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7426  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 23, 2011, 12:33:18 AM
I go through phases where I guzzle tea for some time then don't have any for a while.

I don't drink it for caffeine or a pick me up, just because I like the taste.

My favorites:

english and irish teas
oolong w/ jasmine
and decent herbal concoctions

An ex got me this expensive as fuck cast iron teapot that was forged by 7 japanese craftsmen. it rules

If I do drink coffee I take it like Dice likes her Materia, Black

Haven't tried that many teas.... :O
I like my peppermint, [actual, not coffee shop] japanese green tea, and orange pekoe.... maybe I should start diversifying...

I hate black tea.  I liked red materia, it told me, when FF7 first came out, that it was worth pursuing the brought-red pixels on the screen.  
7427  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: a pet peve of mine is.... on: March 23, 2011, 12:00:46 AM
.......I......hate.......it.......when....... people drag their feet as they walk.
7428  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 22, 2011, 11:55:41 PM
My boyfriend has learned that if I am to be woken in the morning I require a cup of tea of the dresser next to me, otherwise he has to put up with a torrent of verbal abuse ranging from "Why is it so bright in here, did you open the curtains just to piss me off?" to "When did you decide in your life that your purpose was to make mine a living hell?"

Not a morning person/

I love morning - I love it when an early sky is still white.  Tea is a must, but usually at any time of the day is fine. =)
Cinnamon toast and tea - favorite snack.
7429  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: March 22, 2011, 06:24:23 PM

Like I said! :D
7430  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: March 22, 2011, 06:14:28 PM
Well, Pinocchio was a great addition to the cast, I'll give it that much. The thing that bugged me the most with il-Teatrino was that it felt like an amatuer attemtpt compared to its predecessor.

Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

Anyways, gonna check the rest of Makoto Shinkai's work. Interesting stuff.

It's hard to find something worth watching when all you get is this.

Fractale and Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika (which they forgot on your chart) are worth watching.
Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? is also good if you like nonsense comedy.
Everything else can be skipped without much regret.

To be honest, Fractale was the only anime on that list that caught my attention. I'll give it a go.

If you mean the title and wikipedia plot you read on it, I wouldn't judge Madoka solely on that.  Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika is very good and worth the watch ...and I hardly watch anime these days.  It's a pretty intense series, and tends to fuck with emotions.
7431  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: March 22, 2011, 06:12:50 PM
I just finished The Illusionist, or L'Illusionniste (so *not* to be confused with Ed Norton's 2006 romance affair story).  Done by the same director as the Triplets of Belleville; both films were up for Best Animation.  And fuck me, I can see why.  The Illusionist tells a sad but hopeful tale of a magician during the high-rise of industrialism, and where his and other circus performers are a dying breed against things like television and 60's rock.  The film is brilliantly animated (funny enough, like I posted in the JRPG thread, the French style is quintessential to Professor Layton title; just more "in the flesh" and certainly "fleshed out), and the animation is top-notch.  Our magician himself plays a loveable role.  There are some sad themes throughout, we see the fates of numerous characters pan out in near-silence, however, it does so as brilliantly as WALL-E's first half hour; actions speak louder than words.  Most of the dialogue in the film is (as I like to call it) "Zelda styled", where it's usually sort of grunts, "hey's", and other minor speech.  The ending left me with tears in my eyes, heh, you get a real sense of love and change by the end.  Wonderful title.
7432  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: jrpg hate in america. on: March 22, 2011, 05:16:09 PM
The difference between a fan of Naruto and a Narutard is akin to the difference between admiration and obsession.

I have "loved" things... like really love them.  But never to the weird point it gets to with Narutards and Twilighters and all that....
7433  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: March 22, 2011, 01:32:20 PM

Um.. ew.  I do like the purple in Serena's hair though...
7434  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: jrpg hate in america. on: March 22, 2011, 12:04:18 PM
...and, wait a minute, in talking of visual aesthetics, I'd actually chalk-up Layton to French animated stylings way more than Japanese (which could be a point of appeal for non-J-ers).

Which brings us back to whole ignorance thing. The visual style used for JRPGs is quite diverse. But you tell the right person it's from Japan and they poo poo it no matter which country's artistic style was most influential in its development.

