An Eye for an Eye Will Make Us All Blind
It's a blog. F***ing brilliant.
If you want to track me, go ahead, but only if I've seen you before. Otherwise, go away, or make yourself known to me. Also, if you send me an invite to a union you may be subject to my wrath.
Yep, I'm basically gone from this site. I'll never quit completely though; I'll pop up from time to time. 'Cause that's how I roll.
If you still want to keep up with my recent actions, try my tumblr or formspring, because I've been spending more time on there.
Love you guys. Peace out!
...Well, not really.
I'm gonna be on the downlow for a while. Basically, I'm just going to go on here when I feel like it, post in a few boards, then leave.
Anyway, I changed my theme too. The bears are from the artwork of Luke Chueh. The most prominent one is from a piece called 'Shadowplay', and the other is from a piece called 'Target'. My banner also has a quote from a Joy Division song, also called 'Shadowplay'.
So yeah. Hi again.
So let's find yours!
For those who don't know what an Arcana is, I present you with this wikipedia article:
The Major Arcana (Trumps Major, Major Trumps) of occult or divinatory tarot consists of twenty two cards. The name Major Arcana was first used by Paul Christian. Each Major Arcanum depicts a scene, mostly featuring a person or several people, with many symbolic elements.
And these represent your 'true self'.
Right, this is simple stuff. Basically, there are two types of cards: your soul card, represently your true self, and your personality card, representing your outer self. To find them, it's all a case of simple maths.
To determine your arcana, add the day, month, and the first and last two digits of the year you were born (For example, 19+90), then take that total and add all the digits together. That number is your personality card. Add the digits of that number togeth, and you have your soul card.
The Arcana are as follows:
0: Fool: Idealism, Instinct
1: Magician: Knowledge, Discovery
2: High Priestess: Intuition
3: Empress: Nurturing, Shelter
4: Emperor: Leadership, Discipline
5: Hierophant: Tradition, Order
6: Lovers: Bonding, Mutuality
7: Chariot: Determination, Drive
8: Justice: Reason, Guidance
9: Hermit: Introspection, Understanding (of self)
10: Wheel of Fortune: Luck, Fate
11: Strength: Willpower, Fortitude
12: Hanged Man: Harmony, Sacrifice
13: Death: Change
14: Temperance: Balance, Moderation
15: Devil: Obsession, Unwillingness to let go
16: Tower: Ruin, Catastrophe
17: Star: Faith, Optimism
18: Moon: Illusion, Deception
19: Sun: Energy, Light
20: Judgment: Finality, Restart
21: World: Life, Wholeness
Take the test, and tell me your answers in your. Now!
In other news.... FINAL FANTASY XIII TOMORROW! AAAAAAAHHHHH!!
Well, since it was Valentine's Day yesterday, I felt that I had to do another top 10 list.
Hope you enjoy.
10. Mario & Peach
The cIassic. Perfectly chaste and sweet, it's a simple yet perfect relationship. Girl gets kidnapped. Guy goes through numerous inventive levels filled with fire, clouds and walking mushrooms to find her. Guy rescues her. Girl kisses guy on the nose. Lather, rinse, repeat.
9. Zelda & Link
Pretty much the same formula as Mario & Peach, with the main difference being that they keep being reincarnated, and therefore their relationship constantly changes. In one game they're childhood friends, in another they're complete strangers. My favourite so far has to be their relationship in The Wind Waker, where Zelda takes the moniker of the pirate Tetra. Banter ensues.
8. Zidane & Garnet
This relationship is certainly... unique. Zidane starts off trying to kidnap her, and she responds by quite cheerfully going along with it. It soon evolves into a trusting relationship, respectively dependant on one another. It comes to a head at that damn romantic ending. 'I Want to Be Your Canary' indeed. *sniff*
7. Nathan Drake & Elena Fisher
Oh, I do love a bit of banter, and this couple has it in buckets. Constantly flirtatious and witty, but you can really tell that there's some deeper meaning between them. Though any romantic situation between them is almost immediately diffused by Sully or talk of clowns.
6. Sora & Kairi
Ah, young love. Is there anything like it? Well, probably, but this couple is very sweet. I actually cried at the ending to both Kingdom Hearts and its sequel, such is their cuteness. While it's never said out loud that they're more than friends, it is heavily, HEAVILY implied that they are. I mean they do insane, beautiful, romantic and poignant things for each other. If they were just friends, they wouldn't do such things for each other.
5. Naked Snake & EVA
Banter reappears again. With extra sexual tension. Oh yes. Lots and lots. They even included an option to look through Snake's eyes... which focused on certain areas of EVA's anatomy. But you could tell there was something more. I mean, he took a frickin' bullet in the eye for her. But as we all know, the path of true love never runs smooth. Mostly because EVA's actually a Chinese spy, who, after having some fun time, ditches him.
