Da Capo II: Scenario Reviews

Two moe sisters? Which to choose!

Two moe sisters? Oh, which to choose!

Following Wahfuu’s run of Da Capo III, finally clearing all of the scenarios in Da Capo II made a certain someone’s presence in Da Capo III a lot more understandable.

Not surprising with visual novels: whereas I found no interest in continuing the mess of an anime that Da Capo II had, I enjoyed the pacing of the visual novel and what it had to offer. Many of its strong traits include the lighthearted comedy between the characters and its heartfelt climaxes toward the end of each route. Never having read the previous installment, Da Capo, I don’t have much of a comparison between Jun’ichi/Nemu and Yoshiyuki/his “sisters” as central leads, but I found them much more likable than fan impressions of the former pair, despite Yoshiyuki not being the brightest bulb in the room.

Without further ado, let the demonic rebirth of the otherwise miraculous tree commence!

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Hyouka – Houtarou is not an ordinary human

MY WHATEVER SENSES ARE TINGLING

Not only was episode 19 a haven for Houtarou/Chitanda hints, it also supports my theory that Houtarou is simply not an ordinary human being, even by anime standards. The connoisseur of strangeness, Haruhi, may even agree with me.

Seriously, this kid makes a completely out-of-there guess about a mundane-sounding announcement at school being related to counterfeit through pure conjecture… and at the end of day, turns out to be right. This kid is better than actual police detectives!

If Houtarou’s name was Ryuuichi instead, I wouldn’t doubt that this was a prequel to the Ace Attorney/Gyakuten Saiban series of visual novels.

Another Chitanda pout just because

+10 points if Chitanda’s first name was “Mayoi” or “Maya”

Hiatus manga series are the bane of me

Minnie remains hopeful of her lazy writer

A few days ago, I decided to catch up on D•N•Angel thinking, “It’s been a year already, surely Yukiru Sugisaki picked it back up!

It shouldn’t be surprising that my expectations were shot down. In typical Sugisaki fashion, the latest chapter of D•N•Angel in 2012 is exactly the same one I left of at during the beginning of 2011. Apparently she is really focusing on Ascribe to Heaven (which hasn’t gotten a translation past the first chapter) or she’s just lazing around and disappointing her fans. I mean, so far I like Ascribe to Heaven and find the art scrumptious, but I don’t have high hopes for it going anywhere seeing as Sugisaki has a track record of not finishing manga. This may sound hypocritical coming from a blog that might as well have been renamed to The Hiatus Spot in the past, but there is truth in what I’m saying here.

Sugisaki may be the worse offender of this, but there have been other manga groups like CLAMP that (despite having a number of completed works) also have quite a few unfinished works that are put on hold. Even then, they at least make an attempt to update sporadically and see it through(picking up Legal Drug again as Drug and Drop is a good example). Sugisaki, not so much. While she did pick up D•N•Angel, is putting it on hold RIGHT AT A CRUCIAL PLOT TWIST (just to focus on a NEW MANGA instead of updating her previous ones) a good strategy? Unlike me, some fans aren’t as faithful and persistent.

This is why I think mangaka should go with Kyoto Animation’s “one series at a time” philosophy, especially since it’s really just one person on the workforce plus a few assistants and editors. An advice to mangaka: Move onto a new project AFTER you’ve finished the one you’re working on now. It doesn’t matter if the art is delicious or if the writing is superb, all of it just becomes a downer if you’re going to deprive fans of it for most of the run… for nearly a decade, only for you to drop it again soon after picking it back up. For fans in places other than Japan, it hurts us even more since licensors will stop being interested in localizating their works because of their reputation of hardly finishing anything.

Do you guys agree with me on this stance? Should manga writers be limited to making one series and see it through before making a new one? If not, if you were to give the writer any suggestions on how to handle more than one series at a time, what would they be? Do you have any other examples other than the one mentioned in the post? Feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts.

Innovative WAIFU TECHNOLOGY

I just might get one of these, since it’s 4 AM and I’m losing control of my life. No, I think I should make chocolate pudding instead. Yeah, that would be a better idea.

Seriously, foreveralone aside, it’s cute and the general idea of this technology would be helpful for games in the vein of Skies of Arcadia, Tales and Valkyria Chronciles (basically, 3D JRPGs) that go for the whole anime/manga-look. SKIES OF ARCADIA 2 A-GO-GO…? Or a no-no? ):

It would defintiely be awesome for visual novels aesthetically, that’s for sure. Interactivity notwithstanding.

The Podcast With No Name – Episode 1: Popping the Cherry

On the agenda for our pilot episode, we have the upcoming Little Busters! anime, Spice & Wolf and other light novels, Da Capo III and other untranslated visual novels, Tales of Xillia being localized, and of course, plenty of extra topics because we can’t stop talking.

