About Deacon

I like to call myself a watcher of anime and player of video games. I've been a fan of anime all my life and will give any type a chance. The same goes for video games, but I find myself playing fighting games more often than others.

Pokemon Sun and Moon Details.

Details about the newest Pokemon games have been announced. And just like we assumed, the names are Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. Other than a release time, being holiday 2016, there wasn’t much else announced. Nintendo did announce that you will be able to transfer Pokemon from Red, Blue and Yellow version of the game from the virtual console using the Pokebank. Time to get that Mew and Mewtwo into the newest game and teach them how much Pokemon has finally changed. If you have the time, I suggest you watch the announcement trailer down below.


With nothing else really announced, we are left to speculate legendary Pokemon names and designs and world designs. I always find myself kicking myself in the butt for having sold my 3DS in the past and might find myself buying another one just to play these games. Let’s see what happens. If you happened to miss the live stream, you can catch it down below. it is a little over a half an hour so you don’t have to dedicate major time to it.

And don’t forget. The Pokemon hype doesn’t stop here. The official Pokemon twitch channel will continue the hype on Saturday by live streaming Pokemon game play and discussing it’s influence on pop culture. I might be mistaken, but I want to say that there will also be a 24 hour live stream of the Pokemon Tv show. Check out the live stream tomorrow.


Naruto Storm 4 Review

With the Arrival of Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, I have found myself extremely busy playing the game. I beat the story mode and adventure mode in a little under seven hours and would have put countless hours into online mode, but we will get to that. Side note. This will probably be a pretty lengthy article. I’ll leave a TL:DR at the bottom for you. I’m also writing this assuming the reader knows at least who the main characters are. Sorry, but I won’t be going over the whole Naruto lore for you. Look that up because I don’t have a whole year.


I have been a fan of Naruto since it first started airing in the US oh so long ago. I started playing the Naruto Ultimate Ninja franchise back when it first came out on the PS2. I have about 13 years invested into this franchise to say the least, so you can understand me wanting this game to be the best in the series. At the same time, I won’t let myself be blinded by my love and time investment . This game has some terrible parts to it, while also doing many things right. Just for the sake of ending on a good note, lets start off with the bad. Just a heads up. I’m not hating on the game or anything by starting out with the bad things first. I just don;t want to end the article on a sour note. And don’t get it wrong. I love ever one of the Storm games.


Typically when you get a new game, the first thing you are going to do is jump right into story mode right? Well be aware that if this is your first Naruto Storm game, then you are not going to have any idea what the heck is going on. In the past iterations, there has always been a kind of recap to catch you up if you don’t know what is going on. In this last entry to the Storm franchise, you are kind of on your own. Yes they try to give you a recap, but it is kind of cryptic if you don’t know what they are talking about. If you have no idea who the characters are, you end up thinking the story is about two different people than it really is. That’s ok. I can kind of forgive that if you make it up in the actually story right? I mean obviously you can convoy the rest of the story well in engine right? No. The whole first have of the game is nothing but a slide show. Imagine if you tried to animate inside of PowerPoint. Yeah. That is the whole first have of the game. I mean, I guess that isn’t the end of the world. Say you can get over that. This is your first time hearing anything about Naruto and the sideshow for the first have of the game doesn’t bother you. You are excited and ready to follow the story to see what is happening. Well, good luck keeping track of everything. There are some pretty big holes in the video game. Having watched the anime, there are some parts that are missed in the cut scenes and would leave you wondering “Ok. Who is that again and why does he look like that now. And how did they get there. I thought they were there”? It just turns into a giant mess after a while. If you can get over those three things, then this might be the game for you. Don’t worry. This game isn’t just full of things I find bad, and I can prove it right now.


