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661  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 09, 2013, 08:06:12 AM
Oh good I'm not the only one who is just now learning of Bandai's anime going kapoot. That makes me feel better (sadly does nothing to help my wallet).

G Gundam. OYW Gundam is only pretty good and you can get the movie compilation instead, plus it doesn't have Master Asia or Windmill Gundam.

Oops worded that poorly. I meant I need to decide if I want to get the original Gundam and whether I want to get G Gundam. I didn't intend that as an exclusive or proposition.

I'm not surprised that Gundam stuff is out of print considering how poorly Gundam was handled in the US in the 90s, specifically SEED and how they kept screwing with its time schedule, among other things. Gundam Wing and possibly G Gundam are the only ones that are known by a lot more people in the US.

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Fukuda has outright stated that Shinn was the main character the whole time. He's not the writer exactly, but I think I'll take his word for it. Or not, since he's contradicted himself in interviews over and over. I don't think they had any clue what they were doing past the first couple dozen episodes. I don't really mind Shinn being unlikable because I've never really needed characters to be likable for me to find them interesting. I only find it distracting when characters are purposefully made irritating (See: Nina from Code Geass).

Oh geez, yeah I remember the SEED fiasco. At some point around the middle of the series it just sort of stopped. Some time later, I somehow discovered that it was being shown at midnight and started recording. I think I only missed a handful of episodes, but yeah totally mishandled.

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I sort of felt like Shinn was intentionally made irritating. Shinn was certainly interesting.....as an antagonist. He worked really well for me when he was going border psychotic because I totally could see how he fell off the path. He just did not work for me though when he was supposed to be the second coming of Kira though. He just wasn't that likable.

Side note, the one time Shinn did not work for me as an antagonist was during the invasion of ORB. That should have been one of the high points for him, but it fell so freaking flat for me. Because Shinn was getting pissy at ORB for having taken a side during the conflict despite the fact that he was getting pissy and high and mighty at them earlier in the series for the fact that they didn't just roll over to the Earth Federation during the previous war. In the end he becomes the exact same thing that killed his parents (probably in the exact same spot), but he just doesn't have enough self awareness to realize that is happening. So what could have been an extremely interesting self reflection of his role in the world and what he has become instead was instead just him getting angry and whining. And thus I hated him more.
662  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 08, 2013, 08:46:51 AM
I have a fun tale to regale you all with. I've been playing Dynasty Warrior Gundam 3 recently and just like Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2 it made me want to watch Zeta Gundam. So I finally decided to get the DVDs.....only to discover the DVDs are extremely expensive. Confused as they were not that old, I checked other Gundam series only to discover that other than 00 they were all expensive. And then after a couple of days of occasional searching, I discovered that Bandai stopped making DVDs so everything they licensed is now out of print. How am I only learning about this now?! >.> So many series to pick up before their prices get even more ridiculous. Luckily I have a few of them all ready. But yeah, I'm going to be having a lot of Bandai licensed anime to watch very soon. Still need to decide if I want G Gundam or the original Gundam series though.

Shinn was a bad main character because of bad planning. It's no-one's fault but the writer's that he basically became
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Durandal's barking dog
by the end of the show. The first half of the show or so was going pretty good but it was pretty obvious by the end they were turning in scripts late and such given how much time they were wasting with pointless episodes and numerous clip shows right before the climax.

They basically just made Kira the main character again because he was popular in polls. I wouldn't have minded that much if he didn't remain completely static throughout the show because he was so powerful he doesn't really have to struggle with anything.
I don't know, I found Shinn to be all kinds of annoying from the get go of Destiny. He started to get slightly more tolerable at the mid point, but it really just did not last for too long. I realize that the writers were originally probably going for a jerk who becomes more likable as time goes on, but they went too slowly on his character growth so it was just unbearable at some points to watch him. Kira becoming the main character was a mercy as far as I am concerned.

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Shinn really worked much better when he was clearly the antagonist. Frankly I'm not completely convinced that this wasn't the writer's intention originally.
663  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: June 08, 2013, 08:16:00 AM
OK, we can stop panicking.  Both the CE and LE have the DLC costumes and the music CD is the same.  The only differences with the CE are the figure and art book.

That is good to know, but I will continue my panicking!
664  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: June 02, 2013, 07:42:48 AM
Dang, I really loved Matt Smith as the Doctor and I was hoping we could get another 3+ years out of him. Oh well. I'll just have to hope that the next Doctor is a good choice.
665  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: June 01, 2013, 07:46:47 AM
What if microsoft decides to challenge that when their used game activation fee is inevitably circumvented though?
Then they are morons because the proper route for that is to go after the DMCA claim because circumventing the game activation is almost certainly a DMCA violation while there is absolutely no chance of them managing to overturn the first sale doctrine of copyright.....wait we are talking about the company that developed the Xbone. Hmm, I might have a an entertaining Supreme Court case on this subject to look forward to in four to five years.
666  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: bought ar tonelico 3 from gamefly used for 20$ and they sent me this on: June 01, 2013, 07:28:48 AM
At least everyone agrees that 2 is the best by far.

