May 27, 2015

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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May 22, 2015

Chooser version 61


Added 85 grabs from Shinmai Maou no Testament. Total is now 5218.

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Red Half-rim Glasses watch -- Shinmai Maou no Testament


This is the school nurse in Shinmai Maou no Testament. I'm going through it now looking for plunder. As usual in cases like this I'm doing it backwards, and the last few episodes don't have a lot I can use, mainly because I don't use censored images, post-MCSA images, rape images or torture images. (Yikes.) But I think I can get away with this one:


I assume I'll get a lot more stuff the closer I get to the beginning of the series. But this won't be a fruitful as some have been.

UPDATE: Other things I avoid: guys, tears, dirt, blood, girls looking terrified, girls crying; it's really cutting down on the selection, I tell you.

UPDATE: Down to ep 3 now, and I'm getting images I can use.


Mio is almost gross, almost Maken-ki sized. Not quite; she's just short of the line. Of course, her figure is superhuman, but that's what you'd expect from a demon, isn't it?

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May 21, 2015

More on Bikini Warriors

Here's another post about it. It had an interesting point: the show backer is Hobby Japan, and:

Hobby Japan has often used anime as a form of advertisement for their erotic figurines. To my knowledge, every anime project they've backed so far has contained ‘stop whatever you're doing and start fapping' levels of nudity.

That's pretty crude, but it got me curious so I took a look at their production record. In addition to this show, I find:

Hagure Yuusha
Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou
Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls (and Bride)
...and a couple of Queen's Blade shows.

He's right about the nudity; they all have it. But what I find more interesting is that these shows are not invariably crap. I really liked Daimaou, and Hagure Yuusha wasn't terrible (damning with faint praise).

Samurai Girls (and Bride) and Queen's Blade definitely were crap, but this is still one (or one-and-a-half) decent shows to their credit.

So maybe, maybe, Bikini Warriors might be half-way decent.

He brings up a different point: all of the above shows ran uncensored on AT-X. If this one does, too, then we won't have to wait for the BDs for our cheap thrills.

It's a bit of concern that they haven't revealed the anime production company yet or any of the voice talent, with first broadcast less than two months away.

I still expect it to be crap, but I'm holding onto a faint hope that it might actually tell a decent story about interesting characters, amidst all the fan service.

UPDATE: Actually, they are starting to reveal staff. The production company is someone called "feel." They've done a lot of shows, none of which are on my list of "memorable and valued". On the contrary, most of them are on my "in the toilet" list. Like KissxSis (ick). And Otoboku (double ick).

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Undead and Undressed

How's this for a name for a computer game? Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed

Well, you can find out what it's about next Tuesday, because it's coming to Steam. (Lots of sample images and a couple of videos at that link.)


In AKIBA'S TRIP: Undead & Undressed, players work to repel a brooding malevolence that has suffused Tokyo's popular electronics district, Akihabara (Akiba for short), which has been painstakingly remodeled in the game to resemble its real life counterpart. Akiba has been invaded by creatures known as "Synthisters” who prey on the otaku patrons of Akihabara like vampires, but feast on their will to live and energy to socialize rather than their blood.

"Will to live and energy to socialize"? Rather thin hunting there, I would think...

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May 20, 2015

Chooser version 60

Added 152 images from Nanoha Vivid. Total is now 5133.

By the way, a couple of times today when I've tried to load this site using IE 11, Chooser hasn't loaded. That could be because of the most recent Flash update (which I installed yesterday) and it could be because Pixy is messing around with the code. Either way, it isn't my fault and I don't know how to fix it.

 UPDATE: In the first seven episodes of Vivid, I think these are my favorite images:


This is Rio kicking Sein into the next county after Sein sneaked up and groped Rio's chest.


After a day of team fighting, the four lolis are too sore to move.


It's nice to see Hayate's family again.

One of the reasons I like this series so much is that it's placed 4 years after Strikers, and it's like visiting old friends. I also like the fact that it gives me a chance to see how much everyone has changed, and in what way.

Lutecia unquestionably has changed more than anyone else, and it's wonderful. Through most of StrikerS she spoke nearly in a monotone and seemed to be depressed all the time. At the very end she started coming out of her shell. In Vivid she's a genki-girl and obviously very, very happy and outgoing. It's wonderful to see.

Caro is continuing her study of magic and has learned how to do teleports. Agito and Rein have grown to normal size -- a huge surprise. Better, they get along now. Agito isn't baiting Rein any more.

Nanoha really has become the mama. She obviously is a very good one. Vivio is happy, healthy, strong, well behaved, friendly and outgoing, and it's apparent that Nanoha loves Vivio more than life itself. (I mean that literally. At the end of StrikerS Nanoha risked her life to save Vivio, and Vivio knows it.)

It's nice to see that Teanna is no longer driven. She had something to prove and it was warping her. Well, she's proved it now. She's become a shitsumukan, which was her goal, and that is no longer haunting her.

I'm really glad that Nove is a major character. She's a lot of fun, and I expect good things from her.

UPDATE: Whatever the problem is with flash and IE 11, it isn't Pixy's fault. I've been having problems with loading flashes on other sites not related to So it's an issue in the most recent update to Flash from Adobe.

UPDATE: I went to the Adobe site and downloaded an even newer Flash update, and now I don't seem to be having problems.

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