They can be.  I'm kinda deviating here...but...  Some games make a blatant effort to be something other than J (Layton), but I can't help but think how ...ubiquitous "anime" styles are in Japan - it seems if you're a cartoonist in that country, you ARE drawing anime's big eyes, full and colourful hairdos, and whatever else.  I personally find American cartoons more diverse in terms of style at times; even Japanese realism tends to look unquestionably anime -- in fact, have they ever made a cartoon that *wasn't* anime-esque? (as is, FF titles containing almost impossible looking humans at times, and Prof Layton titles squeezed some anime broads into their title's youthful females).

Then I stop and question -- is this all a mere matter of perspective?
7435  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: jrpg hate in america. on: March 22, 2011, 03:17:07 AM

I've said it before; but I credit FF's constant success in the States part of the fact they diverted from the cartoon-y style that FF7 had and kept it real (which seems to work for audiences here). 

Nevertheless, numerous Japanese publishers enjoy a ton of success here too, no?

FF9 was cartoony. (Though it was a much better game than FF8. But hell, Legend of Dragoon would be a better game than FF8 if it didn't have such a terrible battle system)

I think the publishers that are having success now are the ones like Atlus, XSeed and Level 5 that are bringing over interesting things that may be Japanese but is also stuff we haven't seen before. I think that's why stuff like the newer Persona games, Professor Layton, 999 and even stuff like Retro Game Challenge seems to get buzz.

Mileage varies in that point.  Besides, what are the sales figures on some of these games?  My point isn't trying to look at cult-value...  Atlus, Level5 and XSeed *does* make interesting games, but....
...and, wait a minute, in talking of visual aesthetics, I'd actually chalk-up Layton to French animated stylings way more than Japanese (which could be a point of appeal for non-J-ers).
FF9 still tried to retain semi-real elements that could be interpreted more "cartoony" than necessarily anime (you see the especially with Steiner and various NPCs - those who don't fit typcical "anime" conventions).  I think the only title in the FF series (main series anyhow) that was overtly anime was FF7 (before then, the graphics were too small to call them out as anything other than tiny-sprites, not "chibi-SD" ones; furthermore, anime exposure wasn't all that strong in NA by this point for anyone to care, no?).  FF8 and after seemed to have taken a more realistic approach that stuck-on well with the (and I hate using the word for it) "maturing" North American audience who stopped being taken in by the J-charm.
7436  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: March 22, 2011, 02:20:18 AM
I also heard it's common practice over there to place your toilet paper in the incorrect under-the-roll way


Mind you, I do enjoy "milk bags" as oppose to cartons.  I always love these cute differences the world has all over.

Music people oughta like this. =)
7437  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 22, 2011, 01:49:46 AM
So is this like a general discussion thread? Or is it just about things that happened to us? Either way I think I can have major fun here.
Nope this thread is only for talking about tacos.

About goddamn time.  I have am itch that only quelled.... or should i say, FED when I talk about tacos.(talk-o's?!)
7438  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: March 22, 2011, 01:05:25 AM
Baah, sorry Took.

It's OK.  You're still living high on the goodwill you won for having a good followup to my Keyser Soze question. ;)

:D !!

I am grateful.

Thought I'd counter Yoda's *awesome* childhood picture with a retarded one from mine.  I actually still have the rifle, it's in my room as we speak, and I think I "shot it" yesterday when my dad asked why I'm up at 4 am.  My fridge also had too many magnets - but I miss some of them... one smelt of strawberries...!

Anyways.  Called "Hill Bill" to pun on the Terantino movie, and the fact I'm wearing some paper hillbilly beard.  The tie and Loony Toon outfit would be unique otherwise to the "Down South" culture.

PS; Yoda, +1 on my picture count.  I just don't know how many actually make me look like a sensible person (I find posed shots too boring; ever seen a Facebook profile where a girl's event is marked by 30 photos, with the same smile, and different sets of friends? Bleh)
7439  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: March 21, 2011, 11:43:14 PM
Haha I love that one.

This makes me rethink Persona 4's glasses concept as incredibly pretentious.  I love this meme though.  What the hell is the "sarcasm" font anyways?
7440  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: March 21, 2011, 10:25:34 PM
Baah, sorry Took.
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