March, and something gets done!

I find this show enjoyable, but it lacks a few moments of awesomeness.
Heyos Everyones!

I’ve decided to clean up the blog with a new layout and color scheme, which I believe increases the overall visibility of the site. The only thing I’m really looking to change is the link color, and anything I’ve missed while applying the change. All minor things that can be fixed over the next few days. In addition, the new site should be ready in the coming days, but I may hold off on changing the way the site runs until the actual website has content, not just the blog.

I recently watched the latest episodes of Persona 4, and I must say I really like the way it has all come together. As one who has played the games, I know what’s going to happen, but the anime is surprisingly true to the story and although the animation can be quite lazy at times, an enjoyment to watch. I have plans to watch Kill Me Baby! and Nisemonogatari, but I’ve only watched the first episode and haven’t really started watching those yet. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s that I haven’t set aside time to watch anime. I’m close to being caught up with Amagami SS+ and…

As I look at my backlog, I just now realize I haven’t been keeping up with Guilty Crown, Highschool DxD, Milky Holmes II(Which I will admit, is quite cringeworthy at times), and Mouretsu Pirates. Which means I must set aside some time tonight to catch up, because I also have a million games on my backlog, and I don’t know how I’m going to catch up with so many distractions on the internet. Seriously, I spend 99% of my time surfing tvtropes, youtube, or a forum such as Sonic Retro and Cheap Ass Gamer.

Speaking of games, I just ordered a game from Japan that I’ve been meaning to buy for awhile now. But with Tales of Graces f coming out March 13(Which I have pre-ordered and can’t wait to put on my backlog of a million games), I figure now is a better time than ever to buy it.

Regardless, I plan on updating more now (Especially now that I have a nice keyboard to type on), and with a new computer, I intend to finish the projects I left behind a little over a year ago. So, on that note, have a great night!

(Funny, as I close out this post, Galo Sengen decides to come on. When this song comes on, I don’t know what to think, it’s like…”What?”)

-Ace

Another February has almost ended!

Saya no Uta - Surprisingly Interesting
Heyos Everyones!

It’s been a busy February, and hard to believe that it’s almost over. Luckily, it’s a leap year so I get one extra day to work or do nothing, as which seems to be the case 90% of the time. I haven’t even really caught up on which anime I’m going to be watching this season, even though it’s over halfway over. Gah. Anyways, I’m still trying to finish Final Fantasy XIII, as I’ve already purchased XIII-2 and still have it sealed and ready to play. Tales of Graces-f comes out this March, and I want to finish FFXIII before I start another RPG. Hope that works out, but I’m not going to be too optimistic.

In terms of the website, I’m attempting to revive the site with a new layout and design. This will carry over to the blog, to seamlessly blend the two together once I actually have a site up again. I do have something I plan to put up soon, and although it has nothing to do with games, it does have something to do with music and anime. It’s nothing big, but maybe with something up I will have more motivation to do something with the site.

Again, I haven’t really been watching too much anime. I’ve built a new computer and have been using that, and I don’t want to stress it out as it gets really loud under load. By that, I mean the Power Supply, which gets unreasonably loud and gives me reason not to go with OCZ again. I’m replacing it with a Corsair PSU, and that should be the end of my troubles. Anyways, I will be working on the site the next few days, and in turn, should have something to show for it at the end of the week.

-Ace

The Year of Success

A surprisingly fun PSP game.
Out of the servants in Fate / Extra, I really like Caster.

Heyos everyone!

Ace here. Forgive me for my absence and lack of updates this past year, as 2011 was most definitely not the best year for me. However, being a new year, I plan to take that negativity and turn it inside out, making 2012 a fantastic year and one of the best years to come! Although I have stopped updating my old projects, such as the MapleStory soundtrack, I plan to replace them with new projects that will be better than anything I have ever worked on. Time will not be wasted this year, and I know that good things are to come. I do plan on finishing what “Let’s Plays” I have left, and perhaps even starting a new one (Although I won’t start uploading until every part is finished, to ensure there are no delays in uploads), and I also plan to put my programming experience to the test and work on projects that may or may not involve anime and manga.

