Hail Meat-ojou-sama! Such a classy phone!

One of the best line I've heard in anime this season. If only I don't know the 'truth' behind Yukimura I would've laughed my ass out nonstop.

Oh.Mein.Gott. Quick, we need the bluray release so I can use this picture as wallpaper!

These girls are corrupted. No wonder they have no friend. Don't worry girls, I'm sure those ladies at Seitokai Yakuindomo are perfect to be your friends!

This game might be better than Kara no Shoujo. Just kidding. It would be awesome if they had included a shark end in one of Kara no Shoujo bad endings though.

Delicious meat is delicious.
What is Gilgamesh doing in P4?
Gosh, episode 7 is more entertaining than I thought. Brotag and Brosuke interactions are the best. Also, Kanji punched his own shadow. That's a real kickass scene.

Got to think, do Junes sell half-priced bentos? Because it would be cool if they do. I mean, who wouldn't want to watch bunch of personas fighting for food? "That Ishikari Salmon Rice is mine! Go Jiraiya take it for me!" "Not so fast, come Yoshitsune!"

Brotagonist: the best main character of Fall 2011.
inb4 slowpoke

What's more dangerous than batshit insane kid with killing equipment that can be compared to Agent 47? A batshit insane Yuno of course! Damn kids these days. Where do they get all those dangerous stuffs? Internet? Are those sort of  dangerous things being sold on eBay?
Guilty Crown is getting more and more ridiculous. At this point I don't even care about the plot anymore.

I herd u liek ponytail so we give you fanservice
One day at I.G Production office: "Hey, I'm starting to think that the plot in Guilty Crown is getting nowhere" "Plot? Who needs one? Let's add several cliche characters to make this anime more interesting" "You're genius!" Thus, we have a cliche oujou-sama character (complete with a student council president title), Sky High a cliche dumb gaijin character, and a cliche hawt mom.
Two years? Haha oh wow. Looks like I have achieved something that I thought nearly impossible to get: celebrating two years blog anniversary. Seriously, this blog was actually only a random project of mine in 2009. That was when my hands were aching to write something thus this very blog was created. At those times I didn't even think anyone would visit and read this blog (Yes, I'm quite pessimistic). So I really can't describe my feeling right now, as this stupid blog of mine getting 50k page views and still active for two years. All of these things of course couldn't be achieved without you, my dear readers. Thank you very much, you know who you are.

I love writing nonsense on this blog. It's better than, let's say, blabbering on Facebook. So I hope there will be 3 year anniversary, 4 year anniversary, and so on. I often heard that there is a non-written rule in aniblogverse which said that an anime blog will defunct after hitting two years mark. Of course that won't be a problem for MINORU'S BLOG, since this isn't an anime blog (officially). However I found out that the rule not only applied to anime blog but also all blogs in general. Let's just pray this blog will exist longer than two years.

NB. Recently I haven't got a chance to write a post since there's no time to watch weekly anime because I was pretty busy playing Skyrim with real life. Fortunately next week everything will be back to normal. Expect an usual amount of posts by then.
The casts in Mirai Nikki are just as insane as the casts in Mawaru Penguindrum.

Mmm, Yukiteru was actually saving Yuno? I almost couldn't believe my eyes. Yuno still kicked some ass as usual though. She probably could get thrown into L4D2 world with only an axe as a weapon and still get to the safe house alive. Also, Tsubaki has such a tragic past. May she rest in peace.

There's no doubt that Yuno would make a good waifu. I'd hit her if only she has a bit sanity. Hell, I'd probably still hit her with her current attitude. Good for her that Yukiteru's mother is such an easygoing parent. Not to mention that she works as a Modern Warfare 3 video game programmer. You will never have a mother that works as a video game programmer.

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Oh boy, hilarious episode! I laughed way harder than I should have and it was 4 AM when I watched this. I love every bit of the episode, from Margaret's greeting to Nanako to fashionable swimming trunk to Chie's reaction after the exam (that's exactly my face last week) to Kanji's blushing (that's perfectly normal bro) to Yosuke and Chie's phone call (I'm still rooting for their shipping) to chase scene to the delivery that is more reliable than FedEx. This episode is simply a blast. Also, that part after the ending. MAH EYESSSSSSS!!
.::Prologue::.
Kembali lagi dengan saya minoru dalam segmen Indie Game Of the Week. Setelah hiatus selama dua minggu akibat beberapa kesibukan real life, kini IGOW kembali dengan sebuah game indie yang pastinya sudah tak asing lagi bagi pembaca blog ini, karena review singkatnya sudah pernah saya bahas beberapa waktu lalu.

Limbo merupakan karya pertama dari developer indie asal Denmark bernama Playdead. Meskipun awalnya game ini merupakan ekslusif untuk Xbox 360, belakangan Limbo juga dirilis di berbagai platform termasuk Mac.   

