iMacOfDeath

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    • Heading For The Reincarnation Wheel

      1 day ago

      iMacOfDeath

      Here we are, the final season of Kyokai no Rinne, and what a let down it was. Rumiko Takahashi's latest adapted work finds itself withering away, like a flower bush that hasn't received a good watering in some time, and it hurts to see it go like that. This is the work of a mangaka who got me into anime with Ranma 1/2 and kept me up late watching Inuyasha on Adult Swim, so I really wanted to experience those feelings again. Instead I came to the conclusion that Ruminko-san just doesn't have a good grasp on how to progress relationships, and perhaps, just isn't suited for creating a new series this day in age.


      This season doesn't really do much in terms of progression for anyone, as it just reintroduces old characters for a third time and gives us a couple news ones to chew on. A good majority of the anime is spent on giving old characters their own episode for screen time, but not building upon those characters, just simply reiterating who they are and what their motivations are. The narrator voice doing its damnedest to really screw in details, over, and over, and over, and over again. I thought at first this might be a bit, but with how often it happens and how unfunny it is, there's just no way.


      From the previous two seasons we see Rinne, the impoverished half-shinigami, Sakura, the deadpan love interest, Rokumon, the cat sidekick, Tsubasa, the rich rival, Tamako, the super GILF, Ageha, the other girl who likes Rinne, Kain, the other guy who hates Rinne, Masato, the token demon, Sabato, Rinne's criminal father, Renge, the girl who likes Kain, Bijin, Sabato's whipped lover, and all the other side characters make a reappearance. Some get a whole episode dedicated to them, while others have to share part of an episode, which is usually based upon how popular that character is.


      Of the two new characters we get, only one really has much in the way of progressing the story. First up though is a new teacher with a crystal ball named Hitomi, who is apparently a decedent of a line of witches but is too lazy to become one. She pops up here and there to whip out her ball and make everyone's eyes turn into spirals, usually showing them a future event that the episode builds up to. The other, and by far better, character is Otome; Rinne's missing mother. Apparently she got dragged into the reincarnation wheel and was reborn a human child, she reunites with Rinne and shares some very interesting details about her marriage to Sabato. Including the fact she was only a couple years younger than Sabato's mother when they met. Hot.


      Overall we only get a couple of episodes that mean anything, with the rest only keeping your attention with some mild humor and pretty tame fan service. The anime ends with the biggest event for Rinne and Sakura as they end up confessing their feelings for one another and begin dating, I think. See, this is a problem with the other works I've seen by Ruminko-san, as she just doesn't do a good job of showing us this part of the relationships. In Ranma 1/2 we go from saving the girl to their wedding, and in Inuyasha we go from saving the girl to having kids. The words "I love you..." are never uttered, and we are left to imagine what happened. Our final scene being a picnic with Rinne and Sakura, where Rinne finally calls Sakura by her first name; which in this anime is basically like first base.


      It is sad to say, but the third season of Kyokai no Rinne failed to leave me happy. I wasn't unsatisfied per say, but I was most certainly not delighted. We don't see an end to Rinne's terrible father, Sakura's character becomes even less deadpan, and the lack of story progression left me high and dry.


      GenresRomantic Comedy, Supernatural


      Animation: As with the previous season, Kyokai no Rinne's animation is still overseen by Brain's Base. A studio that worked on Blood Lad, D-Frag!, and One Week Friends. My thoughts on the animation haven't changed at all, as it is very similar to Inuyasha, simple and glossy. However this does not mean it's bad, since that's the kind of thing we expect and look for in Miss. Takahashi's works. If anything, the animation was still one of the best parts.


      Voice Acting: Meh? I mean. I'm still pretty moot on this point. Sure everyone fit well enough with their character and did a good job acting, but it didn't blow my socks off or nothing.


      Favorite Character: With Sakura's character type making an almost total change from the deadpan she was in the first season, I'm going to give this one to Otome Rokudō. The only character to ever give Sabato the beating he deserves, Otome is constantly trying to help her son get together with Sakura as she recognizes his feelings for the girl. She's pretty smart and due to being reincarnated very mature for her age, and thankfully she and Sabato don't get back together when they reunite.


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      Kyokai no Rinne S3 gets a 6.4 out of 10


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    • A Very Dumb Girl & A Very Violent Man

      4 weeks ago

      iMacOfDeath

      For the summer of 2017 I found my line-up of anime to be pretty dry, with only one anime I watched striking home with me. Oh I watched others, but each of them had such glaring faults that I came to grumbling like an old man who remembers the "good old days when anime was striking gold left and right." For Aho Girl I found the fault forgivable in the beginning, but soon realized that the fault was in fact the gimmick of the series; a very stupid girl. I don't even mean this in the insulting manner, as "stupid" is the only word I could possibly use to describe her. And when you make the setting of your anime surround an insufferably dumb character, you only end up hurting the series, especially in the case of a slice of life.


      This dumb girl's name is Yoshiko, and she is obsessed with two things; bananas and A-kun. The first is a fruit she eats so much of you'd worry she is suffering from potassium poisoning. Her obsession is so great that at one point in the anime she drags a hapless friend along for a run across the country of Japan to a banana farm, nearly resulting in their deaths as the two suffer from Yoshiko's special brand of stupidity. Her other obsession is a person and the one she loves; Akuru. This guy is by far the most violent male character I've seen as of late, letting his fists do all the talking for him. He's triggered so fast by Yoshiko that you can almost be certain if the two are near one another, then Akuru will send Yoshiko flying with a hard punch or a kick to the stomach. Now normally I'm completely against violence towards women, but in Yoshiko's case she honestly deserves it as we learn in one episode how her obsession with bananas and A-kun began; Akuru not always having been the violent brute he is today.


      A big negative is that for all her faults Yoshiko has no redeeming factor, except for maybe the fact she kind of looks a little like Asuna with her hair down. Aside from this though she is a gross pervert, has the intelligence of the fruit she eats so much of, and forces her presence on anyone she wants to. Maybe if she grew up to be more like her mother I could dig that, as her mom is a milf who fully admits to forcefully taking her husband's first time. Which if things continue down the path they are, Akuru is in very grave danger of suffering the same fate at the hands of Yoshiko. Though if such an event did take place, I might actually see Yoshiko in a new light as she has finally accomplished something.


      Now I mention that Yoshiko forces her presence upon others, and this happens a few times to bank us some supporting characters. The first is a girl by the name of Sayaka, a cute blond girl who is really good at making friends. She's even able to befriend Akuru at their first meeting, but her base character is too kind, and so she can't turn down Yoshiko's dumb ideas. Oh, and she's very sensitive about her flat chest. On the opposite end of this spectrum is Fuki, a disciplinary committee member of the high school Yoshiko and Akuru attend. She starts out as a pretty straight forward girl who hates Yoshiko's idiocy as much as Akuru, but soon shows her true self to be a stalker who becomes obsessed with Akuru after he compliments her for being more attractive (of a person) than Yoshiko. Oh, and she has the largest chest of the girls, because of course the one in charge of high school morals has the biggest tits.


