Pantsu Hunter: Back to the 90s

Back in the 90s, artificial intelligence was far more primitive. After collating information from the early internet and noticing that panties were a prized sight, one such intelligence came to a rather bizarre conclusion – the quickest way to a woman’s heart is through her panties.

Wait a second, that doesn’t seem right. Rather, the quickest way to learn the ins and outs of a woman’s personality is by stealing her panties and analyzing them. That makes more sense.

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Yakuza 0

Yakuza 0 is one of the few games to aim high and knock everything out of the park. A prequel to the Yakuza franchise, it introduces Kiryu Kazuma and Majima Goro 17 years before the main events of the first game. Their individual stories start with no clear connection – Kiryu is accused of murder on a vital plot of land in Tokyo while Majima is working his way back into the Shimano family in Osaka. But as the finale approaches, the thread holding everything together becomes apparent, bringing both stories on a collision course.

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Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (Video and Text)

Originally released in 2006, Final Fantasy XII quickly became one of my favorite games once I got around to playing it. It was beautiful, fun, and had plenty to dig in to. This year, the Zodiac Age remaster presented a spiffed-up version of the game, combining the best of the Japan-only “International Zodiac Job System” (IZJS) version with plenty of new improvements.

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Taking Out the Trash #9 – Albums

As an effort to get everything rolling again, here’s something that should have been written up back in April but instead was thrown together yesterday. Woohoo!

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The Memorandum of Okitegami Kyouko / Okitegami Kyouko no Bibouroku

If your memory reset every day, would you find some way to live in safety, or attempt a somewhat normal life? Or, would you go so far as to take advantage of your unique situation, all to make each day as interesting as possible?

For Okitegami Kyouko, the third option is the most appealing – her only requirements for happiness are a bit of money and mystery.

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Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth

Many games are flawed gems, with the quality diminished ever-so-slightly by minor quirks, but still rounding out to be positive experiences. Cyber Sleuth is not quite one of those games. In many ways, it’s a complete mess, but it barely edges out to be worth the time.

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NieR

Nier is an interesting game, and going into it I only had an inkling of an idea of what to expect. It’s a spin-off of the Drakengard series (specifically of the first game), of which I have only played Drakengard 3. If you read my review, you’d know that I have a very mixed opinion on that one. While Nier has substantial differences, particularly in where it succeeds or pales in comparison, there is one main detail that makes this a better game – it’s fun. And it doesn’t conclude with a mechanically broken rhythm game. Okay, so that’s two things.

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Persona 3 The Movie #3 – Falling Down

The first movie was okay as an adaptation, but not that great as a film. The second movie was better as a film, but took more creative liberty as an adaptation. The third movie is just a mess. They should have called it “Ryoji is here guys, so let’s make this movie about him now! Except where we need to jam in fights because I guess there was a plot we need to adapt.”

Just like my post on the second movie, there will be some spoilers. So play Persona 3 FES first if you’re looking to avoid them.

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Hibike! Euphonium

What does it take to be “special”? For some people, it’s to contribute to something great. Yet for others, it’s to stand apart for unique characteristics. For the members of the Kitauji High School Wind Ensemble, their individual perceptions of the term may vary but they all come to have the same intention – to be the very best, like no one ever was.

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First Impressions – Winter 2016 Anime

While I said I probably wouldn’t post anything for this season, I ended up trying out a few extra shows (and one I forgot was airing). So let’s see how everything goes!

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Taking Out The Trash #6 – Top 5 Albums of 2015

Over the past month, I ended up playing a bit of catch-up with albums from the year that I hadn’t picked up yet. I’ve reached a weird point where I have too much music and too little time. But anyways, here are my top 5 albums of the past year!

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Final Thoughts – Fall 2015 Anime

Here we are at the end of the year’s airing anime! So, let’s take a look at what I followed for the fall season!

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Love Live! School Idol Festival

Have you ever yearned for a game that entices your need to “catch ’em all” in the same manner as Pokemon, but with pretty young anime girls in place of animals, keychains, and ice cream? Something to kindle your masochist desires, packaged with a mediocre rhythm game? Well, do I have the solution for you!

