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. 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.
  9. 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
  10. I love the music of Flowers, and so far Aki-hen / Automne has been just as exceptional as the first two.
  11. 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.
  12. 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):
  13. 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:
  14. I think the first two seasons hold up pretty well today, but yeah, they certainly show their age. It's quite amazing how much better the first movie looks considering it came out a little over six years later. I just finished the second movie not too long ago. This time around more aspects of the story were changed, but those changes actually made it even better. They really know how to hit where it hurts too... I hope they provided tissues at the showings in theaters lol. I'll do a proper write-up later; I've finished a lot of anime lately, so I'm trying not to spam this thread too much. Expect a (possibly) long post from me sometime in the future. For now I'm kind of using both. I'm more active on AniList, though. I started Vivid Strike last night and am five episodes in at the time of writing this. I don't want to speak too soon, but it's not bad at all. So far, I really like the main character, Fuuka. Also, many of the problems I had with Vivid do not seem to be present here. That's just how it is, I guess. When I don't feel like doing anything, it's a lot easier to watch a few episodes of anime than to start a new game or go back and finish one.
  15. I should clarify that I really liked the Steins;Gate 0 anime. Looking at what I wrote previously, I realized it might not have sounded that way. When it aired I only watched up to episode six. Not happy with some of the changes made, I put it on hold for a while. I eventually went back and finished it, and I was glad I did. The ending, while the same, is actually better in the anime. In the VN, the very last scene from the anime is merely implied, not shown. Going by the numbers on MAL, it seems like a lot of people didn't even give it a chance. As of right now, 1,481,374 users have Steins;Gate on their list. Steins;Gate 0… only 479,347 users; a little over one million less. Even considering the fact that not every user who watched Steins;Gate in 2011 is still around on MAL, that number seems way too low. I'll probably start the second movie today or tomorrow. Bright Stream is great, though I do like Brave Phoenix more.
  16. Long Riders! (finished) The main reason I had planned to watch this was because of Touyama Nao voicing the main character, Ami. Needless to say, I love her voice; she doesn't even need to try to be cute, she just is. I think it would've been worth watching for that reason alone. However, I was surprised when I found it genuinely interesting. I can't claim to know much about cycling, but I feel as if I learned quite a bit about it from Long Riders. For reference, the farthest distance I've traveled on a bicycle (at one time) was 6 miles (9.65 km). A pitiful number compared to some of the astounding distances traveled (160km!) in this anime. My favorite character is Ami, though that should be obvious given what I said earlier. I ended up liking Hinako a lot as well. One of my new favorite things is to collect misleading out of context screenshots. Here are some mixed with other stuff. [None of the following screenshots are spoilers. This is to prevent an absurdly long post] Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 1st (finished) Even though I remembered how much I loved the first season and A's, my image of this series was unfortunately marred. The misstep that was StrikerS and the absolutely-terrible-fiery-explosion-trainwreck-with-likely-no-survivors Vivid were to blame. Thankfully, that damage can be reversed, and it was. Whenever an anime gets a sequel in the form of a movie, everything leading up to it has to be adapted into a movie (or multiple). That seems to be the case from what I've seen, at least. Whatever the reason, whether it's to have everything in one format, money, or a bit of both, it doesn't concern me if it turns out this well. Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 1st is an excellent retelling of the first season. I'm sure they could've come up with a better title than "The Movie 1st", but that's only a minor issue. First, I'd like to address the length. The original 13 episodes add up to about 4 hours and 20 minutes, assuming every episode is around 20 minutes long without the opening, ending, and preview. The movie is only 2 hours and 10 minutes. Despite being half the length, it never felt like much was missing; they did a fantastic job condensing the story. The pace seems kind of fast, but in a good way. The only negative I can think of is that it might be hard to follow for those unfamiliar with the original anime. There's also less time to become acquainted with the