Archive for July, 2009


Exciting news!

July 28th, 2009

I expected to get the July B’s Log by now, but I keep forgetting that ordering unpopular manga with it makes it take weeks longer to get it, so no dice on new scans etc.

However, something exciting (at least for me), is that this website (have you ever checked out the actual lijaka.com site? Haha, probably not) is getting renovated and updated in preparation for a new project!

I’m working on the actual site now, but I have a couple features I’d like to add soon after – as soon as I learn what I need to about PHP and everything :P I haven’t paid attention to programming since working on old sites in HTML (and a little CSS), but hopefully it won’t be too long.

Anyways, just a little update! Other than that, I played Kazeiro Surf and am finishing Johan’s route – this game definitely has some well-written conflict! Made me cry a couple times, yes I’m a softie :P

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DSi – too expensive for me

July 22nd, 2009

Yeah, so after Aria let me know about the previously mobile-only otome game available for DSiWare (downloadable games you get for the Nintendo DSi), I did some investigation.  The bad news: the DSi is region-locked (why oh why!??), and it is pretty darn expensive for a handheld!

Let’s compare: the PSP, which everyone complains about being too expensive with good reason, has great graphics (better than the DSi still) and sound, multimedia capability, and online stuff (which I won’t go into because I know nothing about). It’s now $250 USD on Yesasia for the 2000 model, and $280USD for the 3000 version which is slimmer and has improved graphics and response time over the 2000.

The DSi now has a camera (low quality, worse than most cell phones), worse graphics than the PSP still, and downloadable games via DSiWare. It is the same price as a PSP, $280 for the basic console. It does have the touch screen and double screens, as well as more capacity for memory.

I used Yesasia prices since, if I got the DSi, I’d want a Japanese version (Play-asia has both systems for $250USD). But the PSP, since it’s region-free, I could get locally, and the 3000 model is about $150USD at my local electronics store. The DSi is about $180 at the same store, much better than Yesasia, but useless for me since it’s region-locked.

What does this mean for otome games? Well, the larger memory is nice since it may mean that we can get more voice in those DS games. However the graphics are still not as good as the PSP. Plus, since it’s region-locked (for DSi games only, not DS games), you have to pick one region and only get games for that region.

I was thinking of getting a DSi, but man, definitely not until the price comes down. Nintendo has been the more affordable choice up until now, but with the DSi, the prices are the same. And for otome games, I think the PSP still has the edge over the DSi, though the DSi has more potential for interesting gameplay using the touchscreens (and maybe the camera).

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All my games!

July 19th, 2009

For some reason, I felt like making a list of all my games XD So now it’s here. Huh. That’s kind of a lot. And there’s only more coming :)

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I lost!!! GRrrrrrr….

July 17th, 2009

Yeah, I think I got the bad end on Wand of Fortune…and I was using a guide! I wonder if my stats were too low, I focused a lot on maryoku and almost nothing in the other two

…but still, that seems kind of harsh…and I don’t know when I need to start from again…grrr….

No more playing for you, Wand of Fortune! I’m going to play Himehibi 2, so there!! :P

/hissy fit

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Wand of Fortune – first playthrough

July 15th, 2009

When it rains, it pours…I just got Wand of Fortune, just a couple days after receiving Arco Baleno, Kazeiro Surf, and Himehibi 2. I thought it would probably be easy to get into so I started it up, and it’s pretty fun so far. It’s a sim, not just a visual novel, so it’s taking longer than, say, Will o’ Wisp did. But it’s not difficult, or at least I don’t think it is – I’ll find out when I get to end and see if I got Ragi ^_^.

After the introduction, where you meet all the characters and the school staff, as well as get the goal explained to you (to raise your magic stats, as well as get high enough in one element), you start on a regular weekly schedule. You choose where to go in the morning and evening (thankfully you can see where people are before you commit), and you’ll encounter someone on the way to and from school. You can only choose to raise your magic stats in the daytime, since that’s when the instructors are available, but you can raise your elements anytime by choosing one of the guys. Once you meet the guy, you then choose to either raise the element (by studying with them), or talking to them and raising their affection level.

That’s the weekday progression – on Saturday you stay in and rest, and can see your memories and cards, and on Sunday you can go to town as well as wander the campus.

Also, at certain points in the game, there will be special date events which I think are required to complete the guys’ routes.

There are a few other features to the game to enjoy as well:

It seems the game goes through about 20 weeks, and since you have to choose where to go everyday, it takes a bit of time to get through everything. I’m only about halfway through, and I’m going for Ragi. So far there hasn’t been any major angst, but it’s quite fun, and I think once you go through once, other playthroughs will be pretty straightforward.  

