iMacOfDeath

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    • Date A Been Awhile

      1 week ago

      iMacOfDeath

      For those of you who don't recall what the plot is to Date A Live, because it's been five years since the last season, allow me to refresh your memory. A boy buy the name of Shido with the power to never die gets recruited to go "seal" the power of spirits that cause events known as space quakes, he does this by enlisting the help of an invisible spaceship manned by a crew of dating experts who are more or less about as helpful as a sack of potatoes. Eventually his antics will involve showing kindness or warmth to these sprits, who have only ever known fear and hate, leading to a harem of spirits all gunning for this dudes D forming around him. However humanity thinks they can still win by force and uses a bunch of scantly clad girls in exosuits to ruin Shido's dates, prolonging the inevitable kiss Shido will have with the spirits. Oh, and there's also some douchebag who wants to use the spirits power for himself, often turning them evil in the process. With that out of the way, let's talk about season 3.


      We begin with a brand spanking new spirit by the name of Natsumi, who is by far the most mature appearing of the bunch, however just as Shido is beginning to put the moves on her the cockblocking AST show up and ruin his chances. Things get even worse however as Shido sees "something" he shouldn't have in the ensuing battle, and so Natsumi declares that his life will be over for good as she takes off like a witch on a broom. Turns out this statement was directed at Shido's social life, as Natsumi takes on Shido's appearance and sexually harasses every one of his classmates and teachers. Brilliant.


      Thankfully Shido convinces his harem that it wasn't him, which upsets Natsumi who makes another decree, claiming that everyone near and dear to Shido's heart will disappear. Basically she goes into hiding again as someone he knows, and states that if he can't figure out who she is then one person a day will be taken. This part actually had me kind of excited for the possibility that this whole season was just going to be a murder mystery, with Shido playing the luckless detective, attempting to uncover who Natsumi was disguising herself as. Like a game of Guess Who? but without the nitpicking questions.


      Sadly this is not the case, as this arc wraps up rather quickly and Natsumi joins Shido's harem. However what came next wasn't exactly bad, but it was, as I felt, too little too late. You see season 2 of Date A Live was, more or less, a waste of time with little story progression. It added some spirits, waifu-bate as it were, and gave us a new bad guy to call a douchebag, but lacked any explaining to the baseline story. This season attempts to fix that, giving us that story we could have used four years ago, but it just doesn't do enough and leaves almost as many questions as it answered.


      At least we learn of the entity that started it all, the one who gifts the powers to young girls, and how she ties into Origami Tobiichi's past. It's not a bad twist in terms of writing, and finally gives those Origami naysayers something to chew on. There's even an Avenger's: End Game level of time line breaking that happens, though as cool as this plot device was, it ended up making me question if Date A Live understands the butterfly effect at all. And because this is the kind of show it is, we can't just end on a plot point, no, we need ecchi filler! Albeit amusing filler, covering the fact that Shido is really pent up thanks to the girls around him, and that this leads him to become a super powerful playboy who goes as far to kiss the second in command of the enemy. I guess ultra blue balls turns you into Lex Luthor.


      Well I guess this season could have been worse, it was certainly better than the second season, but it took a bloody long time to get here. What they could have done was reduce the messing around they did with Natsumi's introduction, because the first season shows us you only really need a single episode to bag a spirit. Sure you might need to go back to give them some head pats and hugs later on, but Shido was adding spirits to his harem like wildfire in the past so what's the big deal? Oh, but I do gotta give bonus points for young Kurumi. That was nice.


      Genres: Harem, Romantic Comedy, Science Fiction


      Animation: Likely due to the backlash season 2 received for the significant drop in quality, due in part to the studio changing from AIC Plus+ to Production IMS, we get yet another change, this time to studio J.C. Staff. These are the guys also behind works like Shokugeki no Soma, Witchcraft Works, and the controversial One Punch Man II. I think the quality did increase, especially with the big battles, but it still doesn't hold a candle to season 1.


      Voice Acting: Ehh, I got nothing. Looks like everyone has continued to reprise their roles, oh, except Shido. Who, get this, has bee replaced by an actual male VA! Holy shit Japan! Have you been listening to me? Because I could tell, thinking back on it now, that the feelings give life by the actor's voice weren't superficial. As an added bonus, the actor's name is pretty cool, Nobunaga Shimazaki.


      Favorite Character: Nope. Kurumi was only around long enough to cocktease her fans, and everyone else is more or less fluff in my eyes. Though many of the girls did make some strides, becoming way more aggressive in their wooing attempts with Shido. Good on you girls, finally taking some initiative.


      Date A Live III gets a 7.0 out of 10


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    • Five Sisters and a Guy

      1 month ago

      iMacOfDeath

      Thinking back to my years in High School I can recall the days my parents hired the services of a tutor to assist me in my Spanish and Math classes, lot of good that did, but in both scenarios I found myself getting along with the tutor and bonding with the person. Likely because it is part of their job to be personable to attract potential 'customers', but I wouldn't say it would be too far a stretch to think that a romance could bloom from such a steady interaction. Now take that idea and make it into an anime, add several more characters for the tutor to teach, and give it a complete ending that still somehow leaves open the opportunity for a future season. That about sums up the basis for Go-toubun no Hanayome, English title The Quintessential Quintuplets.


      The setting takes place in a very university looking High School, where Futaro Uesugi, a model male student with perfect grades, experiences a bit of a bump in his routine lifestyle when five new girls begin attending his school. Ichika, Nino, MikuYotsuba, and Itsuki Nakano; identical quintuplets. Now if you're a veteran otaku you can see what's coming a mile away, but for those of you who are new to this, a harem anime is soon to begin.


      At first Futaro is anything but happy about the situation, but due to his family's level of poverty he takes the job. It's too bad for him then that he's already made a bad first impression with most of the girls, and it is a painstakingly annoying process to get the girls back on his side. The biggest hurdle is getting the girls to study in the first place, Futaro's first task as his whole job is on the line if he can't get their grades up to passing. Thankfully Futaro is a resourceful man who doesn't give up after failing, several times, and he is eventually rewarded with the affection of every quintuplet.


      He starts off with Miku, who he learns is deeply into history, specifically regarding the Sengoku period of Japan. Miku is a shy girl but proves to be very helpful in assisting Futaro with the other sisters, though this is not a trait that remains hers alone. After Miku comes a combination of Nino, a gigantic bitch who prefers bad boys, and Itsuki, a more tomboyish looking sister with the largest rack of the bunch. All along the way Futaro is slowly wittling away at gaining Ichika's trust, the first girl he scorned and a tsundere who likes to hold a grudge. The only one Futaro never needs to actually needs win over is Yotsuba, an air head who is mostly only around to add humor and be the nice girl.


      There is a twist that is introduced fairly early on, and that is that Futaro was once a blond hair punk boy. I'm kidding, well, he was actually a blond hair punk kid but as it turns out he once knew the sisters, or at least one of them, during his childhood. We see multiples times where a photograph of his childhood self is with one of the sisters, but thanks to seeing another picture of the sisters from their own childhood it shows us that the not-so-identical quintuplets were once actually identical. So you're left wondering who the heck we see him marrying in the very first and last scenes of the anime, a woman who is clearly one of the sisters all grown up, no longer dying her hair or having any unique identifying features.


      If we follow the rules of harem anime then you have to say that it is obviously Ichika, the first girl Futaro meets and the hardest girl to win over. But the anime really keeps hinting towards that it might very well be Miku, who was the first girl to fall for Futaro and is often supported in her efforts at winning Futaro's heart by the other sisters. However a more open minded individual might believe that any of the girls has a chance at the wedding, even Yotsuba, but it is my humble opinion that either Miku or Ichika are the potential winners. With my heart really hoping that Miku is that girl.


      In the very end the anime doesn't answer the question for us, meaning the potential for a future season remains, with us fully knowing that Futaro is bound to marry one of the quintuplets. The excitement therein lies with the potential of seeing Futaro and the girls realize they once knew each other from their past, pulling a kind of Love Hina move, where it might come up that they had promised each other they'd get married or something. The girls will each end up each believe they were the one who made that promise, not fully remembering the event, thus starting the true game for a flowing white dress and a ring.


      Genres: Harem, Romantic Comedy


      AnimationTezuka Productions, the studio responsible for Astro Boy, Black Jack, and Dororo. They're a very old studio, that's mostly stuck to only a couple handfuls of longer lasting shows. Sadly I can't say the animation astounded me. For sure there were moments when the scenes were pretty and the characters were well drawn, but there was a point here and there where the animation was just average. I will note that it's safe to say the animation was never bad, just par for the course.


      Voice Acting: The whole cast is full of veteran VAs, from Futaro being voiced by Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, who you may remember as Kirito from SAO, to Ichika, voiced by Kana Hanazawa, actress behind Kuroneko from Oreimo, to Itsuki, voiced by Inori Minase, actress behind Rem from Re:Zero. Amusingly enough Miku, voiced by Miku Itō, also voiced Tanaka from one of my recently reviewed anime, Ueno-san wa Bukiyō. There I was annoyed by the fact she was voicing a male character, but here I found her to be a part of my favorite girl.


      Favorite Character: Speaking of whom, Miku Nakano is easily my favorite character in this series. She's built up to be the best girl time and time again, being a close ally to Futaro after he earns her trust. She has some of the most adorable reactions, she agrees with the other girls shooting for Futaro to play fair but still wants to win, and she is also the first girl to share a bed with Futaro. Please, of please, let Miku be the winner! I need my faith restored in best girls.


