I swear this is why I try not to get hyped for new anime, all too often what I end up being hyped for ends up either mediocre or a complete and utter disappointment. The original anime adaptation of the light novel series is one of my all time favourite fantasy anime! So yeah I unintentionally hyped myself up for this anime and I was just so disappointed with the opening episode. It’s just so generic, not to mention it kind of gives away the answer to one of the shows mysteries in the first five minutes.
The over arching mystery of the true relationship between Childman and Azalie was one of the more fascinating plot threads of the original series and to show him there the night of he transformation just takes away a bit of that mystery. Then there is the design of the dragon she transforms into. In the original anime series Bloody August had a really cool design for a dragon, but in this remake it looks so generic it could be from any isekai anime from the last year.
I know I am comparing this opening episode to the original series but this is because that series had a really strong opening episode that fed you enough information about the world the anime took place in while keeping enough a mystery to make you want to come back and find out more. I did not get this feeling from the opening episode of this adaptation. I really hope this one get’s better otherwise it will be the first series I drop this year.
It has been so long since I wrote a first impression because the truth is I have not kept up with currently airing anime since the release of Banana Fish back in 2018, this is not because nothing has caught my interest, but more my interest was pulled elsewhere for a while. I will confess I watched very little new anime last year, mostly because I became completely immersed in the Gotham fandom. But I decided to check out what was currently airing and without any prior knowledge of the source material I decided to check out The Case Files of Jeweler Richard for the simple fact I found the character design for Richard just beyond stunning.
It was Richard’s pretty face that caught my attention for this anime, yes I am still a sucker for a good bishie boy anime. Sadly so many pretty boy anime are very lacking in plot, not to say that all of them are bad. Sanrio Boys is a very under rated pretty boy anime in my opinion. Luckily the first ep of The Case Files of Jeweler Richard does not lack in the plot department and does an amazing job at introducing the viewer to the two main characters of the series.
The episode opens with introducing us to Seigi a bright and upstanding collage student who while on his way home saves the mysterious Richard who is being attacked by a group of drunks and after introductions the story of the episode opens into a mystery involving Seigi’s grandmother and a mysterious ring. I don’t want to go into any other details on the ep because it is a fascinating mystery to watch unfold within the episode and I look forward to seeing where the story of these two continues. I must confess I was somewhat hoping that maybe this was a boys love series because there is already some cute chemistry between the two main characters, but it’s not.
That just means I will just have to ship them because they are kind of adorable!
I will be keeping my eye on this anime this season, it feels like it could turn out to a real hidden gem and I don’t need Richard to appraise it to know that one.
Ever since I finally joined Steam last year I have fallen into the habit of periodically just browsing the Visual Novel tag in the store as well as yaoi and LGBTQ+ tags to see if anything peaks my interest. It was while perusing the Steam store recently that I stumbled upon a short yaoi visual novel that was for free called Blood and Lust. At first I was hesitant because well something good can’t be free right? But then I remembered well Doki Doki Literature Club is free and that has a pretty big following, and though you won’t get a story as deep and open to countless fan theories like Doki Doki, Blood and Lust is a game that did not disappoint me.
The first thing you will notice when you boot up the game is that it will give you the option to play with or without the yaoi elements of the story, so you have the option to play a safe for work or not safe for work version of the story. I found overall this did not effect the story line but if you are coming to this game wanting some yaoi you will very much enjoy the NSFW elements this game has, I mean what self respecting fujoshi or fudanshi does not like the idea of some hot and steaming time between some well built, sweaty roman gladiators?
But I am getting ahead of myself because that fun part comes a little later in the game…pun intended in this case I guess. In the game you play as a young gladiator whose master has promised that tomorrow he will be a free man and he will no longer have to be a gladiator, but then his master is found dead and you have to try and find out who murdered your master. The murder mystery unfortunately is one of the weakest parts of the story because it becomes very obvious early on the who and the why, but the game makes up for this with some really interesting and fun character writing especially when it comes to your rival / love interest in a fellow gladiator.
The game is split between basic turn based gladiator fights in the arena and the free time which you will use to investigate what happened to your master. One element of the game that really surprised me was the soundtrack because all the music tracks in the game are really good and do a perfect job of setting the mood throughout the game.
