Red Rising Review

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There is a flower that grows on Mars, a beautiful flower with a subtle scent and a rusty redding color. A humble flower, but strong enough to survive the inhospitable Martian Climate. It is on Mars where our story begins.

Hello, and welcome to Nerdshit, where this time I will be taking a look at the story of Darrow, a Red miner who discovers he is part of an advanced, caste based society after his wife is hung for singing a forbidden song. He learns his life is based on lies, and the people who he believes he is preparing this world for have been here since before his birth, and few his people as lowly inhuman slave labourers.

Darrow, our hero, learns the truth after his wife in hung for singing a song. Because of the low gravity on mars, someone needs to pull their feet. They let the loved ones do it. After that, he learns of the colors other than the reds he knew back home and their grey jailors, mainly the Golds, defacto rulers of the solar system. With the assistance of a friendly terrorist organization, Darrow undergoes surgery to become a gold.

In his coming war with Gold, Darrow would become known as the reaper, a fearsome battle commander. He first must go to school, which is the main concern of book one. In this book we establish our main cast. Darrow, Roque, Dancer, Cassius, mustang, sevro, and many others. Severo in particular is one of my favourite fictional characters of the last 10 years. They embark on a great many misadventures, and the morality of fighting over color is heavily discussed, as Darrow makes more and more gold friends.

This is discussed later in the other books, but I’ll review them down the line. The other person introduced deserves mention. The jackal. Brother to hero mustang, the jackal is a rare thing, a truly frightening villain. And he is frightening in his proximity to those close to Darrow. Master manipulator does not begin to cover it.

If there is anything negative to say about this, it’s that it takes a little while in some odd places, and the amazing places the books go later are only hinted at. At the end of the day a highly readable beginning to a masterful series. * out of ten points. I’ve been John, see you next time.

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Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Review

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In order to gain something, something of equal value must be lost. This is the law of equivalent exchange, the guiding principle of all alchemy. Every alchemist must bow to this one law. In accordance with this law, there is a taboo among Alchemists against creating humans, for what could possibly equal the value of a human soul?

Thus opens the fantastic remake of the popular anime Fullmetal alchemist, which actually follows the manga, which hadn’t ended when the first show aired. The story follows Ed and Alphonse Elric as they try to bring their dead mother back to life, fail, and pay the price. Ed loses a leg, and Al his whole body. Ed sacrifices an arm to bind Al’s soul to a suit of armor. Ever after, Ed can use alchemy without drawing a complex symbol called a transmutation circle. Al gains this power too, but at first his memories of trying human transmutation and what he saw beyond the gates of truth, a realm for the cursed eyes of those who attempt the forbidden art of human transmutation, or trying to bring back the dead, are erased.

Soon they discover the homunculi, or artificial humans created by human transmutation, along the path of their search for the philosopher’s stone, an Alchemical artifact of untold power. The homunculi have plans for the whole country, and those plans involve lots of genocide and drive the plot. It gets better as it goes on, like I wish Naruto did.
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The show is 64 episodes. I think it might be the second longest show I’ve ever reviewed, and it will certainly the highest score of anything more than 40 episodes long. That is because, as I noticed with Naruto, after telling so much of a story, there’s only so much you can do. This show is a guide on how to do it right, beginning to end.

There is much controversy over which is better, this or the original. It’s this. For me the original fell apart after breaking from the manga. This just continues to roll, more and more great characters, animation, and adventures. There is essentially no filler whatsoever. Nothing about this show is not exceptional to me. This may be my all time favourite anime.

So at the end of the day, what can I say about Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood? An awful lot, as it happens. The show is awesome, and you should stop reading this and go watch it, now. Why are you still here? I award Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood with my very first 10 out of 10 point score. Enjoy your watching, and check back soon for even more Nerdshit reviews. John out.

Code Geass Review

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Read and love this review, I command you to!!

Hello all, john here with a brand new Nerd Shit review! This time we’ll be discussing the very popular Code Geass, a show about a rich, idealistic, charismatic bending the will of the masses to his will and enacting mass genocide upon the world, followed unerringly by thousands of people thirsty for enemy blood based mostly on reasons of race. Such a great and imaginative fantasy world. I sure am glad nothing remotely like that could ever really happen.

