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Music / Re: What are you listening to
« on: Today at 11:41:39 AM »
Making two BAND-MAID tapes, one for the 3 mini albums and another for the other stuff. This is maybe the definitive mix for myself, I've made 2-3 other mixes.

Tape 1 "The Non Fiction Days" on a 60 Minute
Spoiler
Be OK
Evergreen
Thrill
Love, Passion, Matador
Key
Look At Me
Price Of Pride
Knockin' On Your Heart 

Real Existence
Don't Let Me Down
Beauty And The Beast
Don't Apply The Brake
Big Dad
Order
Alone
Shake That     
                             
Tape 2 "glory" on a 90 minute
Spoiler
DICE
One And Only
Domination
So, What?
CROSS
Spirit!!
CLANG
Moratorium
glory
Rock In Me
Choose Me
Turn Me On

Don't You Tell Me
Take Me Higher!!
Carry On Living
Daydreaming
anemone
Start Over
Decided By Myself
YOLO
Awkward
I Can't Live Without You
Secret My Lips
OOPARTS

You guys may well never hear the end of me and BAND-MAID. This is the greatest band in the world of this decade. NO QUESTION. This is the best Rock music the world has blessed on us since forever. These girls are the only hope for Hard Rock and Heavy Melodic music left. God knows a Western band would never have the balls to make music like this anymore. I know it's not all degenerate trashbags with no will or care to see tomorrow or strive for a better life mumbling and glorifying horrific lifestyles and silly Indie bands who try to make "art" instead of good tunes, but certainly it feels like J-Music is my only hope for every kind of music I like besides what Carly Rae and Lorde do.

BAND-MAID is the sound of fighting spirit and improvement. It's the sound of five women working hard to be great at their instruments and develop as songwriters/performers. It's burning and urgent music that gets right to the soul. Fast paced, slamming, ITS EVERYTHING I want Rock music to be! Not to mention the perfect production, FOR REAL World Domination is the best sounding Rock album I have ever heard. It's mixed to perfection and really rips out the speakers, everyone pops out on the album and Akane's powerful drums provide this intense smashing to go over it all.

I have heard plenty bands like this in J-Rock. But only BAND-MAID have reached this high status of all time greats because they just pack such a punch. It makes me want to be in the fricking band. I'm so passionate about how much I love this band that everyone around me knows, lol. Every element of the music clicks there is nothing off at all in BAND-MAID's sound. Song after song of just amazing Rock. This is the music I could only dream of. It's melodic and heavy. There is no BS there is no stupid stuff. There is nothing at all that feels wrong or annoying about the music. Not to mention their awesome visuals which help. Western bands today seem to forget how important visuals are in making a connection.                 

I can just keep listening over and over and it's so powerful it makes my blood boil. It makes me feel like man I have to do this. I need to form a band and not just be in my basement! It's like man I wish I had a way out of this One Man Band garbage, but I don't because I'll never find the people I need to form the band I want. BAND-MAID make the most motivating music. I fricking love this music so much it's driving me insane. They are better than anything else I've gotten into this year, even the Smiths. It's music that is like, HOW! HOW IS THIS REAL? Is BAND-MAID even real? How can they be this awesome? They are way more than just another J-Rock band, this is important music to me. I need music that makes me feel powerful and makes me want to strive for a better life. This is that kind of music, the sound that makes me want to be better in every aspect. The sound of improvement and self betterment. That is BAND-MAID.


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Music / Re: What are you listening to
« on: November 16, 2018, 07:47:29 AM »
Finally listened to BAND-MAID's first three mini albums.

