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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: June 26, 2019, 06:35:30 AM »
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
I have read the manga for bothof these, and they are both good series. As for what Senku is going to do with power of science? Everything! :P

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: April 27, 2019, 07:22:36 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.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: April 26, 2019, 06:54:14 AM »
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. >.>

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: April 24, 2019, 06:35:40 AM »
Finished The Seven Deadly Sins season 3. I'm not gona lie, while I enjoyed my time with it...it's pretty much Fairy Tail lite at this point, with all of its flaws, but fewer of its strengths. Gonna try to pick something different as a palette cleanser, then I think I'll take up Annubis' advice and continue Dragon Ball Super, at least for an arc or two. Honestly, since I'm so behind with that and Fairy Tail, I can't watch them all in one go.
O.o That is an interesting interpretation. I would never have thought to make a comparison between those two series, and if I did Fairy Tail would not have been the good comparison. I don't know where season 3 of Seven Deadly Sins ends specifically, but I can think of two flaws in Fairy Tail that are not really present in Seven Deadly Sins. First is a lack of tension in Fairy Tail because friendship conquers all. Meanwhile in Seven Deadly Sins there are moments where the main characters do get their asses handed to them. Second would be the forced fetish bait in every arc of Fairy Tail. Although I don't know how far you are in Fairy Tail, so that might not yet be readily apparent (also could possibly be skipped over in filler arcs if the anime has those?).

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: March 20, 2019, 06:28:26 AM »
I would recommend Kimestsu no Yaiba as I enjoy the manga and the stills I've seen for the anime look very good.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: March 17, 2019, 07:58:56 AM »
Still playing VC4. Up to chapter 9 now. I bought the Squad 7 DLC which gives you a decent mission and all the main VC1 characters. All are a bit overpowered so I don't use them, except for Welkin's tank because that transport is useless and scouts travel further on foot.

The Squad stories are a nice touch and thankfully easy to unlock.

The maps/game boards have been a decent upgrade over VC1. I haven't experienced a level as intense as VC1's Chapter 6 tho.

Not a big fan of the grading system, which takes out some of the strategy for speed.
Funny thing, the transport is possibly one of the most broken things in the game and is the key to 1-turning a few maps (including the hardest skirmish map). The map might change the best way to use it, but I recall that I would generally put a Shocktroop, Lancer, and a Scout or Engineer in it (forgot if 3 is default or the first capacity upgrade). The secret to maximizing the Transport is to pick up all the units on its turn (depending on the map you can get usually get one or two units without even moving) and then move it towards your goal. Whenever you stop near something you want to kill, have a Shocktroop or Lancer get out based on what you want to kill, kill it, and then have them return to the transport on the same movement point. If the transport gets damaged, just pop out the engineer and heal it before popping right back in.

It is a lot more efficient for getting both Shocktroops and Lancers to places than any other method except for pairing up with a Scout (and I don't remember if you have that yet), but the transport is more defensive than pairing up. Also you can use the transport to pick up a scout to give them a running start allowing them to basically cross the entire field before their movement is completely ruined.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: March 15, 2019, 06:14:48 AM »
As for The Luminary, I found his 2-handed Swords to provide better offensive options over dual wielding. But then, I was also playing the Stronger Enemies Draconian Quest (among others) so I was often left tepid at the amount of damage I was getting off of off-hand attacks. Either way, both options fall off once you hit the post game and you get your MC's best shield and the 1-handed Swordmastery skills.
What I recall is that 2-handed swords is best for damage for 3/4s of the game, and dual wielding overtakes 2-handed in the last 1/4. I can't remember exactly what it is that causes the switch over...it might be the Luminary's ultimate skill as I recall that skill outperforms with 2 weapons over a 2- handed. I never bothered with shields and don't recall anyone at the time thinking they were better than the other two options.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem: [s]Tree[/s] Three Houses
« on: March 15, 2019, 06:09:18 AM »
I suppose its less of any evidence showing the presence of a time skip or lack there of, and more of a concern that they would basically repeat their missteps with regards to over reaching on the story's scope. See also: Fates' complete inability to handle two separate factions and two generations at the same time. Compared to that, we're already looking at 3 separate factions in the 3H Club. Throwing a time skip in there would likely require significant levels of bullshit to keep the Hogwarts gimmick running throughout the game.
If they throw in a time skip, I'm expecting the Hogwarts gimmick to be only in the first portion. I mean the game is called three houses not Hogwarts Edition. :P

