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406  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Unsung Story: A Kickstarter by Yasumi Matsuno. on: February 02, 2014, 07:58:27 AM
Seems that they are having another bad today. Looks like a high tier backer backed out as the total is down 2k from where it was when I went to bed. Still looks to me like the project will hit the minimum goal (and possibly the 750k goal), but I can't help but think that it might be better off failing, reworking the project, and then trying again. Although I sort of get the feeling that Playdek would probably just do the mobile version and not bother with a second Kickstarter attempt if this fails.
407  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: All time favourite game characters. on: February 02, 2014, 07:49:42 AM
Hmm this necro is too hilarious not to post in (started reading the thread and was like who the fudge are these people until I saw the timestamp). I suppose I should post something on topic though. Uhhhh, I guess Roxas? I sort of want to say Lyner from Ar Tonelico also, but I dunno.
408  Media / Game Journals / Re: Final RPGFantasy VI on: February 02, 2014, 07:37:34 AM
I dunno Banon, I think AgentD might have a compelling argument here.
409  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: February 02, 2014, 07:35:29 AM
Not sure if these have been posted yet, but because my hype level is rising, I feel the need to share the snippets of music that have been released:

Green Lands remix.  Ar tonelico 1's map theme in Ar No Surge:

Two samples of the new hymnos.

From the new singer, ORIGA:

Haruka Shimotsuki's:
Whee! Love the new songs. Really looking forward to the Hymnos Concert CDs (or w/e they are called this time).
410  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mind 0 is not Persona...er...well...maybe not... on: February 02, 2014, 07:26:43 AM
Wow, that sucks. Why is this game of all things getting localized?
Probably the same reason that Time and Eternity was localized. And while we don't the exact reason, it probably is something along the lines of the US company thinking it looked good before it was released, signing a contract requiring they do a US release, and then discovering that they had made a mistake after it had a Japanese release.

Tangent: I looked up Time and Eternity on Wikipedia to make sure I was remembering the title right and it got a 32/40 from Famitsu. WTF.
411  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: February 01, 2014, 04:45:17 PM
Holy crud, I actually beat all the Caves of Evil in Muramasa Rebirth, so I have the invisibility accessory! I really want to platinum this game, but I'm already sick and tired of running through the dungeons over and over again from accessory hunting. So I don't think I can stomach another 108 sword playthrough on Fury mode right now. Hopefully I'll feel like it sometime in the future. Oh well, still need to level Momohime up a little so she can equip the ultimate sword and I can get the last ending. Then on to the first DLC!
412  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 30, 2014, 07:00:03 AM

Look for "The World God Only Knows: Tenri-hen"
It's 2 OVAs.
Yeah I know, I mentioned it in my post. :p But I have been watching the English dub of the series on Blu Ray. So there is no guarantee at the moment that the arc will be on the season 3 Blu Rays. :( Also it just makes me so confused that they would just suddenly decide to skip so many conquests at once including three goddess conquests.....especially Tenri. Really curious as to what they are going to do with Season 4 (assuming there is one) also since the post-goddess arc is still ongoing in the manga at the moment. *sigh* I just have to pray that the Tenri arc is on the season 3 Blu Ray releases. Otherwise.....I will cry. >.>
413  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 29, 2014, 07:43:30 PM
Edit: God damn site sending my message while I was typing.

I just finished up season 2 of The World God only Knows and I was a few episodes further into the season than I had though when I last posted. Oh well time to check dates to try and get a rough idea of when season 3 will get a home media release. Lalala....wait according to wikipedia the first episode of season 3 seems to be part of the Goddesses arc, well I guess that is fine it isn't like there were any imp....wait a sec. THEY SKIP TENRI'S ARC!?! WTF? Dammit this is supposed to be my substitution for the manga since that won't ever get an official release and they skip over one of the best arcs that is also criticially important to the plot? WHHHHHHYYYYY? Oh well there is an OVA of it. Hopefully that will get included in the DVDs or something. I mean flag 0 was on the season 1 DVD so it isn't impossible? Right? Right?!?