In terms of anime, I haven’t lost track of my current series. I’ve recently finished Ika Musume II, Working`!!, Fate/Zero, Haganai, Ben-tou, and  Idolm@ster. I am currently watching C3, Persona, and Guilty Crown. I intend to watch Kill Me Baby, High School DxD, Nisemonogatari, Milky Holmes II, and Amagami SS II. I’m amazed I still have time to watch these series, but it doesn’t seem like I will lose interest anytime soon. I’m actually re-watching Shakugan no Shana as well, as I want to watch the final season, but I want to recall all the events of the first two seasons before I begin watching the last season. All in all, it’s been a decent year for anime, and I have no intention of slowing down.

In terms of video games, I’ve been playing Final Fantasy XIII, and tried to play Eternal Sonata. Eternal Sonata was just too slow and boring for my tastes. Every time I played it, I felt a stronger urge to play Tales of Vesperia. I guess Eternal Sonata just isn’t the game for me. FFXIII isn’t as bad as everyone says, and I actually enjoy my time playing it. Is it the best game in the series? No, but it’s still enjoyable. I want to voice my opinion on more games, but now isn’t the time for that, and perhaps I’ll have some time later to voice my opinion on these games.

Thus, I hope everyone had a good New Year’s, and remember, don’t let life get you down. Keep on fighting and remember what you’re fighting for. Enjoy the moment, and look forward to what awaits you. For me, school begins tomorrow, and although circumstances have resulted in me taking less classes that I’d like, it really is for the better at this time, as I need to catch up on what’s important, my focus. Stay cool everyone, and expect to see more from me this year.

-Ace

Wait, Halloween?

Don't worry Okabe, this is all the choice of Steins;Gate.

Dear god, it’s already the end of October. My last post here was…July? Well, to be fair, it’s been a hell of a year, and I don’t mean that in a positive way. Of course, this year had it’s good points and pleasant surprises, with AX2011 and Sonic Generations being some of the few good occurences this year. However, it doesn’t appear as school, work, and life in general seems to be going well for me. Of course, life never goes as planned, and it’s always a strength to push yourself up no matter how low you may go. (I only hope to remember this when times really get tough.)

As far as everything else goes, this season of anime is pretty tight. Last season, save for Steins;Gate (Which really doesn’t count as last season because it was two-cour), didn’t really end. Kami-sama no Memochou, Dantalian, Mayo Chiki, all of them really didn’t properly end, and I wouldn’t mind seeing a second season of any of them. They were all fascinating series and I definitely enjoyed my time with them, but the fall season of anime dominates whatever aired during the summer. Shana III, Fate/Zero, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Bakuman II, Working’!!; the list goes on and on. This season I don’t have nearly enough time as I did last season, mainly because school really is kicking my ass and I don’t know if I can pull out of it like I’ve done the semesters before. Regardless, I can at least try and watch the anime in my spare time. If I ever get enough spare time (and don’t suffer from illness) I can actually work on reviewing anime and games, as well as continue working on my own projects. I think I have two fun classes this semester, but everything else is dull and boring.

In terms of games, I’ve recently finished Persona 4(An anime I forgot to mention above) because the anime was airing soon. I love the Persona series, and really need to try the rest of the Shin Megami Tensei series out. Sonic Generations is coming out soon as well, and I actually went to 100% Sonic Adventure 2 again (Man, I love that game), but my SA2 cd finally died and I haven’t the time to buy and wait for a new one. Of course, Generations will be out before we know it, and I can’t wait. Also, I heard someone got a private server of Suvival Project running. I may have to take a look at that, seeing as I loved Survival Project when I was younger, and the only reason I played Maple Story was because SP closed down.