Maid In Japan. I downloaded this one in 2015 but never really listened to it outside a song or two. This is a reeeally great set! 8 fantastic Pop Hard Rock tunes. It's a lot softer edged than later releases and has the group's sweetest melodies and vocals. I love these songs, they are catchy, they rock and have a Late 2000's American Rock feel with Give 'Em Enough Rope musical hardness but with superior J-Melodies. "Be OK", "Evergreen", "Key", "Knockin' On Your Heart" the good songs don't stop. Saiki's voice is so underdeveloped you sometimes don't know if it's her or Miku singing. On the reissue "Love, Passion, Matador" is the best song, with the only chorus you could ever call cute in BAND-MAID's discography. I like this one a lot the Pop Punk BAND-MAID. The visuals for the era are weird, Saiki doesn't look like herself and Misa is way too badass to wear that little hat.   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Z9bL5jO_tE

New Beginning. This is where the band becomes more Metal. From the first song "Thrill", the track that was the introduction to BAND-MAID for many including me, it rocks a lot harder than Maid In Japan with harder riffs and smashing feel. You have all the band's early classics, "Real Existence" is one of their definitive tracks and "Don't Let Me Down" is great as well with all English lyrics that...I don't know if Saiki and Miku really knew what they where singing. Their is a lot of back and forth between the two on the early albums, unlike later releases. Miku is best used as a secret weapon of sorts, but the two vocalist feel gives the earlier music a lot of character. Her song "Beauty And The Beast" is awesome. I like this one a lot, it has so many awesome songs and a great feeling. "Price Of Price" has the greatest riff in the band's catalog yet. and man, this mini album just plain rocks. I'VE GOT TO BE ON MY WAY! Fricking I love this group so much like it's insane. They just do everything I want in music. Like frick.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TkHpvaO09c&t=0s

Brand New Maid. Easily my least favorite of the bunch. The group makes little steps towards the MAJOR improvement on Just Bring It, but at this point it's clear the band really needed to start writing their own songs, something that made their music SO MUCH better. This is kind of standard J-Heavy Rock, it sounds like it's written by people who have written 1000's of songs. It lacks impact for me and so many of the songs pass me by. Unlike the previous two, this one had much fewer highlights. It's what makes the groups breakthrough with the next two albums all the better. You can hear the band improve throughout these three mini albums, but once they took control on the next album and started to write the songs, that's when they became one of the greats.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axF56i4spio&t=0s&index=4

 

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Music / Re: 2018 In Music
« on: November 14, 2018, 07:32:44 PM »
True enough, but to me it's like there is that kind of spirit in Indie Rock that I just don't like at all. It's hard to define because it's not the noisy guitars or anything, it's more the singing, lyrics and delivery of it all that make me go "no". Which is why I've turned away almost completely from "English World" Indie music.

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Music / Re: 2018 In Music
« on: November 14, 2018, 09:04:05 AM »
Litku Klemetti, Taika Tapahtuu   

Suomi...um, Prog Pop? Early style Post Punk? Let's just call it Indie but actual good Indie. This is a catchy and fun set of melodic tunes with a classic Halloween store keyboard, nice clean guitar, energetic drums and a quirky singer. It's really pretty good, a lot of charm. Litku is a great vocalist and the music is excellent, there are so many plain fun songs. The organ and guitar are a great combo and the drums really keep things up. This is the kind of Indie I like and this is the kind of Finnish music I've been looking for. Very fun album and another one to add to my favorites of the year.

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ca0Yj6mNr7Q     

Judas Priest, Firepower     

Old guys try to recapture their past glory and it's...not bad. Rob Halford is in great form and sounds like he hasn't aged much since the 80's, but the songs are of so-so quality. "No Surrender" is an awesome classic Priest song, but otherwise the riffs are kind of dull. Without K. K. Downing Priest is running at 75% power and Scott Travis has never been a favorite drummer of mine. He is good but kind of dull, to be honest Priest has always been this way but the drums used to be simple and keep groove. Firepower is an album to please older fans, for me in a world where we have BAND-MAID this album is certainly not so exciting. But it wasn't a bad listen. I liked the Remembrance Day song "Sea Of Red".

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMU804-bjQA

I tried to listen to Tropical F**k Storm's album but I didn't like it at all. Honestly it's kind of everything I dislike about Indie music. Politics, and the tones where waaaay off for myself. Now that I've listened to Haru To Shura 3 times I can say this album needed like...another song or two. Cut out the remixes and beef it up a little bit.

