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Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« on: December 24, 2011, 03:00:45 AM »
Late to the party, but I realized I'd had The Name of the Wind sitting on my Whisperwind account for nearly a year. Bought it on a whim after reading an excerpt, just before A Wise Man's Fear came out, and was quickly distracted by something else. Being done exams and having a shiny new Android with a Kindle app to read it on, I started reading.

Two and a half days later, I've just finished devouring A Wise Man's Fear, too. Damn fine reading. The wait for The Doors of Stone is going to be excruciating in a way only the wait between Harry Potter books was. Or Dresden Files Books. Except longer. Likely wont see it until 2014; here's hoping Rothfuss manages to knock it out quick and we get it in the next year (ha).

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: December 23, 2011, 03:56:41 PM »
Having recently watched Eureka Seven, this is relevant to my interests:

Eureka Seven: Astral Ocean announced for April 2012 Season

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: December 15, 2011, 04:46:59 PM »
Well, it looks like I'll be getting my wish. There's no way they can't transition into the main plot of Guilty Crown after that.

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General Discussions / Re: Youtube
« on: December 13, 2011, 10:33:33 PM »
The Bomb Disposal Dance.

Nothing but respect for this dude, that shit must be heavy!

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General Games / Re: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us
« on: December 13, 2011, 06:34:10 PM »
Despite my initial disappointment that this isn't Uncharted 4, I am nearly salivating at the thought of this game. Beautiful visuals, and presumably engaging action/survival-horror gameplay combined with, hopefully, Naughty Dog's cinematic story-telling and awesome characters? Yes please! I feel like I have a long, agonizing wait ahead of me here....

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: December 13, 2011, 06:29:00 PM »
Sorry for the double post, but I felt as though enough time had passed between them. Feel free to merge them if you disagree (assuming you can do that easily, mods).

Still keeping up on Guilty Crown, though I've fallen behind on some of the other simulcast shows I've been following. Haven't had much time to watch anything new, either, with finals. Temporarily dropped Gundam AGE, as I wasn't very engaged. I'll go back and watch it when it's done or at least has more to it, rather than watching it week to week.

As for Guilty Crown, it's still quite good. The production values are nothing short of incredible--second only to HanaIro in recent memory--and I've got something to say about that below. It's slowly creeping from kinda slow moving to very slow moving though. With only 22 episodes to do it's thing, it needs to transition away from episodic set-up to an overarching plot very soon, or I feel like things are going to get pretty rushed.

Also, Haganai. It's silly, and pointless, and fanservice-y, but it works in the same way Haruhi did. Enjoying the shit out of it.

As for next season, I am getting more and more excited for Another. P.A. Works + awesome sounding horror anime? Sure, why not!?

Finally, and I say this with a huge HELL YES; Hanasaku Iroha Season 2 confirmed!


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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anybody know this caracter ? PLEASE HELP ME ^^"
« on: December 06, 2011, 02:18:49 PM »
I don't know personally, but try uploading the picture to TinEye to do a search. I tried to search it using the RPGFan embed, but it didn't work.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Best anime this season
« on: December 04, 2011, 01:23:09 AM »
I don't think we're half done the season, and we're already picking favourites? Hell, Guilty Crown is pretty clearly still in a set-up phase and if Steins;Gate was airing this season you'd still think it was a slightly odd sci-fi slice of life. Too early to be making this decision, I think.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: November 29, 2011, 10:45:04 AM »
Watched Puella Magi Madoka Magica this weekend. I enjoyed it, to be sure, but I feel like I was over-hyped on it. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't been told it was the best thing since sliced bread. I guess if I were a bigger fan of the Magical Girl genre the deconstruction of said genre would be more poignant, but to be honest aside from being a fan of Sailor Moon when I was like 6, I've not really watched much else. Still, the juxtaposition of art style and tone was striking, and very enjoyable, and the show itself was beautiful to watch. Definitely worth the time I spent watching it, but as I said... I wish people hadn't hyped it up to me quite so much; I went in with some unrealistic expectations.

I was happy, that with everything you watch in that show, and given the writer's previous work (see: Saya no Uta), the show didn't end of a down note.

I thought, especially the opening, the show made fun of the genre and challenged the sunshine, flowers and rainbows approach they usually have.

I agree entirely, and I think that's why I didn't enjoy it as much as some others might--I'm not as familiar with the tropes of the genre. As a standalone, it is of course still an excellent work, but the added satire I imagine adds quite a bit. I know for sure that the odd times I noticed allusions to Sailor Moon (which, like I said, I was quite a fan of in kindergarten) my enjoyment of the show increased. And yes, after the long string of hard-hitting Wham Episodes, I'd expected one hell of a downer ending, especially given the fact that the deconstruction felt similar in tone to Evangelion.

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With that in mind, bittersweet was much better than I'd hoped for.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: November 27, 2011, 03:14:25 PM »
Watched Puella Magi Madoka Magica this weekend. I enjoyed it, to be sure, but I feel like I was over-hyped on it. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't been told it was the best thing since sliced bread. I guess if I were a bigger fan of the Magical Girl genre the deconstruction of said genre would be more poignant, but to be honest aside from being a fan of Sailor Moon when I was like 6, I've not really watched much else. Still, the juxtaposition of art style and tone was striking, and very enjoyable, and the show itself was beautiful to watch. Definitely worth the time I spent watching it, but as I said... I wish people hadn't hyped it up to me quite so much; I went in with some unrealistic expectations.

