Live-A-Live Part Nine

June 20, 2016: Ultimate Destruction

When Orsted decided to go to Akira’s world, he wondered why Akira and his friends strove for assimilation and unification. Orsted believed that the world filled with filthy humans needed to be purified.

Then, the world of Oboromaru.

Orsted: “There will be turbulent days in the future…… Without any nonsense like so-called ideals…. Until soul is sold for the power of a demon….”

The statue of the frog’s eyes glowed. “You should believe in your own way!” Continue reading Live-A-Live Part Nine

Video Game Journals is a Liebster Award Recepient

I am happy and humbled to have been nominated for a Liebster Award by Chris Hodges of The Chi-Scroller, who was also a recent winner! The Liebster Award lets bloggers recognize and spread the word about their peers. I would like to thank everyone who has visited my blog and given it likes and comments. ❤

The Liebster Award grants nominees 11 questions to ask whomever they nominate. These are the 11 questions that Mr. Hodges put forward to his nominees:

What is your favorite gaming era, and why?

A good question. I’m torn between the 16 and 32-bit eras. I’ll give the slight edge to the 16-bit era out of nostalgia.

What “dormant” video game franchise would you most like to see get a new installment?

Is it bad if I still want Silent Hill to make a comeback? ;-;

Describe your dream video game in ten words or less.

Castlevania with RPG elements and a story by BioWare.

Gush about one specific favorite pop culture (but not game-related) thing of yours – Band, movie, TV show, author, athlete, comic book character, etc. Dragon Ball is my favorite anime/manga franchise (though I kind of prefer the anime). I’ve been watching it for at least 20 years now. I didn’t start reading the manga until 2000 or so when Viz started releasing the graphic novels. Why do I like DB? It’s fun with crazy characters. Over time, the series gets more serious and epic and the cast gets more badass.

In your ideal scenario, would your blog be your full-time, financially-supportive career, or do you prefer it as a hobby?

I prefer it as an extension of my gaming hobby.

If you could write/could have written for any one game magazine, past or present, which one would it be/have been?

Another good question. I’ve fantasized about writing for many game magazines in the past. I think that I would have liked writing for play because they ditched review scores shortly before the folded, and I would have liked to have written reviews without scores.

What is your biggest vice/worst habit/etc (that you’re comfortable discussing)?

Maybe buying new games? 😛

What time of day do you feel more creative?

In the daytime or early evening.

If you had to choose one extreme temperature for to live in for the rest of your life – hot or cold- which would it be, and how does it compare to where you currently live?

I hate muggy heat, so I will choose the cold. Hopefully, there would be more snow. It would be colder than where I live now, which may not be as cold as you may expect. There isn’t much weather here at all anymore. :/

Name one song, movie, video game, TV show, or book that people who know you well would be very surprised to find out that you love?

I can’t really think of anything.

Starting the day you answer this question, you have to make a choice: For the rest of your life, you to either a) only play new games that come out after this day, or b) only be able to play games that have come out up to this point. There’s no going back once you’ve made your choice. What do you choose?

What a question! I choose A because there are still so many games that I haven’t tried yet that I wouldn’t want to abandon…

These are the blogs/bloggers that I nominate for Liebster Awards:

Cilla vs. Games

FemHype

Kantopia

My questions for you:

  1. What was the first game that gave you feels?
  2. If applicable, what are your favorite love interests in games?
  3. If you could make one game character real, which one would it be and why?
  4. Have you ever learned any lessons from a video game?
  5. If you could give yourself one skill, what would it be?
  6. If you wrote an autobiography, what it be titled?
  7. Favorite color?
  8. Any guilty pleasures (games, movies, TV shows, etc.)?
  9. What made you want to blog?
  10. Do you have any favorite influences?
  11. Do you have a favorite YouTube channel? If so, why?

Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days – April 4th, 2016: The Princess’ Secret

April 4th, 2016: The crew finally found Zenon again.
Tink: “He looks like he is ready for a nap.”
Holy crap, Etna. “You old men are all the same… No stamina. And now us girls have to find our own way to amuse ourselves.”
Zenon: “Altered humans…! Do you truly believe you can defeat me, Overlord Zenon?”
Adell: “I don’t know, but I’m sure we can take out a fake one or two!”
Zenon laughed wickedly. “I shall devour every human conscience!”
Oh, great, Adell. Sure, taunt the fake, egomaniacal, power-hungry Overlord.
Zenon: “Hmph… Once I get the Princess back, I’ll have no more use for this world! I’ll just find another human world to conquer! But don’t worry about that, because you’ll already be dead!”
Continue reading Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days – April 4th, 2016: The Princess’ Secret

Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days – March 23rd, 2016 – April 1st, 2016: Affection

March 23rd, 2016: Once the crew entered Zenon’s Castle, a pained Zenon appeared before them.
Yukimaru: “My clan shall have its vengeance!”
Zenon: “*Pant* You are here, too. How does everyone know where I live?” You have no idea. :3
Hanako: “He’s all beat up already. Are you sure he’s the last boss?”
Rozalin told the imposter that she would cleanse her father’s legacy by beating him.
Zenon: “Princess… I am your father. I have watched over you ever since you were born.”
Rozalin: “You still persist with your lies! I shall match your shamelessness with mercilessness!”
“Have you forgotten my wealth of affection…? The beautiful mansion I built for you. The finest furniture, crafted just for you. The servants who answer only to you. The bouquet of flowers and gifts that were delivered to you everyday, as a reminder of my affection for you, Princess.”
Rozalin took a step back. “How do you know about that!? You were supposed to be an imposter…” Continue reading Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days – March 23rd, 2016 – April 1st, 2016: Affection

Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days – March 11th – 21st, 2016: Promises, Promises

March 11th, 2016: Episode 12: Castle Raid
In the cutscenes before the levels in this chapter, each character ruminates upon their fears and wishes as the final battle looms over them.
Tink: “First Fubuki, and now ze Princess is down. Our situation, she is getting worse.”
Taro: “I hope Princess is OK…”
Adell: “She’s back to herself. That’s all that matters.”
Meanwhile, back at home, Mom noticed that Fubuki must have gone after Zenon again. Rozalin was ready and raring to find him, and Taro and Hanako knew how to get to Zenon’s castle via Gate AX666. Wait, that was important?!

Continue reading Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days – March 11th – 21st, 2016: Promises, Promises

Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days – February 17th, 2016 – March 10th, 2016: Dad Bod/The Black Rose Blooms

February 17th, 2016: Zenon was relieved that he destroyed the Snow Clan after he was nearly killed by Fubuki.
The masked man warned Zenon that strengthening the curse posed further danger to him, but the Overlord had to recover from the last battle.
Zenon: “If I really wanted to regain all of my powers, I would have drained all human memories and conscience long ago…”
Then what do you want?
Zenon: “Let us return to my castle… I will need to go into hiding, until I can restore my powers…”

March 9th, 2016: Zenon’s curse got stronger, and Dad’s bod got possessed by his pimple!
Dad’s Bod: “I love boobies!”
Mom: “Eh, whatever. At least now your body has more personality.”
Dad thought that Adell’s birth parents had something to do with Zenon’s curse.
Mom: “Oh, that sounds kind of important. Anyway, we’re getting close to the final episode, so go ahead and say it.”
Dad: “Huh? Oh, yeah…”
Dad’s Bod: “All hail the Boobie Kingdom!”
You’re not helping! In fact, you made Dad forget what he was gonna say!
I hate Invincibility Geo Crystals… when I’m not the one using them.
As the crew ascended the Tower, it suddenly began to shake. A coarse and wicked laughter broke out.
Etna: “Ugh, that stupid laugh… Why is he here?”
A blue-haired boy with a red scarf teleported in.
Etna: “Uh, hi, Prince!!”
The boy was angry. “What kind of vassal are you!?”
Hanako: “Is this the guy you said you wanted to kill, and kill and kill?”
Etna: “That’s him. The stupid Overlord that I used to serve, Prince Laharl…!”

