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Akane-chan: I can't have orgasmo-chocolate, so I'll summon an asteroid. That'll show you!
I'm surprised nobody pointed out that if she destroys Earth, that means no more chocolate for her...EVER. And no more candy of ANY kind....also ever. Talk about cutting of your nose to spite your face.
I know everyone talks about how focused Blood of Fiends and Blood of Angels were, but with all the alternate versions, they basically transformed tieflings and aasimar into multiple races in those books (not that I see that as a bad thing) which were unified by a common theme.
That's they key, I think - keep the overall theme tight.
I'm looking forward to this one, and I haven't made a 'Blood of' purchase since the first two. After hearing how Blood of Night got all mucked up by becoming a GM reference rather than a player one, I haven't really bothered with the line. Here's to hoping I get pulled back in....
The radio announcer from the beginning of each episode is an actual character who appears in a couple episodes. (much like the narrator for the first series was an actual character as well - just this guy isn't a previous avatar like Roku was) He even has a hilarious line (based on delivery - what spurs it isn't supposed to be funny at all) later in the season.
Currently my wife and I are watching Mauyo: Archenemy and Hero. Interesting and amusing so far after 5 episodes in. The bit in episode 1 with the projected memory of her special pillow made us both laugh.
"Please forget this.'
"I'll try." (the look on his face says he's gonna try REALLY hard)
Sadly, I'm an episode behind on most Crunchy shows (my premium is with Anime Network for ze dubz) so I'm going to be a bit off on all the references (the things I know ahead are from TvTropes discussing the manga).
I'm waiting for the Actually, I Am episode where Youko's dad and Asahi play Life while waiting for her.
<dad draws card> Your daughter is getting married!
<Asahi draws card> YOU are getting married!
I'm not sure you can truly call Actually, I Am a harem show, even if it does dip into the tropes heavily. When you only look at those, Elfen Leid uses harem tropes but most certainly is NOT that kind of show.
For the last part, Souske's lack of adjustment to high school is certainly on the hilarious side. I've seen Fomoffu.
From that show I actually like Nagasi - she's like a slightly better adjusted rule 63 Souske Sagara....from space. Although that show pretty much has an official couple, even if neither one realizes it yet.
I guess I like more... subtlety. Monster Musume just seemed tired. I found Actually, I Am to be much more entertaining.
I've started watching Actually, I Am as well. I like the pure over the top insanity of Monster Musume, but the emphasis on relationships rather than sexual hijinks makes Actually, I Am more of a touching show (albeit not as jaw-droppingly hilarious - they are using similar themes to achieve different effects from what I can see).
Alexandros Satorum wrote:
Exactly, the archer archetype at least lets you do things that others cannot, even if the cost is extremely high. The crossbowman is a worse archer than a non-archetyped bowman (although that is due to the prohibitive cost of getting multiple crossbow attacks coupled with the ease of getting str damage added to bows), making it a contender for worst archetype in the entire game.
I don't think it was mentionned but Crossbowman Fighter's anyone?
Who can forget (No matter how hard they try) the archetype which trades away nearly every class feature for somewhat improved crossbow use, yet manages to still be weaker at ranged combat than a vanilla fighter who merely spends a few feats on bow use as a secondary thing. And the vanilla fighter will be lightyears ahead of the the crossbowman if things ever get down to melee combat.
I stop watching if I have problems with a show, and tune into to something I like instead. When I mention it on the internet, I just say I couldn't get into it - like Cowboy Bebop. It may be incredibly well done, and the gold standard for English dubbing of anime, but I couldn't get past the concept of 'supposedly incredibly skilled people who somehow manage to never, ever succeed at their actual jobs.'
It's hard for me to decide on the best monster girl - I like all of them. XD
From what I have looked into, in the manga the official pairing is leaning more and more in Miia's direction.
Personally, one of the things I love about it is the truth in mythology bits that make it into the plot - Rachnea getting drunk on coffee (spiders really do get drunk on caffeine) and the centaurs using pretty human men to get into the mood to mate with an actual (ugly and brutish) male centaur (a trick actually used - just with horses instead of people - with racehorse breeding).
The following is all anecdotal - based only on what I have seen - take it with a grain of salt.
I can't comment on the Basic to AD&D transition, as it is before I started playing. The 1E to 2E transition happened when I first started playing, so I had limited exposure to any edition warring (the few gamers I was in contact with had almost all switched, except for one group that stuck with Basic, which was driven by 2 players utter refusal to even entertain opening the book for a different version).
