My Top Tips when Playing Mercy (2.0) in Overwatch

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Mercy AKA Dr. Angela Ziegler, is my main character to play and is equally one of the most played, but also the most nerfed (hence the rewrite of this guide).

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Dr. Ziegler is a well know healer who became the Head of Surgery in her homeland of Switzerland who had a huge break through in regards to nanobiology that improved human health immensely. The break through caught the eye of Overwatch, who offered her a position within their organization. At first, she was opposed to the idea due to her parents having died in war but also knew she could help others on a much larger scale.

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Dr. Ziegler became the Head of Medical Research, in which she developed the Valkyrie Suit – by giving her the appearance of an angel, she is able to increase her speed and even fly. She stuck with Overwatch – despite her being at odds with her superiors often – until it disbanded. Despite the death of the organization, she continued her work helping those affected by war across the world.

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Mercy is a 1 star Support Hero.

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Tip #1 – Only Use the Pistol When You Need to

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Mercy has 2 weapons – her Caduceus Staff and her Caduceus Blaster. You’ll be using the Staff mostly but the Blaster is handy in 1 vs 1 situations. Granted, it has only 20 rounds and only does 20 damage per projectile but it can headshot and also pick off unaware enemies, such as a sniping Widowmaker or a sneaky Sombra.

Mercy is not known for her high attack plays, so don’t go charging in with the Blaster – you will die quickly once the enemy knows your position (which the Blaster doesn’t necessarily give away). It’s also good at destroying the small stuff, such as Widowmaker’s Venom Mine or Symmetra’s Turrets.


Tip #2 – Healing is Good, but so is Boosting

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Mercy’s Caduceus Staff has 2 abilities – the ability to heal and the ability to boost. Granted, this can only be used only  on one person at one  time and you’ll mainly be healing everyone, but don’t forget about boosting. It boosts your teammates’ primary attack, but can be used on Ults (apart from Junkrat’s RIP-Tire, Torbjorn’s Turrent or Symmetra’s Shield Generator or Teleporter). Plan it right, and you could get a long assist kill list!

If I choose Mercy at the beginning of a match, I tend to pick one character to boost at the beginning to get those few first kills before my teammates begin to die. I often choose a Sniper or a Tank. Mercy’s boosting powers are also good when you have a shield and snipe combination – such as Bastion and Reinhardt or Orisa and Widowmaker.

It’s also worth noting that he beam emitting from Mercy’s Caduceus Staff will stay connected, even if you can’t see your teammate. This is good for hiding around corners while healing or boosting and staying out of sight of enemies as Mercy is easily picked off by snipers. This is also good with the shield-and-snipe-combination that I mentioned before.


Tip #3 – Guardian Angel isn’t Just a Title

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One of Mercy’s other abilities is the Guardian Angel which allows her to quickly travel with a low cooldown rate.  You can only really use it when your teammates are in Mercy’s sights but it is also useful when Mercy is falling off a map or enters an area where most or all enemy players are. Much like me spamming spacebar when playing Symmetra and attacking another player, I will often spam the Guardian Angel when I’m in a tight spot.

You can still use the Guardian Angel when using the Caduceus Staff and healing/boosting a teammate – even if you hit a physical obstacle or your teammate is out of sight.


Tip #4 – This is Not your Time

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Mercy 0.1’s Ult was her Resurrect ability – the ability to bring 1 or more allies back to life. Naturally, this was good to use when a large amount of teammates had been wiped out (like with a Ult). However, this had now been changed to a normal ability.

Despite this, it still isn’t quite the same – it has now been changed to a single person resurrection (it used to be 2, but it changed…again) with a cool down of 30 seconds. It isn’t instant either – it takes about 2.25 seconds to cast, meaning Mercy can be an easy target when doing so. The amount of times I’ve been sniped when trying to resurrect a teammate who’s just died – and even if you don’t use it, the cool down still happens! Just think carefully when using it.


Tip #5 – I Will Watch Over You!

On September 19th last year, Mercy’s Ultimate ability was changed – no longer could she resurrect multiple dead allies – now her Ult is Valkyrie. Along with a changed icon, it is a self-buff ability that allows Mercy to fly (not like Pharah – she actually stays in the air for the full 15 seconds); have a faster movement speed; regenerate health (which will be uninterrupted, even when she takes damage); allows her Caduceus Staff longer range (i.e. if she heals or boosts, she can heal multiple targets at one time) and her Caduceus Blaster is given infinite ammo and higher damage, turning her into ‘Battle Mercy’.

Personally, I’m more of a Healing Mercy so I often use Valkyrie in tight spots – when more than one of my allies is low on health. Again – like Resurrect – it’s about timing, rather than just pulling off an Ult for the sake of it (trust me, there have been times when I haven’t used the Ult simply because I didn’t want to waste it at the wrong time).


  • You can watch previews some of Mercy’s abilities, such as Guardian Angel, Caduceus Staff and Angelic Descent in different videos from the links provided.
  • You can read the comic Uprising here, that gives a bit more background to Mercy (and ties in with the event) here.

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed! I’VE FINALLY FINISHED MY OVERWATCH CHARACTER GUIDES – HOORAY! Back to usual content. Stay tuned for next week!

All my skins for Mercy

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My Top 5 Tips when Playing Moira in Overwatch

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Moira O’Deorain is the latest Hero to join Overwatch. Before the Omnic Crisis she published a paper in regards to altering DNA on a cellular level. While it could have been a scientific breakthrough, it was feared for its controversy and actually damaged her reputation. It did not help that other scientists could not produce similar results as she did in regards to experiments – it was even rumoured that Talon was the one helping her behind the scenes.

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She received a lifetime opportunity to join Blackwatch, however her employment was kept a secret. She developed new technologies and weapons for them throughout the years until Overwatch disbanded. She then joined a scientific collective in Oasis and even became a minister. Now, she develops things for herself, hoping to find the secret in rewriting the fundamental  building blocks of life, with Talon by her side.

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Moira is a Support Hero with a 2 star difficulty rating.

