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Thursday, February 22, 2018

[Game] Eiyuu Densetsu VII: Zero no Kiseki

Eiyuu Densetsu VII: Zero no Kiseki, is the direct sequel of Eiyuu Densetsu IV: Sora no Kiseki the 3rd. Taking place in Crossbell City several months after the events in the previous game, the game features improved gameplay and voice acting. There are also elements that were not in Sora no Kiseki games, such as the Police Department, cars, trains and buses.

Zero no Kiseki has special meaning in the way it has been named. 'Zero' represents a new beginning, after the huge success of the Sora no Kiseki games. Thus, a new land is introduced, with all new main characters and a hope that this set of games will surpass its predecessor.

Instead of starting out chronologically, the game throws the characters into some weird place that you will only actually reach at the end of the game, before launching into the opening sequence. [This actually has meaning in the sequel of the game.]

Where on earth...!
Of course, now you have new main characters! Instead of only two, all four main battle players have been decided for you. Though voice acting has expanded beyond the battle screen, most dialogue is just read. ): Especially since Elie is voiced by Aya Endo, the voice actress for Sheryl Nome >.>

From left to right: Llyod, Elie, Tio & Randy

These 4 characters meet in a special department within the police force called the Special Support Section (SSS), which essentially does the work of bracers. Of course, not everyone is happy about it. In this game, you earn Detective Points (DP), very similar to BP. As you rake in DP, your rank in the police force will go up!

As you play through the game you figure out the reasons why they came to be in SSS (other than Lloyd who passed the test to become a police investigator). Their past is elaborated upon throughout the game, though some information will only be fully revealed in the sequel, Ao no Kiseki. In particular, Lloyd and Tio share an interesting relationship, as Lloyd's elder brother, Gai passed away in a rescue mission to save Tio.

Despite the fact that the main goal of SSS and bracers are the same (acting to protect people's interests), the SSS has the possibility of directly intervening in politics and the law (they -are- police after all). Bracers, on the other hand, cannot due to their status as a neutral party.

There will be events that will affect hidden relationship meters in the game, such as acting in pairs, and depending on your partner selection, will unlock special scenes in relation to the partner. Watch them all~!

The battle system hasn't changed much, with new random additions like Team Rush, which allows all members to attack all at once. Additional special skills have been added, increasing the variety of moves you can utilize in battle. The main characters are very varied in their battle capabilities, which makes battling flexible.

Team Rush mode!

Cooking... is kinda complicated now XD You can now collect recipes, fishes, and even monster information. And this time, you get bonuses for completing all of them, not just the book collection!

Being the direct sequel, characters from past games will make an appearance in this one! It appears that enmity between the police force and bracers exist, just like how it exists between bracers and the army back in Liberl Kingdom (though that's probably just one person's fault XD). The enmity arises from the fact that the police force has declined in its trustworthiness and efficiency, leading the city's people to rely on the help of bracers. Not to mention that the bracers are 1000x more powerful than the police people lol.

My two favourites! They are also playable later in the game!


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Friday, January 05, 2018

[Review] Facial Masks: Innisfree

Starting the year with a review post! These masks are from some time ago. I took the time to transfer the photos I took from my camera to my computer to do this post xD This post has all the masks coming from the same series, but I hope to change things up in the next post! From left to right:

♡  Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Mask (Pomegranate) ♡

What it is: Sheet mask with freshly squeezed pomegranates to make the skin firm and radiant while reducing wrinkles

What it does: Brings radiance to the skin, anti-aging and  moisturising effects

Key ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Ethanol, Ethanol, Betaine, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Pomegranate Juice(200mg)

My thoughts: Again, the triple-layered mask is a snug fit to my face, and stays on for a long time! I can always work or play the piano while having this mask on (multi-tasking at its finest) haha!

♡  Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Mask (Bamboo) ♡

What it is: A mask containing bamboo extract to quench your skin's thirst and keep it moisturized.

What it does: While bamboo brings along moisture, the mask is also infused with the Jeju green complex consists of green tea, tangerine, cactus, camellia leaves, and orchids to keep your skin healthy.

Key ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Betaine, Xanthan Gum, Butylene Glycol, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria)

My thoughts: This mask was comfortable as it did not have any noticeable scent. In terms of moisturizing effects, it did a good job without any stinging feeling. 

♡  Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Mask (Tea Tree) ♡

What it is: A mask with tea tree ingredients to clear skin.

What it does: Cleanses the skin using the medicinal properties of tea tree

Key ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Betaine, Xanthan Gum, Butylene Glycol

My thoughts: I decided to use this mask while I was having pimples on my temples and one on my cheek. The mask did not do anything much in reducing the pimples. Perhaps it would have more significant effects if I had redness on the skin? For mild troubles, I would skip this mask and use other tea tree products instead.

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Monday, January 01, 2018

The Sunday Currently, Volume Thirty Seven

Happy 2018! What have you been doing to kickstart this year? This post is a day late because I am posting it on a Monday instead of a Sunday, but this particular Monday has a lot of meaning.

2017 has been a year jam-packed with various activities, summed up with my #bestnine2017 collage. I have been promoted at work, travelled to Melbourne to see a long time friend, to Germany to compete in one of the most grueling competitions of all time. I also completed a shoot with my favourite jacket!


LISTENING... to this absolutely touching piece of music. I am honoured to be learning and singing this piece this year, which reminds me of my grandfather. Do give it a listen if you can~!

LOVING... the new wardrobe I bought for my room! Got it from Forty Two Furniture and Home Decor! Responses from customer service were prompt, and the items were delivered swiftly! Going to get a study desk from this website this month =]

FEELING... motivated to start and end this 2018 well! Some goals I have include doodling more for my monthly journal, reading and exercising more, getting out there and taking more photos! Also family goals like digitizing our old photos, travelling and revamping the bedroom so that I can get some space for photo layouts!

DISLIKING... that I have to change from ezbuy's one-stop service to purchasing direct from Taobao. While my first few purchases have turned out fine, I only found out last week that I had to download the Taobao app on my phone to be able to see messages that sellers were sending me on the orders. The Taobao interface is very cluttered; I hope they will improve it over time!

WAITING... for the study desks to be set-up and installed before deciding on what kind of storage I would need to get to keep my space neat and tidy! It is a long series of steps and coordination between the town council's schedule, my schedule and the delivery lead times of the various websites, but it will be all worth it, just like my wardrobe!

COVETING... some drawers from MUJI to make better use of my cupboard space. Also, I read an article recently on using tension poles to create layers in cupboards and small spaces. I might try that out!

STARTING... on a app for 7-minute workouts! I've started on a basic plan today, and today's exercises were fairly easy. Hoping to keep this discipline up after all the festive eating in December xD

Inspired by the original The Sunday Currently, here.

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