Life – April 2015

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Highly uneventful month or two, or however long its been since I last typed one of these up.

Currently actually typing this from a training room in Birmingham, where i’ve been learning about supermarket self checkouts (all week).

I feel like of late, my body has been completely letting me down, last week I pulled a muscle in my back while doing rows at the gym, and then this week i’ve managed to pull something in my neck while stretching/doing nothing – don’t even ask how that works, guess its just this old man body of mine.

My back was actually so bad last week that I even had to take a few days off work, however fortunately for me, GTA5 PC had only come out the day before or so, so I practically spent an entire week just banging out GTA – I think i’ve clocked around 60 hours so far, and holy shit that game is truly incredible, definitely one of the best games ive ever played, it’s a shame more of my friends don’t have it, because a lot of the online stuff is more fun with people you know. Surprisingly not regretting the full price purchase at all, seems like great value even – even for just the single player.

Err.. what else is there to mention.. I’ve been trying to learn some server software stuff by virtualizing it, that’s gone okay so far, slowly making some progress, managed to connect two virtual servers to the same domain and so on – and i’ve only locked myself out of a few user accounts, and 3 printers! so… could be worse.

Sadly not a whole lot else to talk about. Visited ed the other day and went for dinner, should be visiting my brother today and hanging out, and then might go to astro on the sunday for some vidya (apparently the pop’n might be going..)

What you should be watching this season – Spring 2015 Anime Roundup

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It’s that time again, my quarterly grind of identifying which high school super power shows are bad, and which are good – but let’s be real they all probably bad.

New for this season, clicking on a show title will now take you to a torrent directory, just because it’s easier for everyone that way.

 

Safe for Consumption Tier

Ore monogatari

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(9, 10) Despite clearly being a shojo RomCom i’m loving this show, characters are adorable – huge dude and small cute girl. I think i’ll keep watching this one for sure. Seems to be progressing pretty rapidly despite being 24 episodes, presumedly we’re in for some advanced drama.

Etotama

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(8,9) Show about a cat-girl trying to join the chinese zodiac by fighting the other 12 zodiac spirits. True to japanese fashion however, all of the zodiac spirits are actually adorable girls who vaguely represent their animal. For some reason, fight scenes are done entirely in CGI, with a kind of chibi style – surprisingly, it works really well, and the animation is pretty good. Etotama is a pretty brainless show, but it’s entertaining for sure.

Punch Line

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(10,7) Batshit insane first ep, and a more subdued character developy second ep. I think we’re in for a good time regardless, I like the setup, and the guy that wrote 999/VLR wrote the script so hopefully it goes crazy later on, plot wise. For the meantime though, plenty of humour.

Plastic Memories

Chick on the left? Yeah thats a robot.
Chick on the left? Yeah she’s not human.

(9,7) About androids who collect other androids whose lifespan has expired. Pretty good first episode, but lackluster second means this one could swing either way. Rather large plot point introduced in second episode means show is probably going to end in tears. Also not entirely sure why androids need to use the toilet, i think there was a scene where she cried as well. it IS a android right?

Hibike! Euphonium

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(9,7) As expected from kyoani, it’s basically K-On with an orchestra. Cute moe girls fawning over instruments and going to class, if that sounds like your jam, go for it.

Shokugeki no soma

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(8,8) Pretty fun cooking show, feels like an anime version of Masterchef, except the main characters food is so good it literally gives people orgasms. It’s high levels of service and ‘moans’ mean it’s probably not for anime newbies, but it seems like a fun show to follow.

Yamada and the 7 witches

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(8, ) Body swapping comedy, I kind of love the body swap idea, and it’s a pretty natural fit for a drama/comedy. Who knows, maybe it’ll lead to romance too. Seems to have some mixed themes – was a comedy for most of the first episode and then went onto a kind of serious topic for a bit. Enjoying so far though.

DanMachi

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AKA. Is it wrong to pick up girls in a dungeon / Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darou ka?
(7,8) While slightly generic in it’s fantasy RPG style setting, DanMachi has proved entertaining so far thanks to it’s cast. Hestia in particular seems to have exploded in online popularity for some reason, I guess she is pretty adorable.

Should be safe to consume Tier

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan

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(7,7) Not sure exactly what the deal is with Disappearance of Nagato, it feels like it’s set in an alternate universe from the Haruhi series where Nagato is adorable and in love with Kyon. Haruhi is also in it, and as weird and hyperactive as you probably remember her. It’s not as good as I would have hoped, but Nagato is plenty adorable to watch, though I might actually prefer old Nagatoi better.

Wish upon the pleiades

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(7,6) Gainax magical girl show, so expect some dark shit to happen later on down the line probably – that’s what magical girl shows do nowadays right? Nothing particularly unique about the show so far, the girls are of course in school, and then transform and ride on broomsticks to capture stars (although they are supposedly bits of spaceship or something, idk). It’s decent so far, but nothing special.

Arslan Senki

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(6,7) Old timey war stuff with focus on prince Arslan who is destined to be king. Genre wise seems half and half split between drama and action. Probably worth watching, but not particularly jaw dropping 2 episodes in so don’t come complaining if it turns out a bad’un – that said, i’m hoping that it’ll eventually turn into anime game of thrones.

