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The [email protected] and Love Live!

Posted by dennyvuquach on October 1, 2016 at 3:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The [email protected] is the idol series that was originally released as an arcade in the year 2005 in Japan, and the series has been revamped in 2010 since The [email protected] 2 came out on the consoles. It is the rhythm video game series that feels fairly similar to Project Diva, but it's much more simpler. I've been a huge fan of The [email protected] since 2012, ever since I first started watching Ritsuko Akizuki singing Shiny Smile. At the beginning of 2013, I started becoming a huge fan of the 2011 anime, and it's easily one of the most underrated anime I've ever seen. All of the characters from 765 Pro in The [email protected] are really good, but Hibiki Ganaha is my favorite!

 

Love Live! is the idol series that was first released the music videos in 2010, which were called "Bokura no Live Kimi to no Life" and "Snow Halation". They have greatly succeeded their music videos, and thus, the anime was born in 2013. I've been a huge fan of Love Live! since 2015, because the idols all look extremely gorgeous. They all have beautiful eyes, and it doesn't hurt either that their voices are really breathtaking. Most of the cast are really awesome, if not all, but my favorite Love Live! idol is Kotori Minami.  She's one of the cutest girls I've ever seen, and I really love her voice in both English and Japanese.  Not to mention she has lots of charisma as well.

 

I've been watching Love Live! so many times, and I still haven't got tired of it. The animation looks incredibly beautiful, including the CGI segments of the music performances, and the voice acting is phenomenal. Even the English dub of the original Love Live! anime sounds great as well, because of amazing voice actresses, so I wish that the voice actresses with sing the English covers of songs.  Also, the story is simply touching, like Honoka encourages Kotori to get back to Muse before she was about to leave, and they have been best friends ever since they have met when they were little.  The Muse members get to enjoy their efforts to become school idols, and thankfully, they have performed amazingly well at their concerts.  They also had their comedic effects, like when Honoka's face looked stubborn and pissed, and Maki yelled "Stop filming me!" at Nozomi Tojo.

 

Both of those idol series have been literally successful, and they both are fairly popular in Japan. They feature the idol groups that have lots of enduring characters, as well as their story that are touching and inspiring. They both have a good amount of dramatic, heartbreaking scenes, and they both follow the path to be successful at the end. Both of them also feature their sequel counterparts, which are Cinderella Girls and Sunshine, the sequels of The [email protected] and Love Live!, respectively.  Overall, The [email protected] and Love Live! both rock!  They're my favorite series!

My Thoughts on Kirby Triple Deluxe

Posted by dennyvuquach on March 11, 2015 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

When I was in the mall, I brought Kirby Triple Deluxe from GameStop, which costed like 35 dollars and is the first game I have brought for my Nintendo 3DS XL. I've been looking for that game since I watched the replays from YouTube, and I already knew that I love it so much. There are so many Kirby games out there that are really awesome, but this one is one of the best Kirby games I've been playing, since Kirby Super Star on Super Nintendo.

 

Kirby Triple Deluxe stays true to classic Kirby games in that the player controls Kirby, and the objective is to get to end of the stage or fight against a boss. Kirby retains his traditional abilities, which are inhaling, star-spitting, sliding, air bullet, and floating. Guarding also returns from the Kirby Super Star games and Kirby's Return to Dream Land, and a new dodge move can be performed while guarding, which is a really nice touch, considering when I need to move and block simultaneously while I particularly fight against a boss.

 

One of the new abilities in Kirby Triple Deluxe is called the Hypernova, the super ability in the game. Obtained by eating a Miracle Fruit, it causes Kirby to undergo a temporary transformation that amplifies the power of his inhale exponentially, allowing him to inhale larger objects and enemies such as trees and large eels. It is necessary to complete certain stages by defeating certain foes or solving puzzles. While the Hypernova isn't so similar to the super abilities in Return to Dreamland like the Flare Beam or the Ultra Sword, the Hypernova is still a great ability to have, because it inhales so many things in Kirby's sight.

 

In Story Mode, which is the main part of Kirby Triple Deluxe, the game represents Kirby having his home lifted into the sky by the Dreamstack. He gets to travel through the six floating islands of Floralia, which are Fine Fields, Lollipop Land, Old Odyssey, Wild World, Endless Explosions, and finally Royal Road. The bosses are great and reasonably challenging, and the main ones are Whispy Woods, Paintra, Kracko, Coily Rattler, Pyribbit, and Queen Sectonia, the final boss.

 

In my opinion, Queen Sectonia is the best final boss in all Kirby games, because she has all three of her epic forms. Her first form appears to be an elegant, giant queen wasp, and she attacks Kirby by casting spells from her green scepter. After Kirby defeats her first form, he and his friends have been celebrated victory for a moment, but Queen Sectonia recovers and fuses herself with the Dreamstalk, and she begins with her second form, who turns out to be as a giant flower-like monster. After her second form is defeated, she begins her third and final form and immediately grabs Kirby. Before she can finish off Kirby, Taranza gave the Miracle Fruit to Kirby, and he and Sectonia fight for the final battle of the game. The moment when Kirby inhales the coconut-esque missiles and spits them against Sectonia's large missle to explode is just so satisfying.

