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IllConstruct Mar 2, 2012 7:09 PM
The PM system is a little wonky for me as of late, so I'll just leave this here, telling you that have a PM.
IllConstruct Jan 26, 2012 7:03 PM
Katsucon pre-registration ends on Tuesday. Again, no pressure. After all, we're in no hurry; it honestly feels like we only just got done with AUSA. Well, at least it does to me. But yeah, the three of us will be shirking our academic duties in a few weeks, like the industrious students we are. Hope you're enjoying life because we'll be crazy-busy playing get-ahead, then catch-up, before and after that particular weekend.

Anyway, dunno if you caught it in my super-post, but a certain someone has also just finished Katawa Shoujo. Overall, he really liked it, saying that Hanako's route was also his favorite. Apparently, 'tis not a bad gateway drug to the wonderful world of eroge.

Someone linked me that flash game earlier. Yeah, it was pretty hilarious.
IllConstruct Jan 17, 2012 3:48 AM
Funnily enough, one of the primary points of my post:

Go play it, already! You were the one who showed it to me in the first place.

IllConstruct Jan 16, 2012 7:47 AM
So, I spent the last three days blasting through the majority of Katawa Shoujo. Overall, it's definitely the best dating sim VN in existence to date, if only because it expressly goes out of its way to treat the characters like actual human beings with real and believable struggles instead of tortured objects of affection or desire. Even the almighty Clannad is guilty of portraying the protagonist as some sort of idealistically divine messiah and the girls' problems as disproportionately troubling.

I'll just post some freeform thoughts on each route, spoiler-free of course.

Quickly dropping any pretense of tsundere traits and canoncity, Shizune's route is pretty calm and straightforward with an interesting twist involving Misha towards the end. It's enjoyable and well-written, but fairly unremarkable. 4/5

Emi's route was my least favorite since the writer seemed kind of out of it. Seriously, I'd say that 95% of the textboxes were filled with a single line across. It's still an engaging story, but a bit too familiar and, again, unremarkable. 3/5

The single most polarizing route of the game, Rin's route is either a handful of mawkish mud slung onto a canvas or a beautifully poignant work of art. Her arc is painfully bleak as you watch an identity crisis spiral dangerously out of control. Personally, I was thoroughly captivated by how dark and disturbing the subject matter was. 5/5

Like Emi and Shizune, Lilly's route is standard stuff, done admirably well. Nothing worth noting in particular, however. 4/5

Hands down the BEST arc; nothing even comes close. Not only is it a work of romantic beauty that be enjoyed straight-up in the eyes of the layperson, but for those privy and scholared in the ways of how the traditional dating sim formula works, Hanako's route is brilliantly and triumphantly deconstructive, which earns it about a million brownie points from me. 6/5

It's probably worth mentioning that I managed to rope our mutual acquaintance over yonder into giving this game a shot. Thus far, he's completed Shizune, Lilly, and Hanako's routes and was surprisingly incredibly moved by the latter's route. The two of us have been discussing the game pretty much non-stop for the past few days. Hell yeah for Evangelism!

Go play it, already! You were the one who showed it to me in the first place.

4chan reactions to the game

The two of us agreed that 'I WAS PREPARED TO FAP, BUT I WASN'T PREPARED TO FEEL!' sums up the game perfectly.

Now, onto school for this semester. Katsucon in a month!
IllConstruct Jan 5, 2012 6:40 PM
I trust you've heard that Katawa Shoujo has been released. I'm in the process of getting reacquainted with Act 1, as I want to wait for a walkthrough before I go any further. Probably going to do Hanako's route first (my personal preference), then the other girls in an arbitrary order before ending with the seemingly-canon Shizune.

Also, random, but I've finally started attributing dub (Funimation) VA's to the characters to liven things up:

Hisao and Kenji - Chris Patton and Greg Ayres (the classic duo)
Misha and Shizune - Luci Christian and Laura Bailey (yeah, I guess Laura doesn't get to say much)
Hanako - Caitlin Glass (using her Yakumo Tsukamoto voice)
Lily - Leah Clark (using her 'rich girl' voice)
Rin - Brina Palencia
Emi - Cherami Leigh

Yeah, there's a pretty heavy School Rumble influence here...
IllConstruct Dec 5, 2011 6:20 AM
I get the feeling that you would really enjoy this particular, recent three-episode arc from the new season of Gintama:

Ep. 234

Ep. 235

Ep. 236
Zahlzeit Nov 24, 2011 11:28 PM
Oh I see.

I think I've used all of those except for Russel.
I do like entertaining the fact that he's so normal that, in the SRW, he's actually unique. Kinda weird.
Zahlzeit Nov 20, 2011 10:01 PM
Royal Heart Breaker has got to be one of my favorite moves in SRW OG.

Are you psyched for the PS3 one?
IllConstruct Nov 5, 2011 3:25 PM
Sent a PM containing a general outline of how things'll go down.
IllConstruct Nov 1, 2011 8:02 PM
Still super busy at the moment. Logistics still fuzzy, but I will hopefully be home on the Thursday evening before it starts. It's only 20 minutes from where I live so I'll be driving. Further details to be smoothed out in a week or so.
IllConstruct Oct 24, 2011 1:21 PM
Well, life certainly sounds interesting. School down here is same old same old, to the point where I'm typing this up during Electronics class.

