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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Editorial: Things Murphy is Looking Forward To.

I might try reviewing 300: Rise of an Empire for tomorrow.

Keep me in your thoughts.

Editorial: Things Murphy Is Looking Forward To.
Or 'The War on Eggs.'

Garo: Seal of Flames.

For a franchise that started off as an extraordinarily low budget series (go watch the first half of the original Garo, it looks very much like it was filmed with someone's camcorder, with the special effects rather clumsily added in MS Paint) in a late night time slot, Garo is really going from strength to strength, having spawned three more live-action series, multiple films, and now an anime penned by Yasuko Kobayashi, who toku fans will know from Kamen Rider OOO, Ressha Sentai ToQger, Kamen Rider Den-O, Kamen Rider Ryuki, Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, Mirai Sentai Timeranger and probably several more, and anime fans will know best from the Attack on Titan adaptation.

Whether Garo: Seal of Flames is any good will be a bit of a toss-up, as Garo series seem to vary between 'ridiculously good' and 'painfully bad'. Still, Kobayashi is a good writer, and with the release of a trailer we know that, at the very least, it'll be a very pretty anime. Here, take a look:

Digimon Adventure 03.

Now we come to the meaning behind the title. To be honest, there's not much I can say about this one, as we've had no news. But Digimon was my childhood and I continue to adore it to this day, and the idea of a Digimon Adventure sequel fills me with glee.

Unfortunately, we have to click eggs to get news, and apparently even when we do get news, it's really more of a short story hastily written up in about ten minutes by a panicked Toei production member, so what can you do.

Dragon Age: Inquisition.

It feels like ages since Dragon Age II came out. Mostly, a quick check of Google informs me, because it has been ages, with it having been released in early 2011, while Inquisition will be coming out later this year.

Promises are abound that Inquisition will take the best elements from Dragon Age and Dragon Age II, while adding elements inspired by Skyrim, to create a kind of chimera of fun. But the fact of the matter is, I just really like Bioware games – they've yet to make a game I don't like, although Mass Effect 3 grated on me a little towards the end. I was first introduced to them with Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and then with Jade Empire, and I've been hooked on them ever since.

Now we just need them to do a Jade Empire II. C'mon, Bioware. You know you want to.

Arrow Series 3.

Arrow's new series is starting soon, and in a way, it's difficult to see how they'll top the latter half of Series 2, which was the culmination of the entire series up to that point, settling plot points that had been set up in the very earliest episodes of the first series, while also dealing with the show's best villain up to that point.

Series 3 seems like it'll either be where the series reaches dizzying new heights, or where it irreparably jumps the shark. We've got Ra's al Ghul turning up (because he's – totally a Green Arrow villain), which is the natural extension of the storyline so far, but we've also got flashback!Ollie off Lian Yu and travelling the world, even though that makes the flashbacks increasingly tenuous, especially as we know that he has to a) Not get in touch with his family, and b) End up back on Lian Yu before it's all done.

Which is kind of the problem with flashbacks. See Once Upon a Time and Lost, where the flashback sections started to run out of relevant life for people to flash back to and had to resort to the most tangled skein of connections and coincidental events possible.

Kamen Rider Drive.

I'm going to miss Gaim. It's been a fun year with the fruity samurai, and Gen Urobuchi is a fine toku writer who I deeply hope returns to do another series at some point (although I don't, like some people, want him doing every series. I love the man, but I think that'd grow old after a couple of years).

But we have Drive coming along, where everything looks relatively chirpy despite the near total demise of all human life having happened a while ago in Gaim. We've got a writer I usually like and a producer I deeply hate working together, and their last shared contribution to toku was – not the best thing ever, to be nice about it, so I'm a little apprehensive. The car theme hasn't really grabbed me either, but then, neither did fruits.

I've never met a Kamen Rider series I haven't liked, though (I even got all the way through Agito, can you imagine?), so the odds are in favour of me enjoying this one. If I don't, then hey, it's only for a year and then we'll get something completely new again.

Legend of Korra Book 4.

In an alarming twist, Book 4 of Legend of Korra has been announced to start going live on the 3rd of October, less than a month and a half after the last episode of Book 3 hit our computer screens. It's a little unnerving – although not as much as the people wailing that this is the end of the franchise forever, when that's almost the exact opposite of what the creators have said – but I can't say I'm not glad.

After all, Book 3 ended on a rather cliffhanger-y note, with Korra suffering from severe mercury poisoning and depression, a terrorist group still more or less at large, and one of the five nations having fallen into a state of chaos after the murder of its leader.

Final Fantasy XV.

If you're not sure how you can look forward to something that'll never be released, don't worry, I'm not entirely clear on that either.

Still, Square-Enix says (ha) that it'll be coming out during March of next year, and who knows, they might even manage to follow through on that. Probably not, though, as the game has been in development for so long that it's looking increasingly likely that it'll be our generation's Duke Nukem Forever, especially since barely a few years ago it was purportedly in such a state of barely-having-been-started-ness that producer Tetsuya Nomura thought it was a good idea to stride into the office and demand it be a musical.

If it does get released – again, don't hold your breaths – it might well be a candidate for my favourite Final Fantasy game, although it'll have to knock XII off its perch for that.

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