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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: December 15, 2014, 10:41:09 PM
I liken Akiba's Trip to that late 1990s anime Those Who Hunt Elves.

This. This times a million.

Nah man. Not enough tanks.

Angeeel bluuuue~#
17  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 15, 2014, 07:09:31 PM
I think it's the massive Luffy smile that's unsettling on the usually jolly Mario one. x)
Cute idea anyways :P
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: December 15, 2014, 03:43:26 PM
I thought it was fine enough.  Noctis sounds good, but the last line was completely stupid... "It's been a long time...too long... not much longer"  ..LIKE, HUH????  Who speaks like that?!?! 

People with hastily-translated and not smoothly-localized Japanese dialogue :D

But-but....the Japanese subtitled trailer was so much better. D:
Quote
"It's been a long time coming... Almost there"
Much better!

I'm not really judging I just thought it was funny as hell (and slightly baffling after coming off a school semester where I try to avoid such repetitive word use or sentence fragmentation).  Some folks are saying the line references FF15's 'delayed development' status in general (IMO Kid Icarus Uprising is the all-time winner for self-referencing this in their own game though)...

Anyways, like I said, most of the time, video games are pretty well cast these days.  Wooden voice acting for now, but I'm sure it'll get better, it usually does, and for the most part tragedies like Chaos Wars are few and far between and mostly a thing of the past.
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: December 15, 2014, 02:01:50 PM
Also, the audio tracks were most likely dubbed over the FMV footage, instead of ripped directly from the actual game, so that could have something to do with why they sound so wooden.

That's incredibly possible and it could explain why nothing sounds like it's being said 'in distance'.
20  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 15, 2014, 01:16:07 PM
Oh dear god, that gave me a little jump.... kinda creepy looking! xD
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: December 15, 2014, 01:03:15 PM
I thought it was fine enough.  Noctis sounds good, but the last line was completely stupid... "It's been a long time...too long... not much longer"  ..LIKE, HUH????  Who speaks like that?!?!  Here's hoping the script gets better than this one instance, but since it's a 'busy trailer' (ie; a gameplay-focused one) I can't really judge it that much.

Otherwise Noctis sounds 'cool', that big guy sounds like 'that bug guy', the smart dude sounds all fancy pants, and the blonde haired twerp is obnoxious and louder than the lot.  For the most part, games do a pretty good job with casting these days, I'm more worried again about a shitty script coming through from Square Enix like its plagued the last few FFs; but I'd say you're on the money, Klutz, about them basically embodying JRPG tropes, but I'm not sure what you're supposed to do about that.
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden 1 and 2 finally coming to psn + Suikoden discussion. on: December 15, 2014, 01:49:41 AM
Nope.  You only need to meet Elza in Muse to get him, the 20 hour time limit is to finish his quest, which isn't required to keep him or gain him as a Star.  Of course, meeting Elza in Muse is really easy to miss if you don't know you need to do so.

Yup....

*anger intensifies*


GUESS WHICH STAR I MISSED ON MY [IM]PERFECT RUN?
23  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 14, 2014, 06:42:16 PM
I actually felt like Summer Wars was a story about the family relationship and everything else was an extraneous plot element meant to provide emphasise and contextualize the conflicts going on within the family. I felt like they tied in well with the themes and didn't need them to be any more fleshed out than they were, because they simply weren't the point, unlike the Digimon movie where most of the ideas seem to be pulled from.

Yeah, Summer Wars was far more about illustrating the influence of one of those matriarchs that knows everybody, does everything and lives forever, what happens when she ceases doing the third thing, and how Digimon doesn't really compare to that.

I'm not arguing which is better, because I already said to the effect.  I just find it baffling that the man did almost 1:1 the exact same general plot which i find so strange.  The way the family plot worked with or jived against the Oz stuff, IMO, just didn't do a thing for me and a lot of other films hit that 'family' theme better (the only interesting part being the relationship with the half-uncle).  I feel the film is 'pretty good/not bad' at BEST but everyone seems to adore it
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The SaGa (emphasis on the captials) Thread on: December 14, 2014, 05:58:06 PM
Too bad, it's for the Vita ("Stop making me buy things for a dead system Squeenix!").

This like the same situation when Type-0 HD was announced but backwards.

Not sure about the rest of ya, but I don't blame Squeenix at all for hopping on the PS4 instead, quite frankly. : /
25  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 14, 2014, 01:00:17 PM
It's probably the best product placement ever.  But honestly, I doubt kids picked up on all the jokes, it definitely has that same ADHD humour style that Clone High (same creators) did and was explosive eye candy.

Speaking of Will Farrell...

