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12:33 AM on 12.28.2011

Hire Me: Fate/Zero was awesome, and this is why it's important.



Those who have been following all the hubbub around Fate/Zero recently know that the last episode aired last week and set the stage for the climatic second season which starts in April 2012. Type-Moon lunatics such as myself, and standard every-folk alike have been able to appreciate a truly beautiful work of art from ufotable, Aniplex, Notes, and Nitro+, and those who paid a little more attention to the show more than just the shiny lights and big noses, may have been able to see a little glimmer of hope in what is otherwise a gloomy and dark anime industry.

This is why Fate/Zero is important to anime.


Part 1 - Potential
Fate/Zero, like many anime these days, ultimately hails from the eroge world, specifically Fate/stay night by Type-Moon. Of course, the actual original source material was the Fate/zero novels, but it just goes to show how interconnected the genres of visual novels, novels, anime, and manga ultimately are. If one makes a ripple, all of them feel the waves. Fate/stay night has been a franchise that has ultimately dipped its finger in all the pies even video games, with marginal success. (Fate/Tiger Colosseum Upper stands as one of my favorite PSP games) so it's an excellent example of just how far a franchise can go and bring in profit, even if it's already been almost eight years since the initial game came out.

There are some titles that just stand the test of time. Cowboy Bebop, Gundam, Macross, Akira, these titles will be watched by our children and our children's children, and still wow them like they did us, but Fate/stay night is a niche franchise that still brings home the yen. It's a testament to what a truly solid and complex story with interesting characters and top-notch storytelling can do.


Part 2 - Storytelling
Speaking of the storytelling, Fate/Zero broke the mold of big-shot anime franchises in that there's actually very little fan-service to speak of, and the parts that could be constituted as "fan-service" are just that, service for the FANS. The Rin episode was not in the original novels, it was added in by ufotable as something for the fans. Only people who have seen Rin Tohsaka taking on Caster or Berserker in Fate/stay night can really appreciate what that episode meant, and what the franchise means as a whole. As sad as it is for me to say, Gen Urobachi is probably a better storywriter than Kinoko Nasu because the characters he wrote are well rounded with a lot of charm, even the psychopath Ryuunosuke and Caster, behind all their COOL and O Holy Virgin! bring excellent points to the table that ring clear the elements that create good villains.

Those being that they need a good reason to explain the bad things they do. It's a common rule in storytelling that your antagonist shouldn't think of themselves as being the antagonist, and while Caster and Ryuunosuke do realize they are doing bad things, they are able to justify it in terms that make sense to the average viewer.

But I'm getting off-base. Fate/Zero marked one show that had massive profitability, truly exemplary writing, without falling into the standard cliches that many studios still rely on to get easy sales. It's an example of what beauty anime can still have today.


Part 3 - Animation
Ufotable is renowned for being one of the best animation studios in business today for stunning visuals, fluid animation, chilling settings and backdrops, and exciting visual effects. Coming fresh off the heels of Kara no Kyoukai, they jumped into Fate/Zero to show exactly what cinema quality animation could look like in a episodic format. Those who know, are able to tell where they shaved corners, but these sparse moments are often clouded in very minute details, with the finer details such as character design, backgrounds, accents and highlights of the characters themselves, still very much so alive and well.

There's so much action and motion in Fate/Zero it's impossible to keep the animators going full blast all the time, so it's expected they would need to cut corners, but every moment that mattered in the first season, had an expert's touch and grace that brought the characters on screen to life. From the scene where Gilgamesh hurled his Gate of Babylon at Berserker, to the scene where Kotomine taught a valuable lesson in Chinese martial arts to Irisviel, every second had fans on the edge of their seats to the point that I actually found it a disadvantage for myself, because I already knew what was going to happen.


