And just like I promised last week, I’m back again with more Bandori/Bang Dream content. I’ve realized I haven’t been consistent with which name I’ve used to refer to this game (it’s changed over my first post about the game to my best characters list post to now), but I feel like the names are interchangeable to me, so, apologies for any confusion that may have caused.
Anyway, today I’m counting down my top 20 original songs from this game. Just like last week, I’ll be giving a little blurb on each one. Though it’s fun that this game covers well-known anime openings and the like, I still definitely find myself repeatedly coming back to the original music created specifically for the game.
In a lot of ways, they exemplify the personalities of the bands that “perform” them a lot better than the covers do. So, without further ado, let’s celebrate the best of the best!
During our second… maybe fourth winter in Bloomington, I was talking to a girl on my floor and she mentioned that, while she wanted to walk across the street to work out at the SRSC, our closest activity and fitness center on campus, it was too cold. In that moment, I remembered a Christmas gift I had gotten but relegated to the bottom shelf of the bookshelf in my dorm. Thanks to my lack of confidence over figuring out how to set up my Nintendo Switch on the lounge TV, I had neglected my copy of Just Dance 2018.
I’ve found a lot of value recently in calm, quiet places I can escape to for a while to relax. College is great, but it’s also essentially like living at school all the time, so I have a bad habit of getting wrapped up in my schoolwork constantly if I don’t have a good place to calm down and distract myself.
I’ve found a lot of these places, and I want to talk about one of them today. Stardew Valley.
A while back I wrote a post raving about my love of the Sims franchise. I still stand by my love of the series, but recent events has reminded me of a lot of the flaws of this game series I love.
One of the things both me and my boyfriend Kirby enjoy is Pokemon. It was a part of both of our childhoods and, through better or worse we’ve stuck with the franchise for years and years. Because of that it’s also something we like to talk about, but what we’ve discovered is that we tend to have very different opinions about not only which Pokemon are the best, but also why our favorite Pokemon are great.
To spare you a long and probably biased view of our differing opinions, I tend to care a lot more about a Pokemon’s design and my own personal experience with it than Kirby does. Kirby, on the other hand, likes to prefer Pokemon that are competitively special, with good stats or movepools or typings while that doesn’t matter quite as much to me.
So I thought it might be fun to compare our favorites lists. Below is a list of both my and Kirby’s top 20 favorite Pokemon, in no particular order, as well as a quick little list of reasons we love that Pokemon. In addition, we commented on each other’s favorites.
I was actually surprised how similar our views of Pokemon are, and we even had the same favorites and reasonings, in some cases.
I can trace my love of storytelling back to a lot of things. I live in a family of storytellers (mostly verbal storytellers, but an excellent influence nonetheless), I’ve always loved books, and I think the process of creating and retelling stories has always been a comfort for me. But as for what helped me practice my storytelling skills, there are few things (besides NaNoWriMo, Fanfiction, and make-believe) that are as influential to me as the Sims franchise.
(The following post will contain major spoilers for a really, really good game. It’s free on Steam, so if you haven’t yet played it, close this post and do it! It’s about a 4ish hour experience. Do heed the content warnings, however. This game is not for the faint of heart… and I mean it.)
When I heard about “Doki Doki Literature Club” (henceforth referred to as DDLC), I wasn’t expecting too much of it. Sure, a psychological horror game disguised as an anime-styled dating sim sounds like a fun little novelty, but I was expecting the scares to be cheap. You know, your usual jumpscares and incoherent plot leading to more jumpscares. I was expecting a game for youtubers to record their reactions to so we can all have a little chuckle about how 2spooky these anime girls are. What I was not expecting was a genuinely horrifying and yet somehow heartfelt story about the nature of choice.