October 16, 2014
October 12, 2014
After rummaging something like 18 series over the summer, I thought I'd run out of candidates, but today I remembered Super Sonico, so I just downloaded the whole thing and I'm going through it looking for top rotation grabs.
Sonico's drummer, on the left, is even more top heavy than Sonico herself. Her name is Fuuri, and according to TVTropes, she's actually a tanuki who can shapeshift to pretty much any form. I wonder if Sonico knows it?
Do I actually care? Nope. There's probably some excuse for a story, but that's not what the show is really about. (And it ain't what I'm interested in.)
The 12th episode was pretty useless because it's mostly outdoors in winter, so everyone is bundled up. 11 will be better, and there are at least two beach episodes, not to mention the bikini-zombie episode I watched before. This show is blatant fan service in any case, so I'm sure it won't let me down.
UPDATE: Episode 8 bluescreened my computer.
UPDATE: This happens occasionally. Not often enough to be annoying; maybe twice or three times a year. It's gotta be the display driver. In theory the answer is "Update the display driver" but it's nVidia, and their quality control is legendarily poor. The last time Microsoft told me there was a new one, I downloaded it and it made things a lot worse, so I retreated to the previous version.
I won't update the driver unless the status quo is intolerably bad, and it isn't. I can live with things the way they are now.
Anyway, small loss. Episode 8 was terrible.
It's in the rules: if you have a big-breasted heroine and are doing a beach episode, there must be an assault by a giant squid or octopus.
UPDATE: Why does Sonico's manager wear a demon mask?
If it's a mask, that is...
UPDATE: Actually, the story isn't offensive, and there really is one having to do with Sonico's ambition to be in a successful rock band.
But what the show is really about is to present Sonico as a pretty ordinary girl-next-door, who is nice and not pretentious. She was really shy when she was in middle school (flashback episode) and has mostly grown out of it but she's still a bit shy. She blushes easily.
Looking like she does you'd expect her to get hit on constantly at college, but we don't get shown anything like that.
She sure isn't full of herself just because she's a successful model, nor because she has big breasts. She has friends and loves them, and they love her back. No sign of a boy friend. (Of course!) She keeps five cats. She works part time in her grandmother's restaurant. She's 18 and she's a first year college student studying oceanography.
I think the point of it all is to puncture preconceptions about her and make her feel approachable. And I think it works, too. Except she ought to melt any camera pointed at her.
She's just a girl-next-door -- except my girl next door didn't look like this. Not even close.
October 02, 2014
I just realized today that I never plundered the second Maken Ki series, so that's what I spent this evening on.
It's a really tasteless series, in nearly every way. No one would accuse the first season of being a good show, but at least they tried. There was a canon, and a fairly large amount of back story that explained why all the powers came in only a small number of flavors (with a couple notable exceptions: Takeru and Kodama). And there was a genuine story being told, and real character development. Plus absurd amounts of fan service and a lot of harem hijinks.
Yeah, it pandered, but it was also trying to tell a story. It was a really crappy story, but at least it was there.
The second series was done by a different studio. They kept the character designs and the art for the school, plus certain details about the main characters (i.e. their powers), and completely discarded everything else. They also redesigned Takeru, the male lead. His power is reliable and not noteworthy, and he no longer wears glasses. But the whole rationale for how there were a limited number of kinds of powers went out the window and they started tossing in a whole pile of new ones. Plus there isn't any long term story; it's all pretty much villain-of-the-week, with even more ridiculous amounts of fan service.
I used a BD rip, and there were a few images I wanted to use but just couldn't allow myself to. Even so I wanted to post them, so NSFW below the fold.more...
September 27, 2014
Beach Volleyball is the sure sign that the director loves us.
UPDATE: It's hard to go wrong with a GE Minigun!
(But she does it.)
September 12, 2014
Actually, there were only two in the entire 24-ep series. All the rest were shots from the rear or side or with artful placement of arms or hair strands. Disappointing, really. Anyway, NSFW below the fold.more...
September 11, 2014
There is a bit of it, anyway.
July 13, 2014
Is this what they mean by "world cups"? No?
UPDATE: Well, they sure ain't German, so I guess not.
June 20, 2014
UPDATE: Cue "inflation" jokes...
June 08, 2014
Pardon me for asking, but what show is this from? (Image stolen from Sea Slugs)
May 10, 2014
Well, what do you know? ATX is running it uncensored. (Or at least less censored. I imagine the BDs will be even less obscured.)more...
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