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July 31, 2012

July 2012 Recap

Hello all My Bubbletea Timers!

ChromeIt's the end of month recap again! Let's take a look at what has happened this month in the world of technology.

1st July was the day that Google Chrome was updated to version 20. The update brought about some bug fixes, enhancements and new mobile features.

Fan of the Final Fantasy series rejoiced on the 3rd July with Final Fantasy III finally released on Android for a pretty expensive $15.99. It was well worth it according to hardcore fans.

windows 8July 10th saw another release that we may or may not be anticipating was the announcement of the date that Windows 8 will be shipped.

Another exciting announced on the 17th July, revealed the Valve will be porting some popular games and its  'Steam' platform to Ubuntu/Linux users. This was a highly anticipated and requested for a long time now and many Linux fans worldwide rejoiced at this milestone.

Finally, July 30th uncovered the release dates of all regions for the new Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 games on the Nintendo 3DS platform.

That wraps up this month's recap. It was a pretty quiet month with only a few announcements of new products and a couple of release dates confirmed. I am pretty sure August will give us plenty more interesting news to cover!

July 30, 2012

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 AU/NZ release date announced

Nintendo Australia has just annouced that Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2 will be arriving in Australia and New Zealand on the 11th of October.

For comparison, Europe will receive the titles on the 12th of October, and America will receive their on the 7th.

The two new mainline titles' development is a bit of a break from tradition for series developer Game Freak, being the first time the hugely popular series has iterated straight into a direct sequel, as opposed to the retooled releases we've come to expect from each Pokémon "generation".

Nintendo Australia also took the opportunity to announce that the downloadable eShop release of Pokémon Dream Radar would coincide with the two flagship titles' release.



[via Aussie Nintendo]

Anime Review: Toaru Kagaku no Railgun + OVA

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun takes a different direction from Torau Matjutsu no Index and features Misaka Mikoto as the main character of the series investigating many science-related incidents of Academy City.

Toaru Kagaku no RailgunSynopsis:

Academy City is a highly developed place in terms of technology. It is said to be 20 to 30 years ahead of the rest of the world. 80% of its 2.3 million residents are students. The focus of studies here is directed towards esper powers. Misaka Mikoto, one of the top level espers in town, shares a room with Kuroko Shirai, another high level esper who is a member of Judgement, a law enforcing agency composed of students. Both attend to Tokiwadai, a private school reserved for the high-leveled and the rich. Kuroko's partner at Judgement, Kazari Uiharu, is a low level esper who studies at Sakugawa middle school. Her best friend and classmate there is Ruiko Saten, a level zero (no esper powers). Together, the four encounter several adventures in the exciting scientific town.

Review:

I watched the anime expecting plenty of references and crossover arcs from Toaru Majutsu no Index, but there was none and I was left slightly disappointed. The anime closely follows the life and adventures of Misaka Mikoto as she deals with pressures and challenges of being a Level 5 esper as well as investigating various crimes that happen throughout Academy City. If you are wondering what happened to Touma, Index, and the "magic" side of things from Index, let me tell you that Railgun completely leaves them out and only focuses on the "science" side of things. Of course though, Touma, Index and a couple of other characters from Index do make a couple of quick cameo appearances, but nothing worth noting here. Another expect which I found the story lacking depth is the explanation of ability powers, ranking of esper users, the actual purpose of Academy City, and the development of such powers. The character's power seems to not change or improve over time, which seems kind of disappointing due to the lack of variety and originality of such powers. Towards the end of the series, there were a few fillers that acted more like a slice of life anime than a action one. In the end, the story was a hit and miss.

The art was very well done as expected from the same companies that brought you Toaru Majutsu no Index. The battle animations and ability effects was highly detailed and vividly illustrated. Characters were full of life and had plenty of facial expressions. Detail on sceneries and backgrounds were expressive and looked so detailed, it was pleasant to the eyes.

The theme songs were catchy and suited the theme really well. Voice acting was somewhat of a mixed bag. I still can't really stand some character's voices in the end. Other than that, everything else was perfectly fine. There were plenty of sound effects and humorous dialogue to keep you entertained.

I felt that the characters in Railgun had a slight different personality and attitude compared to Index. Perhaps the story, situation, and setting was different hence the normal reactions and personalities shown by these characters would resultedly be slightly different. Misaka Mikoto felt more expressive and nice compared to her other self which showed more a "tsundere" character. Here, she displayed more of a headstrong character that cared for her friends. Kuroko Shirai definteily went overboard in this anime; becoming even more ecchi than she is in Index. Of course, this anime isn't really intended to be taken seriously, so there are plenty of awkward, strange, hilarious, and embarrassing moments to be found.

Overall, I would say I enjoyed the anime only for its fan service; and there's plenty of it. The story was a hit and miss, and the characters lacked depth. In the end, it ultimately resides down to how much fan service are you willing to take. Here, there is just plenty of action and hilarious moments to keep you occupied.

STORY: 6
The story doesn't go in any direction at all, it can be simply classified as a action slice of life anime with plenty of fan service and fillers.

ART: 9
Simple wonderfully illustrated and animated from start to finish. Characters all looked cute and cool.

SOUND: 8
Theme songs were catchy and voice acting was good for some characters.

CHARACTER: 7
The characters lacked depth; meaning the anime did not fully or properly introduce or look into the personal details of them.

ENJOYMENT: 7
I thought it was the same as Index but from Misaka's point of view, but it was not. Disappointing.

OVERALL: 7
Apart from the fan service seamlessly spread throughout the anime, the story lacked direction. You may find random characters pop up randomly but actually does not contribute to the story. In the end, it really depends if you feel like being engulfed in the anime or not. 

Sight short film shows the future of augmented reality


Want to see what's coming after Google Glass? Break up your Monday and check out this short film of world where retinal implants and augmented reality have taken over.

July 29, 2012

HTC clarifies why the Desire HD won’t be getting Ice Cream Sandwich

htd desire hd
Rumors that HTC would skip the Desire HD from the promised Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update (after the phone was initially deemed upgradable) created quite a stir in the community. Users of the two-year old handset took to the web to express their anger, forcing HTC to publicly state that the update was cancelled because the hardware was not good enough to run ICS.

Of course, Ice Cream Sandwich runs perfectly adequate on many low-end devices that are released today. In addition, custom ROM developers have demonstrated that Android 4.0 runs pretty good on the Desire HD and similarly speced devices. So what prevented HTC from deploying ICS on the Desire HD?