.::Story::.
Seorang anak terbangun di sebuah tempat yang tampak asing baginya. Tak ada tanda-tanda kehidupan di tempat itu. Ia pun mulai menjelajahi lokasi tersebut hanya untuk menemukan kalau dia sedang berada di tempat yang terletak di antara kehidupan dan kematian yang dipenuhi segala macam bahaya bernama Limbo.

Limbo adalah dunia yang keras. Selain disambut dengan beberapa jebakan beruang yang sanggup memisahkan kepala dari badan, perjalanan si anak juga 'ditemani' oleh laba-laba raksasa dan sekelompok orang yang sepertinya berusaha keras untuk membunuh si anak dengan cara apapun. Namun hal itu tak menghalangi niatnya untuk menemukan kakak perempuannya yang entah bagaimana bisa nyasar ke Limbo.

Yah kira-kira begitulah kisah yang melatar belakangi game Limbo. Ceritanya tidak disampaikan secara ekplisit, mengingat tidak adanya dialog di dalam game ini (andaikan saja game ini dinarasikan oleh narator Bastion). Sang anak (yang sayangnya tidak pernah diberikan nama ofisial) hanya berangkat dari satu lokasi ke lokasi berikutnya sambil menghindari berbagai perangkap kejam dan memecahkan puzzle-puzzle di sepanjang jalan demi satu tujuan: menyelamatkan saudarinya tersebut. Yang jelas anda bisa merasakan dengan gamblang bahwa dunia Limbo bukanlah tempat yang ramah bagi sang anak.

.::Gameplay::.
Gameplay Limbo bisa dibilang simpel. Sebagai game bergenre puzzle-platformer layaknya Braid, Limbo mengaharuskan anda untuk memecahkan puzzle di suatu lokasi untuk bisa melanjutkan ke lokasi berikutnya. Puzzle yang ada beragam, mulai dari yang sederhana seperti mencari cara bagaimana menyeberangi sebuah sungai hingga puzzle yang mengfokuskan pada timing yang mungkin bagi beberapa orang dapat membuat frustasi.

Mau lewat? Langkahi dulut mayatku!
Jangan lupa kalau Limbo adalah game yang brutal. Mati adalah hal yang biasa. Dan kematian si anak biasanya adalah dengan cara yang paling kejam yang pernah anda lihat. Untungnya game ini cukup 'baik' dengan meng-autosave game sebelum anda menemui hal-hal yang dapat menghilangkan nyawa si anak.

Bagi saya sendiri, secara overall puzzle di Limbo tidak sulit. Namun meski begitu tetap saja membuat otak mesti bekerja lebih keras dari biasanya. Setidaknya ada sense of accomplishment yang didapat saat kita menemukan solusi untuk puzzle yang ada. Tidak ada yang lebih memuaskan daripada hal itu.

.::Visual & Audio::.
Limbo menawarkan visual hitam putih yang unik ala film noir. Terlihat simpel memang, tapi hal itu tidak mengurangi nilai seni dari game ini. Selain visual, audio game ini juga dibuat seminimalis mungkin. Hanya sedikit bisa kita dengar alunan background music sepanjang permainan. Namun sound effect dari Limbo benar-benar mendukung suasana dan patut diacungi jempol. Mulai dari hutan yang hening yang hanya suara langkah kaki kita yang terdengar hingga suara mekanikan yang berisik di level area industri. Tidak hanya itu, efek suara saat si anak menemui ajalnya juga cukup memuaskan.

Dengan gaya visual yang monokrom dan sound effect yang minimalis tersebut Limbo digambarkan sebagai game yang atmosferik. Seolah-olah kita sendiri juga turut merasakan ngerinya dunia Limbo. Tak jarang secara tidak kita sadari buluk kuduk merinding saat melihat mayat-mayat yang tergantung atau berserakan di jalan. Sekali lagi, benar-benar atmosferik.

.::Conclusion::.
Limbo mungkin hanyalah satu dari banyak game unik yang muncul dari dunia indie gaming namun saya dapat memastikan kalau Limbo menempati tempat yang lebih tinggi dari game-game lain, setidaknya dalam daftar game favorit saya sendiri. Mungkin hal ini disebabkan karena saya adalah tipe gamer yang menyukai tampilan visual yang lain daripada yang lain. Apalagi ditambah dengan kebrutalan ala finishing move Mortal Kombat yang terkadang harus diakui cukup mengerikan. Meskipun demikian durasi yang singkat serta ending yang mungkin kurang memuaskan mengurangi nilai plus game ini. Namun hal tersebut bukanlah alasan yang dapat menghalangi anda untuk memainkan Limbo, salah satu pengalaman gaming yang tak akan terlupakan untuk waktu yang lama. 



.::Next Week on IGOW::.
Game dengan konsep unik dimana anda dapat memutar dunia yang ada di dalam game sesuka hati. Dan apakah saya menyebutkan kalau dunia beserta karakter yang ada terbuat dari serpihan-serpihan kertasE pur si muove!
Omigawd Rika... you're too awesome. And yes, I came at her "Love Mic" finisher.

