Man, that was pretty cool episode. You know which my favorite part of the episode is? No, not Seibah riding magic motorcycle across the city. My favorite part is when Kotomine and Gil watching that tragic play while drinking wine like a classy motherfucker. These two are always be my favorite Master and Servant.

Fate Zero is now more closer than ever to the ending. I assume next week will be Iskandar vs Gil battle. And we're going to see the most badass fight in this anime. Gonna prepare my body and soul.
Title : It’s Not My Fault That I’m Not Popular!
Alternate Title : Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui!
Demographic : Shonen
Genre : Comedy, Slice of Life, School life
Author : Nico Tanigawa
Year : 2011
Status : Ongoing
Translated : 19 chapters

Synopsis :
Kuroki Tomoko is a super popular, high school girl, who has had 50 years of dating experience, and 100 boys... in the Otome game world. In the real world, she is a 15 year old shut in, who has all of the qualities of a "mojo" (喪女, a gloomy or unpopular woman).

However, when school isn't going as she expected, and she isn't as popular as she had thought she was, she takes a look at herself in the mirror for the first time in a few years, and has some shocking revelations...
(Source: Manga-Updates)

Comment :
I picked up this manga when it suddenly gained popularity on /a/ last year. It was a pretty entertaining manga, mainly because it focused on pathetic main character who is an otaku girl. There are some awkward situations found in this manga which probably familiar to some of us (not me) and I always think that watching her trapped in that awkward situation is amusing. I am such an heartless person.

Title : Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
Alternate Title : Maoyuu Maou Yuusha - "Kono Watashi no Mono Tonare, Yuusha yo" "Kotowaru!" (because there's like 5 different manga version of Maoyuu)
Demographic : Shonen
Genre : Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Authors : Mamare Touno (Story), Akira Ishida (Art)
Year : 2011
Status : Ongoing
Translated : 12 chapters

Synopsis :
After a long and treacherous journey, our Hero finally arrives at the Dark Lady’s castle only to find himself being asked for help. The Hero explains how the war that the demons have brought upon the humans have killed thousands and put more in misery. The queen of demons however argues that this war has made the human society band together as one and showed empirical evidence how it has increased population, increased production, boosted economy and improved society overall. Furthermore, she explains to the Hero that ending this war will result in a civil war that will produce more bloodshed than there ever was. The Hero, convinced that the only way to bring peace, relatively speaking, is to join forces with the Dark Lady, agrees to help with her plans!
(Source: Manga-Updates)

Comment :
My friend introduced me to this manga a while ago when this manga still had 3 chapters. I immediately fall in love with it, because this manga has it all: charming characters, cool action, cute romance, funny comedy and some serious economic stuff. I'm not surprised if one day this manga will get an anime treatment.
Another Ib related post. A few days ago I discovered this beautiful MAD video. The song used in this video is Little Cry of The Abyss by sasakure.UK and sung by Asako Toki. It was included in sasakure.UK's latest album The Fantastic Reality of Aesop. It is really a beautiful song and I like it very much. If you haven't finished the game, do not watch this video because it's heavy spoiler-ish.


Damn, that was really beautiful ;_; . Now excuse me while I continue browsing pixiv for more Ib fanart (my current folder now already has 182 Ib-related pics... don't look at me with those eyes)
art by エコー
These recent weeks I have seen the sudden explosion of Ib (pronounced as 'Eve')fanart in Pixiv. Getting curious as usual, I did a little Google browsing and found out that Ib is a horror doujin game made with RPG Maker by a person called kouri. The popularity of this game has finally caught my attention since I get the feeling that this will be another good Yume Nikki clone like .flow or LcdDem (I like these two). Then I played Ib last night and ended up loving it so much.

The story starts when a 9-year old girl named Ib visits an art gallery with her parent. As she wanders around the gallery, she stumbles upon a strange painting when suddenly the light goes out. It only happens in a few second and the light backs. That's when she realizes everyone in the gallery disappears and she is alone. She goes checking out some other paintings and she stops at this certain painting. For some unknown reason she accidentally can enter the painting and trapped in another world, the world of painting.

