“I’m afraid that fine roses are as rare as respectable fighters.”

Ahh Street Fighter matches online can have you in a rollercoaster of emotions. You’re salty one match, feeling on top of the world the next, wanting to rethink your decisions as a gamer the next. But there’s one emotion that I myself can never personally let go of, and that’s anger. Today, as I was doing my daily hour of USF4 matches online I ran into a player by the name of “breeze546”. During this match I was really calm. I figured I’d play the match and happily give him a rematch if he wanted to keep playing. I’m Dudley and he’s Oni.

The only thing that really bothered me was how I had gotten beat the first round by a wake up ultra. But hey, it happens and as a player I didn’t think about all of my opponents wake up options, I just wanted to close out the round. Fair enough right? So the next 2 rounds pass by fairly quick and I end up winning the match. Usually I would move on with my daily life until he sends me some hate mail. I’ve been sent hate mail PLENTY of times before, but for some reason this one pushed me over the edge.
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So, I end up sending him an ‘endless battle’ invite so that way we don’t lose any points in the next match(es). Then he responds with this.

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So now by this message I’m saying to myself “fuck that, gloves are coming off” and I respond back with “create room”. I search for him for maybe a good 2 minutes and no luck. Whatever, I’ll play another match while I wait for him. Eagerly after the next match I see his name. I give him the same look Erza gives Gray and Natsu when they’ve done something stupid when I see his name on the screen.

I could feel the adrenaline pumping through me as I switch my comment section on the battle screen from ‘nothing’ to ‘Time to taunt!’ As you’ll see in the next video, I’m dead serious about taunting when I put that on. Enough of my babbling though, Here’s the next match.

During the second round of this match my hands were shaking like crazy and I was beginning to miss attacks that I shouldn’t have but at the same time I wanted to play with my food before ending the match. Then of course, he responds with

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“Aniplays, you seem salty though, that’s why you’re making this post right?” At the time I was, but I figured I would give a lesson on taking your licks and accepting your losses. When you lose in ANY game don’t let the animosity of losing take over you and urge you to send that hate mail. You use that and you hit the training room to get better. You save that replay and see WHY you lost. You as a player may think to yourself that your game plan is solid and that you had no errors in it, but then why did you still end up losing? Were your anti-airs not on point? Was your spacing off? Execution errors? Was the opponent putting more pressure on you that you weren’t prepared for? Or did you simply not have any experience in the match up? There are an abundant amount of factors that come into play when thinking of your losses during your match. It’s up to you to analyze and strengthen your weaknesses. Happy fighting!

-Aniplays

Music Monday: Ice Box

I got this ice box- Oh hey guys! Sorry, the chorus of this song is just addicting to say even if it has been a decade since the song released. Now you might be thinking “Aniplays, what’s this song have to do with anime or video games?!” I’ll tell you why after you hit the jump! Continue reading

Another trip down memory lane: Return to Zanarkand

Probably known as the Final Fantasy that changed the franchise. This game was jam packed full of new features, mini games, characters, and everything else alike. For me, I had a love/hate relationship with this game. One aspect of the game that I absolutely loved was being able to switch out characters mid-battle. I thought that brought a lot of new excitement to the series. As I said in one of my previous posts (here) I never really did know what was going on in any RPG games, I would just grind the hell out of my characters until I was able to 1-hit KO all the monsters in the area and move onto the next. But as you grow up and you finally understand what the story is about, you finally begin to appreciate the story and all it stands for. Continue reading

Latte art with a touch of anime

Japan never ceases to amaze me. I just find the country a very spectacular place. Their architecture, restaurants, forests, cars, pretty much EVERYTHING that comes from there amazes me. Some people in America may take their job for granted and think of it as something that just gets the bills paid as opposed to Japan, they do everything with a sense of passion, and that’s what I admire about their ethics over there. Continue reading

Music Monday: Melodies of life

Todays music Monday is featuring one of my all time favorite FF games; Final Fantasy IX. In my personal opinion this game is underrated. Sure, it had its pros and cons but all in all I feel like it was a really good game. Every character each had their very own specific personality that just connected so well with the story. From Zidane’s comedic attitude, Freya’s seriousness, Vivi’s willingness to learn more about where he came from, Garnets (Dagger) personality of wanting to do what’s best for her. There was nothing to hate about the cast honestly. And I’m so thankful there was no significant death scene in this although, I was a bit heartbroken when I thought that Garnet would never speak again. Continue reading

Cosplay Sunday: SarahChaco

Happy Sunday everyone! Now I want to break down what Cosplay Sunday is about. This type of post I like doing (even if it is my first post) because it gives me a chance to know how a person got involved with the Otaku lifestyle. Whether it started from video games, to watching their first anime, or even listening to opening anime themes for hours on end, it’s still a pleasure getting to know them on a personal level. As I stated before in my “What’s your purpose?” post I’m here to share stories. Not all of us are famous cosplayers and not all of us cosplay as popular characters. So I’m here to do just that, give everyone some exposure to the light. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: YuYu Hakusho

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Throwback Thursday is back! I love doing these because I get to be reminded of my childhood and just drown in a pool of nostalgia. YuYu Hakusho was one of my all time favorites growing up. I remember when adult swim used to have Saturday’s dedicated to anime, I would always go buy a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream (my ice cream of choice was half-baked, cookie dough and brownies *drools*) and wait patiently for the night full of anime to start. Keep in mind that I didn’t have a computer or internet at the time so this was my only exposure to anime as a child, other than the toonami block which played from 4pm-6pm. Continue reading

What’s your purpose?

I was asked a question today about my blog that really made me think. The question was “What other purpose do you serve other than sharing the otaku lifestyle?” For a moment I really had to ponder the thought and really dig down deep inside of me to figure out why else I started this blog.

To tell you the truth, although I haven’t gotten much leads on interviews yet, I’ve always been interested in meeting new people who share the same interests as I do and find out their stories. What I plan to do is have a photoshoot + interview with local cosplayers and find out what got them into anime, what they love most about the community, how they see the lifestyle evolving in the future, and so forth. Everyone has a different story that is meant to, and should be heard, and that’s why I’m here, to share our stories.

If you’re a cosplayer in the Seattle area and have a story you would like to be heard leave a comment or shoot me an email and lets get the ball rolling!

Throwback Thursday: Soul Eater

So I figured I would dedicate Thursday’s to older anime’s, to get some spark back into them. To kick things off I want to talk about one of my all time favorite animes, Soul Eater.

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Soul Eater plot:

Set in the Shinigami technical school for weapon meisters, the series revolves around 3 groups of each a weapon meister and a human weapon. Trying to make the latter a “Death Scythe” and thus fit for use by the Shinigami, they must collect the souls of 99 evil humans and 1 witch.

Source: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=9070 Continue reading