Manga Review: $1,000,000,000,000 Game

Details: Currently ongoing. I’ve read about four issues. Also known as Trillion Game and トリリオンゲーム.

Score: 7/10

I’ve only read about four issues, but I already know that this is going to be one of those stories that I will keep up with. This story is from Riichiro Inagaki, author of Eyeshield 21 and Dr. Stone of more recent fame. $1,000,000,000,000 Game is a story about two very different people and their quest to obtain one trillion dollars.

The protagonists are two young men who are very different. One is a person who lacks any interpersonal skills, but possesses impressive computer programming skills. The other only possesses interpersonal skills and can lie and speak his way through any situation. The two decide to combine their talents and we watch as they pursue their dream of being filthy rich.

What I like about this story is that it’s similar to what I enjoy in other heist movies or movies with schemes/scams, which is we get to watch our protagonists use clever, unorthodox means in order to achieve their objective. In the case of this story, we get to see the protagonists create a business and do their best to fund raise investment for it, even though they don’t really have a business plan or idea in the first place. This is a scheme that commonly takes place in real life, which lends some believability to the story. If you know anything about Silicon Valley and how many of the tech giants of today became so large, you’d know that it was from raising investment, not through providing goods or services. All this is to say is that the story is, so far, well thought out and well researched enough to keep me very interested.

The art is also very interesting. It’s an older style of art, but with the detail you’d expect of more modern works. The artist is actually well known and has worked on a number of well known manga in the past.

Overall, I’m interested. I want to see what tricks they employ and a truly clever, believable plot that leaves me in awe at how much research and planning the author did in order to produce such a story. It’s still very early, but I’m eager to see where this story goes.

Video Game Review: Turnabout Reclaimed, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies

Details: Takes about six hours to beat according to howlongtobeat.com. More information can be found at http://www.ace-attorney.com/

Score: 6/10

Turnabout Reclaimed is downloadable content and an additional case that takes place sometime during the events of the main story. In this case, Phoenix Wright must defend a killer whale in a murder case.

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Movie Review: U.S. Marshals

Details: More information can be found at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120873/

Score: 6.8/10

U.S. Marshals is the sort of sequel to The Fugitive, one of the best action movies that came out of the 1990’s. While the story is completely unrelated to the protagonist from The Fugitive, it does take place in the same universe and retains Tommy Lee Jones’ character.

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TV Show Review: Jessica Jones, Season 3

Details: More information can be found at https://www.netflix.com/title/80002311

Score: 7/10

And so, the end to the Netflix-Marvel partnership has unceremoniously arrived. Disney has come out with their own streaming service, which means Netflix has been forced by Disney to shut down all their Disney related shows. Season three of Jessica Jones is the last of these shows. It’s a decent season and a sad farewell to these groundbreaking shows that tried to bring a grittiness to televised superhero fiction.

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