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    Yeah it was pretty surprising for me to see that Mitsuda pretty much quoted a minimalist work in Xenosaga’s final battle. Game OSTs do lean on classicism and romantism for a lot of their inspirations, so it’s very nice to see some contemporary art movements in there too. Mitsuda is even more musically literate than I expected.

    Thanks for the musical recommendation. I was wondering what brought the avatar change I’ll check it out later today!
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    Btw, since we were talking about Xenosaga music a while back - does this sound familiar by any chance?

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    Never listened to it, honestly. I’ve never really played a Wild Arms game but I’ve heard some good things. Might check it out one day. Meanwhile, I’ve been listening to the Devilman Crybaby soundtrack, and it has some absolute gems too.

    Speaking of, I’ve finished the show and it was pretty ducking phenomenal. I’ve been in tears for the last three episodes, which is something media hasn’t done to me in a long while. A lot of things there struck really close to home, honestly, and I feel this adaptation does a terrific job at making this not just another cool, watchable version of the source material - but something that has actual cultural relevance at this point in time and has the potential, in my opinion, to be a defining voice in its medium.

    Much like you, I don’t have a Netflix account active at all times, but I’m very happy I got in again starting last month. I plan to watch Aggretsuko, as per your recommendation, but with Devilman Crybaby and new seasons of Anne with an E, this had just been an incredible investment, as I feel enriched. And of course, I can’t leave out the very reason I renewed my account - the Witcher! What a fun, engrossing adaptation! As a big fan of both the books and the games, I’m incredibly happy with this show so far and wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone I can
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    Hello homie
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    So I’ve actually started watching Devilman Crybaby, since I reactivated my Netflix account to watch the Witcher. Binged seven of the ten episodes. It’s really good. I’m getting serious SMT vibes, along with a lot of it just feeling very arthouse in some respects. I also like how it has commentary on our current society
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    So I’ve beaten Torment: Tides of Numenera. It was an interesting, if flawed little titled. I think the biggest issues is that you can tell it’s really trying to be Torment, but it doesn’t come out quite as naturally as with Planescape, so the final game ends up pretty overwrought and dense, and not really in a good way. The story and setting are still great, though. It’s not everyday that you see an RPG grapple with the topic of the responsibilities of parenting through the subject of body-shifting immortality.

    And now I’ve started Ys Seven, and it’s been pretty cool so far. We’ll see how I like it, but I’ve already also got I and II and am ready to dive into this series - along with the Trails series, as I’ve been gifted Trails in the Sky. I do plan to replay games less this year and focus on new experiences in that regard - though my focus is still going to be writing. My wife got me this cute little notebook that I hope will help me organize my thoughts
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    Yeah, I do enjoy the Xenogears references in the OST myself. Also just looking at the track titles, it feels to me that the soundtrack covered more ground than just episode I - perhaps the original draft of episode I, the one that ended up being the only three games we got? But yeah, it’s definitely a good OST that was underused (though why he wrote only two battle themes is something I’ll never understand).

    I notice that a lot of the times whenever a new composer steps in they will just ditch all the old themes in favor of their own - this is a big gripe I have with Hamauzu, since when you look at Dirge if Cerberus, FFXIII, and his SaGa contributions, they’re all completely disconnected from the rest of their respective series in terms of music (though how much that’s his creative decision and how much a given director’s is something I’m ignorant on, admittedly, so it might not actually be his fault). I did like how Kajiura implemented the Song of Nephilim into the relevant tracks, though!
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    Merry Christmas, friendo!
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    So instead of sitting down to write yesterday, I instead drew a group pic of the main cast for the first book. Not exactly progress, but it did get me inspired a little.
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    I still need to play that game. I do regret that I missed it back when it was new because everything I read about it really does make it sound like the actual first Bravely game, instead of BD being a simple spiritual predecessor. And this really only reinforces my opinion that BD is still very much an FF spin-off

    Story Bibles for me are tricky, because I always feel that whenever I work one so etching meta, like a bible or outline, all my creative energy goes into that and there’s none left for the writing proper. I still need to figure out what the best method is for me.
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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
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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
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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
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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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