The 2E to 3E transition was made easier for my circle of gamer by the fact that due to TSR going under everyone knew changes were inevitable. Most of them were eager to switch when they actually tried it (however, we made the same mistakes WotC did by not checking out post lvl 10 play).
I know the 3.5 switch had some serious flamewars on the WotC boards, often with a complete lack of logic shown by both sides.
As has been said, 4E had a very bad marketing campaign (often coming across again and again as 'here's why they game you loved for so long truly sucked'), but my group didn't truly decide we hated it until playing it for several sessions.
We have tried 5E, but the current lack of support materials prevents a full switch - although that is likely to change soon, my group has an older GM who isn't keen on trying overly complex systems, as he feels it gets in the way of a complex story. He is keen to give 5E a try, and since when he is 'in the zone' he is one of the best GM's any of us know (on the flip side, when he isn't his games are a chore - it's awesome or sucktastic with him).
You mentioned end credit stuff and I thought of Dusk Maiden of Amnesia - the typical end credits was Yuuko singing that sad song of hers (Calendrier I think), but after the show ands an episode with her unable to recognize Techi, the end credit song plays but it's the empty window Yuuko sat in for the earlier credit scenes. That was the first time I had seen an end credit change without a season change, so it really stood out to me.
I mentioned to my wife that Anna comes across as perhaps the creepiest stalker with a crush since Mr. MiMania from Perfect Blue.
Just watched episode four and.......
according to my wife...:
She saw less intense versions of such scenes in Legend of the Overfiend.
And I say the only thing needed to make the scene more disturbing was a pinball machine.
But she is anxiously awaiting the next episode....
What line do they cross if I may ask? This may effect whether or not I watch it with my wife or I reserve it for early morning viewing while she is still asleep.
My wife and I are gonna watch the first 5 episodes tonight on Hulu, before the first one vanishes (I wish they had a flag or something that says -THIS show loses episodes and THIS one does not).
We also finished both seasons of Chaika: Coffin Princess. Loved her line towards the end..."Give Father funeral!"
John Woodford wrote:
From what I have read about the film, the voice people were the most unhappy with was Schmendrick. (Not sure who the quote was from, either the screenwriter, director, or producer, or maybe even the novel writer - I forget exactly who).
Especially when you realize that they will tell mores stories set in those old universes eventually. Even the fact that a universe no longer exists for legit in story reasons won't stop them from returning if they think there is money to be made (or even if a writer with pull just wants to use it).
Grave of the Fireflies is commonly considered the single most depressing animated feature ever made - and I have heard that you should only watch it if you are in such a good mood that your happiness overwhelms people and pisses them off.
Turin the Mad wrote:
One thing I remember hearing is that even when you see it, cell-by-cell animation is 'slower' now (fewer frames per second or something) even as the quality of the individual parts has gone up.
The funny thing is that from what I know all the Disney dubs of Studio Ghibli have the endorsement of Miyazaki himself. I think I'll defer to his opinion...
The fastest way to lose my interest is to describe a taste with the word 'bitter'. I can't even eat much milk chocolate (and that's the sweeter kind) before the bitterness creeps up on me, and dark chocolate is right out.
I also want to watch Attack on Titan, but until Netflix gets the dub back I probably won't (nothing anime-related pisses me off more than the existence of a dub coupled with a 'we won't show it! Nyah!' attitude - especially from a source that shows dubs for other stuff).
That would be it.
Slowly watching more and more anime - my wife and I started Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood last night - and one of the first episodes creeped her out (although she is still watching).
I'll probably get back to the Slayers after that.
Gosling also makes their own ginger beer. It's pretty good too. It's often sold in the larger liquor stores.
For mass market soda I drink Pepsi Max, and Mountain Dew (especially Baja Blast or Livewire when available) most often.
Otherwise, I try to find a decent brand of root beer, sarsaparilla, or cream soda - as long as it isn't any of that stuff with licorice in it (in too many small market root beers for my taste).
Although when Roddy Piper passed away, I did have an "All Out of Bubblegum' soda in tribute.
Bill Dunn wrote:
"Arbitrary character changes" Sounds like code for making Johnny Storm (and Franklin Storm) black.
For me, evil blogger Doom was my jumping off point. I would have preferred if they made Sue black too, since she and Johnny are siblings (not adopted in the comics), but that's really a minor point.
