Archive for January, 2009

Netflix mapping 2

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Netflix delayed Midori Days v.3 several times. It was in the queue before Nanoha v.1 and only arrived together with Nanoha v.3, a month or two later. Netflix recently got into a habit of bypassing the top of the queue and sending discs from follwing positions. I suspect this means that Midori no Hibi v.3 is getting rare (although officially there’s no “Wait” indication), and so into Netflix Mapping it goes. Please take care while watching this disc!

Spotting reports are welcome by e-mail as usual.

Today’s DTO Experiment . . . . . PARTIAL

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

In my quest to enrich the Bay Area’s Vietnamese duo who founded CrunchyRoll, today I made it to downloads:

Still, the success is only partial. Vestiges of my previous aborted attempts are stuck in their database, and so ep.2 is not available.

As cholera thinned our ranks

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

I suspect the joke was too obscure, but anyhow, as Ani-nouto goes into hybernation, Matthew (yes, that one) suddenly awoke and even reported on something besides Shugo Chara, namely video quality improvements on Crunchyroll. I wish they improved their goddamned shopping cart first, and perhaps even made it to work! But improvements in video is better than no improvements, certainly.

D. Merrill on Flying Ghost Ship

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

He calls it “Flying Phantom Ship” which is probably right. In any case, I cannot pass on a review of the first anime movie I have ever watched (first series was The Speed Racer). Of course it was a pirated copy on a 16mm celluloid, did you have to ask? In my days we walked to the station 7km barefoot in the snow, in order to receive our torrents in a flat tin can reminding a magazine for DP. It was almost 40 years ago, but I remember how the film broke in the projector (when that happened the kids yelled “shoemaker!” at the operator: it’s like “tamayaa!” backwards).

Limits of Internet

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Spent a few hours today trying find the original title of a short story by Yasutaka Tsutsui (筒井 康隆), about a young matematician solving his problems with the help of Tokyo commuter trains. It was translated into Russian (two times) under the title “Кольцевые ветки”. No amounts of Googling in 3 languages were able to find the desired data.

One of the clues is that the story supposedly came out in the collection “Vietnam Tourist Board” of 1967. The official site has a list of stories in the collection, but the titles do not seem to match (except, perhaps, “Trouble”/「トラブル」). So that was a dead end too.

UPDATE 2009/01/30: BluWacky of Cinnamon Ass e-mailed me that the title is “環状線” / “かんじょう せん” / “kanjou-sen”, which directly means “Loop Lines” or “Circle Lines”. It was published in 1968 in collection “アフリカの爆弾” (African Nuclear Bomb). Russian sources transliterate it as “Кандзё-сан”, which made me think of it as a person’s name and led me astray.

Sadly, there’s no way to buy it, apparently. It’s not in any of recent reprints of Mr. Tsutsui.

UPDATE: I’ve got it.

SDS on the Dark Matter of Mainstream

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

For no apparent reason, SDS decided to remind us about the gulf between the dedicated and the masses. Indeed it’s a truism. The only news here is how much the modern day bloggers underestimate the gap. My own favourite example is the shock I experienced upon learning that Afro Samurai outsells Haruhi 2 to 1. It reminded me how some 3-rd grade celebrity from NY said in 2004: “How could Bush be elected? I do not know anyone who voted for Bush”. I certainly do not know anyone who bought Afro Samurai.

SDS also seems to think that the gulf is growing. I don’t know if it grows by itself or together with the growth of the market (like the distance between letters on an expanding child’s balloon), but I can see how people like Protaku attempt to insert themselves into the perceived space.

AVATAR observes: “I mean, if you look at it the other way, [Afro Samurai is] probably the worst-selling thing that Jackson has ever been in, by a long way.” Heh.

DarkMirage on Druaga ~Aegis~

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

He’s overdoing on the hype of his cynic’s credentials, but even so Druaga made an impression:

It is still too early to judge Tower of Druaga as a whole, for a great appetizer is nothing without an equally enjoyable main course, but The Aegis of Uruk is no doubt one of the best appetizers from Gonzo in a long, long time.

I’ve bought both the Druaga (Aegis) and 6 episodes of Strike Witches at BOST and I am having trouble deciding what’s better. Strike Witches would’ve been better if not for repulsive and persistent crotch-in-the-viewer’s-face and episode 5. But I agree, a good job from GONZO.

To be sure, our views on the subject differ in detail. For example, DM completely bypasses AHMEEEEEEEY, but includes this:

On another note, Fatina is so hot. I know that so far every single hint in the show, including the opening sequence (usually a rather accurate indicator of future plot direction), says that Kaaya is the heroine of the show, but I just can’t help but root for the underdog. I mean come on, Fatina and Jil make such a cute and entertaining couple.

Makes one wonder if he’s seen anything of Druaga ~Sword~ yet, doesn’t it? Personally, I’m kind of ambivalent about it. Unless GONZO manages to pull off the gambit from F/SN anime, where the destiny removes the sacred cow and then… Well, we’ll see [1].

BTW, the quality of DM’s video is far better than BOST video that I got for $2 an episode.

[1] Hopefuly Kaaya does not fall into a coma for a couple of years.

Cancellation of Hetalia

Friday, January 16th, 2009

The most informative article was at It is also being updated with new information. Other news sources like Gia attempt to second-guess official statements.

Chizumatic reports broken audio in Nanoha A

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

According to a post at Chizumatic, “The program proper is in stereo in English and in mono in Japanese” on the fresh Nanoha A DVDs that came to the street two days ago. Glad I didn’t rush to buy that. Three cheers to procrastination and indifference.

GONZO Kremlinology

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Crunchyroll showed Druaga (Sword) 02 today. It was quite good, the story moves along.

This time I, too, observed Ahmey in the OP:

At least she’s in there, but then she’s not among the players. And naturally, she is not in the cast list.

Moyism has a better screencap. You can even read the correct seyuu name (“RISA”).