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MR Pub / Re: Chit Chat 2018
« on: November 13, 2018, 08:45:29 PM »
CDJapan is the best, I regret buying BAND-MAID's albums on Amazon. It was the easy way yet the terrible way. Instead of the original creatively packaged World Domination I got the subpar JPU Records one with the cheapest possible case (even with the black thing on the side not even clear) and BLACK FONT ON BLACK BACKGROUND! So I put it on the CD holder and it's just a black label unless you put it up too light. JPU puts in the effort to translate the lyrics for the booklet however which is awesome. I got Scandal's Hello World and Yellow from them which where much better put together releases. They did BAND-MAID sloppy. BUT, it was way cheaper so I can't complain.

I do respect what JPU records does though, making it easier to get this amazing music to the wider world. and they press a lot of great artists. They even do Passcode.

The best packaged CD I got was The Idol Formerly Known As Ladybaby's "memorial" album Beside U which came in a DVD slipcase with a really great little book and sticker sheet. I love all these bonuses it's like how the old KISS albums came with little things, an art lost over time until now. Seiko's kitixxxgaia had amazing packaging with little record sleeves for the disc. Utada's albums have the best quality booklets of all time also, super glossy photo paper like.

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MR Pub / Re: Chit Chat 2018
« on: November 13, 2018, 07:44:16 PM »
So it seems. Discogs is scary though I almost bought the Yugoslav pressing of Please Please Me for $20 shipped just because. I was like...nah. Might have to look into buying Yugo Turbo Folk if it's cheap though. 

CDJapan is also amazing to. They package things with so much care and I've yet to have a bad order with them, and I've made my fair share over the last few years. They make super sure it's packaged well, I've yet to get even a crack on the case of any CD I've ordered from there. Plus the site is made for Westerners to easily navigate and order the most up to date stuff with a fantastic selection of almost all new releases. But Amazon, it has much to offer in how easy it is, but when you send me a brand new CD in a simple ol' bubbled wrapped envelop that's soaked in sticky stuff I have to wonder. It was soaked INSIDE THE CASE not the wrapping, but the booklet itself. Not to mention the record boxes that are...hit or miss to say the least.   

Sennou is her most consistent album. Tokyo Black Hole has her best songs I think, but it's not all winners where Sennou is all quality and Imitation Girl is quality+1. Tonally I prefer the feeling of Tokyo Black Hole but it's 1 track too long. Sennou was the only one to get on record aside from Muteki which is...not necessary...it's good I got that since I don't have the CD. Later I might get Kusokawa Party on record if it pops up for the same price but I'd kind of rather buy an album I don't have on CD. If only Shoso Strip would get a reissue instead of the fricking $400+ pressings.

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MR Pub / Re: Chit Chat 2018
« on: November 13, 2018, 07:18:25 PM »
I need to make a post about this.

I ordered Seiko Oomori's Sennou on LP from HMVRecordShopJP from Discogs and it's unbelievable. It came in only 6 days and for $60 CAD shipped I got an amazing new copy of one of my top 10 artist's records that I will NEVER find in shops here, something I'd pay even more to get, and I'VE NEVER seen an album packaged this well. Not only was it shipped perfectly, it came in two sleeves and the record was taken out of the cover to make sure there where no creases or anything. I've never bought an album new that had so much effort put in to make sure the cover remained perfect. I've never seen an album in such perfect shape, even brand new albums. The album sounds perfect also and I mean it's Seiko. Finally I can add a J-Pop artist to my record collection to sit among all the best.     



Japan music product is always top notch, everything is perfect. ON THE FLIPSIDE. I ordered Band-Maid's Just Bring It on CD from Amazon (PRIME!), pressed by UK I think based label JPN Records (who are good at releasing J-Rock for the Western market but meh at packaging it) and this brand new wrapped CD IS COVERED IN PERFUME. Or soap. The booklet is stuck together and it stuck to the CD also. It was factory sealed yet covered in some kind of soapy smelling sticky substance. Disgusting and the worst order I've yet to receive online. So today I got both the best and worst of online shopping...


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Anime Talk / Re: What is your all-time top 10 animes?
« on: November 13, 2018, 04:58:55 PM »
Very very slight update on my list.

