iMacOfDeath

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    • Oh DearS...

      5 days ago

      iMacOfDeath

      Aside from the constant stream of anime I attempt to keep up with every season, I also have a single completed anime that I keep on the back-burner to fill in for when I'm going in-between season. This time around I've had that anime sitting around for nearly a full year, only watching an episode when I really had nothing else to watch. Perhaps it was because the anime was not great, with a significant amount of facepalming and head shaking. Perhaps it was because the animation hadn't aged very well, and looked very dated for only being fourteen years old. Or maybe it was because my time is becoming more precious, and I have far less time to waste on things like a subpar anime. Whatever the reasons may be, DearS was that anime.


      The story revolves around a guy by the name of Takeya, who is a high school student that hates aliens. Unluckily for him an alien ship crash lands in the waters not too far off from Japan, the inhabitants of this ship being beautiful, buxom women, and good looking men. Humanity immediately accepts the aliens and within a year a large majority of the aliens are naturalized as Japanese citizens, which of course was probably only possible because the aliens were friendly, attractive, and their landing was a public thing that governments of the world couldn't hide. Things don't get much better for Takeya though, as his school has been selected to host one of these naturalized aliens.


      It's during this time that we start to see hints that this alien society might not be the perfectly perfect and beautiful guests they act like, as we see that leaders in their society are at odds with one another and seem to be keeping a number of aliens in cryostasis because they are "damaged". Takeya's luck just keeps getting better because he ends up meeting one such "defective unit" by the name of Ren, and is forced to be her master as she forms a contract with him. From here Takeya houses, feeds, and clothes Ren much to his annoyance. Ren attempts to pay Takeya back with some sexy-time, but the guy, aside from being an asshole to most the women in this series, has no dick and continually pushes Ren away. He never goes as far as hitting her, but he does berate her verbally all the time; just to really hit home how much of an ass Takeya is.


      Now you might be thinking "Oh, maybe he has some reason for acting this way?" And you'd be right. See back when he was a kid, his childhood friend Neneko had him watch a bunch of scary alien movies with her that traumatized him. Does this excuse his behavior though? Fuck no. He has no other reasons to be a dick to women, except for maybe the fact his father remarried to a woman he himself wanted to date. This marriage brings Takeya a little sister who is seemingly nice unless Takeya is involved in something perverse, at which point she will berate and beat up her older brother with reckless abandon. You know, maybe this is why Takeya has no dick; he doesn't like being his little sister's punching bag. Still doesn't redeem him of his terrible personality, but it's something I guess.


      Back at school the hosted alien named Miu shows up, exemplifying what DearS are suppose to be like. Subservient, perfect in every way, and basically made for sex and security. She ends up sharing the spotlight with Ren however, who has been accepted as a student by the principle. While hijinks ensue between Ren, Takeya, Miu, and Neneko, we see the rumblings of danger as the dominatrix alien that is standing in as the leader of the DearS orders the capturing of Ren who will be returned to cryostasis as to not sully the good name of DearS. I'm not sure why the actual leader alien, who we see in stasis a few time, wasn't awoken, but it the dominatrix alien alluded to also not understanding why she hadn't regained consciousness. This plot device made me think they were aiming for a second season, as the very final scene in the anime was this leader awakening with a smile. Is she good? Is she bad? You'll have to read the manga to find out.


      When all is said and done, the anime got pretty stupid towards the end. As Ren is hunted down to be refrozen, Takeya acts like a dickhead and attempts to ignore the thing called a subconsciousness that is telling him to cut the shit and grow a pair. However it's not until he learns that Ren is going to be iced that suddenly he decides to turn a new leaf, going as far as to fight one of the security aliens to rescue Ren. Where did this sudden rush of feelings come from? I honestly can't say, as I can tell you with some certainty that Takeya didn't actually feel anything for Ren for most of the anime. He treats he like shit! He's abusive! I can't hammer down how much I didn't like Takeya, which is why this anime just never meant anything more to me than a way to waste time.


      Genres: Romantic Comedy, Science Fiction


      Animation: What might have been acceptable quality in 2004, is now anything but. Like going from a wedge of blue cheese, to just a moldy wedge of cheese. I'm pretty sure the studio, Daume, is also defunct now. This was a studio responsible for Shiki, Minami-ke, and Please Teacher! They've not animated anything since 2010, which is why I'm assuming they're sunk. Though perhaps they still exist by doing smaller bit stuff, since as far as I can tell they still have employees.


      Voice Acting: I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this was probably not one of Kishō Taniyama's favorite roles to have played, an actor who has also voiced Koichi Shido from High School of the Dead and Stiyl Magnus from A Certain Magical Index. Not because he didn't do a good job, but because he had to play an unlikable asshat who was mean to hot alien waifus. Then again, he did play Koichi, and that guy had a bangbus full of students in the zombie apocalypse.


      Favorite Character: Might surprise you that I had one, given how much I didn't care for this anime. But this was actually a pretty easy choice, as I found myself really enjoying anything Mitsuka-sensei was in. An English teacher at Takeya's school, Mitsuka-sensei is also a major exhibitionist who enjoys flirting with her students. She is often stripping in the scenes she is in, wearing all sorts of erotic undergarments. While mostly there to inject humor, I think she was the most likable character of the series. I mean, we learn that aside from being a teacher she is also a porn actress! God damn man! Someone sign me up for that class!


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      DearS gets a 4.0 out of 10


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    • The Sneaky Father and The Murdering Empress

      1 week ago

      iMacOfDeath

      Five years ago I experienced the half of what the first entry into the Dishonored series had to offer, only playing through the main campaign using non-lethal takedowns and ghosting about like the Burger King in Sneak King. I didn't feel like playing the game in what was known as 'High Chaos Mode' was what I had bought the game for, and it felt wrong to be so loud and proud in a game very much centered around stealth. As ambiguous as they wanted to make the endings, there was clearly a "good" and "bad" ending and I didn't like the thought of playing the game through a second time just to get the ending. Cut to now and I've finished the second entry into the series, having spent the time to fully experience everything the game had to offer. I stealthed, I stabbed, I choked, and I shot my way through two separate playthroughs. However, did this mean that Dishonored 2 was a better game? Well, not really.


      Beginning Dishonored 2 you get the feeling that the game takes a middle road to the previous entry's ending, feeling more like the world around you was the result of a neutral stance on killing enemies. Little Emily is all grown up now and fills the throne her mother once possessed rather nicely, and Corvo, her father and Royal Protector, still remains by her side. The game starts during a ceremony to honor the memory of Emily's mother, but is soon interrupted by unexpected guests. The Duke of Serkonos arrives with an entourage of mechanical men, and a woman by the name of Delilah who claims to be Emily's aunt. This is no happy reunion however, as Delilah demands the throne and begins to massacre the attendants and royal guard. She even is able to shake off being stabbed through the stomach by Corvo, and reveals, as she takes away Corvo's powers, that she too has been marked by the Outsider. This leads to your first big choice in the game, who do you want to play as? Corvo and Emily are both available, but whoever you don't pick will soon find themselves in a rocky tomb.


      I went with Corvo for my true and first playthrough, as I liked the idea of continuing to be Emily's Royal Protector and knew most of Corvo's powers from the previous game. My second time through I went with Emily, playing her as a "kill em all and let god sort em out" kind of empress. The differences between the characters is obvious, and so is what happens when you pursue one type of chaos or the other. Now while the game tries to put both characters on a level playing field, I honestly felt like Corvo was built more for stealth than Emily. His 'Blink' ability was perfect for avoiding enemies and reaching really out-of-the-way places, meanwhile Emily's 'Far Reach' ability was much more aggressive and included upgrades that made it useful in close combat. So I was pretty satisfied with my decision in who to play stealth and who to play loud.


