After School Affairs – Relationship Chart and Characters

Nothing can stop us, even the no-dating rule.

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In After School Affairs, there are five guys in total whom you can pursue on the game and few supporting characters to compliment the story. To understand the relation between characters please look at the relationship chart below.

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Here is the profile of each characters as shown on the game.

SPOILER ALERT!

Below I will summarize the story of each guy and add my own personal view of the route so you might find spoilers ahead. Please read it at your own risk.

Rikiya Monobe

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Rikiya Mononobe is the Science teacher, who’s famous for his teaching skill at the prep school. At first, the MC is kind of afraid of him because of his cold exterior and aggressive way of speaking. Not to mention he always ride his motorcycle to school and almost hit her on the first day she moved into the teacher’s residence. When she’s in charge of the lowest rank of boys’ class as Rikiya’s partner, she has so many doubts whether they can make the so called baddest students pass the standardized tests.

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Later, she realizes that he actually very caring for the students and have confidence in his skill to make the students pass their test in spite of other teachers’ skepticism. She is drawn to him as they continue to work together to make the ‘worst class’ more worthy in front of the whole school.

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Rikiya’s story was the second story I purchased after Kenzo’s, because I was very interested in his personality. Well, personally I’m always interested in guys with bad boy behavior in the game so it was just natural for me to pick him. When I was finished, I was quite disappointed by how the story went. In my opinion, the romance had very slow development. I couldn’t really tell if he has fallen for the MC or not until the last two chapters. It was a huge difference gap compared to Kenzo’s story.

Another minus point from me, the moment I read Rikiya’s background story, the story became predictable. Rikiya had an enemy, the MC got caught in his problems, she got kidnapped and Rikiya had to save her. There was no surprise element at all. That’s why I got disappointed because it reminded me of the things I don’t like from Kissed by the Baddest Bidder’s stories where the MC got kidnapped, A LOT (trust me). So, I’m sorry I have to put Rikiya on the last place for the main story.

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After School Affairs – Basic Mechanics and Brief Review

Shall we break the rules?

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Game Opening

After School Affairs is one of the otome game developed by Voltage, Inc. The game was published in 2016 and available in both App Store and Google Play. I have played several games published by Voltage, Inc. and I can say I love their games. Basically this game has the same mechanics and gameplay as the previous games by Voltage, Inc.

After School Affair has a nice colorful eye-catching theme, I guess maybe because the story was set in high school.

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Main Menu

In this game you will play as an English teacher on an all boys high school. Your life began to change when suddenly the school merge with the all girls high school next door because of financial issue. Your new colleagues from the school next door are all interesting and not to mention they are all handsome guys. Unfortunately, because of the academic gap between two schools is quite big, all kinds of romance are forbidden for both teachers and students.

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Justice League (2017)

“What are your superpowers again?” – Barry Allen to Bruce Wayne
“I’m rich.” – Bruce Wayne, replying to Barry Allen

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Source: http://www.justiceleaguethemovie.com

This is a bit late, but since I have a lot of things to say about this movie, I decided to create a review about it.

Justice League’s story centers around a group of DC superheroes consist of Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, the Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman. After the death of Superman, Batman realizes that the world could fall into a greater danger. So he attempts to unite other metahumans to help protecting the world. At the same time, Steppenwolf who failed to conquer the earth thousand years ago is back to retrieve the mother boxes and once again try to fulfill his mission.

At first only the Flash would join Batman and Wonder Woman, but later Aquaman and Cyborg also agrees to join because of the dire situation. They revive Superman using one of the mother boxes which has not been retrieved by Steppenwolf yet. Upon his revival, Superman’s memories were not back immediately, so he attacks the group confusing them as the enemy. Lois Lane arrives just in time when Batman is about to be killed by Superman and he calms down.

While Superman escapes to his hometown with Lois Lane to reflect and regain his memories, the group decides to face Steppenwolf by going to a village in Russia where Steppenwolf attempts to combine the mother boxes to recreate the earth. The group has a hard time dealing with Steppenwolf and his army, but Superman arrives in time to help them. The team defeats Steppenwolf, who is overwhelmed by fear is attacked by his own army.

