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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 04, 2016, 05:24:09 AM
So... that Abunai opening movie I mentioned? It's on Youtube now. That is basically what happens to opening ceremonies when there's next to no industry folks around to clutter up the stage: people make parody movies featuring toilerpaper space ships.

Here's the first part.

And the second part. It's kind of important.
47  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 02, 2016, 03:20:31 PM
I haven't played much the past week because of other obligations and a sudden need to crochet, but I played enough for a small update:

Cubicle Quest - Report 1
Basically, life sucks and you have to make it suck a little less by acting like a proper adult, and kill the office dungeon bosses to gain promotions. All the drudgery of normal life is represented as RPG somethings. For instance, increasing your income means getting more soldiers to fight back the evil debt army. Your social circle is your armour, roommates are party members, and work-related monsters are weak to paperwork. I've just started chipping away at my debts and I have no idea how deep this rabbit hole goes, but the beginning is pretty entertaining.
48  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: September 02, 2016, 01:53:10 PM
Even the S convos that are super awkward, feel really forced, make no sense or even damage the characters? Like Sakura and Azama? Or Takumi and Orochi?
49  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Blue Reflection on: September 01, 2016, 01:27:08 PM
(understandable rant)

And yet, amongst the Disqus comments on the link, you have people who are picking favorite girls already, with such thoughtful comments as "This one likes music.  She has the same taste as me!"

As someone who has been on the recieving end of a 'you like videogames, please be my girlfriend', I almost feel sorry for these fictional girls.

On the other hand, I can't help but adding my own twist to generic 'likes' and imagine what that character would be like.

Likes: Money (and will go on paid dates to get some)
Likes: Music (but only listens to really shitty metal)
Likes: Thinking (about hot guys engaging in unprotected sex)
Likes: Sports (especially the violent fights with fans of the opposing teams)
Likes: Dance (she's the best twerker in town)
Likes: Running (away from commitment and responsibility)
Likes: Clothes (and thinks the bold, often neon coloured patterns of the early nineties are due for a comeback)
Likes: Training (her attack dog Hector to go straight for the throat)
Likes: Cooking (and bullies her little sister into doing the dishes)
Likes: Accessoires (which is her way of saying the really like easily manipulated bad boys)
Likes: Flowers (but only if they're handed to her by handsome/rich men)
Likes: Going out (and doesn't mind missing a few classes - or school days - in the process)
50  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: September 01, 2016, 01:06:01 PM
In my case... I like the gameplay in the newer installments. The series has come a long way in that regard. I won't hold it against a Fire Emblem game if the story is mediocre and characters get all their development from a few optional scenes. That's basic Fire Emblem. However, the Fates stories were so insultingly bad I do not want to play Conquest ever again (and Birthright and Revelation aren't much higher on my replay list). Older Fire Emblems don't give characters the attention they deserve, Fates treats its characters like shit. They're infected with severe cases of the stupids just to create drama, get the short end of the stick just because some sort of quotum needed to be reached and characterisation is so unstable some characters end up with multiple personalities. The Xander in the stories is not same as the one in the supports, for instance. Not to mention the way the remaining royals act in the endings of Birthright and Conquest...
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 01, 2016, 12:46:00 PM
My friend is getting a kitten named Ganondorf. Well, technically her mother is and that's why the kitten will be named Ragnar once it's formally adopted. It's a little disappointing, but not too much. (Another friend said Odin would be an even better name, which made me giggle cuz Fire Emblem.)

Having a (big!) dog named Interceptor is still more awesome though.
52  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Blue Reflection on: August 31, 2016, 05:18:41 AM
It looks cute, I guess? (But why is the heroine's posture so bad? Why is she wearing shoes indoors? Why do these high school girls have the bodies of middle schoolers?) I hope it ends up going full on Madoka.
53  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 31, 2016, 02:36:46 AM
How could you? Could you kill something as cute as this fifty times D:

54  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: August 30, 2016, 12:23:12 PM
But I'm usually barely warm enough with pyamas on D:

I need that (natural fabrics only, no synthetic sweaty stuff) layer, and my 1-4 blankets, and my four pillows, and my plushies, and my warm water bottle (when it's freezing)...
55  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 29, 2016, 11:46:13 AM
Ughr... I think I came down with more than just a cold... Oh well, I'm glad it didn't hit me when I was still at the convention. That would have been a hassle. Unfortunately, my fridge is rather empty, so when I get my appetite back I will probably be eating "meals" that'll make Mesh proud.
56  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 28, 2016, 04:14:51 PM

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.

57  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.
58  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.
59  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. 
60  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).
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