media, music, remix

ArtCore and the New East Asian Beats

Every now and then, you stumble on something amazing. I like hearing ethereal, epic, Japanese-sounding music, so while checking out some recommendations on Youtube, I learned about an awesome “new” genre of music made possible by a collage of global influences and technological inventions (a long way of saying “synth” and “drum machine”). Introducing “artcore“. Of course, I’m alittle behind in the labeling because there’s quite a bit of this stuff, supposedly starting in 2004 with Narcissus at Oasis by Ryu but finally jumping the ocean enough after a decade to stand out on its own.

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media, visual novels

Clannad – The Past Path – Review

Last time I reviewed a visual novel, it was Narcissu / Narcissus by Stage Nana. Having been done professionally, it had the benefit of a good team working behind it for custom art and contributions by talented musicians. It was very kind of the company to allow the English translation to be produced and released free to the public. To date, it’s the only professionally-done visual novel for English speakers (at least, it’s the only one I know of).

Those of us working solo don’t necessarily have the luxuries of a professional team or talented artists, but that doesn’t mean something can’t be cobbled together and still provide a quality experience.

This review focuses on a visual novel created by Scope Games, which is for the most part, a single individual. After scrounging the internet for images, image templates, and songs, they pieced together this entertaining this work free for you to enjoy. Download here.

Table of Contents

  • Story – I briefly outline what we’re looking at.
  • Gameplay – What kind of game experience to expect
  • Non-spoiler Review – Basic idea of the content
  • Guide to Gameplay – How to get what you want in the game (without really spoiling it for you)
  • (Ambiguous) Spoiler Review – For if you really want to know what’s wrong with the content
  • Remarks on Realism
  • Rating – The overall quality rating, including content you might want to be aware of (ambiguous spoilers)
  • Credits

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anime and games, media, tv

The Last Exiles – or – Ignite the Gunpowder with Antifreeze Please blog is not intended for anime reviews and I have no intention of turning it into one (for one thing, I don’t watch enough anime). But, having watched Last Exile this past summer and having just finished Last Exile – Fam the Silver Wing (which I frequently refer to as “Last Exile 2”), I’d like now to give my commentary and provide critique and comparison of the Last Exile stories. But first, the summaries, since that’s what people are most interested in:

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anime and games, software, stories

A Simple Analysis of Narcissu / Narcissus

Allow me to introduce you to Narcissu, produced by Stage Nana (here, let’s translate some of that). There are three visual novels (two being free to play): the Narcissu (the original), Narcissu Side 2nd, and Narcissu 3rd – Die Dritte Welt. (And yes, the story does reference narcissus (daffodils) ). I read through the first two (the third is in Japanese-only, so I couldn’t read it even if I had it) and found it very thought-provoking. I will give you a brief summary of the games without giving any spoilers (unless I have no other info), and then I will give you my detailed reviews.

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