Intro Music
Title: campo de girassol
Artist: Shibayan
Circle: ShibayanRecords
Album: À procura de felicidade

Ending Music
Title: グリニッジによる二台のチェロのためのアルマンド
Artist: 菊一倖殷×中雑魚酒菜
Circle: 街角麻婆豆
Album: The Catcher in Greenwich

Sword Art Online The Expansion: FAMILY PORTRAITS

This is a family game

A game made for the family.

While I haven’t particularly been enjoying the blatant harem-building some of these side-stories seem to be going for (they’re not that interesting, really), they’re admittedly still decently written. I have been enjoying the Kirito/Asuna ship teasing these past few episodes, but nothing seems to top the first three episodes in terms of quality, in my opinion.

What rattled my brain during episode 7, however, was what seemed to be a family photo in Lis’s workshop shown above. Look at her age! How is this even possible? Wasn’t SAO a somewhat recent MMO (which is within the premise of the story)? If it’s not from the game, could it be an import from real life? Then why is her family wearing SAO armor? Gah. I guess this makes more sense if it was during beta testing (where player avatars didn’t have to resemble their RL bodies), but that’s kind of stretch, in my opinion. How long was beta testing again?

On another note: why are people calling her “Liz/Lizbeth” when it clearly says “Lisbeth” on her combat display? That’s pretty silly. xD

(Also, the dragon. Man, if this was Monster Hunter, Kirito would have been screwed regardless of level. And the cooking system seems to blow the Tales series out of the water.)

You're not very honest, are you?

Baka! I-i-it’s not like… I like you or anything!

Hyouka 17

Cheers, Hyouka

The conclusion of this “School Festival arc” caught me by surprise. I didn’t expect Hyouka to pull off something rather this complex. It took three subplots of the previous episodes that were seemingly unrelated and managed to weave them together to into a conclusion which focused on one central theme, expectations. And it did it really well.

What I liked particularly about this arc was the focus on Satoshi and Mayaka. It took two characters that seemed like mere background props in the beginning (in my opinion) and revealed more interesting facets about them, resulting to them pretty much stealing the show from Houtarou and Chitanda (hnnnnnng, impossible!) this time around. Houtarou may have solved the mystery, Satoshi, but I sure enjoyed the added depth to your character.

Bravo, Hyouka. Bravo. If this is you at your best, then you should keep it up. =)

Surprisingly not sarcastic about it this time around

By the way, this isn’t supposed to be condescending.

Cardcaptor Sakura 【HD Rewatch】 12

It's like they just spoonfed me a great shot
“I’m NOT cleaning the toilet again!”

I love time loop episodes, with the exception of the anime version of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya‘s Endless Eight in which they decided to troll us with eight episodes of the same crap. Unlike Endless Eight, though, CLAMP’s lovable magical girl and her future boyfriend are immune to the memory-resetting effects of the time loop and therefore adverted certain doom. =P

Interestingly, I’ve always noticed in this episode that not only did it contain signs of Nanase Ohkawa promoting Syaoran’s role as compeition in the anime, but also alludes to other aspects in regards to a certain other CLAMP series (hint: it also contains Syaoran).

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Cardcaptor Sakura 【HD Rewatch】 10

Sakura fails so cute, if that makes any sense

I love the festival episodes in this anime, but this pales in comparison to the others. I mean, the others involved crossdressing plays, maid/butler cafés, Suppie going drunk off of sweets, and one ended with a heartwarming Syaoran/Sakura scene. This one? War of the parents with raining flowers.

Still great, though. Insight on Sakura’s family tree is always welcome. And seeing Sakura fail with her baton will never get old. xD

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Sword Art Online 04

Must. Not. Get. Attached.

Regardless of any minor gripes I had with the anime originally, I commend it for putting me on my toes.

By that, I mean because of the previous episode’s little death show, I’m trying my best NOT to get attached to any characters in this anime. Especially since they’ve brought Player Killing into the mix, making the players a danger to each other as well. If it wasn’t for that, I would have savored the utter cuteness of Silica more, but I spent most of the episode expecting her to die. D:

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Cardcaptor Sakura 【HD Rewatch】 09

So, uh, how's the weather?

Is everyone from Hong Kong a giant tsuntsun?

Sakura starts her day by attempting to flatter Syaoran, telling him that she thinks his Chinese battle costume was cool and that she saw it in a dream.

Usually when an anime protagonist tells someone of the opposite sex that they “saw him/her in a dream,” they’d take it the wrong way (a la Digimon Tamers, as in a totally bad pickup line). Luckily for Sakura, she’s from a  CLAMP series, so premonition dreams can easily be explained to a character that’s savvy with magical powers and whatnot without embarrassing misunderstandings. =P

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