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem: [s]Tree[/s] Three Houses
« on: March 14, 2019, 06:38:21 AM »
If there is going to be a proper time skip, I don't think that they would be showcasing that this early (or at all pre-release?). So the images that currently exist aren't going to be evidence for or against a particularly length of a time skip. Well unless there is a screenshot with a caption of "Final map, exactly as in game!" :P

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem: [s]Tree[/s] Three Houses
« on: March 12, 2019, 06:36:47 AM »
Anyone else think this plot is set up for a mid-game time skip?
I've certainly gotten the impression that the school is a "set up" phase and there will be a portion of the game set during an actual war. Only time will tell how long that skip is though.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem: [s]Tree[/s] Three Houses
« on: February 19, 2019, 06:38:07 AM »
Awesome updates Aelous. I do agree that the fact this world has a name is a good sign for world building. I'm not sure how I feel about another avatar character but I hope he/she is more like Robin or Kris than Corrin. Meaning other characters, primarily the students get a share of the character development spotlight.
Shouldn't that be more like Robin than Kris or Corrin? The one thing that I have heard about New Mystery is that Kris overshadows Marth making Marth look completely ineffective.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: January 21, 2019, 06:31:23 AM »
I had no idea Digimon Story - Cyber Sleuth would end up as a sort of spiritual sequel to the .hack series. Went in expecting a fun romp with my long time favorite 'mons and a silly anime plot, came out with a game full of heart, decent-to-great characters and god-tier music. A little gem, despite the rough edges here and there. Dat ending.
You should give Hacker's Memory a try. It is a side story that takes place in the same world as CS, and has the same feel. Plus it has a few gameplay improvements.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: December 16, 2018, 07:51:59 AM »
Hmmm, I know very little about the next season. Anyone can offer some insight?
Is this a sign I'm getting old?
I can give you my limited thought?

5-Toubun no Hanayome- So I know that some people in a Discord I frequent love the manga. I don't think the manga has an official release yet (or if it does I didn't notice), so I can't give personal thoughts on the quality. But they seem to like it and I believe it is fairly popular in Japan?

Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen- Watch this! The source manga is amazing an almost always makes me laugh heartily whenever I get a new volume.

Yakusoku no Neverland- The manga is fairly well received. Something about the art feels off to me, so I never read it but most everyone else seems to love the story. Well at least for the portions that are likely going to get covered (current arc is getting a lot of "Ehhs" but that would probably be season 2 or 3...if it got there).

I'll probably end up watching Kaguya and the Code Geass movie. I'll probably also watch some of 5-Toubun.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: November 23, 2018, 07:24:15 AM »

When the game first launched, KOS-MOS was the only non-Mythra Rare Blade to be of the Light Element. Your other Light Blade options were generics or Poppi with a Light Element Mod equipped (and the only way to obtain one of those was to win it from a rare drop from Level 5 of Tiger Tiger).

Although its more of a statement about just how absurdly stacked Rex was in options compared to everyone else.
There are no generic light blades, your options at launch were just Mythra, KOS-MOS, and Poppi QTpi (as I believe that is the only form that can equip the core). And personally I had worse luck getting a light core for Poppi than I did with rare blades (I spent 10+ hours on level 5 of Tiger Tiger and never got it). Not that you ever *need* a light blade beyond Mythra. Really people just wanted KOS-MOS because she was a returning character. The fact that she is one of the ten or so strongest blades is just a bonus.

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Why do I have a feeling that Square Enix in terms of managements is a total dumpster fire?  Seriously, they can't seem to stay on schedule for any of their projects.
To some extent the problem is announcing things LONG before they are ready to be announced (e.g., if I recall correctly, the director for the FF7 Remake wasn't even aware he was directing it till after it was announced). The inability to get anything done in a reasonable time just compounds the problem. I feel like it might be that they have perfectionist directors that are obsessed with maxing out the graphics so high that it takes 3x as long to get anything done than if went with a slightly lower or more stylized graphics, but that is entirely speculation.

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