Thursday, September 29, 2016

Final Fantasy XVI

I think Final Fantasy XVI, successor to the soon-to-be-released Final Fantasy XV would be directed by Hiroyuki Itou, the director of Final Fantasy XII. It would have a rather futuristic setting, and a cast of seven characters (four male, three female). Like Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithless, all seven characters would participate in battle at once. The License Board from Final Fantasy XII would return, and all-playable characters would be freelancers; therefore, no class restrictions. The battle system would be same as in Final Fantasy XV. 

The composers for Final Fantasy XVI would be Hitoshi Sakimoto, Nobuo Uematsu, Yasunori Mitsuda, and Kumi Tanioka. The soundtrack would be scored with a symphony orchestra and Uematsu's rock band The Earthbound Papas. The playable characters physical appearances would be designed by Tetsuya Nomura. The outfits would be designed by various designers. Final Fantasy XVI would be presented in 7.1 channel. The OST would be available for download worldwide in every digital outlet.

Final Fantasy XVI would be developed for PlayStation 5 and PC, presented in 4K resolution and 30 frames per second. The graphics engine would be a brand new one, referred to as the Zeromus Engine, which would feature Kingsglaive quality graphics.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Ayra's moveset in Super Smash Bros. (as a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Fire Emblem 4)

20 years ago, on May 14, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War was first released in Japan for the Super Famicom. I find that Ayra would make the best representative for the game in Super Smash Bros. Sigurd and Seliph are too similar to Marth, and have a holy weapon that resembles Marth's Falchion, so they could appear as alternate skins of Marth (as Sigurd was in Project M), while Leaf would be an alternate of Roy. Inspiration from Lyndis' Project M moveset could be used. Like Marth, Roy, and Cloud, Ayra would speak Japanese, and would be voiced by Seiko Yoshida. Her sword would be a bit longer than Marth's sword, probably as long as Ghirahim's blade or Saki Amamiya's laser blade. The sweetspots of her sword are both the hilt and the tip. The sourspot is the middle of the sword. The hilt would stun the opponent and allow for combos, but the tilt would not.

Ayra is a combo-based swordfighter. Her jab, tilt, and smash attacks are combos.

Marth and Lucina's swords would be lengthened to reduce Ayra's advantage over them, and they would get a speed buff (especially for Lucina). Link's sword would be at the length as it was portrayed in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Ayra's Up Tilt and Up Smash would be overridden by Meteor Smashes. Ayra's range will be part of her hurtbox, so that those with less range would counter or punish her attacks. For example, Jigglypuff would use Rest to counter Ayra's Side Tilt or Side Smash attacks.

Ayra's Moveset

Jab attack: Ayra has a long jab string consisting of a slap (stronger than Peach's jab, done in an arc), punch, kick, two horizontal sword swings, a downward arc sword swing, an upward arc sword swing, a series of five swift sword swings (similar to Samurai Goroh would do as an Assist Trophy), and then a run-through (dashing stab). It does a total of 50% damage if all attacks land. However, the higher the damage the opponent already has before the combo, the harder it is to land the full jab string.

Side Tilt: Ayra's Side Tilt is about as strong as most other characters' Smash attacks. It's similar a critical attack done using the Practice Katana in Fire Emblem Fates. It involves a far-reaching kick, followed by a downward arc and upward arc, and horizontal slash similar to Ike's Side Tilt.

Up Tilt: Ayra's Up Tilt is a combination of Shulk's Up Tilt and Marth's Up Tilt, and if it connects, it's followed by jump slash and a slamming slash.

Side Smash: Ayra's strongest smash attack. It hits twice, in a way similar to the normal attack animation of Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, and the first hit buries the opponent.

  • Brass Katana: 7% damage each hit. KOs at 100%.
  • Iron Katana: 8% damage each hit. KOs at 90%.
  • Steel Katana: 9% damage each hit. KOs at 80%.
  • Silver Katana: 10% damage each hit. KOs at 70%.
  • Ayra's Katana: 12% damage each hit mid-blade, 14% at the tip, 16% at the hilt. KOs at 60% damage mid-blade, 40% at the tip, 20% at the hilt.

Up Smash: Ayra's second strongest smash attack. It hits twice, similar to the upward critical attack animation in the Tellius games.

  • Brass Katana: 5% damage each hit. KOs at 150%.
  • Iron Katana: 6% damage each hit. KOs at 130%.
  • Steel Katana: 7% damage each hit. KOs at 120%.
  • Silver Katana: 8% damage each hit. KOs at 100%.
  • Ayra's Katana: 10% damage each hit. KOs at 75%.

Neutral Air: Ayra's neutral-aerial would be a circular slash, like Samus's Up Special.

Up Air: Ayra's up-aerial would be a two-hit move, first attack similar to Ike and second attack similar to Link.

Down Air: Ayra's down-aerial would be similar to Ike's, but stall and fall like Toon Link's

Neutral Special: Magic Sword / Kodachi: When using Ayra's Katana, Ayra charges this powerful move up to as long as Cloud's Down Special move. If Ayra's Katana is used, it results in a magic sword projectile, like Flame Edge, Thunder Edge, Wind Edge, and Blizzard Edge. If using Brass Katana, Iron Katana, Steel Katana, or Silver Katana, she charges this move as long as Marth's Shield Breaker, and it results in a Kodachi, that is, the katana being thrown like a boomerang.

