Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Anime Spotlight : Anime from Yesteryear 2005

It's hard to believe 2005 is a decade ago, but for me, and I'm sure a lot of you. The anime from that year still feels like it just aired a few months ago. Now the newer anime fans might never have heard of some of these shows. And that's fine. 2005 was a big year for anime and a very hard year to pick a top 5 for. With shows like Basilisk, Eureka 7 and Honey and Clover being firm favorites of a lot of anime fans. The following is a list of the 5 timeless classics from the year 2005.

Aria the Animation

Synopsis : On the planet Aqua lies the watery city of Neo Venezia, a tourist hub in which people travel around in gondolas. Professional gondoliers known as Undines are well-revered as they act as tour guides for the people. Akari Mizunashi is a gondolier in training and also an employee of Aria Company. She gets to meet all sorts of people as she takes them on the gondola rides, from friendly mentors to special individuals, all this admidst the beautiful scenic backdrop of the entire city.
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Thoughts : For the people that know me, seeing Aria the Animation in this list is no surprise. I can't stop praising this anime. If there ever was a perfect example of how a Utopian future should be, Aria the Animation would be it. It's a slow paced show, but the fantastic scenery and heartwarming characters will have you smiling in no time at all.


Synopsis : Taira Kappeita, or Capeta, was a 4th grader boy. He had lost his mother when he had been very little. Although he pretended to be tough in front of his father, actually he felt lonely. One day, his father brought junk parts home from his workplace and made a racing cart. Soon, they went to a circuit to drive the cart. However, Capeta found that its frame was bent and it could hardly run straight. But, with his technique he managed the cart. Furthermore, he followed soon after the fast cart and he could nearly leave it behind. The driver in the cart was Minamoto Naomoi, the champion of the East Japan Junior Cart. Looking at their chase, Naomi's mother, Minamoto Nanako, advised Capeta to take part in the official race.
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Thoughts : Capeta is more than just your average coming of age sports show. It tells the brilliant story of a kid that isn't afraid to go after his dreams, no matter what dangers he faces. Capeta also features some really cool racing and tons of edge of your seat moments.

Touhai Densetsu Akagi: Yami ni Maiorita Tensai

Synopsis : On a cold and stormy night, Akagi Shigeru crawled out of the ocean, stumbled into a dingy waterfront Mahjong parlor and into a rough Mahjong game. Nangou was heavily in debt and had been offered a chance to gamble it away by the yakuza. If that did not work, they had made sure that his life insurance policy would more than cover what he owed them. That evening's tiles had not been kind to Nangou and with nothing left to lose, he decided to take a chance and let the thirteen-year-old Akagi play in his place. The events of that evening are still quietly spoken about, of how a rank beginner beat the yakuza rep (or professional) player. It was that night that the legend of Akagi - the genius or monster of the Mahjong game - was born.
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Thoughts : Akagi is more than just a "Mahjong" anime. It's a gritty look at the world of underground gambling, with dangerous bets that can costs you your life. If you liked No Game No Life, imagine that without any cute girls or heck any girls for that matter, and a lot more hardcore bets. And you end up with Akagi. The manliest gambling anime out there. Well alongside Kaiji.

Aa! Megami-sama!

Synopsis : Morisato Keiichi is looking forward to university life. But he does not have much luck with anything, be they clubs, love, or daily life. And as it turns out he actually was born under an unlucky star.

One day Keiichi is stuck with having to watch the dorm while his fellow seniors are away at some party, and to make things worse a mountain of work was forced on him. But good-natured — and easily taken advantage of — Keiichi goes right to work, and after finishing his chores, he makes a phone call. For once fate smiles on the hapless lad, and he reaches the Goddess Help Line. A moment later, a beautiful goddess named Belldandy exits the mirror in his room.

But will the goddess help to finally end Keiichi's unlucky days?
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Thoughts : One of the shows on this list probably everyone has heard of. Oh! My Goddess was one of the shows that converted many friends of mine into anime. A fantastic romantic comedy with colourful characters, great music and a "perfect" women.

Glass no Kamen

Synopsis : Her father passed away very early and her mother lives and works in a crowded Chinese restaurant. Kitajima Maya, a 13-year old girl, has to carry the burden of making ends meet as she fights against her ill fate. However, she is able to overcome the trials and tribulations in her life with her passion and enthusiasm. She happens to encounter the reclusive actress Tsukikage who decides to train and mould her into the foremost actress of her generation.
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Thoughts : Much like Capeta, Glass Mask is more than just about a girl trying her best, against all odds, to reach her dreams. It's an emotional tour de force that will pick you up and not let go until the all too soon end. Maya is a great main character, her acting in the anime is so convincing I forgot at times that she was an acting out the roles she had.

