Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15 Review by Eugene Alejandro

Disclaimer: For this review, I am only going to be reviewing the English Dub because that is the version I watched before making this review.

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15 is a feature-length computer animated major motion picture that serves as both a direct prequel and midquel to the video game from Square Enix; Final Fantasy 15 (which I am currently still playing at the time of me writing this review).

The story in this film is that in the world of Eos, two nations are at war with each other over the planet’s crystal because said crystal grants whoever uses ultimate power (which the kingdom of Lucis has, and the other wants to take). The two nations are Lucis, and Niflheim. The Kingsglaive are a group of elite soliders tasked in protecting Lucis from Niflheim’s invasions. I could go into more detail about this movie’s plot, but I prefer not to because I don’t wanna go into any spoiler territory regarding this movie’s story at all in this review.

For a movie that is meant to be a companion piece to the Final Fantasy 15 universe, I have to say that I found this movie to be spectacularly awesome to watch as not only does it work at benefiting Final Fantasy 15’s overall story, but it also turned out to be a very entertaining movie to watch as far as my opinion is concerned.

The most notable aspect in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15 is the computer animation which is meant to have a very photo-realistic look to it. For how it looks, the animation is simply breath-taking and beautiful to look at. The character’s movements regarding facial expressions, lip-syncing, and walking, jumping, etc, are all done very well in order to help all the characters feel alive. The visuals, background animation, and creature designs are also very nice to look at. All of this really shows how talented Square Enix is at making good photo-realistic computer animation.

The English Dub voice acting in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15 is another good quality/aspect of the film as each voice actor delivers their lines perfectly, and each voice fits the characters very well. The lip-syncing also helps with the movie’s English Dub because it makes the character’s mouth movements believable.

The soundtrack in this movie awesome. While I should go into more elaboration and detail on as to why I think the music for this film is good, all I can honestly say is that for what it is, its great to listen to while watching the whole movie.

The only nitpicks that I have regarding my experience of watching Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15 are that while I was completely entertained by the whole movie, I still felt the movie went on for way too long to where I was worried the film would never end. But even then despite that, the movie is still worth sitting through in order to get the full Final Fantasy 15 story experience (at least in my honest opinion anyways). Another nitpick that I have is that while this film works very well as a companion piece to the Final Fantasy 15 universe, I personally think it would have been even better had it been its own stand-alone movie with the Final Fantasy name and some of the themes and elements from the franchise added to it. Now I shouldn’t fault the movie for being part of Final Fantasy 15 as that is what Square Enix made it out to be,but I still would’ve preferred it being its own movie rather than a prequel and midquel to the game.

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15 is a sci fi and fantasy action movie that I can easily recommend to Final Fantasy fans, as it works very well as both a companion piece, and as an overall movie.

I give Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15 Two Thumbs Up, and 5/5 Stars.

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Bright Review by Eugene Alejandro

Bright is a Netflix-Original movie directed and produced by David Ayer, and written by Max Landis. It (primarily) stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, and Noomi Rapace.

Bright takes place in an alternate version of the planet Earth where Humans, Elves, and Orcs all exist together, but are separated from each other by how they live. Elves are upper-class, humans are middle-class, and orcs are lower-class.

The main plot in Bright is that two police officers named Daryl Ward, and Nick Jakoby end up getting involved with a plot by a group evil Elves who want to bring back the “Dark Lord” because a female who betrayed has a powerful wand that the evil Elves want to use in order to achieve their goal.

When this movie first got released on Netflix, it was met with a lot of negative reviews from critics. Because of this, I’ll admit that I was somewhat hesitant to give this movie a watch, but after seeing it, I am honestly surprised at how good it actually turned out to be in my opinion.

Now I want to quickly clarify that in no way am I saying that this is an amazing and/or spectacular movie in this review. All I’m saying is that in my own opinion, I found this movie to be enjoyable. Also, this review is NOT meant to be a personal attack on the critics who gave this film negative reviews.

The biggest aspect in Bright that I really liked was the unique and fascinating premise which involved combining fantasy with the real world. And in my opinion, it was executed very well.

Bright doesn’t use too much CGI as a majority of the special effects are made using practical makeup, and they actually look amazing enough to help the Elves and Orcs look real enough to actually exist in the real world.

The acting in this film is pretty solid with Will Smith in particular delivering a fun and entertaining performance that fits his character for all the right reasons.

