The month of February felt incredibly long. Funny, given it being the shortest months. But thinking back to the events that happened during the first or even second week, it all felt like it was so long ago. Much of it might be due to me anticipating two events: the PS4 game Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet, and moving into a new community based share-house.
Having decided where to move to, I soon started to pack up and sort through my things. My scheduled move-in date was the middle of the month, so although somewhat early, I didn’t want to wait knowing that I have a task to be done.
The new empty room I am moving into.
1st – started Accel World vol.13
13th – finished Accel World vol.13 (and also 囮物語). Started vol.14 the same day.
20th – finished vol.14. Wow, that was an exciting volume, filled with combat and suspense from beginning to end.
For some reason I kept thinking that I am still on vol.12. I suppose it’s unbelievable that I am more than half way in the series, slowly approaching the latest volume that is #22. The illustrator, HIMA’s art for the cover art and color pages has gotten very nice since vol.10 or so. Interestingly, the ecchi-ness has increased considerably as well.
Next, I focused on reading 鬼物語 with the goal of finishing in a week, but I ended up being busy and falling short.
8th – release date of Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet. I purchased the most premium version, the Limited Edition Dengeki 25th Anniversary Special Pack.
9th~12th – the immediate weekend following SAO:FB’s release. I stayed over at my friend Lettuce’s apartment for the entire extended weekend in order to indulge in playing the game on his PS4. As I like to be surprised, I kept dark on info after seeing the announcement trailer and early gameplay reveal.
My first impression upon staring the game was that I really like the graphic style, a perfect blend of 3D and 2D. I had to make my own character, whereas I originally hoped to play just as Kirito and other existing characters. Not too bad, though I struggled with deciding my characters’ names, along with what stats to level. For reasons of changing the names and whatnot, I started over a few times. The game itself is awesome; the gun play, the movements, the environments, the UI, and the list goes on. I tested the PS4’s streaming feature to show my little brother the game. Over the extended weekend, I played through 2 fields and 2 bosses.
On breaks from SAO:FB, I resumed on playing Rockman.EXE with my friend. Story-wise, we are prepared to seek out WWW’s server. I hope to finish the game by the end of this month. Outside of games, I had fun chatting with Lettuce in person again; only 2 weeks since but still. As usual, we made random stupid jokes and things. Good times. While I played, he made all of the meals and treated me very well. I wish to repay those favors somehow someday.
17th – the day I can finally move into the new community share-house. The distance between my current house and the new apartment is about 5 km, equals ~1 hour on foot, equals 2+ hour round-trip, plus heavy luggage. The boxes of manga and other books were by far the heaviest, which I moved first by myself. Lettuce came over to help me for the second trip, which by the end of we were both exhausted.
The next day, I continued moving luggage by myself. My body was not as sore as I feared, and I made another two trips. In between today and yesterday, I have walked 40 km. Done for the day, I called up Lettuce to continue some more on Rockman.EXE together. We have explored all of the bonus areas, Internet 10~16, gathering chip data and HP memories. For the rest of the night, I greeted and talked to other housemates in the shared community lounge. A physically exhausting but happy weekend.
In the community share-house, the main lounge is shared by many people across several apartment units. The atmosphere is lively; an environment that will enable me to practice my interactions with others, getting closer to the person I want to be. My apartment unit is incredibly comfy and clean, shared with 2 others who have their own room. In my new bunk bed room, I have been sleeping nice and warm. However, my biggest dilemma is how I don’t have a desk. Securing my own personal working space is must, and I am still working out how to achieve that, taking into account that a roommate will move in eventually.
23rd~25th – Once again, I spent the weekend over at Lettuce’s apartment to play SAO:FB. I cleared the 3rd field, the boss fight of which was awesome, showing that enemy from the anime. Lettuce and I also finished the first Rockman.EXE game. Funny thing, Lettuce’s game is glitched where going into the secret metro station breaks his game. He would walk out of a building and accidentally walk into the secret metro, yelling “oh sh!t” while he trips down basement into the abyss. Meanwhile, the game randomly skipped me having to unlock a door. Also, the final boss was so much easier than when I played as a kid. Before calling the game done, we want to complete the chip data library some more and fight the bonus bosses next time.
Mostly just finishing some old anime:
- 終物語 (started – ep.1~7)
- ロックマン エグゼ (finished – ep.46~56)
- ロックマン エグゼ Axess (started – ep.1~3)
- しゅごキャラ！パーティー (ep.15~18)
Read through these novels:
- アクセル・ワールド (finished vol.13~14)
- 囮物語 (finished)
- 鬼物語 (started)
Tried to play as much of these games as possible:
- -PS4- ソードアート・オンライン -フェイタル・バレット-
- -PSV- Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活 -Death or Kiss-
- -GBA- ロックマン エグゼ (finished)
Slowly putting together the weapons: