RIP

Jul. 20th, 2017 05:51 pm
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steel to rust
Rest in Peace, Chester

I Need to Get My Game ON

Jul. 20th, 2017 11:41 am
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I currently have Star Ocean: Till the End of Time sitting in my PS2 when Star Ocean: Second Story deserves at least one play-through from me, if not two or three, based on the different ways to recruit characters. As I chose Claude for my first play-through, I cannot Dias Flac, and he's turning out to be one of my favorite characters from the game (based on the interactions I've had with him). I'm also loving Ashton, but I will have to not allow my pity for him to guide me so I can at least get to know other characters.

Part of my problem with the second Star Ocean game is that I feel like I've played it before . . . in Final Fantasy VIIFinal Fantasy VII was released in 1997, and I didn't get to play it for many years after the fact until like . . . 2009 or thereabouts. (My brother loaned me his copy of FF7 so I could play, and, man, was I ever excited over it!)

I haven't gotten very far in Second Story right this moment, but, based on everything I've learned so far in the game, a lot of the elements are extremely similar to Final Fantasy VII. Extremely. An object falling from the sky, causing trouble. The angst-filled hero . . . Comparing Second Story with Till the End of Time, story-wise, Till the End of Time, story-wise, can actually stand by itself because it isn't relying on copying FF7's success or storyline. 

Of course, Star Ocean does cash in on some of the success of the Final Fantasy franchise. The stories of each game are actually very independent of each other so playing Game 5 is not reliant on playing Games 3 and 4. So that particular aspect is quite refreshing (especially since, until Sony released the games on the PSP, no one in the U.S. had ever played the first game, and I played Till the End of Time first over Second Story and The Last Hope went in another direction entirely).

And, in speaking of The Last Hope, I want to bring this up as a conversation topic, to get everyone's input on this.

A while back, on facebook, I shared a link to a story that crossed both games. The story has long since vanished from Archive of Our Own (which is a bummer - I did want to read how that was going to play out), but, in their author's notes, the writers mentioned that The Last Hope actually took place outside of the Eternal Sphere and thus had no connections whatsoever to any of the previous Star Ocean games. They said it because that's what the Perfect Guide for The Last Hope had mentioned. 

Now, I do want to get my hands on the Perfect Guide (simply because it is Star Ocean and every bit of information helps in maintaining these blogs and pages), but, at the same time, I have a hard time believing this, if only because of how the game plays out. Everything that happens in The Last Hope has an effect on what happens in the games that follow. In fact, because OF The Last Hope, I put forth the theory that the entire gaming platform of the Eternal Sphere was that of one massive MMORPG where 4-D beings could play at any given point in history and place in the Eternal Sphere. 

So how would this be possible, the events of The Last Hope being outside the events of the entire Eternal Sphere? While maintaining that the Eternal Sphere is this massive, multi-timeline, multi-planet MMORPG, The Last Hope could fall outside of the Eternal Sphere for this particular reason: It's a reboot of the gaming system. A pilot program, if you will.  

Mind you, there is nothing in the game itself that suggests it's outside the events of Games 1-3 and 5. The UP3 is there, or at least its conception. The beginnings of the Pangalactic Federation are there. The last name of Kenny is there (which, if everyone remembers, Kenny is the prominent name throughout the whole series and at least gets honorable mention in Game 3's dictionary). 

That is my theory on how The Last Hope can exist outside the Eternal Sphere. It doesn't necessarily explain Welch's appearance in every. Single. Game. But it is something.

By the way, guys, those of you who are claiming that Welch is a 4-D being and that's how come she's in every. Single. Game. I BELIEVE YOU. I really do. That particular theory lends to my theory of the Eternal Sphere being the MMORPG on that massive scale.

Lend me your thoughts on the MMORPG theory and where The Last Hope stands in the comments, guys. I would love to hear from you on that.

