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16  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 10, 2015, 07:25:54 PM
Finished Spice & Wolf last night on blu-ray. It was a great two season show 13 episodes per season (2 total). I get the feeling the writers were writing episode to episode or arc to arc and were rushed to tie up the series because the final episode felt rushed in "Wolf and the Unending Tears". Did anyone else get this impression? Without going into spoilers, the show was still an enjoyable experience for me. Intelligent in terms of it's story telling approach to merchant business, dealing/trading, economics of durable goods and witty banter between Kraft Lawrence and Holo.

I also started watching "Freezing" on Netflix. Interesting genre that I don't normally watch. I like the action/sci fi approach which reminded me of Evangelion a little bit. Alien invaders from "Nova" coming to Earth time to time and rely on genetically modified elite young adults called "Pandoras" (girls) and "Limiters" (boys) who battle these giant baddies in unison. There's a little fanservice thrown in as well. Not really my thing, but it's there.

I want to check out Knights of Sidonia after that. Mecha/space opera is more my style genre as I grew up heavily influenced by Robotech vhs bootlegs. I'm a huge fan of all Gundam series (mostly UC), but try to stay humble in my passion for it.
17  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: August 10, 2015, 07:02:52 PM
Glad I passed on Pixels. It's hard to watch a Sandler film in recent years. Anyone seen the new Fantastic Four reboot? I heard it's been getting bad press, even the director backpedaling after a poor initial reception. Let's see... IMDb: 4 and "collective" from Metacritic: 27. Ouch! I think the next one on my list that I may end up seeing in the theaters is MI: Rogue Nation which seems to be doing pretty well.
18  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 07, 2015, 02:58:01 PM
Any other cool "middle ages" anime?  I'm in the mood for more.

A few off the top of my head:

  • Record of Lodoss War - My favorite go-to D&Desque anime. It's where I get my username from Orson representing the God, Hyuri (or Fury). OVA was great, pass on TV series.
  • Heroic Legend of Arslan (the original OVA) - Short but epic, intriguing medieval political plot. New revival running now as Dincrest just mentionted
  • Berserk - Guts, wildly popular manga. Huge dude carrying a sword resembling a Buster sword IMO. Anyway, intriguing cast and a good dub, imo.
  • Claymore - Female heroine, half demon, half human protagonist taking on the group that she used to associate with.
  • Spice and Wolf - Merchant on a road trip with a wise wolf who usually takes the form of a female human.
19  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 07, 2015, 02:43:55 PM
Hmm... wondering whether or not to upgrade to Windows 10 or wait.
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 05, 2015, 03:04:22 PM
...I'll never get sick of seeing Goku kick ass. I only hope for a little more Vegeta this round.



I never get sick of seeing this classic Dragon Ball Z clip, lol!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiMHTK15Pik
21  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: August 05, 2015, 02:40:38 PM
Just wanted to pop in and say that I saw a trailer for Deadpool and it looks HORRRRRRRIBLE.

I'd agree the trailer left me feeling a little "meh." The best part though? Colossus! Finally, it looks like they got his look right. He looks kick ass. I have no idea why he's in this upcoming film though. I think I read something about him being the 'caretaker' of Negasonic Teenage Warhead, who has precognitive abilities.

*Edit to clarify. I didn't really think it was terrible tbh. I know Deadpool is supposed to be a smartass, so that's fine. Reynolds is good at that. I just don't think this is one of those films that I'll see opening weekend. Maybe catch it later via Redbox or rent/stream through the PlayStation's Amazon Instant Video app. Visually it looks great!

**Second edit. Just noticed glassjawsh has 666 posts, lol.
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: August 05, 2015, 11:49:59 AM
Slip and Slide Waterfall! 35 feet high in 4K!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=87&v=MJVOzObcpfw
This looks fun. Makes me miss those easy going summers in my 20s.

The Lexus Hoverboard: It's here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwSwZ2Y0Ops
Superconductors, magnets and liquid nitrogen makes the impossible, possible. Gravity be damned!

Maddie filling up her pool
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jjb-rhxUxb8
Yellow lab being too cute.
23  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: I almost never read the main site on: August 03, 2015, 12:17:22 PM
Maybe I'd read them if it weren't for the off-putting snark that the site thinks is a good click-bait.

In the News Article creation process, not only do we avidly oppose "click bait", but Andrew and his staff are meticulous about avoiding such SEO trickery.

On a totally separate note, I think you meant "snarky", the adjective, not "snark" the verb... correlations here? I dare not speculate:-D
That's one of the best practices of RPGFan that I truly respect. I read various gaming media sites like many other forum users here. I like the speediness of headlines, tidbits and screenshots that come from them, but can't stand it when I feel duped to click an article as "click bate" as you guys mentioned... only to feel like I haven't read anything with substance or if the article was misleading from the home page's headline. I appreciate that RPGFan will give a news item on the main site proper digest, proper grammar, URL sources and pull quotes that back up the facts. When I see an item on the main site featured with a graphic at the top half, I can take it as a "big picture" story of a game's development or a review/preview of a rpg that I'll want to make sure I don't miss out on. Anyway, keep up the good work RPGfan, you guys have a solid staff with great core values.
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: August 03, 2015, 10:39:40 AM
Does the Record of Agarest War Series bundle include 2 or is it just 1 and 0? If it includes Record of Agarest War 2, then that is probably the game I would choose to replay out of those choices. It is the best of the Record of Agarest War series and I personally did not find La Pucelle or Stella Deus to be particularly amazing. No idea on which of the four games I would recommend if the bundle only has 1 and 0. I enjoyed 1, but it is extremely long and grindy. 0....is the weakest of the series.

