Otome Corner! ♡ “Oz+” Prologue

Written By: Lauren

Let’s be honest here—I love otome games, especially ones by NTT Solmare. From “Shall We Date” titles like “The Niflheim,” “Destiny Ninja,” “Wizardess Heart,” “Scarlet Fate,” and more, NTT Solmare has continuously retained my interest throughout the years.

Although I’ve recently been on hiatus from otome games because of academics and work, I’ve jumped back into playing again. I’ve just begun playing “Shall We Date?: Oz+” and am delighted with what I’ve seen so far!

As someone who has played otome games (and games, for that matter) for a long time, it takes a lot to grab my interest. I’m a terribly picky person, so it’s hard for me to enjoy a lot of games that others do. However, “Oz+” is on my positive side, with diverse characters, fantastic art, great soundtracks, and a relatively interesting story.

I’ve never been a huge fan of “The Wizard of Oz,” but I’m familiar with the story. “Oz+” is the otome game spin-off where Dorothy grows up, is turning seventeen years old, and the Lion, Tin Man, and Scarecrow come to the human world to visit. They’ve assumed human forms and invite her back to the world of Oz to celebrate her birthday (how nice!).

I’ll do a summary of the prologue and explain what I did and didn’t like, along with future expectations.

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Otome Corner! ♡ “The Niflheim+” Skeletiano Ch. 5

Written By: Lauren

I’m back with my second playthrough of “The Niflheim+” by NTT Solmare! I just completed Chapter 5 of Skeletiano’s Route and have a few thoughts (and a summary) to share with you all.

In terms of overall feel, this chapter was less interesting than the previous one and lacked elements that made huge, pivotal moments pop up. The “make-it-or-break-it” scenes in this chapter were more watered down than I’d like, and I’ll explain to you why.

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Otome Corner! ♡ “The Niflheim+” Skeletiano Ch. 4

Written By: Lauren

Of all the characters in “The Niflheim,” there’s nobody’s route I wanted to play more than Jean’s, the Pale Ghost’s, and of course, Skeletiano’s. After finishing up two out of three of those routes, I was ready for a romance with our beloved Skeletiano.

Skeletiano has the most personality in the game, aside from the King. From his witty remarks, to his genuine chemistry with the MC (Main Character), and obsession with romance, I knew I had to learn more about who he was.

I played Chapters 1-3 a couple of months ago so I don’t remember too much about it, except that Skeletiano and the Princess have been getting along well. Now that I’ve begun playing otome games again, you can expect a few playthroughs from me!

I’ll start my playthrough/review from Chapter 4 of Skeletiano’s route. I’ll summarize the events and comments on things like dialogue, plot, CGs, and more, and maybe throw in a few complaints.

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Kweens Cuisine :: Course 1

Written By: Weslee

Welcome to the first course of Kweens Cuisine, a lifestyle portion focusing on– you guessed it– all things food! The course includes pictures of said delicious foods ranging from mouthwatering meats to decadent treats, along with our thoughts of the establishment itself and rate it according to our Ruby Rating system.

Hello everyone, Wes here with the first post of this section! As most of you know, summer is here for us, so I tend to follow my family tradition and make trips to Las Vegas quite often. This time our destination lead to The Bellagio, and for our lunch it led us to none other than the Cafe Bellagio.

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Final Take (Film Reviews) :: “Corpse Party”

Written By: Ende

WARNING: BLOOD AND GORE (and spoilers)

“Corpse Party” is a Japanese horror movie based on the popular Corpse Party (not including Corpse Party 2) game franchise. The film’s main plot shared characteristics and events from both the first game (Corpse Party: Blood Covered Repeated Fear) and the game’s anime adaptation (Corpse Party: Tortured Souls). Though there are many characters in both the game and the anime, the movie cut a few characters out and only showed the main nine characters.

Film: “Corpse Party”

Release Date: August 1, 2015

Director: Masafumi Yamada

Duration: 93 minutes

Overall, “Corpse Party” wasn’t full blown terrible. While it did cover a good amount of horror blood and guts, the portrayal of the storyline definitely didn’t do the game justice. The story leaned more towards the anime rather than the actual game, meaning it contained it’s own and the anime’s plot holes. This was probably because film makers couldn’t cram the average 10-15 hours gameplay into an under 100 minutes screentime.

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[Review] “Ace Attorney” Episodes 3 & 4

Written By: Lauren

Hold it right there, because I’m back with another “Ace Attorney” review!

