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General Discussions / Re: Youtube
« on: November 03, 2017, 07:34:46 PM »
Skunk vs. Cougar.  That skunk could give lessons in self-confidence.

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The Soundroom / Re: Random Anime Music
« on: October 29, 2017, 03:09:10 PM »

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: October 29, 2017, 03:04:24 PM »
After extensive review, I have compiled a list of recommended shows for this season.
  • Recovery of an MMO Junkie (Recommendation of the Wonderful Virtual Life)
That concludes the list.

Our heroine, Morioka Moriko, quits her day job to become an "elite NEET".  Finding that her old MMO has long since discontinued service, she starts playing a new one, and finds herself in an online relationship (sort-of).
If you enjoyed 'Gamers!' there's a good chance you'll like this.  Although it's not quite as funny, it doesn't make the mistake of getting bogged down in relationship graph theory.

And if I'm honest about my reasons for watching this...I think Moriko is totes adorkable.


Among continuing series, March Comes in Like a Lion, Food Wars, and Dragonball Super are all pretty solid.  Although Dragonball is somewhat variable in quality, right now is as good as it gets.  This season of Food Wars is palatable, but its not as fresh as it was at the beginning of the series.

Other stuff:

BLEND-S (4-episodes, continuing):  I really shouldn't be enjoying this, and I'll drop it as soon as I can get through an episode without laughing.

Juni Taisen: Zodiac War (4-episodes, continuing):  The battle royale/deathmatch form is hardly new, but it's fairly well executed here.  I just hope they don't get stuck in the pattern of killing characters off shortly after presenting their backstory.

Vanishing Line (4-episode drop):  It wasn't bad, but the ensemble-cast/monster-of-the-week format rarely leads to a satisfying series.

Twocar (4-episode drop):  There wasn't enough racing-related drama, and the yuri wasn't really working for me.

Konohana Kitan (4-episode drop):  The fourth episode was just pointless enough to push me over the fence.  Nice kimono designs, though.

Evil or Live (1-episode drop): Pretentious; unimaginative.

Shigurui (finished):  I loved the deliberate pacing, and the art style (perhaps it sometimes tried to be too artistic for its own good).  But although I appreciate the references to classic samurai movies (like Sword of Doom), this sometimes pushed the limits of squeamishness, which prevents me from calling this "good".  I'm not a Tarantino fan, but if you like the sort of movies that he took inspiration from to make Kill Bill, you might find something of interest here.

Has anyone been watching this season of Kino no Tabi?  I was a fan of the 2003 version, but I've been avoiding this one because...well, if it's bad, I can't unwatch it.

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Spend time with her when you can, otherwise try to keep in touch via phone/email.  Isolation and depression can form a vicious circle.  But don't overdo it, either, you don't want to make her feel like an object of pity.

I wouldn't bring up the subject of suicide.  If she brings it up, be honest how you feel about it, but keep calm.  Don't panic, or get angry.  There isn't an argument here that you can win.

Keeping occupied can reduce the effects of depression.  To the extent her health allows it, encouraging her to keep involved in her regular activities or hobbies may be helpful.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shin Megami Tensei V
« on: October 23, 2017, 09:44:33 PM »
News at 10: Games come out on different systems.

Up next: Electricity? How vital is it for video gaming.

If it was inappropriate for me to complain about the platform a game is to be released on, then you need only have told me so; the sarcasm was unnecessary.
Nevertheless, it will not happen again.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shin Megami Tensei V
« on: October 23, 2017, 08:32:19 PM »
It looks good, but...Switch exclusive?  Boooo.

Well, I guess this will count against the Switch's three game minimum.  That puts me at 1/3.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 19, 2017, 08:29:35 PM »
Let's all carve a pumpkin, roast the seeds, sprinkle them with pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg), and enjoy with a nice cold glass of apple cider. 

Come on, who's with me?  We'll wear costumes and watch classic monster movies and everything. 
Count me in.  I think I'll microwave my cider, though.  The weather up here is starting to turn.