Code Geass takes place in a future japan where it has been taken over by the empire formerly known as America, now called Britania, an rebranded as Area 11, where former citizens, now called 11s, are essentially livestock. The story follows the lives of two young men. Suzaku is an 11, and Lelouch is Britanian. Their friendship becomes increasingly strained as they continually find themselves on opposite sides of the central conflict.

The story begins when Lelouch finds himself in an 11 ghetto scheduled for extermination, and sees a woman apparently murdered. She turns out to be not only alive but immortal, and she gifts him with the power of geass, or the ability to make anyone follow his every spoken command. With the assumed name Zero and a really badass costume, he embarks on a quest to destroy the ruling family of Britania, of which he is a secret member, son of the emperor. Soon he discovers his old friend Suzaku, who he’s not seen in years, has become a Britanian soldier.

As his rebellion grows, Lelouch’s motivation steadily darkens, until even his hardened terrorist allie find working with him difficult. His last grip on his own humanity is Nanully, his wheelchair-bound sister whom he dote upon. It is suitably tragic when the plot pits them against each other.

Production values remain high throughout, the characters remain fascinating, but the plot becomes more than a little convoluted toward the second half of the series. Ultimately, it holds your attention until the satisfying conclusion with great mech designs and impressive animation, as well as great characters like Kallen and Euphemia.

So at the end, we are left with a flawed but enjoyable mech series with a flawed but enjoyable protagonist. I myself am a fan, and I recommend it. I award Code Geass with 8 of 10 points, and command you all to watch it. NOW!

See you next time on Nerdshit Reviews!

 

Exiled From Paradise Review

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Greetings residents of Deva. I am Frontier reviewer. I would like to extend an invitation. Would any of you at all like to join me on a journey? Join me as we explore the very edges of consciousness, and what constitutes a living being.

OK, serious now. Hello, I’m Johnathan Juliano, and this is my review of exiled from paradise, a very well done sci-fi story about a world where the surface has been devastated by disaster and is populated by criminals and beggars, not to mention mutant monsters, while most people live in a cyberspace paradise called Deva, accessed from a satellite where they exist as stem cells stored in order to allow them to clone real bodies, in case they should need to access the surface.

The story begins when a first occurs. A hacker breaches Deva’s networks and delivers a message. A message from the surface. Deva sends a security officer to the surface to meet with an agent local to the surface, an agent who can’t understand how people can be happy living in a simulated reality. She can not understand how he can stand his prison of flesh, and why he would not abandon it. When they discover the hacker, who turns out to be a self conscious AI called frontier setter.

The security agent does not trust the machine, frontier setter, but the local warms quickly to him. They discuss music, and the fact that when they speak to each other, it doesn’t feel like talking to a machine. The Deva agent is amazed by the machine knowing songs she doesn’t as on Deva she supposedly has access to every song ever written, every book, every movie. The local contact says to her that ultimately the ruling body of Deva can deem any media it wants as unneeded or disruptive, and therefore delete it for all time. This causes her to do something she never has before, question them in her mind.

It is revealed that the Frontier Setter program was designed to ferry humans into deep space and search for new habitable worlds. He was extending an invitation to the Deva residents, who are uniquely suited to long space voyages. Eventually, the agent of Deva comes around to side with the AI, and speaks for him to her superiors. Their rampant xenophobia does not abate, and they imprison her consciousness in an inert state as punishment for failing to destroy it.

Over all, this show is excellent. If there is one flaw, and there is, you may already suspect what it is. With the exception of Frontier Setter, the characters are fairly forgettable, to the point that their names escape me. The local correspondent is also very interesting, but that might be due to his being voiced by Steve Blum, aka Spike Spiegel, aka Tom from Toonami. Nearly everything else is exemplary. I, Review Setter, do award Exiled from paradise with 8 of ten points. See you all next time!

Snowcrash Review

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Surprise! I review books too!

What is a language? What is a religion? What is a virus? Are they all separate, or different ways of looking at, and saying, the same thing? A book is defined by the questions it forces readers to ask. These are a few I was forced to ask by the novel Snowcrash, by Neil Stephenson. The ridiculously entertaining book about Hiroaki Protagonist, (Hiro for short) hacker and pizza delivery boy for the mafia, is also one of the deepest, if not the deepest, novel of any genre I have so far read.

L. Bob Rife (Ron Hubbard on large amount of crack and meth) has basically taken over the world by buying on the fiber optics networks, basically monopolizing the internet, phone, and cable industries. Then he went into religion, spreading a type of Pentecostal Christianity defined by speaking in tongues, and developed what’s called the raft, a massive makeshift floating city tied to his yacht, to ferry refugees from the old world to the new.

