mikogalatea: Norio from Narutaru has his head against a wall while looking somewhat defeated. (Norio; woes)
Urgh. I've got this irritating cold right now. ~.~;

My 27th birthday came and went on Tuesday; I didn't bother announcing it at the time this year because it was so uneventful, though I did get some nice happy-belated-birthdays on Tumblr when the fact did get out. I feel like I've gotten to the age where birthdays are just any other day to me, at least when they're not a major milestone...

The house has also been practically turned upside-down in the last week or so. The lounge and dining room have been decorated with new wallpaper and stuff that makes them look so much better than they did before, and the last of the new carpets will be going down tomorrow. There's been a lot of upheaval in the process, but the results have been worth it even just based on what's been done now. Besides, the old carpets were a horrible colour and felt almost like cardboard to step on with bare feet; I'm glad they're being replaced with something much nicer and softer.

On the fandom side of things, apart from my usual splurging of Utena feels on Tumblr, I should be finally getting my non-handheld games consoles unpacked soon (I kept putting it off when we first moved to the new house, and then they had to be put off a little longer anyway because of the new carpets) so I might be catching up on games and anime on that front. Also, since Dangan Ronpa has now been officially released in English, I'm wondering if I should get a PS Vita so I can actually play it for myself...
mikogalatea: Butterfree from Pokémon hovering before some big pink flowers. (Butterfree)
Since I didn't make an update at Christmas time, I'd like to say that I hope everyone had a good holiday season!

2013 has been kind of a mixed bag for me. On one hand, my mum and I moved to a smaller house that has a lot of things to be sorted out, and I did indeed get a new computer a few days after my last post here since the old one was bluescreening all over the place. On the other, my fourth doggy became part of the family at the beginning of the year (I really need to do a post about my dogs at some point...) and I did finally get a paid job as well, so the year has been pretty good in that sense.

Now, back to spending the last hour or so of the year watching bizarre documentries on TV, which is also pretty much what we did at the end of 2012. Hey, it's one way to see the year out! >>;
mikogalatea: Mikan from Dangan Ronpa 2, glancing to one side and fidgeting nervously. (Mikan; uncertain)
I think I need to get a new computer soon. =/

I shouldn't be surprised by how it's acting up now, since it is about six years old, but it's still a pretty harsh wake-up call.

I also need to look into getting an external harddrive, or at least something on which i can back up stuff that can't fit onto my USB stick.
mikogalatea: Sarah from Star Ocean 4, smiling cheerfully. (Sarah; ^_^)
I'm back! :D
mikogalatea: A defeated and exhausted Albel from Star Ocean 3, with his sword planted in the ground. Icon text: "The Good Fight" (Albel; good fight)
After today, or after tomorrow at the very latest, I won't have internet access for a while. I'm moving house.

I'm sorry to announce this so suddenly, and so close to when it's happening to boot; it only even became a definite thing about this time last week, and I've just been feeling completely overwhelmed by it all. I know it's bad of me to have not said anything sooner, but... ah well, there's nothing I can do about that now.

Anyway, I'm expecting to be gone for a couple of weeks, give or take. I'm sure I'll miss you guys. ;.;

See you when I do! I hope this move goes okay...
mikogalatea: Scyther from Pokémon. (Scyther)
My 3DS friendcode is 1805-2497-4821, if anyone wants to add me as a buddy. :3

FOURTH BADGE GET!
mikogalatea: An adorable Natu from Pokémon with a flower in its beak. (Natu)
All under the cut so people who want to avoid spoilers can do so )

That's all I can think to write about right now! I might be back with more liveblogging as I progress through the game. ♥

Having said that, I think most of my liveblogging will be done on Tumblr rather than here; in fact, even this post is pretty much copypasta'd from my Tumblr. I'll be tagging all my liveblogging on that site as #gala plays pokémon y, so people are free to block that tag if they want to dodge spoilers. I'll be throwing everything under readmores either way to help.

14 weeks

Aug. 24th, 2013 09:26 pm
mikogalatea: Luna from Day Break Illusion, watching someone offscreen with a look of quiet concern. (Luna)
Yow, yet another long gap between updates. @.@;

And where have I got to now in Fire Emblem: Awakening, since that was the last thing I talked about here? Well... embarrassingly enough, because I put it off to the side for a while, I only beat chapter 16 the other day and have only just gotten my first non-Lucina child character today! >>; And the only pairs who got married since my last shipping tally are Virion/Cherche and Olivia/Henry, though I think Maribelle/Ricken and Gregor/Panne are close to that point now.

