Thursday, 29 March 2018

New Asylum Ratings.

So as you may have noticed from the past couple of reviews, we've been trying to develop a new rating system, instead of using the bog standard number based rating systems.

We've tried to inject a wee bit of Scottish humour/personality into each tier, based on the fact we're Scottish - in case you hadn't already realised, ha.

The new ratings are, as follows:

Absolute Belter
- The best rating we could give.

Get It Bought!
- Still a fantastic rating, just not the very top.

Gie it a Go!
- Either borrow it from a friend, or wait till it drops down in price.

Eh... *shrug*
- We're teetering on the fence between it being good or bad. Not really a great sign. Not really a shite one either.

Boring as Baws.
- Just not good enough to keep us interested. At all.

Bodyslam It.
- So bad we want to bodyslam it into the trash. 'nuff said.

These are subject to change, as we try to perfect the new system. We take great influence from many of our favourite reviewers, including the wonderful JeremyJahns and amazing Caddicarus

If you have any feedback or suggestions on things you'd like to see from us next, then let us know in the comments below.

- V x

Asylum Reviews; My Hero Academia Season Two Part One [Bluray].

As big fans of the first season of My Hero Academia, we were super excited to be able to review the first part of Season Two for you all. If you've seen Season One, or follow the manga, then you'll know that it follows the story of a young boy named Izuku Midoriya. Set in a world where superpowers, known as Quirks, are common, he has none. That is, until he meets his idol: the amazing All Might. In Season One, we see All Might pass on some of his Quirk to young Midoriya, who is finally inching closer to his dream of becoming a hero.

Season Two picks up soon after Season One left off, after the students of Class 1-A had to take on The League of Villains when they invade USJ in their attempt to kill All Might, with them proving their true power after defeating most of the villains. The students of U.A. High School are now competing in a Sports Festival to see who comes out on top. It's a fantastic way to show off a lot of the Quirks that we either didn't get to see much of in Season One, or haven't yet seen at all. It's full of emotional moments and really gets you to feel for the characters. A lot of teamwork between characters is shown, as well as them having to push forward, forgoing their friendships during each round of the challenges in order to give themselves the best possible chance at getting that Number 1 spot.

There are more than a few moments during the Sports Festival where we have been sitting on the edge of our seat, as the scenes are action packed. Similarly, the dynamic shots and interesting angles have returned from season one, which really adds another layer to an already amazing show.

We get 12 episodes in Part One of Season Two, and they all consistently deliver us fantastic insight into the characters and their quirks, as well as a fair few moments that leave us struggling to decide how we feel about certain characters - do we hate them for being an asshole, or do we just feel bad for them?

There is a lot more focus on one character this season than we'd seen in Season One: Shoto Todoroki. He'd been given a place at U.A. High School through recommendation, rather than through the Entrance Exam. His Quirk is split right down the middle, with half of his body being able to create and utilise Ice, and the other, Fire. This developed him the nickname (or rather, derogatory name, coming from Bakugo) of IcyHot. A lot of his backstory is explored, and it really does give a whole new side to the character. His reasons for not wishing to use his Fire side, and everything that stems from his childhood really adds a lot to him in the show.

Just like with Season One, the episodes are highly addictive - being only 25 mins or so long, and you'll want to just keep watching until you've seen it all, which believe me, left us gutted when we came to the end of the discs - Part Two can't come soon enough!

An extra little bonus of the Bluray is that it includes a Special Feature, classed as Episode 13.5, entitled "Hero Notebook" which serves as a quick recap of Season One. Perfect to watch to remind yourself of the main points if a lot of time has passed before moving on to Season Two. Other Special Features include 11 "Inside the Episode" featurettes, as well as an interview with Chief Animation Director and Character Designer, Yoshihiko Umakoshi (Berserk).

Again the voice acting is superb, with Christopher Sabat (a household favourite of ours) voicing All Might and Justin Briner doing a brilliant job as Midoriya. The rest of the cast are all fantastic too, I don't think we could pick a single one that stands out as bad. The soundtrack is very well fitting too, and really adds to the atmosphere of every single scene.