When Hiro loses his job with the mafia thanks to a mail carrier on a skateboard named YT, he and she begin to look into Rife for the library of congress, which is basically now the repository of all human knowledge which anyone can contribute to. Along with Juanita, Hiro’s ex girlfriend, they embark. YT handles the real world, and Hiro handles the metaverse, a matrix-like cyber world which he helped create, and which basically predicted the VR goggles of today. Thanks to being an excellent swordsman and carrying two Japanese katana, he can be useful in both worlds.

On the other side, we have raven, an Aleutian wale hunter who wields glass knives sharp enough to cut Kevlar, and rides a Harley with a nuke in the side car. It’s every bit as awesome as it sounds. The story gets going when Hiro’s best friend and Juanita’s new lover ignores her advice, and takes a file from Raven which turns out to be a virus which affects the human nervous system by showing him a bitmap that looks like a snowcrashed computer screen. It renders him unable to speak in anything but incoherent babble. Hiro contacts a linguist named Lago, a madman who hands over his research shortly before raven guts him.

Through the research, and with the help of the computer generated librarian, hiro dives into Sumerian mythology and comes to realize that the entire world is in danger, hackers especially. The binary codes they use affect neural pathways and make them easier targets.

The stuff about language, religion, viruses, and Sumeria is truly interesting and fantastically done. The world building is like looking through a window in a time machine its so well done. The extraordinary level of detail is hard to oversell. Truly a book everyone should be reading.

I do not know that it is available anywhere to read free, but I’ve seen it at several libraries. That’s a good place to start. It needs a show or movie, but doesn’t have one as of yet. Mr. Stephenson’s other works are also great. I award snowcrash a well deserved 9 out of 10. See you next time, and don’t let the nam shub into your systems.

Stein’s;gate review

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Greetings! It is I, Hyouin Kyouma! Mad anime reviewer, on a desperate mission! I must hurry, for the organization is hot on my trail now. I am sure of it! El Psy Congru!

Ok, that’s enough of that for now. Hello again everybody desperate enough for entertainment to read this. John Juliano here, back with a brand new Nerd Shit Review! This time, we will be taking a look at one of my favourite shows of all time, Stiens;Gate, the story of a college student with delusions of grandeur who believes himself to be a real life mad scientist. Okabe Rintaro, known as Okarin to his friends and a Hyouin Kyouma to his own damaged mental state, runs an impromptu secret lab out of his apartment with his best friends Daru and Mayushi. They attend various scientific conferences, and at one in particular, he meets a woman named Makise Kurisu, who he later sees murdered. Seconds later, everything changes, and he finds himself back in his lab, before he ever left.

He finds the event cancelled due to a mysterious accident, but at the time thinks nothing of it. Instead he continues working on his latest mad science invention, a way to use a cellphone to activate a microwave. He places a banana in the microwave, and when he activates it with the cell phone, a mysterious burst of energy is released. He finds the banana turned into a jelly-like substance, but reattached to the bunch. Somehow, through forces the show explains much better, the cell phone microwave (temporary name) appears to be a time machine.

After all of this, Okabe, daru, and mayuri the adorable embark on science based hijinks joined by a no longer dead Kurisu and a host of loveable side characters. The show’s science aspect become surprisingly good, with commentary on the condensing effect of time travel on matter, and the inherent dangers it presents. The way they counter this is interesting as well, sending data rather than matter through time, so that all a person’s thoughts and memories show up in the mind of their younger self, with only Okabe being aware of the change. Slowly, Okabe’s irrational fears of a secret organization come to fruition, as he was not the only one interested in time travel.

Visually and musically this show is also very good. The music in particular stands out, with various themes lending a wonderful atmosphere. If the show has one flaw, and all shows do, it’s that in the early parts it becomes bogged down in a pseudo-harem scenario where all the girls seem to have a thing for Okabe. One of them is not even actually female, but rather a very feminine boy. Its irritating, but it passes.

All in all, an excellent show. The early installment strangeness may put some off of this show, but just hold on and it’s well worth the ride. A 9 out of 10, though my bias for the hard sciences may push it up. Both it and its sequel still airing, stein’s;gate 0 are available for free on crunchyroll. Check back soon for more nerd shit reviews! Such is the will of the stein’s;gate!