-Omori, The Happy, Depressing, Interesting, Strange, and Scary game?- – (Video Games)-

5261d5a4e9c9db593e07ed6f778830c3_original.jpgAs I stumbled upon the internet, as I assume most people do, I decided to click on a Kickstarter game named Omori, the horror genre RPG game currently in the making.

After watching the trailer for Omori, which was released a week ago close to New Years day, I couldn’t resist but to research more about the game.

“Welcome to WHITE SPACE. Your name is OMORI and you’ve been living here for as long as you can remember. Everything is bright white; there aren’t any walls. A black lightbulb hangs from the ceiling… wherever it is. There’s a floor but it’s always cold. The warmest thing here is probably your laptop. You don’t mind though. You have a blanket, a laptop, a cat, a sketchbook, and a tissue box. You have everything you need.” 

(Omori 2017 Edition Trailer)

What are my thoughts on the trailer itself? The game interests me. Not because of the nostalgic features of seeing a Pokemon replica of the exclamation mark (!), or the earthbound RPG-like mechanics, but just the weird, scary, and imaginative factor of the game. As much as I like happy story games as their own respective genre like Undertale, and horror genre specific games like Outlast, Omori doesn’t revolve around a happy, sad, depressing, or even horror factor. It’s more so of an insanity and “pure imagination” factor (Willy Wonka reference) that we’re seeing throughout the game (such as Omori going through a supposed haunted house, and just the surroundings that Omori sees when he adventures with his friend).  As we have Omori, the main character, finding out there’s someone important to him but forgot. “Your story is already over. You just have to remember it.” And with that quote in mind, the story itself and the gameplay shown, Omori’s definitely not in a normal world with a normal train of thought. It’s just tragically perfect.

laptop.gifWhat are my thoughts in general about the game? I’ve always been interested in games that included some sort of “insanity”, but it being in an interesting perspective (such as the “white space”, and finding out that Omori is actually just remembering what’s going on in his life to find out what’s so important to him). Even though we have somewhat of a cliched “depressed” main character, just looking at the game and looking at the expressions shown on Omori’s face and various scenario’s that he’s shown to be in, it makes me wonder what is even going on. Especially since the two official trailers released by Omori tended to be monstrous and extremely imaginative. And I like that kind of feeling. Being Scared, happy, interested in, just a bunch of mixed feelings that make us feel like that game is trying to make us feel “insane” by taking us through Omori’s perspective. And it’s just a pretty crazy game, and I’d definitely play the game myself.

But anyways, back on track. The music was just flawless, as it reminded me somewhat of a Studio Ghibli soundtrack, but yet a more adventurous and ominous soundtrack at the same time (the 2017 trailer). And it perfectly fitted the games adventurous feel, and as well as the craziness that occurs in Omori’s world.

As for characters, it seems the people along with Omori are quite cheerful people (which is pretty interesting, as Omori is more of a depressive character, but yet Omori hangs out with them just like friends), the NPC characters seem to be abnormal looking, and the enemies, they’re quite distorted and monstrous looking (which probably makes up around 75% why the game is going to be a horror rpg game). And the one thing that I can’t get enough about the game is, it’s unique and interesting scribbled artwork animation.

When we think about games, we always think about CGI animation, game sprites, 8/16-bit, etc type game art styles that are shown throughout a game (although the game is just that), just the mini cutscenes that are shown is most likely hand drawn, but drawn in its own interesting way, as they’re drawn as if using a crayon, or with colored pencil instead of a professionally drawn look or the generic high quality anime look (although there is references of “Otaku” culture within the game). Like for example, Undertale has cutscenes, but are in their own game sprites (same animation/not drawn out animation), but in Omori, they have game sprites, but their cutscenes are actually animated/I assume hand drawn. And regarding the cutscenes, they’re quite vibrant, as shown in the original trailer,   As for gameplay wise, they appear to have normal attack moves with some sort of heart beat monitor (in the new trailer that is),

If you have ever seen their official website, it’ll definitely give you a few spooks if you took the time to look around, as their website has some pretty interesting artwork (as in it’s pretty creepy and weird). But besides their art gallery, they do have some pretty interesting things such as the plot being told and as well as some updates that they may have displayed on their website. Check it out yourself at www.omori-game.com/.

