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1066  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 19, 2012, 11:44:48 AM
You went into Princess Tutu expecting Madoka Magica? WTF!?

I don't know where you got the impression that the two series were anything alike, but beyond the idea of subverting typical magical girl anime cliches they're nothing alike.

That's like going into Nanoha expecting a copy of either Madoka or Tutu instead of Super Magical Girls Wars, or going into DBZ expecting angsting teenaged ninja douchebags or an endless parade of "Now it is I who is behind you!" fighting of Naurto and Bleach respectfully instead of endlessly powering up and 'veet' fighting.

Its not my fault! I was taken with misleading user reviews like this.....


"Morwen

When Madoka Magica was first coming out, someone referred to it as the "next Princess Tutu." I scoffed a bit at the time--Tutu is my favorite anime and while I knew Madoka was good, I didn't think it'd be able to match up.

I was wrong! Both of these series take the typical Magical Girl formula that's been in place since Sailor Moon and create unique, often dark tales of fighting fate, and holding on to hope in the greatest depths of despair. They feature creative visuals and top-notch soundtracks to boot. While there's definitely some differences between the two--Madoka is a bit darker and violent than Tutu, and doesn't share Tutu's focus on classic fairytales, music and ballet--the overall feel of these series are very similar.

If you're a fan of either of these shows and haven't seen the other, go watch them right away. You'll love the other one. If you're a magical girl fan and haven't seen either, go see BOTH of these. I can't recommend these series enough.
" -Source: Anime Planet/ If you like suggestions...http://www.anime-planet.com/anime/princess-tutu

I'm striking out BAD most recently.... it seems like the only anime I've thoroughly enjoyed in quite some time are like 15 years old and just happen to be something I didn't catch yet (with the exception of a few)..... and the newest stuff I really enjoyed the most is all re-booted material (Berserk flik, hellsing OVA's most recently).... I know its me, not the anime.... I'm just making baaaad choices.....

Tutu happens to rank as the "2nd biggest media-mistake Klyde made in 2012"...... What warrants the number 1 spot you ask? Trying Dragon Ball Z Raging Blast for the the PS3 *shudder*
1067  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGz you want HD'd/Remade on: December 18, 2012, 03:28:44 PM
It's on the Virtual Console on the Wii.

Vay???... or Ogre Battle?
1068  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGz you want HD'd/Remade on: December 18, 2012, 03:17:08 PM
Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber on any current gen console, maybe even a handheld. It was my favorite game for n64 actually, curious to see how many people have played it.

I loved it actually!! I recall it being one of my favorite N64 titles... but I can't recall much of it seeing as how I think I was 11 when it came out.... Even if it doesn't get an HD make-over, I totally agree this title needs to see the light of day somewhere again... some network downloadable somewhere.... More pressing to me in terms of availability is Vay from the sega cd era... I will not play vay on my iphone, its just not right....
1069  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 18, 2012, 01:15:45 PM
The Tutu Report

So I just watched the first season of Princess Tutu.... as I mentioned a few posts ago, I chose to indulge this one out of a love for the Magical girl stuff and because so many people compared it to Modaka Magica (which I loved).... The long and the short of it for me is this, strange and original while it may be, oddity does NOT equate to good or entertaining.... and a slightly more twisted that typical narrative certainly DOES NOT make this anything like Modaka IMO...

I am not going to get into plot specifics for anyone who wants to see it... I don't want to ruin anything... but I found the characters (with the exception of 1 good who goes bad and 1 bad who turns good... predictably mind you....) very flat and unforgettable... aside from the fact that there is not a large cast to remember anyhow.... That wouldn't be bad  but this series really makes you feel as though the Tutu-verse is a small one.... really freakin' small.... with little explained, and little really needing explanation. The humor in it is quirky at first... then when (literally) the same joke is repeated EVERY episode, it becomes pretty freakin' lame.... The main character, Duck, while charming does little to save this series from these faults.... Lastly battles (of sorts....) are performed via ballerina dancing and did not tickle my fancy (in truth though, there really is no battling or action to speak of).... once again, original concepts with extremely dull and boring execution paired with an equally dull cast= crap in klydes opinion

As for the Modaka comparison? I suppose if you stretch it and look hard enough you can see where the main characters motivation to do good in each series is actually detrimental to the cause... while it is way more epic in Modaka, it is present in tutu.... that aside, I saw nothing similar....

Maybe the second season is better than the first.... I don't think I will find out for awhile because I'm putting tutu back on the shelf for the time being....
1070  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 18, 2012, 12:55:51 PM
Klyde, the first one with the contrast in lighting better shows off the detail IMO...but I do have to ask, WTF is the tattoo about?

