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    Glad to hear work on your novel is progressing! I guess we’ll discuss these things more in detail once I get back to the magnet conversation (which WILL happen, I promise!) My holidays were much better than expected and I’m beginning the new year in good spirits. I had a chance to really unwind and the fact that I managed to get the Wii U to my new home in one piece is just the cherry on top. It’s also a turned out to be a blessing I disguise that I don’t have a separate tab and have to plug the console into my PC monitor, since now I sit closer to the screen and can read every bit of that tiny text perfectly

    My main New Year’s resolution mainly involves writing. I’ll do my best to get back to writing and posting a weekly short story again, just to really start working on my skills again and flex those creative muscles (also, Neil Gaiman has kind of reminded me why I love shorts as a form in the first place), and I definitely want to at least finish the first draft of my current novel by the end of the year. Here’s hoping I can keep it up.
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    Hey, sorry for taking so long - holidays! Happy New Year, btw, and I hope you had a relatively peaceful Christmas, at least

    Can’t remember the pirate dude but I remember Ozma being great and one of the biggest draws of the Law path along with Ravness.

    Meanwhile, I just finished Xenogears this morning. I ended up storming Deus without taking down any of the pillars and ended up beating it fairly easily while taking all its elements out would’ve been incredibly time-consuming. Also, looking at the majority of opinions on the internet, I must be some kind of Xenogears hipster because I enjoyed both Babel Tower and D Block, but felt that everything about Maria’s arc was underwhelming and pretty lame, with the track “Wings” being CRIMINALLY overrated. It starts off nice and cool but then just goes and loops around the main melody, which is definitely not Mitsuda at his finest, to say the least. Also, screw the Thames for being pointless padding in an already huge game.

    Continuing the hipster trend, I actually really appreciate discord 2 the way it is. Not only do the best parts of the story happen here, they progress quickly with very little padding and the buildup to the end is immense because of that. Not to mention it also helped reduce end-game fatigue, so instead of feeling like shouting “when will this end” at the game, it felt like I spent just the right amount of time with the game. I also don’t feel like a Lacan game is necessary or even has enough material to be interesting, tbh - it’s basically just an arc that’s part of Fei and Elly’s backstory and I feel that the game spends just enough time on it to make it all meaningful.

    But yeah, Xenogears is great and I still love it very much and I’m glad I played it again. And now that I’ve kidnapped my brother’s Wii U, finally, I can jump right into Xenoblade Chronicles X after work today!
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    You gonna post your thoughts on choices as well? ^^
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    Okay so Babel Tower wasn’t nearly as bad as I remembered
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    The Giant Wels went down in exactly two hits. Aerods.
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    I still enjoy the crazy violins

    Btw, Iím at the orphanage now and I have an ether doubler! Aerods are fun
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    I actually really enjoy most of his battle themes, except CT’s regular battle. Sure, he goes all out with the more important boss fights, but I really enjoy that subtle constant-tension loop in Xenogears’ battle themr
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    Yeah, JRPGs need more battle tracks. The only thing I’m dreading about Xenoblade X is the fact that Black Tar is the only normal battle theme. And I like Black Tar.
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    Also, I just noticed something very interesting about the Xenogears battle theme. I know a lot of people hate it for some reason, but I really dig it. When you listen to it, it gives you the impression of going in circles with a constant buildup of tension but no clear resolution. And this is done in typical Mitsuda, non-functional fashion - there is no tonic. The chords build tension but never get resolved. Pre-dominants become dominants which become pre-dominants again, and this really keeps you on your toes throughout because there really isn’t a moment where you can just take a moment to relax. It’s glorious.
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    Okay so I just watched the Millennium crossover episode and at the very end, Scully and Mulder finally got together. And I think they actually did a good job on this because the next episode is all about the paranormal mystery and nobody really mentions what’s happened, but you can see the subtle difference in how they y’all to each other. I think they were really worried they’d alienate the non-shipping fan base and ultimately, I think the approach they took really works.
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Mononoke Hime

by Wolf Kanno on 11-08-2017 at 02:25 AM


A few days ago, I went to a midnight showing of Princess Mononoke at the Esquire Theater downtown. The very same theater I went to watch it the first time back in 1999 during it's initial release in the States. At that time, I was an avid anime fan who would consume whatever I could find as the medium was only in the beginning phases of it's explosive popularity in the 2000s, so the prospect of being able to watch an anime flick in an actual movie

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Fighting Evil by Moonlight...

by Wolf Kanno on 06-14-2016 at 09:21 AM
So tonight I finally broke out a Christmas present I received several years ago that I never watched. Partly because for the first time in a long time, I felt ready for it. I acquired a DVD set that featured the entire DiC dub of the first two seasons of Sailor Moon, so basically the original dub, not the new one. Original Western score, Sailor Says, and the whole "Serena and Darien" name changes.


It was glorious.

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Defining Gaming as Art

by Wolf Kanno on 02-23-2016 at 07:49 AM
This was going to have a subtitle, but they all sounded like pretentious academic papers and that kind of goes against the point of all of this.

So recently I began reading a very in-depth article series about two series worked on by one of the more influential game designers/writers in my life, Tetsuya Takahashi. I'll leave it up to Google for you to figure out why. Anyway, it was mostly a really well written and interesting analysis of the works and I actually learn a few things

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Neon Lights, Large soda, and a handful of quarters...

by Wolf Kanno on 08-01-2015 at 10:07 AM
So lately I've been reminded of one of my life goals was that I wanted to one day build my own arcade for myself. Get all the games I grew up on and just have a fun little place devoted to letting me play through the classics and relieve the arcade scene I grew up in. I've been discussing this with friends as we try to create a list of the games we would add to the arcade. Of course there would be the classics like Galaga, Gauntlet, Pac-Man, Paperboy, Frogger, and Dig Dug but I also thought about

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Trying to remember a feeling.

by Wolf Kanno on 11-04-2014 at 10:02 AM
Normally I really hate writing personal posts like this but my strong dislike of EoEO and the fact this topic doesn't feel quite "EoEO material" as well as posting it in the Writing Forum felt weird because it's a bit too personal and I feel that forum should stick to its primary focus.

So recently I came upon some writer's block with a novel I am working on and so I decided to shift gears and work on a different story instead until I recharge and have a chance to step back

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