EVENTURE TIME: ATLUS & Gallery Nucleus Pair Up for a Persona 5 Royal + Catherine: Full Body Art Showcase in Los Angeles


Gallery Opens August 17 With Special Event and Appearance by Soejima - Featuring Art From the Upcoming Persona 5 Royal and Catherine: Full Body

IRVINE, Calif. - July 12, 2019 - ATLUS games have been stealing fans' hearts for years with an aesthetic style unlike any other. Now, we're happy to announce that we're teaming up with Gallery Nucleus in Los Angeles, California to host the ATLUS Art Exhibit 2019: Persona 5 Royal & Catherine: Full Body featuring Shigenori Soejima.
 
Running from August 17 - September 1, 2019, the exhibit will feature incredible pieces of art by Shigenori Soejima and the ATLUS Art Unit, centered around the developer's most recent and upcoming hits, Persona 5Persona 5 Royal, and Catherine: Full Body.

The gallery will also feature a selection of tribute art for the Persona and Catherine franchises; pieces developed for the show by fan artists sourced by Gallery Nucleus and reviewed by the ATLUS Art Unit. Additionally, special pieces of exclusive licensed ATLUS merchandise will be available for sale at Gallery Nucleus throughout the gallery's duration.

Opening Day Event Featuring Appearance and Signing by Character Designer Shigenori Soejima

From 1:00PM - 7:00PM PDT on Saturday, August 17, fans can join a special opening day event at Gallery Nucleus. Soejima-san himself will be in attendance to sign autographs for attendees, as well as a special panel.

Pre-registration will be available for a select number of fans on Eventbrite starting on August 2; stay tuned to official ATLUS channels for additional information and event links!
 
About Shigenori Soejima:
 
Exceptionally creative and talented, yet humble and soft-spoken, Shigenori Soejima is the long-time character designer for ATLUS. 

His signature style is unmistakable; he's most well-recognized for his contributions to the art direction of many modern Persona Team titles, including Persona 3Persona 4Persona 5Persona 5 Royal, as well as Catherine and Catherine: Full Body, among others.

Soejima is currently working to deliver breathtakingly-unique character designs for highly anticipated fantasy title PROJECT Re FANTASY.




Pre-registration opens August 2nd, 2019.
For more information, visit www.gallerynucleus.com
210 E. Main St. | Alhambra, CA 91801 | (626) 458-7482



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Hey Blu: Do you ever review really bad products?



Yes... I have, and it's something I really don't like doing (imagine having to review it)... but if its a review that comes across my desk, it will be reviewed. I don't like reviewing bad products so that i'm not wasting time just bashing someone's product.

Dead Alliance is a prime example, but you never know what to expect (I don't go on someone else's opinion). 

If it appears to be good, I like to review how good it actually is for the retail price. So instead of wasting time on bad products... i'd rather spend that time on the products that will be a win for the viewers. That way you can decide on whether to make that next step versus just steering clear of something that received a poor score.

I've lucked up on a lot of reviews... but some that I hoped would be good don't always turn out that way, and I've actually tried to avoid reviewing anything still in development. I took a step back from that... because the final version will likely be different than what was pointed out in the review. In those cases I just provide feedback in hopes that it impacts the final release for the gamer's enjoyment.




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Top Audiences Last Week!



Who fought their way onto the list this week?!

United States

Germany & Russia (Tied for second...?! WHOA!)

Ukraine
Japan
France
Portugal

United Arab Emirates

Australia
China (is back in the fight!)

Netherlands


Canada, and United Kingdom came close... game on!



          
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1More Stylish True Wireless In-Ear Headphones... Reviewed!


I love these headphones... and it's not because they're the 2019 iF Design Award Winner. :p



As you see... the 1More Stylish True Wireless In-Ear Headphones come in a variety of colors. 
I went with Black this time around.


1More continues to maintain the tradition of showcasing the final art for their products inside of their packages... along side the product. I've seen this more than a few times, but I enjoy looking at these every time, because I get to see how they drew up each design.

Inside the box you get:
  • 3 additional pairs of ear tips (4 in total)
  • 1More Stylish True Wireless In-Ear Headphones
  • Charging case (I call the electric egg)
  • 2 additional pairs of O-Hooks (3 in total)
  • USB cord
  • Storage bag
  • 1More Sticker
  • Etc.





The sound surprised the crap out of me. I don't know what I was expecting, and I wasn't doubting them but the bass is what got me. I'm still tuning my ear to determine the best lows, mids, and highs... but at this time I haven't found any problems (unless i'm wearing the wrong sized ear tips... which make them sound a bit muffled).

