January 3, 2019

Happy 2019!

Posted in life, video games tagged , at 9:19 pm by riulyn

Sorry I haven’t been around much. 2018 was an okay year of gaming. The biggest standout for me was Valkyria Chronicles 4. I guess I could review it but really in a few words: it’s my favorite Valkyria Chronicles game. By far.

I also ended 2018 with God Wars. Still working on the Labyrinth of Yomi but overall it was definitely fun to play. The story was functional enough. It was nice that I already knew some Japanese history/legends so the god names didn’t confuse me much.

I also ended 2018 starting Suikoden Woven Web of a Century and Suikoden Tierkreis replays. I’m continuing those now and so far so good.

I think generally this year I’ll be replaying games because I want to (definitely Baten Kaitos, and Suikodens, and Sol Trigger) and playing some new games. I’m aiming for 12 new, 12 replays. We’ll see how it goes. I don’t have a ton I want to preorder this year; a bunch of stuff comes out in Japan in the spring that I’m considering but I think I’ll wait for reviews. I actually travel to Japan in early March and it will be before these games release. I’ll be looking for a few used games when I’m in Japan, but I have mostly bought what I want. If I’m lucky I’ll find Soma Bringer. I’ve looked for it every time but this time I’ll be looking in Osaka. I might get lucky?

Anyway this blog will probably become less active than last year. I mostly use twitter @anonamorEN. I closed the riulyn twitter just so you all know, and my website for sheet music is just basically an archive. It’s at riulynrpg.azurewebsites.net. I think maybe one day I’ll finish transcribing Xenoblade 2’s main theme and a song from Zero no kiseki. Otherwise I really don’t have plans to transcribe much. Writing and knitting are my outlets mostly nowadays. I’m not going to say I’ll never go back…but just no more guarantees, no more requests, no more deadlines on the music side or the gaming side this year.


October 28, 2018

Quick personal update

Posted in life tagged at 7:32 pm by riulyn

  1. I think I’ll be shutting down my sheet music website. I don’t have a date right now. But I’ve really put like 0 effort into transcribing music in the past few months. And I don’t want to keep costing my brother money, so the domain name is going away and it will stay at riulyn.azurewebsites.net but even that will probably only be temporary. I’m looking for a place to deposit them all and not worry about keeping the website alive. I think I’ll remove the website by the end of this year, but I might forget. Anyway, that part of my life might be over soon.
  2. Government and university shenanigans so I still don’t have my grant money yet. But I’m also not quite ready to take the responsibility? At least mentally. I’ve been having a rough month with a rotation student but I think we are finally coming to an understanding? I didn’t expect that to be so much work…
  3. I have started streaming a bit with my PS4. I’m anonamor on twitch and my PSN account is riulyn0. So it’s a mix of both of my primary online names haha. Will probably fire up some more Valkyria Chronicles 4 later (as in once I get back from a conference). Streaming has been weird; I kind of just ramble. But yeah, anyway, I think someone was asking me about streaming before and I think I’ll keep doing it at a rather random schedule, playing random things.
  4. Today was my birthday. Still single, still a loner, still spent most of the day playing video games, also watched a lot of volleyball on stream. I’m happy with this; my parents are out of the country so it was lowkey and I’ll see them when they get back and get free dinner. I might be older but I never want to grow up completely. I like my freebies.
  5. I’m going to keep this blog up, but I’ll probably shut down my twitter account, at least the riulyn one. I have way too many twitters and I flee from some only to make new ones. I keep changing my mind, though so far anonamorEN is doing okay! I think it’ll stay alive only because I chat with other fanfic writers of the same fandoms on there. I’m glad to be back to being a fanfic writer while I will never admit what my old usernames used to be. (though I think one is obvious, I will pretend it doesn’t exist 😀 – I don’t even know how I would remove that account as I don’t have that email anymore)

Anyway I hope you are all well! I have Valkyria Chronicles 4 for sure to finish this year, and then it’ll be whatever I manage to catch my interest. Tales of Rebirth off to a meh start for me so far; same with Atelier Annie. Maybe I should dive into Danganronpa for real… Whatever it is, I caught up with the Kiseki series. That alone makes this year a successful gaming year, even if my owned backlog got bigger…whoops!

