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Mushishi Zoku Shou
Mushishi Zoku Shou
Oct 24, 2014 7:22 AM
Watching 2/10 · Scored -
Haikyuu!!
Haikyuu!!
Sep 17, 2014 9:49 PM
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Zankyou no Terror
Zankyou no Terror
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Maison Ikkoku
Maison Ikkoku
Nov 11, 2014 10:29 PM
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Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori
Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori
Jun 17, 2014 9:42 PM
Completed 96/96 · Scored 7
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Kuragehime
Feb 6, 2014 10:00 PM
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Venella Apr 21, 2018 8:40 AM
rip
Whalelala Feb 10, 2015 6:36 PM
What are you studying in college
Ni_Go_Zero_Ichi Mar 27, 2014 11:00 PM
Hey. What's up with you these days?

Had a chance to see Evangelion 3.0 yet?
Ni_Go_Zero_Ichi Aug 21, 2012 7:25 PM
Oh, hey! What's up with you these days?

Gurren Lagann's cute. It's very cartoony, very silly, very energetic and youthful. I didn't really grow up with the kind of giant robot shows it's harkening back to so I kind of feel like I'm missing something when I'm watching it, and I kind of think Hiroyuki Imaishi's hyper-kinetic visual and narrative style is better suited to concentrated, machinegun-like bursts (e.g. Dead Leaves, PS&G's better episodes) than a long-form story, but it's fun.

Lately I've actually been reading the final volumes of Ranma 1/2 - I just today started the final story arc and read most of the second-to-last volume. I started reading Ranma exactly 10 years ago as of next month; I read it obsessively all through middle school, and it single-handedly inducted me into the world of anime and manga - so needless to say, starting in on the very last chapters is a bit of an emotional experience. What was your gateway series?
Ni_Go_Zero_Ichi Jan 15, 2012 6:12 PM
Oh, okay. I've heard of Penguindrum. Isn't it directed by the same guy who did Revolutionary Girl Utena? I'll definitely have to see it at some point (both of them, actually). That certainly is a very lovely little piece of art, at any rate.

I watched the rest of Kuragehime ages ago. It didn't quite live up to the immense promise of its initial episodes (it kinda reminded me of Welcome to the NHK in that regard) but I still liked it, for sure. It's just too bad about the frustrating non-ending.

I've only seen very short clips of the dub, but it sounded a lot better than I was expecting. I'm not surprised they cast a man to play Kuranosuke - Japanese audiences seem to have an easier time swallowing a woman playing a teenage/adult male than Western ones do. I guess androgyny is just easier to pull off in their culture, or something.
Ni_Go_Zero_Ichi Jan 14, 2012 11:40 AM
Where does your newest profile picture come from? It's quite pretty.
Ni_Go_Zero_Ichi Dec 1, 2011 1:43 PM
If you haven't heard, it may interest you to know that Kuragehime is getting a DVD release soon-ish. The dub is sounding pretty alright too.

Also, uh, a very-very-belated Happy Birthday to you!
Ni_Go_Zero_Ichi Aug 22, 2011 9:42 PM
Thanks! How've you been?
Mei-kun Jun 28, 2011 9:58 PM

Hello there! Nice to meet you ♫♪ See you around MAL forums ♥
Ni_Go_Zero_Ichi Jun 16, 2011 9:39 PM
How are you liking Abenobashi? I think that's one of Gainax's most underrated series.
Retro8bit May 19, 2011 3:27 PM
That's alright, no problem. I have been a Christian since I was 7. Growing up, I knew that Christ had died for my sins, but wasn't really sure why he had to do that. As I grew older I understood that he did it to save us, and showing his love for us as the ultimate sacrifice. And that all we have to do it believe in him, and accept his son into our hearts to lead and guide us, and we are saved. And as I have gotten old, I have grown in the Lord very much.

Have you ever seen the anime series "Superbook" or "Flying House?"
Ni_Go_Zero_Ichi May 18, 2011 11:06 PM
Exams are a pretty good excuse for being busy; don't worry too much about it. I'm just glad you found time to respond.

Well, I have a ton of anime series I'm still planning to watch, so who knows when I'll get around to Honey & Clover, or even if I will. I definitely will check out The Girl Who Leapt Through Time at some point, though, what with it being a movie and all.

