Saturday, December 26, 2015
Yes, I know what you're thinking. YanderePanda's first video game blog post is about YANDERE SIMULATOR? The very game that is pretty well-known amongst Youtubers and Youtube gamers such as Markiplier, Pewdiepie, Azzman, etc. Well, since my user IS YanderePanda, I'm a YANDERE, I'm a gamer, I review games, and YANDERE SIMULATOR DESCRIBES MY LIFE, then why not blog about it? Also, I will support anyone trying to make a game on their own, without a company. As an aspiring game developer/creator who has created concepts and all that other good jazz for making games, I respect anyone who is trying to do everything on his or her own.
Warning: Some rather graphic images
In terms of genres, I have no idea what to classify this game as. A horror/action/simulation game where you stalk people by taking pictures of them, crawl around everywhere, get naked, go to school, find erotic manga to seduce people with, find people's missing bras *stares at the Miku Doppelganger, find mysterious tapes to discover the lore behind the game, etc. It's definitely quite the melting pot of different aspects and genres, making it a very entertaining and enjoyable game to play. (now if only I could put actual people's faces into the game and take my anger out on the NPC's and MURDER THEM FOR REVENGE. ie. Putting Justin Bieber's face onto the body of one of the male students and viciously and relentlessly tearing him from limb to limb. Justin: WHAT DO YOU MEAN? Me: *holds knife. Justin: YOU WANNA KILL ME? Me: Yes. Justin: WHAT DO YOU MEANNNN. WHEN YOU WANNA SAY YES, BUT YOU WANNA SAY NOOOOOO.) (I would also put Chris Evan's face onto Senpai's body. Because... *fans self. Abs._. Oh, and PSA, MEMETRASH DOESN'T FIND CAPTAIN AMERICA ATTRACTIVE. *shuns.)
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YOUR HAIR, WOULD LOOK GREAT. ON MY WALLFor those of you who are non-otakus and are unfamiliar with the term "Yandere", it basically is a person who appears normal/cute/sweet and when their loved one is threatened/rivals appear/stuff like that, they go INSANE. Yanderes are often violent, obsessed, stalkerish, murderous, and have many methods of doing so. (AKA moi. NOBODY TOUCHES MY SENPAI. NOBODY. *dismembers anyone in my way and mutilates their corpses.) As some of you may know already, Yandere Simulator is basically a game where you play as a mentally-insane high school girl who is obsessed with a boy, named Senpai. She will stop at NOTHING to win him over, using any methods of manipulation to keep rivals away from him. So basically, you play in this high school setting, over the course of five days a week, to eliminate any rivals from confessing to Senpai. Now, the game isn't fully developed yet, and according to YandereDev, (the wonderful man who created this game.) it's only 13% done. So far there's only one rival, that you cannot eliminate yet, but, you are able to murder anyone you wish, except for the Teachers and Senpai of course.
Main Features of the Game
Warning: Some rather graphic images
Methods of Elimination Include:
With katanas, knives, screwdrivers, scissors, boxcutters
MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! SENPAI WILL BE MINE. MINE
Note: After you murder someone or multiple people, you have to cover up your tracks. Do so by burning bodies in a conveniently placed incinerator, mopping up blood with conveniently placed mops and buckets, wearing gloves to remove fingerprints on weapons, etc. However, some methods of elimination do not require anything, such as drowning, electrocution, faking suicide notes, etc.
How's the water? Hello? Oh right, you're dead.
Pushing off the building
Doing so will fake a suicide. One can also leave fake suicide notes.
Basically, you have to wait in a bathroom with a bucket of water, dump it on the victim, unscrew the lights with a screwdriver, and watch the magic happen. Isn't it beautiful? Watching the electricity flow through a skeleton and just slowly, painfully, take the life out of them. Hehehehe. As they scream in pain... Hehehe
When one has access to poison, under certain conditions, one can poison the victim's bento. And they will choke to death... Slowly, painfully, and lifelessly. It's quite satisfying to see one choke to death, especially a rival for MY SENPAI.
One can have access to a tranquilizer, get a peer to follow Yandere-Chan, attack the victim, and trap him/her in a music case thing and trap him/her in the basement.
After trapping him/her in the basement, it is possible for Yandere-Chan to torture the victim to the point where he/she becomes a MIND SLAVE. The Mind Slave can be taken to school, given a weapon, and be used to murder other students. If only I knew how to mentally torture someone for 24 hours. My life would be a lot easier. Hehehe.
This girl is everyone's favorite punching bag. PEOPLE HATE HER. And it's possible to post some bad stuff about her on social media, gossip about her to destroy her reputation, etc. It is stated when the game is completed, that if one's reputation is -150, Senpai will reject the rival. Also, it is possible to bully to the point where the rival hangs herself. Kinda cruel, I know.
So far, one can only frame the Punching Bag. One can do so with gloves, taking her cooking knife, and murdering people with the knife, so the cops arrest her.
There's also the method of setting the Rival up with a different dude, but it hasn't been implemented yet. There may be even MORE methods of elimination.
There are also other aspects of the game, such as School Atmosphere, Reputation, Study Points, and Sanity Meter.
Depending on how Yandere-Chan decides to dispose of the love-rivals for Senpai or any other random students, the school atmosphere can change. If one decides to brutally murder people, allow students to discover blood splatters, dead bodies, etc, unexplained suicides, or any other traumatic events, the school atmosphere can change. Over time, the setting would become darker, students will start to appear more paranoid and freaked out, etc. If it becomes obvious that a serial killer is on the loose, then students will clearly become more paranoid and it will be harder to sneak up on students and kill them. Music will also change. So basically, it's a horror game in a nut shell when this happens.
