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61  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: January 29, 2016, 07:02:29 PM
Basically, Antartica is not a continent but a wall of ice surrounding the flat Earth and the sun is a spotlight.  As far as how it goes below the horizon, or how sunsets create different colors, or how the spotlight sun moves at all, they have no explanation at all, afaik.

Wait...what?  Are these people not familiar with the easy-west direction?
62  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: January 27, 2016, 12:44:45 AM
I can't really tell either...
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: January 26, 2016, 09:56:00 PM
The world has gone even more crazy. I blame the internet.

I don't know how facetious you were being, but the internet is actually a big part of the problem.  There are so many sources of information these days people end up selecting on those that tell them what they want to hear and ignoring everything else...

So Trump supporters will only listen to Trump-Approved (tm) sources and dismiss everything else as "corrupt, biased media".  It doesn't matter how thoroughly researched or vetted a source is if it's dismissed out of hand.  Meanwhile the Trump-Approved (tm) sources are usually completely full of shit but they're not held to the same standards so it doesn't matter...
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: January 26, 2016, 09:23:44 PM
He's been threatening to do it forever, but Trump is finally boycotting a debate because he's a whiny entitled little bitch.  How dare moderators ask questions about things he actually said!

(I might be slightly biased...)
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: January 24, 2016, 05:56:27 PM
I thought the first two Ar Tonelicos were basically OK...heavy helpings of innuendo not withstanding.  It was the third game that shat all over everything I liked about the series and turned it into a stripping simulator...
66  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: January 23, 2016, 12:53:17 AM
I don't even...
67  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki on: January 20, 2016, 03:38:03 PM
Uh, do any PS3 games play on the PS4?

There's your answer.
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 20, 2016, 12:19:49 AM
Ever have that feeling when you're not really sick yet but you feel the symptoms coming and you know it's going to be a doozy...
69  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: January 16, 2016, 05:09:59 PM
Just for fun:
70  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: January 14, 2016, 10:22:08 PM
Nice, I'm happy to see there are other people who just...look around you.

What's this about Final Fantasy?
71  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 13, 2016, 03:40:33 PM
And on top of that, my Vita won't take a charge anymore.  It just sits with that goddamn orange light on while it's connected to the  cord but never turns on.

Could be a bad cord.  Same thing happened to me before.  Fortunately replacement cords are cheap.
72  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 13, 2016, 03:23:46 AM
So I found a new show I actually like.  Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (aka "Erased"...I'm really not a fan of Crunchyroll's habit of completely renaming shows.  That's not a translation, they just make shit up.) looks pretty rad, at least so far.
73  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 12, 2016, 12:16:18 AM
I was gonna say, neither is an improvement.. that whole anime sounds unbelievable bad... (kinda wanna watch now to see how bad bad is)

Well don't let my cynical naysaying bias you too much.  A lot of people seem to genuinely like the show...
74  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 10, 2016, 03:01:35 AM
I've read the manga, MIckeymac, and I agree with you that the character designs aren't really that differnet.  I'm not sure what Annubis is getting at.

But Gate is something I can only tolerate in small quantities anyway.  It's got some interesting ideas and I genuinely like the core story about a conflict with a world that has a huge technological and cultural gap.  On the other hand the level of propoganda and otaku pandering in the series is unreal.  Sure other shows pander, but at least with something like Outbreak Company you know it's kind of a joke.  You're not supposed to take these things seriously.  But Gate takes itself very seriously, which makes the blatant pandering much harder for me to stomache.  Why do all the residents of this world look like they're straight out of some fetish checklist?

Then there's the propoganda that I find reaches occasionally disturbing levels.  Don't get me wrong, I would pretty much expect the JSDF to kick the local residents butts given the technological discrepancy.  Though modern guerilla warfare has shown that a sufficiently determined opponent can make a mess of things with unconventional tactics even if they are vastly outmatched.  But perhaps the locals aren't familiar with such tactics or are just too damn arrogant to believe them necessary.  Even then things always seem to go a little too cleanly.  But what's worse is the scenes back on earth that defy all logic.  The most blatant example of which would probably be the time when they're visiting earth and there are special forces from the US, China, and Russia who all want to get in contact with the residents of the other world.  But the JSDF forces (not our main characters) kick all of their butts without so much as breaking a sweat and the closest thing to an explanation ever given pretty much amounted to "JSDF fuck yeah!".  A small military with no real combat experience (remember that the JSDF doesn't actually deploy anywhere per the Japanese constitution) takes on three of the world's superpowers simultaneously and they don't even seem challenged by it.  I'm not saying that the big guy always has to win, but at least make it look like it's a struggle or something.  What we got is neither believable nor is it even good storytelling.  It's just feels like propoganda.

Gate is the kind of show that looks cool at first but I feel like it insults the viewer's intelligence on pretty much every level with the amount of BS it pulls.
75  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 09, 2016, 03:14:32 AM
Watched Myriad Colors Phantom World because hey, it's KyoAni.  Animation is great as expected.  But the plot is...bleargh.  The cliches...make them stop...dear god make them stop...so many cliches...
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