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1  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Ghost in the Shell (by Hollywood) on: October 17, 2014, 04:50:55 PM
Get the guy who did Hansel and Gretel:  Witch Hunters (Tommy Wirkola) attached to this, and it might turn out to be be something worth watching.  Otherwise...we'll probably end up with a 47 Ronin situation where there's a bunch of white people running around Tokyo pretending to be more Japanese than the for real Japanese people they spend 90 minutes totally killing the shit out of.
H & G was awful, so I very much disagree with you. It wasn't even fun in a cheesy kind of way.

I like the potential of a GitS movie, and think Scarlett could actually work. We'll see.

Agreed and agreed. I think Scarlett would make a good Motoko (though let's be honest, they'll probably Anglicize the name to Michelle or something like that). Unfortunately, I worry that she may be getting typecast as playing action/badass characters and people will see the preview and think, "Oh, Scarlett Johannson in another action movie. Pass."
2  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: October 17, 2014, 12:21:52 AM
Yeah, I read 3 of the Sword of Truth books, and stopped after that. It just wasn't working for me anymore.

I finished reading Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3), and all I can say is damn. It knocked me off my feet. Definitely one of the best books/series that I've read this year.


Glad you and everyone else who scoped Mistborn this year liked it. 

I started reading Mistborn because of posts on here, and am glad I did. I'm in the middle of book 2 right now, and very absorbed. Great stuff.

Looking back now that I've had a few weeks to think about it, I think that the first book is my favorite. I really enjoyed how developed the setting was, particularly Luthadel and its surrounding areas. I didn't quite get the same feel for the city, and other areas of the world in books 2 and 3. That's a minor nitpick though. The conclusion of book 3 was amazing.

Speaking of Mistborn, I finished reading The Poetic Edda today, and I'll be starting Mistborn: Alloy of Law tomorrow on the ride to work. I'm excited for more Mistborn, but I do admit I'm kind of glad it is a lot shorter than the trilogy that precedes it. Since I was studying The Poetic Edda with a specific purpose, I still have plenty of more notes to take, so I won't be able to give other books my full attention for a while yet.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 16, 2014, 02:38:29 AM
Okami - Saved the little sparrow girl. This was my first time playing the game since I was in college.

Huge nostalgia trip all around, only it's not the fun kind of nostalgia, just the kind of nostalgia where I'm subtly aware that I screwed up, somewhere.

Man, I played Okami to death. I know that DVDs and discs shouldn't really ever wear out, but I kind of think that my copy of Okami for PS2 had had it after a year. I was really happy when they released it for Wii, and again when they released the HD edition for download a couple of years ago. And though it took me years to do it without cheating, I managed to beat Blockhead Grande on my own (that jerk!).

No gaming news for me, just thought I'd respond to Mesh.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Shout-out to coop multiplayer gaming on: October 16, 2014, 02:30:49 AM
Secret of Mana? :v

Also, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles (the original, not so sure about the others).

Even when the game was released I thought it was a lot to ask to have both a GC and GBA's ready (did it have non-handheld co-op?? I can't remember).

http://youtu.be/EmkoylmAztE
I always loved this commercial for it....FA-YAH!!!

OMG, I totally forgot about Crystal Chronicles. Man I wanted to play that game, but had no one to play it with, and agreed that needing the GBA to serve as a controller was terrible, though I have to wonder if it wasn't from the GBA working as a controller for the GC that gave Nintendo the idea of the DS.

Along that vein, Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures for GC comes to mind. I begged and pleaded and finally found a friend to play it with. It was really fun minus the fact that you will need GBAs to play multiplayer for it similarly to FF:CC. I still never could figure out why you could play single-player with the GC controller, but had to have GBAs for multiplayer.
5  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Live-Action Sci-Fi Tetris Movie on: October 16, 2014, 02:22:24 AM
Meanwhile there's a Quiji movie out soon.

All I want now is for some shmuck to attempt to make a movie based off the board game Risk, and do the game proper justice.

That means a 10 hour feature consisting entirely of an ever increasing number of troops charging across various desolate fields, cutting to some talking heads between battles and repeating until the view zooms out to the global scale where Australia looks like its covered in goddamn ants swarming up to Asia to start yet another land war and to make the final bid to crush the poor sap stuck in China of all places.

