June 30, 2013


This pic from AFP is of the demonstrations in Cairo.

More here and here. Reuters is putting the number of protestors above a million people....almost all Muslims, protesting against Islamism.

This is really a big thing,
There's even a slight chance it might overcome the odds and end up a good thing.

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Gargantia Ends

Well...now we know what that fountain in episode 5 was all about.

Well, what's there to gripe about?
There's a slight reduction in the animation quality in episode 11 & the first part of 12. There was a scene where one character was way off model and there was that gratuitous moment of yuck in episode 5....


Yeah...I think that sums up all my complaints.... now the good points.

This has been one of the more enjoyable shows in recent years.

 It's nicely paced with likeable characters, gorgeous art, and at times, near movie quality production values.  It's a substantive show too, touching on themes of ethics, honor, redemption and the extraordinary and irreplaceable value of liberty.

 Gargantia goes to some dark places, but it never succumbs to nihilism. It is saved from that by the general decency of most of its characters and the fact that the show never loses its sense of hope.

When not dealing with challanges that range from the silly to the venal to the epic, it focuses on life in one of the most pleasant, visually interesting and from all appearances liveable fantasy/ sci-fi worlds in recent memory; a world that in almost every episode managed to surprise.

NOTE: Some surprises more consequential than others.

Beautifully presented, and well thought out, Gargantia on the Verduous Planet is inspiring, thrilling and ultimately quite pleasant. It also  manages to pull off a thoroughly satisfying ending which is a pretty rare thing.

This ones a real gem.
Gen Urobochi is the writer, Kazuya Murata is the director, Koji Tanaka is the art director, Naruko Hannaharu did the character designs and the Music Director is Taro Iwashiro. They all bear watching in the future.

Note that there will be at least one OAV( Released with the BD set)

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42 Years Ago Today

The crew of Soyuz 11 docked with the very first space station (Salyut 1) and stayed in orbit for 23 days, setting a space endurance record before they were forced to cut short their mission due to an electrical fire on the station.

During the re-entry of the Soyuz 11 capsule , there was a loss of radio contact, but the spacecraft landed quite normally in Kazakhstan.

Tragically, when the recovery team arrived however, they found that a pressure release valve had opened during reentry and exposed the crew to the vacuum of space. They were not wearing pressure suits. Despite the best efforts of the recovery team to revive them, Georgiy Timofeyevich Dobrovolsky, Viktor Ivanovich Patsayev and Vladislav Nikolayevich Volkov had died on re-entry.

As terrible as this was, it bears remembering that if the boundaries of the future are allowed to be set by the, the timid, or far worse, those who would presume to forbid others from striving for great things...then our future will be a dark age. The human race is fortunate to have people such as these who will step into the breach and attempt great deeds.

They deserve to be remembered.

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June 29, 2013

I just....

I don't...

I'm not able...

What the HELL am I looking at?

I guess that as superpowers go this far from the worst....but I can't help but think that it comes with the vulnerability "already at bottom of  hill" ...which is probably way more common than Kryptonite.

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Strange Bedfellows

The quote of the week (anime division):

As we head into the climactic episode on Sunday, I have a few random thoughts on this weeks Gargantia installment.

Because there's just a lot to like....


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June 27, 2013

There's Been an Ubu Sighting

His June has SUCKED.

Good grief. He had a VASTLY worse run-in with Annies theologist than I did. Damn cultists. Fortunately he's alive and recovering, but its looking to be a long road.

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June 25, 2013


Attack on Titan continues, and while our heroes don't accomplish much in the way of their goals this episode, an awful lot is happening. 

Yeah, things are not going well for our would be giant slayers. At the end of last episode, everything pretty much went to worms and this has  a sort of cascade effect, so they just cannot seem to get a break.

Nicely paced with an even better than usual score, episode 12 is an enthralling three ring circus and the show seems to be well and truly back on track.

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...does this particular waterline kit of Hyuga come with the burning Liaoling?

I gather that "Operation Senkaku" is a new model line.

I note that this kit does not show up on their English language website.

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June 23, 2013

Have There Been Any Ubu Sightings?

These young ladies are getting worried.

His last post was 13 days ago and indicated that he had taken a turn for the worse after his back surgery and been readmitted to the hospital.  I tried E-mailing him but the messages bounce back with the error message that his mailbox is full.

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Well...THAT Was Unexpected

...and so was all that other stuff...

"...like MELTY of all people demonstrating such intrepidity and being so pivotal to the plot."

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet is not quite the show we thought it was, it's in no way the show we thought it had become in episode 9, and given the amazing (yet perfectly convincing) surprises and misdirections the writer has thrown at us though the whole series, I'm unprepared at this point to predict what kind of show it will turn out to be. However,  It is looking really, really good right now.  My only quibble with this episode is that is that IGOTTAWAITAWHOLEWEEK4THENEXTONE!

They could still screw it up, but right now It looks like Madoka was no fluke.

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