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2012-12-04 09:24EchoesThanks, but I already own the DVDs! ... Oh. Wait. Yeah, I'll take that.
That's how they get you. Damn capitalists. Always selling you frosty blankets.
Alright, that's cool. Sounds good. I might watch that in the near future! You never know what happens either, maybe I'll find a super-cheap XBOX 360 at some point. Not top of my list of priorities, but you never know.
Every American gamer I watch or talk to despises Gamestop. It might just be coincidence, my sample size is pretty limited, but it's got a really bad rep among certain crowds at least. If even half of the stuff I've heard from former employees is true, it's a hellhole. Speaking of anime boxes, I thought of something (while I was out in the blistering cold!) You said your friend owned Higurashi, right? That guy is a lucky bastard. That stuff's out of print, impossible to get (because Geneon, who released it, are out of business permanently) and goes for a hefty price online. He probably already knows that if he's an anime fan and owns it, but yeah, he's sitting on a big fat paycheck there if he's kept it in reasonable condition. You were right about it just saying "When They Cry" on the box as well. It's listed as "When They Cry: Higurashi" (or vica verca) in a lot of English databases and such, so that's what I was going by.
Exactly. Once you grow accustomed to it, it's so damn easy to take it for granted. So damn easy. You had to bring up Vanilla Coke, you magnificent bastard. Now I've got a craving real bad. I'd trade that laptop for a six-pack of those right about now.
I'm actually not sure how frequent they are here now that I think about it. I seem to remember a lot of them, but my memories of anything... less than 10 years ago, is *highly* suspect. I hope we both get one. Damn that global warming for ruining Christmas! (I'm going to make that my scapegoat, whether it's actually the cause or not.)
2012-12-04 06:57EchoesSpare me the legalese! All I wants to know is how to make like fast with the killings and whatnots.
I know that feeling. Waking up with a cold because I forgot to shut the window. Man, that sucks. And there's no one to blame but yourself!
I neither own an XBOX 360, nor can I read (or understand, for that matter) Japanese, so 0-2 there. I'll probably have to give the anime a spin. You recommended it, so I assume it makes some sort of coherent sense to someone who's unfamiliar with the game? Gives you a feel for the characters and whatnot? Does it spoil the game? I guess it doesn't matter too much, I'm never getting a 360 unless someone's literally throwing it away.
Aye, it might've been that, or perhaps a limited collection thing that was only available for a short period? The show's actually getting up there in age now that I think about it. Doesn't feel that way. Uh-oh, am I getting old? Well, walking into Gamestop was your first mistake, from what I hear. I actually saw a video from the same guy who showed me the revelaitions thing where he (working at Gamestop at the time) gets punched in the face by a customer because he had to sell away that guy's preordered game due to story policy. Crazy stuff. It was also voted 10th worst place to work in America according to a recent survey I saw.
Yeah... it's amazing how much gets stuffed into those tiny things. We take it for granted to the point where it's pretty mundane and boring, but it's sort of amazing how quick technology has progressed. Exactly like professor Frink predicted! Yup, that's how it all played out. I doubt anyone would buy my ancient laptop. Oh wait, definitely no one wants to, I forgot that half the keyboard is ruined too. I forget how that happened. Probably spilled something at some point.
Ah, snow. It's a real gamble as to whether or not that shows up before Christmas here. I'm hoping it does, not just because of the cozy, Christmasy feeling, but because it's typically not as damn cold when there's snow around. Ironically. Seriously though, I am impressed by how well you've kept the music consistent that way. It's good stuff. The latest song was probably my favorite thus far.. though it's hard to top Kalafina.
2012-12-04 05:01EchoesPremeditated murder has never been easier. What a wonderful age we live in.
Aye. My window is actually not entirely airtight. It lets in a little bit of air, because it's old as fuck. Usually it's entirely negligible, but when the winter is at its worst, you can really feel it.
It sure is, and that's one of the reasons I'm just not that keen on gaming any more. 60-80 hours is pretty damn long even for an RPG. I figured that's what happened in the anime, but it's not like the pacing ruined it for me. Maybe it's worse when you know the potential, but I had a good time with it. I might pick up one of the games at some point. When I get that JRPG itch.