I’m actually looking forward to this game. It really doesn’t look all that bad, and the plot itself is interesting. Well anyways, see you guys later, peace.

(Omori Gameplay/Demo/Sometimes I wonder If Omori Will Actually Be A Horror RPG) 


Aviation And WWII: Studio Ghibli Animated Film, The Wind Rises, And Review By Mark Yang

A dreamer of aviation, both figuratively and literally. To be able to create planes, even at a time of war, and with his country in great poverty. He’s on a journey where his creation of planes, makes the wind rises. (There will be spoilers beyond this point).

For a period of time, I stopped watching Anime (a couple of months ago). But after watching the official (English dubbed) trailer for The Wind Rises, and listened to a beautifully created song by 97SPECIAL, which 1171Domino made a collaboration of both his song and the movie. I was inspired to watch The Wind Rises.

(The Wind Rises Trailer)

(Beatutifully created song by 97SPECIAl, and awesome collaboration of the both the beats and the movie, created by 1171Domino)

tumblr_mwhyritcgr1s715zso2_r1_250As I still continue to watch the movie, I’ve only gotten halfway through it. Not that it was a long movie, in fact it was only two hours, but because I was busy, I stopped watching it as of right now. Although I wasn’t emotionally attached to the movie like most movies created by Studio Ghibli, I was more so interested in the imagination of the main character Jiro. Instead of your original tear jerking story, or uplifting kids film usually created by Studio Ghibli, the Wind Rises portrays the deep thought of a person’s aspiration and dreams, for aviation. As this idea was brought up early on throughout the movie, it didn’t take long for me personally to understand that this dream of a young boy, and what his dreams and deep thoughts shown throughout the movie are, by showing us a character and taking us through his journey. It was as if we were in his mind. as if we were experiencing the living memory of Jiro’s perspective, and his journey and the fate that he goes through, of both good and bad times of his life.

Image result for howl's moving castle gif sceneryMy first impressions on the movie were simply, it must be another heart felt kids film about a boy, but with planes, and it’s going to be a good movie. But I always ask myself, “how will they make it a good story? How will they come out with this awesome fresh story that they always create?” Continuing on, throughout one fourth of the way through the movie, the main character Jiro, has dreams about a famous Italian inventor of avtiaon, thewindrises Caproni. And this made me think it would be a movie cattered to children, simply because the main character was a child dreaming of an aviator. But as I see the dreams of Jiro, the scenery reminded me of another film, and it was Howls Moving Castle (will explain later). Not until latter that they started adding more adult themes, such as teens and adults smoking (was acceptable for the Japanese), the references of war ( WWII), and the eerie feeling by just watching Jiro imagining the destruction of his planes. After seeing all that, I noticed that the story is actually a pretty deep, and not so simple story. But after thinking about comparisons of this movie with others, it was quite similar to Howls Moving Castle. When we get to see blood from Howl, and also a fictional war going on in Sophie’s world, the plot from both movies were indeed quite similar in a sense. And I’d say The Wind Rises is on the same approach as Howls Moving Castle, but the movie relates more to a realistic theme, more adult themes, and having more sophisticated or certain tastes that would make people appreciate the movie.

The Wind Rises is visually appealing, and by all means has a great story. What I’m trying to get here is that, people may have personal preference between liking fantasy movies like Howls Moving Castle, or liking historical movies like The Wind Rises, Everyone has their own different liking in sub-genres, but personally, I love all kinds of genres. Just as long as they’re interesting and in no shape or form cliched or felt rehashed, but I’ve felt Studio Ghibli does a lot of things to keep their movies feel new. Every movie I’ve come across with Studio Ghibli films so far, were as if I was a kid listening to a folk tale, or an urban legend. A story where even hundreds of other stories have copied off of, but Studio Ghibli, they rarely copy stories (some fi;ms use literature adaptations),they create them. And so, The Wind Rises is one out of every Studio Ghibli film that are an what I consider, an exceptionally great film.

