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I'm notoriously forgetful about which movies/books I want to see/read, so I've made this list to help me remember. The order does not indicate priority or preference; I just remembered the movies/books in this order.

Movies ) Movies I've Seen ) Books )

Feel free to make suggestions in the comments. :)

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I like to get the 2.0 relic weapons (at least up to the zenith weapon) for every job that hits 50. My ninja hit 50 recently, so I start the relic quest and am at the point where I need to do Ifrit Hard Mode (HM), Garuda HM, and Titan HM.

I decide to do them unsync-ed with Aslann; he's white mage and I go as ninja.

And this is where SE decided to troll me. )


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I just found out that Dreamwidth allows image files to be uploaded. :D

Test image using a screenshot from FFXIV )
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I already have 2 gripes for Diablo 3:

#1. Full-screen mode graphics were distorted.

The text was super-hard to read because it was blurred bad. Maybe it's the 800x600 resolution (which I'm not allowed to change) because my graphics card is too old?

I didn't have this issue w/ Starcraft 2.

The blurry-ness was fixed when I used full-screen windowed mode. Go figure. -_-;

Oh, FYI, my monitor resolution isn't 800x600. It's one of those that's slightly above 1024x768. /shrug

#2. Chat window too small.

Talking with 3 people & having the game dialog going made me scroll the chat window manually every minute.

No, you cannot adjust the chat window size nor change the font size. Have fun managing your 1 chat window. -_-;

The game itself is ok so far. I almost killed myself when I went into those fire spots on the map that seemed to be filled with mobs much higher leveled than me. >_> Whoops...

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I watched this movie last night. Graphically, it was very pretty. However, I felt its presentation was mediocre at best. I was annoyed with the narrator at the beginning and near the end of the movie. The narrator's voice was fine, but for some reason, the way the narrator was used to present the movie in the beginning really irritated me. I practically rolled my eyes when I heard the narrator again near the end of the movie because it didn't seem necessary. Surely the audience could figure out what was going to happen without the narrator telling them.

I understand that writing a movie version of a comic book is particularly difficult since a lot of information has to be compressed into a one to two-hour movie. Yet the whole point of a movie is to watch the story unfold, not to be told the story as if it was an audio book.

Maybe the movie could have started with a different scene to pull the audience in a bit better. The backstory could have been shown in flashbacks instead of having a narrator explain what was going on at the start and end of the movie. Some of the dialog could have been re-worked to make the movie less corny. There was only one scene I liked, and it had to do with the main character's secret identity and his love interest. That particular scene was not bad and was refreshingly original.

Overall, the movie seemed unpolished and rushed for some reason. It's kinda disappointing since it's the first Green Lantern movie produced. I feel sorry for all the Green Lantern fans that were really looking forward to this movie since it's clear they got shafted. :/

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I recently tried out Netflix's streaming service by watching Fruits Basket via [personal profile] aslann's Xbox. I actually wanted to watch the Japanese audio with subtitles, but unfortunately, Netflix didn't really give me a choice with their streaming service. If Netflix really wants to target the anime crowd, they really need to not only expand their selection, but also let anime fans chose if they want to watch their shows in English or in Japanese with subtitles. It may not matter much for movies or shows that were originally produced in English, but for foreign media, this could be a real deal breaker.

Not all anime on Netflix's streaming service is in English. X/1999 the TV series (not to be confused with X/1999 the movie) is in Japanese with English subtitles. You can even see the opening for X/1999 while for Fruits Basket, the opening is totally cut out. -_- I love watching anime openings so I was quite peeved to see that it was not even shown. Both Fruits Basket and X/1999 the TV series were licensed under the same company, FUNimation, so there must be an official subtitled version of Fruits Basket.

As for the Fruits Basket anime itself, it was alright. I remember people raving about how good it was back in college but I must have matured too much because I found it too silly for my tastes at times. I have already read quite a bit of the manga before watching the anime, and most of the anime followed the manga until the last few episodes.

A bunch of events were changed in the end to make it less dark than the manga. I got the feeling that it was done because the target audience is really for younger kids or young adults. Maybe the director(s) for the anime didn't like the direction the manga was taking.

In any case, I thought the ending for the anime sucked. I have not read all of the manga yet, but the anime ending was pretty un-satisfying, so I want to read the rest of the manga to find out what really happens.

On the plus side, Fruits Basket was worth seeing once, and it was also useful in testing Netflix out.

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I had so much fun making wisecracks in the previous movie, that I wanted to watch this one. Sadly, there weren't many wisecrack opportunities in this one, so it was mostly boring.

I don't like Bella. It helps her character that she's mostly reasonable and nice, but I don't really care for her. I like Jacob over Edward, but he does have anger management issues so he's not particularly daydream-worthy.

I didn't like how the movie ended by killing off a minor character. She was so minor of a character that she had no name. (If she did have a name, I don't remember it being mentioned in the movie.) For such an insignificant character, it was ridiculous how the movie dramatized her death. It was a pointless death, and while lots of movies have pointless deaths, the way this one was setup for the very end left me with a sour aftertaste.

