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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: Yesterday at 07:21:35 AM »
Yep, it's basically a series made for a new generation of readers. My youngest writer entered the scene a couple of years ago, and he's pretty fond of the manga. Meanwhile, all my older writers including myself have absolutely zero patience for Black Clover, because to us it's yet another remix of the tried and true Shonen Jump recipe. We just want to watch series about cyborg grampas and dictionary makers, and yell at kids to get of our lawn.

That said, the writers in my generation also have a shonen series or two they grew up with that's special to them. I have a soft spot for Bleach and Inu Yasha, and I know someone who's really happy right now, because his old favourite is suddenly getting a brand new anime adaptation next season.

Speaking of shonen, I got the first volume of Astra Lost in Space to review and that turned out to be a surprisingly fun read. It starts out with a wellknown premise: kids get stranded in some deserted place and try to get home. But in space. Lots of things about their situation are suspicious, and they need to get along to survive, but one of them might be a mole. There are plenty of clichés (heroine is a ditz, hero yells a lot), but the author makes it work by either turning them upside down (main guy does have actual survival skills and leadership abilities) or having characters outgrow their archetype by means of character development. It's nothing groundbreaking (and the answers to the mysteries could make or break the story), but it's a good start and I want to stick with it to see where it goes. It's 6 or 7 volumes, I think? Once I'm done with them, I could probably hand them over to my younger cousin who's just gotten into reading comics in English.
While Bleach and Inu Yasha both have problems, most of those problems come up later in the series (such as Kubo being unable to manage a large cast effectively), whereas Black Clover's biggest problem for me was that the main character was pretty much unlikable from the word go.

On the topic of Astra, I got Vol. 1 as well. I have heard good things about it and I enjoyed it as well. I don't know how many volumes it is in total, but it was recently announced that the series is wrapping up, so it will be a short series overall.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: December 16, 2017, 06:51:20 AM »
RE: Black Clover - oh, so it really is Naruto all over again? Complete with a screaming, obnoxious protagonist? Great...
Black Clover has the same relationship to Naruto that Fairy Tail has to One Piece from what I saw before I dropped the manga. I think the only reason it is "popular" (and I use the term loosely) is because it is effectively serving as a first shonen series to a lot of children who don't recognize the repeated beats because of how many years ago the plot beats last showed up in Naruto or other Shonen.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles 4 - PS4, Xbox, Switch
« on: November 20, 2017, 06:35:23 AM »
After watching the trailer, I am cautiously optimistic. The winter campaign should at bare minimum make it feel different than the campaigns in 1 and 2 (and probably 3, but I have never played it). Also I like the tank designs for the Federation. Hopefully no one who worked on Revolution is also working on this. I'm not seeing any immediate warning signs, but Revolution exists so part of my brain has been questioning whether there was anyone with talent left at Sega. >.>

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« on: November 10, 2017, 05:53:20 AM »
With cut content-I mean DLC planned out for a year from now, I've gone from buying a Switch for this to waiting until the eventual GOTY re-release.
Has Nintendo ever done a GotY re-release? Only times I can think of them releasing the same game later with all the DLC have been instances where they ported the game to a new system (Mario Kart 8 and Hyrule Warriors come to mind). I don't think we are getting a Switch replacement that quickly.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pokemon Sun & Moon (11/18/2016)
« on: November 08, 2017, 09:52:48 PM »
So as an FYI, a text dump of all the game's text files now exists on the Interwebs, so if you care about spoilers regarding new content be very careful when going to any place to discuss USUM as pretty much everything is now known.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: November 04, 2017, 10:51:41 PM »
Nope, despite throwing all sorts of subgenres and tropes together without regard for the overall style and atmosphere, my brain does understand how horror works. That was evil incarnate and we were all going to die.
Wouldn't the horror tropes mean that that was the end of the movie, so all of you continue to live and the evil goes and hunts a new group of people (until you all make cameos in movie 3 where you are then killed)?

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: November 04, 2017, 06:46:14 AM »
It's a happy reunion, until I notice and onlooker. Just an average looking guy, six feet tall, dirty blonde hair. Nobody seems to notice him. He grins at me and I just know. Know that something escaped with us.
Or you know, he could have been a random 6 foot tall guy with dirty blonde hair that just happened to smirk. We exist! :p

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pokemon Sun & Moon (11/18/2016)
« on: November 02, 2017, 08:49:18 PM »
New trailer is up. Speculation is that the first portion is about the after story episode. So avoid if you don't want spoilers I suppose.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: October 30, 2017, 04:55:03 PM »
I hate colorless hell. I used up most of my the orbs I have gotten recently. I got a 5* Halloween Jakob, a 5* Leon, and a 5* Jaffar. I need none of you! Why must you deny me my miko catgirl RNG? Why?

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: October 29, 2017, 07:02:24 PM »
Oh, so the Naruto allusions are more than skin deep? That's disappointing...
Well I haven't read it months, but back when I was reading it, I thought it was to Naruto as Fairy Tail is to One Piece (with a little bit of some other series mixed in).

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: October 29, 2017, 06:07:33 PM »
So anyone besides me still watching Dies Irae?

Yeah, when I gave up on the manga, my thoughts were along the lines of "This could be enjoyable if the main character wasn't Asta."

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: October 29, 2017, 04:50:34 PM »
I had to double check my list to see if there was anything new I was interested in. And yeah, I guess there were a few. I forgot about Black Clover entirely, but my gut tells me me I should wait until it gets going until I dive into it. The plot synopsis sounds fairly formulaic for the genre, so it might need some time to make its mark as a unique story instead of a parade of shounen manga tropes...
That will probably take a while since the manga is currently in the middle of its Chunin Exam equivalent.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: October 29, 2017, 01:06:32 PM »
Haha... I hit 6.0% in the Genealogy banner, and I wasn't even that interested. I just wanted ANYTHING to break the pity rate so I could move on. Eventually I got Sigurd but... was it worth it in the end?
Sigurd is a freaking monster, so yes. If it had been Seliph...well probably not worth it.

I have a confession to make. I broke my FTP cherry on this Dancer banner just now, and pretty much instantly regretted it. Sorry Aeolus/Tomara, I have fallen. =P
Give yourself to the Whale Side. It is the only way you can draw your favorites. Yes, your thoughts betray you. Your feelings for them are strong. :p

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 29, 2017, 01:00:59 PM »
I love the company I use for HVAC repairs. I just called them up on a Sunday because my heat (and hot water) was out. Owner of the company came out took a look, found the problem fairly quickly (a tripped ground on a plug in the garage) and did not charge me a thing for the trip.

Wish I had called sooner though as I was planning on going to a beginner yoga class this morning, but the freezing cold shower dissuaded me from getting presentable in time. >.>

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: October 27, 2017, 06:09:34 AM »
Huh part of me wants Nekomata Sakura...but drawing colorless when there are two colorless focus units. That sounds like a dangerous gamble. >.>

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