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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: February 18, 2019, 11:02:40 PM »
In retrospect, I think that one was a VRChat machinama, actually, so that's a bit unfair. It was just the most recent one I encountered that looked so distractingly bad.

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As for RWBY, I always figured when I finally saw this in context, it would be the highlight of the episode. I was wrong. Instead it was just the precursor to the greatest, most action-packed food fight I've seen in anime! I was in stitches! Now I'm definitely glad I started watching this!

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: February 16, 2019, 01:04:15 AM »
I've been listening to RWBY's soundtrack a lot (seriously, it's great stuff, especially the character themes), so I decided to give the series another shot. The first 8 episodes were still extremely rough, and I found myself having to skip around a lot just to make it through it - the animation, direction, and tone were just all over the place! I found myself laughing at it rather than with it more often than not.

However, it did start to shape up after the mid-point of the first season, and now that I've finished episode 16, I think I'm unironically enjoying it now. The characters do seem to have an interesting dynamic, the world is fleshed out enough that I actually feel like things are building towards a major event instead of just making things up by the seat of their pants (with that said, credit to the RvB team for making that style of writing look easy), and some of the jokes can be funny & clever. I really look forward to watching the next season tomorrow.

Animation's still dogshit, though, but understandably so. I spent the first couple of episodes racking my brain trying to figure out what program they're using, since I notice a few quirks that looked familiar. Turns out, if I just finished an episode I'd get the answer in big bold letters, but hey. I've definitely seen other indie animations that were made in Poser to varying degrees of quality, and it reminded me of the scale of their operation. There are much bigger animation teams that have utterly failed to do what they set out to accomplish, even at their relatively short average run times. I mean, just look at some of the CGI anime shorts from the past few seasons if you want examples of how bad it could be.

Move over Miyazaki!

This is fine enough. As long as the writing holds up, I'll have a good time.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem: [s]Tree[/s] Three Houses
« on: February 14, 2019, 08:18:02 AM »
I'll probably repeat a lot of what I said in Discord, but whatever.

Well, as someone who never uses discord, I wouldn't mind it since a lot of what you just posted was interesting, and now it won't be lost into the aether...

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: January 28, 2019, 08:20:04 PM »
I just don't have the stomach for things like Attack on Titan anymore.

Same here, for the most part. I still enjoy stuff like Hellsing and Kabaneri, but I think that's out of nostalgia for their art styles at this point - the heavy use of shading intended to portray a very moody atmosphere that used to run rampant in old anime OVAs and films at one point, and outside of a few hear and there (mostly just MAPPA's works), I don't really see that much anymore. I mean, OVAs these days are mostly extensions of TV series or Limited Edition Manga tie-ins, and I don't watch anime films very often, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Still makes the shows that mimick that style stand out to me, though. I mean, I don't think either or the examples I gave could be considered "good" from a narrative standpoint, so it really is just the art & music holding my attention, and that's on top of being horrifically violent in ways that would normally turn me off a series.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: January 27, 2019, 01:04:54 AM »
Kingdom Hearts HD Final Remix - On the final stretch, and now I'm at an impasse. My inner child wants to beat all the extra hard bonus bosses like Sepiroth and that 4 armed guy who nullifies your magic, but adult me what's to finish it so I can move onto KH2HDFM. I think the adult's gonna win out, but let me see what else I can play in the meantime...

TERA (PS4) - The combat in this game is so fun! Too bad there's pop-in everywhere, the framerate stutters when there's too much on screen, the instanced nature of the game makes me feel like I'm playing a singleplayer open world game with really powerful npc helpers during dungeons, I'm constantly running out of inventory space, the text is too tiny and there's no way to change it, but it doesn't matter, because you'll never get to read the quest descriptions, anyways, since the very aggressive enemies will still attack you while you're trying to accept quests, forcing you out of the dialogue menu and into combat. I have never been so annoyed trying to play an MMO.

Anthem VIP Demo - This has been a disaster. I was going to cancel my pre-order after the demo period regardless, but I've barely been able to play at all, between server issues (They DDoSed themselves!?), infinite load bugs, disappearing enemies, time loops, quests breaking, and just absolutely boring gameplay that they clearly based on Mass Effect: Andromeda, yet I'd honesty say I had way more fun playing that game at launch. (No, not the ironic fun, I never encountered some of the funnier glitches others posted about online) The only positive thing I can say about it is I love how hefty the colossus feels, it really feels like a mech suit. Also, the flight controls run circles around the crap I put up with in Warframe with their archwings...when they aren't constantly overheating. There's not tutorial in the demo that teaches you how to manage your heat, and when you include the cramped caves most of the demo's missions made you go through at some point, I think I spent most of my time in the game on the ground, along with what few people I was able to partner up with via public matchmaking.

At this point I just feel bad for Bioware's employees, since EA just keeps giving them the short straw. I mean, they could pull it off and make something at least comparable in quality to Destiny, and basic gameplay standpoint, it's better than Destiny 1 when it launched back in 2014...but that was a low bar, and by all accounts, that franchise has come a long way. Bioware has come through before and patched up a worse game with less resources, but well, that same game also cost them their Montreal studio.

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Well, clearly it's time to finish the fight and continue getting caught up with the KH saga. If all goes well, my bro will be over in a few weeks so we play through KH3 together. At least The Story So Far collection will keep me busy. I mean, I've waited over a decade for this game, a few more weeks won't hurt.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys IX
« on: January 26, 2019, 06:57:36 AM »
You might have to go for a digital purchase.

