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16  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 09, 2016, 10:20:15 AM
I finished Wheel of Time 13 on Friday. The first half was pretty boring, but it got very exciting during the second half. Lots of cool things happening, and lots of plot threads finally tied up. I'm surprised though that there were some threads left untied. I wouldn't think there is enough room for them in the last book, but the Kindle edition is over 1000 pages, so I guess there is.

Speaking of which, I started reading Wheel of Time 14! After I finished the previous book I looked out of curiosity to see if Memory of Light was available at the library and it was. I figured I'm at the finish line, so I'd just as well wrap it up and borrowed it...and again, I'm a bit miffed at the pacing. I'm over a hundred pages in and Rand's meeting with the leaders of the world hasn't even happened yet.

900-ish pages to go...
17  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 06, 2016, 11:53:31 AM
Isn't there some forest that they spend like 50 episodes in?

I thought the whole series takes place in a forest? There are certainly almost always a lot of trees. I only remember them not being surrounded by trees in an episode with Koga, and it was a rocky area.
18  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 06, 2016, 11:21:46 AM
Though it still bothers me how quickly Inuyasha went to crap. It had the potential of being my favorite anime had it not tanked so hard during the second season.
...I have no freaking clue of which arc of the manga corresponds to the second season. Or was that filler? Wait were there filler arcs in the anime? I don't remember. I remember one arc from the anime that I assumed was filler (something involving several bandits that were brought back from the dead by Naraku) which turned out to be in the manga when I later read the manga. Now I can't remember whether there were filler arcs in the anime or not since all the arcs are the exact same thing over and over again. x_x

Rumiko Takahashi's manga are generally all absolutely fantastic, but the anime adaptations are always filler-y.
I haven't read any of her other works, but if Inuyasha is anything to go off of, I'm inclined to say that the animes are only filler-y because the base manga is filler-y. >.>

Uh... maybe?  Ranma 1/2 is kinda filler-y, I guess, but... well, it's mostly just a comedy, so the "main plot" isn't really there; stuff just happens to service the laughs.  And because the manga moves at your own pace, the comic timing is always perfect.
But Maison Ikkoku is an underrated gem of a manga.  I know most people don't go to manga for rom-com/slice-of-life, though.  But it's one of the best mangas I've ever read (not saying much, because I don't read a lot of manga).

I've always heard great things about Maison Ikkoku, but have never gotten around to reading it.

I was having trouble sleeping last night, so I went to the living room and turned on Netflix. I decided I was in the mood for anime and saw Inuyasha, so I turned it on for nostalgia's sake. It really does start out well. I forget where it begins to start tanking, but maybe I'll watch until it does and then skip to the Final Act and see what I think. It interested me enough back in the day that I'd at least like to see how it ends.
19  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 05, 2016, 10:19:54 AM
Though it still bothers me how quickly Inuyasha went to crap. It had the potential of being my favorite anime had it not tanked so hard during the second season.
...I have no freaking clue of which arc of the manga corresponds to the second season. Or was that filler? Wait were there filler arcs in the anime? I don't remember. I remember one arc from the anime that I assumed was filler (something involving several bandits that were brought back from the dead by Naraku) which turned out to be in the manga when I later read the manga. Now I can't remember whether there were filler arcs in the anime or not since all the arcs are the exact same thing over and over again. x_x

Rumiko Takahashi's manga are generally all absolutely fantastic, but the anime adaptations are always filler-y.

I never read the manga. Maybe I should give it a shot, but I do know for a fact that the anime was loaded with filler. They actually ended the anime series several years before the manga finished because it just wasn't doing well and wasn't interesting at all. Compounding that was an experience I had at a book store back when the RuroKen manga was first being published in English. A crazed Inuyasha fan was also browsing the manga after having talked to me about Inuyasha for five minutes. When she passed the first volume of RuroKen she said that Kenshin "looked just like Inuyasha," and it made my eighteen year old self mad for some reason I don't remember. I know it's not fair, but I've had a distaste for Inuyasha ever since.
20  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 04, 2016, 09:54:32 AM
I had an interview for a job at Kodansha last week and the manager sent me a copy of Inuyashiki Vol. 1 because he's really enjoying the series and is excited by it. So I started reading it out of curiosity because the premise sounded interesting. I'm to chapter four and have enjoyed it so far. Poor Ichiro, I felt bad for him, but I'm glad he's getting a second, hilariously rad chance at life.
My brain initially read this as Inuyasha as I stopped after the first few letters in the title, and I was just left confused as to why someone at Kodansha would send you a Viz title, or why someone would be excited over a series that has been over for years. Then I realized I misread it and everything made more sense. XP

That's immediately where my mind went when I first saw the title in the manager's office at the interview. I had to forcefully remove Inuyasha from my mind, and even now it jumps in there when I see Inuyashiki.

