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March 20, 2010 6 comments

From Thomas.  The topics he picked for me are Touhou, KyotoAni, and Ragnarok.

I toned down the questions a little though, as the originals are a little too fangirlish for my tastes.

Touhou

  1. The first character I liked:
    Ran Yakumo.  First Extra boss that I faced, back when I was really into Touhou.   I loved everything about that boss fight; the patterns, the music, and the way the difficulty hit me in the face (I had only seen and 1cced Normal at the time), forcing me to give it everything I had just to see the next spellcard.  No boss fight or Extra stage after that was nearly as fun.  That, plus I’ve always liked the “right-hand man” archetype and feel sorry for the way she gets treated by Yukari.
  2. The character I unexpectedly ended up liking:
    Kisume.  She’s such an insignificant and completely random character, but the sheer silliness of a random girl in a bucket (and the fanart) eventually won me over.
  3. The character that everyone likes but I don’t:
    Marisa.  I just don’t find her very likable.  She’s kind of a jerk, and is very annoying to fight in IaMP.
  4. The character that I like but no one else does:
    Most Touhou characters tend to have a decent number of fans.  I guess I’ll have to say Ran again here.  Fanartists tend to put more effort and variety into drawing Yukari and Chen, while Ran is usually limited to Tenko/CHEEEEEENNNNNN memespam.
  5. The character that I think is the best looking:
    That really depends on the fanartist.  Sanae, Yukari, Orin and Hina all look great in fanart.  Among others.
  6. The character I’d want to be like:
    Maybe Yuyuko?  She lives a carefree and happy life, but underneath that silliness is an incredibly intelligent and perceptive person that always makes the right call.
  7. The character I’d slap:
    Unzan.  The dude takes swings at me all the time, so I think I should fight back.  Though it’s probably not a great idea to get into a fight with a giant cloud that can crush you with fists several times the size of your body.
  8. A pairing that I like:
    Not on a romantic level.  I like Yuyuko and Youmu because the contrast between their personalities is an endless source of amusement.  Maybe also Yuyuko/Yukari because of the themes of friendship and loyalty.
  9. A pairing that I dislike:
    Yuyuko/Mystia – the I EAT YOU RAWRR thing lost its charm pretty quickly.  Same with Tenshi/Yuka, etc.
  10. Favorite character:
    Sanae.
  11. Five most favorite characters:
    Sanae, Patchouli, Shanghai, Suika, Satori.  Not so sure about those last ones.  It’s hard to rank exactly when the cast is well over 80 characters at this point.
  12. Five least favorite characters:
    Shou, Marisa, Wriggle, Unzan (SCREW YOUR FISTS), and Pyonta (Suwako’s hat.  The hat itself looks cool, but why anthropomorphize it?).
  13. Which character I am most like:
    Sanae.  Appears talented to some, but can seem very ordinary when placed near certain people.  Easily outshone by others and often winds up forgotten in the background as a result.
  14. My deep, dark fandom secret:
    Well, it wouldn’t be much of a secret if I wrote it on my blog.  But I guess I can say that I think I’ve gotten much worse at these games and have lost most of my motivation to play.  The charm is just not there anymore.

KyotoAni (FMP, Kanon, Lucky Star, Clannad, K-On)

  1. The first character I liked:
    FMP is the first anime I watched out of all of the above, soo…
    Female character: Tessa.  Cute girl who is one of the commanding officers of an elite army, designed her own submarine and has a cool-sounding name taken from a Ferrari.  What’s not to like?
    Male character: Sousuke from FMP.  It’s rare to see a male lead that is both a badass and funny as hell at the same time.
  2. The character I unexpectedly ended up liking:
    Tsukasa from Lucky Star.  I usually don’t like the token dumb girl, but Tsukasa was a strange exception.
  3. The character that everyone likes but I don’t:
    Konata from Lucky Star.  Again, not that I dislike her, but it’s just that I don’t find her particularly remarkable.
  4. The character that I like but no one else does:
    I’m fairly sure everyone I like in this list has his or her own fan following.  But I suppose Kotomi seems relatively unpopular compared to the others.
  5. The character that I think is the best looking:
    Akiko from Kanon.
  6. The character I’d want to be like:
    Akiko again.  She’s a background character who is impossibly good at everything, knows everything, but is happy to let people figure things out for themselves.
  7. The character I’d slap:
    Gaul from FMP.  Bastard deserves a good beating.  With a mech.
  8. A pairing that I like:
    Non-romantic again.  Probably Kagami and Konata.  Jokes bounce easily between them and they have some “daww” moments when they drop the comedy and actually be nice to each other.
  9. A pairing that I dislike:
    The comedy duo in Lucky Channel.  They weren’t really funny most of the time, and it was always kind of annoying to see them pop up because it meant you were about to get another 5-10 minutes of filler.
  10. Favorite character:
    Probably Akiko.
  11. Five most favorite characters:
    Akiko, Sayuri, Tessa, Kagami, Mio.
  12. Five least favorite characters:
    Random antagonistic people from Kanon/Clannad, like student council guy in Kanon or the soccer club guys in Clannad After Story.  There are at least five of them across the two series.
  13. Which character I am most like:
    Yukine from Clannad, maybe.  If you ask for help, I’ll help in any way I can, but you can also walk right past my room and finish the entire series without ever knowing I was there.
  14. My deep, dark fandom secret:
    I didn’t like Clannad After Story so much.  The whole thing was so relentlessly depressing that it eventually broke any emotional connection there was between me and what was happening on screen.