Music sounds good, games, movies, ASMR, and podcasts sound good (as good as the recorded quality). I don't know any headphones able to fix horrible recordings... so I have to say that the sounds of some recordings were good. If it sounds bad, headphones able to amplify it will amplify it... and these headphones pick up those little sounds (i.e. someone taps the table).

Luca Bignardi did a good job. If you're new to these reviews, Luca is a Grammy winning sound engineer who tuned multiple 1More headphones (for a fully balanced and precise soundstage). If you want to hear something the way it was recorded... that's what proper tuning does (it doesn't compromise it).

Even with Luca on deck... it means nothing if the headphones don't have the right oomph to connect and deliver that quality sound.

The 1More Stylish True Wireless In-Ear Headphones has a Bluetooth chip with both aptX (Android) and AAC (iOS) for hi-res transmission technology + SBC (for those that need it).

These headphones have a titanium composite diaphragm with a 7mm dynamic driver for compact headphones. They get a low latency as a result of high speed signal transmission... so you can enjoy your visual content without it looking like an old school Kung Fu flick.

The LDS Antenna is what helps ensure a solid connection for music and calls by preventing less signal interference and transmission.

You get ENC (Environmental Noise Cancellation) technology... so that the person you're talking to can hear you in noisy places, and I can attest that it works for the most part. If i'm just surrounded by a slew of people talking loud, a phone call was not going to happen without a lot of "What was that?". When I'm not in a crowd of people, or i'm about 10 feet away... i'm able to complete my calls (even in a crowded convention center). I have no idea if it would go over well at a concert or not.

Sound quality in the phone calls were great for me + the caller... and I was wondering if it had something to do with the ear also helping the MEMS Microphone pick up my voice better. They share the same canals (the ear and mouth), so I was curious about that... since I have a deeper + lower tone of voice.

If you're wondering about the connection when it comes to distance away from the connected device, the sound quality was able to hold up well. I left my phone in the living room and made my way into my bedroom in the back area of my home without a break in the audio. I'm not sure of how many square feet away that is... but it remained connected. The wireless range is about 10meters.


The body of the 1More Stylish True Wireless Headphones is vacuum plated with a non-conductive vacuum metalizing (or NCVM) coating that won't conduct electricity. You may scratch your head and wonder what NCVM is... but its designed for things like these headphones and even cellphones so that electromagnetic signals are not interfered with. Check out a full breakdown here... if its something that fascinates you: https://www.model-solution.com/services/mock/ncvm

They feel sturdy, even though I wouldn't want to drop them from a great height. I have gone to sleep with them on... to enjoy the soothing sounds of ASMR and woke up to one laying on the hardwood floor in the morning (no cracks or anything). It still works... so you should be good with light accidental drops if they ever occur.


The multi-functional buttons feel good too, they aren't a loose click that can easily be pressed by mistake... but they're also placed in the right spot so that you can use your thumb and finger to make them do what they do.

The left button answers, hangs up, declines calls, and uses AI assistance like Google or Siri.

The right button plays, pauses, and switches to the next or previous track. I've used these buttons a lot and... they've worked without fail.


I figured these headphones would fit with the right ear tips, I just wasn't sure how well these would stay in my ears... but they actually stay. Recently I did some broadcasting work for a sports TV network and these arrived around that time... which gave me the opportunity to really test them day in and out. They did a stellar job and didn't fall out, no snags from a cord, but at the same time... there isn't a neck cord getting the occasional collar interference either so I really liked that. I was also able to use one at a time if I wanted... and if I were brave enough, someone else could use one while I use the other.

The right ear tips make all the difference, so make sure you have the right ones... because they don't annoy my ears (and my ears are sensitive). Before finding my ear tip size... I avoided in-ear headphones and even earbuds at all costs. I still have unused headphones laying around in boxes from the past.


The ear tips are made of silicon (along with the O-Hooks)... and the way they're angle gives it a good fit that's easy for me to use for a long period of time. An 8 hour day at the event only required 1 charge, and that charge was about 15 minutes for a full charge. It was quicker than that if I took them out to charge during breaks, but I think it took about 21 minutes for a full charge when they're completely dead. I can think of a few people with 30 minute lunch breaks who can benefit from that.


The 1More Stylish True Wireless In-Ear Headphones are priced at $99.99. This is a clean price, i'd value them at about $140 - $150... so $99 is a freaking steal. Apple fans are Apple fans, I have no beef with you guys and gals... but thei Airpods are $199 with the charging case, $159.99 with a charging case that you have to plug up in order to charge the Airpods, and $79.99 for the wireless charging case alone. That's $20 less than the 1More headphones along with its wireless charging case.

