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Familiar Diversions

I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.

Currently reading

Lying in Wait
Liz Nugent
Progress: 98/310 pages
The Shape of Water
Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus
Progress: 72/313 pages
To Siri with Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines
Judith Newman
Princess Prince
Tomoko Taniguchi
Progress: 310/336 pages
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
Peter Godfrey-Smith
Progress: 41/255 pages
FREE: Locke & Key
Tatiana Maslany, Audible Studios, Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez, Kate Mulgrew, Haley Joel Osment, Full Cast
Progress: 91/806 minutes

"Don't fail me now, paleolithic homing instinct!"

My pre-order of the Hatoful Boyfriend game unlocked yesterday. I've played it through once so far. I had intended to aim for the shy, depressed book-lover and accidentally got an ending with the narcoleptic math teacher instead. Oops. I'm pretty terrible at these kinds of games.


I'll have to see how well subsequent play-throughs go, but right now it's not bad. I think the game takes place in some kind of post-apocalyptic world in which intelligent birds have taken over. My first play-through gave me a couple documents, one of which mentioned influenza and choosing someone (to attend the school?) who had a high immunity. The main character is the only human in the entire game. She lives in a cave and refers to herself as a hunter-gatherer. When she went for a walk, she passed by a bunch of ruined skyscrapers.


Which sounds a little dark, except the main character has a pretty positive outlook on everything, and the actual gameplay is just focused on everyday stuff like interacting with students and teachers and going to class. Certain characters, like the math teacher and the school doctor, seem to have darker routes than others, although it's possible that the routes that look to me like they might be lighter could turn out to have hidden drama. Well, maybe not Okosan's route. Okosan is the game's doofus. Even his human representation is a pigeon, and, when you first meet him, he is beating up a pudding.


I wonder how many play-throughs I'll be able to manage before I break down and look for walkthroughs?


Oh, one interesting tidbit: one of the locations in the game actually exists in real life. There really is a bird-themed cafe in Japan.