Leliana Vess, Defier of Demons

Leliana Vess, Defier of Demons
Black Magic shall rule over all

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Okay, so this is that special review of the first episode of Ikki Tousen: Xtreme Xecutor that I promised in my last blog entry. All I can say is that I loved it. Bachou Mouki is such a funny character that is such a cool addition to the cast. She's strong, cute, a dirty fighter, & flirtatious to her goals, as well as ditsy.
Her only problem lies in her origin. As most people who follow the series know, this is actually not the first time she has been in the series. When Ikki Tousen was first being made and the story had not been fully decided on, Mouki was originally going to be the main character of the story, along with her brother Kansui Bun'Yaku and Houtoku Reimi. However it was eventually decided that Sonsaku would become the main character and the story with the magatama was eventually fleshed out and decided on. What I meant as being a problem is that she is actually very similar to Sonsaku: Strong yet ditsy. She's not anywhere near as stupid as Sonsaku, but she is shown in the episode as being very ditsy and a little slow. Still, her cuteness and dirty style of fighting is what made her grow on me. She is quickly rising up on my favorite character's list.
The first few minutes of episode act as a recap on the series, noticeably lacking in reviewing Great Guardians. I don't know why they specifically ignored it, but it might be because they are focusing more on the story that was supposed to have ended in Dragon Destiny. Anyway the opening minutes cover the series really well, from Sonsaku entering the school and fighting the four Devas, to her fight with Tasihji, and the rise of Totaku, along with the tournament and Kan-U's participation, all redone in the Dragon Destiny art style that series has been using since. It also covers Sonsaku's fight with Ukitsu and the end when Ryoufu killed Toutaku. Interestingly though, as opposed to using the way the fight had ended in the first season, they are instead using the manga's way of telling their deaths, in that they both fought and fell off a cliff. Apparently they are officially using the manga's interpretation of their deaths and are retconning the ending from the first season. Interesting choice, but that part was so old I really don't care.



Anyway, it then goes on to show the Seito toushi along with Ryoumou's part in getting the dragon sphere, along with Sousou getting taken over by his predecessor and his fight with Sonsaku. They gloss over Ukitsu's part in reviving Sonsaku and go right to the Sekiheki Daikessen. Shows the parts of the battle as well as the conclusion and defeat of Sousou, and then the recap is over.


Shinku...



...Hadouken!!!

Until Nemeses from Resident Evil decides to make an appearance.


What the fuck was that thing?!! That's what I honestly thought when I first saw that thing. Apparently that's what's going to part of the focus of this season from what I've seen.


We then cut to Mouki making her appearance by completely launching a sneak attack on Kyoushou. She handles just about all of the scrubs with ease, with some really cool moves to boot. We are then also see one of Sousou's generals, Kyoucho Chuukou, who seems to have a different voice actress from what I remember in Dragon Destiny. We are also treated to some backstory as to how she and Sousou are such good childhood friends. I can smell the fanfics brewing already.
Watashi no ai wa mugen da yo, Mou-kun.

Then there is some more fighting and ass-whooping done by Mouki as she continues to blow through Kyoushou forces largely uncontested. Spinning Bird Kick!!!

That is until another one of Kyoushou's generals makes her debut, Soujin Shikou, and challenges Mouki. To which Mouki responds by running away through the school, taking care of anyone who tries to get in her way. She then manages to find the P.A. System in the school and proceeds to call out Sousou to a match completely unaware that Sousou isn't even anywhere near the school. He is hanging out with Kakouton near what looks like the ruins of Chibi.
Sousou: Ore-tachi no basu de, nani ga atta no ka na?
Kakouton: Arien. Kangaete sugirun da ze.

Mouki eventually then fights Soujin, and then fights Kyocho who proceeds to embarrass and destroy the girl just for her dissing her leader. Comedy ensues as she literally gets her ass stuck in a water tank, nearly falls to her death of the school roof, and gets the shit kicked out of her by Kyocho.
Damn right you sorry!!

Afterwards, we see a dejected Mouki walking in the rain as we flashbacks of her dead brother, who apparently died at the hands of Sousou. Wanting to get stronger, she falls to the floor in the rain dejected. Then Ryuubi just happens to walk to scold Mouki, saying she's going to catch a cold sitting in the rain like that. Asking who she is, the episode then comes to a close.

