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Future plans on GS - Huge absence of users, a couple more blogs before I leave the site (maybe).

Hey, after I posted my 2-part Youmacon blog over a week ago, I noticed that nobody's come to comment on them, and it's because some of my followers, along with many other GS users, have left the site for good. What I've been told from some of my followers is that some of the features on this site are broken for some users, the featured blogs have been taken down, the unions have been deleted, and they don't want to deal with all the trolls on this site. And I must say, I really do understand why they have left, I don't blame them, but nobody's come to visit my blogs lately, and after hearing from one of my followers that they have left, I really don't know what to do. Usually at least 1 user comments on my blogs whenever I put one up, but after putting up my 2-part blog, nobody's come to see them.

After seeing how so many users have left the site, I've been thinking if I should do the same. Like my fellow GS user SloganYams, my blogs on here have become less frequent since last year, and I've been thinking about doing maybe a couple more blogs, then leave GS. It's a very tough decision, I know, but with hardly any users coming to see my blogs, I'm just not sure on leaving the site yet. I've met some great users on this site and I've had a good time, and I know it'll be hard to say goodbye if I do plan on leaving the site.

But, I'll do another blog and see what happens. My next blog will be about a topic that I am very angry over, and why my opinion hasn't changed on that topic. I am going to be very strict on this next blog because I want you to pay attention and see where I'm coming from on this topic.

Until then, later.

Youmacon 2014 - Part 2 - Purchases

Hey everyone, and welcome to part 2 of my Youmacon 2014 blog where I show you all what I got there. Again, like last time I didn't get many games because it's mostly an anime convention, but I did manage to find a game for my Sega Saturn collection that's been on my list for a couple years. Also, I got some anime sets that I had on my list as well. So, here are the suspects:

Sailor Moon - Season 1, Part 1, $45 (new) - If any of you are interested, Viz Media just recently released a remastered version of part 1 of Sailor Moon's first season, and this one comes with 21 episodes, with the option to watch it in Japanese with English subtitles, and the option to watch Viz Media's new uncut English dub! Yeah, uncut! So, if any of you are interested, it's now available!

Rosario + Vampire vol. 1 - $4 (used) - After watching season one and couple episodes of season two of the anime, I decided to check out the manga for Rosario + Vampire, which I hear is much better than the anime.

Rosario + Vampire vol.2 - $4 (used)

Rosario + Vampire vol.3 - $4 (used)

Neon Genesis Evangelion III (Anime soundtrack) - $15 (new)

The Professional Golgo 13 (OVA) - $20 (new) - I'm sure you may have heard of Golgo 13, probably because of the games on the NES that were somehow pretty much uncensored in it's U.S. release. Anyway, apparently it's has an anime (50 episodes long, released in 2008, licensed by Sentai Filmworks), and has 2 OVA's (this one from 1983 & Queen Bee (1998)), and currently has the longest running manga series of all time (been around since 1968), and new volumes are still being printed today!

Rockman X3 (Sega Saturn) - $35 (used) - I FINALLY got my hands on this game! As you all know, the Japanese PSX/Saturn versions of Mega Man X3 had J-pop soundtracks in it's opening and ending, and is known for it's long ass loading times (not to mention the famous "Now Loading" screen). X3 is hard as freaking hell, but hopefully I can conquer this game someday.

Well, that's all I have this time. Hopefully next year I can find some more interesting stuff!

Youmacon 2014 - I went...again. - Part 1

Hey everyone, I'm back again and I went to an anime convention for the 2nd time ever, which is known as Youmacon. The convention takes place in Detroit, Michigan, downtown, at these two famous Detroit landmarks every year in late October & early November for 3 days in a row, starting around Halloween:

The GM Renaissance Center - The World Headquarters for General Motors, which also has on it's sides the two tallest hotels in the Western Hemisphere. This is where Youmacon's big video game room and big table top (by that I mean card games like Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh!, etc.) game room are located at.

Cobo Center - This place is usually where the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) takes place every January and this is where Youmacon's Dealers Room, the area where you can buy lots of stuff such as anime DVD sets and video games and so on. It is also where all the Panels are at, and yes, Team Four Star was there! I didn't get to meet them, unfortunately. My sister and a friend of hers did manage to meet Little Kuriboh, one of the members of Team Four Star.

