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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Fate/Zero anime review

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The holy grail, the mythical wish granting device lost to history, can only be claimed by a truly mighty hero, and thus is born the grail war, a battle of legendary heroes allied and controlled by mages, all vying for the greatest prize in all time, the wish granting holy grail, which grants its owner a true miracle.

This is John, back with a review of Fate Zero, prequel to the popular series fate stay night, which was subsequently remade under the title of Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited bladeworks. The series focuses on seven mages, each with their own retinue of side characters, who must summon Servants, or the spirits of great heroes from the past and from legend, broken into seven classes, and use them to defeat all of the other 6. The classes protect the identities of the servant, so learning true names is vital to strategic planning.

The classes are Saber, Lancer, Archer, rider, caster, assassin and berserker, and each has different inclinations, often related to their Nobel Fantasms, or the manifestation of their greatest legends, usually fantastic weapons. Each of the groups is given time, but we spend the most time with Saber and her master, who are, I guess, the main characters. This show reminds me of baccano in that way, as anyone could really be the main character. And anything that reminds me of baccano has to be fucking incredible.

Saber’s master, Kiritsugu, is a very flawed, very broken, and very skilled assassin of dark mages. The holy grail usually selects people who have a strong desire or need for it, and Kiritsugu’s wish is to save the world. He wishes for a happy world where no one fights or kills each other. It goes wonderfully. All of the other masters are pretty awesome as well, especially Kire Kotomine, But we all know who the real best character is, at least those of us who’ve seen or even heard of the show.

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I AM THE KING OF CONQUERORS!!! MARVEL AT THE GREATNESS I HAVE ACHIEVED WITH MY OWN TWO HANDS! I SHALL CONQUER THIS WORLD!

That, my friends, is rider. Its Alexander the great. Yeah, he’s in this show, and he’s the greatest thing ever. He is endlessly entertaining, and even inspiring in a number of ways. He believes a king should be the loudest, biggest, most inspiringly forceful warrior on the battlefield, and that a king’s greatness and bravery must equal that of every man to follow him. He makes audience members wish to join his Ionian Hetairoi, or army of heroes he just keeps in a pocket dimension he carries around with him.

The animation is utterly stunning, some of the best that I have seen. And of course the music doesn’t disappoint. This is one of my all-time favourite shows, in any medium. It is just so very good.

So without further delay, I award Fate/Zero 10 of 10 woulds, for having very few if any flaws in its writing for execution. The whole franchise, especially the newest series, is highly recommended. Close this page, and go watch it. Even if you’ve seen it before. Hell, I will.

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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!

Toradora Review

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Why does anime keep looking at me like that? It’s not as if I like anime or something. That’s impossible.

Hello and welcome to Nerdshit reviews, and on the agenda for today is Toradora, the tale of perfectly well adjusted girl with no anger issues torment by the biggest jerk in the universe. That may not be entirely accurate, but who’s counting?

On a more serious note, this show is about Ryuji, a kind young man with the face of his yakuza father, who accidentally receives a love letter meant for his best friend from a famously dangerous girl in his school named Taiga. Taiga attacks him to get the letter, but relents when he promises to help her get with the target of her affection. Soon, the two develop an interdependent relationship, as they live close(next door), and Ryuji is a great cook and homemaker, unlike Taiga, who forces him to cook and clean for her.

Before long we come to realize that Taiga’s closest friend is the object of Ryuji’s affection, and that is where things become really interesting. The interactions between these four characters never fails to be completely hilarious. They feel like people you might know.
This is why, when things take a turn for the dramatic and deeply sad later, it hits so incredibly hard, at least for me. You can really feel for these people, and one scene in particular may be the saddest I’ve seen not involving a character death. It definitely kept me watching, and destroyed my Christmas.

The animation of the series has its moment, but due to the slice of life nature of the show it is usually fairly average, The music’s over all slightly above average, but is drop dead gorgeous at least a couple of times. It is a key(one of many) to the show’s greatest success, its deep understanding of human emotion.

So, at the end of the day, this show is a rare animal. It is a romance, set in an ordinary world, that does what so few shows can do, makes the audience genuinely feel something. I was riveted to the screen for much of it, and I have never really been a romance guy. The show is available to view for free on crunchyroll, and comes recommended. Over all, I award Toradora an 8 out of 10. See you 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.