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1216  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: September 13, 2011, 02:35:35 PM
If it plays like HoL as well, I'll be all for it.
1217  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New Tales countdown site on: September 12, 2011, 03:05:02 PM
Yeah, I'm betting on a Vita title. Either a port or one of the lesser series.
People have been joking about yet another Tales of Phantasia port.

If it comes to the U.S. this time, I'm not going to complain.
1218  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New Tales countdown site on: September 12, 2011, 01:28:38 PM
It might be a Vita game, judging from this article: http://www.andriasang.com/e/blog/2011/09/06/vita_tales/
1219  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ninokuni (Ghibli + Level 5 RPG) going PS3 on: September 09, 2011, 06:08:41 PM
I just saw the latest trailer posted on the main site.  If I didn't already have ready access to a Playstation 3, I would seriously consider buying one just to play this game if a Western release were announced.  It looks like an animated film that you can play.  In my mind this game is definitely a system seller.  If it plays half as well as it looks, I can see this being a genuine classic.

The look of the game is just so impressive.  Every time I see it, I can't help but think it was a labor of love on the part of the creators.

I feel ya there, but I'm gravely disappointed in the gameplay from what I've seen so far. It looks like Dragon Quest with Monster raising elements, two of my least favorite aspects of RPGs. Even if it does come out here, I'll probably have to pass.
1220  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 08, 2011, 11:52:28 PM
Yeah it is my first mmo pretty much I've played some of those free ones befor it though, and I have two characters both level 3 paladins. One's a blood elf, and the other's a dranei

Ah, I see.  Paladins will get more fun at level 10 when you can start on your talent tree.

I'm scared to try an MMORPG, I know I'd be hopelessly addicted

Possible.  A friend of a friend didn't even play video games and he gave WoW a shot.  He got so addicted he flunked out of college.  I remember my friend saying he popped in his room one morning to ask him to breakfast and he was on his PC playing WoW while there was a naked girl from the previous night in his bed.  Strange priorities.

I don't think I ever got hooked.  I originally used it as a coping mechanism and it worked pretty great.  Don't know if I ever could say I was addicted though as nothing in my life suffered.

You know, I was thinking of getting into MMOs, but you've successfully scared me away from them. Luckily I got singleplayer MMOs to appease my thirst for grinding and item collecting.

Anyways, I'm surrently playing Phantasy Star Zero. Very fun game, btw, just like PSO. I kinda doubt it, but is there anyone here interested in playing this game online?
1221  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest X Online: Rise of the Five Tribes on: September 08, 2011, 03:48:21 PM
I wish it wasn't turn based.

Well, at least they seem to let you move between turns. That's...something.
1222  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Now and Then, Here and There (Ima, Soko ni Iru Boku) on: September 08, 2011, 01:51:06 PM
Needless to say the English dub on Hulu takes away from the enjoyability some since the voices don't really fit the characters - at least not nearly as well as they do in the original dub.

But it's still good regardless. I think youtube has the Japanese dub on it.

I thought the english dub was very well done actually. Even if it wasn't, at least I can understand what they're saying.
1223  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Now and Then, Here and There (Ima, Soko ni Iru Boku) on: September 07, 2011, 12:33:36 PM
I keep meaning to finish this show. I saw the first two episodes on Hulu and thought it was pretty great. Good characters and plot and everything. Guess I'll add it to my list of stuff to finish by the end of the year.
1224  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: New Rurouni Kenshin Anime In Production on: September 02, 2011, 09:54:41 PM

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Trust & Betrayal
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re-mastered visuals



Apparently even the English versions are blu-ray imports.  While that means the video quality is probably superb, definitely not paying $65 for 4 episodes.  Limited supplies or not, that's way too much.

That didn't stop me from buying it...
1225  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 01, 2011, 02:49:25 PM
Do any of you guys read anime reviews? I never read reviews to decide what to watch, since out of the 20 or so reviews I have read, I've only agreed with 3 - Nihon's reviews of Gundam X and Turn A Gundam (which was spot on although I'd add some things) and ANN's review of Fractale (to a lesser degree. I agree that the SoL-like episodes felt like excessive filler and took a lot of focus away from the main story, yet I actually found that those episodes to be the most enjoyable and made the show stand out in my mind. It was the sudden dark and dramatic episodes that I felt were hard to stomach. Overall, though, the show did lack focus and felt like a mish-mash of 3 completely different styles that just weren't meshing, so overall I agree with the review. On the plus side, it introduced me to 3 very talented people in the anime industry, so maybe I'll get some better shows out of it).

Some of the reviews I disagreed with so hard I wondered if we even watched the same shows, most of which were from THEM reviews. Heck, I stopped reading reviews there after their horrible review of Gundam X, which was 3 strikes all in one - not only did I not agree with a single word of it, but the reviewer didn't even get a third of the way through it before writing the review. In fact, judging from a few sentences in the review, I think the reviewer hadn't even seen the show in a long time, and was judging it solely on old memories, which would explain some of the oddities in the review, such as the reviewer complaining that the show was too depressing, even going so far as to compare it to Evangelion. That's three strikes right there - not only does the show have a post-apocalyptic setting therefore making a depressing atmosphere appropriate, but it's actually rather cheerful for a Gundam show (very few character deaths, most people having positive outlooks, etc.). Even if it was depressing, comparing it to Evangelion would still be a gross hyperbole since very few shows match Evangelion's level of depression as far as I know, especially seeing as depression is the main freakin' theme of that show. All in all, that was one of the worst reviews I've ever read.

