Friday, July 10, 2015


Today marks the fifth week of Otaku Friday's return and with it we bring you a special post about video games that have been turned into either a manga or an anime and also will announce a new segment to all you Otaku's.

Video Games Countdown

Japan has a wide variety of games ranging from action to Role play to Visual Novels. Many of these games due to high popularity and advertising attempts are turned into animes and mangas. We start our countdown to a romance visual novel by the name of La Corda D'Oro

5. La Corda D'oro
La Corda d'Oro is a visual novel produced and developed by Koei due to its high popularity the character designer Yuki Kure adapted the game into a seventeen volume manga in 2004-2011. In 2006 the manga was adapted into a 26 episode anime by the name of La Corda d'Oro: Primo Passo and a 2 episode special named La Corda d'Oro: Secondo Passo in 2009. The game franchise has then had many other game releases with different characters and story.

Manga/Anime Plot:
Kahoko Hino is a student in the General Education section of Seiso Academy. One day she runs into Lili, a musical fairy, who grants her a magical violin and a place in the school's annual musical competition. Kahoko refuses, only to be pressed on by Lili until she accepts the instrument and place in the competition. As she practices, Kahoko is amazed that she can play any musical piece as long as she knows the tune and plays it with her heart. As the competition goes on, she becomes more and more attached to the people she is trying to compete with.
*La corda d'oro is your average shojo manga. Since this is based on a visual novel the main character has a problem identifying who she really loves. As the story progresses you start to love the characters and grow with the series as well. No real ultimate romance happens, but more of a growth in friendship.

4.Diabolik Lovers

Diabolik Lovers is a visual novel developed by Rejet and published by idea factory, realeased in 2012 and remastered for play on psvita 2013. Diabolik lovers has been adapted into a 14 episode anime and a second season in the works.

Plot: The heroine, Komori Yui, was a normal teenage girl until in her second year of high school; her father, a priest, has to go overseas for work. As a result, Yui is forced to move to a new town and arrives alone at a mansion she was told will be her new home. As she approaches the front door it begins to rain. Because no one answers her knock, she reaches for the knob, but the door swings open of its own accord. Yui enters the mansion to find no one in sight. As she starts to explore her immediate surroundings, she finds a young man (Ayato) asleep on a couch. He wakes up as she approaches him and promptly pins her down. As she begins to panic, five other young men gradually appear. Yui notices something different about all of them. She discovers that all six of them are brothers but by three different mothers, and they all turn out to be vampires.
*Okay, Sadistic vampires this anime is dark and a bit perverted! I'm not going to say I didn't love it because I loved every bit but there is some freakish stuff going on. I really enjoyed the dark feel to the story and would re-watch at anytime. If your into crazy vampires with weird fetishes this is for you.

3.Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4
Persona 4 is a role playing game in the Shin Megami Tensei series developed and released by Atlus in 2008. Persona 4 has then been adapted in a two season anime and film.

Plot: The story follows Yu Narukami, a quiet teenager who moves to Inaba to live with his uncle and cousin for a year due to his parents working abroad. After looking into a rumor about a mysterious 'Midnight Channel' that appears on televisions during rainy days, Yu and his new friends, Yosuke Hanamura and Chie Satonaka, discover a strange world hidden inside the television, inhabited by strange monsters known as Shadows and a curious bear-like creature named Teddie. It is here that Yu awakens a mysterious power known as 'Persona', which allows him to fight against the Shadows. Yu and his friends soon discover that this TV World is related to a mysterious string of murders, in which dead bodies appear during foggy days. With the Midnight Channel warning them of potential victims, Yu and his friends, along with Teddie, form an investigation team dedicated to rescuing people who are thrown into the TV before they fall prey to the Shadows and finding the culprit behind the incidents. As the story progresses, the team rescue various people who become their new allies after overcoming their own Shadows and gaining Personas of their own, including Chie's best friend, Yukiko Amagi, delinquent Kanji Tatsumi, idol Rise Kujikawa, and young detective Naoto Shirogane. Together, Yu and his companions face up against the threat of the Shadows whilst also making the best of their youthful school life. Persona 4: The Golden Animation expands on the series with additional scenarios adapted from Golden version of the game, in which Yu encounters Marie, a girl from the mysterious Velvet Room who is seeking to regain her memory.
*I Myself have not had a chance to watch this anime but am a big fan of the persona series. The reason i marked this as 3rd is that I myself enjoy the game and think that the animation as probably just as good if not better then the game itself. Also check out Persona 3 which has been adapted into films!
2. Amnesia
Amnesia is a Japanese visual novel series by Idea Factory. It was released in 2011 for PlayStation PortableSince this series is well received in Japan, it produced various related merchandise such as drama CDs, character music CDs and books. In 2013 a anime television series has been produced by Brain's Base
Plot: This story takes place in a fictional town, in a fictional country, in a fictional world. One morning, a young lady awakens to find that she has lost all her memories prior to that morning. Her life, her relationships, her very name all gone. All that's left is a cell phone with numbers and names she doesn't recognize and Orion, a young boy that only she appears to be able to see. With Orion's guidance, she struggles to make sense of herself, a boyfriend she doesn't know and the thousand and one little things that make up a daily life. But with no memories left, the only alternative is to forge new ones, even if that means leaving old loves behind.
*I Cannot tell you how much I love this anime. This anime is so confusing and perplexed that you feel as lost as the protagonist the whole time until the end when you start to connect the pieces and see for yourself the beautiful story. This anime is so beautiful and has such a great story that I recommend it to all of you.
1. Danganronpa
Danganronpa is a Japanese video game franchise created and developed by Spike Chunsoft for the PlayStation PortablePlayStation VitaiOS, and Android. The series currently consists of three main titles; two visual novel games, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, and a third-person adventure spin-off,Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, along with multiple smartphone titles, as well as various manganovel, and anime adaptations. 
Plot: The series revolves around the elite high school, Hope's Peak Academy, which, every year, selects several "Ultimate" students  talented high school students who are in the top of their field, along with one average "Ultimate Lucky Student" who is chosen by lottery. In Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Makoto Naegi, an average student selected to join Hope's Peak Academy, arrives at the school only to lose consciousness and later find himself trapped inside the school, along with fourteen other students. There, a sadistic remote-controlled teddy bear by the name of Monokuma announces that the students will be forced to live in the school forever, offering only one way to graduate: murder another student and get away with it. When a crime scene is discovered, a "class trial" is held, in which the remaining students must discuss amongst themselves who the murderer is. If they can successfully figure out who murdered the victim, the culprit alone will be executed. However, if they guess incorrectly, the culprit will be able to leave the school and everyone else will be executed.
*I fell in love with Danganronpa the story was so well-done and the animation was beautiful, I still haven't been able to read the manga due to it unbelievably hard to get statues, but I really love the whole murder mysterious and class trials this anime gets you so interested that you just have to keep watching till the end. I am really hoping for a season 2 because the anime is left with a gigantic cliff hanger that keeps you wanting more. This is on the must watch list and highly recommended!

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