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NeiniAurora3500

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Hey there. I'm Aurora. I've been into anime for about 8 years. My 1st anime was pokemon but my "starter" anime I consider to be Naruto as that has gotten me into all animes. and yea. Some may consider me quiet. But I can still talk with anyone as long as they're nice and respectful.

Aselia

Steam Account: Aurora3500 

If you want to know more about me feel free to ask. I'll probally want to know more about you in exchange. I'll tell you simple things, but I will never say anything too personal like my "real name" even if you tell me yours so do not ask please.

Typically I don't have a particular favorite genre. Generally they involve an element of fantasy and psychological part. As long as the anime can hold my interest and allow me to connect with at least 1 of the main characters, I can watch almost any anime.

Here are some of my top favorite animes of all time. Keep in mind I love many animes and the ones I mention here are only around 5% of all the anime I love lol. Its just impossible to mention all of them in this profile description. It would also get boring for you to read possibly.

1. Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni- I basically watched this anime right after Elfen Lied since I've heard people compare this to Elfen Lied. It starts out innocent and cute and quickly gets creepy and brutal. You wouldn't believe this to be a horror anime from watching the 1st 2 episodes! This show also has a lot of characters I like which is important. Beyond the betrayal and paranoia present in this show, it holds great themes such as friendship and overcoming fate. And presents a mystery. It is mostly a debate between whether Oyashiro-sama's curse is actually a curse or caused by humans who want us to think it's Oyashiro-sama's curse. A similar theme is present in the sister series Umineko which is also just as good as Higurashi.

Higurashi 

Higurashi

2. Brynhildr in the Darkness- Seeing as this was done by the creator of Elfen Lied, I had to see this. It is a sister of Elfen Lied with the same relationship as with Higurashi and Umineko. However the characters really stick out at you strongly, even more so than Elfen Lied. And they make you want to see them survive and life the "normal" life they couldn't live before. The Protagonist Ryouta is great. He has an ability called Photographic Memory which I refer to as Perfect Memory and has been haunted because he believes he caused his childhood friend's death. And he is unable to forget it and has avoided further relationships. This changes when a character who looks similar to his childhood friend appears, and it turns out she is a fugitive from an organization because she is a Witch with special powers. More of these witches eventually come in and Ryouta wants to help them survive against this organization and find out if aliens exist. It is painful to see the characters go through pain and near death experiences and you will want to see them survive regardless of the odds of certain torture and death.

Brynhildr

3. 11 Eyes- Got to say I really enjoyed this anime. It was one of those rare ones where there wasn't a single main/secondary character I disliked. Allow me to rant about its good points. Characters are taken to an parallel dimension (which is always a fun thing) and they fight Larves and a group called the Black Knights. They don't know why they are fighting. There is also a girl imprisioned in a crystal named Lisette. Without spoiling too much I will say she is my main favorite character from this show and one of my most favored characters of all time in anime on the par with Lucy (Elfen Lied), Light Yagami, and Shion Sonozaki. You will find out why if you've seen/ plan to watch this show. Also with Yuka in this show I love her too! She recieves a lot of dislike but she is still a great character. I can understand her actions at many points. (I also have a thing for Yandere action (Gasai Yuno!)) Another thing is is brilliant music. Lots of organ epicness which make this show 100x better than it already is. 

11 eyes 

4. Psycho Pass- This anime is true art. It is a sci-fi that takes place in a 1984 similar type of world. A person's potential to commit crime can be quantified and visualized. Even just thinking about a crime is enough to get you branded a latent criminal for the rest of your life. This is Japan ruled by the Sibyl System. The protagonist Akane Tsunemori is a new inspector who's job it is to track down criminals. With her are enforcers, who are latent criminals themselves, and track down other criminals while being watched by the inspectors. Their guns are sentient, they will only work if a target's crime coefficient is high enough. Opposing the Sibyl System is antagonist Shogo Makishima who seeks to bring people's free wills back. This is sort of a law vs chaos type of anime written by Gen Urobuchi (same person who wrote Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, another great anime). The next generation Death Note. And has you decide which is the better of the 2 trying to make the world better. It is perfection, or as close to perfection as one can get.

