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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2021 6:48 am 
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Just finished Arcane. I know there's kind of a limited overlap in the League of Legends fandom and NGA specifically, but gods almighty was that a helluva show.

And feeling somewhat ambivalent about the announced secret lair tie in. On the one hand, not a fan of secret lair and the crossovers have been... Spotty at best. I feel like this one is at least close to being on brand though.

I mean, it would be somewhat hypocritical to criticize it considering my projects to build region based decks off Runeterra in MTG. Now I'm mostly just salty that it's ridiculously unreasonable to try get the cards for the deck...

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Meanwhile, I have managed to stay completely away from youtube since they removed the dislike button -- and I'm quite surprised I've done so well when I've failed to quit before -- partly as a form of protest and partly just to continue de-googling life. I won't lie and say my **** sneaky internet provider saying I've gone over my data limit every month but not clearly telling me how much I use isn't part of my motivation, also (the same reason I've been avoiding Twitch for a while). It has left me grasping a bit for what to do, though, since I have filled my time with video content for so long now.

I did go re-discover the manga I got from a Humble Bundle many years ago, though. Among other things, I had 10 whole volumes of Fire Force, and since a meatspace friend keeps telling me I'd like [the anime], I decided to give it a shot. It's by the same guy that did Soul Eater, which had an okay-but-disappointing anime because of needing to diverge from the manga and wrap up the plot, so I was expecting Fire Force to be pretty alright. Turns out those 10 volumes cover just about the entirety of season 1 of the anime (or, I guess, vice-versa).

Fire Farce


I just had to tell someone about all that, and I hope I find some few people here who understand. After I ended up exploding at my meatspace friend last week, I no longer think I can use his group to talk about these things. Him especially.

Meanwhile on a whim I decided to look up an old show I vaguely remember from my early childhood called The Pirates of Dark Water, and besides giving me an odd wave of nostalgia not-quite-remembered, just the first episode was a fascinating watch for being so far beyond what I'd expect even from a modern show, much less one from the early 90s (and from Hannah-Barbara at that).


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2021 8:52 pm 
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To this day I still use "noy jitat" as an expletive, that's how much I loved pirates of dark water.
It might also explain my weird affection for the times of Hector Elizando.

I got the entire series on DVD a few years ago, along with Swat Kats. I regret nothing.

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Pirates of Dark Water is one of my top 2 nostalgic cartoons, along with Real Adventures of Jonny Quest.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2021 10:43 am 
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:party::party::party: Happy Birthday, Lord Luna!!! :party::party::party:

You get an extra-big Happy Birthday because I wasn't around to wish you one last year. I hope you have a great day!


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Huzzah and happy birthdays!

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Happy post-birthday Luna! I'd have posted yesterday, but somebody with a papercraft evee avatar made this huuuuge post I wanted to get through before I could get to the bottom of the page. Take it up with that guy. Have him buy you a birthday drink or something.

On the topic of the animes, I watched Gundam I, II, III and Char's Counter Attack this week. It's a little late to write up too much now, but here's a list of my observations:
  • There's a real New Age undercurrent with the New Type stuff.
  • Also a bit of race theory.
  • Lots of slapping. Close to a dozen slaps over one trilogy of OVAs.
  • Quess Paraya's story is basically Char's in fast forward.
  • Quess Paraya is the most annoying character across 4 movies. Yet she only gets slapped once. How?
  • Why'd they have to kill her off before she could be slapped again? Lives could have been saved if somebody just slapped her!
  • Char is the biggest urethra hole in earth or the colonies.
  • Why'd he have to kill Kycillia? Multiple wars may have been averted if Char didn't see the need to kill the entire family of the man who poisoned his father.
  • Seriously, how many people has this guy actually killed? There aren't many villains with that kind of body count : philosophical justification ratios.
  • Amuro was a real dick to Frow Bow.
  • Was that supposed to be "frau(line)" Bow?
  • It's kind of progressive for something that came out in the 70's. From today's point of view though...
  • Aw, dammit, this was supposed to be a short list.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2021 2:24 am 
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Amuro was a real dick, full stop.
Seriously, he's an awful main character, even within the reasons of the Gundam franchise which has had some dead draws in the protagonist department.

That said, Gundam Origins paints Char's actions in a considerably different light, partly by showing that Kycilia was the second worst Zabi. If any of them deserved to live it was Dozle. Maybe Garma, too.

All that said, the original Gundam, and even Chars Counterattack has aged poorly. That's partly due to the age of the material, sure, as the thing is 42 years old, but it's substantially more that subsequent series have done what it tried but better. Unicorn, in particular, comes to mind.

