May 29, 2015

Summer 2015

I thought I'd take a quick look at the latest chart for the upcoming season. This is not comprehensive, by any means, but there were a few entries that were noteworthy.

Jitsu wa Watashi wa -- is about a boy who has a crush on a girl who happens to be a vampire. (And, presumably, bites him a lot.) Man, haven't we seen this before? (Rosario to something...)

Gakkou Gurashi -- Four girls decide to spend the night at their school, and just by chance that's when the Zombie Apocalypse happens. gad...

There's going to be another season of Cinderella Girls. Which I won't be watching.

There's going to be a new Dragon Ball series, placed after the Majin Buu arc. I think I'm not interested.

Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri -- sounds bizarre. A squad of soldiers from the JSDF are transported to a fantasy world to fight a dragon.

There's going to be a sequel to Gatchaman Crowds. Which I won't be watching.

Monster Musume is on the list. (Which I probably won't be watching.)

Charlotte features a boy with special powers who is trying to keep it secret. Then he, and all the others, get revealed. This might be cool but probably will suck.

Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Takutsu no Sekai -- is noteworthy because the publicity picture is of a grinning girl who is stark naked except for a pair of panties on her head.

The basic story is that serious puritanism has been imposed on the country by law: no coarse language, no suggestive activities, and so on. Our Hero gets pulled into a secret group of teenage terrorists, whose terrorism seems to involve streaking and other attempts to scandalize the mundanes. The naked girl in the publicity picture is probably the leader of the group. It's listed as "comedy, ecchi" and likely will involve a lot of fogging, branches, and other forms of censorship for broadcast, removed on the BDs. I dunno about this. J.C. Staff?

There's going to be another "Working" series. (This one has three exclamation points in the title instead of two.)

There's going to be a sequel to To Love-Ru.

Yay! Bikini Warriors!!!

There's going to be yet another Prizma-Illya sequel

Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan -- has some sort of story, but it's screaming "HAREM!" at the top of its lungs.

Venus Project is yet another idol show, this time in a science fiction setting. It appears to be a teaser series for a computer game. The girls are shapely and wear skimpy clothing. I will not be watching this.

Except for Bikini Warriors and maybe the one about naked terrorists, I don't see anything here that reaches out to grab me.

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May 28, 2015

Dodging bullets

I (deliberately) bought my current computer before Win8 came out, because I was sure it was going to be a trainwreck and I didn't want anything to do with it.

And I was right, and I'm glad I did.

My phone came out two and a half years ago, but we were brought up to the edge (Android 4.4.2) last Fall. I suspect we won't get any more updates for my model -- and again, I think I'm glad.

Google has gone nuts with the next version of Android. And I'm glad I won't be a part of it.

Thanks, but no thanks!

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May 27, 2015

Punchline -- dropped

I don't think I wrote about this. Episode 7 was entirely too stupid. There was a plot point that rises, or drops, to the level of deus ex machina -- except that it's too stupid for "deus". Spoilers below the fold.


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Otaku Cafe

Someone named "Overcooled" at Metanorn decided to try to recreate a couple of the recipes from Shokugeki no Soma, and pronounces them "delicious".

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Houkago no Pleiades -- ep 8

Ep 8 was a girl-of-the-week episode. This time it was Nanako, the one who's been translating for the alien.

They are also playing fast and loose with series canon. In the last couple of episodes they were able to travel to places at near infinite speeds, but in this episode they were limited to the speed of light.

Not a particularly important episode, actually. Nanako isn't a very interesting character, and her family issues didn't really come across as being particularly important.

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Grumble English grumble

I had an urge today to rewatch Tenchi Muyo GXP. I couldn't find a torrent with a rip, so I had to be old fashioned and dig out my DVD set. I think it's the first time I've watched a DVD in a couple of years.

And it's a pain in the ass. I was using MPC-64, and every time I did almost anything (like "next chapter") it switched back to English audio and no subtitles. Then I'd have to switch back to Japanese and subtitles on. Whenever I started a new DVD it would so the same.

I've run into that sometimes with MKV files created by ripping dual-language DVDs or BDs. The file says, "My default language is English" and even if I was just watching a file in Japanese, the damned program switches back again. I have told MPC that I want Japanese audio, and it ignores me.

I want the damned program would do what I say, not what the file says.

(Here's what I don't want: suggestions for other player programs. Thank you for not offering me unsolicited advice.)

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May 26, 2015

Hell and/or High Water

Here's hoping Ubu Roi isn't being forced to demonstrate how well he can tread water!

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Shorter Me

Every time out there I see someone say "Shorter XYZ" it always gives me a strange feeling. Because I was the first person that was used for, back in 2003.

It's interesting that my most important and longest lasting contribution to the web could be due to being the target of a sarcastic insult. Not exactly what I would have hoped for, but... well... it's something. A form of immortality, I guess.

Even if no one remembers my involvement in it.

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May 24, 2015

Nanoha Vivid -- ep 8


Introducing Asteon AKA "Teo". This is the magical device that Hayate, Agito, and Rein made for Einhart. It's in the form of a snow leopard kitten, because the original hegemon kept snow leopards as pets.

In this episode we train and prepare for the beginning of the tournament! Yay, team!


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May 23, 2015

Re-Kan -- ep 8


Re-Kan is now revealed as being iyashikei ("healing") anime, which is a big surprise. Not that it's like that every episode -- the school festival episode, for instance, really wasn't -- but that's the main theme. Ep 8 is IMHO the best episode yet in the series, and really well handled.

There was an early RPG called "The Fantasy Trip". It was Steve Jackson's first attempt at doing that kind of game (and it eventually led to him doing GURPS). One of the nasties in the game was called a "revenant". It was the ghost of someone who died with something really important left undone, and they continue as a ghost in order to complete their business. A lot of the stories in this series are about ghosts like that, and this was one of them.

Two of the teachers in the school announce their engagement. They're both popular with the students, so obviously it's a big deal. Back in our favorite classroom, a little girl ghost in a white gown shows up. Initially the only thing she says is "Moriya, Moriya, Moriya". Amami's gang decide to try to teach her to speak, teaching her all kinds of words, and she picks it up fast.

Moriya is the name of the man who is getting married, and the gang does some talking to people. It turns out that when he was little his health was poor, and he spent a lot of time in the hospital. He shared a room with a little girl, and they became friends. He eventually got better and left. She didn't.

Amami invites him to the classroom to meet the little girl.



Amami takes her home that night.


I'm not going to say how it ends, except that I had tears in my eyes. I defy anyone to watch this episode and not feel that way at the end.

Much recommended! Even if you haven't been following this series, you should download and watch this episode. (There isn't any series-level plot line, so watching the episodes out of order isn't a problem.)

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