November 24, 2014

Madan no Ou to Vanadis -- ep 9

May 9, 1864: Major General John Sedgwick led a Union force at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. About 1000 yards away, some Confederate snipers were taking potshots at his force and he tried to rally them. Riding in front of his unit, he said, "Why are you dodging like this? They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance." Moments later he was hit in the head and died instantly.

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This episode steals that event, with Tigre being the shooter. His accuracy and range with the bow are little short of supernatural, even when he isn't summoning up the magical power he's been granted, and in this episode he leads a small force in a desperate attack against an enemy twenty times the size. But when Tigre kills the enemy general with a miracle shot, the enemy routs and Tigre wins.

I think I know how this series is going to end.

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November 22, 2014

Twintails -- ep 7

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YES! Red half-rim glasses FTW!

This show keeps getting stranger and stranger, which is really saying something considering how strange it was to start with. We're really delving the fetishes now.

Erina, Tail Yellow, turns out to be a very repressed, and bizarre, person. She's revealed as being a masochist in this episode, for instance and she wants Souji to hit her. Which, naturally, he refuses to really do. She's started calling him goushujin-sama.

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Her costume gives her big breasts (which she ordinarily doesn't have) and it makes her exhibitionistic, yet another fetish. At the rate they're using them up, they're going to run out of fetishes, I tell you. (This time we also got a school swimsuit fetish, a braid fetish and a lip fetish.)

Dark Grasper, our penultimate Big Boss, seems to have been a fangirl of Toaru on her home world, and her suit, Glasses Gear, was created so that she could stand beside Tail Red (Toaru). She doesn't realize that the current Tail Red isn't the original, so their conversation was surreal. ("What happened to your big, beautiful breasts?")

But if glasses are not the ultimate fetish to challenge the twintail fetish, what might be? The only thing I can come up with is Catgirls! We'll have to defeat Dark Grasper first, before the ultimate Big Boss shows up, I imagine so it'll be a few episodes.

UPDATE: If it isn't catgirls, then it's got to be blue-striped panties.

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November 19, 2014

Nanatsu no Taizai -- no, it's not kinky

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One thing I like about this show is that it tosses in moments like that, just in passing. There's a legitimate reason why Elizabeth and Meliodas are in bed together and a legitimate reason why he's tied up. (She didn't tie him up.)

Likewise, in episode 3 he stole her panties. And it wasn't because he's a perv. There turned out to be a legitimate reason why he did it, and once that was revealed, he gave them back.

They don't overdo it; it hasn't happened very many times. But it's always funny when it happens. (If they overdid it then it would start feeling contrived and would be annoying. Clearly the director understands restraint.)

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November 18, 2014

Nanatsu Taizai -- ep 7

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Diane just keeps getting better and better. What they translated as "Big eye-candy" was dai kantan musume, I think. More or less "big wonderful girl" or "big amazing girl".

Only I'm not sure about that. kantan seems to be a noun, not an adjective. So "Big wonder of a girl"?  (Big eye-candy was probably good enough for a sub. Because she is.)

Anyway, in this episode we do find King, only he's a boy, not a fat old man like he used to be.

And he himself wonders why Meliodas hasn't changed. There's something strange going on with that.

According to Wikipedia, Diane is 700 years old. Evidently giants don't age like we do. As to Ban, he drank from the Fountain of Youth, which made him immortal. That's why he can be run through and have the wound disappear after the weapon is withdrawn. But what's going on with King and Meliodas?

UPDATE: I need to get my mind out of the gutter.

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November 16, 2014

Nanatsu no Taizai -- ep 6

I find it interesting that the name of this show keeps getting translated as "The Seven Deadly Sins". I can understand why; Meliodas is known as "The Dragon's Sin of Wrath" and Ban is "The Fox's Sin of Greed", but as far as I can tell, the title actually means something like "The Journey of the Seven" -- or with a bit of poetic license, "The Seven's Sojourn".

However, it's also the title of the group, so maybe I've got it wrong.

Anyway, the show continues to be interesting and fun. In ep 5, Meliodas was wounded badly and collapsed because of loss of blood -- and I admit I was a bit relieved; I was beginning to think that he was invulnerable. Of course, he recovered unreasonably fast, and wasn't harmed by poison given to him, and he's taken a lot of beating with no obvious ill effect. For a sin of Wrath it's actually pretty darned hard to get him mad.

But when you do, watch out! Hurting Elizabeth will unlock the gates. And he can dish out a major beating himself if he is inspired to do so. He's also willing to kill if the occasion calls for it.

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This guy didn't last very long. "Did you really think that would stop me?", and then boosh, and lots of blood as he died.

My favorite character in the show is Diane, which is pronounced dee-ahn-ne. She's a bokuko, which is wonderful, and she herself is awesome, tremendous, and really big, too. She's "The Serpent's Sin of Envy". And she keeps reminding me of a particular scene in the first Discworld computer game. (I wonder if it'll happen. If so, it'll probably be Meliodas.)

