Saturday, 18 August 2012

Monthly post

It's that time of the half-year again, with doujin porn (among other things) flying thick and fast on /jp/. I just realised that Comiket is really the only time I use the board these days. Huh. What have I been doing with myself over the last few months? It is a mystery. 

Anyway, I haven't been following the porn side of things closely but I have been looking into some of the music. There's the usual slew of Touhou stuff, which intimidates me a bit just from the sheer volume of it all so I usually stick to the circles I know, branching out to new stuff when it's specifically recommended or gets a good response. So far I've grabbed albums by DDBY, TAMUSIC, Team Shanghai Alice (obligatory, really), Pizuya's Cell, and probably one or two more that I've already forgotten. I haven't listened to much of it yet, because I'm really damn slow at that sort of thing and it's easier to wait until the stream of releases slows down a bit.

On the non-Touhou side of C82 music, I decided to try out some denpa, a genre I'm not really familiar with. I grabbed the ちぃむdmp☆ album from C82 and it's actually pretty catchy stuff. The album is basically two girls with loli-like voices singing nonsensical pop songs cutely with a lot of onomatopoeia, so if that sounds like your kind of thing then try it out. It'll put a stupid grin on your face.

lolipop is pretty serious business
On the non-weeaboo side of things, I'm also really liking Metric's new album Synthetica. I saw them live when I went to Melbourne a couple of weekends ago and thought they were amazing. Now that I've actually got the album it's getting a lot of play when I feel like something other than Japanese moe-pop. Rare, but it does happen.

I bought the Civ 5 Gods and Kings expansion. My initial impressions were negative - I like the religion aspect but I'm increasingly of the opinion that Civ 4 is the better game. In my first Gods and Kings game I built up an early game army of 4 spearmen, 2 archers and a catapult, and miserably failed to take a single undefended city from the damn French. It just healed for approximately a million hp every turn and melted my troops with its attack. It seems the prevailing strategy is just not to try any sort of invasion early in the tech tree, which strikes me as incredibly boring. And the instant heal promotion still exists only to instil rage in me when a powerful AI unit that I'd been wearing down suddenly springs back to full health.

I still haven't watched more than 2 episodes of any anime this season. I should get onto that, though I probably won't.

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