Ryu’s Musings – School of Talent: Suzu Route (PC)

Posted on March 13th, 2017 by Ryu Sheng |

Language: Audio: Japanese, Subs: English, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese
Developer: MyDearest
Publisher: MyDearest
Format: Steam
Type: Visual Novel
Demo Box: PC
Synopsis: Bishōjo Visual Novel advised by Japanese charismatic editor of young-adult fiction, Kazuma Miki. Welcome to Mikage Academy, they accept only students with Talents – special powers that border on magic, granted by the divine, said to only occur in one in every ten thousand people by the time they

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Ryu’s Musings – Danganronpa 1.2 Reload (PS4)

Posted on March 8th, 2017 by Ryu Sheng |

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 – Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)

Posted on March 2nd, 2017 by Ryu Sheng |

hzdLanguage: Audio: English
Developer: Guerrilla Games
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Format: PS4
Type: Open World / Action Adventure
Demo Box: PS4 (Old)
Synopsis: Earth is ours no more

See the world through the eyes of Aloy, a woman shunned by her tribe from birth, as she goes on a quest to discover the deepest secrets of the ancient past. Go up against warring tribes and terrifying mechanized creatures as you enter a lush world facing the near destruction of mankind.
Turn predators to prey, fuse primitive gear with advanced tech and explore sprawling, dangerous terrain as you investigate the world around you.

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1 Day to the Switch….

Posted on March 2nd, 2017 by Ryu Sheng |

So the Nintendo Switch launches here tomorrow, and I’ve just cancelled my pre-order. My concerns over the viability of the console have made me wary enough to step back from the console for a while.

This post is laying out my reasons as to why I cancelled my order, and may be something here you haven’t considered as well.

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Ryu’s Musings: Fate/Extella – The Umbral Star

Posted on January 20th, 2017 by Ryu Sheng |

Language: Audio: Japanese / Subs: English
Developer: Marvelous
Publisher: Marvelous
Format: PS Vita, PS4
Type: VN/Musou hybride
Demo Box: PS4 (Old)
Synopsis: The famous FATE series is reborn in an astonishing new game, Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star! Hyper-fast hack and slash action featuring fan-favorite characters, facing off against dense enemy swarms in large-scale battlefields! Enjoy yet another deep storyline that the Fate series is known for, and sharpen your skills in some of the most intense combat the series has ever seen! Read the rest…

Ryu’s Musings – Vinland Saga Omnibus vol 01

Posted on May 24th, 2016 by Ryu Sheng |

19087989Language: Japanese
Direction: Right to Left
By: Makoto Yukimura
Publisher: Kodansha
Type: Series
Genre: Seinen
Availability: Print, Digital, SimulPub, Omnibus
Synopsis:

As a child, Thorfinn sat at the feet of the great Leif Ericson and thrilled to wild tales of a land far to the west. But his youthful fantasies were shattered by a mercenary raid. Raised by the Vikings who murdered his family, Thorfinn became a terrifying warrior, forever seeking to kill the band’s leader, Askeladd, and avenge his father. Sustaining Throfinn through his ordeal are his pride in his family and his dreams of a fertile westward land, a land without war or slavery … the land Leif called Vinland.

So there are certain genre’s that I honestly feel shouldn’t be touched by manga-ka, and european history is one of those genre’s. The reason is simple, they don’t fully understand the culture enough to write about it. There’s been more than a few disastrous attempts over the years which frankly hi light my point.

However, every now and then we get some amazing series that turns over that preconception and stomps all over it. Vinland Saga is one of those titles, it manages to feel authentic, while at the same time having a manga vibe to it. Read the rest…