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  1. Awesome art on V now onto Nocturne!🥰
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    I think the 20th and 21st century are actually my favorite era of artistic music, if only for the sheer variety of approaches that arrived here, along with just the general deconstruction of what music is, dismantling music theory fundamentals, etc. it’s great.

    As for Beksiński, I have this strong memory of visiting his museum as we were going on our vacation to Slovakia as a teen. I remember not really enjoying it at the time, though the experience really stuck around with me for a long time. Now when I look at his art, I’m shocked at how beautiful I think it is.
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    Thought you might find this interesting

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    Well, you could always just pay an editor to do that :P
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    Uh, yeah, contest fees are a bitch. It's always good to keep trying with the free ones, though. Perhaps you'll also find some with fees that you consider worth it. It's always kind of a gamble, but that's one way to get your work out there.

    As for me, I haven't really been writing much in terms of recently, but that's because my whole life has been intensely chaotic lately and I've been just doing everything to survive in the meantime. I did manage to secure a job that's actually a pretty significant upgrade from the last one (I'll actually be working for Oxford University Press now, which is pretty sweet), so I'm hoping that now that the biggest cause for my misery - that being my previous job - being eliminated, I'll have enough energy to put more of it into writing. I am doing my best to at least fill out my story notebook my wife gave me for Christmas, so while no actual writing was done, I have actually progressed with planning out my novel a bit.

    Looking forward to your blog posts, as always! And don't sweat about the Mognet Message - I've gotten used to the pace of our mognet conversations In my gaming news, I continue focusing on covering new grounds, so after finishing Ys II, I moved on to Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky and it has been pretty sweet so far. I'll probably come back and finish DQXI after this, though my backlog of these new isometric RPGs is also growing right now, with my wife kind of edging me to go there, so we'll see.
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    How fares the hunt, kupo?
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    I did watch the Christmas episode actually and it’s so weird they left it out of the regular block. It was pretty integral to the whole thing.

    Also, finished Ys Seven and started Ys I. Seven was pretty clever with its plot twists overall and I enjoyed the pace of the combat and the game in general. And no point did it feel like it was padding (which is a feat, considering you basically have to go around the world map twice). Ys I has also been a blast so far. The bump system is very fun now that I actually equipped the sword I was given and am not getting destroyed left and right. What’s fascinating to me is that, despite coming out half a year before FFI, this game’s story feels already denser than the first three FFs. Granted, this story doesn’t span an entire world, but it’s still admirable that they put so much care into developing this game’s world so much even back then. Like, every NPC is named and has something interesting to say.
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    I know the feel. Though I've been pretty good at playing just Ys Seven for a while now. So here's hoping I can limit my gaming habit to one game at a time.

    Finished season 1 of Aggretsuko, btw. It came at a pretty apt moment in my life actually
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    Oof. Good luck with that then. I've personally completely given up on that game at this point, what with the story being spread so ridiculously thin. I did enjoy the game during the times that I was actually in that zone, so it's not that I completely don't understand where you're coming from.

    Since my professional life is currently in absolute chaos, I might actually have some more time to write now, so I'm hoping I can actually set some goals and follow through with them for once!
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    The video was sent was pretty cool! I loved the enery in the song and the singer has this neat indie vibe about her. I'll probably give the Wild Arms OST a shot sometime in the near future as well, since you're recommending it so, though I do sometimes worry if listening to a soundtrack in isolation will really feel as rewarding as hearing it after knowing the context. Like, I have the Devilman Crybaby OST on loop around now since I'm still in the middle of emotionally digesting the show, but I can't really be sure if I'd like it so much without watching it. I definitely do enjoy the contrasts between the tracks, which are very fitting for this track in particular, since you get these strong, energetic, even relentless tracks like this that honestly make me feel they'd be right at home on the SMT IV soundtrack:



    and then there are tender pieces like this:



    And I know the feel, speaking of composers disappearing. I'm still very sad Yuki Kajiura hasn't made a game soundtrack since. I do wonder if the gender norms in Japan have something to do with this, since women like Soraya Saga, whom we've discussed recently, seem to disappear after a certain time. Like, is it expected that they won't continue their careers after a certain point while men keep working until they retire?

    But yeah, moving away from gender for a while, another composer I've had this experience with was Revo. I know he has his fantasy band and everything and has been doing some spectacular work on the Attack on Titan openings, but I was so disappointed that Bravely Default was his only game soundtrack to date. Luckily, it looks like he;s the sole composer for Bravely Default II now. I hope he can branch out in this field because he's got something special going on.
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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 09:17 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 10:56 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.
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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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My Top 100's Lost but Not Forgotten: Suikoden IV Part 2 ~ Suikoden Tactics

by Wolf Kanno on 06-17-2019 at 07:25 AM

So in my last blog, I talked about the black sheep numbered entry of the Suikoden franchise, Suikoden IV. Today, we're going to look at Rhapsodia, better known as Suikoden Tactics in the West. Tactics is a gaiden title that serves as both prequel/sequel side story to Suikoden IV. What makes it really standout is that the game is no longer a turn-based RPG about collecting 108 heroes, but instead a Tactical Turn Based RPG a la Final Fantasy Tactics, Fire

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My Top 100"s Lost but Not Forgotten: Suikoden IV ~ Part 1

by Wolf Kanno on 04-29-2019 at 07:53 AM
List, blah blah. Didn't make it, blah blah.
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I feel I have a theme going here. Like the BoF1 entry, anyone who took a quick glance of my list will know I'm a pretty big Suikoden fan, you'll also notice I snubbed one of the main entries and most of the spin-off/gaiden games. I'll say right now, that I have to actually play Suikogaiden due to lacking the proper emulator, which is why

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My Top 100's Lost but Not Forgotten: Breath of Fire

by Wolf Kanno on 04-14-2019 at 11:23 PM
Blah blah blah, made a list, blah blah blah, this is for games that didn't make it.

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Anyone who simply glances over my list will notice I have a strong affiliation with Capcom's classic and underrated RPG series Breath of Fire. They will also notice I left one entry out of the list, and while my BoFII entry hints as to some of the reasons, I figured I would lay it out here

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