December 19, 2012

Annoucement: Our Summer Holiday

Hello everyone! It's MegaBubbletea of the My Bubbletea Time Team here. We have been working hard on a secret project over the past month and we are nearly finished! Right now, the visual novel is under closed beta testing to iron out any remaining bugs for next week's public beta release!

The visual novel game is titled "Our Summer Holiday", and it is a simple story about a group of friends deciding what to do with their free time over summer holiday. This is our first project ever, so the quality is not as good as you would expect from professional visual novel games. Nonetheless, we strived to do our best and incorporate ideas to enhance our visual novel game as much as we can!

We are also considering working on future projects and would gladly accept any great ideas you might have. Right now though, we are focused on finishing this project and get it out the world!

MegaBubbletea out.

Anime Review: Midori no Hibi

Midori no Hibi is an unusual story about a boy named Seiji Sawamura that wakes up one day to discover his right hand has turned into a girl! Weird as it sounds, the anime is still funny nonetheless.

Midori no HibiSynopsis:

High school delinquent Seiji Sawamura is desperate to have a girlfriend, especially after being rejected by 20 girls as of late. He's afraid that he will end his life with his right hand as his only companion. Apparently, that doesn't change when one day when he wakes up and discovers that his right hand has become a girl named Midori Kasugano, who confesses that she has had a crush on him for the last three years.


Most romantic comedy anime follow a standard storyline which usually involves your typical boy meets girl scenario with a whole load of complications thrown in. However, in Midori no Hibi this love story gets more awkward and weird as the story goes along. At first, you may exclaim "WTF!?", but as you watch, the story reveals itself to be quite interesting than anticipated. Of course, the story itself is quite unrealistic; that is, having a girl as your right-hand. Seriously, who comes up with this stuff. However, as you progress, the story isn't too bad after all, just takes time to get used to.

The art was relatively good and the environments were well illustrated. The characters were decent, but I thought they looked a bit too childish or immature for my taste. Anyhow, the animation was quite accurate and smooth. No complaints here.

The voice acting was pretty good, but not excellent. There were a few minor nuisances with character speech but in the end, you just have to deal with it. The theme songs were quite average and nothing special to remember.

The anime sole focuses on Seiji and Midori's everyday lives dealing with keeping the secret of his right-hand whilst performing everyday duties and protecting the weak. Seiji is viewed as a huge delinquent but inside, he is actually quite kind-hearted and caring. Most people misunderstand him, so he is pretty used to the abuse he gets. Midori on the other hand, is a quiet and shy girl but changes dramatically once she is Seiji's right hand. There are also other characters that involves themselves in the duos lies and it gets quite interesting.

Overall, it was a pretty average anime to enjoy. The comedy elements were pretty good and the story was unique to any other anime. It is just a bit silly come to think of it, to have a girl as your right hand. If you are open minded and don't mind silliness then Midori no Hibi will entertain you quite well.


ART: 7





Google Play Books updated with new 'Read Aloud' feature and pinch to zoom

Google Play Books
Google Play Books has just had an update pushed out into the Play Store, that brings with it among other features a new 'Read Aloud' function. The new feature allows for the listening of most flowing text books, and while it seems to do a pretty good job, it's not going to replace audiobooks anytime soon. Imagine sitting down to listen to your sat-nav read you a book and you've pretty much got the right idea.

Reading aloud isn't the only new addition. Pinch to zoom and double tap to zoom now works in all books, all text editing features are available for notes, and personalized recommendations are shown to you at the end of your library and at the end of a book. Personalized advertising then, but not out of character for Google. We also get the usual handful of bug fixes and enhancements thrown in for good measure.