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76  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 21, 2016, 09:32:54 PM
I only read the English edition so I'm half a dozen volumes behind, but I'm sad to stay I'm not surprised he piled on some more bullshit. Kubo is zo preoccupied with revealing twists and introducing new characters, he tends to forget about important stuff he's already written. Like, Chad was supposed to be a central character in the Fullbringer arc? I literally can't remember him doing anything important aside from existing, which is, now that I think about it, pretty significant, as Kubo often forgets he exists, so... yeah.
Well Chad did introduce Ichigo to the Fullbringers and then fought Ichigo for a chapter before being immobilized by the secondary villain by having his memories messed with to the point of his mind nearly collapsing....so he did something. Oh right he also gave Ichigo a clue that awakened Ichigo to his stupid looking Fullbringer form that was used for half of a fight!

To be (somewhat?) fair, the Fullbringer arc seemed to be very poorly received so based off of pacing it is highly likely that Kubo was forced to rush through it to get to the final arc. So a shitty arc was made even shittier!

Gotta say, I'm surprised so many of you still follow Bleach despite ragging on it so much.  Like many I enjoyed it at first (really, the soul society story arc is still decent even today if you can consider it without all the baggage that followed...), but I haven't touched it in at least 8 years...
Eh it is included in Shonen Jump and takes like 2 min to read, so I have been reading it for laughs. If you go in expecting crap then you can get some B-Movie entertainment from the last arcs.
77  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 21, 2016, 09:26:26 PM
4 seriously critical character deaths. I am totally bummed about this as all 4 were extremely helpful party members. Since certain forum members get "two lives/characters" (thanks to my talks with Star a page of two back) I think it is only fair to extend the "2nd life" opportunity to all participants. Thus if Dincrest, Ranadiel and Tomara read this, feel free to respond with whatever you would like your second incarnations to be named.
:( Poor alternate reality me dying. I tend to use Marius as my last name, so I guess go with that
78  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 21, 2016, 06:56:44 AM
Not that anyone really cares about Bleach anymore, but it finally ended this past week. The ending was just as bad as the series itself has been for years. I'll always remember everything up until about midway through the Aizen arc fondly, but that means that over half of the series' publication history has been downright bad. I'm glad it has finally been put out of its misery. And to think, I used to wish that the author would try Zombie Powder again after he finished Bleach. Definitely don't wish that anymore.
Well technically the final issue with Bleach doesn't come out till tomorrow (early scans use copies acquired before the street date either from the factory producing them or from stores before they put the volumes out), but I suppose that is a difference is fairly moot at this point.

And I disagree with the ending being as bad as the series has been for years, the past few chapters have been worse than the series as it is pretty clear that SJ finally decided enough was enough and told Kubo to wrap everything up in 6 weeks. I haven't read the final chapter yet, but I have no expectations that it is any better than the past five weeks.

The early years of the manga were great fun, but about halfway true it just started sinking deeper and deeper...

I'm not entirely sure why I'm still reading it (I buy the volumes), since the last arc has been super weird. I mean, it's not often you see villains based on something you thought was just a small local thing...

Okay, I should probably explain that. You see, this part of Europe (mostly The Netherlands and Germany) had a very special sort of guild. We call them schutterijen or schuttersgilden in Dutch. Up until two hunderd years ago or so, these guilds were basically the city guard, police force, fire department and, if needed, an army all rolled into one. Their traditional weapon: (cross)bows.

You'll still find these guilds in the eastern parts of the Netherlands and western parts of Germany, but the purpose of these modern guilds is to protect the traditions and folklore of their communities. The one I'm a member of still has archers (erh, to defend their honor in competitions, not to enforce the law!), but that's not the norm. What all these guilds do have in common is a love for fancy uniforms.

Okay, I admit I have no actual proof Tite Kubo knows anything about Dutch and German culture, but if he doesn't... well, it's a pretty big stack of coincidences.
I strongly suspect that they are not based on those guilds. While Quincies were originally based on bowman, that idea kind of went out the window when the current arc. I mean we have a freaking masked wrestler among the Quincies. I don't recall him ever using a bow of any kind, and very few of the new Quincies had bows that we saw. So basically as soon as he tied the Quincies to the Holy Roman Empire (by kind of implying that Ywach was this universe's Charlemagne based on timeline) he got rid of their association with bows.
79  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 20, 2016, 09:55:24 PM
Currently on day 1 of the Chapter 4 Field Study in Trails of Cold Steel. I'm still managing to fins an occasional new conversation which is kind of interesting since I thought I had done everything in this game. But oh god there are way too many people NPCs in this game. XP

I've started giving some thought about what I'll play between finishing Cold Steel 1 and Cold Steel 2's release. Giving some serious thought to picking up Pokémon Red on the VC due to something mentioned in one of the credible "leaks" for Sun and Moon. Might wait for more concrete details first though...
80  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 19, 2016, 05:39:53 AM
Not gonna lie, I keep forgetting Java and JavaScript are not the same thing.

