Month: April 2016

Fangirl Moment: Lie to Me

TGIF! Here we are again with another Fangirl Friday! So I have a confession to make, I had a really hard time coming up with a topic for this week’s Fangirl Moment post. There was so much going on with school that I almost cancelled this week’s post altogether…but then it came to me…K-drama…I could write about another K-drama. So here we are covering another one of my favorite K-dramas: Lie to Me!

The show follows a civil servant, Gong Ah-jung (played by Yoon Eun-hye), who works in the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. One day at the hairdresser’s she runs into her high school frenemy, who brags about her perfect life and husband. Not wanting to be shown up, Ah-jung lies and says that she too is happily married to an amazingly handsome and rich man. But the little white lie takes on a life of its own, spreading beyond Ah-jung and her friends to the world of elite businessmen. Soon everyone seems to think that Ah-jung is the wife of a prominent young hotel owner, Hyun Ki-joon (played by the dreamy Kang Ji-hwan).

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Voltage Inc.’s “New” Fair Use and Terms of Use

So I wanted to get this out before I have to go to class… It has come to my attention that Voltage Inc has finally released their new Fair Use Policy and their “new” Terms of Use agreement, and let me tell you they are a doosy!

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If you guys remember there was a bit of a fuss on Tumblr earlier this month about some Voltage Fandom blogs being removed due to copyright infringement claims against them. Well, Voltage has since apologized for the incident and updated their Fair Use policy which I have included in it’s entirety below:

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Top 5 “Worst” Voltage Inc Games

Voltage Inc has certainly come up with so many amazing games, but, there are some that just don’t quite hit the mark. I don’t hate them per se, they’re just not the best. So this isn’t so much a list of games that I hate, but more a list of games that could be better. So this was a hard list to come up with, I enjoy different aspects of each and every Voltage Inc game for different reasons. These games are on here because of my feelings about the entire game, and in no way a reflection of the individual characters in the game. So in short, I may like certain characters in each of the games on the list, but the overall game not so much.

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Before you all start grabbing your torches and pitchforks, this list is purely my opinion…You are more than welcome to agree or disagree with me if you want, by all means leave a comment and suggest better “worst” games. So without further ado here we go: My Top 5 “Worst” Voltage Inc Games.

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[Funded] Let’s Show our Support for Monstrous Lovers a Supernatural Boys’ Love Visual Novel

Edit: The Indiegogo campaign for this game was successful at meeting its funding goal! In the end the project was 106% funded and ManEater Games have begun work on the game.  ManEater Games working on a shorter game for yaoijam, which will be made available to all of the backers for free on itch.io duruing the last week of July! Finally, the game now has a tentative release date of August 2016!  

So here’s another upcoming BL visual novel for all of my BL/Yaoi fans out there…In a world where good BL games are still few and far between comes a BL visual novel with BITE!  Monstrous Lovers is an upcoming Spanish/English PC BL visual novel by Man-Eater Games.

I know I really dropped the ball on this one, but I have been extremely busy with school lately! Thank goodness the campaign was extended for another month!

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My Top 10 Favorite Generation One Pokemon

I absolutely love Pokemon, it has been the mainstay in my life and one of the few things to stand the test of time. Pokemon is a huge nostalgia trip for me. So in honor of the 20th Anniversary of Pokemon, I will be releasing a Top 10 Favorite Pokemon list for each generation of Pokemon.

So lets channel my inner child as we travel through time back to the Kanto region! Back then, there were only 150 Pokemon, and for this list I’m going to choose just 10 of them. Each Pokemon on this list holds a special place in my heart!


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Last Week Today: Week End Recap- Apr. 17th-23rd

I am so glad that this week is over! So much for having free time to play games this week… Life saw that I had free time and did its damnedest to eliminate any hope of enjoying it! It seems like all of my school assignments were all due on Wednesday! EVERY SINGLE ONE! I had a presentation on Wednesday for a Worksite Wellness program I created and then I had an interview, which I’m pretty sure I bombed…But, the worst assignment by far has been my Big Graduation Research project! My professor ripped our paper a new one, so as a collective my team and I had over 100 revisions to make! I wanted to cry when I saw all the stuff she wanted us to change…

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I managed to muddle through it all, only to realize that I have finals coming up soon that I have to study for…So what little free time I had left was devoted to playing Starry Sky in Spring…and like a fool buying more new games…

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Fangirl Moment: Ten Count

TGIF! Here we are again with another Fangirl Friday! This week I’m doing something for all of my BL/Yaoi Fangirls out there…Today I’m going to cover the yaoi manga, Ten Count. This post will be SAFE FOR WORK…There will be absolutely NO NSFW images in this post, so rejoice (or curse my name), this post can be read in public without consequence!

