now that i know wordpress embeds tweets, time to be lazy with my package posts

Got back from Europe the other day and had a bunch of packages waiting for me! I already spent all day yesterday reading Overlord 4, which was great. Not too much to comment on regarding the new additions aside from Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, which deserves mention for being a collaboration between J-Novel Club and Seven Seas Entertainment.

Just the other day I subscribed to J-Novel Club and read the first volume of “If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord,” which has a manga adaptation that’s absolutely adorable. Looking forward to spending more time perusing their library. However, I’ve already discovered a major disappointment, which is that any novels they have released as e-books are no longer available to read for members. This is “offset” by the premium membership, which costs over twice as much but only gives you a credit to buy 1 book per month.

To further add injury, though, they claim that the premium credit gives you a premium version of the e-book that cannot be purchased normally. At least you can buy premium credits à la carte, so someone who consumes as much content as I do isn’t bottlenecked by the monthly credit, but the credits cost less with the premium membership too… maybe I sound a bit entitled, but I feel like this is a somewhat exploitative program for people like me who just want to read a lot of stuff. It’s like going to the library and discovering a new series to read, but for them to only have books 3 and up :/

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persona-5

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!

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:

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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.

manga delivery!

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Got a couple packages while I was in Houston for work!

What’s new with me… I finished all the light novels for series I was actively waiting on new books, so I’ve finally started wading through the Index novels. I actually read a bunch of them scanlated a number of years back, but it’s been long enough that I don’t really remember the specifics of the novels (as opposed to the anime), so it’s been fun to read them again and rediscover what was left out of the anime.

My mobile games these days are (still) Granblue Fantasy, and I’ve also been getting into Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, though that’s mostly because I randomly roll a bunch of good characters in the summon – Lightning, Luneth, and Noctis, who are like the top 3 attackers in the game haha. I still keep up with Fate/Grand Order, but don’t really play it at all, just when there are interesting events going on.

Agents of SHIELD came back on last week and the current storyline is pretty good, though not as good as Ghost Rider from the first half. Definitely hoping Brett Dalton comes back in some capacity – sucks to get rid of him, he was a really good villain. The DC/CW shows start up this coming week, and we’ve gotten some news about the Supergirl/Flash musical crossover! Apparently the villain really will be the Music Meister from the cartoon, but no word on whether Neil Patrick Harris will be playing him… fingers crossed!

december 2016 haul

December 2016 new arrivals

I’d been a bit remiss in keeping up with my manga and LNs, so my package (that actually arrived on Tuesday but I’ve been in Houston all week) was a biggun.

This is a bit too much to comment on individually (read: I’m too lazy to), so I’m just going to point out a few.

On the LN side, Isolator 3 and SAO:Progressive 4 are both high on my list. Isolator has been a very interesting series so far; you can definitely feel that Reki has structured the world much more thoughtfully than SAO and AW, so I’m excited to see where it goes next. Progressive 3 was a real slog, but 1 and 2 were both excellent, so I’m hoping 4 returns to form. Sword Oratoria is a spinoff of the main DanMachi series starring Aiz, which should be a fun read as well.

Among the manga, most of it is just collecting more of what has come before. Re:Monster is a really amusing diary-type series about a guy (with some ridiculous backstory that has mostly nothing to do with the main story) who is reborn into a RPG-like world, but as a goblin. It’s pretty funny, but also just very thoroughly done, which makes it interesting to read.

The Overlord manga adaptation follows the LN pretty close, but I really just like the art. Last, there’s My Girlfriend is a T-Rex, which is just a 4-koma comedy about a world where the author asked “what if dinosaurs existed today as anthropomorphic half-humans with all the habits and mannerisms of dinosaurs?!” It’s pretty great, so I couldn’t not get it :)

i am lazy: confirmed

So yeah, about that PAX post… eh, I got lazy and didn’t find a time when I felt like sitting down to write about it. So I didn’t :X I might just post all the pictures at some point, but I didn’t really have much to talk about on it, so I decided not to do a post.

Anyway, here are new light novels from September!

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First there’s the next volume of Accel World, which is a series in the pile of I’m Going To Read It Eventually, But Not Right Now, And It’s Been X Years Since I Made That Declaration. Other series in the pile: Spice & Wolf, Index, Sword Art Online, Durarara, Baccano! This pile also includes 95% of the video games I’ve bought in the last 8ish years, lol. The light novels are well past the anime material, though, and Accel World is a lot more exciting than the other books in my pile, so I might end up getting to it sooner rather than later.

To the right we have the fourth Strike the Blood novel, the Labyrinth of the Blue Witch. If I remember correctly, this is the last full arc that was animated, since I believe the final anime arc was a short story or side story? I’m not caught up on StB regardless, so I’ll get to it when I get to it.

The meat of this package is definitely Overlord volume 2. Covering the Dark Warrior arc, 2 of 3 from the anime, I’ve already started reading it due to how good the first book was. The anime did a pretty good job with the adaptation, but what’s definitely missing is all the internal monologuing that Ainz does as he struggles to act as a proper dark lord while aware that this new world is changing him and that he constantly has to be an actor. I’m eager to see how his perspective changes as the story progresses, and how this gives insight into events I’ve already seen from the outside.