The Taiwanese have come forward yesterday with a detailed explanation – the problem does not lie in the hardware per se, but rather in the way the Desire HD is configured. According to HTC, the storage partition where Android is installed is too small to fit Ice Cream Sandwich. Fitting the new OS would require repartitioning the storage on the Desire HD, which would wipe existing user data. HTC deemed that the trouble would not be worth it for most users, so it pulled the plug on the upgrade plan.
For more background, due to how storage on the HTC Desire HD is partitioned – and the larger size of Android 4.0 – it would require re-partitioning device storage and overwriting user data in order to install this update. While technically advanced users might find this solution acceptable, the majority of customers would not. We also considered ways to reduce the overall size of the software package, but this would impact features and functionality that customers are currently using. Even after installing the update, there were other technical limitations which we felt negatively impacted the user experience.
We believe an update should always improve the user experience and carefully evaluate each update based on this criteria. While we are very aware of the disappointment from this decision, we believe the impact to user experience was too great. We recognize this is a change from our previous statement and for that we’re truly sorry.
This means that HTC has stopped supporting the Desire HD, but that does not mean that you can't get Ice Cream Sandwich on your device via custom ROMS. Check XDA-Developers for plenty of guides and tools to get you started.

[via Android Authority]

July 28, 2012

Mr. Bean makes an appearance at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics


Much loved family classic British comedian "Mr. Bean" (Rowan Atkinson) appeared during last night's opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. His short 4 minute skit involved accompanying the orchestra on keyboard, playing the song Chariots of Fire.

Rewatch this hilarious act here!

OUYA to get access to OnLive games



Cloud gaming services like OnLive and Gaikai are a way to bring modern PC games on much less powerful hardware than what you’d normally need if you installed the game on your own PC. They are also great for democratizing the console market and gaming hardware in general, because you can now use less powerful consoles to play games that look just as good.

OnLive says support for OUYA means that:
  • OnLive will deliver a full console-class experience, bringing hundreds of top-tier games from more than 80 publishers to the OUYA console for play on demand.
  • OUYA owners will be able to jump in and play any of these games both at home on their OUYA console, and on the go on PCs, Macs, tablets and phones, never leaving a game behind.
  • Instant demos will be available for nearly every game in our ever-growing library—from eagerly anticipated indie titles like Ravaged, to hot blockbusters like the upcoming Darksiders® II. Players can experience up to 30 minutes of each game for free before deciding what to buy. If they like it, they can continue playing where the demo left off.

The OUYA team has also showcased its controller for the console, and although it looks interesting, it isn’t a breakthrough in controller design. The company would’ve probably been better off using an off-the-shelf controller that is much cheaper, and also support other types like PS3 or Xbox 360 controllers.

[via Android Authority]

Anime Review: K-On! (Movie)

K-On! the movie shouldn't really be considered a sequel, but rather much of a side-story that leads into the final episodes of K-On!! the anime series. What this movie aims to achieve is more laughter, cuteness and emotional moments to be remembered.

K-On! (Movie)Synopsis:

Graduation draws near for Yui, Ritsu, Mio and Tsumugi, the four 3rd-year students of the Light Music Club. They, together with Azusa, decide to go on a post-graduation trip. Their destination, decided by lot, is London!

Review:

It has been a while since I watched K-On!! and so I vaguely remembered the characters and the events that happened throughout the anime series. Well now the movie has came out and at first I thought it was a direct sequel that explored the lives of the girls after their graduation. However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the movie was actually a one big side-story leading up to the events that take place in the final episodes of K-On!!. The movie was intended for a large audience and so the movie assumes that you have not watched K-On! before. It introduces the characters once again and explores their personalities throughout the film. For those who have seen the anime series, the movie in no way relate to the main story, except the ending was quite similar indeed. The story was quite simple, easy to follow, and contained many humorous elements throughout. You will not be disappointed.

For me, I felt like the art has been improved from the series. Could be just me, but I felt the environments, objects, characters and buildings all had fine detail on them. Animation was rock solid and transitions were smooth. There was some nice use of visual effects like the individual snowflakes that fall in one particular scene. London was really well animated and looked really similar to the real thing. Location-wise, the movie has captured appropriately of locality difference.

Sound quality and music was perfect as expected. We see the return of the nostalgic catchy music that invigorates our heart such as "Curry Before Rice", and the popular "Fuwa Fuwa Time". In addition, we see the "making" of the song dedicated to Azusa, which is presented at the end of the movie and the anime series. Voice acting was perfect and suited the characters really well. I surely missed the humorous conversations the girls have as they go about their lives.

The movie brought back plenty of memories of these extremely peppy and cute characters. I still think Azusa (Azu-nyan) is still my favourite of them all. The movie does not introduce any new characters but does feature a few minor characters that support the group from behind the scenes. Yui is still naive and peppy as ever, Mio is still shy and easily embarrassed, and Azusa is still genuinely cute in every way possible. Although, watching the movie made me realise the fact that these girls are meant to be third-year high school students, but their actions and character representations really makes we wonder if they are actually much younger (say 14 or 15?). Perhaps the intended visual presentation of these characters were more to the "chibi" and "kawaii" style rather than realistic-like.

In the end, just watching that ending bright back plenty of nostalgia and emotions that not many other anime has achieved. The concept and story was just brilliantly executed and planned. Whether a sequel would happen or not, I will never stop missing the cute characters and the catchy songs this anime has to offer. I am unsure how this anime would appeal to older teens, otaku guys, or adults alike; but let me tell you, it is just a wonderful musical masterpiece that will capture your heart and attention throughout the film.

STORY: 9
From a slow start that reintroduces the characters, the story takes a lift-off into a captivating and interesting story.

ART: 9
Art has been improved with detailed backgrounds, visuals and fluid animation.

SOUND: 10
The music was happy, peppy, and catchy as always. Voice acting was perfect and dialogue was hilarious at times.

CHARACTER: 9
The characters were full of life, had unique personalties, and just made the movie entertaining to watch.

ENJOYMENT: 9
I have anticipated to watch this movie for a while now and so I'm glad that I finally got to watch it. Love the story, the music, and the characters.

OVERALL: 9
It was entertaining and nostalgic to watch. Definitely recommended to those who want some light-comedy, slice of life, girl band anime.

July 27, 2012

Asphalt 7: Heat now in Play Store



It has been a long wait, but now it is finally here. Asphalt 7: Heat is the latest instalment of the Asphalt series by mobile games developer Gameloft. The game is now available in the Google Play Store for only $0.99, offering a fast-paced driving game. Drive around the world in a number of different championships, earn in-game cash to customize your car, and verse friends online.




Google Handwrite allows you to write your searches



Google has announced a new way to use its web search products on phone and tablets. Google Handwrite is a new feature found in the Google Search settings menu, that allows you to write out words with your finger or stylus directly onto the page. Your scribbles will then be turned into words and you can press the search button to complete your search.

