nausicaa83: (<child of light> aurora)
Another crazy week has passed, with some of the weirdest weather this year. Yesterday I was downtown with a friend, and we got caught in a storm while having icecream. Today it's so hot I wore a tank top and shorts to the store, and Sakura is sprawled on the floor under the air conditioning unit. I haven't turned it on, but she isn't giving up hope. :D Real life is still hard, especially because I've had to cut down on therapy sessions this month, but it should all go back to normal starting next week.

Today I finished playing Child of Light, a stunning RPG recently released by UbiSoft. It's the story of a princess, Aurora, who wakes up from a sleeping curse in a dream world of fairytale creatures, and with the help of various friends she has to fight the Queen of Night and her daughters to free her people and save her father. Think Okami meets Mozart's Magic Flute. Here's a few screenshots:







The combat system is simple and elegant, and there's platform sequences and puzzles to solve, and a second player can use another controller to play as the little firefly. Otherwise, the main player controls both Aurora and the firefly at the same time. It's stunning, poetic, everything that I love about videogames all wrapped in one. And the special edition comes with a poster of Aurora by Yoshitaka Amano! *_____*

Tonight Tati and I are going to the cinema to watch X-Men Days of Future Past: I'm trying to keep my expectations low because the first one is one of my favourite movies ever, and then they went and changed the director, but the first reviews are coming in and they sound good. Even while crossing fingers and toes, it would still be worth it just for the cast alone. ♥
nausicaa83: (<despicable me> fangirling)
Still sick here, but now I just got the best news ever, and I feel like dancing around singing at the top of my lungs:



They just announced Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix coming next year for the PS3! It will contain Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix, Birth by Sleep Final Mix, and HD scenes from Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded.

I'm just so freaking happy!!! Kingdom Hearts 2 has the best storyline, Birth by Sleep the best gameplay, and Re: Coded helped me get through a very hard period of my life, it's just hdkjfhsdkjghkjfdghfdjkhg I can't articulate how happy this makes me!!!

Also, note to those who were thinking of buying a videogame console: this would be a great moment to buy a PS3. The PS4 will be out next month, so the PS3 consoles will be cheaper. They're great blu-ray players, and if you ever thought about trying your hand at videogames, Kingdom Hearts would be the best way to start. It was my very first console videogame (I had only played Myst and Cluedo on my pc, years before that), and it has an absolutely fantastic storyline set in worlds from our childhood, the Disney classics. I can't recommend it enough. Plus now it's in one collection, all for one console, nice and tidy and really cheap.
nausicaa83: (<kingdom hearts> start a new journey)
Just because it needs to be inscribed here for posterity, as of this morning I finished my first playthrough of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix! And I got the Undefeated trophy too (as in, I never died)! *happy dance*

Now, Kingdom Hearts has such a personal meaning for me that I can't really put into words. It accompanied me through some very hard, dark periods of my life, always reminding me to look for the light, not to mention that it was introduced to me by Tati. I've loved and played all seven games of the saga multiple times, and I never get tired of it. I made a few fanvideos too, and one even won a couple of awards. And yet, when the last battle was over, and the final scenes started rolling, I started crying like the first time. It's such a beautiful story, I just can't help it. It's new and genuine every single time, and so moving. ♥

Next on the list, obviously, Re: Chain of Memories. I played that game on a ps2 emulator on my pc, I can't believe I finally get to play it properly. I bought the first teddy bear of my collection in Scotland, easter 2008, because it was sold by a Breast Cancer Charity, and since it was pink and fluffy I called it Marluxia. Now Marluxia sits on my nightstand surrounded by his younger brothers. It'll be a pleasure to defeat his namesake again, although I fear it'll take me a while to grow accustomed to that card system again.

And now, if you'll excuse me, I have to dance around the house a bit more while singing Simple and Clean at the top of my lungs. :D
nausicaa83: (<kingdom hearts> connected hearts)
Oh happy day! Today is the day they released Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD in Europe! I pre-ordered it in May, and patiently waited all summer, counting the days, and it's finally here!



