Posted by Kato on May 10, 2015
Remember how I was debating about getting a PS4, Wii U, or the 3DS? Yeah, I didn’t decide on any of those.
Instead I did some research and decided that getting a PS Vita would be best. (1) It is portable which is great because I’m rarely home except for the weekends, and (2) I can play a shitload of PS One classics without having to deal with my PS2 giving up mid-gameplay. So, needless to say, I’m excited! I got this combo pack with a free Borderlands 2 download and 8 GB memory card for $200. Good deal. And when I do eventually get a PS4 I can link the systems to do more nifty things. I’m looking forward to that. ^___^
Getting this game was a must. I’m 100% here for Final Fantasy X, especially since I lost my master file on the PS2 years back. It was… frustrating. I was so proud of that file because Yuna was the strongest melee fighter in my party and it was fucking hilarious at times. Anyhoo, restarting again doesn’t bother me. It’s high time that I did another FFX replay. As for FFX-2 I’ll might replay it for the battle system, but I’m not making any promises.
From top to bottom: FFX HD (with a FFX-2 that I didn’t install yet), Chrono Cross, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy VI, Bust-A-Move 4, and Xenogears. I’m not going to bother installing Borderlands 2 since I already have it on the 360. And it’s huge in terms of memory usage. Of course there are some Final Fantasy games missing from this collection but I’m trying not to overwhelm myself anymore than I already have. I didn’t think I would be overwhelmed until I played Xenogears for an hour turned it off to play Chrono Cross up to Arni Village, turned that off to start on FFIX, turned that off to play Chrono Cross again, turned that off to play FFX, and… yeah… I think each time I complete a Final Fantasy then I’m going to move on to another. FFVII will be last because I just did a replay last year. So, I’ll tackle IX or VI, then download VIII since I never finished my Steam playthrough, and keep repeating that pattern until I have everything from I to X. As for other PS games I’m just going to take it easy for a little while. It’s one thing to get games like Bust-A-Move that are fun ways to shoot the shit, but RPGs take a lot of focus. At least for me. *sigh* This is all sounds like first world problems, doesn’t it. LOL. Yeah, I’m going to stop and just say–overwhelming or not–I am over the moon about having these games around to play again. Except for Xenogears. This is my first time playing Xenogears (so ashamed ;_;), so I can’t say “again”. But I can say it is extremely awesome and I already adore Citan. Please don’t disappoint me. >_<
I couldn’t walk away from this sketchbook because, well, it’s obviously aesthetically pleasing, but I also kept hearing “Tour of Venice” and “Dream of Venice” when I looked at it. After I told Mark about that he advised me to draw Ezio leaping across one of the buildings in the background. Yes! I’m going to do it. LOL. Anyway, we had a long discussion afterwards about the fact that we have never been overseas together, and while it seems like the obvious choice would be Japan I am leaning more towards Italy. I want to do a sort of tour, going from Rome to Venice to Florence. I mean, we did meet in Latin class after all. It would not be a meaningless trip when we put into consideration all the aspects of Italian history that we both love and can thank for bringing us together. So, that’s it. I want to go to Italy. Even if I can just go to one city then I will go to one city. Half of me is screaming “Rome!” while the other is like “Dude, Venice has boat rides and the Carnival of Venice!” I think if I remind Mark that he can wear his beloved plague doctor mask for hours at a time then he will be up for Venice too. Okay, Venice it is. I’m going to start saving and planning for it. I also need to consider putting aside my other language lessons in order to start working on Italian. I’ve taken a swing at Italian in the past, and all of those years of Latin makes it a tad easier to understand than say Japanese or German. I’m excited. I only hope it works out better than other plans I’ve made. LOL
Last but not least my first taser, Vipertek. I feel so much better now that I have this. Four days a week I have to drop Mark off at work at three in the morning, and that is not the most comforting time to be outside on your own–even if it’s only a 10-second run from the parking lot to your apartment. It is slightly terrifying to own though. I’m always worried that I’ll accidentally turn it on somehow and electrocute myself. LOL. I don’t even have to do something moronic like testing it on myself to know that it will hurt. We armed it yesterday to see how it would look, and it was LOUD. Sparkly but loud. I can only compare the sound to the crack of a whip. I shrieked but Mark thought it was cool. Then again, this is the same guy who spent his birthday money and giftcards on knives, so he would. -_-
Well, I’m off. Later in the day I want to pick up some Italian language books, but before that I have to look into getting another bookshelf, doing some serious spring cleaning, getting groceries in the house, and just being semi-productive this weekend. In between I will squeeze in some gaming time. Since I want to play so many games I will have to dedicate 30-60 minutes on each game. A little Xenogears there, a little FFIX there, a little Bioshock Infinite after that, a little Assassin’s Creed 2 too. Oh! Gold members get a free AC: Black Flag and Army of Two on the 16th. DUUUUUUUDDDEEE. All Mark and I ever talk about these days are those fucking naval battle clips we see in Black Flag. I can’t wait. ; u ;
Really, it’s nice that I am getting back into video games like. It’s not like I ever stopped playing between the age of five and… now, but recent years have been kind of “eh”, you know? I’m so into it now that I am returning to that point where I will draw fanart and stuff like that again. It feels good. I love getting so passionate about something that it inspires me in other departments of my life. Yes, time is scarce these days, especially with this whole project of ours to make our apartment not look borderline condemned anymore (LMAO), but… I’m hopeful. Things are getting better in every way imaginable. I’m happy. No, more than that, I’m pumped!