The only way to restore the school atmosphere, is to frame someone for murder and have that person arrested. It's also possible for it to restore over time if Yandere-Chan doesn't do anymore suspicious activities, according to the Wikia.
As I said earlier, Yanderes typically are not evidently insane to the naked eye. Just like how I don't appear remarkably crazy to the common people... (At least I THINK I don't. Hehehe) Reputation starts out neutral at first, and can be increased by complimenting students and decreased by gossiping. Higher the population, higher the popularity of Yandere-Chan and it's easier to get the students to follow her... AKA easier to MURDER. It's also possible to gain reputation back after gossiping, by apologizing to the students. If Yandere-Chan is seen murdering someone by another student, her reputation will decrease. MURDER THE WITNESSES. YES. DO IT. There are also many other ways to decrease the reputation, but some are quite obvious. I mean... Being SEEN holding a giant katana isn't going to earn you any brownie points. Just Super Saiyan. OH, speaking of Super Saiyan...
ma bud, Markiplier was er... Experimenting. Quite a few Easter Eggs in this game.
We're in school, right? School isn't ALL about Senpais, Love-Rivals, Social stuff, and murdering, right? Simply go to class on time to allocate Study Points in any subjects. Levelling up in them will be beneficial to your love live. Aka, MORE METHODS OF MURDERING.
Biology- Less blood dropped. (Sad, I know, but it makes cleaning it up so much easier. Why don't we just get like some electric mop thing to clean stuff instantly, so we can have as many blood baths as possible?) Also, you get access to a tranquilizer that one can use for kidnapping.
Chemistry- Allows you to have knowledge of poisons and other murderous things in this particular field of science. So far, you only have access to poison, but other things can be done later as the game develops further. I'm expecting some grenades, nuclear explosives, etc. We need Yandere-Chan to be a all-out Yuno Gasai here.
Language- Allows you to create fake suicide notes and love notes. I'm sure more will be added here later on, but it makes things interesting.
Physical Education- Levelling up in this will increase Yandere-Chan's strength and running speed. She can carry corpses and run at the same time, run faster, etc. Strength makes things easier to drag and push around, and some students may try to fight Yandere-Chan if they witness her going all crazy. With enough strength, she can fight them back.
Psychology- It's currently unprogrammed, but levelling up in this supposedly would buff reputation and gossiping, making torturing easier, and just boosting social interactions in general.
I personally recommend maxing all of these out, and these can stack up if you keep resetting the day over and over again and just regoing to class. DO IT FOR LOVE. FOR NARNIAAAAAA!
Basically, if Yandere-Chan does some "unethical" actions, (Note the quotation marks.) her sanity levels will decrease. As she goes more and more into Yandere-Mode, she will start to show signs of insanity. She will twitch, her eyes start to get all strange, etc. IF Senpai or Teacher see her visibly insane, it's automatic Game Over. It's also evidence for the police if some murder happens. To decrease Sanity, you must stand by Senpai, (But not get noticed by him... If you get noticed too much by him, he will get creeped out and reject you) look at pictures of Senpai, or laugh hysterically. Yes. Hysterically.
Overall, a very interesting game to play. You murder people, in very creative ways, with so many different features and aspects to the game that makes it unique. Very impressive, for just one person who has created the game all on his own. I cannot give the game a review yet since it's not finished, but so far, I will just provide the main ideas of this wondrous specimen.
Taken Straight from my Laptop
Yes. Panties can affect you. Choose wisely.
Because everyone needs these. *lenny face
As seen in some of the Youtube Senpai Gameplay Videos, one can tell that most people would have similar reactions. Reactions like... WTH IS THIS. Murder? Laughter? Senpai? Stalking? EVERYTHING. My reactions weren't too different. It was quite enjoyable to watch Yandere-Chan murder random victims with various weapons that conveniently were lying around the entrance of the school for her usage. I love the random conveniences that are around everywhere that one can use for his or her love life. The Easter Eggs such as Titan Mode, Slender Mode, etc were quite enjoyable to watch. And then... There's the whole getting-naked-in-the-locker-room-and-washing-the-the-blood-off-you-and-burning-things-in-the-incinerator. Luckily, there are clouds that cover up a female's unmentionables. Yeah. This ain't hentai, PERVS.
And burnt their corpses in a furnace.
Unfortunately in this game, the objective is NOT to get him to notice you. It's to ruin his love life so only I CAN HAVE HIM.
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Thursday, December 24, 2015
Hello! YanderePanda here! As promised, I have the Throne of Glass: Queen of Shadows Book review here, immediately following the Heir of Fire Book Review! We are currently with the fourth book in the series, out of the possible six, and so much transition has taken place in this fourth installment!
BTW, I've noticed that there are hardly any book summaries out there. (I'm looking at you, Wikia.) Basically all my reviews from now on will consist of a summary and a review section, for anyone wishing to get the general run-down. Don't want spoilers? Then gee, idk, maybe one should not be looking at this. Just Super Saiyan.
Merry Christmas Eve, everyone! Happy Holidays!
BTW, I've noticed that there are hardly any book summaries out there. (I'm looking at you, Wikia.) Basically all my reviews from now on will consist of a summary and a review section, for anyone wishing to get the general run-down. Don't want spoilers? Then gee, idk, maybe one should not be looking at this. Just Super Saiyan.
