Final Fantasy x Terra Wars Collab Quest “Close Encounter of the Terra Kind” Review

Better late than never. In this review, I am going to be talking about a previous event about a Final Fantasy XV crossover. This crossover is about Noctis encountering a girl named Sarah from the upcoming RPG moble game Terra Wars created by Hironobu Sakaguchi’s Mistwalker Corporation. This crossover also included Shadow of the Tomb Raider gear for the player’s female custom character in Comrades. For this review, I am going to be talking about this Terra Wars review and my thoughts. It will have spoilers, so watch out.

How to get this collab quest?

It’s pretty simple to get access to it. In order to team up with Sarah and take on this quest, you need to reach chapter 5 of the main game. It will show up in your map and you have the option to do it. Once you do it and get to the location, quest will begin and you will be placed in a separate story.

Story: Meeting Sarah and the Hiso Aliens

The quest begins with Noctis waking up to a mysterious world and meeting Sarah. At first, Noctis thinks that Sarah is the one that brought him into this world, but what’s more surprising is that Sarah was going to ask the same thing to him. It turns out that these two characters were summoned by a Hiso Alien Elder who is seeking help to save their world from a powerful evil force called the Eroder. The Eroder is trying to destroy worlds and make its own “perfect” world. It’s up to Noctis to team up with this new ally and save the Hiso Alien world.

Characters: Sarah, Hiso Alien, the Eroder, Grumpy Noctis

The new character introduced to this quest is Sarah and she becomes Noctis partner. Sarah, unlike Noctis, is an adventurous girl who can be a bit clumsy and more expressive towards others. In contrast with her, Noctis feels more of a kill joy who takes things seriously. He complains to her when she makes a mistake like almost getting herself killed, didn’t like it when the Hiso children played with him and was very skeptic about the idea of meeting an alien. Overall, Noctis acts serious and negative, but then later changes when as he works together with Sarah. In the later half of the adventure, Noctis admires her fighting style and he thinks of her as a good partner. The Hiso aliens are cute little aliens that only say “Hiso Hiso” and the only one that understands them is Sarah. These characters play a key role to the quest. There’s not much details about them except the fact that you need to help them. The antagonist villain starts off looking like a evil Hiso Alien, but then reveals itself as a dark energy force that can copy someone’s appearance and powers and incorporate their powers to the new host. The Eroder imitates Sarah’s appearance and becomes an evil copy of her and by using her body and its powers, it challenges Noctis and Sarah.

Review

This overall collab quest was fun and funny, but really short and linear. It doesn’t matter if you beat main game and visited this quest as level 99, you are going to be playing this game in a set level and already equipped weapons. Instead of using your Engine Blade, you will be given the Rune Blade and other already set weapons like the lance and daggers. You can also get the royal weapon Blade of the Mystic by giving the Hiso Aliens the right healing items. With these weapons, it’s pretty obvious that you can’t use magic. The gameplay is very simple and the combat style with Noctis and Sarah is quite enjoyable. I did like the interaction with Noctis and Sarah how they became from acting like strangers to comrades. I really like the Hiso Aliens. My weakness is cuteness so I did enjoy hearing them and I also like playing as Sarah for a bit and catching them. The Eroder was pretty interesting, but I can’t help but think of the Dragon Ball Super villain Zamasu Both villains want to seek a perfect world and they end up stealing a body for power. I guess you can say that the Eroder is pretty cliche at the most. Like I said, the world feels pretty linear so it’s impossible to get lost and it leaves very little exploration unlike most events such as the Assassin’s Creed crossover and the Chocobo-Moogle Carnival. In combat wise, I really like the combination attacks and I wish this quest had many fight moments. The ending of the quest was pretty funny and cute and I like seeing Noctis express more emotions when he is feeling flustered or embarrassed.

Overall

So, what’s my overall opinion? This quest was fun and I wish it would have been expanded more. It has a nice story and I really like the character interactions with the main characters. I feel like this game was more about focus on the story and characters than on gameplay. I really loved Sarah and I thought her character was more interesting than Lunafreya. It’s a shame she only appears on this quest because I would love for her to meet Noctis and his friends in his world or have Noctis visit her world. The villain’s role in this game feels a bit underwhelming and the only reason its important because it’s part of the quest. The rewarding part about completing this quest is that you get to unlock the exclusive weapon, Sarah’s Sword. This quest is free to try out and you can get this during chapter 5. What’s your thoughts on this collaboration?