Yet again, I’m not emotionally attached to the film but, I can’t deny that the film is a one of a kind, and in some ways inspiring. But what I’ve seen so far throughout the movie, things are not going to be so great, and maybe Jiro’s dreams may be flawed. But I’ll continue to watch the film, and fully experience the bad side of the movie (in a good way).

I’ve had a fun time creating this blog post, especially after I haven’t been posting as much, and not watching Anime in quite a while. I had a great time watching The Wind Rises, especially since it’s a more serious movie created by Studio Ghibli, and with the ending of my post, I am happy to watch the movie, The Wind Rises.

See you in the next blog post, peace.

“The Wind Rises: a movie that truly emphasizes the true meaning of chasing your dreams, even if they may seemed flawed, some part of the way through them.”

-Mark T Yang Jr


Happy Valentines Day From Mark!

Hello, and happy Valentines Day! It’s that one day where everything is just all about love. Not necessarily does it have to be romance, but just the importance of appreciation and love for everyone.

Anyways, I just came by to post one of my holiday/themed day posts, and here I am. Happy Valentines day!

If you’re not feeling the best on this Valentines day, no matter the person, just know that I love you and every single follower I’ve come across so far on this blog. Have a happy Valentines day.


(Haven’t seen Castle in the Sky, but I’m tempted to watch it since it’s created from my favorite animator, Haiyo Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli)

-The Lack Of Time and Motivation- – (Life Update)-

I hate writing these types of posts, probably as much as you do seeing me post them. And let me just point this out, I’m not qutting my blog (just assuming you thought that about me). As much as I like to blog, I just can’t come to call myself a blogger if I don’t post often or even at least once a month. And in a sense, this is a pride sort of thing. To either consider myself a blogger or not, and that’s why I’m creating this blog update. (I’ll explain it soon).

If you’ve been a follower since day one, you’d probably know that I used to post 1-3 posts a day, and as each month and year came, it slowly progressed to being a few times a month, and now maybe a few times a year. As highschool shadows upon me, expecially in my sophomore year, my classes are just extremely time consuming, and at some points stressful. Sometimes to the point where I have to stay up til 10 o’ clock and finish them over weekends. Not that I’m a bad planner, or a horrible student, but that the classes that I take are stuff that I’m extremely interested in (will explain in a bit) career wise, and just some classes are complex or like I’ve said before, time consuming. For example, I might have homework on monday, but then I’ll have extra homework to do, so I save it for teusday. Then on teusday, I finish the homework from monday for wensday, and now I try to finish my homework for teusday. And then on teusday, I still have extra homework, and I try to finish that homework the next day. And so on and so forth.

If you didn’t know before, I’m interested in business, and I try my best to learn all kinds of business related classes such as entrepreneurship (taking it now/learning to be an owner), global business (took in my freshman year/an introduction to business), and Organizational Leadership (taking it now/learning to become a better business leader). And I must say, they’re my most favorite yet homeworking piling classes.

And with my other classes such as Practical Law (learning about what’s legal), which I mainly took it to learn about what’s legal in business (it’s not realted to business) is also homework filled, and personal finance (learning to create a budget and pay taxes, etc), which I took so I can learn to pay my own taxes, save money, and to also learn it for business, is also the same.

And with my main classes, they’re either good or bad, depending on the lesson that’re taught in my school or the homework assigned. But I guess you get the point.

To put it short, I’m too busy with school and life. As much as I love to watch and review things, my lack of time, and as well as my lack of inspiration to write is ultimately where I am right now, a hiatus. With my whole life ahead of me, I don’t know if blogging is an option as one of my hobbies anymore, and now I want to purely focus on my career of someday owning my own business or franchise by researching ideas now, and being able to focus on having a good education in order to learn the best ways to run a business in college.

