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946  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Nichijou on: October 12, 2011, 04:17:34 PM
It nothing else it's impossible not to appreciate some of the meta-jokes that have been born from it.

For example: If you thought the falling wiener was over the top funny before...
947  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Nichijou on: October 12, 2011, 03:46:39 PM
Kinda besides the point.  He's stating *his* view from a *western* opinion. =/
And it's true... it *is very Japanese* humour that can make it tough to love at times.  It's like when you need to be told why a joke was funny when you didn't get it.

My point isn't saying his view is invalid, but maybe to try and challenge himself to go beyond that view. I am not saying he has to like it at all, but that perhaps it shouldn't be viewed under or held to a standard it isn't trying to achieve. Sure it's his opinion, but that doesn't make it beside the point.

Edit: XD Annubis beat me to the punch. Pretty much saying what I'm saying only more succinctly.

I think you're missing my point by a bit of misinterpretation. Off the top of my head the closest analogy I can make is that the humor in Nichijou doesn't translate to a westerner the same way farm humor doesn't translate to a city person, traditionally anyway. (Or like how someone from Japan might not understand why it's funny that a certain Transformer is voiced by Weird Al to go a little more niche.) It has nothing to do with view limitations; it simply has to do with the fact that I wasn't born in Japan. When you're born into a culture and have lived there all your life you pick up on the local humor, the colloquialisms, ect. Things that you would only understand if you have an active knowledge of the culture if you lived in it for quite some time.

Now if I had spent the last year or two living in Japan I might've been able to more often go "Oh, that's why that's funny." right off the bat. If I have to spend hours browsing around Wikipedia and random anime forums to find people who actually know the joke and can explain it; then it has long past lost it's ability to entertain me/make me laugh.

Hence why I said the show's is hit or miss from a "western perspective".
948  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Nichijou on: October 12, 2011, 06:31:11 AM
I finished it a few weeks ago. I thought it was slightly above average but I wouldn't call it great; at least from a Western point of view. Nichijou has the same problem for me that I have with other Japanese shows like Gaki No Tsukai; a lot of the humor is just "too" Japanese, even with translation. Amplifying this problem is whenever it stumbles into one of those "Why is this supposed to be funny?" moments it drags on waaaaay too long (in fact never have I seen such a case where the Monty Python "Get on with it!!!" was more appropriate than these moments). The only thing that saves it and gives it an decent rating is when the humor hits...it really hits; not to mention it can be rather adorable and heartwarming at times. It's definitely a mixed bag show.
949  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dark Souls on: October 10, 2011, 07:39:37 PM
Really thinking about getting this next chance I get; need something to wash the taste of D4 from my system. Is it okay to start with Dark or do I need to hunt down Demon first?
950  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Persona 4 anime? on: October 07, 2011, 04:46:30 AM
Y'know I never thought I'd be saying this about an anime character...but holy crap the protagonist looks too old. XD I swear after the whole cute-age-reduction style of anime art pervading the market he looks like he's in his twenties; not a high schooler. It's quite a refreshing change actually.
951  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: October 04, 2011, 02:49:26 AM
I'm still trudging through Disgaea 4.Its taking forever but I want to avoid having this on my backlog.

Here's a tip to speed it up: Grind on map 5-2. It's easy to get 150% EXP by tossing the yellow onto the purple (on re-runs; it's different the first time you play it) and turning everything yellow. Gradually raise enemy strength and repeat until you can get the enemies to Lv. 99 and kill them without issue. For some reason the game is glitched; Lv 99 enemies on 5-2 give you TONS of experience. Enough to hit the mid 150's easily within 2-3 runs of that map. Once you're at that level, with proper gear you can pretty much wreck the rest of the game no problem.

Might sound like grindy work but trust me; it's not any faster trying to keep up with the ever leaping difficulty scale.
952  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: October 03, 2011, 05:45:11 PM
I have to wonder why this game still hasn't received a review here. >.> Did all the writers go hiding under the bed when it hit the release cycle? Y'all reviewed AT 3; this ain't "that" bad. XD
953  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: October 03, 2011, 02:49:02 PM
Ahh...I wasn't expecting the deal-breaker to hit so soon but there it is; pre-order bonus division BS. So I can either get an awesome extra summon/character and boss fight...a yet unknown costume which will most likely look amazing...or some books detailing important facts that'll likely be removed from the narrative because they exist in this book form...

