We all know this year didn’t turn out as expected! Yesterday marked the halfway point of the year. Let’s get the obvious out of the way- I’ve been playing a ton of animal crossing like everyone else. After an on and off seven years of the previous iteration New Leaf, I was ready to bid my old town of Kairo farewell for the time being for a vacation to the island of Speakeasy.Continue reading
There’s something about revisiting a game just for your favorites that makes you feel alive again. It was inevitable that three of my favorite idols would make a comeback- Matsuri, Tomoka, and Miya just in time for the third anniversary of Million Live: Theater Days.Continue reading
By this point in my anime-watching career, I know what I like to watch. Historical shows aren’t my usual cup of tea. I’ve had plenty of friends that were into them, but I could never keep myself interested past an episode or two I watched just to be polite. Vinland Saga managed to catch my eye, roping me into a world of vikings and a boy named Thorfinn set on avenging his past and finding the promised land of Vinland.
The day before Easter. Another day by any other account, and the days were already starting to blend together for me. It was that exact morning I was scrolling through twitter, and I saw the banner I feared.
Another SSR for Anna Mochizuki? I took a deep breath. I had been saving in this game for a long time now not knowing what I would use my gems on and this was a sign from the higher powers. The last FES banner was good to me with a ton of free pulls, but I didn’t get characters I really cared for (sorry Karen).
I love these games, I really do. My reaction though? Fear.
But you should save them for a limited SSR or milifes, I think to myself. She’s just a perm. You can ticket her in a few months.
You see, this SSR is different. Do you see this?
I had the figure for this one. So I needed it in the game too.
Chaika the Coffin Princess (Hitsugi no Chaika) follows the adventures of Chaika Trabant trying to find scattered remains of her father since she wants to mourn him after the war he died in. She lacks a lot of her memories and fixates on the one that rings clear in her mind- find remains. Mourn father.
Despite the initially gloomy sounding premise, Chaika keeps her head up most of the time and carries around a gun in a huge coffin, befriending two saboteurs Tooru Acura and Akari Acura as they embark on this quest to reclaim his remains. Tooru and Akari’s loyalties initially lay in the payment Chaika provides, but they soon become more than just hired help.
Fantasy premise aside, the show slowly leads you into questioning about Chaika’s true intent without making her out to be a bad guy. How much can you trust someone who barely has any memories, who loses more of them when they use their magic after running out of fuel? It’s more than a case of unreliable narrator.
I started my mission to scout wedding Ranko years ago. A limited SSR out of my reach for the longest time with yearly reruns on my birthday to taunt me, I figured out a foolproof plan. Spark her. Thanks to the memorial gatcha consisting of limited SSR cards that ran from 2015/mid-2016 in Starlight Stage, I could finally put my plan into action.
Ranko Kanzaki has been one of my favorite characters for years, and it was finally my time to shine and get her limited SSR. I mean just look at her. An alternate hairstyle, a pretty dress? What’s not to love?
After taking a break from writing as much about anime for a bit, I’m back! Besides, being stuck inside most of the time means I should definitely catch up on a few shows on my backlog, right?
I decided to do a split- a few new shows in addition to shows I vaguely remember from years ago. That’s right. We’re going way back today including a few good and bad things about each show.
Rozen Maiden (2004) (Fantasy – 12 Episodes [first season])
Rozen Maiden centers around a boy who doesn’t leave his house named Jun who ends up with a doll that comes to life after making a hobby of ordering random, possibly paranormal junk online and returning it for a laugh. He ends up with a doll named Shinku who is tied into a fight to become the ultimate (sentient) doll in a battle against six others dubbed the Alice Game.
One of the first things that got me into anime was the medium’s ability to tell unique stories. By this point in my life I had my fill of middle-school esque dystopian stories and vampire romances. Manga itself opened me up to different adventures, fantasies, and even psychological tales that my young mind was absolutely amazed by. I didn’t understand why it was so hard to find these “backwards books” as my mom called them since they had so many stories to tell. When I couldn’t find anything new I turned to an early internet to search for series to read online and discovered many of the stories I read had anime adaptations, Rozen Maiden being one of them.
Rumors floated around in my friend circle about this show for a long time. SAO Alternative is different. It’s better than the original. I finally decided to give it a go.
Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online follows Llenn (known as Karen Kohiruimaki in the real world) on her journey playing the titular game Gun Gale Online. Karen has a complex about being six feet tall in real life so she makes Llenn extremely short in game to cope. Not only does this help her deal with her issues, it gives Llenn a HUGE advantage in the game by having a tiny hitbox and above average agility. Karen begins her journey to get good at GGO and the rest is history.
The truth is, I’m really here for Llenn’s character design. An all pink outfit and a hat with rabbit ears? Sign me up for GGO.
I can say wholeheartedly I remember how I felt during January of 2010. I had gotten heavily into anime within the past year or two (wasn’t every middle schooler?). Sora no Woto was coming out and I was just waiting for it’s premiere on January 5th. K-on! was still new from last year. Shugo Chara was still airing. Kuuchuu Buranko remains a 10/10 show in my book and defines my taste for the next decade.
This post isn’t about any of those shows.
The Tatami Galaxy came out in spring. Unsure of what to watch and craving anything artsy and profound, I found myself enveloped in how fast everyone talked. Hell, I had to watch the first episode twice just to get the gist of it. Tatami Galaxy was what I could only wish my writing would be one day. This show was a masterpiece. Even younger me knew that.
Daydreaming is something most people do without paying much attention to it. Your mind wanders, you think about how much better things could be in your downtime. Besides, if you spend a majority of your day sitting behind a desk it’s only natural to think about how the grass is greener on the other side.
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai got me thinking about the spectrum of daydreams- while Yuuta might be over being the Dark Flame Master from his middle school days, his thoughts shift to another kind of daydream more grounded in reality. You know how it goes- you get a crush on someone, you think about running into them and having your romantic moment play out in your head.