May 30, 2009

Anytime, Nozomi

So earlier today I exchanged e-mails with Bob from the Anime Corner Store.  Y'know, that's one of the great things about being a customer of theirs... you can send the owner an e-mail, he'll actually respond, and it won't be a canned reply but an actual letter.  Pretty cool, that.

But I digress.  I asked him if he'd heard anything about a release date for ARIA the Origination, which I expected around this time if Nozomi stayed with their pattern for the first three boxes of the series.  He hadn't heard a peep, but expected it eventually.  I just looked at their release schedule, and it's not even listed in the "In The Not Too Distant Future" column.

So consider this a formal plea, Nozomi: please let us know?  We're all waiting...  and if you can throw in the OVA, "Arietta", too, that'd be great.  ARIA in widescreen (not to mention being produced with an actual budget) is worth pretty much anything you want us to pay.

Pretty please?  Don't make Akari cry.

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May 26, 2009

Katawa Shoujo Act I: The Review

Hisao gets a note asking him to be in a field behind the school at 4pm.  Upon arriving there, he is joined by the girl of his dreams.  As she begins to confess her feelings, his heart begins to beat faster.  Finally, the words he's always hoped to hear!  Faster still his heart beats, as she prepares to confess her love. 

And then he has a heart attack.

Oh.  Hm.

When he awakens, he's in the hospital, where he stays for an unstated, but long, period of time.  He's diagnosed with arrythmia, a potentially fatal cardiac problem, and a lifetime of medication just to stay alive.

...and just like that, I was hooked.  4 Leaf Studios, the amateur producers of Katawa Shoujo, may as well have been looking into my medical history.  Superventricular Tachycardia, the problem I have, is one of many types of cardiac arrythmias.  Completely by accident, 4 Leaf made Hisao become real, and he immediately became the perfect "player insert" for me.

Over time, Hisao's friends and schoolmates stop coming to visit.  To her credit, his dream girl is the last to stop dropping by (turns out they really didn't have that much to talk about anyway... ces't la vie).  Eventually, however, the time comes when he is able to be released from the hospital... but there's a snag.  The doctors and his parents agree that he can't go back to his old school, and he is to be transferred to a special school: Yamaku High School for Disabled Children. 

And with that, Katawa Shoujo truly begins.


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