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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 5 on: October 19, 2016, 01:12:04 PM
English cast!  Start picturing, imagining, and judging
2  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 10, 2016, 12:35:49 PM
Your Name

Okay well this movie is almost perfect.

I admit to not being the biggest Shinkai fan in the past; he knows how to create some pretty looking films, but the stories left me wanting (it definitely doesn't help he's 'so good' at dealing on themes of loneliness and isolation to contrast themes of love).  Garden of Words definitely began to change my mind; the way he captured two people at different points of their life was definitely relatable, and Your Name puts him back in my good books for creating something beautifully directed and a tale that's beautifully told.  I'm really impressed with how the movie conveys the "magic", whether it's the day-to-day routine in our two lead's complicated lives, or the deeper stuff with how the two main characters manage to connect with each other despite their distance from one another.  While we've seen body-swap stories many times before, the bits that Your Name does "off-script" from the typical body-swap story cannot be undersold and fortunately avoid making its two hour runtime a mere comedy of errors and misunderstandings — it instead goes for more than just resolving character's personal problems, but it actually goes for a very different and very dramatic endgame.

The plot takes a pretty drastic turn about half way through (I won't spoil it) and benefits a second viewing, but its resolution and loose ends should leave audiences satisfied (something Shinkai films can't always claim to do).  But what else is there to say?  If Your Name set out to create a vivid visual, it succeeds; if it wanted to create a fresh and interesting story (with some of the awkward body-swapping highjinks!), it succeeds; if it wanted to created fun main and supporting characters involved in a tricky plot, it succeeds... Overall it does *everything* it needs to do, and it personally ranks among the best animated features from Japan as I'm hard pressed to find anything bad to say about it.

Oh, except for an "anime style" opening.  This movie is 2 hours long, it doesn't need 'an opening theme' and it comes off a little awkward when feature length films do this.  Quite frankly, the less said about what the film is about the better, it doesn't need the added visuals to get you in the mood.  But I'm guessing it's a way to squeeze another popstar song into the movie.

3  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: October 08, 2016, 10:56:16 AM
I hope it's either Suikoden II  or Radiant Historia

Too inaccessible.

How about Quest 64?

The game at least had a few cool cities (but a terrible everything else).
I always loved the broken magic system basically pressuring you to pick water/earth elements and ignoring the others.
4  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 08, 2016, 12:16:10 AM
Man I loved Darker than Black.  Wish more stuff existed in its universe.

The Beast and the Boy

Yay, Mamoru Hosoda is back (and on Netflix)!  I'm also happy we're that much closer to him just coming out as a full-fledged-likely-furry (no reason to hide it, there are dozens of you—on forums).

The movie though is probably his most narratively confused work yet.  Starting on a humble premise, a bear-man taking in a homeless child and teaching him the way of the sword (sort of), and ultimately packs on way too much stuffing and drives itself into a confusing and almost out-of-nowhere third arc.  It does provide some clever twists on Japanese folklore and the environments are pretty and the ideas are a lot of fun, and I even like the "boy" and "beast" (especially when they butt heads!).  But then it also features a completely uninteresting love-interest and a mishandled themes of fatherhood and father-figures.

It's a lot of fun to watch; but the plot felt disjointed and left me wanting; the action is fun but it's not good enough to buckle down with this movie for it.  Watch it, enjoy it, and then don't ponder on it, because the themes here are poorly thought out.  I felt there was a lot of potential here, and it's definitely a case where less would have been more.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is probably still my favourite work by Hosoda... but with a similarly dubious third act that throws a lot of information at you with very little lead up to it.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Silver Case being localized for PC on: October 06, 2016, 08:44:19 PM
This game actually looks pretty cool! The look and atmosphere looks like they'll satisfy some weird itch I've had or it reminds me of why I miss Hotel Dusk so much.  I'll probably get it in the near future.
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: *DONE* Dice Plays FFIX (1st post w/ Table of Contents & Plot Summaries!) on: October 06, 2016, 11:31:51 AM
Hello friend!  I wanna say thanks for reading so much, I thought the thread was pretty dead by now, but it's great to see it still gets some readers. :)

I think we're gonna have to agree to disagree on a  few points, buuuutt I think I can pull a few quotes.

I'm just going to quote socksmakepeoplesexy on this one: "And all of a sudden, the rug is pulled out from beneath the hero's feet as he is forced to confront his murky past and come to terms with the fact that he's not the person he thinks he is. This works great in Final Fantasy VII, since the entire game builds up to that one climactic moment from the very beginning. But in Final Fantasy IX, it's completely tacked-on, and only done because this is post-Final Fantasy VII and paying customers expect at least one terrible and momentous mindfuck of a revelation before the credits roll."

