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

Advertisements

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!🎄🎇

Tendou-ke Monogatari vol.4 cover revealed + signing event with Kawaii Hito

Cover for Tendou-ke Monogatari vol.4 is released and will be available in physical compiled volumes on December 5, 2017! The ebook release will soon follow.

To commemorate the occasion, there will be a signing at Sanseido Bookstore, Ebina, Kanagawa Prefecture on December 16, 2017. Further information about the event can be found here (in Japanese).

And thank you for the high volume of hits yesterday! You guys made it the day with the highest views on my blog! ✨✨🎉

Where to buy

Tendou-ke Monogatari vol.4
CDJapan / Amazon Japan / ebookjapan

Tendou-ke Monogatari vol.1-3 at Amazon Japan (limited stock available)

Tendou-ke Monogatari vol.3 by Saitou Ken (天堂家物語 3巻 – 斎藤けん) + AneLaLa one-shot

tendou-ke03

Finally got around buying the 3rd volume of Tendou-ke and I’m so glad that it came with the obi (the wrap around the book jacket). I like how the black and muted gold colour goes together. The lines used on them are also dialogues from respective volumes.

Spoilers below!

Continue reading “Tendou-ke Monogatari vol.3 by Saitou Ken (天堂家物語 3巻 – 斎藤けん) + AneLaLa one-shot”

Princess Closet Akito Shinonome Birthday Project 2017

The resident yandere character and also the last of four playable characters for Princess Closet, Akito Shinonome’s birthday is coming up in October and here are the details!

Messages will be accepted from midnight October 8, 2017 (JST) to October 15, 2017.

Like earlier birthday projects, you either

☆leave a comment below with your message (between 25-30 words) and preferred nickname

or

☆tweet your message with both hashtags (#プリクロアキト誕 #priclo_akitobday) on Twitter. If you don’t, we won’t be able to find it!

Messages in any language are welcomed! Please feel free to translate this post into your language. I only ask to be linked back 🙂

You can check out the finished album for Kai here! Ms Nanami also posted the details in Japanese for Akito’s birthday project.

And there was a response from Ciagram and Kai!

Tendou-ke Monogatari volume 2 by Saitou Ken (天堂家物語 2巻 – 斎藤けん)

I finished the second volume about a year ago but because there was a major renovation going on, the book got stuck in the boxes. Finally dug it out and boy, it’s a ride that I plan on staying! 😘

51tsMsZLFjL._SX317_BO1,204,203,200_

Spoilers ahead ^_^

Continue reading “Tendou-ke Monogatari volume 2 by Saitou Ken (天堂家物語 2巻 – 斎藤けん)”

Changes to new eBookJapan registrations

On September 11, 2017, the eBook Initiative Japan has been incorporated into Yahoo! Group and will now require a Yahoo! Japan ID for new registrations.

Existing accounts are not affected but linking your Yahoo! Japan ID will give you an additional 1% in points when you purchase with your preferred payment method (credit card, etc). This does not apply to purchases made with points.

Since Yahoo! Japan doesn’t have an English version for their interface… I’d thought of making a guide on how to do it, step by step.

I think you should already have a basic grasp of Japanese and the different kana (hiragana, katakana), if not kanji.

Continue reading “Changes to new eBookJapan registrations”

Lethe by yuni-verse

(This is a dated and archived review. The creator’s website is no longer accessible nor is the game available for download.)

Title: Lethe
Genre: Dark fantasy ADV
Capturable characters: 3+α
Endings: 9
Stills: 32 (doesn’t include variations and the ones that aren’t in CG mode)
Gameplay time: Roughly 3 hours
Form of distribution: Freeware
Game engine: LiveMaker

This is the third work that I have played from this creator and like her previous works I’ve played, this is a dark/serious story.

Before giving you the summary of the story, here’s something from the game to ponder about.

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Why can’t I be happy?

Because there are people who want to snatch it away

Why can’t I be happy?

Because there are people who want to destroy it

“I only wanted to be by your side”
-Longing to see you once more-

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Story
On your way to school, “you” met with an accident and woke up to a splendidly decorated room that you’ve never seen before.
A butler and a maidservant appeared before you and says,

-You are a magician-

Feeling nothing but confusion, you couldn’t bring yourself to believe it.
In this world, the person that “you” resemble is a magician. It seems like it’s up to you to be aware of your current situation.

As you find your way back to your own world, there is the past and the truth that will never change.

Thoughts
This was a really interesting and refreshing game for me! It unfolded in many ways unlike most games I’ve encountered, it wasn’t long to get into the story and the art is lovely too.
The overall feel for this game was really nice and gorgeous. I was stuck at getting myself to ED3 and stopped but a lovely user posted the walkthrough so I’m saved \^o^/

I’m glad to actually finish the remaining ends because I’m stuck at the happy end with Edwardo, I liked the end but I want to know the entire story /w\
Some of the CGs are not that polished, perhaps because parts of it were from some time before? :3
I’m very happy to see how the creator finished tying up parts of the story, giving it a solid feel, fleshing out the characters, explaining and revealing the characters’ background at the same time. It’s a great game and I look forward to their new work.

Dolly Collection (ドリーコレクション)

Fans of the now-defunct Poupee Girl, rejoice! Dolly Collection is a dress-up game by two former members of Poupee Girl development team, the lead designer (@maminoir) and the developer, Okawa Hitoshi.

I found this by coincidence when I was looking through my recommended follows on Instagram. It looks gorgeous and has a good variety of styles available for dress-up when you begin.

Despite the lack of social networking aspect (Poupee Girl was a place where you upload photos of your own clothes as well as dressing up your doll), this is a really good start!

Free items are given from time to time and there are even more lovely dress-up pieces at the shop.

Additional dolls and dress-up items are also available for purchase at 360yen and at various prices respectively (per doll/item).

The app is only available on iOS at the moment and requires iOS 10 as well as iPhone 5 and newer models for it to work. An internet connection is also required while you play.

Dolly Collection on AppStore

Check out the hashtags, #dollycollection on Twitter or Instagram for dress-up screenshots by users! Besides the first image showing all the six different dolls in a variety of fashion styles, everything else is of my own doll xD