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2011  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 31, 2012, 10:14:16 PM
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(the premise is nearly identical, but extends to the fact *everyone* can't logout, attempts to due so kill a user playing the game, and also death in-game results in real death).

I'm picturing a show about a MMO where nobody leaves town. Ever.

It lasts 200 episodes.

The story is pretty well thought out, actually.  There are quite a few people who never leave town.  However they're also told that the only way they'll be released is if they beat the boss on the 100th floor of this tower, so there's motivation for people to do something more than just sit around.  Not to mention that spending the entire time in town is going to get old fast.  Don't underestimate the power of boredom.  Even real life carries risks, but people still go out and engage in potentially dangerous activities.

Really, I don't like comparing SOA to .hack, mainly because I love SOA but can't stand .hack.  In .hack they tried to justify the setting with a bunch of pseudo-mystical technobabble bullshit, but SOA is the way it is because it was designed that way.  It was designed that way by a psychopath who didn't exactly tell other people what he was planning, but hey.  It works.  That's just the setup, though.  The way the story develops is more Battle Royale than .hack.  It's about the people who are trapped in this death game struggling to overcome it.

Also, while SOA is only getting an anime now the first novel came out back in 2001, so you can't really claim it copied from .hack.  If anything it's the other way around.
2012  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Persona 4 G: Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena (PS3/360/Arc) Announced (2012,ASW/Atlus) on: July 31, 2012, 06:49:30 PM
I'm going to wait until I play the game before I decide who my main is...
2013  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time hits PSP / PSN on July 31st! on: July 31, 2012, 04:46:56 PM
It's not a PSP Vita, it's a PS Vita, or PSV, or just Vita.

Anyway, I don't have a Vita yet but I plan to get one soon.  Especially since I already bought one Vita game and have another preordered (yes, I bought a game before I bought the system...it was an import, and they tend not to go down in price), and I do plan on getting Growlanser on PSN so I can still play it on my Vita whenever I get one...so maybe I'll have an answer for you eventually.  Well, I can answer some of them now.  The PSP and Vita have the same aspect ratio so there's no issue with framing, and PSP games generally look pretty good on it (see this thread).
2014  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 29, 2012, 03:00:43 PM
So why do you keep watching it, Aeolus?

I had a pretty low impression of Deadman Wonderland from the start and gave up after one episode.  I guess it's nice to have you confirming all my fears but I have to wonder why you're still putting up with it.
2015  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: July 28, 2012, 09:18:45 PM
Save me a google search, wtf is a waifu.

Know your meme.
2016  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 28, 2012, 01:58:21 AM
There's a fine line between hero and sociopath, Eusis.
2017  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 27, 2012, 06:15:48 PM
I liked Sankarea for pretty much the same reasons you said.  There are a lot of incredibly disfunctional people, but not in the usual anime trope kind of way.  The premise is really weird...but interesting.  It does end quite abruptly, though, but it pretty much had to.  The manga it's based on is only at like 30 chapters so the anime was rapidly catching up to it.  Honestly, when I first heard the anime announcement my immediate reaction was, "so soon?"  It's far from over and there aren't really distinct story arcs or anything, so the only other alternative for the anime would have been to make up their own ending.  And I hate it when they do that.

AnoHana is great.  Starts slow, but it's a real tear-jerker.
2018  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: July 27, 2012, 02:02:20 AM
Every time a bell rings a fairy gets its wings.
2019  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 25, 2012, 09:19:13 PM
Agent D. is Bandit Keith.

You're not American, you're not even wearing a flag on your head!
2020  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time hits PSP / PSN on July 31st! on: July 25, 2012, 06:52:40 PM
Poor neglected PSP.  The library of games for the PSP is amazing.  It's probably one of my all-time favorite systems.  But damn it can't get any respect.

At least with digital versions of most of these titles there's still a way to get them.
2021  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 25, 2012, 03:23:50 AM
Well I did suggest Moribito, which you don't even have to buy, it's on Crunchyroll.

In a similar vein of LoGH, but a little more character-focused (rather that galactic politics...) there's Crest of the Stars (and its sequel series Banner of the Stars).  But it's also a little more tech-heavy so I'm not sure how you feel about that.  It's a great show, though.  And it is actually available.

BTW, I normally steer clear of fansubs, and I'm actually in the process of trying to legally purchase anything I had ever watched in fansub form in the past.  But for something like LoGH, well...it's been around a while, it's kind of obscure, and it's pretty likely that it's never going to get picked up at this point, ever.  But it's just too good of a show to ignore...
2022  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: July 24, 2012, 10:50:00 PM
Nobody's mentioned the dog.  The dog rocked.
2023  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 24, 2012, 04:25:52 PM
Well 4 episodes in on the Familiar of Zero (1st season) and I'm thinking this is gonna be another fantasy-let-down..... I'm hoping I'm wrong but we will see......

We all told you to avoid it, Klyde!  Why ask for advice if you're going to ignore it...
2024  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: July 24, 2012, 02:52:10 PM
Yuri is awesome, so is Judith, and Yuri's friend/rival (forgot-his-name). Unfortunately, the rest of the team is a wash of obnoxious tweens who seem to have to prove their tweeniehood every 30 seconds by saying something really immature. The female "lead" is a complete waste of a human being

Disclaimer:  I only played Vesperia in Japanese so there might be some differences in the writing and there are certainly differences in the voice acting, but seriously, what is with all the Estelle hate?  I actually rather liked her characters.  She's a honest, compassionate, selfless, strong-willed person who's perhaps a little naive but not the extent where she seems dumb or anything (and it's completely understandable considering her upbringing).  I can't think of anything about her character that would justify such vitriolic hatred and yet I see comments like this on the internet all the time.

Really, the only people in Vesperia's cast I truly disliked were Karol and Patty.
2025  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tetsuya Nomura on Versus XIII and Next Kingdom Hearts: "Keep waiting... please?" on: July 24, 2012, 02:55:38 AM
Reports of Versus's death are greatly exaggerated.

Well, that's what they should have said...
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