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Zone of the Enders: The Fist of Mars - Game Boy Advance
Zone of the Enders: The Fist of Mars - Game Boy Advance
4 used & new from CDN$ 14.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Depends on the player, Nov. 18 2003
After reading all the reviews, and playing the game five or six times, I have come to a conclusion.
You must enjoy anime and /or manga as well as plot to enjoy this game.
I read about ZOE in a magazine, and it stood out. I decided to pick it up a few weeks later, and I played through the entire game in a matter of weeks.
This videogame has extroadinarily long cut scenes, followed by midlength battle sequences. If you like story, great, if you like alot of shooting, not so great.
Don't pay attention to the E status on there, this has quite a few swears, and some adult situations, though you must understand that all of it is written.
I must urge those who say this game has no replay value to try it again. I have played three times so far, and I have gotten two different endings, though I am sure there are more.
If you want a videogame from Nintendo that encompasses all the aspects of life that people like to glaze over, death,..., and sorrow, then get it. I did, and found one of the only games by Nintendo of it's kind.
As I said, it's all about what you want. It all depends on you.

Golden Sun: The Lost Age - Game Boy Advance
Golden Sun: The Lost Age - Game Boy Advance
12 used & new from CDN$ 22.03

4.0 out of 5 stars More of the same..., Nov. 9 2003
...which can be good or bad depending on how you look at it. I've played through this game quite a few times, so please don't say I don't know what I'm talking about. The first gripe I have is that the update system from the first to the second game (now on known as 1 and 2 respectively). It's extremely frustrating to spend ten minutes copying down a six page code, and then, after having spent twenty minutes entering it in, fin out that one of the numbers you wrote in is wrong, which forces you do it all over again. If you have a game link cable, and an extra GBA, the your all set, but, the average joe (like me) doesn't. After you've entered in the code, which you won't lose until the very end of the game, you start off. If you've played the first game, there's not much new. Go around, learn new Psynergy, pick up Djinn, and be the righteous hero and help every citizen along the way. Not much beyond that. The main part I liked about this game is the plot, which seems to be lacking in every other Nintendo game. The plot is what stands out in this adventure. I won't spoil it for everyone else, but it is quite impressive. I love every bit of the story, that is, right up until the end. It really seemed to me that Reality was actually going to make an appearance in Nintendo, but I was sadly mistaken. Everyone's life is saved, and we're back to square one, with everyone happy and joyous, the only absentee being reality. I would really look forward to a new sequel in this series, however all I see in the future (reaing inbetween the lines on the ending), is some Baddie coming back who wants to rule the world, and The youngsters are plunged back into battle.
Conclusion
Music: 3/5 better than most, but not the breathtaking soundtrack you get in ZOE, the Fist of Mars.
Gameplay: 3/5 The best you'll find on the GBA now. The backgorunds are magnificent, and you can tell the producers at Camelot really put a lot of time into it.
Battle system: 2/5 Golden Sun never really had the most innovative battle system. It was always really plain. You attack, one of the enemies dies, they fight back, you get damage, you attack again and "fell" them (Nintendo loses points for not just saying killed. Reality, where art thou?)
Summons: 5/5 For those that don't know what these are, you attack with Djinn, then summon them as much stonger beasts. But, in this game, you really see fireworks. With many more summons, most of them being combination (nine mars, two mercury for example),they compose the best and only cinema sequencs in the game.
I'd buy it. In comparison to other Nintendo RPG games, it rules. But, for those of you who want reality, go pick up ZOE, the Fist of Mars.