Sums it up pretty perfectly, haha! It can be the next LotR series. All of them 3-4 hours long. A ragtag team of soldiers tries to stop a godlike entity that is conquering the world, and their fate rests in the hand of one soldier who possesses magic dice.
6  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 14, 2014, 01:04:14 AM
I watched Divergent most recently. I have so many books to go through that I decided I would never get to reading the Divergent series, so I decided to watch the movie. I didn't like it. I thought it had a cool, interesting story even if the premise was a little meh. Unfortunately, the love story in this movie was incredibly bad, and hilariously awkward. The two actors had zero chemistry, and this was further compounded by bad dialogue and acting all around. I also didn't find Triss as nearly as interesting as Katniss in Hunger Games.

I'm sure the book is better, and maybe one day I'll get around to reading it. But for now, I'm good.
7  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 07, 2014, 01:12:11 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2014/10/06/naruto-manga-end-november-10th/

Fucking finally!

Assuming it keeps the date, it'll beat Bleach in knowing when to give it up.

Agreed! I'm so glad that both series are ending in the foreseeable future (though Bleach will probably drag out the final story arc for another year with inane battles as per usual). Naruto, in my opinion at least, was able to live up to its potential in the last six months. It was pretty blah for a really long time though.

Bleach on the other hand, sigh...

Last six months? The Kaguya fight was a completely random ass pull where they fought a god with no personality and no understanding of how to use her powers effectively. It was a waste of time and honestly she felt like less of a threat than Madara did. Naruto/Sasuke fight looks like it will be a passable fight though so at least it will end on a good note.

On the subject of Bleach, I started watching the series very recently, like a few weeks ago and I'm skipping all the filler and I'm 20 episodes short of ending the Anime. It has a few pacing issues but I really enjoy the characters, fights and they managed to pull off some decent twists and the villains are actually pretty cool. Characters have enough backstory to them. I like it a lot even with all the typical shounen trappings.
I haven't watched the later arcs in the anime, so maybe they managed to save some of the fights, but Bleach really suffers more and more as the series goes on. One the fake town arc starts, the series has just lost it. Fullbringer arc was absolutely horrible. Bleach's biggest problem is that Kubo handles writer's block by drawing new characters, and based on the cast for Bleach, he gets writer's block a lot. x_x For example, he introduced a new character two weeks ago, killed that character off last week, and then proceeded to add four new characters this week. Bleach was so much better when it was about Ichigo killing Hollows. >.>

I'm going to CODE this in case of spoilers:

Code:
I can see why you don't like the Kaguya fight. I too didn't like that she herself had no real personality, but at the same time she is (for all intents and purposes) a god, or an alien force whose motivations are completely self-serving; she just wants the power that was taken from her back. I don't think that the reader is meant to, nor needs to understand her. She is simply a force of nature in the series' mythos. She isn't a person, or a character, she just is. And to be honest, given how the Naruto series has had to tell backstories for numerous villains, which I often found disruptive to the narrative flow of the series, I was okay with simply having a character there to beat up. Also, although it is somewhat dated in this regard, it falls in line pretty well with a lot of Japanese media from the early 2000s that revealed near the end of a story that there was a previously unknown godlike entity pulling the strings all along. Star Ocean 3 and Final Fantasy X come to mind, and probably a bunch of others that I'm forgetting. Finally, given that the series has been pretty steeped in its own mythology since the time gap, I wasn't surprised that some of the mythological characters actually showed up. Kaguya was still a surprise, but the Sage of Six Paths appearing was not.

Sorry if that's a ramble.
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS1 RPG Games on: October 07, 2014, 12:51:06 PM
My only real complaint about Chrono Cross is that it left you directionless and without any real clues as to where you should go and what you should do next. I had to use a guide for a good chunk. That's only a minor complaint though. I too loved the story, music, artwork, and pretty much everything else. I think I still prefer CT overall, but Chrono Cross is a damn fine game too.
9  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 06, 2014, 04:57:26 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2014/10/06/naruto-manga-end-november-10th/

Fucking finally!

Assuming it keeps the date, it'll beat Bleach in knowing when to give it up.

Agreed! I'm so glad that both series are ending in the foreseeable future (though Bleach will probably drag out the final story arc for another year with inane battles as per usual). Naruto, in my opinion at least, was able to live up to its potential in the last six months. It was pretty blah for a really long time though.

Bleach on the other hand, sigh...

Other than middle schoolers getting confused boners from Orihime's massive boobage, I never really understood what drew people to Bleach in the first place.

