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OTAKU CULTURE: Wanna be an OTAKU? See what we do...
April Issue 2014
REBOOTS & SEQUALS: Is the gaming market
ZX IGN ITION
COSPLAY IN SA: The community is
MAKE YOUR OWN
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Country of the cherry blossoms Page 23
Black Butler Page 20
Witchcraft works Page 21
ZX Ignition Page 22
Assassination Classroom Page 24
Anti -Magia Page 25
Captain America 2
Letter from the Editor Page 4
Reboots and Sequels Page 5
Otaku Culture Page 8
Debate: Strongest anime
Golden Oldie : Minecraft Page 15
Leena Swarts (Beleran)
Gareth Duff (UraharaSensei)
Bill Salazar Masuku
Douw Kotze (D.K.)
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Funniest Gaming mods of 2013 Page 27
Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Page 29
G2C2 Convention Page 40
Cosplay in SA Page 42
FF XIII: Lightning Returns Page 31
DAYZ: Standalone Page 36
FF XIV: A Realm Reborn Page 37
Elder Scrolls Online Page 38
How to make Ramen Page 44
Cosplay and Art:
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Letter from the Editor: As many of you know by now, All Otaku has not been releasing for a couple of months now. I
would like to take this opportunity to apologize to our avid readers and fans for the issues that we
missed. Our Editor and founder, Joannah Stewart, has run into, well let's just say RL. As such, she
cannot continue editing for All Otaku Magazine. Hopefully, this will change in the future and she can
return to the wonderful community that is Otaku! In the meantime, I have assumed the temp role
of Editor in order to get us back on track. By no means do I wish to take the magazine over from Ms
Stewart, but in the same breath I also by no means wish to abandon the readers, fans, creativity and
freedom of speech that is AOM.
To this point, I have reassembled the team and put together a release for you, our readers. We aim
to continue releasing editions on a bi-monthly basis as usual. We are however planning a few
changes, not only to keep up with the times, but also to keep the culture in SA growing and happy.
To that end we probably need to recruit some new blood into the mag, so expect to see us scouting
at events! Until we can get the talent we need, I apologize if the quality of the magazine took a
little dip. I am not a graphics designer, nor do I have the proper software for editing in this sense. I
will however do my best with what I have and together with my team, hopefully put something out
to you, our readers, which is both satisfying and informative.
I would like to thank the loyal fans that stuck with us through this rough patch.
Sincerely, Leena Swarts (Beleran)
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When I read Ninas recent article on the state of remakes and sequels in the video game industry I
had to admit that I was a little bit surprised at her optimism about the future of gaming - while I live
and hope, I am as always a cynic on this issue, especially after E3.
Please understand that the current generation of consoles have completely evaded me, while I
occasionally look wistfully at the Wii in the same way a small boy attaches his nose to cold glass, I
have not owned a console since the PS2 and only recently obtained a PC good enough for more than
Solitaire. And yet, I feel Ive missed very little.
In the last 10 years or so, we have seen a
dramatic increase in remakes, reboots and
sequels flood the gaming media and the
reasons behind it are both insidious and
simple, the reasons are fear and greed.
Firstly lets look at fear. Its a recession
market out there and makers of
entertainment media must compete with
peoples basic human needs for cash in a way they didnt 10 years ago when the industry was in its
heyday. You want a product that sells, not a product that can potentially bomb horribly and result in
your company self-destructing. In times of hardship, publishers are far keener to have established
licenses than try something risky. Why do you think Nintendo keeps resurrecting Zelda every time
they make a console?
Of course the second part makes it worse, greed. If you are a
publisher like Activision or EA you want to make the most
money you can from your product, which means that you have
to tap as many different markets as possible rather than
appeal to the niche markets pioneered by earlier teams. In
order to deal with the rapid advancement in technology
throughout the sector, developers need a larger cash
investment to deliver appropriate system quality this has lead
to some companies ballooning in size. Back in the day to make
a game you needed 5 guys 6 months and a back room. To
make a game in todays AAA environment you need 200 million dollars and a dev team the size of
Micronesia and even then, games like Tomb raider and Dead space 3 still cant sell enough copies at
launch to hold back their cavernous development budgets.
This means that Publishers dont want to take the risk on new IP when they can have guaranteed
money from the sale of a franchise. If Too Human taught us anything, (Other than Silicon Knights
havent done good work since they left Nintendo) its that some developers abuse this system to
create a subpar experience and use the New IP doesnt sell excuse to cover their asses. My usual
response is to point at FFXIII and say Neither did that!
REBOOTS AND SEQUELS: Is the gaming market stagnating?
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This is evident as even those scant new IPs such as Uncharted that dared to show their heads feel
more like rip offs of established
franchise materials (In the case of
Uncharted its a rip-off of Tomb Raider,
itself a rip-off of the Indiana Jones
It's funny, after I wrote this article I
found out another reason and had to
add it, it's a reason I hadn't even
thought of. As the AAA games industry
started to recruit executives from other
fields to fill in the administrative side, these executives, mostly with a history in packaged goods,
have become reliant on their marketing departments. The problem is... the marketers also come
from packaged goods and can't understand the rapidly changing face of gaming. In fact these
Dinosaurs only see 3 games existing at all "Call of Duty, Clash of Clans and Candy Crush," which is a
slogan actually used to describe the Publisher's requirements. They don't WANT that GTA 5 or Age of
Empires or hell even SKYRIM money, all they want is the market share of those mega hits.
There is a solution to this problem and its one that at least some smaller publishers have embraced
while EA, Ubisoft and Activision duke it out for the coveted Best Call Of Duty clone award and that
is the AA game. A AA game is a game that uses existing technology to build a new experience in a
niche genre without breaking the bank. For examples of AA take Xcom Enemy unknown a game
that, despite being less than a year old at time of writing and honestly looks pretty bad by todays
standards, is a critical and financial success because it sold in its market. Or Dark Souls, the insane
semi multiplayer RPG that is so hard it breaks diamonds, yet still sold over 2 million copies. Many PC
indie games do the same thing every day on Steam and GoG. These games succeeded by reading the
market and using that unutilized space.
In the economic climate of today, as consoles head towards the next major turning point in design
and features. It will be interesting to note if we will see another move towards integrative gaming, as
we did on the PS2 or if its another More of the same generation as the one that killed the Atari
2600. I personally cant wait, but Im still on the lookout for the proverbial mountain of ET cartridges.
Gareth Uraharasensei is an English teacher by profession and a cynic by genetics. Hed be glad to
help you out once he finishes his tinfoil helmet.
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Date: End of August (TBA)
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Want to be an Otaku?
Here is what we do:
To start off, for those of you who are a little newer to the anime scene, Otaku is a term used by the Japanese
to signify a person who has obsessive interests, normally leaning to anime, games, manga etc. There are
several things that Otakus do, some of it fun, others just downright weird. But then again, who wants to be
normal? (throws hands in the air) If youre reading this, then Im sorry to inform you that you are either on
your way to being an Otaku, or you are already a hardcore member and there is no turning back. Not that
most of us care to turn back in any case. So, down to the things that identifies us as Otaku to the rest of the
This is without a doubt the most important and common thing that defines an Otaku. If you do not watch
anime, then you will probably not know what most of us are ranting on about whenever we bump into each
other. We love discussing and often arguing about the most inconsequential things regarding out favorite
anime shows. Everyone is welcome to jump in and give their two cents, as long as it does not crush our
perception of an anime, in which case I hope you can run pretty fast to get out of reach. Yes folks, Otaku can
sometimes be so obsessive over their shows that they can turn violent. Our blood boils when people insult our
hobbies, so dont do it. Well maybe it wont go that far, but still, you get the idea. There are tons of good
anime out there and it doesnt take long to find out what they are when talking to any anime fan. If you are
looking to get into the Otaku culture, this is an excellent place to get started. Ask someone to recommend
some good shows, get them from a buddy, dont look back and start on your slippery slope down the Otaku
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Probably the fastest growing industry world-wide, gaming is not to
be underestimated in any culture or society. With Universities nowadays giving courses on game
design/programming etc, it has evolved from a simple way of entertainment to a thriving and cutting edge
competitive environment. As such, players are always on the lookout for the next game and sheesh, our
expectations are high. We love our games just as much as we do our anime, and more than once Ive been
with friends chatting over this game or that, pleasantly passing hours without notice. Games, hardware, next
gen ideas, they all form part of the gaming industry, and we can never get enough. If you want in on being
Otaku, get a console/pc and get playing!
