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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Last post by Mickeymac92 on Today at 03:47:57 PM »
I figured I'd get a head start on looking at next season's anime, since I've been in the mood for some new anime in general. Been in sort of a rut for a while now.

The chart: http://anichart.net/Winter-2018

Only standouts for me personally are Trigger and A-1 picture's joint project, "DARLING in the FRANXX" - not just because of the people who are working on it, it just really sounds like my bag. Also the second season of "The Seaven Deadly Sins," though I might have to wait since I watch it on Netflix (maybe? I'll have to look and see whether they're simulcasting it or not).

There are others of note, of course:

Overlord 2 - I know some people here were looking forward to this. I really didn't care for the first season, it just doesn't seem like a story I could get behind. Still, it'd be nice if the second season is more faithful/a better adaption of that continued story, instead of rushing through what I'm told was an important arc.

Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja Scrolls - a sequel to Basilisk, a series I have never seen, but at least I've heard of it.

Fate/Extra Last Encore - an anime adaption of the PSP game, Fate/Extra, presumedly so you don't have to put up with the gameplay to get to the good part now. I personally dislike the Fate series for a number of reasons, but I think there are a few members here who might be interested in how this turns out.

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card - The adaption of the Cardcaptor Sakura sequel manga. I honestly haven't seen more than a single episode of the uncut version of Cardcaptor Sakura, and I still don't think it'd be something I'd get into. Still, it's interesting that it's getting a televised sequel after all this time. It really does feel like the 90's all over again!

Also, there's a sequel to The Silver Guardian. I barely even remember that being a thing.

The Disastrous Life of Saiki 2 andHitori no Shita: The Outcast 2nd Season are two other shows in that same bhoat. I completely forgot these were ever a thing, but I guess someone was asking for them(?)

You would think I'd be interested in Killing Bites, but I honestly haven't been more turned off by a series description in quite some time.

...that's all I got. Oh, and Yowamushi Pedal has a 4th season now...I still haven't seen the first season, since I'm not really into sports anime.
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Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« Last post by Arvis on Today at 09:36:32 AM »
It's implied that the entire story of "The Hobbit" was fictionally written by Bilbo, and the entire Gollum sequence in that would have been a favorite with young Pippin and Merry, et al.  There's really no reason to think Bilbo wouldn't have hammed up that entire thing and put as much life and detail into it as possible.

As for Grishnakh's reaction, well... it wouldn't be the first time our fantasy heroes got incredibly lucky.  You gotta suspend that disbelief, bro.
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General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2017
« Last post by Lard on Yesterday at 08:37:31 PM »
Persona 5. 118 hours.
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Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« Last post by Dincrest on Yesterday at 06:17:01 PM »
But Bilbo sometimes outright lied or withheld the truth in his "tall tales."  And even when he told the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth at the Council of Elrond, Merry and Pippin were not present.  And in both The Hobbit and Fellowship, Bilbo was extremely secretive about the ring throughout his life, so I'd venture he remained secretive about the ring.  I also wouldn't put it past the ring's influence to feed that. 

And then we come to the whole thing about how in the world did Pippin know to use that specific Gollum tease on Grishnakh?  It felt too calculated to be a simple hail Mary/shot in the dark, especially given Grishnakh's reaction that he seemed aware of Gollum and precious. 

I don't know... that whole interaction just doesn't sit right with me.  Everything around it feels too coincidental.  How would Pippin innately have that innate, very specific understanding of how to say "gollum, gollum, precious" and act as Gollum would?  Would Bilbo's tall tales and books written mention all those details, especially given how secretive he was about the ring and how he admitted that the book wasn't the truth?  And Merry and Pippin strike the others as kinda flighty and not people you'd make privy to the most pertinent information.   Maybe (and that's a BIG maybe) I'll buy that maybe Merry and Pippin badgered Samwise to tell them everything he heard at the council of Elrond, but I'm sure there are details he may not have picked up on, since whenever multiple people are exposed to something we all naturally attune to different details. 

Anyway, I'm still in the middle of the Treebeard chapter and it's a good one. 
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Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« Last post by Arvis on Yesterday at 02:11:04 PM »
FFIV: good characters and GREAT music, coupled with a smooth battle system and a "just ok" plot, all stuffed into an on-rails experience with little exploration, even less difficulty/strategy/planning, and no customization or party-building at all.  Everything is decided for the player and every playthrough is identical.