setting and characters. I can't say for sure because I was already familiar with the series long before watching the movie. If there's one thing that has very clearly been improved, it's the animation. It's been over two years since I watched the first season, so there's always a chance I could be remembering something incorrectly. This, however, I'm certain about. While everything looks better, the fight scenes are what really stand out. Sure, the transformation scenes are great too, but there are very few of them. [Actual spoilers] Initially I wanted to use some gifs as examples, but I determined that gifs alone wouldn't do it justice. The ending is perfect, though I guess that doesn't make it any different from the original. [Spoilers again] The rest of this is even less organized than before; it's just my miscellaneous thoughts on the movie that don't really fit together: I don't remember Raising Heart having so many lines in the original, but that's not a problem. What it did make me consider was this: How is Nanoha able to understand her perfectly? If Nanoha at age nine can already understand English that well as a second language, that's amazing. Maybe the Japanese subtitles are actually appearing for Nanoha as well? Either way it doesn't really matter; I just found it funny to seriously analyze it. The song I thought was the opening played after the ending song, which was confusing. To make matters even more confusing, I thought "Bright Stream" was the opening. I remember reading that it was in the movie at one point, but upon looking it up just now, it's actually used in the A's movie. Sort of related fact: Bright Stream also appeared in Dance Dance Revolution (2013), but only as a cover. Speaking further on the music, I love how "Don't be Long" is used as an insert song towards the end. While it's not quite as "hype" as "Take a Shot" (song that played during that part in the original) it fits very well there. I was already very familiar with the song, as it is one of my favorites off the album, Impact Exciter. I'm looking forward to starting A's and (finally) the sequels that follow soon. I'm not looking forward to Vivid Strike at all, but it can't possibly be worse than Vivid... I hope. While I'd like to pretend that it doesn't exist, it's impossible now that I'm aware of its existence; it's like a curse. The two new main characters are voiced by Ogura Yui and Minase Inori. That's something to look forward to, at least. If you ever want to test it out, it's very easy to export a list from MAL and import it elsewhere. Recently I was browsing anime that aired in 2016. Somehow I had only watched five from that year, which I found out after looking at a graph. It was then that I saw this: https://anilist.co/anime/21871/ViVid-Strike/ ...I didn't know this existed, and I was probably better off that way. Yes, this is a spin-off of Vivid. Maybe if the spin-off of something good is terrible, the reverse will also be true? That makes no sense, but I sure hope so. There is one good sign, though: The studio is Seven Arcs (responsible for the first season, A's, and StrikerS). Vivid was done by A-1 Pictures, a name I've never seen mentioned positively. That's unfortunate. I've had more time to watch anime only because I haven't felt like doing much else lately; I haven't touched my PS4 in weeks. I think the VN is much better, but part of that has to do with the structure of the story. Think of it like this: a path that goes one way branches off into two paths, and then those paths branch off into even more paths. That explanation probably makes no sense, but the point is that it doesn't work as well in anime format. By following one route, a lot of content is lost. One could argue that the first Steins;Gate is the same, I suppose. However, the story is just a straight line, with the endings merely being stops on the way.
  17. I may not have a lot of experience when it comes to anime, but there is one "section" I am well versed in lol. Speaking of which, I recently switched to AniList, which is how I was able to see these stats. While I like the overall look of MAL more, AniList is more mobile friendly, has less of a limit on favorites, and has a number of different stats, charts, and graphs. My only guess for why StrikerS turned out the way it did is that it was originally meant to be half the length. Then, someone in charge of the production decided that it needed to be 26 episodes, long after work on it had already started. When you consider that possibility, it makes sense why it seems to have a lot of filler. What would cause this scenario, I have no idea; I can't pretend to know how anime production works. Who knows, maybe you'll end up liking it? ...that's being far too optimistic, probably. I "acquired" the first two movies last night, so that's a start at least. I'll likely get to them after finishing Long Riders, which I just started recently. At this point, I might as well make it my goal to watch every "cute girls doing cute things" anime.
