Life – January 2015

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Bit of a crazy month. In this month’s episode, we play vidya, start our journey to being buff ting, go on a date with a stranger, watch Nick Clegg throw a melon at a disabled person and develop yet another illness.

 

In terms of vidya, not too much, I started playing the latest Resident Evil (REmake HD), I also acquired a DAO Soundvoltex controller (no idea what that is? maybe this video will explain), and a Gateway 3DS card, so that’s been keeping me pretty occupied. On top of that i’ve been pretty addicted to the android game ‘Crusaders Quest’. I’ve also been trying to maximize productivity by watching anime at the same time as I play games, it’s easier than you’d think, especially if you combine easy to watch shows (Fist of the north star is my current favorite) with easy to play, non time based games (Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, or the pictured Valkyria do the job decently here)

I started going to the gym about 2 weeks ago, ‘the gym’ group opened up a pretty decently sized branch near my house, and the prices they were offering were good enough for me to finally bite. I’ve been looking for a gym for a while in all honesty, but the prices combined with parking restrictions (or charges) just kind of put me off. I like the idea of getting fit, but im not so keen on the idea of paying £30+ a day. I’ve been trying to go every other day and have mostly kept to that, even if some of those days was just a quick 45min session. I haven’t changed in terms of weight much, but i’ve been slowly increasing the amount of weight that im using on the machines so there’s that at least.

I went on a Tinder date, had been talking with this girl for a month or so and finally actually met up for a few hours, it was interesting for sure, and thankfully not really awkward at all – though perhaps it’s just because she’s an easygoing and friendly person. We had steak at some place called ‘Steak & co’ which was really nice, but at the same time a little overpriced perhaps considering the nature of the restaurant… I’ll take a step back – Basically you order a steak and then they bring it out cooked way rarer than you ordered, and then you cook it the rest of the way by using a hot stone that they provide, you season it yourself and use the butter they provide. I personally like my steak rare, so the result was that I got what was basically just a raw hunk of steak. We went for frozen custard afterwards, which was a horrible idea because it was cold as fuck. Nice night out overall, we’ll see where it goes assuming she isn’t tired of me already.

Just last night me and Luke went to a live studio broadcast of a british comedy show called ‘The Last Leg’, we had to queue outside in the cold for a while but got in after maybe 45 minutes or so. By the looks of it, we were amongst the last few in because almost all of the seats were full when we got there (RIP to the other 50-100 people who were still stood queueing outside behind us). We somehow managed to get sat right at the very very front row with nobody in front of us but some moving camera crew and the actual show itself. It was a really amazing experience seeing all the cameras moving about, seeing how all the pre-recording happens, and seeing what happens behind the scenes when video plays on the TV over the show. We were lucky enough as well that that episode’s special guest was Nick Clegg, which was really interesting to watch – and I mean there was plate smashing, a melon was exploded by a sword foot, and there was some super cute blonde chick crouched near us helping with the camera cables.

Very recently, as in, just the other day, I have started experiencing a very strange phenomena where it seems my hearing is distorted. Voices almost seem like someone speaking through a fan (this is an exaggeration, but the same general effect) or like a bassy speaker which has some thin plastic laying on the side of it and is vibrating. It’s weird, scary, and pretty fucking annoying – people sound weird when they talk, music sounds like they are coming through broken equipment or like someone has been fucking with the levels in my audio player. Im hoping it goes away soon, but dil has told me to look into a condition called ‘diplacusis‘ and just going by the descriptions… yeah. It very well might be. If i really have someone acquired this condition, then jesus christ I am sick of this body of mine, just one problem after another.

What you should be watching this season – Winter 2014/15 Anime Roundup

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Hello again, and here we are in January of the new year, hoping for cool and interesting new shows! Winter 14/15 is sort of interesting because, for a change everything is pretty easily sorted into stuff which looks interesting (or has the potential to be interesting) and those which are fucking abysmal. Practically everything which isn’t original falls into super generic ecchi superpower fighting against monsters shows, so at least I don’t have to wrack my brain too much being on the fence. I intend to follow everything that isnt in the crap tier, at least until it starts to get boring, but for now, there are a fair amount of interesting shows.

