New Ghost in the Shell Trailer hits!

Posted in Action Adventure, Anime, Fan Service, Movies on February 13th, 2017 by thelonegamer


Scarlett Johansson is The Major coming this March.

Ever since its announcement and subsequent casting of actress Scarlett Johansson, the live-action version of the anime Ghost in the Shell has been controversial. Of course there’d be hubbub over having an American in the role of a Japanese anime character named Motoko Kusanagi (I think they just call her The Major in the film). One would wonder though if a film starring a Japanese actress (Rinko Kikuchi perhaps? Maggie Q?) would be more successful with decidedly less star power. Hell, we don’t even know even with Miss Johansson that GITS will be a hit.

The second trailer shows off more previously-unseen footage along with the now-familiar scenes of The Major in her ‘naked’ bodysuit and the nightmare-fuel mecha geishas. But now there’s a bit more talking and some bits of the plot. While the film does share some scenes with the original film and manga (some, like the confrontation with the gunman at the waterway seem painstakingly-reproduced), the overall storyline seems to have been simplified a bit, or at least made with The Major more central to the story. It seems more of Kusanagi seeking her actual identity, rather than the more existential jargon in the anime. I guess it may take a bit of fixing to make the original’s concepts and musings about what corporates being human more easy to digest (the anime tended to be very long-winded in exposition). There’s Blade Runner-esque imagery, some cool action and a hot lady in a form-fitting bodystocking… what’s not to love?

Well, we’ll see if this is a hit or a hack this March. Ghost in the Shell also features Takeshi Kitano as Daisuke Aramaki and Pilou Asbæk as Batou.

Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles is Live!

Posted in Action Adventure, Anime, Comics, Fan Service, Fantasy, Movies on June 9th, 2015 by thelonegamer


It’s Batman VS Harley Quinn in the first Gods and Monsters Chronicle.

In preparation for the release of the latest DC Animated Movie, Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Machinima will be posting several animated shorts- Gods and Monsters Chronicles- on Youtube. Each one will feature on one of the three iconic DC Superheroes- Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman- in their ‘new’ incarnations.

This week we see the new Bats in action- this isn’t your usual Billionaire with a Troubled Past- nope, THIS Batman is a bit more… feral. In fact, he’s an actual bloodsucking vampire. Which I guess makes him a perfect match for the action in this first Gods and Monsters Chronicle episode, ‘Twisted’. This 5-minute short throws Batman into a deadly fight with a much more brutal and murderous Harley Quinn.

Though the animation and art style is still pretty cartoony in the Bruce Timm style, it’s a couple of notches more gruesome than your usual TV fare, with some rather disturbing mementos found in Harley’s fridge, and corpses making up most of the scenery in her dank abode- heck, I think this Harley would make Hannibal Lecter cringe.

With action and a bit of fan service amped up in this debut episode, I am quite interested in seeing what lies in the rest of the Machinima eps, as well as the full Gods and Monsters feature flick. For now though, check out ‘Twisted’ for some bloody good Bat-on-Bad Girl action.

Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN US Release Date!

Posted in Anime, Arcade, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Guilty Gear Xrd Sign, PS3, PS4 on October 17th, 2014 by thelonegamer


Now this is one gorgeous brawler.

FINALLY after what seemed to be an eternity, the official Playstation Blog has revealed the release date for the US version of Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN. The game will be out on PS3 and PS4 on December 16- just two weeks after the Japanese release.

On offer will be one amazing-looking game, that will be 1080p on PS4 at 60FPS (720p on PS3), with wonderfully-detailed and animated 3D characters made to look like 2D sprites- reaLly, this game is literally an anime in 3D in every sense, and it is awesome. 16 characters are playable at last count, which include a host of returning favorites and several newcomers.
The all-new fighters include the mysterious Bedman- a strange young man (yes MALE) who fights while asleep in a menacing ambulatory BED- the seemingly emotionless but super-cute Ramlethal Valentine- the game’s apparent boss and world-threatening super-villainess who come with two HUGE swords for dealing with lowly mortals.

Making their debut on the consoles are Sin and Elphelt. Sin is the son of series protagonist Ky Kiske and his wife Dizzy- a young man (he grew to his current state at an accelerated rate) who fights with his dad’s trademark lightning and what appears to be a flagpole(?). Meanwhile, Elphelt (who really reminds me of Alisa froM Tekken) is an artificial girl- yet another Valentine and purportedly Ramlethal’s sibling- who is dressed in wedding-like attire and wields a variety of firearms- talk about shotgun wedding!

