A song that soothes your heart and soul… Song of The Month

 

As some of the things at Anime-Eden are being a little slow, (not only that, I’m making another review for Mario kart 8 DLC so please wait for that) I remember bringing something up with member NOX which is a song of the day. I hope i can find something that can bring you guys and gals to Anime-Eden to make friends, enjoy anime, manga, music, your hobbies, your interest, What you might have in common with other members, and be a member of the Anime-Eden family. For one thing as the Title says, I want you guys to do this. Take your time to stop everything you’re doing, all the stress of work or of family or anything that causing you anger, sadness, stress, hardship, a broken heart, anything that is bringing you down. Close your eyes, Play the song, Listen to the beautiful melody the song by Nujabes that can soothe the soul and heart and mind. I want to have some time to work with other members to do this kind of thing but for now this is all i have in mind that i hope will lift your spirits up for anything.  Enjoy Luv (sic) Part 2. :) I will get Part 1 up one day but Part 2 and 3 is one of the 2 songs that has to be heard to those who haven’t heart Nujabes music!

Relax and enjoy the music. *bows*

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CWC I | Round 1 Winner

We would like to announce the first ever WINNER of the bi-weekly Creative Writing Competition (CWC) for October | Round 1!

Congratulations to Dead ‘Capulet’ Juliet for your time, and wonderful submission!

Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for – the piece:

My tale begins just as the day ends. Nonsense chanting combined with incoherent chatter makes it hard to think. This saloon is the heart of the town. If I were to give this country a metaphor, it would be that of this tavern. Loud, unruly, and full of fools chasing dreams like they were shadows cast upon the floorboards. I couldn’t be any more uncomfortable.

My seat at the bar was a tactical one at that. Keeping my head down, the brim of my Stetson kept away unwanted glares. I raise my glass of amber fluid above my nose. Gazing into the prism-like glass allowed me to survey the room around me without objection. My eyes could see it all. From the bulging bosom of the harlot next to me, the cheater at the card table with a deck up his sleeve, even the big shot twirling his revolver with a drunken look on his face that was asking for a fight. I could see it all, but not myself no matter where I looked. My eyes grew tired of searching. It seemed that my thirst would go unquenched this evening. I didn’t even touch my spirit; didn’t believe in them. I only brought it so I could sit there and not look out of place. I decided to give up. Without hesitation, I take to my feet, preparing to retire for the night. My hand slides upwards out of my pocket. I manage to flick a few generous dollar notes onto the bar top before I feel my wrist being grasped with a force that makes the entire roll scatter.

“I’ve been watchin’ ya all night.” His breath stank. The unwelcome swagger of his step was that of a drunkard. “That there’s ma favourite bottle o’ Bourbon you been drainin’. Way I sees it, you better cough up for a new one or we gonna have to settle this outside.’” He smelled of Gin and cheap perfume; seemed like his tongue does more than just talking big. My lips fail to hide an ever growing smirk. I grab my drink and hold it within his gaze. With similar aggression, my wrist flicks the contents into his eyes. He stumbles backwards and falls onto a tabletop. The room erupts in an awkward laughter, everyone but the group of gamblers with sour faces whose game was now ruined.
“Eleven o’clock. Town clock. We’ll settle this. A duel will put you in your place, unless you’re a coward?”

The clock strikes 8

How this town treats you, depends on how big your wallet is. If you can’t buy your way out of a problem, you let your gun do the talking. Common practice here is to get measured and leave a deposit at the Morgue before heading into the main square. Maybe I should explain…

This town has three major businesses that keeps the money flowing; the Saloon, Watchmaker and Coffin maker. My friend Colton owns the latter. You could say we have a very ‘lucrative’ relationship, ever since he invited me into his store the first night I arrived. He was kind enough to let me stay there; I have my own room in the back where the coffins are kept. He gives me a place to live, I keep the business going; fair trade. I couldn’t sleep a wink. I could only sit there wide awake in my room.

The clock strikes 11

The time came. A familiar face swaggered from the saloon just in time. Two more faces followed. Damn crook! He brought his lackeys to give him the upper hand. It seems that Colton will have even more business than expected, and I’ll sleep happily after a few glasses. They didn’t waste any time. All three pulled out their pistols and fired almost in sync with each other, they would have missed anyway even if they were sober. In the time it takes to blink, I’d already closed the distance and pulled out my knife; one, two, three, and then four. The first falls stone dead; the other two, fall limp as they hold their necks, blood spurts out like a fountain.

The corpse wagon, which was grimly named, had arrived at the perfect moment. Its covered top would prevent prying eyes or the fatally injured attempting an ill-advised stop to the getaway. Without a word spoken, Colton had disembarked from the driver’s seat to the rear of the wagon. His burly shoulders made short work of the body removal. Soon the three men were out of public sight and writhing in pain in the back of the corpse wagon. I wait for the streets to clear before slipping into the wagon myself. A bloodied hand pulled desperately at my collar to pull me to the ground. My face soon became submerged in a sea of red. I made short work of him. He fell onto his side in a tumble; a half sized bottle of Bourbon has rolled out from the inside of his coat. I became overrun with rage and pleasure. A feeling no human could explain or understand.

As the clock strikes 12…

And so I drank. I forget how the night ended; I had over indulged on this intoxicating elixir of life. Upon arrival, Colton found my sleeping body among the now dead outlaws. It was he who finally put an end to my night. After all, I had earned my bed for the rest of the week.

Yes…
My soft, silken casket.

Round 2 of the CWC I has begun. This round is reserved for poems, and the like. To see what’s in store; please visit the competition thread found here: CWC I | October

Have fun and good luck!

 

*This is an original story created for animeEDEN’s Creative Writing Competition. Copyright of the author - this is not to be used for any other means, unless otherwise stated by original author.

The Final Song… Drakengard 3 Review

Zero: I see… Mikhail
Mikhail: What is it?
Zero: It’s… Time…
Mikhail: Yeah.

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Hi guys I’m back! I actually took some time to play this game fully and actually happen to 100% complete the game itself getting the platinum. Also sorry the picture’s this size, when you press it, you’ll see how big it really is. Anyways, I actually was interested in the game when my brother actually finished the game and i wanted to try it myself and see how it is. Playing the game, it got me hook with the characters, the story, the music, the animation and CGI along with the well drawn background and i absolutely loved it all. Although, there were somethings that i happen to have dealt with during the game that i kinda wish Square-enix would hopefully fix and make sure it doesn’t happen in future games. Well, Time to Start this review. This is the review of Drakengard 3 (Drag-on Dragoon 3 in japan) on PlayStation 3. Developed by ACCESS Games and published by Square-enix in both America and Japan. Images are from the Drakengard 3 wiki as it has some outstanding shots, artworks and info on the characters and game itself.

Ah Let me add one more thing, This review will have spoilers to those who have not played the game, So please read at your own risk. I will try to not spoil as much as possible :)

 

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“This is a story of six sisters in a world protected by song. But one of these sisters seeks to bring about the world’s ruin. And she won’t rest until all the others are dead.”  -Drakengard 3 Release Trailer

The Game was Developed by the company who worked on the game NIER (which i haven’t gotten to play.) From its wiki, it says the game was made for its 10th anniversary for the first Drakengard game. As the launch trailer above stated, we are going to go the origin of the Drakengard series and where it all began. Before i began the game, i actually didn’t intend to hear the English voices. I heard them ahead of time to see how well they did, The only 2 voices that i liked was Disciple of Intoner V (5), Dito, and Disciple of Intoner II (2) Cent.  Dito was voiced by Yuri Lowenthal and Cent was Liam O’Brien. Those guys were the only ones who i found perfect, but as for the female characters, the other 2 Disciples of Intoner’s IV and III, And the Dragon Mikhail (along with how the English voice actors announce Mikhail’s name) I didn’t like it. So I ended up switching to the Japanese voices.

 

I thought the japanese voices would come in-game but they didn’t. But, You can buy the Japanese voice pack on the PSN store for $4.99. It may take some time to download cause the size for the voice pack is 9.8 Gigs. (yes you read that right) but to me it was well worth it to hear the original Japanese voices for that price.

 

The game Starts, the narrator tells you of the story as it says here below. Oh and no i didn’t cut it off with the Beau- part. That’s part of the CGI cut scene itself

Long ago, in an age tarnished by endless conflict, five beautiful goddesses descended upon the land. The goddesses sang mystical songs that restored peace and harmony to our broken world. The people began to worship these holy songstresses, and came to refer to them as “Intoners.” Thanks to the efforts of these Intoners, the chaos of war became a distant memory. And as a result, mankind enjoyed a an age of sweet reverie, basking in the newfoundlight and beau- “

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This is actually one of the scenes that hooked me into the game as well, and that is the CGI Cut scene. It was Gorgeous and could not believe my eyes the beauty of the cut scene itself. I actually thought this was outstanding and was wondering what it would look like on the PS4 itself. Sadly don’t think it will happen but here’s wishing!

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You are introduced to the main protagonist of the game. Zero, Once named rose, She is now called Zero. A beautiful white hair 19-year-old girl who is on the hunt to find and kill her 5 Sisters with her partner at her side, Michael. Michael A legendary 8000 year old dragon who became partners with Zero.

As you get to play the prologue, you are also introduced to the 5 Intoner Sisters that Zero is trying to kill.  The 5 sisters name go in numbers of 1-5. No really, Their names are 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

SongstressSisters (Top Left, 5, Top Right 4, Right 3, Left 2, Top Middle, 1, Bottom Middle, Zero)

They also have the numbers place on their forehead to show which number they are. They go with the roman numerals. Each of them also has a different personality but I’ll get to that later. With Each Intoner, they also have their own Disciple  that help  them in battle as they also have the ability to summon their own song given to them by the intoners. In the prologue, well Zero doesn’t have any, nor do you see the sisters have them during the prologue.

Once the prologue is complete, we go into a time skip as we go to the present of where the game is currently at. You are able to walk around with zero but she is a bit different than before since you now see her with a flower in her right eye. The reason for the flower? We’ll get to that in a bit. But one thing is missing and that’s Michael, her dragon partner. Sadly, He’s no longer with her. So instead, she ends up having a reincarnation of the dragon Michael and well… This reincarnation of Michael is more childish then he was before. Don’t believe me? You see him roll around in the mud, get screamed at by Zero, Then he pisses himself in the mud. The game then starts but you see him run of apologizing for what he did so you have to chase after him. Zero refuses to call him by his name so instead calls him stupid dragon.

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(This was a promotion for the game as all the characters were given a chibi form like Mikhail right here. )

When I was introduced into the characters, i was a bit confused as to how zero will be handled Mikhail along with the thought that Mikhail is in fact a dragon, so how will Mikhail be though the game, will he be a very scary dangerous dragon, or childish as you saw him. Zero in fact actually handles Mikhail the ways she wants, she actually abuses him, feeding him rotten meat, hitting him, stabbing him with her sword and even screaming and being angry at him for things he did wrong. But no matter what Zero does to him, he always cares and loves Zero no matter what. When playing though the game, you understand the Mikhail is a caring dragon who doesn’t wish to kill anyone, but find a way to reason with them than fight it out or having to kill them. But he does hate Wyverns.

