Game World Tour: Final Fantasy VIII
Welcome to a world where school doesn’t have to be all about textbooks and theory- if you’re inexplicably talented and mature for your age, then anyone from age 5-15 can enlist in Garden, an elite school that teaches you how to be a mercenary! From festivals to intense weapons training, the three Garden facilities (Balamb, Galbadia and Trabia) offer everything you could possibly require for those fun and wholesome formative years. You can even learn how to do more than just mindlessly attack your enemy by equipping a Guardian Force (GF) and unleashing awesome magic, summoning and item-using powers (note: some reports claim GF use can have an adverse effect on memory, but these are mere rumours with no scientific backing).
Adults and casual visitors need not despair, however, for there is plenty to occupy them too. From challenging random strangers to the widely popular card game Triple Triad to enlisting in the Galbadian army, you are bound to find something to suit your needs! Just remember that television and radio signals are severely affected by interference, so you may not be able to tune into the BBC world service.
Heroic Age revisited
“…once they find out you have this giant sex toy.”
“Who needs a lover when I have this to Pleasure me?”
“Why did I have it made out of chocolate?”
“No one must learn about my secret love of trashy teen horror flicks.”
What I love about Heroic Age is how it makes you feel up close and personal with the action.
“We’d better get them to form an oderly queue, or it’ll be chaos!”
“Mmm, I’d like to be first in line.”
Use of the custom paintbrush facility in GIMP enables hundreds of identical ships to be drawn in mere seconds.
“Hey, are we even on the right show?”
“Sorry, I have to rest for a moment- my backside is sore from all the kissing.”
“The camera crane is stuck again- I can’t get it to lower!”
This Week in Anime
One man tells his sad tale of servitude to the orange empire.
More to the point, what are you doing with that raccoon?
I love Oh! Edo Rocket, but scenes like this still terrify me.
“I hope no one notices I’m standing in for the real Bartender.”
Apples team up with grapes to overthrow the evil Montague.
Oranges are caught trying to illegally enter the country.
“I hear you give excellent Hyper Self Pleasure.”
“I haven’t done it in a while- I hope I’m not rusty.”
“True love- or at least true lust.”
“That is why I perfected Hyper Self Pleasure!”
Mini-editorial: Character depth- can it sometimes be too much?
In real life, people are complex- they have various facets to their personality, and it is highly unlikely that any two people would agree with or approve of each other a hundred percent of the time. Nonetheless, the medium of television often likes to render things a bit more simplistically- heroes are heroic, villains are villainous and supporting characters, well they’re lucky to get more than one or two character gimmicks.
Nonetheless, the demand for “realism” has continued to make itself known over the years, and so it has been that in due course writers have tried to add a bit more depth and complexity to their characters with the aid of back stories, ambiguity and the like. Our hero may have a bleak past of assassination and murder, our villain may simply be a misguided product of an abusive upbringing. Such gimmicks are now familiar to us, but still we must ask- is there a point where it all becomes too much. To put it succinctly, are we able to throw ourselves behind a likable character who ordered the death of millions?
To go to the example that inspired this editorial, let’s look at Roy Mustang from Fullmetal Alchemist. The Roy Mustang we see on screen is a competent officer with a wicked sense of humour and the ability to inspire great loyalty in his troops- altogether a likable character. Nonetheless, as we dig a bit into his past, we learn that he is also responsible for the deaths of innocent people- admittedly an act he committed under orders and one which he regrets, but can we ever fully put aside his complicity? Do we accept the Mustang we see in the present, embracing him as one of our favourite characters even as we gloss over his less savoury deeds?
Ultimately, then, it must come down to what we, as the viewers, want from our characters; do we wish to be challenged to feel ambivalent about them, to build relationships with them that involve some conflict and complexity of feeling? Are there some acts that cannot be forgiven, no matter how contrite or likable the perpetrator is now portrayed? Are shallow characters clichÃ©, or is it actually comforting to have heroes who embody ideals of purity, courage and optimism, alongside pantomime-esque villains that we can boo, jeer at and generally hate without fear of political correctness? Perhaps, in the end, there is room for both in our viewing schedules.
In Your Reflection
This week we take a look at two girls who may well be identical twins- Code Geass’ CC and Darker than Black’s Amber. Aside from their remarkable physical similarities, both have special powers, an importance to the plot that doesn’t surface straightaway, and a secondary role as Pizza Hut poster girls.
Amusing Search Terms
Old favourite: www.you toube
goo toube sex : you toube was one thing, but goo toube is just plain scary.
harvest moon help two beds together: you sick, sick person- this is a game for kids!
final fantasy 7 yuffie rape game: no, that wasn’t one of the proposed spin-offs.
maria sama ga minute: In the words of Google, did you mean Maria-sama ga Miteru?
I know you were all dying to read the Spanish Viagra advert, but unfortunately it was too long to copy and paste here.
“The Intelligent Warrior Subliminal Videos | …
intelligent warrioir video series…”
I can’t wait to watch it, whatever it is.