      Much like in the first game your 'Chaos' level can significantly alter the maps, where in a non-lethal run you can easily access a back alley and even pay a homeless beggar for some nifty info, and a lethal run you will find that same alley filled with Blood Flies and Nest Keepers. So what's the upside of playing a killer then? Well I won't lie, it makes the game much easily to be able to stop around and slash away at enemies. Close combat is a breeze if you get the timing of parrying down pat, and you don't need to pay attention at being spotted or managing your supplies. I can't tell you how many times I had to reload a save because I slipped up and got spotted as Corvo, or accidentally threw an unconscious person I was carrying instead of placing them down. But you know, even with all the frustration, playing stealth and non-lethal just felt far more rewarding. It was like picking a harder difficulty, but without the need for the game to make enemies have more health or be more alert.


      But I can't help but feel that this entry was lesser of the two, with none of the cool map designs the first game had and the reliance upon a main antagonist from DLC content. Thinking back to the OG Dishonored, I fondly recall the masquerade party and the brothel level. They were fun, interesting, and had plenty of color. In Dishonored 2, there were no such maps. "Oh, but what about that crazy mansion from the trailers?" You might be saying. Well my friend, might it surprise you to learn that the "crazy mansion" that would change rooms and shift around is totally avoided in a full stealth run? You basically go backstage, like you might in Portal, where you can see all the mechanical parts but experience none of them lest you alert the boss of that level. All the maps lack color, everything feels dreary and empty. I'd even go as far to say that maps in Dishonored 2 were more linear than OG Dishonored, in respect to the different routes available for you to take and the ways you can deal with enemies. I mean, even the hub world was less interesting! In OG Dishonored you get to explore more of your hub world the further you progress in the game, and there's even a point where your hub world gets invaded by the guard and you have to retake it. In Dishonored 2 your hub world is a boat, small and rather boring, only prompting you to explore it for the collectable audio logs and books that change with each return. All aboard the steam boat to Snoozeville.


      As I mentioned, Delilah is actually a character introduced in DLC from the first game, having been though dead from the events of that DLC. She comes off pretty dull, just being there to create a focal point for your end game. The game tries to make you feel for her, as she was just the black sheep of her family. The daughter of the previous emperor and a servant girl, who just wanted for daddy to praise her like he did with her sister Jessamine. Yet she was tossed out when a younger and scared Jessamine lied about who broke a priceless vase, her mother soon died from sickness and this turned Delilah into the vengeful woman she is in Dishonored 2. However I felt nothing for her, as she directed her haltered towards her niece, who had nothing to do with her expulsion, just because Jessamine was already dead at that point. By the end of my full stealth run I simply trapped her inside a painting of her own design, where she can live out her delusional fantasy of being respected and loved by everyone. Maybe I might have cared more if I had played the DLC, but that's the problem with relying upon people playing DLC to understand a character.


      In conclusion I say that Dishonored 2 was a good attempt at making more content in the world of Dishonored, but it failed on multiple fronts. It didn't have any memorable levels, it was rather linear compared to the first game, the ways you could deal with the boss characters felt less creative, and while I didn't really cover it, the art style also felt too cubic. It lost that touch of Half Life that the first game had, and tried to make up for it with upping the sharp settings to the max. Hopefully if a third entry rolls out they will address these issues, but that's probably a far way out if it even does ever happen.


      Dishonored 2 gets a 7.8 out of 10


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    • A Very Emotional Board Game

      2 weeks ago

      iMacOfDeath

      The first season of 3-gatsu no Lion surprised me with how invested it got me into a board game I knew little to nothing about, espically when it came with characters who had tons of personal baggage. Because if you know me, then you know I avoid drama like the plague. Teenage drama is a disease that has infected many regions of anime, corrupting the good ones and making the bad ones even worse. However the drama in 3-gatsu is not that teenage bs, instead, it is hard hitting stuff that comes out of left field and knocks you upside the feels. But with all of these positivities, how does a second season stack up? Does it capture the same feelings? Can it possibly hope to be better than the first? The answer may surprise you.


      Picking up from where the original season left off, our main character, Rei, is experiencing the full monty of what school life has to offer. At first Rei was almost never in class, only taking the bare minimum he needed to pass even though he was a stellar student. He used his time to study game scenarios, moves, and practice in quite. His focus was always on becoming a top shōgi player, and it's no dream, as he already earns more playing competitive shōgi than his teacher makes working full-time. However he has come out of his shell to participate more, joining a science club where he teaches shōgi to his club-mates. Even Akari, Hinata, and Momo, the family of three girls he frequently visits, has noticed him opening up more. I was a bit hesitent to like the change myself, as I connected better to the loner version of Rei, but I was willing to give him a shot.


      We get a brief reminder that the top shōgi player in the world is still around, his title being challenged by other big players, though none have yet to best him. There's also a bit where we are introduced to Gotō's wife, a comatose woman that he seems to genuinely care for. This shows us a softer side to Gotō, one we have yet to see, as all we have known up till now is that Rei hates him for stringing along Kyōko, his adoptive sister. Though this is also addressed, and it seems that perhaps things between Kyōko and Gotō are less romantic or even physical than anyone might have guessed. However this is all just fluff as far as I am concerned, as the real meat of this season is slammed on our table like a juicy roast ham.


      You see last season might have done well with its drama, but it didn't quite connect. It revolved around the pain of loss, as Rei dealt with the loss of his entire immediate family, being ostracized from his adoptive one, and trying to connect to a new one. However this season deals with a topic I am all too familiar with, having been on both ends of the spectrum; bullying. And not just any type of bullying, but the worst kind that can only come from female bullies. In school, Hinata has learned that one of her best friends, a timid and friendly girl, has become the target of some very nasty bullying. Hinata is a strong and popular girl, and she tried to assist her friend, only to see her friend move away to recover from the trauma. Very quickly Hinata become the new target, and while she tries to handle it without making a fuss, she eventually cracks and has not just us, but even the calm and collected Rei, wanting to kill the girls who were hurting her. This part of the season really got to me, as it did a perfect job of capturing how bad bullying can become and that even when you have friends and family who are there to help, in the end, the only way it can be dealt with is to have the school fucking man up and address it publicly. I know all too well that teachers will generally ignore the situation, they will shift the blame on the one being bullied, and the parents of those bullies will act like its not their child's fault. So the only way to solve the problem is for the school to buckle down and make it public, even if it hurts their precious reputation, because if they don't stop it there they'll have blood on their hands. Either from the bullied committing suicide, the bullying going too far, or the bullied getting revenge against a school that ignored their pleas.


      After this very real and very hard hitting bit, the anime treats us to a reward. Rei is able to progress further and obtain a title that makes it possible for one of my hopes to be fulfilled, Rei will get to play against Tōji, the top shōgi player in the world. Its not a match that will be anything more than a publicity stunt to try and bring more attention and revenue to competitive shōgi, but it had me giddy with excitement as I could easily see the similarities between Rei and Tōji and wonder what a match might be like between these two. The match has us learn a secret about Tōji, one that Rei ends up learning as he become stranded on the return trip with him. I believe this act was to make Rei see Tōji in a more normal light, and make him realize that even the best of the best have faults that they live with every single day.


      The season wraps up with another big match between Kai and Shōichi, a match that I easily saw as appealing to those in there late 60's. Shōichi continually going over the fact he's getting old, and that eventually the world will forget him. His friends reinforcing his fears as they are forced to retire, or end up abandoning their dreams. And even though I'm not nearly 60, I still could feel the fear of being forgotten, something that I think is even worse than death. Lastly there is some progression for Rei and Hinata, as this friendly pairing is becoming closer and closer to something one might consider to be romantic. Rei spends time alone with Hinata, helping her study so she can join his school, and even Hinata's new look, which usually spells the death of a female character, was accepted with a strange eagerness by Rei. Hinata herself is more than appreciative for the help Rei has offered her, and for being there for her during that terrible time when she was bullied. I am really looking forward to seeing this pair grow, as I am more than happy with the pace the relationship is progressing.


