Event Otsukare! Ensemble Stars “Checkmate”

Sorry about my absence. orz;; This past week has been filled with house sitting, school visits (kinda…), and quite a bit of paperwork. Also me being lazy now that summer is here full-on, let’s be honest.

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to do an end-of-event report for Ensemble Stars’ most recent event. For those who aren’t particularly well-versed in mobile gaming, Ensemble Stars is an idol-raising game for girls. I would say “similar to [xyz]” but tbh this is essentially the first idol mobage I played so I can’t compare it to any of its predecessors. What makes Ensemble Stars particularly interesting to me, though, is that it takes cues from both otome and BL so you have a breadth of interesting characters with equally interesting relationships that are often kind of… suspect. I would highly recommend it for its incredible characters, great story-telling and wonderful art, but buyer beware because it’s a money-sucking machine.

Of course, the most recent event was Knights! Which is inarguably the most popular unit in the game. As two characters from Knights are in my top five (unfortunately for me, because Knights events are ridiculously time- and funds-consuming) I played this event pretty seriously. Especially since Arashi was rank.

I ended up getting only two copies of Arashi. orz;; I’m not FTP by any means but since I have to start focusing on saving for school I couldn’t really take this event ‘seriously’ in an actual expenditure sense. So I had 250 dia to use on the event, as well as a stash of unused sports drinks, konpeito, and yakisoba from all the events post-April (and post-Mika). Luckily I also happened to get Shinobu and Mitsuru from the event scout, which also gave me a boost (though took away from my dia stash). Currently I only have 19 dia left, and my rank was…

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…15,532, which put me over 500 below the rank I wanted to be in to get three copies of Arashi, but alas. orz;;; There was no way I was going to spend more dia to battle KnightsP just for one more copy of a card that will already be too weak to use on any of my teams. Sorry, Naruchan. ;;

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Aoba Ikura “Natsukage ni, Sayonara” review

About time I talk about some actual BL, huh? I read Natsukage ni, Sayonara yesterday after a random download just because 11the cover was cute to me, and was pleasantly surprised to find it’s actually the debut original release of my favorite free! doujinka: Amakura. Unfortunately, around the time she started going professional she deleted most of her sites so I won’t try to link them here, but here is her original works twitter.

This book definitely reminded me why I loved Amakura’s stories so much back in the days of free! fandom—there’s a bittersweet gentleness she handles her characters with that I really appreciate. This particular story centers on a young man named Fuuga who initially seems to come off as somewhat of a spoiled rich kid; he seems to have plenty of money, is attractive and popular, and goes to a good school. However, after his friends talk about the importance of earning their own money, Fuuga opts for a part-time job over summer break.

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Yuri!!! on Ice Adores Cafe

Thank you so much for the comments on the Kurahashi Tomo cafe post! It’s nice to come back, and to see familiar names I haven’t been able to speak with for a long time. Since there was some interest, now we’re moving on the Yuri!!! on Ice Adores cafe.

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Kurahashi Tomo “Pink to Mameshiba” Cafe

Good afternoon! It’s been a while! Lately I’ve felt lonesome for the chance to talk about BL, and since I’m done with what I feel is the most difficult part of my schooling (the whole taking classes I’m not interested in, maintaining a 4.0, being admitted into a strong Japanese program, etc. part) I figured it wouldn’t hurt to revive my baby. And what better way to revive it, than post a small report of the Kurahashi Tomo cafe I attended last month?

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Goodbyes.

Hello everyone!

I’m sure you’ve all seen this coming. Admittedly I’ve been thinking about it for a while now. My life has gotten very hectic, especially recently for a variety of reasons. To keep it short and sweet, I’ve started going back to school in order to ~follow my dreams~ (in translation and publishing) and so my personal time as well as my finances have been cut pitifully short. Take into account my nearly full-time job and my small-but-existent social life, my internet presence has been dwindling and thus my ability to read bl much less post extensively about it just isn’t there anymore.

which isn’t to say I don’t still love bl very very much. I mean, obviously it’s part of the reason I’m working hard in other aspects of my life right now (better Japanese skills, higher paying job, more chances to travel to Japan = ability to read bl INTENSIFIES) and I’m not in any way going “feh fuck bl I’m out!” I can assure you when I’m in Tokyo again come September I’m bringing two big fat suitcases of bl home with me.

but I just don’t have the wherewithal to hold this site up to any of the standards I had when I originally started it. It’s better to close it now so I no longer have any pressure or guilt over abandoning it silently.

though rest assured, I will still be talking about it on my personal social networking accounts. Just not on the large scale this blog afforded. But there are many other bl blogs on the market now, so there will always be plenty of bl to read about. Maybe someday when I have more time I’ll even start a new one myself. But for now I’m paring down my online presence to just one personal blog.

it’s very bittersweet—I have met some of my Most Important People through the fact that I run this blog. I have met friends who I’ll hopefully have all my life. And I’ll cherish that forever. Just more reason so love both reading and writing about my favorite fiction genre. \o/

thank you all so much for following this blog all these years–thank you for the comments, support, and even gifts you’ve sent to me. You have all been amazing and it’s been wonderful being able to chat with you.

bl forever!

ふう子

Akihira Shiro “Twilight Underground”

So I’m a huge huge fan of Akihira Shiro’s debut release Ame to Kiss and was thus pretty excited to see she had a new story already running in Craft. I bought the two latest volumes specifically because I was really impatient to read every available chapter of Kii Kanna’s Yuki no Shita no Qualia but I’d be lying if I said Akihira Shiro’s illustration on the cover of volume 62 had nothing to do with it.

I admittedly was somewhat nervous about reading it. It’s not that rare that I love an artist’s first work (or at least the first work I read by them) and then have too high of standards for the second release of theirs I consume. But two chapters in I’m already pretty in love with both characters and their overall relationship.

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Akiyama-kun rerelease!

As I’m sure many of you know (as it’s such a popular title even in overseas fandom) Nobara Aiko not only released the first volume of Yokosu Inu, Mekuru Yoru this past month but also partnered with Marble Comics to rerelease her incredibly well-loved title Akiyama-kun! I had no clue, personally, until I happened to see it on Amazon.jp and wasn’t sure if it was a continuation or—in fact—just a rerelease of the original story. Well, it’s a little of both!

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