Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X Review: It Looks Like The Work of the Devil

Horns and red face paint greeted me the first time I saw this game at Anime Expo this summer. They red horns were on a girl as she was seemingly casting a nether-spell to release the beast from the pits. Arcane symbols of squares and circles whizzed on screened. I ran away in terror as not to become part of this dark summoning.

As it turns out it was just the new Hatsune Miku game, Project DIVA X. Oh, Japan, you so cray-cray. The crazy nonsense of this rhythm of game is only maximized by it's insane fairy tale like story, crazy dance numbers and somehow parts of a dating sim.

Summoning Satan is only what the game may look like to a newcomer to the rhythm game series. The simple game-play, that can get pretty fast and hard, is simply matching the controls on screen to certain button pressed in time with the music. See circle, press circle as it is timed on screened.

For someone watching...the game looks crazy nonsense. Just like the recently reviewed The King of Fighters 14, when you see this and aren't playing you can just keep staring.

 Hatsune Miku, a well-known digital idol and her friends dance around to songs as though possessed by demons. Fancy footwork and fun stages are happening in the background as you're stuck looking to make sure you hit square on time.

Story matters here as much as most Japanese games when not rewritten for the American audience; very little. You have to save music or something, I'm not sure but I saw a ghost version of Miku, who is still alive, comforting Miku in the opening cut scene. Yeah, I don't know or care why that happened, it's from Japan, they just don't care about ending stories.

Songs can be catchy messes of fire and you can try your best to master them and even unlock costumes if you do well enough in them.

Costumes are plentiful, so plentiful that I believe it might be the most I've seen in any game I've played. They aren't just for Miku, but her friends too. You can mix and match them. Some costume and pieces actually help you out on gaining energy in songs. Because you have to fill up some energy crystals or some other reason.

Piles and piles of DLC are waiting for you if you want more costumes with more goodies like two more songs to get.

Friendships, they're not just a joke in Mortal Kombat anymore, are slightly lifted from dating sims. You'll get prizes that you give to gain friendship with the other digital idols. Oh, and you aren't Miku, you also have to give her prizes too.

 Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X must be the work of the devil. It's another strange rhythm game from Japan and you know what you're getting if you're going out of you way to buy it.

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X
out now on PS4 and Vita
Price: $49.99 (PS4), $39.99 (PSV)

 Reviewer was provided game by publisher for review purposes.

Overwatch Posters from Hero Complex

 Get the new piece from Glen Brogan that features all 22 characters. Or check out some of the other posters too.

Weekly What To Do: Labor Day Weekend Needs To Come Faster

So bad it's good pick of the week
Time Raiders
Playing Now
AMC Atlantic Times Square 14

We can't believe there's another major motion picture from China this year about grave-robbing. Mojin: The Lost Legend came out in January and we were surprised there was continuity; unlike most Chinese films. Now with what looks to be a boy band is another film about grave robbing and immortality. Is that a thing there now?

Cinecon 52: 2016 Classic Film Festival
Sept 1 - 5
Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

For more than half a century Cinephiles have gathered over Labor Day Weekend to celebrate the movies at the annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival. Cinecon is where archivists, authors, collectors and film fans come together for five days of classic film screenings, special programs, celebrity guests, and the best movie memorabilia show in the nation.

Sept 1
Union Station/ Universal Studios
Admission/ Ride Cost
A friendly get together of taking public transportation to get to Universal Studios for Harry Potter.

Sept. 1 – 22 at 8 p.m.
Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Topanga, CA 9029
Students: $10

Four evenings of live music outdoors in the intimate S. Mark Taper Pavilion at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum.

LA Fleet Week
Sept 2-5
LA Waterfront, San Pedro

 LA Fleet Week is a celebration of our U.S. armed forces at our nation’s
#1 port, the Port of Los Angeles. The four-day festival will host active military ships
along the LA Waterfront and feature public ship tours, military equipment demos,
live entertainment, educational activities and more.

The 4th Annual Coaster Show
& Mark Todd “Covered”
September 2 – October 2, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 2nd, 8-11 PM
In Covered, Mark Todd continues his reinterpretations of comic book art. It’s hard to believe this year is already the fourth annual installment of the La Luz de Jesus Coaster Show! What started as a last minute substitution has grown into a legitimate institution–one of the most anticipated events of the LA Art Scene.
Sept 2 – Sept 25
1101 West McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768 
Weekdays     Weekends + Holidays
Adults, 13+ $14.00 $20.00
Child, ages 6-12 $8.00 $12.00
Child, ages 5 and under Free Free
Seniors 60+ $10.00  $15.00
*Labor Day Monday, Sept. 5, falls under Weekend + Holidays pricing.
Enjoy our annual fair and live out all the moments you've seen in TV shows.

