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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: December 15, 2018, 12:19:17 PM »
Fairy Tail, Jojo, Psycho Mob Season 2, maybe Index III...unless something comes from left field, I'm not seeing anything particularly interesting coming up that's new. Then again, winter season usually has the most surprises, so we'll see.

I honestly enjoyed this game a great deal.

Because it's actually a really good game.

I'm not trying to revive a massive debate... I'm just wondering what appealed to you both? I just hated the whole game from start to finish. I thought the open-world was boring, combat took too long (though, to be fair, I probably wasn't very good at it), the main characters weren't engaging and others were underutilised, the dialogue was cringey, and the story was just a head-scratching mess (but, hey, Tetsuya Nomura, so I'm not surprised). The graphics were good, so there's that, I guess.

I'll try to follow your example of concision and just say that the world and music were beautiful, I loved the character dialogue and chemistry (although it desperately needed more Iris or Luna or both), wonderful and immersive dungeon design, and an overall plot that, while a bit too head-scratchy in places I admit, delivered overall with an awesome climax and touching character moments.

Yeah, same here. I personally was in it for the world design and character interactions, and wasn't disappointed. I've certainly put up with far worse in Final Fantasy, and the fact that a few portions felt like they were flatout missing was the only bit that got to me. Combat was fine, story was fine, music was fine, graphics were on-par or better than what I'd seen in trailers...I enjoyed it.

Finished Season 2 of The Expanse...about 2 hours too late to get it in before my subscription renewed. :P Thankfully I was able to get a refund. Show was great, though, I can hardly wait to see what happens in season 3. Only complaint I'm having is that it actually dampens my spirits in terms of space explorations, because it reminds me that no matter what great heights humanity might accomplish, politicians and greedy fuckfaces will always find a way to ruin everything.

Spoiler: show
The hardest scenes for me to watch was the Agg Dome on Ganymede destroyed, if only because it was the result of so may stupid reasons. The "bread basket of space" yet that's where they drew their armestice line? So one false move could lead to mass food shortages and the destruction of what could only be considered a massive feat of engineering? Such a waste...yet one I could easily see any space-faring version of humanity resorting to if they're still so readily stuck in their ways all those years in the future...

@Aeolus - that's mostly how I remember SG: Atlantis, too. As for Galactica, yeah, the newer one. It's probably not worth rewatching in full, but I loved how it started out, at least.

But I'm not sure I could put up with the ages special effects, set design, and overall look of Babylon 5. It's not just the CGI that bothered me, the alien designs and ships all look too wierd to me. Plus I spoiled a few bits in an effort to convince myself it was worth a shot...I think I'd rather read a novel adaption instead, which is saying something considering my general apathy towards literature.

Bought a month of Amazon Prime for Halloween-related things, and decided to rewatch a bunch of old sci-fi while I was at it, plus some new stuff:

Twilight Zone - only watched two episodes this time, including the one with watch that stops time.

Battlestar Galactica (Mini-series) - This was a fantastic way to start a dramatic sci-fi series, and it reminds me why I was so excited for it back in the day! Almost jumped straight into the main series, but that'll have to wait until another time. Besides, I fell out of love towards the end of either Season 2 or early season 3. It felt like they dragged it out far too long, made worse by the fact that the humanoid Cylons were just...stupid, IIRC. At least for a machine race. I guess we wouldn't have much of a series if they were actually efficient, ruthless, and logical, though...

Stargate: Atlantis - They didn't have more than 2 seasons of SG1, so I tried to start this instead....but I couldn't figure out what was going on. I'm pretty sure this spin-off actually started in an episode of SG1, so it didn't introduce the characters, and started off with a ton of techno-babble without much context. I don't remember actually enjoying this one much, so I'm not gonna bother with it.

Babylon 5 - WOW! This has not aged well - neither in effects, set design, or acting. Gave up after a couple of minutes. Not really my cup of tea.

The Expanse - the main event. Binged the entire first season in two days, and I'll definitely start the second season tonight. I was told to keep my expectations low as far as practical effects go, but this certainly looked better than previous Sci-fi channel stuff, and the CG is the best I've seen on TV...from what little I'm exposed to these days, for what it's worth. But the story is gripping, and this is easily the most realistic hard sci-fi I've seen on the small screen. About damn time, eh, Sci-Fi channel?

The acting is can judge how long someone's gonna last by the quality of their acting. I suppose that's the most I could ask from cable TV, though it does suck the tension out sometimes, especially early on.

Overall, I think this was just what I needed right now. It's been a long time since I've seen a new live-action series that I fully enjoyed. Hopefully it doesn't drop the ball or get cancelled prematurely like every other Sci-fi show I've ever enjoyed.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Langrisser 1 and 2 remakes for PS4 and Switch
« on: November 02, 2018, 03:53:14 AM »
What a coincidence, my copy of Der Langrisser just arrived...I'm still not fond of the new designs (I'm not a fan of Nagi's character art in general. I like his mechanical designs in games like Ar Tonelico, though), but I still might get the Switch version if it ever comes out in North America, and doesn't screw up the mechanics. I like this series a lot, it just hasn't been treated well lately...

General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic
« on: November 01, 2018, 12:54:17 PM »
Never a fan of Gacha systems (even without real money involved, astronomically low random chance is just never a good incentive for me to do things. Sure, Melee wasn't that different in the form of its Trophy machine, but I hated it back then, too).

Glad we got a new singleplayer mode. That was the only thing they needed to announce to get me on-board.

Thor Ragnarok - Still an extremely fun watch from start to finish, even though I've seen it 3 times now. It feels like enough of a self-contained film that it's easier to rewatch and enjoy than a few other Marvel films. I watched in on Netflix, but I'm gonna have to pick it up on Blu-Ray someday, this might be up there with Guardians of the Galaxy as something I could see myself repeatedly going back to this whenever I need to kill a few hours.

