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What’cha Doin’? 1/10/17 — January 10, 2017

What’cha Doin’? 1/10/17

I got my new 2TB hard drive in the mail today to upgrade from my default 500 gig for my PS4, so I’ve been backing up my stuff pretty much all day… The backup process itself takes about 5 or 6 hours! Luckily the recovery is only about half as long. At any rate, with the new space available for video capture, I may finally be able to do some Let’s Plays for Cyberphile’s YouTube Channel! Stay tuned!

In the meantime, I’ve been able to read a couple chapters of the Ghost in the Shell manga. I’m a big fan, and it’s neat to see which parts they’ve taken and put to the screen in the various anime adaptations, especially the bits a pieces taken for 2nd Gig. Interestingly though, the main character, “Major” Motoko Kusanagi is almost a completely different character in the manga. In the anime, she’s this cool, collected, strong-willed commander, but in the manga, not only does she start out as a mercenary, but one that is somewhat disrespectful and reminiscent of going through her “teenage rebellion” phase. She can be childish and gets flustered like your typical Tsundere character, not at all like she is in the anime adaptations. Additionally, the members of Section 9 seem to have a sort of disdain for Chief Aramaki instead of the silent respect I’m familiar with in the anime.

What’cha Doin’ 7/22/16 – Pokemon TGC and Junji Ito — July 22, 2016

What’cha Doin’ 7/22/16 – Pokemon TGC and Junji Ito

I put some real time into the Pokemon Trading Card Game on Game Boy Color yesterday. In fact, I downloaded it as a 3DS Virtual Console game and I already have all 8 medals. I just need to do the final few battles and I think it’s complete. That means on Monday you can probably expect a review of it of some sort. I’m running mainly a fire-based deck revolving around my favorite Pokemon, Ninetales. I dont want to say too much about the game because, again, the review is coming very soon. Stay tuned!

I also watched another episode of Kokoro Connect, and I found a really nice hardcover version of Junji Ito’s Gyo. Junji Ito is a manga writer/artist who mainly writes horror, mostly in the style of creepy gross out stuff. I’m a big fan of Junji Ito, so I always grab any physical manga of his that I see. He draws in a very realistic style, and there is a TON of detail in nearly every panel. The stories themselves can be hit or miss, but he usually leaves a number of holes in his story for the reader to wonder about. What’s nice about his collections in manga is that they usually squeeze one or two of his short stories in there too. My personal favorite, the Enigma of Amigara Fault, is in the Gyo collection, which I was very happy about. If you like horror and manga, you need to check out Junji Ito.

Finally, I also made a MyAnimeList page. It lets you sort and rate your anime and manga. The ratings may be off because I was just sort of going from memory, but here’s a link to my profile.

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What’cha Doin’? 6/16/16 — June 16, 2016

What’cha Doin’? 6/16/16

Well, I’ve actually been watching and playing a lot of new things lately. Over the weekend I finally started watching an anime on my backlist, Kill la Kill. It’s fun, crazy, and over the top and I love it for that. I’m a little over halfway through the series now. I also watched a couple of Toshiaki Toyoda’s films, 9 Souls and Blue Spring (Aoi Haru). 9 Souls tells the story of 9 escaped convicts, mostly murderers, who are on a search for a large number of counterfeit bills that a 10th, non-escaping convict told them he hid. It’s a great film, part drama, part comedy, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who doesn’t mind reading subtitles. Blue Spring is a delinquent coming of age film, based on the manga of the same name, and personally, I didn’t care for it that much. The cinematography, setting, and acting was great, but the plot seemed kind of empty and really didn’t make me care much for the characters. I understand that the manga is told in a vignette style, so maybe not enough detail was given to each character the way it was in the manga, as things must surely be cut out.

In the realm of games, I finished my Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst review, and probably won’t go back to it for a while. I started Guilty Gear: Xrd – Revelator, and I’m loving it just as much as I loved SIGN. I won’t be able to do a review or anything with it for a while though, as I have a lot of game left to play.

These “What’cha Doin’?” posts are designed to spark discussion, so feel free to post in the comments what you’ve been playin’, watchin’, or listenin’ to lately.

 

New Page – Library — June 13, 2016
What’cha Doin’? – 6/7/16 — June 7, 2016

What’cha Doin’? – 6/7/16

Yesterday I got all caught up with Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto, finally getting into storylines that aren’t present in the two volumes of the manga I’ve read.

Other than that, yesterday has been a pretty blah day, despite having off from work. I played a little of the PSX DOOM Total Conversion, a little Rocket League, and a little Jet Set Radio HD.

Today, both Mirror’s Edge Catalyst and Guilty Gear: Revelator come out, so I’ll be very very busy for the next few days, for sure! You’ll probably be able to expect a review of those two games at some point.

Lastly, let me just give a shout out to JetSetRadio.live, a website that plays nothing but nonstop, hardcore music. References aside, it has a huge playlist of all of the tunes from Jet Set Radio and Jet Set Radio Future, as well as tracks that sound like they could fit into either of those games. It also features a chatboard and requests, so that’s cool. Check it out if you’re a fan of funky Jet Set Radio-esque tunes.

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What’cha Doin’? – 6/6/16 — June 6, 2016

What’cha Doin’? – 6/6/16

Episode 9 of Kiznaiver was a pretty intense episode with a lot of emotion, and some pretty cool shots and animation. Things are coming to a head, and it’ll be interesting to see how the Kiznaivers deal with the stress they’re all in. We also got the definite yes to the obvious plot point between Katsuhira and Nori, so it’ll also be interesting to see where that goes. There’s only 3 more episodes, which is not nearly enough in my opinion, but here’s hoping they make the best of it.