This movie is said could become a match for Marvel’s The Avengers so it was one of the most anticipated superheroes movies in 2017. I watched it during the first week of its release on my country and it was an enjoyable movie, but I cannot say it was a good one considering the hype which has been built months before its release.

I felt that it was forced to follow the Marvel’s tone of movie, which is serious yet funny at the same time, but failed quite miserably. So the tone is somehow hanging in the middle between dark but not too dark and funny but not very funny. The jokes were sometimes funny enough to make you laugh out loud, but mostly just so-so.  If I have to summarize the remarkable funny scenes, I could only tell you at most three scenes. Compared to Thor: Ragnarok which out on the same week or earlier or the other Marvel’s movie, it was a really small number.

In my opinion, DC should just stick with their darker tone like The Dark Knight trilogy. But then again, dark tone only means fewer audiences and resulting in less income. If they aim for larger audiences, then Marvel’s tone is a safe way. Maybe if they decide to follow that path, they should look for script writer as good as Marvel’s.

Unlike Marvel’s Avengers on which each member already have their own movies, Justice League characters are not properly introduced yet, maybe except Superman. So they spent quite a lot of time doing introduction for each member just like on Suicide Squad. These introductions were packed into few scenes which supposedly running at the same time, resulting in fast changing scenes in the movie. In my opinion, the transition was not very smooth. It felt like some scenes were cut in the middle and then replaced by another scene.

I cannot judge that DC made a mistake for not releasing the standalone movie first with Justice League as a wrap since there are only four movies for DCEU before Justice League so far: Man of Steel, Batman vs Superman, and Wonder Woman. Even those movies are barely has connection to each other. I should wait for at least each Justice League characters have their own movie released and then make my judgement.

Another thing that bothers me is the Flash’s character. I’m not a fan of DC comics so I don’t know how it should be, but I think he was kinda overexcited and childish. From my perspective, I assume he was made like that in order to give a lighter tone to the movie. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

Overall, Justice League is still an enjoyable movie despite its drawbacks. I hope the next DCEU movies will not make the same mistakes and I’m excited for the next Aquaman’s movie. Let’s see if the upcoming movies will fulfill the audiences’ expectation.

Coco (2017)

Remember me…

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Source: www.filmaffinity.com

Ratings

IMDB : 8.8

Rotten Tomatoes : 97%

 

Plot & Review

Coco is a 3D animated movie produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 2017. The movie took a concept from Mexican holiday Day of the Dead. It follows a story of 12 years old aspiring musician, Miguel who stucks on the land of the dead and must seek the help from his family to return to the land of the living.

Miguel’s great grandmother Imelda married a musician, but her husband left her with their daughter Coco to pursue a career in music and never came back. She banned music from her family and learnt to become a shoemaker which later became the family’s business. In the present, the 12 years old Miguel now living with her family and an elderly Coco. Miguel has a great interest in music and dreaming to become a great musician like Ernesto de la Cruz.

When his grandmother Elena broke his guitar because she knew he wanted to enter a talent show, he concludes that Ernesto is his great grandfather from the photo from his house’s ofrenda. He decides to “borrow” Ernesto’s guitar from his tomb, but instead he is cursed and transported to the land of the dead. To return to the land of the living, he must seek the blessing from his family before sunrise or he will become one of the dead. But when Imelda’s blessing requires him to abandon music, he run away from his family and seek for blessing from Ernesto instead.

While looking for Ernesto, Miguel meets the almost forgotten skeleton named Hector. They make a deal: Miguel will take back Hector’s photo to the land of the living and Hector will help Miguel to find Ernesto. Later, Hector finds out that he died because Ernesto had poisoned him when he tried to get back to his family and Miguel realizes that Hector is actually his great grandfather whose guitar and songs he had written were stolen by Ernesto. Together, with the help from the rest of his family, Miguel reveals to the world that Ernesto was a fraud which resulting Hector reconnects with Imelda again.

As the time close to sunrise, Hector’s in danger from being forgotten and disappearing. Miguel earns his blessing from Imelda without any condition and returns to the land of the living. He sings Hector’s song written for Coco and triggered her memory of Hector and thus saving Hector from disappearing, because Coco is the last living person who still remembers him. The family accepts music back into the family and Miguel reconciles with his grandmother Elena.

