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Yikes. I never expected to be concerned about Sword Art Online II’s well-being. While there was a bit of hope for A-1 to get back on track, things are taking a slight turn for the worse with the way how they followed up on the show’s latest conflict. From the looks of it, the SAO II might be in a grim state until things pick up again.
Name: Sayumi Michishige
Birthdate: March 4, 1987
Hometown: Miyazaki, Japan
Measurements: 87/58/86 cm
This week get our visit from our favorite member of Japan's hit sensation Morning Musume, Sayumi Michishige. She's had quite a run since joining the band in 2003, as she's announced that her graduation from the group will take place this fall. We wish her well in her music career, and hope that she continues releasing awesome photo books, and popping up in magazines from time-to-time.
It's amazing, how unsophisticated some palates can be...
The always exquisite Hokkaido native, Eir Aoi is back with a highly energetic new single, fully cement herself as one of J-Pop's most promising new artists. When she burst on the scene in 2011, her quick rise to fame from the pages of Nico Nico Douga was so quick, that I wasn't sure she would have much staying power. It's three years later now, and her newest single, IGNITE continues her collaboration with the popular series, Sword Art Online.
The new song is bigger than a lot of her previous efforts, representing her in a way more confident, and forward manner. The track is perfect for the summer, with all the drama you need for a hit anime theme song. I'm looking forward to seeing where she goes from here, but would love to hear some soft ballads from her soon!
Back in 2006, I was going through a major case of anime fatigue. It seemed like as anime was gaining popularity here in the west, I was slowly not finding any television shows to my liking. There was definitely a shift in palette, and unfortunately every show just wasn't catching my eye. That was all until a friend of mine had asked if I had seen the ending theme to The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, a show that relit my love anime.
When Hanayamata first introduced Yaya, she played with a band. If we logically assume the story is about the formation of a yosakoi club, then the band probably has to go. How does it happen? More importantly, how does Yaya's identity, which is wrapped up a lot around both her reputation and perception at school along with the band, resolve in such a way to further that club story?
I'm not sure if I like the way the plot resolves, but in the process there were some pretty heartful character development. Maybe it's okay for Hanayamata to keep things really simple. Let's see.
OK, I'll admit it right now: The main reason I'm posting about VA-11 HALL-A, a indie bartending game, is because of its website, located at a domain called (and I'm not kidding) Waifubartending.com. These people know what's up.
It also helps that the game itself looks like a cute, retro-futuristic visual novel with a fun "Cyberpunk Bartending Action" hook, and some hot synth music to go with the trailer. The prologue is available now for just the right side of "impulse buy" prices.
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