Ragnarok Online

(Questions modified to fit classes rather than characters)

  1. The first class I liked:
    Priest.  Was the first 2nd class that I made.  He sucked, but my later priests got better as I learned more about the class and various builds.
  2. The class I unexpectedly ended up liking:
    Wizard/Hwiz.  The server I “grew up” on was full of people who either went Soul Strike or relied entirely on FDing everything, so I wasn’t particularly interested in Mages at first.  I only came to like them years later, when I met a very skilled wizard who taught me the finer points of playing a wizard.  It turns out there are all sorts of neat little tricks you can do with wizards that combine certain spells, an excellent sense of spacing and timing, and movement cancels to make it all flow together better.  It made me realize how rare it was to see a good wizard, and how skill-based the class really was.
  3. The class that everyone likes but I don’t:
    SinX.  They are very strong, but ease of use, clear favoritism from Gravity and high killing power means that this class strongly amplifies the Internet Fuckwad rule.  The power gets to the heads of most people and then all of a sudden those players can’t stop waving around their e-peen.   Most of the assholes I’ve met on any server main a SinX.
    Secondary and far less venomous choice: Pally.  I acknowledge their strength and worth in a party, but I just don’t like playing one.  It’s not my style.
  4. The class that I like but no one else does:
    Gunslinger.  I admit that they are terrible (worse than useless in most builds) and inferior to Snipers in almost every way.  But a lot of people don’t seem to realize that a properly built and equipped Desperado Gunslinger turns a precast portal into a meat grinder more effectively than any melee class.
  5. The character that I think is the best looking:
    I like the brunette kafra with the ponytail. Best looking class is probably female Priest or HP.
  6. The class I’d want to be like:
    I suppose I’d go with High Priest.  Not for the religious stuff but because they are extremely versatile and helpful in any situation.
  7. The class I’d slap:
    SinX for obvious reasons.  Biochemists with Vanilmirths are second for similar reasons.
  8. A pairing that I like (not romantic):
    Knight with Priest: Not particularly special, but this setup has nostalgic value to me because I spent many hours leveling with a good friend this way.
    Bard/Clown with Taekwon Ranker: Maybe it’s just an eAthena thing, but Magic Strings-boosted kickspam = awesome.
    Taekwon Ranker with Priest: Another nostalgia thing.  This is how I met the aforementioned wizard player.  My TK partied with his priestess and we just intuitively worked together incredibly well, usually without any need to say anything.  We were each so pleasantly surprised at the other’s play that we spent a good while after the party trying to push some of the better drops we found towards the other person as thanks.
  9. A pairing that I dislike:
    Biochemist/Creator with Lex Priest: Now I know how useful this is (I’ve mained Creators on several servers and I definitely try to tape a Priest to me) because of the power and cost of Acid Demo, but this setup is not much fun for the Priest because you are only a slave that is expected to press one button and nothing more.
  10. Favorite class:
    High Priest.  Like I said, useful in any situation, absolutely vital in tougher ones, and lots of fun in parties because you always have something to do.
  11. Five most favorite classes:
    High Priest, Sniper, Biochemist (preferably a Lif), Lord Knight, Scholar.
  12. Five least favorite classes:
    SinX, Biochemist (Vanil), Champion, Paladin, Ninja.
  13. Which class I am most like:
    Archer, I suppose.  I do know how to use a bow, and I tend to be the random guy in the background.
  14. My deep, dark fandom secret:
    Every now and then I feel vaguely like playing RO again.  But that never lasts long because I’ve been fooled too many times.
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