September 26, 2018

Life update

Posted in life tagged at 7:05 pm by riulyn

Sorry guys I haven’t been here much.

I kind of got addicted to twitter. I tweet fanfic and fandom stuff so I linked it to my more fannish account. I’m anonamorEN on twitter.

Also I got awarded a grant. Just getting through some paperwork now but it’s nice to know I won’t have any grants to write for a few years. And also money. Money is good.

I’ve been playing a lot of games but soon it will be Sen no kiseki IV (Trails of Cold Steel 4) and Valkyria Chronicles 4. I recently replayed Suikoden II and with each replay I notice more and more of the flaws, but I still love the game. I don’t care if it’s nostalgia that drives it; it’s still love.

I think I won’t be as active here but it’s not because I’ve stopped playing games. I am definitely motivated to keep playing games. There’s just something easier about twitter right now, though I’ll probably hiatus from internet for fandom soonish to concentrate on Sen 4. We’ll see if it takes me 130 hours like Sen 3 did…

Also, Xenoblade 2 Torna was good. I want to replay Xenoblade 2 as well as Xenoblade 1 now. So many games I want to replay. But maybe Sora no kiseki SC first? Or Sol Trigger?

I’m hoping to play Tales of Rebirth soon? I want to get closer to playing all the Tales that aren’t Radiant Mythology. I didn’t like what I played of that. Though maybe I’ll play it again anyway.

Oh, still into volleyball. I am enjoying NCAA volleyball so far. I don’t really talk about it online but that’s fine. I don’t feel the need to talk about everything with people. I can just talk to myself; I’ve done that for years.

So that’s that. I’ll maybe post something more organized, like a quick review of Sen 4, sometime in November. Hope you all have been doing well and be back sometime soon, hopefully.

March 12, 2018

Recommend me some JRPG bloggers to follow!

Posted in life, video games tagged , , , , at 9:45 pm by riulyn

Ultimately I have found myself back to using my WordPress way more than Tumblr, as as much as GIFs and fanart are nice, I really like reading people’s thoughts on games and not sifting through all the art to do so. I enjoy fanfics too, but finding fanfics is easy with major archives that people post to. Yet I didn’t even know about fanfics until some classmate randomly pointed me to a website that linked to Fanfiction.net. I didn’t even know of Livejournal until my friend I met in college told me about it. She also informed me about Tumblr. Unfortunately she isn’t a gamer like me. So basically I need friends (or random comments) to tell me where to go! Preferably blogs I can follow with WordPress Reader so I will actually see their updates in my feed.

In other thoughts, I am still working through Trails of Cold Steel and I am still second-guessing everything because of Zero/Ao and ahhhh can’t stop second guessing everything. Also, what is going to happen after the Kiseki is over? Maybe they’ll do another crossover spinoff with Ys? Though it’d be so hard to decide which characters to have, probably… Kiseki side stories where I can play as Lechter or Kilika? (Unless they were announced for Sen 4 or already in Sen 3, please don’t tell me so I can be pleasantly surprised…)

I did read some posts on Moegamer even though I am stuttering slowly through White Robe Love Syndrome (Hakuisei Ren’ai Shoukougun) when I am not distracted. The games he likes and the games I like don’t overlap that much right now; I have maybe finished 5 visual novels total and in general stay away from games with too much ecchi or fanservice because I personally don’t find it enjoyable most of the time (I actually don’t like huge boobs as they are drawn/shown in video games, so why would I want to make them less covered?) and I have too many other games to play. He writes pretty well and makes good points, so I generally agree with things I’ve read from him so far. His writings also reminded me that I am long overdue for my posts on the Ar tonelico games after beating them all. I have talked about them as I have gone through them, but I think I never did post about the series in general and what I feel for it (I have lots of feels).