 

Mikhail usually doesn’t understand some of the adult jokes that fly though the game as he just ask what they were doing. Like how he asked what Zero and the intoner were doing at night-time with Mikhail hearing all the moaning and what they were doing and said he wanted to join next time. Zero rejects the idea as Mikhail just questions why. It’s very funny to me how they made both the characters personality as it is and i think it was a great job with the writers doing that.  As you continue to go with the story of the game, you will slowly grow and attachment to both Characters as both Zero and Mikhail Grow a bond together that can’t be separated and deep down inside, Zero really cares for Mikhail, no matter what she does to him.

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As the game play begins with the first chapter, you slowly start to get use to how the game is, giving you a tutorial of game. Health bar is on top, your Strong attack usage is the bottom bar. Square is normal attacks, Triangle is your Strong so be wise to use it as much as you can as you can use them for combos or you can use the bar itself to protect yourself or parry attacks. It will use the bar so be useful of the guard cause i never really used it in the game until it was to parry arrows. I didn’t know how Important it was during the Survivor Challenges you will get to later in the game. The Game itself plays smooth for an action role-playing gaming. But there were problems i did have with the game that i really wish square-enix or access games could have done to fix the game itself.

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(Yeah the thing on his head happens to be DLC which if you buy the Collectors edition you can download it ;) )

There is another game play you actually happen to run into and that’s the flying shooting games. I don’t remember the name of it but its where you’re in the sky flying and aiming and shooting. So you do have those kind of game plays but that is with Zero and Mikhail together. You also play in that mode during the fight between IV (4). There is one thing that must be mention and that is that every boss fight, you will be fighting as the dragon Mikhail with Zero on your back. As you control Mikhail, it’s the same controllers but without the hack and slashing this time, instead it’s fireballs, dodging and giant headbutts into those boss! But be careful, They will aim to shoot you down sometimes and they will send their troops after you, so you can either fight in air, or on the ground.

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After the Mikhail fights, you must then fight the Intoners with Zero, but be careful when you decide to go into Intoner mode. When you go into Intoner mode during the fight with the sisters, they will also go into intoner mode with the time limit being the amount of blood you have on the flower icon next to your health bar and Strength/guard bar. Each time an Enemy is killed, or enough damage is done to a boss or enemy, the flower bar will start to fill up. Once you see a small light flash along with a sound, it means you can now go into intoner mode. So be use to use it when you need to or for emergencies. To Know when you are in Intoner mode, you will be press L3 and R3 Together, Zero will scream and turn red as the picture below showing you can are now in that mode, Your power is increased and so is your defense and speed. But it also helps when a spirit takes over an enemy who turns dark. When activating Intoner mode, the spirits will be forced out, giving you a chance to kill them before they go posses another enemy.

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I can also say for each mission and for each Accord Request you do during the game, you collect money, Gain level experience and gain weapons throughout the entire game. Doing certain Accord Request gives you some cards, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Black. Each of them giving you the chance to upgrade your weapons. The more you upgrade, the most expensive it gets. It will use one card per though so make sure you have enough in stalk to level them up. Accord’s Request give you some of the cards, but also when doing story mode, there is chest that you can open which give you Weapons, Money or Cards. So keep an eye out for those. They will also be available at the shop when you are choosing a chapter along with many other items and weapons you can buy. One thing that was annoying would be money grinding. So you’re gonna need to save up A LOT Of money to upgrade every single weapon in the game, and if you do that, you are given a special costume for Zero. I won’t tell you but it helps you during the survivor Challenges so i suggest you upgrade every weapon in the game!

Now before i continue with the story review, i actually wish to speak of the problems i mention above.

 

The problems with some of the games are as Followed.

  1. Frame Drops
  2. Unresponsive movement during Survivor. (I will explain but it RARELY ever happens. Happen to me like 3 times. but i can pause the game.)
  3. Small Bugs/glitches with enemy’s

Hear me out on this before i continue it’s story review. The problems of the game play was kinda of thing that i did mind and hoped one day they would patch and fix the game, but sadly they won’t do it. Here are some of the things that happen during the game that you will experience but the game is still beautiful and wonderful to play even if the problems have occurred.

Frame Drops.

I’ve seen some games drop some big and massive frames, but Drakengard 3 tends to do that if too many enemy’s surround you during one screen and you try to attack them as the game slows down a bit. But the frame drops are short, they will go back to how they were in a matter of Seconds or you go into intoner mode (Press L3 and R3 Together) As much as I’ve dealt with frame drops. The game is still fun no matter what, and not only that, Sometimes the frame drops do give you an advantage to you to attack enemy’s if they are huge to attack or to escape from their attacks in time. So it’s good and Bad.

 

Unresponsive Movement During Survivor Challenge.

Now this has happen to me during Survivor Rounds only. After complete most of the story, you have side quest called Accords Request. You take the request of collecting items in the game by killing enemy’s or opening Treasure chest. Only certain weapons can be used for some (you will be allowed to use any weapons in other request) and no items are allowed. Oh and you have a time limit for each one so good luck. Then after completing more of the story, There is a Survivor Round where you survivor killing enemy’s going to the next round. 10 rounds for each Challenge so be ready to upgrade your weapons to max. During survivor rounds, i tend to have a small problem. I defeated a bunch of enemy’s in a round, collect money and my EXP, move on to the next round. But then! My controller won’t move or attack at all. So i try everything and i pause the game to see if that works. Doesn’t. Only way to get out of this is by Dodging or waiting a while. Pressing R1 and you are allowed to move again. I don’t know if anyone caught this during their game play in survivor but they should be aware of this and a problem like that should be fixed. But don’t worry. During Story mode, this NEVER happens, nor during Accords request, Only time it happens would be during Survivor but it doesn’t happen as much. I would say it would happen only after like what, after 50 Rounds of Survivor. So if it doesn’t happen to you. Good. but it might one day, but don’t worry about it. As i said, to get out of it, dodge.

 

Small Bugs/Glitchs on Enemy’s

Now This has some funny ones and some odd ones. but I’ve only found 2. The First one happen during the desert where I was attacked by the sand wolves. The wolf ended up getting stuck to a wall and just instantly kept repeatedly falling down but never landing or recovering so you can keep attacking till it’s dead. I was laughing and my brother said it was a first time he’s seen it. The next one is the land of the forest chapter as Sorcerers are attacking on top of small mountains. As you attack one of them, there is a chance a Sorcerer will go through the walls in the game glitching him out, not being able to attack him in any way at all but he can’t hurt you. Only way to hurt him is with a long-range Weapon such as a chakram or a Spear. Ah well, least you can still hit him.

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Back to the Story! Review!

As you continue throughout the story, Zero does as what she keeps aiming to do from the beginning and that is to kill her sisters, Take their disciples as her own and do whatever she wants with them. Progressing through the story, you find out that there is more than one ending. You are introduced to Accord who talks about what would happen if the ending you currently saw was different, how would it turn out? There are various ways for something to end and for Zero and Mikhail to have the ending their were looking forward to. So Drakengard 3 happens to have 4 Branches. A B C and D. Each with a different ending and each with a different story.

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After Branch A you are introduced to this lovely young woman called Accord, who happens to witness everything Zero does. She also happens to be the narrator of the game. She actually tends to have a little fun and break the fourth wall during the game. Same with Zero who did the same during the snow chapter in branch A. She also has a little fun during Branch B or C teasing Zero.

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She follows Zero through her adventure as she also happens to record all of her progress.

During Branch A, you do happen to grab the intoner’s disciples who end up helping you during the entire storyline for all branches. So you can choose whoever you wish to take with you. Each one will Present you with a weapon of theirs for you to take as an offering them to let them be with you. But you can only take 2 out of the 4 disciples, but with each one growing attached to you, they will present you with another present of their most powerful weapon. The disciples all follow you through branches A-D but each one also have an ending for them as you progress for to them with a certain rule implying to them that wasn’t told until later in branch C. And The Rule?

No Disciple can summon their song without their intoners -Zero

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As the quote that zero states, it is true, if any Disciple were to use their powers and summon the song that is given to them to by their intoners, they will be reverted to their original form. Not being able to go back to the way they were.  Each and one of them use their powers during Branch D to fight for Zero. During branch’s B and C, their ends as to that were they fought till the end. As Did Zero and Mikhail. But Branch B and D, those were one of the heart breaking ending’s that got me and i nearly went into tears during those ending moments that to me they are also the unforgettable ones.

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Branch A ending happens to be a big sad yet confusing ending as you fight I (One). The ending goes with one dying as Mikhail as well. Zero stabbed her sister and then goes to Mikhail, but is then stabbed by I’s twin Brother who will end up going insane as he’s the only intoner in the world and the rest dead. Zero then crawls to Mikhail with all her might try to put her hand on his wing, but dies with her hand and Mikhail’s wing being a few inches away from one another.

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Branch B happen to be one of the most touching yet heart breaking ones in the game. After the fight with II and her Disciple Cent, who happens to come back to her after seeing her once again and remembering he is her Disciple, You fight Cent’s summon creature, Raphael. Mikhail is poisoned so much, that he could die at any second, giving Zero little options about how to save Mikhail. She had though of one way, and that is the flower in her eye. The flower in her eye happens to have a power as shown during the story of Branch A where no matter what happens to her, no matter how many time she dies, she can always come back to life as many times as she want. Zero’s only option was to give Mikhail the flower and she choose to.

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As you are greeted to an ending with Mikhail being alive, but no Zero beside him. He looks around for her but only hears her child voice with him replying to that voice, but with no one around him. Credits then play as the song played during the credits is called Black Song.

 

There actually happens to be 2 version of the song. One of them is one that was listed out of the US, and the other being song by Eir Aoi, who was asked to sing the song by company. She also happens to be a fan of the Drakengard Series. For Those who wish to hear the version Eir Aoi Sings, which in my opinion happens to be the most beautiful one :) It is Right Below.

As you head to branch C, you start to understand the story behind the flower as it is curse to Zero for she can never die. As you reach your way to the end of branch C and Fight I once again. As you fight her once again with Mikhail and Zero on his back. The truth behind the flower, along with why Zero needs Mikhail no matter what is revealed. Zero can be set free from the curse, but, there is only one way for her to be free of the curse, that being that after she’s killed all her sisters, Mikhail must then kill her. As you fight One and her dragon partner Gabriella. Mikhail is killed from his wounds with his fight with Gabrielle as he also dies, leaving both Zero and one to fight once again. Zero then kills her sister as one laughs at her sister before she falls and dies. Zero then turns to Mikhail as he is the only Dragon left that can kill her. With Regret and remorse filling her heart with Mikhail’s death, She vomits trying to look for another dragon. Sadly, She could never find one that could end the curse of the flower.

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(Zero As she throws up on the floor with Mikhail on the floor, dead, with half of his Body gone)

It is now time for the Final Branch. This would be one of the longest branches to me but it also happens to tell you the past of Zero even more. After losing Dito, Cent, And Decadus, Octa asked zero the story behind the flower, the sisters and what why she needed Michael before he died the reincarnation of Michael, Mikhail, was born. Zero tells the story as you also have to fight you way through the game and listen to the story.

