Majesty 2 Demo

September 16, 2009 Leave a comment

Majesty 2 is an real-time strategy game, sort of. While you collect resources and build buildings like normal, you have no direct control over your units. Instead you place flags with bounties, creating objectives for your heroes. Each hero has his or her own personality (rangers like to explore, warriors prefer to fight, &c.) and they decide for themselves whether or not the payoff is worth the risk. The demo contains two maps, one is a tutorial map that teaches you the basics and the other is a survival map that has you fighting against ever increasing enemies.
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All-Time Favorites: Cowboy Bebop

September 8, 2009 1 comment

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Alright, bear with one more of these and after this I’ll try to write about something more recent. Cowboy Bebop is the first anime I purchased back when I was little and it’s still at the top of my list. Bebop is the story of five bounty hunters, or rather three bounty hunters, a child-genius hacker, and a dog (who might just be the smartest of the bunch). The show is based around blues music and incorporates themes from the genre into the story.

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All-Time Favorites: Yotsuba&!

September 3, 2009 1 comment

Yotsuba&!¬†is a manga about the adventures of a 5 year old girl. It is also one of the cutest and funniest things you can ever read. Read more…

New School

August 31, 2009 Leave a comment

My current job is teaching English to Japanese elementary students. For the past year I’ve worked every day at the same school of about 650 students, grades 1 thru 6. Due to two English teachers leaving this summer, the remaining teachers got shuffled around to fill in the gaps. So now on Mondays I go to a second school, of 28 students. The entire student body is less than one third of one year at my other school. The classes are so small that grades 3-4 and 5-6 are combined.

I love my main school, the kids are mostly great (a few rascals) and all the teachers are easy to work with. Being big means nice facilities and lots of friends, but it also means bigger (noisier and harder to manage) classes and more visitors. Having people come to observe class doesn’t bother me too much, but it stresses the teachers out, which stresses me out by proxy. My new school is the opposite end of the spectrum. The students are few enough that you never have to worry about them being to loud, everybody knows each other, and I had most of the children’s names memorized by the end of the first day. It’s the rural slow life in its purest form, and the relaxed atmosphere ought to make starting each week a lot easier.

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A Few Thoughts on Anime and Manga in Japan

August 28, 2009 1 comment

Since moving to Japan, I’ve noticed ¬†several differences between how I imagined Japanese otaku culture and how things really work. The extent of anime and manga’s popularity is much more difficult to describe than in the West. Here are a few things I’ve come across: Read more…

Thank You Notes

August 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Got an email today from Hemisphere games thanking me for putting up my thoughts about Osmos. Awfully nice of them to do so.

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Light Music

August 26, 2009 8 comments

I just finished watching K-On!, an anime about high school girls who start a band. The show is well produced, and the songs the girls play stick in your head almost immediately. Most of the characters are based on common anime stereotypes (clumsy and air-headed, rich but sheltered), but are generally fleshed out enough by the story to escape being mere cookie cutter characters. The artists have taken the time to give each of the girls a real instrument, which is always a nice touch. The anime is based on a 4-panel manga, so the story is primarily character driven, with a handful of the 13 episodes that directly connect to each other.

I enjoyed K-On! and hope that the anime will continue with a second or third season to finish out the girl’s journey through high school. It seems to be pretty popular as well, I’ve seen several bags and t-shirts on the trains and the K-On CDs have been at the front of music stores for several months now. I’d like to buy a few, but I just can’t justify paying $12 for two tracks per CD.

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