That concludes my list of top shows form 2005. Which anime from that year was your favorite. Have you seen any of the Anime on this list? If you need a refreshes of what came out in 2005, the image below might help! (Open image in new Tab to view easier)

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Anime Spotlight : Promising New Shows From Fall 2015 Anime Season

The Fall 2015 Anime season is in full swing with a lot of the shows on their second episodes already. One thing about this season, there is a ton of sequels from shows that had great previous seasons. But I want to focus on the NEW shows that had promising starts. While there were some really good ones, I feel like there is more good shows in the sequels than in the new stuff.

One-Punch Man

Synopsis : The story takes place in the fictional metropolis of City Z, Japan. The world is full of strange monsters that mysteriously appear and cause many disasters. Saitama is a super powerful hero who easily defeats the monsters and other villains with one punch. However, after becoming too strong, Saitama has become bored with his powers and is always trying to find stronger opponents who can fight him.

On his adventures, he meets new friends, enemies, and his own disciple, the cyborg Genos, and also joins the Hero Association in order to gain fame for all of his actions to prevent evil. Despite defeating many strong monsters that even the Hero Association's top heroes are unable to defeat, Saitama struggles to gain respect. Most people discriminate him due to his plain physical appearance and some accuse him of being a counterfeit hero. Only a small number of individuals recognize his incredible talent and humility towards others.
Thoughts : For fans of the manga, One-Punch Man needs no introduction, for everyone else like me. One-Punch Man is a comedic super hero tale of a guy that is a bit too powerful for the poor bad guys. Great animation and high action makes for a very entertaining watch, Also that OP by Jam Project is soooo good.

Kidou Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans

Synopsis : 300 years after a great conflict between Earth and Mars known as the "Calamity War," a woman named Cordelia sets out on a journey to Earth to speak for the independence of the Martian city of Chryse, which is under the control of the Earth government. Escorting her is the private security company CGS members Mikazuki Augus and Orga Itsuka. When a group named Gjallarhorn attacks CGS and Cordelia, Orga sees this as a chance to rebel against CGS and launch a coup. Mikazuki and Orga are thrust into a new conflict. To fend off Gjallarhorn, Mikazuki rides an old mobile suit from the Calamity War, powered by a nuclear reactor, the Gundam Barbatos.
Thoughts : Most of the time with Gundam, UC related series are usually best, but that doesn't mean non UC Gundam can't be good. Iron-Blooded Orphans looks to be quite promising, first two episodes set the bar of what to expect later on, and being Gundam, there is usually going to be some kind of twist later on. Going to keep my eye on this one.

Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru

Synopsis : The story revolves around Tatewaki Shoutarou and Kujou Sakurako. Shoutarou is a normal high school student with a serious demeanor who likes to show off his girl friend Sakurako. Sakurako is an extraordinarily beautiful woman in her mid-20s from a rich family who loves "beautiful bones". The two live in the city of Asahikawa in Hokkaido, and they get involved in various incidents regarding bones.
Thoughts : Everyone loves a good mystery and Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru seems to have some promising murders in it. The anime starts of well with the introduction of the two main characters and an explanation of their relationship, not lovers, but not quite just friends. Seems like Shoutarou is hopeful but not sure if there is going to be any progress on that front as Sakurako is engaged. Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru features beautiful animation and I'm quite interested to see if it will improve as the season progresses.

Garo - The Crimson Moon

Synopsis : Set in the same "world" as Garo: Honoo no Kokuin, Garo - The Crimson Moon is set quite a few years after. The GARO armour bloodline is no more, and completely new characters unrelated to the original are the focus. Surprisingly this time Makai Alchemist and Makai Knight are working together.
Thoughts : I won't lie, a big reason I'm interested in Garo - The Crimson Moon, is mostly due to how much I enjoyed the world introduced to me in the original Garo anime. The first episode contained the same action I loved with great animation. And Seimei is such a cool character. Will it be as good as Garo : Honno no Kokuin? That remains to be seen.

Heavy Object

Synopsis : The story revolves around Objects — powerful, massive weapons that change the course of warfare — and Elite Object pilots. An odd Elite girl named Milinda meets Quenser, a student who aims to become an Object mechanic, with the soldier-in-training Heivia on a snowy battlefield.
Thoughts : First episode of Heavy Object kicked off by introducing these new almost unbeatable war machines called Objects. And then swiftly focuses on a base in the middle of nowhere with a nice light hearted, military tone. You wouldn't be wrong to fall into some sort of false security. With scenes of fishing and hunting and fanservice. Luckily things got interesting at the end of the first episode as a battle broke out. The show seems to follow from said battle where everything seems to go wrong. Hopefully this show will improve, but that remains to be seen.

