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Single-Player RPGs / Re: super robot wars topic
« on: Yesterday at 09:44:50 PM »
Royalties, man, royalties. They still license out the old Robotech series for streaming.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: July 18, 2019, 02:06:35 AM »
I did watch the first episodes of Fire Force and Astra: Lost in Space, and so far I'm impressed. Moreso Fire Force than Astra, but considering how often I've been burned trying to get into on-going seasonal anime, the fact that they actually left me wanting more is a plus.

I'm waiting until the 24th to watch the bulk of the shows this season, since I like to watch with dubs, a lot of which are 3 weeks behind. That just means I'll have more to watch of the ones that aren't by then, though, so it's worth the wait.

In the meantime, I've been watching Fairy Tail, trying to get caught up. I watched from ep. 227-284, plowing through 4 arcs, so now all I have left is the final arc. I, uh...didn't expect to get done so soon. Usually I only go this fast with One Piece. The story really picks up at this point, and it was hard to put down as a result. I got so used to seeing this series as a bunch of disconnected adventures that it's nice to see it tie all the threads together seemingly all at once. I'd say the finale can't come soon enough so I could enjoy more of it and see what it all leads to...if that didn't mean it'd all be over. =(

https://www.siliconera.com/2019/06/25/iori-yagamis-isekai-musou-light-novel-shows-a-first-look-at-the-illustrations/

The Isekai that I'm most looking forward to this season (even if it isn't animated yet).

I finally checked that link, and yes, that actually looks cool. I love Iori from KOF, and I could see him taking the whole thing in strides.

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My biggest concern is if they do this like they did with Ys VIII, or worse, Ar Tonelico 2.

Having the Cold Steel peeps giving Cold Steel some TLC doesn't necessarily mean they've got them giving it to Langrisser as well.

Yeah, I know what you mean. NISA doesn't exactly have a good track record in general when it comes to localizating anything other than Disgaea...

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For what it's worth, Langrisser 1 & 2 is releasing in the West early next year via NIS America. While they didn't state explicitly that it will come with the classic graphics mode DLC, the trailer and marketing do feature both of them prominently. Personally, I'd only get it if it does have the classic graphics version, yet at the same time...I already own both games on their original platforms, so I'm not sure what this remake would add? We'll see, I guess...

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: July 01, 2019, 04:42:31 PM »
Samurai Shodown (PS4) and 15 other fighting games - BlazBlue, Dragon Ball Fighterz, Soul Calibur VI, SSBU, etc. It's been a while since I was so heavily engaged with the fighting game genre, and boy does it feel good to be back! SamSho is my latest, and toughest challenge yet. I don't think I've won a single round against the default CPU, so I guess I'll have try the tutorial for once. :P I remember the basics, but this series is such a huge shift compared to modern fighting games that it takes a lot to get used to. I'm looking forward to it, though. This kind of unrelenting challenge is what got me into fighting games in the first place!

Marvel's Spider-Man (PS4) - Completed the campaign and all submissions just in time for the DLC to go on sale. I'm looking forward to playing it again...but maybe not so soon, I kind of burnt myself out a bit...

Castlevania Collection (Switch) and Contra Collection (Switch) - God I missed these games! Clever level design combined with awesome aesthetics and fantastic music. Now if only I didn't suck so hard, I might actually see the endings of some of these. XD

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (Switch) - It genuinely feels like the sucessor to Castlevania 3 and I'm loving every minute of it! I think I'll finish it before I start up Ritual of the Night, especially since I'm seeing a lot of reports of framerate and input lag on the Switch versions that need to be ironed out.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate (Switch) - I expected to be...not so great, but it still managed to disappoint me with its subpar and outright unfair level design at times. This one definitely should've spent more time polishing its levels instead of worrying about DLC, but crowdfunding obligations clearly required the latter. The alternative modes are more enjoyable than the main game, but it still doesn't make up for it, IMO.

Persona 4: The Golden (PSVita) - I don't know why I expected this to be so much better than Persona 3 when my main problems with P3 stemmed from its most praised and unique feature: the school life sim-lite elements. It's still a better game - your team doesn't get too tired so often early on, levels are broken up more naturally instead being forced to wait until the next full moon to progress (I don't mind dungeon crawlers pacing themselves for story reasons as long as they don't make it seem arbitrary), you can control your characters during combat, and so far I haven't been forced to do anything that doesn't directly relate to dungeon preparations, even though I definitely think the game is harder to encourage you to slow down...which I'm not gonna do, because it's an effing RPG and I want to engage in combat.

