September 27, 2017: My Fate Has Been Sealed (Mousepad)

So I go to work today.  First day back in a week.  I get an early birthday present which was left behind.  Didn’t know who gave it & what was inside.  Put aside & decided to look later.  When I finally decided to see what’s inside, I was surprised to see this.

When I saw this, I was in awe.  Never would I expect to get a gift like this.  I don’t know if anyone would give something like this as a gift.  Unlike you decide to make it a joke item.

I have been off the anime train for quite some time, but I do try to keep up on some of the latest trends.  Just no time for it these days.  But I don’t think this character is from anything.  Looks generic.  Possible chance it comes from some hentai stuff since it has that 3D model approach.   But it’s one of those cheap knockoff mousepads that got on the oppai trend & stole the image from somewhere.

Don’t know if I plan to use it since the work space area is small.  Got use to free forming my mouse around which made me stop using mousepads for a long time.  I got an official one oppai mousepad from the DOAX 3 LE for the PS Vita & I never used it.  Maybe this one will be the one?  The materials are probably different & the feel as well.

I should stop here.

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Do I Wanna For September 15, 2017’s Haul? (Perfume If you wanna LE)

I kind of forgot about this.  So what is this thing that I forgot about?

It’s Perfume’s If you wanna single.  This is the LE version with a DVD & special packaging.  There is another LE without special packaging.  I think the special packaging has a “case” to hold the discs.  The other LE is a sleeve case which is weird.  It seems Perfume is running out of ideas at this point.  I haven’t heard this single yet, but yet I buy it.  Mainly to show my continuous support like a hardcore fanboy which I’m not since I do have some songs that I don’t like from them.

I don’t think I have anything else coming in this month.  Pretty slow really & I haven’t been buying a bunch of things lately.  Trying to save money on some important stuff.

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It’s August 31, 2017 & It’s Finally Here (Leo Ieiri: Zutto, Futari de LEs)

It’s August 31.  The last Leo Ieiri shipment from CDJapan came on August 1.  Not too bad compare to my previous shipments from Chinese speaking Asia areas.  But they still need to step up their game!

So what Leo Ieiri stuff came in from Yesasia?

It’s 2 limited edition versions of Zutto, Futari de.  One comes with a DVD which is the left one.  The right one is basically a regular edition due to the cover image, but it comes with a goodie which is a mobile strap.  I do hate it when this happens.  I understand that it is for choice of variety, but hardcore fans would get them both.  I ain’t hardcore, but I’m close to it since I’m mainly supporting Leo.

Anyways, that’s all for this month.  I did get a pair of shoes these past days.  Don’t know if they are interesting enough to put up though.  I’ll think about it & see if I want to post it or not.  They will probably be wore out by then.  Also if not enough content is up here, I may consider it.

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My Thoughts About Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night & Persona 5 Dancing Star Night

A few weeks ago, Atlus Japan announced Persona 5 The Animation.  It was expected given that there was 2 Persona 4 anime shows, the Persona 3 movies, & a Persona 5 OVA.  Personally, I’m not a fan of the P5 OVA animation as it was done by another studio.  I think it was A-1 Studio.  The game animation was made by Production I.G.  The difference in animation quality is huge.  But it’s interesting to see what name Joker is given & the type of canon character he is.  I have a slight idea what his character is based on the OVA if they are heading that path.  Plus it’s the same studio that is doing the show.

But I’m here to talk about the other Persona news that was announced I think the day later.  It was Persona 5 Dancing Star Night & Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night for Playstation 4 & Playstation Vita.  Persona Q 2 for 3DS was quietly announced as well, but I’m not going to get into that.

If you haven’t seen the announcement trailers for the Persona dance games, here are the trailers:

Persona 5 Dancing Star Night:

Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night:

Both games are planned for release in Spring 2018 in Japan.  No North American release date has been announced yet.  This was pretty much an expected thing really.  So what do I think about it?  I think it is great in a way.

The music in the Persona games are great.  So it does make sense that it gets a rhythm game.  Persona 4 got it, but it does have some problems from what I heard.  I got the game, but yet to play it.  I heard that the timing of the rhythm is off & poor.  The game was originally going to be made with Dango, the company that made the first 3 Project Diva PSP games.  But the game went all internal later on & I don’t think there was any official reason made on why.  Game was poorly done in that area even though the rest of the game was good.  Because of the bad rhythm gameplay, I hope that the P-Studio Team will learn something from it.

As of the game, it seems to run on a lighter version of the P5 engine.  Reason why I say that is the character model for Joker seems a bit different; mainly in the hair department.  It looks a bit cleaner & watered down.  I think the engine is different somewhat for the PS Vita to handle.  I don’t think it has the power to run the original engine smoothly.  But models of P3 look great; especially the animations.

Although the 2 dancing games are probably being made at the same time due to the same release window, the dance moves for the 2 games are different.  P5 seems more jazzy & swing while P3 is more B-boy & rock pop.  I like how Atlus is showing some difference in the dance moves because of the music.

In terms of music, I like the music style of P3 more.  Although the original music is mainly on the dark side, the remixes will probably be more upbeat & heavy in tone.  P5 is great, but I’m not too much into Jazz.  But if P3 was dark, how is the story going to play out in Dancing Moon Light; especially on what happened in the P3 ending?