The two biggest nitpicks that I have with Bright are that (in my opinion) the story was nothing too very special at all. It wasn’t bad, but I only wish that it was something much better because of its premise. The second nitpick of mine with this film is that I felt that the F-word was said way too much in an attempt to prove that this movie is rated-R. I honestly don’t have an issue with foul language just as long as it fits, but this movie I felt used the F-word more than it had to.

So while I can understand why Bright isn’t for everybody, I still found the movie entertaining for what it was, and I am glad that I saw it.

Overall, Bright gets a 4/5 stars, and a two thumbs up by me.

Trollhunters Part 2 Review by Eugene Alejandro

In memory of Anton Yelchin (1989-2016)

Trollhunters Part 2 is the second season in the Trollhunters animated series which is created by Guillermo del Toro, made by Dreamworks Animation, and officially streamed on Netflix.

As with how I reviewed Trollhunters Part 1, I will only be reviewing Trollhunters Part 2 as only a show because I have not read any of the books it is adapted from. Also, unlike the first season which consisted of 26 episodes, the second season (which I am reviewing right now) only has 13 episodes. I only wanted to mention that last part because in case anybody who is subscribed to Netflix and has this show on their list should be aware of that fact.

Without going into any spoilers for this review, Trollhunters Part 2 does a very good job at being a solid continuation of Trollhunters Part 1, but what I think (in my opinion) makes this second season even better in terms of how its written is how it handles plot twists, and character development. The plot twists in particular caught me off guard as I never expected or predicated them in the slightest.

As with the Trollhunters Part 1, the animation continues to still be amazing in Trollhunters Part 2. While there isn’t much of a difference in regards to how the animation looks for this season compared to the previous one, the animation is still made very well and shows how much money and effort went into it.

The voice acting is also still very good with each voice actor perfectly fitting their characters and delivering the lines very well. I was most surprised by how Anton’s Yelchin’s voice was still kept for this season, but I overall, found his voice acting performance to still be very good like it was in Trollhunters Part 1.

If you are somebody who really enjoys Trollhunters like I do, I can most certainly recommend watching this second season as it is a excellent continuation of the previous season, and show as a whole works very well at entertaining both children, and adults.

I give Trollhunters Part 2 Two Thumbs Up, and 5/5 Stars.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas of 2017 everybody! I’m aware that not everything has been very good in this year, but all the good things that did happen are definitely worth remembering.

As far as my story writing is concerned, it has been going slow as always, but I’m certainly doing the best that I can at it. I also hope to use enough of my free time to work on making new WordPress Content for this blog in the year; 2018.

If I ever get to the point that I’m ready to be posting way more blogs on this website, I promise to make sure a lot of people are well-informed. Until then, may you all have a very good Christmas this year.

Trollhunters Part 1 Review by Eugene Alejandro

In Memory of Anton Yelchin (1989-2016)

Before I start my review of Trollhunters Part 1, I really want to clarify that I have not read the show is adapted from. So this review for Trollhunters Part 1 will only be me reviewing it as just a show. I also want to mention that Trollhunters Part 1 is a Netflix Original Show, so the only way you can watch it is by subscribing to Netflix. With all that said, on to the review.

Trollhunters Part 1 is an animated series from Dreamworks, and is created by Guillermo del Toro. The plot is about a young boy named Jim (voiced by Anton Yelchin) who is chosen to be the very first human “Trollhunter” a task that has protect good Trolls against evil Trolls. There is much more to the story than what I just said, but I don’t wanna say it because that would just be me spoiling the entire show (which is that I don’t want to do).

For a show that is 26 episodes long, it mangages to work very well with that pace thanks to the wonderful and clever writing it has. When it has be serious, it works. When it’s trying to be light-hearted in some moments, it works as well. Top it all off with a cast of characters that are very well-written, and well-developed.

The animation is really spectacular and solid, and surprisingly looks a little bit theatrical (must be because a lot of money was put into the animation). The animation regarding the character’s movements is also very well done and helps the characters look alive. The backgrounds are also great to look at.

The voice acting in Trollhunters Part 1 is very good and it helps the characters feel very alive. Anton Yelchin also did a very good job in voicing a 15-16 year old male character as he sounds very confincing as a character of those ages. The rest of the voice actors also do well with their performances.