Definitely the coolest cover so far!
So this book came out more recently, in September. So finally, I am actually caught up with the series in terms of updates. (As mentioned earlier, I kinda gave up on a lot of YA fiction prior to reading this series, hence the reason why I haven't really discovered these books till a few months ago.)
This book is definitely a lot faster paced than Heir of Fire, but still not as fast as the first two books. There's not as much buildup needed for this story, as the magical concepts and stuff with the Fae was pretty much explained for the most part in the predecessor. Now, actual schizz starts to happen, with Aelin back in Ardalan, ready to confront Arobynn, find the third Wyrdkey, destroy the King, etc. Celaena is truly gone, as in the book, she is always referred to as Aelin in the narrative and she makes people refer to her as such. It's clear that she's ready to take her throne, once all this crap is over.
Comes back to Ardalan via ship, goes to where Arobynn is, and the two reunite after quite some time. It's pretty clear that he's not this father-figure care-taker person that he was stated to be in Throne of Glass, as Aelin knows the full on truth of what exactly this a**hat has done. Found her frozen by a river, took her Amulet, aka the Third Wyrdkey, made her become an Assassin, turned her into a weapon, manipulated her for his own gain. He was the reason for the death of her first lover and had a role in her going to Endovier. Basically, a good chunk of Aelin's troubles were because of THIS GUY. But she can't do anything yet, as she needs the third Wyrdkey and needs to figure out what the heck was going on while she was away.
She runs into Chaol again, and things get a bit ugly. I mean, it's understandable, but come on... They were former lovers? So much buildup happened with their relationship in Book 1 and 2? Tbh, I was kinda annoyed when I saw the amount of animosity between these two. I mean, Chaol was kinda of a jerk to Aelin and vice versa, but I get why. She didn't tell him anything about her life as Aelin and lied to him. After he filled her in about everything, Aelin made it clear that she had to kill Dorian. Given her run-ins with the Valg Princes and the fact that there's one inside him, the only humane thing to do at this point is to end him. Chaol is against it, because Dorian was his dear friend and he sacrificed himself to save the Captain. Chaol is definitely one of the most realistic characters in the series; a lot of his actions and beliefs are justifiable, as so much as happened to the poor guy. He doesn't really have anyone anymore, and a lot of his beliefs are challenged and he doesn't know what to think. He was a loyal Captain of the Guard who worked for the King, but now with all this going on, he doesn't know what to do anymore. Chaol's frustrations towards Aelin are justafiable, but personally, I don't think he should've gone to the extreme for his former lover like that. I mean, this is the guy who wanted her for his wife and he imagined a future with her. Also, the Nehemia thing kept getting brought up as justification for Aelin to be so against Chaol, but I personally thought she was being too harsh. He did so much for her, and if he didn't send her to Wendlyn, much of this wouldn't have happened. Additionally, Aelin appeared to be a lot more female-dog-y in this book than ever. I still really like her, but some of the stuff was uncalled for.
Anyway, we get some introduction to Lysandra and Nesryn, two pretty cool female characters, one thing I loved about this book. In the first two, we just had Celaena and Nehemia. Now, we have Manon, Lysandra, Nesryn, the 13, and this other new character named Elide, who is in Manon's story arc. (Yes, Manon's arc continues in this book also. Yay.) I haven't read the prequels yet, but apparently Lysandra is in those as well. She's basically this prostitute that works for Arobynn (against her own will, in a way.) She and Celaena hated each other and competed for Arobynn's affections. Lysandra eventually grew on me, because we got to see her backstory, and then see a friendship grow between her and Aelin. Development! Yay! She becomes a vital ally for our heroine. Nesryn is a city guard who works alongside Chaol and the rebels. She's pretty cool in terms of abilities, but I personally thought she was kinda boring. Also, her and Chaol... Sorry, I just don't really ship it. Just like how I didn't ship Dorian and Sorscha.
So Aelin finds about her cousin, Aedion being trapped in the castle, and she works with her not-really-allies to free him. In the invasion, she runs into Dorian, who is clearly not himself and she almost kills him, but is stopped by Nesryn. Luckily, they get Aedion back and the cousins reunite. Yayyyy! More tension with Chaol and Aelin because of the Dorian thing! Gahhh! And we also get some Arobynn stuff going on, as the Third Wyrdkey isn't given to her just yet. In exchange for him helping her with rescuing Aedion, she has to give him a Valg monster thing. So Aelin's side of the story is basically her interacting with her cousin, the guards, trying to figure out what to do with Dorian, getting the Amulet back, and taking out Arobynn.
We sometimes get chapters with Dorian's narrative, consisting of him with the Valg Prince inside him, showing how he's lost himself and cannot remember anything or truly act on his own accord. Before, I stated that Dorian was kinda boring compared to Chaol, since all we knew was that he was some hot prince that girls fangirled over who liked puppies and was kind. Now he's a lot more interesting and I feel so bad for the poor thing.
We also see Duke Perrington and Kaltain again. And we also get more of a human-like side to Manon. She does some cruel things, but then we start to see a nicer side to her. Honestly, I love Manon. She's freaking awesome. So we get her and Elide, who is from Terrasen, hoping for her queen. And more info about the 13, witches in general, the Valg stuff, and more with the ginger Duke. He has no soul. Literally.
