigami - in a peaceful paradise. However, a demon army led by devil king invades the paradise and steals the precious treasure that protects Momoko's land. To retrieve the treasure and save the people, Momoko embarks on a great adventure with her three companions.
Genre : action, boing, demons, fantasy, large breasts, novel, swordplay
Thoughts : Momo Kyun Sword is kind of a parody on the Momotaro lore. Just with an overabundance of fanservice, a completely unnoteworthy plot and nothing that really gives people a watch it. Don't get me wrong I love fanservice, but sometimes even that can't save a horrible show. If you want action filled fanservice rather watch Sekirei.

Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance

Synopsis : Only a pure girl may enter into a spirit contract. At Areishia Spirit Academy, the daughters of nobility are assembled to take elite classes and become spirit elementalists. A boy named Kamito happened to be peeping on a student named Claire while she was taking a bath, and he accidentally makes a contract with a spirit instead of Claire. Now, Kamito has become something once thought impossible in this world — a male spirit elementalist.
Genre : action, comedy, fantasy, harem, novel, romance
Thoughts : Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance is what you get when you take Infinite Stratos and combined it with Zero no Tsukaima, and then make the main girl even worse. Claire ruins the show completely. Every other girl in the show is better than her. It does feel like the writer wanted to see just how terrible they can make the whole flatchested tsundere girl trope be.

How did you feel about the anime from the Summer 2014 shows. Which titles did you Love and which couldn't you Stomach? Let me know in the comment section below. Always great hearing the thoughts of others!

Echo of the Wilds \\ First Impression Fridays \\ #ReefTV

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Anime Spotlight : Top Anime from Yesteryear : 2008

Time to look at the Anime from the year 2008 on my trip back in time. Always so hard to choose which titles I thought was best of a year. And 2008 is no different.

Nijuu-Mensou no Musume

Synopsis : One night the Phantom Thief (the Gentleman Thief with Twenty Faces) steals a little girl. Her name is Chizuko. Until then, she had been a lonely girl. But that night, she embarks on a great adventure. Experiencing freedom for the very first time, surrounded by friends, finding a place where she can be herself, Chizuko starts changing gradually. A string of bizarre events start happening, centering around the tremendous mystery called the Legacy of the Phantom Thief and involving people with pathetic motives. Chizuko has to move on nevertheless... no matter how chequered her life will be.
Genre :action, adventure, coming of age, detective, manga, seinen
Thoughts : Daughter of Twenty Faces was one hell of an anime. Bones did a great job of animating this fantastic story. I love shows with truly strong female protagonists and Chizuko is up there with the best of them. Daughter of Twenty Faces is one of those shows that always leaves you in suspense, as you wonder what will happen to Chizuko next. A must watch for any Anime fan.

Macross Frontier

Synopsis : Macross F sets out in the year 2059 A.D. The "F" is short for "Frontier", which is also the name of the migration fleet this story is about.
We join the fleet's journey when the concert of the famous pop-idol Sheryl Nome, is just around the corner. Sheryl is visiting Frontier from Macross Galaxy (another colonisation fleet), on her tour around the galaxy.
Just like with the Macross Seven migration fleet, the main ship is a huge city-dome. This is the home of the majority of the fleet's population, on the scale of 10 million people. It is a place where they can live life, just as they would back on Earth.
However peace is soon broken when strange alien creatures attack the fleet, just when Sheryl's concert is well underway.

What could it be that have drawn them to this fleet? Is Sheryl the only one on board with a talent for singing? What secrets will we learn about the past? And what cool new Valkyries will be revealed for this show?

Follow the series to find out all that, along with music and dogfights, that will take the Macross universe to a new high.
Genre : action, alien, humanoid alien, idol, love polygon, mecha, military, music, piloted robot, romance, sci-fi, seinen, space travel
Thoughts : Macross Frontier, the latest in the long running Macross franchise is a combination of Amazing music by Yoko Kanno, visuals that are pure eye-candy, top notch animation from Satelight and a story which brings something new to the Macross universe while still giving homage to its roots. Like huge battles in Space? Romance? Idols? Backdoor Conspiracies that threaten entire colonies? Macross Frontier is for you.

Aria the Origination

Synopsis : Aqua and Aria take place in the twenty-fourth century, on the planet Aqua (formerly Mars), which has been terraformed into a habitable planet covered in oceans and seas.

