Visual Novel Clannad is finally released in PSN

Remember the old news about Clannad and the PSN? Well, it’s finally out for North America!

According to Crunchyroll, the visual novel Clannad is finally released in the Playstation Network store in North America. The whopping price is $44.99 ($45) digital. The company Prototype is responsible for releasing this game in the consoles. It’s unknown when is the release for European regions, but I will keep you guys updated when the novel is released globally.

Clannad is also released for Steam if you prefer reading the visual novel on your computer. Do you plan on getting Clannad on the PS4?

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Visual Novel Clannad enters to PS4 digital stores in N. America and Europe!

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Well-known in Japan and in other countries, the visual novel series made by Key Clannad will be joining in the PS4 digital stores in North America and Europe. This news was announced today and the game company in charge of this named Prototype stated that this visual novel will be in the PS4 and will only be digital. The game will be released in late June and this game will be available in different regions of the world.

If you didn’t know, Sekai Projects, an English Company who licenses visual novels, originally released Clannad and the spinoffs in Steam. Now with this news, players or fans can experience Clannad either on Steam PC or PS4.

Clannad is a visual novel which follows delinquent high school student Tomoya Okazaki, who one day meets a strange girl named Nagisa Furukawa who is a year older, but is repeating her last year of high school due to illness. Tomoya becomes involved with Nagisa and her hopes of restarting the school drama club.

The series also got an anime adaptation which is split into two seasons (Clannad and Clannad: After Story) in both English and Japanese Dub. There is also a movie version too, but it was done by Kyoto Animation and told the story differenty.

[OWLS February Blog Tour] Clannad: Competition with today and past life

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In honor of the 2018 Winter Olympics, this month topic will focus on the theme, “Competition” because the Olympics is where athletes from all countries join together to compete in sporting events. Through these events, we see how “competition” brings out the grit, the teamwork, and the competitive spirit within athletes. This month, we will be exploring anime and pop culture media that discusses the good and the bad when it comes to competition and what it can teach us about ourselves and the world around us.

(For this topic, I will be talking about Clannad. I might reveal some spoilers to the anime; however, I won’t be talking about the main story that much and I will talk on some minor stuff. I won’t be talking about the ending of the anime as well.)

Please read BeckNaja‘s Competition post in the topic series Ashita no Joe.

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Top 5 Strongest Female Humans in Anime

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I recently did a top 5 on strongest human men and now I am going to do a top 5 strongest human women!

Just like men in anime, there are some women out there that are so strong that can make men shake in fear. Sometimes, they can be relatable and can exist in the real world. In anime, women can look both cute and scary or beautiful and dangerous. In this list, I will be listing my choices for top 5 strongest girls in anime. Just like my male list, these girls are humans; no aliens, monsters, demons or androids, ONLY humans! This list is not ranked either and no spoilers here either.

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Happy Birthday to me! – A Special Top 10 posts and Personal Shout-Outs!

Hello everyone, this is yours truly Matthew of Matt-in-the-Hat, and today is a special day because today it’s my birthday! Today I turn 23 and I have been waiting for a long time to reach this number. As a way to start this post, I will be doing a special top 10 posts but with a twist. If you guys know me enough, you would know that I have a gaming obsession with Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts. For this top 10, this will actually be divided into top 5s instead but in the end, it will be 10. Also, there is no particular order. Here is the reason behind this. Also, I will be doing personal shout-outs!

Today is the DLC add-on to the game Final Fantasy XV, Episode Gladioulus. In this episode, players will be playing as Noctis’s friend Gladiolus and they will experience what is like to play as the strongest man of the group. Taking place after facing Ravus, Gladiolus leaves the party and tries to obtain new skills. With the help of Cor, Gladio will be fighting daemons and he will have to face the ultimate challenger, Gilgamesh. If players bought the season pass, this episode is free; otherwise, you will have to pay $5.

Also coming out today is the release of of the HD collection game Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, (in the UK, this game comes out on March 31st). This game will include the past Kingdom Hearts that was previously included for the PS3 but now it will be on PS4. The graphics are enhanced with 60 FPS. This game will include the following: Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days (HD Cinematic Remaster), Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix, and Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded (HD Cinematic Remaster).