Some cosplay notes: My green coat for the Fayt Leingod cosplay variant needs some repair. One of the buttons came off, no biggie, really, and I need to find some braiding that won't fall off. I now have some styrofoam balls and paints to try and recreate Fiore's weapons from Integrity and Faithlessness for the Fayt cosplay. Fayt can use symbology some so why not, plus they're going to be easier "weapons" to carry at cons and in public than, say, swords (though I plan on creating a sword for the cosplay, too). 

I'll get pictures up as soon as I have things completed.

Finally, well, I want to attempt yet again to revive the Ask the Star Ocean Character segments to this blog. I actually had fun doing those. I'll post tomorrow the rules I've set forth. Know that I will start over again, and I'll be starting with Reimi Saionji.

That's all for now! I have a book to write!

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 8

Jul. 20th, 2017 07:56 am
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08 -- who is your favorite anime character?

Judging solely by merchandise owned, it's some sort of unholy tie between Athrun Zala and Gundam Exia.

I feel like whoever wrote this meme didn't consider there are people who've been watching anime for, y'know, decades.

40-anime meme: Day 08

Jul. 20th, 2017 08:48 am
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08 -- who is your favorite anime character?

... There sure is a hell of a lot of annoying absolutism in this damn meme.

I don't have one. I'm never going to have one. Hell I can't even choose one favorite character from most series let alone some horse manure like "favorite anime character".

*thinks*

Fafner: Kouyou.

There. There's a favorite character where the screaming hells are my Kouyou icons

peak bachelorhood

Jul. 20th, 2017 08:42 am
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[personal profile] taichara: *flops* I have achieved peak bachelorhood
[personal profile] kalloway: Eating cold pizza in a bathrobe and boxershorts?
[personal profile] kalloway: You, I mean, not the pizza.
[personal profile] taichara: nah
[personal profile] taichara: washing my work shirt in the shower with me
[personal profile] kalloway: I've washed car parts in the shower with me. I can never, ever say anything.
[personal profile] taichara: :D

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 7

Jul. 19th, 2017 06:26 pm
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(now I'm caught up!)

07 - have you ever watched an entire anime in one sitting?

Absolutely! The most recent, I'm pretty sure, is the newest Cyborg 009 that's on Netflix right now. I've watched straight thru some of the five-minute shows on Crunchyroll, if those count? Plenty of 3-6 episode OVAs. [personal profile] taichara and I got through Star Driver in something close to one sitting, and we also did Gundam Wing in about two days once? There was definitely food/sleep involved in the latter, though. But it was still fairly impressive. Boycritter and I have also done huge chunks of Naruto and Kenshin via Netflix - it's easy enough to cuddle up together and watch ~20 episodes overnight. ^^;;

Years and years ago, a group of friends I had always wanted to do some marathon events of 'the classics' like Escaflowne. Get a ton of food, etc. and spend ~12 hours watching Escaflowne, etc. Maybe Evangelion, whatever else they were into? IDK... But it never happened.

I honestly don't have much of an attention span anymore. I can put on a disc and watch it thru, but I'm also beading or picking up in the living room or whatever.

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 6

Jul. 19th, 2017 06:01 pm
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06 -- list your Top 5 anime OTPs.

Let's not even start with shipping... I like ships, I have ships, but I am so sick of shipping as a fandom thing. Also, I literally have, like, no OTPs. Not at the level of 'anyone else with these people is wrong'-fanaticism I've seen the term described with. I have some heavily-preferred pairings, sure, but I'm not inflexible. The closes thing to an OTP I have... one half has a kid with someone else, that's cool, and whatever. (Also, not anime. Also, I can think of two examples of that floating around in my fandoms... huh. Still not anime.)

06 -- Five rescue licenses that thankfully happened.

• Revolutionary Girl Utena - with the Blu-rays coming this year after a DVD release a few years back, Utena was a wonderful rescue license to hear about, since Central Park Media has been gone for aaaages. Also, the manga version had a gorgeous reissue a couple of months back.

