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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

2012 was honestly a pretty good year for me on this site.  2012 has been the most active year I have had to date and I feel like 2013 will bring about more success and even greater content with my ambitions in tow.

This article is primarily to tell people my aspirations for  RoKtheReaper.com for 2013 and the new direction I am planning to go (It covers articles, networking, and aesthetics).

Please, stick around and read and let me know how you feel about the changes by leaving a comment below and anything else you may like to see added or changed to   RoKtheReaper.com.



Saturday, November 24, 2012


Anyone who has played video games can recall their favorite pieces of music from any given series and the magic they convey when heard.  However, what happens when those compositions in all of their glory are redone in a way that puts even the best Overclocked Remix to shame?  You get FamilyJules7X, the most talented video game musician cover artist I have ever heard.

After listening to him many times and finding myself a regular visitor to his YouTube channel, I had to contact him in an attempt to get an interview.

Come read as I ask him 20 questions spanning from what drives him to make such amazing video game covers to his ultimate goal as a musician.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


The announcement of a revamped Devil May Cry without the original story and original look of the main protagonist caused an uproar (I should know, I was part of it).  However, Ninja Theory has been constantly improving the game and showing it off whenever possible in order to gain back the support and belief of loyal fans of the series, yet it still faces many negative reviews on the cosmetic changes alone.

A demo for DmC: Devil May Cry is set to go live on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 for download six days from now on November 20th.  This article is going to explain to you why I believe CAPCOM and Ninja Theory are putting out this demo, and why I believe it is an equivalent of an all-or-nothing gamble that could very well make or break this game.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Monty Oum is my favorite animator because of his work on "HALOID, Master Chief vs Samus Aran" and "Dead Fantasy, Dead or Alive vs Final Fantasy"; Not to mention that he is also the lead animator of the Halo Fan Series "Red vs Blue".

Browsing Facebook I saw that my friend Diego had posted a trailer for something called "RWBY" and said that Monty Oum was a part of it, clicking on the trailer I also saw ROOSTER TEETH was involved and after watching the trailer I could not contain my excitement.

This article is going to be talking about what this series could mean for Monty Oum as well as what I believe RWBY actually is and what could happen if this is big enough.

Thursday, November 08, 2012


Top 5 Tuesdays is a series that focuses itself on my top five anything on a given subject that is directly related to either anime, gaming, or manga.

I have already told you my Top 5 women when it comes to the world of anime and manga (Check it out  HERE!), but I have not yet gotten a chance to tell you my favorite ladies when it comes to the world of video gaming.

In this article I want to reveal just who those ladies are, and I will tell you why I herald each of them as my favorite by highlighting their unique individual qualities and overall significance from my perspective.  After the jump is going to be the full article, and feel free to let me know which girls you favor as well!

Monday, November 05, 2012




One of my favorite past times as a gamer are the times I would play Snowboard games, they were just so much fun.  The ones that stood out the most to me were Snowboard Kids and 1080 Snowboarding for the Nintendo 64, SSX Tricky for Playstation 2, and as of lately, SSX for the Xbox 360.

Coming upon Avatar Snowboarding, I thought it would be pretty cool if my avatar could snowboard because I did my best to make it look just like me; I love the other snowboarding games but it did not have anything like a "Create-a-Character", so this was probably going to be as close as it got.

Well, click below for my full review for "Avatar Snowboarding" XBLIG review!

Sunday, November 04, 2012




Okay, all right.  I know that I do not normally cover movies unless they are anime-related, however this one focuses upon gaming which is one of the three pillars that this site was founded upon, I had to do it.

WRECK-IT RALPH was a must watch for me the minute that it was announced; making it a "must watch" should come as no surprise since it focuses on the life of a video game character and features guest cameos by popular gaming characters. 

