Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun – A Celebration of Glorious Ridiculousness!

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun – A celebration of glorious ridiculousness!

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Easily comparable to the likes of ‘Ouran High School Host Club’, ‘Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun’ is a wonderfully hilarious anime boasting 12 episodes which centre on the mishaps and misadventures of a group of teenagers as they laugh, love and stumble through their high school lives. Having recently subjected myself to a variety of anime with the sole intention of bringing myself to tears; ‘Gekkan Shoujo’ was an incredibly pleasant and very welcome change. My first taste of this series came when I was letting YouTube play through Spyair music videos, enjoying the uplifting sound of Ike’s voice. I often wonder if YouTube can read my mind and this was one such occasion, I was completely unsuspecting when a video began to load that was so unlike what I’d been watching as though the internet knew I wanted it even before I did. One clip of Mikorin desperately vying for compliments and I was lost to my own joyful giggles, I was soon clutching at my sides as I went on the hunt for my iPad, intent on giving the series a go, right away!

830563291_origWith a likeable, hard-working and determined heroine, a stoic, delightfully naïve male protagonist and a motley collection of unique and highly entertaining co-stars, there is really nothing that I can criticise about the way this anime plays out; except, perhaps, lamenting that it had to end so early, if at all. Not designed to be deep or emotional, but instead, happily parodic of his own genre, ‘Gekkan’ knows itself very well. When Sakura, our adorable heroine, decides to confess to the tall, masculine Nozaki-kun who caught her eye on her first day of high school, she is incredibly nervous, flushed and embarrassed beyond belief, so when he misunderstands her intention entirely and offers her an autograph instead, you could understand her confusion. Things escalate pretty quickly from there when Sakura discovers that the guy of her dreams is actually the mangaka behind a very popular shoujo series of which she is a fan.

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Voltage Inc – Sweet Cafe – Coin Drop Images

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It’s taken a while but… I’ve finally managed to get all of the ‘Coin Drop Images’ on Voltage’s wonderful ‘Sweet Café’ app. These free images are all a matter of chance and come from playing the ‘Coin Drop’ game with the free coins it gives you if you log in every day, some of them are definitely worth the effort and the wait!!

For anyone who isn’t aware, the sweet café is a free app which gives you access to special stories, brand new app prologues and special gifts and images based on points gained from your other Voltage purchases. A great way of getting that Voltage fix on a day when you can’t really justify spending the money for a new story.

One of the apps defining features is the cute little ‘Coin Drop’ game which features little dancing chibis of a few of your favourite guys and unlocks special prizes for you that can only be achieved by dropping your coins and hoping for the best. Amongst these ‘Coin Drop’ exclusive prizes are 12 (at the moment) CG images, all equally beautiful and some even a little racy.

For your viewing pleasure:

Hiroshi Kirisawa – Metro PD: Close to you
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Ivan Chernenkov – Be My Princess 2  Continue reading

Sakura Amidst Chaos – Oda Nobunaga – Budding Hearts review

Sakura Amidst Chaos – Oda Nobunaga – Budding Hearts review

sakuraAt the beginning of this month I celebrated my twenty-fifth birthday and Voltage gave me a wonderful gift that satisfied many cravings in my heart; ‘Sakura Amidst Chaos’ was released! This Shogun era app allows its readers to fall in love with shogun warriors in what could possibly be Voltage’s most chivalrous app to date.

The story goes; one incredibly fateful day a young peasant woman, who has lost both her father and brother to war and now finds herself in the care of her unfriendly relatives, meets a number of high-powered, well-respected warrior lords whilst trying to escape her cousins unsavoury advances. Despite being a humble, hard-working young girl, she leaves quite the lasting impression on her handsome, strong saviours, so much so that they write to her the very next day requesting her company and offering her their thanks and affection. Having resigned herself to a life of hard labour, the MC barely complains as she tries to shoulder her mother’s work as well, lest she get ill; so imagine her surprise when the messenger singles her out. Which of these Warlords is her fate tied to and can she overcome the boundaries of her own poverty and the hardships of war?