Let me preface this by saying, I generally don’t start ongoing series, I hate waiting on updates. But, I have made a few exceptions in the past…very few. In order for me to go against my no ongoing series code, the series in question better be damn good; this manga is that good!

Ten Count is an ongoing (currently 4 volume) yaoi series by Takarai Rihito, the author being Seven Days and Only the Flower Knows. The series follows the relationship between mysophobic secretary Shirotani Tadaomi and clinic counselor Kurose. While the relationship between the two men is essential to the plot, a lot more focus is put on Shirotani’s mysophobia. If you don’t know, mysophobia is a pathological fear of contamination and germs [Wiki].

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Mini Review: DRAMAtical Murder

This is an exciting post for me, not only is this My 100th Post, but DRAMAtical Murder was the first game I ever reviewed on this blog! So this post is a really special post! I actually went back and looked at my review from back then, and I can say with confidence that I’ve actually gotten better at writing reviews since then. So here I am seven months later and I’m finally getting back to the game that started it all. Hopefully, I can do this game justice by writing a proper review…

DRAMAtical Murder is a 2012 Nitro+chiral sci-fi boys love visual novel. If you are familiar with Nitro+chiral’s other works, you’ll know that they have a flair for “dramatic” and “gruesome” endings, so consider yourself warned. I first found out about this game while watching a Let’s Play for Hatoful Boyfriend (talk about two different worlds), but during the video someone suggested that the next “Let’s Play” should be DMMD. No one else seemed to know what game they were talking about and even the person who’d suggested it was pretty vague on the concept. The only thing anyone knew for sure, was that it was a BL visual novel and that the bad endings were bloody.


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Wait, Are those Guys Kissing?!: My Yaoi Journey- Part I

So, there’s something that I have been meaning to get off of my chest for awhile now and it is important that I say it now.

…I…like…y…i….

Ah, there I said it, I feel so mu-, oh, you didn’t quite catch that? I’m sorry, let me say that again then… ahem…

I…kinda…sorta…maybe…okay ilikeyaoi!

What’s that? You say you still can’t hear me? Okay, this time for sure! Are you ready?

*clears throat*

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My Top Five Favorite Yaoi/BL Titles

There is no order, rhyme, or reason to this list…I love all of the series on this list for different reasons, so it didn’t make sense for me to rank them…*shrugs* I know that there are some great anime and OVAs out there but I want to highlight manga and manwha, so I won’t include any anime/OVA exclusives…

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Before you all start grabbing your torches and pitchforks, this list is purely my opinion…You are more than welcome to agree or disagree with me if you want, by all means leave a comment and suggest your favorite yaoi/bl series. So without further ado here we go: My Top Five Favorite Yaoi/BL Titles.

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Last Week Today: Week End Recap- Apr. 10th to Apr. 16th

So here we are at the end of another week! The semester is winding down and so are my assignments! Yay! I will have a bit more free time than usual, but I don’t know how long this unexpected break will last…So, I’m going to take full advantage of it and go through my backlog of games and show some of the more neglected games some love. Starting with DRAMAtical Murder.

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Graduation is literally a month away now, and I am still looking for an internship, fellowship, or job. I have yet to hear back from the first position I interviewed for, but I did get a second call back from a different position and I have a phone interview next week…So, we’ll see how that goes…fingers crossed. I am going home to my parents house for the weekend, so I’ve had to write this post in advanced!

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Fangirl Moment: Flowers and Bees

Flowers and Bees, also known as Hana to Mitsubachi by Anno Moyoco is a 7 volume slice of life, comedy-romance manga and one of my favorite manga series of all time! I was originally introduced to this manga by a friend of mine back in high school. She lent me all of the volumes that she had (at the time the first five), it took me less than a week to read through them all. So i quickly ran back to get the remaining two volumes only to discover that she didn’t have them! I quickly turned to the internet for scans, but there aren’t any! After a brief moment of dispair,  I convinced my mother to order the remaining volumes from Barnes and Noble. The series is out of print…so it was a while before she could even track down the remaining volumes, hell it took me forever to get the first five volumes for myself!