Storm 4 was adapted into a game from an anime. If we use movies that were turned into games as a reference, then we know the adaptation idea doesn’t always work well, but Storm 4 did it very well. Having seen the anime, and manga since the anime hasn’t finished up yet, it stays true to the source material. I brought up the first half of the game being a sideshow. Well, the second half of the game if animated with the in game engine and looks very beautiful. This whole game is extremely pleasing to the eye. The particle effects. The bloom. The animation. Everything comes together and just makes this game looks absolutely beautiful. Don’t get me started on the amount of playable characters. Storm 4 has the biggest roster of any Storm game to date. It is so big, it is sometimes hard to choose. I find myself often times getting lost in the selection screen. Having the option to choose characters that are PTS (Pre-Time Skip) is a great option as well, which can make for some awesome team combinations.




All in all, Storm 4 could have been better, but that doesn’t mean it is a terrible game. I’ve spent about 12 hours in single player alone. I will be writing another article about online play. From my experiences in the past, I decided to give a little time to see if they could fix the coding and all of that. Do I recommend the game? Have you seen the anime or read the manga? If so, then I totally recommend it. Are you a fan of fighting games? Then totally get it. If you wouldn’t call yourself a fan of fighting games and if you have no idea what Naruto is about, then I would stay away from it. At best I could give it a 7/10, and that is being a little generous. Who knows. The season pass might help it out. Only time will tell.

The DICE Awards

With the 2016 Dice Awards over, we can go over the winners and what we think. Here we go.

Game of the Year:

Fallout 4 – Fallout 4 has given me some of the best gaming moments I’ve seen in a long time. The mods are amazing in that game. Anything you can think of, you can get into the game. And with the DLC coming out soon, there is only more of a reason for me to get back into the game.

Adventure Game of the Year:

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – I’ve yet to play this game, but from what I’ve seen, it looks amazing. It looks like one of those games where you can just go wonder out for hours and do anything you want. Kind of like GTA V.

Action Game of the Year:

Star Wars Battlefront – Being the newest game in the franchise, Star Wars Battlefront brings back the memories of me sitting ont he couch with my best friend playing battlefront games for days. If you have yet to try this game out, you should go out and try it.

Mobile Game of the Year

Fallout Shelter – Fallout shelter has killed my phone so many times. Before the release of Fallout 4, we needed something to keep us sane until the release. Cue Fallout Shelter. This managed to not only hold me over, but also made me forget about the release until it was time to play it.

DICE Sprite Award

Rocket League – Is there anything else I need to say about this game? I’ve talked about it so much that I don’t think I need to sing its praises anymore. If you have yet to play this game, go pick it up and give it a try. The game just came out on Xbox one so if you’re reading this Psyonix, I wouldn’t mind a code so I can review the xbox one version. Wink.

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

Ori and the Blind Forest – Bigger and tougher than it looks, Ori and the Blind Forest is a beautifully realized, brilliantly designed, and at times brutally difficult sylvan Metroidvania-style platformer with enough charm to leave a lasting impression. It’s often frustrating and sometimes confusing, but its spectacular platforming, memorable world, and engrossing story wash those concerns away. [1]

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

Ori and the Blind Forest —

Outstanding Achievement in Character

Rise of the Tomb Raider for Lara Croft – Rise of the Tomb Raider raises the bar set by Lara’s last outing with a rollicking adventure story, strong villains, gorgeous vistas, and smart puzzles – go off the main path to find the best stuff in dastardly optional tombs. Though the mandatory combat doesn’t distinguish itself with challenging enemies unless you crank up the difficulty, Lara’s newfound versatility on the battlefield makes fighting a lot more fun. Once again it’s Lara herself, however, who steals the show, her complex ambitions and hardened resolve showing new sides to a character who has well and truly grown from survivor to the most fascinating action hero in video games today. [3]

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

Ori and the Blind Forest —

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

Star Wars Battlefront —

Outstanding Achievement in Story

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Though the straightforward and fetch-quest-heavy main story overstays its welcome, the option of joyfully adventuring through a rich, expansive open world was always there for me when I’d start to burn out. Even if the plot isn’t terribly interesting, the many characters who play a part in it are, and along with the excellent combat and RPG gameplay, they elevate The Witcher 3 to a plane few other RPGs inhabit. [5]

