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1216  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Berskerk, Lodoss and other fantastical-anime on: July 02, 2011, 02:50:24 PM
I watched a bit of Tears of Tiara and liked it a lot, would've finished it if I weren't at the tail end of my anime phase at the time. I second the recommendation.
1217  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 01, 2011, 10:30:49 PM
I'm excited for the new Gunda that's gonna air this fall.

Ya, I'm really excited for it, too. It looks really good. I'm even more excited for the Origins series, though. I read a bit of the manga back in the day, it was pretty good. Apparently the 'suits are also a little different and it has more back story, which is always a good thing.

As a side note, I'm glad to have someone else to share this with. The thread in the anime forum I used to frequent very quickly devolved into 'which Gundam sucks the most', so I realy haven't had anyone to share my enthusiasm with.
1218  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Hey Guys! We got one! (Solatorobo Thread) on: June 27, 2011, 07:34:21 PM
I still have 2 DS Phats so I don't have to worry about that. Thanks anyways.
1219  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Microsoft paid Namco-Bandai to not release PS3 version of ToV outside of Japan on: June 27, 2011, 02:31:47 PM
Damn, I didn't mind the fans bitching so long as it meant no more whining for its localization while there are still more recent Tales of games that should be localized.
1220  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: New York Legalizes Gay Marriage on: June 26, 2011, 07:19:54 PM
Yeah, I heard about this, since my parents wouldn't stop complaining about it, mostly because they felt the state has more important things to worry about, and that they shoulda done more to help singles (considering my parents aren't married I can see why they'd be concerned about that). Personally, I'm not too concerned. I don't even see why people want to get married in the first place, besides for the tax and healthcare benefits.
1221  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 26, 2011, 04:29:42 PM
Glad to hear some thoughts from you, Lazlowe. Did you see Code Geass R2? That's one if my favorite animes of all time. The ending is fantastic. I'd compare it to Shakespeare, but I've never read Shakespeare in my life so I won't bother.

Ah yes, Escaflowne impressions:

It's alright so far. The story has some interesting twists to it and I kinda like the characters, but I'm 12 episodes in and it hasn't quite grabbed me yet. The next episode looks really good, though. Did I mention that the action is very sparse? They save it all for the end of every other episode. That's worse than Eureka Seven! Again, Episode 13 looks like it'll be action-packed, though.

And speaking of Eureka Seven, I'm just gonna drop that show. I've never been more bored watching a Giant Robot show. In fact, I don't think there's another Giant Robot show that I can label as boring. Barely anything happened in 3 of the 6 episodes I watched. It seriously feels stretched out. And this is coming from my memory of when I watched it on Adult Swim, which I got about halfway through before dropping. It always bored me up until the end of every episode when something would finally happen. I can't take that. I know story and characters are important, but I watch Mecha to see giant robots kill eachother. And you know what? Every other mecha show I've seen has had a good mix of story and action, which Eureka Seven seems to lack. It's seriously the slowest mecha show ever and I hope I'm never proven wrong about that. (of course, there's always Turn A Gundam...) I'll likely pick it up again in the future, just because I'm persistant like that, and if I do, I'll likely be skipping roughly half the episodes, something I hate doing.

The order is now After War Gundam X, followed by FullMetal Alchemist, then The Vision of Escaflowne. That'll be all the anime I'll be watching for the rest of June and July. In August, I'll be watching Victory Gundam, RahXephon, and Dual: Parallel Trouble Adventures, as recommended to me by Tech101 last year (Man I miss that guy). If I have time either month I'll try to fit in Eto Rangers, marking the beginning of my Shaft Marathon, where I'll watch at least one select Shaft show a month until next Summer, when I'll marathon the rest of the good ones, ending with Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

The reason I chose Shaft was because the other two companies I greatly respect are Gainax and Aniplex. Aniplex has way too many shows to keep up with, while I've already watched most, if not all of Gainax's good shows, and the remaining ones include crap like Pretty Cure and He Is My Master. Plus it gives me an excuse to finally finish Eto Rangers, one of the shows that got me into anime, and Dance in the Vampire Bund (does that title sound sexual to anybody else or am I going crazy?), a show which I've taken great interest in thanks to the opening...song. Yes, song.O_O