Released in 2000, Flowers and Bees, follows ordinary high school student Komatsu, a hapless underdog in the most basic and literal sense. Komatsu is the guy that girls ignore or laugh at, especially the school it-girl, Sakura, who goes out of her way to make his life a living hell. Our poor hero is the guy that just can’t catch a break no matter what he does. So, tired of living a life of ambiguity, Komatsu vows to change his luck around and become a heartthrob girls like Sakura will be tripping over themselves to get with… He seeks the advice of the Devil Sisters Kyoko and Harumi, who submit him to their own special torture training so that he too can become a Beautiful Man. He puts himself to all manner of treatments and make overs just so he can pick up girls and experience the sweet life. Follow Komatsu as he learns about a world of desperate housewives, sadistic women, love hotels, as he stumbles and fumbles his way towards love and self acceptance.

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The Gentlemanly Teacher Who Stole My Heart: After School Affairs-Hidetaka Sera

Available: Google Play | App Store | Amazon App Store

Let me preface this review by saying that I’m not  a fan of the gentlemanly types. I dunno, there’s something wrong about the perfect characters that just rubs me the wrong way. I try to like them, but they can be too perfect at times…Initially this was that kind of story in fact for the first few chapters I kept giving this route the never ending side eye of doom. Especially with all the not so subtle hints about forbidden romance…Really Voltage? Romeo and Juliet? Come on, you can do better than that!

But, after that…Mr. Sera’s route took an unexpected turn and I loved it! The plot twist was “unexpected”, but welcome! Hidetaka is downright princely, with a winning smile and dashing good looks. On top of that he’s a dedicated English teacher and a famous translator too, but one can’t help but wonder if there is something sinister behind that sweet smile of his…

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The Cold IT Executive Who Stole My Heart: My Wedding and the 7 Rings-Kai Fujisawa

*In light of the incidents on Tumblr…I’m pushing up my timeline and publishing this a week earlier than originally planned*

I finally managed to find the time to tackle some of these Voltage games from my backlog! While I have the time I’m going to bang out as many of these as I can. So first up is Kai Fujisawa!

Initially, I was not overly excited about My Wedding and the 7 Rings, in fact I was quite content to forgo this addition to the Voltage lineup. My Forged Wedding was one of my favorite games, and the fake marriage premise was played out for me. But, that was before I saw this guy, the minute I saw Kai’s character design, I started singing a completely different tune. Kai is the calculating aloof type, both in his personal and in his professional life. Which makes him the perfect fit as Sanno Corporation’s Special Executive of IT Solutions. He is ruthless, not stopping at anything to get what he wants and if that means marrying the MC and having a loveless marriage…then so be it.

*Disclaimer: I don’t own these images, they belong to Voltage Inc…and this goes without saying, but there may be minor SPOILERS under the cut…*


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Mini Review: My Wedding and the 7 Rings

So, because Voltage is putting out new games and stories faster than I can play them all, my backlog is extremely long right now. Every time I tackle a game, Voltage puts out another one, so finding the time to play them all has been hard to do. However, I did manage to find the time to play through a few games, this was one of those games.

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A little over a year ago, Voltage released the English language version of  My Wedding and the 7 Rings a spin-off of the extremely popular, My Forged Wedding (MFW). The new game takes place in the same universe as the MFW series, and even features two of the love interests from the previous game, with a slightly modified back story.  Continue reading “Mini Review: My Wedding and the 7 Rings”

[News] Voltage Inc Spring Revival

Spring is finally here and with it comes the much anticipated, Voltage Inc. Spring Revival! Voltage has heard our desperate pleas and Her Love in the ForceMy Sweet Bodyguard, and Kiss of Revenge have been brought out of otome purgatory for your enjoyment!! So, starting on April 15th, Voltage will be releasing brand new stories for all THREE APPS! Two of the apps (Kiss of Revenge and Her Love in the Force) have even been added to Sweet Cafe and will be receiving  NEW special story releases!

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My Top Ten Favorite Voltage Guys

Okay so this started out as a Top Five List…but I just couldn’t narrow it down to just five guys. So, I scrapped that idea and instead expanded the list to My Top Ten Favorite Voltage Guys. These guys are my personal favorites, and this was by far the hardest list to compile. I like each of these guys for different reasons and it was really hard ranking them from 10 to 1, they are all just so wonderful *sigh*.

