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61  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: May 13, 2015, 06:10:20 PM
Episode 4 of Cordon was... wow. Harrowing. That poor kid...

Okay, spoilers incoming:

You see, there's this dorky teenager, a chubby redhead who's first seen being bullied by his classmates.
He fights back and gets detention as a reward.
That's right before the area is isolated and as a result he's stuck in his school for the weekend, all alone.
He uses a school laptop te watch the news and eats candy bars he stole from a vending machine.
You figure his home is somewhere outside of the cordon, but in the third episode he's seen calling his dad, begging to be allowed to come home.
The scenes at home are short, but it's pretty obvious his dad is pre-occupied with his business (he's losing a lot of money because of the cordon) and his mom would rather worry about his sister.
During the first food distribution he can be seen in the background, no parents in sight.
They probably sent him out figuring he may already be infected.
During this episode, you first see him in a brief scene in which his parents are looking under the weather.
Later on, we're following the police officer who's stuck in the cordon again. He's on patrol.
We hear a girl ask him for help, desperately. Would he please come with her? It turns out to be the kid's sister.
The house is dark, except for the living room. There must be atleast a hundred candles there. The parents are laid where the coffee tables used to be. Dead.
The police officer sits down on the coach where both teens are sitting, overwhelmed.
"You did a good job. Where you careful?"
"He did it all by himself."
"I cut the back of their clothes open. I saw it on Six Feet Under."
"Will they be buried tomorrow?"
"Probably sooner. Tonight."
Not much later, a video shows up on the internet of police offers burning corpses in a back alley.

Poor kid. Now he and his sister are all alone. Sure, their neighbours are a nice elderly couple, but the last time we saw them they were hugging. They could be dead by now. (Please don't be dead, elderly couple!)

I didn't like this character much at first, because the actor seemed to be one of the more inexperienced ones (he's a real teenager, not a twenty-something pretending to be one), but he's growing into his role. This character is also very much the underdog. He may not have the cunning of one of the female tech expert or the strength of the police officer, but he's a good kid trying to do the right thing, despite everyone in his life having such low expectations of him. It's hard not to root for him. I hope he'll be okay, though that may be too much to hope for right now...

However, the real cliffhanger of this episode was communications related. Up until now 'the ghetto' and the outside world have been able to stay in contact thanks to cellphones and internet, but now the government seems to be deadset on killing communications by jamming cellphones and the like. They're hoping it'll quiet people down, but people have already pointed out this is highly unethical. It's pretty obvious the plan will have some side effects. Tech savvy people will probably find ways to circumvent it, and I'm sure people outside of the cordon won't be happy with the government censoring its own citizens and taking away the only thing that's keeping families and friends on both sides connected.

The idea of losing the means to communicate with the outside makes the cordon that much scarier. It feels like they're stripping away a layer of the victims' humanity. Even if it's all through tech, communicating with others is part of what makes us human and taking that away seems extremely cruel. The virus has already destroyed one way of communicating: touch. Now speech is going to follow and it's not because of a natural phenomenon but people taking it away deliberately.

Sorry for the long post. Despite Cordon airing late in the evening, I can't really bring myself to go to bed right after. Kinda have to let it sink it, maybe talk about it. It is/was also on the BBC with English subtitles and I bet those are floating around somewhere on the net, so if anyone's up for some Belgian drama/thriller and willing to fangirl with me, that'd be awesome. If it helps, you could pretend it's a prequel to Hatoful Boyfriend, or something.
62  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: May 13, 2015, 05:49:37 AM
I'm quite glad I don't give a flying fuck about what costume my character's wearing.
Curently playing Xenoblade 3D. I mostly just see them as an inconvenience.

Naked Dunban on Valak mountains, yo. And everywhere else.

Yeah, but Dundan isn't affected by the cold. He dodges it.
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 09, 2015, 08:37:53 AM
Yes, I realize this pretty much eliminates any potential of reselling it if I wanted to..c'est la vie!

Hey, some people pay top dollar for modded figures.

(I don't have the money for figures like this either way, but I do like your version with the lively eyes more)
64  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: May 08, 2015, 05:18:34 PM
I'm really into this Belgian series right now: Cordon. Watched episode 3 this week. It's about a deadly infectious disease that's quickly spreading and the government decides to wall of part of the city of Antwerp in hopes of containing it. Keeping it inside the cordon sanitaire is working (thus far) but things are starting to go horribly wrong within the make-shift walls. The show doesn't seem to be too afraid of killing people off without much ceremony, so whenever someone touches someone (that's how it spreads) it's really scary, because they could be infected and die, and I don't want them to die! Aside from the obvious drama I like that social media plays a role. People may be stuck inside of the cordon, but they're not fully cut off from the outside world. As much as the government tries the hide it, information is leaking out. Rapidly. Throw in some sensationalist reporting and it's not just the virus but also a nation wide panic spinning out of control.

