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I've kinda had a rough couple of months, getting my wisdom teeth removed, struggling with my online classes because, let's face it, one-on-one experiences are a lot easier than just staring at a screen for several hours, and job hunting isn't going well. But during the time I was bedridden and more or less high on three kinds of painkillers, I watched stuff, and played stuff. Lotsa stuff!

Reviews and summaries under the cut:



Definitely a favorite, albeit confusing at first. It timeskips and flashes back unexpectedly, but in general all shedding light on various events and how they came to be. It was a fresh experience in alternative story-telling, and I'm glad to have stuck through all the confusion and excitement and absolutely over-the-top gory scenes to it's heartwarming, and slightly silly, ending. Isaac and Miria, two eccentric, hilarious, and sweet thieves, were the ones I looked forward to seeing the most, and let's not forget the Gandor Brothers. Take Fullmetal Alchemist and fuse it with Highlander, and you might get something close to this. I recommend it to all!

Mawaru Penguindrum:

I had high hopes for this anime, watching it on a whim. It delivered, undoubtedly, during the first half, but the second half felt more dragged out and a lot less like what made me fall in love with the first half. I couldn't tell if it was trying to be silly or serious most of the time. I suppose it's OK, not perfect. The 3D graphics were gorgeous but I more or less stopped enjoying it as much towards the end, where it felt dragged out and more cliched and the plot suddenly became a lot more twisted up. A semi-disappointment/semi-satisfying experience, pretty much. That's all there is to say on the matter.

Angel Beats!:

I'd heard a lot about this one, managing to watch it in a couple of days compared to the weeks I spent trying to get through the last half of Penguindrum, simply out of curiosity to see how it ended. This one delivered on making me laugh, making me cry, and actually capturing my attention. It was heartbreaking one moment and it was hilarious the next, all coming around to bittersweet romance and acceptance of tragedy. A rec, without a doubt. I'll be seeing the spin-off movie next.

Voices of a Distant Star:

After watching this, I checked out the book Time for the Stars by Robert Heinlein, which this particular anime/OVA was based off of, reading that and enjoying much more than I did this half-hour OVA. Yeah, it was pretty and had a cool premise, but the anatomy was crap, the characters were flat, and Time for the Stars delivered the story a thousand times better. Read the book instead of wasting your time with this one.

Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo:

This was by the same guy who did Voices of a Distant Star, but this movie was far more satisfying and got a greater emotional reaction out of me than 5 Centimeters Per Second and aforementioned OVA did combined, which was little to none in the first place. This story follows the cliche trip to the underworld to find a dead loved one and bring her back but learn to let the dead be, yadda yadda yadda. But the characters and the environment and the entire underworld were fleshed out and gorgeous and despite the beauty you could just feel the near-emptiness that was reminiscent of Shadow of the Colossus and I enjoyed this movie greatly. YMMV on this one, but I enjoyed it immensely.

Stargate-SG1 Season 2:

Aaahhh, Stargate, you haven't failed to disappointment me yet!~ <3 Season 2 was definitely an improvement from season 1, following various character arcs and bringing back old ones, new tragedies and sweet moments and Jack O'Neill continues to be the glorious 7-year-old with guns that he is, Samantha Carter her brilliant, nerdy self, Daniel his shy, awkward self, and Teal'c the big cuddly teddy bear he is.

Toki Wo Kakeru Shoujo:

By the director behind the fantastic Summer Wars, this one is slice-of-life mixed with a bit of sci-fi. A girl learns that she can leap backwards in time, though only so many times. She uses this to change her past daily experiences and re-visit moments in her past. It's quite an interesting premise with plot-twists and consequences of changing the space-time continuum, with an overall satisfying ending and a rather heartbreaking romance. Go give it a try!

Suzumiya Haruhi No Yuutsu:

I hadn't gotten around to watching the movie, but I definitely plan to read what novels are translated after watching this treat! The series was fun and silly and really good and so was this movie. Gorgeously animated as usual with interesting perspectives on changes in the universe and time and space and a pretty good ride!

Ghost Hunt:

This one I finished quite recently, watching it during the duration of October and boy, did this one manage to scare me. It follows the antics and shenanigans of a psychic research group, including a Buddhist monk, a Shinto priestess, a Catholic priest, a famous medium, and the budding Esper and main heroine Mai. The first half wasn't too bad in the fright department, though still pretty good, but then the second half began to get bloody and unnerving and genuinely disturbing. I fucking loved it. Even if you aren't into occult detective kinda stuff I definitely recommend this creepy anime.

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic:

I just got started on this one, as there is only three episodes currently subbed, but this is starting to turn into a favorite, and a nice break from all the sci-fi/horror I've experienced as of late. It follows the adventures of Aladdin and his friend Alibaba as they scale towers ridden with traps located all over the world to find wealth beyond their wildest dreams. I plan to read the manga when I get a moment, but for now, I'll settle with catching the anime episodes as they are dubbed and released.



An indie game by Supergiant Games, this was an instant favorite. It was tragic, heartbreaking and it had me in tears at the end. I've played through it three times already and I still cry. It's available for the PC on Steam, and on the Xbox-Live Arcade, through which I experienced this gem of an RPG. Gorgeous, wonderfully narrated, and tragic, this game will not disappoint.


Another famous RPG, though this one for the PC only and free. It's made with RPG Maker, like Ib is, though I have very mixed feelings about this one. It managed to be depressing and creepy and disturbing and completely engaging. I couldn't put it down until I'd seen every little thing, from the immediately accessed snowy landscapes to the old-school Earthbound-esque hidden areas. I quite enjoyed the game, though the ending was confusing until I started putting the pieces together. Much like ICO or Shadow of the Colossus the meaning of the confusing and creepy landscapes of the dream world is left up to the interpretation of the player, but it definitely makes for a good game. I've gone back to it multiple times to just walk around and experience it again without any purpose.

The Witch's House:

Similar to Yume Nikki and Ib, this is another game on the RPG Maker, and wow, this one managed to scare me tons. I haven't gone back through it due to all the terrorizing moments and frustrations of so many fuck-you moments and horrifying deaths that give you no warning whatsoever. The main character can be squished by a giant, angry teddy bear to having her eyes melted in their sockets just by reading a book. If it's horror and scaring you're looking for, this is a game for you.

So that's about it for now, I suppose. Hopefully I won't have anymore minor anxiety attacks and trudge through this month, but here's what I've got lined up next:


Wreck-It Ralph
Hellsing Ultimate
Sword Art Online
Mimi wo Sumaseba
Neko no Ongaeshi
Stargate-SG1 Season 3


Mass Effect Series
The Looking Glass
Skyward Sword (replay)

So I'll probably be back tomorrow posting again because I'll be geeking out over Wreck-It Ralph, which I have been looking forward to all year long, and then maybe a music rec post later because I've got several new albums and more or less getting into Lapfox, so keep an eye out for that!
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