On that note, I still mainly take issue with how the game forces me to choose between engaging with its world, and exploring dungeons, since that means that no other activity is worth it to me - it's like restaurants the offer multiple sides, but only pick one side to go with your meal. Combat is like french fries in that analogy, in that they all other possible choices irrelevant. Of course I'm going to choose the one I know I'll enjoy.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: June 25, 2019, 10:50:33 AM »
Okay, there's actually quite a few new shows coming out this summer that I'm looking forward to:

Astra Lost in Space - It's Lost in Space: the Anime, now with high school kids who might be 50% less stupid than the Robinson family. I'm always up for a sci-fi adventure, so I can hardly wait for this. It may be based on a manga, but said Manga also was only 5 volumes long and has definitely ended by now, so there's a good chance we'll get a complete adaptation.

Dr. Stone - This just looks cool, and I'm really curious as to what it was that turned everyone into stone in the first place, but more importantly: I wanna know what Senku is going to do with the power of s c i e n c e

Granbelm - I'm a sucker for giant robots, even magical girl ones. It looks like it might at least have some intense fights, so I think it'll be good change of pace between all of the darker shows I'm watching.

To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts - I swear I've seen this exact plot synopsis in like, 3 other shows that came out over the past couple seasons. The manga for this seems to predate all of them, however, so I wanna see what it was about this show that inspired so many copycats.

Vinland Saga - THIS IS IT, BABY! I've waited too long for an anime adaptation of this show, and here it is! I can hardly contain my excitement! Now excuse me while I try to figure out what pirate sites are least likely to give me viruses, because I'm not paying a single penny for Amazon Prime. I've waited too long to let Jeff Bezos hold it hostage on me.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: June 14, 2019, 10:50:56 PM »
Space Battleship Yamato 2202 - Up to episode 5 now, and this has honestly been excellent so far, with back-to-back surprises. I was afraid they were just doing a sequel for the sake of it, but so far it definitely feels like a natural continuation of 2199. I'm looking forward to watching more...I got distracted by all the E3 buzz, and forgot all about for about it a month now. Oops.

Gundam Build Fighters - I wasn't gonna watch this. It looked like Yu-Gi-Oh with Gundam in it, a naked advertisement for Gunpla with no substance. But damnit, once I saw some of the battle animations and enjoyed the honestly excellent Battle Prologue ONA, I finally gave in and watched some to try and get my Gundam fix.

I can't watch this. I hate the writing, the characters, the braindead plot, the annoying dialogues, how they bent over backwards to make everything be about plastic models being animated by some fictional particle when scanning the models and making virtual models based on them would've been a more sensible option. Eventually I started skipping to the battle sequences, and even with all the pretty animation, Gundam battles just aren't very exciting if I don't know or care about the context as to why they're fighting. I had seen some scenes on Youtube that cut all the character portions out, and I think it's telling when seeing those scenes as they were intended had far less impact. "Nothing" was literally better than what they wrote to justify these battles. Such a waste.

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin - Advent of the Red Comet - Sometimes, life is all about perspective. I hated the movie version of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin when I saw them a year or two ago, feeling like they were too childish, rushed, and out of touch with the franchise it's trying desperately to emulate. And I still hold to that to a degree, some of the scenes are down right cringeworthy, or at least head-scratching. It's also far longer than it needs to be, with some scenes feeling unnecessarily drawn out, or are arguably even exist as pure filler.

But boy, is it better than Build Fighters! Like a camel to an oasis, I needed this - political intrigue, interesting characters with goals and interwoven backstories, tragedy and triumph! Sure, it has cool battles, but here they actually mean something. I know the stakes, I have someone to root for, every movement counts, every minute I'm on the edge of my seat, and afterwards, there are consequences and things to ruminate on. A good story only enhances the action. I'm only 7 episodes in so far, but I've been enjoying every minute of it, warts & all!

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Urgh, why??? That was one of the main things I had hoped they'd fix...

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: May 29, 2019, 09:04:40 AM »
My problem is that the trailer on Netflix and Youtube looks like a video game cutscene with the settings too high for my computer - noticably sluggish movement, nothing looks fluid or natural to me. I haven't watched the series, though. I don't want to start something that could make me physically ill to look at, only for it to remain in my "continue watching" section until the end of time...

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: May 17, 2019, 02:58:28 PM »
Took a break from DBS to watch a few other things:

Jojo's Bizarre Adventures - Stardust Crusaders - They FINALLY made it to Egypt! I've been trying to trudge my way through this season for 4 freakin' years, and I FiNaLlY get to see them arrive at their destination!

