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2116  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 18, 2012, 01:02:06 PM
Er, LoGH is low-budget.  That's a fact.  It had a dedicated cult following but never exactly lit of sales charts.  Those 110 OVA episodes were released over the course of ten years (so roughly an episode a month), but that's only possible because they kept the budget in line with sales expectations.  It was truly a labor of love.

There may be worse looking titles out there but the stiffness and general lack of animation in this anime is undeniable.  And no, that's not just because of its age.  Plenty of contemporary titles were far more fluid.  Though to be fair, the quality of the animation in LoGH does improve as it goes along.

That said I still love it.  I did say it was my favorite anime of all time, after all.
2117  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 18, 2012, 04:41:57 AM
I mentioned space operas because a couple of my all-time favorite animes are space operas and at their core I don't think they're really that different from some of the fantasy stuff that's been mentioned.  Space operas generally aren't about the technology itself so much as they are about using some far-future setting as a stage for human drama.

To be more specific, when I get asked what my favorite anime of all time (not just 'one of') is I usually answer Legend of the Galactic Heroes.  But when I think about what makes it that way the sci-fi part doesn't even enter the equation.  It's a truly epic (and I mean that term in a way that would truly pass Maddox's standards) tale of war and politics that draws inspiration from sources like Romance of the Three Kingdoms and 19th century Prussia.  It just happens to be set in space.

It's also really long, bombards the viewer with names of people and places, and suffers from some amazingly low-budget animation, so it can be challenging to get into.  But it's my favorite for a reason and I know a lot of people share that opinion. 
2118  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What game related stuff do you collect? on: July 18, 2012, 02:00:09 AM
I'm like FlamingR1ft on this one.  There's no particular thing I collect, and yet somehow I have ended up with all sorts of junk.  I mean collectibles.
2119  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 18, 2012, 01:56:59 AM
Klyde, we have really similar tastes in fantasy anime.  My starred list would be practical the same as yours.

I haven't seen Ragnarok, but I don't think I would really recommend The Familiar of Zero or Fairy Tail.  The former is just...not very good.  The latter is OK for what it is, but it's very Shounen Jump (This is where somebody points out to me that it's not actually in Shounen Jump.  Fine, it's in Weekly Shounen Magazine, Jump's main competitor.  Same difference.), with long drawn-out plotlines and lots of silly over-the-top powers.  I think it's really aimed at a younger demographic.

Otherwise most of the stuff I would recommend you've already seen.  One notable exception would be Spice and Wolf, which is actually one of my all-time favorites.  As long as you don't mind some economics in your fantasy anime (personally I love that kind of stuff).  Some others would be Mushishi--which is very slow but quite interesting and has some beautiful animation--or Moribito--which is really quite conventional, maybe even old-fashioned, in structure but it's very well made.  Moribito is on Crunchyroll so you don't even need to buy anything.

By the way, how do you feel about space operas?
2120  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time hits PSP / PSN in two weeks!!! on: July 18, 2012, 01:34:19 AM
I went back through the Growlanser screenshots to try and figure out what you're talking about, Zeron, but it seems pretty tame to me...

Eh, maybe just me then. In the late 90's, when I was newly exposed to the 'anime' phenomenon, I did a fair amount of internet research trying to find new shows, games, ect. in the same vein to garner my interest. Needless to say that even back then there was a lot of H-material you wouldn't know was H-material; and virtually all of them had the same design aesthetic as the Growlanser characters. I don't know what the modern H-designs are, which may be why they don't register to you (assuming less that you've actually seen said designs and more that you haven't seen any of them); but for me personally they're pretty much dead ringers for 90's H-character art.

Well, the style of the Growlanser art is a little more old-fashioned than what's popular these days.  But that's 90s art in general, not just 90s H art.
2121  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time hits PSP / PSN in two weeks!!! on: July 17, 2012, 11:08:45 PM
I went back through the Growlanser screenshots to try and figure out what you're talking about, Zeron, but it seems pretty tame to me...
2122  The Rest / General Discussions / Steam on Linux! on: July 17, 2012, 03:30:44 AM
Holy crap, after all the rumours and speculation it's actually real!

