December 08, 2013
I'm not going to make any more posts about new episodes of Sekai de Ichiban because I don't care any more.
I never cared much; I mostly followed it as a joke. It was never very absorbing even at the best of times, and with the end of the first plot arc, I find I don't give a damn.
I will be doing a post, probably next Thursday, about whether the first BD removed the censorship fog from the first episode's shower scene. That's not the same.
Sad to say, it will probably make a major appearance in the top rotation at some point. As stupid as the series is, it really was loaded with appropriate eye candy.
UPDATE: When it was first announced, I figured that Walkure Romanze would also be a good source for the top rotation. I only managed to watch two episodes of that, and the only report about it I've seem recently is that it did end up being as awful as I thought at the time. I don't know about any eye candy; seems to me that the women spend a lot of time in plate mail, which is only fan service if you have a really strange fetish. The rest of the time they were wearing stiff jackets, which equally misses the point. But maybe there were better things I missed. After all, it's an H-game adaptation, and it's hard to believe there isn't any fan service in it.
For all its faults, Yuushibu has had plenty of fan service, and it will definitely be a series I plunder.
December 06, 2013
They're still telling story but it's still coming out slowly. Their decision to finish with the Amada arc is still looking like a mistake.
A couple of things happened in this episode, but not really very much. The story telling continues to feel really flabby.more...
December 05, 2013
At the end of the war, a number of Japanese submarines were captured by the Americans. Some of those were scuttled in Japanese waters, and 4 of them were brought to Hawaii and closely studied, then scuttled in Hawaiian waters. One of those latter was I-400, a submarine air craft carrier and lead member of a class of subs which were the largest ever built until the advent of boomers in the 1960's.
A few days ago it was announced that I-400 had been found. No one is talking about refloating it; it's in 700 meters of water, and it was originally sunk by torpedoes fired by USS Trumpetfish so it's pretty seriously ruined. But it's still historically interesting.
It's also anime interesting. Sister ship I-401 (sunk at the same time, and found in 2005 at a depth of 820 meters) is a central character in Arpeggio of Blue Steel, running this season.
November 29, 2013
I watched the first few minutes of this, and got huge "filler" vibes. So I stopped, and went and looked at Aroduc's frame grabs, which is a good way to get a summary of an episode -- and yeah, filler.
I have no urge to watch it, and probably won't. The overall story was: it's payday, and Raul accompanies Fino as she goes shopping. At least based on Aroduc's post, there wasn't even any fan service.
And it ends with Fino crying about something. I'm not sure I even care what.
This series is the latest in a long line of shows which began superbly and then ran into a ditch. In this particular case the reason why is obvious: they decided to run the Amada-arc through to the end of the series, and it's dragging.
But a couple of days ago I realized something else: they're trying to make Raul be like Kyon in Haruhi. Only it isn't working. Haruhi had a unique dynamic. Yuushibu doesn't have the same dynamic. Haruhi was manic, and Kyon's dry commentary worked. Fino isn't nuts; she's just confused. Raul's commentary makes him seem petty and obnoxious.
Kyon's commentary was his way of coping with the fact that Haruhi was pushing him around constantly, and he didn't have the guts to tell her "no". Fino isn't pushing Raul around, and he's got plenty of guts, anyway. It's simply a mismatch.
November 27, 2013
My copy of the North American release of Girls und Panzer was just delivered. It has the whole series, including the two filler episodes. They also included a clean OP, and all the clean EDs.
They didn't include any of the omake, or any of Yukari's Tank Corner. I see from RACS that there's another disk coming in February, and I assume that's what it will be.
It was delicious.
November 26, 2013
Miho has become a booth babe! (Wow, that's a short skirt!)
I was watching Girls und Panzer last evening, and also the Fairy Tail movie, and had a dream which was a mashup of the two. The mages of Fairy Tail had tanks.
Don't ask me why that made sense.
November 25, 2013
Mark it on your calendar, folks. That's the day the first BD of Sekai de Ichiban comes out, and we can see what they did about uncensoring the shower scene.
Unfortunately, we're going to have to wait a bit longer for Yuushibu; the first BD comes out after Christmas. Then we can see Airi get MCSA'ed.
(Can't you just feel the excitement? I live for cheap thrills!)
November 24, 2013
With Misaki injured, Jackal sees something in Sakura that she likes, and decides Sakura will be her opponent in the big match. At first Sakura is afraid; after all, Jackal is the world champion. But Misaki talks her into it.
So she goes into the ring, ready to try to win.
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