Also cynic_in_charge and bravecows I have acquired you DTG posters!! :))) ZEN YOU'LL LOVE YOURS, I did! Eve y'want the Turbo one, right? xD The Dragon one is like S's description of loving son!asch: HAIR PWNS FACE. thank y'guys so much for making me laugh through my property-law freaking-out-panic session. ♥
:D kanekoichi very kindly showed me to the Midpoint Plaza gaming shop, and to Funan! Thank you so much for your patience! *grin* Discovered a lot of new and fascinating places - also the Sun & Moon branch at CHIJMES is gorgeous! I was looking for Christmas presents, little_ribbon is the only person I can buy presents for without thinking. With great surprise I ran into a classmate from the same law course there - the world, it is TINY, but also wonderful, he was very helpful! It's always fascinating to be a girl and walk into a gaming shop, the reaction you get when you start talking about the games is utterly intriguing. Sometimes I wish I played too, but Abyss eats up the space in my life that doesn't belong to law and people and everything else already. The Pucca biscuit brand has fish in a glass tank outside the PS bus-stop, poor fish.
And and elvaron finished her exams! So we went to Haagen Dasz and I realised I hadn't been there in ages and forever. XD SO GOOD. And also she pointed out the Jade tea to me. xD And then we came home and Abyss'd like tomorrow wasn't gonna come! And it was really fun talking about law over dinner with my parents with El. Oh man, it reminds me of that time El and my parents and I had dinner in Taka and I kept talking about paopu fruit. :D
AND YES ABYSS:
It pains me to say this, but Asch can actually be really cute.
And everybody... kind of does love him! Only he's so prickly and RAWR and no, really, Asch, just shut up and let everybody love you. DOLT. My favourite Asch .gif is actually the one on the all-Asch site that has EVERYBODY BUT EVERYBODY jumping on Asch and GIVE THE MAN SOME LOVE! And Asch is bottom of the love-the-uke pile and struggling like he don't like it. AH IT IS here.
The Asch and Luke in my mind remind me of the Happy Feet trailer:
Asch: D< WHY ARE YOU TOUCHING ME
Luke: Lorelai told me to do it! ♥
Asch: NO GET OFF ME D<
Luke: No, you like it ♥
the hell, I'm comparing Asch and Luke to penguins.
And he's also useful in a fight! And interesting to play as, although El came and saved me and played as him while I to my horror had to play as Jade ( I prefer melee-fighters, and I was so so so conscious that Jade was totally wasted on me, because I couldn't exploit him to the fullest) But it was SO FUN. Usually when I play with someone else I sometimes forget who I'm playing and then go, "Uh, why ... oh, that's me. Oh. Right." Probably if I was playing alone I'd have thrown my controller through the screen several times over, but because El was playing Asch I was laughing and choking at all the really, really wrong lines and spillover love works the best, really. *grin*
We had a HELL of a time finding the Wyon Mirror Cave (I just can't kick the habit of using the terms they had in the Japanese game, I'm too used to them already) because law exams make the brains leak out of my ears and I did not realise that the entrance I was looking for was RIGHT. NEXT TO ME. and and I was "... what? I have no Luke, I have no Guy, I have no Tear, I have no Mieu, ASCH IS IN MY PARTY, I AM NOT HAVING A PARTY."
But of course Asch is a party all his own, except NOT, and arrch called at this moment so I lost my train of thought.
okay at this juncture it is important to say that when harajukufuuri, elvaron and I are together, we represent the entire spectrum of Asch-sentiment, from Asch fan, to Asch-neutral (... but El likes Asch, too) - and, well... there is me. Simply put EVERYBODY loves Asch when put next to me.
But not bad at all, he is only 80% as obnoxious as I imagined he would be.
harajukufuuri's perspective on the above [Bad username: http://harajukufuuri.livejournal.com/12018.html#cutid1]here</a>. (Oh, good to see I'm not the only one who went nuts trying to find the cave.) Uh, major spoilers in comments. Is fascinating to read her perspective because I will be "... are we playing the same game?" She's very Asch-friendly! And the love-Asch!vibes are contagious probably because we live so close together and also because that guy (... sorry Asch you are still 貴様 forever ) can kinda grow on me.
... I don't have to do Mushroom Road? ♥ YIPPEE ~
Up next ARAMIS WELL - OH GOD THIS IS THE SCENE I AM PLAYING THE GAME FOR.
worldmap here is a lifesaver but only to a certain extent.
Bought guidebook yesterday and am now kicking self violently because I am in Yuria City past Aczelius and I stupidly didn't activate the Sword of Gardios and Viscount costume quests. Sword of Gardios is the subevent that'll get me the second great Luke/Guy scene of all time after Aramis Well (except that Luke being so sweet kind of cheated Guy out of an opportunity to propose to him) and Viscount is only just my favourite Luke costume ever.
THINGS I WISH I'D DONE IN TALES OF THE ABYSS
-Been able to catch Tarlow X! Damn maps take forever to clear.
- Been able to beat Asch first time around! someone else did! (... you were Level 30 when you fought Asch first time round?! oh man was I a million levels behind you. okay fine, just three, but it felt like a million.)
-TRIGGER THE GARDIOS AND VISCOUNT SUBEVENTS GODDAMIT
Damn when I'm home in Vaticul I should just BOTHER everybody BUT everybody. That was A MILLION CITIES AND BOSSES BEHIND and I really really don't have the time or energy or the inclination, really, to re-clear those areas all over again. I'm thinking about whether it makes more sense for me to play from my saved games and trigger those quests (... but wtf so damned many hours of area clearing and I'll have to find Deo Pass and beat Regret and clear the factory and urgh, it just makes me tired thinking about it), or just keep on going through the game and do everything on second playthrough, and pretty much from the start I've not been disposed towards a second playthrough because the time!
