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6136  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: March 28, 2013, 01:39:02 AM


The Wolf Children: Ame and Yuki

= Done by the fella who did "Girl who Lept Through Time" and "Summer Wars".  Thematically somewhat similar; emphasis on family and choosing your life path and doing what makes you happy.  Overall, Summer Wars took more liberties in storytelling with Wolf Children being slightly more pedestrian (though I can't pass the former for being a "remake" of sorts of a certain Digimon movie), and less of a deep plot than GWLTT... but the story is sincere, funny, heart-warming, and very sweet.
= Leave it to Japan to tell the tale of a single parent and her ....wolf children.
= on that note... Furries will probably love the fuck out of this flick.  One scene in particular, it's not sexual, but I'm 90% certain it leads to it. 
= The film is very cute.  The kids Ame and Yuki are sweet and believable as children (they're rambunctious yet shy, curious yet reserved), and become somewhat moodier as they grow up and learn about their "social lives" and the complexities of dealing with it as half-human, half-wolf beings.
= I loved how the children go in-and-out from being wolves and the issues poor mum has to deal with in keeping their secret.  There is a bit of awkwardness with regards to making them into "anime-wolves", especially when you see a "real wolf" animated with real-wolf eyes.
= Minor beef.  Yuki's hair changes colour for no apparent reason (or I missed it?) from auburn to black.  ...I guess she dyed it.  The third act drags during a forest scene that goes on a bit longer than necessary, and the villagers kind of get dropped off from the plot altogether.  But also the ending kinda ended on a " =/ oh" note.
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I think it's great Ame and Yuki decided their own lives and decided in very different ways how they would do it: Yuki decides to live as a more-human girl and Ame as a wolf of the wild; but they both leave home as mum [u]lives alone[/u].  For a movie about family (especially with how Summer Wars took the point to an 11), I would have loved just a small epilogue of them coming back home or something just a bit more for all that was put into showing them grow up...Daresay, I was sad they left the nest, even if that was part of the point of the film.... they were so young to do so.  Ame decided to piss off by the age of 10, and Yuki went to middle-school dorms by 13 I guess.  Also, I wish there was one last scene about a brother/sister bond.  Their last major scene was them fighting. 
Bonus Round!!!!
= Major points to the Old Man in this film sounding like a Japanese version of Super Dave Osborne
= Also big points to our leading lady for dressing nicer to a class lecture when she was trying to impress a boy in class.  NOIHAVENTDONETHAT.... but actually...
6137  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: March 27, 2013, 11:17:52 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHcMqOQt4NY&feature=share&list=FLwBqLezHTYwpTN9vRHbTOyw
Suckin on titties....
6138  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 27, 2013, 09:34:24 PM
Yikes 7 years.  Does Canada handle student loans differently than the US?  Here, 7 years of post-secondary school would put people majorly in debt after they graduate unless it was something really cheap like a community college or you got in for cheap due to relatives working at the school.

I don't know how to compare... though I've heard schooling in the States costs a ridiculous sum (I don't think Canada has a proper "ivy league"-like school to charge those kind of costs).  My family (bless 'em) and I have been pretty diligent about paying my way through school without help: College was over $3000 per year and University has been about $5000 per year (actually, I hear Quebec pays a lot less and still protests, clearly Ontarians are pussies; and back in the 1990's our fees were only around the $1000 mark!!!).
...but I'm really hoping to have the competitive edge with a diploma and degree (actually, after I graduate I'll proudly be the BEST EDUCATED person at my store!! :D )

Only in my last two years will I need to rely on government funding (ie; DEBT): We gotta pay interest 6 months *after* graduation.
How much is schooling in your neck of the woods?

I qualify as disabled (legally deaf) so I am getting some taxes back. That will pay for for 1/3 of my hearing aids that need replacing next month.

On the subject of health, not feeling so great these days. I've been having random attacks of severe vomiting, and my doctor can't figure out why. I have been on a waiting list to see a specialist since October (Canada - where everyone gets health care if you don't mind waiting for it). Starting to feel a bit alarmed since I am now passing blood in addition to the vomiting. Still have another month to go. 

On the plus side, everyone thinks I look great for all the weight I've lost!  <_<  (I haven't really told anyone IRL).

Golly Aurian, that sounds awful.  I remember feeling all thin after a fit of food poisoning, but feeling like my stomach was turning into a sailor's knot wasn't much compensation.
I hope evertthing works out better for ya.
6139  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: March 27, 2013, 11:32:04 AM

I'm hungry

http://www.leenks.com/link449850.html
Some really awesome tats
6140  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: March 26, 2013, 11:56:41 PM
Tomb Raider has sold 3.4 million copies, failed to hit expectations -- Source: Eurogamer

Crazy how with all those copies sold Tomb Raider, Sleeping Dogs and Hitman: Absolution are still considered "a failure" for the company.
What idiots. I think 3.4 million is amazing considering all the bad mojo the TR franchise has built up over the years. If someone had asked me, I would have guessed that it would sell just under a million the first week. What the hell were they expecting?


