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!
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.
Some weird mind-screwy crap happening here.
Hello beautiful people! We’re here again, for my second and hopefully final time of the Da Capo III common route! Usual disclaimers of not being proficient in Japanese apply, and as much, may miss some details, apologies, etc etc!
You know, despite my crappy understanding of Japanese, it’s plenty fun enough to read regardless. Especially since it seems to be a very simple way of talking without too much slang. Especially since who the hell knows when MangaGamer is going to translate this. Probably not till they get an 18+ version at the very least. And also, it’ll be at the end of their HUGE line of Nukige, which I could rant about for ages. Seriously. Come on. How much porn is out there? Do we really need more time and effort to translate more of it?
Ugh. I bitched. I didn’t want to, but I did. Alright, moving on to Chapter 3!
The Visual Novel way of depicting Vampires.
Hello my beautiful people! Welcome to my journey into vampires, highschool, crazy-manly best-friends and what seems to be a main character that isn’t totally braindead. Also called Fortune Arterial! Please note that this VN contains high amounts of cliché material and loads’o’moe. It also contains rather hilarious characters and the sprites and art are all rather appealing to look at. I also only felt like putting this disclaimer in because it’s in English, which means that I can’t use this space as a warning for my lack of moon-rune knowledge.
On with the show and such!
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.
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Well. I can’t say I didn’t expect it, but seeing the spawn of evil being reincarnated in the flesh bark definitely hits home far harder than it should. Seriously, the amount of crap this damntree has done is getting to be mind-boggling.
Welcome, everyone, to my first little write-up about my experiences with Da Capo III! I’ll offer some brief summary on what the hell is going on, how I feel about all the shenanigans transpiring, how good it is, and all the good crap. So, lest I waste anymore of your time reading random stuff not relating to Da Capo III, here we go!
Typical body switch episode. When you’ve seen it on Shakugan no Shana, you’ve seen it on all of ‘em. This show is so mindless it hurts.
No notable Japanese pup-culture references that I can mention, aside from that one scene that looked suspiciously like Code Geass. All I can say is that this episode is a great example of destroying the suspension of disbelief when it comes to “straight” anime MCs. And I’ll name all them in one post.
So I just got around to reading Puella Magi Kazumi Magica: The Innocent Malice, up to the latest chapter. Suffice to say, it starts out pretty happy, but since I’ve watch the original Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime series, the quick shift to utter darkness didn’t catch me off guard this time around.
I have to say, the plot twist in chapter 14 was pretty awesome, especially since you can spot some clever foreshadowing while re-reading previous chapters. Even though it isn’t written by Gen Urobuchi, the overall spirit and mood of its parent series is still there, and is emulated perfectly by Maaki Hiramatsu. Kind of miss Ume Aoki’s designs though, but Takashi Tensugi’s art is pretty. This spin-off seems to have much more yuri undertones than its parent series did (which all could have been taken out of context, for all we know), so I’m a happy man. <3
Without being as spoilerish as possible, I summarize my thoughts on the latest chapter in two words: POOR KAZUMI.
Holy effin’ balls. This is the creepiest manga I’ve ever read. No bullshit. Screw Higurashi. Screw Battle Royale. Screw that Highschool of the Dead BS. This is true horror on black and white pages.
I recommend everyone to kill their lights and read this (unless you somehow manage to get a hold of the actual book, in which case turning off the lights will be fucking stupid). This will make you piss your pants if you happen to have a little sister. Why, you ask? Read it and it will ALL make sense to you. I’m not taking out the trash EVER again.
(Yeah, I didn’t finish blogging the summer season. Sue me. My priorities at the moment are: college prep stuff > video games > anime. Too bad they’re not in the order in which I would prefer them to be. As an apology, here’s a funny video Steven showed me, which he found on VG Cats (wait, they actually updated?!). Cookies for anyone who can point out the person who is most likely saying “yyeah bitches” during that Black Friday stampede.)
More plot-oriented shows should add an element of surprise to their shows and drop the episode previews altogether like Shiki. We all know by now that episode previews usually spoil the crap out of us.
Case in point: During last episode’s cliffhanger, I thought Tohru was going to die. At the start of this episode, it seemed like Shimizu attempting to feast on his blood was all a dream, which made me relieved (because Tohru is cool). And then, they went ahead and surprised me by having him die anyway. I like it when shows do that to me, and if Shiki had an episode preview, I would probably know for sure Tohru was going to die here.