Hopefully you guys understand the reasoning for my hiatus, and here are some info of some of the things I may consider doing regarding my blog.

First, let’s talk about blog posts. I will no longer be writing anything that I’ve promised before except my review on the comic “Pretty Boy”, and my review on the horror rpg, “Omori”. What won’t be posted as promised before; Bokura Wa Minna Kawaisou review, Over the Garden Wall review, and The Day In Life Of Mark post. Sorry to dissapoint anyone looking forward to my posts, but what I said is final.

Second, no promises but, I might consider using different social media accounts such as the use of twitter and instagram, as I’ve been thinking about just writing about my day and writing mini thoughts about certain subjects (anime, manga, video games, life). Pretty much what’d you see on here would be written shortly on those social media accounts.

And lastly, I’ve been thinking about writing blog posts only on holidays/only on summer break. When I’m on break, at least I have some material to look over, such as new animes, mangas, video games, etc. Since I would have time on holidays, it would only make sense to create blog posts during this time.

Anyways, sorry to dissapoint you guys. Have a good day, see you guys later, peace!

-The Start Of Exams- – (Real Life+Update)-

Hello, it’s that time again, and it’s the notorious exams. Sorry to those who actually read my blog posts, but I will be posting right after exams are over, such as the Indie video game Omori, the comic named Pretty Boy (also by the creator of Omori), and my day in the life of Mark, day 3 post (might take a while to make though). So there’s a lot to look forward to after my exams (not really), and possibly yours (if you have exams during this week), right after this week of studying.

Since I have to be quick and get right to work, here’s a video from the video game Omori, and hopefully you have a guess on what I’ll write in the future.

(Omori 2017 Trailer/warning, there may be a few scary scenes):

Anyways guys, sorry for being gone for probably a few weeks or even a month by now. But hopefully you guys get the point on my busyness. Have a good day, good luck on exams (if you do have exams), and peace!

“Exams aren’t that bad, just as long as you’re confident in what you do and get good grades. Even if you don’t understand an answer on a test,  might as well be ignorantly happy in writing what you think may be right, and then be told you’ve at least tried.” -Mark Yang

Happy new years


-A Hardship Filled Week Without Technology, But I’m Back- – (Update+Future Posts)-



Photo from https://oss.adm.ntu.edu.sg/ngsh0049/4d-assignment-2/

If you haven’t already known, I just went screen free for a week (without the use of technology; computer, cell phone, television. But, lights, microwaves, life necessities technology are exceptions). When I went screen free, I was flat out bored, had nothing else to do, and I just waited for the next day to progress. And during my times of being screen free, I continually thought about what was the incentive of being screen free? As I believe, the whole purpose of being screen free is to show ourselves and us as human beings on how were so reliant for technology, and after being screen free, how we can learn why we’re so in-depth on looking down all the time (our phones). As to those I presume knowledgeable on how phones can horrifically impact us in some ways, the younger generation might eventually not be able to. To have a better understanding of what I mean, read this article created from my Social Studies teacher. It’s also the person who gave me the opportunity and other students of her classroom to go screen free for a week! (Link To The Website, Click Here). As a society of millennials and older generations, we should continue to acknowledge how social media and other sources is impacting our society and to also teach a younger audience on how they could avoid being a victim of this social media phenomenon. So hopefully you have something to think about for today, and I’m quite happy to have the opportunity to go screen free for a week from my class in turn for a grade. It was a win-win situation, as we get to learn how being screen free affects our lives, and in turn rewarded (by grades) for being screen free.

“When you strip humanity of technology, what do we do as a society?” 

