Going to make a thread in the RRR table soon. It's somewhat based on something Kotohono previously discussed. But I'm going to take it further. Multiple things I've come across in the last week have given me the links I've been seeking.
Okay, as mentioned a few days ago, here's an update.
- I may have finally determined the core problems that were making my computer almost keel over. The monitor was a simple fix. The video card was utterly outdated and had to be replaced. Having a 2nd friend come take a look and do some different kinds of tests revealed something surprising. The power supply - the 2nd one I'd bought in the existence of this computer - seemed to have been failing, so that's been replaced. But that didn't fix everything. Turns out the other core problem was not the motherboard, but the RAM. Sticks my friends gave me gave up the ghost rather quickly. I switched back to the RAM sticks I'd had on the original setup since 2009 and things worked again. Unbelievable. So I had to sink a lot of money to get it working again. Half of the computer is now brand new parts. Sometime next year, hopefully I can afford to replace the rest. While things are working again, the memory is being pushed to the limit.
Political turmoil - well, the Liberals are being their usual selves. And the parliament is blocking a lot of what they want to do. Interesting times ahead.
Weather is finally improving. My legs don't feel like hell anymore. Going to get back to the gym and start getting in shape.
Have not been watching much anime lately. Will catch up once episodes of the titles I'm with are all out. I'd rather marathon them.
NFL season is under way. Great season opener between Denver and Carolina. Massive day of games tomorrow. Psyched to see how things unfold. New England vs Arizona is going to be a sweet prime-time game.
Games-wise, yeah, that's where more of my time has been post-AVCon. Played Overwatch a lot in July. August, once I had that new video card I finally got to play Wolfenstein: New Order after years of waiting to be able to. Also tried out the expansion to Renowned Explorers and was very impressed. Amazing story-telling options got mixed into making gameplay more involving and strategic. And as August came to a close, World of Warcraft: Legion went live. Yep, that's been my focus lately. Blizzard might actually have made the best expansion of this title ever. Time will tell as to whether it beats Wrath of the Lich King, but this is easily top 2.
WWE - things have gradually gotten better. WM32 was a joke. But after that, the right people were getting pushed and some great events happened. AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens have really helped things improve. Unfortunately, Summerslam was a fizzle overall despite AJ Styles and John Cena having an epic that earned the rare praise of Dean Meltzer and the fan universe in general. Hoping Backlash tomorrow gets back on the right track.
AFL, Adelaide won an elimination final last night. They survive for another week and have to go to Sydney next weekend. I despise Sydney more than any other team because of how they exploited living expenses in their recruiting (which they eventually got fined for, but not before making a long-term powerhouse). So here's hoping Adelaide can make the prelim final. Been a good season but I'd like them to go one week further than they did last year.
Seinarukana was awesome in the time I played all routes on Normal and was doing one on Hard before focus changed. Steam version comes out in October. Flowers got a Steam release a few weeks ago but I'm waiting for my limited edition copy to arrive, which will be soon. This looks like the pinnacle of yuri from what I've seen. I think you, Kotohono and Tempester would really enjoy this. It's only around 20 dollars on Steam. LE is pricier of course but has some very desirable merch. I think the three of you would appreciate Seinarukana too, but it can be a challenging RPG at times. Although I'd gladly give advice where needed. Flowers seems to be more of a mystery/detective one with some very dreamy yuri context.
BTW, heard Trudeau was put in a comic. Sounds like you have an awesome leader in Canada for that to happen. I think the only thing people here would do with that of our leaders would be to wipe their rear ends, heh.
I appreciate the support. But do understand one thing - they aren't ruining my experience.
I read Orange in full before it started airing. Likewise with ReLife and Amanchu. I knew what I was getting to in all three. How places/people feel about those three won't affect how I feel about them. For myself and a good number of local friends, these titles were always going to deliver.
After the venting induced by people ranting about Erased, I really couldn't give a flock about how people here and some other places are reacting to Orange. But what really makes me laugh is how utterly convinced those people are that they have Orange figured out. I am not spoiling anything - but I will say the ending is going to trigger them. And it will be awesome. Strangely, ANN has been very glowing for Orange - within staff and their viewer base - so for once, I have to hand it to them. Not making a habit of it, though.
I just wonder about the balance between leads in shoujo/josei titles. It really makes me wonder what it is that triggers people so much about the female whereas they are infinitely more lenient with the male. It's a topic I want to discuss more and will probably do a thread about in the Round Table.
Here's what bothers me though....the viewing base in general are treating Orange and ReLife more like romances and Erased like a thriller. And that is a major concern for me. Because at their core, the three series are very alike. They are about redemption/growth and finding one self primarily. The traits around them are detail. I'm seeing the same rhetoric about Orange that I was about Erased. Remember the hatred Kayo copped after the second to last episode? Remember how little people gave a damn about the amazing sacrifices/efforts Sachiko made? The fact a lot of viewers are fixated on Suwa and being negative towards Naho and Kakeru just leave me bewildered. General comments about ReLife have been better, but people still think of it as a romance, which I just don't get.
I guess I'll give New Game a try. But be warned - to this day, I still can't handle Shirobako. I know it's an honest account of the industry with apt in-jokes/cameos. I know it's about people having to work with stupid titles but still doing the damn best job they can. The visual/sonic side of it - I just can't handle it. At the very least, I do think Shirobako's existence has left a positive mark overall. But I can't sit through it.
My mood is more affected by things locally. Winter has been painfully colder than normal and my legs are really suffering. Being hit by a car 12 years ago across both legs - they've never been the same since. Winter brings out the worst in them. I've been chasing heirloom trinkets in World of Warcraft that get removed in 2 weeks, I have 4 out of the 5 available despite their 10% drop rate. But it's been very painful - with Legion out at the end of the month, the pre-release has had all talent trees overhauled big time. The majority of players aren't looking up guides and it affects runs so very much - especially people rolling Demon Hunters and just winging it. Hearthstone's new adventure, One Night in Karazhan, has fun encounters but the cards given as rewards are going to do very little to change the meta. The decks played only involve 4 of the 9 classes now and in recent pro qualifiers, almost every player played the same deck lineup. So Karazhan not changing things has been a letdown.
My video card is on its last legs and has to be replaced - more money I didn't want to spend. Facebook is just full of people ranting about Pokemon Go and No Man's Sky - things I just have zero interest in whatsoever. Australian internet got mega hacked internationally last week when the census had to be done - and it's likely China was behind it. Probably as revenge for Mack Horton (won a gold medal at the Olympics in swimming) calling out the guy who won silver as a drug cheat (which the guy had done a suspension for but wasn't barred from the Olympics) which led Chinese social media to demand apologies from Australia in droves. Nationalism is getting utterly disgusting at the moment. People seem to want the rest of the world to suffer in order to make their lives bearable/better.
I'm fine. I accepted the fact the universe is hostile a long time ago. But that doesn't stop the fact I'm very close to being done with people.
Sorry to hear that the anime fandom is ruining your Orange experience. If I get caught up on Orange later this week, I'll probably post on it, maybe to pick up for the female lead.
One thing that maybe could help your mood right now is the anime New Game! Pretty lighthearted and mostly positive anime about a young woman trying to achieve her dreams in the video game industry. It's kind of a much lighter Shirobako.
The stupidity reaches all new heights. My only solace is how much the final episode of Orange will trigger these idiots. I think I'm ready to stop discussing anime ever again after all the utterly brain-dead stuff I've read from viewers of July titles.