World of Light Is Not What I Wanted, and I Love It

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In a post published last month almost immediately following Nintendo’s final Direct featuring Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, I detailed exactly what I was looking for in the new game’s adventure mode. To nutshell it, I wanted a heavy focus on cinematics (a la Subspace Emissary from Brawl) while also providing a varied approach to the unveiled “Spirits” mode that was implied to be a heavy factor in the World of Light trailer. I also noted that I didn’t want World of Light to simply be “running around on the map and keeping oneself busy with progression and fights against the remnants of the fallen roster.” (more…)

Thoughts on Tsurutsuru to Zarazara no Aida

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I’ll admit, the cover image for this manga’s fourth volume made me interested. Just look at it. It’s insane. I almost wondered if it was a psychological viewpoint of the male’s anxiety to the female’s objective beauty and the expectations of living up to her qualifications. What lies inside is nothing of the sort, but good on the mangaka for pulling me in through non-bland imagery. (more…)

Sakuta Azusagawa Is Too Perfect

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A couple things to note before I begin:

  1. This is not a review of the series this character accompanies, nor is it everything I find right or wrong with the series as a whole. There are a lot of parts that go into a series outside of one character, and my opinion of such is not based on this one character alone.
  2. This piece will focus on Sakuta as a character, and not what the general plot dictates in each episode. Everything will (I hope) be analyzed from their perspective.
  3. There will be spoilers ahead.

There has been an enormous wave of praise for this particular season of anime, with titles such as this, Sword Art Online: Alicization, and the fifth season of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. With this title, however, it came as a bit of a surprise hit, with its average ranking on MAL slowly rising as the series continued, eventually nestling within the top 100 all-time (currently #67). Among common praises such as “good writing” and “great character chemistry” comes the adoration of one character in particular: the male lead, Sakuta Azusagawa. (more…)

TWINKLE NORA ROCK ME!!!!!!!

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A friend of mine, who shall remain nameless, met with me in our secret chat chamber and said to me, “Kopo, ya gotta check this out.” They slid the cover for this OVA through the metaphorical table that divided us; its wretched, beautiful eye ravishing me in all sorts of pre-logical emotions. “What is this?” I ask, never having heard of such a thing before. “I’m not sure,” my friend explains, “I happened upon it while browsing around. Reviews for it make it seem like trash. I know you like trash.” They smile at me, expecting me to return to my glory days of indulging in abominations to assert my sense of superiority. “It’s tempting,” I respond while digging deeper into the series. After a time, I felt it was something to add to my prestigious collection of viewed anime. “I’ll watch it whenever.”

I watched it twenty minutes after they gave me the idea. (more…)

My Expectations for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate After Its Final Nintendo Direct

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When the trailer for this game revealed itself for the first time, I was intrigued. When more detail was provided at E3, I was genuinely hyped. The Nintendo Direct that followed (revealing King K. Rool/Simon Belmont) made me hyped even further than I could imagine. All was pointing up for the series in my mind, which was something I wasn’t used to after the eventual apathy I had gained for the series following my “creative differences” with Smash 4. All that had yet to be revealed, which would ultimately seal the fate of the game for me was whether or not it would have a dedicated solo campaign, a la Adventure Mode or something similar. With the Nintendo Direct that occurred today, the last one to feature Ultimate specifically, we got an answer. (more…)