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Music of the Week #551-552

Back on schedule.

Was absolutely swamped with work until recently so I’ve been out of it for two weeks. This also means that I only partially am caught up with spring releases which I’ll probably catch up with over the rest of the week. I’m also finally free to write up my Elden Ring thoughts although I feel as though that will also take a bit of time.

Things did however line up decently well for music discussion. Today we get a set of off-chapter shenanigans including Peach and Bowser, whose scenarios we’ve discussed briefly before. Bowser gets a couple mini-games in the vein of the original Super Mario Bros while Peach gets to go around being Solid Snake again and sneak around the X-Naut base. Instead of Twink, it’s TEC, and I grew to enjoy his character immensely even though it comes off as a bit creepy but in an intriguing way. Whereas Peach’s fun section in Paper Mario was about baking a cake, now one of the scenarios you need to do is dance with a clone hologram to teach TEC what dancing is.

Music of the Week #550

Pressed for time.

I’ve finished my first playthrough of Elden Ring but writing about it is going to take some time since I have a couple other things to do before I can really concentrate on getting my full thoughts about it. Aside from that, I managed to catch up with at least two of the weekly series I mentioned being interested in and I’m still wondering if I should cover them weekly like I used to or not. I’m actually so impressed with Date A Live 4’s quality compared to Seasons 3 and 4 that I’m trying to get some more work done to talk about it sooner. I’ll see what I can get out during the weekend but I’ll be busy for the next couple weeks.

Lord Crump is a legitimate joke in the game but I do appreciate his hustle in trying to be trouble for you and he’s more or less the Junior Troopa of this game with the constant run-ins against him. His tricks doesn’t really involve himself getting any stronger but having more tools and X-Nauts to throw at you. His mech however is pretty cool and does become a relatively tough fight when we see it again way down the line.

Music of the Week #549

Spring is here

And I’m too busy to fully indulge in it yet. I say this because while I was planning to write up a quick thoughts on Bisque Doll, I realized that it was time for a new season and while I said I was mostly interested in just A Couple of Cuckoos, I found a bunch of shows that I kind of want to watch. So far it’s

  • A Pair of Cuckoos
  • Paripi Koumei
  • Date A Live 4
  • Kaguya-Sama
  • Koi wa Sekai Seifuku no Ato De

It’s been a while since I had a season with so much potential, but that’s Spring for you, that’s the season that usually has a lot of bangers.

This week’s theme is the Shadow Sirens, a mini-boss group that you wouldn’t expect to keep running into all the way until the end-game. The way they act, as how simple they are to fight, belies their true nature of being pretty contextual to the game’s final scenario. Notably of course, is that one of them ends up being a party member later on.

Music of the Week #547-548

A week late but there’s a justifiable reason.

My hard drive died so I went and scrambled around trying to recover data and buy a new PC. I had an excuse to play more Elden Ring but I’m mostly stalling on fighting the last trio of bosses before finishing the first playthrough at approximately 160 hours. I have plenty of things to say about the game but I’m having a fun of helping people kill bosses with certain weapon art + talisman combo builds.

The two week theme connection does however flow nicely into each other as we cover both the Boggly Woods and Boggly Tree themes, two overall really atmospheric areas that contrast really hard with the rambunctious and busy theme the Puni’s come to associate with the area later. I’ve said before how the chapter basically ends up like Pikmin and how some people don’t like it as much but I thought it was pretty novel, if not a ploy to convince other companies on just how many bodies the Gamecube could process at once on a screen. I might have said this already but I’m not a big fan of Flurrie either for gameplay or just in-universe context. I have no idea what she’s supposed to be.

Music of the Week #546

Man, we’re on top of things this week.

Disco Elysium’s post could have used a bit more love but I finished that way back in September, and I definitely do not have the time to try and go through another file. Unless, the PS5 version can improve the load times, who knows. In any case, I’m all prepped for Elden Ring.

After I actually beat the damn thing. I’m 110 hours in and at the Consecrated Snowfields and don’t want it to end

This tune might not be to everyone’s favor as I’ve seen many people call the Great Boggly Tree a rather lackluster chapter in the context of the ones to succeed it. It’s essentially 2D pikmin and micromanaging them isn’t too bad but it does a couple extra seconds making sure all of them are following you to hit those combined weight puzzles. I do like how one of the jabbies can join the puni army though. Although to be fair, the music track does get a little grating compared to the overall serene tunes of the woods itself. Also, Flurrie is my least favorite partner..

Music of the Week #545

On time! Earlier than the usual even!

So with some free time that isn’t spent completely dominated by Elden Ring, and no joke, I played for like 11 hours yesterday, I think I’ve managed to get some pictures for Disco Elysium to hopefully get out before the week’s end. I still feel really annoyed how my picture stash got wiped not once but twice but there’s really no other way to go about it now unless they’ve recently patched the loading times.

Luigi gets a significant bump in the side-character department as he embarks on a journey himself and has three versions of his adventures to boot in the game. The first narrative is told by none other than himself with proper embellishments, the second is told by his own cast of chapter unique partners that accompanies him through his quest, and lastly by either himself again or an author because his stories become published partway through the game and become purchasable. Coming back to Rogueport after a chapter and seeing Luigi go through his own struggles, even if they’re silly, was always a fun thing to look forward to. Mario also falls asleep during his idle animation while listening to Luigi’s recounting. I’ve always wanted a Paper Luigi game in the vein of TTYD before he gets made into a playable character in Super Paper Mario but who knows if that will ever happen.

Music of the Week #544

Got busy and swept in Elden Ring again

No excuses here, got busy as shit with work and then when said work was done, I just played more Elden Ring. I guess the season is around two weeks from ending which means a Bisque Doll post and then a new season with another series for me to watch.

So in these two weeks of confusion and hurry, I mixed up the songs again. We were supposed to do this one last week so let’s fix that. Just like Peach, Bowser now gets to play a mini role in between chapters being one or two steps behind Mario’s Crystal Star collecting journey. While not challenging or all that exciting, it is still entertaining to see Bowser try his best at being the villain of the story again only to run into some problems on the way.