Random Kanji Knowledge: Yuugou


Random Kanji Knowledge: Kanji is a complicated means of conveying language. With literally thousands of symbols that have different readings depending on context, the layers of complexity can prove overwhelming. However, beyond the squiggly lines lies sophistication to those patient and diligent enough to learn. Kanji is really cool in this regard.

Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 融合, which is read as yuugou (YUU-goh).

融合 is often used in the context of “fusion,” as in a literal unity between multiple things.

融 is a symbol for “dissolving” or “melting.”

合 represents something “fitting in” or “joining (together).”

So in a sense, 融合 represents how things can “combine” and fit together as one.

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Random Kanji Knowledge: Tanjoubi


Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 誕生日, which is read as tanjoubi (tanh-joh-bee).

誕生日 means “birthday.”

誕 means “to be born.”

生 is the symbol for “life/birth.”

日 represents “day.”

So put all three symbols together, and you get the context of something like, “the day you were born into life?”

The stroke order for 誕生日 is shown below.
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Pet Peeve: Redirecting Blame


In “League of Legends,” a line I keep uttering to myself constantly is … “Scrubs find scapegoats.” 

What I mean is, bad players always have to find someone/something to blame when they screw up. LoL is a game built upon capitalizing on mistakes, whether how small or large of an impact they may be in the grand scheme of things.

It could be missing an entire wave of minions to last hit as the ADC or whiffing your Smite for the Dragon, but every kind of “error” does affect the end result. The notion of blame, however, appears more significant than anything else.

Naturally, people do not like having blame being focused on themselves, so the self-defense mechanism is to try pawning said blame on someone else when possible.
Example Scenario: A teammate of yours is caught by the opposing team in a disadvantageous location. Your allies attempt to help your caught teammate, but a “hopping on a sinking ship” situation occurs and everyone on your team is killed in the process.

Your allies, of course, start getting mad at your ally for going somewhere they should not have been in, but the ally becomes defensive and tries to blame someone else for their mistake.

“Oh, it’s because the support isn’t warding!”

This prompts an argument from the support to say they should not be blamed. A flame war ensues.
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The Play-setter and Playmaker Part 2


What’s Your Type?
My transition from being a play-setter to a playmaker
in “League of Legends” continues. I am certainly learning a lot as I try to improve as a player.

A quick recap of what I mean by the terms:

Play-setter: A player who complements their teammates to make them look better. Play-setters enhance good plays and generally provide support to their allies, plus they are generally overshadowed by playmakers who do the “heavy duty” stuff (i.e. getting kills).

Playmaker: A player who is capable of pulling off the exciting plays that lead to big, in-game impact. These players can and will carry their allies to victory, assuming they have the appropriate supporting cast to make it all possible.

And again, I will emphasize that both player types are not mutually exclusive to each other. Anyone can be a play-setter or a playmaker, and some are naturally a mix of both types.

But yeah, for so long, I was only just a play-setter and nothing more. Even back when I played Defense of the Ancients (DotA), I proudly proclaimed myself to be a support-focused person. I often struggled with winning games on “my own,” relying heavily on my teammates to make victory possible while I did my part to contribute toward a win.

And honestly, I have been very content with being a play-setter up to this point, but the urge to become a true playmaker is calling out to me.  Continue reading

The Play-setter and Playmaker


In “League of Legends,” I am a firm believer in two types of specific players you want to have as teammates: the play-setter and playmaker.

The play-setter is basically someone who complements good plays. They are the ones who create situations where someone else on your team can take advantage of for a bigger result. A play-setter, to me, is often a support-focused player, but the play-setter can be found in any role.

For instance, it could be the Janna who uses her Eye of the Storm on her ally to give them enough of a damage boost to secure a kill.

Basically, play-setters make their teammates look better in-game. They often are not found in the limelight because the ones getting all the glory draw the attention.

On the other hand, the playmaker is obviously someone who can pull off the fancy, highlight reel-worthy kind of actions. These are the types of players who leave you in awe when they do something cool and interesting.

More often than not, these types of players can carry games on their shoulders when given the right supporting cast. Playmakers can be found in any role, but the roles with the largest impact are where they can thrive in the most.

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Happy Haiku: Underwater


Happy Haiku!


Iki wo hojishite
Awa no oto

English Translation
Hold your breath
The sound of bubbles

- Nhan “Nhan-Fiction” Pham

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Card Me: Tytannial, Princess of Camellias


You can Tribute 1 face-up Plant-Type monster you control to negate the activation of a card or effect that targets a card(s) on the field and destroy it.

So I was looking for a random card to talk about this week, and so I decided to write a quick analysis for a prominent card that stood out to me on my “card crown” I received as a birthday gift from Mokey-chan.

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Fluttery Part 15


Devin made an alternate outfit for Sylphie the other day in Dream Selfy, and I totally derped and forgot to post about it.

This is Sylphie, the Buttercup Mage.

Sylphie, the Butterfly Faerie is a custom champion for “League of Legends.” Be sure to check out her concept on the LoL Wiki.

