Spring 2015 Anime Ranked

I don’t know why I continue to make these.

Here’s the list for you text people:
50. Vampire Holmes
49. Ninja Slayer
48. Ameiro Cocoa
47. Bar Kiraware Yasai
46. Saint Seiya: Soul of Gold
45. Urawa no Usagi-chan
44. Re-Kan!
43. Denpa Kyoushi
42. Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation
41. Kekkai Sensen
40. Show By Rock!!
39. Jewelpet: Magical Change
38. Kaitou Joker 2nd Season
37. Uta no☆Prince-sama♪: Maji Love Revolutions
36. Teekyuu 4
35. Takamiya Nasuno Desu!
34. Triage X
33. Ghost in the Shell Arise: Alternative Architecture
32. Baby Steps 2nd Season
31. RIN-NE
30. Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid
29. Etotama
28. Mikagura School Suite
27. Robot Girls Z Plus
26. Punch Line
25. Arslan Senki (TV)
24. Tesagure! Bukatsumono Spin-off
23. Afterschool Pleiades (TV)
22. Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works (TV) 2
21. Gintama°
20. Oregairu 2
19. Comical Psychosomatic Medicine
18. I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying 2
17. Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic
16. Plastic Memories
15. The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan
14. The Eden of Grisaia
13. Ace of Diamond: Second Season
12. Seraph of the End
11. High School DxD BorN
10. DanMachi
9. Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
8. Shokugeki no Souma
7. Hibike! Euphonium
6. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders 2nd Season
5. Assassination Classroom
4. Ore Monogatari!!
3. Kuroko’s Basketball 3
2. Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine
1. Nisekoi:

Tabletop Simulator (Game Review)

Tabletop Simulator, the game where I’m able to flip the table in rage when I lose at playing a card game I created.

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The game in which I spent most of my time

Tabletop Simulator is basically a physics simulator specializing in the playing of board and card games. I’ve already played countless games (mostly chess) against my friends, and I can really vouch for the amount of fun had. We all had a blast playing the variety of games provided out of the box and the countless games provided by the Steam Workshop.

The game provides countless different customization options, both visual and mechanical. For instance, I’m able to disable the gravity and play checkers like I would up in space (which was quite entertaining, might I add). The table and background can also be changed. I can even have a custom table, with a custom image.

Yes, this is an in-game tablet that actually works
Yes, this is an in-game tablet that actually works

Each individual game piece can be maneuvered and modified with ease. The size, color, material, etc. The amount of customization given to the player is quite astounding. The actual controls of the game are quite simple. There’s keys that can rotate pieces and flip them (handy when dealing with cards). Decks can be shuffled and dice can be played with a simple shake of the mouse. The controls are very intuitive.

The game does feature Workshop integration, a fantastic feature especially for a game like this. With such integration, we were able to play Eels and Escalators, Uno, Sorry!, 3-man chess, etc. I’d go so far as to say that this feature is the game’s best feature, well, aside from the fact that you can flip the entire table in rage if you were to lose, which is also a key feature.

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This, ladies and gentlemen, is Eels and Escalators

One of the largest features I haven’t explored yet would be the fact that the game provides an “RPG kit”, so you’re able to build and play your own RPGs. There are even some on the workshop, which is quite the amazing feat for what seems to just be a simple game. One could make quite the D&D experience with such a kit.

The most glaring downside to the game would be the fact that if you don’t have friends to play the game with, there really is not a whole lot of fun to be had. Sure, you can play with some Internet stranger, but it’s nowhere near as fun as playing with your buds.

Anyone remember this game? So much fun as a kid!
Anyone remember this game? So much fun as a kid!

Overall, Tabletop Simulator is what I would consider a “must-have” game on Steam. There’s really nothing else like it and the amount of fun that can be had with friends is limitless, especially with the inclusion of Workshop support. Now, back to creating my own card game!

5- Highly k

Cities: Skylines (Game Review)

The last time I played a city simulator was back in the Sim City 4 days. I never played the newer Sim City, purely because of the complaints it received. I will not be comparing the two due to this fact.

It’s actually been quite some time since I’ve been so hooked on a new sim game. I usually just stuck to the classics, like Sim City 4, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, or the original Zoo Tycoon. Cities: Skylines has changed that for the better. Not only does the game encompass all of the features of those “classics”, it also adds plenty of its own mechanics to enhance that experience.

