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Love Live! Nijigasaki's Yu Takasaki Is the Perfect Audience Character

A new Love Live! anime is out this season, and it has a lot of firsts for the franchise. Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club emphasizes the importance of individual differences over previous series’ focus on teamwork and unity. It’s helmed by a different character designer, trading the familiar “glossy” designs of series past for ones that feel a little more “matte.” And with a plot derived from a mobile game, this new show features an audience stand-in—the blank-slate player character adapted for a different medium. To my pleasant surprise, the transformation of this character has been quite successful, and the girl we now know as “Yu Takasaki” strikes the right balance for her role.  In order to bring...

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Dear Nature Lovers and Nerds Like Me: 8 Video Games That You Would Enjoy During Quarantine

As a nature lover, I go out in the woods to feel better and stay positive. Simultaneously, I am a video game enthusiast. Weird combination, right? Today, I will introduce some video games I think you will enjoy if you appreciate nature's blessings while keeping yourself indoors during quarantine.

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Animal Crossing New Horizons- How to Make Bell Efficiently

Released on March 20, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been one of the most popular games on Nintendo Switch. Within 3 days after release, more than 1,880,000 are reported to have been sold. As more people stay inside and help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, they have been enjoying exploring the beautiful world of their own island and socializing with charming weirdos.  Here are a few tips and tricks to get those bells more efficiently.

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Untold Stories of Octopath Traveler Development: Surpassing the Deified Pixel Art

Octopath Traveler was awarded as  ‘Nintendo Game of the Year’ at the 2018 Golden Joystick Awards. The game has astonished thousands of game-lovers across the globe with its rich story-line, unique characters, beautiful soundtrack, and sophisticated pixel arts.  As I described in my previous article, this legendary game came to birth thanks to the development team’s series of contribution in character design and illustration: assuring that the characters’ feet are “on the ground”, considering each character’s personality for the game’s package cover, and meticulously designing the characters’ costumes with pixel arts. Moreover, we have discovered that there are heart-warming background stories behind the scene of development; for instance, Ikushima’s imagination for Olberic synchronized with the personal figure of his father....

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The Deep End: Touhou Gensou Mahjong Nintendo Switch Review

In 2009, doujin group D.N.A. Softwares released the game Touhou Gensou Mahjong, also known as Touhou Unreal Mahjong. Combining the popular Touhou franchise (known for its cute, supernatural aesthetic and its bullet hell gameplay) with one of Asia’s favorite pastimes, it combined two passions that engender loyal and hardcore audiences. D.N.A. Softwares has recently released a new version of the game on the Japanese Nintendo Switch eShop store. 

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Learn More About Boys, Magic, and Love With Dear My Magical Boys

Magical boys? Yes, they are indeed a thing! Though unlike its predecessor Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu!, Dear My Magical Boys is closer to Little Witch Academia than your typical magical girl (or boy, in this case) series like Sailor Moon. Following the steps that A3!, iDOLiSH7 and other smartphone games aimed at women did in the past, will Dear My Magical Boys become the next big hit? 

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Fantasy Earth Genesis: Engage in 50 vs. 50 PVP Battles on your Smartphone!

Fantasy Earth Zero will now be available for Android and iOS under the name Fantasy Earth Genesis, as announced by Square Enix and mobile app developer Asobimo at the Tokyo Game Show 2017. Unlike the usual player-versus-player (PVP) battles where a party consists of three to six players, you can now join battles where one party can reach up to 50 players!

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