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Rossman" Readings: At the ARCHIVEs
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Note to self 62: 08/19/1999
I was gunna spend some time bitchin' about how the car shop in
town farged my car up (again) and how I had to drive a mini Mirage
rental around for a few days (Sam Malone was right: It's amazing
just how fast you can go when you don't give a crap about the
car you're driving)...... but then I went and had a great
time with Sarah on Saturday and that car stuff doesn't really
bother me anymore ^_^
Ahhhhhhhhh, Sarah @_@! *Ahem!* Anyway, I also finally
finished Lunar: the Silver Star Story Complete last night,
and so comes another video game review from the Rossman.
Lunar: the Silver Star Story Complete
of all, I was lucky enough to have actually played the original
Lunar: The Silver Star back on the Sega CD oh-so-many
years ago. I never beat it as the system and the game were both
my friend's and he only lent them to me for a week, but I really
enjoyed everything about that game (EXCEPT FOR THE CAPS
It wasn't my first RPG, but it was the best I'd played
up till that time! The characters rocked, the story was cool
and the "animated" cut scenes were load-blowingly rugged!.......
Years pass. Lunar is upgraded to a 32-bit system with lots of
graphical and plot changes. Then the anouncement follows that
Working Designs will port it over to the US as a Playstation
game. I'm in Heaven.
The translation of the game is incredible! The amount
of time that must have gone into just the text must have burnt
out many a translator. Each and every person you meet in every
single village and town during the quest must be talked to at
least 5-6 times (some even more!) throughout the game in order
to catch every hilarious line! This is by far WD's funniest game
ever!! Each one of Nall's snide remarks and Kyle's (da man!)
comments about women or booze is priceless ("Just wait 'til
you see what else I can do with my tongue."). The animation
cut sequences (done by the ever awesome animators of Giant
Robo @_@) are breathtaking and worth the price of the game
by themselves. The second disc alone has about 1/2 hour of incredible
short films that help bring you closer to the characters than
any other game I've seen (including Xenogears and Final
the game may be short compared to other RPGs currently out now
(only about 23-25 hours to beat), you feel more a part of Lunar's
world than Alex the Dragonmaster himself. I found that I really
cared about what happened to Luna, Mia and Jessica. And I really
wanted to hang out with Laike, Kyle and Mel (what a party that
would be, neh?)! Those guys kicked arse! I also found that I
wanted to beat the living tar out of the Magic Emperor and Nash
even more than I did Kefka! Those guys sucked arse.
Forgive me. I'm still basking in the victory light
of finishing the game up very late last night and I'm still on
a fun RPG high *_* And lest I forget, no review of Lunar
would be complete without mentioning the English voice actors.
Why can't all anime movies and shows be dubbed this well?!?!?
Huh? They were great! Nall's pitch may have been a bit high,
but that did fit his character fairly well. Luna's voice was
beautiful! She was so perfect for the role. Even the minor characters
like Royce, Mel and Laike were flawless.
wish there was an ending song or something (nitpicking!),
but that's my only complaint with this game. And the Outtakes
of the voice actors at the end of the credits more than make
up for that ("Kee-yaaaaah!!" :) Throw in a soundtrack
of all the songs and bgm (a lot from the Sega CD version too
for us nostalgic nuts) AND a "Making Of" cd with a
few secrets of its own and you've got the best video game buy
of the decade!...... Well, until Lunar: Eternal Blue comes
out in its 5-CD package 0_o
Note to self 61: 08/09/1999
was a fun week! Got a lot of work done and finished up the design
of my new office during the week leaving plenty of time to relax
over the weekend. Friday the MegaPlayboy and I got working on
our 100 beers from around the world club (I'm the newbie in that
gathering, but I'm coming up from behind fast enough), and then
we bugged Angus (who was still at work in the middle of a small
blackout) and Clint who drove us back to their place to watch
Revenge of the Nerds (Alec's all time favorite movie we
later discovered) on HBO. Then we were drivin back downtown where
we got to the MPB's pimp-mobile and went over to the Carmike
12 to catch the 11:30 Iron Giant showing........we were
the only ones in the theater (we had fun being as loud and obnoxious
as we wanted, but it sucked for the movie which deserved a lot
more) -_-. IG was the first good movie I'd seen this weekend.
