One Piece: The Incredible Journey #2

001-Romance_DawnIf you guys remember, I started reading One Piece (shared feels here) and I left off on Chapter 96 (Arlong just died). Let’s continue with my poorly worded feels with very little context.

So that thing with the giants stunk. I literally stopped reading for two weeks because it was total garbage. “I can turn you into a candle! Muwahahah!” Umm… kudos for trying to be creative, but that was terrible.

Sanji is by far my favorite. He is also the one who gets the least amount of space, which makes me really sad. While he is as crazy as the rest of them, he seems to be the most realistic. I suppose that’s why I like him most.

I have a love-hate relationship with Chopper. I really want to like him all the time, but I really only like him when he is fighting. The other times he comes across as a whiny little kid/reindeer; it gets irksome.

And just to be clear, Ace was just awesome. There are no other words.

I’ll be honest, I don’t remember the number of the last chapter I read. All I know is that ViVi is back in her kingdom (Alabasta) fighting some dudes in the city. And I stopped reading abruptly because I frickin’ hate her. She’s your stereotypical trying-not-to-be-useless princess that is still terrible. I know that sounds mean, but she pushed all of my buttons.

I also think the entire Organization of Baroque Works is extremely stereotypical. It drives me crazy because the series can be so creative about the little things, but for the big things it stays within the mold. I’d prefer if the big picture was creative and the little details more normal.

I’m at a point where I’m not sure if I’ll keep reading. It’s reverse Naruto syndrome: with Naruto, when you read it in one fell swoop it’s more interesting. With One Piece, I think it gets boring. So we’ll see where the journey takes me next!

Ace plays Final Fantasy IX

Yes, I realized that I’m on a bit of a Final Fantasy binge at the moment. But you see, I’ve had a rough few weeks, and Dark Souls and Assassin’s Creed III didn’t strike me as very uplifting—especially Dark Souls—and after that last series of reviews, I also needed a break from Star Wars. So what was I to do, but to bring out one of the more happy-go-lucky games of my favorite franchise? And I know that most of my reviews tend to consist of me complaining about stupid shit, because I overthink everything—and to be sure, I have some bad things to say about IX—and I also know that the general consensus of IX is that it sucks, so it’s okay if this post ends up being a good old fashioned rant, right?


Well, here’s the thing: I actually think Final Fantasy IX is one of the better Final Fantasy games.

And I’m not just saying that because I find it a guilty pleasure. I can name a lot of terrible things that I find guilty pleasures. I just legitimately think that IX is a well-made game with a lot to offer in terms of story and character development. I like the battle system, I like how equipment works, the abilities, the gameplay overall.

Yeah, you’ll find a bunch of people all over the internet—like this dude, who’s review is so blatantly misleading once I read it that I could do a whole other review addressing it—who hate IX. I’m not one of them.

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