Overall, 1More aimed at quality... without going above and beyond on price. Money doesn't just magically appear in someone's pocket (if it does in yours, let me know where you bought your pants), so when the value is more than the price... I have to applaud that.

Other specs include:

True Wireless Bluetooth 5
Multiple pairing modes L & R switch over (you can use one or both and swap)
55 mAh for each Headphone Battery
410 mAh Case battery capacity
96h standby time for fully charged headphones
24h Totle battery life w/ charging case + headphones
You're able to fully charge your headphones 3 times between case charges
Gold-plated charging pin
Impedance 16


Sound 5

Quality 5

Comfort 5

Price 5


5 out of 5 Cool Points



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Spinning Wheel Brands: Snack Time... Reviewed!


I can't recall snack time being... reviewed before, but Spinning Wheel Brands dropped a supply of nom noms on us for just that very reason.


As you see here.. we were provided with Mozaicz Organic Popped Veggie & Potato Chips. That came in cheddar & salsa. The packaging says that they're made with organic olive oil, USDA Organic, and part of a Non GMO Project Verification program. I think this would definitely appeal to the foodies concerned about what's in their food. Even if its to get more information, doesn't hurt to be informed when looking for better snack time alternatives.

If I were looking for a better route to get my snack on... I wouldn't mind these (cheddar... more so). The package also shows that organic green peas are in these chips, as well as organic yellow peas, organic potatoes, and organic black beans. The cheddar ones have organic cheddar cheese according to the bag, and the salsa has organic tomatoes and organic tomatoes (according to the bag).

I can taste that they're healthier... but I wasn't turned off. I'm not a gigantic chip eater anyway (unless we're talking tortilla chips during nacho night), but these were okay to munch on.

These chips are also Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth

Certified Gluten-Free by the Gluten Free Certification Organization

Mozaics also supports The Chicago Mosaic School, which is a not-for-profit art school. I unconsciously gave the bag a thumbs up for that one (I just threw it up).

Taste 3.5 out of 5!

Hope & Sesame Organic SesameMilk was... a challenge. I'm soooo not a milk fan... at all. I can tolerate it with cereal, dipping cookies, PB&J and basically something to sip (a little of it) with the perfect match up, but... sesame milk is a no for me. I can do chocolate milk, and even plain white milk based on the conditions previously mentioned... but I couldn't do this. It wasn't a crazy taste, can't describe it... but I couldn't take more than a few sips. I guess I could taste the sesame... but... I don't want to taste sesame, so this is for the people willing to give it a go. I know someone who loves it... but that someone isn't me, so they're taking it off my hands. Enjoy!

For fans, and potential fans of this milk... the package showcases it as being Dairy Free, Soy Free, Gluten Free, and Tree Nut Free. SesameMilk is also Certified Organic, USDA Organic and it's also part of a Non GMO Project Verification program.

Something I didn't know about sesame milk is that its drought-tolerant. SesameMilk also lists that it has more Vitamin D than regular milk, no dairy allergens, or... lactose. That would be a benefit to me... its just... I don't know... it's not for me (it has to taste good to me). I do give it a thumbs up because the company supports cancer treatment research.

Taste 1.5 out of 5! (The .5 is for the contribution to cancer treatment research.)

I saved my personal favorite for last. Handfulls is awesome! As seen in the image here... the company sent two of the Crrrunch Bites! flavors and a Fusions flavor. The bbq almond tops the list, I almost ate the entire bag in one seating. They have a crunchy sweet flavor, super crunchy (they weren't playing about that).

My second is the hill country bbq blend. The pecans are maple bacon flavored, plus you get bbq CrrrunchBites almonds. I like the first one more because you get more of the almonds, but this is super good too.

The nacho flavor for me was okay, but the taste kinda sorta clashed with the almond to me. Like the other products... these are also Certified Gluten-Free by the Gluten Free Certification Organization.


Taste 5 out of 5 BBQ Almonds & Hill Country BBQ Blend!

Taste 3 out of 5 Nacho Almonds!

I think it's overall a great group of snacks for someone who really needs a healthier option and for those who don't need such. It might not seem like its a big deal, but... if you're having a get together... it would be awesome to have snacks that everyone can enjoy (some people have to be on edge about things like gluten). Not only that, the almonds are healthier alternative without tasting the part. I wouldn't think twice about buying a bag of these to munch on... and the brands give to those in need.




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