Overall, I thought the episode was pretty cool. It had a lot more comedy than most episodes of this series ever does, and seemed to try to focus more on the story than anything else, which is a first for the series. Usually, the focus is on putting tons of fan service, while sometimes sacrificing a lot on the story or character development. Perhaps they are trying to learn for the mistakes that they made in Great Guardians (which I thought was really good by the way) and are listening to the fans when they say "Clam down on the fanservice, provide a better story". Hopefully this will become a trend for the series and we will get a worthy successor to Dragon Destiny. Over all I definitely think the series is a much watch for fans of the series. Very, Very satisfying. I also apologise for writing and not getting it out before the end of the week, but I just got too busy. Hell I am just publishing this on Saturday. The new episode is already out, so I'm going to try to cover that as soon as possible. I plan on writing a new blog entry for the second episode once I watch it and have the time to write about it. Laterz!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Chotto Nihongo wo Benkyo de, Gammu no Jokyo wo Sihraseru

Nemui.


I'm typing this on a Sunday because I don't think I'll have time to update tomorrow. This whole weekend was kinda crappy, cloudy skies, cold, threats of rain. A complete turnaround from how it was last weekend. Don't know what's up with the weather. Pretty much this whole week was me starting a new part time job, trying to work it around with my regular schedule, & trying to get some gaming in. Friday Joe came by to hang out, and we played some games & drank some beers. Overall, a really fun afternoon.
In games, I just recently bought Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, as part of my new commitment to trying to get good at action games. In this game I can definitely tell you that using Instant Ultimate Techniques is definitely a necessity. Many enemies can came at you from all directions, so being able to do this becomes almost essential, especially at the higher levels. Basically the technique goes like this; you jump in the air, throw some shuriken, and the INSTANT that you land, you need to hold the triangle button. This way, as soon as you land, Ryu immediately begins charging for the UT. If you have some essence lying around when you do it, Ryu'll pretty much instantly be able to do the technique. Very useful. Very good players can do it off of a Reverse Wind, but i have problems doing that consistently. I'm going to keep on practicing it so I can rape demon ass with it.
As for my feelings about the game, I like it a hell of a lot better than I did the original Ninja Gaiden. It just seems so much more cooler. So far I'm up to Chapter 6, & while the game has been very challenging for me so far, It seems like the game is going to become much harder from hear on out. Now I think I'm in Italy & have to fight new werewolf enemies that are easy to delimb, but don't seem to take knockback from any of my attacks. They just seem to keep going no matter what I do. I'll find out how to beat them though.
Who said only silver bullets could beat werewolves?

In all honesty though, I definitely think that this game is way easier than the original Ninja Gaiden. To put in clarity, I have played all three versions of Ninja Gaiden 1, plus this game. The only one I haven't played yet is the original Ninja Gaiden 2 on 360 because I don't own a 360. It really does seem like each game in the series adds more content but makes the game easier. I heard that the game is still really hard on Master Ninja anyway, so at least I have that to look forward too.
I still haven't played much Final Fantasy 13, mostly because I've been too busy with the baito plus all my game time has been taken up by NGS2. Joe showed me Ch12 of the game when he came over though, & from what I've seen the game gets tremendously harder as you go on. You fight creatures 10X as big as you, & who can instant kill you almost all the time. Gonna have to start level grinding in preparation.
It was recently announced on SRK that King of Fighter 13 has been announced & may be coming soon, & quite frankly I'm wondering what it is SNK is trying to do with the series. It's almost as if they think that just because they're KOF that when the game comes out it's gonna be an automatic best seller, when it has been proven time & time again that this is most certainly not the case.


