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A Shorter Sonia Update

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , May 23 2015 · 54 views

I actually have something to show for all that downtime! Chapter 3 of Shooting Star Sonia is now live!

This one is much shorter than Chapter 2 (about the same length as Chapter 1); part of me worries that it’ll feel a bit anticlimactic after such a big chapter, but I think Sonia could use an easy win right now and I’m going to use that as justification.

I’ve actually also gotten a decent start on Chapter 4 as well, so hopefully I’ll be able to present that soon. Since Chapters 4 and 5 will be more heavily linked, I’m hoping I’ll be able to slide right into Chapter 5 and get that out soonish as well, but maybe I’m getting a bit ahead of myself. Okay, back to work!


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Back (For A While)

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , May 22 2015 · 68 views

Hello everyone! I am pleased to report that my sister and I have moved into our new apartment and the internet is already up and running, so I’ll be resuming normal activities for a bit before our upcoming vacation. (But more on that later.)

I was at work all day, so I didn’t get to move like…anything, and I feel sort of bad about that. But my sister, my dad, one of our friends, and someone my dad knows got almost everything over here, and we’ll finish up tomorrow and I’ll hopefully be more useful then. I don’t have to work again until Monday, so that should make it a little easier to settle in.

My sister is still over at our dad’s house so I’m spending the night alone. I’m a little nervous, but I’ll deal with that as it comes. I’m actually pretty tired so hopefully I’ll crash at a reasonable time and my brain won’t have time to mess me up.

So yeah, that’s pretty much it. New apartment get!


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E3 Wishlist

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , May 20 2015 · 127 views

I know it’s still a ways off, but I’ve been spending too much of my Wi-Fi-less time thinking about E3, so to vent the excitement I put together a list of things I’d like to see happen this year, no matter how unlikely.

-Square Enix announces something The World Ends With You-related.

-No, really, some good news about TWEWY, that’d be really cool. And handled better than the initial release of Solo Remix, preferably?

-Square Enix announces a date for the NA release of Bravely Second: End Layer, and gives us some costumes we can get upon release. (Though this definitely wouldn’t include all of the costumes available in the Japanese version.) And maybe Bravely Second amiibo, that could be cool, probably?

-Square Enix shows a trailer for Kingdom Hearts Unchained X and announces the NA release date, plus some teasers for the next story update for X. (Also some info on the Unions please, I want to make an informed decision when I join.) And just for the heck of it, Kingdom Hearts figures announced for Disney Infinity. Even though that means I would need to buy Disney Infinity…

-…Alright, I guess it’d be neat to see a new trailer for KHIII, preferably with new story content and/or showing off Keyblade transformations. Kairi, Riku, and Aqua must all appear.

-Square Enix announces a Nintendo 3DS remake of Final Fantasy V. (Does not require New 3DS.)

-Square Enix does not do anything related to Final Fantasy VII. The fans riot, but that’s normal, so no one really notices.

-Nintendo announces acquisition of full rights to Mega Man, announces partnership with Keiji Inafune on new Mega Man projects including Mega Man Legends 3, a new Star Force (or a sequel series), and a new amiibo-compatible game that will be released alongside amiibo of every version of Mega Man. In celebration, Mega Man will be making cameo appearances in all Nintendo games released over the next year, as well as several games that are already out via DLC patches.

-Please Nintendo. Please rescue the super fighting robot.

-Nintendo announces the next Pokémon game, to be released worldwide either late 2015 or early 2016. Compatible with regular 3DS, does not require New 3DS. (Can you tell I don’t have a New 3DS?) Most likely a new Kalos game or new Kanto remakes, both of which could be really cool...of course I wouldn’t mind if they took the surprise route and announced Sinnoh remakes, eheheh. (Whatever it is we need new Mega Evolutions!) New information on Pokken Tournament is also released. And maybe a new Pokémon Stadium-type game for Wii U, that’s something that could be pretty fun.

-Though I don’t follow the series, I feel like it would probably be a good thing if a new Metroid were announced. Yea or nay?

-I mean there’s probably going to be a new Mario game or something. I don’t follow this either, but I want to get at least one of these right and this is a pretty safe bet. Not that there’s anything wrong with Mario games, of course.

-Reveal of new DLC fighters for Smash, ideally some I want to play as so I can complain about Nintendo taking the money I am hoping I will want to give them. It’s a weird feeling. Also maybe some good news regarding Smash amiibo, and sensible production and distribution of them in all territories.

-A sequel to Tomodachi Life is announced, because why the heck not.

