mikogalatea: Asuka from Tokyo Xanadu, wielding her sword in an elegant special attack pose. ([TX] Asuka)
2017-09-22 11:10 am
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Why I love Tokyo Xanadu

I bought and started playing this game on the Vita around the beginning of August. I initially thought it might just be a temporary distraction before I put it aside in favour of some shinier game, but not only did Tokyo Xanadu turn out to be a very shiny game in its own right, but I found myself getting super invested in it -- and after about a month and a half, during which I clocked up about 80 hours of playtime, I finished my first playthrough last weekend!

As much as I love this game, it sadly doesn't seem to have gotten much fandom attention, so I thought I'd write a gushy post (not a formal review by any means) talking about why I'm so bloody fond of it; I'm hoping it might encourage more people to give the game a try, along with calling out to existing fans. :3

Cue the spoiler-free gushing! )

I started playing Trails of Cold Steel shortly after beating TX, and I'm enjoying that so far as well. I guess I'm steadily falling into Falcom hell!
mikogalatea: Nel and Clair from Star Ocean 3, having what appears to be a pleasant conversation. ([SO3] Clair/Nel)
2017-09-20 09:49 am
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Meme ganked from... multiple people

Leave two ships in my replies and I'll choose which I ship more. :)
mikogalatea: Mamika from Re:CREATORS, holding up a box of curry with her own face printed on it. ([Re:CREATORS] Mamika)
2017-08-14 03:18 pm

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Haha, I just spent nearly an hour relabelling all my icons on here. It takes some time when there's 200 of the little buggers to go through, including a handful that I only uploaded within the last few days. ^^; I'm glad I did it, though, because now it should be easier for me to find the right icon to use for a post/comment and see what fandoms I've got represented in my lineup.

Having loads of icons to pick from featuring various characters from various fandoms -- even obscure ones! -- is the reason I keep paying for my DW account year after year. :D
mikogalatea: Maria from Star Ocean 3, working at a control panel in the Diplo. ([SO3] Maria; busy)
2017-08-13 01:25 pm
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My unpopular Star Ocean game ranking

Star Ocean 3 > Star Ocean 1 > Star Ocean 4 > Star Ocean 2

(SO5 isn't included because I don't have a PS4 and therefore haven't played it.)

Yes, you're seeing that right -- I ranked the fandom-darling SO2 lowest. That's not to say I dislike it, though! I think they're all great games! I just think SO2 gets put on too big a pedestal at times, so it feels to me like people forget that it has flaws of its own (main case in point to me: the way the plot revolves so much around Claude and Rena that the other playable characters feel like a bunch of irrelevant extras who are mostly there to fill up party slots). The fact that its stans can get pretty nasty about the other installments, especially SO3, doesn't help either.

Speaking of SO3, I think the fact that it was the first game in the series I played is a big part of why I rate it the highest; I guess it's the same kind of "first one I played wins" bias that I'm sure a lot of SO2 fans have. The game may have had its issues, especially in terms of the plot, but I got so utterly attached to it that I still feel a lot of nostalgia for it even now -- and it's been about 12 years since I was really into it. (It's scary to think that it's been that long!) That nostalgia's what inspired me to write this post out of the blue, actually.

As for SO1, something about the game and its characters just really endeared themselves to me, I guess; I wish it wasn't so ignored by the wider fandom. Because I enjoyed this game as much as I did, I loved getting to revisit Roak in SO4.

Truth be told, I still haven't actually finished SO2 or SO4, and because I've got other games on the go right now, I can't see myself doing so anytime soon either. Still, I'm nearly at the end of my first playthrough with Claude in SO2 and got pretty far in SO4, so I feel like I can make reasonable judgements as to how I rank them compared to the other games.
mikogalatea: Shiina from Narutaru, happily hugging a typically gormless Hoshimaru. ([Narutaru] Shiina and Hoshimaru)
2017-07-17 10:49 pm
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Summer 2017 anime I'm watching

New stuff that started this season:

*Made in Abyss
*Love and Lies
*Princess Principal

Stuff continuing from the previous season:

*My Hero Academia S2
*Sakura Quest

Incidentally, the other shows I watched last season were Attack on Titan S2 and Anonymous Noise. I still need to watch the last two episodes of AoT, actually. >>;
mikogalatea: Mahiru and Hiyoko from Dangan Ronpa 3, happily kneeling before some blue flowers. ([DR3] Hiyoko/Mahiru)
2017-07-16 10:14 am
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Let's do another one of these!

