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Hello! Not sure why you're reading this, but I assume you've interacted with me on this site at least once. In that case, I'll just let you have a look at some of this. Currently in progress.

    Works I Enjoy 
  • Final Fantasy X - debatably my first Final Fantasy game (didn't finish VI and have yet to). Love it, haven't finished it yet. I really like everyone in the main cast so far. Even Wakka.

  • Live A Live - A real pioneer in the genre, with an interesting battle system and excellent plot. The pop-culture references are subtle enough to not detract from your enjoyment, and the characters are excellent - even the ones that don't talk! There are some irritating sections, but still overall a great experience that I would highly recommend, especially since a Nintendo Switch remake is coming out soon.

  • Assassins - Mesmerizingly weird. You get sucked into the rabbit hole of KFC and the work conditions of a bottle factory until it slaps you in the face and tells you to wake up, but it's not rude or anything. The camp helps. It is very Black Comedy and is definitely not for everyone, but I had fun with it.

  • Genshin Impact - Good timesink, interesting, and beautiful graphics-wise. The gacha is annoying, but you really don't need to worry about it if you're not a completionist and just looking to have a good time.

  • Community - Has an extremely oddball and surreal sense of humor, which I love. Some of the plotlines fall flat when examined too closely and Rule of Funny is put aside, but overall an excellent show that is surprisingly poignant and deep when it wants to be. (Except Season 4. But that was because of a gas leak.)

  • Octopath Traveler - Gotta do that postgame and some endgame quests, but all the characters are excellent and their separate plots are really solid. Gameplay is solid and the visuals are beautiful.

  • This video, based off Friday Night Funkin'. It's weirdly sweet, given how things end up for Senpai in the original game.

  • The Night Country by Stewart O'Nan. A stream-of-consciousness novel, including but not limited to Posthumous Narration, Oh, and X Dies, and more! How could I not like it?

  • OMORI. An interesting exploration of mental health, friendships, and just how much people can change. It's a bit too jump-scarey and gory for my taste, but I still like it.

  • League of Legends. Okay, it's mainly for the lore, but dang is it good lore. Plus I don't play ranked.

  • Arcane. The logical conclusion of the above. It develops Piltover and Zaun very well, as well as the various characters and plotlines. Can't wait for Season 2!

    Works I Do Not Enjoy 

  • Fate: The Winx Saga - apparently there was/is a cartoon that this is adapting. I did not know that before I watched this, and it honestly wouldn't have impacted my feelings about it. I'm not into all the romance drama and most of the main characters are annoying at best. The effects are decent until the end of the first season, though.

  • Man of Steel - Superman being raised by parents who didn't want him to reveal his powers was interesting in theory. In practice, it's a confusing, visually uninteresting mess with inconsistent characterization, and the bits we saw where Superman was being a good Superman just made me disappointed that the rest of the movie wasn't like that.

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Really, just more of the above. Dull color palette, boring characters that tried so hard to be gritty and dark it came out the other end as Narm, and an utterly inconsequential ending. Yawn.

  • Overwatch - I tried very hard to like this game, but the unfun meta and the glacial pace of the lore, not to mention the current state of Activision, drove me away. Not coming back for the sequel.


    Tropes I enjoy 

  • The Power of Friendship and The Power of Love when executed well - if the work has convinced me that the friendship/love exists in sufficient amounts among the main cast, it's very touching regardless of how much of an Ass Pull it may be. If that friendship and love isn't shown to be there, well, I'm inclined to be less forgiving.

  • Friendly Ghost, Unfinished Business, Ghostly Goals - yes, I really like Final Fantasy X, why do you ask? :p Somewhat more seriously, I find the afterlife a fascinating subject.

  • Intentional Mood Whiplash when done well - in these cases, the audience can be jolted out of their comfort zones and forced to address an issue considerably funnier or more serious than what they were experience previously.

    Characters I like