Tuesday, November 24, 2015

One-Punch Man

So I've been really enjoying One-Punch Man (eng), a webcomic that has recently transitioned to tankobon and, apparently, anime. I hate superhero stories, but it seems to have been written by someone who has the same feelings about the genre that I do. It's also legitimately funny and clever. I also love the shitty art.


Monday, November 23, 2015

Dresden Files Fool Moon Ch19 - 20

The book is 34 chapters total, so we're now past the halfway point. What do we know?

There's multiple versions of werewolves in existence, and multiple ones currently around.

Someone is killing people as a wolf. The wolfsoulpeople didn't do it, the cursewolf couldn't have done it.

It would make total sense for it to be Tera if this was proper noir, but so far the closest we got to an actual femme fatale was Monica who was motivated by being a good mommy and was totally passive after asking Harry for help. Tera obviously isn't trying to get her husband killed because she can turn into a giant people-eating wolf and do it herself any time she likes, and I don't think this is a series that can handle the shades of grey in Tera doing something evil for the sake of love, especially when it's been going out of its way to prevent her from killing anybody currently.

It would also make total sense for this to be some chessmaster gambit by Marcone, the guy's evil and he knows magic but not too much, so he could easily set something off that's more dangerous than he realizes, but Marcone is the best father figure ever so I assume he's just an innocent victim.

With those two ruled out, I think you can resolve this using a little more outside information - so far we're missing only one werewolf type, so they must be around too. All other werewolf types don't fit the killings. Therefore, there's spellwolves and, given we're out of werewolves, they're also the killers. But you're really not supposed to solve detective stories by using the knowledge the author is a hack.

Now, where were we.

From out in the hallway, there came a scream that no human throat could have made, a sound of such fury and insane anger that it made my stomach roil and my guts shake. Gunfire erupted, not in a rattling series of individual detonations, but in a roar of furious thunder. Bullets shot through the wall, somewhere near me, and smashed out a couple of windows in the special investigations office.

Right! Harry's in danger, but sadly everyone else is in more danger.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Aquarium Art Break

Here'a a whole lot of really cool aquascapes.

I realize this doesn't have much to do with anything but fishtank planning eats up more time than you'd think and I still have the whole learning how to write a guide thing to do.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Unwholly Ch5 Connor

And now, Connor. Fucking Connor.

The best part of these missions is the look on the parents’ faces when they realize that the tables have been turned. How their eyes dart down toward the tranq gun aimed at them, suddenly realizing that their unwind order is now nothing but a piece of paper.

And we see how we have now officially left any hope of decent characterization behind. It is Connor. They are adults.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Dresden Files Fool Moon Ch18

I tried to make my stunned body respond, to get to my feet, to unleash every ounce of magic at my command to protect Murphy, and to hell with the consequences.

That's not right.

It's wholly understandable for someone to care more about people they know than people they don't but to act upon that is a moral failing of ours. Everyone should matter. And the closer you get to being a superhero, the more important that becomes.

The man who was just murdered has better claim to heroism here - he went toward the people screaming for help, he fought back against the monster that then came after him, and he hit the alarm as teeth tore through him. Harry just stood and watched.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Whelp, downloading games in Japanese finally caught up with me and I had to soft reset my laptop because of a virus. While I get that sorted out, enjoy some wonderful news:

You, too, can own stuffed representations of the boys from Hatoful Boyfriend! Each bird also comes with a corresponding keychain. Check out the kickstarter here. They've already reached four times their goal, unsurprisingly, but this may be your only chance to order a three-pack of pigeons on the cheap.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Dresden Files Fool Moon Ch17

Ever wish you had an almanac?

Why, Harry? Do you mean that if you knew you probably wouldn't get there in time, you'd just walk the other way? Because really, with all your talk about wishing you knew exactly how long it was, I'm pretty suspicious.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

I Miss the Sunrise, Episode 0 Part 1 (Guest Review)

Reconstruction Zero: I Miss the Sunrise is the prequel to The Reconstruction, a game you may remember as the subject of my first foray into a multi-part review series. Due to the game’s extreme pacing issues and my own inexperience, that review was a messy affair I don’t wish to repeat, so I plan to do something a little different this time. Like The Reconstruction, IMTS is split into five distinct sections plus a prologue, so I figure I’ll do what I should have done with The Reconstruction and review each arc individually instead of going into the amount of depth usually reserved for books. I will, however, be covering episode 0 – the prologue – in detail, both because it’s pretty dense and because I think it’s helpful to get you established before we take off. There are some episodes I might have to split into several parts, but we’ll see how it goes.

IMTS is very different from its predecessor. The plot is totally unrelated aside from one minor subplot and, of course, thematic similarities. The setting is science fiction rather than fantasy, and I think that’s something that works in its favor, as the author only has to explain relevant divergences from the normal laws of physics instead of trying and failing to explain an entire magic system. It is overall a lot more polished and coherent, and I hope I will have more positive and enriching things to say this time.

The game is freeware, and can be downloaded here if you’d like to follow along.

Friday, November 13, 2015

UnWholly Ch4 Parents

Well, our three new characters introduced, we reach Part 2: Whollies

Then we do the thing where the writer puts in some actual news that either inspired him or just fits with the thing he wants to hammer in, and it's the thing about how a state's law about abandoning babies at hospitals made some people drop off older kids, haha parents suck right?

Well, no.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Dresden Files Fool Moon Ch16

I made it out of the park, exhausted and barely able to keep from screaming with pain.

I'm still glad Harry's suffering. Mind you, nowhere near as glad as I'd be if these books were just about someone else entirely.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A Dark Room

"A Dark Room" is a remarkably simple browser-based game that metamorphosizes from a well-written text-based atmospheric exercise into a genre-bending multi-faceted experience that I heartily recommend. There's not much to say about it because I don't want to spoil the experience for anyone, and if you're anything like me, seeing spoiler tags only makes you want to keep reading. Go play it!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Dresden File Fool Moon Ch15

So there I was being strangled by a ranting, half-naked madman in the middle of the woods, with a she-werewolf dangling from a rope snare somewhere nearby.

So yeah, today Harry's back to making a big point of the fact the nonhuman monster has tits. We actually don't even have any evidence this is a "she" at all given he's just worked out Tera is a shapeshifter, but Tera has a female human body and the part where the brain in that is some monster from the Nevernever doesn't matter, thus "she-werewolf".

Monday, November 9, 2015

Dresden Files Fool Moon Ch14

Harry wakes up in a cheap hotel. He's also in pain, bandaged, and otherwise naked. So, a regular night for him.

Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland

This is by far the weakest game of the Arland trilogy. Not only was the gameplay more punishing and the characters infinitely less likeable, it was plagued by an absolutely ridiculous amount of fanservice. Pedos rejoice -- you, too, can have 14-year-old upskirt shots!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Beauty Queens

This is a book about a bunch of beauty queens whose plane crashes on an island that was supposedly good. It is by the "gypsies speak Romanian right?" author.

It is actually a cute book that said a bunch of nice, thoughtful things about race and gender and family and a bunch of very mean things about corporations.

I am confused too but it's a thing I didn't hate so I thought I should share.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Unwholly Ch3 Cam

Our third character. If Miracolina was Lev 2: Actually Resembling A Character This Time, Cam is to this book as Lev was to the last one, a character who's unusual and there to show something about the setting, as well as to be very wrong about whatever part he's highlighting.