      To answer the question of whether or not this season did better than the first, I would have to say 'yes'. The anime stuck a major cord with me, covering a topic like bullying to such a degree and doing such a damn good job at it too. Everything else about the series continued to be what it was, which means that everything else was just as good as the first season.


      Genres: SportsDrama, Comedy


      Animation: My thoughts here haven't changed from the first season, as the animation is astounding. The whole anime is atmospheric and beautiful, all of which is provided by studio Shaft. These are guys behind the Monogatari series, Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei, and Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase. I didn't care for their work on Monogatari, being far too "out there" with the styles, but here they kept to the script and amplified the style found in the manga. I approve.


      Voice Acting: You couldn't have truly capture that bullying part without some high tier acting and boy howdy does Hinata's voice actress, Kana Hanazawa, do a damn fine job of reaching into our hearts and squeezing. Everyone was great, but I have to give it up for Kana's part in Hinata's emotional rant.


      Favorite Character: Remaining at the top of my list, is Rei. While I was unsure of his growth, I eventually came to realize that without it he would have been a static character that couldn't have assisted Hinata. It's because he grew that he was able to lend a shoulder to cry on, and offer her the idea of joining him at his school. He even had Akari crying from his help, letting her know that she never needs to feel like she has to carry the weight of her family alone. Its really touching, and made us only see Rei in a warmer light.


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      3-gatsu no Lion S2 gets a 9.8 out of 10


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    • All Hail Ainz Ooal Gown

      3 weeks ago

      iMacOfDeath

      There have been a few "teleported to another world" anime that have struck home with me even since I was introduced to the genre by Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari, some still remain in manga form but of those that have been animated only one delved into making the main protagonist a non-human villain. I am of course speaking of Overlord, where we follow the actions of an undead lich who was once a lonely human preparing to witness the end of a video game he had spent a lot of his life on. In the first season we are introduced to major characters, learn much about the world this takes place in, uncover some plot points that are clearly meant to be expanded upon, and are treated to some pretty rad conflicts. I had already guessed that another season would eventually show up, and here it is! But did it keep up with my expectations or fail to meet them?


      Well, the beginning couple of episodes don't really strike home, being rather messy. There's a host of new characters show on screen, many of whom we never seen again, but they still are hinted at being rather important to the overall story. For example, a conversation between an old woman and a dragon shows us that this dragon had once fought Shalltear, the loli vampiress who came close to being my favorite character last season. Yet this is the only time we ever seen this character, not even coming up in any future dialogue. Will we see more of there characters? Possibly. I mean, I feel like another season would be an obvious decision to give these episodes more gravity, but I worry there is not enough written content to put out another full season. So if there is one coming, we may be waiting a few years.


      The messy introduction doesn't stop there though, as we change to focus on a lizardman clan. This bit of story goes on for several episodes, and centers around a warrior lizardman named Zaryusu. We watch as he unites several other clans to face off against a powerful enemy that will soon be bringing death upon them, eventually learning that this enemy is none other than Ainz. The whole things felt like bit of filler, considering that the lizardmen never stood a chance once Ainz had Cocytus personally deal with them. I mean, they even had a romance form between Zaryusu and Lulu, a lizardwoman who is able to convince Ainz to resurrect Zaryusu after being killed by Cocytus. I guess, if anything, this arc was to show us that Ainz's guardians are evolving to make decisions for themselves. Something that Ainz himself is happy with, likely because he doesn't want a bunch of NPCs to micromanage.


      After shaking off the inundation of characters and awkward lizardman sex, we finally get to what I would consider to be the '"good" part of this season. The focus changes to the city where Ainz has had Sebas and Solution reside, as Sebas, thinking upon the teachings of his former master, Lord Touch Me, saves a human female named Tuare from near death and has her work for him as a maid. Solution, being a slime, hates this course of action Sebas has taken to the point she goes behind his back to inform Ainz that she thinks Sebas may be going to betray Ainz. But a test of faith proves her suspicious are for naught, and that all that is going on is that Tuare and Sebas have begun a romantic relationship. Have I mention that Sebas is fucking awesome?


      The second half of the focus is the battle with the Eight Fingers, a crime syndicate that earns Ainz's ire after abducting Tuare who had become a maid of Nazarick upon his approval, and orders their destruction. This goal is undertaken by multiple parties, one of which is the princess and her loyal bodyguard Climb. This group caught my eye in particular due to the princess being a major yandere for Climb, going as far as to send him to the most dangerous places in hopes that he will be severely hurt and require her constant care. She normally puts on a facade around others, but eventually reveals her darker side to her half brother and a Marquis who collude with her to deal with the eight fingers. And let me tell you boys, this girl has one of the darkest yandere personalities I have seen yet. Even I was caught off guard by her change in expressions. I do wish her well in her efforts with Climb however, because nothing says love like chaining someone to your bed.


      The other parties involved in the destruction of the eight fingers are both Nazarick related, with Sebas leading the recovery team to locate and extract Tuare and Demiruge playing the role of an evil demon king who is there to make the human warrior facade of Ainz look even more important. The whole things ends up with the eight fingers falling under the control of Nazarick, and Ainz duking it out with Demiruge before the fake demon king pulls back making Ainz look like a hero. Amusingly enough, Ainz also earns a fangirl named Evileye, who was nearly able to kill Entoma, a cute bug maid of Nazarick. Though I doubt this relationship will go anywhere, as Ainz nearly lost it when he learned that Entoma had nearly been killed by Evileye. So I guess while Ainz can still blend in and get along with humans, his loyalties still fall deeply with Nazarick and its inhabitants.


      Much like the last season I can easily see another one on the way, to make use of those other characters we were introduced to but never saw much of. I still don't see where this is all leading to, what the end goal is, because I don't think Ainz cares much about finding a way out of this world. I mean, I wouldn't either. Becoming an all-powerful lich with your own faction and more than a few hot girls trying to jump your bone? What isn't to like? However I do have to say this season didn't quite wow me as much as the first, with the messy first few episodes and a lack of a heart pumping battle like the one Ainz had with the mind-controlled Shalltear. So sadly, it does fall a little in my opinion.


      Genres: Fantasy, Action, Adventure


      Animation: Continuing their work from the first season, studio Madhouse returns. Their work is large and varied, containing names like One-Punch Man, Highschool of the Dead, and Black Lagoon. I shouldn't have to tell you, but this is one those high tier studios known for some amazing visuals. While details won't be fleshed out until the Blu-ray release, the overall quality was well beyond passing.


      Voice ActingSatoshi Hino continues to do a great job as Ainz, impressing me with the ability to switch between the deep and gravely voice of Ainz and the more normal one that he uses in his internal dialogue. I honestly thought there were two people playing the same character, but my digging has proven that just Satoshi is responsible for the Japanese voice. Impressive.


      Favorite Character: Here's a shocker, it's not Albedo or Shalltear. No, neither of them make much of an appearance in this season, so I just couldn't justify giving this award to either one for the small scenes they show up in. Instead, I had no doubt in my mind that Sebas Tian was the clear winner. He's a gentleman, has a great sense of style, treats those he deems worthy with a level hand, and he has a great voice provided by Shigeru Chiba. He's also one of the only characters in an active relationship, with potential that the relationship will lead be further developed. So good.


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      Overlord II gets a 8.7 out of 10


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    • Snack Wars: Less Snacking

      1 month ago

      iMacOfDeath

      Have you ever seen something change and feel somewhat indifferent to the alterations? Even if the changes included a rather large one that really shook things up? Because that's exactly what I felt after watching season two of Dagashi Kashi. Indifference to the fact most of the anime essentially shelves a key character, indifference that the anime's focus was no longer the same, and indifference towards changes in characters I really liked from the first season. At the same time however I can recognize that these changes may turn some watchers away, so allow me to be your town crier and bring you up to speed on this second season's offerings.


