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Yikes, its nearly been a month again since I posted last, I am getting lazy.

Anyway, here’s another new sketch of Astaraye, previously seen in her heroic form here, and now 550% more fabulous:

Well, see, recently in our third D&D 4th ed campaign in my setting Retoria, everyone finally reached Paragon. In Raye’s case, this has meant her becoming a Verunan Azure Fusilier. I then realised, after the fact, that their uniform on her would make her look hilariously fabulous, so I had to draw it. I even gave her the classic Lelouch/Zero pose and a Phoenix Feather in her Tricorn Hat to add to the fabulous factor already made pretty high by the double capes and uniform in general (however, she has dropped the long sleeves once worn by her sponsor, the pirate queen Lilliana LuGunther Veruna, in her youth).

Anyway, here’s the wallpaper crop:

In other news; I started a community succession game in Dwarf Fortress called Lakebones, the topic for which can be reached at Bay12 here. There is still space for about 3-5 supervisors and any number of migrants if you wish to join in. Don’t know what Dwarf Fortress is? It’s a hyper-real simulationist roguelike with the eventual goal of being to create and interact with everything in a fully proceedurally generated world. At the moment, the highlight is its Fortress Mode, but the Adventurer Mode part of it is certainly gaining in momentum. You can read about it at the Wiki here.

As for Aniventure Shimaihen, its still making good progress, and at current projections I should get it out before the New Year, though theres a growing chance I’ll have to slightly overshoot that and release in January 2013. At the moment, the bestiary is clogging me down a bit, and I may restructure it to be more lightweight (which, if I follow the idea I currently have means fewer creatures, but still about 80, rather than the original proposed 120~ish). In more positive light, the massive errata section is nearly done, and the mutations/create your own race section has basically been complete for some time; so I’d say its about 85% complete at this time, clocking in at around 120 A4 pages right now.

I’m also working on a companion Microsoft Excel character sheet for it with several (wonderfully complex) autocalculating features that I’ll release the full version of here at the same time as I let Shimaihen out. For now though, you can check out this Early Alpha Version 1A that has most of the complex bits done for the first page.

I’ll also get around to looking at the next anime season soon, probably posting the preview mid-December if I can manage it.

Lots of bits and bobs, eh? I guess that happens if you leave posting for a month! Anyway, stay tuned, thats all for now!

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I have no idea what I was smoking when I decided upon that title. The subtitle sounds like it was ripped from some terrible Robert Ludlum novel, but alas… Anyway, yet another sketch-a-licious post today, covering, as you may have guessed, Neptune from Hyperdimensional Neptunia, everyone’s favourite anthropomorphised non-existent next-gen SEGA console that may have been competing in the fifth console generation vs. the 360, Wii and PS3 had SEGA not basically gone bust over the Dreamcast and been bought out by Nintendo. Here she is:

If you’ve not heard of/played the game, then to clarify, the left hand girl form (‘Neptune’) is her regular appearance, and the right hand (‘Purple Heart’) is what she transforms into as part of her HDD Divinity, so yeah, they’re the same girl, though Nep in particular seems to get a huge age/bosom UP from the process (which I always found funny, actually).

All of the consoles of said generation are represented with girls in a similar fashion in these games. Though, that said, the first game has a snore-worthy battle system that is frankly verging on terrible, though it has an amusing console wars plotline going on. The second game, MK2, lost a bit on the story department, but vastly improved the battle system and added in girls for the various handhelds (PSP, the DS twins, and Nepgear). The third is shaping up to hopefully combine the best of both of the prior ones.

Anyway, to speak of the sketch, I’m generally very happy with how it turned out, though I have to say their wonderfully chaotic and messy hair gave me alot of troubles to get it looking right! I spent a long time tweaking various parts, and as you can guess, ran out of dedication before I could fill in a background, especially as I came to the conclusion that I could do this electronically for the wallpaper version and in this case have it look even better, which I think I did. See for yourself:

Interestingly enough, Smart Blur/Posterization came into use again with this, though with different settings to Itsuki; and this time it was given a few extra blending options afterwards. I also colourized the N Logo, as the purple-ness didn’t come out too well when scanned. You can spot a few added binary streams I put in as extra layers too if you look closely. Cleaning the sketch and adding its transparency was a bit of a nightmare for some reason this time, but I think it was worth the effort.

