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Masuhiro REFUSES to be assassinated! It’s excellent foreign and domestic policy, really, so it’s understandable why he’s such an effective leader. Also, it helps that his brother-in-law is packin’ all the effective strategies within the many folds of his chins.

Hyrule Warriors is a dangerous game, it’s the time sinkiest of time sinks. I suppose I now understand why Warriors games get such a bad wrap for being ‘too repetitive’ or claimed to function on the strategy of ‘repeatedly press X to win’. That hasn’t really been my experience with it, since the combat is pretty well varied between characters, and you’re often unlocking new moves and power ups, although on the surface level I understand the criticisms. BUT THE DANGEROUS PART is that every character has, like, 100 levels to level up, and each new ability requires a plethora of collectible items of various rarity salvaged from battlefields. Since each mission takes, like, ten minutes to half an hour, and you can’t upgrade your myriad of characters (which must be done one at a time) until you finish a battle… well, I was going to go out on Saturday, but I thought “I’m really jonesing for some army murdering, so I’ll just do one mission in HW and then head out!” Five hours later and the day was shot, but, HEY Impa was a level 30 murder machine, so s’all good!

And how ’bout that Star Wars movie title? ‘The Force Awakens‘. Sure, okay, why not. If it’s good (it’d better be good!) I can see myself calling it “Awakens” in short form like I refer to Empire, Jedi, and New Hope. I’m more concerned about how well it’ll emotionally resonate with me as a story than I am about the title. But, still, if The Force Awakens pertains to events in the film, I hope it’s not going to drudge up more nonsense about vague prophecies written by someone about something that has no real meaning that everyone just believes for no good reason. The ‘balance of the force’ prophecy was Lucas at his dumbest, though, so I don’t honestly expect the new films to perpetuate it in any form.

And lastly, I saw Big Hero 6 and I think it’s my new favorite superhero movie! So cool, so rad, so wow. I do appreciate a well paced film that makes me both cry and laugh. I guess that’s just the definition of good storytelling! Although I’m highly entertained by awkward romance scenes, I really appreciated that BH6 didn’t feel any need to shoehorn in a romantic subplot. This also allowed all the female characters to just be characters and not ‘the romantic interest’. That’s nice, too, if one cares about such things. I also love silly fist bumps (I swear we’ll have Ken and Yori fist bump at some point in nn4b!!) of which there were several in BH6. Go see it, people! It’s probably better than Interstellar, which I have not yet seen but with which I have every intention!

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  • Nameless Marauder

    that until one side get their hands on those fire arms, from there hell will be set loose. And if all goes well Ricaaaaaardo will reap large profits

    • KungFuKlobber

      It’s pronounced “Rrrricardo!” You’re not supposed to roll the A.

      • John Smith

        Ricky’s *head* is gonna roll if he’s not careful. :)

        • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

          he’s gonna…. RICK ROLL??

          • John Smith

            Something like that. except now the joke’s on him. :)

      • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

        Thanks for the correction, Klobber! We here at Bushido Studios (LLC) take silly pronunciation very seriously. You’re first in line for site moderator if ever we need one. I’ll have my people call your people.

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Oh right, the guns. That WOULD unbalance the situation, wouldn’t it?

  • EternalLurker

    Ina, you’re not supposed to argue when someone says you can’t marry Yori. That’s essentially admitting you wanna marry him. You can’t say things like that and ruin the Runaway Tsun-Tsun Princess thing you had going.

    • John Smith

      You mean “Runaway *Tsundere* Princess”, don’t you? :)

      • EternalLurker

        Tsundere would be what she’s currently being. Tsun-Tsun was what she was being previously, but the facade is well on its way to cracking.

        A helpful diagram: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1547054/Tsun-Dere%20spectrum.tiff

        • John Smith

          Ah, yes, I remember this one from TV Tropes; good times… :)

        • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

          Oh, well this is like NN4B character development 101! Now you know how Ina ends up!

          • John Smith

            Defrosting Ice Queen, maybe?

