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61  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 15, 2015, 08:17:07 PM
Pics or it didn't happen.

Well since you asked...

Edit: Oh god, I was doing just fine when I left the oral surgeon but now they painkillers they gave me there are starting to wear off.  It hurts, it hurts!!
62  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 15, 2015, 03:05:35 PM
Off to have screws put in my mouth!
63  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 15, 2015, 02:15:18 PM
That's the thing, though: I don't actually think they're below average in this regard.  I think they're just average.
64  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 15, 2015, 03:10:20 AM
I've said it before and I'll say it again, Yuri couples are almost never done well. FFXIII-1 was ironically the closest I've seen it get, and that's more due to just how glossed over everything was and how Fang seems to have been written as a male character before getting swapped or something, and its still not that good either. Also Hyouka only really made it to the half way point of its story before its time in the sun was up and KyoAmi dumped it in the same bin as FMP and pretty much everything else they've done outside of maybe K-ON and maybe one or two other shows. They're really fucking bad about adopting full series into anime.

That's not really a KyoAni problem, that's the way the whole industry works.  They want to adapt things while they're popular, meaning while they're still ongoing.  Waiting until a manga/novel-series/whatever is completely finished before doing an anime would probably mean a lot more complete stories but it wouldn't be striking while the iron is hot, so to speak.  But if a show isn't popular enough it's never going to get a season 2 to finish things later.  So there are tons of shows either with either no real ending or a rushed anime-original (and usually bad) ending.

I'm not endorsing it, but it seems weird to blame KyoAni for then when basically the entire industry does the exact same thing.
65  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New Earthbound! EDIT: First game on VC on: June 14, 2015, 06:24:53 PM
why the heck is it exclusive to Wii U? Gaaaahhh, it's an NES game, it's easy to put on all platforms.

/sigh

Probably because they want to sell Wii Us.
66  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fallout 4 on: June 14, 2015, 06:00:41 PM
Wonder what the odds of an isometric fallout are.

It's called Wasteland 2.
67  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: E3 2015 Topic of Potentially High Hype and Crushed Dreams for that Game You Want on: June 13, 2015, 09:27:55 PM
Oh boy, I'm getting dental implant surgery on Monday so maybe I can watch Sony's conference after I get home while I'm still high on painkillers!  That will make it more interesting.
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 11, 2015, 04:52:50 AM
Ever try to plunger a clogged sink, only to fail to clear it and instead the backwash brings this disgusting black slimy...something up into the sink bowl?

I swear to god that black goo is the nastiest stuff I have ever seen.  It looks like the byproduct of sort of alien life form from a horror sci-fi movie or something.
69  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: June 09, 2015, 05:31:14 PM
Why are people saying Luna doesn't look interesting? Unless I'm mistaken, we've seen about 10 seconds of her :-\

Because just look at her.  Look at her!!

....yeah, I don't get it either.
70  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 06, 2015, 10:02:43 PM
Just for the heck of it, here's my ranking of Shinkai's films:

1. 5 Centimeters per Second - A masterpiece.  The story is simple but memorable, and the art is of course as always gorgeous.

2. The Place Promised in Our Early Days - This has more of a high adventure feel to it than a lot of his more slice-of-life works, but it's still pretty packed with emotion.  I think this might be one of the most accessible of Shinkai's films, though, since there's something in it for everyone.

3. The Garden of Words - Probably the film that feels most similar in style to 5 Centimeters per Second, but unfortunately it didn't have the same impact on me.  Still good though.

4. Voices of a Distant Star - The film that really made Shinkai famous.  Originally a one-man job, it still has some amateurish qualities but even so it's still totally worth watching.  The setting is a lot more fantastical than most of his films but that setting is used more as a tool to tell a very human story.

5. She and Her Cat - Not sure what to say about this one.  It was his earliest work but it's also only a 5 min short so it's kind of hard to judge by the same standards of the others.  And again this was a solo project so I don't want to nit pick too much (I certainly couldn't have made it).  Still, it's funny and cute but ultimately there's not a whole lot to it.

6 - The Children Who Chase Lost Voices - This movie felt a little bit too much like Shinkai trying to be Ghibli and unfortunately not doing it very well.  It's not terrible or anything but I do think it's the weakest of his works.  Shinkai has a pretty unique style and this...wasn't really in that style.

Not rated: Crossroad.  It's literally a commercial.  And I mean that in the literal sense of literal not whatever the hell people mean by that word these days.  I think it's funny that CR even puts it up (since what it's advertising isn't really relevant to anyone not in Japan...).  I mean, it's a pretty nice commercial but still...it's a commercial.
71  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: June 06, 2015, 06:31:18 PM
Also, the gematsu page says a "sole" protagonist. Are they ditching the party approach?

I'm not them of course but I'm pretty sure they're just trying to contrast with Xillia's dual protagonists.
72  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki on: June 06, 2015, 06:40:50 AM
So I take the numbering of this series is already beyond repair?

I mean, according to wiki TitS FC is the 6th game. Something tells me I'm going to be bookmarking the wiki page and trust that over anything official.

The 6th game in the "Legend of Heroes" metaseries, maybe, but the world and narrative of the Kiseki (Trails) games is totally unrelated to the earlier Legend of Heroes games.  You really don't have to worry about them.

The order of the Trails games is: TitS FC, SC, TC, Zero, Ao, Sen, Sen 2.  It's not really that complicated...
73  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 06, 2015, 03:46:38 AM
Guess I'll watch Voice of the Distant Stars tomorrow since it's the only one I'm missing.

...
I'm going to be depressed as fuck after that movie, huh?

Pretty much.
74  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 06, 2015, 03:27:45 AM
It's Shinkai Makoto weekend on CR again.  Go watch some Shinkai, it's probably better than whatever you were going to watch...
75  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki on: June 05, 2015, 05:12:50 PM
I'm kind of considering battle system and encounter design as too different things here.  I'll agree that some of the regular fights in TitS could be quite repetitive because it was the same old enemies all the time, but I still maintain that the combat system itself was excellent.  There's quite a bit of complexity to it and boss fights could be very challenging (and the game strongly discourages grinding to get past things like that...).  All the elements in TitS's system have been done in other games, sure, but I don't know of any that put it all together quite like TitS does.
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