      All things considered though the anime itself is amusing, but the impact Yoshiko's stupidity has upon that amusement is quite deafening. It ruins the appeal of this series as a slice of life, becoming more of a "what dumb thing will Yoshiko do this week?" which I could have forgiven since she usually gets her punishment via Akuru, but they just take things too far. Because Akuru's violence isn't just directed towards Yoshiko, but to her mother, his little sister, his hot female teacher, and one of the 'gal' girls in his classroom. Not that he physically harms most of them, but his behavior is brash and rude and just makes him look like an asshole. I can't appreciate an asshole, even if it's only because his patience is paper thin due to Yoshiko. Not that he hates everyone, but the only character he gets along with is a white shiba inu! It's not even a person! Hell, even Yoshiko calls him out on this!


      No, there are just some things I can't overlook. They're such a key component of this anime that trying to push them aside is like trying to just eat the marshmallows out of a blow of lucky charms. You can do it for sure, but then what do you do with all that soggy cereal afterwards? It's best to consume both at the same time, even if the cereal drags down the flavor. Which is a shame, because had Yoshiko had at least one redeemable quality, this might have been good.


      Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life


      Animation: The one thing I can't say anything negative about was the animation, as Diomedéa really brought their A-game to the table for this one. You might recognize this studio as the ones who worked on Handa-kunCampione!, and Mondaiji. Expressions are plentiful, characters and backgrounds are both a solid thumbs up, and they really surprised me with the fighting in an episode where Yoshiko battles a gang of delinquents who dared to sully the good name of bananas.


      Voice Acting: Well they certainly did a good job placing the voices, as Aoi Yūki does a great job at giving us a sort-of nasally annoying voice for Yoshiko. Though Tomokazu Sugita really nailed it home as the brash Akuru, having already played numerous characters who are violent and use their fists to solve problems.


      Favorite Character: You probably saw this coming, but I'm giving this award to Fuki Iincho. Her stalker tendencies were an instant favorite of mine, and the fact she is a closet pervert was pretty good too. Yoshiko hanging around seems to be dragging out this more dirty side to her, which is probably the only thing Yoshiko does that made me happy. Fuki's character model were also more in-line with my tastes, giving me more of a feeling of the traditional Japanese girl than anyone else in the anime.



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      Aho Girl gets a 6.0 out of 10


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    • How To Properly Romantic Comedy

      1 month ago

      iMacOfDeath

      RomComs, they're pretty cookie cutter these days aren't they? You get an oblivious male protagonist who unwittingly attracts the attention of one or many female companions, he stumbles his way though strengthening his bond with each girl until he ultimately fails to pick any of the women. This leads to the possibility of more seasons of waifu material dressing in scantly clad outfits, giving us very little little actual relationship progression and leaving us feeling unfulfilled. In fact I've all but given up hope for the Romantic Comedy genre in anime, feeling that my relationship with the genre is that akin to a battered housewife and her abusive husband. I keep promising myself that I will stay away for good after every empty promise, but I somehow find myself going back thinking RomCom got his act together and is finally ready to treat me right.


      Well at long last my friends I have reached the light at the end of the tunnel, I found the pot of gold and its name is Tsurezure Children. This is an anime that should be a beacon for all other future RomComs to look to and see what good Romantic Comedy can be, with multiple examples of every type of relationship that is possible to use. Yes this anime was a smattering of hors d'oeuvres served on a silver platter, each one packed with flavors that set them apart form one another. By the end the anime left you feeling satisfied, not empty, even though you only got bite-sized servings.


      The setting for the anime is based in a Japanese high school, and yes, I know, the location itself is as overused as settings come. Just bare with me. The setting is perfect for this anime as we don't follow one, or two, or three, but up to eight ongoing relationships all between different students. Each pair feels unique, and no two are alike. For example you have Haruhiko and Saki, a relationship where the two clearly like one another but the girl in this case can't gather up the courage to confess to the guy. Another example is Jun and Yuki, a pair where the girl is constantly professing her love for the guy but because of her whimsical nature the guy doesn't believe her. And even still there is Takeru and Ayaka, who begin dating almost as soon as we are introduced to them but the girl here is always worried she is going to mess things up by pushing things too far.


      Now you might be thinking that because of the number of relationships going on that they might feel skin deep, but you'd be wrong. The anime handles the themes it uses for each relationship very maturely, injecting problems you might find in real life relationships into the pairs. No pair is perfect, each one has their troubles, but in the end the anime does a great job showing how the couples move past these differences and grow as characters. Hell, there wasn't a single relationship in this anime that I didn't enjoy on some level or another. And to date that is a feat only accomplished by a couple other anime in my top picks, though neither one was a RomCom by any right.


      If you have ever been jaded by Romantic Comedies in the past, but still want to give the genre a chance, then I implore you to give Tsurezure Children a look. Whether you're looking for good comedy or good romance, you'll find bother here. You will not be disappointed, I guarantee it. And if you happen to be a mangaka or creator of anime, and you're looking to venture out into the RomCom waters, bring a copy of Tsurezure Children with you as a sort of compass. It will save you during those foggy days where you want to rely upon filler or fan service, and ultimately lead you to your destination.


      Genres: Romantic Comedy


      Animation: For all that positive talk about the story you might worry the animation would be out of sync, but fear not as Studio Gokumi does a great job of handling this. It's neither too complex or gaudy, but not too simplistic that emotion and feeling didn't carry. It's a more basic style for sure, but the use of colors and excellent expressions did a great job of showing you what the mood was. This is a studio that has done this before though, as they were also the ones who worked on Kin-iro MosaicKono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru!, and Saki.


      Voice Acting: Here's a mind blower, they actually got a respectable cast to voice the characters. If you were to watch the anime and then close your eyes and listen, you could pretty easily identify the characters just by voice. Because just like the relationships, the characters are all unique and separate from one another. From a deeper voiced male character like Takeru to an energetically voiced girl like Kazuko.


      Favorite Character: Obviously I can't pick a single character this time, but I know immediately what pairing I liked the most and that was the one between Masafumi and Ryōko. These two were packed with some of the best reactions, playing characters very different from what their roles in the school might place them as. Masafumi is a student council president for the third-years, and Ryōko is a delinquent who he caught smoking. I immediately liked these two because Masafumi surprises us as the aggressor, challenging Ryōko's rough exterior as he gets her to agree to make out with him in the very first episode. He is constantly acting like a horn dog around her after they begin to date, but respects Ryōko as the woman he wants to be his lover. God I love this pairing.


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      Tsurezure Children gets a 9.9 out of 10


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    • Hey, Where's The Cream Filling?

      3 months ago

      iMacOfDeath

      Proof of life journal.


