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「Mobage」Fairy Tail Dice Magic

Saturday, February 16, 2019 / No Comments
One month has passed, and I've finally gotten a bit used to this game to write a review! In addition, I was requested by a friend to provide it in a format that worked more like a guide, as the game is completely in Japanese, thus this may be a bit different to my usual game reviews!


1. Very basic login screen
Two buttons on the left, one for entering data transfer codes, and the other is for clearing the cache/data. It's a very simple and clean layout. I do like that it is not completely static, and that the character bobs up and down, and blink as well (her eyes are not permanently closed!).


2. Regular user interface
On the top bar you will see your current rank, stamina gauge, amount of rainbow gemstones, gold and points. The key here is that your stamina recovers every 3 minutes, and does not overflow when you rank up. The rainbow gemstones are for card/character gacha, while the points would be like an in-game currency used to gacha for memoirs.

On the left sidebar, the four buttons are News (game news), present box, missions (daily, permanent and event missions), and side quests. While the rest are pretty much self-explanatory from their names, the side quests is slightly different.

You send up to five characters on a side quest to obtain materials. Do note that you cannot practice characters who are out on side quests, nor can you use them in your main quests. In addition, the time needed per quest varies in certain denominations, and each one requires a particular attribute, so you are pretty much restricted by the cards/characters you possess. Thus, you might want to level at least two teams worth of characters so you can still continue to clear your stamina with quests while members of your main team are out on missions!

The six buttons on the bottom bar are character, memoir, party, quests, shop, gacha and others. Right off the bat, you might find the home page to be a little cluttered but I assure you that everything is actually located in a systematic location and order, making it very easy to navigate.


3. Shop
From Mirajane, you can purchase the in-game gemstones currency and other items such as special dice (with gemstones). It's basically a page that you likely won't be at unless you're spending money on the game... which I really don't recommend doing ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)


4. Others 
In case you're curious, this is what you can view from the "others" button on the bottom row.

Top Row: Game News, Items, Gallery
Second Row: Profile, Sound Settings, Story
Third Row: Help, Q&A, Support
Last Row: Data Transfer, Legal Notice, Return to Title


5. Gacha
The page that we all love to hate ಥ_ಥ

Rates are pretty much ordinary by today's standards, at 3% SSR 10% SR 87% R. The game actually started without guaranteeing a SR or above card for a 10 scout, unlike nearly every other gacha game, but it implemented it recently ( ´ ▽ ` )b Nevertheless, the harm has been done...

Note that here are also pages for memoirs, one which is gemstone scouting (200 per memoir), as well as a different in game currently (the one at top right) for 1000 per memoir. You get one free daily gacha here, and it is part of the daily mission to get your free daily memoir.


6. Event
This event is a collection event where you clear stages to obtain the respective items. Visit the shop below to exchange. This is the second known event type so far, the first being one that you just clear stages to rack up points.

In both cases, only event stages are counted. The stages can be accessed from the bottom right of this event page.

Behold the Event Shop! Some items can be exchanged by all of the event drops, and some are exclusive to a certain drops only. The last stages of each difficulty give all three types of drops, but you may want to focus on a particular type if you are lacking in that item.

As usual, the cards from the event gacha give extra items, namely 30% boost for SSRs and 20% boosts for SRs.

Here's Erza and Yukino for the Valentines' Day event:

May the gacha luck be with you.

Event Missions give extra rewards on top of the ones from the event shop. They range from clearing certain stages/difficulty, to defeating "x" number of a certain character. Yes, this game is very RNG-based and grindy...
Accessing event can be done via main page, or the quests page, via the event banner.

As this is only the second event, and the first of this type, I have doubts that the amount of materials required to purchase items in the shop will be properly balanced, but we'll see how it goes \(*T▽T*)/ワーイ♪


7. Characters
Character page, where you can practice, awaken, view or remove characters.
Practicing - Each type of stat has their own level, and also require different items (namely different colored shards and occasionally, non shard items such as the first 2). The amount of gold required for leveling increases exponentially, up to around 300k per level from level 9 to 10, so I would definitely recommend not wasting money or materials, especially the non-shards items. These items usually overlap within the same guild, making it tough to level multiple characters at once.
Awakening - When you limit break a card with a dupe, you increase the level cap of the skills above. With each round, the level cap increases by 2 per stat. Also, the leader skill slightly improves.

8. Memoirs 
These are the equipment that you attach to your character. On this page, you can select to practice, limit break, view, remove, or set for characters.
Each memoir provides different effects, and there are several which have overlapping effects. One memoir can only be attached on one character at one time.

