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Summer 2014

Summer 2014

The season is already almost over. What am I doing writing this up so late. At least I have a proper impression of all the shows that I’m watching…

Stuff that I’ve been looking forwards to every week

  • Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun – Lets just say that someone bought a domain just to make this page: http://sakura.chiyo.is.seriously.moe/. Very lighthearted, interesting characters, drama-free. Available on Crunchyroll.
  • INVADERS of the ROKUJYOMA!? – Obviously a classic “harem” anime, most of the girls are invading a small apartment room for poorly defined reasons, battling it out with card games and silly challenges. But it’s pretty funny, and Sanae is particularly cute. This is on Crunchyroll too.
  • Locodol – Girls become local idols. Fun and entertaining. But that Uogokoro-kun song is starting to wear on me. Second-best battle scenes of any anime I’ve seen so far this season. It’s almost like I’m on a (crunchy) roll here.

Hmm. Seems like my go-to shows have all been silly/cute comedies. I guess I wanted some stuff to cheer me up.

Stuff that I sometime put off because it’s too drama-tastic

Case in point.

  • GLASSLIP – PA Works follows up their beautiful show Nagi no Asukara with a show about glass-making… No, scratch that. Teen romance/drama with some supernatural themes thrown in. Full of feels. Rolling with the Crunches.
  • Blue Spring Ride (Ao Hara Ride) – Obligatory shoujo series. I like it so far, and it seems like it’ll avoid the bad end to the love triangle that obviously has to be introduced into such a show. I’ve run out of funny things to say about Crunchyroll links.
  • Free! (second series) – Kyoani’s swimming show returns. Still decent, adds new characters, etc. Guess where this link goes.

Things that I’ve fallen behind on, or are continued from last season

  • Captain Earth – Continued. I’ve fallen behind since I’ve been watching it with friends, and I’ve been out of town for several weeks in a row. It has the most ridiculous Giant Robot combining sequence ever created for TV. Crunchyrolled.
  • The World is Still Beautiful – This fell down into the drama-tastic category last season, and I haven’t gotten around to finishing it yet. I suppose I should. Crunchyroll.
  • Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA ILLYA 2wei – The only reason I’m behind on this is because it’s presumably awesome enough to be worth watching with the friends I haven’t seen in a while. Crunchyroll.
  • Tokyo ESP – I’ve only seen one episode of this, dunno whether I’ll do more. Seems a bit too serious for my summer-time mood. Hah, you thought this would be a Crunchyroll link. Well, too bad; they don’t have the rights where I live! (To be honest, that’s probably the main reason I’m not keeping up with it.)

WTF

  • Strange+ – To be honest, it’s not actually any stranger. Big-name voice actors make butt jokes in this series of shorts. CR
  • Himegoto – This season’s other series of shorts. Cutest cross-dressing guy ever seen in anime. Except maybe Hideyoshi. Or Megumu. It’s close. CR

Seriously Junk

This stuff doesn’t even deserve the Crunchyroll links.

  • Bladedance of Elementalers – You can tell this isn’t going to be a great show right from the title. Mostly a fanservice vehicle. Animation quality isn’t even that great.

There’s also a bunch of BL-focused shows which I am not qualified to comment on. I’m sure there’s some other decent stuff around that I’m not watching, but maybe you should be. Go check stuff out for yourself!

Spring 2014

Spring 2014

It’s spring, the sun is hidden behind the clouds, the snow is gently falling then getting heavier and heavier until we’re buried. Again. In the subzero weather.

This being Canada, it’s nice to escape to Anime for a bit; so lets see what’s in the upcoming season.

Things that are SHAFT

  • More *Monogatari. Maybe. I dunno what’s going on this this.
  • Mekaku City Actors (KAGEROU PROJECT). Why didn’t anyone bother to tell me that SHAFT was doing this? How did this even happen?
  • Nisekoi, which I’m going to have to marathon the first chunk of to catch up. Strange that SHAFT is continuing a show while starting a new one.

I’ll give these a shot.

  • Mushishi, to help us recover from the frantic energy of everything else.
  • One Week Friends – Girl has impossible metal condition where she can remember everything except personal relationships, which she forgets after a week. Looks super-cute.

