The Joys of Amazon Prime (Side Story)

I have discovered them, yes I have. So, all in all, I’m pretty much working on getting my act back together, having made it to work a whopping two days last month. Burning vacation like nobody’s business, but at least I had it. Anyway, I’ve been distracting myself with computer gaming, reading, and anime. Having Amazon Prime and being able to grab cheap books on a whim – even Japanese LN’s has been awesome. Two day shipping? Who cares? So I thought, maybe I should check out their video – after all, Netflix had some anime. Lo and behold, after a lot of “page-downing” I ran across Sword Ortorio: Is it Alright to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Side Story Um, Japan, we need to work on brevity here….

So Side Story is about 1/3 the same events we saw in the original series, with a heavier concentration on the Loki Familia and Aiz (or Ais as they translated it.) There’s a scene you may remember in it, where Bell’s been tricked into buying an expensive meal at Mama Mia’s, and the Loki Familia is eating there too. Bete, the werewolf, starts ridiculing “tomato boy”, not realizing Bell Cranel is in earshot. The scene is important to Side Story (where it’s repeated from the Loki POV) because it shows all the focus characters that are in it. Loki, Ais, the semi-twins Tione and Tiona, the boss, the dwarf (both of whose names escapes me) and two elves, one older.

It’s the younger elf that is the other MC. Lefiya, the “Thousand Elf” who can use any spell cast by someone else, as long as she understands it. However, she’s only Lvl 3, and has a huge disadvantage – she freezes in battle. Another third of the story is that she has a YUGE yuri crush on Ais. To make a simple story even simpler, with the support of her teammates, she comes through, and becomes a valuable member. Yay, that. The final third of the story is what’s going on in the deep dungeon, below level 50. That’s another “safe zone” like 17, only it gets invaded by some weird plant-like creatures in the first episode, which Loki Familia ends up defeating. With their weapons mostly destroyed by the creatures’ acid, they call off their efforts and return to the surface, only to be ambushed by minotaurs on level 17. The minos soon realize they haven’t bitten off more than they can chew – their teeth aren’t hard enough to bite this prey. They stampede for the upper levels, one making it to level 5…and the rest is history.

The rest of the story goes like that, with the events of the first series intertwined with the second. While Bell is progressing by leaps and bounds, there is something going on in the deeper levels of the dungeon, below 50. The Loki familia, having four level 6’s (Ais is a 5 but levels up late in the series) is at the forefront of dungeon exploration, having gone deeper than anyone since Zeus (which is hinted to be pre-historical). These days, Uranus is in charge of the dungeon, or rather, regulating it to keep the monsters from reaching the surface. That means he’s in charge of the Guild.

I won’t go further into spoilers, but the series was fun, though disappointing a bit in the end. The Lefiya part of the story was particularly by the numbers, and the big mystery was disappointing in the end. Though it left the door open for further story, there is a connection with Ais and her backstory that just didn’t make sense. I have to hope it is part of a deeply-laid plan by the author, but I don’t think so. The world-building just doesn’t have any amount of logic, rhyme, or reason to it. Therianthropes, humans, dwarves, and elves are all mixed together. Apparently hobbits (not-so-hairy and called “Prum”) exist here; the guild boss isn’t a blond-haired kid, but one of them. We know nothing of other lands outside the city; other nations or why a major section of the city is in ruins.

Still, if the story continues on, either the Bell or Loki sides, I’ll continue watching. It’s a fun show, and Bell’s believably dense about the women around him. Especially the goddess…

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In Memorium: Lane Domino 1952-2018

I was worrying about the wrong person. My brother passed last night, in his sleep. Like brothers, we fought, we argued, we pulled together, we helped each other. I loved him, he loved me. That’s the way it was, and ever will be.

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I Wonder if Steven Saw Things Like This?

Though he never stated what it was (at least online, and that I’m aware of) Steven Den Beste made note that he was having health problems in his last few years, and that his medicine had side effects that he didn’t care for. But he needed it if he was to have the clarity to blog on anything more important than anime. I don’t have that problem, because there’s no medicine for a slow decline into senility.

I wish I were joking. At least it would only be tasteless. Yesterday I was faced with this evidence, however.

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It Lives! And Some Anime, too!

Well, after most of a year with crap anime, relieved only by Fate/Z.. I mean Steins;Gate 0, we’ve finally hit the jackpot with a surprising slate of the good stuff. It’s good enough to get me to break my silence, anyway. And then I started running into technical difficulties in taking screenshots. So I started this post, and then sat on it for over a month. And now, because I’ve got some dead time at Thanksgorging, I decided to complete it, though not with the originally intended screencaps.

I’ve watched about five different animes, for at least one episode, if not two or three. I’m behind on all of them, which indicates that Conan Exiles is still taking most of my leisure time. Well, the fact that it IS taking most of my leisure time is probably the best indicator… Well, anyway, below the fold are the two of the series that have made the biggest impression so far – whether positive or negative.

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Got a Question

If anyone still reads this blog…

We wants it.

Blue Steel at Amazon.jp

Does this include the movie, and is it likely to have English sub-titles, given the Blu-ray region and English cover? And does anyone know if I have to go through anything special to buy from Amazon.jp?

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Well, fudge

Something’s wrong with WordPress. I’ve twice uploaded full drafts and saved them, only to have them disappear when I went to complete them. Seriously pissing me off.

Update: I was able to retrieve the text of my latest post. It seems to be that I’d initiated an update to the latest version of WP, but it hung after freezing updates — which still allowed posts, but not saved drafts???? And then I stopped, rather than trying again. Whatever, it’s done now. Anyway, look for a post in the next couple of days. Anybody got a hint on a good screenshot saver? I’m using Jing, but it doesn’t mix well with Flash.

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Thanos v. Starlord

Ok, I’m not going to say more than that about their scene, since it’s too early for spoilers. For those who saw it, one question:

Was it:
* A dick move?
* Toxic Masculinity in action?
* A completely understandable reaction?

Note that this question is somewhat tongue in cheek.

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