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10 March 2017 @ 10:32 pm

It's true. I've been working on a new webspace for the past year or so and finally premiered (or I guess published is the better word) it a couple of months ago. It's more or less meant to be both a blog and a website, you know, like most websites these days. I plan to write about various things, like anime and video games and nerd culture as a whole. So far, I only have one actual post, a collection haul post, but I also have pages for the different stuff I've done, like the Clock Tower fan-translation I worked on and my voice acting. I may do other stuff like reviews, opinion pieces, and maybe a solo podcast or something. I'm not sure yet, but I'll tackle that when the time comes.

As for what's left of this blog, I don't plan anything crazy. I'm not going to delete anything or move all the entries to the new blog. Everything will stay the way it is, the only thing changing is that this blog will no longer be updated. I may use this blog again in the future, but that will be a "play-it-by-ear" kind of thing and it won't be for a long time. Admittedy, the text on this blog can be kind of overwhelming and hard t read due to the font size and sheer volume of text. While it is primarily my fault, both from a writing style and blog design stand point, the Wordpress blog is much easier on the eyes and looks more unique and generally a lot better. What attrached me to Wordpress was the customization options that were available, even for free users. Obviously, people who pay for it will get more features, but for what's offered, Wordpress has a lot of stuff. I feel lke I was able to customize my blog in a way that makes it look unique while not too crazy. I'm no graphic design or CSS expert, but I think it looks pretty good. I wanted the site/blog to look like I was invading Wordpress with my kind of content style. Maybe down the line. I'll make it look nicer, but for now I think it's fine. That's all I'm going to say about it for now, so if you want to know more, be sure to check it out!

As for what's new in my life, since I haven't written here in such a long time, you can say that a lot has changed. For one, I graduated college this past December, with my degree in creative writing. I've since been applying to various writing jobs, hoping I get something. Until then, I've been workign part-time. For 2017, I gave myself two goals: write more and work on my video game collection. Writing-wise, I haven't done too much, though the new blog is going to change that, plus the fact that I'm now a news writer for Abyssal Chronicles. I'm still working on my samurai novel as well, among others as well, though I haven't made much progress on it. In regards to my game collection, I've been spending a portion of my weekly paycheck on 2-3 games at a time. I'm making decnt progress and I hope to have most of the games on my list by the end of 2017. Of course, I'm still buying new games as well, but I want to make as much progress in my collection as possible. I plan to also make a dent in my anime/DVD collection as well. Other than that, I've mainly been watching Dragon Ball Super and playing Tales of Berseria, the latter I actually just finished. Expect a video review and podcast episode on it soon. And since the dub is going, I suppose I can say that a podcast discussion/review of Super is coming eventually. I would have said video review as well, but I've been doing arc reviews already, the latest video covering the Future Trunks/Goku Black arc. I've been enjoying the new arc as well, and I hope it continues for a while longer. Not much is going on besides that.

I'm not sure what else to say here. If you're interested, I would love it if you guys check out my new blog. It'll be more than just a simple update blog, I plan to write all kinds of different things. Of course, there will be basic update posts as well. I'm not going to close this blog down or migrate the posts over, so nothing will change here, but any and all new textual content will be posted there. Maybe I'll post here again in the future? I don't know, but I won't say no to the idea in the distant future. For now, my new blog space is there.

For those that have read my blog up till now, thanks! See you on the new one!
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Lust Sin (Vocal) - performed by Jason C. Miller
14 March 2015 @ 07:51 pm

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!

Current Mood: Whatever
13 February 2015 @ 11:00 pm

See? I told you I would be back!

Like I said in the previous post, this one following it would be more of my usual postings, where I bore you with all the stuff I’ve watched and played. I’m going to try to update this blog with new entries as much as possible. I was having bad tooth pain since last Tuesday and so I took every pain killer available. I went to the dentist who told me that I may need a root canal, which I ended up getting, so I’ve been laying low.

I do wish to update its look, though. I feel like my blog looks too bland. If anyone knows of a good theme to use, let me know. I don’t know how to make one myself and I’d like to be able to customize it as much as I can, maybe even getting a custom URL, if that’s even possible on LiveJournal.

As far as new works and projects, I do have one. I wrote an importing guide for the Tales series and it has now been posting on Skit Style BBS. I used my personal experience as a base but also tried to cover anything and everything regarding importing and Tales games. Please, give it a read!

There are a couple of typos I missed while proofreading. Sorry about that.

One thing I forgot to mention last entry is that I recently worked on a fan translation of a game. Yes, you read that right. The game in question is Clock Tower: The First Fear, which is a PS1 port of the original SNES version. I proofread and edited the script. Our goal was to make a translation that was as accurate to the original script with little spice.

Granted, all translations need a little spice, in every language. I feel like the idea of a textually accurate translation with no regards to the grammar, culture, or general structure of another language is a misconception that a lot of otaku fall victim to. The Japanese dub of SpongeBob likely has some spice, for example, especially since Western animation has more dynamic mouth movements, whereas anime just goes up and down, making dubbing more difficult. Wow, I just went on a major tangent. I probably should warn you readers that I’m going to mostly go unfiltered here. Things such as ignorant otakus, boys who are only being nice to girls just to get in their pants/constantly playing the “dating game” and other things I don’t like won’t go without a few jabs in the gut. I apologize if this upsets anyone, but this is my blog and if I feel that something needs to be addressed, I will do so. If something requires a video, I will do one, which may save you readers a few paragraphs worth of bitching. I see myself as a generally calm and happy guy so I don’t want to turn this blog into a rant page, but I will address things if they need addressing.

Anywho, let me tell you what I’ve been doing with myself. Let’s start with anime. I’m only going to mention shows I have finished, for now.

No Game No Life – This was one of our on-goings for anime club. I liked it okay. Lately, I’ve found that I don’t like the NEET/anti-social gamer archetype used in anime these days, but I was able to tolerate the protagonists in this show. They have some silly moments where they act all overdramatic which was pretty funny. The games they played were interesting and keeps viewers interested. The occasional incest wasn’t appreciated but the two quasi-lesbian characters made everything better. Overall, it was good. Worth probably just the one watch. The theme song was good.

