Strider Hiryu

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  1. So the free Windows 10 upgrade disappears and I find out I have 102 updates for Windows 7. What the hell Microsoft? You don't tell me I had these upgrades when they went live and stick me with roughly an hour and a half download and install time. I feel like I was being punished because I didn't choose to upgrade X.x

  2. So the free Windows 10 upgrade disappears and I find out I have 102 updates for Windows 7. What the hell Microsoft? You don't tell me I had these upgrades when they went live and stick me with roughly an hour and a half download and install time. I feel like I was being punished because I didn't choose to upgrade X.x

  3. Saw Guns N Roses last night. What an amazing show. They may be old now, but they still put on one of the best concerts I've ever seen. Axl can still hit those high notes, but you can def tell they were spacing the more vocally intense songs out between their softer ones. It didn't matter. I got to see Slash live and he delivered. Plus watching Axl play piano while Slash did his thing during November Rain reminded me of a time when artists were actually musicians and not auto-tuned pretty faces.

  4. While I have yet to watch BvS all the way through (I skipped around just to see if it was as bad as many have said it is, I'll probably end up watching it all the way through this weekend) Affleck has my full endorsement to continue to play Batman until he's sick of it (not like my endorsement means much). His portrayal is by far the best one I've seen since Michael Keaton (I liked Christian Bale's portrayal but Affleck is just so much better) and I can't wait until they finally film and release the new Batman standalone film, it's going to be epic (and Affleck is directing it).

  5. I hate FedEx. Their tracking is crap and they've delivered my packages to my neighbors before. -_-; As long as my graphics card works, the first thing I'll try out is GW2, then Starcraft 2. I purposefully stopped playing SC2 last month because I was hating the low graphic setting and FPS drops. Once I see it in max settings, I'll marathon the hell out of it in my free time.

  6. Just got done trying out the Hawken release for PS4, gotta say its fun as hell. Still learning the game but I find it more enjoyable to play with a controller then I did with a mouse and keyboard in the PC Alpha release. Definitely going to be playing quite a bit of this going forward (just need to get 98,000 HC to get the sharpshooter mech).

  7. Just got done trying out the Hawken release for PS4, gotta say its fun as hell. Still learning the game but I find it more enjoyable to play with a controller then I did with a mouse and keyboard in the PC Alpha release. Definitely going to be playing quite a bit of this going forward (just need to get 98,000 HC to get the sharpshooter mech).

  8. I got the Galaxy S7 today. Bestbuy has a good deal this weekend. $49 with 2 year contract with Verizon and free wireless charger. So far I'm impressed with the quality of the phone over my old S4. I haven't tried the wireless charger yet. I doubt I'll use it much and I have a feeling it won't work correctly with the otter box case I'm using.

  9. I got the Galaxy S7 today. Bestbuy has a good deal this weekend. $49 with 2 year contract with Verizon and free wireless charger. So far I'm impressed with the quality of the phone over my old S4. I haven't tried the wireless charger yet. I doubt I'll use it much and I have a feeling it won't work correctly with the otter box case I'm using.

  10. I played a round and a half of BF4 conquest last night with my brother to start getting prepared for BF1. I forgot how fun the game can be with a good teammate. He jumped on recon and laser designated while I javelined some helicopters and boats. I'll be playing some more BF4 rounds here and there. If you see me on, feel free to jump on or send me a message to team up. :D

  11. Finished Fafner. It felt like an Evangelion wannabe with an ending similar to Eureka 7. I really wanted to like it, but it was just "ok" really. The only interesting thing about the series was how many pilots died throughout it, and how many mechas were lost. They didn't go hand and hand though. Some of the mechas were piloted by multiple people, while some were lost with their pilots. What was most unrealistic to me was how they all lived in isolation on an island, but seemly had unlimited resources to restock their defenses and repair mechas that lost limbs. XD I'll watch the movie later to see if it redeems the series in anyway for me. 

  12. Crystal Pepsi is coming back in the next few weeks. I was 9 years old when it came out and I can't even remember what it tasted like. XD I look forward to trying it again.