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One Piece 14th film is revealed!

Hello One Piece fans! I got some exciting news to share with you. It was announced a while back that Toei Animation was planning another One Piece movie commemorate the 20th anniversary of the anime One Piece. Now, we finally got some news from the once said news! According to the official website, this 14th movie is called One Piece Stampede. The movie is set to be release in Japan in August 2019. It’s unknown if it’s going to be another “Film” title like Film Gold, Strong World or Z in which Eiichiro Oda was involved.

I will try to keep you guys up to date on this 2019 movie.

Source:

ANN

Sword Art Online news: New OP/ED songs, episode 10 controversy, Netflix uses fan art?

Sword Art Online Alicization has been getting a lot of attention lately and some of the reasons are mostly controversial and some minor good. Let start with the good news.

Good news

It’s been announced that there will be a new OP and ED song for the next episodes of Sword Art Online: Alicization. The OP for this second part of the anime is RESISTER by ASCA. The ED will be forget-me-not by ReoNa.

Bad news: Episode 10’s response

I am late in joining the series and I need to get started on this series, but recently, episode 10 of Sword Art Online got really dark. If you guys thought episode 1 of Goblin Slayer was too dark because of violence and rape, well you might get bothered in this episode. Episode 10 of Sword Art Online: Alicization contained some extreme violence and even sexual assault in which warned anime viewers ahead of time to those watching in Crunchyroll. This anime had to get it censored in some platforms such as Crunchyroll. The one in charge of censoring and editing the specific scene is from Aniplex of America.

This episode was described as one of the most violent and uncomfortable episodes that even Sword Art Online creator Reki Kawahara wrote to the voice actors on Twitter saying sorry that they had to perform this scene.

Reki Kawahara:

“Ms. Ishihara, who plays Tiese, and Ms. Kondo, who plays Ronye, both performed a painful scene with aplomb. Thank you so much! And I’m sorry, I’m so sorry.”

Here is the response from one of them:

Reina Kondo:

“Thank you! I think that everyone became stronger because of the experience! I will continue to work hard alongside Ronye. I’m looking forward to what happens next.”

I haven’t seen this episode, but I will say sexual violence like this does make me feel uncomfortable, but it’s something that we can’t deny that it’s real. There is someone that commented on the video comparison saying something about this scene:

Monta Anik: “This scene is just realistic. This is the world we live in. And the author is only showing it. Many people abused of women because of their noble rank. I called this episode: Hard reality of the old time”

Yes, I will admit, Kawahara does add this stuff in his works from the first season of SAO in the Fairy Dance Arc, SAO II with Sinon and now this. I can agree with this person that the reason he put these stuff in his works to show the scary reality that there are some people who wants to take advantage of the weak. In episode 10, we see high ranks people tormenting women and trying to get what they want because they think they’re better. I am not saying that this is true for everyone, but what I like about Reki Kawahara is that he doesn’t hold back on the truth. Does it make you feel uncomfortable? Yes, but it’s something to be aware of in reality. Other than that, if you think this episode was dark or even this anime, do not watch Beserk, Helssing Ultimate or Goblin Slayer.

source:

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-12-11/sword-art-online-episode-censors-more-content-on-u.s-based-streaming-services/.140630

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2018-12-11/reki-kawahara-apologizes-to-voice-actors-for-latest-sword-art-online-episode/.140635

Netflix

If you think that stealing someone’s art was bad, imagine Netflix using someone’s art for their shows. I am not sure if it’s already taken care of, but based on an article by ANN, Netflix apparently used someone’s fan art as a banner for the anime Sword Art Online. The picture was taken by a user and identified the art by Keeta from their Pixiv.

I don’t know the situation right now, but Netflix is trying to resolve this issue.

Manga News: Shonen Jump easy manga premium plan!

Do you like reading Shonen Jump manga like Naruto, One Piece and My Hero Academia? Do you want to be able to read these manga and support your favorite authors? I got great news for you! It’s been announced from Viz and Weekly Shonen Jump that they’re planning on starting a premium plan as low as $1.99 for people to read manga!