Manga is the lifeblood of all anime. Some anime end
prematurely, the entirety of their stories untold. Manga
comes to the rescue with everything the anime left out.
Consider some real life movies that were based on books. The
books were always more comprehensive, told the stories
better, conveyed the feelings of the writer better. The same
concept applies here. Whilst most anime follows their manga
counterpart to the letter, it sometimes happens that they
deviate, and sometimes those deviations can be quite
confusing. Of course, with the longer anime shows like
Naruto, filler eps are needed to stop the anime from catching
up to the manga series. For the newbies, filler eps are
episodes that have no manga counterpart. A side story made
up to compensate for the slower release of the manga.
Sometimes they are good, most oft they are bad. Everybody
hates filler. Meh, I went a little off topic. If your favourite
anime ends too soon for your liking, check if it has manga. I
guarantee you will not be disappointed. Oh, they are released
in English, so do not worry that you will only find Japanese
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4. Trading card games:
Well, this is a little less common among Otaku. There is definitely a large portion of the
otaku culture that enjoys a card game or two, from MTG, pokemon or Yu-gi-oh to
Beyblade and Dragonball Z. These are highly strategic and good fun to play, and of
course gives you a perfectly valid excuse to get out of the house and spend
time with some like-minded people!
The variety of games available out there is amazing, so get off your butt, find
something that suits your fancy, and join in on the HUGE community in SA!
The ultimate way for an Otaku to express their love for their favourite game/anime! The idea is to dress up as
your favourite character from a game or anime show, and try to represent them as best you can at a
convention. There are several of these events throughout South Africa every year, if you know where to look.
I will list a couple to get the newer people going and maybe get a couple of people who want to break into this
a place to have a look. There you will find people like you who wish to express their love for anime/gaming,
designers who make the clothing/props needed and often a competition or two to see who did the best job.
Its enjoyable to go, and fun to meet these people, so I highly recommend it!
Here are a couple of places where you can find Cosplay events:
These are in the Johannesburg/Pretoria region:
G2C2 - Start of April (http://greatgeekcollective.co.za/upcon/)
ICON - Mid July
KINCON - TBA (https://www.facebook.com/kinconSA)
RAGE - Start October (http://www.rageexpo.co.za/)
These are in the Cape Town region:
Japan Day - Mid Feb (http://www.animated-
Suki love-love Picnic
Otaku are weird people at best, fun people at worst. Yes, that was not said incorrectly. Unlike the super weird
things you sometimes hear the other countries' otaku do, here in SA it's good clean fun, and the society is very
friendly and pleasant. Here is to hoping that the community keeps growing exponentially!
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1. Monkey D. Luffy
2. Uzumaki Naruto
3. Roronoa Zoro
5. Nagami Light
- By Douw D.K Kotz
In this vast world full of awesome Anime, we are touched and inspired by
the characters within every Anime series. There is a lot we can learn and
appreciate, but in the endone question remains. (A dramatic pause, a
drum roll and then the jazzy casino music comes out of nowhere while
someone narrates the following words)
Who is Animes most powerful Character?
There are tons of candidates for this prestigious title of Animes most
powerful Character and let me tell you, its not easy to decide a
winner. We are talking about Anime, not animated series from Marvel
or DC and such. Sorry Batman
When youre thinking about who is the most powerful, youre probably
thinking about some muscled-up character that can pound someones
face into squashed potatoesbut sometimes the mind is powerful too.
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After eliminating a series of names
from the most powerful candidates
list, Im left with only a few Anime
series characters. As exhausting as
the search was, its time to finish
my opinionative quest. Throw me
some senzu beans!
Dracule Hawkeye Mihawk once
defeated Roronoa Zoro in the
Anime One Piece, but that
doesnt necessarily mean that Zoro is out of the picture, but still Mihawk was able to split a whole
ship in half with one strike from a distance. That is indeed, one badass sword technique hes got
Swords are usually claimed to be made of steel or such nature and Roronoa Zoros 3-sword
fighting style is very unique. His attacks such as the Tiger-style, being able to cut through steel like
butter and Kiki Kyutoryu: Asura literally meaning Demon Spirit Nine Sword Style: Asura are
beyond awesome and will leave most of us in awe (or squealing with inner and outer voices). Sadly,
hes not the most powerful Anime character.
Alright, lets get down to the finalists Light Yagami, Goku (Kakarot), Monkey D. Luffy and Naruto
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Not only is this common knowledge, but this is how we are going to prove who exactly Animes
most powerful character is.
Between the four, Light Yagami is at a huge disadvantage. Goku, Naruto and Luffy have speed,
strength and more or less the same attention
span. They eat more, weigh more, punch
harder and have awesome techniques.
Sadly, Luffy has the one disadvantage
which even Light Yagami can take
advantage of water.
Goku has been known to hit the water
several times. With the ability to swim, he
has been able to get out of the water while
not losing a beat in battle.
Having eaten the Gum-Gum devil fruit,
Luffy has lost the ability to swim and that
leaves him in a huge
disadvantagedepending on the battle
As for Naruto, not only can he swim, but
he can use his chakra to help him walk or
run on water. Okay, just to clear the air here
about Light Yagami. He is pretty powerful as long
as he has the Death Note. He could eliminate every Anime character if he felt like it, but he wont
be of much use when it comes to a battleunless he can make time slowdown and take his time
writing down each of their names.
If it was to be between young Goku and young Naruto, things might go Narutos way, but then
theres the question about the older Naruto and adult Goku. Yes, Goku might have the power to
blow up a planet if he so wished to, but it takes even greater strength not to blow up a planet
accidently while youre in a battle. With Gokus even more awesome strength and power found
within him, I would say that Animes most powerful character is indeed Goku as the Super Saiyan
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- By Douw D.K Kotz
First of all, I know there are those who havent heard of it or played it before ~gasp~, but
dont be discouraged. Just take a look further here and all will come clear as day. For those
who arent familiar with Minecraft, its that indie building game that exploded onto the
scene in 2011. Its a sandbox indie game which was originally created by Markus Notch
Persson and was later developed and published by Mojang.
So, I went around and asked some Minecraft players some questions. Some of the answers
were similar to others, but most of them were positive
towards the Minecraft world.
Q: Why do people play and love Minecraft?
A: It is a very fun and creative game. You can build
almost anything out of everything on the game. I was
very against playing Minecraft when I first learned about
it, but after being forced (More of a push into the right
direction I hope) to play it by my friends, I got addicted.
The games graphics takes some getting used to, but
once you are in there, trying to survive, learning how to
make things from a pickaxe to a bed, you completely
forget that the graphics arent that good and realize that
it is perfect for the game, and when you create your first
little bunker to hide in at night when the mobs come
out, you must jump up in joy.
A Digimon on Minecraft! Take
me there now!
This was posted on a Minecraft forum.
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Q: Whats the best thing
A: Freedom is the best thing
about Minecraft its the
game that never ends. The
best thing about Minecraft is
the fact that you are literally
only limited by your
imagination, if you can think it
up, you can make it.
