Catherine is by far one of the weirdest yet most addicting games I have ever played. I wanted it as soon as it came out simply because I’m all for choice-making games and puzzles that make you think. It’s definitely not for kids though as innocent as puzzles sound. I’m sure by now you know how much I love a good romance, but you know what spoils it? A love triangle. So… who will you choose? Katherine or Catherine? — A Geeky Gal, Saturday Suggestion – Game: Catherine (2014)
*Disclaimer: Welcome to Gaming After Dark, a series just for games best enjoyed after dark. Games featured in this series are NSFW (Not Safe For Work), contain adult content and explicit themes, and are not meant for those under the age of eighteen. The reviews for the games will also feature content that is NSFW and is intended for mature readers only.
I am adding a new category to A Geeky Gal! Gaming After Dark is going to be bite sized reviews like my Saturday Suggestion posts on rated 18+ or rated M+ games that contain adult content and are best played after dark. I’ve got a few visual novels I’ve been dying to write about but feared that the adult content didn’t fit in well with Saturday Suggestions. And so I came up with Gaming After Dark.
Gaming After Dark posts will be released on Fridays at my regular blogging hours just like my Saturday Suggestion posts. All posts will contain a short disclaimer before the “read more” line to keep NSFW content hidden. Let me know what you think about this new category and what games you’d like to see here. Stay tuned for the very first installment this Friday!
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You’ve probably heard of or at least watched Avatar: The Last Airbender. What most people haven’t done yet, but totally should, is watch its sequel: The Legend of Korra. Korra is the latest reincarnation of the Avatar, a person who can bend all of the elements which includes water, air, earth, and fire and is responsible for keeping balance in the world.
An action RPG has done the impossible: marrying Disney and Final Fantasy. Being a huge Disney fan, and just getting my feet wet with Final Fantasy, I was super interested in picking up this game. The tale of Kingdom Hearts is a wholesome one, though a bit complicated. Simply put, it’s the “story of Light overcoming Darkness with the power of Friendship.” — A Geeky Gal (Video Game Challenge Day 28)
Looking for a good time with cute boys and laughter? Look no further than Ouran High School Host Club!
Brief intro: Meet Haruhi Fujioka, a middle-class scholarship student in Ouran High School, an elite school for rich and high ranking students. While looking for a quiet place to study, Haruhi unexpectedly stumbles upon the Host Club. Led by Tamaki, the club—whose other members include Kyouya, the Hitachiin twins, Haninozuka “Honey,” and Mori—is where good-looking boys with too much time on their hands entertain the girls of Ouran High School.
In a frantic attempt to get out of the club before being noticed, Haruhi ends up breaking a vase worth eight million yen. Of course this causes quite a bit of noise, and she is noticed by the hosts. Due to her having a deeper voice than other female students, short hair, and androgynous clothing, Haruhi is mistaken as male. Haruhi is then forced into becoming the host’s errand boy to repay her enormous debt. Soon after, she proves to be a natural host and is promoted to full status as a host of the Ouran Host Club. It then becomes clear to the other hosts that something isn’t quite right…
Review: OHSHC will have you laughing, tearing up, and head over heels in love.
In the words of Tamaki, the leader: Only those with excellent social standing and those from filthy rich families are lucky enough to spend their time here at the elite private school, Ouran Academy. The Ouran Host Club is where the school’s handsomest boys, with too much time on their hands, entertain young ladies who also have way too much time on their hands. Just think of it as Ouran Academy’s elegant playground for the super rich and beautiful. Thanks for the intro Tamaki (who is also voiced by the same VA that did Fullmetal Alchemist’s Edward Elric).
Let’s meet our hosts! Tamaki: the princely president of the Host Club. Kyouya: the cool vice president of the Host Club. “Honey” Haninozuka:the child-like and cute martial arts champion. Morinozuka: the strong and silent protector of Honey and the Hitachiin twins, Hikaru and Kaoru who are mischievous troublemakers.
Upon meeting Haruhi and pushing her into becoming the club’s errand boy (that is, until they decide she would be more valuable as a host) to pay for the vase she broke, the members of the Host Club have no idea that Haruhi is actually a girl. Haruhi’s mistaken gender doesn’t last long though. The club members quickly come to her aid once the secret is out. They must keep their female clientele fooled as Haruhi fills a gap in the club’s collection of anime male character tropes. Plus she still has to pay them back for that vase.