Handwrite is currently accessible on Android 2.3+ phones, Android 4.0+ tablets and iOS5 devices, so to give it a try, head to the Settings menu on Google.com on your device. This feature is extremely useful for those situations which you cannot easily or efficiently type on the virtual keyboard.

[via Android Central]

Angry Birds Space updated with more pigs to crush

Angry Birds Space

Angry Birds Space has been updated once again for your enjoyment of crushing pigs in any way possible. There are a few goodies in this new update and here is the list:

  • The epic adventure continues with the second half of Utopia! Defeat the space pigs in their delectable food world with two amazing new characters, including the never-before-seen space egg!
  • Crunch through 20 delicious new levels!
  • The Orange Bird gets an amazing superhero makeover!
  • Check out the brand new, never-before-seen space egg!
  • Three-star levels to unlock 10 new bonus levels!
  • Test your skills with a GIGANTIC new boss fight!

Angry Birds Space is pretty much the same as the original Angry Birds requiring slingshotting birds into structures with the objective of killing the pigs. In addition to that structured formula, Angry Birds Space also includes gravitational pull of planets and other celestial objects into account.


Voice actress Taketatsu Ayana to release her 2nd single in September


On July 21st, it was announced that voice actress Taketatsu Ayana, who is known for the voice of “Nakano Azusa” from popular anime "K-ON!", will be releasing her 2nd single titled “♪ (pronounced as ‘Onpu’) no Kuni no Alice“, on September 12th.

It will be a piano-rock song written by Suemitsu Atsushi, who also composed/arranged Kimura Kaela’s “Butterfly“. Also, Suzuki Shunsuke, who has participated in many artists’ live concerts, will be taking charge as the guitarist.

Reportedly, Taketatsu did not have confidence in her activities as a singer after she released her debut single, “Sinfonia! Sinfonia!!!” back in April. However, she was encouraged by the positive lyrics of the new song, as she commented, “Since many great people are participating (in this upcoming single), I sang this song thinking ‘I would not lose to myself’. This song includes my growth in it.”

Source: Tokyohive

July 26, 2012

Nexus 7 - Google Apps



Following the last video by Google featuring the Nexus 7 in the bush, this time it features Google's apps. Whether you have a Nexus 7 or not, you might learn a thing or to from this video.

Nyan Cat in your Terminal

Ok, everyone has heard of Nyan Cat. If you haven't, then you are truly missing out on pretty much nothing. What Nyan Cat does practically is one of those endless loop animations that supposedly to entertain, intrigue or annoy the hell out of you.

Well, if you are a Linux user and seemlingly have endless time on hand, just pop open your terminal and spice up your terminal with the Nyan Cat animation.



To play Nyan Cat:

  • Open Terminal
  • Enter this command: telnet miku.acm.uiuc.edu

July 25, 2012

Anime Review: Toaru Majutsu no Index II

Sequels tend to be more fan service with little or linear story development and here it seems to be the case. Whereas the story continues on throwing in random events, it does little to explain the plot and has left many questions unanswered.

Toaru Majutsu no Index IISynopsis:

Index is still a fugitive and many powerful Magical organizations and individuals want to take her to use the books in her memory eliminating her in the process. War between those organizations is also starting to emerge. Index can only rely on her friend Touma who has always protected her along with Misaka and other friends from the Academy.

Review:

WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.

Gameloft unveils five new free-to-play casual games for Android

Gameloft unveils five new free-to-play casual games for Android
Gameloft has announced that they will be expanding their Let's Play brand with five more games launching this summer on Google Play. Let's Play is geared towards casual mobile gamers in a free-to-play (read IAP-heavy) format. The new games will be:

  • Cosmic Colony: The action unfolds on a mysterious planet where players must create and organize their colony and make it prosper. Surprising events and space missions await players of all ages as they become space pioneers.
  • Monster Life: With its original design, this game lets both the young and the young at heart interact with 3D papercraft monsters, build their habitats, take care of them, and train them to battle other monsters throughout various quests.
  • MY LITTLE PONY : Featuring everyone’s favorite characters such as PINKIE PIE and TWILIGHT SPARKLE from the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic animated series, created by Hasbro Studios and currently airing on the The HUB TV Network in the US. Girls and fans of all ages will look forward to building their very own town of Ponyville, while enjoying a series of mini games that are sure to please.
  • Kingdoms & Lords: In this simulation and strategy game, players can build their own kingdom and form an army to hold off barbarian invaders. Players can battle each other to prove who has the better army in this compelling title.
  • UNO® & Friends: This new game will let the huge worldwide base of UNO® fans connect with one another on smartphones, tablets or Facebook. Players will enjoy having the ability to challenge up to 3 other players in real time, while interacting using the in-game chat modes as well. A game started on a smartphone or tablet can be finished on Facebook, and vice versa

Studio Ghibli’s “Princess Mononoke” to get stage play adaptation in London

It was announced that anime film “Princess Mononoke“, which Studio Ghibli released in 1997, will be getting a stage play adaptation in London.

“Princess Mononoke” was written and directed by Miyazaki Hayao, and it was the first animation film to receive the Best Picture of the Japan Academy Awards.

This adaptation is the collaboration between Studio Ghibli and theater company, Whole Hog Theatre. Reportedly, the plan was already made a couple of years ago, but it took over a year to make a theatrical adaptation. Though the details on the play have not been revealed yet, the music for the play will be newly written. Moreover, as the story tells the disharmony between civilization and nature that raises an environmental issue, giant puppets made from recycled materials will make appearances in the play.

This play will be presented at New Diorama Theatre in London during April 2nd ~ 6th 2013, and there is no plan on bringing it to Japan at this moment. Also, all the tickets for the play have already been sold out.

More information can be found here.

Source: Tokyohive

July 24, 2012

New to the Nexus 7? Google is here to help



If you are new to the world of Android or never used a tablet before then Google is here to help you set up and configure your tablet. The video above is a quick getting started video to help guide through the processes of setting up the tablet. Although it is not in-depth and most of us already know how to set up an Android device, it is still nice to know that Google still cares for the technology illiterate individual.

Android App Spotlight: Mega Jump

Mega Jump

Check out Mega Jump. The epic jumping game. Get ready to blast off on an epic jumping journey to the skies whilst you collect coins, grab crazy powerups, evade monsters and boost yourself to the top!

It's that simple. Just jump and tilt. Great game for short waiting periods or when you are extremely bored.