DD3_Zero_Portrait2You are introduced to Zero Once again without the Flower in her eye. You also happen to find out that the 5 sisters were born from her cause of the flower. They all ran taking away all of Zero’s powers. Zero Still carries the power of the intoner as you can use it at anytime during the chapter, while you are in the intoner mode, you will be hearing The Black Song with and without the singing. Singing can only be heard during intoner mode.

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Continuing the story, Octa also happens to die fighting for Zero. As you reach the fight with I one Last time. Accord offers her aid as she helps Zero kill her sister but with Accord being a Sacrifice and dyeing in the process. But you happen to see she is a robot.  With Zero going to her, she thanks her for helping her. With the chapter ending there, But, there is one last thing to do and that is for Mikhail to seal her off.

This is the last Chapter of the last Branch. The name of the Final chapter is called The Final Song. I didn’t understand to what I will be facing in the final song so i prepared myself for anything.

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It happen to throw me off with the gaming being a hack and slash or a flying fight, to the final chapter turning into a Button Timing Music game where as you will be hearing the song but you will also be hearing some sounds as you must time them PERFECTLY in the game when they touch Mikhail. Now, you think you’ll be able to see Mikhail the whole time as you hear the song and time every last bit of the notes thrown at you, well no that’s not gonna happen. The camera tends to change angels every time as they can face the statues close to the face or move around so you don’t know where Mikhail is at, or the camera will zoom in close to Mikhail face as you have such little time to even time the note. Oh i also forgot to mention, this song happens to be an 8 minute Song and i am not joking on that. So i wish you all SO much luck into doing this because it took my about 50 tries before i even got the chance to complete it. That was like 2 weeks for me.

As you keep playing, the screen slowly starts to fade to black with you still having to listen to the small sounds, But there are 4 Notes that you will not Hear on the last-minute of the song that you must time Perfectly. If you miss Any notes throughout the entire song, you must start ALL over to the beginning, not buts, no saves, start the song ALL Over. Now here’s what i did at first. I played the song all the way being able to reach it to where the screen turning black and going into a small cut scene, but with the 4 hidden notes catching me off guard, you might need a little guide to do it. So i was able to use a small guide to help me find the last notes that i never expected to find. Which is below to help those who are having a problem with it. I do wish you luck cause even with the guide, you have to sync it perfectly or you will fail. I had a very hard time even when it was synced perfectly.

As you are playing the last 4 notes, you also hear the last conversation Zero and Mikhail have before it’s time to say their goodbyes (which you can see in the video) to one another. Remember the quote all the way on the top in the beginning? That quote was the last words in the cut scene, which if you don’t want to go back up, i will have it here as well. The Last Conversation they both have is like saying goodbye to your long time childhood friend. They created a bond that could never be broken, but the time came when it was time to say goodbye. In a way, i didn’t want it to end, i wanted them to continue being there for one another.

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Mikhail: Hey, Zero?
Zero: What is it?
Mikhail: I…I had a lot of fun. With you, I mean. It was fun being with you. The killing was hard. It was really hard, But…
Zero: Stop Repeating things.
Mikhail: But getting to be with you, Zero… Getting to eat next to you… Getting to Fly Around with you… Getting to have you yell at me… And Then getting to be friends again… It was really, really fun.
Zero: I see… Mikhail
Mikhail: What is it?
Zero: It’s… Time…
Mikhail: Oh…

Mikhail is flying as he goes in front of the statue and says “Goodnight, Zero…” as he shoots a fireball at the statue. The statue then breaks as it crumbles to the ground and Mikhail flying off. You then heard accord speak as she believes that Zero is still alive somewhere. A cut scene is then shown with another Accord taking the luggage of the earlier Accord. Then more accords pop out from different spots, from under the ruble that crumble to the floor, to behind buildings as all of them gather in one spot telling they all must continue recording the stories of the world that Zero has left behind. They all salute with one by one going their own path as you are left with one Accord walking on her own.

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One Accord comes up to the screen and says she wishes to thank you for playing the game. Before she turns off what it seems to be a Television, she says she will one day meet Zero again. She turns off the television as you are sent to the Mission Complete Screen. You Finish the entire Story of the game.

Now what is left after that? Well the next thing to do is some side quest which are Accords Request along with collecting weapons, items and missed treasure chest in the game. That’s if you wish. Not only that, Accords Last 3 request happen to be survivor Challenges so good luck with those ones!

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(I wish there was a chibi picture of Accord but i can’t find it, so i put a cute one of II)

Accord Request are as what they are, they are side quest to the game where you go taking the request of Accord to collect items that enemy’s drop or open chest. At the beginning of some of them are you limited to only using One weapon for those missions such as Sword, Chakram, Claws (well your using your fist) Or Spear. There are 3 Rules in the missions. Rule 1: Complete the mission with the weapon you choose. Rule 2: can’t use Any items. Rule 3: don’t complain about Rules 1 and 2. No really I’m not joking about Rule 3. I found that funny the most. You are given a time limit to every mission, if you fail, you have to start over, the side quest won’t close on you so keep trying as much as you can and plan it out!

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As you complete some of the side quest given to you or unlocked during the story. You will have a Money day which you fight a giant enemy’s you have fought before in the game to collect money. Killing these giant enemy’s or mini bosses as they are will not only give you a bonus and a lot money to collect, But a golden solider will come to face you! If you have enough time and power items, you can kill them very fast. After 1 Golden Solider is dead. 2 More come out, if you kill those 2, Then 3 are out. After those 3, you get a Major Bonus. Multiplying what you have earned by x2 then x7. Giving you a lot of money! I wanted to find an easy way to get money so i asked my brother where the best spot is. He told me complete the desert, Then with your weapon being max out (being the spear from what he told me) You’ll be able to get around 200,000 to 300,000 Every time. So grind that money out for the platinum if you plan on going for it!  If you collected enough money, unlock every weapon and card and happen to upgrade every single one of them. You will unlock a costume for Zero that you will be able to use anytime you want. It is a Crimson Dress that will automatically Fill up your intoner mode meter forever. When you enter intoner mode, The meter will go down, but once you’ve run out, it will refill instantly for you to use again! So unlock it to survivor the Final Survivor!

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Review Summery time!

The Story became one that was a little hard to follow at first, but wanting to find the truth behind everything was one thing that was able to make continue with the game and say that this game is one that should be worth experiencing yourself. The Game playing changing into different one’s such as a Hack and Slash to a Flying shooting its final chapter being a timing music game was also outstanding in its own way. The design of all the characters and stages all fit the game world itself and hope that those characters and backgrounds will return again one day in the future games of Drakengard Series along with their being an option to have the voices change from English to Japanese for Free. With the game being one of the best i played so far and making it to my top 5 favorite games on the Playstation 3, this is one game for Playstation fans, Square-enix fans, Access Games fans that you should check out.

Drakengard 3 for the Playstation 3 gets 8.5 Out of 10.

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If patches were put in the game to fix the problems that i happen to post above. the score would have been a higher but with no patch in the future, i have to be honest with the downsides of it and i hope that in the future, that if problems like this occur, they can be fixed. Still even with those small problems (and as i said, they rarely happen in the game ever) fans of the series, Playstation 3 owners and many more should try this game out for this is one that can’t be missed. Thank you once again for time to read this review and i hope to see you again with the next review, I will try to do better with reviews so here’s wishing. I leave you all with these last pictures of the beautiful Zero artwork! Thank you and See you next time! -kazuki20

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A-E’s Mario Kart 8 Review

Kazuki here everyone, some people of the old anime-eden know me as Sousuke so if that brings you back any memories of me, hi to you. Anyways, I’ve spent a lot of time taking care of a lot of things. From School work to finding work to playing games. I happen to have played a BUNCH Games and the list keeps going. During this time I’ve decided to write some reviews for the one’s I’ve played. Another game would have been first, but with delays along with trying to beat the game 100%, it is now on hold. But! I happen to have a lot of fun and time to play and complete Mario Kart 8. So with that being done, Here is a review of Mario kart 8. Well i hope this is a review! This is my first! Here goes nothing!

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Mario Kart 8 is the recent installment to the Mario kart series. It is the 8th game (though the total of Mario kart games is actually 11)  and happens to be one of the games that help the sales of the wii u that was having some trouble selling. Mario kart 8 brought many things from New Course, The new Carts and Motorcycles, The brand new ATV, New and Old Characters,  New items, the legendary horn that finally stops the infamous Blue Shell, Returning Courses with remastered Music and backgrounds. And the very new and famous anti-gravity that everyone has been interested in. The game also bought back a lot of fan favorite Mario kart courses from past Mario kart 8 games and even giving everyone the brand new n64 Rainbow Road Course that they happen to show in this trailer below.

With the game giving a lot of new options on what kind of cart, bike or atv you wish to try out with wheels and those gliders that help you fly through the air. Let’s start!

 

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As you start the game, this is the menu as it begins, giving you Single Player, Multiplayer, Online – One Player, Online – Two Player, and finally Mario kart TV. The bottom of Mario Kart TV Allows you to post on the miiverse, showing off the stamps you collect as you beat Grand Prix with each character, Beat Mario Kart 8 Staff Course Records (Each stage will give you a stamp if you beat their records, So Good luck!) The game did recently get a major update which add’s a List next to the stamps icons, showing how many races you’ve won and lost, coins collected, Favorite character, Favorite Course, Favorite Cart and parts, and many more. I will get into more details on the update as i write this review. Not only did it gives you a list, Below Mario Kart TV will now be the Mario Kart Shop (The Nintendo Eshop) that lets you add Additional DLC. Those will also be talked about in the review as well. Now Let’s start With Single Player

 

Single Player gives you 4 Options to choose from on which you wish to play. Grand Prix, Time Trials, VS Race, and Battle.  Let’s go with Grand Prix.

As you start Grand Prix you select Your CC. 50cc, 100cc or 150cc. You will unlock Mirror Mode after you beat 150cc. Now after selecting your CC, you are given the first 2 Courses, The Mushroom Cup and The Shell Cup. As you Progress through the races, you will unlock more cups. Once you begin you select your character. Only a few are unlocked at the moment but as you keep playing the grand prix, you start to unlock more characters as well. The characters unlock are random though, So you could get Rosalina before you unlock Baby Rosalina or it could be you unlock Roy then Wendy, then Rosalina, and so on and so forth, It is all random.

When you’ve chosen your CC, Character, Cart/bike/ATV, the parts of the carts/bikes/atvs, then your course, you can also choose if you wish to play With the Wii U game pad, Wii Mote Controller And Nunchuck, Wii Classic Controller, Wii U Pro Controller,  or the wii U wheel that is on sale or the Wii Wheel you kept from Mario Kart Wii. (note: you don’t need Wii Motion plus Controller if you don’t own one, A regular Wii Controller works perfectly on the wii U) There is 2 options you are given if you use a Wii U game pad. As the Race starts, you can pause the game, you will see 2 options up above the  Pause menu as you can use the Wii U’s Own Game pad as a wheel. If you prefer to use the thumb sticks then you can use those as well.  So Choose any of which you want and have fun cause i used all of them when i had guest over, I tend to prefer the Wii U game pad or the Wii mote and Nunchuck, but that’s me. I love the idea of Nintendo giving the player the options of which kind of controller the player themselves see’s fit for them as they play the game.  Also giving us the option to use our old wii wheel if we still kept them is also great! If you end up not having it, you can buy a new one with a Mario Logo on it made specifically for Mario Kart 8.

