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  1. I'm not saying that anyone has to like it for any reason at all, but I am saying that describing it as "rote shounen battles-and-friendship" is incredibly reductive, especially in part 4, where the "battles" become more about outwitting each other with clever solutions than they do who's more powerful. Especially the last "fight", holy goddamn.


    That's also true in part 3, but less frequently. The Dio fight is pretty incredible, but it is just "who's stronger". There's a decent amount of stuff up to that point, though, that isn't like that.

  2. Phantom Blood is rough, but short. Battle Tendency is great. Stardust Crusaders is mostly good. Diamond is Unbreakable is fucking fantastic.


    It's a macho man show about macho men doing more and more ridiculous things. (Sometimes women partake, but usually they don't. At least so far. I hear Araki gets better and better at not treating his lady characters like shit. Part 4 has a good... if weird one. Sorta. I like her, anyway.) They introduce something called Stands in part 3, which change up the show a lot. At first I was against it, but man they get creative with how they work. ESPECIALLY in part 4, where the main dude's power is that he can repair anything by punching it with his stand. Leads to a lot of creative solutions to problems. And he has probably one of the LEAST interesting powers. My main man Koichi has the power of words. Quite literally.


    Does it get better? That entirely depends on your perspective. Part 1 is, as I said, rough. But it doesn't stop being about ridiculous dramatic poses and ridiculously over the top situations. It does stop being so gross (mostly), even with Dio, who becomes one of the better villains in a show like this. He comes back in part 3 and is pretty incredible, in no small part thanks to a very specific single moment, which is executed PERFECTLY in the anime..


    Each part introduces a brand new cast of main characters. So if it's the characters that bother you, that might change. They do recycle some, but none from the first part, besides Dio, who, as I said above, is great after part 1.


    Watch more. :smug:

  3. Ooookay I've finally finished painting my Extreme Dire Troll Mauler, which I started literally months ago, before I broke my leg and had to go to the hospital and recovered enough to start working again.




    It's pretty harshly colored, but that's kinda what I was going for and I think it's okay? Part I'm least happy about is maybe the orange... protrusions. Whatever they're called. Trollbloods are weird. Anyway it looks more messy than I was hoping for. But it's not the worst thing I've done!

  4. Made in the Abyss starts or as one thing and becomes another and that change was shocking at first but I loved it in the end.


    Bad but actually good lady sucks so much, though.




    I really like this interview with the director for Land of the Lustrous.

    It's confirmed a lot of things I'm feeling about the show, and also put a lot of things in a new light. I'm very excited to continue watching it.

    Side note: anyone more familiar with Japanese than I know how they emphasis nonbinary gender in Japanese?

  5. There is no backward compatability. Nintendo does rereleases/remasters all the time, but nobody knows how likely it is Galaxy would be one of them. Virtual Console is a thing that doesn't exist yet but will probably(?) roll out next year with their full online service. Whatever that entails.

    Sales happen, but they're not one dollar for twenty game sales like Steam.

  6. grumble grumble no one watching concrete revolutio grumble grumble

    grumble grumble gorm always pestering me to write more in this thread grumble grumble

    i just finished space battleship yamato 2199, here's some random thoughts i wrote down in evernote just now (bolded stuff is the most important - one being my biggest complaint (sort of), and the other being my biggest anti-complaint (not sort of, absolutely, 100%, best thing ever)):


    my fav episode is the one with the gamilan robot and analyzer becoming friends and then the newly named "alter" being killed by analyzer at the very end because he's gone what amounts to dangerously insane and since he's a robot it's okay to kill him. ): i'm a HUGE sucker for ai being people and this was executed very strongly i think. and then they never did anything with it again! why! hell, even analyzer barely shows up from that point on, except as a drinking buddy for drunk doctor. i wonder if it was like this in the original series. like maybe it was more throwaway, and they made it better here, and then because they were trying to stay faithful to the original material, they never touched on it again.


    i don't understand norran's motivations by the end. he kidnaps mori because they think she's the iscandarian. okay, fine. he's loyal to gamilas. okay, fine. he takes her to gamilas and then is assigned as her protection and whatever. then she's nice to him so he... saves her? i guess? it's weird, i don't buy it all.

    yamato ship damage should've/could've been permanent. like battle scars i mean. how they gonna repaint the ship even if they repair. they used a 3d model so it should've been easy to just keep adding scars. bit of a bummer, but oh well.


    the female uniforms are awful. truly awful.


    the iscandarian robots are goofy as hell! that walk cycle!!