  13. Finished Fafner. It felt like an Evangelion wannabe with an ending similar to Eureka 7. I really wanted to like it, but it was just "ok" really. The only interesting thing about the series was how many pilots died throughout it, and how many mechas were lost. They didn't go hand and hand though. Some of the mechas were piloted by multiple people, while some were lost with their pilots. What was most unrealistic to me was how they all lived in isolation on an island, but seemly had unlimited resources to restock their defenses and repair mechas that lost limbs. XD I'll watch the movie later to see if it redeems the series in anyway for me. 

  14. Dropped a ton of cash on a Daniel Defense DDM4V11. Figured I'd go ahead and take the hit before the assault weapon ban talk gets hot or some other ass hat decides to go shoot people.

    1. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      Good god man, that's a lot of dough to drop. Damn good looking weapon though.

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  15. I finished "Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet" on netflix last night. The first episode was some of the best mech anime I've ever seen. I wish the entire series was like the first episode. Then it turned into a 'slice-of-life' anime for about 7 episodes. -_-; After an unnerving loli dance scene in which every guy over 40 was drunk and wooing at 10 year old girls dancing I was done with it (seriously japan? is this what japanese men want? wtf.). But then I looked at the episode descriptions for the final episodes and I stuck with it. The final 3 eps were great and had good action. If you want to see some good mech battles, watch the first and last 3 or 4 eps of this series. All the episodes in between are just filler crap to establish some sense of loyalty between the mech pilot and the group of people on the gargantia. And of course to forge a typical anime relationship of: "i love this guy i just met and even tho we've only known each other for less than 2 weeks, you need to stay with us for life!"

    1. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      You gotta remember Sledge the Slice of Life genre is pretty much the "Cute girls doing cute things" genre so high school aged characters will always be present (and generally cute girls as mentioned). I guess that doesn't draw that many people in but it does me and I do understand the frustration of it being focused on this age group (it's why I have a hatred of harem series). My all time favorite series falls into this genre, Aria (I can't recommend this series enough. It's not everyone's cup of tea but the show is amazing (so is the manga), has amazing character development (but it is centered around high school age girls), and the art and music is just amazing. I re-watch this series at least twice a year (by far one of the best purchases I've made anime wise)). Plus you also have to realize that these shows are aimed at high schoolers and the Japanese Otaku hence why we see so many shows featuring protagonists around that age category (for some reason it's a major hit over there, so are idol based anime (which I can't understand why it's important, then again the Japanese have a thing with idol worship). They don't care what us Americans have to say on the subject as anime isn't as big over here as it was back in the Toonami era (original run). Anime fandom has died down over here (though it has been seeing a resurgence in the last 2-3 years but it'll never be as big as it was originally).

      Heh, I started reading Berserk like 4 years ago but I haven't made it past volume 9 yet. While its a great read (and I do plan on reading the rest of what I have (up to volume 35)) I doubt he'll ever finish it (much like Five Star Stories, I don't think that manga will ever end (it was on a 10 year or so hiatus and the creator just started picking it up again recently). It's one of the longest running manga's to date time wise (13 volumes so far and it started in 1986)). Then again I don't think Rei Hiroe will ever finish Black Lagoon (it's been stuck at volume 10 for like 2 years (pretty much right after the Roberta's Blood Trail arc, which is so much better in the manga. The anime adaptation of it didn't do Roberta any justice)).

      I've got a dislike for HorribleSubs and only really use them if I have no choice (I'm not a fan of Crunchyroll's translations which is what Horrible uses for their releases). I'll probably pick that torrent up but god knows when I'm going to have time to sit down and watch 700 episodes (then again I'll probably only pick up the Marineford Arc. I haven't read or seen it but I've seen so many character tribute videos and music videos about this arc that I want to see it in it's entirety. I really want to see Whitebeard kick some ass (I don't know why but I seriously like this character though I know very little about him)).

      That was a great episode XD Honestly Kodaka was a great change from the normal protagonist you usually get in harem shows. Down to earth, slightly pervy, and all around great guy who generally cares for his friends well being (I find it funny that he's pretty much a homemaker). If it wasn't for Rika I don't think the show would really have any sexual frustration or fan service (yea Sena still provides plenty of it but Rika is by far the worst for it). Then again the show wouldn't be the same without her if they took her out. My major draw to the show when I started watching it was the sad premise it had, grouping up people who have no friends or social skills. Not only did it provide some great humor (good god the ideas for how to make friends were hilarious) it provided a look into the anti-social tendencies most children and teenagers face these days.

