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1  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: April 19, 2014, 02:40:29 AM
Finished off Champion yesterday. Most of the book itself was a drag unfortunately, but it ended better than most of the other YA, dystopian series out there. In fact, I think I actually liked it better than the ending of The Hunger Games series. Overall I think I was mostly intrigued by the setting. The author did a great job creating a believable future world and actually filled it with more detail than I would've expected. I liked the voice of the male lead, but unfortunately the female lead went from being pretty cool to a lovestruck waste of space. Glad to have the series finished.

Now I'm on to William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back. I found William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope while browsing around The Strand last summer. I had to get it, and I loved it! So fun and funny. I was really glad to see The Empire Striketh Back. So far it is just as fun as the previous book.
2  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: April 13, 2014, 01:57:28 AM
I finished off Ranger's Apprentice #12: The Royal Ranger today. It was one of, if not the best book in the series, and a great finale.

Next up is the final novel in a Hunger Games-ish trilogy my company publishes; this book is titled, Champion. Like the Ranger's Apprentice series, I picked up the first book in the trilogy, Legend, when I first moved to NY because I was so broke and I could get books for free at work. The first book wasn't as good as the first Hunger Games book, but the second book was just as good as anything the subsequent Hunger Games novels had to offer. Anyway, I liked the story and the characters enough to see this series through to its conclusion.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: AMAZING new TRAILER of FREEDOM WARS on: April 12, 2014, 03:07:26 AM
Yeah, I didn't see much worth writing home about in the trailer.

What does kind of make me smirk in a way is that once upon a time everyone would have been thrilled by a full CGI trailer. We would have bought the game no matter how bad it sucked as long as it looked pretty. I guess that's why we're all so jaded and want to see actual gameplay.
4  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 12, 2014, 03:02:50 AM
Okay, I'll read it again for the next few weeks and if I like what I see I'll maybe go back to my old issues and read through to catch up on the story.

(Only took me eight years, but 1000 posts. Whoo!)
5  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 10, 2014, 01:32:45 PM
Weekly Shonen Jump impressions before the scanlators release next Monday's issue.

One Piece
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God damn it, I really wish that I had people to discuss One Piece with because this chapter was amazing. Dressrosa is in chaos, Donflamingo's plans are up in smoke, and Sabo is making his move. Oh and Kyrios beheaded Donflamingo. I don't actually think he is dead (either the body that was just beheaded is actually a puppet or he can use his strong power to reconnect lost limbs), but it was a great follow up scene where basically the events exactly duplicated what happened ten years ago with the set up.

World Trigger
Great chapter, more world building and some entertaining fights.

Naruto
Goddamn this arc is boring, can we just finish this series up already?

All You Need is Kill
Great chapter very emotional chapter, and I look forward to seeing where things go from here.

Dragonball One Shot
Really? This is something that needed to happen? *sigh* The TV special for Burdock was much more entertaining and this was way too Supermanny for my tastes.

Stealth Symphony
Most of the chapter was kind of meh, but I did greatly enjoy the exchange with Troma towards the end.

I just finished reading this week's Shonen Jump and I too was pretty pleased with One Piece.

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I was really happy that it seemed like we're finally progressing the arc. So much of this arc has been the backstory of Dressrosa and its people, and while that hasn't been bad it has distracted from the main action pretty significantly. Though I'm sure that we're going to learn that Mingo has a Buggy-like ability and that he isn't dead, I'd be pretty pleased if he is dead just to have that out of the way.

Naruto and Bleach both need to wrap it up. These series have both gone on for far longer than they should have. We know that this is the last arc of Bleach, but I really, really wish Tite Kubo would just get on with it! Sure, I like seeing Kenpachi fight as much as anyone, but the series has been limping along for years. Let's just get it done. I've been liking this arc of Naruto. It maybe has a few too many twists and turns, but it has been good. I don't know if it was ever announced that this is the last arc, but it feels like it should be and hopefully we're nearing the end.

