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    Though it did have the same problem Mulan did with way too many sidekicks. What even was the purpose of the pig that later wasn’t even present for 2/3rds of the film?
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    Yeah, I enjoyed it. Definitely one of the stronger Disney movies in recent years
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    And no, I genuinely think that story wasn’t half bad. There’s a lot of potential there that just needs some polishing to get out. Rome wasn’t built in a day!
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    You and I both know he’s going to review it and it will be hilarious.
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    Well in any case, it was nice to hear Jim Sterling express feelings similar to mine. I often feel like such an anomaly for accepting Nomura trout and just in general embracing the more scant garde type of storytelling.

    Today has also been harsh because I felt I should press on, but every step was painful. I long for the days when I could just sit down and write and it would just... come. Almost unbidden.

    And don’t be so harsh on yourself. Elly definitely wasn’t garbage
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    Thankfully I have more faith in Nomura than I have in Toriyama in that regard. So I’m hoping any bad Toriyama ideas get shot down And to be perfectly fair, Toriyama was also responsible for the quirky little gem of the SNES era called Bahamut Lagoon, so he’s got that going for him.

    I’m more optimistic because, even with people who hated the ending, the worst criticisms seem to amount to “I liked 95% of the game but that ending”. Which is exactly why I’m excited for the future installments. I’m here enjoying this post-modern stuff and judging by how they handled the characters so far, I’m fairly confident that wherever this game might go, it’s gonna be important. Like Jim himself said (who I personally also watch only occasionally), this is exactly the new SE stuff I expected to happen, but somehow it all seems to work. The only thing that’s really bothering me when I’m watching stuff from this game is how incredibly similar the Materia stuff looks to the Crystarium. I’m not saying that it’s a given that it’s gonna be bad, just that I’m getting PTSD just looking at it.

    In the meantime, I’ve significantly reduced my video game time, boosted my reading time, and my writing time has increased along with it. My inner critic has also received an upgrade now, however, so despite writing more just today than I have all of last week, I am feeling miserable about my writing.
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    Eh, I'm past the point of caring aqbout that tbh. I've always been of the opinion that nothing in art is sacred, and as someone who has been quite critical of FFVII for a while now, I welcome everything new. I can tell that they do care about the characters and the way they're fleshed out along the way to make them more human than ever before gives me hope that that element will stay put, and I'm all for the crazy stuff Nomura comes up with, even if it ends up being incoherent. Sure, a lot of it is dumb, but the dude has a distinct style of his own. No one else can really do a Nomura thing, so I embrace him going all out on this. He's a lot like Kojima in that regard - love him or hate him, the dude does what he wants and he's the only one that can really do it.

    Also, to be perfectly fair, Toriyama is just an event director here, and it looks like he does the job here (I don't particularly have a lot of bones to pick with him here, tbh, I'm just not a fan of him as a scenario writer and director, but if it;s about making stuff make sense from a cinematography standpoint, he's fine), and there are more shades to Nomura than people care to admit. They rail on him for the overarching story of KH, forgetting that he knows how to make those games super exciting, satisfying, and have some genuinely touching moments with characters that make you feel stuff. So like yeah, I don't give a damn if he makes the end game of the entire remake be fifty Sephiroth clones or whatver - I want to see what he does with this. Good or bad, it's a companion piece to the original, and I'm all for that post-modern intertextual dialogue.
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    Nice arrangement! I’m not usually a fan of those faux-orchestral takes on FFVI’s OST, but this was good.

    Meanwhile, here’s a take I agree with wholeheartedly regarding FFVIIR:

    I mean, as far as I can agree without playing it
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    You’re talking to someone who didn’t even start playing Zelda games (aside from a little bit of ALTTP in junior high) up until their twenties You did mention there’s likely a Switch in your near future, so I figured youd probably get this when that happens. I am eager to see what happens once you get to play it
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    Well I wasn’t eager to play it at all. Actually getting to play it is what pretty much blew my mind. It’s kind of a game you really can’t judge by what you see others play.
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by Wolf Kanno on 05-24-2020 at 11:43 PM

I'm always split on these articles. So many of these games are great and I have retroactively said a few of them made the list, but occasionally something comes along that I really want to love but the game just won't let me. Tactics Ogre is in a weird place for me because the remake and the original are pretty different in some meaningful ways, so much of this review pertains to the remake due to having only played a little bit of the original.

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by Wolf Kanno on 05-03-2020 at 01:37 AM
Is this honestly the first non-RPG on this list?

Well I fell into the Silent Hill series rather late. By the time I had played the series, the "glory years" were over and fans were knee deep in Konami trying to take the series in a different direction without Team Silent. I was a huge fan of the first two entries of the series, being instantly sucked into the second entry and surprised how much I really enjoyed the first one. So it came as a bit

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by Wolf Kanno on 04-05-2020 at 02:32 AM
I was having a serious reservation about whether I was going to add this to my Top 100 list or place it here. I decided it would go here for now, but part of me feels it could be like Demon's Souls and make the jump to My Top 100.

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My Top 100's Lost but Not Forgotten: Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep

by Wolf Kanno on 01-30-2020 at 08:17 PM
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I mentioned this in my Chain of Memories entry for my Top 100 List, but Kingdom Hearts and I have a really awkward history with each other. This is a franchise that has always been more of a guilty pleasure for me than something I actively love. Funny enough, itís not even the basic premise that bothers me. While Final Fantasy meets Disney mash-up sounds contrived, KH has always managed to make it work since this

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My Top 100's Lost but Not Forgotten: Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra

by Wolf Kanno on 12-30-2019 at 09:56 PM
Top 100 List Blah blah blahÖ. I ended up re-writing this entry because the original was a little more bitter and more like just a genuine rant than a review. With that said, a little backstory is in order.

Continuing my trend of snubbed entries in franchises, we now come back to a series that was very near and dear to me. At this point in time, the story of

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