Batman: Bad Blood - a lot of people died. O_O

Blame! - The lighting contrast in this hurt my eyes for some reason, so I didn't finish it. Story seemed alright, but it's not worth suffering over.

Coulda sworn I saw something else between Batman and Blame!, but I can't seem to remember it in any detail. Anywho, I got Prime Video again, so I'm gonna watch a bunch of old-school Sci-fi horror movies next week to celebrate Halloween.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 27, 2018, 05:41:57 PM »
Oh. I just figured everyone found it easier to talk about miniscule topics like the daily goings-ons via chat interfaces. Is there something wrong with the forum?

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: October 14, 2018, 02:27:39 AM »
@Hathen Yeah, Reconguista had...problems. Most of which were just down to poor management, according to Tomino himself - here's an interview with the details:

Near as I can tell, Tomino was a bit too focused on the Sakuga, the story got confused, and while I don't see it in ANN's truncation of the interview (I couldn't find the translation I read last year), he was kind of ignoring his the episode directors and any staff that were supposed to deal with the characters, so things got confused and you wound up with episodes that didn't really amount to much.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: October 09, 2018, 01:33:53 PM »
Also, DOUBLE DECKER! Doug & Kirill is great.
I missed that it was from the Tiger & Bunny folks.

Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken looks so damn good it makes me wish Overlord looked like that =/
Yeah, I've been enjoying it so far, though I'm behind since I decided I prefer it when these Not NYPD cops are actually speaking English, so I'm sticking to the Simuldub.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: October 06, 2018, 07:14:24 PM »
Considering they've been showing off the "Double Gear" system since the first trailer, I don't think it was a last-minute consideration. I mean, I've played through Mega Man 1-8 before without using boss weapons, it didn't even occur to me to try using them in normal stages until Mega Man 9, yet I highly doubt it was an after thought.

...With that said, I've needed the slo-mo gear to beat the mini-boss on Block Man so far, and I'll let you know if I ever get past that area towards the end with the respawning robots assaulting you while avoiding falling blocks, and every platform is a conveyor belt some time this century to see if there are other useful cases...

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails/Kiseki Thread! Trails of Whateva
« on: October 01, 2018, 09:36:19 PM »
Argue! Now I feel like a punk carting the Vita LEs during two moves...made packing such a hassle...though, I'm not sure if these versions have anything other than a higher res going for them, unlike the PC versions of Trails in the Sky. I'll have to look into it, before I spend $100...I do like Steelbooks, though, and Falcom usually has good music...

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: September 28, 2018, 05:39:51 AM »
....Started rewatching Mobile Suit Gundam UC....Hopefully the finale is better than I remembered...


Spoiler: show
Still a very silly conclusion where Laplace's Box is horribly contrived and anti-climactic, and Newtype bullshit gets cranked up to 11. Seriously, I know UC Gundam has a history of adding more questionable abilities to Newtypes in the Final act/Finale, but we've officially reached the point where Gundams are turning Super Saiyan Blue to stop a giant, time-traveling Doumu that can take over other robots. And then they stop a WMD-class space laser using NT-fields amplified by the power of friendship. Seriously, how did we get here??? This is not sci-fi anymore.

Nevermind that the Unicorn can just repair itself now, Dark Gundam-style, or that no one brings up the fact that they're all gonna be considered traitors of the state for their actions. Nope, just pat yourselves on the back for opening Laplace's Box, and giving everyone the truth...that humanity obviously squanders, since Gundam F91, Crossbone Gundam, and Victory Gundam are all things. The cycle kept repeating, and nothing changed because of all of this. I dunno who they thought they could fool - this series was clearly made for hardcore fans, even when it was a light novel. I was fully prepared for this to be a tragedy when I first watched it, and I honestly feel like it would've been a better story if they didn't try to make it end happily ever after. I rarely say that, but in this case, it's a fantasy that's immediately shattered by the stories that take place after it, of which there are many.

TL;DR - This story wrote itself into a corner, so they pulled out an anime ending that would've been perfectly fine in Gundam Build Fighter, but feels completely out of place in here. It was great up until this point, and it still had a lot of pretty animation that felt climactic, it's just too bad the story fell so flat.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: September 27, 2018, 02:31:04 AM »
@Rook My Hero Academia celebrates the tropes of shounen anime while refining the formula where it can. If you outright dislike those tropes, though, I could see it not really resonating with you. It's not like it's trying to reinvent the genre or anything. As a huge fan of shounen who also has been enjoying MHA, I'd argue it doesn't really need to. The passion it put into how its characters are written, how well-thought-out its setting is, and how there has been very little filler, leading to a much more consistantly-entertaining experience that I haven't seen since Hunter x Hunter finished's been easily the most fun out of any series this year that I've seen. Just my two cents.

Anywho: Started rewatching Mobile Suit Gundam UC, and I'm up to episode 6 already. I really should've rewatched this sooner, it's not as flawed as I thought it was when I was going months between episodes. Characterization was much more consistant, at any rate. Episode 4 was still very rushed, though, with entire subplots truncated to the bare minimum...I basically had to read quite a bit on the wiki just to figure out who Loni Garvey's parents were and why they were so important, when they died, what motivated Loni, why she seemed so crazy (I figured she was a cyber Newtype, but no, she was just a grief-stricken girl who was pushed towards piloting the behemoth her father designed). They kind of mentioned this in the show, but it was so slap-dashed that I couldn't really wrap my head around it...

I recall episode 6 was a little slow, so I'll save it and the final episode for tomorrow. Hopefully the finale is better than I remembered...

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