My Strange Visual Novel Addiction


They say the first step is admitting it …
I have a problem… I got addicted to Danganronpa.

It sounded more dramatic in my head, I swear.

In the past five months, I’ve been obsessed with a certain Visual Novel named Danganronpa and let me just tell you how deeply I got into this world of sci-fi hope vs despair battlefield. Visual novels, according to my logic were glorified dating simulation while I already know I am wrong, it didn’t stop me from solidifying this conclusion in my mind.

“Hope’s Peak Academy is home to Japan’s best and brightest high school students — the beacons of hope for the future. But that hope suddenly dies when Makoto Naegi and his classmates find themselves imprisoned in the school, cut off from the outside world and subject to the whims of a strange, murderous little bear named Monokuma. He pits the students against each other, promising freedom to anyone who can murder a fellow classmate and get away with it. It’s up to you to find out who Monokuma really is, and why you’ve been taken from the world you once knew. But be careful what you wish for — sometimes there’s nothing more deadly than the truth…”

The first installment of the series is the introduction to the Danganronpa World and the cast “The Ultimates”. Now the characters are an interesting part of the game because their talent is considered an ultimate as if they excel in that field, Ultimate Swimmer, Ultimate Gambler and so on. Those talents give the characters a personality and insecurity as well.






There’s a certain order you need to follow when getting into Danganronpa world, which anime to watch first and which game to start on, unfortunately, I watched the anime before playing the game so I knew the direction the game was going but to be honest it was more enjoyable for me to play the game than to watch it.

After a murder occurs, you get time to investigate the murder scene to chain the events in your mind before a class trial starts to reveal who’s the culprit. The trial format is almost the same as Phoenix Wright and I loved every minute of it, the music and the whole truth bullet shooting, it excited me. The punishments -when the trial ends and the culprit revealed- is basically an execution scene, are sometimes silly and more humorous. After it, parts of the school gets unlocked which gives you more area to explore and of course find new ways to kill someone.

The game is heavily dependent on the story, so it has a lot of reading, it took me 41 hours to beat the first game and honestly I would recommend playing the game instead of watching the 12 episode anime.

Moving on to the second part Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair.




Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair takes place shortly after the events of Trigger Happy Havoc and Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls. The game is from Hajime Hinata’s point of view as he starts his first year at Hope’s Peak Academy. As he walks into the school building, he is overcome with fatigue; when he recovers, he finds himself in front of a door. He has the strong urge to open it, and once he does, he finds himself in a classroom full of his new classmates. They suddenly find themselves locked in the classroom, and a pink bunny, Usami, appears before them, claiming herself to be the class’ teacher. The classroom around them soon falls away to reveal a paradise-like island. Usami tells them that they are on a school trip and that they are to befriend each other to gain Hope Fragments and make their hope grow. Just as they get used to the peaceful island life, Monokuma appears and takes control of the island, announcing that the students must participate in a life of mutual killing if they wish to escape.

Oh boy, this part was surprising to me because it was more brutal and dark compared to the first one. Even the punishments aren’t as silly as I mentioned in the first part, they are horrifying and I feel guilty that I was entertained. There was a lot of changes implemented in the gameplay and I actually needed a guide to go through the trials, not my favorite confession to make as a gamer. I mean it’s a visual novel, how hard it should be.

I wasn’t really satisfied with the ending because it was confusing but at the same time, my mind was blown how the story progressed throughout the games, spin-offs, and the anime. I think I enjoyed this part more than the previous one, probably because of my newly found sadistic trait that surfaced during the gameplay or because I’ve grown attached to Monokuma … He’s a cute bear.

The lastest game of this series is Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony


“Welcome to a new world of Danganronpa, and prepare yourself for the biggest, most exhilarating episode yet. Set in a “psycho-cool” environment, a new cast of 16 characters find themselves kidnapped and imprisoned in a school. Inside, some will kill, some will die, and some will be punished. Reimagine what you thought high-stakes, fast-paced investigation was as you investigate twisted murder cases and condemn your new friends to death. Forget what you thought you knew about Danganronpa and join a completely new cast of Ultimates for a brand-new beginning. In a world where everyone is trying to survive, nobody’s motivations are quite what they seem. Use your skills to solve each new murder or meet a gruesome end. The world is shaped by our perception of it. Fast-paced trial scenes will require lies, quick wits, and logic to guide your classmates to the right conclusions.”

