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Ryu’s Musings – Danganronpa 1.2 Reload (PS4)

Posted on March 8th, 2017 by Ryu Sheng | No Comments

Language: Audio: Japanese & English, Subs: English
Developer: NIS America
Publisher: Spike Chunsoft
Format: PS4
Type: Visual Novel
Demo Box: PS4 (Old)
Synopsis: In Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, enter Hope’s Peak Academy, a prestigious high school reserved for the nation’s “ultimate” students. Things get a bit twisted when the academy’s students find themselves trapped inside with Monokuma, a maniacal bear who has taken them all prisoner to play his deadly game of despair.

Continue the adventure in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair with a brand new cast of Ultimates. Mysteriously trapped on Jabberwock Island in their own life-or-death game, having fun in the sun with this twisted teddy requires more than a bit of wit to survive.

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Ryu’s Musings – Ajin: Demi-Human v01&02

Posted on May 10th, 2016 by Ryu Sheng |

d4218-ajin2b-2bdemi2bhuman2b2528v01-v0625292b25282014-201525292b2528digital25292b2528lostnerevarine-empire2529Language: Japanese
Direction: Right to Left
By: Gamon Sakurai (art) / Tsuima Miura (Story)
Publisher: Vertical / Kodansha Comics
Type: Series
Genre: Seinen
Availability: Volume Print & Digital / Simulpub
Synopsis:

Seventeen years ago, an utterly immortal human was discovered on an African battlefield. Since then, more of these new and unknown life forms began to appear among mankind. These undying beings start to be known as “demi-humans.” One day, just before summer break, a Japanese boy leaving his high school is involved in a traffic accident that kills him on the spot. Then, he comes back to life. A huge bounty is placed on his capture. Now the boy’s attempt to evade all of mankind begins

This is the first of my reviews on titles in the current Humble Manga Bundle. Read the rest…

Ryu’s Musings – Planetes Omnibus v01

Posted on April 20th, 2016 by Ryu Sheng |

27831Language: English
Direction: Right to Left
By: Makoto Yukimura
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Type: Series
Genre: Shounen, Slice of Life, sci-fi
Availability: Omnibus
Synopsis:

SPACE IS MESSY. SOMEONE’S GOT TO CLEAN IT UP!

In the 2070s, increased interplanetary travel has led to crisis-level amounts of dangerous space debris, and someone has to clean it up. Planetes follows the space-garbage crew of aspiring explorer Hachimaki, mourning Yuri, and secretive Fee, collected in two omnibus editions, printed from the original files and complete with bonus color pages!

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Ryu’s Musings- The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Vol01-03

Posted on April 16th, 2016 by Ryu Sheng |

01Language: English
Direction: Right to Left
By: Eiji Otsuka (Story) / Housui Yamazaki (Art)
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Type: Series
Genre: Shounen, Slice of Life, spiritual
Availability: Volume / Omnibus
Synopsis:

Five spiritualist students at a Buddhist college in Japan realize the job market is tough these days . . . among the living, that is! But the dead need jobs done too, so the five form the Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, carrying out the last wishes of their cadaverous clients, so their souls can move on. But the Kurosagi gang are magnets for weirdness—not just corpses—and every case gets them involved in disturbing personal obsessions, bizarre modern Tokyo fads, and strange rituals of old Japan!

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Ryu’s Musings – Hikaru no Go vol01-23

Posted on April 16th, 2016 by Ryu Sheng |

01Language: English
Direction: Right to Left
By: Yumi Hotta (Story) / Takeshi Obata (Art)
Publisher: Viz Media
Type: Series
Genre: Shounen, Sports, Slice of Life
Availability: Volume (WW) /Digital (US Only)
Synopsis:

Hikaru Shindo is like any sixth-grader in Japan: a pretty normal schoolboy with a two-tone head of hair and a penchant for antics. One day, he finds an old bloodstained Go board in his grandfather’s attic–and that’s when things get really interesting. Trapped inside the Go board is Fujiwara-no-Sai, the ghost of an ancient Go master who taught the strategically complex board game to the emperor of Japan many centuries ago. In one fateful moment, Sai becomes a part of Hikaru’s consciousness and together, through thick and thin, they make an unstoppable Go-playing team. Will they be able to defeat Go players who have dedicated their lives to the game? Will Sai achieve the “Divine Move” so he’ll finally be able to rest in peace?

We’re going to be trying out a new layout for our reviews. The first section is spoiler heavy, and discusses our thoughts on the story, plot and characters. The second section will include discussion on art non spoiler story and character discussions, as well as our general thoughts on the series. So if you don’t want to be spoiled please jump straight to the second section.

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Ryu’s Musings – Stranger of Sword City (PS Vita)

Posted on April 11th, 2016 by Ryu Sheng |

160108_boxartLanguage: Audio: Japanese / Subs: English
Developer: Experience Inc
Publisher: NIS America
Format: PS Vita/XBox One
Type: JRPG, Dungeon Crawler
Demo Box: PS Vita
Synopsis:

Your flight crashes after passing through a mysterious portal. As the sole survivor, you awaken to an unfamiliar land lit by stars you’ve never seen. This land is Escario, the city of swords. Quickly marked as the Chosen One, the Stranger of Sword City, you must defend this place, and choose your allegiances carefully as you scour this land for a way home.

This title is, at its core, a game about death and fighting against vanishing forever. You will discover new meaning in the choices you make to survive against all odds. You will define yourself by the lives of those you leave behind, by the people you align yourself with, and the experiences you have on each new venture into the dark labyrinths that threaten to trap you

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