April 18, 2015

Nanoha Vivid ep 3

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"I won her, fair and square, and now I'm taking her home with me."

UPDATE: No, that's not what's really happening...

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Re-Kan -- ep 3

OK, with this episode we're no longer trapped in 4-Koma hell. They actually told a story this time that ran most of the length of the episode. And it was a good story. It brought tears to my eyes. (I'm such a softy.)

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In a show about ghosts, inevitably some of the stories will be about death and loss, and this one was. But Amami was able to use her special talent to help a couple of people heal.

One of those was Inoue, who no longer even tries to pretend that she doesn't believe. And as of this episode Inoue and Amami are now pretty close friends.

Amami is a yamato nadesico. Her character page on the show website says so. It's not a character type you see very often, and it was an interesting choice. I think it works. The danger is that it could turn Amami into a plot device instead of a complex character, but so far I think they've avoided that mistake.

Azumanga Daioh started out just doing gags but fairly soon started telling stories of varying lengths. I think that's what has happened with the 4-Koma that this show is based on, too, and that's the reason why the production company thought they could turn it into a decent anime. If it had continued like the first two episodes, it would have crashed and burned. But with this episode we can see the potential for more beginning to develop.

UPDATE: And next week we get a beach episode. I guess that was inevitable. Will we get an onsen ep, too?

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April 17, 2015

The uselessness of public opinion polls

A Japanese website asked Japanese readers: Which female anime character has the most curves?

Well, as stated the question is stupid. If drawn correctly, they should all have the same number of curves. Some will be longer and more bulgy than others, but if the character isn't malformed or diseased, they'll have the same number of curves.

Anyway, ignoring that, the list that resulted was very strange. Three different girls from K-on ended up in the top ten. One of those, Tsumugi, arguably rates being on the list, but the other two shouldn't even have been also-rans. Lucy Heartfilia managed to make 14th place but she was the only character from Fairy Tail who rated.

No one from Senran Kagura was on the list. Super Sonico wasn't on the list, and being curvy is her signature feature. No one from Maken Ki was on the list. No one from Madan no Ou to Vanadis. Sylphy got ignored. None of the girls from Dragonar rated. No one from Momo Kyun Sword. Yukikaze Panettone was slighted. No Rias Gremory.

As usual, people ignored the actual question and just voted for characters they liked. I'm a bit surprised that Louise wasn't the winner; that would be in character. (But I guess her star is fading.)

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SJWs pop an artery

BoingBoing posted this picture on Twitter:

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And the response was ferocious.

How many SJWs does it take to change a light bulb?

UPDATE:

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Who are you calling "Kitty kitty kitty"?

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April 16, 2015

Punchline -- ep 2

I guess the idea of this episode was to do character building. The only important event as far as I could tell was Yuuta breaking a bottle and getting a level up from it. Everything else was him observing the women who were all being crazy.

There wasn't even any fan service, and the world didn't blow up this time.

It felt like filler, but ep 2 is a bit early for filler episodes.

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Mundanes will believe anything

Someone in the UK is under the impression that underboob blue ribbons are a new fashion trend in Japan.

Which of course is baloney. The only place it'll show up is Hestia cosplay.

It's interesting going through something like Yandere (NSFW) to see what characters have, and have not, caught on with fan artists. And based on what I saw just now, Hestia is a hit. Dunno about the show, but the artists love her.

Fino Bloodstone whiffed entirely; there are only 11 (NSFW). Hestia already has 72 (NSFW) and that show has only been out for a couple of weeks.

UPDATE: Having said that, I'm sure the ribbon is part of the reason why Hestia is so popular so far, and it was a stroke of genius by the character designer.

UPDATE: Here are some others (without links):

Louise 567
Misaka Mikoto 738
Super Sonico 317
Sonsaku Hakufu 155
Rias Gremory 120
Millhiore F. Biscoti 128
Lucy Heartfilia 47
Eris 56
Sento Isuzu 218
Haramura Nodoka 185
Maka Albarn 131
Ishiki Akane 66

The popularity of Railgun is a bit of a surprise.

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April 15, 2015

Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku -- eps 1-2

Dropped.

Oh, this is another bad one. Our heroine is Eruna, who is a raging lesbian, or maybe would like to be but doesn't yet have any actual experience doing that.

...not that there's anything wrong with that... I think is what I'm supposed to say at this point.

She makes Kuroko the Teleporter look calm and stately. But what she's actually been doing is playing dating games and imagining herself "getting the girl" -- and then running off to the nurse's office at the school because there are beds there.

She is near to graduating, or has graduated, from middle school and doesn't seem too interested in finding a high school to get into. Her cousin is just as weird as she is. His name is Shigure and he's hung up on Eruna and makes no secret about it. He keeps reminding her that since they're cousins it's legal. (Which is the case in Japan.) He shows up with a brochure from the high school that he attends, and she leafs through it.

She declares that the school uniforms are cute, and she also sees a picture in it of a gorgeous girl. He tells her that her name is Seisa Mikagura, and she's the granddaughter of the founder of the school. Eruna instantly falls in love lust, and decides to apply there.

The application process is bizarre. First, she's given an exam which is absurdly easy, consisting of things like "1+4 = ? 1+5 = ? 1+6 = ?".

And then there's an interview. The interviewer is a talking, flying cat, and he eventually tells her that anyone who can see him gets admitted.

And it gets crazier from there. The whole thing is run at farcical levels, and for that to work you need a single sane person in the middle, a rock in the storm for the audience to hang onto. There wasn't one as far as I can tell. It sure as hell isn't Eruna, who spends about half of these episodes drooling with lust at the various girls she meets.

There's probably a story here, but I don't care enough to keep watching to find out. There wasn't enough fan service to cover up all the flaws (as in, "there wasn't any at all") so it doesn't even have that going for it. I'm not sure who this is supposed to appeal to, but it sure ain't me.

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April 14, 2015

Nanoha Strikers BD release

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I wasn't aware of this until Wonderduck mentioned it in one of his posts. I missed it when it came by a couple of weeks ago. It doesn't look like an upscale from 480p; it looks like a rerender.

When they did the Haibane Renmei BD release, that one was an upscale and it looked terrible. This looks great. (The above picture is trimmed but not resized by me.)

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So I'm rewatching it, and gathering candidates for the top rotation. The first two episodes have been particularly fruitful, about 20 images so far.

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April 13, 2015

Nanoha -- the generic Nanoha show

Here are the things we have come to expect from any Nanoha series:

1: A treasure hunt for preposterously dangerous Lost Logia.
2: Opposing magical girl(s) searching for the same Lost Logia.
3: An enemy we love to hate who is manipulating the opposing girl(s).
4. A potentially world-ending crisis at the end, just barely averted.
5. Hyperpowerful magical lolis fighting one another.
6. A cute animal magical sidekick.
7. Befriending!!

As best I can tell they're only partially cleaving to the formula in Vivid. #1-#4 aren't in it. But we're going to see Rio, Corona, Vivio, and Einhart fighting. (And from some spoilers I've seen, Rio really kicks ass.) The cute animal sidekick is Sacred Heart in bunny form.

And we've already had our first case of befriending (Nove and Einhart). It won't be the last.

Befriending is the one absolutely essential aspect of the canon, and it's good that they realize it.

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April 12, 2015

Yamada and the seven witches

DROPPED like a hot rock. I only made it ten minutes in before I'd had enough. Jeeze that sucked!

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