Friday, September 23, 2016
You know, it's amazing to think that a series that was created largely on a whim to become so endearing in such a short time. Senran Kagura started because series creator, Kenichiro "Righteous Boobage" Takaki saw the 3DS and knew the one thing he wanted to see in 3D were breasts. Fast forward 5 years and the series has not only garnered world wide attention, but also has improved itself with each entry. From the flawed but endearing Portrait of Girls and Burst, to the Solid albeit rough 3D Combat of Shinovi Versus, to Deep Crimson's Stacked Arts and impressive visuals at 60 FPS, to the HD gorgeousness of Estival. Not only did each game improve on it's predecessor, but also offer an experience that was new and unique, yet still familiar.
It's strange that in the very short time I've played the series, my appreciation for it has done nothing but grow. Looking back at my original review for Burst I can't help but feel that my initial thoughts on the story and characters where selling it too short. I realize now that the core of the series' story isn't in the struggle between the Good Shinobi and Evil Shinobi. It never was. Rather it is in the characters and how they grow. It isn't the stuff about "Super Secret Ninja Scrolls," or "Shinobi Battle Royal," or even the Yoma that stick with you, but rather it's Rin tragic past, or Ikaruga's relationship to her brother, or Hibari's insecurities about her power that you remember most about the games.
The gameplay of the series has also grown on me. Many call it simple and brain dead compare to other action series like Devil May Cry or Ninja Gaiden, and they're right to a degree. But each game just hits the right cathartic nerve with it's combat. It may be repetitive killing waves and waves of useless goons, but taking out dozens of enemies with well-timed, over-the-top Ninja Art is so satifying.
And finally the Fanservice. I think I may have done a complete 180 on the series' trademark Fanservice. When I first played Burst it was more of a distraction for me. It was more like I enjoyed the game despite it rather than because of it. However, as I continue with the franchise I not only realized that the fanservice is something built to the core of the series, that if you ever removed the fanservice from Senran Kagura, then the series would no longer be Senran Kagura, but more than that I realize that the fanservice is something more than just looking at Tits and Asses. Yes many will dismiss it as distasteful and objectifying and label the ENTIRE franchise as sexist because of it, but there is a sense of fun and playfulness that comes with it. With how over-the-top it is, it's almost impossible not lot crack a smile at the ridiculousness of it all.
And that's what Senran Kagura is: Fun. Pure unadulterated, unrestrained Fun. The kind of Fun that doesn't care what the rest of the world thinks. The kind of Fun that says "It's okay to look at cute girls with enormous knockers." That is the world of Kenichiro Takaki, the man who created a world of boobs and Ninjas because he wanted to. The man who has so much love and passion for what he does that it shows in his work. The man who created a video that parodies popular trends in the gaming industry because he is a massive shitlord.
And so, to the Senran Kagura Franchise: Happy 5th Anniversary. Let's make it to 10 and beyond.
To all Senran Kagura Staff: Thank you for creating this series.
To all Senran Kagura Fans: Let's enjoy these games together, and fight for our right to boobs.
To all Potential Senran Kagura Fans: Don't let the fanservice dissway you.
And to Kenichrio Takaki: May the Oppai be with you.
Now all together:
Happy Tits Day, I guess. Yesterday, Senran Kagura just celebrated it's 5th Anniversary. That's right, the series created by Kenichiro "Tits are Life, Ass is Hometown" Takaki has been going strong for 5 years now, so what better way to celebrate than to review another game in the series, this time Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus. Originally released for the Vita, the game was later ported to PC via Steam (which is the version I played). Now get ready to lose your clothes.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
|2D Fighter; EXAMU/Arc System Works; PS3, Steam|
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Okay, never review hasn't been decided yet. I'm either going review Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus or maybe Arcana Hearts 3 LOVE MAX!!!!! (Yes, the five exclamation marks are apart of the title). Either way, it's going to be a game that may people do not want to even exists, just my kind of game.
Anyway, this is kind of an update post. First and foremost is that I have set up a Minds account. Now what is "Minds"? Well, this is Minds.
Simply put, it's a new alternative to Social Network sites like Twitter and Facebook. Minds was created as a counter to the increasingly authoritarian rules and restriction on Twitter and Youtube. As many of you who follow hashtags like #GamerGate or keep a close eye on "Feminist" talking points have noticed, these sites have become increasingly SJW and will censor free speech in the name of protecting "The Narrative." Bans, Demonetization, and flagging tweets or responses that can be best described as "Wrong Think," have all become an all too common practice on these sites. And so Minds was created to serve as a platform that values the user's Freedom of Speech. I've just created my own profile (The benefit of being an early adopter to sites like this is my name isn't taken yet) so if you follow me on Twitter please follow me on Minds as well. I'll be making "tweets" over there and depending on how Minds grow I might migrate there completely.
Here's the link to the website: https://www.minds.com/
And here's my profile page: https://www.minds.com/CRES
Also, I've set up Ads on my blog. Since I'm trying to turn what I love into what I do for a living, monetizing my blog is a necessary step. Now, I'm not an idealist and think that immediately I'm going to be rolling in the cash, but at the very least this will help my wallet for the time being. So for those of you who like my reviews, please share the links and spread them around. Just doing that will help immensely. As for other venues of income, like Patreon or Pay-Pal, I'll hold off on those ventures for now. Once I know I have a sizeable audience that are willing to support me, then I'll consider it.
That is all for today. As I said check out Minds and follow my feed there. See ya.