Month: April 2016

Weekly Review Konosuba

en12Hello there! Welcome for another week of anime reviews! This week we are taking a look at an anime series that I have just recently began watching, so this will be more of a first take or first impression review. I am currently five episodes into the series, and have a good grasp on what is going on in the story. Before you say it, yes, it’s another one of those fantasy, RPG-like anime series. I like them, so sue me!

Our story follows that of a teenager named Kazuma. He is your typical gamer, usually shuts himself inside of his room playing games all day, you know, the works. However, on this certain day, he decides that he will go on a journey. A magnificent journey that will take over five hours on a round trip bus in order to grab a very valuable possession… a new game, but a limited edition one! Upon exiting the bus, new game in hand, we see our main protagonist walking down the street and passing by a girl. After a few steps he turns around to see her about to get hit by a vehicle. Uncharacteristically, and he even says so himself, he pushes her out of the way to meet his untimely demise.

Enter Aqua. Aqua is a goddess that, “will help arrivals of an untimely end make a choice.” What’s that choice? Well, in her words, you can make your way up to heaven if you want, but it’s quite boring. However, she could also reincarnate you into a fantasy-like world! A parallel world if you would. She makes a smart remark about the population going down due to an evil king, which is quite funny. To sweeten the deal, Aqua tells our main hero that he can choose one thing that he can bring with him to this new world!

Obviously, that requires a lot of thought. The goddess soon becomes bored as she snacks on some chips and hackles Kazuma to decide faster. Fed up with her already, Kazuma announces that he would take her with him. First she thinks it’s a joke, then when another goddess comes to take her place, she sets into panic. Together, the two are sent into this fantasy world!

So that’s the basis, pretty generic stuff right? I know. I am actually still quite on the fence about this anime just because of that, but I am trying to keep an open mind. I mind it is a story that follows the same pattern as most lately. Just like all series, this one has its own little flare to it, which I can’t decide if I like it or not. It differs itself from Sword Art Online and Log Horizon as they are not trapped in a game, they are simply in a world that is like a game. It’s certainly no Grimgar, since this has a light, happen tone whereas Grimgar was dark and… well, grim.

I would say the one it has most similarity with would be Is It Wrong To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? Yeah, that’s a mouth full. They are both set in a real world that just had fantasy, RPG elements to it. Like skills, in both anime series the characters learn skills through leveling up and such. This anime, again, will differentiate itself based on the characters. Like most fantasy series, it has a harem sense to it, but not your typical one. The main male and female protagonists never share a romantic bond together, I know this since I looked forward in light novels to see they keep a platonic relationship, which is refreshing. As far as the other two that make up the harem, the main has nothing to do with them. So it’s nice to see this series step away from the fan service and cliche romance a bit, even if the female knight practically has an orgasm every fight… You’ll see what I mean if you watch it. It’s a little unnerving.

An Interactive Approach With Animation

en11Every type of online business wants a website which can captivate the audience through its design and appearance. How beautifully you can help people in understanding your content, depends on how you represent your content. People can grasp the animated content in a much efficient way than the static. They can also catch the meaning you want to make them understand through these animated sections of a website, without reading the content.

If you want to add animation into your website to attract visitors, then you can choose flash as the development technology. There are a lot of advantages of using flash for the development of your business website. This is the best technology for the people who run some kid-centric, multimedia, gaming, or fashion business. However, you can also use this technology to design your e-commerce portal. However, this technology is being criticized from a few years for the huge loading time and lack of compatibility with several platforms. Despite this, flash is still popular in the IT market for building attractive websites with animated effects.

The Way to Attract a Ton of Visitors & Let Them Simplify Your Message through Animation:

This is the best solution for businesses that wants to communicate the message in an impressive and effective way. Adding flash pages or animated banners, one can easily make the visitors understand the message. Interactivity is also on the top in the websites made in flash. You can dynamically represent any type of data to your visitors and can also add visual effects to enchant your visitors and let them understand your point in a very less time.

Content with visual and animation effects can be remembered longer rather than the text. Thus, it creates a good impression among your visitors. When well-written text content is combined with the animated and flash content, it simply increases the level of interactivity and helps in increasing the conversion rate.

Every type of business seems influenced by the effectiveness of the flash which it shows in terms of interactivity, animation, and visual effects. You can find few e-commerce business websites developed in flash and they are performing well in the market and grabbing millions of visitors’ attention with the interactive approach.

If you want to create a website for your business which can make a good impact on your visitors, then you should start searching a web development company which has expertise in flash development. A thorough research is mandatory for all business before hiring any of the web development company. You should check the online existence of the company first, and then find out the authenticity and reliability through the years of experience in the IT industry.