It was really fun, it had a great story, it had a rugged giant
robot and it didn't have any crappy song and dance numbers to
spoil it! That's how you make an animated movie!
Anyway, I got home late that night and played some
Lunar. After waking up late Saturday I realized that my
checkbook was missing (I looked everywhere) and after tearing
my apartment and office apart conceeded and went to see Bruce
Willie in Sixth Sense. This was the best movie I've seen
all year! I'm telling you to go now before anybody ruins it for
you and spoils the ending (we're talking Planet of the Apes
and Crying Game size shocker here!). You've got to experiece
it for yourself!!!
Sunday, I was going to help the MPB's mom move, but
after waking me up early to ask for my help again, he then called
back to say that my help was no longer necessary.... I couldn't
even get back to sleep-_- Later I met the Wolfman at the
movies (again) and we saw Mystery Men at a late showing.
Another great movie. This was my first 3 movie weekend in years
and all of them were good (the first time that's ever
Then this morning I dropped my car off at the dealership
for two more recall notices which should be fixed by tonight....
Note to self 60: 08/02/1999
The last few weeks have been very busy and interesting for me.
First, I got an incredible job offer from a great company in
Norcross, GA as web administrator to start asap. I had to turn
it down, though, for reasons best left to your imagination. It's
great to feel wanted and I hope that those guys get somebody
just as good as me to fill the position.
I also went to see a bunch of movies over the past
two weekends. American Pie was funny as ****! It also
gave us a bunch of new catch phrases to use around town (such
as, "Ma'am, I'm three sheets to the wind" and "What's
my name, b****?!"). Big Daddy was okay, but waaaaaay
too sweet. And finally, the MegaPlayboy and I drove to Lawrenceville
late Friday night just to see The Blair Witch Project.
While it was incredibly inventive and different than anything
I've ever seen, it's really not all that scary. It's very creepy
and freaky, just not scary. And unlike a lot of people in the
audience, I really liked its ending. Also, if you haven't already
seen it, check out the Sci-Fi Channel's "Documentary"
on the Blair Witch, it really sets up the movie perfectly. Oh
yeah, we scared the living p*$$ out of Mulder and Meg!... Still
don't know what they were doing with that u-turn though.
than the hideous 2 week heat wave that's hit Georgia recently
(driving the daytime temp into the 100s most every day), not
too much is really newsworthy here..... My electric bill is gunna
be HUGE this month..... just as long as my air-conditioner holds
Note to self 59: 07/19/1999
Urusei Yatsura on DVD and now SDF
*@_@*!!!! Animeigo ROCKS!!!!!... and I'll soon be broke. Oh well,
at least it takes them forever to do a series. My monetary spending
should be spaced out.
Note to self 58: 07/16/1999
What a week! Where to start, where to start? First of all, I
finally got a DVD player ($40 off and 3 free movies of my choice
included [I love commissioned employees^_^])! I got the Sony
530 model and it's a dream! All the DVDs I've gotten over the
past six months (from different on-line sales that I couldn't
pass up) play beautifully on it! Ghostbusters
Ultimate 15th Anniversary Edition is my fave! The Tenchi Muyo
OAV box set is pretty snazzy too. Let's see, now I have those
two and Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, The
Big Lebowski, Terminator 2, Happy Gilmore,
The Fifth Element, Aliens, Urusei Yatsura 2:
Beautiful Dreamer, Predator, Jackie Chan's City
Hunter, Tenchi the Movie 1 and Clerks Director's
Edition@_@!!!!! Every single one looks and sounds gorgeous on
my tv and stereo!!
Now for some even grander news than that! I saw Sarah Brightman live in concert
on Wednesday night!!!! That was one of the greatest shows I've
ever seen!!! Her voice is even better live! She truly proved
that she is the Angel of Music:) What made me really happy
though is that she sang my favorite song there ("Captain
Nemo") while swimming on the stage!!! That was soooo
cool *@_@* Each song was a huge production number with dancing
and costumes and she had a full 20 piece orchestra playing behind
her the entire time!!!!! The packed house at the Civic Center
definitely got their money's worth! The two hour concert was
way too short though, but after she took her first bow and the
curtains closed she reappeared after two minutes of standing
ovation to sing "Don't Cry for Me Argentina". Then
the curtains closed again (and a few idiots left -_-) only to
reopen to the second standing ovation to have her sing her signature
"Time to Say Goodbye"! I was sooooooo glad I went!
