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Shall we date? Destiny Ninja

This is the first Otome game I played from NTT Solmare’s “Shall We Date?” series on my phone. It was the first in every one of their games I’ve now played and are still playing with each one getting a better system going.

Destiny Ninja takes place in the Genpei era of Japan where the Taira and Minamoto clans were in conflict during the latter half of the Heian period. You are a young noble woman who finds herself in the middle of a battle field with no memory of how you got there or of who you are. Right when your about to get an arrow to the face or be attacked a ninja comes to your rescue. You choose which ninja out of 10 different characters:

Enya- The heir to the Fire Village and a well known womanizer. He of course has a soft and weak side.

Hyuga- Also from the Fire Village, he acts nice and polite in front of the groups leader but once away from the leader he shows a different side. He seems uncaring and harsh and seems like he is hiding something.

Kazemasa- From the Wind Village, Kazemasa is quite and distant and can be very harsh and threatening at times. He seems very serious with little emotion, he is very loyal to his leader.

Hyosuke- From the Water Village. The youngest looking member in the group who has a huge chip on his shoulder. He seems hyper and nice some of the time and at others you see his twisted killer personality take over when the enemies are mentioned or are present.

Sohma- This is the only character I have yet to play, will update when finished.

Mizuki- From the Water Village, he is very quite and doesn’t have a strong personality. Once you get past his wall he is a fine protector who is kind and loyal.

Benkei- He is from the Minamoto Clan and was once a monk. Benkei’s story cracked me up many times. He is sweet and caring but unfamiliar with dealing with a female and so many awkward situations arise.

Yoshitsune- The  leader of the group from the Genji Clan and the one who pulls everyone together. His followers would give their lives in an instant for him. He is kind and thoughtful using strategy and thought over brute force.

Goyo- From the Mainland. Goyo is flamboyant and showy with fine tastes and refines actions. He doesn’t seem to be just a normal Ninja does he?

Noritsune- On the enemy side from the Heishi he seems to know you from before you lost your memory. He is kind and a good leader like Yoshitsune. He is young hearted and loyal.

Once saved you are thrown in on an adventure to recover your lost memories and the Three Sacred Treasures which may be the key.

I enjoyed this game which is free to play, you have a certain amount of energy to use every day and go through check points but you can also buy things to set you on a faster path. I don’t mind the check points and things since I play so many I just go through each one and do the daily reward and training until I can pass the check points. Some of the games have a paid to play version where you just make one transaction and buy a story which sometimes is defiantly worth it but not necessary to enjoy playing the games.

Have you played any of these games? What did you think about it? Did you have a favorite character? Tell me in the comments!

Sword Art Online ~First Arc~

Originally a light novel written by Reki Kawahara it was adapted into an anime series in 2012. There are multiple arcs in the series and two separate seasons at the moment.

The first arc is Sword Art Online (SAO) and is the first virtual reality game that you watch the characters go through. It’s set in the perhaps not too distant future where there is something called a “Nerve Gear”. The Nerve Gear is a helmet that’s puts the person using it in a virtual reality world. You follow Kirito a player who got to beta test the game before the main launch. While logging in for the main launch all the players (a few thousand) find out that they are trapped in the game. If they die in game their real bodies will die in the real world, the only way to get out of the game and wake up is to beat all the levels and defeat the final boss. Kirito is a smart player and is early on branded a “Beater” a beta tester cheater. After some bad things happen he doesn’t like getting close to or joining up with other players. He meets Asuna a strong girl part of the Knights of the Bloodoath guild and there is a romance that develops between them. They are in the game for a little over 2 years. You meet many different players who all try to work together to be free of this virtual world.

I really liked this series, the virtual world aspect was neat and reminded me of a few different sci fi movies and books. I liked the real emotions of the players because you have to remember throughout that these are all real people somewhere trapped in a game. I liked the mmorpg set up as well. It came together and made a great story.I liked the characters and the relationships between them. I will admit I may have teared up a bit here and there. 6_6

I liked both main characters quite a bit. What did you think of the first arc? Who was your favorite character? Let me know in the comments!