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Tip #1 – Bounce

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One of Moira’s abilities is her Biotic Orb in which she can choose to heal allies or deal damage to enemies through an orb of energy that can travel long distances (around 30 m) and even pass through some objects. It can heal 75 HP per second (maximum of 300) or deal 50 damage per second (maximum of 200). Naturally, these can be used to heal allies at long distances or damage far away enemies. This is important to remember as it can help with 1v1 fights, e.g. use a Healing Orb while fighting a Tank 1 on 1, otherwise Moira will not survive (she only has 200 HP).

Whether a player chooses to heal or debuff, it is important to remember that Moira’s Orbs do bounce, so throwing them in enclosed spaces can be beneficial. If using the Damage Orb, it will be hard to dodge/avoid them but if using a Healing orb, it will maximise AOE. In either case, it can effect multiple targets at one time, so it depends on the situation.


Tip #2 – One Hand Gives…

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Moira’s primary weapon is her Biotic Grasp and – once again – like other Heroes, it has 2 different firing modes. Her first one is Regeneration – using her left hand, she can release healing energy at a short distance (up to 15 m). It can heal up to 80 HP per second, however due to the tanks of energy Moira carries on her back, it has a limited supply unless it is left to recharge (which can take up to 45 seconds) or you use Decay (we’ll talk about that in a minute).

However, her healing does not stop when it hits an ally, meaning you can heal multiple targets in tight places. Using a Healing Orb can maximise healing to Moira’s fullest potential.


Tip #3 – …and the Other takes Away

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Moira’s secondary mode is Decay –  this is a beam that latches onto an enemy and drains their life, while healing Moira and replenishing her biotic energy (this recharges Moira’s Regeneration ability). This is a long range attack (it can reach an enemy up to 20 m) and deal 50 damage per second (and heal Moira for 33 per second).

Decay has the same reach of Chain Hook, meaning it can reach enemies from far away. However, if an enemy has a ability to disappear or block, such as Blink or Barrier Shield, it will stop sapping from an enemy.


Tip #4 – Fade Away

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Moira’s last ability is Fade – similar to Wraith Form – it allows Moira to disappear and move away while being invulnerable, however she cannot use any of her other abilities while doing so. It lasts less than 1 second and has a movement speed of 18.75 m/s.

However, with Fade, enemies cannot see a trail to where Moira is moving to, meaning it is best to use when escaping a 1-on-1 battle when she is low on health. She also cannot be harmed during Fade, so it can used to avoid Ults such as RIP-Tire, Self-Destruct, Death Blossom and more. Due to a bug, she can also fade through enemies (and shields).


Tip #5 – Surrender to my Will!

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Moira’s Ultimate ability is Coalscence – a large energy beam that heals allies and drains the health of enemies if they pass through it. The beam is able to pass through barriers and allows Moira to move quickly (9 m/s movement speed). It can heal 140 HP per second and damage enemies for 70 HP per second at a 30 m range, but only lasts 8 seconds.

Her Ultimate is best used as team support (like most Support Hero Ults), so it best used when mass healing is needed rather than dealing a large amount of damage (but it does help). Before casting Coalscence, throw out Heal Orbs to sustain the duration of the Ult as well as targeting as many teammates/enemies as possible, e.g. if you are escorting the payload, it is best to move side to side to heal teammates as well as damage enemies.


  • You can watch Moira’s Introduction video here.
  • You can watch Moira’s Origin video here.

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed! Next week will be the LAST Overwatch Character Guide (a re-work of Mercy), so until then, take care!

 

My Top 5 Tips when Playing Zenyatta in Overwatch

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Tekhartha Zenyatta joined a group of outcast of omnics many years after the Omnic Crisis and establish a monastery in the Himalayas, where the group lived in peace and spiritual teachings.

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After years of meditation, one of the omnics Tekhartha Mondatta, decided that the wounds the Omnic Crisis planted on the world needed to be healed, hoping to bring humans and robots together once more. They sent their message across the world, where it was accepted by millions.

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However, one the monks – Zenyatta – felt that the wounds were too deep to repair and instead left the monastery and travelled the globe. It is said that those who cross his path are never the same again.

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Zenyatta is a Support Hero with a 3 star rating.


Tip #1 – A Chance to Focus, but not too Much

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Zenyatta’s primary weapon is his orbs that are able to switch to either help a ally (healing) or amplify an enemy’s damage take (debuff). Understandably, this is good to help those in need and aid those in defeating the enemy; unfortunately, Zenyatta can only has one target at a time, e.g. he can only heal one ally at one time (until the orb is returned or the target is changed) as well as target one enemy at one time. Therefore in terms of healing, it is good not to focus on just one player (even though it is very tempting with a Tank).

With both the Harmony and Discord orbs, Zenyatta must have a line of sight for his targets, meaning they can be blocked by walls or shields.


Tip #2 – Don’t Underestimate Support

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As Zenyatta is a Support hero, he is often underestimated, when in actual fact he is a deadly threat. Zenyatta has a total of 20 orbs that he can use before reloading, but even then it only takes 2 seconds. Each orb can cause up to 46 damage, in which he can fire 2.5 orbs per second – meaning he can deal around 115 damage per second. And let’s not forget that the orbs can headshot and travel 60 meters in 1 second.


Tip #3 – It’s all about Numbers

As mentioned, it is good for a Zenyatta player not to focus on just one Hero as he has no real ability of healing as a mass group (apart from his Ultimate, but we’ll get onto that later). This means Zenyatta is also good to back up other Supports. It rapidly heals (30 HP per second) and because Zenyatta does not need to be accurate with his shots (due to his line of sight abilities), he can also aid Supports who are far away and focusing on just one teammate. This works best for Mercy as she too can only heal/damage buff one player at a time (unless she uses her Ultimate as well).