Yesterday I received a text message that the local Gamestop had tried to call me while I was on the phone. They always call the day before a pre-ordered game is released. I called them back, with the conversation going like this:

Me: "hi, did you just try to call me to tell me about Kingdom Hearts???"
Cashier: "yep"
Me: "could you please, maybe..."
Cashier: *clears throat* "your Kingdom Hearts copy is here"
Me: "OH MY GOD"
Cashier: *laughing* "we open at 9 am tomorrow, I'll be waiting"

This morning I had to call the doctor, then my aunt called because I'm her IT gal, so in the end I got there at 10 am. As soon as I walked in the guy saw me and greeted me with a "you're late! I thought I'd find you here when I opened the store!" and we spent the next 30 minutes talking about keyblades and pure hearts and the merits of magic vs swords. It was awesome. :D

In other brilliant news, yesterday I finally saw Edgar Wright's The World's End. Now, Hot Fuzz is my favourite movie, and I adore Shaun of the Dead, so I was equal parts excited and worried that it wouldn't live up to my expectations, but was I wrong to worry. Holy moley, I wasn't expecting it to be so freaking good. If I had to use three words, "really, really good". Wait, that's two words. How about "absolutely bloody brilliant!"?

And thank the gods of cinema I managed to avoid spoilers, because this is one movie that needs to be seen without knowing anything in advance. I knew the genre they were spoofing, but I quickly forgot five minutes in, I was so taken by the characters, and then the main story happened and it blew my mind. Also, the acting was superb. There were a couple of scenes that made me cry like a baby, other scenes that made me gasp and literally jump in my seat, and I spent the last 15 minutes sitting on the floor in front of the tv, armchair forgotten. Simon Pegg is such a good actor, holy shit. I mean, everyone was brilliant, but with him I keep forgetting it's the same actor, because Shaun is nothing like Nicholas Angel, and Gary King is completely different, and such a realistic character, I kept forgetting he wasn't actually real.

And the soundtrack was fantastic!!! I ordered it yesterday before going to sleep, and then downloaded it this morning, so that I could listen to it while going downtown. Let me tell you, marching to the GameStop while the Doors sing "show me the way to the next whiskey bar" in your ears, it doesn't get any better than that. :D

Oh, and just a sidenote for those who haven't seen it yet, it is the darkest one of the trilogy, so trigger warning for depression and alcoholism. It made me cry a lot, and I don't get triggered by those two topics, so better safe than sorry.

To those who have seen it, here's a fantastic analysis of the themes of the movie, especially regarding the Arthurian legends. It makes for a great reading, trust me. ;)

Stay tuned for another happy entry regarding health, future surgeries, why I had to go to the doctor this morning, in the near future. ♥
nausicaa83: (<007> a bloody big ship)
I must admit, I didn't even want to write an entry about the election results, because I'm so angry, and sad, and fed-up with this stupid country. Everything that led to the rise of Mussolini is happening again, word by word, with Grillo and his party, and even if there are journalists who are pointing that out, no one is listening, and one in four Italians thinks all that talk of destruction is a good thing. A progressive thing. The same things Mussolini said in the beginning, and sometimes I wonder why we bother with schools since no one seems to learn anything useful about our history. Our recent history. Because 1922 is yesterday, it's not the Dark Ages, it's not Julius Caesar, it's something that just happened. I live in a country of sheep.

Changing topic, a wonderful article about the Academy Awards ceremony can be found here. It makes for a great read, I promise.

And now off to some positive news, because I hate writing depressing posts. They are going to release Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Remix in America and Europe next autumn. For those of you who don't know, it's the first two Kingdom Hearts games, and all the videos from the first DS game, all remastered, with the camera fixed and the combat system re-styled. In other words, it's Kingdom Hearts in high quality on the PS3. If one had to choose one good reason to buy a PS3, this would be the one.

And for the Supernatural fans, Misha Collins has signed on to return as a regular in season 9, and he'll be directing an episode. I loved Jensen as a director (Weekend at Bobby's is one of my favourite SPN episodes ever), I can't wait to see what Misha is like as a director. *_____*
nausicaa83: (<ni no kuni> lazy afternoon)
I'm finally feeling better. My period struck pretty hard, and I've been losing a lot more blood than usual. That means dizziness, nausea, and occasional headaches. Though it also means a very appreciated diet of eggs and meat and chocolate. Luckly tomorrow it should be over, because I need my blood inside my body, thank you very much.

