Day 2:A Picture
Josuke
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Sharing is Caring! for one week, recommend/share:

Day one: a song
Day two: a picture
Day three: a book/ebook/fanfic
Day four: a site
Day five: a youtube clip
Day six : a quote
Day seven : whatever tickles your fancy


You're supposed to see dolphins in the picture below. Can you see the dolphins?

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Day 1:A Song
Josuke
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Ganked from doctor_meowzie because I find this meme really nice.


Sharing is Caring! for one week, recommend/share:

Day one: a song
Day two: a picture
Day three: a book/ebook/fanfic
Day four: a site
Day five: a youtube clip
Day six : a quote
Day seven : whatever tickles your fancy



This song's quite old (I was 14 when I first heard it) but it's still one of my favorite songs of all time. And no, I have never seen the movie.



Ash - A Life Less Ordinary
So take me in your arms again
Lead me in my dreams again
So what is it worth?
I'll sell my soul
What is it worth? Only you know...


Tim Wheeler <3
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Rot 292,Shiki 13-15 and GBA Games Update
Josuke
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Tactics Advance Progress Report. Well, as of press time, I have already completed 138 missions in 50 hours and 27 minutes. That gives me 162 missions left to complete. However, I'm thinking of skipping all the minor missions and just go straight to the major ones so that I can finsh the game fast. Anyway, I have created a second save file which I can use if I want to complete all 300 missions and job classes.

The reason why I'm in a hurry to finish Tactics Advance is because I want to start playing Tactics Ogre this week. I tried it for a few minutes a while ago and I became interested with the story right away since it's of the same mold as that of Final Fantasy Tactics and the first two Suikoden games. What's also interesting is that you can actually choose the path you want for your main character--or so I heard. He can be a goody-two-shoes or a not so goody-two-shoes, depending on the burdens,dreams and qualities you assign to him. For my character Alphonse (Apparently, this is the character's official name; I saw it in a walkthrough, here are the things I chose:

Bear which burden? Affection
Walk which path? Wealth
Design which plan? Strife
Swear which oath? Revenge (I was actually torn whether to choose this or Victory. The result of a toss-coin gave me this.)
Share which vision? Terror
Shape which future? Change

Obviously, I'm trying to go the non-goody-two-shoes path. I was actually thinking of Cao Cao while I was choosing the traits and the future of Alphonse (using strife to ensure change will take place. It's kinda like Guo Jia's Darkness Technique). I'm excited to see as to how my character will act as the game progresses, what decisions he will be making that will cause terror and strife. It's actually refreshing to play a game wherein the main character doesn't always walk the path of justice and righteousness.

Wherein Meme gets even geekier and talks about the game's Turn SystemCollapse )

Shiki 13-15. These are the chapters that I've been waiting to get scanlated ever since I saw the Chinese scans. It's mostly because of the Tohru - Natsuno feeding scene which wasn't as horrifying as it looked especially with the translated dialogue. It's actually a pretty sad scene showing a friendship that is true yet complicated. (By the way,the conversation between Tohru and Natsuno about the concept of human beings becoming an accepted source of food in the society was quite interesting. More or less, Tohru was trying to say, as he compares the killing of human beings to humans killing animals for food, that humans aren't that special that they should be exempted from becoming food for others. Humans are still part of the food chain, after all.)

I was also looking forward to the scenes involving the Kanemasa people. Aside from Sunako and Tatsumi, we barely see the other family members. It's interesting to know how they don't like to be called vampires, which they are but with some major differences. For one, they don't sparkle. Or at least, only one of them does.



I don't think the fact that he looks and sparkles like Chou Koumei is a coincidence.

More vampire talkCollapse )

RoT 292.This chapter shows the aftermath of Zhou Yu's genius -- killing twenty thousand people in the east and dumping heir corpses in the river in order to create chaos in the west:hiting two birds with one stone. Eight Geniuses, each one of you, you never stop to amaze me. But I think, the highlight of this chapter is the appearance of a new character. And I love how he talks and how his men had to verify what he really means. XD

"We put some fucking rocks downstream and that mother-fucker gets all flooded. Once they return to Lujiang, we’ll leave a pile of shit at Haihun."

"Boss, do you mean… station at Haihun?"

"The lot of ‘em gotta shit, right? Oh hell, say station then. Ask our Lord for five thousand more men so they can shit up the place."

"Yessir."

" This dumbass Liu Xun can’t see through my gut at all. Start the fight already – my hands are itching so bad the pus is ’bout to break out!"

" Sir, here comes a representative from Shangliao."

" Shangliao’s leaders have met among themselves, boss. They will not pay rations tribute to Liu Xun."

"Good. Tell’em to flee with their mothers if Liu Xun flares up! Once Liu Xun closes in on Shangliao, my troop will drill him a new asshole."