Going to see this movie I had different feelings throughout and came to a final decision about how I feel about the movie towards the end of it, so, without further delay, I give you my review of Disney's WRECK-IT RALPH!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012



Zombies have infected a town and the military are under strict orders not to engage to lose any more men.  You, being stranded in the city, must now help to halt the zombie apocalypse.

Zombie Driver HD is the bigger and better version of Exor Studio's "Zombie Driver" which debuted on PC in 2009.  It features more levels, which means more mayhem, and to top all of this off it is now presented in High Definition.

I man up and get behind the wheel of various vehicles in an attempt to help rid a city of its zombie infested population.  Come with me as I review and tell you all you need to now about Zombie Driver HD by Exor Studios for Xbox Live Arcade!


Monday, October 15, 2012


Happy Wars is the first of its kind on Xbox Live, and by "First of its kind" I mean that it is a F2P (Free-to-Play) game with all the features you would expect from a paid Xbox Live Arcade title (And I am talking about a full release game, nothing like Dorito's Crash Course here!).

Happy Wars was developed specifically for Xbox Live by Microsoft Studios and Toylogic Inc. and is promising devastating comical warfare in chaotic 15-vs-15 player games.. all while being absolutely free.

I am going to review this game in full and tell you all what you can expect from Xbox Live Arcade's first Free-to-Play Game.  This is my review of Microsoft Studio's and Toylogic Inc.'s Happy Wars!


Friday, October 12, 2012


CAPCOM has kept up a steady stream of High Definition re-releases of their fighting games with Super Street Fighter II Turbo: HD Remix, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Marvel vs Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, and even Marvel vs Capcom: Origins.  So it is no wonder that one of their most beloved classics would see a return in DarkStalkers Resurrection that comes with DarkStalkers 2 and 3.

What I want to do in this article is tell you why I am personally hype for this release and cannot wait to get my hands on it again.  In addition to this, what the significance of an HD might be in telling us what future could hold for the DarkStalkers franchise...and how DarkStalkers Resurrections' performance could directly effect that.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012


Top 5 Tuesdays is a series that focuses itself on my top five anything on a given subject that is directly related to either anime, gaming, or manga.

AMV's (Anime Music Video) have been around for some time and as a big fan of anime I have seen MANY.  There were some really good, some really bad, and some that were in between.  However, there are a few that stood out. I find myself always going back to watch them because they were so well made and carried such emotion that they just stuck in my mind.

Today for my Top 5 Tuesday I will be sharing with you my five favorite AMV's of all-time and tell you why I love them so much; I am hoping that you think they are just as great as I do!  


Tuesday, October 09, 2012


Fighting games are back and are bigger than ever. Streams, tournaments, sponsorships, and large cash pots which include money from the developer of that game shows just how mainstreams fighting games are becoming. 

PerfectLegend is no novice when it comes to fighting games, having been part of the scene for many years. However, many of us are able to see and know who he is for the first time because of the large jumps the Fighting Game Community has made. 

Come with me as I ask this 3-Time Evolution Fighting Game Champion about his thoughts, approaches he takes on his games, and ultimately what has driven him to become one of the best players in the world.



Wednesday, October 03, 2012


With so many games getting re-releases in the form of HD remakes it was only a matter of time before we seen the revival of one of SEGA Saturn's most memorable title, "NiGHTS into dreams...".

Your goal in this game is to take control of Claris, Elliot, and Nights in order to save Nightopia from the the evil ambitions of Wizeman the Wicked who is the ruler Nightmare.

Never owning a Sega Saturn when I was a kid, I only got to play this game from time-to-time when Toys R Us had it on display, but that all changes since it is being released for the Xbox Live Arcade. I am pleased to bring you my review for the HD remake of the SEGA classic "NiGHTS into dreams..."!

Thursday, September 27, 2012


Maki Aikawa is a taller than usual girl known as the "Air Master" for her mastery over aerial combat.  She is a street fighter aiming to reach her true potential and to find the same pressure and intensity she relished when she was a child.  She continues to fight opponent-after-opponent, each more powerful than the last in the hopes of finding "herself".

