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[Anime Review] Kill la Kill

So, as anyone who has read any of my anime reviews post-Gurren Lagann will know, I really like Gurren Lagann. However, it turns out the team behind Gurren Lagann made other shows that are a) not Gurren Lagann and b) actually quite good as well. It behooved me to check them out, and so I was recommended the show about a girl who wears a magical brassiere with blood powers: let’s get into Kill la Kill!

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[Game Review] Fire Emblem: Awakening

I will be the first to say that Fire Emblem: Awakening is easily one of the most divisive games in the franchise’s series: some claim it was the game that ‘saved the series’, whilst others denigrate it as the beginning of the waifu-collecting-anime-esque “modern” Fire Emblem, and there’s very little middle ground. Having now played it for myself, I’ll be trying to avoid both of these extremes in order to talk frankly about my experience of the game. So – what kind of game is Fire Emblem: Awakening really? (Note: this review is probably going to sound pretty obscure to those unfamiliar with the Fire Emblem series, so for those people, feel free to skip to the yay-or-nay at the end.)

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Cause: End of Arc I Update

With Cause 1.5.13, we have reached the end of Arc I. There are two Arcs remaining, but I will be taking a three week break from Cause. To those who have not read Cause, this should be ample time to start reading it in time for the beginning of Arc II. I sincerely hope that if you have the time, you will take the chance to read Cause and enjoy it.

To those who have read Cause up to this point, I am very thankful for your support and I am working to make Arc II fulfil your expectations and exceed Arc I in every way.

Cause 2.1.1 will be released on 7th August 2018 at the same time as always: 20:00 GMT. I hope to see you all then.

[Game Review] Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Do you want to know why this review has taken so long to come out, despite me buying Echoes on launch day? Because I’ve been putting off playing it since my first few weeks with it. I might call myself a fan of Fire Emblem, but say what you like about Shadows of Valentia, it is one of the least fun Fire Emblem games I’ve ever played. This is not going to be one of those “best FE game yet” reviews that I’ve seen all over the place, because I honestly can’t say that about Shadows of Valentia without my nose growing about twenty feet. And no, you can’t call me a casual – I’ve played Genealogy of the Holy War and I like it. I’ve seen a Thracia Let’s Play and I think the game’s interesting. Yeah, I started with Fates, but I still think Fates nailed a lot of the game design even if the story is a pile of horse cankers; I like good Fire Emblem games, regardless of the era they came from. With that out of the way, let’s begin the postmortem of Shadows of Valentia.

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[Game Review] Kirby Star Allies

It’s a Kirby game, and you’d better believe I’m doing an in-depth review of this pink puffball’s latest murderous voyage into the far reaches of space. So, I’m a big fan of Kirby games, mostly because I played the hell out of Super Star Ultra when I was a kid, virtually 100%ing it. I’ve never gone back to play most of the older games, though I have been meaning to try Triple Deluxe and Planet Robobot. But we’re not here to talk about those. Star Allies… is it as good as Super Star Ultra?

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[Game Review] Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions

Hey look, I’m doing a review! Been a while, huh? So yeah, I’ve already mentioned before how the Mario and Luigi series is one of my favourite RPG serieseseses (excluding Paper Jam, which can fuck off). Despite this, I got into the series with Partners in Time, so I’ve never actually played Superstar Saga. I was pretty excited to give it a go, so after beating the game (not the Bowser’s Minions portion, I’ll admit), here’s what I think of this first game in a venerable series. Or, uh, remake of the first game in a venerable series. Which is not quite the same thing.

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[Anime Review] Nichijou

In order to keep my anime education going, I was finally forced to stop rewatching Gurren Lagann and watch something that isn’t really shounen anime, but instead a more comedic, slice-of-life genre of show. And then Nichijou was placed in front of me. So, uh… here we go?

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