Quick Thought: This Season’s Dropped / Three Episode Rule

 

Okay, I promised myself to write a Three Episode Rule for every anime I wanted to watch. But that isn’t going to happen. Some shows I don’t have the time for except to watch, others are being blogged by almost everyone, and some I want to go and punch their animation and writing teams.

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Three Episode Rule: Madan no Ou to Vanadis (Episode 3: Return of the Magic Marksman)

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And so ends this season’s first Three Episode Rule. All other series that got a TER will end up getting a short summary. I can’t say it’s their fault. To blog a series with a full time job and with such a casual watcher like I am is not that much of a feat.

Short summary. Nothing really but the battle.

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Three Episode Rule: Madan no Ou to Vanadis (Episode 2: The Return Home)

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I’m sold. This has been a very good run so far, and to be fair, it hit on something I always liked in action pairings. Range and Swordie.

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Three Episode Rule: Quickly, Through All These Shows!

And so the start of a new season is upon us. Already a lot of people are watching the usual. Log Horizon, Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Cross Ange; among other things. I had set myself a few shows to watch this season, though I’ve yet to pick on what show I’ll focus on or if I’ll do any blogging this season.

That said, as a refresher, my blogging style isn’t like anyone’s. I write a summary of the episode, a lengthy one that more or less goes scene-by-scene, and some quick recollections and thoughts I had at the end. Nothing deep, not big rating system, nothing. Others do it better I think. People like the folks over in Random Curiosity, or Infinite Zenith, or Gaikokimaniakku, or others, the list goes on.

It’s boring, unimaginative, and yet it’s as close to how I watch anime. Anime is a passing hobby for me nowadays. I’m not entirely busy as some, but I realize I don’t have the intellectual background or insight some bloggers have. That and I honestly hate my work schedule and I watch most of my anime right before work, during my lunch break, and write the summaries during my mandatory 15 minute breaks.

And to be frank, I just prefer to write what I want to write, so we’ll get on with it shall we?

Edit: I also won’t do a TER for World Trigger or Akatsuki no Yona this week.

Reisen on a Computer, drawn by itsutsuki on pixiv.

Reisen on a Computer, drawn by itsutsuki on pixiv.

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Acting on a Dream: A Vacation at Last!

 

Now, normally today would’ve been the day I went and released a Three Episode Rule mashup, but I decided not to. Not of any fault of the anime themselves, although I may not be doing anything more than a TER for most of the offerings this season. No, I went and enjoyed myself.

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Quick Thought: Fall 2014 Anime Season

With the end of the summer season upon us, it is time for me to look forward to what I can expect for this season. And truth be told, it’s gonna be a bit of a doozy. I do want to thank the staff over at Random Curiosity for creating their usual short summaries of the upcoming season’s anime. All images are from ANN (Anime News Network).

Reisen on a Computer, drawn by itsutsuki on pixiv.

Reisen on a Computer, drawn by itsutsuki on pixiv.

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Quick Thought: Situation Normal – All Foch’d Up

My condolences to Marshall Ferdinand Foch, but that was actually a ‘clean’ curse word issued by many tankers after meeting the AMX 50 (155) “Foch” Tank Destroyer. Armored with a good slope and a dangerous gun that requires me a little bit of swallowing the brave pill even after defecating in my pants to properly attack and defend against.

But right now, my life is coasting, in rough seas really. Speaking of the seas, I had made it into the World of Warships Alpha Test in its second wave, and that’s the end of that, considering I’m under NDA. Speaking of things I shouldn’t be talking about, two members of my family were struck with illnesses and I am having some really bad twinge-like pain on my right foot on the ring toe up to the back of the heel. I dunno…

Gaming-wise, I started playing Aura Kingdom with friends, and now I know why the chibi-goddess and emperor of all radios my good friend Yekaterina is so good at games. He will use the game’s own system against it and soon he and more advanced guildmates are soloing bosses and doing events no one in their level should be able to do. We’re on the second server, in-game name for primary (Ranger/Bard) is IJN_Zuikaku and secondary (Gunner) is IJN_Yuubari. It’s a fun little MMORPG that reminds me of Ragnarok Online.

I’ve given World of Tanks a bit of a break, there are some things I want to settle or at least let it pass with my current clan (STGGA), though the possibility to drop clan tags is once again in the future. Having repurchased the FV4202, I’ve yet to fully replay it, though its old crew is back in it. I am tempted to repurchase not only the Centurion I but the Caernarvon as well as the Matilda Black Prince, if only to get back to leveling my British crew and being more diverse in my lineup. But we shall see.

On Kantai Collection, I have the second monitor completely devoted to the Firefox window with my API on it, and listening to Akatsuki bully me at eight in the morning for my alarm (only to have my alarm go off as well) is kind of nice. But since my last run with AL/MI, I have been in a severe bauxite shortage and not running anything (mainly also because of other games).

Also, RNG has saw fit to grant me a Taihou. The LSC involved meant my replenished Bauxite supply was completely shattered again. But it was well worth it I think.

I’ve given up on War Thunder’s Ground Forces. I can’t get past the grind, the unpolished polished game (many hiccups) and the sheer fact that I get more enjoyment from my one or two battles of WoT than I ever would in WT:GF. Flying in WT makes me crash into a mountain I swear wasn’t there a second before. Or as my friends call it “your natural enemy…cliffs (or any tall geographic feature you fall off, crash into, or die from)”.