In my opinion, Coco was one of the best animated movie this year. It was a touching story about the importance of family wrapped in an interesting Mexican holiday theme. This movie taught us that no matter what happens, a family won’t turn its back to you and it should be the thing you treasure the most before anything.

I like how the movie was a very enjoyable journey, with a light plot twist which rather uncommon in an animated film. As the main theme is a Mexican holiday, the movie successfully deliver the unique Day of the Dead atmosphere with its particular tradition and vibrant color. It’s also packed with some ear-catching songs in both Spanish and English. But I like the full Spanish version better than the mix version.

Honestly, I couldn’t point out anything I don’t like about this movie. I love every part of it, the characters, the music, the plot, just everything. So I would recommend this movie to all of you, and if you can, watch this movie with your loved ones.

Judge (2010)

Are you ready to be judged for your sins?

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Source: judge-manga.wikia.com

Hi guys! Since today is Halloween, I thought I would share with you a manga with horror/mystery genre. Honestly, I’m not very fond of this genre, but I find this manga which I would share with you is very thrilling and interesting.

This manga is called Judge, written and illustrated by Tonogai Yoshiki, the same author who created Doubt in 2007 (I would make another review for it later). This manga told a story about 9 people who were kidnapped and confined in a room, where each of them wearing an animal mask. Their kidnapper informed them that it’s already time for them to be judged for their sins. They would have to judge one another as in every 12 hours, they had to choose one among them who would die until the ones who remained uncover the truth.

I find this story similar with Saw series especially where human psychology played a huge part for the story development, but without body-parts cutting scenes, which is a great relief. With only 17 chapters long, every bit of it was thrilling and interesting enough so you couldn’t stop until you finish the story. It is amazing how the author could create different characters close enough with reality so every judgment or decision they made on the manga was very realistic.

If in Doubt the characters were killed in random, it was more structural in Judge since the remaining characters were the ones to decide. So it was very intriguing to find out who will be killed next and what kind of reaction each of them would give. As someone who likes psychological play like me, this series was very satisfying. Though it would be more interesting if each character’s background was told in detail, it wasn’t a big deal. I’m still think that 17 chapters are great numbers.

Even though the idea is similar with the previous manga Doubt, this one is totally on a different level. When I read Doubt, I think it was quite easy to guess which one of them is the culprit. So basically I just reading the manga to find out how the crime was carried out and the motive behind the crime. But in Judge, the author did a good job to surprised me. The story was much more unpredictable and the biggest plot twist was put on the very end of the manga. When I finished it, I could say “Oh my that was amazing! I couldn’t see that coming at all!”.

For a Shounen manga, I think Judge has a very good art style. It was well drawn but still gave you the creeps, especially with those animal masks. From the manga cover, there’s already splotch of blood everywhere. Even so, the gore level for this manga is still far below Parasyte or Elfen Lied. So if you think you can’t really stand gore manga, this one is still safe. Even I don’t read Attack on Titan at all because I’m afraid it would be too much.

So, if you find a good reading for a mystery/horror manga, Judge probably would be perfect. It doesn’t take too long to finish the story, yet still giving you enough thrill and suspense.

Happy Halloween!

Donten ni Warau (2011)

Laugh!

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So I just finished reading a series of manga called Donten ni Warau or Laughing Under the Clouds in English. I wondered where were I that I didn’t find this amazing series sooner, because it’s been there since 2011 and I just found it recently. But I’m still grateful that I had the chance to stumble upon this manga, because if I wasn’t I’m sure I will regret it. Thanks to MangaRock for the recommendation!

This manga is set in the 11th year of the Meiji era, where Japan was slowly changing because of the western influence and carrying swords were forbidden. But there were plenty of people who disagreed and thus the crime rates increased. The government solution was to create a prison called Gokumonjo in the middle of Lake Biwa. The protagonists, three Kumou brothers were assigned to transport the criminal through the lake to the prison. But their main job was never only transporting criminals. They had duty to prevent the rebirth of the Orochi, the legendary snake who appeared every 300 years and said to bring calamity to humankind.

