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!

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The Mouse and The Mask Review

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Hello, and welcome back to Nerdshit! And this is the one where I lose like half of you, at least. After all, how the fuck is rap nerd shit. Well, a long time ago I used to follow a review group called the desudes brigade, and one of the reviewers there was jesuotaku. She was of the opinion that people should stop crossing anime with hip hop, because the hip hop kids were the ones who used to steal the anime kids’ lunch money. My opinion is even so, after they got done they were going to use it to go buy some manga and then go home and watch toonami and adult swim.

There is a whole genre of nerd rap, or Nerdcore, and while much of it is hit or miss, this album is clearly a hit. MF Doom is possibly the most gifted MC of all time, and with Danger Mouse handling the production the whole album is gold beginning to end. Chalk full of adult swim references and cartoon show samples, this is most definitely nerd shit. And it is glorious to behold.

If you are familiar with MF doom, the fact that this album is good should not surprise. For everyone else, this album is far, far more than good. Doom’s lyrical gymnastics impress as much as ever, and the cartoon wordplay hits home every single time. From space ho’s coast to coast to ATHF, just so many golden tracks to be had by all. The references range from Conan The Barbarian to Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, and many many more.

But it’s not just references, all of his other wordplay hits home as well. On the beat side, we have 80s and 90s danceable beats laced beginning to end with samples from Spaceghost Coast to Coast, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and many others. Rap is only half the treat on this album.

If there is any complaint to have, and there’s not, it would be that there is not much being actually talked about other than cartoon references. Believe it or not, that matters to hip hop listeners, at least to many of them. Still, as a rapper myself, this is an album and an artist who have influenced my own work.

So, at the end of the day, the album is excellent, if not incredibly deep. It is definitely worth the time of any fan of 80s, 90s, and 00s cartoons, and anyone who enjoys adult swim, or hell, any sort of hip hop at all. I guess if giving Naruto a 6 didn’t get me murdered, nothing is going to. I give The Mouse and The Mask an 8.5 of 10. Have a wonderful day, and please don’t kill me.