Animal Crossing Dream Towns to Explore

One of my favorite pastimes was using the Dream Suite in Animal Crossing New Leaf to explore different towns online. Ranging from pretty towns to horror-themed nightmares, I was happy to see the feature finally return in New Horizons. Without further ado, here’s some dream towns to check out.

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L is real 2401

I grew up in an age of playground rumors. One of the first things I did upon discovering the internet was research those very things. Mew under the truck in Pokemon, the unicorn fountain in Ocarina of time, and of course, deciphering the mysterious writing on the fountain in Super Mario 64. I could never figure out what the last one said, anyway.

Hell, I didn’t even have a N64 at the time. I pleaded a friend that had the system and the game to please take me there so I could see it for myself. He had a huge CRT TV for the time, and my ten year old mind was dead set seeing it in person.

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If it really said what I thought it said, the rumours about unlocking Luigi as a playable character had to be true. We tried it all- speedrunning the game in a ridiculous amount of time and running around the castle 2401 times. My eyes read at least what they wanted to see anyway- the mysterious L is real 2401. The L standing for Luigi, of course!

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Growing Up and Houkago Tea Time

K-on was quite literally one of the first seasonal anime I watched. I remember spring of 2009 eagerly making a checklist of what was new that season. I started making friends both in the virtual world and in school that shared the same interest. While people were quick to pass on shows like Saki and the second season of Haruhi (if you know you know), K-on was a hit.

Week after week everyone took different things away from the slice of life show, though I can’t say it was near and dear to my heart. I liked Mugi but I wasn’t crazy about any of the girls in the show, nor did I identify as much as my friends did with any of the characters.

There was something about this show that brought everyone together, something I wouldn’t catch until my rewatch eleven years later.

K-on fills me with an inexplicable coziness. It’s something you don’t realize until it’s too late, when you’ve seen people come and go. You’ve moved on yourself- hopefully to a better place, away from the mundane school days and outings with friends you won’t realize are gone until years later.

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My Animal Crossing Journey Thus Far

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.

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Chaika and Moral Alignments

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.

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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.

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What I’ve Been Watching: Spring 2020 Edition

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])

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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.

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Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online

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.

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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.

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A Decade of Anime

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.

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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.

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Dreams, Illusion, and Your True Self

Cocona doesn’t have much going on with her life at the beginning of the Flip Flappers. She’s at a crossroads- she’s smart but doesn’t have her mind set on picking out a high school to go to like the rest of the kids her age. She has good grades but that doesn’t mean much when it comes to having a life outside of school. She asks others for their input- Yayaka, her best friend could care less about what school she goes to and Cocona’s own grandmother has no concrete answers.

Enter Papika after a chance encounter. Papika starts off as Cocona’s foil. She whisks her away to Pure Illusion without explaining anything about it. If she did, Cocona would most likely have called her crazy and went on her merry way. We wouldn’t have a show.

Cocona is hesitant. Her body language says it all upon their first meeting. She just wants to figure out what high school to go to and call it a day.

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She’s horrified at the thought of going on an adventure. That’s not her thing (what is her thing?) When the two arrive in the snow-filled dream world, Cocona muses about knowing that she’s in a dream. Despite this she still keeps her serious attitude and negative outlook on the experience. While Papika laughs and flies around, Cocona builds a snowman in solidarity and the single time she laughs, she coughs and puts her serious face back on.

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The Odds Against Yayaka

Flip Flappers first and foremost is a show exploring the adventures of Cocona and Papika. Yayaka is Cocona’s best friend, or rather was her best friend before the events of the show transpired.

I can tell you from the get go I did not like Yayaka one bit. So why did I stop watching mid-episode to type this out?

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*Contains spoilers for the first nine episodes of Flip Flappers and general spoilers for Yuri Kuma Arashi.*

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