9. Quests (Battle)
The main "fighting" system, where you can select either: Main Story, Normal Quests or Power-up Item Farming. The last tab is the one which you would want to focus on. The stages are split up based on stat, and you would want to farm whichever stat you are lacking the items in. You can also farm gold on one of the stages in there.
Each stage has three different difficulty: normal (N), hard (H) and very hard (VH). You unlock the next difficulty upon completing the stage.
Of course higher difficulty stages tend to drop rarer shards. That being said, you may find yourself lacking in the lower tier shards at times, so don't forget about the older stages!
If you complete the goals, you will obtain the reward on the right... Gacha! o(≧∇≦o)(o≧∇≦)o
You do not need to complete the second and third requirement on the same quest run so do take your time to ensure that you get 3-stars for all the quests! 

Some star-missions involve landing on a particular spot "x" number of times, so that's just a matter of RNG which can be overcome by grinding. Thankfully, this game also comes with an auto function which should make this type of grinding a little easier~
This game's battle mode runs on a "Dice Number for Attack" strategy. Basically, it means that the player will roll three dice each turn. Based on the number that appears, the character will attack if it coincides with the chart above. This chart can be accessible in manual mode, via the button next to "manual".
Thee's also a special dice function where you can fix a number, which ensures that a particular character will attack in that turn.
Special Attack is when characters use their skills. This only works in manual mode, in between dice rolls after the enemy has attacked. When the circle next to the character is full, you can drag the character's square icon upwards to activate the special attack. You can also select which enemy to attack by tapping on them. Be sure to check the combat circle on the top left first, and target enemies which are weak against your attack type!

10. Overall Review (2/5)
I felt that this game is a huge disappointment, especially after they delayed the game's release several times. There are quite a few parts that felt like minimal effort was put in, such as the lack of voicing, and reusing art for the character cards and memoir designs. The battle animation is severely lacking, even for SSRs and the battle graphics is quite terrible, especially when I compare to similar turn-based battle mobage that I've played before, like Revue Starlight and FGO.

The game is also overly dependent on RNG and P2P. First, you need the RNG to gacha for a strong character card and a suitable memoir for him/her. Nevertheless, even in battles, RNG is a crucial component as you need to get the correct dice roll to maximise your team battle. Of course, the first two points can be easily overpowered by the power of money, which takes a bit of the fun away.

Next, there is no inter-player connection, at least for now. Events have no ranking system and there is no feature for friends or PVP. This might be nice for some people who'd love to have a game all to themselves, but I'll prefer to have at least some interaction since this is a mobage.

I do wish that the game could improve, but based on the existing game play and the way that the game has already set itself up to be, it does not seem possible.

~ Reina-rin

Skip Osaka and Kyoto. You should pack your bags for a holiday to Tottori, and here's why

Thursday, February 7, 2019 / No Comments
Osaka? Kyoto? No, instead pack your bags for a holiday to Tottori Prefecture. Because...

Tottori is a foodie’s paradise!
Not only do you get delicately plated kaiseki dinners from ryokan in the area, you can even indulge in sweet treats as Tottori is famous for their wide array of sweet treats, ranging from the usual Japanese-style wagashi to rich swirls of their milk and pear ice-creams.
≧(´▽`)≦ So delicious~~~
Although you might not have gotten this impression from the sightseeing-focused advertising done by H.I.S.Travel and partnership with Sony Entertainment, but take the word from someone who has just been to Tottori for fall 2018 – Tottori is indeed filled to the brim with mouth-watering delicacies! In fact, I daresay that if you love beef and seafood, you definitely wouldn’t want to miss a trip down to Tottori!
The tuna just melts on your tongue (❁´▽`❁)*✲゚*
And here’s three reasons why you should plan a page in your itinerary for Tottori alongside your trip to Kyoto or Osaka -- or rather, scratch that and forego those two major cities altogether and take a look here for my itinerary for inspiration on how to spend two fulfilling weeks just in Tottori alone.

Now, let’s get started. ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ

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1. You can eat wagyu beef crowned as Best in Japan!

Food is akin to a sanctuary for Singaporeans, and we all know that Japan is a paradise as far as food goes. Exquisitely plated seafood, picture-perfect fruits, creamy dairy products… you name it, and Japan has it; but putting all of those aside, we have something in another realm of its own -- wagyu beef.
When it comes to wagyu, the first thought that usually comes to mind is Kobe beef. And while that is not wrong, wagyu simply refers to Japanese beef, and Tottori has their very own kind of wagyu beef as well: more specifically, the kind that was crowned Best Wagyu Beef in the 11th National Competitive Exhibition of Wagyu (a.k.a. Wagyu Olympics) in 2017. As the Olympics is only held every 5 years, rest assured that you will still be having a taste of the best even in 2019.

