Final Impressions: Daibanchou – Big Bang Age

daibanchou1As promised, here is my review of Alice Soft’s 2003 eroge RPG Daibanchou: Big Bang Age. I’m honestly not sure why I started playing this game to begin with, but I’m pretty sure it’s because I found an intriguing image of one of the heroines and a little bit of research here and a little more there, and voila, next thing you know I have the English-translated version of the game downloaded on my computer. As a fan of RPGs and cute anime girls, this seemed to be up my alley, even if it did have erotic content. I had played Utawarerumono previously and that game was amazingly fun even though there were sex scenes in it, so I figured I’d give Big Bang Age a try.

I’m glad I did, because even though the game has a really steep learning curve, it was incredibly addictive once I started figuring it all out. So let me do my best to explain why.

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WTF?!? Japan – Eroge/Visual Novel Pet Peeves

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Against my better judgment, I decided I’d like to write a review on the game Daibanchou: Big Bang Age. You see, Daibanchou is an eroge with RPG elements. For those of you who don’t know, an eroge – sometimes called a hentai game or H-game – is a Japanese video game that features erotic content, most often with anime-style artwork. So you can probably see why I’d be hesitant to post something like this in a public forum. This is not that post, by the way. Look for the review/final impressions in my next post, which should hopefully be up not long after this one. This is more of a warm-up for that review so you can understand my head-space while I was playing it.

To be honest, I don’t play very many eroges or visual novels in general; I think I’ve only ever played about five in total, but that’s not to say I’m not overly familiar with them because when you’re inundated in the culture, you tend to pick up on a lot of things. Truth be told I’m kind of a sucker for an attractive character design and am compelled to discover the character’s origin. Researching trivial things is kind of my forte.

How can I say no to this face?

How can I say no to this?

Personally, I tend to find them a bit tedious and trite in a lot of ways. CG stills of sex scenes do very little for me and the cringe-worthy dialogue and narration describing the sexual encounter in detail does even less for me. But as you may know, many of the romantic-comedy anime shows out there these days are actually based on preexisting eroges that have been stripped down into one route and with all of the sexual content completely removed. These are often referred to as harem shows, and they usually end with the protagonist either choosing one specific girl or never settling and keeping the possibilities open for all of the harem candidates. So sometimes it’s tempting to check out the other story possibilities the multiple routes provide, while also potentially satisfying one’s curiosity as to how all the sex factors in.

That having been said, I have a few problems in general with these sorts of games and I kind of wanted to clear the air and explain why. That’s kind of why I created this blog in the first place (to air grievances, not discuss eroge). Granted, it’s probably a bit unfair to put this under the WTF?!? Japan banner, but given that it’s somewhat related and I’m about to crap all over the eroge format, it seemed only fitting.

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My Anime Harem

A.k.a, The Top Female Anime Characters

For now I’m going to switch my attention to anime. As with the video games, it’s probably best to put out a few lists to give you an idea of what types of characters I like or don’t like to give you an idea of what to expect from me. Since anime tends to really be about the beautiful girls (when not about mecha), let’s start with my favorite female characters.

What initially drew me in with anime (and has kept me around) was the distinctive art style, and the beautifully designed girls in particular. So over the years I have watched countless hours of anime and become attached to quite a few shows and characters; so much so that I found coming up with a top 10 list almost impossible. Technically my top 3 are set in stone but the rest are rather flexible, so it felt rather unfair to me that several characters wouldn’t make the list simply because I couldn’t figure out where precisely they fit in the ranking order. So in order to include most of them, I have made this a list of 25 and kept my reasons for including each girl on the list brief to compensate.

So without further ado, here are the anime girls that would top my harem list:

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Everything I Need to Know About Japan I Learned From Anime

Disclaimer: This article is completely satirical and sarcastic. In no way do I honestly believe that anime accurately represents the entire culture of Japan or that Japanese people are anything like described below.

I’ve watched a lot of anime, and having done so, I’ve noticed quite a lot of reoccurring trends and happenstances in these shows which leads me to believe that they must come about because these are common occurrences and trends within Japanese culture itself. I mean, why wouldn’t I suspect as much? It’s obviously a fact that all Americans rarely work, hang out in bars or coffee shops all the time and live in glamorous apartments for next to nothing just like their sitcoms portray. Why should Japan be any different?

So in order to truly understand the Japanese mindset, I am putting my sociology hat on to view with my amateur eyes the world of Japan as seen through the lens of their anime.

If I missed any cultural points, please let me know in the comments. But obviously don’t bother correcting me on any of the points below, because it’s highly doubtful any of my hypotheses are incorrect. That’s just a given.

So without further ado, I present to you everything I need to know about Japan I learned from anime:

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