Some Gun X Sword production materials (DVD release bonus)

So last year, I went to Jalan-Jalan Japan, a spin-off venture of BookOff and a local company and found some Gun X Sword production materials which were from the limited editions of the DVD release.

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4th anniversary!

4th Anniversary!

Probably not the post anyone is expecting but my blog is four years old!! /throws flowers and sparkles into the air

I’ve been blogging on and off for years. Never really kept to one place either but I’m glad it’s different this time. Thanks for giving me the enthusiasm to keep going!

About the lack of updates, I’ve been trying to prepare more drafts into actual posts and hopefully, succeeding! Watch out this space for new posts ❤

On a personal level, things have gotten pretty hard but I hope it’ll look up soon. I’ve also added a Ko-Fi button on my sidebar. If you enjoy my blog posts and can afford it, feel free to tip me 😀

P.S. The banner is made with Canva!

Plans for 2018

Just a few thoughts that I want to put out there. In any case, I might have jinxed it already. The idea to keep these to myself didn’t sit well with me – since I did the opposite once and it ended poorly.

First, I’d like to keep up with the blog like I did the previous year. Just the simple desire to keep up the writing.

After that is to dedicate some time for my pet projects like the Dormitory Love series and some fan translation stuff that I have left on hold as I learned the ropes of being a freelance translator. I’d like to see more progress on this front in 2018.

Next, read more romance novels and write about them (this will be on my Tumblr) – who knows, I might just move it all here (if I can sound intelligible). And to find more lovely authors.

Better time management and also help myself to a better frame of mind. I’m having trouble with these since New Year’s Eve (ouch) and it’s just bringing me to my knees (awkward laughs)

I have a lot of stuff waiting for me to read, listen and play too… and will get to that. (How could I face my backlog and new releases otherwise?)

A group play(?) of Bocchi x Musume (Fashioning Little Miss Lonesome) with my friends is also in the cards and I’m really looking forward to that.

Also, I want to work on some self-improvement like learning a new language (I’m looking at you, Italian course on edX), for starters.

The Lunar New Year is coming soon and I’m pretty excited xD

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

It’s been quite a year and I want to thank everyone who has visited and/or commented on my posts.

I came up with a tactic this year by trying to lower the number of drafts by revisiting them and deciding whether I want to go ahead with it or not.

It has always been a problem for me to, in a sense, keep updating this blog. The part where I come up with ideas and then decide whether I made enough sense or simply ranting. Feels, I have aplenty but verbalising them is where I don’t do really well.

This year saw me getting acquainted with a few new things like Spotify, the amazing romance novel community on Tumblr and iflix, an old fave that I revisited thanks to the increased speed (but dangling wires) by my ISP.

Been watching The Mentalist and I LOVE SIMON BAKER AND ROBIN TUNNEY. Totally unrelated to my blog, yes but really enjoy watching it☆

Gaming has been a bit quiet since my last fully-completed game, 7’scarlet and Cinderella Phenomenon (need to replay it to jog my memories for my post). With the new Corda 2ff release on Vita, I’m gonna look forward to getting it sometime later.

Manga-wise, I’ve just finished reading Tendou-ke Monogatari vol.4 and WHAT A RIDE. The fifth volume is scheduled to release in Autumn 2018. Talk about a long time away. Gotta send the author my love 💕

And finally, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!🎄🎇

End of 2016

Just wanted to put in a quick post to thank everyone who’ve commented and visited this year. Thank you so much! 😊

I wish I would get out of my hibernation to blog for the coming year, but I’m just too uncoordinated at the moment. (however, you can check my Twitter to find out what I’m still up to lol)

Originally jobless, I found something six months ago that suited me and I’m quite happy with it. With a job for the past year, I finally have to apply for an income tax number :’3 My twin, Asera and I have also successfully bought a few stuff and I hope I can share photos of those lovely things we’ve got.

Have another awesome year of fangirling ahead, everyone! And may things go smoothly for you 💖

Changes + late 3rd year anniversary

I’m making some changes and some stuff might be unavailable for the time being. Appearances-wise, I switched fonts! Finally easy AND pretty on the eyes.

Actually wrote about Tendou-ke’s second volume but I couldn’t remember a few things (and not sure where I left the book) so it’s postponed /o/ Will try and finish a post or two and queue them.

For Dormitory Love, Mirin-san has coded the flower-viewing event and the prologue has been updated to my latest translation so the coming update will have new stuff!! Please try it out and tell me what you think >W< Find it here!

After I wrote my last entry on my other blog, I’m halfway giving up on this blog /screaming inwardly

and I’m not sure whether I want to write about romances here…

Most of the time, I don’t spare much time to do something for reviews (I tried that but it piled more pressure me instead and I end up setting it aside for long periods of time).

Even when I say I’d do whatever I like, it sounds so haphazard that I try to work out a routine of sorts. Which I continue to fail at.

And so my journey continues…

Third year since this blog went live and I’m still wrestling with myself for a sense of control |D

 

(late) 2nd anniversary!

