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Pokemon: Black & White anime to air in North America this February

Posted in anime with tags , , , , , , , on January 26, 2011 by Pirate

With Cartoon Network airing the final two episodes of Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl this month, fans were wondering when CN would air Pokemon: Black & White (Known in Japan as Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes). Well, the answer is February 12, with two new episodes at 9:00 AM.

Pokemon: Black & White is the fourth Pokemon anime series based on the best selling video game franchise from Nintendo. The anime franchise has been running in Japan since 1997, and currently has over 660 episodes, 13 anime films, over 15 specials, and a spinoff series, not to mention over 14 manga series and tons of merchandise.

The video games are all licensed in North America by Nintendo. A few of the manga are licensed in North America by Viz Media. The anime was previously licensed by 4Kids and aired on Kids WB, but as of 2008, the anime was re-licensed by The Pokemon Company, and airs on Cartoon Network.

Pokemon: Black & White is animated by Oriental Light and Magic (Berserk, every other Pokemon anime) and directed by Norihiko Sudo (Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl, ToHeart2).

In Japan, Black & White has so far gained better reviews than the former series, with people calling it a breath of fresh air.

Soulcalibur 2: Blade-edge fun.

Posted in Video Games with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2010 by Pirate

When I got Soulcalibur 2 for the Nintendo Gamecube, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would it be a Tekken or Mortal Kombat clone? Maybe Omnimusha? Like Street Fighter, perhaps? Well, yes and no.

Soulcalibur, for those who don’t know, is a fighting game series for sword-wielders. This game guest-starred Link of The Legend of Zelda fame, which is actually one of the reasons I got it. That and that its a fighting game. I dig those.

Anyway, the game’s not too bad. The animation is pretty good for the Gamecube, and the controls aren’t complicated enough to want to break your controller. I liked the stages and custom-weapons you could equip your characters with. The main gripe I had was with the story-mode.

Link VS Taki: A fight that can never happen in a decent story mode!

The story-mode is actually pretty ridiculous and unbelievable.  You play as a wandering swordsman seraching for this legendary sword called the “Soulcalibur”, which houses some evil demon or whatever. And now, with no clue AT ALL where it is, you walk around randomly, fighting random people, and conveniantly getting hints and such. Yeah. Also, no cutscenes, which felt outdated.

Hey, Link! Why is that girl kicking your butt?!?

Story-mode aside, this game is definately a must for fighting game fans, and the added bonus of Link is also cool! Anyway, Gamestop will have this game for cheap, so pick it up.

Soulcalibur 2 is rated T, and contains bloodless fantasy violence, mild language, and mild sensuality.