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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: July 15, 2014, 05:56:08 PM
Except for "companion armor'. I really hope they do away with that.

They already explicitly said they're getting rid of that.
32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: July 15, 2014, 06:13:45 AM
Think you posted that in the wrong thread, Klyde ;)
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Evolution 2014 on: July 13, 2014, 02:38:39 PM
Holy crap, Blazblue grand finals.  Looked like it was all over for Garireo several times but he crawled his way back.  Greatest comeback of all time?
34  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: July 11, 2014, 09:58:08 PM
Worth mentioning that there's an English trailer out now.
35  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 11, 2014, 04:34:36 AM
I feel like Glassip is just Nagi no Asakura again without the weird fish people.  Seriously, I swear there's a one-to-one and onto mapping between all the character relationships in the two series.  The problem is the weird fish people were the only interesting part of Nagi no Asakura.  Take that away and the only thing left is teenage angst and melodrama.

It's only been two eps and I'm seriously about to drop this series.


Persona 4 Golden:
Why the heck did they make another P4 anime?  Well, I wasn't a big fan of the first one but I figured I should at least give it a shot.  And they seem to be going in a surprising direction: It's newgame+!  Literally.  They have Yu say things that are only available in newgame+ (like the "who are you calling a fugitive" line), and on top of that he seems to have stats that are too high for that point in the game given how to effortlessly crushes all the enemies.  Plus he's just got this sort of arrogant swagger to him like he's done all this shit before.  It's certainly a little different.

It's also very rushed even compared to the first anime (which itself was rushed compared to the game).  It's only supposed to be like 12 eps so I wonder how they're going to make all this work...
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Evolution 2014 on: July 11, 2014, 04:28:03 AM
Hold on a sec, isn't Smash supposed to be a party game with no competitive balance to speak of?

That really depends on who you ask...

Turn off items (which just make things feel very random) and Melee is a pretty good fighting game with a large community that has been playing it competitively for years.  Of course there's a reason you don't seen Brawl at these events, because it broke that balance (and also added other stupid random shit like tripping...).
37  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: The Last Guardian on: July 10, 2014, 04:43:24 AM
Bored, Yoda?
38  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 10, 2014, 04:39:45 AM
Mickeymac, I didn't quote your post because I wasn't really trying to start an argument.  Just happened across that article and found it amusing so I thought I would share.

But more importantly, did you just dis Macross?

I have to confess I'm a huge fan of the original Macross, despite (or maybe because of) all its goofy cheesiness.  But I wouldn't consider it a one-hit wonder either.  OK, so Macross 7 was awful.  And it still boggles my mind that they made so many Macross 7 spin-offs.  But let's not talk about Macross 7.  Macross Plus was quite solid, just short not terribly well-connected to the rest of the franchise.  Macross Zero was friggin awesome, probably one of the best things to come out of the franchise.  And I quite liked Frontier too.  It felt like the first proper full Macross sequel since 7...and we're not talking about 7.

Of course Harmony Gold is still getting in the way of any (legal) US releases of a lot of this stuff because they're dicks.

But anyway, the Macross franchise has never been about straightforward mecha stuff and that might be why I like it.  I don't really consider it a mecha franchise in the vein of Gundam or something.  In fract from the beginning the biggest accomplishment made in most Macross series have had nothing to do with the mechas or even fighting (protoculture!).  Really, the mecha are almost side notes for a lot of the series...except 7, but we're not talking about 7.

God Macross 7 was bad...
39  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 09, 2014, 08:10:19 PM
I wasn't the only one who felt that way about Argevollen! ;)

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It's that show which at first glance, feels like it could've been constructed automatically by some kind of Rube Goldberg machine designed to create products with no human intervention or input.

OK, so the whole thing isn't negative but he definitely seems to agree with me on the genericness aspect.
40  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 08, 2014, 09:10:09 PM
It's about chickens, Annubis.

