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3751  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tetsuya Nomura on Versus XIII and Next Kingdom Hearts: "Keep waiting... please?" on: May 09, 2012, 01:01:45 PM
^I wouldn't be surprised if Nomura is a fan of Gackt.
3752  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Good cyberpunk anime? on: May 09, 2012, 12:49:56 PM
Alright so I'm halfway through Texhnolyze, good series. And just like the like the last decent anime series I saw "Now and Then, Here and There" this one is really messing with my mind, mainly because the series plays around with your expectations and you honestly don't know how bad things can get in the next episode and its kinda creppy because nothing good has really happened in the 11 episodes I've seen... which is excellent for a cyberpunk series, though, sometimes the experience can be a little too much.

I suppose that just like Now and Then, Here and There that I saw one time Texhnolyze is gonna end and I'm never going back to see it again. Is leaving a big enough impression on me to not see it again anyway. Besides, if I learned one thing from Evangelion is not getting into this kinds of series that "make you think" too much because in the end these type of series are just experiences, and that's how they should stay; A one time thing only.

So what I'm trying to say here is that is kinda hard at first getting into it and even if you do there's the problem that Texhnolyze is not for everyone. That said, I am so watching that anime with the polar bear after this.
3753  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tetsuya Nomura on Versus XIII and Next Kingdom Hearts: "Keep waiting... please?" on: May 08, 2012, 09:28:54 PM
I can't imagine Versus not being released on PS3 but if they move the game to another platform I wouldn't mind all that much. After all, I am more interested in Type-0 and a sequel for XIII-2.

The ending left me wanting more, don't judge me.
3754  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tetsuya Nomura on Versus XIII and Next Kingdom Hearts: "Keep waiting... please?" on: May 08, 2012, 05:15:17 PM
The person responsible for the awesome games of the PSX era Squaresoft was Masato Kato.

Yeah, he also fucked up Ninja Gaiden 3 along with the rest of Team Ninja.
3755  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 08, 2012, 04:30:48 PM
Does something happen in the series? I ask because KyoAni is known for making anime in where nothing happens. Like in K-On! that is all about drinking tea and eating cake.
3756  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tetsuya Nomura on Versus XIII and Next Kingdom Hearts: "Keep waiting... please?" on: May 08, 2012, 04:27:27 PM
Technically Sakaguchi never worked on any Square Enix title. In fact, the last game that Squaresoft officially released was Final Fantasy X-2.

...talking about going out in style.
3757  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tetsuya Nomura on Versus XIII and Next Kingdom Hearts: "Keep waiting... please?" on: May 07, 2012, 04:49:28 PM
Square should just man-up and cancel this.
I can't even imagine how much money they wasted on keeping this in development.

Can they cancel a game that they teased in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy? Don't forget that Somnus was put as a DLC song.
3758  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tetsuya Nomura on Versus XIII and Next Kingdom Hearts: "Keep waiting... please?" on: May 07, 2012, 12:25:30 PM
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Calm down.
┬─┬ノ( ş _ şノ)

The game never existed out of a couple of trailers and mock-up gameplay vids. Nothing shockingly upsetting really.

I get what you're saying but what I've never understood about the FNC project is that if it supposedly started in 2003 and they barely had some concepts and ideas in 2006, why did they announce 3 titles that year with nothing to show but the logos of each game and some empty promises?
3759  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tetsuya Nomura on Versus XIII and Next Kingdom Hearts: "Keep waiting... please?" on: May 06, 2012, 08:54:47 PM
Yes, is another of those topics with Nomura only without the silly jokes about belts and zippers.

Tetsuya Nomura: Next Kingdom Hearts announcement coming before long:

"Although Kingdom Hearts 3D has been out in Japan for a month now, today marks the release of the KH3D Ultimania, which contains a great deal of information on the game including staff interviews.

Nomura says that they've already begun to move forward with new entry(ies) in the series. In fact, he believes that they can make an announcement on the next KH game "before long." As to whether or not that game could be Birth by Sleep vol. 2, Nomura said, "I used 'A Fragmentary Passage' without regard to its context. What I mean is, there's a story for Volume Two, without using that scene. I can't say there isn't a possibility of making it, but there are no plans for it right now."


Source: Nova Crystallis

Tetsuya Nomura "would like to ask for your patience" on Final Fantasy Versus XIII:

GameInformer got a chance to sit down with Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy Versus XIII boss Tetsuya Nomura.

While the bulk of the article focuses on the upcoming KH3D, the magazine did sneak in a question on Nomura's long-awaited action RPG. Asked how Final Fantasy Versus XIII was coming along while noting that it's been 6 years since the game was announced, Nomura replied, "We would like to ask for your patience on an official announcement for this title. It always takes time when tackling the challenge of doing something completely new, but we are doing our best to bring information to the fans as quickly as we can. Your patience is greatly appreciated."

With that said, keep in mind that the game hasn't been announced for western territories at all. Despite being originally shown at E3 2006, Versus XIII remains officially announced only in Japan for the moment. Hopefully that will soon change – just don't expect it at E3 this year if IGN's list is anything to go by.


Source: Nova Crystallis

Final Fantasy Versus XIII a no Show at E3:

"While titles like Hitman: Absolution, Tomb Raider, Sleeping Dogs, and Theatrythm were listed, the biggest name wasn't. Even though a release date for Versus has never been announced, it seems like this is Final Fantasy XIII all over again. Does this mean that Versus has hit another snag, or is Square just waiting until the Tokyo Game Show (in September)?"

