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Madoka

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New Profile: Well i WAS updating my profile but now the new design is here, i have to update it again xD so first, no the banner isn't staying as it is i just put it there so it's not blank, and i will fix my layout so no it's no going to look so messy :) will be a week or so though, i am busy with work atm ._.

Hiya every, welcome to my profile, im Madoka and hope you like the page :) My bio can be found at the bottom, i have done a quick move around and will be featuring anime above myself because, it's what we want to see anyway. This is a new layout im working on so sorry if it's not as bright as my old one.

Featured highlight explanasion: below you will notice a new segment to my page (or not notice it's new if your new xD) i have named Featured Highlighted series, which will feature any series (new or old, likely not airing as they should be finished) which i have watched (normally recently but others might appear) which i recommend strongly, with reasons for such. Im hoping this will bring attention to series which deserve it and encourage me to work hard with my thinking hat, this section will be updated randomly, sometimes it could be weekly, others monthly, if i don't watch anything really great it might stay the same for a month (which then i will find a older one). It will normally feature a "Featured Highlight" series and sometimes a runner up "Runner up Highlight" (not always), and sometimes a Featured movie (not always).

Featured Highlight series Rank 1 Of This Month/Week (June 19+):
Suisei no Gargantia
Rated 5 Stars
Full Trailer (see bottom for Shorter TraileR)


Suisei no Gargantia is one amazing series which has slipped through my net for so long which is a little sad to learn but may i tell you now it is one amazing series. The series focuses on mech pilot Ledo and his Mech Chamber, The series is based in the future after humanity had left earth and is on the move in space fighting an enemy called the Avalon, After a battle with them Ledo helps buy time for his squad to evacuate by buying time, he is knocked by a blastwave through space and one day awakens to earth. Earth has re-evolved and now live on the oceans, Ledo must learn to merge the new cultures and understand earthlings with the help of Chamber.


Now i wont deny im a fan of space but you might be thinking "Mechs?" well i did at first, im not a mech fan, some of you might not like space either, well don't worry this isn't about space, it's a story of someone stranded on a planet, the story has some strong feelings as we follow Ledo, Chamber and Amy (the main person who makes him welcome on earth and helps him along, a friend). The story covers some sad moments as Ledo learns of the Avalon and tries to merge with earth. It's never easy to explain what makes a series great but i assure you this one is worth the time, remember im not a Mech fan and i loved it (it's not about Mech's by the way, Chamber is mainly a translater for Ledo to understand people, he does have plot points though), It's full of great writing, well written characters, interesting plot and lots happening, the general feel the series generates is one of which i might say is quite amazing.


I don't often throw a 5 star around now days but this for sure earned it, everyone time i finished a episode i couldn't wait for the next and was real sad to see the series end.

One of the best "Person in a strange world" genres i have watched in a long time!
Deserbes Rank 1 hands down.

EDIT This SPACE!!!

Here was full of content recently, it will be again shortly, i will slowly continue to update my profile page and rebuild this Segment!

So please don't bug me about it xD

 

I left the below as i haven't reviewed what is staying yet (most will)

 

If you like visual novels, like me know... I love them :D i played a few, not loads but the numbers are adding up, if you enjoy them, let me know i love talking about them D:


Now ima Add Random image of Nagato >:D

(thats pretty dam awsome) anyways i love 'The Disapearance of Haruhi Suzumiya', Yes the real reason Nagoto is sitting here so nicely is because it's my favourite movie ^_^


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Recomendations:

This is just a quick note on how i recomend stuff and how i like to be different fro others in this area. It's common for people who recommend stuff to only do it because shared genre types or minor things. so someone might say "if you like romance you will enjoy this because it's got some high school romance" or "these two are alike because both share a love story between a xxx guy and a tsundere girl", or "you will like these two because they contain gore", i don't just do this but actually explain what is alike. I never recommend by genre alone and rare link two series just because they contain a killer or gore or whatever. So if two series Genre match i wont recommend unless they are alike.

Of course rec's have to be short so i try to keep it short, "you might like xxx series because xxx and yyy share a similar plot and develop in a similar fasion, both contain a focus on mystery solving or similar comedy" is the sort of thing (in short) to expect, of course a little more detail will be present, that's just a example so i can't say much.

