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Phantom In The Twilight, An Epic Collaboration of Fantasy Anime

Produced by Happy Elements and Liden Films, Phantom In The Twilight tells the story of Baileu Ton, who had just arrived in London and had to deal with a creature named Umbra. Together with a group called Twilight, Ton soon find out secrets about her great-grandmother who disappeared 100 years ago.

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When the first episode aired, I thought it was adapted from the game, because the character design looks like a game character. But after I searched on internet, it turned out that the designer was indeed a game character designer before joined this collaboration project. Oh I almost forgot to tell, this anime is a collaboration between Japan and China.

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{GAME REVIEW} Vermillion Watch: Order Zero

Someone’s been stealing rare antiques! As you begin your investigation, you quickly find that there’s something much larger at play than just petty theft. It’s time to team up with new friends and catch the culprits terrorizing London! Do you have what it takes to save the city in time?

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The Story:

One of weakness from HOPA series is how the story isn’t related to each other. They only has similar theme, but the plot is different with new character as well. Fortunately, it didn’ happen with Vermillion Watch. From the first until the third, we know the biggest villain in this game is Red Queen and defeating her is the main goal of the series.

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September Favorites 2018: TV Show, Anime, And Trying Makeup

This year, I think I spent September by watching TV more than hangout with friends or exploring new restaurant. It’s been over a year since I decided to quit my job and pursue my dream to become a writer. Time flies so fast, huh?

Because I spend most of time at home, I watch TV shows more often than chatting with other people. Because of that, I often write reviews on this blog, because there are no people I can talk to. At first, I wanted to make a review for every TV show I watched, but turned out, it made my writing schedule become messy. Finally I decided to make this post.

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Variety / Reality Show

1. Kis-My-Busaiku

Kis-My-Busaiku is a Japanese variety show with Kis-My-Ft2 members as the main stars. In each episode, these seven idols must prove to be the coolest. The funny thing is, the title of this show uses the word ‘Busaiku’, which means ugly or unattractive in Japanese. To prove how cool they are, they are given a scenario where they have to make a short video about how to deal with the situation as stated in the scenario. The video will be randomly voted by 100 women who aren’t fans of Kis-My-Ft2.

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Dilemma: Reviewing Book From Local Author

Recently, I had been experiencing reading slumps. Reading slump is a condition where someone who loves book feels unhappy to read. The causes were various, and for my case, it all started after I read a book written by local author.

Dilema - Reviewing Book By Local Author

So far the book I reviewed in this blog is translated version. I only reviewed a book by a local author once. The reason is because I’m having trouble finding books that match my favorite genre. Most of the local books that were published has story about loves and life. There’s also several books that have excessive descriptions when discussing a man. I’m no longer interested reading books that dramatizing physical appearance. But a few months ago, if I’m not mistaken, I think it’s around June when I bought a book written by a local author. I bought it because many reviewer said the story was good.

That’s when I do mistake.

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The House With A Clock In Its Walls, A ‘Fresh Air’ For Kids Movie

Adapted from John Bellairs’s novel, The House With A Clock In Its Wall tells the story of a boy named Lewis Barnavelt who had lost his parents in a car accident and had to move to his eccentric uncle’s house, Jonathan Barnavelt. The house was previously owned by Isaac Izard who intended to activate the doomsday clock to erase human existence. Together with Jonathan’s good friend, Florence Zimmerman, they have to race against time before Isaac rise from his grave.

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There are three reasons why I chose to watch this movie: 1) Jack Black 2) The gothic-horror element in their visual 3) Adapted from classic novels. Not many people know that I’m a big fan of gothic things, from fashion to music. Most people who know me, only know that I like anime or fantasy things. That’s not wrong, but they don’t know that I really like gothic. Honestly, there aren’t many fantasy genres or films that carry gothic themes. Maybe because a stigma of gothic that usually includes black color, excessive use of eyeliner etc. But look at The House With A Clock In Its Walls. This film brings the gothic-horror in an interesting way and is not dominated by all-black clothing.

Judging from the plot, The House With A Clock In Its Walls actually has a simple story: the fight between good and evil. But what makes it interesting and fun to watch is how they execute the plot.

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{New Walkthrough+Final Review} Midnight Calling: Arabella

A shipwreck has stranded you on a mysterious island and your brother has been kidnapped. As if things weren’t bad enough, you learn that this is all part of a plot to use his magical powers to overthrow your father. Can you save him and your kingdom before it’s too late?

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Final Review After Walkthrough:

Midnight Calling: Arabella has darker visual than the previous Midnight Calling. The color palette that Elephant Games choose made it look creepy but at same time, it stunning. I love the color combination.

Story-aspect wise, I don’t see anything special aside from the appearance of Callum and Anabel from the first Midnight Calling. Although I do happy see these two still doing well. Honestly, I was thought Midnight Calling series will be related from first to recent one, but when Jeronimo released, I immediately change my mind, and thought Midnight Calling is just title with story that has similar theme (midnight). After seeing Callum and Anabel in the recent Midnight Calling, I hope Elephant Games will develop new Midnight Calling with Jeronimo and Valeria as main character.

The gameplay is nice, with lots of HOPA variations and puzzle. I could say the puzzle is in middle level, not too easy, but also not too hard. The instructions is also understandable for non-English speaker like me.

Unfortunately, Midnight Calling series is getting shorter and shorter. For HOPA veterans, it could be a problem, but for beginner, the game is perfect for short break.

I hope for the next one (if they decide to make another), they’ll include Jeronimo and Valeria as main pair. They’re my favorite couple since Midnight Calling: Jeronimo ^^)


Developer    : Elephant Games

Release Date: June 28, 2018

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{GAMES REVIEW} Vermillion Watch: Fleshbound

Something important has been stolen from a friend of the Watch! All that was left at the scene was the calling card of a master thief. With the help of some old friends, it’s up to you to chase leads through the dangerous London streets! Can you stop a plot against the Vermillion Watch before it’s too late?

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The Story:

The story start right after the first case ended. This time, we meet another famous figure, Arsene Lupin and Victor Frankenstein. Compared to the first one, the story in Vermillion Watch: Fleshbound more darker with plenty of thriller and graphic content. It’s little bit confusing in some parts but when we almost reach the ending, everything become clear.

And I have to said, compared to another HOPA series, Vermillion is more mature on story aspect.

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