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Fate/Apocrypha

July 3, 2017

Although the very first “Fate/stay night” anime adaptation left much to be desired, the recent “Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works” television series and the “Fate/Zero” adaptation were both excellent anime, so was looking forward to the “Fate/Apocrypha” anime.

Adapting the original “フェイト/アポクリファ” light novel series into anime, its story is set in an alternate timeline where the events of “Fate/Zero” and “Fate/stay night” never occurred. Instead of a Grail war between seven servants and their masters held in Japan, “Fate/Apocrypha” takes place in Romania where two factions fight an all out Grail war, each faction pitting seven servants and their masters against the other.

As was to be expected for an adaptation of a Type Moon story, the first episode introduced a slew of characters and had quite a bit of plot exposition. Luckily the episode opened with an eye-catching, action packed battle sequence that fired you up, making viewers curious to see more and discover what is to come.

While the anime is slated for a twenty-five episode run, am somewhat apprehensive that its large cast could lead to a portion of them being generic characters that have little screen time and are never truly fleshed out. The fact that some servants have far more outlandish designs than the iconic characters from earlier Fate stories reinforces my impression that most will serve little purpose besides being window dressing.

Nonetheless, do hope the show will be an entertaining fantasy action anime like “Fate/Zero” and “Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works” are. Am anxious to see the rest of the story unfold and the epic battles between servants and masters alike because I am confident “Fate/Apocrypha” could be another addition to the great fantasy action anime based on Type Moon’s ‘Fate’ franchise.

Anime summer season 2017

June 26, 2017

A new anime season is about to begin, so I had a look at the new series lined up for summer and here’s my picks for the new season, which includes shows that I will definitely watch as well as shows that I will simply try out to determine if they are good and entertaining.

Am looking forward the most to “New Game!!”, the second season of the anime based on the four-panel manga featuring the daily life of a high school graduate starting her career at a game development company. Absolutely love the first “New Game!” anime, it provided excellent comedy, was full of cute girls and had plenty of suggestive shoujo-ai fanservice, hence I can’t wait for the sequel to show us more of Aoba and the Eagle Jump staff’s silly shenanigans.

While “New Game!” features superficial shoujo-ai fanservice, am hoping the “Netsuzou Trap -NTR-” anime will give us an actual, serious yuri story with compelling characters and plot development, without devolving into a nonsensical comedy, superficial ecchi fanservice or being overly dramatic.

There’s no doubt I will add “Aho Girl” to my weekly watch list. This new comedy short series is based on a four-panel manga by Hiroyuki, creator of the hilarious “Doujin Work” and “Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to” manga that were already adapted into anime. If its promotional video is any indication, it will be unquestionably a hilarious slapstick comedy filled with quirky characters.
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“Yama no Susume” OVA and third season announced

June 5, 2017

Spotted news online that the official website for the “Yama no Susume” anime adaptation of the “ヤマノススメ” slice-of-life manga by Shiro, announced that not only will a new OVA titled “Yama no Susume: Omoide Present” be released during the fall of 2017, but that a third season of the anime is set to air in 2018!

Am absolutely thrilled, not only will we get an OVA, but a full new season of this superb slice-of-life anime. Adored the earlier two anime adaptations of which the first season was made up of thirteen short four minute episodes, while the second season was a two cour show of fifteen minute long episodes.

Am also glad they confirmed that the staff and voice cast who worked on the previous two seasons will return to work on the OVA and the third anime season.

Those of you who like leisurely slice-of-life anime all about cute girls doing cute things or building lasting friendships, like “Non Non Biyori”, “Yuyushiki”, “One Off” or “Amanchu!”, I wholeheartedly recommend you try “Yama no Susume”, am certain you will love it!

You can watch the first and second seasons of “Yama no Susume” as “Encouragement of Climb” on Crunchryoll.

New Corsair K55 and Logitech G403

June 3, 2017

Having been intensively used for many years, the Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse set connected to my computer was showing increasing signs of wear, and began to exhibit issues where the keyboard or mouse randomly disconnect from the receiver.