  18. Senki Zesshou Symphogear XV (finished) I don't know why I didn't watch XV sooner, but I finally got to it about three weeks ago. AXZ was a massive improvement over GX, and XV is even better. It's nearly a perfect conclusion to the series. Ending spoilers: Kanamemo (finished) Like with Hidamari Sketch, this has been on my "to watch" list for a long time now. For a comedy it starts out on a very depressing note. Kana's grandmother, her only legal guardian left, has died, leaving Kana all alone. She then runs away from home (quite literally) due to a misunderstanding. I expected Kanamemo to be a dumb comedy I didn't have to think too hard about, and it kind of is that way most of the time. However, what I didn't expect was a heartwarming story about an orphan being welcomed into a new "family" of sorts, a surprisingly realistic depiction of grief, and a few seriously hard-hitting emotional moments. It also has actual yuri in it, which is a huge plus for me. While not the main focus of the anime, the relationship between Yume and Yuuki is the cutest thing ever. For what I imagine wasn't an anime with a huge budget to work with, the voice cast is impressive. Toyosaki Aki is the voice of Kana, who also voiced Yui (K-On) only one season prior to this. Also, Horie Yui, Kugimiya Rie, and Kitamura Eri all being part of the main cast is amazing. Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume (finished) Another from my "to watch" list (I'm finally going through it). I found out about this anime because of an Agari x Koyori doujin through completely normal means, yeah. Despite having little interest in ping pong, Flaming (Homo) Ping Pong Girls Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume makes the sport look interesting. Sometimes it was so ridiculous (in a good way) that I forgot I was watching ping pong in the first place. By the end I ended up liking Koyori the most. The way she smiles while playing ping pong is adorable, and her interactions with Agari are always great. Speaking of which, there are many good opportunities for out of context screenshots in this anime. This is one of my personal favorites: It seems like you summed up exactly how I feel about Strikers. 12-14 episodes would've made more sense; there's so much pointless filler that it is painful. A sequel akin to the timeskip at the end of A's would've made more sense. There was a lot of potential with the setting and characters of this series, but what we ended up getting was Strikers and... nope, not even going to say the name. I'm still hopeful that the movies will be better; I've said this way too many times now, but I really need to get around to watching those. Starting with the recap movies to remind myself why I loved this series originally sounds like a good idea.
  19. It took forever to arrive, but there's no way I'd pay almost twice as much for digital.
  20. 新次元ゲイム ネプテューヌVⅡR トロフィーコンプリート 全てのトロフィーを取得。 After way too long, I finally went back and finished this. I'm not entirely sure how it ended up this way, but I guess I got distracted by other games and kept putting this one off. There are a lot of negatives to list, like the fact that VIIR is mostly a downgrade from the original, or that it never needed to exist in the first place. However, instead of writing some long-winded rant about why I hate the game, myself, and the trophy list (it sucks), I'm going to try to focus on the positives. Even though it's a re-release with pointless VR sections added and questionable gameplay changes, the story and characters are mainly the same. I should add that it's been quite a few years since I played the original. Because of this, there's a strong chance I could be remembering some things incorrectly. Personally, I'd rank VII as the third or fourth best game in the series. A few downgrades aren't enough to make it terrible; it's still a good game. Nepgear saying 「ぴょん」 when jumping is really cute. Actually, Nepgear in general is just cute, and Uni as well; I love them both. That has nothing to do with what I was talking about before, but halfway through writing this I stopped caring. Anyway, this ended up being my 125th platinum. I didn't have anything else lined up nor did I care to platinum something else. I still have a lot of love for this series, (the main games, at least) so I'm okay with it. Platinum screenshot:
  21. Rifle is Beautiful (finished) An anime about a non-spectator sport that no one has ever heard of. What could go wrong? Surprisingly, I didn't think it was that bad. If there's one flaw I'd like to point out, it's the art. I mean... just check the above image; something about it looks off. That aside, Rifle is Beautiful made this sort of "rifle shooting" look fun; I'd probably give it a try if something like that even exists around here. It seems like it would be a cheaper alternative to firing real guns, at least (which I have tried because I'm American). Hidamari Sketch (finished) This has been on my to watch list for a while now. I'm glad I finally got around to watching it, because I ended up loving it. I like how it manages to be very odd despite being a "normal" slice of life anime (no supernatural, fantasy, or other such elements, etc.). I haven't read the manga, so I don't know what it's like there, but the anime has a lot of weird backgrounds and imagery. There's even a non-human/whatever the hell it is minor character that lives on the roof of the apartment building, voiced by none other than Aoki Ume herself (the author of the original Hidamari Sketch manga). A lot of this is probably due to the studio, Shaft. Another part of what makes Hidamari Sketch great is the characters. Yuno is cute, of course, and while watching one can't help but hope that everything goes well for her. Then there's Miyako, who makes everything better; I never get tired of her weird antics. She's kind of like Kyouko (Yuru Yuri) in that she is the source of much of the show's comedy. I wasn't sure exactly how to explain Hiro and Sae, but thankfully Yuno sums it up better than I could: There's also the kind of ridiculous, but funny characters like the homeroom teacher, Yoshinoya (voiced by Miyu Matsuki ;_;) and the Principal, whose head is shaped kind of like an oval because... I don't know, it's never explained.