      To kick things off, this season almost immediately removes the snack obsessive Hotaru from the equation. Sure we get a few episodes where she shoves her tits in our faces to remind us that she is just as stacked as before, and establishes that she still has bad luck when it comes to games of contest. But then, after an almost confession from Kokonotsu, she takes off and is not seen again until the final episode. Not only Hotaru, but also Kokonotsu's father  leaves the picture. We do get some background on how Hotaru became so obsessed with Japanese snacks and the traditional snack shops, which felt like a low blow right in the feels from Dagashi shop owners everywhere, but her and Yō's departure leaves a vacuum that two new characters attempt to fill.


      At first we are introduced to the owner of a brand new convenience store that opened up across the street from Kokonotsu's place, an eccentric man by the name of Beniyutaka who we later learn is actually Hotaru's older brother. He creates the problem of finances and competition in the small town Kokonotsu lives in, though this is partially due in part to Kokonotsu letting the shop go to the dogs after Hotaru absence. The second character is the female replacement for Hotaru, and was by far the more important of the two new characters introduced. Her name is Hajime and she is prime office lady material, wearing a business-esque outfit, sporting glasses, and the smarts to create a website. She is most certainly the most mature character yet, in more ways than one, but her major flaw is that she is very lazy and often falls asleep at work. Not that that bothers me, she more than makes up for it with her efforts between naps.


      The second part of my indifferences was the change in focus, with the story being far less about Japanese snacks and the little facts we might find interesting about them. Instead there this back and forth between hijinks involving Kokonotsu's group of friends, and Kokonotsu's own life and what his goals were and now are. Hotaru's absence makes him realize that his original goal of being a mangaka was put off, and that he needs to get his act together if he wants to return to that goal. The whole season comes off feeling far less comedic than the previous, with the change in focus and the lack of Hotaru who for all intensive purposes serves as a kind of wild card that none of the characters, even the new ones, can replicate effectively. Yet even though this change meant I was not getting what I came for, I still felt indifferent, likely because the third change had me off kilter to begin with.


      That third change being Saya's personaility, and in general, her character. Previously she was the level headed and cool country side gal who is in love with Kokonotsu, she excelled in all games and was recognized by Hotaru as "master". In this season she is that kind of character who reacts to anything not-normal with shouting and yelling, which reveals that her single fang has now become a full god damn set of shark teeth. Not that I have anything against shark teeth, but her single fang was cute and matched her accent rather well. I guess you could say she was put in the oven a little too long this season, because she is just overdone. Oh, and before I forget, because he's rather forgettable this season, Saya's brother  is still around. He gets almost no screen time, unlike the first season, and only shows up twice in any capacity to play a joke role.


      Yeah, this season pretty much was lack luster. It had its moments, for sure, but those only came up because I'm a perverted guy and I love older female characters who are one part business, one part sexy, and one part mother. I barely got in a laugh edgewise, and the "slice of life" aspect was far less prevalent in these more outlandish scenarios. The season wraps up by realizing it's mistake and bringing back Hotaru, allowing her and Kokonotsu to share another close moment, and then leaving off with her learning that Kokonotsu has more or less accepted the responsibility of being the manager of the Dagashi shop. This was her original goal to begin with, but it would seem that she now has decided that instead of Yō, she wants Kokonotsu.


      Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life

      Animation: Here's another change, as studio Feel is gone and Tezuka Productions has taken over. An odd choice, Tezuka Productions is the same group that animated Astro Boy, Black Jack, and Kids on the Slope. The whole animation is far more 'sharp', but this isn't a good thing. Season one taught us that this is a series with many ecchi moments, but 'sharp' animation is not something that works well with this genre. It's harder to capture a sexy look, and just ends up canceling out anything but the most blatant sexual innuendo.


      Voice Acting: Likely the only thing unchanged from the first season, everyone was still voiced by the same actors and they all performed just the same. The new characters were good too, though I was a bit surprised to learn that Hajime was voiced by Chinatsu Akasaki, the same actress who voices Alice Nakiri from Shokugeki no Soma. She honestly sounded nothing like her.


      Favorite Character: With the changes to Saya I just can't give this one to her again, and instead I will be handing off this award to Hajime Owari. Smart, good looking, and she shares a loves for sleeping with me. Her attire makes her look like a frazzled office lady, her personality is frantic but motherly, and she is totally ok with living under the same roof as a young man who has no parent present at the time. So she's either very mature, or she doesn't feel threatened by Kokonotsu. In either case, I dig it.


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      Dagashi Kashi 2 gets a 6.8 out of 10


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    • Honey Badger Don't Care

      1 month ago

      iMacOfDeath

      Ever think someone would anthropomorphize a meme and turn it into an anime? No? Well think again! Because in Killing Bites, we get just that. A series about a honey badger proving that she in fact has the sharpest fangs, and does so by biting, slashing, and dismembering her way through all sorts of other animal-human hybrids. You know, because Battle Royals are all the rage right now. Which is only slightly amusing, since this series began way before the whole PUBG and Fortnight craze; in manga form at least. But did this anime succeed in capturing the same feeling? Or was it just a bit of roadkill passed by on a busy highway?


      First things first, this anime, for anyone who has no clue about the series, has quite the start. A lone high school girl is walking down a street when a van pulls up along side her, the side door opens and she is pulled in by a few guys with unsavory plans for her. The driver of this van, a man by the name of Nomoto, is freaking out as he had no idea that this is what his new friends meant by "picking up chicks." His conscious gets the better of him and he stops the van, but is soon told to keep driving by the girl who also warns him to not look back. The camera pans and we see that all those would-be rapists are now bits and pieces, torn apart with gruesome abandon. You see this girl they abducted is actually an animal-human hybrid by the name of Hitomi, her animal half being that of the infamous honey badger.


      It's not long before Nomoto is pulled into an underground world full of these hybrids, learning that, after witnessing Hitomi battle a lion hybrid named Leo, these hybrids are made to participate in a underground battle royal known as 'Killing Bites'. The biggest and most powerful families in Japan deciding who controls the country's direction by placing their best hybrids in the royal, the surviving hybrid of the corresponding family being the deciding factor. Not exactly an efficient or cheap manner of going about it, but we're led to believe that the rich and powerful honestly have nothing better to do then watch the carnage unfold as the whole event is broadcast live to them.


      Nomoto himself is neither of these things however, and is actually a bit of a coward. For the most part he just lets Hitomi do her thing, stating that his strongest attribute is trusting her to do the thing she feels is the best course of action. His whole persona is sort of a wet blanket, but thankfully the very ending teases that this has changed. More on that in a bit.


      The anime, being the first season, has a good deal of character introduction. We met important players in the royal, powerful hybrids, and some side characters that don't really matter. The most prominent players being the scientist guy who is responsible for inventing the hybridization process, his name is Shidō and he is the only person who is able to fully control Hitomi. Turns out he didn't even create her, as she was just some freak hybrid that he had been searching for to help complete his research. The other big name is Yōko, the granddaughter of the head of the currently leading family who wishes to free her grandpa from the corrupting influence of the Killing Bites. It's amusing as she herself displays that the true nature of her family is very sadistic, often putting on a wide range of facial expressions that giveaway this fact. I ended up calling her the Queen of Emotion, though I'm not sure if I'm ok with how things windup for her. Especially considering she ended up not only losing the royal, but also her grandfather in a surprising act of betryal. Should have made friends with Nomoto.


