atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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#640: Seto no Hanayome and etc

The last time I mentioned the series, an anonymous poster said he couldn't get past episode 9 of Seto no Hanayome. (SnH)

I just finished it a little bit ago, and I don't see the problem.

SnH did something that was a common humor device in Urusei Yatsura, which is vintage 1981 to 1986. (195 episodes over 5 years. Yeesh.) They had a huge war erupt between the guys who liked San and the guys who liked Runa--and the war reduced the school to a DMZ.

They used to do things like that on UY all the time.

I guess that's why I didn't find it off-putting; it was an updated version of an old schtick which worked tolerably well 20 years ago.

Considering that SnH is the exact same genre as UY, it even makes a kind of sense. The only difference is that Lum was an oni ("science fiction, not fairy tale", as she pointed out once) and San is a mermaid.

SnH is not the best thing I'm watching right now (that would be Pretty Cure, I think) but I'm enjoying it.

As for PreCure....

They did the "oops we lost a mascot-thingy" schtick again; this time it was Nagisa who had Meppuru confiscated by the vice-principal of the school. At least when the bad guy got ahold of it, he didn't just give it back without an explanation or identifiable reason. (For the record, he's too stupid to consider the consequences of more than one action at any one time.)

I hope they don't do that schtick again. Both girls had it happen; let's not go there any more, because it makes it hard for me to continue to suspend my disbelief.

I'm having a lot of trouble with Tokimeki Memorial, though. The writing, mainly.

In an episode where one student has gotten into a serious fight, the main character and his two friends are going up to the roof to eat lunch. "Do you want to talk some more about Xy-san?" (whatever the hell the guy's name was). What an asinine line that was.

The main character has to break a date with his nominal girlfriend because the Drama teacher (who is either the scariest woman in anime, or a drag queen--and I can't tell which) wants him to audition for a play on a Sunday, when the guy isn't even interested in being in the play in the first place.

He doesn't say, "Gee, no, I have a date on Sunday, so piss off!" Oh no. He breaks the date. Guess he's not all that committed to the girl, is he? I mean, he can say "no" to his nominal girlfriend but he can't say "no" to doing something he doesn't want to do anyway? He's a spineless twit, is what he is.

The show is not without its entertaining moments, though. There is this chick--I mean "immature chicken"--named Hiyoko, who makes every scene he's in. He communicates by saying "Pipiyopipipipiyopiyo" but the main character can understand him, and this tiny little bird (which always looks pissed off) has beaten the biggest and toughest-looking guy in the series three times already. And by "beaten" I mean hit him so hard he laid the dude out on the ground. Hiyosuke's hilarious.

(Yes, I meant to write "Hiyosuke". Like Tomo calls Chiyo-chan "Chiyosuke".)

* * *

Fiddling with Diablo II today, I finally discovered a cheat I had to tone down.

I discovered that the most recent version of the game includes the possibility of magic items which increase the amount of experience you earn per kill. I fired up the old Hero Editor and made my "plated belt" into a super-belt, which gave me +461% EPs per kill. So, in other words, if I killed a monster which was worth 100 EPs, I ended up getting 561 EPs for my efforts.

And when I started playing with this modification, I went up 4 levels in about an hour's time. I had barely completed the second quest in the first act of the game, and gained 4 levels in Hell mode, starting with a character at 69th level.

Uh, no, that's just a bit too god-like.

I mean, when you touch an Experience Shrine, for a certain time afterwards your kills net you 200% experience, so a 100 EP monster is worth 200 EPs--but it quits after a while, and it doesn't end up being all that huge a boost. But 4x EPs all the time--that's just 'way too much.

So I fired up Hero Editor again and knocked it back to +50%, which is a lot better; it's a nice boost without being ludicrous.

I'm looking forward to seeing what the upgrade notes for version 1.11 meant when they talked about the "secrets" that the Hell mode bosses have.

* * *

Friday will be my two-year anniversary at Target. I don't know how I feel about that....
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