...now if only I could remember why they needed to get to Egypt in the first place...

(and before the Jojo fans crusify me, this season took on a "monster of the day" formula that I can't stand in any show. It's a testament to its quality that I finished any episodes at all, let alone a full season. I just can't wait for this whole road trip business to be over and we can finally have some decent pacing again)

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection - I went to the theaters to watch this, and it was definitely worth it! It was great seeing the cast again, the plot fit the timeframe it had to work with well enough, and the action as as stellar as the franchise as always had. I did have a few quibles with the story (It's not airtight, simply put), but damn was it exhilerating to watch the whole way through!

...and now I find out that this was just phase 1 of a 10 years plan to flood the market with Code Geass related content...I'm not sure how I feel about that...

SSSS.Gridman - I finally got around to watching this the whole way through, and I was pleasantly surprised how good it was, especially towards the end. It definitely had some neat twists that got to me even when I knew they were coming, and overall, I was just glad to see something I was nostalgic for (I had a VHS tape of Super Samurai Syber Squad as a kid that I watched pretty frequently) presented in a new light that feels like it grew up & matured, just as I did.

I also rewatched a couple episodes and scenes of old school classics that I loved, like Dragon Ball Z & Robotech, and really helped to remind me why I love anime. There's an endless ocean of classic shows just waiting to be experienced, it really gets me excited!

Speaking of: did anyone else notice that Crunchyroll has been getting a lot of old shows this season, mainly from Discotek? A lot of them are ones I've been meaning to get to for a long time now, and now that I'm really in the mood, I might dive into them soon. I still gotta watch the Future Trunks arc in Dragon Ball Super first, but I know what to watch when I need a palette cleanser!

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: May 04, 2019, 09:05:38 PM »
especially now that Adblock isn't working for some reason, which makes most of the internet unusable for me. Got nothing else to distract me...
You are probably using Firefox.
Do the steps here to fix it: https://discourse.mozilla.org/t/certificate-issue-causing-add-ons-to-be-disabled-or-fail-to-install/39047

Thank you. All the other "fixes" I tried didn't work so I had given up, but this one actually worked out.

Anyways, I'm finally on the Future Trunks Arc in Dragon Ball Super after taking a break. After watching all those silly filler episodes, I'm definitely ready for some serious events to unfold. Though it did cause me to have an interesting dream about the cast of Dragon Ball Super encountering two female space mafia members named Oya and Don Ko. Complete with the same kind of silly highjinks and weird powers I had come to expect from this show, like Don Ko's power that makes men unable to refuse her requests...which really just means no one can say "no" even if they mean to, but since Goku is so nice he naturally has to commit when she asks for his assistance in a job. Or Oya's power to remotely amplify any energy, including emotional, which she herself is not immune to, leaving her prone to childish outbursts.

And honestly, that's what I've always loved about the Dragon Ball franchise: It's so creative and fun that I can't help but be inspired by it! And DBS really does make me feel like a kid again in all the right ways! I'm really looking frward to watching more!

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: May 03, 2019, 10:27:55 PM »
Does Dragon Prince still have the sluggish framerate like in the initial trailers? I got mixed feedback on that when last I looked.

Anyways, I'm up to episode 42 in Dragon Ball Super. I'm having a good time, and I probably would've finished by now, but things keep coming up so I haven't been able to watch it all week. Hopefully I can get around to it tomorrow...especially now that Adblock isn't working for some reason, which makes most of the internet unusable for me. Got nothing else to distract me...

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: April 27, 2019, 09:56:23 AM »
I realize that there is probably no point in arguing this further. Tastes are subjective, and I can't force you to change how you feel. I will note however that I believe that there are no more amnesia plots left...okay let me rephrase that, no one gets a new case of amnesia for the remainder of the plot as far as I can recall. There are still two characters who don't remember parts of their past that will remember them later in the plot.

True, and that's why I usually don't talk much about anime, it's not like games where I can focus on mechanics. Thanks for telling me about the lack of further amnesia plots, kind of. :P Hopefully the ones who still forgot things doesn't include Diane & King, since their relationship reseting so often has gone beyond annoying at this point, especially when they have the potential to be my favorite characters in this series.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: April 26, 2019, 08:34:27 PM »
My brother lent me his Nintendo Switch as a Birthday present, though so far I've only played the Smash Bros game he already installed on it. I did unlock all the characters on my own account now, though, so the real fun can begin! It's crazy how there are so many characters, and most of them are reasonably fun to play, save for a few weird ones like Wario or Olimar. I'm still not very good at it, of course, but it's kept me entertained. Hopefully the classic mode will give me a sense of how much (or how little) I'm improving.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: April 26, 2019, 06:11:22 PM »
My big problem is that this series kind of gets repetitive, and it's so, sooo bad when it comes to exposition. How many times are important people gonna be brought up as personal traumas for a character, only for that person to not be dead, often within the same episode, for increasingly contrived reasons? How many times is an important event gonna be brought up that everyone else conveniently forgot until it was important to the plot? And I'm not just talking about the outright amnesia that they also use way too frequently!

