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Shady locations lit up with noble gases. (Neon Alley)

I’m actually rather tempted to try out Neon Alley instead of Crunchyroll. Why? Because it’s dubbed content. And thanks to my About page on this site (Which I wrote.), it says all I do is watch english dubs. This is contradictory because there’s anime out there I wouldn’t be able to watch without reading subtitles, like Maria Holic.

Watching a dubbed anime is almost universally acknowledged as the worst thing you can ever do as an anime fan. Well, fuck that ideology. I don’t care if your rebuttal is that you have no problems reading a subtitle then looking back at the action, you don’t miss anything. If I personally recount any amount of times that reading a subtitle has resulted in me missing out on an integral scene or visual cue, it’s ZERO. I’m often watching anime on my computer monitor, which is large and close enough that spending any fraction of time to read a subtitle means that I’m no longer looking at the center of my screen. The counter argument never considers that the other person is just as capable as the one contesting the idea that everyone should just die because they can’t be bothered to read a line of subtitling. Sometimes the only reason is we want to listen to the voice and understand it.

So why is Neon Alley more attractive than say, watching CrunchyRoll? Personally, it’s been a UI thing. I do not like the way CrunchyRoll’s site looks nor fuctions. I have no idea what Neon Alley is going to look like. A fresh start won’t stop me from trying it out.. unless it’s just as bad as Crunchy Roll. But that’s why I’m going to try it out. Also, I’ve been lured in with the fact that Rinne no Lagrange and Tiger & Bunny are showing up on Neon Alley. I really enjoyed those shows, so I gotta hear what those are like. I believe T&B has a high chance of getting good voice acting because of the amount of characters that need to be voiced. You can’t get away with subpar performance on a show with that huge of a cast. It just won’t fly with me. If it sucks, well, dammit.

If anything goes as well as I’d like it to, Neon Alley will end up having a modicum of quality, or maybe even a high standard of production that you can’t help but realize it’s a viable way of watching your anime. I want to be optimistic. Yes, I’m trying to ignore that Naruto is on the list of shows. But hey! There’s also Death Note and Inuyasha, two shows which have respectable dubs. Who could ever forget that impeccably translated “I’ll take a potato chip, and eat it!!” scene from Death Note?

Seriously. Go check out Neon Alley. You might like it. I might like it. Your friends might like it. Facebook has nothing to do with this blockquote.

-maserbeam

Podcast # 12 – Vindictus hurts so good

We went far too long without a podcast, so here’s an update on what happened.

Vindictus happened.

Due to that, much time was wasted on playing that game instead of being productive citizens. But fear not! I sent an email out, and friends appeared at my front door to record another podcast. We’ve obviously had a lot of time to cover, so instead of actually doing that, we just talked about whatever. To those who haven’t been listening to us, you’ll realize there’s many things that seem like we talk about repeatedly. This is totally true, which means in order to find out what is so funny to us, you’ll have to listen to previous podcasts. Yes, I’m giving you an odd reason not to listen to this current one, but it’s a warning I’ll have to give. This podcast barely has any real content aside from us meandering among topics like Vindictus, Madoka Magica, EVE Online, K-ON! music, STALKER, Wii 2/HD, Evangelion, hats, Touhou, Nichijou, Heroman, and even Dr. Who.

We also attempted to name our podcast proper. Kind of feels like we still didn’t get it.

Go listen to the Planes and Pants Podcast.

-maserbeam

Cheap Games: Resonance of Fate

I decided to go JRPG hunting after gorging myself on Vindictus and other PC games, when I remembered a game from last year that competed with Final Fantasy 13 for sales — in the same month. Nearly a death sentence in this era of gaming, compounded by the fact that it was a game that experimented. Experimental games can always backfire in the gaming industry. Either the sales are inadequate, breaks even, or is a complete blockbuster.

But you didn’t come to read something about the gaming industry from an outsider’s view point. There’s a cheap game, and it’s Resonance of Fate. It’s currently on amazon.com for 17.03USD, a mighty fine price for a rather hefty amount of gaming. No point in convincing anyone to buy it because anyone who’s wanted to play it might have been waiting for it to become this cheap. I wouldn’t wait too long. Feels like they’d run out of copies at some point.

I bought my own copy just 10 minutes ago. You should too.

-maserbeam

Games that end up linear and boring.

I think most people would understand that the post title of this entry is referring to Final Fantasy 13.  It’s been lambasted for being a linear experience. But why is it suddenly reasonable to judge a game on it’s linearity? I think about the games that were purposely linear, and those that simply end up as being linear. There isn’t much of a difference between the two ideas. One is done on purpose and the other one is accidental.

So which one is FF13?

Let’s find out. A one, a two, a three…

-maserbeam