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Post by Duffer & Kotemon on Nov 30, 2019 2:02:41 GMT
Duffer listened to her review, and hummed. "I argue it peaks at 2, myself. the climax wasn't as good as in the first and I hate a horror movie with an overly depressing ending, of course this is Hoop 1 in America, so they cut out and reshot a bunch of scenes, the Japanese Hoop 1 was released as Hoop 0 over in the states in a DVD box set, with all the fun stuff deleted for 'American Audiences'. The unfortunate part was, naturally, that a lot of urban legends that came out as a result, many people citing an actor dying on set, but unlike the Dusk Zone film that was plain untrue. Thankfully you can find these scenes online but it doesn't feel the same as watching them with the rest of the movie. They did something similar with Unded 2, simply called Undead in the states, but it never got a European or Asian release due to a sequence involving a piece of glass and a zombified cat." Duffer continued rambling about horror movie trivia, seemingly unaware how uncomfortable it might be making everyone else until Kotemon prodded him with its Kendo stick.
"Oh, right! S-so is that a yes?" Duffer asked, smiling hopefully. "Because I almost died too, I was in a horrible coma!" Kotemon facepalmed at the boy's failed attempt at small talk, sighing. He turned to look at Jokah. "Are you willing to trade, maybe?"
Yuko turned to the confused Alice, her neck hurting slightly in the process of having to look up just to meet the green-ette’s eyes. “Look, all I’m saying is that it’s strange here. I dunno if it would be strange back in America. Some guys really dig the Amazon woman look, I guess, and your hair color only makes it more exotic. Obviously you’re gonna get ogled at, either by your average horny creep, or by awkward, but probably well-meaning guys.” She explained in a lower tone, subtly pointing towards Duffer
… who was meanwhile too busy fanboying over horror movie franchises. The colorful-haired delinquent stared at him with wide eyes, a smile slowly forming on her lips. Someone might say that she even seemed genuinely impressed by his nerd knowledge. “Wow, you know more about the Hoop franchise than I do, and I’m actually Japanese! My personal favorite is Hoop 3. I guess that would be Hoop 2 in America? I know people say that it was a total letdown that ‘betrayed’ the fans, but I dunno… I liked it, I thought it had a lot of cool scenes in it.”
Yet, something that Duffer said got her a lot more concerned than the subject of movie sequels did. “Wait what? You were in a coma?!” Before the teenage Tamer could inquire further, she was interrupted by ‘Jack White’, who laughed at Kotemon’s question. “Ohohohoho! Sorry, little one. Bad taste in movies notwithstanding, I happen to like my partner.”
Post by Alice Alexandria on Dec 4, 2019 17:06:18 GMT
Alice's expression is that of her usual, slightly judgemental and distant as she listens to Duffer continue to speak. This is the kind of thing she doesn't quite understand, the green haired woman uncertain if even getting near him was a good idea until he rather abruptly gets to the point. "Unfortunately, I don't think I have the time for most things... As for your coma, that seems... Very unfortunate, if a bit different from regularly risking life and limb to get notes on things I shouldn't." In a way, she feels like she shouldn't be asking, visibly tensing up a little bit upon the mention that he nearly died. In an attempt to salvage the conversation, she glances up from her notebook and points to a random arcade machine, ending up looking at... A rather formidable looking head to head shmup cabinet with two screens and control setups, something she feels out of her element just looking at. "Perhaps a change of subject is in order. Want to play a game?"
Most of the other conversation is missed by Alice in her mild panic, simply responding with a nod to Yuko as she heads over to the arcade machine, likely aware of her unusual appearance. "I get that I'm interesting to look at, but please. Aside from that, I'm fairly normal..."
Dorothy isn't even sure how to respond to this, finding Alice's somewhat awkward behavior just as entertaining as everything else. "Well, I like my partner too, so I ain't willing to switch places either. Greeny here's fun to be around!"
Post by Duffer & Kotemon on Dec 6, 2019 2:12:34 GMT
"Well, see, they noticed that was a problem so they made an American-Only Hoop movie called Hoop 3 so everything would get back on track and released it in Japan as Hoop Origins. Uh... it honestly wasn't that good." He admits. "But Hoop 4 was Hoop 4 and Hoop 5 is Hoop 5, so that's not a problem anymore I guess." He shrugged. "As for uh the Japanese Hoop 3, it had its moments, like the baseball park scene!" He laughed. "Where the hand suddenly comes out of her drink and tries dragging her in? I read they filmed that during a real ball game, to look authentic."
