That's because Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is quite a lot like its predecessor, Trigger Happy Havoc. That means it's one of the few games where "spoilers" really matter, and the more I say about it, the more I risk lessening the experience for potential players.
Here then, is the quick advice: If you played and enjoyed Trigger Happy Havoc, go get Danganronpa 2 now. It's everything the first one was, and more.
But if you're new to the series, get the first game and play through that before starting off with this one, for despite a premise and cast that's friendly to series newbies, Goodbye Despair works best when taken as sequel to Trigger Happy Havoc.
And if you're still hungry for more info, keep reading. No spoilers, of course. That path leads only to despair.
[Awesome user MrRasczack has a great breakdown of School Days, everybody's favorite "Nice Boat" anime. Want your deep thoughts to get on the front page? Write a cool community blog! -Josh]
When the anime adaptation of School Days, a dating sim developed by interactive fiction maker Overflow, first aired, it quickly gained notoriety for its slowly rising darkness, with an ending so shocking that it is still brought up when discussing particularly violent scenes in anime. The juxtaposition of tone and action, of wanton cruelty and emotional abuse against the seemingly lighthearted face of a common, uninspiring romance series makes School Days just as relevant now as when it first aired.
Unlike so many anime before and after it, School Days was unafraid to look at the terrible and foolish depths that teenagers could sink to when pushed hard enough, and remains one of the most subtle and powerful commentaries on dating sims as a whole and the mentality of those who play them. It is an exercise in tragedy laid out in anime tropes.
(Note: massive spoilers for School Days follow. If you wish to view the series before reading, Crunchyroll has your back.)
Honestly, I never expected to use the word “Super Duper” around here, since the term feels rather childish. Then again, ToQger is a children's show after all, so I shouldn't be surprised when a term like this pops up once and a while.
On the bright side, ToQger has developed in a way that has exceeded my expectations, as the show’s new direction managed to take us to an unexpected stop.
Do you love Japanese pop culture, music, or anime? Are you so deep into Yuri or Yaoi that you can't look at yourself in the mirror sometimes? Perhaps you know how to do all of Summoning Hand Jutsus from Naruto by heart. If so we might just be great friends.
We're looking for some interns at Japanator right now, and hope you might want to join the team. Just to make things clear, I'm looking for people who are experts at what they're into. We don't really do casual here, we go all the way.
You'll also need some writing chops. You don't need to be a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, but the skill and talent to really express those hentai feelings you have deep inside is, in the words of the sages, "totes import". Some writing experience will help.
So, if you want to hang out with some of the coolest friends I've ever made, I'd love it if you emailed me via team@japanator, and tell me a little bit about yourself. Also, you'll need to write up a Community Blog entry about a kick-ass Japanese thing you enjoyed recently. It could be a recap of a show you loved, a review of a game you played, a report on an awesome meal you had, or a place you visited. The sky's the limit, and as you might have guessed, we'll be using the entry to help us determine if you're right for the site.
The most important thing is that you have a love for this stuff, as that's the glue that keeps us all together. I'm looking forward to seeing how you show it!
If the last couple of episodes seemed tailored towards characters who still hadn't forgiven Kakyoin for his actions way back in episode 2, this latest two-parter feels addressed to make Polnareff pay for his comparatively greater sins.
After all, dude got Avdol, one of anime's best black men, killed. He needs to suffer.
Now that we've reached this latest stage in Bleach's Quincy v. Soul Reaper freak-off, I'm pretty glad to see that Tite Kubo still has a good handle on how to escalate a fight. Because there's nothing quite like raising the stakes.
As Sword Art Online II begins to imply that the Phantom Bullet Arc is coming to a close, things are starting to get intense around these parts. In the midst of this event, A-1 has fully recovered from their injuries, so that they can get ready to load up the big cannons. Since there are many important at play during these major moments, let's hope that the team hits their main target.
Back when After V premiered during the Spring Season, I couldn't help but to be excited over the fact that we were getting a sitcom about a Sentai team that spends their time in bars after battle. While the show’s premise was amusing, the series had its faults when the New Yellow episodes started to kick in. However, things managed to improve when the show started to return to its roots.
Surprisingly, After V brought up a major point that changed the way how we see the never-ending battle between costumed heroes and the forces of evil, which acted as a great element to wrap up the series.
Since every finale deserves a proper sendoff, it’s time for us to fill our favorite mugs with booze, as we bid farewell to the After V.
Welcome (again) to the second incarnation of this week's Annotated Manga for Naruto! It seems that some technical foulup wiped all the text from the recap while the watchers were looking the other way (or asleep).
Never fear, though, for a good ninja always keeps a backup, and this is it. Apologies for the mixup!
Took 'em long enough! Atlus has finally revealed Persona 5 with a gloriously vague anime trailer for the game, due out on PS3 - and PS4 - next year.
The latest mainline entry in the Persona series will be directed by Katsura Hashino, feature character designs from Shigenori Soejima, and music composed by Shoji Meguro.
From the looks of the trailer the setting appears to be returning to the big city, with a prominent shot of a Shibuya-style pedestrian scramble, during which a young, protagonist-looking high-schooler wearing a blazer-based school uniform experiences some good ol' frozen time and that telltale summoning fire. The color palette leans on red, black, and white (differing from Persona 3's blues and Persona 4's yellows), and all the text features the breaking of chains and shackles, reinforcing earlier taglines about "emancipation".
Not especially fond of the title font, but that's just me nitpicking at this point. Watch the trailer and get hype!
It seems that A-1 might be in the clear right now. And to think that the BoB tournament was the key to helping Sword Art Online II move in the right direction. However, my main concern right now is that the Phantom Bullet Arc won't take up an entire season. Based on the direction the show is taking, this event might be the one to determine the storyline's actual length.
Despite its pacing problems and general lack of an overarching story, I enjoyed Persona 3 The Movie: #1 Spring of Birth. As far as animated film adaptations of long games go, I think it did a novel job of compressing hours of gameplay and story into about 90 minutes. The first film had the unlucky task of handling the least interesting part of Persona 3's tale, the intro hours, but director Noriaki Akitaya and the production team managed to shift the focus enough that it totally worked. Fortunately for new director Tomohisa Taguchi and for us viewers, the next chunk of Persona 3 is far more intriguing.
Picking up after the end of Spring of Birth, Midsummer Knight's Dream begins with the crew taking down yet another large Shadow, only now with the help of Mitsuru and her powerful ice Persona. With all the hard work they've put into their after school monster hunting activities, it's about time for some R&R. Summer vacation is in full swing, which means its time for an all expenses paid island trip Yuki, Junpei, and Aikhiko go on an adventure to pick up girls, things go poorly, and the three young men are left to soak in their own self-pity. This doesn't last too long, as Yuki notices a beautiful blonde-haired girl staring off into the ocean, dress flowing in the wind. Who is she, and where did she come from...?