      Besides Hitomi, who comes off as the strongest, there were a few others worth mentioning. You had a lesbo Cheetah with a brother complex, a bunny girl who ends up winning the royal by default, a rapey snake dude who gets his dicks cut off, a hippo who is a pretty nice guy that works for a pretty hot lady, an armadillo who loves nature and killing anyone who doesn't, and a slew of others who don't really live long enough for us to care. What's surprising is that the victor is not Hitomi, who I honestly thought was bound to be the winner. Even more surprising is the ending, which I didn't see coming at all. I mean, we get this touching scene between Nomoto and Hitomi, everything seems like it might end up with a romance, but all that is put to an end with Hitomi cutting Nomoto down and leaving him for dead. The whole world changes after this, with hybrids becoming the new hotness and Killing Bites becoming something akin to a sport. I was honestly surprised, though I was less surprised when we are left with a few words from a more badass looking Nomoto. I knew he would be dead, but I can only speculate as to what his hybrid might be. Maybe a wolverine? That might make sense, as they might be the only animal that is readily compared to the honey badger.


      Genres: Action, Science Fiction

      Animation: The not very often seen Liden Films was the studio providing animation here, this is the same group that was behind Arslan SenkiYamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo, and Terra Formars. I must say that these guys did a pretty good job, quality was above average the entire way through the 12 episode season.


      Voice Acting: I'm not sure if it's because they want a second season, but this was another category that was surprisingly good. Wataru Hatano played a perfect Nomoto, sounding both very normal and also very weak; but not 'weak' in a bad way, because Notmoto is suppose to be weak for the most part. On the other hand Sora Amamiya was a great source of cocksure winning attitude for Hitomi, though her in-battle voice was kind of tame and lacked the same punch that some of the more forgettable hybrids had.


      Favorite Character: I'm actually giving this one to the overseer of the battle royal, a woman by the name of Mai. First off she appealed to me on a purely physical basis, having a nice business-woman look to her. Then her personality really shone through when she hosted the event, revealing she is really into the fighting and combat. And thirdly, during the end of the royal, she is shown to be very strong herself and some type of hybrid as she deal with some illegal hybrids that try to kill off the last few contestants. Not sure if she'll be around in the second season, but she wins this season for me.


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      Killing Bites gets a 6.8 out of 10


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    • Is It Wrong to Pick Up Slave Girls in a Dungeon?

      1 month ago

      iMacOfDeath

      Once again we return to the 'transported to another world' genre of anime, with the familiar setting of video games leading the charge. Lately this category has been saturated, but not to a tipping point. SAO, Overlord, and Log Horizon all have had their time in the pool, but that doesn't mean we can't still have good content spawn from a protagonist being sent inside a video game. It's a fascinating concept after all, as it inspires us to imagine ourselves being pulled into a world away from our own. Which for many is just the escape from reality we need, even if that escape only lasts 30 minutes a week.


      This is actually an anime I had been reading the manga for far ahead of time, so my excitement was only tempered by the fact I know anime can often ruin a good manga series with filler content and a reduction of the finer details. For instance the very beginning of the anime differed greatly from the manga, as we learn more of the man outside of the game a whole lot more in the anime than we do in the manga. Speaking of, our main protagonist this time round is a video game programer by the name of Ichirou Suzuki. He's an overall nice guy who works hard and has a thing for older women, he's good at his job but the anime instills just the slightest notion that his job doesn't lack conflict. After a long night working to wrap up the major content of a new video game the company is launching, Ichirou decides to take a nap at his desk and he awakens in the world of another video game his company had already released. At first he thinks this nothing more than a a dream, but after feeling pain from an arrow shot at him from an approaching lizard army he begins to have some doubts.


      So far everything sounds pretty much run of the mill, but that's when Ichirou, in a panic, uses an extremely overpowered spell he had been asked to add into the game to make it easier for starting players; meteor storm. The spell obliterates the army and the surrounding landscape, and that's when everything changes. The experience from the destruction levels Ichirou, now named Satou, to level 310 with maxed out stats and more skill points than he knows what to do with. On top of that, his inventory was also filled with the weapons, armor, and money from the defeated army. There's even some hinting that his meteor storm may have killed a god, as he has also earned a slew of titles which include "god killer." So yes, in a way this instantly turns our protagonist into an overpowered character. So what's the point? He's gonna be good anything he does now! And that's where you'd be mistake. He has the skill points, yes, but the thing is he only hd three skills to start with. He needs to do something once to earn it as a skill, before he can level it up to the max. On top of this, Satou isn't interested in playing the 'hero', as he takes up the job of a merchant with the goal of exploring this new land he finds himself in.


      Like any good JRPG there is a starting city, which Satou enters after saving a beautiful mage knight by the name of Zena from a wyvern he accidentally scared off into the company of soldiers she was with. He immediately starts earning new skills and maxing them out, but it's not long until we have reach another major point for Satou. After listening to some exposition about the world Satou now finds himself in, he then decides to stop the stoning of a very adorable trio of slave girls by religious fanatics. It's right around this time a demon shows up and teleports everyone in the vicinity into a vast dungeon it has created. Satou finding himself with the slave girls he protected earlier, he befriends them, gives them groan worthy names, and sets off to find the other humans and escape this dangerous place. The nice thing here is that he takes a backseat in combat, instead focusing on training his newly added companions into monster killing machines. This leads to a one of my favorite scenes where the group takes a rest, and Satou gets to have a cat girl, Tama, and a dog girl, Pochi, cuddles up with him as a lizard girl, Liza, sleeps at his feet. All my want, right there.


      When the group does eventually meet up with the remainder of the humans, Satou keeps to his plan to not fall or be forced into the job of 'hero'. He dons a disguise and takes out a major demon that shows up, using the god-slaying blade he got from his meteor storm exploits. You see he does actually have a sword titled 'hero's sword', but anytime he attempts to equip it he actually receives damage and is unable to wield it. So not only does he not wish to be the hero, but he can't actually be it until the sword accepts him. After this Satou ends up buying the slave girls legitimately from a slave merchant he befriended, as well as two additional slaves that the merchant hawked off on him. Of course they are also cute girls, Lulu and Arisa, one of whom he confirms is actually like him in that she is from another world; Japan specifically. Some more exposition as well as some hanky panky, that's right, Satou fucks. Not that he does it with any of the slaves he now owns, but we do see him at least twice get his freak on with comfort girls. He actually states that he doesn't want to touch his companions, as that would make him a bad leader. Of course, he still ends up in some ecchi situations with his group. They are all girls afterall.


      The next part introduces an adorable elf, Misa, that will eventually join Satou's group, but not until he rescues her from being kidnapped by an undead king. He actually picks up two new companions while performing this rescue, the loli elf and a busty homunculus, Nana, that has several identical sisters; all of whom wanted to come with him. Sadly they relent and fight for the right to go with Satou, with the winning sister being the first one he defeated in his effort to reach the kidnapped elf girl. Yeah, this guy is fucking set for life at this point. He's rich, has a good personality, is intelligent and tactful, is powerful, and is more or less forming a harem at this point. Makes you wonder why he'd want to leave, ever, but his quest to learn more about how he came to be in the video game has not ended. We get some hints that this new world may somehow be related to a shrine priestess he once knew, but aside from that, we don't really get much.


      The anime wraps up on what feels like a side quest to deal with an asshole politician, though Satou does end up learning more about alchemy and how to craft potions and the like. Satou even points out that the world's magic is very much like computer language, and that this will allow him to mess with the magic to suit his everyday needs with some assistance from the loli elf as he still can't cast magic spells yet. Like being able to read and write a language, but not speak it. This is actually just a step or two away from where the manga is at this point, so it was a good stopping point for anyone who wants to have the manga stay fresh for them. Overall I was satisfied with how closely that stuck to the manga's version, even with the addition of that backstory at the beginning that didn't really do much for me. Yeah, this was a pretty good series. I look forward to more, even if it only comes from the manga.


      Genres: Fantasy, Harem


      Animation: A studio I have had mostly positive reception with, Silver Link had this one in their animating court. This is the same studio behind the animation of Masamune-kun's RevengeRakudai Kishi no Eiyuutan, and No-Rin. Sadly some of the battles relied upon CG to get through, of which was handled by another studio by the name of Connect, so I can't say I was thrilled about that. I will say however that the eyes on the characters, the fucking eyes man, god damn they did it for me. Just, there's something about doe eyed women that really works for me. Mmm.