Now that I have giving you this information, going back to the top posts, I will tell you the titles to these top posts. I will be sharing my top 5 Strongest Male Humans in dedication to the Episode Gladiolus and my personal Top 5 Anime Worlds that could join Kingdom Hearts.

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Response: Top 5 Positive Influences in Anime

This is a response and answers post to Anime Reviewer Girl’s post to “5 Positive Influences Of Anime!!!“.  Shay did a top 5 list on how watching or liking anime can be a positive impact in our lives. In my list, I will list how anime can be a positive in my daily life and how does it affect me. My top 5 will include some points in which also agrees with her. So yes, this post was influence by hers and I decided to do my own response.

In  this list, I will be talking about watching anime can sometimes be a positive factor in life and how well it does it affect me. Everyone’s reaction is different and it’s up to you to know how does anime can be a good thing in your life. Everyone has a different answer on anime made a positive impact on their lives. Mine, here, will cover 5 things that made my life better with anime. Anyway, here is my top 5 points and their positive effects. 🙂

5. Peace in solitude

Just like what Shay said in her list, anime helps me get away from the “noise” of the world. There are some days, I just want to get away from stress like work and enjoy some alone time with anime. Sometimes, even thought I love my friends and family, I just want some solitude for myself. Anime helps me unwind from everything and reminds how silence can be a bliss. Some people need a coffee break, I need an anime break. A series about interesting characters, fantastic art and music helps me block the outside world.

4. It’s my identity

Anime deines who I am as a person. There are people out there who is known for liking activities/hobbies like sports, art or gaming. Besides video games, anime help let’s people know that I am a guy who enjoy a genre outside the United States and appreciate a story. I may not be the guy you see in a convention that has a shirt that says “I love anime” or “It’s Over 9,000” with a body pillow of my waifu. I could be just an average guy who wears a casual shirt and jeans but with a vast knowledge in anime and manga. My passion of anime is what makes me different than people.

3. It’s the source to my pride and confidence

Even though anime is just a genre or animation with fictional characters and exaggerated story situations, some anime with interested characters help me stand up for myself. If you knew me as a in real life, I am very shy and timid person. I tend to just hide and get the urge to run away from my problems. When I see one of my favorite characters acting tough and showing no fear, it reminds me that running away and hiding doesn’t solve anything. It’s an act of cowardice and nothing can come from it. When I see a character face off against something impossible, I sometimes imagine myself in a battle and the only way out of it is to stay strong.

2. Meet new people

Even before anime, I had some friends in real life. Some liked anime but only a few. When I first came to the blogging world, I didn’t even know to begin and who to talk to. There was no place for me to chat about anime and what to talk about. The first person I met was Arria from Fujinsei and I came to her site when she mentioned something about One Piece. As a One Piece fan, I paid a visit and left a few comments at her site. After a while, I later became her friend in the WP community. Along the way, I met some amazing anibloggers. If it wasn’t for anime, I would never be here this far.

1. Understanding the World

Even thought you don’t see giant robots in the military or actual ninjas that can run water or pink haired girls in the real world, anime helped me understand real life situations and people. Slice of Life anime like Clannad helped me see how life can be hard and it can be difficult to find any happiness in the world. However, Clannad also showed me sometimes the slightest “light” of the world can a make huge difference in the dark times of life. Another anime I want to mention is Naruto. Besides the story focusing on a child reaching for a dream, the anime helps us see how violence of war can be devastating on both sides of the battle. The anime also shows that following your dreams will be a difficult challenge but once you reach that dream, everything you worked hard for will be worth it. Anime can be more real when approached in a different angle.