IMG_2342‘Sakura’s’ design has a very traditional, Japanese feel featuring cherry blossoms, flowers, wooden fans and lanterns which I personally found very appealing and engaging, and the backdrop of tatami mats, traditional dress and beautiful gardens creates a sweet nostalgic feel whilst the art on the characters is very pretty, simple and open. Interestingly, before Sakura’s release I had seen posts stressing adverse opinions in relation to the artwork of the app with some people saying it wasn’t up to the standard of some of the more modern translations like ‘Finally in love again’, ‘Scandal in the Spotlight’ and ‘Star-crossed Myth’; I have to say that I entirely disagree. While the artwork may be simpler and the CGS are more close ups and head and shoulder shots, ‘Sakura’ carries a very similar artistic feel to that of ‘Be My Princess’ and ‘Be My Princess 2’, a style I find comforting and beautiful in its innocence and clarity.

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Dreamy Days in West Tokyo – Rihito Hatsune – Immediate reconciliation Headcanon

dreamy days Over the last few days I have been having a stab at flexing my creative muscles by trying my hand at some headcanon writing for some of my favourite Voltage characters. I decided to start with a series of headcanons for the wonderful men of Voltage’s ‘Dreamy Days in West Tokyo’. What would happen if each of the boys immediately recognised the MC and admitted how they’d been feeling since she left? Here’s what I thought (Expect this to be sickly sweet and potentially poorly written) rihito

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Her POV

When I finally arrive at the Black Ship I feel completely exhausted. I run a hand through my hair carefully tucking it behind my ears and check my reflection in a shop window before I pull myself up to my full height and take a deep breath. Cakes in one hand and a hastily scribbled map crumpled in the other I give myself an internal pep talk before pressing a fist again the café door and giving it a push. The cool, conditioned air washes around me and I feel my nerves instantly calm. Inside, the café is romantically lit, with soft leather seating and mismatched tables that perfectly compliment the retro feel of the décor. There’s a wonderfully comforting smell of freshly brewed coffee which brings a smile to the corners of my lips as I step further into the room, spotting a tall man behind the bar. The man is fiddling absently with the dials on an out of date radio and doesn’t hear me enter, he pauses for a moment to push his dark hair out for his eyes before returning to his quest.

I bounce from foot to foot for a moment, feeling a little awkward, but he still doesn’t notice me so I decide to get his attention. I give a little cough. He starts, his hair falls back into his eyes and he turns on me, one hand pushed hard against his chest.

Bartender: “Careful now, beautiful; I’m an old man and I only have one heart” he lets out a breathy chuckle and pats himself on the chest a couple of times. “Good Afternoon, How can I help you?”

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Dreamy Days in West Tokyo – Takeshi Yuno – Immediate reconciliation Headcanon

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Over the last few days I have been having a stab at flexing my creative muscles by trying my hand at some headcanon writing for some of my favourite Voltage characters. I decided to start with a series of headcanons for the wonderful men of Voltage’s ‘Dreamy Days in West Tokyo’.

What would happen if each of the boys immediately recognised the MC and admitted how they’d been feeling since she left? Here’s what I thought

(Expect this to be sickly sweet and potentially poorly written)

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Takeshi

Her POV

It’s been an eventful morning. Having ­­­been insulted by the women in the flower shop, teased mercilessly by the surly boy in the cake shop and almost tackled by a frustrated restaurant owner and a delinquent, I am starting to feel like this town really is a lot different from what I remember. When I finally arrive in front of the Black Ship I heave a big sigh of relief, my day may not be over but at least I’m reached my destination.

The Black Ship is a cosy looking café nestled into the shopping district with comforting fixtures and beautiful window boxes. Nerves rush over me as I look up at what is going to be my home for the coming years whilst I study. I take a big steadying breath, closing my eyes for a moment, before I place a hand on the door and give it a gentle push. Inside the air is cooler than it is outside and I immediately feel better. The gently lit room is almost empty except for a few patrons; soft music issues from a radio that rests on the bar and each table has a small vase with a single flower positioned somewhere around the centre.

(Wow, this place is so retro!)

Behind the bar stands a man in his twenties, his gives me a beaming smile and I head in his direction.

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Dreamy Days in West Tokyo – Ryuzo Hatta – Immediate reconciliation Headcanon

dreamy days

Over the last few days I have been having a stab at flexing my creative muscles by trying my hand at some headcanon writing for some of my favourite Voltage characters. I decided to start with a series of headcanons for the wonderful men of Voltage’s ‘Dreamy Days in West Tokyo’.

What would happen if each of the boys immediately recognised the MC and admitted how they’d been feeling since she left? Here’s what I thought

(Expect this to be sickly sweet and potentially poorly written)

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Ryuzo

HER POV

After the evil glares of the girl’s at the florists and the harsh comments of the guy in the cake shop I am starting to feel like this town might not be the same town I remembered after all.

