Fanime 2016 — Experience and Haul

Rid­er Hen­shin! This post is com­ing a bit… sor­ta… uh, this post came too late. Fanime was over a month ago, and unlike oth­er years, Fanime 2016 was kind of meh for me. Being sur­round­ed by ani­me is always a pret­ty cool deal and the gam­ing room is always fun, but noth­ing real­ly amaz­ing­ly notable […]

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「Localization Decisions For Literal Dummies」 Shirou doesn’t care if his body is made of swords

Alright, let’s talk about Eng­lish dubs. I don’t talk about dubs much, most­ly because I haven’t seri­ous­ly watched one since Samu­rai Cham­ploo’s (amaz­ing) dub. I don’t even both­er play­ing Japan­ese video games with Eng­lish audio either (nowa­days I don’t real­ly play local­ized JRPG’s that lack a dual audio option). I do like a few of […]

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「Localization Decisions For Literal Dummies」 Akiba’s Trip 2 and “weaboos”

Mar­velous USA (a.k.a. XSEED) is one of the only local­iza­tion com­pa­nies I trust nowa­days when it comes to Japan­ese video games. I par­tic­u­lar­ly com­mend them for respect­ing the tar­get audi­ence of the niche games they bring over and pay­ing no heed to our west­ern cul­ture’s increas­ing­ly inces­sant need for polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness. Their local­iza­tion of Akiba’s […]

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「Localization Decisions For Literal Dummies」 Syaoran the Bestie

When Nip­pon Ichi Soft­ware Amer­i­ca released their pre­mi­um edi­tion of the Card­cap­tor Saku­ra Blu-ray col­lec­tion in 2014, I was obvi­ous­ly the hap­pi­est per­son on Earth final­ly being able to own the defin­i­tive view­ing expe­ri­ence of pos­si­bly one the cutest ani­me series in exis­tence, at an afford­able price. And every­thing was almost per­fect, espe­cial­ly the video […]

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「Localization Decisions For Literal Dummies」 Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky

Alright, I love the crap out of the Ate­lier series. Old school JRPG game­play with adorable char­ac­ters designed by awe­some Japan­ese artists such as Mel and Hidari, and alche­my man­age­ment with some minor VN ele­ments thrown in here and there? I’m game, def­i­nite­ly bet­ter than your annu­al soul­less first-per­­son shoot­er series. And I total­ly appre­ci­ate […]

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Why would you censor an M‑rated game?

Image Cred­it: Hiten from Pix­iv Hap­py Hal­loween, every­body! Ever since I’ve out­grown the tra­di­tion of dress­ing up in a spooky cos­tume and going door­­bell-to-door­­bell ask­ing for can­dy, I’ve instead made a new tra­di­tion for myself where I marathon spooky video games; my favorite among them being Japan­ese hor­ror games such as Zero, bet­ter known as […]

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Oversensitive people shouldn’t indulge in creative media, ever

Rin’s look of dis­gust. Shin­ji being a sicko. The jus­tice served by Lancer (and more). This was from an ANN review of episode 19 of Fate/stay night Unlim­it­ed Blade Works, and no, I’m not going to link to it. If you real­ly want to read that review, look it up your­self, although I sug­gest not […]

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RE: Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works 18 — 「Rin’s contract with Saber」

Some­thing I for­got to men­tion in my orig­i­nal post: The dif­fer­ence between Ufotable’s fresh Rin!Saber and Saber’s oth­er appear­ances with Ufotable’s famous blue auras is minis­cule to the pow­er surge she had in the visu­al nov­el. VS. Let me give it to you straight: I love Ufotable’s ani­ma­tion. With Ufotable’s tal­ents, they could have eas­i­ly […]

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Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works 18 — Dropping the ball

I must say… this is the first episode where I’ve been tru­ly, utter­ly dis­ap­point­ed in Ufotable. Every­thing about this Unlim­it­ed Blade Works episode was just a giant step down from how awe­some it could have been. Expe­ri­enc­ing these scenes before, only done bet­ter, prob­a­bly con­tributed to my dis­ap­point­ment. But it’s not like a lot of […]

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Prequels, Sequels, Originals: Knowing the Difference

Gigan­tic fran­chis­es with mul­ti­ple iter­a­tions often have new­com­ers think­ing to them­selves, “Where exact­ly do I start?” Usu­al­ly, folks assume that every fran­chise that con­tain iter­a­tions that fall into the same in-uni­­verse “time­line” require them to start at the very begin­ning of its chronol­o­gy. And usu­al­ly, all it ends up being is one big incor­rect assump­tion.

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