Black Bullet – This was our other on-going and it seemed to be an Attack of Titan clone in several ways. I feel like it’s one of the better ones, but I’m only saying that because I haven’t seen/don’t remember any others. Yuki Kaji does a good job with the protagonist, Rentaro. It’s not the same as his Eren Jaeger, even if his voice isn’t that dynamic. Unlike AoT, this show is more sci-fi, which I generally don’t watch but I thought it was good. It wasn’t just guns and lasers either; there was plenty of martial arts and close combat. The last episode made it seem like there could be more, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a second season in the works. It will probably be after AoT’s second season, though.

Girl Friend BETA – I’m not expecting anyone to agree with me on this one. I’ll admit that what initially hooked me in was the cute girls and their uniforms. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you already know I have a thing for school uniforms. Why I kept watching was the individual character pieces. Most anime fans may find this one boring and lacking an over-arching plot device, but there’s more to a story than just the goal. It seems like half of the universe forgets that. What makes this show good is the individual characters and how, even though they are in their own separate groups, everyone knows everyone and they help each other out. I found it interesting how, even though the focus was on the specific group, other characters from previous episodes came in and helped with their projects. It’s more about the characters than some giant plot device; that’s generally what a “slice-of-life” or “school-life” show is. You’re not having big adventures every single day or your life. What makes this show interesting is seeing all the different characters do their thing and help each other out. A plot does come in with one of the foreign exchange students being potentially forced to leave Japan, but it’s wrapped up pretty quickly. The main girl also has a few episodes about a gymnastics competition that she has to take part in. Honestly, I liked it. If there’s ever a second season, it will probably be more plot driven. It seems like a lot of these kinds of shows start off introducing everyone and then gets a bigger plot in the second. I can understand people’s issue with it, but I urge them to try to understand what it’s really trying to do. It’s not a super high quality Ufotable show written by various AAA writers with marketing plans backed by Toei, but it’s better than people are giving it credit for, in my opinion.

Ring ni Kakero Season 2 – This one is a bit older. I feel like the plot is a metaphorical rant that America sucks and lies all the time. The American junior champion, Black Shaft, wants to hold a short tournament with Ryuji’s team. However, Black Shaft hires a bunch of criminals instead of real boxers. The good guys win the whole thing without losing any matches, which I think is a poor story device. My impression of Masami Kurumada stories is that it’s about going against the odds and proving yourself to the bigger people. That’s fine, but the stakes aren’t very high. Each character has their internal moment, which is fine, but none of them lose. It doesn’t even matter in the end, because before Ryuji and Black Shaft’s fight they reveal that, since the other members of the American team weren’t boxers, the victories of the Japanese team don’t count. Basically, Ryuji has to beat Black Shaft, otherwise they lose the whole tournament. This fight is the most interesting, in my opinion, because both characters are established boxers. Black Shaft begins to respect the Japanese team’s skill near the end of the whole thing, so he’s not a complete villain, as far as I could tell. The season ends with Ryuji earning his respect. I haven’t seen much of season 3, but it looks interesting, because it’s a plot outside of the boxing ring. Overall, its okay but I think I like Saint Seiya more, for its better use of the “going against the odds” storytelling and the martial arts focus.

That’s all so far. Like I said before, I’m only going to talk about shows I have finished for now. I didn’t really find any issues with any of the shows I watched. I’m not one of those cynical “all modern anime sucks/anime is dead” kinds of fans. Honestly, I think those people need to learn what story telling really is, because they clearly don’t understand how it works and the different techniques. I’ve seen a couple of blogs nitpicking various shows from the past year and it’s rather sad. It’s like they’re trying to make it in the anime industry and so they’re resorting to hating everything to make them look smart. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t.

Okay, I’m getting too antsy with some of these things. It was bound to happen at some point, but I don’t want to be constantly ranting, so let’s move on to games. I’ll do a few games that I’ve been playing casually. The next entry will be games that aren’t so casual.

Dragon Age: Awakening – I played this because my podcast co-host begged me to play it for our series review. It’s a nice epilogue to the original game, but doesn’t really seem to connect to the second or third, as far as I know. I’ve only played a bit of Dragon Age II, but because I played it before starting Awakening, I didn’t get any lore bonuses besides Anders and that one pirate chick talking about it in passing. I don’t plan to make a new file either. I’m being very picky with how the story is told in my play through of the entire series, because the choices I make and the results is very important to me. This series is, so far, the only game series I’ve played where I played it as a writer and not a reader.

Mount & Blade: Warband – I saw it at Target and decided to pick it up. This series seemed interesting so I figured now was a good time as any. I like it okay. Granted, I’m not very good at it. It seems like the attacks are timing based, which I haven’t mastered yet. I do like the idea of having a little army follow me around a large continent. Graphically, it doesn’t look very good, but this game is old-ish. I’m sure there’s a mod, anyway. I heard there is a sequel in the works, so I may keep an eye out for it. I got the collection, so I have the other two versions as well. I like it, but I’m not very good at it.

Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos – I made more progress in the story. I found the cheat to automatically lose a battle, which I use to go into easy mode, since I’m not very good at RTS games. Tactical RPGs I can do fine with, but I haven’t found a good niche in RTS games. I beat the Orc story and made it to the Night Elves. They seem stealthier than the other races, which isn’t my thing. I don’t play it that much anymore, but I still play it sometimes. I’d like to see how everything wraps up and make it to the Frozen Throne expansion.

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 (PS2) – Since my PS3 died on me a couple of summers ago, I had to replay this game and unlock everyone. I’ve unlocked everyone except the people you have to get from Babidi’s Spaceship. I also need to unlock the Advance tournament mode and then I’ll feel complete. I don’t remember if I got SS3 for Goku or not, but I’m not trying to get 100%, I’m just trying to regain progress and have the game beaten for a third time now.

Minecraft (PC) – I’ve been playing a lot more Minecraft lately. I was able to finally make a port forwarded server, so that added to the replay value. A friend asked me to get her the game for Christmas so she’s been my buddy in the game for a while. I’ve been trying to make a shrine for the Master Emerald, but it’s a lot of work. I might also make a giant Shrek penis out of cacti as well.

