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Sakura-con 2013 Loot

My loot from Sakura-con 2013 so far, are basically Reki Kawahara’s signature. Yes, I finally paid tribute to the creator of my addiction. 😀

One on my Dengeki Bunko magazine vol. 26.

One on my Accel World Official 4 koma Anthology.

And lastly, on my Accel World Vol.08 blu-ray.

I think I was one of the few that actually have Accel World related goods (saw one or two people with Accel World light novels). Everybody else had SAO related goods (mostly posters, some light novels, etc). Too bad they restricted to only 1 item per person, although that’s understandable considering how many people were lining up for the signature.

The signature booth setup is pretty neat too, having some cos-players at the back standing (all are SAO cos-players though). Silica is cute! On the second day, she had a Pina plushie on her head! 😀 The focus seems to be on Sword Art Online. Heck, I only saw 1 girl cos-playing as Kuroyukihime throughout the convention, while there are countless of Kiritos and Asunas.

Anyway, seeing Reki Kawahara in person is worth the trip. 🙂 I wonder how surprised he is seeing how many people are into SAO.

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Posted by on March 30, 2013 in anime, convention

 

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Vividred Operation Ep 10 Censorship

Just watched Vividred Operation episode 10. This is probably the episode with the most obvious censorship, and rightfully so.

First, I saw this.

I was like huh? They tried to blend in the censor with the red eye of the crow, which is hilarious by itself. But why? Rei is wearing a towel. I mean what are they trying to cover here? It’s not like… well of course, this happens later:

Whoops, don’t drop that towel Rei! I mean come on, do they have to drop her towel? Worse, now it’s like the crow’s eye shoot a laser that flip off her towel…

-_-; … yeah

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2013 in anime, censorship

 

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Accel World: The Peak of Acceleration PSP Review #accel_world

Finally cleared Accel World Kasoku no Chouten, first run. This is the second game form the franchise Accel World, the first being Ginyouki no Kakusei. Just like the first game, it is available for both the PS3 and PSP, and the special edition of the game includes the EX 02 OVA. I bought the PSP version again as it is cheaper, and portable.

**WARNING: There will be spoilers.

Kasoku no Chouten is a direct sequel to Ginyoku no Kakusei. The story started right after the first game, with Phase 07, with Kuroyukihime senpai telling everybody that she’s going to London after graduation. Remember how the first game skipped the Chrome Disaster arc and went straight to the Dusk Taker Arc? Well, Chrome Disaster arc is here now. Similar story, with the Nega Nebulus team helping Niko to fight Chrome Disaster. The story also continues to Haru being infected with the Disaster Armor, although Haru managed to overcome it rather quickly, enhancing Silver Crow with gold trimmings. The story also covers the Space Elevator race. They really crammed in a lot of stuff.

And yes, looks like there won’t be a third game. Why? The story ended. Yes, the battle for level 10. Black Lotus is kicking ass. And yes, that screenshot that was uploaded on the net is true. Kuroyukihime and Haruyuki finally got together, and we have Yayoi Arita. 🙂

Now I don’t know if there are alternate endings or whatnot as this is my first run. In magazines and website, I saw pictures of Cyan Disaster and White Cosmos, but I don’t see them in the game.

If you have the first game’s saved file in your memory stick, the game will let you use it to get some money bonus and access to the first game’s gallery (only the CGs you have cleared will be shown though). The mini games are there, but you have to buy them.

For the most part, Kasoku no Chouten retains a lot of the mechanics of Ginyoku no Kakusei. Again, to those new to the franchise, this is NOT a fighting game. This is a dating simulation/adventure game, where you will be mostly seeing the characters talking and pressing the circle button to see the next dialogue/scene. Majority of the gameplay is the same. You have the adventure mode where you talk with the characters, then you have the dating simulations where you go on dates, and the same rock-scissor-paper Brain Burst battles. They did add some more features to Kasoku no Chouten that makes the game more enjoyable.

First of all, Brain Burst battles in the first game are pretty much pointless. They don’t add anything to the gameplay as your character’s stats are hard-coded to the story. Heck, it was so pointless that you can skip all battles in the game plus mode. In Kasoku no Chouten, performing Brain Burst battles will actually level up your stats. They also introduces Akihabara Battle Ground (BG), the tournament for Burst Linkers in episode 21. Battling in Akihabara BG will net you some money. Unlike the Brain Burst battles, your stats won’t improve much, and sometimes you won’t gain any additional points at all. Also, you can only do this once per day. This is primarily used to get money quickly, especially later in the game where the gifts are expensive. And yes, remember the name Prussian Stiletto. You will be fighting her most in the game as she is the one with the most reward money.

