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About Azaar

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    タヌキを変える / Changing Tanuki
  • Birthday 08/11/1975

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    North Carolina
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    Guyver, D&D, reading, video games, bunch of others
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    Came over from the Warrior Guyver website, which I've been a member of since 2003.
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  1. Azaar

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    For my part, I thought Solo was better than most claimed -- definitely better than Force Awakens or The Last Jedi. And @Matt Bellamy hit the nail on the head in regards to why I didn't like it: the characters. Specifically, in my case, the new characters. From the beginning, Poe came across as a poor man's attempt to blend Han and Wedge Antilles. He has some moments where the characterization tries to be interesting, but by and large the performance comes across as uninspired. The Last Jedi only made things worse, with having him lead a mutiny of sorts. It just felt jarring at best. Next up: Finn. For an ex-First Order stormtrooper, he's surprisingly rogue-ish, and I don't mean that in a good way. Throughout Force Awakens and most of The Last Jedi, I didn't care for him -- he was all about saving his own skin, and to hell with anyone else. Now yeah, that's a lot like Han during A New Hope, but taking most of two movies before he finally has a moment where he's willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good -- only to be metaphorically screwed out of it by Rose (who spent most of the entire movie complaining about how he was only looking out for himself and didn't care, only to then turn around and keep him from having what I felt was his first heroic moment)… ugh. And the fact that Finn spends part of two movies playing around with a lightsaber when he has no business touching one, let alone actively wielding it... I can only eyeroll so many times. That said, Finn's still at the best place right now of the three characters I'm outlining for this, but this is a low bar I'm setting. And then... there's Rey. Let's be honest here: "The Last Jedi", in my mind, refers to Luke. It does not refer to Rey in any sense, and I'll get to why shortly. Rey was written to be Disney's version of Kyp Durron from the Expanded Universe. She's pretty much completely ignorant of The Force... and yet can Jedi mind-trick stormtroopers and do several other Force abilities without any semblance of training in Force Awakens alone, and can defeat (and injure) Kylo Ren with zero training with a lightsaber. She's the Mary Sue of Mary Sues*, and The Last Jedi only highlights the problems with Rey as a Force-user all the more. While believing that there's still some good in Kylo Ren is noble, it's about the only noble thing Rey has going for her. The way she fights in both movies, she's far more of a Sith than she is as a Jedi -- every lightsaber duel she's been in, and for that matter, most every use of the Force that Rey has shown thus far, stems out of fear, anger and aggression. She's closer to being the embodiment of the Dark Side of the Force than to anything else, and I don't see how she could actually be seen as any sort of hero by the end of Episode IX. I'll leave out the other nitpicks about how Leia's doing effectively the exact same thing as Rey during The Last Jedi when she does her Force Flight in space to save herself when she should have been dead, or how Luke was worthy of taking over as the replacement for Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street and all that. A lot of the problems come down to the directors and their narrative "vision", and everything I've seen so far tells me that J.J. Abrams should never have left television, and Rian Johnson having creative control over a trilogy of his own making after the craptastic job he did in The Last Jedi is a bad idea. But in the end, I think Disney has to shoulder the blame as well. There's no mistaking the fact that buying out Lucasfilm in 2012 was exactly what most people feared it to be: the ultimate cash-grab. They're about to do the same thing again with acquiring Fox -- the only difference is that they can at least try to integrate the X-Men and Fantastic Four back into the MCU. But it's clear that Disney never had a long-term plan for the Star Wars franchise other than "lets make six movies in the next 7-8 years and recoup our financial losses" -- if they thought Star Wars could be another MCU-like springboard, they've done a lot to cripple themselves in that regard. And let's not forget the waffling back-and-forth about how they publicly said they weren't using any of Lucas's planned material for the sequel trilogy, and yet have tried convincing the public in the wake of The Last Jedi how they actually were using some of Lucas's material after all (which I think was a backhanded attempt at throwing shade at Lucas after how critical he was of Disney's plans, in part because of his own claims that Disney had no plan to use any of what he developed for the sequel trilogy). If there is a silver lining to all of the missteps that have been made since Disney bought the franchise out, it is this: they've managed to make the prequels look so much better than anything they've done. And I say this as someone who actually does enjoy the prequels, in spite of their flaws. But aside from Rogue One and Solo... I haven't been able to enjoy the sequel trilogy in the slightest, and I don't have faith in Disney (and I certainly have no faith in J.J. Abrams or Rian Johnson) to be able to make Episode IX watchable. * I do want to note, I'm not against strong female protagonists in the slightest. I only have issues when it becomes blatantly obvious how much of a special snowflake that Rey was written to be. I'll also note, more generally, that I don't have any issue with the actors/actresses playing Finn, Poe, Rey, Rose, etc. -- their writing is what fans are (rightfully) up in arms about... but that doesn't give those same fans the right to bully/harass any of the actors/actresses for portraying the role they were given. If the fans want to take issue with the characterization, they should be aiming those crosshairs at Disney, J.J. Abrams, Rian Johnson and the writers for the screenplays for both Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
  2. Azaar

    Justice League

    To reply: Matt: I won't deny that what Marvel is doing works -- I'd be an idiot to deny it. I just wish that Marvel would try to step out of their comfort zone a little more, but that's just me -- they have done so, to be fair, when they opted for Guardians of the Galaxy. I remember thinking that Marvel had made their first misstep with GotG, and was very pleasantly surprised to be proven wrong when I went to see it after several of my friends said it was excellent. My hope for DC, going forward, is that Geoff Johns will get more hands-on with things -- like Feige, Johns is a fan of DC. For crying out loud, Johns is the reason DC's recovering (on the comic-book front) from the travesty that was the New 52. I want to see him be more involved. Hell, I want to see Kevin Smith do a DC movie -- as much fun as his episodes of The Flash have been, I want to see that translated to the big screen, because he's also a fan. Salkafar: I liked the brightening of the colors -- that, perhaps, has been one of my biggest gripes of the DCEU. The costumes have been really nice -- I absolutely love Cavill's Superman costume. I just hated seeing how Snyder intentionally went "dark" with the palette. The CGI... yeah, some of it left much to be desired, no arguments there. My problem with Steppenwolf was more that I think WB reached too far by trying to use the New Gods -- they do have an interesting mythology, to be sure, but I liken it to trying to match the coming Avengers: Infinity War with Thanos, without having the leadup with Loki or Ultron as villains. I wasn't exactly a fan of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, but I would have rather had seen the Justice League oppose Luthor's Injustice League (that they hint at with Lex and Deathstroke in post-credits) to be a start, then something like the Hyperclan or White Martians for the second movie, while potentially giving the New Gods a movie of their own and let it serve as a lead-in to a future Justice League movie. As for Aquaman... I dunno, I actually liked Jason Momoa, and I'm looking forward to the movie in November. The fact that Amber Heard is co-starring and we'll get to see more of her as Mera has absolutely nothing to do with the desire to watch the movie... okay, Amber Heard is hot. Still! As for introducing Flash/Cyborg/Aquaman in Justice League... yeah, I'm with you there. I think DC rushed Justice League in that regard, like Matt alluded to with how WB/DC is trying to copy some aspects of the Marvel formula, and yet trying to deviate from it at the same time.
  3. Azaar

    Justice League

    Speaking for myself, I actually enjoyed Justice League pretty well. Is it as good as Marvel? Not really, but there are two factors that are worth keeping in mind: 1) The DCEU is effectively a decade behind Marvel, and so it's little wonder that Warner Bros. feels the need to try and rush things along in an attempt to catch up. 2) Everyone keeps comparing it to Marvel and making Marvel out to be gods. The second factor, I think, is what bothers me the most. Yes, Marvel did good with Iron Man, the first couple of Captain America movies and such. The thing I've started seeing, though, is that Disney/Marvel is afraid to change anything up -- we're seeing the exact same formula for GotG Vol. 2 and Black Panther that we saw in Iron Man and Captain America: The First Avenger; ten years, no change to the formula. And honestly, I don't see that changing any time soon, particularly on Disney's part -- as badly as they've mangled Star Wars (Rogue One being the only decent movie of the three so far, and I think Solo isn't going to be very good either) because they've tried to change everything up to make it theirs, I don't see them taking that risk in tandem with Marvel. And yet, I think that may ultimately prove to be Marvel's undoing. But as long as the "critics" keep humping Marvel's leg and trashing anything that isn't Marvel or Marvel-related, I don't see the comparisons ending any time soon. Now, to be fair, the DCEU hasn't wow'ed either. I think Man of Steel was rather fun, but at the same time it was a darker take than fans wanted, and BvS was even worse in that regard, particularly with the intent of turning it from being a Superman sequel to being the backdoor intro to Justice League. I can also agree that Wonder Woman was too much like Captain America: The First Avenger -- that was the one thing I wasn't wild about when it came to the movie when it leaked that the time setting was WWI, in that even choosing a different war, there were still too many similarities to Cap; even so, I still enjoyed it rather well. I even rather liked Suicide Squad, and Jared Leto's Joker was better than I expected (mostly because I hated the whole tattoo'ed look they did with him). I still enjoy the movies as a whole, but Snyder does not need to be involved going forward. Knowing that his take on Watchmen was divisive, and barely making it 15 minutes into 300 before I walked away and tuned it out... he's good with visuals, but he's crap as a director.
  4. Azaar

    A Little Guyver 2 Dark Hero reunion

    If I remember Correctly, Sean had a nightmare (which was really the Utah Relic trying to commune with the Guyver unit Sean was bonded to, just with Sean resisting because of his issues with the unit and how out of control he felt), and it triggered a mini-quake that opened a fissure in the main dig site cave. Mary was one of the two college kids who subsequently discovered the fissure and the outer hull of the now-revealed Utah Relic, and brought it to the attention of Marcus Edwards and Arlen Crane.
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    Stellar Warrior Guyver

    So, I've been fiddling about, looking at the site and saw where the timeline has been updated, and looking over it... I think I may have to resubmit Inception and Preparations (Part I) with some rewrites. The last I had understood, I was under the impression that X-Day was 8/17/2006, but the timeline has pushed that back three years to 8/17/2003, which means that more than a few details I'd written about Gabe are going to need reworking (he'd only be 20 as of X-Day, and I'd had him sitting at 23, for example). And if we're going to keep the fight at the Pillars of Heaven when the ACTF go on the offensive in Washington DC to 7/4/2010 like I'd been told before, I'm gonna need to add another three years worth of stuff to Preparations (Part I). Hopefully Sully, Matt, James or someone else knowledgeable can let me know what the deal is, so I can make the necessary changes and submit my rewrites for both, as well as Preparations (Part II).
  6. Azaar