KOF: the soccer of fighting games

One of the many reasons why some people did not like King of Fighters 12 was because series mainstay Mai Shiranui was not included in the lineup for the first time in KOF history. The only time something like this ever happened was in KOF 11 when Mai was not in the arcade release but was put in for the console release. Fans of the series were pissed off about how the bombshell was taken out. Personally as a Mai fan, I was pissed off too. Not having Mai in KOF is like making a KOF game without Terry Bogard, or having a Street Fighter game without Chun-li or Ryu. It was just a dumb decision made by a dumb company. "No Mai, No buy" even became a slogan for the game. So of course with this game...
...look who made the cut? Yeah I guess not even SNK is dumb enough to make the same mistake twice. I know it sounds like I'm hating on KOF, but trust me I'm not. I've played every game in the series & own every game except for 2003 & 12. I like the characters, story, music, game play, fighting style, and controls, plus I really wish Mai, Andy, Terry were Capcom creations because they are just so cool. I just don't understand how people think it's better than Street Fighter. I will say KOF is a great game fighting game, but I think Street Fighter just about outclasses everything KOF can do. Anyway back to the point.
Part of the reason, in my opinion, that KOF12 failed was because while it may have been an ok game in it's own right, it had to compete with Street Fighter 4 & Blazblue at the same time, plus Tekken 6 & Melty Blood: Actress Again later on in the year. All of these games pretty much completely outclassed the newest entry with better graphics, game play, & overall fun, & thus the game was left in the under 10 bin at Gamestop. Now they have a new entry to showoff, & they say the game is "coming soon". Guess what? So is Super Street Fighter 4 & Blazblue: Continuum Shift. If they release the game in between the release of these two games I'm going to be seriously pissed. Makes you wonder about the marketing division in SNK.




This is a funny ass vid I saw about Ryu vs Terry Bogard. Awesome.
At any rate all this talk about 13 is making me want to play KOF2002UM all over again. That was a good-ass game. Or at the very least Fatal Fury 1.
I'm also thinking about buying Heavy Rain, mostly because I've heard so many things about it. First I have to pay off my reserve of Super Street Fighter 4. Which by the way, have you all heard what the special preorder bonus is at GameStop is? Well hear you go....


Little glove-like things for thumb wrestling. I swear if Gamestop does something like this again I am never reserving from then again. Here I thought we would get new costumes for the preorder bonus. I just shake my head when I look at this.

The devastating reveal of those awful preorders bonus's couldn't destroy my overall excitement for the game. If anything the flame has been rekindled because I've been watching all the new footage of the game that has come out, plus I've been watching all the old trailers. My personal favorite trailer would definitely have to be the one where they announced Cody, Adon and Guy as new characters. That trailer was masterful, especially the editing done on all the characters themes and the game play footage. People tend to talk shit about the music for the new characters, but I personally love Cody's, Guy's, Dee-Jay's, and Juri. I also saw the new openings for the characters. Quite frankly, while the openings themselves were okay, I didn't like how now the prologue's are just glorified PowerPoint presentations. I thought that Ganzo was going to improve the anime cutscenes from SF4 but all they really did was change the art style and took out 99 percent of all movement. Kind of a let-down. Still, the opening's were cool, really liked Cody's. I had always thought that if I saved a city from the threat of takeover by a huge gang, I think the city should let me do whatever the fuck I wanted. So what if he picked a couple of fights, he saved the entire fucking city, people! Overall I like his story, makes complete sense. He saves the city, they throw him in jail as a reward, so he says "fuck it", brakes out of jail, & is just gonna try to cure himself of his boredom.

Sate, sukoshi de taikutsu guri no aite ka ne ...

I also really like Juri's style of speech. For those who don't understand Japanese, Juri speaks like a boy. I'll elaborate.
Juri uses male versions of speech, but seems to not use male pronouns like "zo" or "ze". These are pronouns that are put at the end of sentences in order to make the speaker sound manly. The girl version, to make the speaker sound feminine, is "wa". In real life you will most likely never see one gender using the other genders pronouns, but in anime it happenes every now and then. For examples:
Girls who use male prounouns (zo or ze):
1)
Mio from K-on
2) Ritsu from K-on
3) Ryoumou from Ikki Tousen
4) Kan-U from Ikki Tousen

Girls who use female pronouns (wa):
1)
Chun-li from Street Fighter
2) Rose from Street Fighter
3) Nodoka from K-on
4) Asuna from Mahou Sensei Negima

Juri, however, does not use these male pronouns, but uses a male style of speech. For example, her entrance quote is

"Naka naka ii karada shiteru ja ne ka?"

This is a very manly style of speech because of the accent she uses (best thing I can think of at the moment). This same line would be said like this by a normal girl:

"Anata, naka naka ii karada shiteru wa ne?"