Decided to pick up a new keyboard and mouse, after some research opted for the Corsair K55 keyboard and the Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse. Purchased both from Alternate, where they were in stock and offered at the lowest price compared to other shops I usually purchase computer equipment from.

Chose the Corsair K55 because it is a sensibly priced keyboard offering decent performance, it is available in the specific Azerty Belgian layout I prefer and it features a palmrest. Admittedly it does not have mechanical keys, but I do not require that level of performance from my keyboard, plus membrane keys are quieter. Unfortunately it does seem rather prone to fingerprint smudges.

After comparing several gaming mice and testing them out in a retail store, the Logitech G403 felt like the best fit for my hand, rivalling the more expensive Razer Deathadder had previously also used.

Neither the Corsair K55 keyboard or the Logitech G403 mouse require installation of additional drivers, a definite plus as it makes them hassle-free.

Dollfie Dream snapshots: Tsukiko -4-

May 29, 2017

Uploaded several photos of Tsukiko to Flickr that had forgotten to share earlier. A departure from the outfit she was previously clad in, opted for a more urban boyish look with this ensemble of sleeveless shirt, jacket, beanie and camo pattern seven-eight style pants.

Black and white clothing looks especially nice on a Saber Alter white skin body like Tsukiko’s, so find myself often going back to such combinations. Did opt to add an imitation golden cross pendant as a flashy accessory.

Tsukiko

Took these photos using the light of the setting sun filtered through Venetian blinds. You might notice that lighting effect appear quite often in my photos, not merely because it is a look am fond of but simply because the layout and interior of my home more easily allow for such photography.

You can see more of Dollfie Dream photography on my Flickr photostream.

Akari Mizunashi figure arrives

May 1, 2017

When Good Smile Company announced last year that Wing would release a new figure of Akari Mizunashi from “Aria”, could not pass up the opportunity and ordered it as soon as reservations opened.

Although the figure was released earlier in April, my order from Hobby Search only arrived mere days ago. Considering there are but a few “Aria” figures made -especially by more renowned figure manufacturers- was thrilled to add this lovely figure of Akari to my humble collection.

If I were to fault Wing’s rendition of Akari anywhere it would be for its relatively small size, especially when compared to Good Smile Company’s figure of Alicia that was released back in 2007. Although the high base is an integral part of its overall aesthetic and unique look, I do wonder what it might have looked like if they had scaled up the figure and reduced the base height.

Luckily Akari’s pose inspired by the ‘Festa del Boccolo’ story is gorgeous, it has a lively, warm atmosphere reminiscent of summer. Also especially appreciate the soft, gentle facial expression they sculpted Akari with, which seems closer to her design in the original “Aria” manga.

Wish Good Smile Company would create more “Aria” figures in the future, but alas…

Anime spring season 2017

March 31, 2017

The spring anime season is here! Ended up following less series this past season than I had originally planned to watch, so selected under a dozen new shows to sample this spring.

Am curious about studio PA Works new original anime project “Sakura Quest”. The promotional video boldly advertises it as following in the footsteps of the studio’s terrific creations “Hanasaku Iroha” and “Shirobako”, so “Sakura Quest” will have to meet high expectations it is to live up to these two amazing anime. Hence, I’m curious to see if this new show will be a masterpiece like “Hanasaku Iroha” and “Shirobako”.

Another new anime am keen on watching is “Hinako Note”, the trailer for this adaptation of the four panel manga by Mitsuki suggests it may be the style of heartwarming slice-of-life series that is one of favourite types of anime, like “Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu Ka?” or “Wakaba*Girl”.

“Alice to Zouroku” looks like a promising anime with a rather unique premise, it could be a lovely slice-of-life comedy filled with plenty of subtle emotion like “Flying Witch” or “Barakamon”.

Romance anime in a school setting are not the genre of series I tend to watch, will check out “Tsuki ga Kirei” though. The promotional video for this new original anime project from studio Feel looked promising and the character animation style seems to be more unique, perhaps this show will bring us viewers something fresh.
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