Tip #4 – No Spread Please

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As with most Overwatch Heroes, Zenyatta has 2 different firing types of his primary weapon: Singular Orb and Orb Volley. Orb Volley allows Zenyatta to charge his orbs around him (up to 5 for the maximum shot) and fire them all at one time. Again, this can make Zenyatta quite deadly – he can charge 5 orbs within 3 seconds and they can do a maximum of 230 HP (bodyshot). Oh, they can also headshot.

It is advised that single shots of orbs being spammed is better than taking time to charge up multiple shots, however Orb Volley can catch enemies by surprise if charged while going around a corner. Just simply charge them and slowly move around a corner, hoping catching an enemy off guard. Zenyatta has no footsteps either, which will work to your advantage.


Tip #5 – Tranquility Embraces You

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Zenyatta’s Ultimate ability is Transcendence – this allows Zenyatta to enter a high existence and despite not being able to use any of his abilities, he can move faster, becomes immune to damage and heal teammates within a 10 m radius (300 healing per second).

It is advised that players should not use Transcendence when cornered, granted it can help with escaping. It is good to use if players are caught in a enemy’s Ultimate (such as Gravity Surge) or fighting on a choke point, such as capturing points or pushing the payload those last few meters.


  • You can watch an overview of Zenyatta’s abilities here.
  • You can watch some gameplay of Zenyatta here.

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed! Let me know if I missed anything. We’re finally at the end (although I may rewrite Mercy’s Character Guide as she has been changed so much) as we only have one left – the lastest Hero, Moira. Until then, take care!

My set up for Zenyatta

My Top 5 Tips when Playing Zarya in Overwatch

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Zarya – real name Aleksandra Zaryanova – is known one of the world’s strongest women (she once managed to left 512 kg). She grew up in a small Russian village but was surrounded by the post Ominc war where much of the Russian forces had fought the robots. As Zarya grew up, she focused on weightlifting and bodybuilding, slowly becoming a sports star, eventually entering in championships across the globe. Sadly, on the eve of an important tournament, a another attack commenced in Russia. She dropped out and threw herself onto the front lines to protect those she loves.

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Zarya is a Tank Hero with a 3 star difficulty rating.

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Tip #1 – Zarya Used Energy Beam

Zarya’s weapon is her Particle Cannon –  a huge cannon that, like most other weapons in Overwatch, has 2 different types of fire power. Her primary one is the Energy Beam – a linear beam that can deal up to 190 damage per second with a 15 m range. Her secondary fire is the Explosive Charge – an arching splash projectile of energy that can deal up to 92 damage per shot with a 3 m splash radius (meaning it can self-harm).

Understandably, Energy Beam is best used on enemies at short distance but also for a 1-on-1 battles as it can only focuses on 1 enemy at one time, while the Explosive Charge is  better at long distance to deal more damage on multiple targets. Players can maximize her DPS by using an Explosive Charge then using melee after getting closer to the enemy.


Tip #2 – I Will Shield Me

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One of Zarya’s abilities is the Particle Barrier – a self-emitted barrier that only lasts 2 seconds or until it is destroyed (it has 200 HP) and as you can imagine, it shields Zarya from any oncoming damage. This is extremely useful against turrets as they do not stop shooting her when the shield is activated, meaning she can ‘pop’ back and forth behind a wall or another hiding spot to slowly but surely destroy a turret.


Tip #3 – I Will Shield You

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Another one of Zarya’s abilities is her Projected Barrier – it is the same as her Particle Barrier, only she can shield one of her teammates from a 30 m range. It is worth noting – along with the Particle Barrier – that deploying the shield is all about timing. The shield is good against Ultimates such as Self-Destruct; Pulse Bomb and RIP-Tire and even Deadeye. It can be used to save a teammate in a close combat fight and lower health teammates, such as Mercy in tricky situations.


Tip #4 – Energy is the Key to Victory

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Zarya has a passive ability (i.e. a ability that the player does not need to press a button for as it happens automatically) simply called Energy. It allows Zarya to increase her Particle Cannon by blocking damage. This is particular useful as half of Zarya’s total health (400 HP) is made up by her personal shield – once it is gone, it is very easy to take her out. This makes her very durable as very 3 seconds she does not take damage, she regains her shield, which will regenerate to its maximum. It also means she can physically block teammates if need be.


Tip #5 – Feel the Power of Attraction

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Zarya’s Ultimate ability is Gravational Surge – a gravity bomb that attracts all enemies within a 8 m radius to a particular point while dealing 22 damage. As well as grouping this Ult with others, it is also a good idea for the Zarya player to spam Explosive Charges to deal extra damage, however it only lasts for 4 seconds, so time is of the essence. It is also worth noting that if a enemy character is within radius, they can be trapped from the other side of walls.


  • You can watch a ability overview video here.
  • You can around 10 minutes of Zarya gameplay here.

That’s it for this week, hope you enjoyed. As always, let me know if I missed out any good tips and until next time, take care.

My set up for Zarya

My Top 5 Tips when Playing Roadhog in Overwatch

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Roadhog – also known as Mako Rutledge – has a similar back story to his companion Junkrat. After the Omnic Crisis, the Australian government created an omnium but Roadhog joined the Australian Liberal Front to stop it. The result ended in a post-apocalyptic wasteland that inhabited the ruthless and less than humane survivors. Roadhog donned a mask to survive, along with his hook chain and chopper. On his travels, he met Jamison Fawkes who was looking for a bodyguard. The two of them teamed up, causing mayhem and death wherever they went.

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Roadhog is a Tank Hero with a one star difficulty.

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Tip #1 – Aggressive or Passive?

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As previously stated, Roadhog is a Tank hero, meaning he can take a lot of damage and deal a large amount too. Tanks in Overwatch have some sort of shield ability to make them more stable (and somewhat fair, depends on your point of view), such as D.Va’s Shield Matrix and Winston’s Barrier Projector. Roadhog is the only Tank hero who does not have a physical shield he can use (he has another ability that works similarly, but we’ll get onto that later).

This means this can aid the enemy team in getting their Ultimate abilities charged faster as physical hits build up the Ultimate charge while shield hits do not. Therefore, Roadhog should not really be used as a meat shield but played much more aggressively compared to other Tank heroes. He is less team focused, which works in the player’s favour.


