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ExpertoCrede Sep 23, 7:59 AM
Perhaps I should get more books based on politics, religion and science. By saying redpilled, do you mean that the users are extremely pragmatic to a fault?

http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/001/033/691/a2b.png

I see why. Though how come whenever I come across manga rating websites, Historical, sci-fi, and psychological stuff like Berserk, BOTI, Vagabond, Punpun, YKK, and Rurouni Kenshin come out on top? Is it because of their literary themes?
ExpertoCrede Sep 21, 5:26 PM
Whoa. That's enough to wrap around my head for days to come. Now I know why they called you the (former) mod of good taste. It's because you know so much about everything that it'll take you days to explain everything that happened in history. What's your opinion on members overall of the forum? I'm mainly talking about the cliques that people tend to form, not the users themselves.

Anyways,

ExpertoCrede used LOGH fan art.

http://img10.deviantart.net/411f/i/2014/246/7/c/galactic_heroes__by_sugarmints-d7xv330.jpg

http://www.imgbase.info/images/safe-wallpapers/anime/legend_of_the_galactic_heroes/16764_legend_of_the_galactic_heroes.jpg

http://pre12.deviantart.net/6f39/th/pre/i/2013/053/c/f/the_bridge_of_light_by_lastlabyrinth-d47t1eg.jpg

IT'S SUPER EFFECTIVE!

"Haven't seen the other two yet, but I guess I'll give them a shot sometime. A lot of the older mecha series can be pretty cool, I doubt I'll find many more gems like Votoms and Dougram, but I might as well try a bit."

That reminds me. Last time I checked, I remember coming across an anime called Gasaraki. It's very old, though it's set in a post-apocalyptic setting.
ExpertoCrede Sep 18, 7:26 PM
I've heard about those theories regarding Rinoa being Ultimecia and Squall dying.

I have not heard of the Enuma Elish, Jesus inspired by Egyptian Mythology, etc. Since most people say the Bible is the inspired word of God, people tend to edit it a lot to their whim. It does make sense in hindsight, though. Angelo Moroni was a bit of a weirdo coming up with his own religion and believing that an angel visited him. I can't say much about the crusades. It's just a matter of history. But also, how and where do you come up with all of this information? Where can I find it?

As for Rome and Greece, I can see why they went downhill. After Julius Caesar's assassination, Rome became an Empire and many people struggled to win the power of the entire city. Even Claudius struggled to keep Rome together due to his physical disability. History does have a tendency to repeat itself, especially when it comes to rebellion in Japan. I can't say much about Atlantis, though. Bosina and Göbekli Tepe sound very interesting. I've yet to learn more about anything really in life. The most recent thing I've done regarding research was the composition Der ring des Nibelungen and got up to the Die Valkyrie part because I was busy cleaning up the house.

Drakengard 2 isn't a terrible game, nor is it a good one. The combat improved over the first, though there was a lot to improve regarding the story and characters.
ExpertoCrede Sep 17, 6:04 PM
I don't know. If there were more JRPGs like Dragon Quest, I might delve further into the subject. But now, chances are my most played games on Steam are going to be these:

Fallout New Vegas
Crusader Kings II
Europa Universalis IV
Total War (specifically Rome, Medieval 2, and Shogun 2)
Warhammer 40k Dawn of War
Dark Souls
STALKER
Civilization V
Melty Blood/King of Fighters Series
XCOM: Enemy Unknown

I played Final Fantasy VII and VIII and felt that they were such a let down, especially with the terrible music Final Fantasy VIII has on PC. I'm not really good at modding outside of Nexus and a few games, so I'll just pass it and move on. I thought that Final Fantasy would interest me again, given that VIII was the one that emotionally impacted me with it's characters and music, though the story and main villain could've used some improvement. What about The Legend of Heroes Trails in the Sky?

I'm really not in the mood for any preachy Christian crusaders, because 1: They're annoying and 2: They're crazy. Just because God wills it doesn't mean you can just kill people in the name of God. I mean, God hasn't done a thing that has benefited the world after he created it. He makes people's lives miserable and he's tried to destroy the world rather than save it. As for turning the other cheek, I always felt that that was a head scratcher because the Bible is notorious for making mistakes, especially in its' own quotes. Besides, if there were to be any brave crusaders, then there would have to be a dying pope having a vision and the crusaders would go on an exodus. As much as I like the concepts of Medieval warfare, I have to say that Ancient Rome and Greece were far more civilized, which is why they were the first and last mark of civilization, in my opinion, because of how we always borrow everything from them and that we never tend to create anything ourselves.