I kept reading the synopsis that it’s new, the characters are new, the school is new but part of me was searching for connections to the previous games, surely there’s something the ties the epic battle between hope and despair which Monokuma keeps hinting. The gameplay has a massive overhaul in-class trials and thankfully it was easier than Danganronpa 2. The killings were creative and I was impressed at some of them, why don’t I feel bad saying this.

Danganronpa triggered the inner killer and also the detective in me, I’ve enjoyed every minute of those games. Also, I have to say Monokuma is adorable, the best mascot ever (it’s the total truth, I’m not held at gunpoint)

Omani Talents: Nof Al Zadjali (Tami)

This month, I’m showcasing an Omani talent that I mentioned briefly before who honestly needs her own post. In my last interview, we got to know Zakiya who’s an amazing artist and a great person as well. Anyway today I’m interviewing Nof who has more achievements in her life than my Steam account and I feel proud as an Omani of how far she reached.

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– First let’s start with introductions, tell us about yourself

Nof Alzadjali, Omani digital artist & graphic designer.

– How did you start?

I started drawing traditionally since 3rd grade but most of my artworks were random & I liked to redraw popular anime characters but never created my own. A few years later I started to create random Manga stories & original fictional characters, I was very inspired by Japanese Anime that I watched on European Channels and of course I never understood any word they say, but later I started to speak & understand the German Language because of Anime. At high school my art started to improve and I began to read more Manga & learn from the art masters online. I’ve only started digital art in 2013 which helped me improve & learn even more.

– How supportive your family and friends were?

At the start my parents were supporting my art as a hobby only. After high school I’ve decided to go to an animation or Art college. They were not very supportive at the beginning, saying that I won’t benefit much for my future but I insisted. Luckily there was only one college in all of Oman which had Graphic Design & animation courses, The Scientific College of Design. So I went for it and few years later I got into art galleries and won several prizes, so my parents started to realize how much I loved art and they supported me all the way.

– What’s your greatest achievement when it comes to your art?

Honestly, of all my participations, I have two achievements that I consider as my greatest:

  1. Finally created & self-published my own Manga (Living Dreams) in 2017. And currently working on Volume 2.
  2. Being chosen as my country’s representative in Japan to have my own Solo Art Gallery in the occasion of the opening of (Nara-Oman Friendship Association) And given the title of (Goodwill Ambassador) by the association.

– Tell us about the manga you created?

The story of (Living Dreams) was first written by me in 2008. The whole story was different, the characters were different, a lot of things changed until it was finally published. The main idea never changed throughout the process, it was about a boy who can merge into other people’s dreams and rescue lost dreamers from dark nightmares.

But before ever thinking about creating this story as a Manga, I wrote it as a novel and presented it to the cultural club in Muscat as they usually support Omani writers. Yet they have refused my story because it was fictional and not related to Oman’s culture or history. Sadly this made me give up on the story and I just left it for years.

After getting employed on my first job as an artist & designer, my friends knew about the story and supported me to create it as a Manga. It was exciting yet I knew that back then (in 2013) my art wasn’t that good and I needed to practice more.

So only in 2016 I’ve started to re-write & create the Manga with a whole different concept and better ideas. Until finally I’ve self-published it at Comicon Dubai 2017.

– Is it sold anywhere?

Sadly no, I still haven’t found a publisher, but I plan to release it again (vol.1 and 2) in one book after getting a publisher or I might just sell it online.

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– How do you develop your art-style?

I watch a lot of videos, I read manga and follow many great artists from around the world. These days it is easy to learn and develop your skills in any field, the world is connected and everything is within reach.

– What inspires you to draw?

Seeing other artist’s work inspires me. And it is very exciting that everyday we earn a new skill, or we find a new drawing tool, software..etc. Art is also my way of expressing myself, sometimes I don’t find the right words and I just draw what I feel.

