Dramatical Murder gets an anime

(and the trailer gets a translation. you’re welcome.)

DMMd anime.
yes yes yes yes!!!

VERY YES.


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I really love the kind of still format that visual novels provide, but it’ll be great to see the characters flap their yaps and moving around!!! I’m especially interested in seeing how they animate the cyber game “Rhyme” (and maybe we’ll see some brawling “Ribsteez” too!!!) Seriously, the visual novel was pretty vague on what it actually looked like to watch a Rhyme match on the street, since the game is virtual and in the players’ head.

dramatical murder rhyme anime
^It looks cool, but seriously, what the heck is going on here?

Anyways, the dialogue in the trailer is sparse but here it is:

Usui:
お待たせしました, 皆さん。
Sorry to have kept you waiting, everyone.
これおれライム開始します!
I will start Rhyme!

On screen text:
電脳ゲームに -Rhyme- 熱狂する人々…
The cyber game Rhyme excites people…
(alt. translation- makes people crazy…)

その影で起こる
Takes place in the shadows.
(alt.- I act from the shadows. maybe?? I think it’s referring to someone.)

-カミカクシ-
spirited away
失踪事件
disappearances

Aoba:
なんだよ?! これ
What the?! This-

破壊と 死を
Destruction and death.

Heh. Translating is hard enough, but it’s even worse when dealing with cryptic sentence fragments!! Yes, I’m relying very much on dictionaries and translators as well. It’d be easier if I was more familiar with using the language but hey, I’m working on it :p. lol, Aoba’s dialogue was the easiest. (Gee, I’ve NEVER heard a character exclaim in confusion in an anime before. /sarcasm)

Some tasty links:
Announcement on Nitro+Chiral’s site
Dmmd anime official site
dramatical murder dmmd congratulation

Attack in Titan Sasha Nendoroid

Loving all the new Shingeki no Kyojin figures and stuff that has been coming out! Today was a special day because I met Sasha!!

sasha nendoroid mikasa shingeki no kyojin attack on titan

Isn’t she great!? She is a combination of Nendoroid #365 Mikasa and #163 Minami. For now I’m just head swapping, but maybe I’ll get an extra Mikasa Nendoroid and fully customize and mod the figure to look like Sasha. Not a whole lot to change, just need to mold a shirt collar and maybe paint the shirt grey like in the anime.

sasha nendoroid mikasa shingeki no kyojin attack on titan
Sasha in town.

sasha nendoroid mikasa attack on titan shingeki no kyojin

I just adore this figure, and the character ever since my friend said,

“The one you’re most like is Sasha.”

sasha attack on titan

“What?! No I’m not she’s weird!”

“…”

sasha eating

“…oh I see.”

Upon self-reflection I agree we have many common traits! Still before that many others were my favorite characters… I like Eren! and Hanji! and of course everyone loves Levi. oh and I like Jean. Annie looks cool. Armin is so smart! DAMN I LOVE EVERYONE! although poor Mikasa is a bit low on the list. She’s badass, but not much draws me to her, especially since she’s kind of one-dimensional. Her backstory at least explains it.

nendoroid head part swap sasha titan
Hehe, they be chillin’. Look at schoolgirl Mikasa! XD

This is the first time I’ve been able to experience part-swaps with Nendoroids! I tried to stay away from them, and until this year I only owned the one of Jack Frost (of ATLUS). Now I hope to own the rest of the SnK cast!! and I want to make more custom characters too! (I already have one in the works, stay tuned for that~!) Let me know you have a good combination! I love the SnK uniforms <3~

One more pic for the road:
mikasa nendoroid titan play set shingeki no kyojiin
MIKASA ACKERMAN: Wreckin’ titans like a boss.

These bookmarks are finally mine! (Amnesia)

amnesia bookmark vol 7 8

Huzzah! Ikki here is showing off a few sets of Amnesia bookmarks, made by Gift. Several earlier sets were available at retail, but volumes 7 and 8 here were event only. You had to buy them in person at a event in Japan, like a convention or hobby show (a well-known one is Animate Girls Festival just earlier this month). I first saw these on Gift’s official site and instantly fell in love. Then I cried a little when a friend helped me decipher it’s limited availability. but… but… I really love the designs of the boys’ cafe uniforms so much!

amnesia otome cafe uniform shin ikki kent toma
^Who wouldn’t want to go to a cafe with staff like this? x3

Only through sheer diligence was I able to catch the bookmarks at auction (checking shops everyday can get tedious…lol). They are really nice! The print looks spectacular, even better than the promo sample. I have favorite characters, but seeing them arranged like this so nicely, I can’t choose a favorite. The uniform design, the background colors and motifs, and general balance of the artwork really makes me squee~~ <3 <3 <3

amnesia bookmark shin toma orion
^Vol. VII out of the plastic sleeve.