The anime known as "エアマスター Air Master" came into my view a couple of times; but it was not until I saw it on the Crackle app on my Microsoft Xbox 360 did I finally decide to give it a shot on if it would be an anime I liked or not.

So now, I am bringing to you my review of Yokusaru Shibata's "エアマスター Air Master".


Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Back in the Playstation 2 days, TEKKEN Tag Tournament was one of my favorite fighting games and was the best TEKKEN game EVER in my opinion.  

Since the initial release of TEKKEN Tag Tournament  the series has gotten more sequels, more characters,  new game play mechanics, and now they are all put together in The King of Iron Fist Tag Tournament 2.

This editorial will cover everything you need to know about this game in an in-depth review.  With over 50 characters, new moves, and a robust amount of game play modes at its disposal; let us see if it can match the greatness of the original game with a new modern flare for a new age of Tag Tournament.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Everyone knows that I am a fan of the old school Resident Evil games; specifically 1, 2, 3(Nemesis!), and Code Veronica.  I liked the cliche scenarios that those games offered.

However, the new Resident Evil games, which actually not changing much in terms of game play, never thrilled me with their plot.  Though, I might have just been too stuck in my old ways and too stubborn to enjoy the new things.

With the Resident Evil 6 demo I am giving the latest iteration into this IP a chance since I was not so kind with the previous ones, starting with Resident Evil 4.  Read as I give my impression of CAPCOM's Resident Evil 6 Public Demo!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Top 5 Tuesdays is a series that focuses on my top five anything on a given subject that is directly related to anime, gaming, or manga.

Manga and Anime are the two main things that opened me up to Japanese culture, and what better attraction to read a manga or watch an anime than an awesome girl character?  Well, it is very easy to see how a female character that makes a mark can easily increase one's interest.

With my history of watching anime and manga I have come across many female characters, but only a few make up my personal list of favorites.  Go ahead and it the jump to see my favorite female anime and manga characters!

Sunday, September 16, 2012


This entry is going to be about the website and some things associated with it.  The things I plan on talking about are plans I have for expanding the website and some issues I am trying to work through in direct relation to RoKtheReaper.com.

I hope you will take the time to look through this and see what plans I have in store for the future of RoKtheReaper.com, plus somethings I just want to talk about and some of the difficulties that I have in being a solo reviewer on a site for Gaming, Anime, and Manga.

Hit the jump for more details and feel free to leave comments or suggestions for ways to help below.  Thank you.


Saturday, September 15, 2012


Bayonetta ベヨネッタ is from the original creator of Devil May Cry, Hideki Kamiya.  It was no surprise that Bayonetta quickly became one of my favorite games of all-time and my own personal "Game of the Year" for its release in 2010. 

As soon as Bayonetta 2 was announced you would not believe my hype!  The game I have been waiting for is now finally a reality!...But that hype soon died as soon as I heard "exclusive" for the Wii U.  Yup, I said it and you have read it.

Read this article to find out why this is a great move by NINTENDO to nail this as an exclusive for their console, but why it could turn out to be a terrible choice by SEGA and Platinum Games.


Thursday, September 13, 2012




Fighting games are among my first passions when it comes to gaming and unfortunately, not every one is naturally good at them, myself included.  However, with hard work, dedication, and a little bit of "know-how" most can reach above average status fairly easily and can at least win above half of their total matches.

This editorial will focus around 5 tips I believe will help out a vast majority of new fighting gamers, as well as though that have been playing for a while and just have no idea where they are going wrong.  Do not get me wrong, I am by no means Daigo "The Beast" Umehara or Justin Wong; but I think I will give sufficient knowledge to help out these who want to get better!  So take a look!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


My most beloved gaming series of all time is CAPCOM's Devil May Cry, even more so than EPIC's Gears of War, and that is saying a LOT.  