Outstanding Technical Achievement

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt —

Family Game of the Year

Super Mario Maker – Super Mario Maker is a great way to mark Mario’s 30th birthday, but it’s not concerned with being an overwrought history lesson. Instead, it’s a celebration that folds three decades of Mario into one accessible, powerful creation suite. The perpetual joke at the end of every 10 Mario Challenge run informing you that the Princess is in yet another castle hints at Super Mario Maker’s bigger promise: There will always be more levels to play thanks to the online creation community, and a virtually endless pool of challenges to overcome. [2]

Fighting Game of the Year

Mortal Kombat X – Being my favorite fighting game franchise, I pre-ordered the collectors edition of this game just for the statue. I love the mechanics and the lore of this game. The controls feel good and tight while playing. The strings you can pull are pretty simple, but can become very complex depending on you skill level. If you even remotely like fighting games, get out there and play this game. 

Racing Game of the Year

Forza Motorsport 6 – Like a big bucket of Hot Wheels brought to life, Forza Motorsport 6 is first-order car porn for the automobile obsessed but remains an accessible and exciting racer for those who just want to drive fast in something red with a horse logo on it. It’s spinning its wheels in a few areas but what’s here is undoubtedly some of the finest racing you can find on console and easily worth the upgrade from Forza 5. [4]

Role Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year

Fallout 4 —

Sports Game of the Year

Rocket League —

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

Heroes of the Storm – Blizzard leaves little breathing room between the sharp peaks and deep valleys of its fast-paced MOBA. Fighting to win is a blast in Heroes of the Storm because the playmaker heroes are incredibly fun to play, each with their own distinct skills that synergize with the other classic characters. However, most of Heroes of the Storm’s short rounds are utter blowouts due to an aggressive focus on base-obliterating objectives. [6]

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Handheld Game of the Year

Helldivers – It isn’t the prettiest game you can play on PS4, PS3 or Vita, but Helldivers is one of the most exhilarating, and you’ll get all three versions for the price of one. It pits you against seemingly impossible odds, arms you with a powerful, diverse toolset, and empowers you and a group of people to put the pieces together – and they all fit together beautifully. [7]

Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay

Rocket League —

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt —




Spoiler Alert: RWBY Volume 3 Episode 11

Spoiler Alert for RWBY is finally here.

We open up with Ruby on the airship the Roman ended up breaking out of thanks to some help from Neo. After killing a Grimm that tried to attack her, We see Neo take a picture and send it to Roman. He walks out to see what he can do about the problem.


While that is going on, Blake is now forced to confront someone from her past that I don’t think she is ready to face. Adam is running a muck in the cafeteria, he confronts her saying that they were supposed to spark a revolution within the world. Adam is about to kill an innocent person, but Blake steps in to stop him finally standing up to Adam. Will it be enough though?


With all the students deciding to stay and fight for their school, we see them all holding back the Grimm and the robots that have now been corrupted by Roman. It is amazing to see them fighting for their school, while some don’t even go to school there but also decided to stay and fight. At one point, Nora pushes Ren out of harms way and gets hit. Ren only gets distracted by the fact Nora was hurt, and ends up getting hurt the same way. Coco says that now is the time for Velvet to do her thing and we finally get to see what Velvets weapon is.


Well, it turns out that Velvets weapon has to do with all the pictures that she has been taking. She holds out her hand and Ruby’s scythe forms in her hand and she starts to use it. My jaw hit the ground when she forms Weiss’s weapon. Then Yangs. then Blakes. It keeps going and going from Coco’s to Sun’s to even Penny’s. It was amazing, but she is caught off guard and gets smacked by one of the robots. Everyone provides covering fire for her, but Weiss decides to actually protect her. She runs up in front of velvet and holds her rapier out to try and protect her but what happens? Weiss was finally able to summon, just like she was practicing earlier in the season with her sister. It may only be an arm of, what i suspect is the knight she fought in her trailer, but it is a start, and it was at the perfect time.


