*:・゚✧Manga Spotlight: The Ice-Cold Demon’s Tale is a Charming Classic BL

In the beginning, there was a demon in a cave: Blood, trapped in ice for many decades. In order to break the curse that bound him, he searched for the “tear jewel.” One day, a youth called Ishuca appeared before him. He was suffering from an illness, and had come to the cave to die. Blood was touched by Ishuca’s kindness, and began to feel drawn to him. However, death soon came to Ishuca, and, saddened by the death, Blood began to weep. His tear became the “tear jewel,” and Ishuca’s life was saved through its power.

The two set off on a journey. On the way, Blood was reunited with some old companions, but—since the demons wanted him to return to his old self, and Blood wanted to continue to travels with Ishuca—his former companions became his enemies. Upon confessing his own past to Ishuca, Blood promised never to kill another human. Having completed their journey—and with the aim of finding the jewel that Wild, the jewel-dealer, had asked for—they find themselves at the Toei Cliffs…!?

From MAL

Volumes: 24

Status: Finished

Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo, Shounen Ai, Supernatural

Author: Sugiura, Shiho

 

I discovered this was finished translating (by fans, I love you all!!!) two days ago, after waiting nine hundred years because it kept being passed around from group to group.

I just finished marathoning it for two days, 24 volumes, and I can’t tell you how empty, sad and just overwhelmed, mind blown and how I wish it would have never ended. This is one of the best shounen-ai series I’ve ever read, and that I’ve finally been able to finish it when others like Ze, Dark Descendants, Loveless, Love/Sex Pistols haven’t, is… I don’t even know how to express it.

I just have a lot of feelings right now, but it surprised me, endeared and reeled me in just as much as the first time I read it, and though it didn’t make me cry like Silver Diamond (by the same author) it was equally great.

I cannot extol her as much as I wish I could. 90’s manga is everything to me, most of my favorites come from the 90’s, and even the aesthetic is so appealing to me.

I cannot tell you how many times I laughed with them, how much I grew and learned from Ishuca and Blood, both main characters with so much depth and hearts. Such big hearts, so much to learn from them. I cannot tell you the depth of my feelings, but I will try either way because I feel this deserves it.

I don’t end up feeling empty, like I never want to leave or for it to the end, all that easily, I’m tough to please to that level. I’m pretty skimpy with my 9’s and 10’s too in MAL, because they have to impact me and this story so did.

I’m always surprised by the warmth and feelings this author infuses in her stories. Silver diamond was another heartwarming series that talked about subjects like the heart, mind, what is evil, what is good, and so did this one and just as flawlessly, and in different ways.

I will admit this: I am in love with the author, and with her works. You cannot believe how refreshing it is to see characters develop, grow, and become more and more human, and gain a heart, gain a soul, and with it also develop awareness and feelings of romance. There is no instant in-love between the two main characters (though there is humorous one-sided ones) but it is there slowly, and it isn’t so light you could pass it as “friends”, which I like. It leaves no ambiguity to their feelings, while not having to tread to the smut area (tho mind you, I wouldn’t mind. Blood and Ishuca are truly works of art :Q____ )

I will also bow down to the author and say that her art is amazing, Blood is so gorgeous and sparkles, and is so goddamn striking, just take me away demons if you’re that beautiful 😂

My sense of feeling too full yet empty at the same time hasn’t passed, but let me tell you it is both the best and worst feeling. I don’t think I will be able to reread this one anytime soon, it is so fresh and crippled me so hard, but I will no doubt reread it once I’ve forgotten just how beautiful, how much it impacted me.

If you haven’t read it, let me assure you it’s one of the prettiest BL mangas out there from the 90’s (alongside X 1999), and the plot, story and characters are amazing. You will love them, you will fall in love with them, and you will get impacted each time things go wrong for them, but it is such an awesome journey to make with these two beautiful beings. I couldn’t have wished for a better twist, or ending to this story, and I don’t have enough words to describe why it impacted me without going into spoilers.

I also really like that the author challenges the black & white mentality of her characters, and of us as readers, about characters and where the story is going, and let me tell you: it is worth it. If you haven’t read it, make yourself a favor, and do it. I promise this: you’ll love them too, and there’s no better feeling in the world.

Happy readings everyone, and if you have read it, talk it with me.


