Joining the Game of Thrones finale hype: Secret of Mana is getting remade, and Bojack Horseman season 4 is ready to depress us.
Man, did you see that Game of Thrones finale?
Wow, what a finale! I wonder if a seasoned, intelligent Game of Thrones fan would be willing to leave a ~200 word analysis laying around that anyone could use for their own purposes. You know, not for me or anything, just wondering for a friend.
That’s right, it’s another installment of This Week In Hype, bringing you all the thoughtful insight and analysis you’ve come to expect and more. Oh boy.
The Game of Thrones season 7 finale rocked our socks off. Or maybe it didn’t. You tell me.
Alright, this is it! The internet is going crazy over that season finale of Game of Thrones, and that means I gotta… I gotta…
Fine, I admit it. I have watched zero episodes of Game of Thrones. I have read zero words of the Game of Thrones books. I know, I humbly relinquish my nerd cred and admit my utter failure. I swear I want to, and I’ve been meaning to! But, you know… that’s a lot of stuff to catch up on.
That said, this is This Week In Hype. I can’t sit here and write about Japanese video games I happen to be interested in every week. So, I owe it to all of you to talk about Game of Thrones, as that is clearly where the hype is. That said, I still don’t want to spoil too much for myself, so I’ll base all my thoughts on headlines I’ve seen about this final episode.
Okay guys, so during that episode of Game of Thrones, everything happened. Jon Snow was up to his usual antics. Or, they might have been unusual antics. Either way, something sneaky was going on. There was a guy who made a face, and that really stole the show as far as I’m concerned. A wall was involved, and it was a big deal. Oh, by the way, someone died. I bet you guys didn’t see that one coming in a show like Game of Thrones! Overall, this was definitely a finale to remember, and to quote actress Maisie Williams, I give it a closeup gif of a face out of 10.
I bet Game of Thrones fans are going to really be pleased with my work here.
SNES Classic RPG Secret of Mana is getting a surprise remake.
Oh boy, it’s time for me to sit here and write about the Japanese video game I happen to be interested in this week!
Last week, Square Enix released a surprise teaser trailer for a 3D remake of Secret of Mana. Now, Secret of Mana is one of those games that you either wouldn’t care about at all, or would be deeply nostalgic for if you were a gamer during the 16 bit era. The original game, developed by then-Squaresoft, was a cornerstone of the SNES library that introduced many gamers to the RPG genre. It combined the storytelling and RPG elements of the Final Fantasy games with an action combat system that capitalized a bit off of the popularity of The Legend of Zelda. But more than that, Secret of Mana boasted detailed and imaginative artwork, impressively atmospheric music that pushed the Super Nintendo’s sound capabilities, and it even featured up to 3 player co-operative play. Despite being released in 1993, Secret of Mana remains a unique adventure that fans still joyfully revisit to this day.
Naturally, the news of the remake released to a lot of hype and fanfare. Yet with that came some trepidation. In particular, the generic mobile-esque artstyle raised some eyebrows, especially when compared to the gorgeous 2D sprite-work of the original title. That said, there’s also a lot of room where a Secret of Mana remake could dramatically improve the experience. Secret of Mana infamously had a bit of a troubled development, with the original game needing to be rebuilt from the ground up with almost half of its planned content cut. In fact, it’s amazing to think the finished product still wound up being such a pivotal title in gaming history in spite of this. If this remake managed to iron out those rough edges or maybe even implement some of that cut content, then this would be a remake for the ages. It’s a bit unlikely, sure, but I can dream. Either way, I anticipate I’ll be picking this one up at launch.
The Secret of Mana remake will be officially released on February 15th, 2018.
Bojack Horseman is ready to make us laugh and cry all over again.
Rounding out this week’s hype is the Netflix exclusive that we’ve all been waiting for. That’s right, Death Note is finally available for streaming!
Seriously though, the trailer for Bojack Horseman season 4 is here, and I both can’t wait and am dreading it. For those of you who haven’t watched Bojack Horseman yet, it’s a show that’s much darker than it appears. Yes, it is an “adult cartoon” that uses its premise as an excuse to make an onslaught of animal puns. Yet underneath that is a depressing character study of the show’s titular protagonist. Bojack is just charming enough for you to relate to, but is ultimately self-destructive in almost every other way.
Sometimes its played for laughs, but most times its deeply serious and even heartrending. The show has juggled the drama and comedy pretty well so far, but by the end of season 3, you really start to see each character’s faults really come to a head. I can only imagine that season 4 will only get a slight bit better before it gets a whole lot worse, and who knows if the damage that is done will even be possible to undo at this point.
That may sound bleak, but regardless, I’m really looking forward to it. I want to see how this story unfolds, and I’d definitely recommend anyone with a Netflix subscription to give it a chance. Yes, it does start off like a zany adult comedy about animal puns, but just remember that it’s a “dramedy” and stick with it. Spoilers: don’t get too attached to any of Bojack’s friendships.
Woo, this week’s hype sure was a long one! I mean, when you’re this much of a Game of Thrones pro, you tend to get a little long winded with your hard hitting analysis. Stay tuned to Gemr for lots of hype in the coming week. We’ve got a ton of awesome and exciting content coming your way, so don’t miss out!