Youmacon is the 2nd biggest convention in the State of Michigan, behind the North American International Auto Show. I don't know how many were in attendance, but the numbers are always in the tens of thousands and this convention continues to get bigger every year. I waited in line for 2 1/2 hours just to buy my pass. And as you could tell by the promo on the top of the page, this is Youmacon's 10th year since making it's appearance in 2005. This was my 2nd time going there, I went for the first time last year, and yes, you can still check out the blog for Youmacon 2013. This convention really helped me get back into anime after a 10-year hiatus, and I can't wait for next year's show because this con is that cool. Seriously. Please do check it out if you live near Detroit or if you're a few hours away. Here are what the passes cost if you plan on going next year and it's usually the same every time...I think:

Friday - $30, Saturday - $40, Sunday - $20, 3-Day Pass - $60, Platinum Pass - $100 (Pre-Registration Only)(3-Day + Line Jumping, Priority positioning for the first 20 minutes in all autograph lines, Priority positioning for Main Events, A Youmacon T-Shirt, Admittance into either the Maid Cafe or Charity Ball, Entrance into one (1) video game tournament & The Dealers' Room will be open an hour early each day for Platinum Attendees).

For more info: http://www.youmacon.com/

And of course you may have second thoughts before going to Youmacon, more than likely because, well, it's in Detroit. Yes, I know that Detroit is one of the most dangerous cities in America, and that may keep you from going to this convention, and I really wouldn't blame you there. But, Downtown Detroit isn't too bad and it has been getting better. The areas at where the convention is at are patrolled by police 24/7 and it's usually safe in that part of town. So, that's what I have to say if you plan on going next year.

Anyway, thanks for checking this blog out. In Part 2 I will show you my purchases from Youmacon. Anyway, here are some pictures I took from Youmacon, so enjoy!

I'm back...with more purchases and why I haven't been active lately.

Hey everyone, I'm back after a long while. You're probably wondering where I have been, eh? Well, I've been in school for the past 2 months now, and I have been doing well so far. The other reason is because I needed to do a lot of work to my computer because it had encountered many problems which caused me to take it to a shop and have Windows 7 reinstalled, which cost me over $200 in repairs. Yeah, been having a busy couple of months lately. But I have gotten myself some interesting stuff lately and here's what I got during the past, tiring two months:

Ghost in the Shell - limited time feature promo poster ($5) - As you can see, a movie theatre in my area that shows old-school movies - the Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak, Michigan, was having limited time, midnight screenings of Ghost in the Shell at the end of August. I went to see it with my sister and some friends and we had a wonderful time. The movie was shown with the original Japanese dialogue with English subtitles instead of the English dub (which is also very good), and what's more, I got to see it on the big screen! I thought it was a much better experience watching it on the big screen instead of at home and I hope that I can get to see another anime movie like that again. I did think the Japanese version was slightly better, but you have watch the English dub at least once. It's great watching the movie either way.

Final Fantasy VII - Official Strategy Guide - $10. I finally got my hands on the guide, now I just need to beat the damn game!

Xenogears - Official Strategy Guide - $25 - Since I've been working so hard to complete this wonderful masterpiece of an RPG, I hurried out and got my hands on the guide. I love this game to death and if you haven't played Xenogears yet, please do so.

Yakuza (PS2) - $9 - I got the supposed successor to the Shenmue series, Yakuza recently, and I am really enjoying it. I'm already on the 2nd to last chapter of the game, and this is another one I recommend because it is just awesome. I've been told to stay away from Yakuza 2 because I've heard that it is the hardest and most unfair game in the series, and I've heard that the 3rd and 4th games are the best in the series.

Phantasy Star II (Mega Drive, Japanese version) - $15

Nonomura Byoin no Hitobito (Sega Saturn) - Okay, this one came as a bit of a surprise to me. This was a gift from a friend and apparently, as you can see by the X rating on the cover, that this is a Hentai game! Yeah... Me and my friend were playing this game for a little while, he was able to translate some of the "dialogue", and he eventually gave the game to me as a little gift. The game is all in Japanese and it's a text-based game.

