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General Discussion / Re: The Brain Death of Television
« on: May 30, 2012, 10:11:27 am »
I don't know, I'd be surprised if they had Stand Alone Complex on there.  I just know people watch drudgery like Bleach, Naruto, DBZ, and crap of that ilk on syndicated USA TV.  And then they say "anime sucks lulz" when they have no idea what the hell they are talking about, due to lack of proper exposure.  It's the equivalent of playing Angry Birds, Farmville, or Jewel Quest and saying "video games suck lulz".
Knew I wasn't going crazy, both of them were on Adult Swim.

General Discussion / Re: The Brain Death of Television
« on: May 29, 2012, 06:46:45 pm »
For some reason, I seem to remember Death Note coming on somewhere on satellite, I just can't remember where.  Didn't watch much, though.  :P

Also, at least CN had GITS, right?  But yeah, anime on the networks has gone waaaaay downhill.  And words can't describe how much I hate some of the stuff on Adult Swim now.

General Discussion / Re: The Brain Death of Television
« on: May 29, 2012, 04:26:48 pm »
Hrm...  hard to say.  They all blur together.  Admittedly, I haven't seen a lot of what's out there, so my opinion may not hold water.

I actually remember enjoying the original Dragon Ball.  Didn't like DBZ much at all.  Big O was interesting while it was running on Cartoon Network, as was Full Metal Alchemist, although the latter had huge pacing problems.  I watched a decent amount of Bleach for a while, before getting to the filler episodes and giving up.  :P  For some reason, I really enjoyed S-Cry-Ed.  I'm sure there's some stuff I'm forgetting...  (I did watch a bit of Trigun, which was enjoyable, as well as Trinity Blood, which had promise, but ended up kind of meh.)  Oh yeah, Hellsing was decent enough.

When I say American counterparts, of course, I usually mean just Japanese anime vs. American cartoons in a generic sense.  Most of them have tons of crap.  I'm mostly into the comic book-based stuff, like the excellent Batman cartoons (Animated Series and B&R), Justice League, and a few others that escape my memory now.  Avatar was friggin' awesome.  I just don't seem to watch as many cartoons anymore, though.

I think, overall, a lot of Japanese anime has more intriguing setups (or maybe it just appears that way to a gaijin), but they never seem to do anything truly interesting with them.  And they, like many other media, fall victim to uneven pacing and tons of filler.  I'm totally open to some recommendations.  (I'm sure Ghost in the Shell will get thrown out there, I need to pick back up on that at some point.)

General Discussion / Re: The Brain Death of Television
« on: May 29, 2012, 03:44:48 pm »
I was an anime fan...  for a while.  Then I realized that the majority of shows were just as insipid as their American counterparts.

That being said, I couldn't resist picking up Robotech in Walmart the other day.  $10 for 36 episodes?  Yes, please.  It's old-school, but it looks really nice considering the vintage.

I'll agree on the hand-drawn art as well.  I'm a bit of a hobby-artist myself, and I gravitate towards the old-school stuff.  I still lament that CG has taken over the field once dominated by traditional animation.  It's sad, really.  (Not that there isn't some great CG stuff, but I'd like a little more variety, thank you very much.)

Fun read, Dank.  I really enjoyed that writeup.

In your conclusions, I sort of agree and disagree at the same time.  When people talk about the greatest JRPGs of all time, you're going to get EB, CT, or FFVII because...  well, they're actually what I'd consider JRPGs.  Vagrant Story, in my mind, is something else entirely different.  It's a game that defies classification.  And those are usually destined to be ignored, because we tend to think in genres, and then think of a particular game in that genre that best exemplifies it.  This game is one of a kind, for better or for worse.

So, yeah, I don't get frustrated when others mention the same games over and over, simply because, as you say, the game is a work of art.  It's its own beast.  A phenomenal one that takes some incredible presentation cues from Metal Gear Solid, has a stellar localization, and a gameplay system that bucks the trend of almost anything else out there.  It's not a game that can ever be neatly pigeonholed.

That being said, you can tell that there was some influence from Matsuno's earlier works, as well as what seems to be some from Parasite Eve, although it's much, much more complex than that game.  And some of the feel also got shifted into FFXII, but that game suffers too much from MMO-overload.

I'd say it's the exact opposite. Well, it depends on your definition of "to learn" and "to master", really. At least for Germans (being in the same language family) it's usually very easy to acquire basic English skills, but bringing your proficiency up to the level of a native speaker is really hard.

I concur with English spelling being pretty random. While of course it's not really random, it just got this way over time. As French was mentioned earlier: In French, if you see an unknown word, in probably 99% (or even more) of the cases you know how to pronounce it, because its spelling is very systematic. With English, on the other hand, you NEVER know (especially if you're a non-native speaker like me). Some time ago, I read the word "facetious" (yes, here on RHDN; it's actually a pretty good place too learn new vocabulary ;) and couldn't even imagine how it would be pronounced. Like a combination of "face" and the "cious" in "precious"? No, it's fəˈsiːʃəs. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

By the way, in Germany everbody pronounces it "mah-nah" (with the As sounding a bit like in "car").
Quite possibly true.

