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@arbitrarywater: Well, like I said, you're a pretty engaging writer, and you're into a lot of the stuff I'm into, so I could do a lot worse than going back and reading a backlog of well-written blogs from a person who seems basically on my wavelength. I can pick up some recommendations for good entertainment while being entertained doing it, sign me up.

Honestly, if you haven't seen Mushi-Shi, that's one I recommend much more highly than Texhnolyze. It can definitely be a little weird and occasionally somewhat dark, but it's soooo much more accessible than Texhnolyze (I mean, almost anything is). And the fact that it's single-episode stories rather than a long through-plot makes it more easily digestible in small bits. Some of the episodes are just fascinating like nothing I've seen before. The only thing I know of that's even remotely like it and with a similar level of quality is Kino's Journey (the original, not the recent one, which I haven't seen but apparently isn't very good), but Mushi-Shi is just a cut above. Probably my second-favorite anime ever. One of the most unique shows you'll ever see.

FWIW I also really like the dub on it, led by Travis Willingham of FMA fame (he played Roy Mustang), but no idea if you're a dubs or subs guy. I prefer dubs if they're not terrible, which is most of the time these days, post-2000 dubs are generally fine. I find the argument from subs-only people that watching the Japanese is a more "authentic" experience to be mostly BS, because it's also more authentic to understand the words people are saying in a show without having to read a subtitle. (Texhnolyze has a good dub as well, BTW.) Unfortunately only the first season of Mushi-Shi got dubbed, the second season looks likely to remain subs only forever, last time I checked.

But yeah, as far as the top animes I actually recommend to people (i.e., not Texhnolyze, because it is an insane thing), these days it's Haikyuu!! for a really fun shonen sort of thing (never thought I'd be into a sports anime, but holy hell, this is my favorite anime of the past few years by a mile), Moribito for a pitch-perfect fantasy adventure that manages to avoid a lot of the more onerous tropes of the genre (from the director of GitS:SAC and Eden of the East), Dennō Coil for its all-around superb production values and a story and characters that will appeal to all ages, and Mushi-Shi for its zen-like quality and its deeply intriguing stories that will leave you thinking about them for days afterwards. I think those are shows that almost anyone can appreciate.

Anyway, thanks for giving me some fun stuff to read. It's been easy to go stir-crazy after the surgery on my foot, which left me unable to walk for months. I'm getting back on my feet now after some physical therapy, thank goodness, so that I can start getting back to doing more things than playing games and farting around the internet.

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For what it's worth, randomly went back and read some of your blogs just now, years later, after I poked back into the thread I started on Tales of Vesperia to see if anyone else had posted to it since I checked last (they hadn't). And I discovered you also like Monster Hunter and anime. You're my kind of guy! And you're really a very engaging writer.

Anyway, I mostly wanted to write this to recommend an anime to you: Texhnolyze. It's actually my favorite anime ever. It shares its character designer with Serial Experiments Lain (Yoshitoshi ABe), and definitely feels Lain-adjacent. However, I watched Lain and didn't really like it much at all, yet for some reason I adore Texhnolyze, despite the fact that, like Lain, it is highly inscrutable/I don't understand the half of it/it is some "artsy avant-garde philoso-wankery." Moreover, its first episode seems actively designed to drive viewers away, lacking any dialogue for the first eleven minutes (half the episode), and you don't get even a vague handle on what's going on until three or four episodes in. I've never seen an anime that seemed to have such an active disregard for itself as a commercial product, which I suppose is part of the fascination. I was actually kinda baffled when Funimation re-released a new version of the DVD box-set after Geneon USA shut down.

In truth, I think most people would hate this series. And even though I've watched it through five times (including bullying a number of friends into watching it with me, none of whom seemed to like it much), even for me it's something I have to be in the mood for, because it isn't easy viewing, even compared with something like Mushi-Shi (another favorite of mine). But since you "didn't hate" Lain, maybe you're one of the few people who would be into this crazy thing. It really goes places, particularly towards the end, despite the glacially-paced first half. And if you watch it, maybe you can help explain things about it that I still don't understand!

Anyway, hopefully this comment on a more-than-year-old blog post of yours will make you smile, at least. Have a good one.

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Huh, didn't expect a Call Me By Your Name reference from a Giant Bomb video, but sure, why not? (Mike at 21:40).

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Jeff: "Heihachi's hands are deadlier than any of the weapons in this game." (~10:56)

Word.

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Hah, clearly they had some problems with the archive file. Not only is this up very late, they've got "pleaseworkthistime" in the file name! :-D

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Oh thank God, another sane person who labels videos by year-month-day, the only correct way to do it.

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I have to say, both of these vlogs have been amazingly well-edited and very fun. Great job, Abby!

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That new Greatsword that Jason was using (and that you can only get during this event) not only looks cool, it's actually the best Greatsword in the game stats-wise. The trick is to not awaken the fire element and instead stick in an "elementless" jewel, which gives a blanket damage buff to any weapon with no elemental attack. Pair that with its high base damage, white sharpness, and managably bad affinity (-15%... could be a lot worse), and it's got the highest damage potential of any Greatsword in the game so far as I can tell. At least one point in handicraft helps, since its native white sharpness is vanishingly small.

I hadn't played Greatsword before now (I've been sticking to Hammer, Lance, and Bow), but I made this Greatsword and an armor set to go with it this afternoon and have had a pretty darn good time with it! If you want to check it out, start doing the 5-star event quest "Every Hunter's Dream" (HR8). You'll need five "Master Craftsman's Blueprint" from that quest to forge it and then upgrade it all the way.

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This was so much fun to watch. One of the best GB streams in a while. Instant classic material.

I recognized that first game from somewhere, probably an arcade in a casino at Lake Tahoe where my parents used to leave me while they went and gambled. I didn't recognize the others, but man, they're terrible in the best way possible.