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Thoughts So Far – Fall 2015 Anime

A common trend for this season was that the first episodes didn’t do much for me, but things have improved as they went along. Sort of. I don’t have too much to say though.

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Go! Go! Nippon! 2015

Originally released in 2011, Go! Go! Nippon! ~My First Trip to Japan~ offered readers the chance to experience Japan from a tourist’s perspective, all while accompanied by two pretty young anime girls. The recent update, simply titled Go! Go! Nippon! 2015, takes the base visual novel originally offered four years ago, and spruces it up with enhanced visuals, more content, and general improvements to the experience.

Most importantly, there are more “…Hnngh!!”s than ever before.

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Taking Out The Trash #4 – Anime

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written an anime review, so I figured I’d throw this in for the time being. Rather than “formal” reviews, these are like miniature rants. But I do have some good things to say. Some.

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CrossCode

I’ve always been a bit critical of early access games. Why pay for something before it even has a release date? When you don’t even know if it will be properly released? When you have no indication of whether promises about the game’s content will be kept? Well, something has come around that finally motivated me to chip in – CrossCode.

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Taking Out The Trash #1 – Anime

This kind of post is something I’ve considered doing for a while, and now that I’ve had the time to marathon some shows recently I decided to go through with it. Basically, what I’ll be doing is these occasional posts on a selection of anime, games, or albums*, alternating between them from one post to another (so the next one will be games, then albums, then back to anime). For this one, it will cover a few anime I’ve watched over the past month that I feel are worth talking about, but not particularly shows I want to write full reviews for.

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Final Thoughts – Spring 2015 Anime

The spring season has come to a close, with a generally “okay” conclusion. At least there wasn’t anything abysmal that I dragged myself through.

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Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht

This series of posts, covering the Xenosaga trilogy for the PS2, will be slightly different than what I’ve done in the past. Right off the bat, I want to make something clear – I am playing the first two games for the sake of the third. I normally talk about how I like to avoid expectations when approaching something, going in blind and taking things as they come, but here very high expectations have been set for Xenosaga Episode III, while substantially lower expectations have been set for the first two. So basically, I’m very interested in playing these games and seeing how everything actually pans out.

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Thoughts So Far – Spring 2015 Anime

Unlike last spring, I’ve actually kept up with airing shows this time around! There’s certainly an odd collection of shows to keep track of, for better or worse.

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First Impressions – Spring 2015 Anime

This past winter gave us a pretty good dose of anime without too many turds mixed in. Let’s hope this one is even better!

But let’s be honest, since Shirobako is over, it’s already objectively worse.

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Final Thoughts – Winter 2015 Anime

Here we are at the end of the winter season! As a whole, it’s been pretty good, and fortunately there’s one standout that is definitely taking a spot in my favorites.

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Atelier Totori Plus: The Adventurer of Arland

After enjoying Atelier Rorona Plus as much as I did (a lot), it was inevitable that I would follow it up with the sequels of the Arland trilogy – Atelier Totori and Atelier Meruru. While Totori feels like a very familiar experience as a whole, it’s held back by a few quirks that weren’t present in Rorona.

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Thoughts So Far – Winter 2015 Anime

Welcome back to the monthly installment of “Why pretty young anime girls are the reason I watch anime,” starring pretty young anime girls, pretty young anime boys?, and potential double suicide!

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Review – White Album 2 (Anime)

For a musician, being in sync with the other performers can make or break the experience. You can practice to the point of perfection, but without an ensemble that can synchronize on all fronts, it will always be just a musical performance.

White Album 2 follows Kitahara Haruki, a high school senior on the verge of watching the school’s Light Music Association go out with a pathetic whimper. But before time runs out, he comes across Ogiso Setsuna and Touma Kazusa, two girls capable of turning the situation on a dime and leading Haruki to the most unforgettable experience of his life.

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