Archive for November, 2010

Winter Anime 2010/2011

Posted: November 30, 2010 in anime

As the end of the November draws near, and as I visibly fail the NaNoWriMo challenge due to certain mishaps but mainly to procrastinating, I set myself some goals that I expect myself accomplishing in the new season. I rarely do, but one can only dream.

But that has nothing to do with the following chart:


This chart, created by Neregate, gives a sneak-peek of the anime coming in the following season. I guess I can use that to tie the rest of the post to the bit on the up. Fortunately for me, there is little in store for me to get excited, as I still haven’t even finished the anime of the last season (I still haven’t finished Ah! My Goddess which I started over 4 years ago, but that’s beside the point). I’ll get around to watching them.

Must watch: Freezing

Looks promising: IS, Gosick, Rio – Rainbow Gate, Soukyuu no Fafner: Heaven and Earth

Many OVAs and OADs this time around, most I haven’t even finished their anime. Roberta’s Blood Trail is still ongoing, we’ll see what the spring holds.

Dead Computer is Dead

Posted: November 23, 2010 in real life
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My current computer has just died on me…  that bloody useless thing. Was my father’s anyway, and I only have a few things not backed up, yet its undeniably annoying when it happens. Will need a few days to get my old computer working, and get my new fixed in the meantime.

God Joe Pesci bless smartphones.

History Test

Posted: November 22, 2010 in real life
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Hittites, Urartu, Phyrgia, Lydia, Ionia, Persia, Athens, Sparta, Minoans, Mycenians, Macedon, and… that sounds about right. We barely touched Seleucids, the Ptolemaic, the Attalid and the Antagonid, so they shouldn’t be much of a problem. Had Rome been here, I’d have scraped off some better marks. Probably. Hopefully. Anyway, onto some 24 pages of notes on these kingdoms/empires/city states…

An actual update will follow tomorrow, after I’ve cleansed myself of the intricate relatively obvious workings of the aforementioned… nations, or whatever they are.

A New Look to the Blog

Posted: November 21, 2010 in Uncategorized

You may have notice I’m using a new template for my blog. The old one strikes me as too blue for my taste, and I dig the silvery style of this one. Now forgive me while I return to my F1 game and race in the glorious Monaco Grand Prix.

Not pictured: Cars

 

A side of this blog that I’ve managed to neglect, anime is (don’t have a reason for the Yoda voice, came out like that). Alas, as per usual, I have a very satisfactory reason:

…Crap, can’t even think of a placeholder reason for that. Shows how much I think about these blog posts, eh?

Anyway, the real reason is that I haven’t been watching any of them recently. The latest anime I’ve watched is Highschool of the Dead, which ended quite a while ago, and while I have seen random episodes of the ~100 series I’ve started but not yet finished, I’ve yet to come across one that will get my attention long enough for me to watch more that two episodes at a time. As an act of apology (or rather, the only way to continue this piece of writing with a coherent structure), I’ll give you what I deem is the worthwhile anime of the Fall season (it’s still Fall, right?):

Bakuman: A top-notch comedy featuring two school-mates and their quest for manga publishing, if not the eventual love for one of them. The drawing style irks me from time to time, yet the comedy more than makes up for it. A must watch for any aspiring mangaka, or to anyone really.

The World God Only Knows: If you’ve liked Code Geass or Death Note, and are familiar with the concept of galge (the Japanese games where the aim is to seduce or rather win the heart of one of the heroines), you’re in for a treat. The main character is a legend in the community of galge, in a concept akin to a romantic comedy with some ecchi thrown in, and you are able to see as he wins the real people’s hearts one by one. Warning: watch it only if you like the concept.

Index 2: Can’t bother with the full title. It’s the third installation on the Academy City storyline, and the direct sequel to the original Index anime. Obviously has less emphasis on our tsundere Railgun as she already got her own anime, and continues the main storyline. Relatively action-packed and a fun watch, there’s no reason not to watch it, unless of course you’re like me and continue putting off downloading it even when you’re bored to death.

Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai: The English title being “My Little Sister Can’t be This Cute”, it’s about your average protagonist and his pretty sister, the latter which has an undying love for eroge, the 18+ version of the galge we talked about a few lines up. Prepare for a significant amount of ecchi and comedy based on that kind.

MM!: The tales of a masochistic protagonist and a girl who tries to fix his problem but end up regularly beating him, much to his delight. Hilarity ensues.

Yosuga no Sora: Easily one of the most mindfuck anime I’ve ever seen. 5 episodes in, I’ve yet to understand what’s going on. I have no idea as to why I included this anime in this mini-list. Whatever. Warning: 18+, beware the sex and nudity.