Part 4 - That whole streaming thing
Fate/Zero aired on television in Japan, but also on niconico in a plethora of languages. I shouldn't have to write an article on what this means. Accessibility is the name of the game here, coupled with marketing and merchandising, will yield Fate/Zero as a profitable project in of itself. Much like with Haruhi, the amount of merchandise you're going to see for Fate/Zero is going to be staggering, hell, the blu-ray box already costs a pretty penny and I know I'm not the only one who has it on a preorder. With fans able to watch for free, in multiple languages, the exposure is leaps and bounds above what other series' pull in, and the fanbase is much larger. All that means in the long run, is dollar dollar bill y'all.


Part 5 - But what does it all mean?
Fate/Zero ultimately, is important for two main reasons. It shows that anime can be more than just cute or likeable characters catering to the moe fanbase, or whiny kids with the ability to pull stuff out of people's chests, but complaining all the time because their role model is Shinji Ikari. It shows that anime can still be adult; it can still be gritty and mature and capture a fan for the whole ride.

Fate/Zero stands out as an experiment that paid out in full, when the second season airs, you can bet yourself that I'll be eagerly awaiting it with a smile and a hop in my step, because it's a breath of fresh air in the stagnant world of anime today.   read


5:31 AM on 02.22.2010

A Hikkikomori Weekend - Vol. 15

Some people can go out on the town Saturday night, some people can see a movie, some people can even cuddle up with their significant others and all that stuff, sure, some people can do that...but I'm not those people.

This, is a hikkikomori weekend.

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It's not late if it's in by Monday morning.

Sorry for the lateness of this post folks, this week has been a major strain. As some of you might know by now, I have recently allowed another person into my hikkikomori cavern in the form of a roommate. I might have ranted about it before, but I honestly can't be sure nor remember nor care to clarify.

I think I've found the root of my problem with him though, and it comes from a lingering little problem that I have with alot of people I know.

Ambition.

Obviously, as a hikkikomori, I have to bite my tongue when I talk about things like ambition. While it's true I don't exactly get out as often as I would like, let it be said I understand that one cannot do this forever, being a hikkikomori is often not self-sustainable, as I've discussed in the past.

I have goals, dreams, ambitions, and ultimately, a future. What I can't stand though are people who lack even so much as a vision of what they intend to do outside of maybe a week from now.

It's absolutely vexing.

I love dreamers. Visionaries. People with ambitions and hopes that they cherish and dedicate their lives to. Even if you're life's passion is the eradication of all intelligent life, or the enslavement of all mankind, if you're dedicated to it strongly enough, then I respect you.

So tell me, readers. What are your goals, dreams, hopes, ambitions, wishes, fantasies, and destinies. What do you want to do with your life?

-Kageryu   read


3:56 AM on 02.15.2010

A Hikkikomori Weekend - Vol. 14 - Lol Valentine's.

Some people can go out on the town Saturday night, some people can see a movie, some people can even cuddle up with their significant others and all that stuff, sure, some people can do that...but I'm not those people.

This, is a hikkikomori weekend.

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So, it's Valentine's Day, actually it's Monday, but whatever right?

First and foremost, I am not someone who really gives a shit about romance. It's a great thing and if you have it all the best to you and your significant other, but I myself, insig-fuckin'-nificant.

I also don't do that whole Single's Awareness bullshit either, that's just tooting to the same horn in a different key so fuck all that jazz too.

I personally saw this as Sunday. A day for relaxation and the Daytona 500. No, I didn't watch it, I don't like Nascar, but it was Sunday right? Whatever.

I may seem a little ancy, and I do apologize, but all day today I hear "I'm ronery ;_;" or "I wuv my wuver :3" or shit like that, and it's frankly fucking annoying.

Shit, isn't love supposed to be eternal? Why set aside one single God damned day for it, if you wait till Valentine's day to tell your lover how much you love them then you're a fucking tool and fuck you.

Make sure your love knows you love them the same no matter what day it is, that's what love and devotion really is, anything less is fucking cheap and you should be forced to live a life full of despair and hardship.

Yes, I am single.

