12 Days of Anime, Day 8: Carpe Fulgur is AWESOME!

Loot! Loot!

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While I definitely appreciate serious stories in media, more often than not, I enjoy a departure from that kind of atmosphere in favor of something that’s more friendly and innocent. Good stories don’t always have to be dark, edgy, and full of drama, after all.

For me, that remains especially true for anime, manga, and video games.

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

A sword is a weapon to kill...

One cross-shaped scar…

[First Day]

Haruhi shapes the world...literally

Two godly novels…

[Second Day]

Fanime 2012

Three pals at Fanime…

[Third Day]

Elise Lutus is my loli queen, yup yup

Four Apple Gummis…

[Fourth Day]

Jet, you killjoy!

Five Right Stuf deals…

[Fifth Day]

Madoka will unwrap Ultimate Madoka as a selfcest Christmas present

Six grief seeds…

[Sixth Day]

Freeza is so insignificant now...

Seven Dragon Balls…

[Seventh Day]

Muhahaha

Eight picky buyers, and a partridge in a pear tree!

I must say that Culpur Fulgur is a small, yet amazing company (aside from that censorship debacle…). All available for purchase on Steam, they localized three cute, lighthearted, and endearing Japanese PC doujin games known as Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale, Fortune Summoners: Secret of the Elemental Stone, and Chantelise: A Tale of Two Sisters. This year I’ve gotten around to playing all three of them and I’ve grown to love them a lot.

Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale is quirky little blend of a shop simulator and an action-RPG. The game itself is fun and addicting, but what made me smile were the amount of RPG parodies, breaking of the 4th wall, etc. The charming dialogue just won me over. Same goes for Chantelise: A Tale of Two Sisters (developed by the same company, EasyGameStation). Coupled with the dialogue, and my love for challenges, the game’s exceptional difficulty was just about right for me.

Fortune Summoners: Secret of the Elemental Stone (by LizSoft), however, is my favorite out of the three. The friendly atmosphere and innocent quirks of the characters remind me of my beloved Cardcaptor Sakura. Overall, it’s a cute little adventure RPG game that I’ve grown to enjoy immensely – there’s just so many places to explore in that 2D world. The focus on precise sword swings and the like make the combat somewhat of a steep learning curve on difficulties other than Easy, but that’s what I like about it. It isn’t just another hack-and-slash game, it’s a game that requires skill and perfection of technique.

Most importantly, it’s friggin’ adorable. I only wished Carpe Fulgur bought the full rights to the DX edition. I wanted the extra voice acting…

Gameplay:

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(OUCH OUCH MY VOCAL CHORDS OUCH…I’m too sick for this nonsense…)

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