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Welcome to my initial blog series, Absolute Destiny Whatever (Named after a Twitter hashtag I made up while I was working on a wiki for those that were wondering) where I'll be discussing not only what videogames I've been playing, but also about what else is going on about my life as of late. The holidays came and went and it turned out to be fine despite the year that I had with my family.

Christmas Eve and Day

Unlike other X-Mas Eves, that one was shorter than hell rather than the usual feeling of it being longer than two to three days. Christmas Day arrives and I ended up having some fun as my folks gave me some gifts despite being far from perfect and the lazy-ass job they did with my stocking. (A big ziplock bag filled with candy in a stocking? Seriously? The candy part's what the actual stocking is for.) -__-

Gifts that I Can Remember from that Time

  • Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks. (Link via GiantBomb)
  • A shirt that doesn't suit me (It was purple with light blue text). :(
  • A new stereo/cd player.
  • A box of Old Spice stuff (Which smells very good in my view).
  • An fancy Invicta watch that made the ones from my nearest mall look like counterfeit ones.

New Year's 2013

2012 was quite a ride in gaming, anime and hanging around at the campus lounge and on the internet. I also learned that I have an fearless-like ability when talking to women outside of the school lounge as pointed out by a few friends of mine. (Didn't even need help from GB's off-topic section for that. :P ) However, when it came to my home and family life, it was a bitch and a half. I lost a loved one, another loved one got arrested (too many driving tickets), and the family car was towed in late September, thus royally screwing everyone's plans until my fall quarter, which totally blew despite my good performances back there. I dealt with the negatives of 2012. Now I'm attempting to turn them all into positives for 2013.

That's about everything that went on with me during the holidays, so with a song to welcome the new year , I'll see you around until next time. (Also feel free to comment if you want to share your thoughts on how your holidays went too).

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Since K-On ended up becoming a phenomenon since the first season's release, there's already more merch for it than I can even remember, but this recent one caught my eye and ended up being one of the moments when I wish I knew how to speak Japanese even though there was already an introduction to it on this very site. There's this article for the themed Portable GPS that showed up on ANN not too long ago and judging from it as well as the original source (it's only in Japanese, but sadly, my chrome browser couldn't pick up any text from it, so I had it translated in order to actually read it).

Looks like I got my wishlist extended....
Looks like I got my wishlist extended....

It looks like a cassette tape when being started up, but it then goes to a themed menu, which also includes the settings for which band member to pick. The voices of Yui, Mugi, Mio, Ritsu and Azusa can guide the user to their destination when one of them is chosen as the avatar for your car.

I would definitely use the Mugi one if I could. <3
I would definitely use the Mugi one if I could. <3

It just got released in Japan, so it looks like the fun begins for the lucky bastards who come across this. I doubt this'll end up with an English version option, but a guy can dream, can't he?

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I don't want to let her go either, but I must. :(
I don't want to let her go either, but I must. :(

This will be the last of my report on the series before my full review of the series. It was a fun time following every episode, even though the one-parters threw me off a bit. This last set (11 and 12) are two-parters once again.

Synopsis

We go back in time once again to Sweet Girl (Mediator)'s Grade School days as she is enrolled at a late age and plans to skip and advance a couple of grades. However, she happens to be an anti-social person who thinks that Curly, a roommate and potential friend of hers might take advantage of her age and bully her along with a suspicious group of kids her age. There's also an rumor of a group of fairies holding a tea party somewhere at the time and it might end up becoming a real event after Sweetheart finds a fairy near the bullies.

Good

  • The story for both parts turned out to be excellent.
  • Part 2 fills in the origin and friendship for both Sweetheart and Y.
  • There's some very good humor, but this set is more on a serious note like some of the past ones.
  • The outcome of the set turned out as an excellent closer.

Bad

  • Part 1's story felt very slow up until the second half of the episode.
  • This is one set that makes a lot of the episodes feel jumbled up from the plot's standing point.

Weird

  • Curly's insanity is either equal or greater than the Curly from Hey Arnold in one particular episode.
  • The Guard Robot was mysteriously more helpful than harmful because it wasn't updated at all.

