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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: Today at 04:17:06 PM »
Hammy’s (my attic squirrel) house adventure is over. Thankfully, he did not die in the house. He actually made his way into the basement last week (not sure how, but it is a 60+ year old house). I found out about his relocation the hard way, when I discovered things knocked over; chewed up; and/or pooped on down there.
Since the majority of electrical and gas connections are in the basement, I bit the bullet and purchased an animal trap. Within 24 hours, his ass was caged. I took him for a 20 minute drive Saturday morning, and let him loose at a forest preserve.
Adios, asshole.

I'm glad both Hammy and your house are okay. Hopefully he's able to start a nice new life in the forest preserve :)

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: Today at 04:14:00 PM »
If you want a smart shonen protagonist, you should try Dr. Stone when its first volume comes out. Being smart is really that MC's primary defining feature.

I've seen that one around, but I think I hate the artstyle. Female characters have this weird bendy, blobby anatomy.


Not to mention most battles eventually turned into showcases for Bankais and other special powers. I was so pissed when Renji and Ishida teamed up (which was cool), managed to think up a strategy and actually work together (even cooler), and landed a solid hit on on a seemingly invincible opponent (awesome!), only for it to be revealed that everything they did was basically useless and that the battle was actually meant as a set-up to let the local Mengele save the day. That outcome was just so many layers of horrible...

In the end, most fights turned into playground levels of bullshit. You know how playfights between kids are? They like "Pew, you're dead!" "No, I'm wearing a bullet proof vest!" "But my gun shoots through those!" "Nuh, uh, this one is special!" And five minutes the discussion is now somehow about who is stronger: Batman or a T-rex.


(And then shows up the guy who's special ability is turning children's games into deadly attacks. I have no idea if that's some sort of meta commentary or the bullshit just reach Nirvana.)

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: Yesterday at 12:03:59 PM »
End of December at... 47 chapters, IIRC. There are 7 chapters in the first volume, but the first chapter is 60 pages instead of the usual ~26 and I wouldn't be surprised if the last one is a long one as well (or we get some sort of epilogue).

While Bleach and Inu Yasha both have problems, most of those problems come up later in the series (such as Kubo being unable to manage a large cast effectively), whereas Black Clover's biggest problem for me was that the main character was pretty much unlikable from the word go.

I heard Black Clover gets better as the cast grows, though the characters to tend to stay rather archetypical.

Not that'd it help me get into it. Even without the YELLING, Asta is exactly the kind of shonen protagonist I can't stand: one-track mind and too stupid to live. There's so much more they could have done with the premise of a character without magic born in a world were magic is everything. It doesn't have to be as dark as Gustave from Saga Frontier or something like that, but it would have been cool if he had, I don't know, used his wits to overcome what is essentially a disability. Instead of, you know, endless sit-ups, YELLING and a deus-ex-machina sword.

This is probably why I liked Bleach. Ichigo may be impulsive, but he's not an idiot. It was just nice to see that he actually made an effort to do well in school. Sadly, his type isn't too common. Aside from the occassional detective, shonen heroes tend to be not very smart. In fact, many are as dumb as bricks. I wonder if that's meant to make them more relatable? I know the Japanese school system can be very demanding, so maybe characters that don't do well when it comes to intellectual stuff are more relatable?

It's very jarring though for older readers. All I could think when I first read Naruto is that they should probably put the boy in some sort of special ed class, because it's obvious he can't keep up and keeps disrupting class.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: Yesterday at 06:00:07 AM »
At least you dont get asked if you want to pre-order Madden or Live at the beginning and end of every Gamestop transaction. I'm black in case you couldn't tell.
"Nah fam just gimme my JRPG's and Im out" Are you sure you dont want Live?

I'm glad the whole pushing pre-orders thing is not policy in the chains we have over here. Who thought that was a bright idea anyway a good percentage of your customer base consists of socially awkward people who just want the exchange to end in as few words as possible? Of they started pushing pre-orders on me, I'd just be like 'Nope, nevermind, I'll just order online. Have a nice day!'

Actually, I'm like that in most stores. Two summers ago, I'd spotted a cute tunic on sale and tried it on. I wasn't wearing skinny jeans at the time though, so it wasn't looking entirely right when I stepped outside to take a look in the mirror. Sales girl kept trying to push me to take my pants of, but I really didn't want to because one of my legs was bandaged up and I figured no one, including myself, would be happy to see that. Besides, the tunic was too short to be worn without leggings anyway. So I changed back into my own clothes and left.

