Stein;s Gate Elite

In the year 2010 set after the events of Chaos : Head. Rintaro and his team research the Time Travel theory and the evil group known as the organisation who are hell bent in taking rintaro’s research. This causes a cause and effect situation that influences the course of time itself.

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That was the story of the original Stein’s gate game . Since then there has been a animation a online exclusive series and now a new game ….well kind of .

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Stein’s gate elite is technically a remake of the original game with some subtle changes . Banking on the success of the anime series it’s updated the graphics and some of the unproduced storylines in this brand new chapter.

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At the time of the release of the anime . It was and still considered one of the best anime series of all time .

So if you are a die hard fan of this series you are well going to enjoy it.

On the other hand if you aren’t familiar with the lore of the universe and mechanics of the franchise it can be daunting of a play through as there isn’t much of a gameplay but more of a complex movie that you need to rewatch a few time to get through

Fantastic music and artwork

 

Swaps4 Interview

Here is a written interview with the Brand influencer and internet personality known as Swaps4.

Q1. Tell us who you are and what you do?

Hi, my name is Jake Caprino and I go by the online alias Swaps4. I’m originally from London, England, but I am currently based in Japan.

I’ve been an avid anime fan for most of my life and I thoroughly enjoy marketing and social media, and with that passion, I’ve channelled it into a career.

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I’m currently a subcontractor based in Japan and utilize my skills within Japanese companies.

Q2. What gave you the desire to become a content creator when you first started?

When I first started to create content and write articles in 2010 information regarding Japanese anime was rather scarce and I figured I could help fill that hole.

That being said, I’m unsure what really drove me to produce content. I guess I’m never satisfied so I always aim for more.

I’m a huge fan of anime so I love being able to produce content related to it, this plays a major part in why I do what I do.

Q3. What challenges did you have when you first started out?

Hmmm, that’s a tough question. I’ve had a decent amount of walls block my path many times, too many to count in fact.

Two things I’ve always struggled with is my sleeping schedule and time management.

I always thought I could be more productive at night and if I stayed up longer I could achieve more. Oh man, I was wrong. You need sleep to function and to think more clearly, sleep is key to getting stuff done.

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My time management used to be pretty bad and I didn’t value my time so my schedule was all over the place.

In recent years, I’ve understood that my time is valuable and that I should treasure and utilize it more.

That being said, I have multiple clocks scattered across my apartment so I always know the time and they’re often set ahead or behind by 10 minutes. This way I think I’m either behind on time or ahead, so I feel a sense of urgency to get stuff done and not be late.

I also have a notebook at hand at all time for taking notes and writing down tasks to do.

My personal advice is to never give up and keep being productive.

Sorry in advance for the wall of text, haha.

Q4 From your twitter I see your fans of some lewd artists do you have a favorite that you particularly follow?

Haha, are you trying to put me on the spot here? It’s called hentai and it’s art.

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My favorite artists would have to be @haruhisky and @40hara on Twitter. I’m sure you can understand why.

Q5. I see you play league of legends from your videos who are your main characters you play as?

I actually haven’t played League of Legends for a few years now but my favorite main characters were Renekton, Riven, and Katarina. The main roles I prefered were top and middle.

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I really enjoyed playing the above characters since they’re so versatile and can really change a game from a loss to a win if played well. Riven’s playstyle was so unique when she was first release compared to everyone else in the champion pool so I decided to main her.

Q6 Any thoughts on League of legends anime ad coming out soon?

It’s rather interesting to observe how companies engage with their customers/fans/users these days, and Riot Games is a great example for that.

They understand that anime is getting more popular as each year passes by and most likely their main demographic is anime fans so they want to appeal to them.

For example, I remember everyone going crazy over Ezreal because he had Haruhi Suzumiya’s Hare Hare Yukai dance and that caused people to play him more often.

Also, a decent amount of skins are anime or Japan inspired which makes people want to purchase them.

Overall it’s wonderful that League of Legends Season 2019: A New Journey is heavily influenced by anime, but I wonder if we’ll ever see an actual League of Legends anime soon?

Q7 Where would you recommend our audience should go to if they wanted to visit Japan?

If you’re into Japanese culture and love sightseeing, I would recommend Kyoto, Osaka, and Yokohama.

If you want to visit sacred Shinto shrines, magnificent Buddhist temples, and experience a large variety of food, I highly recommend visiting the above three.

If you’re a die-hard anime fan, you must visit Akihabara which has gained recognition as the center of Japan’s otaku. Akihabara jam-packed of many electronics shops and anime shops. If you’re to visit Japan and you love anime, you must stop by the dozens of stores specializing in anime, manga, retro video games, figurines, card games and other collectables.

I would personally recommend visiting Ikebukuro, it’s also a center of otaku culture but not as large or well known as Akihabara.

