August 30, 2014

NyaaTorrents

You might (or might not) have noticed that NyaaTorrents is down. It's being DDoS'ed, and they're waiting it out. Presumably eventually the attackers will give up, and then it will return.

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August 27, 2014

Fall, 2014

So I decided to take a look at what's upcoming in the fall season.

Terra Formars: killer cockroaches from outer space! Right.

Grisaia no Kajitsu: Our Hero is the sole male student at a cloister. Uh-huh.

Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de: five members of the high school literature club have gained super powers -- only they don't have anyone to fight. Might be fun but probably really stupid.

Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu: Girls with twintails turn out to be key to the fate of the world. What, no glasses girls?

And a whole lot of other stuff that's even worse. I didn't see a single series which looked even moderately interesting.

The only thing of interest is a 3-ep Strike Witches OVA which fits into the continuity between the end of the second series and the movie. The first of the three episodes comes out in September and the others aren't even listed.

I tell you, it's gonna be bleak.

UPDATE: I don't even see anything that looks like it could be worth plundering for the top rotation. Sheesh.

UPDATE: Actually, the Mouretsu Pirates movie hits BD in November, so there's that to look forward to.

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August 20, 2014

Chooser 47

I'm going to come out of hiatus for a bit. If you've been watching the comments, I've updated the top rotation with grabs from five series, and I thought I'd write about those five. Spoilers below the fold.

UPDATE: Pete doesn't like my characterization of Locodol.

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July 07, 2014

Soul Eater NOT -- mystery lady

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Who is this? She takes over the academy I don't recall anyone ever addressing her by name.

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Maybe Sid's sister?

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July 06, 2014

Girls und Panzer OVA -- Anzio battle

It's the second round of the tournament. Our girls beat Saunders in the first round, but there's much to do. Going into the second round they still only have five tanks, although morale is high. The OVA fills in the Anzio battle, which fits in at the end of episode 7. Until now all we've known is that Ooarai won, but we didn't have any idea what the battle was like.

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I downloaded a raw (because I didn't want to wait for a sub) but even without subtitles it wasn't too difficult to figure out what was going on. It was great! A hell of a lot of fun, partly because the Anzio team was a lot of fun.

UPDATE: In the manga, the Renault B1-bis was ready to go for this battle but didn't yet have a crew, so Miho put Yukari (commander), Caesar (gunner), and Aya (driver) in it for this battle. That didn't happen in the OVA; they only had the same five tanks they had against Saunders: Rabbit (M3-Lee), Hippo (STuG-III), Duck (Type 89), Turtle (38t), and Anko (Panzer IV). Turtle was the flag tank again.

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July 03, 2014

Soul Eater -- ep 1

I wanted to see what the Death God's character was like, and I wanted to see zombie Sid, so last night I downloaded Soul Eater, and I just watched the first episode.

It's a lot different than Soul Eater NOT. First, the art is more cartoony. It's got a lot more comedy (though I wonder how long that will last).

Surprisingly, Maka's voice works for me in this, in a way it didn't in SEN. Her voice is fundamentally a comedy voice and this is a comedy part. In SEN she wasn't a comedy part.

There are a lot of nice jokes in it, like the fact that the witch they were chasing was named "Blair". And Soul is a lot more interesting character; in SEN he was a waste of time.

I have no idea how much more of it I'm going to watch, but the first episode was really fun.

UPDATE: Although I think I could get very tired of Maka being teased for being flat-chested.

UPDATE: I'm willing to bet that the Shinigami's voice is the same as the chef at the pirate's nest in Mouretsu Pirates.

UPDATE: Episode 2 was Black Star and Tsubaki. Tsubaki is still the babe, but Black Star is thoroughly annoying. Ep 3 will be The Kid, and he's annoying, too. I think I've had enough.

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July 01, 2014

Soul Eater NOT -- ep 12

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And done. And it was a good ending. I thought for a while that it was going to be Zombie-Sid that actually killed Shaula, but I suppose in some ways that would have been less satisfying than what they did give us.

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June 28, 2014

Ouch!!

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Lots of shows have featured a girl riding on a broom stick, or a magic staff, or (in this case) a flying halberd. And it's always seemed to me as if it must be very painful to carry your entire weight on just a small pole that way.

The only show that ever addressed that point was the Magic User's Club OVA, where at one point one of the girls strapped a pillow onto her broomstick to ride on.

In this case, at least, Anya has that great big dress folded up under her, which should help a little.

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June 27, 2014

Kamikaze stories

I think I won't download this one. It seems strange and tragic. But I noticed something about the frame grabs that was eerie.

The second of the three episodes is about the pilot of an Ohka, which was referred to by the Americans as a "Baka bomb". Once an Ohka got launched, the only hope for the targetted ship was AAA. But in fact few of them did get launched because they had to be carried pretty close to their targets by specially-equipped Betty bombers, and nearly all of those were intercepted and shot down by American fighter cover before they could reach their launch point.

Anyway, the weird thing about the frame grabs for the second episode is that the pilot looks like an American. He doesn't look Japanese. We've all long noted that anime characters look Western, not Oriental. Eyes are round, hair color is varied, and so on. This is a case where that style comes back to bite them, because the character is explicitly Japanese but he looks like an American ex-pat.

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