-Kageryu   read


6:29 PM on 02.07.2010

A Hikkikomori Weekend - Vol. 13

Some people can go out on the town Saturday night, some people can see a movie, some people can even cuddle up with their significant others and all that stuff, sure, some people can do that...but I'm not those people.

This, is a hikkikomori weekend.

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Welcome to this week's special Superbowl Edition of A Hikkikomori Weekend. Of course, I'm not a big sports person myself, so there will be no discussion of football from me, at the very least.

So, this week marks the week I order all the new parts for my new computer, I can't wait. If anything has struck me like it has since my return, it's been the lack of my own personal computer. Which made me think, we hikkikomori live a life almost entirely dependant on computers, hell, even more so, we depend on the internet most of all.

Now, I'm aware that extreme cases such as myself are obviously more dependant that others, and that some of you can easily press that power button and go outside, but there are some of that can best define our lives by a five by five, possibly ten by ten depending on how much space your computer setup takes, space of our domicile that we spend a majority of time in.

I personally use about 15% of my room, the other 85% belonging to my roommate whom I'm about to install a boundary wall between, just because I've also found that as a hikkikomori, I am at my wits end to the lack of privacy that comes without having your own personal computer to whittle away your life at.

It's actually weird, I have a bunch of friends that all live under the same room, and just having a roommate has taught me I -cannot- live with other people.

That brings me to this week's question. How important is your private space? Are you comfortable with a group of people around you at all times? Or do you need your own four walls and empty space? Make your voice heard in the comments.

Yours,
-Kageryu   read


3:24 PM on 01.29.2010

A Hikkikomori Weekend - Vol. 12

Some people can go out on the town Saturday night, some people can see a movie, some people can even cuddle up with their significant others and all that stuff, sure, some people can do that...but I'm not those people.

This, is a hikkikomori weekend.

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I'm too nice, I really am. In these kinds of times, you rarely can afford to take in people who are hard on times, but I can't help but open my doors to others in need.

So blame them with yet again, another week without a true hikkikomori weekend.

I'll try to get a better post going next week once things have settled down.

In the mean time, join me in screaming "FUCK MY LIFE!"

-Kageryu   read


4:08 PM on 01.24.2010

A Hikkikomori Weekend - Vol. 11

Some people can go out on the town Saturday night, some people can see a movie, some people can even cuddle up with their significant others and all that stuff, sure, some people can do that...but I'm not those people.

This, is a hikkikomori weekend.

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Today, let's talk about direction in life. What we want to do, our dreams, our visions, our goals, and our all around hopes and desires.

I for one, have despite my constant attempts to stray from this path, have gone through many career choices in my ripe age of 20. I've been in the military. I've been a writer. A comic book artist. A teacher. An animator. And a computer technician.

Obviously, none of them have panned out for me, yet, but I'm still reserving the possibility of falling back on them, as they were all quite enjoyable in their own right. (Except the military pathway, not doing that again.)

But I'm also still open to many different paths I could take. Clothing designer, director, actor, singer, all kinds of paths exist if one is willing to shoot for them. These things, are of course, also things I enjoy.

I always feel like I'm too old to now be deciding what I want to do, but then I realize I'm still not old enough to even drink, however the pressure is still there.

Getting ahead of myself, possibly. Rather, actually. Obviously I'm getting ahead of myself.

But in this world, the youth are always pressured and expected to be responsible, excusing the double standard of constantly babying the youth, but that's a facet of American society that I will avoid for right now. (I understand that some readers hail from areas outside of the US, so I'll try to avoid being closeminded with impressions based on blindsighted impressions based on my own backward country's politics and social views.

I'm still getting off topic, aren't I.

Then again, this topic is rather boring. So let's drop it. Address your own goals in life in the comments if you wish, or not, whatever works for you. (As you can tell I am particularly uninspired this week, I do apologize.)

Let's talk about this season of anime, particularly, my impressions of a few series that caught my attention.

Honestly, I thought Sora no Woto would be my passion this season as I'm a sucker for moeblob shows, but it's actually not.