Features:
  • Cartoon graphics with multi-layered backdrops to keep you entertained
  • Collect coins, powerups and boosts
  • Multiple stages
  • Killer items and monsters
  • Unlockable characters
  • Hilarious sound effects
  • Regular updates with new features
  • Loads of achievements to unlock
  • Online leaderboard




2013 Doraemon Anime Film Revealed in 1st Trailer


The official website for the Doraemon anime films began streaming the first 92-second trailer for next year's film entry, Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Himitsu Dōgu Museum (Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Secret Gadget Museum), on Friday.

In the film, a mysterious entity steals the bell that Doraemon, the robot cat from the future, wears around his neck. Doraemon, his hapless owner Nobita, and their friends track down the thief and arrive at a magnificent secret gadget museum.

This latest film inspired by Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko's manga will open during Japan's annual spring vacation next March.

Source: ANN

July 23, 2012

New Costumes from Hatsune Miku Project Diva F Previewed

Recent magazine scans have revealed new modules (costumes) that will be featured in the upcoming Hatsune Miku -Project Diva- F PlayStation Vita rhythm game. "Agitation," "General," and "Bad Boy" modules designed by Nagimiso, "Guilty," "Innocent," and "Amour" modules designed by Ichiyou Moka, as well as swimwear modules were previewed in the pages. The swimwear modules were also shown in a recent preview video for the song "Summer Idol" by Oster Project.

A video previewing eight new songs was posted last month. The game will feature an AR mode that uses the PS Vita's camera to superimpose Hatsune Miku in the real world.

Sony will release a PlayStation Vita Hatsune Miku Limited Edition in Crystal White as a bundle with the game on August 30. Regular editions of the game will also ship on the same day. 





The PS Vita Card version will cost 7,329 yen (about US$92), and the downloadable version will cost 6,600 yen (US$83).

Source: ANN

5pb.'s Robotics;Notes TV Anime Promo Streamed

The official website for the Robotics;Notes television anime opened on Saturday with a new promotional video as well as the anime's staff and cast lists. Chiyomaru Shikura, the head of the original game's developer 5pb. (MAGES), also confirmed on Saturday that the anime is slated for two quarters of a year (kūru/cours).


The third "science adventure game" (after Chaos;HEAd and Steins;Gate) is set in an alternate future world after Tokyo's Shibuya district was destroyed in 2009, followed by the destruction of the Radio Kaikan building in Tokyo's Akihabara a year later. The world is immersed in realistic augmented reality technology in 2019, but a high school robotics club in danger of being disbanded after shrinking to just two members. The club's revival is tied to the robot it is building.

The game and anime's shared cast includes Ryohei Kimura (Kaito Yashio), Yoshino Nanjou (Akiho Senomiya), Rie Kugimiya (Airi), Kaori Nazuka (Frau Koujiro), Yoshimasa Hosoya (Subaru Hidaka), Sora Tokui (Junna Daitoku). Kazuya Nomura (Sengoku Basara 2) is directing the anime at Production I.G. Jukki Hanada (My Ordinary Life, sola, Steins;Gate) is in charge of the series scripts under the supervision of the game's Tatsuya Matsubara and Naotaka Hayashi. Chikashi Kubota (Shikabane Hime: Aka, From the New World) is adapting Tomonori Fukuda's original game character designs for the anime. The original game's Takeshi Abo is scoring the music with television composer Yūki Hayashi.

The series will premiere in Fuji TV's late-night Noitamina programming block this October. The game already shipped in Japan last month.

Source: ANN

Nexus 7: Camping

Check out the latest ad by Google featuring it's latest flagship tablet: Nexus 7. The Nexus 7 has been hugely popular and stocks are running low worldwide. Google has announced that the Nexus 7 shipments will be delayed by 2 weeks.

Anime Review: Toaru Majutsu no Index

An action-packed anime series would be an understatement to describe Toaru Majutsu no Index. It is just simply engaging, fast-paced, and wastes no time in moving the story along.

Toaru Majutsu no IndexSynopsis:

Set in a city of scientifically advanced superhuman students, but in a world where magic is also real. Touma Kamijou’s right hand, the Imagine Breaker, will negate all magic, psychic, or divine powers, but not his own bad luck. One day he finds a young girl hanging on his balcony railing. She turns out to be a nun from the Church of England, and her mind has been implanted with the Index-Librorum-Prohibitorum - all the magical texts the Church has removed from circulation.

Review:

It is not often you encounter an anime that features science, magic, action, accidental harem and comedy. Toaru Majutsu no Index is just one of those anime that may seem corny at first but gets absolutely exciting in the end. With the exception of some cliché moments, the entire anime series is action-packed and totally awesome. So, we begin the story set in Academy City (a city of science) and Touma, a guy that always encounters misfortune- even his power called Imagine Breaker is pretty useless compared to most other esper users in the city. He is considered a 'Level 0' and the ability levels ranked up to 'Level 5'. Although his ability may seem useless, but in-fact the ability is quite strong indeed. What the Imagine Breaker does, is negates all magic, psychic or divine powers to whatever object he touches with his right hand. So with this background explained, I can move on to the real story. One day he finds a girl hanging on his balcony and it turns out this girl is on the run from pursuers in search of special texts she is carrying. So with the help of Touma, they live and defend themselves from whatever comes their way.

The art was simple well illustrated and superbly animated. The girls all looked so cute and had unique traits to them. There were plenty of humorous comic-relief moments and endless possibilities of the impossible to happen. Backgrounds and sceneries were highly detailed and there was nice use of textures and lighting effects. It was all well presented and simply stunning to watch in high definition.

The voice acting was perfect and suited the characters perfectly. I could tell apart the many different characters just by listening to their voice so there are some nice variety in voice styles and dialogue here. The theme songs were quite catchy and suited the overall theme really well. There were plenty of sound effects to accompany the frequent on-screen action scenes that seem to be endless.

The characters well quite interesting indeed with a variety of attitudes, personalties and special abilities. Each character was appealing in his.her own way and will definitely keep you occupied throughout the anime. Touma is what you would expect to be a comical "hero". Always there for others, always caring, kind, understanding yet a bit dense at times. Index can be described as a lively naive girl which cares deeply for her friends but sometimes can go overboard. As for everyone else, you will have to watch and find out their true natures for yourself!

In the end, Toaru Majutsu no Index was an engaging and entertaining action-packed anime. It did not fail to completely get my attention for the whole 23 minutes of every episode. The presentation was excellent and the characters were appealing. The anime is similar to Shakugan no Shana, The Law of Ueki, and CHaos;Head. So if you have seen any of those, you will surely find Toaru Majutsu no Index entertaining.

STORY: 8
Plenty of fan service and action scenes to keep you occupied. Story is pretty linear but the cliche moments and character interactions are enjoyable to watch.

