May 29, 2012


Hey spammers.
If you really want to develop utter hatred for your product, you might try spamming an obituary post.

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May 28, 2012

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
      Between the crosses, row on row,
   That mark our place; and in the sky
   The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
   Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
         In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
   The torch; be yours to hold it high.
   If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
         In Flanders fields.

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For the longest time I thought that one of the reasons that US kit was so expensive is because we insisted on producing the components here where its much more expensive rather than overseas.

Silly me...

Now it looks like at least some computer chips used in US Military hardware have Chinese installed back doors in them. via

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Aniplex Announcements

Crunchyroll has a report on a bunch of recent Aniplex announcements.

  • Sentai Filmworks is confirmed as the licensor for Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works
  • Aniplex will take pre-orders for the second volume of Fate/zero on Blu-Ray starting June 1st for release on September 9th simultaneously with the Japanese release
  • Bakemonogatari will be receiving a new sub only boxset release this Fall on Blu-Ray with no plans to dub either it or the sequel series Nisemonogatari. Unfortunately, there are also no plans to stream Bakemonogatari.
  • Aniplex does not have plans to go back and dub either Blue Exorcist or Fate/Zero
  • OreImo will be re-released later this summer in a lower-priced DVD edition
  • Baccano will be re-released following its previous limited Blu-Ray box release
  • Kara no Kyoukai/Garden of Sinners will be released in a new limited edition DVD boxset this Fa

There is a bit of good news in that Sentai did indeed get UlBW. They have announced a Bang Zoom dub which speaks well of their finances and confidence in the market.
However, In the rest of the announcements I note the continued trend in avoiding dubs. While this is of little direct concern to many of our readers it means that the current plan does seem to be to skip the US Distributors and simply release Subtitled Japanese Blue Rays at... Japanese prices.

US Anime is doomed!...must..tweet...everybody!

Ubu saw this coming a while back, and while it is indeed a big FU to the US fans it is not entirely out of the blue.

The Japanese prices are insane and, I believe, counter-productive even to their domestic market in the long term, but they are, in part, a response to the huge piracy issue, the shrinking domestic market (which the prices help to shrink) and the fact that the Japanese companies have the additional overhead of producing the product (US and other overseas distributors just have licensing, distribution and occasionally dubbing ).

I would be very surprised if a lot of the licensing was not discontinued in favor of just the subtitle track. The total sales would drop but a few hundred or a couple of thousand sales total would make what they'd get from licensing with an option for more if it was a runaway hit. If there is licensing in the future it might well be restricted to dub only in the future to kill re-imports.

Of course they'll also kill off most of the legit market here because 700 dollars (350 per season) for a series is stark raving cuckoo for cocoa puffs.

The Japanese prices also make clear one reason why collector Otaku are thought of poorly in Japan. The hobby there takes as much money as a heroin habit. Someone who indulges in it there is either rich beyond the dreams of Avarice or has some seriously screwed up priorities.

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In Defense of the Indefensable

I have a confession to make.
I actually liked High School of the Dead.

I may be the only human being for whom that is true.

Allow me to defend this most indefensible of opinions.

First, it must be acknowledged that most of the criticisms of this show have valid points. The fan service is a bit over the top. I sure as hell could have done without the damned panty shots. It is a grim show.  It is aggressively and flamboyantly excessive. It is disrespectful to physics.

 Physics and her friend Anatomy called...They're pissed!#

All that being said this show has some real strengths.

The early episodes in particular do a better job than many zombie movies (even Romero's own) of conveying the actual horror of the whole zombie apocalypse situation. They handle that bit really well. This is all the more remarkable because of the breakneck pacing of the early episodes. The show manages to combine non-stop action with a sense of genuine dread as the characters realize just what is going on and the implications of it.

It is a horrific show, and at times hard to watch, but the admittedly excessive fan service actually mitigates this somewhat. It is sufficiently silly to act as comic relief and thereby break some of the tension.

In fact, the two most gratuitous episodes regards cheesecake,  6 and 7, (where the show managed to work in sort of a bathhouse episode), were in some ways the saving grace of the series. Both actually had some neat, even thoughtful, character bits. They also added a bit of humanity and decency that saved the show from becoming the nihilistic exercise so many stories in this genre are.

