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Random Babble / Re: BOOKS
« Last post by Heron on October 16, 2017, 09:05:04 PM »
Read Magicís Promise, the second book in the trilogy I mentioned reading earlier, over the weekend. I liked it! It was definitely different from the first one, what with being all mystery and political intrigue, but it was actually a nice change; just enough to keep things interesting.

Iím also reading the original Dracula, which is really good so far. But even though I know that it basically is what made vampires popular, itís hilarious how obviously vampiric Dracula is as a modern reader. Still really enjoyable, though.
Random Babble / Re: BOOKS
« Last post by moss on October 16, 2017, 08:43:58 PM »
oooh i'll have to keep norwegian wood in mind for the future then. i really like that "mood" as you say. i'm almost done with the gate and i don't have anything else in particular up next (unless i want to try reading more cat books----).

since i am a cat doesn't have a real "plot" i don't think it's really the same as something just being ended out of nowhere in a cop-out kind of way, like to solve the problems/conflict or end a storyline. the whole thing is about commentary and what the cat has to say about humans/human nature, and death is a part of that so i think it's fitting. it has a kind of peaceful finality to it.
Random Babble / Re: BOOKS
« Last post by Spellmaster on October 15, 2017, 05:28:25 PM »
also i don't know if i ever told you but a while back i read the housekeeper and the professor that you recommended to me! i liked it a lot
it's a cute book, I'm glad you liked it

yeah I can get why kokoro ends that way but still when you get there it's like... but what happened......
it reminded me a lot of some of the novels we read in my modern japanese lit class. I don't know if it's the style or the themes or what but there's a certain mood to them... Norwegian Wood in particular was one I really liked that seemed similar somehow

I'm enjoying I Am A Cat but I might have reservations about its ending too (I accidentally read ahead oops). it just feels like the kind of shortcut you take when you don't want to keep writing but can't be bothered to think of an ending. poor snobby cat
« Last post by Spellmaster on October 15, 2017, 05:21:09 PM »
last year we put a bunch of candy in a bowl by the door and then... didn't actually give it out... I don't like the social interaction and no one else wants to keep getting up to answer the door. hopefully laziness will win out again this year

so yeah possibly nothing Į\_(ツ)_/Į I'm not into scary movies or parties, I just want to eat candy
Random Babble / Re: Movies!
« Last post by Hawkstar on October 14, 2017, 06:59:22 PM »
Blade Runner 2049 - Meh.  It's been two hours since I left the theatre and I can already feel myself forgetting about it.  Nice cinematography and effects, though.
« Last post by Meadowbreeze on October 14, 2017, 11:10:38 AM »
It's that time of year again folks
What are you guys doing for Halloween? What are you going to dress up as?
I'm going to do the TARDIS from Doctor Who, although I'm not sure what I'm actually going to do because I'm at the age where people will probably think it's weird if I'm trick or treating so I might just buy a bunch of candy and watch movies.
Random Babble / Re: Video Games?
« Last post by hyperadam on October 11, 2017, 07:29:20 PM »
I finished Xanadu Next and I really liked it. It's a shame it didn't sell very well and I don't see any talk about it even among Falcom fans, since it's a really good game.

It's pretty different on the surface from all the other Falcom games I've played, but its got a lot of fundamental similarities to Ys. It's got the same great dungeon design, where dungeons seem really confusing and overwhelming at first but they very quickly start to make sense as you explore them, except taken even further. Whereas in post-Napishtim Ys you can eventually freely warp from save point to save point so dungeons can mostly exist independently of each other, here you can only freely warp back to town one-way so every dungeon has to have a point that can become easily accessible from town so everything has to eventually loop back together in some way (i.e. at the end of the first floor of the eternal maze, you can unlock a door that allows you to get to the second floor directly from the town). It's neat and makes things feel all connected.

Honestly, there is a lot of Ys-like stuff, too. The way the story focuses on a long-dead civilization, and how you can collect and translate records from that time to learn about the past which ties into the main plot... Hell, there's even an accessory that's literally just the Mask of Eyes, only is actually gets more use than the Mask of Eyes ever did in Ys.

The combat is pretty different, though. It's a lot slower since it's more focus on exploration than action, but I enjoyed all the dungeon crawling and puzzles. I really liked a lot of the RPG elements as well, I feel like out of the Falcom games I've played this is probably the closest to a "traditional" RPG as far as character building goes. I never really used it, but the ability to go down a level to respec your character is pretty neat.

I'm planning on tacking the very daunting bonus dungeon next week, but for now I'm just taking a break. Still no release date for Zwei II, so I might have time to eventually pick up 7th Stand User before then.
Random Babble / Re: BOOKS
« Last post by Arcade Heat on October 10, 2017, 08:19:33 AM »
im taking a class on classical japanese literature and its the one im most excited for whoop
Random Babble / Re: General Chat Thread
« Last post by Arcade Heat on October 10, 2017, 08:18:56 AM »
i went on a date with him i really like him and im probably going on another im so happy

i came back and saw this post and now im like kinda senti abt it LOL

so an update is that bc he goes 2 school far from our hometown and im on exchange back in japan this year we didnt end up doing anything about our thing which was like SUPER depressing (it was a rough month) and now im in japan and we sorta lost contact

am i senti about it? yeah

but I don't really know how to approach it because like ive never really had to deal with this before bc ive ever gotten close to any1 be4. and sometimes im like I think im getting over him and then i think about him and im like lolo jk no im not

also ive totally got another crush on another guy here in japan but hes like super straight and honestly the difference bewteen both crushes is like enormous bc the crush on the guy inb canada is like super super nice and makes me feel really good and then the crush on the guy here is like...... no it just makes me feel like mandarin bc i know that we'd never be a thing cause like hes straight and im like ok

anyways japan is great and i love kyoto its an absolutely beautiful city

whats up with all of you
Random Babble / Re: BOOKS
« Last post by moss on October 08, 2017, 09:49:30 PM »
:O im happy you read them!!! i love them both a lot. i kind of felt like that at the end of kokoro too i guess but not like in a way that it took away from the book if you know what i mean. the whole book really left an impression on me. i was so hooked the whole time i read it really fast and i never do that lol the short chapters really helped too thanks soseki

also i don't know if i ever told you but a while back i read the housekeeper and the professor that you recommended to me! i liked it a lot
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