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1  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: August 02, 2007, 09:52:14 AM
Uh, Death Note an 18-rated anime? No way. There's nothing in the way of graphic violence or sex, and not even the language is particularly bad. It is dark though, and morally ambiguous, but that's part of what makes it great.
2  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: July 29, 2007, 01:13:55 PM
I'm reading Reaper's Gale. Steven Erikson is still superior to all other contemporary fantasy authors. Though at this point the Malazan books are beginning to suffer from the same problems that a lot of other fantasy series do - too many different characters and plot threads, and not enough setting them apart. I'm beginning to have a hard time keeping track of all the different Tiste Edur, Andii, Letherii and Malazan characters. And the Lether setting just isn't as interesting as Quon Tali and Genabackis, and many of the more interesting character are thus far missing from Reaper's Gale. No Anoes Paran, no Apsalar, not enough Icarium.

Still, I'm enjoying it and things are progressing towards what should be a pretty satisfying conclusion.
3  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: July 04, 2007, 02:47:19 PM
Just finished with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon, which is a book written from the perspective of a 15 year old boy with Asperger syndrome. It chronicles his attempts at finding out who killed his neighbor's dog, and gives an insight in how the mind of a person with autism works. Or well, at least I think it does - I know too little about the thing to be able to tell if this is an accurate depiction or not.

It was a good book, either way.
4  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: May 21, 2007, 08:51:20 AM
Gurren Lagann Episode 8

Aw, fuck it.

Code:
Well, I had expected that this would happen eventually ever since going back and rewatching episode 1 a few weeks back. The man in the cloak during the opening scene is obviously a grown up Simon who has taken on Kamina's old role and brought the fight against the Beastmen (or possibly some other enemy at that point) into space.
5  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: April 16, 2007, 07:11:18 AM
Eh, the basic premise is a bit like Gundam SEED I suppose, in that it's about someone fighting against the people that should be his comrades. And there's mecha in both. Aside from that, they're not very similar. Gudam SEED is by far the superior show - Code GEASS is decent enough, but there's just so much silliness and cheese. Like Euphemia's declaration of love for Suzuku. Dear god. Or everything about Mao. And the Pizza Hut product placements.

And Lulu is a poor man's Yagami Light.
6  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: April 10, 2007, 01:36:49 PM
Just finished with Eureka 7. Pretty good, though nothing exceptional. Your fairly standard "boy pilots mysterious mecha to save the world" story, but it was very well executed. Had the requisite annoying adolescent main character, of course, and the even more annoying kid sidekicks. Still, it was an enjoyable ride with top notch animation and a pretty darn good soundtrack. Not a bad way to waste 15 or so hours.

Not sure what to watch next - I'm pretty much done with most of my backlog (still have Paranoia Agent, Planetes and Samurai Shamploo) in there, and most of the season's new shows seem fairly uninteresting. Still following Death Note and (less religiously) Code Geass, though.
7  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: March 04, 2007, 02:22:02 PM
While Fumoffu is a pretty decent action comedy, I'd pick Haibane Renmei and Genshiken over it in a heartbeat. So watch one of those two first. Can't comment on the other shows though.
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Replaying RPGs? on: March 01, 2007, 01:19:31 AM
It depends a lot on the game, really. There are certain games that I've played through more than once - Shadow Hearts: Covenant, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy X, Xenogears and Chrono Trigger just to name a few. My main driving force when playing RPGs is to experience the story and characters, so the games I replay must either have an exceptional story, or really good gameplay (or a mix of the two) - otherwise I will not bother to go through them more than once.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: February 21, 2007, 07:24:08 AM
Time for a new photo:


Losing weight FTW. This is how I looked a bit over ten months ago. Well, actually, I was even fatter - that photo was taken back in 2004, and I had probably put on an extra 20-30 pounds after that. Have lost 120 pounds since April 2006, and am hoping to lose another 40 before the end of this summer.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: January 13, 2007, 09:01:57 AM
Me!
(Don't ask about the file name. It's the name of my priest in World of Warcraft. Yes, I'm a MMO cross-dresser.)

Picture taken today, over at my parents' place.
11  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: December 22, 2006, 02:33:17 PM
Finished The Bonehunters, the latest book in the Malazan series, a few days ago. Amazing, as usual. Steven Erikson is without a doubt this generation's best fantasy writer - especially now that George R. R. Martin dropped the ball with A Feast for Crows.