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      Go-toubun no Hanayome gets a 7.7 out of 10


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    • Drama na Kanojo

      1 month ago

      iMacOfDeath

      I often complain about how in a romance anime the couples never get it on, their relationships bloom and sparks fly but not one do we hear about them bumping uglies. And I get it, most of the RomComs I watch are centered around High School students, and it would totally be wrong for teenage kids to have sex. I mean, come on, no one does that! Sarcasm aside, I decided to venture outside of my comfort zone to find something with a bit more ranch sauce to it. My searching landed me on the doorstop of Domestic na Kanojo, a drama riddled romance all about dealing with a very particular and peculiar situation revolving around sex and love.


      The anime begins with two people having sex, yes, that's right, straight away we've already broken the steak and have had penetration! The couple doing it are total strangers, having only just met at a group date, but the girl, whose name is Rui, prompts the boy, Natsuo, with the question of if he'd be down to fuck. Now unlike many a male protagonist in anime in this situation, including harems, Natsuo accepts and the two both lose their v-cards. However Rui was only interested because she was curious as to what it felt like, and as soon as the magic is over she leaves the scene of the crime. Of course Natsuo can't wait to tell his best friend and total bro Fumiya, who immediately put Natsuo in a headlock and reminds him that he has strong feelings for a certain teacher at his school and this action was a real forehead slapper. And while I do agree with Fumiya, at the end of the day, Natsuo still had sex.


      But that's not the drama I spoke of you see, no no, things get a whole lot more complicated and soon. You see Natsuo's father announces that he is getting remarried and just as suddenly also announces that he and Natsuo will be moving in with his new step-mother and her family, and guess just who happens to be the step-mother's two daughters? That's right! It's Rui, Natsuo's first bang, and Hina, the high school teacher who Natsuo has a crush on. Oh boy, strap in lads, it's about to get bumpy.


      Not only is Natsuo not able to restrain himself from trying to kiss Hina while she is passed out drunk, he also can't seem to get over the fact the first girl he slept with is now his step-sister. It's a subject brought up a lot, by both parties involved, though Rui doesn't seem to care one bit. The focus eventually shifts to center on the fact Hina is seeing a man who is already married, and the subject of affairs is a pretty touchy one for the step-mother, so you can probably guess Rui and Natsuo aren't too happy about this revelation. The person Hina is seeing is also kind of a douchebag, but shares a situation with Natsuo in that Hina was a student of his who fell in love with him in high school. What a twist!


      And you know what goes will with a twist, a little garnish. Because outside of this family of drama, we also have more drama. You got Momo, the high school bicycle, who only sleeps around to try and fill the hole in her heart. Though Natsuo is able to resist her, and makes her realize she doesn't need to be slutty to be wanted. And you also got Miu, who seems to be in the same situation as Natsuo and Hina, crushing on the literature club instructor but being far more shy about it. Everywhere you turn there's some kind of drama happening, so needless to say I was way outside of the cozy box I shut myself in to avoid this kind of stuff. Thankfully the drama was leagues different from the mellow drama of RomComs and harems, and made more 'adult' sense than the shit I'm usually accustom to.


      The roller coaster really starts to twist and turn as Rui re-ups her interest in Natsuo, just as Hina begins to accept Natsuo's feelings for her. Rui catches Natsuo with Hina, Hina catches Rui with Natsuo, and the whole time Natsuo is using this drama to fuel his creative juices and produce a book that lands him an award and opportunities to follow the dream he has to be an author. Good on him.


      Things don't quite end so smoothly though, as Natsuo and Hina get caught by the school, and Hina takes a very sudden departure from the school and her family. And this is a real departure, she actually is gone, not even contacting Natsuo via the phone, it actually came as a bit of a shock to me. But what came as more of a shock, was a theory I came up with. The reason Natsuo and Hina got caught was because someone got a picture of them in her hotel room making out, and this had me thinking. The picture is so centered on the two of them, and not focused on all the festivities going on nearby, that it was obviously take by someone looking for it. And guess who was the least reactionary of the bunch to Hina's departure, that's right, it was Rui! But there's no real evidence she was the photo taker, just conjecture on my part. Her lack of reaction to Hina leaving, as well as dressing up like Hina to shock a very lonely Natsuo. And right at the end, where Rui returns to going on the attack and pushes Natsuo down, telling him she's no longer holding back on account for her sister. Come on! She had to be the one who did it! She wanted Natsuo all to herself, and let a little Yandere grow inside her. This might honestly not be true even in the slightest, but I can still dream dammit!


      Genres: Drama, Romance


      AnimationDiomedéa, the same studio behind works like Aho-Girl, Handa-Kun, and Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sō Desu yo? where the ones who did the work here. Say what you will about their selection in animation *cough* Kodomo no Jikan *cough*, but this is a studio that does quality work. Here, the animation helped convey the feelings of envy, disgust, and lust rather well.


      Voice Acting: It would seem that everyone, besides a few supporting characters, have a very long list of acting roles behind them. A rather talented pool of people, who of course all helped to make the emotions more believable.


      Favorite Character: While I didn't mention him a whole bunch, I'm giving this one to Natsuo's best friend and total bro Fumiya. This chubby buddy beats sense into Natsuo when he's down or lost, he helps Natsuo time and time again in both his creation and combat of the drama. He works at a cafe that seems to be a magnet for love trouble, though Fumiya himself does not have a girlfriend. Kind of wish he did, and just surprised everyone by casually introducing a banging hot girl with brains that he's been in a steady relationship with for years. Like, he's relationship should be the example others strive for... and there goes my headcanon again.


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      Domestic na Kanojo gets a 7.0 out of 10


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    • There is No Aircraft Gatcha Game

      2 months ago

      iMacOfDeath

      Did you know that we have gatcha games about moe anthropomorphic battleships, guns, and even historical legends and heroes. Yet we do not have one about airplanes? Where am I suppose to go to get my fill of a cute F7F Tigercat? Or a sultry B2 Bomber? Or even a yandere SR-71 Blackbird? Someone get on making this! There's money to be had! Anyways, I'm not actually here to talk about the idea of a new gatcha game. I am going to be talking about anthropomorphized airplanes though, specifically ones ones that can be found in the anime Girly Air Force.


      To be perfectly honest I'm not quite sure what I was expecting going into this anime, but I knew I had enjoyed Arpeggio of Blue Steel so I thought the two might be similar. The anime is all about this invading force known as Zai, who may not be as alien as they appear. They appeared out of no where, as a technology superior race happens to do, and started to decimate human settlements all across the globe. They made no attempts at conveying any demands or talking to humans at all, they were just hell bent on destroying our ability to travel via plane or ship. To this point they are introduce to us, attacking a fleet of refugees attempting to escape China that has fallen to the Zai.


      This is when we meet our main protagonist, a young man by the name of Kei Narutani who in the past lost his mother to a Zai attack and has been forced to live with his closest and overbearing friend Minghua Song who also lost her parents. Luckily she has a deep crush on him, so it's not like there's about to be a huge life changing event that introduces a new waifu into Kei's life. Like for instance a fighter jet that saves his ass from being killed by a Zai, crash landing in the water nearby, and revealing a cute girl to be the pilot who latches onto Kei like a facehugger and gives him a big ol smooch. Oh wait, that actually happens, right.


      Well due to that event Kei becomes obsessed with wanting to learn of who that girl was, likely because that was his first kiss and by anime standards that means she is destined to bare his children, but never the less he just so happens to spot the very same fighter jet from before being taken to a military base. Against the wishes of Minghua, whose thot senses were tinglingly, he tries to sneak into the base only to be captured by men in black suits and interrogated by anime Gabe Newell who calls himself Haruka Yashirodōri. Luckily for Kei this harassment upsets his jet wife, so Gabe gives up the gig and introduces Kei to his waifu, a young girl by the name of Gripen created by combing Zai technology with our own. A hybrid if you will, that for some reason are called daughters in this world.


      Long story short these daughters, because more do show up, don't really know why the Zai are killing off humanity. At least not directly. From what I could gather, it seems the objective of the Zai is less 'total eradication' and more a 'population control'. Almost as if the Zai are created by Earth, which is a sentient somehow, and knows that its time to stem the growth. You know, like the Anti-Spirals in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. This is just an idea though, I've no definitive proof.


      Aside from Gripen, the other daughters we meet are Eagle, Phantom, Viper Zero, and Rhino. Eagle is the blond bimbo who likes to fight, Phantom is the tactical and cool headed one, Viper Zero will look like whoever you hold most dear in your heart and talks like Celty from Durarara!!, and Rhino is the only daughter America has and sadly loses; because Americans are assholes who restricted her every movement so she gave in to the enemy. Poor Rhino.


      The anime deals with things like how Kei can only withstand a lower number of Gs than the daughters can produce, but he compensates for making Gripen go slower by being her pilot and having her focus on being in control of weapons. There's also the hate that daughters get by some people, because before they see a cute waifu they see a gross hybrid made with parts of the enemy. And there's also this reoccurring bit where Kei goes deeper and deeper into the collective unconsciousness of the Zai, where he meets a competent Gripen who attempts time and time again to tell him the truth of everything but ends up going through a dead zone every time.


      If you couldn't tell I wasn't terribly invested or impressed by Girly Air Force, it was a mediocre anime with a plot that failed to achieve liftoff. Had the anime focused more on this whole reason for why the Zai are attacking humanity, and cut back on the silliness injected between battles, maybe there might have been something interesting. I'm all for shows and series that feature humans on the losing side, but only because I've grown up watching things where in the end the humans prevail. They win, and I'm bored of that.


      Genres: Action, Science Fiction


      Animation: Studio Satelight lended their talents here, giving us an average animation with some really lackluster daughter designs. The aircraft are just recolored and shiny versions of their IRL counterpart, it was rather uninspired. There was also a big use of CG as the Zai are nothing but computer animations, looking like a creation of using those transparent LEGO pieces.