Psycho Pass

5. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica- Watching this show 2 times I've almost forgotten how awesome this show is. This is not your typical Sailor Moon Magical Superhero show. It is more like Higurashi combined with Claymore dealing with Magical girls. Similar to Higurashi in how it starts out somehow innocent but by episode 3 it takes a turn for the very dark horror that's familiar with shows like Higurashi and Shadow Star. It takes the concept of Magical Girl and twists it into a very horrifying story. It's perfecto! It goes without saying Homura is my favorite character from here (won't say why thou) Without spoiling too much (if I can help it) If you've seen Claymore you know how the female warriors who fight Yoma(demons) turn into Yoma themselves someday? Something similar happens here. Thou I may've said too much. Either way you have to watch it if you haven't seen it already. Aurora Commands you to!!

Madoka 

Some others worth mentioning are:

Naruto- Not the 1st anime I watched but it was the anime that got me into anime

Angel Beats- This anime was awesome for being unique and set in a world after death where people can imagine and summon weapons and fight without worrying about death. The character of Tenshi is also facinating, you'll love her if you watch the show.

Inuyasha- A very good anime. It has about something for everyone. 2 Tsunderes who have a relationship that builds throughout the show. And the protagonists and the other groups of anti-heroes are bound by the hatred of a common enemy. Naraku, a hanyo just like Inuyasha. It is the best 100+ ep anime out there with minimal filler. 

Death Note- 3rd anime I think. It showed me there was more to anime than just the typical Shounen plot/fights. There's the awesome Mental/psychological battles. A key thing is that I personally agree with Light's ideals he worked hard to make the world a better place. That's not something that can be considered "evil" as some think of him. Clearly because of this I hated the ending and hated the 2nd season as a whole. The show didn't feel the same after the 1st season.

Mirai Nikki A survival game with the main tool being a Diary (cell phone/scroll) that can see into the future. It is similar to Fate/SN and The Hunger Games with the survival game aspect. Thou what really makes it interesting are the characters of Yuno Gasai and Minene Uryu. They bring awesome qualities to the show and are fun characters to watch.

Code Geass- Like Death Note but a little more physical action lol. Can't help but wonder if I got my insane obsession with eyes and psychology from this anime? O_O

D. Gray Man- I have respect for this anime even though its shounen it shows deeper meaning and emotions than typical Shounen animes. Allen Walker is fun to watch. Also has a pretty kick ass villian. Who has an interesting personality.

3x3 Eyes- Normally this anime would be on my top 5. Even above Elfen Lied if I see the whole series. Thou the manga series I found out is about 40 volumes long and the anime ova only covers an 1/8th of that. While the Elfen Lied Anime at least covered 1/2th of the manga. It is a very interesting series from what I've seen so far and thought I should mention it. I even heard it inspired part of Elfen Lied which would automatically ensure a place on my top 5.

Jigoku Shoujo- Similar to Death Note dealing in a dark atmopshere. Every episode seeing Enma Ai-san take requests to send people to hell is interesting, especially since 90% of the time the recipiants of the curse are total bastards which makes it even more satisfying. It also has a very great Soundtrack.

Some anime characters I really love:

Lucy

Lucy-Sama

Shion 

Shion-Sama

Light 

Light-Sama 

Liselotte 

Lieselotte-Sama 

I'm afraid I have to put up a collection of Yuki-Onna pictures They're my favorite type of Youkai so you know. I must!

 Yuki Onna

There are manyy other characters I love as well. These are the main ones which have sparked special moments in their animes And hold a special place of respect for Aurora.

I also read visual novels, I don't have a very big collection right now, but I forsee my collection growing in the future. My favorites for now include:

Yumina the Ethereal- This is the main 1st visual novel I've bought. It has a fantastic and unique story with memorable characters, it also has some rpg elements that make it even more interesting. There isn't really a genre you can classify this story in as it seems to be one of those that have a little of everything.

Saya No Uta/Song of Saya- Being a fan of Madoka Magica, Psycho-Pass, and Fate/Zero, it follows that a visual novel I would have to have would come from the writer of the series mentioned above. Gen Urobuchi! It was a great story of course and similar to Umineko, it really messed with my head planting questions such as "what is reality". While it is difficult to make sense of these questions, they are interesting to think about.

