This year’s Anime Expo has been especially exciting for BL (boys’ love) game fans. So far, there have been English localization announcements for not one, but five BL games! JAST Blue, JAST USA’s BL label, will be localizing Nitro+CHiRAL’s entire library, including their upcoming release Slow Damage. Meanwhile, MangaGamer has announced they will be localizing Luckydog1, a BL game about members of the mafia.
Happy JRPGJuly! Every year for the past 4 years I’ve made July’s Community Game-Along theme JRPGs, and its quickly grown to be the most popular monthly event I run!
To participate, simply use the hashtag #JRPGJuly to post impressions of the JRPGs you’re playing, photos of your game collection, or anything else JRPG-related to be featured in the roundup post once the month’s theme is finished! I love to see all kinds of submissions, from blog posts, reviews, let’s plays, podcasts, or whatever else you can come up with, so don’t feel like you need to be limited to posting impressions on social media!
My latest video is a collection video I’ve been wanting to do for a while – my Game Boy Advance game collection! Japanese GBA game boxes have the most amazing designs and can be found relatively cheap, which is why I started collecting them a few years ago. I’ve been slowly amassing a collection over the years, and now I have nearly 20 titles that are mostly niche games not released outside of Japan! Check out my full collection video below:
PriPara is a girls idol fashion and rhythm game series that started as arcade machines back in 2014 and has been adapted into an anime, manga, and numerous games. I’ve always thought it was adorable, but I’ve never gotten into it… Until now! Thanks to my awesome Patreon supporters, I was able to purchase PriPara All Idol Perfect Stage for the Nintendo Switch to review. Since the Switch is region-free, it’s easy to import Japanese games to play, no matter where you live! Check out the video below for the first 20 minutes of gameplay:
This video was published last Thursday (well, Friday if you live in my neck of the woods!), but I’m only getting around to writing a blog post about it now. Whoops! I’m getting in the swing of uploading a new video to my YouTube channel every Thursday evening EST, so please look forward to them!
How gorgeous is this The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild limited edition soundtrack?! The regular edition is awesome in its own right, but I really wanted to get my hands on the nifty little Playbutton MP3 player with cute Link pixel art. It has a selection of field music from all of the classic The Legend of Zelda games, and it’s a really cool little thing to be able to carry around in your pocket or pinned to your shirt or bag! (I probably wouldn’t pin it to my bag, though, for fear of it getting lost…)
I actually still haven’t beaten The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. In fact, I only ever beat the guardian of the Zora area, despite the fact that I spent at least 50 hours with the game. I just loved exploring everything so much! I can easily see myself spending hundreds of hours in that world. Plus, there’s the DLC to go through, as well!
But since time keeps moving and I need to stay up to date with other new releases, I haven’t been able to carve out time to go back and finish Breath of the Wild. In the meantime, I can listen to the beautiful tunes even when I’m working with this soundtrack! If you’re a fan of the game and its music, this soundtrack is a must! At the time of this post, CDJapan still has copies of the limited edition with the Playbutton, as well as their exclusive bonus notebook (the regular edition comes with the notebook, too!).
May is upon us! For this month’s Community Game-Along, I wanted to highlight a composer, rather than a game genre or specific series. For May, that composer is Manami Matsumae! She’s famous for composing the iconic original Mega Man soundtrack, and she recently released a solo album titled Three Movements! Even if you don’t have time to participate by playing a game this month, be sure to give some of her awesome music a listen.
I’m excited to finally share a gameplay video of the first 20 minutes of PriPara All Idol Perfect Stage! for the Nintendo Switch. This is the latest PriPara idol rhythm game, and was selected as my April import game by my lovely Patreon members! I was able to record the gameplay footage thanks everyone who’s supported my Patreon so far, too. If you’d like to vote on future import game coverage, check out my Patreon for more details!