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As with any Top Ten List, this list is based on my opinion, so please put away the torches and pitchforks, because your favorite guy didn’t make the list…Remember this is my list, not yours. However, if you feel like there is a guy that should be on this list, leave a comment on this post, tell me about him.


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Last Week Today: Week End Recap- Apr. 3rd to Apr. 9th

So for all of my new followers: Welcome and Thank You for checking out my small corner of the internet!! For everyone else: Welcome Back! Last Week Today posts are weekly recaps of my week, personally and on WordPress. I also compile all of my posts from the past week and hash out news/houskeeping stuff… But, the most important part of the post is at the end, where I highlight five amazing posts from other bloggers that showed up on my Reader throughout the week!

So here we are at the end of another week! Somehow I managed to get a lot done this week, both for the blog and with my school work! I’m in the final stretch of my Big Graduation Research Project, but I still have a bit more to go. My professor reviewed my draft and suggested I fix a few things before final submission….The revisions won’t take to long, so I’m gonna hunker down and get it done.

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Last week I told you guys that I was called back for a second in- person interview for one of the positions I applied for a few weeks ago…I actually think I did really well! But I won’t hear back about whether or not I got the position until half way through the week. So fingers crossed!

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Fangirl Moment: Hotarubi no Mori e

TGIF! Here we are again with another Fangirl Friday, where I write about my absolute favorite anime, manga, dramas, webcomics, books….whatever! This week I’m taking it back a little to one of the first manga to make me actually cry, Hotarubi no Mori e (lit. Into the Forest of Fireflies’ Light).

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Hotarubi no Mori e is a 2002 manga oneshot (also apart of a 2003 tankobon of the same name) written by Yuki Midorikawa, the author behind Natsume’s Book of Friends. The story follows a young girl, Hotaru, and her friendship with a mysterious masked man, Gin,  who lives in the woods outside of her grandfather’s home. She meets Gin at the age of six and quickly learns that Gin is not a normal man, but a supernatural being. He warns her that she must never touch him or else he will disappear forever. She promises not to touch him and they strike up a summer friendship that spans years. But, as the years pass and Hotaru matures, her feelings grow into love, and both struggle with the limitations of not being able to touch.

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My Top 5 Worst Mobile Otome Games

So I had a lot of requests for a Best and Worst Mobile Otoge list, but I’ve been too busy with school and reviews to write anything before now. So I finally made a little time in my schedule to write this post. Originally this was going to be one giant post, but I decided to break it down to two separate posts (gonna milk this as long as I can).

So, I’m pretty picky when it comes to what games I play, and more importantly which games I spend my money on so this list was kind of hard to narrow down. I tried to choose a diverse set of games, but as I said before I’m picky. Most of the games on this list are free games, there’s only two paid games on this list, because the ticket system of free to play games usually causes me to rage quit well before I even get very far in the story… I had a really hard time compiling this list and I even had to ask for some help. I tend to forget about bad games, I guess it’s some kind of coping mechanism, so I did my best with this…You won’t find any Voltage Inc games on this list, they have their own list.

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Before you all start grabbing your torches and pitchforks, this list is purely my opinion…You are more than welcome to agree or disagree with me if you want, by all means leave a comment and suggest better “worst” games. So without further ado here we go: My Top 5 Worst Mobile Otome Games.

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Mini Review: Starry Sky ~ in Spring ~

So, I’m playing this game along with three other bloggers, as part of a gaming group. We’re supposed to have the game done by May 1st, so this is more of an introduction of sorts to the game.

Starry Sky is a series of Japanese PC otome games (has since ported to PSP) developed by software company Honeybee. Starry Sky~ in Spring~ released in 2009, is the first game in the series, which centers around Tsukiko Yahisa (name changeable), the first female student to attend Seigetsu Academy. Each game features three love interests, in Spring the three love interests are Yoh Tomoe, Kanata Nanami, and Suzuya Tohzuki. Each love interest has a personality modeled after western zodiac signs. The game was followed by a spin-off sequel, Starry Sky~After Spring~, which takes place between the events of the main game and the epilogue.

Currently the game is not available in English, but there is a free full English patch for the PC version of the game. In order to use the patch, you have to purchase the actual game either on Amazon or elsewhere and then patch the game directly. It’s a process but if it means supporting the game, it’s worth the trouble. Fellow blogger, Cat has written a review of the PSP version of the game.

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Time Hollow- Game Review

*So this is my first non-otoge review…let me know what you think of it!*

What if you had the power to change the past with just the flick of a pen? Would you use it? What about the consequences? Are they worth it?

