rainfall: (wink ;; never make that face again)
So, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD premiered this week, and... damn, it sure hit the spot. In just one episode, we felt the true power of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: there were references to Thor, references to The Incredible Hulk, so many references to The Avengers, and -- perhaps most satisfying of all -- references to Iron Man 3.

CAUTION: Falling opinions. )
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Aselia has a great list up of Flynn's new skills and artes; you can compare them to his Xbox 360 artes, if you'd like. (I've heard that his speed was also improved greatly in the PS3 version, but during the actual battles he and Yuri had in the Xbox version, I was too distracted by their battle dialogue to notice anything Flynn was doing physically.)

The second I had Flynn available to me, though, I switched him into my party and then never removed him again. Below the cut, my thoughts on his AI and the adorable quirks in it.

There are probably spoilers here! )
rainfall: A girl stands in the midst of fallen leaves. You can't see her face. ([gin] trick (v.))
Gin Gin Gin Gin.

The last chapter omg.

He's so CUTE and COVERED IN BLOOD.

Spoilerz?? )

And congrats, [livejournal.com profile] kay_willow. Byakuya and Yoruichi and HAIR TIES ee.
rainfall: A girl stands in the midst of fallen leaves. You can't see her face. ([urahara] does not play god)
I actually really enjoyed this episode. What the writers added in to fill it out a little was light and funny and nice, because I've been missing the Bleach humor recently.

But that's not so much the reason for this post. No one else has noticed, as near as I can tell, so I just had to point out Gin's pretty blue bow.

Thank you, anime, so much. D: I noticed something weird and pale blue protruding from Gin's hips in this picture, but I really wasn't sure what it was until we got that nice color lineup. :D

Well, maybe Gin's hakama are easier to get open than normal hakama because of his bow.
rainfall: A girl stands in the midst of fallen leaves. You can't see her face. ([hitsugaya] brimming with tiny confidenc)
Hi, hello. Yes, I'm talking to you. Here are some things it would be totally awesome if you'd stop doing:

a.) Telling me that "despite all evidence to the contrary, Ichigo liked it when Rukia was a huge bitch to him." Do you see the first part of your sentence? Do you even know how annoying that is? Stop being lazy. Tell me WHY all evidence is to the contrary and yet it's still true, don't just stammer about Ichigo "of course never admitting it". I'd take a scary BDSM fic over this. At least there Ichigo's a crazy masochist and has reason to enjoy being bitched out, even if his obviously-angry-and-confused retorts make it seem like if they're playing a game he doesn't know the rules.

And the rest are spoilers lalala~ )

Whew. That feels better.
rainfall: A girl stands in the midst of fallen leaves. You can't see her face. ([x-files] mulder and his porn)
AKA, hahahaha no.

We are now at Episode 54. It has come to our attention that there are many, how you say, pairings in this series. And although it's extremely premature to call bluff a quarter of the way in, I've got some thoughts of my own that may be subject to later revision.

[EDIT: Episode 74 Now. And oh boy, already some revisions. Also, DO NOT READ EPISODE TITLES. Ever. You will regret it.]

Spoilers, but all safely screened by white font tags.

Srsly, does anyone in the Soul Society do anything but form bizarrely-intricate love triangles? )

More to be added later!
rainfall: A girl stands in the midst of fallen leaves. You can't see her face. ([axel] traitor)
On the difference between "the manga" (i.e., the original comic book that came before the anime/movie/etc.) and "the novelization that happens to be in manga-form".

It is perhaps my own failing that I can no longer take the KH manga as entirely canon. )
rainfall: A girl stands in the midst of fallen leaves. You can't see her face. ([riku] to the rescue)
So, as pretty much everyone and their dog knows, when you beat CoM, you get to play as Riku through "Reverse/Rebirth". Re:CoM is no different, although with animations and more voices than just a laugh or a pained grunt, there are some things to be noted nonetheless.

Cut for people NOT everyone and their dog. )

Poor Sora. His friends just suck compared to Riku's friend. Stunning all my enemies and healing me you say? Reliably? Can I just replace Donald with you, please? Thanks!

Woe.

Apr. 6th, 2007 09:49 pm
rainfall: A girl stands in the midst of fallen leaves. You can't see her face. ([roxas/axel] afterlife)
So first, yes, we've seen the scene now. You know the one. With the -- the ice cream.

*sob*

But more than that, we completed the game, and made some interesting discoveries.

1.) Since you now have save data from beating KHII, you receive a Get Bonus from beating Xemnas, and can actually load your old save. (This explains how Xemnas can reasonably appear in the "re-fights" KH Vids was talking about -- we were pretty skeptical because, uh, hey, wouldn't he not be dead yet?)

2.) From what we could tell, at least on Proud Mode, you can unlock the Japanese language option in Theater Mode by completing Jiminy's Memo. Why, Jiminy, why? We chose Proud Mode SPECIFICALLY to avoid your insanity!

3.) We sort of blew through endgame in an attempt to show it to Josh, so naturally we didn't run around doing everything we should have in order to earn the Secret Movie. Because we're either going to have to be much higher level or significantly more awesome before we can take on challengers like Marluxia.

On the plus side, I'd been wondering why people would be posting silent versions of the new cut scenes if the Theater Mode gave them spoken-Japanese versions (as we're so dearly hoping) -- and this answers that question. Because if you have to finish the Jiminy Memo, only sadomasochists would blow through the game this quickly AND manage to fulfill his ridiculous stipulations. Ohhh for a Japanese GameShark.
rainfall: A girl stands in the midst of fallen leaves. You can't see her face. ([axel] your death is right here)
We beat Roxas. Strategy here!