I'm really, really, really looking forward to the new Pokémon games that are coming out in October, and nearly every single thing I hear about them is making me want them all the more. I'm planning to get the Y version, and at this point I just want it to be October 12th already! (Thank the stars for the worldwide simultaneous release!)

I would say I'd try to update more often, but knowing how I've been lately, I can't make any promises at all. D:
mikogalatea: Libra from Fire Emblem 13, surrounded by romantic sparkles as he confesses. (Libra)
Libra and me, sitting in a tree~

We just unlocked yet another paralogue!

Seriously, the number of sidestories that pop up after chapter 13 when you've paired up over half your army is... kind of overwhelming. @.@; I want to at least get Olivia married off before I have a go at any of them, which is probably just as well because I hear those things are hard.

And now for a shipping tally )

Oh, and I forgot to blog about it nearer the time I actually beat it, but chapter 10 gave me no end of feels. That music and that boss... ;.; It was excellent.
mikogalatea: Sarah from Star Ocean 4, smiling cheerfully. (Sarah; ^_^)
I'VE FINALLY GOT A JOB!!!!!
mikogalatea: A graceful looking Cordelia from Fire Emblem 13. (Cordelia)
Just cleared chapter 8!

CORDELIA. IS. AMAZING. Seriously, she's my favourite character right now, both for her personality and as a unit. It might just be because of her choice of weapon and/or because I keep pairing her with Kellam, but she kicks so much ass that it's as if the weapon triangle doesn't apply to her! She was taking on axe users like a pro in the very first chapter she appeared in! The only problem is that the RNG doesn't seem to like her as much as I do, going by her stat gains... or maybe I just happen to have an awesome Sumia. Oh, and I wanted to hug her after beating chapter 7. Poor darling.

On the shipping front, Chrom/Sumia and Sully/Stahl are now married, Virion and the Avatar have enough points to do the same (though I'm still holding out for Libra) and as has probably been suggested above, I'm doing Kellam/Cordy, who just reached A support. I've also changed my mind about Lissa/Lon'qu; now she's going with Vaike (currently B support; I was sort of leaning towards them in the first place on a might-as-well basis, but now I feel more committed to it and their supports amuse me anyway) and he's going with Miriel (I use them both a lot anyway, so it doesn't hurt to pair them; plus, their C support was cute and I can imagine Lon'qu's gynophobia being interesting to Miriel).

Next up is chapter 9, which, among other things, is where I get to recruit Libra and Tharja like I've been looking forward to doing. Vague spoilers )

I sort of said it before, but I really like Emmeryn. She has good reason to be a pacifist, she always wants to be there for her people, and I appreciate how her selflessness is both an asset and a flaw.
mikogalatea: Stahl from Fire Emblem 13, looking at the viewer with an adoring puppydog expression. (Stahl)
I've just beaten chapter 5.

Thoughts and first impressions )

All in all, I'm enjoying it! :D
mikogalatea: Sakaki from Azumanga Daioh, wearing a cat hat and waitress gear. She's probably enjoying herself, but it's hard to tell. (Sakaki)
I know it's way overdue, but I'd just like to say welcome to everyone I added thanks to the recent fandom!secrets friending meme. I'm so sorry it took so long! D:

Next post will either be about Fire Emblem: Awakening (since it finally came out in my country on Friday and I just got my copy today) or a rundown of the new anime this season that I've been watching.
mikogalatea: Shiina from Narutaru, holding a sheet of paper in her hands and looking quite exasperated with it. (Shiina; stumped)
Okay, I take back one thing I've previously said about VLR -- the puzzles are harder than 999's! In fact, shameful as it is to admit it, there's even been a couple where I've had to check the answer on GameFAQs! ~.~; (To be fair, I always try as hard as I can to solve them on my own, and two out of the three puzzles I've had to look up were just a case of me having made one little mistake. The other one... could've stood to be a tiny bit clearer -- just a couple of brackets, I think -- but maybe it was just me being an idiot.)

Anyway! I've gone back to 999 and gotten the True ending, and now I've reached four proper endings in VLR. The last one I got was pretty tragic... evidently, undoing a lock doesn't necessarily mean the results are going to be happy. =/

It probably goes without saying, but I can't help comparing the two games. On one hand, I like the improvements in VLR's gameplay (yes! I can skip through scenes I'm sick of rewatching!) and I'm very much enjoying the story and characters; but on the other hand, I think 999 had better atmosphere. I've read that the creators deliberately toned down VLR's horror factor because the gruesomeness of 999 hurt its sales; that's not to say VLR isn't disturbing in its own right, and at least it's able to show dead bodies this time instead of us just seeing a load of blood splatter and disgustingly graphic text descriptions, but it doesn't have quite the same "bite" as its predecessor. I like 999's soundtrack better, too.