Not sure what to read next. I have R. Scott Bakker's The Darkness That Comes Before, but after reading a few pages of it I get the feeling that it will contain everything I loathe about most modern fantasy - such as lots of "exotic" names (let me tell you, names with äs, ës or üs in them aren't exotic, just fucking stupid) and an "edgy" story (ie lots of very graphic voilence and sex for no reason at all). Might give it a few more pages before I throw it away completely, as a lot of people have praised it. I have this gut feeling that it won't improve much, though.

Chances are that I'll just re-read all of the Malazan books that have been released up till now. When reading The Bonehunters I found out that I had forgot most of the minor characters, and what roles the play in the overall story. Really need to freshen up my memory a bit.
12  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: November 29, 2006, 02:48:06 PM
Nutbar: Replacing Gankutsuou (even if it's with something as awesome as Ouran or Haruhi) is a terrible idea. Gankutsuou is one of the best series of recent years, and one of the few Gonxo productions worth bothering with.

Anyhow, have been watching some more Kanon and it's actually not bad. I didn't watch Xebec's version of it, but I really like this new Kyoto Animation edition. The animation is (mostly) excellent, and there's been some good comedy so far. The show is also shaping up to provide some good depressing storylines, which is something I like in my anime. Also been slavishly following Death Note, which is still excellent.

Also been watching a bit of Ichigo Mashimaro, and while it's mildly amusing it doesn't come close to being deserving to be compared to Azumanga Diaoh, which it constantly is.
13  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: October 10, 2006, 03:57:13 PM
Watched the first episode of some of the new season's anime:

Death Note:
Awesome. This is the kind of stuff I like - dark, suspensful and intriguing. Am definitely going to follow this show closesely, and am very tempted to pick up the manga.

Pumpkin Scissors:
A new anime from Gonzo, which means that it at least will be slick and shiny. I liked the first episode, even if nothing in it ('cept for maybe the setting) is particulary new and fresh.

D.Grey Man
Eh. Some young kid with super powers going around saving people from demons. Standard shounen fare. Nothing particular to be excited about.

Negima?!
I liked the opening minutes, but the rest of the episode turned out to be the kind of harem anime that I just can't stand. I did find it hilarious how there was a girl for ANY kind of moé there is. The tsundere one, the gun otaku, the female samurai, the older class president, the loli, and so on and so forth. Really don't get why Ken Akamatsu's mangas are so popular.

Asatte no Houkou:
Not quite sure what to make of this one. The first 20 minutes made it look like a normal slice of life show, but then there came a twist right at the end. Will watch the next episode as well, if only try and figure out where this show is heading.

Kanon:
Got bored after three minutes. What's all the hype about?

Yoake mae yori ruriiro na:
Another harem show. Won't be watching this.
14  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: October 02, 2006, 01:22:13 PM
Quote from: "ZE GRAND MASTER"
Here's a stupid question: is Evangelion really all that good?


Whoa, can't believe I missed this question. Evangelion is good, yes. Is it as good as some people want to make it out to be? Perhaps not. But it is an important series, in that it singlehandedly created the "angsty teenagers piloting robots while being swept up in events that will change the world" formula (or at least popularized it, as Eva was influenced by Space Runaway Ideon) . Before Evangelion, mecha series had either been realistic-ish war dramas (Gundam) or Super Sentai (Voltron) shows. After Evangelion we have stuff like RahXephon and Fafner. So, uh, yeah, it's good. Not The Best Anime Ever, as it has been called sometimes, but definitely good.

Anyway.

I've been watching Blood+ lately. It's great, great, stuff but that's a given as it's made by Production IG. And it's got vampires and swords. You can't go wrong with vampires and swords.

Also watched the final episode of Ouran High School Host Club. I loved this show from beginning to end, and this last episde was no different. A good (if predictable) ending.
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Things you can’t bear in RPGs on: September 18, 2006, 04:00:23 AM
After playing some more Xenosaga Episode 3, I will have to add this item:

* Dungeon designs that don't make any sense whatsever when considering the dungeon's context in the storyline. Let me give you an example (MINOR Xenosaga Episode 3 spoilers here):

Merkabah. If I had designed a state-or-the-art battleship/mobile fortress, I sure as hell wouldn't have designed it so that the only way to access the core control room is by destroying a bunch of physical locks and making some big shaft stop moving. No, I would probably have created a nice series of corrids and blast doors and high tech electornical locks and, you know, stuff like guard stations.

I can understand game designer's need to create fun and interesting dungeons for us players, but I do I prefer it if the dungeon feel realistic, and not just like, well, puzzle.
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