ART: 9
Simple well detailed and superbly animated. Nothing else can be said here.

SOUND: 8
Theme songs were rather catchy and voice acting was perfect for the characters represented respectively.

CHARACTER: 8
The characters were cute and appealing. If you are "that" type of otaku, you will definitely find the accidental harem humorous here. Some characters had little impact on the main story.

ENJOYMENT: 9
I loved the action scenes and the overall story. It was explained in simple details, but really, nothing makes sense regarding what happens in the anime since it is all pretty unrealistic to begin with.

OVERALL: 8
I cannot understand why this anime was not hugely popular among many of the reviews I've read online but I found the anime entertaining to watch. It seems that whatever was not explained here or left out was answered in the sequel.

Rumour: Jelly Bean for Samsung Galaxy S III 'coming soon'

Galaxy S III

According to Sammobile, the Samsung Galaxy S III might be getting the Jelly Bean update as early as August this year. Of course, Jelly Bean on the Galaxy S III will not look like the Jelly Bean we've seen so far, but that's not a bad thing. Samsung has a pretty good handle on their TouchWiz operating system, and whether you love it or hate it you can't deny it's feature rich and runs pretty damn well on the SGSIII's blazing hardware.

Samsung Galaxy S III with the Jelly Bean update will impress me even more with new features and polish that comes with the update. I will be sure to closely monitor any news and progress of the update.

July 22, 2012

My LUL #8

Hello everyone!

Time for my life update once again. So what have I been up to these few weeks? Well, after some hard study last semester, I was rewarded with a month long holiday! Oh joy! So, to make up my lack of gaming throughout the semester, I decided to play League of Legends. It is quite an addictive game indeed, and a recent statistic showed that LoL has become to most popular online multiplayer game in the whole world. If you are wondering about WoW, it's coming second. So, if you are a LoL gamer or fan, then you would know what I am talking about. My favourite champion right now would be Ahri. She is pretty awesome. Before I was using Katarina and was pretty pro at it. Eventually, I decided to set myself a challenge to try and master one of the more difficult champions in the game- and thus I chose Ahri. Right now I am at level 25 and slowly making it to 30! With uni starting tomorrow, I think I will have much less time to spend on LoL, let alone any game for that matter.

Moving on, I just mentioned that I was on holiday and now am back to uni tomorrow. Yes, it is a sad fact of my life. Well, I am happy I got a whole month of just relaxing with pretty much nothing to do. Whenever someone asked me what I did on my holidays I would simply reply; "relax". Yep. That is pretty much what I did.

Android 4.1 Jelly BeanIn recent news, it seems like the Nexus 7 is a huge hit around the world. I really want one but in the end, I really don't find a need for a tablet just yet. I've got my trusty Motorola Milestone 2 which I have had for over a year now- and it's running CyanogenMod 9 at the moment. I love Android because of its customizability and hackability. Anyhow, on the topic of Android, Jelly Bean has been released and it's on the Nexus 7 right now! The latest version contains many updates and improvements over Ice Cream Sandwich. So what's next after Jelly Bean? Rumour has it that it will be named 'Key Lime Pie'. Any thoughts?

So, I haven't been spam watching anime recently because of the addictiveness of LoL and busy with life in general. However, I am not on a hiatus- just taking it slowly. Right now I am finishing off Toaru Majutsu no Index, which is quite an entertaining and engaging anime to watch. I'll be posting the review tomorrow.

So what's with the blog? Well, right now my team members are somewhat gone quiet for a while now. Let's not get started on Rhycen since he's always busy doing something- whether gaming or school related. pumpkin_so77 hasn't posted her songs lately either so whether it is a personal issue or uni-related, I have no idea. As a result, the blog has been a bit lonely with the lack of multiple posts each day. I'll try to keep it updated regularly with at least one post a day.

Anyhow, that wraps up my life for this month. What am I expecting in the future? Right now, probably totally focused on studying hard for this final semester of uni. Ganbatte!

Steam Sales nearly over: ArmA II CO, Arkham City, Dawn of War discounted

DayZ Slavery
The Steam Summer Sale has been going on for some time now and there has been many great bargains to grab. There was just games constantly being heavily discounted I couldn't be bothered to make a blog post about it.

Anyhow, we're heading into the tail end of the outrageous Steam Summer Sale, and ArmA II: Combined Operations has instantly shot back up to the top spot thanks to its new 40% discount. As such, you can now get into DayZ for just $17.99, which is a good deal by anybody’s standards. Torchlight is back on sale for $3.74 (what’s that, the fourth time this sale alone), Quantum Conundrum for $8.99, and Batman: Arkham City for $10.19. Dawn of War II: Retribution is also on sale at $14.99, or $34.99 for the whole franchise pack

July 21, 2012

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean; What's New?

Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, is the fastest and smoothest version of Android yet. Jelly Bean improves on the simplicity and beauty of Android 4.0, and introduces a new Google search experience on Android.

Here are some new features you will find in Jelly Bean. Some features contain improvements on Ice Cream Sandwich.

Fast and Smooth

Jelly Bean features updated graphics along with smooth transitions and multitasking management efficiency.

Expandable, actionable notifications

The notification bar now features direct control for apps. With expandable notifications you can easily respond to emails, instantly call back a missed call, and share media on Google+.

Widgets work like magic

Jelly Bean allows you to personalize your home screen more easier. As you place widgets on your screen, everything else automatically moves to make room. Widgets also resize on their own if they are too bg to fit on the screen.

Seamlessly take and share photos

Jelly Bean allows you to swipe over from camera to filmstrip view to instantly view the photos you just took, and quickly swipe away the ones you don't like.

A smarter keyboard

Android's dictionaries are now more accurate, more relevant. The language model in Jelly Bean adapts over time, and the keyboard even guesses what the next word will be before you've started typing it.

Accessibility

With Jelly Bean, blind users can use 'Gesture Mode' to reliably navigate the UI using touch and swipe gestures in combination with speech output. Jelly Bean also adds support for accessibility plugins to enable external Braille input and output devices via USB and Bluetooth.

Android Beam

With Android Beam on Jelly Bean you can now easily share your photos and videos with just a simple tap, in addition to sharing contacts, web pages, YouTube videos, directions, and apps. Just touch two NFC-enabled Android devices back-to-back, then tap to beam whatever's on the screen to your friend.



Check out the full features list over at the official Android website.

July 20, 2012

Refine your desktop wallpaper, clear your mind

Too much clutter on your desktop? Your wallpaper too distracting for work? Then you really should clear your mind and just let everything go. Simple Desktops. The website to find minimalist desktop wallpapers that is not distracting, easy on the eyes, and refreshing for your brain.