I kind of regret taking them out to get a closer look, because as usual, they are pretty fragile. They are meant to be be popped out and used, but really, how often are collectibles actually used for their functional purpose?

amnesia bookmark ikki kent ukyo
Vol. VII here is being displayed without the white backing card. These prints on clear plastic never cease to amaze me.

^.^ So ridiculously happy. Now if only I could get a real one of these uniforms…
amnesia otome shin toma cafe uniform

I also got a few other things in as well when I bought the bookmarks, including more Amnesia goods. I’ll being taking photos soon of it all, although the cold weather has made it something of a test of will. I have terrible lighting indoors, so most of my photos have to be done outside! Brr~!

Levi wants to be taller (Attack on Titan)

Long story short, I have been watching Attack on Titan, aka Shingeki no Kyojin ( 進撃の巨人 ).
Youtube was nice enough to bring this to my attention:

“I Wanna be Tall by Levi”

It’s a parody of the anime’s opening theme, and the fact that Captain Levi is only 160cm tall. He doesn’t appear to actually have an inferiority complex over his height, but it sure is funny to imagine. The video’s images are pretty self-explanatory, but if you’d like to sing along, I painstakingly typed out the lyrics here. The video has its own credits, so I’m not going to bother listing them.

Lyrics are basically expressing that his “height is not enough!” xD

背伸びしても / 足りぬ背か
Senobi shite mo / tarinu se ka!

身長ほしいなあ / 身長ほしいなあ
Shinchō hoshī nā / Shinchō hoshī nā

とびえる棚の / 本さえ取れずに
Tobi eru tana no / Hon sae torezu ni

背の低いチビは / 台を待ちわびる
Senohikui chibi wa / Dai o machiwabiru

祈ったところで / 何も変わらない
Inotta tokoro de / Nanimokawaranai

背丈変えるのは / イリザロフ法だ
Setake kaeru no wa / Irizarofu-hōda (Ilizarov’s method)

トールシューズ履きそろえ
Tōrushūzu haki soroe

歩む / 意思を / 笑う / デカよ
Ayumu / Ishi o / Warau / Deka yo

小型の人間 / 虚偽の身長
Kogata no ningen / Kyogi no shinchō

威厳保全の自由を
Igen hozen no jiyū o

背の順の屈辱は / 恥じらいの極致だ
Se no jun no kutsujoku wa / Hajirai no kyokuchida

渇望の / その彼方 / 誰もが嫉(そね)む
Katsubō no / sono kanata / Daremoga sone mu

背ーがー!!
Se-ga-!!

リヴァイ兵長 / エドワード・エルリック
Rivuai heichou (Levi) / Edowādo Erurikku (Edward Elric)

ベジータ / 岡村 隆史
Bejīta (Vegeta) / Okamura Takashi

猫ひろし / ザ・たっち
Neko Hiroshi / Za tāchi (The Touch)

ラルクのhide
Raruku no haido (L’Arc Hide)

身長ほしいなあ / 身長ほしいなあ
Shinchō hoshī nā / Shinchō hoshī nā

背が足りねえ
Se ga tarinē

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I just about died when the singer started listing famous persons that are also notably short in stature. xD I mean really, who wouldn’t think of Edward Elric?!

Aki meets Uta no Prince-sama

Remember when this blog was first started solely for sharing the artistic works of Aki ( あき )? Well, it seems I’ve forgotten that, lol. My apologies to those wanting some more pictures of Angel’s Doubt, I’m really behind! The fact that the manga is on indefinite hiatus put a damper on things…

Anyways!! I just came across this today, and felt like sharing~

uta no prince anthology manga aki
Uta no Prince-sama Anthology!