Naruto, Vol. 1
Naruto, Vol. 1
by Masashi Kishimoto
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.69
120 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of a Legacy, Oct. 3 2003
This review is from: Naruto, Vol. 1 (Paperback)
Twelve years ago, there lived a powerful and fearsome fox spirit. This fox and its legendary nine tails caused devastation everywhere they went. But, when the fox traveled through the fire country, the shinobi of Konohagakure village (Village hidden among the fallen leaves) attacked Kyubi, the Devil fox. Together, with the help of the fourth hokage (fire shadow) they captured it and sealed it in newborn child. The fourth hokage died during the sealing, and the boy, Naruto, grew up with Kyubi sealed inside of him, unbeknownst to him. The third Hokage came out of retirement to rule. All of the people of the Konohagakure village shunned Naruto. He had no parents to love or love him back. He grew up alone, and twelve years later this manga starts.
This manga by Masashi Kishimoto has become extremely popular in Japan. Its unique art style lets you pick it out among all others, and unlike Dragonball and other fighting manga, this one plays out the battle with each kick, punch, and kunai thrown. This is a refreshingingly new way to present it.
Naruto is built around its memorable personalities. Naruto, Konohamaru, Sasuke, Sakura, Kakashi, Haku, Zabuza, Gaara of the sand, Temari, Kankuro, Orochimaru, Kabuto, Shikamaru, Chouji, Ino, Shino, Hinata, Jiraiya, Ebisu, Anko, Gai, Lee, Neji, Tenten, Princess Tsunade, and even Gama Bunta (toad boss) and his sons gamukichi and gamutachi. As each comes and goes, they are all remembered for what they did, and how they changed.
Naruto is a manga that has broken barriers, for the better.This has quickly become my favorite manga in Shonen Jump, and I'd recommend to any newcomer, and every seasoned veteran of manga.
As a last note, When and if the Naruto OST (song album) comes out, I would recommend it to anyone. The music is classic, and "Wind" by Akeboshi is a song that ranks way up there with "Tank" of Cowboy Bebop. Also when the Anime comes out, I recommend buying the subtitled version as long as it is not edited. No edited Anime is worth buying. It takes out the heart of manga, its realism. I've seen many screenshots of the Naruto anime and it looks awesome, so you should check it out. To make a note, I know many people are furious with Viz for butchering the translation. Yes, they did, but as the translation WAS approved by Masashi Kishimoto, I have no problem with it. For all those who want to read the actual names of techniques, you can go to narutoguide.com which includesoth the japanese and American names for the manga. Although it hasn't been updated in almost a year (wonder why?) It has every technique up to chapter one-twenty or so. So, if your bored reading "Art of the Doppeldanger", or the "Art of substitution", you can always head out there and enlighten yourself.

"Yu-Gi-Oh!, Vol. 1: The Heart of the Cards (Full Screen)"
"Yu-Gi-Oh!, Vol. 1: The Heart of the Cards (Full Screen)"
DVD ~ Dan Green
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 31.86
12 used & new from CDN$ 6.60

2.0 out of 5 stars It feels like a broken record..., March 28 2003
Yu-Gi-Oh, as most everybody knows, is an anime shown on the KidsWB recently and has become a smash hit. However, whenever I watch the show I feel like I'm listening to a broken record (hence the title). If you watch the first episode, you basically have seen the entire series. The basic layout of the show is; Yugi morphs into Yu-Gi-Oh, the entity hidden within his Millenium puzzle which is actually an egyptian pharoah who loved games. So, whenever the moment arises, Yugi jumps into action, the entity takes control, and they win the cheesy battly in an episode or two. If you really want to know how it really started, you should subscribe to the new american Shonen Jump (which is an excellent reproduction and a good move by the Japanese publishers) which has the original Yu-Gi-Oh manga in its original format and content. I enjoy the Manga more than the series as in the manga nothing is censored and the manga starts from the BEGINNING of the storyline, not a year later. All in all, this show has been over-done, in every perspective. There isn't anything remarkable about the animation or music, and the repeating storyline is ZZZZZZ. If your a fan, go ahead buy it, you like the story, so you can remember it for all time, but if you're spmeone who is looking for a good flick, you outta pass this one up. Just go get Shonen Jump instead, it's about five times better anyway.

