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2086  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: March 11, 2014, 08:46:06 AM
I had a feeling my long post would disappear instantly with a new page ;_;
2087  Media / General Games / Re: Akiba's Trip 2 on: March 11, 2014, 08:26:13 AM
Stripping simulator
2088  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mount And Blade Warband on: March 11, 2014, 02:08:56 AM
I recommend using Floris' Modpack

Listen to this man.

I used to see a friend play this and I thought the game looked awful, the controls seemed awful and the UI was total garbage.
Then I actually played it and I realized it was easy to ignore all those things because the game is that good.
2089  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: March 11, 2014, 01:39:26 AM
So I just watched something called Choujikuu Seiki Orguss.

I had no idea what the serie was at all. I basically found links to the episodes and clicked one just for the heck of it.
You have no idea how glad I am that I did.

Choujikuu Seiki Orguss is a 1983 mecha anime. The main character, Kei Katsuragi, is an army pilot and due to a certain event, he is sent to a world he doesn't recognize after activating a dimensional weapon as part of an operation.

The serie is made mostly by the same key figures that made most of the old Macross.

Personally, I'm a big fan of mecha AND of 'lost in a weird world' anime (Zero no Tsukaima, Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari, etc.) and this is a really good combination of both style.

Now onto a deeper analysis of why I recommend this show and you should totally watch it.

WARNING: I WILL PUT SPOILERS IN CODE THINGIES. DON'T READ THEM IF YOU WANT TO WATCH THE SERIE. IF YOU WATCH IT, YOU MAY BOOKMARK THIS POST AND COME BACK TO IT AFTER.

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STORY
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The story is good enough and mixes in small stories to keep it entertaining as the main story advances. Those small stories are actually very captivating and do well to keep it interesting as the main story is very long and slow to progress. That said, the last few episodes are just about the main story and the pace is much better.

The only thing I didn't like is related to a certain character. If you watch it, you'll know exactly what episode I'm talking about as that was complete bullshit and a waste of a well-made character.

While watching the last episode, I was scared that the ending might suck.
Then I saw it and I went fuuuuuuuuuuck it does suck.
Then I thought about something they repeated since about halfway in the serie and understood the ending.
The abrupt ending makes sense here.

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Since the differential points need to die to correct the situation, past/present Kei and Olson basically kill each other, avoiding this whole mess as the differential points no longer exist.
The images after the gunshots are basically 'feel good' image as a compensation for understanding that the main characters died and won't ever come back to the ones waiting. Even worst, all the worlds were separated again too.

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CHARACTERS
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If anything, watch this serie for the characters. The characters are so good, it made me sad. Sad that anything nowadays is simply based on tropes and that women condition surprisingly DECREASED since the 1980s in anime.

Let me explain that last one. None of the women in this show are eye candy. None of them are 'the sexy girls' (then again, as far as the main guy is concerned, any girl is the sexy girl). While modern anime tend to show empowered women, this show made me realize how much of an excuse that is. It's basically a shield they use to hide all the pandering. The women here are normal. Painfully normal. It seems in 3 decades, we've slowly forgotten that; women can be normal.

The only 'sexy' thing in the whole show is a very well hidden Easter egg (NSFW (breasts): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hw_i10kYrHA - yes, that is the chick from Macross). Frankly, I didn't even see it when I was watching the episodes. I just read about it in a review after. This kind of secret thing does feel very 1980s.

Another thing you won't ever see nowadays is
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the main character having sex with a girl (non graphical or erotic but plainly obvious what is happening), and getting her pregnant.
We live in the age of illusion where creepy otaku fucks demand that their waifu remain pure and as such there won't ever be any real relationship development.
Rest at ease, Orguss is ancient and they don't give a flying fuck about that crap.

Another thing you won't see is a women ship captain who gave up her women self (but not in a cool androgynous, nor still secretly sexy way). Shaiya is by far my favorite character. She's plain, completely overwhelmed by everything and yet still cool in some moments.

