Ariadne

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  1. I'll wait for more information, but even then I'll probably be getting this day one. Just from those 40 seconds it looks way better than the mediocre Love Live games on Vita. Also, I can't believe someone as inactive as me is the first one replying to this. I'm disappointed in this community
  2. After watching Saki I started learning how to play Mahjong. As a result, I found out that I considerably enjoy the game. The obvious next step was to buy the Saki Vita game, Zenkoku-hen.
  3. There are two 3D fighting games(?) on PSP, but I think that's it. I'd rather have a more traditional action game, though something like a musou game would be fine too. Sadly, I doubt we'll be seeing any new Nanoha games anytime soon, if at all. About Triangle Heart, it's easy to forget (and I often do) where Nanoha comes from. "Former eroge side character" …not exactly a typical mahou shoujo origin story. From what I've read the Triangle Heart OVAs sound like a mess, and I can't say I'm all that interested in the source material either. My experience with Vivid Strike made me reconsider why I disliked Vivid to some extent. Part of the problem could be how it was adapted, rather than the source material itself. I could go on with this meaningless conjecture, but as of right now I've become determined to quit talking about it and find out by reading the manga. Anyway, there are still quite a few anime from the last month or so that I've yet to write about. I'll get to that at some point; in other words, whenever I feel like it lol.
  4. With that, I think we've both finished the series (for now). There may be a few small extras I'm missing; I'll have to look into that later. Also, I forgot to mention this in my previous post, but I do hope they continue the series in some way. Speaking of Vivid, I think my critique (if you can even call it that) of it may have been too harsh. In addition to having completely wrong expectations, I watched it very slowly over a long period of time. That may have skewed my opinion of it a little. Though I doubt I'll watch the anime again, I might give the manga a chance and see how that goes. I would give The Movie First a 10/10 as well, not sure if I mentioned that previously or not. Maybe I'm remembering the original wrong, but I actually liked the changes in the movie version of A's. Although I must say, removing catgirls is never a good thing. Reflection and Detonation managed to get many things right, yet something still seems to be missing. The constant twists you mentioned didn't help either. There also seems to be quite a bit of focus on the new characters and their backstory, which I didn't particularly care for. Honestly, what I really want to see is a sequel where Nanoha, Fate, and Hayate work together and actually have the spotlight this time. Of course, there would have to be new characters, some kind of new conflict, etc. Easier said than done, I suppose, but I don't think it is a lot to ask for. When I was researching what subs to use, I remember reading about some that translated the ending of Reflection incorrectly. I don't remember what they were called, but that definitely wouldn't make it any easier to follow.
  5. I finally got around to listening to Onmyo-za recently.
  6. Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka? S1 + S2 (Rewatched/Finished), Dear My Sister, Sing for You [the whole series, basically] After realizing I somehow never watched the movie or the OVA, I knew that I needed to fix that. Since it had been a while, I figured I might as well rewatch everything before that. While not really necessary, I did it anyway because I love this series. Skipping ahead to the stuff that is new to me, Dear My Sister is either considered a movie or an OVA; I'm not quite sure. Whatever the case, it's not that important. For a movie it's not that long (about one hour). It's kind of like one long episode of GochiUsa with a bit of a twist. Cocoa goes back home for a bit (by herself), and some of the movie takes place there. The other parts show how the rest of the cast is affected by Cocoa's absence. Fairly typical GochiUsa stuff, sure, but I don't think that's a bad thing. Sing For You is just one episode, but it's a meaningful one. While Chino's mother has been briefly shown in flashbacks, this is the first time she's been given a voice. There's no way I can refrain from commenting on who they chose to voice her: Mizuki Nana. This casting choice is amusing to me because Minase Inori (voice of Chino) is a huge fan of Mizuki Nana. For example, on one episode of Minase Inori's radio show, she had the opportunity to have Mizuki Nana say any line. She chose to have her say, "Inori-chan, I love you!". [Undeniably a woman of culture, lol] Vivid Strike (finished) For a while I had no idea that Vivid Strike existed. After my experience with Vivid, I wasn't exactly looking for any sort of followup to it. At first, I figured it would've been best if I never found out about Vivid Strike. However, because I hate myself I decided to give it a chance, and contrary to my expectations I ended up liking it. While not perfect, it managed to hold my interest for all 12 episodes. By not reading the Vivid manga I might have been missing some information, but I never felt like it mattered while watching Vivid Strike. Fuuka is a fantastic main character and a large part of what makes the show enjoyable. Because I can't talk about anime without mentioning seiyuu or yuri, I have to say that Minase Inori voices Fuuka perfectly. Listening to her voice, it's almost hard to believe the same person voiced Chino. Speaking of yuri, FuuRin (Fuuka x Rinne) is great. (Screenshots / minor spoilers for the last episode) Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 2nd A's What I have to say about A's isn't all that different from what I had to say about the first movie. This time, however, there were more changes to the story (or at least I think there were). Because of this, I think the A's movie might even be better than the original. To emphasize how strongly I feel about it, I'd probably give it a 10/10 if I didn't hate review scores. Screenshots/Spoilers: Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha: Reflection (and Detonation) When I watched Reflection, I had no idea until the end that Detonation was a direct sequel to it. In the last ten minutes I was very confused. I didn't see how they could possibly conclude everything in that amount of time. Thankfully that wasn't the end, or it would've been really rushed. With Reflection and Detonation being the sequel to A's (movie), it's hard not to compare them to Strikers (the original sequel to A's). Unlike Strikers, Reflection and Detonation are a far greater followup to A's; it’s closer to what they should’ve done with the series originally. While it could just be that it has been too long, there's not much else I care to say here. Though still enjoyable, Reflection and Detonation aren't quite on the same level as the original and A's. Perhaps A's set the bar too high; I don't know. As always, I have some screenshots (the first box doesn't contain spoilers): This one has spoilers for both movies:
  7. Another brilliant album from Unlucky Morpheus.
  8. Little update:

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    2. Ariadne

      Ariadne

      Mandarake is a dangerous place, can't blame you for that. I don't own anything from Yukari Tamura (yet), though I've heard her first album is really rare. There might be a better price elsewhere, but right now the lowest price I see is around 26000 yen on amazon. 

       

      I've only listened to the first two Petit Milady albums, I really need to get back to those. It takes me forever to get through discographies sometimes because my album rotation is all over the place. Speaking of catchy songs, I finally got around to listening to ClariS recently. I'm on their second album and I'm liking it a lot so far. I've also been listening to Eri Kitamura; her newer stuff is closer to J-Rock/Metal rather than Pop, but I think it works well with her voice.

       

      Where to even begin… The first song of hers I heard was Innocent Starter back when I first watched Nanoha a few years ago. After hearing the opening a few times, I knew I had to hear more from the artist. This was the only the second time something like that has happened to me (first time was with Magia - Kalafina). Anyway, Innocent Starter has been one of my favorites ever since. I've probably listened to Alive & Kicking well over 100 times in the last few years. Going backwards a bit, I'll try to list the rest chronologically (possibly with some kind of comment or story).

       

      From early on, I'd have to go with Transmigration and Looking on the Moon. Protection (great saxophone playing here), オルゴールとピアノと- holy style -, and climb up are all classics from Magic Attraction. Next, Be Ready! (love the guitar in this one) and refrain -classico-. Going back to Alive & Kicking, I already mentioned Innocent Starter, others from that would be 大好きな君へ、Tear's Night, Take a Shot, Cherish, and Abilities. When Take a Shot plays in episode 11 of Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha is one of my favorite moments in any anime.

       

      I can't mention Hybrid Universe without mentioning Eternal Blaze, though I also love You Have a Dream (this rendition of it from a few months ago is fantastic), Brave Phoenix, 星空と月と花火の下、and Naked Feels. Great Activity starts off strong with Bring it on!, then there's Orchestral Fantasia, Massive Wonders (can't think of many songs that get me hyped up quite like this one does), Seven, and Heart-shaped chant. 