Honestly, I'm only consciously looking forward to three shows, Sora no Woto, Baka to Test to Shokanju, and Omamori Himari, and to be perfectly honest, Baka to Test to Shokanju and Omamori Himari have me more hooked than Sora no Woto. Not sure why, but hey, that's just how it goes.

Sora no Woto is fine, but the mold that has been placed with shows like K-ON! has automatically made me, yes, even me, get a little tired of it.

It's kind of sad really because I really do enjoy these kinds of shows.

Moving on, Omamori Himari is turning out to be a little interesting, but the last episode has made it appear to fit it's standard genre mold a little too well, I hope that it keeps my interest to the end.

Finally, there's Baka to Test to Shokanju.

First of all, this series is completely fucking hilarious, beyond funny, it's down right crap my pants funny. The drama that comes with certain fansub groups and their adaptations of the script for context aside, the show is completely amazing. Not to mention that the animation is also quite well done, and consistent. Of course it's only 3 episodes in, but hey, so far so good right? I can only hope that it continues like that.

Ehem, I think I've run my course this week, I do apologize readers as I know you can't help but slam F5 as fast as possible each week (Yeah right, haha) but next week let's try to have a more fruitful conversation.

-Kageryu   read


4:09 AM on 01.16.2010

A Hikkikomori Weekend - Vol. 10

Some people can go out on the town Saturday night, some people can see a movie, some people can even cuddle up with their significant others and all that stuff, sure, some people can do that...but I'm not those people.

This, is a hikkikomori weekend.

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Welcome, readers, to another edition of A Hikkikomori Weekend, the only weekly blog that contains your weekly recommended amount of rants, tidbits, and excessive blocks of text.

This week, let's talk about 'shame', both shame for powerlevel exposure, and shame for seeing stuff you did when you were...let's say...not in the right of mind. I'm of course talking about the comparison of my foggy, alcohol clouded memories of ALA and the cruel reality, as captured by the many cameras that graced my image.

I suppose I should explain a little, just so we're on the same page.

You ever get so drunk you made a complete fool of yourself? I don't mean you told a girl you like that you liked her kind of fool of yourself, I mean get arrested or at least detained by security and get dragged back to your hotel room where your roommate is there and all he can do is laugh as you mouth out at least a skeleton summary of why you are coming back a little past 11:30 with the smell of booze on your breath and a stumble in your stride that makes people think you're about to keel over and die at any second. That kind of fool of yourself.

Sadly, I remember just such a state, I almost wish I had taken a few more shots so I would have passed out and not remembered a thing, but the memories are all there, if a little foggy. I may not be able to recall everything in crystal clarity, but I can at least tell what I did and what I did not do...to a point.

You may be asking yourself how this pertains to shame, well, anyone who knows me personally knows I have quite the foul mouth, it's...pretty bad. Writing I'm fine, so it's not like I have a lack of intelligence or vocabulary, instead I just get ahead of myself and speak faster than I think, thus use curses as a way to buffer.

Now.

I'm probably going to regret this.

But there's a video out that sparked this whole topic, those who know me personally also know I frequent the Official Anime-Expo Forums, and spend much of any convention with friends from there.

The video is only a minute or so long, but features me swearing quite profusely about how much I love the AX forums and the crowd I met through there, keep in mind, when I say that I am surprised and a little appalled by my mouth in this video, I'm being absolutely serious. It's that bad.

Note first, that I do consider my friends to be family, so to say that I love them isn't far from the truth, but it's a kind of love that can be akin to saying I love chocolate milk, so no-homo there. Also, keep in mind I was really, really wasted.

Second, note how I start swearing right from the get-go, and I mean, -swearing-, to be honest, I couldn't watch it for more than five seconds at a time because I was so...embarrassed? Ashamed? A little bit of both? It's for all kinds of reasons really.

Anyway, I think hiding things you're ashamed of is kind of weak, so I'm putting it out there for everyone to see, as I think it takes real courage and a little bit of stupidity to show others your less than fabulous of moments.