Shows are listed best first.

Watch These Tier:

The Rolling Girls

(9) That show with rainbow explosions –  Pretty insane and over the top superhero stuff, the story is pretty nonsensical for now but my god is it colourful and fun to watch. Quirky characters, crazy animation style, and a happy soundtrack make this a near essential watch for this season, if only for it’s complete disregard for colour palettes.

therollinggirls

 

Maria the virgin witch

(8) The show that isn’t sure how lewd it wants to be –  Maria the witch trying to save bitches, but archangels don’t really like that shit. Maria also has some familiars to add some extra characters. The animation and art is good, and the characters are very likable, though 2 episodes in and i’m not entirely sure which direction the story is going to head.

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Koufuku Graffiti

(8) The shaft slice of life about eating food – Did you like Hidamari Sketch? Because this is Hidamari Sketch but instead of going to art school, they cook and eat food in perverse detail.

koufukugraffiti

 

Death Parade

(8) The one where you gamble with your life – Death parade has a pretty interesting premise; the deceased go to gamble with their lives on the line in a bar, and those who operate the game get to decide if the gambler goes to heaven or hell. It’s kind of dark, but it looks like it has it’s fair share of twists and turns.

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Spare Time Tier:

Saenai heroine no sodatekata

(7) The Slice of life comedy about making a dating sim – Bit of a mixed opinion on this one, the first episode was pretty funny, but the second episode seemed to try harder to push the plot, and as a result it was a little more boring. The characters seem alright though (and by that i mean, it has a twintail girl with fangs), and the art is clean, i’m hoping it’ll push towards the comedy side rather than just be another SOL drama thing, because honestly we have enough of those.

sodate

 

Assassination Classroom

(7) Murder the alien – So, the teacher destroyed the moon, and now wants to destroy earth, but first he wants to teach a year of high school. The students are tasked with trying to assassinate him, but given that he moves at near speed of light and has tentacle arms, it’s not so easy. While the first two episodes have been entertaining, i’m not sure where they can go with this one, unless they can change it up or introduce some sub plots, a whole season of watching them try to fruitlessly kill this alien will get boring.

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Kantai Collection

(7) Goddamn boat girls – So Kancolle is pretty massive in japan, the mobile game about humanized warships, so naturally they had to release an anime about these warship schoolgirls doing… warship schoolgirl things. So pretty much the usual shit, but instead of art class they go to a shooting range and fire their cannons (as you do.)

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Yurikuma Arashi

(6) Bearly sensical? – Made by the same director as Penguindrum, so you know you are in for some weird shit. From what i’ve gathered, it’s about two bears that can shapeshift into human form, and their attempts to eat schoolgirls… Which actually sounds alright, but then every now and then they go to some sort of bear court, and then every now and then people fall down staircases which are probably metaphorical but I dont even know. It’s fucking weird.

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Yatterman Night

(6) The one that’s not actually about Yatterman – I don’t actually know a massive amount about Yatterman, I played Tatsunoko vs Capcom, and saw the live action Yatterman film, but that’s about as far as my knowledge goes. Yatterman Night, from the two episodes i’ve seen at least, appears to be an origin story of Doronjo and her cronies – how much of it is canon however, I have no idea, this could actually be some sort of alternate reality thing for all I know. Regardless though, it’s essentially the tale of a good girl, trying to be a bad guy, and is kind of a refreshing take on one of these sort of shows. If you imagine a show based around Jessie and James of Team Rocket, you’re probably most of the way there.

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Idolm@ster: Cinderella Girls

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(6) This season’s girl idol group show – For fans of Genre or series. It’s pretty standard im@s affair, and if you don’t know what that even means, this show probably isn’t for you.

