After Christmas Post

So Christmas is over. For some reason I really didn’t enjoy it as much this year as I used to. Could just be a sign that I’m getting old.

Got a few neat presents and some not-so-neat ones. Here’s my swag:

Devil May Cry 1, 2 and 3 (3 is a “Special Edition”) – So far I’m liking this series, and I’m surprised I’ve never played it before. The guy at a local game store I frequent told my mom I would like them and gave her a good price on them, and, well, his recommendation so far is spot-on. At first I was afraid it would have the same problem Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time did of the combats going on too long and wearing out their welcome, but so far that’s not the case, and Dante’s combat options offer far more variety than the Prince’s. Time will tell if they hold up.

Resident Evil (Movie) Trilogy – I’d like to do a post about these later, but the short version is they’re okay. I’m probably gonna do another entry on these later.

He-Man Season 1 – Ten episodes – My sister mistakenly thought this was the complete first season. It’s not, but at least now I get a sorta-look at how Mill Creek is handling the series and have a DVD I can loan out to friends.

Someone who knew I was a brony bought me some MLP stuff, a toy (Fluttershy) and a Calendar, and now I can see why bronies hate official Hasbro merchandise.

And finally, an assortment of Christmas cards with money and gift certificates.

Overall, it wasn’t a bad haul. The games so far are respectable, and the movies are watchable. I’m starting to get bored of the whole Pony thing so I’m not sure what I’m gonna do with the merch there, but I’m sure I can find a use for it.

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Bloggyness Evil

Sorry I haven’t been posting lately but a rather weird thing has been happening–I actually got bored of the internet. I’m serious, one day I woke up and was about to log on and I just couldn’t do it. It’s similar to how you would feel if you had played nothing but Super Mario Bros. for ten years and just couldn’t take it anymore.

There are a lot of things I wouldn’t mind talking about, like recently how I’ve rediscovered the classic Resident Evil games and how awesome great-tastic they are and by the way I now own the NES Ninja Gaiden trilogy and they are in fact good and by the way my sister finally found my long-lost copy of Darkstalkers 3 yippee horay, but the weird thing is I would rather be playing them than talking about them. Now that I think about it though, perhaps thats the explanation right there.

I’m starting to wonder if there is much point to having a blog. I mean I could post game reviews and all, but I’m thinking of doing that in the form of a video review series later on. A part of me says I could do “Capsule Reviews” now and then do the fuller review as video, but that seems redundant. Then again though, sometimes redundancy has merits (can’t fault finding piles of Ink Ribbons in odd places).

Another thing I’ve been meaning to do with this blog is upload a data sheet I compiled about getting old DOS games to work and what I’ve done towards that, but for some reason I just keep getting sidetracked. I have depression issues which leads to me being too miserable to do anything, but when I take a happy pill and the cloud lifts, I don’t want to do anything that seems like work. I could just force it, I suppose.

Anyway, Merry Christmas folks!

Three Things I Wish Would Change about the Anime Industry

I like anime. I really do. But like a lot of things I find the industry (at least, the North American portion of it) does almost as much harm as good. I mean, I’m glad anime is getting DVD releases in the first place, but there are some trends I find annoying.

For example:

1) Not translating the titles. Okay, a stock weeaboo like you or me might not mind watching a show called “Shura no Toki,” but it makes it hard to introduce to friends who aren’t quite as hardcore. Moreover, a title is often a thing that grabs your attention. If you see a series called, for example, “the Time of Chaos,” that grabs your attention. What’s going on in this time that makes it so chaotic? So you pick up the show to find out. But “Shura no Toki” is just a bunch of gibberish to most people. I feel like this practice is locking out people who aren’t already hardcore fans.

2) Being overly professional in their subtitles. A lot of times I prefer to watch subbed anime, but I find licensed distributors often write the subtitles the same way they would write a business document–they’re stuffy and overly formal, causing the characters to sound like a bunch of autistic twats. At times, it can even be damaging to the intended characterization (a great example of this is Fuko from Clannad, whose characterization was completely mechanized by Sentai Filmworks official sub release–the fansub is actually more faithful).

3) English voice actors who can’t act. This is the main reason I prefer the subtitles. For whatever reason, the English VAs always sound stilted, like they’re reading from a cuecard and had to do the whole thing in two or three takes. Every once in awhile an anime comes along that defies this and in those cases, I honestly will watch the dub more often than the sub (Ys is one such case), but too many sound like they’re just phoning it in.

That’s my thoughts for the moment. Next time I need to hack out a blog entry I’ll pick on American cartoons. Ja!