Yeah, now that I've watched the entire second season of Gunslinger Girl, I'm so disappointed that I wish I hadn't. All the mood, subtlety and character depth of the first season was tossed right out the window. On the one hand it's somewhat tainted my enjoyment of the first season; on the other hand it's made me appreciate even more, in retrospect, just how good the first season really was. I think it may actually be my favorite anime series of the 2000s (that I've seen). I can just watch it over and over again and never get sick of it.

I'm sorry to hear that the Eva dub wasn't to your liking. I guess I've come to realize that it's a remarkably love-it-or-hate-it affair; for whatever reason it either REALLY works with people, or it REALLY doesn't. I keep going back and watching clips to try and see what all the people who don't like it are complaining about, and while I admit it's flawed, I just don't see what about it inspires such negative responses in some people. Maybe I'm just looking at it through nostalgia goggles, but if I am, those goggles must be pretty damn thick, and clearly something about it stood out to me to make me like it in the first place. Anyway, you still might want to check out the Rebuild dubs, though; I've heard a number of people who outright DESPISED the original dub sing the praises of the dubs for Rebuild, particularly the second one. All of the characters except for Shinji, Misato and Asuka are recast with Funimation regulars, and they all do a pretty good job, I guess, even if for whatever reason it just doesn't grab me like the original did. (Of course, the same could be said for those movies in general.)

I wouldn't be too worried about finishing P3P. I mean, I spent a long time butching up my party and fighting Margaret's bonus bosses before I went into the final boss fight(s), expecting them to be insanely hard (based on my experience with SMT: Strange Journey), only to find that by that point I had gotten so strong that the final boss was a cakewalk. I think if your party is in, I dunno, their 70s or 80s level-wise and you've customized some good Personas, you should be okay.

Back when the 3DS was unveiled at last year's E3, it was announced that Atlus had at least three Shin Megami Tensei games in the works for it: a main-series title, a Devil Survivor title, and a Persona title. The Devil Survivor title is Overclocked, obviously; I'm guessing the Persona title will either be 2 or 4 (maybe a new game, but I'm not betting on it). I've heard good things about both of those, but I'd really like to play 4, since as far as I know it follows the same template as 3 (which I liked) but takes a different approach to the plot and characters (which I would have liked). Granted, I don't have a 3DS yet, but I'll inevitably get one eventually.

I bought and tried to play War of the Lions, but the slowdown during battles was so atrocious that I gave it up. I've actually bought FFT a total of four times so far: I bought the original PS1 version twice (because I lost the first copy), War of the Lions once, and then I bought the PSN version of the original again. And the worst part is I STILL haven't beaten the game. The long-delayed iPhone version of WotL is coming out in the next couple of months, and if it lacks the slowdown of the PSP version I may just end up buying it again - and this time playing it to the finish. Anyway, it is an excellent game with an excellent story. The director/writer, Yasumi Matsuno, was actually a newcomer to the FF series and Square at the time, and had formerly made his name working on the Ogre Battle/Tactics Ogre series, which are very similar to FFT in mechanics and tone. (If you're curious to try them, you can download the Ogre Battle games on the Wii's Virtual Console, and SquEnix released a remake of Tactics Ogre for the PSP a few months ago, which I bought but haven't gotten around to playing.)

Do play FFVII, it's worth it. In spite of its dated graphics and wonky translation, it's still surprisingly engaging today thanks to a wonderful soundtrack, entertaining battle system, striking art direction and engaging and well-paced narrative.

It's nice to hear that you go out of your way not to knock what you haven't tried. Would that we could all be so noble.

I once read the first few volumes of Chobits and liked it (kind of a cyberpunk romance - not the sort of genre mashup you see every day) but I never ended up reading the rest. I took a peek at the ending and saw that Hideki ends up falling in love with Chi... which, uh... sort of seems to completely contradict the message of the entire first half of the series. How exactly does it go from "robots are not replacements for humans" to "loving a robot is totally alright"?

I've been playing through Xenogears, at my friends' and acquaintances' insistence, and over 20 hours into the game I have to say it has yet to recapture the momentum of its first 2-3 hours. It kinda feels like the writers were trying to cram too much Stuff - concepts, themes, characters, places - into one game, and it ends up feeling kind of bloated and unfocused. I'm told it gets good again soon, though, and even at its worst it's hard not to admire the sheer scope and detail of the game's world. Do play it, but know it takes a loooong time to get going.

