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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Langrisser 1 and 2 remakes for PS4 and Switch
« on: November 25, 2019, 02:35:41 PM »
Thank freaking God! I think I know what I'll get for my birthday, then...

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Your favourite Dragon Quest game
« on: November 12, 2019, 11:54:10 PM »
5, 8, and 11 are technically the best in the series, but I'll always have a soft spot for DQ3 and DQ4, mostly because I experienced them blind, and so it was easily the purest RPG experience I've ever had.  It probably helped that I played the GBC and DS versions of both, so I got all the extra content and QoL improvements, so it never got annoying, and they were the perfect length, while the later ones often burn me out with their 60+ hour adventures.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: September 20, 2019, 11:25:56 PM »
Yeah, this season mostly has a lot of sequels to stuff I still need to get caught-up on, so this will mostly be a catch-up season for me, which I desperately needed, anyways. I'll keep it brief:

Dr. Stone, Vinland Saga, Fire Force, Seven Deadly Sins, My Hero Academia, Fairy Gone, Radiant, Psycho-Pass...maybe try Granblue Fantasy...

I also gotta finish Astra: Lost in Space and Granbelm. Oh yeah, I never got around to To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts. Geez, this is turning out to be a lot...

With that said Keishicho Tokumu-bu Tokushu Kyoaku-han Taisaku-Shitsu Dai-Nana-ka: Tokunana looks pretty interesting, so hopefully I give that a shot...assuming I could ever remember such a mouthful of a name...

No Gun Life is too visually striking for me to ignore, so I might give that shot, though some of the scenes in the trailer I watched seemed downright unpleasant...

Beastars seems pretty outside my wheelhouse - CGI series are normally pretty off-putting for me, and I'm not a fan of more realistic dramas, but I do like the music and the synopsis sounds interesting. Most everything else I'd be watching this season are action series, so this would at least make for a change of pace. I guess it's worth a shot.

Speaking oof changing pace, Autumn tends to be pretty depressing, so I think I might try a comedy this time, so I'm thinking I'll give African Office Worker a shot. Reminds me a lot of Wooser, which was the last time I enjoyed a comedy series for any length of time.

So that's four shots this season. We'll see if any of them hit their mark...

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: September 19, 2019, 05:32:20 PM »
yeah but did kanata win the pokemon league

i didnt think so

Wait seriously?! Finally, Ash actually beat the Pokemon League in a region? Now this I gotta see.

(Don't worry, I'll watch Lost in Space, too, when I find the time. I wound up being very busy this summer).


I just got back from seeing Fire Force: The Movie: The Musical PROMARE in the theaters.

I can't remember the last time I saw a movie where the audience felt the need to give it a standing ovation, but the this film most certainly earned our applause. A wild ride from start to finish, with wonderful animation (I mean, the heavy use of 3D CGI made it look like a video game cutscene most of the time, but with clever uses of coloring techniques and camera movements, they really made it work), backed by an excellent score that perfectly punctuated every scene (I was only half-kidding about the "musical" part, Sawano truly outdid himself this time), all to tell a tale that admitedly treads a lot of the same ground Trigger has relied upon since their days at Gainax, but told at just the right pace so it hits all the right notes without losing the audience or feeling out of place.

If anything, it feels like a greatest hits of everything Trigger has delivered so far, while still remaining its own thing - It has the visual flair of Little Witch Academia, but with grand stakes to back up the grand visuals. It has the humour and thematic weight of Kill La Kill, but with better-paced scenes and less of an emphasis on cramming insanity as possible into every single shot, so the quieter moments get a chance to breathe despite the shorter run time. It has the callbacks that we're used to by now, without beating the audience over the head with them so much like Darling in the FranXX did.
Spoiler: show
Also, when they revealed the "aliens" plot twist for, what? The 5th time now? At least they did it with a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor this time.

Also also, the visual designs sorta reminded me a lot of Space Patrol Luluco, which made me happy.

This was an absolute rollercoaster ride of a film that I definitely enjoyed watching. This season has been an exciting time for me as far as anime goes (when I can watch it), yet this really takes the cake. I'll be thinking about this one for quite a long time to come, that's for sure.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pokemon
« on: August 07, 2019, 11:02:46 PM »

Single-Player RPGs / Re: super robot wars topic
« on: July 22, 2019, 09:44:50 PM »
Royalties, man, royalties. They still license out the old Robotech series for streaming.

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. =(

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.

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...

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...

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.

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.

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!

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

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...

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! 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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