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Macross Delta First Impressions

“Macross Cure: School Valkyrie Project is my favorite animu fam.”
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I had a chance to watch a preview episode for the upcoming Macross series, Macross Delta.  I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  For me, a Macross series needs the following:

Does it have it?  In a word, yes.  Though some people may crave a more action-based premise, I’m totally digging this concept.  For people that are more of the original SDF Macross, Zero, and Frontier flavor, this series probably won’t tickle your fancy.  People like me that enjoyed the fuck out of Macross 7 (FIRE!!) will be sure to get a kick out this one.

And I don’t know about you, but I’m trying to figure out who Mirage is descended from.  If it’s Mylene,  then I’ll shit my pants from joy.  BOMBA!!!

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Twitch’s Top 5…and bottom 5 of 2015

2015’s almost done.  It’s been a whirlwind year.  There have been some awesome highs, and some indescribable lows.  Time to put it all out there, so to speak.

Let’s start with the lows.

1. Konami

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Wow.  Where do I even begin?  From the rumors of Hideo Kojima’s employment status, to the reports of their management skills and treatment of Kojima-sensei’s employees prior to the release of Metal Gear Solid V (being demoted to janitorial work, limited access to the company intranet, and even the removing of Kojima’s name from his magnum opus, Konami tops SSB’s list of 2015’s lows.  You can’t get much lower than they did.  They tried pretty fuckin’ hard.

2. Valentine’s Day

Going on a Valentine’s date with your arm in a sling due to an accident during MMA training sucks hard. And it’s pretty embarrassing. (Sorry E!)

3. Ronda Rousey

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Ronda’s place in the UFC hall of fame is pretty much guaranteed.  She’s blazed the way for all female MMA fighters in the public eye and there isn’t a damn thing anyone can do to take away her legacy.  The legacy however, can be tarnished a bit.  And that’s exactly what happened to her.  It took 2 rounds for Holly Holm to systematically dismantle the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion.  2 rounds and a head kick.  She probably wouldn’t even be on the list, but since the fight was anything but close, here she is.

4. The San Diego Chargers

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Come on Chargers, you can’t be doing SD dirty like you are right now.  Then again, it’s kinda hard to argue throwin’ more money for a new stadium when y’all haven’t won a super bowl like ever.  I did learn that there are a bunch of loyal fans that are gonna be mighty sore if/when you do leave.  Fans including my legs.  My Muay Thai coach threatened leg conditioning days if they leave.

5. The UFC apparel deal with Reebok.

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From shitty designs to an apparent apathy for all things MMA-related, it’s hard to suck harder than Reebok these days.  How can they release a shirt for a fighter named “Anderson Aldo”?  Or a fight kit for a fighter named Giblert Melendez?

And onto the highs!

1. Conor McGregor

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He was riding on an 10 or 11 fight winning streak when he stepped into the octagon against Jose Aldo a couple weeks ago.  He’s proven every single naysayer wrong (hell, even me).  Now, after his 13-second dispatching of Jose Aldo Jr., nothing seems impossible for Conor McGregor.

2. ONE PUNCH MAN

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Saitama is a superhero for fun, and he’s capable of stopping most monsters-of-the-week in one punch.  Fucker’s gotten so strong that he’s bored.  ONE’s webmanga about a bored superhero spawned one of the most visually satisfying anime series ever seen in a good long while.  Props to MADHOUSE for animating this series, and you bet there’s gonna be a second season.

3. Metal Gear Solid V

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Sure the ending may have been rushed (thanks KONAMI), but this game really was Kojima-sensei’s magnum opus.  I loved every minute of this game, and I haven’t even started playing Metal Gear Online yet.  The way that the game ended was mind-blowing at best (especially for veterans of the series), but mind-scratching at worst (if this was your entry game in the series, you’ve got some lore to catch up on).  The FOX Engine really brought Afghanistan and Africa to life, and didn’t drop in framerate or lag during any portion of the game.  Yeah.  That’s how you do open world and not fuck up.  I’M LOOKING AT YOU BETHESDA.

4. Sony Computer Entertainment

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The PS4’s been kicking ass in the market, and they’ve left the Microsoft PR guy saying the classic “Hey we’re in it for the gamers” line.  Meanwhile, Sony’s helped SEGA bring the rest of the Yakuza game franchise to the rest of the world, helped Hideo Kojima relaunch Kojima Productions as an independent creative studio, and just been awesome all around.  Oh, and there’s that Final Fantasy VII remake too.

