Category Archives: CULTURE

Playism Anniversary Bundle on Humble Bundle

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Today, Humble Bundle has launched the Playism anniversary bundle sale. The price tiers include One Way Heroics, Momodora: Reverie Under The Moonlight, Lost Technology, LiEat and more. Sale will last for 13 days. For more details, check out the bundle page. Here’s a trailer for Lost Technology.

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Astra – Lost in Space and Finding Resilience with Others

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If there’s one lesson humanity often forgets, it’s that people need each other despite all the differences being pushed by outside forces to separate them. No one truly lives alone.

I feel that one timely anime/manga series is a big example of this and it’s Kenta Shinohara’s Astra Lost in Space.

(Some spoilers ahead after the jump)

Astra Lost in Space focuses on a group of youth who are set to go on a school expedition to explore another planet. Once at their destination, they encounter a strange sphere that somehow warps them all to the depths of distant outer space, thousands of light-years away from their home planet, without any way back home. The group manages to find an working abandoned spaceship and their journey back home begins as they learn that their situation is related to a huge conspiracy that ties into the circumstances behind their births.

You can think of this series as part sci-fi survival thriller and part heartwarming comedy (note: Shinohara is the author of the comedy series, Sket Dance, and was an assistant under Hideaki Sorachi of Gintama fame). The cast all have very distinct personalities that do rely a lot on common anime/manga tropes. The leader, Kanata Hoshijima, is the all-optimistic, confident, and strong shonen alpha male. The main female lead, Aries Spring, is cute and somewhat clumsy. There’s the token female tsundere, pretty boy who’s a player, super-smart guy who’s more logical than emotional, super-quiet/shy girl, etc.

I feel like Astra Lost in Space is a reminder on the importance of groups to get through tense situations. But those groups have to be a well-balanced mix of talents. It also takes people to help others realize those talents. As anyone who’s been involved in group projects and work can tell you, …continue reading

    

Hachi-nan tte, Sore wa Nai deshou! Episode 12 Final Impression

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Unfortunately, I got to really say that Wells is one of the dumbest dense isekai protagonists that I ever seen throughout the ending. As I mentioned before, he still references his “original world”, but he doesn’t even take advantage of his original world’s knowledge and acts like a child. Perhaps he has a child mentality in the original world as well? Also, seeing our male lead going against his evil oldest brother was a disappointing short battle. Other than that, it basically felt like a roller coaster going mostly down and slightly up. Now will there be a coming second season? I hope not or they should at least do a reboot with a better budget. Overall, disappointing finale battle and ending scenes. …continue reading

    

An Obsession with Retro Japanese Rounded-Corner Windows

Please allow us to share our current obsession: retro Japanese rounded-corner windows. We occasionally come across these on our walks around Japan. They can be spotted on storefronts but also older apartments or office buildings. But wherever they are, there’s something endearing and nostalgic about their softness and hues. photo by hikarudon12 The windows themselves […]

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Princess Connect! Re:Dive Anime and Game Openings Comparison Thoughts

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The openings for Princess Connect! Re:Dive mobile game and anime has very different styles. Here’s a video that compares them.

Personally, I really like the anime version opening compared to the game opening. The anime version just gives a nice KonoSuba style vibe and seems to be much more lively. An example is the Gourmet Guild doing their questing, and it’s exactly not in the original opening. (Also, I don’t care about Kaiser who is in the game version opening anyway.) However, I was a bit biased on preferring the game version opening at first.

Ironically, the anime’s director named Takaomi Kanasaki / 金﨑 貴臣 did work on the KonoSuba anime which explains why there’s a “KonoSuba vibe”. Anyway, I think Cygames has hired the right director and producers because the anime adaptation has been quite enjoyable with certain humor that isn’t in the game itself. …continue reading