Rowan comes back! Yayyyy! Chaol sees RowAelin! Lalalala. Now here's the problem. In Heir of Fire, the two were clearly shown to have developed as friends... But then in this book, they just kinda instantly transition into lovers. I mean, I like the two together- Rowan's the only one who truly understands Aelin for Aelin. As Celaena, as a Fae, etc. I understand why Chaolena didn't work, because Chaol only loved Celaena. Not Aelin. But THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE BUILDUP FOR A RELATIONSHIP TO HAPPEN. There's quite a bit of scoodilypooping suggestiveness going on here. Anyway, I loved the interaction between Aelin, Aedion, and Rowan. Very entertaining. So more operations occur with the Valg stuff, blah blah blah. They capture a Valg Person, take him to Arobynn, Amulet is given back, Lysandra becomes closer to Aelin.
Finally, Arobynn gets slaughtered by Lysandra, as they don't have any use for him left and after a certain event, it's clear that he can't be trusted at all. I liked how Aelin allowed her to do it instead of Aelin just murdering him herself, because she believed Lysandra deserved to. The Keep ends up belonging to Aelin and she sells it to the other Assassin people in exchange for money for Aedion's army.
Eventually, Manon and her 13 are sent over to Ardalan for the King's bidding. Some stuff happens, and they're seen in a forest with Dorian and the King, after Lysandra gets captured. They have to go rescue her and Chaol finally understands Aelin's desire to kill Dorian, as it's clear that he's suffering and it would be more human just to end the suffering at this point. He tries to kill him, but fails to, because of the 13. WE GET AN AWESOME MANON v. AELIN FIGHT! YASSS! It was pretty awesome. Manon almost dies but Aelin has a change of heart and decides to save her from getting crushed by a crumbling pillar thing, because of her 13's despair. I'd say that was some good development, on both sides. Manon is in Aelin's debt and eventually she helps her indirectly with the Dorian fiasco. Lysandra gets saved. Yay!
Finally, they plan an invasion into the castle to end things once in for all, at the Summer Solstice, because of magical stuff. Basically, they do stuff with the Wyrdkeys and stones and marks to release the magic that was sealed off so long ago. Then Aelin and Chaol head off to go fight Dorian and the King. They FINALLY respect each other again, after understanding each other for their actions and they are not longer jerks to one another anymore. Yay! Development!
Rowan and Aedion are busy with the whole Magic Freeing process, and the basic gameplan is that Aelin will pose as Celaena, with Chaol as her prisoner, pretending to return to the King. Unfortunately, this doesn't work, and confrontation occurs anyway. Chaol is stuck with the king, Dorian is stuck with Aelin, with Aelin trying to free him. Chaol almost dies, but survives thanks to the Amulet. Magic is freed and then Aelin is able to free Dorian, and the King ends up confroting them. Battle ensures and thanks to their combined magic, they get to overpower the king. He gets killed by Dorian, not before revealing the entire truth with the Valg Princes and the Valg King. Basically, Perrington released the King thing when they were younger and the King took over Perrington's body while a Prince took over the Ardalan King's. Crap happened. Magic was banned as a sort of protection. Then bam. Decapitation. The Glass Castle gets destroyed, Magic is permanently back, Dorian becomes the King. He starts to recover and become himself again. Chaol is bedridden, as he cannot walk, but at least he is safe. Things are amended and the book ends with Aedion, Aelin, Lysandra, and Rowan heading to Terrasen. Yayyyy! Chaol and Dorian's issues are resolved along with fixing of Ardalan once and for all!
Queen of Shadows was quite the powerhouse of a book. A lot of issues were resolved after things were built up. We finally get Aelin coming to terms with her past, ending Arobynn, getting magic back, destroying the King and the corruption of Ardalan, having Chaol and Dorian's life back together, Aelin and Aedion reuniting, and finally, Aelin's return to Terrasen. I believe this book had the most occured events out of the whole series so far and it was quite an action-packed adventure. Loved the introduction with the new characters and development with Manon. There were many strong points in this book, just like the ones before it. Plot is as complex and well thought-out as ever, and even though a lot was resolved, it was set up so new issues have been introduced. Maeve is still in power, and it's hinted that she will play a bigger role later, Aelin needs to be at her throne and fix Terrasen, the Valg stuff is still happening and is still a threat, and Perrington is still alive. Manon will continue to play a role, and I'm curious about what else will happen with Ardalan, now that Dorian is king. So many more questions to be answered. However, this book still has its flaws. There were some issues that I've stated before with Aelin. In Heir of Fire, it appeared that she accepted her role as Aelin and that she and Celaena were different. But she seemed so much like Celaena when she had her fire-breathing ***** queen moments. There were instances where she was stated to look like a queen, but I hope she fixes some of her attitude because we can't have a proper one with that behavior. Also some stuff with Chaol that I felt like was too extreme, but in the latter half of the book, he was the good old Chaol that we came to love in Book 1 and 2. Again, there were those issues with RowanxAelin shipping. It just seemed like an awkward transition from close friends to lovers like that. It seemed rushed and unexplained. And I question how the stuff with Arobynn was able to end so easily. The King of Assassins just dies from a slit to the throat from a prostitute? Seemed unrealistic to me to have a King of Assassins die so easily. He was just murdered in his sleep. You can't justify a King of Assassins dying in his sleep from a knife from a prostitute without actual training. Also, the stuff with Aelin sneaking out and doing things ahead of time that ended up becoming too convenient to the plot to help the good guys was kinda repetitive. The fake jewelry thing was helpful and interesting the first time, but then it became laughable and redundant. How could people just conveniently be fooled so easily by fake heirlooms and jewelry? Overall, a strong book with a complex plot that cannot bore anyone with some flaws and issues. 4.3/5
Merry Christmas Eve, everyone! Happy Holidays!