All You Need is Kill is becoming a new favorite. Takeshi Obata is such a fantastic artist, and the story is really cool. My only complaint so far is that the plot seems kind of choppy. I guess this is hard to avoid given what is happening, but it does distract me somewhat.

I agree completely with this new Dragon Ball one-shot. It seems like Toriyama felt like he needed to tie Jaco and Dragon Ball a little more closely together and it wasn't necessary. Plus, as you said, the Burdock TV special was way better.

So far I'm liking Stealth Symphony. I like the art, and the premise is interesting. I just don't really see where the story is headed. It has kind of seemed all over the place. I know it's just beginning, so I'm not going to discredit the series for that yet. Just some direction would be nice.

Still really liking One Punch Man. I missed the first few chapters of the series (I know I could find/buy them, but I'm too lazy/broke), so I'm a little confused by some of the plot points still, but I like the action and the jokes a lot.

I don't really like World Trigger, Seraph of the End, Nisekoi, Blue Exorcist, or Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal, so I don't read those.
6  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: April 09, 2014, 09:17:50 PM
I finished up Ranger's Apprentice #11. Decided I'd just as well finish off the series and read #12, so I started it today. So far I'm liking it. It takes place probably just under 20 years after #10, and I really like what the author has done with all the characters. Should finish it off this week.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PS3/4/Vita SRPG Natural Doctrine on: April 09, 2014, 09:09:43 PM
Ouch, this game flopped hard in Japan.  Out of the PS3, PS4, and Vita versions the Vita was the only one to even list in the top-20, with a meager 6000 copies sold.  In its opening week.  There's just no way to put a positive spin on this.  I haven't seen a game flop this badly in a while.

Which is a shame because it's actually supposed to be a pretty decent SRPG.

That's a shame. It looks very promising, but with sales like that right out of the gate I wonder how likely it is that we'll see it localized.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 07, 2014, 03:56:11 PM
Started Fire Emblem Awakening last night. First hour impressions: very good. Never have been big into the SRPG genre so we'll see how this goes.

It is the most accessible Fire Emblem game since the series came stateside. The mechanics have always been simple to grasp, and Awakening threw in some nice surprises with the pairing system and the ability to customize unit classes. The previous games in the series tended to be very rigid in that regard.

I finished Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. I was glad to find the final boss was at least somewhat challenging considering the lack of difficulty throughout the rest of the game. The climax was kind of abrupt, and of course there is the hint of a sequel. That kind of made the ending feel a little less than satisfying as there was no real closure to many of the plot threads introduced at the beginning of the game. Hopefully something new will be coming before long.

I don't think I'm going to do any of the post-game content at this time. Maybe when/if news of the next game comes around then I'll revisit it, but I'm done for now.

Next up will either be Xenoblade Chronicles, or Chrono Trigger DS. Just need to catch up on some reading before I start those though.

I hate to say it, but if you remove the Dark Dawn part of your Golden Sun review, you could easily use it for the original game wholesale.

Haha! Sadly too true. I remember being all WTF when I finished the first game, and the ending for TLS was kind pretty disappointing as well even if it actually brought closure. The difference between those games, and Dark Dawn is the fact that it actually seemed like something was at stake in the GBA games. Where the world is at risk right from the get-go of the GBA games, Dark Dawn sends you off on an adventure to find a feather, and things just sort of happen along the way. It hints at more, but without the sequel all those hints amount to are a bunch of loose plot threads.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2014 on: April 06, 2014, 10:11:21 PM
Yay! I finished one!

1. Golden Sun: Dark Dawn

Haha!...Yeah...
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 06, 2014, 10:10:14 PM
Xenoblade set my standards pretty high for what the WiiU can do.

