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1  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The "what was your first anime?" Thread on: Today at 01:10:15 AM
The Woozles. I still remember seeing those last couple of episodes and going 'Wait. This has a plot?'....would gladly trade that for Devil Hunter Yohko though (now THAT would've caused some serious issues for me in the long run).

Otherwise it would either have to be Speed Racer, that one show staring famed soccer football star Pele (assuming this was an anime and not some weird Brazil export), that 80s Wizard of Oz cartoon (again assuming this was an anime) or David the Gnome (assuming that collaborations between animation studios across the Pacific count).
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I'll be honest, if it wasn't The Woozles, it would either have to be The Borrowers or that one series of fairy tales that came out in the 80s (not to be confused with that other anime series of fairy tales that came out in the 80s).

Admittedly, I kinda started figuring out what anime was early on thanks to waifuing Super Valis IV's Lena way back in the day.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: super robot wars topic on: Today at 12:47:27 AM
the voice actor for excellen died :/

I hate the fact that I can make a couple of jokes off of this. She was the fun/more tolerable one dammit! (And was one of the rare female SRW characters to have a role beyond being her designated husbando's SP battery/having huge SP reserves complete with SP reserves jiggle physics/kidnapped and brainwashed drama-hour bait.)

Also, doesn't she voice some other SRW-esque characters like the fox chick from the OG Saga/Project X Zone series'?
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PS4 or Vita? on: May 28, 2016, 04:08:28 PM
Most new releases are, and I don't see any particular reason why they would go out of their way to make it incompatible.

I'm referring to the fact that the VitaTV was discontinued. Though I suspect that its still good since the game came out in JP-land around the time of the announcement, but you never know.
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: May 28, 2016, 04:02:59 PM
Friend of mine is trying to argue that uncharted 4 has better graphics than XV. I show him these screens..."Cinematics don't count."

I really can't wait to see the full finished game in action.

I don't really think that's an unreasonable argument at all if somebody is comparing pre-rendered cinematics to a game that does everything in-engine.  That wouldn't be a fair comparison at all...and as I understand it Uncharted 4 does everything real-time (though I haven't actually played it yet...).

That said, it's not like the real-time graphics of FFXV are bad at all.  They're pretty amazing too.  But you're not going to prove that with pre-rendered stuff.

To be fair, it really depends on the size and scope of the game. Uncharted is literally running through a string of set pieces and scripted events so most of it is only ever going to do one thing per playthrough, whereas FFXV will have you doing some kind of crouching caveman ape run through vast plains full of monsters and the occasional flying armored personnel carrier airdropping a squad of soldiers to further complicate things and that's when you're not nuking things with huge ass HD Summons.

That said, Kingsglaive is going to blow both out of the water due to being entirely a CGI movie.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Latest: NX title delayed to '17) on: May 28, 2016, 03:50:43 PM
I think I'm going to replay Zelda 2 actually... I always had a feeling that game was super underrated but I was super young when I played it and never got a good understanding of it.

I feel like they really were driving home the epic feel of Zelda in that game... consequently it's one of the least kind of cheeky and silly ones not that it doesn't have it's own appeal.

Anyway, you don't have to worry about this being a push to make Zelda the RPG that makes all other RPGs irrelevant and therefore Nintendo best everything I like Legend of Dragoon as much as the next person. There's no denying the impact that Zelda has had on a multiplicity of genres, though, and am personally rather glad RPGFan covers it.

Oh and thanks to Dice for allowing a path across the usual WW/MM worship (even though I'm sure most of us like WW just fine) to permit a path into the heart of darkness that is TP and the others =-P

I don't know, having a spell that turns you into a Fairy, a sleeping blob that you have to talk to multiple times to wake up for information, or some of the spell required items literally being a few paces away like fetching some water out of a fountain or finding a Mirror under a table. And that's not even getting into whatever goes down in those Healing/Magic Restoring Houses or gems like "I AM ERROR.".
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PS4 or Vita? on: May 28, 2016, 05:08:40 AM
http://gematsu.com/2016/05/square-enix-working-romancing-saga-2-ps-vita-english-release

I'm suddenly beginning to reconsider my stance on the value of mobile devices again....

And don't worry, a couple of months is nothing compared to the 15+ years I've been waiting for the chance to play this in all of its comprehensible glory. And assuming this doesn't pull a Megaman Anniversary Collection GB and vanish into the same aether that swallowed Leisure Suit Larry 4 and the aforementioned, this pretty much cinches the value of purchasing a Vita.

