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Actual Adventure Time S1 thoughts


Okay, this time I actually watched the whole season.

Revised opinion: after episode 6, either it gets better or my brain has gotten more receptive to the show. Because the first 6-ish episodes didn't do much for me, but I definitely had 2-3 laugh out loud moments per episode in the remainder of the season.

Also the instances of the minor setting-spoiler I mentioned in my last post become more frequent, so that made me happy. Fuel for epileptic trees, yay!

And at first I was all, yes yes, you are making a satire of the Aesop-like fables of my childhood cartoons, very clever,  shame you don't have anything else to hold my interest, the GI Joe overdubs in ~2003 did this with far more hilarity. But in the later episodes, there are a few jokes I've not seen done before, that I didn't anticipate before they happened, and that's awesome.

I get really annoyed when I can pick the joke miles ahead of it actually occurring (it's one reason why I love the GI Joe overdubs, I had no idea what they were going to run with next). And at first I found AT to be a little predictable in its surreal humour but it does seem to have built on itself over the duration of the season, and there were a few gag subversions I really appreciated. Or maybe the writers were allowed more freedom to experiment with the show after the first half of the season had established they were onto a good concept. Or maybe my brain has turned to mush and I'm now simply more easily amused.

I know I sound like a total snob here "Oh it's not unpredictable enough for my giant brain," well, you're right. I'm a surreal comedy snob. And I am okay with this :P

(If you want humility, ask me about something I suck at, like playing first person games (doesn't have to be shooters, but I get really disoriented and twitchy in any first person gaming experience - I hated navigating Myst, for example). I was so glad that Fallout 3 let you choose what mode you wanted to play in. I would have forced myself through it regardless, but it was a lot less painful being able to see my on-screen avatar).


Edit: Okay, I thought it was the whole series, but apparently it was just the first five episodes of about 12. Whoops. I've now watched the rest and have changed my opinion a little.

Please note: there is a vague setting-spoiler in here (hidden), but it is a spoiler on the same level as saying "There are aliens in Star Trek." While you can sit down to watch a show about outer space and not see aliens (Red Dwarf to an extent, for example) it is not a surprise to discover they form part of the setting.

People kept telling me I would love Adventure Time.

However I was not particularly surprised to find out I don't :P

PERSONAL TASTE DISCLAIMER: The following is my personal reaction to a show, and does not invalidate any enjoyment you may have had from it. Sigh :P

I don't hate it, but the only thing I've really enjoyed isMinor setting spoilerCollapse )in between the scenes of what to me felt like pretty uninspired surrealism. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei / FLCL / Azumanga Daioh / Better off Ted S1 win over AT in terms of surreal humour by a long, long shot.

I'm picking on the surrealism just because I'm pretty certain that's why people were recommending the show to me. Animation quality, character design etc - no problems. If you just want to watch an adult's cartoon with dark toilet humour, it's probably gold.

To me it's kind of like a prettier, less grungy version of Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Which also fell flat for me, with the exception of the hilarious 15 seconds with the mad scientists prior to the intro credits and, well, the actual show.

Basically, my surrealism needs to be flavoured with something else I like, it doesn't tend to stand on its own.

So the equation for me is:

  • wank (intellectual) + surreal = gold
    (Examples: Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei (social commentary), FLCL (one giant, creative metaphor... also, robots <3))

  • adorable + surreal = gold
    (Azumanga Daioh, Better off Ted, SZS + FLCL on occasion - YMMV)

  • horror/mythos + surreal = gold
    (Hellsing, a lot of Lovecraft-inspired stories, some Dark Horse comic franchises)

  • fart jokes + surreal = meh
    (Adventure Time, Aqua Teen Hunger Force)

That said, I've only watched Season One, and I will give the others a shot at some point, but yeah. It's not bad. I can see why a lot of my friends like it. But it is just not wanky/adorable/dark enough for me.


Sucker for cuteness


You know the writing for your otome game is going well when you start wanting to hug your own characters... Eh-heh.

I have been sick all week, and can't spend much time looking at screens without a headache, but find using my DS Lite is just fine. So I played English-patched versions of Tokimeki Memorial: Girl's Side and Tokimeki Memorial: Girls Side 2. For research purposes :P Man, they've stumbled on a setup that will basically make them money for many years to come. They pretty much just swapped out the character graphics and dialogue of the first game with that of the second, retaining all the same gameplay and mostly the same interface. And it works.

