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I’ve been rather disinclined to update the blog in the last 2 months; we had a few hospitals go live 4 weeks ago, so work was super busy lately, and in the weeks before that I was spending most of it on Persona 5. I completed the story for the first time last weekend when I had a short break at home from work, so now I’m going to work on a 100% Confidants/trophies clear. I also played through the game with the English dub the first time, so now I’m listening to the Japanese dub.

So I’ve played Persona 3, 4, and now 5 (well, also Persona 4 Arena, but that doesn’t count), and each one has been so much better than the last. Which is not to say 3 was in any way poor or mediocre, it was also amazing, it just speaks to the overall quality of the series that they keep getting better.

Hmm, what else is new? I recently discovered a YouTube anime/video game cover artist named AmaLee who has some very impressive work, I highly encourage you to check her stuff out! Here is her channel. I am particularly enamored with the ERASED OP&ED mix, as well as Aldnoah.Zero’s Heavenly Blue and “Heavenly Lies” mashup of aLIEz and Heavenly Blue.

I am thinking about trying to get into writing a bit, maybe short stories as worldbuilding kind of thing. I have a few ideas for a fantasy world I might want to write about, but I have no structure or background in writing, so I think I will just find some time to do what I can and see where it leads.

Last, the anime I’m enjoying the most this season is definite Re:Creators. Definitely Sawano Hiroyuki’s music is a huge factor, as I love his stuff, but the show itself is just genuinely well crafted with interesting characters and story, and it even gets into some fascinating discussions of philosophy. Boku no Hero Academia is always a great time, and other than that Sakura Quest is a neat show that seems to mash up elements from Hanasaku Iroha and Shirobako. All shows I highly recommend!

monsuga licensed!

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Seven Seas picked up Youkai Shoujo ~Monsuga~! It’s a pretty raunchy shounen romcom about Yatsuki, a guy who can see youkai, befriends a number of them (most of them girls), who then help him deal with bad youkai who prey on normal civilians while he tries to figure out how to restore his little sister’s ghost to life. Later on, the series transitions more into action and introduces a method for Yatsuki to fight against powerful youkai as well as humans who have developed spiritual weapons to exterminate all youkai.

It’s a series with very cute, but also very intricate, art, good rapport between characters, and definitely a compelling hook to keep reading. I look forward to adding it to my shelves!

Press release: http://www.sevenseasentertainment.com/2017/04/19/youve-never-seen-monster-girls-like-these-in-seven-seas-release-of-yokai-girls/

a short plug

Wanted to give a plug to http://concon.tictail.com for these amazing acrylic keychains featuring characters from the Fate universe!

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Each side has a slightly different face. This is most obvious with Sakura Saber, who I did not order :) The creator has said she may design new ones in the future. Currently, you can get OG Saber, Red Saber (from Fate/Extra), Saber Alter, Saber Lily, Sakura Saber, Saber of Red (from Fate/Apocrypha), and Jeanne Alter.

imgur album with some closeups:

a day of good news

So I’ll lead off with less news and just remarks. Boku no Hero Academia anime is in the sports festival arc, and just like the first season, they’ve perfectly capture the spectacle and excitement of the manga. A lot of fun to watch! Granblue Fantasy has also aired its first episode following the anime-preview double-episode from January, and it’s looking great. Obviously, events in the anime are changed from how they play out in the game, but I think they adapted it well.

So, what exciting things were announced today at SakuraCon? First, Aniplex has announced that it’s translating and releasing Fate/Grand Order in the US this summer!

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-04-15/aniplex-to-release-fate-grand-order-smartphone-game-in-u.s/.114884

Here’s the English announcement trailer (which is simply the original announcement trailer with English subs :x):

For any current Fate/GO players, this is an entirely new server, so there is no option to transfer your Japanese account over. Unfortunate, but they have announced that the original audio will be used, everything will just be translated, and there will even be US-exclusive Servants. Whether this means the game will eventually come to other regions is unknown at this point. I’m happy to be able to experience the story in English, though, even if I can’t have my current JP progress :)

Second, Yen Press has announced licenses for new titles, and 2 of them are must-preorders for me.

