Yeah, that’s right
I’m planning on killing my VN backlog within the next few months, with the first target being Rewrite, school be damned. My previously-planned “Let’s Read” posts about it kind of fell by the wayside since school (ugh). I’ll probably just do a full review of it later this month, but maybe I’ll give an entire walkthrough’s worth a shot, it all depends on how much free time I have. Rewrite just gets more and more engrossing the further you get into it, and I’d really like to finish it up by the end of the month. As a person with an ear for Japanese, I must say I enjoy Amaterasu‘s translation work of it as much as the VN itself. The English dialogue is pretty good and reflects much of the same “feel” of the Japanese dialogue, most notably the funny scenes. It’s hard to explain, but well, Amaterasu’s awesome.
Continue reading Rewrite and others coming up this week (probably)
I just woke up around thirty minutes ago. And, I had a dream that I can’t exactly describe. It was apparently real life, but it felt like a visual novel/anime. I was a bum student (the ones that are considered delinquents in Japan, like Tomoya Okazaki) and I had a teacher that believed in me (like Hiratsuka-<i>sensei</i> is to Hachiman). One thing lead to another, and I ended up interacting and falling in love with a very sweet innocent girl that brought out the good in me. I talked to her a lot and it made me happy.
All the while Key BGM (mostly from Air, Kanon, and Clannad, but I’m not sure if any were from Little Busters!) was playing in my head. The dream ended in me running in the rain to give her dango presents. I woke up, and for some reason, heard Philosophyz in my head even though I haven’t read Rewrite yet… I feel nonchalant for some reason, my stress is all gone. But for some reason (and I admit, it’s weird to say), I feel that I’d like to meet that girl again. 🙁
(This is also the first time in a long while that I slept at a normal time and woke up at a reasonable time like a normal human being.)
Have you guys ever had anime-esque dreams? Did they make you happy, sad, etc.?
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.
Now that 2013 has begun, it’s time for me to talk about my favorite aspect of anime: the characters, specifically ones from 2012.
I can’t stress this enough. The quality of storytelling in an anime and its originality are crucial aspects in making an anime memorable, but I always believed that whether or not a series had good characterization and likable characters is what makes or breaks an anime, in terms of deciding it it’s watchable to you. At the very least, that’s how an anime really leaves an impression on me. No matter how well-built the story is or how original it is, if it has boring characters, it won’t leave much of a lasting effect on me. Or, you know, it can have characters that I absolutely loathe and it’ll also leave an effect on me, albeit a bad one. It works conversely!
I suppose a good example would be just from looking at a dozen of classic anime out there, the ones that aren’t too old but are considered retro in the present times. Those gems from the 80’s to 90’s probably don’t have stories that we’d consider to be unique concepts today, but the characterization and character dynamics were so good that they were able to hold the show/story up enough for people to remember them decades later. And obviously, characters are crucial in deciding whether a slice-of-life anime with no overarching plot is enjoyable.
This is a list of my personal favorite characters from 2012.
Continue reading Characters of 2012 (Happy New Years!)
Image Credit: wamochi
It’s time to get down to business in picking some needles out of a haystack. Overall, I’d say that this was a pretty weak year in terms of anime, but that isn’t to say there weren’t a handful of series that managed to stick out, in both a good and a bad way. This post will chronicles some of the series that managed to make some sort of impression on me this year – the good and the bad.
Based on categories ranging from most endearing to most loathed, the funniest to the unfunny, the best writing to the most obnoxious wish-fulfillment, etc. Obviously the selection’s only from the series I’ve bothered to watch, so feel free to suggest any gems that impressed you and I’ll gladly marathon them along with the rest of my backlog. I might even update this list, maybe.
Continue reading Anime of 2012
I DO THIS TO MYSELF. I REGRET NOTHING.
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!
Continue reading Key’s Rewrite! First Thoughts and Feelings Thus Far
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: koba from Pixiv
I realize that I may be beating a dead horse, but I’m still (after all of these years) baffled at KyoAni’s business practices. They’re just so bizarre and simply do not match what your typical business-minded person would think of when you say “making a profit from popularity.”
This is seriously one of the ONLY times where I wished a company would milk their popular products, yet they don’t! They just don’t want my money. Do they like money? Because they don’t like mine.
