vangirl: (Orochimaru: Rebirth)
undead vampiric blue spacegoat. in plate. ([personal profile] vangirl) wrote2011-10-18 07:05 pm

I am Van's pet snakeman.


Anyway, the job hunt has been going. I've been getting interviews but have had terrible luck getting the jobs (I did manage to completely botch an interview last week that I'm still in DEEP SHAME about soooob) but I've still been floating on the money I've saved up so the situation isn't completely dire just yet.

Mouse has been adjusting slowly. She's been better about coming out of my room and hanging out in the living room, so long as Ren is asleep. She'll actually approach Garnet for play time (and vice versa) but they never seem to want to play at the same time. And she's apparently been hanging out with [personal profile] cypher before zie goes to work, which is rather impressive given that we've been here two months and it took Mouse years before she'll approach Mom or Shea for cuddles.

In other news: rambling about consumption of media!

I played and beat Tales of Vesperia a...while ago. And forgot to post about it properly!

One thing I feel the game did fantastically well was the party dynamics. Tales is known for its endearing main casts and I feel that Vesperia is probably the best Tales game I've played on this front. Brave Vesperia was a wonderful found family that would go to the ends of the world for their members and I just adored it. I loved the sibling dynamics Yuri had with Estelle and Karol (as well as Rita and Karol's bickering and teasing sibling dynamic) and I loved the sort of father/uncle figure that Raven played...and I loved Judith and Ba'ul.

Even the flying sky whale was part of the family.

I even managed an OTP: Rita/Estelle~ I love how their relationship was just. there, and was healthy and supportive. And you know, queer and canon. (I am sure there are fans that would try to insist otherwise but. clearly, they are doing it wrong.) Flynn and Yuri were also really fantastic for this 'queer and canon' thing and they even hit on some of my pings. I think the only reason I'm not shipping them harder is because I am apparently being contrary. I'll get over it though.

The plot did feel a bit unpolished to me though. [personal profile] thunderedge told me it was because the XBox version was rushed and the PS3 version is supposedly more 'complete'. It was still a disappointment to play a game and know it was considered unfinished in a sense.

...I also did not much care for the villains, though [personal profile] cypher warned me that they would be a bit disappointing. Mainly I'm disappointed by how...familiar some of the monologuing from the Act II villain was. I wonder if anyone can guess who I meaaaan.

OVERALL THOUGH: Vesperia was fun and I'm glad I had the chance to play it.

I watched Baccano! recently at [personal profile] cypher's insistence, and I found myself wondering why the hell did I wait so long? Immortal 1920s mafia! Fun, playful violence that is completely unapologetic about it! Terrible, horrible things happening to children!

Oh yes, and intriguing storytelling with fantastically written characters.

But mostly unrepentant gore and violence.

It was a fantastic experience.

On a more serious note, I loved Ladd and Lua. Normally I don't care for DOMINANT MANLY MEN/submissive quiet female dynamics but apparently I'm all for them when they're over the top and clearly unhealthy as hell. Instead of, you know, being considered genuinely romantic and The Way Things Are.

Though I suppose there is something romantic about a guy that will kill you last.

I started reading Naruto before I moved and it's been...slow going. Mainly the huge chapter count has been intimidating me. As of right now I'm on chapter 288...out of 550-something. orz Given my past track record with shounen though, I've been doing well! It usually doesn't take long for my interest to peter out on shounen but I keep reading because I want to see how this all ends.

I tried hard not to, but I love Naruto and Sasuke and their friendly rivalry, and how far Naruto will go for Sasuke.

I love how Naruto has so much faith in people and his ability to jesus them with his fists.

I love Sakura's character development, from a boy-obsessed girl to a young woman who will punch you down.

I love the overall message that you should try your best, without the condescending belief that that's all you need. You will try your best and sometimes you will fail, but you deserve respect for trying anyway. That is more realistic, and ultimately more positive, message than what you see in most other media that focuses hard on TRY HARDER AND WIN.

I also really really really love the body horror omg. (Hello, using your VERY BONES AS WEAPONS? Kimimaro, why was your time so short? ;_;) And just.


...It likely surprises no-one that I go for the snake ninja who desires the bodies of little boys (yes, his look out for a new body? they phrase it like that), given my track record but um. Yes. *___*

There is a reason he is my current icon.

And for the last, I recently started Final Fantasy XIII. I think the last FF game I played was VII? (I played some of X but never beat it.) It's really fun to see the massive leap in improvement, in both graphics and gameplay.

