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1141  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 12, 2013, 03:54:57 PM
Let me know what you think of Sorcerer Hunters and we can talk about it and stuff.  One aspect I definitely like about Sorcerer Hunters is the music.  And even though the dub is nowhere near as good as the subtitles, that's where some of the best one-liners emerge.  I'm reading the Sorcerer Hunters manga right now (I just finished vol. 7 out of 13) and it's great.  The manga is a LOT better than the anime.  The TV series is fun (even if it kinda strays from the manga and doesn't have the most comprehensive ending), but the OVAs are priceless because they stay truer to the manga. 

I recently marathoned Cowboy Bebop (series plus movie) and realized why I fell in love with that series in the first place.  Heck, I named my car Faye Valentine the day I bought it.  (I got a 2010 Honda Fit 3 years ago with a blackberry pearl finish.  I saw the anime-eye headlights and the color and instantly thought to myself, "Faye Valentine" and I have a picture of Faye hanging off my mirror.  My bandmates always comment on the Faye picture whenever I'm driving, so maybe one day I'll get 'em to watch Cowboy Bebop too. 

I might have to re-watch Outlaw Star once I get my hands on that series (be it rental or keeper) since I've been thinking about it as well lately.  It seems the artist for that was also the artist for Thousand Arms and I didn't realize that. 

Dincrest you never steer me wrong buddy. I just watched the first 2 eps of Sorcerer Hunters online and had to order the complete collection DVD to enjoy in higher quality! LoL!!

I am going to hold off on watching more til it arrives but I really want to dig into this series. What I gem a totally missed out on here. While it is obviously too early to tell how much I will enjoy it, it has such a Slayers meets El-Hazard "feeling" to it coupled with a very "sega cd/working designs rpg-flavor" I can't imagine not being totally in love with this. Straight out of the era that got me into anime in the first place, this box set TOTALLY deserves a spot on display in my living room. Thank goodness the amazon seller offered expedited shipping....

And on the note of outlaw star. While it may not be the most stellar series ever I loved it for the characters. Particularly Aysha Clan-Clan (sp?). The cast alone was enough to make that prove pretty memorable for me.

Klyde, if you enjoy the bizarre style of Penguindrum then you need to see Utena (assuming you haven't already).  I liked Penguindrum, but it still doesn't come close to matching Utena in my opinion.

Actually, I've been slowly rewatching Utena over the last couple of months and I still enjoy it.  I feel like it's one of the very few shows I will never tire of rewatching...the layers of meaning are so thick and numerous I feel like I learn something new every single time.

Grande-Gratitude for your suggestion Kevadu! You know my tastes pretty well so I'm confidant I will enjoy it. Utena will be on deck post Sorcerer Hunters.

I craft myself anime watching schedules which can only accomadate one new series at a time... strange I know, however more then one new series at a time and I run the risk of short circuiting my simple brain with over-stimulation.

As far what I am rewatching... up to episode 250 of Dragon Ball Z. Its incredible how good something this bad can seem to me.
1142  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nippon Ichi's Project: D "Disgaea D2" on: July 11, 2013, 04:17:54 PM
The previous Disgaea strategy guides have been pretty damn good , they're not just the average Prima Guide(and that original Phantom Brave one was flat out amazing), but I'm not sure if there will be enough changes in the formula to warrant a purchase.  I picked up the SE version without the guide and will probably just use the GameFAQs message boards if I'm looking for tips.

Thanks for the tip! I just saw that the stock for the LE with the strategy guide is already below 50 percent so your prudent response is mondo-appreciated :)
1143  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 11, 2013, 03:57:43 PM
I've been meaning to post for a week or two now after finishing up penguindrum. What an interesting series.

I can't really think of too many, if any, others I can really compare it too.  Very artfully done, the comedic series is constantly taking sharp turns into thought provoking psychological sequences that keep reminding you that there is truly something to pay attention to here.

The storytelling and the way the plot unfolds is a little disjointed and confusing but comes together well enough as things progress. The content is riskay enough at points to curl your toes and would almost be enough for me to call it in poor taste if it weren't pulled off concurrently with story development and some real artistic integrity (by way of actually being pertinent to the plot). Sorry if that is a bit vague and confusing but I am trying to keep my impression void of spoiler-ific details.

And while most of the characters are nothing to write home about, the character of Dr. Sanetoshi really appealed  to me.