I'm psyched.  I don't know if anyone else is psyched, but I am.  I've been a big Linux advocate for many, many years and the only thing I miss on the platform is gaming.  It's why I do most of my gaming on consoles these days (haven't run Windows in ten years), though recently a lot of indie games have been supporting Linux (like the Humble Bundle stuff).  But having a big name like Valve enter the fray is definitely a big deal.
2123  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time hits PSP / PSN in two weeks!!! on: July 16, 2012, 08:29:22 PM
I've never played a Growlanser game, but with the way people are raving about this one I'm going to have to check it out.
2124  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 16, 2012, 02:21:29 PM
Just don't play FFXII with a collect-100%-of-everything mentality and you'll be fine.  It's not like you actually need any of that crap.

It's worth doing hunts though, because not only are they fun but there's some story that goes along with the later ones.
2125  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 14, 2012, 09:59:38 PM
There is seriously not a single redeeming quality to this show.

Not to sound like a dick or anything, but that's more or less the impression I got from reading the description on Crunchyroll...

You do pretty much sound like a dick, though, since I said that I've read the novels and liked them.  Mind you, I've never claimed they were groundbreaking or anything.  The same general description still applies, but the novels feature solid characters and interesting battles.  These things have been completely lost in the transition to anime, however...it butchers the source material.
2126  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 14, 2012, 08:27:46 PM
I had Campione on my list of anticipated titles this season...let's cross that one off.  Don't get me wrong, I still like the novels it's based on, but the anime is terrible.  First of all, the pacing is a complete mess.  They're clearly trying to cram too much material into the time they've been given so they just jump from one scene to another without really explaining anything.  And it's only loosely following the plot of the books in the first place.  I mean, there are parts that are clearly based on the novels but they're merging multiple story lines and doing things all out of order.  That doesn't have to be bad, but it is here.  Character development has been thrown out the window.  Erica has been reduced to a cheap whore.  But even the battles are boring.  A big part of what made the fights interesting in the novels is the fact that Godou isn't a charge-in-without-thinking kind of character.  His approach is actually quite contemplative and tactical.  But there's not even a hint of that in the anime.  I mean heck, how could there be when they don't even bother to explain to the viewer what the conditions on his powers are.

There is seriously not a single redeeming quality to this show.
2127  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 14, 2012, 06:09:28 PM
I'm started evaluating the damage to my scooter.  I guess it could be a lot worse.  Definitely needs a new rear tire (after the wheel came off it got jammed under the scooter and dragged along with it) and probably a new wheel, but that's simple enough.  Also looks like it needs a new rear drum brake assy since it got pretty scraped up after the wheel came off (and even if I wasn't going to replace it I would have to figure out how to get the ends of the bolts that got torn out of it...).  That's also really not very hard to do.  But then I realized that the rear brake cable also got scraped up and is totally frayed so it definitely needs to be replaced.  Cables are cheap but that's a much more complicated procedure...
2128  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mugen Souls on: July 13, 2012, 08:19:54 PM
I'm actually sort of tempted to preorder the Mugen Souls figure set even though I'm not yet sold on the game at all...
2129  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 13, 2012, 02:28:19 AM
So I had a bit of an adventure today.  I was driving my scooter (Yes, I drive a scooter.  A 2003 Genuine Stella, which you've probably never heard of but it's basically a modernized Vespa P series), going about 35mph when my rear wheel came off.  Yes, my rear wheel came off.  Not the tire, the wheel.  That's obviously not something that's supposed to happen.  Anyway, I didn't even have time to realize what happened (my first thought was that the engine seized, but of course holding down the clutch didn't help...) but somehow I managed to skid to a stop like a champ.  I stayed in control, didn't tip, didn't hit anything, didn't injure myself in the slightest.  Hell, somehow or another I even managed to pull over to the side of the road while doing this.  It wasn't even until somebody who saw this whole thing happen said to me, "Dude you're wheel came off," that I realized exactly what happened.

I still need to assess exactly how much damage there was.  In theory it might be as simple as replacing the wheel and somehow getting the sheered ends of the bolts out of the way so I can put new bolts in.  But I'm not sure if the skid itself broke anything else and I do need to figure out exactly why the bolts holding the wheel on failed in the first place.

Still, it could have been a whole lot worse.
2130  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Seven years later, School Days is localized on: July 13, 2012, 02:05:13 AM
School Days is mostly just famous for its numerous violent bad ends.  Otherwise it's pretty unremarkable.

Still, there have actually been more and more VNs being localized lately.  Not just from Jast, but MangaGamer has been doing a lot.  All on the PC, of course, which means a lot (but not all) of them are eroge.  I'm actually pretty psyched about Ef getting localized.

Of course a lot of high-profile companies like 5pb have yet to get on board with English VN releases...
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