1. Gurren Lagann
2. Full Metal Panic!
3. Clannad After Story
4. White Album 2
5. K-ON!
6. Shakugan no Shana
7. A Place Further Than The Universe
8. Neon Genesis Evangelion
9. Dragon Ball Z
10 .Hajime no Ippo   

A Place Further Than The Universe made it top 10 right away this year. A very important show for me and great I watched it when I did. I thought I'd seen all the really hard hitting anime but that show proved me otherwise. 

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MR Pub / Re: The Manimal's Unbelievable Gameplay Commentary
« on: November 13, 2018, 08:42:31 AM »
Here's my complete Sonic Mania Let's Play playlist. I'll say things got rough by the end and I was getting mad at the game for taking too long in context to the Let's Play so don't watch the last part. I turned my mic off and just beat the game bitterly so I could finish the Let's Play and just get it done. But besides that it's you know...just a Let's Play but me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uclgg9tLX2c&list=PLJpjlnMP4obi_pypcHngKzaOu-5aOI7Rh&index=2&t=0s

I want to do more Sonic Let's Play like 2, 3, CD and Heroes but I don't have a way to do those yet, plus given how this turned out by the end I don't know how well those would go. If I die in Sonic 2 I get so angry I almost stop playing, because c'mon.

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Manga Art Gallery / Re: Suuper's manga (+digital and 3D)
« on: November 13, 2018, 08:34:08 AM »
Suuper sketches, all the forms look really great. I would suggest spending some time on facial proportions as well. Not to diss what you do, I know you like this style and you make it works well man but on the realistic body forms I feel a more...um, realistic-ish face would work. The Megumins just made me think that.

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Manga Art Gallery / Re: Gabryel's Gallery
« on: November 13, 2018, 08:30:06 AM »
Holy, pretty cool stuff. That second one is really good, super colouring and lighting, it's really quite a great piece.

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Music / The Manimal's Music (16th ALBUM COMPLETE)
« on: November 11, 2018, 11:15:42 AM »
Kanttila : My Nonsense


1. The Crow's Feather
2. Gabriel's Dropout
3. Backyard
4. Lailaps Infinite
5. Matador!
6. B-Squad
7. Zero Singing Doves
8. Stride
9. Calamity Me   
10. Jingo Girl 

All songs written & performed by the Manimal

https://kanttila.bandcamp.com/album/my-nonsense
           

So today on Remembrance Day, 100 years after the end of World War I we have a new album from Kanttila. The time had come to make my full on Rock album, but my music has always been full on Rock. However this time it is...two times the Rock? It's another set of My Nonsense.

After the failure to find direction with The Natural Order, an album that had 3-4 false starts as a Jangle set, Acoustic set or Goof Rock set, I found I needed to make a consistent album and really just Rock. I was burning to make a much better album and had my angsty BAND-MAID soundtracked drive that led me to writing the first 6 songs on this album in one go, along with some others I didn't use. The idea was simple, bring back my SG, the guitar I put so much in, and just make a SG on left, Tele on right, double tracked on both, Rock album. I always make Rock music but this time I wanted it to be more focused.

This is my first album to not have any Sonic noise, aside from a bit of accidental feedback before the solo in "Gabriel's Dropout" this set is void of any screaming feedback, analog delay sweeps and my normal tricks. I use my ebow twice and the tammy is broken out here and there, but aside from the acoustic in the first bit of "Backyard" (which I made off like the right channel me was playing the acoustic than dropped it for the Tele) it's all SG and Tele, Super Ang and the Stellacaster. Since The Natural Order was a jumbled mess of directions, with not terrible songs just terrible flow, I needed to make an album that worked together, even if it kind of fails in it's last act, like Post America also did.

"Zero Singing Doves" is this album's best song and one of my top from the year so far. I'm very proud of it! It came out of nowhere and just turned out perfect on my scale. I am also happy with "The Crow's Feather" and "Matador!". There aren't any terrible songs by my standards on here although "Calamity Me" is very clearly a filler song that's only purpose is to lead to "Jingo Girl", the natural finale song. Actually "Calamity Me" is really no good in terms of the vocals. I have been struggling with the last part of my album's forever. I start very strong but when it comes to the last week I get so rushed to want it done that the songs suffer. Post America had a brutal hit with "Last Chances Heroes", ruining what might of been my best album. The Natural Order had "Harumäki" which was almost good but ruined by my terrible vocals on that song.