Character headcanon meme borrowed from [personal profile] cypsiman2:

Send me the name of a character and I will tell you my:

1: sexuality headcanon
2: otp
3: brotp
4: notp
5: first headcanon that pops into my head
6: one way in which I relate to this character
7: thing that gives me second hand embarrassment about this character
8: cinnamon roll or problematic fave?
mikogalatea: Ymir and Krista from Attack on Titan. Ymir is cheerfully hitting on Krista, who looks distracted. ([AoT] Ymir/Krista)
2017-04-30 10:03 am
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I kind of miss doing this sort of thing on journals...

Fandom meme ganked from [personal profile] sarajayechan -- hope you don't mind, Sara!

Give me a fandom and I'll tell you:

1. the character I least understand
2. interactions I enjoyed the most
3. the character who scares me the most
4. the character who is mostly like me
5. hottest looks character
6. one thing I dislike about my fave character
7. one thing I like about my hated character
8. a quote or scene that haunts me
9. a character I wish died but didn’t
10. my ship that never sailed
mikogalatea: Estelle from Tales of Vesperia, glancing to one side with an unsure expression and a slight blush. ([ToV] Estelle; erm...)
2017-02-11 10:59 am
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Happy birthday to me~

I can't believe I'm 30 now. >>;;
mikogalatea: Yayoi from Lux-Pain, looking incredibly depressed. ([Lux-Pain] Yayoi; *sigh*)
2017-01-15 02:56 pm


Sometimes I wonder if there's any point in me looking forward to anything upcoming anymore. I feel like lately, at least 90% of everything I've looked forward to has ended up being a huge disappointment in some way or another.

At least Pokémon Moon is legitimately good. I'm glad that was an exception to what's seemingly become the rule for me.
mikogalatea: Cutiefly from Pokémon, curiously looking upwards and very much living up to its name. ([Pokémon] Cutiefly)
2017-01-01 12:14 am

Hello, 2017!

Who wants to take bets on how many entries (if any) I'll make in this journal throughout the year? ^^;
mikogalatea: Sakaki from Azumanga Daioh, wearing a cat hat and waitress gear. She's probably enjoying herself, but it's hard to tell. ([AzuDai] Sakaki)
2016-12-25 07:34 pm
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sneezy holidays

It sure is great to have a cold on Christmas day! ... By which I mean it's a royal pain in the ass, of course. I hate having to blow my nose near-constantly and barely being able to breathe through my nostrils at night (after having taken relief meds, I should add). ~.~;

On the other hand, I've had nice presents like Root Letter on the Vita and a couple of Pokémon plushies today, so annoying illness aside, it hasn't been a bad holiday period at all!

As for how 2016's been for me... fandom-wise, I've fallen hard into visual novel hell (I must've bought, what, at least ten games on MangaGamer after making my first purchase from them in February?), Fire Emblem: Fates eventually came to the UK in May (I'm still not even particularly near finished with the Nohr path...), I've been on a wild ride with the Dangan Ronpa 3 anime and am currently looking forward to New Dangan Ronpa V3 coming out next year, and last but not least, Pokémon Moon's been awesome. There's a few more that I fell in and/or out of interest in, but the above are the key ones as far as I'm concerned.

ETA: Oh, there's a key fandom I forgot! To anyone who likes pixel horror games and can handle some pretty heavy subject matter, I highly recommend END ROLL!

Considering how near-silent I've been on here, if anyone has any questions regarding my fandoms and my opinions on them, just ask and I'll try and answer. :3
mikogalatea: Gundham from Dangan Ronpa 2, wrapping his scarf round his face to hide the fact that he's blushing. ([SDR2] Gundham; sheepish)
2015-12-02 02:01 pm
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return of the dingdangs

So, there's been news about the latest installments in the Dangan Ronpa franchise! Both a new anime project that's set to conclude the story from the previous games, and a new game that's supposed to have a completely new cast and setting! Check out some PVs on the teaser site.

It's exciting stuff, but it's also reminded me that... although I've had Another Episode since the day it came out over here, I haven't played very much of it so far, and I feel bad about that. =/

It's not that I don't like the game -- I do, honestly. I think the big obstacle to me playing it too much is that there haven't been very many save points, so I've usually had to play for fairly long stretches at a time. Maybe I'm just spoiled rotten by how the first two games let me save pretty much whenever I want, but when I couple the lack of save points with the fact that I'm not very good at third-person shooters, it feels kind of mean.

I also seem to have had rotten luck with random drops. I've spent a lot of time running around with only one heart of health -- in fact, I think that's the state I was in last time I saved -- and I've nearly died a couple of times already (and have died once, but that was due to my own stupidity more than anything else; I misjudged where one Monokuma was throwing grenades, and poor Komaru ended up going boom for it). There's also the fact that even the standard Monokuma take about 3-4 bullets to kill if you're not aiming at their red eye, and while I've figured out a more efficient strategy since I got access to Dance bullets, it's not exactly nice to worry about not having enough ammo to save my own ass in a given situation.

