September 24th, 2007

#588: Anime roundup

Today I watched:

  • Dai Mahou Touge 1-2
  • Happy Lesson Advance 1
  • Sky Girls 11
  • Lucky Star 22
  • Potemayo 12 (end)
  • Lovely Complex 22


I gave Dai Mahou Touge a try because of Steven Den Beste's comments on it. And you know what, it's directed by the same guy responsible for Dokuro-chan, but this seems--at least so far--a lot more tolerable. It's funny, too.

Happy Lesson Advance is a continuation of the original series. (Yay! More Fumitsuki!) We'll see if it's any good; hopefully there won't be any more stupid "resets" like the last episode of the first series. Blech.

And the last ep of Potemayo. But it's pretty obvious that there will be a second series of that. I don't know how there can't be. Heh.

Lovely Complex--there are something like 3 episodes left of LC. But they have a history of clearing up love triangles very quickly, so I'm not too worried about how the current situation will be resolved.

One of the current downloads is the Handsome Girl OVA, which is one of the titles by Wataru Yoshizumi. I'm looking forward to seeing that.

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I finished volume 15 of I"s yesterday night. It ends exactly the same way the anime did. But you know, the ending is a lot more satisfying in the manga than it was in the anime; as I said before, it's because they had to cut so much in order to get it all to fit.

The major disappointment was the complete lack of fan service in the last couple volumes. That's what made me think the last anime episode was made up by the animators; it didn't look like Katsura's work. But it was, alas. Even though it was better in the manga, the ending still was not as good as I'd hoped it would be.

Iori and Ichitaka never got it on. We should have been given that much. Rumiko Takahashi knew that was the case for Maison Ikkoku; even though Maison was not a fan service vehicle, she knew that there is only one way to end a love story that will satisfy the readers. It was enough for us to see that Godai and Kyoko were naked and in bed together, and that they'd spent the night that way; they certainly were not playing cribbage in the meantime.

I"s let us see Iori and Ichitaka almost do it several times, but it never actually happened. Without that essential scene--as obvious as the end of the story is!--there isn't a sense of completion and the reader feels as if he's been left hanging. (At least, I did.) There is a benefit to leaving the readers wanting more, but there's a difference between that and short-changing them.

And that's how it is.

#589: Boortz is on fire today!

No, not literally. For crying out loud....

Update: Links don't work. Here is the link to the entire page that the following are sub-topics of.

Here he discusses the shortcomings of how Colombia University selects guest speakers. They say they'd invite Hitler, if he were alive. Boortz points out that they dis-invited the guy who founded the Minutemen (the ones who patrol the US-Mexico border, I mean) and refuse to allow ROTC there.

Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, who was involved in the seizure of the US Embassy in Tehran in 1979, is a perfectly acceptable speaker at Colombia University, and Hitler would be, too, if he were still alive...but members of the US military and people who believe in secure borders are persona non grata.

Sure, that makes perfect sense...if you're a campus liberal.

This story points out that Barak "Osama-Obama" Hussein Obama wants to tax the shit out of everyone to "fix" the national Ponzi scheme that is Social Security. He observes, and quotes another observation, to the effect that this would make it obvious to all and sundry that SSI is an income-redistribution scheme, not a retirement plan.

One can only hope.

New York State has become a sanctuary state, now that it plans to issue drivers licenses to illegal aliens. You don't need proof of citizenship any more! Dang. I think I'll go get me a New York State driver's license, too. That way, if I get pulled over for speeding while driving through the state's interminable miles of 55 MPH highway, I can just give the cop my New York State license and forget about it. Hey, it's a "Get Out of Jail Free" card!

But no, it doesn't work that way. You probably can only get a license that way if you're obviously hispanic and don't speak English. That's racial profiling! But it's okay because it's not anti-hispanic racial profiling, right?

This one is the most interesting one. The Florida Democrat Party is not budging; it's going to hold its primary on January 29th. The Democrat National Party is saying it's going to disallow Florida's 210 delegates if they do that.

What was that, Boortz asks, in 2000, about how the GOP was denying voters their right to vote? And I think he's right to ask that. I could have sworn that the Democrat Party constantly accused us GOP-ers of trying to disenfranchise the voters of Florida. They can't and won't shut up about the 2000 election being "stolen" despite the fact that Al Gore would have won if he'd only carried his home freaking state; now the Democrats are planning to deny Floridans their right to participate in the electoral process!

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The man's on fire today. Go get 'em!

#590: It's hard to draw well when you're laughing.

I did some work on character designs for SubaruCo.