At first, I thought this manga was just a series of one shot, telling the daily life of our protagonists. But at later chapters, the pieces are coming in place to create the bigger picture of the story. When I got the idea of the story, I just couldn’t stop myself from reading it until I finished. And finishing it didn’t take a long time, since it’s only 29 chapters in total. In my opinion, those numbers are just perfect, the plot wasn’t dragged with unnecessary plot and not too short either so it didn’t feel rushed at all.

The main idea itself is quite simple, but with some plot twists here and there, the story become unexpected and full of emotions. I laughed at the jokes, but I was also surprised this kind of manga could make me cry once or twice while reading through the chapters. Those element of surprises in the manga is one of the reasons why I say the story is unexpectedly very real, totally different from the other shoujo manga with the same theme.

It also has a very fitting ending, even though it’s not the kind of ending where everyone is come together and live happily ever after, but still, this kind of happy ending is fine. The manga still maintained its realistic element until the end and that’s what makes the manga even more amazing. This manga is totally one of that makes you want to read it again and again in the future.

In addition, the art was also beautifully drawn by Karakara Kemuri sensei. Her style is become one of my favorite immediately. Not to mention that almost all of her male characters are handsome (insert heart emoji here hahaha).

By the way, this manga also came up with two other series. One is Donten ni Warau Gaiden, which consists of few side stories before and after what happened at Donten ni Warau. Another one is Rengoku ni Warau, a prequel manga set in 300 years before Donten ni Warau. Go check it out, another amazing works by Kemuri sensei 🙂

Score: 9/10

 

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Manners… maketh… man.

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Source: www.superherohype.com

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is the sequel to the previous movie Kingsman: The Secret Service which was out in 2014. It was produced and directed by Matthew Vaughn, distributed by 20th Century Fox. The story follows the surviving members of Kingsman, Eggsy and Merlin to team up with another spy organization in America, the Statesman to save the world again from another threat.

In my opinion, this movie is quite disappointing compared to the previous movie, considering this sequel is one of the most awaited movie of the year. The plot itself is shallow and predictable, though I did enjoy the comedy and action. If we could see Eggsy’s personality is growing in the first movie, then in this sequel there’s almost no character development. For that kind of plot, I do think that the duration of the movie is overly long. Not to mention that I wasn’t very fond of the idea of the character who’s been presumed death came back to life just like that. It was too easy and he sure had a very good luck there. On the other hand, I didn’t see the point why Merlin had to die while Harry is alive. But maybe, we can see Merlin’s alive on the third movie? Who knows.

If in the first movie I was in awe by Taron Egerton’s action, I felt like in this movie his skill is rather lacking. In the end of the first movie he could successfully finish his mission without too much trouble, but in the sequel, he couldn’t even take down agent Tequila alone. In addition, at the final fight against agent Whiskey, both Galahads seemed quite troubled even when the fight was 2 against 1. And then, in my opinion, killing people by throwing them into a beef mincer isn’t necessary. Honestly I think it wasn’t funny and very disgusting.

When I watched the trailer, I thought Channing Tatum will play a significant role in this sequel. I expected him to be Eggsy’s partner from the Statesman on the mission. It turned out that he didn’t. The bigger role was given to the Pedro Pascal instead. So maybe it was counted as a plot twist? However I’m not gonna complain on that because actually I was waiting for Pascal’s role on the movie. I was interested in him since his acting on Game of Thrones. And I wasn’t disappointed, he’s a good actor and he’s best for portraying laid back playboy like agent Whiskey.

I might sound like I complained a lot regarding this sequel, but the truth is I still enjoying it. The comedy, especially on the scenes with sir Elton John, oh my God, it was hilarious! I can’t forget how Elton John performed side kick with those high heels on. When I first see Elton John’s name on the list, I didn’t expect him to act like that, so I could say it was a surprise and it’s a good thing. I also love Taron Egerton’s British accent very much! I wish I could speak English like that.

Overall, it was an enjoyable movie, though it’s lacking on the plot and character development. Happy watching!