Sentai Filmworks May 2012 Releases

Sentai Filmwork’s releases for May are now up for pre-order on RightStuf. I recommend the Gintama movie. Seriously, buy the Gintama movie. Then buy all the DVDs so they’ll release more. Do it.

May 1st

Psychic Squad Collection 1 (Sub-only)

May 8th

Get Backers Complete Collection DVD
Guin Saga Complete Collection DVD
Guin Saga Complete Collection Blu-ray

May 15th

Book of Bantorra Collection 1 DVD

May 22nd

Planzet DVD
Planzet Blu-ray

May 29th

Gintama: The Movie DVD
Gintama: The Movie Blu-ray

Video Game Review: Vindictus

Vindictus is a realistic action-adventure MMORPG made by Korean games developer Nexon. Nexon also made Mabinogi, and bought the developers of Atlantica Online.

Vindictus is set in a fantasy town, and is the precursor to Mabinogi. However, while Mabinogi is somewhat light and happy in tone, Vindictus throws most of that away for a happy exterior covering a shell of weird horror and creepy revelations.

As this is an MMO, I’ll start off with the character classes. Each has some text description in the selection screen, which saved the developers from having to characterize several characters through gameplay and interaction with friendly non-player characters. It’s acceptable in this situation, as characterization through gameplay and NPC interactions is essentially an insurmountable task. However, interaction with the NPCs does reveal a lot about them as a character and the world you are playing in. It also turns most of the NPCs into interesting characters in their own right.

Classes: Each class is gender locked, as is typical of overseas MMO games. Each class also has a name instead of a class label. There are currently four player characters released, with a fifth planned.

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Sentai Filmworks licenses Gintama – The Movie

UPDATE: Fandom Post confirmed with Sentai that the movie will be dubbed

Sentai Filmworks announced today that it has licensed Gintama – The Movie. The movie is a theatrical remake of the Gintama series’ Benizakura arc, which sees series protagonist Gin going up against a former ally from his days fighting against the Amanto.

Odd Jobs Gin has taken on a lot of odd work in the past, and when you’re a Jack of All Trades agency based in a feudal Japan that’s been conquered and colonized by aliens, the term “Odd Jobs” means REALLY ODD jobs.  But when some more than slightly suspicious secrets from the shadows of OJG founder Gintoki Sakata’s somewhat shady former samurai past and a new pair of odd jobs collide, the action is bound to get so wild and demented that only a feature film will do it justice!  So if you’ve had the good fortune to see Gintama, Japan’s most popular science fiction samurai series before, get ready for more of the same on an epic scale!  And if you haven’t seen Gintama before, well, this is your quick and easy introduction to why Gintama (the series) is the hottest thing to hit the Land of the Rising Sun since a certain large, green reptile whose name we can’t use due to certain litigious lawyers!  So sit down, strap yourself in and make sure you’re not wearing anything too tight or constricting as the junior half of OJG takes on the task of tracking down a tenacious terrorist while their silver-haired slickster of a partner seeks out a certain sword in the side-splittingly silly GINTAMA- THE MOVIE!

Sentai will release the movie on DVD and Blu-ray later this year.

[Source: ANN]

Visual Novel Review: Katawa Shoujo

Katawa Shoujo, a free Visual Novel game made by an independent group of people. Indie games are usually fun and innovative when compared to mainstream AAA titles, so this game promises to be interesting.

Where did it come from: Well, the game is based off a sketch of several girls with disabilities that was posted to…THAT website. No, I am not going to link it, but I think you know which one I mean.

Background: You play as Hisao, who is confessed to by a girl, then he has a heart attack (he happens to have Long QT Syndrome) and ends up going to a school just for kids with physical disabilities. There, he meets several girls, and can end up with a relationship with any of them. There are good endings which the game makes you really work for, and there are bad endings where you either die, or screw up the girl beyond belief.

Plot: I believe I gave it away above. Individual plotlines depend on the storyline you are playing through. I wouldn’t know, because I put this game down after getting partway through several paths.

Feel free to call it unprofessional. The game, I mean. That is why I put it down-it became unprofessional and flaws became evident. In addition, they were the sort of flaws where I simply objected to them, so I ended the game. I will not play it again. I did enjoy the story, and it was reasonably done. The story was emotional and gripping, but other issues greatly took away from the enjoyment of it.

Let’s start with the first, the title. While it essentially means ‘Imperfect Girl’ and is the intended title, katawa is a Japanese word that is considered offensive enough that it cannot be said on TV or radio. Actually, given what ‘katawa’ really means, a better name for the game in english would be somehting along the lines of ‘Gimp Girls.’

Why is that a problem? Well, first off, it insults an entire group of people. Secondly, it insults the group of people THAT THE GAME ITSELF IS TRYING TO SHOW RESPECT TO. You lose your message of ‘these people are people too’ when the very first thing someone notices in your game is highly offensive.

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Berserk film’s ending theme music video posted

Los Angeles born Japanese Pop singer Ai, who sings the ending theme “Utsukushikimono” for the new Berserk movie, has posted the music video for the song on her YouTube account. It gives us almost 5 full minutes of footage from the movie, which I will salivate over until I can actually see the thing myself. I hope someone licenses it soon. Someone who isn’t MediaBlasters, all things considered.

[Source: ANN]