Shows that got good reviews of ANN and I should probably check out

  • Captain Earth. Which sounds like the most horribly show ever, based on the title alone.
  • Chaika – The Coffin Princess – Hmm. I’m not usually one for these sort of serious fantasy shows, but I might take a look anyways.
  • If Her Flag Breaks (Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara) – The show takes the concept of ‘flags’ from dating-sim games and turns it into a character-visible mechanic. Somehow the show apparently doesn’t completely suck.
  • The World is Still Beautiful. Hmm. More fantasy. Maybe I’ll wait until this one’s completely aired so I can power through it if I decide I’d like to see it.

Nope. Or at least not for now.

  • Brynhildr in the Darkness – The maker of Elfen Lied comes back with a new show… that’s pretty much just Elfen Lied in HD. I’ve already seen said show, no real need to watch this now.
Incomplete Sci-Fi Story

Incomplete Sci-Fi Story

So, when poking around my Documents directory, I found this incomplete short piece of Science Fiction. Might as well share it…


I wake up to find him still sitting at the workbench he’d been hunched over hours ago when I’d given up for the night. He hears the rustle as I search the nearby floor for the cleanest of my uniforms and asks, without turning around, “You awake?”

I am, barely.

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Winter 2013/2014

Winter 2013/2014

Alright; a new season of Anime is soon to be upon us. Lets see what there will be.

Can’t Miss This

  • Space ☆ Dandy – Imagine if Shinichiro Watanabe came back and made a new Anime about some interesting people in space, and it will be awesome. Only downside is that Yoko Kanno isn’t doing the music.
  • Nisekoi – I haven’t missed a SHAFT show in a while. It wouldn’t do to start now.
  • Sailor Moon (remake) – No idea what this is gonna be like. It has a lot to live up to.

I saw the originals, so I should watch these sequels too

  • Saki Zenkoku-hen – The first two series were OK, but it’ll be neat to see what happens after Saki wins the tournament. Assuming that’s actually what the topic of the show will be.

Continued from Previous Seasons

  • Nagi no Asukara
  • *monogatari – (Sort of. I’ve been watching it on Crunchyroll, which is broadcasting it with a delay)

I might watch these if they show up on CrunchyRoll and I’m bored

  • Pupipou!
  • Sakura Trick
  • Sekai Seifuku
  • Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! (S2) – KyoAni, but I haven’t seen the original, and I dunno.
  • Mahou Sensou
  • pupa

How did anybody even come up with the ideas for these?

  • Nobunagun – Nobunaga reincarnated as a gun in a futuristic fighting anime. Yeah.
  • Go! Go! 575 – I admit that I’m almost interested to see what kind of story they could come up with for a game where you make songs that follow Haiku meter?
  • Robot Girls Z – Sure, girls dressed up to look like famous giant robots is kind of cute. But there’s no reason that they had to animate a show (even if it’s just shorts) for this.
  • Buddy Fight – No season is complete without a generic fighting anime based off a trading card game.

As always, thanks to the folks who make the Anime Chart.

Digital Dark Age

I vow: To not delete content. To preserve URLs (or redirect them if all else fails). To keep this site up for as long as I am able. To make sure that the Internet Archive can see my content, in case I fail at any of the above.

Ender’s Game Movie

Ender’s Game Movie

All in all, I’m actually quite surprised with how well the adaption of the Ender’s Game novel to the big screen went. There were changes made – but for the most part, they really did make sense. A fairly significant amount of material was dropped, but for the most part it wasn’t really story-critical and mostly served to reduce the amount of character development given to side characters.

(Note that if you haven’t read the novels or seen the movie, the following will contain spoilers; but honestly, who hasn’t read Ender’s Game by now?)

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The pull of MusicBrainz contributing

The pull of MusicBrainz contributing

MusicBrainz contributors tend to be quite… thorough sorts of folks. Lets take a look at what I’ve been up to over the course of the past few days.

Day 1

I’ve worked on a few Picard patches recently, including one that allows tagger script to access metadata from loaded files, and another that saves MusicBrainz track IDs to files. In the interest of giving these a thorough workout, I loaded my entire music library into Picard and went through album-by-album, reviewing the changes that Picard was going to apply and saving if the changes looked good.

Now, it’s been a few months since I’ve last done this, and the metadata in my collection is fairly out of date. There’s a fair number of changes being made to my files, so I’m making a few tweaks as I go – selecting the correct edition of a few albums which have gotten newly added data, and keeping an eye out for any “bad” edits that I may have missed.

