Month: December 2015

La Tormenta Chapter 30

Hurray! I did manage to crank out another chapter before I fly off for a two week holiday!

It’s a chapter I’ve been waiting to write for a while, but as with every action scene I write, it turned out very differently from what I had planned. But it worked out mostly like I intended it to, which is great. It’s not as awesome as the Oración Seis arc, but I’m content with the fact that that is my best arc and will likely remain so to the end of the story.

During this time, I also wrote out a random Naruto/High School DxD oneshot that appeared in my noggin during one of those half-awake moments in bed. It’s completely unrelated to what I plan on writing for my proper, full length crossover in that section in the future, but it’s not like it hurts to put it up online. It’s a post-and-forget-it oneshot anyway.

Update: Well, that’s my contentment with chapter 30 dead. I knew, deep down, that it was too rushed. And so it proved with like a third of the reviews telling me exactly that. Ugh, so disappointed in myself.

But hey, at least the oneshot seems popular. Wow, I really didn’t expect that sort of response. I thought people didn’t like the angst in La Tormenta, and having an angst-ridden story like Replaced in an even brighter world of DxD would go nowhere. Shows you what little I know about what people want.

Also, my drama wasn’t epic enough in chapter 30. Yea, so I guess I carved out my niche, and I have to live it to the fullest.

X-Men: Apocalypse – Trailer

With all the hype over Star Wars, Civil War and Batman v Superman, X-Men kind of got lost in the mess.

I hear complaints from fans about the design of Apocalypse. I don’t know enough, so I won’t comment on that. But Fox has been doing well with X-Men so I think it won’t be too bad. The trailer looks pretty standard if anything, but it’s kind of jarring to go back to the young Professor X days after Days of Future Past showed us the happy future.

I spotted good ol’ Quicksilver, whom I thought was done much better in X-Men than in Avengers 2. But that CGI shot I saw of him in the trailer? Not as good as Days of Future Past. Hopefully it’ll turn out good.

But frankly, as long as this doesn’t turn into Fantastic Four, I’m down for it.

Fairy Tail 465

Er…okay?

I…really don’t know what to feel about this chapter.

On the one hand, I see Mashima-sensei put some effort into bringing all the elements of his story together. So they aren’t actually as disparate as they have been presented thus far in the series. Connecting Eclipse, the dragons (and slayers), Zeref, Acnologia…it all seems pretty well done from a overarching story perspective.

But.

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny – Trailer

I can’t say I loved the first film. Hero still remains my favourite wuxia flick (alongside maybe Red Cliff). But it had gorgeous visuals and amazing fight scenes, particularly the Michelle Yeoh/Zhang Ziyi spar (GIRL POWER).

Now Netflix has picked it up, so it’s all in English and that’s really weird. Not to mention the CGI in the final fight scene which I’m a little ambivalent about. I’m a fan of CGI enhancing practical effects, and I can see they probably did quite a bit of wire work, but for a wuxia film to use CGI…it’ll take some getting used to, that’s for sure.

But I love Donnie Yen (although I am going to skip Ip Man 3 because he’s fighting Mike Tyson of all people), and I love Michelle Yeoh, and this looks promising despite my fears it might turn bad. So bring it on!

Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice – Trailer

Erm.

This makes me feel a little annoyed, to be honest. I know Lex Luthor is the real villain, and given the title of the film, it’s obvious that Supes and Batsy will work together at the end. But Lex creating a monster out of the body of General Zod? Ugh, what a cliché way to bring those two together.

But it’s nice to see Wonder Woman saving Batman’s ass, hopefully paving the way for female superheroes to kick ass and take names in future films. But her introduction…is so convenient. DC has no choice to be fair; they can’t build their cinematic universe slowly as Marvel as done, because they need to compete. But rushed entry of new characters into films, for the final fight no less, is anathema to me.

I really wish that they could have found another way to bridge the differences between Superman and Batman rather than a monster menace. How about something more psychological? I mean, apparently Lex was manipulating both Batman and Superman in order to make them fight. If that’s the case, why not have them realise the fact that Lex is the true enemy somehow, and work together to fight his influence somehow? That would make for a more intelligent film IMO.

Oh well, let’s see how it all works out.

Update: Because CinemaSins is much better at this criticism thing than I am.