Thursday, September 29, 2016

Otome Rant: Ninja Destiny 2 by Shall We Date? Apps Semi-Review

Finally!  They (Shall We Date? Apps) have put out Yayoi's route for Ninja Destiny 2.  Why am I excited?  Because I have higher expectations for Yayoi's story than the others... can't do much worse than some of the ones before (*cough* Ran *cough* Kiku!).

So, I'm not critiquing this based on an "otome" author's snooty idea of a good story because let's face it, my reader base will never be as high as Shall We Date? app's so it's apparent who writes better.  This eval is from someone who's played and enjoyed many of Shall We Date? apps.

This game was one of the more visually appealing ones they've put out and that's probably why I keep going back to it despite the incongruous story.  The MC is a weakling who carries a sword and boasts about ninja training she never uses.  All the love interests are predisposed to love her based on having known her for most of her life, or at least like her very much and suddenly during this trial before her coming of age, falls madly in love.

The plot in short: Yamato Island (ie Japan it seems) will be destroyed unless she dies by her coming of age birthday by the hands of her chosen beloved who has to also be related to one of the original ninja her ancestor, Ayame the First, traveled with from the predecessor otome, Ninja Destiny.

She and her chosen mate has to find a way to break this requirement in order to live happily ever after.  Fine base to build a story, except some of the methods to break this requirement (which varies) are a little dubious.  In one version, she has to purify the original maiden, another, purify orochi, gets "devoured" by orochi, saved by the silver snake, is stabbed by Kaito's special flames, etc.

More annoying, the reason she falls for any of these ninja is as bland as the reason they fall for her.  A few examples of why they fall for her aside from the fact that she's super PRETTY and upbeat are:
  • Rindoh's been in love with her for a long time because she met him when she was a little kid (he wasn't a child btw) and raised his spirit when he was down in the fifteen minutes that they were together.  Okay, pedo. 
  • Ran loves her because she told him his mis-matched eyes are pretty. 
  • Kikyo loves her because she tells him that he's not deficient to Kaito.
  • Kaito loves her because... seems like he's always liked her.
If only it were that easy to make hot guys fall for me... 

Anyway, the routes become friskier each time, from describing a kiss to hot tongue entanglement and getting naked often with kisses to the gullet described as the nape for some reason.  After she spent hot steamy nights with them, still blush at something mundane like touching hands.  Considering how easily she blushes at every little thing, it's surprising she's not in love with them all at once since, the man whom she falls for seems to make her heart race.  And this is practically the basis for her falling in love... "heart race therefore I must be in love."  

I have high cholesterol and my heart races when I eat pizza... guess that means I must be in love with Pizza Hut. 

Yayoi seems like a tall, hot nerd with a short temper, although very caring and somewhat clumsy.  I find that endearing so I hope his story will turn out well.  I'll update my review once I finish his route.

Ta-ta for now.


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Trip to a Farm

I went to a friend's farm yesterday.  He grew these for me because they're so expensive to buy here: winter melon, bitter melon and Thai chili peppers.  Made an omelet with the bitter melon and farm fresh eggs.  Good stuff!

Here's what I've been told about these goodies, but of course I'm not a doctor or anyone who can recommend treatment in anyway so don't take my word for it.

Winter melon: said to clean out your colon really well and has a cooling effect on the body.

Thai Chili Peppers: said to contain good antioxidants that can help with digestion, I guess assuming it doesn't burn ya.

Bitter Melons: said to contain very high doses of antioxidants.  Also known as Goya.  The folks in Okinawa, Japan are said to have the highest life spans compared to folks in other places and this plant is supposedly a big part of their diet.  Not the Elixir of Immortality but still good for ya.  As the name suggests, it's bitter... more so when cooked than raw.  I usually eat it in a soup but today, I tried an omelet and it tasted a lot less bitter.

Have you tried any of these?  What are your thoughts?

Next year, I'll see if I can convince this friend to add ginger and lemongrass in the mix.  Maybe one of these days, I'll buy a small farm and live off the land too.  Maybe...


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Random Post: My New Hobby

Been trying to make bread for a while, they kept coming out really hard.  This one was perfect... well, perfect compared to the other batches.  The crust is light and crispy, the inside is sumptuous.  I might quit buying bread altogether and make my own... probably not.

I used these tips from Jacque Pepin:
- preheat oven (you'd think I would have done that in the first place but no!)
- throw some water inside the oven (or spray if you have a spray bottle) to create steam and form a nice crust.  I didn't do this before so I waited and waited and waited for it to turn brown... then it burned.  This time, nice light crust and then I stopped the oven.  Going back to polish off my pound of bread.  Signing out.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Random Post: Rental BFs by OKKO Sweet Romance

So... this otome, Rental Boyfriends by OKKO, has been out for like what... a month now?  I'm so bad with dates.  What day is it?

It's pretty interesting if you haven't checked it out.  Basically, as the MC, your uncle Mokki falls ill from overworking himself.  When you visit him in the hospital with your bestie, finds out that he owns a rental boyfriend company calls Lipstick Kiss, and after some dramatic nonsense about this being his 'big secret,' decide to help out until he's better.  The firm of course, has a lot of hot guys on staff.

I chose Takeomi Shiina right off the bat cuz, I like the more mature type men over the cutesie boys.  Don't get me wrong, cute cartoon boys are great but I'm not a pedo... although, pretty sure all the 'boys' are over 18.  Takeomi is the sexy, mature, well-dressed, good-hygiene, successful type guy of the group, similar to Satsuki Kitaoji from Sleepless Cinderella except not quite as gentlemanly because his 'forceful' side is more open.  He was the MC's uncle love interest back when they were in college together while the MC also had a crush on Takeomi back when she was 14.  And yes, I said her uncle also loved Takeomi, ie, Mokki is gay.  It's cool that they added a suave gay uncle to the mix (I sure want one -.-); haven't seen that in any otome I've played.  So anyhow, the MC's prior crush for Takeomi turns obsessive and likewise, Takeomi doesn't see her as a little sister figure anymore since she's grown up.  There are still some cliche ideas like how MC impresses the love interest through being a hard worker, being reliable, turning red at everything he says and does as well as provoking his jealousy through being oblivious around other interested men. In general, there are a lot of cliche ideas overused for the MC, same as OKKO's other otomes.  Even so, the story is still interesting.  I find myself raging when they end on cliffhangers and make you wait 24 hours before the story tickets restore.

As for the topic of rental boyfriends, it seems to be becoming more prevalent these days (irl) except I think in realistic use, it's more for getting family off your back and not to feel like the only woman who matters in the world for a day.  It has to be awkward meeting someone for the first time and getting chummy right off the bat, especially if attraction isn't there.  Maybe one of these days I'll have to hire one... for research of course. *cough, cough*

Seriously though, if you've played the game, what do you like about it overall and what about the guys make for a good leading male?  I'm asking for my own real research.  Also, would you ever consider hiring one of these guys irl, whether just to see what's the big deal, to not have to show up at an event without a date, or just to get meddling relatives off your back?

Thanks for reading my random post!