    Your Favorite Boss Fight

    Belatedly: Ruby Weapon, I totally agree with you -- he's literally the only WEAPON boss I never defeated in FF7. Emerald, though... seriously, use Cloud, Red XIII and whoever you want for your third character (I typically used Tifa, myself). Have the Underwater Materia to avoid the 20-minute countdown timer. Red XIII works best in the back row as a magic-user, so set W-Summon/Knights of the Round summon on him as a joined pair in armor. All three characters need Mime materia -- two of them mastered via leveling materia (running around the island where you rescue Cloud from the Lifestream after it swallows that village he was found in is the quickest way to level up any Materia). All three characters should have Restore-All in a joined pairing, Cloud should have Shield-All in a joined slot, and your third character should have Time-All in a joined slot. Then, go down to face Emerald WEAPON: have Tifa (or whoever your third character is) do Haste on everyone with Time-All, Cloud cast Barrier on everyone with Shield-All... and let the fun begin with Red XIII using W-Summon to dual-cast the Knights of the Nine summon; from there, lather-rinse-repeat by having Cloud and Tifa use Mime on the dual-cast Knights of the Nine from Red XIII, and then Red XIII Mime his own dual-summoning by Mime'ing Cloud and Tifa's own Mime. Emerald WEAPON has virtually no chance at that point, unless he gets lucky and takes out one or two of your characters, in which cast Life2 (or just Life/Phoenix Down if you don't have Life2 spell available) to resurrect the fallen, heal them up with Restore-All for max healing (and get Red XIII with Ether to replenish his magic/mana to begin the W-Summon-Knights of the Round dual-summon/Mime party going again. Basically, you can conceivably drop Emerald WEAPON for only 500 MP -- it's glorious when you can pull it off. Myself... Diablo in Diablo 3 is tough, but fun. The Act V boss from Reaper of Souls expansion of Diablo 3, though, is a royal pain in the ass because he can so easily cheese the hell out of you.
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    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    I watched it a week ago in a matinee showing. On its own, the story seemed pretty decent, though there are a couple of elements that I think weren't done right, but overall it was decent in that regard. I'll hold off on those elements until we hit spoiler territory. Taken together with The Force Awakens, though... I can see where some think Disney is ruining Star Wars. Myself, I'd really like to see what Lucas would have done with this sequel trilogy, even though I think he would have had to stay away from the dialogue -- that was a major weakness for Lucas. But the more I look at TFA and TLJ, as well as the additional stuff Disney is doing with solo movies like Rogue One, the forthcoming Solo, and the third one (whatever it'll be), plus another planned trilogy brainstormed by the director of TLJ (which will have zilch to do with all the other movies, as I understand it)... I can't help but think Disney will run the franchise into the ground in their quest for the almighty cash-grab.
  8. Azaar

    RAMPAGE?!

    I was never very good with the game, though I remember it as a staple in arcades back in the day. The trailer looks pretty good, though. Hopefully it'll be a good video game-based movie -- not really many of those, sadly.
  9. Azaar

    Destiny 2

    So, thread necromancy and all, but... Did anyone watch the gameplay reveal a couple of weeks ago? Speaking for myself, I'm pretty well digging what I'm seeing so far. Six-shooter Golden Guns, roaming Fist of Havoc, the new Dawnblade Warlock subclass that's replacing the Sunsinger, the arc staff for the Arcstrider (which admittedly looks too Bladedancer-like, but I can deal)... and one of my personal favorites, the Captain America-shield-slinging Sentinel Titan subclass. It all looks really darned good. I pre-ordered the Deluxe Digital Edition for PS4 -- content exclusivity sucks, I know, but that plays a minor role. Mostly, it's a) several of my friends have made the switch to PS4, and b) I've actually joined a clan with seven other people recently, and we're planning to hang together for Destiny 2. Hopefully, E3 will finally give us details on the beta going live, as well as how long it'll last. I was sorta disappointed there wasn't an official announcement for the beta during the gameplay reveal, but some accounts for the Countdown Crucible mode (attack/defend objective that's pretty much a Search & Destroy theme) and the Inverted Spire strike showed a potential Easter egg in the Glimmer (17177) -- some in the community are theorizing that the beta goes live for everyone on July 17, but since I pre-ordered, I'll get an early crack at it. In case you haven't seen it yet, here's your chance, courtesy of the official Destiny account on YouTube:
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    Stellar Warrior Guyver

    So, I had a draft completed for Preparations (Part II), but I didn't like some of how I wrote it, so I fixed some issues there and am going to submit it post-haste -- I like it more now than I did most of three months ago. Part III is now underway (actually, it's been underway for a very long time), but I'm revamping the beginning and otherwise starting from scratch to get out of the writer's block that plagued me halfway through Part III to begin with. Sully: Which is better to send you my completed Part II for Preparations? Email or PM through here?
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    Destiny 2

