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Wahfuu Review! Full Review of Rewrite.

THANKS FOR THE HELP SHIZURU.

Gardening Team Alpha Squad Redux.

I always hate finishing a VN I really like. It kind of feels like a friend is going away and you’ll never know when you’ll see them next. In this case, however, I do know when I’ll see them next, which is Harvest Festa, but I’m not sure if that totally counts. Either way, Rewrite is something I’ll probably remember for a pretty long time. Flawed in quite a few ways but enjoyable in far, far more. From it’s incredibly creative way of showing it’s message, it’s incredibly dark shift in tone, its great sound-track and one of my favorite common routes I’ve ever experienced, mostly due to the hilariously bright cast of characters. Speaking of which, I think Key is going to have to find a way to mix a straight-up foreigner in there next VN. Kud was half and even she has been eclipsed by the ever so absurd Kotori as far as butchering the english language goes. I don’t know how Key plans on topping themselves after this one. Maybe the next setting could be in boston. That’d work.

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Rewrite: Finale (Moon/Terra)

SERIOUSLY. IT'S NOT. STOP SAYING THAT.

SHE’S ON THE DAMN COVER, IT’S NOT A SPOILER.

Y’know, sometimes, words really don’t do it justice. Really, realllllly don’t do it justice. I could go on and on and on about how good the writing is, how clever and creative the plot is and just.. everything in general, but I honestly don’t think anything I say can do it justice. It’s something really has to be read to be fully appreciated. Rarely does anything make me turn off the nitpick and critical part of my brain just out of liking it so much but the final sections of Rewrite managed to do it to me. And now I have been left with the daunting ask of trying to sum it all up without freaking spoiling anything.

Seriously, I can’t even talk about the damn love interest all that much, really! What the hell do I even write here? Ah, screw it. Whatever. I guess I’ll just gush a little bit here since and do my damnedest to try to sell this. I’m really lost at how I plan on going about it, but I might as well try. So, here is my feeble attempt at telling you about Rewrites Finale, Moon and Terra. Oh boy, let’s see how this works out. First up, Moon.

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Rewrite: Akane (Cynical Succubus)

WELL SCREW YOU TOO THEN!

I love you too, don’t worry.

I always like giving credit where credit is due, and nobody deserves more credit then Akane’s voice actress, Eri Kitamura. I could never shake off that feeling that she’d make a killing working in phone-sex service. Even the most banal conversations gave off a sultry and very dirty feeling to them. I really have to wonder long for question what an H scene would be like with Akane in question. There would probably be a lot of whips. And handcuffs. Possibly rope depending on how frisky Kotarou is feeling at the time.

Releasing my inner masochism aside, I feel like I want to know where the.. inspiration for Akane came from. Did someone have a really hot and dirty sounding sadist for a girlfriend one time? How did they bring it up when they were discussing characters? “So! This girl here. Yes. Make sure her route is really sad. With a lot of thought provoking messages and character development for Kotarou. And don’t forget the sexy voice and attitude, too! If we’re going to get all serious and gritty we might as well give a stiffy at the same time.” The bastards.

Ladies and gentlemen, Rewrites leading cause of awkward erections, Senri Akane!

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Rewrite: Lucia (Spicy Demon of Justice!)

The tsundere in it's natural habitat

#1 Cause of brain damage in the Rewrite universe. 

There’s tsundere – and then there’s this.  If you’re walking out from a date in an ice cream parlour looking like you just got ran over by a bus, three cars and a stampede of angry rhinocerosyou have to wonder if ‘tsun‘ really does your girl justice. She beats you for watching her eat, she beats you for saying joking around, she beats you because your face is rather asymmetrical from all the swelling and could use some straightening out! And primarily, you get beat because you are Kotarou, and just freaking deserved it, you frivolous bastard you. Lucia’s particular type of tsundere is reminiscent of Tachibana from Nichijou, in the sense that whole persona is so over the top that you may have a feeling they’re making fun of the whole tsundere trope in itself.

