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 on: October 01, 2015, 11:12:42 PM 
Started by Dice - Last post by MeshGearFox
apropos to above few posts


apropos to http://store.steampowered.com/app/376870/


http://store.steampowered.com/app/388470/ also this is stupid too but I want it unironically.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/370190/ Actually can we just have a "bad steam ad blurb" thread I mean


Also it's published by Black shell Media who kept bugging me for the publishing rights to an unfinished game engine I wrote in like 2009 (and posted about on tigsource, which was about the same time that Infiniminer was kind of popular among the tigsource community and Notch started ripping it off. Everything's full circle!). I probably should've pursued that and see if they would've like, paid me for it.

In conclusion I think I am going to quit gaming and take up knitting or something instead, because I don't understand anything anymore and I am tired.

 on: October 01, 2015, 10:58:11 PM 
Started by Hidoshi - Last post by Dice
I also [finished] watching Snow White with the Red Hair as well.  Overall I like that it tones down the comedic tones in the manga (and by 'comedy' I mean shoujo reliance on a funny face every so often) and added some stuff here and there.  I liked the relationship but I admit it seemed, like you said, cliché and a bit predictable.  Still, I thought it was an extraordinarily pleasant series; and I'm glad the relationship actually went somewhere instead of 20 episodes of what ifs and maybes while barely managing to hold hands at the end of it all.  So I look forward to season 2.  Also, like you hit upon, great music, but also lovely visuals and I *adored* the costumes everyone wore.

I really want to watch The Heroic Legend of Arslan, given your review, I imagine I'll like it (but yeah complain about anime-isms trickling into things), and I really want to see Oremonogatari just for the sheer fun and brilliance of its main concept. :P

...Ushio and Tora came back??  Won't lie, I'd love to see more series' come back.  Parasyte was another pleasant surprise in the regard.

 on: October 01, 2015, 10:48:33 PM 
Started by barakara - Last post by barakara
======= UPDATE =======

Today we are going to confirm that Valthirian Arc: Red Covenant will be developed through a Kickstarter campaign! The Kickstarter campaign date may vary on either October 12 or October 13 depending on your timezone.

Since the release of Valthirian Arc II, we’ve been asked by many to create the third installment to the series. Since few months ago, we’ve received tons of great suggestions and ideas for expanding the gameplay and bringing it into bigger audience.
We believe that fans are the driving force which has shaped this game from the very start. You are truly the foundation of the Academy. So we decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign to improve the game further and create more awareness for a bigger market. With your help the new Valthirian Arc is going to happen! At next posts, we will discuss about improvements planned for the new game, so you will learn more about it.

We want to create this Valthirian Arc to be the BEST Valthirian Arc in the series! If you share that dream, this is your chance. Let’s create the new Valthirian Arc together!

 on: October 01, 2015, 10:15:18 PM 
Started by Mickeymac92 - Last post by Mickeymac92
Welcome back old challenger Zangief!

He looks surprisingly normal!

indeed, I'm impressed...except when he did his spin attack, did his head just stay put, thus winding his neck over 3000 degrees?! o_O That's gonna be a rough one to just shake off...

 on: October 01, 2015, 09:59:57 PM 
Started by Hidoshi - Last post by ironmage
Here are my end-of-season notes / ramblings.  My apologies for the text dump, but it's easier for you to skip if I contain it all in a single post.  :-P
Ratings are on the color-coded three-point scale: I loved it, I thought it mostly good, or at least okay and why do I even bother.

Ushio & Tora (continuing):  The son of a priest accidentally releases an ancient demon, and they become allies...sort of.  Japanese mythology, eldritch monsters, and fast pacing make this series a refreshing take on a classic pattern.  This also has the best opening theme of the season.

Oremonogatari [my love story] (finished): Gouda Takeo was a hulking giant, even as a middle-schooler.  This made him popular with the sports clubs, but not so much with the girls; they were more interested in his best friend, Sunakawa.  After Takeo rescues a girl (Yamato Rinko) from a subway groper, she ends up falling for him.  But Takeo has failed at romance so many times, that he assumes Yamato is really interested in Sunakawa.   This series is alternately funny (often stupidly funny) and heartwarming.  Both the artwork and writing remind me a lot of Chihayafuru.

The Heroic Legend of Arslan (first season finished):  With a more serious tone, this would have been brilliant.  Unfortunately, someone spilled anime all over this perfectly good war epic.  Still, I'll definitely sign in for the second season, if any.

GATE (first season finished):   The characterization isn't as strong as I might like, but the story and setting are bloody awesome.

Shokugeki no Soma [Food Wars] (finished):  This is a pretty funny transposition of shounen battle mechanics into a cooking anime.  Unfortunately, while it has many of the strengths of a good shounen series (action, sense of conflict) it also suffers from some of the weaknesses (too much exposition of fighting techniquesrecipes, irregular pacing).  Even if this gets another season, I think the gimmick has begun to wear a bit thin.  Viewer advisory (PG-13):  this series puts the porn back in food porn.

Baby Steps(finished(?)):   The production staff appears to have gone to a lot of effort to make this a realistic tennis series, and it occasionally has moments of pure brilliance.  The characterization is solid, and although I would have liked our hero to be a bit less unflappable, I suppose he wouldn't be much of a tennis player if he let pressure affect him very much.  There is room for another season, but it doesn't really need one.

Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers (first season finished):  I was betting the seventh was Maura.  Well, whatever.  Pretty entertaining for a fantasy/whodunit series, and although the writing is a bit obvious in trying to manipulate the audience's reactions (also see: SAO), there are flashes of good characterization.  The ending was nonsense, but I might be inclined to tolerance if I get a second season.

Charlotte (finished): What if superpowers were a childhood disease, that ended with adolesence?  This series starts out well, but later on has a couple of bad episodes which almost ruin it.  It reminds me somewhat of Angel Beats, which I wish I had rewatched instead.
Writing sins (SPOILERY!):
  • Resurrecting a dead character
  • Having the protagonist go completely out of character during his breakdown
  • Never clarifying the antagonist's objectives (so what were these evil scientists *doing* with all this research?  Can't you at least give me a supervillain or two?)
  • Introducing a new antagonist (the "foreign terrorists") at the eleventh hour, with almost no foreshadowing
  • Dumping the new antagonist when the plot point was achieved
  • Pretending it is possible to blackmail someone out of using time-travel
Well, at least the ending wasn't a complete loss.

Snow White with the Red Hair (finished):  Completely unrelated to the fairytale.  This is the story of a romance between a red-haired herbalist/apothecary, and the second prince of a kingdom.  This is a charming shoujo series, with gorgeous music, but it flips into cliche plot structures a little too easily, and I can't help but think that The World is Still Beautiful did this sort of thing better.

World Trigger (continuing):  Production quality and pacing issues aside, this is still managing to hold my interest.

Chitose Get You (finished from backlog): Elementary-school comedy in three-minute episodes. Cute.

Seiyuu's Life (dropped):  This slice-of-life series centering on voice actresses wasn't too bad, but coming so close on the heels of Shirobako, it didn't really hold my attention.

Gangsta (finished):  This started out solid, but by the end, it felt too rushed, and I was losing track of who was who, and why they were doing what.  That last episode wasn't an ending.  It didn't even qualify as a cliffhanger, it simply...stopped.  Bad planning, that...maybe related to the studio going bankrupt.

Naruto (continuing...and continuing...):  Yo dawg I heard you like filler so I put some backstory in your filler so you could reminisce while you zzzzz.
How long has the final(?) battle been going on?  Three seasons?  Four?  There is yet no end in sight.  Bizarrely, the filler episodes are often better than the main story.
Do you remember that time when Naruto was awesome*?  That was over 250 episodes ago.  Forget about a little light trimming, this needs to be edited with a machete.

*Well, subjectively speaking.  If you want to say "Naruto was never awesome", I won't argue the point.  I don't care anymore.

 on: October 01, 2015, 07:18:54 PM 
Started by brogidchwa - Last post by Dice

 on: October 01, 2015, 07:03:27 PM 
Started by Hidoshi - Last post by Chronix112

is that gif in the link from GANGSTA? The art is amazing! If so, I need to watch that show post haste.

The top (left part) and bottom images are from Gangsta.

Not surprised. The  anime industry in Japan is going the way the comic industry in the 90s. Just A matter of time before the real damage starts to show. There are too many series coming out for the market to sustain them all.

 on: October 01, 2015, 07:02:13 PM 
Started by brogidchwa - Last post by Agent D.

 on: October 01, 2015, 05:48:12 PM 
Started by Dice - Last post by Arvis
FF12 - The Cerobi Steppe.  One of the more idyllic themes from 12, and it fits the scenery perfectly.

FF12 - The Feywood.  I find this simultaneously beautiful and unnerving.

FFT - World Map.  Although it can get a little repetitive, this induces in me an almost Zen-like tranquility.

Odin Sphere - World Map.  A melancholy track, which fits Odin Sphere quite well.

Sakimoto is probably the Most Underrated of the Godfathers of JRPG Music.  Yeah, he doesn't go outside of his comfort zone very often, but... his style is just so solid and recognizable that hearing it always brings you back to the feelings you had while you were in the game world.  Maybe that's just me.
That being said, I'm definitely more of a fan of his peaceful themes, like Cerobi Steppe.  He excels at that particular brand of atmospheric immersion, imo.
And, of course, the entirety of the Tactics soundtrack... I mean... what more needs to be said?

Ni no Kuni - World Map.  I wish more games had symphonic soundtracks...

Joe Hisaishi is one of the greatest Japanese composers of all time. I do not say that lightly.  Everyone should listen to the OSTs for Castle In The Sky, Princess Mononoke, and Howl's Moving Castle.  Everyone.

As for Dice's Dishonorable Mentions.... meh.  Nostalgia would significantly improve that Symphonia track,

I respectfully disagree.  I LOVED Symphonia, it was one of my favorite RPGs of the era, I reviewed it very favorably, it did almost everything right, but the music was utterly forgettable.  Not bad, mind, you, but I don't remember any of it.  I couldn't hum any of it to you.  I could recall plot points I liked, overworld skits I found amusing, interesting locations, gameplay elements I liked, but none of the music.  Symphonia is a happy nostalgic game for me, but it won't be music bringing me those feelings. 

Fair enough.  It's not a good track, for sure.  I just figured nostalgia was the explanation for why it had so many likes and views on Youtube.

 on: October 01, 2015, 05:45:14 PM 
Started by glassjawsh - Last post by glassjawsh

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