Video Games are another hobby of mine. I can't count how many I've played though the series that have stood out most to me throughout my life include:

Metroid Series- Pretty much my 1st official video game series I really started playing it deserves a mention. I've played video games before with my friends but from 1st owning a Gameboy Advance I've been hooked to the Metroid series for forever basically. I love pretty much all the games before Other M. With Metroid Prime 2: Echoes being my favorite. Super Metroid/Metroid Prime also coming close. I would consider Metroid to be the best creation of Nintendo for having incredible gameplay (in both 3rd& 1st person) interesting aliens, along with a great overall story that slowly pans out. 3 great things that make for a great game.

Shin Megami Tensei series- by chance I discovered this game at a local gamestore, for only $20 this proved to be one of the best game purchases I ever made. I played SMT: Devil Survivor seeing as RPGs are awesome this one was a classic awesome rpg. I think it to be better than pokemon or any other rpg I've played before. To call it my favorite RPG would be an understatement. You get to control and fight demons YES!! DEMONS!! and choose different routes. The ending and enemies change depending on which path you take which is normally either a Law (totalitarian) or Chaos (Anarchy) path. 2 extremes. There is Neutral as well, but being in the middle of things may not suit me as much. My type of game. Thanks to a facination with demons and rpgs. I've gotten other games in the series such as Strange Journey and Devil Survivor 2. Plan to get more in the future. All the games in this series I've played so far have proven to be quite difficult of course being very fun as well. had the 3 games for several months and I've only beaten Devil Survivor so far. Close to beating Strange Journey but wow its difficult. On the final boss now but can't beat it due to being severely underleveled and not having good enough moves to counter the 1 hit kos the boss throws at you.

Shin Megami Tensei Logo 

Haruhi Bye

Well then cya for now.

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animeiscool says...

I don't think any of them have that, at least none of the ones that I've played. There is a "break" element in some of them, but it doesn't have anything to do with overkilling enemies for greater rewards.

Mar 25, 2014
Madoka says...

Well im a huge fan of mystery and detective combo (which can commonly create them psychological traps), i agree on they just have a certain thrill factor that is hard to find anywhere else. I also like the combo of genre can make it great, normally i won’t say i hate series built around real life but alike with games, the fiction is usually more fun but i think with a mystery series any works great, Death note uses a more fantasy aspect due to the killing method (or supernatural, which ever you prefer) but i also do quite like ones which reflect around real killings or whatever as well, so extra bonus points there for the genre.

For Higurashi, i heard a few things but i don't think anything was ever true or false, just rumours (for now). It's a tricky series because it has essentially finished in that it's main plot was resolved, but they made OVA(s) of spin off stories and sure enough they did well. It's known there might still be people working on it now though, the last OVA i mentioned a month or two back was only released a year ago which says people are still working on it... so chances for another season are pretty tough to predict. Points of likeliness would be deducted due to the main story being finished but it will gain points in it's clearly got people still working with it so it's hard to predict. But i wouldn't mind seeing what they come up with, they sure know how to make the series entertaining that's for sure.

Yeah i don't mind either way what the third Nanoha movie turns out as. If it's Vivio focused it will all be pretty new stuff which is neat for the viewer but if it's strikers focused we will get the retelling we all looked forward to as well (Nanoha is probably the only series i love retellings for, many series have them but they are like Madoka's retelling movies, just the series condensed, Nanoha keeps the plot and events but changes it enough to make it feel new and fresh). So im good with either, my only concern with the Vivio one is, as you said it will mainly focus to her, i have no issue there but i hope to see enough Nanoha and Fate xD

Yeah i think Kamisama was a laid back style, the mysteries was still there and serious (Prostitute to find friend, the gang things and the end arc (i loved that one)), but the style felt it was a little more chilled out and enjoy it type thing as well. I liked Alice, she was like a more down to earth L, she wasn't a know it all on the spot but she knew her stuff when she was serious but that's what i liked about her, she wasn't always serious, a bit of a joke and laugh is nice to see, it's kind of one reason i like her when put up to L, L was great don't get me wrong but his "locked up" personality which made him so great is what alice fixed (that's only as good as we make it).

Gosick was my favourite of Kamisama and it's self, as said it's stronger and more serious (in a way), and i agree they are alike but i did also love the relationship development between Kujou and Victorique. I also loved that backstory, it wasn't just like Kamisama which is solve the mystery as it appears type thing, she was a mystery herself the whole time (in the tower) and we always got small parts added to that which made it great(er).