I've watched a lot of shows with Otome in their title, so I know that one. It's a popular choice. (And it has a very nice batting average!) I know it's supposed to be Lelouch, I was just wondering where you saw the alternate spelling. I don't own the show, but I've seen the releases browsing around, and the boxes had it spelled correctly. That's why I was wondering if it was in the manga or something. Could also have been a typo they fixed on later releases. I saw that resident evil one! A guy I watch on Youtube made a video about it. Revelaitions, was it? I remember there was an extra "i" in there somewhere, at least. For Working, that was what I heard. I think I actually read it here on this very forum when the release was announced and there was some discussion about the weird title change. Neither Working or Wagnaria sound very enticing based on the title alone, honestly, so I hope it was a copyright thing. Otherwise it was just bad even from a pure marketing standpoint.
Ah, still missing that vital component. Let's pray for the safe and swift arrival of both of our packages! I know *all* about annoying laptops, man. You should see mine. Sometimes it just randomly begins opening endless amounts of browser windows. Once it went up to 440. I don't use it much anymore...
Man, time flies. 4 already. I started listening to the 3rd one writing this post. You're doing really good keeping a theme running through all of the music. Appropriately December-y.
2012-12-04 00:17EchoesI'm sure there's an equivalent around here something. The search begins!
I'm exactly the same way, man. I hate using the heater, it makes my brain mushy, but even more-so, it makes my hands and face really dry. I already have pretty dry skin, especially my hands, so I really feel it. It's a pain. I only turn my heater on when I have to, and trust me, a blanket is not enough right now.
Yeah, most of those games are made for the multiplayer, and it's not uncommon for people to pick them up just to play with their friends. Most games can be entertaining if you're playing them with a group of people like that. I've never played any of the games you mentioned. The Tales series has like 15 titles or some crazy number, right? I saw the Abyss anime though. That was good, if a little inconsistent with its pacing.
Yeah, it is a history period, often called the warring states period in English translations. (Which can be a little confusing because there's the Chinese period with the same English translation. Wikipedia also has it listed as "Age of the Country at War." Doesn't quite roll off the tongue like "warring states" does, though.) It's used in anime all the time, so it's well known among a lot of anime fans. Sengoku Collection, Sengoku Otome and Sengoku Basara being some examples of anime with it right there in the title, while even more, such as Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls and Brave 10 are more loosely based on it. It's pretty much the Japanese equivalent of the American Revolution in terms of how frequently it's discussed and adapted, so it's definitely something people should know. As for otome, I've only heard that translated as girl/maiden, but I'm sure there are other translations too. Most Japanese words have more than one possibly meaning, most of which I of course don't know.
The Higurashi example is actually even stranger. The boxes I've seen are called "Higurashi: When they Cry." So again, they wanted the Japanese word people know in there, but translated the rest. I'd even be fine with just calling it "Higurashi." That's what most people call it. Then have the Japanese title in small print under maybe. This half-translating stuff is really silly, I agree. That Lelouch thing I've not even seen, what is that for, the manga? Wagnaria I heard was a case of fear of copyright infringement because there was some existing live-action television series with the name "Working." I'll cut them some slack on that one if that was the case. Wagnaria is a pretty ugly title though. At least it starts with a W....?
That isn't very considerate. Does that mean you got it all now though? I'm currently having some trouble with the post office myself. Had to send them a receipt and some personal information through snail-mail for them to clear my package through customs. It's happened once before, and it's a little annoying. Adds like 4-5 days to the delivery time, and is just a hassle in general. (Not the Bakamonogatari package, a different one. That one's still not here, damn!)
2012-12-03 10:35EchoesThat was pretty damn funny. Seriously though where do you buy that stuff?
If I broke my window by chucking a controller through it now I would literally freeze to death. You don't even know. I thought my heater was broken today, but nope, it was still running at twice the level I usually keep it at. Man. I actually own the PS3. But I am not a proud owner. It's one of my most regret-ridden purchases ever. Granted, I held on for a while until the system dropped considerably in price, but it still hasn't been worth it. I only own like 5 games for it. The system cost more than those games did. Part of that is my own fault for having stopped liking new games around that time, but damn. However, it is nice to have a Blu-Ray player! That's a small consolation. Still, it was a lot of money, and I'd like to think I've learned from that mistake.
I already did. I... already did.