I'm just going with the punches of the story.  I feel like Zidane's spotlight comes waaaay too coincidentally and way too contrived to feel real.  But, alas, I do like how the game does give Zidane some backstory.  I don't really care for how the Terra bit fits into the game's plot, and FF9 sets it up as an almost "big bad" only for the older/real villain to take the reigns in the finale.  It's not my favorite, but I do like the story as it unfolds and the drama between the characters to be pretty fulfilling (some more than others).  Like a "Tales of" game, I'm less sold on the overall plot of FF9 than I am by it's charming settings and big motley crew cast of lovable weirdos.


I think the plot of FF9 was meant to call back elements of previous games and it intentionally "feels familiar".  So I can't say I agree with the overall tone and scope of the plot.  I do have issues with it, which I do mention, but I'm honestly less convinced games can *often* have good plots.  I feel there's standouts, and I feel game plots can be good game plots, but a lot of them do contain contrived or grandiose elements to usually turn things into a "save the world" affair. 

That said, I loved playing FF9's story, elements felt especially human when the fantasy elements were put aside.  Garnet trying to save her mother despite the things she's done is because betraying family isn't a plot thread that SHOULD come easily.  Another issue I have with RPGs is when they DO often focus on tragic sob story pasts; everyone has to be damaged to be interesting and experience some sort of catharsis/revelation during their journey.  But a character like Eiko or Vivi are simply too young to have much of a "tragic backstory" (Vivi gets his somewhat spelled out for us at Quan's Dwelling which I thought was pretty cool).  Steiner indeed questioned his loyalties, it took some time (he IS loyal after all!), but he came around.  Freya admittedly gets a bit shafted as soon as the Cleyra bit is over (and her love story ends on a bittersweet note, so I don't understand what you mean by "hijacking" Garnet/Zidane), but Amarant doesn't really strike me as a man who would talk or get sad about a tragic past even if he had one —— his development in game (to "play along" and become a friend) is just the right amount of development (and cheese) for a character of his type.

I don't doubt you like FF13, and I like FF13 (just probably not as much as you).  But hey, some people reeeaaallly like FF7, some people reeeaaallly like FF6, and some people reeeaaallly like FF10.  You can't win them all, and I don't see why you keep bringing up 13.  FF games are sort of unique in that each game really seems to have its subsets of fans, but, to some extent, I find the games pretty hard to compare to each other because their tone, atmosphere, gameplay (especially in the PSX era and on) have been wildly different.  Beyond broad strokes, I usually don't like comparing titles since they seem to have different goals.

The nitpicking on Beatrix is odd.  I mean, how the hell can our party take on dragons and giant beasts?  Why couldn't we just kill Golbez in FF4, because we didn't "level up" enough?  I DUNNO!  So I'm afraid I have to respectfully ignore that point as something FF games and RPGs love bringing in some overpowered character.

What should have happened, as stated above, was that Beatrix should have been the Queen and Garnet's adoptive mother (she used to be one of the Alexandrian Knights along with Steiner who had feelings for her, but later became Queen after marrying the King, Steiner of course still loved Beatrix, but still watched over as a knight, which is also explains why he was so overprotective of Garnet, she's the child of the woman he loves, so he sees her as a daughter, which makes it all the more tragic that the girl he thought was the princess was adopted, and the real Garnet he knew died all those years ago) and she would be a deconstruction of previous "Disk 1 Final Bosses" (Gestahl, P. Shinra and the galbadan President), the whole reason she was waging war is because she was convinced by Kuja that Alexander could bring back the dead, such as her husband and biological daughter and the desire to bring them back got the better of her, which lead to some actual interesting conflict between her and Steiner, and instead of getting killed off, she tries to make up and attone for what happened and gives up the throne to Dagger (and Zidane).

For Kuja, he is just an unintentionally Unsympathetic character, the game makes him out to be sympathetic when really he isn't, there's no build, no hesitation or remorse in his actions (he just spouts pointless poetry which just makes him more unsympathetic), up until the last minute, and it's really only for incredibly shallow reasons like finding out he was going die soon and made a desperate attempt at amends (speaking of that, that made no sense, why the heck did Kuja think he was immortal? It was stated in the Ultimania's that he was just a regular Genome that accidentally got a soul, there was no reason for him to think he was immortal.), the writers even pulled a random entity out of nowhere (Necron) to try and make his incredibly forced heel face turn more credible, Necron was really just a cheap out of nowhere excuse for Kuja to "redeem himself", the "symbolism" was just an excuse to try and justify his appearance. Plus his whole hunt for the Eidolons (which took up roughly 70% of the game) was completely pointless as he could have simply read some books and did research on Trance, and focused on achieving a power that was even greater than the most powerful Eidolon, Alexander, from the start, instead of wasting most of the game on the Eidolons

woahwoahwoah whaaat?  I mean, parts of this are okay, but that's a LOT of new plot for a game that never would have hinted at this otherwise.  You literally derailed the plot that's there and I think you're putting way too much stock in this.  As for Kuja, the only way I "defend" him is because....hearing you're about to die probably makes you feel like complete shit; problem is Kuja is insane and insanely powerful and retaliated.  I didn't really feel much as a villain except for that moment where his death became inevitable and he couldn't stop it despite his newfound power.