So just remember, i rec by how similar a series is and what aspects are alike, not that ganre the series is or if it is gorey or not. To end here, thanks for reading my page and thanks if you have made use of any of my recs :)

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If you are like me, you love something new, this applies to our profile pictures, i find myself change mine and then want another new one 3 days later, not because i dislike my current but because i found another great one. I feel bad sometimes dropping a cute/sad/funny ect image so quick so i decided from now (December 2014) i will log all my previously used pics here, so they are never lost in time. Sadly i can't revive many of my older ones before hand because i just don't have them anymore. Anyway so here are the pics from now onwards.

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NeiniAurora3500 says...

True, when alternate worlds aren't taken seriously the appeal is lost. An "Anti-World" for example where everything is the opposite of what the original world is, or a candy world where everything is made out of candy. It simply doesn't feel there is as much point to them. They need to have something in them that makes one think about a different world's inhabitants, and connect with them.

Anyway as for alternate endings done in anime rather than visual novels. Not sure how I feel about it. Anime feels different from a visual novel in that you're watching rather than interacting. Though most of a vn is also watching aside from the choices. Regardless, it feels like anime is meant to be linear, and it feels strange when an episode after another one focuses on another route. Though Higurashi manages to do alternate worlds in a good way. like with episode 1-1, 1-4, then going to 2-1. I suppose it isn't too different from how ovas show alternate worlds. If a show managed to do what Higurashi did in showing several worlds in the same linnear path that anime follows. I think I would like an anime like that.

Good to know about Hanachirasu. It sounds like its the next priority Nitro+ game. If they even gave an estimate for a release date, I would be very happy. Interesting how they take fansubs from groups that work on it. Most of the work is done on it already, and after polishing it up, it becomes avalible to the rest of the world in an easy to get form. It doesn't matter too much how they get the game into an english language format as long as we're able to play it.

Exactly. It is a great idea that suprisingly isn't seen in may games/VNs It helps people who aren't familiar with otaku/science terms understand them better, and helps people who are familiar with otaku/science terms understand the topics better than they did before. And Steins;Gate is a game that feels very close to reality with all of the terms reflecting things in our world (with the expeption of changing names like IBM to IBN or CERN to SERN) It was interesting to research IBM's old computers. And see some pictures of the Large Hardon Colider of Cern's. Simply because a game made me curious about them. Not everyone wants to refer to a seperate text file if they don't understand something. It breaks immersion from the game. It will be fun to see you joining on the fun once you get a new laptop :D

Though not exactly the same, the Tips reminds me of Metroid Prime's logbook system. I may've said it before. But it is one of the best gameplay mechanics ever invented, and a major part of what made Metroid Prime an awesome game. The game series overall was science fiction (though because of the various planets it feels more like science fantasy) Since its a foreign culture. We don't understand things about what the history of the Chozo empire is like, or what the Sheegoths or Shriekbats are like. The logbook allowed the player to collect information about these things, and allow them to understand what they're like. In some rpgs there is something like this in the form of a beastiary. Though the logbook takes it further by allowing you to study the lore of the planet you're on. Though I don't see it very often in non-rpg games. It is fun to research information about the creatures of a foreign land. Especially in fantasy settings where creatures are different from the ones we understand in our world.

The big advantage to visual novels is that they just have to worry about file size you said? I'm beginning to understand that as I've been studying computers in college for the most part, since 1 character only takes up 8 bits, or 1 byte. A ton of characters can be stored on the system before reaching even a Gigabyte. From the visual novels I've installed lately, they've mostly required about 1 GB of space on my harddrive. I'm guessing 80% of that is just the text used in the various routes? It is fun to see the potential of VNs looking at how long they can be. Even in most books, they can only go up to a certain word count or page count without breaking the physical spine of the book. I guess this is the reason authors divide their series into trilogies or multiple trilogies when they want to tell a long story. Though with a VN a long 60+ hour story can be put into one game, and concluded easily. It is crazy to think about some vns that have 20+ endings. I think 5-7 endings is enough for any VN to give long replayability. Assuming the story is long.

It is amazing how limited anime is when thinking about vns. I suppose it could help people appricieate short anime more if they understand how a long story has to be compressed to 13/26 24 minute episodes. The way they could include everything would be to have it be 50-100+ episodes, but that can be hard for people to commit to. Inuyasha did well with having around 160 episodes, but as much as I would like to rewatch it, I don't think I could do it again.

