It’s been a while since my last entry. Not only that, but it’s late and I’m tired. That makes for great writing, right? RIGHT?
I’m considering retiring this blog and moving to WordPress. I think I should combine my website and blog into one thing, as there will be more content and I want to have an updated internet hub. Keep in mind; I don’t know if I’ll retire this blog yet and even if I do, it won’t go away. It just won’t be updated anymore.
It was my birthday a couple of months ago. I turned 22. I feel old. My age makes me think about the past and the communities I’ve been a part of. As far as gifts go, I got an Elgato HD capture device. I can record HD footage now! The program that came with the Elgato also has streaming capabilities. I tried streaming on my channel, but it didn’t go so well.
I also had the chance to interview Yuri Lowenthal, the voice of Luke fon Fabre in Tales of the Abyss, as well as Sasuke in Naruto and Barnaby in Tiger & Bunny. This was my first Tales celebrity interview and I’m so glad I was able to do it! It was shorter than the one with Illich, but we are planning a second one. Take a listen!
As for the samurai story, it’s going at a slow pace. I’ve written the prologue and one of my professors look at it. She liked it and said it was my best work. That pleased me. I don’t know how long the whole thing will take, but I’m making an okay amount of progress. I’m going to start submitting my work to journals to get some of my stuff out. I’ll let you know if anything comes from it.
I just finished off the semester of college. It was a tough one. I won’t go into details why though, since it’s a little too personal and depressing. Now that I’m all finished with the year, my urge for writing has never been stronger. Along with the samurai story, I’m working on two short stories and a script, not to mention this blog entry. I wrote a lot this semester and I think it got the creative juices flowing. I took this one class where I had to write a blog entry every other week. In the second half, I threw in DragonBall Z into my discussion and made it relate every single time.
I was going to write an entry for what I had been up to since the posting of the last entry, but it has been so long that I’ve actually done more stuff. I’m going to jump right into it with anime.
Mirai Nikki – I never really cared for the show that much. We’re watching it in anime club after it being shown as a random for the past 2 years. I had the ending spoiled for me beforehand. Though, it turns out my friend’s description wasn’t entirely accurate. I was pleased with the ending and how everything turned out. Honestly, I was more interested in the group of friends Yuki meets more than I was the actual plot. We started off watching the dub FUNimation did. It was okay, but the dialogue was WAY too punched up. Characters talked in a way that came off as hip and unnatural. The script barely followed what the original Japanese version had. I feel like this is a general problem with FUNimation’s dubs. I wouldn’t have minded as much if we didn’t watch with the subs on (we did so at the request of one of our regular members, who has a hearing aid.) We switched to the Japanese once we reached the second half of the show. I think FUNimation hasn’t gotten this far yet in their dub. It will be interesting to see how they punch up the dialogue and who gets to drop an f-bomb, because I know a certain someone will. It’s okay, but I’m not that interested in the show and the dub was torture.
Tiger & Bunny – This was the other show we watched, and like Mirai Nikki, it was shown several times before. I like it. The dynamic between Kotetsu and Barnaby is funny. The ads don’t bother me. Actually, I’m sometimes tempted to look up the brand shown. I guess that means they are working! I find Kotetsu’s situation with his family interesting. The episode when he comes home to his daughter Kaede is funny, in a perverted way. I kind of like the veteran/silly old man character archetype. Kotetsu is probably my favorite. I thought the story was well written and connected very well with itself. I haven’t seen the two movies, but I plan to soon. I’ve sampled some of the dub, and it’s not bad. Unlike Mirai Nikki, the script is actually true to the original without punching up the dialogue.
Saki: The Nationals – The show ended at around 13 episodes, which surprised me. I thought it would go on longer. As usual, the show focuses more on the individual characters rather than the mahjong matches. It seems to me like each season is meant to be a full rotation of the teams. The cast from Episode of Side A showed up at the end. I liked the connection. I feel like the Saki cast and the Side A cast will probably duke it out at some point. It’s becoming more difficult for me to keep up with this series. I feel like it’s starting to drag and get stale. The ending hints at another season, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens next.