Aye, no one likes everything. Most people have those genres they just can't get into, especially when it comes to games. I'm like that with FPS games. I can't play them. I just can't. Luckily most of those are generic borefests, but I'm sure there are some genuine gems I'm missing out on as well. I'm a fan of both Western and Japanese RPGs, but I'm not an expert on either. When it comes to gaming, I'm very much a quality over quantity guy. I haven't experienced copious amounts of them, like I have with anime and to a certain extent movies. Some of the greatest stories I've experienced have been told through games though, that much is certain.
Yeah, that's what it translates to as far as I know as well. Regardless of the finer details, that's obviously not even an attempt at any sort of fidelity. Pure marketing. At least it was done with a show that is pure shlock, so it's not like any great art was despoiled in the process, but I believe it sets a bad precedent. On that note... ranting time:
Oh my god, I just remember another one I dislike. And this one I've got a personal, furious vendetta against. There was this show called Sengoku Otome - Momoiro Paradox which aired last year. I really liked it. Excellent fluff. So the English title they decide to go with, I think whoever translated it at Crunchyroll came up with the title, but don't quote me on that, was "Battle Girls -Time Paradox." Okay... that's not what it means. They literally kept half the title and replaced the other half, one word from each segment. Do they think that most anime fans are too dumb to understand or be willing to try something with the word "Sengoku" in it? Why would they; they're here because they enjoy Japanese stuff, aren't they? At the very least, if you need to translate it, translate it to warring states or something, not "battle". What kind of sense does that make? Then there's the other alternation, which is actually even worse! "Pink paradox" might not draw in the action junkies, but come on, it's a show about girls kicking ass and having fun. It's cute and humorous. Keep the word pink. I reckon most people watching it to begin with can't be too afraid of that color. Okay, so we end up with the most generic title imaginable, "Battle Girls -Time Paradox." It wouldn't be that big of a deal either, but much to my surprise, the show actually got licensed. Great! Oh... wait... they're going with the that title for the release. God damn.
Oh, awesome. As much as it pains you to wait, at the same time that's a great feeling. Sitting there waiting for something to arrive so you can get down to business. That takes me back.
It's Urobuchi Gen and studio IG! If it turns out to be good, that'll be par for the course!
2012-12-03 05:54EchoesAnd up to this point, every single one of those families sucked. Here's hoping that magic number of 188 will do the trick. Lest I be forced to take them out to the woodshed again. /que Plinkett-esque flashback
I start squeezing my controller real hard in the rare instances that a game actually gets on my nerves. Luckily, the PS2 controller which I use for everything is pretty sturdy. I've never actually tossed one. That would probably be a bad idea given that the window is right behind my computer screen.
Hairless android drenched in white chocolate wearing a Chinese dress playing the bagpipes... I can't go on!
I reckon anything that captures 3-4 million people's eyeballs per episode is getting too much attention for its own good. It has a lot of fervent fans too, and there's an existing fanbase what with the long series of books it's based on. More than enough people out there spreading the gospel, I'm sure. I think it is a genuinely great series, but I'm sure there are a lot of people who are tired of hearing about it at this point. RTS is definitely a love it or hate it genre. You either get into it, or you usually don't, at all. Most of them exist largely for the competitive aspect. Warcraft and Starcraft are exceptions, though, I'd consider both of those storyline well worth playing through. Warcraft in particular is not that different from an RPG as far as playing through the story, what with the heroes gaining exp and items they keep from chapter to chapter and there being strong main characters that drive the plot. Much more like a Western RPG than a JRPG, though, and if you dislike RTS gameplay it's a hard sell regardless.
I think a lot of the absolutely ridiculous ones come when someone in Japan with very little knowledge of English tries to come up with something really "cool." Kiddy Grade probably being an example of that. Sometimes you get some really awesome one too though, like Trigun and Hellsing. Those titles rock. The English adaptations of titles usually reek more of desperation, like they're pandering hard to their fanbase. Baka and Test is the perfect example of that. The Japanese title is long and hard to pronounce, so they had to translate it. But then they realized the word "baka" was in there. Every Japanophilic 14 year old's favorite word to flaunt when they're pretending to know Japanese. That's marketable, right? So just keep that in there. I'll accept "Summon the beasts" as a non-literal translation, sounds sort of cool (The original meaning of the word is simply "summoned beasts" iirc?) But the baka part is utter pandering, and looks unprofessional in my opinion. Another bad one is Asobi ni Iku yo! which was given the title "Cat Planet Cuties." I mean I wasn't going to buy that show anyway, it sort of sucked, but that's just... I can't think of a bigger example of pandering. The show has a huge-breasted cat girl on the cover. Do you really need that horrible title to drive the point home?
