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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: November 16, 2011, 05:02:17 AM »
Watched Eureka Seven, finally, over the last few days. I remember watching an episode a few years back when it was running on YTV and being unimpressed which is why I didn't watch it until now. In hindsight, it was clearly one of the early episodes, the first 14 or so, before Renton has grown to be less irritating. Because after that the series was awesome pretty much non-stop.

Easily one of the best coming-of-age stories I've seen/read/heard of in a long-ass time. The character development, particularly for Eureka and Renton, is handled extremely well--they really grow up, but at the same time don't lose the core of their characters; the two of them are hugely different by the end of the story, but they're still them. And the romance between them, I felt, was extremely well done, which is fairly odd for an anime I find. Generally either the relationship is tacked on at the end, or is acknowledged and then mostly avoided from then on (barring a romance anime, in which case they will dance around each other right up to the finale). Making it a focal point of the plot without overwhelming everything else was, I'm sure, a very tight balancing act and I think it was done admirably.

The most common complaint I've read about the show is that the ending is a "train wreck." I can't say I agree; not to say it was perfect, but I certainly wouldn't say it was bad either. It was mostly coherent, provided (some) closure (both anime rarities, I've found), and was mostly well set up. Despite protestations from some that the manga handled it better, from reading a list of differences I feel like I much prefer the anime as a whole, and the ending in particular.

This is going to be going on a list of favourites, for sure. While I honestly found the first part somewhat tough to get through due to my dislike of Renton's childishness, it made sense, and he moved past it when he needed to. Definite DVD or Blu-Ray purchase, even with my Crunchyroll subscription active.

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Saw the first two seasons of "Community" and I love it. :P



Meanwhile:  The show has been put on an Indefinite Hiatus (whatever that means).
Google it (too lazy to put link).

Thanks for being a lazy asshole, because I couldn't find anything on this and it happens to be my favorite show.

NBC released the schedule for January on and Community isn't on it; 30 Rock is coming back sooner instead. They said it's not cancelled and is coming back later (summer?) but it's not good news.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: November 13, 2011, 07:56:21 PM »

Not sure how I feel about this week's episode:

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So Inori is obviously lying to Shuu to keep some distance between them (a complete turnaround from last week, incidentally) but I'm not understanding why. Frankly, her and staying out of GHQ custody are the only reasons he's got to work with Funeral Parlour so far... and she thinks it's somehow a good idea to take one of those things away from him? I can see her wanting to keep him safe enough to try it, but if Gai is supposed to be so friggin' smart and know her so well, wouldn't he see it coming a mile away and stop that shit as fast as possible? Shuu is their secret weapon, after all.

This may be a frustration more with the cliche situation, though. Yes, you're distancing yourself to protect him. No, it's not going to work. Can we move on now rather than watching this for the nth time?

This show is at it's best when there is some action going on. Shuu hasn't developed enough yet to carry an exposition episode, and the rest of the cast (Inori aside) is... vaguely unsympathetic to me, yet, because he's not really close to any of them. The move away from this situation is visible, and we're pretty early on so far, which makes it not really a big deal, but when you only get one episode a week the situation is more pronounced than if you were marathoning the series after it's full run.

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The writer needs to make up his mind: can Shuu see voids or not?  Episode 3 he ran
around trying to pull them out of random people because he doesn't know what they have. 
Now the end of episode 5, he pulled the perfect void from a stranger to finish his test. 
Lucky guess or lazy writing?  Also, that guy who whose void was pulled made a remark that
seemed like he saw his own void.  Unless someone told him, how would he know?

Are you watching the simulcast? How is the quality?  I can't stand Hadena's subs so I might switch to that.

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It was fairly subtle and my friend totally missed it, but it was implied in the episode that the guy had asked Shuu to pull out his Void earlier when they were talking.

They didn't show it happening to avoid spoiling things, but the setup was there; they made him out to be curious to see the shape of his heart or whatever, hence the comments he made at the end of the episode--Shuu had told him what it was when they tested it earlier.

The simulcast on Funimation is pretty good quality and the subs seem accurate. It's usually up within an hour or so of the broadcast in Japan, too. My only real complaint is that it has ads even with an elite subscription, but they're usually in decent break points and are only 15-30 seconds long 3 times per episode, so it's not too obnoxious.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: November 06, 2011, 08:14:03 AM »
Another way to put it is that it's Code Geass mk II.

Though whether or not this is a good thing will have to be seen since CG itself went off rails in a completely spectacular fashion, and not in the way the writers intended (to have the plot go off rails on since like 65% of anime has this tendency to end by flying off the rails and this will most likely too).

I rather liked where Code Geass went. Yes, the later half of R2 was break-neck fast, and Lelouch's final gambit was perhaps not as well thought out as it could have been, but it was still a powerful way to end the series. Plus, in an industry that tends to have a lot of Gainax endings (Darker than Black, for example), or even no endings, it was a nice change of pace. I'm hoping that this can match up to that at the very least, though of course an even better series would be more than welcome.

If it keeps up with the quality of R1 the entire way through, of course, we are in for a treat.

