Stuff from the last post until now

Disgaea DS
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team
Knights in the Nightmare
Um Jammer Lammy
Elite Beat Agents

So yeah, I’ve been busy with portables. On the console front…lol.
I got Skies of Arcadia Legends, got to the first save point.
Ar tonelico III was announced, I’m getting that.
Valkyria Chronicles II was announced and isn’t a console game, getting that too.
Mom bought my PS3 but I can’t play it until Christmas 😦
Still on that topic, the Valkyria Chronicles anime finished and I gave it a 6/10. Now watching Tatakau Shisho and Tales of the Abyss…the former is a really confusing show, maybe a 7/10 right now, and the latter is awesome, probably a 8/10 now.

School sucks.


Anime cons 2009!

So I totally made plans with my mom today to not only go to Otakon, but also hit up Anime Expo and Anime Festival Orlando.

Anime Expo: July 2-5, Los Angeles, CA
Otakon: July 17-19, Baltimore, MD
Anime Festival Orlando: July 31-August 2, Orlando, FL

Yeah, all in one month, and we’re also visiting family/friends in CA between those two cons. I think I counted 10 total flights, including going back to PA for spring break in April, and my mom coming to my graduation in June.

To celebrate, I’m putting together a new cosplay :3

Cost to repair my laptop?


If I didn’t need it for school, I wouldn’t have gotten it repaired. They needed to replace the outer case, the LCD screen, and the video card, and because it ended up classified as “user-created damages”, warranty didn’t cover it.

Thank goodness for a backlog, I guess? This is one reason why I won’t be buying many games from now on. I said that I would buy Prinny, Mana Khemia 2, and Cross Edge. Prinny was preordered last week, but I plan to wait for post-release reactions for MK2 and CE now.

Maybe I’ll get Suikoden Tierkreis instead? Or that DS Valkyrie Profile game, though it’s an SRPG. Not going for the Star Ocean remakes right now, going to wait for used copies of those to pop up…

January is trolling me

(I usually don’t post about real life stuff in here, but I need to rant)

-Started off the month with food poisoning.

-Lots of projects, leaving little free time. Persona 4 pushed to the side

-My laptop decides to have its video card crap out the week a project is due. Luckily I have my desktop, luckily there are trials for Illustrator and InDesign, and luckily my logo design is on the school server. I get to take a trip to the Apple Store to drop off poor Miakis (and buy an external HD and firewire cable to back her up once I get her back).

-Internet was down all afternoon, making me freak out even more.

I’m really freaking overwhelmed, and I hate it.

Kari’s Guide to Present Guessing

Because simply shaking them is old hat (though I do that anyway), and I already know 90% of what I’m getting, I line them up and carefully study them…

…because even if you know what you’re getting, it’s fun to guess what’s wrapped where.

Every present that I’m getting, not counting the stuff in the stocking. And one of those red ones I found out wasn’t mine, but was for my cat…oh well. It’s not in any other pics. And I got to open one last night, obviously.

DS-sized gifts are easy because the case square, is thicker than a CD case, and has an indentation on one side. Other than FF4, this should be Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness, Rune Factory 2, and Chrono Trigger DS.

PS2/PS3/Wii/Xbox/360/DVD sized gifts are a crapshoot because you don’t know which one of the above it’ll be, especially if you own every single one of those systems. The far right one is lighter than the others, so I’m guessing that as Fate/Stay Night DVD 5. The other two…Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness? Persona 4? Tales of Symphonia 2? Something I don’t know that I’m getting?!

Books are easy to spot because they have three sides indented and one flat. Also, paperbacks are bendable, and hardcovers have a specific sound to them when you knock on ’em. The top-middle green one is two manga, probably Venus Versus Virus 3 and 5. One of the white ones is a Japanese lesson book, but I was able to read through the wrapping…should be a how to draw book in there, the Daily Coyote book, and a cookbook.

The dreated nondescript box. Usually you get these when the gift giver is too lazy to unpack things they’ve ordered online. DVD boxsets also look like these. You never know what you’ll get form these. Anything I listed above could be in these boxes instead of separately wrapped…However, if you get the chance to open a present early, I’d go for a box, because you might get more than one thing :3

Finally, the weird shaped ones can be anything from two things put together, to a really weird shaped package, like a figure in a blister pack. The top part of this is squishy and the bottom is hard, so it has to be two things put together…It has to be a plushie and a PS2/Wii game.