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2191  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.
2192  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.
2193  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Rainbow Moon on: July 10, 2012, 07:14:14 PM
We already have a thread.
2194  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Michael Fass/Ass Creed on: July 09, 2012, 10:00:34 PM
Beards are awesome.
2195  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.

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.
2196  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...).
2197  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.
2198  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).
2199  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: July 07, 2012, 09:44:25 PM
Xillia is done and has been out for like a year and change...

It's been out for less than a year.  Came out in September last year.

I really don't think 6 months is needed to translate the game and and record voice acting...

Actually, 6 months would be a very reasonable timeframe for that.  In fact I would say it's on the short side.  There's a lot of text in these games.  Though I don't know where you get the 6 months number from.  I doubt this will be an early 2013 release (they probably don't want to conflict with Ni no Kuni anyway).

The real question is why didn't they start sooner.  But this is Namco we're talking about so it's not like I'm surprised.

Odds are they are going to re-release it worldwide with extra content similarly to Graces F.

I just don't see that.  The team has already moved on to the next project.  And if they were going to do extra content then they would do it for Japan first (it's their main market, after all), and it wouldn't make much sense to release it after Xillia 2.  There isn't a lot of time until Xillia 2 launches and they haven't announced anything...there is DLC for Xillia, though.
2200  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 07, 2012, 08:32:45 PM
But I miss the cloud cover already.  I'm not a big fan of direct sunlight...
2201  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: July 07, 2012, 08:28:44 PM
I didn't mention it because it's old news.  It was revealed months ago. Like here, here, and here.

They really haven't said anything about the battle system one way or another.  There certainly are other characters in the game, so I wouldn't assume that it's not a party system.

2202  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: July 07, 2012, 02:09:56 PM
Thread resurrected on account of localization rumours.

Though I really still want to see how this game actually plays before I get excited about it...
2203  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: July 07, 2012, 03:01:40 AM
Xillia will be released here.  I have no basis for this statement other than the fact that Xillia is both the highest rated and fastest selling Tales game ever.  It's not some obscure entry in the franchise.  Unless Namco Bandai wants to abandon the series in the west entirely they're going to localize Xillia.

That said, Graces f still isn't even out yet so they're not going to want to start hyping Xillia already.  I seriously doubt there will be any kind of official announcement until after Graces f is released.

But I will bet $100 that there will be a Xillia localization announcement before the end of 2012.  I'm dead serious about that if anyone wants to take me up on it.

I wish somebody took me up on that bet...I could have used $100.
2204  The Rest / General Discussions / Hey, it's back! on: July 07, 2012, 02:55:19 AM
Yay!  What was I going to say again...
2205  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII announced for PC, SE Store exclusive with new online features on: July 05, 2012, 06:04:08 PM
The problem with MIDI is that the quality varies massively from soundcard to soundcard.  MIDI is just a set of instructions, and it relies on the sound samples stored on the actual soundcard as a base.  But since MIDI was kind of on its way out already (as a music storage format, anyway) when FFVII PC came out it was usually the first thing any cheap soundcard would skimp on, and you could end up with something that sounded quite terrible.  But on a good soundcard it really wasn't bad.  There was also a completely software-based solution that processed the MIDI stream with the CPU.  It was actually pretty CPU-intensive (at least for the time...shouldn't be an issue on any modern computer) so not everyone used it but it didn't sound bad at all.
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