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Ace Attorney 4 (Apollo Justice) musings

Posted in Ace Attorney/Phoenix Wright, comix, reviews/opinions, shameless parody, video games with tags , , on April 26, 2009 by reccaphoenix

**Note: you might want to read my reviews of the first three Ace Attorney games: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Justice for All, and Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations.**

And so, my friends, I came to the end of the Phoenix Wright era of the Ace Attorney series and began the first DS-exclusive, new-character-led fourth game, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney.  So here follow my semi-organized thoughts (positive and negative), musings, and random observations for your reading pleasure.

  • New main character!  I was a little upset to see Phoenix go, to tell you the truth.  And a little weirded-out to see him turn into a hobo piano-player and “daddy.”  Speaking of which, before I found out the “truth” about Trucy, I was like “daughter?  Maya’s? No, that can’t be!”  I think we would have gotten bored with too much Phoenix, and the writers might have eventually worn him out.  And besides, he’s still in the game.
  • Graphics! And GRAPHICS?! This being the first DS-exclusive, only-for-DS-from-its-outset title, the videos, animation, graphics / graphics’ quality (and music and sound quality) are great.  However, in some of the “flashback” cases, the graphics (and old sounds) are from the old games, and are noticeably lacking in quality.  I KNOW Capcom has better quality versions of these graphics because they use them for animated videos at the Tokyo Game Show.  Was it REALLY that hard to remaster the graphics?  I mean, you’re already being lazy by recycling, so can you at least make it blend in with the newer character graphics?  I know this is a minor issue, but it really got on my nerves for a bit.  It didn’t destroy my overall enjoyment of the game, but the disconnect was annoying.
  • Music – again, this series has GREAT music.  And there is even a music-centric case in this game, which deals with a backstage murder during a rock concert put on by your rival prosecutor’s all-lawyers-and-police band and a guest star.  It was quite fun, and I did enjoy the song, “Guitar’s Serenade.”
  • The Gavin Brothers – I remember a fangirlish friend of mine once telling me something like “Just wait ’til you get to the 4th game and get to see this gorgeous hunk of man-meat *drools, attaches picture of Klavier Gavin to email*”  Not that I feel the same way, but I do think the Gavin brothers are quite interesting characters.  Oh, more German child prodigies to add to the mix (say what you will about stereotypes of Germans but remember that in the original version they were AMERICAN!)  I had an ongoing joke with a friend about breaking Kristoph Gavin out of prison….until I got to the last case and *SPOILER ALERT* Continue reading
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Coloring Books!

Posted in anime, artwork, comix, disney, fun stuff to do, merchandise, nostalgia, television, video games with tags , , , , , , , on June 15, 2008 by reccaphoenix

I stopped coloring in coloring books for fun around the age of 9. The only coloring I ever did after that was on my own drawings, or with kids I was babysitting. But, after reading a hilarious post at X-Entertainment devoted to “Sh*tty He-Man Coloring Books,” I wanted to color something. Something nostalgic. From my past.

And lo and behold, I found an awesome site with all sorts of COLORING BOOK scans from cartoons, video games, and anime of the past. I did a nice picture of Super Sailor Moon (which, on second thought, has WAY too many complexities to be colored by a kid….) but that was unfortunately lost. So, lacking anything to color with at the moment, I will present to you my Corel-Paint-Crayon-Tool-colored masterpiece, “Bauhaus Mondrian Pony” (click for full size):

Happy coloring! And feel free to link to your own colored page (only 1 please) in your comment!

Mystery Date! OoOoooOoo~~

Posted in advertising, comix, mod, shameless parody, television, video with tags , , on June 13, 2008 by reccaphoenix

This is a real commercial for a real board game from 1965, “Mystery Date.”

If you ask me, those girls look a little too young to be going on any date at all, much less a “mystery date.”

An updated version was made in 1972 (to replace all those squares with dudes of the longer-haired vest-wearing variety, I bet). It kept getting updated, adding multicultural boys and other stuff. “Mystery Date 2000,” which I remember, had a fake phone where the dude would call you or something.

And here’s the obligatory shameless parody (click to view fullsize):

gee I hope I don\'t end up with Mick Jagger!

The photographer is the main character from Blow-Up, notorious for his treatment of women. John Entwhistle was the extremely talented bassist for the Who. And yeah, I do play bass (and I prob’ly would steal Entwhistle’s bass).

Malcolm again.

Posted in artwork, cinema, clockwork orange, comix, shameless parody with tags on April 24, 2008 by reccaphoenix
…Why is it that almost everything I post here has to do with A Clockwork Orange and/or Malcolm McDowell (the star of that film), by the way?

(Click image for full size)

If you don’t get it….it concerns the prevalence of nudity in McDowell’s more well-known films, namely if…, Clockwork Orange, Caligula, Britannia Hospital, and Cat People.

Talk about typecasting.

I think once a film actor/actress gets seen doing nudity in one film….it just takes off from there (and not necessarily for the better).  Helen Mirren said in an interview once that she is well-known in the UK for similarly doing a lot of roles with nudity….

And yes, the half-head visible by the camera in the ACO scene is Stanley Kubrick.

Roman Holiday

Posted in artwork, comix, merchandise, shameless parody, television on April 18, 2008 by reccaphoenix

I was recently in gorgeous Italy (Venice and Rome). It was wonderful. I may attempt to post some pictures from the trip.

Here’s a little doodle….click for full size.

I recently started re-reading The 12 Caesars, a great little piece of history writing by Suetonius detailing the lives of….the caesars….with plenty of attention paid to their personal lives >: ) It goes to prove that things you’re forced to read within a month in high school really suck at the time, but when you can take your time with them and not have to memorize crap they can be quite enjoyable.

And speaking of Caligula, so much of his stuff survives in Rome today. St. Peter’s in the Vatican is actually built on top of his circus (which was later Nero’s circus). So, yes, I saw Caligula’s obelisk.

© Recca Phoenix 2008

Who are my favorite Caesars?

1. Augustus (of course.)

2. Julius Caesar.

Textbook Mishaps, or, “Wiener Coffee.” TV gaijin.

Posted in artwork, comix, japan, rants, television, textbooks with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2007 by reccaphoenix

reccaspriteI’ve come across some interesting textbooks in my day. Yep. I’ll save my rants about textbook cover art for another post, though. Today I’m talking about mistakes and odd illustrations and other nifty stuff.

A Japanese book I once had featured a fake sample menu from a cafe. One of the items was something called “Vienna Coffee” which in Japanese is Uinna Koohii ウィンナコーヒー. This Vienna Coffee was on the menu twice, once as hot and once as ice. But a printing mistake had been made….the second time it was mentioned it was written Uinnaa Koohii (Wiener Coffee, or Hot Dog Coffee) ウィンナーコーヒー.  Note that the first one does not have a longer-held “na” while the second one does. Continue reading

Simpsons + Futurama + Captain Harlock!!!!!

Posted in animation, anime, cinema, comix, manga, shameless parody, television with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2007 by reccaphoenix

So I was perusing a digital copy of Part 2 of the 2nd official Simpsons-Futurama crossover comic [wish I could find part one, anyone wanna send it to me? 😉 ] when….ANIME REFERENCE!!!!

no f—in way!

and not just any anime reference, CAPTAIN HARLOCK, my favorite space pirate, from the under-appreciated space-opera-awesome universe of Leiji Matsumoto!  This was the biggest “omg that’s hilarious!” moment since Excel Saga spoofed Galaxy Express 999.