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Ruby Madness Day 1: Everyone Gets a Title (Or Five)

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Nov 21 2014 · 128 views
Ruby Madness
I went to a midnight event to pick up Ruby and Smash, though I needed to sleep afterwards. This morning I started Ruby, and Trainer Omega started on his journey! He soon found that Professor Birch was in trouble, and to save him, Omega teamed up with his very first Pokémon.

TEAM PROFILE: Gadunka the Mudkip
TITLES: The Starter, The Meme
Omega’s very first Pokémon! The two have already formed a close bond, and they are ready to take on the world! When Omega walks around towns, Gadunka will walk behind him and play with the local folks. She is well-liked.

After that, Omega met May and battled and caught a few more Pokémon, learning how to use the very nifty DexNav that he probably won’t rely on a whole lot but still admits is super, super cool. He also used Pokémon Link to get a ton of extra Poke Balls. Turns out that Linking things from the demo only works once a day, which is kind of a bummer, but not really a big deal. As Omega was on his way out, someone stopped him at the Pokémon Center, giving him a new Pokémon.

TITLES: The Shiny Psuedo-Legend, The Other Starter, Chief Recruiting Officer
An extremely rare Pokémon that someone named Steven Stone had delivered to Omega very early on in his journey. Beldum hasn’t completely warmed up to Omega yet, but they are exceedingly curious and can often be seen hovering over the shoulder of Omega or their teammates.

The Shiny Metagrossite-holding Beldum can be obtained over the Internet via Mystery Gift until mid-January, and it actually knows useful moves (including Hold Back) rather than just Take Down! Hold Back has proved immensely useful in catching Pokémon, with two other important team members being brought on board thanks to it.

TEAM PROFILE: Falzar the Nuzleaf
TITLES: The Dreamer, Gym Slayer
A young Pokémon Omega met and captured as a Seedot near the beginning of his journey. She has a bashful nature, but despite this, Falzar hides a limitless determination, which is why Omega decided to name her after a ferocious creature of legend. Falzar likes to spar with the rest of the team—her record wasn’t looking so good at first, but now that she’s evolved and learned Razor Leaf, she can usually get the upper hand on Gadunka.

TEAM PROFILE: Icarus the Tailow
TITLE: The Doomed
A Tailow who encountered Omega early in his journey. Omega knew a Flying type would be useful, but feared that he would not keep a Pokémon like Tailow or Wingull on his team for very long, and so was reluctant to catch one. In battle, Bledum expressed this to Icarus, who decided that, even if he might end up in a PC before too long, he wanted to help Omega and the team for as long as he could. Even if he may not get much time with the team, he is determined to enjoy what time he does have.

Icarus had some training in the Petalburg Woods, and is at a decent level. Beldum’s level is a little low, but that’s because they won’t obey me if they go over Level 20 and I want to use them against Brawly, so…they’re holding back for now. It was difficult to train Falzar at first, since she had no usable moves (Bide, Harden, Growth), but that all changed in Rustboro City. By this point, Omega had received the EXP Share, so the whole team was benefitting while Gadunka was sweeping the Rustboro Gym Trainers and their Geodudes. When the last trainer was defeated, Falzar evolved, learning Razor Leaf in the process, so it was decided that she would lead the battle against Roxanne to prove how much she had grown.

She took the Gym Leader down all on her own. She needed a Potion or two, but she absolutely obliterated Roxanne’s Pokémon, earning her the title of Gym Slayer (subject to change). We celebrated as a team, but it seems that shady organization calling themselves Team Magma is up to something, so I should look into that before too long. But…maybe after taking a break to watch Korra and play Smash.

NEW TITLE ACQUISITION: For Omega, "Bearer of the Stone Badge"

When thinking about Omega’s character in all this, I thought that he might wonder if he was going on a Pokémon journey just to follow in his father’s footsteps, and question whether or not this is really want to do. But then, he’d look over at Gadunka and Falzar sparring with each other, with Beldum floating nearby and Icarus perched on Beldum’s back, and the happy feelings that would fill him would be too genuine to deny. He’s on this journey because it’s what he wants. And there you go, the first piece of his identity falls into place.


