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Melanin Monday: Black Folks Killin’ It in the Oscars

Hey Hey Heroes, Travelers, and NPCs, out there it’s Monday, and that means another Melanin Monday post!! I know its been awhile since my last Melanin Monday post (I’ve been slacking off), but, for those of you just joining the party, here’s a little refresher. Melanin Monday is a bi-weekly post series that I started for Black History Month, where I talk about Black and Brown skinned characters in anime, manga, video games, etc., but you guys loved it so much I decided to continue it!

So, in this week’s Melanin Monday post, I wanted to talk about the Oscars… Yeah, I know, I’m not the only one talking about the Oscars, everybody is talking about the Oscars right now. But, after not one but two Black-led superhero films managed to not only snag quite a few Oscar nominations, but, also WIN awards… well, let’s just say that is grounds for celebration. But, that wasn’t all, the 2019 Oscars was a triumph for women and people of color as well, with films like Roma and BlackKklansman snagging quite a few awards last night.


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Sweet Pool – BL Game Review

Sweet Pool is the third Nitro+Chiral title and by far one of the more surreal titles from their lineup, which really isn’t saying much seeing as this is the same company that gave us Saya no Uta (under their Nitroplus branch) and Togainu no Chi. There is a degree of grotesque body horror in this game that is both unsettling and beautiful, Sweet Pool is Invasion of the Bodysnatchers if it where set in the omegaverse and it is just as twisted as you’re imagining. The game follows Youji Sakiyama a second year high school student after his last stint in the hospital. Youji’s hopes for a normal life are dashed when he is slowly drawn into a nightmare from which there is no escape. Strange symptoms and grotesque hallucinations begin to plague his body and mind, and the only people that may have answers are two classmates who are also harboring dark secrets of their own.

So color me surprised when JAST USA announced that they’d be kicking off their new BL brand, JAST BLUE with English localizations of titles from Nitro+Chiral’s lineup. First up on the docket is 2008’s sweet pool right on time for the series’s 10th anniversary.

Game Details

  • Available for Windows, Mac, Linux 
  • 3 pursuable characters (male)
  • 6 unique endings
  • Gameplay Length: ≈30 hours
  • Cost: $20.00 (censored Steam version), $25.00 (uncensored digital)
  • Similar Games: Togainu no Chi and Chaos Child

*There is one NSFW image at the very end of the review, but, it’s one of the more tame CGs in the game. *

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I’m Still Kickin’

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!

[Bite-Sized Review] Kitty Love – Way to look for love

Kitty Love-Way to Look for Love is the latest otome game from DIGIMERCE, and among the first wave of otome games released for the Nintendo Switch. The game follows Honoka, a young shop clerk who is magically transformed into a cat. In order to break her curse, Honoka must lock lips with one of five eligible bachelors. There’s her sweetheart of a boss, Takuma Suguri; her childhood friend, Kohei Natsume; the stoic patrol cop, Shogo Fujimoto; the friendly neighborhood host, Kyosuke Kawahara; and finally the mysterious flower arrangement artist, Narumi Saijo. The love interests, were pretty by the book, checking off all of the usual otome tropes and cliches, but, they are still enjoyable enough. There isn’t a set play order, however, I highly recommend playing Narumi Saijo’s route last, lest you want game ruining spoilers, granted the “big reveal” was kind of obvious from the beginning.

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Super Special Awesome Giveaway 2 Winners!!!

Hey Hey Heroes, Travelers, and Wandering NPCs! The Super Special Awesome Giveaway has come to a close and all of the winners have been contacted! I want to thank everyone that participated in the giveaway, it’s because of you super special awesome people out there that Nice Job Breaking It, Hero is what it is today! So, thank you all!

For this particular giveaway, there were two parts and the potential for THREE winners:

Part 1 – First Prize Winner: Engel from Starry Miracle

Engel won the handmade crochet Totoro plushie!!

Part 1 – Second Prize Winner: Michel from Raistlin

Michel won his choice custom crochet doll, and he chose The Major from Ghost in the Shell!

Part 2 – Steam Code Giveaway Prize Winner: Solvaria

Now, this one took dedication! In order to win the Steam Code you had to be following me on twitter and collect all five code words that were released every Wednesday for a limited time only.

This winner was the only person to collect all five codes which were as follows:

  • 10/3: PEACH BLOSSOM
  • 10/10: NORWEGIAN RIDGEBACK
  • 10/17: HOLD IT
  • 10/24: KUROTSUKI OTP
  • 10/31: BANANA FISH

Each one is a reference to something I like in some way… but, for her efforts, Solvaria won a steam copy of the otome game, Nightshade!!


pikachu celebration

Well, that’s it! Congrats to all the winners and thank you guys for being so super special awesome!!

It’s Time for a GIVEAWAY!! Super Special Awesome Giveaway 2!!

