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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: Yesterday at 06:35:46 PM »
I finished getting all the rewards from the Sakura Wars crossover event in Langrisser mobile. I also managed to pull Sakura during my summons, but unfortunately wasn't able to snag Bernhardt from that banner as it took all the summons I had just to get Sakura. Oh well. Bernhardt will come around again, or I'll get him some other way. I'm pretty happy I was able to snag all three Sakura Wars characters from the crossover as I like them and they're abilities a lot.

I just need to finish up Sakura's Gate of Fate levels and then I'll have finished the Gates of Fate for all the characters I have (I'm only lacking the aforementioned Bernhardt and Sigma). That means that a major source of trinity crystals will be exhausted and I'll need to start making actual progress in the Time Rift and story mode in order to keep those trinity crystals incoming. Fortunately, it's not like I have to summon any characters for the foreseeable future, so at least I won't have to worry about that for a while.

And I did make some progress in the Time Rift. I finished up 8-1 to 8-7 elite mode, so I now have access to all the Heart Bond seeds. I reconsidered my strategy for getting through 8-5 elite, which had me stuck, and was able to get through it without even upgrading Luna's equipment all the way. 8-6 and 8-7 elite fell pretty quickly after that. I made it level 9-6 in normal mode, but am currently stuck as I figure out a strategy for getting through this one. I really dislike gimmick battles, so yeah, not really a fan here.

And I haven't made any progress in the main story. I'll turn my attention that way tomorrow probably.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: October 11, 2019, 04:36:35 PM »
I think this may be a better space to record my Langrisser adventures than Discord.

I pulled Sumire from the banner summon! Now all I need is Sakura. I average about two summons x 10 per week, so I should have about four x 10 summons before the banner ends, so hopefully that will be enough. We'll find out.

Now that the story mode for the Sakura Wars crossover is finished, I'm mostly back to the daily grind. I still have some rewards to earn from the crossover, but I'm otherwise finished. I'm currently at level 9-4 in the time rift, and I'm so far enjoying the Langrisser III story line well enough. I'm still stuck on 8-5 elite, but I'm turning my attention to upgrading Luna's equipment next week, so that should give me the edge I need over those blasted vampires and their long-range spells. I don't think I'll have much trouble finishing up the rest of 8-6 and 8-7 after that, which will be nice because then I'll be able to sweep those heart bond seeds I need.

As for the main story, I haven't really bothered with it in a month, so I'm still at chapter 34. Guess I should get back to it now that the Sakura Wars crossover is pretty much over. Gonna need those trinity crystals to get Sakura.

Also started doing joint battles with Hathen. My characters have just made it to the point of being able to withstand level sixty NPCs, so Hathen has mostly carried me in the joint battles so far, but I do make the occasional contribution.

In other news: I'm no longer playing Overwatch solo. It was fun for a long time, but I finally grew tired of it. I'm still down to play if any of my friends want to play with me, but not going to do it by myself otherwise. This should leave me with some time to get back to Valkyria Chronicles 4, which I have barely touched since February.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 11, 2019, 04:25:25 PM »
Sitting in Starbucks trying to grade. The English building broke a pipe and flooded and my work area was affected. The Joker got away too.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: September 28, 2019, 08:48:15 PM »
Bleach was awful. I gave up on that one during the Fullbring arc. I picked it back up when I heard it was entering the final arc, but it was not an improvement. The series really should've ended with Aizen's defeat. I kind of think the author intended that, but Shonen Jump being Shonen Jump they weren't ready to let that IP go just yet. I checked out the last few chapters and the ending just to see what all happened even though I didn't really know what was happening. But that ending was so stupid. Food Wars at least did better than that even if that isn't saying much.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Langrisser 1 and 2 remakes for PS4 and Switch
« on: September 28, 2019, 08:42:40 PM »
I heard about the upcoming crossover and saw some video of it. Looks fun, but the crossovers are merely cash grabs by offering limited time summons. I enjoy them, but aside from $50 I spent over the summer to support the devs, I'm not spending money to try to snag the summons.

You're definitely right about the main, limited-time stories using preset characters. It was so frustrating during some of the earlier story events that I could only get so far without paying boat-loads of money. I've finally reached a point where I can complete some of the level 60 challenge maps, but it has taken a long time to get here. The level 65 stuff is still out of my reach. My top five heroes just hit the 23,000 power level mark. Also, I'm just really glad we got some Secret Realm sweeps. It's cut the time I've had the game on in half though to be fair I mostly just use auto-battle for that stuff.

