Aaaa I'm 800 years late but here's a very quick introduction !!
I'm Riea, pronounced 'Ree-ae'! I've been playing bang dream ww since it first came out, though my first experience with the game was when I played a song or two at AFA last year. I really like drawing (!!!), although I haven't drawn a lot of the bandori girls haha.
Here's a quick flat-coloured sketch of Kokoro btw!! She's one of my best girls, but my ult is Lisa !!
the worst thing in bandori WW is choosing expert in a song and then losing because of the LAG. and in that moment, you just know that the other players are hating you and thinking that you are one of those players who choose expert even though they can't handle it.....
I have never in my life yelled at a girl like this. When my mother yells like this it's because she loves me. I was rooting for you, we were all rooting for you! How dare you! Learn something from this! When you go to bed at night, you lay there and you take responsibility for yourself - because nobody's going to take responsibility for you. You're rolling your eyes and you act like it's because you've heard it all before - you've heard it all before - you don't know where the hell I come from, You have no idea what I've been through, but I'm not a victim; I grow from it and I learn. Take responsibility for yourself!
this pic just reminded me of that one iconic tyra scene lol
i know this will never happen because of direct competition and all but i love to think about bandori doing covers of songs from other major idol games..... just thinking about your favorite band covering your favorite song from another franchise is so awesome
The characters of Bandori really surprised me. I didn't really like most of them very much at first. I actually really disliked most of Pastel*Palettes when I started playing. And I kind of assumed the characters were flat and boring. And boy, was I wrong!
I mean, sure, I still kinda think Kasumi is kinda generic, and I don't see much more dimension in Eve other than her Bushido-craze that is getting a bit old by now... but most of the cast was a pleasant surprise. Especially Tae. Based on her design I assumed her to be the most boring character conceivable, but turns out, she is best girl by far. Not going to dwell into why now though, as I got more characters to talk about too.
There is also Chisato, Hina, Sayo and Yukina, all four whom I found pretty dislikable and selfish at first, but now that I learned more about them, they just seem some of the most well-rounded and interesting characters I've seen in these kinds of stories.
Kokoro too, seemed so annoying at first, but now that I started listening to what she is always saying, and learning about her home eventually made me realize her background gives a really good basis for her strange worldview and a great motivation for her goals.
Even Aya is less generic than I first assumed!
Honestly, I was very skeptical about Bandori at first, but now I'm hooked because of the absolutely amazing characters it has. And I've been playing only for about nine days! I wonder what more I'll learn about all these lovely girls!
I'M ABOUT TO GRAB A HAMMER AND SHATTER MY PHONE INTO A MILLION PIECES IT DOES THIS EVERY TIME WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
note, this phone is literally a samsung s8 note so it should be good but NO my phone says fuck you and refuses to register my taps.. is it bandori at fault or my phone bc imma 'bout to jump off a cliff.. someone pls help
SO!! SO!! I asked if people would be interested in reading my rant about kaoru and since I had a positive response, I decided to really do it! I have A LOT of things I like about her, so I don't know how long this post will be, sorry!
first of all, I don't exactly remember when I discovered bandori, but I DO remember that I thought kaoru was absolutely going to be my best girl (tsugumi too, but I am not going to talk about her this time...). I already was weak towards princely girls in anime, since I usually love all of them, even if I don't exactly like how said anime treat their characters.
a lot of ikemen girls... either don't want to be "masculine" and want to become ~~ real women ~~ or they have a trauma involving men that made them like this, or other awful reasons that I couldn't relate to, and made me feel angry and disappointed because I actually am a masculine girl who likes girls, so everytime I saw that a character similar to me was just ""confused"" and/or traumatized... I felt really bad. like there was something wrong with me. at the same time, in real life, people were telling me that I needed to grow up and start becoming more feminine and beautiful and other... not great things, and even fiction couldn't help me feel good about myself.
eventually, I decided to just ignore other people's opinions and just live my life however I wanted, but I was and still am a bit hesitant.
and that's! where kaoru comes into play. because she isn't like any of those characters.
when I first saw her, I was like "!!!!!!!" and searched everywhere information about her (the EN version wasn't even announced, so I only could rely on fan translations) and I... absolutely loved her, even though she was an absolute dumbass.
and there wasn't any single card or story I saw that made me think she would get the same treatment as other ikemen girls.
she was confident in herself, none of the girls ever thought she was a man or treated her like one... it was like... a dream. and this made me become a little more confident in myself, too.
but that's not all! when EN came out and I started seriously playing bandori, it made me discover just how much of a great character kaoru is!! yes, she's dramatic, gay and, as I already said, an idiot, and I absolutely love her for that... but... she's also very kind and a good person in general. for example, I just read her phantom thief card's episode so I'm going to talk about it; in it, she apologizes to kanon for kidnapping her even if she didn't know who the thief was (she was suspecting it, though), and when kanon says she feels bad for accepting her apologies since the phantom thief thing wasn't her idea, kaoru still takes responsibility of her actions and says that it doesn't change what she did; at the same time, she acknowledges kanon's feelings and tells her to think of her gift not as an apology, but as kaoru thanking her since if she got to perform in such a great stage, it's also because kanon and everyone else perfectly played their roles.
I mean... she's just!!! amazing!!! I didn't even think she would apologize for that, but she actually put into account kanon's feelings and...! just. she's GREAT ? ? ? ? ? ????
I would like to say a lot more, but I saw how much I already wrote and... no, I would clog up the entire feed, so I'm going to stop here.
sorry for being annoying, and thanks to everyone who actually took the time to read this post!
alright folks. i just wanna say that /if you don't have fun playing bandori, you don't have to play/. what that means is, if you don't enjoy playing songs more than getting the rewards (i.e. studio tickets, fragments, event points, etc.), you shouldn't play (this is what we call extrinsic motivation). it may not sound serious, but it can make your depression worse if you have it. the reason i'm saying this, is a lot of people tend to put their health on the line for tiering events, and i'd just like to remind everyone that you don't have to! at the end of the day, your best girls know you love them very much, and that's enough! believe me, i've already had to take off mental time from playing in an event i really wanted to play in on eng. fight fight <3