I'm already writing down anime that I should watch in the Fall, including D.N.Angel, Shakugan no Shana, and To Aru Majutsu no Index. I'm back, baby!
1222  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: RPG collection and Anime must sell on: June 26, 2011, 03:02:53 PM
And those DS games. I got DQ5 for $30 new, and DQ4 for $20.
1223  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 24, 2011, 06:40:28 PM
Not to sound like a dick or anything, but I'm just gonna go with everyone else I've talked to and assume FMA's actually good.
1224  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Hey Guys! We got one! (Solatorobo Thread) on: June 24, 2011, 04:25:13 PM
XSEED finally put up a press release. Which means pre-orders are now up. I just pre-ordered my copy.
1225  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 23, 2011, 09:03:34 PM
Sorry, but when it comes to anime, I finish what I start (eventually).
1226  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PSone Classics PSN rpgs on: June 23, 2011, 07:26:11 PM
Didn't they remake Intellegent Qube? Or am I thinking of something else?
1227  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 23, 2011, 07:06:50 PM
I honestly disagree with pretty much everything you said except for the lack of character development of the main character part.

Heh, that's cool, bit interested in hearing your thoughts behind it that's all. I'm a pretty big Gundam nerd.

Honestly, just take the exact opposite of pretty much everything you had said, and you'd have my thoughts on the matter, minus the two noted exceptions (Main character and SEED's mecha).

Anyways, I ended up going with Eureka Seven, but then my internet went out, so I watched FullMatal Alchemist and Gundam X until the cable guy came and got us a new modem. Now that we have internet, I feel like watching Escaflowne.


Eureka Seven is slooooow. But good. The world is very unique and the characters are great - they're all quirky and never quite cliche. It's very character focused for a Mecha anime, which in this case works.

FullMetal Alchemist is really good so far. It's very episodic so far, and each little story hits just the right notes, so to speak. It's got just the right mix of comedy and sorrow, action and intrigue - no one aspect overpowers the other. The characters and voice acting are also great, but that goes without saying.

Gundam X has really hit the spot, especially with the Fort Seven arc. It seems to have more of a Love/adventure story feel to it, and it really works for me. I especially love the post-apocalyptic setting, it really makes for an interesting world. The only think I don't like are the mech designs. They aren't bad, but they come off as weird versions of mobile suits from other series. They're still not as bad as the bug 'suits from Victory Gundam or those monstrocities in Turn A Gundam, and I'm getting used to them, but I can't say I like them.

I'll edit in my impressions of Escaflowne later.
1228  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 20, 2011, 08:07:19 PM

I honestly disagree with pretty much everything you said except for the lack of character development of the main character part.

Anyways, yesterday I finished off This Ugly Yet Beautiful World. To put it quite simply I enjoyed practically every minute of it. The story wasn't stupendous, but I loved the characters, especially Hikari - she finds joy in so many little things about the world that we take for granted. The art and music was great as well, particularly the main theme, "Metamorphose." And the ending, without spoiling too much, was bittersweet - my second favorite type of ending after tragic endings.

And slightly off-topic, but I had a dream last night where I talked to a girl for a long time about this show. She got really interested when I told her it was made by Gainax, makers of Evangelion. Then I managed to convince her to come over to my house to watch Gunbuster! Now there's a fantasy I wish would come true! Screw all my usually cartoony/Gamey dreams!
1229  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Microsoft paid Namco-Bandai to not release PS3 version of ToV outside of Japan on: June 20, 2011, 05:14:46 PM
It's a western exclusive. Same difference.
1230  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier replaces the lolis with dudes on: June 20, 2011, 04:27:05 PM
I'm happy with this. Just one question though: What's an otome?

A love adventure where a female protagonist must woo one of many male love interests.

Rock on! Here's hoping for a U.S. release!
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