 

Okay, so I mentioned this awhile ago, but, I never had the chance to make good on my promise until now.  I hit a couple of big milestones over these past few months, 500 followers, a blogging anniversary, and my birthday. But, my blogging has been pretty sporadic so most of them just breezed on by without much fanfare, so I decided to do celebrate everything all at once with a month long giveaway.  During the month of October, I will be holding a giveaway, but, this one will be a little different from the previous giveaways I’ve held, it’ll be a two part giveaway. Also this one is open to all of my followers, so international folks can definitely put their hat in the ring.

Giveaway Part One: Totoro Plushie or Doll of Choice (2)

For the first part of the giveaway, the prizes are a foot tall crochet Totoro plushie, made by me. Yeah, you read that right, a foot tall crochet Totoro plushie (see below)

The second prize is a crochet doll, the winner of this prize can choose to either have a doll made in their likeness or choose a character from a show, film, or some other media. However, I am restricting this to HUMANOID CHARACTERS ONLY! Let me say that again, HUMANOID CHARACTERS ONLY! Do not ask for mecha, suites of armor, dragons, or anything that could possibly exceed the set 7 inch doll height. If for whatever reason you request a doll I can’t make I will ask for an alternate option.

The Rules and How to Enter: Plushie Giveaway

In order to participate in this giveaway, you must be a follower/subscriber of Nice job Breaking It HeroThis is mandatory, no exceptions! This is my way of giving back to you guys for being such awesome and supportive friends and acquaintances over the years!

I am using Rafflecopter to select the winner, but you must leave a valid email address so I can contact you! Participants can enter once per day until the end of the giveaway, but, as an added bonus, I will give one additional entry to participants that follow me on Twitter.

*If you win, I will need your mailing address in order to send you your prize*

Enter Below

Click to Enter

The winner selection will be at random, but the more you enter the more chances you have to win, so good luck! Pretty simple, follow my blog enter the raffle every day (or as much as you want) and get chosen at random. The more entries you have the more likely you are to win.


Giveaway Part Two: Steam Game Code

For the “second” giveaway, I am giving away a steam code to one of the following games:

The Letter

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Synopsis: When seven people fall prey to a vicious curse, they will discover that horror rests not from the shadows lurking about, but within themselves. To what ends will one go in order to survive?

Steam Page

Nightshade

nightshade

Synopsis: Enju (Protagonist), daughter of Kandō Ueno, the Head of the Kōga clan, spends her days training diligently in hope of becoming a full-fledged ninja like her peers. At long last she is assigned to her first mission, but finds herself caught in a dark conspiracy――.

Steam Page

Hakuoki Kyoto Winds

kyoto winds

Synopsis: Romance 12 handsome warriors and the samurai of the Shinsengumi, uncover their dark secrets, and conquer your demons in this historical fantasy visual novel!

Steam Page

Nameless ~The one thing you must recall~

namelessSynopsis: “Eri” is a high school student and everything about her seems ordinary except she has a special hobby: collecting ball joint dolls. She treats her dolls like her real family, hen, one day, she hears strange sounds coming from her kitchen…

Steam Page


The Rules and How to Enter: Steam Code Giveaway

Part two is where things get tricky. This one will require you to follow me on Twitter. Every Wednesday, throughout the month of October I will be tweeting out a special code. The tweet will be active from 12PM EST until 5PM EST and will be the pinned tweet on my account during that time. You have until 12:00AM EST November 2nd to enter ALL FIVE code words into the raffle. You will not be selected if you don’t have all 5 codes.

*Note: The Rafflecopter for this part of the give away will be open starting November 1st @ 12:00AM EST and end November 2nd @ 12:00AM EST.*

Enter Below

Click Here


Notifying Winners

I will announce the winner on Twitter and here on Nice Job Breaking It Hero on November 6th, but I will also be contacting winners directly using the email address you used to enter the giveaway. I’ll ask for details about the doll you want and shipping info so I can send the doll directly to you (I will be covering the shipping costs).

The winner will have 48 hours to contact me after the initial email notification. If I don’t hear back from you within that time limit I will choose someone else.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to comment on this post, fill out my blog’s contact form, or email me at pokemonninja17@gmail.com.


How long is the Giveaway?

Part one of the giveaway will run from October 1st @ 12 AM EST until November 1st @12:00 AM EST.

For part two of the giveaway you guys will have to enter all five codes into Rafflecopter between November 1st @ 12 AM EST until November 2nd @12:00 AM EST.

All entries must be in before the cutoff to be eligible!

 

Behind the Games: Mikomi Kisomi

Hey Hey Heroes, Travelers, and Wandering NPCs, I’m back with another Behind the Games post!

For those of you just joining the party,  Behind the Games is a new segment where I interview the folks ‘behind the games’ I review. The series is meant to act as a complement to the reviews I write, giving you guys a chance to get to know the developers that spend so much time carefully crafting the games you enjoy. For each interview I send the Devs five questions (and one random bonus question), to kind of flesh out who they are, while also getting a bit of insight into their inspirations for their games. It’s completely voluntary and meant to be a fun way to get you guys acquainted with content creators.