When I saw it, I did a double take, thinking their expressions looked awfully familiar. Then I noticed the watercolor-style and clicked to read the cover. Sure enough it says, “COVER あき” in really small print. Kya~~~! Aki-sensei drew Otoya and Masato~!!! and now Natsuki is worth looking at! XD

Even though it appears she didn’t write a story for the book, I think the other boys are featured on a color page within the book. There is also this inside:

uta no prince anthology manga aki
I’d like to see Syo-kun’s color picture. x3

Here is the cover without the outer sleeve:
uta no prince anthology aki manga

Speaking of Uta no Prince-sama, this arrived in my mail yesterday!

otoya ittoki uta no prince atler 1/8
8D ~!!!
Isn’t Otoya just great?! I actually liked this figure before knowing much about Utapuri. (I’ve since watched the anime out of obligation. xD I liked it~) I was sold on this figure when I saw he looked good from all angles. His design and pose is really well-balanced.

otoya ittoki uta no prince alter 1/8
This is actually my first 1/8 scale! I’ve seen plenty up close before at a friend’s, but I usually go for trading figures. I surmised a figure from Alter would be a good choice.

Otoya and Tokiya’s 1/8 are being reissued for release this December, so get one while you can~! I’m really looking forward to some of the other boys that were announced for release too. : ]

Hakuoki Memories Comparison Review

Saito and Hijikata would like to present~

Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi,
Limited Edition!

hijikata saito plush hakuouki hakuoki memories 3ds
Goodness, don’t they just look so excited?

Thank you, to Aksys, for localizing this entry in the Hakuoki series! (Now, let’s go for Zuisouroku, Reimeiroku, or my favorite… Urakata! You’ll continue the Hakuoki series, right guys? Right??)

Now, this isn’t just a review of Memories, but a comparison review up against Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom for the PSP. These two are basically the same game- Memories being a port of the the former, with some extra modes added, and 3D effects.

hakuoki hakuouki 3ds psp game
Here they are, going head to head. Or rather, case to case.

First we’ll talk about the all sweet collectables packaged with the Limited Editions of both the 3DS and the PSP games. If you want to learn more about how the actual gameplay measures up, skip to latter half of this post. (…but why would you want to gloss over all this cool stuff??)

hakuoki hakuouki memories artbookOne item included in the LE is an artbook, and as you can see here, it’s the same size as a 3DS case. Not a lot of emphasis must have been put on making this artbook- it’s just a slip of a thing, with 6 sheets stapled together making 24 pages (counting front and back, and the covers). Still, the images are nice, and have a good print quality. There’s a few line art versions of the CG’s in the game (neat!) and some other color artworks of the hunky cast.

EPIC CENTER SPREAD OF SHINPACHI IS EPIC.
hakuoki hakuouki shinpachi memories artbook
I heart this image so much.

Still, I have one big problem with the cute little artbook. Where’s my beloved Heisuke?! He didn’t get any solo images, and next to no face time in the whole book! …same goes for Harada but who cares about him…[NEWS BULLETIN: this just in, a blogger recently met their demise at the hands of enraged Harada fans.]
Seriously, you can totally judge this artbook by it’s cover. It’s pretty much all about fan-favorites Saito and Okita. So unfair…

YOU HAVE ANGERED THE HEISUKES.
hakuoki hakuouki angry heisuke toudou
…but we won’t hold a grudge. So, moving on~

Comparison check!
hakuoki hakuouki artbook limited edition
This is the artbook from the PSP game on the left, a much more worthy and substantial piece among the two. It’s a whopping 72 pages of character introductions, group shots, and nearly all of the in-game CG’s (boring stuff like item CG’s were excluded). The print quality is fantastic, especially since a lot of the CG’s are in the dark of night and could’ve easily just come out totally black (but they didn’t). I adore this book. To the Memories artbook’s credit, however, it does include art not found in the PSP version. So for someone like me that spent money on both sets, I was pleased there was very little overlap in contents.

hakuoki hakuouki artbook soundtrack
Here’s a peek inside the book, and the other item included in the PSP LE was a soundtrack CD. It’s pretty good- I did like the music from the game. Although there’s only about 4 tracks I like to listen to repeatedly, the others are all dark, scary, danger/battle music tracks. The latter aren’t really meant for easy listening, lol.

