terabient: A distressed Kotori Minami, covered with birds (Love Live: SAVE ME FROM THE BIRDS)
Hello there, DW friends! For once I have a lot to talk about! First, some real life stuff:

My weekend, cut for TMI regarding bodily functions )

so anyway i had to take monday and tuesday off to recover.

In less, uh, vomit-y news, I had my yearly performance evaluation this morning and it went as well as it possibly could. I got a dollar raise (which was way more than I was expecting) and my supervisor said clients specifically request me to come in, which is really nice to hear; I spend a lot of time worrying that the opposite happens. Also, I guess my supervisor applied the pay raise last week (?) so I should see it in my paycheck this week....woo!

With that out of the way, here's some of the anime/gaming stuff I've been up to in the past few months:

★ I watched the first season of Love Live (I really enjoy the phone game, go figure) and...tbh I wasn't expecting much, given that the phone game's 'story' is something below basic, but it was pretty well-written, especially given the somewhat silly premise. The first 3 episodes, in particular, follow convention closely enough that spoiler ) I find the school director's actions kind of hard to understand, and the music doesn't particularly grab me (and I'm usually pretty open to songs by bubbly j-pop girl groups) but those are my only issues.

My faves are the 2nd years (esp. Kotori) and Nozomi because in an anime with relatively stock character types she's this...off-beat lesbian pagan type haha. I don't really dislike anyone, though...I guess I'm not big on the first-years, but they don't get a lot of screen-time after their introductory episode in season 1 so that may change if they get more attention in season 2.

★ Since it is Halloween Month I have been playing a lot of Deathsmiles and Trouble Witches Neo, and I've been thinking of streaming one or both of them at some point...? Especially Trouble Witches Neo; it's a solid game that was inexplicably localized with an atrocious dub--I mean, spectacularly bad; the dubbing's actually a little worse than the lazy stuff that came out in the early 90s. But I don't really know if any one would be interested in watching something like that. Also setting up a stream will probably take more effort than I want to expend, so...

★ Persona 4: Dancing All Night still has a firm grip on my soul. I admit I double-dipped just for the dub, because JYB as Yu gives me that many feels. Also, not hearing Laura Bailey as Rise...upset me more than I thought it would. Like, I know it's not her fault or Atlus USA's fault, and her replacement does a fine job, it's just...Laura Bailey fit Rise so well, and is honestly one of the reasons I was so drawn to Rise in the first place. I guess disappointment was inevitable. :(

★ Speaking of Laura Bailey, I somehow did not realize she was voicing Fiona in Tales from the Borderlands until someone else mentioned it to me, haha. ANYWAYS TFTBL is incredible and hilarious and far more entertaining than Borderlands TPS, and it's good enough that I would recommend it to people who haven't played any Borderlands game but enjoy...uh...I guess Mad Max/space western science fiction??? IDK if anyone on my flist is also playing TFTBL, but if you are please let me know because I need someone else to squee with.

FWIW, my favorite scenes as of Episode 4:

-The eyeball thing (Sasha's tentatively enthusiastic "Just...stick it in his face!" and Fiona's "Why did you have to say it like that?" is some of my favorite voice acting in recent memory. The ending twist to the whole thing was staged really well, too. A+++++ all around.)
-Face Pizza Party (seriously, I laugh just thinking about that phrase. Then throw up, because the whole scene is even more disgusting than the eyeball one. That everyone's delivery of 'face pizza party' changes constantly is also hilarious.)
-Accountant finger-gun fire fight
-All of the robots (Loaderbot, Gortys, and Dumpy) are excellent, but honestly I will never get tired of watching Dumpy wobble onscreen, scream in bursts of static, than clumsily shock someone. <3

Phew, I think that's all for now.
terabient: The P3 and P4 protagonists face each other in profile (Persona: Wild Cards)
Title: accidental bliss
Fandom: Persona Q
Characters: Souji Seta, Minato Arisato; Souji/Minato
Rating: NC-17
Words: 2657
Summary: Souji and Minato explore alternative cures for status effects. Or, more bluntly, Minato gets charmed and the only cure is sex because of course it is.
Notes: Written for the [livejournal.com profile] badbadbathouse prompt souji/minato with minato charmed and on the bottom; there are approximately 600 words of thin exposition and the rest is porn that may or may not be satisfying. It's that kind of fic.

