(More Books!) “Kingdom Hearts” and “Brave Story”

Let me start of by saying that “Brave Story” by Miyuki Miyabe is one of my favorite books of all time!
This is the summary from Anime News Network:

When 11-year-old Wataru’s father leaves home and his mother is taken ill to hospital, he decides to change his fate by travelling through the door shown to him by his friend Mitsuru. In a land of magic and monsters, Wataru must summon all his courage and embark on a journey with several comrades to meet the Goddess of Destiny and change this “mistaken fate”.

It’s so…Kingdom Hearts-y XD Wataru tries to find his friend Mitsuru, who is drifting to the darkness (I won’t spoil too much). Along the way, he makes two friends and it reminded me of Sora’s relationship with Sora, Donald, and Goofy. Also, there’s just this pure-hearted Kingdom Hearts feel to it.
However, it is very dark. The character is eleven, so I never expected some of the very adult things that happened. Strangely though, it did not repel me, but rather enticed me. It balanced darkness and light so perfectly.

Despite this being one of my favorite books, the blog post doesn’t seem to be too long, huh?
I know I’ve written about three books in a row, but I’m all dried up with my reviews/recommendations now! Hopefully a location will be next, but it’s hard to research that! XD

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(More Books!) “Persona 3” and “Midnighters” Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld

As the title says, I’ll be comparing these books.
So, the plot of “Midnighters” is that a bunch of teenagers gain powers and fight monsters called “shadows” in a secret hour sandwiched between midnight and 12:01 (if I’m correct) and though there is a lot of danger, they secretly like this hour all to themselves and bond together as friends (for the most part).

The plot of Persona 3 is that a bunch of teenagers gain powers and fight monsters called “shadows” in a secret hour sandwiched between midnight and 12:01 and though there is a lot of danger, they secretly like this hour all to themselves and bond together as friends (much more successfully than in “Midnighters”).

There’s a lot of forum debate about the similarity, though alas “Midnighters” came out first. It’s a cool concept–it’s like how two people around the same year (give or take a couple) invented the telephone and they didn’t even know each other.

Anyway, the similarities end there! If you’re interested, I would give the book a try, but I was a little disappointed. Scott Westerfeld is one of my favorite authors, but I couldn’t really connect to more than a couple characters.
The main character was meh alright (as most protagonists are in YA especially, I’ve noticed). I liked her boyfriend and I liked Dess, the math genius who reminded me of Mitsuru. I liked the guy (Rex?) you see in the first chapter…but that’s about it.
I couldn’t find myself hooked to the pages the majority of the time, but it definitely had some good points. I skimmed most of the second book before dropping the trilogy (sorry, Westerfeld-san!)

Anyway, I’m just here to report book comparisons! XD (As we all want some J-fiction choices as we stroll through the bookstore lol)
Ciao~

(Books!) “Final Fantasy XIII-2” and “Erasing Time” by CJ Hill

So I’ve decided to add books that give me a distinct feeling for a video game or anime or something not in book form basically!
I thought it was a sensible addition to the blog ^^

Today will be, as the title says, FFXIII-2 in comparison to the YA sci-fi “Erasing Time” by CJ Hill!
I loved this book and would actually play it while exploring Academia or whatever it was I did in FFXIII-2 at the time.
Because I am terrible at quick synopses, here is the one from Goodreads:

When twins Sheridan and Taylor wake up 400 years in the future, they find a changed world: domed cities, no animals, and a language that’s so different, it barely sounds like English. And the worst news: They can’t go back home.

The twenty-fifth-century government transported the girls to their city hoping to find a famous scientist to help perfect a devastating new weapon. The same government has implanted tracking devices in the citizens, limiting and examining everything they do. Taylor and Sheridan have to find a way out of the city before the government discovers their secrets. To complicate matters, the moblike Dakine has interest in getting hold of them too. The only way for the girls to elude their pursuers is to put their trust in Echo, a guy with secrets of his own. The trio must put their faith in the unknown to make a harrowing escape into the wilds beyond the city.

