more stuff from april!

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Got a package today of stuff, mostly new releases from this week!

In light novel land, we have Hataraku Maou-sama 4, which I’m excited to read next. The last volume had a very specific topic in mind, so, while it was good, it was still a fairly major departure from the style of the first 2 volumes, so I’m hoping things return to form.

Continuing my collection of SAO LNs I’m buying for the sake of supporting the series comes my favorite arc from the anime, the Kawahara-approved more-properly-English-titled Mother’s Rosary. Someday I’ll read all the other novels to catch up (I’ve only read 1 so far, but I have read all of Progressive), just so I can read this one :3

DanMachi 5 should cover the last arc in the anime, which was full of action and plot, so I’m looking forward to it in prose form. Some people seem to dislike “re-reading” anime arcs in LN form, but I’ve almost always found interesting information left out from the anime adaptation, and I’m confident that trend won’t be stopping any time soon. I mean, the anime needs to cut content in order to fit everything into time episodes, so it’s understandable, but that’s why LN adaptations are generally perceived as glorified LN commercials, since they’re more produced to get LN sales bumped, not to spin off a new media franchise.

The final volume of Spice & Wolf has arrived as well! Unfortunately, I kind of lost steam after finishing up through the anime’s content, and now I’ve got a small backlog of other series where I’m closer to being caught up, so it might be a while before I read this volume. However, I definitely do not regret owning the entire series, since I very much enjoy it. Someday!

In mangaland, Seven Seas had a recent RightStuf promotion, so I picked up some missing volumes to hit free shipping, specifically Pandora in the Crimson Shell and Nurse Hitomi. They are things I will read at some point, but they’re not purchase priorities for me either. The ones that are, however, are Jitsu Wa Watashi Wa and The Ancient Magus’s Bride. I finished JitsuWa earlier, and it does not disappoint in the least; there’s a reason I was super excited for this manga to be licensed, and that reason is still fully intact, since I laughed my ass off reading it :) Ancient Magus’s Bride is next, and, happily, volume 4 actually topped the NYT best seller’s list! To my recollection, this is the first volume that actually hit #1, though previous volumes have placed.

So RightStuf is also doing a promotion where I can earn a small discount if I post some reviews of things I’ve ordered from them. I should probably post what I write here too, cuz why not, but I do plan on doing that.

What’s up next…? Horimiya volume 3 comes out in a few days, but I’ll probably put off ordering it until I have a bunch of stuff. The Abandoned Sacred Beasts volume 1 is coming in May, which is pretty cool, although I would have preferred Tales of Wedding Rings personally. Either way, nice that Maybe is getting English releases. On the light novel front, Overlord 1 is May, and… I actually haven’t updated my list yet, the batch that arrived today was the last I had marked. I know Re:Zero is coming this year as well, and Bakemonogatari is December. DanMachi: Sword Oratoria is also this year, but I can’t remember what other new titles are coming, and I don’t have dates for ongoing series either. Guess I’ll have something to do tonight!

doctor strange trailer!

Starring Bandersnatch Cummerbund!

Also, apparently the first Marvel Studios-connected Spider-Man movie will be called “Spider-Man: Homecoming” O.o supposedly referring both to him being in high school and his story coming back to Marvel from Sony.

Finally, as opposed to Batman v Superman, Captain America: Civil War has had positive reviews from its first screening, so I’m very excited to see it in Madison with my friends in a few weeks :3

new arrivals – april 2016

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So being back in the weekly travel business means I get to come home to a bunch of packages all at once!

The main centerpiece is, of course, IFI’s Trillion for the Vita. If you’ve never heard of it, Trillion is a semi-roguelike where you are defending your demon kingdom from being destroyed by the mysterious enemy Trillion, who literally has 1 trillion HP. I have not read too much into the game in order to experience it myself, but I believe it goes in waves of repelling Trillion, dealing some damage, then recuperating/leveling up. The damage you deal to Trillion is cumulative throughout the game. I’m quite excited to play it… but it unfortunately is going to be backlogged until AT LEAST after Trails of Cold Steel, which I still haven’t started yet >.<

Next, we have Yen Press’s new light novel releases, including: No Game No Life 4, the first book that takes places after the events of the anime; Strike the Blood 2; Log Horizon 4, the latter half of the goblin festival arc; and Index 6, which covers the last arc of season 1 of the anime. No Game No Life 4 is actually #1 on the NYT’s manga bestseller list for the week, which is pretty impressive for a light novel. ANN’s Justin Sevakis answered a reader question on why light novels are less popular in the West, and I mostly agree with the reasoning, so I’ll restate that NGNL’s 1st place is quite impressive.

Finally, some manga volume additions. SAO: Progressive continues to be visually impressive while not skimping out on any of the story. I would like A-1 to do an anime adaptation of the SAO reimagining based on the manga. I’m particularly interested to see how the manga tackles floor 3 and above, because, quite honestly, the books were disappointing. Book 2 (floor 3) did some really cool things so I still like it, but book 3 felt like a pretty big mess that had very little of note going on. Choosing not to continue following the story from Asuna’s perspective was a huge mistake.

The other Yen Press manga volumes I got were Trinity Seven 4 and Nozaki-kun 2. Trinity Seven is a series I really enjoy, so it was pretty disappointing to see the anime adaptation turn out so poorly. At least we’re getting English releases of the books! Nozaki-kun’s anime was recently released by Sentai Filmworks. It’s been pretty widely praised as one of the best anime to air in 2014, but I’m not sure I’m willing to shell out the cash for the limited edition. $78 at RightStuf’s price is pretty hefty for a 12-episode series and a few random bonus items.

The VIZ books I got were Twin Star Exorcists 4, whose anime is premiering in a couple days; Food Wars 11, which continues into the Fall Classic tournament that will be animated this year, I believe; and Nisekoi 14. Nisekoi is starting to head towards a conclusion in its recent chapters, which is rather exciting. I’ve always maintained that Nisekoi’s “filler” chapters were still good because, unlike other long-running going-nowhere series like say Hayate, they continued to expand on the established cast in some way, and that just enriches the plot when things begin to move.

so much fate news!

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So a couple weeks ago, Fate/Extella was announced, a PS4/PSV game that appears to be set after Fate/Extra CCC and in the style of Musou/Dynasty Warriors. I kind of missed blogging about it since I was out of town for work and have kind of been super busy since then. Well, this weekend I’m home and, what do you know, there were more huge Fate-related announcements at AnimeJapan 2016!

First, ufotable’s Heaven’s Feel adaptation is definitively a trilogy of movies and not a single movie! I was quite certain this was going to be the case when it was first announced, but it’s always nice to have confirmation :3

Second, Fate/Extra is actually getting an anime! Called Fate/Extra: Last Encore, not a lot of information is available (since it was literally just announced in the last few hours), but we do know Red Saber is starring, so hopefully it’ll be a canonical version of the original Fate/Extra and *fingers crossed* CCC games.

Anyway, it’s been a good month to be a Fate fan!

sweet christmas!

Sweet Christmas!

Apparently today is my day. Luke Cage has an official release date of September 30, 2016, on NetFlix. Also, XSEED has announced that they’ll be releasing The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Third Chapter in 2017!!! Unfortunately, it will only be on PC, but still, considering my previous impression was “eh, we’ll probably never release it,” great news!

In other (older) news, Monster Hunter X is getting a Western release as the retitled Monster Hunter Generations this summer. I’ve dropped Final Fantasy Explorers in lieu of picking MH4U back up, since it’s such a better game. FFEx was fine, but as a MH clone it just lacks the innate synergy that pretty much the entire MH game exudes. The way I describe it is basically, multiplayer 3D Zelda.

I understand that people don’t like the “slower,” more deliberate combat in MH, but in exchange the combat is really meh in FFEx, you run in and spam skills, run out of attack areas whenever you remember to, cast your healing spells when you’re low on life, and move on. It just lacks the feeling of satisfaction that MH brings where almost every action needs to be calculated in battle, and almost every item carved or gathered has a distinct, clear use for future battles. FFEx you pick up and gather items faster than the on-screen display can tell you what you got, so more often than not everything just goes into a big, forgettable list, and it just lacks that connection MH has of hunting a monster to make items from that monster.

Anyway, if anyone wants to hunt with me, since soloing G-rank quests is super frustrating, hit me up in the comments ;)

i actually started tearing up…

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For a show that regularly shits on all of its characters, it was intense how moving this moment was. Especially because, well, maybe I’m not paying hard enough attention, but it came COMPLETELY out of nowhere to me. Curtis, you really are terrific.