I watched the new episode of Community, the first one after they fired Dan Harmon. Well, I liked it and I didn't like it. It felt... flat. Like someone was trying to imitate Community, but missing what this show is all about. There were the usual gags and spoofs, but they weren't functional to the story. They ignored much of the character development of the last episodes of the third season, especially with Abed. It felt like it was missing its heart. I'm going to watch the next episodes, but if it keeps being like this I'll just drop it and consider Community a three-season-long show.

And now, a meme!

day one • a song
day two • a picture
day three • a book/ebook/fanfic
day four • a website
day five • a youtube clip

My most recent love, it's April Smith and the Great Picture Show. The whole Songs for a Sinking Ship album is amazing, here's one of my favourites:



Speaking about Ni No Kuni, I just finished Hamelin, and it's SO GOOD. I literally have to pause it from time to time to squee out loud. It is just like I dreamed, like walking through a Ghibli movie. There was even a monster who was called Porco Grosso (squeeeee), and Marcassin looks just like a teenage Howl, lsdflsdgflkjfhgfhdg!!! ♥
nausicaa83: (<despicable me> fangirling)
GUYS, LOOK WHAT JUST ARRIVED!!!!


It's Ni No Kuni, the first Studio Ghibli game!!! I pre-ordered it back in September, and it's finally here! I'm so happy I could burst! *_____*


I got the Wizard Edition (and it looks like it's already sold out, so glad I pre-ordered it with months in advance), with the adorable plushie and the spellbooks. Donald Duck is there because every picture should have a Donald Duck in it. ^^


I'll just apologize in advance, you won't be seeing much of me in the near future. ;)
nausicaa83: (<avengers> she's like fire and ice)
Sorry for disappearing on you! It's been a tiring week, mostly because of the african weather. It's the worst we've had in 200 years, and for once I'm glad my aunt isn't here because she could never stand it. Walking down the street it feels like someone's holding a damp cloth over one's mouth and nose. My fridge is full of fruit and various kinds of juice, and almond milk, which is a very sicilian thing, and I love it. So sweet and refreshing. And I haven't actually cooked anything since monday, I've only been eating raw meat, salads, fruit salads, sandwiches, and the like. I get a vampire-in-a-sunlight-beam reaction as soon as I get close to the kitchen stove, hissing and wailing of the arms included. With my low blood pressure "ditzy" is what I am every hour of the day.

Sakura is suffering the heat even more than me. She spends the day curled on the marble floor under the air conditioning unit, and I have to physycally remove her and put her on the couch when I think she's had enough. And she sleeps even more than usual, which means she's awake only for two hours everyday.

Let's try and update this journal even during the heat: it's time for my usual meme.

day one • a song
day two • a picture
day three • a book/ebook/fanfic
day four • a website
day five • a youtube clip

Let's go with Give A Little Bit by Supertramp, as featured in this beautiful CocaCola commercial:



And I'm hitting PMS pretty hard, because this thing made me actually tear up. That and the latest Naruto chapter too. And every other fanfic I've been reading recently. I feel fine, happy even, and yet as soon as I read/watch something even remotely moving, here comes the sobbing. What the hell.

Amazing news on the gaming front, Capcom is releasing Okami in HD this fall. Okami is one of the most beautiful videogames ever made, and one of my personal favourites, and I just bought the artbook. This is the best news ever! ♥

EDIT And I just got some wonderful news, Frankestein is coming to theaters in Italy on September! I still don't know which towns, but I'm most certainly going to see at least one version. Never in a million years I would have thought they would release it here, and I've never been happier to be proven wrong. \o/
nausicaa83: (<avengers> she's like fire and ice)
Sorry for disappearing on you! It's been a tiring week, mostly because of the african weather. It's the worst we've had in 200 years, and for once I'm glad my aunt isn't here because she could never stand it. Walking down the street it feels like someone's holding a damp cloth over one's mouth and nose. My fridge is full of fruit and various kinds of juice, and almond milk, which is a very sicilian thing, and I love it. So sweet and refreshing. And I haven't actually cooked anything since monday, I've only been eating raw meat, salads, fruit salads, sandwiches, and the like. I get a vampire-in-a-sunlight-beam reaction as soon as I get close to the kitchen stove, hissing and wailing of the arms included. With my low blood pressure "ditzy" is what I am every hour of the day.

