Ice Queens getting defrosted this week. Well, not technically
Characters that we’ve been only getting bits and pieces of finally get their spotlight this week, well. It’s safe to say that I won’t be dropping any of the series I’m watching until the end of the season, even though Bahamut is garbage I still want to see how low it goes. But overall, it was a pretty good week with most of the cast/feel of the series pretty much set in stone for me.
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I’ve been a Grand Theft Auto grind these days. I first played San Andreas the year it came out while I never actually to finish it. I was stuck around the San Fierro portions of the game where the distances you’re expected to drive were completely insane for my sort of attention span that long back. Even now, I think the distances are freaking unbelievable but the last few missions definitely made up for it. There’s definitely some magic and hilarity in the missions you’re made to do which really shows some charm of when games could be a lot more liberal with the content it showcased. On GTA IV’s DLC, both were pretty fantastic in both their story arcs and it amazes me how many plot points are going on across the three protagonists. I’ve yet to start GTA V but I’ve been hearing mixed opinions on it so I can’t wait to see what it’ll give.
As if these posts aren’t game related enough, this week’s theme is the actual “final” boss of the entirety of Dark Souls II, Aldia, the Scholar of the First Sin. From the base game up and until the release of the titular expansion and its according patch, Aldia was only mentioned as Vendrick’s brother who researched the nature of souls with him before the kingdom fell and Aldia went insane from his research and was locked in his keep. Aldia did research on fusing undead, the giants, and even dragons but his true fate was never revealed. Theories on how he was the Ancient Dragon ontop the Sancutary or him being Navlaan went around until it was revealed Aldia was able to successfully turn himself into a being that existed outside of the Undead Curse, neither truly alive nor dead, a being without a soul. Aldia takes some interest in you and only after beating him can you choose to ignore the cycle and with Vendrick’s Lost Crowns quest can you fully free yourself from the curse.
Attempted to get ahead but my Game schedule is just skyrocketing recently. Anyway, thankfully this isn’t as late as yesterday and I’m going to try and keep it that way. This week’s episodes were decent I guess, some still remain the same while progress is getting apparent since this (technically, last) week marks 1/4th of the season.
So let’s get on with it.
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Late because the previous post was late
There was one particular show I thought about picking up, Gifting, or rather, Kono Subarashi Sekai ni Shufuku Wo but there’s something about the ENTIRE genre of losers dying and then reincarnating that I find absolutely droll. I find them even more droll than magic battle academy harems. Maybe it’s because of the fact that blatantly killing off the main character who may or may not have been a failure at his life and have his entire slate wiped clean and have him retain his knowledge of his previous life to apply to his new one. Maybe it’s because I blatantly hate self-inserting but you can’t get any more wish-fulfillment than that. As many shitty harems as I watch, I only actually enjoy around a handful of them. Actually, the only ones that I can legitimately say I have active interests are around 4, maybe I’ll discuss and mention those at a later time eh?
This week’s theme is that of one of my personal favorite characters in the entire series in terms of lore and presentation. The Burnt Ivory King was a former noble of the warrior nation of Forossa and he was sent North when the ancient force of Chaos (yes, that Chaos from Dark Souls with the tree roots and lava) appeared in their country. The Ivory King set off with his people to the frozen north and established the kingdom of Eleum Loyce, with its high walls made for containing the Chaos instead of keeping others out. The King ruled well, and placed his throne in front of the hole leading down to the Chaos so that he may serve as the first line of defense against the creatures that dwelled there. Some time or another, he gained a queen that is revealed to be another portion of Manus’s soul but she was instead accepted and loved to an extent that she overcame her dark intent and worked to serve under him. A time came when the Ivory King felt his soul weakening and to eternally protect his people, he threw himself into the Chaos along with an army of his knights. The player arrives to the frozen ruins of Eleum Loyce and finds his wife, Alsanna keeping the Chaos at bay and she bids you to find the remaining Loyce Knights to accompany you down to the Chaos and release the Ivory King and his knights from their torment. You venture out into the kingdom ruins to find more Loyce Knights and at the end, 4 of them join you into the descent where you battle an army of Charred Loyce Knights. The 3 that followed you sacrifice themselves to disable the gates that their fallen brethren come from while 1 helps you fight his fallen king and his fight’s presentation is something else entirely.
Had a weekend of playing San Andreas, Pokemon, Blazblue, and PSP emulation, so I was surprised at how fast time flew. I’m late on this but oh well. The “Three Episode Rule” would apply by the time this gets posted and where I stand so far, I think I’ll discuss in the Music Post to come. Given the shit I’m actually watching, I don’t think it’s that unpredictable but who knows right? Still, something in the back of my head is telling me watch more things which is something that can definitely happen.
Anyways, let’s get right to it.
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Late because tiredness
So this season’s selections are pretty much done and I’m either too disappointed or completely pleased, but I don’t want that to sound like I’m hating it. It’s a somewhat fair selection in my opinion but I will say that Spring season is shaping up to be pretty amazing. But either way, we’ll be trucking along.
This week’s theme is undoubtedly one of the favorites by a wide margin. Not exactly a personal favorite of mine but it’s an agreed upon favorite by a good chunk of community. Keep in mind that the community’s opinion on Dark Souls 2 is split but they can both agree that this theme is probably one of the series’ best. Sir Alonne is the eponymous “leader” of the Alonne Knights that are mostly seen in the Iron Keep, a domain of the Old Iron King. The King was assisted by Alonne and two carved out a mighty empire, only for Alonne to leave one day, and the King set out on a forceful quest to know why Alonne left him. If the King’s memories serve to show what happened, the King defeated Alonne but the latter committed suicide and out of a sense of guilt, the King enshrined his old friend’s armor and in his tower. The lore might suggest that Alonne had kept the tiny throne the old King once used before his ascension to power. Either way, Alonne is one of the tougher bosses with a tough gauntlet to pass before you even get to his room and he’s freakishly fast and has delays on his attacks. The floor is magnificent as all hell too.
orOh here we go.
I thought I’d have more of a selection this time around and admittedly, I’m not watching 2 carbon copies of each other but I didn’t end up with some more diverse series but I’m getting busy around this time again so I can’t complain. I’ve got shows I’m going to love to hate, shows I have no idea what to expect, and shows that I can just watch people die in, a nice big package.
But as “diverse” as my plate is, some bad eggs are there and you how much I love to make myself sad. Only one more show was picked up while I completely forgot Gyaruko-chan existed but oh well, no loss there. I was thinking of picking up Kono-sekai but let me be honset with you. I think the died and resurrected to a different, RPG world is a way worse cliche setting than magic battle schools. I’ll talk more about that when the time comes so let’s get this going.
You can already tell what I picked up, I ain’t proud of it but at least I can complain about it.
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