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Hello! YanderePanda here! It's been a while! You can thank demonic homework assignments and the very concept of school for that. Aneeewayyyyy, I is here with another book review! The third book in the Throne of Glass Series: Heir of Fire!
Merry Christmas Eve Eve! And have a ruffin day!
yasssss. I summon thee, Chuck Norris
thx doge (is it pronounced DOG-E or DOHGE?)
So, like I said before, in case any of you haven't noticed, I stated that this is the THIRD book in the series. Therefore, there will be spoilers for those who have not read the first and second. So keep your salt away from my chocolate flavored Lays chips if you "accidentally" see spoilers. (MURICA I tell you. Murica. Who the poop puts potatoes and chocolate together? Also, it's like four bucks for like what... Ten chips? Madness.)
As seen in the second book, Crown of Midnight, our beloved protagonist and one of my favorite female characters of all time, Celaena Sardothien aka Aelin Galathynius, the heir to the throne of Terrasen, and part Fae woman, was sent to Wendlyn at the end of the book. She is now here to find out about the Wyrdkeys and Wyrdmarks and other magical mumbo jumbo. (Kudos to you, Maas. You continue to amaze me with the development of the characters and the added complexity to this fantasy tale's plot and concept.) CelAelin has to deal with her identity, accept who she is as a Fae, come to terms with her fully revealed backstory, and figure out how to fix the crisis in the world. In the first two books, Celaena dealt with getting out of the Salt Mines and working for the very king who destroyed everything she had at a young age, in order to survive. She was born Aelin, but then she became Celaena, when Arobynn took her into the Assassin's Keep. Now that push came to shove, she's back as Aelin, the very identity that she abandoned when her family was murdered and she was taken away from Terrasen. Now she has to take action, accept her fate, and save the lands. It's hard for her to accept who she is, because she didn't WANT to become a queen, as stated when she was little, in a flashback. She felt like she had no role in doing so and wanted to be free from everything, as she already failed to save so many already.
CeAelin meets Rowan, a Fae Prince aka her next love interest. Now calm down, please withhold your eyerolls. I know. She has love interests. A decent amount of them. Sam from the prequels, Dorian, Chaol, and now Rowan. But hey, at least it's not a stereotypical romance and love triangle thing going on. At first, I thought Rowan was a complete buttface(for lack of a better word.) However, I eventually warmed up to him. He is part of the Fae Queen's court, in this land, Maeve, aka Aelin's great aunt or great great aunt or something. (They're immortal, okay?) She has information about the Wyrdkeys and basically a good chunk of information CelAelin needs to know. I don't need to go too much into detail, since it's a decent amount of stuff to talk about, but you people have the general idea. In order to get the information she needs, our protagonist needs to prove her worthiness, by training her Fae Powers. Rowan is her personal trainer/tutor/mentor person. Oh, and we also find out more with Maeve's connection to CelAelin. There's more detail about the deaths of her family and some more stuff about how Maeve is actually an evil, demonic swampface.
Instead of typically sticking to CelAelin's POV most of the time and with a little bit of Chaol and Dorian's, we actually get a Chaol/Dorian side every few chapters to see what's up in Ardalan. We also get a new character, Manon, this witch that is trying to win these War Games, taking place with other witch clans, to determine the Head. We get some insight into Chaol's life, and he continues to develop. He starts to get a bit more out of his loyal to the king, narrow-minded ways. I still feel so bad for him, as he truly sacrificed so much for the greater good. His intentions are good, he just doesn't know exactly what's right and wrong anymore. Sadly, he and Dorian drift apart, and Dorian continues his discoveries about his magical abilities, while getting a new love interest, a healer named Sorscha. (Personally, I wasn't a fan of those two together. Granted, she was a nice lady with good intentions but it was just... Ugh... I can't picture Dorian with different love interests tbh. Perhaps its my Yandere tendencies.)
Also on Chaol/Dorian's side, we get General Aedion, Aelin's cousin. He's very loyal to his queen, but has no idea that she is still alive, as most people believe that she's dead. We get some Chaol and Aedion partnership going on here to try to do something about the evil King that we all hate. Aedion is in a similar position to Chaol and Celaena, as he's pretty much forced to work for the King and the two men basically are there to work alongside the rebels. Meanwhile, Sorscha and Dorian get interaction and they try to find out more about forbidden magic.
Back to Rowan and CeAelin. They are in this Fortress-like area, with some civilian people where he trains her and makes her do kitchen duty at first. Yes, make a future queen help out in the kitchen. Nice going, ***hat. She befriends two part fae dudes and we find out more about Her Royal *****ness and more things about Fae in general. Later, when Rowan actually gets to training her, he makes her shift into Fae form and refuses to do anything else until she does. Unfortunately, she cannot do it right away and it takes a LONNNGGGGG time for her to do it. She gets frustrated with him a few times and he gets all physical and hits her and they get into some nasty fights. Like, worse than Chaol and Celaena fights in Book 1. At least Chaol didn't try to give her black eyes and damage her face multiple times. Like I said earlier, Rowan is a SHOWERBAG. At least... At first. He calls her childish and insults her to no end, not understanding her true backstory, as he believes she just ran away from everything like a spoiled child, not knowing about everything with Endovier, the brutalities of the Assassin's Keep, and pretty much most of the trauma she's been through. Eventually, CeAelin's buddy tells Rowan to stop being a Sack of Narts and eventually Rowan learns about her horrid past. We start to see some softer sides to Rowan, and they eventually become friends, when he opens up to her about how he lost his lover and ever since then, has been sworn to Maeve, not caring about anything else. He finds out about her scars from Endovier and the softer sides to her.
