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In Topic: Japan's top 50 vgm of all time

23 April 2019 - 10:51 PM

I was at my computer desk as usual while some vaguely-familiar-sounding music played downstairs. Then a concert hall recording of THIS ONE came up 


Posting an actual Japanese VGM for once, heh.

From the god of JRPG BGM himself.

Better versions exist but I cannot locate them on Youtube.


I didn't know my parents were Koichi Sugiyama fans!

In Topic: [Anime] What did you watch today?

23 April 2019 - 02:32 AM

I will never understand people who get bunched up over spoilers. Clutch my pearls, it's akin to a religious offence, with that complete visceral dismay some folks exhibit.


Most spoilers out there are dry facts about the plot: X betrays Y, Z is actually a princess in disguise, Gamma gets the girl. Plain snippets of the "what" in the story, that can drive fans to lose their head. Even recounting the back of the box or a description on the official website have triggered some daintily-manicured Spoiler Senses, speaking as a first-hand witness. Could it be because the "what" is given more weight than it honestly ever deserves? It's not the only thing there is to a story. It's not even the most important thing. It's somewhere down there in the List of Important Things About Storytelling. And still somehow, surface-level plot points have the capacity to ruin somebody's personal revelation about the story, which is supposed to be sacred, or something.


Much more interesting and likely to be unique is how and why. Spoilers never capture these adequately. Spoilers can't even touch them, for that matter: they're intrinsically part of the source material, the way the story is told, the medium it uses. Protagonist saves the world: done a million-and-one times; how they do it, why they do it is what makes the story worth experiencing, and keeps those Stormlight Archive books coming. The interesting and compelling part of a story will always be intact regardless of spoilers, waiting there to be noticed and enjoyed and reflected on, except that the focus is on Snape kills Dumbledore!. Great.


This morning I was looking at a Discord server where somebody had left because of spoilers. Said spoilers consisted of the following: an inconsequential thought occurred to a character at some point; the protagonists had to focus on saving the world; and, the entire adventure took about two years. (I looked again to make sure they were really that banal.) What exactly is so devastating about details that can apply to thousands of other stories? Or details that are completely pointless in isolation--who cares if the adventure took "two" years? One, three, five, it's just a number. Isn't the actual journey more important? There's basically no information here, and all the same, OMG spoilers. Oh, yeah, it's as if I were to watch somebody get offended and leave because another person said, "OMG."

In Topic: Japan's top 50 vgm of all time

23 April 2019 - 12:25 AM

The release date for the Xenogears concert bluray changed to April 22! I was tripping all over myself to place an order, but saw that the Squenix store had the shipping at $49 USD with no apparent way to adjust it. Hohoho... cya. The asking price of $65 is already pretty steep, not to mention I could get a whole 'nother import for that shipping cost. I went to CD Japan instead. Yikes.


Importing video game music from Japan is usually expensive. All the CDs I've ordered were at least $50 + shipping, so I wasn't shocked about the bluray price, though the shipping was another thing entirely. The cheapest album I got so far, though it doesn't quite count, was Symphonic Fantasies Tokyo at $20. Great value that one. Remastered MIDIs at quadruple the price? Not so sure.

In Topic: Japan's top 50 vgm of all time

02 March 2019 - 09:59 PM


It's happening!



Release Date: December 31st, 2019




December, how can anybody wait that long!? Still hyped for the reworked audio though, because the stutters in the video stream aren't something anyone should get used to.


Unrelated, my dad got a pair of these bomb-ass speakers. Hells yiss, Balto sounded bomb on those things. We have two rooms full of speakers, lol

In Topic: Japan's top 50 vgm of all time

28 December 2018 - 05:37 PM