I'd be kicking myself for the rest of my life if I had missed
her perform! Yowzah!
Note to self 57: 07/05/1999
off, after the Mega Playboy and I dropped our stuff off at Chujo's
place to take up to Baltimore for Otakon for us, we went to the
theater and met the Wolfman for South Park the movie.
That was one of the funniest pieces of cinematic art I've ever
seen! We couldn't stop saying "Uncle ****er" or "@$$
Spelunker" for days!
Anyway, early Friday morning we took off for Baltimore
(with only one stop in Charlotte, NC [gawd I hate that town -_-])
and arrived a little after 11am. We took the train to the front
door of the Convention Center and quickly mingled with some nuns
(from a different con). After finding the Otakon registration
table, we got our reg packages and then soon met up with Roberto
and the gang who had already checked in and proceeded to share
with us a few stories about some maniacle-like racing and jumbo
rudeness exhibited during their driving trip up. Then we all
got down to some serious partying! While Anime Expo usually has
great cosplays, dealers' rooms and music video contests, Otakon
usually has great guests, premieres and a much better
city-life outside the con! And this year they did not disappoint!
Baltimore ROCKED! It may have been a triffle bit HUMID, but it
was fun as hell! We hit the Hard Rock Cafe, the Aquarium, the
USS Constellation and even ran 2 miles through not-so-nice neighborhoods
to see a building get leveled (and there we learned that "Marty"
from chanel 13 can "Lick" a certain construction worker's
nutz). We also got a better understanding for general building
construction and city-wide air conditioning from the same construction
we heard Yoko Kanno's incredible live performance (and got her,
Mari Iijima's and Watanabe's autographs :), Minmay's (short but
incredibly sweet) concert (we also learned that I may still have
a shot at her as her and Mr. Mari Iijima are breaking up), took
several pctures of an Angel going to the bathroom (errrr, not
as sick as it sounds) and saw many more fun things (including
the live action City Hunter, God of Cookery, Photon
1-5, End of Eva, and Macross: Love, Do You Remember)
to make it a memorable weekend!... But what the MegaPlayboy and
I'll never forget (or live down) would have to be Friday night
and getting sloshed, taking turns telling many sick jokes to
the sleepy Chujo, watching Robert turn himself into Rick James,
chasing people around Baltimore (still sloshed), going to a bar
for a quick five Sam Adams for a renued buzz before
the Music Video contest and having a blast with Mehve and Mike
till 3am! All other stories you might hear about the 2nd of July
are completely false.
see, other than more "stair skiing", the humidity,
two fire alarms (one during the video contest and one during
Mari Iijima's concert [where I finally heard "Do You Remember
Love" live @_@), a funny as f*** panel on "anime on
the net" and Greenfield promising us Eva on DVD (better
be with the extra footage) by December, I can't think of anything
more right now. As soon as I get my pictures developed I'll start
putting together a new ONIcon page with them (and stories I may
have forgotten here).
The plane ride home was cool though! To make up the
fact that we had to wait a while on the ground for a flat tire
on the plane (which I am glad they fixed btw;) the pilot flew
circles around a huge and incredible fireworks display right
outside Athens before we landed!! It was so incredible to see
them from the air like that (we must have seen most of the fireworks
show too!) as they don't appear to be too far off of the ground
(fireworks in general that is). Man was that cool!!! ^_^
today I went into my office and started to do a little catch
up work when Clint and Angus came in and offered me a bar-b-que
dinner at Clint's parents' house! We went motorcycling and 4X4ing
thru the woods and had a great ribs dinner with Les and Ben showing
up later too. All in all a great weekend ^_^
Note to self 56: 06/29/1999
up to North Carolina again to see my Grandmother :) We spent
Friday through Sunday with her taking her out to eat, playing
cards and watching "Murder She Wrote". She's doin'
The club's got all the plans finalized for the trip
up to Baltimore this weekend and Timmons and I are the only ones
flying up. We're leaving 15 hours after everyone else, but we'll
still get to the con before any other UGAnime-er :). Oh well,
after we drop off our stuff and see them off, we're meeting a
bunch of guys to see South Park the movie. It will be
HUGE I tell ya!
finally got Lunar from Buy.com and in only 3 hours have
gotten to the "boat song". This along with Xenogears
is what FFVII should have been! A fun game with great
story and characters that you really care about (and not just
because they died cheesy deaths halfway through only to blatantly
tug at your heartstrings -_-).