That’s all I can remember playing casually for now. Next entry will be more current stuff. I got a PS4 for Christmas, so I’d like to talk about some stuff that I’ve played on it as well. I’ll also talk about the shows I’m currently watching as such. Sorry that this entry had a bit of ranting in it. Sometimes ideas and other stuff I’ve seen pops into my head and I start going on tangents, regardless if they are good or bad. It could also be the antibiotics in my gums talking, after that root canal. If you keep up with my channel, I may sound strange in the next few videos. I especially sound bad in the latest two, because I recorded them prior to my root canal, which lots of numb soreness. It’s doing a lot better now, but it’s not complete. I have to go back in a couple of weeks to get a temporary filling, then I’m going back to my regular dentist to either get a permanent filling or a crown. This weekend I hope to record more, so hopefully it won’t be as bad. Even still, I haven’t felt like doing much. I get bored of everything, it seems, whenever a new game is coming out. Both Dragon Ball XenoVerse and Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires are coming out on the same day. I already have XenoVerse preordered, so that’s my main priority. My body can’t handle the wait!

My brain is begging me to put a clever phrase for the good bye line, but I just don’t feel it. So, bye!

Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
28 January 2015 @ 12:59 am

So, it’s come to my attention that I may or may not have forgotten about this blog. I feel bad, honestly. It’s kind of funny, because when working on what I wanted to be my new, professional, blog-folio, I found that I missed LiveJournal and my blog. I’m not sure what it is, but even though I don’t write on it every day or even every week, I want to. I want to write really badly. I think it’s a true sign of passion for an art when it’s a highlight to your day, no matter how good or how bad or a day you’re having. It’s that powerful of a passion that it not only lift your spirts when you are down but also lift them even higher when you’re happy. As such, I’m returning to this blog. I think my plan is that the other blog will be more of a professional/creative writing hub for myself to serve as a better homepage than my current one on Webs. This blog will be the personal blog people go to when they don’t necessarily want content and would rather have a more personal piece to read. You could say this will be the blog I go to when a publisher or authority figure pisses me off, haha. I’d like to spice up this blog as much as I can to make it look more professional. I even thought of a title! I think I’m going to call this blog “The Wheneverly Journal.” Now, I have no idea how to give my blog a title. I think it’s just called “My Blog” or something silly like that right now. I’ll figure something out. As I write this, I’ll be playing around with the setting in LiveJournal. If you see the title, then hooray!

I feel like my writing has improved greatly since the last post. This previous semester, I took a fiction writing class that I feel helped my writing more than any other class. I wrote some pretty neat stories in it, too. One of which is a twist on the Three Little Pigs story set in modern times Japan from the perspective of the wolf who, in this story, is a census collector. I submitted it to an online journal, so hopefully you’ll be able to read it soon. Microsoft Word has, more or less, become my favorite program. I recently switched over to the 2013 edition, whereas I have been using the 2010 edition for the longest time.

Speaking of writing, the samurai novel is still going slow. I’m going to be writing at least thirty pages of it for my senior seminar class that I’m taking this semester, so I plan to write a decent chunk of it. I aim for it to be at least a novella, maybe even a full novel. I haven’t done much research on publishers, but I’m also aware of self-publishing with Amazon. I also plan to make a video on my YouTube channel (now conveniently linked in the sidebar) announcing the project.

My YouTube channel has been where most of my internet content has been going, besides the podcast. I reached 500 subscribers and did a fandub of a scene from Saint Seiya: Legend of the Crimson Youth. I consider it to be a swan song to voice acting for me, but I’m still doing some stuff. Regardless, you should check it out.

(Yeah, I’m going to try to do more than just globs of text.)

As for other video stuff, the podcast reached episode 200! In celebration, we recorded a video version as well as an audio version. Not everyone had their webcam on, but it was still a fun time. Take a look, but keep in mind that it’s pretty long.

Along with the podcast, I attempted to start a Tales fan community event I’m calling “Your Tales History.” Basically, the idea was for fans to make videos talking about their experience with the series. It can be as long as you want and there’s no real deadline, although I would like to have several of them up by Tales of Zestiria’s English release. You can find the general info in this video.

Also, here’s my entry. I put a lot of heart and effort into it.

The BBS itself has also gotten a face-lift. PanbanRichard fixed up the homepage using WordPress and added a bunch of new content to it, including links to the podcast and such. One section that has me excited is the “Articles” section. Did I ever mention that I’m writing an importing Tales games guide? No, really, did I? I don’t remember. Anyway, I’m doing one and it will probably go in the same section. Go look at everything it has to offer! A link will also be in the sidebar forever.

I think that’s it. Sorry this wasn’t a normal entry where I talk about anime and games and shit, but I had a lot to catch y’all up on. The next one will be more of the normal kind of stuff I write about. If I’m going to be keeping this blog, I’d like to write more interesting entries as well. Granted, this is not meant to be a social network news thing or anything like that, but I may write some “focused” content in the future.

Until next time! Hopefully it won’t be eight months later!

Current Mood: artistic
Current Music: "Seimei no Taka" by Yukimura Sanada (CV: Takeshi Kusao) and "Meimoku no Shiroki Zanzou" by Eka (CV: Seijirou Nakamura)
30 May 2014 @ 03:40 am

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!

Current Mood: awake
05 February 2014 @ 07:59 am

Hey all!

I know it’s been a while, and I apologize for that, but I have a good reason, except not really. Well, sort of. School and my other projects have been keeping me busy. I started the new semester, so school work generally takes up half of my free time. I’ve also been working on a Star Ocean review thing on my podcast. We’re almost done, but it’s been taking more work that I had originally intended/hoped for. That and a certain passion project have kept my focus for the past few months. I also recently got an iPhone, and by recently I mean within the past two days. I’ve been playing a few iOS games, but I’ll get to that later on. One other thing I’d like to mention is that I’m actually writing this entry in Microsoft Word before posting it to LiveJournal. I find it much easier and more fun to write something in Word instead of in LiveJournal or on Twitter or something. I’m not sure what it is. I think that it may be because of the appearance of LiveJournal. I’m not entirely sure, but something about writing in Word doesn’t feel as straining as in anything else. I’ve been meaning to start this trend for a while now, but I kept putting it off, probably because I never updated this thing frequent enough. The idea behind this is to focus strictly on the writing and making it as best as possible. Even the best of artists can produce smut if they aren’t trying or are having a bad day. I want to minimize my bad writing days as much as possible. My output speed will pretty much be the same (writing one entry over the course of 2-3 days at the most) but I think the quality will improve.