Desire (Sega Saturn) - This was another gift from a friend, it's another anime text based game, and it's also got another suggestive rating - 18. Yeah, I sat through a couple of minutes of the game, the dialogue is all Japanese, but I must say, the animation in this game is pretty good, and it makes the game look like an actual anime.

Threads of Fate (PS1) - $30 (new) - This was a sealed PS1 game, but it's another Square RPG goodie from the PS1 that I've heard many good things about.

Front Mission Alternative (PS1) - $7 - I got myself another Front Mission game, it appears to be another spinoff, but I plan to check it out.

Well, that's all I have to show. I bet that someone, like maybe a moderator is going to flag this blog and punish me because of some of the material on here, but hopefully you'll get to see some of this awesome stuff before any of that happens. Anyway, enjoy!

Well, I've finally decided to do it.

Why must you be so expensive?

Well, I have made up my mind. After about 2 years and after sitting through LPs of this game so many times, I have finally decided to save up for EarthBound. I'm not going to get this game cart-only, oh no. I'm going to be getting the game complete in box with at least the game guide, and maybe the scratch and sniff cards, but the things that I really want the most are a legit copy of the game, the guide and the box. I know that it's on the Wii U Virtual Console, but I don't have a Wii U and I'm not sure if I want to get one just yet because I'm fine with what I've got right now. For these past 2 years, I have bought many games for my other systems such as the PS1, PS2 and SNES, and I most recently bought a Sega Genesis as well, but somehow this game has not gotten off of my mind and I've been itching myself to buy this game for so long, and now I have finally decided to do it. I've already thought of a way to get this game, and that's through Amazon. Ever since I got an Amazon account, my method of purchasing things there have been through using gift cards. Yes, whenever there was something that I wanted to get off Amazon, I would usually go buy gift cards and apply them to my account, similar to the way I would buy music off of ITunes. This is the way I'm going to get this game. It may take me a while to get it, but it's the simplest way that I can think of at the moment. I've had no luck finding this game for cheap anywhere else. Also, if any of you have ever played EarthBound or owned a copy of the game, let me know what you think of the game in the comment section.

Capcom releases remaster of Resident Evil remake for everything but the Wii U...WTF?!

# http://playeressence.com/capcom-isnt-focused-on-bringing-resident-evil-remaster-to-wii-u/#more-74218

As you might have heard, Capcom has announced a HD remastering of the Resident Evil remake that came out in 2002. And while I suppose this is an ok thing...I guess, here's what makes me really mad about this: REmake HD is coming to every single platform, except the Wii U. Yeah, a game that sold by far the best on a Nintendo system isn't coming to the Wii U as well! Marvelous idea, Capcom! Oh, not just that, REmake was also one of two mainline Resident Evil titles exclusive to Nintendo platforms, the second one being Resident Evil 0, also on GameCube. They just decided to remaster that game in HD without considering the audience that supported that game big time on the GameCube! Now that is an excellent business decision!

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Now that I've gotten all sarcasm out of my system, here's what I have to say. First off, Capcom had the balls to put our a terrible excuse as to why this isn't coming to Wii U, saying that they want to bring it to every single other home console on the market. This makes me pretty angry, almost makes my blood boil. And while Capcom has noted that the game hasn't been completely ruled out for Wii U, the chances for it appearing on the system are very slim. This is not going to end well for Capcom, who is already in deep financial trouble after making really terrible decisions last gen. And once again, Capcom has betrayed the Nintendo audience. The last time they did something like this was when they took all the profits they made off of Monster Hunter 4 for the 3DS and invested it into a mobile gaming studio, a platform that isn't really profitable to begin with. But it all began in 6th gen with the deal that Nintendo made with Capcom to get the RE games, along with some other ones like Viewtiful Joe to the GameCube. Some say that actually think that Nintendo paid Capcom to get the RE games onto the GameCube. Me? I think that people just need to pay closer attention to what goes on in the games industry. But I'm sure that Nintendo gave Capcom the Zelda license to make a couple LoZ games for the Game Boy Advance, which probably lead to that big deal for the GameCube. I don't think Nintendo paid Capcom anything for the RE games, or the "Capcom Five" lineup. But anyway, Capcom's ways of screwing over the Nintendo fanbase after we treated them so well started back with the deal that Nintendo made with them on the GameCube. And when Resident Evil 7 is announced, do you think that a Wii U version will be announced? I can tell you with absolute certainty and confidence that it won't be coming to Wii U, even though it's been proven for over 10 years that Resident Evil sells on Nintendo systems. The fact that the remaster of REmake is skipping the Wii U should really be all they have to say. Actually here's my accurate translation on Capcom's said "reason" as to why it's not coming to Wii U:

"Sony and Microsoft paid us to support their consoles, of course we're gonna support PC, but Sony and MS told us to come up with an excuse to not support Nintendo and to make them look good."

Now THAT is the most simple, direct and HONEST reason as to why this isn't on the Wii U. There is no logic in this decision. Even though there is still a chance this may see the light of day on Wii U, I'm not gonna hold my breath. Because I know that they'll screw us over again and remaster the last Nintendo EXCLUSIVE RE game, Resident Evil 0, for again, everything but the Wii U. If Capcom actually has the balls to screw us over (No, actually they will. Trust me.), I'm putting them on my DO-NOT-BUY list along with Ubisoft after the Rayman Legends troll and Konami (F**k you Kojima, you arrogant s#it!).

Well, that's all I have to say.

The Great Detroit Flood of 2014 - Unfortunately I was hit by it too.

Yes, this is what we got hit by. No, I'm not kidding!

Hey everyone, and I've got a bad news blog here. I'm sure that most of you have probably heard of this on the news, but on August 11, there was a massive rainstorm that hit Detroit and the many cities in it's metropolitan area. The area was hit with over 4.5 inches of rain, the highest amount recorded in Detroit since 1925, when the city was hit with 4.7 inches of rain. Many cities in Metro Detroit were hit, such as Southfield, Warren, Ferndale, Royal Oak, Dearborn, Allen Park, Hazel Park, Oak Park, etc. State of emergencies were declared in 4 of 5 counties of Metro Detroit, which were Oakland County, Macomb County, Wayne County and northern Monroe County. From what I heard, Detroit and Dearborn were hit the worst. There were many streets and underpasses flooded, some major freeways were closed off for a couple of days, and almost every person living in Metro Detroit had their basements flooded. Unfortunately, I was one of them. Around 5 PM on August 11, the day of the flood, I noticed some minor flooding in my basement. It was just a little puddle due to some leakage, so I went and cleaned it up. Then, an hour later, water from the sewer came up from under the floor drains in my basement and started flooding the place. I helped my dad get as much stuff out as we could and good news is, we got most of our stuff out. We got pretty much all of our family memorabilia out of the basement, most of our electronic stuff(we lost a tape player/recorder, a DVD player, a CD player and CD changer, and 1 TV), pretty much all of the music CDs, most of our books(we lost about 1/6th of our books), all of our vinyl records, all of our DVDs, pretty much all of my Legos(lost the instruction manuals and the Mindstorms stuff, unfortunately), our VCR, 2 stereo systems and our record player, my dad's drum set and guitars, and yes, I got all the game systems I had hooked up in my basement out too, along with all the games. However, I lost the cases for my non-digital Wii games, because they were ruined by the floodwater. We lost a fridge, some shelves and drawers, all of my dad's old work files, and our washing machine. At least 3 feet of water came into my basement on that night, and while all the water receded overnight, the basement was still a mess. Our street was completely flooded, and the water completely covered our front lawn. We managed to revive our water heater (pilot light was out), dryer, dehumidifier, and our sun pump came back on amazingly. Right now as of the 17th, we've cleaned up all the dirt and sewage that was left behind from the flooding, now we're just putting all the stuff we salvaged back into the basement. All I have to say is that this past week has been really tough on me and my family. This storm was devastating and what I have to say to my followers is that if you don't live in Metro Detroit, you're lucky. But if any of my followers live in Metro Detroit, or near the area, or anywhere in Michigan, let me hear what you have to say. Please do comment and let me know what your thoughts of this event are, I really appreciate you guys checking out the stuff I put up on here. And here are some photos of the storm's aftermath if any of you are interested in checking them out:

Southfield Freeway (M-39) near Oakwood Blvd - Dearborn, Michigan (Wayne County)
the I-75 & I-696 interchange - Madison Heights, Michigan (Oakland County)
near the Ford Freeway (I-94) - Detroit, Michigan (Wayne County)
Chrysler Freeway (I-75) near 9 Mile - Hazel Park, Michigan (Oakland County)
Southfield Freeway (M-39) at Outer Drive - Allen Park, Michigan (Wayne County)
I-696 near Mound Rd - Warren, Michigan (Macomb County)
I-696 at Bermuda Street - Royal Oak-Ferndale city line (Oakland County)
Ford Freeway (I-94) - Detroit, Michigan (Wayne County)

Source(s):http://www.weather.com/news/commuter-conditions/detroit-flooding-historic-freeways-closed-20140812 , http://www.weather.com/safety/autosafety/one-dead-detroit-freeways-still-closed-after-historic-flooding-event-photos-20140812

Yes, I saw this in theaters.

Hey everyone, a couple days ago I got to see a limited time screening of an anime movie that is part of one of the most popular anime series of all time. This was a movie that a friend of mine was really excited to see since he is a huge fan of this series and since he already owns the Blu-Ray box set of this movie. Since we heard that Funimation had plans to bring this movie to theaters for a limited time and since it wasn't going to make it to every single theater in the country, we weren't sure if it was going to be shown in Michigan or not. Luckily for us, it was and even better, the theatres that it was being screened at were in our area and weren't located in another part of the state. Ladies and gentlemen the movie I am talking about is this:

Sorry if the picture is a bit bright.

Yes, I went to see Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods during it's limited screening event. I have heard that this is the first DBZ movie in 17 years. Yes, I watched the English dub of the movie and I have watched the Japanese version before too, and my friend was sort of disappointed that Funimation didn't give you an option to see it in Japanese with English subtitles. Overall, I think that Battle of Gods is a good movie, it's music was epic, there were a lot of funny scenes, the story has a lot of over-the-top plot points but I thought it was great, and there was plenty of action, as it stays true to the DBZ formula. Unfortunately I can't say much else for Battle of Gods since I haven't really seen much of DBZ. I do plan on checking out DBZ eventually, and my friend says that I should watch the Japanese version because, well, I've been told that it's just better that way, and he has no plans to watch DBZ dubbed ever again because he is not very fond of it. I was also told that I should pick up the DBZ Dragon Box sets because the DVD and Blu-Ray sets that Funimation put out have the episodes somewhat cropped, and the Dragon Boxes have the episodes in their original, un-cropped form. Bad news is, the Dragon Boxes are out of print and the Dragon Box editions of each season go for different prices depending on the season. I've been told that they usually go for between $30-$200+ depending on the season.

So yeah. Also, did you get the chance to see Battle of Gods in theaters? And does anyone have any advice on the Dragon Ball saga for me? Let me know in the comments section.

A new console & new purchases!

Hey everyone, I just picked up some awesome stuff lately and I also decided to purchase a new console for once. I have been meaning to pick this system up for years, and there are quite a few games on that system that I really want to play along with it's CD addon, and what might this console be? It's a Sega Genesis! The Model 2 Genesis to be exact, since the model 2 is highly recommended. And don't worry, I'll be getting a Sega CD as well, but I don't know if I want the model 1 or model 2 yet.

Sega Genesis (Model 2) - $15

Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega Classics, CIB), $7

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (CIB), $5

Well, that's it for the games. I only have the first 2 Sonic games for now since I just bought the system, and yes I will buy a Sega CD sometime soon. Now, onto the Anime DVDs, including one that is out of print!

Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail, $40 (new)

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040: The Complete Series, $53 (new)

Deathnote: Volume 1 Box Set, $25 (new)

Persona 4: The Animation - Complete Collection, $85 (new) - This right here is the out of print anime series I was talking about right here. After getting about 3/4 of the way in Persona 4, I decided to order the anime. Little did I know that it was out of print and very expensive. I'm really excited to watch this and I'm glad I got it before it went up in price.

