Monday, February 14, 2011

Music Monday 2 - Pirates

When I have had free time this past week, and I'm not updating this blog.... I've been playing more League of Legends, in particular one of the free champions, Gangplank. My first game with him I went like 9/2/5 which is better than I normally do. After that it went downhill, but that is beside the point. As I was browsing through my Itunes library while waiting for the rest of the players to lock in, I found the perfect soundtrack to my pirate rampage, Alestorm.

Alestorm is a Scottish band that fits into a rather unique category, Pirate Metal. Why? Because it's heavy metal, and they sing almost exclusively about pirates. They are a rather new band, with only two albums out, the first, Captain Morgan's Revenge, is the one I own. They don't take themselves too seriously, and that I think is the reason it succeeds. It's just a fun album. I was on the fence about purchasing it for awhile, remember kids piracy is a crime, but I'm glad I did.

 
 

Rumor has it a third album is on it's way so start getting excited. I'm gonna shoot for an update every day this week, so wish me luck. Happy Valentine's Day.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Just a short story...

This is just an excerpt from my previously mentioned paper which sort of showcases my love of video games and some of my character.

In Junior High I felt the need to be a rebel. Of course no one could know about it, but I needed to prove to myself I was different. This need led to a couple friends and I playing Nintendo DS under our desks in class. Our teacher would prattle on about English or manners and we would be race each other in Mario Kart. There were a few close calls, but we never got caught. The closest I came to being caught actually came from me being a good kid. For some reason my friend had written a dirty word on my pouch, which I of course showed to the teacher. My pouch was temporarily confiscated and I was shunned by my friend. This was all made worse when I realized my DS was still in my pouch. I was scared out of my mind the entire day. Finally I was called down to the Dean of Discipline’s office and was handed a new pouch. He made me hold the new pouch open as he carefully put everything from my old pouch into the new one. A few pencils and markers, a pencil sharpener, little by little they appeared in his hand, and then, the game boy. He held it up for just a moment longer than the rest, but then he put it in the new pouch, and just like that I was free. That single day was enough to scare me away from playing games in class and crushed what little rebellion was in me.

Real updates are coming, I promise.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Another Lazy Post

This blogging stuff is harder than I anticipated. I have a list of roughly 75 topics I could potentially talk about, but getting them down on "paper" in a coherent manner is rather difficult. So no update yesterday, and a minor one today. So I figure I'll talk about my life so you understand partially why I seem so lazy.
We lost two school days last week because of the snowstorm of the decade so my teachers are rushing to regain lost ground. Tomorrow I have a paper about my experiences in the educational system due. I may post it here, it's still in draft form right now but I'm rather proud of it anyway.
Another project due tomorrow is a group presentation on being a number 5 on the Enneagram. If your not sure what that is you can find out more here. Most of it is bullshit, but I'll admit it is a somewhat useful contemplation tool. My partner and I have to talk for 13 minutes about how we fit the Observer persona, that ought to be a blast.
Finally, and this is the big one, I have to learn banjo. A friend who was a part of the school musical told me they need someone to play guitar/banjo and I volunteered. I have to say I severely underestimated the difficulty of Oklahoma.Its a LONG musical with a lot of chords I don't know. I'm also getting used to playing in a Orchestra, which is a rather big switch from my bedroom. I miss my guitar tabs already.
I guess what I'm trying to say is my life has been unexpectedly busy recently, and while I want to continue this blog, it's not the most important thing in my life right now. I'll get the hang of regular updates, eventually. Please vote in the poll so I have an idea what games will be most interesting. Here, I'll conclude with some feel good music from my favorite comedy movie. If you don't think it's the greatest song ever, I will fight you. That's no lie.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Music Monday 1 - Galneryus


As you can probably tell from the title, today is the first of a segment I'm gonna call "Music Monday." Every Monday I'll talk about some random band or album, sometimes anime/video game related, sometimes not. I listen to a little bit of every genre so I will try to diversify things.

I'll start off with Galneryus, a Japanese metal band. I discovered them through an anime called RIN ~Daughters of Mnemosyne~. I stopped watching it halfway through for some reason, which is a shame because it was really quite good. Both the ending and opening themes were preformed by Galneryus, but it was the opening "Alsatia" which really caught my attention.