Also, I'm happy to get into games I like, but I'm not really good with imagining hypothetical scenarios that didn't happen in the game.  Not my style.

Also also, I think Yuna and Tidus lost a bit of their magic with X-2 and X-2.5

I'm sure there's a lot more i can say, but I'm out of time today and the wall of text is making me go cross eyed.  But thanks for reading!

7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: October 03, 2016, 12:31:16 AM
D2 the Mighty Ducks trailer, dang, forgot how good that one was


Oh Maaaan I miss Mr Movie Voice.
Also, I quote this film pretty regularly.  "Good work, Captain Duck" is just solid scripting.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: October 03, 2016, 12:29:52 AM
For those 20/20 bastards who don't know what the world is like for those who need glasses.  It's like this...but blurrier.

"Come on Bill.... Let's go" I lol'd, something about Former President Clinton getting scolded by the current one is amazing.  This is usually what I'm like with my dad (who similarly never stops talking).

Speaks for itself
9  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 29, 2016, 01:38:45 PM
I came across the 3rd Cardcaptor Sakura ending...it's pretty awful, but made me realize that CCS takes place in a world where women won "the war" and life is this weirdly sweet place where you're having a blast making strawberry cake on a sunday in some weird skirt/overalls combo and homelessness probably doesn't exist and men and women freely express themselves in any straight/gay way they want and your worst problem is if Yukito-senpai will notice me and if that giant magical fish will destroy the town.

Kay maybe not.

I checked out Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress.  The occasional lull aside, I thought it was damn fantastic and a great genre fusion.  The more 90's looking art was dee-vine and the production looked beautiful.  Fun series, recommend it.
10  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: September 25, 2016, 01:28:02 AM
I just finished rewatching all 13 episodes of the long-since-canceled ABC sitcom "Selfie", starring Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy) and John Cho (Star Trek, American Pie).

Probably the greatest half-hour network sitcom of all time, save Parks and Recreation (or like Seinfeld or whatever).  The acting and directing are so much better than your average network sitcom schlock.  Anyone with Hulu Plus should take a night or two and binge this one.  Gillan and Cho somehow exceed even the high expectations they come with.

Keep in mind, the first episode starts poorly but picks up quickly.


Really sad it didn't get picked up, the comedy was solid, the chemistry worked, the cast was great.  But maybe a case where a bad title and a bad pilot worked against it.
11  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 25, 2016, 01:26:54 AM
I just watched Shin Sekai Yori episode 8

"Two years have passed since the camping incident and the relationship between the friends have changed dramatically."

-understatement of the century.

I love that series, despite the fact that watching it is like being punched in the gut over and over again.

That is actually incredibly accurate.

And yeah, watching young students mack on each other was...odd, to say the least. But I mean shortly before that was mole people, and some weird history lesson about the future, and coming is even more weird shit.  I watched a number of episode with my jaw sort of loosely hanging there and my eye brows curled different ways.
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 21, 2016, 02:04:32 PM
Plus, how many games actually put Canada in their game?

Etrian Odyssey Untold's Raquna Sheldon is from fantasy!Ontario. She likes maple-flavored ice cream and says 'eh'.

Hah!!! Love it!!!
13  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 21, 2016, 08:35:42 AM
Yep, can definitely confirm I am cursed to not finish Trails of Cold Steel.
....then the game froze on my second try.

I laughed. xD
The game is against ya.
I set Cold Steel to easy; but I'm really having trouble getting into the flow of things.  Largely because work is taking a lot of time so ...I'm looking forward to a backlog of catchup when things settle down...and y'know I've landed my dream job one day.  #fuck.

I beat South Park The Stick of Truth.... I don't think I've laughed more or been more shocked and appalled by things I've seen in a videogame.  Best of all, the combat was still very competent despite it's status as a "TV game".  If you ever found the show funny and need a quick RPG, I TOTALLY recommend it (it's pretty cheap now too).

Plus, how many games actually put Canada in their game?
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: World of Final Fantasy on: September 20, 2016, 01:52:40 PM
I honestly think I'll hate the game but I'm probably gonna throw money at it because it looks fun.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: September 20, 2016, 01:43:42 PM
The entire FFX OST remixed with Tidus' "hahaha"


This is the best thing ever!

James Arnold Taylor (English VA of Tydus) reacts to it:

There's pain behind those eyes. x)
He's a real sport about it at least, and I'm glad the dude still is a top-shelf voice actor despite it (like he said, he just followed directions, and STILL managed to sound less atrocious than the Japanese VA).

Spanish Radio DJ needs a raise.  He manages to guess a caller's VERY incorrectly heard song lyrics.
Also, the laugh is contagious.

Oldie but a goodie.  "This Aerobic Video Wins Everything" is well described and a look back into the mythical age where this was popular...sure looks like everyone is having fun!

Some peeps here seem to like The Eric Andre Show.  And oh man... The low budget garbage talk show is a lot of fun and I watched a ton of them.
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