First off, before I answer, let me just say I'm happy to hear your well my friend.... I was just reading back a page or two and saw the news about your accident.... Happy to hear you made it through unscaved.... The world needs more "bytors".... not less

As for your question, this won't become a tattoo actually... This was a commissioned piece by one of my clients illustrating the 3 most important placements in his girlfriends natal birth chart.... a tricky project because I only had a limited knowledge of birth charts and horroscopes before.... but that is often the fun of it for me! As I get weird projects I learn a ton about stuff I would otherwise never care to look into otherwise.... Any-hoo the female represents virgo (her sun sign and chart ruler) and is the only zodiacal sign represented by a female (so the visual choice for me was obvious)..... next we have the fish for pisces (her rising sign) and I chose to go with marigolds for leo (one of the more commonly associated flowers with the sign)...

I did the this strange juxtaposed arrangement of the graphic elements to give it a poster-display or cover-art type feel whilst trying my best to avoid anything that would make it read "tacky and cliche zodiac poster from the mall" (in other words, I didn't want to cheese-out and use suns and moons and stars and whatnot). The result IMO.... strange.... The client loves it..... that is all that matters :)

Now as for tattoos I did one pretty cool foot piece this week.... But I wanted to tie up some "loose-ends" in one more session before I tossed er' up on the board here.... but the thing about that is, there is never any telling when your gonna get someone back in the chair for such things as people tend to disappear once they feel their piece is done in spite of my wishes-LoL...... so here it is anyhow.... A little yoshi for ya!!



This girl had the tiniest foot ever BTW.... I had to reduce the size of my initial drawing by like 40%, cut out some coin blocks and now I think I require stronger prescription eye-ware after this piece-LoL
1071  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 17, 2012, 04:15:53 PM
Need some advice quick folks..... it is driving me nuts... I took two different pictures of a piece I did that was too big to capture via scan.... I'm not happy with either....

Which of these two look better (not that either look particularly good.... sorry to be a debbie downer but I get pissed when I don't get decent portfolio shots...)  .... One has less clarity but better lighting (obviously)...




or..........




Thank you, by the way, to anyone who helps resolve this decision for me.... it bothers me something FIERCE!!!.... 
1072  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 17, 2012, 04:09:20 PM
A couple of weeks ago I asked for some guidance as far as some non-RPG's to indulge.....here I sit a few weeks later totally dwarfed by the amount of games I sampled and "had to have"-LoL.... I made so many trips to the gamestore, buying, trying and returning I think I need some form of treatment...

Here is what I learned about myself....
A. I suck at fighting games and they are no fun for me.... Also I learned that they haven't made a good Dragon Ball Z fighter in a loooong time... On that note anyone remember a little oddball-import-treasure known as DBZ Legends from the PS1/Saturn Era??? 10 points to whomever does....
B. I hate guns, modern day or futuristic warfare and heavy artillery... even good games with this type of thematic and setting aggrivate me.... I have yet to try borderlands though, so that may change...
C. Platformers..... PLATFORMERS ROCK!!! I am still loving Ratchet and Clank a Crack in Time
D.Beat em ups are cool.... not as cool as platformers though.... Asuras Wrath and Bayonetta are total keepers... Beat em up+ RPG elements=good time..... Sleeping Dogs= Super cool with the exception of a setting I couldn't stand... sleeping dogs ended up as a return BTW
E. Lego Games are a great time..... I never would have guessed.... especially since I haven't indulged any of the western media they are based on with the exception of the Lord of the Rings.... Lord of the Rings is a total keeper...
F. I don't know much about puzzle games.... but I know Katamari is interesting enough to add to my library for 15 bucks.... Katamari is a keeper
G. I haven't played a mario title or a zelda title since the days of N64.... though Zelda and Paper Mario are RPGs in many respects and by many peoples standards (mine included) these demanded my attention.... Twilight Princess and Paper Mario The Thousand Year Door added to the gaming library...

So now that I've got enough outside the realm of my typical tastes to keep me busy for quite awhile.... onto today's gaming

...... in spite of all of these new titles I've been trying I still can't tear myself away from X-Com...... this is by far the best strategy game I've played in ages.... I want to quit everything else in life until I see this one through-LoL... it is THAT addicting..... took down a cloaked craft today and recovered a very interesting device... gee golly, I never though western sci-fi could prove so absorbing for me
1073  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 10, 2012, 03:22:14 PM
What do you think of Princess Tutu, Klyde?

I am hesitant to state an opinion yet.... in truth my anime watching has suffered in the wake of gaming (thanks to x com) and I don't want to say "yay" or "nay" without seeing a bit more.... I decided to check it out because I heard a lot of people drawing paralells between this and Madoka Magica (which I loved).... I still have yet to see the connection....