I didn't get my first "real" game system (a Game Boy Color) 'til I turned 9, but after that I was obsessed. Frankly, I probably should've spent a little more time reading and such when I was younger, but eh, whatever. Anyway, you have a pretty good selection of systems there, and if I tried to list all the games that are worth playing for them it could take me all week. I guess I'll start with my own top 10 favorite games:

1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Playing this game was a revelation when I was 10, and it's still an amazing experience today - considered by many, myself included, to be the greatest game of all time. You can get it for 10 bucks on Virtual Console, or if you're planning on getting a 3DS down the road Nintendo will be releasing a remake of it for that system next month. At any rate, play it. LoZ: The Wind Waker, for GameCube (and therefore Wii) is a fantastic game as well.)

2. Chrono Trigger/Chrono Cross (I absolutely adore both of these games: Chrono Trigger, hands-down one of the best RPGs of all time, and Chrono Cross, its weird, experimental sequel. You can get the enhanced port of Chrono Trigger for the DS, or buy it on Virtual Console. Either way, it is an amazing game and you must play it ASAP. Chrono Cross will probably come to PSN somewhere down the line, though possibly not for another year or so at least. You can still get physical copies for reasonable prices at sites like Amazon if you're eager to play it, but you should definitely play Trigger first. Trigger is a perfectly paced, exciting and nearly flawless adventure, while Cross is a more strange and surreal game that tries some truly crazy things and has a simply gorgeous atmosphere. Both games have absolutely AMAZING soundtracks - in fact, they were the first game soundtracks that I ever tried to track down even while I wasn't playing the games.)

3. Super Smash Bros. Melee (I'm going to guess that you've probably played this before, and as such I doubt I'll need to explain what's so great about it.)

4. Metroid Prime (This is one of the most hauntingly atmospheric games ever, tasking players with exploring an incredibly detailed and moody alien terrain. You can get the original GameCube version, or try and find the Metroid Prime Trilogy for Wii, which comes packed with its two lesser-but-still-good sequels. Super Metroid on Virtual Console is worth checking out as well.)

5. Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (For PS2, although a remake is also coming out for the 3DS as well. I love the first three MGS games (MGS1 for PS1 and/or its remake MGS: The Twin Snakes for GameCube, and MGS2 for PS2) a whole lot; they have incredibly fun tactical gameplay that tasks you with finding ways to sneak through environments undetected and gives you a wide number of techniques and options at your disposal with which to do so. The games are very flexible and allow each player to develop their own play style, and the experience of trying to evade the ever-present guards can be incredibly intense and, when you're successful, satisfying. The games also have ambitious (albeit over-the-top) narratives, with MGS2 in particular tackling some pretty hefty and compelling themes; but as far as gameplay goes, MGS3 is the king of the bunch. It's a prequel to the rest of the series, too, so you can play it first without feeling like you've missed a whole lot.)

6. Shadow of the Colossus (For PS2; a really beautiful game, atmospheric and challenging. I recommend it very highly.)

8. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door (For GameCube; one of my all-time favorite RPGs; it's got a big, colorful, endearing world, a surprisingly witty sense of humor, and a great battle system. The first game, Paper Mario (available on Virtual Console) is also fantastic; Thousand Year Door just does the same things even better. The spiritual predecessor of the Paper Mario series, Super Mario RPG (developed by Square) is worth looking at as well (on Virtual Console).

9. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (For Wii; this is probably my favorite game of the current generation. It's got one of the absolute best storylines I've ever seen in a game, it's a fascinatingly lucid and surreal experience, and it takes advantage of interactivity to tell its story in ways I've never seen another game even attempt. If you are interested in the potential of video games as a storytelling medium, you MUST play this.)

9. Super Mario World (On Virtual Console; my favorite platformer ever. It's bright, charming and fun.)

10. Ninja Gaiden (For Xbox and PS3; this one is a pretty hardcore action game notorious for its difficulty level, but it's also the most fair difficult game I've ever played. Every time you die - which you do, often - you'll have a clear idea why and you'll know that with a little more skill and a little better timing you can do better next time. It's not for everyone, but I've really fallen in love with it.)