The series is the story of Akari, an apprentice gondolier with Aria Company, one of the three most popular gondola companies in the city. She is training to become a full-time gondolier, or undine, as they are called in Neo-Venezia.
Genre : comedy, daily life, manga, seinen, slapstick
Thoughts : Those that know me, know I see the Aria as one of the best anime franchises of all time. With Origination being the best series of the lot. Origination is the final season of the Aria franchise, bringing everything to a close. But with even better animation than the previous seasons and a lot more emotional episodes. Aria is one the few shows that fills your heart with joy.

Ookami to Koushinryou

Synopsis : Kraft Lawrence (Spice) is a travelling medieval merchant, who finds a 600-year-old pagan harvest deity named Holo (Wolf) in his wagon one night. She begins travelling with him, and her wisdom helps increase his profits. But her true nature draws unwanted attention from the church...
Genre : adventure, fantasy, goddess, juujin, novel, seinen
Thoughts : Spice and Wolf the anime was a great adaptation of the price winning novel. It did a fantastic job of transporting the viewer to a magical world of adventure and deities. With great characters like Horo and Lawrence, amazing visuals and a attention keeping storyline. And some possible romance ;) Spice and Wolf is well worth seeing. Heck even watching the smart trading and the logic behind them unfold is well worth it.

Strike Witches

Synopsis : It was the year 1939 when the Neuroi appeared. Nobody knows where they came from or what their ultimate agenda is, but the fact remains that their attacks drove people out of their towns and cities.

In order to take arms against them, humanity develops a new anti-Neuroi weapon called the Striker Unit. Using the power of magic to fight against the monsters, this new device enhances and amplifies the power of female magic-wielders. To use this device, young witches from all over the world have been brought together to form an elite task force unit called the 501st Joint Fighter Wing, commonly known as the Strike Witches.
Genre : action, ecchi, gunfights, juujin, lolicon, mecha, pantsu, power suit, sci-fi, seinen, shoujo ai
Thoughts : What do you get when you take Gonzo animation, cute girls with animal ears, guns, propeller pants, an all star cast of seiyuu and aliens attacking the earth? Strike Witches. Yes it's perverted, yes they have no pants, yes it's a bit silly at times but damn is it worth watching.

At this time you are probably shouting to me through your screen, "BUT YOU FORGOT X SHOW!" which is possibly true. Everyone has different tastes and thoughts and I would love to hear yours. So post away in the comment section and let me know what you think of the shows I've listed. And what were your favourites of 2008.

Also Noteworthy Mentions from 2008 were Allison and Lillia, Itzura no Kiss, Codes Geass R2, Library Wars, Birdy the Mighty Decode, Kemeko Deluxe, Nodame Cantabile Paris Chapter, Skip Beat, Ga-Rei Zero.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Anime Spotlight : Top Anime from Yesteryear : 2009

2009 was a great year for anime filled with a ton of great shows. Join me as I take a trip down memory lane by sharing what shows I thought were the best of that year. Keeping in mind that this is a personal list. I would love to hear what anime from 2009 you enjoyed and how you feel about my list.

Cross Game

Synopsis : Cross Game is the story of Kitamura Kou and the four Tsukishima sisters, Ichiyou, Wakaba, Aoba, and Momiji. The Tsukushima family runs a batting center with an attached coffee shop, and Kou's father runs a neighbouring sporting good store. Wakaba and Kou were born on the same day in the same hospital, and have been close friends since childhood — close enough that Wakaba treats Kou as her boyfriend, even though nothing is officially declared. Aoba, who is one year younger than Wakaba and Kou, doesn't like how Kou is taking her sister away from her and claims she hates him.
Genre : Baseball, Clubs, Daily Life, High School, Manga, School Life, Shounen, Sports
PV : (AMV as no trailer could be found)
Thoughts : Cross Game is up there with some of my all time favourite animes. A great romance told with sports elements. A Full review from me on Cross Game can be found here :


Synopsis : Miyanaga Saki is a high school freshman who does not like mahjong. Ever since she was a child, she would lose her New Year's gift money during her family's mahjong game. If she won, her parents would be upset, and if she lost, well, she lost. As a result, she has learned to play in such a way that her score always remains plus/minus zero: Not good enough to win, but not bad enough to lose. When we meet her, she is being dragged to her school's mahjong club by an old friend. How will a girl who hates mahjong, yet has become adept at the game as a result of her upbringing, cope in this environment?
Genre : Clubs, Comedy, High School, Manga, School Life, Seinen, Sports
Thoughts : Saki is a fine example of how Anime can make almost anything look interesting, in this case mahjong. Saki features probably the largest collection of seiyuu I've seen in a show, great animation. Well placed music and lovable characters. And even some strong yuri undertones :D