I'll keep an eye on sales I guess. Really wanted the physical copy to put on my shelf, but...yeah, not at that price.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys IX
« on: January 26, 2019, 01:02:33 AM »
Well, I guess I'll go get Ys VIII in the meantime, now that they've retranslated it (and the Switch port wasn't worth the wait judging from reviews online). It's been long enough, I'm sure it's cheap now, right?



Oh....and it's sold out everywhere else, and even used copies seem to hover around $50...

...Oh boy...

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails/Kiseki Thread! Trails of Whateva
« on: January 25, 2019, 04:27:22 PM »
@Rook sounds legit. Though, I always intended to get the console versions of Cold Steel 1 & 2. Now I don't have to get the last-gen versions, at least, and (hopefully) a decent translation of Cold Steel 3 on the same console.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails/Kiseki Thread! Trails of Whateva
« on: January 18, 2019, 01:31:17 AM »
^They aren't making a PC port this time, going by the announcement. At least, I hope they don't bother with a PC port, they really haven't done a good job with them so far, last I checked.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails/Kiseki Thread! Trails of Whateva
« on: January 17, 2019, 02:33:59 PM »
*Sigh* I know the trailer was probably rushed out for the announcement, but watching it compared to similar trailers for Cold Steel 1 & 2 really ticks my excitement down a notch. And I honestly can't tell if NISA is simply outbidding XSEED, or if XSEED no longer wishes to take on what they've admitted were extremely big projects. I'll probably still enjoy it, but I'm not expecting the level of polish the series has had up to this point, in terms of both localization and stability, if Ys VIII and Tokyo Xanadu are anything to go by.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: January 16, 2019, 02:30:34 AM »
@Annubis

To give a more naunced response, I did read quite a bit of the Wikia, which actually seemed to provide a different summary for the manga/anime and the webnovel on a page-by-page basis, and I certainly noticed some differences, but on the whole, it seems like there's a lot more in this story that I would've found distasteful than I originally thought. I mean, considering how integral slavery is to the overall plot, and the main character's complacency for it despite having our modern world's sensibilities already makes me genuinely hate the protagonist the same way the webnovel iteration of Re;Monster's interpretation of its protagonist ignited so much rage within me - they should know better.

I can excuse Goblin Slayer, because yeah, I'd probably hate those Goblins too, and he has zero reason to ever think otherwise. I can excuse Toyohisa from Drifters because yeah, he's from a different time, and as psychotic as he seems, at least he's getting things done in a world that otherwise seems hilariously incompetant when it comes to stopping the Ends, where their previous attempt arguably just made everything worse by establishing the Fourth Reich.

But I just can't get behind a character who seems to be in it for himself, getting back at characters for entirely petty reasons, and only making the world better on accident so long as he's spiting someone else, while willfully engaging with a system that deprives others of their freedom. We already have politicians for that.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: January 15, 2019, 07:53:24 PM »
A~hem...

And maybe to see how they'll choose to end this version of Madara/Dororo/whatever.


As for Shield Hero, let me know when you get to the part where a woman is beaten, has her name legally changed to Fuck Whore, and sold to Jabba the Hut as a sex slave, all for accusing the Shield Douche of raping her.

1) I wasn't sure whether or not you were talking about something else since uh...you yourself didn't seem to be sure about the title? But still, good to know. Let me know what you think if/when you get around to it. I'll probably wait until March to watch it.

2) What? *Checks Wikia* Oh. Well, that killed my interest in Shield Hero in no time flat. Thanks. Goddamnit, that's like, the 5th webnovel that I've seen crosses that line, and SOA and Goblin Slayer both proved that there's no reason for the animators to sanitize those elements, so it's probably for the best that I just go back to ignoring Isekai stories of this ilk.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: January 15, 2019, 07:04:22 PM »
Then again, winter season usually has the most surprises, so we'll see.

I did some digging around, and it looks like Dororo actually seems like it might be more interesting than I initially thought. I figured it was an aaction/horror series (or at least a creepy supernatural thriller), but between the author of the original manga being the Father of Anime himself, and Studio MAPPA/Tezuka Productions being at the helm (both of which have put out largely stellar modern interpretations of classic anime & Manga), as well as the examples I've seen of how they're tighting up some of the more archaic parts of the original story, I think this might be a pretty safe bet as the new season anime I'll enjoy.

With that said, it's an Amazon exclusive, as many of Tezuka Production's anime have been lately, so it'll probably be a while before I get around to watching it. Still, I wanted to bring it up since I didn't see anyone else here mentioning it.

Oh, and I guess I'll be keeping an eye on Shield Hero. It does look like it's putting more effort into its plot, characters, and world building than your average Isekai anime, but I'm honestly more concerned with whether or not the ending will be satisfying. My biggest problem with any anime adaption is that there's always the possibility that they'll stop at an unsatisfactory point and I'll have to switch to the source material if I want more, but I'm sure as heck not gonna go from the multi-layer experience than an animated series can provide to the pure text of a Light Novel. It could be the best story in the world, and it still wouldn't have nearly the same level of impact for me.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: December 24, 2018, 09:31:15 AM »
about 10hrs in and damn Torna is good. Its a shame I already know the ending. In fact play Torna 1st. And even if you no desire to play XBC2 play Torna anyway. Its worth it. The battle system is easier to understand and by playing Torna 1st you wont get the what's shaping up to be a better story spoiled.

I certainly plan to. Once I get a Switch. I already bought the game, mind you...just gotta save up...

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: December 15, 2018, 12:19:17 PM »
Fairy Tail, Jojo, Psycho Mob Season 2, maybe Index III...unless something comes from left field, I'm not seeing anything particularly interesting coming up that's new. Then again, winter season usually has the most surprises, so we'll see.

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