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MECHA
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I simply love the thought process of the mecha. One side has mecha with arms and the other has mecha with legs. The main characters have mecha with arms and legs. It's a very subtle yet evident indication that the main character have the better mechs but without going all-out and giving them completely superior machines (i.e. most gundams).

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CONCLUSION
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We often speak of rose tinted glasses and nostalgia, but this anime made a serious case about how there are hidden gems from the past.
If anything, I feel like trying to hunt some other 1980s gem that I may have missed.

If you want to watch it, go here:
Code:
http://kissanime.com/Anime/Choujikuu-Seiki-Orguss

Given that the anime is 31 years old and that it never left Japan, I don't think anyone here should feel bad about streaming it.

Also, this serie was featured in the recent PS3 game "Another Century's Episode: R" . The game looks great but apparently it plays awful =/ That too bad because it looks good (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoPtCDmtMNg)
2090  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 10, 2014, 07:23:38 PM
I was so tired today, I got on the bus and closed my eyes.
Opened them again I was at the station.
Took the other bus and closed my eyes.
Opened them and I was home.

A 40 minute trip felt like 1 minute.
(and yes, I have this weird gift of always waking up before my stop)
2091  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: March 10, 2014, 03:01:12 PM
Guys.
Guys.
Guys.


Costume Quest 2.


You're going to Upfield?
I don't get it.
2092  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The hardest game you ever beat. on: March 06, 2014, 11:12:55 AM
Tetris (NES)

Yes, there is actually an ending to that game.
2093  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: March 04, 2014, 09:03:51 PM
Annubis plays ToS for the first time #1

Remember that discussion about Tales game intros?

The English intro of ToS is way better than the Japanese one.

Also, with only a Grace and Xillia save, I got the Abyss, Vesperia, Grace, Xillia and Xillia 2 costumes.
Do they give away the Vesperia and Xillia 2 on non-JP versions? That's nice of them.
2094  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 04, 2014, 08:04:03 PM
Felt like eating hot dogs.
The grocery had hot dog buns for 3.23$
The grocery had long thin breads for 2.29$

I guess I'm technically eating a wiener sub.

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Also, to add to something I brought up a while ago: even though my department got cut, I'm still working till late April.
Then they're cutting me for good.

So that's that.
2095  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: March 04, 2014, 07:58:12 PM
I just got my ToS:C in the mail. I blame Dice (*said in humoristic tone*)
Will start after supper.
2096  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: March 03, 2014, 02:28:06 PM
Was it ever worth using mystic artes?  I usually just spammed dual arte chains.



Spam dual until there's a sliver of gauge left and then MA.
2097  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: March 03, 2014, 02:24:07 PM
  • Uses dual-artes (that are way too overpowered)

I'd say everything else is underpowered.

Playing on hard or more, the only way to do damage is dual-artes and mystic arts.
At the highest difficulty, I don't even understand the use of normal attacks (you get a full TP regain with death anyway... and you die a lot.)
2098  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: March 02, 2014, 12:45:36 PM
I rolled a few dice to determine which game from my backlog list I would play next; got Vagrant Story.  Let's see how this goes....

Vagrant Story is a great game... but I don't think I could play it nowadays.
The pace of the game is sooooooooooo slow.

(also, you'll want to understand how "risk" works. It's core to beating a lot of bosses)
2099  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: February 28, 2014, 08:31:27 PM
^ that was pretty excellent actually

oh maan I'm dying
http://youtu.be/C4HacOPHTR8
Awesome moments in Family Feud.  It doesn't sound like much, but game show "blunders" are some of the best accidents to grace TV.

Sharing one of the side link because yeah... (and man, I feel so smart after the second half of this)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xv3gK2bmkAk
2100  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: February 28, 2014, 06:11:08 PM
They don't make movies like they used to...



Thank fucking god for that.
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