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Project X Zone U.S. Release

Project "Cross" Zone Do you like Capcom? Maybe you love Namco...? How about Sega? Well, if you're not a fan of these companies then you're out of luck. Project X Zone, is a 3DS game featuring a collaboration between the mentioned gaming companies. While not only featuring decent gameplay, the game combines characters from multiple series. Units work together in paired groups, containing one support  only character. No, it's nothing like Smash Brothers. Well, sure it does feature fighting elements, but it's more of a turn based strategy game merged with one combo fighter. So how do the controls work? While on the field units each have a turn to move, attack, use and collect items. Unlike Fire Emblem, you're not allowed to move each unit when you feel like it. It seemed that the turn order is already decided. Don't worry, the game differing from Fire Emblem is still a good thing. Using and collecting items, opening treasure chests, and other

Japanese Music Spotlight #5

Vanguard! Information Title ~ Vanguard! Artist ~ JAM Project Lyrics ~ Hironobu Kageyama Composed by ~ Hironobu Kageyama Music by ~ Anze Hijiri Lyrics English Version (Short)

A Few Things I Picked Up While Learning Japanese

Learning Japanese Hello everyone! I've been learning Japanese for a good amount of time now and have made little progress. Before I thought learning focused on memorization of certain words and phrases, but I realized that's not the case. I've been doing some reading, looking up a lot of Japanese learning sites, and it's hard to get much guidance on where to start. So many places to learn, but are they really teaching you the right thing? I just took Japanese wherever I could get it. The site might be shady or fan made, but I desperately wanted to learn. Yeah, that obviously wasn't a good idea. I didn't learn much, and the few things I did learn were either rough phrases or incorrect. If you're stuck in an area like mine, there aren't many opportunities to study Japanese under an instructor. Most of the things I learned have been through anime or my own teaching. Visiting the local Barnes and Noble was also pretty useful. Yet with all

What Makes the Main Character?

Whats Makes The Main Character? Aichi Sendou ~ Cardfight!! Vanguard The main character or protagonist, is usually the center of attention. They're known for being somewhat different than others, like an underdog, or master of a trade. We know of many leading characters, but what makes main characters so attractive; what makes them so worthwhile that the story naturally unfolds around them? A Special Trait Yugi Muto~ Yugioh Instead of being some top ranked champion fighter, or a high class warrior, the protagonist is a normal person. They go about their business until something  happens. Before we know it, our average guy is the possessor of some psychic ability. The orphan is the heir to an ancient clan. The silent genius is secretly psychotic. Each one is a normal character, with a twist. It's the twist that ends up making the character. Who wants to watch a regular human being, when we are already living that life? It's almost the same as watch

Moonlit Walks

  Moonlit Walks Another Visual Novel. This one's not as long as Phantom Seeds, but it's pretty good. I love the ominous mood of the story and the ending. It reminds me of  life's mysteries.  A myth that no one has proven. Pretty cool huh? Y ou can try it yourself . Enjoy! "Thanks for watching!"

Japanese Music Spotlight #4

Memories of You Song ~ Kimi no Kioku (Memories of You) Game ~ Persona 3 Artist ~ Shoji Meguro  Vocals ~ Kawamura Yumi Lyrics ~ Komori Shigeo Music ~ Meguro Shouji Lyrics

Is Moe Really Ruining Anime?

Moe, Moe, More to Share! Moe, Moe, Everywhere! "Moe  is a Japanese term used in connection with manga or anime to describe something precious, usually (but not always) the ideal of youthful and innocent femininity. Written with the kanji for "to bud or sprout" (萌), the concept covers a range of ideal behaviour for youthful female characters in manga or anime. To be  moe , a character can be eager or perky, not overly independent, and call forth a desire in the viewer to protect them and nurture them. The term is also used to describe any preciously cute item; there is an animal mascot character store in Tokyo called Moe." ~Anime News Network To some the whole Moe Genre is what defines anime. To others, it's the bane of the anime world. While Moe has changed the outlook of anime, is that necessarily a bad thing? I'm sure you all have heard different things regarding animation. "All anime is for kids!" "Why are you still watching cartoon

Phantom Seeds Visual Novel Playthrough

Hello! Aside from the anime editorials and Naruto reviews, I'd like to try something new. It's called Phantom Seeds, a visual novel. A visual novel is basically a story, except you have a say in what happens. It is available here , and is also downloadable at the Google Chrome Store. The novel/game is completely free, so feel free to try it out. My Playthrough Phantom Seeds Written & Illustrated by: Zeiva Inc Music by: Kevin MacLeod "Thanks for watching!"

Writer's Block? Look Here...

Each day we write or tell stories in some way. Maybe you're lost writing an epic novel. The hero comes to the end of road to find what? Could you be writing an intergalactic exploration? Is that black hole staring you  right in the face? Perhaps you're a fanfic pro, but you've seem to lost your luster. You could just be the average guy or girl, telling a story of your day. Whatever you are, writer's block happens to everyone. Sure, you can throw your hands up and give in, but what good will that do? I think how we deal with writer's block relates to our lives. I feel as if we live our lives on autopilot. We feel the same things and maintain the same schedule. We fiddle with our smartphones, laptops, and desktops. We peruse the internet, mindlessly visiting the same sites awaiting a new update. Even when it comes to anime, we see the same things. The tsunderes, the silent protagonist, the villain that no one likes. Aside from the programmed responses we have

Japanese Music Spotlight #3

Hello! I'm back from a week off! Here's a taste of new music; Vocaloid Style.  Title ~ Just Be Friends Artist ~ Dixie Flatline Vocal ~ Luka Megurine Visual ~ Yunomi English Lyrics Just be friends All we gotta do Just be friends It's time to say goodbye Just be friends All we gotta do Just be friends Just be friends... It came to mind in the early morning yesterday As if I gathered broken pieces of glass What the heck is this? Drips from my cut finger Is this what we really hoped for? I knew it at the bottom of my heart, the hardest choice would be the best My self-love refuses it and repeats self-contradiction When can I tell it to you? In the slowly decaying world, I'm struggling but it's the only way Carving your faded smiles, I pulled out the plug I screamed with my hoarse voice, rebound and resonance echo in vain Nothing is left at the end of the unchained me Coincidences that sticked us degenerates into the dark an