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Anime, TV, and Movies / New Gundam Store Open in Tokyo ^_^
« on: August 17, 2017, 12:35:51 PM »
Every Gundam fan's dream. An awesome Gundam store loaded with Gundam swag. Too bad it's an expensive flight for me from the U.S. to visit this gem.

Massive New Gundam Store Opens This Weekend In Tokyo

The Soundroom / Metal songs in 8-Bit
« on: April 11, 2016, 10:33:05 PM »
I've been a fan of chiptunes since the old days of Nintendo. Castlevania, Metal Gear, Ghouls n' Ghosts, Duck Tails (moon level), anyone? ^_^ Now I found two interests that I like: metal and chiptunes.

Without further ado, I bring you a sample of some great metal songs covered in 8-bit:

Angra - Temple Of Shadows (8 Bits Version) - [2004]

Dark Tranquillity - Terminus 8-Bit

Eluveitie- Inis Mona 8-Bit

Ensiferum - Sword Chant (8-Bit)

Equilibrium - Blut im Auge (8-Bit)

In Flames - Fear Is The Weakness (8-bit)

152 videos of In Flames in 8-bit. Lions, tigers and bears o'my

Insomnium - Day It All Came Down (8-bit)

Insomnium - Drawn to Black (8-Bit)

Insomnium - The New Beginning (8-Bit)

Insomnium - Through The Shadows (8-Bit)

Kalmah - Bitter Metallic Side (8-Bit)

Kalmah - Seventh Swamphony (8-Bit)

Kalmah - Time Takes Us All (8-Bit)

Omnium Gatherum - Frontiers (8-Bit)

Opeth - Blackwater Park - Full Album - 8bit

Opeth - Reveire/Harlequin Forest [8-Bit]

Rhapsody of Fire - The Village of Dwarves (8 bit tune)

Soilwork - Rejection Role (8-bit)

Stratovarius - Black Diamond 8bit

Wintersun - Starchild 8-bit

That's some of the awesome ones I found on YouTube. Do any of you have favorite song(s) covered in 8-bit? This thread doesn't have to stick to metal, yet I prefer it ;)

Brush and Quill / Reading more
« on: February 08, 2016, 04:44:49 PM »
Read an interesting article for people who struggle to read books on Lifehacker today:

Some books can be intimidating. I'm looking at you Atlas Shrugged. You've heard so much buzz about them and want to read them so you can you contribute in social circles or for one's own personal pleasure. I've only had a few books in my life that I enjoyed so much I wasn't able to put down or without at least much restraint like sleep, work, school, or social callings. Namely, Dune and Lord of the Rings.

The author of the Lifehacker article suggests starting with a daily goal of reading 25 pages. I won't write out all the math here, but if 25 pages are read daily then quite a bit of literature can be devoured in a year.

I view books kind of the same way I see the gym. You have to work out on a consistent basis, whether that's time of day or how many times daily/weekly to see progress. Getting the reps in and increasing the weight. So maybe that's increasing how many pages are read daily or how long I can sit and read in one setting 15, 20, 25, 30+ minutes. With 25 pages a day, suddenly Atlas Shrugged doesn't look so bad.

I start class again tomorrow, so I'll have to dial back my rpgs, dvr, netflix binging, archery or social events, but hope with a simple goal of reading 25 pages a day or 30 minutes I can enjoy some great books this year that are in my endless backlog simultaneously reading classroom textbook material.

After the documentary came out in 2013, "Kingdom of Madness of Dreams" people thought Studio Ghibli was putting down their beautiful water color palettes and brushes. See trailer:

Previous reports about the company being financial insolvent were wrote about here:

Also previously this year, Miyazaki came out of retirement again to work on his first 3D short animation (10 minutes):

Now a new report came out today on Kotaku saying they may not be closing down just yet. They're working on a new working on a co-producing title, "The Red Turtle." Not much is known yet, but they did promote this image:

Further info:

Who knows how it will turn out. I have noticed that the last few movies From Up on Poppy Hill and The Wind Rises have been more "adult/mature" theme oriented dealing with adolescence, relationships and war themes and an overall melancholy overtone. They seem to be steering away from the great fantasy flicks of the 80s like Castle in the Sky or Nausicaa, but maybe "The Red Turtle" will stir something.

From WSJ today:

"Netflix is describing it as “Game of Thrones” for a family audience"

Lol. Wat? Kinda hard to imagine G.R.R.Martin's "everybody must die" style of writing to Zelda. What do you say RPGFans on this breaking news?

The Soundroom / Babymetal
« on: March 07, 2014, 02:55:46 PM »
In the 90s, I listened to a lot of punk bands and played drums for a punk band in high school for a short stint. After high school, I expanded my listening appreciation to various styles of metal. I liked European metal bands predominately... specifically; power, prog, and Gothenburg metal. I'm still a big metal fan today, although I haven't been to a concert in a while.

Anyway, onto topic at hand: Babymetal.

Last night my wife was blaring a video on YouTube via her iPad. My ears were perplexed. If there could be such a thing. On one hand (or ear, pun intended)... I heard death metal and on another I heard j-pop. I was confused as to what I was listening to, so I got off the floor from playing "Bravely Default" to watch this video clip.

My eyes were just confused as my ears were. After the video was over I asked my wife what they were saying and she said the article she was reading on USAToday said they were singing about how the three female pop singers love chocolate. Chocolate? Really? Never would have guessed it, but then again I can't understand Japanese.

This post was a little long winded, but you have to see video to make up your own opinion of this new genre, "j-pop death metal."

USAToday article:

YouTube video that went viral, "BABYMETAL - ギミチョコ!!- Gimme chocolate!! - Live Music Vid"

This could be good:

News article suddenly reminded me of this hilarious scene from 40 Year Old Virgin:

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