Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Agents of the Realm

The cringily cliche title of this modern, Western take on the magical girl genre doesn't do it justice -- this is an excellent comic. I'm pushing this post out with kind of Lite analysis because the creator is running a kickstarter right now to get physical copies printed, and you all should def support her!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Sugar Candy Bullets Can't Pierce Anything

This was a short light novel that I would definitely recommend. It doesn't do anything groundbreaking, but the characters are likable and it tells its story well.

Because I use my time wisely, I compiled the original file -- which was hundreds of png images -- into pdfs. The full file is here, and you can get it in four parts for your Kindle or whatever here.

Monday, February 8, 2016

UnWholly Ch17 Cam

Back to one of the comparatively better characters. We start with Cam is putting on his special anti-scar medicine.

He can feel the tingling as the engineered microorganisms in the cream do their job.
“Believe it or not, the stuff is actually related to yogurt,” the dermatologist told him. “Except, of course, that it eats scar tissue.” It also costs five thousand dollars a jar, but, as Roberta has told him, money is no object when it comes to Cam.


So it's apparently flesh-eating bacteria, but unlike normal flesh-eating bacteria, it's difficult to grow.

On Figure Collecting and Aggregate Retaliation

I had wanted to wait a bit on my rantpost about the woman-hating horror that is the figure-collecting hobby, but something happened that jumped out in front of my first planned discussion.

This is what occurs when you have the gall to suggest that, just maybe, things aren't 100% in Denmark.

edit: Sorry about the tiny text, Blogger is the worst. CTRL+Plus (CTRL++?) to make it readable.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland

A13 English Logo

This may have been the strongest game in the Arland trilogy, at least from a gameplay perspective. I also found Meruru to be really likeable, loved the idea of a princess working to better her kingdom, and thought her outfit with its adorable, practical little bloomers was super cute.

edit: Disclaimer: Wrote this when I was off my meds and kind of whatever the opposite of high is. BUT YOU CAN'T MAKE ME REDO IT HAHAHAHA

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Aoi Shiro

UGHGHG why has this been so hard to write. Anyway.

If you're looking for an urban fantasy VN about blood-sucking creatures, mystic eyes of X perception, repressed memories, inappropriately-timed sexual innuendos and weird incest implications (plus, as a free bonus, pedophilia implications!), just go play Tsukihime. If you've played Tsukihime and loved Ciel so much you want a palette-swapped version of her in a knockoff story that also incorporates elements of Higurashi, you'll probably get some mild enjoyment out of Aoi Shiro.

"Mild enjoyment" describes my experience with Aoi Shiro. I finished the whole thing and was interested enough in it, but it wasn't really great and I don't think I would recommend it to anyone. It was pretty heavily flawed, mostly beset by a bizarre route-railroading system as well as some obnoxious anime stock characters and serious, serious pacing issues. Mother of God the pacing issues.

I thought the long digressions into food preparation in Fate had prepared me for any food porn. I was wrong.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Pokemon Author Replies Part 5

There was no way I would skip posting all this, so enjoy our new Friday feature as we work through the many, many, many, many, many PMs from last month.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

UnWholly Ch13-16 Connor, Delores, Connor, Risa

A retired 787 arrives with only fourteen Whollies packed in empty beer barrels in the hold. Connor wonders if someone in the resistance is just getting bored, or if the barrels were really the most inconspicuous way to ship them.

Really. Kids are getting shipped in everything including coffins and yet you think beer barrels are somehow different and a sign they're just screwing around.

Connor again is all THEY ONLY SENT A FEW KIDS TO THE PLACE THAT'S NO LONGER SAFE AND WHICH IS HAVING TROUBLE FEEDING THE KIDS ALREADY THERE, THIS WORRIES ME WHAT COULD BE GOING ON.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

UnWholly Ch11-12 Smoker, Nelson

We've reached the third part of this! There's seven parts total.

Our opening quote for this section is a list of organ prices showing the disparity between how much it costs to buy the organ and how much you get for selling it.

While there's a valid issue, the information presented here is presented in a horrible, manipulative way:

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

UnWholly Ch10 Starkey

Ah, back to the comparatively tolerable Connor 2, who's explaining how he cleverly didn't say he wanted power and just networked like hell and at last, through careful planning, Starkey has inserted himself in the right place at the right time to gain Connor ’s favor without him ever knowing that it was all part of Starkey’s long-term plan.

Monday, February 1, 2016

UnWholly Ch8-9 Risa, Connor

I get to go back to published books now! What were we doing - oh.

Right.

Well then.

When we last left our...characters, Connor punched the messenger, whined a lot, and decided Connor 2 doing magic tricks with chicken eggs meant he was the best choice for managing their incredibly limited food supplies.

This chapter, it's Risa playing piano. She explains she was surprised to find the piano was made by Hyundai and then there's an honestly pretty pleasant piece of exposition:

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Pokereviews Day 31 (40)

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA DONE

I mean except for the reviews I owe people. And my plan to go back to review the good ones that've updated. And all the PMs I still need to answer. And the comments here. And...

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Pokereviews Day 27 (15)

"Xir". Also, possible Ash-betrayal relative. It almost makes me wish I did this every day just so I could track the evolution of this.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

Pokereviews Day 25 (28)

Reached the top and even managed to do it on time!

Idle Musings on Star Wars: The Force Awakens

As the title says, these are just idle musings on a specific issue in the movie. I'm really interested in any and all feedback I might get.
Also, there will be spoilers. Big ones, too.