Tough break, dude.
4. Squall & Rinoa
Opposites attract. Squall's an emo with almost zero redeemable features, while Rinoa's a cutie with about a thousand. While they both harbour feelings for each other, they don't act on it, mostly because Squall's as awkward with Rinoa as playing Twister with your grandmother while Blue Velvet's playing on the TV. They do finally get it together in, as is typical, the game's final moments.
3. Wander & Mono
This is an odd one, because at the start of the game, Mono is dead. Overwhelmed with grief, Wander proceeds to make a less than metaphorical deal with the devil to resurrect his lost love, a deal which includes having to kill 16 giants and ends with him being possessed. All that aside, the game is all about love and the depths we are willing to sink to for it.
2. Cloud & Aerith/Tifa
Oh, dear lord, is this relationship complicated. The only love triangle in the list, I was considering leaving it out, but it's just far too powerful and moving. Aerith is the mysterious stranger. Tifa's the childhood friend. As far as personality goes, they're essentially near opposites. Aerith appears dainty, but is surprising strong. Tifa seems strong, but is surprisingly insecure. Choosing between them is one of the hardest decisions in the game, even if it is essentially chosen for you thanks to a certain seven-foot long sword-wielding madman.
1. Tidus & Yuna
Another case of opposites attract, and, in my opinion, the most moving portrayal of love in a video game. Tidus is a self-centered, childish young man while Yuna is a serious and modest young woman. Tidus became her guardian, and they began to fall in love. Though Yuna was eventually forced into a marriage she didn't want, Tidus rescued her, and they then had THE most romantic moment ever. You know the one. The lake, the moonlight... *sigh*. It's so beautiful. However, Tidus learned that Yuna was fated to die, and refused to let it happen. And y'know what... it didn't! But he did fade away, in one of the saddest, most poignant endings I have ever witnessed. They did have a happy ending though. You just had to buy the sequel.
Honourable Mention: The male gamer & his right hand
We all know the situation. You get home after a stressful day, and you feel like you need a release. What else is there to do but pop in a certain game... for example, Dead or Alive Xtreme 2, or, to use a more up to date example, Bayonetta. (one-handed control option? What do you think it's for?) Let the good times roll.
Delivering on promises oddly often now...
Believe it or not, it's...
I have been bored, so I have decided to revisit some of my old albums for a trip down memory lane. Feels good, man. Feels real good.
I have also, being the lovely person that I am, have decided to put on a concert for Haiti.
I came up with the idea before George Clooney.
I have also decided to collaborate with some friends on some Rage Against the Machine covers for the event. Therefore, this month's Song of the Month is...
Song of the Month: Freedom, Rage Against the Machine
Several different kinds of awesome going on here. I do love me some multiple layers and dynamics in songs, and this song delivers it. Plus, you've got to love the energy the song has.
I have decided to beef up my online credentials, so I have decided to get some more trophies on Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. It's going pretty well, but there are some tough ones.
I've been playing it online too, as well as Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
It's kind of annoying that whatever team I'm on loses though. Even if I have the most kills.
Yep, I am now an officer in the Japanese Gaming Union. It's quite a fun place, so if you like Japanese games, check it out.
My Top 10 lists have been shockingly consistent. I think it's because I plan everything out beforehand. And I'm bored. Awfully bored.
ANIME AND MANGA
In Bleach, Aizen, while still a sexy bastard, seems grossly overpowered, and it's starting to annoy me. He has to lose eventually!
Meanwhile in Naruto, Sasuke seems to have finally transitioned completely from OTT emo kid to complete evil dick. Seriously dude... that's some cold stuff there.
On the new manga front, I've been reading Black Butler, as it is known in the US. Eyepatches make me growl.
Oh, and ARAGO too. Props to Nicasso_ for suggesting it to me in a non-shameless plug-like fashion.
I have also been watching a new anime called So Ra No Wo To. It's kind of like a wartime K-ON!.
It's been about a year since I left hospital, so I'm in a reflective mood.
And for me, reflectiveness = chocolate cravings, so I've been having fun with that.
I like chocolate.
Also, I feel a tad lovelorn/quite horny. I am an adolescent, after all.
I have a great deal of stress coming my way soon in the form of multiple exams and such too. Yay.
Ta raa, my cronies. ~
I love the Beatles, and you should too. Therefore, I have compiled this list of the top 10 Beatles songs ever. Listen to them please. :3
10. A Day in the Life
The closing track on the iconic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, A Day in the Life is definitely the best song on the album. Essentially taking two different songs and fusing them together, A Day in the Life is evocative, quirky, and has one of the best endings ever: one piano chord, held for over a minute. A champion of studio engineering.