Actually, I thought it was kind of supposed to be about glass blowing, but there certainly wasn't much of that in the first ep.  And when they did show it they weren't even wearing eye protection when looking into the kiln.  Safety, people!

But it's a PA Works slice-of-life show, which means lots of pretty scenery and not much actually happens.  Still, I loved Hanasaku Iroha so I'll keep given them a chance, even if their more recent works haven't impressed me as much...

But seriously, though, what was the deal with everyone glaring at the new guy at the end of the episode?  That didn't exactly seemed deserved to me...


OK, more first impressions:

Akame ga Kill: I had heard good things about the manga this was based on but never read it so I was going in basically blind.  I'm not sure what the make of it, exactly.  This show only felt 'mature' in the sense that there was lots of gore, dismemberment, torture, etc.  But on the flip side you have a totally generic happy-go-lucky standard shounen protagonist and a merry band of goofballs.  Basically this feels like a generic shounen manga story that was dipped in a bucket of gore or something.  It's a weird juxtaposition.  Maybe it works for some people (the manga certainly has its fans), but I wasn't crazy about it.

Argevollen: I seriously don't think you could find a more bland, generic, uninspired mecha anime if you tried.  It's like somebody was given a "How to Make a Mecha Anime" guide and just followed it to the letter.  If you really like mecha anime and are desperate for something to watch then maybe you could get some enjoyment out of it.  But I'm not, so pass.

Monthly Girl's Nozaki-kun: Decent non-ecchi comedy.  I've read the manga before and it's OK, but not really anything ground-breaking.  Girl confesses to guy, guy misinterprets and thinks she's a fan of his work as a shoujo mangaka so he gives her an autograph.  Don't let the premise fool you, though, this one is squarely on the 'com' side of the rom-com spectrum.

Hanayamata: Another show I didn't know much about going in.  But I had seem a PV for it that was playing the OP song and I really liked that song.  I still really like that song, but the show itself didn't do much for me.  Well, I'll give it another shot but at least so far it's been too much whiny protagonist and not enough yosakoi.  And I still don't understand how the American girl was about to jump around like that...
41  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 08, 2014, 06:40:55 AM
I had forgotten how much of a friggin dumbass Sailor Moon is.  I guess they're sort of going for that baka character appeal, but damn she is stupid.  It's not funny or cute, just annoying.
42  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 07, 2014, 11:34:33 PM

Holy crap, I'm suddenly ten times more interested than I ever was in this game that will never exist.  Damn you.
43  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 07, 2014, 01:37:40 AM
Looking at the intro/ending... is Kirito a girl in GGO? Cuz that's one girly guy (if a guy at all).

That's kind a plot point.  I guess you could call this a spoiler, but if you've seen the OP/ED it's kind of spoiled already: GGO seems to hand out body types randomly at character creation and when Kirito transfers his character over he just happens to get a super-rare extremely effeminate but technically still male avatar.  Because why not.  Honestly, that has little to do with the rest of the story...well, at least people actually acknowledge that he looks like a girl.  There are a lot of animes with extremely girly-looking guys where nobody seems to notice or care...
44  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 06, 2014, 11:45:27 PM
There's only been one episode so far so I don't want to jump to conclusions, but SAO 2 is actually looking pretty good.  Almost good enough to make me forget about the second half of the first run...

Seriously though, the GGO arc is actually probably my favorite part of the novels and at least the first ep of the anime version is looking like a very solid adaption.  The pacing is good and there's a nice sense of mystery to the whole thing.  It's a pretty big change in tone from the first two arcs, but that's arguably a good thing (though I know not all SAO fans like it, but poop on them...).  So even if you weren't the biggest SAO fan I would recommend at least giving SAO 2 a shot.
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: July 05, 2014, 04:40:15 PM
I've been having a hard time deciding on which three characters I am planning on using as my final group.

WTF?  Is that normally something you decide before you've even started playing the game?
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