      Voice Acting: Good choices all around that fit the roles they played, one of the best choices being Minami Tsuda as Liza. A sort of military-esque tone with an under-layer of adorable, she really did Liza's character right.


      Favorite Character: There's a lot of girls to pick from, but I'm going to give this one to Liza. No she's not yandere, no she's not a MILF, and no she isn't perverted. Liza is a lizard-human hybrid slave girl that Satou befriends in the demon's dungeon, she quickly warms up to him as her new master as he treats her with respect, feeds her delicious meat, and makes her happy enough that it shows in her tail. Outside of her spurts of happiness, she is mostly a yes sir no sir kind of follower. Not to say she is deadpan, but she doesn't show much emotion on her face; instead it shows in her tail that Satou often points out to us. No, what really has her winning this place is the potential. I had thought at first this was just me, but the anime confirms that Liza sees Satou as more than just a master. I'm pretty sure she loves him, and if she were to just ask, I can actually see Satou agreeing to sleep with her. In fact, I'm actually hoping she goes into heat and Satou needs to help her. Because, you know, he's not going to let one of his harem girls suffer.


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      Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody gets a 7.9 out of 10


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    • A Massively Effective Failure

      1 month ago

      iMacOfDeath

      Mass Effect: Andromeda. Now here's a game I swore I would never play, a game that essentially killed a series I had actually invested brain power in to create multiple spreadsheets dedicated to my decisions in the games. A game that originally had me hopeful when it was first announced with that cool Ghost Riders trailer, but then kept dashing my hopes against the wall with a plethora of biotically charged blasts of disappointing news. Eventually I gave up and simply walked away, knowing that Mass Effect would never again be that magical series it once was. And then, one late night in a Game Stop, I noticed a copy of the game, used, for five bucks. I knew that buying it used would mean EA wouldn't see a dime of my money, and the price cut was just too attractive an offer to pass up. Thus it came to be that I played Andromeda, and oh boy, did it confirm my worries.


      Straight off the bat I could feel the pain coming, as I spent hour attempting to make a somewhat not-ugly male Ryder, my choice of protagonist for my play-through. I gave up on this and had to use a guide, a guide that I kid you not was called "how to make a less ugly Ryder". It should just go to tell you that when you need a guide to make your character appear somewhat presentable on screen, you're not in for a good time. Satisfied with my character, I then used another guide for my sister's character. This was a nice touch, reminiscent of Fallout 4's option to design your wife, though it comes to feel like a waste of time as you almost never see your twin besides at the beginning and end of the game. A major lie on EA's part, who claimed your sister would be running around the galaxy at the same time as you. What utter bullshit.


      After regaining my Mass Effect legs, I actually found something not utterly toss. The gameplay. Oh sure it was buggy as hell, as my character got stuck in rocks, enemies spawned within one another and other various objects in the environment preventing you from progressing, and I saw my game soft-lock 15 times over the course of my play-through. That's 15 more times than in any of the previous Mass Effect games, combined. But when it did work, the firefights where you fought waves of enemies intertwined with larger enemies, they were fun. You get to jet pack around and punch enemies in the face, or hover in the air and gun them down while they simply try to hide behind cover... without moving... never mind, the gameplay was also shite. Even on the hardest difficulty, the game just throws more enemies at you with more health. Meaning you'll find yourself managing ammo supplies and constantly reviving your AI teammates as they don't ever stop being aggressive, launching themselves into the fray of battle where they get downed after a couple hits.


      So how about that story? At least that has to be good, right? WRONG! The story feels like a leftover idea that someone had originally proposed, was shot down, but then resurrected when they couldn't come up with anything better. You got collector knockoffs called the 'Ket' attempting to turn the local population of Andromeda into more knockoffs, because they have apparently lost the ability to fuck. I'd be pissed too, but I think I'd focus more on getting that ability back than injecting my DNA into aliens. But that's just me. However their leader that was tasked with this got obsessed with the power of the 'Remnants', Andromeda's version of Protheans combine with Reapers and Geth. Basically he wanted an easy way to turn everyone into a Ket instead of doing it the old fashioned way, however this interferes with your character's mission. As none of the "golden worlds" were good to go by the time you get to Andromeda, due to this massive spiderweb of dark energy dubbed 'the scourge', your character is tasked with jump starting Remnant technology that makes the worlds viable for life. Kind of like Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall, except with a fuck ton less hot aliens to bone.


      What's more is that a grand total of four or five decisions you make have a lasting effect in the end game, and this is coming from a series that saw every major decision you make have a part not just in the final sequence but also throughout the game. Yet here you see that most of the side mission decisions have zero meaning, and no effect on your character's personality. Andrmoeda did away with the Karma system, so go ahead, be an asshole one moment and a nice guy the next, because nothing you do will change the fact your teammates will still respect you and you will still come to be herald as a hero. You can't even lose teammates in this entry into the Mass Effect series! There is no impact! Nothing! At one point you recover enough information to learn that Earth got fucked by Reapers, and yet Ryder has zero reaction. It's not even a cut scene! Just a small recording that you listen to, and Ryder just stares blankly at the screen. I get you face is tired, but for gods sake man! Show some life! The Milky Way as you know it might very well be gone! Ugh!


      Quickly, let's list off my other grievances. All your teammates are unattractive in both appearance and personality, and all of them are blended-together clones of better characters from the previous entires into the series. The previous games and their outcome have no effect here, there is no data transfer and no way to import your final choices from before. No Quarians, and to that effect, no Quarian DLC. The fuckers at EA saw fit to scrap that DLC and turn it into a book, because of how much a failure Andromeda was. So all the other Milky Way races you loved from the series, you'll never get to see. And of course, this is the final entry into the Mass Effect series. EA is done with Mass Effect, probably done with single player gameplay in general, so this brown note is how we leave the beloved Mass Effect series. And it hurts to see it go like that, it really does.


      And while an EA produced Mass Effect is not possible anymore, BioWare could still fix things but jumping off the EA ship to make a proper sequel. Given the fact they must see the darkness within the serial killer of game developers, BioWare has to know that unless they tell EA to go fuck themselves and make a swift exit, they too will live to see their studio fall prey to EA's usual shtick. So it's possible that BioWare could come together again and produce an apology for Andromeda, and here's how they can do it: Retcon all of Andromeda, pull a Miles and Kerry and just shrug off any lore from Andromeda and any story. Make playing as a different race a standard option, playing as a human for a fourth time in a fucking row has worn out its welcome. Instead, we need an 'Origins' touch. You can choose from the main staple races at the start and customize your character, each race and background having a different beginning much like in Dragon Age: Origins. No randomization, cut that shit out. From the get go Andromeda was a bad idea as it had originally been planned to be totally random, you can't control random, meaning you can't control its quality. Everything will be planned out, everything will be placed. If The Witcher 3 could do it, so can you. And there's no need for some central enemy that all the races can rally to fight, we had that already with the Reapers. Give us factions, at least a dozen new alien races, each race requiring you to earn their trust. No scourge, no Ket, no Remnants, no grandiose villain. Instead focus on making allies in this new galaxy, as you learn that the "golden worlds" are actually inhabited already. I'm not saying there shouldn't be a potential threat looming over the horizon, but don't try to jump straight into it. Remember, the first Reaper didn't show up until the very end of ME1.


      You see, it's totally possible to turn Mass Effect around. You just need to dedicate more than your C-team and a few months of 24 hours of round-the-clock work to creating it, and you most certainly need to do it without EA. Because fuck EA.


