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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: Today at 04:14:51 PM
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Tomato

Yeah... I think that nickname might be making a comeback. I ate a few cherry tomatoes at breakfast. Someone insisted on taking pictures 'for old time's sake'. And when I finally got around to visiting Princess Lea's Cosplay Repair Point, I discovered that she had a pound of those snack tomatoes for some reason and couldn't finish them all by herself. I might have helped her by eating two hand fulls throughout the day. I'm screwed.

Other anime convention haps.

-Air soft guns are fun! I normally don't like things with triggers, but these things handle like toys. They said I had good aim and that made me kind of proud :D

-The black sesame ice cream looked disgusting (it's so gray!) but tasted great. The red bean ice cream wasn't bad either, but I would have liked the flavour to be stronger.

-The MangaKissa wasn't allowed to serve tea this year. They made some for me anyway because they like me, but it drastically cut my tea consumption.

-Didn't get to play shogi. Maybe next year.

-I like escape rooms, but there are types of people I don't want to play with, and the team I was in had good examples of half of them. Is it really that hard to take a breath and think instead of rushing to conclusions and delaying the problem solving?

-The opening movie was really funny. Normally there's a lot of cringeworthy acting and Engrish, but this year they had a great script (spoofing tons of science fiction), some of their better actors and hilarious special effects. They're really putting that kitsune puppet to good use. I'll post a link when the whole thing is up on Youtube.

-This edition shared the date with a new convention, Amsterdam Comic Con. Even the comic strip artist of a popular newspaper was joking about how geeks were facing a difficult choice. Most of our group stuck to Abunai, but my crush did go to ACC and we must have reminded her every day that she made the wrong decision and that's she's totally a traitor.

-I've giving over a dozen different lectures and workshops over the years, but the kumihimo workshop will always be my favourite. It's just so relaxing. It's also cool to see people working on their braids while waiting in line for other events/food.

-Those Amuse plushies are all so adorable! I almost bought one, but then I reminded myself I have way too many plushies as it is.

-Ugh, I caught a cold. Being able to get away from the heat thanks to airconditioned lecture and workshop rooms is great, until it makes you sick.


2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 26, 2016, 03:31:03 AM
I guess would be, but fortunately imaginary popcorn is low in calories.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 26, 2016, 02:12:55 AM
Haha, wow, one of the conventions I did a lecture for earlier this year is suffering from a small case of MUTINY. Looks like the goal of the usurper (a bookkeeper that never did any bookkeeping?) is to turn the convention over to another anime convention organisation. Now the former rulers are trying to get back at them by making the notes from a bunch of important meetings public.

Sure, I know this is somewhat serious business, but good lord, drama this delicious is as rare as a unicorn.

Edit: It just goes on and on! It's as if they're trying to save Game of Thrones fans from boredom.
4  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 25, 2016, 11:15:50 AM

I should have said won fights against consequential characters. :p And I disagree with him winning his Soul Society fight. At the end of the fight one of the combatants was getting out scott free and one of them was about to die had it not been for the intervention of a third party. Uryu was not the one to get off scott free. At best you could call it a draw.

Hey, don't be so mean. It was not that bad. He did a lot more damage than Chad ever did (sorry, Chad) and he managed to keep Orihime save. 
5  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 25, 2016, 03:47:21 AM
I guess Chad's problem is that all he could ever do is punch stuff (and launch Rukia like a rocket). It's difficult to build a good fight around that without giving him constant power-ups. ... And even that wouldn't have been great, as the constant power-up thing is what Ichigo does and him hoarding powers got boring pretty fast. (That's why I like Uryu, his fights are more varied. He's not allergic to thinking and coming up with plans to take down his opponents. Okay, Kubo rarely lets him actually win, but still...)
I disagree, you can do some very interesting fights with punching. Kubo just isn't creative enough to pull it off. :p

And did Uryu ever win a fight? I know Chad constantly losing is the joke, but I don't think any of Ichigo's friends ever won fights unless we include his Soul Reaper friends...who won somewhat consistently unlike his human friends.

Hey, I said it was difficult, not impossible! Well, difficult for Kubo anyway, I guess, since he relies on power-ups so much...

Anyway, just like Chad, Uryu won fights against grunts, and he technically won his big fight in the Soul Society arc. Technically.

He's usually one of those characters that's nearly killed to show things are getting serious (and we should totally root for this other character that just stepped in to save the day).
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 25, 2016, 02:48:08 AM
@Tomara *Anime character voice* EHHHHHHHH?

Toma-san, how does one live in the Netherlands... but not see the sea for so many years...

Well, when a man loves a woman very much... He'll move to the other side of the country to be with her, develop a dislike for his home region and tell his children never to move there. It takes three hours to get to a proper beach (and not, you know, a bit of sand near an evolved puddle), and I never really took the time/had the chance.

I've been to a beach twice in my whole life. First time I was maybe ~2, too young to remember. Sevond I was ~5 and I remember gathering seashells and playing in the waves. O, and also walking from the parking spot, through the dunes, to the beach!