Saint Seiya Omega – It finally ended. Ikki showed up and killed Aegaeon, but not without sacrificing himself. Koga and the gang take out Gallia by burning their Cosmo to what is a small fragment of Omega. Shiryu, Kiki, and Fudo do Athena’s Exclamation to damage Hyperion, but die in the process. Koga’s crew finally defeats Hyperion by getting their new “Omega” cloths. The crew makes it to Pallas and Titan. Seiya and Titan duke it out, as do Saori and Pallas, but Saori convinces Pallas to stop being a butt and trying to kill everyone. Just as everything is fine, Europa does some stuff on Subaru. Subaru turned out to be Saturn, the god of time. The battle then takes to Saturn’s throne room as Koga’s crew and Seiya fight Saturn. Hyoga, Shun, Harbinger, and Titan take on Europa and Aegir. Saturn beats all of them, even with Seiya attempting to use the god slayer dagger meant for Pallas. Meanwhile, the original Steel Saints and Jabu show up to help with the fight against Pallas’s army. This episode in particular is interesting, because firstly, we get to see the cute blonde Steel Saint girl who looks like Zero from Mega Man X, but also this episode shows that Steel Saints who don’t have Cosmo can be strong too. This implies that Cosmo and energy/chi are separate things. My general impression of Cosmo was that it was the chi of Saint Seiya, but I guess that’s no longer true. I suppose this could mean that a Steel Saint with a strong chi could best a Saint with a strong Cosmo. It’s an interesting thought. Anywho, Koga and the gang are pretty much beaten, but then everyone lends Koga their Cosmo, making him go full out Omega will a golden sparkly cloth. He and Saturn are evenly matched, with Koga eventually winning by landing a big blow to Saturn’s chest. Saturn realizes that human’s ain’t so bad and decided to leave, but promises to come back if they screw up. Koga says he will be there to beat him up again if it comes to it. Everything goes back to normal then. Seiya and Saori practically hook up, and Harbinger becomes the new pope, because despite being a total tsundere, he actually cares and people. Ikki, Shiryu, Kiki, and Fudo turn out to still be alive. Koga decides to go on a journey and Eden joins him, because they are buds now. Overall, I liked the show, but I wish they would have taken advantage of the little character moments, such as Haruto not wanting to be a Saint and Koga being jealous of Seiya. I haven’t played the PSP game, so I might tackle that in the future, so I can get some more Saint Seiya Omega in my life. Honestly, it’s probably my favorite show from the last 2-3 years.
Ring ni Kakero – Being a Saint Seiya fan, how could I not be interested in Masami Kurumada’s first manga? I’ve only seen 4 episodes so far, but I think people who wanted to get into Saint Seiya but didn’t like it may enjoy Ring ni Kakero better. While still technically a shonen series, like DragonBall Z, the focus is on the characters. Unlike DBZ, it’s more structured and gives special attention to the individuals and not the group, as far as I can tell. The story opens with a match between Ryuji and his rival Jun. Jun is the champions of a middle school league in Japan and Ryuji is considered his biggest challenge. Jun has an endurance problem, where his bones are really fragile. If he gets hurt too much, he’ll have to give up boxing. However, he doesn’t want to quit the match. By doing so, he feels like he would lose to Ryuji and Ryuji is the only one in the world (Jun specifically mentions the world and gives Mexico and America as examples of, well, parts of the world) who can potentially best him. Like most rivalries, Ryuji and Jun don’t hate each other, but are actually friends. This is evident in the fact that Jun calls Ryuji “Ryu” in a flash back (The idea behind this being that Jun probably wouldn’t give his enemy a nickname.) Jun beats Ryuji, but has to get surgery to fix his arm. While Jun is away, Ryuji trains for the Champion Carnival competition. During this time, Ryuji learns his signature move, his Pegasus Meteor Fist, if you will. It’s called the Boomerang Hook. Ryuji was apparently born with the Dragon Arm, so he can unleash powerful punches. Seiya was based off of Ryuji and it shows. Both have similar looks and have strong passion and an unwillingness to give up. What makes Ryuji different is that he is more level headed than Seiya, in my opinion. I guess that makes him more like Koga than Seiya. This series seems to be focused on less flashy moves and more character development. Overall, I’m enjoying it, but I think Saint Seiya is more up my alley.