Now only if it were Vita TV compatible.... ;p
7  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 28, 2016, 05:00:18 AM
I try to support legitimate streaming sites.  Really, I do.  But Funimation's site is so bad I can't stand to watch anything on it...videos don't always load, some of their tabs don't even work, everything is so poorly organized, it takes far more clicks than should be necessary to do anything, every click is accompanied by excruciatingly long load times...

Get your fucking shit together, Funimation.  I may end up just going back to piracy...

Funimation's streaming site is basically Hulu+.
8  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: May 27, 2016, 09:31:01 PM
I thought the season finale of SHIELD was good to a point but there was absolutely no need for it to be 2 hours long. MAAAYYYBE an hour and a half, but they could have gotten away with a decent hour long finale.

Also Skye/Daisy has officially come full circle, so... whatevs. Kind of hated her character during the second half of the season.

You're right that they might have been able to squeeze it down to 1.5 hours (and give the other half to Castle or something), but there was just too much going on to condense any further than that since they had to A) foil the initial plan, B) have a reasonable final showdown with Apocalypse Hive and his two remaining Horsemen, C) play stupid Death Flag hot potato and D) reference Civil War some more.

I just wish that
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when Tremors turned, she decided to don some crazy looking helmet/piece of headgear to go Maximum Magneto with.
9  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: May 27, 2016, 05:42:09 PM
Fortunately it seems that they'll be getting Agents of SHIELD in exchange, so its not a total loss.

Though it does leave ABC high and dry.

Also, I thought that SHIELD had a good finale this season. Granted, it was predictable, but then, what would you expect from Marvel's off-brand X-Men?
10  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: May 27, 2016, 12:41:24 PM
^ Like I said, there's no accounting for taste.  All of those women are plenty pretty, I guess, but they don't really capture my heart.

Especially not Iris.  Yeesh.

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Whoops, meant to add to the thread.

I FINISHED CASTLE.  It is done.  All 8 seasons are now over.  Did anyone else see the finale?

Yes. A page ago, before this silly The Flesh: Babe Bods derail (I put it in code tags because I actually wanted to talk about that episode and Agents of SHIELD's season finale).

It felt like it needed another half an hour or something, and the final scene felt like it got stapled on post production because of either the Executives or the Nielsen's Rating guys lacking the balls to actually run with what felt like the actual ending (yes, it was a cheap shot, but it would've fit the narrative of the series being a parody/homage to thriller novels better than what we got, which was more of a 'pick your own ending').
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: May 26, 2016, 12:00:49 PM
They actuallt look like FF designs from across the ages. Golbez to Seymour to Type-0 to Squall...all smooshed into angsty teenagers.

Not to mention that you basically have FF2's protagonists (except that Gus is now the Black Knight instead of Leon). I wouldn't be surprised to learn that the 'Maria' is a sister to one of these dudes. Also loling at not-Firionel's Glowy Monado-esque Gunblade and not-Leon's Glowy not-Gunblade counterpart.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: May 26, 2016, 11:51:11 AM
I'm amused by the fact that Kingsglave actually has a token female member (and that she's a Mystical Ninja to boot, because of course she is). Meanwhile Lunalesca continues to bring the stylish.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The State of the Atelier Series (and Stuff) on: May 26, 2016, 11:29:26 AM
I feel that it isn't a huge problem. Atelier has a solid foundation and an almost completely unchallenged niche to work off of so even if a dud comes along every so often, it isn't the end of the world.

At the very least it isn't either Final Fantasy, the Tales of Games or Legend of Zelda series where its either constantly trying to reinvent itself with cosmetic changes while being all too happy to throw out other core elements like throwing a baby out with the bathwater, so deeply rooted in its unchanging foundation that it really can't try anything new, or is just locked in a neverending development cycle that's only barely able to keep up with the changing times, respectfully.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Gaming habits and routines? How do you fine folks get it in? on: May 25, 2016, 09:35:34 PM
These days, I play until I'm either satisfied with the amount of hands-on time with the gameplay or until I hit the endgame grind where everything becomes way too long and bloated because escalation is a bitch (the PS2 era in particular was lousy about this). Granted, I do try to come back to a game later on, but only if I really feel like it.
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: May 25, 2016, 04:00:34 PM

I couldn't read all of that, but it was pretty fascinating.  I wouldn't mind them hiring Mistwalker to work on an FF spinoff and see what they can do.

Didn't they already do that (save for the 'call it an FF game' part; and by 'it' I mean Lost Odyssey)?
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