They're both excellent games, though! They both have intriguing storylines, interesting and likeable characters, and well-done puzzles, and I'd rate them about as highly as each other in the long run provided VLR's endgame doesn't pull anything totally obnoxious on me (not that I can really see it happening...).

Come to think of it, it says something about how much I enjoy 999 when, even though I now have the True ending and only have three bad ends left to get, I still want to do at least one more playthrough. I'll be aiming for the Submarine ending next, mainly because I'll get to see the last few puzzle rooms I still haven't done, but I could even see myself eventually getting the other two bad ends, pointless as they might be now... maybe I'm just a completionist in that sense. ^^;

Finally, on an unrelated note, Fire Emblem: Awakening now has a proper European release date! Come on, April 19th! I want that game so much I don't know what to do with myself! @.@
mikogalatea: Estelle from Tales of Vesperia, glancing to one side with an unsure expression and a slight blush. (Estelle; erm...)
If I became a Christmas cake last year, does that mean I'm a Boxing Day cake this year?

...

... just kidding.

moar VLR

Jan. 25th, 2013 10:01 pm
mikogalatea: June from Nine Hours Nine Persons Nine Doors, looking flustered. A few strands of her hair are out of place. (June; surprised)
Well, since my last post I've sort of gotten my first ending for the game -- or to be much more accurate, I've gotten a glorified game over and have bumped into a "lock" that kind of reminds me of the first ending I got in 999. Having said that, the leadup to the "lock" did have a couple of good reveals, so I can't say I'm dissatisfied with what I got.

Also, stuff happened in this route that made my fretting over a certain something last time pretty pointless. >>;

I'm going to try heading down another route before going back to 999 for its True end. I get the feeling I'm going to be very glad for the ability to jump to different plot points via the flow chart, but even so, I'm still doing the first puzzle room again because I want those bloody files.
mikogalatea: Mika from Lux-Pain, with a small but happy smile. (Mika; optimistic)
I just got this game the other day, and I'm enjoying it so far. :3

At first I thought the puzzles had spiked up in difficulty somewhat from Nine Hours Nine Persons Nine Doors, but then I screwed my brain on and realised that wasn't the case. ^^; (I always liked the difficulty levels for 999's puzzles; hard enough that you actually have to think, but never to the point of GUIDE DANGIT.) I haven't been able to get any gold or silver files yet, but then again, I haven't gotten the True ending in 999, so if the files have great big spoilers for the previous game then it's probably for the best.

I might go back to 999 for its True ending after I beat my first playthrough of VLR; it depends on what kind of ending I get in this game. Of course, I'm not really expecting the most wonderful of endings, especially given that there's supposed to be 24 of the buggers...

And now for my current dilemma.

Vague spoilers for... let's say the second set of Chromatic Doors )

Decisions, decisions...
mikogalatea: Natsuki and Shizuru from Mai HiME against the sunset, the wind blowing through their hair. (Shizuru/Natsuki)
Meme nicked from [personal profile] shamanicshaymin:

Give me a fandom and I'll give you five characters I like and five I don't.

Fire away~
mikogalatea: Shiida from Fire Emblem 11, looking serene as she stands by her pegasus. (Shiida)
I'm really looking forward to Fire Emblem: Awakening. :3

I know it comes out next month in North America, but the European release isn't til at least April. Still, I've been eyeballing gameplay videos on Youtube and (mostly) nonspoilery info on websites in anticipation. I think I might have fun customising my self-insert Avatar. ^^; I wonder who I'd end up shipping her with, and which characters I'd pair up beside that?

While I've heard some pretty mixed feelings (to say the least...) about certain aspects of the game, that's not stopping me from wanting it! I don't even care if I'm crap at FE games! Come on, April!
mikogalatea: Chiaki from Dangan Ronpa 2, wearing a sailor uniform and casually holding a PS2 controller in one hand. (Shiori; pondering)
Aw, bless, this is only the 21st post I've made on DW! This year that's just about to end might just win the award for least posts I've made on an online journal since I started keeping things like this. >>;

I largely blame Tumblr for my lack of journal presence (partly because it feels easier to make random quickfire posts there, partly because the damn site's impossible to catch up with if I go for more than about half a day without checking it) but I guess it hasn't really helped that I've mainly been using my fandom list to keep track of fandom-related things, instead of making actual posts going "yeah, I've got to such-and-such a point in whatever I'm reading/watching/playing, have some feels". Maybe I should get back into that habit...

