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@  TheMightyMol... : (12 November 2019 - 02:14 PM)

I don't. They're a pain in the ass to repair.

@  Benbot : (12 November 2019 - 12:48 PM)

I wish car companies would bring back flip up headlights

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 November 2019 - 09:07 AM)

Wear a hazmat suit. It's Walmart, they're used to weird.

@  wonko the sane? : (12 November 2019 - 07:54 AM)

2 inches of snow on the side of the house, 2 feet of snow on the deck. I hate this winter already.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (11 November 2019 - 11:33 PM)

But that requires actually going IN walmart. ;P

@  Liege : (11 November 2019 - 11:22 PM)

Pro tip for anyone hunting the for the Walmart 35th exclusives: try the seasonal aisles rather than the toy section. I found the display with all the exclusives and a bunch of the reflector wave practically untouched amongst those novelty arcade machines and a bunch of frozen merch.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2019 - 09:45 PM)

Although that does spark an idea for me. In a new continuity, Censere the Necrobot could be the herald Cityspeaker for Quintessa the Necrotitan just to play on their monikers utilizing Greek for dead, nekrós.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2019 - 09:26 PM)

I hate to burst your bubble, Maximus Ambus, but 90% of things said in IDW turned out to be amnesiac half-rememberings courtesy of Adaptus or outright lies courtesy of Shockwave.

@  Jenny : (11 November 2019 - 08:54 AM)

The toy's designed to look like Wipe-Out, anyway.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 November 2019 - 08:14 AM)

Didn't they try to retcon that into a figure of speech because that connection went against everybody else's long-term plans?

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 November 2019 - 03:53 AM)

There's still some connection given Trypticon was created by Mortilus.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 November 2019 - 12:12 AM)

Yeah that toy doesn't exactly look like Necrobot.

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 08:24 PM)

But.... it's just "Necro" not "Necrobot".

@  TheMightyMol... : (10 November 2019 - 05:10 PM)

But why does the God of Death need a giant space kaiju? Wait, never mind, answered my own question.

@  Maximus Ambus : (10 November 2019 - 02:15 PM)

Yowza I just realised Titans Trypticon comes with Necro AKA Censere AKA Mortilus.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:15 PM)

I... think the best equivalent would actually be the British "There is room for improvement".

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:15 PM)

There's always a sense of irony to it, but what the ratio between irony (you really failed) and straightworwardness (at least you achieved something) is depends on the situation and the speaker.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:12 PM)

The meaning can be both literal (you succeed on one level but fail on another), or it can be utterly ironic (you fail in every regard but the most technical; or even worse, "you really gave your best"), and anything in between.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:10 PM)

For example: A singer can hit the notes really well, but clearly isn't a native speaker and what little of the lyrics you can make out sounds nothing like what it's supposed to be.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 01:06 PM)

The premise seems to be the mixing of technical and aesthetic technical qualities towards the overall success.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 01:05 PM)

But both "hollow victory" and pyrrhic victory" are referring to having lost as much as you've gained. IE; a battle was won but both armies were destroyed. The town being seiged is victorious, but all the soldiers are still dead. Nevermore's concept is more "You did it, but it's so ugly we don't know if you actually succeeded".

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:35 AM)

Alternately, one could probably also call it a "hollow victory".

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:35 AM)

Example: In the Powerpuff Girls episode "Uh Oh Dynamo", the monster-of-the-day was a really tough, giant-size one that required the use of a really destructive mech to defeat it. While the monster was ultimately beaten, the city of Townsville was utterly trashed by the mech's weapons in the process. So, while the city was saved from the monster, it was harmed even worse by the mech that saved it, making the victory bittersweet.

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:32 AM)

@Nevermore, sounds to me like what one might call a "bittersweet victory". The goal was met, but at great cost or by disastrous result that call into question if the achieved goal could even be called a success.

@  Arvegtor : (10 November 2019 - 09:40 AM)

Seems to be close enough to "Pyrrhic victory"

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 November 2019 - 09:37 AM)

What do you get from putting the German term through a translator?

