It’s (Apparently) Never Too Early For Christmas!
And Happy Thanksgiving!
By: Head Writer – Justin Tafoya
Monday, Nov. 20th –
Hello again Giga-Landers! And a compulsory “Happy Thanksgiving” to you all, and I’m hoping that you all have a wonderful day and/or meal on this upcoming Thursday! Unfortunately, I some of you are working crappy retail jobs and you likely won’t get the day off or have time to spend with your family, so I’m wishing you an even better day and also hoping you are safe during the Black Friday rush because PEOPLE BE CRAZY! As for me, I’m thinking about doing some shopping on Cyber Monday for some new computer parts. . .
Anyway, as always, I’ve been stuck at work cleaning up other people’s messes which gives me a lot of time to play Fate/Grand Order. Luckily for me, they’ve just started the re-run of the Christmas 2016 event in the Japanese version. This is probably the one event that got me to really love the game. It stars “Jeanne D’Arc Alter Santa Lily Lancer”, a young version of Jeanne (Alter). And yes, I love that name too. When it was showcased, everyone thought Jeanne Lily was going to be a typical tsundere-loli character with about as much personality as a cardboard cutout. To our surprise, though, it was probably the most endearing event we’ve ever had in FGO to date. The wishes of a young Jeanne D’Arc, how granting a wish can fulfill your own, and how realizing your own desires can be fulfilling all really resonate not just with you as a reader, but with the characters themselves and the whole thing was just beautifully put together. Can’t wait for the U.S release of the event myself. . .
NOW ON TO ANIME!
For a miniature step back in time, I’ve recently picked up Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! (Now Matter How You Look at it, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular!), or “WataMote” for short.
It follows the life of a socially awkward Kuroki Tomoko as she enters high school. Having spent many hours . . . days . . . YEARS mastering Otome-games, Tomoko believes she is ready to take on high school since, you know, she’s basically beaten it hundreds of times before. However, after having spent her time only playing games and never talking to anyone, Tomoko finds its nearly impossible to even speak to someone, let alone get a boyfriend. Tomoko realizes she must change to get a boyfriend, and shoulders the heavy burden of becoming a popular high school girl.
WataMote, so far, is extremely fun and a little tongue-in-cheek about how it approaches social anxieties. I rather love the show for its silly humor paired with it’s painfully realistic conclusions. I highly recommend it already and kind of hope it gets a second season at some point. I recommend not looking to the anime for some kind of social commentary though. That’s just never a smart thing to do.
Anyway, that’s it for me today Giga-Friends. I hope you have a wonderful day and an even better week! -J.R