Not much is seen of The League of Villains throughout the first part of Season Two, bar a few snippets, but we expect that this will change as we move over into Part Two. The groundwork has already been laid with the extensive delving into the main characters, so what we really need to see now is more of the enemies - particularly Tomura Shiguraki (voiced by the amazing Eric Vale) whose Decay quirk is truly devastating (and he's creepy AF), and a new mysterious villain, Hero Killer.

Shiguraki - you can't tell me he ain't terrifying.
In the end, we're extremely looking forward to Part Two's release, and of course Season Three, which is just about to air in Japan (and get a SimulDub across the US/Canada, UK/Ireland and NZ/Australia via FunimationNow). If you're looking for a new anime to check out, we'd highly recommend giving My Hero Academia a shot. And as with Season One, this gets a Collecting Asylum rating of:

Absolute Belter!

Available on Monday 2nd April 2018, you can get it from Zavvi on both Bluray (£29.99) and DVD (£23.99) - get yours now!

Have you watched My Hero Academia yet? What did you think about it?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Asylum Reviews: My Hero Academia Season One [Blu-ray].

We watched this a while back, but never got a chance to fully review it, but with the release of Season Two Part One on bluray coming soon, what better time to do it!

A new favourite anime has been added to the list here in the Asylum:

In a world where most of the population is now born, or grow up with, superpowers known as Quirks, the story revolves around Izuku "Deku" Midoriya, a "Quirkless" boy whose one dream is to become a hero.

The very likable and relatable character of Midoriya has wished since childhood, to be like his idol All Might (voiced by Christopher Sabat), the "No 1 Hero" - whose Quirk, known as One For All is the most powerful. As one of the 20% of the population to grow up without their own Quirk, he feels that he couldn't be further from his dream, so instead studies Quirks, keeping notes in his diaries and truly obsessing over All Might. A chance encounter brings him and his hero together, bringing him closer to the destiny that he desires.

Drawing comparisons to Naruto, Izuku is accepted into U.A. High School - the high school of heroes - and the story revolves around the inner workings of Midoriya growing up in a world of heroes. The show has a lot of emotion and deep stories, making this easily become one of our new favourite animes. A Shonen Jump release, we would consider this to be this generation's Naruto. 

With a wide variety of characters, the series has many other tricks up its sleeve with all of their different Quirks - again similar to Naruto with all of the different Ninjutsus. And with heroes come villains, each of them being deeply unsettling. As well as the villains, we have the protagonist's allies, and their rivals (albeit still on the side of "good"). Allies such as Tenya Iida (J. Michael Tatum) who has "Engine" as a Quirk, allowing him to use his super-charged legs for insane speed and power, and Uchaco Uraraka (Luci Christian) who can make anything she touches float, and rivals such as childhood friend/bully Bakugo "Kacchan" Katsuki (Clifford Chapin) who excretes nitroglycerin from his palms (creating massive explosions on command) really brings a lot of depth to the story and gets you emotionally invested throughout.

Personally, we really love the look of every single hero (and villain) as they are all so varied in their appearance and ability. The powers shown are so different to what we've come to expect from "Superheroes" as there's more to offer than just the standard abilities, with some that will really leave you thinking about what Quirk you could have if you were in this world!

One gripe that we have about the show is that the villains, whilst menacing, aren't fleshed out enough throughout the season. This is most likely down to the fact that with only 13 episodes, they wanted to focus more on the main character of Midoriya and his backstory, leaving villains open for further seasons, but it still leaves you wishing more had been shown. The rival students at U.A High however are done really well. Bakugo and Midoriya have had their rivalry since childhood, with them always being a sort of Yin/Yang of each other. Bakugo: the hot-headed one and timid, Quirkless Midoriya balance each other out in a way, and that really brings a lot of credibility to their characters, and while Midoriya is the main character and you of course feel a lot of support for him, you still feel for Bakugo.

I am here! - All Might
All of the characters, bar the villains are well developed, which really lends itself to how addictive the series is. We really enjoyed seeing them in all of their costumes and learning about them and their quirks. We are really looking forward to what Season Two has in store for us.

Overall, we were thoroughly entertained throughout the entire season and would definitely recommend anyone to check this out. It gets the Collecting Asylum rating of:

Absolute Belter!

