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By SarahTheRebel On 1 Jul, 2013 At 08:37 AM | Categorized As Reviews | With 0 Comments

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Luchadores can now return to their hometown of Pueblucho dressed in eye-catching styles thanks to Guacamelee!’s first DLC, code-named Costume Pack. Normally, I wouldn’t review a costume, pack, but a.) I love Guacamelee! and b.) One of the costume packs affects Tostada, the female character.

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So remember how I complained (mildly) about not being able to play as just Tostada unless I’m player two in my review? Well, now I can! Or as Juanita! JUST AS GOOD.

Additionally, the color schemes stay the same for player one and player two, meaning not only can I play as a blue Tostada, but player two can be a hot pink Juan! Or Tostado, the sexy, mummified Juan. The packs also come with matching outfits for the chicken transformation.

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Besides just being pretty, the costumes change combat abilities, and there are new trophies available based on those abilities. You know my favorite is the trophy for beating Calaca as Juanita.

Character skins

POLLO LUCHADOR

Players will love the soothing caress of an always-regenerating health meter just as much as the soothing caress of their full-body chicken suit. Is that velvet? Just try to ignore the fact that stamina doesn’t regenerate as quickly.

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SKELETON

Undead luchador not undead enough for combatants? Become even MORE undead! Gamers can tear through enemies with the implacable stamina of an angry, brittle bone-person, but don’t expect much help from health pickups.

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IDENTITY SWAP

Cats are barking and dogs are meowing! Tostada is dressed as a brawny wrestler! Juan is spooky and bandage-wrapped! These alternate forms of the main characters have tougher punches, but can’t throw for beans.

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Trophies

Costume Pack offers luchadores new challenges and trophies that make getting platinum look like child’s play. Put on the Skeleton-suit in the terrifying Caverna del Pollo, explore the countryside looking for the Chicken brothers, or showdown against Calaca while wearing only bandages to earn even more trophies.

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Final Verdict

While it may not be new levels, this is solid bang for your buck. It costs the same amount as normal costume packs do, but actually includes changes to gameplay styles and trophies for the costumes, so I think it’s totally worth the $1.99 price tag!

By Charles On 24 Aug, 2012 At 06:38 PM | Categorized As Animation, Featured, Reviews | With 0 Comments

No GravatarOne of my longstanding anime traditions is to select one or two shows a season to keep up with. This way I don’t get bogged down in the often futile pursuit of trying to watch everything, then feeling guilty when I abandon a show after a few episodes (which pretty much summed up Summer 2011). If something comes along that people suggest I should watch, I add it to the queue, but otherwise I choose shows based on appeal and just follow them until the next season.

This season I decided early on to watch “Kingdom,” a show set in the Warring States period of Chinese history. Since I love the Three Kingdoms timeline, this seemed like an obvious choice. Six weeks later, I haven’t watched a single episode. Blame the slow progress I made with my two spring series, blame my occasionally erratic viewing habits, blame everything else that seems to love getting in the way, but at this point, I doubt I will ever start.

My replacement for a sweeping martial arts epic is the utterly ridiculous, yet satisfyingly funny “Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita,” or, “Jintai,” or, “a bunch of Japanese words I don’t really understand.” Actually, that’s not a fair assessment of the show at all.  (In fact, the title translates to a notably grim “Humanity Has Declined.”)

The premise is simple. Five episodes in, I’m positive that this is a fluff series meant purely to entertain, which isn’t a bad thing. The entire world is on the brink of extinction, and human domination has given way to that of the Fairies- 10cm tall beings with magical powers, great intelligence, a love for sweets, and an affinity for pranks. They also maintain the most blank expressions, that give them the appearance of idiocy despite being the smartest things around.

Another day at the UNCC office…

Enter the Protagonist, a girl sent to her home village the UN to work as an arbitrator and inspector of the fairies alongside her grandfather. Her first day on the job, she loses a flock of chickens, interacts with her tiny charges, discovers those same chickens have been cooked but are still intelligent, and that products produced by the fairies are appearing all over town. A quick trip to the FairyCo factory leads to suicidal bread, transfiguration of trash into food, evil plots and eventually yaoi.

To call Jintai an exercise in irreverence is obvious. The show never seems to take itself seriously, even when lamenting the pitfalls of mangaka or highlighting the declined state of humanity. It often makes light of its own situation, be it by the matter-of-fact nature of the heroine, the deliberate silence of her assistant or the haunting perpetual smiles of the fairies. But it also brings to the table some downright hilarious moments, an interesting look into subculture, and at the very least, moves quickly and doesn’t bog itself down with too much substance. This translates into a very disposable series that is perfect for downtime between serious shows, or used to recover from a mind**** like Madoka or Fujiko.

By this point last year I was completely bogged down in serious shows that took me months to finally plow through. This year, I’m pleased with this relatively lighthearted summer show to keep my mind occupied until the Fall. Jintai is a solid representation of anime at its cheeky-best. Swift-moving and irreverent, yet addictive and satisfying.

…but I love you…