Here are a few samples.

TheArcade by BokanoiD

TheArcade

Aperture by Michael Catalan

Aperture

Loading by Vanessa Koga

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Anime Review: Saikano

Saikano is what seems to be a tragic love story falls short in successfully invoking deep emotional reactions from the viewer as the story seems too linear and the characters are not fully developed.

SaikanoSynopsis:

Shuuji and Chise are third year students at a high school in Hokkaido. The shy Chise is finally confessing to Shuuji, and finally the two of them are starting to exchange diary awkwardly. One day, Shuuji tries to escape from a sudden enemy air raid on Sapporo. While desperately escaping from the air raid, Shuuji sees a scene that he could not forget for his life. He sees Chise, with a huge weapon looking as if it was part of her hand, shooting the enemy fighters down one by one. Apparently, Chise is the ultimate weapon with destructive power which is important for the war.

Review:

I wanted this anime to really invoke the feelings of pain and despair from the story of two lovers that keep hurting each other, but in the end, it was nothing more than a sad story. The anime starts of with Shuuji and Chise as a new couple and they start to exchange a diary awkwardly. Everything seems so peaceful but suddenly Sapporo gets bombed and Shuuji discovers that Chise is an ultimate weapon. Of course, this is because of a war that is happening around the country. What war? No idea at all. The anime did not give a single piece of information regarding what the war was about, who were the people fighting against, why was Chise turned into a weapon, and the list goes on. I have not seen an anime that had this many plot holes in the story. Well, with pretty much no back story or information to go on, I had to tediously sit through episodes of constant conflict between Shuuji and Chise as they try to make ends meet. In the end, I would say that the effectiveness of this anime to make me cry would be close to null. Sure enough it was a sad story, but the execution of the plot with the characters was generally poor indeed.

This anime was actually aired a decade ago, so art quality was not particularly great. Even so, the characters looked a bit out of proportion and they had little detail on them. I would say that the background and scenery was somewhat of acceptable quality, but the animation was really disappointing. Some animation was rather jumpy and felt a bit too unrealistic to be overlooked as natural human error.

The theme song were pretty bland and really average for anyone to enjoy. Voice acting was somewhat unnatural to the characters they represented and many times it felt that the dialogue and the scene did not match properly.

The anime did a fine job in leaving me in the dark as to who and what Chise is. Many questions are left unanswered and the anime makes no effort in explaining the background of each and every character in the anime. Thus, I felt no connection to Shuuji and Chise except that one is an ultimate weapon and the other is a indecisive loser. In the end, pretty much everyone dies and Shuuji is left alone with only Chise in his thoughts and heart.

I would say that the story was full of holes, quite linear, predictable and really ambiguous about everything. As a result, I felt no connection to the characters at all and felt no pity for the deaths of most of them. The anime felt a bit rushed and was not refined properly. So, if you are desperate in finding some tragic love story to watch, then this might fill up your spare time. Otherwise, if you really want to cry, there are plenty of other alternatives available.

STORY: 5
The story was full of holes and left out many details.

ART: 5
Somewhat rather average and low quality.

SOUND: 6
Voice acting was mediocre and theme songs were really bland to listen to.

CHARACTER: 5
The anime did not explain an detail about the characters so I felt no connection with them.

ENJOYMENT: 6
I watched this anime wanting to be emotionally moved, but no, it was just a loose sad story that really didn't take off.

OVERALL: 5
Would I recommend this anime to anyone? Probably not. I question some script choices and decisions made in this anime. Overall, it was pretty disappointing.

July 19, 2012

Windows 8 to launch on October 26

Grab your diaries or whatever time management organiser you are using because Microsoft has chosen the release date of Windows 8 to be on October 26th annocuing it in a blog post.

Microsoft's official image revealing that windows 8 will go on sale on october 26th 2012

So, will you be getting Windows 8 when it comes out on October 26th? As for me, I probably will not. I am quite happy with Windows 7 right now and I am quite unsure of how the new "Metro UI" will suit my everyday needs. Perhaps it is ore suited for touch-screen enabled devices but for desktops and laptops it can be quite tedious to use. It really depends on how the public will accept this new change.

[via The Register]

Nautilus updated in Ubuntu 12.10

nautilus 3.5.4 ubuntu 12.10 quantal

Nautilus 3.5.4 has been uploaded to the Ubuntu 12.10 repositories today, bringing some very important changes like a new GNOME 3 style toolbar, new "gear" menu, symbolic monochrome icons for the sidebars and others.

Check out the new toolbar and gear menu:
nautilus 3.5.4 ubuntu 12.10 quantal

nautilus 3.5.4 ubuntu 12.10 quantal

New "just type search":
nautilus 3.5.4 ubuntu 12.10 quantal

Symbolic icons for the sidebar:
nautilus 3.5.4 ubuntu 12.10 quantal

List view changes:
nautilus 3.5.4 ubuntu 12.10 quantal

You can check out the full changelog here.

[via WebUpd8]

IM+ 6.3 version brings improved battery life and support for more IM services



Like to avoid awkward real-life situations by pretending you’re busy and playing with your smartphone instead? Then it’s likely you’re quite familiar with IM+ for Android already. The ever popular instant messaging app has been updated by its developer, with one major revision being a significant improvement of battery usage.

Other features include a new message queue, which will queue all your messages if the network is down and automatically send them once it’s back up. Then there’s the option to set a master password for all of your accounts, grouping of accounts by contact list, preview for images and videos right in chat window, and more.

Version  6.3 of IM+ also comes with several new IM services, as it now supports mig33, SINA Weibo, Mamba Ru, and Fetion. No, we didn’t make up those names. Other oldies include support for Facebook Chat, MSN/Live Messenger, Google Talk, Yahoo!, AIM/iChat, ICQ, RenRen, VKontakte, Odnoklassniki Ru, Yandex IM, and Mail.Ru Agent. Skype, unfortunately, is only supported in the Pro version of IM+, which costs $4.99. If you already downloaded the regular version, you can simply make an in-app purchase to add Skype support.

IM+ also has an in-app messenger named Beep, which works across platforms (Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone), in case you don’t find the many options of IM services listed above to be enough.  Check out the app on Google Play Store to start chit-chatting away.

[via Android Authority]

July 18, 2012

Google Now vs Siri



Android has the unique feature that enables you to quickly and easily search or command using your voice. The Google voice search app has been overhauled in Jelly Bean and is expected to be faster with advanced voice recognition-based search software. Google has added a special Google Now feature that assists your daily activities.

Check out this video below that compares Google Now with Siri.

