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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Analysis – Anime: Physical Releases, Streaming, and Fansubs

Behind the sub vs. dub debate, arguments about whether the most hyped show of the season is any good, and squabbles about who is best girl (it’s Kaiki), is the discussion of physical releases, streaming, and fansub/download releases, and how they each have an impact on the anime industry.

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Conception II Demo

This probably seems pointless to a lot of you, but I thought that this might make for an interesting topic. Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars is a game that will be released for the 3DS and Vita on April 15th in North America, and later in the year for Europe. The demo is available now for both consoles in North America.

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Final Fantasy X HD Remaster

Even though the game is just being released outside of Japan today, I got my hands on a Japanese copy for my Vita a few months ago. Since I never played the original PS2 version, I figured it would be worth giving this remaster a try. While I have yet to put a large dent in the game, it’s safe to say that it was worth the purchase.

Let me just say this beforehand – since I’m playing the game in Japanese and only understand about half of what’s said (even less when they’re explaining game mechanics), my understanding of the story so far is… insufficient.

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Go! Go! Nippon! ~My First Trip to Japan~

I wrote up a new post on the 2015 update, so this post is pretty much irrelevant now. You can see the new one here.

This visual novel is brought to you by Overdrive, a company well known for making eroge (hentai games). But this isn’t an eroge. This is an advertisement for Japan. No, seriously.

And rather than just showing you the pretty young anime girls, I’m including relevant real life pictures! OH SNAP

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Analysis – Handheld Gaming

My whole life, I’ve been primarily a Nintendo handheld gamer, starting with a GameBoy Pocket in kindergarten, and then eventually getting a GameBoy Advance, Advance SP, and finally a DS, which I’ve had and used for about 8 years or so. On the other hand, the only TV consoles I’ve had are a PS2 and Xbox 360.

With the tide of mobile gaming and people claiming that handheld game consoles will be overrun by phones and tablets, I figured it would be interesting to compare the two primary handhelds – the Nintendo 3DS XL and the PlayStation Vita – against mobile devices.

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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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