Show by rock! 

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(6,6) I’m really not sure how to feel about this show. Its about a girl band in a world powered by music and with giant demon things – It’s part moe girls doing silly things, and then randomly goes full CGI for action/music sequences. Also the story is bizarre as hell. The world at the very least, is really cool.

‘Bin it’ Tier

Kekkai Sensen

(5, ) oh jeez. Yet another superpowered teens fighting against monsters show. Now with even more attack calling. Bonus points for semi unique weapons, minus points for post apocalyptic world. Can’t say I’d recommend this, but maybe im just getting old. At least the animation is decent.

Re-Kan! 

(6,4) Seems lackluster after only 2 episodes, featuring a bunch of jokes which just aren’t really that funny. The art is kind of shitty, and i still know more or less nothing about any of the characters, and don’t really care to. The ED is good at least?

Kyoukai no Rinne

(5,2) Interesting fantasy premise, with characters being able to cross into the world of the afterlife and such. It feels like a cross between an old film called ‘Chinese ghost story’ and Doraemon. Can’t say i’d recommend this show at all though, as it’s boring as fuck and isn’t entertaining at all. It’s sort of an achievement in itself that they’ve made such an interesting world seem so very mundane.

Denpa Kyoushi / Ultimate Otaku Teacher

(4,3) Feels like it’s trying to imitate GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka), except instead of cool and manly Onizuka, the teacher is a super otaku. Not really liking it much so far, and the humour really falls flat (I assume it’s trying to be funny but honestly I dont even know anymore) leaving a rather dull show without much plot or comedy. The Show also has rather impressively seems to have blown its animation budget in 0 episodes because it looks like shit. Do yourself a favour and (Re)Watch GTO instead.

Gunslinger Stratos

(3,3) Probably exactly what you’d expect from an anime adaptation of a team deathmatch third person shooter video game – a bunch of flashy fight scenes accompanied by lengthy discussion and a dumb plot of why they are fighting. That said, 2 episodes in and there hasn’t even been that much action. At least the characters look like they have some individuality I suppose.

Seraph of the end 

(4,3) Terribly generic monster slaying bullshit with zany high school antics thrown in. Main character is unlikable, side characters are forgettable… Oh and he fights with a sword, how original. There was even a ‘power of friendship’ moment thrown in for good measure. This show can go fuck itself.

Sequels Tier

Nisekoi:

Baby Steps

Kiniro Mosaic

Why you should consider Heroes of the Storm

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Take everything you hate about traditional MOBA, then leave the shit teammates in, and then… actually wait, put the stealth characters back too. Long story short, Heroes of the Storm might be the MOBA that gets you on the train, or gets you to change trains if you already play one of the other big MOBAs.

A quick summary of the game in comparison with other moba’s, is that blizzard seem to have tried hard to streamline the entire experience into ‘just the fun’, which results in almost a combination between traditional 3 lane MOBA, and arena style TDM.

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Heres a list of things which are different, and that I liked:

– Recharging fountains just behind first tower to help with laning phase

– Getting outplayed rather than Outgeared

– Skirmishes / Baron dance all day

– No need to fuck around with items, lets be real, you’d buy the same shit every game anyway

– No need to last hit creeps, now you can focus on last hitting your enemy in the face

– No Wards, so ganks are more effective

– Gates along with towers which introduce blind spots

– Towers have ammo systems, meaning pushing the lane to the tower is always the optimal strategy

– Talents which augment your abilities, think Diablo 3 style
– – Forgo talents for additional spells if you need them, these include poly’s, attack buffs, cooldown refreshes, and blinks. Everyone knows a spell like Blink is strong, so do you want safety or do you want carry power or an even crazier ult.

– Choice of two ults to fit your playstyle, as an example, Raynors Ult1 is great for sieging and teamfights, while Ult2 is great for single target DPS.

– Free palette swaps on skins

– Side objectives are meaningful and always give the teams something to fight over, focusing the action. 1 Man split push is rarely the correct strategy.

– Pick your hero and the game matchmakes you into a party, means you play what you want, rather than what others force you to pick

– Less reliance on an established meta

– ‘Jungle camps’ grant your team additional push/siege capabilities

– 3 Skills and 1 talent point at level 1
– – Full scale 5v5 battle over recon point at level 1

– Mana costs feel about right.

– Not played all of them yet, but i’m yet to find a hero I dislike playing as.

– No postgame chat or All Chat means you can’t flame your enemies, avoiding unnecessary salt and drama

– Granted im still relatively low level, but toxicity seems lower than other MOBA, this might change when i hit ranked/max level though. At the very least, there aren’t legions of smurf accounts waiting to fuck me up.

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Here’s some things that are bad about it

– Some Lag compensation / choppiness issues (Though these seem to be better on the 32bit client)

– Pricing model, Not enough ingame gold generation for the price of heroes.

– Less heroes than other games in genre (35)

– Still closed beta

– Can’t hard carry due to shared XP and no items.