One more thing, go out and buy Running With Scissors
NOW! It's all worth it just for "Albuquerque", Al's
11 minute epic which blows even "Biggest Ball of Twine in
Minnesota" out of the water! (And especially for the 20
minute Quicktime movie somewhat "hidden" on the disc
Note to self 55: 06/14/1999
much this week. Saw Austin Powers 2 on Saturday with some
friends... Played DiviDead and Chrono Trigger some
too while waiting for Lunar: SSSC to come in from Buy.com
(with a bunch of other stuff I ordered). As for Austin,
it was okay, but compared to the second draft script I read a
few months ago it didn't/couldn't hold a candle to it. For some
unknown reason they cut out some of the funniest pieces (especially
the final chase between Powers and Dr. Evil through the time
portal and the Cameron, Jack and Rose cameo :) What's
up wid dat?
Other than that, I had another funky dream. An old
girlfriend wanted to get back together with me and I just laughed^_^
Note to self 54: 06/07/1999
How can one guy get the shaft so many times in one weekend?....
The answer I came up with is "a lot". This weekend
sucked major *%@! I doubt I'll head back to Atlanta for a few
months now, just feel like being alone without much human contact
(from the city) for as long as possible (I'm sure you've felt
like that before).
I had another really weird dream last night. So many
of my friends were getting married that out of desperation for
fear of being left behind I proposed to a girl I knew back in
high school (at the time I did, it felt almost right).
First the ring I bought wasn't big enough (-_-), then I ran into
my high school sweetheart who made me think twice about it, and
then when I realized what a horrible mistake I was making and
tried to find ways of breaking it off without pissing my fiance
off too much, well... then it kinda blended into a "Star
Wars" dream and things got weird.... I've gotta become
friends with a psych student or something.
Note to self 53: 06/03/1999
to start things off I had some pretty weird dreams this past
week. If anybody wants to help in interpretting them, be my guest.
The first messed up nocturnal vision was all about a certain
acquaitance of mine (name withheld to save her face;) who turned
out to really be a man who had a sex change operation..... I
never wanted to go near her before, but that was just plain freaky!!
And it seemed that only a few of us found out and we were debating
whether to tell everybody else.
The second dream was all about a surprise party somebody
threw in my honor. Everybody I knew showed up (yep, even
Snotlick!) for the huge bash, and it started out as a costume
party (with me dressed up as a bunch of grapes [like one of the
Fruit of the Loom guys]).... But as the party waged on, soon
enough I was the only one still in costume. It was kind of embarrassing,
but I really never let it get to me as I mingled all around.
Even kids I knew from grade school were there!.... - So, any
Freuds out there?
Other than those two dreams the only other memorable
thing I did was have 3 Memorial Day Bar-B-Que's this past weekend
(Chi-Chi and I ended up just watching "Disaster Saturday"
on TLC all night while drinking his new roommates' supply of
alcohol instead of moving his crap :).
Note to self 52: 05/27/1999
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the past few weeks, an ordinary one like this week just seems
kinda bland. I finally started Chrono Trigger on my old
SNES again (forgot just how cool it was!). My goal this time
around is to find all 15 of the endings in the game. So far I've
gotten 6 of them. This past weekend I saw Lock, Stock, and
Two Smoking Barrels with my free ticket from the Phantom
Menace fiasco. That movie better be up for best pic of the
year! It was hilarious!!! Great wrap up too! :)
This weekend I'll probably just end up helping Chi-Chi
move from his apartment to the house he's renting with 3 other
guys. They promised me a party with lots of drinking next week
if I did (I'm just a softy). And oh yeah, yesterday I hit on
a girl at the gym (really cute!) who had no friggin' sense of
humor at all. I only bring this up as it was rather embarrassing
trying to explain all my comments and jokes to her to
prove that I wasn't an idiot, just a schmuck who thought he was
funny -_- Urgh.....
At least Lunar: the Silver Star Story comes
out tomorrow. Go out and buy it now!!