CAPCOM and Ninja Theory shocked the world (In one way or the other) with the release of a redesigned Dante with a different origin and reason for fighting than our previous badass half-demon in DmC: Devil May Cry.

What I am going to do is analyze from then to now what I like and dislike about the game in terms of graphics, presentation, character portrayal, fighting mechanics, and where I think this game is going with the direction Ninja Theory is taking it (Story Line included). Coming from a hardcore Devil May Cry fan, this is one article of mines you will not want to miss!  

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Umineko no Naku Koro Ni first came to my attention from the doujin-style fighting game based off of it called "Ougen Musou Kyoku X", I had to know where the origins of such a game came from.

Taking an interest within the game, and wanting to know more about the origin of the one really elegant looking character (Beatrice, the Golden Witch seen here in the main picture), I delved into the anime head first!

Phoenix Wright style finger-pointing, plenty of murder mysteries, endless scenarios, trickery, witches, the blurring of lines between fantasy and reality with high-level arguments to boot; I give to you my anime review for うみねこのなく頃に Umineko no Naku Koro Ni!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012



This website was founded for the delivery of anime, manga, and gaming content from myself to all of you.  It was made by the premise of me being able to talk about the things that I live and bring it to everyone.  I have had bumps to go over and mountains to climb but I like the look of my website and I do not plan on going back on hiatus anytime soon.

This announcement is to tell you on my plans for the future, what I am going to try and do with the site, and also a few of the upcoming articles I really want to give you all to read.  Comments, suggestions, and any other things you can think of that could possibly help me are welcomed.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Top 5 Tuesdays is a series that focuses on my top five anything on a given subject that is directly related to anime, gaming, or manga.

Being a huge fan of anime and manga, there is no doubt that I wish I could collect statues of some of my favorite characters, including statues that are well made and do justice to the original character.  Even though statues for anime and manga come in a variety of formats, (Hard Resin, Cast Iron, etc.) the most common one is PVC or Polyvinyl Chloride (A combination of plastic and vinyl).

I plan on becoming a collector in the future and I want to give you the Top 5 PVC statues I have on my list to get the second I am able to do so!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012



KuroYami started the Ultimate Ninja Storm series back in the summer of 2011. Since then he has become one of the most prominent players in the game, being herald as one of the top players in Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2.

Now, not long after its release, KuroYami has risen as arguably the best player in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations and is known as "The Puppet Master" for his one-of-a-kind use of Kid Kankuro.

I managed to catch up with him and sat him down long enough for an interview in between his training of others and sparring in matches.  I wanted his thoughts and opinions on the Ninja Storm community as well as how he got to where he is today.

Monday, May 21, 2012


GamesAbyss was the website I wrote for before I made RoKtheReaper.com.  I was introduced here by my friend Raikugensho, and though I did not stay long, I wrote a couple of pieces and reviews that I want to put here for everyone to read.  Things from reviews of Hard Corps: Uprising, talking about gaming in the main stream media, even an article talking about CAPCOM's greed with Downloadable Content.

I always try to give my all when I write articles, though, some of the ones here show how I was very "green" when it came to gaming editorials, but it shows a good sense of my foundation.

Feel free to comment on which ones are your favorites and which ones are your favorites.

Sunday, May 20, 2012


Soft Circle French-Bread フランスパン is best known for their hit doujin fighting game "Melty Blood" with their latest iteration  "Melty Blood: Actress Again Current Code" being released in 2010.  However, seems they wanted something bigger and better it would seem by deciding to create an entirely new game that could compete in the same genre as all the other HD fighters utilizing the current gen technology; thus,  Under Night In-Birth (アンダーナイト インヴァース)  was born.

In this article I am going to attempt to cover everything I know so far; from system mechanics and character archetypes, to background details and musical ambiance,   to how I feel this game is shaping up in its totality as a fighter.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Manga Entertainment was founded by Andy Frain, which current headquarters rest in Los Angeles, California in the United States.  This company is more known for anime than manga, distributing it in various countries.