Continue reading The funny thing about Kyoto Animation
Today’s episode of Chuu2Koi was a really good one. On an emotional level, I thought they did a really good job on it.
I still find it highly amusing that I started watching this show because I figured it would give me a good chuckle, and now here I am, connecting to it on a deeper level. I’m not so sure I would give it an award if I were in a position to give one, but I will say that this show has proven to be very powerful in terms of characters. I find the characters extremely likable and memorable, and at the very least I’d give it an award in that regard.
Continue reading Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! 11 – THE HNNNG STOPS HERE
The college quarter kept me away from this place so long that it almost became “Wahfuu! The Visual Novel Blog.” Yet, I’ve tried to keep up with anime somewhat.
However, I have been keeping up with Chuu2Koi, at the very least (planning on having a marathon of Psycho-Pass and Little Busters! afterwords, though I’m afraid the latter might ruin the visual novel somewhat for me since I’ve been reading that instead). Funnily enough, the series is going the complete opposite direction of what was suggested by a couple of people (that it had the possibility of “deteriorating into love-triangle BULLSHIT”) and I’m LOVING it.
Continue reading Catch up! Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai DES
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
Finally, the anime I’ve been waiting for, well, forever! I’ve been a bit sketchy about it not being done by KyoAni, who are pretty much the only company that has ever done VN adaptations right. But I’ve decided to give J.C. Staff the benefit of an open mind, and so I’m going into this first episode with absolutely no bias.
Well, you can keep your lack of bias because J.C. Staff gives me convulsions. I don’t even know how they tricked me into trusting them and getting excited for this adaptation. If they screw it up I’m going to lose it.
My own excitement will kill me here, I swear. And it’s not like I can even pretend to not have a bias towards the visual novel. Look at my damn name. Either way, I have put down the torch and pitchforks and encourage everyone to do the same for now. We’ll mass the swarm later.
Continue reading Let’s Watch Little Busters! 01
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
Time to pick out the few shows I’ll be following during the next anime season. For me, autumn is always better than summer when it comes to anime. At least, that’s the case for me. And this year is no different.
Especially since this year, we have…
Continue reading 2012 Autumn Anime (LB, LB, LB!)
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.
Title: campo de girassol
Album: À procura de felicidade
Album: The Catcher in Greenwich
That was a nice final episode. Seriously, when I found out that there was an anime about moé Cthulu, I knew it was going to be an hilarious ride.
I love it when I’m right.
Continue reading Haiyore! Nyaruko-san 12 (FINAL)
Japanese Curious George is moé.
Despite starting Hyouka with the initial bad reactions still stuck in the back of my head, I was surprised that I actually enjoyed it, despite the first episode being rather so-so (being based on a novel rather than a light novel, I was expecting a much larger scale of depth in the vein of a schoolboy Sherlocke Holmes). While I am known to enjoy complete crap sometimes (Mirai Nikki comes to mind, but that’s meant to be crap in a good sense), I often realize it – and I must say, this isn’t crap at all. On the contrary, after the whole lock-mystery with the janitor in the first episode, I rationally adjusted my level of expectation to that of what I expect a light-hearted mystery to be, and I ended up appreciating what the show is trying to be.
Continue reading Hyouka – First Impressions
Wafu~ the anime is currently in the works according to Dengeki Bunko’s 34th episode of their web radio show. This is news I found out last night while watching Evangelion with my friends. Needless to say, I was ecstatic.
Then I wondered if Kyoto Animation was going to be behind the adaptation. Several seasons have went by with me anticipating another one of Key Visual Art’s works being translated into anime form – obviously this meant several seasons of disappointment as I love Kyoto Animation’s visual novel adaptations. Key probably loved them too considering how long it took for a popular VN like Little Busters! to have an anime announced. As a player of visual novels myself, I will say that KyoAni is one of the best when it comes to doing a VN anime right.
But not to my surprise, Kyoto Animation is not in charge of the Little Busters! anime whatsoever. I guess several seasons of disappointment turned out to be a good shock absorber.
Let’s hope that the studio (currently unknown) that’s in charge of the Little Busters! anime knows what it’s doing and will create a good anime out of it. While I’m disappointed that it didn’t end up being in the hands of the studio I have 100% faith in when it comes to visual novel adaptations, what matters the most is that the studio it is in the hands of knows what it’s doing. Preferably not J.C.Staff or Toei.