On the subject of the podcast preview I linked, I’ve been working on a samurai story. I revealed it on my podcast but other than that, it’s been a pretty big secret. I’m planning to do a video about it for my YouTube channel. I don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll just say that it’s about samurai. My goal for this story is to show what it was like to be a samurai, like, how they lived and what their honor actually meant. I have the Hagakure, so I can start researching whenever. I have the major characters and plot outlined. I could technically start writing now, but I’d rather wait until I have knowledge to build off of.

Recently, I started a role playing blog on Tumblr. I don’t really know why; I just suddenly wanted to role play again. The character I roleplay as is one of my most sacred characters, so I don’t have a hard time playing him. I commissioned an artist friend to draw him, so I’ll get to see how he looks in the way he was intended. If you are interested, here is the link.

I also went to AWA 2013 back in the fall. The event itself wasn’t as good as it used to be. Getting autographs in particular was difficult, as the staff kept trying to either put a time or a request (photos, autographs, etc.) I ended up missing one of the people they had, but it was at least for a valid reason. Here’s who I was able to meet.

Mr. Furukawa is the second Japanese voice actor I’ve met. For those who don’t recognize him, he was Piccolo in DragonBall Z and Ace in One Piece. I didn’t get a chance to meet him at his signing session, but I did meet him at his panel where he told us about his action figure collection and how to laugh and cry, from an acting standpoint. His English wasn’t as good as Ryo Horikawa’s, but asking him to sign my copy of Dragon Box Volume 6 (the one with Piccolo on it) was easy enough.

This guy was the first voice actor I met during the trip and also probably the nicest. As soon as I was next, he noticed me and said “I like your shirt!” I said thanks and introduced myself, which he followed up on. The fact that he followed up with an introduction of himself made the entire experience feel very personal. He was a super nice guy. You’ll probably recognize Ian as Brook from One Piece.

I ran into this guy again. I promised AJ I would get him one of Vic’s CDs and have him autograph it. He seemed to vaguely remember me, which I found surprising. Granted, I don’t think he would have told me he didn’t remember me, as that would have come off as mean. At the same time, most people don’t usually use the whole “I think I remember you…” reply if they don’t remember much and it’s typically followed up with a “… But I’m not sure.” I told Vic that the CD was for a friend and he autographed it addressed to AJ. I mentioned that we had been watching Saint Seiya, which Vic remembered as well. He’s usually pretty good about remember his roles. Then Vic asked if I wanted a picture, which I wasn’t particularly interested, but I accepted his offer. Even if it was a tiny memory, I’m glad he remembered me. Vic, if by some cosmic coincidence you are actually reading this, you’re a bro. Godspeed.

I also met Todd Haberkorn, but they only allowed an autograph for one personal item, so I chose to get a Rowen keychain for Nick. They also didn’t allow pictures, but he was apparently hung over, so it made sense.

One of the highlights of the convention was a Tales trivia panel that I went to. Did I win? The short answer is yes. The long answer is also yes. There were three winners and I was one of them. The prizes I won was a Milla poster and a Lloyd keychain. I've kept up with the girl who hosted the panel and she's even been on my podcast a few times. The panel had a fair amount of people there. It really shows how big the Tales fanbase is, and I was particularly happy to see so many fans in Georgia, since I'm from there (not that I've left..)

I bought a hell of a lot of stuff, including some DVDs, a Super Famicom controller, a Kaio-ken notebook, and some other stuff. I blow a good $300 on stuff, but the event overall was weak. Bryce Papenbrook is scheduled for next year, so that’s something to look forward to. Even so, if next year isn’t any better, I may consider switching to MomoCon for my anime convention needs, unless they get a really cool guest to show up, like Akira Toriyama or Hideo Baba. Hell, I’d settle for Yoshiharu Gotanda as well. Granted, part of the fun of conventions is the dealer’s room where you can buy stuff. Like I said in my entry on my first AWA experience, it’s literally Ebay in physical form. If you’ve never been, going for a day just to see all the cool stuff is worth it.

That’s pretty much it. I just wanted to let you guys know that I am still alive and kicking. I hope to post more entries in the future. I might pair them up with the vlogs that I do, since the content is pretty much the same thing. Granted, the whole reason I do two separate things is because they are on different mediums. Anywho, I’ll be working on all my projects. My let’s play is getting close to ending, which will free up time for other videos. There is also the podcast, and I’m even preparing for my next voice actor interview, which happens to be with Yuri Lowenthal! I’ll post a link to the finish product when the time comes. The next entry will be more like the usual stuff.


Current Mood: awake
Current Music: A bunch of tunes I didn't even know I had

It's been a while. As you can see, I decided to add a bit of audio to this entry. As I state in the episode, this is just something to give people to listen to. There won't be an update every entry, unless people want it.

I ordered the new PS3 and it should be coming tomorrow. I went for the red God of War one, since it was red and it came with 500 gigs of space. As for my old one, It can still turn on and do some stuff, but it still is pretty loud (not as loud as before) and it lags a good bit. It seems to last longer the more I leave it off, so I imagine that it could go back to being what it used to be if I leave it off long enough. It will turn into a back-up, if I ever need it. I'm going to keep PS+ so I can have a back-up of my saves through the cloud. It will also come in handy when I eventually get a PS4. I'm not pleased that ESO is pay-to-play, though. Granted, that will likely change in a year or two, but it always saddens me to see an MMO still asking for a subscription.

Anywho, what does one do without their main gaming console for a month? Let me tell you.

Dog & Scissors - Outside of the fact that Takahiro Sakurai is in it, the story is okay. As a writer, I find it interesting. There's a blue haired chick in the OP that I wish they would go ahead and show. I wants to see her! I wants to see her BAD!

