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    Oh sweet! Yeah, I imagine it might be harder to let go of it with that experience. Still, as I always say, the dub debacle is kind of not even relevant to me since I very rarely watch dubbed anime. The real travesty of the Netflix release is, imo, the lack of Fly Me to the Moon for the credits.

    As for 3.33 - I’m pretty sure it’s BBS all over again and it’s just a vocal minority that’s hijacked the discourse. But like you, I try to stay as far away as I can from that fandom. Nevertheless, I love the videos like this that they put out from time to time. 3.33 is a beautiful movie and definitely one of my favorite things EVA, period, and that’s due in no small part to how it adds to the EVA metatextual narrative. It feels like a natural evolution.

    On an unrelated note, I had a couple days off around my birthday and decided to finish some loose ends in TZA. Gonna attempt the Hellwyrm soon, since I just finished all available mark hunts.
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    Btw have you seen this? https://youtu.be/rHIvs0Q-uKI
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    Well as someone that’s only ever watched subs, the old dub is pretty bad at first, but later grows better, but I still kinda prefer the new one? Aside from the fact that new Asuka couldn’t speak German to save her life :/
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    In case of FFVII it is not even necessary that it was because of a mix of early and late drafts. I have the same problem with Beyond Two Souls. As mentioned, for such characters you do not even need to mix drafts and adapt them, you are simply always writing yourself in a corner so you only have the option of going for the only possible way, leading to a stiff writing style, or sacrificing the 100% logical consistency and this way being able to write what you want. I have encountered that problem myself all too often. I want to write something and always have to keep in mind everything to have the most consistent story possible. But this can force you to do something you do not want to all the time and this way also take out the fun for you while writing. I also always WANT to keep the consistency but it just drags me down so much so often to feel the need to do that instead of "just writing". Some people can flip the switch or just not think about it in the first place. I, with all my neuroticism and urge to perfect something that is dear to me do not know if I want to do that, even if I could so there is an inner conflict with my neurotic and the side that wants to resists that neuroticism. And I always keep thinking how annoying the neuroticism can be but also have to think about how much valuable info and character growth I got through it. It is very hard for me throw the annoying part in the garbage and only make use of it for what is good for me.
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    Because nerds are usually terrible people that obsess over insignificant things that fuel their escapism, lest their precious immersion be broken. Which is especially ironic with the Eva fan base, considering the themes of the show
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    Well, it is fine if you answer yourself the gaps with fantheories but you know they are of no worth to me or else I would do "answer" it myself. I am the 100% establishment guy and from KH you already know that a splinter of glass missing in the window is a nightmare for a me. Well. No perfect analogy. In KH's case the entire window is missing with the frame. And the house. And the ground.

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    Just now I also found a wrong sentence analysis in the Memorial Ultimania that I did not see before and that covers one line that during that time is meant in a completely different context. So you see - I absolutely am critical even when it comes to the one that could have written it more consistent or in case of that sentence analysis, the one that was supposed to explain what the line written by Nojima-san means (it is about Cloud saying that Tifa hopefully will meet the real Cloud and the book sells it like the character traits but Cloud at this point in the story says that because Sephiroth sells the story that Cloud is a completely manmade copy of a guy called Cloud with memories given through the cells and mimicking ability which even leads to Barret being surprised that Shinra apparently can make people from scratch). You can ignore that part and do not need to respond. It is just an example of me being honest and critical. I fully agree with everyone that says "the Ultimania", or in this case that Memorial one, does also make some mistakes. Technically they could take that as the new official thing but I doubt they will. They are supposed to explain stuff but I doubt Nojima-san ever read everything so he will likely go with what he wrote and the Ultimania will still remain with some inconsistencies just like Chiba-san obviously never read Maiden and contradicted it with Dirge of Cerberus. Anyway - back to what we really talked about.
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    That is why it is such a problem. Because of missing and inconsistent stuff which only leads me to hope it improves. So it is not like I mention inconsistencies so fans can explain it with a theory but in such a case - and I think that is a surprise to some that know my passion about the franchise - I criticise these established things with full honesty.
    And I do not know what you mean with "Jenova possessed Sephy" because that reads like Sephiroth possessed by Jenova which, of course is the Brittenham theory and, which, of course is wrong as completely contradicted by CD2 of the game where they say he used his will for it all. But maybe you just wrote it in a way that was easy to misunderstand.

