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| 21st March 2018 | Anime Manga
The snag with anime these days is that it's a bit like... Well, any sort of entertainment medium; you have to wade through a lot of shit to find the good stuff. There have been so amazing shows over the past 15 years for me; Death Note, Attack on Titan and Gurren Lagann, but the golden years for me still lie around the late 80's to 90's.   via GIPHY   Anime fan or not, this show is a must watch.   In short, Cowboy Bebop is a Space-Noir series about a group of Bounty Hunters, cruising the galaxy, trying to make enough money to not starve. (SPOILER: THey starve, a lot.) Think Japanese Firefly. You may have heard its name pop up now and then, but I'm going to delve into the reasons of what makes this show so perfect.   People tend to categorise 'Anime' as a genre, due to its reputation amongst non-anime fans of not being able to tell any of the characters apart, it's rather 'cooky' scenes and dialogue, and a history of terrible English dubs. This is what puts people off but a shows medium being animation shouldn't define its quality. Cowboy Bebop is a perfect example of not all anime being the same and how open it is to a wider audience.   I watched the whole series back in my teens, devouring the whole story and its badass characters. Since recently rewatching the series on Netflix, I've come to realise how varied Cowboy Bebop is for viewers. I can't watch it with the same concentration as I used to due to loud kids and babies in the house, but I've put it on in the background when I crash in the evening or when I'm working from home. Turns out the show works well as very entertaining, stand-alone episodes but leaves enough curiosity there so that if you chose to watch the entire thing from the first episode, it would be a more than rewarding choice.   Super shallow of me, but the show is so aesthetically pleasing in the same way that a lot of old anime shows were. The colours, the quality of which everything is drawn... Just a nice lack of fill...

| 09th March 2018 | Gaming
OR YOU WEREN'T THERE MAN, YOU WEREN'T THERE! As someone who's favourite game will always be Final Fantasy VII, writing an unbiased article about it has been pretty difficult. Here's the thing: An awful lot of people- including myself- claim Final Fantasy VII to be the best games of all time. Here's the other thing: The vast majority of those people played the game not too long after it's release. Ask anyone- even Google, why Final Fantasy VII is one of the best games ever and you're likely to find a lot of people giving you their list of reasons. My first memory of playing the best game ever was back when Playstation magazine included free demo discs that held a list of short demos of upcoming releases along with a (usually) pretty awful indie game. I was roughly 7 years old when the FFVII demo came to one of those discs. Me and my friends played it right up until it ends where Cloud outruns a group of Shinra soldiers by jumping onto the roof of an incoming train passing under the bridge directly beneath him, 90's action movie style. I loved it so much that I irritatingly tried to force anyone who had a ps1 to play it. I still preached about it in my teens to my classmates--who at this point in time were enjoying the GTA era on the ps2, So the idea of playing a pretty old looking game with pretty boys and turned based action usually resulted with a pass. I could bore you with how deeply this game is integrated into my life at some point in some way, but instead, I'm going to tell you a few pretty understandable reasons why someone may not like the best your favourite game ever.   THE GRAPHICS Yeah, okay so it was 1997 this game came out. 3D was still an early learning point for a lot of game companies including Squaresoft (now Square Enix) but let's face it. Unless you were there at the time, no one is going to be drooling over playable lego characters and cutscenes that look like a weird Playmobile role play video from 'that side' of Youtube.   THE BAD ...