Hisashi Sasaki, editor of Weekly Shonen Jump in English and Japanese, mentioned that the goal for this new plan is to help bring in new members and fans and help support legal manga. Instead of being called Weekly Shonen Jump, it will be called Shonen Jump.

According to the Viz site, Shonen Jump will begin on December 17th, 2018 (same time as Tumblr will remove all +17 content lol). Free users will access to these here:

  • FREE chapters of One PieceMy Hero AcademiaBorutoDragon Ball Super and many more!

  • Official and same day as Japan!

  • New chapters weekly!

  • With new series coming!

However, if you want to pay for the plan and show support, here is what you get even more:

  • Unlock the Shonen Jump digital vault of 10,000+ chapters

  • Catch up on current hits from any point, revisit old favorites and discover new series for ONLY $1.99 a month!

  • Start your 7-day free trial beginning December 17, 2018!

  • Are you a current paid member? Go here to learn how this change will affect your membership!

You’ll get a free trial of the plan. The price is very small if you are doing monthly. You’ll get access to a ton of manga chapters from different series.

If you are already a member of Weekly Shonen Jump like me, you will have instant access to the plan and your subscription expiration date will be pushed three months ahead for free. You can read the frequently asked questions if you are already a member and still want to learn more.

Also announced, according to ANN, Shonen Jump will be adding more manga for the line up that you don’t usually read in the magazine. Here is what is being added:

  • Haikyu!!
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
  • Chainsaw Man
  • ne0;lation
  • Gokutei Higuma (tentative title)
  • act-age
  • Jujutsu Kaisen!!

What do you guys think about this new plan? Instead of reading a magazine, you are going to be reading a vault of many chapters from your favorite series on the app and website. You will be able to read manga legally and support the authors without using a shady scanned site.

source:

Viz | Weekly Shonen Jump | FAQ

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live action Sonic the Hedgehog poster is teased and revealed!

Revealed yesterday, studio company Paramount Pictures just unveiled a live action teaser poster for the upcoming 2019 movie Sonic the Hedgehog. Just like Detective Pikachu, this is another movie adaptation of a video game.

Revealed on this poster, this movie will be released on November 2019 and the people working on movies will be the same people who did Deadpool and Fast and the Furious. The voice providing the main hero Sonic will be Ben Schwartz and the villain Dr. Eggman will be done as Jim Carrey most likely be acted than voice. However, after the poster was revealed, most Sonic fans and even non fans gave bad responses. What do think about this tease image?

 

ICYMI: Marvel releases trailers for Captain Marvel and Avengers 4 movie with title

In case you been sleeping under a rock or drifting in space, here is what you may or may not know what’s going in the world of movies. It’s been released last week that Marvel released another trailer for the upcoming March movie Captain Marvel. In this trailer, we get to see some awesome fight scenes with the character Carol Denvers as she uses cosmic powers. We also get to learn about how did she get these powers. Young Nick Fury is also in this movie and he is going to be involved with Carol’s adventure as they encounter other cosmic people like the shape-shifting aliens the Skrulls and learn about the Kree army in which gave Carol’s powers.

Captain Marvel is set to be released on March 2019

Revealed this Friday, Marvel just unvieled the long and awaited trailer for the 4th Avengers movie for 2019. This new trailer also revealed the title. No longer called Avengers 4, but now it is officially called Avengers: Endgame. Taking place after the events of Infinity War, Iron Man and the rest of heros mourn the loss of their heroic comrades after a battle with Thanos. Returning characters like Hawkeye is back, but with a new gear in which he goes by the name Ronin. Scott from Ant-Man is back and he wants to be part of the action.

Avengers: Endgame will be released on April 2019 instead of May.

Kingdom Hearts III “Face My Fears” Opening Cinematic Movie revealed!

Hello gamers! I got some great news for anyone is on the hype train of Kingdom Hearts III. Remember a while back I said Kingdom Hearts III is going to be getting a new theme song done by Hikaru Utada and Skrillex? Well, good news, we finally got to see the opening song. Square Enix just unvieled the new song called Face My Fears which was a collaboration song made by Kingdom Hearts singer Hikaru Utada and Dubstep composer Skrillex. The opening movie shows a quick recap of Sora’s adventure from Kingdom Hearts I and even the unfortunate events in Birth by Sleep to right now in Kingdom Hearts III. Once again, the song is a collaboration of both well-known singers and it’s going to be used as the opening movie song and the ending song is going to be Don’t Think Twice and that song is performed only by Hikaru Utada. Kingdom Hearts III is set to be released on January 29th, 2019 for PS4 and X1.

