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Muv Luv Alternative Released for English audiences on steam

September 22, 2017

http://store.steampowered.com/app/449840/MuvLuv_Alternative/

It is finally here, a kind of remastered version.

Not sure if this is a good timing or not, ironically. In Western genre, it would be classified as military science fiction with romance and action and political thrillers.

But it’s closer to a hybrid of many genres, a specialty of the Japanese writers.

The prequel is important too, called Muv Luv Extra. ML is the first two parts of the story, MLA is the last of the trilogy and the conclusion. It does something very unusual, it genre switches. What is a genre switch? It’s when you think you are watching a romantic love comedy, and suddenly you’re now in a single bachelor military drill sergeant environment training in a boot camp. Then the next novel, you’re in the valley of death fighting some kind of crazy war. Plot wise, it makes perfect sense. Genre wise, it is a little bit shocking to Western audiences used to the standard vanilla genre sets.

I also did a review of the MLA franchise here, which people can look up using the search bar or the internet search engines. It’s under the Visual Novel category.

As for my reaction, I think because I read this in 2008-2010, it greatly informed my reaction to what was going on with the US situation at the time. Even though the plot has little to do with America, and even less to do with our problems, the fundamental humanity and the fundamental problem of humanity, is still the same thing we face now with our current condition in America; there is also a civil war…. so, timely perhaps.

Watch the opening video link at steam, it is a good intro. Or check the kickstarter page if you want the background on how these games got to the US.

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Interview post Muv Luv kickstarter with Yoshimune

December 2, 2015

http://www.siliconera.com/2015/10/30/koki-yoshimune-on-making-muv-luv-characters-lovable/

Yoshimune answers directly. Pretty good read for the fans.

Muv Luv Kickstarter is here

October 1, 2015

Speaking of Kickstarter, which I’ve heard mentioned more on mainstream and sub mainstream cultural blogs and comment sites, here’s a new project which I had heard about several months ago.

It’s starting.

https://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/2011/05/01/muv-luv-alternative-review/

My previous review. It’s been some years since then. I have reread through most of the text more than six times now, I believe. Why?

Cause of nostalgia. It’s why people play Pillars of Eternity, because of nostalgia for DnD 2.0 or old iso rpgs.

This is also tied into Yuri Bezmenov’s story linked previously. He noted that after his Soviet Communist indoctrination, it was living in India and seeing a different culture that started his rebellious stage which finally led to his defection to the US. I saw his video years ago, but it was the short version, the last 1/5th, the ending that has the so impactful words of prediction/prophecy Yuri had for us. Very impactful for someone just finding out after 2007, who the real traitors and enemies of America were. So for me, I didn’t begin to see the real issues with America until I could look in from outside the culture. I knew there was a problem, but I didn’t find out to what extent exactly it was at, until I could think about English controls using a non English mode of thought. I had another language I could use for that, but the cultural template, the vocabulary, and the environmental settings for it was severely restricted. Not enough to cover political or national issues (wrong vocabulary set). So Japanese turned out to fit quite well, since their culture is foreign but their setting is very close to 1950s America, though their social/economic modes are still 21st century, meaning our problems not grand parent level problems. It is not just smartphones… but it is smartphones and how communication can change social networks, that’s a critical difference between the 21st century and the middle of the 20th century. Just as electricity and the telephone changed 20th century culture from the age before electricity and the telephone.

It was immersion in a different language and culture, which allowed me to reprocess my experiences in America. To find Leftist mental conditioning and pull it out, including the roots which attached to almost everything else. That’s because like Polymaths and Renaissance thinkers in the past, being able to use the full extent of the mind requires parallel thinking, which coincidentally consists of learning to think in foreign languages or different perspectives. It’s probably why Socrates taught people via asking them questions, to make people think instead of merely obeying authority or regurgitating rote answers on a test.

50 dollars for some flash lights (you can probably guess which kind is popular now a days) and 35 on the pc software. About 200 for the silicon spring steel (9260) sharp edged blade thing people call by another name. 80 for the 1060. 45 for the 1045 trainer. Will need some seeds and a filter though.

Anyways, leveraging a hobby as a survival tool is pretty funny, when looked at it in that light. To most people, their pleasures are the decadence or rather what leads to decadence. My hobbies can result in limbs and fingers being mysteriously off the connecting line and needing surgical re-attachment. Fine discipline and self control is needed to avoid the emergency room, as well as lawyers. Lawyers are probably more dangerous than blades, in my view and pov.

What does this have to do with Muv Luv? Because it was the first information package that had anti American tones about the CIA that I couldn’t reject as coming from the Left, so I had to take it semi seriously, which started an interesting project that lead to finding out about the Party of Treason, the Demoncrats, with emphasis on Demon. The Assassination of Diem, in other words. It confirmed my suspicion that once the Demoncrats had power in the US, that our allies would no longer be our allies. They should watch their back, in fact, if the US is promising to back them.

Strangely enough, that’s how the US behaves in Muv Luv as well, fictional but also accurate to an extent. It’s accurate if one presumes that the Democrats controlled the US. It was one way for me to explain it, since nationalism and patriotism demands that I protest anti American remarks and reject criticism of the country I am loyal to. Criticism coming from a nationalist or patriot of another country, however, is difficult to reject. (The fictional scenario is that the US betrayed Japan by pulling out of the Security Forces agreement and then later came back to make more puppet governments) That’s because we share the same emotion and a similar pov about what is best for one’s country. I don’t share that with Leftists, who some people even reject as fellow countrymen, in the US. I didn’t share it with people that supported “peace” merely to sabotage the war in Iraq, and conveniently forgot all about the Middle East being occupied by American troops after 2007, with the New Regime’s rise.

