March 04, 2016

GATE II -- ep 9

The author is expressing resentment again, towards the press, the civilian government, and the rest of the world. There's nothing less interesting than watching someone ranting about resentment he's been nursing for 30 years. Which means this episode was full of caricatures.

Snore...

Next episode we get to see Japanese paratroops, though, which might be interesting. (I looked it up in Wikipedia, and the Japanese 1st Parachute Brigade is based at Narashino, which was where Itami served before the Ginza attack.)

UPDATE: "Those who look away from battle and choose humiliation will someday find themselves visited with both battle and humiliation."

Sheesh.

And I find it very difficult to believe that Mochizuki Noriko is acting as a civilian press liason. After what she went through (she's the one they rescued from the palace) it's hard to believe she's recovered in such a short time.

Meanwhile they didn't ignore Itami-tachi quite as much this time, but they still didn't get a lot of camera time. Though we did get to see Itami use a flash-bang.

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March 02, 2016

Musaigen no Phantom World -- ep 9

Look what they did to Mai!

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If there's some sort of story here they better get busy and start telling it; they're running out of time. (Assuming it's one cour. Do we know that?)

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February 27, 2016

Luck & Logic -- ep 8

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Well, we're two thirds of the way through the series (assuming it's one cour) and we're doing yet another girl-of-the-week episode. This time it was Veronica, the boss of the unit, Yoshichika's superior. An old friend in trouble, and yadayada. Pretty uninteresting, except for the fact that it's the first mission for Yukari and Quetzalcoatl. They had some problems, but they got better as the mission went along. So far it appears that the only power they have when in trance is the ability to fly, but that can be pretty useful when you're fighting on a big oil derrick in the middle of a snow storm.

And she did pretty well, all told, and made a pretty good contribution. (And I won't be surprised if she eventually has some sort of attack.)

I think the only girl left we haven't done an of-the-week for is Athena, and I bet that's next. And then they'll be forced to tell their main story, since they won't have any more sidetracks left. I hope.

UPDATE: Actually, they've been dropping hints about something called "over-trance" all through the series and this episode was another. Ominously, in the first episode we learn that Yoshichika has done over-trance and didn't lose his mind, though he did lose his power. He asked Athena why she sought him out to be his partner and she said it was because she believed he'd be willing to sacrifice everything he was in overtrance. And we've been seeing hints all along about what this might mean. I suspect that the climax of the series is going to require Yoshichika to do an overtrance, again.

Sweet as she seems to be, it looks like Athena chose him because she expects to sacrifice him. And that's really pretty evil, you know that?

A couple of episodes ago there was a confrontation between Athena and Lucifer and what they said suggested that it was a conflict between the two of them which started the war. It makes me wonder if maybe Athena was the bad guy in all this.

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February 26, 2016

GATE -- ep 20

I don't know about anyone else, but when I watch an episode of GATE, what I want to see is Itami and his ladies.

This episode gave us about 30 seconds of them, and the rest of it was about Zorzal establishing his power in the capitol via a reign of terror. The upshot of it all was:

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February 24, 2016

Musaigen no Phantom World -- ep 8

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It never occurred to me that this show was intended to be a comedy, but that's how it's turning out. It isn't a huge surprise, on the other hand, that there's at least some fan service. Less, in fact, than I originally expected considering the teaser poster released before the series began. Anyway, this episode makes up some of that deficit.

It's an onsen episode. Yup.

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A phantom creates a hotspring right in the middle of the school. It's heating up the place, not to mention making the humidity rise like mad, and classes can't continue until it gets dispelled. So we get to see some of the other teams try to beat it, and no one can. Like these three:

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Back in the classroom, licking their wounds.

Haruhiko's plan is to paint Mai's butt red to try to seduce the giant monkey that's causing all this.

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And she gets captured by the monkey, who is about to give her a lick job. Haruhiko demonstrates a new power:

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Believe it or not, he summons Cthulhu, and he doesn't need his sketchbook to do it. (I thought Cthulhu was more impressive than that...)

This whole episode is complete silliness, but it's fun, and it's an excuse to get the girls into swimsuits. So it's not a total loss.

UPDATE: After last week's episode I was expecting a flood of Neko-Mai pictures, but it didn't happen. I wonder if this episode will inspire Mai swimsuit pictures? Maybe the fan artists have lost interest in this show...

UPDATE: One problem is simply that Mai hasn't been getting a lot of screen time.

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February 20, 2016

Luck & Logic -- ep 7

Bath episode! Buy-the-BD shots!

Aside from that, and a lot of angst, a waste of time. Sheesh.

Olga keeps varying between sympathetic character and total asshole. It's obvious to even the most casual of observers that and I wish they'd get on with it. But I guess they can't, because that's also obviously going to be the final plot arc.

UPDATE: Athena is turning out to be major league angsty. I guess it's in the rules: if you get a magical girlfriend, she's either going to be tsundere or angsty. Frankly, I don't like either of those but at least tsundere gets you better fan service.

UPDATE: NSFW pandering below the fold.

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February 19, 2016

GATE II -- ep 7

A lot of interesting things in this episode but one in particular: some back story on the gate itself.

Also, Lelei is awesome and she seems to think she's married to Itami. Maybe. Via a local form of common-law marriage. (I don't think she's serious about it; she's just preempting her sister.)

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February 18, 2016

Nyaatorrents

If you're obsessive like I am, you've noticed that nyaatorrents has been up and down. Yesterday I got curious so I left a copy of pingplotter running monitoring it.

It's interesting. The route comes up and down a lot, but the point that's breaking isn't the last step, not even close. It's a step named "staminus.net", about 7 steps before nyaa.se (a synonym).

Anyway, all last night, the pattern was that this link would be down for 20 minutes or half an hour, then come up for a few seconds (typically half a minute but sometimes up to 4 minutes) and then go down again. I suspect someone there is working on a fix for something; they bring it up briefly for a test, which has always failed, so they bring it down again and work on it some more.

The web site for staminus.net says it's all about protecting customers from DDOS's. I wonder if someone has been trying to attack Nyaatorrents, and the guys at Staminus are trying to find an adequate block rule?

The site came up again this morning about 9 (my time) and just went down again at 2 (my time) so I guess they're making another try. Unless they find an answer, probably it's going to be up-and-down all night again, mostly down.

UPDATE: I assume that the global routing announcement for "nyaatorrents.org" and "nyaa.se" is to send it to staminus.net, which is rerouting it to the actual server farm that hosts nyaa.se, located in Montreal.

That's pretty elaborate for what is basically a hobby site. Did nyaatorrents get attacked by a DDOS before, forcing them to take this kind of action?

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February 17, 2016

Musaigen no Phantom World -- ep 07

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It's the birth of a new meme: Nekomimi Mai! I expect to see fan art beginning any day now.

This series just keeps getting stranger and stranger. But what was nice about this one was that they won it by getting along with the phantom, not by destroying it. It was actually a rather nice one; the problem was just that it turned almost everyone in the school into cat people.

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February 15, 2016

Mondaijitachi

Another rewatch. The frustrating thing about that series it that it's only 10+1 episodes and only covers two major plot arcs. I know there's a lot more story than that, so I decided to see if someone had done a Wikia on it which covered some of the light novels, and there it was.

I almost wish I hadn't bothered. The story becomes a major mishmash, with the "problem children" constantly climbing the "sorting algorithm of evil". (The power-up rate seems to rival DBZ.) But what really disturbed me was: Laius didn't die. Algol didn't die. Black Percher didn't die. (She actually joins the No Names!) Sorry, it's just too strange.

Now I'm glad the anime stopped where it did.

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