Tempted to buy the Japanese versions because I'm reinforcing a lot of the spoken language playing these, even though I get to cheat with the translated text. The patch can't successfully replace all kanji though, so I've definitely been reinforcing the kanji for 'left' and 'right' a whole lot in the chocolate making mini game...

I get excited about little details too, like discovering that the Japanese use the loan word for 'mitochondria' but they have their own word for 'chloroplast'. Makes sense given mitochondria were discovered more recently than the latter.

Although this game makes me wish I had fancy art skills, as I want fanart of my favourite star-gazing megane. I'm going to channel some of his adorkable vibe for one of my characters, mwahahahahahah!

High school settings are so annoying, though. I mean, great structure for a game, but MEH. Going to high school once was enough for me. Definitely prefer games that cover other aspects of life. Or other universes. I want my escapism to be as escape-y as possible! If I'm going to relive high school, it should be on a space station run by humans cut off from Earth temporarily who have to negotiate regularly with the local aliens to keep their supplies of raw minerals going. Hmmm, maybe that should be my next setting.

I'm definitely more a visual novel person than a sim person. If I'm going to play through multiple scenarios, I want very different stories, not the same stat-grinding interspersed with occasional CG to differentiate the experience.

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World of Adventure
This morning I left the house in traditional manga schoolchild style: with a piece of plain toast hanging out of my mouth that would become my rushed breakfast.

I was, however, careful not to run with said toast in mouth. Because everyone knows if you do that, then you'll tear around the corner and bump into some stranger, making your schoolbooks go everywhere. You'll hurriedly scoop everything up before bowing quickly - "Sorry!" - and rushing onwards.

Then you burst into class, just on time, to find a seat at the back before your eccentric and rather suspicious teacher (that or an oblivious and perpetually excitable teacher) begins the class.

Then, to your COMPLETE SURPRISE, a new kid enters the class and is introduced by the teacher. GASP! It's that person you bumped into before! And it turns out they're from the future/past/dimensionX and they're here to awaken your super powers/challenge you for the right to rule the universe/tease you recklessly even though they're secretly in love with you all along.

Then you'll discover your memories are all false and you're really the long-lost descendant of a noble/magical/alien people with abilities to change the world - and your whole school is going to be the stage for your utterly hilarious and heart warming coming of age story. You'll overcome horrific and challenging obstacles and face amazing odds, but in the end you'll succeed and finally achieve the ultimate spirit bomb/merging of two universes/saving your world from destruction.

...Excuse me, I have to go find some toast and sprinting shoes.

I can hear sleighbells

There is definitely no Christmas-ing happening in my general vicinity at present (although I noticed the shops have put tinsel up already) so I'm going to chalk that one up to some sort of odd late night auditory hallucination. Or maybe this house was built on an ancient reindeer burial ground.

Date with an intergalactic murder machine

Sexy Victim of History
I... really need to share this crazy Mass Effect dream I had this morning while avoiding getting out of bed to go to work.

This comes out pretty much like fanfic. As it was my dream, it's Mary-Sue, but - I'd like to know what other people make of it.

Will only make sense if you have finished Mass Effect 2 or higherCollapse )

...And then I woke up!

NPC day

World of Adventure
Ever feel like someone cut your animation sequences and you only have five alternating lines of dialogue?
So I finished Mass Effect 3 on Saturday morning. My thoughts on the game in the LJ-cut below. 

Bioware says "just wait until you see what we have in store DLC-wise!" I... hope they mean it. I'm sad it's all over (even though I still have my second Shepard run-through remaining).

Naturally, pretty much everything I say in the LJ cut contains massive spoilers for the entire series.
Do not read until you have completed Mass Effect 3!Collapse )

Stars, countless in number!

I am wearing a shirt with a sepia-tone picture of the galaxy on it.

Which is all well and good, except that every time I look down, I think I'm wearing a shirt covered in crumbs.
Sexy Victim of History
If you were speed-dating and wanted to choose a song to represent yourself to your potential future date, what track would you choose?

I would use this song :D

Although possibly that would be my outro, and one of the many versions of this track would be my intro!

That second track has quite an interesting background, which you can read here on Wikipedia. I'm certain I first heard it in one of its Looney Tunes incarnations.

I also love that I was able to successfully Google that second track within two searches. The successful  keywords were "assembly line music". I'd never known what the track was called until today.

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