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1  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: July 12, 2006, 03:00:55 AM
I just started watching Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

Now, I’m not a big anime fan.  In fact, I don’t like a lot of it.  In my opinion, it’s the characters that make any story great and so much anime seems to feature the old character archetypes.  This series caught me completely by surprise, it’s was just a breath of fresh air.  The first Episode was a bit misleading, I thought the series would be parody.  Episode two really made me fall in love with the show.  The main character for one isn’t your typical indecisive spineless fool or “badass” I know everything character.  He isn’t exactly in the middle either.  He is cynical, he ask questions and despite what other (and probably himself) think, he is quiet intelligent too.  His role as a medium between the story and the audience is amazing, it’s something I’ve never seen before.  The rest of the cast,  They are introduced as your typical cliche characters...  It’s such a joy to watch their real personalities unravel.

A beautiful anime, so far it’s the best I’ve ever seen.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Things you can’t bear in RPGs on: March 13, 2006, 08:42:45 PM
I'm not too picky about things like random encounter rate, silent protagonists, long dungeons, lengthy combat, etc.

There are some things I absolutely hate though, such as...

* Exaggerated special effects (Example, Xenosaga Episode I).

* No option to turn off VA.

* Having a main character that speaks way too much.  I don't like being forced to play someone I don't like (I love the silent protagonist, but I do agree that there must be a good supporting cast in order for that to work).
NOTE: This only applies to games were you indeed have a main character.

* Simplistic, boring combat.
(Vague, I know)

* Competent writing in exchange for a "bigger" world.   This really only applies to CRPGs such as Morrowind.  You can give me miles and miles of game world but if the world is so boring and the characters are so one-dimensional...  I won't give a damn...
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