Cool concept? Some good fights?
I dunno, what's the average age (or intended audience) for these two?

Bought time.  I just wonder if Sasuke is gonna die... that dude is seriously well beyond having any karma left.

Bleach started off great. It had lots of humor, cool action, and well developed characters. The pacing wasn't even really an issue until the Arrancar arc was in full swing and there were too many characters fighting too many battles and taking too many chapters to do so. The series really should have ended after the Arrancar arc. There may have been some plot holes had it done so, but at least it would have concluded with some finality. And given what happens at the end of the Arrancar arc it seems like Kubo had tried to end it there. Instead we got the Fullbring arc (or whatever it was called). I will admit that the concluding arc hasn't seemed completely like a slog fest; it has improved. It's just too little, too late at this point.
10  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 06, 2014, 12:58:45 PM
http://www.siliconera.com/2014/10/06/naruto-manga-end-november-10th/

Fucking finally!

Assuming it keeps the date, it'll beat Bleach in knowing when to give it up.

Agreed! I'm so glad that both series are ending in the foreseeable future (though Bleach will probably drag out the final story arc for another year with inane battles as per usual). Naruto, in my opinion at least, was able to live up to its potential in the last six months. It was pretty blah for a really long time though.

Bleach on the other hand, sigh...
11  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 06, 2014, 12:48:31 AM
Holy shit, episode 2...walker had a Lamborghini Diablo bearing down on him at full speed and decided to rectify the situation by doing a freaking drop kick through the front windshield. Of course the driver is immediately knocked unconscious (and the car someone stops) while the Chuckster walks off without a scratch. classic walker!

Episode 3: walker just caught a dead body with a fishing pole!

Oh man, I loved Walker Texas Ranger back in the day. It was definitely one of those "so bad it's good" shows. My family watched it every week, and it was loads of fun. Plus it's Chuck Norris. The man literally became an internet meme! Doesn't get much better than that if you ask me.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Do You Ever Look Through Your Old Posts? on: October 05, 2014, 01:16:28 PM
I've been around for a LONG time,
...
It would be interesting to look back that far. 15 or 16 years, or whatever it was.

Looking back, I find it hard to believe that I've been posting in the RPGFan community since October 1999 (15 years) and have been on staff since November 2004 (almost 10 years).  I was a fresh-faced 21 year-old when I first posted at the 'Fan and *I* was one of the old guys so I was more self-conscious about being a mature adult.  And now, most of us are all in the same nebulous age bracket. 

Let me put it in perspective for you.
The kids born the same year you guys joined these forums are now almost old enough to drive.

Whoa! That is quite the perspective. I started posting on the Fan during the summer of 2001, so kids born that year are now 13 years old. That's pretty crazy!

It is surprising the amount of longevity most of the forum-goers here have had. There have been a few of the old regulars lost over the years, but for the most part a lot of the active members when I first came to the Fan are still posting here.
13  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: October 05, 2014, 01:13:08 PM
I finished up The Good Lord Bird last night. It was good, and I liked the historical accuracy of the characters and the events. I didn't like the protagonist all that much, which is fine as I don't think that all protagonists need to be likable. Unfortunately, the book follows the vein of Huck Finn a little too much. The protagonist comes to a decision to be responsible and heroic, but then seems to retrograde back into his old ways shortly thereafter. Still a good read though.

I've been plodding my way through The Poetic Edda for a while now, but I'm going to give it my full attention next. Viking myth is awesome and messed up.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The one (rather popular) RPG series i havent tried.... on: October 05, 2014, 01:05:41 PM
I remember picking up Xenosaga 1. I really, really wanted to like it. I was very intrigued by the premise of the story and I wanted to see how epic it would get with all the planned games in the series. But I just couldn't get past the slow battles, slow paced story, and cutscenes every ten minutes. I know a lot of people here on the boards liked the series, but I couldn't get into it. By the time Xeno 2 was out, I had lost interest.
15  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Live-Action Sci-Fi Tetris Movie on: October 01, 2014, 09:45:34 PM
I feel like it's going to end up aping Tron a whole lot.

I was thinking more along the lines of the Michael Bay Battleship movie.

I love that you attributed that movie to him because it is like the garbage he makes. Sadly, some other jagbag made it.

Haha! Whoops, I just assumed it was him because it looked so shitty. Oh well, close enough.

Reminds me of the time I confused Michael Cera and Jesse Eisenberg.
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