      Voice Acting: Nothing of import to say here, it was average.


      Favorite Character: None. Might have been Rhino, but she wasn't given much time to grow.


      Girly Air Force gets a 5.4 out of 10


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    • In Love and War

      2 months ago

      iMacOfDeath

      Many RomComs follow the same old path when it comes to handling the romance portion of things, a sticking point that seemingly makes a modern RomCom a RomCom, and that is the inability to have the two romantic interests confess to one another successfully. Be it that the anime uses fireworks or a train in the background to drown out the confession, or be it that the couple just can't work up the courage to utter those three works that so desperately need to be said. So when an anime is able to take that one point and change the perspective enough we look at the confession from a new point of view, well, that's pretty refreshing. And that's exactly what Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai did, it made the act of a confession a life changing moment in the war know as love. Turning the confessor into one who hold up the white flag, declaring that this battle is their loss, even if the other party reciprocated their feelings.


      As is the case for most RomComs the setting is a High School, a prestigious High School with only Japan's finest enrolled within its walls, but a High School none the less. It is here our fated couple attends, the president of the student council Miyuki Shirogane and his vice president Kaguya Shinomiya. The whole of the student body thinks they look lovely together, and many rumors exist that the two are secretly lovers. However the truth is not so convenient, because while Miyuki has feelings for Kaguya and she him, neither one has confessed to the other. Instead they participate in mind games with one another, attempting to trick the other into confessing first, for as the narrator likes to points out, the one who does this will be under the heel of the other the rest of their life. The narrator also likes to remind us that the reason they don't confess has nothing to do with the fact it's embarrassing, even though there's clear evidence to the contrary.


      Most of the anime takes place within the student council room, and as such the other member of the student council also make frequent appearances. Chika Fujiwara, the student council secretary, and Yū Ishigami, the student council treasurer. Chika is like a kind of wild card who often times ends up participating in the arguments Miyuki and Kaguya have, sometimes she is helpful, like when she lends her umbrella to the two who both refuse to admit they brought one with them during a rain shower. Then again, she can also be a hindrance, causing Kaguya to curse her under her breath and give her the evil eye. Yū on the other hand is, from what I could tell, just around to inject humor into situations and act as a scapegoat who takes all the blame for things. He does bring a bit of that hate upon himself, like when he went on a rant about Kaguya and Chika's breast sizes, but sometimes I kind of feel for the dude, like when he commented on how he noticed Chika changed her hair conditioner because she smelled different. This coming off the heels of the anime showing us Kaguya doing something new to get Miyuki's attention, and looking for a compliment from him. God dammit women! Stop confusing us! Do you want a compliment or not!?


      The anime goes through the paces, not really delving too deep into the lives of these characters outside of the school, but eventually the horizons do expand. We see that Kaguya is from a very well off and highly respected family, but her freedoms are very restricted, and her only ally is her personal maid Ai Hayasaka. Ai does her best to assist Kaguya in escaping from the confines of her family, and hitch her mistress up with Miyuki, as she is one of the only characters in the anime to know full well that the two are in love with other another. Miyuki himself is from a far less affluential family, working part-time jobs to support his unemployed father and his little sister, all while remaining the top student in school due only in part to the fact he studies like the devil. They're both impressive people in their own rights, and it was cool to see a student who works his butt off overcome a student who is blessed with innate talent. You don't see that over often in anime.


      Humor and romance, romance and humor, with just a slight tinge of drama. Since this is a school, and since the anime likes to time skip often months at a time, we end up very quickly entering summer break. It is during this time Kaguya and Miyuki long to see one another, but Kaguya's family ends up almost causing her to miss seeing the fireworks display with everyone from the student council. Luckily Ai was there to save the day, but in the end it is Miyuki who tracks down a crying Kaguya who thinks she missed the display, and gets a taxi driver to take all of them to another display that had been delayed due to weather. It was intense, and featured many of those 'near miss' moments, where Miyuki will pass by Kaguya going the opposite direction but neither notice. Sadly the intensity comes to an end without a good confession, the anime ending on the same point it started on, with Kaguya and Miyuki promising themselves that they will get the other to confess first. I was probably as frustrated as the whole school who was following them, but seeing as how there are three manga also in the works at the same time, I guess I should have seen a non-conclusion coming. Oh anime, when will you just give me a single season of something I like that doesn't have a open ending.


      So yes, Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai did make me see the act of a confession from a new light, but it also was often making fun of itself for offering this perspective. Making it clear that the only reason, the only real reason, is that it is embarrassing. However while it wasn't too successful at convincing me, it at least offers a very fun ride. The mind games reminded me of the moment where Sherlock and Moriarty are fighting each other in their minds, in a competition without so much as lifting an actual finger. The humor did induce a bit of cringe, but that was mostly just when Yū was making an ass of himself. Poor guy. In the end the anime was another RomCom, one with a new gimmick I enjoyed, but one that also didn't truly surprise me.


      Genres: Romantic Comedy


      Animation: Outstanding work from studio A-1 Pictures, who I've had trouble with trusting due to their horrible treatment of Denpa Kyōshi, but here they shined through with a brilliance I've not seen since Saekano or GATE.


      Voice Acting: Here's something I found amusing, the same actor who voices One-Punch Man's Saitama, Makoto Furukawa, is also the one who voices Miyuki. Makoto has had many prominent roles, but his counterpart who voiced Kaguya, Aoi Koga, is mostly an unknown with only a handful of bit parts. Yet I never would have known this, as Aoi does a phenomenal job playing a slightly sadistic and slightly sweet character like Kaguya. Hats off.


      Favorite Character: Be it that there was only one character who was actively working to hook Kaguya and Miyuki up, I had to give this one to Ai Hayasaka. Ai is Kaguya's personal maid, her lifelong assistant, and an ally in dealing with Kaguya's overbearing family. However she is a double edged sword, as she will actively sabotage Kaguya's plans if she thinks she has a better one. In one instance she had to care for a feverish Kaguya, who acts very childlike in her daze, and ends up forcing Miyuki into Kaguya's room for one of the best scenes in the whole show. However she is also a girl with plans of her own, and while she is loyal to Kaguya, I see she too seeks freedom. At one point commenting on how she wishes she loved someone as deeply as Kaguya does, poor girl.


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      Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai gets an 8.7 out of 10


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    • Inventions to a Man's Heart

      2 months ago

      iMacOfDeath

      It's a well known fact I have a thing against male protagonists in anime and manga that are denser than bedrock when it comes to romance or romantic feelings, and it kills me a little inside every time I start to enjoy a RomCom anime only to find out the main protagonist is an idiot. Perhaps it is because I am too aware of the feelings people have, and because of my oversensitivity I find it mind boggling that someone can be so thick. So it might come as a surprise to you that I actually enjoyed my time watching Ueno-san wa Bukiyō, an anime featuring a main male lead that just doesn't seem to be catching on to the fact a girl he sees every day has deep feelings of love for him. So what made me enjoy this anime so much I was able to overlook this pothole? A lot.


      Premiss is simple, in fact, it's so simple that whole anime actually only takes place inside a science club room within a high school. The story centers around three characters, the only members of this club, a man by the name of Tanaka, the club leader Ueno, and a quiet bookworm by the name of Yamashita. Ueno is very much in love with Tanaka, and she has the support of Yamashita in trying to get his heart. However all her attempts end in some form of failure, either due to the fact Tanaka doesn't notice because he's a blockhead or because Ueno chickens out at the last second. It's frustrating to watch, but the anime makes it entertaining in the delivery.


      Every episode features two scenarios, usually revolving a new invention that Ueno has come up with. Sometimes these inventions are world-crisis ending kind of things like a box that turns any kind of dirty water into clean drinking water, or it might even be a way to create censorship to prevent upskirt shots or exposing yourself in public. However things never quite go the way Ueno wants, and either Tanaka ruins her plans at using the new invention to confess or she herself loses a bit of her common sense in the heat of the moment. Sometimes the failures are knee-slapping funny, sometime they are a bit cringe worthy, and sometimes they are successful but fail at doing anything noteworthy to Tanaka. And it's because of these failures that Tanaka being dense can be overlooked, since Ueno could probably try to be a bit more direct with her confession.


      The best moments though are when the inventions do exactly what Ueno wanted, but she's not mentally prepared for Tanaka to go as far as he does. Like he she invents a pair of spats that can charge a phone, and Tanaka goes to town on her legs rubbing them like he's going for the money. Or when Ueno wanted to sit on Tanaka's face, but instead she ends up hurting her butt enough that Tanaka carries her like a princess, scolding her for hurting herself so much. Meanwhile watching all of this is Yamashita who will break her silent stance when she see Ueno failing at cashing in to collect on Tanaka, or getting mad at Tanaka for ruining things by saying things or doing things that make Ueno faint from embarrassment. This is usually her role to play in things, mostly a bystander who watches things play out, but sometimes she'll push Ueno to go just a little further with the potential at hitting pay dirt with Tanaka.


      Outside of these three we do have guest appearances by other club members and schoolmates, usually involving them being wrapped up in one of Ueno's inventions. Like a swim club member who likes to tease boys, a robot version of Ueno that is far more open with Ueno's feelings, a gymnastic club member who sweats a bit too much, Tanaka's older sister and little sister, and a tennis club member who thinks all men are perverts. However these characters only make brief appearances and are not the focus of the main story, which doesn't resolve in a satisfying way. It might be because the anime only covered some of the scenarios from the manga, which is still an ongoing series, so I guess they couldn't exactly have Ueno's love for Tanaka go anywhere solid. Still, that's a disappointment to me.