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 08:57 AM)

That is a ridiculously interesting concept. But I don't think english has a singular term for what you're describing.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 08:28 AM)

Is there an English equivalent for what we Germans call "deductions in the B rating"? Context: Someone did something and suceeded on a technical level (as in, achieved the intended goal), but failed to some degree in the details, i.e. there was some collateral damage, or while a technical success, the end result is an aestetic failure. It can be used highly ironically, as in "barely achieved the intended goal, but failed so much in every aspect that's not purely technical that it might as well be considered an utter failure altogether." The German term is derived from the old judging syste in figure skating, which gave separate ratings for "technical merit" and "presentation", with the latter being the origin of the German term.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (10 November 2019 - 02:32 AM)

Huh. I did not know before today that "medieval" had an alternate spelling "mediaeval". Like "paleontology" and "palaeontology".

@  Maximus Ambus : (09 November 2019 - 04:15 PM)

'Beast Wars in underrated' the comment went. I exploded.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (09 November 2019 - 02:19 PM)

Absolutely.

@  wonko the sane? : (09 November 2019 - 02:14 PM)

So... you can look like a cop from the 70's AND a huge nerd at the same time?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (09 November 2019 - 02:09 PM)

I feel like the best way to carry the Switch would be an under-arm torso holster.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (09 November 2019 - 12:31 PM)

It's not. hell. If the 3DS zelda case just stretched a LITTLE more it would fit.

@  TheMightyMol... : (09 November 2019 - 03:38 AM)

I feel like the Switch Lite is a bit big to have hanging on your belt like that, but I don't take my Switch out with me often anyway.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (09 November 2019 - 01:13 AM)

I must be the only one who wants a switch lite case with a belt loop. o.O

@  TheMightyMol... : (08 November 2019 - 03:03 PM)

I'm gonna have "Chainsaw Buffet" and "Candy For the Cannibal" by Lordi playing in my head all night.

@  Maximus Ambus : (08 November 2019 - 12:36 PM)

Trick or treaters can only consent to cannibalism in Germania.

@  Sabrblade : (07 November 2019 - 12:12 PM)

Hey, if the trick or treaters can't take some loving insults, that's their problem.

@  Arazyr : (07 November 2019 - 11:39 AM)

Just make sure to put the leftovers in the fridge, so they don't get spoiled.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 November 2019 - 11:10 AM)

I love children... but I can never eat a whole one.

@  TheMightyMol... : (07 November 2019 - 09:52 AM)

I can neither confirm nor deny this allegation.

@  Paladin : (07 November 2019 - 09:46 AM)

...you don't roast the trick or treaters, do you....

@  wonko the sane? : (07 November 2019 - 09:38 AM)

A cold beer, a warm fire, some smores and trick or treaters... Man, you got this life thing down.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 November 2019 - 09:37 AM)

That actually sounds pretty awesome.

@  MEDdMI : (07 November 2019 - 08:59 AM)

we'll move to the open garage if it's raining

@  MEDdMI : (07 November 2019 - 08:58 AM)

every Halloween since we got a house, TMM and I chill in the driveway with a fire bowl and roast things while handing out candy. It's pretty great.

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 November 2019 - 03:42 AM)

Peter Cullen voiced King Kong let that sink in.

@  TM2-Megatron : (06 November 2019 - 11:42 PM)

I've noticed that after a year or two, though, people with children will start getting into it for their kids

@  TM2-Megatron : (06 November 2019 - 11:41 PM)

I think a lot of the decline you see in Halloween is due to newcomers to Canada who don't really get it... I mean,there are only a handful of countries in the world that practice this particular oddity


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Posted 08 August 2016 - 12:25 PM

Out of curiousity, are you going via this? http://www.japanjour...anga-tour-2016/

 

They have one listed for March that I'm considering.



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Posted 08 August 2016 - 12:47 PM

Nope, I pretty much just booked a cheap flight and a capsule hotel. I don't like being whisked around on itineraries. 


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Posted 08 August 2016 - 01:31 PM

How cheap? I found £3000 as the average.



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Posted 08 August 2016 - 01:33 PM

I'd recommend stopping in at Mamido Burger, but I can't find any references to them that are less than eight years old, so they maaaaay have gone out of business in the interim.