Love Live! (Second Season) – I almost forgot about this show. Heck, I didn’t even remember Honoka’s name when the first episode aired! The school is no longer closing down; at least they prevented it from closing down for another year. I’m not entirely sure. Now, the girls are working on the Love Live competition. As you can probably guess, they make it to the semi-finals, with A-RISE being their primary rival. The last 3 episodes have been focused on individual characters. The highlight of these was the episode dedicated to Rin, my favorite character. She is made a temporary leader while Honoka, Umi, and Kotori are away on a trip. Rin isn’t comfortable being a leader, because she feels she isn’t girly. I enjoyed this episodes because not only is Rin my favorite but she also has been pretty cheery and happy for the past season. It was interesting to see another side of her. I hope the show doesn’t pull a K-On! and have the girls stop doing the competition because they “find themselves” or something.
Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends – Normally I don’t like these kinds of shows. I don’t really know why, but I have very little tolerance for high school students and their “issues.” However, this one is actually okay. What attracted me to it, oddly enough, was a dub clip FUNimation uploaded to their YouTube channel. I found the show on Hulu and gave it a try. It’s not as bad as I thought. The characters, while seemingly anti-social, they honestly want to have more friends and the fact that they are reasonably talkative with each other shows their desire and promise. I’m not that far in, but there is already some foreshadowing to things. I find Sena interesting, because she initially seems like your average popular girl, and she is certainly is popular with the boys, but she’s actually more of a gamer and wants to make friends with some girls. She’s probably my favorite character so far. I plan to watch more soon.
To Loveru – This one I just started. It seemed like one of those franchises that had a big focus on fan service and sex appeal, two things I’m completely okay with. I’m getting a Nyaruko-san vibe from it, but it doesn’t seem as silly. Takehito Koyasu is also in it, which is a plus. As I watch more episodes, I’ll give more thoughts on the show.
That’s as much as I can remember for anime. I suppose I could note that I’ve also been watching the latest Red vs. Blue season, but that’s something you could have guessed by now, if you’ve been keeping up with me. With the Project Freelancer arc finished, season 12 picks up where season 11 left off with the new arc. I like how the old gang has to step up and try acting like/being heroes. While out of character, it’s also silly to watch. But, that’s that. Now onto video games, and just like the section above, there is a lot. I really should time these better.
Tales of Xillia – I beat this over a year ago and talked about it on my podcast. I enjoyed it. The battle system took some getting used to, but I mastered it pretty quickly. I did Jude’s story. I really like Elize. She’s probably the one character I felt the most sorry for. My favorite is probably Milla. I like all the characters. This one also had some motion capture but was done very well. This game had a lot of polish, like most other Tales games. I feel like they were intending to make Xillia 2 from the beginning. Nova makes a cameo at some point, or I at least think it was her. Good game. Go play it, if you haven’t.
DragonBall Z: Battle of Z (PS3) – I like the concept, but the difficulty is too much. It can be fun to play but sometimes I feel like the game legitimately doesn’t want me to win. Plus, the way to unlock the characters is a pain. You have to get either an A or an S rank on the mission, which isn’t as easy as it sounds. Even with Naruto Goku, SS Vegetto, and SS Bardock, the game is hard. They announced a new DBZ game, so hopefully it will be better.
Star Ocean: Till the End of Time – I tried to rush through it in order to have it finished for my podcast. I got to the big reveal part, so I’m near the end. We went ahead and talked about it. It went better than I thought. Anyway, I find the game to be pretty boring. It’s okay, and the big plot twist doesn’t bother me, but it’s not anything stellar.
Star Ocean: The Last Hope International (Basically the PS3 version) – This one, on the other hand, is pretty good. I’m surprised how quickly it took me to get near the end. I mean, like I’m on the final stretch. I don’t want to go into too much detail, but I’m enjoying it.
Dark Souls II (PS3) – I’ll have a link here to my video about it. I’d prefer not to repeat myself in my blog, as it should be up by the time the video is up. All I’ll say is that it’s good, but could have been better, and co-oping with Nick too more effort than it should have. Fuckin’ Soul Memory.
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos – After watching GameTrailers’s retrospective on the series and getting the first game to work with DOSBox, I decided to buy the third game, as that was the first one I saw and I was hungry for some RTS. I like it. I’m not very good at the game, but I do okay. I’ve been playing the campaign in hopes of honing my skills and learning the story. I’m at the part where Arthas gets Frostmourne. I’m aware of the whole thing with Arthas becoming the Lich King, though. I haven’t gotten there yet. Overall, it’s a nice game and probably my favorite PC game, next to Minecraft of course!
Okay, that’s pretty much it! I did see Godzilla, but I’ll save that for another time. Like I said, I’m considering a new space for a blog and whatnot. We’ll see how things go in the future.
Until next time!