35th Test Platoon

I don’t have a whole lot to say, except that I stopped reading the LN’s at the point where the last week’s episode ended. So this was all new territory to me. And to say that I didn’t see any of that coming is an understatement. Well, technically, the run-up to the last bit had me going, “um, did they just…” And then she rolled over and I cracked up. That approach is about what I expected from Suginami!

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So Far… Enh. (update)

This season isn’t shaping up to be as bad as the usual suspects claimed… but it’s not looking great either. It’s too early to tell for sure, but our one possibility for a breakout hit is currently Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry, or A Tale of Worst One according to it’s Engrishy translation. Asterisk War takes the same formula of a blazing hot redhead (heh, I kill me) with a Japanese guy, and turns it into junk, while Comet Lucifer is about as confused as they come. I was intrigued by Owarimonogatari, and disappointed by Heavy Object. At least Ushio and Tora looks to being continuing into the new season. Also, I have no idea where Underwater Ray Romano, uh, I mean Utawarerumono, is going — i never saw the original, either, so I have no expectations.

I understand that there’s also a couple of other shows about sports, divine lolis, non-AMA (or even JMA) approved doctors, colorful apps that should be deleted, colorless apps that should be deleted, brainless bodies trained in chivalry, and diabolk reverse harems. I have no interest in those, and had to drink heavily this weekend to forget ever watching the first episode of one of them. Fortunately, I mostly succeeded.

So, in the descending order that they impressed me –positively, that is:
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New Anthem

And my theme song, henceforth.

We Don’t Run

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Yet Another One Bites the Dust?

Just spotted over at Crunchy: Manglobe going under? Well they haven’t had any standout hits lately, but I hadn’t thought they were doing that bad. On the other hand, they have no series listed for this season…

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Have a Post (or, I Hate FaceBook, so I Actually Posted Here for Once)

Not much to tell. Playing lots of Everquest lately; Sony sold it to DayBreak, who started a pair of new “progression servers”, starting over from the original game and releasing the updates every six months. That means I can now play EQ without breaking my Sony boycott on purpose. (Which they earned by ruining EQ and SWG). It’s kind of interesting that my computer is three years old, yet EQ is so much older (16 years), that I can run 2 instances with no trouble at all.

Watching Overlord and Gate animes. Both are surprisingly good, despite being from “old” genres. Overlord = The Game is Real Now; Gate = Tanks vs. Fantasy. Hint: the tanks win. The helicopters win bigger.

Overlord (recommended by Dr. Heinous) wins on the small touches. Last player in a VR MMO when the server shuts down finds himself inexplicably in a medieval world similar to the game, which was apparently a GuildWars-type setting. He’s got his guild’s base, all their resources and magic, the (literally undying) loyalty of all the NPCs he and his guildmates created to serve them, and nothing better to do. I find the bittersweet end of the game and server shutdown to be pretty much on the nose, but it’s the personality quirks of the various now-real NPCs that make it good. Idly messing with the NPC settings before shutdown, he changes the personality of one NPC to love him — then gets embarrassed at being such a putz. When the game becomes real, it’s even more embarrassing. (The boob grope was totally gratuitous).

Other touches — a flashback to a discussion between two players, in which one confesses to having bought a VR hentai dating sim he’d been looking forward to, only to be squicked out by discovering his seiyuu sister had done the primary girl’s voice. The “serious warrior” NPC that looks like a lobster…and wants the protagonist to have a son with one of the females, so he can carry the boy around on his shoulder and be called “uncle”. The goth-loli vampire that stuffs her bra. The guild rules, of which there were only two: 1. Your avatar had to be inhuman; 2. You had to be a functioning member of society (have a job — NEETS need not apply).

Also, the show doesn’t pull it’s punches. People die, sometimes horribly, at the hands of the protagonist, his allies, and his enemies. Most of the time, they deserve it. Sometimes they don’t. Despite being an undead lich, and finding that he’s somewhat emotionally constrained by that form, the player is generally a decent guy, and keeps finding excuses to “do the right thing” although with a rather mercenary touch.

Overlord is available on Hulu or by subscription to Funimation’s streaming service. Gate is on Crunchyroll of course.

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Order Received

I’ll make a longer post sometime this weekend, but I’ve watched the Gargantia OVA’s and the Madoka movie. The OVA’s were a bit disappointing, in that I thought they were based after Chamber’s sacrifice and Ledo’s decision to live on with the Gargantia fleet. I was wanting to see a bit more of what became of him afterwards.

Instead one was set after Ridget succeeded to command of the fleet, but before the commander’s fleet showed up. It was unimportant plotwise; just a chance to spend time with the same characters and see Ridget when she was younger (in a flashback). Amy’s friends and Pinion decide to prank Ledo and Amy, only to nearly get lasered for their effort.

The other was set before Ledo arrived, showing how his Commander ended up on Earth, taking over a pirate fleet and establishing his sick religion. Striker had a lot to do with it, but he made the final decision to set the course. Given the difference in the size and leadership of the fleet that attacked Gargantia, he may have arrived several generations before Ledo.

As for Madoka – Rebellion….I don’t know what to think. And I can’t explain why, because it gets into huge, enormous spoilers. I forgot where I read that the movie has to do with what the Kyubians decided to do after being told by Homura that they’d originally used another, more efficient method to obtain energy. And while that’s true; there’s a lot more going on than that. I might post some pictures, but I’m not going to post anything about what happens, except to say that we’re treated to a lot of weird witchiness and all five magical girls working together — along with one hell of a fight between Homura and Mami. The problem is, I don’t know how I feel about the ending, and what happens to Homura and Madoka. In some regards, it’s happily ever after. But it’s a dark happily ever after, so I don’t know whether to be elated or sad. Like the original series, they spent time dealing with the consequences.

However, I can definitely say I was right about one thing a couple of years ago… (though I can’t find the comment; it may have been on Chizumatic): Homura was not so nice to the Kyubians as Madoka. Heh.

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It’s Been Awhile

Since I put in an order to Robert. Thanks to all the medical bills lately (about $500, at a conservative estimate), I had to take it easy, and only order three items. Although, I remember when $133 would get me about six disks…

Well, there’s a reason. The big purchase, accounting for over half the cost, is something I really should have realized came out last year.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie -Rebellion- I ordered the special edition DVD/BluRay combo.


Fate Stay/Night Unlimited Blade Works (movie) This one’s a guilt buy, but except for an overly compressed first ten minutes, it’s far superior to the talky, draggy, slow series about to conclude.

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet (Complete Collection) The big draw here is that it includes the two OVA’s that came out after the series. I didn’t even know there were any.

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