"Well I love Duffer, I do, but... he's a real embarrassment sometimes. I just wonder why Yggdrasil set us together since he does nothing but abuse our Netflix subscription." He turned his attention to Alice's arcade suggestion, scratching its head at it. The comparatively small mon took the bait, wandering over to examine it in detail. "I suppose if the boy is looking into working here I should get acquainted to these machines..."
"Notice how he calls me 'boy', but I'm older than him, even in Digimon years." The man said, annoyed. "He thinks my horror movie stuff is a waste of time... but I learned a lot from movies. Way more than I did at school..."
It looked like Duffer wasn’t going to elaborate on the coma thing, and like Alice, it was a subject Yuko didn’t want to touch with a ten-foot pole. The tall green-ette pointed everyone’s attention to a two-player shmup arcade machine. “Is that… Galaxy Invaders? That’s beyond retro. Pretty sure that game is older than all of our ages combined!” Well, that was certainly one way to change the subject. As seen earlier, the female delinquent was more of a fighting game fan, but shooting floating, pixelated aliens was also a good way to blow off some steam.
Duffer claimed that he’d learnt more from movies than he did at school, which got ‘Jack White’ to chuckle. “Ohoho! Movies are indeed a great source of knowledge. I’m not so sure about horror movies, though… I’d suggest some romantic comedies instead, if you wanna get lucky with the ladies~” The Jokermon in disguise suggested, winking at the socially awkward youth and playfully nudging his arm.
Meanwhile, Yuko was digging both of her hands into her pockets, which to her dismay were empty. “Shit… I’m outta quarters. Guess I shouldn’t have spent them all on Fatal Kombat.”
Post by Alice Alexandria on Dec 8, 2019 23:22:24 GMT
Perhaps it's for the best the green haired woman's comments haven't been paid much attention to, Alice suppressing a smile as she hears the nerd talk more about horror movies, this time to Yuko. "Well, there isn't a reason for everything... Things just happen, that's life. I do worry about him not doing that much, though... Perhaps he needs a push or two in the right direction? The arcade machines probably aren't that complex save for the boards, and working here might actually be an enjoyable experience for him. As for playing them... That's a very different experience." The comments Yuko makes about the game being old make the towering woman chuckle slightly, heading over to one side of the cabinet with a faint smile. "I guess one of you is interested? Don't worry, I have enough for both of us to play a few rounds."
On the other hand, Dorothy seems more interested in other subjects now. "Movies? Yeah, I figured they're a good way to learn 'bout human stuff. Alice lets me on her laptop to learn stuff, too." She starts grinning as she stands up, her sly expression joined by using one arm to casually lean against one of the cabinets. "The internet is amazing!" Whether she's aware of the irony or not, she seems pleased with herself. "Granted, I can't really use too much of it thanks to Alice, but it sure seems fun to me."
Post by Duffer & Kotemon on Dec 14, 2019 1:54:19 GMT
Duffer, realizing he had once again lost the interest of a girl he was interested in, just kinda shut up as Kotemon took over. The small digimon approached the arcade cabinet and frowned, barely coming up to the coin slot in terms of horizontal coverage.
"On second thought," The mon began. "You guys go first, to show off how it works."
"Romantic comedies? Really?" Duffer scoffed. "I saw You Got Mail once and that seemed to be all of them combined into one, complete with lazy misunderstanding that can be easily cleared up and the woman suddenly forgiving and getting together with the man who's done nothing but humiliate and bother her financially. Meanwhile you watch a horror movie, ANY horror movie and even when people make fun of them for being scantily clad gore-fests, nine times out of ten it's women outwitting men and surviving, and sometimes even defeating the villain while the masculine stereotypes of Smart guy and Jock Hero fall like dominoes. I've seen films where the girls are the only ones who figure things out while the guys crack up, but nobody gives them awards and kindness, because they don't need it! They become unneeding of others and are not just self-reliant, but capable of saving others from their own fates.
Meanwhile in a romantic comedy, GOD FORBID a couple even DISAGREE on something! A relationship of painted smiles and complete domination by the female is the best way for anything, dump the woman who you're engaged with and fall in love with this near-perfect stranger by way of-" The boy would go on for a while about hollywood cliches and the lack of depth, unaware he's shooting his own relationships in the foot by voicing these ideas.