Tip #2 – Hook, Link and Sinker

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Roadhog’s secondary weapon is his Chain Hook, which is pretty self-explanatory  – he can throw out a chain from his hand that has a hook on the end of it, allowing him to bring enemies close to him. Naturally, it is a good combo to hook an enemy then shoot them with Roadhog’s primary weapon – his Scrap Gun. Tracking will work in your favour too.

The Chain Hook can used to pull enemies off bottomless pits, such as the Well in Ilois, as well drag them when Roadhog himself has fallen off the map (unless it is a character with a movement ability, such as D.Va, Lucio, Genji, Hanzo, Mercy, Pharah and Tracer), resulting in certain death. It is also worth noting that Roadhog’s Chain Hook can interrupt enemies’ Ultimates, such as Pharah’s Barrage, well as save other teammates, e.g. he can hook Junkrat’s RIP-Tire or D.Va’s Self-Destruct, although it may result in the player sacrificing themselves (there is a great video I saw where a Roadhog player hooked not 1, but 2 of D.Va’s Self-Destructs in King’s Row).


Tip #3 – Shrapnel, Naprapnel

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As mentioned, Roadhog’s primary weapon is his Scrap Gun – a fire with 5 shots of shrapnel that be fired in either a spread or as a short-range attack (Shrapnel Blast and Shrapnel Ball). Now, it sounds like Roadhog doesn’t have much ammo, but he reloads quickly (1.5 seconds) and can deal heavy damage (a maximum of 150 damage as a bodyshot with both fires). Both fire modes can headshot and are subject to falloff damage.

To maximize damage, it is recommended to use the primary fire first, hook the enemy, then shoot again (either primary or secondary is fine, but I personally recommend secondary as I am not an expert Roadhog player). The Chain Hook can deal 30 damage, meaning that if every shot is perfect, you could deal 330 damage, which is good against lower-health enemies, especially Supports.


Tip #4 – Take a Breather

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Another one of Roadhog’s abilities is Take a Breather – a container that Roadhog breathes in to regain health (this is what I meant earlier about Roadhog not having a physical shield but a way of protecting himself/self-healing).

Roadhog can regain 300 health and it gives his a 50% damage resistance within a second, however it does have a long cool down (8 seconds). Because of this, use it sparingly and also watch out for enemies as it can be interrupted by other player’s abilities, such as Ana‘s Sleep Dart or McCree‘s Flashbang, so it is a good idea to flee a situation if you have low health and get into cover.


Tip #5 – Hog Wild

Roadhog’s Ultimate is Whole Hog – using the Scrap Fire, he rapidly fires in one direction. This Ultimate is fatal – just one shot could cause up to 110 damage, which is a maximum of 4928 damage of bodyshots. It only lasts 6 seconds but can headshot, making it useful to use to blocked off areas or tight rooms, such as in Hollywood. Much like the Chain Hoook, it can interrupt other Ultimates, such as Reinhardt‘s Earthshatter and can also knock players off cliffs and the such. However, Roadhog’s movement speed is reduced, making him a easy target for snipers.


  • Here is a overview of Roadhog’s abilities.
  • Here is a video introducing Roadhog and Junkrat.
  • Here is the short animation, The Plan: Junkertown.
  • You can read the comic “Going Legit” here.
  • Here is another animated short called A Moment in Crime Special Report: The Junkers.

Thanks for writing, hope you enjoyed! Please let me know if I missed any other top tricks. Until next time, take care!

My set up for Roadhog

What I’m Looking Forward to this Year (2018)

No need for an introduction as it’s pretty self-explanatory – here’s my top 10 things I’m looking forward to this year (not in order)!


#10 – Increase of Australian Same-Sex Marriage

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At the end of last year, Australian voted Yes to have a pass on same-sex marriages to be legal in (a whopping 61.1% of the country voted Yes) their conutry and already there have been so many proposals and marriages, as well as couples who got married overseas for their marriage to be legally recognised. 

EDIT: I’m amending this on the day same-sex marriages can finally take place (9th January) – GO AUSTRALIA!

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#9 – RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 3

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I only started watching RuPaul’s Drag Race about 2 years ago and I’ve absolutely fallen in love with it – glitter and wigs galore! And just a week after my birthday!

All Stars 3 brings backs favourites, such as Aja (Season 9); BenDeLaCreme (Season 6); Chi Chi DeVayne (Season 8); Kennedy Davenport (Season 7); Milk (Season 6); Morgan McMichaels (Season 2); Shangela (Season 2 & 3); Thorgy Thor (Season 8) & Trixie Mattel (Season 7). I wonder who the 10th queen will be? (fingers crossed Adore Delano gets a second chance)

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Here’s my prediction:

  1. Trixie
  2. Shangela
  3. Aja

#8 – The Incredibles 2

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At last, a few months ago a short teaser was released by Pixar, indicating a sequel for the film that was released in 2004 – at last, 14 years later, we get a sequel!

It is a high anticipated sequel, especially by me who was OBSESSED by The Incredibles (granted I was 9/10 years old) – I had all the action figures, books, food labels (yes, really), games, EVERYTHING.

  • The Incredibles 2 will be released in cinemas on Friday 15th June.

#7 – Soulcalibur VI

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As a Tekken fan, I have been introduced to the Soul Calibur series (I‘ve only played 2 and Broken Destiny) as it is produced by Tekken’s director Katsuhiro Harada and has elements borrowed from the game. Soul Calibur started going downhill a little with Soul Calibur Legends (2007) & Soul Calibur V (2012), but now after a long absence and a new director (Motohiro Okubo has replaced Hiroaki Yotoriyama), I have high hopes for this game. It will be released on PC, alongside the usual platforms of PlayStation and Xbox and by the look of the teaser trailer, it may possibly be a prequel due to Sophitia‘s return and a very young looking Mitsurugi.

  • There is no release date for Soul Calibur VI apart from this year.