Loonatics Unleashed Episode 3

Interesting perspective of Lexi and Pokemon themes.

Visionaries

Hey Everyone! Hope the couple to few of you are enjoying this series so far, I’m slowly yet surely working on some more posts for you fellow readers. Until then take your time to keep reading and watching the videos to get you psyched for the new episode!! I thought this would be a good time for everyone to get to know the characters. The brilliance of this person on YouTube, her online name is musicalspygirlLU, gives great info about the characters and some action scenes. For this post I will start off with Lexi’s video since this episode is based around her and Myka. For the next few episodes I will posts more info videos for each character. Here is Lexi’s video…

Happy reading!!

Episode 3

A few days passed. Myka grew accustomed to the quiet hotel room. The bird like creature was forever sealed in its life sphere…

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Video Game Awards news! New games for 2019!

In case you missed it, here is what happened in a few days ago.

There was a video game awards show called The Game Award which gave awards to games of 2018! Besides seeing what was the best of the games, we’re getting some new video games of 2019! I can’t list them all but I will mention some that stood out the most. If you enjoyed Crash N-Sane Trilogy from 2017, get reader for another remastered game. Coming from the same team that remastered all three games, get ready for Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled for Switch, PS4 and X1. This game is more than a remaster of Naughty Dog’s last Crash title in the PS1-era, but according to GameSpot, this game will also be built from the ground up. If you enjoyed this racing game from the PS1 or as a PS3 digital game, get ready to play this game with a remaster look for your consoles.

Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled is coming in June 21, 2019

Coming back from the same people who made Injustice, NetherRealm Studios is back for another Mortal Kombat game. This new game is called Mortal Kombat 11 and based on the trailer, get ready to play as modern and classic (or should I say klassic) versions of your favorite characters like Scorpion and Raiden. The game is expected to be released globally on April 23rd, 2019, but more details of the game will be held at a community reveal event this upcoming January. According to the video, pre-ordering the game will include players access to a beta game of MK11 and you can instantly play as Shao Khan.

Whether it is good or bad news, but Marvel will be making a video game exclusively for Nintendo Switch owners. This game is called Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. This is the third installment from the Ulimate Alliance series, and this game will allow players to create a team made members of the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and even X-Men. The enemies of the game will be primary be Thanos and his children, but players will also have the opportunity to fight Ultron and even Kingpin.

This game is set for 2019.

Even though it’s a DLC, it’s worth mentioning. It’s been revealed on who is joining Super Smash Bros: Ultimate as DLC. The protagonist Joker from Persona 5 is revealed to be the character joining Smash and he is the first of the five characters from the DLC.  You can unlock this character by buying him as a DLC or just getting him in the Fighter’s Pass which includes 5 DLC characters.

Friday Funny 190: Friday Joins Smash!

TGIF!

Thank God it’s Friday! Welcome my friends for another exciting Friday Funny episode. I am just going to cut to the chase because most of you want to play Super Smash Bros: Ultimate. Today is the release of Nintendo’s best selling crossover fighting game, Super Smash Bros: Ultimate. Why is it? It’s Ultimate because this game has over 70+ characters from the Nintendo 64 game to the Wii U/3DS and even newcomers like Ridley and King K. Rool. This game will even all the past stages and thanks to the Switch hardware, the stages will be in HD. You can even play the game with a GameCube controller as long you have the adapter. Players will also be able to play the game’s story where the survivor is Kirby and he must fight against evil clones of his friends. If you have a Nintendo Switch, you better grab a copy of the game and invite your friends. At this point, Nintendo is going to convert every gamer into a Nintendo fan. Besides this game, we have 18 days before Christmas, so I hope you didn’t spend too much money on yourself; make sure you have enough for gifts. Also, get ready for upcoming movies for 2018. I heard that Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse is a real great movie and if you plan to watch it, mark your calendars for December 14.

With this said, let’s smash!

Now here is some sweet, smashing videos:

See you in Final Destination with no weapons and smash orbs