This was posted on tumblr.com by Sandra who runs under the name of sickyouth in minecraftia
Q: How much time do you spend on it?
A: Well, it depends. When I am creating pixel art, it takes up quite some time and other days the
whole day, especially in survival mode. The time depends on what I want to build, the longest I ever
spent building was 1 week. I built a 100X100 block stadium
I wasnt surprised to hear that at all. Well, okayI was surprised by some of the answers I have
received, but nonetheless its Minecraft. I have looked around for some examples of creations made
by Minecrafters (As some call themselves). Some creations shown below are from the inter-webs
and then there are those creations that were shared by the Minecrafters who were kind enough to
answer some of my questions. The creations Ive seen from Minecraft were from pretty detailed and
amazing to being really awesome.
Check it out.
A giant SpongeBob Squarepants
that would make so much sense
about where he really comes
This was posted by Luubox on planetminecraft.com
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Here are some creations by local Minecrafters:
- by Ivan Wiehahn
- by JP Pretorius .The plot thickens
- by Farron Pretorius
Q: Why do people make the like of such creations?
A: Because it is fun and I just love being creative and Minecraft gives me that freedom
To express my creativity whether its making a house or creating pixel art
I made them to challenge myself and see what I was capable of making
So, its become clear as day. The reason why people play it and love it, is because of the open space,
the freedom to do whatever you want with whatever you want. People love to display their artistic
side on a game. A lot of them love being able to recreate events from movies to games on Minecraft.
They create their own paths and obstacles to challenge themselves. Minecraft truly is amazing.
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n all honesty, Captain America was never really one of my
favourite heroes. Sure, he has a kickazz shield and above human
strength, but other than that? No psychic powers? No flight, no laser
beams... Yes, yes, ok. I have since revised my opinion of our stars and
stripes covered hero. I mean, after seeing him in action in "Avengers",
who wouldn't? Sure, he is still one of the less powerful heroes out there,
but he has more than made up for it with proven combat ability and
superior leadership skills. Plus, he gained a huge improvement in my
opinion when he showed me just how much of a ninja he can be. *huge
In the latest instalment: "Captain America: Winter Soldier", Rogers is back
with a big piece of the Avengers crew to stop the resurgence of his age
old nemesis: "Hydra". Thought he stopped those buggers? What was
their credo? "Cut off one head", something-something... Very
inspirational. Living proof that cockroaches are hard to get rid of. Ok, so I
kind of stole that line from the movie "Epic", but it is such a good line.
No my friends, Hydra is back. Not in a small sense either. They have been
biding their time, ingratiating themselves into everything that has access
to power. Military, government, SHIELD. You name it, there is probably a
Hydra agent in there somewhere. They are planning all sorts of evilness,
and the time has finally come to make themselves known to the world at
large. Given that, trust is hard to come by. Your closest friends could be
your oldest enemies.
Nick Fury himself is suspicious of everyone. Oh, wait... that would be
normal for him. Figuring out who to trust felt like trying to traverse a
nebulous conflux based in an inter-dimensional pocket compressed in a
black hole, wrapped up inside a Rubik's-cube, which would probably be
easier. Confused? So was I. The movie has a wonderful flow to it, and if
you were watching the series: "Marvel: Agents of SHIELD", the movie
made a whole lot more sense. I love the fact that it tied in so nicely with
the series, and that the series is currently continuing based on the events
of not only the Avengers, but the second Captain America movie as well.
I always feel good when people take the time to tell a story like it should be told.
Rushing through it *cough* Twilight *cough* leaves you feeling empty and dissatisfied.
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Directors Anthony and Joe Russo have done an absolutely fantastic job at composing a
masterpiece. Of course, with acting talent like Samuel L. Jackson, Chris
Evans and everyone's favourite, Scarlett Johansson, who wouldn't make
a mind-blowingly good movie? Sure, there have been loads of previous
attempts at making superhero movies in the past. Plus, some of them
were downright bad. The movie industry has come a long way however,
and scripts, special effects, CG etc has developed in leaps and bounds.
My apologies, I got a little off track there. Anyhow, the movie revolves
around both the take-over by Hydra, the trust and bonds built between
the agents of SHIELD, and we are also introduced to a new hero,
Hawkman, which does his butt-whipping with mechanical expertise, not
superpowers. Mind you, the main antagonist, the winter soldier, is also
using a whole bunch of technological goodies to do his evil deeds. I will
not spoil just who the winter soldier is, for the few of you who have not
seen the movie just yet. Let's just say, Ironman has proven quite nicely
that technology can bridge the gap for us humans to compete on the
demi-god arena. Action packed from start to finish, it had me gripping my seat in
anticipation for most of the movie. I was thrilled by both the story-line
development as well as the twists and turns in said story to keep things
ever changing and intriguing. If you have not had the pleasure of
sampling this fantastic movie, I highly recommend it, giving it at least a
9/10 rating and thus far, my best movie of the year!
- By Beleran
A little funny I found online for your enjoyment :D
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- By Bill Salazar Masuku
In Victorian era London, there lies the manor house
located in the outskirts of the town of the illustrious
Phantomhive earldom and its young master, Ciel
Phantomhive. On the night of Ciel Phantomhive's tenth
birthday, a fire engulfed his manor, his parents
murdered, and he was captured by a mysterious
organization. After a month of enduring excruciating
torture, Ciel returns to the Phantomhive household
with an enigmatic black clad butler, Sebastian
Michaelis. To others, it seems that the butler is simply
the best at his craft, from anticipating his young
master's needs to carrying them out to the best of his
abilities. Little do they know, Sebastian is actually a
demon that had entered into a contract with Ciel,
promising the boy to help him achieve revenge on the
arsonists in exchange for his soul. As the Queen's
Watchdog and standing at the top of the British
underworld, Ciel solves the crimes plaguing London
while waiting for the day he will exact his revenge.
It was announced in January 18, 2013 that the manga
would be made into a live-action film starring Ayame
Goriki as Genpou Shiori, Hiro Mizushima as Sebastian
Michaelis. Filming began in April 2013 and the film was
released on January 18, 2014.
The live-action film differs a bit from the manga, as it
has been set in an unspecified Asian city in the year
2020 where western and eastern cultures have
intermixed. In the "Black Butler" saga, the human
protagonist is a boy named Ciel Phantomhive. This
film introduces a new protagonist, a girl named
Shiori Genpo/Kiyoharu Phantom.
Despite these obvious changes to the story the
film was well received.
Encore Films (2014) (Singapore) (theatrical)
Warner Bros. (2013) (Japan) (theatrical)
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- By Beleran
Honoka Takamiya is an average student with average
looks and average grades. Like any boy his age, he
has a crush on a girl. The girl he has his eyes on
however, is known as the school's "Princess". A
position voted on by both grading and popularity.
The Princess even has her very own fan club, which
b.t.w. is highly possessive of her time and attention.
Honoka finds himself in a tight spot with another girl
who for no apparent reason wishes to kill him. He
has no idea what he did or why she wants to dispose
of him, but she is determined. Upon almost
succeeding, he is rescued by Kagari Ayaka (a.k.a the
Princess). But instead of her simply coming to his
rescue, she is draped in flames and wearing a witch
costume. The flames apparently have no harmful
effect on her, and she wields them as if born to it.
Honoka's life takes a change for the strange when
Kagari tells him that she no longer wants to protect
him from the shadows and decides to take an active
role in his life. Apparently there is an ongoing war
between two factions of witches that have been
duking it out for millennia - the Tower witches and
the Workshop Witches, with Kagari and her mother
from the workshop side. From dangerous witches,
very bad familiars and scary fan club members,
Honoka is almost constantly either on the run or in
The story is quite amusing to watch and the series has
a pleasant flow to it that is rare in most anime today.
