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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Eroge Bus Episode 30: Demon Master Chris

In this December episode I review the yuri dungeon crawler Demon Master Chris.

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Show Notes:

00:00 Opening - Cosmic Gate - I Feel Wonderful

01:34 Intro and stuff

4:54 Break - Narcissu 2nd Side Opening

7:30 News:
November 29th: Super Sonico Anime Character Designs Previewed
November 29th: 5pb. Streams 4th Science-Adventure Game Chaos;Child's Teaser
November 29th: "Divine Gate" RPG Pits Players Against "Steins;Gate" Characters
November 30th: Angel Beats Game's 1st Volume Slated for Next Spring
December 1st: News Briefs
  • “Chata Works Best III” will be on shelves on February 12th
  • “Imouto to Issho ni Nemureru CD” comes out December 11th
  • PS3 port for Shin Koihime†Musou on February 20th
  • Imaimo will be available on the PSV
December 3rd: Kahotan Shows Off Bride Saber Nendoroid
December 4th: Higanbana no Saku Yoru ni Manga's Ichirō Tsunohazu Passes Away
December 4th: Mouse Super Sonico Figure Gets Paint Job
December 4th: "Narcissu" Visual Novel Officially Greenlit for Steam
December 6th: Bishoujo Billy the Kid From "Eiyuu*Senki GOLD" Inspires Figure
December 7th: News Briefs
  • Amairo official visual fan book will be on shelves January 24th
  • A bunch of C85 goods
December 8th: Liberation Maiden SIN Live Play Videos Streamed
December 9th: "Steins;Gate" Smartphone Cases Encrusted with Swarovski Crystals
December 9th: Mangagamer Announces Hard Copy Sales
December 11th: Latest Super Sonico Anime Visual
December 13th: Super Sonico Anime's 1st Ad Reveals January 6 Premiere
December 14th: News Briefs
  • The science ADV series 5 years jubilee commemorative book will feature info about 5pb.’s next title Chaos;Child
  • More C85 goods.
December 15th: Top 50 List of Eroge Seiyuu's Who Appeared the Most in 2013
December 18th: MangaGamer Christmas Sale
December 18th: Little Busters! Converted Edition for the PSP gets an English patch
December 19th: Game Publisher CyberFront Closes its Doors
December 20th: News Briefs
  • Fourth volume of the LOVELY×CATION2 raburabu birthday collection features genki kouhai Hinata! It comes out on her birthday, January 23rd
  • Actress vocal collection “Akukore!!” out on January 24th
  • light vocal collection V out on January 31st
  • ElectroArms OP/ED Maxi CD out on January 31st
  • Console version planned from 5pb of Kono Aozora ni, Tsubasa o Hirogete -Cruise Sign-
  • Overflow has a game for the 3DS coming out in spring 2014 called Island Days
  • Eiyuu*Senki‘s Arthur (May, ¥11,880)
  • ToHeart2 DX Plus‘ Sasara(April, ¥9000)
  • ToHeart2‘s Manaka red cat ver. (May, ¥9800)
  • Even more C85 goods.
December 20th: Super Sonico Anime Previewed in 3-Minute Promo
December 20th: ef -the latter tale- Goes on Sale
December 21st: Celebrate New Year's with Yozakura Quartet, Steins;Gate Meals in Boxes
December 21st: Check Out This Sultry Super Sonico Garage Kit
December 26th: "Angel Beats!" Visual Novel CG Previewed
December 26th: 1st Little Busters! EX Episode's Ad Features Narration by Heroines
December 27th: News Briefs
  • PSV adaptations for Lovely Quest (March 27th) and Imaimo (April 24th)
  • PSV/PSP adaptation for Motto Nee, Chanto Shiyou yo! +PLUS coming out in May.
  • 1/8 scale Saber from Fate/Extra CCC, coming out in June for ¥10,800
December 27th: New Fate/stay night Anime by ufotable Previewed in Teaser Video
December 28th: Muv Luv: Photon Flowers, Photon Melodies to Ship for PS3 in 2014

25:21 Break - Demon Master Chris OST - Windy

27:54 A rather quick review of Demon Master Chris

36:52 Break - Tsuyokiss NEXT OP

38:52 Upcoming Games:
Magicalic ⇔ Sky High ~Soratobu Houki no Omoi wo Nosete~ by Whirlpool