– Do you prefer using a software or a traditional pen and paper?

After getting into Digital Art, I rarely use pens and papers (unless I’m just randomly scribbling ). I prefer digital art for many reasons.

– Does your art life effect your personal or career life?

Yes, in fact I still work as an Artists & designer in an Omani company. And I plan to continue participating in art galleries and events whenever I can, to meet other artists & learn from them.

– What’s your favorite anime?

It’s a long list, on top of it Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

– Do you play videogames?

I used to, but not so much these days sadly I miss playing though. I like RPGs and adventure games.

– Are you with using art like yours to get money or you’re against it?

I prefer not to allow anyone to use my art in any way unless we agree on it initially. For example, sometimes I open Art Commissions so that people can get their own personal artwork according to their taste. And for a fair payment they get the open file of that artwork and can use it freely as they please. But as most artists we struggle to make people understand that they can’t simply copy any artwork and print it or use it or sell it. This happens A LOT and we get tired chasing them around and stopping them. I know some artists who should be millionaires by now for all the artworks that got stolen and sold without their permission.

– which artist you look up to?

My favorite Manga Artist is Yukiru Sugisaki (author of D.N.Angel Manga) I really love her art style and I have learned a lot from her. There is a long list of other inspiring artists I follow online.

– What’s your motto in life?

The world is your canvas.

– What are your future plans?

Currently working on Vol.2 of my Manga. As well as another big project that would benefit all artists/designers in Oman Insha Allah.

– Where can people find your art?

Instagram: @nof.zadjali
Twitter: @nof_zadjali

I also have a behnace profile yet it isn’t updated :


I feel I should also mention that she participated in a show along with her husband called “Qumrah TV by Ahmed alshugairi” and it was aired on MBC 1, and here’s their submission.

I hope you enjoyed this interview as much as I did, be sure to check her links if you want to support her. I would probably buy her manga because I personally love supporting artists from my country and if I can give them a platform like this post to talk about themselves, I’ll gladly promote them.


Omani Talents: Zakiya Al Waili (Kazuna Yoshida)

I’ve been getting a lot requests to post interviews after I posted about Omani Talents that I really support so I decided to interview one of my favorite artists Zakiya Al Waili.


-First let’s start with introductions, tell us about yourself.

I am Zakiya Al Waili, 24 years old and recently married. I am a self taught artist, I graduated from Oman nursing institute, yes! I am a nurse, currently working in a government hospital.

-How did you start with your art?
When I was in kinder garden basically, but I got deeply in it when I reached 7th grade which is around 13 or 14 years old I guess.

-How supportive your family and friends were?
At the beginning  I really didn’t get that support from my friends or family. My family used to stop me from drawing by saying its “haram” (Forbidden by religion) and I am not supposed to draw what I see on TV like cartoons. My colleagues on the other hand, used my art for their art assignments at school or just picking me as a partner for any art project. With time, my family got tired from trying to stop me so they gave up, I went wild for a period of time just to show them what I can do and how far I can reach, alhamdulillah (thanks to god).

-What’s your greatest achievement when it comes to your art?
I don’t see that I have achieved something yet, even though I gave workshops and participated in exhibitions, I still want to do something grand.

-How do you develop your art-style?
I used to have these moods to draw and get inspired from what I see, what I go through but even so, my way to develop my style is trying new things everyday. I experiment new colors and try new types of art styles, and basically go out of your comfort zone and step by step, you will realize you have your own.

-What inspires you to draw?
Other artists, I feel impressed by seeing how artists grow and improve their art and I really love that.

-Do you prefer using a software or a traditional pen and paper?
It depends, I usually go for traditional style just for fun, playing like a kid to relieve pressure. I do that in a software as well, but it’s more serious.

– Does your art life effect your personal or career life?
Well, I hope it does affect my career in a better way since my career specialty and my hobby are extremely different. Whenever I’m on duty, not many care about my artworks, and if they know, they will be like: “amazing! can you draw me?“. It doesn’t have much of my personal life as a part of a family I’m still social as ever, though my new life as a wife made my responsibilities as secondary comparing to what I love.

