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Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas 2017!

Merry Happy to one and all! As always, thanks to everyone who keeps watching our YouTube channel which is updated pretty regularly with Gundam-related material. Isstvan82 still updates sporadically as well! And as I tend to like to do, I leave you with my favorite passage from Sir Terry Pratchett's Hogfather:

Monday, August 21, 2017

So I Kind Of Missed My Own Site's Anniversary By A Week, But Good News!

Thanks to the kindness of viewer theangelofdeth, we start a new series on YouTube today: Gundam Breaker 3! And not just the English-Asian release, noooo. This is a proper Flailthrough, all in Japanese. Let's smash some model kits together!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Review A Bad Game Day! Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: Hot Scramble

Review A Bad Game Day is the gaming day created by my old friend Eric "Nintendo Legend" Bailey to spotlight reviews of really awful games. This one... it's not awful, but it's a product of its time. It's repetitive and not really possessed of the depth we'd come to associate with Famicom/NES games. But it's not as immediately unfair as Transformers: Mystery of Convoy or a poorly implemented good-ish idea like Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire. It's just... mediocre and doesn't make great use of the Zeta Gundam license.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

Dead Cells! Part 5 - The Ramparts Are Pretty

The Ramparts are GORGEOUS. And with a game with a lot of greens and browns and blues and such, they really stand out. More On Monday!

Dead Cells! Part 4 - Sewers And Curses

Curses give you a target goal of X many kills to make while completely vulnerable: one hit and you're dead. But you can kill 10-40 enemies without taking a single hit, right?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Dead Cells! Part 3 - Actual Progress: The Vine Rune!

Dead Cells currently only has two items which give new exploratory abilities. Today, I get one of them!

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Dead Cells! Part 2 - First Elite Fight!

Elites are beefed-up versions of the standard mobs. Stronger, faster, harder to predict... and they teleport to you if you try to run away once you've depleted 50% of their HP.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Dead Cells! Part 1: Welcome To Dead Cells

Rob plays Dead Cells, the Rogue-Lite Metroidvania with elements of Dark Souls! It's gorgeous, fun to play, and only forty percent complete. Wow!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Fun With Hong Kong Bootlegs: Ah! My Goddess (AKA Oh My Goddess!) Part 8

Here goes!

Context: Urd came bolting back from heaven to cure Belldandy of Flu's Syndrome last episode, and hence her godding license has been suspended.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Fun With Hong Kong Bootlegs: Ah! My Goddess (AKA Oh My Goddess!) Part 1

So it's been forever, huh? I think it's well past time I actually update stuff here again. I haven't played any new games in Japanese lately (though check out my YouTube as always for Gundam Battle Operation and Isstvan's for a bunch of Minecraft) ...but I have still been on the prowl for Hong Kong DVDs with great subtitles. I managed to score 2/3rds of Ah! My Goddess season one, perhaps better known under the Dark Horse Comics title of Oh My Goddess! It's a lovely little romance-comedy by way of supernatural sitcom. Standard anime stuff, except the leads are just so darn nice.

The premise: shy, lonely automotive nerd but genuinely nice person Keiichi Morisato tried to dial for takeout food one day and instead got the Goddess Relief Office, where the First-Class Goddess Belldandy answered his call and granted his wish. That wish was "I want a goddess like you to stay with me forever."

In the first volume (which is absent but we'll visit in a clip episode at some point), Keiichi and Belldandy have fumbled towards a romantic relationship at a slow pace but one they're both comfortable with. This has been thwarted to various degrees by interactions with Keiichi's sister Megumi (called "Aki" in the subs because huh?), the members of Keiichi's college club, the Nekomi Tech Motor Club, and Belldandy's sister Urd, whose JFA attitude really isn't helping things much.

We now join Ah My Goddess, already in progress.