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    It almost sounds like he's saying WAN~KER at the end.

    It will be interesting to see how the Go Nagai anniversary series go. I hear Yu Yu Hakusho is also getting a 20th anniversary OVA in the coming year, so that is something to look forward to as well.
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    The original Devilman was a pretty bleak series. I'll check it out when I can, sadly, I have not really been in the anime scene for several years now. I've grown a bit disenfranchised with the culture and trends. Most of my anime viewing lately has been me collecting older works from the 70s and 80s like Leiji Matsumoto's works, and trashy post-apocalyptic stuff.
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    Oddly enough, I had just heard about it yesterday when I was watching a special about Go Nagai getting a 50th Anniversary for several of his series.

    Though if you want a MegaTen anime, Tokyo Revelations is an actual MegaTen anime, not to mention the actual, though comically awful Megami Tensei OVA from the 80s.
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    I still need to finish my Lovecraft book, but the rest are just historical collections or memoirs.
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    I have an even bigger backlog of reading than games though...
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    I figure you would say that. To be honest I have enough of a backlog at the moment that I'm not really too wild about the prospect of adding anymore to it. I was secretly happy that the Dissidia Beta didn't wow me cause it meant I could hold off on it, though I'm sad I may not be able to pick up the Secret of Mana remake for awhile.

    The more I get into Dark Souls 2, the more I just want to play Bloodborne more.
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    I had heard that SMTIV had a lot of infighting between the new developers and the older ones, which is why the game felt a bit off from previous SMT titles. Sadly, as Persona gets more popular, I imagine the company is going to keep trending more towards the ideals in those games over the classic franchise.None of this is helped that most of the old team are now administrators at the company which means their only concern is whether the game will ship in time. Some fans speculate that due to Strange Journey being a "flop" for the company was enough to justify kicking Kaneko upstairs and letting fresh blood take over. I know he came up with the main premise of SMTIV as well, but the team was left to decide how it unfolded. The other aspect hurting them is likely the growing popularity outside of Japan. It was easy to get away with their ideas on religious figures back when it was just Japan, but branching off into more "religious" territories probably has some of the higher execs telling them to lighten up. Let's be honest here, Lucifer phoned it in for SMTIV compared to his more prominent role in SMTII and III. Devil Survivor also lightened up Law and SMTIVA sounds like it finally gave the series the saving throw to change the whole dynamic with YHHW. We'll have to see what the future holds. I just pray the series doesn't stray any further into Devil Survivor territory.

    Were you aware that they are Remastering Dark Souls for PC? Seems like it would be a great time to take the plunge and join the rest of our dark and masochistic cult.
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    Well, I mean there is a reset button and savior figures in MegaTen, they will just dramatically and forever change humanity to a point of no return, therefore removing our very nature. I mean a large part of the greater conflict in MegaTen is YHHW and Lucifer trying to amass "Worlds of their Order". Mankind is flawed, but we're also the master's of our own destiny, but even SJ gave off the impression that the very nature of the incident in Antartica was due to mankind reaching a point of no return for the planet and the ancient earth gods taking a stand against it. The heroes prevent the world from changing, but even they won't really be able to change the humanity to fix the downward spiral they are heading in, and even Heaven basically treats the neutral ending as "oh well, we'll succeed next time". Neutral has always been bittersweet since the second entry. Only in more recent years has it either be treated as more negative (SMTIV) or plain optimistically (Devil Survivor) though I feel the nature of the changes regarding SJ to be a bit alarming cause it sounds to me like the newer teams are disregarding the very punk elements of the franchise which is what made them so different and interesting to begin with.

    I'm fine with Persona being the positive Shonen Jump series of positivity, but I prefer MegaTen classic as the more ambiguous and morally questionable series. Large reason why Dark Souls appeals to me as well, because you get endings, but whether they are good or not is up to your interpretation.
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    Ouch, really feels like the Persona influence is trying too hard to change the MegaTen teams ideals. I wasn't really excited for the game anyway, but that confirms I'll give it a pass, though I would argue the endings of SJ do all kind of imply the world is screwed no matter which ending you get. Even Neutral is heavily implied throughout the game to be mankind destroying the world in a foregone conclusion.
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    How so?
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by Fynn on 06-06-2017 at 05:37 PM
So there's this nagging issue I've had for quite some time now. It's a pretty abstract issue but one I think is pretty interesting and perhaps even important to share nonetheless. For many reasons, it has only become more pronounced recently.

As some of you may know, I want to be a writer. I try to do as much writing as I can. I even do writing for a living, though as an SEO copywriter, it's not exactly that I have an opportunity to spread my creative wings as part of what keeps giving

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On FFVII (part of my Fmarathon rant)

by Fynn on 11-23-2016 at 12:16 PM
Decided this is worthy of being a blog-post, since it turned out to be a much bigger rant than I expected and I'm not sure the marathon's audience is really there for that kind of stuff

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Welp, got all the way to the Shinra building. I was thinking of barging in for once, but it just feels so stupid. I just had to take the stairs again. What sane person would just charge in, guns blazing, when there's a clearly safer, less-disruptive option?

So far, I can say that

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Frustrations of the writerly sort

by Fynn on 07-01-2016 at 12:13 PM
So there's this thing I've been struggling for quite some time. I don't want to call it a "writer's block" because it kind of seems like an excuse for being lazy. And it usually doesn't last long. This is something that's been eating at me for a long time.

I just kinda feel that I can't write anymore.

I mean, I still write articles for the site sometimes and I write other texts at my work, but it seems like, creatively, I've dried up. I'll come up with ideas and flesh

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On story expectations

by Fynn on 03-30-2016 at 12:57 PM
So this is kind of a general discussion, but the general rant I have is based on three popular 3DS RPGs: Bravely Default, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and Shin Megami Tensei IV. Sorry if this is chaotic, as I'm just writing this as it comes into my mind. Also, spoilers from the three games abound.

All of those games were very well received, though for different reasons. SMT is kind of here to serve as a neutral ground, as the evaluation of its story is pretty divided, whereas the consensus

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Character Appreciation: Junpei Iori

by Fynn on 03-30-2016 at 11:37 AM
This is in no way an idea I stole from Pumpkin, no siree.

Junpei Iori is a character from the Persona franchise. He first appears in Persona 3 and all of its subsequent releases as a playable party member. He becomes a social link character as well in the female path of Persona 3 Portable, though he isn't date-able. He is also playable in

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