Also, funnily enough I realised after completing the wallpaper that Neptune’s hoodie-dress outfit is her one from the original two games, whilst her Heart bodysuit is actually her revised one from the new third game (Neptunia Victory). Since her transformed form is pulling the original and beckoning (to the future?) its also ended up making an interesting (if entirely and hilariously accidental) statement about the progress of the series in general.

Anyways, stay tuned.

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Just another minor sketch post today. As per usual, once the new season starts in earnest, I’ll probably do a quick summary around the two week mark, but until then, here’s the ladies of Ukushima Gakuen’s resident Charm Society:

As per usual, click to see it full (huge) size.

Clockwise from the top, we have Itsuki Nono, Alice Wakamiya, Katsu Kazetsubaki, and Ana Kikazuchi. They are indeed from the same Ukushima campaign setting that this Aya picture is from. This is my current Aniventure campaign, an utterly insane school based gig loaded with references from other campaigns I’ve run in the past. These ladies are the unfortunate “victims” of one Ryuji Ichimoto, a notorious player and master of charm, whom I played in one of my friends campaigns. As he’s been thrown into a school setting, his natural first action is create his own school society that basically has no purpose except to provide members for his “harem”. 😀

However, as one of my players recently discovered, these ladies have actually formed a secret alliance behind the scenes to boycott his advances and protect other innocent girls from the madness of his charm powers. Of course, they conduct this sabotage through the medium of girlish squabbling and making his life hell. Poor guy.

All of them were given quite bemusing ticks and stereotypes that has made them fun NPCs for me to use. Itsuki is also a pilot in the Skydiving and Aeronautics Research society. She loves to troll the others, and with her exceptionally perverse mindset and bombshell figure, finds that rather easy. She was also blackmailed by the student council to spy on societies in exchange for treatment for her brother who has Leukemia (which she personally acknowledges as a cliche sob-story!).

Alice was the most recent recruit, who has not been integrated into the ‘circle’ as of yet, and is the one that bluescreens or shuts down in moments of social contact (running off and hiding three times in the beach episode). Given the fact that she’s cursed with being as cute as a button, and she looks like a fairytale heroine, this can be problematic at the best of times…

Katsu, somewhat broken by her failures with Ryuji, has turned to appreciating the finer side of the female form herself, and in the bargain, how it looks in her wide and extensive wardrobe of cosplay outfits. None are safe from being dressed up when she goes into one of her moods. Despite her questionable tastes, she is also the smart one with exceptional grades.

Finally, Ana has earned the schoolwide title of ‘The Iron Chef’. Not neccessarily just down to her prestigious cooking talents, but rather because she always seems to be swathed in various iron cookware. Some of it is in pocket dimensions, but even so, glomp her at your peril. She’s also the token ‘forehead’ girl of the group and seems to blush whenever anyone talks about frying pans…

I’m trying some wallpaper concepts, but I’ve got nothing to add at the moment. Perhaps I’ll update this post later, but for now I just wanted to get the base sketch out there.

Anyway, enjoy, and cya soon.

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Yet again, just a tiny little post, updating the spreadsheet once more.

After request for what other features that were wanted on the Crawl forums, spells seemed to be next choice. This took alot of work, as there 134 spells in Crawl that I had to chronicle (no kidding!), so here we are, 20 days later.

Check it out:
Spells are organised by Level, and then alphabetically. Notes are compiled mostly from personal experience and the Knowledge Bots. Each spell has all of its related skill groups, which books it is in, and the backgrounds that start with it (if applicable). A few tweaks were also made the base sheet to correct a couple of errors.

Get the New Version HERE!

