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 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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Hello! A while back I did a text review of this show, but because of a lot of things at that time, I wasn’t very happy with it. So, I revisited it for a video. Please enjoy! (and watch the show, it’s good!)
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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Hello! I created a video version of my Taking Out The Trash series of posts. There isn’t any overlap between this video and past posts, so please give it a watch if you’re interested. Thanks for stopping by!
NieR:Automata is worth your time and money. Play it. Become as gods.
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This is going to include my thoughts on the fourth and final movie in the series, and the series as a whole. There will be spoilers.
Continue reading “Persona 3 The Movie #4 – Winter of Rebirth”
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!
Continue reading “Taking Out the Trash #9 – Albums”
Long time no see. I’m going to keep up with a few shows this season, so let’s see how it goes!
Continue reading “First Impressions – Summer 2016 Anime”
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.
Continue reading “The Memorandum of Okitegami Kyouko / Okitegami Kyouko no Bibouroku”
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.
Continue reading “Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth”
This time around is a combination of recent things and leftovers I took too long to post on. True suffering incoming.
Continue reading “Taking Out The Trash #8 – Games”
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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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.
Continue reading “Persona 3 The Movie #3 – Falling Down”
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.
Continue reading “Hibike! Euphonium”
Today’s theme is school-ish stuff! Of varying types. And luckily for you, it’s mostly positive!
Continue reading “Taking Out The Trash #7 – 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!
Continue reading “First Impressions – Winter 2016 Anime”
For a game that seemed to already be pushing the limits of spin-offs and adaptations, Persona 4’s latest addition takes the cake as the most baffling spawn. If only more turn-based JRPGs had rhythm game spin-offs. Focused on dancing.
Continue reading “Persona 4: Dancing All Night”
When it was announced that Kizumonogatari would be split into three movies, I thought this might happen. I didn’t think the result could be this bad though.
Continue reading “Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu-hen”
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!
Continue reading “Taking Out The Trash #6 – Top 5 Albums of 2015”
For adding three shows to my favorites – and supplementing two series that were already there – it was a pretty good year.
Continue reading “Top 5 Anime of 2015”
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!
Continue reading “Final Thoughts – Fall 2015 Anime”
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!
Continue reading “Love Live! School Idol Festival”
Do you ever play a video game and think, “I wish real life was like this?” I sometimes have that feeling.
But not with any of these games.
Continue reading “Taking Out The Trash #5 – Games”
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.
Continue reading “Thoughts So Far – Fall 2015 Anime”
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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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.
Continue reading “Taking Out The Trash #4 – Anime”
These posts had haikus.
But now that is unlikely.
There is snow on Mt. Fuji.
Continue reading “Taking Out The Trash #3 – Music”
This past Sunday, I stopped by Makuhari, Chiba, for a little event – the Shirobako Aki-Matsuri (fall festival). There were doughnuts, dances, and (the voice actresses of) pretty young anime girls. So it was a pretty good time.
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I’m only starting off the season with five shows, so let’s see how this goes!
Continue reading “First Impressions – Fall 2015 Anime”
This season was pretty good. Ignoring the two shows I dropped.
Continue reading “Final Thoughts – Summer 2015 Anime”
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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As with my first post of this type, this will cover five somewhat recent things that I think are worth talking about to some extent. This time however, it’s all about games!
Continue reading “Taking Out The Trash #2 – Games”
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.
Continue reading “Taking Out The Trash #1 – Anime”
I’m only picking up
four five shows this season, so things will be pretty straightforward.
Continue reading “First Impressions – Summer 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.
Continue reading “Final Thoughts – Spring 2015 Anime”
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.
Continue reading “Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht”
Shirobako is more than an anime about the medium itself. It is a story about aspiration and apathy; success and failure; talent and ineptitude. But above all else, it is the best show I have ever seen.
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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.
Continue reading “Thoughts So Far – Spring 2015 Anime”
This is the stuff of Lovecraft’s nightmares. And it’s beautiful.
Continue reading “Bloodborne”
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.
Continue reading “First Impressions – Spring 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.
Continue reading “Final Thoughts – Winter 2015 Anime”
Have you ever ever run into the existential question “Why isn’t there a game that makes me feel complete? That gives my life purpose? That lets me rek nups and pwn scrubs?”
That game is finally here.
Continue reading “Review – GAME OF THE YEAR: 420BLAZEIT”
Best girl has arrived.
Unlike my post on the first movie, there will be lots of big spoilers here. So play the game first.
Continue reading “Persona 3 The Movie #2 – Midsummer Knight’s Dream”
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.
Continue reading “Atelier Totori Plus: The Adventurer of Arland”
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!
Continue reading “Thoughts So Far – Winter 2015 Anime”
When it comes to survival horror, two series come to mind as the ones that set the modern precedent – Silent Hill and Resident Evil. Whereas Silent Hill had more of an allegorical purpose, Resident Evil is very straightforward – zombies.
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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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