Anyways, I’m about to head to JPN201, so I’ll make another post soon enough. Sorry about my absence, but medical emergencies and laziness will always prevent me from posting. So I need to overcome those obstacles and become the best there ever was!

-Ace

Yoyo, It’s Ace!

Let's cross Chaos;Head and Steins;Gate! It'll be Makise;Kurisu;Seira;tan!

Bwahaha! It’s been awhile my friends, how’ve you all been. As for me, it’s been a pretty crappy few weeks, but nothing is more enjoyable than getting a little more money for your efforts. Anyways, I haven’t been quite up to date with…well, anything, so I may as well start now. School begins in another 3 weeks, and I believe it’ll be easier for me to start catching up with everything then. However, I believe I say that every time something decides to change, so I may be wrong in that regard and end up spending even less time with this site and/or my anime and manga. Regardless, I will be able to spend my nights working on stuff again, as opposed to waking up so damn early in the morning.

I’ve begun working on some quick “projects” for the site, as I have a little more of my main Dowase Games project done. Not to mention, I’m not the only one working on it for a change, so there’s an even bigger chance of it being completed that before. I hope to unveil my workings by the end of the year, but I may get lucky and show them off a little earlier.

I’ve been playing more Visual Novels since my return from Anime Expo 2011, and Fate/Stay Night was completed about 3 days ago. I’m currently watching the anime, which as usual, fails to be as awesome as the actual novel, but still is decent and worth watching. I’ve not even begun the new anime season, but to plan on starting very soon. Steins;Gate is one of the only things I’m actually really trying to keep up with, and that’s because it’s an amazing show and everyone here should stop reading and go watch it now. Seriously. Go.

Now that everyone is out of the way, I believe it is time to wrap things up. In short, nothing was accomplished, but nothing really needed to be. See you all laters, and enjoy your last days of July!
-Ace

Some updates and almost showtime!

Kotomi-chaaaan~
Oi, Kotomi-chaaaan~

Heyos Everyones!!

First off, I’ve quickly updated the MapleStory with the “new” Cygnus songs, along with the 8th anniversary title screen track. However, the new tracks are only available right now through the full download, with you can grab from megaupload or fileserve. I know a lot of people have been asking for a mediafire, but I have never been able to upload a file to their servers, and the complete rar file is too big to be uploaded without a paid account. So it’s now out of the question. Sorry. (If the maplestory music page hasn’t changed, give it time. The uploads should be done by 7:00PM PST.)

Anyways, it’s the middle of the month, and I believe this is the quickest I’ve made another post so quickly on the blog. Really though, it’s only because my job has been really slow, and I’ve only been working about 20 hours a week, which gives me time to slack off and do nothing. Of course, I still have some anime series and games to complete, but my laziness has really taken over my life. I do have one project I want to complete before school starts, and it involves K-On!, so I assume I’ll be able to complete it with the inspiration of my favorite character. Speaking of anime, AX2011 is only 15 days aways, and I can’t wait for it to arrive. I’ve been waiting all year for that weekend, and I don’t know how I’m going to feel after it’s over. Of course, much has changed from my last trip out there, and I feel I’ll know more about what’s going on. Still, it’s going to be fun, and anyone who loves anime should definitely come by and join in on the fun!

I’ve been playing Blazblue: Continuum Shift for the PS3, and I suck hard at the game. I absolutely love Tsubaki, if only for her seiyuu….and in recent searches, I just learned that one of my absolute favorite seiyuu, Tomoko Kawakami, has passed away. She provided the voice for Kamio Misuzu, and Kurata Sayuri from AIR and Kanon, respectively. She had a wonderful voice, and she will definitely be missed. RIP.

Anyways, that’s really all I have to say for the moment. I’ll most likely be updating daily from June 30 to July 5, for Anime Expo. Have a great day, and enjoy the rest of the week.

Yo, This is a post.

