Up to Their Usual Tricks

Notice how the White House has warned that it will take a few days to steal this election.
And a democrat shows signs of sanity.
City commissioners made the eleventh-hour decision at a 7 a.m. meeting on Tuesday. The board is comprised of two Democrats and one Republican. The Republican voted in favor of the change, along with one of the Democrats, while the second Democrat objected.

The change (which wasn’t a change, but a re-imposition of the prior process)? Checking the poll books to prevent double-voting in early voting and on election day! In what world would you NOT do this? Democrite World, apparently.

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Pardon the Delay

im having a combination of arthritis and nerve issues. It’s difficult to type. Sorry about the hiatus just as i was getting back into thr swing of things. Also

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The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent

So this is going to be another anime post

, but it’s combined with the light novels as well. SPO (I don’t know what the Japanese portmanteau is) is a current release available on Funimation. I had been ignoring the books for some time, as I had no interest in yet another OP isekai protagonist. Having too much time on my hands after retirement, I queued up the anime, and then got interested in the novels as a result. The reason was simple: I’d completely misjudged the original, based on the title. It’s not a tale of a romp through an alternate world – if anything, it’s a slice of life / romance so far.

We start with the usual summons from an alternate world, but there’s an immediate twist… They expected to summon one woman, but got two: Aria (age 15, HS student), and Sei (age 26? overworked office lady). The Grand Magus collapses, and the First Prince barges in before anyone can figure out what’s going on. Taken by the pretty young girl’s beauty, he completely ignores the frumpy tired woman, proclaims the cutie is the Saint, and whisks her away. Sei is almost completely ignored in the chaos. Eventually she realizes:

A) She’s been magically kidnapped.
B) She can’t go home.
C) Some other girl is the hero; she’s just an accident.

Continue reading

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Tenchi Muyo – Ryo Ohki

Today’s post is going to be a little different from the last few days, as it’s about anime. Well, that was the original point of this blog, after all.

A few years ago, Silver Link (correction: A1C) started producing a series of OVAs based on Tenchi Muyo’s novels, set after the three main original series. Given the power inflation of the originals, there’s no real challenges possible, and no real “action”. Instead, the OVAs (of which there are about twenty, broken up into five seasons) are a whole lot of talking. The main point of this is to unify all the various spinoffs into one coherent narrative. The characters from GXP make a number of appearances, along with War on Geminar’s Kenchi, as a baby and small child.

The latter is the focus of series four and five. It seems that Kenchi’s insertion into an alternate world and his ridiculous physical abilities weren’t an accident. It turns out that Rea, the new wife of Tenchi’s father, is an artificial human from Geminar, deliberately sent to an alternate universe (Earth) in order to produce a child that would then be summoned back to lead the good guys. Um…ok, makes perfect sense.

In some universe. Continue reading

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The Great Cleric

“Idiot! I said summon a CLERK, not a cleric!”

A book in which very little happens, yet I didn’t find it boring. Yet another isekai, an unfortunate salaryman dies in a shooting, and is reborn into a world of magic, monsters, and demons (but at least those are safely locked away). Somewhat annoyed at dying unexpectedly, he goes through the usual meeting with God (who is a bit cranky), and gets to pick new skills to start with. Taking the name Luciel, he resolves to live a long life, die in bed, and thus picks a healing class. Thanks to a bonus from said deity, he starts with a nice set of skills, but he is in no way overpowered.

More below the fold. Continue reading

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Book Review I, May 2021

How about “Demon Lord Repeat” instead?

Stop me if you’ve heard this before:

  • Isekai.
  • Game designer watches as his game get shut down.
  • Suddenly finds himself in a game world.
  • As the Demon Lord he designed/played.
  • No social skills; he can’t deal with people.
  • So he roleplays the demon lord.
  • Of course he’s completely OP.

Yes, it’s a complete re-hash of How Not To Summon A Demon Lord. While there’s a few different twists, it’s largely the same formula all over again. Summoned into a fantasy world not of his own making

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, he quickly ends up responsible for a pre-teen girl, allied with one-third of the ruling triumvirate of beautiful priestesses, the love object of another, and at war with a bunch of Satanists, while demi-humans, dragons, and other countries are wild-cards in the mix. Other than its similarity to the other books/anime, it’s not terrible by any means, though I do get annoyed at the transparent foreshadowing. It kept me entertained for one book, but I’ve no great urge to read further into the series.

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Yay, Boredom

As I may or may not have mentioned before, I retired at the end of last year. It was earlier than I expected to, but it was time. All I ever wanted was to be respected for my work, but that wasn’t in the offing — and I certainly did nothing to help the situation in the last year or two. Things spiraled downward out of control as I had more and more trouble sleeping, getting to work on time, and even caring about the latest insults/rants from my boss. So when the choice came to “get up, or get out,” I chose get out.

Of course, this was in the middle of the WuFlu epidemic

, and so any plans to travel and enjoy myself got put on hold. Not only that, in the first week after retirement, I actually came down with the Chinese virus, and it took me over two months to shake it. How bad was it? I drove to the ER to find that I had a 103.8 fever…and they couldn’t admit me. I spent several hours in the ER because they got interrupted by a “Code Blue.” I suspect it involved the elderly lady (quite deceased) in the hallway that I passed on the way out. I wish I was making that up. She was not breathing, on a gurney, with oxygen tubing coiled up, attached to nothing. Two attendants (looked like EMTs) were standing nearby, talking quietly. I assume they were waiting on clearance to take her to the morgue.

The ER’s waiting room was full on the way out; I’d made it a point to come in very early, so I didn’t have much of a wait, but obviously, if dead people are being left in the hallway, things were difficult at that time (end of January). Things have changed a lot since then; there’s way fewer new cases

, and we’re starting to see an end to the mask mandates. Private businesses can still mandate them, and many still do. And I’m over my case, though I’m still having issues, some of which may be related to two+ months of forced inactivity, and others to the activities I could do…mostly computer gaming. I’m now having serious arthritis problems in my right hip, shoulder, and index finger. Especially the index finger. That leads to my subjects du jour: reading and blogging.

In short, I’m bored to tears and the arthritis leaves me those to occupy my time. (Yes, it’s hard to type with the arthritis, but ten fingers in use is better than one, clicking over and over.) So I shall return to the blogging fold (for now?) with reviews of light novels. Maybe some anime. Who knows? Check back tomorrow morning for a new post.

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