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Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir

When I found out that there was a remake for Odin Sphere coming out, I was overjoyed. I missed out on the original when it came out in 2007. So when Atlus announced Odin Sphere Leifthrasir, I ran out and plopped down enough to secure myself the Storybook edition. And I am so very glad that I …

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Apparitions: Ghosts of Old Edo

As a huge fan of Miyuki Miyabe’s Book of Heroes, Brave Story, and her ICO adaptation, there was no way I was going to pass on a collection of short ghost stories set in Edo (what is now known as Tokyo). Comprised of nine tales of supernatural and superstitious origin, Apparitions both disappointed and thrilled me. The first two stories didn’t strike …

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Sweet Fuse

Playtime: 21 hours and counting Men Romanced: Urabe Otome games get the short end of the stick. It’s a format under-appreciated by the majority of gamers outside of Japan because they are more of an interactive choose your own adventure than a game in the traditional sense. But I like weird and non-traditional games so Sweet Fuse: …

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Paprika by Yasutaka Tsutsui

The novel that inspired the anime, Paprika is the tale of a Chiba Atsuko, a young female psychotherapist/dream detective, who dons a disguise and becomes Paprika, delving into the dreams of prominent figures to treat ailments they cannot allow to be made public. Her partner at the Institute for Psychiatric Research, the brilliant Dr. Tokita Kosaku, has …

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Whenever I am asked what I want to eat, sushi is always the first answer out of my mouth. That said, we don’t often go out for sushi since dinner for two often ends up costing a pretty penny in these parts. Even the all you can eat sushi magnificence that is Nori Nori has …

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Parasite Eve by Hideaki Sena

What if the mitochondria in our cells had evolved and was able to manipulate our bodies? Toshiaki Nagashima has long been intrigued by the mitochondria contained within human cells, currently researching them full-time alongside one of his university professors and mentoring others in the field. What he doesn’t know is that his wife Kiyomi hosts …

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Real World by Natsuo Kirino

Life in Japan as a teenager is a hard one. There is so much pressure with schooling, parents, and life coming at you so quickly, sometimes you just want something interesting to happen to take your mind off of it all. Sometimes that thing you want to happen ends up changing the entire way you …

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Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom

Status: Completed Hakuoki’s “Alone” ending and all Souji Okita endings My weakness for feudal Japanese tales always gets the best of me. Slap in the “Choose Your Own Adventure” twist and a bevy of hot samurai and you have won my love. Set in the late 1800s, Chizuru sets out from Edo to search for her …

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Brave Story by Miyuki Miyabe

Fifth grader Wataru Mitani’s world is on the verge of a major upheaval when he first starts investigating the abandoned construction beside a local shrine. Students in his school are rumoured to have seen ghosts here and Wataru is intrigued. One evening, he sneaks out of his family’s company apartment to meet up with his …

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Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (Haganai)

Some people just don’t make friends very easily, especially when you are a blond Half transfer student who looks like a Yankee. So when said transfer student, one Kodaka Hasegawa, walks into a classroom and witnesses another social outcast, Yozora  Mikazuki, talking to her imaginary friend, he quickly finds himself a founding member of the …

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