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Peep peep peep....

I can't believe how noisy the birds have been this spring. Is it ever not mating season for them? XD

Today is a damp, clammy, nasty day. And tomorrow is Easter! I think I like it better when Easter's in March. At least now that Lent's over, I don't have to worry about keeping meatless Fridays. I'm not much a carnivore myself, but I hate not being able to use chicken broth.

So the Playstation Network has been down for the past few days. Apparently there was some hacking involved, and it seems that it's never going to be restored. Oh well...it happened when I was in the middle of downloading the Golden Week themed Groovy Chat for Tales of Graces f. Those free downloadable chats are so unfunny, it's like there's Christmas every week and you get a lump of coal in your stocking every time. =_= Yet for some reason, I jump to download them every time they announce a new chat on the official ToGf page! I'm like the lab rat who keeps hitting a switch for a treat when all I ever get is an electrical shock. One of these days, I really am going to get a treat...

I had wanted to download Atelier Marie Plus and Atelier Elie off the Japanese Playstation Network. I hear the PSX versions actually have an omake section that lets you save the movies and still pictures. The PS2 port I own doesn't have that option. :P

Speaking of the Atelier series, I managed to get myself of a cheap copy of Hermina and Culus, the visual novel spin-off of Atelier Lilie. I've played through the game twice already, and earned both the "best" and the "worst" ending.

The Good: Lots of nice still pictures. A cute but sad story. Lots of story events with characters from Atelier Lilie.

The Bad: The game is about 4 hours long. It's hard to get a "good" ending without a FAQ. (Not that the good endings are any less sad than the "bad" endings...) Half the cast of Atelier Lilie is missing (no Ulrich, Gerhard, Kurt, Xiska or Karin. Only Hermina, Ingrid, Lilie, Dornie, Werner, Irma, Elza and Theo are in the game. Whyyyy....?). And Theo's voice actor really, really sucks.

All in all, I thought it was a sweet little game and great for fans of Atelier Lilie. I wouldn't recommend paying more than $30 for it, though. Or buying it if you haven't played Atelier Lilie, or don't understand Japanese.

It still doesn't explain why Hermina grew up to be such a freaky bitch!