We need a name that can capture the essence of these blatantly over-the-top kinds of archetypes. She’s like a tsundere, albeit madder…heh. Mad-dere. Infact, we might need to drop the dere portion of this all together. There’s only so much brain trauma one man can handle before dere becomes a word he can’t say without slobbering on himself. Anyone have any good ideas here?

Right. Let’s move along here. Konohana Lucia!

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Rewrite: Chihaya (The Human Boulder!)

Husbando~

TEAM SAKUYA.

Ohtori Sakuya, ladies and gents. If you couldn’t tell immediately, the man practically bleeds Shoujo swag. Butler to the human rocket Chihaya with the ability to turn Kotarous name into weird, rude and sometimes vile mutations of itself, Sakuya spends a huge portion of the common route and occasionally parts of other peoples route hating you for no real definable reason whilst at the same time trying to make sure Chihaya doesn’t end up on a mountain or the center of the earth since she has the brainpower of most rocks.

I’m not sure if Sakuya was written to be disliked or not, but if he was they didn’t do a very good job at it. Sakuya was a bit annoying to listen to at times during the common route but it becomes painfully clear very quickly that Sakuya is all talk and might rival Lucia in terms of tsundere. He even grows into a gigantic bro, especially getting to the end of the route where you learn his story almost to the point of nearly becoming–

I feel like I’m forgetting something.

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Recent Purchases (Kinokuniya is AWESOME)

Madoka and Pocket Monsters

Excuse the shoddy image quality, the photo came from my 3DS

Recently, I’ve decided to improve my Japanese by owning more Japanese-language reading material. Luckily, when I went to go eat with my friends at Mitsuwa Marketplace San Jose, I noticed that there was a Kinokuniya Book Store right next to it. Remembering that a merchant at Fanime recommended it to me for manga, light novels, and whatnot (God bless him), I decided to go there after feasting on tsukimi udon and takoyaki.

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Criticism vs. Hate

No matter how much I criticize KyoAni, I love most of their works to death

Image Credit: a-ka

“I found the romance somewhat lacking”, “the animation in this scene was horrible”, “good god what were they thinking while making this”, etc.

Sometimes, when you’re listening to a person’s opinion on a particular subject (say, a certain anime or maybe manga/VN), this person seems to go on long tangents about how a certain aspect of the story didn’t meet their expectations and continue by picking apart other qualities that the writers did wrong in their eyes, and seem to have more to say about the negative aspects than the positive aspects of the story. Jesus, this person must FRIGGIN’. HATE. THIS ANIME.

And then you realize: “No, wait… what? This person likes this anime? Not just like, it’s their favorite? Well hell, how the heck was I suppose to know that when they kept on talking down on it!”

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Rewrite: Shizuru (Ripe for the picking!)

Meido

Meido Mikoto Waifu Deluxe!

Shizuru’s route is about the overwhelming force of Shizuru’s pain-inducing imagination as Runstar, Sauryman, Pokerface and Gaffe Giraffe-san all combine efforts to take over the known world. Runstar shoves Kotarou’s face into the dirt, proving that everything does, indeed, smell like the sea. We’re all forced to bow as hulkamania runs wild on us, Guardian and Gaia join forces to take on the real threat of the world while the entire world blows up in a gigantic nuclear strike via the latter, proving that humanity are all assholes and the Key was right in the first place. Oh, and somewhere along the lines, I commit ritual seppuku after the absurdity that was this route’s ending.

We’ll get to that later.

Onwards!

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Rewrite: Kotori (Queen of the Idols)

Shakeitnow.

And much money was spent on feeding the glutton that day.

Hello, boys and girls! Want to know what today’s word is?

Lying.

Want to know what’s better? When all of your supposed friends do it to you! And then, it gets better, because you can turn it around and do it right back to yourself, too! And then everyone’s lying to each-other, you are lying to you, and everyone’s just in this huge ball of lies and nobody can tell the difference between what’s real and fake anymore! It’s like a “make your own adventure”, except in real-time! Isn’t it grand? It sounds fun!

