Daily Monday

Picking up more otome games and a new novel

Recently I’ve just been playing more otome games instead of reading my work-related textbooks. I told myself I’d finish at least one by the end of this month but I couldn’t get myself to continue reading pages of Japanese text.

Image from Steam

In case you didn’t know, otome is a genre of game that usually refers to dating sims games. Though these days the term is also used for visual novels which are story heavy with only a hint of dating in the end. Recently, I’ve been playing a lot of these which focuses a lot more in the story and it has robbed me of my sleeping time because the scenario is just so interesting. (I’m not sure why but I tend to gravitate towards game with a lot of dark aspects with all the violence and mystery.)

Image from Steam

I’ve just purchased a new game titled Taisho x Alice for Switch. This game is also available in Steam (localized too!). I’ve only played for a few hours but I’m already loving the characters. There are a lot of gag scenes which got me rolling but a lot of people said that there’s a darker side to the story which got me really excited! I’m not sure how long it’ll take me to complete this since I bought the Japanese version. I could’ve went with the English version on Steam but I couldn’t help but purchase the original because I want the content to stay as original possible. Translated contents tend to have certain lines and words lost in translation. Though this means my brain would suffer more trying to process kanji. Oh well. (A part of me also wants to avoid reading cheesy lines in English. They sound so much better in Japanese. Lol.)

Image from Audible

Since these games are really expensive, I’m hoping that I would be able to take a break after completing it by picking up a new novel. I placed a pre-order for The Midnight Library a couple of days ago. The kindle and hardcover version of this book is already available but they’re more expensive than the normal paperback. I’m not sure why the paperback is not released yet, but I think the timing is perfect since I’ll probably finish Taisho x Alice by the time it gets released. I’m also thinking of picking up Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine if feel like reading more. (Really though, I should be reading my textbooks instead of these.)

In case anyone’s interested, here is the summary for The Midnight Library:

Between life and death there is a library.

When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself. But things are about to change.

The books in the Midnight Library enable Nora to live as if she had done things differently. With the help of an old friend, she can now undo every one of her regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life. But things aren’t always what she imagined they’d be, and soon her choices place the library and herself in extreme danger.

Before time runs out, she must answer the ultimate question: what is the best way to live?

Surely these entertainments will keep me accompany until the end of this month. Next month’s going to get really busy because I’m going to have to prepare for moving out and all the stuff. I’m not looking forward to it at all. Sigh.

Consuming books and games out of boredom

I’m not sure if this is the right way to spend the rest of my holidays before I start working, but I’ve just been playing a lot of games on Switch and watching a lot of anime titles (as seen in the previous post). I’ve finally obtained my visa for staying in Japan until I start working, thankfully. That’s one worry out of the window.

The company has been sending newsletters once a week to all new future employees. I guess it’s more like an interview of their first and second year employees. We get to learn a bit about them, their work, and how they spend their days working and resting. 99% of them said to enjoy the remaining time we have as a student (most Japanese graduate next April but I graduated a month ago). With the pandemic not getting better, I’m not sure how I’m supposed to enjoy stuff. I can’t even meet up with my friends anymore since most of them started working from this month and some are just gone. Basically I’m just stuck in my apartment with limited entertainment.

A couple of years back, I imagined myself travelling here and there for my graduation trip, but then that obviously couldn’t happen now. I was hoping to visit Hawaii (because one of my friend’s from there) and then probably go around countries like Korea and Taiwan and some other European countries I haven’t been to yet. I guess that’ll have to wait for a long time. Not sure when’s the next time I’ll have so much freedom and time on my hands. I also haven’t gone back home for a year now, which makes me really miss my family, home, and food. It gets a little lonely here sometimes but nothing can really be done. Though I must admit we’re a bit more safer from the pandemic here since it’s the countryside.

That aside, I’ve finished 2 books (Holding Up The Universe and They Both Die At The End) and I’ve started a new one recently (All The Bright Places). I basically just bought cheap titles that are discounted on Amazon (two of them I got for less than $1 each). Other than that, I’ve just been playing Octopath Traveler on Switch ever since I got my hands on it three days ago (it was 50% off in the E-Store so I just had to). It’s a great game if you love classic JRPG with more job mechanics and multiple protagonists to choose from. The story, music, and art (see header) are great as well. I’m just taking my time to clear this since I won’t have any other entertainment if I finish this too quickly haha.

Once I clear this game, I’ll be starting Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin which will be released November 12th (JST)! I can’t wait to delve into another series soon!