#6 – The Tomb Raider Movie & New Game

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I’ve already written about this when Alicia Vikander was announced to play Lara Croft in this article here, so I won’t go into much more detail. Trailers have been released since, showing a lot of comparsion between the film and the game (Tomb Raider (2016)). I’m looking forward to what Alicia brings to the table and how the story is adapted.

Square Enix also announced that a new game will be released this year, completing the trilogy that was leaked after Rise of the Tomb Raider was released. More Tomb Raider, yay!

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  • The film will be released on Thursday 15th March but a release date has not been announced for the third Tomb Raider game yet.

#5 – Wreck it Ralph 2

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Again, I really enjoyed the first Wreck it Ralph movie (2012) not just for it’s Easter eggs and nods towards video gaming, so I’m happy that there will be a sequel. Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 will follow Ralph and Vanellope again as they try to fix Sugar Crush after a wifi router is plugged into an arcade machine. Previous characters will return, such as Calhoun and Felix, along with the Disney princesses (along with their original voice actresses, apart from Snow White, Cinderella and Aurora) and Star Wars characters.

  • Wreck it Ralph 2 will be released Wednesday 21st November.

#4 – Dragon Ball FighterZ

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While Dragon Ball Z games are not bad, this is a game that is much needed and wanted. It looks like the show and has a long list of great characters:

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  • Android 18 (with Android 17)
  • Beerus
  • Captain Ginyu (with Ginyu Force)
  • Cell
  • Frieza
  • Gohan (both Teen & Adult)
  • Goku (Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan Blue)
  • Goku Black (with Zamasu)
  • Gotenks
  • Hit
  • Kid Buu
  • Krillin
  • Majin Buu
  • Nappa (with Saibaman)
  • Piccolo
  • Tien (with Chiaotzu)
  • Trunks
  • Vegeta (Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan Blue)
  • Yamcha

There has been a Beta and it has been received well, so I’m looking forward to it.

  • Dragon Ball FighterZ will be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on Friday 26th January.

#3 – Attack on Titan Season 3

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I talk about this anime WAY too much on this blog, so I won’t type out a whole paragraph but basically it’s one of the most anticipated, popular, confusing, mysterious, amazing anime in the short history of anime. It first premiered in August 2013 and we had to wait another 4 years for season 2. Thankfully, season 3 will take around a year later.

  • Attack on Titan Season 3 will premiere in July 2018.

#2 – All the Marvel stuff

2018 will be another good year for Marvel with 7 films (along with 20th Century Fox and other companies), one of them being one that has been highly wanted and the trailer became The Most Watched Video on YouTube last year.

  • Black Panther will be released Monday 12th February
  • The New Mutants will be released Friday 13th April
  • Avengers: Infinity Wars – Part 1 will be released Wednesday 25th April
  • Deadpool 2 will be released Friday 1st June
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp will be released Friday 6th July
  • X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be released Friday 2nd November
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will be released Friday 14th December

#1 – New Things for Gamer_Angel!

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Currently, I’m having a break from my YouTube channel (until 28th January) but I’m currently in the works of doing new things as well as going to new conventions, doing new unboxings and playing new games. I’m currently working on a project with a friend that I’m hoping I can reveal soon – just watch this space!


 

My Top Picks of 2017

Now that we face the end of 2017, it’s time for me to judge want my top favourites of TV, books, films, games and more.


Top Video Game 

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I was really hoping that I could list Tekken 7 as my game of the year as a huge fan girl, but honestly it’s probably one of the worst games of this year. If you read My Top Picks of 2016 article last year, you’ll know I voted Overwatch as the best game of the year and really wanted to do it again, but it wasn’t until August, my mind changed completely.

Hellblade: Seuna’s Sacrifice by Ninja Theory was an unexpected but welcome surprise. Now, we are living in a world were mental health is slowly becoming more and more discussed in everyday life and media, making it more acceptable and talked about. When I heard that there would be heavy focus on mental health in a video game, I was highly doubtful due to previous portrayals of mental health in video games – most characters end up being perceived as crazy and as the villain, which is pretty upsetting. Thankfully, this was not the case, as evident by Hellblade’s Accolades Trailer that used quotes from fans rather than reviews from media. If you will the read more about the game, you can read my full review here.


Top TV Series

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On 16th July, I found the advert for the job that currently have. That was the day also that my favourite TV series of the year aired – Game of Thrones, Season 7.

I had never read the books and only watched the series for the first time last year, but I jumped on the fan train and really enjoyed it. Naturally, I watched 6 seasons within 3 months (or so) and season 7 was announced for another 6 months, I was truly devastated. But 6 months rolled around and somehow I managed to balance catching up with TV.

I didn’t really enjoy GoT season 6 for a lot of reasons (you can read my article on it here) so my hopes were high that season 7 would be great, otherwise I may have had to drop it. Thankfully, this was not the case. I won’t go into massive details, otherwise we’ll be here forever, but my favourite thing about S7 was that there wasn’t just one great episode that made my jaw drop, made me choke back my tears and left my mind racing – there was two. Usually I find with TV series/seasons, there’s always one episode that stands out and is your favourite, and so far I’ve only known GoT to have more than one fantastic episode (The Spoils of War and Beyond the Wall if you’re wondering). Let’s pray that next season won’t be in 2019 like the rumours are saying.


Top Movie

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I’ll be honest, I didn’t really go to the cinema all that much this year (reminder for myself – for 2018, I need to go to the cinema more than three times. Good job I am going at least once in January). Now, my movie of the year I did not go to the cinema to see it, but I did on DVD release day.

John Wick: Chapter 2 is a what a sequel should be. It sticks to the roots of the original of having great drama, great comedy moments and snappy action. It adds more characters played by great actors (Keanu Reeves was reunited with Lawrence Fishburne along with Ruby Rose), a great storyline that is not overused or becomes overstale. It had me (and my family) captivated from minute one, just like the first movie, only Chapter 2 does not undermine or outshine it – it’s just as good. I’m looking forward to Chapter 3 and the possibility of a prequel TV show.


