Anime I’ve Finished So Far

•April 19, 2010 • 3 Comments

I stopped watching a good amount of anime when my old computer broke in November.  I had a bunch of shows I was watching at the same time, and I lost progress in a lot of them.  Right now, I can count the number of shows on one hand (maybe the other one as well) that I’ve consistently watched or actually finished.

Letsee…there was

1) Toaru Majutsu no Index

2) Soul Eater

3) The Irresponsible Captain Tylor

-and-

4) RE: Cutie Honey

The first show I watched and finished this year was

Toaru Majutsu No Index (A Certain Magical Index)

Based on a series of light novels, Toaru Majutsu no Index takes place in the very modern city known as Academic City.  The show focuses on Kamijo Touma, a boy who goes to school in the city.  Being a Level 0, he has no esper abilities to speak of.  He does have a special ability called the Limit Breaker.  He can cancel any magic or divine power just by using his left hand.  No exceptions.  The tradeoff is that Touma has the worst luck out of any character in the series, something that gets played on throughout the show.

He runs into a number of characters throughout the show.  There’s Index, a girl in a holy-looking outfit who appears on the balcony of Touma’s apartment one day.  There’s Misaka Mikoto, a girl who can generate large amounts of electricity and the main character of the spinoff show, Toaru Kagaku no Railgun.  There are a bunch more characters, but I want to keep this brief.

The show is broken up into different story arcs, each focusing on certain characters and such.  There’s a good amount of action, a good amount of character development, and that’s about as much as I can say.

Soul Eater

I watched the first half of this show in anime club back when I used to go to club.  From September 2008 to May 2009, I met at club and watched one episode of Soul Eater along with one episode of four other shows once a week.  When the school year ended, we had to finish Soul Eater on our own.  I lost progress of this show, watched a few episodes later that year, but didn’t pick it up until two months ago.

The first half of the show introduced the main characters, Maka, Soul, Black Star, and Death the Kid and Medusa, one of my favorite villains I’ve seen in any anime.  Sadistic yet likeable.  Add the slick animation and a darn catchy soundtrack and this is a shounen action show that I’ve really enjoyed.

Though, the second half of the show was pretty uneven.  There were the awesome episodes.  Then there were the filler episodes.  Then there were the Excalibur episodes, some of the most annoying filler episodes I’ve ever watched.  That aside, this is one of the few shounen shows I’ve finished and thoroughly enjoyed.

The Irresponsible Captain Tylor

Probably my favorite show I’ve watched so far this year.  A comedy set in space, this show is about Justin Ueki Tylor, a 20 year old who’s one of the biggest slackers I’ve seen in an anime.  He decides to join the army one day so he can get an easy desk job and retire with a lot of money.  Through a stroke of (dumb?) luck, Tylor becomes the captain of a ship.  Thing is, he’s become the captain of the Soyokaze, a ship that has the worst reputation in the military.  Made up of people like the uptight Yuriko, the always drunk doctor, a bunch of manly Marines, and a whole bunch of other personalities, the ship is supposed to be a lost cause.  Tylor, who is oblivious to what is going on around him, usually gets the Soyokaze in some sort of mess in each episode and somehow manages to pull through at the end of each episode.   There’s the two higher-ups, Admiral Mifune and someone else, who are constantly embarrassed by Tylor and their attempts to find a way to get rid of him are pretty darn entertaining.  Somewhere in the process, Tylor manages to have every female character in the show fall for him.  Heck, even the empress of an enemy empire develops a crush on him.

At 26 episodes, The Irresponsible Captain Tylor never feels like it drags on.  It’s highly entertaining and if you’re in the mood for a show that isn’t moe or just want a show that doesn’t take itself too seriously, I would recommend checking out this show.

The TV anime was the last anime I watched before going off to Tokyo and I plan on watching the 10-episode OVA series when I get back.

RE: Cutie Honey

A remake of a magical girl show from the 1970s, this anime is colorful and has a ton of ecchi.  Honey Kisaragi is an android with a heart who fights evil.  Along the way, she makes a best friend by the name of Na-chan, a detective who at first wants to put Honey under arrest for public disturbance, but later develops feelings for Honey.  There’s action, there’s ton of fanservice, it’s all good.  The 2004 remake is only 3 episodes long, meaning that it can easily be watched in one sitting.

Honey Flash!

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Recap Post: March 2010

•April 8, 2010 • Leave a Comment

March was pretty darn good as far as backlog progress went.  Though, for as many games that I finished that month, I ended up buying a whole bunch more and went from about 44 Unfinished games to about 49-50 Unfinished games.  Bak’laag’s presence is very strong around me.  I’m going to be lucky if I can get my backlog down to 40 Unfinished games by the end of this summer.  I’m working on Completing a game for once.  Surprise surprise.

Most of the games I’ve bought have been RPGs, which will take me a while to play through.  Though, I can actually put a good amount of time into some of those games because I tend to have long commutes in Tokyo.  As long as I remember to charge my Nintendo DSi or PSP the night before, I’m good.

In this blog post, I’m going to cover the games that I finished in March.  They are the following:

1) Star Ocean: Second Evolution

2) Hatsune Miku: Project Diva

3) Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

4) Shadow Complex

5) Matt Hazard: Blood, Bath, and Beyond

6) Pac-Man World: 20th Anniversary

Since I know this may turn into a Too Long, Didn’t Read, I’ve broken up the post by game

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Swag ‘N Stuff

•April 5, 2010 • 2 Comments

Here in Japan, I have the opportunity to do a lot of stuff.  I get to see lots of places.  I go there.  I do stuff.  I also get to buy a lot of stuff I like.  This past Saturday and last week on Sunday, I got to go to Akihabara.  I got to spend all day in Akihabara last week, wandering from place to place.  I went into some game stores, played some games at some arcades.  I got to try BlazBlue: Continuum Shift.  There was so much stuff I wanted to buy in stores, but I needed enough money to get me back home and enough money to last me while I’m in Japan until July.