       

      I can't help but pair Ultimate Diamond and Impact Exciter together in my mind as two of the best albums. From Ultimate Diamond, 悦楽カメリア is one of my absolute favorite songs. Because of this song I learned the Hirajoshi scale, and it forever changed how I play guitar. I've also charted the song in Stepmania; that's how much I love it. Trickster is great, and I always play it if I'm traveling for some reason and find a DDR X, X2, or X3 machine. So far I've played it on X3 in the southern California area, and on a bad X2 in Las Vegas. Maybe I'll add more locations to the list someday lol. My other favorites from the album would have to be Brand New Tops, 少年、Dancing in velvet moon, and 深愛. When it comes to Impact Exciter, my favorite songs from this probably make up half the album. Time to Impact Exciter is perfect as a sort of extended intro to Next Arcadia. ミュステリオン is straight up metal and I love every minute of it; I can only imagine how hard it is to sing some of the higher parts. As for the rest, I also love Silent Bible, Young Alive! (whoever composed this really nailed the chorus here), Dragonia, 恋の抑止力 -type Exciter- (I might've screwed up the kanji on that one), Don't be Long, and 7月7日. 

       

      Rockbound Neighbors and Supernal Liberty are two of my least favorite Nana Mizuki albums. I don't if it's that they just didn't click with me, or if it's something else; either way it is hard to explain. One thing I can say for certain is that the vocals are not the problem. Both still have good songs, but as a whole there just seems to be something missing. Rockbound Neighbors is decent and has アヴァロンの王冠、Naked Soldier, Bright Stream, Star Road, Synchrogazer, and Happy Go Round. Supernal Liberty starts off strong with Virgin Code, アパッショノート、and アンティークナハトムジーク、but aside from 僕らの未来、the second half is pretty forgettable to me.

       

      Lastly, Smashing Anthems and Neogene Creation feel like quite an improvement over the previous two. In fact, I'd say this pair of albums is almost as good as Ultimate Diamond / Impact Exciter. Smashing Anthems has two of my favorite Symphogear songs, Glorious Break and Exterminate. In addition to that, Bracelet, レイジーシンドローム (another song where the chorus really stands out)、禁断のレジスタンス、エゴアイディール、エデン、and アンビバレンス are all excellent. Neogene Creation has my number one favorite Symphogear song, Unlimited Beat (I also charted this song in Stepmania). As for the rest, Stand Up!, Alone Arrows, Twist & Tiger, Rock Ride Riot, はつ恋、and Starting Now! are my other favorites.

       

      I didn't include Cannonball Running because I only got around to listening to it recently. Typically I feel the need to listen to an album several times before forming an opinion on it. Also, this went on way too long, but I guess that is obvious at this point lol.

    3. Neku-tan

      Neku-tan

       

      I currently own four Yukari Tamura singles: Spiritual Garden, Douwa Meikyuu, Hoshizora no Spica and Endless Story. Yes, I've heard that her first albums are very rare and expensive, but still I wanted to focus on singles. First, I'd like to complete all of Nanoha singles, because these are my favourites atm.

      Well, I like Claris as well. Recently, I really liked the Summer Tracks album - Natsu No Uta, where they cover a Japanese hits from the years 60-80. You definitely have to check this out (btw there are only five songs on this album).

      So far I only have two singles from KitaEri: Destiny and Birth. I had the opportunity to buy album Sho × Mei -SHOMEI- (KitaEri) and Citron no Ame & Harumachi Soleil (Yukarin), but I forgot about auctions and someone bought them. I really regret it to this day.

      Wow, I did not expect such an extensive reply. You have a lot of favorite songs from her albums, but I definitely prefer songs from singles. Well, if this interests you, I'll make a list of my favorite songs from each single and album (I will not consider tracks from singles on albums). So, first albums:

      • supersonic girl - Looking on the Moon
      • Magic Attraction - deap sea
      • Dream Skipper - Takaramono
      • Alive & Kicking - Miracle Flight
      • Hybrid Universe - Zankou no Gaia
      • Great Activity - Orchestral Fantasia
      • Ultimate Diamond - Gimmick Game
      • Impact Exciter - Next Arcadia
      • Rockbound Neighbors - Lovely Fruit
      • Supernal Liberty - Million Ways=One Destination
      • Smashing Anthems - Bracelet
      • Neogene Creation - Zettaiteki Kofukuron
      • Cannonball Running - don't have a one so far

       

      Next singles:

      • Omoi - Omoi
      • Heaven Knows - Heaven Knows
      • The place of happiness - the place of happiness
      • Love & History - Love & History
      • Power gate - Power Gate
      • suddenly ~Meguri Aete~ - Brilliant Star
      • New Sensation - Replay machine -custom-
      • still in the groove - refrain
      • Panorama - Panorama
      • innocent starter - hard choice but still innocent starter
      • Wild Eyes - Wild Eyes, but I love Hime Hurasaki
      • Eternal Blaze - there can be only one answer Eternal Blaze
      • Super Generation - then again. A little more prefer Brave Phoenix than Super Generation
      • Justice to Believe - Justice to Believe
      • Secret Ambition - Secret Ambition
      • Massive Wonders - Massive Wonders
      • Starcamp EP - Cosmic Love
      • Trickster - Discoteque
      • Shin Ai - Shin Ai
      • Mugen - Mugen
      • Phantom Minds - Phantom Minds
      • Silent Bible - Silent Bible
      • Scarlet Knight - Scarlet Knight
      • Pop Master - Unbreakable
      • Junketsu Paradox - either Junketsu Paradox or 7Colors. Can't choose
      • Sychrogazer - Risouron
      • Time Space Ep - Metro Baroque
      • Vitalization - Ai no Hoshi
      • Kindan no Resistance - Blue
      • Eden - Eden
      • Angel Blossom - it's not one of my favourite singles, but I'd say Angel Blossom
      • Exterminate - Exterminate
      • Starting Now - Starting Now
      • Destiny's Prelude - Destiny's Prelude
      • Testament - Testament

      As for the last three singles I don't have a favourite one.

       

      Yeah I've seen 'I have a dream video'. It's nice to see Nana playing the piano. Have you seen this maybe -> 

       I love her smile when she made a mistake <3

       

      Hirajoshi scale? Kiita koto nai. But it looks like A minor scale to me at least from this video -> 

       

    4. Ariadne

      Ariadne

      Once again replying late (sorry about that). Regardless of the reason, I guess it's not that uncommon for me to go offline for a few days… or weeks. Anyway, I went on a trip with my sister for the sole purpose of unlocking songs in various arcade rhythm games. There's an event ending soon, and none of the arcades in my area are open currently. So naturally, we drove about 330 miles (531 km) just to unlock some songs. While unrelated, I also haven't exactly been well lately.

       

      I'll definitely listen to Natsu no Uta when I get the chance. Only five songs won't be a problem compared to all the other albums I'm listening to. Since I got into J-Metal about a year and a half ago, it's only expanded my never ending backlog of albums to listen to. 

       

      I probably should've limited my list to one or two songs per album; I didn't mean to go off like that lol. Even though I didn't list some of those as my favorites (it's hard to remember them all), I have to agree with most of the songs you picked. While I know all of the main songs from the singles (they're usually on an album), I'm not as familiar with the songs exclusive to singles. What I keep meaning to do is group all the single exclusive songs together into a playlist or something similar. That way it's easier to listen to all the songs I've missed at once, though that will probably take a few hours. 

       

      I haven't seen that video (yet), but I rarely go on youtube these days. I subscribed to the official channel a while back, at least. Due to copyright I think the entire channel might've been blocked in the NA region until recently. About a year or two ago, I remember trying to find live videos and there was next to nothing.

       

      I hadn't heard of the Hirajoshi scale either until I found it (sort of) accidentally. When I first heard Etsuraku Kameria I remember really liking the main guitar riff, so I tried to figure it out by ear. Normally, I'm okay at figuring stuff out by ear, but I couldn't seem to understand what the hell was going on in that song. I decided to look up Japanese scales, and the first one I happened to find was the Hirajoshi scale. Upon playing through it a few times on guitar, it became very clear that it was the right one.