~Harvest Moon~ Blessed by the Harvest Goddess

Harvest moon is one of my favorite game series, it is truly addicting. The series debuted in 1996 and has been on several systems with many installments.  The series has had games on the: Super Nintendo, Game Boy, Game Boy color, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, GameCube, Wii, PSP, Nintendo DS and the most recent games have been on the Nintendo 3DS. Since coming out in 1996 there has nearly been a new game in the series every year to every other year

The first one I was able to play was “Harvest Moon 64” followed by: “Friends of Mineral town”, “A Wonderful Life”, “More Friends of Mineral town” (holy crap you can be a girl! Yay>_<), “Another Wonderful Life” “Island of Happiness” “A Tale of Two Towns” and “A New Beginning”. I really liked both the “Wonderful Life” games for the GameCube and played them with my best friend constantly, trying to get the wife or husband we wanted and not lose any of our farm animals because i’ll admit the death scenes for the animals may have made us cry a little bit 6_6.

The main goal in the games is usually to take care and expand a farm you have some way or another come into living at, you grow various seasonal crops, take care of several different kinds of farm animals, make different products from said animals, building relationships with the towns people and find your choice wife or husband. You have a fulfilling and fun life building a home and a family. Besides the main idea of the game there are a few other plot lines in each game, usually there is something you need to accomplish for your new home and friends.

A few years ago there was another series that came from Natsume and was called “Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon.” this game began a new series but had many of the aspects of “Harvest Moon” except replacing the normal animals with monsters and also throwing in the ability to fight off monsters and explore caves. It made a great game even better in my opinion, I love fantasy aspects and thought the various races in the town and in your suitor choices was neat and exciting. I liked the art work in these games a lot and have played all of the games in this series.

All of the “Harvest Moon” games are to me relaxing and a good stress releaver. It’s simple but not easy, you have to work hard to not let everything around you die. With proper work your farm life can thrive into something to be proud of.

Have you ever played any of the games in this series? Which is your favorite? What kind of Suitor do you go for? (I go for the ditzy girls or the guys who are kindof a jerk) Tell me about it in the comments!

OTAKU

The term “Otaku” is a Japanese term that refers to people with obsessive interests or hobbies. The interests range all around the board but the ones commonly associated with the term are that of Anime and Manga. In North America I know that many people who frequent conventions and partake in anime and manga and that fandom so refer to themselves as “Otaku” but only when it pertains to those hobbies. In Japan there are several different groups of “Otaku”, those who are interested in trains, figurines, feudal eras, the list goes on.  The term has only been around since the mid to late 80’s, it is disputed sometimes about the exact work it was applied to what it has become now.

When I say an obsessive hobby I mean one that really is obvious in most things you do in your life. For me all my free time (when im not cleaning and cooking) I’m watching series after series of different anime as well as going through manga series like they are going out of style. I study about various different aspects of the culture that has arisen now centering around anime, as well as traditional culture of Japan and a few other countries that lie in Asia. Thankfully here in the west it’s not too much of an issue to have such hobbies, its much of the time thought to be cool. However there will always be those who look down on those interests and think it’s nerdy or who are rude about it. But it seems that in the past two decades it has become the new cool to be geeky. In Japan that really isn’t the case, to be an Otaku is not a good thing through the eyes of society. It’s looked down on and many think the idea of an Otaku is creepy and there are many stereotypes surrounding the term.

There are places, mainly Akihabara in Japan that thrive on the Otaku Culture. Shops filled with anime, figurines, model kits and games galore. There is so much you can get your hands on as well as get to visit the adorable Maid Cafes and cosplay cafes. There is a lot of money that is made from the various fandoms, I know several people who really use all of their earnings on their hobbies. If it makes you happy and fills your life with some meaning then I say go for it, do what you love and don’t listen to those who only have negativity.

Are you a Otaku or serious fan? What do you like to do? Let me know in the comments!

References


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otaku#Types_and_classification_of_Japanese_otaku

http://en.rocketnews24.com/2013/11/28/youre-an-otaku-defining-japans-nerdiest-word/

http://www.facts-about-japan.com/otaku.html