Category Archives: Video Games and Visual Novels

The Podcast With No Name – Episode 2: We Still Have No Name

We’re finally back to the podcast, this time to talk about the Little Busters! anime (again), the (very mysterious) Angel Beats! visual novel, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and other exciting 3DS games, and finish it up with the most drawn out recommendations segment ever.

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

Ragging on Japan for no reason – not doing the research

7:19

“…What am I saying to these girls? No matter what I choose they always seem to have sex with me.”

-Gamespot

Yeah. Yeah, this guy is a moron.

Joking about Japan’s perverse media is all in good fun. That is, when it applies. When it doesn’t, you just come across as a giant bigot.

Which is exactly what this is.

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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”

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.

School Days: Review/Rant!

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

That’s right folks! JAST has released the very infamous School Days visual novel for all the public to see! So grab your blanket and sad-faces, right? Everyone knows how this is going to go! Everyone has seen this damn anime, so naturally, the visual novel is probably going to be equally as disturbing! I bet everyone who is probably avoiding this visual novel, as if it’s been infected with the black plague, is probably wondering who in their damn right minds would play the gore-fest horror-story that is School Days.

…Except, not really.

Want to know how this went? Long story short, it went fine. No, I’m serious. It went fine. And I’m sure a ton of people reading this is going to call me a liar, but I promise! No shenanigans. Seriously. This was honestly the most anti-climactic experience I think I ever had. So, if it went fine, I bet you’re wondering what this post is about then? Well, it’s honestly half a review, half a rant. So, let’s get this started!

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Visual Novels vs. Dating Simulation Games

VNs Vs. Dating Sims

A widely skewed image of the visual novel genre. and a commonly incorrect usage of the term “dating simulation,” keeps people from trying out an otherwise excellent method of storytelling.

Take the rather recent “Katawa Shoujo,” for instance. Many people went in thinking it was a “dating sim” about disabled girls. While the story is about disabled girls, it is not a dating simulation game. It’s intended to be an emotional visual novel that will break even the most wicked of souls (it’s actually rather average). Calling it a dating simulation game is as correct as calling Half-Life 2 an RPG. Or Eiken a “good anime” (ha ha). Which is why I felt like making this post, “Visual Novels vs. Dating Simulation Games.” For all you savvy folks out there, this post isn’t to put down one or the other, but to educate.

Within this post, I will post both the similarities and differences between visual novels and dating sims, and hope to take down any misconceptions about the former by forming a clear description of what the latter really is.

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A batch of Clannad tributes

Dango Daikazoku forever!

Just a few tributes to possibly one of the saddest visual novel stories ever told, in the form of full opening music videos. I hope you enjoy!

(This reminds me, I can’t wait for the translation of Key’s new visual novel Rewrite. Almost time for another round of emotional torture!)

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Phoenix Wright/Naruhodou Ryuuichi gets his own movie!

Objection! What the hell?

http://www.capcom.co.jp/gyakutensaiban/movie.html

So let me get this straight – An anime for Gyakuten Saiban/Ace Attorney has never been made, yet they get an idea to make live action film instead? Narimiya Hiroki doesn’t even look the part! Not enough spikes.

This better be good.

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Emil Castagnier, Plue, & DaisukexRiku (Chibi Fanart)

It’s a school day and writer’s block calls for fanart dump.

Bonus 4koma (Strip #1. Yes, there will be more). An inside joke between the lazy co-writer (Steven) and I.

Emil Castagnier (Tales of Symphonia -Knight of Ratatosk-)
Plue (Rave Master)
Daisuke/Riku (D•N•Angel) (version 2 has slight differences)

All done with a mouse on Manga Studio EX 4.0. No tablets (everything would look better with tablets :P). Lightly-colored for an extra innocent chibi effect. Enjoy.

Top 10 Xenophobic/Ignorant Attitudes Aimed Towards Japanese Media

Five cool points if you can name all three of these characters

I’ll give you a cookie if you can name all three characters and where they originated. 😛

The list is in no specific order. #5 may apply to other countries, as well. Also note that I’m against these opinions, not siding with them.

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Top 10 video games that can easily become anime

The World Ends With You

Honestly. You know, despite how horrible or loose video game adaptations tend to be… Within hundreds of video games, there are those certain gems that are pretty much playable anime. They would have no problem making the transition from one medium to the other. And then, of course, there are those games which actually have better stories than what you would discover in a lot of anime…

(Numbers hold no importance, although #1 is the most wanted one. Also, happy 4th of July!)

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Square Enix’s MMORPG Gets A Release in the US…WITHOUT ME NOTICING?!

Characters don't actually look this hot in-game.

So it seems ファンタジーアース ゼロ has now become Fantasy Earth: Zero! Right under my nose, a few months ago even! Yes, I used a simple language change as an analogy to the game being released in America.

I had begun following this game about 2 years ago, back when it was unreachable by me due to Gamespot Japan IP blocking all us would-be foreign players. Discouraged after an entire YEAR without a US release, I had stopped keeping track of the game and have now run across it due to me starting my yearly summer MMORPG stint.

The official release of the game was on May 18th, leaving me feeling silly for being so late on this. However, better late then never, and I figure I’d service the readers of The Otaku Spot with a review of the game! Joining me on this little adventure will be none other than Mikoto, who I haven’t asked yet, but I’m sure he has nothing better to do. No, seriously.

Anywho, before starting any MMORPG, I have to do my fair share of research, which I’ll share with you right here.

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Tales of Symphonia: Tethe’alla Hen (OVA) – 02

Overdoing things
Wonder how far we’ll go into our strange hobbies?” – Zelos Wilder.

Jesus, Regal. I know you’ve lost your lover and you’re bound by some really uncomfortable handcuffs, but don’t you think you’re overdoing your online activities just a tad?

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Tales of Symphonia: Tethe’alla Hen (OVA) – 01

Hunny
Come here… hunny.”

I mean Sheena!
I mean Sheena”!

Zelos is as cool as he was in the game.

I started watching, thinking, “I’ve been waiting 4 years for this. You better make me happy, ToS OVA!” and I was awarded with this scene. <3

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[J-Pop] Tales of Vesperia Opening – English/Japanese Remix

Rita Mordio

Oh god, I win at life.

Thanks to Bonnie Pink putting “Ring a Bell” in both English and Japanese (“Kane wo Narashite”), Tales of Vesperia has become the first Tales game in which the localization basically uses the same opening song as the Japanese version… with lyrics (I’m looking at you, Tales of The Abyss and your epic, but unnecessary, guitar mix for Karma).

Getting to the point, song’s awesome. I remixed both versions of the songs and made an entirely new version I’d like to call, “BELL wo Narashite”. Subtitles, courtesy of me. Enjoy.