Well, that's the synopsis for you, I hope you're interested. The gameplay consists of exploring the area and solving puzzles. I can say that Ib is different from Yume Nikki, since it has dialogues and story. The story itself is really nice too. There are some scary stuff here and there that can make you creeped out (well at least for me). As for the puzzles, well, they are hardly confusing at all. I didn't get stuck more than 5 minutes when sloving a puzzle. So I can assume that this game is pretty much can be played even by casual players.

art by ワユカコ
The Japanese indie gaming fandom is really unique. They are very dedicated, you see. For example Yume Nikki or Touhou. You can hardly see any plot or even official character design in Yume Nikki, but there are countless Yume Nikki fanart out there and I've read several fanfiction as well. They are mostly good, especially the fanart. And don't even get me started with Touhou fanbase. That's why I am not really surprised when I browse Pixiv and find out some amazing Ib artwork there. This kind of thing that made me love the game even more. The same reason applied to why I regard Yume Nikki so highly. Before I know it my Ib fanart folder is already reaching around 50 items and still counting as we speak.

Here's some closing words. Ib is an exceptional game. There are moments when I genuinely muttered words "Boy, what a game". I love the characters and the story, even before I finished it. In fact I haven't finished all the endings yet. Yes, there are multiple endings in this game. Pretty amazing when you think that this game is made only by one person using RPG Maker. Once again this is one of the reason why I love indie games in general. Oh right, here you can find download link for Ib. Go play it. I can't recommend it highly enough.

P.S. Garry is not a lolicon
Oh Oyasumi Punpun. To think a manga could bring an emotional roller coaster to me every volume. Here is the summary of some things that happened in the latest volume and my initial impression, oh also *SPOILER ALERT*

Summary
After what happened in that cliffhanger in the last volume, Punpun finally had his first talk with Aiko since years.  Punpun (still in his Fujikawa Takashi personality) claims that he had been living a normal live as university student (which we know he aren't). Aiko herself told him that she is currently working as a model and that she has a boyfriend who older than her. Punpun can't help but feels that Aiko he knew was different than this Aiko he currently talking to. That the girl isn't the Aiko he knows. Then they planned to meet a few days later, date or some sort.

Punpun, with his Takashi personality, has no trouble to walk and chat with Aiko normally. But deep inside in his mind he he hates the current Aiko. They continue their "date" until night when Punpun suddenly make a move by offering to stay up in a hotel. As I expected, he tries to have sex with Aiko since Punpun is a guy with healthy sexual drive. However Aiko turns him down and leaves him alone in hotel room. Depressed, Punpun goes crazy.

Punpun meets with Sachi's ex-husband in a strange encounter. They had talk for a while (along with Sachi) and from the talk we know that Sachi's ex-husband is a successful person or something. After that talk, Sachi tells Punpun in private that she is pregnant... with her ex-husband child. Since she doesn't want anyone to know this matter she decides to do abortion. She asked Punpun to go to the hospital with her and he agreed quietly. This is the point where he resolutes himself that after he gets his driver license and Sachi's surgery is done, he'll go live somewhere faraway.

The next day, he confesses to Aiko that he was lying all these times. He is not a university student nor he's happy with his life. He also told Aiko that all these years he has been searching for her and the guilt from breaking the promise they had in the childhood still remains with him to this very day. He also explicitly blames her for all the things that go wrong in his life but seeing that she has grown into a well-adjusted person makes him glad that he can meet her once again. Surprisingly Aiko told Punpun that "she has been waiting for him too all this time".

Aiko herself is actually not living the dream like what Punpun believes. Long story short, in the next chapter it is implied that Aiko was constantly abused by her mother. She is also actually working in a small company (some sort of blue collar job) and not working as a model. Oh, poor Aiko. Her life is probably as bad as Punpun's.

