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Princess Connect! Re:Dive Episode 6 Impression

Source: Supaku Blog
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On this episode, the Gourmet Guild does their first recipe quest together. Meanwhile, the mysterious Black Phantoms appears and attacks other people.

The recipe quest adventure is nice. It was very hilarious and adorable to see Pecorine’s group going on a longer adventure. Also, I liked how the Black Phantoms got introduced and attack their originals. Other than that, I find it a bit annoying that Christina is being directly hostile to others at the wrong time even though she’s actually not the main antagonist. Now what’s going to happen next? I’ll be definitely looking forward to it. Overall, nice recipe quest adventure and some more hilarious moments. …continue reading

    

The Tale Of Genji: A Very Modern 1,000 Years Old Novel

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The Tale of Genji (源氏物語, Genji Monogatari), written just over 1,000 years ago is considered by many to be the first world’s modern novel, one of the greatest books in the world, a cultural phenomenon—and one of the most difficult books to read, process—not to mention translate. Nice bonus, it was written by Murasaki Shikibu, the 11th-century noblewoman who profoundly changed Japan’s literary world.

I read Royall Tyler’s translation because it’s so close in form and content to the original Japanese version, and I was immeasurably impressed by so many things: from the lyrical writing style to the range of fascinating characters, the symbolism, the poetry, the imagery, the psychological depth, and the sensitivity to romance, politics, and nature in this exceedingly elegant and beautifully written book. As the book has fallen in the public domain, you can also read the full 1900 translation on websites such as Project Gutenberg.

A statue of Murasaki Shikibu in Kyoto, Japan.

The story

The first two parts of this literary masterpiece are dedicated to the life of Hikaru Genji or the ‘Shining Genji’—a formidable hero with a name that epitomizes his flawless good looks and an outstanding sense of style. The Uji Chapters or the third part of the book is set in a melancholy and much darker world and follows the lives of Genji’s grandson Niou and his good friend Kaoru.

There is no definitive plot in The Tale of Genji but the art of love and seduction, psychological and emotional fulfillment, or frustration, as well as aesthetics and beauty, all contribute to the central themes. At the same time, intimate relationships are set against a backdrop of politics, power, jealousy, and ambition.

[…]Hikaru Genji or the ‘Shining Genji’—a formidable hero with a …continue reading

    

Honzuki no Gekokujou 2 Episode 6 Impression

Source: Supaku Blog
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On this episode, Lutz gets into a conflict with his family. Later, Myne intervenes along with Ferdinand.

It was quite interesting to see Lutz and his family get into conflict once again due to another misunderstanding. Also, I liked how Benno is willing to adopt Lutz due to being his direct successor. Other than that, Ferdinand is really cool for this specific plot because he handled it pretty nicely and even kept Myne from interfering by teaching her. Now what’s going to be the next plot? I can’t wait to find out. Overall, interesting Lutz’s family conflict and Myne’s intervention. …continue reading

    

The Adventures of Ten and Till on Steam

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The Adventures of Ten and Till got on Steam. The game is a bullet hell shooter developed by doujin designer Toro Nishinoabout and is about a duo journeying to protect light of Lowres. Current special 10% off release price is $10.79 or ¥1151.03 until May 13. For more details, check out the store page. Here’s a trailer.

Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1225130/

Note: Press release submitted to me by LionWing Publishing. …continue reading