Along the way, I notice that one of the CardCaptor Sakura soundtrack albums doesn’t have a catalog number or barcode. “An easy fix!” I think, as I go to look up the release in the MINC database, which is run by the Japanese music industry and has pretty comprehensive details on major label releases from the past 25 years or so.

Naturally, the soundtracks are also missing ISRCs, which I add, and are missing works, which I also add. I manage to finish adding these details to the first 3 CardCaptor Sakura albums before heading off to bed.

Day 2

Along the way while editing the soundtrack albums, I had noticed that the data for 丹下桜 (Tange Sakura) was a bit of a mess. I had left a tab open on her page to remind me to take a look later – and since it is now later, I take a look. A good place to start when cleaning up an artist is always recording merges. There’s usually a few fairly obvious ones: recordings off pseudo-releases that should be merged with the corresponding ones from the real releases, recordings off compilations that should be merged with the ones from the original releases.

Next I take a quick look at her works page, and… it’s practically empty. (And also has a duplicate, which I go ahead and merge.) So I open up an album in the release editor, and start looking up work info. (For Japanese releases in this genre, cross-referencing Wikipedia, VGMdb, and the MINC database will give very comprehensive information.)

Out of curiosity, I start following links in the MINC database to see what other releases the songs I’m looking at have been released on – and I find out that 丹下桜’s is far, far from complete.

By some time very early in the next morning, I have managed to put something like 1 compilation, 2 albums, and 3 or 4 singles into their rightful place on MusicBrainz, all complete with crosslinked recording and work information.

Day 3

There hasn’t really been any new revelations on this day. I simply continue to fill in 丹下桜’s discography by following links to see where else particular songs have appeared. By the end of the day, I’ve added another 2 albums, 1 mini-album, 5 singles, and 2 compilations. The number of tabs I have open containing things to look at has been going down steadily – and with each release, I find more and more recordings that I can reuse, or works that are already present in the database. Things are going well!

Perhaps one more day and I can finish adding works to the 4th CardCaptor Sakura soundtrack (and maybe the movie soundtrack and some of the compilations too).

I wonder if I’ll manage to ever finish retagging my music collection in Picard like I had originally intended.

Fall 2013

Fall 2013

Hmm. I’ve been looking a bit at the upcoming season based on the announced series. There’s, well, not really that much that interests me listed yet. But here’s a start to my list:

SHOWS THAT LIVE UP TO THE HYPE SO FAR

  • Kill la Kill

Shows I took a look at

  • Nagi no Asakura: I’ve been generally pleased with the stuff P.A. Works has done recently, and the description hasn’t put me off the show. A good start. This show is super-pretty, and kind of sad.
  • Little Busters ~Refrain~: Actually, I probably won’t watch it this season. I’m still working my way through the game, and it will be spoilers! I will try to come back to it later.
  • Kyoukai no Kanata: KyoAni. Of course. (The start was a bit weak; lets see if it gets better.)
  • Miss Monochrome: Silly little shorts about an “android idol singer” voiced by Horie Yui with a really strong vocal filter.
  • Non Non Biyori: Because why not.

Old shows that are awesome and I am now watching

  • Super Dimension Fortress Macross (the original). I suppose I’ll watch Frontier after that.
  • Captain Harlock

Continued stuff from previous seasons

  • *monogatari

What were they thinking?

  • Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai!: This is… a cross between an idol anime and wrestling anime?
  • Meganebu!: Guys with glasses. I suppose the blatent fanservice anime needed to expand to the female market, after all. Free! led the way, but at least it was a good show. I’m not holding out any hopes for this.

But you know what I’m really looking forwards to? The Captain Harlock movie. I hope that it actually gets a release over here…

Best Anison from Summer 2013

Best Anison from Summer 2013

Here’s just a quick list of the songs that I felt were particularly great this season:

  1. The WATAMOTE opening: 私がモテないのはどう考えてもお前らが悪い by 鈴木このみ n’ キバオブアキバ. It sure wasn’t what I normally expect, but it works perfectly.
  2. The KINMOZA! opening: Jumping!! by Rhodanthe* (anime cast). It sounds suspiciously similar to some of my favourite Doujin music… because it’s composed by Meis Clauson and has lyrics by yuiko!