Death by moegasm

Inu x Boku SS is cute. Reeeeeeeeeeeally cute. Karuta brings moegams, Ririchiyo is just hhnnnnnnnnnnnng, and the cutesy fluffy romance sprinkled in between the comedy is just tooth-rottingly sweet. But Soushi is just delicious. From his normal look, to his casual sweater with glasses look, to his shouta look, to his smiling and sadistic 天然黑 tendencies… Ohohoho I can’t remember the last time I liked a male character this much. My only complaint is that the anime ended before the meat of the plot set in. What a waste…

 

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Iris Zero: kinda like Hyouka on drugs, in a good way

I’ve been watching Hyouka. But, I admit that I don’t have any particular reason to watch it other than the fact that the art is pretty and Chitanda is cute. The characters are moderately interesting, I suppose, but the mysteries mostly fall short of being interesting. When I started reading Iris Zero, I thought it was going to be the same thing. I mean, both stories are about a guy who’s rather antisocial and detached is forced to solve mysteries that an overly eager/helpful girl drags him into after all.

But OH HO HO HO HO was I wrong.

It takes a few chapters, but the drama quickly overwhelms the mystery aspects of the story, which serves as an excellent backdrop to presenting a whole sleuth of twisted human interactions. While there are little breather episodes in between the longer arcs, they introduce little nuances to the story along side a great mix of comedy and romance. I don’t want to spoil anyone with a specific example, but to see society degrade perfectly normal children into twisted, manipulative individuals surrounded by oodles and oodles of drama is something to be relished.

This is one of the more light hearted scenes. I’ll let you find the murder-y and rape-y stuff on your own.

Read it with me and suffer the long agonizing wait for the next chapter!

Natsuzora Kanata review

If I had to name a few games that really piqued my interests in Visual Novels early on, Natsuzora Kanata would definitely be near the top of the list (alongside Toheart 2 and Aster). The moment I saw the promo art I went “WHOAAAAAA I GOTTA SEE MOAR OF THIS”. Serendipitously, a Chinese patch got released JUST as I made myself promise to not open Baldr Sky until my exams are over. So of course, I set out to play it immediately. Overall, I’d say that this is a pretty good game, as far as these types of heroine-centered games go, and at the very least I like it more than Tenshin Ranman (I played Sana’s route, got bored, skipped around a bit, got to the ending, and then deleted the game. Sana’s fans can try to murder me now).  Continue reading

TOMOE IS GETTING ANIMATED. FINALLY!

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Happy days ahead for me.  I have long been in love with the manga Kamisama Hajimemashita.  Its got a fun, tough and spunky heroine and a drop dead gorgeous kitsune demon.  Not to mention a fun supporting cast of characters, mostly youkai, with a smattering of humans here and there.  Basically its my kind of deal and apparently (fangirl squealing starts to commence) its getting animated!

Even better Akitaro Daichi will be directing. I was always a huge fan of Fruits Basket and Kamisama Hajimemashita has quite a bit of humor in it, so I’m looking forward to seeing what he’ll do with it 🙂

Rewrite mini review

It took me forever to finish Rewrite.

On that, I can blame a couple of things: the sheer length of this thing, unlikeable characters, the lack of communication between the writers leading to inconsistencies all across the story, etc etc, but I’d say that the main reason is that this doesn’t feel like a Key game. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it throws you off when something is so different from what you expected. No matter what had happened, all of Key’s previous works fit inside a certain social frame. They didn’t touch upon religion, have high body counts, or have multiple, jarring, changes of setting. The story that Rewrite tries to tell is grand and complex, but the integration is rather badly done and at the end of it I’m really wondering about the point of most of it. If 3/4 of the stories were chopped out and the writers were more organized I think I would have enjoyed it a bit more. Then again, I’ve never really liked VNs that start out in the school setting then shift to another setting half way through (as much as I loved Clannad I had problems with the After Story), so feel free to take what I just said with a grain of salt.

Other things that made Rewrite different from what I expected was the sheer bleakness of the story. Key is known for their tear jerking stories, but other than Kotori’s path, the story mostly just felt depressing. Well, any story that delves into the  morality of human existence is bound to be depressing, but the lack of closure involving the heroine paths really made my wish for something a little happier, even if it was a bit of a cop out.

Production wise there is very little to be picky about. The amount of images that look “off” has decreased from Little Busters, and the coloring team did a fantastic job. The soundtrack is extensive, the effects sleek, and people who have played Key’s games before will appreciate the large number of save slots and their signature reverse to the last option function. One thing of note is the mappie system, which is used for the user to explore the terrain. It really eats up a lot of time if you’re going for completion, and while there is a function which gets rid of most of the hassle, I really wish it could be turned off entirely.

In the end, I don’t really know what to think of Rewrite. Its world is certainly interesting, and various open plot threads invite the readers to draw their own conclusions. I can’t say that I hated it, but I’d certainly hesitate to recommend it to others.

 

Aster review

Technically, summer vacation has started for me. So, unless my summer courses kill me or something, I should be able to post on a more regular basis, maybe even… *gasp, blog anime….

Aster is the latest game released by Rusk, a company which, since then, seems to have disappeared off the radar. Which is rather unfortunate, since Aster isn’t bad at all.

Premise (stolen from VNDB, as always):

Aster tells the story of four young men, which lives are connected by one incident.

It all begins with Hiro Sakaki. He is a high school student, and enjoys his life with his old friends, Saki and Saya, twin sisters.
Under the summer sun, their relationships change little by little… “There is no miracle but hope…”. Continue reading

I thought that my fears had been averted


When I saw the new uniforms for DCIII, as it had seemed like they ditched their old idea of jeweled broaches, and just stuck with the DCII design. 

I also like how they traded the yellow Jacket for a white one, since keeping the yellow jacket would have looked off, what with Ricca having yellow hair and all. 

But it seems like I had spoken too soon. It seems like the uniforms will be traded for a rather unflattering blazer with that horrible, horrible broach again…. Why, circus, WHY? Why would you ever want to ditch the sailor uniform?

And also, I KNOW that it’s for recognition’s sake, but why on earth is Yuzu still wearing that bow? What kind of grown woman wears hair accessories that she’s had since she was six?

Sigh………… At least it’s nice to know what happened to Sakura. The opening is pretty~ And I’m glad to see that unlike the trial, the characters actually have more than one pose. Phew.