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Terra Formars Board Game Review, Promo Card Rules and Photos

If you’re a board-game geek and also an anime & manga fan you might have already heard of Yoka Boardgames, which is nothing less than the games division of Tsume SA, a well-renown company that specializes in design of high quality statues in resin, numbered and limited edition, most of them available for online purchase on their official website.

Tsume SA works with famous licenses from the Japanese entertainment universe, such as: Naruto Shippuden, One Punch Man, Saint Seiya, Bleach, Fairy Tail, Soul Eater, One Piece: whithin the last few years they are also gaining the attention of the mainstream gaming scene, as demonstrated by their recent work for the Assassin’s Creed brand under the license of Ubi Soft.

Estabilished in 2016, Yoka Boardgames is still a newborn in the board game industry, having released only two major games so far, both inspired by an highly-acclaimed anime brand: Naruto Shippuden: The Board Game, published within the fist half of 2016,  and now Terra Formars, which is already out from a couple months. Both of these games have been released together with Japanime Games and are receiving mild-to-good reviews by anime & board-game enthusiasts, as it can be easily seen by looking at their respective pages on the BoardGameGeek website:

In this post we’ll be talking about Terra Formars, based upon the acclaimed, award-winning horror-sci-fi seinen manga written by Yu Sasuga and illustrated by the talented Kenichi Tachibana, firstly published in 2011 on the SHUEISHA‘s Weekly Young Jump magazine and then released in a number of countries worldwide: the franchise has been so well received by the public than two original video animations (OVAs) were released in 2014, followed by two animated television series in 2014 and 2015 and even a live action film adaptation directed by Takashi Miike. For additional info regarding the project, we strongly suggest reading the Terra Formars official pages on Wikipedia and MyAnimeList.

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Terra Formars AMV: italian opening – Maledetti scarafaggi (Parody)

Togheter with our brief review of the horror-entmological anime we tried to imagine how an italian version of the opening theme would sound if the series would be distribuited by Mediaset, an italian TV network group who is responsible of many illogical adaptations in the past. We came up with an Anime Music Video featuring the song “Maledetti Scarafaggi” from the french series Oggy et le cafards (song is © Mediaset / RTI Music).

Terra Formars AMV: Maledetti Scarafaggi

The AMV is also available in Full HD on our YouTube channel at the following link.

Hope you like it!

Terra Formars: first impressions

The animated version of the action-packed seinen manga by Yu Sasuga is now halfway through. While 6 episodes ain’t enough to put togheter a full analysis we can already say that Liden Films is definitely saving their money here by putting togheter a rather cheap production featuring a fair amount of flaws. The biggest issue are related to the less-than-decent (to say the least) animation part: those who will watch this expecting the intense, frenetic combat movements featured by Sasuga are going to be disappointed by the extra-long (and mostly static) sequences of people talking here and there, whose apparently unique purpose is slowing down the interesting stuff. Curiosity and frustration will both grow really fast, yet the series constantly fails to exploit them with the few pure action sequences, which are torn to pieces almost every time by an high amount of poorly-inspired flashback and entmological explanations which, as great as they were in the manga, end up being rather frustrating in the anime. Adapting is harder than merely copying, and the series would’ve needed no less than that.

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The animated version of Michelle K. Davis is not even a match for its paper counterpart: you’re going to miss this chick big time.

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