 

As you Start Grand Prix, You are first hit with a preview of how beautiful the courses are. The First set of nitro courses (First time appearing in the game) happen to very amazing with how Nintendo has taken a lot of their time to work hard to design and make these new stages for the game. Courses like, Water Park, Sweet Sweet Canyon, Mario Circuit, Twisted Mansion, Sunshine Airport, Electrodome, Cloudtop Cruise and The new Rainbow road are all just beautiful in its own way.

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Each and Everyone of those races show off not only the stage itself, it also shows the underwater transformation which has also returned, The Glide as you glide your way through the stages and of course the brand new Anti Gravity that was added. All those courses have their Anti Gravity during the race, it could be underwater or even on the road! You will notice a Blue Line at certain points of the courses that turn your cart/motorcycle/ATV into Anti Gravity As keep on racing, Don’t worry you won’t slide around as much but there is something that Nintendo did do that gives you the advantage when in Anti Gravity state. Your Wheels will be turned Side ways, this little change actually was one of the things that i loved about the game that made it much more fun and interesting.

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This is for those who don’t know about the whole anti gravity state. During this, there will be certain post on the courses that you may bump into. Once Bumped into, your kart will spin, and give you a Boost! You can also do this if you hit another player. If another player is hit, you both be given a boost forward, but watch out! If people are hit, other players can bump into those who were hit by items to give themselves a boost as well leaving you standing there as you try to recover! but some hope is if someone bumps into you, you can boost ahead and catch up! YAY! The Idea of Anti-Gravity along with the mini boost you get as you bump into people and small objects was the best thing that Nintendo had to offer for the game and i think it gave the game that whole new look of racing games now. Great job Nintendo! I believe with the Anti-gravity returning to future games, I think Nintendo will have some other amazing ideas in mind in the future and i can’t wait to see what they’ll have next!

After you finish a race, you will choose to either to watch the highlight of your race which you can change it to any way you want from going to big hits, drifts, and set it to who you want to watch. For Example, I wanna see myself, against my friend or a computer and see it with big hits, and make it last about 30 to 60 seconds to see. Well you can do that and watch the highlight! You can also see the whole entire race as a highlight! So watch it. You can also upload these highlights onto youtube on your youtube account to show many others! here’s an example for you guys and gals i did during the last Mirror Mode Cup Race and it was the biggest challenge and funniest that i didn’t expect!

The Game was indeed update and patch due to a lot of mario kart fans hating that the highlight was on top instead of next race. So now for those who plan on buying it, you won’t be seeing that anymore! Next Race is now first instead of highlight! You can also Save them by press the + and a star on the top left of your screen will say it is saved. I will go into more details about replays below.

Oh that reminds me! After beating Grand Prix on all CC, Take the challenge of getting all 3 stars in every Cup. Meaning you must get First place in every race and get a total of 60 points max in every cup. After getting all those and beating Mirror Mode as well with all 3 stars! You will unlock the golden kart! So Good Luck! It was one challenges i wanted to do and finally, after weeks, months of long races wins and losses, I finally got it!

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Time Trials Are Up! As you Enter Time Trials you are given the same thing as Grand Prix, but this time deciding your own Course. Once Deciding on the course, you can see many people’s ghost online that you can download and race against. From the Number 1 world record holder for those stages, To those who were actually faster than you by a minutes or a few seconds. Nintendo Staff Records are already saved and downloaded onto the console so you can race them anytime. Though there does come prizes when you do happen to beat the staff ghost. Once beating the staff ghost, you earn a Miiverse stamp of the stage for you to keep and use on the miiverse and show off. Another thing to add, if you happen to beat every staff’s records and collect all stamps, you will unlock another golden item! The Golden Wheels!

I always like to take the challenge of trying to beat the records of people and even of my own in time trials and those are the fun parts for me that I very much love to do a lot! If you want to try to beat my record, I’ll add you and you can download my ghost! I want to see if i can beat your records too! Here is my record to N64 Rainbow Road with Rosalina! Good Luck ;)

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Nintendo giving us stamps is an a small awesome reward and i like it. Though one thing i didn’t expect when it came to the time trials would be the world record holders on the stages! When Mario Kart Wii was released, everyone found out that the fastest vehicle in the game was the motorcycle. The reason is that if you do a Wheelie on the motorcycle, it doubles your speed. So everyone thought that the motorcycle would be again, the fastest in the game. But it happens to be something else this time in Mario Kart 8. The Fastest vehicle in the game happens to be the karts, but, you must be a Heavy character to have the max Speed. Bowser, Wario, Roy and the Mii happen to be the heaviest in the game, giving them the max Speed. During the Mario Kart Nintendo Direct, they showed us that it will be different this time. Saying that now the motorcycle, the kart, or the ATV could now have the advantage when it comes to the stages, so choose wisely. When that was said, I thought to myself “Wow! I can expect different vehicles to hold world records now! This could be very interesting this time and can’t wait to see what players have to offer.”

 

As it came to be, i did happen to view other people’s records who used their own vehicles and it was really awesome to see. Then seeing those people who hold the record, when i saw how they did the world record I was surprised about what those world record holders found and how much time they took just to perfect it! I still see some people try to break the N64 Rainbow Road World Record. And below is the latest world record you can see for yourself, the records are legit and are still being update so keep an eye out. Congrats to all those who hold the world record for the stages. But i do hope one day we could see other characters hold the records instead Bowser, Roy, Wario and The mii.

 

Versus mode as you know you against the computers and race against them in any race you want along with set the items on what kind you want to appear every time. Ah there is one thing i might add when it comes to items! If i remember correctly Nintendo said that this Mario Kart is the most balanced of all the Mario kart games when it came to items. So Seeing blue shells is rare when it comes to races. I remember i was in 8th to 12th place and i ended up getting a banana instead of a blue shell. I kinda didn’t want the banana to appear and i wanted bullet bill or mushrooms or stars or the blue shell to appear, but what can you do. Knowing fans, some may say it is balanced and some say that it might need fixing so we’ll see future updates if they happen to change things for the items. Now Moving on to something that a lot of Mario kart fans love to play in the game with friends offline or online or against other people. Battle Mode

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Battle mode, well let’s just say it could have been a hit or miss. To me it was actually…a big miss. As you know, battle mode is one of the funniest things that you can do with friends together at home or online. And it was FUN cause everything in that mode was insane and anything could happen. But, Instead of the old battle mode, you won’t have those old stages such as the cookie battle stage, instead the battle mode is changed into a whole entire course, such as Mario circuit for example, being the stage, as you go laps and laps and laps trying to find your enemy’s, take their balloon’s, hit your enemy, Ect ect.  In the old battle mode, which i loved so much in Mario kart wii, i loved going in circles and letting all hell break loose as the stages were small and you can go in circles and just run into anything or anyone on your circle, along with hitting your friend by mistake or for laughs or pay backs. As I’m kinda ok with the battle mode, i still wish for the old battle modes and i hope that Nintendo updates it and changes battle mode into its old ways which a lot of die-hard Mario kart fans still wait for it. Here’s hoping with the announced DLC that will be released in November 2014 and May 2015, they will announce new stages to the battle mode along with saying “we’re changing battle mode back to what it was. We hope you enjoy.” This was the only one downside about mario kart but if they do change it back, then the downside is gone and the game is perfect. I Still say you guys should try it and have fun with it cause i still say it’s fun with friends so don’t worry. It’s up to you to think if it’s Fun or not so go ahead and try it :)

Let me add some little + side to battle mode, sure it may be a full course now instead of a short one’s that you know and love, but it’s still fun to play them. When the player in battle mode loses all their balloon’s, they are turned into ghost, So they can still pick up items and try to get back at players who took the out last! but you will not be scoring points! Still it’s fun to get your sweet revenge on the person that killed you and have them not get first place.

 

We Switch to Mutliplayer as you can play with your friends or family in the living room! Multiplayer is actually a bit the same as single player, but without time trials. Yes you and your 3 other friends can now join Grand Prix and race one another to see everyone together can try to compete for the Gold Trophy!!! Collecting the coins as well as 4 players goes to your coin count, so if everyone got 10 coins each, it’s +40 to your coin count. Pretty sweet huh? One Thing was kinda puzzling to me which was what if player one, who has the wii u pad were to look at the bottom screen? would he got a screen to himself? Sadly, the answer to that is no. The player with The wii u game pad has to deal with 4 screens as well. But he still can have a map of his own along with viewing what items other players have.

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When it comes to Versus with 2 players, the frame rate will actually be the same as if you player single player. But, If you were to player with 4 players, the frame kinda drops a bit. But it’s still playable and still awesome to play with 3 other people so don’t let that bring you down at all :) You guys and gals will have a blast just playing together!

 

Online One Player and Two Player are up next! One player lets you play on your online against other people online from your Region, Or Challenge the world and see how you can do! Or you can just have some races with friends who are in different locations then where you are! Like Japan, UK, Europe,  Anywhere! You can race in Versus Mode and get your points up to the max! The maximum amount of points was about 9,999 but as I previously said! The game was patched so now the maximum amount of points is now 99,999! Good luck getting up there!! I barely got 1,200 points myself!

If you intend to challenge yourself even more and see if you’re the best of the best weekly, why not join the tournaments that are given or made! Tournament was introduced on Mario Kart 7 as it lets you join any tournaments with any community. So The join of challenging others in the community and being the best in that group. Mario Kart 8 tournament mode you can join any of them, from the cups being only Bad guys, to good guys or the baby characters. You can Also have battle tournament if you wish to do so! So have fun joining any tournament you wish to join.

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Two Player Online is like one player online! But with your friend or family member there to join in the race! So good luck getting the points and coins together and race one another! I’ve actually seen people play with two player and i seems that the points stays with player 2 when they come back to play together. One thing i will say, i ran into someone who was player 2 and had more points than player 1! They are really good!! >.<

The online has rarely ANY Lag at all, and not only that, there is no cheating on there with people trying to “snake” their way to first place so don’t worry! Rarely have i had any lags online or drops. I’m guessing Nintendo has done something that actually prevents any lag no matter what kind of internet connection you have. Mario Kart 8 gets some big points for that.  Ah that reminds me! Anything recorded on Single Player, Multiplayer, Online one player and two player are all recorded and saved on Mario Kart TV

The last thing on the list is Mario Kart TV. Mario Kart TV is your saved races replays and highlights from all the modes you’ve played. It can save up 12 different replies and highlights whether it be time trials, battle or Grand Prix or Versus races, it’s all Saved. but after 12 races, the last one will be replaces with the recent one you played, so if you have a favorite and you wish to save and show to your friends well there is an option for that, thank you Nintendo!