Do you guys subscribe to a channel or something?  Or crunchyroll?  I feel like it's a pain to track latest releases or old releases the way you all seem to.
I just get BluRays of stuff I like.....I don't keep up with new stuff too well. I used to listen to some anime reviewers on That Guy With the Glasses, but they tend to not last too long.

How does one Manga.

Is there any must-reads?

Ah my freind, this all depends on what you are looking for. Also whether you are looking for stuff with official translations or not. >.>
I'm going to list off my favorites that are currently running and then follow up with some good ones that have completed.

Currently Running:
One Piece- The manga with the highest sales total. With sales totals like this, you know it has to be good. To get into some finer points, it is a well done battle manga with a varied cast of characters, where everyone actually contibutes to the storyline, humor, drama, and battles. There are no Yamchas here. The world is giant, the battles are epic, and it somehow keeps managing to get better and better. Just be warned it is long at this point (but totally worth, hell I've read it all the way through 4-5 times now).

World Trigger- This is a new series. It isn't too far along now, but it is starting to show some serious promise. I reccomend this one a. because I like it and b. to give you one option that doesn't require a serious time commitment. The battles are strategic, the characters are interesting, and the world has recently been revealed to be massive. I'm hopeful this series will last a long time.

Magi- Really I sort of notice a pattern with my manga preferences when I get to this point as once again it is a battle manga with good characters, good battles, and a massive world. This one has a bit of an Arabian Nights twist to it at first, but eventually spreads out to include Rome and ancient China also. probably a few more places to come in the future as well.

The World God Only Knows- Finally a non-battle manga reccomendation. This one....is considerably more niche. Story is about an otaku who has to use his mastery of dating sims to get real life girls to fall in love with him to save them from demons that have hidden themselves in their hearts. It sounds so stupid, but excellent writing and a strong awareness of what it is doing has turned this into an excellent read. Note: No official release. *shakes his fist at the sky*


Bakuman- This is an entertaining story about two kids who decide to create manga in high school and takes a detailed loook through the process of making a manga. It is well written and an entertaining read. Only weakness is the love plot portion which is sickenly sweet at times, but it is only sparsely sprinkled throughout. Very much worth reading.

20th Century Boys- An amazing read. I really don't know what words to use to describe it beyond a very interesting manga with some good mysteries and some very powerful moments.

Full Metal Alchemist- Excellent series from start to finish. Totally worth reading even if you have seen the first anime. If you have seen Brotherhood, then you got most of the major points (although I think the manga handles things a little better).

Everything so far either has a shit beginning or a shit ending. :P

I feel like ALL I ever hear about ANY series these days is it has a shit ending.

I'd also recommend Love Hina over Negima, but hearing it gets good half way through (once again, and despite a shit ending Negi has) may encourage me to pick it up again.

And he's got the sort-of sequel to Negi: UQ Holder.

Thanks for letting me now how you guys watch, btw
Fullmetal Alchemist did not have a shit ending. It was well built up and handled quite well. Bakuman's ending was alright.....it just ended on the love plot so the last chapter was a little weak, but that was sort of how it had to end. Really series just get shit endings when they end before the creator intended (or alternatively when they get dragged out beyond their natural life spans *glares at Bleach and Naruto*). At least with manga, no idea with anime.

Side note, Love Hina over Negima? I take it you have not gotten far in Negima have you? Because....they sort of end up in different genres after about three volumes. I suppose alternatively you might just dislike battle manga, but still Love Hina?
414  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Unsung Story: A Kickstarter by Yasumi Matsuno. on: January 29, 2014, 07:02:27 AM
Also I think primarily relying on Yasumi Matsuno's name might not have been the best advertising strategy, as I don't think a lot of people outside of the genre know it or care (hell I'm knee deep in the genre and my first reaction was who?).