Blogger now features customizable permalinks

The latest update of Blogger now allows you to more effectively customize your search preferences using custom permalinks.

Remember before how you would type in a title of your blog post and Blogger will automatically generate a permalink for you? It was quite annoying when Blogger gets your permalink naming wrong and it was impossible to change afterwards.

Now, with this new feature, when you write a blog post, you have to options of using a custom permalink to give you more control of your blog and posts. These new custom links also provide readers with more information about your post when scanning search results.

To use a custom permalink, you can do so via the "Permalink" option if the Post settings box.


To create your own URL for a specific post, simple select "Custom URL", and enter your new URL in the field below.

If the custom permalink you entered already exists, Blogger will attempt find a free one for you.

At present, the characters allowed in a custom URL are limited to: a-z, A-Z, 0-1. The only special characters available are underscore, dash, and period.

I have been wanting this feature for a long time now and I'm glad the Blogger team finally implemented it.

[via Blogger Buzz]

Anime Review: Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

What would happen if a earthquake of magnitude 8.0 hit Tokyo? Well, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 portrays the destruction of the city and the after effects of such a natural disaster.

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0Synopsis:

The premise of the project is the 70% possibility that a magnitude 7.0 earthquake will occur in Tokyo in the next 30 years. The anime depicts what would happen if an 8.0 earthquake took place. 

The story centers on Mirai, a middle school freshman girl who goes to Tokyo’s artificial Odaiba Island for a robot exhibition with her brother Yuuki at the start of summer vacation. A powerful tremor emanates from an ocean trench, the famed Tokyo Tower and Rainbow Bridge crumble and fall, and the landscape of Tokyo changes in an instant. With the help of a motorcycle delivery woman named Mari who they meet on Odaiba, Mirai and Yuuki strive to head back to their Setagaya home in western Tokyo.

Review:

So what is enjoyable about this anime? For one, it is more of a non-fiction fiction representation of an earthquake hitting Tokyo. To clearly explain the impact of such a natural disaster happening, we are introduced to the story of Mirai and her younger brother Yuuki as their lives are turned upside down by this large scale destruction. Simply put, they are attending a robot exhibition when suddenly the earthquake strikes. As you would expect, many buildings are damaged and there are many casualties. To make matters even worse, the duo are stuck right in the middle of the disaster and they miraculously survive the impact. With no way of contacting their parents, they meet a women named Mari which helps them on their journey back home. I found the story quite "light" on the matter of widespread destruction. The anime does not go into detail about the impact of the destruction or how this event impacts people physically and psychologically. I felt that the anime lacked a bit of depth regarding the earthquake and its impact of my viewing experience was not traumatic as expected.

The art was above average with some fine detail of buildings and sceneries. The character did lack a bit of detail but the dialogue made up for the generic layout. The animation was really fluid even for the earthquake scenes with buildings cracking open, debris flying everywhere, and objects falling down. It was all well done.

Voice acting was decent and the theme songs were pretty average to listen to. There were plenty of sound effects such as rubble falling down to the ground, people screaming, rumble of the ground, and loud crashes of objects flying everywhere. It was well organised and appropriate for the anime to enhance viewing experience.

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 really only focuses on the 3 main characters; Mirai, Yuuki, and Mari. Mirai is said to be the main character of the anime, and we see her emotions, thoughts, and personality change throughout the anime. Yuuki, her younger brother, somewhat is unaffected by all that is happening around him and tries to stay happy all of the time. Mari, can be considered the support character, she looks after and keeps watch of the kids as they make their journey back home. There is some tension between the characters in the beginning of the anime, but they develop a strong bond of friendship as the story progresses.

In the end, it was more of an interesting documentary-style fiction anime that gives us an outlook of what will happen if Tokyo was hit by a 8.0 magnitude earthquake. Although full in-depth details are left out, the main message gets across quite nicely. We see widespread destruction of the city, panic of the people, and the efforts to help one another in times of great need. This anime may not be in the interest of most people, but it definitely gave me a second thought about the life we are living now.

STORY: 7
A story about a huge earthquake hitting Tokyo may not be the most engaging story, but the emotions portrayed through the anime is quite effective indeed.

ART: 8
There was high detail in the destruction of buildings and landscape. Characters were pretty average but the animations were fluid.

SOUND: 7
Very good use of sound effects appropriate to different scenes throughout he anime. Voice acting was decent.

CHARACTER: 7
I really didn't care about the characters that much, they didn't display enough emotions or back story to keep me entertained.

ENJOYMENT: 7
It was enjoyable in a different way. It was more of a "what if" situation and a resolution combined into an anime series.

OVERALL: 7
It was pretty interesting to see the after effects of a earthquake, but I'm glad the anime was relatively short and simple.

July 17, 2012

Valve Confirm ‘Steam’, ‘Left 4 Dead 2′ Coming to Ubuntu

Ubuntu will finally experience a true gaming central platform with Valve's recent annoucement to bring their digital games distribution client 'Steam' and 'Left 4 Dead 2' to Linux.

This is no rumour, everything has been planned and officially announced by Valve.

'Fully-Featured Steam Client'

Writing on the Valve blog – in their first post on Steam for Linux – the gaming titans shared their plans:
“The goal of the Steam client project is a fully-featured Steam client running on Ubuntu 12.04. We’ve made good progress this year and now have the Steam client running on Ubuntu with all major features available.”
But what’s a game store without a game?
“…we’re also porting L4D2 to Ubuntu. This tests the game-related features of the Steam client, in addition to L4D2 gameplay on Ubuntu.”
The company have stated three main focuses for their Linux endeavour:
  • Porting Steam client to Linux with full functionality
  • Optimising a version of L4D2 running at a high frame rate with OpenGL
  • Bringing more Valve titles to Linux

Right now, there has no been date set for release. Valve say that an internal beta will be launched 'in the near future' to help hone features and mechanisms of the game.

Valve, in their announcement, cite Ubuntu’s popularity and ‘recognition with the general gaming and developer communities’ as being their reason for gracing it with their presence first. They do state plans to support other distributions in the future.

Microsoft Office 2013



Microsoft has unveiled plans for Microsoft Office 2013. It is the next version after Microsoft Office 2010 and will contain many changes. Here are a few FAQs about the new office suite.

What is it called?

Well, there really isn't an official name at the moment. Microsoft is calling it "The New Microsoft Office", so I guess to follow tradition it should be called Office 2013.

How many different versions are there?

