Hakyū Hōshin Engi Anime News Network Review

Anime News Network has posted there review of Hakyu Hoshin Engi the anime remake of the anime of the same name. What do they think about it? You can see the review below so you can make your own judgement. Remember this is a review and is basically one person opinion on the series.

Review

This 23-episode series from 2018 is the second anime adaptation of the late ’90s manga by Ryu Fujisaki, which was itself a loose adaptation of the classic Chinese novel Investiture of the Gods. That novel provided a mythological version of the events surrounding the downfall of China’s Shang dynasty (here referred to as Yin) and the rise of the Zhou Dynasty, which would date to around 1046 B.C. That’s significant for reasons that I will get into later, but suffice to say for now that deep historical accuracy is clearly not a goal.

That being said, the story portrayed does capture at least the basic story beats of the original: an emperor becomes so besotted with his wife that he neglects his official duties and the country falls to ruin as a result. That the story was originally intended as a cautionary tale to men of power about getting too distracted by their women is an impression that’s hard to avoid, with the empress being possessed by a cunning fox spirit providing a supernatural explanation for the emperor being too weak-willed to rule his kingdom. However, this anime version has no such introspective aspirations. Dakki is a conniving sexpot who uses the emperor as her plaything and destroys lives for fun, apparently with the ultimate intent of running Yin into the ground, while the immortal Bunchu is her opposite in his fierce devotion to preserving Yin at any cost. This is the mess that Taikobo blunders into when he comes down to the human world on his Hoshin List assignment.

That should make for a rousing adventure story, but one of the fatal problems is that director Masahiru Aizawa never firmly settles on what tone the series should have. That contributes greatly to a choppy result where lighthearted and seriously dark elements have a bad habit of getting in each other’s way. In individual scenes, the drama can come together fairly well, but the series routinely shoots itself in the foot right after having such successes. The execution problem is also evident in many places (especially early on) where the action skips wildly between different locales and advances the story without sufficient connective tissue, giving the impression of content being skipped. In another example, the length of time spent on a protracted series of battles between forces of the two main Sennin strongholds would be more appropriate for a series double or more the episode count of this one. My guess is that the script is skipping a lot of content in order to have more time for that sequence of battles, and overall it doesn’t work.

The series is also a world-building atrocity. Some anime have shown that elements from disparate eras and ideologies can be mixed with at least some success (see Gintama), but this is not the way to do it. Architectural and artistic standards for the human settings strongly speak to an older Chinese style, appropriate for the period in which the series is set, but then Dakki sports an outfit that looks more fitting for a stripper from the ’90s, other characters wear modern jerseys, and one even walks around with a cigarette perpetually in his mouth. Later stages of the series indicate that the Sennin are technologically advanced at a level that would qualify as sci fi even in our era (and thus the implication lingers that a lot of their spiritual powers are actually advanced technology), and that aliens are also involved, presumably just because it would be neat to have an ancient aliens plot thrown in there. The Sennin are a random sampling of characters from just about every era and genre of anime history, including one who sports modern boxing gloves and another who’s functionally a cyborg. At least some attempt is made to establish a standard for Sennin in their dress and use of custom tools and Spirit Beasts for mounts, but the series simply doesn’t make a diligent enough effort to justify all of this incredibly anachronistic variety.

The series’ art style is unlikely to excite anyone not nostalgic for its distinctly ’90s designs. Sharp noses are a common feature from that era, as are the elaborate bulky outfits and pointed-toe shoes sported by some of the Sennin, but this title distinguishes itself from others of that time with its hefty use of oversized feat and hands. I do not consider that a positive aesthetic contribution, but your mileage will vary. The artistry is at its best in the designs of the emperor’s palace and some of the interiors of the Sennin strongholds, but overall the artistic effort is at the level of a mediocre shonen action series at best. The series also offers little to excite on the animation front; power displays look fine, but hardly any of the battles are especially dynamic.

Fortunately the series comes off better on the audio front. Maiko Iuchi, who is probably best-known for the A Certain Magical Index franchise, does what she can to enhance the material, providing a mix of symphonic orchestra, piano, electronica, and even rock numbers whose eclecticism is a good match for the eccentricities of the story. Her numbers are the main reason that the most dramatic scenes carry any gravitas. A new pair of opener and closer replace the originals in the early teens for episode count, but while all are decent numbers, none particularly stand out.

Funimation‘s English dub of the series is a serviceable effort that provides mostly-appropriate sounds for the characters. The weak point is Tyler Walker‘s interpretation of the mount Supushan, which makes the character sound whiny, but I am not sure how much can be done about that. The high point is arguably J. Michael Tatum‘s interpretation of Bunchu, but he has always been good at voicing arrogant characters without going over-the-top. Extras on the Blu-Ray/Digital release include clean openers and closers, promo videos and commercials, and the OVA episode “Blood of the Koh Family,” which is only available in subtitled form.