Also today, I was dicking around making a new version of the eternal Longcat vs. Tacgnol wallpaper that I made way back in 2010. The old version can be found here. Here it is:
Tokyo is under attack once more! The main improvements are mostly to Tacgnol, who got some much better purple lightning and is being futilely attacked by a wing of F-22’s now. Different panorama, too, now the Tokyo Tower is up in flames!!!

I’ll admit that Longcat was mostly just cut and pasted across. He was pretty good before. Tacgnol now seems to be winning in this picture. And it seems that neither can aim correctly, still. 😀

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I think I’m beyond excuses… another month, another post. I imagine its going to stay this way for the near-future since I seem to have so little time to give to blogging at the moment.

For one, I’ve been distracted by Xenoblade Chronicles of late. Damn good game. Add to that the fact that I have a new epic Space Opera campaign for Aniventure to be planning for, now titled Homura no Tengoku (Flame of Heaven) which I’m rather excited about. So yeah, I’m consumed by stuff to do already.

However, I will definately attempt to push out an Anime Preview as per usual, so don’t worry about that.

Oh, and as a side note, I’ve finally started typing up the supplement for Aniventure. This was previously titled ‘Magic & Mayhem’ or something dross like that but its gained a new title for now of “Aniventure Shimaihen” (lit. Companion Volume) since that is really what its going to be, with a bestiary of fantastic Japanese mythical beasts, a crapton of new powers, rules, archetypes, a new race and mutation system and more besides. Given the amount of content here, I don’t think you need to hold your breath in waiting for it. Its very much at the early stages still.

Additionally, I’m quite happy with the current beta of The Enemy Within, its polished enough and relatively bug-less, something that rarely happens, so I find it quite likely I’ll actually meet my crazy New Years goal of getting a 0.8 version of it out this year, even if its not as comprehensive as I would have hoped. But comprehensive can be shot for what I care, because a bug-free version is a hard thing to get done.

Right, so I’ve nattered about alot of positive progress in things other than blogging, so, as you know, that means I have to proceed to dump some artwork needlessly. 😀

Today, I’m giving an unholy trinity of lovely ladies, two of which are also in widescreen wallpaper size for your desktop enjoyment.

As always, click on them to get full sized! Lets begin!

Yep, its an Ilyana, whom I’m ever obsessed and fanboyish about, sporting a customised outfit with a propensity for excessive bolt symbols. I like to think my Dungeon Crawl version of her looks a bit like this. She mostly retains her standard colour scheme from Fire Emblem, mind you.

Interestingly, this was a sketch I originally did the outline draft for ages ago, but I was really unhappy with it, as I could tell I’d done something wrong but couldn’t place my finger on it. Anyway, it laid dormant until I came back to it just yesterday, where I promptly understood exactly how to fix it in a sudden revelation. Moved her head around, readjusted the arms, made the cape more billowy, and actually went on and coloured it.

I have to say she has larger eyes than usual for me. I typically attempt to veer away from the extreme end of anime eyes, and keep a semi-realistic shape. Still, for some reason, it works for her, so I kept it. She also somehow manages to make teal look like a fashionable colour. 😀

But, considering it was pretty much a disaster previously, a page I tried to ignore on my pad, the fact that I saved it moderately well is something I’m pretty chuffed about.

Anyhow, lets keep it up…
You may kiss her hand. Hurry up, don’t breach ettiquette! This is the Duchess-Apparent of Draskalmourie, the delectable Susie Drayke. Also probably known as Scourge of the Frozen North to certain members of my party in my long running Dungeons & Dragons. She has spent nearly all of the campaign chasing Darien Silverscale, the Prince of Silesia, until quite recently. Her obsessive antics have always been a pet favourite of mine, though for the characters, one of my PC’s whom is also interested in him also suffers tremendously, especially when they accidently went into an alternate timeline where the two Drakahn were married.