Whew! Okay, that's the tip of the iceberg. Believe me, there are plenty more good games out there, those are just a few of my all-time favorites. What games have you enjoyed the most out of those you've played?

Anyway, yeah, I started watching Trigun on a whim in hopes that I could go see the movie when it hits theaters (in limited release) this summer. The first few episodes are indeed pretty lame, though. Since it's considered such a classic I assume it gets better - sounds like it gets a lot better. That's good to hear - but at what point does it turn around? For now, at least the theme songs (both beginning and ending) are catchy as hell. One thing I should also mention is that I've heard a lot of people talking about how the dub of Trigun is supposedly really good, but from what I've heard so far it's downright terrible. Does it get way, way better somewhere down the line? The only halfway decent performance in there so far is Johnny Yong Bosch, and even for him it's pretty obvious that he recorded the show back when he was young and inexperienced as a voice actor - he's pretty rough around the edges.

Yeah, I've been dying to see Gunbuster ever since I found out it was directed by Anno. I'll get around to it one of these days. Maybe once it gets its inevitable(?) re-release.

As I said, I would very much appreciate your feedback on the screenplay. I just want to know if it works on even the most basic level. Again, anything you can come up with - what it made you think, how it made you feel, what you think it did well, what you think it did poorly, what you think it lacked, what you think it had too much of, etc. - anything will be of some use to me in examining and trying to improve my writing.

Man! I think that response was long enough to qualify as an essay. Don't feel you need to respond to it all at once.
Ni_Go_Zero_Ichi May 9, 2011 8:08 PM
Oh! How was Gunbuster? I've been dying to see that for ages.

Also, sorry for the mammoth size of my previous comment.
Retro8bit May 2, 2011 9:11 AM
Hello. Thank you very much for the comment. How long have you been a Christian for? :)
Ni_Go_Zero_Ichi Apr 21, 2011 10:24 PM
How much worse would you say the Honey & Clover anime is compared to the manga? I recently discovered that it's available on Netflix Streaming (my #1 source of anime these days), so I was considering watching it... after I finish Le Chevalier d'Eon, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Gurren Lagann, that is.

Yeah, Summer Wars would never have beat Toy Story 3 (to quote Mike McFarland, a week before the Oscars: "We call it the Toy Story 3 Award") but it would have been nice to see any anime not by Miyazaki get any sort of attention whatsoever from the Oscars. Oh well, maybe Hosoda's next film will stand a chance. Speaking of which, I still need to see The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.

I LOVED the pacing in Gunslinger Girl (excluding the bizarre situation with the second episode where it spends 10 minutes recapping the first one), almost as much as I loved the moody, subdued atmosphere, restrained writing and direction, and nuanced characterizations, all of which (from what I've seen) are much more prominent in the first anime than in the manga. I've been watching the second season, which was more closely supervised by Yu Aida, and while the writing is still pretty strong (albeit not as subtle, realistic and adult as before) aesthetically it's been completely dragged through the mud. Animation, backgrounds, music, character designs, direction, EVERYTHING has been scaled down by several massive degrees in terms of quality. I mean, for anyone who enjoyed the first season at all it's impossible to sit through the first couple episodes without at least once yelling, out loud, (and you'll have to pardon my French,) "What the FUCK happened??" Still, as I said, the writing is good enough to save it, and unlike the Japanese studio, Funimation was smart enough to keep the same voice cast from the original series, which lends it a level of continuity and consistency that it would be in bad shape without.

Regarding Evangelion: Yes, it certainly does deserve its status as a classic and a game-changer. I've been meaning to rewatch the series myself, although I'm a bit hesitant to given how dangerously obsessed with it I already am. I'm not sure if actually seeing it again (which I haven't done from beginning to end in years) would make things better or far, far worse. But hey, if you're ever looking for someone with whom to exchange interpretations and chat up the intricacies of Eva, I'm your man!

Incidentally, have you checked out the Eva dub at all, and if you have, what are your impressions of it? I LOVED it when I first saw it back in the day, to the extent that it actually got me interested in US voice actors and voice acting and made me a habitual dub-watcher. It wasn't until fairly recently that I discovered how many people out there disliked it. Now I'm kind of apprehensive to go back and watch it again, since I'm afraid it won't be as good as I remember it. It definitely has some bad parts, but it's the good parts that really blew me away.