There are quite a couple of highly comedic situations
commonly found amongst teen romance, much to my
delight. Apart from the fantasy aspect of the anime,
it is highly reminiscent for me of another of my
favourite anime, Kotoura. As one of the best releases
of the Winter season it has already concluded with a
fantastic twelve episodes for its first season.
Written by : Ryu Mizunagi
Directed by : Tsutomo Mizushima
There is also an expected OVA release.
Network : Tokyo MX, TVA, AT-X, BS11, ABC
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- By Beleran
Inter-dimensional bubbles... Oi, since when have
inter-dimensional bubbles ever had any good news?
Even if I was extremely pleased to have one appear in
the anime IN Pretoria, (yes, we are officially on the
anime map!) I still wish it would deliver lots of cookies
and cake instead of bloodthirsty warriors, creatures,
robots, angels or monsters that are pretty much all
about killing and/or dominating everything in sight.
Asuka Tennoji plays the main protagonist, a kind and
helpful guy that, despite the harsh conditions that the
world has deteriorated to, still wants to believe that
everyone and everything is inherently good. One day
on the way back from work, he stumbles across a
battle between a huge black panther and an angel.
The angel was hurt and he decided to trust his
instincts and try to help her. This led to him using his
ZX card, acquired from a shrine priestess - a device
that allows you to essentially "tame" a being from
one of the inter-dimensional portals. The angel
"Fierte" allows herself to be bonded in order to use
her host's energy to heal her wounds.
The owner of the panther "Sieger" is a German
woman named "Ayase Kamiyugi". Her parents were
murdered by the white portals denizens, and
consequently she has sworn to rid the word of every
single angel. Sieger is quite happy to go along with
this as long as he can continue to fight. He is brutally
strong, if a bit of a pervert (for a cat) and his
personality blends in perfectly with Ayase. The
combination creates an unstable, but highly effective
duo that other ZX owners need to be wary of.
Azumi is a little girl that was diagnosed with an
incurable disease. She bonds a ZX called Rigel, from
the blue portal. The blue portal's denizens are an
extremely evolved civilization that took technology to
heights we could only dream of. As a result, an
incurable disease for us, is a trifle for them. Rigel
supplies Azumi with treatment from the Blue world,
in exchange she uses Azumi to hide from her world,
due to having betrayed her superiors. Azumi seems
frail, but has a strong will to live and she is far from
giving up the fight. Together with Rigel she sees all
other opponents as fair odds.
These three characters form the basis around which
the story unfolds. It is a little confusing at the start,
due to the initial scene being a couple of days ahead
of the actual storyline, and subsequently the anime
reverts back to the earlier timeline to show how
everything got started, building up to the first scene
in the first episode.
I heard that this anime was based off a card game,
but I have never heard of, or encountered it. As an
anime though, it is packed with action, is often
humorous and totally had me hooked from episode 1.
Written by : Broccoli
Published by : Shueisha
Directed by : Yuji Yamaguchi
Network : TV Tokyo
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Country of Cherry Blossoms
Set in Hiroshima in 1955, ten years after the atomic bomb was dropped, "Town of Evening Calm" is the story of a young
woman, Minami Hirano, who survived the bomb when she was in her early teens. She lives with her mother, Fujimi, in a
shanty-town near downtown, having lost her father and two sisters to the bomb; her younger brother, Asahi, was
evacuated to Mito, Ibaraki, where he was adopted by his aunt. Fujimi is a seamstress while Minami, who is "all thumbs"
as her mother puts it, works as a clerk in an office, and together they are saving money for the trip to Mito to visit Asahi.
One of her co-workers, Yutaka Uchikoshi, cares for Minami and visits her shanty when she misses work because her
mother is sick. He later gives her a pair of sandals made by his mother and a handkerchief, but when he tries to kiss her,
she has a flashback where she sees the victims of the bombing where they now stand and pushes him away. She runs
off, still reliving the horrors of the attack, including finding her little sister's blackened body and watching her older sister
die of radiation poisoning two months later. The next day at the office, she apologizes to Uchikoshi, saying she wants to
somehow put the past behind her. She spends the day exhausted, however, and the next day becomes bedridden from
the long-term effects of radiation poisoning. As Minami's condition worsens, she is visited by Uchikoshi and other co-
workers, and dies just as her brother and aunt arrive.
Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms has been adapted into a live-action film directed by Kiyoshi Sasabe,
which is called Yunagi City, Sakura Country in English. The outdoor sets were filmed in Kawaguchi, Saitama, including a
recreation of part of the Hiroshima's shantytown c. 1958. The story of "Country of Cherry Blossoms", filmed in every
place in Hiroshima. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2007, then released in theaters in Japan on 28
July 2007. It was released on DVD in Japan on 28 March 2008.
The film is accompanied by a beautiful musical score that emotes every scene brilliantly, having a original sound track
The delivery of the story is nothing short of impressive and managed to win many awards, including the 17th Japanese
Film Critics Award for Best Picture, placing sixth in the top ten films list of the 3rd Osaka Cinema Festival, and placing
ninth in the top ten domestic films list of 2007 by Kinema Junpo. The Blue Ribbon Awards also named the film one of the
top ten films of the year. Kumiko Aso won several "Best Actress" awards for her portrayal of Minami Hirano in the film,
including that of the 32nd Hochi Film Awards, the 62nd Mainichi Film Awards, and the 50th Blue Ribbon Awards.
- By Bill Salazar Masuku
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The story is about class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Middle School where every morning they greet their sensei with a
massive firing squad. The sensei is a weird combination of an alien and an octopus that moves at speeds of
mach-20. It turns out this creature was responsible for the destruction of the moon, rendering it forever in a
crescent shape. He has announced that he will destroy the world in one year. The creature will teach class 3-E
how to assassinate him before the year is over.
Although the Korosensei, aka the Unkillable Teacher, is currently the most powerful and most dangerous
being on the planet, capable of mass destruction, he is a teacher first and foremost devoted to helping his
class with their grades and even personal issues.
Assassination Classroom was the seventh best-selling manga series in Japan of 2013 with 4.5 million copies
sold. It was number one on the 2014 Kono Manga gaSugoi! Top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey by
Written by Ysei Matsui
Published by Shueisha
Magazine Weekly Shnen Jump
Original run July 2012 ongoing
- By Bill Salazar Masuku
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In a kingdom lost of its true king, ruled by a tyrannical leader who slaughters anyone and anything be it for
humour or out of anger. The blood thirsty tyrant lusts for some entertainment to quench his boredom. He
slashes down tricksters and illusionists in search of a magical act to impress himself and the princess by his
side. It is only when he summons an audience with the prisoners in his castle to either entertain him or die
that one hooded prisoner reveals what true magic is and what shocking face is under the hood.
This new series, of only 9 chapters and slow releases, has already conjured up massive appeal amongst the
avid manga readers collective hearts, with a public online rating of 4.72 out of 5 gold stars. It is easily one of
the most anticipated manga titles outside of the waterfall of mainstream titles.
Written and Illustrated Aiya Kyu
Year 2011 - onging
Original Publisher Media Factory
Serialized In (magazine)Comic Gene (Media Factory)
Currently available chapters 9
- By Bill Salazar Masuku
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Top 10 funny Mods for
2013 For most of us it has been a transition. For us, as a culture & community to make different
choices as well establish ourselves in the new year? Lets not think about that. What made us
believe? What made us enjoy & experience the year that has passed? Let us look at what Mods
made us laugh.
