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November 25th, 2008 (12:09 pm)
current location: Akebono City Heights

I have started on my thesis as of Monday, and managed to dredge over 6 pages out of my brain in two days. While the task seems more surmountable now than before I started, I still have a long way to go.

Tomorrow night I leave for Kyoto to go bother Ashley & co. for several days. It has been suggested that I take Mini-Pixie with me but I unfortunately don';t think that will work out. Either way, it will be fun to see the first place I called home in Japan.

Since so many of you got all bothered about it, the news I previously mentioned is that an anime that Heather and I share a mutual burning passion for - Higurashi no Naku Koro ni - is being turned into a series of live-action horror movies. I discovered that they were selling the DVD of the first one while out with people on Sunday and had to tell her. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is a delightful psychological horror anime that definitely rates in my top five anime of all time.

Before I leave tomorrow I have to pack, go to the conbini and pay some bills, take a shower, fold my laundry, try to bang out some more thesis, and at some point possibly eat, or something. In any event, sleep now.

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November 23rd, 2008 (12:30 pm)

Heather! I tried to call you today, but you didn't answer, Probably at work. When do you work tomorrow (Monday)? I'll try calling you then. I have news!

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November 12th, 2008 (01:12 am)
annoyed

current location: Akebono City Heights
ふにき:: annoyed

So I went ot the post office today to use their ATM, because it has no ATM fees, and I told to give me $500. INSUFFICIENT FUNDS, it tells me. What? No freaking way. I try again and same result. Next I ask it for $200 instead, which it spits out readily. Ok, whatever.
So I went home after shopping and checked my online banking, and according to me bank even AFTER the withdrawal of the $200 that day, I still have $1500 left. So WTF Post Office ATM? WTF? I want to know why! I demand to know why!
I'm gonna try again tomorrow to get the other $300 since I still have some letter to mail, but still. It's annoying.

EDIT: I was doing it in English (another perk of the Post Office ATM) so I know it did in fact say "insufficient funds" and it wasn't just me misunderstanding.
EDIT^2: hadji_hajek FTW! All is aligned with the world again.

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November 11th, 2008 (12:38 pm)

More peopel should be on AIM when I'm bored.

I have an unrelenting cough.

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November 9th, 2008 (06:11 am)

If I put my laundry out to dry, it will rain.

IT NEVER FAILS.

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November 5th, 2008 (04:02 pm)

There is a Shin megami Tensei Online MMO up for beta, and everyone should sign up for the beta with me.
http://megaten.aeriagames.com/signup

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November 5th, 2008 (04:01 pm)

I have a fever. Blah.

Obama won? maybe I ought to just stay here.

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November 1st, 2008 (12:59 pm)

Dear Japan:

For the love of God, STOP naming your girls MARI! I know like SEVEN Mari's already and I meet a new one, like, EVERY WEEK. I don't CARE if they have different kanji, THEY ALL SOUND THE SAME. Go back to using names with -ko on the end! Seriously, if I meet any more Mari's I am going to burn your country down, ok? Glad we talked.

-Me

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October 25th, 2008 (08:23 am)

So, Amazon.com is having a Halloween Sale, with deeply discounted Halloween DVDs.
http://www.amazon.com/b/ref=amb_link_7556882_2?ie=UTF8&node=726738011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=top-1&pf_rd_r=00EQKRJEM2NWVFK9696F&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=441563701&pf_rd_i=726738011
Me, being me, went and scoured it looking for anything good, of any region. I did find a couple good things, but my favorite genre of horror is of course Asian Horror. So I was specifically looking for Asian Horror movies and I did find a few, but not the kind I was looking for. I found Suicide Circle in there, and the few others of Asian origin that i checked out were all similar kinds - gorefests. Which only strengthens my opinion of the American and Japanese horror markets - Americans believe that the way to scare people is to spend the majority of their budget on fake blood to splash over everyone and everything, and include shocker violence to go with it. Often you are introduced to the villians outright and they're not that mysterious. Asians go for the more subtle horror; they seem to know that fear is partially about the unknown, and often they don't outright show any or all of the adversary. (Yahtzee pointed this out in his Silent Hill: Homecoming review and I'm rather pleased to find that he thinks the same thing.)
Anyway, I continue my coming of the Halloween sale, but as far as Asian horror goes I think the pickings are slim.

EDIT: Hahaha, Moon Child's on there. lol. Well whatever.
I also noticed that American remakes of some good Asian horror films - Shutter, Grudge, Dark Water - are on there, but not their Asian counterparts. Hmmm.