P4 Dancing All Night had a story that was canon.  A lot of people are wondering how P3 Dancing Moon Night will play out.  P5 can probably continue without problems, but P3 will be a mess.  However, I did hear on the net that this won’t be the case.  I hear that the new dancing games will not have a story mode.  It will be replaced with something else.  What that is is unknown.  Chances are the games will be purely a rhythm game & nothing else.  Given how close the release window is, I don’t see how the team can make storylines for 2 games at once unless they turn out crappy or have been in the process for a long time.

Speaking of changes, I also heard that P5 will have new tracks.  Not remixes, actual new tracks.  These are probably tracks that didn’t make it to the final cut of the original game & have been put in as is or changed a bit.  This is probably when P5 was going through a lot of changes in the production cycle.

Overall, I am a bit iffy about the games at this point if what I heard about P4 Dancing All night is true.  But I will still preorder both games when they become available in North America.  I prefer the Vita version due to the use of headphones & portability.  The game seems to be more suitable for this kind of console.  This will probably change if there is a LE that is only for the PS4 or the PS4 version turns out to be the superior one due to extra stuff or better gameplay performance.  But you can bet your ass that I will be all over the OSTs as well.

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The Haul Is Finally Here On August 4, 2017 (Taeyeon My Voice Deluxe Edition & tofubeats FANTASY CLUB)

Took a long time to get these.  There seems to be a big problem with Chinese Asian countries in terms of shipping.  So what was I waiting for from Yesasia?

First is Taeyeon’s My Voice Deluxe Edition.  This is the Sky Version.  Also, this is the version that I got me a bit mad since I got the first release.  Two of them in fact.  Basically new photos & additional tracks.

Last is tofubeats Fantasy Club.  This is the CD that I was waiting for the most.

I might want to be cautious on what I get from Chinese Asian places from now on.  Or I should expect things from them 2 months later.

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August 1 2017 Marks The First Haul Of The Month (Leo Ieiri 5th Anniversary Live at Nippon Budokan BD)

Well, I did somewhat of a test in regards of the mailing service in Asia.  Not really a test since what I really did was buy things from 2 different online stores that were releasing on the same day.  One from CDJapan & the other from Yesasia.  The one from CDJapan came first.  Do note that all the items were shipped on the same day as well.  So what came first?

It’s Leo Ieiri 5th Anniversary Live at Nippon Budokan.  This is the Blu-Ray version.  Strange to me that they did the cover like that.  Like all my Japanese concert disc, I’m probably not going to watch this.  Brought it to show support for Leo.  Looking at the track list, it is quite lengthy.  Not a bad concert from my view.

The other item in question is Leo’s latest single.  I preordered that from Yesasia.  So far, I been experience problems with shipments coming from Asia.  Right now, it is Chinese speaking areas in Asia.  I got problems from China mainly.  Now, Hong Kong with Yesasia.  I rarely have problems with them.  Now the past 2 shipments with them, there have been major delays.  Not sure where the problem lies.  Starting today, I’m going to see how long it takes for that single to come to me.

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PS4 LE Unboxing: Persona 5 Take Your Heart Premium Edition

This is the first PS4 LE Unboxing post.  What a great way to start it with a stylish game.  Was going to do this much sooner, but time wasn’t friendly with me.  Plus, I’m currently on my 2nd playthrough on this game.  Like it says “take your time.”

Today, we are going to unbox Persona 5 Take Your Heart Premium Edition by Atlus.

The back side of the tall box.

Removing the box sleeve, you get this nice box full of artwork.  The front side has the 4 starting characters.

The bottom part of the box.  It shows the remaining 4 characters.  If you didn’t notice, the character’s Personas are shown behind them.

The box opens & close with a magnetic lid.  Opening it, you will first see the Morgana plush & artbook.  To my surprise, the artbook is placed in a plastic bag.  Not sealed though.

Removing the artbook, you will see the remaining items.  You see the CD OST, the game in a Steelbook, & the bag.  Let’s look at each item.

First, the artbook.  The artbook is called Persona 5 Art Book The Aesthetics.  It has a nice amount of artwork with some potential spoilers.  However, it’s not as good as the Japanese official artbook.

The next item is the Morgana plush.  I think it is 6″ tall.  Kind of cute too & seems nicely made based on the stitched eyes.

Just like the game, this plush is designed for ages 17 & up.  Also, it’s flammable.  To my surprise, this plush is made by Sunrise Co, Ltd.  I never knew that they make toys too.

This mini CD is a selection of songs from the game’s OST.  The CD is called Sounds of Rebellion.  I didn’t know that Toshiki Konishi was also composing music for the game.  I thought Shoji Meguro was doing the whole thing.

A list of tracks on this CD sleeve.

Next, the game.  This is the Steelbook edition.  This is the same one as the first press run of the game.

Opening the Steelbook, this is what the front & back looks like.

The inside.

The inside with the game disc removed.

The last item is the Shujin Academy schoolbag. I didn’t open the bag for the sake of space in my room.  If you want details of the bag, Atlus did explain it a bit in their official unboxing video.  But from first glance in person, the bag is not a high quality bag.  It’s a standard kind of bag.  As the guys in Atlus mention, it’s not wise to put a laptop or dedicated items in due to the lack of protection inside.

There you have it.  The unboxing of Persona 5 Take Your Heart Premium Edition.  There isn’t much inside, but it does live up the “Premium” label with the nice goods inside.  Nice packaging & presentation, but not as great as the other LEs I’ve seen from North America like the Call of Duty games or other AAA titles.  But good enough at least.

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