10. SKYRIM: My Little Pony Horse by
For all the geek girl gamers out there. If you
feel your horse is too masculine or just not
the right colour how about you make your
horse a My Little Pony Horse. I like to call my
horse Miss Sparkle-Butt. Shes so cute and I
actually feel bad I have to take her into
dangerous situations. Shes faithful, loyal and actually lightens up the mood before I transverse into
a vampire-ridden cave. You cant not love My Little Pony, she's too hard-core.
9. SKYRIM: Zoidberg Mudcrab by Snoopey
If youre a fan of Futurama (by the same individual that made Simpsons). Like you didnt know? You
will have heaps of fun killing Zoidberg Mudcrabs. They sound exactly like the character, which is the
most fun youll ever have! But, in respect they
make a fun time to transverse the rivers of
Skyrim & you tend to ask yourself Why not,
8. SKYRIM: My Little Pony Dragon by
If you are the masculine type or you have had
a bad day with your wife and 2 daughters
maybe you need to blow off steam? What better way than to take down a DRAGON thats in a shape
of My Little Pony? I did & I felt masculine. But then again I felt bad because it was so pretty. So for all
you gamers who dislike My Little Pony this is the mod for you. (Call your mother, she loves you.)
7. SKYRIM: Pew by
If you can stomach it. This mod uses all magical and archers in Skyrim. When you draw your arrow
back or start to perform a magical attack. The sound byte will let off a sighing pew. Which if only
insane, would keep the mod on. Although, when you get scared chasing after the dragon and decide
to fire a sighing pew happens.
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4. GTA V: Carmageddon by ap ii
intense & atk Pirate
Some companies have really tried to make
Carmageddon HD, although some
investors dont believe the idea of cars
crashing into each other or even trying to
dodge them. I mean, who doesnt what to
see a car blow up? This mod can be seen
as a friendly endeavour. Just ask some
friends to come around and see who lasts
longest without being impaled from a car.
Hours of fun will ensue.
6. SKYRIM: Frost Troll with Trolllolol Song by
As more and more trolls seems to come out from
under the bridge and use the World Wide Web. It
would be inevitable that the Troll would actually exist
in Skyrim. The trolls face in made into the 9gag or
Rage comics face. Which aided by the song of their
people the Trololol song. Its been part of our culture
for a while so it's appropriate it should be on this list.
5. Civilizations V: Mods by Various Modders
Sid Meier's Civilizations have always been a favourite game of mine. With Civ 5, the player who has
this mod may change characters in the game to appease your pop culture side. Different mods
include. Beavis & Butthead, Seinfeld & Adventure Time. There is a whole myriad of civilizations you
can make friends or enemies with e.g. If you take the Seinfeld mod, all your paintings will be George
Costanzia naked in a provocative way. Which makes me chuckle every time.
3. SKYRIM: Randy Savage Macho Man Dragon by
Wrestling is quite popular in South Africa. Not entirely
sure why. But, one of the great wrestlers of Yesteryear.
Randy Savage is transformed into a Dragon. Its
entertaining to shoot or hit a dragon. The Dragon yelps
Oh Yeah, gimme more of that brother If you a fan of
wrestling go for it.
2. GTA V: Tsunami by
GTA V has been a popular game throughout the year so I
felt it is fitting to be at least in the top 3. In this mod
some parts of the city is engulfed in water due to you
guessed it a Tsunami. What makes it funny is that sharks
attacks you and AIs/NPCs carry on with their lives and
often drown or drive into the sea.
1. SKYRIM: Fart Shouts by Arheaya19
What mod can actually be better? You have run out of
arrows, your sword is blunt enough make a small child
chuckle while he pokes you with a stick. No, wait. You
have a shout. What better way of getting out of danger is
actually farting towards your opponents? Understandably this is similar to a Monty Python film.
Although, farting against a rabid bear or a dangerous dragon seems very rewarding. (Which it is!) In
conclusion, This is by far the best & funniest mod of 2013. - By Grant Wilson
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When Diablo 2 released its expansion pack, I did not
even have a shred of doubt that buying it was
mandatory. It was going into my collection purely
because Diablo 2 was such a great and highly
addictive title. However, when Diablo IIIs expansion
was released, I had to take a hard look at whether or
not I wanted to rush to the shops to actually get it.
Diablo III itself had a number of glaring issues that
made late game content either too hard to be
enjoyable, or felt too much like a pure grind fest to
get the highest ilvl items for your character.
I am happy to say though that the expansion (not in a
small way due to the massive outcry by fans) has
made a conscious effort to correct most of these
issues to make the game both fun and playable again.
First off, and this is probably the most important
issue in my opinion, they got rid of the Real Money
AH. While the concept was both intriguing and
revolutionary, the players were just not ready for
something of that magnitude. Of course, Blizzards
idea around implementation could have used a bit of
spit and polish. A fine example of good idea, bad
So lets have a look at some of the interesting
changes and additions they brought to the game in
the expansion. As expected (judging by Diablo 2), the
expansion has the last act (Act V) that we have all
been waiting for. Diablo himself has been slain, his
brothers entrapped with him in the black soul stone.
Job done, good work? Well, as always, not quite.
Those Evils are quite the tenacious bunch. Saying that
Diablo or his brothers are safely taken care of is
always a bit of a stretch, so in this latest sequel, we
now have to contend with the Angel of Death
Malthael is the arch angel of wisdom that
disappeared after the destruction of the Worldstone
about twenty years prior at the end of events that
took place in Diablo 2. He ambushes Tyrael and the
Horadrim and takes the black soul stone for himself.
With it, he is bent on destroying mankind which he
now considers to be demons due to the fact that
Nephalem are hybrid creations from both the angelic
and demonic realm. As for the rest of the story, I will
leave it to you to play through by yourself and savour
The expansion brings with it a whole bunch of
features that make for both interesting additions and
necessary changes. There is now bounties, nephalem
rifts, a new Mystic NPC and a brand new adventure
mode after you have completed the content of the
Taking a closer look at some of these features,
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the adventure mode is pretty much a sort of questing
system that covers all the acts. The quests highly
vary from defending areas from attack, to
slaughtering hellish minions. It adds another
element to the game to keep it from feeling like
another grind fest, one of which I highly approve.
Aimlessly running outside town killing thousands of
creep hoping for one of them to drop you a little
titbit can get old fast.
Bounties are gained in Adventure mode which, as the
name suggests, involve players hunting down specific
enemy/ies or even completing certain events for
rewards that include gold/loot/blood shards etc. In
addition, the players will receive Rift keystone
fragments if you complete at least two bounties in a
single act. You need these for activation of
Nephalem rifts, so they are pretty important. If you
complete all five of the bounties contained in an act,
you will be rewarded with a Horadric cache, which is
like a little happy box with all sorts of random loot
The Nephalem rifts are basically the Diablo
equivalent of dungeons. The areas and the
encounters contained in the rifts are randomized so
each rift will contain a unique experience. The tile
sets for these areas are taken from all five acts, so it
keeps things interesting. To open up a rift, you will
need five of those rift fragments I mentioned earlier.
Oh, and as a last little bonus, inside the rifts are
pylons (hey who invited the Protoss to this party?)
which will, like shrines, bestow upon players some
really powerful abilities to help with exploration.
The Mystic basically serves two purposes.
Enchanting items, and transmogrification. Yeah, my
fingers got crossed trying to spell that It basically
means changing the appearance of one item to looks
like another. Both these features have obviously
been taken from World of Warcraft.
Admittedly, it does add another level of complexity
to item design, so I am not really complaining too
hard. Plus the fact that some of that armor and
weaponry looks so bloody good and I just dont want
to lose the design when I switch for something
better. The enchanting bit does not quite work like
WoW though. Instead of players placing a pre-set
attribute on the item, they basically re-roll for the
attributes already on the item. As a result, its a bit
of a gamble. You could potentially take a crappy item
and give it pretty neat stats, or you could take a
pretty decent item and change it to garbage. The
joys of gambling
Since the advent of Diablo III, they have had another
look at the difficulty system as well. Instead of
players having to work their way through Normal to
Inferno, you now have a choice of working yourself
up from Normal to Torment. These can be chosen
however at the start (depending on your character
level) with Torment having a couple of levels in itself
for the more elite players.