5.  Rooster Teeth/RWBY

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Monty Oum’s untimely passing earlier this year was a tragedy nobody could’ve foreseen.  The future of his brainchild was in question, but Rooster Teeth, the production company responsible for RWBY, Red Vs. Blue, X-ray and Vav, and a few other shows stepped to the plate and continued production of the series.  Worries of whether or not the series would live up to the standards that Monty put on the series were laid to rest when Volume 3 started earlier this year.  Not only has the animation quality vastly improved, the rest of the production also improved as well.  They scored some high quality voice actor talent and it shows.

I had a chance to go to the Rooster Teeth panel during comic con 2015 and my Lie Ren cosplay went over really well.  I hope to do it again next year.

And that’s my 2015 in a nutshell.  Bring on 2016!

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That weird part of YouTube.

Since my little mini-vacation, I’ve found myself wandering into the strange parts of YouTube.  One of my favorite things to do is just watch one video and start wandering through all the suggested videos on the right hand side of the page.  I come across gems.  Like this scene from the ending of Hokuto no Ken 2.  I don’t know what it is about the scene that makes it so awesome, the butt rock, the exploding volcano, or the manly lava fragment that Kenshiro catches.

 

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Slowing the hell down.

Being sidelined with various respiratory bugs blows and sucks.  Yet here I am.  I’ve been off for approximately one week over the past two weeks.  First it was a mild case of pneumonia(if you can call it that), followed by a cold.  I’ve been passing the time at home eating various foodstuffs and resting as best I could, but even I get restless.

I’ve been playing Destiny and MGSV to pass the time.  Some highlights include:

  • Taking down Oryx and building my light level to 303.  For the longest time I struggled since I couldn’t find people to raid with.  Especially since the last group I was in was especially meme-averse.  Now things aren’t so bad.
  • Beating MGSV and getting the “True” end.  Surreal as it was, I liked it.  Puts everything in order.  And fuck Huey.
  • Hopefully we’ll have some new comics soon.  Our artist is currently having technical difficulties.
  • And with the San Diego Asian Film Festival underway, our multimedia guru Brian is going to be quite busy.  I suppose it’ll be time to do something productive in the meantime.

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I also got Crunchyroll and upgraded my Hulu so there’s no commercials.  RWBY volume 3 is awesome, Love Live is awesome, and so is Hidan no Aria AA.

Welp, I’m going to run a stream and see if anyone’s down for Oryx.  See you there!

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Ferris takes on Justin’s anime challenge, and NBA references abound.

Not wanting to feel left out, Ferris takes on the same anime challenge that I took.  And he compares an anime to Shawn Kemp.  Which one is it?  WATCH THE VIDEO AND FIND OUT.

And as a special gift, I’ve found footage of the Bible Black dub.  It’s pretty awful.

Happy Tuesday!

 

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“Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F” Trailer

Freeza is back! (and is now apparently a Lakers fan). The newest Dragon Ball Z film (following 2013’s “Battle of Gods”) will debut in Japan on April 18th, 2015.

Also, a fan film titled “Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope” recently debuted. It’s a live action adaptation of “The History of Trunks” and certainly trumps the abomination that was Dragon Ball: Evolution.

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Destiny Digest #3 : I kicked Atheon’s ass.

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On Friday night, I earned the “Raider” trophy as I finally beat Atheon.  I was in a 6-main raid with an acquaintance of mine met through our own Jonathan.  I was brought in as a ringer, since their slot was open.  How can I sum up my experience running the Vault of Glass?

Intense.  From opening the vault door, and making my way to Atheon, the entire raid didn’t drop in intensity.  It simply changed form.  From defending, attacking, hiding, and even platforming, the entire dungeon blended seamlessly to form one of the best MMO dungeons I’ve played in a long time.  Not to mention I got 2/3 raid gear armor pieces on my first try :).

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Loitering. Because.

With that in mind, I can probably say that Destiny is the standout GOTY for me.  I haven’t had this much fun playing a shooter in a looooooooooooooong time.

In other news, my Extra Live team, “Team Kupo Yo”, reached its fundraising goal!  We raised over $1000 for the Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.  Big shoutout to our very own Abe, who was participating in the actual stream from the get-go, Jennice for being the team captain and getting the whole thing organized, Thanh for running the away operations, and to all the teammates and people that donated money, thank you!

What’s next for SSB?  More Destiny, more humor, and hopefully more comic.  Admittedly, I’m still working on the last part.

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-Francis