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676  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: WARRIORS of OZ on: July 23, 2013, 05:22:47 PM
this is disturbing to me. what the hell happened to the oz of my childhood?

of all the "oz" that has come to pass since "return to oz" (which was awesome btw) staring a young Fairuza Balk as Dorothy (she was my particular favorite dorothy) I predict this to be the most epic of fails.

sorry to be a debbie downer about it but I'm calling it like I see it.
677  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 23, 2013, 05:16:49 PM
Klyde- Glad you're enjoying Sorcerer Hunters, buddy.  Tira Misu is one of my favorite character designs. 


Wow we really do have similar tastes! I was just coming here to rant for a moment about how much I love Tira and Dotta.

But I am jumping the gun. My Sorcerer Hunters DVD collection arrived and first impressions are very positive.

I am 10 eps in and LOVE this series. It is so thick with classic 90's fantasy anime tone it prompted me to put my mother 3 play-through on hold for an immediate Secret of Mana romp!-LoL

This is like the first three seasons of Slayers to me if Slayers had better humor, a better cast and a better dub. And I really appreciated Slayers.

Its super-rare for something I don't have memories of from childhood to incite such nostalgic pleasure for me. But this does the trick boy!!
678  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Yumina the Ethereal: A new ecchi JRPG for Agarest War fans on: July 19, 2013, 03:22:49 PM
I think Valkyrie Profile was the first and only TriAce game to have accomplished a good story (but did so with the sort of "muddiness" of a lot of early RPGs).

....Why do so many people play games for story?  I think playing the new 10's era of Atelier games made me dumber,but hot diggity, was alchemy fun.  Same for most of Tri Ace or Tri-Crescendo titles, or even Namdai.

I can forgive lack of a decent story in the wake of a decent cast of characters. In fact, with a good enough cast to get wrapped up in, provided dialogue is also good, I can totally overlook a flawed/boring/cliche' plot.  Couple a good cast with good gameplay and I'll be happy as a lark over-throwing innumerable evil empires time and time again.

Case and point. The Tales series. I can't say any of the games in the series  proved terribly memorable for me in terms of plot. Yet, Tales stands as one of my favorite franchises by far with a host of characters I'll never forget and, hands down, some of the best gameplay in the realm of JRPG's period.'

Getting hooked by a good story is the exception for me. I love when it happens but VERY seldom does it really occur. Most recently (for me personally, having just played them this year) persona 2 IS and EP reached a level of "stellar" in terms of plot that enabled me to overlook the excruciating gameplay.

Then of course there are titles that get me without a mondo-cool-cast or decent story and shine by merit of environments, soundtracks or gameplay. Secret of Mana immediately comes to mind.

In short, the point of what I am saying is the ultimate truth for me personally is that while it is the "gelling" of these various qualities in games that make for an enjoyable experience, it need only have a few of these qualities reach an "exceptional" level to have a really great time with the title. This of course holds true for me ONLY with JRPGS.... Anything else (WRPGS, or other genres) need to be uterly fantastic in every regard to hold my attention. Sometimes I don't think I would even play video games if not for JRPGs *shrug*... good to know what trips your trigger I suppose.

Ok thats enough... I'm rambling now... notice the increase in ellipses...
679  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 5th Anniversary Edition on: July 17, 2013, 08:09:10 PM
Thanks for your kind words in regards to my collection, friends :)

In truth though, I must admit that for as cool as it all looks, upkeep and maintenance of such decor is a bitch... dusting proves far more arduous a task then ever it should, let me tell ya what. But the effort is worth the nostalgic joy that fills my heart when I occupy my quarters. I try very hard to maintain "good energy" in my house. That means nothing but gaming and anime decor and NO FIGHTING EVER. I won't even argue with someone on the phone in my house... makes for terrible stigma...

Am I a weirdo??? Yes. Bat s**t crazy as I might be though, I am indeed a happy weirdo.
680  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 16, 2013, 07:33:40 PM
I want to visit different countries and have Klyde make me tattoos of the places I've been.

In this dream I've gained 20 lbs of muscle so I look rad with crazy tattoos

This would make for some AWESOME tattoo work! And believe it or not I can help in both regards! A little known fact about me is that I am a closet sports nutrition/science NUT!!! (seriously, its a sick obsession)

I love new "science projects"... something so rewarding about helping someone transform their body, whom never thought it possible, into that of a greek adonis.

@DICE

If I had even a drop of sexual desire left to the empty well of my labido I'd totally pay you for your panties :) LoL
681  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Zone of the Enders HD Collection, Jehuty in 1080p on: July 16, 2013, 07:27:45 PM
I'm confused... so there is a re-release AND a patch?? Can I just get the patch and be done with it since I already invested in the title or is there reason to wait and get the re-release?
682  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 5th Anniversary Edition on: July 16, 2013, 03:29:45 PM
The unveiling of Klyde's living room decor!!! (and one of the many reasons he does not have a girlfriend...)













683  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 16, 2013, 03:21:49 PM
Dice,

I too am sorry to hear the tonality of your last week or two hasn't precisely been rosey.... You are indeed one of those people, whom for whatever reason, I feel for when I read of your misfortunes. Sometimes it truly feels as though we are swimming upstream so to speak. I myself have certainly had some upstream moments in the last month or two.