As for pronunciation, it's not completely random, obviously, but it's random enough to cause fits unless you live and breathe it.  But most of the time, using basic phonics works.  Except for when it doesn't.  ;)

"Facetious" is certainly one of the fun ones.  At least the "tious" makes sense.  But...  oh, that explains it.  We cribbed it from the French.  :)

Gaming Discussion / Re: Ys Origin coming to Steam
« on: May 24, 2012, 04:01:03 pm »
So here's a question:  will my saved game from the patched iso work with the Steam release?  I really don't want to go through the primary quest again, I need to roll on to Hugo's quest.

I've always heard that English is hard to learn, but easy to master.  It's often the other way around for other languages.

To some degree, I think that at least the first part is right.  It's hard to get all the nuances down because of the special cases, but once you do, you've got so many different ways to say things that it's not even funny.  Where in a stricter language, you can get some of the rules down, but it gets harder and harder to apply things correctly at an advanced level, because there are so very few ways to actually say something correctly.

I could also be wrong, and talking out my butt.  (Is that a language?  I suspect BS is spoken everywhere.)

There is truth to this.  Of course, being a primarily English speaker (I knew a smattering of Spanish, which has long since lapsed from disuse), I'm still kind of partial to it.  And the versatility there is impressive...  but boy, does it come at a price.  (And people wonder why even native English-speaking people have trouble at times.)

"Ease" should basically said like "eeze".  Geese is more like "eece", like in fleece.  At least that's how I've always said it.  Of course, trusting a Deep South rube might not be the best way to go here.  ;)

Of course, you're not going to be the only one that has mispronounced stuff.  I'd read the word "genre" for years without pronouncing it right.  Ditto with "macabre".  I even went through a kick where I didn't pronounce "mercenaries" correctly.  (Don't ask, it just happened.)

Actually, I think it's actually closer to "eese" (like "geese" without the "g"), but I never say it that way, going with "ease" instead.  Good enough for government work.  :P

English is entirely made of exceptions.
True.  ;)

As for all the ones mentioned, I mispronounced a lot of them.  Ys?  Yup.  Ninja Gaiden?  Also yup.  I still have a tendency to pronounce Suikoden as soo-ko-den.  :P

Also...  I say it like "man-na" as well.  Go figure.

General Discussion / Re: The Brain Death of Television
« on: May 24, 2012, 11:44:03 am »
Also, I think I may have mentioned Poirot in another thread.  It's my understanding that the series is still going.   :o

General Discussion / Re: The Brain Death of Television
« on: May 24, 2012, 11:06:40 am »
Absolutely seconding "Are You Being Served?"  Such a great show.  :)

Gaming Discussion / Re: Ys Origin coming to Steam
« on: May 24, 2012, 10:37:46 am »
I'd be shocked if they put it on Steam and haven't fixed that particular issue.  But who knows?

General Discussion / Re: The Brain Death of Television
« on: May 24, 2012, 10:36:12 am »
I know it's very old-school (and might expose me to a bit of ridicule), but I was always impressed by the writing in The Andy Griffith Show.  Seriously.  And plus, Barney Fife.  :)

General Discussion / Re: NBA Playoffs
« on: May 24, 2012, 10:33:38 am »
Heh.  If it makes you feel any better, I was rooting for the Mavs last year.  I can't stand Mark Cuban, but I was really happy to see Dirk get a ring.  The Spurs have tortured him enough over the years, I suppose.  ;)

I'm honestly not sure how the Thunder / Spurs series will play out.  It's a toss-up, in my mind.  My pessimism says the Thunder will take it, but the Spurs have looked awfully good.  Historically good.

I really want to see the Heat get knocked out.  Maybe the suspensions will help Indiana force a Game 7.  I'm rooting for them if they make the Finals and the Spurs don't.  And if it's anyone else against the Thunder, I'll root for them...  and it goes without saying that I'll be hoping the Spurs take it all.

By the way, Game 7 for Celtics / Sixers.  I've been impressed by the tenacity of that Sixers squad, I think they've got a bright future ahead of them.

General Discussion / Re: The Brain Death of Television
« on: May 23, 2012, 09:27:46 pm »
I've found a few of the dramas pretty good.  I enjoy Person of Interest and The Mentalist on Thursday nights...  and that's about it.

Ironically, some of the more interesting shows are reality TV that's not overtly offensive.  I've enjoyed a few episodes of stuff like American Pickers or Pawn Stars.  Storage Wars is fun, too.

That being said, what passes for "comedy" these days is absolutely atrocious.  Most sitcoms are pure crap.  And I can't even watch Comedy Central, it's so unfunny.  About the best thing they've got going is Jeff Dunham specials.  Everything else can take a hike.

General Discussion / NBA Playoffs
« on: May 23, 2012, 06:50:16 pm »
Well, I think I made one of these last year, and things didn't turn out too hot.  My team (the San Antonio Spurs) fell in the first round, and it looked like they were on their way to obscurity.

Funny how much difference a year makes.  Epic showdown coming up Sunday, with the Oklahoma City Thunder going up against the "good guys".  Anyone else keeping track, or got a team that they're rooting for that's still in the hunt?  (And if you're a Charlotte Bobcats fan, I suppose they're still in the hunt...  to get Anthony Davis.  ;) )

Gaming Discussion / Re: Dolphin questions
« on: May 23, 2012, 10:57:42 am »
Quick look around says yes.  But I've never done it myself.  I can't get Dolphin to run full speed on my lappy (it's oh-so-close, though).  I'm gonna run this machine into the ground, then get a nice desktop.  :)

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