  9. I don't know about VVV, but for Re;Birth1+ there's probably no chance whatsoever. Re;Birth2 and 3 were never released on PS4; I can only imagine how poorly the first one must've sold for this to be the result.
  10. I bought everything I didn't have that was 60% off. While I doubt I'll ever get the 100%, at least I can get the platinum now lol
  11. I love the music of Flowers, and so far Aki-hen / Automne has been just as exceptional as the first two.
  12. Finally got this a few days ago after a shipping delay. I'm not looking forward to the wait for the final volume, but I'll deal with that after I finish Aki-hen.
  13. I haven't been playing as much lately, but I have been using my LP at least. The love gems I'd been saving all went to Yohane's birthday (unsurprisingly). 400 love gems later I got these three URs (not counting duplicates):
  14. Yumeutsutsu Re:Master Yumeutsutsu Re:Master Final Version Unlocked all trophies. Yumeutsutsu Re:After Yumeutsutsu Re:After Final Version Unlocked all trophies. Though it moves away from nurses entirely, Yumeutsutsu Re:Master is another yuri VN from Kogado Studio. It fits right in with the others as a seemingly normal setting where weird shit (sometimes supernatural) happens depending on the route. While I had some idea of what to expect, Kogado really surprised me this time. Yumeutsutsu is not only a huge improvement over Nurse Love Addiction, but also manages to be even better than Nurse Love Syndrome. To me it is nearly a yuri masterpiece, second only to Flowers Natsu-hen. I'm not going to mention much relating to Re:After. Since it primarily consists of continuations to the routes in Re:Master, basically everything is a spoiler. Something I can mention is that they actually gave Honoka a route in Re:After. She should have had one in the first place, but at least Kogado fixed their mistake. With each route being written by a different person, there's a lot of variety. Every route goes down a completely different path with very few repeated scenes (once past the common route part). While Marie's route seems a bit short, the other three are about as long as the routes in Nurse Love Syndrome. In fact, they might even be longer. I ended up going with Nana's route first. Of course I went for the seiyuu character named Nana (she's nothing like that Nana, though). Speaking of which, her route was written by the same scenario writer responsible for Flowers; a significant part of why it is so great. Nearly all of the route is viewed from Nana's perspective. It's easy to see why given what's going on at the time; Nana is going through some complicated stuff, while Ai only has one thing on her mind: Nana (lol). Seeing Nana warm up to Ai despite her insecurities is both adorable and heartwarming. If I had to pick I'd say this is my favorite route, though I'd also cheat and say it is tied with Saki's route. I didn't give much thought to the order I read the other routes. I did save the one I thought would be considered the main route for last, however. Next, I went with Marie's route, which I mentioned previously as seeming shorter than the others. Coming from Nana's route, it felt a bit disappointing. It's still good though, and is on par with the quality of the other routes. In one aspect, Marie's route actually beats all the others: it's the only one that shows My other favorite (Saki's route) was the third one I read. The most "normal" of the four routes, though I suppose none of them really are. Saki is a unique character (from what I've seen, at least) that makes this route, which is basically about writing a script, both funny and interesting. She is an eccentric scenario writer who isn't exactly the most likeable character at first. That quickly changed, however, and Saki ended up being my favorite character. Her impromptu speeches that don't really mean anything, often as a result of arguing with the director (Kokoro) never get old. The way she shows interest in Ai early on is very different from Nana and Marie; those two were hitting on Ai nonstop in the common route (again, lol). Their relationship (Ai and Saki) develops very slowly, but when it finally advances is one of the best scenes in the game. A great quote from Saki that is unfortunately marred slightly by typos: Kokoro's route… I'm not even sure where to begin with this one. A line is crossed that I'm sure some would rather not see crossed. After reading thousands of chapters of yuri manga this concept in fiction isn't new to me, nor am I bothered by it in the slightest. The following screenshot says everything for me: That aspect of the route aside, it's by far the most unique one. The direction it goes in was not something I expected at all. There's not much to discuss without bringing up spoilers, and I don't care to go into too much detail. I mean, the odds anyone has read this far are already low, and if I start putting a bunch of paragraphs in spoiler boxes, no one is going to read that shit. Did I mention that Kokoro is incredibly cute? Here is a rare moment of her smiling, along with an apt description of Eureka Software by Ai:
    1. Ariadne

      Ariadne

      Can't say I'm surprised about HanaKana; her relationship with Ono has been publicly known for a few years now. Mizuki Nana getting married seems to have come out of nowhere, but I think it's even more surprising that she wasn't married sooner. Anyway, I think it's definitely a good thing; I'm not one of those crazy fans that expects my favorite seiyuu to stay single forever. For all the entertainment they've given me, (hundreds of hours from music alone) the least I can do is wish for their happiness.

       

      [Sorry about responding so late, I've haven't been online much at all recently]