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Icon meme-age

1. Reply to this post, and I will pick six/seven of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon squee. Whoo!

spotts1701 chose, well, all of mine ;)

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Okay, and now it's late as all get out and I get to enjoy my kanji study-o-rama again tomorrow (heh, yeah, enjoy... learning so many kanji in just ten weeks is bloody torture, but I signed up for it, now I need to get through it. If you don't see me online for a while, this would be why). Night night!
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Video Game review!

I just realized that I never wrote a review of "Atelier Annie," the DS game I really wanted to (and did) play at the end of November/beginning of December. This shall be remedied!

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Soooo... when Judge Ghis slaughtered the everloving fuck out of me in FFXII with the last save point having appeared half an hour earlier right before a nasty gauntlet run filled with enemies, I said "fuck it" and started playing "Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny." In other words, have a review!

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There we go, got the reviews out of the way for now. I am still playing on "Spirit Tracks" and will write that up once I'm done with it, possibly next weekend depending on how busy this week gets. YAY SEMESTER START TOMORROW *sigh* Ah well, summer's coming soon enough and then I get to laze for a few months again.
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Geez, it's been a while again...

... So yeah, another semester over, with my GPA intact. My brain had already started shutting down three weeks before it was actually over, so the beginning of December was quite a struggle. Next semester, I'll be taking Japanese 302, contemporary Japanese lit, German phonetics and *sigh* Geography. Goddamn core curriculum, can it be over now? At least this is my second to last core course I have left, after this, I only have to sit through the stupid sports course.

I have given up on "Suikoden Tierkreis" because it really bored me (no, it's not horribly bad, it just totally lost my interest. Make of that what you will). Played through "Chrono Trigger DS" in the meantime and am now working on "Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks" (which is pretty damn awesome so far, much, MUCH better than "Phantom Hourglass"). As I am currently between semesters, I have also fired up the PS2 again and am currently working on FFXII (which is already starting to get on my nerves a bit, but at least so far, the characters don't annoy me, which must be a new record for a Final Fantasy after VI). I'm still learning on the Gambit system and I wish I could buy more magicks (I do have the license for Raise and Esuna, for example, but I am nowhere I can purchase the damn things). I bought FFXII in a Buy-2-Get-1-Free deal on Black Friday, along with "Tales of the Abyss" (FUCK YEAH I GOT MY OWN COPY!) and "Atelier Iris II" - if FFXII annoys me too much, I might switch over to "Atelier Iris." I also have this urge to replay Xenosaga III... at some point, I will have to give in.

Well, enough blabbing for now, this blurb should prove that I am, indeed, still alive :D Those of you who know my RL name, find me on FaceBook, I tend to update more frequently over there!
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Lou Dobbs says he is leaving CNN

So, Lou, dahling... considering that you've turned more and more into Mr. "CHUCK OUT THEM BROWN PEOPLE" over the years, may I make a prediction on where you're gonna go next? Yeah, it starts with "F" and does not really adhere to its tagline.
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Yep, I'm still alive.

Since it's been a while since I updated, I thought I'd write something again :D

The semester has long since started, and everything's going okay school-wise. Weight-wise, I've been consistently below 130 lbs, which was my goal weight, so everything's in the green there. I've recently started playing "Suikoden Tierkreis", which is okay, but not superduperfantastic so far. Everything's going okay. It'd be better if the husband had found a new job already, but otherwise, it's all good.
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Guess what? GAME REVIEWS!

So, just a few days ago, I finished both "Apollo Justice - Ace Attorney" and "Tales of the Abyss", and I'm here to tell you about them before classes start again next week ;)

Oh, ryogalost, let me know if and when you're at home this weekend, and I'll bring the game by your place! Thanks for letting me borrow it!

Well *cracks knuckles*, let's get to it. As usual, there are quite probably spoilers behind the cuts, so read at your own risk.

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So, in conclusion, I liked the game okay standing alone, but as a game in the "Ace Attorney" series, I found it lacking. Of course, now I'm out of lawyer games until the Edgeworth game comes out... oh well, maybe I'll play "Harvey Birdman".

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So yeah, the game had a few issues, but when all is said and done, this definitely is one of the better titles of the franchise, even if you don't enjoy it as much as I did. It certainly is a billion times better than "Legendia" was. I won't recommend buying it, since used copies are relatively hard to find and therefore go for more than they cost new, but if you're interested in the (really quite involved) story, check out the "Tales of the Abyss" anime. This is the first "Tales" game to get a whole 26-episode run (Phantasia and Symphonia had only 4 OAV eps each and were barely understandable for people who didn't play the games beforehand, and Eternia got a fragmented and uninvolving 13 episodes), and from what I've seen in spot checks, it follows the game pretty closely, although here and there it smushes some boss fights together which were separate in the game. Most of them aren't so major that they need their own episodes, though - they were fun to fight separately in the game, but didn't make for enough storyline to show separately. Otherwise, large portion of the game script are kept intact - the ending of the anime is almost word for word identical to the end of the game.

So yeah, in short, you want to know what the hype is about, but don't want to spend 50 bucks on a PS2 game or don't even have a PS2? Watch the anime. This time around, it's actually worth it.

Okay, that's enough for now, this post is long enough and I need to get my butt to bed. Tomorrow is hair-dying time, and Monday, it's back to class. Bye for now!
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Some moar game reviews and some bad news

Well, since I wrote the last entry, we got the news that the husband was laid off. Thankfully, this doesn't automatically mean moving back to the middle of nowhere and being up shit creek without a paddle this time around, but it'd still be nice if he found something quickly... *sigh*

In other news, I just finished the third Phoenix Wright game (and of course the second one before that) and thought I'd talk some about those two. Yes, there will be spoilers.

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And that is what I think about that :D Will probably take a couple of days to advance my save in "Tales of the Abyss" a bit more (because while I'm not looking at a walkthrough, the hidden extras guide I *do* consult seems to indicate that there is still a whole lot of game left) and maybe start on "Apollo Justice", the fourth "Ace Attorney" game, next week.
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