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R. Kasahara

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#11698016 Japanese Video Game Figure Thread

Posted by R. Kasahara on 18 April 2014 - 04:22 PM

One thing to remember when buying official Nendoroids from US shops is that, nine times out of ten, they will have an AAA Anime sticker on the back. AAA is one of a very small number of official US distributors for Good Smile Company and serves a lot of independent comics and figure shops. Aside from looking out for paint imperfections, suspiciously low prices, etc., spotting that AAA sticker is a reasonably reliable way to tell whether or not a Nendo is genuine.


#11693814 VG Music Thread EP doesn't want complaints about videos

Posted by R. Kasahara on 16 April 2014 - 05:43 PM

Martin O'Donnell has been fired from Bungie :cry: One of the best things about Halo has almost always been the music, thanks to him and Michael Salvatori. In particular, the Halo 3: ODST Original Soundtrack is one of my all-time favorites.







Good luck, Marty.




#11690600 Japanese Video Game Figure Thread

Posted by R. Kasahara on 15 April 2014 - 04:01 AM

So u havnt imported anything and i saw figma strength at amiami for 4700 yen. If thats the only item im getting and id want the shipping with tracking (ems right?) how much would that be in $ includng paypal fees? Thanks guys. Sorry for being noob.


HLJ estimates EMS shipping for Strength at 1,740 yen; it might be a little more or less at AmiAmi (probably more… if I remember right, HLJ discounts its EMS shipping). You can also ask Ami to ship SAL Registered, which is cheaper and includes tracking/insurance, but it's also slower; still, it's worth looking into if you don't mind the wait. If you want a much more accurate estimate, I believe you can get one directly from Ami if you email them.

The total in USD, using HLJ's shipping estimate, is around $63 at today's exchange rate, but it will be slightly higher at PayPal thanks to their currency conversion fees… probably closer to $65. Hope this helps!


#11683717 RPG Thread XIX is getting a rhythm game spinoff

Posted by R. Kasahara on 11 April 2014 - 04:49 PM

*sees FFXII talk, zones out*

One day I will give FFXII another chance. One day, but for right now, I have Phantom Brave lined up in my sole "give a game another chance" slot.
 

Are any of the Etrian Odyssey's worth buying? I have both 3DS ones but haven't started them yet.


The Etrian Odyssey series is really iterative, so if you have the 3DS ones, there's no point in getting the old ones unless you're up for a challenge, since they're harder. This is especially true of Millennium Girl, given that one of its modes is a remake of the first game.

Also, speaking of Ivalice, are you picking up FFTA2? It's one of the more underappreciated Final Fantasies out there, IMO.




#11677776 RPG Thread XIX is getting a rhythm game spinoff

Posted by R. Kasahara on 09 April 2014 - 04:30 AM

Anyone here play Dragon Quest V? Any impressions?


Story-wise, it's my favorite in the series (hell, it's one of my favorite JRPG stories ever), and has some fun features like the Treasures and Trapdoors minigame. Beyond that, it's pretty much a standard DQ game, which may or may not be a bad thing depending on what you like.


#11630105 The Video Game Soundtrack Deals Thread (OP Updated 12/18/13)

Posted by R. Kasahara on 21 March 2014 - 05:09 PM

Play-Asia's having a pretty awesome sale right now: 20% off almost all in-stock products until March 28th.

Here's all the in-stock game soundtracks - http://www.play-asia...49-en-20-1.html


#11613222 Japanese Video Game Figure Thread

Posted by R. Kasahara on 15 March 2014 - 06:12 PM

I got a Disgaea figure I'd long wanted today, via a Tsuki seller: Kotobukiya's Flonne! Her skin's somewhat discolored from age (she was released in 2006), but otherwise, she looks great  :D Sorry, no pics of my own right now...
 

So i havent preordered figures in amazon yet but is choosing free shipping going to be a bad decision? Might preorder that mario sh figuarts.


Their packaging for figures is about as good as for any other product they sell: decent to crappy (note: I have Prime).

I've gotten some figures from them before, including preordered Figuarts. Their return policy is stellar, just like for other stuff (got a broken RAH once and they replaced it with no problems), but if you're anal about the condition of your figure boxes, best to stay on the safe side and order from a different shop.




#11590561 RPG Thread XIX is getting a rhythm game spinoff

Posted by R. Kasahara on 07 March 2014 - 07:06 PM

Persona 4; breakthrough!

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#11587042 RPG Thread XIX is getting a rhythm game spinoff

Posted by R. Kasahara on 06 March 2014 - 05:44 PM

Yeah, if it's starting to impact your momentum and enjoyment of the game, I say FAQ it. It would be a shame to miss out on the endgame based on that. I do recall the correct responses feeling pretty unintuitive to me; I totally looked it up.


I'm not at the FAQ stage yet-- I'm both extremely stubborn and extremely patient ;) My plan right now is to speed through all the cutsceney bits until I get to that point and work out the solution that way. I can always go back and play it again at "regular" speed once I figure stuff out.

And yeah, it feels unintuitive to me, too. As I thought about it, I remembered the branching paths in Nocturne and Persona 3 FES (and Etrian Odyssey III); all those were far more obvious when it came to the implications of what taking a specific choice would mean for the rest of the game. Not that I'm going to play it, but is it any better in Golden?


#11584389 RPG Thread XIX is getting a rhythm game spinoff

Posted by R. Kasahara on 05 March 2014 - 08:25 PM

Persona 4, early December:

 

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#11582763 RPG Thread XIX is getting a rhythm game spinoff

Posted by R. Kasahara on 05 March 2014 - 04:29 AM

Persona 4, further into November:

 

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Also, got my third and fourth maxed S. Links today. Gotta say… Yosuke is SO ADORABLE sometimes :3




#11578850 RPG Thread XIX is getting a rhythm game spinoff

Posted by R. Kasahara on 04 March 2014 - 01:52 AM

Persona 4, early November.

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#11565200 RPG Thread XIX is getting a rhythm game spinoff

Posted by R. Kasahara on 28 February 2014 - 01:43 AM

I think creid was talking about Xenogears' story...




#11562724 RPG Thread XIX is getting a rhythm game spinoff

Posted by R. Kasahara on 27 February 2014 - 04:48 AM

Just achieved my first maxed-out Social Link (Hierophant) in P4! :whee:

 

Wonder how many I'll be able to max by the end of the game. IIRC, I had ten in P3; think I can beat that for sure.




#11557359 RPG Thread XIX is getting a rhythm game spinoff

Posted by R. Kasahara on 25 February 2014 - 03:48 PM

As a company which isn't known for either handheld games or all-ages games, Bioware was a really odd choice to make a Sonic RPG in the first place.

I still like the general idea of a Sonic RPG, but if another one is ever made again, it should be done by a more appropriate studio. Which reminds me, Sega Sammy owns Atlus now… hmm...