After a Race, you can favorite a recent highlight you watch! You can also share them online to the world! You can show it off at the mii verse world as they watch your highlight of the race you had, or time trial that you have beaten and show it off! With highlight on you can change what you want it to aim on. Which character or player, What action such as drift, Big Action, anything! You can make it go from 30 seconds, to 45 or 60 second, better yet, if you want to, you can view the entire race again with the different angles that the game highlights!  Here’s one i had with baby Rosalina as the last lap, i end up getting into a Race against a Red Shell! ^_^;;

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This is also one of the awesome things Nintendo allowed, which is let us upload our races onto YouTube! Yay! so if you got something to show! post it on the forums!

Another thing before i wrap it up is that you can also view the replays of your friends or the tournaments that you have entered as they are saved and you can see how crazy some of them are. There is a small section of the Mario kart tv where you see the popular 1 and Popular 2 sections where it shows some recent popular races from tournaments and online matches. See if you can find some good ones there.

 

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It is now to give the score for the game! Spending a long time with the game, I wanted to be as honest as I can to the game, and I actually plan on adding a side Review to its DLC that is coming soon, So please wait for that one day!

Mario kart 8 has really outdone itself in more ways than i can explain. The beautiful Image’s, The backgrounds of the courses, The courses themselves, The new characters along with the new Karts to balance out the game and the items as well and many more! It was just Outstanding and I loved it all!

The only thing that gave me a small disappointment in the entire game would be just the battle mode. It’s still fun to play, but the old battle mode that i grew up with and played with friends or players online was one of the funniest things of mario kart I always love. I Sure hope they do plan on changing it one day, so here’s hoping!

Mario Kart 8 is the one game that all Wii U owners MUST get! It is one of the biggest Mario kart games you can’t miss and you will love every bit of it! Whether you are and old classic mario kart gamer, or a new one! This will bring you in and love every second of the game itself.

Out of  5 Stars. I give Mario Kart 8 For the Wii U A Solid 5 Stars. Well Since Anime-eden doesn’t have a 5 star system yet! I’ll use these Mario Stars!

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Nintendo, You did an Amazing job with Mario Kart 8, and i can’t wait to see what the future holds with the DLC you guys have announced along with any other surprises that you have for us! I hope all of you enjoy this game as much as i did and i hope that we can all race one another! I actually plan on one day hosting an Anime-Eden Mario Kart 8 Tournament for fun! This is Kazuki20 Mario kart 8 review! Thank you for your time for reading! The Next Game review is currently in the works. Or Should i say the next 2 games. ;)

animeEDEN’s FIRST Creative Writing Competition!

You read right!

It’s time for animeEDEN’s very first round of the Creative Writing Competition (CWC)!

We’re still working out the gist of it, we’ll modify and tweak as we go!

Here are the Rules and Submission Thread.

Check it out!

Advice for the Beginning Novelist

Writing your first novel!

When I was but a child I found myself, after every great novel that I read, promising myself that I would have a novel of my own. Since that time, I have written 25 shorts, over 60 fan-fictions, 4 “full length” soon-to-be-published novels, countless lyrics, and countless poems. I have written anything from science fiction to philosophical arguments – Psychosocial Rehabilitation Analysis, and speeches to Screen-writes, and Plays. Writing was always my favourite subject in school; I was, I suppose still am, a geek. I participated in many extracurricular activities such as the anime club where I wrote stories for our on-going manga, the drama club where I wrote plays we later performed (Yes, I am a proud thespian), I wrote lyrics for choir, and arguments for the debate team, speeches for FLA (Future Leaders of America) and many more.

At home it was no different; I was gaming, drawing, or singing, watching anime, reading, or writing. I wrote fanfics about virtually every anime I’ve ever seen. The one I wrote with InuYasha characters made my sister cry. Which really solidified my passion for it; anything that makes my sister cry – I love. I have participated in several critique groups, book clubs, writing discussion groups, and am currently a member of animeEDEN’s Writing FanClub.

Writing remains to this day one of my outlets for stress. It’s a great way for me personally; as I’m sure it is for many out there, to unwind after a demanding day or week. It helps keep me balanced. Some say, the arts IS the fountain of youth.

Maybe why I volunteered to write articles for AE? …meh, maybe I just wanted to be special. AM I SPECIAL!?

Anyway; this article is for those of you who have the same (or similar) feels for the art as I do. I believe I will make this the first of many “tips and tricks” tutorials on anything and everything I know how to do. [INSERT SMILEY FACE]

Here I will provide a basic rundown of what it takes to write the novel you have held inside, I will help you realise that dream you’ve had inside for years! My goal with this is to increase the percentage of people who actually finish their novels, and to help each and every one of you experience the mystical three tiers of writers high. But, first, I’d like to say: NO IDEA IS A BAD IDEA!

Depending on how you paint the pictures with your words will determine how “good” or “bad” your novel is. Then again, your novel may be “good” to one person, but “bad” to another. Don’t get discouraged, don’t hide it away from the world, and definitely don’t take works that don’t belong to you. Sometimes, you can get inspired by a story – I have a million times over – but becoming inspired and taking work and passing it off as your own, are not the same thing.

With all that said, let’s get to the good part shall we?

 

I. Short story or Novel?

Personally, it’s all up to you; but most people – in the beginning – start out with a short story. It’s less daunting and seemingly plausible for the first time writer. A novel could take years to complete depending on the amount of effort and time you put into it. Usually, a novel is defined by word count 70,000 to 140,000. Yes. That’s how many words define a “full-length” novel. If you are one to “go hard or go home” and decide to begin with a novel, more power to you! The biggest challenge you will have to face is the amount of time it takes to complete. Statistically speaking, out of every 100 people who begin a novel, only three see their dream come to fruition. The first one is always the hardest, every one after that is… well… I don’t want to say a piece of cake; but for me the second, third, and fourth novel I wrote came out to be simpler than the first. It took me 3 years to complete my first novel; on a mixed full-time, part-time schedule.

Exar says:

For Shorts, something I tell to others who wish to write short stories is to not overthink it and just find something like a painting and create something with that. Finding everyday objects and creating a small story that complements it helps with your writing; and helps when you wish to create a story that comes to mind. For beginners, short stories should be written with a max of 2,000 words. Since there is no concrete length on a short story, I think it hits a sweet spot and it is like a standard for contests and the like.

For Novels, I believe there to be some more preparation to be done. I see writing novels in the same vein as films. Start out with writing concepts, such as the characters, the setting, etc. If you see that your story spans various times and settings, it’s best to try writing a basic outline of the overall story; along with a backstory that helps you set up the setting or world where your story will take place.

A good way to practice writing, in case that taking writing classes and the like are out of the question, fanfictions provide you with a way to improve your writing by working on an established setting and world; just tweaking to your preferance.

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

II. When should I write?

A lot of people get up early before the house wakes and write in the wee hours of the morning; some prefer at night when the house sleeps. If you have an empty home, it’s best to write free from stress. Albeit writing is a stress reliever, you cannot begin a new journey stressed out. Say you just came home from work. The worst thing you can do is sit down at your writing desk and start a tale. You’ll hit the block and fast. Try unwinding a bit first. Take a nice steam bath, eat some delicious foods, watch an episode or two of your favourite anime, etc. Sometimes, people like to watch a movie before they write; to get the creative juices flowing and the feels to swell. I wrote a short once, based off of a poem I had entered on animeEDEN v.1 back in 2006 called, “Metal Boy and Rock Girl”. I finished it after watching Edward Scissorhands. The short made me cry when I read it. Some people travel for writing, I know a lot of professionals find secluded, beautiful areas and just spend their days writing. You have to look at your life, at your schedule, and pick the time (and place) where you will be free of interaction with others. If you’re busy during the week, spend several hours alone on the weekend writing in seclusion.

I have heard some people enjoy a glass of wine or instrumental music. Keyword here is instrumental music. The words in your story you want to come from inside your head, not the words of the songs which will happen even if you didn’t mean to. All in all, you’ve just got to be free from life’s distractions, where you can fall into your creative flow.

 

III. Where should I start?

Personally, I like to make a conceptual outline; something like this:

Where the boxes represent the ideas and the smaller circles show how they tie into each other. That isn’t specifically what I do but it’s the gist of it. I have outlined my novels before by filling the squares with beginning, middle, and end ideas and tying them together; and sometimes I have just written an idea in a circle, and supporting events etc.

What you’ve got to understand is this: most novels begin with an idea; maybe a special character, setting, conflict, or a challenge for the character. An idea is still an idea until it has conflict between characters, a change of events or relationships over time, and a resolution. In other words, it has to have a plot, not just a wonderful feeling like a daydream.

 

IV. Should I buy books to help me out?

Yes and no.

The two tools I like to have with me at all times are a Thesaurus and a Dictionary. They really are your best friends. I also have something called, “The Writer’s Little Brown Hand Book”. Clever little thing, it helps you with grammar and other formatting obstacles. Now, as I won’t argue that you can learn a lot by reading creative writing books, I find it best to travel this road with little to no structural knowledge. You can’t learn how to write fiction just by reading a ‘how to’ book. They help, yes, but to learn how to write you must WRITE.

There will come a time where you will need help, go ahead and search for some. But don’t overload yourself with buying creative writing books and trying to read all of them; you won’t get anywhere and I’m sure they will just collect dust on your shelves. I do, however, condone reading some books on the genre you are thinking of writing. This will give you a general sense of what the others did before you and what readers expect from a story within that specific genre.

Research is fine and dandy, a necessity for some novels, but don’t waste your money or too much time on ‘how to’ books.

 

V. Where do I find resources?

The same way you found this and anything else: the World Wide Web. You could also go to public libraries, but who does that anymore? *cough*me*cough*

HERE

 

VI. What about writing classes?

What about writing classes? Its common sense, if you want to jump-start your writing skills; attend some classes on creative writing! You could go online to www.coursera.org and sign up for their creative writing course. It’s free and good! Taking classes on anything really is a good idea, not only do you get valuable information from people who have been doing it longer than you, but you gain experience, quick feedback, and you meet people who could be an asset later on in life.

I’ve taken a few classes as well, just to help shape my own unique style.

 

VII. Once I have all that jambalaya, what’s next?

The first step: a character with conflict

Start with the main character, also known as your protagonist. Pick a gender, name, role in life, etc. Give him a problem, something he wants or is fighting. Create a reason why he will have great difficulty solving his problem. This could be due to circumstances beyond his control, or by characters surrounding them. I find it juicier if the protagonist has some kind of internal conflict. What is internal conflict? It’s something within him that fights his getting his cake and eating it too.

Keep in mind if you make your character GOD who is predestined to win, he will be one-dimensional and boring. He will be flatter than a cola left with the top off for days, heck that cola would have more character than an underdeveloped protagonist!

You should also keep in mind that you are going to need characters that will make your protagonists journey an interesting one; whether by direct or indirect opposition. You may want to start a note on each main character, to which you will add comments as you go along. Create a short description of how your protagonist will struggle against the others and/or against himself to reach the ending. This is the start of your plot.

 

VIII. How do I design a plot?

There are hundreds of ways for plot design. It all depends on how you want to tell your story. The two most common are the Three Act Play and the Narrative Structure. It is possible to start with one layout and switch to another. Each story is unique, as we are individually unique, so you don’t have to do what you don’t want to – you don’t have to follow a predetermined format.

Let’s look at the Narrative Structure format:

Status Quo

    – it begins with a period of Status Quo; the protagonist is introduced.