First notice the use "anata" which translates to "you". Girls would say this simply to be polite. Juri is just talking to you without letting you know she's talking to you. This would be used when you are close to the person you are talking to and never to a stranger. By using this Juri is being rude in a japanese sense, which fits her sadistic, insane character perfectly. Also notice the lack of the "wa". The second way denotes that it is most likely a girl talking, and would give the sense of being feminine. Not all girls use this, but the lack of this basically shows you're not trying to sound girly. But the thing that gives this line such a manly tone is the use of "Ja ne ka". This is not only manly, but you will almost only see toughguy types like yankees talking like this, as it comes off as very rude. Its a relaxed version of "ja nai ka?" which would best translate to "doesn't it", or in this case, "don't you". By talking in this way, Juri's line sounds not just manly, but like if she wanted to pick a fight. She also talks manly in her opening, where, as an example, she says "darou". "Darou", is a relaxed version of "De Shou" which means "doesn't it?" or "Right?". Most girls would use "De Shou" because that is the more polite version, but instead she uses "Darou" which is more mascualine and relaxed. All in all, she speaks more like Cody or Adon then Chun-li. If you want to see what I'm talking about, listen to how C.Viper or Chun-Li (feminine speakers) talk, then listen to Ken, Cody, or Adon (masculine speakers) talk, then finally listen to how Juri talks in her vids. You'll notice she uses "ja ne..", "darou" "nen" & other masculine words. She should sound more like the masculine speakers I listed then the female ones. So yeah, not only is she super-cool, does a fighting style I like, and has a cool design, but she speaks like a guy, which I find moe sexy as fuck. Yeah, I am so maining her when the game finally hits.

Naka naka ii karada shiteru ja ne ka?

On the anime side I had to redownload all the episodes of Sora no Wato that I had (1-6) because my computer was lagging slightly trying to play them. Before it was lagging to the point where I couldn't even watch them, but I had to download the newest version of cccp which fixed the problem. Only thing is now the vid lags slightly while the opening cannot play. So i redownloaded everything in a smaller size so I could watch with no lag at all. I also downloaded the Ninja Gaiden OVA that was released a thousand years ago. Haven't had much time to watch them all though, so once I watch them I'll post about my thoughts.
Still anxiously awaiting the release of Ikki Tousen Xtreme Xecutioner. I saw the trailer & Joe & I talked about it. It seems pretty clear that those two new girls (the dark-skinned one & the one with the sword) are Meng Huo & his wife from the Three Kingodoms. Also it's a surprise that Ma Chao is going to be in it. It seems like she gets along really well with Hakufu. It also looks like SouSou is actually going to be really important in the storyline now, seeing as how he's still alive.
And what the fuck is going on here?!!?!?!


Or here?!?! So it looks like Sousou isn't the only one that's capable of mainfesting their former self. The same way that Sousou could bring out the original Sousou from the Three Kingdoms era, it look like Kan-U can do the same. Which begs the question: Did she do it of her own accord, or did Kan-U take control of her the same way that the original Sousou did to the current Sousou in Dragon Destiny? Also we see in the trailer that Kan-U is calling out Ryoumou and Ryoumou begins fighting her. Plus it looks like Ryoumou's dragon is manifesting. I hope this doesn't mean that Ryoumou and Kan-U are going to have their destined fight, because that means that there is an extremely good chance that my favorite chracter in the series is going to die. That would suck badly.
(Edit: As I was writing this I just found out that the 1st episode of Xtreme Xecutor had come out and I have it downloading as I type. I'll watch and comment either in next week's entry or in a special post during the week, depending on when I'm finally able to watch it.)

All in all, it was a pretty slow week since I'm still adjusting to work, but I did manage to get some gaming in. I'm loving Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, but I'm having problems finding time to get some Final Fantasy 13 in, and I feel bad abut not mangaing to get it in there. Once I do, I'll mention it in another post. Hope you all enjoyed this post and the small lesson in Japanese, and I'll see you all next week. Laters!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Here are the pics of my collection as promised:
Here is my ps3 collection, numbered at 16 (17 because I just got NGS2.)



This is my X-Box 1 Collection with 28 Games.


This is my Gamecube collection lol. 2 games.

My PS2 collection tops at 115 games (some of them are in the pouch).


My PS1 collection goes up to 25 games.This is my Sega Genesis collection with 4 games.
This is my PSP collection with 6 games.
& my gameboy collection of 35 games from various generations.
& finally here's the entire collection stacked together. All of the shots were done in my sister's room which is why you see the Winnie the Pooh pillow. More next week!

Akushon Gamu no waza wo benkyou shiou!



Konnichiwa minna. Ame ga futeiru zo.

