One Piece Color Walk 1+ 2 Review

Color Walk Review Cover

One Piece is an anime series that likes to take it’s characters to new places with new things to see. In every arc, there are new characters, new pirates to beat up, and new places to explore each with their own theme and colour palate. Suffice to say an anime series based off a manga with a versatile tenure in aesthetic should produce some damn good art books.
For this review I’ll be looking at the first two Color Walks.

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Wave 4 Amiibo Lucina Review

Lucina Review Cover

I don’t think we could have predicted the whole world going amiibo crazy with ridiculous mark ups by scalpers on “unicorn” rare amiibos. But when the quality of amiibo can fluctuate between Merth and newly reprinted Marth, balding villager, and factory defect turned super unicorn rare akimbo Samus, reviewing amiibos may have to come with some discretion. The Fire Emblem characters have been notorious for having the derp face imprinted on an otherwise solid figure, will Lucina suffer the same fate?

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Udon’s Art of Capcom Complete Edition Review

Udon Art of Capcom Complete

Udon has been around for 14 years, working closely with Capcom to produce comics, art books, and video games and bring us closer to our favourite franchises. I’ve been a fan of Udon ever since Kotaku wrote a post about their first art book Udon’s Art of Capcom. It was big, bold, and showed that Udon’s artists could creatively meld our favourite world warriors, school fighters, and evils that go bump in the night. Now they’ve collected both Art of Capcom volumes and coupled them with a few more bits and bops from other art books to produce this massive volume; Udon’s Art of Capcom Complete Edition.

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September Sakura: Street Fighter Legends: Sakura Review

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The Street Fighter Legends series serves as side stories to the main story line being crafted by Udon based on the popular Capcom fighting games. Each character got four issues and a trade paper back. What I like about the Legends series is that its fun. There’s no world ending story or deep meaning behind each attack, just simple problems needing simple answers. Sakura is the star of the first Street Fighter Legends book so let’s see how it matches up to her last outing as a protagonist.

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September Sakura: Street Fighter Sakura Ganbaru! Volume 2 Review

Sakura Ganbaru

Mike Zaimont, creator of the indie game Skullgirls, when asked why he didn’t change the name of game since there were two male DLC characters, responded

“the same way Capcom can still call it ‘Street Fighter’ when they fight inside”

And its true. For all the Street Fighting Street Fighter boasts, there’s not a lot of action on the streets. There’s jungles, shrines, temples, airfields, but rarely do brawls ever occur on the street. The same is true in Sakura Ganbaru! Volume 2 where we go on a jet setting adventure on the search for ‘that person’ a.k.a. Ryu.

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September Sakura: Street Fighter Sakura Ganbaru! Volume 1 Review

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Street Fighter is very accepting in terms of allowing people to participate in it’s world championship tournaments. Not to the extent of Tekken by allowing animals to compete but still, Street Fighter accepts fighters from all walks of life, fighting style, gender, and sexuality. But I would’ve thought they’d at least set an age bracket for this urban kumite. People can get seriously hurt before they can even learn how to drive! This was my mindset after reading Sakura Ganbaru vol. 1.

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Marvel vs. Capcom Official Complete Works Review

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I’ve always been a fan of fighting games but more so the graphics. Pixel perfect key frames, fluid animation, and a large influence from manga and anime made it just as fun to look at, as it was to play. I consider Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes the pinnacle of fighting game sprite work. Not only collecting one of the largest fighting game casts to date but also turning western comic book heroes into video game sprites was absolutely darling. My latest purchase, Udon’s Marvel vs. Capcom Official Complete Work was inspired by my passion for these games and their art.

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Seconds Review

Seconds Cover

Seconds is the third graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley and seems to be marketed after the widely successful Scott Pilgrim series, his second graphic novel. Keeping a lot of details in the dark and only revealing brief snapshots of the art, Seconds had me feeling cautious but curious. I’m a creature of habit and relish in known conventions. ‘If Seconds wasn’t similar enough to Scott Pilgrim’ I thought ‘Then I’d probably won’t like it’. That was my mindset going in.

This review is spoiler free. I will try to refrain from mentioning any major plot points aside from what is mentioned in the blurb.

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Ebony and Ivory (Reloaded) Hoodie Review

Ebony and Ivory Cover

Insert Coin Clothing is an UK based online clothing store specialising in video game apparel. They have been commissioned by different companies to make limited runs of clothes based on famous video game series including; Resident Evil, The Last of Us, Sega and Dead or Alive. Devil May Cry is one of my favourite video game series so when Capcom partnered with Insert Coin Clothing, I knew I had to get my hands on one of their designs.

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