What I will say so far (only a few episodes in) is that I do find this to be a bit more refreshing than most magical girl stuff I've indulged..... There is definately some originality here which comfortably departs from the atypical.... Take the main character for instance.... She is very much what you'd expect from a magical girl MC.... but right off the bat there is an off the wall twist which reveals her true nature to be of something completely different (albeit sort of strange, it is certainly something I haven't seen before...) The mood is far more "fairy tale and whimsy" than I'd expected as well (a pleasant surprise!).

I will give you a more comprehensive take on TuTu once I've really digested enough of it.
1074  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 07, 2012, 01:33:14 PM
There's rumors that more Kino's Journey is going to be made. There's supposed to be a 'big announcement' or something soon, hopefully it's not just a case of fans getting overhyped over nothing.

I'm actually *kinda* excited that (apparently) Sailor Moon is coming back.
Sweet childhood.

I'm REALLY excited about that... I freakin' loved sailor moon....

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum I also love Berserk... and I just watched the first movie... I don't care how many fans thought it sucked, I thoroughly enjoyed it... They really do glaze over a lot, but IMO (having read the manga series and watched the original Berserk series) they really did a fine job of covering the meat and potatos of the content. I heard a great deal of complaining about the visual direction the film took but found it enjoyable personally....

Now I'm on to Princess Tutu and can't decide between Infinite Stratos, Raphxephaa.. erm... lon?.... something like that... wolfs rain, book of bantora  or Un Go.... I started Un Go but was really disappointed....

I also started Persona 4 the animation about a month ago but gave up quickly on it....

... So can anyone provide me just cause to entertain Persona or Un Go again?....
1075  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 07, 2012, 12:58:16 PM
Thanks for the help in selecting some things outside the realm of my typical tastes guys!

I have a ton of Gamestop store credit saved up and started procuring a few titles already...

@ Monsoon- That was a freakin' awesome summary of the Ratchet and Clank franchise... I wanted to follow your (and everyone elses) advice and pick up the collection but due to availability and coupon factors, I caved and hopped in at "A Crack in Time".... which I really enjoy despite the fact that I hate space/future settings and anthropomorphism.... The gameplay is just too fun to not appreciate....

Additionally I picked up Rayman Origins, Red Dead Redemption and Code of Princess....

I still have a ton of store credit though and now I can't decide if I want to use it toward more games or a Wii U.... decisions... decisions....

In my little galaxy of gaming I finally polished off Breath of Fire 3!! An unfinished task that plagued me since childhood due to the curruption of saved data (damned third party memory cards.....).... I must say though, that ending was relatively lackluster and predictable....ok so I am being kind because I really like the vast majority of the game.... in all honesty I thought the ending completely sucked.... and the last 2 bosses went down in minutes with my Ryu, Nina and Rei in attack formation strategy.... I guess it really was game breaking... I hardly even had to heal save the occasional  beef jerky every other turn or so...

In other news, I decided to curb my current compulsion to hammer through backlogs and start X-Com..... game is absolutely phenomenal IMO... I do wish I could customize my troops appearance a bit more... I hate how all the guys are so freakin' "brutish-commando" looking.... A minor gripe really...
1076  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 07, 2012, 12:42:15 PM
I'll have to toss my hat in the ring and agree with all the previous comments on that tattoo.  That tattoo destroys the notion of video game tattoos being inherently trashy and the details and clean lines show that you have both the skill and vision that is generally attributed to a more 'traditional' artist. (i.e. someone painting with a brush on canvas.)

Thats a hell of a compliment man, thank you!.... Its really cool that you noticed the more "traditional art" influence in my work because, in truth, I approach tattooing far more like painting then most tattoo artists.... Within my industry, the term for the way I work is "painterly" and the term for me is "art fag" (I always get a kick out of that one..... so vulgar)... I don't really get caught up with "terms" and "styles" though... In other words, I never aimed to work differently or develop some unique approach to tattooing... I really just do what I know works and will yield the best result on skin.

Speaking of tattoos, my crazy wife got her 6th one last night.
She's got:
-The obligatory lower back one - A beautiful dragon for her husband. *winks*
-the IPU symbol on her upper left chest: http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&safe=off&tbo=d&biw=1105&bih=723&tbm=isch&tbnid=-1vw_KB7R6LtfM:&imgrefurl=http://www.palmyria.co.uk/humour/ipu.htm&docid=XGpjql5owLWgHM&imgurl=http://www.palmyria.co.uk/humour/ipu3.gif&w=770&h=567&ei=ar2-UNjLEsPvygHn5YDYCQ&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=178&sig=111331787509087407504&page=1&tbnh=138&tbnw=187&start=0&ndsp=26&ved=1t:429,r:19,s:0,i:181&tx=102&ty=84
-my name written in Vampire on her right forearm - No, I have no clue what vampire language it is, but it looks cool.
-26.2 on her right leg, just above the ankle.
-Some heart in chains type thing on her leg somewhere. I forget.
And last night, she went and got a Christmas themed tattoo on her upper right arm. Three things. The pink spotted elephant from Rudolph. Max the dog from the cartoon Grinch. And the Charlie Brown Christmas tree.
Now, my wife is, and always has been, a Christmas nut. She thinks about it all year. Buys ornaments and such all year. BUT. To put it permanently in a rather prominent spot on your body? Whoa boy. I have no problem with tattoos at all. It's just what she did and where she did it. Plus, I'm sure it cost a ton, but she hasn't told me yet how much. It does look fantastic, from a quality standpoint.
She knows I'm kind of mad at her, but what's done is done. I just wish she wouldn't rush into these types of things without giving it serious thought. Plus, I feel that after 13 years of marriage my opinion would count for something, but I wonder now.