Have you read or heard about this Manga before? Have there been any series that you started and then never could finish because localisation or fan translation never finished? Tell me all, I’m curious ! 

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Destiny Ninja 2+: Shiroya is More than You Bargained For

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Shiroya is the shota of the group. He’s an adorable bean that is pretty carnivorous, I mean first CG you get he’s hugging her naked stomach, and you can bet your ass it’s on purpose (^_<)~☆

He’s bright, cheery, cute and so supportive to Ayame, so of course I had to pick him as my first route for this game. I must say, do not regret at all! Shotas usually have better routes and stories, maybe because I love coming-of-age stories. Maybe it’s because their jovial, happiness masks darkness, sadness. They’re complex beans, and never what they appear like, so they’re intriguing.

Shiroya hides a lot of pain and hurt towards his parents, and rightfully so. When he was a child, around 6-8 years, he still didn’t have any power of his own, and so his parents thought it’d be good to send him to a special, hidden training facility. There he got tortured every day by brutal instructors in order to force his powers out, and the poor kid ended up developing a split personality because of it. So even after he left the facility he refused to go back to his parents home, certain that they’d done it because all they care for is power and that they never loved him.

I’m getting ahead of myself, since I have said nothing about the main plot of the game, which is purifying the tainted symbols in the four villages, of which Shiroya belongs to the summer one, because evil spirits spread from it and wreck havoc on the villages. But that isn’t what this game focus, per se.

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So then what is Shiroya’s story about? We slowly meet his other self, which is symbolised by a cold personality and reddish/orange eyes, and he says cryptic stuff. Ayame first thinks Shiroya is possessed by one the evil spirits, that is until she learns about from what exactly made him come into reality. Tho a bit like an evil spirit, he was sprout from hate, rage and the desire for revenge. I did the good ending, which meant showing the other Shiroya that Ayame also loves him, and considers him part of Shiroya.

Shiroya matures a lot during his route, he also becomes sweeter and confident in his and Ayame’s feelings, which was great to see! Plus, this game actually has DICK IN THE HOLE, even tho off-screen it’s clearly told it happened, and we get to see some fanservice (^_<)~☆

I was actually really surprised by the twist near the ending, about who the villain was, and exactly what would happen to Ayame and what Shiroya had to do. I was so blown away, I think I crapped myself all over Twitter about it. To be honest…I don’t expect much from otome mobage, because I’ve experienced some bad ones, but this one not only has a solid story, it has really great artwork, and special effects that move in the screen! AND it also has more than the same 3 tunes, each village has their own unique theme and everything!

So I highly recommend playing this game AND this route, I’ve already done Ayu’s and I wasn’t as blownaway by his route :C

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

Valentine’s Reaches Mystic Messenger but Not as Expected


This time, instead of being DLC or chats to go through, it’s just After Ending story for each character. You have to go there and unlock it.  Each character’s Valentine’s  costs 20 hourglasses, so it makes a total of 100 hourglasses

I’ve been saving up for this, cause I knew they’d release something, so I’m nabbing all of them, of course. 

One thing to point out is the new artist is in charge of the new sprites and CG’s still. Valentine’s is years after the main game, where they’re married for a few years already and are more mature

Sadly I can’t say I like the new sprites or the new artist’s art still. I do notice they’ve tried to match the original, but it doesn’t reach the level of the main games artwork.

As an example, the new sprite for Yoosung:

^what Yoosung says, he has no idea how much he changed considering the art just doesn’t match the main sprites one.

I’m  still getting all the stories, I’m a bit of a completionist if it’s easy enough. But I’m really sad this is gonna be the artist for all future DLC and extras. We all got into MM because of the original artwork. I can only imagine it’s because the main artist is working on the new game Cheritz is making. 

I suspect this artist is the same one that did all the side characters sprites for the main game, and those were not up to the standards of the main cast sprites, at all. Still I hope they improve more, and actually get as beautiful as the main game, because I don’t wanna have to look at slightly uglier versions of characters I’ve come it love ORZ 

What about you? Do you like the new artwork or prefer the older? Or maybe you don’t care whichever way? Are you getting this extra/bonus content, or are you going to pass? Tell me all! 

Fire Emblem Heroes Has Arrived to Drag You to Mobile Hell

The new Fire Emblem is out, in Europe, US, Asia, and it’s becoming huge already!