Yup, I did think that ES Online would be free-to-play, that seems to be the common model for mmos. That sounds pure awful. Not only in how most free to play games lock out content unless you become a subscriber, but monthly fees are a terrible model. I'd rather pay 40-50 once and be able to play whenever I want. But instead you need to keep paying. Sadly I believe I understand why these companies do it. it gets them more money in the long run, similar to how the microtransaction model tricks players in free to play games into thinking they're not spending much, but if they keep spending $1 100 times for a small game boost, that gets them more money than a one time 50 fee. And if a player spends 10 throughout the whole year, they lose 120 while the company gains it.

That is a good point about the guild leader being the rpg hero. That's probably the reason they become the leader. It still feels strange, since many protagonists still follow the orders of a leader of an organization or a king/queen in many cases. Rather than be the leaders themselves. And if not, they normally act independently, and don't lead anything. With Elder Scrolls, somehow they lose their appeal over time. Even though people enjoy the freedom/sandbox model of gameplay, it feels overwhelming since there's so much stuff that can be done and I don't know where to start. I think I enjoy games that have some linear model of progression, but can have a few areas where it deviates depending on your choices.

It does suck that the only way to get most pc games nowadays is through pure digital. Though considering how I have a small house, I don't think I could hold enough space for every game I have. And with how Steam has DRM, the disc can only be used once and then it becomes pretty useless. For games that have DRM, it feels much better to get the digital version of them. One of the benefits is attaching them to an account so they can easily be installed on a new computer without the original disc. Though naturally it doesn't feel the same as getting the physical version.

For the JAST products, I fully support physical when I can, since they don't have DRM, and it feels awesome owning a physical version of a VN. Especially the limited edition.

Yup, Seinarukana is so tempting that I drool just thinking about it :p Not sure how much the battle system has changed, but all the changes from what I've observed look like major improvements. With all squads being able to switch to all rounders, the skill storage, and 6 digit hp. It looks like there's a new mana system. A skill storage is also useful for putting away Eternal Skills for when your characters on a new playthrough can't use them in the beginning. Hopefully the enemy spirits will also have 3 skills for each category. Since they only had one for each in Aselia, they could only use a few skills before running out of uses while the player had more skills to use. According to the gameplay videos, it looks like hard mode, and super hard mode are still in it. and since skills can be stored, there will be at least 18 playthroughs I imagine to get all skills.

It looks like Euphoria from Aselia will be in this game. Which is awesome. While the game is a new story different from Aselia, Eternals and Spirits still exist the same as they were from Aselia. It makes sense considering how Eternals travel to different worlds, and Euphoria might be in this story on a mission. And she'll get to be with the new characters.

Utawarerumono sounds good considering how it's similar to Aselia with its VN/SRPG elements. I'm curious to see how it would play out, from conquering the country and renaming it Tsukuru and eventually the whole land. I saw the anime which I enjoyed a lot, so I would expect the vn to be even better. Is it true that there are no routes in Utawarerumono? A friend said that there was just one route similar to Higurashi. I imagine there isn't an easy way to get it unfortunately.

Real Time Strategy is much tougher. I think the thing that makes it tough is that you can't plan out things in the long term very well. And you have to instantly tell units to react a certain way before they get killed. If I can't plan, I've got nothing. That might be what makes turn based strategy easier. In Aselia, you can see your Spirit's conditions as well as the enemy spirit's conditions and plan ahead on whether you'll use your blue spirit to attack or block, or your green spirit to defend or heal. to either incinerate an enemy squad with high defense/low attack. Or defend against a squad with blue spirits attacking and red spirits supporting. Even in a game like chess, which could also be classified as turn based strategy, its pretty easy to arrange your pieces in a proper way according to the enemy's position and plan. In RTS that luxury is non-existant. And can't always see what the enemy's position is like. 

The "Super Guide" that Nintendo has put in their recent games is the biggest evidence that they support games being easier. With it, pretty much anyone can beat "New" Super Mario Bros. even if they failed 1000 times. It does seem like an insult to our generation who did the Nintendo hard NES and Atari games and were forced to become good at them without many guides. Like you said. Taking a break and coming back later is a great way to beat a game. After taking a long break from a hard game, I somehow find that I was much better at the game than I was before. Maybe it has to do with having a clearer head. Psychology is everything, losing a lot causes frustration, and poorer descisions result from that frustration, but after taking a break, the frustration vanishes, and new energy comes in. It would be interesting to see the new generation of gamers try a game like Zelda II, the original Super Mario Bros, or Centipede. They will be able to master these games if they don't give up on them easily or rely on a super guide.