And of course, she finally is able to shift and have access to her powers, but it's still very difficult for her to control. She continues to work harder and harder, to master her abilities. This, I respect her greatly for. She's no longer the Most Powerful Assassin in Ardalan. She's this struggling heir to the throne of Terrasen, trying to figure out how to use her magical abilities, getting her derriere kicked by Rowan and being outmatched in general by other Fae. For those accusing her of being a "Mary Sue" (I'm looking at YOU, some of you GoodReads and Wikia People.) Read this book, and see how she's not. A Mary Sue doesn't struggle like this and deal with the effects of hardship in this way. She earned Rowan's respect through her development, desire to work harder, and when he found out about her past. We see a strong friendship develop between these two.
Manon Blackbeak deals with stuff with her clan, her grandmother, and dealing with the War Games, after finding a Wyvern and training with it. She's kinda like Celaena in terms of Chuck Norrisness, except she's far more heartless. She's not exactly as human as Celaena, as she's technically not even human, being a witch.
Chaol and Aedion deal with more stuff with the rebellion, and eventually... Some bad situations happen. They and Dorian and Sorscha end up getting caught and in a set of events, they all get tricked. Aedion is revealed to be working with them to the King, Chaol is shown to be conspiring with the rebels, Sorscha is Dorian's lover. Long story short, Chaol gets away safely thanks to Dorian's magic protecting him. Unfortunately, when the magic is finally revealed to the King, he ends up getting trapped with a Valg Collar and ends up getting possessed by a Dark being, called a Valg Prince.
On CelAelin and Rowan's side, they deal with some Valg Princes also and other magical issues and other dangerous situations that I don't need to go too much into detail for. CelAelin is able to use her powerful Fire magic to take down Valg Princes and then she is finally ready to face Maeve, as she is clearly very powerful at this point. Stuff is revealed, as promised, and then CelAelin is able to get Rowan to be freed and is able to have him bloodsworn to her instead. (Bloodsworn concept is kinda like a mate thing.) Maeve is ticked off and even though it's the last time we see her, it's pretty obvious that she will probably be a threat in Book 5 and 6. (The review for Book 4 is coming up right after this one, since I read them back to back.) The book ends with CelAelin heading back to Ardalan, with Rowan not coming with her just yet. She now knows where the third Wyrdkey is, as the first two belong to the king. With the third one, she can finally take him down and fulfill her promise to the late Nehemia, as she struggled with fulfilling it this entire book, due to her grief. First off, she needs to go back to her old master: Arobynn, the one who knows about the third, after she was able to piece it together.
The first two books were faster paced, while this one was definitely a lot slower, and there's a good reason why. First two focused on Celaena the Assassin, getting out of the Salt Mines, and establishing her new life as the King's Champion. This one focuses on Celaena transitioning back into Aelin, accepting her role as the heir, etc. There's so much more build-up to the magical aspects of the world and the concept of Fae. With the subplots for Manon and Chaol/Dorian, there HAS to be a more slowly-paced plot. Heir of Fire needs to build up this transition with Aelin's character and lead the story into Book 4, combining all of the sub-plots together. If this book was fast-paced like the first two, it wouldn't work very well. Overall, I enjoyed this one, as Maas continues to amaze me with the narrative, descriptions, transitioning, development of all the characters once again, etc. However, I would also like to point out that it was a bit shaky when it came to explaining all of the concepts; there were almost too many things going on at once, being somewhat confusing at times to the reader, when elements from the prequels were thrown in along with all of these names put together. 4.5/5 Still impressive, still a good series to read for those who like Action+Fantasy+Concepts-once-cliche-turned-into-something-great.
Recently, I have been referred to as the "Queen of Shade" by NotYourBlendedFruit.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Heyoo, my awesomesauce people! It's a me, YanderePanda! Here with another review! Wooh! Yay!
Ah yes, RWBY, the web series created by the greatness of RoosterTeeth. Note: WEB SERIES. Note: CARTOON. Note: ROOSTERTEETH. Since this is a Western-Made animation, it is NOT AN ANIME, thank you very much. Just like how Avatar: The Last Airbender and its Sequel is not either, contrary to some noobs' beliefs. However, I do appreciate these Japanese-Inspired series, as it is bringing in more Western audiences.
Anyway, as I was saying... RWBY is an ongoing series, with two completed seasons and a third season that has just started a month ago. I'll just say that it is a pretty impressive series as of now, especially for a Web Series. At first, I was a bit skeptic of it, but given the praise and popularity, I decided to give it a go. Also, it was right up my alley, (Man, that was cheesy, especially for me.) being a fantasy-based, supernatural, Fairy Tale-inspired thing with a good plot and great characters, namely female Chuck Norris's.
Set in the world of Remnant, filled with supernatural forces and shadowy creatures known as "Creatures of the Grimm", with humans who have waged war against these creatures with power of a mysterious element called "Dust". During the time-period in which this series takes place, Dust is used to power abilities and weapons. The people who use such abilities are called Huntsmen, or the female equivalent, Huntresses. The series focuses on four girls, forming a team called RWBY, in an academy for potential Huntsmen and Huntresses, called Beacon. There are other academies too, and this world is also made up of four kingdoms, and Beacon takes place in one called Vale.