I have been getting more tactical with my bass playing, I like to play bass it's fun and since it's my first instrument I'm not too bad at it, although I always played it like guitar. I feel like Andy Rourke really gave me a kick with his amazing basslines in the Smiths songs, that made me feel like...okay bass is vital and it's time to step it up. Before my basslines where often too quite to hear or just kind of there. I'm not coming up with amazing parts or anything, just trying to be a lil' more noticeable on the bass.

Lyrically there is a pretty evident theme, maybe it's evident I don't know. My lyrics are sometimes too rushed to be good, but I feel I have my moments and I've gotten better at making them feel like things only I could've written but not going overboard like I have in the past. When I look at some of my lyrics I wrote before Barry Goldman's World Tour it's truly amazing how terrible I was and how embarrassing I got. Barry Goldman's World Tour was my first album to finally shape my lyrics into something, and though I've had terrible missteps earlier this year on the awful album Ghosts Of Kaministiquia and some strangely horrific phrases on Skywalk, ever since I dropped the Barry Goldman name and went to the much better and way more fitting for myself Kanttila my expression has improved tons.

Post America was the major turning point for my music, and though The Natural Order didn't have album flow these are way better albums than say, Call Of Mugi or Homestyle. Though they might not have songs as good as "Coughing Up The Heel", "Barely Gold, Man" and "Pinstripe Kermit". When I listened to Haru to Shura the other night I was really taken aback how good it was and it made me think, I'm not making music that will ever be...anything more than silly basement Rock that can't connect or really do anything for anyone but myself. Haru's album felt important like it had a big statement and a powerful expression. Granted she has however many people working on that album and I'm just one guy who makes absolutely everything by myself, quick as possible, with no input or help unless it's a collab with Lego, but it makes me think...man I wish I could just do more than this. But this is literally the only thing I am able to do by myself. I just need to get better!     

So this album is me doing what I do best really. This is my "big Rock" album that has no nonsense yet it still does have My Nonsense. Overall it's fine, it falters by the end but the first 7 songs are all strong.

Next up I want to do a Christmas EP, maybe 5-6 songs. Me and Lego have talked about a collab EP also, more laid back and looping like Lego's music is. So I can say, I'm fairy certain this one here is my last album of 2018, but you never know with me eh. If anyone has ever been interested in listening to my music I say this is the album to go to because it's better as a whole than my other albums. So that is all for this set, time for the next!

   

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Music / The Manimal's Music (NEW SONG)
« on: November 09, 2018, 07:40:55 AM »
A bit of a different song here. I don't know if it will work on the album, this is the tough part. I have 7 solid songs and somehow I need to come up with a strong last act. The pace needs to slow a lil' bit so I tried this, a bass heavy song with some little guitars. I um...well maybe I subconsciously borrowed from the intro of "Sunglasses At Night" (maybe lol). I don't know if this is like last album meh stuff or worth putting on this album, I figure I might as well since it breaks down from the louder rock songs a bit. "Zero Singing Doves" is so much better than my normal songs so it's hard to follow up. I recorded another song yesterday I just need vox for. This album is taking a lil' longer than I thought it would but that's not really a bad thing.

Stride
https://soundcloud.com/kanttila/stride   

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Music / Re: 2018 In Music
« on: November 07, 2018, 07:56:45 AM »
Haru Nemuri, Haru To Shura 

So this is one of those shocking eye popping albums after all. Sure enough as listened to this album last night I was left wide eyed and staring at nothing as this album hit me track after track. Haru has the violence of Seiko and Mariko Goto (well no one is as wild as her but you know) with the amazing to listen to flow of early DAOKO, yet the style is so much her own. Her rap singing is passionate, and real. Her delivery is wild on so many songs and it feels so real. The instrumentals can be so alarming at times, the Sonic guitars and wack plot twists. There where so many parts I was left going "no way", because of how fricking perfect it sounded. Haru's vocals are just amazing and it all works together in such a violently expressive sheer rock n' roll spirited album.