I agree there, Deathnote, Kamisama and Gosick were all detective mystery type series but they all have their own selling point. I guess setting could be a key here though, Deathnote was watch the eye of the "villain" evade and stealth, Gosick was more old WW1/WW2 era with restrictions of catching the fore but more unveil the "true" story, and Kamisama was a more balanced modern mystery series. All had their own fun factors for me. I liked them for that it's self though, Light was fun as not many series follow the "Villain" or "target" and how they keep themselves hidden, so essentially seeing him cover his tracks was awesome but seeing how L caught him was also great, the only down side was the second half, regardless if you like/hate the second part after L is gone, it's undeniable the new characters kind of sucked. And yes side characters didn't appeal to much in deathnote, the sale was Light and L. I liked Kamisama because it felt a little modern, i don't mind setting, in fact i love older era's but the focus of modern crimes which happen daily around us was quite fun and interesting, i also liked the NEET sales point, it was weird at first but kind of fun later, Also being a little more slow paced and such was nice as i do like series like that. Gosick for me was great by setting, the side plot was epic (or main plot) and the crimes themselves was real fun, it's one i commonly stepped myself up to join in figuring out what was what. They all are quite different yet quite alike.

I guess it's both which matter, Plot is the true selling point of most series (except slice of life and comedy), so drama, mystery, detective are a huge thing which depend on plot, imagine deathnote with no plot, he just killed random people for fun never being caught or chased, would get old without the plot. but there isn't much point in a great story if you hate every character, without good characters we will probably drop it, so characters are everything but at the same time, without the plot they are pointless. So i say both, characters to keep us happy and plot to keep us interested, i suppose that could be me being indecisive but... oh well xD

Yeah Aselia was actually one game i enjoyed picking up. With is being JAST of course they don't have a local shop/site over in this country but i ordered it when i was importing some anime anyway from US and i think it cost around $29 back then (which was a few years ago now) which was pretty nifty as that's about £17 local currency (at a guess) which is almost half what most other games cost, great deal :D I have heard of Yumina the Ethereal but not yet played it, i caught eye of it a few months ago, asked a friend of it and he said it's quite good but i never got around to buying it yet so not so sure how it is (i been playing the Hyperdimension Neptune series, amazing series if you like turn based RPG). The main reason i love visual novels or RPG or visual novel RPG is the play time value, as you said, some games now days are real expensive and only offer 10hours or less play time whilst visual novels and/or RPG usually have high play time and are cheaper! Aselia, loads of routes to play, all change the story a lot, you can make the game harder for a challenge and well it has lots of play time/replay value, a true example of a good buy. I sometimes feel modern game designers get lazy, make short games for full price whilst some older classics like Aselia have lots of play time and are real fun for better prices.

Glad you enjoy the strategy side to the game, honestly speaking i loved that so much! It felt different to most other strategy games, splitting into squads and heading out to conquer different areas for the mana, arranging them to keep the main people alive ect, i like strategy games and this for sure was a big yes for me, i have actually been looking for one alike it but that isn't so easy. Trust me though, harder modes the game gets hard. I can't remember what the hardest one is called but it's pretty much impossible, no really i even went on the net and people said it is real hard, doable non the less. Yes harder modes will have more enemies, usually of higher levels (this applies to dragons and bosses) and they use more strategy, they will eventually get to the point of tricking you, they will try baiting you into traps with them so it can be quite fun. Actually i really enjoyed Lesteena's (she is the queen... princess one right? i think im remembering correctly), if she is who i think she is i was a bit concerned about doing her route as well, just didn't expect much but i quite liked it, a actually quite nice romance story, at least for me, i can't remember her ending perfectly, i have a idea how it went but i wont spoil it for you but i think it wasn't too bad. I know the events what happened i just can't remember if it ended on a positive end or a bad one but i think i have a idea (i wont say :D) but yeah i think i was surprised by her route.

Well the Sibyl system could be great when compared to modern days, i mean it could find criminals before they commit crimes just by reading their mental state, now that is pretty awesome if you ask me. It's way of using the rather sadistic minds of criminals might seem wrong to some but i thought it was good, puts them to use, besides gets them "of the street". Non bias judgment was good as well, in reality people can be swayed by anything, even the smallest bias or wrong step can send a innocent man down whilst letting a quality run free, i think this was best on the mental state, theory shows the system could find the criminal just by looking at them.

