April 27, 2014

Bratz dolls as post-apocalyptic bounty hunters?

So I just stumbled across this south Korean girl band with a rather edgy, dystopian futuristic visual style. The girls themselves are smoking hot. Too bad I hate the music, but they sure are fun to look at. But this Animated video is the first thing that caught my eye.

My favorite bit is at 1:54

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April 22, 2014

Not Pathe-tic at all

British Pathe has posted their entire archive of newsreels, from 1896 to 1976 on YouTube in full definition.


Make a note of it.

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April 19, 2014

Magical Sniper girls

Steve did a couple of posts of magical sniper girls, so I simply mentioned that Chaika from Hitsugi no Chaika was also a magical sniper (It wasn't a "Suggestion" or anything, just a statement of fact.).

It's actually a pretty cool effect, as she's firing, the spinning magical circle gets drawn back along the barrel in the center and then slingshots outwards.





You won't see that mention though, because Steven deleted it. In fact, he's deleted a lot of my comments lately, so I won't be making any more. I'm sure we'll both be happier that way.

Update: It turns out the bookmarks on my Etna aren't up to date with the ones on Himawari, so I ended up seeing Steven's blog when I opened all in tabs. And after a couple of weeks, I guess he noticed my absence or something. I just wanted to correct his update. The last time I found a duck, I asked Wonderduck if he was interested, and he said no, and explained his rationale. I understood it and dropped the issue and haven't suggested any since (A little disappointing, I remember how enthusiastic he was about the Smug Duck I found in Wakfu.) But the message, the correct message DID get through. This is where Steven's update is incorrect.

The difference is obvious. Actions may speak louder than words, but words are far less open to misinterpretation. Once, I e-mailed Steven a de-panned image from Asobi Ni Iku Yo, and he said "Don't do that again," and so I didn't. This time he opted for me "Getting the hint." Well, without explaining himself, he has no control over the hint received. Deleting comments is more typically translated as "Go away, you're not wanted here" (much like sunglasses spammers). It's a hostile thing. It's a giant "Fuck you!' when you thought you were participating. It's rather jarring when you think things are going well and you get slapped down with no explanation.

It's a bit disappointing, what could be a fun game to play along with is one you're not allowed to play. But that's alright, it's been explained and I understand it. However, I have a helpful nature and if I have knowledge about something, I like to share it. It's not an attempt at "Co-blogging." But if the response is akin to the mistake of holding a door open for a Feminist, then I guess I'm not a good fit there.

I could have said this there, but I said I wouldn't comment there any more, and I'm a man of my word. Besides, I can't trust that it wouldn't be deleted. He has a record of not brooking any dissent, and I also said that I wouldn't go over there to start an argument. And now what I tried to leave as a mature parting of the ways is being portrayed as petulance. That's not leaving me with a warm and fuzzy feeling like he really thinks it's a shame, it's more shame-shifting.

After sleeping on this, I wondered why he bothered to post at all instead of letting it all go silently into the past. Then I figured out the purpose. Steven made an editorial decision and did not get the result he wanted, and so he had to publicly declare that I'm a bad guy who spoiled the fun on his blog, and then, to make it not seem personal, he had to claim that I was a bad guy on another blog as well. I never saw anyone else talking about it, so I don't know why he felt the need for Face-saving at this point in time, but there it is.

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April 13, 2014

What a waste of time

Some filthy fake sunglasses spammer just tried to load me up with 326 spam comments. Pixy's wonderful spam limiter only let 22 show, and all of them are now gone.

Whoever paid this spammer for his "Search Engine Optimization" just wasted all his money. You deserve to go out of business and be stuck with your thousands of boxes of un-paid for counterfeit goods. Hopefully the Triads will break both your legs and your arms in three places each for the loan money.

As for the spammer himself, you, sir, can die in a fire. Slowly. If anything causes the internet to fail, where people only go to big, corporate controlled systems, it will be because sub-human shitbags like you will have ruined it for everyone else.

You wasted enough of my time dealing with your fraud. You have my permission to cease breathing.

Update: Oh wow, Shitbag is still at it, another dozen attempts just as I was writing this.

