Nintendo’s New ‘Fire Emblem Heroes’ on Mobile

 

Today, I will be writing a personal review on a new game app that was just released (free) on the 2nd February 2017 by Nintendo on the Fire Emblem series. Ever since the released of Fire Emblem: Awakening and Fire Emblem Fates, the Fire Emblem series fans have grown a lot and received more wold-wide attention then ever before. I was 1 of the many million people out there who have grown to love the gameplay, art style, and the story of Fire Emblem. So when Nintendo released a new Fire Emblem Heroes for the phone this February, I was extremely excited and had to try this game no matter what. I downloaded the game from the Android play store and voila! I couldn’t stop playing it.

Since Fire Emblem Heroes was just released, many free orbs (used for summoning) are being given out daily. This game consists of a 9 chapters story (so far), with 3 modes (normal, hard, lunatic), an arena for pvp battles, a training tower and a special maps area. The game offers very smooth gameplay, battle system, old and new characters, and beautifully drawn graphics with decent English dubbing. Unlike many other apps out there, I personally didn’t feel the need to spend real money to get rare and powerful characters. The rare summoning rates are not as bad as other games and almost every player I have battled so far have got at least 1 rare character (even though the app just released).

There are only 2 bad points about this game. The 1st bad point is the length of the story. All 9 chapters can be completed rather quickly (I completed all 9 chapters in normal mode in 1-2 days) – so the story content is definitely lacking as of now, but I am sure there will be more story content in the near future. The 2nd bad point would be the fact that you have to constantly be online in order to play the game, although this isn’t really a huge problem.

Anyways, if you are looking for a new game to play on your phone, or a Fire Emblem/Nintendo fan, give this game a go! Nintendo has definitely done a great work on this app (despite what a few critics might say) and I can’t wait for the next Fire Emblem game remake coming out on the 3DS later this year!

Kuroshitsuji 黒執事 – Book of the Atlantic

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c3ldzuvukaak6-mKuroshitsuji has been a long time favourite anime and manga series written by Japanese author Toboso Yana  (枢 やな). It is an anime with extremely detailed and beautiful illustrations set in Victorian England; about a devilishly handsome butler and a young earl solving mysteries. Having aired Season 1, Season 2, Book of Murder and Book of Circus, I am pleased to tell every Kuroshitsuji fan out there that the new movie Book of the Atlantic was aired in theaters (Japan Nationwide) a few weeks ago on the 21st January 2017!  Of course, I had to watch it! And even though there were no English subtitles whatsoever, i have to say that I’m proud that I understood the movie. The movie – as with the anime series, displayed beautiful graphics illustrations, exciting fighting scenes (more than the anime TV series), and revealed some surprising facts you did not know before about the characters *Liz . It was thoroughly enjoyable!

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Watching the movie in Japan theatres gave me an extra edge as the company Square Enix gave out limited weekly gifts on weeks 1, 2 and 3 to those who purchased the film ticket. Week 1 gave out autographed posters (what I got), week 2 gave out fan art drawings and week 3 (this week) will be giving out coasters. Certain theatres also had shop booths dedicated solely to Kuroshitsuji and c21ncs0ukaah7sosold many merchandises such as mugs, socks, towels, tote bags, files, figures and many more (many of which sold out really quickly after the date of airing). Even though they were all really quite expensive, i can’t NOT spend a single dime on anything – and so just after the movie aired, I went on a splurge and bought many goods including a mug, several files, a mini towel and a Sebastian plush which I got from the UFO catcher in game arcades. I know this was impulsive and excessive of me, but if this is what it takes to support this series, then I will lick the grounds for it  will gladly pay so.

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So if you are in Japan right now, be sure to watch the movie in theatres! And to people overseas, be patient xD I’m sure it will get subbed soon. And be sure to continue supporting the anime/manga series and thank the wonderful voice actors Daisuke Ono, Junichi Suwabe, Sakamoto Maya etc for making the characters as lovable as they are~

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Coming of Age Ceremony in Japan – 成人式

The coming of age ceremony is one of Japan’s traditional custom  that I got to experience this year on 9th January 2017, in the outskirts of Tokyo – Saitama. This ceremony is held annually  nationwide in order to celebrate ‘girls’ and ‘boys’ who have reached the adult age of 20. In Japan, becoming 20 years old is quite a big deal as the legal age for many things here is 20 – for example, drinking alcohol, going to pubs, signing contracts etc. For many foreigners who come to Japan under the legal age, it is rather difficult to do many things that you would normally be able to do back home at age 18. I felt this struggle as I had to get parental consent in order to sign a phone contract – which was difficult to get considering that I came to Japan on my own. Therefore, becoming 20 in Japan gave me a slight breeze of freedom.

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Moving on to the ceremony itself. Having lived here in Japan for over a year, its safe to say I’ve established some sort of student residency status, hence, i got invited to this ceremony by my local municiple office. The letter that was sent to me was full of Japanese and as I am still learning the language, I could only read the main points which highlighted the event details. There was no indication as to what to wear or bring. So being the clueless person that i am, i had to do my own research on to what to wear and bring – that is the beautiful but extremely expensive and excruciating to wear Furisode (The Furisode is a Kimono with very long ‘swinging’ sleeves worn on very formal occasions and is often made of expensive fabric material) that ranges from between JPY¥25,000~100,000+ (about USD$250~1000+) just for a 1 day rent.

I also realised that Furisodes are normally booked in advance of up to 1 year prior to the event itself – and as i did not know or think that i would be attending this ceremony, i had not made any bookings in advance. But luckily, after days of searching, i found a cheap kimono rental place that allowed me to reserve just 4 days before the ceremony for the lower end price of ¥35,000. Of course, the fabric colour wasn’t as vibrant as high end kimonos – but it was the experience that counted.

As I am living in a rather countryside Saitama prefecture – 30mins away from Tokyo,  the ceremony i attended may not be as extravagant and grand as central Tokyo, but the crowd was still there. During the ceremony,  a bunch of speeches took place – half the time i was too busy concentrating on the pain and weight of the tight Furisode Obi belt, so i had not listened to the whole thing, but it was basically congratulating everyone and everything. We were also given a congratulatory gift to bring home, and when i went home to open it – it was a digital clock. Yes, a digital clock… Probably to let us realise the importance of time?? But as i said, it was held in the countryside, so the gifts in central tokyo might’ve been much better.

This was an experience that everybody only gets to go through once ( as we all age), so  even though i spent a bomb on just renting a Furisode for 4 hours, I was glad to have went through this ordeal of being a typical bankrupt student.  :’)

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