For the record, some of what you list is due in part to the near nihilistic pacifism that Tomino carries. I can hardly fault his feelings, naturally, but he's also kind of a sadist when it comes to his novels. He punishes his protagonists in horrific ways for taking up arms, even when faced with an existential threat. He's that paradoxically much of a pacifist. As time wore on, he also grew a distaste for the commercialism his creation inspired, and really can't argue that either. Unlike Miyazaki, who just decided to be a miserable old bastard, there's almost a sense of sabotage to his own work. Near as I can tell, though, he's made some degree of peace with it all disgusting his return with Gundam in Reconguista being a much more hopeful series.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2021 2:31 am 
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... sorry for the double post, but I wanted the Gundam stuff to stand on its own.
I like Gundam, okay? I don't get to talk about it basically at all because nobody else that I know likes it that much.

Anime wise, I've worked my way through a few series recently. In/Spectre and Goblin Slayer must recently finished, and currently booting up Deca-dence.
I have a massive stack of shows to watch since I stocked up at the convention, but it's kind of bad, because that's in top of the ridiculous amount I got last year during a holiday sale that I still haven't actually made my way though yet. Most of those remaining titles are subbed, and it takes more for me to engage with subs, so I'm less likely to watch them to unwind. (Bar a few exceptions that I like better subbed than dubbed)

In mildly other related news, a rom-com manga series I've asked for ages is finally getting an English release. It'll be out next year, and while that's exciting, I'm also feeling weird about it because the publisher does porn... While it's REALLY not family friendly, it isn't porn either, so... Yeah. Feeling weird about that.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2021 2:10 am 
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I definitely got the truncated Gundam experience. I know there's supposed to be a Zeta Gundam and then a ZZ Gundam between the original and the Char's Counter attack movie. That said, I think I have enough understanding to pose a few observations/questions.

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Man, I clearly need to watch classic Gundam.

I keep being recommended the Gundam series "Iron-Blooded Orphans" but I think it's pretty deep into spinoff territory.

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Missing Zeta definitely impacts the understanding you'd have of Char and the Earth Federation. You get a small taste of psychotic measures they'd take further into unicorn, but you miss the real pleasures of McCarthyism the Federation got up to in Zeta. It gets really murky by the time ZZ shows up since we go all in on Neo Zeon being cartoon villains by that point.

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Man, I clearly need to watch classic Gundam.

I keep being recommended the Gundam series "Iron-Blooded Orphans" but I think it's pretty deep into spinoff territory.
Yeah, Iron Blooded Orphans is simultaneously a good jumping on point and a TERRIBLE one since it is thematically and purposefully an almost Anti-Gundam show.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2021 1:36 pm 
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Thanks for the birthday wishes, everyone. I largely forgot even though other people didn't, I even scheduled a therapy session that I had to cancel because my mom wanted to take me out for dinner. I also just survived a small Thanksgiving dinner and am baby-sitting a puppy that my mom found a few weeks ago so I guess I'm alright? Hopefully?

Anyway I finally finished Shadow of the Colossus (original PS2 version) this week. I may have took it a bit too fast by doing nearly the entire second half in one long sitting, but when I was only doing one colossus at a time however-many-years-ago-it-was, I didn’t stick with it. I've learned my own habits well enough that I needed to do it this way in order to finish. Either way, the short of it is that I think the road is a bit bumpy but the trip ends up feeling well worth it.

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I also decided to play God of War (the original PS2 game, as opposed to Dad of Boy, the 2018 reboot) since I got it in some closeout sale years ago after being told it was such a good game for the time. It was a surprisingly enjoyable beat-em-up that felt a little too teenage “dark an edgy = good” at times, though I have numerous complaints about the game design, some just artifacts of the time and some baked into the game itself.

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I was just paying my bills. Now I'm sad. :(

I swear, November and December are always brutal on my finances...


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I was just paying my bills. Now I'm sad. :(

I swear, November and December are always brutal on my finances...

I'm sorry to hear that. I'd help in some small way if I could.

Just kind of checking in because I'm tired as **** and felt like poking the friend jello tonight. For this group in particular I wanted to admit that I have emulated and pirated some Switch games that I will never pay for, foremost the pokaymans with the swords and the shields. Not that I have had enough interest in anything lately to actually play them, but with my meatspace friend being a nintendo-fanboy-corporate-apologist-gamer™, I don't like I can ever mention this in that group. There are definitely games I am curious about but for moral reasons will never buy, and to be honest nintendo as a developer/publisher has grown obsolete for me.