I WILL NOT spoil how the entire show ends, but let me just say it the ending really does demand that Part 2 get made already.

As a show, Trollhunters Part 1 succeeds in being both entertaining for children and adults, and I easily recommend it to anyone who is currently subscribed to Netflix.

I give Trollhunters Part 1 5/5 Stars, and Two Thumbs Up.

Gears and Bones Volume 1 Review by Eugene Alejandro

Gears and Bones is a fantasy comic published by Guardian Knight Comics, created by Apple De La Fuente, written by Andrew P. Anderson, and illustrated by Osvaldo Montpeller (with colors by West Hartman and Tony Galvan). Gears and Bones Volume 1 collects issues #1-3 of the original comic book.

The plot of Gears and Bones Volume 1 is that a humanoid rabbit named Bone is out for revenge after his lover died. However, he is a wanted criminal and this makes his quest for vengeance very difficult. While the story does move at a very quick pace (Volume 1 does collect only three issues, so it’s a short read), there are a lot of great twists, and foreshadowing that gets introduced, and definitely make the reader interested in wanting to pick up the next volume.

 Gears and Bones by Apple De La Fuente doesn’t offer anything new to the fantasy genre, but is still veryinteresting thanks to how it is executed.  Andrew P. Anderson’s writing makes the characters likable and interesting, and adds a lot of creativity to the world presented in the story. There are definitely a lot of great ideas that I hope get fleshed out in the second volume.

Osvaldo Montpeller’s artwork is absolutely outstanding, and perfectly fits the tone of the story. Each character is drawn in their own unique way, the backgrounds look very nice, and the single splash page panels show just how intense the plot is. The wonderful artwork is also helped by well-detailed coloring by West Hartman and Tony Galvan.

The only flaw I saw in Gears and Bones Volume 1 is that because it only collects 3 issues, it’s too short of a story, and the cliffhanger is way too predictable. It was however entertaining enough for me to want to pick up Volume 2 when it comes out.

So in conclusion, Gears and Bones Volume 1 is a very fun, well-written, and well-illustrated fantasy storythat I recommend comic book readers of all ages go and pick up.

I give Gears and Bones Volume 1 4/5 Stars, and Two Thumbs Up.

Kill 6 Billion Demons Book One Review by Eugene Alejandro

Disclaimer: This is a review of Image Comic’s print release of Kill 6 Billion Demons Book One. The review for this book (as well as the reviews for future books) are not of the original web comic versions.

Kill 6 Billion Demons is about a post-grad teenage girl named Allison Ruth who ends up being taken to a mysterious strange world along with her boyfriend. She and her boyfriend end up getting separated from each other, and it’s now up to Allison to find her boyfriend with the help of her new strange looking allies she meets while in the bizarre world of Throne (Allison also ends getting imbued with an ancient power while she ends being sent to Throne).

The best way I can describe Kill 6 Billion Demons Book One is that while it is very strange and bizarre, it is one of the most amazing and creative comics I have ever read thanks to its brilliant writing and outstanding artwork by its creator Tom Parkinson-Morgan.

Kill 6 Billion Demons Book One does a very good job at setting up all the characters, the setting the story takes place in, and the series’s tone. The story in Kill 6 Billion Demons Book One also moves at a fast pace, but never to the point where it feels very rushed. These aspects of the writing in Kill 6 Billion Demons prove that Tom Parkinson-Morgan is a very gifted writer (as well as a very gifted creator).

Tom’s artwork in Kill 6 Billion Demons is some of the greatest artwork I’ve ever seen in a creator-owned and independent comic. The characters have very unique and original designs to them, and the backgrounds have such amazing detail for the reader to see. The coloring also helps show how good the art is as it fits the style of the art very well.

I want to talk about the lettering in Kill 6 Billion Demons for just a bit. Kill 6 Billion Demon’s lettering is very unique as each characters dialogue has his and her own way of how the letters for their dialogue look in order to show how different they speak (which helps the reader understand how each character is different from the other very well).

In conclusion, Tom Parkinson-Morgan’s Kill 6 Billion Demons is without a doubt one of the greatest, most original, and very creative comic books of all time, and Book One of it is the best place to start reading it. Please spend your time and money on this amazing work of comic book literature.

I give Kill 6 Billion Demons Book One 5/5 Stars, and 2 Thumbs Up.