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From the Darkest Depths of Amazon

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , May 08 2015 · 154 views
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Thank me, can't you hear me calling...


A Heads Up I Guess?

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , May 06 2015 · 114 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!


Shame of an Age Long Past

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , May 05 2015 · 178 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."



Check Your Connection (Yet Another Kingdom Hearts Post)

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , May 02 2015 · 119 views
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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?)


Progress for Shooting Star Sonia!

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Apr 30 2015 · 113 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


Gather the Dragon Balls Again

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Apr 28 2015 · 139 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.)



Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Apr 26 2015 · 153 views

A new fighter for Pokken Tournament has been announced!

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If type immunity comes into play then this is a very broken fighter we are looking at. They probably won't, of course...though Gengar could still be broken who knows.

Personally I'm hoping the game gets representatives for each Generation and type, but it'll be awhile before we'll know about that. I'm just really excited, I want to play this game.


It's Been a While Since I've Posted About Manga

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Apr 23 2015 · 126 views

But this is important

For starters, it looks like Bleach might actually be getting somewhere, so that’s nice. Also glad to see confirmation of that character’s status, and unlike a lot of “character avoided death!” reveals, this one could actually be interesting. A small amount of hope for Bleach has been restored.

The bigger news is that the Naruto spin-off featuring the next generation has started. Looks like it’ll run for three parts (not sure if that means three weeks in a row or not?), and Kishimoto did a thing that I have opinions about.


Also there’s a random kid with blue hair sitting next to Naruto’s son, so he might be important. Some people have compared him to the villain from The Last, which is…curious. Looking forward to see how that plays out I guess?


A Miscellaneous Kingdom Hearts Thought

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Apr 21 2015 · 116 views
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Looking back, I'm quite amused with how Square Enix announced the title of KH3D.

At that time, some of the most recent titles were "358/2 Days" and "Birth by Sleep". We had been told the meanings would be clear after we played the games, but they weren't, so interviewers ended up asking Nomura what they meant and he gave answers that still only made limited sense.

So then they announce "Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance", and they decide to just cut to the chase and say "the meaning we were going for is 'the distance you fall when you fall asleep', we know it's not grammatically correct but we went with this to get the three Ds in the title" long before the game is even out.

I just find that rather humorous.



Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Apr 19 2015 · 142 views

Okay so I don’t talk about my personal life on here a lot, I like to be vague about it, but I’ve been feeling sort of stressed and the idea to vent some of it here won’t get out of my head. Stuffed behind spoiler tags of course. This is mainly for my own benefit so, you know, move along, we don’t need to see your identification and all that. :P


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