Suikoden Day 2013: The 5 things I want to see in Suikoden VI

July 11, 2013 at 10:40 pm (Awesome, Nostalgia) (, , )

Today is Suikoden Day 2013. Seems like it was only yesterday that the Suikoden fandom was celebrating the first and second Suik days online, with much cheer and fangasming. This year, devotees are invited to talk about what exactly they’d like to see if the Suikoden series (long frozen at the fifth instalment, although with a few spin-offs over the last couple of years) were to shake off its inertia and go on to a sixth Suikoden.

In reality, there has been very little to suggest that Konami has Suikoden VI on its slate (at least not for the foreseeable future), but the fans are a-clamoring, and Konami hasn’t totally been overlooking them. So here are the top five things I’d like to see in Suikoden VI.

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1. Lots of 2D animation

Suikoden lends itself wonderfully to anime-style sequences – just think of Suikogaiden Vols. 1 and 2, or the opening of Suikoden III. In a perfect world, where things like budget and manpower constraints don’t exist, I’d imagine all of Suikoden VI would look like an anime, except one that you can play (think the in-game graphics of Guilty Gear, but somehow, impossibly, translated into an RPG).

Not only does this give the game a sharp visual style, and an immediate appeal to the anime crowd, but it further blurs the line between playing a game and telling a story – something Suikoden has always been good at.

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Today in awesome: Moonlight Densetsu

June 21, 2013 at 7:11 pm (Awesome, Random Shit) (, , , )

You know the Sailor Moon opening theme – the tolling of bells, the dramatic opening, the percussion accompanying the appearance of ‘90s anime girl archetypes.

The original Japanese version was about the itchy kind of infatuation. Moonlight is for chance encounters and the happy chills you get seeing the person you love.

Gomen ne sunao ja nakute
Yume no naka nara ieru
Shikou kairo wa shotto sunzen
Ima sugu aitai yo
Nakitaku naru you-na Moonlight
Denwa mo dekinai Midnight
Datte junjou doushiyou
Hatto wa mangekyou

(english translation)

“Sorry if I’m not gentle”
I can say that in my dreams.
My thoughts are about to short circuit.
I want to see you, now isn’t soon enough.
Just about ready to cry, moonlight,
Can’t call, midnight.
Because I’m so naive, what can I do?
My heart is a kaleidoscope!

The version my generation grew up with was the Tagalog rendition, which took a noticeably darker turn. In this version, the light of the moon brings longing, and what joy you can gleam from thinking of someone who may or may not be thinking of you back. Read the rest of this entry »

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The game I never thought I’d play

February 14, 2013 at 6:35 pm (Articles / Interviews, Awesome, Nostalgia) (, , , )

Yesterday, I came home to find this – a package from Barcelona, containing a bunch of Suikoden merchandise, most specifically an original copy of Genso Suikogaiden Vol. 1: Swordsman of Harmonia. Only waited 12 years to get my hands on that.

Suikoden Day prize

It’s no secret that Suikoden II is my favoritest game in the whole wide world (one of the few things that gets me blogging regularly is gushing about Suikoden Day, or Why This Game Changed My Life). I got into Suikoden II at around 12, that age where the stories you hear just sort of stick with you forever. It was also at that age I discovered you can look shit up on this thing called the Internet. Suikosource didn’t exist yet, but there was Icy Brian and Rebel Hideout (what was once souleater.org) to go look at game art and character bios and stuff. Read the rest of this entry »

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Today in awesome: It’s Suikoden Day 2012!

November 30, 2012 at 12:01 am (Awesome, Uncategorized) (, , , )

It’s that time of the year again: Suikoden Day!

(Remember how much fun last year was?)

Dish out the food!

Have long, insightful conversations!

Bring out the booze!

And the karaoke!

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The Suikoden anime dream

November 28, 2012 at 3:39 pm (Awesome, Random Shit) (, , , )

Just because Suikoden Day 2012 is a couple of days away, here’s the opening of Konami’s 1999 text-based game Suikoden Gaiden Vol. 1: Swordsman of Harmonia, which fired the dream for a Suikoden anime series for more than a few merry fans of the series.

And then Vol. 2: Duel at Crystal Valley came out, which brought fan favorites like Millie and Viki to animated life.

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Creepy videos for Halloween 2012

October 29, 2012 at 5:14 pm (Awesome, Uncategorized) (, , , , )

There’s a lot of creepy shit on YouTube. Some of them are the short, gut-punch bits of scary that one may watch for that immediate dose of ‘what the fuck did I just see’ that makes any day, but most especially Halloween, all the better.

Scary movie 5 - in theaters next spring!

Like these:

The Cat With Hands

Directed by Robert Morgan. This appeared on Neil Gaiman’s blog some years back. It starts off with a rhyme that tends to get stuck in your head.

The Gloaming

Directed by Andrew Huang. This is the real reason why people shouldn’t stay at their offices late, especially when ravens have gathered at the windows.

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Today in random shit: Music for the zombie apocalypse

October 3, 2012 at 2:33 am (Awesome, Random Shit) (, , , , )

I’m currently halfway through Mira Grant’s ‘Deadline‘, the book which comes after ‘Feed’ (which I’ve talked about here) and before ‘Blackout’ in the Newsflesh Trilogy (Newsflesh. Feed. Deadline. Blackout. Because it’s about journalism and zombies. Get it?).

deadline

Which gets me wondering what the music in my head will be when hell fills up and the dead walk the earth (or, if you like, when Kellis-Amberlee hits the atmosphere. Or when Umbrella Corp starts fucking people over in earnest). This is more a commentary on my taste in music than the end of the world, but this will be what I’ll be hearing when…

I witness zombies congregating in the streets, out for fresh meat:

When I make a mad dash to the local pub in the hopes of holding out there, because that’s where all the beer is:

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Today in awesome: Michael Crawford will always be the Phantom

September 6, 2012 at 10:14 pm (Awesome, Random Shit) (, , , , )

I know that Michael Crawford has had a long and illustrious career as an entertainer, but in my heart of hearts, he’ll always be the Phantom.

So when I hear this, I figure it’s Phantom being Jesus Christ:

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Today in awesome: Top 10 favorite Suikoden moments

May 21, 2012 at 12:56 am (Awesome) (, , )

I have unabashedly expressed my love for Suikoden before. I did the 30 Day Meme, put some pictures together for Suikoden Day 2011, wrote an essay bout how this game can change your life. Recently, StarsOfDestiny.tumblr.com challenged people to put down their top 10 favorite Suikoden moments, so these are mine.

Most of these will be coming from Suikoden II, because while I have an appreciation for all the games, the second installment is what persists as a mini-kingdom of joy inside my head.

10. Viktor’s speech to Neclord

Viktor tells Neclord -precisely- how he intends on carrying out his revenge.

This is made doubly awesome by the fact that it follows a blatant attempt by Neclord to throw Viktor off by bringing up a zombie Daisy (Viktor responds to this likeness of the girl he loved by hacking its head off). The speech that follows is so awesome they made a play about it in Suikoden III.

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Today in awesome: Power music

March 13, 2012 at 5:34 am (Awesome) (, , , , )

For to be feeling powerful when going out to destroy your enemies, or possibly early in the morning when you’re trying to wake up.

(If you’d rather journey to another world than water the fields with the blood of your foes, there’s music for that too).

Fever Dream (300 soundtrack)

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