The Memorandum of Okitegami Kyouko – Video Review

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!)

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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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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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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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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Coming Soon™! – The Eventual Stuff

By some witchcraft, it’s been half a year since my last post of this sort, and I still didn’t even complete half the stuff I mentioned. So, here’s an update. You might notice that I’ve dropped a few things I had planned – I don’t know if they’re officially gone for good or just temporarily stuck in some godforsaken limbo.

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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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The Purpose of Reviews

Many of you have likely heard something along the lines of “A review is the result of a self-obsessed snob preaching their opinion as fact.” While this can be true, it is certainly not all-inclusive. So, this leads to an interesting question with a complicated answer – why exactly do I write reviews?

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Poll – What Upcoming Vita Game Should I Review?

Hello everyone, I just was curious for some feedback on something. There are a few Vita games coming out in the next month or so that caught my attention, but I don’t have the time or money to dish out for all of them (and then there’s Conception II, which I own but need to get around to playing at some point).

So, what would you rather see me review? You can pick up to three options or add your own suggestion.

Thank you very much for voting!

I have two other unrelated reviews I need to iron out before posting, so you’ll hopefully see them within a week.

Update: One person who voted “Other” suggested Persona 4 Golden; however, I’ve already done a review of it. In fact, I did two.

The other “Other” suggested Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward. I own this game, but I have not played it yet since I have not played the prequel, 9 Hours 9 Persons 9 Doors (in fact, I was threatened because of this). So while I may review VLR in the future, it won’t be for a while.

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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Review – Day Break Illusion / Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou

According to the internet, the defining characteristic of Day Break Illusion is that it is a poorly conceived clone of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica. After deciding to view the show for what it is rather than merely compare it back to its “parent” series,  the show turned out to be one with a bit of potential ruined by poor execution from beginning to end.

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Review (?) – Mahou Shoujo Nanika Magica

In my review of The Bizarre Melancholy of Haruhi Diomiya, I mentioned buying a doujinshi at Comiket with “a half-naked character partially covered by a label saying ‘Not adult only.'” Well, here it is.

Despite the confusing cover, there is no nudity or anything in this post (or in the book for that matter). I apologize in advance for any mental scarring.

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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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Review – Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica The Movie: Rebellion Limited Edition BD Box Set

Note: If you’re looking for my review of the movie itself, go here.

Last year, December 7th. Armed with a bottle of Dr. Pepper and a small container of daifuku mochi, I set out on a journey to a nearby city. The purpose of this journey? To see an anime film in a theater. An anime that would turn out to be one of my favorites of all time.

Following that fateful day, I pre-ordered the most important purchase of the decade (so far) – something that altered the balance of the universe.

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Review – Anime Pirates (One Piece Online)

Do you like One Piece? Do you not consider yourself a masochist? Have you ever wondered what makes video games fun? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you may want to tread carefully from here on out.

And for everyone who saw my poll last week – this is that post. I really wish this game was just an April Fools’ joke.

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Persona 3 Portable

Since Persona 3 is one of my favorite video games, I recently considered doing a review or thoughts post – unfortunately, I left my PS2 at home after break. So, I finally snapped and got Persona 3 Portable, the PSP port of the game (also available for Vita via download) – so, this post will be similar to my initial thoughts on Persona 4 Golden. However, this time I am far more familiar with the original, so I can make stronger connections.

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Review – The Bizarre Melancholy of Haruhi Diomiya

Have you ever felt that you don’t have enough Wheaties in your diet? That your testosterone levels are far too low? That you want 400 babies but can’t afford Powerthirst? Well do I have the solution for you – a book overflowing with manliness in the manliest ways possible.

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Review – Bakemonogatari Limited Edition BD Box Set

If I had to sum up this set in one word, it would be overpriced. For a “limited edition” set (and the only release of the series in the US) it has remarkably little in terms of extras and is frankly not worth the price – even if the show is one of my favorites.

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Review – Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica The Movie: Beginnings and Eternal Limited Edition BD Box Set

Last summer, on a ridiculously hot day in Japan, I was walking around Akihabara while seeking out the closest vending machine that could provide me with an ice cold bottle of Dr Pepper. Upon quenching my thirst, I was finally able to relax and revel in the success of my primary mission. My reason for being in Akihabara that day was a noble goal – to obtain an item I had long awaited.

On that fateful day, I made the most important purchase of the decade (so far) – something that could alter the balance of the universe.

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Review – Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA-f

A rhythm game was certainly not high on my list for ideas of Vita games to get, yet here I am with a copy of one based entirely on vocaloid music. If you aren’t familiar with vocaloids, they are basically synthetic voices programmed to sing. For an example, check out the below video – it might also work well as background music for this post (and it’s also the opening theme for the game).

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Review – The Garden of Words (Kotonoha no Niwa)

Above all else, this is absolutely gorgeous to look at, and is probably the best looking anime out there – and that is not an exaggeration. After watching this for the second time, I looked to see how many screenshots I had taken during the video – it turned out to be 262. When I tried to narrow those down for what to use here, I got it down to 179.

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Review – Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Great Curry God

Have you ever made curry? It’s a pretty simple dish, basically a stew of meat and veggies with a roux added in to bring the flavor of the various spices and thicken everything up. I never could have imagined that I would fail so much at making curry as I did in this game. Not that it actually matters too much, but it is a bit depressing, despondent, and woeful. Continue reading “Review – Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Great Curry God”

Top 5 Anime of 2013

Well, here’s my second “Top 5” list for last year. 2013 felt like a great year for anime, with several series that aired becoming some of my favorites. You’ll probably notice that I don’t have a #5, and I’ve explained why below – there are five anime on this list.

#4 – JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken / JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
#3 – Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S / A Certain Scientific Railgun S
#2 – Psycho-Pass
#1 – Monogatari Series Second Season
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Tidbits – What’s next?

Hello, everyone!

With it being a new year and since I’m still on break, I figured I’d outline what reviews/other things I’m planning to do in the relatively near future.

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10/10 on the moe scale

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Top 5 Albums of 2013

Looking back on it, 2013 had some orgasmic music releases, and it actually took me a while to ultimately narrow down this list – the only one that I was positive about with its placement was #1.

# 5. Alter Bridge – Fortress
# 4. Kajiura Yuki – Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica The Movie
# 3. Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork
# 2. Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)
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Tidbits – Upcoming Stuff

Hello, everyone!

As a result of Christmas, I received a PS Vita and have already gotten a few games, so I may review one or so – there’s one in particular that I’m thinking about. I’ve also ordered BDs of Black Lagoon (which I haven’t seen yet) and Bakemonogatari (curse you and your exorbitant prices, Aniplex!), so I may be reviewing something other than Shinsekai Yori in the near future.

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That is the first and last time I have heard the term “second banana”

Adios!

Update/Clarification – No, I’m not going to do a review of P4G. I might talk about it a bit at some point though, at least to compare it to the original PS2 version. I may also review Kino’s Journey, which I got for Christmas. Here’s a screenshot from what I’m actually planning to review:

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