And What was the goddamn point of having everyone train in the Druid village? Seriously, was that just anime filler? No one gained anything from that experience, except for one guy who got his powers back, which was why they were there in the first place. Yet I think they spent 4 episodes on that, IIRC.

My point is, the story is kind of a mess. Some of it might just be from the adaptation, but that doesn't account for all of its stupidity. I only compared it to Fairy Tail because I watch them both for the same reasons, but I honestly feel like I've gotten a lot more out of FT than The Seven Deadly Sins. When comparing the two, I just feel that the highs aren't as high, and the lows are way lower, even when we're just talking about both series around 50 or so episodes in. Sorry if that caused some confusion.
I've got to disagree about the story being a mess. Seven Deadly Sins is one of the better shonen manga out there (no comment on whether the anime is a good adaptation or not since I haven't seen it). To address some specific points:
-I remember the dead person being revealed as alive maybe three times? I wouldn't be shocked if I forgot one, but I don't think it is used that often.
-I have no idea of what you are talking about regarding everyone forgetting something. I can think of two instances of amnesia magic being used (not counting Gowther messing with people's minds), but I'm blanking on instances where people conveniently forget stuff
-Druid Village was not anime original filler, although looking at the episode list, two of those episodes were more focused on Ban's backstory, so having everyone training there was probably just to keep them busy while those events happened

Also regarding Fairy Tail, the problems I mentioned become worse the longer the manga went on, so if you are only 50 episodes in, well you probably have a long way left to fall. >.>

Oh boy, I guess I'll address these one at a time:

1) That's too many, especially when two out of the 3 were introduced in one episode, and revealed to be alive in the next. Both Vahn and Diane had important people in their lives that we're supposed to believe had effect on them, one of which literally just seemed to come out of nowhere, though them being a live also makes sense to the point where Diane looks like an idiot for assuming she was dead...

2) It was mostly with King, Diane, and Meliodas where they seemed to forget about inportant things, like where they're from, people they cared about, and that important events happened to them.

As for outright amnesia, I'm counting those times Gowther messes with people's heads, because more often than not, what he manipulates and why so far has made little sense outside of "the writer needed an excuse to take them out of the picture and/or explore their past," which becomes painfully obvious the more often it happens.

3) That might explain it, and I guess it was just supposed to be silly, but I still can't help but laugh at how
Spoiler: show
Meliodas supposedly has to get rid of his emotions in order to get back his powers, which he doesn't, he just takes it in a different direction and gets his powers back anyways; the princess had to awaken her powers, but the test was rigged so she couldn't succeed; meanwhile, everyone else either gets a minor power-up that amounts to jack-squat, accomplishes absolutely nothing, or comes out worse than they started. It really made it feel like a waste of time.


And at the end of the day, my big problem with the story is that too many things seem to happen in ways that feel contrived, and the story progression feels unnatural because of it. Throughout Season 3, side characters have been killed off en masse, lots of revelations have been made that challenge what we know about who the good guys and bad guys are, the history Britannia itself is slowly revealed, some characters grow while others seem to regress.

Yet, all that is underpinned by confusing choices that seem to happen just so the story can happen, unnatural exposition dumps that stop the story dead in its tracks, the large cast I enjoyed being reduced while the faults of the characters who get the most screen time become increasingly apparent and aggrevating, and rules being introduced that are quickly broken. All with stakes that are supposed to be increasing, but never really feel that ways because too many of the main characters seem to either shrug off battle damage or deal with all their problems effortlessly.

The ingredients are there for a great story, but the excecution has been lacking. Again, that might be the adaptation's fault. Realistically, if all I wanted was to read an intriguing story, I'd just read the manga. But what I want more is the combined audio-visual experience that animation can bring. I'll probably watch season 4 whenever it comes out, but I certainly hope it improves.

4) I'm actually well into the 200s of Fairy Tail, I'm just saying that even at an equivelant point in the story (There are only 52 episodes of The Seven Deadly Sins so far), it had more opportunities to capitalize on its strengths and left a stronger impression on me. It wasn't perfect, especially early on, but I certainly had less to complain about.

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