I kind of wish I'd picked Genocide mode now. I went for the normal difficulty level because that's what I chose for the previous games and I didn't want to feel like a cheapskate, but... ah well. Genocider's so much fun to play as, though! And at least I've been doing well with the puzzles so far.

Moving away from the gameplay now to talk about characters and stuff... Spoilers for much of chapter 1; also some vague references to later revelations )

Not sure what else I can say for now. I know that as far as my current progress in the game goes, I've just come out of the hospital for the second time after having been sent on something of a wild goose chase... I'll have to see how I do from that point on.
mikogalatea: Noire from Fire Emblem 13 has her bow and arrow drawn ready to attack. She has an enraged expression. ([FE13] Noire; grr)
2015-11-15 11:12 pm
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another pinch of fandom salt

Am I the only European Fire Emblem fan anticipating Fates's English release who doesn't feel like throwing a tantrum over the fact we don't have a confirmed release date for our part of the world yet?

... more than likely not, but it sure feels that way when I keep seeing whiny posts about it in the tags on Tumblr. Good God, guys, lose the sense of entitlement already! It's a sad fact of life that we Europeans tend to get games later than North Americans -- one that I've been used to for over 20 years of being a gamer now -- and the gaps between releases aren't even usually as wide now as they used to be in the past! Besides, while I can't claim to know much of anything about the localisation process, I'm fairly sure it takes a bit of time to translate games into French, Spanish, German and whatnot for the European market; it's not just for Brits like myself.

Also, if the release pattern for Fates is anything like Awakening's, I don't think we'll be getting the game that much later than America. Awakening's dates were February 4th for America and April 19th for Europe (the latter of which happens to be exactly one year after the original Japanese release). That's only about two months later for us. Therefore, if Fates's American release date is February 19th, I'm going to make a guess that the European date will be around late April, give or take -- hardly "a ton of months later" like some people on Tumblr like to claim.

Whenever it does come out here, at least I'm going to be patient in the meantime.
mikogalatea: Oboro from Fire Emblem 14, looking cheesed off. (Her expressions are the best.) ([FE14] Oboro)
2015-10-16 09:09 pm
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I thought I'd play Path of Radiance for the first time in several years in the hopes that I could finally make some progress (especially since it's the only FE game I have, not counting Radiant Dawn, that I haven't made recent progress in) but then I wound up dooming Kieran to an inevitable death on the second turn. How frustrating!

Part of it was down to bad luck, since Kieran missed with the hammer when trying to kill the enemy knight, but it's still mostly my own fault for putting him in range of the nearby cavalier in the first place. Sorry, Kieran.

Marcia got a level-up without gaining any stats anyway, so it wasn't such a huge loss that I messed up this time. At least the screw-up happened early in the map and not after I was over halfway through it, unlike that one time way back when...

(This is chapter 11, by the way.)
mikogalatea: Severa from Fire Emblem 13, brushing one of her pigtails over her shoulder. ([FE13] Severa)
2015-10-12 05:53 pm
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Yes! Finally! I have all the kid characters in Awakening now!

It's only taken, what... almost two-and-a-half years since I originally got the game? How embarrassing! Still not as embarrassing as having games that are still unfinished after over a decade, though. >>;
mikogalatea: A graceful looking Cordelia from Fire Emblem 13. ([FE13] Cordelia)
2015-10-06 05:49 pm
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Another Awakening father-and-kid combination I like: Kellam and Severa. I've already got some cute ideas for headcanons in my mind, though I'd rather see their Future Past conversation first to make sure they aren't gonna be jossed before I might share them...

Severa's chapter wasn't nearly as hard as I've seen people make it out to be. Maybe they just think it's hard by Awakening's standards, and/or they're assuming players are going to come into it with considerably weaker units than I had at the time? (Most of my main peeps are around lv14-15 post-promotion; 'tis what happens when I grind them for the best skills before picking up the kids.) All I really did was send some characters ahead of Severa to clear the way for her... I had her take out the boss, too. That was a little bit of a gamble, as he had a 14% chance of critting her and I don't like fucking around too much with enemies who are remotely likely to crit me, but Noire helped out and killed him before he could even think of hitting back. :3

Both Severa's conversation with Holland mid-chapter and her conversation with Cordelia after finishing made me tear up a little. I know she's a polarising character, but I think I like her! I also liked her C support with Noire. Wouldn't be surprised if I end up shipping it!

Next stop: Laurent.

I've also cleared chapter 12 of Sacred Stones. I notice that it takes me a lot longer to finish chapters in that game than in Awakening. Is it because Awakening's a much easier game, or just because its gameplay is more streamlined, or both...?
mikogalatea: Sonia from Dangan Ronpa 2 is flexing her arm while smiling. She's gonna get things done! ([SDR2] Sonia; let's do this!)
2015-09-30 11:51 pm
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Just cleared chapter 11 on Sacred Stones. Looks like I'm on a bit of a roll! And for a fog map, it actually wasn't too bad.