Today is once again raining like all hell. Even though we had such a great weekend. Took my sis out during the weekend too. Too nice a weekend to waste. What makes me laugh is when it's been absolutely amazing weather during the week, & then when it rains the news says "Hopefully there will be some light at the end of the tunnel & this rain goes away...". We just had some awesome weather for so long, man. Be grateful bitches.


Anyway, in games I've decided to take an oath to finally get good at action games. Generally I've really sucked at action games, mostly because they frustrate me so much that I don't want to play anymore. It's to the point that I have never been able to beat Ninja Gaiden. Even on Ninja Dog mode. Yeah, yeah, I know, I know, I suck. However, sappy enough as it is, I was actually inspired by watching the Ninja Gaiden (NES) review from the Angry Video Game Nerd. Watching how he actually became good at the game just by not giving up & kept going was really inspiring (even if that part was corny). Plus his ninja-sensei's wise words really taught me things.

"Before you leap, you must look. Before you look, you must think. Before you think, you must feel. "

"A ninja must look beyond the borders of the screen."


"Unlimited continues means no game over. Game is over when you make it over."

"You are playing with anger!"

"Perceive your victory, & you will see the future, & make the future, the present."

"Are you playing the game, or is the game playing you?"

Awesome. & of course the classic:

"Nunchuck fuck!!".

Just awe inspiring.

So I started looking for tips & decided to listen to them. Here's what I got:

1) Play Ninja Gaiden Sigma 1 on Master Ninja.

2) Play Ninja Gaiden Black on Master Ninja.

3) Play vanilla Ninja Gaiden on Master Ninja.

4) Play Ninja Gaiden 2 Sigma on Master Ninja.

then you'll be ready to tackle harder games.

When I first read this I was like "Whaaaaaat!!?!!". How the hell am I gonna do that when I haven't beaten the game on Ninja Dog? But then someone told me that playing the game on lower difficulties will cause you to develop bad habits that will get you killed & will thus make the game much harder later on. If you start the game, or any game on the highest difficulty, then you will have nothing to worry about. This reminded me of one time in high school where I played Dead or Alive 2:Ultimate on the hardest difficulty (at a time when I had a hard time on easy & REALLY sucked at fighting games) with everyone in order to unlock all the costumes & the gallery. It took me three days of non-stop playing all day from 7 a.m to midnight, & caused me no end of frustration. But at the end, It made me very good at the game, to the point where I could beat the game on regular hard mode without losing once. After that normal became a breeze. Not only did it greatly increase my skills, but it made me appreciate the game on a way deeper level, I had more fun with it then any other game at that point, and that was what influenced me to play fighters, because Dead or Alive was the very fighting game I ever got pretty good at. Thus I hope that doing this will help me become a better player and help me to become a better action gamer. I know it's gonna be tough (trust me on that), but like everyone told me, don't give up.


So what prompted this change? A number of reasons. First, I bought the game Shinobi on the PS2. A very good, stylish, & cool game by Sega which many people insist is way harder than Ninja Gaiden. I remember playing the original Revenge of Shinobi on the Sega Geneses, & it was considered one of the best games on that console. I liked it mostly for the fact that it was a ninja game & because it had Sonny Chiba on the title screen.

This ninja has come to steal your soul, bitches.



The one thing I remember most about the game was the fact that I had such a hard time with it. To the point that I couldn't beat level one. Yeah I really REALLY suck at action games, especially when I was a kid. I just got happy when I found out I wasn't the only one. Back to the point. Anyway, I really like Shinobi. It's very cool, stylish, challenging, & Hotsuma is just a badass. But I had heard that it was also ridiculously hard. So far, I'm up to 2-B. Yeah I know but I only played for about 3 hours, what do you expect? Anyway, It hasn't been too hard so far, but I heard now is when it's going to start kicking in. I was influenced into playing this because I started playing Shinobi's sequel, Nightshade again. I bought the game way back in 2004, & beat it with the help of Codebreaker (I really don't like a challenge huh?). I thought the game was super cool, cause I loved Hibana. So it got me into looking up more ninja games. Plus, Shinobi was only $5. Another reason why I'm trying to get good at action is because of Bayonetta.






You want to touch me?



