Mushroom Soup For The Pixelated Soul
I have a new batch of reviews to share, including my first three Vita reviews (and one PSP review, for old time’s sake).
This won’t be the last I’ll be talking about Sony’s new portable. I’m playing Disgaea 3 as we speak, which will be my next review along with Silent Hill: Downpour.
And In case you were wondering, yes I did finish Mass Effect 3, and no, I will not be discussing the ending, as that topic has been discussed to death in just about every conceivable portion of the Internet. I don’t necessarily disagree with the fan outrage, as I found myself flashing back to Final Fantasy VII’s disappointingly vague ending and am equally disappointed by ME3’s lack of closure. But I also plan to withhold any final judgment until the “Epilogue DLC” hits.
Ending aside, I had an immensely enjoyable experience with Mass Effect 3. All of the returning characters shined, and the interactions with each of them were among some of the finest dialog I’ve ever seen in any videogame. It was a thrilling finale from start to near-finish that was not soured one bit by the ending, as many fans had claimed. Few gaming sagas have managed to effectively wrap up their stories, but Mass Effect did it nearly perfectly, to the point that Garrus, Tali, Wrex and all the other characters had become a group of heroes that I felt fully attached to, and committed to riding out the Reaper storm through to the last epic battle.
That about wraps up March in a nutshell. As for April, there was a surprise April Fool’s joke from Adult Swim that ended up setting the focus for this month.
It was a brilliant, if somewhat cruel prank: though I had been an avid Anime watcher long before Toonami, many fans can attribute the network for introducing them to the world of Japanese Animation, extending far beyond Dragon Ball Z and Sailor Moon and broadcasting classic franchises like Gundam and under-the-radar gems like The Big O.
With a likeable host and slick advertising (including music videos like the one above), Toonami was one of the most important formats responsible for turning anime into a cultural phenomenon in the West. For one brief night, fans were able to relive that nostalgia.
Except it might not just end on April 1st. Following the broadcast, Adult Swim tweeted for fans to voice their desire to have Toonami return in some unspecified fashion. After a week of tweets and Facebook likes, Adult Swim responded again with the cryptic yet hopeful message of “We heard you”.
What could this mean? Could Toonami actually make a return on the daytime? Or will they instead merge with Adult Swim as part of a late night excursion? What kind of shows would be considered? Will we continue to get reruns of Outlaw Star, or perhaps be treated to new acquisitions like One Piece?
So many questions, no answers at this time. But the hope is there, and for now that’s all that matters.
Since then, this month sort of ended up becoming “Anime April” for me. In addition to scoring an eBay copy of Asura’s Wrath (heard great things), I also decided to check out Madoka Magica, based on the huge amount of Internet hype.
How was it? Find out in my next article.