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2146  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: February 15, 2013, 02:58:54 AM
I was worried Kotoura would loose steam since episode 4.  Episode 4 pretty much resolved all the drama in the show (faaaaaar too conveniently, I might add) and all that was left for 5 and 6 was the comedy.  Honestly I don't think the comedy in Kotoura is that great.  It's OK, sure, but nothing special.  There was a hint at the end of ep. 6 of more drama to come, though.

Switching gears, Spring looks fucking epic.  Shingeki no Kyojin is a must-see, I've read some of Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko and it's quite good, same with Hataraku Maou-sama.  There's more Nyaruko (fuck yeah!), more Railgun, and yes more OreImo too (don't judge me, it's funny shit).  Red Data Girl looks like it might be interesting but I don't actually know that much about it.  I'm also keeping an eye on Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru, another one I don't know too much about but I've heard good things.

Oh yeah, and there's the Hanasaku Iroha movie.  I'm going to have to get a copy of that somehow...
2147  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Playstation Meeting, Feb. 20th on: February 15, 2013, 01:14:35 AM
I don't know why so many people doubt the historical validity of giant enemy crabs.  Just because they're extinct now doesn't mean they weren't around in ancient Japan!
2148  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 14, 2013, 06:42:34 PM
So Valve officially launched Steam for Linux today.  In case I haven't mentioned it before I'm one of those dirty Linux users, so naturally I went and downloaded it...

"package architecture (i386) does not match system (amd64)"

Is this some sort of sick joke, Valve?  You just launched a new gaming service that only supports 10 year old CPUs?!  You have got to be kidding me...this is 2013.  What kind of person even remotely interested in gaming doesn't have a 64 bit system by now?  I would think if you were only going to support one architecture it would be 64 bit...
2149  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Playstation Meeting, Feb. 20th on: February 14, 2013, 06:09:32 PM
That is really ugly.

It is a prototype.  Aesthetics aren't the top priority.

And I like the convex tops. :(

No...just no...
2150  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Playstation Meeting, Feb. 20th on: February 14, 2013, 05:50:08 PM
My biggest beef with the Dualshock design is the convex tops to the analog sticks which result in much finger-slipping.  It looks like they're finally addressing that with the design, so I'm happy.

I know a lot of people are whining about the touchpad, but I could see that being pretty useful for non-gaming (and even some gaming tasks).  It's just like the trackpad on a laptop.  You could use it to control the pointer in the web browser (which I'm sure the PS4 will have) a lot better than with an analog stick.  Or, dare I say it, actually have a RTS game that doesn't suck on a console.

Though this is Sony so I'm sure they'll do something stupid and gimmicky with it...
2151  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Playstation Meeting, Feb. 20th on: February 14, 2013, 04:49:27 PM
Controller leaked.  Though it's just a prototype, so it might different from the final version.

Still, Sony can't keep anything secret.
2152  Media / General Games / Re: Aliens: Colonial Marines on: February 14, 2013, 12:56:02 PM
This is fascinating.

It sounds like Gearbox really didn't care about this game and was devoting all of their resources to Borderlands 2 instead.
2153  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: System Shock 2 - on GoG for Valentine on: February 13, 2013, 10:27:15 PM
SS2 freaked me out more than any game before or since.  It's not just things-popping-out-of-the-dark type horror, it's seriously unnerving...
2154  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: February 13, 2013, 06:19:42 PM
Been catching up on Psycho-Pass.  I let myself get kind of behind before because honestly the early episodes were a bit dull.  It's a strange sort of show, set in this obviously distopian future and yet the early episodes played out pretty much like any contemporary police procedural.  They weren't really using the setting, you know.  But I guess the early episodes did a good job of setting the stage, just think it could have been done in fewer eps.

But in the more recent episodes it all started coming together and things have gotten a lot more interesting.  I had faith that Gen Urobuchi would pull it together.  I'm quite enjoying the show now.
2155  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: February 13, 2013, 02:15:16 AM
I think I dropped No. 6 halfway through.  I say 'think' because the story was so goofy and convoluted I can't remember if I actually saw it through to the end or not...that probably isn't a good sign...

I could have lived without the massive amount of yaoi-baiting in that show too.
2156  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: So Final Fantasy XII.... on: February 13, 2013, 02:08:08 AM
1. FFVI had a number of save-corrupting bugs, and they're easy to trigger inadvertently. That's bad, and there's no way you can argue that away. That's not an opinion -- from a development standpoint the game has critical defects that should not be in a final product.

I've played through FFVI at least 10 times front start to finish.  I've probably spent more time in that game than any other video game before or since.  I found almost all the little secrets and things on my own, without ever using a guide.  And I never encountered a save-corrupting bug.  Not once.  I think you exaggerate their prevalance. (Though to be honest I rarely used Relm, because Relm sucks).
2157  Media / General Games / Re: Aliens: Colonial Marines on: February 12, 2013, 04:16:19 PM

That is all.
2158  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: February 12, 2013, 03:53:08 PM
Die Hard 2 was not 'awesome'.  It wasn't even good.  I think I might actually dislike 2 more than 4 (and I didn't like 4...).
2159  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: February 10, 2013, 09:45:32 PM
I watched the recent live action Rurouni Kenshin movie last night.  Now generally speaking live action adaptions of anime/manga are pretty terrible, but wow, there are exceptions.  Well, at least one exception: this movie.  Can't really think of any others...

Disclaimer:  I'm a huge Kenshin fan, it's one of the first animes (and mangas) I really got into.  So I can't help but analyze the film from that perspective.

The action was great (for the most part) and the characters were pretty faithful to the source material.  I'm generally in favor of what they did with the story.  They merged a few different story arcs from the early Kenshin volumes together but did so in a way that works pretty well.  Frankly speaking a lot of that early stuff isn't that great, and in a way I like this version more.

Still, it's not perfect.  One thing I really don't like is that you don't hear anything about Sanosuke's past, which is a big part of why he acts how he does.  Obviously I knew his backstory already, but I'm afraid that to somebody who's only seen this version he might come off as a random thug.  Some other bits of character development also suffer from the time constraints.  When Kenshin is desperate to save Kaoru from Jinei at the end it seems a little far-fetched since (in this version) they practically just met.  They just haven't had time to develop the same bond that they had at that point in the manga.

But this quibbles aside, the movie is a lot of fun.  The fight scenes are extremely well done.  They successfully walk the very fine line between making Kenshin appear extremely powerful without being too over-the-top.  That's not something that's easy to do in live action.  They also dropped some of the sillier-looking foes from this version, which I'm fine with.  The movie is probably worth seeing for the martial arts alone, but they didn't lose sight of what Kenshin is all about.  It's not just a brainless action flick either.

It's also just cool from a period drama perspective.  The Meiji era was an extremely turbulent and interesting period of Japanese history.  Japan had just ended centuries of extreme isolationism and gradually started incorporating bits of western culture and technology into their own.

There are lots of little scenes are dialogue that are straight out of the source material.  It really gives you the impression that the creators were fans.  It's an adaption, yes.  Compromises had to be made to fit as much material as they did into a single movie.  But given those constraints I thought they did a darn good job, while still respecting the source material.  This is a not a case of Hollywood-style butchering (thank god).
2160  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: February 10, 2013, 05:05:04 PM
Hey now, I love Valkyria Chronicles for the combat and game mechanics more than the presentation or story so I don't think that's a good comparison at all.  Yes, it's unforgiving, but that's a good thing in my mind.  Much like Xcom (which I also love).
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