Inciting Incident

    – the inciting incident is some event that changes your protagonist’s life forever.

First Turning Point

    – the first turning point changes your protagonists thinking on how he/she/it will solve the problem(s) at hand.

Second Turning Point

    – similar to the first turning point, the second one evolves your protagonist’s way of thinking even further; another conflict in the protagonist even. This could be where they make the conscious effort to behave differently, and effectively change who they are.

Crisis

    – this is where nature’s flight or fight response makes its debut; where the pro gets to make that other life changing decision.

Climax

    – the moment of truth, the holy grail of writing. This is where the excitement is. The battle scenes, boss fights, etc. go here. Think of the word climax… yar… exactly.

Resolution

    – when everything is said and done, problem solved; whichever way you chose to solve it. A lot of writer’s like to add in a little cliff hanger here to tie in the next installment… this is of course if you’re going to write a series, epic, trilogy, etc.

I find it helpful to create a sort of timeline when I’m writing in the Narrative Structure Format. I use sticky notes to briefly describe the events. It makes it easy to rearrange the notes/events as your plot develops. One thing you will learn, in the world of story-telling things are always changing. You might be heading one way with an idea, then one day you wake up to find that’s not what you wanted at all. I change my mind so much, so, so, much. I start first with the hero and make notes to cover his story moving from left to right in time order. Then I add below his row of notes additional rows of notes, one for each main character.

KEEP ORGANISED. Make sure you put the characters’ names at the top of each note so you can keep track of who is who as you move them around with new inspirations. It helps if you line up the notes vertically to match the events in the life of the protagonist. I post my notes on my wall. I look like a madwoman when I’m coming up with a plot.

 

IX. How do I develop my characters?

For character development I use THIS

I find the more detail you have within your characters, the more believable their reactions and responses will be to situations you throw at them. Maybe for minor characters, you don’t have to go so in depth; but definitely for major ones it should be as you have written a bio on someone you actually know.

 

X. What about writing scenes?

When you are ready to write a new scene, look at your design notes. Pick a character and an event. Chose their attitude, give them a problem, and start writing what they do and say to themselves, and to others.

REMEMBER: you are not an objective viewer. Get inside their head, they are you and you are them. You must live through their minds for that scene and every one thereafter. For all your characters! Eventually you’ll experience the writer’s high, you’ll be multiple people at once. It’s brilliant.

And don’t forget to show lots of emotion in your scenes.

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
- Robert Frost

Each writer must find his own style. You get to know your characters better as you write their scenes and eventually you’ll just fall into the flow. For me personally, my characters speak to me: they will let me know what they like and don’t like. Along the way, you will get inspired and change the character’s plot, design, etc. That’s perfectly fine; this is your creative masterpiece! You can do whatever you like.

 

XI. WHAT ABOUT WRITER’S BLOCK?!

There is no use in worrying about this now, but it will come; multiple times in one night even. Every single person, writer or not, has experienced writer’s block. From children writing an essay for English class, to adults writing a dissertation for their Doctorates degree… it doesn’t pick or choose; it plagues us all! This can be easily dealt with if you don’t let it get the best of you.

“Writing is easy. All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead.” – Gene Fowler

Some people might say that it affects beginners more than experienced writers. This may be true the same way fatigue hits a normal person quicker than it would a marathon runner. When the block hits, it’s time to turn off the editor in your head and just bang some words around. Flip open the dictionary, close your eyes, blindly place your finger on one of the pages, read the word and its definition. This has helped me many a-time get something going, which in turn, gets my flow back.

“The worst thing you write is better than the best thing you didn’t write.” – Unknown

This is also a time where the outline of the aforementioned timeline comes in handy. You can look at where you left off and see where you can go from there. Something will come to you, dive into the character, become him, feel his emotion – write his mini-story for the scene. The first draft is never the final. Maybe try that glass of wine to loosen your inhibitions. The flow will come.

 

XII. Should I join a writer’s group?

First you have to realise, writing fiction is a solitary activity; writing anything for that matter is a solitary activity. It can’t be any other way. Naturally, there will come a time when you would want to discuss your writing and maybe get some feedback; you will find that those around you who are not writers are of little to no help, save for the fact they can read what you’ve got and give some sort of general opinion. But, for deeper, more analytical results, it can only be one. This is the time to seek out other writers. You can learn from them, but be aware that creative people have creative opinions. A plethora of them; always remember: just because someone has years of experience on them, doesn’t mean they are qualified to help you write YOUR book. It’s YOUR BOOK.

Don’t spend too much time visiting writing groups. You are not writing then. You are writing when you are WRITING.

Participating in a critique group can be rewarding. They get together to read parts of their stories and get feedback from peers. I find one great benefit of critiquing the words of others is that it makes you more aware of the weaknesses in your own writing. No one is perfect, there are times you will believe your writing flawless; don’t take a critique in offense or let it scare you away. They are meant to help you get better and because of that writer’s high, often times you won’t see the error in your work. I like to save critique groups until after I’ve finished my novel/story.

Keep in mind you’ve got us here too!

 

XIII. I FINISHED! What now?

Finishing a novel that’s taken years to complete is a feeling everyone should have the pleasure of experiencing at least once in their lifetime. You are one of the three percent who actually made it to the finish line. This brings about the second tier of writer’s high: satisfaction. The satisfaction of finishing the grueling work you’ve been doing, the countless sleepless nights, countless hours locked up in your room, the countless instrumental songs you’ve been listening to – it’s all over. Never before have two little words like “The End” had such a feeling in your life.

What do you do next? Enjoy it. You’ve earned it.

Now, you may be done with the writing but you’re far from 100% finished. It’s time to re-read and re-write. Do you have to re-write? Yes, all good writers’ do. You think it’s over just because you finished your first draft? Ha. Think again.

“First drafts are for learning what your novel or story is about.” – Bernard Malamud

You will believe it is the best novel ever written; every first-time novel writer does. Sorry buddy, but the real work lies ahead of you.

“There is no great writing, only great rewriting.” – Justice Brandeis

“Books aren’t written – they’re rewritten. Including your own; it is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it.” – Michael Crichton

This is where attending the critique groups, and writing groups, comes in handy as well. They will help you see something you didn’t; it’s time to get the darn thing edited. Once, twice, three times. After all is said and done, and you find your novel to be exactly what you had hoped. You are done. You have finally come to the third level of writing high.

 

XIV. This is the end?

I’m warning you now. When you finish a novel or story that’s drained you; you’re walking on air. There is nothing out there that can harm you or bring you down. You walk around with a swelled head for weeks. Eventually, the high will die down, the rush will end… what not?

Make like a crack addict and get more crack!

In other words, it’s time to start another! Keep that high going, long and strong. This time around, it’ll be simpler – you’re no longer a beginner; you’re not a veteran obviously, but you’re not a noob either.

As far as seeing your book in print, that’s another article for another time; but I will go over it briefly. Personally, I enjoy self-publishing, look into it.

    For printed work try CreateSpace or LuLu.
    For ebook’s I suggest BookBaby.

If you don’t care about publishing on Amazon, try Smashwords.

Again, this article is the basics, there are many roads less traveled you will find your calling in. I hope this helps to some degree. One day, you will find yourself as many writers do, standing in front of a window – staring. Others may ask, “What are you doing?” and you will simply reply, “Writing.”

See you in the forums~

Cheers.

 

 

Dedicated to: Exar

The Possibility of New Music

I was sitting the other day, fiddling around on my guitar, and happened upon a cool little riff. I showed it to one of my friends and he told me it reminded him of another song and showed me. Given two or three notes, the riff was basically the same. I had never heard the song before.

This got me thinking.

Why?

Why does this occur when the possibilities within the music itself is infinite? Is it infinite? There are only a few sound frequencies our ears can distinguish; and it only takes a few notes to link two musical ideas and make them sound alike, will we ever run out of new music? Why are there so many commonalities between songs? Even spanning hundreds, and hundreds, of years, how come so many songs kind of sound the same? WHO AM I?

So, I decided to do some digging.

I stumbled upon a very informative YouTube video that I will take the liberty of quoting extensively. In this video, Michael of Vsauce elaborates for us:

“… digital music is made out of “bits”. Lots, and lots, of bits. But, each individual bit exists in one of two states: a “0″ or a “1″. Now, what this means is that for any given, say, 5-minute-long audio file, the number of possibilities, mathematically speaking, is enormous, but mind-blowingly finite. A compact disk which samples music at 44.1 khz is going to need about 211 million bits to store one 5-minute song. And because a bit can exist in two states, the number of possible different ways to arrange those 211 million bits is 2 to the 211th million power. That value represents every single possible different 5-minute-long audio file. But, how big is that number? Here’s some perspective: A single drop of water contains 6 sextillion atoms. 6 sextillion is 22 digits long. That’s a long number, but the total number of atoms that make up the entire Earth is a number that is about 50 digits long. And, estimation of the total number of hydrogen atoms in our universe is a number that is 80 digits long… but “2 to the 211 millionth power,” is a number that is 63 million digits long. IT is a number larger than we can even pretend to understand. It contains every possible CD quality 5-minute audio file. Inside that amount is everything from Beethoven’s “5th” to Beck’s “Loser” – it even contains a 5 minute conversation you had with your parents when you were 3 years old. In fact, every one of them. It even contains every possible conversation you didn’t have with your parents when you were 3 years old. But, it is finite, not infinite.”

While all that jazz is pretty interesting to know, it still doesn’t answer my question. Will there ever come a time, where every possible pairing has been done? Will we ever run out of new music? How many possible songs are we capable of? Why the glob do our songs sound the same!?

…on Everything2, Ferrouslepidoptera made a calculation that involved some assumptions that help narrow the field down a bit. She took a look at the total number of possible different melodies you could create within one octave, containing any or all of the intervals we divide octaves into. Of course, sound frequencies can be divided much more granular than that, but giving ourselves more notes might mean we could make more technically different melodies, but they wouldn’t necessarily sound any different to our ears. Now, given a single measure containing any combination of whole, half, quarter, eight, sixteenth, or thirty-second notes, she calculated that there would be 123,511,210,975,209,861,511,554,928,715,787,036 possible unique measures. It is a smaller number than we had before, but, to put it in perspective, this: 432,329,886,000,000,000 to 9 significant figures is roughly how old the universe is in seconds. Another calculation by Yerricde, is even more specific. He stayed within one octave, but instead of looking at a complete measure he only considered the number of unique combinations of 8 notes. He also assumed that typical melodies, as we know them today, only contain about three different types of note length. For instance: Quarter, eighth, and sixteenth; or, whole, half, and quarter. To be sure, that will most likely not always be true. Musical tastes hundreds, thousands, of years from now will most assuredly be different. But, given melodies as we know them today, across 8 notes, over 12 intervals, there are approximately 78,364,164,096 possible combinations.