Recorder and Randsell Mi - Not bad, but the art is a little weird. I don't like it as much as the previous seasons. Nowadays nothing really happens. I mean, the show's not meant to be plot heavy, but it did have some in the past.

Chronicles of the Going Home Club - I don't even know what to say about it. I like it. I love have Karin has accepted the randomness that goes on. Natsuki still needs to loosen the fuck up. She probably hasn't pooped throughout the duration of the entire show. It's a nice thing to watch if you need to wind down.

Sunday Without God - I started watching it for no reason. It's not bad. The atmosphere is what drew me in. It seems like it's always sunset, or the dawn, or whatever you like to call it. I'm not that far in, but it's in my Crunchyroll queue.

Problem Children are coming from Another World, Aren't they? - Maybe. Anywho, this show caught my interest when I saw the blonde vampire girl who I have no idea about yet. It seems okay so far. The colors are bright and it kind of reminds me of Neopets for some reason (Don't ask why...) The main blonde guy has a nice voice.

Saint Seiya Omega - I've gotten word that this show is going to end at 77 episodes. This makes me sad, but I suppose all good things must come to an end. Koga and the gang are attacking Pallas' castle. Pretty much every Saint available is helping. Even Shiryu, Hyoga, and Shun are taking part. Subaru's Cosmos is starting to become a thing and Eden is taking note. I think I know what Saint he will become, but I will wait and see what happens. It's a shame we will likely not see a fight between Koga and Seiya, but oh well.

Now, onto games...

The Sims: Medieval - My spy died. His name was Billy Spyspy. He will be missed dearly. I tried to quit the quest, but he died anyway. I'll have to make a new one soon.

Tales of the Abyss (3DS) - I got past the place I was stuck at. I just had to talk to the guy at Sheridan... Anywho, I'm nearing the end of the first act of the game.

Mega Man Zero Collection - I've been in a Mega Man mood lately, if you couldn't tell from the blogcast episode. I started a new file on MMZ1. I forgot how hard it was. I'm not the best Mega Man player, but it's not easy for me. My favorite is probably MMZ3.

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3 - Just did some arena fights. I also learned that Reid can chain anything from Sword Rain: Alpha (Akizasame). You could even chain Tempest Sword Rain if you wanted.

I lost a year's worth of game playing due to my PS3's blinking light. Once I get the new one tomorrow, I plan to go into all them games I have to redo. I'm further ahead on PS2 games than I thought, but I still hae to redo some progress. It's going to be a pain, but I can do it. Of course, I'll make time for all the new stuff too. My plan is to save Dark Souls, Skyrim, and Dragon Age for last, since all I have to do is DLC and for Dragon Age, I was near the end.

That's everything for now. Let me know what you think of the blogcast and how frequent you want it.

Current Mood: blank, anxious
24 August 2013 @ 07:14 am
(This is a post on Facebook that I made last week. I'm currently planning more content for this blog, but for now, here's something that will hopefully help someone.)

I've been thinking a lot lately, and this world has done a lot for me. I think it's time I give something back. I've donated to a few charities over the years and I make a point to treat people fairly, unless I feel like they've wronged me. However, that only does so much, and it hasn't bee using my favorite skill: writing. I guess I'm like Shiro Emiya from Fate/Stay Night. I want to help people, to save them, if you will. Those who know me as someone who nags and who won't get off their back hopefully realize this. There's so much negativity and depression going on, and I want to try to fix that to the best of my abilities. In order to help those who are depressed, I'm going to "spill the beans" if you will, and tell the world what's been bothering me and how I keep from doing anything stupid.

I'm extremely thankful for the life that has been given to me. I have a good group of friends both online and offline, and I'd like to think I have a good life. However, it hasn't always been perfect, and it rarely ever is simply perfect. I'm not going to lie anymore, I haven't been completely 100% happy over the past 3 years or so. Some time during my elementary school career, I was put under an autism label in order to make my school career easier and so I could get extra help. This continued all the way through middle school and high school. Up until senior year, I had never noticed anything. There was an instance in 5th grade where I noticed that everyone was strangely nice to me, though. I didn't think much of it until much later. When I began to question, I was told the truth. Now, please understand, I'm not mad about being put under the label for extra help. What bothers me is that I was never told about it until later.

There's a pretty bad misconception that I can't handle the truth of things. This is completely untrue. Hell, if I actually was autistic, then I wouldn't care at all. At that point, it would be the truth. What bothers me is that I was put under a false label and wasn't told until much later in life. Children are sponges. They take in information without you teaching them. A child is simply the product of his or her environment. A bad environment and hurt a child just as much as a good environment can help him or her. The label has since died down, but only recently. It was because I was under the label that those who were told about it or got wind of it treated me as such. Things were said and decisions were made that piss me off.

This label, among other little things, has been keeping me down for a while. Admittedly, there have been times were I thought about what would happen if I wasn't around anymore. What kept me from actually trying anything, however, is the consequences. If I died, all my friends would be sad, or I at least think they would. Not only that, but I would also miss out on all the cool stuff coming out and the stuff that may come in the future. I wouldn't get to see the new DBZ movie Battle of Gods, I wouldn't be able to make videos and voice act anymore, I wouldn't be able to watch the Mizuho community grow, I wouldn't get to see if Tales of Eternia ever gets remade. Hell, Saint Seiya is started to get noticed a little more and has the potential to get popular enough to get the rest of the anime released on DVD, if not dubbed. There's no way I'm going to miss that!

Another thing that keeps me from dying is my ambition. As a writer, I have hundreds of ideas and stories that I want to publish in the future. I wouldn't be able to publish those stories if something happened to me. If I can't publish my stories, then I won't feel complete. My stories are very important to me, and it would suck to let them die with me without even getting a chance to be successful. Hell, I'd rather have my stories bomb at the ratings and sales than not get them published at all. I don't care if my stories sell well, I just want them to be out there for people to enjoy. I'm an artist, not a salary man.

My friends keep me going. If I'm feeling down, I can hang with them and put my sorrows away, if only for a few hours. One group I'm proud to be a part of is the Skit Style BBS community or the Mizuho community, as I usually call it. I've watched the surviving members grow just as they've watched me. It hasn't always been pretty, but I'm glad that it has lived on to this very day and I can't wait to see what's in store for the future.