Top Book 

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OK, I cheated a bit on this one – this is a series of book that I’m currently reading, but really enjoying. Again, like with films of this year, I haven’t read many books this year (again, New Year’s resolution).

At my new job where I work in a secondary school (or high school, whatever you prefer) and because I’m a staff member, I have access to the library, which I love. Outside on the library, they have a world map and examples of books site in different countries that students can read. In the region of Japan, a book called Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn (the pseudonym of Australian author Gillian Rubinstein) was there, and from the blurb, I was really interested. Only recently have I started to read non-fiction historical Japanese stories, such as Lesley Downer’s books and the Tale of Genji (which I didn’t finish) so to have another series that is similar, I was pretty pleased.

Across the Nightingale Floor is one of four books in the series called Tales of the Otori that follows a young man name Takeo who is rescued and adopted by the famous Shigeru Otori and a young woman Kaede whose lives get entangled together in a world of politics, romance and betrayal. I’ve only read the fisrt book and currently halfway through the second book, Grass for His Pillow, but I’m very enjoying it.


Top Album

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The singer of this album is someone that I’ve followed for many years and have always enjoyed their music, but this album is different from their previous work and has even helped me through the bad times of this year.

Rainbow by Kesha is a great sounding album, mainly for how varied it is – there some songs that make you want to cry; there are some songs that make you want to dance and there are some songs that make you laugh.

My favourite tracks have to be Let Em Talk, Learn to Let Go and Boogie Feet but honestly, Praying is worth it for the album alone. Kesha’s career has reached peek after peek after all she’s been through, and I’m sure it will continue in 2018. Thank you Kesha not only for your music, but for your work and deviation to the mental health community.


Top Anime

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This anime is a recent one (it began airing in October) but has cut about what I initially had as a tie between Gamers! and Tsurezure Children.

Net-juu no Susume (Recovery of a MMO Junkie) is a story of 30 something Moriko Morika (yes, that is her real name) who quits her unsatisfactory job to become a NEET and gets addicted to a MMO where she plays a male character. She soon gains ‘internet’ friends but gets tangled up in real life.

The reason why I love this anime is not because it is video game related, but mainly because Moriko is so relatable – the times I have laughed with this anime is simply because Moriko has thought or done something that I – and I’m sure many other people – have done. Words cannot do it justice – just watch for yourself.


Top YouTuber

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This is a YouTuber that’s been around for a while, but a friend sent me one of their videos, and since then I’ve become a fan – I even met them at MCM!

Gigguk is an anime YouTuber, which I tend to stay away from – I find many anime reviewers/YouTubers to be very prestigious as they only bother watching anime that has a great art style and nothing else – they consider my favourite animes such as Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, Attack on Titan and Seraph of the End to be utter trash, therefore as a anime fan, I am too.

Gigguk embraces many aspects of the good and bad anime – take his latest ‘obsession’ with Eromanga Sensei (which I have yet to watch) – and has different types of videos – from dubbing to a summary/parody whatever anime in a certain amount of minutes. Attack on Titan in 9 Minutes is the video that made me subscribe to his channel and watched every one of his videos since. Plus, he is lovely in real life and just as funny!


Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed! Stay tuned for next week where I’ll be discussing everything I’m looking forward to in 2018 🙂

My Top 5 Tips When Playing Pharah in Overwatch

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Pharah – real name Fareeha Amari – is best known as the daughter of Ana Amari, one of Overwatch’s most known captains. Naturally, she wished to follow in her mother’s footsteps to serve in Overwatch, but before she even had the opportunity, Overwatch was disbanded. Instead, she joined the Helix Security International – an armed protection service – but still has a heavy sense to carry out justice.

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Pharah is an Offense Hero with a 1 star difficulty rating.

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Tip #1 – Shot Down

Pharah’s primary weapon is her Rocket Launcher – it launches rockets in a linear fashion that deals a large radius damage (20 – 80 splash damage, 120 with a direct hit). She only has 6 rounds, but it takes 1 second to reload, meaning she can spam rockets. This is extremely effective to use on points themselves (either Attacking or Defending), as enemies will make sure they avoid any hits by fleeing the area (especially lower-health heroes, such as Supports, so target them first).

Be careful when spamming rockets though – they can inflict self-damage (up to 40 damage) and knock Pharah back. Be wary of Genji as well – he can easily use Deflect and send the rockets back.


Tip #2 – Jumping into the Sky

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One of Pharah’s abilities is the Jump Jet – Pharah’s suit is installed with thrusters, allowing her to propel into the air. This is best used to escape an enemy’s line of sight or give her a height advantage. Combining this with her rockets can be a great advantage.

However, be careful not to spam Jump Jet too much as it means Pharah will no longer have a means of escape and can be picked off easily from a Hero who has a height advantage.


Tip #3 – The Knockback Effect

Another one of Pharah’s abilities is her Concussive Blast (but not similar to Junkrat’s Concussive Mine). It is a rocket that Pharah fires from her wrist that also travels in a linear fashion that knocks enemies back within a 8m radius.

Depending on what kind of player you are, the Concussive Blast can be used best in 2 different ways. The first is to knock enemies off the map (it works wonders on Eichenwalde’s Bridge before the last payload checkpoint), so use it when they are close to an edge and clamped together (but some Heroes can save themselves with their own abilities, such as D.Va and Mercy). The second way to use it is to save other teammates when they are in a pinch and being cornered by the enemy. And don’t worry, it will not affect your teammates, so don’t worry about accidentally knocking them off the map.


Tip #4 – Speed is Not on Your Side

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Pharah is an extremely slow character – even though she has Hover Jets, they only have a 2 second duration, meaning Pharah can hover for a certain amount of time before her fuel runs out. Be wary of Heroes that can predict movements (such as good snipers) and have a height advantage, such as Doomfist.