Also, coffee sucks.
Well at least there is some sanity in here.
I thought I was the only person in the entire universe who doesn't like coffee.

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Nosferatu (1922):  This is one of the earliest vampire movies, if not the first.  Being from the silent movie era, there are some aspects that might seem cheesy to a modern audience, but this film is still genuinely creepy.  Count Orlok (portrayed by Max Schreck) is a monstrous character, more a daemonic predator than a well-dressed gentleman of class.  Wherever he goes, he is accompanied by rats and pestilence.  He does not turn his victims to vampires, but kills them outright.

Some elements which today would be considered cliche, even comedic, appear here with the force of originality;  it's hard not to cringe when Orlok rises from his coffin.  One of the more memorable scenes was Orlok walking through a town, carrying his coffin lightly under his arm like so much baggage, an almost absurd juxtaposition of the mundane and the eldritch.

There are technical issues here (I guess night scenes could not be shot at night with 1920's film technology), but the cinematography is remarkable for the era, especially in the use of shadow.

Here's a picture of the Count, to trouble your dreams.




Dracula (1931):  This is acclaimed as a classic, but I have no idea why.  This movie is boring.  The pacing (and dialogue) are slow, the acting is uninspired, and the overall effect is about as frightening as a head of cabbage.  Bela Lugosi's Dracula isn't even interesting enough to be a potential target for parody; but at least van Helsing occasionally slips into mad-scientist territory.

Even by 1930's standards, the special effects are pathetic.  The bat is obviously being dangled from a fishing pole or somesuch (at least the wire wasn't obvious), Dracula passing intangibly through a giant spider web is implied by cutting away, and then back again (better to have left the scene out), and too much is done off-screen.  Dracula bites someone?  Off-screen.  Dracula gets staked?  Off-screen.  Dracula turns into a wolf?  We have to be told about it, second hand.  Forget about seeing the transformation, we don't even get to see stock-footage of a wolf running away!   When the subject of werewolves came up, Nosferatu at least provided a shot of some sort of wild dog.

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The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM
« on: October 10, 2017, 11:59:14 PM »

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: October 10, 2017, 11:55:49 PM »
Text dump incoming!  I had yesterday off, so besides finishing up a couple series, I also ran an initial sweep over the new lineup (as available on Crunchyroll). Series I like (for the moment) are coded in blue, ones I particularly disliked in red.
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From backlog:

Spice & Wolf (finished):  I was going to unsubscribe from Funimation after watching this; everything else in my queue has already appeared on Crunchyroll.  But you know?  I think I want to watch this again.  I'll save my review until after the second pass.

Deadman Wonderland (finished):  I loved the premise:  A student is convicted of a crime he didn't commit, and is sentenced to incarceration in a prison theme-park, where inmates are employed in life-threatening tourist attractions.  But, although the series as a whole was entertaining enough, the characterization and plot weren't strong enough to make this recommendable.  Maybe you could watch this if you're feeling gore-deprived between seasons of Attack on Titan.
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From last season:

Gamers! (season 1 finished):  I thought the Love Polygon schtick was somewhat overused by the second half, but this series is still a lot of fun.  I'm shipping Amano and Hoshinomori. desu desu

Classroom of the Elite (season 1 finished):  I liked the series that this almost was, but I wanted 10% less fanservice, and 15% more political backstabbing.

My Hero Academia (season finished):  This series is awesome on every level.

Dragon Ball Super (continuing):  What will happen when Goku runs out of colors to turn into?  Stay tuned!
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Initial impressions from the new season:

Black Clover (1-episode drop):  Asta (Naruto) wants to become the Wizard King (Hokage) but he has no magic powers (ninjutsu), while his friend Yuno (Sasuke) is a natural prodigy.  Plagiarism, much?  Still, there is some originality here: Asta is more irritating than Naruto ever was.

Sengoku Night Blood (2-minute drop): After one minute, I guessed that this was based on an otome game.  I was going to give it a chance anyway, but then saw "Idea Factory" in the production credits.