"Boss… do you mean an ambush from behind?"


Oh, Lu Meng. How I love your crude and dirty way of saying things.

A Short Note About Shiki Plus a Meme
Josuke
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Just read Shiki chapter 13-15. Oh, the Natsuno/Tohru angst. For Tohru's sake, I wish he'd just die, and I mean really die because it's obvious that he is suffering from doing something that he doesn't want to do in the first place. I'd blog more about this once I get back from Roxas. I'll be staying there tomorrow until Monday.

Meanwhile, here's a meme taken from fannish5
    List the five scariest characters ever.
  • I consider most of the 108 outlaws of Outlaws of Liangshan Marsh or All Men are Brothers or Suikoden or however you want to call it to be quite scary. For example, there's the crafty Lady Sun (also known as Sun the Witch) who likes to drug her victims and turn them into dumplings, which she actually sells in her tavern. (Well,at least, she doesn't purposely serves them to the relatives of ehr victms unlike a certain pink-haired 'villainess' I know.) Then, there's Li Kui whose fiery temper has taken hundreds of lives. He has no regard for gender, age , status and character. He kills whenever he feels like it. However, I think the scariest of them all has to be Song Jiang because all of these 107 strong, talented and merciless outlaws bend to his every will and they never question him at all. They do everything he says (Song Jiang could have conquered the whole world if only he had been more greedy and power-hungry enough), even when Song Jiang's sense of morality becomes a little bit twisted at times. S P O I L E R SCollapse )
  • Houshin Engi's Dakki is scary because not only is she sly, powerful, and intellectually gifted, she is also merciless and makes hamburgers out of handsome, young men. I think she and Lady Sun would get along well and they could, in fact, trade recipe secrets.
  • I know this is cheating but majority of the characters in Ravages of Time fit the 'Scariest Character' title; I just can't choose one. They're the type of people who'd form an alliance with you and then sooner or later, you'd find out it's nothing but a part of some scheme to stab you in the back. To make matters worse, almost everyone is a freakin' genius. You don't really want to mess with this bunch.
  • Luck Stealer's Kurusu Yuusei is also scary because of his ability to steal a person's luck, which can lead to death if he wills it, or if he's being sadistic, he can steal enough luck to make you suffer for a long time but not enough to kill you. (IMHO, it's a fate worse than death)
  • NEURO. He gives me the creeps. But I love him. XD
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I am So Not Up to Date With a Lot of Things
Josuke
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For this week, I had a couple of 'OMG! I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THIS' moments, which involved some of my older fandoms.

1.Final Fantasy Tactics:The War of the Lions - I swear I didn't know that this game has been remade as a PSP game, and that Square-Enix has added anime cut scenes.(Plus 2 new characters from other FF games but I don't really care about them) Why didn't Squaresoft think of doing that before? So we non-PSP owners missed the chance to see the scene below in a non-sprite version:

Will you marry me, Delita? XDCollapse )

Thankfully, there are PSP emulators online and I also found a site where I can download the game. I have to remove some unnecessary files from my harddrive though because the game is 99 mb and I don't have much space left. Another thing that stops me from downloading the game is that I'm still playing Tactics Advance and I want to finish it first. Surely, I won't be able to do that when I start playng Tactics.

Speaking of Tactics Advance, I have already cleared sixty-three missions in twenty-five hours and four minutes. And I already got my very first Ninja. Sadly, Tactics Advance's Ninja class doesn't travel as far as its Tactics counterpart. But they're still good for long-range attacks. I have yet to check though if they have the Two-Sword ability as well. But so far my two new favorite job classes are the Sniper class and the Fencer class (which are both Viera jobs). I like the Sniper's Beso Toxico, a long-range attack that not only inflicts damage but also Poison as well. For the Fencer class, I like Swallowtail. It's a short-range attack but can inflict a good amount of damage on the enemy's HP. These two have been making my battles a breeze.

2.Gundam Rx78-2 1:1 scale in Odaiba - I swear I was shocked when I saw this. A decade ago, I could only dream about a seeing a Gundam built in 1:1 scale. Who would've thought for Gundam's 30th Anniversary, they'd have this giant Rx78-2 for display! Just look at the details of that thing. *_* It's missing its shield though but that's not important. What matters is that it exists...or should, I say, existed. It sucks that the model was taken own last month. Couldn't they have just moved it to someplace else?

Meanwhile, seeing that Rx78-2 model reminded me of the one I own. It's a 20th Anniversary edition of Rx78-2 which my Dad got for me. To be honest , my favorite UC Gundam, design-wise, was Rx78-GP01fb but Rx78-2 is still special to me. It is the very first Gundam ,aftr all. I just don't like its weapons system. I rarely used it when I was playing Char's Counterattack.