Weekly Review Erased

en10We’ve all had those moments, those moments where something goes horribly wrong and you happened to be there. In that moment you probably think about how you might of been able to change the outcome, if you would of just done something, anything, it would’ve adverted a disastrous outcome. Satoru Fujinuma is a man that has a very special ability; the ability to go back in time in moments that he could make a difference. He calls the phenomenon “Revival.” Unlike a superpower, he can’t control it. Whenever it happens, it’s more like a deja vu effect, except for the fact that he remembers what happened before the incident, instead of during or after, like most of us. He notes that Revival usually takes him back anywhere between five to ten minutes, at which point he knows something is about to happen and peers around his surroundings for anything out of place.

At this point you might be thinking, okay, well who is this guy? The basic run down is that Satoru is a manga artist and works part time as a delivery guy. There are hints that he isn’t very successful in his manga artist career as the first episode features his boss telling him he needs to be more “in it.” Other than that, he is just your normal guy that has done what he needed to to get through life at this point. He doesn’t keep in contact with friends, as he explains later that instead of opening up and making friends he put on a fake front in his childhood. The only person we really see him socialize with is his mother, who comes to stay with him. Well, I guess Airi counts, but he more or less brushes her off.

Let me give you a run down of what this show is all about. Naturally, since our main character features this sort of special ability, it’s going to be about that, right? Right, but in a very peculiar way. You see, Satoru comes home one day to find his mother murdered, this happens after an instance of Revival happens in which nothing apparent goes wrong. The crook, cleverly, sets it up so that Satoru is the primary suspect. Panicked, he runs. That’s when a very powerful Revival kicks in. You know how it is only supposed to go back five to ten minutes? This time it goes back eighteen years, to a time where Satoru is in elementary school.

I’ll save you the details, since you may want to watch the series on your own. However, the story focuses on two points in time, one more than the other: present time, where Satoru has been framed and is being hunted down, and the past where Satoru is an elementary school student, but right before a series of kidnap / murders is about to happen. The series focuses more on the latter, but hops back to the present a couple of times for a couple different reasons. The basis of the story, at least in the eyes of Satoru, is that this powerful Revival sent him back in time to this specific time to stop the kidnap / murders which is somehow linked to the murder of his mother. Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t remember much of elementary school. Satoru soon realizes this and comments on it at various times as he struggles to remembers his friends at this point and everything that is going on.

This story was surprisingly, and pleasantly so, gripping. The way things unfold, and the way that Satoru reacts to situations and attempts to defuse them, is truly marvelous. It is everything you would expect out of a mystery anime. I was afraid of this anime being dark, as I don’t fret much with the mystery genre, but the dark scenes are equalled by, if not outweighed, by light scenes. For instance, there are plenty of scenes featuring happiness between Satoru and his friends to combat the brutally dark and nerve-racking scenes involving the kidnaps / murders.

5 Tips for Creating an Effective Whiteboard Animation

en9Whiteboard animations require many innovative ideas, careful decisions and gutsy implementations. Developing a script and the entire pre-production planning stage before the creation of any type of creative work is one of the most important things that one must ensure to work on. Below are a few important tips for an effective whiteboard animation. These tips will enable you to create a great impression in the minds of your audiences and fans.

1. A great script is a must

As far as whiteboard animations are concerned, an average script will not do much favor to you. You need a great script and a one that can help you to create a major impression in the minds of the people or your audiences to keep it simple. Your story must be bought to life in an extraordinary manner.

2. Having a believable flow

Just like it happens in real life, your whiteboard animation should have a story line that is quite distinct in the middle, beginning as well as ending. This means that the videos should be short in order to keep the attention of the audiences. Your story must be told in such a manner that does not take very long to unfold so that the viewers can get a grasp of what you are exactly saying.

3. Having a powerful imagery

Powerful imagery and dynamic illustrations are always at the heart of a successful whiteboard animation. This means that one should ideally spend most of the time creating the images for the whiteboard presentations.

4. A captivating audio

Soundtrack is the heart of a film and same goes to a whiteboard animation. The audio tracks should be captivated in such a manner that they are able to create a very positive impression in the minds of the viewer or a normal audience. There are also a lot of character voice- overs that should be extremely believable and dynamic and this means that they should enhance and not detract from your work.

5. Concentrate on the background music

Background music can also be described as an essence to your whiteboard animation. This is because the viewers will be able to connect emotionally to your content. This means that the will be able to create a great memory as far as your animation is concerned and as a viewer this is what we require. It is one of the important things to remember.