Ruby Madness Day 0: The Madness Begins (...Soon)

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Nov 20 2014 · 135 views
Ruby Madness
As you may or may not know, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are releasing this Friday! I have Omega Ruby all paid off, and once I pick it up (which I may or may not do at a midnight event) I’ll probably start shirking all my responsibilities to blast through it. However, I thought that this time I’d try to keep a constant log on my progress, and maybe expand my character/team outside of what’s given in the plot because I’m a nerd.

And yes, that title is absolutely necessary.

Once ORAS is out, I’ll try to type an entry daily. I make no promises though. I already have a team in mind, but I guess I won’t know for sure what they’ll be like until we start traveling together. Either way, I look forward to meeting them and exploring the Hoenn region!

And, to get things started off, our first Team Profile.


TEAM PROFILE: Omega the Human
TITLE: The Player Character
Our Player Character, a boy from Littleroot Town ready to set out across the Hoenn region! As of yet, he hasn’t quite found a real sense of identity, and hopes that this journey will help him discover who he is.


A New Challenger?!

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Nov 19 2014 · 159 views

On a more positive note, I received an email from GameStop reminding me that Super Smash Bros is releasing on Friday. It mentioned a few of the playable fighters, including "Greeninja." At first I thought "Oh, it's a typo, they mean Greninja," but then I wondered...what if it isn't a typo?! Could this be a leaked announcement of a new fighter?!

Now, most of you are probably thinking of Ninjago, but no, this is much more surprising. You know who else has a Green Ninja?

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Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Nov 19 2014 · 132 views

Today my Japanese teacher informed me that no, high schools in Japan do not actually let students go up to the roof.

This means that literally every single high school anime ever has been lying to us.

I am a broken man.


Pokemon Battles IN SPACE

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Nov 13 2014 · 197 views

So it's been announced that ORAS will have a new story thing called "The Delta Episode". A meteor is on course to collide with the planet, so the protagonist has to stop it.

It seems their method of doing so involves putting on a space suit, riding Rayquaza as it Mega Evolves and shoots into the upper atmosphere, and battling Deoxys.

You get to ride Mega Rayquaza into space to fight Deoxys.

I...I just have no words...


Ocarina of Pokemon

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Nov 08 2014 · 170 views

Pokemon fans may remember #493. Arceus, the creator of the Pokemon universe. (Or maybe just Sinnoh. And Ransei.) Being a promotion-only Mythical Pokemon, its availability is obviously rather scarce, but there's a unique aspect to Arceus's story: the Azure Flute. (It looks a lot like the Ocarina of Time actually, hence the entry title.)

So, if you go through the data for Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, you'll find this item called Azure Flute that was intended to be distributed to players at some point. When you go to Spear Pillar with the Flute in your possession, you will be prompted to play it, and if you select Yes (and why wouldn't you I mean come on), you will summon a glass staircase leading to the Hall of Origin, where you can battle and catch Arceus.

Thing is, the Azure Flute was never released. Arceus itself was distributed later on, but the Flute can only be obtained by using cheat devices. (Which I totally did not do...for real.) Fans aware of this have always wondered why the Flute was never made available, and I just discovered that, in an interview last year, Masuda addressed the matter. He said that while the Flute was their original plan, they changed their mind later on because it would be too confusing for players to use.

...Which is complete nonsense. All you do is go to Spear Pillar. As soon as you set foot there, it automatically prompts you to play the Flute. There's nothing confusing about it, not so long as you can make it to Spear Pillar (which you're required to do in the story anyway) and press a button (which I'm pretty sure is required at least once to complete the game?).

On one hand I'm glad the matter has been addressed formally, but this explanation does not satisfy me. Well, maybe in the 2017 Sinnoh remakes they'll finally distribute an Azure Flute and I can use it without feeling that tinge of guilt...