The enforcers to me was great, when it described it all on the first episode i thought they would be "dogs" as described and act no better but far from it, the relationship between them was quite nice to watch, basically it was a room of humans, how life should be.

My only issue with the system at large is the mental state barrier needs tweaking, like the cops have to be cautious of their mental state always, kind of lame it hits a bar and that is it. My sister for example is a nurse, she gets stressed out a lot, so if she was in the police she would have lost her job by now... Also i found it with people, one wrong move and people could trigger alarms, i think the barrier should allow momentary stress, so long it isn't prolonged, We all here bad news or life changing stuff we don't want to and can't surely get past it over a 5second span so maybe it could be altered. Of course this it's self as a suggestion has issues though, some people become "crazy" because these "news" which change stuff so i guess my own thoughts would need rethinking.

Not sure what to make on one thing with the system though, it gives you a job by grade and mental state ect. This is cool in some ways and not so much in others. The positives, it shows people the "right" path in life and pretty much gives them their job as they go somewhere for a job, if the system says it's a job suited for them well... not much room to question. The down side here was, it removed aspirations, people wouldn't aim high if it wasn't in their reach because the system said so, also if you dreamed of a certain career, if the system doesn't approve your life probably wont see that career, i don't think you had to follow the system for sure but still... It's a good and bad thing i guess, to some it's great whilst others could question it.

Yeah i try to keep my posts in paragraphs so it's more easier to read. I love reading/writing long posts but nothing it more unappealing that a wall without pause so i do the same, new topic = new paragraph. I actually think this is one of my longer messages i wrote but as long as you don't mind :D i always get carried away writing on some topics and ramble on a little hehe.

Mar 19, 2014
Madoka says...

Hehehe nice, spring break! The best times are the breaks, games + anime + well whatever, i won’t deny i have a relaxed mode which loves to kick in when you have a week or so free :D RPG mode on!!

Yes!! You noticed the Psychological trap as well (nice name for it by the way :D). I have spent quite some hours wondering around these before, as you said it happens a lot but it's obvious what they are trying to do, in this case i knows Kira hates to loose, but that obvious part makes them think they will expect it to be a trap and respond oppositely and thus brings up a line of ongoing tricks, i have spent quite some time wondering what the best idea around this is. I mean to loose could be to obvious but to win could be walking into their palms as well, there is only two choices of outcome yet they both feel rigged on some way so you loose both ways. I could be overlooking it, i have a tendency to put myself in the targets shoes (i guess it varies by the person but i like being able to think through the eyes of the "target" over the "hunter" as it's a bit more risky and strategic), i think either way the situation is a hard one to work around, though this could just be because my habit of seeing everything through someone’s eyes gets in my way.

Yeah you should enjoy Phantom, i watched it right after finishing Noir actually so it was pretty neat timing to compare the two. I think it's for sure a matter of if you like Noir you should love Phantom as well, or i hope anyway, i think most do anyway, i quite surprised to see it not higher on the rec list for Noir but they are quite a like, i guess it's because their story differs.

With Nanoha i think it might have been wise to leave her and Fate and maybe Hayate as S rank or S+ whereas no others could achieve higher than A. I don't mean to say over power Nanoha or the others but it just lets people see an actual gap in ability (not just power, strength alone can't win a war as they say) instead everyone is S rank like it's some normal thing. Yeah i liked Caro, i admit her dragon really doesn't fit in to the series style but i still liked it even if it was a bit misplaced. I would of loved to see some more plot focus on her and her summons, it could of been real fun, very unique anyway, i loved seeing the dragon cause total damage xD Maybe i am letting the gamer of me take over a little there though, i just like dragons and summoning xD

Yeah the rumour started out as the 3rd movie was for StrikerS, then it slipped out about a Vivio focus, i can't remember but it's possible both was confirmed, i was sure something was said for StrikerS. Actually i saw a image on the JP nanoha page thing, Vivio focus so something there is likely, sadly i couldn't read it, i can read some JP but it was too advanced. I would love both, i admit i would rather StrikerS the most getting a movie but a Vivio arc could be fun as well.