Sakura is suffering the heat even more than me. She spends the day curled on the marble floor under the air conditioning unit, and I have to physycally remove her and put her on the couch when I think she's had enough. And she sleeps even more than usual, which means she's awake only for two hours everyday.

Let's try and update this journal even during the heat: it's time for my usual meme.

day one • a song
day two • a picture
day three • a book/ebook/fanfic
day four • a website
day five • a youtube clip

Let's go with Give A Little Bit by Supertramp, as featured in this beautiful CocaCola commercial:



And I'm hitting PMS pretty hard, because this thing made me actually tear up. That and the latest Naruto chapter too. And every other fanfic I've been reading recently. I feel fine, happy even, and yet as soon as I read/watch something even remotely moving, here comes the sobbing. What the hell.

Amazing news on the gaming front, Capcom is releasing Okami in HD this fall. Okami is one of the most beautiful videogames ever made, and one of my personal favourites, and I just bought the artbook. This is the best news ever! ♥

EDIT And I just got some wonderful news, Frankestein is coming to theaters in Italy on September! I still don't know which towns, but I'm most certainly going to see at least one version. Never in a million years I would have thought they would release it here, and I've never been happier to be proven wrong. \o/
nausicaa83: (<star trek> voyages)
Still having a great time with my aunt! Sadly she'll leave tomorrow, but we got to do lots of things together, I'm trying to concentrate on that.

Yesterday we went to the cinema again to see The Descendants. We didn't know much about the story, she saw the poster and she liked it, and I just loved the idea of going to the movies with her twice in a row. We liked it so much. It hit very close to home (a woman has an accident and falls into a coma, that's us), but it was dealt with a lot of respect, and tenderness, and it was never over the top or forcibly pathetic. Obviously now I can't wait to read the book too. ♥

I bought a videogame for my younger cousin, since last week he turned 17. I chose a hunting game, and the game came with a controller in the shape of a rifle, where one should insert all move controllers and shoot at the pretty ducks on tv. I managed to put it all together, choose New Game, and that's as far as I could go. I couldn't bear to shoot any cute duck. Anyway, the game works, it's in my aunt's bag, and my uncle will surely love it too. Mission accomplished. :D

The icing on the cake of the day was when I met a friend of mine who's from Ukraine, and she gave me some sweets that a friend of hers made yesterday. They're a Russian recipe, I gathered, and they're AMAZING. I was torn between telling her she shouldn't have and asking her for more. :D

I also bought the new Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC, the one with Sazh, and it had two new minigames, a cute card game with a magic clock, and, well, poker. I kept shouting at the tv about folding and queens and jacks and royal flush and straight flush and I had to stop when my aunt walked in and looked at me like I was losing my mind. Ehm. It was fun though. :D
nausicaa83: (<star trek> voyages)
Still having a great time with my aunt! Sadly she'll leave tomorrow, but we got to do lots of things together, I'm trying to concentrate on that.

Yesterday we went to the cinema again to see The Descendants. We didn't know much about the story, she saw the poster and she liked it, and I just loved the idea of going to the movies with her twice in a row. We liked it so much. It hit very close to home (a woman has an accident and falls into a coma, that's us), but it was dealt with a lot of respect, and tenderness, and it was never over the top or forcibly pathetic. Obviously now I can't wait to read the book too. ♥

I bought a videogame for my younger cousin, since last week he turned 17. I chose a hunting game, and the game came with a controller in the shape of a rifle, where one should insert all move controllers and shoot at the pretty ducks on tv. I managed to put it all together, choose New Game, and that's as far as I could go. I couldn't bear to shoot any cute duck. Anyway, the game works, it's in my aunt's bag, and my uncle will surely love it too. Mission accomplished. :D

The icing on the cake of the day was when I met a friend of mine who's from Ukraine, and she gave me some sweets that a friend of hers made yesterday. They're a Russian recipe, I gathered, and they're AMAZING. I was torn between telling her she shouldn't have and asking her for more. :D

I also bought the new Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC, the one with Sazh, and it had two new minigames, a cute card game with a magic clock, and, well, poker. I kept shouting at the tv about folding and queens and jacks and royal flush and straight flush and I had to stop when my aunt walked in and looked at me like I was losing my mind. Ehm. It was fun though. :D
nausicaa83: (<star trek> voyages)
Still having a great time with my aunt! Sadly she'll leave tomorrow, but we got to do lots of things together, I'm trying to concentrate on that.

