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Have you played Professor Layton?

I've played a little bit of the first game but never got around to finishing it. Haven't seen enough of it to give an informed opinion, unfortunately >.<

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What motivates you to continue blogging?

OG-Man

I've always enjoyed sharing the titles i've liked the best (whether they be anime, games, visual novels or whatever) with others, so turning to the internet seemed like a logical step when I began.

I enjoy when people comment and I enjoy being able to discuss opinions with others. Occasionally I get a comment that's rude and/or disruptive but the positive and constructive ones more than make up for those (even when we disagree!). But...my articles aren't written as comment-bait, so I suppose I can't claim that as my only answer.

I've met a number of really cool people while blogging (the asker of this question included) and part of the reason I continue is because there could always be others who might join the small handful of people I now regularly chat to via email or Steam that were originally visitors to my blog.

The final part is related to my first comment, that being that when I watch something really, really good I still feel compelled to share it with whoever I can in the hope that they will also enjoy it as much as I did. It doesn't always work that way, and sometimes writing for titles that were simply average can be a chore, but overall I still enjoy writing and blogging and plan to continue for the forseeable future.

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If you could spend the rest of the day with any fictional character, who would you choose?

Desperado

As I am happily engaged, my options here are limited XD Suffice to say, i'll be bro-ing it up with whoever I pick (Alas, Kagami Sumika (Muv Luv), it is not meant to be). Surprisingly, it becomes a bit harder when I think about who from the male side of things I'd like to hang out with.

The winner, I've decided, is Stryker Zero from Dengeki Stryker, with his win being decided by the fact that he's my display picture. Runners-up include Yuri Lowell from Tales of Vesperia, Harry Dresden from The Dresden Files, Kaburagi Kotetsu from Tiger and Bunny, Kisaragi Soushichi from Ayakashibito and Suganuma Shouichi from Deardrops.

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Hello! How are you going to spend the holidays?

Road tripping with the parents since I didn't see them very much at all this year, staying in a beach bach for a few days and then meeting up with the extended family at a different beach bach. And then starting Uni again on the 5th of January T_T

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If you could invite anitwitters to your house for dinner, what would you cook for them and why?

I would make burritos, because they're easy and delicious.

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Hallo. How's your day? (please dun mind the time zone difference, if there is)

Day's going pretty well thanks =)

Got an essay to write, though, so it's all downhill from here =/

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What do you think of the Game Awards 2015?

The funny thing here is that I haven't played a single one of the games that won awards, so no comment on the winners, I suppose (though I do plan to get into The Witcher when I purchase a new laptop).

The other funny thing is that I didn't watch the awards, so I also can't comment on the quality of the presenters or how the actual selection process was run. I can't help but wonder why they made the fan-voted categories different from the jury-voted ones...I would have liked to see a list made by fans (granted, I never heard there was any voting at all, so I would have missed that as well!).

If I haven't answered the question, let me know!

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My backlog tho >_> Guess I can wait for you. Be mah guinea pig :p

Kai

Bwahaha, we'll see. Much hospital work though!

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Hmmmmm... do you think I should play Koi to Senkyo? ಠ_ಠ

Kai

A brief look at the synopsis has decided that i'll be taking a look at it eventually. If you're interested then go for it, or you could wait to see what I think of it.

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Does Sekai Project pays you to write their game's review?

No, I do not receive any compensation from Sekai Project to review their releases. I do, however, receive a copy of the visual novel in question (just so I can review it without having to purchase a copy out of pocket).

You will notice that I have given both low and high scores to games that I have received review copies for, so the outcome of a review is not influenced by a company's request for evaluation.

As a side note, Sekai Project is the only company that seems to reach out to bloggers. I have only been approached by them and indie developers.

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Lewdest game you ever played?

I probably should have expected this at some point XD Depends on how you define lewd. I mean, Kamidori and Koihime Musou have a lot of H-scenes, but then there's just plain weird stuff like Demonbane. I'll go with Kamidori for my answer, though I don't doubt for a second that some of nukige out there would beat it easily.

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Could it be that people blame not because they think the world is a just place but because of their belief that they're better than others? That people can overcome misfortune by their strong will & personality alone & belittle people who don't manage to do it by blaming&judging them for being weak?

So...uh...I write I blog predominantly about Japanese entertainment media...but i'll try to give a quick answer here.

Could it be? Yes, but i'm not about to say that's the case all the time. I think most of the time people act like you say is more out of ignorance than anything else. They don't understand the differences (and similarities) between human beings and are therefore unable to process what might have led another person to whatever point in life they're at. Strong will and personality will get you many places but there are other factors involved and one's ability to assert themselves is not a judge of personal quality.

Luck (that being circumstances outside of one's control - and yes, i'm including things like genetics and family circumstances in there) plays a massive role in just about everything, and you can never truly know what has shaped another person's path, so that kind of judgement serves no purpose.

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What do you think of the recent influx of visual novels on Steam? Do you think it helps the visual novel industry?

As might be expected, i'm going to have to say that this is both a good and a bad thing. On the one hand, for visual novels to become popular with the mainstream in the West (it could happen...eventually) getting on Steam is a major step in the right direction. Without the exposure that Steam offers many of the localized works would go unnoticed.

That said, there's a chance that the way visual novels are being shoved onto Steam may hinder the efforts of good visual novel developers and translators. There are many examples of visual novels now on Steam that do not represent what makes the medium great in the slightest. While it's awesome that the OELVN community is starting to kick off, many of the works (most of them, even) that have been produced are average at best and could very well turn away potential VN fans. Then you have the poor translations and fan-service-fests (here's looking at you, Sakura Series) that serve to reinforce the prejudices regular gamers have against foreign (particularly Japanese) "indie" productions. Finally, there are the odd decisions some companies are making about their releases.