This concludes the extras with the PSP game. Memories however, decided to get a little more creative. Prepare to get cultured!

hakuoki hakuouki memories fan sensu
This time around we get a Sensu, aka a traditional Japanese folding fan. It’s pretty great! Very sturdy and easy to open and close. The paper is thick and seems quite durable. I’ve opened and closed it several times already, and the paper doesn’t seem worn or cracked. (Really, where do you get paper that doesn’t show it’s white core where you crease it? ._.?) The colors are vivid, the wood is smooth, and there’s a very light sheen to the paper. A nice item, but I never know what to do with fans. I have a few, perpetually folded, lying around somewhere. I’d get a fan stand if I had any shelf room left… ah well, I suppose it’ll get used for photography sometime.

hakuoki hakuouki memories tenugui towel
Lastly, the Memories LE includes a tenugui, a thin cotton towel. I had to Google to learn more about this, and how they traditionally dye them- interesting stuff. The one here must be factory printed, but it does feel like cotton. I need to iron mine… (^_^;) There’s no tag saying what it’s made of so I guess I’ll play it safe and iron the backside with a lower setting.

A close up of the print (open image in new tab):
hakuoki hakuouki memories tenugui towel
Personally, I really liked this series of line drawings, so I’m thrilled to have it in a large print form. I’m definitely hanging this up like a banner (much like I did with the other Hakuoki bandana I got from Aksys). It measures 12 x 25.5 in.

Okay, so now it’s about time I reviewed the actual game!

1)The opening movie.
They changed the movie that plays when you first turn on the game from the one that was in the PSP version. This was a good idea, as it was clearly designed to show off the 3D layering capabilities of the aptly named 3DS. It’s clean and crisp and looks good on the 3DS XL as well. The song is “Hoshi Shirube”. I do kind of miss “Yami no Kanata Made” from the PSP, but both songs have similar pacing and are performed by Aika Yoshioka, so it works just fine.

This isn’t the actual opening movie, but it has parts of it. Looks even better in 3D.

2)The main game.
This is pretty much the same between both systems, the only differences being superficial. Same story, same script. Still, this is a visual novel we’re talking about here, so naturally I’m going to get picky about, well, the visuals.

a)The character art in the game is not as crisp nor clear as it could be. Honestly, the 3DS displays a higher resolution than the PSP, so I was expecting better. Obviously, Idea Factory just ported over the low res images from the PSP game, rather than starting over with the source material at a better resolution. The art of Hakuoki is a big draw of the game, and it’s a shame that it’s kind of fuzzy and pixelated. The expressions are a little easier to see when playing on the XL, but it also makes it more obvious that they aren’t a good resolution. (This does not include the opening movie. They definitely started from scratch there, so it looks great.)

b)The 3D effect is done well. I recommend playing with the 3D slider all the way up, since it’s a bit subtle and having it halfway can make the images blur a bit more. (Although, everyone’s eyes are different, so maybe experiment.) It’s alright when it comes to having the characters and the dialogue box “pop out”, but it really shines when it comes to the backgrounds. It’s subtle and effective. I really liked the room with the crossbeams that appeared in chapter 3 (one of later Shinsengumi headquarters).

c)The 3DS is at a different screen ratio than the PSP (meaning it’s length is shorter in comparison to it’s height than the more “widescreen” PSP). So naturally, images in the game are going to cropped differently. For the most part they did a good job regarding how the characters and backgrounds are centered on-screen. Unfortunately though, they shifted some character art up, and a few others down, effectively changing their comparitive height. Okita is very tall, and Saito is rather short- it should have stayed that way.
hakuouki hakuoki saitou saito okita
Lol, poor Saito. Let me know who drew this and I’ll credit them here. Full comic is here- link.

It gets a bit annoying when you have someone that has been moved up (like Hijikata) and someone that has oddly been moved down (Inoue) so that they have a very noticeable and ridiculous height difference. Perhaps not too noticeable to new players, but it sure bugs the heck out of me!

d)The text appears differently on the 3DS- not just the font, but how it actually goes about showing up on-screen. It basically types out one letter at a time, really stiff. It bothered me so I went to the settings and put the text speed at max. That way the entire line appears at once. On the PSP though, there’s a bit more finesse in the way the text appears. It kind of… floats gently onto the dialogue box, a gradual fading in. The words can also afford to be more spaced out and in a bolder font since the actual screen measurement is longer. I have to hold my 3DS closer to my face than I would like while playing this game. The text is all-around easier on the eyes on the PSP.

e)The colors. The colors! After turning on the PSP version I immediately realized that they displayed a different tint in each game. The 3DS seemed to win this round for a bit, since the black was much more black, and for some reason there was a lot of green tones on the PSP. Then I went to the PSP’s system settings to see if you could adjust the tint. Well, turns out I had the “Color Space” set to “Wide” to make stuff more vivid. This is usually a good thing, but for Hakuoki it should be set to “Normal”. At first it might seem odd, like suddenly all the color was sapped out, but no, holding it to the 3DS game, they were much closer in hues. The PSP has a bit of a yellow tint, while the 3DS has a bit more red. Looking between the two, the difference is most obvious now in the skin tones, but neither color set seems to be wrong. It’s tough to say which is better.

f)The 3DS has more exciting new effects! The fight scenes have more animated sword slashes and stuff. Also, so far I encountered a CG with an animated overlay. I’ll keep it secret which one, but you’ll like it, I’m sure. Edit:I encountered a few more, and they were lovely~ A nice way to re-experience the game.

