July 31, 2015

GATE -- ep 5

Well, stuff happened but it ended in the middle of a two-part story, so it was rather unsatisfying. It'll be better once ep 6 comes out.

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July 30, 2015

Fairy Tail resolution

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I think I've mentioned that there are certain moments in certain shows that, when I reach them, I pause the show and just look at the image for a while. This is one of them, from Fairy Tail episode 189.

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July 28, 2015

Bikini Warriors ep 4 -- Friendly dog

Never let it be said that this show has any class.

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(Not that anyone would be inclined to say such a thing, of course. NSFW below the fold.)

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White ribbon around the chest

A lot of female characters in anime wrap a white strip of cloth around their chests instead of wearing bras or something else. Erza does that in Fairy Tail and Hallie Tribeca and her gang do it in Nanoha Vivid and they're not the only ones. I see it all the time.

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What is that called?

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July 26, 2015

Red half-rim glasses watch -- Jitsu wa Watashi

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Her name is Mikan, and I stole borrowed this picture from Metanorn because I'm not watching this show.

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July 24, 2015

GATE -- ep 4

While we were away, the JSDF engineers have been busy.

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I'm not sure I'd pick a star fortress as an ideal design for this (they work a lot better if you've got a moat, and that isn't possible here), but it isn't terrible. And they've nicely partitioned it so that even if an enemy force breaks into the outer wall, the entire fort won't fall.

Anyway, Scout Squad 3 comes back with its group of refugees, and there's a bit of confusion and consternation about that. But ultimately it's decided that it's a good thing, and the JSDF will take them in and provide for them.

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Magician, meet backhoe. The engineers build a refugee camp -- outside the wall. It goes up very fast, which shouldn't be a surprise.

To get all that supply into the new region they must have been running trucks bumper-to-bumper through the gate.

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One of the first things that goes up is a bath.

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Chuka, the elf, is suffering from PTSD and isn't quite right in her head. She can't seem to accept that her father is dead. She draws twice as many clothes as she needs (some for her, some for a man) and gets twice as much food as she needs (and half goes to waste).

But on a practical level, she's worried about the fact that they're receiving all this charity from the JSDF. "We eventually have to support ourselves. Will we have to sell our bodies?"

Lelei, the mage, has been working on trying to learn Japanese, and is making great progress. She's been doing other things, too.

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She learns that the JSDF has no use for the corpses of all these dragons they killed. It turns out that dragon scales are very valuable, and she's gotten permission for the refugees to collect them, and to sell them. "We aren't going to have to sell our bodies." Considering how many dragons died there, they should be able to keep busy for a long time.

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This is the nearest town that's still intact. It's called "Italica". Whoever drew it needs to learn more about how towns were fortified in the middle ages, because it's got a blind spot. An attacking army could climb one of those hills from along the river and attack down into the town. (It wouldn't be easy but it would be a lot easier than assaulting that wall.)

Aside from that, it's a pretty good imitation of a motte-and-bailey. Except that the bailey should be elevated, and this one isn't.

(By the way, it also means that the locals haven't invented any kind of artillery. Curtain walls like that are completely useless if the enemy has artillery, whether cannons, trebuchets, high-powered mages, or tamed kaiju. If that town has been safe all this time, then the JSDF fortress will be too.)

Regardless, the next episode is "The Battle of Italica". The princess and her column are coming in from one side, and Scout Squad 3 is taking the three girls to this town from the other side with their first load of dragon scales, and presumably there will be some sort of clash.

Also, word has gotten back to Japan about wholesale slaughter of civilians, and opponents of the administration are trying to claim that it was the JSDF that did it, not a kaiju. So the Diet has summoned witnesses: Itami (commander of the JSDF unit that witnessed it) and some of the refugees, and that's maybe in the next episode, too, or maybe the one after.

I wonder if Lelei's magic will work in Japan? I wonder if she'll need to find out? Since by then Lelei's mastery of Japanese will probably be sufficient, she's going to be the star witness, obviously. And I hope to hell no one makes Rory mad.

(A stupidity: the Premiere of China wants to send half of his citizens through the gate. Which is idiocy considering what a bottleneck it is. If they loaded them onto trucks bumper-to-bumper they couldn't even keep up with China's population rate of increase, even assuming there was anything for them on the other side besides starvation and violent death. I guess the writer wants us to believe that the Premiere is stupid, but I don't believe that any national leader is that stupid.)

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July 22, 2015

What does the future hold for me?

The Magic Eight Ball says, "Jack Shit."

The third episode of Bikini Warriors was even more stupid than the other two, and it's clear that the show has no redeeming features. Not even the fan service, which is getting repetitive. I might also mention that the animation is distinctly low budget, and I'm getting tired of endless closeups of their boobs, as amazing as that may seem.

GATE has been interesting, but I took a peek at the manga and it seems that the next part of the show will be in Japan, and the main story is American nastiness. In other words, we're going to do the Gasaraki shuffle, and I'm not interested.

Joukamachi no Dandelion wasn't offensive, particular, but it's surprisingly dull for a show about people with super powers. I didn't even bother watching the third episode.

Fairy Tail is doing the Tartaros arc now. I've read it in the manga, and it isn't a fun time. Lucy is going to take a major casualty, for one thing. And it has a sad ending, though at the rate its going it'll be months before we get that far. I haven't bothered watching the last two episodes.

I haven't watched any of the new Dragon Ball series. I've had enough of fighting by sweaty men. And it's placed after the recent movie, which means we've climbed so far up the power curve at this point as to be preposterous. (In the movie, Goku got yet another major power boost, which exceeds even Super Saiyajin 3. (Super Saiyajin 4 was GT, and GT isn't canon.))

I watched one episode of Sky Wizards and then panned it as being a by-the-numbers harem show with a classic Marty Stu as the male lead. I haven't noticed if there have been any more episodes of it because I'm not interested.

And that leaves me with goose-egg for things to watch this season. Good Grief.

I'll try to find things to post here, but it won't be about the current season because for me the current season is a complete and total loss. (I'm sure you all have found shows to watch; please don't tell me about them.)

But probably it's mostly going to be cheesecake. Which is not the worst thing I could do, I guess.

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July 21, 2015

It must be nice

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It must be nice to enjoy your work so much!

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July 20, 2015

Yikes!

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(Nothing in particular...)

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July 19, 2015

We need a new word

I keep running into the fact that the word "immortal" has two meanings that aren't necessarily all that closely related. One meaning is approximately "ageless" -- it means the person doesn't grow old. The other is "unkillable" -- it means the person cannot die.

In anime we run into both kinds. Yukikaze in Dog Days is immortal in the first sense. We know that tochigami can die because her mother did die, leaving her alone in the forest, where Brioche found her.

Ban in Nanatsu no Taizai is immortal in the second sense; at various times he's been chopped into pieces, burned to ash, and came back. The second kind of immortality usually implies the first kind as well; Undead Ban doesn't seem to be aging.

This comes up in mythology, too. The Norse Gods were immortal in the "ageless" sense, but one of their myths involves one of those gods (Baldr) dying after he thought he had become unkillable.

I think I'm going to stop using the word "immortal" and use "ageless" or "unkillable" instead in order to eliminate that ambiguity, unless I want to imply uncertainty. (Brioche in Dog Days is ageless, but is she also unkillable? Not known. So I will refer to her as "immortal".)

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