My friend who's been staying with me has been playing through The House in Fata Morgana, which is one of my favorite visual novels ever. It's been very interesting watching her play through it, since I haven't really read anything from it in a long time. Some things are even more improved upon the second time around, especially when plot twists and foreshadowing are involved. There's a definite feeling of "Oh! That's what that character was thinking back then!" when you already know who the traitor is going to be, etc. I can't say that's always good, but it's interesting.

I have a lot of strong feelings about Fata. It's the kind of game I wish I'd made myself and it's got a lot of story elements and things that I adore. It's totally my aesthetic, too. It's such a sad game, but it's got a hopeful message. It's scarily relateable, too, despite the gothic thriller setting and feel to it. Some parts are more relateable than others, depending on the kind of life you've led, but overall it just hits you hard. And not a moment is wasted. There is so much attention paid to detail that it's just glorious. If you haven't yet played the game, I highly recommend you check it out. MangaGamer's got a demo for it, too, so you can try it first and see if it's your cup of tea at all.

I'm really excited for the prequel game A Requiem for Innocence that is supposed to be coming out soon. Since we already got a glimpse of the story that's covered in that game, I'm curious to see what new content there's going to be. I only wish the games had the same voice actors as the drama CDs, because those are awesome.

I've also been playing this little mobage called Sdorica -Sunset- recently! It's by the same company that did Cytus and Deemo, two rhythm games I really love. Sdorica has beautiful graphics, fun gameplay, and a soundtrack that is to die for. It doesn't feel as exploitative as other mobage, which makes it nice to play to pass the time without feeling like I have to drop a bunch of cash to get ahead.

Tomorrow I'm going to do my best to be a little bit more productive, but a lot has been going on in my life at the moment and it's hard to focus on anything but that. I won't push it if the timing doesn't work out. I'm doing fine, but a good friend of mine isn't and I want to do everything I can to make sure she's okay and living comfortably. Please make sure you do what you can for your loved ones when they're hurting. As much as possible, don't live a life you'll regret later.