I played a little bit of La Pucelle Tactics on my PS3 over the weekend. I was surprised that the PS2 classic game had English voice overs, so that was cool. The text looks a little bit fuzzy (resolution issue?) for my family room's widescreen TV.

Yeah, the PS store bundle includes 1, 2, and 0. I spent a majority of the weekend playing Agarest 1. So far it's not too bad, but ya a little grindy. Getting gold and EP takes a while. I would sell the silver ore for gold, but I find I need need that for the alchemy process. I do like upgrading my weapons and building gear in the alchemy section of the blacksmith. I like that my decisions influence my direction dark, neutral or light. I wish the battle menu was a little easier to select through, but overall I'm having fun time playing this game.
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: July 31, 2015, 01:06:02 PM
Summer semester is wrapping up for me and I get a two week break until Fall semester starts next month. I just bought a few titles via PSN today. I haven't played a video game since April/May, so I'm looking to binge one of the titles below. I'm not sure how much time I'll have to complete a game, but I'm going to do my best. Anyway here's what I picked up:

- La Pucelle Tactics (PSOne classic)
- Stella Deus: Gate of Eternity (PS2 classic)
- Record of Agarest Series War Bundle (PS3)

Thoughts?
26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake (updates in the 1st post) on: July 30, 2015, 05:47:19 PM
Quick, someone kidnap Nomura and hold him hostage till the game is out.

Lol... I read that line and imagined the judges from the Voice hearing Nomura's radical changes and direction for the FFVII remake, turning around at the announcement then turning back to hiding after hearing the line he said about not making the game into a shooter or anything like that.

27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake (updates in the 1st post) on: July 30, 2015, 03:55:22 PM
'Dramatic changes' and Advent Children will help shape the Final Fantasy 7 Remake
http://www.gamesradar.com/ff7-final-fantasy-7-remake-combat-dramatic-changes-advent-children/?tag=grsocial-20

"And of course, that being said we want to clarify: Were not going to be changing it into a shooter or something like that. We are going to be bringing dramatic changes, but we want to make sure its still recognizable." ~ Tetsuya Nomura

To ATB or not to ATB that is the question.
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI announced for PS4 and 3DS on: July 30, 2015, 12:09:07 PM
Wow. I like the screens and gameplay so far. This is getting me stoked to get a PS4 now. If I get this game, it'll be the first DQ title I've played in decades, heh.
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A rant OR what bugs me about Nintendo on: July 29, 2015, 12:36:41 PM
Not to bash harshly on Nintendo, but I can imagine a ton of Zelda fans are frustrated with the development of Zelda Wii U or it's noticeable absence at this years E3. Not to mention the Metroid 3DS game that was announced that alienated Metroid fans expecting more Samus driven storylines. Nintendo frequently says that Zelda Wii U will be ready when it's ready and they don't want to rush an incomplete game which is respectable, but I tend to feel like screen updates or gameplay discussion would be kind rather than silence in between Nintendo Directs. I came across an article the other day on Forbes of all places of a write suggesting Nintendo skips Wii U for the next Zelda and immediately start on transferring it over to the NX as a launch title. This might have been mentioned in the main Zelda thread, but here's the link for anyone that's interesting in reading it: http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2015/07/27/the-case-for-nintendos-new-zelda-to-skip-the-wii-u-for-the-nx/.
30  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The best decade for cartoons on: July 29, 2015, 11:12:25 AM
Agh, I miss those childhood days of looking forward to waking up early Saturday morning to catch the best cartoons on TV in my star wars pajamas, favorite stuffed animal with me, hot cocoa, toast and my cocker spaniel (1987-2005) waiting patiently by my side for dog food or some stimulating activity outside the family room. I watched all those shows you guys mentioned earlier. I was a big fan of MASK, Voltron, Silverhawks, GI Joe, Transformers and Visionaries in the 80s. In the 90s it was Batman ToS, Captain Planet, EXO Squad, Chip & Dale Rescue Rangers, Tailspin, Darkwing Duck, Gargoyles and more.

Like others here, in the late 90s, I started to move on to watching anime after cartoon popularity began to wane a bit here in the west. My first foray was into Robotech in the early 90s then a bunch of more adult anime like Ninja Scroll and Akira came afterwards. I collected a ton of anime in the early 2000s when the DVD boom started and busted after companies began going under after 2005. I can't tell you guys how bummed I was when I found out Bandai Entertainment didn't make it -- because for me that meant the end of bringing Gundam to the west dubbed and able to own from an affordability perspective.

Thanks to Cartoon Network's Toonami/Adult Swim time slot, I think a lot of us got exposed to some cool anime shows that have made us all lifelong fans of animation in general. Shows like Cowboy Bebop and Ghost in the Shell, I have to tip my hat to.

I prefer to watch anime dubbed, so I don't really keep up with all the simulcasts on Crunchyroll these days so I'm a bit out of touch with pop anime culture. I catch new anime nowadays on Netflix when something is released there and will buy an anime blu-ray rarely, but that's about it. But again, thanks to my childhood growing up in the 80-90s, I'll probably remain a lifelong fan of cartoons.
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