If you're depressed, my advice is to find a hobby, and set a goal or two for yourself. When you're not with your friends, you can focus on your hobbies and ambitions. I truly feel that having at least one hobby helps people a lot. I don't think I've ever met anyone who didn't have a hobby and could honest say they were 100% happy. Sure, there may be some times of sadness, but you can retreat to your hobbies and goals to relax your mind and keep you pressing on. You may not always be happy, even if you have several hobbies, but you'll still be alive. You may wish you aren't alive, but you will be, because if you did die, you'd miss out. Do you really want to miss out? You really want to be under a rock and not know about the latest happenings with all the cool shit of the world? I didn't think so.

Having friends is important too, but that goes without saying. Most people have friends they can go to in times of need. If you don't have any friends, make some. It's a lot easier than it looks. You don't have to be a party person to have a least one friend. You can also make friends online too, if you are too shy to make friends in person. Or, you can be like me and go for the best of both worlds. I feel like people underestimate the power of online friendships. My two best friends are in college out of Georgia, so hanging out is obviously hard. However, we have Skype, we have online gaming, we have Netflix (and sometimes Crunchyroll), and online browser games like Cards Against Humanity and whatnot. There's plenty to do online. Of course, I have friends at my college that I hang out with. My college's anime club is a group I'm proud to be part of. Even if we're not hanging every single moment, I take comfort knowing that I have friends I can spend time with.

While doing all of this, I think it's important to stay positive. It's okay to feel sad sometimes, but you need to bounce back at some point. You don't, and shouldn't have to, force yourself to be positive. Sometimes you feel sad for weeks or months. You should take the time to try to become positive over time, whether it be calming down naturally or doing one of you hobbies (do you see where I'm going with this?) To put this in a way that suits my style of humor, it would be like having diarrhea. You could either go ahead and take the Pepito-Bismol and let it basically tell your booty to close the door, or you could rush to the toilet and take that diarrhea dump and feel better naturally. I don't know about you, but I prefer to feel better naturally over time instead of trying to force it and give my stomach a weird feeling.

Basically, in my opinion, the key to happiness is to basically have things to do and want to do. Make friends, start a hobby or two, set up a goal for yourself, and be positive doing it. I know there are a lot of depressed people out there, some of them are among my friends. Like I said before, I want to give back to the world I've come to love.

I hope this helps.

(That's all I've got right now. I plan to start doing more content, like top 10's and reviews. See you soon.)
09 July 2013 @ 09:44 am
Man, I haven't written a new entry in AGES and there's so much I have to talk about!

I've been on summer break for a while now. I meant to write another entry, but life got in the way. For one thing, my oldest sister is getting married. Not to mention I've been bored of my games lately. Have you ever gotten that feeling where you are bored of all your games, or at least don't feel like playing any of them, even though you have a bunch (or, in my case, 300+) of games available? It's weird, isn't it? I think it may be because I finished so many lately. Anywho, on to the entry.

I just want to quickly remind everyone that I do indeed have a YouTube channel. While this blog is good for big updates on what I've been up to, my channel is good for anything that's recent. For example, I am aware of Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers and DragonBall Z: Battle of Z. It's honestly much better to subscribe and wait for me to talk about something if you want to know my opinion on something specific. Even though I love writing, talking is easier, and I enjoy talking about anime and video games. If you haven't already, please subscribe. You know you want to!


I should also note that I was able to get a celebrity interview for my podcast. He's none other than Illich Guardiola, the voice of Pegasus Seiya himself! It was recorded for my podcast, but a video version was made for those who just want to listen to the interview only. Here's a link to it.


(While you're at it, you should listen to my podcast if you want all the current Tales and gaming/anime news!)


Ahem! Now that all of the shameless plugs are out of the way... Here's what I've been watching!

Mashiroiro Symphony - I took a quick break from this show and then finished the rest in literally one night. The show quickly became primarily about Shingo and Miu, who end up making out and such. The show ends with the gang having to return their little mascot friend to his family. I teared up a little. I'm touchy with animal, especial pet, scenes. Regardless, it ended on a good note.

Aiura - This show ended as well, and not in the way I was expected, sort of. Everything wraps up on a "See you tomorrow" kind of note. I personally thought it would be funny if the show ended by introduce a new plot line, like someone getting sick and having to go to the hospital or something. Granted, that would probably piss off mos of the fans, including me, but I would at least be able to see why they did it. Overall, noy bad, but don't watch it if you want a serious plot with twists and drama and poop.

Nyarko-San: Another Crawling Chaos W - Yet anime anime to end, literally the same week for me as Aiura. The last episode made it seem like the series was going to end by making Nyarko, Kuuko, and Hasta return to space, but of course the three find a way to keep living with Mahiro. Still a great show and would love to see it continue.

Tales of the Abyss - AJ, Nick, and I decided to finally continue where we left off. We finished it last night (as of the time of this posting.) Besides the translation and a few scenes, not much was changed from the game. On some level, I think I enjoy Asch more than I do Luke. It also seemed to have a good pace and didn't drag too much. The video quality of the DVDs were questionable (the first two volumes were released while Bandai Entertainment was doing okay but the last two were released after Bandai Entertainment was supposedly dead) but it wasn't too bad. I'd consider it a good alternative to the game.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2013) - LadySheena and I made a deal: I would watch the new JoJo series if she would watch Saint Seiya Omega. I'm two episodes in and it's pretty good. I really like Johnathan. He's such a nice guy. Dio is such a dick to him. I can sympathize with him a little, but he puts John through crap. Before I even considered watching it, I was warned about Dio burning John's dog. It wasn't as graphic as I expected, but I'm glad John beat up Dio after. If I were John, that would have been the last straw. I plan to continue watching the rest in the future.

Dog & Scissors - This is a new show that started up recently. I'm not gonna lie, the main reason I wanted to watch this is becaus Takahiro Sakurai is in it. It's interesting so far. I really want to see how things turn out.

The Saint Seiya Movie Collection DVDs came out by Discotek two weeks ago. I got them and watched all four movies. Here's what I though of each. I will go ahead and say that the movies were beautifully mastered and the audio was great. It didn't sound muffled or anything like most Toei shows.