I'm surprised to hear that you played Drakengard, especially the first one. I never actually played it, but found out about it when I was 11 when I heard that giant babies came and killed everything. I revisited the game by watching it on youtube last year and wrote an essay about it on Attachment theory, since the plot was too convoluted that it was difficult to keep track of what was going on in the characters' psyche. Don't buy the third Drakengard game. It is obviously the worst and fails to live up to it's potential. I liked how the game took a lot of risks, such as delving into taboo subjects such as gore, incest, pedophelia, etc.
ExpertoCrede Sep 16, 11:31 PM
Violence sells. Innovation rarely does. What’s your opinion on the Final Fantasy series? Is it any good? Is it worth playing? Sounds like you’re up to the Dragon God. Just make sure not to get attacked when stealthily approaching the ballistas.

Have you ever heard of the God Delusion? I’m just wondering because a lot of those books from those 3 authors sound similar to what Dawkins wrote.

The game Drakengard uses demon names from the Goetia to their full potential, and there are a lot of themes regarding incest, murder, cannibalism, and pedophelia.

I’ve watched Angel’s egg a couple of years ago and I’ve got to say that it’s quite interesting.
ExpertoCrede Sep 15, 5:45 PM
What's your opinion on the manga Kingdom?
ExpertoCrede Sep 15, 2:49 PM
Yes, I noticed Warhammer using Arthurian mythology, as well as Egyptian, hence the Horus Heresy. I can’t help but think that the “comedy” element reminds of that Ye Olde Terry Pratchett humor like Yoki being inspired by Loki and that old firecracker trick he keeps talking about. The Fimir sounds like something out of Norse Mythology. To be honest, I never got into Warhammer because I felt that it was your generic over the top manly power armor strategy game, but boy was I completely wrong.

Fallout 4 is garbage. It proves that Bethesda can’t do an RPG right, though that was more of a reminder to audiences that Fallout 3 was also proof of that. Skyrim and the rest of the Elder Scrolls games are also pretty bland, with the exception of Morrowind. How far are you in Demon’s Souls? I never played it because I never got the chance. I recently beat the Taurus demon and am up to the Gargoyles, though they keep kicking my butt, especially with Solaire. I haven’t played Crusader Kings II, yet. Though I have played Rome Total War and it’s mod Europa Barbarorum on mac. However, I couldn’t save the game or my progress, so it was pretty pointless. As for Fallout New Vegas, I installed a bunch of mods. It crashes every 20-30 minutes, but it’s ok. At least Julie Farkas isn’t a big oogly eyed frog. But then there’s this Freeside prat where most of the NPCs have completely swapped bodies. For example, one Npc would have a white head but a black body. This even happened to Npcs like Simon, the Silver Rush entrance guard and Jean Baptiste-Cutting. But then again, I’m level 14 so I’m going to raid the place once I get orders from the Brotherhood of Steel, which I won’t be seeing for a while. I’ve yet to get the unique OP weapons like the Ranger Sequoia, the all american, This Machine, Riot Shotgun, 12.7 smg, and so on. Mostly small guns because, like the Mojave, energy and big weapons are rare.

The Star Wars EU had more bad points than good. Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords did the entire Star Wars mythos justice by deconstructing the common tropes found within the series, such as how the force is neither good nor evil, but a primordial matter used for many different purposes. I also like the Dark Fantasy atmosphere within it. I haven’t had that kind of atmosphere ever since Dreamfall: The Longest Journey, though it didn’t work well on my Windows 10 PC. I might have to give it another chance.

I can’t say much about societies, but I know that people today take Freedom of Speech for granted. What did those three authors do that were considered controversial? I know one of those authors wrote a book that became a Robin Williams movie, but what books are being burnt? Why do you want to see the end of Kali Yuga? Do you consider yourself to be a Hindu? I won’t judge you for anything, I’m just wondering?

Did you know that Osamu Tezuka made a manga of Crime and Punishment? It was held up in a Russian museum and one of the critics said that:

"Demonstration of such comics is possible, but Russian people should not study the works of Dostoevsky on the Japanese comics”

Rather than make a prolonged and stretched out title, I think words of power like the words you see on a Resume should be used rather than cater to a bunch of horny obese neckbearded otakus, NEETS, or Hikikomoris. That is why Light Novels, with the exception of Overlord and Baccano, are complete garbage. They lack any literary prowess compared to the likes of Teito Monogatari or Battle Royale. I’ve only read a bit of Battle Royale, though I figured that it would be best to compare Light Novels with Japanese literature, rather than western literature where we have the likes of fantasy and sci-fi writers such as Martin, Cook, Erikson, Hamilton, Reynolds, and Bujold. If Miura took notes from Moorcock, look at what we can get if Japanese writers wrote contemporary fantasy inspired by even the likes of Norse and Greek Mythology, which is what laid the groundwork for western fantasy. But for your title, I can imagine Dante summoning his guitar Nevan, which is charged from the heavens, hence the Electric Boogaloo.