Last time around I spoke with Angela He, the creator of the psychological thriller VN, I Woke Up Next To You Again, so if you missed that, I definitely recommend checking that post out too! This time around, I had the chance to chat with Mikomi Kisomi, the creator of the mystery/modern fantasy/josei VN That Which Binds Us!

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Mikomi debuted back in 2014 with the yuri game Crossed Paths: Connected Worlds for the Ludum Dare Game Jam and she has not slowed down since putting out several games in her almost 4 year career. She is an avid fan of visual novels and hopes to bring her own unique perspectives on the genre into the games she creates. In addition to her immersive stories, Miko’s games also feature LGBT characters, with many of her titles falling under the yuri game demographic. She is a developer that is constantly growing and adapting her style, so each of her games is a testament to her hard work and dedication! So, without further ado, let’s turn things over to Miko…


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Unofficial Hiatus Over!!- Seriously This Time…

Hey Hey Heroes, Travelers, and Wandering NPCs!! I know it has been awhile since I put out content here on Nice Job Breaking It Hero and for that I want to apologize. Life has been really hectic on my end between job hunting, writing for MANGA.TOKYO, running my Etsy shop, and just plain old apathy towards gaming in general, I just have not had the time to prioritize my blog.

I meant to come back to this blog much sooner than this, but, one thing led to another and now it’s August! 2018 is winding down and I just haven’t been as active as I once was and it doesn’t help that I just kind of dropped off the face of the planet either (not that I was all that great at keeping up with comments in the first place).

But, I needed the time away to reflect, because if I’m being honest, at the rate I was going before, I was getting pretty burned out on gaming and blogging. My heart just wasn’t in it anymore and it stopped being fun, something I never wanted to happen! So, after taking some time to myself I’ve decided to give blogging another go, this time though, I’m going at my own pace.

I started this blog because I wanted to talk about my interests with other people that liked the same things I did, and somewhere along the way it became a chore… So, while my “hiatus” is over, I’m not going to drive myself nuts trying to get reviews out every single day of the week (that is unless I absolutely feel like it). Also, I have a lot of game requests that I have to get through, so bear with me while I bang those out, because they take priority, since the devs took the time out to share their games with me. I’ll also be going back and responding to comments, so don’t be surprised if you see a reply for a comment you left months ago. I saw it when you wrote it, I just couldn’t get to it back then.

Expect new posts to start rolling out next week, I’m going to Otakon this weekend and I’m participating in a crafts fair this week, so my weekend is gonna be kind of busy.

But, before I disappear back into the abyss, I wanna thank you guys for bearing with me these past few months, while I got my stuff together… Your support and kind words really meant a lot to me, especially those of you I talk with on a regular basis.

[OWLS Blog Tour] A Musician’s Pride: Finding Your Own Sound in Piano no Mori

Hey Hey Heroes, Travelers, and Wandering NPCs, I’m back with another super special awesome OWLS Blog Tour! What’s that you say? You don’t know about OWLS? Well, for those of you new here, OWLS or Otaku Wariors for Liberty and Self-Respect is a group of bloggers, vloggers, and writers who seek to promote acceptance and equality through thoughtful community activism, with an otaku twist! Each month we decide on a theme and each member writes a post or records a video, on that theme through the lens of something from pop culture. We have been known to cover a wide range of topics, from anime and manga to video games and film, most subject matter is up for discussion so long as it fits with our monthly theme.  This month’s theme is Pride!

In honor of “Pride Month,” we will be discussing the word, “Pride” and its meaning. We will be exploring pop culture characters’ most satisfying and joyful achievements or skills that they possessed and whether or not these qualities could be seen as a positive or negative aspect in their personal lives and/or society.

June “Pride” Blog Tour Prompt

I’m just one in a long line of Blog Tour stops this month, and I highly recommend checking them all out when you have the time. Just before me was  Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime, with her awesome post about Assassination Classroom.

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[Pride Month 2018] 10 LGBTQ Positive Visual Novels

Hey Hey Heroes, Travelers, and Wandering NPCs, I’m back… well, kinda. It’s June and that means it’s LGBT Pride Monththe annual celebration dedicated to the richly diverse LGBT community. As an ally of the LGBTQ community I wanted to do something to celebrate here on Blerdy Otome, so I compiled a list of ten LGBTQ Positive Visual Novels I think you guys should check out. I tried to compile a list of games that I thought were representative of the LGBTQ community, so expect a wide range of titles with diverse characters and subject matter.

I want to emphasize that I went for games that represented the LGBTQ community in a positive light, so I shied away from titles that seemed to hypersexualize LGBTQ relationships, so don’t expect any overtly sexual BL or Yuri games on this list! As with any list, your mileage may vary, so if you don’t agree with my choices, you are more than welcome to suggest other games down in the comments section. So, without further ado, let’s get this party started, here’s my list of 10 LGBTQ Positive Visual Novels, you should definitely check out this Pride Month!

*Also be sure to check out Pride Month 2019’s list for even more LGBTQ friendly VNs!

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