An application just recently launched on Xbox Live which allows for the watching of anime in full length movies, clips, and episodes with no extra cost as long as you have an Xbox LIVE gold membership, which is a fantastic deal.

I am going to upon up this application and see if it is everything we expect for it to be, or if the fact its free on Xbox LIVE means it is lackluster.  Read inside for details!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012



Top 5 Tuesdays is a series that focuses on my top five anything on a given subject that is directly related to anime, gaming, or manga.

Sometimes we love a game a lot and want the developers to further the story or give us a more enhanced experience by tweaking and adding additional content in a new game...sometimes we do not always get what we want, but that does not mean that we want it any less.

Today, I want to give you the Top 5 sequels I want made for some of my favorite games, some of which may never become a reality.  Come see what games will automatically make me empty my wallet if they are announced!

Friday, May 11, 2012



Akai Katana Shin 赤い刀・真 is a Schmup (Shoot em' up), "Bullet Hell" type game that originally debuted back in 2010 is getting an HD port and is now making its way to the Xbox 360 on May 11 (Europe)/May 15(North America) 2012 from CAVE Interactive (Known for its manic schmup games like DoDonPachi).

In this 2D Shoot em' up you are a small rebel group fighting against a tyrannical empire who have harnessed the power of the Blood Swords; powerful weapons that require human sacrifices and in turn, grant their users power.

This is my little look into Akai Katana Shin 赤い刀・真, CAVE's HD port for Xbox 360.

Thursday, May 10, 2012


Anarchy Reigns (Max Anarchyマックス アナーキー  in Japan) is the next big thing coming from Platinum Games;  known for working on Vanquish, Bayonetta, and the upcoming Metal Gear Solid: Revengeance (Formerly known as Metal Gear Solid: Rising).

This is a beat-em-up brawler that is fashioned more akin to how Power Stone played back in the days of the Dreamcast, bringing back instant nostalgia and instant feelings of excitement.

Having just found out about this game, I want to talk about what I already know, what I hope from the game, as well as exactly what I am already liking/disliking about this title thus far.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012



Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is one of the anime that most people consider to be a "classic", I finally watched it for myself in order to find out why and if it would live up to the hype.

Come with me as I review I join Kamina, Yoko, Simon, and the rest of the Dai-Gurren Brigade as they kick off with momentum and kick logic to the curb, breaking free of their limitations and embarking on a journey to determine the fate of the Universe.

Through heartbreaks, impossible feats, and the motivation to pierce the very Heavens themselves, I am proud to bring to you my review for the nontraditional mecha anime phenomenon...
天元突破グレンラガン Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Evolution Championship Series or "Evo" is held every year in Las Vegas, Nevada (Since 2005) and is one of the longest ongoing fighting game tournaments and is one of the most, if not the most, popular.  Evo is kind of a international Superbowl where challengers all over the world go to compete for the glory of being called the best within their respective fighting game.

For the 2012 Circuit, the main games have been chosen as well as the locations to earn Evo points for seeding.  Being six games overall, I want to talk a little bit about each of them and also what games that did not make the cut I think should have made it.  Anyway it goes, I am hyped for the 2012 Season of Evolution Fighting Game Championship Series.

Monday, January 02, 2012


With the release of Street Fighter IV we began to see fighting games pull back to the forefront.  We saw the return of old faces and an influx of new ones, some of them you see constantly and never know who they really are. 

You have probably seen her at tournaments, on live streams, or being teamed up with some already established names in the community; but really, who is Sherryjenix?  In this interview I want to do my best to cover this and also analyze what has given her the love for Street Fighter that causes her to compete and aim to be one of the top players in the community.

A car lover and fighting game fan, hit the jump to check out my full interview with Ms. Jenix.

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