To be completely frank, the only good Robotech series was Macross. The ones with the motorbikes and everything else except for Nyan Nyan girl sucked. I even like Gundam 00 because Lockon, Sestuna, and Tieria remind me of Roy, Rick, and Max.

If you want a fully translated version of Part IV, go to mangasaurus. I’ll send you the link:

http://mangasaurus.com/manga/2930/jojos-bizarre-adventure-part-4-diamond-is-unbreakable

But then again, Nihil novi sub sole.
ExpertoCrede Sep 13, 12:27 PM
I don't mean to sound weird, but are you enjoying the conversation we're having? I'm just wondering because I don't want to bother you or anything.
ExpertoCrede Sep 13, 10:59 AM
Warhammer, to me, seems that it took a lot of inspiration from Michael Moorcock and J.R.R. Tolkien. It does have an incredibly unique sci-fi dark fantasy setting, which is what drew me in. I think the closest we can get to Warhammer is Eden as a manga and Jin Roh as an anime, because Killzone was inspired by Jin Roh. However, due to keyboard issues as I've mentioned before, I couldn't really play the game. I'll have to get back to it. However, I can see a lot of resemblance between Mallus Darkblade and Elric of Melniboné. Fun fact, Edward Elric and Guts are actually inspired by Eternal Champion characters Elric and Corum. As for video games, personally, I've been caught up with Just Cause 2, Dark Souls, and Fallout New Vegas. I plan on getting Stalker one day. Grim Dawn seems relatively new, but the controller support doesn't function properly.

Star Wars is meant to pertain to both adults and children. However, there is nothing thought provoking or philosophical about the films, with the exception of the Force's connection to monism. What makes Star Wars so unique, however, is it's characters, specifically the Expanded Universe ones, which were butchered after Disney decided to make it non-canon, which was a good and bad decision at best. Bad being getting rid of good games such as the Jedi Knight series as well as other decent series featuring the Skywalker bloodline and Kyle Katarn, and good as in getting rid of Mount Sorrow, Luuke (that's actually how it's spelt. Apparently, there was a clone of Luke sent to kill him), etc.

http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/9/9a/Mtsorrow.JPG/revision/latest?cb=20120717030321

In my opinion, risk taking isn't just including incest, pedophelia, child abuse, rape, murder, and other disgusting tropes in your story. It's a matter of how far you go in it. Ray Bradbury was the American Orwell when his book Fahrenheit 451 reflected on the dangers of censorship and conformity. Many people refused to publish his book. The same could be said for authors such as Ayn Rand and John Steinbeck (I think).

Different strokes for different folks, I suppose. I mean, why the hell do light novel titles have to be extremely long? It reminds me of that Russian link I clicked on where titles were edited in a nutshell. It's difficult to get the link up so I'll send a reddit as proof:

https://www.reddit.com/r/russia/comments/4k8ywz/blogger_suggests_better_titles_for_tolstoy_and/?st=it1rvxzv&sh=3b210d26

As for translation issues, remember when JoJo Part IV: Diamond is Unbreakable was translated by Chinese students? Well, I suppose there is a bit of a historical context, given the fact that the Japanese stole the Chinese language. That was an extreme faux pas. I think it would be better for Japanese companies to just stick to the roots, rather than go through a long process of butchering everything. Also, Drakengard 1 was also edited to leave out the mentions of incest and pedophelia.

http://legendsoflocalization.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/zelda-triforce-heroes-doge-such-ruin.jpg