Oh, and I saw the sea three years ago. I was in Den Hague for an anime convention, and our hotel room happened to be pretty high up and face the sea. We took a picture and went back to work.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 24, 2016, 04:19:31 PM
Looking at the temperatures, Hawaii looks rather hot, but then again, the ocean breeze probably makes a huge difference. I think. I haven't exactly seen a sea up close in 25 years, so...
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 24, 2016, 11:22:19 AM
At least they only expect mind-reading. I've met people who want me to time-travel... How am I supposed to review a complete anime series when only half the episodes have been broadcast thusfar?!

In other news: I've finally picked my outfits for this weekend. They all meet the three C-requirements: comfortable, cute and creep-proof. I'm going to be just fine while I secretly laugh at cosplayers that made poor choices. (Seriously, though, I do hope other people are sensible about the weather as well. Abunai attracts, fittingly enough, enough small scale disasters as is. They don't need people fainting left and right.)
9  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 24, 2016, 07:54:42 AM
I guess Chad's problem is that all he could ever do is punch stuff (and launch Rukia like a rocket). It's difficult to build a good fight around that without giving him constant power-ups. ... And even that wouldn't have been great, as the constant power-up thing is what Ichigo does and him hoarding powers got boring pretty fast. (That's why I like Uryu, his fights are more varied. He's not allergic to thinking and coming up with plans to take down his opponents. Okay, Kubo rarely lets him actually win, but still...)
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 24, 2016, 05:17:37 AM
Speaking of breakfast, the second biggest animeconvention in the Netherlands is coming up and the thing I'm looking forward to most is breakfast. The hotel always has the really impressive yet affordable buffet, and we just kind of sit down with a group of friends and eat and chat for an hour. It's the best.

(Other than that, I'm kind of dreading convention. It'll be at the tail-end of a heat wave and the big hall were I'll spend most of my time is like a freakin' greenhouse. Last year we had one really hot day and it was bad, this year we'll have three even hotter days in a row.

Oh well. Nothing I can do about it aside from packing cute summer dresses and staying hydrated. And, I have three workshops on Saturday, and those are all in rooms with AC. Princess Lea ('s Cosplay Repair Point) might have her own airconditioned room again as well. Maybe I'll drop by in my spare time and help out there if that's the case. Regular Lea is a pretty great person, Princess Lea with her own airconditioned room during a heatwave is the best person.

To think that temperatures like that are pretty normal during the San Diego Comic-Con... How do people survive that?!)
11  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 24, 2016, 03:16:15 AM
On another forum we discuss the series English volume by English volume and for the past four(!) years, the thread has known pretty much two types of content:
1. Hilarious complaints about the story (and sometimes artwork - draw some backgrounds, damnit!)
2. Cheering for Uryu (which is rare, because he doesn't show up that often, but we do all seem to be fans of that dork)

We're probably going to end up very disappointed in some way or another.
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: August 24, 2016, 02:51:47 AM
Hmmm, good question... I'd say it has a bit of an Inu Yasha vibe but in 16-bit style. The use of Japanese tile sets and other assets is consistent. You might see a NPC in western style clothing, but those sprites are so tiny it hardly stands out. The tone of the story is relatively light. On the one hand you have a country in a serious situation: people who commit one of the seven deadly sins turn into a demon. And the story does deal with death and loss. On the other, the people living there, including the playable characters, have had some time to get used to the threat. They have lives and interests beyond killing demons (for instance, Kenshi loves cooking), and many of the skits you find throughout the game are light-hearted.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 23, 2016, 03:04:58 PM
I'm incredibly lazy when it comes to cooking, so I just cook enough simple, healthy stuff to last me 3-5 meals. Like, lasagne with lots of veggies has a relatively short prep time, allowing me to make four portions in 20 minutes. Okay, I'll have to keep an eye on the oven, but that's not exactly work and it's only on the first day. What else... Soup. Soup's great. And I'm fond of pasta, because it's so easy to make a large batch of the sauce and freeze some for later. And if I don't feel like eating tomato sauce, there's always spinach.

Actually, I don't mind cooking all that much. It's the clean-up that gets to me.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 23, 2016, 11:48:37 AM
I usually just get a cup of tea if I'm craving something. I have like 50 different flavours in my cupboard and something is bound to match what I feel like eating.

I did gain a few pounds the past few years, though. I blame my parents. My mom thinks she needs to buy me things, so whenever things like muffins are on sale (nearly every week), she buys me some. I eat them out of politeness.
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: August 23, 2016, 11:15:03 AM
Sins of the Demon - Final Report

... That was unexpectantly tragic... I mean, the ending is technically a good one, but the game didn't bother to pull punches and I respect that.

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Why did they have to Aeris the cat? I loved that cat! D:



Oh, and some advice for anyone planning on playing this: make lots of pork buns and feed them to Kenshi. You'll thank me later.

I paid: €0,24
I played: 10 hours
Worth the wait?: Wow, €0,99 feels on the cheap side for a RPG Maker game this solid and I got it on sale! I feel kind of bad now... The first half of the game feels like a typical adventure in which you explore an island while hunting demons, but the second part is surprisingly story heavy and includes three long, interactive flashbacks. The twists weren't all that original, but they were executed well enough (compared to the newest installment of a certain SRPG series anyway...).

Edit: I'm up for some new numbers, by the way. I want to know what I can look forward to.
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