We cut back to Ruby on the airship. The fight with Roman and Neo commences and it looks like Ruby doesn’t stand a chance. Neo and Roman are just an amazing team giving Ruby no breathing room. At one point, Ruby is hanging on the side of the ship. She gets the chance to open up Neo’s umbrella and she gets marry poppins’ed and floats away on the wind. Ruby uses this chance to gain some ground on Roman, but it doesn’t really work. Ruby is beaten back and things are starting to look Grimm for her. See what I did there….ok. While Roman is in the middle of his speech about how he will always thrive in the world, he is eaten by a giant Grimm. And just like that, Ruby won the fight. She ends up taking the Grimm down into the airship and destroys it. As it falls out of the sky, all the controlled robots end up dying and making things a lot easier.


While Qrow and Glenda are protecting the city and killing the extra Grimm and robots that are still around, Ironwood shows up. He basically wipes the floor with everything in the area. After a small misunderstanding between him and Qrow, we learn what happened. Roman had token over all of ironwood’s machines with that black queen virus (what I am calling it). Ironwood says that he needs to get back to his ship for something and we then see his ship start falling out of the air.


While all this is happening, we see Juane and Pyrrha underground with Ozpin running to the fall maiden. With Juane asking all these questions about why this place is under the school, they finally make it to the chamber. Pyrrha jumps into the chamber while Juane stands watch. Ozpin starts the process and you see what we assume is Amber’s aura being taken out of her and put into Pyrrha. Once she starts yelling, Juane comes to check up on her. As soon as Juane moves, that is when Cinder comes and shoots Amber right in the chest. that is when everything goes to heck in a hand basket. Cinder absorbs Amber’s powers. Juane, probably knowing there isn’t anything he can do, attacks Cinder and is pushed back. Pyrrha forces the door off its hinges and tries to attack as well, but Ozpin stops her and tell her to bring Ironwood, Glenda and Qrow and that she would only get in the way. With that, Pyrrha and Juane leave to go get help.


With the robots defeated, Yang finds Weiss and asks if she has seen Ruby or Blake. She says she hasn’t seen Ruby but Blake went off in a different direction. Yang takes off to find Blake. Meanwhile, Adam is telling Blake that he is making it his life’s mission to kill everything Blake cares about. that is when Yang walks up outside the cafeteria yelling for Blake. Adam says he is going to start with her, and stabs Blake in the stomach. Yang hears he screams and goes super sayin. She jumps towards Adam without giving it a second thought. That is when Adam pulls out his sword and slices Yangs right arm off. A moment of silence for good ol’ righty. Blake jumps in from of her before Adam can do anymore damage and manages to escape with Yang…so yeah. that is episode 11. I know I am totally late on this, but thank you for being patient. These episodes have just been super crazy and I can not wait to finish up the series. Be ready because it is coming soon.





Spoiler Alert: RWBY Volume 3: Episode 10

Haven’t seen the episode? catch it here – http://roosterteeth.com/episode/rwby-season-3-volume-3-chapter-10

RWBY is just getting better and better with every passing week. We are getting to the point where I am no longer able to call what is going to happen from episode to episode and really am anticipating what will happen in the episode that week. When we last left off, Pyrrha had just finished off Penny and the grim are invading the school. No one really knew what was going on, and I think that is still true to.

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When we start this episode, we see Blake and Weiss running through the fair grounds seeing all the destruction that the grim have caused already. Just when they realize what is going on, Yang calls them on their scroll. Yang lets the two of them know that the White Fang have invaded the school. The three of them decide it would be if they all go to the docks to see if they can try and stop them before they make it to the city.

