Hey Hey Heroes, Travelers, and Wandering NPCs, it’s January a time of new beginnings, change and of course a brand new year of OWLS Blog Tours. I’ve been through quite a few transitions in the past year, some good, some not so great, but, each one paved the way for some much needed growth. I’m not the same blogger I was when I started Nice Job Breaking It, Hero, I’ve learned and grown through my experiences, so when I saw this month’s blog tour I just knew that I had to kick myself into gear and whip something good up.
A brand new year means new beginnings and opportunities. We have a tendency to embrace the new year because it’s a time when we can start fresh. For this month’s topic, we will be exploring our favorite dynamic characters who undergo changes for better or for worse. We will analyze these characters’ transformations and how these transformations benefited or minimized these characters’ potential in becoming “great people/beings.” We will also use these characters as a way for us to reflect on our own lives and who we want to become.
–January 2019 Blog Tour Prompt
A metamorphosis, unlike change is more finite, it has a set beginning and end, where as change is an ongoing process. Change is the culmination of each and every one of our experiences, it’s how we adapt and grow from the person we were yesterday into the person we will become in the future. But, there is no limitation on change, however, that isn’t the case with a metamorphosis, when a caterpillar becomes a butterfly there is a very distinct limit on what it can and will become. There isn’t the same fluidity you find with change, since once you move from point A to point B there is no going back. There is an inevitability to a metamorphosis that to me makes it a bit more bittersweet and tragic. So, with that in mind, I decided to write about Ash Lynx aka Aslan Callenresse from Banana Fish. This isn’t the first time I’ve written about this series and trust me, it won’t be the last, but there is something wonderfully tragic about Ash’s transitions throughout the series that both the anime and the manga capture beautifully.
Continue reading “[OWLS Blog Tour] Live Fast, Die Young: The Limitations of Change in Banana Fish”
Despite the recent influx of indie BL visual novels and games, there are still very few developers dedicated to bringing BL gaming to western audiences. MangaGamer and more recently JAST BLUE have taken it upon themselves to localize more “mainstream” BL games, but before that there was Black Monkey Pro. If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that I have a love-hate relationship with the now defunct BL media distributor. They released two full 18+ BL games, Sleepover (2014) and Bacchikoi (2014; Bacchikoi Expansion Pack 2015), and a standalone kinetic novel, Offscreen Scandal (2012). And while I fully admit to loving BL media in all its (at times problematic) glory, I could not for the life of me enjoy BMP’s games. Despite their gorgeous art design and beautifully choreographed sexual content, the stories and plotlines were thin, barely enough to warrant spending 50 bucks on what amounted to glorified CG sets.
So, when BMP disbanded in 2015, I was not exactly shedding any tears, of course that wasn’t the last we’d heard of the company now branded under the new name, Herculion, with their upcoming title, Full Service still in development. And it was brought to my attention that one of the team’s former members (Mikkoukun) was also working on producing their own independent title, Camp Buddy, made possible by the collective support of over a thousand patrons on Patreon.
Camp Buddy follows the exploits of the ever optimistic protagonist, Keitaro Nagame as he and his childhood best friend explore the summer scout themed adventure camp aptly named, Camp Buddy. There he meets a colorful cast of characters, from eccentric scoutmasters to fellow scout mates, Keitaro is bound to make some great new friends and maybe even find love along the way. But, when the camp falls on hard times, it’s up to Keitaro to unite the campers and restore the camp’s reputation. Currently there are four pursuable love interests, with the potential for more in future updates of the game, though patrons have access to new content before the public.
*Since this is an 18+ game there will be some NSFW images though they are towards the end and censored… *
- Available for Windows, Mac, Linux
- 4 pursuable characters (male)
- 18 unique endings
- Gameplay Length: 60+ hours (15 hrs per route)
- Partial Voice Acting
Continue reading “[First Thoughts] Camp Buddy – 18+ BL Visual Novel”
Ayakashi Gohan (あやかしごはん) is a 2014 supernatural fantasy otome game from Honeybee, with an updated Vita port of the game, Ayakashi Gohan ~Oomori~ being released a year later. While the game doesn’t have an official English language release, fan translation team Hanataba Translations released an English patch for the PC version of the game back in 2017.
Ayakashi Gohan follows a young girl, Rin Akane, as she adjusts to life in Momoji Village, a place where ayakashi and humans live peacefully with one another. Over the course of the game, Rin interacts with the various human and ayakashi residents of the town helping to bridge the gap between both races. It’s a lighthearted game about eating good food and romancing hot ayakashi… or so I thought…
- Available for Windows, Mac, Linux
- 6 pursuable characters (male)
- 18 unique endings
- Gameplay Length: 30+ hours
Continue reading “Have You Eaten Today? – Ayakashi Gohan – Otome Game Review”
Hey Hey party people! I know it’s been awhile since my last post, let alone my last review. I was taking another break over the holidays, so I could relax and just spend time with family since I don’t get to see then very often.
On top of that I had a lot of last minute doll orders hit me at once and I managed to get hooked on a game that took entirely too long to finish…
So, the long and short of it:
This blog is not dead yet, I fully intend on coming back to it starting on Sunday, January 13th. I’ll kick things off with a look back post of 2018 and the return of some of my weekly series posts…
As for reviews, I’ve been sitting on some indie game reviews that caught my eye as well as some from my recent backlog dive.
- Ayakashi Gohan– this one has been in my backlog for far too long. But, I had time over the holidays to power through it, so a full review is on the way.
- 7’Scarlet– This is one that I finished quite a while ago, but the ending threw me for a loop so I decided to sit on it until I sorted through my feelings a bit… Expect a full review of the game in the near future.
- Camp Buddy– I’ve been burned by Black Monkey Pro before, but this cute BL from one of the former members of the team managed to catch my eye… I’m still trucking along with it, but at the very least I want to do a preliminary assessment of the game so far.
- Tales from Windy Meadow- the devs reached out to me about this one while I was on break, so I’ll be working my way through it this weekend.
I’m typing this from my phone so I’ll keep this short and sweet. I hope all of you had a great holiday and I really look forward to getting back into the swing of things again!