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1231  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Hey Guys! We got one! (Solatorobo Thread) on: August 09, 2011, 09:09:40 PM

That is so cool! No I really can't wait to get that game!
1232  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: August 09, 2011, 04:07:20 PM
Got a 3DS last saturday for the free games, and have been playing it for the past 8 or 9 days now. Mostly just playing the various DSiWare games I got, including Trajectile, Starship Defense, Mighty Milky Way, and Tetris. I have made a lot of progress in Pilotwings Resort, however, I'm halfway through, and I've reached the point where trying to get 3 stars is driving me literally insane. I think I'll stop after the silver missions are done.
1233  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 09, 2011, 03:58:46 PM
After War Gundam X - I don't think I could sing enough praise for this one. Starting with the story, it was very well done - there was a lot to it and it managed to make things very compelling and interesting, and was almost never confusing. I also liked how it seemed to be more clearly divided into arcs (not used to seeing that in Gundam) which I thought helped to create more of an adventurey feel to the story. There were also some genuinely moving scenes, especially near the end of each arc. I was never brought to tears, but they sure did tug at my heart strings, which I must admit is hard to do. The ending was actually quite nice, and I liked [SPOILER]that the brothers survived so they can live with their defeat[/SPOILER]. The only thing I disliked about the story was near the end when [SPOILER]they explained Newtypism as being mearly an illusion. Unless I missed something important, that's just a huge cop out.[/SPOILER]

I also loved the characters, who really made the story memorable. They had both charm and subtle charisma, and there wasn't a single character I didn't dislike, not even the smaller side characters. Most of the main cast was well developed and had interesting back stories. I'd say this is one of the best overall casts in Gundam History, and Garrodo Ran is easily the second best protagonist (and, with Tiffa, making the best couple), just being nudged out by Judah Ashta from ZZ Gundam.

I especially loved the setting. I'm very big on post-apocalyptic settings, more so than space or other sci-fi settings, and I thought this show excecuted it quite well, helping to make the world seem very interesting. Only problem here is that there seemed too be too much greenery and infrastructure when the world, not to mention tons of mobile suits. However, while they never officially explain all of it, I can think of reasons why they'd be there, so it's no big deal, really.

I liked the visuals, too. Everything looked quite nice, and I loved the character designs, which were both unique yet natural. I'd say I even like 'em more than SEED's, which was my previous all-time favorite. My only complaint with the visuals is that I thought the mechs were quite ugly at first, but I grew to like them by the end. Heck, I thought some of the Gundam designs were actually quite amazing.

I don't have much to say about the music, other than I liked it and found it to be quite fitting. Also, both opening themes and the second ending theme have been stuck in my head for quite some time now.

I don't usually compliment Gundam on the fights, but in this case, special attention needs to be given to the combat, as they're simply outstanding for a real robot show. There's a lot of variety and very little overused animation, and it's always intense. Mixed with the variety of the mechas being used, even the large scale battles can be incredibly interesting. Only minor problem involving the combat is that sometimes the bullets from the mobile suits would just bounce off the ground or kick up dust like they're smaller bullets. It's really just an annoyance, though. I can also think of tons of memorable fights that span the entirety of the series, and thanks to them, not a single episode was boring. They really were outstanding.

Overall, I'd say it was a simply fantastic show. I loved just about every minute of it, and thought it was excecuted very well except for a few noted exceptions. It's really one of the greatest Gundam shows I've seen and one of my favorite shows I've seen so far. I even liked it more than Zeta Gundam and ZZ Gundam, two shows I thought would never be surpassed. Most importantly, it's the biggest surprise I've had so far, since I knew very little about it (which was suspicious since I'm a Gundam fan) and wasn't expecting much from what little I did know about it. Really, I'm glad I got to watch it.
1234  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF Versus XIII follow up coming next week + possible new game announcement on: July 06, 2011, 05:56:53 PM
I think a lot of people here don't like rhythm games. I know I don't.
1235  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 03, 2011, 12:55:22 AM
I haven't seen anything about the new Gundam, but it's fucking Gundam. My favorite is Victory. The SEED and 00 series were just above average. Bad writing was what held both back though the action was much better.

Started watching the original Mobile Suit Gundam today. After this I'll probably watch Zeta and then Char's Counterattack. Not sure when I'll get to the other UC stuff.

00 I can understand, but SEED having bad writing? Not that I'm an expert or anything, but I actually felt it had great writing. Then again, I'm not a fan of analyzing the stuff I watch, and unless something is total bullcrap, I usually accept it. For instance, Code Geass R2 made a lot of sense to me, or at least enough so I didn't question it.

As for Victory Gundam, I really wanted to like that one, as it told the best and most accurate (to my knowledge) war story in the series. Unfortunately, it's just too depressing for me to tolerate. I'm glad you could get past that, and I hope I can when I get back to it, but after a while I get tired of seeing story-important characters dying.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy Mobile Suit Gundam, it's my favorite Main series Gundam, since it just seems to do a good job of telling a war story and a coming of age story. I also recommend against skipping ZZ gundam. After the first 13 or so episodes, it gets surprisingly good.
1236  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.
1237  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.
1238  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.
1239  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.
1240  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.
1241  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!
1242  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.
1243  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.
1244  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.
1245  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).
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