Tag: anime

LitRPG – What Why and How

LitRPG – What Why and How

I’ve recently been listening to a lot of LitRPG and you’ve seen me talk about it with Sufficiently Advanced Magic, Ascend Online, and Towers of Heaven that I’m listening to currently. Those are the ones that I have enjoyed but I also read Awaken Online, […]

TelevisionTalks: Ultraman

TelevisionTalks: Ultraman

I first heard about the original Ultraman when Kristen and I were listening to Ready Player One, at least that I remember. There’s a cool moment with Ultraman and how he works that is talked about in that book. I was surprised when I saw […]

TelevisionTalks: Gamers!

TelevisionTalks: Gamers!

Anime #2 has been watched this year, first was Dagashi Kashi and now Kristen and I just wrapped up watching Gamers!. So I’m well on my goal of getting five animes watched this year, I’ll probably double it realistically, but five seemed safe in case we jumped back into Fairy Tale.

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Gamers! is a cute little slice of life anime about Amano, a big video game nerd who just loves to play video games and have fun with it. He gets invited by Karen Tendou, the prettiest girl in the school, to join the gaming club that she started. However, that isn’t why Amano plays games, and he declines. The problem is that Tendou is head over heals for Amano and the anime follows their relationship as it grows and the meddling of Tasuku, a closet video game nerd, who befriends Amano and tries to help him with his girl problems.

It’s a slice of life anime that focuses on those main characters as well as Aguri, Tasuku’s girlfriend, and Hoshinomori, another girl in the school who is also a huge gaming nerd who just loves video games, but not competing like Amano does. It really focuses on Amano and how Tasuku tries to help him get out of his shell so that he can be part of society. There are all sorts of crazy twists and turns and everyone tries to figure out who likes whom and who to try and set-up together.

What this isn’t is a gaming anime. A more traditional gaming anime like Sword Art Online or Overlord focuses in on the game that is being played. In this anime, though it is called Gamers!, it’s about the people who play the video games and their relationships versus the actual games themselves. The games are really there to bring the characters together, if you go into it thinking it’s going to be about some epic game or focus in on a game every episode, you’ll be disappointed. But what it does, it does well. It really focuses in on the relationships and how gamers aren’t always the best at talking relationships through and saying what they mean. So there are lots of misunderstandings about what is going on and who likes who, it’s a real Comedy of Errors.

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Now, is it a great anime? I don’t think so, I don’t think it would likely even hit my honorable mentions list when I do my top 5 (or 10) anime at the end of the year. But it is definitely enjoyable. The characters are all quite sweet, so you don’t have the traditional antagonist in the story. Each character, is, in some ways, their own antagonist, as they struggle through relationship drama. Also, with the relationship drama, it’s never heavy or overbearing drama, it’s almost always the case of someone thinking something that isn’t happening and it just works quite well.

So, would this be an anime that I recommend to people? If they are looking for an anime with a cute story line and some fun characters, it’s a good choice. There is a bit of fan service, heavy fan service in the finale, but for reasons you’ll understand if you watch the anime, so it does a solid job of not going too over the top. This isn’t a thinky anime and it isn’t an action anime, so if that’s more your thing, this one is probably going to seem too fluffy and simple for you.

If you’ve seen Gamers! what are your thoughts on it?

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Themes in Board Games

Themes in Board Games

I’ve talked a lot about theme in board game before and how I like board games with a good theme on them. Instead of talking so much about why I like themes in board games, I think I’ve covered that decently well, I’m going to […]

Peder’s 2019 Nerd Year Resolutions

Peder’s 2019 Nerd Year Resolutions

So I talked yesterday about the resolutions for Nerdologists and the changes that are going to be coming. Now, those are also my nerd years resolutions, but I have some more resolutions as well. I resolve to play the games that I got in 2018 […]

Nerdologists New Years

Nerdologists New Years

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Time for the New Years State of Nerdologists Address

Ladies and Gentlemen, Nerds and Geeks, lend me your beers.

Alright, what’s coming in 2019 for Nerdologists, enough being goofy.

1. The podcast is going to be done for a while. As you know, with having a kid, recording an actual play D&D podcast is going to be a we bit tricky. It also uses up a good chunk of my time for content creation, so I want to free up more time.

2. But we don’t want to lose content from Nerdologists. So we, probably primarily myself with guest appearances by Kristen and others (hopefully), are going to start doing some board game streaming and video streaming content. The equipment is on it’s way. The big reason for this move is because the live streaming means that I don’t have to spend extra time editing.

With this, I haven’t come up with a name for it yet, but let me know your ideas of a solo gaming and board gaming focused video stream. Right now “The Gnat Goes Gaming” or “Dice Chuck Gaming” are a couple of options. But I’m still trying to come up with something, could also just be Nerdologists Presents: Dice Chuck Gaming.

3. You’re not going to see much difference in the amount of articles posted. I’m still going to try and get one up per day during the week. Hopefully with streaming we’ll get some more evening or weekend content, but we still want to turn out a good number of articles for reading.

