Thoughts on Paper Trail (Steam Next Fest 2022 Demo)

If the numerous amount of posts about demos prior to this have shown, I fancy myself a puzzle-solver. Paper Trail was shown during the recent Wholesome Direct showcase and immediately enthused me with its concept. You must solve puzzles by moving the environment around like folds of paper. Discovering it would have a demo soon after, I eagerly downloaded it without hesitation! Perhaps I should have had some hesitation…

Quick structure disclaimer: Given this (and all the others) is only a demo, I won’t be too in-depth with my coverage, and will only reflect on the good and the bad. No overly long personal history or filibuster. No nonsense. That said, I will provide a synopsis for the game below.

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Aharen-san wa Hakarenai Series Review – Episode 12 + Overall Thoughts

Adieu, adieu; parting is such sweet sorrow. Aharen-san‘s anime adaptation has come to an end, and I no longer need to keep up with weekly reviews for the blog. As such, I can now be completely open with my full thoughts and feelings without any measure of future content adjusting my course:

It was pretty dull.

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Thoughts on Curse Crackers: For Whom the Belle Toils (Steam Next Fest 2022 Demo)

It’s time once again to indulge in a whole lot of video games—indie games, that is. Steam’s Next Fest is currently ongoing, and goodness gracious, I have quite a few games to cover (20+). The screams dwelling within to take on far, far more than I can chew is again asserting its presence. What better way to start than with Curse Crackers: For Whom the Belle Toils, a game developed by Colorgrave, responsible for 2020’s Prodigal (a personal favorite of mine).

Quick structure disclaimer: Given this (and all the others) is only a demo, I won’t be too in-depth with my coverage, and will only reflect on the good and the bad. No overly long personal history or filibuster. No nonsense. That said, I will provide a synopsis for the game below.

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Day Eight: Watchmen (2009) (March of the Movies 2022)

People close to me know that I think superhero films are an oversaturated market, recently molded into a winning formula that lacks that extra something due to corporate ambitions. Spoken non-pretentiously, superhero films bad because Disney make them all same-y and safe. It’s not only Disney, of course, but when Disney owns the properties of what seems like hundreds of different superhero IPs, they’re an easy target.

Warner Bros., on the other hand, tends to be a tad more ambitious (with generally scattered results) with their superhero films. My heart tends to side with DC for this reason alone, though it doesn’t make me particularly “fond” of it. Watchmen was something I decided to watch based on a lot of positive praise, even amongst critics I trust. My brother even enjoyed the comics they were based off of. That was enough for me to give it a shot.

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Thoughts on Kemono Jihen

My desire to view Kemono Jihen came upon reading a post by Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime, who seemed to really enjoy this series and painted it in a way that would have me enjoy it, as well. I had not heard of this prior to then (shows how out of the anime scene I’ve become), but the premise seemed appealing enough. Has somewhat middling ratings on MyAnimeList, however, which gave me some pause (and further intrigue). What was I to make of it?

Turns out, the anime would not let me decide without a fight!

WARNING: This post will contain mild plot spoilers.

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Aoi Hana (Merry Days of Anime 2021)

For the final anime of the 2021 Merry Days event, we have Aoi Hana. Obviously, this is the most well-known anime of all-time, among the levels of Fullmetal Alchemist, Dragon Ball Z, or Astro Boy. A legendary series that is guaranteed to bring the fans to my blog to chatter about its well-documented history and analysis among the community. I just had to end the month with a bang.

Ah, apologies. I had set my sarcasm gauge to high levels. This is a semi-obscure Shoujo-ai story that a lot of people seem to find very boring. My friend liked it quite a bit, though, so that’s good enough of a recommendation for me. Plus, a pleasant foray into a slower story consisting of interpersonal relationships with a gentle touch can be nice. Really, I tend to gravitate to these plots more than, say, isekai or grand-action series. People are interesting.

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Updated Thoughts on Metroid: Samus Returns

Some may see the title of this article and think, “Wait, updated? When did you ever cover it?” For those unaware, I am also a writer for online gaming publication KeenGamer, which houses many, many reviews for games I’ve covered since 2017. The very first one? Metroid: Samus Returns.

Writing it a couple weeks after its initial release, I had not touched it in the years since. Given Dread is coming in the next couple months, I found it dutiful to go back to pretty much any Metroid title I could get ahold of and re-coat myself in the sweet sci-fi aesthetic that I adore so much. Samus Returns was replayed over the course of late June and early July. Now, I have some re-adjusted things to speak about when it comes to the (currently) newest title in the franchise.

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Twitch Streamer Shoutout: An Ode to Maya_ASMR

While I have not made my adoration for ASMR a secret, I’ve had little opportunity to really speak on it for the sake of this blog. There’s a certain disconnect between it and my central audience that makes it somewhat difficult to really dive into. Kind of like football, which I do miss writing about. Despite this, my growing affinity for Twitch was yet another place where I could venture into the territory of relaxation, outside the prerecorded space of YouTube.

The end of October 2020 was nearing, and I had frequented a fair share of ASMRtists on the platform, looking for someone to watch consistently. It seems with ASMRtists, it’s easy to simply tune in and go, venturing back whenever they happen to stream on another day. After all, many can do ASMR suitably enough. Something about the individual needs to hook you; sometimes all it takes is a pleasant vibe that transcends the cozy coat of ASMR.

Introducing Maya_ASMR. (← Link to her Twitch channel.)

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Day Twenty-Six: Darkman (MotM 2021)

Superhero films aren’t really my thing. Ever since the giant Marvel superhero craze of the late 2000’s, it’s just been non-stop blockbuster after blockbuster—commercials, sponsorships, specific actors everywhere. I got sick of it all very quickly. Even before then, superhero films were kind of an “empty calories” sort of enjoyment, where I could just enjoy some dumb good vs. evil plot and some rad special effects. Unfortunately, my brain will not let me enjoy them further than that caliber anymore.

Even so, Darkman always called to me.

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