It's a intense love-hate with this game. I find it so interesting that the female protagonists get most of the character development and the two male protagonists are defined by their relationship to women-- Tiz has his devotion to Agnes and Ringabel tries to hook up with women constantly. The first two chapters had undertones of protecting women from being depowered by men, and [big spoiler] the scantily clad fairy on the front cover is actually TOTALLY EVIL and you must destroy her.
Also I'm enamored with the central theme of "Any philosophical movement large enough to oust the opposition and change the government will eventually subvert itself with hatred, violence, and corruption". Kind of like the final fantasy version of Animal Farm.
And yet I hate, nay LOATH most of the female costumes. The plunging necklines aren't about empowerment against the man, it's about T&A. And I think they do it because the dames be flappin' their gums alot and they were worried it might lose the attention of the audience. Oh and the pervy sex jokes, they dedicated a whole character to pervy sex jokes. I'm glad the western release reduced that kind of overcompensation by toning down the jokes, and changing the costumes and aging up all the characters. I know that censorship is a slippery slope but hey the game itself beats you over the head about how very rarely you get things that are black and white.
Well its still a Square Enix game so there's still a giant ugly monster causing problems that you need to go kill but other than that the there's not that much black and white.
The story is interesting enough that the giant ugly monster felt kind of shoehorned in, in fact it has so little to do with the central conflict in the world that it seems like the game is trying to trick you into thinking that the socio-political conflict needs to be solved, when really it's about an interdimensional hell demon trying to eat everything. Why does everyone who knows the truth about these demon matters hide that fact from the party? Why did the Grand Duchy sink most of the nation's military resources into fighting a civil war and destabilizing a city of dumb useless women, when HELL DEMON, you know, it's kind of a pressing matter!
Ug don't get my started on the city of dumb useless women, that's going to be it's own post.
oh and I never leveled Edea as freelancer because her skirt was too short to cover her crotch and butt and it is just plain wrong to use leggings as pants.
When the Crystal Pope and Crystal Cardinals were doing most of the awful shit, where were the vestals in all this business and what did they think? Some posthumous writings would have been interesting... I think the game was missing a lot of the female perspective later on, Mahzer Lee could have been way more than Edea's sick mom, though I completely treasure the thought of the Samurai and Edea's dad throwing hissy fits at each other for her hand in marriage!
"I saw you writing Mahzer's name in your notebook! She's dating me now, got it? Stay away from her!" "I can talk to Mahzer whenever I want, it's a free country!" "That was your handwriting on that valentine's day card wasn't it?! Bitch u lookin 2 get cut wit my sword arent u??? "BITCH I CUT U UP U GON DIE"
I have the moneys now, and I was shopping around for customized checkbooks, one of the things I've never done before because paying extra $15 ish for cute kittens or disney characters on my little slips of banking paper is what I've considered to be one of life's ultimate trivial luxuries.
Anyway I was poking through the various bells and whistles and saw... astrology symbols, how edgy. I want the libra though, even though I'm a Tauros, because it's some naked dude holding up a pair of scales... hmmm DAT ASS
Whatever I'll just get it.
incidentally I've been exploring the Sex+ tumblr pretty much all day now, this was probably bound to happen.
It pisses me off that the weeping angels, of all modern Who villians, are the ones who turned mainstream and shown up in seven episodes, popular enough to even kill off some companions. The weeping angels' ability was an interesting gimmick for one episode, ONE, meanwhile the reapers from an episode in season 1 have been entirely overlooked!
Yes they looked stupid and fake as hell, but they could be fixed up now that there's better budgets, and they are supposed to show up whenever a temporal paradox happens to eat everything. I really hope that the real hangup is some sort of contract issue with the writers, it's just such a waste to sideline monsters that devour the fabric of spacetime itself in favor of statues that try to murder people when they aren't looking.
And don't eeeeven try to convince me it's because The Doctor is on top of temporal paradoxes. He is NOT on top of this Timey Wimey business, in fact, nine and ten and eleven have probably been in several paradox-ish situations and it just got glossed over. I mean, the guy can't even manage basic homo sapien supervision.
So apparently hotmail is still shitty as ever. My LJ was whining that it couldn't ping my email address anymore, so I checked and sure enough, Microsoft had deleted my account because I had forgotten to log in for about a year. Google doesn't pull this fucking crap on me >:C Hell, even though everyone disowned livejournal, they didn't stoop so low.
Nothing is really lost from the ancient lost hotmail account... nothing but outdated contact info for my teenage-years fandom friends... BUT I realized that my Neopets account is tied to that email.... so I decided to go salvage the piece of shit. My Neopets account is over 13 years old, older than a few of my COUSINS, dammit not gonna let that shit go to waste!
So I tried to claim the expired hotmail as an alias with my OTHER hotmail account (one was a cutesy crap account and one was a newsletter/sure-as-hell-aint-giving-you-my-real-email account) but since I referred to the old account as a security backup, I gotta unregister that, THEN replace it with my phone number, read the verification code texted to me and type in back into the system, and THEN WAIT 30 FRIGGIN DAYS for the change, because policy says waiting until you've long forgotten whatever the crap it was you were trying to do in the first place is SOOOO SECURE.
I looked at the status page for my old Vaporeth account on Neopets. One of the pets is crying. LOL.
So yesterday I swung by a local handmade goods sale at the Solomon Farm Park, when I saw some friends from the old fraternity selling their soaps and candles and stuff. I took a look at Joe and it looked that he had aged about 7 or 8 years in the 18 months since I last saw him. I noticed his posts about his health problems, but I had no idea.
I bought over 30 bucks in stuff because I felt bad for never buying anything, and they weren't making any business that day. Even though I gotta buy a new car here soon...