Archive for September, 2012

The International Crunchyroll

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

First of all, Dog Days is available in Ireland.

But aside from that, I had a very bad luck with Crunchyroll ads for quite a while. They used to show decent ads now and then (unless it’s my faulty memory), but I think that I might’ve blocked their ad provider accidentially. I do not subscribe to any blocklists for AdBlock+, only add a site now and again for being too obnoxious. One way or the other, the ad videos stopped playing, and the Crunchyroll’s self-promotion default kicked in. So, I have to see 7 runs of “All Real Fans Pay Premium” per episode. Only very rarely Crunchy throws in something else, like Navy videos, or awful full-screen Flash shit for a greeting card vendor (I’m sure they pulled that one because it crashed browsers).

Well, in Ireland the episode video still has ad markers and short pauses, but there is no timeout and no default. Sweet.

Also, subs disappear after a while on a paused video. I do not recall this behaviour, although it seems inconceivable for it to be geolocated. But it is quite possible that the Flash is different in regions, causing differences in subs by accident.

Obvious problems of region-locked streaming

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

I’m going to be away for a week, travelling to Ireland for a business meeting. Ireland is an semi-independent country, affiliated with the European Empire. Naturally, Crunchyroll isn’t going to work (even if I had time for it).

As a blogger, I received a push for VIZ streaming. Pushed back with a demand for DTO. Come on guys, you can do better. My credit card beckons.

The Behind on Eureka 7 AO

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

While I ignored PBC by accident, Eureka 7 AO was shunned at Ani-nouto explicitly, after I decided that the original was too gritty. Still, Vuc and CKS seem to like it enough to give it “show of season” (over Jinrui et al). In this context, Reckoner’s piece for The Behind may be interesting, although he comes from a position of someone poisoned by the original.

Indeed a sequel should reward the audience’s fidelity by not being too repetitive. Eureka 7 AO does not want to make the mistake of just rehashing the original soullessly. I also understand a sequel should expand upon the world of the original as it would make everything more interesting. However, the problem here is that the creators took these two concepts to the opposite extreme by making this show much too different. It just underscores the general issue here that Eureka 7 AO does not fulfill the obligations of a sequel. It does not stay true to the original, it does not retroactively deepen the meaning of its predecessor thematically or on a characterization level, and it definitely does not follow through on what we have come to expect from the Eureka universe.

UPDATE: Chris told me by e-mail that he puts Jinrui on top of the season now, bumping E7AO down. Still, it is quite good by itself.

I’ve certainly been completely happy with AO without knowing all that much about the original show (and not having really seen it). Indeed, judging from Reckoner’s piece I may have been better off that way. There are some references back to E7, but both vague general knowledge of E7 and the twitter/blog-sphere chatter gave me enough background to appreciate them.

Sounds like something we discussed before.

Lagrange is clear to watch!

Monday, September 24th, 2012

One of Omni’s minions reports that ending was ok:

A wonderful ending. Though I was pretty down on last’s weeks episode, and was correspondingly worried coming into this one, I must say that the show recovered nicely and ended the series in true Rinne no Lagrange form. It was idealistic, it was upbeat, it was heart-warming, and it was full of wishes realized, friendships renewed, and a bright future ahead for everyone involved. Perfect.

I didn’t read any further than that, but it’s possible that Tatsuo Sato’s other show of the season may work better than that pirates thing… That would be great, because I did not like the pirates. Much too fake.

Oh Chikorita you card

Monday, September 24th, 2012

In a post about the body-swapping episode:

Believe it or not, this is how body swapping should be instead of shoving a lot of drama.

Hahaha! At this point, a dig at Kokoro Connect is unsporting, but I’ll take it.

P.S. The link was noted before, but Chikorita is far more pointed.

Peter S. goes BRW on Joshiraku

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Obviously, I was not the only one who went raw when GG stumbled after ep.7. Peter documents the experience after rewatching subbed:

I am pleased to report that I got the repetition of “new” in the first bit, and April wasn’t hard. Other than that I had to follow the visual action. So I didn’t know what the envelopes were all about, but I could tell the girls were keen on the money inside. The visit to wherever it is went right past me, apart from spilling water on Gankyou. As for the April part, all I knew was that it was April 40 and everyone was trying to cheer up Kukuru for some reason. Weird to say that the raw was not as dull as I thought it would be. In fact, knowing what they were talking about almost ruined it.

It’s about what I got too, more or less (e.g. I knew what otoshidama was). The important part is that subs do materially detract, going raw makes the effect impossible not to notice, and it’s something that fans of sub-only releases tend to ignore or deny.

Polar Bear Cafe begins

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

This one was blogged, but I managed to tune out. However, I gave it a review after seeing it at the club.

At the core, it’s a sitcom with somewhat unattractive characters, but it rolls down pretty smoothly. The major attraction is the film: Panda running after a butterfly, etc.

As an aside, Gena the Crocodile in Cheburashka works as a crocodile in a zoo, too. He’s not a lazy loser though and could probably function elsewhere just as well. There’s nothing else in common between the series, but thought I’d just mention it, for a smirk.

P.S. You should watch just for Daisuke Ono voicing Llama.

Tappan on the finale of Accel World S1

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

In short, he liked it, somewhat unexpectedly.

As I said earlier, this isn’t Shakespeare. It follows the conventions of a fighting anime quite closely. However so far this is turning out to be one of the finest examples of the genre with a much higher level of plotting and characterization than we usually get.

I thought it was about as good as early Naruto. Unfortunately, extensions of that one are not universally praised, which makes one somewhat concerned about the future of Accel World. Jonathan shares that concern.

Correction of AKB0048 Retrospective 1

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Just as an illustration how it’s possible to retcon anything if you think enough, here goes. In the vis.ret., I remarked that Sae could not possibly perform with Acchan, in good story terms, although we have canonical screencaps. But what if that’s actually Sae the 9th in the screencap? I mean, okay, only Tomochins are virtually indistinguishable (and perhaps Mayuyus), but since we’re bending the common sense, might as well postulate that Sae #9 graduated at a convenient moment, Youko was promoted to Sae #10, voila. She never admitted to working with Acchan, did she? We only have pictures, right? Thought so.

What RandomC hides from you

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Thanks to a tip by DiGiKerot, we now know that a new series of Tamagotchi is going to air in the Autumn 2012 season, Yume Kira Dream. Omni stonewalled it in his preview, which I mistakenly considered authoritative. Aira posted a perfunctory entry when first episode aired and I missed it.