      No reviews because I got nothing to review right now, next review will probably be coming the end of this month when the summer season ends.


      Work is work. Had some more 'angry' customers and I'm learning how to better handle those types, but overall I still enjoy the work and what work I do is appreciated. It's nice when I can set a goal in the morning and accomplish it by the time I clock out.


      Hitting the gym the four days I do has had pretty meh results, but the good news is that I am not putting on more weight even though half of my day is spent sitting.


      Picked up Pokemon Moon because it's the better of the two, and I'm already yearning to pay an artist to do a commission of Lilly x Protagionist. God she is adorable, and if her mother is any hint she will be fucking banging when she grows up.

      Already got my team decided upon, most of which won't become a part of said team until after I beat the main game. Moon has the best Ultra Beasts by far.


      So yeah.


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    • What If The World Was A Clock?

      4 months ago

      iMacOfDeath

      That's probably a question Yuu Kamiya, author and illustrator of No Game No Life, was probably asking himself when he began the concept for Clockwork Planet. A world where humanity was on the brink of destruction after the Earth as we known it died, but was then saved by a mysterious man only known as "Y" who rebuilt the planet out of gears and other clockwork parts. Where did he obtain the metal to recreate Earth to scale? No idea. Where did humanity move to while he was making this new planet? Beats me. But I do know this, gear enthusiasts everywhere just jizzed their pants.


      Hold on to your mechanical horses though, because I'm not done. The anime begins by introducing us to our clockwork fanatic of a main protagonist, Naoto Miura, whose hearing is so good he can visualize even the most minor detail about a clock from meters away. He's basically a super version of Daredevil except a child, not blind, and whose power only applies to mechanical constructs. Soon enough Naoto's life is changed as a coffin crashes into his abode, opening to reveal a beautiful sleeping woman who Naoto quickly identifies as an automaton. After fixing an "ugly sound" within her heart she awakens, informing us her name is RyuZU and that she was created by Y to act as a guardian. Luckily for Naoto she immediately took a liking to him, and soon registers him as her master; all benefits included.


      RyuZU's appearance was a mistake however, a product of a malfunction in a military transport that was carrying her body. As such the big wigs want her back and send a blond loli and her automaton bodyguard to capture her, introducing us to Marie Bell Breguet and Vainney Halter. And before you ask, yes, Marie is a super genius when it comes to clockworks. So grab your anime trope bingo cards and mark that one down, if you hit a bingo then be sure to cash it in for your very own clockwork sex doll. Oh, and as a bonus if you have corrupt military and shady government you can tick them off as well.


      Anyways, Marie soon finds Naoto and RyuZU but it's clear that RyuZU being awake is a big game changer. Can't take back what won't go willingly. So they retreat and frighten me by making it look like this anime is going to revolve around school, which thankfully goes away almost immediately when the military and government decide to "purge" the entire city just because of PR surrounding a malfunction within the city's gears. This event causes Naoto, RyuZU, Marie, and Halter to join forces as an "evil organization" to stop the purge and expose the government plot. They accomplish this with the help of RyuZU's superpower of being able to stop time for a bit, but they are still branded criminals and forced to flee.


      This is when things go more fantasy then super advance clockwork technology, as a final main character is added to the mix; AnchoR. This daughter type character is also an automaton and is RyuZU's younger sister, unlike her sister though she was designed for combat, sporting a multitude of weaponry, and the ability to fend her sister off even in time stop mode. Her weakness is that she can not hurt humans, something Naoto takes advantage of as the group attempts to free AnchoR from being stuck in a berserk mode. This results in the addition of another loli, a cuter one, to our cast of characters before the big finale.


      Our final boss as it were is a grumpy old man who is angry at Y for disappearing, and is determined to destroy the world if it will cause Y to show himself. To accomplish this he tricks some fellow engineers into building a weapon that uses electromagnetics, a technology that was banned as it interferes with clockwork tech rendering it useless. After putting a hole in the main mechanism that controls all the gears in Japan and almost forcing AnchoR to destroy herself, he is defeated by Naoto and Maria working together in the clockwork-realm where you can magically create gears out of thin air. This was probably the place Y remade Earth now that I think about it, but still, a dimension of clockwork? Just how obsessed with clocks do you have to be to come up with that one?


      In the end our gang is forced to flee once more, even after the President of Japan acknowledged that they did good and was also a close friend of Marie. Not sure what they'd go onto do next, maybe hunt down more automatons left behind by Y I guess, find more corrupt government officials to expose, and maybe explore just how "human" Y made RyuZU.


      Genres: Fantasy, Action, Clockwork


      Animation: Studio Xebec were the ones who did the animating here, the same studio behind anime like To Love-Ru, Love Hina, and Haiyore! Nyaruko-san. Overall it was pretty average stuff, even dipping down into the sub quality level. This anime dealt with a lot of mechanical parts, but most if not all were CG creations. That that there's anything wrong with that, but it did contrast pretty distinctly with the regular animation.


      Voice Acting: Everyone knows I'm a stickler for genders playing their gender, guys voice guys and girls voice girls. Yes I know how it sounds, so sue me. But even before I looked up Naoto's VA, Yoshino Nanjō, I knew it was a girl. This just deflated all the points where Naoto was cool and manly for me, man, I just really want more guys who voice male character that don't suck.


      Favorite Character: RyuZU. She's mature, level headed, listens to Naoto above all, and is a powerful fighter. Yet at the same time she can be quite adorable, and oh so damn sexy. She even accepts Naoto's marriage proposal! That's right, Marie is not Naoto's romantic interest! Praise Y!



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      Clockwork Planet gets a 6.5 out of 10


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    • How to Inadvertently Lose Your Harem

      4 months ago

      iMacOfDeath

      Back in spring of 2015 I watched and enjoyed an anime about a guy who wants to make a really good visual novel, and recruits several women to help him create the game; most of whom want to be his significant other. It surprised me back then as I had figured it for just another romantic comedy harem that goes no where, but my statements at the time told a story of how "fun" and "amusing" the series was. Looking back on it now though the first season of Saekano was character introduction with a sampling of conflicts that the main protagonist had to help the girls in his employ overcome, the second season striking home that only one girl ever had a chance at winning the main male character's heart and she didn't ever need to try.


      Let's recap though, something the first episode of the anime does for us. Tomoya Aki is making a visual novel with the help of Eriri Spencer Sawamura, an artist, Utaha Kasumigaoka, an author, Megumi Kato, the model for the main heroine, and Michiru Hyodo, a musician. Another thing the first episode does is give a little more backstory behind Eriri's and Utaha's introduction to one another, and the realization that they are rivals for Tomoya's heart who respect one another. It was a nice relaxing way to bring us, the audience, back in without blasting us with a ton of new information to process while we try to recall who everyone is.


