Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey

Firis Mistlud has spent her entire life in the underground city of Ertona. She longs to travel the world with her sister Liane, but her parents are reluctant to let her go. But when Firis learns alchemy from one Sophie Neuenmuller, an opportunity opens up. If Firis can pass an exam and become a licensed alchemist within a year, she will be allowed to travel around outside as much as she wants. Continue reading

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Vita et Mors: Fun times with the PS Vita

The recent release of Persona 4 Golden on Steam was considered by some to be the end of an era. This was the last big RPG to be exclusive to the PS Vita, and a release on another platform seemed to be the final blow for a system that few even cared about any more. Continue reading

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

Objection! Step into the shoes of rookie defence lawyer Phoenix Wright as he takes on a procession of increasingly outlandish and convoluted cases. Investigate murders and defend your clients in the courtroom, all in the hopes of obtaining that vital “Not Guilty” verdict. Continue reading

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A Whisker Away

Hinode holds Taro in his arms

To her classmates, Miyo “Muge” Sasaki is a loud and forthright girl, eternally cheerful and never afraid to speak her mind. But underneath all that, Miyo is struggling. Her mother walked out on her years ago, leaving Miyo to live with her father and his new partner. The boy she likes won’t even give her the time of day. Her only strand of hope is a magical mask that lets Miyo turn into a cat. In her feline guise, Miyo is finally able to get close to her crush – but what happens when the line between feline and human becomes increasingly blurred? Continue reading

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Murder By Numbers

Honor Mizrahi used to play a detective on popular TV series Murder Miss Terri. But when her boss gets murdered, Honor decides to start investigating for real. Accompanied by SCOUT – an intelligent robot who can hunt down clues by solving Picross puzzles – Honor embarks on a new career as an amateur investigator. Continue reading

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Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden

Long before Miaka and Yui entered the Universe of the Four Gods, there were two other priestesses. The first of these was Takiko Okuda, a high school student living in 1920s Japan. Hurt by the recent death of her mother, the emotional distance of her father, and the unrequited love she feels for an older man, Takiko flees into the Universe of the Four Gods. There, she becomes the Priestess of Genbu, but the encroaching winter and threats of war will make gathering the Genbu warriors far from an easy task. Continue reading

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Revisiting Fushigi Yuugi

Content warning: sexual assault will be discussed later in this article

Towards the end of 2019, I decided to embark on a rewatch of one of my first anime – Fushigi Yuugi. The headline work of mangaka Yuu Watase, Fushigi Yuugi tells the tale of Miaka Yuki, a middle school student who gets drawn into the Universe of the Four Gods, a fantasy world based on ancient China.

Back when isekai was something that happened more to girls than to boys, Fushigi Yuugi set the standard for the genre. Take one teenager who is unhappy with the pressures of school and family life, and transport her to a world where she is the most important person, and where lots of handsome young men are in love with her. It’s a series that has drawn much criticism over the years, but at its core, it turns out that it’s still a solid show that’s very much worth watching. Let’s try to address some of that criticism, and decide whether it’s truly warranted. Continue reading

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Ever 17: The Out of Infinity

It was just meant to be a fun day out at LeMU, the underwater theme park. But when the uppermost level of the park floods, a group of visitors are left trapped inside. The damaged structure of the park will only hold up for a few more days – but is that enough time for the group to be found and rescued? For that matter, is help even coming? Continue reading

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999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors

Abducted from their homes, nine individuals awaken on a sinking ship. Their abductor, the mysterious Zero, tells them that they have nine hours to escape, before they all drown. Can this group of strangers work together to solve the puzzles that keep them trapped – and will they be able to figure out Zero’s true identity and motivations along the way?

The first game in the Zero Escap trilogy, 999 blends a branching visual novel story with escape room puzzles, making for an intriguing and addictive combination. To be honest, I could just leave it at that, but for the sake of writing a more comprehensive review, let’s dig a little deeper. Continue reading

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Dark Cloud

When the Dark Genie is awakened, the only way the Fairy King can save the world is to seal all of its buildings and people inside magical orbs called Atla. With the Atla now scattered across the world, it falls to a young boy named Toan to use the magical power of the Atlamillia to restore them to their rightful place. And along the way, Toan might just be able to recruit allies to take on the Dark Genie himself. Continue reading

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