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General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal
« on: November 25, 2011, 07:43:55 AM »
Just finished Skyward Sword about 10 minutes ago. Holy Jesus that game rocked my socks. It wasn't perfect--no game is, really--but it is very close. This and Uncharted 3 are the only games I've been able to play for more than an hour or two per sitting for literally years (MMO's aside); ended up playing nearly the entire game in 3 extended sessions (10~ hours a piece, since I have no school work at the moment).

Anyways, thoughts. Pretty standard Zelda formula, though the Link-Zelda dynamic, which was sorely lacking in Twilight Princess, and even OoT, gave the story some extra oomph. It's nice to not be Saint Link out to save the world cause someone said so and he's just that good a guy--he just wants to save his girlfriend; I can respect that.

Flight was mostly fun, and blessedly short to get places. No repeats of Wind Waker's sailing BS. Thank you!

Dungeon design was spectacular. Easily my favourite part of the game. I also really enjoyed not having my hand held through the puzzles, especially since you actually used older items in later temples. I spent more time trying to figure out a few of the puzzles than I ever have in a Zelda game before.

Encounter design was really good too. Mostly this is a consequence of the control scheme, but having to do things like fake out your enemies by telegraphing a swing from one side and juking to the other is just so much fun. It also made some of the mooks genuinely challenging, which was a great change of pace. Plus some of the boss encounters were just really friggin' cool.

This might be my favourite Zelda ever. While I liked TP well enough, I've never really felt the drive to replay it, where as I'm already thinking about a Hero Mode run in the near future. Granted, I've played OoT about a million times all the way through, so I guess we'll have to see how well it holds up to the test of time.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: November 22, 2011, 02:15:36 PM »
I thought that Chaos;Head started out OK.  It had some interesting ideas, at least.  But towards the second half of the show...man, WTF.  It was just plain dumb.

It didn't just start out ok; it started out with an interesting murder mystery setup (despite the harem-ish setup) where the main character is both the accused and a completely unreliable narrator (given that he's a delusional otaku living in a shipping container) and the person who he saw committing the crime happens to be both a classmate and childhood girlfriend who didn't exist until after the fact. Then once they get halfway though the show they try to explain it over the remainder of the show through a shitload of incomprehensible technobabble. The tl;dr of that explanation ended up as "A wizard did it who is also the main character who is an immortal wizard/marty stu who's the greatest at everything ever with a harem of crazy magical girls at his disposal which means that he no longer needs his anime wife and the villain's goal is to copy the main character's godmode reality rewriting superpowers through science instead of doing what the main character did which was to pretend he came up with Plato's Allegory of the Cave first".

Never have I seen such good setup wasted so badly. And I just don't trust Steins;gate to not do the same.

Watch it. It does a very good job of not wasting its setup. Not to say it's perfect, but the things that might bother you about the plot were all in the source material, are lampshaded by the characters themselves, and are generally small enough to overlook.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: November 21, 2011, 10:52:41 PM »
Interesting Steins;gate turned out so well.  I know early impressions didn't seem that favorable by many people.  I'll have to put that on my list of things to watch.

I think Chaos;head being what it is (i.e. godawful/retarded) was also a factor in why people were reluctant to check it out.
Pretty much this

It starts out slowly. But about halfway through the setup is all finished and it shifts gears completely. It would be very frustrating to watch during the original broadcast, but to mainline it later it works extremely well.

Is Chaos;Head really that bad? I was thinking about watching it next after that....

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: November 20, 2011, 03:04:19 PM »
Crunchyroll announced Kadokawa was pulling Steins;Gate due to FUNimation licensing it. Rather than take the risk that FUNimation doesn't stream it (seeing as I also have a subscription there) I decided to start watching it. About 10 episodes in now, and things are starting to get more complicated. The pacing might be a little on the slow side overall, but I get the feeling the snowballing nature of it all will make up for that by the end. I'm really enjoying it thus far, but I'm very cognizant of the first episode and the fact that it points to the possibility of things getting pretty dark. Can't say I'm not a little worried about that, but I guess that means you're emotionally invested when you start worrying about the character's fates.

EDIT: Episode 12/13:
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I hate when I'm right, sometimes. I'd almost managed to convince myself the time machine meant that killing someone outright would be difficult--considering Kurisu's resurrection--but god damn. Break the Cutie, why don't you.
EDIT2: Finished Steins;Gate. Wow, incredible. I really don't know what to say beyond that, still reeling a little bit from the emotional roller coaster. I can see why so many people are claiming this is the best anime of the year. Damn.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
« on: November 18, 2011, 08:46:01 AM »
The lowest scoring review is out: http://au.gamespot.com/the-legend-of-zelda-skyward-sword?section=&subsec=title

Thoughts? Seems like the reviewer mostly feels there's nothing new and fresh enough for the series. 7.5 does seem like a bit of a cry for attention but, as I haven't played it yet myself, I'll reserve my judgement.

I always like the bad reviews, gives another perspective.

Anyone else get sick of "repetitive" criticisms for games?  Which games isn't really (obviously, some more than others)?  By that standard, shouldn't all racing games be rated like shit since all you do is race?

I agree to an extent; sometimes it's a very valid criticism. Other times it's just a reviewer spouting drivel. Personally, I especially enjoy when reviews complain about sequels being too much like their predecessors, calling them 'stale,' especially when it's referring to the very things that made the first game popular. I skimmed the above review and picked that particular one out of the bunch and facepalmed, hard. I can't even imagine a Zelda game without the basic Zelda staples like fetch-quests, etc. Wouldn't be Zelda anymore.

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