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Happy New Year!

Happy New Years!
Image Credit: あきのん from Pixiv

よいお年をお迎えください!

It’s finally 2015 on my side of the world, guys! I didn’t do a “12 Days of Anime” countdown for the end of 2014, but I’m still up to share some blurbs of my Japanese-related highlights of 2014 all in one post (excluding Fanime, you can see that post here).

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Uguu Review! Hoshizora no Memoria -Wish upon a Shooting Star-

Hoshizora no Memoria

Pray to become starry sky tomorrow…

So finally, after about 50 years, here’s another write-up of a visual novel (I fully admit that I’m absolutely damedame). The title of the day is Hoshizora no Memoria -Wish upon a Shooting Star-, a moege/charage by Favorite and one that is available with a fan-translation (by Staircase Subs).

I have to say that the art is simply gorgeous. The delicious illustrations are, of course, drawn by Shida Kazuhiro. He’s really good at drawing absolutely heart-melting loli characters and cute females in general, and honestly provides one of the strongest aspects that Favorite brand visual novels have going for them.

Also, beware. There will be major spoilers (even if I don’t go too deep into them and mostly just share my thoughts).

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Rewrite and others coming up this week (probably)

Rewrite is coming back

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.

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Let’s Read! Rewrite (Mikoto Playthrough) – The Beginning…

Rewrite!

I have recently started reading Key’s latest visual novel series, Rewrite. I’ve heard a lot of good about it (and it helps that most of my contacts on Skype have read it and constantly drown me with references and awesome music), so I thought I’d give it a go.

It helps that the only things I’m actively blogging right now are old anime and WataMote.

In contrast to resident tritagonist-turned-deuteragonist Wahfuu‘s review of the series, my posts will be episodic and will be write-ups of my thoughts of what I’ve read up to that point. Just so it could stand out from his awesome congregated reviews. 😛 That being said, MISSION START!

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Wahfuu Review! Grisaia no Kajitsu

Start!

So. Remember when I said something about doing episodic reviews for this game during my first impressions? Well, see.. turns out that once you get started reading Kajitsu it becomes very hard to actually stop. Especially for the length of time it would take me to write up an entire piece about whatever character route I just read. What I’m trying to say is that I’m both really lazy and, at the time, was far too engrossed in reading this little character showcase. So i’ve decided to do a compilation review. And because I do so love to rant and rave and add unnecessary punctuation to things (especially commas) this review ended up being quite long. Expect minor-to-slightly moderate spoiler-esque things for context and clarification. I will also probably splurge a lot about.. well, most things about the game really. And then I will bash Yumiko mercilessly. If any of these things bother you.. well.. I don’t know, really. What do people normally put here?

Anyways, this introduction is getting lengthy. Let’s not try to tire out everyone before I actually start talking about anything, aye? So before I bore you (and myself at this rate) let’s get to the actual meat of the stuff. On with the show and all that.

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Anime-esque dreams

I ship all the Yuru Yuri girls, by the way.

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.?

Grisaia no Kajitsu – First Impressions

She is the best. Don't hate.

This is Sachi.

Looks like it’s finally that time again. I’ve been posting rather scarcely as of late, mostly because I haven’t really had all that much to post about unless I start taking Mikotos mantle and start talking about anime, which I’m sure none of you would care for. The VN scene hasn’t really had anything noteworthy come out in awhile. I was thinking about doing a Steins;Gate one, but I might as well wait for the JAST release (if you haven’t heard!) before I do that. So, yes. I’ve been cheating on my visual novels with terrible things known by some as anime. Terrible, I know, but I must make do. It was pretty enjoyable though, thanks to some great recommendations. Finally, it is time though. I leave a bunch of anime, a book series and tons of other things compeltely unfinished as the great productive lad I am.

I’m a terrible person.

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Fanime 2013 Overall Experience (and the horrors of Yaoi Bingo)

No, I didn't go to the maid cafe. T_T

No, we didn’t go to the maid cafe. T_T

Truth be told, I was looking forward to going to Anime Expo 2013 during the earlier parts of the year – going to Fanime again this year was somewhat of a last minute thing. We ended up not having enough funds to afford going to LA and spending our time at the convention as pre-registered members. Fanime’s always fun, so I didn’t mind much. However, it did sour the experience in another way. Since we couldn’t book a room at the Marriott, Hilton, or any other nearby hotels this year (by the time we decided to go to Fanime again, all the reservations were full), we had to book a room at a motel called the “Hotel Elan” (yes, they call themselves a hotel) which was somewhat of a distance away from the San Jose Convention Center. It wasn’t too bad of a place nor was it miles away, but it was still far enough (approximately one mile) that we had to walk over there and take the bus every morning. We never got to the con at the earliest possible time, and since the neighborhood was pretty damn dangerous, we never stayed out too late. From now on, we’re definitely making plans for Fanime every year except when we’re 100% sure we’re going to another con.