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Ina and Yori need to talk about their feelings! Maybe it’ll happen in short order, WHO KNOWS.

  • IDPounder

    Strategies aren’t the ONLY things hiding within the folds of his chinny-chin-chin. Don’t stare too deeply into the chin, ‘lest the secrets find YOU out!

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      There’s a darkness between those folds, one so black light flees from it.

      • Xinef

        Once, light was in the mood for some horror, it dared to take a glance… and that’s when the biggest blackout in history happened. The whole universe experienced an eclipse.

        Light was never seen again. Ever. And it was kinda gloomy ever after.

  • KungFuKlobber

    Well, I was going to suggest you start calling the recent series of annotations “Alex hates new movies!” but now you’ve gone and ruined the trend. Oh, well.

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Despite popular belief, I don’t hate everything! I admit I’m a movie snob, I still tend to like the stuff I’m complaining about, I usually just go in with unreasonably high expectations. But isn’t reading my scathing critiques more fun than reading my unbridled praise?

  • White Rice

    I like how absurd Masuhiro is with his seriousness.

    Level 30 Impa? How about a level 40 Lana? That’s murder AND giggles right there.

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      It’s a delicate balance to make Masuhiro a believable leader and still make him as funny as he is. That’s all Joe’s doing, he’s darn good at writing Masuhiro.

      UGH Lana, Lanaaaa, LAAANNNNAAAA!!! I don’t really like her. I guess she’s kinda cute, but the game makes me play as her when I’d much rather bust out the series’ staple characters. I am about to break into the 40’s, though! I assume everyone goes to level 99? What a time sink! But I’m still digging it.

  • Xinef

    Masuhiro is using such outdated strategies!

    Refusing to be assassinated is obviously inferior to the “don’t stop not dying” strategy, since the latter protects you from all causes of death, not just assassins!

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Now that Ken and Masuhiro are travelling buddies, maybe Ken can give him a crash course in not-dying etiquette and protocol.

      • Xinef

        By the way, the most effective way I know to refuse to be assassinated is to commit seppuku. If you do it before the assassin can strike, he’ll no longer be able to kill you! Guaranteed!

        • EternalLurker

          That doesn’t gel very well with “don’t stop not dying”, though.

          • Xinef

            Unless you commit seppuku, then get assassinated nevertheless, I’m not accepting any complaints.

          • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

            Clearly there are two schools of thought here that are in deep conflict with one another, albeit for only a short period of time.

  • Sunwu

    My Sensei done told me! when i was a white belt!
    A Daimyo’s gonna peace talk! and give a good wife!
    But when that peace treat is signed..

    A Daimyo is a two-face!
    A worrisome thing who’ll leave you sing Kabuki in the night!

    Now the priests with guns are ‘coming!
    Hear the drums of war a calling!
    Whooeee!!!
    My Sensei done told me!
    A Daimyo is a two-face!

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      What song do theses lyrics match up to?

      • Sunwu

        From a very old song referenced in Loony tunes parodied by Bugs Bunny called “blues in the night” he’s version goes “My Mama done told me dat a buzzard is two faced…”

  • Lady Courage

    I think refusing to be assassinated is pretty reasonable, tbh.

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Masuhiro is nothing if not reasonable.

  • Szega

    Does NN4B have an RSS? If so, could someone point me to it?

    • jwkovell

      I have rectified this horrible oversight. The RSS feed is now available beside the comic using the standard orange icon.

      • Szega

        Thank you. :)

  • Nameless Marauder

    Now that i got sometime to think about it, i wonder if some assassin will show up using Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece logic on him…

    I Refuse your refusal, therefore prepare to die!

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      A pirate ninja assassin, perhaps?

  • John Smith

    Don’t stop not dying, Masuhiro!

  • http://insolenz.echoing.org/ SotiCoto

    Midna is my #1 death-dealer in Hyrule Warriors.

    So good! So fast! So lethal!

  • Bree

    Your taste in film is similar to my own.

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