Saint Seiya: Evil Goddess Eris - I don't know wether or not I would call it irony or not, but I find that the first Saint Seiya movie is probably the weakest. It had awkward pacing and seemed rushed. It also is plauged with silly tropes, such as Seiya getting his Sagittarius cloth at the end in a "Super Saiyan" kind of fashion and Shun being rescued by Ikki. Eris was killed too quickly and there was little exploitation of Hyoga's interest in Eri, who happens to be Eris' host. Overall, it was okay, but certainly not the best.

Saint Seiya: The Heated Battle of the Gods - This one seemed to try to start in the middle of the action, in my opinion. Dolbar is the reincarnation of Odin, much like how Saori is the reincarnation of Athena, making this conflict seem Hades arc oriented. The movie suffers from the same tropes as before, but is delivered better than the first. The cover of the DVD case the movies come in also spoil a traitor for this one, but unless you don't like Saint Seiya period, you probably already knew, because you've probably already seen these movies.

Saint Seiya: Legend of the Crimson Youth - This movie is the first of the two post Gold Saint Houses arc films. As such, spoilers of which Gold Saints died are given. The plot of this movie is probably the best out of all four. It's about Saori's brother Abel who tricks Saori into abandoning the Saints. You get to see Seiya cry a fair amount. The film, like the first two, follow the same tropes established, but changes things up by giving Hyoga and Shiryu their Gold cloths, but in the end, Seiya is still the one to deal the final blow.

Saint Seiya: Warriors of the Final Holy Battle - The fourth and final movie in the pack is unique in that Seiya fights the devil. Literally. The movie starts off with a nice clean version of the Poseidon arc "Soldier Dream" opening, which I made a point to watch several times. Again, same tropes are use, but this movie ties together the previous ones and even refers to Eris and Abel. Odin, however, is ignored. Probably for the best. I watched this one a few days after watching the first three back to back, and I think that made this one seem better.

Overall, the movies are decent, but they follow the same structure and mechanics. They were most definitely not meant to be watched in one sitting.

Let's move onto games, which I also have a lot to say on.

Tales of Rebirth (PS2) - I beat it. Yep. Finally! Nick and I foguth the final boss, Yuris, together. The first two times we lost, but we were close to winning. The third time we won without even realizing it. The ending was a tad sad. I plan to do my Final Thought video on it soon.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PS3) - I beat the Dawnguard DLC. I sided with Dawnguard and chose to let Serana stay a vampire. The final boss, the vampire lord, was a bicth since he liked to jump around, making him hard to hit. Afterwords, I sold the Elder Scrolls to the monk guy and used the money to finish up Hearthfire. I'm considering Skyrim finished for now, at least until Elder Scrolls VI or when Elder Scrolls Online comes out. Maybe then I'll come back to it.

Dragon Age: Origins (PS3) - I beath this game too. I really loved it. The role playing was great. Since you can't tell someone of your experience of Dragon Age, or Mass Effect for that matter, without spoiling the ending and going into detail, let me preface this by saying that the following paragraph contains SPOILERS.

[Spoiler (click to open)]Regarding Lohgain, I chose to fight him personally in the duel during the Landsmeet. After defeating him, I accepted his surrender. Regardless of his actions, he wasn't trying to be a villian. He wanted to stop the Blight, he was just doing it the wrong way, very much like a typical Tales villian. In the end, I let Alistair kill him. I was sad but also a little happy about the fate of the Grey Warden who kills the Archdemon. The only reason why I was playing through Dragon Age: Origins was so I could load my save data in Dragon Age II. I wanted to have a completed save data to work with. I was shocked when Morrigan proposed her offer to save me from being killed from the fate of a Grey Warden. At first, I turned her down, because she made it sound like a dark ritual, but not only did she leave me for good, but I also realized that she probably just wanted my penis. Not that I blame her. Anyway, I went with her ritual and impregated her with my child. I had this plan to "beat the system" if you will. Since Morrigan was pregnant with my child, who she wanted to use as the vessel for the Archdemon, I figured she would have to be there in order for the Archdemon to use the baby as a vessel. So, when it came time to go hunt it down, I opted to leave Morrigan behind. Wether or not it was successful, I'll get to in a bit. The Archdemon was tough. I ended up using the giant crossbow things to damage him. It got to a point where I was the only one alive and I just kept firing away until he died. After he died, it did a scene where I stabbed him and.... My character survived. Yeah, remember how I had this plan to beat Morrigan's plan? Well, apparently Morrigan's worked regardless. I don't know how. No one seemed mad that I went with Morrigan's idea, so I didn't care. My character became a political figure servign under the queen. Oh, by the way, I opted to let the princess reclaim her throne and not marry Alistair or myself. As for Morrigan, she went off to raise my child, presumably to kill Flemeth. I saw the trailer for Dragon Age III and it seems that Morrigan will play a big role in it. I'm curious to see how it all turns out.

Overall, it was a fantastic game, and I recommend it to any and all RPG fans.

Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 2 - I'm near the end. Void Tempest is broken. I plan to have it done after the Final Thought video for Rebirth.

DragonBall Z: Budokai 2 (PS2) - I beat story mode and got all the characters. Yay.

Saint Seiya: The Hades - I got all but two characters. I'm missing Gold Saint Pisces Aphrodite, Gold Saint Gemini Saga and Sagittarius Aiolos. I want to be done with this game.

Banjo-Kazooie (XBLA) - I've been playing this off and on. I got to Gobi's Desert, which is the farthest I've ever gotten in this game. I'm a little proud of myself. Just a little.

That's pretty much it. I'll have to make a point to write more entries as time goes on. There are a bunch of cool games coming out that I'll have to pick up when they come. I will also been working on videos soon, so keep an eye out for that.

I guess I'll close out by saying that I will be playing a major role in the Kobato fandub I'm in. I will be playing Fai. I'll do my best to do the role justice!

Good night/day/whatever.
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18 May 2013 @ 08:17 am
... That's a nasty visual. I apologize.

I've been on summer break for about 3 weeks now. I'm glad I finally have a break. I plan to spend it by being worthless. That, and playing Tales of Xillia when it comes out (which I pre-ordered the Special Edition of), watching the Saint Seiya movies (which I also pre-ordered), and finally getting my driver's license so I can not go anywhere.

