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by layzee
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [SWITCH] Sega Ages
Replies: 5
Views: 676

Re: [SWITCH] Sega Ages

. I was planning on doing a video walkthrough of it to upload to YouTube but it's a tough-as-nails game so I gave up that idea. . PS2 remake or the original? The original is a butt fucker for sure. There is a super play of it and Crackdown (same player even) which are pretty amazing. I believe the ...
by layzee
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: TV Anime "Junji Itou Collection" (2018)
Replies: 1
Views: 606

Re: TV Anime "Junji Itou Collection" (2018)

set my expectations low. I'm happy to report that this anime exceeded my expectations: it was quite bland and average at best and kind of destroyed the source material at worst. It captured the feel of Ito's original art pretty well (e.g. facial features). The voice acting was for the most part dec...
by layzee
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Japanese Film (Live Action)
Replies: 28
Views: 11416

Re: Japanese Film (Live Action)

Has anybody watched Shin Godzilla (2016) yet? Not a fan of the series/genre, but this trailer gave me goosebumps, and the movie seems to have gotten good reviews generally. http://youtu.be/3WkxVHyzivg A bit late but I recently watched it. Like you, I don't really have any interest in Godzilla/Gojir...
by layzee
Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: [SWITCH] Sega Ages
Replies: 5
Views: 676

Re: [SWITCH] Sega Ages

Oh I thought these were going to be ports of the PS2 Sega Ages series. The PS2 Gain Ground remake was a bit flawed (e.g. the 3D camera angle making it difficult to judge whether you will get hit or not by enemy bullets and vice versa) but nevertheless, an interesting interpretation of the original a...
by layzee
Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: New Jet Set Radio Proof of Concept Sega Rejected
Replies: 6
Views: 512

Re: New Jet Set Radio Proof of Concept Sega Rejected

Gaijin Punch wrote:And the sequel on Xbox... one of 3 reasons to own an Xbox.


The second reason is Panzer Dragoon Orta and the third is...?
by layzee
Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: [WTB] Someone in Japan to get 400 yen worth of mp3s on Amazon Japan
Replies: 4
Views: 1621

Re: [WTB] Someone in Japan to get 400 yen worth of mp3s on Amazon Japan

A proxy won't work for this? I never thought about using a proxy for digital goods actually. I guess it should work? A VPN (set to a .jp IP) will work, but I don't use 'em. There was also a Amazon gift card region-ignoring loophole, but that apparently that was cracked down on some time last year. ...
by layzee
Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Repros
Replies: 12
Views: 1776

Re: Repros

So I was doing my usual Sega Mega Drive rounds, and I came across this in the "Ask seller a question" section: https://auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/show/qanda?aID=j466748193#modQstnList 質問1 投稿者:4*h*I*** / 評価:2534 1月 6日 23時 54分 ご質問させて頂きます。こちらのお品物はカプコン販売の純正品でよろしかったでしょうか?ご返信いただければ幸いです。 回答 出品者:ryo1...
by layzee
Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: [WTB] Someone in Japan to get 400 yen worth of mp3s on Amazon Japan
Replies: 4
Views: 1621

[WTB] Someone in Japan to get 400 yen worth of mp3s on Amazon Japan

A simple small request here. Amazon mp3s are region-blocked so if any of you live in a Japan, I'd like to ask you to download for me 2 mp3s worth 200 yen each and then send them to me. I'll PayPal you 500 yen. Fair?

Here they are:

アグナモニタ -202-
and
バン!バン!バンバード!!
by layzee
Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Japanese Film (Live Action)
Replies: 28
Views: 11416

Re: Japanese Film (Live Action)

Sion Sono movies Suicide Club (2001) 5/5 - One of my favourite horror movies. Not your typical "ghost chasing the main characters" story. Be warned that it probably won't answer your questions after the movie ends. If I remember correctly, there are no jump scares at all, or very few, and...
by layzee
Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Crazy Ass Auctions
Replies: 33
Views: 3404

Re: Crazy Ass Auctions

Dragon Quest IV Symphonic Suite (Record) for 151,000 yen. That's 3x times the price of the next priciest recent thing in that category. Pretty expensive even by record standards. Sealed Akumajou Dracula X: Gekka no Yasoukyoku (First Print) for 160,000 yen. I think I'll stick with my mint but vastly...
by layzee
Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Sharehouses in Japan
Replies: 20
Views: 1610

Re: Sharehouses in Japan

I think an apt analogy for the kinds of games men are playing versus the ones women play would be like if, in film, men preferred watching all the big budget releases plus the brainier stuff, whereas women exclusively watched pedantic chick-flicks and straight-to-Blu-ray low-budget trash releases a...
by layzee
Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Japanese Gaming Sites
Replies: 18
Views: 3136

