Category Archives: CULTURE

Muse Dash Level Designer is Coming Soon

Source: Supaku Blog
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An action platformer rhythm game called Muse Dash has recently hinted their upcoming Level Designer along with their new Be cute! Be “Cute Is Everyting Vol.3” update. Could they become direct rivals with another music rhythm game called osu? Here’s a video tweet of the new update.

夏バテのアップデート来た〜

 Λ_Λ 「Early / Late表示」機能追加
(  ·ω·) 「かわいいは正義 Vol.3」追加
( つ  ≡つ=つ ステージ制作者公開
/ __  ) 一部楽曲難易度表示調整
( / U 一部不具合修正&追加w#MUSEDASH pic.twitter.com/KbZSIvPmoY

— Muse Dash (@MuseDashtheGame) August 21, 2019

Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/774171/ …continue reading

    

Book Review: Secret Rendezvous by Abe Kôbô

Abe Kôbô (安部 公房) was born in Tokyo in 1924. He grew up in Mukden, today Shenyang, in Manchuria during the Japanese occupation. His father was a physician. Abe went to school in Tokyo and studied also medicine at the Tokyo Imperial University.

During his time as a student he began to write. In the beginning he imitated the style of Rainer Maria Rilke, a famous Austro-German poet. He wrote poems, short stories, and later novels with surreal elements. From 1949 until 1962 he was influenced by Marxism. Abe travelled to Eastern Europe and France. In 1951 he was awarded with the Akutagawa Prize for his short story ‘The Wall ―The Crime of S. Karma’ (壁―S・カルマ氏の犯罪).

Abe is well-known for his novel Woman in the Dunes (砂の女) of 1962 which was made into a movie by Teshigahara Hiroshi in 1964. Many of his works were translated into different languages from the mid-1960s onwards. He was awarded with many important literary awards as a novelist and playwright and was also mentioned as a recipient of the Nobel Prize. Since 1973 Abe directed his own theatre company in Tokyo. He died in 1993.

As an avant-garde author Abe Kôbô writes about existential problems of modern life. He uses abstract literary language and often surreal metaphors. He is influenced by Franz Kafka and Samuel Beckett. The setting of his novels are anonymous and timeless, mostly with nameless protagonists without an individual character.

‘Secret Rendezvous’ (密会), written in 1977, can be described as a bizarre novel with a strong surrealistic atmosphere and sci-fi elements.

The main protagonist is a man without a name, age 32. He is also the narrator. The story is mainly a report consisting of three notebooks from a third person perspective where he is referring to himself as the man. The storytelling changes in …continue reading

    

Digitally Activated Megaliths Rise Inside an Abandoned Bath House in TeamLab’s Latest Installation

Mifuneyama Rakuen Park is a sprawling natural sanctuary in Kyushu that was created in 1845. It is home to some of Japan’s most spiritual and sacred objects of nature such as trees that are hundreds (and in some cases, thousands) of years old. The site is also home to enormous megaliths. Almost supernatural in their […]

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Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou Episode 6 Impression

Source: Supaku Blog
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On this episode, Hajime and Yue encounters an annoying rabbit girl after exiting the labyrinth. Later, the duo gets pressured to save the rabbit girl’s people.

So my guts is telling me that the producers skipped a lot of “important details” once again when they introduced the rabbit girl. Those Asread / White Fox studios should literally be re-assigned and have another higher tier studio work on this series with a 20+ episodes budget – similar to Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari series.

Anyway, because of this “story rush”, I felt the new rabbit girl named Shia is very plain annoying or irritating. Hajime should have just eaten her or something to steal her abilities (since she apparently has monster abilities), and then be done with it. Although, I heard Shia becomes a better character later on. But, it won’t make sense with that ridiculous story rush. Other than that, there are some decent comedy scenes. Now what’s going to be the next plot? Overall, another horrible story rush and some decent funny scenes.

Conclusion: Another horrible story rush and some decent funny scenes. …continue reading