My thoughts on Ar tonelico and even things “less problematic” like the Kiseki series are very connected to my view of myself. I am pretty honest on the Internet. This also means I have changed since I started this blog, so I can click on a post from 2008 and know some of the things I said then I wouldn’t say now. There’s also the influence of what’s going on in my life at the time (or in the world) that will influence how I write about a game. I’m still not sure why I was so “angry” about FFXII when I wrote about it. I still have no interest in replaying it, but I was tearing at it probably because it could have been great and some things about it really got to me. I think if I was writing that post now I’d be way more chill, even if I’d have the same conclusion that, nope, not replaying that game. Not when I want to replay so many other games still.

As is my usual, this post started with one thing and ended with another, with multiple incomplete thoughts in between. It was probably more fun for me to write than for you to read. I also enjoy reading posts like this, so if you know another blogger for writes about JRPGs and might meander in his/her/their posts, that’s totally fine with me.

October 17, 2017

A life update

Posted in life tagged , , , , , at 8:53 pm by riulyn

I haven’t really talked about my non-gaming life, even though it is the majority of my life…oh well. But games are just more exciting!

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July 31, 2017

What I’m playing – Mana Khemia: Student Alliance + Tales of Destiny 2

Posted in life, video games tagged , , at 7:03 am by riulyn

PSP version being the crappier interface aside, Mana Khemia is quite fun. Definitely loving the synthesis in the game. The cast of characters is great too. They each have a very strong quirk, but it doesn’t feel like common tropes were just picked for diversity but some actual thought was put behind it. Of course I expect decent character development from Atelier-like games, as I don’t usually play them for a sweeping, dramatic, thrilling plot. The character interactions are pretty funny, some fourth walls are broken, and they are bringing me smiles in an otherwise stressful period.

(The screw it, my grant is going to suck because it has problems I cannot fix in 30 days phase has hit. But that’s not a post for here…)

Of course I like the main character, the rather chill but also push-over type character. Genuinely nice guy, but not extreme do-gooder. And not stupid. The intro dialogues/memories? for each chapter so far (I’m up to chapter 8) have been intriguing. The main character is an amnesiac…or is he? I better not say any more…

Otherwise, I’m playing a bit of Tales of Destiny 2. I’m happy about the appearance of a certain character, but Kyle’s life attitude makes me want to throttle him sometimes. I’m only 6 hours in, and I’d probably not be taking so long if I didn’t manage to get lost/backtrack so much. Older Tales games had actual dungeons…confusing, I know. Roni sometimes annoys me, but it’s just the general “Tales character who has to be the flirt” shenanigans. Only a few I end up liking even if they hit on people a lot (Zaveid); most I just go “ugh again”. Roni is not that bad, though, and I see it most in optional dialogue (talking to random townspeople) anyway.

But yeah, Tales of Destiny 2 is quite the contrast from Mana Khemia. I think the game will pick up sometime soon and I’ll hate on Kyle less, but I feel like I didn’t have such issues with Tales of Destiny. Stahn was just dumb, but not this “I’m a hero!!!!” way, as far as I can remember.

Oh yeah, the battle system is a little weird to me, but I’ll talk about ToD2 more another time.

March 20, 2017

Off to Germany soon!

Posted in life tagged , at 6:05 pm by riulyn

I’m about to head to Germany for approximately a week of vacation. The trip is not long enough, but I’m still going to try my best to enjoy as much as I can. When I get back, there will be Blue Reflection and Persona 5 to enjoy. I’m still confused as to why the PS4 version of Blue Reflection was only like $55 US on Amazon.co.jp, but I picked up that version because it was barely more expensive than the Vita version and it looks much better. I’ll just have to be glued to the PS4 for a long while…

Anyway, because of the upcoming trip, I was kind of curious about the German video gaming scene. Of course I am too lazy to look very deeply, but in general/surface impressions it appears that Germany heavily censors their games so many German gamers end up playing their games in English due to importing. Secondly, the preferred way to incorporate more German learning via gaming is to use the German language option in games like Dragon Age or Skyrim. I was playing Last Remnant in Spanish…maybe I should switch it to German? Though I need work on all the languages basically… Lastly for some reason when I think of Germans and gaming I think of the one guy in the video about Nier Automata’s reveal at E3 that went ballistic in joy. So at least some German gamers have good taste!

