iDOLM@STER Stella Stage

Posted by DiGiKerot in Gaming, idolmaster at September 19, 2017 on 5:41 pm

It came of at least something of a surprise when they suddenly dropped a short PV for a previously entirely unannounced and unteased PS4 iDOLM@STER game, Stella Stage, during the Sony TGS Press Conference event earlier today.

It’s pretty safe to say that the franchises first outing on PS4, last years iDOLM@STER Platinum Stars, was ultimately something of a disappointment. A lot about the games presentation was fantastic – a nice new visual make-over and a pleasant atmosphere inspired by the movies training camp made a pretty good first impression, and the 765Pro All Stars shows were fabulous – but in the end it was a game that felt like a whole lot of stick without any carrot. That is to say, there was almost zero sense of progression to it – aside from there being little in the way of a narrative thrust to it, and your idols progression simply boiled down to repeating things until their numbers increased. Costumes, infuriatingly, were locked behind random drops, with anything good being incredibly rare – unless you dropped actual money on a P-Drop, a consumable which temporarily improved your chances. Ultimately, it felt a lot like it had taken a few too many cues from mobile games, without providing the steady stream of the kind of content those games have that make it feel almost (almost) worthwhile to play. This was particularly bad given you could enjoy a better implementation of these things for free by pulling out your phone and playing Starlight Stage instead.

Mikan Watch #113: Teekyu Season 9

Posted by DiGiKerot in Mikan Watch at September 14, 2017 on 7:10 pm

From this weeks episode of Teekyu (episode 106!). The dialogue is actually referring to the shrine, rather than the box, coincidentally.

This isn’t the first time Teekyu has popped up for this, and I’m pretty sure I skipped over one I could probably have gotten away with appearing in one of the OP sequences because I try to avoid too many series duplicates, but I had just recently been thinking that it’d been a while since I’ve posted one of these.

Teekyu has been off-air for a while. Presumably this is because director Shin Itagaki has been busy with other things – I mean, he was involved in that Berserk anime that was broadcast the last couple of years, and he’s the director on the new Wake Up Girls show that is starting next month, which has no doubt been keeping him pre-occupied for some time now. I dare-sent say, as much as I love Teekyu, maybe the break was needed – the current season of Teekyu has been way more consistently on-point than the last couple of seasons were. That said, maybe it’s just the whole absence-makes-the-heart-grow-fonder thing.

Which is about all I have to say about Teekyu this evening.

The Night is Short, Walk on Girl

Posted by DiGiKerot in One shots at September 9, 2017 on 10:19 pm

I went to the UK premiere of Maasaki Yuasa’s most recent movie, The Night is Short, Walk on Girl in Glasgow this evening. It’s on general release here in the UK on the 4th of October, but the man himself was actually at this screening (along with, it turned out, producer Eunyoung Choi), so it seemed like it’d be worth the trip to see it early.

The New WUG; Same as the Old WUG. Kinda.

Posted by DiGiKerot in Wake Up Girls! at September 8, 2017 on 6:58 pm

A new PV for the new series of Wake Up, Girls!, which is due to start next month, dropped during the Nico stream today. You should go watch it.


Posted by DiGiKerot in Free Talk at September 5, 2017 on 9:35 pm

I guess today marks the twelfth year of me maintaining this particular internet domain. I should say the twelfth year of running this blog, but the sorry excuse of a post-rate I’ve been maintaining hardly really constitutes running anything.