GeekendHey there, Geekenders! This week, Jimmy revisits the Persona series in anticipation of Persona Q, Michael heads back to Eorzea, and Dan tries not to lose too much sleep to a new mobile game.

Check out all our thoughts below and let us know what’s gotten you excited this week in the worlds of anime, gaming, and manga down in the comments.

Jimmy Stephenson – Associate Editor

I’m really excited for next couple of weeks, as companies start releasing things in time for the holidays. Most pressing is the launch of Smash Bros. for the Wii U next Friday (one more week, one more week, one more week…). However, the week after that will be bringing another title that I can’t wait for: Persona Q for the 3DS. It’s been a long time since a new Persona title came out (that wasn’t a remake on a system I don’t own, ahem.), and the dungeon crawling aspect looks much more challenging than previous entries in the series. In order to help get pumped for it’s release, I’ve resume my previously incomplete playthrough of Persona 3 FES on the PS3 Classics. This has caused me to be reminded of two things: why I loved this game in the first place, and how controller-snappingly frustrating it is to die in Tartarus after spending an hour level-grinding (thanks a lot for attacking instead of healing me, Yukari).

Michael Riel – Staff Writer

Ever since the convention a few weeks ago, I’ve barely watched many anime. It’s like I’m drained from it. All I watched was half an episode of Sword Art Online II and and episode of Sailor Moon Crystal. I also watched the dubbed episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! from the early part of the 2000’s just for fun. On the video game side I’ve been playing Final Fantasy XIV and have gotten through a lot of the newish content. The Shiva primal battle is pretty fun, the Rogue/Ninja class is okay so far and the new story quests are fun. On the other hand I decided to give Saints Row 4 another try. When I first played it, I thought the powers seemed unnecessary but they’ve grown on me and killing aliens while punching through their stomachs isn’t getting old anytime soon. And in the next few days, I will be barricading myself in my room because Dragon Age: Inquisition will finally be released and I have mine already pre-ordered. All the reviews are helping ease my nervousness about the hype surrounding the game, but if you like more personalized reviews you can check mine out in the coming weeks after I decide to poke my head out for a little fresh air.

Dan Furnas – Editor-in-Chief

I’m hitting crunch time with a number of projects at school, so unfortunately, it’s really cut into my entertainment time. I’ve still played a bit of Fantasy Life on the train during my commute, just acquiring all the classes. I should probably start advancing the story soon, or I’m going to get bored of just crafting. Especially because I am still working on my crafting classes in Final Fantasy XIV, too. I did put in a little time on XIV this week to level up the newest class, rogue. I just got it to 15, and it’s been a fun melee class to play so far. I’m looking forward to unlocking ninja, eventually though. Other than that, Jennifer and I ended up getting each other involved in some time-sink games. First, I taught her how to play Magic: The Gathering, and she almost beat me in the first match we played. If it weren’t for four amazing top-decks in a row (3 of which were the only copy of the card left in the deck), I would have gotten crushed. It probably doesn’t bode well for me in the future, once she really learns what she’s doing. In return, she showed me the glory of Love Live: School Idol Festival, a mobile rhythm game based on the anime series with card collecting aspects, pretty much my version of gaming crack. I hope my school doesn’t suffer too much from it…

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