Thursday, 24 April 2014

Do You Remember Love?

In spite of my reduced activity in Lemuria of phosphorescent, I managed to achieve the title of God Slayer just before the release of 天秤のLa DEA。~戦女神MEMORIA~. There's no connection between the two games whatsoever, but I feel like my life is now complete.

Eriri is going to crash and burn in the next volume, isn't she?
Here I thought 冴えない彼女の育て方 was just going to be fairly uneventful albeit harmlessly fun, but Maruto sure showed me that it's quite not the case. While the latest volume can be seen as a nice gesture from Maruto to fans of Eriri, Megumi distancing herself from Tomoya and the rest of their doujin circle ends the story on a rather solemn note. The worst part is probably the fact that the next volume is going to be a series of short stories, because the editor asked Maruto to buy some time before the anime airs. Really now? It's pretty hard to imagine that they won't butcher Kurehito's fluid art style, which had drawn me in well before I knew of Maruto's involvement. I'm such a sucker.

For those unfamiliar with the series, 冴えない彼女の育て方 is authored by Fumiaki Maruto, a veteran scenario writer who is probably best known for penning White Album 2 these days, and illustrated by Kurehito Misaki. The story follows Tomoya Aki, an otaku whose chance encounter with a beautiful girl during the spring break inspires him to make a doujin game with a heroine based on the girl. A month later, Tomoya finds out that the girl is actually his classmate Megumi Katou, an ordinary girl with no notable features. Joining Tomoya on his project are his childhood friend and doujin artist Eriri Spencer Sawamura, his senior and popular light novel writer Utaha Kasumigaoka, and his cousin Michiru Hyoudou who is the vocalist and guitarist of icy tail. Together they form the doujin circle Blessing Software and youthful shenanigans ensue. Currently they are working hard to finish up their game before the Winter Comiket deadline.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Consequence Of Chaos

The month has just started but it already feels like a repeat of last April.

It's not everyday that I get to open the post with a wide image, even if it's not particularly relevant. I'm not going to overload anyone with information so here's Date A Live ~Heroines Strategy Program~ in your friendly neighbourhood format. Or you can always go seven times bigger and get the original lossless files here instead. Putting it all together took a lot longer than I had anticipated.

Despite 130 pages or so of delicious artworks by Tsunako, Hyperdimesion Neptunia Re;Birth 1&2 The Complete Guide + Visual Collection isn't too great. A good number of the illustrations included in the book have already been published some time ago anyway, which is a little disappointing to be honest. The complete guide which takes up half of the book feels a bit like an afterthought and likely won't be especially helpful to most people. Nevertheless, it's nice to finally have various store exclusive illustrations in clean high resolution.