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
After seeing the hype-inducing Smash Bros. 50-Fact video Nintendo posted, I’ve been keeping myself contained by playing the 3DS version. I’ve been spending most of my time in For Glory mode, which was unexpected, as I really do think that Smash is better with all the randomness that stages and items bring. However, I’ve had so many exciting and close matches on the 1-v-1 mode that it tends to be my default path. Also, I play Random, so it’s fun to take on Spammers and Edge Guarders with a bunch of different characters. Nothing’s quite as satisfying as winning a match against an Ike-only spammer by farting on him.
Jennifer Griffith–Managing Editor
This week, I started playing Fantasy Life, and it’s really fun so far. The game basically reminds me of the crafting system in Final Fantasy XIV, but without the epic Final Fantasy stuff. The art is really cute–the characters could all easily have been plucked straight out of a Layton game–and overall, it’s just a chill, cute RPG. Otherwise, I’ve not had a ton of time for games, but I’ve been logging a lot of time in Terra Battle and Love Live: School Idol Festival on the bus during my daily commute. Terra Battle is a ton of fun, the character sprites are gorgeous, and the music is great. The story actually starts to get at least a little intriguing around Chapter 10 or so, too, and with regular special events to let you get characters like Bahamut for your team, I think this will be my mobile game of choice for quite some time. Love Live is actually a rhythm game based on the anime, and even though I haven’t seen the show, I’m really enjoying the game; the songs are quite catchy! Speaking of anime, I’ve been able to keep up with a few simulcasts this season, too. Sailor Moon is still going strong, Usagi’s voice actress really nailed the big reveal episode, and the show has just leveled up in a great way ever since Sailor Jupiter showed up. Psycho Pass 2 is in proper form so far, too, providing a good dose of cyberpunk drama by continuing Inspector Tsunemori’s story from where the first season left off, and I’m getting my rom-com fix from Wolf Girl and Black Prince.
I’m always looking for something new to play on my commute back and forth, and the problem with riding the subway is that anything that requires a connection is out. Which is unfortunate or I would be playing a lot more Terra Battle. It’s a fun strategy game from Mistwalker, but I can’t get any signal on the train, and you need it between each round. So, instead I picked up this silly little game called Minute Quest, where you simply just run right and kill things. The old-school graphics lend it a bit of charm and there are a variety of weapons, armor and pets you can collect and use. By combining them in different ways, you can unlock certain skills that are needed to advance, and there is no penalty for dying. You simply restart back at the castle, and you can just run out from there and kill everything in your path again. While it’s not amazing, it’s definitely kept me amused plenty for a free game. At home, I’ve been playing around with my Final Fantasy XIV character, mostly working on crafting and gathering while I wait for the couple of bums up there to get back to playing through the story. I also watched the first six episodes of I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying, which only took like 15 minutes, but it was pretty funny. I’m curious to see where things go from there, since it has me hooked.
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