While Ikebukuro caters more to the female fans, it’s a great place to try different food and relax at the SEGA arcade.

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Overall Japan has many great places to visit, so don’t limit yourself if you visit!

Anime for Fortnite players

At the moment the hottest game at the moment is Fortnight. With a fanbase of over 8.3 billion players worldwide . It’s hard to argue with the success of the franchise.

But what about the shows that the these players may be interested in?

1 Btoom

Ryōta  is an unemployed 22-year-old young man who lives with his mother Yukie. He is one of the world’s top players of the combat video game called Btooom! One day he wakes up to discover himself on a island with no idea how he got there. When he calls for help a stranger responds by throwing bombs at him. Trapped in the real life version of his favorite game he must figure out a way to survive and uncover the mystery of why he is there.

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2 Future Diary

Yuki is a loner whose solo obsession is journalling what he sees around him . One night he has a dream where he meets the god of time and space and asked to participate in a game . He agrees but what originally thought of as a dream turns out to be a deadly game of cat and mouse for the main character.

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3 Gantz

Before people die they are transported into a room and forced to fight aliens in a deadly game to survive.

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4 Magical Girl Raising Project

When a random girls are nominated as Magical girls only to be told to fight to the death to live this blood bath filled anime is great for people with .

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Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta? (And you thought there is never a girl online?

Back in early 2000’s you always hear stories of guys falling in love with people in MMOs during the heyday of World of Warcraft. As friends we have always made jokes of these stories that the female avatar was always played by a stereotypical overweight troll who agreed to go out to get some rare items or just for lol.

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This is what I originally thought this series was going to be about . But this series based on the light novel of the same name written by Shibai Kineko that was released in the Spring this year is about a young teenager Hideki Nishimura who not only finds out his team online are real life girls but are also classmates from his school.

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Sounds very Haremeque so far but Hideki has become disillusioned about his life after asking a female player in the game only to discover that the player was a guy.

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I think all of us can identify going on a first date or talking with a potential interest only to discover they weren’t what you were expecting.

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The series is broken down to 2 arcs . The first is the introduction arc where the players meet up in person and the founding of their school gaming club and the Romance arc where Hideki comes to grips with falling in love with character’s wife who in the real world is delusional female fellow student with severe anxiety problems.

High points of the show : Animation is light and bubbly which makes the show an enjoyable watch with plenty of humorous moments.

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Low points : The goal of the show was to help the love interest realize she isn’t married but nothing is resolved here besides the main character falling for her. I wished that she was able see reality for what is was . The main character asked her out , or spoke from the heart it had no emotional effect on her because she already believed they were together.

Final Thoughts : Lacks any emotional impact but still enjoyable 5/10 Boobies

 

SAO vs .hack//Sign Which did it better?

Sword Art Online was a massive hit . Making fans of both guys and girls . But as the genre of Main character getting stuck in a MMO gets more popular a lot of people tend to forget the original series that started it all off. Today we shall compare 2 shows to see which one did it better.

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SAO

Kirito is a hikimori obsessed with games. One day he purchases the latest immersive MMO . When the users logged in a grand announcement was made they will not be able to log off as they now trapped inside the game and if you die here you will die in Real Life.

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Art style

Very Modern Anime using a lot of action scenes to keep viewers excited throughout the show.

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Story.

While it keeps you watching up until episode 14 in the first season afterwards it jumps the shark . I can’t say without ruining it the sudden change takes a very creepy turn involving his sister and a villain that likes sniffing hair.

Music

Composed by the great Yuki Kajiura who has worked on countless anime, video games and films does a fantastic job of captivating its audience and because of this helped it become one of the new powerhouse shows at the time.

Character Development

Kirito was a Hikimori then he wasn’t in the game. He was recluse until he wasn’t and throughout the whole series every girl wants to jump on his bone.

 

Overall

Good Action Series with some comedy but without a few things that make it special it wouldn’t become that big of a hit.

Dot Hack // Signs

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Set in a futuristic 2005 Tsukasa a young boy who gets trapped within the MMO called the World. He doesn’t mention a lot of his irl life and people are suspicious of a user who never logs out and has massive destructive power.

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Art style

Using a lot of water coloring gives this series a surreal look that one forgets that they are in a game. They also use a lot symbolic imagery for dream sequences which really adds to the mystery of the show.

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Music

Composed by the great Yuki Kajiura once again is there anything that she can’t do giving this series a fantastic and eerie soundtrack.

Character Development

What makes this series unique is the reasons people give for why they joined the World . Whether it’s for stress relief , escapism or being able to do things they couldn’t in the real world which gives a character some real development as the story progresses . The age of the people through story also vary from adult to young child. Romances also seem slow built up but seem natural on how people connect.

Overall

Great series and while it is missing the traditional action scenes for a fantasy genre it makes up for with a great mystery and suspense on what is really behind the scenes in this MMO