      Genres: Comedy, Romance, Science Fiction


      Animation: While not a fresh faced studio, Lesprit was the one who lended their talents here to make this was smooth an experience as they could. They did damn fine work as far as I'm concerned, so it surprised me that this is a studio with the only other things they've done being Tanuki to Kitsune and Cinderella Girls Gekijou. Both of which are shorter type anime, with chibi or very simplistic animation styles. These guys don't even have a Wiki page!


      Voice Acting: Likely one of the reasons the anime goes down so well is the acting, the actors really felt like they were playing these characters to a 'T'. Tanaka is a straight man who sometimes indulges Ueno, Ueno is a nerd but is easily flustered, and Yamashita is a deadpan girl you really don't want to make angry. Buuuuuuut the thing is, Tanaka is played by a girl. And I just found this out upon reading up on the actor playing him, so yeah, there I go getting triggered.


      Favorite Character: For as dense as he was, I think I have to give this one to Tanaka. Because in various moments, he shows true care for Ueno, he protects her and will often help her with her tests. I bet you that if Ueno was more forthcoming with her confession, she might even be able to get through to Tanaka, given that fact all her usual attempts include some gimmick that never works as intended.


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      Ueno-san wa Bukiyō gets an 8.4 out of 10


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    • I Want You To Have My Star Child

      2 months ago

      iMacOfDeath

      Among anime I have found very few of the harem genre satisfy my cravings for a true harem end, where the main male, or female, protagonist ends up with all the potential love interests. Usually they wimp out and either have the MC pick a character they are in love with the most, or they all just stay friends without crossing any romantic barriers. There's times we have come close, and of course there has been some anime that have achieved the rare true harem end, but because of the large majority harems that falter or fail I have almost become disillusioned with the concept. Never the less I still look, and such was the case when I spotted the anime titled Conception. A PSP game adapted into an anime, so you know there's bound to be some bumps in the road ahead.


      The story, while mostly nonsensical, follows a high school boy named Ituski who, along with his cousin Mahiru, are transported to another world and told they must fight impurities in a dungeon in order to be returned to their world. However the way they must battle these impurities, which usually take on any number of random monster appearances, is by creating star children. How do you do this you ask? Well how do you make any child? Sex of course! That's right, Ituski and Mahiru are almost forced into a bed and told to bone to save the world. Thankfully the two already have feelings for one another, so it's not an entirely painful process. In fact it's not much of a process at all, as all the hype the anime builds into how raunchy things will get are lies. To make a star child, a constellation maiden, that's what Mahiru is, the two just have to touch with powerful feelings for one another. Yeah, it's a bit of a cock tease, and a pretty big troll, but I just shrugged my shoulders and kept on.


      Of course Mahiru isn't the only maiden, in fact there are a total of 11 other maidens that Itsuki must get with in order to brith enough star children to conquer dungeon and defeat all the impurities. There's Arie the Aries maiden, Femiruna the Leo maiden, Collette the Aquarius maiden, Yuzuha the Pisces maiden, Ruka the Cancer maiden, Leone the Scorpio maiden, Falun the Capricorn maiden, Tarua the Taurus maiden, Lilith and Lily a two for one special Gemini maiden, Mirei the Libra maiden, and Sue the Sagittarius maiden. Each one has their uniqueness to them, like how Sue likes animals or Tarua is a postman in training, and they all require some little hump for Itsuki to get over in order to bed them. Eventually he does do the deed with each one, and is able to create a full party of star children to battle the impurities with. I do want to say that one big issue I did take offense to during these bedroom scenes was the censorship, good god what an eyesore.


      The main issue inlies with the problem of how the story is nonsensical, often times changing the setting from a medieval fantasy setting, to a version of the television show The Bachelor, to a beachside retreat, and then back to the dungeon full of impurities. This, along with a lacking animation quality, reduces the consistency in how much I was interested in the show. Sometimes it was trying to be very serious, but then a small raccoon character breaks the 4th wall with a humorous retort. There were moments I was genuinely enjoying the anime, but then other moments I was as bored as could be. I kid you not when the anime will actually tell you to go to the official website at times to read the details they aren't covering, I mean, what is this? Destiny?


      As we near the ending to this bumpy ride, things just lose all cohesion and the rails disappear. We get giant mecha battles against the final boss, Itsuki fucking a female raccoon named Mana, and a 13th maiden who was once herself a star child. I mean, during the final, very final boss battle against the mysterious 13th Phantom, Itsuki and the Phantom have a chat about why they are fighting. It makes almost no sense. But you know, for as dumb as things got, this anime did end up doing one thing really right. As the final episode is wrapping up, Itsuki and Mahiru are going back to their world, the other girls all decide what the hell and follow Itsuki back to Japan. But guess what, in a montage of moments following how their new lives go, we see that Itsuki does in fact end up marrying all of them. It's a simple church scene where Itsuki, dressed as a groom, greets all 14 of the girls he ended up attracting, who are all dressed in bridal attire, as he requests they all bare his children and they respond yes. But you know what, this simple scene, is 100% better an ending than any harem anime that pulls out at the last second.


      So yes, Conception wasn't great in any sense of the word, and in fact I'd say it was 'meh' at best, but that final scene earns this anime big points in my book. Because why can't an MC marry all his waifus? If they are happy and he is happy and they have no problems with the polygamous relationship, then what is the issue? I don't see one, and I especially don't see one in a work of fiction! Take a clue mangakas! Stop being huge pussies! If you are making a harem manga or anime, you had better start fulfilling the requirements to call it a harem lest you earn the ire of harem otaku everywhere.


      Genres: Harem, Fantasy, Adventure


      Animation: Studio Gonzo, animators of Vandread, Full Metal Panic!, and Rosario + Vampire, were the ones who offered their services here. It's odd that such a well versed studio would have as much trouble as it did producing a quality work, I mean, they only had one other anime going for this in 2018 and that was Hinomaru Sumo, so it's not like they were overworked or anything. Oh well.


      Voice Acting: Nothing to say really, average all around, no big negatives but no big positives.


      Favorite Character: I was going to just say I didn't really care enough to give an answer for this category, but after Arie revealed her quirk, I had one. Arie, the maiden of Aries, I know, really mind blowing naming there. She looks like a nun wearing a Russian Boyar hat, but under that dress is a woman who loves weapons and S&M. She was the first maiden to not just lie there and take it during her bed scenes, breaking out a whip and going to town on Itsuki. What a woman.


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      Conception gets a 5.0 out of 10


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    • That Time I was Adapted Into An Anime

      3 months ago

      iMacOfDeath

      Anime adaptations of manga and light novels always seem to loose something in the transition, be it quality in the writing, details in the story, or a massive change to the plot. Yet I doubt there is an otaku out there who doesn't like seeing an animated version of something they enjoy reading being announced, they might be worried, but it is my personal belief that the excitement out weights the potential for failure. No one can predict the future after all. Well it goes without saying that I felt this excitement when Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken, english title That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, was slated for an anime version in the 2018 to 2019 winter season. However no series is immune to the transition faults, and Slime Datta Ken suffered from a few.


      If you couldn't tell by the title, this is one of those Isekai anime, dude in our world is killed by a random knife wielding mugger when he pushes his friend out of the way. Be it thanks to his selfless act of heroism or some other factor, the man is reincarnated in another world as a blue slime. This begins his new life, where he explores his surroundings, consuming anything he can as a slime typically does, and learning more about this new world. His main unique power that he starts with is a voice in his head called Great Sage, a female personality that can solve problems for him in an almost desu ex machina kind of way. This doesn't make him overpowered, at least at first, but that's before he meets a dragon called Veldora.


      During this meeting our slime earns himself a name, Rimuru Tempest, and after some lengthy conversation where we learn about how Veldora got himself trapped in a cave, the two agree to help each other out. This entails Rimuru consuming Veldora, magical prison and all, in the hopes that he'll be able to slowly unlock and free Veldora from his confines. At this point Rimuru gets a pretty massive upgrade to his power level, but because he's still a fresh faced slime he doesn't have much in the way of skills, and thus he leaves the cave that held Veldora and enters a nearby forest where he meets the next big arc of this series; goblins.


      The goblins go through three phases with Rimuru, first requiring protection from wolves, secondly being named by Rimuru, and thirdly building a city that is pretty much a monster haven. The first bit, while exaggerated greatly in the scale of things, since Rimuru can just slice and dice the wolves up like sashimi, is over pretty quickly allowing the naming ritual to begin. See, names carry power, and by Rimuru naming the goblins they actually evolve into far more powerful versions of their smaller selves. This process is likely the only thing that ever comes close to damaging Rimuru, as he doesn't notice how much MP is required to do a single naming as ends up turning into a puddle or a shiny crystal ball after overextending himself. So he's not so OP that he can name creatures for days on end, but nothing else comes close to defeating him in battle or out. What the author uses to combat Rimuru's power level is his desire to protect those who serve under him, like the goblins, who can die from combat. Though even this fact is mostly hand waved away by Rimuru's healing ability, which is show to even bring those on the brink of death back to full health.


      The goblin city continues to expand its diversity after adding some dwarves to the mix, helping Rimuru expand the city and upgrade the infrastructure. It's during this time that we do see that Rimuru does still have a thing for girls with big tits, but for the most power he's almost sexless, showing no interest in romance or performing the things you usually see a slime do in a doujin. This is actually a problem I had with the series, as Rimuru obtains a humanoid form a girl named Shizu who, much like Rimuru, was transported to this world from her own, but unlike him her body was merged with a powerful spirit that Rimuru had to defeat leading to her death. This body he gets is without a gender, but looks very much feminine. He does test out seeing what the form looks like with genitalia, but forgoes picking a gender in the end and sticks to looking like a blue haired kid version of Shizu. A very drastic change from his human appearance in the other world.