As for Langrisser 1 and 2. I'm super-tempted to get the special edition version, my wife and I are stuck in a small, one-bedroom apartment until I finish the PhD and space is a premium. So I'm going to have to keep my game purchases largely digital for the foreseeable future. Still really looking forward to the collection, especially happy to get a chance to see all the paths and endings of Langrisser 2. I'm still struggling with the new character designs though.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: September 27, 2019, 07:27:01 PM »
Probably. I wish that I had <_<

Actually, I wish that a lot. I guess I should be more selective of the stuff I stick with until the end. Ah well.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Langrisser 1 and 2 remakes for PS4 and Switch
« on: September 27, 2019, 06:24:02 PM »
In somewhat related news, the Langrisser mobile game just started a crossover with the Sakura Wars series. Only three SW characters available at this point and they've yet to add any kind of story content, but that's probably because the Overlord path from Langrisser II is still ongoing. I enjoyed the previous crossover with Trails in the Sky though I do hope any battles they include in the story content for the Sakura Wars crossover contain fewer annoying gimmicks than the battles during the Trails in the Sky crossover did. Those later battles got super annoying and I stopped playing them.

Also, I'm sure people have noted this before, but how exactly is Sakura from Sakura Wars not considered copyright infringement of Kaoru from RuroKen? Not that I want to throw the author of RuroKen a bone or anything, but seriously how?

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: September 27, 2019, 06:08:29 PM »

I can't tell if you're being sarcastic about calling the final arc interesting. I hope so, because it was seriously pointless, and the ending was even more so.
I mean interesting in the sense of "How the hell did the author think this was a good idea."

Oh, yeah. Completely agree. It was really bad. I really enjoyed the series up to that point despite the gratuitous food-gasms. But that final arc was really dumb.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: September 23, 2019, 03:40:18 AM »
Shokugeki no Souma: Shin no Sara
Feels like this is getting old. Wonder if they can revive the whole thing with this.
HAHAHHAAHAHAHHA
HAAHHAHHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA
*breathes*
HAHAHAHAHHAHAAHA
Wait, you're serious? Let me laugh harder. :P

I don't watch the anime, so I don't know where season 3 ended...but if my guess is right from looking at the episode titles, it looks like only the final manga arc is left. And the final arc is....interesting.

I can't tell if you're being sarcastic about calling the final arc interesting. I hope so, because it was seriously pointless, and the ending was even more so.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: August 21, 2019, 02:12:51 PM »
I'm so glad that Vinland Saga finally got an anime. I've been reading the manga for several years now and it's excellent. Gonna have to start watching the anime.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem: [s]Tree[/s] Three Houses
« on: August 21, 2019, 02:09:59 PM »
Haven't played it yet, but I'm disheartened by everything I'm hearing about how easy the game is. I'll get to it eventually, but my backlog still includes slogging through all the supports in Fates: Revelation, so it'll be a while.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Langrisser 1 and 2 remakes for PS4 and Switch
« on: August 21, 2019, 02:06:33 PM »
Well, hopefully we'll get some good news about the original art. I'll get it regardless, but I'll be pretty bummed if we can't get the original artwork. I hope this collection does well. I'd love to get a full re-release of the other Langrisser games as well. I've been making my way through the Langrisser III de-make on Langrisser mobile and it seems really excellent.

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Brush and Quill / Handmade Journals
« on: July 24, 2019, 03:46:48 AM »
Since I've been missing my old job making books for a living, I took up the hobby of making journals by hand this summer. It's a pretty fun hobby and I'm getting better and better at it. I'll probably start selling them in September as I just finished the first with which I'm completely satisfied. Here's some images (just going to link to my Insta):

https://www.instagram.com/p/ByPqWdVh-0u5LSUVkc7AbK9EPytMGwGcKhu2G40/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BymDyzehbJdCRG6ySKsW9IA43N6-8VjnMRTToU0/
https://www.instagram.com/p/By-9o9LBaIFeRt6sT-JTAmqICx1MmBxJYHOBRo0/
https://www.instagram.com/p/B0R6SIBBW0jfxeabh6n6YPjxxiyW_oZsb6ELqQ0/

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Spiderman Far From Home was fantastic. I think it may have surpassed the old Toby Maguire Spiderman 2 as being the best Spiderman movie, at least IMO.

I got burned out with the Marvel movies last year and didn't even see Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, or Avengers: Infinity War until Endgame was almost out, but I guess I'm back on the bandwagon. I was also pretty excited by their Phase 4 lineup even if it didn't include a new Avengers or Spidey flick.

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Coming into this conversation a little late, but I'm super excited for the NA release. I've been playing the Langrisser mobile game daily since a few days after launch, and I enjoyed the "demakes" of Langrisser 1 and 2 you can play through it, so I'm really excited for the full games. Does anyone know if the feature to switch to the original character art will be included in the NA release? I frankly don't care for the artwork by the Ar Tonelico character designer and much prefer the character designs in the mobile game.

Also, soundtrack CDs would be a great addition. Some of the music on the mobile game is garbage, but a lot of the music is quite good. I've watched some of the gameplay footage for Langrisser 1 and 2 and recognize a lot of the music, so I guess that means the mobile game's good music is from the originals.

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