Cliches in Anime/Manga

The sheer amount of anime and manga on the market today makes it inevitable that certain story points will be repeated here and there – but there are some “cliches” that seem to crop up absurdly often. This is a list of tropes (in)famous to both manga and anime – the stereotypes we love or…

Disgaea 5: A Review

Disgaea 5 is the penultimate Disgaea game. If you have played and enjoyed any of the previous installments, there is absolutely no reason not to pick up this particular version. It greatly improves upon long-standing mechanics while at the same time adding heaps of new functionality and systems that are guaranteed to make the grind even more addicting than it ever was before (and that’s saying something). Disgaea 5 is one of the few games on the market that you can quite literally sink hundreds of hours into playing, and thus one of the biggest bang-per-buck investments out there. But that all depends on what type of person you are, and where your interests lie… And to find that out, you might as well read on, dood.

Collar x Malice: A Review

Collar x Malice is one of the more original Otome games I’ve played, featuring a more realistically paced story and interesting, mold-breaking characters. The artwork is incredibly high quality, the soundtrack is fittingly woven into each scene, and the voice acting is absolutely superb. As far as Otome games go – and perhaps even as far as Visual Novels go in general – Collar x Malice holds it own somewhere around the top.

Recommended Manga Guide Vol. 1

I often feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of Manga available on the international market, spanning countries and languages and crossing the expanse of the internet to reach the english-speaking world. I have read a lot of it – more than I care to count or even consider – but there have only been comparatively few…

Atelier Sophie: Recipe Guide

This is a complete, spoiler-free guide for all of the recipes within Atelier Sophie. I’ve attempted to make this as clean and organized as possible, and included tips on locations and ingredients that are necessary to unlock certain recipes. I hope this helps! If I’ve missed or mistaken anything, please feel free to leave a comment –…

Atelier Sophie: A Review

Too Long; Won’t Read If you’re new to the Atelier series and looking for a good place to begin, look no further – Atelier Sophie has everything you need wrapped neatly into one package, with quirky characters and a light-hearted story that doesn’t go too deep down the niche rabbit hole. It is perhaps one…

Atelier Firis: Recipe Guide

This guide is meant to provide a quick, organized overview of all of the recipes in the game, as well as spoiler-free methods of obtaining them. I’ve included a screenshot of almost every recipe, making it easy to see its level and the required ingredients. If anything is missing, please feel free to let me…

The Atelier Series: An Overview

Welcome! This post is meant to provide a clear and concise overview of the various installments included in the Atelier universe from as far back as the PlayStation 2 era. I have played each and every one of them, and I can honestly say that every game in the series is worth playing – especially…

Atelier Firis: System Guide

This particular post is meant to serve as a sort of general guideline for all (or at least most) of the mechanics included in this game – from synthesis to battle, exploration to story. Whether you are a veteran or novice to the series, this guide should (hopefully) give you a clear idea of the various systems employed by Atelier Firis, the difficulties and challenges, as well as bits of advice on how best to proceed.

Atelier Firis: A Review

Atelier Firis follows the adventures of the titular alchemist, Firis, and a rag-tag band of friends and family as they set off across the far reaches of the world. The characters themselves are fairly typical to the series: Firis is a novice alchemist with both natural talent and enthusiasm for her work. She’s both naive and innocent, with a bubbly and generally childish personality.

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

A splendid book about the history of science. Comprehensive but not in depth, this thrilling piece tells the tale of the human history of science from the beginning right up until the “now” – but not in traditional textbook style. Bill Bryson weaves a picture of a living world, where scientists are faulty, flawed human beings with their own ambitions and rivalries – where even the most genius of men can sometimes, and often, be wrong.