As a Drayke, she has a set of red eyes and a green tail, though since this is a head & shoulders, her tail is not visible here (check out other Drakahn if you like). Drakahn noble houses are very strict on their colourations, as veering away from the colours suggest the child is actually a bastard. Sapphire or Red eyes are prestigious, as they suggest a greater connection to their divine dragon ancestors; with the Great Sapphire Dragon God Rahlyah and the Golden Demi-Dragon God Dyia respectively. There are also other demigod dragons: Revynne, Arawne, and Zephyris, and all the noble houses can trace lineage and colours back to one of the five somehow.

I think thats enough Drakahn sociology. As for the actual sketch, this is one of my favourites. It was a new experiment in doing a haughty kind of pose and also the first time I’ve attempted a paper-fan. In case you were wondering, she is wearing a court dress, so her skirts, if it were to be present on the picture, would be the huge kind! 😀

Here’s the final one (which is not wallpaper sized, sorry):
Heh, its Carlie, making a re-appearance at last. I originally put up a sketch of her as one of my very first posts on the blog back in the dark ages of 2008, and gave her an update in this post in 2009. As noted in both those posts, Carlie is from Seiken Densetsu III, which I actually haven’t played in a while now, but remains one of my all time favourite SNES games.

Anyway, I figured it was about time to give her a nice update into the twenty-elevensies. I think I’ve improved just a little bit since her last incarnation, though at the time I no doubt thought it was teh sh*t and all that. Since she’s an elvish high priestess, I didn’t spare any effort on the weave bits, which took quite awhile. Embellished leather armour is actually hard to do, I think. Also spent ages getting her curls to look nice (like Jeanette’s) but I’m glad of the effort. Not sure about the rod thing; this was originally meant to be a flail (as Carlie uses) but I couldn’t get it to work and it still looks a bit dodgy, but I had got to point where I didn’t want to redraw her hand again, so she had to be grasping something. Oh well, still like the piece in general.

I guess, at some point, I need to also give the Romancing SaGa girls a new rendition! (actually I already did a Sara from SD3, but I can’t find her to scan her in… so that’ll have to wait)

That’s the end of this post for… WAIT! Nearly forgot! HAVE AN ALICE!!

Yessiree, Detarame recently broke 225K. I entirely missed 200K, hence the arbitrary selection of 225, but whatever. Thankyou for visiting me and being excited about the random crap I generate, and I apologise for my consistant lack of postingage, but what can you do, eh? It was fitting for Alice to be here, I think, since Marisa celebrated 100K quite awhile back.

Anyway, that is really it. Stay Tuned!

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Yay, I’m back yet again. Stone Soup just keeps taking away all of my time (especially lunchbreaks!). Well, that and the fact that I just bought a 3DS, means I’ve had very little in terms of spare time as late remaining to dedicate to blogging (le sigh…).

Anyways, this time I’m putting up a Microsoft Excel Sheet that summarises alot of what I’ve learnt over the past few weeks of playing. It includes the following awesomely handy stuff:

Races, with base stats, XP Rates, and features all in nice handy charts. This gives an even better and more detailed version of what I’ve previously posted, all downloadable for easy reference.

Backgrounds, with Stat bonuses, equipments given, and biased comments about their usefulness from me.

Religions, including what each god likes, the benefits offered, and more biased reviews from myself. This is a slightly expanded (and corrected/updated thanks to the people at the Stone Soup Forums) version of the image table I did in a previous post.

Click Me to Download the XLS File.

You’ll obviously need a copy of Microsoft Office or OpenOffice or other alternative. It is made in Excel 2003, so newer excels might run it through their converters and all the schizkabang.


Also this week, a further updated graphics mod; with more options still. Now includes options for:

Alice Margatroid & Flandre Scarlet from Touhou

Several things also improved:

Much better version of Ilyana costume!

Improved Drakahn!

As well as several other fixes, more clothes in general and suchlike.

Get this updated File HERE

Again, you need to put it in:
X:\Program Files\Crawl\dat\tiles
Where X is your drive; and assuming you used the default path; but regardless, it’ll go in the dat\tiles\ directory wherever it is.

That’s all for today. I might get around to a midseason anime post soon, though that’s already slightly late!