Aye, I do like that outlook. Only way you'll ever get anywhere. Obligatory "First anime panels, then the world!"
I think it's really picking up. I'll take some of that optimism you're sporting and say that I think the next episode will be awesome.
Now that's dedication. Keeping to your schedule... TO THE EXTREME. (In space?)
2012-12-03 03:05EchoesHappy families are extinct where I live. I think they were outlawed in the beginning of the century.
Good luck with that. My controller would have been tossed around and crushed long before I'd go through with it.
Heh-heh... that's not nice! You know I can't spell out what you're thinking right now. I'd be arrested!
Aye, I bet you did. Game of Thrones was incredibly popular, I'm sure it's been over-hyped to the extreme. I haven't followed any of the discussion online, but I'm sure it gets heated. And nerdy. Super-nerdy. I didn't really expect the sex stuff coming in. I don't watch too many television shows these days, but I guess they gotta exploit the fact that they're on HBO. I've never played of the Age of Empire games, but I am a big fan of RTS. Well, I was I suppose, nothing good to play these days. I spent (read: wasted) countless hours on Warcraft III back in the day though, so maybe that's a good thing.
You're saying we don't already have a ton of titles that make no sense? I remember my friend scrolling through my external HD and suddenly uttering "Kiddy Grade!? WTF dude..." I had to explain that it had nothing to do with kids... or a grade. I'm not sure he believed me.
Gotta love your unbridled optimism. Stranger things have happened, I suppose. ^^ You could probably easily make it alone of course. I've heard the requirements vary greatly from con to con, from super strict to "hand in a paper with semi-English words on it and the floor is yours."
Oh yeah, he is a focal point, that's for sure. And the rest will likely be more fleshed out soon enough. I'm just not that drawn to any of them yet. I guess I really was stating the obvious when I said that Akane is the most relatable character. That's her role, she's the everyman. What I should have said was that this is currently all she is to me, a newcomer enabling self-insertion and easy exposition. Important things, no doubt, but I have the same problem with her as I do with the enforcers; I find her personality a little flat and hard to latch on to. Early on in the series there were some scenes with her alone just getting dressed, ordering food and such in her apartment. That was good. Gave me a feel for her character. (And allowed some quick world-building too.) I'd like some more of that, I think. That being said, I just watched Episode 8 today, and that was my favorite episode since the first one. I really liked it. What's not to like about a batshit crazy guy who dresses like a hunter, puts out bear traps for schoolgirls to step on, all the while humming Beethoven's ninth? This might be the start of something great.
2012-12-02 23:10SoverenceIt really was a powerful phrase to say, I am sure he had put some thought behind it before saying it.He also claims that isn't the exact phrase that he uttered, he said that what he said was, "One small step for a man, one giant leap for man". But while it was being transmitted the a got lost, its not a big deal but it does change the meaning of the quote a little.
I really don't search youtube that much anymore, I have a couple videos I watch every so often (mainly amv's) and that is about it unless I am bored. I have a feeling though things are going to get worse eventually with how many different laws on this topic are trying to get passed every which way. I have to agree with you there, the only series I have really enjoyed from western tv have been house and x-files, both of which I hold in very high regards. I tried doctor who and sherlock, and they weren't bad, I thought they were good but I just couldn't get myself to keep watching them.
Hmmm, that may be true, but fresh ideas are getting harder and harder to come by, there is a limit to how many different ways you can do something and still have it be reasonable to execute. Also its hard to spend actual time and effort to making a game, most people saw what happened to Curt Shillings company with Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, he spent so much time and effort into making the game, that even when the game was done and it was a great game (trust me, it was) his company went bankrupt because the game didn't sell enough to pay off the debt.
I will agree with you there, the whole Kindle thing just drives me crazy, if I am going to read a book I want to have a paperback copy in my hands to read it. I get that the books on the kindle are cheap and easy to access, but something about it just feels so wrong and I would never really enjoy it. Hmmm that makes sense, if you put the effort into it and actually care about what you are blogging, then that is enough.