I really liked the demo & thought it was really cool, especially because I was owning the demo, beating the game with no damage sometimes. However when I got the game, I was losing a little on normal, & then got really really busy with things. Then when I played the game again this week, I got murdered. 8 continues. It pissed me off. I'm a really mellow dude & I don't get pissed off at all, especially from insults. Getting bullied as a child made me completely immune to that, & training in martial arts just enhanced it. But god forbid you see me when I get mad at a video game. I guess since the video games not a person, I feel no shame in wanting to rip it to pieces. My sis says I even start cursing like the Angry Video Game nerd once I get on a roll. So now that I thought about it, it definitely probably had to do with the fact that I hadn't played the game in a while & was playing a new stage. What the hell was I expecting? But all in all, I've made this vow to get good at action games because I have so many action games that I haven't beaten yet, that I want to see through. Gotta stop giving up so fast, learn the game right, & watch my opponents. Then the key to victoly will be opened (if you get that reference, post & you will win 5 points). Then because I've been playing these two actions games, I haven't been able to play any Final Fantasy 13, but once I do I'll post about that too.


In anime, I saw this new anime Chihiro is doing called Working. Yes that's the title. It's about a waitress at a restaurant who needs to find someone else to work there. So she ends up finding a kouhai at her school that will work there, the male main character. The anime seems to be trying to get by based on how moe the girl is.


That's her with the ponytail on the front. She's small, childish, looks like an shougakusei kid, & acts all cute & helpless. In other words, the typical moe trash that comes out of Japan nowadays. Will probably not give this a watch when it comes out, as I am way more excited for this:

Now that's a real anime for your ass.

Back to games, I finally played Love Plus again after a month, & predictably, Rinko hated my guts. Talked to her for about 5 minutes, texted her a couple of times, & boom she loved me again. Yeah, just like a real girl, huh? I'd like to get a girlfriend & leave her ass hanging for about a month. See how that works out. Funny thing is people say that this game is accurate haha. I'm also still stuck on Advance Wars: Days of Ruin. I'm on Almost Home & I got pissed because I came seriously close to beating the stage finally but fucked up. Oh well maybe some day.

Can't post the pics here at work but I'm going to post pics of my game collection later on. Latz!




Thursday, March 18, 2010

watashi no koto wo

My name is Francisco Rosario, & I live in Brooklyn, New York. My main hobbies are video games, Anime, Manga, Martial Arts, & computers.
In video games, my favorite genres are fighting games & RPG's, but I'll play any game that interests me. My favorite RPG's are Final Fantasy X, Shadow Hearts: Covenant, & Persona 3:FES. My favorite fighting games are Street Fighter, Arcana Hearts, Fate: Unlimited Codes, & Melty Blood. I play just about every fighting game under the sun, & I'm still trying to get better (I'm still rather bad). The fighting games I've been playing right now are Street Fighter 4, Tekken 6, & Blazblue. Can't wait for SSF4, BB:CS & Arcana Heart 3. I have a PS3, PS2, PS1, X-Box 1, Gamecube, Sega Geneses & various Gameboys. I have about 16 games for the ps3 (had that for about 4 months). I have about 100-something games for the ps2 (my fav console, had it for about 7 years). I have about 20-30 something games for the ps1 (had that for about 14 years). I have about 20-30 something games for the X-Box 1 (had that for about 4-5 years). I have literally 2 games for the Gamecube (had that for about a year & it just sits & collects dust). Finally, I have 4 games for the Sega Geneses (had that for about 16 years but games for that can be hard to find). I pretty much collect video games, & hope to one day give then to my kids if I ever have any.
Like most people my age I am very into anime & manga. I'll watch any anime that interests me as long as it isn't Yaoi. My favorite animes are Fate/Stay Night, Mai-Hime, Mai-Otome, Strawberry Panic, & Ikki Tousen. My main favorite genres are Action, Fighting, Yuri, & Comedy, & some of my favorite animes feature alot of these genres. My favorite anime character ever is Saber from Fate/Stay Night. My favorite mangas are Ruroni Kenshin & Negima. My favorite manga character is Sakurazaki Setsuna from Negima. I also love history, like the Romance of the Three Kingdoms & the Meiji Restoration.
In martial arts, I was taught Boxing by my mother, & I formally studied Karate & Taekwondo. However I gained a distaste for current martial arts because I do not like how controlled kumite competitions are in Karate & Taekwondo. They put so much focus in protecting the well-being of the practitioners that what you do in a competition is completely removed from real fighting. In real fighting, you can & will be hit below the belt & in the head. After reading Bruce Lee's Fighting Method, I now use Jeet Kune Do along with my other styles. I won't call it a name, but I just say my own unique style. However, if I could, I would definitely want to learn Bajiquan style Kung-Fu, Ninjutsu, & Aikido.
In my spare time I enjoy doing all these things, as well as spending time with my sister, looking up random things online, reading, & writing. I also write fanfics on fanfiction.net, under my pen name Harold Hoerwick. I am currently writing a Magic:The Gathering/Negima crossover story, which I haven't updated in the past 2 years (lol). I am glad to say though that the next chapter is (finally!) coming out soon. I one day hope to publish at least one book.
I am also a member of the website Shoryuken.com, the greatest website you could ever go to for fighting games. I am an active member of the "Brooklyn thread" ( as we like to call it) & personally think we are one of the most connected & active groups on the Atlantic north. If you live in New York & want to play, drop by & let us know!
I have certain friends who are going to probably pop up quite often in the course of this blog, so here are some names & background info:
1) Joseph Matos: my best friend from high school. To avoid confusion, he will now be known as Joe.
2) Booty: Real name is Joseph, he is a friend from SRK & the holder of the BK sessions.
3) Florence: One of my best friends from high school, she is ridiculously friendly & cheerful.
4) Raymond: A best friend from high school who will unfortunately be moving to Queens
5) Rose : my sister.
Know them, love them, appreciate them. & don't eat their tacos.