In other news:

Massive spoilers, an Organization scene that takes place right after the events of Betwixt & Between. )

We're going to post everything properly on [livejournal.com profile] kaybek when we've finished the game and unlocked Theater Mode (and can rewatch all these cut scenes), but this one is. kind of. really important. Anyone interested in that part of the game? Should definitely read this and track down a download of the scene to watch.
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Okay, I was kind of half expecting some reworking of the enemies, because I remember that the Heartless had been tweaked in FM (although to be honest, I never noticed the differences aside from the color changes) -- but the Nobody enemies in FM+ have been overhauled something whoa.

Among things we noticed:

Up to the Sixth Day. )

Btw, Axel/Xaldin/ProbablyXemnas scene... )
rainfall: A girl stands in the midst of fallen leaves. You can't see her face. (Default)
(Warning: Very long. I wasted 6000 words on this show.)

The ready availability of TV episodes to download means it's easy to get caught up on just about any show you had a passing interest in seeing five years ago. For me, "Enterprise" is one such show.

Let me begin by asking how in the world this show has lasted four years when "Firefly" was canceled midway through its first season. The dialogue is leaden, bad even for a "Star Trek," and the appearance of the Vulcans -- which bear a distinct resemblance to "classic" Vulcans from the original show (where a bowl haircut and pointy ears meant you were from another planet) -- only served to remind me how similar they are to Romulans. As in, I had to stop and wonder which theoretically-distinct species I was looking at.

The first three minutes of dialogue, literally:

Small Boy: *hint of drama* "Where no man has gone before..."
Father: Dr. Cocrin would be proud of you.
Small Boy: I know the whole speech by heart. When's it gonna be ready to fly?
Father: Let the paint dry first.
Small Boy: No, I mean your ship.
Father: Not for a while. It's not even built yet. You know that.
Small Boy: How big will it be?
Father: Pretty big.
Small Boy: Bigger than Ambassador Pointy's ship?
Father: His name is Suval, and he's been very helpful, and I told you not to call him that, Johnathan.
Small Boy ("Johnathan"): Well, Billy Cook says we'd be flying at Warp Five by now if the Vulcans hadn't kept things from us.
Father: Well, they have their reasons. *shakes head* God knows what they are...

Who talks like this?

And it only gets worse. )

Yeah. I think I'll go back to watching "Deep Space Nine" now. I'm sure "Enterprise" gets better, but I'm equally sure I don't have the patience to find out.

[Edit: Apparently, "Enterprise" does not get any better. That's what I get for giving the benefit of a doubt.]
rainfall: A girl stands in the midst of fallen leaves. You can't see her face. ([axel] never forget you)
Are you watching Heroes? You should be.

Because you don't want this spoiled. Seriously. )

Sadly, "Heroes" is also one of those shows you really have to watch from the beginning to watch at all, but no fear -- NBC has all the episodes to date up on their website to stream. If you've got broadband, you're all set.
rainfall: A girl stands in the midst of fallen leaves. You can't see her face. ([axel/roxas] omg squee)
So, played more KotOR last night -- and wrote another drabble finally X3 -- and we made some real progress. We're almost off Taris. Thank god.

Knights of the Old Republic - Early Game Spoilers?! )

Annnnd time to break! I want to keep writing but "Fellowship" is distracting. :( More later!
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Tonight, I introduce KotOR to [livejournal.com profile] kay_willow (which will hopefully make up some for the pain I caused her last night when Tony came over and we watched horror moves for several hours XD). As I type this, she is cycling through menu options and we're both being amused at the "How do I use you to open the door?" dialogue option.

"Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic" is an awesome game. (As I've probably said before, and as I know many, many reviewers said; it was, after all, Game of the Year when it came out.) The graphics are kind of unimpressive, and there should definitely be more options all around for creating your character, but a class, a gender, a face, and a name aren't bad in terms of giving the character an identity.

The combat system is, I'm told, a bit cumbersome; I got used to it. More annoying is the "tutorial" portion of the game -- the ship you start out on is one long sequence of your temporary party member telling you to use the trigger buttons to select and open your locker to retrieve your clothes or attack enemies, etc.

Moving on! Gaining "Trask the Disposable Party Member!" Getting an important message from Carth, the future, less-disposable party member. Heading down the halls and getting attacked by various Sith soldiers. Watching a Jedi and a Sith mutually annihilate each other in combat. Oh, how I've missed this game.

I love KotOR. ♥ Such goofy love.

Also, Carth is a sweetie. He really is. Trust issues and all. And I really like the background music in this game -- so pretty and peaceful and vaguely Star Wars. I'd buy the soundtrack in a minute -- I remember leaving the game on on the Wookie world and just listening to the background music while I wrote. Mmm~.

Hahaha plot contrivance "understand many languages despite being a new recruit". Also, hahahaha, traveling within an arm's length of a planet that's practically under Sith martial law = very clever!

Now it's time to go check out the planet below! Oh boy.

Future giggly updates will be LJ-cut, as I imagine they'll give away more about the game's plot. ;)

Another?

Jul. 30th, 2006 03:56 pm
rainfall: A girl stands in the midst of fallen leaves. You can't see her face. (Default)
Well, LJ Talk still isn't really suited for longer entries yet, I don't think -- I got a bunch of errors when I tried to send this. But the important part was spoiling a bunch of people with cracktastic theories, and so.

So, Ansem whut now? )
rainfall: A girl stands in the midst of fallen leaves. You can't see her face. ([sora] master of my domain)
So, Kingdom Hearts is kind of big and confusing. All of the broad strokes, I think, make sense, but some of the details are a little trickier to pin down.

For example:

The Many Faces of Ansem [SPOILERS] )

...I'm crazy, huh?

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