Tip #5 – Death from Above

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Pharah’s Ultimate ability is her Rocket Barrage – a rapid fire of rockets that can destroy groups of enemies. It has high damage (around 40 damage per rocket with a max of 3600 damage), meaning that direct hits can be fatal (30 rockets are fire per second in a duration of 3 seconds, meaning you’ll have to avoid nearly a 100 rockets in one area).

Her ultimate is best used a crowd control, so pairing it up with Gravational Surge (Zarya); Halt (Orisa) or Blizzard (Mei) is a great method to stop or eliminate enemies on the point. It is also worth pointing out that standing on a moving piece of the environment, such as the floating pads in Volskaya Industries) will allow Rocket Barrage to spread out more. Be wary of where you are firing rockets as Pharah can end up damaging or even killing herself by accident, or her Ultimate finishing abruptly from being killed by a Hero with good predicting skills and/or height advantages.


  • You can watch a Pharah Gameplay Overview video here.
  • You can watch a Pharah Abilities Overview video here.

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed! Let me know if I missed any good tips. Until next time, take care!

My set up for Pharah

Don’t forget that Overwatch’s 2nd Winter Wonderland Event is live now until January 1st – get as many of the over 50 items and play the new mode as soon as you can!

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My Top 5 Tips When Playing Orisa in Overwatch

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Orisa is a robot created by Eifi Oladele – a child prodigy with gifts in robotics and engineering.  After Doomfist’s attack on the Numbani’s Adawe Airport, many parts of the OR15 Defence Bots were left behind.

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Eifi recovered them, and began to build a new robot – a robot that would become the ‘new hero and protector of Numbani’. She added modifications when needed and added a personality core, resulting in Orisa.

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Orisa is a Tank hero with a 2 star difficulty.

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Tip #1 – Never be Alone

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As with most Tanks (if not all), Orisa should never Attack or Defend by herself. Reliable healers, such as Mercy or Lucio, should stick with her at all times. That way, she can still defend her teammate(s) and can stay in the same spot if she is healed continuously.

Again, with Tanks, Reaper is a very good counter against Orisa, as well as snipers such as Hanzo or Widowmaker due to her size and hitboxes.


Tip #2 – Spread Out

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Orisa’s primary weapon is her Fusion Driver that consists of 150 ammo, meaning she can fire continuously for 12 seconds. To balance this, Orisa also has the slowest reload for any Overwatch character (so far) of around 3 seconds.

Because of her shooting abilities, it is wise to spread Orisa’s shots across the environment, rather than just one place. Reload sparingly and make the most out of her bullets. The melee attack at the right time will allow Orisa to reload too.


Tip #3 – Your Safety is my Primary Concern

Another one of Orisa’s abilities is her Protective Barrier – a 900 HP shield that can be fired in a projectile fashion, similar to Widomaker’s Venom Mine. It is probably her most essential ability as it is useful for both Attacking and Defending. It does have a 8 second cool down, meaning that as soon as it’s on the ground, it can be felt for a while before being repositioned. It can be used to protect teammates far away due to it’s large reach and is best used around most – if not all – teammates backing Orisa up.

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Pairing this with Orisa’s Fortify ability makes it hard for Orisa to move, therefore cannot be moved by Lucio’s Soundwave, along with:

  • Flashbang (McCree)
  • Chainhook & Whole Hog‘s knockback (Roadhog)
  • Sleep Dart (Ana)
  • Concussive Blast (Pharah)
  • Boosters (D.Va)
  • Halt! (enemy Orisa)
  • Jump Pack & Primal Rage‘s knockback (Winston)
  • Concussion Mine & Steep Trap (Junkrat)
  • Charge & Earthshatter (Reinhardt)
  • Any firing from the Endothermic Blaster & Blizzard (Mei)
  • Gravition Surge (Zarya)

Tip #4 – Stop Right There!

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Orisa’s last ability is Halt! – a beam that can pull enemies into one space once donated up to 20m. It is partially large, therefore can be used to pull people into a AoE or off edges, such as cliffs.

It can be detonated at any time and – if timed precisely – can be used for an environmental kill (Volskaya Industries is a good map to do this on).


Tip #5 – Cease Your Resistance!

Orisa’s Ultimate Ability is the Supercharger – a device that increases all surrounding teammates damage by 50% within a 25m radius. It lasts around 16 seconds, by can be destroyed by enemies or hacked by Sombra.

The Supercharger is best used when escorting the payload and actually placed on the payload itself. This way, it can be a moving fortress and sticks all teammates in one place – having a Reinhardt, Bastion and/or Mercy gives you a great advantage, as well as protecting it with Orisa’s Protective Barrier.


Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed! Let me know if I’ve missed any other good Orisa tips. Until next time, take care!

My set up for Orisa

Your Name Review

[WARNING OF SPOILERS AHEAD. PLEASE DO NOT READ IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON WATCHING THE FILM. OTHERWISE, ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN – THEY ARE NOT CORRECT, THEY ARE JUST MY OWN. THANK YOU]

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Now, back in July, I watched Koe no Katachi (A Silent Voice) for the first time and proclaimed it to be one of the best anime films I’ve ever watched. I will confess that this has changed since watching Kimi no Na wa (Your Name) – A Silent Voice is still a spectacular piece of cinema and a must watch, but Your Name has to be above it if both are put on a list. At first, I wasn’t going to write a review for Your Name as I imagine every anime fanand then somehas seen this film at some point and heard so much about it, I may as well fade in with the rest. But I can’t – this is an out worldly fantastic film that my opinions must be made with everyone else.

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This film overcome my expectations but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect – it does have a few things that bug me, but they are things that can be somewhat ‘overlooked’ and simply left alone.

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Before you read any more of this review, just know this: Your Name is just as amazing as everyone else says but it is something you have to watch yourself in order to truly understand why this is one of the bestand highestgrossing animated films that may even beat Studio Ghibli.