LET’S ACCOMPLISH SOME SHIT . >:o
Posted by Kato on April 4, 2015
I HATE THIS ANIME.
Spoiler: No, I don’t. I’m just upset that Kaori died. The irritating thing is that I knew she would die, but because she was starting to stand on her own and she was so hopeful about that surgery I thought there might be a chance that she could do a duet with Kousei again. I would be happy if she did one last duet with him before she died. This is so unfair! TT____TT
All of that aside, I do love Your Lie in April–crying like a baby 50% of the time and all.
Posted by Kato on March 21, 2015
We went to Joelanta again this year. Finally! It’s been two years… which is not that long when it comes to yearly conventions… but it felt like an eternity passed since the last visit. Unfortunately, we did not get to spend a lot of time there since Mark had to go to work. That’s all right though. I found a few neat things during my time there.
I was a tad disappointed because I went into Joelanta looking for a Daredevil action figure and had little luck finding one (unless I was willing to cough up $20-$40 for one, or buy a SD plush for like $10), but I’m not giving up hope! If I don’t find a good deal online then I will go to one of the many toy-related businesses and conventions that were advertised all around Joelanta. So, I’m doing some hunting starting today. I need to brush up on my Daredevil collection big time.
All in all, I really enjoyed it. I always enjoy Joelanta. It’s not too crowded, there are plenty of good deals, and every now and then someone really cool shows up. The last time we went I saw WWE’s Lita, but I was too scared to say anything… so I just kind of stood in awe. LOL. This time around Mark got to see Larry Hama again. Last time he got an autograph and they chatted. This time around, though, Mark pretty much reacted the same way I reacted to Lita. He just stood there like a speechless fanboy and couldn’t even say hi. It was really cute. 😄
Since our financial forecast is looking much more hopeful than 2014 we hope to go to more conventions in the future, if only to get some autographs. We’re both wishing for a trip to Momocon since (a) we’ve never been there before, and (b) we would love to meet Keith David and Crispin Freeman. They’re both in our top ten in terms of voice actors, so it would be criminal not to at least stand aside and gape like idiots. LOL. We’ll see. Time will tell.
Okay. That’s it for Joelanta. Next year I hope I will have as much toys to share as I did that year when I got a whole pack of Star Trek action figures. I adore those. ;w;
Posted by Kato on March 15, 2015
I know I already made a big deal about “Dream of Venice” a while ago, but I’m just going to post it again… because your ears will thank you. 😛
Posted by Kato on March 14, 2015
I managed to get my scanner working! It took a lot of headaches with uninstalling and reinstalling drivers, but at last my scanner isn’t a cat bed anymore. Anyhoo, I bring drawings… but not many. I have been feeling more inspired this week since I’m getting back into writing, so maybe I’ll bring better things next time. Well, I’m just going to go ahead and add my
**Sidenote: All of these images are automatically hyperlinked by WP to open to its full size (most of these are about 2000×3000 I believe). Thanks WP! :U
I wish I was able to draw things like buildings and landscapes because I have so many ideas that I want to sketch out. Maybe I should just do it regardless of how shitty I think it will look, you know? I really have to get over this idea that every drawing needs to be done quickly. If I got over that then I could keep returning to the same drawing over and over until it looked infinitely better than the type of things I draw in a 20-40 minute span.
*sigh* Okay then. I’m going to tackle writing and drawing some more. Next time I might post an excerpt from the story if I feel confident enough with my progress to do that. I should also consider uploading some of these drawings to my website and deviant art whenever I find the motivation to. Blah…
Alright. That’s it for today. >_<
Posted by Kato on March 5, 2015
From original Star Trek to new Star Trek to Fringe, Leonard Nimoy was always a joy to watch on screen. His loss is a terrible one. I wish the best to his family, friends, and fans during this difficult time, and I want to thank Mr. Nimoy for bringing life to such an iconic character. You will be missed immensely.
Posted by Kato on February 27, 2015
I live for Masashi Hamauzu’s music. It’s not even a joke anymore. :O
Anyway, someone on youtube made a playlist of the “The Legend of Legacy” Mini OST. Feel free to check out more of the amazing string arrangements that Mr. Hamauzu always brings to his tracks. I’m just going to continue fangirling over here… as usual…
Posted by Kato on February 24, 2015