I have to disagree.  Yasumi Matsuno's name was literally the only thing this Kickstarter had going for it, and was almost certainly the reason for the  significant  initial success.  Things started slowing down when people realized he was more of an advisor and the game was being made by a mobile dev.

Also, I don't get the drama about somebody pulling their $5000 pledge.  That short of thing happens all the time in Kickstarters.  I literally do not think I have ever participated in a Kickstarter where somebody didn't pull a significant pledge at some point.  Usually it's just less visible, though.  You see the effect here because the daily income is so low...
Well my point was supposed to be that they needed something beyond just his name to get more people interested. They needed something to show that they were going to be able to handle this thing despite being a mobile dev. Not that they shouldn't have used his name at all.
415  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Enjoyment Editorial was excellent.. on: January 29, 2014, 06:57:44 AM
Forget limiting examples to a few Final Fantasies... I think this tends to be a JRPG thing in general.. In fact, I think you would have a far shorter list of end game bosses that did not turn out to be or morph into some creature/demon things that was otherwise up til that point unknown.
At the top of that list would be Mass Effect 3, because having a final boss fight against something epic like that would have been too video gamey for a game like that. :p
416  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 29, 2014, 06:51:25 AM
Been playing Muramasa Rebirth (first game I have played on my Vita!). Oh my gosh I love Vanillaware. Muramasa is a beauty to behold and I love the storyline. So far I've beaten Ninja Scroll of the Demon Blades and am on chapter 3 of Pandemonium of the Demon Blades. This is a magnificent game. I love the storyline despite having played through the game before. I suck at the game so a platinum is probably not going to happen, but I am still loving every moment of the game. I really wish that the game had originally not had the budget issues that it had as I recall hearing it was originally planned to have 5 playable characters like Odin Sphere but they had to cut it short. I always have to wonder whether the other three characters were completely cut or if they were going to major characters like Torahime. Oh well, I can always just pretend that the DLC characters were the cut characters even if their storylines might not be ties too closely to the main two storylines.
417  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 29, 2014, 06:43:14 AM
Been watching season 1 and 2 of The World Only God Knows. Very good adaptation of the manga. At the moment I am in the middle of the student teacher arc of season 2. I have the forgotten the order of conquests from the manga, but I am really hoping that after this arc is Tenri as I don't want to have to wait for season 3 to see her arc. >.>

Side note, I really wish the manga would get translated, but I know it would probably be incredibly niche so that isn't likely. :( Still surprised that the anime got a US release.
418  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdom Come: Deliverance on: January 28, 2014, 06:46:15 AM
I decided to back it (although at a slightly lower tier than I would have liked because that conversion rate is brutal). I think it probably isn't getting as much attention here because the people who frequent here to tend to be more of JRPG people than WRPG people. Also the thread title doesn't mention this is a Kickstarter, so some people might just be skipping over the thread because they don't know the game title. *shrug*
419  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Unsung Story: A Kickstarter by Yasumi Matsuno. on: January 28, 2014, 06:42:55 AM
I'm not sure if anyone brought this up or not, but it looks like someone pulled their $5,000 pledge, because that bracket only has one backer, now. Maybe I was just seeing things, but can someone correct me on this?
Saw someone mention that in the comments yesterday, so that is probably true? I haven't been keeping track of the minute details of the campaign though. According to Kicktraq, the daily pledge amount seems to really be falling though. Been under 5k for the last four days, including a negative gain on the day when the 5k pledge was presumably pulled. Actually looking at Kicktraq's current projection, it has it not making the goal. I'm pretty sure that isn't accounting for the last two day rush, so I still think it will get funded. Still interesting to see.
420  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Demon Gaze on: January 27, 2014, 07:15:18 AM
Nothing I've seen of Demon Gaze looks particularly fanservicey to me, though I'll admit I haven't followed it that closely.  It does seem odd to me that was your first impression, though, because I have followed it somewhat and wasn't even aware that there was fanservice in it...
As I said it was a quick look, which included looking through the NISA store images which included stuff like this:

So images like this set off my fan service detector. *shrug*
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