Life – April 2017

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Wow so uh, it’s the end of April already and really nothing much happened.

Bank Holiday Super weekend

I took great advantage of the double bank holidays by taking some annual leave, 4 days of leave resulted in 10 days off in a row which was pretty damn nice.
Not that I did much productive of course, we went up north to Birmingham to see my brother who is finishing off his degree, chilled at my family home for a few days and then basically spend the rest of the time off at home watching lots of TV and playing video games.

Since then the weeks have really flown by without much noteworthy happening, the days have been long as we’ve been kind of understaffed from people on leave.

 

Video games!

Over the bank holiday week I picked up and basically mowed through the entirety of Dark Souls 3, taking my ungifted character from Gundyr to the soul of cinder in around 22 hours – Which is actually pretty damn fast as non-speedrun Dark Souls 3 runs go, I had previously played through up to Pontiff in Irithyll of the Boreal Valley so everything pre ‘that’ was kind of in my head somewhere but I couldn’t quite remember how stuff went – Prime example was that dude with the gold rings which was like “im sure something bad happens if I’m close but…”.

Other than DS3, I’ve recently picked up Heroes of the Storm again after it’s 2.0 update, which has made the game much more approachable, and is very rewarding for new players right now – the big thing is that added loot chests for every level of progression, and they have given out 20 free heroes (for comparison, I had 2 before this update). I forgot how enjoyable HOTS was, and as they have doubled the amount of characters since I last played, there is plenty of new content for me to see and play.

Speaking of new content, Factorio also recently had it’s 15.0 update, which added tons of new stuff like Nuclear power plants, and changed up and rebalanced some older stuff – as a side effect the game is now effectively maybe double the length it used to be – which is fantastic for those who love to build gigantic sprawling bases. The below picture is me after maybe 20 hours into a new game.

 

Cartoons

Did I mention that I was watching The amazing world of Gumball? I picked it up randomly last month maybe after seeing this short clip on Reddit –¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rQPdWwv3k8
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he show is genuinely funny and has an incredibly interesting and unique world and art style, the tone is ridiculous whilst not being childish and similar to the previous clip, the show often feels like it’s targeting adults over kids. If you are interested, i’d recommend maybe watching a few episodes in Season 3 to see if you like it, before checking Season 1 or 2 – as the later seasons are definitely better in their humour and direction.

I also recently picked up Gravity Falls, as I was looking for something easy to follow with English spoken language, so that I could watch it in the background while playing Factorio. Whilst not as funny as Gumball, the show definitely has a certain charm to it, and I’ve been enjoying it as a background show with it’s strange stories. The screenshot below is taken from an episode where he essentially accidentally summons Ryu.

 

 

Anime: What you should be watching this season – Spring 2017

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Okay so, Upon watching most of the things this season, I have come to the conclusion that near everything is trash.

Real talk, there are maybe 2 or 3 new shows that i’ll be following this season, which is super low for me.
Thankfully there are at least some 2nd seasons to very good shows this season – Attack on Titan Season 2 is shaping up to be super interesting already, and My Hero Academia returns for a 2nd season as well.

Least worst of the bunch:

This is actually in the show.

Eromanga Sensei
7 – This seasons ‘I hate onii-chan show’, with manga writing big brother and erotic artist little sister

 

Sakura Quest
6 – This season’s PA Works anime, about a useless girl sent to the countryside to become a tourism ambassador. First episode was ok

 

Renai Boukun
7 – ‘Kiss Note’, whoever’s names are written will fall in love. And by the end of the first episode we already have a harem love triangle thing happening, including a Yuri sis-con, a Yandere and an idiot character. It’s¬†literal trash, but i’ll be damned if it isn’t entertaining trash.

 

Everything else is kind of trash:

Hinako Note
6 – Opening and ending videos consist of adorable anime preteens dancing and making kawaii uguu faces =^_^= , also one of the girls looks suspiciously like konata from lucky star. Shy girl from the country moves to the big city and wants to start a theatre troupe with her friends. Seems to have some potential if you are into cute girls doing cute things.

Tsuki ga Kirei
6 – High school romance show, about a shy boy and girl. Very vanilla and quite realistic so far, which is a good thing because so help me if they get magical sword powers by episode 2.

Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho (Grimoire of Zero)
6 – Perpetually hunted manbeast meets powerful loli mage. They team up to be persecuted together. Seems watchable, if not particularly new or innovative.

Sagrada Reset
5 – Has potential maybe, town where everyone has powers. One boy has 100% memory, whilst another girl can rewind time up to 3 days. From there they solve crimes or something I think. Episode 2 was kind of dull though,otherwise I might have rated it higher.

Rokudenashi Majitsu Koushi to akashic records
4 – Useless teacher in a magic school. Kind of painful to watch such an irritating character take centre stage, the shows only saving grace is that the school uniforms appeal to a wide range of fetishes

Tsugumomo
4 – Japanese deity comes saves schoolboy and lives with him, probably goes shows up in his class as a transfer student in episode 2. That sort of show.

Sekaisuru Kado
4 – Stories of an “Ace Negotiator”, whatever that means. First episode kind of boring, not sure where it’s going to go.

Fukumenkei Noise
4 – Kind of dull school music/romance story? Has a really awful animation style where the main character ‘sings’ with this face :O and it totally doesn’t match.

Clockwork Planet
4 – A planet made from clockwork, though it looks suspiciously like normal japan but with androids and a strange fixation on gear based furniture. It’s a sudden girl appearance at it’s core, with an extra helping of generic battle show.

Re-Creators
3 – Reverse ‘teleported into a video game’ story, with characters from an Anime teleported into the real world. They still have powers though. First impressions were not very good…

Granblue Fantasy
3 – Generic fantasy show based on mobile game. Interesting character design but not a whole lot else.

Gin no Guardian
2 – Not a goddamn clue. Superpowered schoolkid show again? It tried doing some strange storytelling stuff and I wasn’t interested enough to pay attention so I have no idea if they showed 2 separate shows cut up, or if the schoolboy is somehow linked to the superpower dude fighting monsters in an apocalyptic world.

Kabukibu
1 – “lets make a school club based on crossdressing men who wear makeup and perform theatre”. I’ll be honest I couldn’t be bothered to hit 50% of ep 1.

Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine
1 – “Royal Tutor”, show about some shorty who gets appointed to be the tutor for 5 handsome but asshole princes who all have bad attitudes and annoying quirks, Wasn’t really funny or very entertaining so i’m not sure if it’s a bad comedy or boring serious show. MIght be targeting women?