-Clearly your art is more anime influenced so what’s your favorite anime?
I love Ghibli animations like: Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle. I have lots of favorite anime series such as Himouto Umaru chan, Sword Art Online, Blend S and a lot more.

-Are you with using art like yours to get money or against it?
To be honest I used to do that, I used to work as an artist to get money in college days, but I stopped all kinds of trading later on. I still do it but very rarely, and with less amount for commission, I don’t aim for money. I want everyone to use my art in a proper way, and my advice to all artists who do art business, please be careful not to ruin your imagination like I did, enjoy exploding it all on your paper or tablet but don’t let anyone force you to do what they want just for the sake of needing money.

-Which artist you look up to?
There are several of artists I look up to, I don’t consider myself to be that good so I follow millions of them. I love to get inspired by their art and to try their style once or twice as practice. I look up to whoever of an artist they are, whether it’s a famous artist, international animator, Omani artist or even kids in school.

-Your motto in life?
No pain, no gain.

-What are your future plans?
Short term future goals is to participate in a convention in Oman by end of this year, and probably GCC (Gulf Continent Countries) too, yeah why not.

-Where can people find your art?
Anywhere with the name @kazunayoshida, mostly Instagram :3


I hope you enjoyed this interview as it’s a first for me, I would love to know your feedback. Don’t forget to check out Zakiya’s Instagram and give her support, she’s an amazing person and fun to be around.


Let’s Talk About Doki Doki Literature Club (Contain Spoilers)


Originally I wanted to post my favorite makeup products for 2017 but this game just took over my life in the past few days and I felt like I had to talk about it. Like the title imply, this post will contain spoilers so if you didn’t play this game yet I highly recommend trying it out (But if you are easily disturbed, just don’t)


Hi, Monika here!

Welcome to the Literature Club! It’s always been a dream of mine to make something special out of the things I love. Now that you’re a club member, you can help me make that dream come true in this cute game!

Every day is full of chit-chat and fun activities with all of my adorable and unique club members:

Sayori, the youthful bundle of sunshine who values happiness the most;
Natsuki, the deceivingly cute girl who packs an assertive punch;
Yuri, the timid and mysterious one who finds comfort in the world of books;
…And, of course, Monika, the leader of the club! That’s me!

Doki Doki Literature Club is a visual novel that is completely free to get on steam and it’s basically about you joining a literature club that originally has 4 female members and apparently … you’re the only guy. Honestly I wouldn’t even try this game but for some reason my brother recommended it to me and it got me interested since he’s not into such games.

It started as an overly-cute normal visual novel, setting the personalities for each character so the player can choose a route to go through basically.  Now my answers and choices were all directing me to the long dark-haired girl Yuri, I started this game blindly not having an aim who to go for. Obviously like every visual novel, I kept saving in multiple slots just so I wanted to try other options when I’m done with my first playthrough.

Of course Sayori was stuck in the friendzone till the player – her friend started getting closer to her club mate so it showed that she got jealous and all.


At a point later, the player has an option to confess love to her or friendzone her even more which I thought will drive her into a deeper depression phase. I saved the game before making a decision so I would see the outcome of both choices, you know like what anyone would do in a visual novel .. normal as this one.

Aaaaaaaaand she committed suicide, with all the horror visuals and my jaw just dropped I wasn’t expecting such a turn. Then the game just ended but … that wasn’t exactly the ending. I thought of loading the game where I saved before I chose what to reply to Sayori but when I did, the game showed error sayori.chr is missing or corrupted and deleted all my saved slots and started a new game.


I was confused at this point and the game started glitching …


To be honest this whole glitching game got me very excited because it felt like the game was bleeding to reality, my laptop basically. I went to check the game files inside steam directory and I found a poem and a creepy picture, inside the character folder there were three characters only and Sayori was missing.


I went on with the game and again blindly choosing to see where this would go, the game was glitching time to time with graphics or the dialogue.

