Under Your Radar: Rune Factory 4

Travelers of the Wind by Joe Rinoie and Saaya Mizuno (Japanese voices of the two player avatars)

It’s been way too long, but it’s now time for Under Your Radar! This time, we’ll be discussing Rune Factory 4, the final title by the developer Neverland, published by Marvelous worldwide (XSEED is just the name for their Western arm).

Rune Factory 4 is a 3DS game, and the sixth title in its series. It released in 2012 in Japan, 2013 in North America, and 2014 in Europe. Like the rest of the games in the series, it plays like a Story of Seasons/Harvest Moon type of game, with additional combat elements. Continue reading

Under Your Radar: Stella Glow

Before I begin, I would like to address the elephant in the room. Last time, I teased The Severing Crime Edge as the next work to be covered. Since then, it has come to my attention that not only did the manga conclude, it is available legally in English. I would be remiss to write about it before reading the manga since it’s available. Not only that, quite some time has passed, so I found myself unable to recall the details of the anime. As such, I substituted something I’d been exposed to somewhat more recently. So, without further ado…

Hikari no Metamorphosis (English ver.) by Konomi Suzuki

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It’s been a while, but it’s time for Under Your Radar! This time, we’ll be discussing Stella Glow, a 3DS game released in June 2015 in Japan by Sega, localized for North America in November by Atlus, and and finally released in PAL regions in March 2016 by NIS America. It is the swansong of imageepoch, a developer who honestly did not release a single game I enjoyed throughout their entire existence. After delivering the final build of the Japanese release of this game, the president of the company went missing, and it later came to light that the company was bankrupt. Will this final game of theirs be an exception, or more of the same? Continue reading

[JOKE] Blanc for Smash!

I think we’re all aware of the Smash Ballot by now. I was going to vote for one of the Rays from Custom Robo, but I ended up with a far better idea: Blanc from Neptunia.

Blanc Approaching Smash

I know what you’re thinking: Why Blanc? Because she represents Nintendo, simple as that. If it weren’t for that, there’d be no way a character who’s never even graced Nintendo hardware could possibly get in. Continue reading

Under Your Radar: Tales of Hearts R

Eternal Tomorrow by Shuichi Ikemori
[NOTE: English release removes voice track of the song. Click here to hear what it sounds like.]

What was I searching for here?
The place that I flee to is always inside of my heart

Even though I want to change, I can’t change
I hated myself

Everyone is wishing for an eternal tomorrow
For an unwavering heart that expands endlessly
If tears of sorrow overflowed from your hands
Then I’d embrace you tightly

I’ll try to rely on myself
A bond will begin from there…

Connecting tears
Heart to heart

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Tales of Hearts R CoverReady? It’s time for Under Your Radar! Today, we’ll be covering Tales of Hearts R, a Vita entry in the Tales series, and a port of the similarly-named DS game known as Tales of Hearts. The 3DS game had a version with 3D model-animated cutscenes and a version with anime-style cutscenes. The former was poorly-received due to various off-model reasons, so the Vita version if based on the latter.

Some things were removed from the port, and some characters and plot points were simplified or completely changed. The combat system was also adjusted to allow for 4-character parties rather than three (and the combat system in general was overhauled). It is the first game in the series to release in the West with solely the Japanese voice track. Continue reading

Under Your Radar: Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars

Spicate ~7-colored celestial sphere~ (spicate ~7-shoku no tenkyūgi~) by phantasmagoric
(I can’t find the lyrics for this one.)

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Conception 2 CoverIt’s time for another Under Your Radar! Today, I will be covering Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars, developed by Spike Chunsoft and localized by Atlus. It was released in Japan as Conception II: Guidance of Seven Stars and Muzzle’s Nightmare (CONCEPTION II: Nanahoshi no Michibiki to Mazuru no Akumu). It was released for the Vita and received a cheap 3DS port. Despite the title, it has no connection to the original PSP game, which was never localized, aside from basic gameplay systems. I played the Vita release. Continue reading

My Top 10 Favourite JRPG Boss Battle Themes

Because, like last time, I simply felt like it.