First I worked out the names of the Seven Sisters. Sayoko was a given, of course. I still have to translate the other six into Japanese, but they came out: Faith, Hope, Charity, Mercy, Truth, and Chastity.

And as I drew, it rapidly became obvious that the girls' personalities are going to be the opposite of their names.

Faith was drawn "straight", with a cross at her neck, but a sly expression. Hope ended up with a dull, glum look on her face. Charity? Charity has her back to the reader, is looking over her right shoulder with a selfish expression on her face and a wad of bills in one hand. And then I drew Mercy.

I couldn't stop laughing.

Mercy is looking down at the reader with this psychotic grin on her face, as if saying, "Now you're really going to get it!"

Truth looks sly, and Chastity is a raging slut with hickey on her neck.

Now I need to find the Japanese equivalents for those names.

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By the way, in my earlier entry on SubaruCo I mentioned that I thought there was another series? There is.

I don't have a name for it. The story is about a present-day guy who finds a mysterious coffin-sized crystal sarcophagus that contains a beautiful young woman. This and that happens and the thing opens, and the girl wakes up, and it turns out that she's an Atlantean princess from about 16,000 years ago.

The story is about her adjusting to life in our world and about some of the things that crop up from her world, in the past. It's meant to be a love story with a SF twist on it.

But I cannot remember if I even came up with a title for it.

The girl's name is Cassile. She's an expert in antiquities, like her father. Atlanteans rule the Earth; some 8,000 years before she was born, there had been a big war between Atlantis and Mu to determine who would have to leave Earth, because both civilizations had decided that Earth wasn't big enough for both of them. Mu lost and went to Selene, the Earth's moon; and Mu and Atlantis then settled into a peaceful coexistence. But both worlds maintained masses of weapons, because there had been long times of peace before which ended abruptly with surprise attacks.

The Chrysalis was found on Selene when Mu was building its first city there; Cassile's father thinks he can noodle out some of its technology. Cassile goes to Mu to retrieve it; but just after she and her pilot take off from Mu, there is a research accident.

Some scientists are experimenting with a device which is supposed to damp out nuclear reactions, but there is a mistake and it instead sets off every nuke on that side of Mu--and every nuclear fission reactor on the planet goes super-critical as well, leading to multiple meltdowns. The resulting cataclysm sets off Mu's automated response system and all the world's remaining nukes are launched at Earth.

Cassile's shuttle, now severely damaged, can't make a quick reentry and land safely before its life support system shuts down. The pilot thinks he can make it if Cassile gets into the chrysalis and activates it; the life support system will last long enough if only one person is breathing. Otherwise, they'll both die. Cassile has faith in her father's abilities as a scientist, so she gets into the thing; it auto-activates and seals her in.

Her father spends the rest of his life trying to get her out, to no avail, and about a thousand years later the mortally-wounded Atlantean civilization falls into barbarism. The Dark Age lasts until the distant descendants of the Atlanteans found the earliest civilizations we have on record.

Cassile sleeps through all this.

But the chrysalis that Cassile is in isn't the only one....

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Cassile has a computer crystal at her throat, something that makes our most powerful computer look like an abacus. (Like less than an abacus.) She uses it to learn English, and to make a similar machine for the main character, whose name I haven't worked out. Other interesting things happen. The end result is a series set during a time when modern-day archaeologists are discovering that Atlantis really existed, and that there are plenty of artifacts and...things...left over from that time.

The main character is an Iowa farm boy who had planned on doing something with his life, but who has ended up being trapped on the farm by his own sense of familial duty (think George Baily from It's a Wonderful Life, only without being such a jerk).

...but I cannot remember the damn title. Maybe I hadn't come up with one.

I suck at coming up with titles for my prose works. Most of the time I just call 'em [Title] until I think of something, while writing the story. Since getting into drawing manga, though, I've found that titles generally come to me while I'm working out the premises and characters for the series.

This series is the second one I've come up with which relies on myths about Atlantis and Mu--Magical Angel Selene is the other one; it's main character, Chuck Larsen, is the reincarnation of Selene, an Atlantean princess from about 11,000 years ago. (Different timeline than the one Cassile's from.)

Cassile was like 59th in line for the throne, where Selene was within the top 5. But I just like the phrase "Atlantean princess"; besides, being royalty gives the character another source for antagonists.

I don't believe the myths about Atlantis, but as a romantic notion it's dynamite--it works well as part of a foundation for a story.

(BTW, it's pronounced CAH-SEE-LEH.)

So, instead of five series, there are indeed six, and I still don't have any time to draw so much as any two of them. Argh.