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The game has many features expected of city sims: zoning, traffic, pollution, etc. On top of that, the game already has an active modding community. It is plenty fun standing on its own, but with the addition of mods, that experience is extended furthermore. I’ve already installed quite a few mods, including some maps and buildings as well as some mechanic-changing mods, such as one that automatically destroys abandoned buildings, which is quite annoying to do manually.

The biggest problem I have with the game would be the traffic aspect of the game, which I’m not very good at managing. I can do fine in every other department, but when it comes to traffic, I’m just no good. This is partly due to how traffic in the game works. It is a bit wonky, but I found some minor success by using lots of one-way roads and such. Although it does sound strange, the less traffic lights in your city, the better.

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I also found it very impressive that EVERYTHING in the game can be renamed. Every citizen, building, district, etc. The attention to detail with features like that really brings out the micromanaging beast within me.

I do have a few other complaints, however. For one, I’m under the impression that the game is simply too easy. Once I got around 30k citizens, money was never an issue. That and I feel as if the lategame is severely lacking in content. Sure there are “monuments” and such, but nothing really exciting enough to make me want to stay with a given city for too long. On the other hand, the modding component of the game allows modders to remedy these faults.

Overall, there’s really nothing to lose when picking up Cities: Skylines. It provides hours of fun and the modding component of the game just keeps that coming. Be warned though, once you start, it is hard to stop, something I learned myself one night morning at around 5am.

5- Highly k

Winter 2015 Anime Ranked

I made another one of these things because I don’t have a life.

Here’s the list for you text people:

44. Shounen Hollywood: Holly Stage for 50
43. Sengoku Musou
42. Gundam: G no Reconguista
41. Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu Love!
40. Tsukimonogatari: Yotsugi Doll
39. Kamisama Hajimemashita◎
38. Akatsuki no Yona
37. Garo: Honoo no Kokuin
36. Tantei Kageki Milky Holmes TD
35. Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor – Exodus
34. Rolling☆Girls
33. Sanzoku no Musume Ronja
32. Go! Princess Precure
31. Log Horizon 2nd Season
30. Military!
29. Isuca
28. Yuri Kuma Arashi
27. Nanatsu no Taizai
26. Seiken Tsukai no World Break
25. Junketsu no Maria
24. Tokyo Ghoul √A
23. Shirobako
22. Juuou Mujin no Fafnir
21. Yoru no Yatterman
20. Shinmai Maou no Testament
19. Absolute Duo
18. Dog Days″
17. Durarara!!×2 Shou
16. Gundam Build Fighters Try
15. Koufuku Graffiti
14. Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo
13. Kantai Collection: KanColle
12. Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata
11. The IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls
10. Ace of Diamond
9. Aldnoah.Zero 2nd Season
8. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders 2nd Season
7. Ansatsu Kyoushitsu
6. Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road
5. Magic Kaito 1412
4. Kuroko no Basket 3rd Season
3. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
2. Death Parade
1. Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu

Weekly Update #3

I somehow find myself writing this up on a Wednesday.

I just redid my YouTube channel‘s avatar and channel art, and I have a few more things I’d like to implement. I’m going to be “revamping” the channel, you could say.

  • Removing the outro (it doesn’t serve any purpose anyways)
  • Upping my audio quality by way of a microphone mount (WIP)
  • Actually doing some editing to the videos in question, specifically jump cuts for boring segments.
  • Revamping the Cub Plays series
  • Changing my video title template
  • Playing a wider variety of games
  • Condensing CS:GO videos into a single game per video

I also got some other stuff going this past week.

Gaming:

  • Deranked to MG in CS:GO.
  • Just about conquered every girl in HuniePop.

Anime/Manga:

  • Caught up to the Blue Spring Ride manga. Gave it a 10/10 because I’m a sucker for Shoujo.
  • Started watching To Love-Ru, which I’m already enjoying quite a bit.
  • Started watching Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha. It’s an alright series, nothing too spectacular. Although I’ve heard that the second season is the best.
  • Finished the first season of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and I have a couple episodes left of the first season of Stardust Crusaders. The series manages to remain good throughout, which is always good.
  • Started watching Steins;Gate. I’ve finally caved and started one of r/anime’s favorite shows.
  • Finished watching Corpse Party. It was just a few OVAs, and although they weren’t entirely enjoyable, I still gave them a 6/10.
  • Nisekoi, the manga. Just as good as the anime it seems.