The concept is pretty cool, but it's been done so many times before, which made me a bit skeptic of the series at first, as the whole "kids going to school to train to become something" was kinda cliche. But keep in mind that cliches aren't necessarily a bad thing if done right, and done differently than expected. The story is pretty simple in this, so far at least, but I believe the main focus of the story is how it's conducted and the art and characters. We first start off with Ruby Rose, the main protagonist. She's admitted into Beacon as a first year, even though she's two years younger than them, because of her prodigious skills with a scythe. As you can tell, Ruby is based off Red Riding Hood. She's a cute, little girl who is naive, optimistic, and lacking in social skills. Luckily, she's entering Beacon alongside her older half-sister, Yang Xiao Long, this outgoing, motherly, confident, awesomeness, who is arguably the strongest of them all, using these fist-cuff, glove things. They both adjust as first years, meeting other people, being part of school life for Huntresses such as themselves, and enter this exam thing, to help determine teams. They are put in a team with Blake Belladonna, a somewhat anti-social, mysterious girl who eventually opens up (Loooooveeee herrrr), who wields dual blades and has these ninja-like reflexes, and Weiss Schnee, this stuck-up, rich girl, whose family owns a Dust Company, who wields a rapier, with a pretty awesome fighting style with grace and uses magical glyphs. She also ends up developing into a likable character later on. Ruby is appointed the leader of the group and the focus of the first season, is developing them as a team.
Ruby and Weiss don't get along at first, with Weiss trying to be the leader and with their fighting differences. But eventually, they end up becoming friends and Weiss ends up being nicer to her. We also get some more spotlight with the side characters in other teams, like JNPR, with this noob guy named Jaune and the prodigy, Pyrrha (LOVE HER). Jaune is appointed the leader of the group and Pyrrha, being the celebrity who is famous for her fighting ability, trains him. (I anticipate a future romantic relationship between these two. Hehehehe.)
Anyway, we get some introduction of the main villain in this season, this dude who wants something to do with stealing Dust. We also learn about the White Fang, an organization of this animal-like race, called Faunus, that started off as a peaceful protesting group that fought for equality between Faunus and Humans, but then became violent, when they got a new leader. Some robberies start to happen, and there's suspicion of the White Fang and possibility that the main villain, Torchwick, are connected. We get some development with Blake and Weiss especially, in these particular episodes. Blake is revealed to be a Faunus, hiding cat ears under her giant bow, and was a member of the White Fang, but defected. Weiss shows hatred for the White Fang, because of the crimes they committed for her families company, and also shows hatred for the Faunus. But eventually she gets over it and accepts Blake for who she is.
At the end of the season, we find out a bit more about White Fang and Torchwick and his men and get a few more allies: Sun, this Faunus who I believe will be Blake's love interest, and Penny, this android who helps RWBY.
Volume 1: The Review
In Episode 1, the animation was a little bit iffy. Same goes to the dialogue and the voice acting. This continued for the next few episodes. (A girl was literally seen slurping a pancake... so...)
Next few episodes were a lot better, and the soundtrack was always pretty good. Animation became more smooth, dialogue became less cheesy, etc. However, the episode length should've been a lot longer, as most episodes were like 10-15 minutes, and this continues for the rest of the series, sadly. I mean, there's so much more development and characterization that you can have with a longer episode length.
But anyway, it is what it is. Get over it, people. ANYWAY, I really liked the growth in RWBY as a whole. We got some development with Ruby, with her adapting a bit more as a leader. Sadly, Ruby and Yang didn't have much focus or development in this volume, as it was mainly focused on some of the side characters and Weiss and Blake. Weiss with her relationships and becoming kinder and more respectful, Blake with dealing with being a Faunus and blending in with everyone. Overall, I thought Volume 1 was enjoyable, but it was definitely the weakest out of the seasons. 7/10
Much better. Volume 2 is where stuff actually starts to happen, after the buildup in Volume 1. This is where the students actually start to get involved with what is happening and there is definitely far more development with the characters at this point. AND a lot more action! Yayyyy! Also, the dialogue, voice acting, and animation have improved!
So it starts off with General Ironwood, commander of Atlas' military and academy, from the kingdom of the same name. He arrives to discuss security of Vale with the Headmaster of Beacon, implying that the students will soon have a role in helping with the crimes. Blake starts to have much anxiety about the White Fang, and the stuff that the White Fang has done has put a strain on the poor girl. Ruby proposes for them to work together to discover what Torchwick is up to. Also, we get this trio of "foreign" students: Cinder, Emerald, and Mercury, who are here for an upcoming huntsmen tournament. They are seen doing some sketchy stuff, like sneaking around and whatnot. RWBY continues their investigation for the White Fang and we get some pretty awesome fight scenes and find out about Yang's semblance-basically these special abilities that are unique to each Huntsperson. Yang's is this Super Saiyan OP Awesommesauceness thing, where the more she gets beat up, the stronger she gets. Sounds pretty OP, I know, and kinda cheap, but the way it's shown in the show is pretty cool.
There's a dance that is coming up soon and everyone is excited except for Blake, who has become distant again, even though she started to open up and have fun with everyone earlier(And my poor Pyrrha, who is still being friend-zoned). She's still struggling with anxiety at this point, refusing to rest, until Yang decides to talk with her, explaining her childhood. Development for Yang! Yay!
