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After around 2 years of waiting, Fantasy Life is finally available in English! It’s a JRPG by Level-5 where you can switch easily between 12 job classes – otherwise known as a “life” in the game – to help you fight monsters, gather materials and/or craft items!

I won’t be going over any of the plot to avoid spoilers so here are my initial thoughts about the game.

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The first life I chose was a Paladin – I love swordsman/knight type of classes and I usually pick it when playing rpgs. Fairly straight forward playing with this class, there’s the basic attacking skill and a few different ones with magic. There’s also cute/decent looking armour and all different type of outfits you can get as you visit each area (or can make if you’ve chosen the blacksmith life). You can choose to use single-handed sword and/or shield and a greatsword (two-handed), but I tried the latter yet. Playing without the shield gives you more option in using sp sword skills.

The next life I chose was to be a cook. I find this life super fun, and it’s really useful creating items which I can use to help me while I’m out exploring and battling monsters. There’s a range of things you can cook and there’s 4 categories – fruit & vegetables, egg, meat and fish dishes. As you level up, you can gain skills to make you cook faster, helping you whip up super meals, and add extra ingredients such wasabi to tuna sushi to make it better.



There’s an overall storyline in the game, but you can also complete other quests in-between chapters which helps you level up and earn dosh (the in-game currency). Completing chapters of the storyline helps you earn “bliss points” which you can use to unlock features such as getting a pet or increasing your bag storage. Doing the quests with stars help you achieve rank for your Life.

Another appeal to the game is the multiplayer capabilities, you can play with two other friends! I find this a good way to fight against the other monsters and explore other areas to complete quests. It’s a fast way to earn exp as you just need to last a hit on the monster so it cuts down on grinding.  It’s also easy connecting locally or via the internet if you have your friends already added in your friend’s list.

Exchanging a bounty at a bounty clerk is a good way to earn dosh and get items, which sometimes can vary. You can get them by killing area bosses, and there’s also bounties from mining, axing or fishing!

There’s also a dlc/expansion pack which costs around AU$10~ (from memory) where you have another area to explore, more pets, more customisation etc. I haven’t bought this yet as most of the features can only be accessed after level 50.

The only issue I have is that targeting and switching between monsters while battling can be annoying but otherwise playing the game so far has been an enjoyable experience! The graphics are cute and vibrant and the music is enjoyable to listen to. There’s a lot of things I haven’t covered since I haven’t played all the jobs yet so look around before you buy it but I think if you’re a fan of jrpgs it’ll be fun to play.

I’ve been buying from AmiAmi for a bit over a year now so I thought I’ld finally write a proper post regarding my experiences. It’s an online retailer based in Tokyo, Japan which sells hobby and figure merchandise. I like ordering from them as they have discounts on their items and it’s easy to preorder their items – you don’t pay until the item is in stock.

Order Info
  • 12th April – Preordered Taiko no Tatsujin game and Haikyuu!! Bracelet
  • 7th May – Preordered Free! – Face Tote Bag: Rin and Free! Ouchi de Free Style!
  • 5th August – Received order invoice
  • 11th August – Paid for order
  • 12th AugustReceived shipping notice
  • 29th August – Package arrived

I paid via Paypal and chose unregistered SAL. Usually it only takes 11~14days for me to receive the package, so this time I got a bit worried since it took a few days longer lol. Sometimes it’s worth it to pay extra so you can keep tracking parcels.

Also usually you can’t combine items from preorders which get released in different months but I was able to this time I think because the Haikyuu!! bracelet’s release got delayed by 2 months.

Items

Free! Face tote bag Rin [Free!フェイストートバッグ りん]

  • Price: 2770JPY
  • Dimensions: Approx. 280 x 300 x 10mm (Handle Length: 230mm)
  • Materials: Cotton Jersey Cloth, Polyester Ox

I mainly own tote bags with simple designs and plan colours so thought this would a cute addition to brighten up my wardrobe in Spring or Summer. I wanted to get Rin and Haru but it was sort of expensive to splurge on, so I just got one. Ensky has really cute products it’s hard to resist!

The fabric and construction of the bag feels durable and is comfortable to wear. An interesting thing is that the fabric used for the hair is different from the face, it’s softer to touch.

I thought the back was going to be plain but there’s cute doodles which relates to the series :hearteye2

Inside there’s two pockets to place items you want to access easily. I think you can place a decent amount of items inside the bag, I’ve got an A4 folder, 3DS LL, cosmetic pouch and 2 comic books in the photo (sorry it isn’t clear to see all the items). I usually carry a lot of things when I go out (like an extra jumper since I get cold easily) so I’ll probably use it in warmer weather when I don’t have bulky items to carry around.

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Ochatomo Series – Free! Ouchi de Free Style! [ お茶友シリーズ Free! おうちでフリースタイル!]

  • Price: 3,840yen
  • Contains 8 figurines with coasters
  • Figure height: Approx. 45mm tall each

Have you heard of Cup no Fuchiko (Fuchiko on the edge of a cup) before? She’s a popular figurine which you can get from gachapon, in various funny poses which you can place on a cup or various things to brighten up your day. I always thought it was funny but I wasn’t into the character, so when I saw the Free! ones getting released I got really excited. Also the 25% discount AmiAmi had was another incentive to get them.

The paint job and quality seems pretty good, I haven’t seen any patches of no paint or derpy faces. I’ve sometimes found that smaller figurines don’t have constant quality control so it can be a hit or miss buying them. The cup figurines which sit at the edge aren’t as easy as the ones which you can slide onto the edge, so just before they don’t fall into your drink when you position them! They’re perfect edition to add some cuteness to your drink photos puuu
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Taiko no Tatsujin: Don to Katsu no Jikuu Daibouken (太鼓の達人 どんとかつの時空大冒険)

  • Price: 4290 yen
  • Unfortunately they’ve removed the product from the site so I can’t link it.

Besides Animal Crossing, Taiko no Tatsujin is another game series I follow religiously and try to play all versions of. I think so far I’ve played all the DS and PSP versions and tried an arcade version, and now own the two 3DS games they’ve released so far. I’m not too good at playing it – I can only play the easy or normal mode –  but I enjoy playing and listening to their songs and it’s a great game to play with friends or to kill time. My favourite song from the previous game is Growing Up.

The title can be translatedas “Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Great Space-time Adventure” in English and is different from the previous game as it has a new rhythm-RPG story mode where you can customize a full party of monster helpers to fight. It also now has streepass so you can check out the profile of other players and has DLC song packs to purchase new songs to your library.

I was really happy to see that there’s a small vocaloid section and the moment I saw Guren no Yumiya (first opening song in Shingeki no Kyojin) listed in the song list, I preordered :shinyred I haven’t had much time to play it yet, but I’ve played a few songs and have enjoyed it so far.

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Haikyuu!! – PU Leather Bracelet (Emblem Ver.): Kozume [ハイキュー!! PUレザーブレス(エンブレムVer.) 孤爪]

  • Price: 240 yen
  • Approx. 20 x dia. 75mm

Just something small I ordered with the game since there was nothing else I wanted to order that month, but then the release date got pushed back fuuu I don’t usually order bracelets since I have thin wrists and don’t like wearing accessories too loose but I thought it’ld be nice to order it since I like the character and it was cheap. It’s pretty comfy and not too heavy.