Maybe I’ll do something productive with my channel this week, who knows?

Weekly Update #2

Well, I’ve already failed to do this weekly, but then again, who really cares? Not me, at least.

I still haven’t gotten back into recording, or editing for that matter. I’d like to get myself another 4TB so I can record Final Fantasy XIII sometime soon, along with Assassin’s Creed Revelations (I am so behind…).

Gaming:

  • Went from Nova Master (Nova 4) to Master Guardian II in CS:GO. Slowly rising the ranks and on track to become a DMG before the end of the school year.
  • Played some Smash Bros. with a few friends for several hours the other day. That was fun.
  • Probably going to buy HuniePop today because why not? Eroge on Steam is always a good thing, I think.

Anime/Manga:

  • The winter season started and I am yet again watching all the anime this season, aside from a few sequels which I will be picking up as soon as I finish their corresponding prequels (Durararararara!, JoJo, Fafner, Dog Days…)
  • One Piece is just getting better and better as I progress at 2ep/day.
  • Gintama is nowhere near as good as I had expected it to be and I don’t find it all that entertaining to be honest.
  • Started watching Digimon Adventure, doing 2ep/day with that as well. Preparing for the sequel. So far, it’s rather entertaining. Oh, and I’m watching it dubbed.
  • Started and finished Lupin III, now onto the second part, 3ep/day in preparation for the new season. It is rather good for being made in the 70’s, reminds me of watching Scooby-Doo back in the day (the old Scooby-Doo, that is).
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (2012). Such an over-the-top show. Very entertaining and can’t wait to get to Stardust crusaders.
  • Saint Seiya. Another “classic”, but not that good in my opinion. The amount of blood in that show is really high for being a kids show.
  • I also started Fafner, the first season. I’m not that far into it, but I’m sure the studio behind it went into it trying to rip-off Evangelion.
  • Started reading Blue Spring Ride, which was one of my favorite anime from the Summer season. The manga is pretty good as well. I heard that it ends in February though.

I still need to make a new video for my “Approva” channel, but aside from that, I don’t have anything else to say. I have this week off of school, so I’ll probably finish up JoJo and Fafner.

Weekly Update #1

One of my new year’s resolutions was to start posting weekly updates on what I’ve been doing with my life. I’m going to try to post these on Sundays, but I was a bit late this week. We’ll see how long I can do this until I’m too burned out to post them anymore, which hopefully won’t be anytime soon, if at all.

What have I done this past week? Here’s a hint: nothing at all.

Random:

  • Start of the new year, with my first word spoken in 2015 being “no”
  • My Steam profile now has my latest computer specs and I will update that whenever something changes. So if you want to know, go there for the latest.

Gaming:

  • I originally planned to start a couple let’s plays this month, but with the new 60fps feature on YouTube, I want to strive to release 60fps videos. As such, I’m going to wait it out until I get myself a 4TB external just for raw footage, which I should get sometime next month.
  • I got back to Nova Master rank in CS:GO, after having been stuck at Nova 3 for some weeks.

Anime/Manga:

  • I got a couple more 3TB WD Reds, so I’ve been filling them up with more anime because why not?
  • Started watching Gintama. A new season was announced for the upcoming Spring anime season, so I figured I would watch three episodes a day in order to watch this new season on time. If I stick to the three a day rule, I’ll finish just in time, on March 31st.
  • Started watching One Piece. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, and thought I’d incorporate it into my new year’s resolutions. Two episodes a day, including movies and such, and I’ll be caught up sometime in December.
  • Started watching Oreimo. It’s a pretty good show, but I wish it focused more on the romance aspect, if that exists. Still on the first season.
  • I finally managed to catch up with the Kissxsis manga, after having started it three or so months ago. Let’s just say that it is glorious and that Ako is still best girl.
  • Currently powering through the Kuroko’s Basketball manga. (Volume 7 right now)

And that’s that. I’ll be changing up the format of these as I go, but I hope this is fine for now. I’m also going to be working on another video for my Approva channel, either my “Top 50 anime ever” or “Top 50 anime of 2014”.

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