July 01, 2014

Soul Eater NOT -- ep 12

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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.

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June 30, 2014

MetaNorn Summer 2014 preview

Right here.

UPDATE: The Girls und Panzer OVA (the Anzio battle) is being broadcast on July 5.

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June 28, 2014

Tank police

James Poulos asks, "What's Next, Police With Tanks?"

Hey, we otaku have already been there! (And they had catgirls, too!)

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Ouch!!

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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.

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Different goals

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.

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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.

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June 27, 2014

Kamikaze stories

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.

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June 26, 2014

Well, rats

It seems like there isn't going to be an episode of Soul Eater NOT this week. I wonder what happened to it? I was really looking forward to it.

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June 25, 2014

Whenever you make something idiot-proof...

...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?"

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June 24, 2014

Wonderduck's internet connection is down.

I just received an email from Wonderduck saying his internet connection went out Sunday morning, and hasn't been repaired yet. He isn't sure when it will get fixed, and the powers that be don't seem to be in any hurry to fix it.

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June 22, 2014

Seikoku no Dragonar -- ep 12, ATX version

Well, they cut out a scene with Veronica being fondled by tentacles, and it wasn't any loss. They also cut out something else, which is strange.

At one point Ash says to Julius, "I'm surprised that Veronica was willing to loan you the Sylvanus." And Julius says, "I had a trump card." In yesterday's version, that's where the scene ended. In the ATX version, we see him blackmailing Veronica by telling her that he'll reveal all the stuff in her private suite. And then they show it all to us.

It turns out that Veronica has a big-time fetish for Sylvia. And her room is almost a shrine to Sylvia. Including:

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...portraits...

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...used clothing...

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...life sized statues...

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...and nude photos.

On a different note, I was wondering who did the voice of Mordred, so I found the entry in the credits. ANN hasn't got it up yet, but it was Takaya Kuroda. And the reason he sounded familiar to me was because he did the voice of Capricorn in Fairy Tail.

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