Music of the Week #498-99

Could you tell how busy I was?

I assume things will be like this for another week or two and I’ll finally have some time off again, although, I’ll probably need a break from writing after doing nothing but that for the past two months. Still, I’ve been wanting to talk about these games for a while and just hope the inspired light in my head hasn’t completely dimmed from having not played them in a while. I think TWEWY’s anime is out but I haven’t caught up with it. Nagatoro’s anime is suffering from some Bokuben syndrome of skipping around chapters, in fact, I think it’s more egregious right now with its desperate pacing to introduce more characters as soon as possible. We’ll see how it turns out.

Paper Mario really knocks unique locales out of the park and perhaps the most colorful of them is Shy Guy’s toybox that really plays to the “toybox” aesthetic with blocks, toy trains, and random items that the Shy Guys have stolen from Toad Town. It’s boss battles that included some mob mechanics would feature heavily in The Thousand Year Door and while the fight itself isn’t too difficult, it made a Tattle Log completionist like me choke a bit when different formations of shy guys popped out across all its phases. There’s even an endgame level challenge here with the Anti Guy guarding a rare badge.

Music of the Week #497

Plenty of stuff

The business has lulled for a couple days before I take another project or two but I was apparently so busy last week being excited over Stone Ocean that I completely forgot to bring up the new spring season releases. Megalo Box got itself a second season that started like 2-3 weeks back and I haven’t checked it out yet. Recall that I didn’t feel as much entertainment from the rest of the series beyond the first two episodes and apparently Nanbu, the guy responsible for the best scenes in the series is gone. I’ll be waiting for some more episodes and get a feel for it before I dive into it. Nagatoro finally has its anime and I already caught up with all of its chapters the day I watched it. There’s a couple more to mention but I don’t think they’ve aired yet like the TWEWY adaptation.

I’ve hyped it up for like 3 weeks but here it is, Tubba Blubba’s theme. The boss fight is more of a joke while the Heart itself was the proper chapter boss. Incredibly catchy opening notes and just a sheer power behind it after some really fun sequences running from Tubba himself like that mech-spider boss in FF8. Every now and then I hum this tune because it stuck with me that well.

Music of the Week #496

Works not letting up.

But you heard the news didn’t you? Stone Ocean anime is coming and like I said before on how ASB had some good voice actors, we’re not getting Miyuki Sawashiro as Jolyne anymore which is a bit of a bummer. I’ve heard Ai Fairouz voice performance and I don’t have much issue with her taking the role since Jolyne was only voiced by Sawashiro for so long. Apparently Fairouz is a huge fan of Jojo so I hope she can bring some new passion into the project. I told you April would bear some good news. Beyond this news though, I’m still way too busy until the end of this month and I also seem to not have any good shots of Bayonetta so I think I’ll do the lazy thing and merge Vanquish and Bayonetta together and double up on the Vanquish screenshots.

We’re getting close to one of the boss tracks that really stuck with me through the years but another big element as to why the boss fight of Chapter 3 was so memorable was that he’s actually invincible. Plain and simple, he cannot be defeated by any means of which I know because he’s impervious to all damage so he probably doesn’t even have a healthbar. Thus you are forced to figure out the secret behind his immortality and learn that Tubba Blubba had previously removed his own heart and hid it away in the windmill you pass by on the road to his castle. Out of all the Paper Mario bosses, this set-up is easily one of my favorites.