Yeah, it'd be nice if you could make it to AUSA. Like I said, less people, less hassle and turbulence, less lines, and more chill time.

As for this anime season:

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai: Grossly, unapologetically pander-y, free-range schlock, but its surprisingly decent and sometimes clever writing is its one saving grace. And saying that this level of competence and cleverness was even the slightest bit intentional is giving its creators far too much credit. Nevertheless, the humor is there, making this enjoyable, if glaringly flawed. Oh, and yawnable-as-fuck main characters are beginning to seriously annoy me.

Fate/Zero: This is...shockingly pretty good. The absence of Shirou is welcome and while the choking fog of the Nasuverse's shoddily-scribbled, self-indulgent, pretentious fantasy wank still hangs thick over the series, it's not central or intrusive. Art and animation are fantastic and this "all-angles" approach to this war of wits keeps the series engaging.

Guilty Crown: BONES does Code Geass. I mean, just read the summary:

The story takes place in Tokyo in 2039. After the outbreak of the unidentified virus "Lost Christmas" in 2029, Japan has been under the control of a multinational organization called GHQ. Ouma Shu is a 17-year-old boy who has a psychic power in his right hand. He can use the power "Ability of King" to extract tools or weapons from his friends. He has been avoiding making trouble for others but his life changes when he meets a girl named Yuzuriha Inori, a member of a resistance guerrilla group called "Undertaker", whose members pilot mecha weapons to fight against the government

The only difference is the absence of a Lelouch-esque character. Which, to be frank, is a lot bigger of a detriment than it ought to be.

So far, it's...mediocre. Completely standard mech-adventure fare. Almost everything is painfully stock: the shrinking, spineless protagonist, slowly mustering the courage to be a hero, the mysterious waif who is the poster girl for the resistance and an Internet idol to boot, the hot-blooded, cocksure, terrorist leader, the crazy-eyed, unhinged, psychotic rival, and the harem of bridge bunnies. Oh, and high school. Sigh. The soundtrack is amazing, however, and some action sequences are so well-directed, animated, and scored that they're damn near classic. See the opening sequence of the first episode. Aside from that: eh.

Mirai Nikki: The poster girl for Yandere finally makes it to the anime landscape. In the same vein as Deadman Wonderland, the series is poorly-written, poorly-conceived, poorly-planned, nauseating garbage...but it's quite engaging in spite of its general shittiness.

Persona 4: The Animation: One. Hundred. Percent. Fanservice. Have you played the game? Did you enjoy it? If yes to both questions, then this is beyond perfection in every aspect. If no, then get the hell out; you weren't invited to this party and are going to be lost as fuck. Personally, of course I love it, but I do wish it was more accessible and welcoming to newcomers.

Working'!!: Persona 4 as a personal indulgence aside, this is easily the best series this season. More of the same, but damn has the humor stayed consistently fast-paced and razor-sharp.

Shakugan no Shana Final: I gave this a chance, but it's failed to deliver. I don't understand or care about the (incomprehensible) plot anymore and the visuals are sorely outmoded. It's got the stench of "whatever" and while the completionist part of me may spur a viewing at some point, I have to give it a pass for now.

Outside of that, I've been Netflixing quite a few gems. Breaking Bad is such an amazing show and I can't remember the last time I've been so addicted to, well, anything. The AnimeFest schedule has yet to be decided on, so I still have to cross my fingers for something riffable.

I've heard much about Dark Souls from listening to GiantBomb's Bombcast week in and week out. It sounds like a pretty worthy successor to Demon's Souls, which I love to sum up with one of my favorite Yahtzee quotes: "A challenge is one thing; trying to break down a fucking concrete wall with your forehead isn't a challenge - it's grounds for getting fucking sectioned!" Not to say that I agree, necessarily, as there's an oddly-amusing sense of self-schadenfreude to be had in persistent failure, a la I Wanna Be The Guy. I've been watching a lot of games, such as Arkham City, but the last game I played was Catherine, which is still one of the coolest, and most unique experiences ever.

Anyway, here's to hoping for AUSA this November.
IllConstruct Oct 24, 2011 5:17 AM
Friendly reminder: Deadline for AUSA registration is one week from today.
IllConstruct Oct 12, 2011 8:21 PM
Psst...just reminding you that we're a little over a month away from this. More details to come when I'm less busy as I just got back from a trip to Atlantic City over Fall Break and am trying to catch up on schoolwork. But at the very least, you should know that I'm going to be cosplaying there.
IllConstruct Aug 22, 2011 4:40 AM
Hey, what's up. School starts today for, well, those of us. I'm living in New Hall West and figured you'd be interested in hearing that the president of the Anime Club lives in the room that is directly one floor above mine.

I introduced myself earlier and he indeed remembers us as "those guys who show up to AnimeFest." He also said that he found the "commentaries" hilarious and that they were very well done. Mission accomplished.

Hopefully, I can get some info on what the AnimeFest movies are far in advance. I'm also planning on scouting a third riffer at the Anime Club's initial meeting seeing as I'm now sure the officials are okay with what we're doing.

Yeah, things are going well and the semester hasn't even started yet.
IllConstruct Jul 22, 2011 5:44 AM
The Otakon schedule is up:

Plan your routes. Quick observation:
Rideback dubbed in the video room? Ahahahahahaha. MOTORCYCLES THAT TURN INTO ROBOTS!