That's one of several things I've been keeping bottled up for fear of what people might say and I just wanted to get it out there to someone.


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I was just paying my bills. Now I'm sad. :(

I swear, November and December are always brutal on my finances...

I'm sorry to hear that. I'd help in some small way if I could.

Naw, don't sweat it. It's not like I'm on the verge of losing my house or anything. It's just never fun watching the bank account move in the wrong direction.

Just kind of checking in because I'm tired as **** and felt like poking the friend jello tonight. For this group in particular I wanted to admit that I have emulated and pirated some Switch games that I will never pay for, foremost the pokaymans with the swords and the shields. Not that I have had enough interest in anything lately to actually play them, but with my meatspace friend being a nintendo-fanboy-corporate-apologist-gamer™, I don't like I can ever mention this in that group. There are definitely games I am curious about but for moral reasons will never buy, and to be honest nintendo as a developer/publisher has grown obsolete for me.

That's one of several things I've been keeping bottled up for fear of what people might say and I just wanted to get it out there to someone.

As my sister's stuffed teddy bear used to say (when I was doing the voice for it), "we're none of us perfect," which is a line I believe I stole from Homer Simpson.

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What were we talking about again? Oh, yeah. Anyway, I sort of miss the days of Shareware, where programmers actively encouraged people to try their games without buying it. Granted, it was basically just "extended demos," but still, that "try before you buy" mentality made a ton of sense in a world where independent programmers were really first becoming a "thing" and the early internet gave them a forum to actually get their stuff out to people. Anyway, that's sort of a tangent, but it's a long way around to me saying don't worry about it. I'm sure everyone around here has done something vaguely similar.

Except me, of course.

I'm a paragon of virtue...

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Yeah, screw big publishers, pyracy is barely a footnote for them and some of those don't deserve the money anyway. You won't find me judging people for smuggling virtual monsters, especially if pocket-sized.

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I missed palindrome day yesterday (2021-12-02) but uuuuuuuugh

To make a long story short, my car refused to start in the parking lot of a nearby pizza place, so I had to leave it there and have my mechanic look at it in the morning (while I was at work, mind). Of course it apparently started right up when he tried it, so there's nothing he could even look at to "fix".

But in regards to piracy, I have some big 300-page report saved somewhere that was, if I recall correctly, commissioned by the EU to look into the impacts of piracy and then stifled when it came out with "unfavorable" conclusions (though I haven't read the thing myself because it's a massive white paper), that found the actual translation of piracy-to-lost-sales was a miniscule percentage, like 4% or something. I'm not necessarily trying to justify my actions with that (if I were there would be better reports like the fact that Warner Bros. didn't pay taxes and still got a refund, meaning taxpayer money already paid for everything they created), but since Huey mentioned the money these big companies deal in I thought it pertinent.

I'm only starting to slide back into big-P Pirating (as opposed to downloading things which aren't produced/distributed legally anymore such as retro games) lately because of the increasing stranglehold these big, evil (and I am not just throwing that term out there but mean it in this case) companies have on the media I enjoy. Realizing how little impact it makes on them helps, too, as does realizing how they're helping to kill the industries they're running. Anime in the West, for example, is seemingly being increasingly controlled by companies like Sony (who owns Funimation) who are actively hoarding their shows on their own service rather than hosting them on their "competitor's" platforms, and as I once heard someone say, "I have no delusions that my measly $5 a month is actually going to help the anime industry in Japan."

So, like, as much as the newest Metroid looks like what I would call a "proper Metroid game" in that it seems to capture the sense of lonely terror that the older games had, if that kind of thing were still my bag I would still pirate it on principle due to the **** lack-of-crediting-the-people-whose-work-they-still-used that that studio pulled (and then topping it with the corn kernal of "but it's just company policy" when called out on it).

But anyway, I should get off of my soapbox. It's not like I've even had the motivation to play any of the things I've downloaded lately. I've been raiding my old collections (like the Humble Bundles I've had for years) and almost all of them I lost interest in before even starting them.

Expand was an enjoyable few hours, though. It's an abstract game based around orbital movement around the center point. Less a puzzle game and more like... I guess an exploration game? No, come to think of it I guess it would just be an "abstract action game" because a lot of it is trying to pass through timing-based challenges where the obstacles are also moving around the center like you are.

Also I let a friend convince me to get Disco Elysium so they could watch my reactions. Supposedly it's really good, though I tried it out to get a feel for the controls and died within 45 minutes. It's supposed to be a multi-dozen hour RPG.


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