You might have seen it but have you watched "Kamisama no memo-chou"? (English title- Heavens memo pad), that's a real good detective like series. I only finished it two or 3 days ago but i really enjoyed it, it's not so much like Death note but it still is quite fun, it's like a semi-serious series with some decent detective work (especially the last arc), it's generally very serious with cases all very possible to happen in the real world, the only part which wasn't was one episode about baseball which kind of was just a more casual thing but it's well worth a try if you like detectives (a lot like Gosick if you have seen that). Yeah i recently have been into these detective stuff, I love a series with like you said, not always supernatural or special power, just a human who goes to prison when caught but where there is a lot of hiding around it. I know there are a lot of detective series out there but i like the sort with a constant story or two or really interesting cases if split up (like Gosick) where lots of effort was put into either the criminals crime or into finding them, sometimes not knowing the criminal is quite fun for the viewer, its fun to join in mentally and figure out stuff... though that could just be me xD

Yes i played Aselia! Beaten every character route (takes some time to do the girl who is your friend from your world... sorry i can't remember names to well outside the main spirits), anyway i loved the game, it has some fun strategy to it and i quite liked how the military side was done, it's old school turn based RPG (i love these) with some fun way of playing, i loved the Mana or whatever it was you earned, how you used it for upgrades and such).Yeah i probably played the game through like 9 or 10 times (no joke), it was real fun, i admit i loved the main spirits you lived with though, the level headed slightly romantic and kind of cute green spirit, silent Aselia (adorable) or the hyper red spirit (sorry i forgot the names xD) but yeah truly great game. I hope you enjoy it as much as i did. And yes i did have her as my icon once, well for some time, i always loved the CG, though it looked amazing and very well done, couldn't resist. Also had the one with the Red spirit on her rabbit... i wont say what i mean as you would have had to have done her route but man i loved that scene (not sure why but i found it quite sad and upsetting). Anyway im trying to keep this spoiler free xD

Oh by the way, i watched Psycho pass. It might sound odd but i generally liked the idea of the Sibyl system, i know the truth about it made some questionable parts but say before we learn what it is, when it was a system which judged people and that was all. I know things might still have you wondering if im mad but i think it had some good sides to it. The dominators for one, a criminal beyond certain levels based on crimes and such could be ended like that. Granted the system has issues, like it bases a lot on mental state, true people generally lived around it eventually but i think people should be able to be stressed now and then. Of course it choosing the most suited career path for people was another questionable part. But as far as criminals being judged go i thought it was interesting, what a to rid the streets of crime, just aim a gun and it tells the truth in 9 out of 10 cases for you ^__^. As said i do see some downsides, it's method of judging i feel was quite harsh at times, it relied a little to heavy on mental state of people which is a double edged sword, works in that it finds criminals easier but falls back on it passes judgement to easy. Anyway as a whole i still thought it was a interesting concept, when you said how a computer judges people i thought to side with normal humans doing it instantly but i think it has some redeeming sides. Some work is sure needed but i still think it was neat, some bad sides i know but still...

Yeah AP partnered Crunchyroll which is quite neat, lets people watch/stream videos from here directly and yes auto updates you watch list for you, pretty cool feature. They have actually been getting together with a few streaming companies to create a massive streaming database. I think it's cool, some series which can be hard to find on the net or never have good quality now can be found easy and for them who don't know where to watch new episodes as they come out, well now they have a answer, pretty nice feature in my opinion.

Anyway sorry this message was real long, I got caught up in talking about a lot of stuff, I enjoy the detective conversations and your about the only person I spoke to who shares my views on it so I get caught up in talking. So yeah sorry for the long reply.

Mar 12, 2014
Madoka says...

Sorry for the late reply, have been a little busy last week.

Yes i actually like the whole "no suspicion is suspicious", in reality everyone is suspicious, if a murder happened near you, you are indirectly a suspect, could be simply because you know the person or in L's case, he noticed Light was... too plain and normal, he narrowed it down and not a single thing was off, i imagine the other suspect acted suspicious at times so he noticed light more. Kind of backwards play. i found it curious when he went to meet light at college, weird how he got such a view of him from a game of tenis alone. I can see where he was coming from but man that must have been nerve racking to be in lights place.