What we get is a ridiculously huge amount of hilarious circumstances and lots of romance. Bizarre events, characters with gobs of money, and intricate costumes; OHSHC doesn’t hold back. The Host Club is Tamaki’s invention and his week-to-week themes keeps you on your toes. But in the best way. You’ll just have to go with with flow on this one.
The Japanese shoujo tropes are all a part of the fun, too. Don’t feel guilty when picking a favorite. It’s hard not to! The guys are all so easy to like and are even more likable as the anime digs into their past and lets you see who they are behind the tropes they represent during club time. On the surface, the club is superficial and lacks depth. Underneath is a gang of friends who love and care for each other like no one else.
One thing that this anime does well is the play on gender roles and being non-gendered. Obviously Haruhi doesn’t look or dress like a girl and it lets her choose her own identity. Then we meet her dad who has formed himself into a mother AND father figure to help Haruhi. If you’re curious to read more about this, check out Lyn’s post: Disrupting Gender in Ouran High School Host Club.
An anime that promotes identity versus gender and gives us a peek behind the curtain of typical anime tropes is sure to become one of your favorites of all time.
Bottom Line: Don’t let the stereotypical tropes fool you into thinking Ouran High School Host Club is a flop; it deserves to be on your watch list!
Official Rating: PG-13
Genre(s): Romance, Comedy, Reverse Harem, Shoujo
Geeky Gal’s Score: 5 out of 5 stars!
Tired of the stereotypical shoujo boys? How about an intimidating high school guy with a heart of pure gold?
Brief intro: Meet Takeo Gouda, a tall and intimidating high school freshman who is a courageous hero to boys, but not a huge hit with the girls. With his best friend Makoto Sunakawa, Takeo attempts to navigate his lack of a love life. Unfortunately for Taeko, Sunakawa is every girl’s dream guy, much to Sunakawa’s disappointment. Comparing himself to his best friend takes Takeo’s confidence down a notch even though Sunakawa has shot down every girl who has confessed her love for him!
After saving innocent Rinko Yomato from a pervert on the bus, Takeo finds himself falling hard for the cute baker. However, he suspects that she is in love with Sunakawa. Putting his own feelings aside, Takeo decides that he will help Yomato win Sunakawa’s heart! But does she really like Sunakawa? Or are all those special treats really for Takeo?
Review: Good things happen to good people. Finally!
This anime put a bright spot into my Fridays while Alec and I were long distance. Every Friday, we got our dinner, sat in front of skype, and watched this delightful anime together. I can’t recall how long it took us to finish the season, but we recently picked it back up now that the distance is permanently closed. My love for this anime was immediately renewed.
Takeo’s character is so easy to love. He’s so big and strong, an instant hero to all the boys young and old. He can’t ever seem to “get the girl” though! They flock to his best friend Sunakawa instead. Sunakawa reminds me of my own best friend in some ways. He’s very loyal to Takeo. The girls find him handsome and charming, even though he’s very sarcastic and always bored. Not once has he reciprocated a confession from a girl who likes him!
Takeo has grown used to the girls always preferring Sunakawa’s traditional shoujo looks. Takeo is tall and built like a sumo wrestler. He looks intimidating to most girls, that is until he saves Yomato from a molester. Yomato obviously likes Takeo but is way too shy to say it. Instead, she continuously makes reasons to see him. Takeo, used to being overlooked, assumes she must like Sunakawa. In an interesting turn of events, he pledges to help Yomato with Sunakawa, putting aside his own feelings for the girl.
I found myself immediately rooting for the two of them and also wanting to smack Takeo upside the head. I loved the frustrating first episodes of watching the romance bloom. It’s beautifully done and very similar to its manga counterpart art-wise. It’s a bit of a different art style than the other anime I have recommended before. The music is sweet and complements the art wonderfully. I really adore the whole package of this romance anime.
If you have a soft spot for funny romances, My Love Story!! should be on your list.
Bottom Line: It’s not your typical romance, and that’s a good thing.
Official Rating: PG-13
Genre(s): Romance, Comedy
Geeky Gal’s Score: 5 out of 5 stars!