      Mass Effect: Andromeda gets a 4.0 out of 10


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    • Writer's Block

      3 months ago

      iMacOfDeath

      Many of you may know that I am an amateur author and editor, so it should come as no surprise that an anime about the process and nuances behind being someone who creates using words would attract me. It might also surprise you to know that when I was going into this particular anime, Imōto Sae Ireba Ii., I did not know its focus was on this particular subject. I was expecting just another RomCom about a guy who really wants a little sister, at least that’s what I gleamed from the synopsis I had read. So this series pleasantly surprised me, even if it was my fault due to my lack of research, but just how well did they do in capturing the occupation of the writer?


      Before we get to that let’s start off with the basics. Our main protagonist is a guy named Itsuki, a 20 something year old who drinks often and lives on his own as a semi-popular author. His works always feature a little sister as the heroine, a subject he is rather obsessed with. Big points for Itsuki not being a high schooler which seems to be the norm for RomComs these days, and his reasons for living alone are believable; steaming from resentment of his father remarrying so soon after the death of his mother. Itsuki isn’t totally on his own though, having a group of friends who often stop by to visit, including his new little brother, a sadistic tax accountant, his editor, and a girl who wants to eat his dick for desert. Yeah, that last one is no joke.


      Her name is Nayuta and she is Itsuki’s future wife, or at least so she says. This girl is also a novelist, a rather famous one, who can’t work unless she is completely naked. She had been suffering from bullying in high school and dropped out, only being saved from her depression by one of Itsuki’s novels. I really loved her character, with all her dirty jokes, her cutely lewd behavior, and the darker side she harbors from her time in high school. It’s a little sad that this anime doesn’t solidify the relationship between Itsuki and Nayuta, but it does a good job at giving Nayuta a shocking piece of information that makes you worry about her future as a writer. I don’t want to say too much, but basically she learns that Itsuki might propose to her if he writes a better novel than her. Leading to a cut of her editor acting surprised at a huge change she made to her most recent work, thus leaving us worried.


      Outside of those two you got Itsuki’s best friend and fellow author, Haruto, a classmate from college who is romantically interested in Itsuki, Miyako, Itsuki’s totally-not-a-girl little brother who cooks from him, Chihiro, Itsuki’s light novel illustrator with a butt obsession, Setsuna, Itsuki’s editor with a temper, Kenjirō, a sadistic 32-year-old loli tax accountant, Ashley, and a mangaka with an underwear fetish who is adapting Itsuki’s novels, Kaiko. Everyone here gets somewhat decent screen time, though I’d have to say Kenjirō, Ashley, and Setsuna are on the lower rung of this ladder. The ones you see the most being Miyako and Haruto, as more than a couple of episodes have them visiting Itsuki to drink and play games. Oh boy, the games this group plays are pretty fun. At one point they even do a short D&D session, which prompted me to create my own D&D character. Speaking of which, anyone want to play?


      Now to answer that original question of how well this series does telling the story of authors, and I’d have to say it does it pretty well. You got the good days when you’re able to breeze through writing a chapter, the days you stop to create something totally new because it helps, and the days when you just get that horrible writer’s block. It shows us that being a writer can be a lonely job, and it does an amusing job of showing that being an author often requires you to go places or see things for reference. All in all, this series gets a thumbs up from me for being rather accurate with its portrayal of authordom.


      One minor thing I want to mention is the fact the series answers a question we have about Itsuki’s character, about why he has such a deep seated love for the Imōto. We end up getting a flashback in the very last episode, where we learn that a older girl named Ayane use to hang out with Itsuki after the death of his mother. She actually ended up becoming his love interest, but then she rejected Itsuki’s confession after having been turned down by the guy she liked. Itsuki falls deeper into the protective void of Imōto, harshly telling off Ayane, who called herself his big sister, that he had no need for an older sister and she need not return. Does this mean she’s gone for good? Possibly. But the potential for drama is pretty high, given the change in Nayuta’s writing, Haruto’s feelings towards Miyako, and the fact that Chihiro plans on revealing the truth to Itsuki pretty soon. The fuses are lit, and I worry the fallout will be a bit… much.


      Genres: Romantic Comedy


      Animation: This one is a pretty positive category, given that Silver Link were the ones behind it. This is the same studio who worked on Baka to Test, WataMote, and are currently working on Death March. We’re looking at above average stuff here overall, with some high spikes that come in the form of the D&D session and the illustrations done by Kaiko. I do have a habit of enjoying when an anime includes smaller elements that feature a pretty different style, even if they are just static drawings.


      Voice Acting: I loved their choice of VA for Nayuta. Hisako Kanemoto was a great fit with a perfect voice for being perverted and lewd, with a flow that worked for a character who sometimes emphasis feline traits. You might know Hisako from her other roles, like Yuhata Midorikawa from Knights of Sidonia and Amy from Suisei no Garugantia.


      Favorite Character: Now you might expect me to go with Nayuta here, but I actually found myself liking Ashely more. My reasons are simple. Ashley is openly sadistic to the clients she likes, while Nayuta is only jokingly perverse around Itsuki. Ashley acts and feels like an older character, even though she has the physical appearance of a loli. She has some amazing hair that looks really soft, she can out drink anyone, and her voice actress, Manami Numakura, played one of my favorite characters from Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio.


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      Imōto Sae Ireba Ii. gets a 7.8 out of 10


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    • The Benefits of a Perverse Girlfriend

      4 months ago

      iMacOfDeath

      I'm sure everyone who knows me is pretty familiar with my affinity for girls who have a dark quirk to them, usually coming in the form of a Yandere, but this isn't the only kind of trait that appeals to me. For all intensive purposes, I am a huge pervert, so it should go without saying that finding a woman with the same trait would greatly interest me. Now I'm not talking about a slut, someone who just sleeps around, that's not the kind of pervert I am talking about here. I mean someone who is kinky, who has a perverted side to them they reserve for their special someone. However anime likes to make the girls beautiful flowers, who might pine for a male protagonist, but are never perverse or lewd in their pursuit for the protag's affection. Afraid that giving the girl a stereotypically masculine trait would make them less appealing somehow, which I can't really fault Japan for given their history in this regard. Thankfully, not every Japanese author feels the same, and thus came Boku no Kanojo ga Majime Sugiru Shojo Bitch na Ken .


      This anime begins where most romcoms end on, a confession. Our main male protagonist, Haruka, is professing his love for the seemingly perfect Akiho, our main female protagonist. The confession goes off without a hitch, no fireworks, no passing train, and no second guessing. However Akiho almost immediately reveals her flaw to Haruka; she's a pervert. Not that she likes to dress up in BDSM outfits or wear a vibrator in class, no, nothing like that. She is a very smart girl, and because of her lack of experience in a real relationship, she overanalyzes everything about being in one. She'll read porn books for references, question Haruka on his fetishes, and send him erotic selfies because that's what she's learned is what a good girlfriend should do. Seriously though, what is Japan going to do in ten years when porn mags become a thing of the past? They'll never learn anything about sex! It's no wonder their population is graying.


      However when all is said and done, Akiho is still a girl and reacts to traditional affection from Haruka with a bashful smile. The biggest steps they take in their relationship occur in the smaller things, like calling each other by their first name and sharing an umbrella on their way home. You see, while all the perverted actions come off as funny, the tiny romantic moments feel heartwarming and make you say "dwaa~". The reason for this is that while Akiho approaches sexual topics rather casually, Haruka plays a straight man and will often times just shoot down anything Akiho does sexually, not because he's not interested or anything, but because he wants to take those small steps to a meaningful relationship that is deeper than sexual gratification. I can appreciate this, especially because he actively pursues romance with Akiho. Whereas your typical romcom protagonist will act all aloof and shit and in general be frustrating to watch, here, we root for Haruka in his attempts to date a girl like Akiho.