Story

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The story itself is nothing particularly ‘special’ – we follow two teenagers with slight dilemmas. First, we are introduced to Mitsuha Miyamizu who lives with her grandmother and younger sister, but isn’t very popular at school due to her being the mayor’s daughter. We also meet Taki Tachibana, a boy who works part time and has a crush on one of his coworkers, Miki Okudera. Mitsuha – dissatisfied living in a rural mountain town (Itomori) and embarassed by her family tradition of kuchikamizake (the making and fermenting of sake by chewing it), she wishes to become a handsome boy in her next life. She and Taki begin body swapping a few times a week, leaving eachother journals of what they have done while helping eachother with their (respective) problems. Then one day, they no longer body swap. Despite Taki trying to contact Mistuha, all evidence of their interactions disappear. In fear of losing all of his memories about her, he travels to Itomori (from Tokyo, bearing in mind) to find her, only to find that a comet killed the entire village three years ago. Taki manages to find the sake Mistuha made before she died, drinks it and manages to body swap again. They meet in kataware-doki (‘twilight’) where Taki warns her of her fate. Their first meeting is cut short, but Mistuha – with the help of her friends Tessie and Sayaka – come up with a plan to save the people. You do not know if the plan worked as Taki watched the comet fly past in Tokyo, however they meet again as Taki has a job interview, presumably a few years later, despite not remembering eachother.

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So, there is a bit of fantasy mixed in there, but I suppose because the comet is never really mentioned in the synopsis of the movie at any point, the film seems like a teenage, body swapping, romance story that has been told a few times at this point. But because of the twist of the comet, then the twist of Taki and Mitsuha’s timelines being off by three years, it makes the story much more interesting and actually – to a certain extent – a bit more suspenseful. With the story also cutting back at forth to the future and the past, it never gets dull.

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There are some great themes too: suspense; growing up; romance. Unfortnately, the romance aspect does fall a little flat for me in a way that I thought it was a romance movie before I watched it, then I thought it wasn’t as I was watching it, then knew it was after watching it. However, that scene where Mitsuha finds that Taki wrote “I love you” on her hand instead of his name really hit my heart (in a good way). Romance anime is my thing, so maybe I’m just a snob.


 Art 

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Hands down, this film beats any of Studio Ghibli’s animation with a sucker punch. There is no scene that is not fully animated (aka, Seraph of the End or Yuri on Ice stills that are pretty derpy). You can tell a lot of skill and love went into making this film look as beautiful as it should. And honestly, I think that’s why one of the best things about this film is because it’s animated – how else do you catch the beauty of a falling comet or a rural Hedian-era inspired landscape? Had it been live-action (which there be in Hollywood with J.J.Abrams and Eric Heisserer), I don’t think certain scenes would have been ‘pulled off’ as brilliantly as they were.

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This movie was produced by the CoMix Wave Films studio, who are well known for their beautiful scenery and crisp-clear animation (sadly, I have not watched any of their other work, so I cannot compare).

Many of the backdrops were inspirited by real-life locations for the fictional town of Itomori (Hida of the Gifu Prefecture is said to be the main inspiration, which would make sense with it’s many mountains and forests).


Sound

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I love the soundtrack for this movie (I actually listened to it as I was writing this review) as it has a mixture of upbeat piano music for those light-hearted moments, twinkly orchestra-like ambiance for those tense moments, and the voice Yojiro Noda of RADWIMPS fame to create such a unique and beautiful (yes, I know I’m saying that word a lot) soundtrack that blurs my eyes with tears from just hearing a few notes. RADWIMPS songs especially – Yumetōrō (“Dream Lantern“); Zenzenzense (“Past Past Life“); Supākuru (“Sparkle“); Nandemonaiya (“It’s Nothing“) – are memorable and have been stuck in my head ever since I watched it. I may not understand all the words, but I understand the feelings that come across in these songs – what love is truly about.


Characters

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Sadly, this is where the film is let down a little bit. While I did like all the characters that appeared in this film, I didn’t really…feel anything for them particularly, like I have with, say, the Kumo brothers in Laughing Under the Clouds. I think what I’m trying to say is, when the characters had particular things happen to them – like the small flashback to Mistuha’s backstory of how her mother died and her father walked out on them –  yes, I felt sad for them, but it wasn’t overwhelming. I think because so much was going on, there was no real time to bond with the characters, especially Taki and Mistuha.

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But that doesn’t mean I didn’t feel anything for them – I felt so sad for Taki when he discovered what happened to Mitsuha – and cheered them on as they got through life, but they just weren’t special in my eyes. Mitsuha is the typical-misunderstood-but-trying-to-do-her-best type of girl, while Taki is the happy-but-shy-knows-what-he-wants kind of boy.

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The same can be said for the support characters – I don’t remember Taki’s friends’ names and Mitsuha’s sister and grandmother appeared less than often that I couldn’t create a interest for them. The characters are good, but they are not the strongest point of the film.


Overall Conclusion

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This film is a true beauty in many aspects – visually, in sound/musically, storytelling and just overall feeling. Yes, I have pointed out that some of the romance aspects and the characters are a bit of a let down for me, but I still think this is the best non-Ghibli animated film I have ever watched. Despite being “there’s not much romance and suddenly Mitsuha and Taki belong together” and “I know I should feel bad for Mitusha because of her parents, but I don’t really”, it tells a story of a human bond in such a gorgeous blend of emotions and visuals, it is impossible for me to feel like any part of this film is bad. I haven’t seen or heard many of Makoto Shinkais’ works, but I will be watching more after watching Your Name.

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Skinkai himself stated that the film is far from perfect and believes that it would have been better with more time and a large budget, which I agree (to a certain extent with). This film is only 107 minutes, in which to tell such a large-scale story as this in is not a lot of time. Had the film been longer, then maybe my issues of character development and romance aspects would be ironed out.

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Your Name is a film about falling in love in the most unexpected places and doing your best to make sure no dream – or bond – dies without a fight.

Rating: 10/10


Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed! Until next week, stay tuned! (And yes, my Overwatch Character Guides will return next week, I just needed a break).

I highly recommend listening to Your Names’ soundtrack too. Just whenever – studying, writing, messing around on the internet, background noise, anytime.