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April 07, 2014

This season

So far, and subject to updates:

Blade and Soul. Not entirely sure of the plot just yet, but a pretty white-haired, supposedly emotionless (But there are definitely some undercurrents in there) assassin girl is on the run from an evil empire. We know it's evil because they raze the village she takes shelter in. She's fast, bullet-dodging fast, and the empire wants her bad, blaming her for killing "The Master" when she's actually out to avenge him. Atakushi's subtitling needs some heavy-handed QC. We'll see who else picks this up.

Brynhildr in the Darkness (Gokukoku no Brynhildr). The first episode is a real downer, but that's all just setup. The lead is a young boy into astronomy because of his childhood friend "Kuroneko," who also watched the stars and believed in aliens. After they have an accident falling off a dam (she said she was taking him to meet the aliens), he is injured and she dies, or at least so he's told, and he never sees her again. Out of devotion to her, and guilt (Why did he have to clutch her hand as he fell off the dam?) he dedicates his life to astronomy and trying to find Aliens. Then a girl shows up who looks exactly like a grown up Kuroneko, who has a name that easily becomes Kuroneko (oddly, our hero doesn't know Kuroneko's real name). He embarrasses himself in front of the class assuming it's her. The girl is a little weird, with her own "original" school uniform, and she doesn't know much - so how did she get into their exclusive school? But things happen around her, things that help save people's lives, including our hero, who tries to cut it a little too close with her death prediction for him just to confirm it. In the process, he forces her to confess to being a magician. Although magic power seems to have come from surgery and drugs. It confirms that she is not his childhood friend, but opens up a whole new, unscientific world to him. Mezashite is doing it, and I didn't see any obvious problems.

Both of these seem interesting so far. I have two other things I'm looking at, and once they come out, I'll update.

[Anime-Koi] Hitsugi no Chaika: Strange white haired goth loli running around with a Coffin on her back. That's what you get from the previews. Well, that and her magical Barret rifle. Okay, not necessarily a Barret, but it is her spell casting device (much like the Caster from Outlaw Star). Her broken Japanese will probably get annoying very quickly. She speaks in one or two word sentences. Apparently she's on a quest to, well, from the looks of things, accidentally re-release a terror on the World. She doesn't know this, as far as I can tell. But just based on the first episode I can guess where this is going. There are eight legendary heroes who defeated an evil (as in probably powered by Satan or something ) emperor. The hero seen in this episode has an artifact from that battle, a hand (no, not the Doctor's). There's a faction from some corporation that wants to acquire it, and this lost goth loli girl who appears to be the emperor's daughter, if my guess is correct.

While running around lost on a mountainside, she runs into a ne'r-do-well, and decides to employ him. They are chased by a Unicorn, and this beast is NOT Twilight Sparkle. The ne'r-do-well is resigned to the fact that he's going to die, because once the Unicorn lays eyes on you, well, it's gonna follow you and kill you. Goth Loli opens the coffin and inside the false lid is her taken-down rifle-thing. If he can buy her time to prepare, they might make it. He recites an incantation invoking his Iron Blood power (makes him glow red, fast, and hard to damage), she sets up the rifle, and blows the thing in half. Neatly in half. Well, as neatly as a unicorn bisected the long way will be after it falls to the ground....

Upon returning to town, they encounter ne'r-do-well's sister. Goth Loli hires them both to help her break into the hero's mansion to acquire the McGuffin, without telling them what it is. The hero catches them, but once he sees Goth Loli, he's in utter shock. She's supposed to be dead.

Simply because it doesn't take place in a school, I'll give this more of a try. But I'm guessing we're going to visit 8 heroes, steal back 8 pieces of the dead emperor, resurrect him, and realize it's a really, really bad idea, and lay him to rest for good.

One thing of note, apparently magic this season involves large circular plugs in the back of your neck. Not Kuroneko gets some of her magic from a big steel knob attached to her cervical vertebrae, and Goth Loli also has a large circular jack on the back of her neck that she plugs her Barret charm-caster into.

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April 01, 2014

I didn't want to have to do this...

FFF seems to have stopped Zvesda at episode 8.  Cthuko at 10.  It seems the only circle finishing it off is HorribleSubs, and I'm not happy about it, but I HAVE to know how it ends.

It annoys me especially since it speaks to the future reliability of those circles.  Why start a series with them if they're not going to finish.

Same thing happened with Commie and Space Dandy. Admittedly, 9 was a shitty episode, but it got a little better afterwards.

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