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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*:・゚✧Manga Spotlight: Alive – The Final Evolution is the Writer’s Ode to Death

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Taisuke Kanou is your average 16-year-old student. He has two close friends, Hirose and Megumi. Hirose has trouble with bullies, but Taisuke is always there to defend him, even though he just winds up getting beaten instead of Hirose. During class one day, Taisuke is hit by something unworldly and for that split second, he sees a vision of the universe. As he’s walking home from school, he sees a girl fall and die in front of him, but his first thought is jealousy. He later finds out that the strange sensation that hit him is spreading throughout Japan. Those who are struck by it either commit suicide or “evolve,” but the comrades that evolve usually have dark intentions for the rest of the world.

From MAL

Written by Tadashi Kawashima
Illustrated by Adachitoka
Published by Kodansha
English publisher Del Rey Manga (#1–8)
Kodansha Comics USA (#9 on)
Volumes 21

This is a special post because today is my birthday, growing old and aging, nearing death slowly. And what better than talking about this series?

This is a hard series to talk about. First I read it with a friend, and second the mangaka wrote it while he was sick and knowing he was going to die, and the manga has a lot of those feelings embedded, and third the mangaka did die right after finishing it. So feelings. I had them, I still have them. I can’t reread this because I’m too close and need distance to forget all that to be able to engage again.

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More Feels than Birbs in Hatoful Boyfriend

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Okay, so this game is definitely a WTH AM I PLAYING, WHAT JUST HAPPENED, WHY IS, type of game, which makes it really interesting to me!

To start with, I found some guides in order to play it. OtogeMeow’s, by Neko-chan, who has done for Ryouta, SakuyaNageki, Yuyuya, Kazuaki, Shuu. For the rest, you have to find others that cover them. One is in Steam, covering from the Bad End to BBl Epiloge. And also this one in GameFaqs, done by our Krystallina from DaiyaManga!, which also covers from the Bad End to BBL.

Before I get to the guys/routes, let me just that WHAT THE HECK MAN, THIS GAME IS BRILLIANT BUT INSANE. Like the sprites are super big, so all I can think is GIANT PIGEON/BIRBS. The background art is gorgeous, and so so pretty, which makes the photographs of the pigeons even more hilarious www. The other really WTH thing is SHE LIVES IN A FUCKING CAVE. A CAVE GDI. And also loves to call herself a hunter-gatherer, which is funny tbh xDD She also seems to dig her own house and build its walls, so I suspect she’s actually naked and a cave-woman throughout the whole game!

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April’s Fools DLC Arrives to Mystic Messenger

After being quiet after Valentine’s, Cheritz announced April’s fools DLC, but we didn’t believe it of course. I mean, Cheritz didn’t release anything for White Day, so why would they weirdly choose April’s fools?

Well turns out, it’s because it’s Zen’s birthday actually! 😹😹

This time around, instead of 3 Days, it’s only 1 day and 3 possible endings, so there’s less grinding for endings 🙌🙌 The cost is also more reduced, instead of 100 it’s 60 hourglasses to unlock it as seen here:

From what I’ve played so far I can tell you this:

Prepare for a surreal experience, a lot of “cgs” are actually photos, real life photos mind you, and it’s all surreal and wtf is going on????? Type of event.
Also, poor Zen smh. Everyone is evil, trust no one 😹😹😹😹😹

Also, it’s completely not related to the main stories, and expect lots of 4th wall stuff (especially with the CG’s 😹)

Also this is the quality cg’s you can get in this DLC (not a spoiler!)


Are you excited to play this DLC? Are you mad that most of the CG’s are photos? Are you buying it or are you gonna pass now that you know more about it?

 

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