Sorry about the spacing. I don't know why the messaging does that.
ExpertoCrede Sep 11, 9:12 PM
As for a Warhammer anime, I'd like to take the example of the video game Nier, which is the sequel to the first Drakengard. Apparently, there were two versions of the game. One for Japan and one for the rest of the world. For the Japanese version, it was called Replica and it included a Bishounen protagonist called Brother Nier trying to save his sister, making him more relateable. The western version was called Automata and included an Older Nier trying to save his daughter. I felt that it was better to release the Japanese version worldwide, not because of the bishounen protagonists, but because I would rather have a unique protagonist over a stereotypical one..
ExpertoCrede Sep 11, 7:10 PM
So, it's a matter of innovation, right? What makes Warhammer so special, though? I've been trying to get into the first Dawn of War game and couldn't really get into it due to incompatibility with my Windows 10 keyboard. I watched Serial Experiments Lain back in April and found extreme difficulty understanding what was happening in the series. From my perspective, Lain must've developed a severe amount of detachment from the outside world after trying to find out the mystery of Chisa's death. When she discovered her death, she realized that reality was fake and in order to do something, she had to sacrifice herself and practically "reset" the timeline before Chisa's death, much like Pucci did in JoJo Part VI: Stone Ocean, where he used Made in Heaven to reset the entire universe. As for creating a successful series, one needs to do what inspires them, rather than just follow what the majority think. Sure, Hunter X Hunter is a good series, but it doesn't do anything new to be exact. I mean, Gon is just Kid Goku but with a keener intellect. One must also keep in mind that balancing genres and twists would also mean balancing ethos, parhos, and logos, the key components to creating a story brimmed with the right amount of emotion, logic, and persuasion. Therefore, reading a manga or watching an anime should equate to a story, not just a run-of-the-mill monster-of-the-week saturday morning cartoon.



As for Star Wars, it was actually influenced by the Hidden Fortress. The Seven Samurai was what laid the groundwork for the Magnificent Seven and later that weird knockoff film that I heard about that was recently released. Like LOGH, however, the Star Wars universe is filled with deeper meanings. The Jedi Order is actually based on the Shaolin Monks and Knights Templar, though a lot of the rest of the lore tends to feel very lopsided. Take Darth Bane, for example. After he receives the Orbalisk armor, he immediately becomes one of the top 10 strongest sith, right behind Darth Vader, Tenebrous, Sidious, Plagueis, and Caedus. I agree that The Force Awakens didn't do anything new, other than Han Solo's death, which was kind of expected from the beginning of the original trilogy. I find it very difficult to come up with new universes, nowadays. I feel that what is there to discover when everything has already been discovered. I mean, what if there was a sci fi universe inspired by Hindu mythology, due to it's deep lore in scientific aspects in life. For example, when joining your palms, you are actually connecting all your pressure points. That aside, it would be nice to see something in the veins of Warhammer, but keep in mind that the West and East hold different standards. I'd say 10% of anime and manga companies would actually plan on making a series like that and those would be the masterminds behind most seinen and few shounen (i.e. Berserk, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Fist of the North Star/Hokuto No Ken, Slam Dunk, etc.).



The thing about anime and manga is that it's a business and studies have constantly shown that 8 out of 10 businesses fail. What do you do to make the business successful? You analyze the needs and wants of the viewer and you make you milk your series until it's dry. Stuff like Naruto, Pokémon, and even One Piece have been around for 400+ episodes just to keep people entertained, whereas series like Fate, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Monster are only around for 50-75 episodes. I can't blame them for that. There is a limit on how long a series can be. I recently heard that Kochikame ended after a 40 year streak.



I doubt we're going to get something like this:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qpgL6ndEQU
ExpertoCrede Sep 9, 6:48 PM
Only time will tell, like how people think Valve is teasing the next Half Life game when they're waiting patiently. It's all a matter of a coruscation to happen. There's this harem based on light novels called Bakemonogatari where the main female protagonist is a tsundere (as usual) but for reasons. Anyone can flip a cliche or a trope, but you have to get deep down to the concept in order to make something good out of it. Apparently, she is a self proclaimed tsundere because she is afraid of getting close to others, especially those who discover her "secret." That's just isolation from others, to be honest. The writer labeled that on Hitagi to make it look unique. In order to make something unique, you must do something that no one else has done and also make sure to do what inspires you.


Hunter X Hunter can also be considered a deconstruction, yet, it can also be considered a bit of a "flawed" masterpiece. The reason why I gave it a 9 was because of the sheer amount of replay value it carries. It made me binge watch 10+ episodes in one day, which is a bit of a surprise. However, the arcs felt a bit out of place and choppy and the lore was often over exaggerated, like this mountain is the most dangerous in the world or this bomb is the deadliest in the world. It's all there for shock value, but that's what makes it so enjoyable. Everything about that show was well done and perfect in every single sense, something that shows like Fullmetal Alchemist and Brothehood lacked because the two could not keep a consistent pace. If I were to make a top 10, Hunter X Hunter would be on the higher spectrum, given that it's flawed, but also very good.