The home versions of Xrd will include an extended Story/Arcade mode that will elaborate more on the plot that was left hanging in the arcade version, which we assume will include cutscenes and better endings. The expected home modes should also be included. As for any more extra characters, that remains to be seen.

This is one of my most-wanted games right now, and I am fully intending to get a PS4 just for it (if not for Dragon Age Inquisition). December is going to be awesome.

Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends Movie Review

Posted in Action Adventure, Anime, Fan Service, Manga, Movies, My Stuff on September 29th, 2014 by thelonegamer


Rurouni Kenshin ends with style.

And here it is. Just a few weeks after Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno hit theaters in Manila, the third flick of Kenshin ‘Battousai’ Himura (played by the androgynous Takeru Sato) arrived, finishing the story of the Japanese swordsman with the cross-shaped scar. Of course, being a fan of the anime, I really didn’t buy into the ‘cliffhanger’ of Episode 2- Kaoru and Kenshin both thrown into storm-tossed seas? Meh. Kaoru missing? As if. This was all setup for the Final Battle you just knew was inevitable, and all that matters really was that it would kick ass like no other. Perhaps with that in mind, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends pretty much throws in all the action into this sequel’s second half (or final third) in its two-hour running time.

Now, if you’re watching RKTLE, it is assumed you have watched at least the 2nd flick, if not both preceding movies. This means pretty much you are invested into director Keishi Otomo’s film adaptation (or are with someone who is). The movie eases into the flow right from the end moments of the prequel- really, you can watch the two movies back-to-back. Kenshin, who jumped into the roiling seas to rescue his lady love, Kaori Kamiya (Emi Takei), who was kicked off the decks of the Rengoku by the baddies. Unfortunately, he fails to find her, himself only barely surviving and getting washed up on a beach the morning after. Serendipitously, he is found by the one person in the world that matters- his Master and teacher in the Hiten Mitsurugi Style of Swordsmanship, Seijuro Hiko (Masaharu Fukuyama). After he awakens (three days later), Kenshin pleads with his master to teach him the Final Technique of Hiten Mitsurugi, in order to defeat Shishio.

What happens next is- well, little in the course of about an hour or so, as Kenshin spends what seems to be an eternity getting beat up by Seijuro’s tough love training. Meanwhile, the rest of the Kenshingumi (Sanosuke Sagara, Yahiko Myoujin, Megumi and the Aoiya Ninja) are at a loss with their two leads missing. Shishio and his minions are chilling on their giant battleship, shelling a town and extorting the Japanese government into declaring Kenshin culpable for his past crimes and sentencing the Rurouni to a public execution. Because, well, reasons. This never happened in the anime or manga (heck, why would Shishio bother? Oh well) but I guess it gives the many dozens of actors playing policemen more action to do. Heheh.

Once Kenshin finally emerges from his training sabbatical, things begin to pick up. Everyone converges for the final third, which gives way to a seemingly non-stop all-action final battle extravaganza which gladly makes all the wait worth it. The bloody brilliant confrontation between Shishio and… well, EVERYONE is freakin’ cool and caps off this flick with style.

There are, of course, many points that fans may grip with. With a finale that has so many characters, it is almost a given that there will be shortcuts. Whereas the 2nd movie snuck in two major battles with two of Shishio’s fearsome ‘Ten Swords’ (Juppongatana) henchmen, The Legend Ends is barely able to match that- aside from the given rematch between Kenshin and Sojiro Seta (which I found quite satisfying though Ryunosuke Kamiki eventually acting like he had a brain tumor was kinda a bit over), we only see about to other of the Ten Swords in action- blind swordsman Usui, who was a considerable baddie in the anime and manga is only given a couple of kinda-scenes, but at least he gets offed by the same guy.
Then there’s the fight between Sanosuke and Anji, which fills in at least the quota for Sano to show some funny action. But everyone else- blink and you’ll miss some of the Ten Swords being led away by the cops at the end.

But then, this is all about the Battle between Shishio and Kenshin, and this is the heart of the movie- it’s a long and knockdown, drag-out bloody to the hilt battle that starts off one-on-one then moves to two on one and finally FOUR on one before it boils down to the last moment. The most impressive parts are whenever Shishio swings his fiery sword though, with Kenshin’s signature Amakakeru being slightly expected, but the end was impressive nevertheless.