• All of Gundam - with Bandai NA going under a few years back, Gundam in North America was looking very rocky. Luckily, Sunrise partnered with Nozomi/Rightstuf to put out everything in lovely new sets, including series we didn't think we'd ever get. Oh, and Gundam Wing on Blu-ray very soon!

• A ton of other Bandai stuff -- Outlaw Star, Escaflowne, Code Geass, etc. All rescued and recently put back in print. So many good old shows finally available. Still waiting on Dunbine, though.

• Martian Successor Nadesico - oh, c'mon, we all knew I'd pick a lot of mecha! Nadesico is a show that never quite knows what it wants to be, but it's good to see it back in print.

• Sailor Moon & Cardcaptor Sakura - not a surprise, either of these, but still very very welcome.

And:

One rescue license I'd love to see but probably will never happen -

pretty much everything I still have on VHS Holy shit. I was going to say the truly atrocious original Eat-Man anime, but Discotek put it out at the end of last year. I don't even words. So let's go with Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals. It'll never see the light of DVD or Blu-ray, but it will never be forgotten.

40-anime meme: Day 07

Jul. 19th, 2017 08:41 am
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07 - have you ever watched an entire anime in one sitting?

Prone as I am to more lengthy series on top of unpredictable and sometimes insane work schedules, this doesn't happen all that often.

That said, I'm pretty sure that [personal profile] kalloway and myself blitzed through all of Star Driver in one go or at the very least in one day, lol ~

Also, Gin'iro no Olynssis was one short one that, iirc, I stuffed into my skull in one long workshift that time.

... what.

Jul. 18th, 2017 04:02 pm
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Kingdom Hearts III has less Disney worlds than Kingdom Hearts II; Final Fantasy VII Remake further along in some areas

"The Toy Story world is set after Toy Story 2. It isn’t a parallel world. Rather, the events of Kindgom Hearts III are part of the Toy Story time axis. (In other words, it is canon.)"

"While it is not shown in the trailer, at the start Sora is mistaken for a character in the latest game to be released in this world."

...

...

As neatly summarized by a helpful goon on Something Awful:

"So the Toy Story universe exists within the Kingdom Hearts universe but Kingdom Hearts is a game in the Toy Story universe. And it's also canon.

Ok Nomura"


(_ )_

(no subject)

Jul. 18th, 2017 03:17 pm
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And now I have in my evil little claws the first English-language volume of Glory.

Yessssssss.

Kittenshorts Meme

Jul. 18th, 2017 07:48 am
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I've seen a bunch of character memes going around and sure, why not~ Snagged this one from [personal profile] taichara

Give me a character and I'll tell you...


• what they'd do if they had a kitten in their shorts
• what they'd do if sent on a multi-week camping trip
• their most fabulous moment in canon
• what they'd sing at karaoke (and how they'd do)
• what they think about in the shower
• what they'd do if someone appeared claiming to be their kid from the future
• what they'd do if someone appeared claiming to be their kid from the past
• what kind of hobbies they have
• if their hair color is natural and how I know
• if this character is dead, and if so, if they can get better

ETA: my characters are fair game too!

memethief! KITTENSHORTS MEME ~

Jul. 18th, 2017 08:49 am
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Gleefully snaked away from [personal profile] kalloway ~


Give me a character (or more than one, lol) and I'll tell you:

• what they'd do if they had a kitten in their shorts
• what they'd do if sent on a multi-week camping trip
• their most fabulous moment in canon
• what they'd sing at karaoke (and how they'd do)
• what they think about in the shower
• what they'd do if someone appeared claiming to be their kid from the future
• what they'd do if someone appeared claiming to be their kid from the past
• what kind of hobbies they have
• if their hair color is natural and how I know
• if this character is dead, and if so, if they can get better

Fannish or some poor sod I created, it's all good for this one ahahahaha 83

40-anime meme: Day 06

Jul. 18th, 2017 08:35 am
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06 -- list your Top 5 anime OTPs.