What new shows are you looking forward to? I'm sure a fair bit of you all are amped for more Noragami, Monogatari and Seraph of the End among others. Let me know your thoughts and we'll see which was the best when season ends.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Diablo 3 Greater Rift Progression and Mobs

A big part in Higher Greater Rift Progression and Greater Rift Speedfarming efficiency is knowing which mobs are worth killing and which to ignore. There is a complete list at Warpath, but I went and filtered out the data as bit so I can make two sections. Mobs that give good Progression/XP and mobs that don't.

Good XP/Progression
Monster name                                           Progress in %
Abomination                                           0.4375
Armaddon                                           0.625
Bloated Malachor                                   0.875
Canine Bones                                           0.5
Chubby Pink Unicorn                           0.5
Chubby Purple Unicorn                           0.5
Colossal Golgor                                   0.875
Dark Berserker                                           0.5
Death Maiden                                           0.9375
Demonic Tremor                                   0.875
Fallen Cur                                            0.5
Fallen Hellhound                                   0.5
Fallen Hound                                           0.5
Fallen Master                                           0.75
Fallen Mongrel                                           0.5
Fallen Overlord                                           0.75
Fallen Overseer                                   0.75
Fallen Slavelord                                   0.75
Fiery Beast                                           0.5625
Ghastly Seraph                                           0.5
Great Horned Goliath                           1.25
Grotesque                                                  0.4375
Harvester                                             0.4375
Hell Basher                                          0.5
Hellhide Tremor                                  0.875
Horned Charger                                  1.25
Horror                                                  0.4375
Hulking Phasebeast                                  0.5
Lacuni Slasher                                          0.5
Lacuni Warrior                                          0.5
Maggot Brood                                          1.25
Malignant Thrall                                  0.625
Maniacal Golgor                                  0.875
Pain Monger                                          0.5
Plague Nest                                          0.75
Possessed                                                 0.4375
Rat Caller                                                 0.5
Sand Dweller                                         0.75
Savage Beast                                        1
Scorching Creeper                                1
Skeletal Beast                                        1
Tormented Thrall                                0.625
Toxic Lurker                                        0.625
Tusked Bogan                                        0.875
Unholy Thrall                                        0.625
Vengeful Seraph                                0.5
Vicious Magewraith                                0.5
Vicious Mangler                                0.5
Warping Horror                                0.5
Warscarred Ravager                                0.4375
Wintersbane Stalker                                0.5
Wooly Beast                                        1.25

It is worth nothing though that some of the Mobs that do give a fair bit of progression/XP are sometimes hard to kill or take a fair bit of time. And some are outright dangerous after death, like a pack of Horror's exploding for example. It's up to you to decide which are worth your time.