Well, that’s a little more like it! Thanks Michael! There are approximately 78,364,164,096 possible combinations… 78 billion possible combinations… so, we now know that there are in fact a limited number of combinations possible… but… that number is pretty big – why is it then that we have such commonalities in music all across the board? For instance, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” the “Alphabet Song,” and “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep,” all have the same melody. If there are that many possible combinations, why does “Love Me Tender” by Elvis Presley the same as “Aura Lea”? Why does Taylor Swifts “Haunted” progression sound just like Coldplay’s “The Scientist” which in turn, both sound like “Zombie” from The Cranberries? I don’t think they are necessarily ripping each other off, though I wouldn’t completely rule that out; but there’s something going on here we aren’t seeing. I mean it’s not only that specific – an alarming number of songs just “sound” like other songs. The Spongebob Squarepants theme cadences quite similarly to “Blow the Man Down” and when it comes to chords… hah there is no variety at all. I remember my songwriting professor last semester mentioning the “4 magical chords to a successful song” which made me think why the hell would I want to use the same four chords everyone else is using? check out this interesting bit by Axis of Awesome on those “magical” 4 chords.

There is something psychologically pulling us towards these same patterns. Obviously, as we all know; we are influenced by what came before – that’s alright but with such a gargantuan number of melodic possibilities, why is it all the same? You could even look at the lyrics. Mathematically speaking, there are more possibilities than we could ever exhaust, yet in many… MANY songs… dare I say all?.. We use the poetic meter known as “Common Meter” or “Ballad Meter”

“The common meter, or ballad meter, is a poetic rhythm which is, naturally, very common. For the metrically inclined, it consists of alternating lines of iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter (although, especially where hymns are concerned, “iambic” is not an absolute requirement). For those of us who only speak English, it consists of alternating lines of four and three stressed syllables. Abbreviated CM. There is also Common Meter Double (CMD), which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.

It’s used in a number of well-known songs and poems, and as a result, you can swap the lyrics and tunes around, often to amusing effect. Some of the best One Song To The Tune Of Another rounds on I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue have done this (others have deliberately chosen songs with completely different meters to make it more difficult).”
(TvTropes)

The meter we are referring to goes as follows:
Line 1 = 8 syllables, A
Line 2 = 6 syllables, B
Line 3 = 8 syllables, iambic
Line 4 = 6 syllables, B

Is that the secret to writing a “timeless” song? Use the 4 chords, common meter, and voila. Done? There has to be more to songwriting than that…. right? The overuse of this meter is the reason you can sing the Pokemon Theme Song to the tune of Gilligan’s Island… or House of the Rising Sun… or Amazing Grace. Sure, the melodies differ, but if you don’t believe me – try it, sing along.

Now, while I don’t think that it just takes those elements to make a timeless masterpiece, it intrigues me that out of all the possibilities, human kind has chosen to use these and stick with them. Even without knowing it.

Now, many will argue that across genre’s they do not sound the same. But I’m sure with some digging you will find that they indeed do.

What is it within us that is limiting us to exploring the vastness of music? Is it that these patterns and themes discovered centuries ago, remind us of “home”? Is it our own internal laziness that stops us from venturing in to this finite, yet seemingly infinite, realm of possibilities? Or do we just enjoy these certain patterns and melodies too much to even care about what else is out there? Is it due to the fact that you have listened to these songs since you were a child, so the form of it is buried deep within your subconscious? Will there ever be a time where “new” music is made?

Feel free to leave your comments – or – post in the forum here.

The Power of Sound

We’ve all experienced that moment: you’re in the middle of an important conversation, using GPS to find your way to an important meeting of some nature, you’re bored and need some entertainment, or you just want to Shazam™ that song on the radio – but your phone is dying… and you don’t have the car charger!

I’m sure I haven’t been the only one who has experienced this issue and gotten so frustrated with the finite life of mobile phone batteries to the point where I just wanted to curse and scream at the thing.

Well, what if our curses and screams actually charged the phone?

Nokia has recently partnered with Queen Mary University of London to develop a method of charging phones using sound waves!

Standing at about 129 mm high and 70.6 mm wide, the ‘sound wave converter‘ is approximately the size of Nokia’s Lumia 925.

The brainiacs made this possible by using what’s known as the Piezoelectric Effect. Wait a second NOX… wtf is Piezowhatabaloo Effect? Here, I’ll let Wikipedia explain:

Piezoelectricity /piˌeɪzoʊˌilɛkˈtrɪsɪti/ is the electric charge that accumulates in certain solid materials (such as crystals, certain ceramics, and biological matter such as bone, DNA and various proteins) in response to applied mechanical stress. The word piezoelectricity means electricity resulting from pressure. It is derived from the Greek piezo or piezein (πιέζειν), which means to squeeze or press, and electric or electron (ήλεκτρον), which means amber, an ancient source of electric charge. Piezoelectricity was discovered in 1880 by French physicists Jacques and Pierre Curie.

The piezoelectric effect is understood as the linear electromechanical interaction between the mechanical and the electrical state in crystalline materials with no inversion symmetry. The piezoelectric effect is a reversible process in that materials exhibiting the direct piezoelectric effect (the internal generation of electrical charge resulting from an applied mechanical force) also exhibit the reverse piezoelectric effect (the internal generation of a mechanical strain resulting from an applied electrical field). For example, lead zirconate titanate crystals will generate measurable piezoelectricity when their static structure is deformed by about 0.1% of the original dimension. Conversely, those same crystals will change about 0.1% of their static dimension when an external electric field is applied to the material. The inverse piezoelectric effect is used in production of ultrasonic sound waves

In layman terms, the device uses zinc oxide nanowires to convert sound vibrations into electricity which then charges the phone’s battery. By spraying a liquid zinc oxide onto a plastic sheet, scientists then placed it into a mixture of chemicals which caused the material to grow into nanorods!

The converter device is capable of producing about five volts of electricity; which is plenty to charge a mobile phone. No plugging in, no nothing – all that is required is everyday background noise like traffic, music, and voices.

One researcher who assisted in the construction of the sound converter device hopes it will shine light and have long-term implications for technology saying, “Being able to keep mobile devices working for longer, or do away with batteries completely by tapping into the stray energy that is all around us is an exciting concept. … We hope that we have brought this technology closer to viability.”

Can you imagine? Never having to use batteries again!? Eh, not good news for battery companies I imagine.

Now, although this has made quite a splash when the news hit the world wide cesspit (a.k.a the internet) it isn’t the first of its kind, or the only one being worked on that uses sound waves to charge phones.

British mobile phone company Orange tested a t-shirt that uses a correlative method to convert sound waves to electricity in 2011. Initially intended to charge phones.

Similarly, uBeam – a small Los Angeles based company, unveiled their unique version of the sound converter Wednesday August 6, 2014. Most current wireless charging solutions require your device to be placed onto a mat, or similar object, to charge. uBeam boasts to have found a solution that eliminates the need for a mat; enabling users to move around a room with their device while it continues charging!

How is this accomplished?

They achieve this by using about the same kind of piezoelectric process only in reverse; by converting electricity to sound and sending audio over ultrawave frequencies to a receiver attached to your device that captures the sound and converts it back into electricity, you can charge your phone while making me some delicious brownies or a well-deserved sandwich doing every day household stuff.

With everything that’s going on, it looks like we are advancing further into this technological age; all the while, feeding our laziness. These devices are each in varying stages of development and have no release date for consumers yet. I for one am looking forward to the day I can sing my phone back to life!

Our childhood Hero, Comedy Legend Robin Williams has died

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I wish to Give my utmost Respect to one of my childhood Hero and a legendary comedian that has always made me smile and laugh with all the movies and shows he’s has been in. The comedy Legend has died this morning at the age of 63. They suspect that he died from suicide caused by asphyxia.

 

As Many of you know, Robin Williams is a very famous Movie comedian and a legendary actor in the hearts of many fans bringing them such memories of movies he has worked on from Disney movie Aladdin, to Popeye,  Jumanji, Playing the fame president Teddy Roosevelt in Night of the museum and many more famous movie and appearing in a lot of television shows he’s worked on such as his recent Show, The Crazy One’s. Many fans cry from the news of the legend’s passing, from those who has watched his movies and television show’s, to the gamers and anime fans worldwide. Robin Happen to show his love to the game Legend of Zelda as he was also in the legend of Zelda 3ds commercials such as the one below.

He has also worked on the Skyword Sword commercials that only aired in the UK with his daughter.

 

Robin also a big fan to some anime’s such’ as Ghost in the shell, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Cowboy Bebop. He mentions Neon Genesis in one his movies One Hour photo.  He had an Ask Me Anything on Reddit where some anime fans actually happen to ask him about his favorite anime as he would give a big respond to those who ask.

 

As a big fan of Robin Williams who is my childhood hero, hearing the news has broken my heart, my family and friends who have heard about his passing. Our Hearts goes out to his family. I wish to say that he has been an inspiration in my life with the smiles he left me everyday and every night. Whenever I saw his movies and television shows.  It would also inspire me to go out and make friends giving them laughs and smiles as he for millions of others on the big screen. Robin, You are a legend and we will never forget for what you have done in the movie industry and the television industry. The anime fans, The gaming Fans, The movie fans and the television Fans will miss you dearly from the bottom of our hearts. RIP Robin Williams.

 

Before i end this story, i will also like to take some time to talk to you guys about Depression.

You are all important to those around you. Friends and family as we are there to help you. We Always want you to know that we always have and always will care about you no matter what. If you ever feel Depressed, talk it out with friends or family. There is also and suicide hotline to call if the thought of suicide comes to mind.

 

All of you matter into this world, And we would do anything we can to bring a smile on to you once again.

 

This is kazuki20 saying from the bottom of my heart, Smile, Laugh and never forget that there are those around you who love you no matter what.

On Record with Reflux: MistiQarts

On Record with Reflux:

Maskota Zenska aka Her Mascot Seti  Drawn by MistiQarts

Maskota Zenska aka Her Mascot Seti
Drawn by MistiQarts

Mistiqarts

This week I had the pleasure of getting into contact with a very special artist. She is definitely a talent like no other and has manga-ka quality skills. I hope to see her flourish in the future and become a manga writer in the future. Keeping an eye out for her and her work will now be on my top 10 artists to watch list.

Normally, I interview cosplayers, well, that’s what I’ve been doing, but this is different, I am interviewing an artist that does manga-ka quality art. Which to me is exciting to begin with. I was shown this artist by one of the page admins on the Facebook (Pixie also a forum user). I sat in amazement as I watched the first video. At first I was like, meh, another artist, then like some sort of vortex, her video had pulled me in, and I was captivated. Entranced like a child who sat down to watch Spongebob while eating cookies, I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen.

At that point, I watched another, and another, and another. Before long I realized that each of the videos were 20+ minutes and I had been there more than two hours. Completely enraptured, I knew what I had to do. I had to get into contact with this artist. I HAD to know what made this artist tick. I just had to take a chance that I could get in contact with them and that they would accept an interview with me.  I sent out my message in hopes it would reach her. She contacted me back, and this is the awesome result of the correspondence.

An gel Drawn by MistiQarts

An gel Drawn by MistiQarts

R: What drives you to make such beautiful creations of enormous awesome? or simply put, why do you draw such great art? I mean, I know you cosplay too, but I look at your art and cannot deny this raw talent.
M: Thank you for the nice words, if you ever feel like promoting my cosplay team , I will be grateful to that too. We are climbing the top charts on World Cosplay really fast. As for the question. I guess I always had a strong need to create fantasy characters and worlds, but mostly fantasy clothes. I always loved the Japanese sense for fashion and fantasy, I am mainly influenced by the Final fantasy franchise, with twists on some of my own experiences. My art serves as an outlet for my stress, so I often catch myself just having all these ideas in need to be put on a paper.