Hmm, what you are implying here is that very few people gain wisdom as they grow older as well though which is something I can't agree with. I am not sure if you meant to imply that with your statements but you did (refer to your previous post if you are confused ). I will agree there, it is not possible to completely get over a traumatic event because they always change the person as well. I think you see negative things first when you look back because they are usually what played the biggest role in making you who you are today, yes positive events can do that as well but its not very often positive events can cause massive changes in a person.
2012-12-02 02:56EchoesI can get all of that. Except the love. Ain't got none of that to spare, especially for something as trivial as wife-making.
I'm sure you could if you put your mind to it. I don't know what'd be more frustrating between that and Battletoads. I actually played through X and X2 again. X2 was even harder than I remembered. Damn that evil Sigma!
I've known you long enough to essentially read your mind now. I knew exactly what you were getting at!
Game of Thrones absolutely improves with time. The first couple of episodes aren't that great taken on their own, although I still enjoyed them. The second season is where things *really* pick up, that whole thing was just epic, in every sense of the word. I would not recommend the series if you're not a fan of the medieval setting, though. Game of Thrones is relatively low-magic, so the medieval setting is integral to everything, including customs and battles. Just skip it if you're not a medieval fantasy fan. That's one of my favorite genres, so I was thoroughly entertained by the series. The only part I don't like is the sex scenes. They're unnecessary and far too frequent. I guess the series is like a lot of anime in that regard. It also makes it a series that's hard to recommend to people without qualifying the statement. Oh well, it's not a big deal I suppose, just a little annoying that there's this one pandering inclusion in an otherwise thoroughly enjoyable series.
Ah, I see. The title makes as little sense as the premise.
Aye, sticking to what you know is the best way to succeed. If you're honestly passionate, that'll naturally draw people to you.
I listened to that Kalafina song a good 3-4 times while reading your impressions and typing up a response, so yeah, I liked it a lot too. Great piece. I really don't care about the enforcers in Psycho-Pass. Akane is sympathetic and relatable, but I feel that even she is fairly uninteresting when push comes to shove. I'm definitely going to be sticking with it, though. Like I've said, it's exactly the sort of show I normally love. It might just need some more time to build for me to get into it. It's unfortunate that I'm not able to appreciate it when I can clearly see they're trying something different and virtually trope-free. The first episode had a Ghost in the Shell: SAC feel to it. I hope they'll revitalize that atmosphere at some point.
2012-12-01 12:17EchoesI've heard of building wives, but blending them? Now you're crossed the line.
There are a lot of masochists out there willing to try just that. There's a no-hit playthrough of Megman X3 on Youtube. Assuming it's still there. I think you should go with the old-school RPG thing, make a 500-part Chrono Trigger let's-play.
Realize how smart what you just did was, you mean.
CG can definitely be used well. I think it's best used for exactly the sort of stuff you just described now; backgrounds and otherworldly landscapes. Of course, you can't litter it all over your movie like the prequels did, that obviously doesn't work. I don't know if you've seen Game of Thrones, but that's an example of (usually) well applied CG. The vast majority of the series is without a speck of CG, but it's there when there's a scene with something that can't practically be constructed, like floating sky castles.
I'm not watching a show that has "cat shit" in its title. (I actually do sort of know what that one's about, some sort of rodents firing guns at each other, right..?)
Mixing anime and video game videos works very well. There's a huge amount of crossover between those two communities. Almost everyone who watched anime likes games to some degree, and I think there's a lot of casual anime fans who are hardcore gamers as well, so there's a nice market to tap into there.
Alright, awesome. I really like the new look of the blog, first of all. Nothing wrong with black, but I think the lighter colors work even better now that I've been exposed to them. There's no snow here for me to dance in for your first musical post, but that's a really soothing Kalafina song. It sure is cold enough to create that winter mood though. So very, very cold. I read the impressions post, good thoughts. I agree with a lot of it, as you already know. The one show where our opinions most diverge is probably Sakurasou, which I did not like at all. Would you say the two first episodes (all I watched) paint an accurate picture of the show? Sadly, I can't really get into Psycho-Pass either. Though I'm still watching that one. I don't know what it is. Weak supporting cast, maybe? I'm frankly a little shocked that I'm not getting much out of this; likely my biggest surprise of the season, especially with that stellar first episode.
I'm actually only watching half of what you wrote about (figured I'd save but Littler Busters until it was done airing, but I'm getting a little impatient), now that I look it over. Which is good, means there won't be that much overlap if I write a post too.
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