(The shops look the same but…)

I stop for a moment, admiring the colourful array of fruit and vegetables outside of a grocery store when I hear a shout from behind me.

The voice is heavily accented and undoubtedly furious.

Voice: “Woman! You no eat and run!”

I instinctively flinch, trying to make myself as small as possible as I turn towards the man who is gaining on me fast. His face is contorted with rage and I start to panic. Before I can even consider an escape however, another body, much larger and moving much faster, comes barrelling out of the grocery store whose display I had been admiring. The two men collide in an explosion of limbs and I close my eyes against the impact, praying that neither of them is hurt.

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Dreamy Days in West Tokyo – Ichigo Sato – Immediate reconciliation Headcanon

dreamy days

Over the last few days I have been having a stab at flexing my creative muscles by trying my hand at some headcanon writing for some of my favourite Voltage characters. I decided to start with a series of headcanons for the wonderful men of Voltage’s ‘Dreamy Days in West Tokyo’.

What would happen if each of the boys immediately recognised the MC and admitted how they’d been feeling since she left? Here’s what I thought

(Expect this to be sickly sweet and potentially poorly written)ichigo

Ichigo

HER POV

The florist was a no-go, but I need to bring a gift of some kind for my landlord. As I wander through town wracking my brains for an option I stumble across a cake shop. The nostalgic scent of sugar and vanilla drifts through the open door, enticing my grumbling stomach.

(I suppose it is almost noon… and who doesn’t like cakes?)

The smell grows stronger as I slip into the store and I find myself mesmerised by the vast array of temptation that looks back at me from the display case.

(I wonder what I should get?)

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Dreamy Days in West Tokyo – Haruki Tanemura – Immediate reconciliation Headcanon

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Over the last few days I have been having a stab at flexing my creative muscles by trying my hand at some headcanon writing for some of my favourite Voltage characters. I decided to start with a series of headcanons for the wonderful men of Voltage’s ‘Dreamy Days in West Tokyo’.

What would happen if each of the boys immediately recognised the MC and admitted how they’d been feeling since she left? Here’s what I thought

(Expect this to be sickly sweet and potentially poorly written)

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Haruki

HER POV

There’s something so comforting about walking through this shopping district. It’s been such a long time since I was last here but the smells and sounds are all the same, perhaps I am the only thing that has changed. The uneven paving is weathered in places from years of footfall, the sun beams down upon it warming the soles of my feet through my sandals.

As I round the corner I breathe in deeply, the scent of flowers pervades the atmosphere and I’m drawn to it, sniffing at the air. It would be impossible to forget this florist. The breezy blue of the shop front and the quaint window display is so familiar but so different. I smile warmly at the vast selection of flowers just begging to be admired and my fingers instinctively skim the petals of roses and forget-me-nots, my heart filling with a nostalgic giddiness that spreads throughout my body, warming me as it goes.

Not for the first time, I find myself wondering. Will they still be here? Will he… I give my head a gentle shake and turn around, pulling the hastily scribbled map from my pocket.

MC: “The … Black Ship… Where is it, where is it? Should be… “ I wobble gently from side to side as I get my bearings then I hear a jingling of bells behind me.  Continue reading

A Change in Situation and a Very Happy Otaku

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Hello my wonderful, incredibly patient friends!!

I wanted to give you a little personal update because SO much has happened over the last couple of weeks. I hope you can forgive me my inactivity in light of everything that has been going on. For a while now my partner and I had been casually toying with the idea of moving to Petersfield (a small market town in Hampshire which is very pretty and happens to be where I work). Unfortunately Petersfield is a pretty expensive place so the concept had, until now been something of a pipe dream however, about 4 weeks ago a house came up which was perfect; two bedrooms a nice big garden for our bunny and the rent was pretty reasonable. Cue our quickest, busiest move to date!

Now we’re all settled (bar a few particularly stubborn boxes of unknown origin and miscellaneous content) and I have set myself up in my new work space which we’re affectionately referring to as the ‘Breakfast Nook’. I’ve got a cup of green tea with peach and cherry blossom, a notebook my laptop and more time on my hands than I feel like I’ve had in forever and my first thought was how much I’ve missed my little blog and my wonderful followers. ^.^ How have you all been?

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Here are some of the things that have happened and are happening with me: Continue reading