[Anime Review] High Score Girl

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From the days of borrowing disc from friends to challenging them and complete strangers to virtual matches of luck and skill, video games and gaming as a whole seems to be a formative experience most individuals tend not to forget. Running the gamut from competition to cooperation and able to enjoy them both alone or with others, it holds a certain type of magic most interactive media formats fail to capture and the reason it has risen in the ranks to become a commercial industry juggernaut. However, with such an entertainment medium precariously balancing the past and future, it does seem to be one all about fostering connections – even with people from all walks of life. I am not sure if that was the idea that High Score Girl, the Summer 2018 anime romantic-comedy was going for, but is something of a celebration to the magic of gaming and building relationships.

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Otaku Alcove: February 2019 Schedule

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Anime: Hi Score Girl | Artist: Nakajima Yuka | Source: https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=70712378

As difficult as it is to admit, we are now entering the 2nd month of the year: February! After weeks of battling cold early mornings and late sleepless nights, I finally gotten a better command of my schedule and what to expect going forward. Having made a few prospective projects for January that I couldn’t keep (or at least tried to), coming into this month with a clear mind and better time management under my belt, I think this round should be more doable. Time to show a glimpse of what I have on the docket this month after the jump.

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Anime Alcove List Tuesday 01.22.2019: 5 Instrumental Anime Opening & Ending Themes

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Artist: Kajiki    Source: http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=view&id=912137

The talent to sing is nothing short of a gift from the divine spirits above, but for those that can master the arcane secrets of musical instruments are nothing short of exceptional. Too much praise in that one sentence? Well, as someone that has learned and use to play 3 different types of instruments over the years, there is something admirable about those that can easily pickup man-made devices and make them produce sound that no mere words can accurately describe. Having only performed once in a orchestral arrangement during my high school years, it really did color my experience and appreciation of what music is and can be. For that reason, this 3rd edition of Anime Alcove List Tuesday will be something of an “ode to joy” to the best anime openings and endings (mainly openings) that really put instrumental skills on display. Yes, feel free to praise me for that clever reference….or don’t.

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Anime Alcove List Tuesday 01.08.2019: Top 5 Anticipated Anime Of Winter 2019

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A new season of anime is fast approaching. Hardly giving me any time recovery from last season, I am very much looking forward to what titles are on the lineup for Winter 2019. What titles have caught my eye this time? Allow me to share that unsolicited information in the 2nd edition of Anime Alcove List Tuesday.

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[Manga Review] Alicia’s Diet Quest Vol. 1

Alicia's Diet Quest Vol.1 cover

Volume 1 synopsis

Use Slime as an exercise ball! A treasure chest as a stair-stepper! Low-calorie herbs as snacks! Powerful weapons, phenomenal magic, and fierce monsters! The beautiful priestess Alicia will try anything and everything in her struggle to lose weight! Cuz before she can defeat the Demon King, she’s gotta defeat this accursed blubber!

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Anime Alcove List Tuesday 01.01.2019: The Best Anime Of 2018

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Art by: Maya g Source: https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=67028837

Whether you like it or not, the dawn of another year is upon us. It’s a time of renewal and looking forward to new events and challenges. However, for those like myself that can never let go of the past, there is plenty to reminiscent and ruminate over from 2018. With the Winter 2019 season of anime right around the corner, now would be a perfect time to take a look back at all the seasonal best from 2018. Welcome to the first edition of Anime Alcove List Tuesday.

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