Glad to hear you both finally watched Sword of the Stranger together. That movie is pretty underrated. You hardly hear anyone talking about it and there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of fans of it on here. It's a shame, being one of Studio Bones' theatrical films, it definitely deserves more recognition. I consider them up there with Madhouse as being one of Japan's very best studios, and I'd love to see some bigger budgeted films like that from them.
What did your brother think of the final fight scene in particular? I swear, that fight had such glorious buildup and I practically get chills when I get to that part.
Yeah, I'm really open to new dubs as long as they don't just trash the old ones (unless they're truly absolute garbage). After all, getting to hear another set of actors' interpretations of the characters and all that makes movies feel like an almost new and different experience than before. It just makes the film even more rewatchable (I haven't actually seen either VHD movies anyway, but I plan to at some point).
I don't blame you for not wanting to read a bunch of internet arguments. When I heard about the Ocean dub of Kai I just thought to myself, "Oh f*** no... the fanboys were JUST starting to calm down! Now it's going to be the World War II of fanboys!"
Seriously, I was absolutely dreading it. I'm gonna have to completely ignore comment sections on Kai videos once the Ocean dub comes out, because those friggin' Funi and Ocean fanboys and their bickering will likely ruin the entire show for me altogether!
Vampire Hunter D is getting a Blu-ray release from Sentai Filmworks, and Bloodlust is being released by Discotek. I know you at least liked the first one, so I thought this would interest you. They're giving it a new English dub, but there's a good chance the original dub will also be included. When they re-released Grave of the Fireflies and made a new dub, they also included the original. Whenever they rescue an old film, they seem to either make a new dub but still keep the original, or they just leave the old dub and not make a new one.
That's pretty cool, IMO. Now you'll have the original dub and an entirely new one to experience, and even if the new one is lackluster, it's not like they've taken anything away from you. I'm not crazy for most of the Sentail Filmworks dubs I've heard, but you gotta respect them for taking care of the fans of their older movies.
That's about all the notable things I have to say about the game. The gameplay is almost just as fun as it was in WoH and there are some nice improvements. There are a couple of other small things I could talk about about, but that'll have to be later because I'm feeling REALLY scatterbrained right now.
The bottom line is that it's mostly more of the same gameplay from WoH and it's definitely worth playing.
Ultimately, swimming is so inconsequential to most of what I've played so far that it's not a big deal one way or another.
The story is decent. I don't feel like summarizing it, but it's not too bad. The voice acting is pretty mediocre. Some of the actors have a decent scene here and there, and a couple of the villains have cool voices, but on the whole it's almost as bad as you've heard. I think one of the villains is voiced by Roger Jackson because he sounded like a calmer and less blatantly sinister version of his Ghostface voice. That guy in particular sounded pretty badass and intimidating, but so far he's only appeared in one cutscene so I don't have much to say. I hope his performance in the character's other appearances will help spice things up a little.
It also doesn't help that this game has an awful script. Some of the lines are so bad that it's almost like I can feel the actress for Rin struggling to make the line sound natural but she just can't quite do it.
The game also gives you the ability to cancel out an enemy's grab attack. If an enemy grabs you and you press R1 fast enough (I think that's the right button) you can cancel it out before you take damage. This is a HUGE improvement over WoH. I kept constantly getting grabbed by some of the enemies and bosses in that game and it started to really piss me off. The game has also brought back swimming, but you can no longer actually swim underwater. While this is cool and all, I think there has only been ONE moment in the entire game so far where I had to swim. It almost feels like bringing swimming back was an afterthought and they barely even tried to think of ways to implement it in this game. It feels kinda pointless. However, one thing that's kinda cool about it is that you can now enter water silently by rolling into it, unlike the first two games where it would alert enemies anytime you got in water at all. Overall, the swimming's a mixed bag.
Actually, I did decide to take a break from the site for a few days, but when I did try to come back the internet was so cruddy that I just decided to give up on it and try again today. It's still inconsistent, but at least it's functioning well enough that I can use the site.
If you want to send me some clips from your class then go ahead. I'll take a listen. Glad to hear it's still going smoothly and you're having fun.
I also think I should give you my first impressions on Fatal Shadows. It's a pretty solid game all around. The quality of the level design is a little inconsistent and not quite as good as Wrath of Heaven, but the gameplay has gotten a few improvements. For one thing, I felt like the characters moved too slowly in Wrath of Heaven, Rikimaru in particular, but Ayame and Rin (Rin is an original character for this game) both move very quickly and smoothly. So that's nice.
Hey, I read your PM and heard the clip yesterday, but I didn't respond yet because our internet has barely been functioning for the last couple of days. Our service provider apparently has some technical issues that they're taking their sweet time to solve. Heck, I was trying to reply to a comment yesterday and when I hit "post comment" I sat there for a minute or two and it still didn't post.
I'll listen to it again later today sometime and give you my thoughts. By the way, did your second class go well?