Kit Kat Quest

Last update: 16/05/18

I had long known that Japanese Kit Kats were a bit of a phenomenon. People at work would bring back bags of green tea, strawberry and melon Kit Kats from their trips to Japan. Two and a half years ago, I took the plunge and ordered a selection box of eight mini Kit Kats from the Japan Centre. Over coffee, my tasting companions and myself tried them, and I wrote down our reactions verbatim, resulting in the first iteration of this blog.

At this point, the floodgates were unlocked. Rather than feeling blasé about the numerous types of Kit Kats foisted on the market by Nestle Japan, I felt a burning desire to try more of them. I scoured importer websites and eBay shops for new flavours. I visited Japan myself, as did one of my tasting companions. We even started considering unusual Kit Kats from other countries. The original blog post grew, but although I occasionally directed people to read it, it was not easily discoverable.

This new post is created to sit on the front page, and is intended from the start to be regularly updated with thoughts and impressions on new Kit Kats from around the world. Continue reading

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Ni no Kuni 2

Although I was a bit late to the party when it came to the original No no Kuni, when I finally got around to playing the game, I was enchanted. Even now, the first two adjectives that come to mind when I think of it are ‘charming’ and ‘delightful’. Sure, it was far from perfect – poor AI and spending most boss fights desperately holding out for glims whilst my allies lay dead on the floor spring to mind – but there was something amazingly magical about feeling like I was starring in my very own Studio Ghibli movie. Continue reading

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.hack//G.U. Last Recode – Grossly Underwhelming

Many years ago, I wrote a blog post about how much I loved the original quartet of .hack games. Despite their flaws, I enjoyed the hundred or so hours I spent with those games, and regarded .hack in general as one of my favourite franchises.

Then, time passed, the .hack franchise entered its second generation. The World, the fictitious MMORPG around which the franchise, was succeeded by The World:R2, a new game with new characters. My early enthusiasm for this second wave was swiftly dampened, however, by 2006’s .hack//Roots – an anime so excruciatingly dull that I gave up on it halfway through. This left me less than desperate to get stuck into Roots’ sequel – a trio of PS2 games known as .hack//GU. Continue reading

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Thoughts on Utena from a first time viewer

Revolutionary Girl Utena was one of the series I always thought I probably should watch, but I just quite got around to it. That all changed in the closing months of 2017, when Ana Mardoll’s blogs, coupled with a desire to see a bi main character, tipped me over from “should watch” to “okay, all I’m going to do in my free time is get through these thirty-nine episodes plus one movie”.

I now speak to you from the other side of that experience. Having delved into the writings of others on the subject, the general message seems to be that you should go back and rewatch the series to pick up on all the things you missed the first time – that on rewatch, you’ll know what’s going on and be able to pick up subtle signs. And yes, I’m thinking of doing that, but for now, I wanted to speak about what it feels like to have seen the series only once. Continue reading

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Cat Quest

Years ago, cats and dragons fought a bloody war, but ultimately, the destined cats known as Dragonblood claimed victory. Now, the dragons have returned, and it’s up to you, a destined kitty, to take up your sword and protect the land once again.

I love RPGs. I also love cats. With that in mind, it was inevitable that I would eventually turn my attention to Cat Quest, an open world RPG set in a land entirely populated by cute kitties. Yes, I had recently been burned by Spacecats With Lasers, but the Cat Quest demo convinced me that my money really would be well spent this time around. Continue reading

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Spacecats With Lasers

Last week, I saw an intriguing article on My Nintendo News, promising that a game called Spacecats With Lasers would be heading to Switch the following week. I was immediately excited – I love cats, I love space, and the idea of being a spacecat shooting things up with lasers immediately appealed to me. I was well aware that I was probably just being suckered in by the name, but I reassured myself that the screenshots looked sufficiently exciting. Continue reading

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Is the Order a Rabbit?

In a sleepy town of wooden framed houses and cobbled streets, five girls work as waitresses at various cafés around town. With hot drinks, delicious cakes, and rabbit mascots, you can always guarantee a fulfilling and wholesome experience, be it at Rabbit House, Ame Usa An, or Fleur du Lapin. Continue reading

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Shin Megami Tensei: The dodgiest looking demons

The Shin Megami Tensei series and its spin-offs are often packed with various demons from numerous mythologies. It’s a lot of work for any designer, and so it’s no wonder that the finished products often vary in aesthetic quality. For every majestic, awe inspiring beast, there’s something that looks, well, downright disturbing. In this article, we pick out eleven of the dodgiest looking demons. Continue reading

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Kingdom Hearts Game Rankings

We all have to fill in the time until Kingdom Hearts 3 comes out one way or another. Whilst we’re waiting, let’s take another retrospective look over the series so far, and rank all the games – from worst to best. Continue reading

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Macross Plus revisited

Around ten years ago, I got my hands on a copy of Macross Plus: Ultimate edition DVD, and spent a couple of evenings watching the OVA and movie. This was my first exposure to one of Japan’s biggest mecha franchises, but also the only part that had made it across, unadulterated, to the UK. I knew that Macross was all about mecha and singing, but I was watching it out of context, with no other knowledge of that universe. And whilst it is meant to be a standalone story, it did suffer for being watched on its own. Who or what are the Zentradi? What are the importance of variable fighters? What even is the titular ‘Macross’? None of these are addressed in the OVA, so if you don’t already know, all of that is lost on you. As you can imagine, therefore, I didn’t rate Macross Plus very highly. Continue reading

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