Very excited! Some extra details from neogaf http://neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1309671 [contains SPOILERS... sorta. Don't go if you're gonna go full blackout]
Posts made by Mechanoid
RE: The podcast theme and All Star from Shrek are both i F# major. So I mashed them up. :)
I'm conflicted. It's totally awesome yet what has been heard can't be unheard...
RE: NX (NOW NINTENDO SWITCH) REVEALED TODAY
Wow, came back from vacation and it's NX/NS reveal day! I'm liking what I'm seeing. But I share the same sentiments as Don. I'm excited for sure but also kinda bewildered about the system. It's cool but at the same time I'm going, "Whaa...? Why? Oh... okay?" So many questions left to answer, especially the specs...
One thing I did notice was that the Joy-Cons do seem to have shoulder buttons (more like a see-saw switch?) which double as the slide lock when docking.
RE: Bug Reports
The twitch status on the main website doesn't seem to be working (it says offline, even though the stream is live). Is anyone else noticing this? I've used Firefox and Chrome, both the same. It could just be me but I'd figure I'll bring it up just in case.
RE: EZA Watches "Monthly Girl's Nozaki-kun" [SPOILERS]
Just FYI to those reading, Gekkan-shoujo leans very heavily to comedy and doesn't have a developing story per se. It's almost entirely comedy/gag focused. Personally I prefer this style, but for those looking for plot or a more traditional story structure, it's not really there. It is however one of the funniest things I've ever read/watched, and delivers even more if you're familiar with the shoujo genre.
EZA Watches "Monthly Girl's Nozaki-kun" [SPOILERS]
Gekkan shoujo nozaki-kun (Monthly Girl's Nozaki-kun) is an adaptation of one of the funniest and smartest manga series I've ever read. Much of the comedy stems from poking fun at and reversing gender roles in the shoujo genre. The series is also masterful at setting up expectations and then contrasting the reality for comedic effect. Things just don't go the way you think...
The titular character Nozaki-kun would normally be the strong and silent type, which he is for the setups. The punchlines come from his occupation as the creator of a popular shoujo manga. His attempts to rope others into helping him, his constant note taking and observations, and his "failures" of implementing what he's learned are hilarious. Mikorin, Kashima, Seo+"Lorelai", Hori-senpai... the cast gets pretty big but they all have their own unique comedic trait and the chemistry between all of them makes for a great comedy.
And while while romanctic elements is largely played for laughs, you can't help but cheer for certain pairings to couple up. :heart:
The anime version of Gekkan soujo nozaki-kun has 13 episodes (here's hoping for a second season) and has good to very good production values. The VO's are great (some don't like Chiyo's but I think it's pretty cute) and the music fine, if a bit forgettable (the OP and ED however are pretty catchy).
If you're looking for more, you can find the manga version at bato.to
So what did everyone else think about Gekkan-shoujo nozaki-kun? Is there a particular ship that needs to set sail? For me, the SS Kashima+Hori is long overdue!
@alexwhiteplays (I had it ready to go so I just put it up)
RE: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (PC/PS4/XB1)
Finally found some free time to finish it up this weekend (pacifist run). It's a great game but it really feels like SE's fingerprints are all over it. The one-time use per game items is pretty messed up and the Breach side game is pretty bland, at least for me. I know we don't have to buy microtransactions and what not, but you can't help but feel like resources were diverted away from the campaign into something designed to make more money... I get it: if my company was forking out millions to make something, I'd expect some decent ROI and mitigate risk. But still, feels bad.
4.5/5 - Will play again (all-kill run this time)
RE: I'm going to Japan!
I also recommend heading out of the city at least for 1 day if you can swing it. There's some beautiful places just outside of Tokyo. Hakone is pretty close (less than 2 hours IIRC). If you're feeling adventurous, you can check out their open-air hot springs!
Looking forward to your adventures! L&R :heart:
RE: Ben's Bizzare TGS Adventure!
I'm so exited for Ben! It almost feels like my first time to Japan too =)
Tokyo 1-day Unlimited Pass - http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pass/tokunai_pass.html It's like $8 USD and you can use any JR east train within Tokyo.
JR Rail Pass - If Ben is going to go outside of Tokyo and do some extensive traveling, this might be worth a look. Does not cover certain Shinkansen (bullet train) lines.