Speaking of stores, you know what else bothers me? Toy stores stocking mostly 16+ and 18+ rated games. Makes it really hard for parents to find something suitable for their kids when they own a system that's not made by Nintendo. I know a comic book store that dealt with a similar situation by simply making a spotlight for recommended books for younger readers. They house all their English language editions (which is a lot, because most American and Japanese comics are never translated into Dutch) in the basement, and the guy in charge of that section always gets nervous when children and young teens (and their parents) enter that part of the store, because a lot of the stuff there simply isn't suitable for, say, 12 year olds. Being able to atleast point them in the direction of a central set of shelves with good comics for that demographic is a relief.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: December 16, 2017, 10:22:15 AM »
Yep, it's basically a series made for a new generation of readers. My youngest writer entered the scene a couple of years ago, and he's pretty fond of the manga. Meanwhile, all my older writers including myself have absolutely zero patience for Black Clover, because to us it's yet another remix of the tried and true Shonen Jump recipe. We just want to watch series about cyborg grampas and dictionary makers, and yell at kids to get of our lawn.

That said, the writers in my generation also have a shonen series or two they grew up with that's special to them. I have a soft spot for Bleach and Inu Yasha, and I know someone who's really happy right now, because his old favourite is suddenly getting a brand new anime adaptation next season.

Speaking of shonen, I got the first volume of Astra Lost in Space to review and that turned out to be a surprisingly fun read. It starts out with a wellknown premise: kids get stranded in some deserted place and try to get home. But in space. Lots of things about their situation are suspicious, and they need to get along to survive, but one of them might be a mole. There are plenty of clichés (heroine is a ditz, hero yells a lot), but the author makes it work by either turning them upside down (main guy does have actual survival skills and leadership abilities) or having characters outgrow their archetype by means of character development. It's nothing groundbreaking (and the answers to the mysteries could make or break the story), but it's a good start and I want to stick with it to see where it goes. It's 6 or 7 volumes, I think? Once I'm done with them, I could probably hand them over to my younger cousin who's just gotten into reading comics in English.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: December 16, 2017, 09:11:28 AM »
Fortunately(?), I';m running low on fodder. I could really use some of the common units that give skills like Reposition, Moonbow/Luna, Fury and so on. It's unlikely I'll get nothing worthwhile.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: December 16, 2017, 02:35:07 AM »
I don't know what to make of it and if I should throw orbs at it or not...

-I could really use units like Robin and Tharja, and it's nice to see Lissa with an axe
-Strong skils

-Tharja is celebrating Christmas in Australia in the worst way?
-I don't like the designs
-It doesn't make sense they're armour units!
-Best ones will probably appear in a Legendary banner eventually, perhaps as soon as the next one
-It's just plain yuck that's all Awakening again

I'm sitting on 107 orbs right now, so maybe I should just try to get one of them and be happy with whatever I get.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: December 15, 2017, 05:54:00 PM »
Nope. Can I get a quick summary?

I honestly can never leave them quickly enough upon entering.

There are some I like. It really depends on the people there. There's this chain called Nedgame and I used to visit a certain location several times a year. First, everything was well, but then money issues happened and the store was left with just one employee. I've had him close the store in front my of nose during opening times so he could get lunch at the place across the street. And sure, I get it, it sucks when you're alone for eight hours and can't take a real break without closing the store, but that timing was a little shitty. Worst was when he fucked up and put the wrong game in a case and I had make another hour+ trip there to get it fixed. He didn't even try to properly apologise, so I made him fill my stampcard so I could get a 50% discount next time. And again, I get it, people make mistakes, but man, that dude was unlikable. His replacement was a lot more fun. Even remembered me even though I didn't go there often and gave me old promo stuff I could give to the little ones.

My worst experience was with the owner of Game Over in Amsterdam. He used to try to use the forum of one of 'my' magazines to sell his "personal collection". A collection that consisted of mostly Daikatanas, FIFAs and other worthless overstock. We had to ban his ass multiple times before it finally stuck. Then he threatened to sue me, because apparantly it was his damn right to ignore our forum rules (commercial sellers are not allowed to promote or sell their products on our forums without our explicit consent) and act like a turd. The guy wasn't half as smart as he thought he was.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: December 15, 2017, 05:15:33 PM »
Hey, is it weird that game store clerks point it out when you're buying games for both PS3 and PS4? I was buying some games for as gifts for family members (nice, wholesome mainstream videogame-fun like WipEout Omega Collection and Little Big Planet 3), and spotted a Trials of Cold Steel for PS3 for just €5. So I grabbed that one for me, because I definitely need another version of a game that's somewhere in a deeper statrum of my backlog. I get to the counter and the employee points out that I have a stack that consists of both PS3 and PS4 games. And I know, I know, the PS4 isn't backwards compatible and it'd suck if some unlucky kid would get a game they couldn't play for Christmas, but why assume I didn't know? Is this a mistake that still happens often enough, even at the tail-end of 2017, to warrant a warning? Would it have made a difference if I'd entered the store looking like a stereotypical gamer?

