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6721  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 19, 2013, 03:12:09 PM
There's this new anime called Koutora and episode 1 was incredible. I watched episode 2 and it's also incredible.
I'm not sure if it's possible for an anime to keep being this good for a whole season, but as of now, it definitively has an explosive start.

I'm also amazed by the themes put forth. Gutsy stuff.

Watched it -- and yeah, wow. Fantastic mix of drama, comedy, and just that touch of romance.  I really like the relationship between Kotoura and the main guy.  The first part of the first episode was brutal, like you said, it goes a lot of places other series don't touch on, and when they do, it's spaced out a lot more.  Kotoura is really sweet though, and I was so happy when she joined the club.  Been a while since I've rooted for a character.  Hopefully the quality stays consistent!
6722  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 18, 2013, 10:52:43 PM
whut the hell is happening with the last few posts here?? Amazing?  Sad?  I don't know.  All sorts of emotional haps are belly flopping around.
6723  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 18, 2013, 10:32:55 PM
I could wander around the world maps in Dragon Quest VIII and Skies of Arcadia FOREVER.  If Ni no Kuni is anything like those, well, I'm all about it.  Just one more week!

Wasn't an HD version of SoA gonna be announced or something??

Ni no Kuni was pretty fun.  The battle system ranges nicely from challenging to nice and easy after a few level ups (if I didn't know better, really weak/underlevelled enemies leave you alone).  I'm happy so far. :D
6724  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: January 18, 2013, 09:35:43 AM
Given the game is like 60% cutesy girls, it doesn't matter what language the voices will be in.... I'm worried I'll still get a minor headache from high-pitched girls.  I'm making sure a quiet madame and that big hulking Canadian-esque looking hunter dude.... MMM.♥

I pre-ordered yesterday.  I don't know why I'm excited for this given my extremely neutral feelings for the Arland series... Hope they pack an artbook, Hidari is a nice artist.
6725  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: January 17, 2013, 11:49:01 PM
CALLED IT!  Yuna in the top 3.

Lightning is Japan's #1 Female Character according to recent Final Fantasy poll.

1. Lightning (FFXIII)
2. Aerith (FFVII)
3. Yuna (FFX)
4. Tifa (FFVII)
5. Celes (FFVI)
6. Tina (FFVI)
7. Serah (FFXIII)
8. Garnet (FFIX)
8. Faris (FFV)
10. Rinoa (FFVIII)
10. Rydia (FFIV)
12. Selphie (FFVIII)
13. Rikku (FFX)
14. Beatrix (FFIX)
14. Yuffie (FFVII)
16. Ashe (FFXII)
17. Rosa (FFIV)
17. Eiko (FFIX)
17. Agrias (FFT)

I'm sad Beatrix isn't higher, I'm sad Serah-chan from 13-2 is as high as she is....ew.
I love that Celes-Tina are high together (hah)....DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, SQUEENIX
6726  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 17, 2013, 11:35:18 PM
Also.  Prettiest.  Worldmap.  EVER.

More than the one in Dragon Quest VIII?

Never played.  So yes!

DLC I'd buy: Alternate outfits of other Ghibli characters.... D:
6727  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 17, 2013, 11:25:53 PM
Sorry AgentD....

I got Ni No Kuni early from my local indie game store (lawl, suckit Gamestop :P ).
Love it.  Except, while the demo had NO explanations on *anything*, this game has TOO much for everything.  I hate when a game tells me how to "walk". :P

Nevertheless, lovely game, well done cutscenes, great music, and feels like a Ghibli film.
Also.  Prettiest.  Worldmap.  EVER.
I *think* the "map" of the world map is hand drawn too.  As a wannabe artist, that's a pretty cool thing.
6728  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 17, 2013, 10:10:31 PM
Just found out that there is a Visual Novel recently translated into English where you play as a dude who's girlfriend gets turned into an Al Paca. Don't worry, its G-rated, but yeah, my mind broke a little upon learning this. Also not linking to the site because I'm pretty sure there's porn on it.

I laughed. xD
6729  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: January 17, 2013, 08:39:22 PM
I know that we can't stop talking about it because we're all gonna buy this game despite our complaining. :P
6730  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Missouri wants to tax violent video games. on: January 17, 2013, 06:03:33 PM
I wonder when we'll actually focus on cracking down on guns than videogames.  Much harder to work up the courage to kill a man with your bare hands than it is a gun.

Ah well, blah blah blah, yadda yadda yadda.