  22. The first goal has already been reached with 17 days to spare. It seems to be going up much faster than the most recent event like this. In the last month or so, I've been lucky with URs somehow. When it comes to limited box scouting I rarely have any luck. This time, however, it took only one ticket: The 6th anniversary URs are already idolized, max level, and at skill level four. I also got three URs from the recent free scouting; it's hard to keep track of which ones came from where at this point. Because of this, my three main teams are all URs now. I'm still unsure of what the optimal skill distribution is, though.
  23. Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X Trophy Master All trophies unlocked There are so many negative things I have to say that I'm not sure where to begin. Project Diva X is the final nail in the coffin for this series on consoles. No, I'm not counting Future Tone, an arcade game that was ported to PS4 with no regard for how it will feel to play with a controller (note: only the actual arcade version is fun). Instead of one last game with all the songs from the previous titles plus some new ones, there is a half-assed "story" and a pathetically small song list. There are only 30 songs, which already sounds bad. However, it's even worse than it sounds, as six of those are medleys. Initially, one might think this was done purposefully to sell a bunch of song packs as DLC. At least that would've been better than what really happened: there are two DLC songs. That's it. When compared to a game like IA/VT Colorful (60 songs), which likely had much less of a budget to work with, "pathetic" might not be a strong enough word. I think it is important to look at a game and its trophy list individually; it doesn't make sense to me to dislike a game just because the list is terrible. When it comes to this game, I don't think it's entirely correct to say that I hate it. It's more like I resent it for being such an abhorrent send-off for this series. On the other hand, I absolutely despise the trophy list. It's an absurd grind that demands way too much time relative to the low amount of content this game has. The guide on here says 70 hours, but that has to be some kind of joke. It's easily 100+ hours of bullshit. Maybe with god-level luck, skipping everything, and aiming for the platinum from the very beginning it can be done in 70 hours.
  24. Perfect. I'd love to see her do the same for オルゴールとピアノと -holy style- or refrain -classico-.
  25. Resident Evil 3 So Long, RC Obtain all trophies. I actually platinumed Resident Evil 3 over two weeks ago. Even now, there's not much I'd like to say about it; I don't feel strongly about the game either way. I figured I might as well throw it in since I got another platinum recently. Otherwise, I wouldn't have bothered. Persona 5 Royal The Phenomenal Phantom Thief Obtained all trophies. Initially, I hadn't planned on playing Persona 5 Royal anytime soon. Assuming it would be like Persona 4 Golden, it wasn't a priority for me. While I like Persona 4 quite a lot, I don't think the additional content in Golden adds much to the experience. Anyway, I ended up borrowing P5R from my sister when she wasn't playing it (obviously). At the time, I had finally gone back to finish the affection grind in Project Diva X (still doing it as I type this). Any excuse not to go through that bullshit for a few hours sounded good to me. The point I'm trying to get to here is that the additional content only makes the game better, contrary to what I expected. Aside from some new events, it's more or less the same as the original until beating the (former) final boss. Due to this, I wouldn't recommend Royal to those who have played P5 recently. It's been three years since I played the original, so it wasn't a problem for me. The most I can say without spoiling anything is that the last palace is very different from the rest of the game (in a good way). I tried to do some things differently to change the experience a bit. However, I couldn't seem to change my ways that easily. First, I considered romancing a different girl, but I just couldn't; partially due to seiyuu bias I will always pick Futaba. Speaking of which, I have to add that the voice cast of Persona 5 can only be described as legendary. That aside, I did switch out Ryuji for Yusuke in my main party, but other than that it stayed the same until the last palace. My main party this time was Ann/Yusuke/Makoto until the end, where I switched to The only consistent member was Ann. Would I kick one of my favorite singers out of my party? Of course not.