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Fanime 2013 Cosplays

Mirakurun~

One of the things I love about anime conventions (or any convention for that matter) are the invasion of cosplayers. It was awesome seeing Downtown San Jose being infested and taken over by cosplayers and my fellow geeks and weebs. People might have been pissed by the traffic we caused and the endless lines we induced at restaurants, but we felt dominant! Made the city as “nigiyaka” (so to say) as San Fransisco is every night. It just made those four days and three nights so fun, and now that everything’s quieted down and returned to normal, I’m having post-con depression. 😛 I want Downtown Weebland again, dammit!

That being said, there were many great cosplays this year. I stopped to take a picture of almost every one of my favorite characters and shows whenever I came across them, but this is basically a list of my very favorite ones during the weekend. To those who didn’t make it into this blog post, I’d like to say that you definitely all made it to my Facebook albums. Just very wonderful memories overall.

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Fanime 2013 Haul

Sweet dreams to ME

I now have a huge Ore Imō wallscroll hanging over my bed.

Hey guys! I’m back from school, and raring to post coverage on my experiences at Fanime 2013. Fortunately (or rather, unfortunately?), Fanime is the time of year where I stop giving a shit about college in favor of catering to the weeb inside of me, so I’ll start posting more often on my own damn blog again and talk about shows I’ve finished and started. At least before Wahfuu gets tired of giving my blog respiratory aid. Ahem.

Anyways, I’ll begin the Fanime coverage by talking about the awesome swag that I acquired during my trip at Fanime. I made a decent amount of money this year, and therefore I bought a lot more merchandize from the Dealer’s Hall compared to last year. Of course, it was limited to stuff I couldn’t find anywhere else otherwise, as Region 2 DVDs and the like tend to be pretty cheap when ordered off of sites like Right Stuf, so I limited myself to buying mostly imports and merchandise that are hard to come by normally.

Beware: Photos were taken from my crappy 3DS camera.

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Wahfuu Rant! Romanesque Translation Situation

WE GOT LOADS OF IT!

Check out all the bullshit!

How dare Aroduc try to make money off of fan translating porn novels. Look at that! 2500$?! That’s.. well, not much money at all really. In fact, split amongst the translation group, it’s not even a 4th of what people at McDonald’s would make, as so amusingly explained by Kastel here. That isn’t the point, though. The point is, its money. On the internet. For fan translating! Oh the humanity! Someone had to take the first step, you know. Soon, almost every fan translation will be hosted on kickstarter! Everyone will refuse to translate for free because that one guy Aroducs journey into the rich high-life of fast food and stress just had to go and drag the entire visual novel translation practice into the shit! It’s the end of days, ladies and gents.

Yes, forget about the absurdly obvious and cringe-worthy xenophobia taking place here. Forget about the fact that Aroduc has delivered time and time again and will probably continue to do so. And yes, forget about the fact that the money actually acquired here would barely be enough to fuel gas for a month. We should all raise our arms in unison because of some sort of stupid invisible moral high ground we have placed ourselves on! He’s disrespecting the wishes of that dead company! How dare he. How dare fan translators ask for money for a hobby! Downright scum and evil and reasons and morality and whip wha hoo ha kazah!

….

That’s enough of that.
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Wahfuu Review! Dra†KoI

SPOILERS SHES A DRAGON

Grade A Dragon Waifu Deluxe!

Despite all the hype I had heard, I was fairly uneasy about going into Dra+Koi. A bit because of its reputation for being sex-filled and short, but mostly because of the boy-meets-girl romance focal point.. I don’t know if it’s because I have had bad experiences with romance stories or if it’s because I simply don’t like it as a focal point. One thing was for sure though, I was pretty skeptical of Dra+Koi despite all the hype I had heard about it. Come to think of it, I had no real reason to actually be a skeptic. If anything, I should have been excited for this little cocaine filled adventure. Yet, the combination of petty gripes with romance and my own questionable intellect all culminated in me going into Dra+Koi with almost zero expectations.

I wish I could go back and punch myself in the face.

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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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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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