Because this summary is getting tl;dr I'm gonna skip to important point. Sachi called Punpun that he is free to decide whether he will accompany her to the hospital or not. Either way she will be waiting for him in front of the station. Suddenly Aiko comes to Punpun apartment. Punpun worries about the bruises on her face and body. She tells him it's okay and maybe because she hears that conversation on the phone she is leaving. Punpun asks her to wait and explains her problem. The it suddenly happens.

Just as the usual. But this time it actually happens. They had sex. Also, Aiko was still a virgin so that kinda destroys all previous theory that she is a slut. After that they talk about going somewhere else and live with just the two of them. Yes, just like their previous promise. Punpun doesn't want to break his promise again so he agrees. They took a taxi and while in the way Punpun catches a glimpse of a young woman on the street.... it was Sachi. Their eyes met and she's crying. Punpun realizes that this is the same situation as before except this one ends with Punpun said "There's no turning back now."

Impression
Sorry if the summary above feels really suck. That's mainly because lack of sleep. Okay, so this volume is the shit. THIS THE FUCKING VOLUME MAN. Just a perfect manga I need to read after finishing Now and Then, Here and There last week. Nope, probably not.

I was surprised to see what kind of life Aiko lived all these years. Her world hasn't changed since she was little. Her mother still wasted money on useless fraud stuff except she can't doing anything right now and she is wasting Aiko's money she earned from her part time job. It was indeed a suffering life.

One of the biggest twist in this volume is Sachi got pregnant with her ex's. I mean what the hell. Poor Punpun must be confused. But what if somehow it turns out to be Punpun's child after all? And she decided to keep the child? Damn, Asano will never let me down. That scene at the end of the volume was pretty depressing too. It somehow goes full circle with what happened in the earlier volume What will happened afterward? Too bad we have to wait until October to read the next volume. I'm sure it won't end well. Either Punpun is commiting suicide or...

Last, that was really a wonderful read. Painful as it seems, but still wonderful. Also reading it together with /a/ was a fun experience. I hope the next volume will be as great as this. Though I don't really think I can handle it when the time comes. My body will never ready for another Punpun chapter. Thank you Punpun for the entertaining read, thank you Asano for the brilliant story, thank you based Hox for translating this and thank you /a/ for that great thread.
Every once in a while, we may want to play a video game just for fun, rather than doing the usual stuff like blasting away the endless waves of bad dude with Big Gun™ or stratching our heads after that intricated plot thread which resulted in a mindfuck ending. We want a game where we can genuinely enjoy its charm while relaxing on our seats. Well guess what, I have this little indie game that just perfectly fitted  for you to play!

Botanicula is a point-and-click adventure game from Amanita Design, which some of you probably recognized by their previous work Machinarium. Just like Machinarium, Botanicula is a point-and-click game which you played by clicking stuff on the screen and solving puzzle to proceed to the next area. Point-and-click genre has been long known as one of the most popular genre on PC. Some older PC gamers can easily remember titles such as Monkey Island series or Maniac Mansion which were really popular back in the days.

Back to the topic. I enjoyed all of Amanita Design previous works. From Samorost to Samorost 2 to Machinarium, and also their several flash adventure games on browser. That's why I was really looking forward to Botanicula. After watching the trailer, I was rather surprised after noticing its design was more like Samorost's art style instead of Machinarium's. Not that it's bad or anything though but I always fond of Machinarium beautiful hand drawn art style.

While in Machinarium you are a small robot in a depressing steampunk world, the world in Botanicula is more colorful. In this game you control a group of five botanical creatures which are trying save the last seed of the tree of their home tree from this black evil thingy creature that look like that big ass spider from Limbo. And then you began your journey through different area to avoid that thing (actually those things because there were more) and met different unique creatures along the way. Like any other Amanita Design games, Botanicula has no dialogue (either written and spoken).

The puzzles themselves weren't too hard since they have less to do with the thought process of solving puzzles and more to do with figuring out what exactly needs to be done with those strange creatures which moves when you clicked on them (and of course, some pixel hunting too). In fact, they were easier than the puzzles in Machinarium and Machinarium's puzzles were already this easy. Well, that's why I said in the first paragraph that this game can be enjoyed when you relax in your free time without having to think too much. I finished it in two days with total play time around 4 hours. Yeah, it was short but totally worth it.