What I find funny is that I intentionally triggered all the other sidequests I don't care about much, like the Yulia City rice request and the Ant Lion man stealing my scimitar HOMG, but ARGHHHH.
Also I should not read the guidebook on recipes before going to bed, it makes me so damned hungry.
Suffocating in the Asch/Natalia. I GET IT ALREADY stop sledgehammering me with it okay.
WYON MIRROR CAVE DAMNED HARD TO FIND, DIE, GEOGRAPHICAL FEATURE.
There is really no point at all in me finding the weapons the game leaves me, because whatever they give me, I've already bought for the characters. It's happened for Anise and Jade and Guy and Natalia and... ROLLS. The equipment should go one step up on what you've got. Whenever I find really neat weapons for anyone that the game leaves you I've already BOUGHT the same weapon in the last town or TWO TOWNS BACK, EVEN. Found the Jade deckbrush and didn't equip it because I already had better. Okay, it improved two of his stats, but I didn't like what it did to two others, so Jade's gonna have to wait a bit to literally wipe the floor with his enemies.
Oh there was this amazing Asch and Luke exchange that made me roll off my chair laughing:
Asch: If you're going to keep bothering me like this, then you'll have to face the consequences.
Luke: You can't do anything to me from where you are!
Asch: Not to you. But to -
Luke: No! Stop! Anything but that!
... what *were* the two of you up to, boys. Heh.
For some odd reason I vastly prefer English!Asch to the Japanese version, however much I love Suzuki Chihiro. I think El hit the nail on the head when we were talking about this today and I was saying that Asch sounded so *rude* in the Japanese version that it really quite put me off him, and she said that in Japanese, you can be really, really rude,
and it is so true. In the Japanese version Asch has an older voice, and I expected him to be at least a little *less* hotheaded. In the English version he sounds like the age he is, and I take to him far better because I give him license to be the way he is, because he's young.
Oh, by the way. >D You can talk to me on LJ talk using the name email@example.com. ; ) I'll leave you to figure that one out. (Well, were I ever on LJ talk)
Heh, Abyss. You'll make an Asch fan of me yet.
Asch: "I don't have time to play with you anymore! This ends here!"
Japanese: "This intimacy ends here!"
Oh, pity. I was just starting to get accustomed to his face.
it's when elvaron plays as Asch that I'm, "HEY ASCH THAT WAS AWESOME :D". He has this attack that I've only seen El do (well, I think it's his, it might be Anise's...) that creates lots of pink sparkly shaped things. So cute!
Tear: "I can give up on you anytime." Oh, I don't quite like that talk, but then when I committ myself to something I'm there til it sinks, so. But she's willing to give him a chance.
I'll never give up on you.
Well... I don't know if you'll change,
so maybe one day I will, but it'll take a lot to make me walk away,
and I'm not planning to go just yet.
You're stuck with me! ; )
SOMEBODY GOT HIS HAIRCUT!
... oh, PUN. HAIR CUT SCENE.
Mieu: "Master is better and I'm happy! :)))))"
I'M HAPPY TOO, MIEU!! :DDDDD
COVENANT WITH LORELAI... COVENANT...
YOU DO NOT SAY THOSE THINGS TO SOMEONE WHO'S JUST SURVIVED A PROPERTY LAW EXAM :((
This is as bad as the time that I went to take a break from studying by watching Pumpkin Scissors and Suzuki Chihiro was discussing terms of a contract in that episode :((
Tear says when Van was young and lived in Yulia City the kids used to make fun of him for being an ignorant kid from the Outer Lands. And also that that beard is to make him look older
'cause people were jealous of his meteoric rise when he joined the Oracle Knights. Oh, Van. I do believe I just had a positive canon thought about you.
Good guidebook, that English one, nowhere near as lousy as we were all fearing, but I still think it works best with the FAQ. The good thing about it is it tells you EVERY sidequest and when to trigger when it happens, but the bad thing is the linking between scenes isn't very good. Then again it is a guidebook, not a walkthrough, but yeah.
It always makes me wonder HOW people do anything much without the guidebook. I mean a lot of these quests would never occur to me! The worst case of this is MYST when you NEED the guidebook to play, but subevent wise Abyss is up there too, really. Sometimes subevents feel like the Butterfly Effect because if you speak to a man in Vaticul, you'll find a book in Yulia City! and stuff.
Also I had no idea the recipe system was that complex and fascinating, I LOVE COOKING! I didn't even think about gaining experience points with cooking, all I do is choose the person most likely not to spoil the food. It's always Guy with my preferred party, but when it was Asch-party I let Asch cook all the time because I knew he wouldn't ruin the food. I don't like wasting ingredients - so no, not going to let Natalia fail cooking ten times to get a skit, you can get it off here anyway.
I do dream I'm Asch, whenever I'm very stressed. In one dream I was Asch and stalking Luke. PRINCESS LUKE, OKAY, IN A DRESS. But he was still a boy. And in another, urk, it was Asch/Luke AS HELL but Asch was completely disgusted by it the next day, and when I say that I mean I was him and that meant I was disgusted but it also meant the REAL me was disgusted at HIM for being disgusted.
Most of my dreams these days have been exam nightmares - I have never had them this bad, actually - two days before my Japanese exam I dreamt that I'd forgotten how to write the hira あ, and a week before my Constitutional Law I dreamt that I had to do my exam in London, and two nights before THIS PROPERTY LAW EXAM I dreamt I was handed a hypothetical problem question and every single name in the paper was replaced by an Abyss character name. No kidding. Luke and Tear had an equitable interest in a property that somehow was never registered and thus never became a legal interest.
kurot Abyss fanart icons! Made with permission, and utterly gorgeous! *grin* The Sink one is so cute.