July 03, 2014
I wanted to see what the Death God's character was like, and I wanted to see zombie Sid, so last night I downloaded Soul Eater, and I just watched the first episode.
It's a lot different than Soul Eater NOT. First, the art is more cartoony. It's got a lot more comedy (though I wonder how long that will last).
Surprisingly, Maka's voice works for me in this, in a way it didn't in SEN. Her voice is fundamentally a comedy voice and this is a comedy part. In SEN she wasn't a comedy part.
There are a lot of nice jokes in it, like the fact that the witch they were chasing was named "Blair". And Soul is a lot more interesting character; in SEN he was a waste of time.
I have no idea how much more of it I'm going to watch, but the first episode was really fun.
UPDATE: Although I think I could get very tired of Maka being teased for being flat-chested.
UPDATE: I'm willing to bet that the Shinigami's voice is the same as the chef at the pirate's nest in Mouretsu Pirates.
UPDATE: Episode 2 was Black Star and Tsubaki. Tsubaki is still the babe, but Black Star is thoroughly annoying. Ep 3 will be The Kid, and he's annoying, too. I think I've had enough.
July 01, 2014
And done. And it was a good ending. I thought for a while that it was going to be Zombie-Sid that actually killed Shaula, but I suppose in some ways that would have been less satisfying than what they did give us.more...
June 30, 2014
UPDATE: The Girls und Panzer OVA (the Anzio battle) is being broadcast on July 5.
June 28, 2014
James Poulos asks, "What's Next, Police With Tanks?"
Hey, we otaku have already been there! (And they had catgirls, too!)
Lots of shows have featured a girl riding on a broom stick, or a magic staff, or (in this case) a flying halberd. And it's always seemed to me as if it must be very painful to carry your entire weight on just a small pole that way.
The only show that ever addressed that point was the Magic User's Club OVA, where at one point one of the girls strapped a pillow onto her broomstick to ride on.
In this case, at least, Anya has that great big dress folded up under her, which should help a little.
XKCD sometimes posts a cartoon where he talks about how he plays some game a different way, or for a different goal. I have one of those, myself.
I play spider solitaire with the goal of reaching a point where the only way I can proceed is by "taking back" a move which removed a column of cards. That was even cooler in the Vista version of the game, because it wouldn't let you "take back" a column take, so the only thing you could do in this situation was to quit the game.
As a result of this, when I reach the point where I have one deal left and have taken six columns, I usually quit. It isn't possible any more for me to win (my way) and winning (their way) is easy. As a result my long-term win/loss record is really poor (according to them, counting wins their way) because I usually don't bother.
June 27, 2014
I think I won't download this one. It seems strange and tragic. But I noticed something about the frame grabs that was eerie.
The second of the three episodes is about the pilot of an Ohka, which was referred to by the Americans as a "Baka bomb". Once an Ohka got launched, the only hope for the targetted ship was AAA. But in fact few of them did get launched because they had to be carried pretty close to their targets by specially-equipped Betty bombers, and nearly all of those were intercepted and shot down by American fighter cover before they could reach their launch point.
Anyway, the weird thing about the frame grabs for the second episode is that the pilot looks like an American. He doesn't look Japanese. We've all long noted that anime characters look Western, not Oriental. Eyes are round, hair color is varied, and so on. This is a case where that style comes back to bite them, because the character is explicitly Japanese but he looks like an American ex-pat.
June 26, 2014
June 25, 2014
...they invent a better idiot.
(Or... you can never make something idiot-proof because idiots are so ingenious.)
UPDATE: Though I must admit you'd have to work pretty hard to invent a better idiot than Eleanor Holmes Norton.
UPDATE: TVTropes: "What Does This Button Do?"
June 24, 2014
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