From that point the show becomes not so much a horror show as a show about retaining ones humanity in the midst of a societies collapse.  The cheesecake is somewhat toned down in later episodes as well.

In any event the show is never boring.

For all that, I probably would not have liked it had I not first seen the dub, which is superb, and is delivered with the staccato pacing of a Howard Hawks film and with  just a bit of snark. The voice acting is really well done Mark Laskowski and Maggie Flecknoe in particular do a superb job. The nurse in the dub has a voice that can grate cheese...but that actually fits. As I type this there's a 12 minute spoileriffic excerpt from ep2 of the dub here which gives a good overview of the pacing of the early episodes.

The show is indeed aggressively and flamboyantly excessive.

It is also, despite it's exceedingly grim nature, a show that manages to be surprisingly upbeat and I frankly found it rather fun.

...and now
Well, now you know that about me.

#Regards...that .gif
The bullet is traveling in the vicinity of 2700 feet per second.
    The bosoms in question transit back and forth during the time that the projectile passes through the area of interest  and thus are moving at least twice as fast as the bullet itself. This gives a breast speed of at least 5400fps.
    The speed of sound at sea level is roughly 1100fps. 5400 fps is just under 5 times that or approximately Mach 4.8-Mach 4.9 so a conservative reading of the available evidence would indicate that in addition to her levelheadedness, well developed sense of ethics, athleticism and general competence, Saeko possesses hypersonic tits.

The above analysis was originally posted here....where spoilers and snark dance the tango together.

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May 27, 2012

Another One

Erick Erickson has just been SWATed.

This stuff matters.

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Chekov's Zodiac

This episode of Bodacious Space Pirates started out as a bit of a mess.

It muddled along as a moderately enjoyable collection of random events until suddenly...

It all began to come together.

Why is she wearing her pirate hat in the dingy?.Oh never mind..

Every random bit is there for a reason, either to ad to the plot, or distract from it or provide nice character continuity. 

This episode is a rollicking good time but it is has a much darker edge than earlier ones. This is a real battle and in the worst possible circumstances.

This show really exemplifies why Japanese kids shows are sometimes more satisfying than many American live action dramas. These kids are striving to be adults. They don't always succeed at that (they are kids) but they have goals and dreams and they generally behave as young adults. They take their responsibilities seriously.  In a lot of contemporary shows here the adults are trying desperately to avoid responsibility, whine a lot and generally act like kids.

Also this show has space battles, dogfights...and silly pirate hats that make perfect sense in context.

I'll call this one a win.

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May 26, 2012


We are NEVER going to get the bottom of my dads boat painted.

HT Siergen in the comments.
On the upside...Georgia is FINALLY going to get some rain.

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Why it Matters

Yesterday was BLOG ABOUT BRETT KIMBERLIN DAY! . However, my schedule has not permitted any blogging from here since the last Kimberlin post.
This is of little concern as...well, that is one impressive gaggle of bloggers there!

Nevertheless, I do think it is important to talk a bit about WHY this is a big deal.

First, I....

Emphatically apolitical girl is the generally calm Mio from the generally hilarious Nichijou.

This really isn't's domestic terrorism.
Nevertheless, below the fold we go....


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May 22, 2012

Holy Crepe!

I don't do politics much anymore and out of respect for my readers I usually put it below the fold when I do, but this has jumped the line from politics to something much more worrisome and needs to be out in the open.

I've been busy, but I've caught a little of this creepy story.  However, while I was distracted it's gotten really serious.

Short version. A blogger was getting harassed for telling the truth about a convicted left wing terrorist, who like so many left wing terrorist got off light and is now a darling of the professional Left. There's more on this here, here and here.

Blogger R.S. McCain posted an informative post on this here.

..and that's when things well and truly escalated.

As a result of that post R.S. McCain has now has to flee his home with his family. More here.

His tip Jar is here.

I'm just a Z-list blogger but this is nasty, it is vile and it needs to be shouted to the four winds. I'll be damned if I'm not going to do what I can.

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