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Platinum Review: The Nonary Games

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I’ve been spending a lot of time lately trying to clear up platinum trophies on games I’d already started, and The Nonary Games collection was first on my hit list.

The Nonary Games is a collection of the first two games in the Zero Escape series; 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors (999 hereafter!), and Virtue’s Last Reward (VLR). 999 was originally released in the West on Nintendo DS back in 2010, with VLR following up on PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS in 2012. The remastered collection was released on Windows and PlayStation 4 and Vita in 2017.

I had played both 999 and VLR prior to The Nonary Games coming out, getting the platinum in VLR at the time. Judging by my 999 playthrough and how little I remembered, I think I only played one route at the time as I felt like I had forgotten almost all of the game, and my memory can’t be that bad, right? I often joke, “I wish I could wipe my memory so I could experience x for the first time again”, and this is probably the closest I’ll ever come to that!

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For reference to anyone who might want to attempt The Nonary Games platinum, it is given as a 2/10 for difficulty with 20+ hours as a guide time on Playstationtrophies.org.

I would tend to agree on the difficulty rating, but the time estimate purely depends on how good you are at puzzles, though solutions are easily found on the internet. It’s worth noting that sometimes though you might think you have solved a puzzle or have figured out the solution, you have to solve it the way the game want you to, but this is often the case with puzzle games.

999 and VLR both have really great (if somewhat confusing) stories. 999 is slightly more tricky to get the different routes on as there’s no visual map of what you’re doing, so you might need to look for a guide for that if you’re set on getting the platinum in the quickest time possible. Over on VLR’s side, the game features a handy flow chart so you can track back to route branches and fill out the whole map. It does get a little confusing as you have to hop around each branch to unlock certain bits of story to progress further on different branches, but that’ll all make sense when you play it!

Whilst The Nonary Games is a fairly straightforward and quick platinum, it’s really rewarding. As I’ve said, the story is incredible, and the series features some really wonderfully written characters. Once you’ve tackled The Nonary Games, you can move onto the sequel, Zero Time Dilemma, which is equally as great.

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2020 Challenges: June Recap

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Not to bang on, but it’s three entire months in lockdown now (plus a couple of weeks of March). Was there ever any novelty? Probably for like, a week or so, but whatever limited amount there was has definitely worn thin now.

Watch 40 anime

June end total: 15

As previously stated in my May post, I’m desperately trying to get to the Grand Magic Games arc in Fairy Tail. My one season I’ve added to my total for May was season 2 of Fairy Tail as a result.

Watch 40 movies in the cinema

June end total: 5

This is still an impossibility, so no movement here! Cinema’s are due to open July 31st here, but I’m still unsure how I feel about visiting them for the timebeing.

Platinum 20 games

June end total: 6

I had a pretty productive month platinum-wise in June, and I got the plat in three games; Life Is Strange 2, DISTRAINT: Deluxe Edition, and One Night Stand. 

Read 15 books

June end total: 4

I started reading Howl’s Moving Castle, but I have yet to finish!

Finish 100 best movies

June end total: 2

Finish Naruto

June end total: 3 episodes

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June Purchases

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Another month in isolation down, another month of me trying to buy my own happiness. Of course, it’s not as bad as that really (most of the time), but having less to spend on travelling, commuting and socialising means there’s more money to spend on goodies. I’m determined to have a decent few months saving in the upcoming months because I just bought a car (though that won’t be appearing in the July Purchases post, nice as it is), so if my future Purchases posts are as long as this, then please feel free to give me a serious telling off!

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We’ll start this month off with manga. I have a lot of collections that I’m trying to catch up on, either to the current point of publication for ongoing series, or to completion for those that have finished. This month, I had decided to get a couple of volumes of Ouran, a couple turned into a few, and a few turned into “Ah, I might as well just finish it now.”, so that’s what I did. At least it’s done now! I also bought the latest volume of Haikyuu!! so that I don’t fall behind!

IMG_7674As has become customary, I also bought some BL; Seven Days Monday – Sunday, and Secret XXX. These two are both one-shots, so that’s something. At least I don’t have the collection problem! I’ve read both, and though they’re both very different to one another, I did really like them. Manga reviews are something I want to start doing, so I’ll write something up about them soon!

 

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As with my manga collection, I also decided I wanted to complete some of my blu-ray collections. I had started buying the steelbook versions of the Hunger Games series a few years back, and never got round to buying Mockingjay Part 2. I thought I had missed the boat on buying it, but I found a brand new copy  on eBay for not too much money, so I ordered it and now that collection is complete too!

 

 

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Completing collections must have been the theme for June, as I also bought GOT7’s latest mini-album and completed my album collection (apart from Japanese albums, I haven’t gone that deep… yet…). I got photocards for Mark, Youngjae, Jinyoung and Yugyeom, so a pretty good selection! Jinyoung is my ultimate bias, and Yugyeom is up there, so the only way it could have been better would be if my bias wrecker JB was in there too, but alas, not this time!