Sheridan and Taylor reminded me of Serah and Lightning (respectively)! Sheridan is the friendlier, more emotional one while Taylor is the coldly analytical, slightly arrogant one. (To be honest, I like Lightning and Serah better, but I got quite attached to Sheridan ^^)
Echo is the future boy, used to surviving and making his own way if he has to. He and Sheridan become really close, plus he really reminded me of Noel.

I’m not saying the plot is too similar, but this book also gave me the FFXIII-2 “feeling”…I don’t know how to put that into words, exactly.
Anyway, I just ordered the second book off of Amazon, so you should read it, too! ^.^

“Final Fantasy VIII”: Balamb~(Paros Island, Greece)

This one I actually managed to stumble upon outside of *ahem* research! Alas, I have long dreamed of visiting one of the gorgeous Greek islands~ Most notably, Santorini (however, as I searched other islands on the internet, I began to widen my scope).

Anyways, I happened upon a picture of a hotel room in Paros and it just reminded me so much of the homes in Balamb in FFVIII!

So, here is the hotel room:

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Aaaand here is…the best pic I could find of the house I was thinking of :/

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(Ironically, the house belongs to the hotel owner.)

Also, here is Balamb Square~

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I found a good comparative picture but then the site was down when I clicked on it T.T Instead I’ll find some pictures that sort of give you an idea of the resemblance…

(www.ed-hamilton.com)

(http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/)

This is the Paros village of Lefkes.

Also, here is not a Balamb sort of picture, but just to give you a bird’s eye view of Paros:

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(www.travelpage.gr)

I, myself, am still more in love with Santorini–Oh, what the heck, I’ll post that, too!

(www.abovebluesuites.com)

Alas…one day…

Okay, now for more Balamb!

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Wow, a lot more pictures than usual!

Okay, that concludes this blog post~ Till next time!

“Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess”: Sacred Grove Temple of Time entrance~(Paronella Park, Australia; Angkor, Cambodia–Ta Prohm temple ruins)

I thought two places resembled this area. To show you what it looks like and to refresh players’ memories:

 

 

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I couldn’t get any better pictures T.T But anyway, here is Paronella Park (www.yorokobu.es):

I actually think it’s prettier than its game counterpart, which is unusual.

Now, for the temple ruins in Cambodia (credit on watermark-National Geographic!)

Again, prettier than the game…

 

I think next time will by Balamb from FFVIII–but until then, farewell~

“Kiki’s Delivery Service”~(Visby and Stockholm, Sweden; Tasmania, Australia)

If you ever want to follow in our young witch’s footsteps, go to the cities in the title above! I’ll talk briefly about the Swedish cities because I really want to talk about the Australian bakery (Ross Bakery) where Kiki stayed! Anyway, I digress…

This site: ( http://whenonearth.net/places-inspired-9-studio-ghibli-movies/ ) describes it well enough already. This is where you can find pictures of that plus other Ghibli inspirations.

Now, I’ll talk about Ross Bakery (which is now Ross Bakery Inn due to many visitors coming about Kiki) because it is definitely near the top of my bucket list! Due to the popularity of KDS, they decided to make a room for guests called “Kiki’s Room”.

So, here is the animated version:

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and the room itself (which is a bit sparse):

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Now, for Ross Bakery! (credit given on the watermark)

and Kiki’s room! (credit again given on watermark)

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It’s so cute! And they even have their own Kiki XD

I looked on the bakery’s site and the rooms are so often booked! Also, they’re a little expensive >.< The lowest price I found was 85 AUD, which is roughly 80 USD…*sigh* But the facilities are nice enough. Plus, there’s a nice lounge (but I’m not sure if it’s attached to the room or just for all the bakery’s customers. It’s very pretty, though I couldn’t get a proper picture for the blog, sorry!

Now, to finish off, I’ll throw in some comparative pictures of Sweden.

Gotland:

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And remember this scene?:

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Here is Stockholm!:

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Alright, that’s all I have for you now, ciao~ or, I guess, hej då!