I don't do OTPs.

Shipping in general very seldom has appeal for me as a be-all and end-all of fannish interests to begin with, and an "OTP" is the worst kind of fannish absolutism as far as I'm concerned.

Years of watching other people fight like cats and dogs over them does nothing to convince me I'm wrong, either.

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 5

Jul. 17th, 2017 04:28 pm
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05 -- list your top 5 anime.

I can't even this prompt.

05 -- list five anime you'd show to someone new to anime

(in no order)
• Pretear
• Here is Greenwood
• Kino's Journey
• Generator Gawl
• Ayakashi ~ Bakeneko

Short things, which hold together, in a variety of genres which aren't entirely reliant on 'genre savvy'/knowledge of anime tropes while also introducing them.

The runner-up was Escaflowne, which is a bit long (given the lumpy bit it hits in the middle), but still came right to mind.
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Kingdom Hearts 3 Director Tetsuya Nomura Explains What Took So Long

"“A lot of people have been mentioning and making it sound like ‘Oh, Nomura’s taking too much time,’ and it hurts,“ Nomura said, through a translator. He explained that the decision was made above his head to switch development to Unreal Engine 4 after about a year of development, which caused extensive delays. In addition, certain timing and resources challenges within Square Enix had an effect."

"He was keen to emphasize that it hasn’t been problems with development or any choices made by him or his team that have caused Kingdom Hearts 3 to take so long. “I wanted to emphasize that it wasn’t a problem on our development teams," he said. "It just happened that way, and there were some decisions that the company had to make, and it just didn’t work out for certain timings that we were hoping to hit.”

“It’s kind of out of my hands,” he added. “I mean, yes, time has passed. But it’s out of my hands.”
"

...

...

AHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAA

FUCK YOU NOMURA

SOME OF US HAVEN'T FORGOTTEN YOUR YEARS OF "WE WON'T START UNTIL VERSUS XIII IS COMPLETE" AND THEN YOU FUCKING AROUND AND STALLING THAT GAME FOR YEARS

STOP YOUR FUCKING CRYING AND REWRITING HISTORY AHAHAHAHA

40-anime meme: Day 05

Jul. 17th, 2017 08:19 am
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05 -- list your top 5 anime.

I don't do "top [anythings]" any more than I choose or have a "favorite", really. Thoughts change, opinions change, what I want to poke at at any given time changes, and I really don't feel compelled to rank things that I like. Say, ever. You could ask me something like "do you like SEED more than SEED Destiny/Fushigi Yuugi more than Ranma 1/2" etc etc and I could probably muster up an answer (that may well change later for whatever reason), but that's about it.

So, all that being said, if I root around in my hindbrain right this moment for what anime series are currently claiming the lion's share of interest/attention -- though not necessarily a "Top 5" in any capacity -- we have:

01. Saint Seiya (and associated subseries)
02. Yoroiden Samurai Troopers
03. Gundam 00
04. Casshern SINS
05. Star Driver

omg omg omg omg GEESE !!!!!!!

Jul. 16th, 2017 09:06 pm
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HOOOLEEE SHEEEIIIITTT

I mean

I mean Geese is fucking awesome

He's not even just full ham, man, he's the pig's whole ass

833333

TRON fanfic: The Outpost (5/?)

Jul. 16th, 2017 06:04 pm
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Title: The Outpost
Author [personal profile] skye_writer
Rating: T
Characters/Pairings: Tron, Sam Flynn, Quorra, Ed Dillinger, Jr.
Summary: No one knew where the virus came from. By the time they noticed it, it was too late. The Grid's factions put their differences aside and built a haven in the Outlands--the Outpost. Time passes; the Grid's programs survive. Then the Portal opens again, bringing Users back to the Grid, and what happens next may change their world forever.
Warnings: No warnings for this chapter.

Read more... )

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