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I don't think I've ever seen a show which has a giantess as a regular character. (I know of a couple in which there were giantesses briefly, like the Magic User's Club TV series, but that's not the same.)

Diane is a really nice person, but she's also capable of putting up a pretty damned good fight if need be. She isn't really pugnacious but she won't take shit from anyone, either. (Like Ban.) And as of episode 7, she's become friends with Elizabeth, and they're now on a first-name-without-honorifics basis.

Elizabeth is the primary purveyor of fan service in the show, and the token normal, and a princess who is seeking all these people out because she needs their help to save her kingdom. She doesn't have any extraordinary power, but she is brave as hell and she's dedicated to her mission and to protecting the people of her kingdom even at risk of her life. Diane tells her that she does have a power: the power to inspire people to fight for her.

People as monumentally powerful as the Sins (as they are known) write their own rules, and its clear that all three of Ban, Meliodas, and Diane do. That doesn't automatically make them evil, and at least so far they don't seem to be. But it does make them feared, not to mention despised. So, for instance, Meliodas occasionally sticks his head underneath Elizabeth's skirt. I don't think he's teasing her and he isn't a perv; he just doesn't follow normal rules.

Next episode we acquire a fourth Sin, "King".

UPDATE: They don't seem to be able to come to any consensus on how tall Diane is. There was an info plate that said she was 100 meters tall, but there's no way. Wikipedia says "30 feet" but I don't believe it; she's gotta be at least 50 feet or she wouldn't be able to look over the top of that building, which is 4 stories tall. (Typically a "story" is 10 feet or 12 feet, if not even more.)

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November 14, 2014

So much for discipline

I can't stand it, I'm going to post 23 grabs from the Mouretsu Pirates movie, below the fold.

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November 13, 2014

Mouretsu Pirates movie -- arrives

Delivered just after 9:00, and so I beat the torrents (where it hasn't yet arrived).

I'm ripping it to HD right now, but it's going to be a while. It's 38G total, mainly in a 31G file and a 7G file. More later.

UPDATE: Fully ripped, but messing around with a 31G M2TS file is... painful... so I'm using Handbrake to convert it into a much smaller MKV. Which is going to take another hour, probably.

My computer has a quad core, all of which are hyperthreaded, so it looks like 8 CPUs to the system. Handbrake is using them all, which is pretty neat.

UPDATE: And it is awesome. It was wonderful to watch, even without subtitles. I started taking frame grabs to share and ended up with 58, so I'm going to practice discipline and limit myself to just 1:

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This is the single coolest image in the film.

I'm sure it's going to be even better once a sub comes out. I hope we don't have to wait long for it.

UPDATE: Some comments (probably including spoilers) below the fold.

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November 12, 2014

Favorite shots 007

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From Dog Days Dash. I don't know whose idea it was for Rico and Eclair to team up with Noir, Vert, and Jaune, but I love it! Every time I see it, I love it!

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November 10, 2014

Bad choices

When I choose to follow a show, one of the things I have to do is choose which circle's releases I'll collect. Unfortunately, this season I seem to have made extremely bad choices even though I stuck to "name brands". It's gotten to the point that I download the HorribleSubs version of each one, watch once and then delete it, and then wait for the permanent one I chose for my archive.

But sometimes I have to wait a long time.

For Madan no Ou to Vanadis I chose Hiryuu. They're up to episode 4. Ep 5 hit the torrents last Saturday but it's anybody's guess when Hiryuu will get around to doing a version of it.

I've been following Hatsuyuki for the new seasons of Fairy Tail and DBK. They've gotten in the habit of accumulating two or three (or four!) episodes to do all at once. Right now they've released episode 31 of Fairy Tail even though ep 32 came out on Sunday. As to DBK, they've released up to episode 24. Ep 31 hit the raws yesterday, so they're almost two months behind.

I feel bad about watching HorribleSubs eps because they're ripping off Crunchyroll and Funimation. Honor among thieves, and all that. But it's getting to the point where there really isn't any other alternative.

The one bright spot has been Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu. I chose Commie, and they've actually been beating HorribleSubs out with each episode. They're using video with the TBS watermark, too, but for all I know they're stealing the Crunchyroll translations.

Man, you just can't get good help these days, especially free and voluntary.

I've been waiting for years for Wasurenai to bring out the second season of Marie & Gali. Ep 2 came out last April, and the series itself ran in 2010.

The way things are going we may have to wait until December for someone to get around to translating the Mouretsu Pirates movie. (moan)

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November 09, 2014

Mouretsu Pirates movie -- ordered

I just put in an order for a copy of the Japanese BD of the Mouretsu Pirates movie. If CDJapan performs as they usually do, I'll get it Wednesday.

I just snuck in; they listed two copies remaining, and I got one of them.

So now I'll be a legal owner, and I don't have to feel guilty about downloading a fansub eventually.

UPDATE: OOPS!! I ordered the DVD because I wasn't paying attention. I just cancelled that order and ordered the BD, like I should have the first time!

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