Archive for the ‘Utawarerumono’ Category

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Utawarerumono game finished & New Fate/stay night patch

March 17, 2008

Utawarerumono

Finished the Utawarerumono game last night. The end of the story is still quite messed up, the tactical component was pretty easy and the hentai scenes were forced into the story and superfluous, … but the game was sure a heck lot of fun. With having watched the anime the story (sadly) didn’t hold any surprises for me, but because of the time gap of a few years between I’ve forgotten many of the minor details already which made going through the whole story again still enjoyable. Some of the characters made also a slightly different impression on me this time, especially Kuuya didn’t seem as shilly-shally as in the anime (although she still was). And, of course, “seeing” them all again was really great.

In defence of the tactical component I’ll have to admit that I’ve only played the normal mode so far and I’m sure that the hard modes (1 to 5) should be more challenging. Only problem is that there won’t be any real extra award for playing those, which doesn’t boost my moral to play through all of them very much. Maybe they should have put some extra story into those harder modes, maybe spread the hentai scenes (which can be considered as bonus I guess) over them. And while we are at the hentai stuff, I think it didn’t really rose the enjoyment of the game. They felt mostly forced and rather unfitting. Of course I knew that they would appear at some point in the game, but they could have been better embedded into the story and it would have been really nice to get a choice to go this far with certain girl or not. I’m sure I would have watched most of them anyway, if only for curiosity, but then at least it would have been my (in-game) choice to do so. I guess the playstation version does a better job with having them deleted after all. The story component altogether could have used some real possibility of choices, but maybe I’m demanding a bit much here, after all they had to finish the game in some reasonable time.

So, if you like tactical role-playing games like Fire Emblem and also do like animes (should be a given I guess) then try to get your filthy hands on a (legal!) copy of the PC-version of the Utawarerumono game, download the english-translation patch from the wonderful persons of mirror moon (if not able to read Japanese at least) and have a lot of fun.

And, while speaking about mirror moon, I guess it’s more than worthy to mention that the translation of the second Fate/stay night route, Unlimited Blade Works, is finally completed! Get the new patch while it’s still hot (and possibly, but hopefully not at all, a little bit bugged).

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My Wallpapers 09

January 11, 2007

Azumanga Daioh

The wallpaper this week features (as one can see) the female teachers Yukari Tanizaki and Minamo Kurosawa from Azumanga Daioh. This series never ceased to entertain me good and I’d say it’s simply one of the best school comedies ever made. It’s also one of the few animes I watched a second time (and probably will do so at least a third time). I like this particular wallpaper very much because it’s pretty stylish through it’s simplicity and rather relaxing for the eye because most of it is black. While watching the third DVD special of Utawarerumono it also inspired me for a similar wallpaper featuring Touka (sorry for the mediocre quality, but, well, I still do suck at using Photoshop).

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UtaWarriors

September 14, 2006

Eruruu

This nice little games is able to concentrate Utawarerumono on its major attribute (beside of cute girls with animal traits & big breasts): Named characters who slash through hordes of nameless enemy generic characters until they reach a named enemy, who give them a bit of a tougher fight, but is none the less beaten at the end. Very much fun even without much knowledge of the japanese language. A(n even) better description, an instruction in english and the source to download the game can be found on this site.

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Utawarerumono

September 7, 2006

Kamyu, Yazuha, Karura, Touka, Aruruu, Eruruu & Urutori

A man awakes in a village without knowing anything about his past and wearing a mask that can’t be taken off. The village people are friendly and help him recover and after assisting them to kill a beast threatening their life he accepted as part of the community. After a short while he becomes the leader of a successful rebellion against their cruel and incompetent emperor and afterwards the new (and much wiser) emperor. But these new peaceful times don’t last long. The adjacent empires try to take advantage of the shattered condition of the new empire and the man seems to did bad things in his past and might now face the consequences.
Well made anime with nice character design. It has a similar atmosphere as the games of the Fire Emblem series which I enjoyed very much. This similarity is maybe because of the fight between named heroes against hordes of nameless soldiers, maybe because some of the named enemies join forces with the good ones after getting them known better, maybe because it all gets rather epic as the story goes on or maybe because Touka reminds me somehow of Lyn. Don’t know, but I like it.