Missed this by about a month or more but congratulations that this blog is still alive despite how less I post here ☆゚+.オメデトウ(○ゝω・○)ノ゚+.☆

There are unboxing posts I should put up but I haven’t write them ヾ(´(エ)`ノ゙

I’m really interested with the Nojima brothers as of late and Nojima Kenji’s Itsuka Dokoka no Boku ni tsuite’s album crossfade sounded really nice! Give it a listen here.

 

But anyways, enjoy your manga reading and otome gaming life you guys! *(*´∀`*)☆

 

2014 in review – otome games

An idea hit me when I was browsing a Japanese otome blog I’ve been following. I think this year had been where I’ve went all out on my otome and smartphone games.

Some games I’ve played and enjoyed this year, not in any particular order.

  • Harukanaru Toki no naka de 2 (PSP)
    – Part visual novel and part stat-raising game from Koei Tecmo’s Neoromance series, Harukanaru Toki no naka de, Takakura Karin (default name) is summoned to Kyou, an alternate dimension where it resembles the Heian era to save it from destruction. (more info here) She has no clue what the new world is like and (depending on choice, but she is by default) quite positive-minded about doing her best in whatever she can to save Kyou.
  • Princess Closet (iOS and Android)
    – An Ameba game and app about an ordinary office worker being chosen as the face and model of a popular fashion brand called Princess Closet. We follow the outcomes of her choice when she chooses/approaches any one of the male characters for advice. Has good amount of dress-up missions and the story can be enjoyed and completed for free. Will have a post detailing the gameplay soon.
  • Shirahana no Ori ~Hiiro no Kakera 4~ (PSP/English port on iOS and Android as Shall We Date?: Scarlet Fate)
    – The what-if story of the ancestors for the original Hiiro no Kakera series. I love how mature the subject (sins and guilt) and characters are. Some parts of the story (battles and hidden agendas) are slightly repetitive but from the big picture, it’s as good as it can get. Story-wise, very heavy. The fandisk’s Spring and Autumn stories are absolutely perfect. Winter features Tomonori and Aterui’s route. Summer is where all the characters, ALL of them coming together making noise for the festival. Summer and Winter wasn’t much to my liking but glad that Tomonori has a route because he, along with Akifusa are part of the backbone supporting Shiki as the Tamayori-hime and he deserves a happy end for once.
  • Gunjou no Yuki (PC; trial version and fully-voiced, currently in development)
    – Stellatica’s game features Takigawa Nanase, a high school student who was cleaning the -warehouse of sorts but for home- as a favour for her mother, gets sucked into a diary which had been written in the Taishou era. Without properly realising what her situation was, she gets into trouble when Nanase runs into some bad people and a kind boy with Western features saved her.
    She is welcomed to his family’s home and started working in return for letting her stay. Nanase has only a wretched future awaiting her but…
    “Would you be saved if the past is changed? Or would it be…”

    The trial version is available for download. A physical release had been decided on top of a free download (but there are route restrictions) The physical release would contain the entire story as well extras.
  • Glass Heart Princess (PSP)
    – Himeno Kyouko is a high-school student who finds that she has a rare illness called the Glass Heart Syndrome, where a slight excitement (anything that makes her heart beats faster) would cause her death. Her maid, Satsuki suggests that she falls in love in order to train her heart (along with sports, reading manga and etc) while her multi-talented butler, Shinnosuke aids in her adventures (he is also one of the playable characters ww). A very nice and light-hearted fun.
  • Hanayaka nari, Waga Ichizoku (PSP)
    – A PSP game from ichicolumn. The graphics are nice and the system’s refreshing for me who play text-based otome games most of the time |D The fact that there is something happening behind the scenes within the family and extended relations makes me intrigued.
  • Enkeltbillet (PSP)
    – The quests part are fu~~~n! I like the graphics and system. The Engrish in the game gives me a bad headache but the skip button comes into good use.
  • BAD condition DATE (PC/Android)
    – A voiced situation game. It’s about a couple who has a picnic date but it rains heavily and you both start to chat to pass the time. The protagonist (which is you) has no lines. There are quizzes on the first time playing the game but after that, you can play it on a ‘seamless’ mode like an audio drama. It’s playable on PC and Android.
    An adult-rated continuation is in the works.
  • Sh[in]e
    – A short and voiced otome game with very nice music and graphics. You wake up not knowing who and where you are. The story’s male protagonist, Sol who found you, is a toy-maker. After being found out that you both are sharing a room (and bed) by his mother, he proclaims that you are his fiancée in order to keep you and also to restore your memories. (Spoiler: Those who like fairy tales would enjoy this.)
  • Aru Kanri’nin no Koi – Ling(‘s) extra episode
    – This was released in conjunction of Ling-kun’s birthday and some additional stories not in the main games are here. Ling-kun’s so lovable and such a dear. I almost had my heart collapsing on me when the story progressed but thankfully, Ling-kun and Jun-chan can be together for always.

That’s a lot! XD Most of the commercial otome game releases in the later half of the year are on Vita which I sadly, don’t have. I’m looking forward to Haruka 6, UtaPri’s All Star After Secret, to name a few. I’m glad there are still PSP releases because I’ve only just bought the console last year! www

Even though it’s a little early, Happy New Year!