In other anime-related news, I also started watching Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto. There’s an interesting story behind this though… Years ago, while I was at a Japanese shopping area, I saw a poster of Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto on the window of the book store. It showed Sakamoto tossing a straw into his friend’s juice box from across the classroom. I thought it was hilarious, but I’m not that well versed in Japanese, so I just snapped a picture, sent it to a few friends, and subsequently forgot about it. Fast forward to a few months ago at that same bookstore which has opened up an English manga section (which is cheaper than other bookstores, by the way) and I recognized the art right away. In fact, the artwork from that poster was on the back cover of volume 2! I immediate bought both volumes on a whim, started reading, and loved it. The anime has been practically the same as the manga, which is great.

Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto is a comedy about a boy named Sakamoto who is handsome, cool, and all the girls squeal and swoon over him. He’s also kind of eccentric, but quiet, and can’t stand by and watch as people get hurt. He generally tries to solve problems in his Sakamoto way, remaining his cool air the whole time. We never get any internal monologue from Sakamoto; he is as much of an enigma to us as he is to the rest of the characters. All we know is that whatever Sakamoto does, he does it as stylish as possible. The episodes are shot in a vignette style, with each scene being a separate story, most episodes with 2 or more per episode. So far there hasn’t been any main plot or conflict, just Sakamoto and his silly antics. If you’re looking for a ridiculous and funny anime, I’d definitely check this one out.

In the realm of video games, I’ve been working on playing the PSX Total Conversion of DOOM here and there. You see, there was a port of DOOM to PlayStation 1, which changes up some sound effects, music, lighting effects, and even some entire levels. They later released Final DOOM for the PlayStation 1 that included pretty much everything up to that point with the changes intact. So Final DOOM for PS1 includes Ultimate DOOM, DOOM II and the corresponding Master Levels, as well as bits and pieces of TNT: Evilution and the Plutonia Experiment. Anyway, someone faithfully ported the PSX DOOM experience to PC, and that’s what I’ve been playing.

PSX DOOM is a must play for anyone who liked DOOM 64, or anyone who likes DOOM in general. It came out before DOOM 64, but the atmosphere, sounds, and music were taken and put right into DOOM 64. It’s dark and has a creepy atmosphere, putting a whole new twist on the DOOM levels you know and love. Some things are changed however, because the team behind it weren’t sure they could do the original DOOM justice. Some stages are completely different or removed altogether, while some only have minor changes. Some PlayStation exclusive levels were created too. Archviles (and I think Spider Masterminds) are removed from the game, but they have added in a new monster: the Nightmare Spectre. They look almost identical to a Spectre, but their colors are inverted, giving them that sickly blue/green color. They are also slightly stronger. Anyway, definitely play the PSX DOOM if you haven’t yet.

These “What’cha Doin’?” posts are designed to spark discussion, so feel free to post in the comments what you’ve been playin’, watchin’, or listenin’ to lately.

What’cha Watchin’? – 5/26/16 – Kiznaiver — May 26, 2016

What’cha Watchin’? – 5/26/16 – Kiznaiver

A few days ago, I was feeling the anime bug, so I opened up Crunchyroll for a marathon of an anime that I’ve seen around a lot lately: Kiznaiver. I watched all 7 episodes (that are currently released anyway) in a single sitting.

The first thing that really attracts me to Kiznaiver is the art style. Each character looks great and has their own personality really tied into their character design. If the art doesn’t grab you immediately, the theme song might, with Boom Boom Satellite’s “Lay Your Hands On Me”. Despite it sounding  eerily similar to Take on Me by A-ha, it really kind of amps you up. It really feels more like an actual music video until the characters appear.

Please be aware that there will be early series spoilers for here on out. (Mainly the first few episodes)

Kiznaiver opens up with a strange daydream/flashback of Katsuhira Agata’s childhood, involving a friend of his about to jump off of what appears to be playground equipment. Katsuhira has a strange issue: He is very resistant to physical pain and can’t feel it. As a result, he’s been unable to fit in with most people, and gets beat up on a fairly regular basis. One day after meeting a strange and demanding girl, Noriko Sonozaki, him and 5 of his classmates wake up in a strange building informing them that they have been kidnapped and experimented on. They are what is now known as Kiznaivers: a government experiment that supposedly is an attempt to bring about world peace. Kiznaivers are forced to feel each other’s pain. For example, if one gets hit in the face, they all feel it. The idea is that the reason war is so prevalent is because humans are incapable of feeling other’s pain. At least, that’s what the show tells you. It definitely seems like there is something far more sinister at work here.

The characters range from typical anime trope to completely unusual. You have the goodhearted thug, Hajime Tenma and the childhood friend of Katsuhira, Chidori Takashiro. Then you have a few more interesting characters who aren’t as trope-y like the girl who really just doesn’t like most people, Honoka Maki, the womanizer and seemingly shallow Tsuguhita Yuta, and the incredibly strange (and kind of looks like a Japanese Idol) Niko Niiyama. Finally, the Kizniavers learn that there is a seventh Kiznaiver who is quite a bit different from the rest of them… He’s a masochist, so this whole sharing pain thing is very attractive to him: Yoshiharu Hisomu.

After you get the gist of the story and the characters, the show starts to ramp up by each episode or two having it’s own self-contained story about one of the main characters who really don’t know much about each other, as they are forced to become friends or at least comrades in the screwed up situation they’ve been forced into. The show is very much character driven, as you’ll care much more about the characters than the strange antics they get put into.

I’m interested to see where they go with Kiznaiver. It’s awfully similar to Kokoro Connect, a manga I’ve read relatively recently, though Kokoro Connect seems quite a bit more lighthearted than Kiznaiver.

These “What’cha Doin’?” posts are designed to spark discussion, so feel free to post in the comments what you’ve been playin’, watchin’, or listenin’ to lately.