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Since Keith is still doing Kung Fu training in China at the moment, and I’m churning away on the next album in the shadows, here’s something from back in January to keep you guys awake.

If you like over-the-top action, martial arts, guns, and awesome, then check out “The Raid – Redemption” if you get a chance. It’s playing for a very limited screening time in a bunch of cities across the U.S. It’s John Woo meets Ong Bak, with a decent plot and an imaginative premise.

…The answer is Rage HD for iPhone/iPod Touch! It’s an amazing rail shooter from the people that brought you the classic Doom series.

The premise is simple. You are a contestant on Mutant Bash TV, a game show where you must survive wave after wave of horrific, bloodthirsty mutant freaks, all for cash and prizes!!!

The gameplay is fast paced and relentless, and takes quick reflexes to survive. There is a certain rhythm to the gameplay that lends a sense of urgency to the whole experience. Timing is everything. Pick the wrong time to reload or swap weapons and this game can end pretty fast. Choose your targets wisely as you run and gun through rabid hordes, snatching up loot and ammo while you race for the finish line.

While launched with only three levels, the replay value is high, as the whole thing has an arcade-y feel that drives you to shoot for the highest score you can. The graphics are honestly some of the most impressive ever seen on ANY handheld. And at a measly two bucks, you’d be an idiot to skip this one!

Yeah, I know. I’m late to the party and all the cool anime/manga  super fans beat me to it. Do I care? Not really. Initially, I was hesitant because the first half of the series has a sorta cheesy j-pop rock style opening theme song (which I would find out is later replaced by a cool thrash/death metal song by Japanese shredders Maximum the Hormone). I’m so glad I made it past the first opening and actually watched the show!

For everybody else out there who let this gem slip under their radar, here’s the premise:

Overachieving honor student, Light Yagami, finds a notebook in the school yard, only to discover that if he writes a person’s name in it, they will die. This causes him to question his moral integrity. After all, if you were a jaded, overachieving, well-to-do suburban kid suddenly granted power over the life and death of everyone around you, how would YOU use it? Would you use it?

A twisted, 37-episode supernatural noir story of how power can corrupt, Death Note hits heavy from the beginning and never lets up. Part Dexter, part detective story, and all bad ass, this dark tale kept me hungry for the next fix like a crackhead with a pocket full of twenty dollar bills.

I could go on for hours on the plot twists and clever subtext, but I’ll spare you. Just check out Death Note…

I should add that there’s also a series of live-action Japanese movies that give you the short version of the story. The general consensus is that the first two are good, but the third one sucked, and was a poor attempt at making a sequel. And word on the street is that Hollywood is working on an American live-action movie, so you might want to get in on this before the crappy U.S. remake of the remake comes out, and it’s not “cool and underground” anymore.


Death Note Official site:

Death Note Anime Box Set 1

Death Note Anime Box Set 2

Death Note (Live Action)

Death Note II: The Last Name (Live Action)