Maybe I'm just paranoid because people keep trying to explain Duck Hunt to me when I'm busy setting the high score for the evening.

Oh well, I did get to brag a little and be all like 'Nah, don't worry, I used to write for Official PlayStation Magazine. And [another major Dutch gaming magazine]. And also [a belgian gaming magazine]. Oh, and [a wellknown gaming site]'. In my soft, squeeky, 'shit, that's definitely a cold, are you okay?' voice, of course. I suck at bragging. I dunno how much they believed, but maybe it's just karma if they don't. There was another employee standing next to him, cute girl with teal hair, and last time I was there, I didn't make as much effort as I should have to save her from some weeaboo who really, really wanted to tell her all about Dragon Maid while she was trying to work.

Videogame stores are very awkward places, aren't they?

Actually, The Geek Empire as a whole is a little awkward. Many of its citizens think that if you don't wear the uniform, you couldn't possibly be one of them. But if you do don that comic book themed tee, the ever vigilant self-proclaimed gatekeepers might still find you suspicious.

Personally, I feel that if you have to prove you're not a filthy spy from Casual Kingdom anyway, you might as well do so while looking like one for maximum impact. Trial by combat while wearing my comfy pink cardigan? Hand me that zapper. I will teach you not to assume!

(Oh, by the way, in the end I couldn't buy Trails of Cold Steel, because there weren't any copies left. That may have been for the best.)

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: December 13, 2017, 02:51:23 AM »
I have had movie-pass for months and have yet to use it. I'm so lazy!

Hah! The last movie I watched in an actual movie theater was Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, but I did see When Marnie was There in one of those small arthouse cinema things. Usually I just watch what my friends bring over (though I do have a decent collection of animated movies on dvd and blu-ray).

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: December 12, 2017, 03:05:55 AM »
Sigurd's dreams of victory... burned to the ground by some yandere with her tits hanging out.

Also, is it me or is Tharja trying to destroy everything Seliph loves? First Julia, now Sigurd. I hope he gets a chance to avenge them.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: December 09, 2017, 03:20:03 AM »
I'm starting to like the fan interpretation of this VG.

On the left side we have: two obsessed girls ready to murder eachother in the name of their object of obsession, whoever wins, we all lose.

And on the right: just two guys who love their wife, and it's all wholesome and sweet.

Anyway, seals talk. I have a few maxed right now:
- Spd +3 for Takumi. Even with a Brave Bow he has 39 spd without hones/drives/ally support/whatever. He quads everything.
- Brash Assault, which is passed around by units that have desperation but are not quite speedy enough to double everything. Soren used it together with Gronnblade before I got his Gronnraven skillset together. It was the closest I could get to his PoR/RD skills.
- Distant Def is amazing. Soren currently uses it to deal with all those BLyns and Reinhardts.
- Close Def is cool too. My dragons and other tanky units pass it around.
- Hone Speed is really useful. It's usually in the hands of whoever is the Arena bonus unit.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: December 08, 2017, 04:38:04 AM »
VG news: Tharja will not be facing herself, even Priscilla's incestuous love was not creepy enough to survive the stalker side, Katarina is the new Leo and no Shannagans for Catria.

I'm siding with Sigurd now. He's on fire. Dorcas is hanging in there to and I honestly don't care which one of them makes it to the finals. All that needs to happen is that in the end, a caring husband defeats a creepy stalker.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: December 05, 2017, 04:11:24 PM »
Here's some giant letters:

For reference, my screen is 1366 x 768 and text size is set to 100%.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: December 05, 2017, 04:22:02 AM »
My brain just wants enough good characters to beat the challenges. I know that if I wait long enough, my favourites will pop up someday.

In related news, I ran into a Horse Emblem team that for some reason had no reds but did have both Olwen and Reinhardt. And Brave Lyn, of course. The map had defence tiles and Soren lost a grand total of 6 HP while he took out pretty much the entire team. Lyn is starting to look like a very incompetent suicide bomber. She rushes forward, screaming "THE ENEMY!" at the top of her lungs and dies in a blaze of pointlessness.

I really wish IntSys would rearrange the rarities and drop characters like Soren to 3-4. That would make it so much easier to make a +10. (And people with bad taste will be happy their pity rates aren't broken by off-banner pulls that aren't Distant Counter fodder.)

In the meantime, who are you guys supporting for the upcoming VG?

I was thinking Priscilla, but now I'm certain I want to support Catria. I remembered how Paladin Catria with maxed everything helped me dominate the PvP scene in Shadow Dragon. That's got to be worth something. (And hey, who knows, she might be the next Shanna.)

I'm in it for the rewards though. There aren't any characters I really want to support and the theme is just awkward and nonsensical compared to the simple wholesomeness of the last VG. Best thing we'll get out of this is more Dorcas memes, and I'm not entirely sure that's a good thing.

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