May 22, 2015

Chooser version 61

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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

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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:

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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.

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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.)

UPDATE:

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:

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

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

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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 mee.nu. 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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Duck lanes

I think we're doomed.

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May 18, 2015

Fairy Tail -- ch 435, 436

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So the battle ends with victory for the good guys in chapter 435. And lots of old friends are reunited.

Chapter 436 was the interesting one: it was about Zeref, and finally told some of his back story. Big spoilers below the fold.

more...

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May 17, 2015

Oh, good heavens!

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Coming this summer: Bikini Warriors!

It's quite a competition: Who's outfit is the least practical? Right now I gotta go with the Dark Elf, because she's using glue. But that's definitely preliminary.

As to the show, there's no doubt in my mind that it's just as braindead as Queen's Blade and just as pointless. Obviously it'll be a hit.

"Bikini Armor", my ass!

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May 16, 2015

Nanoha Vivid ep 7: MCSAFTW!!!

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Fate has "sonic form", which is kind of a wager. It increases her speed and power but reduces her defense. She's wagering that she can use speed and power to avoid attacks, so that she doesn't need protection. This time she lost the bet, because she got caught in an area attack.

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And while we're at it, let's MCSA a couple of cyborgs!

(I got impatient and downloaded a raw. I'll make another post later when the sub shows up.)

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May 15, 2015

Grumble roundhouse kicks

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In anime when someone who is an expert at karate does a roundhouse kick, they always, always, do it open-foot.

Which is stupid. That's not how it's done. My sensei taught us to fold our foot up and strike with the ball of the foot, just below the toes. This concentrates the force in a small area and doesn't risk your ankle.

If you kick open-foot, like in the picture above, you're going to break your ankle. You're also spreading the force over a much larger area so it is less effective.

You'd think that someone in the anime industry would go find some karate magazines to see what proper form looks like, wouldn't you?

(And while I'm at it, when you're defending against a punch or kick, you don't try to stop it. Instead, you deflect it. Putting your forearm up and taking a kick there is a good way to break your arm. Plus, deflecting the blow puts your enemy off balance and makes him vulnerable for a counter-strike.)

Grumble...

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