I just wanted to briefly talk about some media I've been consuming these last two days:

REA(L)OVE is this Japanese reality show that's on Netflix. The general premise is that it's a dating show where all of the contestants have "dark secrets" that get revealed one by one throughout the show. The male host makes it annoying to watch because he slut-shames the hell out of some of the contestants. There's this annoying double standard in society where if a guy has lots of sexual partners, it's not nearly as damning as when a girl does. It's lauded, even, at times! This definitely comes out in the show, as this one guy whose secret is that he's had sex with 150+ different women totally looks down on this one woman whose secret is that she's been in 10 different relationships with pro athletes[1]. Lame! Maybe that's something that develops more throughout their time together, though.

I'd like to see some more empathy, but I do understand that Japan's cultural values are different from ours. It's an interesting concept and feels more like a psychology experiment than a dating show.

Code: Realize ~Future Blessings~ is the sequel/fandisc to the original Code: Realize game. I got it when it first came out, but only just had time to play through a route. I was intrigued by the addition of a Finis[2] route so even though I didn't really like him much in the first game, I decided to go for it. It was heartwarming and had some poignant things to say about what it means to be human. I've never been a huge Finis fan because his character reminds me of Kaoru from Hakuouki while he just sounds and acts like Kanato from Diabolik Lovers. The role is a bit same hat for Kaji Yuuki, but he definitely does it well.

I'm probably going to go for Saint-Germain next! I'm not sure about after that, though I will probably leave Lupin for last.

I've been progressing on Without a Voice. The main scenario drafts are done now, so I've been taking a break from writing to code in expressions and animations. Finishing the main scenario was my goal for this month, so I can take it a little easy until next month. I just have the last scene and a half for Shuye's route, as well as a bit of MerMay stuff. I managed to finish my 200 Word RPG Challenge entry, which I'm pretty happy about, too. I will end up being over my projected word count. I'd better estimate better next time~

The month's almost over! It's time for the final stretch, to get done all the things you wanted to do but didn't get around to yet. The end of a month is always a little stressful. I feel as if May only just started and now it's over!

...I've also just realized that I forgot the newsletter again. Oh man. Why am I so bad at remembering to do that newsletter? Has a whole week already gone by since the last? I cannot believe it! I may need to work on that concept more.

  1. Not only that, but she said she was taken advantage of by these men—it's not like she has a real preference for famous athletes or that she wanted to be FWB only, unlike him. ↩︎

  2. Finis is the main character's younger brother. ↩︎