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 on: Today at 06:42:49 PM 
Started by forgeforsaken - Last post by Soulchilde
Just watched the first episode of Trigrun and it didn't grab me... Will give it a few more episodes

Btw, my favorite anime is Fist of the North Star, The Guyver &  Ninja Scroll.  Love Ninja Scroll

 on: Today at 06:41:43 PM 
Started by hepcat - Last post by hepcat
On the one hand, I could see teaching firearm safety.  On the other, I can't see tying a child's progression through the education system to his ability to field strip an AK-47 for christ's sake.

Offer it as an option, fine.  Don't friggin' force it on kids.

 on: Today at 06:30:23 PM 
Started by Lee - Last post by Eco-Logic
Playing heroic now, first time I've felt challenged.  I'll beat it evetnually

 on: Today at 06:26:17 PM 
Started by forgeforsaken - Last post by kronovan
I like a lot of the titles and recommendations given . I personally mostly only watch what's on Netflix and what's free on crunchyroll.  A good part of my viewing is re-watching my favorite series/features via my anime library which is around 200 volumes. Occasionally I view via, which for those who aren't aware is a site with a huge selection of anime for free with the catch that they're only in Japanese with English subtitles - also has ads at the beginnning.  I mostly don't bother with that site though, because their hosting is poor and I frequently experience broken connections.

I'll 2nd Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040. I have the original BG and have to say, other than the middle 3 episodes directed by Masami Obari, 2040 is the better series. It's cyberpunk that's definitely influenced by Blade Runner, but instead of a gritty, middle-aged cop like Decker for a protagonist it has a team of young, attractive heroines decked out in cool, sexy power armor. The original is regarded as 1 of the formative animes for the whole power babes sub-genre. As well, instead of human-like replicants for enemies it has boomers which are sort of a cross between androids+robots+mini kaiju - many of them look pretty damn good. It's not for everyone, especially those who find power babes a turn off, but the characters in it are well done, with good depth to them and much of the Tokyo settings looks cool in a futuristic sort of way. To compliment the female protagonists there's also a special police agency which features a number of male characters that are in competition with the team of heroines to save the city/day. One of them (Leon) definitely seems to be inspired by Harrison Ford's Decker.

I like my mecha series too, but I have to say I'm not a big fan of Gundam. To me it's always seemed like Japan's mecha answer to Star Wars space opera and its Jedi Knights. Not to mention that the original 1979 series was IMO poor anime in just about every regard. That said, I do own and enjoy Mobile Suit Gundam the 8th MS Team and the 4 part Mobile Suit Gundam 0080 War in the Pocket. I prefer mecha anime that are bit more earthly and less space opera. That's probably why I'm not a huge fan of Macross with its protoculture either and why I liked Macross Plus the most out of anything in that series. Its for the same reasons I liked the 2 Gundam movies I listed above - the space opera elements are much more toned down and the characters and story stand out because of it.

I don't know if any of my favorite mecha series are on any of the hosting services, but these are them.

Original Patlabor TV series and the 3 Patlabor movies (Patlabor 1 the Movie, Patlabor 2 the Movie and WXIII Patlabor). Don't bother with the Patlabor OVA - it was mediocre IMO. What I like most about the series is that it takes a blue-collar approach to the mecha genre, in that the main characters are mecha pilots employed by the Tokyo police force. As a result, there's more of a focus on character and story than super-uber-hyperdimensional-humongous mecha. The quality of the animation and sound in the movies is impressive.

Detonator Orgun is very obscure 3 part OVA anime that came out in the early 90's. Unfortunately its N.A. distributor went bust and nobody picked up the license in the fire sale, so it's hard to find. Too bad because it's 1 very cool mecha anime with good animation, good characters and a Sci-Fi story with a really nice plot twist. It has its rough edges too like some disjointed scenes, misspelled text and a few instances of minimalistic treatment to the animation. Definitely worth watching if you like the mecha genre and can find it.

RahXephon. Don't even know where to begin describing it - it's 1 weird mecha anime. Some of the mecha are like high-tech renditions of ancient Egyptian statues and all of the mecha have booming audio attacks. The cast of characters and story is good and I personally feel it's a very underrated series. Again, don't know what hosting services it's on, but worth a viewing if it's available.

Some good anime I've watched recently on Netflix are Blood+, Eden of the East, Deathnote and D Gray Man.

 on: Today at 06:09:52 PM 
Started by Lee - Last post by Lee
I guess my complaint about Naxx is that I have no urge to play it again. I still have the heroic levels, but I don't really want to deal with the frustration. Unless there are Naxx quests, I can't see going back.

 on: Today at 06:05:10 PM 
Started by Lee - Last post by rittchard
I haven't played a whole lot of Hearthstone but I was able to beat the first boss with my crappy mage deck (after losing with my crappy priest deck), and then surprisingly I beat the 2nd and 3rd boss with my crappy priest deck (after losing with my crappy mage deck) lol.  All in all I really do like the idea behind this expansion, kind of a nice twist on the regular gameplay.

 on: Today at 06:01:53 PM 
Started by metallicorphan - Last post by rittchard
I am just really bad at FPS games it seems, the shooting part at least.  I took Warlock and for the life of me I can't seem to shoot well lol.  I ended up running up to bad guys and zapping them with the melee attack.  Do you think I'd be better off with a Titan?  Does this game have any contingency to  "grind" in any way to outlevel content to make things easier on poor souls like myself?  It did seem to allow me to keep killing one guy at a time and restart, which I suppose was kind of nice.

 on: Today at 05:44:09 PM 
Started by hepcat - Last post by wonderpug

Quote from: Gratch on Today at 05:22:41 PM

This pitch sounds pretty nutty, but it's worth noting that some countries do have forms of mandatory military training and service.  I was about to point out Germany as an example, but turns out they just got rid of the policy a few years ago.

 on: Today at 05:22:41 PM 
Started by hepcat - Last post by Gratch
NRA pitches the idea of "mandatory firearms training" in public schools that would be required for students to progress to the next grade.

Seriously...there are no words.

 on: Today at 05:21:13 PM 
Started by metallicorphan - Last post by Soulchilde

Quote from: Harpua3 on Today at 04:07:32 PM

Loved it. Uninstalled after hitting level 8 and doing most of what could be done. 9/9/14 is marked on my calendar.

reinstall - If you play on the 26th you'll get a badge/emblem when the game goes live, but you will only get it if you play this Saturday

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