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I didn't know what to expect in this movie since I didn't remember much from the book. The background music wasn't as good as the music composed for Prince Caspian. The story felt like a bunch of small TV episodes strung together rather than a united whole.

I still enjoyed the movie even though it wasn't as great as Prince Caspian and some aspects of the story were changed to make it more interesting for the audience. I wished there were more Narnian creatures though. Most of the cast was human except for a minotaur sailor, Reepicheep (a mouse), and a few fauns. I guess it makes sense that there were a limited amount of Narnian creatures; most of the movie is located on a ship at sea. I still missed the griffins, though.


Dec. 29th, 2010 09:04 am
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I finally finished watching Inuyasha and all four Inuyasha movies. The last Inuyasha series I have to watch is Inuyasha: The Final Act, and that won't be out until sometime in 2011. My thoughts:

  • I was disappointed in the Shichinintai (Band of Seven). I expected them to last longer somehow and/or be more interesting. The Inuyasha fanfics I read have truly expanded upon this group far more than the anime series.
  • The filler episodes, while amusing at times, were a little boring.
  • Seasons 1-3 were the best.
  • Unfortunately, some of the best episodes about Sesshoumaru are in the later seasons.
  • The Inuyasha Movie 3 (Swords of an Honorable Ruler) was my favorite Inuyasha movie. It also had the best story out of the four movies.
  • The Inuyasha Movie 4 (Fire on the Mystic Island) was the most disappointing movie. I expected more out of it. Some of the things that happen in the movie were too cliché or unbelievable. For example, why would Kikyou drop her only weapon to the ground when she was stuck on the island that still had enemy youkai (demons) on it? It doesn't make sense! >_>

Anyway, I know I'll be getting the Inuyasha: The Final Act DVD set once it is out. I don't know if it will be any good, but hopefully the storyline will be more exciting since they have to wrap up all loose ends in one season.

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I haven't seen the original TRON movie, so I didn't know what to expect in this remake. It was an enjoyable movie even though it was a bit cliché and predictable. I could predict what was going to happen ahead of time, but it was a good kind of predictability similar to the Avatar movie.

The only thing that annoyed me during the movie was how hard the dialog was to understand above the background music. I saw the main character's mouth move, but the dialog was muffled and hard to understand in comparison to the sound effects or background music. I'm not sure if it is the movie's fault or a technical problem with the movie theater.

I'd like to get the soundtrack for this movie. Like Prince Caspian from The Chronicles of Narnia, this was one of the movies I knew I wanted the soundtrack for right when I heard it.

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I was looking around on Amazon during Black Friday and noticed that many of the volumes for RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE Tsubasa (geez CLAMP, couldn't you have made the title a bit easier to type?!) were a bit cheaper than if I bought them at regular price in a bookstore. So I went ahead and bought the rest of the series since I was a bit behind. >_> I've been curious about xxxHolic too, so I bought volumes 1-10 of that series as well to see if it was any good.

Once the volumes arrived, I sat down and read the rest of Tsubasa in 1-2 days. (I had left off on volume 22.) The artwork for the series is decent. The storyline? It's fairly disappointing to me. It's too contrived.

I had a hard time caring about any of the main characters. The only main characters I cared about were Syaoran and Kurogane. Even then, they just barely held my interest. I was far more interested in the vampire twins (heh) or how all the different worlds were connected to each other. There were some implications about some of the worlds I would have liked to know more about.

It seems to me that CLAMP is running out of good ideas for their manga. Tsubasa is to CLAMP as Kingdom Hearts is to Square-Enix; a way to make an engaging story without having to re-invent the wheel too much. (I haven't really played Kingdom Hearts, so I hope Kingdom Hearts' storyline is much better than Tsubasa.) I was actually excited over the initial idea of Tsubasa, and I enjoyed the first few volumes of the series immensely.

However, as the series dragged on, I found myself getting really annoyed with the series. There are parts that are not fully explained, so you have to guess by examining the imagery carefully. Sometimes you have to go back and read past volumes just to get a sense of what you missed out. In the later volumes, I found myself staring at a some of the pages just trying to figure out what was going on. All I could make out were explosions, yet I got the feeling there were some small details on the page that were significant... Except I couldn't really find or see them. >_> That was pretty frustrating.

Maybe one day I'll go back to volume 1 and reread the whole series again. For now however, I remain somewhat disappointed in the entire series.

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I broke [personal profile] aslann's Xbox 360 today. >_> I was playing Super Street Fighter IV, and was trying to get used to Sakura's moves since I have an easier time playing with "fireball" characters (like Ryu and Ken) over "charge" characters (like Chun-Li and Guile). It's a little sad it ended up that way since Chun-Li was the only character I'd play in Street Fighter for the longest time.

Anyway, after practicing in Training mode for a bit, [personal profile] aslann suggested I try the Arcade mode on Easy to get a feel for things. I can do most of Sakura's moves if I concentrate, but I never really tried playing Street Fighter with a real strategy in mind. (I'm a button masher.)

So I started playing Arcade mode and my first fight was with... Hakan, the oil wrestler. Err... >_>

It was tempting to revert to button mashing, but I did use some of the special moves I learned. I beat him in two rounds, and just as I got my score with the winning quote from my character, the Xbox froze.