Elf

Oh my god why haven't I seen this?  As a kid I ate up and adored every single Christmas thing, and I loved this film for having so much fun with not only its extremely likeable and goofy adult male elf (whose cluelessness is perfectly played by Farrell, and is fascinated by normal-sized toilets after living with people half his size for all his life), but also for referencing and owning every trope in every single Christmas movie ever made.  I like that it hits the slapstick that works for kids, but also works for adults because it does indeed take so much from both comedy and those Christmas film that we all grew up with --- which, by the way, I loved the cameo from Ralphie from the other holiday classic 'A Christmas Story'.

It's cheesy but in a good and self-knowing way.

EDIT: http://youtu.be/rBSlev7NMgU so freaking cute...
26  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 14, 2014, 12:59:04 PM
I find him really overrated.  : /
At least, as far as Summer Wars and Wold Children go.
I only saw Summer Wars and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, but I enjoyed both of them.  At least enough to eventually check out a third movie of his with some optimism. 
I really liked The Girl Who Leapt through time but I found Summer Wars to be a pretty big let-down.  And I still haven't gotten around to watching Wolf Children...

My biggest complaint about Hosoda is these weird tonal shifts or strange emphases in his story.

I liked Girl Who Leapt as well, till some of the plot holes or oversights really set in (Chiaki's 'promise' might be kind of cruel; and the movie emphasizes the love story as opposed to the possible future ahead of the human race...which felt peculiar).  The story is a ton of fun to follow and still does time travel very well, and I love the first 2/3s of it for having a ton of fun with a great cast.  Then...
Code:
This painting is important to the future of mankind after [blank] disaster happens...  "I'm here to make sure it gets restored... In the past.  Where I can change the future.....  The painting is what's important".... WHAAAT???  I respect the tone of the movie, the melancholy switch by the end, though an admirable route, kind of hurt the flick, IMO.

I hated that Summer Wars was basically the Digimon Movie.... Hell, even if it was a better one, it felt like an over-stuffed redux of the Digimon Movie and I'd love to know why he basically decided to redo the plot (he didn't like being on the Digimon team? *shrug*).  The hero felt forgettable and the family aspect felt distracting (at the very least the Digimon cast was already memorable and established) while the online world felt like it was trapped in its own plot-bubble.  It's presented brilliantly, but it's a bit messy within.

Wolf Children is just cavity-causing sweetness for most of the film.  It's good, but the ending felt a bit unfulfilling, and sadly, the film largely lacks perspective of its main mum who does most of the work (yeah I know it's called "Wolf Children", but Hana seems largely compliant than has any real motivation or interesting dialogue whatsoever). 
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The SaGa (emphasis on the captials) Thread on: December 14, 2014, 12:22:17 PM
I hate that the games feel so schizophrenic.  One minute you're dealing with vampires, then dinosaurs, then magical planets, the a casino, then magical amazonessseses....Then you get OHKOd by taking the wrong turn.  They feel incredibly inconsistent across the board.  Despite that I've played a good portion of them, I'm oddly 'attracted' to play them still. 

I liked SaGa 2 for being the most 'focused' I think.  That and it had stellar graphics and OST.

Tales of Hearts has been a train of mediocracy, so I actually might welcome a new SaGa game and all of its 'eccentricities'. :)
28  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 14, 2014, 02:52:43 AM
I find him really overrated.  : /
At least, as far as Summer Wars and Wold Children go.
29  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 13, 2014, 09:01:30 PM
I've kept to Amagi brilliant Park and I've been satisfied; it's pretty damn funny.

I've also been watching a bunch of old Ghibli stuff.  Might post reactions to stuff soon enough.

Oh, the guy who did Summer Wars and Wolf Children has a new film announced:
http://youtu.be/pGJivemaHuM
Bakemono no Ko....  It's about a fuzzy beast.... I think director-sama is a furry ...fur sure.
30  Media / Game Journals / Re: Complete: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: December 13, 2014, 06:04:22 PM
I know I bragged about saving Omnislash for last, but I got distracted IRL when the fight started, I didn't hit "Limit" fast enough, and got hit by Seph.... then it all ended with that really super lame counter....  I immediately youtubed "omnislash" to make up for it. x(
It was glorious.
I wanna go do battle arena to rectify this.

If you want to make it even more glorious, bring Cloud with his Buster Sword for great justice (or a Nail Bat).

Okay, you know what, FINE, I botched the ending. >:(

I QUIT.

But I do like the idea of nail bat or buster swording it.
Ultima Weapon[I think?] is too flashy.  I love that the Buster Sword is a bit rusty.
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