I don’t want anyone else to see me like this )
terabient: Pokemon Froakie happily jumps up and down (Pokemon: Froakie - joyful)
was kinda tagged by a tumblr pal with this meme:

List 10 favourite characters (1 per series/fandom) and then tag 10 people

Favorites, and semi-coherent reasons for why they are so )

and now it's time for the tagging game!

the 'i already tagged you on tumblr, i'm pretty sure, but here's a second one, 'cuz you're cool' group: [personal profile] hamimi_fk [personal profile] jack_of_none [profile] kotesu

the 'i should talk to you more often, 'cuz you're cool" group: [personal profile] arcanelegacy [personal profile] badgal [personal profile] chibichan [personal profile] ein_papier [personal profile] gemais [personal profile] john_egbert [personal profile] rutato [personal profile] sirvalkyrie [personal profile] tyger [personal profile] ukefied [personal profile] weber_dubois22

that's more than ten i think but whatever, i wanna hear opinions and leave comments on other people's journals, so. :)
terabient: The P3 and P4 protagonists face each other in profile (Persona: Wild Cards)
Title: Chance Encounter
Fandom: Persona Q
Characters: Souji Seta, Minato Arisato; Souji/Minato
Rating: M (sexual content)
Summary: 50 sentences of Souji/Minato.
Notes: [profile] 1sentence may be mostly defunct but the prompt tables are still up, so I made use of one of them. Prompts with an (au) after them are supposed to take place in a college roommate au that I think about a lot but will probably never write :S

their paths were never meant to cross )
terabient: P4 Hero majestically riding a penis demon (P4: Mara)
A forum I lurk at posted a '3 in January' challenge, which only asks that participants finish 3 video games in January. Since I'm pretty good at starting games but terrible at finishing them, it's like this challenge was made for me!...if I can decide what games to work on finishing.

Tentative three:

Persona Q
I was going to finish this in the near future, regardless, and I'm getting towards the end, sort of; I'm on the 3rd floor in the Inaba Regional Exhibit labyrinth, and I think there's only one more dungeon after this one. I had to take a break because IRE is one long, one-note gay panic 'joke' and I couldn't stomach the prospect of another cutscene starting with Yosuke baiting Kanji and everyone freaking out over the existence of burly gay men. The puzzles are also pretty involved at this point, and I'm stuck on one particular piece of one very large puzzle, so holding off for a few days seemed like a good idea. I just hope the last dungeon isn't as gigantic/puzzle-heavy as the IRE because ugh that would be unpleasant.

I'm gonna grind it out, though, if only to drown in the feels after my ship-of-the-month (Minato/Yu) inevitably has to part, never to see each other again.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
This is probably cheating, since I've beaten the main storyline in New Vault Hunter Mode already, but I won't feel like I've truly completed it until I get my character to level 50. There's also the matter of Tiny Tina and Brick's TVHM-only commentary as a draw, but ugh there's like nothing to do but the main quest from level 45-50 and that's when the exponential level scaling really starts to have a significant negative on under-leveled equipment. That coupled with the general lack of fun areas for treasure hunting, doesn't make me super-excited to start playing again...but I want to fight the raid boss. I actually love playing as Claptrap (he might be my favorite character in the whole series just because he's so fun to use in TPS) but there are so few areas and bosses worth fighting again. In BL2 there were lots of places that were fun to load up and run through just to kill stuff and check treasure chests for new equipment...oh well.

Caladrius Blaze
This is a pretty obscure shoot-em-up (actually...are there any non-obscure shoot-em-ups in this day and age?) that I bought just before Christmas and is totally embarrassing because one of its selling points is that you rip the clothes off of the bosses as you injure them (it's even called a 'Shame Break', gawd) and if you manage to beat the boss without getting hit yourself, you're...rewarded...with a picture of the boss miserable and in strategically placed tatters. Your character's clothing is also shredded up as you take on more and more damage, so, um, yeah. A lot of mildly risque stuff. I mean, I knew that going in, but I'm still kind of embarrassed to play it even though it's enjoyable. There are a lot of characters and each one has 3 'spells' they can use in addition to their main shot, and those can be upgraded by items you collect while playing. The bosses have some really cool (and difficult) shot patterns and the music is pretty nice although that almost goes without saying for a shmup.

I've technically finished this game already, but only in the sense that I've cleared the first 5 stages with one character, while credit-feeding. I won't consider it 'finished' until I've used all the available characters and have reached the final stage/boss.

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I guess that's my fun goal for January. (There's a lot of real-world shit that needs to get done this month, but ugh who cares.) Here's hoping I don't just give up on all of these right after posting about them like I normally do. :P

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