      The season goes on to show us the release of Tomoya's game, which does exceedingly well, but created issues for Eriri. You see our ero author feels like she has hit a wall and kind of stops drawing, the cumulation of her problems leading to Megumi taking issue with the fact Tomoya didn't seek help in solving Eriri's problem. Not that he actually solved it, no, he just put a bandaid on the main issue without resolving anything. In fact it's not until a third party by the name of Akane Kosaka shows up that Eriri is able to return to drawing, something that causes her to break down as she feels she has betrayed Tomoya's trust. I should point out that Akane, who for all intensive prepossess feels like an antagonist, broke Eriri from her block in a way that, and I'm being metaphorical here, felt like she was raping her. It was pretty intense.


      It is at this point that I really should have noticed all the foreshadowing, all the writing on the wall that painted a clear picture of Megumi becoming number one without so much as have lifting a finger. In fact I think she realizes this, and becomes way more aggressive in her personality in helping Tomoya with his next project. There's even this whole episode and a half where I felt she was coming to terms with this change, going as far as to sleep over with Tomoya where she played wife and then cut her hair! A change that typically spells death for any character, here, felt like she was shedding her old self and was being reborn as a true main heroine. 


      Meanwhile Eriri, Utaha, and Michiru are all on the other side of the window biting on a handkerchief as they notice this change. They probably don't want to admit defeat, but it's too late for them at this point. Even Utaha, who pushed the envelope and stole Tomoya's first kiss from Eriri, felt like she was desperately trying to throw herself at him as to not be forgotten. But alas, it is too late, especially for Michiru, who didn't even show up until the final minutes of the last episode! Talk about being late to the game. Hell, even Izumi, the little sister character type, has a better shot at Tomoya than Michiru now that she is attending his school. Almost felt like otaku everywhere wanted Megumi to win deep down in their hearts.


      Genres: Romantic Comedy, Harem


      Animation: Returning for the second season is A-1 Pictures, who have also been behind other anime like GATE, The Seven Deadly Sins, and Sword Art Online. A-1 uses color and perspective to really nail some of the best moments this season has to offer, and the way they include a completely different style for Eriri's artwork was pretty cool. One thing in particular I was always drawn to was the eyes of the female characters, the style of which I found very attractive. Not that the rest of the girl wasn't attractive, A-1 subtlety making the everyday female motions rather erotic. Of course, I didn't mind this in the least.


      Voice Acting: I still have to tip my hat to Kiyono Yasuno for her work as Megumi VA. It's not easy to play a moot character type, but she nails the role. Even when Megumi was changing Kiyono didn't have any trouble keeping pace, slightly altering her tone but without altering Megumi's voice. Now that is a trait I applaud. Sadly though, it seems that in the recent years Kiyono has gotten less and less VA work.


      Favorite Character: Last season Utaha took this award for her yandere-ish vibe, often projecting one of the female character's personalities from Tomoya's visual novel. And while she had a few moments in this season, I have to say that Megumi Kato won me over. She was funny, she was interesting, and she gave Tomoya one of the best death stares I have even seen in an anime.



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      Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Flat gets a 8.9 out of 10


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    • Fireworks Day

      4 months ago

      iMacOfDeath

      I get the day off! It's not paid time off, yet, since I'm not past my first 6 months, but none the less I still get to stay home and sleep in.


      Hazaa.


      Was thinking of seeing a movie today with the old man, but he's gone off hiking and will no doubt return home tired and exhausted. Especially after staying up late.


      So I think I'll relax at home, play some games, watch some youtube, and maybe order some pizza.


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    • A Competent Male Protagonist

      4 months ago

      iMacOfDeath

      You know how it is in anime, the male protagonist, especially in a harem or love comedy, is as dense as bedrock. You could have the love of their life sucking their dick and they'd still be confused, trying desperately to piece together some idiotic reasoning behind the actions of girls showering them with affection. It makes my head hurt. However this anime was not that, as our male protagonist is very understanding and the only thing that surprises him was something that could be possible. This anime, while unrealistic in a lot of aspects, gives us a male character who is so grounded he makes decisions that just work. The anime itself might not be anything too new or fresh, but at least the male protagonist caught my attention.


      I am of course speaking about Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism's Fudou Nomura, a male student who transfers into the Private Aichi Symbiosis Academy after being expelled from his previous one. It's quickly made apparent that this school is pretty different in that all the women are armed and the men act female and wear makeup, Nomura himself is told he must conform, leave, or be punished by the Supreme Five Swords. And here is where Nomura earns a point, he waves away the choices he is given and basically gives the Five Swords a middle finger. Fighting the first of the Five Swords, Rin Onigawara, and defeating her with a kiss. Yes I know that sounds silly and tropey, but her way of attacking deals with controlling her breathing so it makes sense.


      Now before you ask, yes, Nomura has a special attack and no it's not kissing. He can do this maneuver with his body that causes a pressure wave to shoot out from his hand, as such most of his fighting deals with getting in close and landing open handed blows and punches on his opponent. He even wears gloves to protect his hands from sharp objects like swords and knives, which come in handy as all but one of the girls he squares off against use swords. Not that he's opposed to using other objects in combat, only the lame man thinks he can win a battle without adapting his strategy.


      After his defeat of Onigawara, Nomura finds himself being attacked, one at a time, by the remaining swords. Each girl sporting her own unique way of battling, and Nomura adjusting his plan of attack. Hell, at one time he even strips down completely because he realizes his dick is distracting the girl he's fighting. Now that's a fucking man!


      While the first two Swords he defeats do end up falling for him, often arguing about who he belongs to, it's still not a harem per say. There is one other girl who wants the Nomura D, but she is a special case. See there is a girl by the name of Kirukiru Amou, referred to as the Empress by the Swords, and she and Nomura have some history together. Long story short, Nomura thought she was a guy, because she dressed and acted like one, and ended up scarring her in a big fight after she hurt a friend of his. She and Nomura do have another battle, her gimmick being she "auto-counters" every attack and her skin is hard to pierce. One thing I found pretty interesting was her voice, which was provided by Eriko Matsui who almost never gets main roles due to her deep vocals. Something I find shocking.


      Everything wraps up rather nicely with Amou leaving the school, Eriko Matsui finally getting to play a character that makes out with the main protagonist, and Nomura gets to stay in school and be a student to the final Sword who hails from the same school of swordsmanship. Only caveat is when the headmistress at the school makes a phone call to a mysterious blond girl, making it possible for a second season to come out. Oh well, at least I wouldn't mind another season of this.


      Genres: Action, Comedy


      Animation: Silver Link did the animation, the same studio behind other works like No-Rin, Tasogare Otome x Amnesia, and Rakudai Kishi no Eiyuutan. They do good work, and this series was no different.


      Voice Acting: Something else I'd like to mention is Nomura's voice, provided by Tasuku Hatanaka, was pleasantly fun to listen to. It had a kind of southern twang to it, and felt like Tasuku was going for a more delinquent feel which made Nomura all that more interesting.


