Soul Gambler VN Review

*This is a spoiler free review. Also, short.

Soul Gambler is a visual novel done in a comic book style about an average guy who is living a boring life until he was offered the power to trade his soul for anything. You know the classic faustian bargain?

While not technically bad (no apparent plot holes and good foreshadowing actually), the storyline is too short to make an impact on me.  Netherless, I liked several concepts within it. Mostly, the fact that trading your soul doesn’t mean you’re automatically screwed – there are bad trades and good trades. Though, some trades regarding relationships were a bit iffy on consent if you look at it closely enough.

As for investment, it took me a little over an hour to get all achievements. And while its listed as 2.99 US dollar on steam, it goes on sale often enough for fifty cents. So for achievement hunters or steam card hunters, this game is worth it. For those who aren’t part of the that club, think of this as a one shot manga or short story that has a cool concept even if a bit rushed – one worth a look if you’re feeling bored enough.

 

Rewatching Saki Episode 1 – Miyanaga Siblings Introduction to Mahjong in Parallel Part III

Chapter 171 is up as well as the leaks for the next chapter. I think that I’ll be covering that in my next post since the two are interconnected. For now, since I’m already covering the first episode of Saki, I might as well continue it? This time with some actual mahjong analysis!

I would also like to give special thanks to Katreus for his mahjong expertise. Without him this post would have come out sometime next year?

….Or not at all.

…..Probably.  The writing muse is a fickle mistress.

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Hearthstone Puzzle Collection #1

Did Ritz miss an issue? I am wondering why there isn’t any news on the Saki front.

That said. I’ve have a “productive” gaming week. Mostly because my commute got longer and thus more time to play hearthstone while on the bus. So much so that I’ve reached my rank 5 target early. Usually, I reached that at the end of the month. So yey!

To celebrate, I’ve decided to put a little collection of hearthstone puzzle taken from various streamers and user posts. This ones are a bit on the easy side. ^^

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Emily is Away Review

Have you experienced a friendly relationship that seemed to be verging into something more?

Are you alive in the early 2000’s era of PC with its Window XP operating system and AOL messenger?

Then, this game might be for you.  Without spoiling anything, “Emily is Away” is about your relationship with Emily from senior year of high school to senior year of college; encapsulated by snippets of  back and forth online communication throughout the years.

The game itself is very short. It only took me less than an hour to finish. It can also be downloaded for free at steam or  here so the time/money commitment is low. And for completionist like me, getting every achievement on steam won’t even take you 20 minutes. (Here is a guide for that) Replayability is low though. In fact, for certain reasons that I will get into later, I think this game would be better served if you played it just ONCE.  

One thing is for sure while I cannot say I enjoyed this game, its still thought provoking all the same.

SPOILERS BELOW THIS LINE

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Rewatching Saki Episode 1 – Miyanaga Siblings Introduction to Mahjong in Parallel Part II

To most of the fans’ joy, Teru’s flashback is continuing in the manga. The current chapter 170 is great at clarifying some new information and adding a few question marks.

Still, I think, I’m going to wait for a few more chapters before I comment on  it again. Instead, I would like to go back to the beginning tackling the first episode and looking for parallels there.

To those not up to date with the manga. Note that this is not a mere rewatch post. It has a few spoiler up to Chapter 170. 

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Shokugeki no Souma Recipe #2 – Improvised Mackerel Burger Meal

The second bonus recipe featured in Shokugeki no Soma is the Improvised Mackerel Burger Meal. Its an important plot dish, since this meal allowed  Souma to pass the Polar Star  Initiation Test.

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Shokugeki no Soma 201 – Chess Motifs

Yeah. That cute image representing the team battle. ^

I noticed how strangely appropriate the character pieces are.

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Saki 168-169: Miyanaga’s Siblings Reintroduction to Mahjong in Parallel

To my eternal joy, the main manga is continuing the Teru flashback!

And it’s a compelling thing, how Teru is characterized in the past two chapter – as someone who is similar to Saki while retaining subtle and distinct difference. It got me curious enough that I went back at the beginning and reread the first chapters.

And the parallels are interesting.

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Saki 167 – In Which Our Preconception of Teru is a bit shattered?

Late Merry Christmas to you all.

Finally, the holidays are over and I have finished my socialization quota for the year. Its time to imitate a reticent cavemen and go enjoy my introverted tendencies. Meaning time to catch up on my reading. And of course Saki is in the list since I know that’s its updating this December.

…. On one hand, its freaking nine pages. On the other hand, I could probably cheerfully forgive anything since its about the Saki-Teru plotline.

MANGA SPOILERS BELOW HERE

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Hibike Euphonium 10.1 – Natsuki-senpai and Kumiko-kouhai

Team sports  where I categorize concert band is a bit contradictory. They need to promote the dual values of cooperation and competition to be successful. Cooperation because concert band cannot be played with only one instrument. Competition to avoid breeding complacency (which we saw settling in the early episodes)  and to reach new heights.

The thing is  cooperation and competition aren’t always aligned. And nowhere is it perhaps more diametrically opposed as when a team is conducting an audition.

While they could be happily go hand in hand. If for example – those who are senior;Those who have put forth greater time and effort into the band are the ones who would be rewarded. But, that won’t happen everytime.

As Kumiko’s monologue put it:

Given that it’s an audition….

 It is not unusual for a senior to be rejected in favor of a junior.

But, whether that means everyone accepts the results without another complaint is another question.

And really, how everyone handles that particular scenario forms the foundation of this episode.

There is really a lot of things to talk about here. Let’s start with the most positive one – namely Natsuki and Kumiko.

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