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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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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