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-04-15/yen-press-licenses-saga-of-tanya-the-evil-acca-13-one-week-friends-a-polar-bear-in-love-more/.114879

Can you guess what they are? Check after the jump ;)

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overlord season 2 announced

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So, the Overlord anime got a couple compilation movies. The original anime adaptation depicted novels 1-3, and the movies recapped novels 1 and 2 with some new footage. At the end of movie 2, they included an announcement video revealing a second season of the anime!

The third Overlord novel, titled The Bloody Valkyrie, was the final arc in the anime adaptation and was released by Yen Press in January of this year. The manga adaptation in Japan is currently on book 4, which is slated for an English release on May 23.

Recently, I’ve been reading online translation of the novel “Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu,” which roughly translates to “A Moon-Led Journey in Another World.” It’s been very addicting, and it’s actually got a lot in common with Overlord. Both involve “regular” Japanese people who are suddenly transported to another world and have to deal with the responsibilities and ramifications of tremendous power. The big split is that Overlord’s Momonga appears to be slowly losing his humanity and knowingly puts himself and Nazarick opposite the powers of the world. Conversely, Misumi Makoto goes through a more stereotypical teenager’s journey, trying to find his place while continually learning more about himself and the world, and making mistakes along the way, while the world tries to figure out how to deal with there all of a sudden being a new faction with the power of a country.

What I really like about Tsuki ga Michibiku is that its world is set up to be very complicated. There are 5 major countries, an alliance of 4 human countries waging war with the demon race, but it’s very clear that neither side is really in the right. Makoto’s faction clearly shows itself to be a force that can turn the tide either way, but he refuses to take part, so unknowingly becomes the lynchpin behind the war. Whichever country can manipulate him best, or foresee how his allies might act, can gain a tremendous foothold in the war, but Makoto himself just keeps kind of doing his own thing. He clearly grows tremendously throughout the story too, as he finds out that some of his beliefs can be defended while others are just completely at odds with the logic of this new world.

I’m really looking forward to the next Overlord book, since it’s going into new material, and the new anime season which does the same. I do hope Tsuki ga Michibiku gets some attention to maybe get an official English release, as it’s a very good read with great characters and development.

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I’ve had go-live command center support for the past 2 and a half weeks, so it’s been hard finding time to post anything here, but packages are always fun!

Since I typically wait for publisher sales on RightStuf to order, I am catching up this time on Sacred Beasts, Haikyu, and Twin Star Exorcists, with new volumes of Food Wars, Yona, and One Punch Man that are higher on my list. I don’t particularly have any exciting commentary on these volumes, so I suppose I’ll chat about other things.

I am almost caught up on the Index novels that have been released in English, except one just came out this week so I’ll have to get it with my next Yen Press order D: after I’m caught up there, I’m not sure if I want to start reading Re:Zero or Accel World next. Re:Zero has the advantage of only being a couple volumes to be caught up, but Accel World I’ve owned for far longer so I should really read it haha. Alternatively, I also have a bunch of western books to read, like The Way of Kings, Newt’s Emerald, the Rithmatist, and Unseemly Science. I also have a bunch of video games I need to play, first and foremost Final Fantasy XV.

Granblue Fantasy’s 3rd anniversary, titled “3rd Birthday,” began a few days ago. It features a free daily 10-pull, and it’s even during a legfest! Unfortunately, my main account has gotten absolutely nothing aside from a light carbuncle, while a bunch of my alts have gotten neat things like Orchid and dark Zeta and Shiva. Blargh. I also accidentally sold 4 Yggdrasil Crystal Blades today >_< should really have switched the language back to English instead of assuming I knew what all the buttons meant. The funny thing is I actually do know the characters for "sell," I was just going quick and not reading lol.

The Spring 2017 anime season starts in a month too! There hasn't been any single standout show this season, but a lot of solid ones. Blue Exorcist is great, having backtracked to adapt the manga more closely. Kobayashi's Dragon Main and KonoSuba season 2 are awesome as well. However, I'm looking forward to the Granblue anime, and I'll have to start looking into what all is airing next season.