 

Please No Tier:

Shinmai Maou no Testament

(3) Generic ‘I have super powers and now suddenly two demon girls are now living with me’ show.

Soukyuu no Fafner Dead Aggressor – Exodus

(3) The only thing I want an exodus of is the people that keep greenlighting this shit. Another Humans VS Aliens shows, with some mecha thrown in later probably. It gets a higher rating because it’s very pretty while it bores you to death with its mediocrity.

Absolute Duo

(2) Superpower high school and MC pairs with shy girl who is attached to him for no explicit reason. Sigh.

Juuou Mujin no Fafnir

(1) Fafnir? More like, Fackoff. This is another generic ‘I go to superpower school and we must protect the world from aliens, also I have to live with a grrrll?’ show.

Seiken tsukai no World Break

(1) Superpower high school again, holy shit. This one is the worst of the lot, generic as they come. Right down to the “oh, my power is actually super strong but I had no idea?!”. Also manages to already look like it’s out of animation budget, even though it was only the first goddamn episode.

 

Sequel Tier:

All probably worth watching if you saw the previous season(s) I think theres also Milky Holmes, Kuroko no Basket and Dog Days sequels as well if you’re into those.

Durarara x2

Jojo’s Stardust Crusaders

Tokyo Ghoul A

 

Game Idea: Don’t text and drive

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Just putting this down before I forget about it.

 

General concept:
Timed drive from point A to B, during which you must reach the destination in time, respond to all messages and phone calls, and not die.

Game Hook / unique feature:
Will be played using 2 controllers, ideal case scenario is a wheel/pedals and some sort of smartphone app pair, but the more likely scenario is a modern gamepad and a keyboard, or just a gamepad. The car will be controlled using the gamepad (i’m thinking both analogue sticks can be used for steering wheel, and then triggers for go/brake, and then Dpad for indicators and face buttons for maybe shifting gears or something?) and then the replying to text messages will be either using the keyboard (smartphone mode), numpad (retro mode) or controller face buttons.

Other Notes:
– A story mode, which will be a series of levels chronicling one guys life jugging his office job on the other side of the city, and his girlfriend who is constantly bitching at him. Text messages and/or calls will be morning soap opera kind of shit.
– Difficulties change the frequency/complexity of text messages, how badly everyone else drives (people undertaking you, merging without signalling first, braking without warning, schoolkids randomly running across the road, cyclists, etc) and the route (roundabouts, empty country roads but with a tight time limit, motorways)
– Extra hard difficulty might involve having a phone for work, and a phone for social – with your work phone being a nokia 3310 controlled via numpad, and your keyboard for the other phone
– Answering phonecalls possibly tilts the player POV to the left or introduces sluggishness to the controls?

Happy New Years 2014/15

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A happy new year to all, 2014 was a bit of a relaxed one, with no massive changes to my lifestyle for a change.

Notable events in no particular order:

– Switched departments at work from a long distance travel projects engineer, to a local breakfix engineer

– Little brother went to University

– Started becoming a regular at Astro City and met a ton of cool people

– Saw both Babymetal and Perfume live

– Saw 3 New Countries (Iceland, Thailand, Estonia) and got to play with my camera, and finally go to meet long time internet friend L-fel

– Got in my first Car Crash

– Made a sweet titanfall video

– Won almost £200 from £5 at a casino

 

2015 for me, I hope, Will be a year of dramatic changes, im going to make some VERY optimistic goals and resolutions, and hope for the best.

– Start going to the gym and get buff – This has kind of transcended beyond ‘lose weight’, I wanna look and feel fit.

– Skip Japanese N4, And hit Japanese N3 (at least theoretically, taking the exam might have to wait)

– Find a nice girl

– Find a better paying job

– Start to consider moving out, assuming the above comes to fruition

– Be less of an asshole (tentative)