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241  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 06, 2014, 05:53:23 AM
I've said it a million times before.  Rumiko Takahashi doesn't seem to know when to end a series.  They go on way too long and overstay their welcomes. 

I feel like too many Manga artists do that in general.  I always thought of it as a "shit I'm making a ton of money from this... Time for the extended plot!!"
It really depends on the manga. One Piece for example has been going on forever, and it is still magnificent (regularly getting ranked number 1 in Jump) and is probably still only a little past its halfway point. Bleach on the other hand has been in its "final" arc for mre than a year and freaking needs to die, but nope Kubo can't have that we need to have more and more battles despite it being in the bottom 3 of Jump fairly regularly. Then there is Naruto, which has been in the same arc for I think three years, but I believe it is confirmed that it is ending this year so almost freaking done (although not on a good note). Hurray!
242  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 04, 2014, 07:12:42 AM
So I finished my reread of Death Note a while ago and forgot to make one comment on it. Rem really should have thought about her options because she could have easily tried to make a deal with L to tell him everything in exchange for destroying the notebooks, saving Misa and destroying Kira in the process (meaning Light would have no reason to harm Misa). Or alternatively, have just gone along with L's plan and killed the criminal who wrote in the notebook after 13 days saving Misa from suspicion. Both of which would have been better results for Rem.

Also finished up Gundam Seed Destiny, not a whole lot to say since I've seen it several times before. However Heine's death gets funnier everytime I seem it. His death could have worked if he had actually been show to be useful before it, but instead it comes off as "I'm a super ace. Check out how awesome I am as I turn my back on the enemy!" *dies* "T. M. Revolution! NO!" And thus it is hilarious.

A Sunrise Mecha anime with a female protagonist!?!?! UNPOSSIBLE!!!!!

Of course it will indeed be fanservicey and sexist as all hell, but still, I never thought it even possible.

Edit: What am I saying? This is Sunrise we're talking about. They'd never make an anime without the good olde' committee at the helm. Watch it turn out that the person in the image is either just the girlfriend to the real protagonist or an incredibly girly looking guy.
That is an impressive set of boobs on a guy if it turns out to an incredibly girly looking guy.
243  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 03, 2014, 07:10:37 AM
Started Bound by Flames. I'm still early in the game so I have no strong feelings yet. However the graphics do get annoying as sunlight is a bit too....bright? I don't know how to describe it beyond, I hate transitioning from the shade to direct sunlight. x_x

I learned from FE4 that it is the best way to create genetic super soldier/the devil.
244  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Second on: August 02, 2014, 07:18:41 AM
Apparently the Asterix holders are the same people? I'm a bit gutted about that. I liked them well enough, but I felt like I've seen just about everything they can offer at least 4 times over. Also the plot will be about rescuing Anges because they want a "saving the princess" feeling. Sigh, can that just not die?


So what the hell does that mean for the asterisk holders that are dead/unable to fight because of storyline fights?...meh whatever.

I hope the game has a bad end where we fail to save Agnes. If so, I will get that ending and call the game done.
245  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Second on: August 01, 2014, 07:03:06 AM
I'm a bit curious as to people's opinions about the Stein's;gate writer, whose name I can't think of at the moment, no longer being the writer of Bravely Second.  I imagine the story might be a lot less mindfucky and meta.  Preferably it'll keep the same tone as the first part of the original BD.
Wait the writer of Steins;Gate was the writer and no longer is? Damn it, I would have been excited for the game had I known he was the writer....Well I suppose that I don't have to disappointed about it no longer being true since. >.>
246  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 31, 2014, 07:52:24 AM
Except that it was a fan rewrite of the series as the series writer herself was a huge fan of Jesus Yamato. Basically the SEED series is a lot like the FFXIII trilogy in that the first part was poorly written to begin with, but instead of using the second part to help try to fix the overall series, it instead just makes everything much much worse.

Also Cagali doesn't get better, she gets dis-existence. At some point Cagali disappears from the show altogether due to her voice actress getting into a dispute with the show writer over the treatment of her character.

My comment was directed towards the common fan belief that the storyline was rewritten based on fan backlash regarding Shinn. If the series writer is a believer of Jesus Yamato, that would seem to point towards my current belief that the end direction was always intended. Disagree with you that Seed was poorly written (actually disagree that FFXIII was poorly written, though it was alright) No comments on FFXIII-2 as I have not played it.

And Cagali does get better. Hell she gets better the moment they get her away from Yuna, although she does eventually end up vanishing unfortunately.
247  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: July 31, 2014, 07:24:04 AM
well we can see what the cast of Persona 3 have been up to since I think they're out of college at this point. From what I can tell with all those scars, Akihikos seems to have been traveling the world fighting bears. Assuming Mitsurus running her families corporation, and don't remember what happened with the rest of the P3 cast. Maybe Junpeis story in the P4A sequel will shed some light on what he's been doin since then.
Well he's a baseball player now. Aegis has been serving in Mituru's anti-shadow forces. Akihiko, after the events of P4A, decides he is going to become a police officer. Fuuka is in college. Yukari is an actress now. Ken and Koromaru I don't know beyond that Koromaru is apparently with Ken.

Maybe cause I am older and tired of the narrative predominately involving  15-17 year olds. I think older characters like ones from Persona 2: Eternal Punishment,  Digital Devil Saga or Catherine would be fresh change of pace.