Aw Yeah, Hatsune Miku performing at AX2011.
Aw Yeah, Hatsune Miku performing at AX2011.

Heyos Everyones!!

Man, where did the month(s) go??  Although I haven’t done much, a lot has happened in these two months, and it just keeps going on! Although I’m out of school, I’m attempting to pick up more hours at my job, as AX2011 is coming up!! I’ll be there, and I’ve already got my tickets for the Hatsune Miku concert, which is going to be amazing!! I absolutely cannot wait, and it’s really the only thing coming up that I really am anticipating.

On another note, the anime this season has been amazing! I’m currently watching C, Ano Hana, Denpa Onna, Hoshizora, Dog Days, Hanasaku Iroha, Hidan no Aria, Steins;Gate, The World God Only Knows II, and Tiger and Bunny. This season I’m watching so much, as I’ve never watched so many series in one season. But the anime is so great, I can’t help it.

I also recently traded in my old Xbox 360 and walked out with a PS3 for 29.36! I already have 4 games which I ended up not paying anything for, and now I have a blu-ray player to watch my favorite anime with. I’ve been playing 3D dot game heroes, and plan on importing Tales of Vesperia and some VN’s for the PS3, as it’s region-free and an amazing console, so I can’t wait to play it more. I also have a PSP, and Project Diva is one of my most played games 0n the console. Unfortunately, even though I’m not taking the time to post here, I still have a ton of games and anime on my backlog, and I really need to organize and step my game up so I’m not so behind when I go to the expo.

Well, that’s all for this time. I can’t say when I’ll be updating again, but I believe I’ll be reporting more when I’m actually at the expo, as I’ll have a lot to talk about then. Especially the Miku concert.

Seeya’s,
Ace

April Update 2011

Music!
Headphones...Niiiice.

Heyos Everyones!!

I try to make more than one update a month, but it’s been quite a month for me. Not that it’s bad or anything, but it has been busy (and not for all the right reasons either, I have been slacking quite a bit this month). Anyways, before I do my usual rant of whatever is on my mind, I want to release a few statements regarding the MapleStory Soundtrack Archive located on the Dowase server.

MS Soundtrack
-Orbis Town BGM has been fixed.
-Minar’s Forest BGM has been fixed.
-Happyville Old BGM and Happyville current BGM had been mixed due to the server transfer. The issue is now fixed. If you had downloaded the songs before this date, but after the blog had been created, you may switch the BGM names to avoid further confusion. My apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Also, all descriptions for the BGM are provided by myself before the Big Bang patch had been released. I will not change my descriptions to fit the new layout, for nostalgia purposes and overall laziness. On that note, I will not update new BGM currently being added to the soundtrack, for the sole reason of my absence in the game. I no longer know where the songs are being played, and without such description, cannot accurately provide an easy to navigate list based on region and town. My apologies for the inconvenience this may cause, but I currently hold other priorities to this soundtrack. (I love the new songs being added, just don’t know where they play anymore xP)

Now that that’s over with…
Whew…Today’s been alright. I finished Star Driver, and have to amp up my game at work for my boss is on vacation, leaving higher management to have an excuse to come in and “check” on how we’re doing. Yeah, looking forward to that >.> (But it does provide more hours, so I can’t really complain too much). I’ve been playing my PS2 a little too much lately, as I’ve been working on both Persona 3 and Persona 4. I’ve got a decent amount of hours on both, and each game carries different traits that I find appealing, so it’s hard deciding which one is my favorite (P3P definitely would be on top, provided it carried the full visual, but alas, it’s not as powerful as a PS2).

I hope to resurrect Dowase soon with a small project, but I’m not giving any promises at the moment, for that’ll curse me and it’ll never work out like usual. Therefore, I’m not jumping the gun again.