Anyways, besides writing in a serious manner, back to being me. I’m back from being screen free for a week! download-8If you’re new to my blog, hello, I’m a Japanese animation (anime), and Japanese comic (manga) blog poster, where I post reviews and my thoughts about series that ranges from Studio Ghibli films to mainstream animes. As well as reading manga’s that are quite mainstream, to mangas that aren’t even as popular but should be. And if you know me very well, I like to trash talk about mainstream animes (always for a good reason though), and only watch animes/read mangas that are actually interesting/non cliche. And in a way, I’m just like Hayo Miyazaki, as his famous quote(that was mistranslated, but is a meme anyway) is something I can relate to in a way, “Anime was a mistake”. Of course, I still watch it anyways, and even though Hayao Miyazaki himself is a notorious animator, I don’t blame him for hating anime (or at least a numerous amount of animators that is). But yep, there’s your brief introduction to me. So then, what I’ll be posting later on!

(I totally agree with this person’s various statements. Bewarn)

As I’ve said before in my other post (Click Here For The Link), that I was going to write about my thoughts on Bokura Wa Minna Kawaisou/Kawai Complex To Manners and Hostel Behavior chapters, and write about Over The Garden Wall (this is an American cartoon. Maybe I should’ve mentioned that I also write off topic posts!), but it’s all going to be delayed for quite a while or not even be written at all.

My reasonings; it’s that time again guys, exams! “MARK! Winter break is near!” Yes, well about that, I’ll be on winter break in Arizona, so yeah. I mean, I could write a blog post, but I want to relax during the break (also because I don’t have anything to write blog posts on. I could technically do it on my phone, but It’ll take forever to do), and when I write blog posts, I like writing things when it’s fresh off my mind (if that makes sense to you guys?). Not that I occasionally write blog posts after a week or so, but I like that authentic feeling as a blog writer, when you gain inspiration and give it your all into writing one whole blog post in one whole sitting (which can also be why my grammar can be horrible at time to time when I don’t edit my blog posts after writing it for a whole day straight, but that’s alright! I can come back and cringe another day and look back on the day where my grammar was generally bad. Which is pretty much still going on, but hey, I’ll get better right? I hope so, lol. As I continually doubt myself in a positive way, good job to me.)

So then, the good news; the blog post I will be writing:

  • Bokura Wa Minna Kawaisou Chapter 78 Review; It’s no longer titled “Usa Makes a Move” It’ll now be titled, “Finally! Usa and Kawai’s further or catastrophic relationship!” (By the looks of the manga, I’m actually quite interested on what’s going to happen in future chapters).

The bad news; blog post that will be on hold or won’t be made:

  • Over the Garden Wall Review
Iceland, Fortress of Solitude

As much as I want to write a review for Over the Garden Wall, my family trip to Arizona is coming soon (not to mention homework), I want to rewatch Over the Garden Wall before I make my blog post. Of course, since I have over two weeks of break and literally (not literally) 90% of my time being focused on Arizona, I won’t have a lot of time to create one. And as much as I don’t want to go to Arizona for a week and a half (I’m sure many people would take up that opportunity), I have nowhere else to go besides going to an arcade (to play Tekken 7) and possibly recording myself for you guys to see. Like, I can go sightseeing and visit a museum, but I’m more of a hometown person. Meaning I like revisiting places that just makes me nostalgic or explore somewhere I haven’t seen before in my own city/state). The only time I would do this is if I was fully aware and prepared to doing something like that (and I literally have no idea on where my family wants to go, so I’m just puzzled on why we’re staying there for over two weeks if we don’t know what were going to be doing. Pretty much 100% of the time when my family wants to go somewhere and waste money doing nothing. But meh, family bonding. That’s what counts.). Also, did you know you could be making money writing blog posts about going on trips to places like Iceland and other countries and stuff like that? Yeah, me neither.

(Over the Garden Wall Trailer)

Anyways, it seems I’m going a bit way off topic, but I hope you guys kind of learned about my experience about going screen free and just some of the few things to update you guys on. But before I go here’s this; “Would you go screen free for a week? You’re a pretty busy person I understand, how about a day instead?”. Anyways, on a more serious note; if you want to want to take the challenge that’s up to you. Sorry about the blog post delay, after being gone for a week. But see you guys later, peace!

(I won’t be including any of my other social media links usually shown below in most of my blog posts in respect for this post relating to being screen free) -Mark T. Yang JR