New game + will be useful for taking on those endgame lvl 40 dragons in the Sargios Forest area (forget the name of the forest). I fought a dragon in my current hard playthrough and it was the same lvl it was in the normal mode, so my lvl 32-35 party of Yuuto, Esperia, and Nelie was able to beat it without too much trouble. Luckily the dragons don't get stronger. Since I'll need everything I can get to take down that lvl 60 Neutral Dragon with 99,999 hp. As you said, its fun to try for that higher ranking. Its been tricky, but I've gotten mostly SS and S. The Sardbart mission sticks out to me in particular since the spirits get a big difficulty spike gaining powerful new skills, Green spirits getting better at defending, and Blue Spirits having the dreaded fury skill. It took some time until I was able to beat the mission without casualties in the normal playthrough I even had to lose a town I just captured to avoid having any of my spirits die.

True with Arika being "too kind" when a character threatens to kill/torture/rape you for no reason, there is no room for forgiveness there except to ensure that character pays for the threat they made. She wouldn't be able to say that everyone can be forgiven no matter what. Arika goes through good character development overall anyway. That may've been what saved her in the sense of being a good character.

Yup it seems I also have the habit of getting sidetracked. When new thoughts you didn't have before pop into your mind, it can't be helped but to write them! Getting sidetrackd seems to also open up new subtopics which are fun to think and write about.

May 27, 2014
wolfbankai says...

Hello there , I noticed you added me. Thanks and I added you back! 

How are you doing? Awesome taste on anime. :D

May 24, 2014
Shivichan says...

Whoa, Whoa, Whoa , your profile is full of HUMONGOUS comments, and you also type very long comments :O It requires talent to do so xD! Well, I simply love your profile! 

Everything from your bio to avatar, is simply awesome !

Keep up the good work (and long comments) , Man! xD

May 24, 2014
tsumiki says...

Yaho, seems the postmaster did an okay job this time, cut him some slack would ya? Only joking :3

Why did you change your avatar to something so depressing, I was watching Anohana the other day at school and I just randomly started bawling my eyes out and my teacher was flipping out asking it I was okay. Haha I shut my laptop so she didn't see what I was watching, but because I sit alone everyone was staring at me and no one understood anything... >:D I feel like I've gotten away with a lot for some reason haha.

I'm glad you have an anime image of the prime minister me, though am I short, please tell me I'm not short... I'm so short in real life it's kinda depressing, all the 10th graders are taller than me TT^TT Anyway moving on from that sob story... I'd probably hug all the Japanese people in this world if I got the chance and all the Japanese people were patient enough to wait in line hehe.

She called K-On stupid... who does that... poor litle Yui, I can imagine how she's react to this news :'( I may have to lock her in a room and force her to watch it!

I didn't mean to call you a dog so I'm glad you weren't offended! ^_^ Umm... I'm a litle scared now, I don't want to die, but I think you're definitely making my life better, since our interests are s similar, I'm very grateful senpai! :3 Wait a second... you're older so you'll die before me... unless you see the future and know I'm going to die in an unfortunately young age... I'm freaking myself out... :S

I'm just thinking of penguins, because the penguin from Happy Feet is called mumble, he's not a good singer, are you good singer penguin-sama? I feel like I'm being mean, first I call you a dog then a penguin, you think you're a mole, why are you heaps of animals? lucky! I don't talk super fast in reality, I talk sort of slow because I stutter a tiny bit, so no your count down didn't work, haha you're so funny :')

You sort of sound like the mad hatter from Alice in Wonderland, since we're talking about tea this is sort of relivant (I can't spell that word, relevant? relevent? relivent? shh... you know what I mean) if someone who shouldn't be reading this reads this... I'm mad at you (not you, the person who shouldn't be reading this) ^_^

*holds sticks in the air* I am not too nice! I could be a demon if I want... *cries and drops the sticks* I can't throw them at you, no way YOU'RE too nice!

Fine! You don't have to fight to the death :I Well I wouldn't be offended by a slug callin me cute, because pretty much everyone says I'm cute, so I'd probably follow him to slug land to try and steal all of their cake (and once I find they they dont have cake I will try to escape!... if this was a metaphor for pedophiles and stalker then i am a goner, they'd probably just have to offer me cake... I'm such a dummy sometimes >_< )

Well one day when you read something that someone said to you that sounds cute you will realise it is accidental, a talent that one cannot control. 