Sorry for the rant, I just had that bottled up for a while now.

Anyways, I finally finished Turn A Gundam. I think I was too hard on it at the beginning. Yes, it was very slow for much of the show, there was more filler than necessary, and the story was a tad confusing, but it all worked out in the end. After about 30 episodes it became compelling, and I thought the ending was pretty good. Not to mention the music was great and the action was intense and very heavy/realistic. I loved the setting, who knew WW1-America-with-Ancient-robots-being-invaded-by-MartiansMoon-people would be so interesting? The character designs were also very interesting, with a wide variety of styles and body types which made it so even the smallest side characters were unique and visually interesting. With that said, the lack of a consistant style did bother me - some characters looked cartoony while others looked hyper realistic, with everything in between. Of course, the style reflected the characters, but still, it bothered me. The mech designs, on the other hand, sucked royally. Yes, they were very unique and were kinda interesting to see in action, but that doesn't escape the fact that they were the ugliest and most bizarre mech designs I have ever laid eyes on. Also, for a show that was supposed to combine every timeline in the entire series, there were very few returning mobile suits - just the Zaku (which is a plus) and the weird ball thing from ZZ Gundam. Everything else had never been seen before. It would've been nice if we got to see more, you know?

The only other thing I didn't like had to do with the very end where [SPOILER] Loran doesn't go with Sochie in the end. I really wanted to punch Loran as he walked away from her. I don't think there's anyone else in the series that cared about him more than her.[/SPOILER] Overall it was a good show. Still no where near a favorite of mine, but it was enjoyable and well worth watching.

EDIT:

Evangelion 1.11: You Are (not) Alone - My head still hurts from watching this. I forgot how confusing this series was at the beginning. I watched it with my brother, and he was even more confused - hell, he thought there was a whole 'nother movie he had to watch before it. He was also incedibly frustrated with Shinji, and I can't blame him. The only thing holding my sanity together was the fact that I would be thinking the exact same things as him in his position, so if I was frustrated with him, it would mean being frustrated with myself.

Overall, though, it was enjoyable. I was a bit bored by it since I've seen the series about 3 times by now so I knew what was gonna happen, but that didn't make the last battle any less intense - now that was a grand finalie!
1226  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 26, 2011, 08:22:02 PM
Not really my cup of tea.

I'm relieved to hear that.

I like reading doujins because about 1/100 is actually interesting, although most are plain porn (although some porn ones are actually a good read... rarely).

That used to be the reason I read them, too, though now it's more of an addiction. With that said, I think it goes to show both what I've read and how much when I had to reread that review about 5 times before I finally understood the gravity of what was actually being said...
1227  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 26, 2011, 01:35:03 PM
So I'm browsing a manga website and find this gem in recent reviews:
http://pastebin.com/nyhc1yB2

I'm putting it on pastebin and not here because this is clearly NSFW and 18+
Review seems pretty normal... and then you hit that last paragraph.

Yeah, I think I just found the website you're talking about, and if I did, well...I was really kinda hoping I was the only one that visited that site, since they release some really f'd up stuff.
1228  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 25, 2011, 06:48:15 PM
I finished the first Season of Sgt. Frog. It was a really good show - lots of clever jokes, quirky characters, a funny narrator, and a great dub (all the voices fit and excecuted every line wonderfully) that even outdoes the Japanese VO, plus it has just the right changes to the script so us westerners get the jokes, too. I also learned a lot about Japanese holidays and culture. The show also had a lot of heart-felt sentimental moments that really made me smile. Only things I didn't like was that it was a little too stupid at times and a lot of the fan service centered around a 13-year-old girl, though even the show noted that it was being inappropriate (sorta). With that said the fanservice was relatively light. Oh, and the weird love-polygons were kinda annoying at first, but they got interesting and even heartening after a while. Oh, and I forgot to mention that the music in the show is pretty good.

Up next is Irresponsible Captain Tylor, which I already started and am already in love with. Captain Tylor is so clever, he acts so stupid yet he talks his way through seemingly any situation, and the situations he's in are usually pretty crazy. I can't wait to watch more of it/ I'd say too bad it's short, but after 51 episodes of Sgt. Frog, I don't think I'll need much more comedy for a while.
1229  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Only 10% of all videogames sold are actually finished by gamers. on: August 24, 2011, 11:44:33 AM
Suprisingly, I'm over 10%. But just barely. I also doubt it'll ever be much higher than what it is.
1230  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: New Rurouni Kenshin Anime In Production on: August 23, 2011, 03:17:55 PM
Hopes...crushed...
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