I never played any of the games, I do want to tho. I wanna play the 3ds games at least, Awakening and Fates, but I decided to try this out, because why not?

There’s definitely not the nostalgia or feels for me, since I don’t know these characters previously, but it’s an interesting game. The tactical part is very easy, and the game slowly gets harder without being frustrasting. Which is a bonus because I get frustrasted easily, and also hate when sprg/trpg take forever and a day to end one single battle. None of that here. Battles take 5-10 minutes, at least in the normal difficulty.

There’s also NO PERMA DEATHS, in case anyone was wondering~.

If you’ve seen games like Puzzles and Dragons, this is similar to it in terms of overall feel. You can summon ally heroes with orbs, you soend stamina for each battle, the stamina for each battle raises but your own doesn’t.

A thing that stood out to me was that the characters, both male and female, get their clothes ripped while fighting, and I LOVE THAT. Equal fanservice makes me happy asf 🙏🙏🙏🙏👌✨

Now the negatives are mostly about frustration with how some things got implemented.

First, the friend codes are pretty bad to type, to find, to use, just uuugh. I wish there was a copy function so we can just give people instead of trying to remenber or write it down, smh.

Second, and this is MAJOR, this game crashes A LOT. Like ridiculously a lot. More than any other game I’ve ever played. I have an Asus Memo Pad 7, and it’s not the best, but it has pretty nice ram. I’m not the only one that complained from this either, I saw other people on twitter mentioning it. The only way I made it stop crashing 5 times per battle or more was: TURN OFF ANIMATIONS AND BATTLES in settings. This does mean I don’t get to see those lovely illustrations getting ripped, but I’m doinf it for my mental sanity. Otherwise, I’ll have to quit the game, really it was unplayable for me without turning those off.

Third is how you can’t level the characters by using other cards, only using crystals/shards. I’m used to that gimmick of using lower tier cards, but in here those only give SP. SP unlocks new skills for the cards, but this also means if you spent time and stamina raising the level of said cards, then it’ll have been for nothing. Now, same tier cards do give some bonus stats, but who in their right mind will use a 4 star card to give sp and some bonus points to another 4 star card??? Those are better used or saved for 5 stars cards.

I don’t know if I’ll play this game for very long, especially if Nintendo and Intelligent Systems don’t so something about it crashing so dang hard. It crashes quite often for me on the menu screen. ON THE MENU SCREEN FFS.

This does wet the apetite and made me more intrigued for the mainline FE games, I feel like I should bump Awakening up so I can play it sooner~

Have you heard about this game? Have you downloaded played it already? What do think? Has it crashed for you too, or has it been smooth sailing? Tell me all!

Let’s exchange friend codes!! Mine: 2030640957 (for easy copy and pasta for you~)

Edit (7/02) :

The game stopped working on my tablet, it wouldn’t let me pass the menu screen. I’ve since made another account on my phone this time, and no issues with crashing. Either the game isn’t optimized for tablets or it is my tablet itself. I don’t know why 😭😭😭😭

Either way, I can’t add back on that account, so add this one pls!!: 3055682546

Impressions: Destiny Ninja 2+

From the get go the prologue blew my mind away. Ayame has a sprite, expressions, appears in CGS, has a personality, is gorgeous and has a backbone, plus she’s a fighter and ninja like the guys.

Another thing that really stood out to me was that the effects of the game move on-screen, like autumn leafs dropping down, cherry ones, snow, mist covering the characters. The production values of this game are super great!

Another amazing thing is that the OST is actually super good, heavily using Japanese instruments, gave me vibes of Okami all over again, and I love it! Plus there isn’t just one-two themes, the game has at least 10 or more themes. One for each guy, one for each village, plus the tense moments, lightehwarted moments, and loveydovey ones.

This game could be easily ported to a console, and you wouldn’t be able to tell it was mobile!

The guys sprites also change, as in clothes change, just like Ayame’s, and there’s a dude for everyone, of course ;P  The art really stands out to me as super gorgeous.

Another thing is the system of gaining coins and etc is pretty forgiving, and you don’t even really have to do it, you get a ton of in-game currency from daily draws. The game also gives a ton of drawers, so you don’t have to constantly discard things!

This game is head and shoulders above 99% of the other free mobile games, and if you haven’t played you really need to!

Have you heard about this game? Have you played it? What do you think of it?