Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, and good night. Welcome to yet another edition of your favorite [mostly] weekly column about new Japanese game releases, otoge, and more otoge.
This week, otoge.
Yes, I know it’s been over two weeks since the last episode of Go West!. Unfortunately, the period surrounding Golden Week over here means not a whole ton of exciting releases in the following weeks. That of course leaves us with not a whole lot to talk about, hence the radio silence.
But rejoice, my children! GW! has returned, bringing with it a host of otome games and a single galge.
I can feel the excitement in your cries of joy. Fear not, I am here to satisfy you with beautiful man bodies (and a few woman bodies), slathered in oil and other random juices that happen to make people shine unnaturally.
Or maybe it’s just sweat.
It’s probably just sweat.
Finally finished watching the seven film series Kara no Kyoukai. I’m actually working on a feature right now for Scifi Japan that’s going to cover Type Moon works (animated at least), but I thought I’d share some thoughts on this well loved piece of art. Nothing formal of course.
Holy shit that was awesome. Finding the right words to describe what I just finished watching is way more difficult than I expected. The pacing was perfect for the story it was trying to tell, with characters that felt real and organic despite the things happening within the narrative.
I found myself moved, angry, happy and sad through each of the movies, and by the end I was so satisfied with my experience that I simply took a deep breath and smiled.
As far as complete movie experiences go, I’d be hard pressed to find something comparable. For a long time, I wondered why Type Moon fans were so bloody obsessed and loyal. Yes, I liked Fate/Stay Night quite a bit, despite its somewhat stupidly sexist main character (At least in terms of “WOMEN SHOULDN’T BE FIGHTING BLAH BLAH BLAH), but it didn’t floor me. It certainly brought their work to my attention though. Also worth noting is that the VN game the show was based on is SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER. The Tsukihime anime was enjoyable but seemed like it was missing a lot (I mean to get around to playing the VN sometime soon).
Kara no Kyoukai is on a whole other level. Watching it, I frequently had to remind myself that this was Type Moon.
I could gush more about this series, and I will later, but for tumblr I think this is enough. I don’t wanna write my entire article and accidentally publish it here. Haha.
Instead, I leave you with this awesome fucking sequence that assaults all your senses.