Speaking of games I’ve not logged on for a while, I haven’t gotten around to finishing the various many games of Civilization V I have, or taken my Aurora flying in Star Citizen lately. But since in Civ V, all I’ve done was bumrush the Forbidden Palace and get my gold and culture on a steamroll, I tend to end up going for Diplomatic and Cultural victory. Kinda hard to lose when not only are other nations listening to my pop music and wearing my blue jeans, but by greasing the wheel, I have almost all of the City States under my beck and call. Something I think, would make the folks over at VoC laugh.

On the work front? It’s very tiring. 1330 to 2200 is a good shift (though I wish to get the 0330 to 1200 shift next time around), but I have some coworkers I have a mind to keep my mouth shut about. Management is…management, those above me in rank are a hit or a miss, only a few I would really follow out of respect of the person and the rank rather than just a rank. The physical and mental strain show sometimes but it’s often after some other thing like say, a relative getting suddenly ill, brings it out. I aim to take the Foreign Service Officers Test next year, though looking through the study guide makes me realize I wished I still had a lot of my old textbooks and my free access to stuff like The Economist and Foreign Policy.

Politics wise? What the hell was this #GamerGate stuff, I’m not too aware of it, since I merely play games for enjoyment, couldn’t care less of any other gaming review personality that isn’t Ben “Yatzhee” Crowshaw’s Zero Punctuation. So this propping up came as a surprise to me, especially if Professor Reynolds posted a few things about it over at Instapundit. I won’t even bother with the current foreign and domestic policy stuff, I don’t need to get my blood boiling at 0225 HRS. Or anything really, that has to deal with the crap spewed by some people in the SF/F crowd that causes Larry Correia to go fisking things.

Anyways, stress at work, insecurities at home, annoyance with the news media…typical SNAFU. At least I have KanColle, Aura Kingdom, World of Tanks, and World of Warships to carry me until Anime USA in October and the Fall Season start.

But in reality…I just need more sleep, something I should do now.

Edit: I should really stop editing this post and go to sleep. Lynette is a patient daki at the very least.

 

Art Credits, because it seems WordPress borked my layout.

Akatsuki and Penguin Pillow by musouzuki on pixiv

Diplomatic Victory Screenshot from Civilization wiki.

 

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Rail Wars! (Episode 12: Everyone’s Waiting)

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And thus ends our twelve week run of rails and bewbs. I know a lot of people were expecting this to be some technical anime on the specific trains and whatnot, and to be fair, so was I, but I was mildly surprised at the change. This is going to be short, since the episode itself was rather uneventful compared to the previous arcs.

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Rail Wars! (Episode 11: Be Grateful; I’ll Go With You)

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And so we conclude this short story arc with a little of character interactions, the touch-and-go shipping of Bernina and Naoto, and some more Aoi x Naoto.

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A Dearth of Memory: A Quick Thought

Alternatively: How Apple’s new devices overshadow the remembering of a significant event in a lot of people’s lives.

 

Frankly, it’s no surprise that as much as I respect VoC‘s intelligence and wit, I do not agree with a lot of things he says. But it might be because, regardless of the fact, I was a naturalized American and I see the benefits of living here, rather than, say, my old home. I imagine he’ll respond either to this or have something tastefully untasteful to say about today, but it’ll be hard to refute him when 1) I really couldn’t care less and 2) most people nowadays are more likely to forget.

13 years ago, the so-called Pax Americana ended with merely 10 years to its name. Some may call it less, some can call it none at all, but the period of a ‘go-go nineties’ died the moment two Boeing 767s hit the twin towers (AA Flight 11 was a 767-223ER, United Airlines Flight 175 was a 767-222). As a young child, not even a teenager, I had just arrived in the US with my family nary 6 months beforehand, living with my uncle. My biggest concerns of the time was seeing really, the difference between my old school system and the one I was in (the library was massive). After that, my appreciation of my soon-to-be adopted country was enhanced in the patriotic fervor I guess not seen since the Japanese sneak attack on Dec. 7th 1941.

Thirteen years ago, I was a twelve-year-old at Ormond Stone Middle School. I remembered that day because when I left my History class, news of the first tower being hit happened. I had gotten to the next class, English, and we were watching the news channel seeing the first tower burning when we saw the second plane hit.

I imagine this will stay with me for a while.

The world turned topsy-turvy because there were people willing to do evil acts, even if they saw themselves in the name of their own twisted world, as the ‘good guys’. Won’t ever forget those who died that day, the day this nation was changed, and the people who lost their lives after that day to finally come to grips with an elephant in the room that had been building up in the background, decades in the making.

I imagine though, people now regard it as ‘old news’ or even don’t give a damn. Maybe they have the right point of view. It happened, let’s move on. I can gladly agree to that. It happened, we’ve changed, but let’s not get too hung up on the changes, and live life to the best of our ability and circumstances. But the alternate title and second point is directed really at those who forget. Those who go ‘so what? ain’t no skin off my nose’. That type of person. The person who make platitudes about a severe disease only because their favorite celebrity did it. The one who knows more about the latest celebrity gossip but not world events.

I guess the type VoC and I see, and (for me) am scared of. The ones who will drag the rest of us into the slaughter-house and our last remaining rights trampled because it was the ‘cool’ thing and their favorite celebrity said so.

But I guess I’m too much of a naive patriotic romanticist.

 

I can only pray that the souls who died today find their peace, and the perpetrators of this horrendous act will find their afterlife to be less than what they desired. Living good and well I guess, is the best way to honour the fallen and to spite our enemies. Edit: And to also just fly the flag, as Miguel has kindly reminded me on facebook.

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Art by トモダチ on Pixiv [link]

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