      Afterwards some ogres show up and are named by Rimuru, leading to what is one of the biggest battles to face the goblin village and problems for Rimuru. The ogres own village was decimated by orcs, lead by a orc lord turned demon lord. The orcs forces have begun invading the neighboring swampland belonging to the lizard people, some of whom are pretty cute while others are really annoying. Rimuru ends up saving their tails after receiving a request from a dryad of the forest his blossoming city is located in, defeating the orc lord and becoming the official protector of the forest, much to his chagrin. The whole battle is kind of just a way to show off how powerful the ogres have become since being named by Rimuru, and Rimuru's own battle against the orc lord is needlessly stretched out to show us that the Grate Sage can actually take over Rimuru's body. In the end he does the same thing he did to Veldora to the orc lord, and just eats him. The remainder of the orc forces joining his growing city, once again adding to the diversity.


      It is here we see the next flaw of the adaptation show up, as the quality in the animation takes a pretty big drop. Another demon lord by the name of Milim, a real cutie who is known across the world as the strongest demon lord and often a leading cause of disaster. Thankfully Rimuru squirts some royal honey into her mouth, which seemingly placates her, and allows the two to become friends. One crisis avoided, as another one come flying in. A poorly CG'd creation, which even Rimuru has trouble dealing with, is very quickly ended by a single punch from Milim. I'm not sure if this was to show us that Milim is in fact stronger than Rimuru, but because the two are already friends by this point, it serves only to further combat Rimuru's OP status.


      And here is where the final big flaw of the adaptation comes into play, as the anime picks up the pace to wrap things up in time to catchup to where the manga is currently. This means details are cut and important events are glossed over, instead we get memes and unnecessary fan service. Rimuru heads off to another city to save some kids that Shizu had ties to, shoving some spirits into them to level out their powers and allow them to live relatively normal lives. During this rather fast part of the anime, Rimuru consumes Slifer the Sky Dragon, meets the Queen of Fairies who is also a demon lord, and introduces new characters that have zero introduction. It's a bit of a crapshoot honestly, and I wondered why they rushed the ending as such given the fact the anime isn't technically over. That's right, this season still has two episodes left, but they are not actually a continuation of the main story. Instead they delve into the backstory of Shizu and Veldora, something I think is honestly a waste.


      Genres: Fantasy, Isekai, Action, Adventure


      Animation: Studio 8-Bit were the ones who did the work here for the mostly positive animation, seeing that dip in quality after the orc lord fight that resolved itself after a couple episodes. These guys have also worked on other titles like Tokyo RavensAbsolute Duo, and Infinite Stratos. So they're not a bad studio, but that sudden drop was very obvious and rather odd.


      Voice Acting: Not much to say here honestly, it was good. Nothing really stood out though.


      Favorite Character: Were this the manga, I would have a very different answer for this category. But for the anime, I'm going to say Milim. I know, a rather odd choice for me, but her character was very straightforward. She is strong, she likes to fight other strong things, and she doesn't really care about much else. She's a bit of a cutie, and when she does go into killer mode she sparks something in me that only knife wielding yanderes have done.


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      Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken gets a 7.8 out of 10


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    • Proto Tenchi

      3 months ago

      iMacOfDeath

      Long ago, in a distant past, there was once an anime so well known it spawned its own universe of sequels and off-shoots. This anime was called Tenchi Muyo! and it was an anime that I spent many a night huddled up next to my grandmothers tube television watching, absorbing what has eventually become one of my all time favorite anime and a measuring stick I use for judging the quality of a harem anime. Obviously I respect the author who fathered such a series, and as such any work by Masaki Kajishima gets a special type of attention. Sadly I have not watched everything the man has created, but with the completion of Photon, a six episode OVA by Kajishima, I've been able to add another notch to my belt.


      Photon begins with a space battle similar to the beginning of Star Wars, a woman attempts to pilot away from a pursuing cruiser but realizes she is being tracked. In a comedic bit of action she strips down while the man chasing her, phasing through the walls of her ship, is stopped by the sight of her nude body giving her enough time to destroy the tracker and escape. Unfortunately her ship is now crashing down to a planet and she is forced to enter cryostasis, the resulting explosion is witnessed by a crowd of rag wearing humans. Cut to what feels like should be years into the future, but is actually more like days, a young boy by the name of Photon is sent to track down and drag the village chief's daughter and childhood friend, Aun, who has stolen a holy relic intent on using it to win the heart of a traveling musician.


      Rather quickly Photo finds her just as she is assaulted by a group of wannabe bandits, showing us that she has the ability to stop time and that Photon is immune to this ability. Photon goes on to show us that he has superhuman strength, tossing a boulder at the bandits like it was a basketball. Photon collects his friend and begins the journey home, just as the anime cuts to a rather gaudy looking city in space where the man who had been chasing the girl from the beginning is rewarded for his efforts; his name is Sir Papacharino but is mostly referred to as Papacha. At this point we cut back to Photon who has been ditched by Aun, and attempting to recapture her results in him falling down a deep ravine where he fights some robots and stumbles into the place where the girl from the beginning is sleeping.


      So far nothing is really all that confusing and I was throughly enjoying the art style, which exuded early Kajishima had drawn animation as well as the quirky humor injected into the seriousness. But give it a little bit, because things don't stay quite so cohesive.


      Before awaking the sleeping beauty, Photon discovers Aun has drawn the word for 'Idiot' on his forehead in permanent marker. With a childlike curiosity he ends up drawing the same word on the slumbering girls forehead before snuggling up to her bosom, causing the girl to awaken and attempt to attack Photon who is both immune to her weapons and far too quick for her to punch. Once she calms down, realizing she is very naked, she notices the word now written on her forehead and that it is the same word written on Photon's. Apparently having the same symbol on ones forehead means you're married, but surprisingly, Keyne, that's the girl's name by the way, is very quick to accept her newly married status.


      Due to Keyne awakening, Papacha receives a signal and rushes off to capture her. By this point Aun has found her troubadour but leans he is already very happily married, and as she drags herself back home she bumps into Papacha. Photon and Keyna end up crossing paths with the two, adding Aun to their caravan and allowing us to watch Photon destroy giant mecha with nothing but a stick. If it wasn't apparent enough, Photon is pretty OP, but due to his childlike demeanor he doesn't act like it. Still, it was rather amusing watching everyone be stunned by his actions, both bad guy and good guy alike.


      Skipping over the details of a Shokugeki between Aun and Keyne, who butt heads over who will be taking Photon with them, we see that a princess, by the name of Lashara, back in that gaudy looking city in space, has been convinced by a shady looking female character into running off to find Papacha who she is very much in love with. Meanwhile one of her servants, who travels with Papacha, has learned of his true intentions and how he does not love Lashara. Photon makes friends with this servant, and when Lashara shows up he also makes friends with her. Photon is very good at making friends with girls from what I could gather, even though his main attraction to them is their chest size.


      The pace picks up as Keyne attempts to recover part of her ship that fell to the planet, but is captured by Papacha who duped Lashara into attacking Photon before trying to blow them both up. That shady woman who convinced the princess to find Papacha turns out to be the Galactic Emperor, who is more than a few screws loose due to being very bored after conquering everything. I mean, the guy has Keyne's mothers head in a jar in his abdomen, that's a little much. He goes on to show us that Photon does actually have a weakness, before mind controlling Keyne into beating the shit out of Photon. Luckily the power of love conquers all and Photon is able to break her free, and put his big stick through the Emperor's head-in-a-jar.


      And you'd think that'd be the end, right? Big bad guy is defeated, the girls are safe, and Photon has earned himself a nice bit of rest. Sadly Papacha is still around, even being the C-grade villain he is, he steals Keyne and whisks her off to activate a giant robot in the ground that will allow him to reach the place where he can turn himself into a god. He then takes the robot into space to fight the Galactic Emperors entire fleet of ships, killing the emperor for good this time, but then Photon is launched at the giant robot by the princess in her ship and he goes all Tetsuo from Akira on it. But before he can finish it off the robot returns to the planet, along with him, and Papacha rushes off to turn himself into a deity. Unfortunately the process of doing so runs into an encoding error thanks to the word that Photon drew on Keyne's forehead, and this gives Photon the chance to at last save the day as Papacha runs away like Team Rocket blasting off again. Photon then redraws the word on Keyne's forehead, as well as on the foreheads of Aun and Lashara, stating he will protect all of them. The end.


      It's a bit of an abrupt ending, but at least it was a real ending. No hinting at a second season or leaving any loose ends open for interpretation, and due to Photon's final action he now has himself a harem.


      So what did I think of Photon? The anime, not the kid. Well I think it was a cluster of ideas scrunched together due to the short length of the OVA, I think it has a bit of that Kajishima charm to it, and I think I can see multiple ideas he had for other anime he ended up making in here. The animation still holds up, even for being a 1997 creation. And I think if you too are a fan of Tenchi Muyo! then you might very well enjoy Photon, for everyone else though, I don't know if I can recommend it.


      Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy


      Animation: Produced by AIC, who have handled a large swath of the Tenchi series', these guys make work that stands the test of time. Having also done the animation for Blue Gender, Ah! My Goddess, and Oreimo. It's pretty impressive all things considered, seeing as how this is a studio that's been around since 1982.


