GeekendHey there, readers! Like last week, there are mentions of Final Fantasy and Fairy Fencer F. But we love all of the letters equally here, so we’ve also got talk of plenty of other games, anime and even light novels!

Check out 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.

Nicolas Fontes — Staff Writer

I finished my Sprite Comic that depicts the conclusion to the final battle in Naruto. I’m also writing some more on my own story, resting off after I had 5 wisdom teeth removed, and playing Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 and Revolution.

Jimmy Stephenson — Associate Editor

So, let’s see, this week Hyrule Warriors releases, next week its 3DS Smash Bros., later in October its Bayonetta… Oh my god! There’s no time anymore! In order to try to clear up my schedule for some of the big upcoming titles, I decided to plow my way through a big JRPG that had been on the shelf for too long: Final Fantasy XIII-2. I’ve been meaning to finish that for a while now, and I needed to get it out of the way before I could complete the trilogy with Lightning Returns. Now, this series has gotten a lot of bad press, but I must say that I enjoyed XIII-2 overall. I love the time-travelling, dimension-hopping mechanic; something I haven’t seen from a Square game since the Chrono series withered away. Amusingly, the developers managed to make some of the more annoying characters from the original XIII much more likable, simply by making their appearances extremely brief. The combat system is still as enjoyable before, as long as you keep in mind that, rather than micromanaging every movement, you’re instead just directing the overall flow of battle. That said, there were a few places where the encounter rate was just a bit too high, making going through it a chore. Also, its a bit frustrating that the ending was probably the weakest part of the game, with a stupid cliffhanger that raises just as many questions as you thought it had solved. Luckily, I didn’t go for 100% completion, but I did look up the alternate endings later, and…. I feel your pain now, Jennifer.

Jennifer Griffith — Managing Editor

I just finished up the main story of Danganronpa 2, and boy was that an insane ride. The first game’s twist was pretty nuts, but this one really took the cake. After I get done checking out the extras there, I’ll be writing up a review, so stay tuned! In anime news, I also watched the last episodes of Gekkan Shojo Nozaki-kun, a hilarious romantic comedy from this past simulcast season. The ending leaves lots of room for a second season, and I really hope they make one, because I haven’t been so invested in a group of characters in a series of this genre for a while.

Dan Furnas — Editor-in-Chief

I almost finished Fairy Fencer F this week, but didn’t quite get there–mostly because I didn’t save at one point and lost a considerable amount of progress. Rookie mistake. Shame on me. I’m more and more pleasantly surprised by the game’s writing, which despite having plenty of juvenile humor at times (nothing wrong with that), it still tries to develop a considerably more mature plot than some other Compile Heart games. I also got my copy of Ar Nosurge in the mail, so I need to finish Fairy Fencer F soon and get a move on that. I’m also finishing up Persona 4: The Golden: The Animation, and I must say I’m impressed by Atlus’ (or now Sega’s, I guess?) ability to re-release content and make people love it. It’s a little scary. Finally, thanks to having to take the subway every day now, I have burned through 1 1/2 of the Spice and Wolf novels in the last week. I wasn’t a huge fan of the first Side Colors volume. It was definitely the hardest one for me to get through so far, so I was glad to get back to the main story again. I’ll be caught up in no time at this rate!

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