EDIT: Not sure how I feel about this week's episode:

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So Inori is obviously lying to Shuu to keep some distance between them (a complete turnaround from last week, incidentally) but I'm not understanding why. Frankly, her and staying out of GHQ custody are the only reasons he's got to work with Funeral Parlour so far... and she thinks it's somehow a good idea to take one of those things away from him? I can see her wanting to keep him safe enough to try it, but if Gai is supposed to be so friggin' smart and know her so well, wouldn't he see it coming a mile away and stop that shit as fast as possible? Shuu is their secret weapon, after all.

This may be a frustration more with the cliche situation, though. Yes, you're distancing yourself to protect him. No, it's not going to work. Can we move on now rather than watching this for the nth time?

This show is at it's best when there is some action going on. Shuu hasn't developed enough yet to carry an exposition episode, and the rest of the cast (Inori aside) is... vaguely unsympathetic to me, yet, because he's not really close to any of them. The move away from this situation is visible, and we're pretty early on so far, which makes it not really a big deal, but when you only get one episode a week the situation is more pronounced than if you were marathoning the series after it's full run.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: November 05, 2011, 03:40:01 PM »
It's a twenty-minutes-into-the-future sort of deal. Japan is essentially controlled by a foreign power after they bailed the country out of a big epidemic and developed a vaccine. The main character is a pretty regular high school kid, kinda unsure of himself, but seems pretty intelligent so far. Boy meets girl, gets wrapped up in a terrorist organization opposing said foreign power.

It's being simulcast over at Funimation.com and the 4 episodes out so far have all been pretty solid. I believe the director handled Death Note, and a number of the writers came over from Code Geass, so I expect it will only get better from here.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: November 04, 2011, 07:15:47 PM »
EDIT: Guilty Crown continues to impress. If it keeps up like this, I may have a new contender on my favourites list.

episode 4:

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He looked at that receiver at the end of the episode and put it in his pocket.  He better not even consider it.
He killed a couple people during the mayhem while trying to escape. No way he can go back.

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I thought the same thing. But the kid is clearly not an idiot, even if he is pretty confused by crazy shit going on--it's a good contingency to keep around, if you assume it's not just a tracking device. And really, aside from his faith in Inori, no one has really given him much on what Funeral Parlor is fighting for, and therefore not much reason to trust them. They just kinda push him around. The only reason he seems to care is Inori herself, and considering GHQ threatened to go after her if he didn't do his part....

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has anyone been watching how i met your mother? I'm not a long time fan of that show, I've seen it here and there in seasons passed and enjoyed it enough. But this season is a big wet turd just circling the drain. The only funny thing so far is Kal Penn (dude from harold and kumar) who played a sort of perspective of the audience, making fun of how ridiculous the characters/story are.

One thing that drives me nuts is every fucking episode mentions how Robin is Canadian. That was cute for a while, but god damn I'm tired of her firing up a bad Canadian accent and making references to cities or other Canadian haps. Now for the record I'm pro-Canada, but shit the writing here is just not funny at all.

Agreed. I've been watching the show for a long time now, but I can't even be bothered to stream it lately. I'm about 3 weeks behind because of how uninterested I was in the first episodes of the season. The show has slowly gotten less and less funny.

On the other hand, I'm enjoying the shit out of Community, Castle, and House this season. The first two I'm not surprised by, but last season House sucked, so it's kinda nice to see some good episodes again.

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General Games / Re: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
« on: November 02, 2011, 06:09:30 PM »
I don't get people who can play through a game like this in a freaking day. When I eventually get it, it will take me, at the very least, a few weeks to play through. Life obligations and all that get in the way. Do you people take time off work or something? Not go to school? I don't get it.


My class schedule is pretty light this semester (since it includes some online courses) and midterms just finished up, so I had a lucky break re: time to play. Once I got into it I just had a really hard time putting it down. Generally I agree; in this case, though, the stars aligned and gave me some time to power-play.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: November 02, 2011, 06:03:54 PM »
Watched the first season of The World God Only Knows. Mildly entertaining, I suppose, but certainly not riveting. The main character is kind of annoying, but the animation is beautiful to look at. I'll likely watch Season 2 based mostly on the fact that I love Elsie as a character, both personality and design.

I've also watched an episode or two of a couple of other series: Hanamaru Kindergarten and Squid Girl. Neither really caught my attention enough make me want to marathon them, but I'll likely watch through them at some point.

Watched the first two episodes of Infinite Stratos. How is this a show? Even actively looking for something light-hearted and fanservicey after a hectic week, I couldn't bring myself to keep watching.

Finally, I'm currently following the following shows as they air: Wagnaria!!2, Gundam AGE, Guilty Crown, Mashiroiro Symphony. Not entirely sure about the last one of the group, but the other three are spectacular thus far.

EDIT: Guilty Crown continues to impress. If it keeps up like this, I may have a new contender on my favourites list.

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General Games / Re: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
« on: November 02, 2011, 02:59:49 PM »
The tutorials aren't overly obnoxious, I don't think. It's just some prompting to make sure you understand what to do when, then you're on your own past that.

