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.
Continue reading Wahfuu Review! Full Review of Rewrite.
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.
Continue reading Rewrite: Finale (Moon/Terra)
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!
Continue reading Rewrite: Akane (Cynical Succubus)
#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 rhinoceros, you 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!
Continue reading Rewrite: Lucia (Spicy Demon of Justice!)
Each time a new Etrian Odyssey is released, I think they can’t top the last shopkeeper, and then this happens…
Continue reading Etrian Odyssey IV: An Overview
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.
Continue reading Rewrite: Chihaya (The Human Boulder!)
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.
Continue reading Recent Purchases (Kinokuniya is AWESOME)
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…
Continue reading 12 Days of Anime, Day 10: Baseball Tears
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…
Continue reading 12 Days of Anime, Day 8: Carpe Fulgur is AWESOME!
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…
Continue reading 12 Days of Anime, Day 4: Tales Comeback!
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!
Continue reading Duel Savior: Kaede (Puppies are adorable!)
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.
Continue reading Little Busters! Perfect Edition Unboxing
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.
Continue reading Wahfuu Rant: The Nukige Effect
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.
Continue reading Duel Savior: Berio! (………..)
IT’S A VN, I SWEAR!
Hello everyone! It’s that dude who never makes posts on projects he’s already started! Why? Well, it’s because he has important stuff to do. Like… well, this! This, my friends, is the latest translated VN-Game, Duel Savior!
Continue reading Duel Savior! First Impressions
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.
Title: campo de girassol
Album: À procura de felicidade
Album: The Catcher in Greenwich
Hm, what’s this now? Did I strike a nerve?
I’m not speaking for everyone who prefers Japanese audio in their Japanese media, but this is how I personally feel about dub fanboys. Fanboys, mind you, not fans. That, or people that think Japanese voice preferences are the qualities of lower lifeforms. I like a handful of dubs myself, so I can’t exactly be classified as a dub-hater, either. Just getting it out there before anyone jumps on me for being a fanboy of subs/raws. Truth is, I also can’t stand people who treat Japanese as the only language that deserves to exist either (it’s an awesome language, mind you, but wording it like that’s just going too far).
However, enough dub fanboys have ranted about such people in recent years, and the way they go about it is getting more and more obnoxious as the years go on. Even more obnoxious than the people who treat Japan as the only country worth existing. I feel the need to step in and give my own thoughts on the matter by picking apart common generalizations regarding people who prefer to watch their anime and play Japanese video games in Japanese. Basically, why these people (who act like it’s a cool thing to call people “weaboos” just because they prefer Japanese voices for certain things) are IDIOTS.
Continue reading Dubbies are as simple-minded as subbies
So yeah, yesterday’s post about Sword Art Online had me joking about the fact that Asuna was insinuating that they could have sex in SAO when she started stripping in front of Kirito. Because my common sense told me that it was obviously impossible to do so unless they wanted to teabag the whole night. Hours later, I found about that the author of the novels had a bonus chapter on his website…
Continue reading Sword Art Online Chapter 16.5 – Two years worth of EXP flowed into Asuna *GLOP GLOP*
The fact that Heathcliff also has an extra skill gives me the impression that everyone else should have them too (how many other unique skills could have possibly been put into the game for 10,000 players, without leading to more than a few useless ones?). When you take that into consideration, at least PvP isn’t as broken as MVP. Kirito showed how broken these skills could be when he raped the boss of the previous episode.
Ah, whatever. The highlight of the episode, to me at least, is the fact that it solidifies Kirito and Asuna’s status as the official couple.
Continue reading Sword Art Online 10: Pimp Master Kirito
“I…it’s not like I’m happy that you like my cooking or anything.”
Just as I expected from the previous episode, the series is starting to pick up!
There was plenty of character development and plot revelations, and at the same time, plenty of KiriAsu to enjoy. =D
Continue reading Sword Art Online 09: Unbalanced Skills FTW