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2131  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.
2132  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...
2133  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...
2134  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.
2135  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...
2136  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mugen Souls on: July 13, 2012, 01:56:33 AM
The sponge isn't tasteless.  It's the game that's tasteless.  The sponge is actually kind of clever.
2137  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 12, 2012, 08:47:12 PM
Oh, and I have that DVD set that you're looking for =P.  If it's the one I'm thinking of, it's currently on Amazon used for $65 bucks.  The whole tenchi muyo timeline is indeed confusing.  Was going to watch the later oav episodes that explained some things, but I was never sure what was what so I just said fuck it and never watched it.

Thank you, that does look like what I was looking for!  I didn't think to check used stuff on Amazon, and I've got to say I'm surprised it's so much cheaper than ebay prices.  Even so, the condition of the $65 sounds pretty iffy but there's one at $70 that sounds like it's in a lot better condition.

Also fuck Tenchi Muyo for popularizing the harem genre, which led to the arms race of promiscuity which has since resulted in the creation of moe.

Tenchi has nothing to do with moe.  That's a peculiar statement.  It did help popularize the harem genre (though I think Love Hina had a bigger impact), but harems and moe have little to do with each other.  It's true that most (though not all) modern harem shows have moe characters, that's simply because moe characters are popular and they're in everything.  Besides which, the actual origins of moe predate Tenchi.  It's not really a new thing.
2138  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 12, 2012, 04:57:25 AM
I have been on a nostalgia kick and have been trying to acquire DVDs of the original Tenchi Muyo OVA series.  While Tenchi might seem a bit tired today, that's because so much of what has come since has tried to copy that formula.  It's an important piece of anime history.  But let me tell you something: it's friggin hard to find.  There have been lots of spin-offs and reboots of Tenchi but I don't care about them, I just want the original series.  Unfortunately this is where things get horribly confusing...

There are 20 episodes of Tenchi OVAs but they were not all released at the same time.  They're actually split into three subseries.  The first two OVA series were licensed by the now-defunct Geneon and nobody else picked them up so they're completely out of print.  That's the first 13 episodes and they were split across 4 discs, and it was released just under the name "Tenchi Muyo".  In Japan the entirety of the OVAs are known as Tenchi Muyo: Ryo-ohki, but Geneon dropped the Ryo-ohki subtitle.  Funimation picked up the third OVA series and decided to release it with the Ryo-ohki subtitle.  And then, just to make things more confusing, they put out something called the "Tenchi Muyo: Ryo-ohki Complete Collection".  But it's not complete at all!  It's just the third OVA series.  Since Funimation is still around, that much is still in print and easy to get.

Following so far?  So the problem is getting the 4 discs that make up the first two OVA series.  Oddly enough, the first disc and just the first disc is actually pretty easy to find.  I don't really understand why.  I guess they must have printed more of them or something.  So I need to find OVA 1 disc 2 and OVA 2 discs 1 and 2 (or is that OVA discs 2, 3, and 4...).  Part of the problem is that there are so many Tenchi series that if you try to just search for "Tenchi Muyo disc 2" or something on ebay you get a lot of irrelevant results.  But you can't stick in "Ryo-ohki" since it's likely that they're not listed with that name.  Anyway I have found some stuff on ebay, but Jesus Christ is it expensive.  I found people selling the complete set of Geneon OVAs (that's a whopping 4 discs with 13 episodes) for $250!!  Used.  That's like $20 an episode.  So yeah, that's a rip-off, especially since the first disc can be found relatively cheaply.  If you're willing to shop around and get each disc from a different seller then I've seen discs 2-4 go for around $40-50 each (again, used).  That's still pretty darn pricey.  But there really aren't very many listings for them at all (at leas that I've found, see search problems).  You kind of have to jump when there's a chance.

So yeah, it's a complete friggin mess.
2139  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Spec Ops: The Line on: July 11, 2012, 05:44:14 PM
Why the heck did I start a topic on this game...

If you're anything like me you absolutely despise the endless parade of generic modern shooters that has come to dominate much of the gaming industry.  Of course you might not be anything like me, but there's a least one person who is: Yahtzee from Zero Punctuation.  His rants about shooters are both witty and insightful and I find myself nodding my head vigorously in consensus most of the time.