    And the location thing I already answered. The crater is a gathering point of spirit energy. But in the most technical sense it would be totally irrelevant which body casts it. He could use his throw away body hosting his will/consciousness to cast it as it was also in the Whirlwind Maze and still absorb life energy with his own original body later without playing games (no of course because of his arrogance he thinks he wins anyway but that is no actual explanation for the whole time wasting extra stuff that delays his godhood). No reason to make all that extra stuff. I also read your Jenova incompatibily part but there is was no establishment so I also cannot use that. There is also something about Jenova's mimicking ability that was never explained when it comes to the reforming of the body and depending on how it is meant thhis would also be contradictory to that theory. But if it were true it would also be contradictory to something else in the actual game so inconsistencies over inconsistencies.

    "human rationale of his alien instincts he's following."

    - Right. That is really the only "control". Like our hunger. Not some silly Brittenham mind control master plan theory. He embraces it to reach for the superlative.

    Your Black Materia thing was actually the only thing I ever had that would come close to a theory and that was the murals not showing just Meteor but that the Cetra accidentally called Jenova by casting the Meteor spell and it was inside of that floating rock. But of course there is no actual evidence so I never use it for anything. You know how I am when it comes to that.

    And yes, I am sure they go the long route as it means a story that is not over after a few hours. I just would want 1 minute of actual explanation. They already said he wanted to control the copies so Nojima-san could basically just expand on that part.
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    So idk if you know this but apparently the Netflix release of Evangelion got a re-dub with a completely new cast.

    Now, I have no investment in this personally since I always prefer subs, from what I can tell the new voicework is much better, but the script is a mich more literal translation, which I feel doesnít work nearly as well.
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    I always figured Sephy never showed off the full extent of his abilities in Disc 1 simply because he just needed to leave bread crumbs for Cloud.

    - And that's where the entire problem lies. He does not need to travel via fat trucker to travel around and he does not need Cloud to follow him. He has access to Cloud's mind and his body (no, not the perverted way). He could have made this a very short journey. It does not even make sense that he wants Cloud to give him the Materia. He is remote controlling Jenova's body. He could have given it to his normal body the moment he flew away from the Temple and summoned Meteor. They never even explained why Sephiroth needs to use his normal body to summon it and cannot do it with his reshaped one. He needs to use the spirit energy in the crater, sure. But there is no actual reason to use his normal body to summon it.
    He wanted to control the copies, as they said. But he needed no copy to hand over the Materia to his normal body. But whatever, I could forgive that. The other previous stuff is still absolutely unnecessary. That is always the problem with Sephiroth - they gave him too many powers so they had to ignore half of them to make a plot and make him beatable. But I doubt they will change that. Or Scarlet's foreshadowing of the Sister Ray that is so weirdly written.

    That is always the problem with such stories. You need to ignore your own stuff to even make one the way you want even if you have a villain that could kill everyone within the first hour.
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    It is amazing how even small episodes like A Fragmentary Passage add some standard explanations to the first game, one possible option about something KH3 Final Hours-related and x inconsistencies or not well enough established lore details. I hope ReMind will solve some of these things but I doubt it will, especially when it comes to the big KH3 things and when I say "solve" I mean relatively logical or at least not spitting on the narrative/lore.
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    Yeah that's always great. I'd imagine my list isn't exactly full of surprises (hasn't been too long since we did that JRPG tier list thing either) but lots of titles I still want to talk about and hope to incite some excitement for ^^ and more than anything I'm just thinking it'll be fun to do.
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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
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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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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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