Please comment and let me know what you think. Thanks!

I'm thinking about getting into LaserDisc collecting, but only Anime laserdiscs...one tough decision.

Hey everyone, not too long ago a couple of friends got into LaserDisc collecting, but mostly anime laserdisc collecting. As you all know, the LaserDisc is that famous video format that is of higher quality than VHS and Betamax, because of it's better picture, audio, and lifespan (depending on how well they were made). It performed very poorly in North America and Europe because of how expensive LaserDisc players were and how expensive the video titles were. So, basically the only people who bought laserdiscs in the states were mainly the rich. However, it was very popular in some Asian regions like Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and it even became the dominant video rental medium in Hong Kong during the 90s. But that doesn't mean that there weren't a lot of movies/shows released on LaserDisc here in the states, because there are a lot of shows and movies that were released on LaserDisc, including anime. Laserdiscs were made from 1978-2000 in the U.S, and from 1978-2001 in Japan. Also, to this day, not every laserdisc title is known, so you'll never know what anime, show or movie you'll encounter on laserdisc! Plus, some laserdiscs, mostly the ones released by Criterion, include special features that more than likely won't appear on DVDs or Blu-Ray discs! But there is one downside to laserdiscs, and that is Laser Rot. Back when LaserDiscs were new, many of them were not properly made, as some type of adhesive was used by manufacturers to glue the two sides of the disc. The adhesive had impurities that were able to penetrate the lacquer seal layer and chemically attack the metal reflective aluminum layer, causing it to oxidize and destroy it's reflective properties. It will usually appear as black spots on the discs, looking like mold or burnt plastic, and will cause the disc to skip and put out excessive speckling noises, and the worst part about laser rot is that sometimes, rotted discs will appear to look fine to the naked eye, so that's the kind of laser rot that you need to worry about. But anyway, lets talk about why I plan to get into LaserDisc collecting sometime: the Anime laserdiscs. Yes, there was a lot of Anime released on the LaserDisc format, which I am very interested in checking out, and Anime laserdiscs are usually at low or no risk for laser rot as well since they were made much better. The first anime shows that I saw on laserdisc were the 2 Ranma 1/2 OVAs, Like Water for Ranma and Desperately Seeking Shampoo, Project Ako, and the original Bubblegum Crisis series from 1987. There were many anime series released on this format, like Neon Genesis Evangelion (only episodes 1-8 were released stateside on LD), Trigun (Japan only), the original Macross, Macross Plus, Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 (Japan only), Ghost in the Shell, Akira, many of Hayao Miyazaki's movies, Vampire Princess Miyu, Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 0: The Movie (Japan only), Serial Experiments Lain (Japan only), and more, and I do plan on picking up most of these titles listed above, and the ones I am most interested in are:

Neon Genesis Evangelion Episodes 1-4
Bubblegum Crisis: Vol.2 (Episodes 3 & 4)

Neon Genesis Evangelion Episodes 5-8

Bubblegum Crisis: Vol.3 (Episodes 5 & 6)

Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Movie boxset - Contains both Death & Rebirth and The End of Evangelion

Bubblegum Crisis: Vol.4 (Episodes 7 & 8)

Vampire Princess Miyu: OVAs 1 & 2

Macross Plus: International Version vol.1

Vampire Princess Miyu: OVAs 3 & 4

Macross Plus: International Version vol.2

Akira (yeah, you saw that one coming)

Macross Plus: International Version vol. 3

Ghost in the Shell

Bubblegum Crisis: Vol. 1 (Contains Episodes 1 & 2)

As you can see, I have a pretty big wish list going here. But it's going to be very difficult for me to find these because laserdiscs are pretty hard to come by and some go for hundreds of dollars. It takes patience and money when it comes to LaserDisc collecting. I'm not exactly sure when I'm going to get into a LaserDisc collecting mood, but I'll totally get to it sometime because I am very interested.

Please comment and let me know what you think. Thanks!