All in all I'm not saying Penguidrum is great but if your in the mood for something of a very different flavor than what you may be used to, it is worth checking out.

The blend of humor and mind-f*** that is executed here is of high and rare caliber indeed.

I actually think now, upon completing and understanding things a wee bit better, I could really appreciate a rewatch of the series. That is something you will rarely here me say, even of some of my favorite series.

Since it's summer and I was thinking about the guilty pleasure anime thread, I re-watched Sorcerer Hunters.  I don't know why I love the series so much, but I do!  The manga's solid too, and I'm now re-reading those.

Since I so love your taste in games, I had to check this out when I read your post... A 1995 fantasy anime series I have never seen... you have officially made my day and totally sealed the deal as to what I NEED to watch next good sir! Thank you :)
1144  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 11, 2013, 03:25:56 PM
I thank the boss above for tattooing each and every day. If I didn't have that life would be pretty grim for Klyde.

But I wasn't always a tattoo artist. No sir.... I have tried my hand at many things. Flower arrangements for funerals, baker, dildo saleman (yep, you read that correctly), tree trimming (manual tree trimming mind you, that is crawling up the trees by hand) for the power company, treasure hunting (I can elaborate if anyone cares for me too) and the list goes on....

Point being, I agree that good schooling does not necessarily equate to a good wage. I made decent money (decent enough to survive comfortably at least) doing all of the aforementioned, none of which required a degree. The ultimate truth, for me personally, about money is as follows... the more motivated I am to make it, the more I tend to accumulate. End of story.
1145  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nippon Ichi's Project: D "Disgaea D2" on: July 11, 2013, 03:10:31 PM
I'm torn on which LE to get. I haven't looked at a strategy guide outside of gamefaqs since the PSX era and don't know what to expect really. Would grabbing the big LE with the guide prove useful for post game content? I wouldn't crack it open (the guide) until I hit post game for fear of spoilers but I do feel having a guide for this sort of title might be worth it.

Any opinions on guides from folks who are not sick of Disgaea? Hell, with dwindling interest noted, I'd appreciate the offered perspectives of those who aren't terribly stoked about the game as well.

I just really don't know what published guides even cover and I heard some real lousy feedback about the bradygames guide for disgaea 4 being horribly incomplete.

1146  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Yumina the Ethereal: A new ecchi JRPG for Agarest War fans on: July 10, 2013, 06:46:14 PM
Lets face it, there is a spectrum of content that can qualify as "mature" or "adult". Take films with R ratings for instance. There is world of difference between an R-rated skinimax flick and say the Matrix Reloaded. Games are no different. I think RPGfan is simply exercising their right of content control on the site, in regard to the games they cover here as responsibly and tasefully as they could.

Now, with that said, I am sure there is a decent plot somewhere amongst the sea of soft-core porn flicks that propell said title into the realm of something "greater" or more "substantial" than most other similar films. However that does not mean it is going to be, nor should it be, reviewed and covered by the same critics who are looking at the Matrix Reloaded.

Ok... so my film example sucked... but you get the point.
1147  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 10, 2013, 03:16:02 PM
That monkey is too cute. :O

I need it.

I don't want to talk about how much money it took to win that monkey. I'm sure I could have bought something much cuter :/

Klyde... you look like an actor but I can't quite get my finger on who.
Crispin Glover.

Haha! That is a new one!! With alarming frequency people who come into the tattoo shop think a portrait I did of Kurt Cobain is actually a self portrait (oddly enough I'm the same height and weight as Kurt was as well) but generally anyone old enough to have witnessed a young cory feldman finds me to be the spitting image. I see the cory, not so much the Kurt... That glover gentlemen looks like what I could have looked like if my body matured beyond that of a 16 year old boy-LoL

I just want to be Klyde damnit!!

YES! haha

but a more anime version of. ...

(hey... Klyde has been using less ellipses... I hope he's okie...)

Yea, I've been trying to curb the ellipses. They lose their power with over-use. Best kept reserved for when the time is right.
1148  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nippon Ichi's Project: D "Disgaea D2" on: July 10, 2013, 02:41:55 AM

The frustration can't be described...

I submit 100's of names... no... it was definately 4 digits worth...

And the winners suck by the way.... In fact, even if they were decent names, my seething malice would prevent me from even noticing at this point.

