Summer 2017 in Review

Summer on a beach

I’ve finally come full circle, never through I’d go through and complete a full circuit of one of my segments, truthfully speaking 🎉🎉🎊🎊

The most mind blowing thing is the difference from the first one to the later ones. I ended not making it just about games, progress and what I’m playing, but also other facets of my life and wishes. Which I do think further enriched this segment than if I’d just kept it about gaming.

I dare say I’ll still continue with it, even though I have a tendency to forget/publish them days later hah.

So without further ado, here goes!

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*:・゚✧Anime spotlight: DanMachi Has Unusually Complex Characters For a Harem

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In Orario, fearless adventurers band together in search of fame and fortune within the monstrous underground labyrinth known as Dungeon. But while riches and renown are incentive enough for most, Bell Cranel, would-be hero extraordinaire, has bigger plans. He wants to pick up girls. Is it wrong to face the perils of Dungeon alone, in a single-member guild blessed by a failed goddess? Maybe. Is it wrong to dream of playing hero to hapless maidens in Dungeon? Maybe not. After one misguided adventure, Bell quickly discovers that anything can happen in the labyrinth–even chance encounters with beautiful women. The only problem? He’s the one who winds up the damsel in distress!!

From Kitsu

Also known as Is it Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, this anime really isn’t about dating or being a harem, at all. If anything it simulates dungeon crawling RPG’s so well, that it gave me pangs to go and play one, though I haven’t because I was watching this.

I also find the “harem” tag is kinda…not really what this anime is about, at all. While in most harem anime the guy is surrounded by girls but he doesn’t like anyone, so they’re all good, in this one Bell likes Ais since the beginning of the show. She’s the girl he wants to impress, and make her think he’s cool and also date and kiss. In fact, he’s pretty clueless and hasn’t noticed any of the girls like him, his eyes are set and only see Ais.

Bell is a newbie adventurer, as in Level 1, poor and only got inside Hestia’s family because there was literally no one else in that familia, and she was kinda desperate herself :’D In that regard, it is very typical shounen anime, but I find Bell is a total cutie, and really sweet, so he doesn’t scream typical shounen hero. He’s a cute little roll that I just wanna nibble on, and protect, so whenever he faces off against foes far greater than him I’m always rooting for him. Plus he looks really adorable while concentrating and trying hard, okay? x)

This is based on the light novels by the same name, which I haven’t read, and of course, there’s a manga adaptation too, which I haven’t read, but I do feel like this show is super intended as an anime. In fact, the anime adaptation might be where it shines the brightest, as we can see all the flashy moves, the pretty nice animation, accompanied with a good OST. But hey, if you disagree, tell me! Since as said, I haven’t experienced the originals or other adaptations hehe

I think what I really enjoyed the most were both the rpg elements, I’m a total sucker for those, but also the story and the characters. Perhaps I’m wrong but I find none of them are stereotypes or cliches, instead they all have their own darkness, and complexities. Even side characters you might not think much of, have them. So I got pretty surprised by it, in the end I got even more curious for the rest of the characters background to be discovered. I’m expecting some very juicy bits for them, especially for the Gods and Goddesses ;P

I think if you aren’t as into flashy anime, or into RPG elements, but still like good characters, this might be for you. Don’t expect super deep complex plot, that’s not where it’s strengths are at. They’re definitely the characters from than anything else.

You can watch this on Viewster just like I did (highly approved!), or use Because Moe to find where else it’s showing.

Have you watched this yet? Or did you dismiss it as another harem cliche, like I did at first? Did your opinion change after watching, or is this just another harem cliche to you still? Tell me all, I’m curious!

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Another Episode: V Route has Come to Mystic Messenger

I’m kinda late to this news, but it was because I was playing the game until a route opened and I could tell people more about what to expect, without spoilers!, so here it goes.

The game is set 2 years before the Casual and Deep routes, where this time you get enrolled to be a game tester in the most creepy way possible. Blindfolded, taken to the middle of nowhere, locked into a room (basically), all because there’s free food and bishounens hahaha 😹😹

The game is 11 days just like the original game, and there’s 7 endings to attain. Which is why V route actually isn’t just V’s route, you can enter into other routes and get their endings.

There’s 80 new cgs, and all done by the original artist of the game, woo! As a route that is 300 hourglasses, we have to get good quality because that’s not a small chunk.

You have to buy V and Ray’s calling cards separately, and this is true for VIP buyers too :/

Now that that’s out of the way, I’m just going to a give a brief rundown of what’s new.

So this time around instead of 3 days, it’s 4 days to enter a route. Which also means there’s more chances of entering the others routes, though it’s hard cause I wasn’t even trying to get V and I entered his route when I was certain I’d accumulate too many Ray hearts and was heading for a bad ending.

That’s another thing, Ray or Unknow, has come as a heart wrecker, again. We get to know more about Mint Eye and Ray thanks to being in direct contact, and it’s just heart breaking. Feels abound!

Another thing I loved is that V and Ray have stickers! They’re perfect too, so you have to see them. I fell in love with them because those stickers aaah.

An important thing is that there’s new guests, and there aren’t any walks out yet. So you’ll have to play it as you go, including the days themselves.

I’m sure in a short while there’ll be a ton of them made, so hang in there!

