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4201  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 24, 2012, 03:32:09 AM
I have always watched anime via a "research and then purchase" order of operation... thus I was not exposed to alot of stuff that made it to cable television.... cowboy bebop was one series I actually never saw believe it or not.... I know nothing about it... and while its on my "to get to" list, there are a number of titles before that one....

As for the time being I'm now watching Utawarerumono (I wonder if I spelled that right......) and though I almost gave up after a few episodes and wrote it off, I'm glad I didn't. I'm about 11 eps in and really digging this at the moment. Great one as far the fantasy stuff is concerned.

I'm also rewatching Sailor Moon-LoL! I'm also 11 eps in on that as of today and not really digging it.... the appeal of this one is purely nostalgic to me as it was the first anime I was ever exposed to.... Never did watch past season 2 though, so I guess I've got something to look forward to... then again maybe I don't.....

On deck I have Saiyuki, High School of the Dead, Clannad, Murder Princess, Gai Rei Zero, Eureka 7, Revolutionary Girl Utena and Magical Girl Lyrica......something or other.... full title escapes me at the moment..... anyhow, any suggestions as to what to dig into next out of that bunch?

I'm a big supporter of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. (I've recommended the show to some girls and guys and up to now everyone loved it)
The biggest problem with starting to watch it used to be the terrible and lolitastic season 1... but not anymore!

For maximum enjoyment I'd say watch "Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha - The Movie 1st" which is the improved movie version of the first season.
After that "Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A's".
If you liked it and want to see more of the characters then check out "Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha  - Strikers", but be warned that season 3 is pretty average.

StrikerS also suffered from cast bloat by that point as the number of principal characters tripled the size of A's entire cast (and that's only on the protagonist's side). That said, Banpresto really needs to get the call to make an SRW-like game for the series. The series was basically made for it, and besides, they've already done the honors for Queen's Blade.

Anyways to make your future decision making endeavors harder K. Chroma, I'd also recommend Highschool of the Dead (unedited), Gai Rei Zero, and Eureka 7:

HSotD: It's a zombie show except that it kind of explores what happens when all hell breaks loose in Japan instead of rural America. The core cast is mostly solid (if ridiculously proportioned when it comes to the females), there's fun to be had at seeing typical anime cliches turned on their head (as zombies feast on the brains), and despite the title very little happens within a Highschool instead hitting other typical zombie locals like the shopping mall. Unfortunately, the manga seems to be in hiatus and doesn't appear to be going anywhere any time soon, so you've basically got a series with no resolution. Additionally due to the levels of gore typically seen within the zombie genre, the broadcast version of the show got edited to hell and back; you'll want to find a version that doesn't look like the negative sat in the sun for too long. If you can get past that and the ridiculous fanservice (look up bullet-time breasts, and I'll guarantee you that this show's going to come up).

GR0: It's a prequel series. It's about demon hunting in the modern day setting (and none of that ancient secret that only a select few know about nonsense; they've got special sections for this shit). And I can't really describe it any more than that due to spoilers. Just know that the three episode test was basically designed for shows like this.

E7: The definition of the slow burn. This show's about the characters and the relationships they build. Everything else is basically complementary, even the giant airboarding robot battles. And it takes a while for things to move, but it's worth it in the end. I don't want to describe this anymore than that because I can't do the character building justice, but I can tell you that it's going to take a while and for the love of god, don't try to marathon this. Watch an episode or two a day, and remember that even slow episodes have something that'll come up later.

If everyone's in a helpful mood, I could use some help choosing between these 5 shows to watch:

Fang of the Sun Dougram
Super Beast Machine God Dancougar
Magic Knight Rayearth

I should note that I have seen some of all these before, I just can't really choose which one to go with right now.

Depends on whether it's Dancougar or Dancougar Nova and whether it's one of the first three Slayers series, one of the movies, or anything else. If it's Dancougar, then it's a serviceable giant robot show. If not then it depends on how much you like shows such as Graviton since it's much closer to that style than a real giant robot show.

As for Slayers, Slayers Next, and Slayers Try, all three are good but Next is the best followed by Slayers, followed by Try. Slayers in a movie or OVA format is also typically a safe bet. The rest all tend to vary between mediocre and terrible (though mostly to mediocre). Anyway you slice it you're in for JRPG based shenanigans.

I've only read the MKR series and I recall the anime taking things in a different direction. Either way I'm kinda ehh on the series. Good concept but a little too touchy feely for my tastes.

I don't know what to say about Berserk right now as there's movies coming out in Japan right now that are covering the same part of the manga that the series did and probably more. In fact the series is really only good to serve as a jumping off point for the manga which has long since moved on from the point that the series left off (also the problem with getting into the manga is that it takes about three months for a chapter to come out so cliffhangers last just as long assuming the plot doesn't just hang out on a boat while things happen out on the side for years at a whack).

TL;DR: Chroma, HSotD and Nanoha seem right up your alley and GR0 would be a good follow up to both. Mickeymac92, wait on Berserk, Slayers is on Hulu so go with that, and assuming that Dougram is a giant robot show (and how could it not with a name like that) it and Dancougar are also acceptable but not my first picks.
4202  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 23, 2012, 10:56:02 PM
It's also easy to think it's good if you go in with really, REALLY low expectations. I'd take this over SO4 any day, at least FFXIII-2 seems to know HOW to have fun with itself.

What amazes me in regards to SO4 was the fact that it started out trying to have fun with itself and failed miserably in regards to both the fun it presented and the willingness to not take itself seriously.