Higashi no Eden

Synopsis : On November 22, 2010 ten missiles strike Japan. However, this unprecedented terrorist act, later to be called "Careless Monday", does not result in any apparent victims, and is soon forgotten. Then, three months later... Morimi Saki, a young woman currently in the United States of America on her graduation trip, gets into trouble in front of the White House in Washington DC, and only the unexpected intervention of a fellow countryman saves her. However, this man, who introduces himself as Takizawa Akira, is a complete mystery. He appears to have lost his memory and he is stark naked, except for the gun he holds in one hand, and a mobile phone in the other. A phone that is charged with 8,200,000,000 yen in digital cash.
Genre : Conspiracy, Josei, Romance
Thoughts : One can really see that the people involved with Anime Greats like Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex and Seirei no Moribito were involved in this show. Top notch audio and video production added to great characters and a really well thought out plot. Makes for quite the ride.

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

Synopsis : At the start of summer vacation Mirai, a middle school freshman girl, travels to Tokyo's artificial Odaiba Island to visit a robot exhibition with her brother Yuuki. A magnitude 8.0 earthquake emanates from an ocean trench, the famed Tokyo Tower and Rainbow Bridge crumble and fall, and the landscape of Tokyo changes in an instant. Luckily the two children meet Mari, a motorcycle delivery woman, on Odaiba, who helps Mirai and Yuuki head back to their Setagaya home in western Tokyo.
Genre : Coming of Age, Daily Life, Seinen, Tragedy
Thoughts : Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 did a fantastic job of sharing what people would go through after a big natural disaster. A lot of work was done to make sure that the show would have a realistic image of what kind of damage an earthquake could cause. I would highly suggest this show to anyone looking for a really fantastic coming of age tale. Just make sure to keep some tissues on hand as it has some hectic emotional parts.

A Certain Scientific Railgun

Synopsis : Academy City is the home to circa 2.3 million citizens, about 80% of whom are students working to develop psychic powers and advanced technology. Students are ranked according to levels corresponding to their psychic powers: those without any are ranked at Level 0, and those with some manner of powers progress from Level 1, the weakest, to Level 5, the strongest. Only seven students in the whole city are ranked Level 5, and these seven are ranked among themselves as well.

Electro-master Misaka Mikoto is a headstrong Level 5 esper, ranked third in the city. Her perverted and passionate roommate, Shirai Kuroko, is a Level 4 Teleporter and a member of law enforcement and public safety corps Judgment. Uiharu Kazari is Kuroko's shy Level 1 partner at Judgment and a specialist at hacking and information gathering. Saten Ruiko is Kazari's mischievous friend who has a habit of flipping the latter's skirt to find out what color of underwear she is currently wearing, much to her chagrin, and a Level 0.

Those four friends would normally be simply carrying on with their daily lives like always, but some sources of disturbance to their routines have surfaced. Recently, several strange urban legends have surfaced in Academy City: a mysterious woman who will simply strip in the middle of the city, seemingly oblivious to everyone around her; a boy of unknown powers who can easily negate any force and deflect any attacks, no matter the form they take; a way to artificially increase one's psychic level, quickly making many students into much stronger espers than they were before, and which might work even for those ranked Level 0...

Almost as if these legends themselves weren't strange enough on their own, something even stranger takes place: while there may be some exaggerations in how they are told, they are, one by one, all confirmed to be, in essence, true. And since people often tend to become drunk with power, the case of artificial powering-ups has some quite disturbing ramifications: increased powers in the hands of reckless people is quickly leading to more and more severe crimes...
Genre : Action, Comedy, Conspiracy, Dystopia, Fantasy, Manga, Sci-Fi, Seinen, Super Power
Thoughts : A Spin-off from A Certain Magical Index, Just focusing more on the best girl Misaka. I really enjoyed Railgun a lot. The anime has a good mix of comedic elements, epic fights and a good plot. Yes it also has a character that wants nothing less than some shoujo ai...

Some notable mentions from 2009 include but are not limited to : K-on!; Natsu no Arashi!; Taishou Yakyuu Musume and Yume-iro Patissiere.

That was my list of favourites from the 2009 Anime Season. What was yours?