I hate spoiler-highlighting stuff because it freaks me out, but as it turns out the message at the very end likely hints at a second season, but the fans of this (such as myself) can only hope for it. This won't be the last time I'll be reviewing episodes from series like this, so keep under watch for anything, loyal readers! :)

Highlights

Of course, everyone's hair was messed up back then.
Of course, everyone's hair was messed up back then.
Hm. He resembles Professor Layton. Are there any puzzles lying around?
Hm. He resembles Professor Layton. Are there any puzzles lying around?
Always watch out for the cute ones. They can be trouble.
Always watch out for the cute ones. They can be trouble.
Now's not the time to read any Yaoi, Y. ;p
Now's not the time to read any Yaoi, Y. ;p
I hope to see you again! <3
I hope to see you again! <3
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C'mon, Grandpa. I didn't even expect this turn of events!
C'mon, Grandpa. I didn't even expect this turn of events!

This is what threw me off: The two episodes this time are one-parters instead of the usual two. The Mediator and the fairies got stuck on a deserted island after the latter agreed to do some soul searching with her while the next episode was on how "Watashi" became a Mediator and met the fairies for the first time (and even named some of them). Here's the lowdown of what I thought...

The Fairies' Survival Skills

Good

  • The story and humor were balanced this time.
  • Mediator looks good as a Queen. <3

Bad

  • Nothing I can recall was bad this time.

Weird

  • The overused monuments and how a fairy managed to create a narcotic.

The Fairies' Earth

Good

  • Managed to fill a plot hole on how the Mediator and her Grandpa discovered the fairies by themselves
  • Plot and Humor balance.
  • The Mediator's Statue. <3

Bad

  • Felt a bit slow at the beginning

Weird

  • The fairies' pee happens to be pure water. I won't be able to look at drinking water the same way again....

I'll still continue to report the series until it's end, so look out for me next time!

Highlights

Don't poke him like that, miss. He's not a Pilsbury Doughboy!
Don't poke him like that, miss. He's not a Pilsbury Doughboy!
A full picture of the dress would've been nice.
A full picture of the dress would've been nice.
Winners don't grow drugs!
Winners don't grow drugs!
I would've kept that statue too. <3
I would've kept that statue too. <3
Teaming up with a robot to fight monsters? How interesting...
Teaming up with a robot to fight monsters? How interesting...
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Banana gags haven't been this surprising since forever...
Banana gags haven't been this surprising since forever...

Another two weeks gave us a set of what the fairies can do all to score some candy, and I'm surprised that and Ringo Kid (Opposite Assistant, perhaps?) didn't drive the Mediatior completely mad like most people normally would. Then again, being in a time loop in the Fairies' World is not normal at all...

Synopsis

While the Mediator is entrusted to look for the Assistant after he ran off in the village, the fairies come up with a rather devious way to score more candy.

Good

  • Some humor was placed in both episodes, but the banana gags and Ringo were surprisingly good.
  • The time cycles resulted in a rather interesting community that the Mediator met...

Bad

  • The plot to this set really feels like they've been dragging on over and over up until Ringo storms in.

Weird

Both are spoilers, mind you. :(

  • Mediator's hair grew back after it was forced to be cut off last episode. Maybe that potion from episode 1 is still affecting her...
  • Hearing the real Assistant speak may be weird to some since he was a silent character throughout the entire series.

That's it until next time, where we apparently learn how the fairies can survive harsh conditions!

Highlights

Hm. Actually, she looks like she might actually be the Assistant's mom.
Hm. Actually, she looks like she might actually be the Assistant's mom.
Grandpa, keepin' it old school even when traveling.
Grandpa, keepin' it old school even when traveling.
The dog actually looks menacing. Mabye a Shadowfrom the Persona Universe owns him...
The dog actually looks menacing. Mabye a Shadowfrom the Persona Universe owns him...
I'll just leave this here...
I'll just leave this here...
Oh, Hello again, Link!
Oh, Hello again, Link!
An entire community of Mediators! XD
An entire community of Mediators! XD
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