There have been a couple of smaller changes as well,
things like gems being account bound now, so no
trading with other players, or drops being made far
better by the game taking a look at both which
character you are playing and at what level it
currently is. This change alone makes the gameplay
more rewarding and appealing to me.
Well, at the very least, you can always count on
Blizzard to listen to what their fans are saying and
make the necessary changes to their games. We
dont always get what we want, but at least we get it
most of the time.
In conclusion, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is worth
getting if you are a Diablo fan like me.
- By Beleran
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How will you spend your final days?
Studio: Square Enix, tri-Ace
Director: Motomu Toriyama
Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release date: February 14, 2014
Genre: Action, RPG
Publisher: Square Enix
Experienced hands-on on PlayStation 3
Finally, Lightning has awoken from her slumber and shes itching to kick some butt!
Its been 500 years since the world started sinking in the sea of Chaos. After centuries of slumber in crystal
stasis, the chosen rose-haired hero has awoken. The god Bhunivelze has given this chosen-warrior a new
purpose, a new role to play in this world which desperately needs saving. She is now on a mission to save the
souls of mankind.
Who is this hero?
She was an officer, lcie, a Warrior goddess who was called upon to protect the goddess
Etro and now she is called The Saviorher name is Lightning!
Lightning has been blessed with incredible strength and abilities along with an arsenal of
new weapons. Shes not just a pretty face and shell prove it to you. Outfits that
compliment her beauty, shields that protect her from greater damage and weapons
which can cut down any foe (that can be damaged by weapons).
Its been a long time since everyone was thrown into all of this and only centuries since Lightning took the seat
at goddess Etros thrown in Valhalla. Lightning was awoken from her slumber and felt the warmth of God as
his words came through to her. Bhunivelze made a promise, that he would bring Serah back if Lightning would
become his servant and act as his Savior. She was to become The Savior and save the souls of mankind. She
wasnt gonna be able to do this alone though. Hope Estheim was brought back by God to assist Lightning in her
holy task from the Ark. Have the others have been brought back as well? Thats probably something you
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would ask, right? By the awakening of The Savior, there are 13 days left before the world ends. It would seem
that God has given everyone one last chance to put their hearts in the right place and letting Lightning save
their souls so that they can live in the new world after this one ends. Those who cant be saved will forever
dwell in the river of Chaos.
Lightning clashes with a number of
problems because of Chaos and one of
them is Snow Villiers. Snow Villiers
used to be an optimist and laughably
so. People used to look up to him
because of how he was. He was
engaged to Lightnings sister, Serah
Farron. Lightning happily gave her
blessing before she disappeared and
because of Etro and Chaos, the tables
turned on Serah while she tried to
save the world and attempted to bring
her sister back. Dont give me that lookgeez
Snow must have been hurting inside after such a long time and it would seem that Chaos had started to get to
him as well. The girl, Lumina who looks like Lightnings sister is pulling a lot of the strings with Chaos and she is
the lack of a better word, a demon. The devious Lumina would interfere between Snow and Lightning, and that
includes toying with them in their own minds. Snow already blames himself for not being able to protect
Serah and looks forward to facing The Savior and ending it all.
There is more to the story than Lightning having to face just Snow though. There are 4 other Chaotic threats
that need attention from Lightning in 3 other lands. Yes, there are 4 lands worth exploring and so many people
you can talk to, but time is money and there might be so much to do and yet there is so little timewith you
starting on 6 days till doomsday. Though, after each passing day, you have to give Yggdrasil your Eradia back
in the Ark in order to extend the worlds life expectancy to the full 13 days.
Alright, now its time to stop teasing you about the good-looking story and have my say in this review. So, this
all started from Final Fantasy XIII. The sequel Final Fantasy XIII-2 built the story a bit even further for those
who thought the first ones story was confusing. Lightning Returns is the direct sequel to Final Fantasy XIII-2
and this game concludes the whole story for this number in Final Fantasy. So, yeahThis story ought to make
sense out of everything that has happened. Lightning is not the despised lcie anymore and shes not
protecting Etro as the Warrior goddess anymore either. She is now The Savior. As a lot of us might have heard
by now, Final Fantasy XIII was originally supposed to feature Lightning as a one-woman-army, if I may put it
like that? Finally or better late than never, they have put that idea to the test.
Oh my garbs and weapons, my kingdom for the perfect 3 schemas.
What exactly is a schema? Well, do you remember Final Fantasy X-2s dresspheres?
Just in case you dont know what it is, let me tell you. Its way better than the dresspheres system. The garb is
of course the outfit, the clothes youre choosing Lightning to wear. In a battle, youll be able to use up to 3
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schemas. A schema is the garb, weapon, shield, accessories and assigned abilities.
Why is it better than the previously seen dresspheres from Final Fantasy X-2?
Well, its all about timing. Back in Final Fantasy X-2, you can get hit and defeated all while youre busy trying to
decide which dresspheres you want to choose for your character.
In Lightning Returns, your schema switching is pretty fast. Its even faster than using a Paradigm shift from
the previous XIII titles.
Oh my garb, give me those schema sets now! ~arms flail while running in circles~ The tutorials are always a
good thing in the game. Without it, I wouldnt have gotten used to the new battle system as easily as I did.
Youll be able to help Lightning traverse the battlefield with the use of the left-analog stick and control the
game camera with the right-analog stick.
When youre fighting an enemy, youll be
able to switch targets easily with the D-
pad. This is one of the improvements I like.
It helps switch to a different target
without wasting time. In other Final
Fantasy instalments, you get hit while
youre looking at the list of who you want
to attack. With just the use of the D-pad,
you can change your target quickly. This
often helps when you need to guard with
perfect timing and strike when they least
expect it. What exactly is the result of this
one-woman-army idea in battle? I would say that its not bad at all. Of course, you will always get those who
wouldnt like itbut every game has such opinions and then some years later they might say otherwise.
The staggering system is about the same, except that you wont be seeing a stagger-gauge. So, how exactly
do you know when youre enemy is close to being staggered? Youll see a scope/wave thing at the health-
gauge. No, not in the health-gauge, youll see it at the health-gauge. Wanna buy some Libra sheets? Itll help
you expose the weaknesses of some monsters. I know a merchant thatll sell you some.
Also, the battling system seems to be better in terms with timing. Press a button to guard at the precise
moment you need to be on the defence. Press a different button when you wanna go all-out with an attack.
Press another different button to perform the traditional magic attacks, like hitting them with thunder from
yours truly, Lightning.
Attacks and spells may come in a set of five-blow combos. Its important that you time your ATB and schema
switches to take advantage of the ATB-charge (of the 2 schemas not currently in use) and for the sake of the
combo hits. Some advice before you enter a battle: Striking first gives you an advantage for when you
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(whoosh) enter the battle.
The game might have a sense of rushing, but dont try to rush the game to a finish. Yes, youre playing against
time from the very point where you start moving around as Lightning, but there is a lot you can do with the
time youre given. Talk to whoever you can in whatever area you are in and help anyone you are able to help.
Just remember that you might not be able to save everyone, as the time you waste to save the one soul could
have been used to save many other souls. Who doesnt like a reference to a previous Final Fantasy game or a
reference to another game?
Im always looking out for references whether they are hidden or so
obvious that its actually being used as a name for something
somewhere. I like what Ive found thus far, but the question is What
will you find?
Do take notice of the handy networking features. You will of course
need the internet when using the online-features. Once youre online
with this game, youll be able to experience the Outerworld services.
