Friday, February 25, 2011

Fire Emblem- Path of Radiance Prologue-Ch.5

This will be fun.  I will be reviewing the script to the game.  The game has been reviewed already, but now I want to talk about the story.  Thanks to I can read the script without actually going through the hassle of uploading the disc into my wii.  Which would have me getting a vaccum cleaner in order to remove all the dust.  Serenes forest has uploaded up till Chp. 9, but I do have a file for Ch. 10.  Though it won't be a while before I review it. Anyway, don't read this post for there are SPOILERS!!!!!! 

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance PicturePrologue:Mercenaries- is just your typical story setter.  Characters are introduced.  Not much information to gain.  There are no lines for me to grab, but after the training sequence, we see the story begin.  Moving on.

Ch. 1:The Battle Begins- I actually like the opening scene.  Characters are firm, such as, Greil and Titania, while Ike and others are getting into shape.  A bunch more yak-yak, but important thing said here is by Titania.  She was cut off from giving us info on Ike's father.  Next chapter.
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance Picture
Ch. 2: Rescue- More typical plots.  Kids get stolen and the bandits run amuck.  This is the first time the Goddess has been mentioned.  Although, nothing else is relative at this point. 

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance PictureCh. 3: Pirates Aground- More useless text.  Nasir first appears here, watching.  Didn't catch that through the game.  Marcia comes in looking for her troublesome brother.  Titinia mentions Greil out in other matters, sounds like he's a politician.  The mayor of the town our mercenaries save, says that they belong in higher affairs, like the Crimean army.  The gang agrees in more or less rebellious thoughts, especially Shinon and Gatrie.  Things are starting to pick up.

Ch. 4 Roadside Battle- A note about Soren, he has been with another mercenary group.  It might be important later.  Crimea and Daein have begun warring.  Soren just got in and already giving most of the story details.  The two countries above have never been friendly.  Daein's king is treacherous.  Crimea's kings brother sent out the army to defend.  Soren leaves them, to come tell the tale.  The Greil Mercenaries may be for hire, but this affects them.  Since they are mainly hired by the Royal Crimeans, it is in their best interest to aid them. 
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance PictureSoren lays it down harsh, but he's right.  No pay, no play.  He already expects Crimea to have lost.  Titania gives us the linneage of Crimea.  King Ramon and his brother Duke Renning.  Soren gives us Daein's King, Ashnard.  Saying that Daein is just superior. 
Greil puts Ike in charge for the scouting of Crimea's capital, Melior.  Shinon is in rebellion about it, but is silenced.  Before they leave, Mist gives Ike the Regal Blade, from their father.  Then he has leadership issues, and a talk with Rhys. 
On the trail to Melior, they spot fallen Daien soldiers, possibly from one of the Imperial Guards.  Soren brings it down from not King Ramon nor his brother.  For Renning needs to lead the last standing soldier.  Someone else in the court, could have run over the Daiens.  The investigation is interrupted with Daien soldiers surrounding them.  When Titinia faces the boss, she mentions she left the Crimean army years before.  After the skirmish, they find a women, named Elincia.  Soren wanted to leave her their. 

Ch. 5 Flight-Elincia wakes up.  Yay!  Yada yada, yada... They go through introductions.  Somehow they get done with greetings and on with the plot.  Greil asks her if she has any ties with the royal family, since she was found on the site of the battle, but no reply.  She then blurts out, her name and lineage as the daughter of King Ramon, Elincia Ridell Crimea.  The only shocker to Greil is that he didn't know Ramon had children.  Though it is true that she has been kept secret, to keep from a blood feud.  She then tells us that her parents are dead, and her uncle is still fighting Daien.  Her parents were slain by Ashnard.  She fled, or was heading to Gallia on his orders.  Galia's king Caineghis would provide safety.  Each house was told of her existence for such a circumstance.  Elincia lays out her request to be escorted to Galia.  Titinia is reminiscing, and Ike asks if its from the days as a Crimean knight.  She asks him how he knew that. She remembers Elincia baring resemblance to the king and queen.  What confirms that she is the princess, is Daein troops outside demanding her.  So the group chooses to take her, for the heightening of their name.  Greil sends Titania, Gatrie, and Shinon to survey the road for advances of the enemy, while he and Rhys clean the library of important documents.  The rest burns.  Elincia helps pack and opens up even more.  She has learned all forms of manner in hiding, such as, cleaning, cooking, swordplay.  Interesting details.  Mist shows her the medallion.  It used to be her mother's.  There is a light emanating from it.  Mist tells that it only starting glowing a while back.  Possibly, before Daein's invasion. 
Meanwhile, the enemy is predicting Elincia's movement.  Petrine, the fiery general, and Ena, an advisor of some sort, pinpoint her heading to Gallia.  Petrine plans to capture Elincia herself. 

