Here We Go Again…

Barely got dried out from the Memorial Day flood, and now a wet tropical storm is coming at us. Looks like it the worst will miss just to the west, but not by much; we could get 3=4″ across most of western Houston… nothing like the 11″ some areas saw; that will be further down the coast. Which won’t be fun for them, but at least there’s less folks at risk.

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Should have thought of that..

In the final arc of Ah! My Goddess, Hild, Urd, Skuld, and the goddess sent to examine Belldandy and Keichi’s love are passing the time while the latter pair are off being tested by the Gate. Said test only starts with walking through an arch, and is much more.. difficult, especially after Bell’s father usurps the test and possesses Gate-sama. (BTW, he’s not Kami-Sama.)

Now bear in mind that the test, as shown in the AMG movie, was not exactly canon. But for the final arc of the manga, the author added a similar process and idea; that the members of two different races, being permitted to marry meant being subjected to a test so difficult that no one EVER succeeded. So from the moment of its introduction in the canonical arc, he had one, tensey-weensy problem to explain.

Urd. Daughter of Hild and an unnamed god. (who, as has been noted, wasn’t Kami-Sama). So how did that happen? As the Goddesses and Hild discuss it, the answer becomes clear: Hild and her paramour took the test, and they, like everyone else, failed. But Hild wouldn’t take no for an answer, and being the ruler of Hel, was powerful enough to force a loophole. She created a spell that broke the system, just for the two of them. Once, just once, she was able to meet her lover again, and conceive Urd. But the price of breaking the rules was draconian. They could only meet once, safely. If she ever meets him again, even by accident, she dies.

A couple of links back to earlier speculation:

Who is Keichi Morisato?
More AMG Manga Reflections
Ah! My Goddess, the Movie

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And they all lived happily ever after ™

It’s only been a year since it was scanlated. You think I’d have noticed earlier.

Longest. Courtship. EVER.

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It’s the End of Civilization as We Know It…

And I feel fine.

While I was paying attention to nothing nearly as important, HyperDimension Neptunia: ReBirth 1 was released last January on Steam. ReBirth 2 is also out.

Now, I could buy the game, play it, and then review it, but hey, I did that last month with Sunrider. So I’ll just steal the important parts of Steam player Pepsimanvsjoe‘s review (much abridged):
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Not Good

More storms all across the area, but at least it’s not training as bad as it did a few days ago. The southwest side is having some of that, though, and it was the worst hit before.

EDIT: Had to post quickly due to power going on and off. Here’s a couple of pictures showing the training. The actual storm movement is just a bit south of due east, NOT SE.

Storm just moving into my area (I'm east of downtown).

Notice the second line building behind the first, near Katy.

EDIT 2: (P)resident Evil, who lives in the Austin area, states he’s not going to stop cheering for the rain until Lake Travis is full; it’s only at 75%.

Two weeks ago, it was at 40%…

EDIT 3: Things settled down with a max of just over 3″ of rain. Nothing like last time.

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Outsider’s Back

Sort of. After two years without an update, there’s been a pair of pages uploaded in the last four months.

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Sunrider: Mask of Arcadius (the ending)

Sequel to this post.

Well, I finished the game as published, but that’s not the whole thing. About the time I was discovering it, the game’s publishers were turning it into a franchise, complete with novelization and alternate retellings. If it were Japanese, an anime would be sure to follow. Well, maybe not — legions of fans are still waiting on Touhou.

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