      Voice Acting: Sadly my praise of most things is cut short here, and not because it was poor acting, quite the opposite really. No, it's because Photon is voiced by a girl. Yes, my pet peeve of women voicing young male characters is silly, but it's just a thing that bothers me. Kind of ruins the feelings and emotions I get from seeing a guy perform really cool actions, acting all manly and heroic, but I'm reminded that his voice is that of a girls. Not that women can't be manly or heroic, but that's not why I'm watching.


      Favorite Character: Gonna give myself a pass on this one, for as enjoyable as the anime was for a Tenchi fan like myself, it was very short and kind of rushed. What we know about characters feels like oil floating on the surface of water, there's so much more depth to them but all we can see is this reflective black top.


      Photon gets a 6.8 out of 10


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    • More Gold Your Majesty

      4 months ago

      iMacOfDeath

      It was the year 2000 and a younger version of me found a copy of a game called Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim on sale at a TJ Maxx, I convinced my parents to buy the game since it read on the box that it worked on Mac. When I got home I popped the CD into my Power Macintosh G3 that I had upgraded the RAM and hard drive in, and started to play the game on the lowest settings that allowed the game to run at the slowest crawl possible. Of course back then this didn't deter me in the slightest, I mean, the games I was use to playing up to this point on my Mac were Spaceward Ho!, Panzer General, and Civilizations. Back then I never did beat the game, officially anyways, and it was only recently I was able to return to this childhood entertainment to give it another shot. However can a game developed 19 years ago still be that good? Especially one that was on sale at a TJ Maxx for a fistful of dollars? Surely not, right?


      Since I now own a PC of my own, and I knew that there existed a version of Majesty called the Gold Edition, I went to GoG and downloaded the full 667 MB file for the low low price of $5.00 as it was on sale. Now the gold edition included an expansion and DLC not found in the base game, so not only was I looking forward to revisiting my childhood but also checking out this new content Ive never seen before. Of course this isn't 2000 anymore and my PC was fully capable of running the game at its top settings, making things run smooth and fast, so fast in fact that I actually found myself lowering the speed of the game to better construct my kingdoms.


      For all you Majesty noobs out there let me lay it out for you. The main campaign of Majesty is a map full of quests, most are locked at the beginning and only become available after beating certain quests. Selecting a quest gives you bit of background story behind your task for the quest, read to you by a very Sean Connery sounding actor. Once you note your objectives, you're thrust into your starting kingdom for that quest. Usually starting you off with your castle and a handful of other buildings, like a market, an inn, a blacksmith, and maybe one of the various heroes guilds. Your job as the king is building up your kingdom, protecting your citizens, and exploring the surrounding areas. To accomplish this you have a vast number of buildings at your disposal to construct, each with its own unique purpose to serve. The market is your main source of revenue, and is also the place you can research healing potions and other artifacts your heroes can buy. The blacksmith allows your heroes to upgrade their weapons and armor, the inn gives them a place to rest and retreat to in a pinch, the guard towers ward off low level enemies and offer a place for your tax collectors to deposit their collected gold. Managing your coffers can be a bit of a chore at times, but once you see a flow of income start up it's usually not about to stop unless you're not careful.


      Outside of kingdom buildings that help you earn income, buff heroes, and deal with pesky enemies, you also have your heroes guilds. There's quite a few to be had but not all can be built, each quest is a decision as to which branches to take. As a start you can almost always build a few base guilds, like the warriors guild, the rangers guild, the rouges guild and the wizards guild. Warriors are tough but need to get in close to deal damage, and their guild has a feature that allows you to quickly summon all the hired warriors back to the guild. Rangers will freely explore the map and earn XP by doing so and are good ranged attackers, their guild is also able to be broken down and moved at anytime. The rouges are a bit of a necessary evil as they will often steal from your own kingdom, but their guild will allow heroes to poison their weapons and allows you a fast way to collect all the taxes in the kingdom in an instance for half of the collected gold. And the wizards are as weak as they come but dish out some of the most powerful damage with their spells, their guild also allows you to use spells yourself for a price and allows heroes to enchant their weapons. And these are just the base guilds, this is before we talk about the temples and the branching paths you can take.


      Much like guilds, temples also hires heroes to aid your kingdom, but they are all religious buildings and don't generally like one another. Want to build a temple of Krypta and hire Priestesses who summon skeletons to patrol your kingdom for enemies? Well then you can bet you won't be seeing any Healers from the temple of Agrela. Interested in taming the local wildlife with Cultists from the temple of Fervus? You can bet the stone-skinned Monks of the Dauros temple won't appreciate that. And when it comes to Elves, Dwarves, and Gnomes, you'll need to pick one of the races you best think will be useful in your current quest, as the two you don't choose from will turn their noses up at you. Elves can only be hired two per bungalow, but with them come gambling halls and elven lounges for free. Dwarves are builders and attackers, plus their settlement is also a defensive building and you get access to a more powerful version of the guard towers called ballistas. And Gnomes are weak fighters but they build things like the wind, and their cheap to hire and more of their hovels will appear for free as you build allowing you to hire more Gnomes quickly. In the end what paths you take will depend on your play style and how you wish to approach the objective.


      Now as the king you don't actually control your heroes or your citizens, they are free to go about their business as they please. So to help you direct them you are given flags to set. Attacking flags cause heroes to seek and destroy the target, explore flags will make heroes plunge into the fog of the map, and defend flags that rally heroes to a location or unit to defend it or them. Setting a flag doesn't immediately cause heroes to jump for joy however, as you'll need to offer up some of your gold as an incentive. The larger the amount, the more risks the heroes will be willing to take, including loss of life. Heroes are units with personality, they act accordingly to their level and won't generally go outside of what they are capable of. So even if you put a $2500 attack flag on that dragon wrecking shop on your marketplace, the heroes might just ignore it out of fear for their own lives. If you're like me though, you'll often just let your kingdom run on autopilot. Heroes will level up over time as they skirmish with enemies and explore their surroundings, their various voice lines providing an often amusing bit of background noise.


      Not all quests allow you to autopilot things though, and sometimes you'll be sweating bullets as time limits are introduced and stronger enemies often wander into your main kingdom. The main campaign played out mostly as I remembered, basking in the nostalgic glow of the game, and I was even able to make it pass the couple of quests I couldn't win before allowing me to move on to this 'Northern Expansion'. Sadly I found the original quests to be far more entertaining, as this expansion didn't introduce any new hero units and only a few new enemies to kill. The quests themselves were kind of similar to the original string too, so there wasn't much diversity there. Still, for what I did play, I enjoyed. Only rarely did I become overly frustrated, and that was only due to my own play style interfering with me accomplishing a couple quests easily.


      Majesty Gold HD Edition gets a 7.3 out of 10


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  • Comments (772)

    • HOWtwoROCK

      3 months ago

      big thanks to twitter on this one D0iHDJ8UYAENIOT.jpg

    • ConnieEdogawa

      7 months ago

      IF I were to make the change, it wouldn't be for a while, because I still need to farm ascension mats and exp to get her to level 90, but when I'm able to, I'm considering whether to keep NP1 Shuten as my support assassin or switch to NP2 Cleopatra. which would you prefer, since I know you like using my Shuten?

      • iMacOfDeath

        7 months ago

        Either or, I'm fine running with whoever you put in. Both you and Ral are likely the most helpful of my friends currently, so it's your prerogative. 

      • ConnieEdogawa

        7 months ago

        ok, @iMacOfDeath


        like I said, it'll be a while before cleo's even to the point I need to decide. just figured it was worth finding out sooner rather than later.

    • ConnieEdogawa

      8 months ago

      are you still playing FGO? I wanna make sure I didn't accidentally delete you from my friends list again in a recent purge.

    • gi_goku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Tacos

      9 months ago

      Happy belated birthday my friend

    • ConnieEdogawa

      9 months ago

      happy birthmas, @iMacOfDeath

    • HOWtwoROCK

      11 months ago

      Started reading more Umineko and I see why you like it so much. Its good.<Sorry if I said this already


      I've also being playing the fighting game and if you need a unique way to end an episode of the podcast you're on: Battler in the fighting game has this air kick and when he does it he goes "SEEE YA" Go hear it. It can see it being the unique way to end an episode recording.

    • ConnieEdogawa

      2 years ago

      do you know why, when I try to go to your KonoSuba season 2 journal, it just gives me an error message and says I lack permissions?

      • iMacOfDeath

        2 years ago

        No, but this is the second time it's happened when I've made a journal. I contacted support about it yesterday.


        Looks like it should be fixed though.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      AP 479: Do you the movie you saw triple X something or other, that limiting their audience by making a movie for the race by the race system?

      • iMacOfDeath

        2 years ago

        What? I'm not sure I follow.


        Yes I saw XxX: Return of Xander Cage, but it wasn't made for black people. If anything it should have brought bro-types and girls who think Vin Diesel is hot to the seats. It's just a matter of where Crossgates is located, the fact it was a brand new movie that day, it was a Friday so most kids got out of school by then (not that any of those idiots made it through High School without dropping out), and I went during the most busy time of business for the movie theater.

      • HOWtwoROCK

        2 years ago

        Oh ok

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      Hey could you help me? RT update deleted a link I had under an image source and I lost it and now it looks blurry on my images


      How can I fix this?


      • iMacOfDeath

        2 years ago

        You have to reupload the image, only way to fix the Fullscreen bullshit update.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      I saw highlights of NANBAKA and I thought they took the french people who made Totally spies and gave them a team to make an anime with an established team. 

      • iMacOfDeath

        2 years ago

        What?