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4. Hopefully we’ll be getting back to some conventions this year. Personal goal of mine will be to make it to GenCon this year, but there are also cons like CONvergence and AcadeCon that we’ll have to decide if we’re going to make it to them and if it would just be myself or Kristen and myself. Mainly, it’s fun with AcadeCon or going to GenCon being able to play games and see people who have influenced and encouraged me with getting into the hobbies of RPG’s and board games. We’ll see how that goes this year though.

I’m sure that there will be some more surprises along the way for Nerdologists this year. The biggest thing I’m excited to do is the video streaming. It’s a new way to add content and it’s a way for me to play board games solo without me feeling like I’m just talking to myself (though I might be anyways).

Personally, there a number of nerdy things that I’m resolving to do. Including get back to watching more anime, took some time off for some TV shows, just started Dagashi Kashi yesterday. Playing the board games that I picked up around the Holidays that I haven’t played yet, especially Betrayal Legacy. It’ll be a fun time delving into more nerdy things again, and then getting distracted from them by the kid.

What are your New Years Nerdy resolutions?


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TelevisionTalks: Ghost Hunt

TelevisionTalks: Ghost Hunt

Who do you call when there is a suspected spirit haunting your school, home, or church? Shibuya Psychic Research Center SPR is the vehicle for the characters in the anime Ghost Hunt. It really focuses around Ayoko and her powers to see into the spirit […]

Gaming Baby

Gaming Baby

Now, as I normally do, a disclaimer/clarifying my title since I just write catchy titles, or something like that. This isn’t only going to be about gaming with a baby around, it’s going to cover a number of nerdy things. So, for those of you […]

TelevisionTalks: Assassination Classroom

TelevisionTalks: Assassination Classroom

Back with some Anime fun, this time it’s the crazy anime Assassination Classroom. This is a weird one that I just randomly found on my own, and I’m very glad that I did. For a title like it has, it’s actually way less violent and considerably  more touching than you’d expect for an anime named Assassination Classroom.

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The story is that the moon has been blown up and the crazy octopus like creature that caused it is threatening to blow up to the Earth in March. That means that he has time to teach a class of delinquent junior high kids because of a promise that he made. In turn, the government is using those kids to try and kill Korosensei, which is what they’ve named their teacher. The series follows their attempts to kill him, their attempts to improve their stock in the school, and mainly what they learn from his teaching and addressing issues that they have as students. The assassination aspect of the show quickly takes a back seat to the lessons learned.

Assassination Classroom, because of the lessons learned, is a very heartfelt anime. While it is more certainly goofy with an octopus teacher Korosensei and the assassination attempts, you quickly realize that the focus is on the students and the lessons that they learn through assassination attempts but also through the teaching and caring nature of Korosensei. There’s a ton of depth behind a lot of the episodes and the characters themselves. It builds well over time and it’s fun to see relationships grow with Kororsensei and the students and just the growth in the students themselves. The sub plots in the show are often very goofy, but there is something going on with The E Class (lowest lettered class for their grade) and the rest of the school that is often times compelling and unique with how it talks about education.

I honestly can’t say a ton more about it without giving away some of the story, but it goes in a way that you’d expect, especially through the first season. That isn’t a bad thing with this anime. There are parts of the basic story that are always going to go against standard tropes. It makes the story feel interesting, and the fact that an anime that sounds like it should be very violent and focused on that uses it as a backdrop is very nice. It’s also a fairly clean anime in terms of fan service and gore for that matter. It is also an anime that feels like it should have those things which helps subvert the expected tropes for it. The story has some violence to it and that’s always an aspect to it, however, it’s more funny, dramatic, and highly heartfelt. I think that’s some of the issue that other people who have watched it have had with it. They haven’t expected that from Assassination Classroom, and as I’ve said before, it goes against the expectations.

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In the end, this an anime that I would highly recommend. As I watched more if it, the more I liked it. I thought there were a few rough sections in the second season, but everything that was rough about it came back and was properly landed as a good story element. Some of that is because some very absurd things happen, and some of it is because they tie in items that you don’t expect together. For me the one part that I didn’t love was the third act, though they did a better job than a lot of third acts that I’ve seen. Some of it was just that I hoped a few things would happen that didn’t happen. None of it was weak, it just felt like there was a little bit unneeded. I felt like a lot of it could easily be assumed from how things were left at the end of the previous episode and it would have carried more weight without the third act. It isn’t Harry Potter epilogue level of bad though (I can write about that and third acts later).

Have you seen this anime? What did you think of it?


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TelevisionTalks: Code Geass – Lelouch of the Rebellion

TelevisionTalks: Code Geass – Lelouch of the Rebellion

Time to do another anime review. This one was an interesting anime in that stylistically at times it reminded me of what I’ve seen of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, though it varies greatly in most other areas. This was an anime that I almost stopped half way […]