Hi, it’s me again.
I hate to say it, but I’m once again playing with the idea of migrating over the WordPress for my blogging. I’m not sure what’s wrong with me. I think it’s the lack of customization options for free users. I've considered going premium, and I probably will anyway, but WordPress offers more customization for free users. At the same time, I like the way my LiveJournal blog looks right now, it’s just not perfect. I’m just not sure anymore. I do know that Alizarin Alliteration is going to be more of a portfolio than anything else, so I may just migrate over to WordPress anyway. I will certainly import my entries from here over to the new blog, if I decide to go that route. We’ll just have to see. Other expenses, namely collection stuff, is taking priority. Like, Dragon Quest Heroes, which is a Dragon Quest/Dynasty Warriors game, just got announced for a Western release on PS4. How can I focus on blogging when all these companies make these announcements?!
I got some feedback on the prologue and what I had of the first chapter of the samurai story. Based on everyone’s reaction, it seems to me that it’s a little difficult to read. Hearing it read aloud made me cringe a little, because the way I was writing it made it sound like typical otaku fanfiction, which is something I want to avoid. I wrote both the prologue and the section of the first chapter quite some time ago, so I feel like my writing has improved since then. When I revise them using the feedback I received, I may also gut the entire thing. I also plan to make a video announcing it publically on my YouTube channel. I have footage from Soulcalibur V ready and good to go. Length wise, I’m shooting for at least a novella. Admittedly, I lost some interest due to not working on it as often as I should have, but I think I’m getting back into the swing of things. As an artist, I’ve found that I do that thing where you hate your older works. I don’t “hate” it, but I can definitely see some things I would change. On the subject of other writings, I’ve been jotting down plot ideas for my big story series. My general style is to make some sort of outline and then go from there. We’re also nearing the specified time in which I was told I would be contacted by regarding the status of my literary journal entry. I’ll let you know if anything comes from it.
At any rate, let’s talk about recent stuff that is recent, starting with anime.
Garo: The Animation – I never thought I would get into this franchise. We’re watching it in anime club as one of our on-going shows this semester. I like it. German, the father character, is funny with his sexual needs and his “parenting,” if you can even call it that. Plus, he looks like a lion. No, really: he looks like a friggin’ lion! The armors look cool and when the characters transform a nice violin song that sounds like it came straight from a Ys soundtrack plays and it sounds amazing. Like a typical shonen show, the knights don’t actually transform until the climax, but it’s always great to see. The story is being told from two different perspectives, the protagonist Leon and this other blonde prince guy. The two characters will likely collide soon. So far, my favorite episode is one that retells a previous episode but from German’s perspective. Great show so far.
Parasyte: The Maxim – Like Ring ni Kakero, this is a show based on an older manga. I’m not sure why they waited so long. The show is interesting and keeps the viewer interested with the scene structure. This is also an on-going in anime club. I had heard about it a while ago from a video showing how the parasite character Migi is voiced by Aya Hirano but his movements are also voice acted and by a high school chick who is a pretty mean beat boxer. It’s an interesting technique to humanize Migi. We’re at the part where the protagonist, Shinichi, starts acting cold in result of Migi’s attempt to save his life. From what I understand, the art style in the anime differs significantly from the manga, but Shinichi seems to look more like his manga counterpart currently, in my opinion. There are a lot of things unanswered that I hope get answered by the end of it. I don’t know if we will be able to finish it by the time the semester ends, but I’ll definitely keep watching if we don’t.
Danganronpa: The Animation – This one we are squeezing in as a third (technically fourth because we are also doing Tokyo Ghoul but I don’t stay for it) on-going in anime club. We’ve only just started but the mystery elements keep me interested. Even though I don’t think they are wearing any, the outfit designs look like school uniforms in a way. Especially that Chihiro chick—well, spoilers (I was spoiled her true identity and she sounded like a boy anyway.) I thought Leon was cool, if solely because of Takahiro Sakurai, but he died so I’m sad. Junko died early on too, which also made me sad. I feel like this show is going to kill off all the characters I like. I hope not. Overall, I like it. It will be interesting to see who survives in the end.
