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1906  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 17, 2013, 12:21:20 AM
My PS3 is dead.  Not happy.

If it is a YLOD then I can personally attest that they are, in fact, fixable.  Been over three months since I fixed mine and the old girl is still running.
1907  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: April 16, 2013, 09:00:12 PM
This made my day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDHCLjuOzXY
1908  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Guilty pleasure anime thread on: April 16, 2013, 12:56:05 AM
Love Hina. I got the manga back when I was 15 and fell in love. It was my gateway manga. I thought it was the funniest shit at the time, so I followed it all the way until the end. The anime is okay, but by guilty pleasure, I refer more to the manga.

Same goes for Negima. It is fanservice city in the beginning, but it really develops into its own later on.

One thing I love about the manga is how much Ken Akamatsu could fit on one page.  He drew small and made a lot happen in every chapter!

Also, I loved that it shook up the typical harem formula; the series was crazy and whacky.

Love Hina is probably one of the most cloned mangas ever, and yet the clones never seem to be able to get what made it good.  They do a similar setup, but that's about it.  It's the humor and character development that keeps me coming back to Love Hina.  Even today I can still reread it and enjoy it.

One thing that really stands out about Love Hina for me is how much Keitaro grows as a person.  Sure he starts out your standard useless, wishy-washy protagonist but by the end of the manga he's practically a different person.  He doesn't just pull through and finally manage to get into the school he's been trying for, he finds a goal in life, gets serious about a relationship with Naru, etc.  Basically he gets his shit together.  It may seem trite, but I appreciate a manga in which the protagonist actually has to put some effort in to get the girl, instead of having them just fall in his lap like so many modern harem titles...

Anyway, we're talking about animes, right.  The anime was fun, but it definitely kicked the wackiness up a notch and didn't do as much plot-wise.  This is one of those you-really-have-to-read-the-manga ones for me.

Negima is an interesting series.  I'm not sure that Negima really grows that much as a person, but damn does his power level ever grow...Negima has got to be the most extreme example I can think of humble beginnings steadily leading to a truly epic (and I mean that in a sense even Maddox would agree with) conclusion.  The anime was awful, though.  Don't even bother...
1909  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: How's Resonance of Fate on: April 16, 2013, 12:37:18 AM
This board is dead?  I'd say it's pretty much perfect...
1910  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Guilty pleasure anime thread on: April 15, 2013, 07:34:57 PM
Steins;Gate

How can you call Steins;Gate a guilty pleasure?  Steins;Gate is just good!  There's nothing guilty about it!

I don't know, I've watched plenty of crappy shows that I knew were crap but continued to watch them anyway just because...sometimes you want a little crap.  Something stupid and cliche that let's you just turn your brain off and relax.  But most of these shows are so forgettable I've literally forgotten them...like I have a hard time actually naming titles.

I'm trying to look at what I've watched recently that would qualify.  GJ Club, probably.  OreShura for sure.  Maybe Seitokai no Ichizon, but on the other hand I think it can be genuinely pretty damn funny.  Maybe Dog Days, particularly the second season which was completely plotless and just rehashed what we already knew from the first season.  Seriously, I liked the first season OK but the second season felt like it served absolutely no purpose.

How about the second half of Swort Art Online?  Oh wait, there wasn't any pleasure there...*rimshot*!
1911  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 13, 2013, 03:21:04 AM
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Yeah, OK, there were some signs but I didn't really catch on to them.  I did remember thinking that Reiner's escape from the female titan was pretty weird, but I didn't really give it much thought afterwards.  Just chalked it up to the manga being imperfect.  Boy was I wrong ;)

Anyway, after I had already given up hope Crunchyroll managed to snag the license!  Guess the IP holder finally saw the light.  Hurray for legitimate anime consumption everywhere!
1912  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 13, 2013, 01:39:09 AM
I'm enjoying the anime just fine, obviously still too soon to really judge, but I do thing the gruesome-factor (that looks like it may be "PG-13'd" or translated into a hot-blooded-action-anime) helps to really give the weight of the series: The struggle that humans are really using every last trick in the book just to survive, and the absolute terror these people live in (and displayed so casually in the manga of people in the streets getting gnawed on or showing a person with a missing head or a limb in a Titan's mouths).  It's clear the people in the comic are pretty fucked up and generally scared to even fight at all -- I mean, who wouldn't be??

