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Saturday, October 19, 2019

Utawarerumono 3 Anime Green-lit!:

In the best news since SAO S3 was announced, Utawarerumono S3 announced!  As someone who has played the game upon which S3 is based, I guarantee all anime viewers they're in for a treat.

Everyone stuck on the cliffhanger of Anju's escape from the imperial city, relax!  Relief is incoming!  Anju's triumphant march back to seize her throne begins now!  What a perfect story it is, too.  Once this is animated, I expect Utawarerumono to shoot up in my rankings.  This was my favorite game out of all three.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Imouto Sae Ireba Ii volume 5 read:

One of the few releases slated for October, A Sister is all you need volume 5 lived up to its reputation.  Though some of the scenes from the book were already shown in the anime, most of them weren't, so it was a worthwhile purchase.

The two most important plot points were Haruto confessing to Miyako and Miyako confessing to Itsuki.  It's always nice to see something actually happen in a romantic comedy.  Now we have to wait and see what comes of it in the next volume.

One Pace came out with three new episodes today, but they too were so plagued with long drawn out pauses and needless recap of scenes that only happened minutes ago that now I'm hoping someone will do a One Pace Pace, that speeds up the pace of One Pace. . .

Outbreak Company volume 11 is next, and then Akame ga Kill! Zero volume 10.  We're getting into the meat of the month.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

100 Waifus Read and Edited for a 13th Time:

Is there anyone who has ever read the same book thirteen times in the same year?  Well I have, because 'In Another World with 100 Waifus' is the best book ever written.  As such it's quite easy to keep reading and re-reading however many times I please.

This time as well, the love scenes were still touching, the sex scenes were still exciting, the politics were still convincing and the jokes were still funny.  It never gets old.

However, this wasn't all fun and games.  I was re-reading the book mainly to make sure there were no further edits necessary, since every time previously I thought I was finished editing it turned out there were still more mistakes.  This time as well I found a whole cart load of stupid errors in need of fixing.  Spelling, capitalization, phrasing, punctuation, if there was any possible way to make a mistake it was there, and this even after 12 previous rounds of editing.  In addition I kept editing the names of the children and which mothers would be having them for maximum quality and common sense.  For instance, now one of Lyria's daughters is Io.

More 'justs' were cut from the book, but it's still the most common word in the book.  Every little bit helps is all.  Some sentences were cut entirely as no longer applicable whereas others were newly added; overall I think the word count decreased.

This round of editing may have actually been more intense than many of the previous ones.  With a book this large, it just goes to show that a full year of proofreading is necessary to work out all the kinks.  There are no shortcuts to greatness.  Nevertheless, none of the edits had to do with the plot, which remains the same as when this all started in February.

Now more than ever would be a great time to dive in and see what the fuss is all about.  It can't get more polished than this!

Inevitably I'll read through this book a 14th time, to make sure no further edits are necessary.  I'll continue this process until I can read through the entire book without feeling the need to make any additional changes.  But for now I put down my pen.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Fall 2019 Anime First Impressions: Part 2

Kandagawa Jet Girls:  When fanservice is put so front and center that it blots everything else out, it ceases to be attractive, instead sloughing into the realms of boredom and annoyance.  Couldn't they have been at least a little more subtle?  Fail.

Hoshiai no Sora:  Here's an idea.  If someone breaks into your house, beats you up and steals your money, call the police!  Then the guy is arrested and goes to jail, and you get your money back, and you never have to worry about him again.  A shame the Japanese are too stupid to think of this.  Fail.

Assassin's Pride:  A weird mix of Hayate no Gotoku, Black Bullet, Rokudai no Kishi, etc.  I guess it works for now.  It's pretty slathered in generic shonen tropes, though.  Does this series have anything new?  Pass.

No Guns Life:  I hate the art style.  Also, the main character is addicted to nicotine.  Can't take ten seconds away from his next drag.  Pathetic.  Fail.

Rifle is Beautiful:  This is a bait and switch.  It isn't really about rifles, but some weird techno-contraption called beam rifles.  This isn't a shooting club, it's a laser tag club.  The cute girls do cute things formula fails when the girls aren't cute, but it also fails when the thing isn't cute.  This time they got the girls right but not the thing.  Fail.

That concludes the new fall season.  Boku no Hero Academia and Chihayafuru will be starting soon, but they aren't new series so they don't count.  It's still been a fantastic fall, with 2 and possibly 3 great new series entering the rankings.  I have no complaints.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Ore wo Suki nano wa Omae dake ka yo dropped:

This story does have a good sense of humor, but when it's mixed in with lies and blackmail I can't countenance it any further.  People should never give in to blackmail.  Any story that starts with the protagonist giving in to blackmail as its premise is worthless -- other than Oreshura because Chiwa is cute.

In addition, people shouldn't lie.  Especially to their friends.  If you find yourself constantly lying to everyone you're doing something wrong, which is the premise of this story -- everyone's lying to everybody at all times.

I don't have any patience for people who find themselves in trouble due to their own bad decisions.  Why should I care what happens to them next?  Why should I sympathize with anyone in the story?  Why should I care what happens to people I don't sympathize with?

"I did all these stupid things and then I was met with misfortune."  Who the heck wants to see that story?

Oh well.  Meanwhile, my 13th re-read of 'In Another World with 100 Waifus' is proceeding nicely.  I've already found lots of worthwhile edits, from improper capitalization to misspellings to renaming children to cutting more usages of the word 'just' to better use of in-character voice.  By the time I'm done who knows how much good I'll have accomplished -- but one thing is clear, this book really did need a 13th read-through because a lot of the errors were unforgivably pointless and obvious.  Even once I'm done a 13th time, I'm still afraid more errors will be lurking, so inevitably I'll have to go over it a 14th time.  Until I can read the entire book and be satisfied that nothing needs changing I can't say the editing is finished.