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So, lets try something new. I’m gonna post each show I watched with a few snarky comments. This post will probably be updated as my opinions change; and my watch list alters.

Infinite Stratos

See, now this is just a case of bad planning, if you ask me:

Okay, so power armour can only be operated by girls initially, but are you really telling me they didn’t even have a contingency plan just in case a guy came along? Well, at least in this case his passive Magnetism is warranted, I guess. Maybe it even gives an excuse for Houki’s nearly painful case of Tsundereisms.

I completely don’t buy that these suits are only going to be used for sporting competitions, by the way. Oh, and Cecelia is a disgrace to Great Britain. The worst part is that I’ve actually known rich girls just like that.

A decent enough first episode, and the male lead has perhaps the biggest spine of all male leads this season so far.

Ep II Edit: Though Houki’s Tsun was turned up to 11 this week, its still proving to be entertaining; and I’m still liking the male lead. Though the fact that Cecelia gets wet after he does a speech about protecting his family name is more dubious than hilarious. Talk about love at first berserker charge.

Ep III Edit: Hmm… double the tsunderes first, then double the childhood friends. What crazy hell IS this? Ichika still gains points for holding onto his composure amidst so many harem oppertunities, though. It feels almost like Samurai girls with its continual additions to the harem, but as long as they go somewhere with this, I suppose ’tis okay.


Madoka Magica

Unlimited Matchlock Rifle Works!

Thanks for that, Shinbou. Really.

He really had fun regurgitating some weird trash in the dream sequences, which WERE very entertaining (if somehow reminiscient of the bizarre Bakemonogatari OP sequences with their giant scissors).

However, this barely covers the fact that this was as generic as generic magical girl show openings could get. Girl rescues Cute Sidekick, tries to convince villaingirl of love and justice, etc. The main point of interest was in fact the futuristic setting, if you ask me. Classrooms that are clinical white cages? Hmm…

Still, as an entree course, we can assume (or pray) that this can only go upwards.

Ep II Edit: After Episode II, This has gone up, as I’d hoped it would. Mami really does have a true Gate of Babylon for firearms; and the shows ability to both have a degree of depth and a set of thought provoking scenes is a great rarity in a magical girl show. And the dream sequences continue to be real high octane nightmare fuel. I think this has guaranteed itself a slot.

Ep III Edit: Wow, just wow. I thought this couldn’t get much better, but this episode still took me completely off guard. Kyubei racks up a significant amount of Renegade Points this episode, which makes one seriously question his motivations for making magical girls. It also seems possible that ‘Ressurection’ will become Madoka’s wish after a certain shocking event.


Yumekui Merry

Fear me, for I am John Doe given form!

Unfortunately, he fails to realise that he is part of the fiction.

Part of me really wants to like Merry, I really do, especially the bipedal cats, which always amuse me. However, this was both generic like Madoka but also lacking in direction and style to make up for it. Merry is basically wandering around the first episode for lolz; and briefly tries (and fails) an Al Azif introduction with a pantsu smash.

Ep II Edit: The show has also actually not been helped by its second episode, which involved angst and teleporting doughnuts. I can’t bring myself to care about a fairy dude we know nothing about when they pull an oh noes hes killed by a giant beartrap.

I’m still giving the benefit of the doubt for a short time, but this won’t last, I’d imagine.


Freezing

By the power vested in torn clothing, I call upon thee! Navel Smash!

Hmm, why is it that these girls are trained at ‘The Academy for the inducement of post traumatic stress disorder’? Shouldn’t they be, like, learning tactics and teamplay against the aliens, rather than causing brutal injuries to one another?

I’m fairly surprised by how bloody this was. Limbs were falling off left, right and centre. Didn’t cover for the fairly clumsy execution, mind you. And our protagonist has immediately entered water-flea territory when his main action in the show is to squeel like a little girl, hallucinate about his sister, and glomp girls in inappropriate ways.

And don’t get me started on some of the stupid weapons. I’m only even giving this a chance because it was written by the Kurokami writer, but its time is numbered at the moment.