You will be able to share your scores, post your experiences in the
game, view screenshots and messages from other players by talking to
certain residents of Nova Chrysalia. Your Outerworld services can be
linked to your Facebook and Twitter accounts as well. Unlike regular
characters, the Outerworld characters will have other players
nickname above their heads in blue along with a certain icon. You can
pretty much link your game to your Facebook account using the
Facebook app and choose other players from your timeline to appear in
Now my verdict
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is a really good game, but this is
coming from a Final Fantasy fan, open-minded to new and good
- Easter eggs anyone? The game has a good story-line. The battle-system feels good. There is a
lot of emotion and suspense to support this game.
PersonallyIm giving this game 8 out of 10.
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Studio: Platinum Games Director: Yusuke Hashimoto
Platform: Wii U Release date: TBA 2014
Genre: Action Publisher: Nintendo
Bayonetta II is the upcoming action-packed
game that is developed by Platinum Games. In
this climatic sequel for the critically acclaimed
Bayonetta, players should be on the edge of
their seats from start to finish. It will be a
clashing, slashing, button bashing, seriously
hectic, demanding, non-stop gameplay with
some touchy-feely moments on the side.
Bursting with jaw-dropping battles, amazing
moments and gorgeous cut-scenes, this game
is not gonna let up on the action. Youll fight on
top of a jet as it soars through a downtown city. Battle it out against a gigantic Cyclops, who bears
a whip for an arm (ouch), and on top of a speeding train. Also take to the skies Yes, take to the
skies in a fight against one huge terrifying demonic dragon while you ascend atop of a skyscraper.
Its the sequel to the game Bayonetta that was released in 2009. Bayonetta, the main
protagonist of the game is one of the only two
surviving Umbran Witches, along with being the
child of a Witch and a Lumen Sage. In this game
she should be featuring a new attire and hairstyle.
The game will also feature a two-player mode for
those who wanna join-in on the fun. When its
time to fight angels, a giant Cyclops and ugly-
backside demon dragons that want to use you as a
toothpick, you better be ready to fight in style and
punish them all.
- Douw D.K Kotz.
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So welcome one and welcome all. This is a
multiplayer open world survival horror game
that was developed by Bohemia Interactive.
Wait, its just you Alright, but still, welcome
to Chernarus an open world, post-Soviet
state and one of the areas hit by a new and
presently unknown infection which of course
has wiped out most of the worlds
population. Its no big deal. Its not like youre
in danger of being killed by a mass group of
zombies, right? Have you realised your
current situation yet?
You are one of the few who have survived
and now you must explore this new
wasteland and fight for your life against what
is left of the indigenous population, which
seems to be now infected with the disease.
This game was designed on an updated
version of the powerful Arma II engine. This
stand-alone version of Day-Z takes everything
that once stunned players in the
original MOD to a new level. You should
expect a more complex, more authentic
scenario, more infected character types and
more fully-modelled building interiors that
will throw you into the depths of this survival
horror like never before.
- Douw D.K Kotz
Studio: Bohemia Interactive
- Director/Writer: U/A
- Platform: Microsoft Windows
- Release date: December 16, 2013 (Alpha), TBA
- Genre: Survival horror
- Publisher: Bohemia Interactive
- Designers: Dean Rocket Hall
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Out of the ashes, Final Fantasy XIV has risen. Square Enix has breathed new life into the world of
Eorzea. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn invites you to explore the world of Eorzea once again. You
can forge friendships with those across the world, ride a Chocobo, board an
airship with friends and create your own unique stories within the Final
Fantasy Universe. Take on epic quests and battle those ever familiar Final
Fantasy monsters alone or form as a party, enlisting the help of friends. Each
player will be able to build and strengthen their own character, learn their
own unique abilities and obtain equipment that will help them throughout
As an adventurer, you can seek fame and fortune. Devote yourself to seeking
danger and glory wherever it may lie. Its the endless quest where many souls
have fallen and only the strong can survive together. The people of Eorzea
come with their myriad pleas and requests to their local adventurers Guild, and indeed it is here
where adventurers heed the call, if it be the task of slaying Wyrms or titans plaguing your fellow
citizens, or crafting wares that are in need of a masters touch. It is time that you heed the call and
work together to forge the fate of Eorzea. What tale of adventure lies in wait for you?
- Douw D.K Kotz
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The Elder Scrolls Online is the latest chapter in the award-winning franchise. ZeniMax Online Studios
brings the legendary experience online for the very first time. If its playing with your friends or even
alone, the games combat system allows you to focus on action and tactics.
In The Elder Scrolls Online, the time and setting will be in the continent of Tamriel, roughly a
millennium before the events from The Elder Scrolls: V Skyrim, 800 years before The Elder Scrolls III:
Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. With three alliances emerging across the continent,
they struggle for reigning authority over the land. These great powers engage in battle against one
another for control over the Imperial City and Tamriel all along with it. There are darker forces on
their way to destroy the world as usual. After all, no story is complete without dark forces wanting to
destroy the world as we know it.
Explore the far reaches of Skyrim, the mysterious lands of Morrowind, and beyond. Be aware that
there are always things you need to do when you want to join a Guild. Also bear in mind of the three
factions that exist within the race you choose to play as (The Ebonheart Pact, The Aldmeri Dominion,
and The Daggerfall Covenant). Remember that the choices you make from alliances you join and the
battles you fight, will guide and shape your destinyand the world of Tamriel.
- Douw D.K Kotz
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It is the third year now that G2C2 has taken over the
UPCON convention normally held in the University of
Pretoria. This year however, was the first year that
they had a hall of their own to do with as they
pleased. Apart from the significant increase in space,
there was a significant increase in expectation from
the people who attend this convention. Being
limited by space constraints can cripple creativity and
often leads to several people not getting spaces, and
sometime people getting cut altogether. Well not
this year! This year there were all sorts of new stalls
and people showing off their wares for us. Of
course, we had the usual suspects lining the walls,
MTG, Warhammer, Pokmon, Outer Limits etc. But
then we also had (not their first) appearances by SIN-
BIN, Plushie Heaven, To-a-T T-shirt printing, Hero-
Clicks and as I was wandering around I even saw a
place where people were busy enjoying a game of
Dungeons and Dragons. Of course,
let's not forget that this is a prime place for cosplay
as I am sure most people will be quick to remind me,
and we were not disappointed. There were quite a
couple of cosplayers and LARPers walking around
showing off their hard work. I must add
appreciatively, that the community is not only
growing larger, it is getting better. Hold onto your
hats Japan and the US, we are on our way! We might
be a bit late to the party, but boy are we South
Africans a hard-headed bunch. When we set our
minds to something... Anyhow, the event was well
organized as always, and drinks and food was easy
enough to come by. I sincerely wish however, that
they would make an effort to get hold of card
machines. Not many people I know nowadays carry
around cash anymore, and card is a much more
convenient alternative. Apart from that, the con was
a good environment for sharing ideas, creativity and
all around geekiness.
AllOtaku takes a
look at the G2C2
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Of course, between now and July, there are a couple
of interesting events that we would like to attend,
both here in JHB and down in Cape Town. I only wish
that all of them could be as well organized and
brimming with life as G2C2 was. I was so energized
when I left the hall!! However, now with G2C2
behind us, we look forward to the other big
conventions later this year: ICON in July, KinCon in
August and of course the big momma, rAGE in
October. Get your costumes ready, start saving
those moolas, and make all necessary preparations
for the most epic Otaku event of the year! A big
thank you goes out to Jacques de Jager and Dina
Steyn for the awesome event!