Now the remixes at the end felt pointless and skippable, sometimes the drum sound was a lil weak but I have very few complaints. Haru's expression is so visceral and I just loved listening to her yell it out. It really took many things I love and put them together. Now a few more listens will tell me how great it is, but this was really quite a stunning listen. It was already better than everything besides World Domination for me lol. This is the kind of album that makes me question what I'm doing in my music. Gave me a real kick.

   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12zrVL1llh4

Oyasumi Hologram, 4 

Finally I got to this album, Oyasumi Hologram are a great duo that have a lot going for them. They are rooted in that Alt J-Pop scene, kind of like an edger Puffy. The music is great and the album really gets good in it's last half. The two sound great and the songs have solid instrumentals with some really cool bits and guitar tones. Man that guitar sound always drives me mad in J songs, I don't know how they do it. The last song "Angel" is really good! This is a very enjoyable album, the duo have been cranking song after song this year! It's fun Poppy rock.

   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlOF9lKD3xg 

Wytch Hazel, II: Sojourn 

If you played this album to someone they wouldn't be able to guess it was a 2018 record. II: Sojourn is a full blown early 80's NWOBHM album through and through. Like 70's Priest, Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden's first two albums with more laid back vocals. Instead of ripping off older bands, they sort of feel like another group of the era, even down to the production. This is actually a solid album, the guitars are really great with some fantastic melodic dual guitar solos. The singing is decent, it's not too aggressive and in your face. As the album goes on you get the point, it puts the good songs up first. You don't get anything new with Wytch Hazel, but the album was a decent listen.

 
https://wytchhazel.bandcamp.com/track/still-we-fight

BAND-MAID's latest single "glory" is quite good also. Love the chorus beat and, well it's just another awesome high energy and ridiculously well put together BAND-MAID song. I can't say it enough how much I love this band.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAMiLTiXPpU

DAOKO's newest single is pretty awesome as well. If we get an album of songs like this it may well be better than Thank You Blue, at least it should feel more like an album and less like a compilation since it was all done in a shorter period of time.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvwc7KT-I3U

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Video / PC Games / Re: What video games are you playing at the moment?
« on: November 04, 2018, 05:28:25 PM »
So I started playing Tomb Raider Underworld and thought I would be making a great post about the game after presumably beating it today. I figured it was a really great game and though buggy at times it proved to be a great challenge with legitmently great and clever level design and super hard but rewarding to figure out puzzles and platforming. 

Than came the Southern Mexico level. At first it was fine, the rainy mood was great and set a fantastic atmosphere. The bike was tough and the gate was a little annoying but it all went good. Then came the four stones. Very hard but with a walkthrough, which I didn't want to use too much, it proved to be challenging but cool. I thought alright this is very hard but do-able. Then came the blue water part. Hard but if you use a walkthrough you can do everything.

THEN came the final swing.

Now I haven't played a lot of hard video games since the PS1 era. Sure enough I just kind of stopped playing games that where too hard, and even ones like Halo Reach and Halo 4 that I solo'ed legendary I just used videos to help speed run, and Halo CE Anniversary solo legendary I got through with the infinite ammo skull for endless grenade spam. After Driver 2, the hardest game I've ever beaten, I never really moved on to something even more challenging. But this final swing is the most ridiculous and fundamentally broken thing I have come across in forever. It's insane, it's meant to make you fail. It's basically impossible unless you do every single movement correct. It's beyond explaining how it made it to the final game, it's so fricking hard I was ready to smash my controller in half everytime I died.

I don't know if I'll ever get past it but I'll keep trying. It's just crazy how the game went from so good on the Costal Thailand level to a complete and utter BS festival. I was really enjoying the game until the blue water part and this last swing is just stupid. I ordered the first 3 games, which I feel might have been a mistake. I kind of forgot there was no analog sticks at the time so the movement will be next to impossible. But I wanted to play the old games after beating the new one. and Underworld was doing great for me until this part. I hope I can pass it because I have been really liking the game otherwise.

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