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Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir Review

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 Review

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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Japanophile

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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