The Taste
Sept 2-4
Paramount Pictures Studios
$tarts at $100

Los Angeles Times has gathered the best of the best of Chefs and food to feed you this weekend.

626 Night Market
September 2-4, Friday & Saturday & Sunday 4pm–1am
Santa Anita Park
Free parking. $3 admission at the door only. Children 6 and under get in free. Many vendors are cash only

The last night market of the summer! How will you eat strange new foods and meet people? Wait, we have farmer's markets all the time.

Anime California
Sept 2-4
Long Beach Convention Center
$60.00 and will go up closer to event date

Anime California will bring eSports and Anime fans together to celebrate Japanese culture, music, and animation. Join us to celebrate anime, professional gaming, music, and more.

WET Carnival
Saturday, September 3
The Queen Mary
$39 - General Admission
$85 - VIP Admission. Includes VIP Line at Entrance, Exclusive Access to VIP Lounge, Two (2) Drink Tickets.
$50 - WET Afterparty: Party after the party on the Queen Mary Sports Deck from 9:30PM to 2AM.  Featuring DJs David Faustino & SB The DJ. Appearances by Big Boy, Dj Carisma, Letty, DJ Damage, DJ A-OH, Ayyde, DJ Hed, DJ Lezlee. Does not include access to WET Carnival.

The first-ever WET Carnival offers festival goers a day of fun in the sun with incredible live music, water-themed activities, dancing and more. The inaugural music festival will bring today’s top artists and DJs to Long Beach with performances from B.O.B., Lil Jon, Tyga, Kent Jones, DJ Mauricio and more.

Anthony Petrie's Charts 2 Opening Reception Sep 3, 7-10pm G1988(West) 7308 Melrose Ave

Anthony Petrie, accomplished artist takes us on another trip through cinema and pop culture. Anthony Petrie's Charts 2 will be opening for public consumption Sept 3 at Gallery 1988. He finds a way to make a film seem like a stylized infographic like no other. Dropping bits of info in a beautiful looking piece that must adorn any cinephiles screening room.

Fantasy Sports 2 Book Signing w/ Sam Bosma
Sep 3, 2:00PM - 5:00PM
210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801

Joining us in the gallery for the sequel to his successful graphic novel Fantasy Sports, Sam Bosma will be greeting fans, signing books, and spectating friendly games of volleyball.

In the spirit of the comic, we will transform our gallery into a volley ball court and encourage attendees to play in teams of two up to eleven points per game. First come first serve.We will release a brand new Fantasy Sports 2 poster by Sam which will be awarded as prizes to the winning teams.

67th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival
September 3-5, 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Long Beach

Get your Greek on with dancing, food and fun.

Meet The Tick Creator Ben Edlund
Saturday, September 3, 1pm-3pm
Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, California 90036
Ben Edlund (Supernatural, Gotham, Powers, Angel , Firtefly, etc.) in person.
*The Los Angeles Zoo celebrates the first day of FLEET WEEK L.A. with FREE admission for all active and retired U.S. military personnel on Friday, September 2, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Immediate family members receive a discount of $3 off adult and $2 off child admission. Free admission is available for one day only by presenting a valid military ID at the time of purchase on September 2 only.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Stranger Things Toys by Evil Corp

The maker of Vinyl Idolz made some of the best fan art, take my money, that needs to be made into real toys. You can look at some more of the figures on their Instagram and blog.

Trivia Murder Party

Oh, please let it come out in time for our Halloween office party! Little is known about the new game from Jackbox Games, the makers of You Don't Know Jack, but they'll be showing it off on their Twitch channel tomorrow Aug 31 at noon PST.

New Comic Book Shop Downtown A Shop Called Quest

Downtown finally has a comic book shop to call its own, A Shop Called Quest opened up in the middle of August in the Arts District. The store features one of the nicest looking setups inside with a nice collection of indie and common titles. The store also features art prints and pins to snag to look good and make your place look good.

A Shop Called Quest
300 S Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90013


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