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2251  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 04, 2013, 01:40:53 AM
Goddamn Blast of Tempest is good.  I feel like an idiot for not starting it sooner.  Looked kind of generic so I skipped over it at first, but then there was a drought of titles at the end of the season and I decided to check it out.  Wow.  It is anything but generic.  Still in the middle of the first season but I have no idea how what is going to happen.  This show constantly keeps you on your toes.

This is probably the best show of last season.  I can't believe I almost missed it...

Edit: Aaaand, just finished watching the second half of the first season in one sitting.  I guess I'm sort of glad I waiting before starting this show, because though it takes a couple eps to get going, once you're into it every single episode ends on a friggin cliffhanger.  It's extremely addictive, the kind of show you really do want to watch all at once.

But holy crap, the cliffhanger at the end of season 1 means I can't wait for season 2...

But seriously, why is it that I haven't heard any buzz about this show?  Forget being my favorite show of the season, it might be my favorite show of the year.  And yet nobody is talking about it...
2252  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 03, 2013, 10:31:58 PM
Been a couple days now and my resurrected-from-a-YLOD PS3 is still going.  Played some Tales of Graces f this evening and got past the part it crashed on when my problems all started.  Very satisfying feeling.

I guess I can never been sure if it's going to die again, but damn if it ain't looking promising.  And in theory at least if the solder reflow did a good job it ought to be good for a while.
2253  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: January 02, 2013, 07:29:27 PM
Type-0 did a lot of interesting things with the FF formula, including some of the things Humbert Humbert is asking for.  On the other hand there's also an almost a Persona-esque aspect to it with regards to how you manage your time between missions.  Very cool game.  Too bad we'll never see it here...
2254  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 01, 2013, 07:21:15 PM
Personally I didn't care for "A Certain Magical Index" at all.  I agree with Klyde that the main guy is a terrible character, but Index is just as bad (if not worse).  There is some interesting lore in the setting but they never do anything interesting with it.  I found it very generic and forgettable.

But oddly enough I enjoyed the spin-off "A Certain Scientific Railgun".  Better characters and better plot development.
2255  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 2013: New Years REVOLUTION!! on: December 31, 2012, 10:20:13 PM
Dice's resolution is getting drunk?  Setting the bar pretty low there, Dice.
2256  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 31, 2012, 07:24:57 PM
Well, I borrowed the heat gun from work today to try and fix my PS3 again.  This time I did it for a lot longer than the first time and I also added some Kester 951 flux so hopefully the fix will last longer than a day.  I'll keep my fingers crossed...

Edit: Passed the first test, it boots again.  It's still half-unassembled so I'll see how much I want to reassemble it before trying long-term...

Edit 2: Things are looking good.  Everything is working right and I put the case back together.  Played some games on it a bit and there weren't any problems.  Looks like the YLOD really was fixed, just a question of how long it lasts now.
2257  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 2013: New Years REVOLUTION!! on: December 31, 2012, 01:26:08 PM
I resolve to finally finish my goddamn PhD.  I remember thinking I would surely be done in 2011 at some point...
2258  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Best Anime No One Has Seen on: December 29, 2012, 12:53:26 PM
Mostly passed it off as a simple comedy with no strong interlinking plot - I'm not a fan of those kinds of shows. Any chance that's an incorrect assessment? It's hard to tell by looking at the ANN and Wikipedia pages.

Nope, your assessment is spot-on.  There is very little plot in that show.  The comedy can be pretty good, though.
2259  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki on: December 27, 2012, 10:54:52 AM
They're doing PSP remasters (it's not really a port, more like emulating the PSP environment on the PS3 with some higher res. art) of the first three games. Sen was announced for PS3 and Vita, not PS3 only.  And Falcom hasn't done a PC version since Trails TC.  Both Zero and Ao were PSP exclusives, though Zero got an enhanced Vita port.
2260  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Best Anime No One Has Seen on: December 24, 2012, 04:32:54 PM
LoGH is fantastic.  One of my all-time favorites.  Not sure it counts as obscure, though.  At least among anime fans it has a reputation (though I too don't know how many people have actually seen it).
2261  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VI on: December 24, 2012, 04:27:18 PM
VII is still my favorite but I think VI would benefit much more from a remake than VII.

Sadly I have no faith in today's S-E to do a proper remake of FFVI without ruining the very things that make it great.
2262  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VI on: December 24, 2012, 10:49:39 AM
Opera House timed segment sucks beans too.

Oh no you di-nt!
2263  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 24, 2012, 01:42:25 AM
So I just finished season 2 of Sword Art Online (SAO) and god did it suck.
A full 12 episode of suck.

Complete cardboard villain and magical god interventions plot powered bullshit stupid non-blood related sis-con NTR story.

I agree with everything you said except the NTR part.  Where the heck was there any NTR?

Honestly, when they first announced a SAO anime I had just assumed they were only going to do the Aincrad story.  There was plenty of material, lots of stuff they skipped or glossed over.  The Alfheim arc (which is easily the worst part of the whole series) was bad enough when I read it in book form, but somehow comes across even worse as an anime.  Just...why...
2264  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Best Anime No One Has Seen on: December 24, 2012, 01:36:16 AM
Oh man, you had to go and ask this question while I'm travelling.  If I was at home I'm sure I could dig a few gems out of my multiple bookshelves full of anime DVDs...

But here's one off the top of my head:  Here is Greenwood.  This obscure 6 episode OVA is one of the funniest damn things I've ever seen.

Not exactly obscure, but difficult to find thanks to the giant licensing kerfuffle would be the original Macross series.  No, Robotech does not count.  Harmony Gold can go fuck themselves.  The AnimEigo version is good if you can actually find it.
2265  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VI on: December 24, 2012, 01:20:04 AM
Why do you think I'm still rocking a Kefka avatar after all these years?  Of course FFVI is great!  I can't think of another RPG with the same kind of scope, sense of adventure, and great characters.  Maybe the Kiseki series if you look at the series as a whole.

My only real criticism is that it's so easy.  There are so many ways to break the game but no enemies challenging enough to require them.
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