I've always wanted to try some gross dessert to let me die happy and cross it off me bucket list.  I think the unhealthiest think I've ever eaten is KFC or funnel cakes.  I want something terrible.  Yoda, please show me 'round the good ol 'Murica and its tastiest and bloatiest patisserie!

I too fantasize about being able to sample some artery clogging morsels. Given the condition of my guts, this of course is out of the question as for the last month or so anything outside the realm of knox gelatin, plain cod and organic spinach is enough to make me call off work.

As for the news in Klyde's realm...

I scored some old Gundam model kits this past weekend. Not a gundam fan really, but the price was right and they have strong nostalgic value (i loved these as a kid).



The event incited a massive re-do of the decor of my living room at 4 am the other night. I need to show someone the result of my late-night labors and have no one so I choose to show you guys! I'll spare "Haps" thread and throw them over in the photo thread for anyone who cares to see.

PS to Dice, If a pre-assembled gundam model will cheer you up I'll send you one. Shipping is on me :) Just PM me.
684  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nippon Ichi's Project: D "Disgaea D2" on: July 16, 2013, 02:55:47 PM
Just when you guys decided you've had enough of Disgaea...

DISGAEA 5 GOES INTO EARLY PRODUCTIONS!!!

http://www.siliconera.com/2013/07/15/disgaea-5-is-in-pre-production-fans-vote-for-their-favorite-nis-games/

685  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon's Crown (Vanillaware RPG, now 2013 all regions) announced for PS3/Vita on: July 15, 2013, 03:40:29 PM
DRAGON'S CROWN [JP] PV2 -- atlustube, YouTube

Trailer shows Systems, Cooking, PvP Arena and more.

This last trailer here really put me over the edge. I am disgusted with the street date for this one. I would play the hell out of this game if it were not for the fact that it comes out the same day as Tales of Xilia.

This is officially the biggest release conflict of 2013 for me. Even though its not really a conflict because I'd play a new tales game over pretty much anything else.... I would certainly be "day-1-ing" this one otherwise...
686  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 12, 2013, 07:57:30 PM
Later to be adapted into a sitcom?

Well I guess the guys who bought the script are still working out the kinks. Most networks seem to be afraid to try and dance around all the adult content...
687  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What do you want out of PS4/XBone RPGs? on: July 12, 2013, 07:05:00 PM
A.)I would love to see some franchises brought back to life in the next gen in home console spendor. I needn't list them as most of you can guess which... and yes most of them are all pipe dreams at this point but no one said I need to be realistic with my wishes now did they?

Moving on...

B.) I really just want to see a bit more traditional stuff on home consoles. I may be of the minority but I am not sick of turn based gameplay in the least. In fact I feel starved for a decent turn based epic. I'm presently loving the combat of Atelier Ayesha. I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation, visual, overworld map and many other elements of Ni No Kuni even if the story was rather forgettable. I want to see some of these directions mashed-up in something a wee-bit more grand.

C.) I want to see IF/compile hearts finally get some games out with higher production values and whatnot. I really feel uber-good things are to come from them in time. Again, I am probably of the minority in this belief.

D.) I want more bright and bubbly fantasy.

But in truth I think my particular apetite for RPG's can pretty much be satiated with...



Two things: I want more Japanese games to receive English-language versions and I want a movement *away* from AAA titles.  Give us more indie $5 RPGs, more small-studio $20 RPGs, and more self-publishing options, and give me a good amount of variety within those. 

I can't really sum it up better than that.
688  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 12, 2013, 04:33:52 PM


Go forth, my son Kylde, and be well in all efforts
Do many great works and
tell your story on the parchment
of human flesh 

Holy crud! All this time I've been sending my prayers to the "boss"... I didn't know it was you Yoda!!!

I thought I recognised you, Klyde.
^Clearly referring to his baking days.

For me, it's more that I really don't find myself skilled at anything I actually want to do. My talents lie in non-fiction writing, math and other logical-minded things, and that's about it. Math I find incredibly tedious and boring and writing, well... I have nothing to write about because I don't really do exotic things or have interesting friends, and I am terrible when it comes to research.

Not trying to unload, just trying to clarify my situation without saying too much.

No, you fool. You were supposed to be surprised that Mongoose worked for a power company. Look what happens, I go to put on pants and somebody ruins a good joke. :)



Nah you guys got it all wrong...

If you all only knew the grandious mis-adventures of Mongoose and myself. Luckily for you all hollywood just contacted us for the script. In 2015 (give or take) keep an eye out for "Klyde gets Goosed (based on a true story)" on the silverscreen. They even got Cory Feldman to play me...
689  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nippon Ichi's Project: D "Disgaea D2" on: July 12, 2013, 04:20:37 PM
Not really a fan of the current bundle selections. Where's the normal game + guide option without the extra crap? :-\ Heck you can't eve pre-order the guide by itself.

Come on... you can't deny the cuteness of those Etna and Flonne figurines!

But truthfully, I bet if you just got an LE with the guide and e-bayed the rest of the stuff you'd end up breaking even. Think of it like doing a little extra legwork to get the game and guide for free :)
690  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.
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