See a sky-dragon? All your friends bitch-slap you and outright lie to your face? Whole school treating you nicely for some odd reason? Pack that shit away with the magic of lying! Nothing ever happened. Nothing needs to happen, as long as you have the insane willpower to just keep doing it to yourself without wanting to punch every single mirror within arms reach.

Right, then. Now that I got that out of my system, this is the first route I did on Rewrite, and as such, all of you lovely people get a post about it! I’ll try not to be too spoilerific about incredibly big details or swerves, but I might give away some moderate spoiler stuff for the sake of context. So, if you are alright with that, keep reading on. It gets better. Sort of. Right, right. Must continue. Alright, so! Without more rambling, I give you the ever-so-strange and hilarious, Kanbe Kotori.

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Wahfuu Revisit! Fate/Stay Night

Fate/Stay Night

It was the best thing I had. Sue me.

You know, some people say that I’m overly optimistic about VNs that I take on, and I think that’s true. See, I always do try to find the good even in the worst of things when it comes to VNs, but sometimes I throw it under the bus really quickly if the beginning/middle/one route isn’t really that good. Yet, I’ll almost always give it a try. I don’t try to be some sort of higher intellectual that knows the intricacies behind what makes writing beautiful or what makes everything flow so well. No, I’m just a guy. A Canadian guy. And a guy who has read a damn lot of visual novels.

See, now you are probably wondering where I’m going with this! Well, when I was a wee lad, I was just getting past a lot of entry level VN stuff. Moege, random this and that shenanigans, what have you. Fate/Stay Night was one of the first super-power VNs I ever got into. And I wasn’t expecting much. Foolish, I was. Stupid. Ignorant of all the real VNs out there. I picked up Fate/Stay Night expecting nothing really at all, but holy shit. Damn. Seriously, damn.I hate using the word epic that much, but that might be the only thing that describes the visual novel. Which might be why I always give something the benefit of the doubt, because giving Fate/Stay Night the chance blew my damn mind. And it was great.

So, discovering that Fate/Stay Night had an updated patch that I was totally negligent about when I first read it, I decided to re-read the tale and share the review with you all! Fun stuff.

I can sing Fate/Stay’s pros forever, I think. Yet even things I love have imperfections. Like the fact that what makes it awesome makes all the hypothetical what-ifs and jabbering seem terribly off-putting, so sometimes you can full into a lull when all you want is to keep getting to the next twist or hardcore part. The VN gets called overrated a lot. I don’t really see it, but I can see why it wouldn’t be amazing to everybody. Especially if you’re an artfag – the game’s a bit old.

Either way, F/SN will always be one of my favorites. Not out of nostalgia, either, out of simply just sheer “holy shit” factor. It’s pretty damn good. I mean, really good. Now, you might ask what I think of the anime. I think the anime isss….. bleghk. Bad in comparison. Does a pretty good stand-alone job, but not for me and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone if they ever planned on reading the original. Fate/Zero I’m also a bit iffy on. Shoving grimdark into my face over and over doesn’t make me like it anymore, but, either way, I can understand the attraction.

So, I’ve rambled on enough. Time for the Wahfuu Review of one of my favorites, F/SN!

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Key’s Rewrite! First Thoughts and Feelings Thus Far

I've done it again.

I DO THIS TO MYSELF. I REGRET NOTHING.

PROCRASTINATION HO!

We interrupt your broadcasting of Duel Savior and Da Capo III for another visual novel to once again delay everything else I’m doing! Yes, everyone, it’s that time of the year. Where some really cool guys translate the latest Key visual novel (in record time!) and everyone is forced to go through bitch-tears and reduced masculinity for awhile. Yep, it’s that old song and dance. Rewrite has been translated. And unfortunately, everything else I’ve been doing has taken a small trip into the back-burner, because there is no way at all I can bring myself to read anything else when I have something so hyped in front of me.

So, curious? Of course you are. So this, friends and enemies alike, is the beginning of my journey into Key’s latest monstrosity! Let’s get ready to count the scars, alrighty? Okay, so, on with the show!