Galneryus generally plays a more Neo-Classical metal style than this song, as I found out when I purchased their album Advance to the Fall. Still this song has remained one of my favorites, though I enjoy every track on the album. One track in particular, Dream Place , stands out with a segement after the solo that sounds suspiciously like Cannon Rock.

Galneryus' guitarist Syu is rapidly becoming one of my favorites. He did a series of instructional videos with Young Guitars I've been trying to get my hands on. Here is a sample of the video, an instrumental cover of their song, My Last Farewell.

Honestly, the only possible downside to this band is their vocalist. Maybe I'm just used to hearing "engrish" in anime, but I will say he does a better job of it than most voice actors I've heard. Anyway, if you like metal or shred guitar, check them out.

I Hope you enjoyed this music blog, I can see that at least two of you wanted one. I'll hopefully be back with another video game blog tomorrow.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Nyan Koi

Sorry about no update yesterday, it's been kind of a crazy week. Today I would like to review Nyan Koi, an anime I watched on the recommendation of a friend. I'm not sure if I'll take any more recommendations from him.

Nyan Koi tells the story of Junpei Kousaka, an unlucky guy who manages to break the head off of a cursed cat statue and is sentenced to help one hundred cats, or be turned in to a cat himself. Oh, did I mention he is deathly allergic to cats? So Junpei is forced into helping animals he can never get close to with whatever problems they might have. Generally the problems are pretty simple; I'm lost, My owner put me on a diet, write my master a thank you card. A few of them are more interesting though. In my favorite episode, a cat wants to get in shape to impress the cat he loves. This leads to a few Rocky like moments and a nasty prank when Junpei ignores the cat.

While all his cat problems unfold, Junpei must also dodge the advances of his rapidly growing harem. At the heart is of course Junpei and his crush on the cute, but oblivious, Kaede Mizuno. Both like each other, and both are unwilling to confess. The relationship is complicated with the reappearance of Junpei's childhood friend, Kanako Sumiyoshi. Kanako was perhaps the shows greatest failure. When we are introduced to her she is covered in war paint, struggling to be different. However she is taught a "valuable lesson" and then reverts back to the tried and true tsundere childhood friend. Junpei's harem doesn't stop there however, we are quickly introduced to a gender confused mafia don, a rather busty mail carrier, and my favorite characters, two shrine maiden twins. One of these is a lovably creepy stalker, the other is a lovable tsundere. Of course, there is also a rather large cast of cats, but I don't think Junpei is into that sort of thing.

The animation serves its purpose rather well. The backgrounds are detailed and colorful and provide a good backdrop for the events onscreen. There are a few moments when quality seems to slide a bit, but not enough to really detract from the show.

As for music, I make it a point to watch the op and ed at least twice each, for the first and last episode. Other than that, neither where memorable enough for me to watch more than a few times. The background music served its purpose I guess, so well though I can't even remember what it was. The voice acting however was excellent. Care was taken to provide each character with a unique voice that helped bring each of them to life.

In conclusion, I give Nyan Koi a very average 3/5. If you're a fan of harem anime, or just a fan of cats, you might want to check this out. Otherwise, there are much better options out there.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

A Short Update

I'm currently enjoying my second day off school for blizzard like conditions, which is awesome; except for the whole shoveling two driveways covered with several feet of snow and my sinuses acting up, which lead to a massive headache last night. Other than that, I've been playing League of Legends almost nonstop; except for Tuesday when it was down and then took 8+ hours to patch. My head is starting to hurt again though so I'm going to go lie down, hopefully I'll feel better tonight and will be able to post something more substantial.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale

In Recettear you are Recette Lemongrass, a small girl who has inherited her missing father's item shop. You must manage your shops inventory and appease both your customers and a tiny fairy named Tear, who represents a company who will kick you out to live in a box if you fail to meet the weekly payment. The following screenshots will show the general feel of the game.




Yeah, that's pretty much how it is. In addition to all the item selling, there is an extensive dungeon system. You can use one of eight champions to battle your way through a total of six dungeons with roughly one thousand floors total. If all the cuteness doesn't make your head explode you will find an excellent rpg with plenty of re-playability, well worth the $15. In closing, a little public service announcement.