Though it still bothers me how quickly Inuyasha went to crap. It had the potential of being my favorite anime had it not tanked so hard during the second season.
21  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 03, 2016, 05:00:38 PM
I had an interview for a job at Kodansha last week and the manager sent me a copy of Inuyashiki Vol. 1 because he's really enjoying the series and is excited by it. So I started reading it out of curiosity because the premise sounded interesting. I'm to chapter four and have enjoyed it so far. Poor Ichiro, I felt bad for him, but I'm glad he's getting a second, hilariously rad chance at life.
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: May 03, 2016, 09:57:47 AM
New DLC announced:

https://mynintendonews.com/2016/04/28/new-dlc-maps-headed-to-fire-emblem-fates-starting-may-5/

So I guess there are alternate Deep Realms with different versions of the children characters? The Fire Emblem multi-verse is quickly becoming confusing.
23  Media / General Games / Re: Do You Take the Path? on: May 02, 2016, 10:57:40 AM
I usually start on the path, but then meander around. Best example I have of this are either Zelda games or Dragon Quest VIII. If I see a clump of trees off the path, you bet I'm going to check that out to see if there is anything there. If not, well, hey, at least I found some trees.
24  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 02, 2016, 10:55:30 AM
Alright, I finished off Conquest on Friday evening. Didn't have any trouble with the endgame after that initial try and the last bosses in both chapter 27 and the endgame were actually quite easy. Final thoughts on Conquest:

  • It does have great maps, but I feel like often times you were forced into using a specific strategy to beat the map. This became less the case later in the game and allowed you to be more creative in your strategic approaches, thankfully, and I enjoyed the game a lot more post chapter 18-ish.
  • It is kind of cheap. It doesn't really allow you the opportunity to adapt to enemy reinforcements showing up at bad places at bad times. It expects you to play the map over again and you're only able to adapt your strategy through trial and error. Much dislike.
  • I did really grow to enjoy the cast. I wasn't caring much about them at first as they were introduced with little or no preamble and yet expected me to care. The supports and story development helped tremendously, as always, and I will be sad beating the pulp out of them in Birthright.
  • The story is actually not very good at all. I get that Revelation will probably, well, reveal what's happening in the world, but it is kind of irritating that they aren't revealing much of anything right now. Like, there was one point where it seemed like it was going to reveal some of what is happening, but then Azura was all like, "This isn't important right now. Let's go beat up some Hoshidans." And my avatar was like "...Okay!" I would have liked to know more what was happening and I doubt Birthright will shed any light on it either. Thanks for taking all my monies, Nintendo.

And with Conquest finished, I bought and downloaded Birthright. I just finished up chapter 6 and started chapter 7. Felt kind of bad telling Xander and friends no since I grew to like them in Conquest, but I did it. Also, I went with a female avatar this time so as to not potentially miss any of the children.

I'm looking forward to checking out the DLC. Granted, I could have in Conquest, but I didn't see much point to it outside of grinding supports. Since that isn't the case with Birthright, I will go ahead and check everything out.
25  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 29, 2016, 05:01:06 PM
I was nearly finished when a Paladin I hadn't noticed killed Selena.

Dude, you broke the unspoken Classic Fire Emblem rule: whoever dies in Endgame stays dead.

I may have made that rule up.  But I definitely followed it back on Path of Radiance.  Didn't even like you anyways, Marcia.

I did that once in the original. I moved Priscilla next to Athos, and, well...

I left her dead because I was playing Hector hard mode and wasn't doing that again.

If it happens again, I think I'll just persevere.
26  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 29, 2016, 11:50:54 AM
Come to New York with me, Dice! You know you wanna!
it's in harlem, WAYYYYY north of the touristy areas of manhattan...

Fucking eh, I'm considering going.

I'm in NYC too! Would love to go and meet up with more RPGFans!
27  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 29, 2016, 11:50:13 AM
Note to any who haven't played Conquest yet: You can't save between Chapter 27 and Endgame. After a cutscene you go right to the Endgame battle. I was nearly finished when a Paladin I hadn't noticed killed Selena. So, now that I know that, I'm spending all my money, forging weapons and buying the best staves and healing items. Once done with all that, I'll tackle it again. I have 60,000 G, so hopefully it will go pretty far.
28  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 28, 2016, 02:48:36 PM
I'm to chapter 27 of Conquest. It's annoying. I all but had the boss finished off when he countered Mozu for a critical. Frickin' 2% chance of critical! Sigh. Anyway, I'm back to him now but my 3DS is almost dead and I forgot to bring the charger with me. I'll likely finish off the game tomorrow.

Prior to this, I fought the third castle invasion. It wasn't difficult, but the enemy reinforcements got the throne on me once since I moved my team down to take care of the enemy reinforcements that were coming through the south entrance. This is one of the things I dislike about the game. If you don't know what's coming it doesn't give you the chance to switch up your tactics. You're just screwed. So when I restarted I left Mozu and Peri on the west side, and Nina on the east side to take out those reinforcements. Effie, Keaton, Velouria, Selena and Niles wiped the floor with the southern reinforcements, and that did it.
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: April 27, 2016, 12:45:07 PM
^ that makes 2 of us.  Health concerns be damned.

Come on guys, you gotta assume I will be as well since I posted it :P

That makes three.
30  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 27, 2016, 12:43:44 PM
If the NX is backwards compatible, then I may sell my Wii U as well. It will be the only console (home or handheld) that I've ever parted with if that happens.

EDIT: If the NX is not backwards compatible, and it doesn't have a plethora of awesome software options, then I think it is very likely the Wii U will be my last Nintendo home console. I've stuck with them through all their questionable business decisions, but I can't afford to stick with them any longer if they continue in this trajectory.
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