9. Twist and Shout
Raucous and roaring, Twist and Shout is a cIassic tune that everyone knows. Though a cover (written by Phil Medley and Bert Russell, first recorded by the Top Notes, and then covered by the Isley Brothers), John Lennon's rousing vocals bring the song to another level entirely, despite suffering from a cold at the time of recording.
8. All You Need Is Love
A pure and effective message, All You Need Is Love is the perfect anthem for the summer of love. Starting with an excerpt from the French national anthem and then going into a sighing harmony repeating the word love, the song enchants and delights until the end, with ad-libs and improvisation a-plenty.
7. In My Life
In My Life is a contemplative, bittersweet and gentle song, with lyrics that invoke both nostalgia, heartbreak, and love. The baroque stIe piano interlude during the bridge is pure brilliance, and the beautiful harmonies are absolutely magnificent.
Help! is a song that can be taken on many different levels. You can take it at face value as a fun piece of rock n' roll, but digging a little deeper shows a more desperate side, and more lyrical and musical sophistication than previous Beatles songs had even come close to.
5. Here Comes the Sun
Here Comes the Sun is a joyous ode to spring, written primarily on acoustic guitar. Practically radiating goodwill and sunshine, but in a non-overpowering way, it is one of the best songs on the Abbey Road album, and, in my view at least, George Harrison's greatest composition period.
4. I Am the Walrus
Strange. So very, very strange. Lyrics as trippy and spacey as Buzz Aldrin on heavy LSD, dense and quirky instrumentation, and random dialogue snippets, I Am the Walrus is pure... something. Well, it's awesome, so I guess that counts. Just don't read too much into it. You'll go insane.
3. Don't Let Me Down
An unabashedly anguished and pained love song, Don't Let Me Down is powerful and slightly heartbreaking. Lennon gives a terrific vocal performance, sounding soulful, desperate, and managing to express subtle feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. The Beatles' best b-side ever.
2. Hey Jude
A sincere and touching ballad, Hey Jude is a song of consolation and encouragement, sad at points but never overly-melancholy, and oh so lovely. While initially seeming to be a soft ballad, the song then completely changes tack around the three minute mark witha joyous scream by vocalist Paul McCartney, and gloriously erupts into a four-minute long, symphonic mastercIass of a coda, based on the simple refrain 'Na, na na, na na na na, na na na, Hey Jude'. Completely and utterly brilliant.
1. Strawberry Fields Forever
Some songs just hit you on another level, and forever hold a special meaning to you. Strawberry Fields Forever is, to me, one of those songs. The inventive instrumentation and the skillful layering are, of course, brilliant, but what hits me the most are the evocative and moving lyrics. They just connect with me, and the sentiments expressed are ones I can greatly associate with. Strawberry Fields Forever is one of the few songs to make me actually cry, and I absolutely love it. In my opinion, it is the best Beatles song ever.
I hope you look these songs up and enjoy them!
Alright. First things first, this is meant as a JOKE. Do not take it seriously. At all.
You might not get it, but I have a camp sense of humour. A lot of British people do. Of course, most of the time it doesn't work out. >__>
Anyway, if any of you take this seriously, I'll be very disappointed in you.
You have been warned.
10. Tamaki Suoh (Ouran High School Host Club)
Tamaki is a pain in the ass. He is whiney, immature, vain and emotional. However, despite all of these traits, I can't help but love him. He sometimes shows traits of heroism and empathy, and he is a total playboy, as would be expected of a Host Club's president. His hair's good too. So are his eyes. And his body...
I'm not gay.
9. Yu Kanda (D.Gray-man)
Kanda's a dick, but that's understandable. He's not a real human, and he looks like a woman. In fact, the first time I saw him, I thought this:
"Is that a chick? She's pretty hot. Wait, her voice is pretty deep... and she's got OH MY GOD IT'S A DUDE WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!"
8. Minato Arisato (Persona 3 Protagonist)
He's easy to underestimate. He's short, looks a bit emo, and seems a bit vacant. But he's got that whole mysterious thing going on. Plus, he lives with three hot girls and a hot female-shaped android. He's also super talented, a brilliant fighter and a violin player. He runs around with his hands in his pockets too. And his hair looks so soft. And his skin.
OK, that sounds a bit suspect. But I like boobs. Honestly.
7. Kaname Kuran (Vampire Knight)
Yes, Kaname Kuran is a vampire. However, I don't loathe him. It's quite odd. In fact, he's quite alluring. He's a sex bomb, and he knows it. But he would give everything for his true love, Yuuki. But let's not go into the disturbing kind-of-incest-but-kind-of-not thing and concentrate that Kaname is one sexy...