Now, it’s time for me to finish Winter 2011 anime, and start looking for Spring 2011 anime to begin. As for the Winter 2011 season as a whole, it really didn’t do too much for me, but it was alright. Next season proves to be a little more promising, and I know Summer 2011 will be amazing. Not to mention AX2011 seems to be coming soon, and I just booked the Hotel this weekend, so no troubles like last year! Well, that’s all I’ve got for today, so let’s hope I can make a post before May 2011 rolls around, k?

-Ace

Spring Break!!

Spring Break! Gotta love a nice week long break from life.
Spring Break! Gotta love a nice week long break from life.
Alrights! It’s now the middle of the second semester in school, and I can honestly say some of it has dragged on way too long. Oh wells, this week will give me plenty of time to work on any projects I have, although I think I’ll spend more time watching anime and playing Persona 3.

I don’t have much else to say about the website progress or Dowase. I’ve been following too many anime series and playing too many jRPGs to keep track of anything else. Work and school take up the rest of my time, and I end up sleeping more than I would like. The spring series is almost here, and I really can’t wait. Although I love the current series (Gosick, Kore wa zombie desu ka, Fractale, Dragon Crisis, Yumekui Merry, and the continuation of Star Driver and Bakuman), I really want to see the next season of “The World God Only Knows”. Not to mention, Gosick will be continuing for the next season, which raises my expectation for the next season.

I’ve been really late to the company Atlus. I’ve played a few of their games (Tail Concerto, Rivera), but after playing the Shin Megami Tensei series (Persona 3, Devil Survivor), I’ve really begun to appreciate the work put into their games. I used to be a big platformer gamer, but after playing jRPGs for some time now, I’ve broadened my experience with more than just 2D platforming. I consider it good that I quit playing Maplestory, or I may have lost all my time in the world!

I know my post may be late, but I still can’t believe the disaster that has struck Japan. It’s a terrible, horrible tragedy and I can only hope for the best of the people living there. It makes you think how fast something can go from just fine to panic and chaos. My regards go out to everyone living and visiting Japan, for dealing with such a disaster.

This has been my March post. Maybe I’ll get another before April xP.
-Ace

I’m still here, kinda.

<3 Shana
A true Flame Haze never dies.

Wow, it’s already February. Amazing how time flies, no? Regardless, I understand I haven’t been on the site to make some adjustments, post about random stuff, and especially work on stuff I said I would do. Even when I’m not working, I tend to do nothing, and I really want to make this year more productive than last year. Starting with the site. However, that’s going to take time, and even with little work and school, I still tend to avoid working on what really needs to be done.

Enough about not doing what needs to be done. When it comes to the real world, I’d say I’m doing pretty well. This season of anime is decent, especially Gosick, Kore wa Zombie, and Dragon Crisis. I haven’t really caught up to everything I’m watching, so it’s all going really slow in terms of watching anime. Not to mention, I finished GTO, a series I can’t believe I missed in the long run. A great series, but the anime-original ending definitely didn’t hold up to how the series could’ve ended. Regardless, it seems as though I’ve been more interested in watching past series that slipped my mind, so I haven’t been keeping up with all of the current shows.

School has resumed, and my classes aren’t getting any easier. This semester isn’t too bad, but I don’t want to know how next year will be. I have to take ENG102, and I absolutely hate english classes. Maybe it’s because of the honors classes, but I still hate them. I love my classes this semester, but the workload is killer.

Returning back to the site. The song of the week is gone, no reason to keep up something I initially only planned for a couple of days. As soon as I find the time and energy to create a new skin for the site, I plan on reforming Dowase Games. This blog will still remain, as I have no intention of removing this blog. On another note, soundtrack updates to MapleStory purely depend on whether I feel like getting the music, naming it, and uploading it to the server. I don’t play the game anymore, I don’t have any intention to play the game anymore, and although I love the direction the music is taking, I don’t intend on searching for the newest tracks and placing them on the site when I have no idea where the track plays.

Well, that’s more than I had anticipated. Have a great Super Bowl weekend, and I intend to post some more in the future!
-Ace