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12 Days of Anime, Day 10: Baseball Tears

Kud says Merry Kurisimasssuuuu

Image Credit: imo mushi from Pixiv

Couldn’t get this post up yesterday because I was at a family Christmas Party (which doubled as a birthday party for my little sister, which is why I went). Strange seeing my cousins/nieces unwrapping their presents on the 23rd. 😛

Gonna get Day 11 up later today because today is technically Day 11… and I’d be bothered if I broke the flow of these and decide to end it on the 26th.

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

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

Loot! Loot!

Image Credit: buuta

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…

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12 Days of Anime, Day 4: Tales Comeback!

Presents are over THERE

Image Credit: sky (freedom) from Pixiv

The worst part about having Paint Tool Sai installed on my system is knowing that other artists are using the program to its full potential with a Wacom Cintiq or other expensive tablets that I can’t afford.

…oh well, enough with the jealousy and time for some holiday spirit, and all that other jazz. Day 4, man! ($4k present for Mikoto…please? Please?)

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

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Duel Savior: Kaede (Puppies are adorable!)

PuppyPuppy

Quiet, Calm, Deadly. The Ninja, Kaede.

The dark types are such fun sometimes. The evil looks in their eyes, the dark stoic deadpan in their voice, the ungodly fear that she might just kill you before you manage to break through the evil fog of emotions. All this goes into a rather intense emotional experience as you work stone by stone, piece by piece and tear by painful tear to get to her heart, leaving you with a lot of satisfaction and manly( or womanly) tears at the end when you finally see that smile you’ve been yearning for.

So, with that in mind, let’s talk about someone completely different!

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Little Busters! Perfect Edition Unboxing

Well it would seem all self-control has been lost. I’m not talking about “Rin about throwing a baseball at Masato-tier” lack of self-control, no I’m talking about the level of self-control one must lack in order to do it the way the anime showed it (launching the poor Master of Muscle several feet). Or rather, the self-control was lost a few weeks ago, November 12 to be exact. I feel like a picture is worth a thousand words, however, especially when the picture is actually just more words, but nevertheless, I present to you the following.

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Wahfuu Rant: The Nukige Effect

How’s it feel knowing that people look at this and Bible Black as the same thing?

SINCE THIS RANDOMLY GOT A SURGE IN VIEWS, I FEEL LIKE I SHOULD ADD THIS POST IS REALLY OLD AND I HAVE CHANGED MY OPINION QUITE A DEAL. SO TAKE THIS WITH A GRAIN OF SALT. – WAHFUU

Oh boy, have I wanted to do this one.

I’m probably going to offend someone here, and if I do, I at least slightly apologize. I just can’t much take this anymore. I really get more and more annoyed every time this seemingly stupid subject comes up whenever the topic of VNs comes up. It’s driven me to the point of madness here, and this is at least a slight release for something I’ve wanted to say for awhile.

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Duel Savior: Berio! (………..)

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The… writing of this route.

Okay… so. I must say, the beginning is a bit odd. Especially with how much sex happens almost immediately. By the by, if sex freaks you out, abandon ship. Right now. There is quite a bit of it. Way freaking earlier than I had ever expected. I think part of this can be attributed to Taiga being a mix of awesome and quite possibly the highest level of lech I have ever seen. Seriously, you thought Jun from My Girlfriend is the President was hardcore? Has got absolutely nothing on Taiga. Holy hell. Okay. Yeah. Describing what happened. Plot and stuff. Right, right.

Who is Berio? Berio is the student-president (I LOVE THOSE TYPES NOT REALLY AT ALL!) of the savior-class of the school you got freaking ported into. She’s got the whole work-hard and all-work-and-no-play thing going for her solidly. I want to blame her and not like her for how she treats Taiga at the beginning but… I can’t. He’s seriously a bastard. Almost to the point where I disliked him. Almost.  Anyways, Berio is a nun.. sort-of. She’s devoted to god at the least and helps the church a lot, so for the sake of consistency, we’ll call her the nun.

Do note that I’m trying to do route by route here so some things might be confusing. A lot of the details seem to come from Rico’s route. Anyways, onto Berio’s side of things.

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