What I like about Legend of the Galactic Heroes is how it models itself after Prussian history. It is esentially a hidden gem because it does nothing that no other series has done before and creates a hodgepodge out of stygian, yet grandiose, characters like Paul and Yang. In other words, LOGH is Star Wars done right.


I don't know much about Japan's political correctness indoctrination, but I do know that they are extremist perfectionists. I would recommend Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker because, like LOGH, it explores themes that no other media has discovered. As for media today, I can agree that there is a distinct lack of media that would be considered masterpiece material, but there's still more to come in the rest of this decade. Who knows what 2017-2019 will bring. I suppose people are too busy with Dark Souls 3 to kill some time off from reading Berserk (no pun intended). However, it is true that Dark Souls brings references from Berserk, like how Artorias' grave is modeled after the Hill of Swords. Like you, I don't intend on falling into the trap of saying that everything was better than before, but I can safely assure that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is far more consistent with its story and characters compared to Hunter X Hunter and Araki knows how to make a good manga and keep it fresh for over 20 years. Sorry if I bothered you with multiple messages. I tend to get a little obsessive compulsive on what I write.

ExpertoCrede Sep 8, 7:31 PM
I meant shounen for women, sorry.
ExpertoCrede Sep 8, 6:54 PM
One of the things that struck me when I first watched LOGH was the ending song, especially when the lyrics: "Don't chase your dreams, follow them" popped up. I was only 13 at the time. Which reminds me, I was actually 13 when I watched The End of Evangelion, not 14. It's also important to respect another person's opinions. I respect everyone's opinion, regardless. However, it's also important to carry your opinions with meaning. It's very difficult nowadays to find an anime or manga series in the veins of Kubrick, Kurosawa, Bergman, Bresson, Mizoguchi, Antonioni, etc. Anime nowadays is heavily dependent on nostalgia for aficionados and production value for directors. Or at least, that's how I see it. I also don't really enjoy Shoujo or Josei, since they're heavily based on solving problems with other people, mainly for relationships and romance. And romance can get really sappy very quickly. While there are some women that write very good shoujo and seinen, like Hoshino, Arakawa, and Mochizuki, it's very difficult to find a real work of art in the anime and manga medium. In my opinion, people enjoy Legend of the Galactic Heroes far more so than Naruto because it is rich in history and metaphysical concepts. Naruto, on the other hand, lacks that development and leeches onto tropes to give it the edge it really needs. I get a feeling Naruto got his blond hair from the main protagonist of Kyou Kara Ore Wa because Naruto and Sasuke were like the delinquents in that show, except Sasuke was smarter. In reality, a smile, even a fake one, won't get you far. Only through logic and hard work will you lead a successful life. The reason why I say that is because Kishimoto himself said that.
ExpertoCrede Sep 8, 6:16 PM
As an added note, I am a bit of a late bloomer. While I did have a strong musical upbringing and taught myself to read by reading a Pokemon magazine at the age of 2, my social skills are very inept and I rarely open myself up to others. I took me more than two months to make my first post here because I saw how judgmental some of the users were. I watched the End of Evangelion at the age of 14. I had to take large gaps between watching anime because that was how I felt how Japan worked out their anime. It's not the same as reading american comic books. I was also able to debunk Evangelion and Gundam by creating a emphasis on how the two are Nietzsche vs Descartes, a near impossible subject to cover up. Basically, it all boils down to Rationalism vs Idealism. Evangelion is like a monster-of-the-week manga, but later turns out to be very existentialist whereas Gundam also has a philosophy that people can't really see. For example, in Gundam 00, Setsuna F. Seiei often said "I am Gundam", which is a representation of how Setsuna sees the Gundam as gods. However, if you compare that to Descartes' quote: "I think, therefore I am", it really digs into your system. It's also a matter of perspective, such as how you gave Vinland Saga a 7 out of 10. I can't really tell what your rating standards are, but you must be the type that a 7 is either an average or good series. I don't know. I don't judge anyone. When I first read Hamlet and got up to the "play's the thing" scene (aka Act 3, Scene 2) and Gertrude confronted Hamlet and said to him "thou hast thy father much offended", it triggered a double meaning within my subconscious and I began to interpret things in multiple perspectives. For example, as I said before about Vinland Saga, it is a matter of perspective. You can't just compare Vinland Saga to Berserk since they are very similar but different. Vinland Saga is about the journey. Berserk is about the destination.