Rome: Total War

Posted: November 19, 2010 in game, review
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Lately, I’ve been preoccupied with a lot of things, many insignificant. It’s usually the case with me, doing anything unnecessary and none necessary until the last possible moment. Study for the history test next Monday? Only at Sunday night. Spend two hours tweaking your phone just to change it the day after? You bet I’m doing that.

Alas, my non-loyal but possibly existing followers, it has not been the constant bickering with my Android phone that kept me from catching up to my word count in NaNoWriMo, or achieving my goal of one post per day (though we all know that’s not happening). It is not the new F1 2010 game I bought for PS3 because it looked cool in the store, nor the ancient Greek play Lysistrata that I enjoy way more than I should, and certainly not the rather annoying headaches I’ve been getting in the last weeks. It is…

…way to build up the suspense, when the title already explicitly shows what it is. Whatever.

Red background is serious business.

Rome: Total War; the game to play for any strategy maniacs. Originally published in 2004, the game still retains a cult group of followers that just can’t get enough of the game. It has been heavily modded and has the largest community in all of the Total War games. But what is it that makes this game the flagship of the strategy game community? The answer is multifold.

The first reason to come to mind is the historical setting. Starting at 3rd century BCE, you experience the rise of the Roman Republic, various reforms that has significantly altered Rome, and the Civil War and the rise of the Roman Empire. You alone have the power to unite Europe, North Africa and Asia Minor under a single hand. You have the power to shape the world as we know it.

Just the exhilaration one gets from that glory is enough to make this game a viable pastime experience, yet it is of no wonder that had gameplay not been this impressive, it would be of little importance to the gaming community. Being able to play through alternative factions of power offers you a less repetitive gaming experience, and unique units help spice the game up. I could go great lengths about the way cities are led, the army fights and the way of conquering across the world, but much of that can be found on Wikipedia already, and the chances are you’re going to read it anyway regardless of what I write here.

Still at the same word count,

Xyllan.

Often times we find ourselves in a lack of motivation, finding the time to write only between work and sleep, and even then spending that time on countless insubstantial episodes (blogging comes to mind.) Stephen King’s advice of 2000 words a day probably is  for only the full-time writers, yet it is without doubt that reading and writing a lot will inevitably raise your writing prowess. But, I hear you say, my life is torn between things I have to do, and things I want to do, and I can’t write between all of the havoc? Fear not, friends, for NaNoWriMo will make sure that writing takes your #1 place in things you want to do, and motivate you beyond reason.

The National Novel Writing Month, taking place every November, where people all across the continents gather to share the love and passion of writing.

Pictured: NaNoWriMo contestants

 

OK, that’s a huge lie. It’s a place where some strange people gather to share how crappy they can write when forced to write 1667 words per day for a month. The pain of forcing yourself to write that many words every day is akin to self-mutilation, which more and more people joining in every year. 50000 words in a month is madness unlike any other.

Last year, at my first time in NaNoWriMo, I burned out half-way during the month. Tried too hard, accomplished too little, and eventually scrapped the idea at a rather crappy 23000 words. Only after that I realized my priorities have not been set straight. I tried a delicate balance between writing fast and writing coherently. And that defied every concept this event wanted to achieve.

I do not like to write – I like to have written.” says Gloria Steinem in a quote I’ve decided to shamelessly rip-off from another pep-talk. That’s the spirit of NaNoWriMo (not ripping off, though you are absolutely free to do so), for its inevitable that you’ll feel like you hate writing during the whole month, but once December comes and you are able to look back at what you have produced, you’ll be able to say that you have written a novel. It will be a mass of unintelligible word-dump, yet it will be something, whereas before the month it was nothing.

I’m proud to say that I’ll be including this very blog post in my NaNovel, and whatever essays I write will be going there. You don’t need to hold back, nobody will judge you. It’s the word that counts, not the sentences. Perhaps I could even go into great lenghts in my novel as to why I am including this excerpt and how this blog post can possibly help my hero in his quest to world domination, even though there is no internet in Middle Earth (or whatever my fantasy world is called). The freedom is yours.

Pictured: Your idol for the month.

Be shameless, use whatever you can to achieve 50000 words before clock strikes midnight in November 31. For a single month, don’t live your life, and let your characters live their own. Don’t bother with plot holes, character development, and for this cause, not even with plot development. Let your stereotypical American character struggle to eat with chopsticks for over 3000 words. If it means having written a book, so be it.

Already more than halfway behind,

Xyllan, 13465 words.