sa07 isn’t just a series of boss fights, it’s art, dammit

5 10 2010

Alternatively, hum “Rocket Man” here.

Two drastically different scenes, ready to kick off the start of Second Age 07 – Neighbors. We’ll meet new friends, see a return of old friends, and explore a wide variety of locales across the world that I didn’t feel like writing entire chapters about. It’s going to be a wild ride, and I hope you enjoy it. I also hope I can write enough in advance not to be pulling this last-minute act again.

Feedback welcome, as always.

In personal life news, been watching more animu, trying to track down recent shows and fansubs. I totally lost track of the anime scene for years and years and years and… well, I’m hardly back IN track of it, but I am morbidly curious about a few new shows that have been coming out. K-On! being the start of that.

Craziest thing I’ve seen so far is Panty & Stocking With Garter Belt, which sounds like a hentai anime but is more along the lines of some balls-crazy experimental gonzo Adult Swim comedy project. It’s the first time I’ve seen japanese anime daring to break out of the stock art style that it’s been shunted through for decades. (No doubt there are other examples, just, y’know, first time I’VE seen it.) It’s quite stupid yet wacky and I wouldn’t mind watching more.

Most pedestrian pile of crap I’ve seen so far is the new Iron Man anime series by Marvel and supposedly written by Warren Ellis. You wouldn’t know it from watching this plodding piece of dung. Crap dialogue. Terrible soundtrack. Uninspiring and obviously CG powered mecha fighting. This is design-by-committee at its worst, folks, and is must not see TV.

On the gaming side of things, I am ITCHING with anticipation for Rock Band 3. Which is crazy, because it’s not like it does things that differently from the Rock Band disc already in my console. But the prospect of new songs, new and more structured goal based play, and being able to re-earn things instead of just piling more ‘fans’ on my existing band with no purpose… and that sweet, sweet keyboard… itch. ITCH. ITCH ITCH ITCH ITCH ITCH

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6 10 2010
lirazel

Oh, THANK you for using the original meaning of “gnome”. As well as the cute meaning, of course. I suspect that a seven-foot-tall gnome would not “fly”, as it were, in spite of prior (*ahem*CaptainCarrot*ahem*) precedent. And an interesting and mildly annoying speech pattern!
Also, Welcome Wagon! Very interesting idea. Sort of like the satellite we sent out a while ago with inscriptions that should be understandable by creatures with “intelligent” minds.

6 10 2010
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

Wheedle the Royal Know-It-All appears also in sa01/fs01, as the “Q” like guy who gives the Forsaken Shores team their gear. I’ve been meaning to use him since then, but never had a good opportunity. He’ll be making at least one more appearance later on, since NASA also will figure prominently in the last Second Age story.
The Welcome Wagon definitely was inspired by Voyager and such. And hopefully won’t come back as a massive cosmic entity calling itself V’GER.

7 10 2010
eyeless1

Bender: “New crew? Well, what happened to the old crew?”
Professor Hubert Farnsworth: “Oh, those poor sons of bi… But that’s not important! What is important is that I need a new crew!”

7 10 2010
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

Another comment! *bursts into tears of joy* *gives you cookies and tea and a comfortable chair and crowds you to keep you from leaving the journal*
That’s the vibe I was going for. Adventuring! You’re either a grand master of it, or a gooey spray.

8 10 2010
eyeless1

And it highlights how lucky the other crews have been, with people only temporarily dying, instead of dying all permanently. :)

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