On a side note, I’ll like to recommend visiting a yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) store named FukuFuku, located about 5 minutes on foot from Tottori station.

The owner is fully proficient in English (you can ask for recommendations for cuts!) and takes a lot of pride and joy in his work – from driving 50 minutes each day to get the best cuts of meat, to preparing and plating them carefully and beautifully for each customer.

Yes, you read that correctly. It takes less than an hour! Which means that the beef you'll be consuming would be fresh, and is not processed for prolonging shelf life.
Just look at that marbling ♥ ੧(❛▿❛✿)
Besides, you can really feel his effort shine through the plates of food. His cuts of Tottori beef came with Instagram-worthy marbling and tantalizing juiciness that envelopes your mouth from the very moment you bite into it! Not to mention, there was absolutely no lingering aftertaste and you just feel as if you can continue eating on and on forever. 

We ended up being blissfully bloated after ordering three plates of the premium beef and even still the bill barely totaled up to SGD$150 for 4 people. 

W h a t     s t e a l !
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2. Fresh seafood right from the coast!

In Nov-Dec, from late fall to winter, they have a specialty crab (Matsuba crab) that’s said to be larger and a lot juicier than your average crab. 


Unfortunately, my trip was from late October to early November and coupled with the typhoon messing up the change of seasons and migration patterns slightly, I couldn’t try this delicacy at its peak. However, rest assured that I am already making plans to head back to Tottori once more within the next three years, but until then, I’ll just satisfy this disappointment and cravings with the images of Matsuba crab Milkcananime’s lovely readers send in!

Also, there's another noteworthy seafood dish  Asari clam miso soup    which revolves around Asari clams fresh from Lake Togo!
This lake is found in Yurihama in Tottori prefecture and there are many onsen inns that have sprung up around the lake, to allow guests to enjoy lavish meals clad with seafood dishes and relax in onsen baths that overlook the lake! 

The onsen inn that I chose in the region is Togo Onsen Kosenkaku Yojokanwhich provides an incredibly authentic experience – going from their impeccable service and cleanliness to their cozy Japanese style rooms and mouthwatering ten course kaiseki dinners.
Western style rooms are also available if you prefer them!


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3. Tourists enjoy 50% off attractions!

Behold! The very last point is about money, and it involves what most of us tourists love to do: sightseeing! °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°

Sightseeing is one of the more important aspects of travelling to me since it helps me learn more about the history and culture of the country. Some natural landscapes like flower fields and waterfalls, are also things that we can never find in urban Singapore.

So, imagine my excitement to find out that most of the tourist attractions in Tottori now still have their entrance fee for tourist attractions reduced by up to 50%! This is a deal includes all foreigners (bring along your passport), regardless of age, and that’s probably a deal that you’d never find in any major cities!

One perfect example of a wonderful place that I’ve been to that had the 50% off for tourists deal was the Hanakairo Flower Park in Tottori 


As I went near Halloween, there was still a ton of Halloween decorations all around Tottori!


The way we are able to view the mountain range together with the breathtaking flower field is spectacular~
Not only is the entire park filled with flowers of different species and colors, there was even a section of the park dedicated to showcasing flower arrangement pieces made by the locals! Be sure to check it out if you do go there as there are some really intricately arranged pieces!

Another tourist place that is commonly forgotten in brochures would be Enchoen Garden!

This garden is a Chinese-style garden and when you step into it, you'll feel like you are transported back in time and place to the Forbidden Palace 



Definitely a place where many Singaporeans can connect to, both culturally and through all the Chinese TV drama shows~

Moreover, if you are a Buddhist, Tottori also has its own fair share of temples, whereby quite a few feature Guan Yin. It'll probably be a good experience to visit these temples during your stay in Tottori and see how the temples and praying styles differ between your country and in Japan.
That's all for today. Stay tuned for the upcoming posts where I will highlight points from my itinerary and also review all the key sightseeing and food locations I've been to in Tottori (❁´▽`❁)*✲゚*

Meanwhile, enjoy this video about the 8 beautiful aspects of Tottori, presented by Tottori's Governor himself!
And last but not the least... Welcome to Tottori!
Don't forget to drop by the Sand Dunes too!
~ Reina-rin