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We go back to the arena where Pyrrha is still confused about what happened. With Penny still in pieces on the floor and a Nevermore about to break into the arena, Juane jumps into the arena to try and get Pyrrha out of there, but both of them are blow away by the force of the Nevermore landing. Right when the Nevermore was about to attack Pyrrha and Juane, Ruby jumps in front to protect them and stabs them with one of Pennies swords. Sidebar, I feel like it would only be right if Ruby took one of Pennies swords and made a completely new weapon to use. Kinda like paying homage to Penny. The Nevermore is finally killed thanks to some help from the rest of the students. Everyone’s favorite is there from Ren to Flynt Coal. All the students make their way to transportation to meet with Ironwood. Ironwood tells the students that they have 2 choices. They can either stay and fight to protect their school or they can take a ship to safety and that no one would fault them for leaving. Naturally, they all decide to go to the school and fight to protect them.


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We cut to Roman Torchwick in the ship he…commandeered last episode. With help from Neo, Roman now has control over the Robotic forces that Ironwood was showcasing earlier last season. While Ironwood is flying the ship, the knights turn on him and we see him falling out of the sky. When Ruby sees this, she jumps out of the ship and lands back in the arena. With all the left over lockers, she puts in some command on the keypad, and the locker takes off. She holds onto it for dear life as she lands onto the ship Torchwick is on. At that point, Torchwick tells Neo to go see what is going on. The question we ask our self is…Can Ruby beat both Neo and Torchwick?

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While all this is going on, Blake and Weiss have been fighting White Fang members and corrupted knights. Once they realize that there is just too much going on, they split up to see if they can cover more ground and help more people in the long run. Blake goes towards the cafeteria and ends up seeing an old friend. You guessed it. She comes face to face with Adam finally. What is going to happen? But that is not it. While everyone is fighting, we start to see the ground tremble a little. After a little bit of time passes, we see a mountain start to crack open. A dragon…A DRAGON. A FREAKING GRIM DRAGON POPS OUT OF THE MOUNTAIN! Not only a grim dragon. This dragon drips black ooze that spawns more grim when it touches the ground. HOW DO YOU FIGHT THAT?! I say it every week, but I think it is more obvious this week but this has to be the best episode of RWBY yet.


Spoiler Alert: Kono Subarashi Episode 2

I know I am late with review of Kono episode 2, but I have just been super busy last month. Sorry about that. Lets get started.

Last time when we left off, Aqua and Satou both promised to take on a kill quest to try and start making some real income to live on. The quest the both decided on seems like a simple one. Kill five giant toads in three days. Seems simple enough doesn’t it? One of those quests you would take on when you first start an MMO or something along that nature. Turns out it is a lot harder than you would think. These toads are actually giant, spanning at least three or four times taller than Aqua or Satou. After getting eaten, Satou is able to to kill two and save Aqua from the giant toads. being done for the day and feeling defeated, they both decide to go back to the guild and regroup.

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Feeling beaten and wondering if the two of them really can do it all by them self, they decide to put up a flyer trying to recruit some members into their party. Aqua thinks just because she is an Arch Priest, they can limit those who join the party to people of higher ranks. After half a day of waiting around, someone finally comes up to them. A little girl by the name of Megumin, who happens to be a Crimson demon, offers to join their parts. She talks her up as this wonderful Mage who uses explosive magic, but Satou and Aqua are taking it all as a joke and laugh her off. After yelling at the to get her point across, they finally take her serious and help her register with the guild and set out to finish that kill quest.