    The idea, according to the blurb they've given for Destiny 2, indicates that Guardians are regrouping and going out to try and recruit allies to help reclaim The Last City from Ghaul and the Cabal Red Legion. I sorta want to see more of the Exo Stranger myself; if nothing else, I'm curious to find out if the Exo Stranger is actually Ana Bray (Clovis Bray's daughter), or if it's the woman Cayde's mentioned (between lines and the Grimoire) as being the woman he loved before he became an Exo (because apparently she became an Exo as well). I do hope the story is better than what we originally got... and we better get some damn good loot. BTW, Matt: you play on PS4, right?
  12. Azaar

    Destiny 2

    At least Bungie is giving good reason to explain why those of us on consoles won't have our uber-gear to go into Destiny 2 -- I can only imagine the screams of frustration from PC gamers if they had to start from scratch while Xbox/PS4 kept their loot from the last three years. Honestly, it's about time we saw the Cabal be more... well, badass, to be honest. Aside from a few strikes, the Vex have been ignored since the vanilla storyline. The Fallen and the Hive have both had two expansions apiece in Destiny dedicated to them, and so honestly I'm about tired of seeing them. So it'll be a refreshing change of pace to see Ghaul and his elite Red Legion Cabal as the next big threat. The expansions intrigue me as well -- looks like the first one will center on the Warlock Osiris, while the second expansion focuses on Rasputin. I do hope that Destiny 2 brings back Mara Sov (the Awoken Queen, as Bungie's pretty much said she isn't dead), and that we can potentially meet those Guardians who swore off fighting (the ones Efrideet mentioned in the Iron Banner questline that popped up after Rise of Iron came out). I'm also hoping for the Exo Stranger to make an appearance again -- though theory and rumor has it that she's quite possibly allied with Osiris. As for me, I've begun making the switch: I got a PS4 last week, and I have a female Awoken Hunter sitting at 365 Light -- not bad for a week's worth of work. Got a male Exo Titan created, and I'm gonna likely do a male Human Warlock here soon. And, especially since another of my friends from Xbox is moving to PS4 for Destiny 2 to play with her husband, I'm planning to make the switch as well and continue with PS4 in Destiny 2.
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    Justice League

    My favorite comment I saw on the trailer, from a random person on YouTube: *shows Dad the trailer* Dad: I hate Batman. Dad: Why do they have a new Flash? *cue "Come Together" cover in trailer* Dad: I love Batman. Dad: When is this coming out again? In case anyone is interested, though, the cover of "Come Together" was done by Gary Clark Jr. and produced by Junkie XL -- dunno why people are automatically assuming it's the Godsmack cover (which is pretty good in its own right). I'm hoping it'll be released as a single, but so far the Internet has totally failed me in finding a full-length recording of the Gary Clark Jr./Junkie XL cover. Keeping my fingers crossed, though. Oh, and I'm seriously digging the trailer. And just as epic, the Avengers reaction to the Justice League trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_5HV5MR2Bg
  14. The more I see of ME: Andromeda, the more I'm liking it. I recently got the ME Trilogy on Amazon and started playing it -- wish I could find more builds, particularly for ME 1, but all I've found are builds geared towards level 60 Insanity playthroughs. Matt: If you liked the first Halo Wars, you'll like the second. I've enjoyed what I've played so far. I need to get back into playing Titanfall 2, though -- I played the tutorial and first mission and that was it. And God knows, I have so many other games I still need to play (like Rise of the Tomb Raider, both Dishonored games, The Witcher 3, Final Fantasy 15, GTA V... the list is growing -- and depressing at the thought of how much I still have to do, let alone play it all -- at the same time).
  15. This year has been interesting so far for games: so far I've gotten Halo Wars 2, and pre-ordered Mass Effect: Andromeda and Prey both, with plans to get Injustice 2. Then there's Destiny 2, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War and Vampyr as well. Those are just the games I know about (I'm on Xbox One, so I don't keep up with the PlayStation side of the fence). So, what games are the rest of you looking forward to seeing?
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