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Nostalgia Kick – Inuyasha! (Cue flashback of 7th grade)

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Wow.

There was a time in my life when I wanted to marry that half-demon. I loved that show with a passion that was kind of horrifying.

Sadly enough, I’ve been an anime fan all my life without realizing it with various older classics. But the reason I learned what ‘anime’ was and got into the whole scary world was all because of Inuyasha. He started it all.

If you’ve never heard of it, I hate writing synopses. So instead, I’m going to borrow the one from MyAnimeList:

Higurashi Kagome, after being pulled down a well by a demon, finds herself in Feudal Japan, where she learns that a powerful jewel has been reborn inside her body. After the jewel shatters in an attempt to retrieve it from one of the many demons who was after its power, Kagome must join forces with the half-demon Inu Yasha (also after the jewel’s power) to track down the shards of the jewel before its power falls into the wrong hands. (Source: ANN)

I first saw an episode back when Adult Swim was awesome and aired anime constantly (or at least it seemed that way to me). It was one of the earlier episodes in the first season. Specifically that episode was called ‘The Soul Piper and the Mischievous Little Soul’, episode 12.

…don’t judge me.

Or maybe you should judge me. I just stopped writing to go watch that episode again for old time’s sake. It’s still my favorite one and it’s sad how much I enjoyed it. I guess they’re right when they say you never forget your first love. And my love was psychotic and intense. At the time I didn’t know what the show was called, but I had this love at first sight type reaction. It wasn’t until around a year later that my cousin finally showed me what the show was and my soul was thereby stolen (Do you know what horrible chain reaction you started Raymond!? DO YOU!?).

Obsessed is a little tame for what happened, but it’ll have to be close enough for now. I taped all the episodes. To this day I have about ten VHS tapes of Inuyasha and I just don’t have the heart to throw them out. I made my mom buy me the first movie, imported from Japan immediately after I saw it existed because for some reason I thought it would never ever come to America. A month later they made an English DVD, which I also made her buy me. Really my mom was a champ. If I had been her I would have smacked my retarded child.  A few months after that she bought me the first season on DVD for $80. Today I need to love a series with all my heart and soul to even consider spending that much money, and even then it’s probably not happening.

I think my favorite Inuyasha item is I have his fang necklace. It glows in the dark. I would have a picture of it, but my phone and my email are like, “No” so apparently no pictures until later edits I suppose.  But look, here’s the whole gang!

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It’s such a shame. The reason I stopped watching this show was because there was something severely wrong with Rumiko Takahashi when she was making this. It started off strong, presented amazing characters, a great villian and the chance for something epic. And then it dragged on…and on…and on…a billion episodes later, Naraku (the villian dude) is still alive, I don’t even know if the jewel shard was complete and Inuyasha is still pining over his undead-pissed off-soulless ex-girlfriend, AKA Kikyo.

Hell I think the Kikyo crap is the main reason I stopped. I didn’t hear about what a mess the plot had become until a few years later. Let me tell you, Inuyasha and Kagome are in love. It’s all very sweet. And she is the reincarnation of Kikyo, so you’d think that’d be good enough for him. But no! Kikyo comes along,  insists she’s evil now and tries to kill him several times and he keeps up his awful crush on her. Oh how it made me rage. I raged like a fangirl has never raged before. And eventually, slowly but surely, my love of Inuyasha faded. This was also around the time I started discovering new and better anime, so I didn’t look back.

Someday, in a fit of pure insanity I will watch this show again. From start to finish. I swear it will be the best and worst day of my life all at once. From what I understand, they actually ended the show a while ago and it was a coherent, decent ending. As tempting as it is to drop everything and go watch that final season now…I don’t want to. I guess the love has faded a bit. But someday, we shall see.

I Lost A Whole Game System

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Warning: This here post is a rant!

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Oh the glory days...

Years ago, my dad gave me his old playstation, or as we affectionately refer to it now, the PS1. I never had issues with it. I had a lot of games, and what games they were! Time Crisis, Crash Bandicoot…the glory days. I remember playing a lot of games respectable little girls should not be playing. Mortal Kombat is a nice example of this.

Teehee.

But does it matter anymore? NO! NO IT DOESN’T!

Just the other day I decided I wanted to play this game called Wild Arms. It’s a rather old role playing game set in the wild west for the PS1 and I’ve read so many rave reviews about how it has such a great story. I spent hours debating if I should get the remake, Wild Arms Alter Code F for the PS2. In the end I decided to start with the original game, only because the remake looks like a glitched up piece of shit with no voice acting. I can forgive an old 2D game for not having voice acting, but a PS2 game? I mean really? There’s no excuse for that. They also made a lot of odd changes from the original which doesn’t sit right with me. Don’t break what isn’t broken, and if no one complained about these things in the first game, why change it?

Anyway, during my research I discovered the original Wild Arms has a bit of a glitch too. Apparently if you don’t play it on a PS1, it sometimes freezes during boss battles or just because it feels like it. If I’m determined enough I can play it on the PS2, but I’d rather not deal with that grief.

“OK,” I told myself cheerfully. “I’ll just pull out my good ‘ol PS1!” I go to the box where I usually keep my old systems. My Nintendo 64 is still there, along with all the controllers for every game system I’ve ever owned but…where was my PS1?

How did I manage to lose a whole game system? I mean  how does that happen?

I can’t even describe how angry I am. It’s not about the PS1 being some rare model. I can easily get a new one for a cheap price. But I don’t want a new one. I want the one I’ve always had that just mysteriously went missing. I don’t know where it could be. I’ve been playing my PS2 exclusively since I got it, happy as a peach really. I have a few PS1 games now, but none of them have the issues Wild Arms supposedly has, so I never worried about it. It really is confusing. I remember seeing it once maybe…four years ago? That’s not a very helpful memory.

Despite all this nonsense, I still ordered Wild Arms (along with God of War)(yes I know I’m stupidly late to the game). I still really want to play it, but mostly I am stubborn as hell. I’ll probably do a post on it when I get it, because it looks like I’m going to love that game.

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You glorious bastards. Why must you tempt me so?