But I digress.

So, I checked my Rx-78-2 and I saw that some of its labels are already faded and the others are starting to fade. Seeing the shiny Rx78 in Odaiba made me wish that I took extra care of my own. I just have to remind myself that I'm going for the battle-damaged look. LOL.
The rest of my model kits are in chaos right now, actually. My mom tells me to put everythng in order but I told her I'm trying to show an after war scenario.

The truth is I'm just lazy. XD
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Final Fantasy:Tactics Advance
Josuke
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So I started playing Final Fantasy Tactics Advance two nights ago, and by the time I got my first mission encounter, I was already addicted. But it's totally expected since I was addicted to the Playstation game too.

The game's main protagonist is Marche, a boy who was sucked into the world of Final Fantasy. From what I've seen of the story so far, it's pretty mediocre especially if you compare it to its PS predecessor. (Personally, I find Final Fantasy Tactics to be the best, story-wise out of all the Final Fantasy games I've played.) Then again, it's too early for me to really say whether the story sucked or not, considering I haven't really advanced much because I've been busy fulfilling the missions from the pubs instead of going where I should be. XD

Tactics Advance remains turn-based but with significant changes. For one, Tactics Advance has 42 regular job classes compared to Tactics 18. Not all job classes from Tactics can be seen in Tactics Advance though. For example, the Samurai job class was removed, which is sad because I like the said class' Draw ability, although I had to spend several gils on swords because they keep breaking theirs. Thankfully, the Ninja job class is still there. I love this class. Not because of 'OMG! NINJAS ARE SO KEWL!' but because they have a really good range and they could travel for several spaces. When I was playing Tactics, almost everyone in my party was a ninja. Then, I just equip them with abilities from other classes.

Apart from the new job classes, there's also the Law. For every battle, there is a corresponding rule (e.g. No using of items for the entire battle) which all characters should follow or else they will be slapped with Yellow Card or worse a Red Card and be sent off to prison. The Law can be a little bit frustrating sometimes. Last night I got into a battle which allows me to use only colored magic (e.g. Black magic) and it just so happened that I only had one operational Black Mage. I had no choice but to re-load the game, buy the cheapest rods for my newly recruited Black Mages (because apparently, unlike in the PS game, all new recruits are not equipped yet with anything.) before proceeding to the city and engaging the enemy.

About the battles, they have been quite easy so far. Maybe it's because I've been fighting simple mission battles or because the clans I've been facing are just minor clans. I have yet to have that hair-pulling experience I had with some battles from Tactics. I noticed there's no more wait time when casting magic spells. In Tactics, you have to wait for several turns before the magic gets cast. It can get really annoying because sometimes you ended up wasting a turn because the enemy is no longer in the area.

Anyway, Tactics Advance is really, really fun. I love it. Now excuse me because my clan, Clan RAWR, needs to fulfill its missions now.
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Shiki 12, RoT 290 and Outlaws of the Marsh
Josuke
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Before anything else, cavechan, just a heads up, another team (blackabyssteam) has picked up Shiki. (Finally, this manga is getting some attention, because we know it's severely lacking that despite how good it is.) So far, the team has scanlated only chapter 12. Still, can't wait for the SC tankoubon scans.:D

Okay so chapter twelve shifts the story back to Toshio again. Poor Toshio. He really looks like shit now. He has dark circles under his eyes and looks like he ha forgotten what a razor is. But it's really understandable why the guy has no time to maintain his physical appearance, considering what he has to deal with. And it seems they have become an unhealthy obsession for him. I saw last month's Chinese raw and while I don't understand any Chinese, the pictures already say it all. It was a very difficult moment for Toshio because it involved someone dear to him and what made it even worse was that Toshio knew he had no choice but to do it. He had to set aside his personal feelings for what could be the first step towards the salvation of everyone living in Sotoba.

On the otherhand, Muroi is looking mighty fine as always. :D But I can't help but think that he has a certain connection to the Kanamesa people, aside from his chummy relationship with Sunako. Speaking of Sunako, she's looking creepy as usual. I love her though, and her fashion sense. Cut for spoilersCollapse )

Overall, Chapter 12 was a good chapter. And I think Ikumi-san is pretty cool. :D

Meanwhile, RoT's 290th chapter was finally uploaded this morning! I'm crying out of joy because I waited for this chapter to be uploaded in Baidu for nearly three weeks. 291 even got uploaded first. Anyway, the scanlation for this chapter was also done this afternoon. Shodar really didn't waste anytime and us loyal followers of the series are really grateful for the fast editing. :D And we are grateful for another dose (albeit short) of Organizer a.k. Wise Man Lu! Also, add Sun Ce and Zhou Yu to the mix, and I am a very happy reader. :D

I think Organizer Lu's early appearance has made the Sun Ce/Yu Ji storyline even more interesting than it already is, especially with the internal and external strategies he has set up. I no longer want to speculate as to how the recent events could lead to Sun Ce's demise because things have gone even more complicated and I don't want to stress myself thinking all about it. XD I'll just wait for the next chapters.