The game also brings in territory battles, where you will pick an area to do a 3 on 3 tag battle. It doesn’t really add anything to the story per se, but you can recruit additional members for the legion. This is also the only way the other Nega Nebulus members to level up their stats. Only the members that you pick as a team will get the points though.

This creates an imbalance gameplay-story relation. Since you, the player, can do Brain Burst battles as much as you want, Silver Crow will be pretty much the strongest duel avatar. This is especially true later when you are maxing out your stats. All the level 9 kings are nothing against Silver Crow. I mean I pretty much up to the point that I am defeating anybody in two to three turns with my basic attacks. This kinda distorts the game’s story, as while you kick ass during the battles, the story telling reflects otherwise. I guess it reminds you that the focus of this game is not fighting, it’s the dating simulation.

The background music includes some updated arranged tracks, but they are pretty much the same as the first game. I really wish they used the anime OST. They use the second anime opening, Altima’s Burst of Gravity, for the opening of the game. Unlike the first game, looks like they improved the video encoding as it is as smooth as the regular anime now. Also, just like the first game, all the anime seiyuu are here. In addition, we have Utai Shinomiya (Ardor Maiden) voiced too. Alas, Rin Kusakabe is not here, which is ironic as she appears in the EX 02 OVA. Oh, and just like the first game, each character does the piracy warning. Utai’s one is extremely cute!

As for the graphics, well, it is mostly the same. The characters have new wardrobe, but no variety (ie. school uniform, one casual, and a swimsuit. That’s it). Many of the scenes in the accelerated world are now replaced with static images instead of the 3D models. The images are definitely better than the poorly textured 3D models, but it cheapens the game. The CGs are superb, as usual, done with the same style as the anime.

Overall, I enjoyed the game. Of course, I am highly biased as I am a fan of the franchise. Kasoku no Chouten is definitely a better game than Ginyoku no Kakusei, an improved sequel. 9 out of 10. As usual, like most anime-based dating simulation games, this is a game for the fans. If you are not a fan, don’t bother. If you expected a fighting game, look elsewhere.

What saddens me is the fact that they are ending the story, despite the light novel is still ongoing. It is clear that there won’t be a third game, unless they do a reboot/different timeline, or maybe Magisa Garden. Does this mean we may not see season 2 of the anime? 😦 At the same time, they did introduce Utai, complete with her own seiyuu. Maybe there is hope. In any case, this is it for Accel World game. Below is the last scene of the game. Hime: “I love you, Haruyuki-kun.” Yeah, they still don’t say Kuroyukihime’s real name despite the story ending. -_-;

The End.

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2013 in impression, review, video game

 

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To Aru Kasoku no Sekai (English sub) #accel_world

My first experiment with aegisub, a software for subtitling. I’m a complete n00b here, so I have no idea how to do those fancy animated subtitle. All I could do was experimenting with the karaoke feature, since it is built-in to the program.

Youtube version:

Once I competed the subtitle using aegisub, there was the challenge on how to create a hard-sub on the video. Aegisub standard output is .ass file. It allows you to export it to .srt, but you lose all the formatting, fonts, karaoke, and color, so that is useless. I thought of using handbrake, but handbrake only supports .srt for its subtitle input. After digging around further, finally I stumbled upon a program called avidemux. Actually, I was somewhat familiar with this program in the past for transcoding videos. Lo and behold, it has a filter to apply a .ass subtitle file on a video. Alas, it is Windows only, but it works. 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2013 in anime, music video

 

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Accel World Ep 24 Censorship #accel_world

I posted before about censorship in Accel World ep 4. But let’s face it, what people are more curious about is probably this, from the final episode.

Now that the final volume of the DVD/Blu-ray is already out, here it is, the uncensored version.

Well, there you go. 😀 It’s not a big deal, but the bloom that they did on the broadcast version did feel a bit overkill, taking over almost half of the screen, and to cover basically nothing. I mean it’s not like they drew the girls’ nipples or something.

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2013 in anime, censorship

 

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To Aru Kasoku no Sekai #accel_world

Been watching To Aru Kagaku no Railgun, and I fell in love with the first ending song, Dear My Friend -まだ見ぬ未来へ- by Elisa. The song is sublime, and the lyrics is great too. Well, seems like a perfect fit for Accel World. So I made an alternate OP for Accel World using the song. ^_^

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2013 in anime, music video

 

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