Primarily this blog is going to be talking about the games I play & animes I watch. I'm probably going to try to update weekly, but don't be surprised if I don't post for a while after this. Not much happens day to day you know. Laters!

Kyou wa atsui sugiru zo, takku mou!!

Monday

Today was surprisingly hot considering that it was raining so hard just days before. It reminded me of when there was a hurricane in Lucky Star & Konata mentioned about how it always gets so hot right after a hurricane. Had to go to work anyway, but it wasn't so bad. Only 65 Degrees.
But anyway I was playing Final Fantasy 13 again; I had the hardest time against Lightning's Eidolon, Odin. He's well-known as one of the hardest Eidolon fights at that point in the game, but I looked online for info about how to beat him. All you really need to do is start with Lightning as a Ravager & Hope as a Medic, & just focus on surviving his first attack. This is when most people die because he does so damage with a combo he does right at the beginning of the battle. This one combo will kill Hope & leave Lightning in the red, & at this point you need to pray that you can use a Phoenix Down on Hope before Odin charges in & rips you a new one. So you should start with Hope as a Medic right from the beginning, so that he can heal himself before Odin can finish him off. At that point Odin may put up a shield to protect himself. You should then have both Lightning & Hope turn Ravager to build up his gauge. If you're especially damaged, put both Hope & Lightning as Medics & do some quick healing. Odin likes it when you build up a damage or a healing chain, so the gauge won't go down. Also do not forget to press the square button. This happens to alot of people. So after dying 12 times without knowing all this info, I looked on Gamefaqs to find out how to beat him. Finally after finding all this out, I tried again & got a 5 star rating on the fight & beat him with only 3 seconds left on the Doom clock. I was so hyped I texted Joe about it.
I also managed to download Gootecks video of the Arcade Infinity Ranbats from February. It was pretty interesting in terms of playing level, but I can understand why some people don't like watching SF4 tournaments. Same common match-ups. Same thing's I've seen before. I understand that's how you win, & that they're playing at a level I probably can't understand yet, but damn. Akuma versus Ryu was pretty interesting though.
I have so many games that I need to play that I don't have time for it's not even funny. Bayonetta, FF13, Wet, plus other games I don't remember. Ugh but that always happens to me. At any rate I'm going to take some time to write a "About me" blog so you guys can get to know me better, but that's if I have time.
After work, I went to Park Slope to hang out with my friend Joe (BootyClappa@Shoryuken.com). Not Joseph from high school; he's a different one. He's tyring to find a copy of Akatsuki Blitzkampf, but he can't find it anywhere. He's just got a brand-spanking new computer with Windows 7, but I'm going to try to find the specific specs on his comp the next time I go over. He & his girl are going to take a trip to China soon, so I'm hoping he's going to have a good time. Now that he has this good computer, he's going to try to set-up a stream for whenever us guys on the Brooklyn thread on SRK have a session. Once the stream is set-up I'm going to put a link for it on this blog & my Facebook account. We basically hung out & talked about how Ibuki, Makoto & Dudley are going to break SSF4. Seriously with they're target combos they're all going to dominate. Can't focus out of a target combo, plus even if you block you are going to have some crazy pressure & mix-ups. Either way, I just can't wait for Juri. She is going to be fierce, I just know it, Especially with her Ultra 1. Another character I'm excited for is Ibuki I admit. Mostly because I started using her in Third Strike. She's really cool but you have to remember so many different target combos plus get a hold of Super-Jumping on her normals. Plus, she's fast as shit.
Either way, I just hope that SSF4 corrects some of the problems that SF4 has. For one, SF4 makes you bad at fighting games. Seriously. You develop bad habits , like jumping alot, taking risks, & such. Also it lowers your execution. Due to SF4's easy inputs, a lot of players end up relying on the inputs subconciously, & their execution lowers. As an example, I started playing almost no other fighter but SF4 when I first got it, for about a month. I went to Joe's house & we played SFA2 & Third Strike, & I was fucking up like all hell. Empty jumping, couldn't get my super out for anything. It was horrible. It was like last year all over again. SSF4 needs to fix that.
Anyway I just went to work & went online once I got home. I'll post the "about me" blog soon. Laters!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