Sadly, the guys making films can't seem to realize one simple thing...
DOOM is a self made villain. He doesn't owe his powers to cosmic radiation, but to himself.
If that's what I am thinking of, that's just a regular tuna that was swimming too close to the island when the space fold happens. It took the entire island and the two carriers into space as well.
I watched a couple episodes of Sakura Trick today. The series is best described as Yuri fanservice/high school slice of life (There is even an episode titled 'Swimsuit Fanservice, With Bonus Slippage').
Plus I rewatched Dusk Maiden of Amnesia again, this time dubbed (It's visually striking enough that I don't care to take my eyes off the visuals to read dialogue), as well as the dubs for Bodacious Space Pirates (one of my wife's favorites that we only caught subbed before)and have just started a 90's classic - The Slayers.
On a note about why it isn't always best to translate everything directly, in Full Metal Panic?: Fomuffu there is a line which would be lost on most people outside the Japanese audience - Tessa tells Souske's class that she is in 'The Water Business', a reference to her commanding submarine, but (according to what I have read on TV Tropes) is a Japanese slang term for something a little raunchier.
The Thing That Should Not Be wrote:
If someone could make that app and include a toggle on/off for all the feats that can boost summons (complete with modified stat block) I think I'd buy it.
That depends on how it's brought up. Once relationships get brought up at all, LGBT stuff has the potential to appear. My group has dealt with some of it on occasion (but since we fade to black after the flirting stage it isn't overly prevalent). Interestingly enough, the only relationships that have ever caused issues around the table were the hetero ones, but they were a function of the players involved (one kept playing think-with-his-junk characters, another could not be introduced to a high Cha female NPC without trying to get her in bed) rather than the sexuality referenced.
Problem players will remain problem players, no matter what orientation their characters have.
Kobold Cleaver wrote:
Thankfully I am almost completely ignorant of anything Brony.
Freehold DM wrote:
Think of HEAT as Hal Jordan fans that manage to make Browncoats at their worst look like reasonable people. And I say this knowing your opinion of all things Whedon, the comparison still stands.
Freehold DM wrote:
As long as you weren't part of HEAT. Those guys need to be dragged out into the street and be subjected to their own threats.
The plot was so paint-by-numbers that it was insulting, the script didn't just overuse exposition, it relied on it extensively, in fact, almost exclusively. They tried to cram in too much into one film, and all three of those problems fed into each other in a quantum loop of suckage. The acting ability (or non-ability) was really a moot point after that, I don't think anyone's acting could have saved the film.
All the important stuff was spoon-fed to the audience via exposition.
Why does everyone think that Gandalf inspired the Magic-User just because Tolkien slaps a "Wizard" name on him? About the only character that casts fewer spells than him in literary fiction is Rincewind. In three books, I think he casts at most, two spells total.
Literary wizards before him never really cast much in the way of magic either, the mere fact that they could do it was enough to make them special. Other than seeing the future, I don't remember Merlin casting many spells in the early Arthurian fiction, and Malagigi (aka: Maugris) didn't do much of it either in the Charlemagne stories. Malagigi's main note of wizardry seemed to be knowing about other magical stuff that comes up in the stories.
Happened once in a game I was in. The cleric threw a grappling hook through a window (when the party had the authority to walk in the front door, it's what the rest of us did), heard a shout, set the hook, heard a scream of pain, then heard another scream of pain with each shift of weight as she climbed up, and when the she suffered a bit for those actions, began all her prayers after with 'Dear ungrateful goddess'...
Let's just say she was the only person at the table who was surprised when she lost her magic.
This same thing has been mentioned before, but I'll paraphrase it.
Your adventuring companions are highly skilled and efficient killers, and over the course of the adventure you have likely witnessed it several times. You also know they outnumber you. Why would you think stealing from them is a good idea?
It almost never comes up in my group, being made up exclusively of straight people. We had a (poorly) closeted gay man and a couple of bisexual players years ago in the past, but lost them all to relocations. Even the few times it does come up, it's more along the lines of a mention of the flirting, then fade to black if anything gets to the 'naughty' stage.
I tried to play a closeted lesbian in a 1920's Call of Cthulhu game, slowly reaching out to a different female character who was unaware (player was unaware as well) but it didn't last all that long, as she had a random insanity roll which landed on nymphomania. Probably shouldn't have played the user of magic with that concept. That was the most serious anyone in my group ever tried to play such a thing.