I found Noire to be average, i found it decent though around the end i did grow to like it a lot, have you seen Phantom? it's similar to noir in that it is based on Assasins and their is a lot of simularity between the two, I loved Phantom and think it was a great story, it's based on a person who didn't want to be a assasin, basically he was a torist taken captive and forced into it, i think it was some blackmail or something, i can't remember perfectly as it's mainly around the first two episodes the "why" is covered and it's been some times sinse i have seen it but if you haven't watched it yet it's a great watch.

With the whole "destiny" thing, i just find it repetitive and cliche, im not saying there aren't some good stories out there which use the path but essentially im like you where it's more fun otherwise. I mean some can be interesting, taking Nanoha, she wasn't choosen or anything, just wrong place at the wrong time i guess but she still possesed a power pretty much unknown to earth, however later (in strikers) this was a power earth shared and used, not as Nanoha and Fate alone but they had a whole base of people and developed weapons so it sort of crosses several boundaries.

though i liked the limiters in Nanoha i did have one issue, they semt to have them on... always, like earth is about to be blown to bits and they have to go through procudure to remove limiters, that and i found students became strong fast, like Suburu and Tia, they became as strong as Nanoha within no time even though she is a top mage with a S rank, S rank didn't seem to mean much, it's like Nanoha was always stronger without limiters but not by far (Limiters basically make the teacher student gap non existent) - now this isn't all bad, in school it was annoying knowing the teacher can look down on you because they know more but this way can be fun, it's just more i felt students became strong to fast, this could just be me though as i disliked Suburu xD Anyway i didn't mind the limiters don't get me wrong, i think the system should of been tweeked a bit more though. I liked when Nanoha got hurt (not because she got hurt lol) as you said, it shows no matter how strong she is, she is just human, kind of hit a Madoka moment in my mind there actually ^__^ I liked in a way the groups wasn't limited, them kids Caro and Erio (think that was their names) was in a similar class as Suburu and Tia despite the massive age gap, but the powers they all had removed age barriers and made a fun combo, i only wish there was some more time spent in Caro, she was odd as she was a summoner which was different in how she operated, i think there was some good potential to expand on this one here.Speaking of Nanoha though, you are awake they are working on a new project right? I think it's another movie but it's not confirmed if it will be a movie or series, some things started out pointing to movie and it was leaked that, but i think they now are looking into a series, nothing is confirmed other than something new is on the way, so we know something is coming which is pretty neat either way, though i think the main focus is on Vivio (i think was her name), some arc covering her, but not sure.

Well though i don't watch Bleach i agree on the point of power gaining. I prefer really instead of making a villain stronger, why not increase something else? It's a lot like detecive series, the detectives can be great but the culprit each master something different, how they perform crimes or cover tracks, each has a "element" to them making them hard to catch, not because they are "better" than the last though. It's stratergy really, one method works great on one but not to another, in them shows the same approach could be taken with some line of thought. Or... probably anyway xD

I have read visual novels now for probably 5 years or more at a guess. Not many can be purchased, there are some from companies like JASTUSA but most visual novels are unofficial. I sometimes buy some which aren't in english but have a patch online, so i still support the game but patch it so i can play it, like with Rewrite (my favourite visual novel) and Little busters, both these two are Key by the way :) You can buy them (unstranslated and some translated) from Jlist though the translated ones are mainly sold via JASTUSA anyway so probably only the same stuff come up. As for system, PC, there are only a hand full for xbox, mainly because the system wasn't so big in Japan due to not many localized games over there but PC has everything anyway, don't think any shops localize xbox ones anyway. Playstation have a large library as well, not tons in english but if you like RPG/Visual novel (visual novel with some rpg gameplay) the Neptune series is a good place. But yeah most visual novels are fan translated, i still buy the official JP ones (well for favourites) and just patch them, support the game and all. I could recommend trying Rewrite and Little busters out though, they are done by Key (clannad/air/kanon) and are both great, Rewrite is my favourite visual novel i played, very funny but also so damn good story. Oh, i guess you might know but i will say anyway incase but, Angel beats is getting a visual novel, it is going to be massive (it will be realsed as several seperate game volumes it's so large) and will cover loads of content no in the anime and add lots of insight to the series, it's being talked about everywhere so you might have heard but it's sounding awesome thus far.

I approve of the Aselia pic btw ^__^ didn't notice it last time.

Mar 4, 2014