Now that I've explained my shame over the video, here it is. You didn't think I would leave you without a link did you?

Kage loves the AX Forums

I think the best line is "I don't give a shit, I love him to. I don't even know no God damned fucking god damned fucking god damned no shit about him."

-Kageryu

Today's Reader Question is - How many regrets do you have in your life? Do they harbor over you? Or do you push them away and ignore them?   read


3:02 AM on 01.11.2010

A Hikkikomori Weekend - Vol. 9, Part 2

Some people can go out on the town Saturday night, some people can see a movie, some people can even cuddle up with their significant others and all that stuff, sure, some people can do that...but I'm not those people.

This, is a hikkikomori weekend.

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ALA was a hoot.

Although I myself wouldn't actually know anything that happened concerning the con itself, as due to a bout with alcohol that I inevitably lost, making a complete ass of myself in the process, I spent much of the con avoiding staff from both the con and the hotel.

But a con like ALA is hardly about panels and events as it is the people you associate with, and in that regard, I think I did more good than harm. Besides, no one was hurt, so it wasn't that bad.

At least, I hope not. To be honest my memory is rather foggy.

Obviously, since this is a continuation of this week's earlier post, this will be the smallest one yet. More a place to write something that to discuss any real issues.

Instead, I would like to pose a question to my con-fairing readers. When you attend a convention, do you find yourself hopping from panel to panel, listening intently to the speakers? Or are you more the social butterfly, ignoring major industry announcements and seminars to expose and communicate with your fellow otaku in all their good and bad varieties?

Personally, I'm a little bit of both, as a regular on a number of large forums, I've developed quite a few people I usually only see at conventions, and by relation, I end up shuffling from person to person, group to group, scene to scene. But I'm also not without being seen at a panel, gathering all the latest intel on the state of things in this otaku-world.

So, I turn to you guys, what kind of con-goer are you? Does the fun start when you get up in the morning? Or when someone breaks out the vodka? Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

-Kageryu   read


5:30 PM on 01.06.2010

A Hikkikomori Weekend - Vol. 9

Some people can go out on the town Saturday night, some people can see a movie, some people can even cuddle up with their significant others and all that stuff, sure, some people can do that...but I'm not those people.

This, is a hikkikomori weekend.

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This week, I'll progress into part two of my new segment, "WTF Guys: Otaku subgroups that are just plain strange." with one of the lesser known otaku groups, otakukin.

An otakukin is defined as a person who believes that they were a certain anime character in a past life...Really? Did I just type that right? Whatever you say internet. Ehem, where do we start...Ok, here we go.

Otakukin aren't as simple as that, of course, as nothing ever is.

The phrase originates from otherkin, a person who believes they were in a past life, a mythological figure or something like that...I know, I'm as confused as you are, but at least you don't have to write about this stuff.

Now, I realize that what I say and the way I say it could appear as insulting, but to those offended by what I say, you have to realize to the everyman, myself included, this whole "lifestyle" is pretty off the wall at face value. I guess it could be because I'm reading articles written for neutral parties when I already have a predisposition of "WTF?" so of course I'm taking all this with a massive grain of salt, but I didn't exactly say I was without judgement.

Anyway, ideas like these aren't new, and contrary to my initial beliefs on the subject are supported by intelligent, sophisticated people, which deepens the impact of "WTF?" when I, an educated and sophisticated person myself, not new to alternative ways of thinking and viewpoints, can't even completely grasp my head around the subject without thinking that the individual involved in this may seriously need to consider therapy.

Like I said last week, sometimes we take this shit too far folks. I'm hardly one to throw stones, but even though I say long phrases as my trademark like "Haruhi Suzumiya is my wife, but Isurugi Chie is my childhood friend, and Akiha Tohno, Azaka Kokutou, Miyako Arima, and Nanami Nishijou are my little sisters!" It doesn't actually mean that I think when I get home Haruhi will be waiting for me along with Chie, Nanami, Miyako, Akiha, and Azaka. It's just an inside joke I throw around when in the company of people that get it. That's all it is.