The cast is still in fine form, but I award the best performances to Tatsuya Fujiwara’s Shishio who just screams badassand stands up favorably to his manga and anime incarnations, down to the final, evil death laugh. The best villains don’t fade away, they BURN away.

That all said, I guess Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends is yet another third part of a trilogy that is sadly inferior to the second flick (Kyoto Inferno is the best-paced with the most consistent action). A bit of a top-heavy gargantuan, The Legend Ends impresses with a bombastic finale, but it was more of the enemy kicking ass and didn’t have enough of the good guy ‘Yes!’ moments that would have made this more crowd-pleasing. And No Kamatari in action, dammit!

Still, if you watched the first and second parts, this is a no-brainer watch, and I say you need to watch it in a theater full of like-minded Kenshin fans. Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends is now showing in Metro Manila theaters.

TGS 2014: Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN Epicness!

Posted in Action Adventure, Anime, Arcade, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game-related Events, Gaming, Guilty Gear Xrd Sign, PS3, PS4 on September 18th, 2014 by thelonegamer


It’s all about EPIC trailer goodness!!!

ArcSystemWorks’ anime-styled beat ‘em up Guilty Gear Xrd Sign is coming this holiday season, and I am really wanting this game so bad. It’s GORGEOUS as heck- literally an awesome anime action extravaganza you play, and it is looking freakin’ amazing. Aside from the expanded story mode, the game will come with at least two console-exclusive characters- Sin Kiske (son of protagonist Ky) and the recently-introduced Elphelt. For their TGS showing, Arc showed off a new ‘Epic’ trailer which shows off scenes from the Story Mode (which is really my prime mode to play) and 10 minutes of raw gameplay showing off the console newcomers.

The game is set for release on PS3 and PS4 in early December in Japan- hoping it comes earlier for us Gaijin! We’ll see. My body is ready… say the word, GGXrd, and I’ll buy a PS4. Haha!


The Devs show off Sin and Elphelt gameplay.

The Lone Gamer’s Movie Review: Rurouni Kenshin Kyoto Inferno

Posted in Anime, Movies, My Stuff on September 9th, 2014 by thelonegamer


Now when do we get our live-action Revenge Arc?

When I saw the first Rurouni Kenshin live-action flick a couple of years ago, I was satisfied and inwardly pleased- but I honestly didn’t expect a sequel. Well lo and behold, two years later, we will not be getting a sequel but TWO sequels, in the form of a two-part epic adapting the series’ most beloved story arc (both in the manga and in the anime series).

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno starts off the tale strong, with a small army of Japanese Meiji-Era police on the prowl to capture a notorious criminal named Makoto Shishio (an unrecognizable Tatsuya Fujiwara or Nanahara for you Battle Royale fans). Though led by the cigarette-smoking former samurai Saito Hajime (Yosuke Eguchi), the police are pretty much massacred and Saito left all by his lonesome to chat with Shishio, who makes an impressive and suitably demonic first appearance, surrounded by hanging bodies of dying constables and backed by his own cultish group of chanting monks and blade-twirling henchmen.

The ball is soon thrown to our man, Kenshin Himura (Takeru Sato), our androgynous, gentleman retired-super assassin, who has been living the quiet life in the Kamiya Dojo with Kaoru Kamiya (Emi Takei). With every police detachment sent to apprehend Shishio being wiped out, the government’s head, Home Minister Okubo (Kazufumi Miyazawa) turns to the legendary Battousai. It turns out that Shishio was Kenshin’s replacement after he turned Rurouni. Though Kenshin is advised by everyone he cares about to refuse the mission, events soon take it out of their control (and of course we wouldn’t have much of a movie then would we?).

The first chapter of the Shishio Saga adaptation includes Kenshin’s acceptance of the quest to rid the land of his successor, his first journey into Shishio’s occupied territories and his meetings with several important allies and villains- including Makimachi Misao (Tao Tsuchiya), a feisty young kunoichi or ninja, and the staff of the Aoiya Inn in Kyoto- all former Shogunate Ninja, and Cho the Sword Hunter (Ryosuke Miura), the first of Shishio’s minions he fights. Also lurking in the sidelines (but thankfully having the direction sense of Ranma 1/2′s Ryouga) is Aoshi Shinomori (Yusuke Iseya), another former ninja-turned swordsman looking to challenge the Battousai.

I have to say that this is a very Japanese film in style, flavor and feel- anyone not familiar with the source material may feel a bit out of it- particularly because the flick doesn’t explain much… it just assumes you have watched the first film at least, or are a fan of the anime/manga. Which is FINE since otherwise, you wouldn’t be watching. Heh.