Anyways, thanks you guys, my brother brought up Python when I talked to him last, so I'll look more into that. Otherwise, Java sounds like the most obvious choice, followed by C. Gut reaction is already "start with Java, then move on to C (and then C#) or Python", but we'll see. I was hoping to avoid C++ if I could, since the last time I learned anything about coding (over 6 years ago in high school), it was dealing with C++, and that confused the heck out of me...and I was a lot smarter back then...
Do you remember what I was about C++ that confused you?
81  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 18, 2016, 09:27:07 PM
Caveat: I am not a professional programmer and I'm not good at coding.
Oh yeah caveat. I am not a professional programmer. I do however have a degree in Computer Engineering. And I programmed stuff in college that just baffled fellow students...like the time I had to generate a simulated MIPS processor in Verilog for a class, and I did it basically just using logic gate commands instead of actual code. I'm pretty sure even the TA had no clue what the heck was going on in my code. Ah good times.

These days I would probably need to spend a few days reviewing proper language syntax before I could program anything. I think it has been around 6 years since the last time I wrote a program.
82  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 18, 2016, 06:33:22 PM
Random Question for anyone into coding: what would be a good language to try learning first? You know, like, something I could build up from, as in it might help me learn other similar languages?
I'll second learning either Java or C++ for your first language. C++ is what I originally learned to code in back in high school. Java was what the primary focus was in most of my college courses (which for many people in my classes was their first language). Of course that assumes you want to learn an object-oriented programming language, but that is one of the more common types of programming languages.
83  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki (now Trails of Cold Steel) on: August 17, 2016, 06:09:55 AM
I'm looking forward to it, certainly. I'm reserving September for Dragon Quest 7, though, but since FF15 got delayed to...a much better time slot, honestly, I might be able to squeeze it in...or maybe I'll get Gravity Rush Remastered and get myself ready for my most anticipated game of the year, seeing how far behind I am with this series...
If you have played Cold Steel 1, you should be good with Cold Steel 2. If you haven't played Cold Steel 1...then yeah you probably need to play that one first.
84  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 17, 2016, 06:08:04 AM
Edit: Hm, now I'm curious where everyone else got their avatar names from... if people wanna share =-P

Although of course I know where a few are from

My user name comes from a random name generator name from Everquest that I have since adapted as my default self-insert character name.
85  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 16, 2016, 08:52:29 PM

THANK YOU! I felt like I was gonna get hammered with a "you are better off starting with 1" which goes back to our talks of "commitment" **chuckle**
Well I played BG2 and ToB before playing BG1, so I think it is entirely doable. There will be cameos that you'll miss the context for, but nothing important at least in BG2. I think the extent of context that you need is that all the characters you recruit in the first dungeon (except for one) are party members from BG1 who were presumably with you when you ended up in the dungeon. There was not a whole lot of party interaction in BG1, so you aren't missing a lot of details about any of them that you can't get from their initial conversations.

I suppose you will arguably be missing some context for a character in ToB, but....I would not recommend playing BG1 just for that unless you are planning on doing some heavy modding on the game (which is not something I would recommend for a first playthrough).
86  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki on: August 16, 2016, 08:36:33 PM

And now for the specific date (pardon the thread necro/double post).
Oh thank god! That's been Amazon's date for months, and I was hoping it was accurate but there hadn't been an official announcement so I was getting worried. Now my gaming schedule for the rest of the year looks perfectly spaced out! My most anticipated game of the year!
87  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 16, 2016, 06:59:03 PM
After researching it a bit I think when I do eventually try my hand at CRPG's (totally new experience to me) and Baldur's Gate is on the table, I'm going to start with 2.
Excellent choice! I think the game covers BG1 events pretty well in the intro, but if you get confused feel free to ask.
88  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: #7favfilms is trending right now. So what's your 7favfilms? on: August 16, 2016, 06:56:54 PM
Pacific Rim.
Yes a fellow fan!
89  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: August 16, 2016, 06:55:58 PM
Decide what I should play next.

1. Demon Gaze
2. Steins;Gate
3. Finally finish Hakuoki on 3DS
4. Trails of Cold Steel
5. Professor Layton 5
6. Final Fantasy Type 0 HD
7. More Sakura Wars 5 (it's been a while)
8. A Random Game from my Steam Backlog (pick a number between 1 and 20)
9. Solatorobo
10. Demikids: Light Version
Oh fuck so many good choices....Umm Trails of Cold Steel is my vote! (for the record my other contenders were Steins;Gate and Type 0, or maybe Sakura Wars 5).
90  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: #7favfilms is trending right now. So what's your 7favfilms? on: August 16, 2016, 06:50:02 AM
Pacific Rim- Best action in a movie that I have ever seen. Absolutely amazing.

Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters- I really hope I'm not getting the title mixed up with All Monsters attack, because one of those is the best classic Godzilla movie, the other is the worst. I think I have the name right though.

Serenity- Great movie "conclusion" to the series

Inception- An extremely creative movie concept with excellent visual effects to bring the concept to life

Inside Out- Another creative concept that was extremely well done

The Incredibles- Enjoyable film that had been my favorite Pixar movie prior to Inside Out

Star Wars: A New Hope- While it has been a while since I last saw it, it is too much a part of my childhood to not make the list
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