January 24, 2015
So this week it hits the fan. The enemy demon has been identified as a "dragon eater" and it represents an existential threat to the entire continent. All three nations mobilize fully for battle and they all march to the Dragon Forest. It's regular troops only, not militia, so it's a force of about 10,000 -- which ain't puny.
It's the real thing. This isn't like one of the scheduled wars. But it becomes clear in watching how the battle unfolds that Roland was right (at the end of the first series) that the scheduled wars help them stay prepared for cases like this one where they need to fight for real.
Some parts of this were actually scary, but not too bad because a lot of parts of it were slightly tongue in cheek.more...
January 23, 2015
Fairy Tail is getting stranger and stranger. Spoilers below the fold.more...
There are two major screwups in Railgun S which have always bothered me. They're both spoilers, so below the fold they go.
January 22, 2015
"She's beautiful enough -- in her way -- of course," the man admitted, entirely unimpressed. "But the, so is a Radelegian cateagle, so is a spire of frozen helium, and so is a six-foot-long armor-piercing punch." -- Second Stage Lensman, E. E. Smith
UPDATE: Man, those women (at the Miss Universe contest) must feel like idiots having to wear those costumes, and having to smile while doing so. One advantage of the UK costume is that it isn't hideous.
January 21, 2015
Here's another one, but I'm not sure who she is.
UPDATE: "A ship in port is safe; but that is not what ships are built for. Sail out to sea and do new things." -- attributed to Admiral Grace Hopper
January 19, 2015
This is really good. I have no idea where he found it, but it's perfect.
Those people were originally older than I was, and I look like that now. (I particularly like the comb-over. Which I don't have to do because I didn't go bald.)
January 18, 2015
I think this series may have potential. This episode wasn't harem hijinks (mostly); instead, it was combat. Usa-sensei (Professor Bun-bun) tells them that today's lesson is called New Blade Battle.
All the duos spread out all over the campus, and between 5PM and 7PM they fight any other duo they encounter. The goal is to be the last duo standing.
More, including spoilers, below the fold.more...
January 17, 2015
I've heard two examples recently of how the Japanese think English speakers pronounce Japanese names.
In theory every mora in Japanese except ん is what we English speakers would call a consonant followed by a vowel. However, there are three major exceptions to that: す su, つ tsu, and し shi often drop the vowel sound and get pronounced respectively as s, ts, and sh.
Anyway, in the first episode of season 3 of Dog Days, there's a segment of Nanami and Shinku competing in the Iron Athletics competition in London, and the announcer (I think he's supposed to be English but he sounds Australian to me) pronounces Nanami's surname "takatsuki" as tah-kah-tsoo-kee. The Japanese pronounce it as tah-kats-kee.
The other is in the last episode of Arpeggio of Blue Steel. The US Navy in San Diego transmits a message to Japan informing them that the sub arrived safely. It's addressed to Yokosuka. The Japanese pronounce that yo-ko-ska but the American (and it was an American this time) says yo-ko-soo-ka.
Neither case was played for laughs; there was no feeling of "laughing at the gaijin". But I have a feeling that this kind of error is kind of a brand for English speakers, just like mixing up "L" and "R" is a brand for Japanese trying to speak English.
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