But that's why I generally tend to stay away from Tri-Ace games.
4203  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Games That Focus On Exploration on: April 23, 2012, 08:50:05 PM
Any Metroidvania worth its weight should do you.

Oh, a very good idea! I've played a number of Metroid games over the years, but not all of them. I shall go hunting!

You'll want to skip Metroid: Other M as it is the exact opposite of exploration focus.
It is very much bad anime: the movie: the director's cut: the game-like?. Skip like the plague.

I don't know how exploration focused one could call it, but I've always felt that the first Megaman Legends had an interesting element of exploration to it.
4204  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Games That Focus On Exploration on: April 23, 2012, 12:36:26 PM
Any Metroidvania worth its weight should do you.
4205  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Project X Zone - The Namco X Capcom sequel on: April 23, 2012, 12:31:37 PM
any of the ryus

They're way ahead of you V_Dragon.
4206  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Record of Agarest Wars 2 LE.... and its coming out in the US... on: April 23, 2012, 12:28:21 PM

Simply fabulous. Even the Move-based massaging mini-game didn't faze them past a T for Teen.
4207  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 23, 2012, 02:14:39 AM
No topic's really been on track tonight.  You'll see yourself if you just signed on.

Right now it's...

I'll drink to this.
4208  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Record of Agarest Wars 2 LE.... and its coming out in the US... on: April 23, 2012, 02:13:19 AM
Oh god, this discussion is reminding me of one of my immediate beefs with that Lufia 2 remake (others since followed). Only Selan's design was what I considered "improved", the rest looked like they took a massive downgrade in the fashion department since they all pretty much went from a variety of generic 90's swordsmen, an elf, a merchant, and a noble's daughter to a biker (Maxim), a construction worker (Guy), some random J Pop star on her day off (Tia), Dekar if he visited Japan recently (Dekar!), a gun slinging priest (Artea), and Doc Brown (Lexus).
4209  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: April 23, 2012, 01:09:54 AM

The latest remastered version of MGS3, featuring an all new playable character.
4210  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tetsuya Nomura hints at possible sequel to The World Ends With You on: April 23, 2012, 12:18:19 AM
I liked the art style, till they made it less artsy and 3-D for the new Kingdom Hearts....  Yikes, Eat a burger, girl... like 8 of them.  Right meow.

She would but all she can eat right now is Ice Cream since she's stuffed from all the Cordyceps from earlier in the day because dammit, I want her in some a loligoth dress, a leather jacket, some high heels, and a beanie ASAP.
4211  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Record of Agarest Wars 2 LE.... and its coming out in the US... on: April 23, 2012, 12:05:00 AM
Well I haven't had an erection in almost 3 years now

A) Too much info, B) maybe you should see a doctor about that, and C) perhaps your ailment is being afflicted by the very thing you're defending.

That said, it's amusing to hear about how the next game will apparently have a female descendant for once. I can't wait to hear how misogynistic that's going to turn out.

4212  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Project X Zone - The Namco X Capcom sequel on: April 22, 2012, 05:54:38 PM
I'd be thrown for one helluva loop if they included Breath of Fire. Capcom seems to want to forget all about that series.

What do you mean by 'want'? They already have.

That was the unforgivable move that made me utterly abandon capcom altogeather... The only thing they could ever do to make up for it, is a legitimate sequel, on a primary current gen console with as much time and hype as one of their 101 titles sporting some western super heroes I could care less for.... in other words, they will NEVER be forgiven by me!!

As much as I would like to join that club for their megacanning of Legends 3 (and the series as a whole) then turning around to blame us for not supporting their efforts to nickle and dime us dry, I do think that we don't need to rally the torches and pitchforks for this one. Mostly because they've been doing a bang up job at turning everybody away and torpedoing themselves. I don't even think Dragon's Dogma is going to save them at this point. They'll either wind up with a colossal turd that they'd have to shovel down their throats, or stuck in some corner where they'll have to top Dragon's Dogma and Capcom is famous for letting things slide after the first title (notable exceptions include original Megaman, Street Fighter, and Resident Evil).

Frankly it's just better to kick back and watch the ensuing trainwreck.

Besides I'm looking at this game more as a Banpresto thing than a Crapcom thing, plus there's Sega (although I'm also looking at this game like Namco X Capcom in that it'll become virtually unplayable later on and that it'll never see the light of day outside of Japan).
4213  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 22, 2012, 01:46:22 PM
I admire its use of a plot devise WORSE than the Scooby-Doo conclusions...

Scooby Doo --  "OMG, Mr. Adams from the clock store?!"
13-Poo -- "OMG!!  Must be a paradox responsible for ______"

Is it always the first paradox they meet? It's not as bad as Scooby Doo unless it's always the first guy paradox they meet.

Not to say that it isn't worse than He-Man where it's always Skellator behind it, even when he isn't.
4214  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Project X Zone - The Namco X Capcom sequel on: April 22, 2012, 01:38:17 PM
I'd be thrown for one helluva loop if they included Breath of Fire. Capcom seems to want to forget all about that series.

What do you mean by 'want'? They already have.
4215  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: April 22, 2012, 11:53:53 AM
Has anyone played Fez here? Heard the Bombcast just now and they say that the game is insane, they also compared it with the original The Legend of Zelda and Dark Souls so it must be good.

A shame is only on 360. At least for now anyway.

How the hell did they come up with likening it to the Original Zelda? Because it looks old and pixelated, or did they genre shift onto a new plane?
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