This may come to a surprise to those that thought of me as the hikkikomori messiah (+50EXP - Ego has reached Level 12.) but I'm actually pretty down to Earth, I'm not delusional with my fandom, as such, I have a hard time understanding those that are.

Really. What's wrong with some of us otaku?

I dunno, this post, like the one last week about furry fandom, is more a way for me to address the WTF-ery of it all than anything else. Gah, now I have a headache, where's my quantum physics, maybe that'll ground my head a little closer to Earth.

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I actually wrote the otakukin thing the same night as the last post, the topic was on my mind and I didn't want to lose it before ALA. Anyway, this will be a handful of quickies from now until I post the next AHW.

December 31st, 2009 - Thursday (7 Days Remain)
It's barely Thursday, 12:16AM PST to be exact, I'm writing this as a private post for now, as I prepare myself for ALA. There's not much to prepare for however, as my registration and hotel room are all complimentary by a friend of mine, yeah, it's a lucky break, but hey, I don't look gift horses in the mouths.

Tonight I intend to do a little more writing on my visual novel Tatari so that my editor doesn't decide to kill me. He's busy playing Umineko no Naku Koro ni though, so I think it'll be ok if I yukkuri it a bit tonight...did I really just say "yukkuri it a bit"? ...Fuck, I've been doing this too long...

-Kageryu

January 06th, 2010 - Wednesday (1 Days Remain)
It is...3:26PM, Wednesday. This week has been much catching up, finishing series that I missed, and starting on new shows.

Well, it's the new season, new shows are starting to appear and it looks to be a pretty...docile season. It's looking pretty slow.

I'm actually without much to say, thus why we're not gonna have a very long quickie right now, this is what I get for pushing the AHW out of a weekend. D:

-Kageryu   read


1:36 AM on 12.31.2009

A Hikkikomori Weekend - Vol. 8

Some people can go out on the town Saturday night, some people can see a movie, some people can even cuddle up with their significant others and all that stuff, sure, some people can do that...but I'm not those people.

This, is a hikkikomori weekend.

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This week's AHW is early to make up for the lack of one last week, and features something that has plagued my mind for quite a long while.

I've always considered myself to be an open, and understanding individual. Far from complete neutrality, I at least have the common courtesy to let people do their own thing and pursue their own happiness.

Most of the time.

There are a few things though that boggle even my mind as I scratch through this thick layer of internet fetishes that a hikkikomori must trek through in order to find the gooey, delicious underbelly of stuff too adult to talk about here. (Yes, even on Japanator)

A big thing is this whole...furry fetish. I know, it's been around for about as long as the internet itself, but I've finally reached a point of "Wtf-ery" where I have to say something, lest I be doomed to becoming stuck with a face half that of confusion, and half that of utter disbelief.

I know, you're thinking "What's so hard to believe Kageryu? Some people like to have sex with dogs or cats or whatever it is they do." I know, it's actually a fetish for anthropomorphic characters or something like that, but I've never completely understood it anyway so to hell with technicalities.

Now, as I've probably just lit a shitstorm of very epic proportions, let me back up a little. My...ignorance, I think that word will suffice, is limited to the furry people that feel a sexual fascination with the fandom, as far as those who just like the crap, hell, to each their own. But when they start throwing around physical and biological preferences, that's when I think they have a chemical imbalance before anything else.

You know, there are times when we take this shit too far people, this is coming from a self-proclaimed hikkikomori, so you know there's a serious problem going on.

I may have a 2D complex, but I'll still jump on the first hot girl offering her luscious bombastic B-cup boobies (I like em small, but not DFC) at me when given the chance, there's no denying biology folks. It's people who try to trick themselves, and others, into thinking that things that aren't human are more sexually attractive than things that are that just...well...leave me without a word to say edgewise.

As I've said before, I'm fine with people being gay, regardless as to the cause of homosexuality, it being a life choice or genetics, whatever, at least the person is still human. But when that sexual attraction leaves our species, that's when things get a little out of hand.