 

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Even though it’s not really my genre of game, and I’m a huge wimp, I couldn’t resist getting The Last of Us Part 2. I actually bough two copies by accident, but that’s a whole other thing… I have finished TLOU2 now, so I will hopefully have a review up soon!

 

 

 

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I went a little bit mad with buying anime blu-rays this month (no more so than usual, I hear you yell). I had preordered Promare ages ago, and the collectors edition finally came in. I’m really excited to watch this as I missed out on seeing it in the cinema when it came out. I also added to my Studio Ghibli collection and bought Grave of the Fireflies. I’m not quite mad enough to just buy all the missing movies from that collectio, so that’ll be ongoing for a while. I also bought a few series that I’ve wanted to watch for a while; Beyond the Boundary, My Love Story, and Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto. I could easily stream these all online, but I really like adding to my anime collection, and I always worry that the shows I want to watch will disappear from streaming sites and then I won’t get to watch them. I also think it’s really important to support the industry, so it’s a win win all round.

My last purchases for the month were this cute given pin from Pinfluential. I don’t think that they have this particular pin any longer, but they do have lots of other really cute pins! I also bought these cookie cutters of Bokuto and Akaashi from Haikyuu!! (my OTP). They’re from Tableplate. I haven’t got round to making any cookies yet, but I will, and they will be delicious and adorable. Finally, I got this Howl’s Moving Castle tin from YYKawaii! It also has little post-its with the same design inside. I did also buy something else from her, but I can’t show you because I bought someone else a matching one as a gift!

That wraps up June! Remember, permission to yell at me is granted for the next few months if Purchases posts are this long!

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30 Days Of: Film, Days 26 – 30

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I started off so well with this 30 Days Of, but then it sort of dropped off at the end. I think I’ll have a bit of a break from 30 Days Of after this post – I worry that the blog becomes just that when it’s being done, and until have a lot of content planned I’ll leave it. If you have any suggestions for topics when I pick it back up again, let me know in the comments!

Day 26: A movie that disappointed you the most

Hmm, a difficult one. Disappointed may be a strong word, but back when the movies first came out I was super into The Maze Runner, and I really loved the first two films. It was really disappointing that the last one got delayed by so long, though I totally understand why. The fault is purely mine but in the three years that had passed between The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure, I had forgotten a lot of what happened, and spent a lot of the beginning of The Death Cure trying to catch up with myself. I had read the books, but as is often the case, they all blended into one and it was hard to separate events into what had happened in film and what I knew happened because of the books.

Day 27: Your favourite quote from any movie

I think one of the best, and most memorable, quotes is either “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, or “Don’t take life so seriously, you’ll never get out alive.” from Van Wilder: Party Liaison, of all places.

Both are pretty aligned with one another, and I think of them often when I find myself getting overly stressed.

Day 28: Best movie franchise

In terms of consistency the best movie franchise is probably the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I really enjoy most of those films, and can’t really think of many I hate or dislike, whereas the same cannot be said other franchises like Star Wars, or Jurassic Park, as examples.

Day 29: A movie you used to love but now hate

I think I’ve spoken before about my absolutely dire taste in movies during my teenage years, but when I was about 16 or so, I really loved all of those parody movies that were super popular, like Epic Movie, or Not Another Teen Movie (both of which I loved, for some reason). I know cannot think of anything worse than watching movies like that.

Day 30: A movie everyone should watch

I can’t really think of anything that’s a ‘classic’ to me, I have a lot of favourite films that not many people I know have seen that I will always try to get them to watch; Popstar, A Silent Voice, Rushmore. I could go on. Ultimately, I can only suggest things, I have no power here!

 

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Unboxing: June KawaiiBox

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Until this box arrived, I had entirely forgotten that I’d bought a KawaiiBox subscription for June. This was my first KawaiiBox, and the theme was ‘Kawaii Summer Picnic’! I was a little apprehensive when it arrived, as the box was quite small – but, the best things come in small packages as they say, and I was proven wrong to be so concerned! When I opened it, I was immediately happy as it was presented really nicely (it doesn’t take much to impress me, it turns out), with tissue paper and a cute pamphlet.

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My first item was this super cute bento box! I’m getting quite the collection of bento boxes now, but they’re always handy. In normal times I use them to take breakfast, lunch and snacks to work, but at the moment they’re just in the cupboard waiting to be used!

 

 

Next up was these chopsticks in my signature colour, pink! Luckily, I’m pretty adept with chopsticks these days, so I’ll be using them to show off when I have takeout!

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Keeping on the food theme, in the box there was also these Little Twin Stars onigiri covers. I’ve not made any Japanese food at home before, but getting these has inspired me to try!

 

 

 

There was also some cute stationary in the box! Some paper sticky tabs, which I’m sure will come in handy at some point, these sorts of things always do! The stickers I’m going to save for when I make my next scrapbook, whenever that will be! I’m thinking of taking a leaf out of Chelsie’s (scrap)book and making one for my next holiday, whenever that will be! The next item was a pen, with a cute moon on the end! It’s a really cool pen, and nice to write with, so that’s a bonus!

