It's a new year, which means the Earth has made another circuit around the sun, yay. And this year has been productive for Crescent Reviews. As of writing this post I have 3,581 views and have about 9 comments (half of which are my own). This is a lot more productive than last year where I only had 196 views and about... zero comments. To those how actually read my blog regularly thank you, and please leave more comments so that I know that you are there. And to those who don't read my blog, well you aren't here for me to talk to so never mind. Anyway, the first review of 2014 is an interesting one. It is an anime review of a movie based on a game... Yeah, those tend not to turn out good. Oh well, this time I'm reviewing Tales of Vesperia ~The First Strike~.
|Meet Yuri. Yuri is awesome.|
|"I'm down on the ground ready to kiss my... what was the last part?"|
Tales of Vesperia ~The First Strike~ is THE BEST video game movie I have ever seen. True, that isn't saying much given the state of that particular category, but even holding the movie on it's own without it's connection to Tales of Vesperia, ~The First Strike~ is fantastic. The story is rather stock and goes through all of the paces of this type of plot, but it holds up to scrutiny, keeps the tension by having likable characters without the obvious plot armor, and it keeps the focus on Yuri and Flynn's relationship. The characters are likable, the animation is top-notch, the action is great, the comedy is gold, and you don't even need to know anything about the game in order to enjoy it. In fact, the only reason why I didn't give this movie a "Must Watch" is because it is kind of hard to recommended to someone who doesn't care about video games to watch a movie that is based ON a video game. But otherwise this movie is Highly Recommended.
Until Next time.