I thought I wouldn’t have a chance to go back to Akihabara for a while, but then I had the opportunity this past Saturday.  This weekend, I went to Tokyo and Nikko with my parents since they happened to be on vacation in Japan while I was here.  On Saturday, I went around the city and one of the last stops of the day before dinner was at Akihabara.  My parents went to a camera store to look at some stuff, so I went off on my own to some shops I didn’t have time for the last time I was there.  Again, I really had to look after my money and only had so much stuff I could carry around.  I mean, I had to carry everything with me until I returned to my host family’s place yesterday evening.

Most of what I’ve bought so far have been artbooks, figures, and plushies.  I haven’t bought a lot of doujinshi in Tokyo just yet.  I may save that for later on.  Anyway, let’s go to the meat of this post: the pics.

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On Anime Club: Running a Convention

•March 26, 2010 • 1 Comment

Last year, I ranted about why I left my school’s anime club after being an active member for two years.  In the end, I asked myself, “Why bother going to club when I can watch stuff that I like on my own time?”  I spent the rest of the time I was at school watching anime that I borrowed from other people and stuff I owned on my own.  I’m still on the club mailing list in case I want to go back, although I highly doubt I will.

My school’s anime club would do some activities other than sit in a dark room and watch anime.  There was the trip to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Philadelphia two years ago.  There was also the end of the year sushi party.  Sometime last year, the club put on a Golden Week Festival where we borrowed a room in the student center and had a bunch of events going on.  We had a bunch of activities, a room where we showed anime on a projector, and a room with some video games like Katamari Damacy, DDR, and Street Fighter IV.  The highlight of the event was a show put on by the Tae Kwon Do club, which including sparing and breaking wooden blocks.

It was pretty awesome.  When Jenny, the new president of the club, took over club last fall, she wanted to follow up with something similar this year.

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The Winter Recap Post

•February 27, 2010 • 2 Comments

With the sole exception of Call of Duty 2 for the 360, which I download off XBLA, I’ve played nothing but RPGs for nearly two months.  Since this is probably going to continue for most of the year, it means that I won’t be beating as many games as I did last year and it means that I will only have to try much harder to keep my Unbeaten count from rising since I’m going to continue buying games.  Especially when summer comes around and I’ll be back in the States, I’m going to use that time to focus on some of my longer RPGs.  It’s going to be different from last year, where I went through a lot of older games in my collection.

On the other hand, it’s going to be easier to write about each game I’ve beaten so far since I have nowhere as many games to talk about as I did in my last two recap posts.  I looked back at the Summer of the Beat post I made back in September and realized that I didn’t do as good of a job writing it like I should have.  Sure, I listed all 25 games I finished from May to August, but I didn’t talk about every one of them.  I went back to that post and fixed that.  I had a lot of stuff to say about certain games, while I didn’t have a lot to say about other games.  At least I said something about each one of them.

At least I did a good enough job on my recap post for the fall that I didn’t have to rewrite it.  Since I had a lot of games to talk about, although nowhere as much as last summer, I broke up my blog post by each month.  It made talking about certain games a lot easier.

When I wrote my last recap post, I was playing Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, so let’s start with that game.

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Returning To Pokemon

•February 21, 2010 • 3 Comments

It feels good to be playing Pokemon again.  When I beat Pokemon Diamond last weekend, it was the first Pokemon game I had finished since Blue over 10 years ago.  I played the hell out of Blue when it first came out and have a lot of good memories from those times.  Since getting transportation to get somewhere to get rare Pokemon was out of my reach, I remember using a Gameshark to get a Mew.  I also remember the countless trading and battling I did with people back when I used to go to summer camp.  Anyway, I barely played through Yellow and Silver was as much experience as I had with the second gen.  I only made it to the first few gyms when I played Silver back in the day.  I tried to get back into it later last year, only to have my copy of that game die on me.  Rest in peace, game cart.  It was the last Game Boy game I had to finish to beat my collection, but I wish it didn’t have to go out that way.  I skipped out on the 3rd gen altogether, so I know nothing about Hoenn.  I picked up Diamond when it came out in 2007 and Platinum when it came out in 2009, but barely played either one.

Until now.  What happened with my 4th gen games in the past was like with any other given game, I got distracted by others and left them to collect dust.   So last month came along and I had just finished Final Fantasy VI Advance.  I didn’t know what to play next, so I do what I usually do: consult the Fortune Cookie on the Backloggery.  I opened it and it told me to play Pokemon Diamond.  I knew this was going to happen.  So I started playing, and going against what I usually did in the past, went with a Fire starter (Chimchar).  I had to refresh myself on certain things about Pokemon, but once I got past that, I was ready to go.

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The List of Beaten Games: 2009

•February 18, 2010 • 3 Comments

So I figure that sooner or later, I would make a list of the games I finished in 2009.

I’ve also been trying to work on a blog post about playing Pokemon for the first time in over 10 years.

I was planning on writing that blog post tonight.

Since I didn’t have the time to do that tonight, I’m going to do something completely different.

I’m making that list of games I finished in 2009.

It’s a lot, so here is how it’s going to work.

I’ll list the games I beat by month and comment in parentheses if I completed it.

Since my History on my Backloggery is cluttered, it took me some time to find the games that I owned and finished.

Until sometime through last year, I listed games that I had beaten throughout my life.

Sometime last year, I purged my gaming collection on the Backloggery and kept only the games I actually owned.

So anyway, here is the list.

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