But yeah, in the end I don’t think I’m going to pick up any video games in Germany. I’m contemplating which games to bring with me. I might just bring Fire Emblem: New Mystery Emblem (or whatever it is called), which I think I’m about halfway though. I have Vita games but…hmm maybe I should put on Operation Abyss and finally finish it. I’m getting towards the end of Ao no kiseki but I try to only deal with optional quests if I play it outside of my apartment. I definitely have plans to finish that game in April and finally get to Alternative Saga and Cold Steel 1. I might actually catch up on the Kiseki series this year! I was even playing Nayuta earlier this year, so that might even count in my tally.

There is plenty of stuff for me to catch up on when I get back, but I don’t have anything preordered for the summer? I’m feeling a bit weird about this. Let me know if I forgot anything important or else I’ll maybe finally start catching up (slowly, very slowly) on the Western RPG scene…

October 30, 2016

Game-buying limits imposed!

Posted in life, video games tagged , , , at 5:38 pm by riulyn

I bought my last game of this year in September. It was Trails of Cold Steel 2, for a total count of 19 games this year. That’s what I’ve been telling myself as I just struggled to beat my 20th game of the year this morning. It didn’t help that a good part of this year was spent playing some games for a long while, one of which I’m 70 hours in and have still not finished with no end in sight (Xenoblade Chronicles X). The other part, of course, is that my gaming time is starting to decrease again due to work and travel.

I think for my future, 20 games/year is about all I’ll beat, especially if they are all RPGs. Thus I’m trying to set a new limit of 20 game purchases per year from here on out. That means putting off games and also front-loading my year with game purchases. The beginning of next year is already front-loaded for me with Atelier Shallie Plus, Yakuza 0, Tales of Berseria, and Persona 5 all coming out within a month in the U.S.

I put a pretty good amount of time into Japanese games this year because I spend quite a bit of time with each Kiseki game (I’ve been playing them all in Japanese, but will do the Cold Steel series in English). I haven’t bought a Japanese game since Sora no kiseki the 3rd Evolution, though, as I held off on Caligula and Ys VIII. I’m still wondering about Ys VIII, specifically what this PS4 version is supposed to look like. Caligula got announced for localization, and I’m still interested in the game, but not enough to play it soon. I might have missed some big news, but other than those 2, which were summer releases, there wasn’t anything that piqued my interest that released recently in Japan (well, besides Persona 5, but I’m getting that in English). It feels kind of weird when last year I was getting hyped on buying Japanese games in Japanese… Oh well. It’s not like I’ll run out of games to play in Japanese any time soon, if my PSP backlog is to go by.

Speaking of a game I got hyped on the end of last year, I finally finished Ikenie to Yuki no Setsuna, or localized as I am Setsuna. In the end I think it was an enjoyable experience, and I got used to the load times on the Vita. The lag during battle animations would sometimes cause me to mis-time button presses and not get whatever bonus attack I was trying for (do not know the term for it used in the game). The game wasn’t too hard to follow and the characters were okay. I think the best part was testing out different magic/techs and finding different combo techs. Lots of customization and every character was useful. Overall I’d say I don’t regret the purchase, though ideally my money’s worth would be partly due to playing and completing it before the localization announcement, but other things in life took my fancy. It’s still better than never finishing it and of course, not enjoying any of it.