Ah well. At least I have working internet access for this new year, which is more than I can say for last year! ^^;

GIP

Dec. 7th, 2012 11:23 pm
mikogalatea: Hinako from Devil Survivor 2, smiling and winking with confidence. She also has a finger to her lips. (Hinako)
Because I couldn't go any longer without a Hinako icon, especially now that the game's getting an anime. She's such an absolute BAMF. ♥
mikogalatea: Midori from Devil Survivor, with a big smile on her face. (Midori; whee~)
Today, I've woken up to the news that Arata Kangatari, Devil Survivor 2, and Dangan Ronpa are all getting TV anime adaptations next year.

Wow.

I definitely never saw a DeSu 2 anime coming; I'm pretty excited about that! (As long as they don't completely fuck it up, of course.) The Arata news pleases me too, though in that case, I'd more-or-less expected that it would get an anime at one point or another. And while I haven't checked out so much as an LP of Dangan Ronpa (never mind playing it) I'm intrigued by that as well, based on what little I do know about the game.

Can't say there won't be any new shows to check out in 2013, then!
mikogalatea: Sakaki from Azumanga Daioh, wearing a cat hat and waitress gear. She's probably enjoying herself, but it's hard to tell. (Sakaki)
This one's taken from [personal profile] zalia.

Pick as many numbers as you like from the list and I'll (try to) answer it in the comments.

1 - Your current OTP. If you don't have an OTP, one of your favorite characters.
2 - A pairing or fandom you initially didn't consider but someone changed your mind.
3 - A pairing or character you have never liked and probably never will.
4 - A pairing or character you wish you liked but just can't.
5 - Have you added anything stupid/cracky/hilarious to your fandom? If so, what?
6 - What's the longest you've ever been in a fandom?
7 - Do you remember your first OTP? If so, who was in it?
8 - Do you prefer characters/pairings from live-action series or anime series?
9 - Has the Internet caused you to stop liking any fandoms? If so, which one(s) and why?
10 - Name a fandom you didn't care/think about until you saw it all over your social network sites.
11 - Do you get involved with fans and fandom? Or do you just focus on the works that you like?
12 - Your favorite fan artist/author allows you to request one work from him/her. What do you ask for?
13 - Your favorite fanart or fan artist. (I'll settle for "one of your favorites.")
14 - Your favorite fanfiction or fan author. (I'll settle for "one of your favorites.")
15 - Choose a song at random. Which character or pairing does it remind you of?
16 - Invent a random AU for any fandom. (We always need more ideas.)
17 - A ship or fandom that you've abandoned, and why.
18 - A pairing you ship that you don't think anyone else ships. (If you don't ship much, then pick a fandom that you love but that you don't think anyone else is aware of. Small fandoms always need more love.)
19 - Show us an example of your personal head canon.
20 - Do you remember what your first fanwork was?
21 - Self-rec: What's your favorite fanwork you've created?
22 - Are you one of those fans who can't watch anything without shipping?
23 - Five favorite characters from five different fandoms.
24 - Three OTPs from three different fandoms. (And if you don't have that many OTPs, then just talk about three pairings that you like in three different fandoms.)
25 - A fandom that you're in but that you have no ships from.
26 - Ask me a fandom-related question NOT listed above.


Throw 'em at me!
mikogalatea: Utena from the movie, staring at something offscreen in wonder and amazement. (Utena; whoa~)
From AnimeNewsNetwork.

This has come out of absolutely nowhere for me! I'm totally gobsmacked just as much as I'm excited about it - not least because I don't think it's even been licensed in the US yet! It's so unusual for the UK to get any anime before America... though the US licence may get announced soon and the UK release might wait for a dub or something, for all I know.

Still. Squee!!
mikogalatea: Shiina from Narutaru, holding a sheet of paper in her hands and looking quite exasperated with it. (Shiina; stumped)
Wargh, I'm kind of lost in Cuss High's air raid shelter. @.@; I have been looking between damage tiles and swinging the camera round looking for holes in the walls, but I still haven't the foggiest where the exit is...

I'm sure I'm just being dense and overlooking something obvious, because it's too early in the game for any kind of plot-halting Guide Dangit. Maybe I should try searching the little dark paths linking the holes in the wall to where you find treasure chests? Hmm.

It's a good game, though! Demon negotiations can be a pain (it's so easy to piss them off, though at least it's a bit easier to have things go your way than in Strange Journey) and the loading times are annoying when I don't have a big enough memory stick to do a data install, but I like all the characters, the music's cool, and I always appreciate a game where you can save pretty much anywhere you like. Plus, there's no huge emphasis on time management that put me off playing too far in P3. >>; (Not meaning to knock P3 at all, by the way; I liked what I played of it, but with all the social links and Elizabeth's sidequests and not letting party members get too tired in Tartarus and whatnot, there's so much to keep track of!)

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