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.
For years I have heard tales of a PC game called Garage released in 1999 by Kinotrope. Releasing with only 3,000 copies in circulation, the time came and went before people became interested in it. Any copies of it being resold were listed for such ridiculous prices the game became lost. Thus Garage gained a kind of mystique, the name of the game coming in and out of my internet travels for years.
The story of this game wasn’t surprising back in the day considering a lot of obscure Japanese games were lost to the void of time and well, obscurity. Luckily for Garage, the game was re-released in 2004 and 2007 in very limited quantities, but around 2014 was purchased by a group of people on /vr/ and uploaded for all to play, finally bringing the mystery to a close.
Now that we’ve gotten out of the way, we can take a look at exactly what makes this game so special.
You see a lot of this.
Garage (subtitled Bad Dream Adventure) is truly unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. It’s a point and click game that mixes elements of surrealism and horror with a story taking a look deep into your own psyche.
Unfortunately, you don’t get to play as the girl on the cover of the box. You are a tiny little man with a strange looking head and a belly full of fuel who wakes up with a letter explaining that you’re better off going fishing instead of uncovering what happened. There’s even a pole and bait outside, how nice! But wait- we wouldn’t have a game if we just went fishing all day.
First of all, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Nana here to make up for the lack of CG content.
Now that I’ve got that out of the way, here is the regularly scheduled post on the idol-centric world.
I’ve had excellent scouting luck lately when it comes to the original 765 girls. I got Makoto, Hibiki (her summer SSR, making it my third Hibiki), and Mami SSRs over the span of two days. Makoto especially- I love how androgynous she looks in this outfit along with the red eyes.
This reminds me of the elmo meme in the fire. You know what I’m talking about, right?
I went to see Spirited Away in theaters today and I don’t even know what to say other than how did I not see this movie yet?
Going in, I didn’t really know what to expect. I knew it was popular and to an extent I avoided popular things in the past, leading to me avoiding most Studio Ghibli films prior to this year. Man! Wow. I’m short on words right now, but I really can’t describe the artistry of this movie and how flabbergasted I was that so many people had digested such a surreal piece of media across the globe.
More importantly, it gave me the Yume Nikki experience. You know, where you experience something for the first time and you’re so flabbergasted knowing you’ll never feel the same way again.
I knew when Chihiro said she was dreaming, I was in for a ride.