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661  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 07, 2014, 06:42:03 AM
And then there are Manga like Barrage, that get cancelled before they really go anywhere.

Yes, I'm still mad about that.
Eh, I found Barrage to not be very interesting. I preferred Stealth Symphony in terms of short lived series.

Naruto was actually descent at the beginning.

I think the point where it started its downfall was the Naruto VS Sasuke fight at the waterfall.

Wasn't that Aeolus's point?  Though I still think early Bleach was better than early Naruto.  I honestly felt Bleach was quite good up until around the end of the first Soul Society arc, after which I completely lost interest.  Hmm, looking it up that's only like a sixth of what's out there...man I have completely lost touch with that series.
Yeah those points are when Naruto and Bleach started to fall apart. Honestly, I think oddly for exactly opposite reasons. Naruto's greatest strength was that it had a well set up cast with the 9 characters from Naruto's class plus the three from the Neji team. Naruto was at its best when it was handling its side cast. Problem is that after the time skip it basically become the Naruto solo show. Other characters still got screen time, but it just wasn't the same anymore.

Bleach on the other hand refuses to let characters go so the cast is ridiculously large (does not help that I have heard Kubo just designs new characters whenever he gets writer's block) and it becomes impossible to care about them....plus the plot tends to repeat with the characters who should have a central focus (Orihime and Chad) being completely worthless all the time, Ichigo training to learn a new technique in the middle of a war right before fighting the big bad), and...yeah.
662  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 06, 2014, 05:58:13 AM
So nearly done with my first playthrough of Bound by Flame. My overall impression for the game is just meh. There are some interesting ideas in here, but the execution is just weak. I doubt I'll remember anything of import from the game a week or two after I finish it.
663  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!
664  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.
665  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.
666  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.
667  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. >.>
668  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.
669  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.
670  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.
671  Media / General Games / 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.
672  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).
673  Media / General 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*
674  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!

675  Media / General Games / 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. >.>
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