I tried to give her the chocolate... but well... okay I lied! I told her about you knowing about the whales but I only had one chocolate left so I ate it and she will never know but I feel sort of guilty... TT^TT

Oh. My. God. That's horrible! 

Okay I feel really dumb because you said the kid blew his head of but the first thought that popped into my head was "Is he okay?".......... I'm such a dummy sometimes!

PE teachers are always freaking messed up. All of my PE teachers are really short and there's this one guy, he's about 40 and he wears really short shorts and always bends and shows us how to stretch, one time he even sent one of the female teachers into our changerooms to say we weren't allowed to change in the shower stalls, then all the boys would kick the door open at random times to catch glimpses of girls changing. >:I No way was I doing PE! Idiots! 

Oh my god.... if some teacher yelled at me to do that... I don't know I think I'd be super scared, teachers freak me out, I know they legally can't hit you but that doesn't mean they won't ever do it... I'm super suspicious of people! :/

Wow the mood just changed really easily. There's another animal you are, so far you're a monkey, penguin, dog, mole, ehh... I think that's all, but you're lucky! Animals are really cool :D Especially penguins! ^_^ 

I've been here about an hour.... I'm only halfway.

*mahou shojo dance* HALFWAY HALFWAY *neko ears twitch* 

You're making propaganda by pretending Hitler is a good guy.... wolf cosplay or not, he's still a cake theif, I will never forgive cake theives... wait... did you say he'd buy even more cake.... *bows* gomenasai Hitler-kun, lets be friends from now on! (People are going to think I am a Nazi... ~short notice for the people who shouldn't be reading this, I am not a Nazi and I am not friends with Hitler (*whispers to Hitler* yes I am) no.. no I'm not, I swear (I am) NOT!~ 

Housaka... he freaked me out so badly, like... gaaah, he was such a creeper, but I love how he thought that Haruka's sisters were her children and that they were really young, his imagination was pretty funny! I loved the pen trick too, how Kana wanted to see who she would marry and Fujioka accidentally ran to the floor above theirs, that was so good. But overall my favourite was when they thought Kana was running away, that actually made me cry! haha such a great show, if I was famous I'd tell everyone to watch that!

I will fix them by banning all family events! That seems evil but I really believe that once you've moved out of home you want hardly anything to do with your family, and when you don't live near family members that then makes you not family.... okay I can't be bothered explaining my genius logic on this one because I'm uber tired.... it's only 10pm though?! -____- my pet whale, Kujira-chan is not at all impressed with my tiredness! :I

That's crazy! 21.34% and 85.675% are practically the same number! xD Ne ne, what's a pear drop? 

*google teaches me*

I didn't learn much because I just looked at the picture so I still don't know what you smell like.... wrong choice of words but I'm going to leave it like this so you can laugh at me! :P

Hey! Don't make me laugh about your Santa laugh while I'm angry because you're trying to a) steal Hitler's trick and b) steal my genius certificate!

.... I could voice act as a boy... if he was a kid and he had a high pitched voice, maybe a kid going through puberty would be best for my voice hahaha only joking, I wouldn't be a good voice actor *cries*

Yeah I thought the shop had dinosaurs in it, coz of the 'taur' part at the end of the name, my friend was laughing at me for a while when I told her that -___-

Whoa... what? Why are you obsessed with moo-ing... you're not a cow too are you? So many animals. *thinking really hard* what is he talking about. What does it do? What does it dooooo?! :o It actually sort of sounds cool in a way ahaha!

I don't really remember what this is about. But we're gonna be famous! *mahou shojo transformation* Kyaa~ Everyone must obey my commands!

hehehe I think her brother acted coldly because he felt it was too weird, especially when she put heaps of pictures of herself in his room xD It was sort of awkward when the dad walked into her room and she was asleep and there was that game on the TV and her massager thing on the ground next to her... O///O how embarrassing!!

:'( You're mean, I really want cheesecake even more, maybe I should just make one... heh heh that would be pretty entertaining, if only I had the patience for that kind of thing. (I actually am pretty skilled at cooking I'm just lazy xD) 

Can I ask you something, I'm not being weird, but uh... what's your name? Obviously you don't have to tell me, and you can make one up if you like, but I'm just sort of curious. Otherwise I can just keep calling you Penguin-sama :3 

*watching Kana and Fujioka amv's*

I think I can hear moo-ing... is that you? :p

Don't apologise, I'm still pretty young, you'll be dead before me.

