Under Your Radar: The Rising of the Shield Hero (web novel)

(Web novels generally don’t have art, so this post will be fairly art-free)
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Shield Hero LN Cover
This is the Light Novel’s cover.

It’s time for Under Your Radar! This time, we’ll be discussing The Rising of the Shield Hero (Japanese title: Tate no Yūsha no Nariagari). It was a web novel written by Aneko Yusagi, which updated daily until its conclusion. It was then adapted to a light novel, actually having editors this time, which then received a manga adaptation. I’ll be talking about the web novel today, but I recommend reading the manga. The story received notable rewrites when the editors got on board to make it into a light novel. The light novel and manga have been licensed by One Peace Books, with releases having already started two weeks ago.

The story is thus: Our protagonist, a college student named Naofumi, is called to a fantasy world as the hero of the shield. There are two other heroes, corresponding to a spear, sword and bow. Most humans hate the hero of the shield, while the demi-humans love him due to the previous hero of the shield being especially nice to their kind. Continue reading

Morphtronics, Transform and Roll Out!

I’ve been playing a lot of Yu-Gi-Oh! lately, and I’ve gotten my Morphtronic deck as good as it’s getting right now unless they put out some surprise support or ridiculously powerful Synchro that I can summon (granted, more Synchros are due soon due to the current arc of ARC-V). Granted, I may forget something obvious and need to adjust it.

This deck has been the main deck I’ve used in this game since the archetype’s initial release, so I have all of their combos completely figured out. I’ll explain the ones possible in this build, but first the list is below.

For those unaware, the deck is a Transformers parody, though I see them more are minicons. Continue reading

The Hobby Returns! Yu-Gi-Oh!

As some of you may be aware, I’d previously dropped Yu-Gi-Oh! after YCS Toronto 2011, where I got more losses than wins. I have now returned to the game, and will be posting about it every so often. Of course, given that I have enough skill at the game to be certified as a level 1 Judge (twice, once before and once after by break from the game), I’m just gonna assume anyone reading my posts knows the basic rules (though I’ll try to explain the most complex stuff the first time they show up). Continue reading

Under Your Radar: Love Live! School Idol Project

We’re Living in the Now (Bokura wa Ima no Naka de) by μ’s

Our honest feelings bring us together
We’re serious, but inexperienced; our hearts clash
Even so, we want to achieve big dreams
It’s right here, and it’s only just begun

(We know)
It won’t be all fun and games; we’ll face challenges
(We know)
That those hardships are part of our future
(We’re going)
If we come together, we’ll all become stronger
(For sure) We’ll keep changing (We’ll be stars!)

If we can do our best with what we love
A new (place) will be our goal
If we can all believe in what we love
We can (embrace) out hearts’ fluttering and move forward

(Throw away your fear) With your best smile
(Fly higher and higher) We’re living in the now

Waiting for the light to shine on us

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Love Live Promo Art

This week’s Under Your Radar is Love Live! School Idol Project. Love Live! is a large multimedia production by Dengeki G’s Magazine (which is run by Kadokawa), music label Lantis (which is a subsidiary of Namco Bandai), and anime studio Sunrise (which is mostly known for Gundam, but Love Live! is handled by its eighth studio, whose other notable works include the anime adaptations of Accel World and Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere; it is also a subsidiary of Namco Bandai).

Being a multimedia project, parts of the franchise include short stories, a manga, fan-voted music videos (which determine things like the song’s lead singer and the names of the idol groups and sub-groups), other music CDs, an anime and even live performances, without even getting into miscellaneous merchandise. Of those, the manga and short stories are the only ones that cannot be accessed by English-speaking audiences (and only the anime can be viewed legally). As a result, this review will focus on the anime. Continue reading

Under Your Radar: Oreimo

You’re a fake. You see, my sister would never wake me up, cook breakfast, or do my laundry. In fact, she completely looks down on me and treats me like an idiot, or outright ignores me! She doesn’t listen to a word I say! There’s no way she’d come into my room like this to wake me up! Basically, what I’m trying to say is that there’s no way me little sister could be this cu-*wakes up*

Kirino and Kyosuke, if you couldn’t tell.

After another long hiatus, this week’s Under Your Radar is the light novel series Oreimo (which is the short version of its Japanese title, which is Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai, which translates into “My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute”), which has received multiple anime and manga adaptations, as well as two visual novels for PSP. This series actually has a pretty large fanbase, but is looked down upon from the outside of said fanbase due to the title. Honestly, based on the title, there are a large amount of people who have never even watched/read it that think it’s about incest. It’s not. Continue reading