Monthly Recommendations – Reading Week Binge

Hello my friends! it is February, and for those of you younger than myself, that may mean that you have a nice break coming up in the near future. Whether it be Reading Week, Spring Break, or something else… a break is a great time to binge. So this month, even though I am not blessed with such a break anymore in my old age, I’m going to offer you suggestions for how to spend your time during your breaks!

These recommendations are going to focus on titles that offer a great ‘sit down and enjoy from start to finish’ type experience. On the anime front, we’re not talking the longest experiences. I want you to have the time to enjoy them in all their glory after all. The games will be fairly complete single experiences, and will all include something you can just sit down for hours and indulge in.

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Blade’s Edge Update – February

We’re 1 month in and I’m still alive! 2016 is off to a great start! Of course, our next challenge is the frozen hell known as ‘February’. For those of you out there in Winterpeg, you’ll understand what I mean. For those of you who aren’t in Winnipeg… well, here’s a small taste of what this month means to us…

Winter

Fortunately, this year has been rather tame comparably. January featured about a week of real cold, which left me in a great mood for both streaming and writing. We’re nearing completion of the Fall anime reviews, with 5 of them completed already and 1 or 2 more to go, depending on whether I can be bothered to finish the last show. I also finished Disgaea 5 and got my glowing review of that up. The other big thing that’s been going on is Trails Month, which is going to turn into a 2 or 3 month affair, I expect… I have nearly completed Trails of Cold Steel, but there are still two more Trails games to go after we finish this one!

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The Perfect Insider: Everything Becomes F – Clueless

Dr Magata Shiki has a superhuman intellect and unique beliefs. She has multiple personalities, and believes that is the natural state of humanity. She was accused of killing her parents and claimed a doll did it… instead of imprisoning her, they built a research facility around a series of small rooms that comprise her prison, lab, and home.

The show starts approximately 15 years after that fateful day, and Magata Shiki has started having web interviews, looking as though she hasn’t aged a day. Our protagonist, Nishinosono Moe is fortunate enough to get one of those interviews… and it has a profound impact on her. On a field trip, Nishinosono and her teacher Saikawa Sohei visit Magata’s lab and are horrified to see that she has been murdered.

Thus begins a strange psychological mystery…

Nishinosono Moe
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Monthly Recommendations – Hitting the Books

It’s the start of the year… and it’s time for us to start prepping for all of the games and anime to come this year. Of course, some are harder to prepare for than others and there are some that we can literally only try our best to prepare our bodies for the punishment (aka awesomeness).

There are, however, some forms of awesomeness that we can truly get ready for. After all, it is important to learn from the past. And that’s where I come in… this month I am here to provide you with some amazing study material to help you prepare for this year’s upcoming gems.

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Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon – Troubled Children

Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon is a show about the 35th Test Platoon at the Anti-Magic Academy, surprisingly enough. In a world where magic exists (and most people would prefer it didn’t) the Anti-Magic Academy teaches youngsters to become Witch Hunters: specially trained fighters who are given the tools and teachings to capture and defeat those who use – and abuse – magic.

Students at this school are broken into ‘Test Platoons’ which are essentially class groups that work together and train together. The school seems almost more like a work study, as they don’t seem to actually attend class so much as get sent out on dangerous missions to earn ‘points’ that serve no purpose that I was ever able to determine.

Lapis

But enough about that… the 35th Test Platoon is a group of social misfits who are consistently the lowest ranked… so much so that they’re given the ‘endearing’ title of the ‘Small Fry Platoon’. These miscreants are our core cast.

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