January 28, 2015
Introducing the Fifth Sin:
This is Gowther, the "Goat Sin of Lust". And in a very strange bunch, he raises the strangeness bar.
Gowther is autistic. In many people stricken with autism it's coupled with other forms of mental retardation, but that's not invariably the case. Some autistic people are actually very smart, and he seems to be one such. He's also absurdly powerful; he doesn't give anything away to any of the others in that regard.
But he has absolutely no ability to understand what other people are thinking or feeling. He's aware of the lack, but can't do anything about it.
UPDATE: There was also some back story about Meliodas, and a big hint that
I have to say that this is a pretty cool way to have an off-campus meeting for a business.
January 26, 2015
Introducing the fourth haremette, Lilith (and her servant Sarah).
She's a transfer student from the sister campus in England. She heard stories about Thor, being an "irregular", and decided she wanted him as her Duo. So she marches into the classroom, hauls him out of it, and tells him he's going to break up his Duo and join her instead.
He tries to be polite but at a certain point he's had enough. He tells her "no" and walks out on her, much to her surprise. She's obviously spoiled rotten and is used to getting her way.
They say that "beauty is skin deep but ugly goes right to the bone." Right now that's my guess for a description of this character. Whether she's nobility or simply filthy rich isn't yet clear, but she hasn't given up on him, and thus hilarious harem hijinks are born. It says here.
Lessee. Oh, yeah: the psycho teacher is back. The head master was impressed by the fact that Thor and Julie defeated Tsukimi, and credit her with being a good teacher. And never mind that she was trying to kill them all; that apparently doesn't matter.
Um, Thor takes Julie clothes shopping. Tomoe and Miyabi think they're going on a date and follow them. Four thugs try to hit on them. It's obvious that Tomoe could handle them all, but Thor and Julie hear it and join them, and then Lilith uses her blaze to knock them all out. Turns out her blaze is a rifle -- and that's why she's an "exception".
And then we get blatant fan service at the end with Tomoe and Miyabi taking Julie shopping for bras. Ye Gods.
If you're getting the idea that I didn't like this episode, you're very perceptive.
January 24, 2015
So this week it hits the fan. The enemy demon has been identified as a "dragon eater" and it represents an existential threat to the entire continent. All three nations mobilize fully for battle and they all march to the Dragon Forest. It's regular troops only, not militia, so it's a force of about 10,000 -- which ain't puny.
It's the real thing. This isn't like one of the scheduled wars. But it becomes clear in watching how the battle unfolds that Roland was right (at the end of the first series) that the scheduled wars help them stay prepared for cases like this one where they need to fight for real.
Some parts of this were actually scary, but not too bad because a lot of parts of it were slightly tongue in cheek.more...
January 23, 2015
Fairy Tail is getting stranger and stranger. Spoilers below the fold.more...
There are two major screwups in Railgun S which have always bothered me. They're both spoilers, so below the fold they go.
January 22, 2015
"She's beautiful enough -- in her way -- of course," the man admitted, entirely unimpressed. "But the, so is a Radelegian cateagle, so is a spire of frozen helium, and so is a six-foot-long armor-piercing punch." -- Second Stage Lensman, E. E. Smith
UPDATE: Man, those women (at the Miss Universe contest) must feel like idiots having to wear those costumes, and having to smile while doing so. One advantage of the UK costume is that it isn't hideous.
January 21, 2015
Here's another one, but I'm not sure who she is.
UPDATE: "A ship in port is safe; but that is not what ships are built for. Sail out to sea and do new things." -- attributed to Admiral Grace Hopper
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