So in short, Wand of Fortune is a fun, fairly simple sim otome game that has enough sidequests and events to keep me interested for now, though I’m not sure I want to try doing more than one or two routes in a row.  I’m going to try and finish Ragi’s route tonight, so then I can finally try Himehibi 2!

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Love x Loop Release Pushed Back

July 14th, 2009

Otomate has just announced that Love x Loop’s release date has been pushed back from July 23 to August 20.

Too bad! Although there are so many new games now (especially from Otomate), I can’t say I’m totally surprised. Yay for split shipments!!

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Free otome and BL furoku!

July 11th, 2009

I am trying to organize my place and get rid of all the stuff I never look at! It’s some of the extra things from otome game mags, so I thought I’d ask here if anyone wants anything. Everything is free! Please direct people here if you think they’d be interested. Oh, and if you want something or have a question, please email me at admin at lijaka dot com. Replace the at and dot with the signs.

Update: I’ll be crossing stuff off as it’s taken, some of it is claimed now!

Full-colour 32-pg booklet about 12 Nin no Yasashii Koroshiya (Aug 2008 B’s Log)

Full-colour 32-pg booklet about Marvelous Entertainment games – xxxHolic, St. Beast, Ookiku Furikabutte, and Rune Factory 2, plus one-pagers on Orange Honey, Cluster Edge, Dessert Love Sweet Plus, and Princess Princess (Sep 2008 Girl’s Style)

Double-sided poster (folded) Drastic Killer / Gin no Eclipse (BL) (September 2008 B’s Log)

Double-sided poster (folded) Kimi no Naka no Paradigm (BL) (Mar 2009 B’s Log)

Gakuen Heaven the Musical (BL) – photos featuring four (two on each side) actors in costume. I’m not sure who they are, if you like I can scan them (Sep 2008 B’s Log)

One-sided poster -Kiniro no Corda secondo passo – pic of Hihara (Jun 2009 B’s Log)

2008 Calendar / notebook – Clover no Kuni no Alice – pages are a little wavy, but there are no marks on them other than the back cover, which has some damage to the left edge (Mar 2008 B’s Log)

2009 Calendar/notebook – Kichiku Megane R (BL) (Feb 2009 B’s Log)

Special Interview/Photo book – seiyuu Morita Masakazu (Jun 2009 B’s Log)

Small shitajiki (15x19cm) – Kichiku Megane R (BL) (Jan 2009 B’s Log)

Small clearfile (19x25cm) with “Wanted” posters of the characters that you can put in – Lucky Dog (BL)

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Kazeiro Surf!

July 9th, 2009

Yup, I finally got that shipment of games! After playing Kazeiro Surf for a couple hours (ok maybe 3), here are some initial impressions:

Good:

Bad:

Not sure yet:

Now I have to decide whether to keep playing this game, or try Himehibi 2….hmmm…

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Top 5 Upcoming otome games!

July 8th, 2009

Since I’m still in a lull (since my games still haven’t come yet!! :P) I thought it would be good to do a Top 5 Games preview list for the rest of the summer and fall!

1. Lucian Bee’s – I just can’t wait for this, the ‘undercover’ plot and gameplay look really fun!

2. S.Y.K. – in this game I’m looking forward to the characters the most, even just in the screenshots I’ve seen their interactions look pretty funny.

3. Souten no Kanata – and for pretty art and (hopefully) the epic storyline, I really want to play this. However, it might have to wait a while, since it’s for the PC and I’m trying to save money by not buying PC games…but I dunno, it’s very tempting…

4. Shin Tamayori-hime Denshou HnK 4 – new art, pretty much new story – can’t wait to see how holds up to the first 3.

5. Death Connection – I’m interested to see how this game develops; the premise is definitely new, and the setting too, the game in total could be really cool.

I’m going to do a couple posts on the last two games later (probably when I get next month’s mags with more piccies ^_^), which also happen to be the latest releases. I ordered the list according to which I’m looking forward to most and it’s completely subjective – how does your ‘Most Wanted’ list compare?

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Waiting…what else is new?

July 6th, 2009

I think I’ve been pretty patient, but I’m getting tired of waiting for my new games – Arco Baleno and Kazeiro Surf (which is what I really want to play) are ready, but Himehibi 2 Gakki is holding them up by being delayed (according to Amazon.jp, it was released but is currently sold out). Now I’m just glad that I bit the bullet and chose split shipment for my next order so they all come whenever they’re ready.

On the bright side, I’m catching up on all those games I didn’t have time to try before like Monochrome Factor. Who knows, maybe I can actually finish off some old games – only one route left for Hiiro no Kakera, and a couple alternate routes for Little Anchor.

I think it’s time for an overly ambitious to-do list of games to finish before I get a new shipment!

Alright, there’s no way I’ll finish all of that, so I’ll stop. Anyone have any old games they’re working on?

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