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As soon as they get back to the field with all the giant toads, Aqua runs off looking to get revenge for yesterday and ends up getting eaten again. Satou is forced to go save her. While he is saving Aqua, Megumin gets down to business. She starts concentrating and focusing her energy on one toad. For a while, I assumed she was going to wiff the shot or something but now. This little girl proves that she is the real deal. The sky starts getting dark and this toad explodes. It was amazing. Unfortunately, she is only able to use that spell one time. After both Megumin and Aqua get eaten again, Satou saves them both and carriers Megumin back to the guild. Turns out, Megumin is able to use any magic type she wants, but she refuses to use anything other than explosive type magic and because of that, she is kicked out of every other party she joins. After making a scene about some obscene things in front of some other ladies, Satou decides to keep her in the party. After getting back to the guild, Satou learns he went up four levels and they each made 36,000 of…what ever the currency is. Not sure if that is a lot or not. No idea what inflation is like in that world.

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While Satou is doing math in his head about how much they would need to start making progress towards their goal, this awesome looking high ranking female knight walks into the guild and takes a look at their flyer looking for high ranking people to join the party. She walks up to Satou and introduces herself as Darkness. Seh blushes and starts stuttering while she asks if she is still able to join the party. Episode over.

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Kono if quickly becoming one of my favorite shows out right now gunning for my first spot. I guess we will have to see how the rest of the season plays out. We might have a new champ.



PS Plus Games for February

You got PS Plus? You wondering what the games for February are? Don’t worry. I got you. Here is what you can look forward to this coming month.

Grid Autosport, PS3 – It’s all about the teams, the rivals & the race in an intense world of professional motorsport. Racing alongside a teammate, overcome key rivals & satisfy team sponsors in ferocious races where every pass & position counts. In a huge career, specialise in your favourite racing discipline or conquer them all feel the aggression of the pack in Touring Cars, race Open-Wheel cars with precision, manage tyre wear in Endurance events, show car control in Tuner events & react on the fly in Street races.


Helldivers: Democracy Strikes Back , PS4, PS3, PS Vita – HELLDIVERS™ is a hardcore, cooperative, twin stick shooter from the creators of Magicka. As part of the elite unit called the HELLDIVERS, players must work together to protect SUPER EARTH and defeat the enemies of mankind in an intense intergalactic war.


Lemmings Touch, PS Vita – Get to grips with all new ways to play, using the touchscreen control system as you guide a bunch of the carefree, unsuspecting rodents through superbly detailed levels filled with devious pitfalls and hazards.


Nom Nom Galaxy, PS4 – Welcome to Soup Co., Astroworker! After crash-landing on an alien planet, explore the environment, create huge factories and ship delicious batches of soup into space to earn gold for weapons, vehicles and more!


Nova-111, PS Vita – NOVA-111 is a sci-fi themed turn-based adventure game with a real-time action twist. Explore alien worlds and combat fiendish alien creatures in your quest to restore the flow of time, all in the name of SCIENCE!


Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, PS3 – ATLUS and Arc System Works team up once again to produce the next deadly broadcast on the Midnight Channel! The P-1 Grand Prix tournament is barely over, but the P-1 Climax has already begun. A mysterious red fog settles over the real world and the Persona-users assemble anew to apprehend the culprit once and for all. The time to settle accounts has come.


Lazer Team: A Review

Lazer Team has managed to garner some amazing press in its time as a project. when the movie was announced back in July of 2014. You heard me right. I, personally backed this project back when it was first announced. After waiting almost two years, the world was finally able to see the movie in all its glory. I will keep the spoilers to a minimum for this review, as many of you might not have seen the movie or maybe this is the first time you have heard of it. Well, here go.


Lazer Team is a movie about four guys who are in the right place at the wrong time really. Two guys, played by Colton Dunn and Gavin Free, are setting off fire works in Texas. With there being a burn warning, Burnie Burns playing the local sheriff, turns his lights on and heads over the  fireworks with the school quarterback in the back of his cop car played by Michael Jones. If you don’t recognize these names, they are all in house talent of Roosterteeth with the exception of Colton who has worked on “Key and Peel” and also plays on “Superstore.” While setting off these fireworks, one hits an UFO and it comes crashing down. Being…human beings, they end up checking out the craft and finding these pieces of alien weaponry. With all of them putting on one piece, the pieces are locked onto them and won’t come off. Turns out, these pieces were destined to be put on by the earths strongest human in order to protect the earth from what seems to be an alien invasion. Losers get their planet blown up. lazer-team-alan-ritchson-facebook