    there is a literal goddamn space submarine that dives into subspace and has a periscope that pokes out of subspace and fires torpedoes out of subspace. INCREDIBLE.


    series should've been one or two episodes shorter... like why did we need to see goer's rebel fleet wiped out? why did we need to see desler survive yet another obvious and unavoidable death? is he dead for real this time?! just feels like they stretched it out for some reason. which, i am told, this is an ova so they had however any episodes they wanted and didn't need to do 26. i dunno weirdddddddd. and then we got ghost older kodai, whose soul is i guess in the cosmo reverser.


    thinking about it more, the last episode was real good so i'll accept what happened.


    overall, though i fucking loved it. to be honest, i'd even say it fits comfortably alongside a lot of my favorite western sci-fi series. much of the same tropes and plot patterns. i mean that very positively, too. but i'm a unique butterfly when it comes to sci-fi tastes, maybe, probably not actually, but whatever.

  7. Yeah it was definitely aping BSG a lot. Which is why at the time I hated season one. season two felt more like "What I Want From Stargate". I assume that by the time I'd rewatched the entire series I was more open to something Different, hence my opinion shift.

    Wish I had a roommate to rewatch the series with. Again. Man.

  8. Well you did say you "have never clicked with any golf games ever". :P


    I'm glad you like it! I finished it already 'cause I'm homestuck.

    The upper right corner contains an arrow displaying the slope of the green once you get there. You mostly just need to get a feel for what that means through experimentation. If you do the minigolf thing in the starting course, you get a special putter that lets you curve. It makes putting way harder.

  9. First time I watched SGU I hated the first season and loved the second. Second time I watched it, I flipped. Well, I still liked the second season, just not as much. I'm not sure what happened there, but yeah. I'm still bummed it never ended.



    When I was watching it as it came out, RDA leaving was a huuuuuge bummer to me, but fuck if it didn't deliver in spades. It's still no Farscape, but damn.


    There aren't many long-running TV series I'd buy because they're expensive to collect, but Stargate remastered for Blu-Ray would be pretty tempting for me. D:

  11. But then I have to play as the infected which, when I'm out of practice, just means I get insta-killed the second anyone knows I'm there.

    I played a lot of versus. A lot. It's cool when everyone's at the same level, as you tend to grow together, too, so eventually you're actually having solid balanced matches against each other. 

    But when teams are even slightly off balance it's a complete stomp and it's utterly boring for the losing team.

  12. Yeah I'm finally gonna play Axiom Verge when it's released. Completely agree the indie scene is fucking good. It's been a huge saving grace for me, as I continue to recover from my busted leg.

    Other indie games I liked recently:


    Steamworld Dig 2 (very solid sequel to the first game, better and better)


    Mighty Gunvolt Burst (apparently it's the Mighty No 9 everyone wanted, as it's legit a remake, plus you can play as different characters)


    Thimbleweed Park (though I'd recomend PC, as the controls leave something to be desired on Switch, why couldn't they implement faux-pointer controls, it would've worked so well! ron gilbert hire me i'll do it i know exactly how to make it work i've set it up on my steam controller more than once and it'd feel way better with a single switch joycon than the bulky steamtroller please thanks - lots of 4th wall jokes everywhere, many references to past adventure games)


    Slime-san (very competent platformer with 100 short levels, multiple styles of play, didn't mess with NG+ which apparently remixes them, but maybe I'll go back some day - the weird pillarboxing is weird and I'm not a fan, but it's all right... also it can be a bit buggy, i got legit stuck sometimes and had to restart the level, but it didn't happen often)


    Retro City Rampage DX (finally got around to it, eh? it's all right as a game, it's got some... problematic shit from time to time, but is mostly just REFERENCE REFERENCE REFERENCE, the main villain is doctor buttnik ffs, also it has a Rad Racer segment which is like, that's THE racing game i played as a kid, and it sure hit me a nostalgia note)


    Lichtspeer (while i like this, it is kinda... repetitive, and i'm not sure it'll hold up long term for me, but i might treat it as a game i just poke my head into every now and then)

    GoNNER (pretty fun roguelike, and it's a pure roguelike, you can unlock some different weapons/backpacks, but rogue legacy this ain't, also got some cool style to it)


    Mario + Rabbids (I think i've said enough about this in places)

    Disgaea 5 (never played a disgaea before, man there's a lot of systems, and they're fun if confusing to engage with, haven't beaten it, took a break once i got home to play persona 5, i'll get back to it some day for sure)