I know furfags don't actually have sex with animals, but it still leaves me with a bit "wtf" across my face when I hear these people talk or I see the "art" (note the quotation marks) which just leaves me without words.

I dunno, like I said, I'm typically an open-minded kind of guy, to each their own and all that jazz, but there comes a time when maybe, just maybe, some of us need to seek psychological help because there is some shit in this world that just ain't right.

And don't even get me started on fujoshi.

Anyway, next week's AHW might be early as well as I will be attending ALA in Los Angeles, and I don't feel like paying for a laptop (like I leave the house often enough to warrant it anyway.) If I don't have it up early, I'll have it up first thing when I get back, including a full report as to how that little mini-convention went and all that good stuff (maybe even photos, if I remember.)

Yours,
-Kageryu   read


2:41 PM on 12.26.2009

A Hikkikomori Weekend - Vol. 7

Some people can go out on the town Saturday night, some people can see a movie, some people can even cuddle up with their significant others and all that stuff, sure, some people can do that...but I'm not those people.

This, is a hikkikomori weekend.

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There won't be any A Hikkikomori Weekend this week folks, it's Christmas after all.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from your neighborhood hikkikomori! Kageryu.

-Kageryu   read


8:41 PM on 12.18.2009

A Hikkikomori Weekend - Vol. 6

Some people can go out on the town Saturday night, some people can see a movie, some people can even cuddle up with their significant others and all that stuff, sure, some people can do that...but I'm not those people.

This, is a hikkikomori weekend.

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Salutations and good tidings readers, and welcome to another installment of A Hikkikomori Weekend, the only weekly blog that combines the paranoid yet insightful ramblings of an otaku who thinks far too deeply in matters that would be otherwise insignificant, and the observations of said otaku through a looking glass to the world a little bigger than his head.

This week, we'll be discussing something a little more light, seeing how we've had a heavy month thus far, it's actually quite difficult to write and come up with consistent, relevant topics that aren't pressing the same point over and over again, you can only word the same sentence so many different ways after all.

So this week, we'll be switching gears to talk about the other word in the title, Weekend. Yes, this week will actually be about my weekend, thus far, and what is planned in the next coming days.

This week marks the annual Winter LAN Party, to celebrate the birthday of a friend of mine, really, it's any excuse to get all the boys together and waste away our health to the poison that is online gaming.

Unfortunately, ever since my return I've been...technologically impaired. What does that mean? I've unfortunately been slowly piecing together the remains of a computer that I have left, I'm not bitter about losing a major part of my attachment to the world, shallow, I know, but it's true, ever since my return I haven't exactly been one to get bitter about a whole lot of things, so maybe it's a good sign of positive change, a little passive for my taste, but hey, what're you gonna do.

Luckily, my friends being the good friends that they are, have supplied me with a temporary substitute, it's not quite as good as the PC I personally owned, but again, what're you gonna do. I'm not one to be ungrateful.

Now, I am faced however with the dilemma of occupying my time, obviously, I'm left with whatever provisions I have come with, mainly the knowledge of where to watch streaming anime and whatnot to occupy my time, but unfortunately I began playing Persona 4 last night (slowpoke, I know, shoot me.) So I'm completely addicted to that, and I didn't bring the PS2 with me. Ahh, the one game I'm dying to keep playing is the one game I don't have with me.

Whatever, no matter. This week has proved to be a great time for news, as I get myself caught up on all the Type-Moon/Haruhi related news, I of course knew about the Fate/Stay Night -Unlimited Bladeworks- movie, but I did not know about the rumored Endless Eight movie that was being shot around during that whole fiasco as having turned out to be the much, much anticipated Disappearance arc. That came as a shock, and filled me with a renewed vigor. Ahh, the things I have missed.

I'll periodically update if I feel like it as the weekend progresses, but we will see.

Until then, this has been A Hikkikomori Weekend, thanks for tuning in!

-Kageryu   read


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