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Tokyo Game Show 2008

October 14th, 2008 (07:16 pm)

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So obviously, I went to TGS this weekend! From my apartment, it`s about a 45 minute walk. I went alone on Saturday, and got there a little after 9. On Sunday Erik joined me, and we got there about 8 to get a better place in line. The line, by itself, takes around 15 minutes to straight up walk it with no stopping. Seriously! I guess that`s what you get when you have 60,000 people in line.
This is a video of the line from where I was on Saturday
They started letting the line in about 9:30, and so around 10:15 I was in.
TGS is sort of like Disneyland for gamers - go into a GIANT building, wander around staring at the pretty lights, buy overpriced food & souveniers, and wait in line! Only instead of waiting for rides, you wait to play games. It was awesome. I`d take TGS over Disney any day. Also, when you go through a line and play a game, they almost always give you something when you leave, like a little cloth or a keychain or a poster or something. It`s a good practice, I think :D

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Now, on to the games!
Gyakuten KenjiCollapse )

Resident Evil 5Collapse )

I wandered around looking at things for a while before joining another line, so here are some random photos of things
Photos of Hall 1Collapse )

After wandering a bit, I got into a line for the new Prince of Persia game.
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I wandered around a bit, saw some cosplayers hanging around in the area between Halls. More on hem later though. The next place I went was to test-play the new Valkyrie Profile game for the DS.
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I took some more time to wander. They had a Chrono Trigger art museum, where you wandered through and saw some character art and scene stills from the old game in honor of the DS remake. Then I watched part of a Dead Rising Wii trailer which was pretty cool. There was a concert in the mall, and all the zombies were dancing, and the guy is singing when Frank West runs up and grabs the mic from him and starts singing, and while they fight over it the guitarists in the band start hitting the zombies with their guitars. Pretty funny. Also, they had made a life-sized Frank West statue to sit beside the line to play the Wii demo:
Frank West statue
Yeah, it amused me. Pushbroom, lol.

That was basically it for Saturday - the game lines closed at four, so I returned home and awaited Sunday.
Sunday time!

I got up and went to meet Erik at Kaihin Makuhari station, the station closest to Makuhari Messe. He got there around 7:40, so by 8am we were in line. We made it in just before 10, and off we went! I showed Erik around a little, and then we went and got in line for Phantasy Star Zero.
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Erik then got in line for Prince of Persia, and I ended up wandering around a bit and then getting in line for Mirror`s Edge.

Mirrors EdgeCollapse )

After that, I went and watched Last Remnant for a bit longer before Erik caught up to me. I never went in line for gameplay time with LR, but I spent some time on both Saturday and Sunday watching other people play, so I have a decent idea of what's going on.

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After that we went for some food at the food court, and explored that area, the third hall, a little. There were schools advertising at booths, stores for individual companies, and a kids area in addition to the food court. Nice, but Capcom was sold out of the shirt I wanted so I didn't bother going in to their store.

We then went back towards the first hall again to get in line for Star Ocean 4, but stopped to admire some cosplayers on the way. Japanese cosplayers > you. Accept it.
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And then, in a similar vein, we have... FORCED COSPLAY! For some reason Sega decided that it was going to force it's employees to dress up like characters from their games and stand around looking silly. I wonder how many resignations they got.
Not quite casual FridayCollapse )

Now the final thing we did on Sunday was play Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope.
Star Ocean 4Collapse )

Ok, so now you get some pictures of the second building of TGS. It's split into three ridiculously huge buildings, and the first two have booths while the third has stores, kids corner, and food.

Hall 2 pics!Collapse )

Finally, a few extra videos!
A walk across half of Hall 1, including a part of the Street Fighter IV trailer
A walk across Hall 1 again, from the other side this time
A video of Hall 2
A video of the cosplay area

And, my swag!
All my swag
On the right: TGS shirt & Towel; Yellow bird from Phantasy Star Zero; Tricell cloth from Biohazard 5; pink & blue cloths from Gyakuten Kenji; Capcom new releases special edition DVD; TGS stickers; Prince of Persia poster; Monster Hunter card game card; assorted fliers, from left to right:
Flier swag
Ubisoft fall lineup; CGWORLD graphics magazine; Biohazard: Degeneration flier; SNK fall lineup ads, includingKing of Fighters XII; Suikoden Tierkreis flier; Microsoft fall lineup booklet, and Capcom fall lineup booklet.
I missed getting a Squeenix booklet because there was a virtual feeding frenzy there - this poor squeenix guy was trying to wheel a cart with the booklets through the horribly crowded area between their booth and Capcom's, and the crowd descended upon him, snatching them up like they held the map to Atlantis. I'm surprised the guy didn't lose a limb.

So anyway, that was my TGS! Freaking awesome! Everyone should go.

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