I think I said that too bluntly, just re-read that but in a sad voice because that's how it was intended... I swear!

May 17, 2014
NeiniAurora3500 says...

The wait is worth it to get this awesome wall of text XD. Now its time for mine!

Alternate worlds overall are an interesting concept when done right. It seems like when exploring a critical choice point. For the Haruhi movie. I suppose that the reason is that she never went to Kyon's school, not having her god abilities at the time. Kozumi (if that's his name, could be wrong) didn't have a reason to transfer since he wasn't an Esper sent to keep an eye on Haruhi. There were other factors as well I imagine. 

Speaking of the Alternate Worlds concept. It reminded me of what Hanachirasu seems to be about. Apparantly similar to Seinarukana it was announced to be in progress, though not much else has been heard from it. Apparantly Japan not being nuked in WWII is what caused the alternate universe from what I've read. Since its from Nitroplus. I expect it to be pretty well written. Hopefully JASTUSA will post more news about upcoming VNs soon. Its always exciting when news is posted from them.

I am enjoying Steins;Gate from what I've read so far. What makes this VN interesting is how it has a "tips" page, which functions as a glossary of various science, otaku, and chunibyou terms. (I didn't even know what chunibyou meant until I read this VN which leads into another discussion about a particular anime which I'll talk about in another paragraph). It helps to make the game easier to understand. And its interesting how many real world references there are. It feels like a real life situation with a group discovering how to send up to 36 byte text messages to the past. It is interesting seeing the effects of time travel, though time travel is a difficult concept for me to understand, this game gives a theory that is easier to swallow than the traditional "time is a river" theory.

It is cool when an anime adapted from a VN takes most of its music as well, though it will normally be remixed, and sometimes the original or remix will sound slightly better. Though the intensity of the moment is always felt more in the original VN scene. It also feels strange to see a VN you've read be adapted to an anime. Its like it has a foreign feel even though its based on the same source.

I forget if I said this before or not, though its cool how most VNs will provide a soundtrack library in game so you can listen to the game's music at your leisure. Its disappointing when a game has great soundtrack yet doesn't have a way to listen to its soundtrack outside of the game. Sure you can pause the game at the area in most cases, though it isn't always possible to get to a specific area easily, and quickly.

Online games seem to be one of those things that are damaging the modern video game industry. Being online forces you to be at the mercy of the people managing the servers, and when they go down, you can't access your game. Or if your own internet goes down there's nothing that can be done to play. For multiplayer games it is nessacary since the internet is needed to allow several different computers to connect. But it becomes a huge hinderence when you just want to play single player.(which is pretty much the only type of game I'll play nowadays with a few exceptions). And as you said when the developers focus more on the multiplayer, they don't focus on the single player elements and story, characters by extension. Of course there are some series that have become all about the multiplayer, have a 2 hour campaign and are still $50-$60 (Not sure what games are priced like in other currencies, I've heard from Australia they're even more expensive than $60)

Elder Scrolls online indeed sounds lame. I'm guessing it is using the free-2-play model that many other mmos use. Even if you wanted to explore the whole game continent you'd be forced to interact with other players, and if you're just interested in playing single player, that's not an option. While the individual games can be very addictive, it feels strange that every side quest organization (like with the Thieves Guild/Mage's Guild) ends up with you becoming the leader of said organization. Its felt strange since I suppose I'm used to being a follower. Though I read about how the Dark Brotherhood ends up in Oblivion and it feels the same as in Skyrim. Its like they copy and pasted the story for that group to the next game.

Aside from rpgs and VNs I use Steam and GOG to get games for the  PC, from how I've used them they both have good strengths and weaknesses. Steam has many great indie games, and rpgs overall a good library for any type of game, though because of the DRM requires you to be online to use its features, it has an "offline mode" though it doesn't seem to be useable, and a few games use cloud storage which makes those games impossible to play while offline.

And GOG has a good library of retro old school games, but not as much in terms of "Anime Games" Through its anti-DRM policy allows you to play the games you get there offline, and backuped. They also give you bonuses for free with the game such as its artwork and soundtrack. It seems like there are an equal amount of good and bad reasons for using both.