Alice offered to cover the group’s arcade-related expenses, which of course Yuko was happy to hear. “Great, thanks. I’m still gonna get the highest score, though!” The young Japanese delinquent playfully quipped, inserting the first coin into the slot. Sadly, the millennial soon received a harsh reminder of just how unforgivingly difficult retro video games could be, getting killed by aliens within thirty seconds of starting her session. “Okay, that didn’t count! I was just getting a feel of the controls. Shit, this game is hard!” She cursed through her teeth, inserting another quarter and starting anew.
Meanwhile, Duffer’s passionate, overzealous rant against the great propaganda machine known as Hollywood went on for much longer than it needed to, even managing to weird ‘Jack White’ out. That’s right, somebody had actually managed to out-weird the Clown Prince himself! “O… kay… I think I should check out what Yuko is doing…” The garishly-dressed man said, slowly backing away from the overly vocal movie critic.
Post by Alice Alexandria on Dec 16, 2019 3:42:01 GMT
While Alice proceeds to show Yuko how things are done, Dorothy seems interested in Duffer's rant, seeming a bit amused by his frustration. "You, uhh, seem to be pretty caught up in this when you kinda already know the answer, one that Alice stands by: If you don't like somethin', do it yourself and change it that way. Then again she's kinda writing all the time when she's not working or researching or stuff like that, so she makes that part look easy." The disguised witch Digimon shrugs, giving Duffer a nudge on the shoulder as if to get his attention. She laughs, looking to the so-called "Jack White" and nodding to him, an almost unnaturally wide grin on her face. Humans are so funny, getting caught up in trivial things. "Can't be that hard to make your own movie with help from friends and some resourcefulness, right?"
The smile on Alice's face makes it clear she gets some sort of satisfaction from playing games, even though she isn't quite as skilled as she thinks she is, only just barely clearing waves of colorful aliens, with more coming every time in increasingly difficult arrangements. "Right, my bad. Take some time to get used to things first, I'll be here for tips if you need them." To be truthful, she's probably just as bad, but wants to fit in.
Post by Duffer & Kotemon on Dec 17, 2019 17:10:40 GMT
"And all the freaking focus on-" Duffer blinked after Dorothy nudged him back into focus. "I- dangit, I lost my train of thought..." He said, annoyed. He looked at the Witch digimon, slightly upset until she brought up an interesting proposition. "M-my own movie? N-no, I coul- no..." He seemed flustered at this idea. "I-I'd need actors and a script and a camera and some editing software. I mean, I could buy a couple handhelds with my bits and-" It suddenly struck him that Dorothy had touched him, and now his face was beet red as he floundered again. "I- but- the-"
Meanwhile Kotemon returned with a milk crate to try and save face, setting it down in front of the machine and climbing up. Unfortunately he found, to his annoyance, that the screen was still slightly out of his field of vision. "Oh this is... urgh. I thought they were supposed to make these for kids!" The mon complained, trying to climb up.
Duffer, meanwhile, had finally figured out how to get himself on track. "Dorothy, yeah, you seem uh... interesting. I mean, for a digimon. What kinda stuff does Alice like? I mean, she doesn't seem to be uh... into horror stuff like I am."
Yuko’s second attempt at playing the game properly went as well as her first, losing all of her continues in the span of a minute, despite being as focused as she could be. “Well, shit… You know what? Maybe this game isn’t for us after all.” The delinquent girl said, throwing her hands in the air after getting another Game Over screen. She didn’t like quitting, but she wasn’t gonna keep endorsing this arcade’s corporate scheme to scam people of their money by making their games unfairly difficult.
Instead, she would rather be a good Samaritan, by helping the little Kotemon climb on the arcade machine and grabbing a stool for him to sit on. “There you go, little guy. Knock yourself out!”
Meanwhile, Dorothy jokingly suggested that Duffer made his own movie without any of the bad Hollywood cliches. While the boy flusteredly denied her suggestion, a certain clown threw himself right back into the convo. “Hold that thought, you have the Demon King’s attention back! I can get you actors and a script. We shall make a movie, and it shall be glorious! Naturally, it should be a movie all about ME!” Jack White daydreamed, posing gracefully by outstretching one hand, while his other was pressed against his chest, bishie sparkles adorning his slender form.
Post by Alice Alexandria on Dec 21, 2019 20:53:56 GMT
"...Haha! That's the spirit." Dorothy wholeheartedly approves of Duffer's complete embarrassment, but also the fact he seems to be taking her rather sudden, somewhat joking suggestion a bit seriously. "Dork Queen over there says that with enough time, preparation and skill, you can accomplish anything! That or just a lot of charm and charisma..."