P1 was high school
P2 was adults
P3/4 were high school

You're right, it's time to flip back.

It's not going to happen with the new format of RPG/dating sim though.
Saying P2 was adults is slightly misleading. P2IS was high school. I have yet to get around to playing P2EP, so I am assuming that is what you are referring to, and I am uncertain if that is accurate or not since according to Wikipedia it only takes place a few months after P2IS.
248  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 30, 2014, 06:44:03 AM
So I am watching Gundam Seed Destiny for like the third time, and I have three thoughts at the moment.

1. Early Destiny Cagali is almost as insufferable as Shinn at any point in Destiny. Thankfully she will get better.

2. Everyone is incredibly impressed by Shinn's performance when he first goes into Seed mode, but it really was not that impressive. He just used an anti-ship sword on a bunch of ships that lacked proper anti-mobile suit weapons while the enemy's mobile suit squadrons either didn't exist or completely ignored the attack on their base of operations. I mean yes he did take out a mobile armor, but that was just a single stab with a beam saber and all anyone was praising him for was taking out 8 (or w/e) enemy ships.

3. As of this watch through, I feel like I am leaning more towards the idea that the way the series turned out is how the writers always intended it to turn out and not a rewrite due to fan reaction. At the very least Durandel was always supposed to turn out as a villain with Kira opposing him, only thing that could have really changed is what side Shinn decided to take, but if he swapped sides then things in the final battle would be far too lopsided.
249  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 29, 2014, 07:23:36 AM
Gust being absorbed into Koei Tecmo

Of course Koei Tecmo has owned Gust since 2011, but they nevertheless operated as a largely independent subsidiary.  It sounds like after this Gust as we know it will cease to exist and Gust's staff will be merged into the rest of Koei Tecmo.  There will still be a Gust brand, but it remains to be seen exactly what they're going to do with it.
Well article says that the Gust developmental department will be kept alive, so I take that as there is now going to be a Gust team in Koei Tecmo. So this news doesn't sound too horrible for the immediate future.
250  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 28, 2014, 06:37:00 AM
So been rereading Death Note recently. I have to say that on a second time through, the series feels a lot less impressive because for most of his plans, Light is constantly either f'ing up and getting extremely lucky that he isn't caught or pulling stuff out of his butt (the watch with the secret component being one of the worst examples).
251  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Zelda Musou on: July 28, 2014, 06:28:13 AM
Does it make me a pervert that Zelda's bare thighs in this game is a bit of a selling point for me?

'Cause they totally are.

But it's okay, because I think Link's design is pretty sexy too.
Yes, yes it does. And now I shall judge you for that. *glares with disappointment*
252  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 27, 2014, 08:23:53 AM
Ok, thanks for explaining. I disagree with you, but I realize that this really isn't something that I'll be able to convince you of. Side note, for realistic tactics and limitations that stay consistent totally check out World Trigger. It isn't a mech series, but it is great for tactical battles where every character on the battlefield are trying to think several moves ahead (and there is an upcoming anime!).

So spent yesterday rewatching Gundam Seed. Just a little past the halfway point. Woohoo!

253  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: July 27, 2014, 08:09:16 AM
Because nobody wanted to trade me Park Place for the Waterworks. >:(

That's because nobody else wanted to play Monopoly because it is a horrible game that was designed as a teaching tool about how land ownership/rent is horrible and how we need to switch over to a flat fee for land (that part has sort of been cut). I'll never understand how that game became so freaking popular. >.>
254  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 26, 2014, 07:42:38 AM
Beat Tales of Symphonia 2 last night. Oh thank god it is over. This game really is Gundam Seed Destiny. >.> Storyline was maybe kinda tolerable once Lloyd joined up, but that was so freaking late in the game. I did like the Lloyd/Sheena pairing scene because it was sweet. However I never came to like Emil who is the main character of the storyline through and through. And the scenes get so freaking slow towards the end of the game. x_x The most enjoyment I got out of this game was the "bad ending" because I was laughing so hard when it happened...

Specifically I found joy in Emil hurting those he cares for and realizing he is a horrible person because I hated him so much. God damn it, that sounds horrible when I type it out. Look what you did to me Tales of Symphonia 2! Are you happy?

So yeah. That nightmare is now over. Time to watch some Gundam Seed for a while and then cheeseout the remaining trophies....I'm not sure if I'll watch Destiny as well. I feel like I have to, but I don't know if I hate myself that much right now.

I had not thought of that some of this stuff could have been added. I played about 40 hours of the PS2 version and seem to remember liking the pacing of that version more, but some of the stuff they have added is really nice. Mainly the quick travel features.

Last person I rescued from the TV was
. That was about 3-4 hours of gameplay ago I would say. I
just got a letter in the mail saying to stop rescuing people
Assuming nothing has been added, you are at the point now where the rest of the main story focuses on figuring out the killer/the killer himself. Depending on which ending you go for there are 1-3 dungeons left (well I don't remember if the third one is a complete dungeon or not....probably not).
255  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Zelda Musou on: July 26, 2014, 07:37:10 AM
This game seriously looks like it is going to have the best character movesets visually out of all the Warriors games. I really cannot wait till this game comes out! :D
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