Yang reveals that Ruby's mom was a huntress, but never came back from a mission and that Yang's mom left when she was a baby and she was always trying to find her. She kinda went crazy trying to find her, and almost got she and Ruby killed when they were little, during the search. She compares her obsession with Blake's and then is able to convince her to lessen her obsession a little, but to not give up entirely. Nice! We see more maternal aspects to Yang's personality. Not only to Ruby but to Blake too.
The dance happens and we see some moments between my anticipated pairings. *squeals Ruby catches Cinder trying to sneak into this big tower that's for the Schnee Company and hacks into it and does some other bad, criminal stuff. She is able to sneak back into the dance without Ruby being able to recognize her.
Following the events of the security breach, Ruby and Yang receive a package. And then it pulls a Doctor Who and then a cute corgi appears out of nowhere! Their family dog, Zwei. (Not to mention an OP dog. Must nerf.) The Headmaster Ozpin announces that the four kingdom academies are now allowed to shadow real Huntresses and Huntsmen on assignments. RWBY is allowed to go shadow their history teacher (This weird dude who has like drugged coffee or something), after bending the rules, since first years are not allowed, but their Headmaster is awesome.
They set out on their mission and go off to Mountain Glenn, this area in Vale that is now abandoned, being overrun by Grimm. They are forced to fight the Grimm, and meanwhile, the Crazy History Teacher asks them why they wanted to be Huntresses. Yang loves the thrill and doing the right thing, Blake believes that it's better to do something than to do nothing and for the name of Faunus, to show that she doesn't want to run away anymore, Weiss does it for the sense of duty and wants to restore the moral dignity to her company, due to the poor working conditions issued by her dad.
Eventually, Ruby gets captured by the White Fang, and there is revealed to be an underground hideout where Torchwick resides, and it appears that Torchwick is their leader. The rest of RWBY catches up with her and they rescue her, and they fight the forces, in this cool, train fight scene with bombs and flying, firey corgis. Also get some cool fights inside the train with Weiss, Blake, and Yang. Yang loses for the first time, against this strange girl with heterochronic eyes, named Neopolitan, and gets saved by a masked woman. Blake uses her semblance- these shadow clones, and wins in her fight against Torchwick and helps Weiss. The train crashes at the end, and creates a hole up above, into the middle of Vale.
The final episode of Volume 2 has these epic, awesome fight scenes including the Beacon Administration, RWBY, JNPR, some other teams, some second years, and for some reason, Emerald and Mercury. In the aftermath, Torchwick gets arrested, and Cinder, Emerald, and Mercury discuss White Fang's future. Also, this mysterious guy named Adam, who worked with Blake in the past appears, revealed to be the White Fang's true leader. In the post-credits, Yang is seen talking to the masked woman, now unmasked, resembling Yang. I assume that she is her mother.
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Volume 2: Review
Volume 2 was loads better than Volume 1, improved in all aspects as said before. It was far more interesting, more build-up, and with more foreshadowing for Yang's character especially. I just loved the interaction with RWBY members, their relationships with the Headmaster, other teams, the still unknown objectives of the White Fang, etc. Everything flowed pretty nicely, from one thing to another, making a well-written plot and presentation. Overall, I give this season an 8/10
Volume 3: Predictions
So far, there are three episodes of Volume 3, and wow... It is pretty amazing so far. The animation and soundtrack and fight scenes are just on point. So much of an improvement. Volume 3 starts out with the tournament between the academies, introduction of Ruby and Yang's uncle, and Weiss's older sister. I'm excited to see what will happen in this volume as the opening is clearly hinting quite a few things.
From what we have so far, I'm assuming that we will find out more about this Adam character and Blake will definitely get even more development as she's been focused on so much with Volume 1 and 2 already and it's clear that she and Adam will reunite, but I'm hoping that she will get less focused on, to allow the rest of the team to be the center of attention. I'm also predicting more growth for Yang, as she currently is the least developed of RWBY, and it's foreshadowed that she meets her mother again. Despite her lack of development so far, she's a very layered character and I respect that. She's a thrill seeker, as she claims, but also shows this mature, maternal nature most of the time. She also had that goal about wanting to find her mother but doesn't let her goals get in the way of everything. Her anger gets the best of her and even though her Semblance is crazy powerful, it can also be her weakness if she lets her excitement get the best of her, as seen in her first seen loss against Neo, which in a way, is a form of development. At that part of the story, we see RWBY lose for the first time and struggle, which is good. We shall find out more about her and why she disappeared. She appeared in the White Fang train, so I'm assuming she disappeared because of them and has a role with that particular fiasco. As seen from Episode 3, Cinder, Emerald, and Mercury seem to know Ruby and Yang's uncle, so they will definitely be more present later on. We'll probably expect to see a little bit more with Weiss as well, with her sister being thrown in. Perhaps we will meet the rest of her family and some more will be shown with the company as well. But overall, I'm mainly looking forward to a Yang development and possibly Ruby, since she was shown talking to her mom's grave in Episode 1 and in the opening, there was a part where she looked sad with everyone and another part where she had her eyes open while everyone else's were closed. I just feel like this volume will start to become much darker, and perhaps Ruby will start to see things in a grey area, rather than a black and white one. Must mean something, right? Much expectation, much anticipation, much hype.
@any of you people who still complain about episode length
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