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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: Yesterday at 08:59:31 PM »
All caught up with My Hero Academia, and what a ride that's been! I definitely can't wait for Season 4, now!

Gonna be a tough act to follow up. I figured I'd jump on One Punch Man S2, but that requires a Hulu subscription, so...I basically have nothing to watch this season except for Fairy Tail & Jojo. With that in mind. I figure I may as well embrace my inner shounen trash and get caught up on a bunch of series - Fairy Tail, Jojo's Bizarre Adventures, One Piece, Dragon Ball Super, and The Seven Deadly Sins - while breaking it up with the odd series here and there (mainly Votoms, Mob Psycho, Munto, Magi, and She-Ra).

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: March 27, 2019, 01:17:21 PM »
though it still has yet to match the promo trailers in terms of fighting choreograhy. Even the best fights just seem bland in comparison. But if the trade-off is better pacing and a tighter narrative, I'll take it.
Monty Oum, the guy behind the awesome fight choreographies died before season 3. You can feel the void it left in the serie.
Latest season is much better there though.

Yeah, I finished Volume 6 last night, and the fights there were stellar - even minor skirmishes were surprisingly fun to watch. I'm really looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here.

I might check out Gen:Lock, too, if only because I'm a whore for Mecha shows...the previews haven't done it no favors, tbh. It seems really generic & undercooked. I'll wait for the full season to finish, just in case it surprises me.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: March 25, 2019, 07:46:17 PM »
Dragon Pilot was weird. I couldn't get into that.

Finished Volume 2 of RWBY, and proceded to plow through Volumes 3-5. Volume 2 was fun, but now that the stakes have ramped up, the writing has taken off, and I've really come to appreciate the story and characters more. I even like Nora now! And Ren. He actually has a personality, who knew? The animation's been steadily improving, though it still has yet to match the promo trailers in terms of fighting choreograhy. Even the best fights just seem bland in comparison. But if the trade-off is better pacing and a tighter narrative, I'll take it.

Oh, and it's nice to hear some of the tunes I've been listening to for years now in their intended context. Songs like "I Burn" and "The Royal Test" have that extra bit of punch to them, now that I can fully understand the meaning of the lyrics (though they still get a lot of it across on their own). I still don't like Volume 3's OP, though. Too harsh.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: March 18, 2019, 03:57:28 AM »
One Punch Man 2. Nothing else matters.

Actually, I take that back, Gunjou no Magmel looks pretty cool. Dunno if I'll get around to it, though. I really don't think I'm interested in following seasonal anime anymore, tbh. And if it's based on a manga, I might be better off waiting until it sets up a proper story arc before I get into it. These tend to take some time to build up momentum.

Promare also looks interesting, but as with all movies, I don't like hunting down fansubs, so I'll wait for an official english release, if one ever happens.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: March 09, 2019, 06:27:21 PM »
I thought "fuck you" is just how he says "hello" =P

I realize that I keep forgetting to actually journal my gaming here. I guess spending months mostly playing one game makes one forget that my gaming time isn't just one giant homogenous pool of sludge.

Marvel's Spider-Man - About 80% done. Just need to clear out some camps, and address various random crimes throught the city before I finish up the main story. This has been a blast so far (excluding the Taskmaster challenges. Seriously, screw the Taskmaster! They're downright impossible!), but I should probably move on. There is such thing as having "too much of a nice thing".

Destiny 2: Forsaken Collection - grabbed this on sale, expecting to rush through the story and then dive into PVP like I recently did with Guild Wars 2. But I'm actually enjoying the PVE stuff here, it reminds me a lot of Diablo or PSO in the best ways. Currently level 31, but I got a lot of Adventures and side-quests I wanna clear before I finish the main story.

Probably a bunch of stuff I forgot by now...this is why I write things down...

Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Tom Clancy's The Division
« on: March 04, 2019, 08:08:52 AM »
I played The Division 2 Open Beta for about 4 hours, and had a solid time with it. It's clearly a better game than its predecessor, with better enemy AI & more reasonable health and damage scaling. It feels much more like an MMO version of their older tactical shooters like Ghost Recon rather than /every other Ubisoft open world game except there's multiplayer now/. Which it still kind of is, mind you. That's why I spent the rest of my weekend playing other stuff. But now I can at least appreciate that they tried to make it the best iteration of a formula I'm genuinely tired of, while showing some glowing embers of the creativity and intrigue their older games used to have.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pokemon
« on: March 01, 2019, 06:00:35 PM »
What? You're not excited for Torchic's bunny-baby? Or Mudkip-except-not???

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pokemon
« on: February 28, 2019, 09:17:14 PM »
It'm disappointed that it's another iterative affair, but I should totally have a Switch by the time this comes out. I might even hold out for a potential Poke-bundle if I can get my hands on one. Not sure yet.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: February 24, 2019, 05:06:04 PM »
I was playing Princess Crown on the PSP, but sort of gave up since a) I encountered a point of no return where I couldn't go back and grind and b) I wasn't enjoying the gameplay anyway since even despite being an action RPG, fights still seemed slower than even slow turn-based titles. It feels very unrefined compared to Vanillaware's efforts.

To be fair, it was their first effort, and they didn't really change much in the PSP version, IIRC.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: February 18, 2019, 11:02:40 PM »
In retrospect, I think that one was a VRChat machinama, actually, so that's a bit unfair. It was just the most recent one I encountered that looked so distractingly bad.


