May 21, 2015

More on Bikini Warriors

Here's another post about it. It had an interesting point: the show backer is Hobby Japan, and:

Hobby Japan has often used anime as a form of advertisement for their erotic figurines. To my knowledge, every anime project they've backed so far has contained ‘stop whatever you're doing and start fapping' levels of nudity.

That's pretty crude, but it got me curious so I took a look at their production record. In addition to this show, I find:

Hagure Yuusha
Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou
Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls (and Bride)
...and a couple of Queen's Blade shows.

He's right about the nudity; they all have it. But what I find more interesting is that these shows are not invariably crap. I really liked Daimaou, and Hagure Yuusha wasn't terrible (damning with faint praise).

Samurai Girls (and Bride) and Queen's Blade definitely were crap, but this is still one (or one-and-a-half) decent shows to their credit.

So maybe, maybe, Bikini Warriors might be half-way decent.

He brings up a different point: all of the above shows ran uncensored on AT-X. If this one does, too, then we won't have to wait for the BDs for our cheap thrills.

It's a bit of concern that they haven't revealed the anime production company yet or any of the voice talent, with first broadcast less than two months away.

I still expect it to be crap, but I'm holding onto a faint hope that it might actually tell a decent story about interesting characters, amidst all the fan service.

UPDATE: Actually, they are starting to reveal staff. The production company is someone called "feel." They've done a lot of shows, none of which are on my list of "memorable and valued". On the contrary, most of them are on my "in the toilet" list. Like KissxSis (ick). And Otoboku (double ick).

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May 18, 2015

Fairy Tail -- ch 435, 436

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So the battle ends with victory for the good guys in chapter 435. And lots of old friends are reunited.

Chapter 436 was the interesting one: it was about Zeref, and finally told some of his back story. Big spoilers below the fold.

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May 17, 2015

Oh, good heavens!

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Coming this summer: Bikini Warriors!

It's quite a competition: Who's outfit is the least practical? Right now I gotta go with the Dark Elf, because she's using glue. But that's definitely preliminary.

As to the show, there's no doubt in my mind that it's just as braindead as Queen's Blade and just as pointless. Obviously it'll be a hit.

"Bikini Armor", my ass!

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May 16, 2015

Nanoha Vivid ep 7: MCSAFTW!!!

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Fate has "sonic form", which is kind of a wager. It increases her speed and power but reduces her defense. She's wagering that she can use speed and power to avoid attacks, so that she doesn't need protection. This time she lost the bet, because she got caught in an area attack.

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And while we're at it, let's MCSA a couple of cyborgs!

(I got impatient and downloaded a raw. I'll make another post later when the sub shows up.)

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May 15, 2015

Mondaiji-tachi spoilers

It turns out that there are a lot of subsites about anime at Wikia.com. It has become one of my go-to places when I want to find out something.

This morning it occurred to me that there might be a Mondaijitachi wiki and I looked, and there it was. So I did some reading. Spoilers below the fold.

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May 14, 2015

Houkago no Pleiades, Punchline -- ep 6

Both of these shows just turned corners and got a lot more interesting. Spoilers, loads of, below the fold.

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May 13, 2015

Good news and bad news

BakaBT started answering pings again this afternoon, and it responds to HTTP requests now. But all we get it this:

Sooo... recap.. hardware failed.. currently in the progress of reinstalling everything and taking this chance to upgrade the architecture..
This can take a bit, hopefully wednesday Friday everything is back online otherwise later this week.

Their twitter feed has had a lot of traffic, but it amounts to the same thing. They're going to have to recover from backups, which probably isn't all that much of a disaster.

The reason it's taking so long is that the hardware originally failed, and the hosting company repaired it, and then it died again, and this time it's taking longer. One would hope they're using top quality parts this time instead of bargain parts from Nightwing Computer Components Ltd.

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May 09, 2015

Nanoha Vivid -- ep 6

Team Battle, part 1!!

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Introducing our teams: Red team, with Teanna in command, and Blue team, with Nanoha in command. Here's how I see the matchups:
Red vs Blue
Nove vs Subaru -- even
Teanna vs Nanoha -- Nanoha (B) slight advantage
Fate vs Eriol -- Fate (R) slight advantage
Corona vs Rio -- Rio (BBB) strong advantage
Einhard vs Vivio -- Einhard (R) slight advantage
Caro vs Lutecia -- Lutecia (BBB) strong advantage, even without any summons

So I calculate the Blue team is stronger, but, "on any given day..."

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May 08, 2015

BakaBT

BakaBT has been down since last night.

Time to break out the conspiracy theories. David Cameron did it!

UPDATE: The tracker is back up now, but the web server is still down. I guess Cameron lost interest.

UPDATE: Nope, it's down again. At least they're working on it.

UPDATE: OK, back again, and this time for real.

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May 07, 2015

Houkago no Pleiades, Punchline -- ep 5

Both of these shows are getting stranger and stranger.

In this episode of Houkago no Pleiades, we spent about half the episode punching holes in Saturn's rings. One of the engine parts was in it, and that was the only way to find it.

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Actually, though, it was a girl-of-the-week episode again, this time with Subaru bonding with Itsuki. (Last episode was Subaru bonding with the blonde, whatever her name is).

Meanwhile, Punchline (ostensibly a comedy) didn't have a single laugh this time, and no fan service either. If you compared this episode to the first one you'd think they were from entirely different series.

Punchline ep 5 began with Yuuta floating over the dead body of one of the girls, sobbing. Yuuta's body got shot, too. It's really getting creepy.

I think I've had enough of it. I'll probably keep watching Houkago no Pleiades, though; it's confusing but it's pleasant and sweet. It's feeling a lot like iyashikei anime, and that's always rather nice.

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