 

After I beat Story Mode, Kirby Triple Deluxe unlocks Dededetour, which stars King Dedede as the main protagonist and the playable character. Playing him feels pretty similar to Hammer Kirby, except that Dedede can now shoot a beam by charging his hammer, so he can still cut ropes at range or aim at the targets that Kirby would normally have to obtain the Archer ability. Dedede can also create a shock wave with his uncharged hammer attack he's at when at full health.

 

Aside from the main game and Dededetour, Kirby Triple Deluxe also features sub-games, which are called Kirby Fighters and Dedede's Drum Dash, as well as The Arena and The True Arena. In Kirby Fighters, the player chooses a copy ability and uses it to battle other Kirbys in various arenas, some of which hold references to past Kirby titles. In Dedede's Drum Dash, the player controls King Dedede as he bounces on drums to the beat of classic Kirby songs and collects coins.

 

Kirby Fighters is an amazing sub-game, because I play Kirby by choosing any of the copy abilites and battle against other Kirbys using different abilities. It resembles the games from the Super Smash Bros. series, where I get to battle until I'm the last player standing. Dedede's Drum Dash is also great, because I like the fact that pressing the 'A' button gains momentum to jump higher on the drums and perform the backbeat to earn points.


I've been a big fan of Kirby since the day I play him. In fact, he's definitely have been one of my favorite characters in video games, because I really love the fact that after he inhales one of his enemies, he gains his cool, special ability. He has so many abilities for me to choose from, and pretty much all of them in this game are great! Kirby Triple Deluxe has so many things that I love, and I've been having so much fun playing it on my Nintendo 3DS. I would say that Kirby Triple Deluxe and Kirby Super Star are my two of favorite Kirby games ever.  Kirby really rocks!

2013 is almost over, and Happy Holidays!

Posted by dennyvuquach on December 24, 2013 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy Holidays!


I got to say that 2013 is a really good year to me, because the moments that I really like on this year are the moment that I went to PAX 2013, learning how to drive really well, and having alot of fun playing chess & Doom.  I'm watching the X-Mas episode of my favorite anime, The [email protected]!



I played Skullgirls alot on my laptop, because you know that I love Skullgirls so much for its awesome characters, gameplay, voice acting, etc.  I've first starting playing Skullgirls on my Xbox 360, and while I had fun playing it on that console, I had alot more fun playing the game on my laptop, since I can play with alot of good players online and record my own matches while playing.  I even posted some of my match videos on my YouTube channel.  On September 1st, 2013, I went to PAX Prime 2013 and met this really nice Parasoul cosplayer by Pookie Bear Cosplay:



I also went to Skullgirls Fan Expo on November 20th, 2013, and it's like one of the best events I've ever been in my whole life.  I met alot of people over there, including voice actresses and some of the best Skullgirls players I've played against.  I met Erin Fitzgerald over there, who is definitely the voice of Parasoul, and she's very humble, enthusiastic, and kind!  She's one of the best people I've ever met in my whole life, and is my favorite voice actor of all time besides Phil:



Overall, I can't wait until the new year 2014 is coming!  I might be attending Ninja-Con 2014 in June, which is going to be an awesome convention.  It's going to be a great year to me!

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2nd

Posted by dennyvuquach on December 2, 2013 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Miku Hatsune returns to the PSP, with a highly addictive sequel to the first game. Project Diva was truly a gem among rhythm games, and Project Diva 2nd adds 2 new types of notes, 1 new difficulty level, 28 new songs, 19 returning songs, and lots of new modules to the fun. Like this first game, the gameplay is simply awesome. You must hit the circle, square, triangle and x buttons to clear each song and unlock new songs.


There are 4 difficulty levels: easy, normal, hard, and the all new extreme, to challenge even the best of players. This makes the game suitable for all skill levels. Two new styles of notes, double notes, where you must press a button and the corresponding arrow simultaneously, and long notes, where you must hold the button down until you are indicated to let go, add lots to the sequel.


Like all rhythm games, the soundtrack is what really makes this game shine. The song list features lots of catchy music, featuring every Vocaloid in the game, minus Neru and Haku of course, since they're fanmade Vocaloids.


A very notable aspect of Project Diva 2nd are the modules. Like it's predecessor, you can choose any module you want for any song. New modules can be unlocked by clearing songs on certain difficulties and bought for the game's currency, Diva Points. What's new is that there are now duet songs, and you can choose both of the characters.


With so many entertaining features, it's no wonder this series became so popular in and out of Japan. This game is highly recommended for any fan of music.

My Top 10 Voice Actors

Posted by dennyvuquach on September 29, 2013 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

  I've been watching cartoons, anime, movies, and video games.  Most of them have voice acting in order to attract viewers and listeners.  There are so many voice actors out in America today, and most of them did a good job on voicing.  However, there are few of the voice actors that I really love.  Some voice actors prefer to portray the shows from another countries rather than from America.  Here are my top ten voice actors in America / Canada:

 

 

1 ) Phil LaMarr (from Samurai Jack)

2 ) Erin Fitzgerald (from Skullgirls)

3 ) Scott McNeil (from League of Legends)

4 ) Cristina Valenzuela (from League of Legends)

5 ) Kevin Conroy (from Batman: The Animated Series)

6 ) Mark Hamill (from Batman: The Animated Series)

7 ) Luci Christian (from Princess Tutu)

8 ) Brina Palencia (from Spice and Wolf)

9 ) Michelle Ruff (from Odin Sphere)

10 ) Karen Strassman (from Odin Sphere)

 

 

 

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