That’s my top 5 Positive Influences from Anime. I hope you enjoyed reading them. If you like them, don’t forget to check Shay’s post and video in the above link of this post. 🙂

2016: Top 5 Favorite Female Anime Characters

Hello everyone! This is Matthew and in this post, I will share with you my top 5 favorite female anime characters. If you’re wondering why I used this image of Akame for my thumbnail, it’s because I chose her for my 30 Day anime challenge day 4. Back then, I only chose one in the top of my head and this time, I want to expand more on who’s my favorite. I originally was planning to titled this post, “Top 5 Favorite Female Anime Characters Expansion Pack or +.” I also added 2016 in my title because this list may change in the future, so this is not permanent.  This list will not include anime characters I have a crush on; there will be a list for that in the future. Anyway, let’s start this list:

5. Kagome Higurashi (Inuyasha)

I pick Kagome from the anime Inuyasha. You would think a teenager like Kagome would only have to deal with homework, tests and boys; however, this is not the case for this teenage girl. After being dragged into the Bone-Eater’s Well, Kagome’s life changes when she meets the half-demon Inuyasha and must work together to collect the Shikon Jewel Shards and fight off against bloodthirsty that want them for power. What makes Kagome one of my favorite is because she is a tough and brave girl that goes through trials to save her friends. Any average human would probably run away from danger or die, but Kagome is willing to put her life on the line. Kagome is one tough school girl.

4. Rukia Kuchiki (Bleach)

 

My next choice is Rukia from Bleach. Rukia is one of the first Soul Reapers Ichigo meets in the start of Bleach. After lending Ichigo her powers in order to save his family, Rukia becomes trapped in the human world and relies on Ichigo to do her duty as a Soul Reaper. Later on the series, Ichigo tackles more than slaying hollows. He goes through saving his friends, fighting in a war or even getting stronger in near-death situations.

Out of the girls in Bleach, I think Rukia is one of the coolest girls. Unlike most girls in some anime, she is prepared to fight. Thanks to her being raised by Kuchiki family, Rukia is disciplined in fighting and knows the risks for helping Ichigo’s battles. Also, she also knows how to slap Ichigo into sense whenever he gets discouraged especially after his first encounters with the Arrancars, Yammy and Ulquiorra.

3. Asuna Yuuki (Sword Art Online)

Just like Rukia, Asuna is another character I like. When we first meet Asuna in the anime, we find out she is beginner gamer and she gets trapped in Sword Art Online along with Kirito. Later as the anime progresses, Asuna joins the Knights of the Blood and gets the highest ranking. With her cooking skills and keen techniques of her rapier, Asuna is a special girl that cook up a tasty stew and even tackle the toughest enemies in video games. Besides losing everything in the Fairy Dance arc, Asuna is still the toughest gamer along Kirito in A LFeim Online; she also becomes the teams healer! In the Mother Rosario Arc, Asuna also comes close to defeating the unstoppable gamer Zekken!

A girl that likes gaming is great in my book!

2. Celty Sturluson (Durarara!!)

Coming in second place is Celty from the Durarara!! series. Celty is a Dullahan (a headless fairy in Scotland culture) that lives with the underground doctor Shinra Kishitani in Ikebukuro and tackles odd jobs. In a city that is filled with bizarre characters, Celty is one of the characters and she is no stranger to her friends. Without her head, no one can understand what she is saying unless she uses her cellphone and anyone that can understand her body language. Besides that, she is also very dangerous. Her headless horse can shape shift into a motorcycle, a carriage and even a bike. She also controls shadow tendrils that can emit from her body, almost like extra limbs. In this anime, Celty is one of my favorite characters in the anime. She is caring to her friends such as Shizuo and Anri and she can also be cute when she is with Shinra.

1. Nagisa Furukawa (Clannad)

Last but not least, we have Nagisa from the Clannad series. Born with a weak constitution, Nagisa is prone to be easily ill and go through critical situations that can lead her to repeating high school. Her life changes when a delinquent senior boy named Tomoya Okazaki meets her and agrees to help her bring back the theatrical drama club, her faith in her goal is restored and she meets new friends that will be part of her life. She also changes Tomoya’s life for the better after she learns about his troubled life.