Um... Let's try this again...? I re-started the Xbox, loaded up Super Street Fighter IV again, start Arcade mode on Easy, and then tried to play again. No good. The Xbox freezes again in the beginning of the fight. At this point I figured I:

  1. Broke the Xbox, or
  2. Someone just didn't want me to play Street Fighter for the rest of the night.

[personal profile] aslann took a look at the Xbox which resulted in the oh-so-famous Red Ring of Death. ~_~ R.I.P. Xbox 360 #1.

Dec 5, 2010 Update: Well, [personal profile] aslann fixed the Xbox yesterday! He did some research online, and cleaned some parts before putting it all back together, and now it's back in action! He said he didn't even have to overheat it to clear the red ring status. o_O So, now I get to continue my Street Fighter IV training...

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This is a follow-up to my previous post about FFXI. It's a letter written for my linkshell. I'm posting it here for myself.

Good-bye FFXI. It was nice knowing you. )

Will I ever go back? Maybe, but the chances of that are small this time around. (I've already taken a 3-month break from FFXI before.) I haven't played FFXI this past month even though the month was fully paid for. Again: "I'm quitting because I find myself too disillusioned to continue." The game just isn't fun to me anymore.

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I hated the TV trailers for this movie. The TV trailers actually convinced me not to watch this movie in theaters since it made Sherlock Holmes look like some old fashioned version of James Bond (the movie version). Now, James Bond movies have good action scenes, but character development and story fall flat. The trailers for Sherlock Holmes made me think that the movie was just like a James Bond film: good action scenes, but terrible character development and bad story.

Another reason why I didn't like the trailers was because I read one Sherlock Holmes book when I was a kid. I loved the book. To me, the trailers did not match up to my memories of the book.

So when I sat down to watch the movie, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the story and character development weren't all that bad. I'm still not won over with the movie version of Sherlock Holmes, but I thought Dr. Watson was cool and the storyline was pretty good.

Though why did the only female lead character have to be a criminal?!

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I saw this at Kotaku after [ profile] aslan294 showed it to me. I don't remember the show very well, but I do remember enjoying it. Pretty sad that this happened; hope the person who did this gets caught!

Yes, I'm aware that the article indicates that odd things were happening with the writer, but that doesn't excuse the fact that he was killed! Also, the implication that his arm was cut off before he died? I wouldn't wish that on anyone.

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I've been thinking about quitting FFXI. The only thing that is keeping me from actually doing it is the friends I've made in the game. The game itself is going in a direction I dislike. Most of the new 'features' Square-Enix added to the game are features I don't care about or outright hate. Examples )

Add my disappointment with FFXIII, and I find myself doubting if I even want to stick around for FFXIV! That's with the promise of Nobou Uematsu composing the game music too. I may swear off the Final Fantasy series for good at this rate since my free time is precious. Can't say the same for a virtual item that may take 3+ years to get.

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I saw New Moon on DVD a few days ago. It was definitely not as good as the first movie. Oddly enough, I enjoyed watching it because I was making jokes about it while watching it with [ profile] aslan294 and his brother. Such as:

  • Why do the guys drive Bella home with her truck? Why doesn't Bella drive since she's perfectly capable of driving herself?!
  • Then when they arrive at Bella's house, they park her car and then walk or run away? (Leaving the truck behind.)
  • Edward pulled a Mamoru (aka Darien) from Sailormoon R. Insert smirk here.

One thing I really liked was how the werewolves looked. They're just freaking cool. <3 Unfortunately, they have hate management issues.

I still don't like Bella or Edward. Bella has a nice personality, but she's terribly shallow. (You're kinda beautiful. Can you be my rebound guy?)

I guess I liked the movie for the laughs it brought. :)

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On a Wednesday night back in April or March, I sat down to play FFXIII for the first time. I played for about an hour and 45 minutes. While I was excited about the game when I saw the TV commercials, I quickly found myself becoming rather unhappy with it. The gameplay, while pretty, was quite dull. The music? While it was okay, I have not found any track (so far) to be memorable. (Memorable as in, "I have GOT to get the soundtrack!", the first time I hear it. Examples: FFVIII, Chrono Trigger, Transformers The Movie)

The most annoying feature of the game... )

In summary, FFXIII = SE fail!

Edit: Also, more proof SE is just trying to milk more money from the fans rather than making quality games: Final Fantasy XIII Comes To iPhone As... An Artbook. Ya know, you could try selling an actual artbook. Like the one you did for FFXI?

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My company is in the process of hiring a web designer. We're a pretty small company, so all positions are for permanent, full-time employees (so far, anyway). Here are some interview tips in case you're looking for a job at the moment:

Interview Tips )

Good luck! :)

Nov. 5th, 2009 11:32 am
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I thought this website is pretty neat even though I haven't tried it out yet. It's like a free Photoshop in your web browser!

Only downside is privacy issues: how do you know the developer isn't going to save your work somewhere and then use it without your permission? Sounds bad, but there are lot of people with crappy morals out there. (Or they have good morals, but never stick to them!) Still it's pretty awesome. :)
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