- By Beleran
On the Saturday there was a Cosplay competition,
and the picture above depicts the finalists on the
day. I wish I could've gotten a better shot of the Jedi
Lady, who eventually won first place, so
unfortunately (or fortunately) you will have to be
appeased by my photo of the second place winner,
on the right. After the competition, there was also a
workshop for cosplayers with general advice for
costume design, posing for pictures, appealing to the
judges etc. which was quite informative, if you
missed it, go cry in your pillow. You should have
been present to enjoy all the fun of G2C2. I know
that there was an unlimited tournament held for
Pokmon players, which I sadly could not attend.
Sometimes real life can be a pain in the behind. I did
get to chat with my friends who were playing, as well
as the organizer, which I hope to get an interview
with for the next edition due in July.
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Cosplay in SA
You've seen them at cons, you've seen them
on the internet. Cosplay in South Africa is
growing ever bigger by the day and pretty
soon, we'll be taking over the world. (Or at
least the nearest Fabric shop.)
I am a cosplayer. I understand the urge to dress up as various anime and manga character better
than anyone, so I can see that to people outside the community it seems a little exclusive and small.
Let me be clear that this could not be farther from the truth; provided you follow basic human
etiquette. Most of us are more than happy to spend time with people who share their interests. We
are not aggressive; just remember that we put a lot of passion into our props. Please do not touch
the custom weapons without our permission, they are usually fragile and time intensive and we'd
rather break them ourselves.
The Community: The cosplay community has grown immensely in the last few years and the core of
the community is stronger than ever, mostly because the efforts of groups organising cosplay events
on their own. These events come in two flavours
and are essentially either Competitive or casual
and both are amazing opportunities to see
Casual Cosplay: This is where most people join
the community; there are a lot of small events,
mostly picnics and group meals that happen
roughly on a monthly basis. These events are
organised by cosplayers and is more of a social
event where cosplayers connect and swap tips on
props and costumes. Usually these meets are
organised by members of the community and are
advertised well in advance. In Gauteng these are
usually either in the Pretoria or Johannesburg
Botanical gardens as picnics or are meets that are
set in sushi restaurants. The picnics are
essentially bring and share meals and people
are encouraged to interact and float between
different groups. Since the community is friendly,
these events are a great way to meet people and collect the occasional streetpass in both Cape
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Town and Gauteng. These events garner
between 20 and 40 people on average. In
Cape Town these picnic events are becoming
a nearly monthly occurrence now, while the
Gauteng events tend to wander between
Pretoria and Joburg on a bi-monthly
schedule. Also it should be noted that while
costumes are encouraged they are not
mandatory, so if you're not quite brave
enough to dress as the Green Ranger yet,
you can just come in civilian clothes.
The best way to find out when these are
happening is to check social media, groups
like "Rockin Cosplay SA" and most of the more
well-known cosplay "celebrities" tend to share when these things are happening and are more than
willing to keep others appraised.
Competitive Cosplay: This is the realm of the cosplay competition and is usually found at
Conventions groups and individuals who have honed they're acting and costuming skills to show off
at events like rAGE and G2C2. These formal contests are the cream of the crop and often have
wonderful prizes provided by the convention organisers. These events are usually organised by the
more professional geek community groups (Aifest and Legion Ink in Gauteng, not sure who runs
them in Cape town) and while we're not quite on the World Cosplay summit circuit yet, the desire to
show off their acting and costuming skills is getting better and better. This is where the size of the
cosplay scene has exploded over the last 3 years. The number of cosplayers entered at rAGE, the
largest single cosplay competition nationally, has tripled. Entrants into these competitions are
usually very competitive, but with the exception of a few individuals the sense of community is still
there and after a competition there are often sketches and photo opportunities.
All in all this growth is continuing as more people learn that the cosplay community exists and as the
community gets older people start to pass it on to their children. We can only hope that in the future
the community will be inspired to even greater cosplay diversity.
Gareth Uraharasensei is
an English teacher by
profession and a cynic
by genetics. He'll be sure
to remind you that he is
the law as soon as his
prop finishes drying.
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- By Douw D.K Kotz
Anime, games, movies as well as T.V series have been
guilty of quite a few things that relate here. They
have characters that have a signature eating style. In
Save Me Lollipop, the main character is often seen at
a cake shop. In One Piece, Luffy has a huge thing for
meat on a bone. In Naruto and Naruto Shippuuden,
Naruto (Main protagonist) is often seen eating
Ramen. In short, the entertainment media along with
Anime have been responsible in revealing food of
Japanese culture. Every culture has a wide variety of
delicious food. You wont just be able to learn
something about Japanese food here. You will also learn how to make some real Ramen. Sounds
cool? Alright, so you might ask How do you make real ramen?
There isnt just one type of ramen, so youll have to decide which one you want to go with. Different
recipes of ramen have also appeared on the Anime series of Naruto. If you cant decide on which
one you want to try out first, let me be of some help. Right here Ill be giving you a recipe to make
some real ramen yourself.
Ramen is actually very popular in Japan. There are two main components in Ramen and they are
noodles and soup. Interesting to know is that the noodles are called Chinese style noodles
(Chuka-men), but these arent really like Chinese noodles anymore. They are wheat noodles
with a firm and chewy texture. The texture is of course very important. The reason for that is
because the noodles are in hot soup while eating and it might absorb too much soup and become
too soft. Its been said that its hard to find good noodles outside Japan, but I guess we can be the
judges of that. South Africa does have some restaurants that can serve-up some pretty good
If you can find some dried Chuka-men or fresh Chuka-men, use that. Angel hair pasta, which you can
find in grocery stores, is acceptable even though
its said that the texture is still on the softer side.
Dried thin spaghetti is also a pretty good
substitute for Chuka-men. To boil the noodles in
water with baking soda is the key, because that
gives noodles a distinct Ramen noodle flavour.
The other half would be the soup and generally
speaking, there are three basic types of Ramen
*Shoyu (soy sauce)
Japanese Food: How to make real Ramen
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Pork, chicken or seafood broth is usually used for the base of the soup, and is then seasoned with
soy sauce, miso or salt. Angel hair pasta and soy sauce was used for this specific recipe. Though,
there are so many combinations of flavours for soups. If you want to play around and experiment, go
ahead and give it try.
Its said that its hard to beat Ramen at great restaurants, but it never hurts to try and make some
pretty good home-made Ramen yourself.
Prep Time: 15 hours
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 3-4 servings
1 lb. pork
1 tsp. salt
6 cups water (1.5 L)
50g ginger root
3 cloves garlic
1 bunch green onions
4 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 Tbsp. sake (Japanese rice wine)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sesame oil
9 oz. fresh angel hair pasta (225g)
8 cups water (2L)
2 Tbsp. baking soda
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Boiled egg halves
Bean sprouts, blanched briefly
Green onions cut finely
1. Rub the salt on the pork and let it sit overnight in the fridge.
2. Put water, ginger root, garlic green onions and salted pork in a pot and boil at high heat.
Skim the fat and other floating scums. Then cover, reduce to low heat and let it simmer for
about 1 to 2 hours. Let the broth and pork cool completely in the pot. Strain and then save
the pork. Slice the pork and set it aside for a topping.
3. Prepare the rest of the toppings now as well (boiled eggs, blanched bean sprouts, cut green
onions), before making the soup and noodles. Once the noodles are cooked, you will need to
add the soup and toppings right away or the noodles will get soft, so you wont have time to
prepare the toppings at the end.
4. Boil the broth and add soy sauce, sake, salt, and sesame oil. Lit it simmer at a very low heat
until the noodles are ready.
5. When boiling water in a pot, add baking soda (be very careful though, it might boil over),
then add fresh angel hair pasta. Cook the pasta for 30 seconds and then strain. Immediately
divide the noodles into bowls and add soup onto the noodles. Top it with boiled eggs, bean
sprouts, green onions and sliced pork.
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