July 09, 2014

Chooser version 44

Added 55 grabs from the Girls und Panzer OVA. Total number of images is now 3096.

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This girl's nom de guerre is Pepperoni and she's third in command of the Anzio team, and commands all the tankettes.

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July 07, 2014

Soul Eater NOT -- mystery lady

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Who is this? She takes over the academy I don't recall anyone ever addressing her by name.

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Maybe Sid's sister?

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July 06, 2014

Girls und Panzer OVA -- Anzio battle

It's the second round of the tournament. Our girls beat Saunders in the first round, but there's much to do. Going into the second round they still only have five tanks, although morale is high. The OVA fills in the Anzio battle, which fits in at the end of episode 7. Until now all we've known is that Ooarai won, but we didn't have any idea what the battle was like.

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I downloaded a raw (because I didn't want to wait for a sub) but even without subtitles it wasn't too difficult to figure out what was going on. It was great! A hell of a lot of fun, partly because the Anzio team was a lot of fun.

UPDATE: In the manga, the Renault B1-bis was ready to go for this battle but didn't yet have a crew, so Miho put Yukari (commander), Caesar (gunner), and Aya (driver) in it for this battle. That didn't happen in the OVA; they only had the same five tanks they had against Saunders: Rabbit (M3-Lee), Hippo (STuG-III), Duck (Type 89), Turtle (38t), and Anko (Panzer IV). Turtle was the flag tank again.

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July 03, 2014

boom bang pop-pop-pop

The neighborhood pyros are at it again, like every year. It's a day early, but who cares about that?

There's an Indian reservation about a hundred miles from here, and US26 goes right there from Portland, so there's never any problem getting fireworks if anyone really wants to.

The other side of the creek gets overgrown and by this time the grass has dried out, and it's perfect tinder for a huge blaze, so I'm always a bit afraid that someone is going to burn the neighborhood down. The complex hires someone a couple times every summer to clear it all out, and this year they did it about three weeks ago, so it's not a firetrap over there, thank goodness. Still, I'll be worried until the national celebration is finished, probably Monday.

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Soul Eater -- ep 1

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.

UPDATE:

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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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