May 08, 2011

Infinite Cheesecake

So I just finished scanning through Infinite Stratos. 44 grabs, and I'll probably be able to use about 35 of them.


UPDATE: I had the subtitles turned on, so I mostly followed the plot line, such as it was. Ultimately there wasn't really any story except for the harem.


She comes off as a loon. Is it an act? Has the weight of responsibility driven her around the bend? Or maybe it takes someone crazy to dream big dreams.

I think maybe it's a bit of all three.

I wrote one time that "Great power must be challenged by great adversity in contention for great stakes. Power without challenge is just crass spectacle." It's one of my heuristics. And the problem here is that there ultimately wasn't any great adversity or great stakes.

The mecha side of this story was just gizmo fixation, nothing more. And as far as harems go, it was all by the book.

Definitely forgettable.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Cheesecake at 12:58 PM | Comments (18) | Add Comment
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1 Interesting.  I had been distracted by the other three bombshells in that episode (two of which were in that conversation), and missed the import of Tabane's last question,

Those being,

Some interesting concepts, and the girls are cute, but seriously, this is more speculation than the series is worth.

Posted by: ubu at May 08, 2011 04:46 PM (GfCSm)


It reminded me just a bit of one of the best episodes of the Sakura Wars TV series. Kohran had given up, lost heart.

The little girl convinced Kohran that the koubu's could save the world, but they needed Kohran's help to do it. And afterwards, Kohran's morale was back, and she figured out the final upgrade that made it possible for them all to win.

It reminded me just a little of that, except that Sakura Wars did it a hell of a lot better.

The idea that is an interesting one, and may well be true.

But if so, they hardly made anything out of it. Maybe it was intended to be explored a bit more in a hypothetical sequel.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 08, 2011 07:51 PM (+rSRq)

3 The setting had some depth but the actual show never did more than dip a toe in. Harem show, and that's all. Cute girls (and some laughs with Laura's bridal declaration) but nothing worth continuing.

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at May 08, 2011 08:20 PM (mRjOr)

4 The sequels aren't hypothetical, and there's another bad guy out there (either also, or eventually).  But Ichika continues to be as stupid as they come -- when your cute (opposite sex) roomie starts sitting really close on the bed and discussing getting you and her matching bracelets, she's not just making a fashion statement.  

If there were ever a harem lead in need of testosterone therapy, Ichika is it.

Posted by: ubu at May 08, 2011 09:03 PM (GfCSm)


He still isn't as clueless as Kio in AsoIku. Let's see: three bodacious babes each, in turn, give Kio a deep kiss, and then all three of them strip off all their clothing right in front of him.

And he still doesn't figure it out.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 08, 2011 09:22 PM (+rSRq)

6 I dunno, at least Kio had the excuse of being distracted by the mission. 

Ichika had two of the girls stripping in his room, and once woke up with Laura (the Germanic one with the eye patch) stark naked in his bed -- and then she started wrestling with him! 

I mean... I can't post that picture in comments. Sheesh!  "Dude, where's my elbow?"

Posted by: ubu at May 09, 2011 08:21 AM (i7ZAU)

7 In fairness to Kio, it's an emotional whiplash. He's stammering and blushing when they start stripping right after the kisses, until their explanation shifts his reaction to concern for their safety.

The real clue he missed is the fact that


Posted by: J Greely at May 09, 2011 09:06 AM (2XtN5)

8 Meh. I was going to post them at my place, but I can't get the screencaps to work.  It's not just doing captures out of zplayer, I can't even take screen prints.  The behavior is just... bizarre. 

Posted by: ubu at May 09, 2011 04:52 PM (GfCSm)


I've been using Media Player Classic to get my frame grabs. Problem with Zoom Player is that it nearly always advances one frame before taking a grab, so I don't get the image I wanted. MPC, on the other hand, takes a grab of the frame I'm looking at.

And getting a grab is easy: Alt-I.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 09, 2011 05:56 PM (+rSRq)

10 Zplayer may be the problem, but some of the behavior of my other programs was crazy.  Basically,  any picture frame, be it Paint Shop Pro, or an instance of MS Paint, became a window to the Zplayer scene underneath.  Pull it to the other monitor... black screen.  pull it back... window.  Even if there were something else between them.  Never seen that behavior before.

Posted by: ubu at May 09, 2011 09:47 PM (GfCSm)


OK. The way that zplayer is working is that it's using a special mode with your display chip. There's a certain color which means "This is where you put the video you, graphics chip, are creating." The graphics aren't really available in the CPU; they're being created by the graphics chip.

What you've saved is a frame which is full of that color.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 09, 2011 10:35 PM (+rSRq)


By the way, it doesn't have to be that way. If you tell zplayer not to take advantage of the graphics chip features, it'll do all the rendering in the CPU.

I believe that this is required in order to take frame grabs.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 09, 2011 10:36 PM (+rSRq)

13 Depending on the renderer you choose, MPC will exhibit the same behavior, i.e. giving you a screen full of Alpha Channel.  It's easy to not notice this if you have both the player and your graphics program in full screen mode.

Posted by: Mauser at May 10, 2011 03:04 AM (cZPoz)

14 Ah!  Thanks, I'll try that tonight.  I usually manage to fix it, but I could never figure out which change actually helped.

Posted by: ubu at May 10, 2011 05:15 AM (i7ZAU)

15 To test it, make sure you minimize the player program before you view the frame grab. You don't have to shut down the player program.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 10, 2011 07:24 AM (+rSRq)

16 Sigh.  I couldn't find anything like that feature.  Then I noticed I was using zplayer 4.something.  Apparently I grabbed an old backup file after my last system reinstall.

Ok, so I go download the latest and greatest free version, zplayer 8, RC2. And I still can't find it.  So I try a screenshot anyway, and get the message "Can't capture current format."

. . . . . My software's being mean to me.  I'm going to go sulk in a corner somewhere.

Posted by: ubu at May 10, 2011 05:04 PM (GfCSm)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 10, 2011 06:58 PM (+rSRq)

18 More importantly, it works.  Although it isn't sexy at all.


Posted by: ubu at May 10, 2011 09:30 PM (GfCSm)

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