The lovely Steph from TwoHappyCats did a little walk just for the chat room times, so if it’ll help you, go here.

Now a thing I’d like to say: I really, really hope Unknown gets a route himself, where he gets repentance and happy because he doesn’t deserve what he went through 😭 Just thinking about it makes me want to cry all over again.

I also hope we get a Rika route where we get to understand and get her the support she needed before everything went bottom up.

Are you happy that V got a route? Would you like an Unknow route too? Or is it someone else, like Vanderwood, that you’d like a route? Have you fallen back on the MM hell, or are you saying nope and refuse to play? Tell me all!

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Rooms: The Main Building is a Fun Puzzler While It Lasts

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This is a deceptive game, I got it recced by Anna, a Skype friend, and I liked how it looked, plus it’s a puzzle game, which I quite like. So why is it deceptive? Because it’s highly addicting! I didn’t stop playing until I concluded all of it. Plus though it was a bit hard sometimes, it was never so hard I had to use a guide/walk to pass any of the levels. It also kept introducing new things, so it always felt fun and innovative to play. Though it has some 100 levels, they’re small enough to play a bunch in a row or play one on the go between breaks.

I was quite surprised by Rooms, so I felt I quite had to share my feelings about it.

I’m pretty sure this isn’t very well known (maybe it is, who knows?) which is a shame for a little puzzle game that was always engaging and fun. One of the things I dislike is when games drag on or raise the difficulty level just to make us burn time, and it never happened in this little game.

So if you want something to entertain you and grip you for a couple hours, this is definitely the game for you!

Have you heard about this game before? Have you played it? If so, I’d love to know what you think of it!

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Video Game Tag

I got tagged by Matthew here, go check it out and his blog 🙌

I’d never heard or seen this tag, so I’m ecstatic to answer these!

Rules:

  • Thank & Tag the Blogger
  • Answer the Questions
  • Tag Other Bloggers (Your choice on the number of challengers)

Questions:

  • What is your favorite video game genre (I.E. RPG, FPS, MMO, etc.).

Narrative heavy games are my jam. Visual novels, click-and-point/adventure (think Ace Attorney and Monkey Island), Puzzles (think Layton), RPG.

  • Which system do you prefer to game on?

PORTABLES. Vita, PSP, 2DS, yes please, more portables, give me more!!! If Sega came out with a portable, I’d be all over it too 😻😻

  • Who is your favorite video game character?

Uuuuuuh. That’s a really hard one???? 😹 I’ve loved Aeris/th since infancy/6 years old. I tend to like all the characters in games tho, at least the ones we’re supposed to like xP

  • Which game do you believe has the best plot?

Uh. How can I answer that without first playing all the games in existence that are said to have good plot ?? 😹😹 Anything that makes me cry gets my approval, but the only one to have made me cry in happiness was Ghost Trick.

  • What game gave the most hype but didn’t deliver?

Hmmmm, I don’t tend to get too hyped if I haven’t experienced and liked the series/a game tho 😹 I guess Ao Oni, I live streamed it and jumped a lot, but I didn’t feel as scared/screamed like expected, and the story sucked 😹

  • What game are you waiting for?

Oh boy, so many?!! Kingdom hearts 3, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Great Ace Attorney, Danganronpa 3, Zero Escape remastered. Too many tbh haha 😸

  • If you were taken to an island and forced to only play 3 games, which 3 games would you choose?

What?! What kind of horrible person comes up with this question ???? I’d choose none then, I like replaying games when there’s been years in between. Also I feel like I’d be more productive in trying to get OUT if I didn’t have anything to occupy me 😹😹😹😹😹

  • Which games do you feel have the best replay value?

Hmmmm, all games have replay value to me. I prefer visual novels or point and click/adventure because you get to replay without the hassle of grinding. These questions are all about replaying when I don’t really do it much. It took me years, and a Vita port, for me to replay Final Fantasy 10 haha, and I really enjoy that one! Ditto for others I’ve replayed. I usually only replay if it’s part of a series and it’s been years since I’ve played the first ones, then I do it because I’ll get to experience it all in one go 💖

  • Name 1 Game that you think everyone should play?

Just one?! Geesus, let me break the rules real quick and say the following series: Ace attorney, danganronpa, zero escape. Sorry, I’ve been thinking a lot about those games/franchises lately. Also, play Sweet Fuse, that otoge needs more love!

  • What game did you grow up on?

Ooh this is a nice one. I grew up playing final fantasy 7/8/9/10, Shenmue, Sonic Adventure. My Dreamcast was super loved, tho it wasn’t mine but my brother’s :’D

  • Which game would you like to see come back?

Ooooh! Intriguing question, hmm let me think about franchises that are dead/sleeping. Suikoden would be good one. I also want The World Ends With You sequel. Oh and Ghost Trick!!!
I’d love to see more animanga adaptations into games, like Card Captor Sakura and Escaflowne got, and those be brought back would be amazing.

If you don’t see more otome in this list it’s because I still need to play and get deeper into the genre for sure. I haven’t played enough ones for me to really get a feel for what I’d like more.

Nominations:
You. Yes you. You’ve read this, you thought “I’d like to answer these /I’d have answered differently” then do it!! 🙌

Pink

Iris

TwoHappyCats

Casandra

Leafy

Seal

Amy

Elly

Luna

Rikka

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