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Adell: “And we have yet another freak…”
Laharl: “What are you doing here, anyway? Do you have any idea how much we missed you? We didn’t have anyone to do the laundry! You even took all the Prinnies! My castle’s a mess!”
Etna: “Uh, Prince, I’m not your vassal anymore. I came out here to be on my own, and become an Overlord myself.”
“Stop being selfish! No vassal of mine is gonna move out on their own.”
“Whatever… Look, Prince, I know you took the secret herbs, so give ’em back already.”
“What are you talking- …Oh, those.”
Etna held out her greedy little hand. “Fork ’em over.”
“Too bad. I ate them already. What? I was hungry.”
“You ate them!!? With those herbs, I might’ve rcovered my levels!
I’m pissed off! I don’t care about our level difference! Today, I’m gonna beat the living crap outta you, you hear me!!!”
Laharl emitted a powerful aura. “It’s a million years too early for you to beat me!”
I’ll bet Laharl’s level is really huge. Called it: it’s twelve thousand. Well, at least it’s not nine thousand! Ha.
I thought you were better than this to pull this hopeless boss fight crap, game.
Laharl soundly trounced us. “Now, return to my castle and start scrubbing the toilets!”
Rozalin stood up. “Wait! Etna is a part of my group. I cannot allow you to decide her fate.”
Etna: “Y, you…”
Laharl: “Who do you think you are, talking to me, Laharl the Overlord, like that?”
Rozalin: “I am Overlord Zenon’s daughter. I do not fear you!”
A symbol appeared before Rozalin. A seal. Laharl could not resist breaking it with his sword. Unfortunately for him, that unleashed a new side of the princess. Her eyes turned black and red.
She wanted to know who awakened her. “Was it you, kid…? Don’t you know the price for disturbing my slumber…?”
Laharl attacked her to no effect.
Rozalin?: “I am a being of solitude… If you come near, the gates of death will open…”
The battle began anew with a LV 1900 Rozalin. Her only specil attack? Dark Liberation, described as, “When her past is revealed, the world will end”. When she attacks, she yells things like “Death!” and “Pathetic!”
Laharl still puts up a fight. Their hissy fits may result in counter-counter-counter-attacks.
Laharl was shocked that he lost, but he lost none of his confidence. He teleported away.
Etna: “Rozy!? You were awesome! The way you beat the prince… totally awesome. Where did all that power come from?”
Tink: “Princess. Can it be zat ze blood from your fazer has awakened?”
Rozalin?: “Are you my enemy?”
She tried to attack Etna with a lightning bolt.
Rozalin?: “I am a being of solitude… Destined to gather the souls of fools…”
Hanako: “Hey! What’s wrong with Rozy?”
Taro: “A, Adell, Princess is scary.”
Adell… slapped Rozalin, and toldher told her to get a grip on herself. The seal returned.
Rozalin raised her hand. “You insolent… fool…”
She suddenly fell backwards, but Adell caught her before she hit the floor.
Zenon sensed that someone broke the seal. He said that “it has finally come to pass…”
The news. Axel reported that Zenon returned to Veldime.
Axel: “The gate to Zenon’s castle was recently discovered. If you want to check out his castle for yourself, use Gate [AX666].”
He yawned. “Now that the boring stuff is outta the way, we have more news about me! Coming up next, we have a special report with details on my upcoming galactic concert tour.”
Suddenly, a child appeared on the monitor and yelled,”Big Brother, you idiot!”
The Director filmed Axel’s family so that they could stage and intervention for him. His little brother led the charge.
Director: “The Dark Hero was a master of evil. You were everyone’s worst nightmare.”
Axel: “I just, I just wanted a little taste of being a normal hero…”
Axel told Director to return to Veldime to direct the one and only Dark Hero. Director pledged to put his whole heart into it.
Episode 12: Castle Raid
At least Rozalin took Laharl down a peg.

Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days – March 22nd, 2010 – February 16th, 2016

March 22nd, 2010: The party brought Fubuki back to Adell’s village. Rozalin used the Remedy that the party won from the Colosseum to stabilize his condition. Yukimaru was surprised but moved by the act.
The party decided to go to Shinra Tower, the home of the old man who gave them the Remedy. Continue reading Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days – March 22nd, 2010 – February 16th, 2016