6. Nathan Drake (Uncharted)
A pure example of sheer masculinity. He's got that whole Indiana Jones thing going on. He shoots stuff, climbs stuff, flirts with stuff, and looks damn cool while doing it. He's just plain old badass. And muscular. So very muscular...
I mean... sports!
5. Light Yagami & L (Death Note)
A tie. One can't be without the other. Except Light killed L. Meh, whatever. Their attempts to outwit each other were truly thrilling. Plus, Light's hot. And L's hot in a weird kind of way. And then they do stuff together and get sweaty.
Wait, that's not right...
4. Soji Seta (Persona 4 Protagonist)
Soji is a total pimp. He can date up to seven girls at a time. He's tall too, and he rocks his uniform, making it look quite stylish. Paired with glasses, he can make women swoon. He's also a family man, contrary to his pimpish image. He's so... manly.
Not that I'm into that.
3. Riku (Kingdom Hearts)
In the first Kingdom Hearts game, I loathed Riku. Being corrupted to darkness and whatnot... loser. However, he compensates afterwards by using the darkness to his advantage, then forgoing it completely. And he gets that sexy, badass, brooding thing going on.
God, I'm weird.
2. Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto)
I hate Sasuke. He's a total dick. He deserts his best friend and the girl who loves him to be evil and pursue a path of revenge against his brother. After he gets his revenge, he then feels bad about it, and then completely misinterprets his brother's ideals for his own purposes. Because he's evil. Dick. Sexy, feminine, dick.
GAH! WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?!
1. Sosuke Aizen (Bleach)
Aizen is sexy, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. He's evil, possibly the most evil git ever. But my god, he's sexy. at first, he seemed quite nice though. These are my thoughts of Aizen, in order.
The first time I saw him: "Oh, he's pretty cool."
Later: "Oh, Aizen's so cool!"
Later still: "Aw, Aizen's so sweet!"
When he 'dies': AIZEN!! NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!
When he 'comes back to life': OMG IT'S AIZEN! YAY!
When he stabs Hinamori: OH MY GOD! Aizen, you bastard!
When he reveals his evil plan: Aizen, you bastard!
When he takes off his glasses and everything thereafter: Aizen, you sexy bastard!
I wish I was a girl.
One last time. This was a joke.
I don't particularly feel like getting banned for such a silly thing. Though if I did, I'd say this site has no sense of humour and is homophobic.
I might be making too much of this. Hm.
Oh my god, I've followed through on something! What blasphemy is this?!
So yeah, these are my top 10 favourite video games. Note the FAVOURITE. Not the best, favourite.
OK, with that in mind, let's get on with the show!
10. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
The newest entry in my list, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is a mastercIass in gameplay, graphics and storytelling. It brings about the end of Solid Snake's journey and battles with deftness and finesse. While some complained that it had more cutscenes than was necessary, I love it regardless.
9. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3
Persona 3 was the first game in the Shin Megami Tensei series to grab my attention. Combining cIassic RPG action and elements of dating sims, Persona 3 weaves an intriguing and dark story, filled with great characters and more twists and turns than Milton Keynes.
8. Final Fantasy X
In case it wasn't obvious, Final Fantasy X is the tenth installment of the long-running Final Fantasy series. There are numerous reasons why I love this game. The Sphere Grid, Blitzball, the new Summon System... but I think it's mainly because of the love story between Tidus and Yuna. I'm such a sap.
7. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
I don't really need to say much about this one. It defined action adventure gaming as it is today. It is so meticulously designed, so unbelievably engaging, and so just damn great that it is easy to see why it is frequently chosen as the best video game of all time.
6. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4
Persona 4 is, like its predecessor completely brilliant. However, overall it is a better game. It's story is more engaging, the characters are more likable and fleshed out, and its tone is more light-hearted. It takes everything that a sequel should be and makes it a reality.
5. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
This is one of the few games I hold above others purely because of its appearance. Its art styIe may have drawn critics initially, but I am completely in love with it. Throw in some good old Zelda gameplay, and you have yourself one kickass game.
4. Kingdom Hearts II
Do you know something? This game isn't that great. It's good, but with the other games on my list, it pales in comparison. So why is it number 4? Is it because my taste sucks? The story engages me? The gameplay's fun? All are valid reasons, but they're not why I put it fourth. In fact, I'm not even sure why I love it so much. I just do. It's one of those weird things you can't explain, like why Americans love vowels so much. I just love it.
3. Pokémon Silver
Pokémon Silver is the best Pokémon game ever, and it always will be. It takes the original games' formula and knocks it all up to eleven. More Pokémon. New Types. Better graphics. Different places to go, and things to do. And is that wasn't enough, after you've finished the main adventure you can go through Kanto, the area where the original games were set, and go through the gyms there. It is essentially 2 games for 1.