The funny thing about getting tattoos is when you don't have them, they seem like a big deal.... but once you get a few on you they don't seem so defining or permanent in the same sense any longer... before long its easy to commit some skin to sporting a charlie brown christmas tree without feeling as though its a big deal.... What I'm getting at is your wife, being a tattoo enthusiast to a degree, probably cares a great deal about your opinion... In this instance though she just probably didn't think the decision was a terribly integral one to make.

So don't feel too hurt by the whole thing, friend. Unless she was spending your moola' on her art.... then I'd be pissed too-LoL

In tattoo related news I get to finish off a "Sir Dydymus" piece (from the movie Labyrinth) this weekend.... I am so stoked....

It's snowing! So much snow (by Dutch standards)! People are already shoveling, but they're doing it all wrong. The sidewalks are now extra slippery and they're dumping all the snow on the road...

Funky weather in Northeast Pennsylvania as of late.... 60 degree days.... 30 degree nights.... it SHOULD be snowing right now.... providing a lovely holiday setting... but alas, nothing but puddles and mud as far as thee I can see... yuck
1077  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 04, 2012, 03:19:46 PM
Thanks guys! Some last minute questions on the the matter....

I'm leaning toward Ratchet and Clank I think... sounds like some mindless fun (for a change)... can I jump right in at A Crack in Time??

Also how was Rayman Origins? Someone suggested that to me...

What type of game is journey exactly?

Shadows of the Damned looks interesting too... I do like horror.... I also like westerns (HUGE fan of Doc Holiday right here folks...) so logically I must ask if anyone has any experience with Red Dead Redemption....

Lastly, is there anything "Sonic" related worth indulging?

oh oh oh..... WAIT!.... one more question.... I never played darksiders.... heard lots of good things... how "western comic book-ish" does it feel?

1078  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 04, 2012, 01:22:27 PM
So all I play are RPGs.... pretty ignorant to everything else... having recently enjoyed Alice Madness Returns however, I really want to pick up some non-rpg titles for my ps3.... any suggestions would be really appreciated... the only things I really cannot tolerate are superheroes and war.... other then that I'm feeling real open to trying something new...
1079  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 04, 2012, 01:15:36 PM


Holy shit Klyde.  I won't lie, I think game tattoos can be incredibly tacky... you're making me think a helluva lot differently (maybe just the examples I've seen just look messy!).  The lineart is so clean~! I love the sort of "light" whizzing around and trailing the leaves.

To be honest, I always felt the same way about the video game tattoos I saw... that is also why I felt it was a real untapped avenue to explore on skin... there just are not that many artists interested in pouring a lot of work into anime and gaming tattoos (not in my area at least....)

I thank you for your kind words ms. Dice :)
Another really cool one Klyde.  I think I like the woodman one best of the three.





Thanks for looking! Its a toss up for me.... I really enjoyed this... but I really enjoyed all the gaming tattoos I've got to do... The Tetra  from Zelda I got to do last year may in fact be my favorite... not sure....

I'm not a fan of tattoos at all, but that is one badass Wood Man.

Your distaste for tattoos makes your compliment all the more meaningful :) Thanks you.

Klyde, if I rock your tattoo, will it help me to defeat air man? (I know, should have used that as the original joke).

Yes, most certainly! All my gaming tattoos come with weapons upgrades at no additional cost! And if that wasn't enough, every session spent in the chair with me increases your "geek" level in spades (double nerd experience).... ensuring that you WILL become the envy of many who still play tabletop RPGs, remember how cool it is to play magic the gathering with real cards and even some gamestop employees!.... or at the very least they'll admire your epidermis a bit more...
1080  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 03, 2012, 02:40:28 PM
Ate too much fruit. Feeling vaguely ill. Neil Young makes bad porno music. ____________ scar as ouroboros. What I'm afraid of is the future already having happened and I am conscious in the past, but in a sense that's true? I think the gas station sells incense. 28.

Fruit makes me reeeeeeeeal sick.... I suffer from the inability to digest fructose without a ton of glucose....

Fruit aside....

I thought I would throw this up here since I posted my last Megaman tattoo... seemed appropriate...

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