Ok, I think that is enough for today.  I'm sorry I don't have any scans available.  I wasn't even playing.  This script was provided by  It's not complete.  Next week I will finish what they got.  I didn't think that soon in the chapters would I be getting plot to write about.  Hope this was organized for you.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

City Hunter Original Special CD- #2 Bay City Wars, #3 Plot of $1,000,000

Since I liked the songs from the Dramatic Hunter cd that I reviewed last month, I went and bought me this.  This was the only cheapest one available with an obi.  As soon as it arrived, I just popped it in.  I actually listened to it all the way through, while working out.  Opening song was engineered rather nicely.  Then the following instrumentals carried me through the work out.  Anyway, I was only turned away by the jazzy/blues theme of the music.  I did like the rock orientation with it, but was used in a romantic way that I didn't like.  Still, this CD is worth a look.

While the cover does say its from the motion picture, I don't see how that is so.  This album seems more like an arranged or cover production.  Even seems more like music videos.  Instrumentals are done by Tatsumi Yano, and he arranged Take Me Back.  The other two songs were done by various artist.  I'm jealous that this production gets live instruments and there are composers who should be utilizing them. 

01-Rock My Love4:31
02-Night Moves4:40
04-Kanojo no Omoi4:03
05-Woman in the Dark4:35
06-Easy-Going Guy4:14
07-Take Me Back4:10
08-BayCity Battle4:29
09-More More Shiawase4:58
10-Never Say Goodbye4:45

I'll start with the songs.  Rock My Love has hip synthesizers and jazzy rock influence.  Yoki Oginome does a nice job as the vocalist.  Fitting for typical 80's and 90's themes.  I like the middle of the song where she raps.  Take Me Back is odd indeed.  It starts out more like a poem, with some bluesy strings.  Then the actually chorus and song take place with some soulful english lyrics.  I really love the arrangement of this song.  Both of the songs mentioned are very different.  They were really smart in songs styles.  Definetly not your normal beats.  Oginome also sings More More Shiawase.  Nothing attractive about the begining.  This song is more traditional in terms of songs style.  I didn't like the addition of kids singing in the chorus.  Still this does some justice to the ears.  Take Me Back definetly stands out though.

Yoko Oginome, ready to dance! This picture really has that 80's era feel.

It's time to test the series composer, the instrumentals are up.  Night Moves is hip, starting with some bass drums, and the jungle beats.  Snazzy strings and hornets carry you throughout this piece.  It stops with some nice romantic vocals.  The synthesizers and keyboards make it feel atmospheric.  An excellent piece, all the way through, as it fades out.  Death Trap begins with loud drum beats and moves in with some rocking gutiar, a great start, but the French horn rips in.  That is what scares me about jazz.  It always reminds me of someone ripping a big one.  It's a long track, kind of too long.  Yano plays around alot in this one.  Exactly at the middle of track, it sounds like its skipping, but not.  That was well put, and then starts back up again. 

Forth track isn't all that special.  This is really couples music here.  Even with a date, I wouldn't put on, but it may put that "falling in love" mood for the women.  Too much jazz club themes.  Violins are added for extra sweetness.  I like the drums, but doesn't help me like it much.  Easy Going Guy is also for dance clubs.  Takes you back to old west, and yet it its as modern the those jazz clubs still available today.  Not my cup of tea, though.  Woman in the Dark is a sweet rock melody.  Very entrancing.  Yano doesn't go far at all with trumpets and horns.  Keyboards are well used for a nice ring in your head.  It calls for repition like Night Moves.  The dog-like guitar arrangement was wierd but good.

 Baycity Battle gets into it right away.  Again, with those annoying horns ripping it out loud, but damn if this track isn't so rocking.  Guitars in the backround can be in the way.  This is like battle in a casino.  Nicely done anthemic ambience. Never Say Goodbye literally sounds like your turning on your Playstation.  Piano's and violins rule this moody track.  Vocal chorus and drums are a plus.  An excellent finish. 

I'm really happy with this purchase.  There were alot of things that I'm against in music, but Tatsumi Yano does a nice job in attracting me to his style.  He might make it to my favorite composer list.  I just need more of his cds and he doesn't have much outside City Hunter.

This CD deserves an A for outstanding music, orchestra, and songs.  Quality of tracks of are very high, but not a whole lot of variety.  Quantity is about fair.  In terms of the packaging, a 6/10 is fair.  Jewel case is basically empty without cd and booklet.  There is no back cover.  The booklet is the reason for the high package rating.  Booklet cover is nice, but doesn't stand out.  Credits are laid out well and we get director and producer comments.  Each song gets fleshed out on the pages.  The score above is enough warrant for you to obtain this cd.  It's not rare at all.