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I'm just a guy with many varied interests and opinions.

What Anime is Killswitch Currently Checking Out? April 7th edition

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I decided to give people a peek at the shows I’m watching on a weekly basis instead of the ones that I can shotgun marathon because they’re already finished shows. 3 of these shows will be on the list for a while since they’re current shows but the other spots will be open.

First up is Assassination Classroom. I went to check what’s selling in Japan so I can compare and contrast with some ideas I had and then I found this one. Print media is slipping but Assassination Classroom is still holding strong.

The show is about an alien who has come to destroy the planet, like he did to the moon. He is giving the people of Earth a chance to survive but it all depends on kids who are the lowest class in school. They’re not delinquents, except for one but they don’t test well. They’re Earth’s last hope and no one outside of this classroom knows it. Continue reading

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Mysterious Girlfriend X (Nazo no Kanojo Ekkusu)

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Mysterious Girlfriend X… I’m honestly at a loss here. It’s not the worst that I’ve seen but wow, this one really was hard to get through.

I don’t like to kill plots for people or give spoilers, it’s a review not a book report on the show, but in this case it’s really the basis for the whole show. The show revolves around one central theme. Drool, tasting drool, giving drool, desiring drool. It’s really just…bleh.

Tsubaki, the main protagonist, seems like an ordinary kid until a new mystery girl transfers into his school. She is just a strange character from the very beginning but has everyone’s attention, especially Tsubaki. When class ended one day, Tsubaki found himself with her in the classroom. She was face down on her desk, drooling. This is where we find that he has an obsession with drool, he wakes her up and when she isn’t looking, he tastes her drool on the desk. Continue reading

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The Comic Artist and Assistants (Mangaka-san to Ashisutanto-san to)

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The Comic Artist and His Assistants is another series of short episodes. There are 12 episodes but each one runs about 10 minutes or so not counting the opening and ending credits. The series is based around a perverted, otaku, manga author named Yuki who seems to want to fall in love with everyone close to him, especially his assistant Ashisu. Plus his desire to draw panties is another prevailing storyline here but he takes it a step further than just that. Ashisu, is put into awkward situations and is forced to cope with Yuki’s behavior.

I picked this one up thinking that it might be different and show the actual life of a mangaka. It does show it somewhat but exaggerated and of course hastened because the show is not very long. If they decided to lengthen it, they have all the parts needed for something decent. But it looks like a production committee one-shot. Continue reading

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Scrambling…

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Feels like forever ago when I thought this thing would be done. Astra Etherium: Adventures of a Space Bounty Hunter in Space is moving into the final stages (I thought it was there before but some issues came up.) The game really was supposed to be much simpler but then we added speech, had to change art, went through several music people…it just kept going on and on and on. It will feel like a weight lifted off my shoulders when this thing is finally out there. Hopefully someone out there likes it. Hopefully more than one.

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Comical Psychosomatic Medicine (Manga de Wakaru Shinry┼Źnaika)

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I wanted to check out some of the newer anime that is getting greenlit by the production committees and I came across this one. Comical Psychosomatic Medicine. This show is not a groundbreaking show by any means. It’s a short, gag comedy show about real issues that people have.

Doctor Ryo Shinnai and his nurse Asuna explain these conditions with comedic results, sometimes. Ryo is the straight man in all this, trying to explain these conditions while Asuna is the one who brings in the punchlines. She is joined by her sister and others in trying to deliver the funny. This is where the issues come in. The show is supposed to be funny, jokes with bad taste, etc. Some of the jokes just don’t make sense. Other times they’re right on the mark in terms of getting you to laugh. Continue reading

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Ballad of a Shinigami (Shinigami no Baraddo)

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The Ballad of a Shinigami, also known as Momo – The Girl God of Death is a short anime series of 6 episodes which revolves around a shinagami named Momo. She’s not your usual shinigami that you’re used to seeing. Momo is a caring, peaceful shinigami instead of one who ushers people to their doom. Momo along with her smartmouth familar Daniel, shows people why they should live and what’s good about life, she also allows people to talk to the dead.

Each episode is about a different situation and different characters. Each character has their own personality and issue to deal with. From a little boy who loses his best friend to . Momo is there for them to deliver the message and see people off to the other side. This take on the shinigami is very different from those who are there to bring death. She even cries for the dead, since according to her, they can no longer cry for themselves. Continue reading

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Military! (Miritari!)

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Military! is a 12 episode anime based around a trigger happy little girl who appears to be under 10 years old. Yet she happens to be a member of the Krakozhia Dukedom Special Forces and is a 1st Lieutenant on top of that. Her and her 2nd Lieutenant are tasked with the job of protecting a teenager named Souhei. They basically invade his house, protect him from assassins and blow up everything.

There really isn’t much to the show, it’s a harem comedy based around the military. Each episode is under 5 minutes long. Continue reading

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Anime and Manga Thoughts

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I’ve been watching a lot more anime lately than I have in the past. Probably have one specific person to thank for that but it continued to be more than that when I started plotting out an anime show based around my game Astra Etherium. Now I have a potential anime if funding ever happens and a light novel based on the game, both of which are projects for later. Plus another light novel that I’m actually in the process of writing now.

There is a lot of anime out there, good, bad and ugly so I will be providing some of my thoughts on some of it also.

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Gaming

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Here you will find my ramblings about gaming and game development, whether it be gaming, my own game development or the industry as a whole since it’s falling apart and there is plenty to discuss.

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