That is as much of the story I feel I can share without getting into spoiler territory. Now, what did I think about it? Well, It is kind of hard to give a completely unbiased review, but I will try my best. First off, the visual effects tell you that this was their first movie. During the movie, there were points that I had to force myself to not comment on the effects. Don’t get me wrong. The effects were not terrible. They just stuck out a lot. The actors were great. Wasn’t to fond of Gavin forcing the American accent. I think it would have been better had he just been a foreigner or staying with someone. I just feel that his strength was acting and not the accent. tumblr_ne151ne5c41u0f7ygo1_500

The story overall was pretty good. It grabbed you early with the premise and managed to keep me interested long enough for me to develop emotional bonds with the characters. At that point, I was invested in this movie no matter what happens. The character development was there, I just don’t know if it was finished. At some points in the movie, I feel every other character takes a back seat to Burnie’s character only to be brought back five or ten minutes later. Other than that, I had no problems with the movie. As a Roosterteeth fan, I LOVED IT! The great thing about this movie is you don’t have to know who Roosterteeth are to enjoy this movie. I would recommend you see it if you enjoy silly cult classic type movies. lazer-1280x720-5ST

Spoiler Alert: Prince of Stride Episode 4

Prince of Stride episode 4. Here we go. Side note, I only discuss parts of the episode that I feel is necessary to the story. I cut out things that I think don’t add anything to the story. Don’t worry. I don’t cut out things that are crazy important.


So this was a Ayumu heavy episode. We saw him last week chicken out when it came to jumping over the obstacles in the race, so why not develop his character in the beginning of the season. After learning their opponents are the Mihashi Stride team, Heath demonstrates a technique called vaulting, something that we all must be familiar with by now. After Hozumi goes up and demonstrates a variation of the vault, Ayumu tries and barley makes it.

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After practice, Ayumu asks Hozumi if he could stay a while longer and help him with learning to vault. Hozumi agrees to help him out. Try after try after try, we see Ayumu start to get a grasp on the idea of vaulting. Cut to the event. After walking the line of the race, everyone decides to go back to the hotel and enjoy the hot spring for the night. Everyone…except Ayumu who is now where to be seen. Turns out he found a shortcut for later in the race.

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Now, the race is starting. Right before the race starts, Riku’s opponent turns to him and asks if he is Tomoe Yagami’s brother. Riku says that he is. When the race starts, Riku takes off, but not for long. Rounding the first corner, he enters a tunnel that is going up hill. By the time they come out of the tunnel, Riku fell to second place. This is pretty much the tone for the rest of the race. Up until we get to Ayumu, we have been in second place. When it is Ayumu’s time to shine, he is starting to doubt himself just like last time. The only difference is that he stops doubting himself. He knows that he has to pull through for his teammates. With the last push, he blasts through the uphill part of the race, and splits off from his opponent.

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Now…If this was a conventional anime, He would make the dangerous jump with ease and have a four second advantage on the last relay…But no. This is real. We see him jump  off screen and then we see blood splatter and then silence. After a couple minutes of no response, the other team things they have it all but won. Then, we have a response from Ayumu. All he can do is concentrate on making it to Hozumi. Hozumi takes off and sees Ayumu hurt. Putting aside his personal feelings aside for a moment, he realizes he can’t let Ayumu’s injuries be in vain. Hozumi speeds up to catch up to his opponent.

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The race is all but over. With Hozumi sprinting like a bat out of hell, Honon Stride Club wins the first round and moves on to the next. Hozumi immidetly turns around and runs back to go check on Ayumu. As Ayumu gets driven away by an ambulance, the team goes home and rests up for the next race. And with that. The episode is over.