Tsuyokiss NEXT by Candy Soft

Ayame no Machi to Ohime-sama by MORE

Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke o - Shirayuki no Kishi by Yurin Yurin

Love Replica by Garden

Nangoku Sakunyuu ☆ Milk Island Musume. ~Hatsujou-hen~ by MBSTruth -DeepBlue-

Sengoku † Koihime ~Otome Kenran ☆ Sengoku Emaki~ by Baseson

Senjou no Folklore -Boukoku no Kishidan- by Debo no Su Seisakusho

Root Harem! by CreamPie

Timepiece Ensemble by GLace

51:23 Ending - Kanashimi no Mukou e

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Secret Santa Review: Pale Cocoon

Oh dear, it's yet another secret Santa review organized by the Reverse Thieves.

Due to various commitments and somewhat limiting choices, I went with a one episode OVA as my review. While limited to a single episode and a run of about 23 minutes, my expectations were fairly low for Pale Cocoon. Nevertheless, I was still impressed by what these 23 minutes were able to accomplish.

With my luck, I didn't have to look for fansubs as the OVA is offered streaming for free on Crunchyroll. Unfortunately, the quality was kind of poor as this wide screen feature was formatted to a 4:3 letter box. As someone who's spoiled by 720p+ streams, I kind of grimaced at first, but continued to watch anyway.
The episode begins with the main character operating a visibly high tech touch interface, shown to be restoring some sort of historic archives of a golden past. This anime is clearly set in some dark and dreary future but it's not clear as to why.

Touch interfaces everywhere.

This OVA does a really good job expressing ideas through visual means rather through some sort of narration. While there are characters who interact, it feels like the real conflict is between the main character and the settings itself. Therefore, in a way, the setting is a character itself who's development is clearly the focus of this episode. The development is once again done through visuals and the main character's own investigations. The episode ends with a big reveal that pretty much explains everything that occurs leading up to the climax.

Setting development aside, there are other themes that are packed into this episode such as becoming disillusioned of the present while discovering the much more positive past and the theme of change versus status quo. It's quite remarkable that such a short OVA is able to express these themes while telling a somewhat unorthodox story.

The world of Pale Cocoon

In conclusion, I was very pleased with this pick even though I picked the shorter and easier review. Anyone who enjoys sci fi series that go beyond of the usual story lines will be delighted by this short OVA.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Eroge Bus Episode 29 - Grisaia no Kajitsu

In this episode I joined by Shuri to review the fan translated version of Grisaia no Kajitsu

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Show Notes:

00:00 Opening - Cosmic Gate - I Feel Wonderful

01:35 Intro and stuff

10:17 Break - Steins;Gate: Linear Bounded Phenogram’s Vita Opening Movie

11:57 News:
October 25th: ef -the latter tale gets a Release Date! And Pre-Orders!
October 26th: News Briefs
  • sound track for Karumaruka*Circle will be on shelves on December 20th
  • ALICESOFT’s Toushin Toshi II is being ported to the 3DS twenty years after its initial release. It comes out on January 30th
  • Kaitendoh – 1/8 scale Drake swimsuit ver. (Eiyuu*Senki, February, ¥7500)
  • Orca Toys – 1/7 scale Manaka animal costume black cat ver. (TH2, April, ¥9800)
October 27th: La Corda D'Oro 3 Dating Game Cast Returns For Anime
October 30th: That Key Documentary Kickstarter is Dead
October 30th: "Total Eclipse" Makers Present Trick or Treating BETAs
October 30th: Type-Moon Co-Founder Takashi Takeuchi Draws Fate x Record of Lodoss War Crossover
October 30th: "Fate/zero" Cafe Shares Halloween Sketch
October 31st: AquaPazza Introduces Team ToHeart 2 in Trailer
October 31st: Gold & Gray "CLANNAD" iPhone 5/5s Cases Offered in Japan
October 31st: Mangagamer releases Demon Master Chris
November 2nd: News Briefs
  • The PriministAr visual fan book will be on shelves November 27th for ¥2940
  • OST for VenusBlood -GAIA- will come out on November 29th
November 4th: Sekai Project: Narcissu 1+2 Steam Greenlight Campaign
November 5th: Preview For Redjuice Designed Otome Game "Hanasaku Manimani
November 6th: Christmas Comes Early For Super Sonico Swimsuit Santa Figure
November 7th: TV Anime "Walkure Romanze" ED Song PV by Natsuko Aso
November 9th: News Briefs
  • Puchi Para will be releasing the Namaiki Delation HLN on November 29th.
  • 14-track arrange CD of the Mahoyo soundtrack, “Original Soundtrack Repetition”, will be out at C85 on December 29th for ¥3500.
November 9th: Ufotable "Fate/stay night" Anime Announcement Finally Coming?
November 9th: We Without Wings PS3/Vita Ports Slated for March 13
November 11th: Super Sonico Talking Figure Coming Soon
November 11th: Steins;Gate: Senkei Kōsoku no Phenogram Vita's Opening Streamed
November 11th: "Fate/Extra" Saber Nendoroid Takes The Stage
November 11th: AquaPazza Introduces Team Tears to Tiara in Trailer
November 12th: "Monster Hunter G" x "Fate/stay night" Collaboration PlayStation Promo
November 13th: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Re-Translation Project Announced by MangaGamer
November 13th: "Steins;Gate Fuka Ryoiki no déjà-vu" Blu-ray Bonuses Previewed
November 14th: Finally, An H-Game That Will Keep You Coming Back (Updated)
November 14th: Shinigami no Kiss wa Wakare no Aji: Released!
November 15th: News Briefs
  • Madou Koukaku visual fan book will be on shelves on December 13th 
  • Kiraoto OST will come out on the same day as the game, November 29th
  • 1/6 scale 15+ figure of Walkure Romanze‘s Mio coming out next June for ¥14,000 from Daiki Kougyou
  • milkpot’s 1/6 scale castoff figure of TH2‘s Tamaki pink swimsuit ver. in March for ¥15,750
November 15th: Super Sonico Anime's 1st Promo Previews Opening Song
November 15th: "AquaPazza" Fighter Dolls Up Its Cast in Costume Color Combinations
November 15th: "Fate/stay night" Gilgamesh and Rider Join "Monster Hunter Frontier G"
November 18th: AquaPazza Game's Full English Trailer Streamed
November 18th: Brace Yourself: Fall in Love With Creatures! Kokonoe Kokoro
November 19th: Steins;Gate Film's 2nd DVD/BD Promo, TV Ad Streamed
November 22nd: News Briefs
  • PSP port for Suzunone Seven! will be released on January 30th
  • Karumaruka*Circle visual fan book from MAX will be on shelves on December 18th
November 23th: 5pb. Unveils CHAOS;CHILD Game as 4th Installment in Science Adventure Series
November 24th: Foot Tall Super Sonico Cheerleader Figure Offered
November 24th: Ate the Moon Translations: Ikikoi Release
November 25th: Chaos;Child Promo Video Streamed by 5pb. Head
November 25th: 1st Little Busters! EX Episode Previewed in Ad
November 26th: Mangagamer Announces Kara no Shoujo Hardcopies
November 27th: Liberation Maiden SIN Gameplay Videos Streamed
November 27th: Motto! SoniComi PS3 Game's Promo Video Streamed
November 28th: Phantasy Star Online 2 Adds Fate/Stay Night, Prisma Illya Costumes
November 28th: Mangagamer releases Touma Kojirou’s Detective File -Murder at the Opera House-
November 29th: Mangagamer releases Warrior Princess Asuka

29:33 Break - Grisaia no Kajitsu OP

29:19 Spoiler Free Review of Grisaia no Kajitsu with

44:37 Spoileriffic discussion of Graisaia no Kajitsu

90:05 Break - VenusBlood -GAIA- OP

92:19 Upcoming Games:

Aka-san to Kyuuketsuki by Alcot Honey Comb

Mirai Senki Slavenil by Stargazer

Imouto no Okage de Motesugite Yabai. by Hulotte

HHG Megami no Shuuen by Windmill

Amatarasu Riddle Star by Seal-QUALIA

Electro Arms -Realize Digital Dimension- by Light

Venus Blood -Gaia- by Dual Tail

Aneimo Neo+ ~Second Sisters~ by Boot Up!

Sakura Mau Otome no Rondo by Ensamble

Otome Switch ~Kare ga Motteru Kanojo no Remocon~ by Digital Cute

105:43 Ending - Kanashimi no Mukou e