      Favorite Character: Nomura, duh. On top of everything else I've mentioned, it is hinted to, on multiple occasions, that he is packing quite the package. Something that multiple girls get face time with.


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      Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism gets a 7.5 out of 10


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    • Castle in the Sky

      4 months ago

      iMacOfDeath

      Now before you get too excited, no, I'm not reviewing the Hayao Miyazaki film. There just happens to be a magically floating castle in the sky in this anime, and I has having trouble coming up with a good title. It's not even that the castle plays a prominent role in the anime, just that it is referenced multiple times, is the focus of one heroin's career choice, and is a plot tool that is never utilized this season. Yes that's right, something that is shown every single time the anime goes through its opening is just decoration. Sure the bad girl is shown in the castle, but we don't even understand the thing she is in front of or if it is important or not. I mean, it's obviously important, but the whole season's focus was on rescuing a useless blond princess repeatedly and watching a teacher not bone the tsundere. But I'm getting ahead of myself, let's start at the beginning.


      A magical academy needs a teacher so one of its most powerful professors, Celica Arfonia, recommends a man by the name of Glenn Radars, someone who has neither the credentials nor the desire to teach at the academy. Unfortunately for Glenn, Celica was very insistent on him working there and so he reluctantly accepted the job. His first day goes pretty well as he is Team Rocketed by one of the main heroins by the name of Sistine Fibel, a tsundere with white hair and a headband that is suppose to look like cat ears but just looks like piglet ears to me. Unmotivated and lethargic, Glenn spends the next few days assigning his class to self study while he takes a nap. At one point Sistine challenges him to a duel, where she proceeds to kick his ass and this is where the entire class loses all of their respect for the man. I however liked him up to this point, especially after his little speech on a overused trope in anime.


      But fear not, for as bad guys invade the castle, when the powerful Celica just so happens to be away, we see that Glenn is actually very strong. He surprises everyone with his original magic that  is basically Sombra's ultimate but constantly active, allowing him to use martial arts to defeat his powerless opponents. This isn't always the case of course, but Glenn's magic is limited so super powerful attacks drain him pretty badly. The arrival of the bad guys also gives us our other important character, the second heroin by the name of Rumia Tingel. She's a princess with ties to Glenn's past as a badass killer for the government, but no one else knows this and for some reason she's not accompanied by a royal guard at all times. There's some dumb reason given like her not having died during a ritual, but it makes no sense and is pretty washed over. I mean the girl's mother is the queen for fucks sake, a queen who actually misses and loves Rumia. So it's not like she's hated or something. Whatever the case Rumia soon becomes the focus of Glenn's protection for about 2/3 of the anime, as the bad guys continually kidnap her for their nefarious reasons. Makes you wonder if princesses have a support group for this kind of shit.


      When the story isn't progressing, we're usually learning of a new kind of magic. Like making yourself look like one of your students so you can eat a sandwich, or creating horrifying chimeras and not thinking there's anything evil about it. This only comes up in the first half of the season though, as the second half is more drama oriented as we pick up another female protagonist stupidly named Re=L Rayford. Her introduction occurs earlier, but it's during the beach episode that we learn more about why she has such a dumb name. I thought she was kind of cute at first, but then she went and stabbed Glenn in the back, literally, and weighed her character down with a crap ton of emotional baggage. Such a shame.


      The final two episodes switch the focus onto Sistine, as a pretty boy with a monocle who claims to be her fiancee shows up. Sistine wants nothing to do with him, for good reason, but after defeating Glenn before a big duel for Sistine's honor he seems to have won. This actually brings up a big issue I had, as Glenn disappears and is alluded to having never returned. It created actual suspense, it actually made me wonder what happened to him. I mean, the next episode is the final one and Sistine is getting married to the pretty boy. But before any climax, before any battle, fucking Rumia ruins the tension by spoiling that Glenn was preparing a counter attack. It's so dumb! I don't know who it was, but this was a terrible plot point. It ruined the big battle at the end for me, which had a top hat wearing villain and crack zombies! Ugh, such a waste.


      Genres: Action, Magic, Fantasy


      Animation: Liden Films, the studio behind Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo, Arslan Senki, and Miss Monochrome: The Animation. Pretty average stuff, nothing astounding or terrible.


      Voice Acting: Average stuff, nothing note worthy.


      Favorite Character: Sistine is too tsundere for me, Glenn mellowed out from his kick ass past self, Rumia sucked, and Re=L ruined her character with emotional baggage. Everyone else was either a background character or not around enough to matter, so I'm giving this category a pass.


      Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records gets a 6.3 out of 10


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    • Employed and CuntBucket

      5 months ago

      iMacOfDeath

      Good news first, I got a job! That's right, you're old pal iMac (previous of RedUnit fame) has landed a stable job at a logistics company.


      My first day went rather well I think, and if the work I am being assigned is of any hint as to what the future is going to be like well I will have no trouble doing my job and doing it well.


      Employees Handbook says I can't say too much about what I do, but I will say there's a lot of talking on the phone to people of all sorts of emotional level.


      Bad news, Photobucket finally realized I was giving them two middle fingers and made any embedded images I have an ad to upgrade to one of their shitty levels of paywall; even though I have literally 0 bandwidth used through them currently. As such I had to delete a metric-fuck-ton of screen captures from anime I reviewed between when I started to 2016, as well as a crap ton of other images. So if you notice those dumb Photobucket "Oops, were a bag of cunts" images, just ignore it.


      I know this will make almost all of my previous journals visually offensive, but I hope you'll still be able to gleam what my words try to say.


      Transferring all the images and re-linking them via Imgur would take days, so fuck that and fuck Photobucket. I hope they die a painful death sitting in the pile of shit they created; dicks.


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  • About Me

    I usually exaggerate foolish characteristics to make people feel unthreatened. My exceptional skills and dedication are seemingly contradicted by my laid-back manner. I approach life with a disarming, confident cheerfulness.

    I am the host of the Anime Pulse podcast, come and check us out!

  • Comments (756)

    • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

      7 months ago

      do you know why, when I try to go to your KonoSuba season 2 journal, it just gives me an error message and says I lack permissions?

      • iMacOfDeath

        7 months ago

        No, but this is the second time it's happened when I've made a journal. I contacted support about it yesterday.


        Looks like it should be fixed though.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      9 months ago

      AP 479: Do you the movie you saw triple X something or other, that limiting their audience by making a movie for the race by the race system?

      • iMacOfDeath

        9 months ago

        What? I'm not sure I follow.


        Yes I saw XxX: Return of Xander Cage, but it wasn't made for black people. If anything it should have brought bro-types and girls who think Vin Diesel is hot to the seats. It's just a matter of where Crossgates is located, the fact it was a brand new movie that day, it was a Friday so most kids got out of school by then (not that any of those idiots made it through High School without dropping out), and I went during the most busy time of business for the movie theater.

