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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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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My Top 10 Waifus

Note: I have since made a video version of this post. You can see it here.

The concept of “waifus” has been around for quite a long time, but only rarely do I come across a character I’d consider using the term for. Someone, while fictional, who stands far apart from the crowd and you can imagine being a significant other (at least in an ideal situation) is quite rare. Even then, narrowing this down to 10 characters was quite difficult, but here are my top 10 waifus!

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10 Reasons You Should Never Buy Your Own Games

Buying games can be expensive. If you’re like me, I’m sure you hate having to budget between “priorities” and “entertainment,” forced to steer clear of enticing sales and shiny new offers. Well, I have the solution for you! Why spend your own money to buy yourself games when other people’s wallets are overflowing with opportunity?

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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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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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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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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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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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Video Games and Nostalgia

When it comes to that mysterious and painful thing known as nostalgia, there’s nothing quite as cruel as video games. Memories of days gone by where I spent hours upon hours having fun in unforgettable digital worlds will always haunt my memories, and reliving those moments is always a rewarding experience that I crave. Or something like that.

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Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

This year’s Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire for the 3DS are reboots of 2003’s Ruby and Sapphire for the Game Boy Advance. Compared to the original releases, these games are bolstered by new mechanics added into the franchise over the past decade, yet also dragged down by some disappointing decisions.

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Song of Saya

Happy Halloween! I decided to post something fitting for the occasion. I won’t spoil anything either!

In a world where nothing but his own perception is changed, Fuminori struggles in a living hell, with only a single beacon of hope – the mysterious girl Saya. But will she alone be able to keep him grounded in sanity?

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PlayStation TV (Vita TV)

A year after its release in Japan, the PlayStation TV (also known as the Vita TV) is available for the Western market. While the mini-console finally gives players the opportunity to play Vita games on a big screen, its release is held back by a problematic game lineup and absence of some important features.

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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, the sequel to 2012’s Persona 4 Arena, brings everything that worked for the first game and strengthens it the second time through, creating one of the best fighting game experiences around.

Well, except for the story. It’s pretty bad.

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Analogue: A Hate Story

When I first heard that this was a feminist visual novel, I was quite skeptical – my mind was immediately filled with ideas of the typical misandrist mindset that seems to permeate contemporary feminism. Spending money on something that would merely lead to irritation did not seem very appealing.

Color me surprised that this turned out to be one of my favorite visual novels.

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Review – Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment

Following up on the success of the light novels and anime series, Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment is a spin-off game for the Vita that takes a different approach to the conclusion of the Aincrad arc. While the game lacks an interesting story or characters, it almost makes up for it with fairly dense gameplay and an excess of content.

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Analysis – 2D vs 3D

Throughout “otaku” culture, there lies a recurring concept which has been debated more than the theory of evolution. A topic so virulent and divisive that future wars may be waged over the differing ideologies. A situation of such magnitude that Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin have offered their own opinions.

The topic? 2D versus 3D. And I’m here to tell you why 2D is the winning team.

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Review – Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland

Alchemy… adventuring… and everything JRPG. These were the ingredients chosen to create the perfect video game. But Professor Gust accidentally added another ingredient to the concoction… moe. Thus, Atelier Rorona Plus was born!

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Revisited – Final Fantasy X HD Remaster

I had an initial post on this game a while back, but now that I’ve gotten much farther along, I felt that an update was necessary – I’ve carried over a bit of info from the last post, so you don’t really need to read both.

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Analysis – Downloadable Content (DLC)

In a world where most gaming consoles are connected to the internet, downloadable content is becoming increasingly prevalent. Some people revile this trend as a foretelling of the apocalypse, while others gleefully accept the additional material for games they enjoy. All in all, DLC is a bit of a mixed bag that could potentially harm the gaming industry in the long run, but only if consumers continue to support the practice.

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The Future of the Persona Series

Now that Persona 5 has been announced and is set to come out later this year in Japan, I’ve begun to do a bit of shuffle time in my brain, thinking about what changes should be made, what should be left the same, and the general ideas I’d like to see in the game. And in addition to that long-awaited sequel, there are also three other Persona games coming out soon – Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (known as Persona 4 The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold in Japan, which is a far more badass title), Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, and Persona 4: Dancing All Night. And then, there are also the upcoming Persona 3 movies and the Persona 4 Golden anime series.

If you aren’t familiar with the Persona series (or to a lesser extent, Shin Megami Tensei), a lot of this will just sound like nonsense.

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My Top 10 Soundtracks

Here is a list of my top ten soundtracks – five are from video games, three are from anime, one is from a visual novel, and one is from a film. My reasons for selecting these soundtracks are fairly simple – they contributed immeasurably to supporting the tone of the medium, and remain interesting to listen to well after experiencing them in context.

This is an update of a similar post from a few months ago, but you should forget that other one even exists. This time, I didn’t forget two that should have definitely been there. And unlike that post that doesn’t exist, I decided against limiting this to original soundtracks. While OSTs can provide new and interesting music, licensed soundtracks can also do a phenomenal job of supporting a film or game.

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Pokemon Crystal Vietnamese Version

There seems to be a common theme among a few things I’ve recently talked about or intend to relatively soon – they butcher the English language. This is no exception, as it is merely due to an awful translation that manages to alternate between being utterly incomprehensible and strangely hilarious.

And, if the featured image didn’t clue you in already, there is some cursing that is poorly censored. FYI.

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