Juni taisen: Zodiac War (continuing):  This started out okay.  I'll give it a couple episodes.

Love is Like a Cocktail (1-episode drop):  Not to my taste.

Food Wars (continuing into third season):  I'll take a double order.

Urahara (8-minute drop): I know they were aiming for a unique style, but the wonky perspective in the backgrounds gave me a headache, and those first eight minutes were boring.

Konohana Kitan (continuing):   Slice-of-life shows are hit-or-miss with me, but this is starting out cute enough, and hasn't raised any red flags yet.

Tsukipro: The Animation (4-minute drop):  Boy-band anime.

Rainy Cocoa (1-episode drop):  Meh.

King's Game (1-episode drop):  A horror series needs a good lead-in, and a gradual build-up of tension.  Abruptly jumping into the drama--manufactured drama, in this case--is a rookie mistake.  If I don't care about the characters, it isn't going to matter to me when they get splattered all over the landscape.

Recovery of an MMO Junkie (continuing):  When she walked into her apartment, and said "tadaima" to an empty room, I felt a twinge.

Dies Irae (1-episode drop):  ...I have no idea what that was supposed to be.  Perhaps playing the VN is a prerequisite to understanding this, because it felt like I had dropped in on the middle of a long-running series.

Vanishing Line (continuing?):  Hmm.  We'll see.

Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ (1-episode drop):  I only watch reverse-harem series when I like the protagonist, and this particular tragic heroine was too Mary Sue for my liking.

Twocar (continuing):  ...sidecar racing?  Sure, I'll give it a try.

Blend-S (continuing?): I thought I was going to hate this, but then I started laughing.  I doubt I'll stick with it, but it might be okay for a bit.

Anime-Gataris (1-episode drop): This is a show about an anime club.  It didn't start out too bad, but in the preview, they ask the viewer not to drop the series after the first episode.  So naturally I dropped it.  I'm contrary that way.

A Sister's All You Need (4-minute drop):  Four minutes was too much, and now I can't unwatch it.  Eww.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 09, 2017, 02:31:00 PM »
Tch, fuck that. Someone asks what I'm doing over a weekend, it's "Gym, video games, and sleep, in that order each day. Why, you wanna do something instead?" Throws the ball.in their court, makes me seem like I don't care (I actually do, I'm just smart enough to know that lack of concern=cool), and maybe gives me something to do for the weekend.
You're my new role model.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 09, 2017, 02:06:06 PM »
When a bank teller or grocer asks me if I have any plans for the evening or weekend, I find myself flailing for a response. "I'm going to play video games, or maybe watch some anime" isn't exactly something I could say to a normie, but it's not like I can lie extemporaneously, either.  I either say "nothing much", or something completely random about the weather.  Even when a social interaction goes smoothly, I often still feel like an idiot afterward, and end up replaying it multiple times to figure out what I might have said wrong.

The last trip to the grocery store, the guy asked about my weekend plans, and I said "pickling" (the vinegar, spices, and large quantity of garlic served as my alibi).  It only occurred to me later that because this is Canada's Thanksgiving long-weekend, he would have expected an answer that involved some sort of family gathering, and that it was really quite odd that I was spending my time processing vegetables, instead.

I wish they would just let me finish the transaction and go home.  My life isn't that interesting, really.

Haps:  Eight quarts of pickled carrots.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 08, 2017, 09:24:49 AM »
I had the option of sedation during the removal of all four wisdom teeth, but the surgeon didn't think it was really necessary, and I turned it down.  The local anaesthetic worked out just fine, and the experience was more tedious than anything else.
The pain isn't actually all that bad once your mouth is numb. In my case it didn't even hurt until the anesthetic wore off hours later. There's just awkward pulling and drilling and stuff. If anything, the part I hated the most was the blood.
^Much like that.  I really don't like the smell or taste of blood.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: October 04, 2017, 08:09:46 PM »
Played through Diablo yet again, and got a cramp in my mousing hand.  Went with a Rogue this time.  This is one of those games I keep coming back to.

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