      • HOWtwoROCK

        9 months ago

        Oh ok

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year ago

      Hey could you help me? RT update deleted a link I had under an image source and I lost it and now it looks blurry on my images


      How can I fix this?


      • iMacOfDeath

        1 year ago

        You have to reupload the image, only way to fix the Fullscreen bullshit update.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year ago

      I saw highlights of NANBAKA and I thought they took the french people who made Totally spies and gave them a team to make an anime with an established team. 

      • iMacOfDeath

        1 year ago

        What?

      • HOWtwoROCK

        1 year ago

        Welp I don't know where you want me to start but here I go: In the mid 2000s there was a sudden urge for certain countries to do their own "anime" styled show from their own country. While most of these ended and never made it outside their own countries. The ones that did were French and Italian countries. France's series that got approved was Code Lyoko and Totally SpiesMeanwhile euro-italians were having a big soft spot for magical girl shows and were making the travesty known as the winx club. but thats a story for another time

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year ago

      Yo red how's it going :)

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year ago

      Not sure why but the site unfriend you from me

      • iMacOfDeath

        1 year ago

        Just another reason to dislike the site.

      • HOWtwoROCK

        1 year ago

        Did you see that video where Geoff is like


        "Now we can update our site that looks like it from 2004, to 2015"


        So 2015 website should run like shit

    • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

      1 year ago

      good news!

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      • iMacOfDeath

        1 year ago

        That's good news for Darkfire, I could careless if Hayate or Niseishit end.

      • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

        1 year ago

        ah. my apologies. thought you liked Hayate, too.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      I'm scared how talented you are sometimes. It clear you are much more talented then me

      • iMacOfDeath

        1 year ago

        My talent is usually buried under layers of lazy though.

    • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

      2 years ago

      Have you been watching OverLord? there are at least 2 yandere characters so far, and, now that I'm seeing the lyrics for it, the end song is basically a yandere theme.

      • iMacOfDeath

        2 years ago

        Yep, been watching since episode 1.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

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    • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

      2 years ago

      I was looking over other Sharkbro artworks, and among them was this. I thought it might be up your alley.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        2 years ago

        I can't imagine getting nursed by a clock.

      • iMacOfDeath

        2 years ago

        Not bad, not bad.

    • gi_goku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Tacos

      2 years ago

      oh look a childhood

      • gi_goku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Tacos

        2 years ago

        I never asked/said that you still do... I was making remark of "oh look our childhood"

      • iMacOfDeath

        2 years ago

        Sure sure, I'll admit that. I use to watch it too. But not any more.

      • gi_goku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Tacos

        2 years ago

        But you have to admit that it would definitely apart of our childhood era

      • iMacOfDeath

        2 years ago

        Sorry, not a fan of the Power Rangers.

    • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 years ago

      I don't know if you've seen the final episode of Aldnoah.Zero, but when you decide to do your review, keep this in mind. I'll spoiler block it, so only watch it after you watch the episode.

      Inaho essentially became Big Boss. As in Big Boss from the Metal Gear series. And now, everything makes sense.

      • iMacOfDeath

        2 years ago

        That would have been too story book, I think it's nice that Inko gets a shot at Inaho.

        Indeed. Poor fool, prison for life thanks to the princesses final plea.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Oh, well, the whole thing with Big Boss was that he was the instigator of every single even that happened in the Metal Gear series. He was also a tough as nails soldier and made clones of himself, who went on to also cause the world to go nuts.

        Yeah, I'm okay on the ending, though I wished Inaho and the Princess did hook up (and there may be a chance for that), but at least it was a conclusion.

        And thus, the epic trainwreck that was Slaine's life has finally come to an end.

      • iMacOfDeath

        2 years ago

        I never got into Metal gear, so I have no clue what you're talking about.

        I did just watch the final episode though, and I guess I'm ok with that ending. Inaho is available for that girl who likes him, the princess married a nice guy, Slaine isn't dead but he is in prison like Magneto. Kind of wish he had got away with the fake princess, they made a nice evil couple.

        Post edited 3/28/15 9:29PM

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

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      • HOWtwoROCK

        2 years ago

        Maybe they can make a 2 player mode. I'll let them know

      • iMacOfDeath

        2 years ago

        Seen that one, not interested. It's all about playing the yandere, I'm not into that. I'm only into being the guy who is on the receiving end of the yandere's attention.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      www.siliconera.com/2015/02/05/but-i-love-you-is-a-horrific-take-on-dating-sims/

      where the default love can be yandere love perfect for you

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      hey remember when you said they would only bring over part 3 of jojo? We recently they said that jojo part 1 and 2 are getting localazations as well. BOOM! I told ya so

      • HOWtwoROCK

        2 years ago

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      • iMacOfDeath

        2 years ago

        I already said that a three part manga has gotten over here, that's not impressive.

      • HOWtwoROCK

        2 years ago

        AND ITS IN COLOR!

    • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

      2 years ago

      Hmm, have you started reading UQ Holder yet? I've been going through my new physical copy of volume 3, and I'd forgotten that in a flashback Negi, Eva, Alberio, Zazie, Fate, Mana, and Chachamaru are seen leading an attack on the Mage of Beginnings 20 years ago (Negi's mastered Magia Erebea, and looks almost full demon except for his face). The Mage of Beginnings should have been possessing Nagi at the time, so it's looking like there's a good chance we'll be able to see that fight somewhere down the line after all once they revisit this plot point. I'm excited all over again :D

      • iMacOfDeath

        2 years ago

        Yeah, but he's left KurÅmaru's gender up in the air because he's more then likely going to pick the gender based on who the masses prefer. Male or female.

        Even his 13 year old form is more pretty boy to me.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        2 years ago

        Ken doesn't seem to have any qualms about playing the gay card this time around, though.

        Only because he spends more time in the older body. He was roboticized at 13, remember.

      • iMacOfDeath

        2 years ago

        Oh come on, we all know KurÅmaru is going to end up being a girl so she can take the D.

        And Ikkuu doesn't really come off as a trap, he's more of a pretty boy.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        2 years ago

        We've got a trap, a true trap, and a robo-trap. What more do you want?

      • iMacOfDeath

        2 years ago

        It's alright, but he doesn't have the trap harem really. Though I could totally see Santa being a bottom.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        2 years ago

        Oh, you hadn't said anything. I take it that means you aren't terribly invested?

      • iMacOfDeath

        2 years ago

        Yes I've read the entire thing up to the latest chapter, I remember seeing that.

    • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 years ago

      Just curious, but have you been watching any of the new stuff, like Aldnoah.Zero?

      If so, how far along?

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        Well what is he any good for? He sits around gawking at the princess in the beginning, then he gets beat to shit by the blond asshole, then he goes to help the princess after growing a pair but then fails the Inaho test, then gets beat up again but remains stead fast in keeping silent about the princess, then just as his captor is like "Oh, he is a good guy!" he gets killed and Slaine is taken away by the real bad guy! He has every change to kill him, and end the threat against the princess, but he goes limp just because the asshole saved his father.

