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Final Fantasy XIV News — Heavensward

Lots of news in the world of Eorzea lately. J and I stopped playing FFXIV late last summer, and since then, the game has jumped from roughly two million subscribers to four million. So, apparently J and I can no longer refer to FFXIV as a niche MMO. the game has also continued to release all kinds of new content including some kind of card game, which will certainly raise the nerd-cred of the game, as if it needed any raising.

The FFXIV team also recently announced a new–huge–expansion coming in June of this year called Heavensward. Heavensward will bring new storylines to the game, and new jobs. Playable area will be 1.5x the size of the (already quite large) current playable area. Oh, and your chocobo can fly. Did I mention this? Let me repeat: you can mount and fly on a chocobo up to the floating city in the sky. Check out the article, lots of good nerd-nuggets in there.

Anyhow, all of this news, coupled with the fact that I read somewhere that FFXIV supports remote play on the Vita well (which is something I find myself using more and more), may have caused me to restart my account. I say may have when I really mean did. Even though I have approximately five minutes a week to play a stupid Japanese MMORPG. But dammit, I’m going to spend those five minutes chatting with Momodi in the Quicksand and dreaming of leveling to the point where I can have a flying chocobo.

Did I mention chocobos can get airborn? Sigh…

I’m guessing the reviews for this anime robot on Amazon.JP are hilarious

First of all, check out the giant Kuratasu Starter Kit robot selling on Amazon.JP for 120 million yen right now. Then do the auto-translate feature of Chrome and enjoy these important bullet points on the product description:

  • Weight about 5 tons, height 3.8m engine driven human four-legged giant toy robot (weight, height, changes in both optional)
  • Unlike normal riding toy, safety and comfort is not guaranteed, you can guarantee the dream of mankind “consisting robot pilot”.
  • It will be the starter kit without arms, forearms, please purchase separately option.

Good thing to know the arms are sold separately. Next, goto the reviews page in Chrome and, again, auto translate. You will find some gems like these:

Five 5.0 out of 5 is great. , 2015/1/20
Contributor Aqua – I see all my reviews
This review is from: Kuratasu Starter Kit
First, as this product, which is also in the item description does not come with both arms in that starter kit.
Arms parts must be purchased separately.
However, rather than capture this as a disadvantage of this product, you should see as strengths that can be attached to various parts according to rather use. Since in my case had been intended for use in heavy lifting, such as proximity melee combat and luggage of Nora machine life form that came to haunt here recently in the neighborhood, one set of general-purpose manipulator, as for combat APFSDS ammunition canister bombs support both multi Cannon to the right arm, the one set the armed arm of 30mm Gatling gun mounted on the left arm I was choice.

5.0 out of 5 stars peace of mind, it is safe , 2015/1/15
Contributor Yamamoto Shinya – I see all my reviews
This review is from: Kuratasu Starter Kit
Was present at the sixtieth birthday celebration in grandmother that has weakened the legs
to go out in the neighborhood convenience store are willing to be just good
I shopping hook set in the right arm the (Amazon limited eco back included) was Choice
adult diapers also large quantities it is possible to load it seems to come in handy
in the left arm that journey of wild boar measures we chose the Karasawa made ​​laser rifle in
although bad little balance so rifle 1.5t with respect to the body weight 5t, and simultaneous charge of two horses also do you think it is no problem because the bear last minute
as the power becomes to Keshizumi to road together with ALL wild boar, but my grandmother had complaining that “shish meat wanted to eat”,
when also serves as crime prevention measures I think think whether passing mark

5.0 out of 5 stars rainy day out of stock , 2013/12/12
Contributor Tyler – I See all my reviews
This review is from: Kuratasu Starter Kit
Use for winter bonus and she decided the Kuratasu. I want to get before tax increase.
I hope the eco-car tax reduction target model.
Next year’s cherry blossom viewing is I think going with this guy.


Long live Japan!

A Sexless Japan

Interesting article on the lack of sex in japan.


“It’s too troublesome,” says Kishino, when I ask why he’s not interested in having a girlfriend. “I don’t earn a huge salary to go on dates and I don’t want the responsibility of a woman hoping it might lead to marriage.” Japan’s media, which has a name for every social kink, refers to men like Kishino as “herbivores” or soshoku danshi (literally, “grass-eating men”). Kishino says he doesn’t mind the label because it’s become so commonplace. He defines it as “a heterosexual man for whom relationships and sex are unimportant”.

The phenomenon emerged a few years ago with the airing of a Japanese manga-turned-TV show. The lead character in Otomen (“Girly Men”) was a tall martial arts champion, the king of tough-guy cool. Secretly, he loved baking cakes, collecting “pink sparkly things” and knitting clothes for his stuffed animals. To the tooth-sucking horror of Japan’s corporate elders, the show struck a powerful chord with the generation they spawned.