These are the questions Ethan Kairos must answer, when he wakes up one morning to find a strange wormhole at the head of his bed. When he reaches inside he finds a strange green pen that allows him to open holes in time!

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Time Hollow is a 2008 Nintendo DS single-player adventure visual novel. Written by Junko Kawano, it serves as the spiritual successor to the 2001 Playstation 2 game Shadows of Memories (which is also a really great game).

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Last Week Today: Week End Recap- Mar. 26th to Apr. 2nd

Here we are at the end of another week…and I am swamped with school assignments. School work is like a hydra monster or grey hairs, when you cut off one, two more take its place!

My Big Graduation Research Project is really kicking my ass! I underestimated how much work the discussion section of this assignment was going to be and now I’m scrambling to reach my deadline. But, don’t worry too much, I’m a certified procrastinator, the closer the deadline gets the better my quality of work is. So, with one day left, I’ve finally hit my groove!

So last week I mentioned that I had a phone interview for one of the jobs I applied for, well I must have done well, because I was invited back for a second in person interview!!! So fingers crossed!

I also announced that my little brother started his own gaming website, Ice Gauntlet, he and some of his associates have banded together to bring you up to date gaming news, reviews, and features! The site is great, and you guys should definitely take a look if you have the time and let them know I sent ya. Click the blue banner below to go to the site.

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Fangirl Moment: Personal Preference

TGIF! Here we are again with another Fangirl Friday! This week I’m shifting gears a lot, instead of the usual, I’m going to cover something I’ve been meaning to write about for a while now…K-drama! Leafy suggested I write about K-dramas back when I first started blogging, but I never really got around to it…So this one is for you Leafy! 😀

I adore K-dramas, especially romantic comedies, they are just so funny and so over the top you can’t help but love them! So this week I’m going to cover one of my absolute favorite K-dramas, Personal Preference (aka Personal Taste). This drama follows Park Gae-in (Son Ye-jin), a down on her luck furniture designer, who has just been dumped by her long time boyfriend, Han Chang-ryul (a prick if you ask me). But, she doesn’t have time to mope, because her best friend, Kim In-hee, is getting married and has invited her to the ceremony. When she arrives to her horror she discovers that the groom is none other than her Ex!

While Gae-in is moping, elsewhere in South Korea, Jeon Jin-ho (played by the delicious Lee Min-Ho) is trying to keep his small architectural firm afloat by entering a bid for a project in the Dam Art Center. His biggest competition is the Future Construction, which is headed by the father of Chang-ryul. So in order to gain favor with the director of the project, Jin-ho starts looking for info about the director. He finds one name Sangojae, an architectural wonder created by legendary architect, Park Chul-han, who closed the place off to the public after the death of his wife. His daughter (Gae-in) now lives there alone, so Jin-ho comes up with a plan to sneak into Sangojae, by pretending to be gay so that Gae-in will take him in as a roommate. The plan works and the unlikely pair are forced to live together…Is this the beginning of an unlikely love affair?

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PokeNews: Jirachi Distribution

This event is expired, but feel free to read this post anyway! Also check the bottom of the post for information about future Pokemon 20 Legendary Distribution Events! Check back on the first of each month for information about the newest Pokemon 2016 Legendary Distribution Event Pokemon!

Here we are again with another PokeNews report! We are now three months into the Pokemon 20th Anniversary Legendary Pokemon Release Event! We’ve seen a host of Pokemon announcements and goodies from Nintendo since February, from the announcement of Moon and Sun to the release of Pokken Tournament! We’ve got two legendary Pokemon under our belts already, but it’s time to spring forward and into the Advanced Generation of Pokemon games, with April’s Jirachi release!

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Jirachi, the Wish Pokemon, is a steel/psychic type from Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald. Jirachi hibernate for a thousand years, during this time it is said that any wish written on the notes attached to its head will be granted once it awakens. Jirachi is also the only Pokemon capable of learning Doom Desire, which is its signature move. Like Mew and Celebi before it Jirachi had its own movie, Jirachi: Wish Makerthe one with the pretty lullaby.

Jirachi has been released before in two seperate Ruby and Sappire Events, so this will be the first time Jirachi will be available outside of its original games. I had one as a child, but that was only because I owned an Action Replay. So if you missed your chance to get Jirachi from one of the earlier events, now is your chance.

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