Nevertheless, all of this only has to do with the presentation of the plot, the plot itself has remained unchanged for a long time now.  I want the story to be as user-friendly as possible, but it's still the exact same story, so anyone who's already read it doesn't have to dive back in.  This is mainly for new readers who haven't tried it even their first time, for myself and for God, who surely would want the best book ever written to not include dumb spelling errors.

I watched Toy Story 4 and it was terrible.  I can't believe people gave it rave reviews, it made a billion dollars and there are calls for sequels.  Ugh.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Fall 2019 Anime First Impressions: Part 1

Haatage! Kemono Michi:  Apparently an anime about bestiality.  Raping animals isn't funny even when portrayed as a comedy.  Fail.

Shinchou Yuusha:  There were some humorous aspects to this show, but it was outweighed by the annoying ones.  The Goddess depicted isn't an attractive woman.  More importantly, the guy depicted is hopelessly self-centered.  He cares so much about his own safety that he disregards the well-being and feelings of others.  I can't stand his priorities, or all the time wasted in the show trying to convince him to do something useful every once in a while.  It's like trying to compile with broken code.  Fail.

Honzuki no Gekokujou:  This was a guaranteed great anime before I watched the first episode.  The original light novel and the manga adaption were so obviously good that all the anime had to do was faithfully animate the source work.  I'm pleased to see that the first episode did so, meaning all lights are now green.  The story of the book loving girl who defies all the odds is an instant classic.  It immediately enters my top anime rankings.  Pass.

Ore wo Suki nano wa Omae dake ka yo:  This story has a cute initial twist, wherein two pretty girls act in predictably manipulative manners to screw over a boy, but at least the boy doesn't take it lying down.  He has a plan to get the best of them in the end.  Unfortunately, there's also some third girl who isn't pretty trying to snag him into some sort of true love story or other which I'm totally uninterested in.  I just want to see him screw over the devil women, who cares about love?  Well, it was fine as far as first episodes go.  We'll just have to see what happens from here.  Pass.

Houkago Saikoro Club:  I'm torn.  I love board games, but the 'cute girls do cute things' formula doesn't really work if the girls aren't cute.  They all came across as just annoying.  The randomly blue-haired girl is way too timid for a grown woman, the iinchou rejects her own homeland, and the Isara-look-alike girl is way too pushy.  I don't see much point in 'annoying girls do cute things.'  Fail.

Choyoyu:  I've already been following the manga of this story which deeply resonated with me, but the art style of the anime adaption is even better.  I was thrilled to see the world come to life in color and sound.  As a first episode I was completely blown away.  Not only does this pass, it immediately enters my top anime rankings.  Pass.

Azur Lane:  Only in anime.  Ship-girls re-fight World War II with an alien invasion mixed in.  Of course there are hundreds of different cute ship girls so they all have to have exaggerated personalities to establish their kousei, which makes them all come off as insane retards.  I feel like this series has already been done multiple times before and it's never, ever a good idea.  Fail.

Null Peta:  This is an anime short that thinks casual violence is somehow funny.  It's not.  Fail.

I Said to Make my Abilities Average!:  This is probably a great anime.  It was hilarious from the very start, very pretty and very cute.  My only worry is with the protagonist being so overpowered, nothing interesting will happen throughout the series.  I don't mind comedies without anything else going for them, but it's hard to be funny for twelve whole episodes too.  A great first episode poking fun at isekai tropes, but let's see how it does from here.  Pass.

Phantasy Star Online 2:  I hate the art style of this show, there were way too many characters for a first episode, the characterization was bland and overly simplistic, and the plot looks like mindless violence personified.  Talk about a wasted budget.  Fail.

That will do for the first half of the new shows.  The remaining new series can be given their own block of first impressions in part 2.  I said the fall season was going to be great and that has now been vindicated.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Major 2nd Season 2 Anime Green-lit!:

Starting in April of 2020, Major 2nd resumes!  Hallelujah!  I was complaining earlier that it wasn't clear if there would be anything at all worth watching next spring, but now we at least have one sure thing.  Major is as classic as it gets.

This new season should go beyond anywhere the English reading world has seen before, as the manga scanlators have given up long ago.  So not only is it the anime of a great series, but the anime of a great untranslated series, the best of all possible worlds.  The experience will be brand new.

Meanwhile, in the football world, huge showdowns loom between Oklahoma and Texas + LSU and Florida with playoff implications.

Meanwhile, the Yuru Yuri Ten ova came out subtitled in blu-ray, so be sure to fetch that.  It's nothing special, but it definitely lived up to the humor of the original series.

It was only to be expected that the resumption of already-ranked series Fate/Grand Order and Granblue Fantasy would be great, but boy is it nice to watch shows with proper budgets.  They're a delight to behold even when the dialogue is a little head-scratching.

Now all eyes look to the resumption of SAO six days from now.  My fall 2019 anime first impressions post should come out tomorrow or the day after, but really everything is mere icing on the cake compared to #1 SAO's resumption.  With Railgun being delayed, SAO will have the spotlight for the entire rest of the year to itself.

I finished Azusa and Elina's routes in Dracu Riot, leaving three more to go.  Maybe I can finish before year's end?  It's a nice enough game, the art is certainly top class, but it isn't really inspiring either.  Well, you take what you can get.