I'm also reaching the end of P3P (the last 3 days, to be specific). I'm trying to buff up my party so as to be ready for anything - and to do that I'm going to try and beat all the bonus bosses in the... that room with Elizabeth's sister, or whatever. I've got an awesome tag-team of pimped-out Personas - the angel Melchizedek, for whom I've pumped up Strength to max and outfitted with skills like Akasha Arts, Arms Master, Matarukaja/Auto-Mataru, and (for healing) Salvation - so he can pretty much win just about any normal battle for me in a turn or two. I also recently got none other than Satan, who is now my ultimate magic-user, with Mind Charge, Invigorate 3, Megidolaon, and this move I forget the name of which does extreme Almighty damage to a single target. So yeah, between those two I'm pretty well-set, I just want to make sure that they and my team are strong enough. (I'm focusing on Junpei for his strong attacks, Akihiko for his debuffs, and wavering between Aigis for her buffs and strong physical attacks, and Ken for his healing, lack of elemental weaknesses and Vile Assault ability. Mitsuru has turned out to be a lot less useful than I anticipated she'd be, Yukari doesn't hit hard enough to be useful, and Koromaru just sucks.) I'm still not much of a fan of the story - it's well-told and intelligently constructed, but I think I'm a few years too old to really be taken in by it. I really hope Persona 4 gets a portable release, though - if it's announced for the 3DS (which I strongly suspect it will be), that'd be enough to sell me on the system. (Assuming Paper Mario 3 and Metal Gear Solid 3 don't come out first, seeing as those games will likely also be enough to sell me on the system.)

Final Fantasy Tactics is an excellent, excellent game (even though I've never actually finished it). I love me a good strategy RPG, and it helps that FFT has quite possibly the best storyline in any Final Fantasy game. Are you playing the digital PSN version of the original PS1 edition, or the PSP remake with the new translation and horrible lag? Both have some pretty significant drawbacks, unfortunately. By the way, since you have a PSP, there are a few other very good RPGs available on there via PSN that I'd recommend playing; Final Fantasy VII, for one (don't be blinded by the hype - FF7 is neither the best nor the worst game ever, it's "merely" a damn good one) and also a game that I've been playing a bit of recently on recommendations from several friends, Xenogears. That's an interesting one. The plot bears some similarities to Evangelion's - it's a sci-fi/mecha story that's heavy on psychological and philosophical subject matter and Judeo-Christian symbolism, although the tone, setting and nature of the plot are very different. It starts out with a bang (see for yourself - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSc59wy4aT4) but then progresses pretty slowly - I'm not that far in, but all my friends insist that beyond a certain point the plot becomes fascinating. It also has an excellent soundtrack (as you may have observed in that video) by one of the best composers in video gaming, Yasunori Mitsuda. Both FF7 and Xenogears are only $10 on PSN, so I'd recommend giving them a try. I've heard Final Fantasy IX and Vagrant Story are very good as well, and though I've downloaded them both, I haven't started either of them yet. You might want to pass on Final Fantasy VIII, though. While it isn't terrible, it's not particularly good either. (At least in my opinion.)

I didn't know you were much of a gamer, by the way. What systems (if any) do you have other than the PS2 and PSP? I'm something of a gaming fanatic, myself, so I can recommend a ton of other must-play games based on what systems you have available to you.

To be perfectly honest, I rarely watch brand-spanking-new anime these days (if in fact I ever did). I mostly just wait for whatever looks interesting to hit various legal venues, preferably TV or Netflix Streaming, or if I KNOW I'll like it, DVD (though I'm not exactly swimming in discretionary income, and what little I can scrounge up at this point will be going toward video games). The only reason I got into Kuragehime is because they showed it at my local anime club. Very little new anime these days looks interesting to me, and there are more than enough classic series I haven't seen or finished to keep me occupied. I will take note of any recommendations you make, however, since I consider you to be a Person of Good Taste.

One last thing: I'm kind of trying to get into creative writing, and I recently wrote a short screenplay (based on a chapter from a graphic novel by Osamu Tezuka) for a college application. I posted it on my blog here, but it's only visible to people on my friends list. If you could find the time to read it and offer some sort of constructive feedback - your impressions of the writing, the plotting, whether it elicited any kind of emotional response from you, etc. - I would greatly appreciate it. That's not a must, nor is it a now, but it would mean a lot to me.