SCREW YOU NIPPON ICHI!!! SCREW YOU!!!.... now take my money and give me that slick LE please :)
1149  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 09, 2013, 10:57:04 PM
Honestly, that is why I buy consoles at Gamestop. Spend an extra $50 for their 2-year extended warranty, then when the system upgrades, claim the thing "broke" and trade it in for the newer model or a limited edition model.

That is the reason I buy my consoles there as well. Can't beat that policy, no-sir!

So I decided tonite I would go check out a local little carnival. I haven't been to one since I was a little kid and figured "what the hell....."

What a freakin MONEY PIT!!!! 40 bucks and an hour later I'm nauseated from the rides, agrivated by the little parent-less brats that continued to cut in front of me in line for said rides... and worst of all... the only thing I won was this monkey....

1150  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 5th Anniversary Edition on: July 09, 2013, 05:59:09 PM
At least there's that pretty girl in the last two photos. Probably made the trip worth it :)

Haha! That "pretty girl" was my best friend from the sandbox and on... She was like a sister to me until I went off the deep end by the time I hit my twenties and lost touch with everyone I knew growing up. And yes, getting to see her again was, by far, the highlight of my evening.
1151  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 5th Anniversary Edition on: July 08, 2013, 02:36:15 PM
@Klyde I gotta say...you had a very sucky class if your reunion was in single digits and held in what looks like a cafe. I shouldn't talk, I left highschool to get my GED when I realized I hated everyone there.

Yea, it was "humble" to say the least... but I still enjoyed myself :) First night I wasn't drawing or tattooing in... well... years-LoL
1152  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 08, 2013, 02:24:20 PM
Well animating my retro-gaming weekend routine went well. Last week I stated I was torn between Dragon Quest VI and Mother 3, though leaning toward Dragon Quest..... I sampled both and quickly changed my mind. The weirdness of Mother totally sucked me in. Made my way through chapter 1. While I love it thus far I'm having a really rough time with the multi-hit mechanic in battle.

Returned to Atelier Ayesha last night/this morning. I just won the second treasure trove contest! Yipee!! I was REAL bothered that I lost the first.... I didn't notice the little meter in the corner that predicts the outcome while selecting items for the contest damnit...

1153  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 5th Anniversary Edition on: July 08, 2013, 02:16:00 PM

See Klyde attend his 10 year high school reunion with an incredible single digit turn-out!

NOTE TO SELF: I look like a goof with my hair tied back.... well I look like a goof with it down too... *sigh*
1154  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 08, 2013, 02:09:29 PM
So my old man was at a local (2 miles away?) Gamestop and checked in about a preorder for ps4, which I'm sure a few of you recall being mentioned that gamestop was taking unlimited preorders a couple weeks back. Skip ahead to today where my local failstop tells my dad they sold out 3 days after it was announced...unlimited right?

Checked online and sure enough gamestop stopped doing it apparently today...god I'm pissed now.

That is grim news indeed.... I guess I'll be calling around too seeing as how I erroneously put bucks on the side to pre-order it and pay it off but didn't get around to actually going to the store to do it yet.

Non-gaming news (in Klydes realm)... I just attended my 10-year high school reunion. I was stoked about getting invited seeing as how I dropped out a few weeks before graduation and really was not expecting to be included. Getting to be a "part of" aside, I love anything with nostalgic value (even though high school was excruciating for me). A whopping total of 8 people showed up. See the blurry and terrible awesome pics in the photo thread!
1155  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Ayesha on: July 06, 2013, 02:06:10 PM
ar tonelico is more enjoyable than the atelier series if the player hates alchemy, but! > the alchemy is in fact so good that it could inspire a player to get into an entire series focused on this crafting system they were just exposed to.

Is this accurate?

That is more or less what proved to be true for me although I would be hesitant to suggest superiority of the AT games to the Altelier franchise, AT is however a distinctly different "flavor" if you will. A flavor you may have a greater taste for if more traditional JRPGs (particularly in regard to plot and characters) is what you are used to/seeking.

 In my case however it was Ar Tonelico NOT Ar Tonelico 2 that converted me. I state this specifically because I thoroughly enjoyed AT more than its sequel. I will say AT 2 did have a cool and addicting battle system... however even that got stale in the wake of how easily broken the game became as I progressed.

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