Source: EGMNOW

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3760  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 06, 2012, 11:50:32 AM
It has been a long time since I don't read a interview of Hideaki Anno (the director of Evangelion). I decided to do that today even though I really hate the series nowadays "but what the hell!" I said to myself, and with that I found this gem...

Hideaki Anno: "Let's Die Together", Atlantic Magazine, May 2007:

"Rei is someone who is aware of the fact that even if she dies, there'll be another to replace her, so she doesn't value her life very highly," Anno explains, slouching ever-deeper into the couch. "Her presence, her existence—ostensible existence—is ephemeral. She's a very sad girl. She only has the barest minimum of what she needs to have. She's damaged in some way; she hurts herself. She doesn't need friends."

Anno understands the Japanese national attraction to characters like Rei as the product of a stunted imaginative landscape born of Japan's defeat in the Second World War. "Japan lost the war to the Americans," he explains, seeming interested in his own words for the first time during our interview. "Since that time, the education we received is not one that creates adults. Even for us, people in their 40s, and for the generation older than me, in their 50s and 60s, there's no reasonable model of what an adult should be like." The theory that Japan's defeat stripped the country of its independence and led to the creation of a nation of permanent children, weaklings forced to live under the protection of the American Big Daddy, is widely shared by artists and intellectuals in Japan. It is also a staple of popular cartoons, many of which feature a well-meaning government that turns out to be a facade concealing sinister and more powerful forces.

Anno pauses for a moment, and gives a dark-browed stare out the window. "I don't see any adults here in Japan," he says, with a shrug. "The fact that you see salarymen reading manga and pornography on the trains and being unafraid, unashamed or anything, is something you wouldn't have seen 30 years ago, with people who grew up under a different system of government. They would have been far too embarrassed to open a book of cartoons or dirty pictures on a train. But that's what we have now in Japan. We are a country of children."


Reading this suddenly makes me understand a bit why Japan is how it is today, but... this is Hideaki Anno. The same guy that has said before that Evangelion was made purely in how he felt at the moment (and it shows) and also said that he hate otakus, which is ironic because Evangelion has been like a religion since the late '90s.

The old Pokemon Manga was pretty good, too, actually. I used to read it as a kid. Liked it more than the show.

I tried to get into the manga with the newer chapters, but I can't. Maybe it has to do with my expectations of the series. I know what happens in Pokémon already, though, I've read a bunch of times that the manga shows things that you don't see in the anime like some Pokémon actually dying and characters growing up with each generation.
3761  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 05, 2012, 02:40:18 PM
Last night I read the first chapter of the Pokémon Réburst manga that debuted last year. I just have two things to say about this series:

1. It's fucking awesome.

2. I wish that the original Pokémon series would have started like Réburst does.

Even if you are not into Pokémens and all that, give this manga a chance.
3762  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Good cyberpunk anime? on: May 05, 2012, 02:00:21 PM
In wikipedia appears this series called "Ergo Proxy", it seems like it was the last cyberpunk anime that has come out. Is from 2006.

There's also Un-Go. Saw it a couple of months ago, is not bad but is one those series that you watch and maybe you are gonna remember something about it after you finish it, besides, from the 11 episodes there are 3 that are actually good (in my opinion anyway) but every episode is entertaining in its own right.

Now that I think about it, cyberpunk doesn't seem like a very popular style in anime at all.

You can't put a high school with generic characters in a cyberpunk series because that would actually be interesting I guess.

Texnolyze

I'm reading part of the story in wikipedia and it sounds great. Kinda reminds of Deus Ex: Human Revolution with the "Doc finds a dismembered Ichise near-death in the streets of Lux, and takes him to her lab, where she gives him a new set of Texhnolyzed limbs without his consent." and Final Fantasy XIII-2 with the "Ran, a girl who can see the future and is worshiped in the city of Gabe, sells flowers in Lux. Ran is this generation's Seer, which grants her the ability to see "one possibility" of people's futures; each generation, a girl with such abilities is born in Gabe. Her followers unquestioningly accept the fate that she predicts, even if it costs them their lives."

I lost interest in seeing Fate/Zero so I might give a try Texhnolyze.
3763  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Record of Agarest Wars 2 LE.... and its coming out in the US... on: May 05, 2012, 03:52:54 AM
I can even understand the rationale behind "just because I look at anime drawings of little girls, doesn't mean I'm a real life pedophile." No, but it sure as hell makes you a fictional pedophile.

...uh.

That's like a thing? Being a "fictional pedophile" I mean. First time I heard read something like that.
3764  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Good cyberpunk anime? on: May 05, 2012, 03:37:45 AM
Eugh.  Metropolis is kinda...hard to love.  It started too sweet for the sort of grotesque ending of Tima[?].

Ah yeah, that scene is not particularly pretty. But that's part of the joke (and charm) of cyberpunk.

...um, Patlabor?

Is more Mecha than cyberpunk, but it's not bad. I did like it the little I saw of it.
3765  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Good cyberpunk anime? on: May 05, 2012, 01:48:35 AM
Metropolis, a movie from 2001 (loosely) based on the manga made by Osamu Tezuka in the '40s. Also there's Battle Angel Alita that gets a lot of praise but I haven't read manga(s) or watch the OVAs.
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