Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Lack of posts recently?

Yes. And i'll explain why. As you might know, i was at NYAF this weekend and i didn't get home til today. This is mainly because i ran into an old friend and decided to drink with him. I woke up yesterday night on the fucking plane, how twisted is that?
Oh well, anyway, The fall anime season has really hit things off and i'll be reviewing some of the better ones in tomorrow's post. For now, i need to play more Touhou and get over my damn hangover. And go jogging. And get a haircut (been postponing this for a while).
Anyways, i'll leave you today with this song, it's from MoF, stage 4.

Cheers, stay healthy and drink lots (but don't overdo it)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Capitalism, ho!

Oh god, this game. It's been keeping me up for days now. I can't stop playing it. Seriously.
Ok, anyways, lets get this over with so i can go back to play. This is the side of a normal RPG that you usually don't see - Adventurers kill shit in dungeons. Simple. That's not what you do, however. You're the one who supplies said adventurers with healing items and gear. Yeah, you run an item shop as an adorable loli. And that thing with wings? That's basically your boss. That fairy comes to your house one day to collect your father's debt, which is ridiculously huge (seriously). She leaves you with two options - pay up or lose the fucking house. During the game you lose your house rather often (more on that later). The weekly payments start at 10 000 and raise every week (second week is 30k, third 80k and fourth 200k). So what do you do to make profit? Yeah, if it was just selling, it wouldn't be too interesting. The game features a merchant's guild that provides you with items at some base price. The available items increase as your merchant level increases. Then there's the farmers' market that can have weird shit. To be capable of making profit with your shop, the second week introduces a feature - sometimes items drop and raise in price, sometimes the demand for certain stuff goes up and so on. So you buy like the most fucking expensive stuff you can while its cheap and sell it when the price goes up so you make like 4 times profit. Pretty fucking nice. Still, this isn't everything. Sometimes people will come in and ask for something not so specific, at which point you need to recommend something. Also, people like to place orders at your shop and pick them up later - this is a great way to sell more than one item at a time. Over time you can redecorate your shop (depending on your merchant level) - new floor tiles, carpets, walls, you can also enlarge your shop a few times. Another great part of this game comes with the adventurers' guild.
This guild has adventures for hire and you can enjoy some dungeon action with them. You kill shit, get loot to sell at your shop or use a fusion option with some monster body parts and regular market items to make stuff that's essentially the best in the game. Sound good so far? Well it's about to get pretty shitty in a second. Your gameplay is limited by time. Every day you have 4 periods of time: morning, noon, afternoon, evening. At night you sleep, naturally. Opening shop uses up one time period. Going shopping for shit to sell uses up one as well. Dungeons? Yeah they use 2. Taking into account your weekly payments, this means you're fucked. If you actually want to finish the game in one go (there are 8 weeks in game), you can't do anything but pull off genius sales, pump as much money out of people as humanly possible, only have stuff on sale that has increased prices and so on. The little girls will be your archnemesis (you'll know what i mean when you play). If you wanna go dungeon crawling with some dude who is willing to fucking die for you (but not take you in when you lose your house), you better get some epic loot. Else you'll end up like this.
Yeah, in a cardboard box. Now look what you did, that loli has to suffer cause of your stupidity. What did you do, sell candy to those lolis? Yeah, not the smartest move, they have no fucking money and you can't rip them off even with cheap items. Don't worry tho, your soul isn't on its way to hell just yet. Every time you lose your house, you simply restart from week 1 but you keep everything - store expansions, items, money, adventurers' cards. And adventurers keep their levels. I'm on my 8th round right now. Cause i'm a failure when it comes to running a shop. I like those little girls so i sell them cheap candy. I like those damn dungeons cause i get epic loot. What i don't like is sitting in the store all day. Anyways, i think this round will end it for me cause i've got so much stuff saved up that, really, you wouldn't believe. As the screenshots show, the graphics aint much tho (pretty much psx-level or so) but the sounds fit well. I do recommend turning the voices off because the cliché anime girl squeaking will get on your nerves more often than not. Also, note that this isn't some weeaboo bullshit, it's actally fun for everyone so go get this game in whatever way you like ($20 on steam or torrent for free) and play.   Capitalism, ho! motherfuckers

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The "sorry i didn't post yesterday" update