She then turns her attention to the other disguised Digimon, still with a wide grin on her face. "All about you? Well, ya can't really be the one running the show and the one starring in it, not without more work on your end!" She laughs... Before realizing that she barely knows anything about movies herself. "Wait, all I know is that we need actors and a person with the camera, there's more to it than that? Everythin' humans do is so complicated..."
Upon hearing Yuko's current mood, Alice looks to her, peering from the other end of the cabinet. "...Perhaps we could try something else?" She watches the brightly dressed human step away, and in her place, Duffer's Kotemon seems to have taken control as her opponent. "Never mind, I guess..." She isn't playing nearly as well now, distracted by negative thoughts.
Post by Duffer & Kotemon on Dec 29, 2019 17:17:23 GMT
"No offense Jokermon but if we made a movie about an 8 foot clown it'd be defined as a horror movie by critics and viewers, regardless of how romantic or comedic you tried to make it." Duffer dug out a comic featuring a clown menacingly standing over a couple to emphasize this point and passed it to the other digimon. "But using digimon as actors for special effects..." He smiled as he began thinking about it. "Have you two ever seen The Driller Killer? How about Alabama Buzzsaw Bloodbath?" He made a rectangle with his fingers looking at Jokermon and Dorothy. "I know you probably wouldn't think it but Freddy Krueger and Pinhead? Women fall over themselves looking at them." Duffer smiled, knowing exactly where to hit Jokermon's ego. "Fan letters from women who don't even watch the movies but just want to hold them close..."
Meanwhile, Kotemon was having a hard time grasping how the control sticks and buttons interacted with the game. "I hit dodge and it shoots, that's not fair!" The small mon complained, trying again on his fourteenth life lost to the first enemy in the game. "This stinks." He pouted, turning away. "Video games are stupid."
The disguised Jokermon laughed back at Dorothy’s observation that he would essentially have to earn his leading role in Duffer’s theoretical movie through hard work and dedication. “Hah! You’ve said it yourself, darling. All one needs to succeed in show business is charm and charisma, and I have both of those in spades!” “Suuure…” Yuko said, having just joined the convo, after letting Kotemon try his luck on the arcade machine, who proceeded to get his reptilian bum beaten many a time.
Duffer was the one to point out the obvious problem with letting a clown star in a movie, namely that humans found clowns freaking terrifying! However, he also suggested that some popular horror movie icons had a lot of fans, despite how hideous they looked. This got the sinister gears in the Clown Prince’s mind turning once more. “Ah, yes… I shall be a sympathetic villain then, a bad boy that makes the ladies swoon~ And I know just the kind of plot for that! It shall be a dark and gritty story about a mentally ill loner who’s been abandoned by society and treated like crud. Perhaps we should cast the actor who played in The Gladiator to portray me.” “Russell Crowe?” “No, the other one.”
Yuko let out a long, exasperated sigh, grabbing her overly enthusiastic partner by the arm. “Aaaanyway! This has been a nice meeting and all, but we really have to go now… Duffer and Alice, right? We’ll definitely keep in touch through Tamernet. See ya.” And with that, the Japanese delinquent and her exorbitantly-dressed partner soon made their way out of the building.
Post by Alice Alexandria on Jan 3, 2020 19:58:23 GMT
"Farewell, then. Stay safe and have a good day, then!" Alice stops playing the game to say goodbye to the brightly colored Tamer and her Digimon, finding them interesting, but also wondering what they have on their mind... And what's got them so busy. She can only speculate as they leave rather suddenly, leaving her alone with Duffer, Kotemon and Dorothy.
It also strikes Dorothy as somewhat odd, but she seems less bothered by it, assuming that Tamers are very busy folk. "Ah, see ya later." She immediately turns her attention back to Duffer, seeming confused. "You sayin' people fall head over heels for people that look creepy? Well, why don't I have some kinda personal fanclub if that's the case? Do I look too nice or somethin'?"
When Alice comments on her partner's question, she chuckles a bit. "...I think you've got it all wrong, Dorothy. Besides, you're probably just looking for an excuse to go around without a Holosuit." She then addresses Kotemon, shaking her head slightly. "It's just a time waster, nothing to take too seriously." Now, she's silent, awkwardly standing there by the arcade machine, uncertain if she's left anything resembling a good impression, a slight frown on her face.
"...I'm still kinda hung up on how people like monsters, but we're not supposed to, uhh... Show ourselves, so to speak." Dorothy is still caught up on that subject, the witch Digimon thinking to herself and staring at Duffer with a confused expression. "You're giving me both a yes and a no, here."