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We got sweeties in our boxes too! These were peach flavour, which is one of my favourite flavours, but unfortunately, I couldn’t eat them as they contained gelatine, so I gave them to my parents to share. Their verdict was “weird”, I think in so far as the texture, rather than the flavour.

 

 

Finally, the loot box Gods smiled on me, and I got a plushie of my favourite Sanrio character, Pompompurin! He’s so cute and fluffy!

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I was really happy with my KawaiiBox! For a purchase I’d totally forgotten about, there were a lot of really cool items which I’m happy to own! Especially the Pompompurin plushie!

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30 Days Of: Film, Days 22 – 25

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I don’t even have a medical emergency I can blame the delay in posts on, I’m just lazy.

Day 22: Your favourite classic movie

I haven’t seen many classic movies, so this one is a little bit tricky, but I’ll say It’s A Wonderful Life, for those Christmas feels.

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Day 23: Movie with the best soundtrack

Who would have predicted me talking about Popstar yet again, but the soundtrack to it is incredible. Every song is gold, and if you like The Lonely Island as much as I do, then you’ll obviously love it.

Day 24: Your least favourite movie

In recent years, it’s mother!. I sat in the cinema for that film and I didn’t have a clue what was going on most of the time, and frankly, it just gave me a headache.

Day 25: Your guilty pleasure movie

I’ve spoken a lot about not feeling guilty about liking things, and I stand by that, but what does make me feel guilty is when I rewatch something a lot rather than watching something new or something in my collection that hasn’t been watched yet.

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30 Days Of: Film, Day 21

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Day 21: A movie no-one would expect you to love

Before sports anime came into my life, there was a sports movie I was pretty into; Moneyball. I couldn’t tell you much about it now, other than Brad Pitt manages a baseball team and Jonah Hill is there, but at the time I was super into Moneyball. I even tried reading the book, but it turns out when you know nothing about baseball, it’s much easier to get the gist from a film rather than a super in depth book about it.

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30 Days Of: Film, Days 16 – 20

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Due to some health issues and some problems with technology, I’ve missed out on 30 Days Of a few times this week, so here’s this catch up post.

Day 16: Who is your favourite actor?

I’ll have to go with Paul Rudd for this one. He’s exceptionally versatile, and a lot of his movies are some of my favourites. He can obviously do comedy really well, but he’s also a really great dramatic actor too!

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Day 17: Who is your favourite actress?

For as long as I can remember I have loved Keira Knightly. I don’t particularly have any strong feelings for period dramas, but I will watch them if she’s in them. I don’t even know why I love her so much, I just do.

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Day 18: What is the most overrated movie?

So, since it came out, I really don’t see the hype behind The Dark Knight. I think it’s okay, sure, but is it the best movie in the Nolan Batman trilogy? No, that’s Batman Begins. People get so agitated when I say I don’t like it that much, but I just think it’s pretty alright.

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Day 19: What is the most underrated movie? 

I really don’t see enough appreciation for Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. It’s genuinely a hilarious film, and the soundtrack is amazing. I have a few close friends who love it, but outside of them I haven’t really heard of anyone else having seen it, which is a shame because it’s one of the funniest films I’ve ever seen.

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Day 20: Who is your favourite character from a movie?

Oh wow, this is a tough question. In a general ‘this character is really fun’ way, it’s probably Marty McFly. The Back to the Future films probably aren’t deep enough to have any properly meaningful character development, but Marty is a really fun character anyway!

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30 Days Of: Film, Days 14 and 15

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Day 14: Your favourite animated movie

Guess which dumb-dumb got the prompts for day 13 and 14 mixed up? Yes, me.

Anyway. Favourite animated movie is a hard question for someone like me who likes to watch a lot of animated movies! I’ll pick my favourite Western animated movie as I think I’ll be here all day if I have to deliberate between my favourite anime movies.

My pick for my favourite animated film goes to Kubo And The Two Strings, a film which I am extremely fond of. It’s stop motion, but… that counts, right? If you haven’t seen it I would urge you to do so, it’s so wonderful and has a great story.

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Day 15: The best movie you saw last year

Chelsie and I went to Scotland Loves Anime, an anime film festival, in October last year. It was there that I saw my favourite film of the year, Ride Your Wave. I cannot wait to see it again, but to me it was the perfect mix of drama, comedy and action, and was just perfect. The characters were great, and I really like the art style.

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30 Days Of: Film, Day 13

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Day 13: The first movie you saw at the cinema

I’ve mentioned my childhood obsession with dinosaurs, and that led to me wanting to see Jurassic Park in the cinema, and for some reason, even though I was only 4 at the time, my mother took me. I don’t remember being scared, so it’s probably the bravest I’ve ever been, as we all know I’m a huge wimp now.