I think, of all things, Mario Kart 8 is really delivering what the system is capable of as well, it's *gorgeous*
http://youtu.be/__qp9iPKeNs

I got a hell of a retro kick out of seeing classic stages like Donut Plains 2 rendered in that gorgeous HD, plus Rainbow Road is still an incredible theme.

Also Toad's Turnpike again. Ugh.

Also also, Boomerang, or Boo-merang? What's next, a Hookshot?

IIRC, wasn't one of the updates last night that you can now customize what items are in play??  Thank the lord...

I want an all blue shell match.

But seriously, I hate half of the items, it's why I barely played Mario Kart Wii more than a week.

I agree. Mario Kart has been a blah for a long time now. They lure us all in with the cool stages, new mechanics, and all that when the series' gameplay has just become one big, chaotic item rush.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 06, 2014, 10:06:17 PM
Started Fire Emblem Awakening last night. First hour impressions: very good. Never have been big into the SRPG genre so we'll see how this goes.

It is the most accessible Fire Emblem game since the series came stateside. The mechanics have always been simple to grasp, and Awakening threw in some nice surprises with the pairing system and the ability to customize unit classes. The previous games in the series tended to be very rigid in that regard.

I finished Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. I was glad to find the final boss was at least somewhat challenging considering the lack of difficulty throughout the rest of the game. The climax was kind of abrupt, and of course there is the hint of a sequel. That kind of made the ending feel a little less than satisfying as there was no real closure to many of the plot threads introduced at the beginning of the game. Hopefully something new will be coming before long.

I don't think I'm going to do any of the post-game content at this time. Maybe when/if news of the next game comes around then I'll revisit it, but I'm done for now.

Next up will either be Xenoblade Chronicles, or Chrono Trigger DS. Just need to catch up on some reading before I start those though.
12  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 06, 2014, 09:59:14 PM
Watched Baz Luhrman's Great Gatsby today. I was surprised to find that I enjoyed it in spite of all the criticism I remember it received when it was initially released. I've never been tremendously fond of the novel, but I was glad to see that this movie, even with its anachronistic soundtrack, stayed pretty true to the source material. The cinematography and visual effects were a nice touch. At times, the visuals and the American imitation of Victorian English society made me think the movie was somewhat steam punkish. I don't know that I'd ever consider owning it, but it was a good movie nonetheless.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 06, 2014, 06:06:56 AM
Alright, I rounded up the last few djinn and summons that I could get in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, and I've used Obaba at Champa to forge some my raw materials into cool stuff. I permanently missed two djinn and two summons. Oh well. I did go to the Endless Wall, and to the Apollo Sanctum where I picked up the Sol Sword. I then used it to go back and get the last two summons. The Ancient Devil in Otka Island was a pretty tricky little jerk. He kept stealing healers that I would then have to kill so they'd stop healing him. Good thing he never stole Matthew since his Revive psynergy was a godsend. There was one turn where he summoned Haures twice and I only survived by the skin of my teeth, but I made it. The Guardian Trolls in the Lava Island Cave were nowhere near as challenging and I wiped them out pretty quickly with Rief's psynergy and the Azul summon.

Anyway, I'm rested up in Tonfon and will head back to the Endless Wall/Apollo Sanctum later today to hopefully finish up the game.
14  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 06, 2014, 05:54:57 AM
Epic fail on my part, but I watched My Neighbor Totoro for the first time this weekend. I know it has been out for years, and I love most of Miyazaki's other movies, I just hadn't gotten around to it until now.

Anyway, I really loved it. Funny, cute, and heartfelt. What more could you ask for after a rough week? Should be getting Kiki's Delivery Service next, and the Porco Rosso after that. Then my "Miyazaki directs" movie viewings will be complete.
15  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Amy Hennig Creative Director on EA Star Wars Game on: April 04, 2014, 04:58:02 PM
I'm all for a gritty, hard-boiled Star Wars detective game that takes place in the lower levels of Coruscant. Actually, yea, that sounds kind of awesome.
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