The game goes on with this glitchy format and showing really creepy images and visuals of the characters. Natsuki was getting black scribbles on her eyes and mouth, and tears of blood. The dialogue was getting more and more creepy, I guess it amplified the horror element and it was all very fascinating to me.

Yuri was getting more and more insane and obsessive, only Monika was completely normal – compared to them so obviously I concluded that she’s the culprit to all this creepy dialogues and images.


And I was right, Monika did all that and it freaked me out when she said my administrator account name also mentioning that the game file is located in my Steam folder. This was all so exciting to me, I’ve always been into games that break the forth wall.

That part gave me an idea, I deleted Monika’s character file. It worked and she was gone, the game restarted normally without Monika, the dialogues were fine no glitches till she popped again… the game credit rolled while a command window on the side suggesting all game files are being deleted. I thought it was just part of the game like a graphic loop but it did delete the game files from my laptop and this screen shows every time I tried launching the game.


I thought of reinstalling the game and trying different choices to see what would happen but I decided that’s where the game ends and I wouldn’t get as excited now that I know everything and what’s going on with this game. I’ll probably watch those other endings on YouTube.

Overall, it’s such a genius game to involve reality to it by bleeding out to the game files and that broke the forth wall. I really recommend trying it out for yourself and go with your choices blindly, see what ending you would get.



Death Note, Body Cavitation and Yoga

Hello September 
Hello Eid
Hello School
Hello whatever event left I didn’t mention. 

If you are Muslim, I hope you’re enjoying Eid and if you’re not I hope you’re having a great day. Last week was quite eventful and somewhat productive, I’m really hoping I can keep it up. Death Note movie was released on Netflix and … we need to talk about it.


Death Note is my all time favorite anime so I was really anxious when I found out it’ll be an American movie, hoping it’ll be as good as they claimed. I watched it on the day of release and I wanted to stop 5 minutes into it, and here’s why. Light has an intriguing personality, in the anime he’s a genius that went insane by time but in the movie he was too weak and it irritated me because it sounded like he did all that just to impress a girl who supposedly is Misa from the anime but named Mia.

I honestly got so mad when I watched it, I feel the movie didn’t grasp the real essence of Death Note story as the anime did. I even decided to watch the anime series all over again just to stop being mad. The gist of this, don’t watch the movie with high expectations.

Moving on to the next event that happened .. Let’s talk about body cavitation.


Recently I dyed my hair in this salon which was recommended to me by my sister and aunt, it’s a really nice place actually. I was comfortable in my visit when I dyed my hair there so I was planning to keep coming here instead of that salon I mentioned before that I had a weird situation in. When I was paying at the counter, I noticed a pamphlet about body cavitation and also a huge banner as you can see in the picture. I was interested because ever since I gave birth, I couldn’t return my body shape as it was before. It’s hard returning to that shape, I’m much thinner than I was before but the skin isn’t tight enough and it makes me feel really insecure about myself.

I made an appointment for consultation so I would understand the whole process and the sessions needed to achieve that model sexy body. The lady showed me the machines and explained to me how these devices are used, and that’s when I started to get intimidated because they were four devices for different purposes and she said it’s not a painful process but I got scared anyway. The device basically has a high or low frequency pad thing that will damage the fat, the rest of the devices are used for drainage of this fat and another one for scanning. Along with this process, it’ll smoothen the areas that has cellulite and make it less bumpy.

I cancelled on the day before my first session because I feel I can do it on my own and I don’t need a cheating method to do it fast, also I’m not exactly guaranteed that I will lose all that stubborn fat and tighten my skin as I didn’t really met someone that did this procedure to see the outcome. I thought why should I waste my money on it and I don’t know the results of it. I’m considering to get a massage that will eliminate cellulite and make my skin look smoother but that’s also expensive so I’ll see how this will go.

Because of this, I started doing yoga.


I started with beginner poses and I really enjoyed it, I felt really relaxed. My body isn’t that flexible but doing these poses made me feel so much better. I did workout after it to shape up obviously and hopefully my loose skin will tighten .. Someday.

What were you up to this past week? Did you watch the movie? Did you like it?