-Also we really need an update to StreetPass Plaza’s Puzzle Swap. Pressing the d-pad 20 times to get to the panel I want is annoying, it would make more sense to put a grid-based navigation menu on the touch screen, I think. Also if we could be more specific when buying puzzle pieces with Play Coins, and, you know…not get duplicates…that would be pretty rad.

-There should probably be a Mother 3 joke on here somewhere, right?

-Sony announces a new, cheaper model of the PS4. I’m going to need one of those someday and I work part-time in a grocery store deli.

-And I mean Capcom is probably going to announce a new Street Fighter IV and nothing else, what the heck I’m already angry.

-New information on Steins;Gate 0 is released. Cool information. El Psy Kongroo.

-Lego announces a new game (RPG!) set on the island of Okoto, probably available on, like, all platforms. It’ll probably suck. I’ll probably love it. The game also includes an Easter Egg where you can listen to a remixed version of the Piraka Rap since 2016 is the 10th anniversary of that magnificent work of art. There will also be numerous, numerous things included to definitively prove that this is a reboot, and fans will still insist it is a continuation.

-Wow I know I put a good deal of bitterness in this but I don’t want to end on that, OH WAIT THERE’S A SECRET ENDING YAY

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CONFIRMED

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , May 14 2015 · 134 views

“Well, Wi-Fi’s officially off, guess I’ll go with my sister to Starbucks to see how much I made last week and see what’s going on on the internet. Yeah, may as well check video game news, probably noth—“

“Kingdom Hearts Unchained X, a smartphone port of Kingdom Hearts X coming to iOS and Android, definitely coming to North America, will release (in Japan at least) some time in 2015.”

“…Today is a good day.”


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From the Darkest Depths of Amazon

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , May 08 2015 · 130 views

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Thank me, can't you hear me calling...


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A Heads Up I Guess?

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , May 06 2015 · 101 views

My Dad is trying to get us all out of our current house, so leading up to that, our Internet is going down Sunday night. I’ll still probably have some locations I can connect but won’t be able to as frequently until we get settled in our new apartment, so my activity might be a little lower in the near future. (Hm, now that I think about it, I really don’t post a whole lot, so maybe the change won’t be so noticeable?)

As for the apartment, we’re still working out the details on that, but progress has been made and I’m optimistic we’ll be out by Dad’s deadline at the end of May. Right after that, though, there’s an anime convention the first weekend in June, so I’m going to transform into my Ultimate Weeabo Form for a few days and that could extend the lack of activity, eheheh... (It’s like a werewolf deal, you can suppress the instincts well enough most of the time, but there comes a point where you’re forced to transform, except this is yearly instead of monthly.)

I’ll still have my computer, so amidst the moving I want to try to do some writing so I’ll have some content to post when I get back. I feel like I can pick up steam with Shooting Star Sonia if I push myself just a little more, and I’ve finally begun working on a new short epic giving backstory for Gen 2 similar to The Time of the Mask Makers, so hoping to present that sometime this summer. (The previous two paragraphs ended with parentheses so I wanted to do the same for this one.)

And then, when the time is right, we shall awaken and clean it all. It must be cleaned. Clean it all. It must be cleaned.

UPDATE: My sister and I have an apartment! We should be able to move in on the 22nd if nothing goes wrong, not sure about internet yet but it doesn't look too expensive and I already have a router, so if we don't have it up by then it probably won't be long after. I'm just so relieved, we officially have a place to sleep, and it's at a super-convenient location and doesn't look like it'll be any trouble really, today feels like a big win after a really annoying 2015 so far, thank you God. Time to pack!


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Shame of an Age Long Past

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , May 05 2015 · 158 views

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"Why Pahrak. Why do you still have these. Why did you waste this much of your parents money and then still cling onto these things for 13 years."

"IT'S NOT LIKE I CAN SELL THEM OKAY WHY DON'T YOU FOCUS ON YOUR OWN PROBLEMS AND GET A NAME"


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Check Your Connection (Yet Another Kingdom Hearts Post)

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , May 02 2015 · 98 views

It’s common knowledge that Kingdom Hearts keeps using “new” characters that turn out to be new iterations of old characters, best summed up by that classic graphic explaining the series: “Everyone is Xehanort. Everyone else is Sora.” There’s even a point in the series where Xemnas (a Xehanort) taunts Sora (a Sora) about how all these other people made Sora who he is and asking if he is really his own person. Sora brushes it off, and I was wondering if maybe that line/idea could come back later, with Sora turning it around against Xehanort, and as I was wondering how that might or might not work I finally realized an important difference between the two.