Since Steam doesn't allow more than a small amount of adult content there's a pressure on developers to release all-ages versions of their visual novels. While I don't mourn the loss of the majority of 18+ content (which is probably worth a whole 'nother answer), there are definitely cases where it's important (like Muv Luv Alternative, for example) and companies have proven themselves to be relatively inept at choosing which portions of content to cut and how to hide that content has been cut in the first place. Admittedly, this is worse for the existing fans as new ones will be blissfully ignorant. Then there's Sekai's choice to offer a voiceless version of G-Senjou no Maou, the discussion of which is not within the scope of this answer but still makes little sense.

Final Verdict? Steam is a necessary evil for the development of the visual novel industry in the West. It grants the ability to appeal to new fans on a large scale, though the sheer number of mediocre visual novels being added doesn't really help.

What do I personally think about most of the visual novels? For now, unless there's a social media uproar or i'm personally contacted about an OELVN, i'll be giving them a miss XD

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Why is cultural appropriation offensive to the minority from which an element of their culture is imitated?

I wasn't really expecting a question like this, but here we go. I'll start by defining cultural appropriation as the adoption of elements of one culture by members of another culture in a negative way. The key word in my definition is negative, as the vast majority of cross-cultural sharing is positive.

Anyway, why is it offensive to the people whose culture a particular practice is stolen from? For one, the feature may be replicated in a way that is unfaithful to the source or in direct mockery of it. It may be that the imitators have practiced the element in a way that undermines its original purpose or meaning. Depending on the significance of the practice to the original culture this could result in a great deal of distress.

However, it's important to recognize that most of the people doing this have no negative goals in mind when they do so. Perhaps they don't understand the culture, perhaps that particular action is now so widespread that it has gained a culture of its own. Sometimes anger isn't the right response to those people.

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Do you consider light novels literature?

Kai

Going by the definition of literature, yes, since they are written works. If i'm thinking about it in a deeper sense, however, it's tough to say because I have yet to encounter a light novel that has really spoken to me. In fact, the general writing style used in light novels doesn't mesh well with me. It doesn't help that there are some pretty bad translation out there.

Are they literature? Yes, technically. Do I care about them? Not yet.

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How much wood would a woodchuck chuck?

OG-Man

A wood chuck would chuck as much wood as a woodchuck would if a woodchuck could chuck wood.

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If you had access to a large sum of money what would be the first order of business?

OG-Man

I'm boring, so it'd be securing that large sum of money in a number of banks. Then, depending on exactly how much money there was, i'd secure a house, nicer car, PS4 and new laptop before finishing off my degree and then settling down to live off my interest.

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Are you content with your current life?

OG-Man

Even the most happy of people hve one or two things they would secretly complain about, i'm sure, but in the grand scheme of things: Yes, I am content.

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What is your spirit animal?

OG-Man

Either a white bengal tiger or a mongoose. Why? Well...why not?

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Why do you think the Sakura series (Sakura Angels, Sakura Beach, Sakura Swim Club, Sakura Fantasy, Sakura Spirit, etc...) are so popular? Are they related? And have you played any of them?

Without being too cynical about it, the Sakura series is popular because it has some high quality art of scantily clad women...and that's pretty much all. Though i've been asked to review at least two of the releases i've respectfully turned them down because, as far as I can tell, there is literally nothing to them beyond what I mentioned in the first sentence and i'm much more interested in story-oriented visual novels.

As far as I can tell the VNs aren't related, not even sharing the same characters, though the Fantasy version has a "chapter 1" appended to it on VNDB, so there may be plans for a continuation of that story.

Having said all that, I also have to say that each person has their own particular tastes and I wouldn't look down on anyone for having played the Sakura series.

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Anime Question of the Day! Today is the Awa Odori Festival, the largest dance festival in all of Japan with 1.3 million attendees. While the festival focuses on traditional Japanese dance (à la Golden Time), what is your favorite animated dance in general?

Kazuto Kirito

The only one that comes to mind is Morgiana's dance in Magi, featured in the second OP and an episode I can't remember.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dp511yXXjc

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I almost forgot you were watching Gintama. How is it for you so far?

Kai

Up to episode 20 at the moment (watching in between other things) and it's alright so far. Not absolutely loving it but i've read it just gets better as you get further.

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Hello! How's your day been?

Pretty good so far. Last day on Rural GP placement, helped to perform an ischaemic arm block (Bier's block) to reduce a collie's fracture with as little pain as possible. Looking forward to being back home!

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Hey did you play World End Economica? Seems interesting.

Kai

I've had World End Economica sitting on my Steam account for a very long time (I actually won it through this competition http://forums.fuwanovel.net/topic/2139-steinsgate-limited-edition-giveaway/), though I haven't played it yet. I think i'm going to wait until the complete edition is released to read through it (if I were sent a review copy of the second episode, however...)

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Anime Question of the Day! GEOGRAPHY/CITIES edition! Yokohama (Kanagawa, Kanto region), is the second largest city in Japan. It is famous for Minato Mirai 21 (MM), a "futuristic" district designed in the 1980's. Speaking of this, can you recommend a good anime set in Earth's future?

Kazuto Kirito

Specifically in Earth's future? I suppose that means Code Geass is out. That's actually a pretty tough question, so I think i'll go with a show I don't here much about. Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio is set in 2039 - Global Warming has caused sea levels to rise and Earth has been invaded by a mysterious force of sentient AI called The Fog. It uses CG animation exclusively and does it relatively well, so I enjoyed it.

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