1. Wisdom of Ms. Leila

    In ep.8, Leila-sensei says approximately this about Shipon: "When she looks forward, she only looks forward. When she looks back, she only looks back." She means that Shipon has wild performance swings between outstanding and sucking according to her frame of mind at the time. When I heard it …

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  2. Tandem crew

    One small similarity note about Stellvia and Vandread is that both offer a tandem crew arrangement. Moreover, both offer a lovebird crew.

    My Vandread screenshot library is lacking.

    I've read about female gunners flying Il-2 in WWII with objects of their affections. As far as I know, the practice was …

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  3. Heat shield doors

    Having a robust OMS system is essential to SSAs capsules for a couple of reasons. First, it serves as a reusable upper stage. It's not just a workaround for the pitiful booster. Having your engine return saves money, and is a part of the value proposition for an RLV. Second …

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  4. Wit of Jason Miao

    I have tons of old notes which did not meet the majesty criteria for the old blog. They are incomplete, sophomoric (I learned this word from Jeff), silly, disjoint, controversial, etc. Now that I have a pseudo-anonymous blog which nobody reads (sorry, Steven) I feel justified in dumping them.

    For …

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  5. Rocket Girls (at 10)

    I've got a bunch of notes here. I have screenshots for all of them, but unfortunately, the standard shot size is too big for having lots of them; if I downscale them, captions become unreadable. I'll have to think how to handle supposed core of the blog in the future …

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  6. Taiyaki

    This is not quite what they had in Mahoraba and Kanon, but in San Francisco we have to get by with these:

    {Update - In response to Steven, Author eats them head first. The reason is, they are not symmetric: tail has more dough, head has more filling. Tail has a …

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  7. Notice of abandonment: Xenoglossia

    Just as with Gurren-Lagann, I have no clear idea why I'm dropping iDOLM@ster Xenoglossia. This show also had everything going for it: a watcheable story, pleasant art and animation, likeable characters, serviceable villains. Haruka is certainly a cutie.

    Nonetheless, there it goes after ep.08. Maybe it's the girlmecha …

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  8. Abenobashi ED

    The Author likes the ED of Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi a lot. It's a simple enough presentation; a slide show with b/w images of postwar Japan and a soundtrack.

    The soundtrack is "あなたの心に", performed by Megumi Hayashibara. It really is a nice track, I …

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  9. Rocket Girls, animation quality

    Here's just a quick note about the poor animation quality. I have screenshots, but it's a big bother to upload and link them currently, so this is just jotting the material down for future use. Ep.5 - They had a nighttime scene, where animators usually place a round fog, like … read more

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