As for RWBY, I always figured when I finally saw this in context, it would be the highlight of the episode. I was wrong. Instead it was just the precursor to the greatest, most action-packed food fight I've seen in anime! I was in stitches! Now I'm definitely glad I started watching this!

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: February 16, 2019, 01:04:15 AM »
I've been listening to RWBY's soundtrack a lot (seriously, it's great stuff, especially the character themes), so I decided to give the series another shot. The first 8 episodes were still extremely rough, and I found myself having to skip around a lot just to make it through it - the animation, direction, and tone were just all over the place! I found myself laughing at it rather than with it more often than not.

However, it did start to shape up after the mid-point of the first season, and now that I've finished episode 16, I think I'm unironically enjoying it now. The characters do seem to have an interesting dynamic, the world is fleshed out enough that I actually feel like things are building towards a major event instead of just making things up by the seat of their pants (with that said, credit to the RvB team for making that style of writing look easy), and some of the jokes can be funny & clever. I really look forward to watching the next season tomorrow.

Animation's still dogshit, though, but understandably so. I spent the first couple of episodes racking my brain trying to figure out what program they're using, since I notice a few quirks that looked familiar. Turns out, if I just finished an episode I'd get the answer in big bold letters, but hey. I've definitely seen other indie animations that were made in Poser to varying degrees of quality, and it reminded me of the scale of their operation. There are much bigger animation teams that have utterly failed to do what they set out to accomplish, even at their relatively short average run times. I mean, just look at some of the CGI anime shorts from the past few seasons if you want examples of how bad it could be.

Move over Miyazaki!

This is fine enough. As long as the writing holds up, I'll have a good time.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem: [s]Tree[/s] Three Houses
« on: February 14, 2019, 08:18:02 AM »
I'll probably repeat a lot of what I said in Discord, but whatever.

Well, as someone who never uses discord, I wouldn't mind it since a lot of what you just posted was interesting, and now it won't be lost into the aether...

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: January 28, 2019, 08:20:04 PM »
I just don't have the stomach for things like Attack on Titan anymore.

Same here, for the most part. I still enjoy stuff like Hellsing and Kabaneri, but I think that's out of nostalgia for their art styles at this point - the heavy use of shading intended to portray a very moody atmosphere that used to run rampant in old anime OVAs and films at one point, and outside of a few hear and there (mostly just MAPPA's works), I don't really see that much anymore. I mean, OVAs these days are mostly extensions of TV series or Limited Edition Manga tie-ins, and I don't watch anime films very often, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Still makes the shows that mimick that style stand out to me, though. I mean, I don't think either or the examples I gave could be considered "good" from a narrative standpoint, so it really is just the art & music holding my attention, and that's on top of being horrifically violent in ways that would normally turn me off a series.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: January 27, 2019, 01:04:54 AM »
Kingdom Hearts HD Final Remix - On the final stretch, and now I'm at an impasse. My inner child wants to beat all the extra hard bonus bosses like Sepiroth and that 4 armed guy who nullifies your magic, but adult me what's to finish it so I can move onto KH2HDFM. I think the adult's gonna win out, but let me see what else I can play in the meantime...

TERA (PS4) - The combat in this game is so fun! Too bad there's pop-in everywhere, the framerate stutters when there's too much on screen, the instanced nature of the game makes me feel like I'm playing a singleplayer open world game with really powerful npc helpers during dungeons, I'm constantly running out of inventory space, the text is too tiny and there's no way to change it, but it doesn't matter, because you'll never get to read the quest descriptions, anyways, since the very aggressive enemies will still attack you while you're trying to accept quests, forcing you out of the dialogue menu and into combat. I have never been so annoyed trying to play an MMO.

Anthem VIP Demo - This has been a disaster. I was going to cancel my pre-order after the demo period regardless, but I've barely been able to play at all, between server issues (They DDoSed themselves!?), infinite load bugs, disappearing enemies, time loops, quests breaking, and just absolutely boring gameplay that they clearly based on Mass Effect: Andromeda, yet I'd honesty say I had way more fun playing that game at launch. (No, not the ironic fun, I never encountered some of the funnier glitches others posted about online) The only positive thing I can say about it is I love how hefty the colossus feels, it really feels like a mech suit. Also, the flight controls run circles around the crap I put up with in Warframe with their archwings...when they aren't constantly overheating. There's not tutorial in the demo that teaches you how to manage your heat, and when you include the cramped caves most of the demo's missions made you go through at some point, I think I spent most of my time in the game on the ground, along with what few people I was able to partner up with via public matchmaking.

At this point I just feel bad for Bioware's employees, since EA just keeps giving them the short straw. I mean, they could pull it off and make something at least comparable in quality to Destiny, and basic gameplay standpoint, it's better than Destiny 1 when it launched back in 2014...but that was a low bar, and by all accounts, that franchise has come a long way. Bioware has come through before and patched up a worse game with less resources, but well, that same game also cost them their Montreal studio.


Well, clearly it's time to finish the fight and continue getting caught up with the KH saga. If all goes well, my bro will be over in a few weeks so we play through KH3 together. At least The Story So Far collection will keep me busy. I mean, I've waited over a decade for this game, a few more weeks won't hurt.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys IX
« on: January 26, 2019, 06:57:36 AM »
You might have to go for a digital purchase.

I'll keep an eye on sales I guess. Really wanted the physical copy to put on my shelf, but...yeah, not at that price.

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