May 11, 2010

BakaBT -- upgrades

Hmmm. Upgrades!

BakaBT has been acting strangely today. According to their forum, they've bitten the bullet. The tracker has been weird because they've been doing patches and bringing it up to date. And the server as a whole has been weird because they're adding anti-DDoS protection.

That's why, for most of today, the tracker has been up but hasn't been willing to do any matchmaking. As I write this, everything just went normal a few minutes ago.

Fine by me. I noticed this morning that they've posted the Venus versus Virus manga. I've got it downloading.

VvV is a classic example of "overtaking the manga", the situation where the director of the anime must create his own ending because the source material hasn't itself ended.

Often this leads to catastrophe, with Mahoromatic being one of the prime examples.

The ending of VvV was just as bad, and even more nihilistic. The director of Mahoromatic at least tried (though failed) to create a happy ending out of the wreckage. The VvV anime doesn't even do that.

The manga ran another couple of years after the anime came out, and I've long wondered just how the mangaka ended the story. Now I'll get the chance to find out.

UPDATE: That TVTropes page mentions VvV:

Venus Versus Virus's anime went in a completely different direction from the manga from the first episode. It also had a Gecko Ending.

In that case it'll be interesting to see just what the manga really is about. I never watched the first DVD beyond the first episode, which was a flash-forward showing the steady state of Sumire with the others as demon hunters. Like as not the manga doesn't do that, and if it has a different approach to the main story (or an entirely different main story) then that would be interesting.

UPDATE: That's interesting. BakaBT.com used to map to a hosting service in Amsterdam. Now it goes to DreamHost in California.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Anime at 02:22 PM | Comments (10) | Add Comment
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1 I lost about half a terabyte of upload credit today because the tracker wasn't registering it. Then again, I did gain over 200 bonus points, as it only registered a single seeder on every torrent.

Posted by: Jordi Vermeulen at May 11, 2010 02:32 PM (5EMw1)

2

How fast of an uplink have you got? (In my first year I've uploaded 3.3 terabytes.)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 11, 2010 02:54 PM (+rSRq)

3 Whoops.. TV Tropes landmine.  There went two hours...

Posted by: Tom Tjarks at May 11, 2010 03:53 PM (GJA7G)

4 I've uploaded almost 34TB in just over 4 months; and average of of 3.20 MB/s. Though my upload limit is about 11 MB/s.

Posted by: Jordi Vermeulen at May 11, 2010 04:09 PM (5EMw1)

5
The manga ran another couple of years after the anime came out, and I've long wondered just how the mangaka ended the story. Now I'll get the chance to find out.

??? How so? If I'm not mistaken the manga run for 8 volumes but the scanlation stopped at the 2nd volume (since 2007). Or do you mean the torrent has the Japanese volumes?

Posted by: Jaked at May 11, 2010 04:10 PM (EjkUJ)

6 You might be right. I'll find out after it's downloaded.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 11, 2010 04:21 PM (+rSRq)

7 The online file list for the torrent includes all 8 volumes.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 11, 2010 04:23 PM (+rSRq)

8 The manga was licensed in the US.  According to Wikipedia, volume 8 just came out 2 months ago here.

Posted by: EYanyo at May 11, 2010 07:10 PM (wZCd9)

9 Different mapping probably has to do with the DDoS protection, the way I understand it you have to make all traffic go through the servers of the company offering the protection for a while. Or something like that anyway.

Posted by: Jordi Vermeulen at May 12, 2010 04:52 AM (5EMw1)

10 I can't ping them anymore, either. (I wonder if the DDoS was a ping flood?)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 12, 2010 09:01 AM (+rSRq)

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