If you are looking for a short yaoi visual novel to play that you can get through in a quiet afternoon, I can not recommend this game enough especially since as I stated at the beginning of this review it is free on Steam!
Last year I made a post about my father being diagnosed with cancer. Since then my posts on here have been very sporadic as was helping my mother help take care of my father and helping him had been my number one priority for this past year. On December 9, my father lost his fight with cancer, but we were able to give him his final wish of not dying in hospital and he left us at home surrounded by family and love.
My dad was a hard working man all his life that enjoyed the simple pleasures life had to bring. He loved his family, friends and his football team. A die hard Fremantle Dockers fan he was, a whole corner dedicated to them in his man shed out back. He enjoyed simple plain old fashioned food and it always made him smile when I made a Sunday roast for himself and me.
I want to return to blogging properly in 2020 and make a real go of it. 2019 has been one hell of a shit year for me and my family, but if there is one lesson my father instilled in me it is this. You have to take it one day at a time no matter how hard or easy life is, you have to keep moving forward and work for what you want because no one is going to hand it to you.
A good crossover fanfiction can be a hard thing to pull off. Lean to heavy into one fandom and you can lose the audience and there is no guarantee that many people will be a fan of the two or more fandoms featured in the story, but Chierei has blended the worlds of John Wick and Gotham almost seamlessly in there wonderful fic Redacted and it is all thanks to the casting of Gotham favourite Robin Lord Taylor (Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin) as the Administrator in John Wick 3, that has lead to a crossover fandom between the two franchises.
The fic itself is a long read, but well worth it with an 80,175 word count and 17 chapters including the epilogue. The main focus of the story is Oswald Cobblepot, a fan favourite of the Gotham series just having enough of constantly being pushed down and betrayed by those he thought he could trust again and again so he decides to leave Gotham without telling anyone and ends up at a certain hotel in New York City, The Continental Hotel.
What I love about this fic is the gradual evolution we get to see of Oswald into the person he becomes upon entering the world of The Continental and the world of assassin’s that makes up the John Wick universe. His character growth throughout the story is believable and feels in character for him which makes this a fascinating read. One of Oswald’s biggest character traits in Gotham is his not only his ability to read a situation and manipulate it to his end goal but also his at times lack of emotional control and I love that both these aspects of his personality are explored within the fic and as the story continues on is grown upon as well.
In case it is not obvious to any of my lovely readers who follow me on twitter more than anywhere else… I am a huge fan of the TV show Gotham and if I am completely truthful it was the beginnings of this fic that got me to finally sit down and finally watch the first two John Wick movies earlier this year and to immediately get the third when it came out on DVD. Chierei’s fic got me curious about the other fandom that shared this crossover with Gotham and that is just a sign of how amazing their writing is. Plus it also kind of helps the story for me when the author revealed that the story would end with some Nygmobblepot, my favourite ship from the show that I have an upcoming post about.
If you are a fan of either Gotham or John Wick and especially if you are a fan of both and have ever wondered what a story that collides the two worlds would be like, I can not recommend this fic enough. Plus since I am recommending it here that also means that there is some very well written yaoi scenes in this story, though the final pairing is not obvious in the beginning we also get some very sweet moments between John Wick and Oswald as well and that is something most definitely worth reading.
If you like B Horror movies and boys love, then the perfect boys love OVA for you this Halloween. Kimera is a very under rated boys love classic in my opinion and a lot of that has to do with the fact that they took out the boys love element of the story with the English dub! I will go into this part of the anime further later in this post.
I really do consider this anime a hidden gem, even if some do not. At one point an anime Youtuber mentioning that they fell asleep watching the anime only to wake up and be traumatized by what they saw… but believe me there is a lot worse out there to be traumatized by in anime. Now Euphoria… that was a traumatizing watch for me personally, but I am getting off topic.
When a mysterious meteor plummets to earth on night it is revealed that it no ordinary meteor, it is a space ship holding three ancient aliens. They are neither friend nor for to the human race, in fact one of them upon escaping the ship kills a passing human. Another of the creatures is taken by the government to experiment upon and the third wants to destroy the one the government has taken.
