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What’s the SHAFT Headtilt doing in my Atelier?

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What? What in the world is the SHAFT headtilt doing in my Atelier Escha & Logy? Has it reached critical mass and is now spilling into other studios?! Does the angle increase the more infected a studio is? What happens when it exceeds a 90 degree angle? The world.. may never know.

Although, this is a perfect time to mention that I have been watching the show. It’s my guilty pleasure for this season. Really. Yeah. I think I’ve lost my soul to the moé faction permanently. Don’t worry. I still watch all of the AOTS of the season. (Yay for recursive acronyms/phrases. Because they always seem to piss somebody off.) Speaking of recursive acronyms, SHAFT can be one as well. I present this to you: SHAFT headtilts are full tilts.

Have fun with that one.

Okay, sorry. If you’re expecting at least a minor blurb about this show, here’s one. I mentioned this show was a guilty pleasure. I lied, because I’m fully basking in the pleasure of moé blobs, sitting here in my chair being fucking relaxed while the show bombards me with moé radiation. I’m just more inclined than the average anime fan to watch shows that don’t aim to have epic branching storytelling full of deceit, love, anger, love, treachery, drama, love, power-levels and hearts. Escha Malier, our female protagonist, is one easy going alchemist. She spends all her time being cute, while wonderful flashes of inspiration for alchemy occur at the perfect moment. To be fair, the anime has to shorten the time players of the game spend on the crafting menus. So we get hilariously short scenes of intense alchemic creations being synthesized in mere seconds. I’m sure it’d at least be three minutes of menu navigation in the game before you realize which item you were supposed to be crafting several in-game days ago. (Accuracy and validity of statements are probably off, since I haven’t played the games. Yet.)

I also didn’t expect Marion to sit so squarely in my love-sights. The combo of short black hair, white work blouse, knee length skirt, and stockings are too perfect. And she’s 26 years old. If she’s looking like that at the age of 26, I’d totally.. uh, start a family with her. Mmhmm.

Hang on. Does this mean she just might oust Chihiro’s (TWGOK) title as being the only character I’ve ever claimed to be ‘my waifu’? I think so!

-maserbeam

Yes, it was this big.

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I love Sue and her Meruru cosplay. I also love the artwork of the Atelier games, since two artists I had followed beforehand ended up doing official art for them.

I’ve always enjoyed both of Kishida Mel and Hidari‘s work. (They’re danbooru links, so.. NSFW.) It also feels weird having seen their really early stuff before they got involved with my favorite past time of video games. It’s like it doesn’t even feel special. Almost more of a strange “Yeah, that’s right. You guys finally hired good artists. Good job.” Not saying that professional artists I haven’t heard of aren’t good. But, yeah. I’m pretty much saying “I knew them before they got popular”. However, with the age of the internet, that’s pretty much anyone. My only source is danbooru. Which pretty much means that I still barely knew them, since they mostly collect published-on-internet images. They were probably professionals before I even started noticing their art around 6-8 years ago. All this, and I still haven’t bought any of the PS3 Atelier games yet.

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything about games. Actually, I haven’t talked about video games in forever.

If I were to mention one game right now, it’s Final Fantasy XIV. It’s one pretty game, and I remember when I first played the initial version before A Realm Reborn. It ran like shit. At first, I blamed it on my video card — a Radeon HD 4850 — which at the time was aging too fast for modern games. It became evident that FFXIV 1.0 was an inefficient power hog. I wanted to play it despite these drawbacks. I saw potential in the game. A simple a change of aesthetics compared to the western palate is also nice. It just suits me. ARR now plays and runs a helluva lot better than 1.0, yet has enough familiarity to FFXI that led me to play that game for nearly 6 years.

Kishida is also a crazy man. You will bow down to his cosplay.

I’ve linked Hidari’s stuff before as well. It was a top image for one podcast episode where we were talking about Fractalé. If I remember correctly, it was his work that drew me towards Vocaloid. Seeing art that good about these “characters” that were voicebanks intrigued me. And as fate would have it, I’m now an owner of the English Hatsune Miku voicebank.

I don’t really have anything to say about Genshiken. If you’re watching it, you’re watching it. I could try to convince you, but I’ve already derailed this much, that I’d need another post for that typical “Watch this show! It’s good!” post.

I’m pretty much forcing Miku to sing butt rock songs, and the occasional 80s ballad. Nothing a virtual diva can’t handle.

For those wondering what kind of computer you need to play FFXIV, the recommended system is rather beefy, and building a PC to play it might end up being more expensive than getting a PS4.

-maserbeam