In Seinarukana it looks amazing from the videos I've seen of it and what you've said. It looks like they save your characters' skills in a vault, and you pick 3 of those as the active skills for the character's category. Its better than how you had to delete a weak skill to replace with a stronger one. You can edit your character's moves outside of battle more easily. It also looks like you can change squads 3 and 4 to be All Rounder squads which will be useful early game when you likely don't have many party members. And not have to have Eternals to use them. It also appears they've increased the digit limit so a character's hp could go up to 999,999 which will help make the enemies in Super Hard Mode much stronger. It seems like these changes will allow room to develop cooler and more complex strategies which is always fun. If I somehow manage to find legitimate information on when the game will be released I'll let you know. Even though I'm not a fan of the social network sites like Twitter, I might check JAST's twitter page from time to time.

Gadget Trial sounds interesting from the gameplay perspective. Even though I like having great story in games like in most RPGs I would still play it. Some of the classics like the Atari games, and Pac-Man I'll play just for the awesome gameplay. A strategy game similar to Aselia is worth it :) It sounds like it brings out that feeling of a military commander, it sort of reminds me of the Civilization games which I enjoy from time to time.

True the magic system is something I don't see very often. I always enjoy elemental magic using either the basic fire/water/wind/earth. Or Ice/Fire/Lightning/ Or something that adds Light and Darkness on top of it. Though I've never seen a blue/red/green/black system that represents water, ice/fire/earth, lighting/moon, darkness. It is pretty facinating. It doesn't nessacarly go into an elemental rock/paper/scissors like a game like pokemon does. Though it gives them specialties in the types of roles they perform. It also seems to have a mild effect on their personalities. Like with Aselia being quiet, and somewhat aloof in the beginning. The Green spirits like Esperia and Halion seem to be pretty nurturing and protective of their friends (suiting their defender and supporter specialities). Orpha is awesome. Its funny how she calls Yuuto Papa. And its admirable how she cares about her fellow spirits. She's really useful in hard mode now that she has more spells.

Challenging games certainly are more memorable than the easy ones. I don't remember many of the easy games I've played. The best experiences I've gotten from the harder games. I suppose the consequences of video games appealing to a wider audience is that it has to be easier so everyone can beat them, otherwise most people wouldn't even beat them. Though when playing on an easy mode it cheapens the experience. It feels like "I didn't really beat the game or defeat those enemies, they're weaker than they're supposed to be. I didn't fight that boss at its true strength." I wonder if because of these thoughts pretend easy mode doesn't exist and start at normal mode in all games then moving up to higher difficulties afterwords :D.

I love it when games use new game+ since you keep your current strength you don't feel weakened at all, yet can continue playing the game and story from the beginning sometimes with even harder challenges. Aselia handles this mechanic better than any other rpg I've seen before. It makes it feel like your character levels have meaning, since 30 is high leveled for normal mode and low leveled for hard mode. Bosses around level 25- 30 haven't felt very powerful until playing this game. The default difficulty being on normal mode feels very good, since the higher difficulties and challenges are unlocked on new game+. Its also fun to be able to see the things you've missed in the 1st playthrough. I didn't get Muller Sephis (I think that's the best trainer's name) until the 2nd playthrough. And I know how get her for the following playthroughs.

As for Mai Hime/Otome. It makes sense to me that both series take place in completely different universes. Since it isn't a simple matter of the characters from Mai Hime coming into a new universe in a different situation. The Otome counterparts were complete opposites in several cases such as Mashiro and Midori (I think her name was). Though I've heard from some places that Otome is in the same universe as Hime, with Mai in Otome being the one from Hime. I don't think any sense of rationality can explain the reasoning of how the characters from the Hime-verse even if their memories were erased had their personalties altered. If I remember from Hime, the Hime star was supposed to grant any wish if I remember? Though it was destroyed in the final battle with Mai and Mikoto. In the end it seems easier on the mind and enjoyment factor of the series to think of the Hime and Otome-verses as completely different and stand alone.

Arika is an interesting protagonist. It seems like she's the type that grows on you which she did. I think that by spending time with her it allowed the viewer to see how Arika is a good character past her initial annoying phase. Another great thing about the ending that despite Arika being the true princess, she hasn't had the proper training that is nessacary to rule a country and is better staying at the side of the ruler. While Mashiro wasn't the true princess and intially didn't care as much about the citizens grew to care more after being kicked out of her home and seeing what the citizens had to go through. This allowed her to be a better ruler. And lead the show to a satsfying ending.

Hopefully this flood of text will provide hours of entertainment XD. Just kidding.

May 6, 2014