Office 2013 will come in a variety of versions for home and business users, but the full set of prices and packages hasn't been unveiled yet. Meanwhile, Office 365's subscription-based cloud service comes in tiers: Home Premium (20GB of SkyDrive storage and 60 minutes of Skype world minutes a month included), Small Business Premium (shared calendars, business-class mail, HD conferencing), and ProPlus (enterprise). Buying Office 2013 will get you maintenance updates only, but staying subscribed to Office 365 will give you big updates down the pike as well.

How many devices will it support?

Your purchase of Office 2013 will be able to install on up to five PCs. You can deactivate versions to install on other devices after that. You'll need a free Windows Live Microsoft account to use cloud-based document sharing via SkyDrive.

When will it be available?

That hasn't been announced yet, but it would make sense to launch the new version of Office in time for the launch of Windows 8.

How much does it cost?

That hasn't been announced.

Check out the source link below for full FAQs, previews, and thoughts.

UPDATE: You can now download the Customer Preview version here

[via CNET]

July 16, 2012

Try the Jelly Bean Keyboard on your ICS

Want to try out Jelly Bean's stock keyboard on your Ice Cream Sandwich device? No problem at all. While sharing the same appearance with it's predecessor, the Jelly Bean Keyboard prediction engine has been improved and certainly excels over the ICS one.

Thanks to a developer going by the handle of Beansoft, this new prediction filled keyboard has now been ported for use on ICS devices running 4.0.3 and above. Simply known as Jelly Bean Keyboard, the early alpha build is out there in the Google Play Store now. As this is an early build, plenty of bugs are likely, but for the most part some users seem to be enjoying reasonable success. 

Currently known limitations surround languages, in that full next word prediction and auto correction is only currently supported for English. Additionally, only English, German, French, Spanish, Portugese (Brazil) and Russian is supported at this time. The user dictionary also doesn't work on ICS, and trying will push it into a force close.

To use once installed, don't forget to head into the "Language and Input" settings menu, and select Jelly Bean Keyboard as your default input.


[via Android Central]

Anime Review: Persona 4 The Animation

After a disappointing spin-off of the Persona series, Persona 4 The Animation stays in its true form by sticking very closely to the game of the same name. What it achieves is ultimate fan service and an enjoyable action-packed anime.

Persona 4 The AnimationSynopsis:

Persona 4 takes place in a rural town named Inaba. There have been mysterious murders occurring whenever there was fog after heavy rain. There were also rumors about a channel on television airing only at midnight called Mayonaka TV, during which it is said that one can see his/her "other half" when staring at the TV screen. 

After hearing about a recent unsolved murder which occurred during the fog, the characters—Narukami, Chie, and Yosuke—discuss how each of them had attempted to watch the mysterious TV channel and witnessed the murder victim. The protagonist later realizes that during midnight when the channel is on, his body can phase into his television set as a gateway to enter another world infested with shadows. 

After discovering this, they all decide to explore. When first completely entering the world, dazed and confused, Narukami meets Teddie. Mayonaka TV and the town murders seem to have a connection. The murder victims may be merely victims of Mayonaka TV. Everyone decides that they will together try to solve the mysterious murders by exploring the hidden world of Mayonaka TV.

Review:

Persona: Trinity Soul was a disappointing spin-off of the Persona series. The story lacked any real explanations and there was very little action to be enjoyed. Hence, I was rather hesitant at whether I would enjoy Persona 4 or not. Thankfully, Persona 4 is not similar to Persona: Trinity Soul in any way except in name. Anyhow, on to the story of Persona 4. I did not play the game so I cannot say if the anime sticks true to the game, but many reviewers have mentioned that the anime does contain many similarities to its game counterpart. Even watching the anime made me feel like I am watching a game being played out. So anyway, the story is about Narukumi stumbling across the mysterious "Midnight Channel" and its relations to serial murder killing that has been happening in town. He accidentally discovers another world by phasing into television as a gateway to enter this world. Thus, he saves Chie, Yokuse and many other friends resulting in a bonding of friendship that will help them solve this mass murder case. The anime contained plenty of action and mysterious events. Persona 4 starts off with an explosive start and subtly tones down the action halfway for a bit of comic relief and fan service. After episode 12, there were quite a few side-stories and comic relief episodes that didn't really fit the overall theme, but I glad that they actually put the effort to develop the characters even further for these episodes. However, I was glad that the final few episodes sped things along and gave us the action and adventure that we were anticipating for.

The art was simply amazing. Much like Trinity Soul, Persona 4 had beautiful backgrounds and sceneries, highly detailed characters, awesomely presented Personas, and fluid battle animations. It was a well presented package from start to finish. There was plenty of lighting effects, explosions, shadowing, texturing and many visually appealing effects.

The theme songs were rather catchy and suited the anime really well. For some reason, the music from both Trinity Soul and Persona 4 was quite catchy indeed. Moving along, voice acting was perfect on every way. I noticed many well known voice actors were used in the anime which made the anime perfect indeed. They really represented their characters really well and I had no complaints in expressions and dialogue.

Speaking of characters, I liked Narukumi and his personality. He is more of the "cool" type, rather expressionless and mainly calm most of the time. It was interesting to see his character develop each episode as we are given a "status" review during the episodes. It shows his character in a personality triangle diagram. As for the other characters, they were pretty varied with their unique personalties and Personas. I found that this cast of characters are way better than the ones in Trinity Soul.

Overall, I enjoyed the anime very much. It was fast, action-packed, intriguing, and mysterious. This has been one of the better anime that features sci-fi, mystery, action, and super powers into one that is simple to comprehend the story in a way that is enjoyable to watch. Would I recommend this anime? Definitely! If you are into anime such as Chaos;Head, Angel Beats!, Bakemonogatari you might find this anime interesting to watch. Although there are no clear similarities between the aforementioned anime, but the style of character development, relationships, and mysteries are quite subtly familiar. Persona 4 The Animation was fun to watch.

STORY: 8
Quite entertaining and fast-paced that is expected for this kind of anime. There were a few side-stories, but nothing too boring with the comic relief! Some questions are still left unanswered but hopefully will be in the true ending (coming soon).

ART: 9
Simple stunning once again. The battle were fierce and the world design was just clearly detailed and full of life.

SOUND: 8
Theme songs were quite catchy and voice acting was perfect. A variety of background and ambient music was used throughout the anime which was a nice addition to the already catchy theme songs.

CHARACTER: 8
Quite a lot of interesting and unique characters here. Nothing felt generic about them and their personalties were enjoyable to watch.

ENJOYMENT: 9
I loved the mystery and the action. I guess I didn't expect much from the anime, but it gave me a more than I ask for.

OVERALL: 8
Fun to watch! I got totally captivated in the story and the characters. I wished the ending could have been a bit longer and explained some minor details but I expect them to be answered in the upcoming true ending episode release.