School Idol Adventures – May 2017

I promised myself to post at least once a month but it’s hard for me to focus recently, and I do not like half-assing things. I write reviews not to become professional or recognized but because I want to talk about my hobby; if I don’t do it with passion or I force myself, it doesn’t feel right. I wanted to write up a review for Persona 5 and Rise of the Tomb Raider, which are the 2 games I finished last month and the 2 games from some of my favorite series. While I enjoyed both of the games, I realized that what I have written up about them in an attempt to create a review was mostly… negative and so I decided to give up on the idea. I have started Tales of Berseria, if I actually don’t end up dropping it, I might write up a review for it.

However! If you know me for awhile, you know that I have been playing Love Live: School Idol Festival for awhile now. Being someone who loves rhythm games, I enjoy it and have been playing (mostly) regularly for over a year, with my 2nd anniversary being later this year. Unlike console rhythm games, this game provides events and new cards additions every 2 weeks which makes you come back and improve at the game, be active and compete with others. I do love the  Vocaloid games but after you beat them and complete everything, there isn’t really any incentives to go back to it and buying 150 sequels including some of the same songs and outfits doesn’t feel quite as rewarding anymore.
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NieR:Automata Review – Rebirth & Hope

I have had this blog post nearly finished for over 3 weeks now, I have never been good at writing my thoughts down, and my writing skills aren’t good enough for me to have confidence in them, so writing reviews always resulted in a bit of anxiety and worry because I am a perfectionist and I do hate when I feel I can’t do something well enough. I discarded all that I wrote about Final Fantasy IX after recently finishing it but I really do like going back on the games, seeing what I thought back in the day and whether my opinion has changed so I don’t want to discard my thoughts on NieR:Automata. My thoughts might seem a little all over the place but I tried my best.

This review is spoiler free.

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Code:Realize Official Artbook – A Review

For those that do not know, Code:Realize is one of my favorite visual novels and easily the best otome game I have played to this day. There has been only around 4 otome games that I have been hyped for and, admittedly, the art is one of my main reasons. It wasn’t different for this game. While the plot seemed interesting enough, I have adored the art for it ever since a friend linked me to it. Then Code:Realize has been finally licensed and I have gotten it as a Christmas gift in 2015 (bless the UK eBay seller who sold imported copies). However, there is only so much you achieve with gorgeous art, if the game is bad not even the art will save it.

Code:Realize ended up being so much more than I could’ve ever hoped for and my love for the art and the game left me wishing I had any merchandise of the game at all. For a year I have been wishing to own this artbook when I finally found it in a reasonable price and decided to just go for it. All I have to say is: no regrets.

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The Art of Fire Emblem: Awakening – A Review

In the span of last 3 months I have treated myself a bit with the rest of the money after Christmas left me almost broke. However, I did not expect for my life to take yet another turn and I was not able to go back home, meaning all the stuff I’ve ordered in December and January did not arrive to me directly and had to wait for awhile to get them. I have only received them 2 weeks ago and this artbook was among one of them. I’ve been following the release of this book ever since it was announced but then life got busy and only mid-December I have managed to purchase it for a discounted price and I must say, this book is worth so much more.

Usually I post these reviews only to help people find more images and content as I often have trouble deciding whether an artbook is worth it but this time I just want to post to try and convince people to get it because I love this thing so much… aaaand I might just want to ramble a bit about it.

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Steins;Gate 0 Review – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Steins;Gate is such an compelling adventure and easily one of my favorite games, the ending was also wrapped up nicely thus I was surprised when they announced Steins;Gate0 (a sequel of a sort). Due to the success of the original game, this time we didn’t have to wait for a long time before the follow up game was translated, however, I had no intention of picking it up. I loved the ending of the original game and felt like this is probably another case of endless sequels being made for easy money because us, the fans, will likely get it either way. Sometimes they’re fun for the sheer gameplay or for the possible further development of favorite characters (or said characters being ruined) but then I end up thinking, was it worth it? Was it really worth wasting so many hours on a game that didn’t satisfy my needs for interesting story and appealing characters when I could’ve played so many titles from my backlog? Answers differ but was Steins;Gate0 one of these games? Let’s take a look.

(Warning: The review contains some spoilers from the previous game, as for 0, no mayor spoilers that you don’t learn in first 2-4 hours of gameplay).

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Haruhi-ism; Noizi Ito Artworks Artbook – A Review

A few days ago I realized I still had credit on my Amazon gift card I received for Christmas so I decided to order a beautiful artbook from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. I have always liked the manga artwork a whole lot but I only ever saw shops selling the anime artbooks which I am not quite as interested in. For those of you who do not know, I love artbooks and it’s a favorite hobby of mine aside from playing games. I know I promised a game review and it’s in works, it’s just that I have been stressed and then sick, I can’t really write it as well as I’d like to. In fact I feel I write them too fast and I don’t feel I am practicing my writing, which was the main reason I created this blog. One of the reasons is also that I think the artbook is simply stunning and I can’t help go back and look through it over and over again.

Please also keep in mind I have never written an artbook review before but how hard can it be, right? Right? Well, hopefully I will not make a fool out of myself.

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