I translated a few Yurius-centric 4komas from the Shingeki no Bahamut mobage! Compared to Granblue Fantasy, he’s much more of a tentacle creeper and thus fascinating to me…
Ultramarine Siren (群青にサイレン) focuses on cousins Shuji and Sora, both left handed baseball pitchers. While Shuji introduced Sora to the sport, Sora quickly rose up the ranks and took the position of lead pitcher. The pair parted but Shuji is left with feelings of inferiority and a disdain for baseball. Fast-forward to high school and Sora has returned, opening an opportunity for Shuji to finally get revenge… only for him to become catcher to Sora.
I first heard about the series briefly a few years back. Something about baseball and people hate-shipping cousins, another thing about it being from the author of Ichigo 100%, which I have never read but know it’s some harem thing — Pass. Fast-forward another year and Horie Shun tweeted about how much he enjoyed it and my interest was piqued. In addition, it seemed to have a positive buzz around it, though not so much in the English speaking side (likely due to lack of translations). When I saw a tweet advertising that all current nine volumes were up for free online reading on Shounen Jump+ for a limited time, I immediately jumped on it. It seemed I was pretty late on the train as the free period was ending in four days. Determined to see what the buzz was about, I dropped everything to focus on getting through as much as I could before the free period was over.
I managed to luckily catch the My Hero Academia movie last week. Luckily because I only found out a week beforehand, as there was little to no advertising done, and that it was in a small theatre with only two seats left by the time I was aware.
At the start of the year, I marathoned through two seasons of the anime within two weeks — perhaps it would be more accurate to say one and a half weeks. I fell deep into it, really deep. Its been quite a while since I’ve been strongly into a shounen series I had almost forgotten the rush of excitement the genre can bring.
The third season has just ended and, in all honestly, it didn’t give the same rush as the previous seasons. I’d pin that to two factors; 1. the content itself having a lack of villain focus, 2. following the series weekly rather than watching episodes back-to-back. Still, I enjoyed it, just not as much as I was hoping it would. Going in with that kind of mindset, I didn’t have any particular expectations for the movie.
Zelda. The well known and loved video game franchise. As a kid, I played a few Gameboy entries of the franchise – I adored Oracle of Seasons and how you could explore the same world over and over but in different seasons. I was fascinated at the changes each season brought. But ultimately, the games weren’t really my thing. I was terrible at them, to say the least.
After the last Nintendo Direct, I turned on my long untouched 3DS to find a Zelda game on it. The Ocarina of Time 3D. I had bought it some time ago but unsurprisingly I struggled to get very far. I opened the save file, was stuck in a dungeon, and had no idea what the controls for anything were. Great start. At the time, though, I was looking into playing games that were outside my usual range for a challenge and Zelda definitely fits the bill, so I decided to go for it and start anew.
Recently I’ve gotten into Granblue Fantasy …very deep. It was a game I started back in 2015 for the SideM collab, I played it on and off since then but I didn’t know much about the ins-and-outs of the game and just enjoyed the stories and rolling gacha. I watched the anime, which was the generic bland video game adaptation. With the Cardcaptor Sakura collab and all the various free gacha campaigns, I couldn’t just keep it away at arms length any more.
Its been a while since my last CD review; with the new year I want to get back into the habit of posting here!
ORIGIN@L PIECES 09 is the final edition to the ORIGIN@L PIECES solo collection, featuring Makio, Pierre, Hayato, Rui, and Yusuke.