Oh, and apparently right now Cartoon Network is doing a marathon of Hoenn episodes leading up to the premiere of the Diancie movie this afternoon, so you can check that out if you want.


A Cooking Battle is Approaching

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Nov 05 2014 · 115 views

When I went to Japanese class today, I discovered that one of my classmates had made some (delicious) curry bread to share with us, which led to another classmate deciding that we should all take turns bringing in Japanese dishes for the remainder of the semester. I have about a month to figure out what to bring.

To be clear, my Cooking skill is currently set to level 0 with maybe 10 EXP invested in it.

I think this should be enough time, though, and I really do want to learn how to make stuff. This should be a good motivator. Now I just need to figure out what it is I am going to attempt...I think it should be on the simpler side, since I'm new to this, and hopefully not too expensive. My teacher gave us a website with a lot of Japanese recipes, and I ended up looking through the bento box recipes because I thought those might be easy-ish.

Well, to be more specific, I looked at the charaben, which are boxes where the food is arranged to resemble characters. There were like five different Pikachu boxes and they all look fantastic.

...But, I mean, that's probably a little too complicated, I should start with something easier.

...But, that Eevee box looks really cute, and I could put a different food in each box corresponding to a different evolution method...

Of course I'm really getting ahead of myself considering I still don't know where to even buy seaweed.

Ah, if only I could have one of those "Character X learns to cook!" episodes, even if lots of things go wrong I would end up with something great in the end, and senpai would finally notice me...




Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Oct 27 2014 · 107 views

Oh, yeah, NaNoWriMo is a thing.

...Hm. Since I'm trying to write a novel, I should probably make use of that.

The main point of it is just to keep you motivated, is that correct? I'm just concerned because November is going to present some issues of time and stress, so I don't know if I'll really be able to participate.

I guess, if nothing else, I can try it out this year, and if it doesn't work out then I can take another swing next year. (Or, there's also a summer version I guess?) Since I was saying I wanted to try to finish Divine Strength by the end of the year, this is probably my best chance to do that. Essentially I'm trying to talk myself into this. :P

Well, I have a few days to decide, I'll let you know.


An Underdiscussed Oddity

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Oct 25 2014 · 150 views

For all the ridiculous nonsense in Kingdom Hears, it strikes me that people don't talk about Space Paranoids that much.

I mean the simple fact that a game in 05/06 used Tron, from 1982, as a world is weird enough, not to mention that it's a world inside a world, but when you get there, Tron says that it is a copy of the original.

Think about that for a minute. Ansem the Wise got onto ENCOM's servers (apparently in the early 80s), saw the Tron world there, and then decided to just copy-paste the entire thing into the Radiant Garden computer system.

And then nobody even knew it was there, had any interaction with it, or tried to update it at all for at least eleven years, maybe more.

Then Goofy, Donald Duck, and an anime kid with a giant key just show up and become Tron's best friends and ram Light Cycles into Heartless.

Why don't we talk more about this?


Adventures in Japanese Class

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Oct 22 2014 · 96 views

Today my teacher was telling us about how the Japanese eat sea cucumbers. It came up because a sea cucumber dish was used on a worksheet we were doing, you see we were practicing a new grammar where yadda yadda never mind.

One of my classmates (surprisingly it was not me) said that sea cucumbers just made her think of Spongebob, particularly the one episode with a sea cucumber who was a jerk.

I'm probably paraphrasing a bit, but my teacher's response to hearing about this jerk of a sea cucumber was "Well, we can eat him."

I feel like things escalated very quickly there but I'm okay with it.

Bravely Second Asterisk Guide

1. Freelancer
2. Valkyrie
3. Red Mage
4. Time Mage
5. Performer
6. Tomahawk
7. Swordmaster
8. Wizard
9. Cat Master
10. Astrologer
11. Ranger
12. Exorcist
13. Patissier
14. Guardian
15. White Mage
16. Thief
17. Merchant
18. Black Mage
19. Summoner
20. Pirate
21. Chariot
22. Knight (3/31)
23. Monk (4/2)
24. Ninja (4/3)

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