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Posted 08 August 2016 - 03:57 PM

I was in Japan in 2006 for a month and a half. If you can stand to spend the time/money, I absolutely recommend visiting Kyoto for at least a day. Anime and robots and toys are cool but Kyoto wasn't bombed in WWII so they still have tons of huge and beautiful shrines/temples. 

 

I second the recommendation of visiting the Ghibli museum. Back in '06 it was a weird process to get tickets - you had to go to certain convenience stores - but I dunno if that's changed.

 

Shop-wise, people mentioned Mandarake and Yodobashi Camera - those are great, I'd also look for Super Potato (games) and stores in the -Off brands (Book-Off, Hobby-Off, Hard-Off) for cool stuff too. There was an amazing little toystore in Akishima-Shi (Tokyo suburb) called Bell House, but it's been a decade and I have no idea if it still exists.

 

Akihabara might make you re-evaluate how much you like Japanese nerd culture. It did for me.


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Posted 08 August 2016 - 04:06 PM

I second the recommendation of visiting the Ghibli museum. Back in '06 it was a weird process to get tickets - you had to go to certain convenience stores - but I dunno if that's changed.

 

Did you see Totoro II?


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Posted 08 August 2016 - 04:33 PM

 

I second the recommendation of visiting the Ghibli museum. Back in '06 it was a weird process to get tickets - you had to go to certain convenience stores - but I dunno if that's changed.

 

Did you see Totoro II?

 

 

I dunno. Is that one of the short films you can only see in the museum? I did see a film there but it wasn't that.


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Posted 08 August 2016 - 04:34 PM

Stay away from the hornets.  Trust me on this.


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Posted 09 August 2016 - 02:04 AM

How cheap? I found £3000 as the average.

Got a flight for £555, booked it on the 2nd of this month. There are a few change-overs:

Going: 2 hours layover in Frankfurt

Coming back: 2 hours in Kansai, 2 hours in Frankfurt

I'd recommend typing "cheap flights to ___" into Google and using the various search engines there like cheapflights. Also prices might change depending on when you make your booking. I found flights to Tokyo were generally in the 550 - 800 range.

 

Accomodation-wise I'm staying here and it cost me £147 for 5 nights. Then I got a capsule at Haneda (£39) for the last night because I have an early return flight.


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Posted 24 August 2016 - 10:04 AM

update: I am in the Japan. Have been for 2 days, despite being delayed by the typhoon. I got to spend that night in a Frankfurt hotel with a lot of Japanese tourists, but it's okay because I made 2 friends there.

 

Been to Harajuku, Meiji jingu and Shibuya on 1st day, met a Jamaican and told him about Japanese trap.

 

2nd day went to Akihabara, lost a day to it, got some nice merch but not too good a scene for Transformers. Great for anything else.

There was a "Gacha Fest" at Akiba train station with a load of gacha machines so I got 2 prizes before I even left. One is a little Danboard and one is a figure doing kancho.

Also got some doujins from Tora no Ana - a hokuto no Ken/Pikachu one and a Transformers one featuring fan redesigns.

The service culture is so great here. I've bowed and been bowed to more times in the past 48 hours than in the previous 24 years of my entire life.


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Posted 24 August 2016 - 10:33 AM

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Posted 24 August 2016 - 11:09 AM

If you go into a resterant, and see a girl with a katana on her hip, and what looks like a well endowed grade-school student, get out of there.


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Posted 25 August 2016 - 11:10 AM

Nakano Broadway is indeed great but I didn't stay too long b/c I didn't want to lose yet another day to all otaku bullshit.

Went to Shinjuku and had lunch in an upstairs bar, then went to the top of the Tokyo Met.

By far the highlight of the day though was when I caught a metal gig at a Live House.

That said though, tomorrow will be my "visiting giant things" day with the Odaiba Gundam and the Roppongi Godzilla.


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Posted 25 August 2016 - 11:25 AM

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Posted 25 August 2016 - 11:46 AM

I think tours are ideal for first-time travelers. That way you get to see a large variety of sights so you really know what you want to explore by yourself the next time you visit.



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