watashi no hajimete no burago wo!!!

Osu minna. Genki da ta kai?



Wow my first blog. Now let's hope I have the time to update it! Anyway, right into the thick of it!
Saturday & Sunday:

Anyway, today was raining all day like all hell. With the wind & rain, you would've thought a hurricane was passing by, which according to my dad there was. Anyone who lives in BK knows what I'm talking about. Needless to say, not a good day to go out, but go out I did. Why? Why to pick up my reserved copy of Final Fantasy 13 of course. Since I got it, I invited my best friend from high school, Joseph over so we could play it together. He had gotten his copy on reserve day & had been playing it since. Unfortunaetly he can't play the game for very long because the 360's is borrowed. His 360's disk drive is broken, so he can't use his 360 until our mutual friend from high school Andy manages to get it fixed. He's good with electronics but I don't know about him being able to fix a 360 but whatever. I didn't play FF13 for too long mostly because I was dead tired, but I managed to get up to Chapter 3.


Since for some odd reason I woke up at 4 in the morning & of course couldn't go back to sleep, I watched two animes that I had gotten that were brand new: Sora no Wato & Sasameki Koto. Sora no Wato is about a girl who lost her mother during a war when she was a little girl, & after the attack that killed her mother took place, she saw a bugler from the army. A bugler was what the army used before they created walkie-talkies. The bugler would play on a trumpet coded songs to let the soldiers know when they were retreating, attacking or anything else. She is so inspired by hearing the bugler that she decides to go into the army to learn how to play like that soldier played. She then joins the 1121st battalion, one of the most laid-back battalions in the army, who are essentially protecting a small farm village near the border to nowhere. In other words they got the shaft. Since they don't need to worry so much about being prepared or acting like real soldiers, the show is mostly about how they all interact with each other. In all honesty , the anime is pretty good & I'm only on ep.5, but it seemed almost like a clone of Strike Witches. Almost the same premise, just will less soldiers, less battles & less loli. The characters in the battalion are:

1) Sorami Kanata: Basically the uber-genki greenhorn & main character. Has perfect pitch but plays horribly. Hirasawa Yui, anyone?

2) Kazumiya Rio: Totemo Kibishi Onee-san. Teaches Kanata how to play.

3) Suminoya Kureha: Typical Tsundere (thats litteraly how the wiki describes her).

4) Kannagi Noel: Girl with Uber-Mech skillz.

5) Filicia Heideman: Yasahii Ojou-sama/Onee-san

All important moe types present & accounted for, sir!

The other anime I have been watching is Sasameki Koto. This a yuri anime about a girl in high school who is in love with her best friend, a girl who always falls in love with "cute girls". This is a problem for the main character because she is athletic, really tall for her age, & a black belt in karate. Not exactly cute at all. The entire anime basically falls on the main characters attempts to get her best friend to fall in love with her. It's a very sweet anime, but then again I say that about all yuri anime. Its an anime type I just have a sweet spot for. Its also histerically funny, while still having the drama, so I think I'm definetly gonna finish this anime.

In terms of games, I'm playing FF13 like I said, plus still playing Street Fighter 4. In Street Fighter I've mostly been playing everyone, but also started learning Zangief. Especially now that I can do his ultra & super. Feels like a whole new game. Playing against the computer is boring as shit though.