Hakyū Hōshin Engi was not elected for weekly streaming reviews on ANN when the series debuted during the Winter 2018 TV season, and after seeing the whole thing, I don’t think much discussion potential was missed there. In an era less densely populated with releases, this might have been a passable series, but there’s just too much better content out there for this one to merit a recommendation.

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Article:https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/hakyu-hoshin-engi/blu-ray/.147838

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Dead Or Alive 6 Mai & Kula Are Out

Dead Or Alive 6 guest characters Mai and Kula are out now with the new 1.06 update. This will come with new customs for the characters two ladies of KOF entry in the new installment which as with other DLC you can only buy one if that is what you want.

Changes

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Article:https://www.eventhubs.com/news/2019/jun/18/mai-shiranui-and-kula-diamond-are-now-available-dead-or-alive-6-along-update-version-106/

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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Evolved Vegeta DLC

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is getting a new dlc character. This time we are looking at Dragon Ball Super last arc with Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Evolved Vegeta. He comes with new attacks such as a quicker Final Flash, and he has a new move called Final Blow that instantly teleports him in front of his target. Other moves include Atomic Blast, Final Charge, and Flash Strike. His ultimate attack is Final Explosion and his New Ultimate attack is called Final Galick Rush.

In order to be able to get this version of the Saiyan prince you will need to have SSGSS Awoken Skill, be over level 95, and have maxed friendship level with Vegeta. No picture of how he will look in game but we have a picture of him from DBS.

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Article:https://www.siliconera.com/2019/06/18/dragon-ball-xenoverse-2-adds-super-saiyan-god-super-saiyan-evolved-vegeta-dlc-this-summer/

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Bloodstained Launch Trailer With Shovel Night

We have a new trailer from 505 Games and Art Play for Bloodstained. The new trailer shows what Iga has planned for the game for fans to enjoy. From create your character and 13 DLC planned this game should be something for everyone. And did I no mention shovel knight making an appearance. Check out the trailer June 25th.

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Article:https://www.siliconera.com/2019/06/18/bloodstained-shovel-knight-crossover-revealed-in-launch-trailer/

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Mortal Kombat XI Leaks Ash, Sindle & Spawn ???

We have leaks on Mortal Kombat XI DLC characters for season 1. These leaks is only a leak as Spawn and Sindel have been confirmed for the first season. Ash Williams of the Evil Dead is where things get tricky.

Here is where the issue lies. First many though Ash was in thanks to the hint at the end of DLC trailer were Shang fellow DLC characters were revealed with 2 more teased. Many thought Ash due to the chain saw. The thing is Bruce Campbell squashed only to go back to it saying it was a joke and that he was never approached about it. After he denied Bruce explained that Nether Realm than asked if he wants to be in.

This new leak shows Google adds. The adds show Sindel, Spawn and Ash. These are adds that pop up on search pages. I will post them below but to whether this is a big leak I don’t think so as it just shows related searches to my understanding. Can that be wrong and this is a big leak. It can but we need to see what the next DLC trailer has to reveal.

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Potential Mortal Kombat 11 leaks — Ash Williams and Terminator 2 out of 3 image gallery

Potential Mortal Kombat 11 leaks — Ash Williams and Terminator 3 out of 3 image gallery

Article:https://www.eventhubs.com/news/2019/jun/17/mortal-kombat-11s-final-two-dlc-characters-season-may-have-been-leaked/

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E3 2019 Yo Videogames Hands On Grandia HD Collection

E3 2019 had many games with one of them was Grandia HD collection. Simmons of Yo Videogames got his hand on it with Gung Ho answering his questions. He has posted a video on it to give us and idea on how the game is looking and other little details.

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Fatal Fury Remake & Why ???

A leak talked about way back not only mentioned Samurai Shodown DLC but also a new Fatal Fury would be coming after The King Of Fighters XV. The new Fatal Fury would be a reboot or remake in the same sense as Samruai Shodown. But why not just make Garou  mark of the wolves 2 as we have seen past sprits for it. Well this reboot might just be for story.

If you didn’t know Garou was the last game in the series yes but it was also one where Geese is dead with out a doubt for anyone. I say this as Geese faked his death only to come back again.  This doesn’t line up perfect with KOF where he is alive and well. So maybe we might get a new fatal fury reboot to straighten out that time line issue as well as how if Geese is alive why Rock would be taught by Terry among other things.

Now that is given this rumor is true. So take this with a grain of sault but lets forget that fans want a new Fatal Fury and SNK would love to make one so this could be true. Either way we will find out when the announce the next console game after The King Of Fighters XV. Remember that SNK told it Korean investors that they would be making 2 games a year with one console and mobile. So if this rumor is right than after KOF XV we should have a new Fatal Fury as Console.

Here is the video that mention the rumor towards the end.

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