        He needs to make up his fucking mind. Does he wants to save the pincesss, or does he want to align himself with the majority faction in killing her.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        You and quite a few people agree with that.

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        Whatever the case, Slaine needs to die. He served no purpose in this season other then to be a pain in the ass, and next season I think it will be exactly the same.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        Actually, if you rewatch the episode, you can see that the bullet only glazed her head. It didn't look like it penetrated. At least, what's what I could see.

        As for Slaine, I don't think he's ever thought out anything clearly, but I can't help but think that he heard the Princess show concern for Inaho and that was a big issue for him.

        Not excusing his actions or justifying them, just giving thought as to why he would do something so incredibly stupid.

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        Agsin, I don;t think it's his fault. Saline never came across as a friend. He saved the man who shoots the princess by tackling Inaho, and pulls a gun on Inaho who is trying to check on the princess. If they pull a "the princess is in a coma or lost her memory due to the bullet" shit, I don't know if I can stand to watch it.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        Not like Inaho was helping matters, either.

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        I stopped feeling bad for Slaine when he didn't give Inaho a straight answer on friend or foe, he failed. He thinks the princess is on his side, but she fell for Inaho by the time he finally pulled his head out of his ass. And what does he do? He saves the man trying to kill her! And then she gets shot in the head by the very same man! I will not be satisfied unless Slaine is killed next season.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        Yeah, and up until that moment, I felt bad for Slaine because it seemed like the universe was out to get him.

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        Well, I think they may or may not have killed both the princess and Inaho . Slaine is a fucking pussy, through and through. And more then likely, he'll be a main antagonist in the second season.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        Right. I forget about that sometimes.

        I know you'll probably talk about it on the show, but what did you think of Episode 12?

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        Done with Aldnoah.Zero, finished it today. I'm on an anime podcast, I have to keep up with seasonal anime.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      3 years ago

      always thinking of my internet friendswww.youtube.com/watch?v=8LN4Op27RVw" target="_blank"> www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LN4Op27RVw

    • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

      3 years ago

      happy birthmas.

    • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

      3 years ago

      Hey. Hey. Hey hey.

      Hey.

      Listen.

      Mega Lopunny.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

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      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        I just never pay attention to it, it all sounds the same to me in the end.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

        You can't have anime without music. Educate yourself.

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        Yeah, even in anime it's not even a factor for me.

        Well, I'd just watch those cut scene movies. If I even want to.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

        I love music. It's very important to me in a game, anime, or anything, really. In fact, several of the type of games I enjoy demand high-quality music, like horror games or epics.

        But you haven't seen everything in between. And I do recommend you watch a playthrough of Wars at some point. The story's pretty good, and as I said the cutscenes were nice too. I'm just not very into RTS games.

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        Of all the things in a video games, music comes in last place for me.

        Well, if I have a reason I can be compelled to play again. But just to experience the Halo Campaign, I'm not interested. I've seen the end of Halo 4, I know all I need to.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

        I liked the stealthy part. There's nothing quite like sneaking up behind a group of partolling Grunts lead by a Brute and bashing each one's head in from behind, four neat and tidy kills that saves you a HELL of a lot of trouble on Legendary. Firefights = bad.
        Plus I think the music in it is the best in the series. The ambiance it gives is fantastic. And I think it gave us a pistol with a scope for the first time since CE.

        That's too bad. If I ever get XBL, I was hoping to get everyone together for a few games.

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        I didn't really like ODST, too stealth and lurking in the shadows if you ask me. Also, traversing the city is fucking difficult at times. I din't know if I'll ever get back into the Halo franchise, which I kind of find sad, since that's the game that really got me into the whole community here.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

        ODST is my favourite, personally. Wars is meh, except for the cutscenes.

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        Never played past Halo Reach, ODST, or Halo 3. I wanted to try Halo Wars, since I loved StarCraft at one time, but I think it'd be too much like Command and Conquer which I suck at. Strange about that, I use to be a master commander on the N64 C&C.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

        I loved that pistol. All since then have sucked, though the Halo 4 one isn't too bad. Wish it had more rounds in the clip, though.

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        No shit it's OP. Of course, I still love being a Camping Sniper Bitch.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

        Once you've played the game and know where things are generally, they're easy enough to take down. Pistol is OP.

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        I bet you will. Those fuckers are inconspicuous as hell, and all the sudden there a fucking rocket blasting its way toward you; and that's if you even notice the thing before it fires one off.

        Everything else is just a distraction.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

        ...I'll allow it.

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        Well, that's what I'm talking about. The flood with rocket launchers.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

        If you die on Easy, it's safe to say you're bad at video games. Not even my brother dies on easy, and that's saying something. Hell, even on normal the only things that warrant death are explosives.

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        Hey, even twigs have sharp pointy ends. Let's say for example a game like Halo. You can play play on easy, or play on legendary. Even on easy I still die, though it's only ever during the flood stages. But still, I die on easy. I'm not bad at video games, I'm just not good enough that I can avoid all but the most dangerous of enemy fire.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

        I love good writing as much as the next guy, but when my enemies snap like twigs before my unstoppable onslaught I lose interest very quickly, regardless of the story. If there's no way to lose, you aren't playing a game - you're reading a book. RPGs are not books, nor should they ever be.

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        Hehehe. I do, just not in the same way you do.

        I love witty dialogue, intriguing story, and detailed plot. I like being offered many choices, especially when it comes to RPGs. I really like it when a game let's me form relationships within the game, relationships that can effect the very game I am playing. I like it when a game gives me rewards for going out of my way to collect a bunch of knickknacks, and not just achievements but in-game loot and goods. And I really love it when I can spend ten hours designing my character just the way I want, from their facial features to their outfit.

        I hate it when a game forces me to replay a section of it because the mechanics are difficult to master, or you can easily miss something rather important to the game's overall ending. I also find no point in play a game on a more difficult setting, unless, the game offers incentives. Special gear and equipment, extra gold and xp, unique items, hidden outfits, and so on and so forth. An achievement however is not worth my time, and I will not for instance, play all the way through Fallout: NV on the survival mode just to earn the blasted achievement for doing so.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

        ...Why don't you enjoy video games?

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        That's twenty minutes I'll save by playing casual.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

        Not the whole game, you fool, just the level you're on. Lose twenty minutes of progress, tops.

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        Ugh, starting the game over is not for me.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

        Well, I've been a Fire Emblem fan for years, so I'm used to how the games were before Awakening decided to add Casual. Unless you were hardcore and wanted to live with the loss, you reset the game when a character dies and start the stage over to keep him/her. You tend to get very attached to them that way.

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        I felt for all the Dragon Age and Mass Effect character's when they got killed, yet when the threats where all felt with they got back up and I still felt for them.