Personally, Nagisa is one of the best girls in the anime. Nagisa is a cute girl with a gentle smile and good conscience. She is a girl who is willing to help others and put aside her own goals. She’s not a fighter like Tomoyo, or tough like Kyou or even super shy like Kotomi, she’s just a girl who is moderate. She can be shy but with Tomoya’s help, she can be brave and even go through life without troubles. Whenever she smiles, she can make anything go from bad to good. If she’s sad, she can make anyone feel for her. She is the number one in this list.

These are all the characters I have for this top 5. What are your top 5 girls? Comment below.

Steam News: Clannad Sequel/Spinoff Tomoyo After is released!

If you are familiar with Clannad by watching the anime or you have been fan, you may noticed that already, Clannad is available for Steam and it’s actually a visual novel. Already announced before, visual novel publisher Visual Arts announced that the Clannad spinoff Tomoyo After ~ It’s a Wonderful Life ~ was going to get an English translation and it will available for fans. Today, the spinoff story is here in Steam! If you enjoyed Clannad and you like the love relationship with Tomoya and Tomoyo, I recommend getting this copy now.

Visual Arts will also being working on Key’s other series Little Busters.

Tomoyo After ~ It’s a Wonderful Life ~ is actually sequel to ending of Tomoyo’s story in the original Clannad visual novel.

Here is the plot:

One day Tomoyo’s brother, Takafumi, brings his father’s illegitimate child, Tomo, to Tomoya’s apartment.
Tomo had been abandoned by her mother, and Tomoya and Tomoyo reluctantly decide they would look after her.
Furthermore, Takafumi’s ex-girlfriend, Kanako, ran away from her home just before the start of summer vacation.
She too ends up staying in Tomoya’s room.

Tomoya, Tomoyo, Tomo, Takafumi, Kanako.
And so begins the first and the last summer these five people will spend together.

Friday Funny 62: New Chapter

TGIF! Thank God it’s Friday!! Good Morning or Good Afternoon or Good Evening!!!

Today is another episode of Matt-in-the-Hat’s TGIF Friday Funny and we made it to episode 62. We are officially in Summer and I hope you are keeping cool under the sun. Any of those who are in summer vacation, I hope you have a great time of fun at home or work lol. It’s that time to travel, chill at home, or go camping. So far we had exciting news in the past days and weeks. Last week, we had E3 and we saw the new videos. It’s been announced that Pokemon Go will be coming out at the end of July. Also, FUNimation got the licensed to the live-adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin! If you have been following me in Twitter or read this post, I have graduated from college at CSUSB. Now that I am done with school, it’s time for another chapter in my life. Life is a mystery road with different obstacles. To be honest, I was quite nervous of revealing my face here in my blog. I hid behind the monitor as if I was hero with a mask. But, I gathered the courage to reveal myself. I made this meme on the featured picture as a dramatization of my experienced :P.

Anyway, let’s start this TGIF!

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To end this post. Here are some anime songs that could inspire to move forward in life. Check it out. Remember, anything is possible! 🙂

This is not anime but a game, here is the song “Stand By Me” by Florence + The Machine

Sayonara my peeps. We are the protagonist of our stories!

Top 5 Anime Dads: A Special Father’s Day Post

Happy Father’s Day everyone!

On this special day, we reflect and thank our father’s for the many things  they done for us. Just like Mother’s Day, today is the day we celebrate the importance of having a father in our lives and how much they made an impact to our lives. Just like mother’s out there, fathers have taught us on how to love and how stay strong no matter what. For us guys here, fathers have taught us to stand up for ourselves and they serve as a role model to us. A man must be caring to others and never give up. A real man is never afraid to love and he will always protect what he cares about, which is his family. In this post, I decided to create a post of the top 5 anime dads just the previous mother’s day post. Like before, there is no order or rank. These are just the five that came to my head:

(There might be spoilers)

5. Isshin Kurosaki (formerly Isshin Shiba) (Bleach)

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Like most dads out there, especially mine, there is always the funny fathers out there. If you are one of those kids that comes home late, your dads may lecture to death but if he is like Isshin, he will punch or kick you. Isshin is the father the main character Ichigo Kurosaki and the daughters Karin and Yuzu. In the anime, Isshin is a funny dad who tries to surprise Ichigo but attacking him unexpectedly, whether it is coming home or waking up in the morning. Besides, being funny he is also a cool dad. We later find out he was a former Soul Reaper Captain and he was quite tough. He also helped Ichigo train and learn the Final Getsuga Tenshou when they fighting against Sosuke Aizen. This is a dad you would want to have to back you up.