Meanwhile, why wasn't Zhongda and Organizer Lu's enounter shown further? They must have talked after Organizer Lu and his men saved Zhongda right?

As for Outlaws of the Marsh, I'm already on the 29th Chapter and I just noticed one thing---WHY ARE ALL THE WIVES IN THIS NOVEL GREEDY, ADULTEROUS, UNGRATEFUL, SCHEMING BITCHES WHO LOVE MAKING THEIR HUSBANDS LIVES MISERABLE? There's one who isn't but she kills people and turns them into dumplings.(But ILU,Lady Sun!) There's also another one who is actually normal and is very loyal to her husband--but she hung herself. 0_0

On a different note, I visited HelloQuizzy again and you know what that means.

The Official Myers-Briggs Personality TestCollapse )

Fire Phoenix Online Game Promo Video
Josuke
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Well, it's not exactly the Fire Phoenix that I'm into to (a.k.a. Ravages of Time) but this deserves posting nonetheless because, hey, it's another Three Kingdoms-based game. Anyway, the video below is actually from some game entitled Heroes-Scions of Phoenix, which if you're going to check the intro kinda rips off Ravages of Time with the whole recurring dream and the phoenix thing.

Anyway, this is an MMORPG (or at least, I think it is) , once again, featuring characters from the Three Kingdoms period. The character designs are pretty, although some costumes and weapons are really outrageous like the fiery Huang Gai with the chainsaw. Rawr! XD I'm glad this game actually gives a spotlight to characters like Guo Ja and Xun Yu which the Dynasty Warrior franchise failed to do. Guo Jia's technique is a bit funny though. Uh...power cough? XD Xun Yu looks pretty cool. And woah--this game has a playable Fa Zheng?! It's strange though that a lot of the popular 3K personalities seem to be absent. Maybe they're characters that need to be unlocked? Who knows. But I have a strong feeling that the very last character shown in the video is Lu Bu. He just gives that 'I am Lu Bu' vibe.

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Ao no Exorcist 06 + icons
Josuke
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I am so disppointed with this chapter. No, it's not because of the story itself. Actually, this chapter is pretty good as always, but I'm sad because of the severe lack of Yukio (again) and because Rin stopped wearing the hairclip. :( I know he lost it during the fight last chapter but I'm sure Bon has supplies?

Speaking of Bon, I didn't expect him to be such a flirt. I thought that's supposed to be Shima's role. XD Too bad for them, Shiemi is socially-challenged. She doesn't recognize flirtng even if it hits her in the face. XD And Rin's reaction to Bon's awesomeness was priceless! Of course, it inspired him to memorize the Bible verses too but he sorta failed...Oh Rin.

Meanwhile, I love the colored splash page. Katou, Fujiryuu and Asada are some of the artists whose colored pages I always looked forward to seeing. Going back to the AoE colored page, I find Eminem's (To non-AoE readers, no it's not the actual rap artist. It's a nickname Rin gave to one of his classmates) insertion to be quite amusing. He looks so out of place as usual. Also, Bunny boy is missing. Well, Paku is too but she's dropping from the class (or so she says) so it's not like we'll be seeing more of her later. I wonder if Katou-sensei deliberately chose not draw him because he has not been properly introduced in the story yet (But so is Eminem. Why is he there?) or he just completely forgot about him.

Now about the story---the mystery continuesCollapse )

Meanwhile, I've made more Suikoden icons because pretty illustrations must be turned into icons. LOL (3x Zhang Qin; 2x Bai Sheng; ix Shi Jin; 1x Zheng Tianshou; 2x Sun the Witch)

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Writer's Block: Top of the Charts
Josuke
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What's the most-played song in your music library?


I really have no way of determining the number of times each song has been played (or maybe I don't know how) but these are the ten songs I know I listen to alot:

01.予感 - Dir en Grey
02.絵本 ー そろばん
03.し、み、め、ゆ、き、さ、あ - Kagrra,
04.Ultraviolet - The Stiff Dylans
05.A Life Less Ordinary - Ash
06.The Dead 60's - Riot Radio
07. Don't Let Me Down - The Beatles
08.Xavia - The Submarines
09.ナヅキ ー ナイトメア
10.Anyone Else But You - The Moldy Peaches

Meanwhile, I've made a few icons from those beautiful Suikoden illustrations. (1 Chai Jin; 1 Kong Liang; 2 Lin Chong; 1 Wang Yin; 1 Yan Qing;1 Zheng Tianshou)

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