      • HOWtwoROCK

        2 years ago

        Welp I don't know where you want me to start but here I go: In the mid 2000s there was a sudden urge for certain countries to do their own "anime" styled show from their own country. While most of these ended and never made it outside their own countries. The ones that did were French and Italian countries. France's series that got approved was Code Lyoko and Totally SpiesMeanwhile euro-italians were having a big soft spot for magical girl shows and were making the travesty known as the winx club. but thats a story for another time

    • HOWtwoROCK

      3 years ago

      Yo red how's it going :)

    • HOWtwoROCK

      3 years ago

      Not sure why but the site unfriend you from me

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        Just another reason to dislike the site.

      • HOWtwoROCK

        3 years ago

        Did you see that video where Geoff is like


        "Now we can update our site that looks like it from 2004, to 2015"


        So 2015 website should run like shit

    • ConnieEdogawa

      3 years ago

      good news!

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      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        That's good news for Darkfire, I could careless if Hayate or Niseishit end.

      • ConnieEdogawa

        3 years ago

        ah. my apologies. thought you liked Hayate, too.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      3 years ago

      I'm scared how talented you are sometimes. It clear you are much more talented then me

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        My talent is usually buried under layers of lazy though.

    • ConnieEdogawa

      3 years ago

      Have you been watching OverLord? there are at least 2 yandere characters so far, and, now that I'm seeing the lyrics for it, the end song is basically a yandere theme.

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        Yep, been watching since episode 1.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      4 years ago

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    • Raltrios

      4 years ago

      I was looking over other Sharkbro artworks, and among them was this. I thought it might be up your alley.

      • Raltrios

        4 years ago

        I can't imagine getting nursed by a clock.

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        Not bad, not bad.

    • gi_goku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Tacos

      4 years ago

      oh look a childhood

      • gi_goku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Tacos

        4 years ago

        I never asked/said that you still do... I was making remark of "oh look our childhood"

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        Sure sure, I'll admit that. I use to watch it too. But not any more.

      • gi_goku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Tacos

        4 years ago

        But you have to admit that it would definitely apart of our childhood era

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        Sorry, not a fan of the Power Rangers.

    • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      I don't know if you've seen the final episode of Aldnoah.Zero, but when you decide to do your review, keep this in mind. I'll spoiler block it, so only watch it after you watch the episode.

      Inaho essentially became Big Boss. As in Big Boss from the Metal Gear series. And now, everything makes sense.

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        That would have been too story book, I think it's nice that Inko gets a shot at Inaho.

        Indeed. Poor fool, prison for life thanks to the princesses final plea.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        4 years ago

        Oh, well, the whole thing with Big Boss was that he was the instigator of every single even that happened in the Metal Gear series. He was also a tough as nails soldier and made clones of himself, who went on to also cause the world to go nuts.

        Yeah, I'm okay on the ending, though I wished Inaho and the Princess did hook up (and there may be a chance for that), but at least it was a conclusion.

        And thus, the epic trainwreck that was Slaine's life has finally come to an end.

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        I never got into Metal gear, so I have no clue what you're talking about.

        I did just watch the final episode though, and I guess I'm ok with that ending. Inaho is available for that girl who likes him, the princess married a nice guy, Slaine isn't dead but he is in prison like Magneto. Kind of wish he had got away with the fake princess, they made a nice evil couple.

        Post edited 3/28/15 9:29PM

    • HOWtwoROCK

      4 years ago

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      • HOWtwoROCK

        4 years ago

        Maybe they can make a 2 player mode. I'll let them know

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        Seen that one, not interested. It's all about playing the yandere, I'm not into that. I'm only into being the guy who is on the receiving end of the yandere's attention.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      4 years ago

      www.siliconera.com/2015/02/05/but-i-love-you-is-a-horrific-take-on-dating-sims/

      where the default love can be yandere love perfect for you

    • HOWtwoROCK

      4 years ago

      hey remember when you said they would only bring over part 3 of jojo? We recently they said that jojo part 1 and 2 are getting localazations as well. BOOM! I told ya so

      • HOWtwoROCK

        4 years ago

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      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        I already said that a three part manga has gotten over here, that's not impressive.

      • HOWtwoROCK

        4 years ago

        AND ITS IN COLOR!

    • Raltrios

      4 years ago

      Hmm, have you started reading UQ Holder yet? I've been going through my new physical copy of volume 3, and I'd forgotten that in a flashback Negi, Eva, Alberio, Zazie, Fate, Mana, and Chachamaru are seen leading an attack on the Mage of Beginnings 20 years ago (Negi's mastered Magia Erebea, and looks almost full demon except for his face). The Mage of Beginnings should have been possessing Nagi at the time, so it's looking like there's a good chance we'll be able to see that fight somewhere down the line after all once they revisit this plot point. I'm excited all over again :D

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        Yeah, but he's left KurÅmaru's gender up in the air because he's more then likely going to pick the gender based on who the masses prefer. Male or female.

        Even his 13 year old form is more pretty boy to me.

      • Raltrios

        4 years ago

        Ken doesn't seem to have any qualms about playing the gay card this time around, though.

        Only because he spends more time in the older body. He was roboticized at 13, remember.

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        Oh come on, we all know KurÅmaru is going to end up being a girl so she can take the D.

        And Ikkuu doesn't really come off as a trap, he's more of a pretty boy.

      • Raltrios

        4 years ago

        We've got a trap, a true trap, and a robo-trap. What more do you want?

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        It's alright, but he doesn't have the trap harem really. Though I could totally see Santa being a bottom.

      • Raltrios

        4 years ago

        Oh, you hadn't said anything. I take it that means you aren't terribly invested?

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        Yes I've read the entire thing up to the latest chapter, I remember seeing that.

    • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      Just curious, but have you been watching any of the new stuff, like Aldnoah.Zero?

      If so, how far along?

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        Well what is he any good for? He sits around gawking at the princess in the beginning, then he gets beat to shit by the blond asshole, then he goes to help the princess after growing a pair but then fails the Inaho test, then gets beat up again but remains stead fast in keeping silent about the princess, then just as his captor is like "Oh, he is a good guy!" he gets killed and Slaine is taken away by the real bad guy! He has every change to kill him, and end the threat against the princess, but he goes limp just because the asshole saved his father.

        He needs to make up his fucking mind. Does he wants to save the pincesss, or does he want to align himself with the majority faction in killing her.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        4 years ago

        You and quite a few people agree with that.

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        Whatever the case, Slaine needs to die. He served no purpose in this season other then to be a pain in the ass, and next season I think it will be exactly the same.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        4 years ago

        Actually, if you rewatch the episode, you can see that the bullet only glazed her head. It didn't look like it penetrated. At least, what's what I could see.

        As for Slaine, I don't think he's ever thought out anything clearly, but I can't help but think that he heard the Princess show concern for Inaho and that was a big issue for him.

        Not excusing his actions or justifying them, just giving thought as to why he would do something so incredibly stupid.

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        Agsin, I don;t think it's his fault. Saline never came across as a friend. He saved the man who shoots the princess by tackling Inaho, and pulls a gun on Inaho who is trying to check on the princess. If they pull a "the princess is in a coma or lost her memory due to the bullet" shit, I don't know if I can stand to watch it.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        4 years ago

        Not like Inaho was helping matters, either.

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        I stopped feeling bad for Slaine when he didn't give Inaho a straight answer on friend or foe, he failed. He thinks the princess is on his side, but she fell for Inaho by the time he finally pulled his head out of his ass. And what does he do? He saves the man trying to kill her! And then she gets shot in the head by the very same man! I will not be satisfied unless Slaine is killed next season.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        4 years ago

        Yeah, and up until that moment, I felt bad for Slaine because it seemed like the universe was out to get him.

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        Well, I think they may or may not have killed both the princess and Inaho . Slaine is a fucking pussy, through and through. And more then likely, he'll be a main antagonist in the second season.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        4 years ago

        Right. I forget about that sometimes.

        I know you'll probably talk about it on the show, but what did you think of Episode 12?

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        Done with Aldnoah.Zero, finished it today. I'm on an anime podcast, I have to keep up with seasonal anime.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      4 years ago

      always thinking of my internet friendswww.youtube.com/watch?v=8LN4Op27RVw" target="_blank"> www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LN4Op27RVw

    • ConnieEdogawa

      4 years ago

      happy birthmas.

    • Raltrios

      4 years ago

      Hey. Hey. Hey hey.

      Hey.

      Listen.

      Mega Lopunny.

      • Raltrios

        4 years ago

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      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        I just never pay attention to it, it all sounds the same to me in the end.

      • Raltrios

        4 years ago

        You can't have anime without music. Educate yourself.

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        Yeah, even in anime it's not even a factor for me.

        Well, I'd just watch those cut scene movies. If I even want to.

      • Raltrios

        4 years ago

        I love music. It's very important to me in a game, anime, or anything, really. In fact, several of the type of games I enjoy demand high-quality music, like horror games or epics.

        But you haven't seen everything in between. And I do recommend you watch a playthrough of Wars at some point. The story's pretty good, and as I said the cutscenes were nice too. I'm just not very into RTS games.

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        Of all the things in a video games, music comes in last place for me.

        Well, if I have a reason I can be compelled to play again. But just to experience the Halo Campaign, I'm not interested. I've seen the end of Halo 4, I know all I need to.

      • Raltrios

        4 years ago

        I liked the stealthy part. There's nothing quite like sneaking up behind a group of partolling Grunts lead by a Brute and bashing each one's head in from behind, four neat and tidy kills that saves you a HELL of a lot of trouble on Legendary. Firefights = bad.
        Plus I think the music in it is the best in the series. The ambiance it gives is fantastic. And I think it gave us a pistol with a scope for the first time since CE.

        That's too bad. If I ever get XBL, I was hoping to get everyone together for a few games.

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        I didn't really like ODST, too stealth and lurking in the shadows if you ask me. Also, traversing the city is fucking difficult at times. I din't know if I'll ever get back into the Halo franchise, which I kind of find sad, since that's the game that really got me into the whole community here.

