Atelier Escha and Logy – Episode 1 – The First Day of Alchemy

Yep, she is very excited to start working as a real alchemist.

Yep, she is very excited to start working as a real alchemist.

Back in 2012 when I regained interest in Japanese RPGs, I decided to get a copy of Atelier Totori Plus (in Japanese) and Atelier Meruru. While the Arland trilogy is more light-hearted compared to the Dusk series, I enjoyed these games mostly for the fact that it was not a traditional Japanese RPG featuring a teenaged male hero going off on an adventure to save the world, but rather one starring a young cheerful female character (with a few exceptions) that make weapons, gather items, do quests, battle monsters and make items through alchemy. While the first several games only got released in Japan, the Atelier games definitely influenced Japanese RPGs in general as many of them implemented some type of item crafting, especially weapons and equipment.

Atelier Escha and Logy is the 15th game in the series and since I played most of the game already, I was excited to see the first episode of this adaptation.
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Thoughts About Collecting Anime Merchandise

Artist: mira (hachikurooo)

Just a few weeks ago, Froggykun shared some interesting thoughts about figures, which got me thinking why many fans tend to buy a lot of merchandise? While one can argue that Anime is being used to market related merchandise besides promoting the source material, people might be wondering what kind of merchandise I’m interested in since there are so many to choose from.  Also, is this truly necessary to be a true fan? (Image Source)
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Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;birth2 Sister’s Generation – First Impressions

Artist: akane miu

Just a few months ago, I shared my final impressions of the first Rebirth game and I thought Compile Heart and Felistelia did a great job fixing all of the flaws from the original game such as having all the goddesses join throughout the story, using battle system from Victory and having improved graphics.

Just a few weeks ago, Neptune Rebirth 2 Sister’s Generation got released, which is a remake of Mk2. This is odd considering that the second game wasn’t nearly as flawed compared to the first.  Despite this, since I played 14 hours, it’s time to share my initial thoughts of the game. (Image Source)
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Newcomer’s Guide to Importing and Using Japanese Games as Practice

Last year, I shared my experiences on how I use video games as a supplement to practice my Japanese skills. When I was looking at Overlord-G’s guide on Yuri and it got me thinking, it’s probably a good idea to make a Newcomer’s guide on how to use Japanese language video games to practice Japanese. I have wanted to write a more detailed guide for a while. Since importing games got easier in the past years, why not?

This guide is more suited for people who are at an Intermediate or Advanced Japanese level. For people who are beginning to learn the language, you should probably hold off until you know both polite and casual speech.
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Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai Ren – Final Review

Artist: sensiye

During the fall of 2012, Kyoto Animation started to shift their focus to in-house intellectual properties rather than adapting source material. The first show in this new effort was Chuunibyou demo koi ga shitai, which focused on delusions and hints of love. While the first season had a lot of enjoyable and adorable moments, the drama towards the end felt a bit out-of-place. They notice this and decide to make the sequel have a more lighthearted feeling. (Image Source)
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Mari Okada Considers Reviving Miuna After Being Moved by TwitchPlaysPokemon

Manaka Lives thanks to the Helix Fossil, who regained her feeling to love along with her Ena!

Manaka Lives thanks to the Helix Fossil, who regained her feeling to love along with her Ena!

Toyko, Japan – In the recent episode of Nagi no Asukara, Miuna sacrificed herself to save Manaka, which left viewers with buckets of tears, especially those who wanted to see her with Hikari. After several days of fans morning over her, Mari Okada announced that Miuna would in fact not have to live life as a wooden maiden for longer. The main reason she changed her mind is because she was moved by the emotional journey of Red being controlled by thousands of people in a stream known as Twitch Plays Pokémon. In this adventure, the main character revives a Helix Fossil after beating all the gym leaders with some sad happenings such as a bunch of Pokémon being released and of course, political fights over democracy and anarchy. After watching the players finally beat Blue, the Pokémon League Champion, she couldn’t bare seeing the extreme sadness of the viewers again after they were heartbroken by the ending of AnoHana, so she did something that is extraordinary to give Miuna a happy ending, use the helix as a deus ex machina!

Mari wants to resolve the hardships the Sea God was facing by having Hikari and Manaka bring back the precious Helix Fossil containing the spirit of the girl the sea-god loved. While Miuna suffered for these years since she had to sacrifice herself during the 2nd Ofunehiki festival in order to save Manaka, perhaps with the revival of the Helix Fossil, the sea-god might reconsider and release her in place of the fossil. Time will tell if Miuna is allowed to return to the surface.

Still, Lord Uroko, who refers himself as a scale of a sea-god declared that April 1st will be an unofficial holiday named “National Helix Fossil Day” in honor of Miuna making her sacrifice so that no one will suffer the same fate like Manaka did initially. Of course, the sea-god reunites his love in the form of a female Omanyte. He should be proud of this decision since Shioshishio won’t have to suffer a horrible fate. The balance is finally restored between land and sea!

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Weekly Anime Impressions – Winter 2014 – Week 12 – Nagi no Asukara Episode 25 and Nisekoi Episode 12

Artist: mamedenkyuu (berun)

Yep, she is coming next week!

At last, winter comes to a close. Therefore, this marks the last Anime Weekly post for this season. Next week, I will be sharing my impressions for the first two to three episodes before resuming this (I plan on blogging Atelier Escha and Logy and Love Live 2).

In case you missed them, here are the final early impressions for Sakura Trick and Chuunibyou Ren. (Image Source)
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