Posted by: Leek | February 12, 2020

Kids’ Game in Review: Summer Pockets

So a couple of things before we get into the review since it’s been a while and this post is a little different than usual.

1) This review is of the original PC release. I didn’t even know it was getting a Steam release and I only played it because someone bought it for me on release and was getting very angry that I only booted it once after installing it a year and a half ago. Regardless, they’re the same game so you can use it as a frame of reference whether you’re playing on PC, mobile, or the Switch version. I’ll bring up all the versions in the review.

2) Read this one because it’s actually important. Key announced last year that they are currently working on an expanded version subtitled Reflection Blue with a planned release within 2020. This review is being done ignoring that fact, but I strongly advise you just wait at this point so you don’t have to buy the game twice. Unless you are very impatient and have a lot of money to throw away, there is almost no point in purchasing the original at this point.

It’s time for Summer Vacation in February.

“Summer Pockets”, fittingly released in the summer of 2018, is the latest full game from Key since “Angels Beats -1st beat-” back in 2015. I probably don’t have to say much about Key since I tend to assume they’re a household name among anyone who might be setting eyes on this review. And, like the majority of their games, it involves a smorgasbord of different staff to work on the project. As I mentioned above, it’s available in quite a few places at various prices. If you want the original physical release, you can expect the eat the usual full ADV price at this point in time. Digital versions are available from the usual JP sites if you want the original experience (digital saves you a couple of thousand yen), or there is now a Steam release (which is currently much cheaper than picking it up anywhere else) with English text available as of this month. Or if you want to make one of the in-game mini-games a lot easier to play, then you might be interested in picking it up for a mobile device or your Nintendo Switch.

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Posted by: Leek | March 19, 2019

Eroge in Revisit and Review: Flyable Heart

2019 is a pretty big year in terms of media culture with the Heisei era ending very soon in Japan, but it also is another year where we’re celebrating the tenth anniversary of a lot of classic works. And with today being the tenth anniversary of it’s release, I felt it was only right to revisit Flyable Heart. Little Busters! Ecstasy was technically the first eroge I ever purchased, but I often don’t count it because, despite the adult label, I didn’t really buy it with that thought too much in mind (I just really wanted to play through Sasami’s route). Flyable Heart was the first game I happened to see ads for in Dengeki G’s issues and took the big money hit to pick up (and dropping money on an eroge is not exactly smart when you’re a college student).

So I decided this year I wanted to do a full playthrough of the game again and see if it happened to stand the test of time with a review. And it’s also payback since I probably would have loved to review it back in the day if I had the time.

Good food, family, and friends is all your really need.

Flyable Heart is the third work from UNiSONSHIFT’s smaller label of Blossom that released on this day ten years ago (March 2009 if you’re bad at the math thing). People who were already fans of Blossom or just Noizi Ito in some cases would be happy to hear that Flyable Heart itself functions as a sister work to both Nanatsuiro★Drops and Peace@Pieces by taking place in the same universe as well as the siblings of various characters from these mentioned works being a natural part of the story. While it was released as a full price game at the time, you can at least find the downloadable edition of Flyable Heart for a little under 3000 yen. It might be an early spoiler about my final opinion, but that might as well be robbery.

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Posted by: Leek | September 4, 2018

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 4 – Week 52

Summer vacation has come to an end, and with it, the end of LGAPR.

Friends machine broke.

Unfortunately, Aine is like the Terminator of making friends.

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Posted by: Leek | August 31, 2018

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 4 – Week 51

The last week of August is like a last hurrah before the end of the year grind starts, so I was trying to make the best of it by not doing things that felt like work.

Nice…moustache.

Who would win in a fight, Rinka’s dad or Hana’s dad?

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Posted by: Leek | August 22, 2018

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 4 – Week 50

They released a free version of Inazuma Eleven on the 3DS awhile back and I’ve finally gotten to playing it. That piece of information is completely irrelevant to anything in this post, but I couldn’t think of anything else to write here.

Someone get the camera.

That shot is an easy hundred Instagram followers.

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Posted by: Leek | August 14, 2018

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 4 – Week 49

I told you things would be different when I’m not busy.

This is getting out hand. Now there are two of them!

As if we needed two nuts who both think they’re from the moon.

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You can’t be disappointed in me if I set I set you up to be disappointed in the previous week.

There are some questionable weaknesses here.

You’d think Emo would have read her own profile and said something.

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I know I say, “I’m not busy anymore so late week posts will stop happening” a lot, but this time I mean it. If next week is late, chances are I’m just being lazy and enjoying the taste of freedom from deadlines.

Doing Chairman Kaga proud.

She even nailed the reaction afterwards.

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The Summer grind is entering it’s last stretch, and this got pushed from being done Monday to my one free day. But it’s always good to be optimistic about scheduling.

Aine whited out!

Usually not the best look to have when you’re eating.

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So I ended up deciding to change the two-hundredth edition celebration post to an end of LGAPR celebration post since the season is almost over. It’s only a couple of months away, and I think you guys can hold out until then.

No need for the long face.

I promise (almost) everything is worth the wait.

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