Baku_Sensei (Level 10)

depsite living in Kentucky, I have no clue if the Derby is today...
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 There's a mousepad, but no mouse... I'm not amused...
 There's a mousepad, but no mouse... I'm not amused...
 So earlier today, I ventured to Gamestop to pick up my copy of The Record of Agarest War LE for the Xbox360. I had been waiting for the game ever since it was mentioned on this site-the genius marketing campaign kinda forced my hand to get it. The first thing I noticed about the game, though, was the size of the box. I was imagining something the size of a game (not paying attention to the face that there was a mousepad in the box, apparently). The bags that the employees were trying to contain the game in barely fit it, to the point where there were effectively no handles.
One thing that really got me about the release of this game was the fact that there were actually people ashamed to buy this game-there's an entire post on the gamefaqs board devoted to people being shamed by Gamestop employees. I had quite the opposite of this experience. In fact, I received a high five upon entering the  store to claim my prize. The employees each had their own copies of the game that they were waiting to pay for. I'm flabbergasted that anyone would be ashamed to buy a T-rated game.
On that, though, there's apparently some controversy. During my trip to the Gamestop, there were some regional managers gathered in the building. When they went to the back to have their conference, the store manager informed his employees, and me by grace of being in earshot, that the reason for the conference was to push to treat Agarest as an AO game, and get it pulled from the shelves.
ME:"Uhh... do they know that there's no nudity in it?"
Manager:"There's partial nudity!"
Me:"Yea, a butt, but haven't these people played/seen God of War? Mass Effect? Grand Theft Auto? this has suggested sexual situations. Those game HAVE sexual situations, and they're still sold in store."
Manager:"Yea, but the box..."
UPDATE: I have read accounts where people are indeed reporting that corporate has called stores demanding to treat it as an M-rated game, pull it from the shelves, and it's up for a possible recall. I blame the box. The game is rated T, but the box+extras? I could see them swinging an M on it.
All that drama aside, though, let me talk about the contents. The boobie mousepad, while bought for the novelty, is aaaaawesome for wrist support. Seriously, it's comfortable. NOTE/WARNING: When you open your own copy of this game, do not breathe deeply. The mousepad has resulted in this funk that resides in the box that will make you cough. It's crazy. The pillow case is just that... a pillow case. Done. There's also a soundtrack CD, which I have yet to crank out (it's been a busy day) and the game. What is awesome though, is the box. Pics are included. I'll try to do a review of the game after I play through once.

 My cat is cuter, admit it...
 My cat is cuter, admit it...

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So, I received confirmation from my teacher today that I have gotten passing grades on the papers I submitted to her, which means that I have now finished every step needed to gain my certification. I'm really stoked about that. All that's really left is two days (one of which is a party for me leaving) of student teaching. Wish me luck as I move into this next part of my life. I am now Great Teacher OniBaku

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Ya know, I gotta admit it: I hate tsunderes. Well, not hate, really; I can see their uses in a story. They just annoy me. I'm the guy who stares at a TV and yells, "Oh mah gawd, just @$#%ing say it!"
There are exceptions to this rule: Tohsaka Rin, for one. I enjoyed watching her and Shirou grow in the Unlimited Blade Works route. Senjouhara, for reasons I shouldn't need to list. However, this is very rare; more often than not, I'm completely and utterly annoyed by the archetype. 
Take this character for example: Shimada Minami from Baka to Test no Shoukanjuu. Throughout the show, she's kept her
 Shimada Minami
 Shimada Minami
tsundere-ness in check for the most part, but it came to a head in episode 4 in a way that almost made me throw my Mac across the room.
In the interest of leaving myself time to do dishes and cook for my husband tonight, I'll leave my answer there. I mean, I'm n-not cooking for Lan, t-there'll just be extra food. Y-yea, that's it. It's be a shame to let it go to waste.
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As much as would love to let myself become completely biased and say Fairy Tail, Bakemonogatari blows it out of the water. Excellent art, music, character, animation, and story (NISIOISIN is a friggin' genius).
I would give Fairy Tail the best long-running shonen show award, despite it not running that long yet (talking more about the style) and for completely biased reasons (I love it)
Best Manly Anime of 2009: Sengoku Basara. Do I need to say anything more? OYAKATA-SAMAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!
Best Crazy Anime of 2009: Basquash. I don't know why, but I loved it. Up until episode 9 anyways.
Baku's favorite manga of 2009: Bakugan. I just read everything they have out right now and holy crap, it's amazing. And my name is in it
Best thing watched in 2009 without it being released in 2009: Hajime no Ippo. Thanks to Ebzero for introducing me to the series.
Worst Series of 2009: For this, I went with something I have actually watched some of. It is not a reflection of the show, but just my personal opinion of it. Natsu no Arashi
Series that never seemed to live up to its hype: For me? Pandora Hearts, sorry. Couldn't get into it no matter how much I tried. Also, Shangri-La, but I plan to watch you one day.
Best Male Character of 2009: Araragi from Bakemonogatari. Vampire-level healing? Check. Bitchin' girlfriend? Check. Pseudo-harem of an odd cast? Check
Best Female Character of 2009: Senjougahara. 2009 was the year of Senjougahara Fascination. 
Best Moment of 2009: Acid Tits in Queens Blade ep.1.
I'm typing these as I think of them, so keep checking back.
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Lan watches Glee, and I watch whatever's on the TV, so in a way, we both watch Glee. Lan and I debated it for a while, but now we've decided. Mr. Shuester, I know who your parents are!

 Justin Timberlake...
 Justin Timberlake... Neil Patrick Harris... Neil Patrick Harris...

 ... gives you Mr. Shuester. Enjoy.
 ... gives you Mr. Shuester. Enjoy.
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