While being transferred to the government facility the captured alien comes in contact with a ordinary human, who feels an instant connection to the beautiful creature and upon finding the creature again at the lab he makes it his mission to save Kimera from those who wish to harm them, even if doing so might mean the extinction of his own race.
Also the mysterious creatures are space vampires, because of course they are. You will not find a deep story here within Kimera, as I stated at the beginning of this review, this is not an anime with a great plot it sounds like a cross between a B Horror movie and one of those trashy vampire romance novel, but you don’t watch those horror movies for the plot. You watch them for the stupid gore scenes that at times can be so bad they make you laugh and those trashy novels can be a fun escape when you just want to shut your brain off.
One big complaint I do have with the OVA is a lot of the really interesting plot points are explained to the viewer in long character monologues and not shown. There are a lot of scenes in the climax of the story that is just characters talking.
Now I am not one to usually bitch about the dub of an anime… with one exception, but when a dub takes away the boys love aspect of the story? Yeah that does not make me a happy fujoshi. To make the anime appeal to a larger audience the company behind the English dub decided to change Kimera’s gender from male to female. That being said though Kimera is referred to as male in the Japanese audio of the OVA, in the manga the OVA is based on the character of Kimera is referred to as a hermaphrodite and not being either gender, so giving the character a defined gender in the anime actually pissed off some of the manga fans. So this was a case of an anime adaptation that has annoyed many fans in many different ways and given the gender politics of the world today I have to wonder if a manga like this would get a more faithful anime adaptation some day.
I have played quite a few farming simulator games over the years. From games like Farming Simulator 19 to games like Harvest Moon and Stardew Valley. I have even played one yaoi dating sim with farm simulator elements to it. None of that prepared me for what I found when I played the demo for Banana Ranch and do not worry this is a good thing. I played through the demo three times to make sure I did not miss anything fun and I want to start off this review by saying, when they say this is an 18+ yaoi game they are not joking around.
We only get a small intro into the world of Banana Ranch demo but you get to learn within this demo whether this will be a game for you. From helping to milk the lovely cow Moocha, sheering sweet little sheep Cotton and ‘helping’ the lazy chicken Yolkie lay his eggs it’s busy work on the farm, oh also all these animals are human animal hybrids called beastkin so your farm animals are cute men…
I will say this right now, this will not be a game for everyone the demo itself already features male lactation and egg laying which I know are fetishes that will not be for everyone and with the comments from other characters within the game I get the feeling their will be a lot of fun kink and fetish play in the final game. Maybe even some mpreg, I really hope we get some mpreg elements in this game because I must confess within the yaoi genre it is one of my favourite fetishes. I asked the developers if the finished game would have mpreg and was told no. Guess we can’t get all the weird fetishes we love.
I really loved all the character designs I got to see in the demo especially Ginger, Moocha and Have. (I really hope they reach the stretch goal for Have because he is the kind of character I love in a VN, the mysterious creepy appearing older gentleman who most times turns our to actually be a really sweet guy) I do have one minor complaint about character design though, the bear character Grizz design wise feels like a missed opportunity to really play up the bear aspect of his character, if you catch my drift. I’m not saying go full lumberjack with his look but maybe a bit of a hairy chest and a little facial stubble… that being said this is coming from a bara fan so to each there own.
Now I wish I could say all positive things about this demo but there are a few negative things I will have to write about. As someone who spends a lot of time writing I did notice a few grammar and spelling errors within the demo this is something I have noticed in quite a few visual novels and is not just a problem with Banana Ranch. The beginning of the demo before arriving at the Banana Ranch felt like it really dragged on. I know we need all this information to learn about the world we are being transported to but it just felt like a long explanation dump and I do hope that in the final game this part is either a little shorter or there is an option to skip it if you have played the demo.
For more info about the demo I highly recommend watching the following video from the development team.
Overall the game looks very promising especially if Meyaoi can reach their stretch goals for this project and if this project seems like something you would like to back or if this review has made you curious enough to check out the demo yourself please follow this link. As stated in the video at the beginning of this post the campaign for this game runs until the 31st of January 2020 and I really hope that they do reach there goal and beyond and can not wait till I get the chance to befriend and date even more yummy men from the world of Banana Ranch!