      Now while this is not a harem per say, we do have a few rivals for Haruka's attention. You got the childhood friend and perverse tomboy, Shizuku, and the attached and cute little sister, Kanata. In all honestly these two don't even register on the rival meter for Akiho, but I figured I'd include them all the same given their attitudes towards Haruka. There is a third major player in this group named Rina, who is also very perverse in her language much like Shizuku and Akiho, but due to her coming from an all girls school she is often seen 'hanging out' with other girls; though she does say she wants to have more experience with males, saying this towards Haruka at one point. Outside of this group you have the class president, the two guys who like to tease her, an even more perverted girl than Rina, a guy who wants to make yaoi with Haruka, a closet pervert who is obliviously erotic, the nurse who sleeps with her students, the straight laced teacher who I was very into, and Akiho’s parents who are an example of what is to come for Haruka and Akiho. You know, I’m beginning to think the moral of this anime is that everyone is a pervert on some level or another.


      In the end, this anime is able to accomplish with other romcoms and harems only dream of. It steadily moves along the story of two people in love, with two successful confession scenes. The first at the beginning which feels more comedic, and the second at the end where both Haruka and Akiho profess their love towards one another. Things actually happen in this relationship, and we didn’t even need a second or third season to accomplish it! Does this mean there won’t be another season though? Well probably not for lack of trying, but I don’t think this series generated enough attention to warrant it. So take the resolution as final, because this is one romcom that actually offers it.


      Genres: RomCom, Ecchi


      Animation: Joining together for this series were Diomedéa and Studio Blanc. Diomedéa known for their other works like Campione!, Mondaiji, and Aho Girl. Studio Blanc. known for, well, production assistance really. They are almost always playing second fiddle in anything they work on, usually only lending a hand in a single episode. This was actually the first anime they are credited with full production assistance all the way though, so, good for them I guess. Quality-wise this was on point for what it was, offer decent quality for a 2017 anime.


      Voice Acting: It was alright. I mean, coming off of something like Shoukugeki, this was a step down for sure. Everyone played their role respectively, and the romance scenes did feel pretty good, so yeah, another passing grade for a 2017 anime.


      Favorite Character: In an anime saturated with perverted characters, my interests oddly enough fell with a far more moralistic one. Ichika, the homeroom and PE teacher. She’s old friends with the school nurse, but often tells her to not do anything too overboard or illegal. She’s pretty much on track for a kuudere personality type, being the lady in the streets but a freak in the bed. It is funny though, how I sometimes find myself being so attracted towards lesser known characters.


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      Boku no Kanojo ga Majime Sugiru Shojo Bitch na Ken gets a 7.4 out fo 10


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  • Comments (758)

    • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

      1 year 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

        1 year 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

      1 year 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

        1 year 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

        1 year ago

        Oh ok

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year 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

        1 year ago

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

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year 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

        1 year ago

        What?

      • HOWtwoROCK

        1 year 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

      2 years ago

      Yo red how's it going :)

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      Not sure why but the site unfriend you from me

      • iMacOfDeath

        2 years ago

        Just another reason to dislike the site.

      • HOWtwoROCK

        2 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 All of 'em Anubis

      2 years ago

      good news!

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      • iMacOfDeath

        2 years ago

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

      • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

        2 years ago

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

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

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

      • iMacOfDeath

        2 years ago

        My talent is usually buried under layers of lazy though.

    • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

      2 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

        2 years ago

        Yep, been watching since episode 1.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      3 years ago

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    • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

      3 years ago

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

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

        I can't imagine getting nursed by a clock.

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 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

      3 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

        3 years ago

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

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 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

        3 years ago

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

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 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

      3 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

        3 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

        3 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

        3 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

      3 years ago

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      • HOWtwoROCK

        3 years ago

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

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 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

      3 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

      3 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

        3 years ago

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      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

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

      • HOWtwoROCK

        3 years ago

        AND ITS IN COLOR!

    • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

      3 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

        3 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 Dislike the new site!

        3 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

        3 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 Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

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

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

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

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

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

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 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

      3 years ago

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

      If so, how far along?

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 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

        3 years ago

        You and quite a few people agree with that.

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 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

        3 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

        3 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

        3 years ago

        Not like Inaho was helping matters, either.

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 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

        3 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

        3 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

        3 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

        3 years ago

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

    • HOWtwoROCK

      3 years ago

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

    • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

      3 years ago

      happy birthmas.

    • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

      3 years ago

      Hey. Hey. Hey hey.

      Hey.

      Listen.

      Mega Lopunny.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

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      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

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

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

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

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 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 Dislike the new site!

        3 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

        3 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 Dislike the new site!

        3 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

        3 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 Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

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

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 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 Dislike the new site!

        3 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

        3 years ago

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

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        3 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

        3 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 Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

        ...I'll allow it.

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

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

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        3 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

        3 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 Dislike the new site!

        3 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

        3 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 Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

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

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

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

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

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

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        Ugh, starting the game over is not for me.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        3 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

        3 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 Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

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

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

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

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

        PUSSYFIST!

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

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

        Hmm, lots of pointers. So casual it is!

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        3 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

        3 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 All of 'em Anubis

      3 years ago

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

      • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

        3 years ago

        ooooh, sweet.

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

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

    • HOWtwoROCK

      3 years ago

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

    • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

      4 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 All of 'em Anubis

        4 years ago

        huh.

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 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 All of 'em Anubis

        4 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

        4 years ago

        My reach is far and wide on the internet.

    • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

      4 years ago

      www.siliconera.com/2014/02/02/beauties-yandere-h...

    • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

      4 years ago

      happy birthmas.

    • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

      4 years ago

      Yanderelivery.

      tumblr_mr1vp0eTai1s9x79go1_400.gif

    • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

      4 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 Dislike the new site!

      4 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

        4 years ago

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

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        4 years ago

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

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 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 Dislike the new site!

      4 years ago

      Hey, I was right! Kenji IS a douche!

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        Enjoy.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        4 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

        4 years ago

        How far did you get with her?

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        4 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

        4 years ago

        The energetic bouncy type? Good luck with that.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        4 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

        4 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 Dislike the new site!

        4 years ago

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

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        Who?

    • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

      4 years ago

      I forget. did you ever review this anime?

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

    • Korrin

      5 years ago

      Thanks for adding me as a friend. :D

    • dybia

      5 years ago

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBmgLt0yB9k

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

    • CielEmiya

      5 years ago

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

    • dybia

      5 years ago

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

    • dybia

      5 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

      5 years ago

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=VveDEDsxSl0

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

    • ozean717

      5 years ago

      Friend request received and accepted. Hello new friend :)

    • dybia

      5 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

      5 years ago

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

    • dybia

      5 years ago

      Basically she has really long uncuttable hair and is basically locked away from the world, and he holds a pair of scissors that just happen to be an artifact from an ancestor of his who was a serial killer that used the scissors to kill a lot of people. The scissors happen to be able to cut anything, and he also happens to have a fetish for cutting other people's hair. More people come onto the scene with their killing tools, one of the first being a girl with a needle that had been used to inject a lot of people with cyanide or something. The main character does have his cool moments fighting the other people with killing tools to protect the girl.

      www.mangahere.com/manga/dansai_bunri_no_crime_e...

    • dybia

      5 years ago

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-wg9dM8adQ

      Seem like something you'd get into next year?

      • dybia

        5 years ago

        This year I mean. New year hasn't sunk in I guess.

    • Unholy_Crab1

      5 years ago

      Combination of heavy schoolwork, lack of interest in RVB, and personal problems.

    • dybia

      5 years ago

      Sure. After the last time I sent you a request a long ways back, I guess I just forgot to try again since I had you on watch.

    • dybia

      5 years ago

      Eh, they'll probably do gory discretion shots for the particularly brutal deaths so they won't get complaints about airing it on TV. That or censor it like the new cgi Berserk thing.

    • dybia

      5 years ago

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKzmOh4SuBc

      This might just grab your attention. It's just a trailer, but it says a lot about how good the series will be.

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