Takoyaki - little balls of heaven
Taikayki - fish shaped breaded goodness
Yakisoba - grilled noodles basically
Yakitori - grilled chicken
Mitarashi dango - mochi(?) with a type of teriyaki sauce on top
Okonomiyaki - japanese style pancakes for lack of a better term.
Unadon - grilled eel rice bowl (SO GOOD)
Conveyor belt sushi - Cool and fun place to get sushi on a budget. Still good!
There's some great places that serve Indian food as well!
A personal favorite is a Sri Lanken place called Court Lodge in Shinjuku (close to the southern exit IIRC). I never leave Japan without having some. :yum:
There's also all sorts of Japan only menu items at fast food restaurants. I hope we can get some footage of Ben eating the black, squid ink hamburgers (if they're still available)!
Also, it's September in Tokyo so it'll be kinda hot, very humid, and more than likely, very WET. Prep accordingly.
RE: EZA Watches "ReLIFE" [SPOILERS]
Once in awhile a story will come along and resonate with you in meaningful way. For me, ReLIFE is definitely one of those stories. I think most of us have had fantasies of wanting a redo on something. It's a common trope and one that ReLIFE uses in a clever way. The series as a whole just gives me good nostalgic vibes and has me reflecting on where I want to go in life, so I won't have regrets in the future. Taking too long and letting life whiz on by... it's a character trait I've been fighting against my whole life with varied levels of success. =P
The Japanese cliche that high school is where you capture your "seishun (青春)" or "youth" (lit. springtime of life) is another common trope ReLIFE leans on but damn does it use it effectively (later on past episode 3). ReLIFE's more grounded approach to depicting high school life (except you know, that whole pill turning you ten years younger thing) is really refreshing to watch as well. Admittedly though, a lot of the drama gets cleaned up a little too neatly. This is probably for the better however as ReLIFE really shines through during the more contemplative moments (especially with Kaizaki and... big spoiler)
ReLIFE is an anime adaptation of a web manga by Yayoiso. The entire season is available now. It's quite faithful to the original source material with a pleasant, soft color palette. Animation is surprisingly good considering its not a big budget title. V.O. is fine to great (personally I think Hishiro steals the show) and the music brings out the emotions as you watch but afterwards isn't particularly memorable. Overall, ReLIFE as an anime is above average but for fans of the manga, I think it's everything we wanted it to be... except longer! Here's hoping for season 2 (unlikely, but let me dream)
If you want more ReLIFE, you can read the manga on bato.to
RE: Overwatch (PC/PS4/XB1)
@Mechanoid It does look like a great map. I think they're possibly mixing it up where you escort the payload first and then assault the second point, so that should be a nice change of pace. Really, the most fun I ever had playing Lucioball was when someone glitched in as Bastion and kept murdering us all.
lol, never got around to playing it but then I stopped with Overwatch once competitive came out (for various reasons). Still trying to keep up with it, but I'm starting to like all the crazy fan creations more than the game itself :sweat_smile: . Here's to Gremlin D va and Samus Pharah :thumbsup:
RE: EZA Watches "Bungou Stray Dogs" [Spoilers]
I'll be honest, I didn't expect I'd like it but I'm starting to really dig it (I'm three episodes in). The direct references to literary figures is fun, especially Dazai and Tanizaki who are my favorites so far.
I remember reading No Longer Human (Dazai's masterpiece) during my study in Tokyo.
The professor was super hardcore about it and it kind of turned me off the book unfortunately :sweat_smile: .
I'm actually re-reading In Praise of Shadows (Tanizaki's work; good read and short!) which is probably my favorite book when I need some inspiration, especially for work.
Atsushi is... fine I guess? He's got that fish-outta-water thing going which is cute. As the straight man of sorts I suppose he can't be too outlandish right now.
Art, music, animation etc all good, especially for a TV series. No complaints but nothing in particular to praise, although I do like Dazai's VO.
I'll definitely finish this when I have more time. :smiley:
EDIT: Just remembered that Zetsubou sensei also heavily referenced Dazai as well. He too had ridiculous ideas on how to kill himself.
RE: What are you reading right now?
This one is non-fiction but I've gone back to In Praise of Shadows by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki (needed some inspiration). It's an excellent short read that looks into the Japanese aesthetic and covers things from lighting, lacquer work, cuisine, paper making, etc. Probably a must read if you're going to do design work (especially with lights and light based installations).