Samurai Warriors – I was a fan of the games so I decided to check it out. I’m digging it so far. The fight scenes are fast paced and visually pleasing and the story is interesting. I assume they are taking most of their material from the Sengoku period that the game is based on. I’m not an expert, so I can’t tell what’s accurate and what’s not. I’m not too keen on the general art style, though. To me, it looks like a typical shojo style manga. It looks better than the Legend of the Sanada OVA, but not by a large margin. Based on what I do know, this show aims to cover everything up to Yukimura’s death at Osaka. FUNimation licensed it, so they will possibly dub it too. If it does get a dub, I think it would be worth it to buy the DVD. I’m enjoying it. The show is more serious and less obnoxious than Sengoku Basara, if you ask me.
Dragon Ball Z Kai – The Majin Buu arc edition of Kai had been airing for a while, so I’m super behind. I’m at the part where Majin Buu shows up and Vegeta is getting ready to fight him. People seem to be criticizing the music used but I don’t think it’s that’s bad. It’s certainly more akin to the Bruce Faulconer track than Shunsuke Kikuchi, but it sounds more modern because of that. Honestly, I’m not loyal to either side. I like this new approach to Dragon Ball music. It’s a nice blend of Kikuchi and Faulconer, if you ask me. Visually, the footage looks okay, but it looks like the brightness was turned up to much. On the plus side, there aren’t any more of those random reanimated scenes, making the footage at least look a little consistent. Personally, I would have preferred a newly animated show, like Sailor Moon Crystal. Considering Toei makes several shows at a time and that the groundwork from DBZ is in place, I don’t see how it would have been more difficult than making a whole new show. If anything, it should be easier. I want to catch up, but I may just wait until FUNimation puts it out on DVD. I’ll probably still watch it subbed, since I already started and I watched the first part of Kai in Japanese anyway.
That’s all the anime I’ve been watching over the past couple of months. Watching anime is a bit harder for me these days. Since I don’t know Japanese, I can’t just listen and do something else, so I have to make the time to sit down and watch an episode or two. Before I close out on anime, I will say that I started watching both The IdolM@ster Cinderella Girls and the Asgard arc of Saint Seiya, but I haven’t watched enough to form a starting impression. Now, let’s talk about games.
Gex (PC) – After doing an episode of my podcast about platformers, I felt the urge to play the original Gex, since I’ve only played the 3D ones. I like it, but I’m not completely sure how everything works. The humor that I would expect from a Gex game is present, but since it’s an older game and such, it feels a bit different. The fact that I’m playing it on a keyboard makes me feel like I need to hit every key to see what does what. I’m glad to have a platformer on my PC to relax with and to be able to say that I’ve played the original Gex.
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos – I beat the Undead and Orc stories and I’m now doing the Night elves. I feel like I get better with each mission I play. I mainly play when I’m at college after classes, so I consider this game a more casual affair for me. I’ve been getting more into Blizzard lately. I downloaded that Lost Vikings game they did back in the day off of their website and I’m considering buying Diablo II. I need to control my urges to buy shit I don’t need right now.
Minecraft (PC) – I played a little more on my server with my friend, LadySheena, who stream a couple of our sessions. I, more or less, finished my Master Emerald shrine. I’m going for a “gotta get the other shards” kind of thing. I also made a portal to the Nether, but I lost my Diamond Pickaxe so I can’t mine anything. I wanted to get Netherack so I could make fire pillar thingies and shit. We’ve been playing each weekend so maybe I’ll find a way.
Besides those games, the other stuff I’ve been playing is Tales of Hearts R, Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires, and I just finished Dragon Ball Xenoverse. I will cover those in the future, because I’d rather cover them after I’ve finished them all and after I’ve talked about them on other mediums.
That’s all I have you y’all today. This may be the last actual entry on this LiveJournal blog, as I’m considering the WordPress route. I’ll make another post telling you guys where to go if that happens. It will probably look nicer than this blog and act as a new homepage. I think it would be a much nicer blog and homepage.
See you guys next time!