I'm sure it will all be said, so I'll just post Stephen Colbert's thoughts on it:
6731  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 17, 2013, 10:14:43 AM
I've upped my gym visits to 4-5 days a week, and do 10 minutes of cardio on arrival and after my workout now. I've lost about 10lbs total, though with the heavy lift training I'm gaining mass, leading me to be very surprised when I look at a scale and see 380 lbs...

Anyways, I feel better than ever, and am now bench pressing 260 lbs....1 time....with a seriously large amount of effort being used...

Well done! :D

Went to Toronto Raps game last night,  They lost but scored 100 points so free pizza!!
6732  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 17, 2013, 02:57:44 AM
Eva 3.0: You Cannot (Re)Do

Hm.  I see the beef peeps have with it.  There's less action than 2.0 is a bit of a loss, but I can put that aside (for now).

I think what I didn't like was a lack of growth in the characters.  For one: The main cast is pretty pissy at Shinji, but it's hard to place their anger when you get a vague understanding of why; and this is made worse by the fact they're mad for something he didn't mean to do.  But, 14 years of living in pissy and shitty world due to one stubborn and childish boy may do that to you -- but I might just be making up excuses for them here, because it's not explained in the movie.  But I think what really annoyed me was Shinji himself who seems to enjoy playing the role of an "unlikable character"; and this time he's playing out what's basically the question of "what's inside Pandora's box?" (and SPOILER...it ain't good!).  

I also hate the fact the revelations in the film are nothing new *. The big reveal about who Rei is a clone of is "revealed again" but in a different manner.  Despite Mari's strong debut, she's put on the back burner, literally playing support for Asuka 90% of the time.  Meanwhile, Asuka's mad all the time but in good spirits about fighting, and her foil, Rei, gives new meaning to "the silent treatment" by never being able to answer a fucking question even when you look her in the eyes (to counter this, she's actually "nicer" than previous Rei incarnations).   Gendo is still in one of two poses he's ever been drawn in (sitting and leaning with his fingers crossed), being mysterious, using his son (which reinforces Shinji's feelings of worthlessness and that he's become a self-fulfilling prophecy to), and missing his wife and trying to get her back (while ignoring his one and only son... ... ... clearly Shinji was an unintended pregnancy by this point, or even his own father doesn't like the man Shinji is becoming like the rest of the audience is).  

The film is brilliantly animated and brilliantly scored (giving Ghibli a run for its money in both categories), but the lack of answers and lack of progress despite the 14 year time jump leave a lot more to be desired.

On the bright, Kaoru plays the most amusing and fascinatingly (short-lived) anime character that's been seen in a long time.  His ambiguously homosexual nature serves as one of the greatest supports a weak character like Shinji could ask for.  The relationship doesn't feel forced because Shinji is so fucked up; it's realistic in that just having anyone so kind, intimate, and understanding would probably make anyone blush.  I've always loved the question of whether his... um, at times over-the-top friendliness (i.e.; borderline homosexual undertones) were genuine or merely a means to an end.  The relationship played out differently here, and so do the means by which it progresses -- but the outcome is the same, and again the revelations vaguely explained.

It's hard to really decide what to make of the film; it's good but doesn't really try to do much with it despite the opportunity for doing so.  Regardless, Eva 2.0 was easily a stronger film as a whole.  I look forward to the final film and hope for a Happy Eva End to what is seriously the most big-ball-of-sad version of Earth to ever survive the Apocalypse.

*or maybe it's just been too long since I really bit into the series to really understand it (I really couldn't understand that plot any more than "THIRD IMPACT IS BAD AND WILL FUCK UP EARTH EVEN MORE THAN IT ALREADY IS IF IT HAPPENS").  
6733  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: January 16, 2013, 02:28:47 PM
Haha oh man.  What a mess.  For some reason I wanna see this show in the game when some NPC just says shit like "I am error" or "@&#YUHJDF&^@#".  Here's hoping it gets here in one piece.
6734  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 16, 2013, 10:35:52 AM
Is there a way to turn off the annoying repetitive chatter after each battle? It's a bit obnoxious.

IT'S REYN TIME all the time!
6735  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: New Ghost in the Shell anime on: January 16, 2013, 10:33:42 AM
Oh, sure.

Just when I thought my interest in anime had finally completely dissipated. I've just stuck to old favorites for the last few years as nothing new has seemed interesting. Now I guess I'll have to check this out.

Haha I actually kinda sympathize with this.  I've become less and less interested myself.  This announcement has really made me happy, and I'm glad, quite the buzz on the net.
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