So I clicked on his review of a game called Spec Ops: The Line today--a game who's existence I was previously scarcely even aware of and who's title and box art are both so generic I would be hard pressed to even find in a pile of similar games--expecting good old-fashioned shooter-trashing fun.  I was shocked to find instead that he was heaping praise on the game, mostly for its narrative.  I was even more shocked to find myself genuinely intrigued by his description of the game and actually wanting to play it.

I did a little more research on the game and found that many other sources were praising the narrative as well.  While the game got mixed scores the criticisms were mainly the so-so but still perfectly functional shooting mechanics (meh) and the poor multiplayer (could not possibly care less).

So has anyone else played this?  I think I might actually have to pick this one up.
2140  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Rainbow Moon on: July 10, 2012, 07:14:14 PM
We already have a thread.
2141  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Michael Fass/Ass Creed on: July 09, 2012, 10:00:34 PM
Beards are awesome.
2142  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 09, 2012, 03:43:49 PM
Fate in general is an entertaining story with some good moments but other than that there's nothing special about it, though, I'm pretty I would get kicked in the face if I say that in front of a fan of Type-Moon.

You're welcome to your opinion, of course, but I hope you've seen more than just F/SN TV before saying that.  You shouldn't judge a whole franchise by its weakest entry.

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If anything when I finished Fate I started watching Haibane Renmei after it I think, and that was so much better. I really enjoyed that series.

I love Haibane Renmei too, but that's really apples and oranges.
2143  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 09, 2012, 04:57:20 AM
Fate Stay/Night: A few weeks ago I erroneously came on here and mentioned I was always under the false impression that Fate Stay in some respect reminded me a Pokemon so I never gave it a shot..... when in all honesty I never watched any pokemon either so I really don't have a frame of reference.... but that aside...... I was convinced otherwise and picked up the series..... Well I still don't have two legs to stand on when it comes to my opinion here... why? Because I didn't finish it.... Someday I may go back to it, yes..... but not soon.... This totally did not grab me in any way. It wasn't bad.... but it certainly wasn't good IMO... it was a mediocre title that (I hope) improved beyond the first third of show but even if it did, I honestly could care less in light of some of the other titles on deck I want to check out. Now for the ten-million dollar question..... Was it Pokemon'ish? Well... I still don't know....

Does it get better?  Yes.  Does it ever get great?  No, not really.  I said this before, but F/SN is definitely the weakest of the Fate anime properties.  Honestly I didn't finish it my first time either.  It was only after the prodding of a friend of mine who is a much bigger Type-Moon fan that I finally forced myself to watch it.  I do think it ends stronger that it started, but F/SN TV covers the blandest arc of the VN in a very bland way.  I would recommend just trying Unlimited Blade Works first, because it's a lot better than the TV anime (not to mention shorter, it's a single movie).  If you start to get more interested in all the underlying mythology and universe then you might want to go back to F/SN TV (although it doesn't do a great job of covering that stuff either...maybe just read some wikis).

Or heck, just skip to Fate/Zero.  Fate/Zero is awesome from start to finish.  And it's a mostly-independent prequel so it's not like you can't watch it first (though it will spoil the true nature of a certain character in F/SN...).
2144  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Persona 4 G: Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena (PS3/360/Arc) Announced (2012,ASW/Atlus) on: July 09, 2012, 04:38:16 AM
Games always cost more in Japan.  And the current brutal exchange rate isn't exactly helping.
2145  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 08, 2012, 03:05:33 AM
Just watched the first episode of Sword Art Online and I'm pretty much thrilled with it.  Yeah it's really just the setup, but that's fine for a first episode.  Better trying to do too much and not having time to cover it properly (for an example of that, see the first episode of Campione which was all over the place because they tried to cram half a light novel into a single 20 minute episode...ugh).  I really liked the style and tone of it.  I think they captured the feeling in the book quite well.  Also, from the next episode preview it seems they're doing exactly what I hoped and integrating all the various short stories and stuff into a single coherent work (the beater thing is a reference to the short story "Aria in the Starless Night" which is the next part chronologically but was actually written well after the original novel).
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