Ep II Edit: Humnmm, well, this went up to mediocre from atrocious, I suppose. Mainly due to the fact that Ganessa’s insanity was entertaining and I’m a sucker for anything that induces silvery-white hair on girls. At least Aoi improves very marginally this episode, though he’s still in Water Flea territory. I don’t ever really like the excuse of ‘OMG! This is the only guy that doesn’t set my androphobia!?’ being used to pair the male and female lead though.


Gosick

C’est ne pas une pipe.

Well the opener was a really dissappointing Mystery, but lets face it, this is a show that is tailor made to allow Victorique to be cute. Our male protagonist is variable and mostly seems to spend his time as the running man/doormat for our resident gothaloli; very much being the Watson to the Holmes; although he does at least have the resolve to resist her at times (like with the luggage). Mr Drill hair is a bit fabulous and is currently stealing his limelight.

Still, as an opener, I’ve seen worse. If they do really get some good writing in for the subsequent mysteries, and continue to focus on Victorique cuteness, I imagine this can only go upwards.

Edit: It also suddenly occurs to me that if you say Gosick with a japanese inflection, i.e. ‘Go-see-ko‘, it sounds more like ‘Gothic‘; which actually makes alot more sense as a title than some implication of illness causing you to miss a day of work. Ah the wonders of deciphering Engrish. 😀

Ep II Edit: Less exposition this week; and they have indeed started to delve into classic mystery horror territory this week on the ship, with dark rooms, a hopelessly inescapable situation, easily killed off mooks, and tricks of the eye that are easily rebunked by Victorique’s intellect. Kujo also mans up even more, which is good, even if its in a chauvanist way (but then, this is set in the 20’s, so its not only expected but positive in the context). The cuteness is more subtle this week (like with the handholding), but its still there and I like it.

Ep III Edit: Well, the wrap up seemed a little too neat for this pair of episodes, but the continued progress is still proceeding at a good pace. Finding out about Victorique’s relation to Mr Drill Hair actually makes a fair bit of sense; and the divination with hares being explained was weird but interesting. Still a decent show.


Dragon Crisis

~Ryuuujiii~

This screencap cannot express the sheer seduction she managed to put into that “Ryuuji”. If there was ever a voice acting role MADE for Rie, Rose is IT. Only she could ever get away with ten minutes of literal one-word vocabulary and still make it awesumcute by piling on the dere in spades.

And in terms of direction, this show comes out on top; as despite her lack of glibness, Rose actually feels like she is learning all the time, which is nicely done. Although the action was mediocre, it really feels like its going somewhere, unlike alot of stuff this season. And then there was the preview, which made me burst out laughing:

“Watashi wa Rose! Suki da na Ryuji! Suki! Suki! Ryuji Suki! Suki, suki! Ryuji, Ryuji! Ryuji Suki!”

Possibly my top show out of the initial selection, assuming you can take the blinding radioactive blonde hair.

Ep II Edit: Ouch… ouch… ouch… okay… Ryuji’s spine was promptly evacuated this week. I mean, he wasn’t great before; but… seriously. Un-needed angst due to mother issues that he threw at Rose for no reason. Not cool. He had at least 3 opportunities after that to redeem himself; and failed to take the biscuit each time; whilst Rose just heroically sacrifices herself and shames him in the process. Why mention him being a ‘Level 10’ if he doesn’t ever use it? Urk, painful. Perverted Extreme Scientist A shows up as if we hadn’t seen that before. At least Black Dragon douchebag gets things done; so far that makes him a far more likable character. I assume they’re doing a set up for his redemption, though the setup is poor. If they don’t, the show will go up in flames as magnificently as it started, which will be sad, since the first episode was greatly entertaining.