Stealth Step


Assassin of the Night
If you like being sneaky in “League of Legends,” Evelynn, the Widowmaker, is a great champion to learn for the surprise factor alone. Eve catches her opponents off-guard because of her ability to move around in stealth, punishing unsuspecting foes who are out of position.

Eve was widely considered the “worst” champ when I first played LoL back in Season 1. And for a while, she was considered a “toxic” character because of her ability to pubstomp. Then she got nerfed to the ground, she then received a remake, she dominated for a while, she got nerfed again and now she has a comfortable and niche purpose as a “situational assassin.”

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Cold Champion


Sejuani, the Winter’s Wrath
, is my best and favorite jungler in “League of Legends.” She is an awesome champion with lots of power and versatility.

No pun intended, but I played Sejuani before she was cool. Granted, I played her when she was sporting a bikini out in freezing conditions (honestly, I thought this was really silly). And I don’t care what anyone says – “old” Sejuani was fine as a champion.

So the “remake” entailed an altered skill-set with Sejuani getting much-needed armor that was appropriate for braving the elements.

Of course, Sejuani sees a lot more play these days because her skill-set can put the chill on any foe in battle. PIG POWER in action!
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Ninja Assassin


Nhan-Fiction Note: I wrote this in terms of opinions of how this character plays on Summoner’s Rift.

The Passion as an Assassin
Akali, the Fist of Shadow, is an iconic champion in “League of Legends.” As a ninja assassin, Akali brings a lot of style and flash to her unique role.

However, Akali has been nerfed to the point of obscurity. She simply is not that good of a champion beyond being a pub-stomping character.

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Toward the Top Part 8


One Step Closer
It was quite the challenge, but I finally reached Gold 1 in “League of Legends.”

Now, it is one more division before I can call myself a Platinum-rated player. In a time where the cream of the crop are in Diamond/Challenger brackets, Platinum isn’t as impressive as it used to be back in Season 1. Nonetheless, I consider it quite the milestone I need to surpass before I can really call myself “decent” at LoL.

When you sit down and try to improve yourself at this type of genre, there is a lot of elements to learn beyond the raw fundamentals. Essentially, LoL becomes a new game once your rank hits a certain point.

One more division to go!

Bop & Pop


Nhan-Fiction Note: I wrote this in terms of opinions of how this character plays on Summoner’s Rift.

Lonely Yordle
Poppy, the Iron Ambassador, is easily one of the most unpopular champions in “League of Legends.” Like, no joke, Poppy has to be in the bottom three/five for most underutilized and least respected.

For one thing, Poppy is a yordle, and lots of people do not like yordles in the community. In addition, from a gameplay perspective, Poppy is tricky to use and has a hard time fitting into team compositions.

Which is a shame. I actually like Poppy’s mechanics, and I do place Poppy toward the top end of the “THIS CHAMPION WILL KILL YOU IF FED” category when she has her items. A fully geared Poppy is very scary to deal with in LoL.

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Card Me: Harpie Channeler


Harpie Channeler.

Harpie Channeler is a powerful card, and she makes the Harpies archetype viable.


Harpie Channeler
You can discard 1 “Harpie” card; Special Summon 1 “Harpie” monster from your Deck in face-up Defense Position, except “Harpie Channeler”. You can only use this effect of “Harpie Channeler” once per turn. While you control a Dragon-Type monster, this card’s Level becomes 7. This card’s name becomes “Harpie Lady” while it is on the field or in the Graveyard.
Harpie Channeler’s best maneuver is being able to form Rank 7 Xyz monsters easily.
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Anime Recommendation: Lovely Complex


English Translation of Lyrics
You ask me how I feel about you
I wouldn’t say that I don’t like you
Could it be you’ve been crying?
You can be kind of cute

As you run away, I grab hold of your hand
Deep within my chest, something suddenly begins to stir

It would be nice if a study guide for love existed
There are too many problems I don’t understand
It would nice if a teacher for love existed

Does YOU + ME = LOVE, huh?

Synopsis: Risa Koizumi, taller than the average girl, and Atsushi Ootani, shorter than the average guy—their constant bickering and comical love-hate relationship is well-known throughout the school. They act similarly and love the same music, and their friendship is full of laughing, shouting at each other, and of course, lots of jokes about one another’s height. But when Risa notices her feelings for Ootani growing, she’s worried. She doesn’t know if he can ever see her as more than a friend.

With her friends rooting for her, she struggles to make him see how she feels about him, and that a romantic relationship between a tall girl and a short guy can work. Oblivious Ootani doesn’t make things easy for her, but she stubbornly perseveres in her own unconventional way, determined for her feelings to get through to him, and finally be returned. If only she could do it without driving herself and everyone else crazy in the process …

The Perfect Mismatch
At this point, it is safe to say that I am a fan of shoujo stuff. No shame. No shame at all.

Lovely Complex is a high school romance about a tall girl who likes a short guy. Though I did not enjoy this as much as Itazura na Kiss, Lovely Complex was still fun to watch as far as shoujo goes.

Risa Koizumi (小泉リサ). Her last name means “little spring.”

Atsushi Ōtani (大谷敦士). His last name means “big valley.”
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