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  16. I finished "Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet" on netflix last night. The first episode was some of the best mech anime I've ever seen. I wish the entire series was like the first episode. Then it turned into a 'slice-of-life' anime for about 7 episodes. -_-; After an unnerving loli dance scene in which every guy over 40 was drunk and wooing at 10 year old girls dancing I was done with it (seriously japan? is this what japanese men want? wtf.). But then I looked at the episode descriptions for the final episodes and I stuck with it. The final 3 eps were great and had good action. If you want to see some good mech battles, watch the first and last 3 or 4 eps of this series. All the episodes in between are just filler crap to establish some sense of loyalty between the mech pilot and the group of people on the gargantia. And of course to forge a typical anime relationship of: "i love this guy i just met and even tho we've only known each other for less than 2 weeks, you need to stay with us for life!"

    1. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      I purposely stay away from long running series like Naruto (well the original, Shippuden has been amazing (too bad I'm like 3-4 seasons behind at this point, I'll get around to watching them soon enough)) or Bleach. Generally they get to muddled down with filler eps due to catching up with the manga and generally the story gets stretched to thin. If a series goes past 50-52 episodes chances are high I'll end up dropping it no matter how good it is (52 is pretty much the max I'll go for as it's the general run length of most Gundams). This is the real reason why I never got into One Piece, I like the manga (well what I've read of it) and what eps I've seen but at this point I'm so far behind that it doesn't even pay to start watching it (plus it's hard to find episodes to download, Kaizoku has up to 300 something but after that it's hard to find the rest of the episodes pre-600. Only real way to watch it now is on Funimation's site).

      Basing anime off of manga is a mixed bag in my experience. Generally the shows either end early and are generally shitty adaptations of the core material (Claymore anyone, the anime was good up until episode 20. Their anime original ending was shit, not that the manga's ending was much better) or they're amazing and stick to the source. Brotherhood was probably the best adaptation of the source material I've ever seen though I only base that off of other peoples comments (I have yet to read the FMA manga, I have it in my archives but I haven't really found time to read it yet). The original run was good but after episode 26 or so when they started off into their own anime original stuff it got pretty shitty. I generally cringe when I hear a 10+ volume manga is getting adapted into an anime because I know the show won't having an ending for 10+ years. The practice of filler will always remain though because these studios need to make money off their shows and stopping at the end of every season so the manga can get further ahead would be detrimental to them (with the way mangakas release chapters it's downright frustrating, I'm looking at you Kishiro Yukito (I want my new chapters of Gunnm) and Rei Hiroe (god damnit dude start releasing new Black Lagoon chapters, this wait time is killing me)). And you can't really condense the series down because you'll piss those hard core fans off if you leave out just a small, minor detail (while that's not a big deal over hear, it's downright sacrilegious to do it in Japan. Otaku are scary people).

      Haganai was a great show. I enjoyed it when it was airing which is odd for me because I generally hate harem based shows (they're everywhere you look, there's like 3-4 news ones every season). Then again it's got a great cast of characters and the humor is amazing. I generally only watch Slice of Life shows now, they're relaxing and generally have great stories/plots. Most of the action packed shows these days are poorly done and generally suffer from the Shounen tropes (long running, weak characters and character development, weak plot, and generally sub-par animation). Honestly the last good, action packed shows I've watched in recent years have been Iron Blooded Orphans and MSG: Thunderbolt. While very gory they both have some pretty strong lead characters and very good plots (plus the music selection for Thunderbolt is amazing, gotta love that Jazz).

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  17. I finished "Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet" on netflix last night. The first episode was some of the best mech anime I've ever seen. I wish the entire series was like the first episode. Then it turned into a 'slice-of-life' anime for about 7 episodes. -_-; After an unnerving loli dance scene in which every guy over 40 was drunk and wooing at 10 year old girls dancing I was done with it (seriously japan? is this what japanese men want? wtf.). But then I looked at the episode descriptions for the final episodes and I stuck with it. The final 3 eps were great and had good action. If you want to see some good mech battles, watch the first and last 3 or 4 eps of this series. All the episodes in between are just filler crap to establish some sense of loyalty between the mech pilot and the group of people on the gargantia. And of course to forge a typical anime relationship of: "i love this guy i just met and even tho we've only known each other for less than 2 weeks, you need to stay with us for life!"