Side Special: Draw Thrust: This is similar to a critical attack animation in Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, as well as a dashing attack animation of the Myrmidon/Samurai and Swordmaster classes in the 3DS Fire Emblem games. Like Ike's Side Special, it's also chargeable, but longer than that. Excellent for horizontal recovery.

Down B: Ninja Counter: Ayra's counter move hits five times, and the damage varies, but deals half the damage of the original attack, or full if she has at least 100% damage. It is similar to a critical attack animation in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, where a Myrmidon or Swordmaster would warp horizontally around the enemy before dealing the critical hit, and has great knockback.

Up B: Angular Draw: This is similar to a critical Swordmaster attack animation in Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, where a Swordmaster would fly straight across and when contacting the enemy, fly straight up in a flash and then fall back down. This is true when the move is executed on the ground, but in the air, Ayra flies straight up then across.

Final Smash: Astra: In Genealogy of the Holy War, the maximum number of hits a Swordmaster can deal is 40, if the Brave Sword is equipped. This Final Smash is invariably lethal, and would be similar to Bayonetta's Witch Time. With this Final Smash, Ayra puts the victim in Witch Time until she deals 40 hits. The moves used may vary and the amount of damage varies.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Core Media Group files for bankruptcy

The company Core Media Group, the parent of American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection. I think what led to that is what happened four years ago, when Phillip Phillips robbed Jessica Sanchez of the title American Idol.  Core Media Group was part of a joint venture that also combined Endemol and Shine to create Endemol Shine Group. However, Core Media Group continued to operate as an independent group and never integrated. It is also the parent company of 19 Entertainment and Sharp Entertainment. The bankruptcy petition is said to indicate a total ranging from $100 million to $500 million.

American Idol has come to an end

American Idol, the singing competition show that brought us Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Katharine McPhee, Chris Daughtry, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Adam Lambert, Casey James, Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips, and Jessica Sanchez, has come to an end with a spectacular all-star finale on April 7, 2016.

Here is how it came down:

10th Place: Gianna Isabella
9th Place: Olivia Rox
8th Place: Lee Jean
7th Place: Avalon Young
6th Place: Tristan McIntosh
5th Place: Sonika Vaid
4th Place: MacKenzie Bourg
3rd Place: Dalton Rapattoni
Runner-up: La'Porsha Renae
Winner: Trent Harmon

Trent Harmon has been signed to Big Machine Records, while La'Porsha Renae has been signed to Motown Records.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

American Idol coming to an end next week; my top 4 prediction

American Idol is coming to an end next week. Nigel Lythgoe says that the finale is going to be "spectacular." Last week, Sonika Vaid got eliminated.

The outcome so far is:

Fifth Place: Sonika Vaid
Sixth Place: Tristan McIntosh
Seventh Place: Avalon Young
Eighth Place: Lee Jean
Ninth Place: Olivia Rox
Tenth Place: Gianna Isabella

My prediction is:

Winner: La'Porsha Renae
Runner-up: Trent Harmon
Third Place: Dalton Rapattoni
Fourth Place: Mackenzie Bourg

Sunday, February 28, 2016

American Idol XV Top 10 Revealed

Last week, the top 10 of American Idol: The Farewell Season has been revealed. Four of them were chosen by the judges. Six of them were chosen by the American public.

The four who were chosen by the judges are:

Trent Harmon
Dalton Rapattoni
La'Porsha Renae
Olivia Rox

The six who were chosen by the public are:

MacKenzie Bourg
Gianna Isabella
Lee Jean
Tristan McIntosh
Sonika Vaid
Avalon Young

Kelly Clarkson served as a special guest judge then performed near the end of the show. The performance order on the night of February 25, 2016 is:

1. Olivia Rox
2. Gianna Isabella
3. Lee Jean
4. Avalon Young
5. Dalton Rapattoni
6. Tristan McIntosh
7. MacKenzie Bourg
8. La'Porsha Renae
9. Sonika Vaid
10. Trent Harmon

Saturday, January 30, 2016

American Idol XV Schedule

The American Idol: Farewell Season schedule, as of January 30, 2016, is as follows:

1/6 Auditions #1 - Atlanta, Denver, & San Francisco
1/7 Auditions #2 - San Francisco & Little Rock

1/13 Auditions #3 - Philadelphia
1/14 Auditions #4 - Denver & Little Rock

1/20 Auditions #5 - Philadelphia & San Francisco
1/21 Auditions #6 - Atlanta, Philadelphia, & San Francisco

1/27 Hollywood Week #1
1/28 Hollywood Week #2

2/3 Hollywood Week #3
2/4 The Showcase / The Green Mile

2/10 Top 24 Group 1 Solo Performances
2/11 Top 24 Group 1 Alum Duets & Eliminations

2/17 Top 24 Group 2 Solo Performances
2/18 Top 24 Group 2 Alum Duets & Eliminations

2/24 Top 14 Eliminations & Wild Card Performances
2/25 Wild Card Results & Top 10 Performances

3/3 Finals (Live)

3/10 Finals (Live)

3/17 Finals (Live)

3/24 Finals (Live)

3/31 Finals (Live)

4/5 Retrospective Special
4/6 Finale #1 - Performances (Live)
4/7 Finale #2 - Results (Live)