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Girls’ Last Tour: The Journey

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“I never new nighttime was this bright” Yuuri remarks after emerging from the depths of an industrial complex. The duo must have been wandering the empty halls of the long abandoned megastructure for some time, as Chito explains that their eyes had adjusted to the darkness, making them more sensitive to light. Earlier while they were still trapped in the darkness of the industrial maze, they also had a conversation about how they had not seen the light of day in some time.

So why were they exploring an industrial wasteland to begin with? The answer is quite simple, Yuuri simply wanted to go into the huge hole they found, to see if there was anything interesting in there.  Yuuri takes an old saying that “I wish I could climb into a hole” quite seriously, and convinces Chito to go in and explore.

This short adventure into the unknown captured the spirit of Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou (Girls’ Last Tour) in minutes. There isn’t a terrible enemy that needs to be stopped. The girls are not in any terrible danger. There isn’t even an end destination in sight. Chito and Yuuri are simply trying to live their life to the fullest in the ruins of the old world. Civilization may be dead, but Chito and Yuuri will continue to trot along in their Kettenkrad as they journey across the vast industrial sprawl.

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Black Clover – Introducing the New Generation

When I read the first three volumes of Black Clover last year, I couldn’t wrap my head around how it had become so popular in Japan. The characters seemed unlikable, its ideas rehashed, and I thought it had some major pacing problems. I decided to put the series down after volume 3, I just brushed it off as a fad that would blow over once the series popularity started to decline. Here we are today though with the series still going as strong as ever, as well as finally getting an anime adaptation. It has got me thinking that maybe the series was never even meant to appeal to someone like myself (who has grown up with Shonen Jump since the mid-2000’s). Instead, I think Black Clover is for the new shonen fans around the world who have yet to grow up alongside a hero who never gives in.

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First Impressions: Miss Koboyashi’s Dragon Maid (Manga – Volume 1)

Having loved the anime series back in the Winter season, you could say I was a little more than surprised to find out that the manga was already published over here in North America. In fact, the first volume had come out in October of 2016. I spend a lot of time at the bookstore looking at all the manga when I go shopping for a new series, so missing this one really caught me off guard. When I saw it on the shelf next to its other 3 volumes, I just had to buy it. So did it live up to my expectations after seeing the anime? Sort of. It definitely has the charm and goofiness of the anime, but unfortunately this first volume is lacking in other areas.

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Game Bytes: Why The Nindies Showcase At PAX Has Me Excited

I remember growing up when E3 was the biggest gaming showcase around, with all the big shots putting everything they had on display to excite eager fans. In recent years though, E3 has become just one of many huge events for gamers, with events such as PAX and Gamescom having game makers bring out their big guns. Though E3 is still the preferred spot for many developers to show off their huge, multi-million dollar AAA games, these other events seem to be getting better and better over the past few years. This year was no different, with Nintendo’s “Nindies@Night” showcase exciting me almost as much as any of the E3 conferences I had watched this year. Thought the games shown were smaller in scale, I wanted to play them just as much as anything shown during the Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo conference this year.

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Game Bytes: An Obligatory Post On Why Breath of the Wild Is So Good

Perhaps the biggest game of the year, maybe even the past five years (or more), The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has received so much praise that I don’t think this post will add anything that hasn’t been said by ten people already. Still, I feel almost obligated to write about it at least once. Every games media journalist and out there has had to give their two-cents on the game to let everyone know just how good it really is, so it seems like its just the thing to do. So let’s dive into  what I personally liked (and didn’t like) in Breath of the Wild.

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