Chapter 12 is booting me straight into battle preparations without letting me go to the world map, but I expected it might do that, so I made sure to top up my characters' weapons and so on beforehand. The map looks doable enough, and if I'm being made to take the new prepromote, I'm sure I can get some good, efficient use out of him without him necessarily usurping my regular units. (Pretty handy that sages in this game can use anima and light magic and staves!) At first glance I got sad that L'Arachel doesn't start with a high enough rank in staves to use Restore in case anyone gets poisoned, but if Saleh starts with a C rank there, I can give him Restore and still use L'Ara as my main healer! :3

Man, I've missed this game. On some levels I wish I'd made a lot more progress back in the day, but on the other hand, I'm having fun playing it now and I'm probably making smarter tactical decisions than I might've done in the past. One particularly satisfying moment from the chapter I just cleared was luring some of the southeastern enemies up the narrow path outside so Lute could pick off the Deathgoyle from over the wall. I love being able to use the map design to my advantage, and when every unit I bring to a chapter gets to make an important contribution; those are things that I think I appreciate a lot more in the GBA games, somehow.
mikogalatea: Tana from Fire Emblem 8, with the lower half of her face in view and a focus on her lace-up red dress. ([FE8] Tana)
2015-09-29 12:18 am
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When I'm not-so-patiently waiting for a game to be released in my country, what's a good thing to do in the meantime? Play previous games in the series, of course! And that's exactly what I've been doing on-and-off with Fire Emblem lately.

In Awakening, I've got up to chapter 21 and have been picking up the second-gen characters here and there. Just six left to go now -- Severa, Laurent, Cynthia, Kjelle, Gerome and Morgan -- and my plan is to get Severa next as she's one of the ones I want most. I've heard that her chapter is quite irritating to do, but I'll have to try playing it for myself before I can judge... mind you, I took on both mercenary groups when doing Yarne's chapter and managed to come out of that okay (even if it got a bit hairy at times with so many enemies) and I know for a fact that Severa's chapter doesn't suddenly stick another big bunch of jerks on the map as soon as the battle starts, so even with the escort mission aspect, surely it can't be that much harder?

... I'm probably underestimating it now, aren't I? ^^;

Oh, and have I mentioned that I love Noire? Because I love Noire. She was immediately useful as soon as I got control of her in her chapter, and maybe this is just because her parents are key powerhouses in my usual team, but she's turned into a little goddess of destruction as I've leveled her up. ♥ Also, I've found that I really like Gaius as her dad, in between him offering her a candy wrapper to blow her nose on in their C support and Noire trying to make sweets in her C support with Owain. So what if his orange hair doesn't necessarily suit her?

Aaaand on a parting note with the kids, Olivia and Inigo have the cutest mother-and-son relationship I've seen in the game. ♥

Awakening isn't the only FE game I've been playing, though! Blazing Sword and Sacred Stones as well -- cut for length )

I'm tired now... about time I went to bed. I can sure write a lot of words late at night when I want to. >>;
mikogalatea: A handsomely drawn Virion from Fire Emblem 13, looking over his shoulder at the viewer. ([FE13] Virion)
2015-06-29 12:32 am
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Poor DW, so neglected

Breathing a bit of life into this thing with a GIP, because Fire Emblem had its trading card game rebooted a few days ago and Virion's art on one of the cards was too pretty to resist. ♥ Part of me still wishes I married my Avatar to him instead of holding out for Libra. They had surprisingly good chemistry, damn it! Never mind, though; there's always another playthrough.

Speaking of FE, the latest game in the series came out in Japan a few days ago as well! I want it so bad~. I don't know how well I can manage holding out for its Western release next year, because it all looks so exciting. D: (And yes, I have been spoiling myself like crazy.)

Too bad the fandom's been such a pain in the ass over it. Some complaints have been perfectly legitimate, but half the time I've just felt like smacking people in the Tumblr tags. I'm obviously no stranger to obnoxious fandoms, but I swear, FE fandom takes the cake for being downright unpleasable. ~.~;

I'm amused by how the salt seems to have given way to a lot more thirst now, though; the tags have had less bitching and more fawning over husbandos and waifus since all the character models were ripped from skinship mode. I have no idea how much I'd actually use that feature when I get the game for myself; I loved Pokémon Amie to pieces, but I think I might feel too embarrassed petting human characters! On the other hand, I have to ask myself: if Awakening had a skinship mode, would I be petting my favourite characters there already? ^^;

Oh, and as for which campaign I'd play first? I was leaning more towards Hoshido for a long time pre-release, but certain things seem to have made me defect to Team Nohr now.