I don't know, the anime still seemed pretty gruesome.  Maybe not quite as graphic about it, but the content is definitely still there.  And we haven't gotten to the really horrible fights yet...

But seeing it in motion is beautiful.  The production values are great.

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And a big round of applause to the few "wham episodes" too:  Annie's identity was a strange and scary reveal (esp. when the "titan smile" came kicking in), the "stuff inside the wall" is just all sorts of degrees of fucked up and weird, and I *loved* how they just stuck in the true identities of Bert and Reiner for the bottom of the page.  Which reminds me: the books *deserve* a second read, hints about their identity are literally everywhere.

But none of that was more weird and eerie than the hairy-ape titan... the fuck is that thing???  For any Chronicles of Narnia savants, it sort of reminded me of Shift...

I take some pride that I
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totally called the whole Annie thing midway through the fight with the female titan.  Her attitude was always a little strange and I noticed the similarity in their fighting style.  Of course the fact that little details like that could be picked up on is a testament to the author's skill.

Bert and Reiner came out of nowhere for me, though.

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11 books in already though.  No idea where the fuck it can go.

Seriously, this is one manga I definitely can't predict.  There are still so many unanswered questions...
1913  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: April 12, 2013, 09:41:13 PM
Courtesy of the Xseed forums:

1914  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 12, 2013, 04:43:43 PM
You know what, I was planning on only watching the Shingeki no Kyojin anime.  I hadn't read the manga, but I had heard really good things about it.  Still, it struck me as the kind of show that I would rather see animated, for whatever reason, so I patiently waited for the anime to come out.

Then I watched the first episode and loved it.  And I remember Dice saying you had to read the manga.  So my curiosity got the better of me and I took a look at the manga...next thing I know it's 4am and I just plowed through 10 volumes.  Woops.  Seriously addictive series.  Things are nowhere near as simple as they first appear...

PS: What's with the "Attack on Titan" name?  I was always a little confused about that.  I would think "Attack of the Titans" makes way more sense as a translation of "Shingeki no Kyojin"...but I realize now that "Attack on Titan" is what the author put in English on the actual manga.  Is this just an Engrishism or is there some deeper meaning there...
1915  Media / General Games / Re: Forget everything you knew about Tomb Raider! on: April 12, 2013, 02:24:31 PM
I seriously don't see what people are so up in arms about.  They're just making it cost the same as any other game in Japan.

Tomb Raider:
$50, NA: http://store.steampowered.com/app/203160/?cc=us
$50, Japan: http://store.steampowered.com/app/203160/?cc=jp

(Blatantly stolen from GAF)

Your argument doesn't work.

Wow, way to completely miss the point.  That link you gave is for the English version of the game.  It's the same price in Japan because it's exactly the same game.  In fact that's the whole reason they're doing this patch thing...

Trying comparing it to the price of other Japanese games.  Or the retail release of Tomb Raider for that matter.
1916  Media / General Games / Re: Forget everything you knew about Tomb Raider! on: April 12, 2013, 01:49:49 PM
I seriously don't see what people are so up in arms about.  They're just making it cost the same as any other game in Japan.

The real issue here is how bloody expensive games are in Japan, but it's been like that forever...

PS: As an importer I'm seriously glad the value of the yen has taken a nosedive.  Used to be a retail release in Japan could be over $100 after doing the conversion.  Now we're finally back to roughly $1 = 100 yen.

PPS: I reread the NeoGAF thing.  WTF is the OP talking about when he makes it sound like they went out of their way to remove the Japanese voiceovers?  They just stuck to the English because that was what was already there.  The Japanese version of the game isn't out yet, but they're giving people the option to basically get the US version and then patch it to Japanese as soon as that's ready.  Which, pricing aside, is actually pretty cool.
1917  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: April 11, 2013, 02:12:26 PM
Not crazy about the figure, honestly.  I would rather have a cheaper special edition with just the soundtrack and art book...
1918  Media / General Games / Re: Next 10 years of Mega Man being discussed by "Top Men" at Capcom on: April 11, 2013, 05:37:00 AM
But...but...they made Dante look like an emo douchebag instead of a visual-kei wannabe douchebag!  The horror!
1919  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: April 10, 2013, 06:19:05 PM
It's mesmerizing...

1920  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Project Eternity on: April 10, 2013, 03:31:27 PM
Purdy...

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