Oh, and I chose Silver over Gold because it was the one I played. Plus, Lugia's cooler than Ho-oh.
2. Final Fantasy VII
Oh, FF7. That which is revered by fanboys, and loathed by supposedly 'edgy' gamers who think it sucks. Of course, it should be obvious I side more with the former. I love this game, and I will never stop loving it. And there's nothing anyone can do about it. I think the story is great, the characters are great, the gameplay is great, and, for its time, the graphics are great too. Of course, I was probably influenced by my cousin, who is the biggest Final Fantasy VII fanboy ever. But I still think it's mostly the game.
1. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
If any of you know me in the slightest, you would know that Sonic 2 is and always shall be my favourite game. Its graphics are colourful and bright, the music's catchy, and the gameplay is simple yet unbelievably fun. The biggest reason why this is my favourite game ever, though, is because of nostalgia. This was the first game I ever played, and I completely fell in love with it. It was speed I had never felt before. A completely new experience. It was cool. It was fun. It was because of this game that I am such a gamer today, and if it wasn't for this game, I would never have had the chance to play the other games on this list. Even when I come back to it today, the experience is still the same. It is for these reasons and many more that make Sonic 2 my favourite game ever.
Right, new year, new lists! Here are some of the lists I MAY do.
Note the MAY.
- My Favourite Video Games (kinda boring, but whatever. )
- Manga/Anime Girls
- Video Game Girls
- Favourite Songs
- Video game and manga/anime guys that make me question my sexuality (For a laugh. :lol
- Beatles Songs
- Video Game Hairstyles
- Videogame cockblocks
I want to do quite a few of these, but I doubt I will. If I do, I will most likely condense them to one blog.
As the year and the decade draws to a close, it is time for a special, extra-long edition of...
Another great year for music, and one full of surprises. My musical range expanded even more, and lots of bands released more great music. Therefore, I will now lead into my awards for the year.
Album of the Year: Only Revolutions, Biffy Clyro
I did not expect this album to be as good as it is, and definitely not better than the band's previous album Puzzle. However, it delivered greatly, with the songs catchy as VD and the textures becoming more and more varied.
Artist of the Year: The Beatles
Odd, isn't it, that the band has been broken up since 1969 and two of its members are dead. Nevertheless, 2009 was the year of the Beatles, with The Beatles: Rock Band releasing in September and their albums being re-released digitally remastered at the same time.
Song of the Year: You've Got the Love, Florence and the Machine
I honestly don't know why I like this song so much. It just hits me on so many levels, and its brilliance is aided by Florence Welch's distinctive and powerful voice.
And now, as it's the end of the decade too, I've decided to create another set of awards. For the decade. Mm.
Album of the Decade: Kid A, Radiohead
The only album of the decade that made my Top 10 Albums of All Time list, Kid A is so completely inventive and emotional, even if you don't 'get' it, you have to appreciate it.
Artist of the Decade: Muse
In the past decade, Muse have become one of the biggest artists in the world today, combining Radiohead, Queen and Rage Against the Machine with unnerving success.
Song of the Decade: Chasing Cars, Snow Patrol
Now, I'm not a big fan of Snow Patrol, but this song has reached a whole other level, becoming the second longest-running single in the UK charts.
I finally got a PS3 this year, which has revitalised my gaming experiences with some huge releases. Therefore, this year's awards are a tad more substantial than last year's.
Best Wii Game: New Super Mario Bros. Wii
More cIassic platforming action from Mario. Four-player multiplayer was a simple yet inspired choice.
Best DS Game: Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
A hilarious and inventive entry in the Mario & Luigi series, and very fun to play to boot.
Best PS3 Game: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Epic as hell. From start to finish, it is one hell of a rollercoaster, and incredibly engaging.
Best New IP: Bayonetta
Her clothes are made out of her hair, which she uses to attack enemies. Which equals nudity. Hells. Yes.
Character of the Year: Nathan Drake
Nathan Drake is a god among men. He's honest, caring, fun, and amazingly witty.
Game of the Year: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
For the same reasons as before.
Runner-up GOTY: Batman: Arkham Asylum
Comic-book based gaming at its finest.
Possibly my best year here yet, thanks to my enrollment in The All-Out Nintendo Union, in which I am an officer, and The Japanese Gaming Union. Both are active and very fun, and I highly recommend them.
I have also made a lot more friends this year, so thanks for being here, guys!
ANIME AND MANGA
I got into a lot of new stuff this year. Vampire Knight, K-ON!, Ouran High School Host Club, Kuchu Buranko, etc, etc. I also went to an expo in October, where I had a lot of fun.
Anyway, I've decided to do awards here too.
Best Ongoing Anime: Bleach
Another great year for Bleach, and even the filler is bearable. It's miraculous!