At more than two hours, this costumed, period epic and anime adaptation will surely please Rurouni Kenshin fans and those who enjoyed the first film- it pretty much is an improvement on everything- the story pacing is faster (but still a bit leisurely), the action a lot better and visually more punchy (the high points being the fight between Kenshin and Sojiro, the village battle and of course, the Kyoto finale) and the costumed characters even more anime-ish (and in this case that’s a plus) from Shishio’s bandaged, mummy-like visage to Cho’s blonde coifs that would make Paul Phoenix and Guile bristle with jealousy. You just gotta love it.

Of course, the film ends with a MAMMOTH cliffhanger, but thankfully we don’t have to wait too long- Part 2, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, is set to arrive here in Manila on September 24.

I feel so lucky that RK is so beloved here in the Philippines we Pinoys get a special release so soon after Japan. Heheh. Till then, I may find myself rewatching the anime over and over till late September. All I can say is, I can’t wait to see Kenshin finally, FINALLY, do THE stance. Heheh. Can’t. Freakin’. Wait.

Sin Kiske Coming to Guilty Gear Xrd Sign PS3, PS4

Posted in Anime, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Guilty Gear Xrd Sign, PS3, PS4 on July 4th, 2014 by thelonegamer


Flag-waving Sin is coming to consoles.

It’s been known for some time that the console versions of Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN will be featuring some new characters, and now we know who at least one of them is- Sin Kiske, the son of series’ favorites Ky Kiske and Dizzy. Sin first appeared in the GG spin-off game, Guilty Gear 2: Overture. Being the son of a King and his Gear wife/lover is a bit of a big secret, so Sin was sent off to be taken care of and raised by Ky’s best friend/rival Sol Badguy. Despite being just ten years old(!) chronologically, he looks quite grown.
Sin’s fighting style revolves around his battle standard and ‘full stomach’ meter- using special moves depletes this, and when his belly’s empty he can no longer do specials. Eating something in mid-battle will rectify this.

Sin will have all the trimmings of regular characters, including a part in the Story. It’s not know yet whether Sin will be the only new character added to GGXrd, but we’ll surely see more if gamers want that. The game will be released on PS3 and PS4 this holiday season.

Playstation 3, 4 Gets Guilty Gear Xrd!!!

Posted in Anime, Arcade, Fighting Games, Gadgets, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Guilty Gear Xrd Sign, PS3, PS4 on September 9th, 2013 by thelonegamer


The sizzlin’ hot new GG is headed for Sony’s boxes.

Just announced today at TGS’s Sony PS4 event, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN is headed for Sony’s consoles next year, at least in Japan. This is pretty awesome, as this upcoming brawler is looking amazing with its 2D/3D graphics, off-the-wall camera angles and gorgeous art. Definitely something beat ‘em up fans will be happy to hear and a good reason to pick up a PS4 in 2014.

Playstation’s rolling out their arsenal. Hope to hear more as the days go by. WHOOPIE!

Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- Gameplay… GORGEOUS!

Posted in Anime, Arcade, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Guilty Gear Xrd Sign on August 13th, 2013 by thelonegamer


The latest GG’s graphics and animation got me hooked.

Some gameplay vids of the upcoming new Guilty Gear, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, are starting to appear online from a recent Location Test and I have to say- I am absolutely loving how it looks. In particular I love the cool angles, spins and closeups the camera does during special attacks, or even during Character Intros (check out Ky’s intro in the vid) and in the Win Screen- Man, I’ve always wanted a Win Screen with an angle like that forever!
I’ve always been more of a gawker than a player when it comes to GG, but if it looks and moves this great, count me in when this arrives. For now, check out the slickly animated action in the vids.


Hopefully coming to consoles in the near future.

Paperman: The Full Animated Short Film

Posted in Anime, Fantasy, Game to Movies, Game-related Events, Gaming, Movies, Videogame Artworks, Videogame Comedy on January 31st, 2013 by thelonegamer


Fast Tube by Casper

Art. This is Art.

For those who were able to catch the adorable Disney videogame-based flick Wreck-It Ralph a few months ago, this animated short, Paperman, as the front act to the main show. No, it doesn’t have the action of Read OR Die but the animation and art style are nothing short of jaw-dropping the first time you see it, the music utterly beautiful and the story loaded with that perfect amount of whimsy. I honestly believe you will be a better person after watching this, so check it out. Hey, and it’s FREEEEE.