Consider this title to have the official "Double Bird Salute" stamp of disapproval.
954  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: September 29, 2011, 09:04:16 PM
I think the problem is Disgaea is generally falling to typical plot problems in modern JRPGs. I mean heck Disgaea 3 was basically the then prevalent (and still is) "zany slice of life/school drama" genre of anime with "demons". Disgaea 4 is pretty much a stock JRPG attempting to act like The Daily Show only failing to realize what exactly makes the latter funny.
955  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: September 29, 2011, 11:26:16 AM
I still don't know whether or not to pick this up. I loved Disgaea 1, I liked Disgaea 2, I didn't like Disgaea 3. Hmm.

The answer to this question should answer that: How much do you like post-game content?

If you really like the massive level grinding, item world exploring, pirate raiding, and online town raiding, map creation, ect. then get it.

If you're wanting it just for the main game...watch the first few chapters on Youtube first and see if you can stomach the nature of the humor.
956  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: September 28, 2011, 05:02:48 PM
And I refuse to believe Axel has even one cool moment in this game. 
I should rephrase then; he does something "useful".

Basically acting as a figurehead-puppet so the Info Bereau can trick all of this Netherworld's demons in praying in order
 to power up Great Flonzinger X (or whatever the hell they call that thing).

Mildly impressive considering how many demons have made jokes about not doing such a thing in the past games.

Then again I might've been so desperate for some non-crappy jokes or something that wasn't overtly preachy (ironic considering it's "preaching" an anti-religion angle) that Axel's scene was heightened by the veritable dump which was everything else.
957  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: September 28, 2011, 11:15:08 AM
So basically...she's Mint version 2.0? XD Or would that be version 0.5 since I'm pretty sure she had just a titch more development and more than the one trait to parade throughout the game.
958  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Disgaea 4 on: September 28, 2011, 09:52:27 AM
Wow...this is actually the first RPG that's ever made me want to just throw the damn thing out the window in vexation. :-\ I thought I was done level grinding and could finally just sit down and beat the game get all the way to the final boss without issues and what do I discover? An evility that pretty much pumps his stats by 60~% for the first two rounds? Basically making his defense literally triple that of my thrice reincarnated, tier three, Shop Rank 10 gear bearing level 100 squad of 10? Good freaking crap on a stick... >.<;

And alas I am sadly amazed that there is a character I hate worse than Axel now; Fuka. Axel at least had a moment of cool near the end. Fuka has not changed at all. She shtick is still the same and they're riding it so hard it's blocked any form of character development. Not to mention it looks like they'll never explain what her "crime" was. I could make a guess but the fact that they're ignoring what is pretty much the most interesting plot hook in the whole game for the likes of a 10-minute dialog sequence where everyone
channels the spirit bomb ala love power to power up the giant lover operated mecha through the power of prayer while simultaneously bashing God...

Japanese storytelling has officially made my head hurt and I think Disgaea, even by it's amazingly weird standards, just tried to jump the shark...X-x
959  Media / General Games / Re: Resident Evil Revival Selection on: September 25, 2011, 03:24:24 AM
I admit that Rebecca is awesome, so is Barry, Billy, Carlos.  Where in the hell are these people in the canon?  I wonder if RE6 is going to continue the action oriented over survival horror.  Revelations seems to satisfy my craving but I really want RE6 to return to the horrible tank controls that were RE0-CV.  If RE2 is ever remade (Never happening), I would want the camera system and controls to stay the same, although then people would bitch that it's not like RE5 or vice versa.  Maybe it's best to leave the old games alone and if you want to play RE2 or whatever game, just pop it in and enjoy XD.

Ahh...you poor soul. You apparently missed the preview for RE: ORC.


Capcom wants to change Resi, not take it back to any prior form. Aka; the Resident Evil series is now "Not Left 4 Dead But Really Is".
960  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square classics NOT hitting PSN today. on: September 23, 2011, 05:53:29 AM
Might have more to do with the fact that I played Cross first; but I always found it to be a better game that Trigger (it's sheer popularity is one of those things I never understood alongside DQ's; must've had to have lived it upon original release I guess). The sheer amount of recruitable characters, the Elements system, the music, the scenery...just all sort of hit my sweet spots. Funny thing is I've never been able to replay it in full for some reason. Might have to do what I did for FF8 and just buckle down and do it once it hits PSN.
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