Posts Tagged ‘Chaos;Head

14
Nov
08

And the Other Part of that Post

awesome
This image just amused me.

You know, this one.

So, all the stuff I’m still watching.

CLANNAD ~after story~
I find that the show’s been rather consistent in delivering. It’s constantly been able to… bring out some sort of emotion in me. At the least, it keeps me glued to the screen the full 25 minutes. It ellicits some sort of emotional response in me that gets me attached to the characters. Sort of like, how even if they don’t normally get a lot of screen time, each appearance somehow gets me to care more about them, and when their route comes, you feel for them, in a sense. Sort of like how you see this one person, say, a classmate, and even if you don’t really see him all that much, you sort of have some sort of concern for him. That sort of thing, perhaps? Anyway, it’s always a good mix of slice-of-life, comedy, and drama, all within a (more or less) realistic world. I think that is what keeps CLANNAD going strong, even through its second season.
Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka, aka: AkaSaka
Yuuhi is cute. She’s a much better tsundere than most of the usual fare lately – Shana, Louise, Taiga, and so on. Unlike the latter, she doesn’t act all high-and-mighty and actually shows her deredere side more often, which is what I believe to be the charm point of a tsundere. Furthermore, the show’s pacing is relatively smooth, though I haven’t the slightest clue as to how the game goes anyway (and I’m sure most of us don’t either). Finally, the show is, bluntly put, enjoyable to watch. Yuuhi, in particular, whenever she gets flustered, or things like that.
Kannagi
While CLANNAD is the show that I put off for a nice day for viewing, Kannagi is the show I have to watch as soon as I get it. Why so? It’s a very fun show. Nagi’s antics, Tsugumi’s being flustered, and so on – essentially, the general tone of the show – give off a very light mood, which is perfect for watching any time of the week. Some people have pointed out that the show is definitely above average, but it doesn’t yet reach the levels of awesomeness. Perhaps, this is why KyoAni had fired the former director of Lucky Star (whose name eludes me as of this moment). Controversy or not, the show is definitely a joy to watch, and hopefully will continue to be.
Toaru Majutsu no Index
I honestly am not totally sure what the draw to the show is for me. Objectively (as far as I can push it, at least) speaking, the story is more or less original, the characters are unique, most of them likeable (railgun girl is love), and production values are pretty high. Perhaps it’s just a combination of those. Unfortunately, as many people have pointed out, the series is very, very exposition-heavy, which makes it godawful boring sometimes. The way it is paced, on the other hand, constantly keeps me on edge, wondering just what the freakin’ hell is going to happen next, which is probably why I still watch it.
Toradora
I haven’t been watching this lately, probably because Taiga being tsun all the fucking time is pissing me off.
Kemeko DX
Apparently, the director for the show was also the director of a similarly nonsensical show years and years back (I forget what it is, as usual). And it is. Kind of fun to watch, but the crazy slapstick levels have been dying down recently. I may keep going with this, but maybe I won’t.
Macademi WAsshoi
I thought it was weird, as in, Kemeko DX weird, but it’s not. At least, not of that kind. It’s more of Seto no Hanayome-like humor. Which is good. Very good. MWA however, seems to have a lot more otaku-centric and sexual jokes compared to Seto, which had lots of gay jokes and overall insanity. Plus, there is a giant nekomimi maid mecha that fires boob missiles which equals to INSTANT AWESOME. It’s fun to watch, like Kannagi, but it definitely needs a high energy level, because while Kannagi is sort of like “laid-back humor”, MWA is “high-on-drugs-and-shit humor.”
Hakushaku to Yousei
Also known as Earl and Fairy, but it sounds kinda weird to me. Anyway, it’s a very shoujo-y show, which isn’t necessarily bad. In fact, I find it quite watchable – when I watch it. I seem to keep putting it off over and over, which doesn’t mean it’s bad. It’s quite good in comparison to some other things. I’m still on the fence as to whether or not I’ll keep going with this one, as I don’t really find the level of enjoyment quite as comparable as to say, MWA.
Tales of the Abyss
Likewise, I can’t get myself to watch it as often as I should. Luke is still a prick (someone tell me when he stops being one in the show), and I already know all the major events that happen, so it’s not as… suspenseful as it should be. Again though, it’s above-average compared to a lot of stuff we’ve had the pleasure of seeing over the last season or two.
Ga-rei Zero
So we have two episodes of bloody action, and then hot yuri action after that. Not really sure what direction the show’s taking anymore.
Gundam 00
I don’t even know why I’m watching it. Maybe to fill up the complete and utter lack of action I have in my lineup.
ef ~a tale of melodies~
Memories was more enjoyable for me, but then I marathoned it, so it doesn’t really work as a valid comparison. I’ll marathon this too.
Chaos;Head
I only watch this for the laughs and for comparison. Really. Just play the visual novel.
Shikabanehime Aka
… is on probationary status due to lack of subs.

PS:

I am now patching ai sp@ce.
i am so fucking ronery
FOUR MILLION FILES’ WORTH THAT IS HUR HUR.

10
Nov
08

Chaos;Head sure is QUALITY.

and a million sena fans cried that day

i don't even know where to begin

Moogy speaks truth.

28
Oct
08

CHAOS;HEAD 03 Anime – Game Comparison

Just a really quick one before I go to bed – quarterly tests and all. I’ll keep all the unknown-to-first-timer stuff censored, unless you guys don’t mind me spoiling everything.



More or less the same, but with a different viewpoint. Different placements and one nurse less.



