May 08, 2011
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.
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 thatis 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)
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at May 08, 2011 08:20 PM (mRjOr)
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)
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)
The real clue he missed is the fact that
Posted by: J Greely at May 09, 2011 09:06 AM (2XtN5)
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)
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)
Posted by: Mauser at May 10, 2011 03:04 AM (cZPoz)
Posted by: ubu at May 10, 2011 05:15 AM (i7ZAU)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 10, 2011 07:24 AM (+rSRq)
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)
Posted by: ubu at May 10, 2011 09:30 PM (GfCSm)
Enclose all spoilers in spoiler tags:
[spoiler]your spoiler here[/spoiler]
Spoilers which are not properly tagged will be ruthlessly deleted on sight.
Also, I hate unsolicited suggestions and advice. (Even when you think you're being funny.)
At Chizumatic, we take pride in being incomplete, incorrect, inconsistent, and unfair. We do all of them deliberately.
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