Creating a Mashup

Timlah is not exactly the most musically minded person, so it’s with this in mind, he’s going to talk about what he’s up to at the moment with the previously mentioned AMV that he’s working on.

I’m not exactly the most musically minded person, so it’s with this in mind, I’m going to talk about what I’m up to at the moment with the previously mentioned AMV that I’m working on.

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Remaking a Classic – Dragons

I’m afraid I have to put my foot down on this one. While the legend of dragons has many variations in terms of size, shape, intelligence, and powers, a dragon has six limbs! Four legs, two wings. Sorry Skyrim and Game of Thrones, but if the forelimbs are the wings you have a wyvern, no matter what it’s capable of.

With that solitary distinction in mind, let us take the classic fire-breathing, sky-borne terror and shake it up a bit. Continue reading “Remaking a Classic – Dragons”

Remaking A Classic – Part 2 (More Zombies)

Last week I went through some ideas on how to change up the bog-standard zombie. It was fun, and I’m on holiday, so we’re doing it again, but weirder!

Species

It’s quite a memorable moment in the Resident Evil series when T-Virus infected dogs burst through the window, in fact zombie dogs have popped up a few times in various forms, but that’s about it outside of applying templates to creatures in RP games. Rarely you’ll see an undead cat, and of course there’s the infamous infected horde in Black Sheep.

Here’s a thought I’ve toyed with lately: Continue reading “Remaking A Classic – Part 2 (More Zombies)”

Remaking A Classic

While I get to work on something important, recover from illness and go on holiday, I’ve prepared something a little bit different.

Whether it’s in a game, a film, or anything else, if you’re using a classic or iconic myth, legend or monster, you’re almost expected to bring something original to it. If you’re creating a new superhero, how is yours going to stand out from the already enormous crowd? How do you plan to tell the same tale over again without everyone feeling like they’ve seen it before a thousand times? Continue reading “Remaking A Classic”

Windback Wednesday – Theme Hospital

Theme Hospital. This game consumed so much of my youth, it’s not even funny. It’s as if Theme Hospital was made to be one of these games that you sorta go “Okay, perhaps I’ll play it through again… Just because I remember it being good.” So, I decided to do a recording of me playing level 1… because why not?

Theme Hospital. This game consumed so much of my youth, it’s not even funny. It’s as if Theme Hospital was made to be one of these games that you sorta go “Okay, perhaps I’ll play it through again… Just because I remember it being good.” Then you play it… And you remember that it’s actually quite slow during the gameplay, so you’re constantly set to speed setting 5 (That’s the fastest)! Well okay, that doesn’t sound like a good thing but it actually is. I’ll explain more about that as we take a trip down memory lane.

The game was created by Bullfrog Productions back in 1997. Bullfrog were well known around this time, one of the most established British games companies out there in fact. They were in charge of the highly successful Theme Park franchise, which still goes on today under the guise of RollerCoaster Tycoon. The latest in the RollerCoaster Tycoon series, RollerCoaster Tycoon World, is set to be released this year and utilising the Unity 5 engine.

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Working!!

Working!! is a slice of life series created by Karino Takatsu in 2005, also known as Wagnaria!! to anime fans. What is Working!! and why so many exclamation points!?

I found out about this series thanks to Kevin of The Mental Attic so many thanks Kev for sharing this amazing series with the world.

Enough shouting, let’s get down to it!

 

Plot

The anime follows Sōta Takanashi, a 16-year old high school student who is recruited to work in the Wagnaria restaurant that the whole show is based around. Wagnaria is a family run restaurant which is a little bit different.

This happens. A lot.

Sōta is obsessed with anything small, often breaking down over simple things such as puppies and even a girl in Wagnaria who he finds too cute. He likes things that are smaller than him as he feels he has to protect them at all costs. Other than that though he has three sisters, two of which are older than him. It’s through them and many others that he’s sort of grown to resent older women as they have caused him torment throughout his life.

Sōta is loud and is very opinionated and believes that everyone else needs to hear his opinions, so he often gets into trouble by being too much of himself. However, deep down he means well and he starts to meet his match when he meets a girl called Mahiru Inami… Who is an Androphobe (Afraid of men).

Without giving too much away, let’s just say that hilarity ensues and some of the themes covered are: Androphobia, cross-dressing and working in an abnormal kitchen.

The cast of Working!!

 

Sound

As usual we touch upon music and sounds which is important to note. The voices are stereotypically very Japanese when watching the subbed versions of this series, however it’s good to point out that the characters are quite easy to distinguish even when they’re shouting.

The opening theme is typical of a comedy slice of life series. It’s upbeat, happy and positive. When the last noise in the theme is a literal “Yay!” you know you’re going to be enjoying something jolly.

That is until the beatings occur!

Art

Warnaria and its inhabitants are well designed and are simple on the eye. The designs are all relatively simple and they all look rather normal compared to some series, yet they all stand out in their own little ways.

Touching upon Mahiru Inami from earlier, she comes across as a shy type in her looks alone.

The characters are easy to distinguish and look like their personalities – A win all around!

Summary

Working!! is honestly just lovely and I can’t describe this series in any other way. At only 13 episodes, you’d be forgiven to think it’s not even a series. It does mean that buying the DVDs is pretty easy with just a few discs to keep.

The artwork is simple yet easy to distinguish and the voice acting in Japanese is very good. The theme tune is brilliant and catchy and yes, this series makes you feel happy all around. I’m happy with having watched Working!!

I shall give Wagnaria:

4.5 / 5

The only thing that could have given it that little .5 more is if the series was longer and fulfilled the story more. Where it finished off, I did feel a bit hallow, like it was over too soon. That is the only criticism I can give of this lovely, easy little gem.

Have you seen Working!!/Wagnaria!!? What did you think of it or do you know of a series similar? Please do not hesitate to leave us a message below!