Anyway, as I just celebrated my 29th birthday, it was just another reminder that getting older and towards the “career” portion of my life means gaming and other things will need to be enjoyed but cut down a bit. I like my current job but it’s not a permanent one, and the next one will probably mean less time for games. I can’t wait to retire already, seriously, or if I could somehow make it less hours/week… Sadly with the cost of living and the way our society works, I don’t think I can do the ideal (in my mind) 25-30 hours/week independent lab research job…

March 22, 2016

Convention Time Again

Posted in life tagged , at 8:50 pm by riulyn

This weekend I’m going to Sakura-con again and taking a moment to really enjoy the anime side of my life. Though convention time is never totally absent of gaming (I’m happy to see more and more cosplay shoots of games like there’s going to be a Suikoden one again!), I usually only touch a 3DS to get streetpasses and collect puzzle pieces during the 3 days. Anime is not totally separate from gaming; I don’t think it ever has been. I feel like recently there has been a lot more overlap.

Not only is there the huge popularity of anime-based games like the One Piece games, but there’s also games becoming anime that is getting streamed overseas. Some companies like Atlus has started to make all of their Persona stuff more popular with anime, but this year I feel like seeing stuff like Samurai Warriors, Gods Eater, and Phantasy Star get adapted was pretty interesting (I didn’t end up watching much of any, though), and now there will finally be a Phoenix Wright anime adaptation (after all the other adaptations). A dream come true for me would be a Suikoden anime, but that’ll probably never happen…

Anyway, now that I have fallen into the Gust trap, I’ll be on the lookout for Ar tonelico and Atelier things that I recognize. I’d also love to find anything Ys-related. We’ll see if I can get lucky or not…

September 15, 2015

Japan Trip – Photos Time

Posted in life, music, video games tagged , , , at 3:51 pm by riulyn


This is the Lawson store that was decorated with Dragon Quest goods. I bought some slime candy which you’ll see in a later photo. Since I wanted to stop by Akiba anyway, it wasn’t a bad side trip.


21 games! I did not lie. Mandarakes and Book Offs are good places to check first for used games if they aren’t too rare. Akiba prices in general will be a bit marked up compared to other neighborhoods like Shibuya or Ikebukuro but there will be a bigger selection. The Mandarake in Akiba completely owned my wallet…


7 game-related soundtracks. Would have picked up Saki & Tyria’s hymmnos CD if it was also at the Akiba K books, but it was not meant to be (maybe I’ll splurge on it sometime next year…)


Game-related goodies! The top is a Ludger cup that I found at a small Tales of shop in Akiba. Too bad the selection wasn’t huge, but it had some goodies from the Tales of events that take place in Japan. Below the cup are two pins that I bought used at a Kbooks in Ikebukuro featuring Ludger and Milla (yes, obviously Ludger is my fave from Xillia 2 and Milla of the Xillia duo). To the right are gacha finds – there are very few gachas related to video games that aren’t also heavily-promoted animes (aka Pokemon, Persona 4, or recently God Eater) but I found a Chrono Cross one in gachatown in Akiba and got a small Kid keychain and the smaller Milla pin is from the Tales of gacha in the Tales of store. Below that are some dragon quest slime candies I have not tried yet and a magnet of the hero of Suikoden I that I found surprisingly at the animate in Ikebukuro. There were also magnets for a few other characters in Suikoden I & II. I’m not a fan of chibi really but it was Suikoden and not at a used games or doujin store, so I had to buy something. Finally the bottom is a notebook featuring the Pokemon Halloween-themed Pikachuu designs. Yes, Halloween advertising is a thing in Japan and has already started in many places.

I figured I spare the photos that would do no justice but I did also pick up a few more Suikoden doujinshi as well as some Tales of Xillia doujinshi. In the end this trip was pretty shopping-heavy, packed pretty much late morning to late night with something, whether it was shopping or sightseeing or karaoke, and I wish I could have had a bit of a more relaxed trip. But overall it was a great success. Here’s to hoping I can visit Japan again in a few years…

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