9 October 2015

Barto Club is perfect

Bartolomeo's character is undoubtedly the funniest thing to come out of the Dressrosa arc of One Piece. The guy's a really strong pirate captain... who happens to be a fanboy of Monkey D. Luffy. Seriously. That's hilarious.

But it wasn't until at the end of the arc that Bartolomeo's hilarity became great. That was when we first saw his crew, which is called the Barto Club. And they are perfect.

The entire crew consists of Luffy fanboys. I'm not kidding. And the absolute best part? Their ship.

You're so right, Usopp.

That ship is perfect. Everything about the Barto Club is perfect.

This raises several questions. Where did Bartolomeo find all these guys? How did he convince a bunch of Luffy fanboys join him? (Though I suppose they could've bonded over their shared love of Luffy's adventures.) While Bartolomeo himself becoming a fan is now known, what made, say, Gambia decide that Luffy is awesome?

Still, they turned out to be even funnier afterwards, when we found out that they are so incompetent as pirates that they don't even have a navigator. They survived through the first half of Grand Line by calling their grandma every time there was trouble... and her advice is apparently mostly useless.

These guys are basically the comic relief of One Piece. And they are perfect. I so want to see more of them.

6 June 2015

The horror of Miis

I sometimes wonder what opinion do the "Smashers" (a term for playable characters in Super Smash Bros.) have of the Miis. They seem quite creepy, if you think about it. From Mario's perspective, there doesn't seem to be any explanation for them. They're kinda humanoid beings whose perpetually unmoving faces look like they were drawn on. And they lack any personal style of combat, as if they were absolutely soulless. And whereas upon eating any other character, Kirby get either their hat or their... scalp... upon eating a Mii, he gets a Spy-esq mask with the Mii's (obviously drawn-on) face on his forehead. Obviously, they are unnatural.
It gets worse the more they think about it. The Miis would seem to have come straight out of nowhere. They just started showing up at parties, the Olympics, go-karting, baseball, basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, ice hockey, tennis, golf, and now Smash Bros. They never seem to do anything noticeable. They also exist in the Pokémon World, where they run a ranch. And if the Smashers were to take a look at the Miis' own world, what would they find? Going by Wii Sports, Wii Play, Wii Fit, Wii Music, Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit Plus, Wii Play: Motion, Wii Party, Pilotwings Resort, Nintendo Land, Wii Sports Club, Wii Party U, Wii Fit U, and Tomodachi Life, they all seem to have hobbies that resemble those of the other worlds.
So long story short, the Miis would lack any explainable origin, imitate other beings, and seem to be an invasive species. They could just as well be the Borg.

13 March 2015

The Tale of Eeveelutions

I don't always make errors of judgement, but when I do, I absolutely, utterly, totally blow it.

So I was playing Pokémon X and caught exactly 8 Eevees. Yeah, I was planning to evolve them. First, I took three of them and gave them the Water, Thunder and Fire Stones. Then I traveled across Kalos searching for the Ice and Moss Rocks. I ended up accidentally leveling up two Eevees in Frost Cavern and Wonder Traded one of the new Glaceons away. The Moss Rock didn't cause much problems... at first.

Then, I had three Eevees, who would become an Espeon, an Umbreon and a Sylveon. My solution was tour Kalos aimlessly until they'd evolve. Then... in retrospect, I'm not sure what in the name of Arceus I was thinking. Only, it was stupid. I ended up leveling up all three Eevees... at Route 20. Right next to the @#€&% Moss Rock. So I had now four Leafeons at once. So, solution: Wonder Trade binge, back to Route 10, catch three new Eevees,  back to Square One. Also, hit the wall till your head hurts. I kind of deserved it.

At least I got an Electrike, a Makuhita, and a Magneton out of the deal.