Just like with the normal battle themes, I’m restricting myself to one song per series to avoid flooding the list with different entries from one series, or even one game. I’m also not including final bosses for obvious reasons.

It was actually quite tough to come up with 10 for this list with how many entire series have nothing but bad boss songs, but I did manage eventually, so let’s see what I have here… Continue reading

My Top 10 Favourite JRPG Normal Battle Themes

I just randomly felt like it, so I made a list of my favourite JRPG normal battle themes. Mainly because I was just thinking about how most JRPGs tend to have that song play a huge role in one’s first impression of a game. So… here you go, I suppose. Before I do, though, some restrictions on the list:

  1. Only one song per series. This includes cases where a game is officially part of a series but doesn’t have the name of the series in its title (Mana Khemia is officially the ninth Atelier game and thus counts as an Atelier entry, for example, but Bravely Default doesn’t count as a Final Fantasy entry, despite the jokes about it being the best Final Fantasy in years).
  2. I’m only counting the first normal battle theme in the case of games with multiple. Some games will pick a normal battle theme depending on the exact situation, however, so those will share a slot. (NOTE: This does not include when the requisite situation is “travel to another part of the world”, since those songs would be the second, third, fourth, etc.) Prologues are also excluded from this (such as Tales of Graces‘ lengthy one with the cast as kids).

Okay, so here we go! I’ll keep my explanations as brief as possible. Continue reading

Under Your Radar: Senran Kagura BURST

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It sure has been a while. Today’s Under Your Radar will be on Senran Kagura BURST. This is a 3DS game that’s been released as a download-only title in North America, but has just been released in Europe physically, so I feel it’s as good a time as any to push this review out.

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It’s a side-scrolling beat ’em up with visual novel-style storytelling. Furthermore, the game is actually made up of two separate games. The original game, Senran Kagura: Skirting Shadows (Senran Kagura: Shōjo-tachi no Shinei), and a new storyline featuring the other side of the story, Senran Kagura: Crimson Girls (Senran Kagura: Guren no Shōjo-tachi). I’ve actually reviewed the anime already and said that it made me want to play the game, so you might be wondering what I think of it. Continue reading

Under Your Radar: Senran Kagura (Anime)

Shinobi– that is what they who made their living in service of the daimyo and feudal lords of this land, by carrying out espionage, subversion and assassination, were called by everyone else. This tale is of the miracle of love and courage of five young ladies, who have devoted their youth in the fight against evil, as shinobi.


Break your world by Sayaka Sasaki

Break your own lingering chains yourself

You took the blemished, rusty blade
You’d tucked away in your soul when assailed by doubt
And brandished it blindly

Your awakening to this surefire heat started the day you realized
That you can’t get any stronger without admitting your weakness

A crimson trap winds around you like a spiral
Burn in what is real and blow it far away
(Come on! Burst the dark right now!!)

Flashes of light in the distant sky bloom fiercely
To envelop the shadows and release them into the altostratus
Vowing to blaze for yourself the path to believe in,
Break through the unseen chains, the maze

You don’t need to grieve anymore
Who can read the future? Know thyself
Ready now! Discern truth or false
Break your world

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SK Promo Art (Small)It sure has been a while, but it’s time for Under Your Radar! This time, we’ll be discussing an anime adaptation of a video game series by the name of Senran Kagura. The series consists of 3 games by Marvelous AQL, 2 on 3DS and 1 on Vita, as well as 5 different manga and the aforementioned anime. While one of the manga has been licensed by Seven Seas and FUNimation picked up the anime for streaming (but you can only watch it if you’re in the US because Hulu), Marvelous USA is having a hard time deciding if they want to pick up the game or not, despite it being the most-requested game to said company.

SKSV Screenshot Can’t really blame them, though.