Well now, marching on to the new modes~!
hakuoki demon of the fleeting blossom

3)Memories mode.
This is set of six short side stories. Each are written from the perspective of one of the male main characters. All of the dialogue is voiced, and there are some sound effects as well. They were well done, honestly. Kind of like a drama cd, but with silent narrative to read. The only downside here is that they are really short. Really, they only seem to last a moment. Still, in that moment, there’s very deep and well thought-out characterizations, and if you pay attention to the text, it does in fact give some insight into what the characters have to deal with in the main story. I’m a pretty hardcore fan so I was happy to read these. To a casual player though, it really isn’t much content.

4)The photo booth.
This is a fun time-waster. Totally cute and easy to use. I think Aksys does a better job explaining it at their official website, or even on one of their videos (towards the end). Still, here’s a few results of playing with it~

saitou okita mini display figure hakuoki memories photo booth
Saitou: *grumbles* Okita… what nonsense did you call me out here for?
Okita: Oh come on, smile, Saitou! It’s not like the camera can steal your soul~! *snickers*

hakuouki hakuoki memories photo booth kondou
Kondou-san advertises you should vacation on Wuhu Island (PilotwingsResort).

I like to make silly pictures and send them via Swapnote, because everyone needs some Hakuoki spam, lol. Now that I think of it, the images of the frames and stickers in this mode are pretty nice and crisp. Seems to be less interpolation here, for some reason.

You can also make a photo without actually taking a photo (or uploading one from the SD card). It just has the default pink background.
hakuouki hakuoki memories photo booth hijikata

So in conclusion, which is the better buy? Hands down, the Limited Edition for Demon of the Fleeing Blossom on PSP. However, if you don’t have a PSP, then Memories on the 3DS is a valid alternative. I know I’m being hard on it here, but it’s still a nice looking game, and the story is worth it. I figure the extra modes and special effects make up for the lower resolution of the character art.

If you have both systems which should you buy? Well, if you are a hardcore fan and want all of the new modes and stuff, you could buy the 3DS game and just get the download version for the PSP (alternatively, Memories is available on the eshop for 24.99, but at that price, I’d just buy a physical copy). Seriously, I recommend getting the PSP version for the main game… unless you have no eye for detail; then the 3DS version should be good enough. Either way, support Aksys and otome games in the west by purchasing a copy of either version~ There’s a reason Hakuoki has a lot of sequels- it’s really darn good!

hakuoki demon of the fleeting blossom

EDIT: The newest english-language Hakuoki game is coming out May 2014 for PS3! I will be posting a review on that after its release. Look forward to it, this the first time we’ll have the 2nd game of the franchise (Zuisouroku/fandisc) in english!

A scale of Half-Age figures

So I’m a bit late in the game on this one, but I’m in love with the many series of Half-Age figures that have been popping up! I just got my first sets in today, Persona 4 and Tiger and Bunny vol 1.

half age persona 4 tiger and bunny

Seriously loving this almost-but-not-quite-chibi scale. I haven’t even played Persona 4, and I know next to nothing about Tiger and Bunny (gasp! what is wrong with me?) but these are just adorable. I got them at a really good price at Hobby Link Japan so that was an incentive as well. I think I’ve decided to collect the ones with food-

persona 4 half age figure
Yukiko: OH NOES!
Chie: Hey, watch it!
Nanako: … *stares*

Two of them in Tiger and Bunny vol. 1 also have food (but they haven’t been deboxed yet). And there’s a couple from Blue Exorcist that’d go good in a tiny kitchen. Now if only Bandai would make a Half-Age line for a show I’ve actually seen… (I take it back, they did do some Gundam girls. Too bad Sayla’s wasn’t a wide release…)

I have some more pre-ordered too. Kuroko’s Basketball~!

kuroko basketball no basuke half age figure

Although, how am I going to get them to fit the (mental) image of my Half-Age Kitchen? ._.;;