The CW is actually working on an American remake, which will take place in Atlanta (uh, am I seeing a trend?). I wonder how it'll turn out.
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 08, 2015, 04:42:17 PM
Oh, wow. I've, eh, disassembled part of kitchen cabinet once to get a kitten out, but that wasn't so bad (for me) since it wasn't my kitchen... I hope your cat (and shower) will be okay. It's sad when animals suffer :(

(Stupidest thing my cat ever did was claw her way out of the house through a window screen, get stressed out by the mere thought of being outside, flee into the neigbours' shed, hide in a cabinet, accidently lock herself in, and poop and puke everywhere during her mental breakdown. She was gone for just a few hours, but she looked like it had been days. Fortunately the neighbours weren't mad. They just felt terrible because they thought their own cats had scared ours. )
66  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: May 07, 2015, 02:52:26 AM
Holy fuck... I'd shit myself then saw off my hand.  Akira-levels of gross, but, y'know, real.

Belated, but a large one of these would probably be the closest thing to an actual bane of Japanese Schoolgirls everywhere.

I honestly think that's a fascinating and kind of funny creature. I mean, it's all like "I'm gonna eat the big pink thing!" *barfs up proboscis* "I gonna suck it all up!" "..." And fails miserably. Unless that thing is more of a sensory organ, in which case it's probably freaking out because it has just figured out it's on top of a moving giant.
67  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Game that took you the longest time to finish on: April 30, 2015, 02:48:30 PM
I'm not sure... I know I made a total of four attempts to play through Final Fantasy VI (spanning three platforms). First was in 2000 and I finally succeeded in 2013. I did have to start a new playthrough, though, since the third attempt was on the PSone and the fourth on the Wii VC. Same with Earthbound: first attempt in 2000, succeeded in 2014.

As for saves I could actually continue... I think my last Skies of Arcadia save is from 2009. Twice I asked a gaming community what I should play and finish as my 2xxth game, but SoA ended up in second place on both the poll for 200th and 250th RPG. The good news is that the counter is currently sitting at 264 finished RPGs, so if I keep up my current pace Skies of Arcadia will have another shot in 2016.
68  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: April 30, 2015, 04:22:48 AM
Hey, that's where I buy games sometimes! I try to stay away from them right now, though, since they're a bunch of Amiibo scalpers.
69  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 30, 2015, 02:33:48 AM
I got a similar story!

One of the magazines I write for has a mascot with the name Yoni. If I hadn't pointed it out, her creators wouldn't have known yoni is slang for vagina.
70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 29, 2015, 09:13:37 AM
I never use mouthwash, so what does it taste like anyway? I'm drinking some peppermint + eucalyptus tea right now, is it anything like that?
71  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: April 25, 2015, 01:49:14 AM
Given the state of the localized terminology and the lack of a concrete release date, I suspect 7-8 months from now during the Holiday shopping season.

Good lord I hope not.  Nintendo's usually pretty good about releasing games in a decent amount of time between here and Japan and, iiirc, they reported the translation was being worked on even back in January.   I'd hope August, but it'd be dreadful to see a Holiday release... and, I mean, does the WiiU really wanna compete against that?

I dunno. Even the Wii U needs something big during those months, and we all know that's not going to be Zelda. Plus, some of the bigger publishers are slowly stepping away from the holiday window, releasing more big titles outside of it. There also aren't any noteworthy JRPGs it would have to compete with. A few years ago I would have said October-November would be a terrible idea, but this year it might not be too bad.
72  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 23, 2015, 05:43:14 AM
Look, she's 18, I win!

Anyway, I like that design. With the softer colours it doesn't look so overdesigned. It looks like's she got a bit of a Estelle thing (ToV not TitS) going on.
73  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 18, 2015, 10:09:37 AM
Nah, they just haven't updated the looks of all the classes yet. Next patch, she and all the other healers (assuming she's a healer, she looks likes one), will get their nose.
74  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 18, 2015, 03:16:36 AM
That kind of age difference would be kind of creepy, even to Japanese players. So I'm going to say: 17-18. High school-age but practically an adult.
75  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: April 17, 2015, 02:50:53 PM
Cliff was 36.

Fayt, Sophia and Maria were college age. Nel and Albel were both their early twenties, I think. Adray was actually old-old, not JRPG-old. Mirage was... I have no idea, mid-twenties? Older? And the two token kid characters could easily be kept out of your final party if you didn't want them. Yay for that!

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