Best Ongoing Manga: D.Gray-man
Since its move to Jump Square, D.Gray-man's been coming out monthly. The longer chapters have been great, and exploring Kanda's past (finally!) was a smart move.
Best New Anime: Kimi ni Todoke
It's rare to find something genuinely heart-warming, and Kimi ni Todoke is so sweet, so delightfully animated and filled with great characters that it is damn near impossible to resist.
Anime/Manga Character of the Year: Sawako Kuronuma (Kimi ni Todoke)
I actually love Sawako. It's not because she's sexy or anything like that. It's because her personality is incredibly endearing. Her sweetness and naivete is cute. Period.
I'm not going to lie, this has been a difficult year for me. I was in hospital for months, missed a large amount of school and things are tight financially. However, I've managed to pull through, thanks to friends, family, and medication. Long live medication.
So, I think I'll take this opportunity to thank you all. Your support and peculiar actions have helped me during through a very troubling time in my life.
Thank you all, and Happy New Year.
Merii Kurisumasu! Enjoying this festive period?
I love Christmas. Why? The gifts, of course.
I'm not selfish in the slightest, btw.
Anyway, I got a good haul this year. I got numerous chocolate treats, a nice shirt a pair of Converses and Howl's Moving Castle on DVD.
Of course, I also got quite a big present, one I've wanted since I've first heard about it.
The Beatles: Rock Band on PS3. HELL. YES.
So enough about me, how about you? What did you guys get?
It's over... it's finally over...
YES! SCREW YOU, NAYSAYERS!!
*glares at Abgoj*
Anyway, time to finish this off!
#1: Kefka Palazzo
Ah, Kefka. What can I say about Kefka? He's loud, crazy, short-tempered and eager to blow stuff up. He dresses garishly, laughs maniacally, and his humour is darker than the bottom of a closed-off well. He poisons rivers, enslaves young girls and destroys towns just for kicks, laughing and delivering cruel and darkly comical one-liners as he does it.
But the reason I really love Kefka is his pure, uncontaminated evil. He has nothing even close to resembling human emotion, and he revels in chaos and destruction. He finds the lives of mortals insignificant, and does everything he can to take them away. He doesn't have a reason. Nothing drives him. He just does it because he is completely misanthropic and loathes anything and everything. He also actually succeeds in his goals: he kicks his boss off the edge of a floating continent, ascends to godhood and destroys the world.
However, Kefka is unsatisfied even by this. He then decides to not just rule over the world's ashes, but to destroy the very essence of life itself. He finally falls at the final hurdle, but it does not change Kefka's iconic status.
He is, in many ways, the ultimate villain. First of all, he's a clown. Clowns are creepy. Second, he's insane. Insane people are rarely good. Third of all, he destroys the goddamn world. That's definitely bad. And finally... HE'S AN INSANE CLOWN AND HE DESTROYS THE WORLD! WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED?!
Another month, another large amount of empty promises...
That's right, it's none other than...
Having been introduced to them via Bleach, I am now in love with Beat Crusaders and their crazy J-pop-punk ways.
Other than that, there's not much new on the music front. Bought Biffy Clyro's new album Only Revolutions, and it's pretty damn good, but that's pretty much it.
Song of the Month: Tonight, Tonight, Tonight, Beat Crusaders
I am actually not sure why I love this song. It's lyrics are pretty damn random, and the singer's grasp on the english language is rather dreadful. ('Woke up with yawn it's dawning', 'Tonight, love is rationed' etc.) But goddammit, the riff is irresistable, it's hook is catchy as syphillis and it's just plain fun.
As should be expected of me, I have not finished any of the games I planned to finish. Instead, I started Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life again (WHY DO I LOVE IT SO MUCH?!) and bought on a whim a pre-owned copy of Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg for Ł3.00.
I swear to god there's something wrong with me.
On the upside, my TV's working again, so maybe I'll finish something for once.
I doubt it though.
My Top 10 Final Fantasy Characters list is still not finished. Big surprise, eh? But I swear that I will get it up soon.
Not that my word's good for anything.
Speaking of which, my resolution to blog more has predictably hit a brick wall. Oh well.
Still, my Christmas theme is nearing completion. Yay!
ANIME AND MANGA
I loathe the wait between new chapters. Whether it's a month or a week, my impatience knows no bounds.
Still, things in Bleach are hotting up (Aizen's fighting Shinji! Aizen, you sexy bastard!) and I'm now into Naruto. The manga of course. No fillers in there.
On my 'at least one new anime a month' front, I've watched Lucky Star and K-ON!, both of which are very enjoyable. Konata is my kind of girl.
It's winter, which means panto season, so naturally I had to get involved in one. I'm a penguin.