      • Raltrios

        4 years ago

        ODST is my favourite, personally. Wars is meh, except for the cutscenes.

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        Never played past Halo Reach, ODST, or Halo 3. I wanted to try Halo Wars, since I loved StarCraft at one time, but I think it'd be too much like Command and Conquer which I suck at. Strange about that, I use to be a master commander on the N64 C&C.

      • Raltrios

        4 years ago

        I loved that pistol. All since then have sucked, though the Halo 4 one isn't too bad. Wish it had more rounds in the clip, though.

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        No shit it's OP. Of course, I still love being a Camping Sniper Bitch.

      • Raltrios

        4 years ago

        Once you've played the game and know where things are generally, they're easy enough to take down. Pistol is OP.

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        I bet you will. Those fuckers are inconspicuous as hell, and all the sudden there a fucking rocket blasting its way toward you; and that's if you even notice the thing before it fires one off.

        Everything else is just a distraction.

      • Raltrios

        4 years ago

        ...I'll allow it.

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        Well, that's what I'm talking about. The flood with rocket launchers.

      • Raltrios

        4 years ago

        If you die on Easy, it's safe to say you're bad at video games. Not even my brother dies on easy, and that's saying something. Hell, even on normal the only things that warrant death are explosives.

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        Hey, even twigs have sharp pointy ends. Let's say for example a game like Halo. You can play play on easy, or play on legendary. Even on easy I still die, though it's only ever during the flood stages. But still, I die on easy. I'm not bad at video games, I'm just not good enough that I can avoid all but the most dangerous of enemy fire.

      • Raltrios

        4 years ago

        I love good writing as much as the next guy, but when my enemies snap like twigs before my unstoppable onslaught I lose interest very quickly, regardless of the story. If there's no way to lose, you aren't playing a game - you're reading a book. RPGs are not books, nor should they ever be.

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        Hehehe. I do, just not in the same way you do.

        I love witty dialogue, intriguing story, and detailed plot. I like being offered many choices, especially when it comes to RPGs. I really like it when a game let's me form relationships within the game, relationships that can effect the very game I am playing. I like it when a game gives me rewards for going out of my way to collect a bunch of knickknacks, and not just achievements but in-game loot and goods. And I really love it when I can spend ten hours designing my character just the way I want, from their facial features to their outfit.

        I hate it when a game forces me to replay a section of it because the mechanics are difficult to master, or you can easily miss something rather important to the game's overall ending. I also find no point in play a game on a more difficult setting, unless, the game offers incentives. Special gear and equipment, extra gold and xp, unique items, hidden outfits, and so on and so forth. An achievement however is not worth my time, and I will not for instance, play all the way through Fallout: NV on the survival mode just to earn the blasted achievement for doing so.

      • Raltrios

        4 years ago

        ...Why don't you enjoy video games?

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        That's twenty minutes I'll save by playing casual.

      • Raltrios

        4 years ago

        Not the whole game, you fool, just the level you're on. Lose twenty minutes of progress, tops.

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        Ugh, starting the game over is not for me.

      • Raltrios

        4 years ago

        Well, I've been a Fire Emblem fan for years, so I'm used to how the games were before Awakening decided to add Casual. Unless you were hardcore and wanted to live with the loss, you reset the game when a character dies and start the stage over to keep him/her. You tend to get very attached to them that way.

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        I felt for all the Dragon Age and Mass Effect character's when they got killed, yet when the threats where all felt with they got back up and I still felt for them.

        Same for the characters in Record of Agarest War. They died on the battle field, speaking their final words, but I could always revive them at a town. And I still had feels.

        Maybe we are just hardwired differently.

      • Raltrios

        4 years ago

        But how can you possibly feel anything for your characters if they don't die when they're killed?

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        :D I don't play for challenge, I play for plot and story.

      • Raltrios

        4 years ago

        PUSSYFIST!

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        I wouldn't have made that connection unless you had told me.

        Hmm, lots of pointers. So casual it is!

      • Raltrios

        4 years ago

        Thought you might like that. Also note the ripped pantyhose.

        As for Fire Emblem:
        - Normal mode is piss easy. Play on Hard for your first playthrough for a decent challenge. I still found it relatively easy.
        - Casual mode makes you the pussiest of pussies. Real Fire Emblem fans restart the level when one of their units die (or carry on). Play on Classic.
        - If you're thinking about marrying one of Chrom's potential options, do so before chapter 11. He can and WILL NTR you.
        - Tharja is a just creepy stalker, but her daughter Noire is both meek and batshit crazy. It makes sense in context. But she also has exhibited minor yandere tendencies in one of her supports I put her through. Don't know how she reacts with the Avatar, though. Either way, you've got some options over who to waifu. Of course, it doesn't have to be them, either.
        - Consider the DLC. Some of it is really handy for grinding, some of it gives you goodies like weapons and skills, and some of it gives you rewarding conversations. All good for learning more about the characters.
        - Cordelia is best girl, Severa is best daughter. This is irrefutable.
        - Don't worry too much about marrying units together for stats. Just get Galeforce on as many units as possible within the pairings you like. Or don't, it's your first playthrough so whatever.

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        *gasp* She- she has braids…

        Maybe next generation of games, oh, speaking of which, I got that Fire Emblem game you told me about. Haven't even started it yet, but do you have any tips that I should know about before I start?

    • ConnieEdogawa

      4 years ago

      good news. we may yet see Tsumugi. there's already a confirmed season 2 for Sidonia.

      • ConnieEdogawa

        4 years ago

        ooooh, sweet.

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        I already knew.
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        She is at the end of this season.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      4 years ago

      sharkrobot.com/products/yandere This is soo for you

    • ConnieEdogawa

      5 years ago

      I'm amused to say I randomly happened across your comment on the last episode of Mahou Sensou on FFF's page.

      • ConnieEdogawa

        5 years ago

        huh.

      • iMacOfDeath

        5 years ago

        It was pretty meh the whole series, till the end where as my comment states TIME PARADOX! and the series ends on a very unfinished note. However as I have been informed, there is not enough material to make a second season for some time to come.

      • ConnieEdogawa

        5 years ago

        lol.

        I actually have all of the show downloaded, but haven't gotten around to watching any of it since episode 5. is it any good overall?

      • iMacOfDeath

        5 years ago

        My reach is far and wide on the internet.

    • ConnieEdogawa

      5 years ago

      happy birthmas.

    • Raltrios

      5 years ago

      Yanderelivery.

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    • ConnieEdogawa

      5 years ago

      are you watching Blood Lad by any chance? I haven't been able to find it, and Darkfire's said it's bad, so I figure I may as well wait for a review from you.

    • Raltrios

      5 years ago

      Will you still say you don't want to watch Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyo when I mention that, as of episode 4, there's a yandere? Rather, a hardcore yandere imouto?

      • iMacOfDeath

        5 years ago

        Yeah, thats good and all but I'm still not interested.

      • Raltrios

        5 years ago

        Aww, shame. I've never seen one quite this batshit before.

      • iMacOfDeath

        5 years ago

        Nope, she can be yandere all she wants; if its for a dog or a girl I don't care one lick.

    • Raltrios

      5 years ago

      Hey, I was right! Kenji IS a douche!

      • iMacOfDeath

        5 years ago

        Enjoy.

      • Raltrios

        5 years ago

        I'm not done yet. Just made out on the rooftop for the first time, moved to the next act, got a book I've already read IRL thrown at me by Mutou, then paused to eat supper and watch the latest Let's Play. I'm about to get back to it.

      • iMacOfDeath

        5 years ago

        How far did you get with her?

      • Raltrios

        5 years ago

        Yep. Infectiously cheerful, but not hyper like Misha. Also snarky and playful, a nice friendly rival, just my type. Funny how I went that way even without meaning to.
        Especially when I thought I wouldn't be getting into this.

      • iMacOfDeath

        5 years ago

        The energetic bouncy type? Good luck with that.

      • Raltrios

        5 years ago

        I didn't get on Lilly's route like I wanted. Instead I stumbled (no pun intended) onto Emi's route. Which I'm totally okay with, surprisingly. My favourite type of personality.

      • iMacOfDeath

        5 years ago

        Ooo, him. I just though he was a bit of a loon, not a douchbag. In (I think) Lilly's route he takes off his glasses and you see a different side of him.

      • Raltrios

        5 years ago

        Katawa's Kenji. The only Kenji we spoke about recently.

      • iMacOfDeath

        5 years ago

        Who?

    • ConnieEdogawa

      6 years ago

      I forget. did you ever review this anime?

      I'm watching it now, and I really like it.

    • Korrin

      6 years ago

      Thanks for adding me as a friend. :D

    • dybia

      6 years ago

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBmgLt0yB9k

      I know you're against all things dub, but this actually seems alright.

    • CielEmiya

      6 years ago

      Chess is not a sport, you loser! AHAHA.wav

    • dybia

      6 years ago

      Yeah, review or not it's definitely worth the watch.

    • dybia

      6 years ago

      vimeo.com/58179094#at=0

      It isn't anime, but you might be able to make a short review out of this. It's really good. Epic high fives.

    • dybia

      6 years ago

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=VveDEDsxSl0

      Surprised they're actually dubbing it. It sounds okay too.

    • ozean717

      6 years ago

      Friend request received and accepted. Hello new friend :)

    • dybia

      6 years ago

      Next time you review a bad game it feels like this would be appropriate.

      z.mhcdn.net/store/manga/1924/19-215.0/com...

    • dybia

      6 years ago

      Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou really doesn't like going long without introducing a new girl does it?

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