Tag: recommendation

Nightshade is Bittersweet

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from left to right: Gekkamaru, Kyara, Ennosuke, Enju, Chojiro, Kasumi, and Kuroyuki

After playing this game, I needed some time to distance myself from it. Never have I ever came across a visual novel that all the characters were well-written. Plus, I just want to hug them all to shield them from what had happened to them.

Nightshade is one of the few major Japanese otome available on Steam. It is also known as Hyakka Hyakurou Sengoku Ninpou-chou which can be heard said by various of characters when entering the main menu. The default setting randomly selects the voice. Though, you can change it to hearing your favorite character’s voice in the settings. I just left it as it is since all the voices are lovely to hear. Most of the visual novel is voiced including minor characters and the prologue narration. Impressive! The only character who doesn’t have a VA is Enju. Whether an MC is voiced or not is not a make or break deal for me.

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Emma – A My Cup of Tea Anime

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By now, I have at least seen or heard of most shoujo romance anime out there and probably the ones that are well known… which led me to look up series that were underrated. One title caught my interest and was mentioned by several others. It’s called Emma – A Victorian Romance and surprisingly a title I was not familiar with.

The show aired in 2005 and has two seasons. Don’t let the early 2000s art, stop you from watching. As for my own opinion on art style in general, it doesn’t really matter unless it’s really bad that my eyes can’t take it. In this case, it’s fine. Actually, I like the realism vibe it has. It sort of make sense since it’s historical and the creator put in a great amount of detail to depict the Victorian era. (Another amazing historical anime I recommend is Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju which I finished before watching Emma. I’ll make sure to write a review later.)
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