Unfortunately, my dreams of dramatic glory seem to have stalled somewhat, as I have come down with an illness. Probably swine flu. I love how earlier this year it was a huge deal, and now no one seems to give a toss.
Speaking of which, time really does fly. It's December already. Makes me feel kind of sad.
Oh well. Torrential downpours will brighten my spirits. Hooray for British weather!
Moe moe... kyuun! ♥
The more you try to erase me, the more that I appear. Yes, it's another installment of...
I recently bought Greatest Hits by Foo Fighters and The Eraser by Thom Yorke. I usually stay away from greatest hits collections, but since I am a mild Foo Fighter collector (having all of their albums and DVDs) I couldn't resist. Plus, the lure of the acoustic version of Everlong was too strong.
The Eraser is weird, so I love it. Gotta love Thom Yorke and his crazy electronic ways.
Song of the Month: The Captain, Biffy Clyro
Biffy Clyro aren't well known in the States, but over here they're kind of a big deal. This new single from their soon-to-be-released new album Only Revolutions should explain why. If not, check out Machines and Folding Stars from their previous album, Puzzle.
I know I was supposed to complete Okami, but the release of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves put a spanner in the works, followed by my simultaneous purchases of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days. And then, my TV packed up.
Ooh, one left on my Top 10 Final Fantasy Characters list. Aren't you excited?
Other than that, it's same old same old. Thinking about increasing the rate of my blogging though.
And another new theme! It's Lavi from D.Gray-man, which I will use until I finish my planned Sonic Kuma-chan theme.
It's gonna be awesome. 8)
ANIME AND MANGA
Started reading Vampire Knight to see what the fuss is about. I'm afraid I like it. Ouran High School Host Club too. The fact that the majority of my manga readings are now shojo is slightly worrying me.
Still, I have Bleach and D.Gray-man, which has made its grand return, to keep me somewhat masculine. Plus, I watched Afro Samurai, which is just badass. It has Samuel L. Jackson in. 'Nuff said.
I am also watching a new anime series, Kuchu Buranko, otherwise known as Trapeze. It is unbelievably messed up.
I also went to an anime and manga expo with a couple of my friends, where I bought a toy Mameshiba, a Kingdom Hearts necklace, a Gloomy Bear, and a Ł30 wooden Keyblade, which I then decided I didn't want, tried to return, got refused, then gave to my friend.
Can't wait 'til the next one!
It's been meh. I have a lot of work to do, which sucks.
It's also been raining a lot recently. I love the rain, though I'm not sure why. But then again I'm British, so you have to get used to it.
I could do some witty remark here, but I can't be arsed. See ya.
OMG! Number two! It's nearly over!
Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII is one of the most iconic villains in gaming history. Everything about him yells villain: his long silver hair, his long black coat, and of course, his seven foot long katana, but what really seals it is his personality: cold, ruthless, and chilling well-spoken, not to mention filled with complexes. But he wasn't always so; he was originally a reasonably kind, if somewhat overly-professional.
However, this changed once Sephiroth discovered the (apparent) truth behind his origins; that he was the product of an experiment to recreate the ancient race of the Cetra by injecting cells of an apparent Cetra, Jenova, into his fetal form. Unbeknownst to everyone involved, however, Jenova was in actuality a parasitic alien life form bent on destruction.
When Sephiroth found this out, he was driven completely insane. He burned down the city of Nibelheim, and after a large amount of attempts to stop him, he was eventually defeated by Cloud Strife, the main character of the game. This created a complex relationship as throughout the game Sephiroth emotionally tortures Cloud, cruelly taunting his inability to save his friends. Even after death, his memory continues to linger in Cloud's mind.
And oh yeah...
At the suggestion of one of my friends, I have decided to make a deviantART profile. You may not have known, but I am fond of art, and I'm alright (I suppose) at drawing.
Here are some of my works.
Kuma-chan, my mascot. Drawn in pencil, outlined in ink and coloured using GIMP...
And this is him in a Mario costume...
And these are just some abstract drawings...
Yes, I'm odd.
Anyway, if any of you use deviantART, please add me as a friend.
Here is a link to my profile:
Who saw this coming?
#3: Vivi Orunitia
I hold the firm belief that Final Fantasy IX is one of the most underappreciated entries in the Final Fantasy franchise. Many were turned off by its cartoonish appearance and fantasy setting and considered it childish. Those who think that have obviously never played it. FFIX is an engaging game, humorous yet serious, and light-hearted yet moving. A key example of this would be the character of Vivi.
At the game's start, Vivi is extremely gullible, being tricked into buying a fake ticket for a play. He then sneaks into the play, where he meets the main character of the game, Zidane, and gets dragged into the events that follow. At first, Vivi was rather cowardly and afraid to fight, preferring to avoid confrontations. However, this soon changed after he entered the Black Mage Village, where his existence was explained.