The anime sword doesn’t have the presence that the game’s did. Slight variations in design as well.



As is obvious, they take place at different times. If I remember correctly, in the game, Kozue also just stood there staring, rather than having a breakdown.



Yeah, I loved this scene. It doesn’t feel as right when it’s over the shoulder though. Also, I just realized that her eyes are of a different color in the show.

I’m actually worried about the pacing, at this early phase of the show. I’m not totally sure they can squeeze in all of the revelations and the expositions found in the latter (more awesome) part of the game, it’s not always good to keep hopes up, but well, what other purpose do they serve?

24
Oct
08

CHAOS;HEAD Review

[Disclaimer:though it says review, I would say it’s more of a writeup as I’ve yet to get through the A and B routes]

So, CHAOS;HEAD. According to the game’s official site, it’s a “Psycho Suspense Novel Game” and at the same time, a “Delusional Science NVL [Novel]”.

The game is set in Shibuya, year 2008, as a series of strange incidents called “New Generation” have been occurring recently. The first, called the “Group Dive” involves 5 people, who, for no reason, jump to their deaths from a large tower. The second, “Pregnant Man”, involves a dead man whose corpse had a fetus planted inside.
You play as Nishijou Takumi, an high-school student of Suimei Academy and an otaku who is, in all honestly, probably one of the most worthless people you can ever imagine. Being a social recluse, he rejects the third dimension – girls in particular – avoiding them whenever possible, and choosing to spend all his time in watching anime, admiring anime characters, and playing MMO’s like Empire Sweeper Online (Ensue*, for short). He even goes so far as creating a “minimal attendance schedule” in order to graduate with as little contact with other people as possible. And, as the main gimmick of the game, so to speak, you can choose to indulge Takumi in his delusions.
* – I refuse to use “Ensuu” because Ensue just looks better.
While chatting it up with a partymate of yours, Grim, an unknown person named, “Shogun” enters, but does not respond. Afterwards, Grim shows you a link to a doodle of a person with stakes sticking out of his body. He soon after and Shogun responds. He sends you a large number of links – pictures similar to Grim’s but from real life.
One day, as you walk home from school, you somehow stumble into an unknown part of the neighborhood. Hearing a metallic, clanking sound, you slowly, ever so slowly, walk deeper and deeper into a dark alleyway to bear witness to a live “staking”, with a girl wearing the Suimei Uniform. She calls your name, which causes you run away traumatized and screaming. However, this is only part of a much larger, grander scheme of events, all centered on you.

[Spoilers ahead]
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15
Oct
08

Fall 2008 Impressions

So it’s been about 2, 3 weeks since the fall season’s officially started. A lot of people have claimed this to be a season filled with awesomeness, me included, and many of the shows do not disappoint, and another few have surpassed what low expectations I had of them. In this post, because I’m really bad with the follow-through, I’ll just do a one-shot impressions post covering CHAOS;HeAD, Toaru Majutsu no Index, ToraDora, CLANNAD ~after story~, Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka, and pretty much almost all of the bigger shows of the season. Actual impressions after the jump.

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25
Aug
08

Misc. Updates Again

その目誰の目?

So I got a twitter. I figured it’d be a good place to dump extra cellphone load, so yeah rofl

I’ve also been playing Chaos;Head by using the translation found on the Project MOOGY Wiki (aka TLWiki).
It’s funny how I got interested in playing this game, actually. Initially, I’d only cared about its opening song – Find the blue, by Itou Kanako (one whose songs are pretty much hit-or-miss for me). Eventually, my inner curiosity got me and I was soon grabbing a copy of the soundtrack and the CGs. After that, I got a copy of the game itself, just for kicks. I was just idling in #ndt (at irc.ppirc.net) and then LoSs, who happened to be there, said “その目誰の目?” and mentioned having to translate complex quantum physics terms (eg: the Dirac sea) and I, putting two and two together, realized that a translation was in the works. However, to find it already fully translated, with only editing, proofing, and so on, left *coughKANONcough*, was quite surprising.
So far, it’s actually managed to get me pretty jarred whenever I play it (late at night ’til the early mornings). I’d prefer not to spoil anything, so I won’t go any further. However, I would like to say this one thing – Takumi, as a protagonist – is a wuss, a loser, a pussy, an otaku, and an antisocial jerk, even to his acquaintances and family – the quintessential “scum of society.” Seriously. On the other hand, LoSs from #ensue (at irc.rizon.net) said that he was a GAR badass, so I’ll take his word for it.

Recently, I’ve also taken a fascination with writing instruments. Just yesterday, I bought myself 3 Uni Pin fine line pens, at 0.2, 0.3, and 0.5 mm thicknesses, a Zebra F-301 Compact (for the notebook), and a converter and ink for my old Parker Jotter. I also happened to come across my aunt Verna’s, god bless her soul, old Parker 45 (this was one of those manufactured in the 60’s, mind you), complete with the ink sac, so I gave it a thorough rinse, body, nib, and all, and it was good to go.
Writing with fountain pens initially put me off because of the thick lines and the delicacy with which one has to hold it with (in other words, I was used to writing with ballpoint) but for some reason, it just clicks now. They feel fine and write a whole lot better than normal ballpoints, though rollerballs are just as good.

Oh, and by the way, I’m still translating the “system” portion of the TWilight refrAIN manual, though at this rate, it’s really more of reading comprehension than it is vocabulary, given that most of the words aren’t in my own vocab and thus need to be dictionaried up (yes, I made that word up). I swear I’ll have it out by around Thursday at the latest.




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