Episodes 1 and 2 were a pleasant surprise, so I was excited to jump back into the courtroom with 3 and 4. We progress into the meat of the “Turnabout Sisters” trial, meet the voluptuous, pink April May, flashy Redd White, and watch our boy Phoenix wipe the smug smirk off Edgeworth’s face.

Just like the first review, I’ll compare and contrast the game and the anime, bring up the facts, my opinions, and mix ‘em all together.

Are you ready for a little courtroom tumble?

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Blast From the Past :: Cartoon Edition (Part 1)

Written By: Lauren

If you were born in the 90s, chances are, you’ve watched the same cartoons I have. Titles like “Courage the Cowardly Dog,” “The Powerpuff Girls,” “Dexter’s Laboratory,” and “Tom & Jerry” probably hit close to home.

In the Cartoon Edition of “Blast From the Past,” I’ll be jumping in the time machine and reliving my childhood. Maybe I’ll even jog some great memories from yours or get you to re-watch the series all over again, as I have.

This is no particular order, as I love all of these shows equally. This is only part 1 of the cartoon edition, written by yours truly, Lauren!

1 ) “Courage the Cowardly Dog” (1999-2002)

I’m a big fan of horror. I guess some of that influence comes from watching shows like “Courage the Cowardly Dog” and “The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy” as a kid.

“Courage the Cowardly Dog” revolves around a pink, cowardly dog named Courage who lives with Muriel and Eustace Bagges in the middle of Nowhere (the town is literally named “Nowhere”). Strange things happen to the family on a daily basis, and it’s always up to Courage to save his family from the perils of living in the middle of Nowhere, where the doctors, police, and authorities are useless.

Guided by his own instincts, and occasionally help from his talking computer or a generous character, Courage wards off creepy monsters to protect the people he loves… and often gets involved in situations difficult to get out of. If you’re into creepy stuff, this is the cartoon for you (and for me).

I mean, who can forget characters like Katz, Le Quack, Freaky Fred, and Di Lung, that one Asian guy with the memorable laugh? (I’m Asian, by the way.)

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[Review] “Ace Attorney” Episodes 1 & 2

Written By: Lauren

“Ace Attorney” is an animated series based on the mega-popular video game series of the same name. Set in Los Angeles in 2016, it’s more than perfect that the anime was released this year! The story revolves around rookie defense attorney, Phoenix Wright, and his trials and tribulations (see what I did there?).

The main cast consists of Phoenix, Maya Fey, Miles Edgeworth, Mia Fey, and Dick Gumshoe, all with varying occupations and personalities, yet connected to one another through strings of fate.

The animated series was released early 2016 and currently has twelve episodes. The anime is still ongoing and will cover the span of the “Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney,” the first game in the series.

I’m a huge fan of the “Ace Attorney” series, so I’ve been waiting for years to see the animation. The live action film was disappointing, but I had high hopes the anime would do the spectacular series justice.

Not only do all the characters have individual quirks (and punny names), but all of the cases and characters are interconnected in this huge web (or conspiracy, if you’d like to see it that way). “Ace Attorney” hits close to home, and as a fan of many years, I’ve been eagerly anticipating an animated series.

I’ve played all of the localized “Ace Attorney” games and “Apollo Justice.” I’ve played “Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney” multiple times, so I was keen on little details while watching the anime. I’ll be discussing two episodes per one review. Shall we get started?

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Final Take (Film Reviews) :: “Ao Oni”

Written By: Lauren

“Ao Oni” is a Japanese horror film based on a video game of the same name and was released in 2014. The movie revolves around a group of teenagers exploring a remote jailhouse rumored to be haunted by a demon. Here are my thoughts about the movie! This review contains spoilers, so proceed with caution.

Film: “Ao Oni”

Release Date: July 5, 2014

Director: Nibayashi Daisuke

Duration: 1 Hr 10 Mins

Despite mediocre acting from one of the two main characters and many unanswered questions, “Ao Oni” had relatively interesting animation, characters, and plot. 

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Final Take (Film Reviews) :: “The Conjuring 2”

Written By: Lauren

“The Conjuring 2,” directed by James Wan, came out in theaters on June 10. Being a fan of horror films and having watched the first installment twice, I needed to watch it. Here are my thoughts about the movie! This review contains spoilers, so proceed with caution.

Film: “The Conjuring 2”

Release Date: June 10, 2016

Director: James Wan

Duration: 2 Hr 13 Min

Overall, “The Conjuring 2” was a decent horror film with a sufficient level of suspense and plotline. The occasional jump scare and imagery were creepy, but it wasn’t as scary as people make it out to be. However, there were a few good points about the movie, and I’ll go into detail about it in my quick review.

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