It turned out that Vivi was a black mage created by the game's antagonist Kuja, a race designed to 'stop' after a year. This was obviously devastating to the young mage, and caused a change in his outlook in life.
Throughout the game, Vivi develops as a character in a very believable and, dare I say it, sweet manner. In fact, that pretty much sums up Vivi: he's sweet. Like seriously, sweet. His endearing nature has made him into one of my favourite characters in the series, and I believe that he fully deserves this spot.
I have been tagged by ma cherie, n-re. So I must post 10 things about myself. Well, I don't have to, but n-re has ways of making you do things.
- I'm mixed-race; half white, half afro-carribean.
- I play the guitar, bass guitar, and the ukulele.
- I'm mildly obsessed with bears. (Especially ninja bears. They're awesome.)
- My biggest gaming influence is my cousin, Abgoj, who I try to beat at every opportunity. And I do. 'Cause I'm awesome.
- I constantly drink Lucozade, an energy drink.
- My favourite anime/manga is Cardcaptor Sakura, despite the fact that it's meant for girls.
- I am a heterosexual male, contrary to some people's beliefs.
- I'm agnostic.
- My oldest friend on here, excluding Abgoj, is DesertClawX2X, who I met at Wikipedia, of all places. We started out by arguing.
- I love acting.
This is also my 100th blog, but I'm not gonna celebrate it, 'cause I'm such a rebel. 8)
What's this? A bombastic introduction?! Why, it must be...
I need more CDs! My all-encompassing love of records knows no bounds!
At this point I need to focus on completing collections of artists I'm familiar with, then I shall go on the hunt for new ones.
I'm really liking Elbow's album The Seldom Seen Kid. If you aren't familiar with them, I fully recommend giving them a try.
And so, this month's song of the month is...
Song of the Month: One Day Like This, Elbow
Rich, emotional, and symphonic, this is a brilliant, choral masterpiece, with an epic coda nearing 'Hey Jude' standards.
I have decided that instead of just playing whatever I feel like, I should dedicate most of my time on one game. Thus, I have begun playing Okami rather frequently. It's amazing, and I love all the references to Japanese mythology and folklore.
Otherwise, I'm still training my team in Pokemon Diamond so that I can achieve my level 100 dream team.
I am nowhere near.
Only three left on my Top 10 Final Fantasy Characters list. Who shall they be?
Unionwise, everything's going well. UVFU's getting back on its feet too, no doubt due to Prince Zeromus1337's bearly return.
More importantly, I made 11111 posts. For some reason, I find that awesome. It went down as such:
Then Cloud was like:
And thus, I did.
ANIME AND MANGA
I am continuing to watch Bleach (Aizen, you sexy bastard!) and have also watched and read the series Rosario + Vampire. The manga is more serious, but the anime has more comedy and ecchi elements.
Guess which one I like more.
I've also decided to watch Persona ~Trinity Soul~, which I will give my opinion on later.
I've been ill recently, which sucks. However, it meant I could spend more time on here, so it's not all bad.
Also, it was my birthday on 19th September. It was nice I suppose; I spent it with my aunts and cousins, who I love a lot.
Not including Abgoj, of course. I hate him
And dear lord, type Mameshiba into YouTube. Do it now.
Isn't it odd that the openings of these are so much more interesting than the ends?
Nearly finished... just need to remember to do it...
#4: Cloud Strife
Many of you may be shocked that Cloud only placed fourth on the list, which only goes to prove his iconic status.
Final Fantasy VII was a huge game, spanning three discs and about 60 hours (excluding side-quests). This allowed an enormous and engrossing story to take place, and at the centre of it all was Cloud, an ex-SOLDIER turned mercenary. At first, he seems cold and selfish, concerned about finishing the job, getting his pay, and nothing else. However, as the events unfold, we get to see more of Cloud: his insecurities, his troubles, and his true feelings. (Not to mention homoerotic experiences)
Another thing that the game managed to do was pull off about twenty different plot twists in the space of a minute, and one of the most damning was that Cloud wasn't who he thought he was; his mind had been twisted, and his own memories were mixed with those of his old friend. This created a large amount of emotional turmoil for him, and the player got to see and experience how he confronted and overcame it.
Though some might find him overrated, I have to disagree; Cloud is a remarkable character, and one who completely deserves the recognition he gets.
New theme! Now with sexy snow girl!
In case you are wondering who it is, her name is Mizore Shirayuki, a yuki-onna (snow woman) in the anime/manga 'Rosario + Vampire', which I have recently watched and read. The quote is from the Elbow song 'One Day Like This'.
Isn't she pretty?