6141  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Eska & Rosy uses the Dynasty Warriors engine (no, not Atelier Warriors) on: March 26, 2013, 08:43:13 PM
I was really happy with Ayesha -- I hope we get this.
I wonder if the gameplay will compensate to make Rosy more about battle system and Eska more about the alchemy?? 

I'm glad you liked Ayesha, I know you were a bit cautious for a while.  I assume it got more interesting for you?

After I discovered the d-pad alchemy options (power pour, transfer, and the other two), I got *infinitely* more interested.
The game could still use tweaks in the battle system and plot, but I was happy with the product.
Biggest issue was probably the last ten minutes of the main story because it felt so...cheaply done =/
Final Dungeon: two screens
Final Enemies: the same 5 you always run into, re-skinned
Final Boss: ???? (easier than the mecha-dragon, but I guess abusing alchemy will do that).
Resolution: Tio's safe!  (Teleport)  BYE!

Keith is awesome.  Regina sucks ass.  I like how she isn't a standout in any way.  I'm curious how Nio is in battle.  That was a pleasant surprise.
And while I'm not into cute/whacky anime stereotypes, I thought Odelia was a darling.

EDIT: Battle scans
http://i.imgur.com/y1v4kuE.jpg
6142  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Annoying Moments in otherwise Great Games on: March 26, 2013, 08:32:12 PM
I'm still not 100% sure how you get safely across that beam thing when the prison is sinking.

Yeah, that took me like 6 tries.  I didn't really get what...the thing[?] to do[?] is..... When I did it, I was all like, "oh, kay."

I also hated the part with Cid in FF9 that's timed.  Fucking up leaves you little time to fix things, and they make it an exercise of tedium since he's so careful putting every item on and off the scale.  ...also, I just hate timed parts.  Fuck'em.
6143  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: March 26, 2013, 07:23:54 PM

What?  How did this get pitched anyways?  Or make sense...or whaat?

Strangest thing I've discovered today.  Weird Al singing his Jurassic Park song in Japanese.  Apparently, this version was on the Japanese version of the album.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOYcomjwYcg

Wow... huh. 
I'm actually impressed with his diction?

Seeing Weird Al reminded me of UHF which brought me to a classic moment:
http://youtu.be/Dx_UJxuQGXo
6144  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 26, 2013, 07:19:45 PM
I'm getting a kingly sum back for my taxes.

I get diddly fucking nothing with my shit job.  Fuck everything.  I'm becoming a waitress again...or a stripper.  See what I can get into faster...point is: I want tips again.

What exactly are you in school studying for?  I don't know how Canada does things, but by your posts it seems like you're in school a lot longer than Americans.

Haha, I wish I could say a doctor because i'd be almost done by now.
I went to college for business/advertising (and graphic design), then I took a year to do a prep university course to help my grades (got straight As), now I'm in university studying engineering and advanced mathematics so I can become an aeronautical engineer art history because it's what I love.
7 years post-secondary!!! :D  I'm glad I didn't tell my highschool-self that's how long it would take...or she would have...become a stripper/waiter.
6145  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: March 26, 2013, 07:15:14 PM
Handjobs are stupid anyways. 








I love the guy blow drying his junk


I'd buy it!
6146  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Eska & Rosy uses the Dynasty Warriors engine (no, not Atelier Warriors) on: March 26, 2013, 07:00:59 PM
I was really happy with Ayesha -- I hope we get this.
I wonder if the gameplay will compensate to make Rosy more about battle system and Eska more about the alchemy?? 

Like Atelier Iris 2?

...Hopefully better than AI2...
6147  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Eska & Rosy uses the Dynasty Warriors engine (no, not Atelier Warriors) on: March 26, 2013, 06:41:20 PM
I was really happy with Ayesha -- I hope we get this.
I wonder if the gameplay will compensate to make Rosy more about battle system and Eska more about the alchemy?? 
6148  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Surprise! Drakengard 3 (aka; how to damn "nier" lose your shit about old title) on: March 26, 2013, 06:40:35 PM
Curious what "zero" and "one" has to do with the story... they said it's to make things easier.... iuno.
6149  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Thread -- Making people crazy since 1987, kupo! on: March 26, 2013, 06:39:27 PM
Namco Bandai was pretty bad for this too.  They expected their goddamn "CLash of the Titans" games (y'know, the GAME based on the shitty MOVIE?) to sell over 500k.
6150  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Eska & Rosy uses the Dynasty Warriors engine (no, not Atelier Warriors) on: March 26, 2013, 11:27:21 AM
So long as Hidari is drawin', it looks like I'll be getting another artbook.  Dammit.

Anyways, yay, hopefully we get a gameplay video soon.

EDIT:
http://blog.esuteru.com/archives/7002189.html  (JPN link)
Is Rosy a fella (男)??  Haa...

EDITII:
http://image.noelshack.com/fichiers/2013/13/1364308512-atelier-escha-logy-alchemist-of-dusk-sky.png
I'm on the ball!!!!  And I guess the romanization is a lot different.
http://image.noelshack.com/fichiers/2013/13/1364308513-atelier-escha-logy-alchemist-of-dusk-sky.jpg
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