O_o Everyone does? Crap, I missed that memo. 2 is actually my least favorite of the three.
667  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: May 31, 2013, 06:52:01 AM
I wonder.

Let's say you buy a used XBox One game and download some patch to bypass the reactivation fee. Is that considered piracy?
I don't know about "piracy", but I will bet you would be in violation of the DMCA provision regarding circumventing electronic DRM.

Extrapolate: If you buy and play ANY used game without money going back to the original publisher, can that be considered piracy?
Nope, at least in terms of copyright that is perfectly kosher.
668  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 29, 2013, 07:02:21 AM
Been rewatching Code Geass myself. Watching the dub this time since I might as well mix it up. Been a few years but I still have the same problems I've had with the show as the first time I watched it. When it's good, it's really good, and when it's bad, it's really fucking bad.

I'm sort of curious, what are the parts that people consider to be "good" and the parts that people consider to be "bad". I've watched the series several times and I can't recall any parts that I particularly disliked beyond stuff like the giant pizza party episode. Perhaps I'm just too forgiving on series.
669  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: May 27, 2013, 08:15:50 AM
Let's pronounced the X in Xbone the same way they pronounce the X in Xblade in Kingdom Hearts.

THE KEYBONE

Lmao, this, a million times this.
670  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: May 26, 2013, 09:05:24 AM
So the winner on twitter between the PS4 and Xbone is clear.

http://www.gamespot.com/twitter-battle/xbox-vs-ps4/

Poll has been going for nearly a week now and the results have been fairly consistent. PS4-87% of the votes, Xbone- 11%, Memory leak(?)- 2%. I would love to be a fly on the wall at Microsoft right now.
671  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs where you don't save the world? on: May 26, 2013, 08:53:03 AM
The answer really depends on how small scope you are talking about. I mean are you including "save the continent"/"save the country"/"save the region" types of games? Assuming you don't want those either, the first game that comes to mind is Mana Khemia. I don't remember the plot of Mana Khemia 2, but I think it has a bit more of the "save the world" vibe to it in at least one of the two plot lines. There is of course the Atelier games as already mentioned.

Dragon Age 2 was in part criticized for the fact that it had such a small focus, so that might be along the lines of what you are looking for.

Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow didn't have you saving the world. I don't think Gold/Silver/Crystal had any world savings. I recall Ruby/Sapphire having world saving and I haven't played any other Pokémon since then.

Going through my game list these are some others which I don't immediately recall trying to save the world/continent/country/region (or where I feel I can argue that you aren't saving the world) in:
Muramasa: The Demon Blade
Cross Edge(depending on your definition of "world")
Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume (horrible game though)
The World Ends With You
Legacy of Ys: Book I (don't remember Book 2)
Makai Kingdom
Odin Sphere (arguably)
Valkyria Chronicles II
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
672  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: May 24, 2013, 06:54:31 AM
The back and forth motion accidentally switches from your Zune sexmix to live TV and a broadcast of Golden Girls. Sex gets better then

And the moanings will bring up your other gf's account, including the number of times she's 'logged on' and 'played' with you, and then it Skypes her so that your soon-to-be ex can hear the screaming and shouting from your current ex.

Hey it could happen.
"I'm sorry Dave. I'm afraid you were spending too much time with her. I'm afraid you were spending too much time at your job as well, so I conferenced your boss on the call as well."
673  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: May 22, 2013, 07:18:39 AM
If you go back and watch Trial of a Time Lord, you'll have an answer which was implied *but not for certain* during the episode.

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You mean the Valygar(sp)? I don't think that is it. I mean it could be, but that is one and a half incarnations away. I'm not sure I buy that. I'm leaning towards the 9.5 incarnation theory myself. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
674  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: May 21, 2013, 06:45:07 AM


I don't want this game but I sort of want that limited edition...what the hell is wrong with me...

I'm sort of with you on this one. I don't want the game based on what I have read about it, but this is the first special edition game from NISA that I haven't bought in several years so I tempted to get it for the sake of getting it. >.>
675  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: May 20, 2013, 07:08:53 AM
Whee new Doctor Who episode was fun. I never would have guessed that was the solution of the impossible girl mystery.

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Honestly the answer feels a little awkward to me considering that the first doctor clearly spoke with her and made an important decision based on her advice. Seems forced that the Doctor just never realized that she was apparently always with him.

However the more interesting bits were the continued implication that the Doctor's future will continue to darken and most importantly of all the "lost" incarnation of the Doctor. Where does he fit in? There are really only three points that seem possible at this point. First would be if he was the actual first incarnation, but that seems a little weird and ham fisted. Second would be he is supposed to be one of the darker future incarnations of the Doctor, but it seemed that the current Doctor knew exactly who it was so that feels off to me. The last possibility would be if he was an incarnation that existed during the Time War between the eighth and what we thought was the ninth incarnation of the Doctor. It seems possible (although it would screw the numbering system up). I mean the book on the Time War did list the Doctor by his real name and not his self given name and this Doctor did not live up to the name of the "Doctor". Only problem is that the Doctor has shown that while he dislikes his decision in the Time War, he doesn't regret it because it had to be done. Should be interesting to see where this goes in the specials.
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