R: What are your top 5 anime?
M: Top 5 anime: Vampire hunter D:Bloodlust, Spirited away, DRRR, FMA Brotherhood, Kill la Kill
R: Vampire Hunter D, that series is beautifully drawn and very over the top in its artistic style. Very few people have watched this, in fifteen words or less can you describe it?
M: Vampire Hunter D has inspired me by the perfect animation, and an unusually dark, yet beautiful setting.

R: what are your top 5 mangas?
M: Top 5 Manga: Trinity blood, Ludwig Kakumei, Black butler, Dogs:Bullets and carnage, Shingeki no kyojin.
R: Dogs: Bullets and Carnage, has a four episode anime, would you watch it?
M: I already watched Dogs anime, and consider it to be really good intro for anyone to go and read the manga.

R: Who are your influences?
M:I get inspired mostly by style, characters or world mechanism from these My influences are Kaori Yuki, Yana Toboso, creator of Black butler, Yoshitaka Amano, and Ayame Kojima, the main illustrator for Castlevania.
R: Ayami Kojima, oh man the visuals she does on Castlevania, Dynasty Warriors, and just over all, it sends chills down my spine. What is your favorite work of hers?
M: Ayame Kojimas work generally is inspiring, but her designs for Castlevania caught my eye first, with a special unreal and ghost like appearance.
R: who do you follow as an artist?
M: As an artist, I mostly get inspired by Yana Toboso, and her overly detailed work, she pushes me to improve myself every day, and strive to do better each time.
R: Mentioning Yana Toboso, I looked their work up and I see the influences. I am amazed, you have opened up your world in how your work is influenced and the beauty in how you work is shown. Now I see why Black Butler is in your top five mangas. Do you try to mimic any of their styles, because I see the influence, but your style is quite unique, so is there any mimicry?
M: I gladly admit the strong influence of the Yana Toboso and FF designs and styles, but I am unable to copy any style completely. I just take details I like (like the nose and eyebrow shapes and the amount of details and shades used), and merge them into the way my hand wants to draw, thus enjoying and creating something of my own. I am to stubborn and proud to be using someone elses work, but yes, influences are there for everyone, we all have to start from something we already saw before.

R: If you could have a superpower, what would it be, and why?
M: If I had a superpower, it would either be telekinesis , so that I could fetch all the tools I need efficiently, or being able to pass through walls. Basically, to be more efficient, also I am to lazy to run around in search for tools (laughs).
R: Telekinesis, like Jean Grey, or more like Raven? My question really is Marvel or DC.
M: DC vs Marvel is my main struggle, I just can’t pick. I could never choose between my favorites: Batman and X-men franchises. I just love both universes equally, as for telekinesis, yeah, like Jeans, but id definitively not enjoy the noise from all the people’s thoughts in my head constantly.

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Albino Circus by MistiQarts

R: What is your favorite word?
M: My favorite word, that is a really interesting question. I guess it would be Tranquility, since its so mysterious and elegant.

R: What sound do you love?
M: My favorite sound is the sound of the wind rustling through the forest leaves. Reminds me of the childhoods spent at my mountain side house.

R: What sound do you hate?
M: I hate the sound of the city: cars ,and sirens, loud people, broken engines, and chaos.

R: what is your favorite swear word?
M:  Oh my, my favorite swear word! I guess the words to tease my students with, like: poopie faces, poopsters , little gremlins (all the joking endearments of course)
R: Funny enough, your favorite swear word is much like one of the page admin’s favorite term of endearment for her cat. also a term of endearment. Is it because you deal with children more or just something that you picked up?
M: I try to avoid swearing generally, except when I’m under lot of stress. And since I work with my students a lot, I like teasing them with nicknames, makes swear word just turn into a fun thing.

R: Do you have any weird stories from your experiences cosplaying/being an artist?
M: When you are a cosplayer/artist, there are a lot of different people to meet, and every one of them is an experience of their own. Meeting celebs, taking autographs, giving autographs, roleplaying, exchanging ideas etc. Basically lots of my experiences would be considered weird for a regular person on the street, like meeting and learning techniques from ninjas directly, walking in a dressing room full of almost naked sumo wrestlers, flirting with the King of Hell (Mark Sheppard,actor from “Supernatural”), Getting my posters signed by an entire team of Bioware developers, Female Sheppard voice actor getting and liking a shirt with my art printed on it. Not to mention that I have built an entire manga school out from scratch, with few friends and no government help at all, into the best manga facility outside Japan. These are just things I can think of ,on top of my head. If I dig any deeper, I guess I would need to write a book.
R: Is it odd for you to have people come up to you and ask you for your autograph? or are you used to it?
M:  I absolutely am not used to people asking for my autograph. When ever someone approaches me for an autograph, I am almost surprised, almost asking people: “What do you need my scribbled name for?” I guess it’s because I never get to meet my foreign fans (who are my main fan base) , while the local con goers don’t really ask me for them that much, since Serbia is not that big on appreciating art.
R: Also, flirting with the king of hell, oh my, I am sure you have made someone slightly jealous. ( XD ) Female Shepard’s Voice, now that must have made your day. Half naked sumo wrestlers… are there any other type?
M:  Actually, Serbia’s sumo federation has really handsome, wrestler-like sumo sportsmen. When I entered their hall, they were all cringing in their underpants, and I heard one saying in a squeaky voice: “its a girl!” I just yelled at them that they have nothing I haven’t seen before, turned and left with the biggest grin ever.

R: do you have any thing to tell a newbie starting out as an artist?
M: To a newbie in art world I have one simple, and always heard thing to say: Work until your hands bleed. We all start from zero, and need to use all our skills, time and effort to do something we love. It takes all from us, and as a beginner, you don’t need fancy tools, just a lot of research, stealing knowledge and improving for years.
R: Okay, so a poor newbie can’t afford Copic, or Flex, what would you suggest for them to pick up marker wise if they had limited funds and needed 12 colors? (read your faq, but want to see where you’d go from here if they couldn’t afford Flex)
M: I started as a poorest of poor noobs, in a devastated war stricken 3rd world country. That is why I can share my experiences with people starting from zero. You don’t need markers. Regular water colors that I inherited from my mother are the tools I have been using for 10 years for anything I needed, and if I could grow up with only one piece of equipment, and paper i scraped from anywhere I could, so can anyone else. Markers are there for intermediates and professionals. If you are a beginner, you don’t need them, you will just use them up before learning anything. As I said, one pencil, eraser, thin black marker and watercolors are all you need to create good manga art. When you decide that you are advanced enough, use your art and commissions to sell and invest into more tools. Its how I did it. Took me years, but I managed somehow, and people from better developed countries can do all of this in much shorter time.

R: Do you have any negative experiences as an artist?
M:  As an artist ,as for the negative experiences, you get the usual:people don’t get that art is another form of a job . People keep asking for free drawings, somehow forgetting that artists need to pay the bills by selling art. As for being under appreciated, jealousy might sometimes spark in people who know me. People always see a finished results, (think its done over night by a fairy unicorn sparkle magic) but keep forgetting about all the time, sacrifices and efforts put in that project.

R: My other question is what is your opinion on street art, like Banksy or Shepard Fairey, or even those that use anime in their taggings, how do you feel about them?
M: I am a person who appreciates good street art, and keep daydreaming about seeing an anime inspired graffiti while traveling to work somewhere in my city. I prefer this art way more than just plain vandalism scribbled all over the place (speaking of my local examples that is)

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R: How much do your commissions cost?
M: My commissions have an entire catalogue of prices, depending on how much time and special techniques I need to implement in them, from 10$ and up.

R: If you could talk to yourself from ten years ago, what would you tell yourself (mind that you cannot tell yourself of life changing information or investments)?
M: I often think about what I would tell to my younger self, and I would tell her exactly what I tell to all my manga students: keep trying, you will one day find yourself, but what is important is to keep busy and productive.

R: Do you sell prints at conventions?
M: I am proud of all the sacrifices I made up until now, one thing I never allowed myself was to stray from a plan I was developing for years, and that plan was to succeed as my own brand.

As for conventions and prints, yes, every year I have a booth to sell prints at, but that is not the most lucrative business where I am from. I am trying to make my own print shop online, but sadly my country doesn’t allow PayPal payments to arrive into the country, which makes me unable to make my fans happy, for years now.

R: as for right now, since paypal is limited why don’t you use Skrill aka Moneylenders?
M:  Skrill takes to long get the money, takes a huge provision, and people don’t like paying with anything that isn’t paypal
R: Very true, I didn’t think about that. I suppose you have been trying to find alternatives for a while. Sadly, paypal is the most recognizable, but not every country allows money to be sent in via pay pal. just found that out today actually. Pay pal is restrictive in your country to send out is fine but not in.
M: Yup, spent years to find an alternative solution with no success, and that issue has hurt my country’s economy badly, not to mention anyone who wants to work in the field of art as a freelancer from here.
R: Horrible. The fact that your country has such potential to make money come into the country just by allowing paypal to receive. Do you think there will ever be a simple solution to this problem or do you think it will continue?
M: I sadly think that if Paypal arrives, our government will make sure to get it to be too complicated for a regular citizen to use it. I have been waiting for years for PP to arrive, and every year my optimism fades more and more. I can only pray for a solution.

R: Do you think you have succeeded as your own brand, or do you think you have a long way to go in the sense of global success?
M: In terms of global success, I am in need to dedicate my whole life, so that I can build all I want. I believe this is a fruitful start, and I feel very optimistic, especially with my manga drawing book coming out on all shelves in USA this spring.

R:  I would like to personally thank you for this, but I know Anime-Eden will want to thank you. Would you like to have any final words for fans, to promote any up coming conventions,  promote your youtube/tumblr/facebook page?

M: I am most active on my YT channel ,where I work with fans, make my art in front of the camera, make tutorials, all my information is there https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKkjDvIoqafx7TIi-A60fng , also my deviantart gallery http://mistiqarts.deviantart.com/ . I am a professional in the field of Japanese pop culture, traveling and doing lectures for the embassy of Japan in Serbia, so I always love finding out new fresh portals for pop culture,news, Japan,cosplay etc. Feel free to ask if you need any more info. Thank you for giving me a honor of this interview, please notify me the moment you publish it

Once again, I want to thank MistiQarts for being my interview today. I absolutely love her art and her cosplay, if you haven’t checked her out by now, I suggest you do. To my readers, thank you for being here for me and supporting me. To the new readers please, please, please, keep up with us, I want to be able to provide you all with a source on new cosplays, new artists, new anime, new manga. I just want to make sure you all have something new coming up on the feed. Anime-Eden will also like to thank MistiQarts and wishes her well on her upcoming success on her book and please do go give her a like on her facebook, follow on her twitter, subscribe on her youtube, and reblog a few things from her tumblr. If any of you wish to submit someone you would like to see interviewed, let me know here, on the forums, or on the facebook page.