Re: Japanese Gaming Sites

I'm going to take an educated guess and say that's because Japan (mostly) doesn't use computers, as in desktop and to a lesser extent notebook/tablet PCs. . These days there is plenty of internet-ing on mobile devices. The problem is (to a large extent) Japanese started all their internet activitie...
by layzee
Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: TV Anime "Junji Itou Collection" (2018)
Replies: 1
Views: 606

TV Anime "Junji Itou Collection" (2018)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMNcx1Z2BPo Okay, the promo trailer is only 1 minute long but I'm confident enough to bet y'all $100 (USD) that the manga will remain superior. Anyway, Junji Itou is basically a horror manga artist and writer genius with a very impressive work history and one of my fa...
by layzee
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Ghost in the Shell Live Action Trailer
Replies: 14
Views: 12305

Re: Ghost in the Shell Live Action Trailer

I still haven't watched this movie (and still won't) but out of curiosity, I checked out the live-action "hand-to-hand fight in a puddle" scene... the anime version of that same scene is WAY superior. Why did they omit the bone-breaking and the "stare blankly into the distance" p...
by layzee
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Japanese Gaming Sites
Replies: 18
Views: 3136

Re: Japanese Gaming Sites

Yeah and if we talk official game sites, even today they usually put screenshots in 400 px size or something even if it's 1080p ps4 game. I'm going to take an educated guess and say that's because Japan (mostly) doesn't use computers, as in desktop and to a lesser extent notebook/tablet PCs. Most o...
by layzee
Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:10 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Sharehouses in Japan
Replies: 20
Views: 1610

Re: Sharehouses in Japan

My personal favorite is dating girls who list "gaming" as a hobby and then try to play up our common interest: at best they play the latest JRPGs, at worst they just play simple Facebook and mobile games. It's also why I laugh at all the studies that say an equal number — if not more (!) ...
by layzee
Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Japanese Gaming Sites
Replies: 18
Views: 3136

Re: Japanese Gaming Sites

2ch (now called 5ch) is still probably the best forum/board-style place for gamers discussing games so far I've seen. All foreigners are blocked from posting messages though as mentioned previously. If you're interested in GameFAQs-style discussions about gameplay strategies for RPGs, then 家ゲRPG攻略 i...
by layzee
Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Crazy Ass Auctions
Replies: 33
Views: 3404

Re: Crazy Ass Auctions

Let's limit this to auctions with actual bids: SS Rockman Limited Edition 51,000 yen A non-sealed version of the above went for 16,500 yen. In other Rockman news, a sealed Rockman X5 just went for 43,000 yen which is particularly ridiculous especially considering a sealed Rockman Collection Special...
by layzee
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Crazy Ass Auctions
Replies: 33
Views: 3404

Re: Crazy Ass Auctions

Dunno... it's all hypothetical. It only takes two people to duke it out, and trust me, there was plenty of that shit before the proxies came. But yeah, they've definitely added more players to the field and thus, the prices higher. Also ,there's loads more J-sellers selling on Ebay. I'm sure that w...
by layzee
Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Crazy Ass Auctions
Replies: 33
Views: 3404

Re: Crazy Ass Auctions

Speaking of proxy price jackings, I think this ( Dragon Quest record ) is an exemplary example of a hypothetical comparison between a world with and without proxies. The auction begins on the 17th and is basically quiet with no activity until the 24th, the final day... A world with proxies: Both of ...
by layzee
Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Repros
Replies: 12
Views: 1776

Re: Repros

Had a close call recently. I was going to bid on a cart only Vampire Killer for Sega Mega Drive but I forgot to and it ended up going for 4000 yen. So either it went cheap or it's a repro - "fortunately" it was a repro. According to the item description, it was "confirmed working on a...
by layzee
Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Crazy Ass Auctions
Replies: 33
Views: 3404

Re: Crazy Ass Auctions

Gaijin Punch wrote:Magical Pop'n SFC 127,200 yen O_o


Interesting, someone felt it necessary to ask if it was a reproduction or not (it is not, according to seller). Good idea to ask, considering the price.
by layzee
Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread
Replies: 588
Views: 213597

Re: The Official WTF are YOU playing right now thread

Now that Rockman 9 and 10 have been released on disc (formerly digital only games), Hard Corps: Uprising is the next I would like a physical copy of. Maybe as a compilation with other digital-only Konami games (Akumajou Dracula: Rebirth/Harmony of Despair, Gradius Rebirth etc)?
by layzee
Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Japanese Video Games
Topic: Crazy Ass Auctions
Replies: 33
Views: 3404

Re: Crazy Ass Auctions

One thing worth mentioning is the Buyee (proxy that is affiliated with Yahoo Auctions) banner that is on pretty much each and every listing. Back then, we would look at a nice auction and think "Aww, I wish I could buy from Japan" (assuming we, as noobs, weren't aware of proxies). But now,...

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