What did you think about My Hero Academia?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Entries to the Asylum; Monday 19th March 2018 - Sunday 25th March 2018 [Week 12].

Remember I said that I was waiting on a bunch of stuff but felt like nothing was arriving... well it seems the postie probably hated us on Thursday, as tonnes seemed to show up at once (including Ni No Kuni II a day early!).

Tuesday 20th March 2018

- Sea of Thieves [Xbox One][Digital].

Thursday 22nd March 2018

- Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom King's Edition [PS4].
- Penitentiary II Limited Edition [Bluray].
- Star Time Limited Edition [Bluray].
- Prey Limited Edition [Bluray].
- Filth Steelbook Edition [Bluray].
- Hot Tub Time Machine Steel Pack [Bluray].
- One Hour Photo Steel Pack [Bluray].
- Juno Steel Pack [Bluray].
- You're Next Steelbook Edition [Bluray].

Saturday 24th March 2018

- Children of the Corn Special Edition [Bluray].
- Far Cry 5 x Mondo Edition [Xbox One].
- Far Cry 5 Preorder Bonus "The Book of Joseph" [Merch].

It's been a while since we last received a game earlier than release (unless for reviewing purposes), and we ended up with two this week, as Far Cry 5 has made an appearance too, despite not being released until next Tuesday! Definitely looking forward to getting into it, as Far Cry 3 was my favourite game of that year, but Far Cry 4 kinda let me down. We bought Far Cry Primal but I didn't ever bother with it because of how much Far Cry 4 put me off. I've been really looking forward to Far Cry 5 though, so I'm really hoping it re-ignites my love for the series.

What new stuff have you had arrive recently?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Entries to the Asylum; Monday 12th March 2018 - Sunday 18th March 2018 [Week 11].

Another quiet week for Entries to the Asylum, but still one that I've enjoyed the arrivals, of course!

Monday 12th March 2018

- OK K.O Let's Play Heroes! [Xbox One][Digital].

Wednesday 14th March 2018

- My Hero Academia Season 2 Part 1 Pre-Production Discs [Bluray].
Yes there's a review coming shortly!

Friday 16th March 2018

- Der Todesking Limited Edition [Bluray].

Finished all of MHA S2 Part 1 in a few days, and I loved it. We really enjoyed Season 1, so were super excited to be getting to review Season 2 Part 1. Gutted that Part 2 isn't out for another few months, but it will be worth the wait.

What new things have you had this week?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Entries to the Asylum; Monday 5th March 2018 - Sunday 11th March 2018 [Week 10].

Not a lot of arrivals this week but I think the recent weather has played a part in that!

Tuesday 6th March 2018

- Immortal Redneck [Xbox One][Digital].
- Fido Mediabook Edition [Bluray].

Friday 9th March 2018

- Life is Strange: Before the Storm Vinyl Edition [Xbox One].
- Life is Strange: Before the Storm Chloe & Rachel Figurines.

I'm a big fan of Life is Strange, and really enjoyed playing it first time around. When Before the Storm was announced, I was dying to play it but loads of things just kept getting in the way. I'm partly glad that I didn't buy it digitally now since they've brought out this gorgeous edition, so will definitely be getting stuck into it ASAP!

I know I said this last week, but I really hope the deliveries pick up again soon. Feel like we're waiting on quite a lot to come, and yet none of it is here yet - haha!

What new stuff have you received this week?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Entries to the Asylum; Monday 26th February 2018 - Sunday 4th March 2018 [Week 9].

The so-called "Beast from the East" storm this past week has severely limited the number of deliveries we've had. The snow got really bad on Tuesday night, and led to everyone in my work being sent home at 1pm on Wednesday - which is pretty much unheard of!

Here's what came this week!

Monday 26th February 2018

- Jigsaw Steelbook [Bluray].

Yep, that's it. I mean, some weeks can be completely quiet/not have anything due out, but it feels like there should have been more getting delivered this week.

Thursday and Friday were both snow days, and the snow is still lingering even now. Hoping it all clears up soon so that we can get back to our usual deliveries :)

What stuff have you got this week? Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Asylum Unboxing: Gris Special Reserve Edition [Switch].

Another of the recent deliveries from Special Reserve Games is this stunning edition of Gris. One of the things that I really like abou...