*:・゚✧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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Shenmue was a Product of its Time and an Experience Worth Having

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This was one childhood series that really impacted me. I remember being so wowed by it considering all I’d played was PS1 games, tho very good in CG’s, it was nowhere as gorgeous this game was (and still is!!!) so I’d play it just for the beauty. That strange, otherworld city that looked like nothing I’d ever seen or met. I’d play it without a memory card till the end of the first CD, until my mom bought me for me and I could finally play it.

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Uncover the Douchebags in Liar!

MC wants to find a decent guy aftet finding out her ex was cheating on her with another girl a year or so, and SHE was the side piece, not the other girl. You know this if you did the bad end choice 😛

So she’s so smart she goes to a dating party to meet guys with lots of money, grace, beauty, security, etc. She isn’t one to shoot low, she has high standards and keeps to them. Which is both a strength and a major flaw and issue I have with her. One of the liars wasn’t a liar per se, but she still dumped his ass because he wasn’t perfect. Well we can’t all be healthy people, so after that I lost interest in this game and took forever to finish all the liar routes.

I’m not particularly happy with who wasn’t the liar, and I just felt meh about it, so i didn’t even do the lover’s routes. I don’t think she deserves the only guy i actually liked from all the cast after discovering all the truths behind them.

Jump this if you don’t want to know what their issues are.
Incoming some spoilers without names, I do not say who the liars are, just what their issues are.


Liar One has an oedipux complex and loves to have suddy fun with dear old mom, and wants you to do it with them too /gags

To elaborate on this, i actually find he was one of the most sympathetic liars. His relationshop with his mother make perfect sense when you discover his Dad is an abusive A-hole to his mom qnd to him too, just in different ways. They need therapt, lots of it.and to kick dad downa train track with an oncoming train on it.

Liar Two has anger issues, like real serious ones, and practically assaults the MC /shudders

Liar Three is an obsessive creep that kidnaps you because you remind them of their pop idol, gross!

Liar Four is a gambling addict that tries to foist his debts on you and tries to sell you too /shoots a canon at him

Liar Five is a married scumbag that has a kid and is taking you for a fun spin, to then give you the boot after bagging you as his trophy fuck /catapults him into the sun

From here on out the liars are less bad so that they can have lover’s routes, tho by less bad doesn’t mean good.

Liar Six
is a deceitful bastard that is part of the underground mafia, has no plans to tell you, and will totally sell you out to prison if things get tight and someone has to fall for the group smh.

Liar Seven is a drug addict with a spin/twist. He’s the only actual decent dude, and the only one that deserves that lover’s route. Sadly I don’t think the MC deserves him after her attitude towards him, so I did not do it.

Liar Eight is a marriage scammer and he can go fuck himself, he scams woman’s to take their money and then disappears, F U. Even tho I liked him throughout the game, there is no reason at all for him to be a lover route, AT ALL. He deserves to be thrown into space to freeze and suffocate slowly 💢💢

Liar Nine was previously married 3 times and all he wants is a maid/housewife combo that will clean and starch his clothes, wash his dirty dishes and vacuum the house without talking back. He can go and FUCK himself with a rotten sausage for all I care 💢
It’s safe from here now.

In the end i felt like this game was pushing a lot to make me buy tickets, and quickly lost the luster it had from the beginning. While games like Ace Attorney don’t reinvent the wheel every single trial, i feel like it never loses the charm or quirkiness, same can’t be said about this game. And if you tell me, but it’s a mobile otome game!, as if that is an excuse? It got peddled AS AA otome game version, so I feel every right to compare and find it majorly lacking. Not even the art was all that flawless. All the female characters have the same sprite, just changed hair, and some of the guys look really weird in certain poses. There’s also no CG’s, so i didn’t even get the satisfaction of watchibg her SLAP the douchebags smh.

As someone that was playing MM/fresh out of MM, i found it even more lacking. Considering this is Voltage’s answer to MM and Cheritz trying to get a part of their mobile cut, i find they didn’t even reach the toes of MM. You cannot compared the amount of story, development, CG’s, voice-acting MM has,+ completely free without peddling you for tickets or charm points every 5 minutes.

Even the mini-events aren’t interesting. You try to date multiple guys without them figuring it out, but you have to get ridiculously high amounts of charm to do it, tho it’s ticket-free events, it has nothing of free to it.

Now I’m wondering who else played it. Did you enjoy from the beginning to the end? Or did you find it disappointing and quickly lost interest like I did? Tell me everything, I wanna know!

 

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Impressions – Uncover the Truth, Liar!

Our MC got yet again cheated on by her boyfriend, we help we her uncover his lies and deceit,and she makes a firm decision to only date guys who match all her values. Rich, good job, handsome looking, no kids, no divorcees, no liars. Can you figure it out and stop yourself from marrying the wrong guy?

Can definitely see why it got called the Ace Attorney of otome games. Lots of investigations, contradictions and item using, just like in AA, which is pretty fun!

Music is snazzy, art is so-so, some weird looking guys on certain perspectives, the girls all have the same sprite with changed hair and clothes, which is a big letdown tbh.

It heavily makes use of tickets and charm, also tries to make you buy both things a lot. Especially when it shifted from 10 free tickets per day to 5. Each chapter is super duper small, like not even 5 minutes. I spend more time grinding charm than playing the actual routes :’DD

Overall it’s been really nice and fun, specially when she slaps the liars 😹😹😹

What about you? Are you playing this? What’s your opinion so far?


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*:・゚✧Anime Spotlight: Deadman Wonderland Dub is Awesome

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It looked like it would be a normal day for Ganta Igarashi and his classmates—they were preparing to go on a class field trip to a certain prison amusement park called Deadman Wonderland, where the convicts perform dangerous acts for the onlookers’ amusement. However, Ganta’s life is quickly turned upside down when his whole class gets massacred by a mysterious man in red. Framed for the incident and sentenced to death, Ganta is sent to the very jail he was supposed to visit.

But Ganta’s nightmare is only just beginning.

The young protagonist is thrown into a world of sadistic inmates and enigmatic powers, to live in constant fear of the lethal collar placed around his neck that is slowed only by winning in the prison’s deathly games. Ganta must bet his life to survive in a ruthless place where it isn’t always easy to tell friend from foe, all while trying to find the mysterious “Red Man” and clear his name, in Deadman Wonderland.

From MAL

I’d never seen this anime tho I knew about it because it was a popular title, so the lovely Pink decided to rectify that with a rabb.it session and my god, am I glad I finally watched it! She’s a surprising big fan of dubs, so I was like “okay let’s see this train-wreck”, but I was pleasantly surprised that the dub was great.

This show is filled with swearing, of the kind I’ve never heard before on an anime, and I was super shook and amazed, AND I WISH MORE ANIME GOT THIS KIND OF TREATMENT BECAUSE WOW. Tho tbh, MC’s voice was kinda…not that good at first, but it grew on me.

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