Cowboy Bebop Volume 1
Cowboy Bebop Volume 1
DVD ~ Kôichi Yamadera
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 79.73
7 used & new from CDN$ 27.94

4.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of a landmark, March 28 2003
This review is from: Cowboy Bebop Volume 1 (DVD)
From long Jazz Riffs to bloody gunfights, Cowboy Bebop has, as many others have, redefined Japanese Animation. The most amzing fell you get is from the music that has been put in this anime. In fact, the producers thought the musical part of the series so important, they inserted 'Bebop' into the name. Bebop is the musical term for a series of comlex harmonies and melodies. There are times that you just can not believe the music. Overall, this anime takes a look at the darker side of the future. A bounty hunter, Spike Seigel, gangs up with faye valentine and a retired cop to make a living as a joined group of bounty hunters. I could liken the plot to a roller coaster, some of the episodes are just one-shots, they have no meaning or any real relevance to the overallstoryline, they just buff up the jazz and gunfights. But every few episodes an episode creeps along that actually does something, like defines the character's pasts. The basic animation is drawn in a much higher definition than most (I speak of most of the gundam series, and many other choppy animes) and when combined with computer animation, makes extremely detailed backgrounds and foregrounds. This peice was done very well, with good expertise and good employees. As a final note to promote all of you doubtful peoples, the ending epidodes of this anime are perhaps the most well done and filling ones I have ever see in an anime. They will leave you more. But if you ever do finish watching all of the episodes, your in luck, there has been some recent work on the Cowboy Bebop movie, Knockin on Heavens Door, which is already out in Japan and there have been arrangements to have it be e made in english.

Pokemon Ruby - Game Boy Advance
Pokemon Ruby - Game Boy Advance
7 used & new from CDN$ 41.66

5.0 out of 5 stars And the legacy continues..., March 22 2003
The next addition to the pokemon universe, an amazing adventure through a graphically rich new pokemon world. Pokemon games have had a tradition of adding one hundred or so new pokemon and moves to the mix, but this time gamefreak gave the layout and basically everything else a remake. The music is more realistically played and the graphics are more sharply and beautifully made. The new battle system is a wonderful experience that gives a sense of 'whole' while you are playing that the previous games did not. The new moves and Tm's are well made and amazingly put. One of the big plusses about this version is that the new pokemon aren't scarce at all, in fact it's a challenge just to see a chunk of the old pokemon, let alone catch them. A new battle system that is used whenever you fight groups and team aqua is well made. It is called the "two pokemon battle system" and involves your main and your secondary pokemon to fight against another group of two pokemon. This adds in some new strageties and techniques. The new pokemon are displayed in dazzling color and vary greatly. There are two main ways to play this game. You could play very quickly and mainly level up your main pokemon and finish in four days(as my friend did), or you could go slowly, leveling up slowly and catching the many new pokemon you find. This game is a good value, and is even better with Amazon's dicount, so what are you waiting for? Go out and get it!!!

Zoids:Volume 1
Zoids:Volume 1
DVD ~ Takahiro Sakurai
Offered by BuyCDNow Canada
Price: CDN$ 65.36
7 used & new from CDN$ 29.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but lacking something..., Dec 6 2002
This review is from: Zoids:Volume 1 (DVD)
This DVD is not one of the best made. It doesn't have Subtitles and it isn't even in any other language. Not even the animation is up to par. I watched the show on TV and even the animation on it was better. At times it seem that the producers had skipped over scenes to save money[in the 2nd episode the liger does strike laser claw and all it shows is it hitting the red comet an than magically flying in the air and landing on the ground]. Some people[like me] are strict otaku fans who can only have the original, un-messed-up-with version. For all you people who want a good quality DVD, search somewhere else. And for all the other Otakus you better look somewhere for the subbed version. All in all don't buy it unless your a fool who wants to know the story by wasting your money rather than reading it for free off the internet.

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