        Same for the characters in Record of Agarest War. They died on the battle field, speaking their final words, but I could always revive them at a town. And I still had feels.

        Maybe we are just hardwired differently.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

        But how can you possibly feel anything for your characters if they don't die when they're killed?

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        :D I don't play for challenge, I play for plot and story.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

        PUSSYFIST!

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        I wouldn't have made that connection unless you had told me.

        Hmm, lots of pointers. So casual it is!

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

        Thought you might like that. Also note the ripped pantyhose.

        As for Fire Emblem:
        - Normal mode is piss easy. Play on Hard for your first playthrough for a decent challenge. I still found it relatively easy.
        - Casual mode makes you the pussiest of pussies. Real Fire Emblem fans restart the level when one of their units die (or carry on). Play on Classic.
        - If you're thinking about marrying one of Chrom's potential options, do so before chapter 11. He can and WILL NTR you.
        - Tharja is a just creepy stalker, but her daughter Noire is both meek and batshit crazy. It makes sense in context. But she also has exhibited minor yandere tendencies in one of her supports I put her through. Don't know how she reacts with the Avatar, though. Either way, you've got some options over who to waifu. Of course, it doesn't have to be them, either.
        - Consider the DLC. Some of it is really handy for grinding, some of it gives you goodies like weapons and skills, and some of it gives you rewarding conversations. All good for learning more about the characters.
        - Cordelia is best girl, Severa is best daughter. This is irrefutable.
        - Don't worry too much about marrying units together for stats. Just get Galeforce on as many units as possible within the pairings you like. Or don't, it's your first playthrough so whatever.

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        *gasp* She- she has braids…

        Maybe next generation of games, oh, speaking of which, I got that Fire Emblem game you told me about. Haven't even started it yet, but do you have any tips that I should know about before I start?

    • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

      3 years ago

      good news. we may yet see Tsumugi. there's already a confirmed season 2 for Sidonia.

      • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

        3 years ago

        ooooh, sweet.

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        I already knew.
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        She is at the end of this season.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      3 years ago

      sharkrobot.com/products/yandere This is soo for you

    • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

      3 years ago

      I'm amused to say I randomly happened across your comment on the last episode of Mahou Sensou on FFF's page.

      • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

        3 years ago

        huh.

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        It was pretty meh the whole series, till the end where as my comment states TIME PARADOX! and the series ends on a very unfinished note. However as I have been informed, there is not enough material to make a second season for some time to come.

      • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

        3 years ago

        lol.

        I actually have all of the show downloaded, but haven't gotten around to watching any of it since episode 5. is it any good overall?

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        My reach is far and wide on the internet.

    • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

      3 years ago

      www.siliconera.com/2014/02/02/beauties-yandere-h...

    • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

      4 years ago

      happy birthmas.

    • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

      4 years ago

      Yanderelivery.

      tumblr_mr1vp0eTai1s9x79go1_400.gif

    • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

      4 years ago

      are you watching Blood Lad by any chance? I haven't been able to find it, and Darkfire's said it's bad, so I figure I may as well wait for a review from you.

    • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

      4 years ago

      Will you still say you don't want to watch Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyo when I mention that, as of episode 4, there's a yandere? Rather, a hardcore yandere imouto?

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        Yeah, thats good and all but I'm still not interested.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        4 years ago

        Aww, shame. I've never seen one quite this batshit before.

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        Nope, she can be yandere all she wants; if its for a dog or a girl I don't care one lick.

    • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

      4 years ago

      Hey, I was right! Kenji IS a douche!

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        Enjoy.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        4 years ago

        I'm not done yet. Just made out on the rooftop for the first time, moved to the next act, got a book I've already read IRL thrown at me by Mutou, then paused to eat supper and watch the latest Let's Play. I'm about to get back to it.

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        How far did you get with her?

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        4 years ago

        Yep. Infectiously cheerful, but not hyper like Misha. Also snarky and playful, a nice friendly rival, just my type. Funny how I went that way even without meaning to.
        Especially when I thought I wouldn't be getting into this.

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        The energetic bouncy type? Good luck with that.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        4 years ago

        I didn't get on Lilly's route like I wanted. Instead I stumbled (no pun intended) onto Emi's route. Which I'm totally okay with, surprisingly. My favourite type of personality.

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        Ooo, him. I just though he was a bit of a loon, not a douchbag. In (I think) Lilly's route he takes off his glasses and you see a different side of him.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        4 years ago

        Katawa's Kenji. The only Kenji we spoke about recently.

      • iMacOfDeath

        4 years ago

        Who?

    • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

      4 years ago

      I forget. did you ever review this anime?

      I'm watching it now, and I really like it.

    • Korrin

      4 years ago

      Thanks for adding me as a friend. :D

    • dybia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBmgLt0yB9k

      I know you're against all things dub, but this actually seems alright.

    • CielEmiya

      4 years ago

      Chess is not a sport, you loser! AHAHA.wav

    • dybia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      Yeah, review or not it's definitely worth the watch.

    • dybia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      vimeo.com/58179094#at=0

      It isn't anime, but you might be able to make a short review out of this. It's really good. Epic high fives.

    • dybia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=VveDEDsxSl0

      Surprised they're actually dubbing it. It sounds okay too.

    • ozean717

      4 years ago

      Friend request received and accepted. Hello new friend :)

    • dybia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      Next time you review a bad game it feels like this would be appropriate.

      z.mhcdn.net/store/manga/1924/19-215.0/com...

    • dybia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou really doesn't like going long without introducing a new girl does it?

    • dybia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      Basically she has really long uncuttable hair and is basically locked away from the world, and he holds a pair of scissors that just happen to be an artifact from an ancestor of his who was a serial killer that used the scissors to kill a lot of people. The scissors happen to be able to cut anything, and he also happens to have a fetish for cutting other people's hair. More people come onto the scene with their killing tools, one of the first being a girl with a needle that had been used to inject a lot of people with cyanide or something. The main character does have his cool moments fighting the other people with killing tools to protect the girl.

      www.mangahere.com/manga/dansai_bunri_no_crime_e...

    • dybia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-wg9dM8adQ

      Seem like something you'd get into next year?

      • dybia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        4 years ago

        This year I mean. New year hasn't sunk in I guess.

    • Unholy_Crab1

      4 years ago

      Combination of heavy schoolwork, lack of interest in RVB, and personal problems.

    • dybia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      Sure. After the last time I sent you a request a long ways back, I guess I just forgot to try again since I had you on watch.

    • dybia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      Eh, they'll probably do gory discretion shots for the particularly brutal deaths so they won't get complaints about airing it on TV. That or censor it like the new cgi Berserk thing.

    • dybia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKzmOh4SuBc

      This might just grab your attention. It's just a trailer, but it says a lot about how good the series will be.

    • dybia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      Eh, throw enough darts and I might hit the board eventually with something.

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