I'm into disc two currently and recently gained Fang in my party. Right now I am adoring the characters, even if they have their ridiculous moments (and probably I love them because they're a bit ridiculous) and the plot that is supposedly very 'huh what' is still fascinating to me. I intrigued by the sort of 'countdown to body horror' fear that the l'Cie have to deal with, and how they are pushed so far to deal with it.

And uh, the fact that 2/3rds of the females in your party are fucking badass warrior types? And you get a cute short shouta mage/healer type? THANK YOU, SQUAREENIX. THIS IS WHAT I LIKE TO SEE. Gold star for taking that step away from gender essentialism in RPGs! Though in retrospect, they have been pretty good on that front, what with characters like Tifa and all. It's just nice to see more of that.

(AND MORE CANON LESBIANS. I have not actually seen Fang and Vanille interact beyond that one flashback, but it is so obvious from the way they care about each other. This is also a trend I approve of in RPGs. ;_;)

Don't have a lot of concrete thoughts (as though this post has anything concrete), but I will say that I'm having fun now that I'm properly enjoying a Final Fantasy again after...six years? Damn, I'm excited to enjoy more of this game.
cypher: (i love a snake in uniform)

[personal profile] cypher 2011-10-19 02:20 am (UTC)(link)
Yessss that is the best thing about Ladd and Lua. They take those het roles to their unhealthy conclusion.

Also I am so right there with you on Orochimaru. You know I went poking around his tag on pixiv last night and couldn't find any art that was as hot as that official piece? I AM DISAPPOINT, FANDOM. :<
lynndyre: Fennec fox smile (snuggle)

[personal profile] lynndyre 2011-10-19 05:12 am (UTC)(link)
Rita and Estelle are totally canon. Yuri even namesmooshes them in one of the skits. ♥

I would desperately love to play the PS3 version, not just for playable Flynn and Patty's entire storyline- apparently the third act is filled out a lot, and there's another dungeon. And you can make Flynn wear puppy ears and a tail, to cater to Yuri's kemonomimi kink.

FF XIII is on my shelf for when I have time to be eaten by gaming again - I'm glad to hear good things about the characters.
xcupidxstuntx: (Default)

[personal profile] xcupidxstuntx 2011-10-19 09:33 am (UTC)(link)
Oooh yes, the subtext in Vesperia, oh my. My eight-year-old sister watched me play through a good portion of it and even she picked up on the unsubtle hints that Yuri and Flynn had a special kind of friendship (the tent scene, and Raven's comments spring to mind, as well as the whole Sodia thing).

I'm really hoping they'll eventually localise the PS3 version, hopefully Graces and Xillia's popularity might convince Namdai that it's a worthwhile pursuit (especially as apparently Yuri's VA said he recorded extra lines for it, so maybe it's in the works?)

And, while I've fallen out of the Naruto fandom, Sakura's character development has a special place in my heart. It was really heartwarming to see her struggle to be a better person and ninja, and to grow mentally as well as physically in order to better protect the people she cares for.
nursewretched: (A little night music...)

[personal profile] nursewretched 2011-10-19 02:05 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah, I'm pretty sure I screwed up my job interview last week as well, so ah, you are not alone at least? :D

Ah, I need to rewatch Baccano! I remember liking all the dynamics between the different couples and how their relationships actually felt different from each other, if that makes sense.
mitsuhachi: (Default)

[personal profile] mitsuhachi 2011-10-19 11:36 pm (UTC)(link)
skjf;lasdhgsdgh YES. FF13, I so concur with every point. I can't wait to get far enough to see Fang and Vanille interact in the present time. And I am so hardcore in love with Light I seriously just flail every time she's onscreen. And as for Hope... well, honestly, I was totally expecting to hate him and Snow both, because they both look like they're going to hit that man-child frat-boy thing, but actually? Completely charmed by them both. So thrilled with it. <3

And unf. Orochimaru is the posterchild for badtouch and I LOVE it. The anime just makes it that much worse, too--there's a shot in the opening that you may have seen already where Sasuke is naked and being molested by snakes while Orochimaru makes creepy eyes in the background. I still look at that and cannot fucking believe its for real.<3
cephy: (Default)

[personal profile] cephy 2011-10-20 12:15 am (UTC)(link)
:D Glad you enjoyed Vesperia! And Baccano. Both are deserving of love. I still have hope that I might get to play the PS3 version of Vesperia someday.

I have not yet experienced Naruto (largely for the same reason; holy crap backlog), but it is something I keep meaning to look into....

I... still haven't finished XIII! *sheepish*

*huuug* re: interviews.