The soundtrack is one of the strong points in Botanicula. It was done by Czech alternative band called DVA and these guys knew how to make perfect tunes for this game. The music in Botanicula can't help but made you feel relaxed during the playthrough. It was the kind of music that made my body feels lighter when I listen to the tune:



Botanicula is such an unique experience, at least for me, because how it tried to suck the player into its own beautiful world that filled with charm and successful in doing it. I commend those guys at Amanita Design for its imaginative visuals and sounds. It might be true that Botanicula won't be easily called as an example of 'modern classic' in point-and-click adventure genre like Machinarium did but at least it earned a special place in my heart forever as one of the most charming video game I've ever experienced.
"War. War never changes." -- Fallout series

Now and Then, Here and There (or Ima, Soko ni Iru Boku in glorious nihon tounge) is one of those anime I constantly found on the list of 'classic anime you must watch' everytime someone made one. I myself was quite excited to watch this series since I got this Kino no Tabi (my favorite anime ever!) vibe when I looked at the art. Luckily a few days ago I had some free time on my hands and I was like, 'well why the hell not' and proceed to marathoned this series.

My first impression of this anime, I must say, was pretty indifferent. The main character is your generic shonen protagonist with nothing to lose personality (don't really want to say it, but he reminds me of Naruto). One day he met a emotionless mysterious girl with blank look sitting on the top of smokestack and suddenly shit happened: some people appeared out of a sphere-like light and trying to capture the girl. Being a typical shonen protagonist he is, Shu (the boy's name) did his best to protect Lala-Ru (the girl). He eventually failed, but he succeeded in getting transported along with those people to another world.

The place he ended up was called "Hellywood" which ruled by a tyrant with silly haircut named Hamdo. Before he knew it Shu already trapped in a harsh world where children kidnapped from their village and trained as soldier in Hellywood military. Hamdo was apparently trying to conquer the planet and declaring war against other villages. Later other characters were introduced such as Nabuca and Boo, two kid soldiers from Hellywood army; and Sara, a girl from the same world as Shu who probably had the worst fate in this show.

At first there's nothing special about this anime yet. That's it until you learned horrible things Hamdo had done all these times. It also showed us how war can affect a person's life and screwed it up so bad. Brutal things happened in this show, either implied or explicitly shown. It wasn't that kind of 'in-your-face' violence but more like what would actually happen during the war times. In that way, I must say this anime is very realistic.

The story is not really deep by any chance but it's really powerful and emotional engaging. I also like the overall 'teenager got mysteriously transported into another world' theme that reminds me of adventure video game "The Longest Journey" which has similar theme. I also happen to like adventure genre in general so this  anime gets additional point for that.

I don't want to go into technical detail but at least the music in this anime needs to get mentioned. The music is amazing. From the opening theme to background music until the ending, everything was great. That's all I need to say.

For my overall enjoyment, MAL reviewer Prede has better words for it:
This is not an anime you will "enjoy" as a form of entertainment. This is not an action show, this is not a comedy, this is some serious stuff! This is an anime that will be hard to re-watch because it is very depressing, very dark, and very distrubing. But this is an anime you will be very happy you watched. This is an anime that truly uses the medium to it's full advantage, much in the same way Grave of the Fireflies did. I can't imagine watching this as a live action movie, or reading it as a book. Anime is the perfect medium for this story. It may be a little too dark and depressing for some, but if you have the strength to finish it, you will look back at it and say "that was amazing". 
That was truly a great watch. I'm glad to be an anime fan.
HAHAHA OH WOW. DAT TROLL ENDING. I always know that spider girls are evil. 10/10 would watch again. It's the closest thing we can get to a real monster girl anime.

PS. Hey guys, I'm back from my blogging hiatus (kinda) and ready to blog more silly cartoon with my shitty writing! Kindly stop by my blog, will ya!