The core of Sora’s situation is succinctly described when he decides to leave Destiny Islands again to kick off the plot of KH3D, saying, “I am who I am because of them.” Sora takes in a little piece of everyone he meets and grows because of that—he is influenced by so many other people and would not be the Sora we know if none of those people existed. Then we have Xehanort, who from the very first game has always been focused on finding new people to possess, finding others who he can turn into new Xehanorts. His reasons for this and how these plans have expanded can only be related through recent spoilers, so I’m going to skip over that for now and try to condense the point.

Sora allows himself to be changed by others. Xehanort changes others into him.

And I feel like this could be an allegory telling us that we shouldn’t force our own views on other people, coercing them into being more like us. Instead, we should take in what others have to offer, let them influence us, and grow as a person because of that interaction. I’ve seen people interpret Aqua’s storyline from Birth by Sleep as having a similar message to this, so it might not be coincidental that she ends up being doing better against Xehanort than Ven and Terra: both arcs might be saying that only someone who understands the benefits of having an open, receptive heart can stop someone with an open heart that aggressively seeks its way into others.

We’ll have to wait to see where Aqua’s character goes, but Sora has already accepted his connectedness and embraces it without hesitation. The scene I’m thinking of is near the end of KH3D so I don’t want to give too much away, but of the two Xehanorts who hear his declaration, one is baffled and a little frustrated, and the other seems unaffected and silently activates Final Boss Mode. The idea that these connections can be beneficial is completely lost on Xehanort, and I’m going to go ahead and predict that that is why he can never win. (You know, in the end. He’s definitely doing pretty well now.) Maybe it’s cliché and cheesy and whatever, but if a villain cannot comprehend a hero’s power, then there’s a pretty good chance that power is going to be their undoing; said power being some variant of “the power of friendship” certainly doesn’t hurt either. But, that’s a whole thing in and of itself.

My point is that I never fully grasped how Sora and Xehanort were being set up as opposites, and that the often-noted similarity does have a little more depth than is immediately apparent. And I thought that was kind of cool.

(Though I guess this doesn’t really account for those characters who were spawned from Sora? I mean he still encourages them to be their own person, but I don’t know?)


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Progress for Shooting Star Sonia!

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Apr 30 2015 · 90 views

Haha remember when I started Shooting Star Sonia and I said I would try not to take too long between chapters and then didn’t get anything done with it since I posted the first chapter about two months ago

WELL, I finally finished Chapter 2! I have some concerns about it, but hopefully I’ll figure out what needs work as I keep going, and then I can always go back and revise later. This begins the episodic “Attack of the FM-ians!” format, and it also introduces the supporting cast and talks about/alludes to some backstory, both from the actual game and what has been changed. Also it’s a lot longer. Like, about twice as long as Chapter 1. Part of me feels like I should break it up a bit more, but each FM-ian episode provides a natural point of separation, so, eh, I guess most of the chapters will just end up being long.

Hopefully I’ll get Chapter 3 done sooner. Over the course of writing this last chapter I began to put more thought into characters and sub-plots, so I think I might be starting to pick up steam. I’ve also been considering marathoning the anime to give me some inspiration, but, who knows. :P


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Gather the Dragon Balls Again

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Apr 28 2015 · 124 views

It was just announced that Akira Toriyama will be working on a new anime sequel to Dragon Ball, entitled "Dragon Ball Super", starting this July, confirming previous rumors that a new series was being worked on. Details are currently very scarce, but we have been told that the plot will be a short time after the defeat of Kid Buu; presumably it will follow the recent movies "Battle of Gods" and "Revival of F", both of which are set in that general timeframe and heavily involved Toriyama.

On one hand, this is huge news! Dragon Ball is one of the single most recognizable anime in history, and while the franchise was certainly never at a standstill, seeing it return to television is an unforeseen development that can help get a new generation hooked on it.

Honestly though there's a part of me that feels bad for Toriyama, who apparently thought this series was going to end long ago and seems to have accepted its fate as the eternal cash cow. :P

I really am excited, though. There was a plot point teased at the end of Battle of Gods that doesn't seem to be addressed in the new movie, so I'm hoping that Super will follow up on that. I can accept that there will definitely be new transformations--I will relish in them no matter how redundant they get, most likely--but I really hope the new movie's plot of bringing back Frieza isn't indicative of the arcs we'll be seeing. Bringing back old enemies for fights incredibly similar to their original arc is something that I'm just not really on-board with.

And of course, the last time we got a new Dragon Ball anime, people didn't take so well to it! :D

(I mean GT wasn't all bad, but I'm definitely not broken up that it's looking less and less canon with each passing year.)






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