    1. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      I've been downloading Kabaneri but haven't actually started watching it (it was one of three shows airing this season that interested me, the other two being Macross Delta and Flying Witch (Flying Witch is an amazing show but it is slice of life so I don't know if you'd like it or not)). I've become an anime watching prude over the last 5 years, I rarely watch anything currently airing anymore and I'm extremely picky about what I will watch (which is why I was surprised I liked Iron Blooded Orphans as much as I did, it has all the things I normally hate in a Gundam show (and in fact most anime) but for some reason it worked out extremely well).

      Amazon has actually been buying up a lot of anime rights over the last 2 years so I'm not all that surprised they got the Kabaneri rights (besides 2 or 3 other shows their selection is more sparse then Netflix's). However, as much as I like the shipping on prime, I just can't justify paying for a prime membership. I hardly order anything off of Amazon (mostly music and movies, I hardly buy games through amazon) and most of the stuff they have on their streaming service doesn't interest me or I can watch it somewhere else.

      I've had a friend try and convince me to get a Crunchyroll/Funimation subscription because he absolutely loves both but considering my anime watching tendencies I just don't see the reason to spend the money. I still download most of my anime (I won't give up my torrenting ways no matter how out of style it is) and the Funimation catalog doesn't interest me (I own, have downloaded, or have seen most of the stuff they have up that I'd watch). Plus I'm honestly not that big on streaming anything besides normal TV shows (which is most of what I watch on Netflix besides movies and documentaries).

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  18. I finished "Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet" on netflix last night. The first episode was some of the best mech anime I've ever seen. I wish the entire series was like the first episode. Then it turned into a 'slice-of-life' anime for about 7 episodes. -_-; After an unnerving loli dance scene in which every guy over 40 was drunk and wooing at 10 year old girls dancing I was done with it (seriously japan? is this what japanese men want? wtf.). But then I looked at the episode descriptions for the final episodes and I stuck with it. The final 3 eps were great and had good action. If you want to see some good mech battles, watch the first and last 3 or 4 eps of this series. All the episodes in between are just filler crap to establish some sense of loyalty between the mech pilot and the group of people on the gargantia. And of course to forge a typical anime relationship of: "i love this guy i just met and even tho we've only known each other for less than 2 weeks, you need to stay with us for life!"

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      Strider Hiryu

      This is the main reason I've been falling out of watching anime lately and sticking away from the selections Netflix has (I'm sorry but the vast majority of the stuff Netflix gets is either crap or mainstream crap. They have very few series I'd recommend watching and very few I'd give a chance to watch).

      Honestly Sledge, anime is all about the Loli girls and crap filler episodes XD

      Well thought out and executed anime died in the late 90's early 00's (and that's the sad truth).

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  19. I played defense on Volskaya Industries with everyone being Bastion. XD OMG we dominated so hard the whole other team left the lobby after the match. XD

  20. I wonder if COD is gonna put out any pre E3 hype like a lot of companies have done the last 2-3 days. They're gonna get overshadowed by BF1 and they might even get boo'ed off the stage. XD

  21. Congrats to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for winning your party's nominations. This is going to be one messy election.

  22. I started Starcraft 2 tonight. I'm only did the first 2 prologue missions and I quickly remembered just how bad I am playing as Protoss. X_x 

  23. I started Starcraft 2 tonight. I'm only did the first 2 prologue missions and I quickly remembered just how bad I am playing as Protoss. X_x 

  24. I started Starcraft 2 tonight. I'm only did the first 2 prologue missions and I quickly remembered just how bad I am playing as Protoss. X_x 

  25. The new overtime law takes effect 12/1/16. It would require my company to give many of us  $10k raises. I highly doubt that will happen. They'll probably make us all hourly instead. 

    https://www.google.com/amp/khon2.com/2016/05/17/new-rule-expands-overtime-pay-to-millions-of-salaried-workers/amp/#