It’s an old product, but strangely enough, I felt it was very up to date commentary on current events, circa 2011. ML is many things to many people, perhaps that is why it is very popular in a certain sub group of a sub culture. There’s also a katana being wielded in ML’s story, btw. Just think of it as a fictional thriller about SEAL teams and it fits right in, genre wise. It also has elements of apocalypse, survival sub culture, military science fiction, and invasion type scenarios. That would be my short “executive summary” for what ML is. Longer version goes something like this. ML Extra (1) is a love comedy about harmony between genders and different relationships (being attracted to adorableness), which progresses to ML Unlimited (2) which is a military recruit camp training scenario, like boot camp all the time, every time. After that is over, then you get to Muv Luv Alternative (3) which is like trying to fight through the valley of death when you have run out of ammo and the HQ extraction team decides to go save some Traitor Bergdahl instead of helping your team out. And it is like that at several points, for almost every single battle, but your team keeps combat effectiveness and holds through.

So reading it in order is somewhat important.

The Fruit of Grisaia review

May 23, 2015

Aka Grisaia no Kajitsu review

I read through all the plots in this novel, visual novel, adventure reading game. They were all very different, with a strong emphasis on the main character’s attributes as applied to the particular heroine’s plot arc. The character development was rich and appealed to my sense of multi dimensional complexity. But first, I’ll explain what this genre is mostly about, since it was developed in Japan (like that toilet some people like, but is weird). A visual novel is a basic computer program written to incorporate a large amount of text (novel length) along with a sound track, sound effects, music, voice acting, and limited or full motion animation. It shares similarities with some of America’s old user developed MUDs or adventure games, except in adventure games you manipulate the world via items. The gameplay mechanics are pretty simple, low key, to allow almost anyone to use them and to pull the reader/player deeper into the atmosphere of the story.

So for people who dislike cable, tv, or Hollywood movies, programs, series, etc this is a potential substitute. If you can’t find books you like or if you don’t like how they adapt movies from books, this is a potential genre substitution.

The main theme behind the Fruit of Grisaia is the main character who roleplays as a high school student. I say role play because that’s what he is actually doing, his background is not a normal civilian or citizen history. He gets inducted into a school and thus he begins his adventure in civilian life. There’s two potential cultural shocks. The main character gets cultural shock every time he sees something in civilian life that he never saw in his previous lifestyle. Returning military veterans get a similar dosage when going from war time to peace time. Also the user gets a cultural shock because this is a Japanese nation, spoken in Japanese, with Japanese people. This ain’t Kansas any more, so if the user/reader/player isn’t Japanese, you can appreciate the shock. Thus you role play as the MC and the MC role plays as his role. The verisimilitude of the two situations makes it easier to get into the setting. For the Japanese market it was marketed to, I suspect that the verisimilitude would be based on the school setting, the every day slice of life atmosphere which is something the Japanese can remember from their own school days. For them, it’s a genre shift which surprises and pleases. For us, it’s an entirely new world, so everything and anything is new and strange.

The secondary focus or theme is about love, relationships, trauma, and ways of dealing with previous setbacks. So for the genre, it would be a combination of romance, adventure, drama, and a light spy mystery. These genres are placeholders, they aren’t Japanese genres, but it makes it easier for an English speaker to get an appropriate sense of what they might be getting into. Meaning, that if a Westerner doesn’t like the current romances and dramas, it’s mostly because that’s Hollywood romance and drama, it’s not done the Japanese style. I call it part of the romance and drama genre to familiarize individuals with what they can expect, but what they can expect is not going to be close to what they’ve seen in the West. For me, the cultural shock is all part of the experience and for me new invigorating experiences are hard to come by.

Available at http://store.steampowered.com/app/345610

Baseball story

October 1, 2014

http://www.npr.org/2014/08/15/340668616/at-49-jamie-moyers-pitching-career-goes-into-extra-innings

Watching Ace of Diamond makes baseball make a lot more sense. Moving fastball with cutters.

2014 Anime Comments

July 20, 2014

It’s strange that Akame Ga Kill is being shown in Japan right now. It’s like a prophecy about US state of affairs.

http://www.anime-planet.com/anime/akame-ga-kill

http://www.anime-planet.com/anime/aldnoah-zero

Aldnoah Zero also reminds me of certain factions in the US.

Free stream with advertisement available here http://www.crunchyroll.com/videos/anime

This Cruel yet Beautiful World

July 18, 2014

Fitting isn’t it. That’s the product of a fan(atic) in the truest sense of the term.

Japanese version with English song translations.

Song translations don’t really work for me as I read and listen, unless I just translate the words from Japanese to English in my head (but that’s not reading the subtitles). So the first video truly is a work of hard, they re translated it and fitted the English words to the lyrics and melody, individually on a custom track.

To see the true genius, press play on both videos at once, so they synch together. Then adjust the volume sliders up and down, and see if you can detect which language you are hearing. Talk about some psych ops. If we had people as passionate and hard working as this working in the United States government, most problems would get dissolved.