30 Days Of: Anime

Whilst I get my new features off the ground, and get planning new content, I thought I’d ressurect an old feature; 30 Days Of.

If you recall, these were daily (theoretically anyway) blog posts centred around a theme. We kicked off with 30 Days Of: Gaming, and also ended there… Whoops. I do think I might revisit gaming as looking back on some of my answers, things have definitely changed.

For now, I’m going to take a stab at 30 Days Of: Anime using these prompts I found online.

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Update

Do you ever look at your bank statement and see the charges for a domain name you forgot you were paying for and realised it’s been a really long time since you wrote anything? Just me?

Life has been kind of hectic of late; new puppy, new job, moving house, so I have neglected this blog quite a bit.

I’ve also found that a lot of my hobbies are really time consuming, and writing has sort of fallen to the wayside for me a bit, which is not only annoying because I’m paying for this domain name that I’m not using, but frustrating as I do find writing to be very therapeutic and enjoyable, like most of my other creative hobbies.

I have lots of plans for the blog going forward, so it’s time to put those into motion. I’m going to be kicking off October with another 30 Days Of… so stay tuned for that!

Interview with Kondo-san, President of Nihon Falcom

If you know me, even the slightest bit, you’ll know that the Legend of Heroes series has taken over my life in recent months and has become my latest obsession. Thanks to being especially vocal about this on Twitter, and being lucky enough to work with Push Square, I was given the opportunity via Reef Entertainment to interview the president of Nihon Falcom, the series’ developer.

Read my full interview over on Push Square.

2019 Challenges: The beginning

I’m not deterred by my terrible attempt at challenges in 2018, and will be continuing the tradition with a new list for 2019. With the help of some friends, I’ve set some challenges, so here they are:

  • Watch 50 anime series
  • Platinum 25 games
  • Read 12 books
  • Watch 100 films (my parents bought me a scratch out ‘100 must see movies’ poster for Christmas so I’ll make a new post with the films on the list)
  • Watch 25 films in the cinema
  • Finish Naruto

I’ve moved some things relating to cosplay, photography and clearing my gaming backlog  (and actually updating this blog) into my ‘personal challenges’ list, as they aren’t really measurable which is what I want for this purpose.

As always, I’ll be tracking progress on Twitter using the slightly amended hashtag of #cs2019challenges. If you have a game, anime series, book or film to recommend, please let me know!

2018 Challenges: Year in recap

It’s time for that tradition where I look back on my challenges and make excuses for how poorly I’ve done! Let’s go!

Watch 30 ‘First Watch’ films

1 film out of 30 is absolutely abysmal, and really sets the tone for the rest of the list, but here we are! Yes, I only watched one film from my list this year, and that was The Pianist. The plan was to also write reviews for each film I watched, but you got it, I didn’t do that either.

Watch all of Naruto

I’m especially mad at myself for this challenge, because I was really enjoying Naruto (well… both episodes I watched anyway), and then I just sort of… gave up. It’s kind of daunting knowing there are so many episodes, but you know… I will do it. I will.

Watch 30 anime series

When I look at this challenge, I’m a bit confused. All I seem to do with my life is watch anime, yet I only managed to watch 18 series. I need to up my game for next year!

Platinum 12 games

A challenge I actually managed! I really got back into the swing of trophy hunting by the end of the year, after a slow start. I ended on 14 platinums for the year, and I’m going to do better next year!

Make 3 cosplays from scratch

I didn’t manage to achieve this aim this year, as I only made one costume (Evan from Ni No Kuni 2). I’m not going to be deterred by this as I really loved it, and I learnt a lot during it. I’m not going to set a cosplay goal for next year as I want to focus on making sure I’m happy with everything I make and continuing to learn new skills.

Watch 50 films in the cinema (and write a review for each one)

This was an absolutely laughable challenge. I used to go to the cinema so much, and it wasn’t uncommon for me to see three or four films a day at weekends. This year, I’ve only managed 26 movies in the cinema. And also, totally gave up on writing reviews for them. Whoops!

Review: Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk

Nippon Ichi’s latest release Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk is a first-person dungeon crawler where you play Tractie – that is, the Tractatus de Monstrum – a mysterious book with a soul trapped inside, able to communicate by filling out its pages. Tractie is under the control of a witch named Baba Yaga, or Dronya as she goes by in the village of Refrain. The titular labyrinth is a no-go area for humans, so Dronya decides that Tractie is going to explore on her behalf, and throws it down the well that serves as the entrance to the labyrinth.

You’ll need to report back into Dronya after fulfilling a set requirement in order to progress the game. Early on this is a bit frustrating, as it means you have to abandon your position in the labyrinth to get back, but eventually you’ll learn a skill called Mud Exit which creates a one-use portal to teleport back to, making exploration much easier.

Read the rest of my review on Push Square.

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2018 Challenges: August Recap

I’ve not updated on the 2018 Challenges since March, so you’d think I’d have a lot to update you on, right? Think again…

Watch 30 ‘First Watch’ Films

Rather pitifully, I’m still sitting at 1 on this, and I’ve not even written the review on it. One review shouldn’t be too hard for me to do (you’d think…) so I’m still going to try and get back on track and get this challenge done.

Watch all of Naruto

Oh, Naruto. I had the best of intentions to watch all of you, but uh… I’ve still only watched the 2 episodes. Realistically, am I going to get the other 218 watched by the end of the year? That’s 16 weeks, so 13ish episodes a week, which actually doesn’t sound too bad. I’m fairly optimistic about this, perhaps stupidly so, but we’ll see!

Watch 30 anime series

Now the summer season shows are wrapping up, I’m hoping to add a few more to this number, but so far I’ve watched 13 different series. I was really burning through anime when I was commuting to work by train, but now I carpool so that’s put the kibosh on any commute-anime-watching. Still, a quarter(ish) of the year to go so another doable one I think.

Platinum 12 games

I’ve never been as confident about something as I am that this challenge will be met. I’m currently sitting at 10 platinum trophies for the year (and 69 overall). I’m currently working on two games; Detroit: Become Human on the PS4 and Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds on the Vita, which will bring me up to my total.

Whilst this was originally a bit of a struggle for me, especially last year, I’ve found in the last couple of months or so that I’ve started to enjoy trophy hunting again.

I’m hoping to get platinum reviews up for the games I’ve done so far, so stay tuned!

Make 3 cosplays from scratch

Cosplay is one of the things that has sort of fallen by the wayside. I haven’t made anything since February, and I’ve not even done any costests, which should be a simple thing to do. I really want to get into cosplay properly again and continue improving the basic skills I’d learnt, but I’m not sure 3 cosplays from scratch is viable by the end of the year.

I am working on one cosplay from scratch for MCM London in October, but even that’s looking a bit dicey!

Watch 50 films in the cinema (and write a review for each film)

Now, I’m not being defeatist, but there is absolutely no way this is happening. My cinema-going habits have changed drastically, and while there is a cinema about half an hour away from my house, I’ve got no one to go with (get out your tiny violins). I don’t actually mind going to the cinema on my own, you can’t talk there anyway so it doesn’t matter to me, but it’s one of those things I never seem to be able to make time for unless someone else is accompanying me.

I’ve seen 22 films in the cinema this year, and I’ve written reviews on THREE of those. Can you see why it’s not happening? I had every intention of going back and writing reviews, but honestly, I don’t feel like I remember the early films enough in order for me to write a decent review.

So, to save me feeling defeated at the end of the year, I think it’s best to scratch this one off now.