As much as I love IV (my favorite of the series), and want to defend it against your criticisms... I can't. You're not wrong.  ...Except that the plot is better than "just ok." It's "decent".

Well said, sir.

Heh, thanks! :)
I really believe that it's the characters that make it memorable.  The plot itself can delve into "downright laughable" territory at times (especially when it comes to Kain), but it honestly doesn't matter that much because of the (mostly) lovable and interesting characters.
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Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« Last post by Frostillicus on Yesterday at 01:26:12 PM »
FFIV: good characters and GREAT music, coupled with a smooth battle system and a "just ok" plot, all stuffed into an on-rails experience with little exploration, even less difficulty/strategy/planning, and no customization or party-building at all.  Everything is decided for the player and every playthrough is identical.

As much as I love IV (my favorite of the series), and want to defend it against your criticisms... I can't. You're not wrong.  ...Except that the plot is better than "just ok." It's "decent".

Well said, sir.
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Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« Last post by Arvis on Yesterday at 10:33:38 AM »
The After Years is...unnecessary

Ya got me there.  IV felt pretty well complete.  A sequel to... well, ANY other FF that came after IV would have made a lot more sense.

That said, I stand by the assertion that, from a gameplay standpoint, TAY easily trumps IV.
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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« Last post by Aeolus on December 13, 2017, 07:18:32 PM »
When the motherfuck do you get a fortitude field skill? It's killing me, passing all these things that I can't use or open or swim through cuz NO ONE HAS FORTITUDE!!!

Edit: So I found out I'll get it pretty soon. Sorry for the rant. Game rocks!

I've been really feeling it as well. I hate the fact that they introduce branching quests with a skill check that required two skills that I didn't have at all.

At least I've almost obtained another Rare Blade, so that Nia can have a full set at last (of course, I'm probably going to need to have the Core Crystal recharge first).
I've got about 11 or 12 rare blades now. Most of them through common crystals believe it or not. Rare blades are actually pretty aggrivating with their special requirements for leveling up and such....not all of them but a few are pushing my buttons to say the least. What annoys me most is how FUCKING RANDOM the blade is that you'll get. Rex keeps getting tanks and healers, while Nia gets healers and tanks as well. Sucks that all the ring blades are attached to beasts too...they look stupid.

I ended up spending an Override to swap the Catgirl Blade I pulled on Nia to the third Blade user since I gave Nia the Beast Core Crystal earlier (which is also Earth Elemental). Amusingly, I got that Catgirl Blade right after completing the last 2nd rank Merc Mission that uses her exclusive skill (whoops). I also now have Vess and a Dark elemental Katana Rare Blade, the latter was pulled by my third Blade user to solidify my diversity (I need only Ice now), while Vess went to Nia to replace the Catgirl.


That said, http://www.siliconera.com/2017/12/13/xenoblade-chronicles-2-update-will-make-tiger-tiger-easier-improve-maps/

They're fixing the map (also making Tiger! Tiger! easier; although I feel that its easy enough as is; I'd complain about gains, but then I went and made a Stage 2 run that ended up netting me both a Rare Core Crystal and about 3000 Ether Crystals, which is kinda nuts).


Edit: Welp. Had my first crash. Fortunately I had saved pretty recently so the only things I lost were some quest cleanups (my Merc Missions are (un)fortunately on hold as I've unlocked the Merc Level 3 Quest and am currently too underleveled to take it right now (as I have to punch out a Level 43 Blade user who can straight up oneshot my entire party from full once he reaches the 50% HP mark; even if I avoid it, he pretty much finishes me off right afterwards due to pumping steroids)).
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Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread
« Last post by divingfalcons on December 13, 2017, 06:19:28 PM »
I think I like X-2 for the most part. I've played it twice, so I'm fairly happy with saying it has the best combat in the series and a really cool and unique job mechanic.

The After Years is...unnecessary, but I'm glad you liked it! FFIV falls just outside of my top 5, so maybe that's why I'm not so keen on The After Years. I totally get your criticisms of IV though, which is why, after playing nearly every other title, it slipped out of that ranking but I think it has its memorable bits. It's not aged particularly well either, compared to the other SNES contemporaries. Each to their own, and that's why listener comments are always welcome :D Thanks as always Arvis!
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