Yesterday we went to the cinema again to see The Descendants. We didn't know much about the story, she saw the poster and she liked it, and I just loved the idea of going to the movies with her twice in a row. We liked it so much. It hit very close to home (a woman has an accident and falls into a coma, that's us), but it was dealt with a lot of respect, and tenderness, and it was never over the top or forcibly pathetic. Obviously now I can't wait to read the book too. ♥

I bought a videogame for my younger cousin, since last week he turned 17. I chose a hunting game, and the game came with a controller in the shape of a rifle, where one should insert all move controllers and shoot at the pretty ducks on tv. I managed to put it all together, choose New Game, and that's as far as I could go. I couldn't bear to shoot any cute duck. Anyway, the game works, it's in my aunt's bag, and my uncle will surely love it too. Mission accomplished. :D

The icing on the cake of the day was when I met a friend of mine who's from Ukraine, and she gave me some sweets that a friend of hers made yesterday. They're a Russian recipe, I gathered, and they're AMAZING. I was torn between telling her she shouldn't have and asking her for more. :D

I also bought the new Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC, the one with Sazh, and it had two new minigames, a cute card game with a magic clock, and, well, poker. I kept shouting at the tv about folding and queens and jacks and royal flush and straight flush and I had to stop when my aunt walked in and looked at me like I was losing my mind. Ehm. It was fun though. :D
nausicaa83: (<x-men> raven and charles)
My aunt is here! The sun is up, the sky is blue, and my Skyrim copy just arrived. *deeeaaarr prudence*



When I told a friend of mine that I had ordered Skyrim, she replied "it was nice knowing you". I know it's meant to be a very addictive game, but I couldn't resist. :D

I bought The Descendants because [livejournal.com profile] serepink recommended it, and I bought Mystery Man because Benedict Cumberbatch recommended it. :D

Speaking of which, we're seeing War Horse in a couple of hours! \o/

This random entry has been brought to you by a very giddy Nausicaa because this morning over tea her aunt referred to her as her "daughter". *______*
nausicaa83: (<x-men> raven and charles)
My aunt is here! The sun is up, the sky is blue, and my Skyrim copy just arrived. *deeeaaarr prudence*



When I told a friend of mine that I had ordered Skyrim, she replied "it was nice knowing you". I know it's meant to be a very addictive game, but I couldn't resist. :D

I bought The Descendants because [livejournal.com profile] serepink recommended it, and I bought Mystery Man because Benedict Cumberbatch recommended it. :D

Speaking of which, we're seeing War Horse in a couple of hours! \o/

This random entry has been brought to you by a very giddy Nausicaa because this morning over tea her aunt referred to her as her "daughter". *______*
nausicaa83: (<x-men> raven and charles)
My aunt is here! The sun is up, the sky is blue, and my Skyrim copy just arrived. *deeeaaarr prudence*



When I told a friend of mine that I had ordered Skyrim, she replied "it was nice knowing you". I know it's meant to be a very addictive game, but I couldn't resist. :D

I bought The Descendants because [livejournal.com profile] serepink recommended it, and I bought Mystery Man because Benedict Cumberbatch recommended it. :D

Speaking of which, we're seeing War Horse in a couple of hours! \o/

This random entry has been brought to you by a very giddy Nausicaa because this morning over tea her aunt referred to her as her "daughter". *______*
nausicaa83: (<x-men> erik and the kids)
I leave my house for no more than 24 hours, and when I come back it takes me three hours to go through my Tumblr dashboard. Three hours as in 180 minutes. This is crazy. I'm also very aware that Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch are currently in Venice, and I hate crowds so I'm not going to stalk them at the Mostra del Cinema but guys. I'm breathing the same air. Go me.