Ep III Edit: Fortunately, Ryuji realised he was taking a stukka dive into Water flea territory and managed to pull up just in time. It was a close one; though. Rose got to say Suki again alot, and grew some huge wings that helped with her glomping prowess. Onyx was defeated by a sudden Kurokami contract that gave Ryuji access to St Elmos fire to attach to his dragonfang sword; and he stayed good the rest of the episode. But whats odd is that they’ve pretty much entirely resolved the initial plotline. Eriko got her earring, Ryuji got his sword and dragongirl, Scientist A got some pictures of the wedding (don’t ask). And next week is a sudden beach episode. What?


Level E

He glows and heals kittens and uses puppets and everything!

No really, he actually does all of that this episode.

This is actually deadpan comedy in disguise; very rare in an anime, and possibly worthwhile just due to that. The other male lead spends a little too much time shouting and talking about baseball, but so far its been a fairly bemusing ride.

Sometimes the punchlines feel a bit awkward, but its not bad. I guess what is most interesting is that they have adapted to the source material in using a very pretty adaptation of a very 90’s anime style.

I’m not sold yet, but its got my attention.

Ep II Edit: This still feels like its in a rush to get somewhere or that they’re spreading the original material thin, since the punchlines still seem awkward and hung onto. Keeping the pet as a cliffhanger last week was odd; and there is now someone else for the protagonist to shout at, with the bodyguard being introduced. Although, at least the girl was immediately made relevant, rather than them creeping around her role. Still not entirely certain about this… we shall see…


Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka?

This show is sponsored by the letter X and the percentage 120:

Magical girls with chainsaws that like to wear curtains, giant anthropomorphic lobsters that want to butt-rape the main character, many revelations of ‘by the way, I’m dead, ROFL’, necromancer girls that sleep and sip tea, and lets not forget: a guy having a transformation sequence and wearing panties as he performs a ‘Mysteltein Kick!’, which is actually not a kick but a chainsaw vivisection move.

Err… yeah…anyway… this is where I’m supposed to carefully back away and shake my head, but much like the voyeurism inherent in watching a carcrash, you can’t help but look.

I think that perfectly sums up this show. Though I may watch it, I don’t think I’d like to admit it either way.

Ep II Edit: At least the stupidity was more restrained this episode, which actually helps, I think, as I don’t think I would have been able to take the intensity of the first episode for a second time. Not entirely sure how he is considered to have won that duel with the vampire ninja, but at least it was pretty creative (he uses his own arm as a boomerang!). And bizarrely, Euu is probably the character with by far the most development so far, despite the fact she has never said a word.


Fractale

Excuse me, I seem to have fallen out of a game of Ragnarok Online:

If you call nuns temple maidens, then sure.

This is actually a Ghibli anime in disguise. Panning shots of oceans and serene fields montaged with unusual flying devices? Check. Unusual creatures not really noticed as odd by the protagonist? Check. Slow but devilishly inevitable pacing? Check.

The main protagonist, Klein, likes collecting 21st century junk and carries ancient technology like an iPod. The girl, Phryne, has no moral quandries, and is a flighty as they come. Oh, and Team Rocket shows up. Well, if Jesse and James turned into FBI agents and Meowth into a Loli, anyway. The behaviour and results (blasting off) is the same.

I really don’t know what to say so far about this; it feels more like a teaser so far. I guess we shall see.

Ep II Edit: Well, Nessa is GENKI! to the max; and being a very complex data avatar, pretty much teleports around as she likes. Though I’m sure I’m not the only one who noticed her hair was purple in the promotional material, but has gone red now (huh?). I guess she is trying to communicate with Klein that his world is just better without the system, which makes people into aimless wanderers and sots that don’t even like to live in homes with their families any more.

Ep III Edit: Well, this started carefree and lulwut,  somewhere turned serious, and then dark, all in the course of this episode, as it becomes evident that there are people trying to live as they once did, and they are considered terrorists, when in fact they are mainly fighting against mass brainwashing by the ‘temple’ of a technological world. This is very much like the situation of Fritz Leibers novel ‘Gather, Darkness!’, just with enforced laziness and pacifism rather than brutal conditions. In other words, a different means of control.


Well, thats it for now, hope you found this post entertaining.

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