4. Maes Hugh (Fullmetal Alchemist)

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Almost like Isshin, Maes is another funny father in anime. The military officer is good friends with Roy Mustang and the main characters the Elric Brothers. He is mostly seen bragging about his daughter with pictures and her cuteness. He is devoted to his daughter, he always tries to make it important to mention her every time. Besides loving his daughter and wife, Maes is hard worker in his job and he can actually look pretty cool when he is serious. He takes his job seriously and when he does, you don’t want to see his bad side. I won’t go into details that much in series but he impacted me and later in the anime.

3. Soichiro Yagamai (Death Note)

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I expect dad’s job is never easy but if your dad is the head police, then you have to deal with stress every day. Soichiro is the father of the protagonist character Light Yagami. Unaware of his son’s actions, he doesn’t realize that his son is actually Kira, the one that is killing criminals with the Death Note. Unable to fight Kira, Soichiro calls L, the great detective, to capture Kira. As the story progresses, L suspects that Soichiro’s son is actually Kira. Unable to accept it, Soichiro rejects the idea and tries to protect his son.

Without giving away too much of the story, Soichiro is a dad that is willing to go through extreme lengths to protect his family. Whether it is having the choice to kill Light and himself or even giving up the Death Note to save his daughter from a gang, Soichiro puts family first before duty.

2. Akio Furukawa (Clannad)

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Akio may seem like tough guy to talk to, but he is actually a sensitive guy. Akio is the father main girl in Clannad, Nagisa Furukawa. He and his family owns a family business of making and selling bread (he has to do all the work since his wife makes bad bread). When he is not making bread, he is playing baseball with the kids in the neighborhood and teases the male protagonist Tomoya Okazaki.

Akio is another great father anime because of the sacrifices he goes through. THE FOLLOWING IS A SPOILER!!!

Since Nagisa was born with a weak immune system, Akio and Sanae had to give up their career just to be with Nagisa and keep safe. Before going to the bread business, Akio wanted to be an actor in plays but he gave that up to protect Nagisa. Later in the anime, in After Story, while Tomoya stuck in depression, he couldn’t raise his daughter Ushio by himself and he had Akio to do parenting; he agreed to do it.

Akio is the kind of father to give up their time to help someone they care about.

1. Whitebeard/Edward Newgate (One Piece)

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Just like One Piece characters, sometimes your parents doesn’t have to be blood-related, anyone can be parent if they have heart to do it.

Before becoming one of the Four Emperors, Whitebeard wanted to have family instead of all the treasure in the world. While becoming the powerful pirate, Whitebeard recruited many different pirates and instead of calling them minions or crewmembers, he called them children. He treated his crew like a family. One of the memorable moments in the series is when he meets the flame pirate Portgas D. Ace and his crew. After defeating Ace, he recruits Ace and offers him to be his son. Later on the series, Whitebeard shows his love to his family and warned anyone that threatens his members would feel the wrath of him. Even when his children gets tricked into hurting him, Whitebeard doesn’t even hurt them but instead hugs them. He even goes as far to say, “I Love You”.

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The reason why I pick Whitebeard as a great father is because of his tremendous love. He treats crew as a big family and anytime so one makes a mistake, he doesn’t hesitate to show love. Just because he has love, doesn’t mean he is weak. When someone kills his crew members, Whitebeard is ready to kill the murderer. Whitebeard is a dad who is quick to love and slow to anger for his children.

That’s all folks, I hope you enjoyed my top 5 post. What is favorite anime dad? Comment below on your choice. Happy Father’s Day!

I will close with this song from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and ft. Ed Sheeran – Growing Up (Sloane’s Song)