Also, thanks Mark Gatiss for the nightmares. The latest Doctor Who episode might as well have been called "everything Nausicaa feared as a child, and she thought she had forgotten, but now it's back from the depths of her subconscious to haunt her forever. Also Jimmy Jim Jim from Ashes to Ashes". The next episode sounds awesome though.

Obligatory X-Men First Class fact of the day, two days ago I bought Marvel VS Capcom 3, and spent a good hour beating the shit out of Magneto shouting "This is for Cuba, you asshole!". What was my life like before I bought a PS3, I can't remember. Boring as hell, I suppose.

Yesterday shall also be remembered as the day I took a bus ride with a giant penis.

*waits a few minutes to let those words sink in*

So I was on the bus on my way to Tati's place listening to angsty XMFC fanmixes in my iPod, when a group of kids get on the bus, and one of the girls is carrying a giant, inflatable, pink penis that was at least six feet high. And she got stuck in the door. And the driver was all "Can you get a move on with your thing?", while I'm sitting right there trying my best to look all cool and pensive and stuff.

Maybe the universe is trying to tell me something?
nausicaa83: (<x-men> erik and the kids)
I leave my house for no more than 24 hours, and when I come back it takes me three hours to go through my Tumblr dashboard. Three hours as in 180 minutes. This is crazy. I'm also very aware that Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch are currently in Venice, and I hate crowds so I'm not going to stalk them at the Mostra del Cinema but guys. I'm breathing the same air. Go me.

Also, thanks Mark Gatiss for the nightmares. The latest Doctor Who episode might as well have been called "everything Nausicaa feared as a child, and she thought she had forgotten, but now it's back from the depths of her subconscious to haunt her forever. Also Jimmy Jim Jim from Ashes to Ashes". The next episode sounds awesome though.

Obligatory X-Men First Class fact of the day, two days ago I bought Marvel VS Capcom 3, and spent a good hour beating the shit out of Magneto shouting "This is for Cuba, you asshole!". What was my life like before I bought a PS3, I can't remember. Boring as hell, I suppose.

Yesterday shall also be remembered as the day I took a bus ride with a giant penis.

*waits a few minutes to let those words sink in*

So I was on the bus on my way to Tati's place listening to angsty XMFC fanmixes in my iPod, when a group of kids get on the bus, and one of the girls is carrying a giant, inflatable, pink penis that was at least six feet high. And she got stuck in the door. And the driver was all "Can you get a move on with your thing?", while I'm sitting right there trying my best to look all cool and pensive and stuff.

Maybe the universe is trying to tell me something?
nausicaa83: (<x-men> erik and the kids)
I leave my house for no more than 24 hours, and when I come back it takes me three hours to go through my Tumblr dashboard. Three hours as in 180 minutes. This is crazy. I'm also very aware that Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch are currently in Venice, and I hate crowds so I'm not going to stalk them at the Mostra del Cinema but guys. I'm breathing the same air. Go me.

Also, thanks Mark Gatiss for the nightmares. The latest Doctor Who episode might as well have been called "everything Nausicaa feared as a child, and she thought she had forgotten, but now it's back from the depths of her subconscious to haunt her forever. Also Jimmy Jim Jim from Ashes to Ashes". The next episode sounds awesome though.

Obligatory X-Men First Class fact of the day, two days ago I bought Marvel VS Capcom 3, and spent a good hour beating the shit out of Magneto shouting "This is for Cuba, you asshole!". What was my life like before I bought a PS3, I can't remember. Boring as hell, I suppose.

Yesterday shall also be remembered as the day I took a bus ride with a giant penis.

*waits a few minutes to let those words sink in*

So I was on the bus on my way to Tati's place listening to angsty XMFC fanmixes in my iPod, when a group of kids get on the bus, and one of the girls is carrying a giant, inflatable, pink penis that was at least six feet high. And she got stuck in the door. And the driver was all "Can you get a move on with your thing?", while I'm sitting right there trying my best to look all cool and pensive and stuff.

Maybe the universe is trying to tell me something?

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