Bad XP/Progression
Monster name                                       Progress in %
Accursed Hellion                               0.25
Arachnid Horror                               0.375
Armored Destroyer                               0.25
Bile Crawler                                       0.0125
Blazing Ghoul                                       0.05
Blazing Guardian                               0.1
Blazing Swordwielder                       0.125
Blood Clan Impaler                               0.075
Blood Clan Occultist                            0.3125
Blood Clan Sorcerer                               0.3125
Blood Clan Spearman                       0.075
Blood Clan Warrior                               0.375
Boggit                                               0.0125
Brood Hatchling                               0.0125
Carrion Bat                                       0.1
Cave Bat                                               0.075
Charged Construct                               0.05
Charged Stinger                               0.0625
Chilling Construct                               0.165
Copperfang Lurker                               0.25
Corpse Worm                                       0.075
Crawling Torso                                       0.0125
Crazed Cultist                                       0.075
Crazed Summoner                               0.1875
Dark Conjurer                                       0.1875
Dark Cultist                                       0.075
Dark Hellion                                       0.25
Dark Moon Clan Impaler                       0.1
Dark Moon Clan Shaman                       0.375
Dark Moon Clan Warrior                       0.3125
Dark Skeletal Archer                       0.1
Dark Skeletal Bowman                       0.1
Dark Summoner                               0.1875
Dark Vessel                                       0.075
Dark Zealot                                       0.075
Darkmoth                                               0.25
Death Swarm                                       0.25
Deathspitter                                       0.25
Demented Fallen                               0.0375
Demon Raider                                       0.1875
Demon Trooper                               0.1875
Demonic Hellflyer                               0.25
Deranged Cultist                               0.075
Deranged Fallen                               0.0375
Doom Viper                                       0.25
Dust Biter                                               0.0125
Dust Imp                                               0.0625
Electric Eel                                       0.0125
Enraged Zealot                                0.075
Fallen                                               0.0375
Fallen Conjurer                                 0.25
Fallen Firemage                               0.25
Fallen Grunt                                       0.0375
Fallen Lunatic                                       0.0375
Fallen Magus                                       0.25
Fallen Maniac                                       0.0375
Fallen Peon                                       0.0375
Fallen Prophet                                       0.25
Fallen Shaman                                       0.25
Fallen Soldier                                       0.0375
Flesh Gorger                                       0.375
Forgotten Shield Bearer                       0.125
Foul Conjurer                                       0.1875
Frenzied Hellion                               0.25
Frost Guardian                                       0.05
Frost Razor                                       0.1
Ghastly Gravedigger                               0.125
Ghostly Murderer                               0.25
Ghoul                                               0.1
Giant Shadow Wing                               0.0625
Gloom Wraith                                       0.0125
Hell Witch                                       0.25
Hungering Bones                               0.3125
Hungry Torso                                       0.0125
Ice Clan Shaman                               0.25
Ice Clan Warrior                               0.3125
Icy Quillback                                       0.1
Imp                                                       0.0125
Inferno Zombie                                       0.125
Jailed Poacher                                       0.1
Lacuni Stalker                                       0.25
Lashing Creeper                               0.25
Maggot                                               0.0375
Moon Clan Ghost                               0.3125
Moon Clan Impaler                               0.1
Moon Clan Shaman                               0.25
Moon Clan Warrior                               0.3125
Morlu Invader                                       0.25
Morlu Legionnaire                               0.25
Murderous Fiend                               0.05
Noxious Guardian                               0.125
Oppressor                                       0.375
Plague Carrier                                       0.0625
Plague Swarm                                       0.25
Plagued Vermin                               0.0125
Quill Demon                                      0.1
Quill Fiend                                      0.1
Returned Archer                              0.1
Returned Executioner                      0.3125
Returned Shieldman                              0.125
Revenant Archer                              0.125
Revenant Shield Guard                      0.3125
Revenant Soldier                              0.2125
Reviled                                              0.05
Risen                                              0.075
Risen Bones                                      0.3125
Rotting Imp                                      0.0625
Savage Fiend                                     0.05
Scaled Magus                                     0.25
Scarab                                             0.0125
Scouring Charger                             0.0375
Scouring Lobber                             0.0375
Serpent Magus                                     0.25
Sewer Serpent                                     0.1875
Shade Stalker                                     0.0125
Shadow of Death                             0.1875
Shadow Vermin                             0.0125
Shock Guardian                             0.075
Shrieking Terror                             0.25
Skeletal Archer                                     0.1
Skeletal Bowmaster                             0.1
Skeletal Executioner                             0.3125
Skeletal Marauder                              0.125
Skeletal Raider                                     0.125
Skeletal Ranger                                     0.1
Skeletal Sentry                                    0.125
Skeletal Shieldbearer                     0.125
Skeleton                                             0.0375
Skull Cleaver                                     0.3125
Smoldering Construct                     0.165
Soul Lasher                                     0.25
Soul Ripper                                     0.25
Spellwinder                                     0.25
Spiderling                                      0.0125
Spine Hewer                                     0.3125
Spine Lasher                                     0.0125
Spitting Bones                                     0.3125
Stinging Swarm                                     0.125
Stygian Crawler                             0.0625
Subjugator                                     0.25
Succubus                                             0.25
Summoned Archer                             0.0625
Summoned Shield Guard                     0.25
Summoned Soldier                             0.1
Swift Skull Cleaver                              0.3125
Terror Demon                                      0.375
Tormented Stinger                             0.0625
Toxic Construct                             0.05
Twinkleroot                                     0.25
Veiled Sentinel                                     0.375
Vicious Ghoul                                     0.05
Vicious Hellion                                     0.25
Vile Bat                                             0.075
Vile Swarm                                     0.25
Vile Temptress                                     0.25
Voracious Torso                             0.0125
Warscarred Footsoldier                     0.25
Webspitter Spider                             0.25
Winged Molok                                     0.25
Wintersbane Huntress                     0.25
Wraith                                             0.1875
Wretched Mother                             0.25
Writhing Deceiver                             0.25
Zap Worm                                     0.0125

It is worth noting that a lot of the LOW progression mobs are quite easy to kill, and might help a fair bit with building up stacks that some abilities get on kill, or for possible health orb drops, but if you ever wondered why you killed a huge pack of mobs but the progression bar barely moves. This is why.

The Majority of Ranged mobs also seem to give no progression at all, which is worrying as they usually do a fair bit of damage and are annoying to kill, like ghost types that fly away through walls.

Now that you are armed with the information needed on what type of mobs you need to fight or avoid for progression. The rest is just up to which tile set you have, as some has great density like dungeons/crypts/open areas and others have horrible density like caves...because in Diablo 3 density is king for almost every build out there at the moment.

The progression data is accurate for patch 2.3.0 of Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls, and might change in future. Depending on how Blizzard feels.