Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies Review

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Personally, when Capcom announced that Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, the fifth installment in the Ace Attorney main series, will be on the 3DS, I have my doubts, but after playing it, I understood the reason behind the switch. There are obviously quite a number of changes, and especially in the gameplay aspect, it actually brings more good to the series than bad.

To those uninformed of the series, I think the best, most simple explanation of what Ace Attorney is in a nutshell, is that it is a series of lawyer-simulation games with a “visual novel-like” storytelling (not bona fide visual novel, mind you, though you might argue to the contrary.) The basic structure of the games is divided into two parts – the investigation segment where you had to talk to people, investigate for evidences and so on, and the courtroom segment of the game where you had to defend your client against false charges, using all the evidences you found in your investigations and finding contradictions in testimonies.

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All You Need Is Kill Review

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All You Need Is Kill is a light novel written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, and illustrated by Yoshitoshi Abe. The story has an military sci-fi setting, and one pivotal plot point of the novel involves time looping.
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Vocaloid Live Concerts in the West – A Different Interpretation

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While watching Vocaloid live concerts is something I would definitely add to the list of things I want to do before I kick the bucket, seeing a camrip video of a particular Vocaloid live concert led me into some deep thoughts, specifically this – when Miku opened up the concert for Lady Gaga. At first, I thought this was a really weird set-up, but then again, it oddly makes sense, considering Lady Gaga herself often wears anime-inspired outfits and hairdos. At the same time, the fashion also resembles Kpop stars, but that’s a discussion for another time.

What I think about the concert, or rather, the concert’s rendition of Miku; she seems to be interpreted quite differently. To be frank, Miku doesn’t look pretty cute. This might comes as a shocking fact, but it’s mainly due to how one’s society and culture perceives “cuteness”.
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Listening to Anime OSTs Standalone

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Listening to anime OSTs “within” the show and it’s context, and listening to anime OSTs “outside” of the show, as standalone; can be both very polarizing music-listening experiences. This begs the question then – Is the ability to listen to OSTs standalone important? I welcome you all to this post I guest written on anime instrumentality – detailing the aspect of listening to anime OSTs standalone.

Rize – Best Girl of GochiUsa

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Yes, no witty titles this time.

Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?, or GochiUsa for short (Is the Order a Rabbit?) is an anime from Spring 2014 that currently ended, and throughout all the 12 episodes I had watched, Rize strikes my fancy. Actually, to be frank, she, to me, is probably the best character in the series, with Sharo perhaps coming in at a close second.

Why I adore Rize so much though? First of all, she is literally a “moe-fied” Solid Snake.
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