Well, the karaoke songs are surprisingly nice, especially Sena/Yozora duet (obviously). Kodaka's song is not bad either. Also, time quiz!! It's definitely fun to figure that out, albeit it's as easy as my professional ethics mid-term exam.
Hahaha, that's what you got for not being an alpha. Enjoy your netorare, dickhead.

The only good thing in this episode is Ayase. She's probably a nice addition to Katawa Shoujo haremettes. Though I also enjoyed watching Shu's face as he watched his beloved Inori went to Gai's room and then they proceed to fuck like rabbits. In your face, loser.

Well this is not really a blog post, it's merely an excuse to post this picture. Anyway, today is 11.11.11 aka The Binary Day. Most likely the last Binary Day of the decade. Well, there's nothing sort of special occasion other than today is the release day of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim! Woohoo I'm pretty pumped up!! With the mid-term exam nearly finished I can finally spend hours of my life on this video game without distraction. Ahh... this is why it's good to be young.

MF | MU
Setelah mengalami sedikit penundaan akhirnya AMH Magz volume 3 dirilis juga. Silakan didownload sepuasnya dan seperti biasa sampaikan uneg-uneg di trid resminya.

Di edisi ini anda dapat temukan:
  • Artikel spesial Touhou Project
  • Anime legend: Cardcaptor Sakura
  • First impression untuk anime Fall 2011
  • Tutorial fotografi Nendoroid
  • Review VN Majikoi
  • Iyashikei
  • dll (males nyebutin satu-satu)
Yang jelas jumlah halaman (lagi-lagi) meningkat. Kalo gini edisi-edisi depan bisa-bisa nyampe 100 halaman :ngakak:
WHY CAN'T ALL HOLD ALL THESE HHHNGGG ALL OVER THE EPISODE. KOBATO Y U SO CUTE MY HEART CAN'T TAKE IT.

Also, subtle references are everywhere. There're so many of them I can't even count anymore. In short, pretty good episode I must say. Anyway... when will we get the roller coaster episode?

Man, that was a refreshing episode. Forget about battle with Shadow, 'cuz we have a cliche high school romance comedy/drama right there! That's not a bad thing actually, since Persona 4 has some interesting characters to boot.

Oh God, Kanji's dungeon next. There will be a shitstorm.

P.S. No pic because somehow I can't upload it. Shitty internet connection is slowly killing me. Finally got it uploaded.
Not bad sir, not bad at all. This episode is like trying to shove it all onto my face after what I've said on those previous three episodes. I honestly admit that episode 4 was pretty cool. It has some great action scenes involving gravity manipulation and stuff. Everyone knows that anything involved gravity manipulation is cool as heck. Sure, this episode could've been a lot better if there is a proper characterization but who cares about that when we can get some nice explosions here and there?

P.S. But, my kind sir, a gravity gun obviously doesn't work like that. Mr. Gordon will not be pleased.
Art by Sano
Today when I was busy *cough*studying*cough* while listening to my Touhou Soundtrack playlist I suddenly feel like to pick ten songs that can be categorized as my favourites. So rather than trying to understand what the hell quick sort or shell sort are, I decided to write this post instead.

10. Flowering Night
A theme fitting for a badass maid ready to kick some ass.

09. Ghostly Band ~ Phantom Ensemble
It's quite a struggle to decide between this song and stage 4 theme. In the end I choose this song, the reason is still a mystery even to me.

08. The Youkai Mountain ~ Mysterious Mountain
It's hard not to tap my foot everytime this song played. Of course, I'd die afterward.

07. Reincarnation
Oh how I love Mima's theme. It feels like I was in the middle of a very hard battle against a final boss in an RPG.

06. Alice in Wonderland
Another PC-98-era theme. What a charming tunes.

05. Necrofantasia
This song is nothing short of epic.

04. Satori Maiden ~ 3rd eye
Satori's theme that has the mysterious vibe on it.

03. Doll Judgment ~ The Girl who Played with People’s Shapes
Lovely theme.

02. Fall of Fall ~ Autumnal Waterfall
This song gives a calm atmosphere whenever I hear it. Always refreshing.

01. Border of Life
Beautiful and elegant. Perfect theme for Yuyuko.

That's it. Yeah I know, I know. Four songs from PCB, I'm obviously being biased here. It just PCB is my favourite game of all Touhou. Honestly, there are so many other good songs beside those songs I mentioned here. I'm sure everyone has their own favourites when it comes to Touhou songs. Every game has their own unique music, no wonder Touhou fanbase is one of the most fanatic fanbase in history. I could easily love Touhou just for the music. Praise ZUN for that.

So, we have a new character with a really fancy diary. She is the sixth diary owner. I'm not quite sure what actually happened because I was sleepy as I watched this episode. I remembered people were suddenly acted like zombies and started to kill each other because of hypnosis or something. In the end Yuno saved Yukiteru's sorry ass with her imb4 axe-wielding skill that would make Ryugu Rena embarassed of herself.

Seriously, Yukiteru? You're saved by a girl TWICE? What a wimp. He probably should participate in the next Holy Grail War and summon Iskandar to make a man out of himself.