For the longest time, most works under the yuri genre have always left me with an impression of being on the idealistic and shallow side. With nothing wrong enjoying the rose-colored and floaty relationship of maidens or intense latticework dramas, sometimes a down-to-earth approach is appreciated. Well, just about as close as you can get to down-to-earth. Viewing Bloom Into You (Yagate Kimi ni Naru), an entry for the Fall 2018 anime season, not only is it an exceptional addition to the yuri subgenre, but great romantic tale with a keen eye for interpersonal relationships and inner growth.
As someone that enjoys games that don’t always fall into a neat genre category, it is something of a wonder to see what most creators come up with. Up for almost anything that doesn’t completely force to put my ineptitude on display, developer Endless Shirafu takes no such mercy with their title: Akashicforce (∀kashicforce). Being one part puzzle and one part rhythm game, it turns out to be a fun test of reflexes and mental poise rather than outright skill and wit. Lacking heavily in the latter rather than former, maybe my ineptitude will not be such a factor. Just maybe….
The month of March seems like it lasted forever, but we are finally entering April! It is a time for unexpected rain showers, allergies, and for many, Spring Break! Well, all except for me. After getting my two day job schedules shifted yet again, most of my plans have slightly changed, but largely remains the same. What is in store for this month? Find out after the jump!
As the curtain drops on yet another season of anime titles and April signaling the advent of the Spring 2019 crowd, now seems like a good time as ever on my part to take a cursory glance at what is in store. After falling behind and getting caught up on the Winter season, what will be on my list for Spring? Time for the return and 4th entry of Anime Alcove List Tuesday.
Thinking back on 2018, the Japanese indie game scene has been somewhat mute for me. In fact, the only noteworthy title I can remember would be the sandbox action-rpg Hakoniwa Explorer Plus by Suxa (suxamethonium). Looking forward to getting my hands on something just as charming and crazy, pixel puzzle platformer Agartha (and Agartha-S for the Nintendo Switch) seems to be as close to the description as I could get. Hopefully, I won’t be wrong in that assessment…?
Even with the lack of support, high cost accessories, and performance issues, the PlayStation Vita managed to have something of an impressive lifespan and equally impressive library of titles. Still being no match for the Nintendo DS family or even its own predecessor, PlayStation Portable (PSP), having multi-platform entries and even its own exclusives, some going on later to become ports is something of a highlight. Developed by Aquria, The Caligula Effect, an RPG spawned from the mind of Tadashi Satomi (writer for the first 3 games in the Persona franchise), is a perfect example as it highlights a group of disenfranchised characters trapped in the idyllic world of Mobius, with the main character and the “Go-Home Club” seeking a way back to reality while clashing with their own inner demons and opposition from the creator “μ” and Ostinato Musician group that wants to protect the existence of Mobius. However, thanks to some performance issues and game itself seeming rather short-sighted in scope, it didn’t get the best results when came to exposure nor reception from those that stumbled upon it. Getting a major overhaul and released in May 18, 2018 for Japan, The Caligula Effect: Overdose was aimed to rectify most of the glaring problems. However, with the Nintendo Switch added to the list of platforms alongside the PlayStation 4 for the English release, does it manage to do enough and then some to gain it a place of worth?
Can’t say that March has come in like a lion yet, but guess the same can be applied to my own progress. After dealing with the month of February, the month where everyone decides to get sick and pass germs like the plague, I am finding myself slowly recovering from my own bout with a less than forgiving cold. Nonetheless, feeling back up to speed and ready to get down to business, it seems like this will be a pretty busy month in more ways than one.
Ever since the launch of Compile Heart/Idea Factory’s “Galapagos” RPG project, it has certainly morphed and developed into a curious undertaking. From receiving fantastic titles like Fairy Fencer F to others of varying quality like Omega Quintet, the concepts and ideas that arrive within each entry commands attention, but hard to say that they exactly hit the mark of taking them from anomalous to astounding. Then again, with such productions like Death end re;Quest, the fourth release in the project lineup, while still not hitting a complete home-run, solidifies itself as a decent RPG – even when it appears to be going against its own best efforts.
From the developers behind Anime Studio Simulator and Ascendant Hearts, grab your sword and shield for a classic fantasy adventure. Join Celeste in her journey to become a true knight in the JRPG inspired Eternal Radiance. Want to learn more? Full details due after the jump in this first edition of the “Creator Corner Spotlight”.
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.