I'm trying to make time for doing videos for my YouTube channel. Currently, I doing a series of Dark Souls videos in preparation for Dark Souls II. I've got some other stuff planned as well. If you haven't already, you should subscribe to my channel.


My latest video happens to be about the Negima manga finale. I finished the entire thing. It's surreal to see this manga end. I'm not going to go over my final thoughts on it here. If you want to know what I think, watch my long ass video about it.

Anyway, here is what I've been watching.

Nisemonogatari - We finished this one on the last day of anime club of the year. Everyone got creeped out by the toothbrush scene between Koyomi and Karen. The scene made sense with context, but it was still funny. Shinobu had her moments as well. I don't know why, but a vampire loli who likes donuts is funny to me. I think I have a problem. The show was split into two story arcs, the second one being a little weaker. However, there is one scene where shit starts to go down. If you've seen the show, you probably know what I'm talking about. At any rate, I enjoyed it. I look forward to the new series in July.

Saint Seiya Omega - We're into the second season. Everyone has their new cloths. I think they look better than the old ones. The new cloths actually look like cloths. Subaru is not bad either. I get the feeling he will play a big part later on. It's also nice to see Seiya do some stuff. The new theme song is good too, even though they only say "Saint Seiya" once. It's like they're trying to be different, or something. Ha! While the first season felt like a tribute to the original, this new season feels like something new entirely. I like that. I don't know how long the new season will last, though.

Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos W - I didn't even know Nyarko was getting another season. I'm glad to see it continue. Nyarko's voice actress continues to do a good job. The show won me over was a double reference of DBZ and Saint Seiya. Nyarko and Kuuko got into one of their fights and Nyarko started doing a Rozan Shoryu ha (Shiryu's Rozan Rising Dragon) and Kuuko started doing the Makankosappo (Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon.) Crunchyroll even called it Special Beam Cannon in the subs. It was rad. Currently, the show is trying to ship Mahiro and Kuuko, which I don't like. Kuuko is supposed to like Nyarko, dammit! She's starting to develop feelings for Mahiro. I feel like the show will lose some cred if they make Kuuko like Mahiro and not Nyarko. Xebec, if you are reading this, don't do it. DON'T BE A HERO!

Love Hina - We watched the first two episodes of it in anime club. It was okay. I prefer Negima, though.

Aiura - This one started up 7 weeks ago. It's another one of those 3 minute episode shows. It's not bad. The voice actresses of the main cast sound very good. The uniforms are also nice. There is one seen where Ayuko apologizes to Kanaka for "killing (context possibly required)" her, but does so after taking off her sweater. It's even nicely folded! I'm not sure what she was trying to do there.

Mashiroiro Symphony - This was one in my backlog for a while, and I'm trying to clear my list out a little. It's not bad. The premise involves a boys school merging with a girls school, and Airi Sena doesn't like it, because she is scurred. Over time, she learns to like boys, basically. It's just another school life show. I feel like I identify with Uryu more than any other character like him. He not only wants to help people, but he's also generous and kind. There is a scene in one of the episodes where his club posters are removed from the school walls and put into an incenerator. Uryu then reaches into it, pulls out a burning poster and burns his hand while doing it. Takahiro Mizushima, Uryu's voice actor (also voice actor for Hubert in Graces) does a good job voicing him. I feel like if I ever get a voice actor, I would want Mizushima to be it, or at least be considered. I plan to marathon the rest of the show soon. It's also on DVD, so I might pick it up if it turns out better.

That's it for anime. Here are games that played I did. :)

Dark Souls (PS3) - I got to the Kiln of the First Flame in NG+. I literally tanked the remaining bosses, except for the Four Kings. Once I made it to the Kiln, I went for the Black Knight set, since I missed it my first time. I also leveled up my Fire Sunlight Straight Sword and switched my Balder Side Sword to a Lighting one. I also started a new file to help guy in replaying the game. However, Nick wants to co-op with my main guy, which will make things easier, since I can basically do any level. I plan to stay on NG+ for a while. I'll probably fight Gywn when Dark Souls II comes outm just to wrap it up.

Pandora's Tower - This bad boy came out a while ago and I got it from Gamefly. It's probably my favorite of the Operation Rainfall games. The story drew me in. I feel like I actually want to save Elena. The voice acting is good too. There are some weak lines, but I feel like the British voices work well for the game's dark fantasy setting. The gameplay is great, but I do wish there was a camera movement system implemented. Playing it is stressful, because you're trying to cure Elena of her curse before she becomes a monster. With that said, you are given a time limit for each level. I beat the second boss with little to no time left, which leaves me to believe that the boss room is a safe zone. When I got back, Elena was at the last form she could get to before I would have gotten a game over. I'm taking a break from it. It's a good game, but stressful.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (PS3) - I decided to try to finish this one to get it off my mind. I'd like to think I'm a little over half way done. The third attack in the basic combo is partially broken. This game's big claim to fame is that the art is done by Todd Macfarland (creator of Spawn) and the lore is by R. A. Salvatore (creator of Drizzt Do'Urden) but there's not much too it. The entire game looks like it belongs in Shrek or something. It's not terrible, but you should probably play Skyrim instead.

Pokemon: SoulSilver - I want to finish it. Silver is not only my favorite Pokemon game, but also one of my favorite games period. I left off after getting the shiny Gyarados and I went into the shop with Lance to do shit. I'll probably play it more. I also need to finish FireRed.

Not much else is going on. I want to finish Tales of Rebirth and once the fan traslation is done, I'll probably play Vesperia on PS3. There's also Symphonia on PS2, Tempest, Innocence, Hearts, and NDX. SO MANY TALES GAEMES!!!!!?1!!!!! Once Xillia comes out, that will probably be the rest of my summer. The second Berserk movie also comes out on the same day. There's also Project X Zone and Dynasty Warriors 8. GAWD! So much stuff coming out! My wallet is hurting!!!!!!!!

Anyway, keep an eye on my channel for stuff, and I'll try to post more entries in the future. BAI!!!!!@!1!#
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