I caught a cold yesterday, didn't even get out of bed, just called a friend over to take care of some stuff i had to do. She basically made me tea most of the day and we watched Highschool of the Dead (anime series that ended around 2 weeks ago i think, more on that later). I'm quite a bit better now, still got a runny nose, but i can manage that...
Today's update will be games. I'll start with the one i play most atm, the Touhou Project ( aka 東方Project or Project Shrine Maiden) series. It's a series of bullet hell games with a wide variety of characters and no copyright bullshit around it, which is why it's so popular. The person behind Touhou Project is ZUN, a middle aged beer lover with too much time on his hands, he single handedly writes music, draws the illustrations and programs the whole fucking thing. If that isn't amazing, i don't know what is. The first game was released on 1996 on the Japanese NEC-PC9801. 4 other games were released by December 1998, the first MS Windows game was made on 2002 and that is The Embodiment Of Scarlet Devil, the game in which my favorite character made her debute (Remilia Scarlet). The latest game released is labeled as 12.8 - The Great Fairy Wars, it is the 18th game in the series.  It's also fully translated by now and it was released this summer (comiket). Anyways, as i may have previously mentioned, this series is insanely popular. More doujins have been made of this than of anything else. The reason - you can freely use the character designs and names. Also, there's a ton of music remixes of touhou soundtracks (look it up on isohunt/tpb - there are torrents as big as 700+ gb dedicated ENTIRELY to touhou music). The gameplay, however, is HARD. Touhou is described as one of the hardest of its kind. It took me more than a year to be easily capable of beating EASY MODE in any of the games. It went pretty smooth from there, i started practising with hard mode and eventually managed to clear lunatic mode without using bombs/dying (yeah i skipped normal altogether). This is highly recommended, even if you're not much of a fan of the shmup genre. Why? The characters and storylines, also all the doujins are highly amusing, interesting and at times, fucking awesome. Also protip, start with the 8th game, Imperishable Night. It has the most work to do (most spells to unlock, etc) but it's also the easiest. If you feel like you'd like a challenge, start with Perfect Cherry Blossom, the 7th game, or the 11th, Subterranean Animism (hardest imo).
Pictures too? bleh, i'll go look some up, hang on.
Imperishable Night spellcards. Check them out, pretty pimp patterns there. It might seem insane but it's not that bad once you get in there and the feeling of accomplishment when you clear one is great.
Anyways, i'm out for the day, gonna drink a cup of tea and go to school. Also, GUILD concert tonight. See ya guys tomorrow, i've got another game for you.

Monday, October 4, 2010

More recommendations!

Back from my daily round of delicious jogging. I'm making progress - my overall endurance has gone up a bit, now i can last a full 30 minute round without walking breaks.
Anyways, like today's title suggests - more recommendations, this time, some more recent stuff.

1. Durarara!!
aka DRRR!!

This is a strange one. It's from the makers of Baccano (which i also enjoyed, very much so) and the show has some pretty blunt references to it. From the very beginning, even from the opening sequence, you can easily notice that Durarara was made by Ryohgo Narita, the creator of Baccano. Everything about this show (besides the setting) reminds me of Baccano.
The main character, Ryuugamine Mikado, is a country guy who starts school in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Life in Tokyo is the theme here, with a little supernatural twist - there are various different characters, each with a kind of special ability (KIND OF, NOTE THAT! THIS AINT YOUR AVERAGE SHOUNEN CRAP). The interaction of the main characters, all revolving around Mikado, the gang wars and dark pasts/secrets of the characters is fun to watch, it's exciting and really, it's amazing. Watch it now ( i know i suck reviewing on-the-go -___-).
The soundtrack is fucking win as well: uploading the second opening:

2. Kimi ni Todoke

Something cuter this time. This is a (groundbreaking) shoujo romance anime with the difference that... everything about it is different from the average shoujo bit. It takes the classic parts and plot devices of a romance anime and completely turns them around. In short, it's enjoyable.
The main character is Sawako who looks (and acts) like Sadako, the girl from "The Ring." She is misunderstood by pretty much everyone, people are afraid of her but all this changes when she meets and manages to talk to a guy with a really nice personality (the kind with lots of friends, who seemingly can't do anything wrong). Anyways, fans of the genre should definitely check this out.

3. Hellsing Ultimate
Ok, i'll be honest, this isn't new at all. "Ultimate" is the rewrite of the original Hellsing, 10 times better, episodes air every now and then (OVA format, 7 episodes are out atm with no announced final episode in sight). It's just that... it's the "awesome" surrounding this series that pretty much forces me to put it on this list. If you've seen the original Hellsing, watch this anyway, this one is way better. If you haven't seen Hellsing at all... brace for a day full of epic badassery. Every character in Hellsing is badass, all fight scenes are full of win and the amount of blood and gore is just right.The thing that might put you off from watching this is the fact that this is about vampires. And monsters. It's hard to make a good vampire movie when so many have been made already. The reason you should watch this? In the sea of piss and shit, this is the gem you're looking for. 8th episode should come in October, until then, you have 7x50 minutes of pure awesome to watch.

And now, time for a public service announcement:  
 And i'm off for the day, to make food and get my daily dose of alcohol. See ya again tomorrow.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The pictures i promised, just almost a week later.

In the end I didn't bother waiting for those pictures from my friend and just googled for some random dude's ones. They're better than nothing i guess.
Anyway, random shenanigans from animatsuri (the fest i went to last weekend, you should read my first or second post for info on that). The days are mixed and the pictures are in no real order.

Stolen from