Category Archives: CULTURE

Titanfall Assault Soft Launch Gameplay

Source: Spark Blog

Titanfall Assault is a free to play RTS (real time strategy) mobile game and a spin-off of the Titan Fall franchise. The game is quite similar to Clash Royale but has better features and even objectives ranging from capturing points or destroying your foe’s base. Also it’s nice that leveling your units is restricted to your profile level and there’s no wait time for opening free chests. Here’s my gameplay of the soft launch.

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Photographs of Fireflies at Night by Hiroki Ishikura

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Summer and fireflies go hand-in-hand in Japan. And during the short period of May through June, a select group of photographers venture out at dusk to secretive spots, hoping to capture the magical insects that light up the night. One of those is Hiroki Ishikura, a photographer based in Shimane Prefecture.

Like all photographers who point their lens at fireflies, Ishikura’s photographs are made from composites and are enhanced digitally. But where Ishikura’s photographs stand out from others is his use of his own children within the photos. Although beautiful on their own, the addition of human subjects – and children in particular – add a magical narrative to the photographs that make them even more enticing.

You can follow Ishikura on Twitter and Instagram where he posts his work.

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Black Survival Gameplay

Source: Spark Blog

Recently, I started to play a fun mobile game called Black Survival. The game is a free to play Korean online game about battle royale or PvP (player versus player) survival. To specifically describe it, basically a 2D anime style first person dungeon crawler RPG with PvP and perhaps visual novel-like. There is no heavy pay to win elements besides some minor boosters. Although, I’m not particularly fond of the stamina system if your character dies. Anyway, here’s my gameplay of playing as a character named Hyejin with her Student skin.

Do note I didn’t do my best because it would take very long to upload and it’s just for gameplay demonstration.

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New Imaginary Magazine Covers for the Tokyoiter

a stunning animated cover by waneella

The Tokyoiter (previously) continues to impress us with dazzling faux-magazine covers that showcase numerous visions of what makes Tokyo such a fascinating place. Checking their website for new covers has become one of our most enjoyable pastimes. Allow us to present several new ones from some of our favorite Japan-based illustrators.

illustration by Niikura Sachiyo

As we previously explained, The Tokyoiter is the brainchild of Tokyo-based illustrator Andrew Joyce and art director David Robert. Together, they invite illustrators living and working in Japan “to draw their vision of Tokyo.”

Each illustration is then laid out in what most will immediately recognize as being an tribute to The New Yorker. Since launching in early 2016 with just 3 covers, the archive has now grown to 30. The project was even showcased last month in an exhibition that was held in Tokyo.

Illustration by Julien Mercier

Illustration by Justine Wong (one of our favorite illustrators of food)

Illustration by Ryoko Ichikawa

Illustration by Mateusz Urbanowicz

Illustration by Shinji Tsuchimochi (who created 100 Views of Tokyo)

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Your Personality with a Little Anime

Anime Myers Briggs

In many ways we are connected to anime; through our thoughts and our feelings. Since anime is a creation of the mind, it is natural for us to share traits with the characters. We may have common birthdays, similar zodiac signs, and ideals. Perhaps we even share personalities.

Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of reading on Psychology and personality types. The most fascinating aspect to me is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator; a type of test to examine the way you think. It’s primary goal is to assist in development and create psychological understanding.

At first, this test might be off-putting. Being summed up by a couple of letters may feel weird, and some may find it hard to believe. The key aspect of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is not to categorize and box people-in, but to reveal how the mind works and most importantly how you think.

This is done by the use of a four letter system. Each letter is ranked similarly to an RPG character creator, with scales of mental and emotional characteristics. The first consists of E and I which are extroversion and introversion. The second letter combo is S and N, standing for sensing and intuition. Following are T and F; thinking and feeling. The type finishes with P and J, Perceiving and Judging.

Source for this wonderful chart

After figuring out your preference, you’ll end up with set of four letters such as INTJ. This is your personality type. The system is not completely black and white, each aspect is in percentages. You can be a little bit of an extrovert or a huge extrovert; you’re definitely not limited to a binary category.

So how does this tie into anime you may ask? Well, …continue reading