Just finished the game myself. Holy Jesus Christ that was great. Obviously not the same leap there was from UC1 to UC2, but the game is spectacular. I really can't see any developer getting more out of the current gen consoles, and the story could easily have been transposed into a movie script (though, I suppose it would have to be condensed) and turned out splendidly. Think I'm going to sit back a few days and then play through it again on Hard, which is incredibly rare for me (playing something again so soon, and playing on hard).

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: October 27, 2011, 11:30:44 PM »
Watched Angel Beats! today (yes I am aware I have way too much free time lately). I have mixed feelings.

I enjoyed it, for sure. The animation, while seemingly slightly lower budget than Hanasaku Iroha, was up to the quality levels I've come to expect from P.A. Works, which is spectacular. It also had hints of the emotional impacts that Clannad taught me to expect from the writers over at Key.

That said:

I don't think this lived up to it's potential. It could have been condensed down a little if it cut a few things, or better yet, if it had been 26 episodes things likely would have flowed better; what I'm getting at is that the pacing was kind of terrible. Yes, the ending was emotional, but it could have been so much more powerful if either a) it had been built up more strongly at the expense of some of the more minor plot points or b) I had more time to get attached to the characters. As it was, I understood intellectually the complex relationships they were trying to tell me about, but I didn't really believe them, because I didn't get to watch them grow. Kind of disappointing in that regard, because I can genuinely see that ending going from "pretty good" too "fucking spectacular" if the series had been longer/better planned.

Also, I feel like the post-ending part of the last episode, while incredibly sweet and uplifting, might have been better left out from a story-telling perspective. The parallels you could draw to the beginning of everything were spectacular, and I think that snippet might have crushed them.

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The idea of Dexter acting as the hand of God has me nearly giddy. Talk about motivation.

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Multiplayer RPGs / Re: World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria
« on: October 24, 2011, 07:34:16 AM »
apparently the Monk class will have trees for Tanking, Healing, and DPS.

Emperor of all Trades much?

I'm kind of surprised they are adding another since Paladins and Druids always seem to be pretty touchy balance wise.  They also said there is no auto attack for them which is interesting.  Also means that if you aren't mashing your keys you aren't doing any damage.  Still am curious about the Monk.

As they acknowledged later on, that's not set in stone. And frankly, I don't expect it to make it in. In order to keep the Monk's damage balanced with classes that do have auto-attack, the activated-abilities are going to have to hit a fair bit harder, which I can already see being a major problem in PvP balance. It opens up the class to very high burst unless the double-resource system is balanced on a razors edge.

Honestly that doesn't sound too difficult to do. I mean they found a way to make a class Tank with only a 2-h sword so why not a no auto-attack class?

Well, they sort of did. Admittedly, I haven't played WoW in a year or so, but at the time Tank (Blood) Death Knight's were ridiculously OP for PvP and soloing. I used to do arenas as one and it was ridiculous. My DPS rivalled straight DPS-builds and I could self-heal continually. Often my partner would be knocked out in seconds and I could still beat both opponents and win. Not because I was awesome (I was fairly average), but because DKs were crazy. So, yes, they tanked, but they were wildly unbalanced with everything else.

As it currently is, DKs are actually very weak as tanks (I play a Prot Paladin in a US ~50 guild, so I keep a close eye on tank balance). Still spectacular as solo classes, but the shield tanks are just leaps and bounds stronger for cutting edge heroic raid content. It's pretty consistently been an issue that either DKs have extra CDs to compensate (kind of like Druids had more armor/health) and were OP, or didn't and end up weak overall.

Granted, I am hopeful that the no-auto-attack works out, as I'm very fond of the idea, but Blizzard has a tendency to swing between extremes a lot with balance. And every time they change the talent system or raise the level cap they have to start again.

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Multiplayer RPGs / Re: World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria
« on: October 23, 2011, 08:14:37 PM »
apparently the Monk class will have trees for Tanking, Healing, and DPS.

Emperor of all Trades much?

I'm kind of surprised they are adding another since Paladins and Druids always seem to be pretty touchy balance wise.  They also said there is no auto attack for them which is interesting.  Also means that if you aren't mashing your keys you aren't doing any damage.  Still am curious about the Monk.

As they acknowledged later on, that's not set in stone. And frankly, I don't expect it to make it in. In order to keep the Monk's damage balanced with classes that do have auto-attack, the activated-abilities are going to have to hit a fair bit harder, which I can already see being a major problem in PvP balance. It opens up the class to very high burst unless the double-resource system is balanced on a razors edge.

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Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Diablo 3?
« on: October 23, 2011, 03:53:55 AM »
Hopefully EA tries to counter with a free copy of Mass Effect 3 or some shit.

you get a demo with battlefield 3

... Really hope they announce something like "If you have ME2 registered with us you can get the demo" for that promo. For Diablo III itself, yeah, that really IS a good idea, though I'd rather get the physical (or CE) version than stick with a digital download.

I've been reading that if you buy the physical CE and add the code to your account later down the line, you get another 4 months added to your subscription for "free."

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