Looking for a successor for IMI

January 31st, 2018 by Author

An Android application called “IMI” was my Japanese tool for many years. It is better than anything else that I sampled both on Android and OSX. The most important feature is that it remembers much more of its state when applications are switched. So, if I cannot quite remember the whole kanji I’m looking up, I can switch back and forth. Most other applications will reset the component or radical lookup if you go through a home screen (or even carousel). Also, it supports component lookup, like the web-based Jisho.org. Many other apps only look up by a radical, like you would do in The New Nelson. Finally, IMI permitted to look up by English too. And, of course, it was 100% contained in the device with no need for Internet.

IMI was often confused with “Imiwa”, another popular app, which even used a similar logo, or at least a similar color scheme.

Unfortunately, the author of IMI decided to stop supporting it, so Google removed it from their store. I can find APKs floating around, but… And now I cracked the screen on my Nexus 7, creating a sizeable dead area. So, that’s the end of the road for IMI. I am looking for suggestions for replacements.

The Thin Slicing is back!

January 30th, 2018 by Author

After several lackluster slicings, Jason kicked it out of he park:

Pop Team Epic is the Millennial divide anime. Seems like the more Millennial you are, the more you’ll like this show while the more Gen X you are, the more you’ll scoff as this being a homeless man’s Excel Saga.

And that’s just the beginning.

Ishii’s Airplane

January 29th, 2018 by Author

I’m watching Girls Last Tour 06 and one thing bothers me about Ishii’s airplane: it’s far too large for the mission. She wanted to have a range of 2,000 km, or about 1,080 nautical miles (nm). But that is a range well within reach of a relatively basic single-engine airplane as we know them today. For example, Cessna 182 has a range of 915 nm, with 522 lbs of standard fuel. However, it can carry more, being a 4-seater. If one were to install a ferry tank, even staying within the design’s certified gross weight, and allowing for 300 lbs for pilot and luggage (survival gear), 323 lbs would be available, extending the range well over 1,400 nm. I’m sure that it would actually be greater, because the Breguet Equation is not linear.

So, why didn’t Ishii build a Cessna 182 instead of the monster we’re shown? I think she didn’t tell everything to Chito and Yuuri. What she really was after was not just the range, but altitude. While you can cross 1,400 nm in a 182, it borders on suicide without a meteorological support. But if you could go 35,000 ft up, you can get over just about any weather, and hopefully find a spot to descend on Ishii’s mission.

P.S. This airplane, ANT-25, is about the same size as Ishii’s, and it flew from Russia to U.S. over the North Pole:

Note that the wing tapers quite sharply on it. That permits most of the weight to be carried inboard, yet capture the benefits of high aspect ratio. The root thickness is also much greater than in Ishii’s design. It’s as if A.N.Tupolev knew something about spars breaking.

Draggle on Hakumei to Mikocchi 01

January 15th, 2018 by Author

Remember the much-anticipated adaptation that Ani-nouto called? It is out and someone is disappointed:

I found this extraordinarily boring. I was hoping for something like Strange Dawn, but nope. It’s a barely animated kids show about little people getting along well with each other. Zzzzzz…

At this point it’s one of the two: either Draggle is a complete idiot and blind like a mole, or the director made a colossal blunder in the tone of the anime adaptation.

P.S. I reserve the judgement until I see our slum-dwelling diva making an appearance.

P.P.S. Yes, I dropped the manga because it became aimless and thus boring. But I lasted for 30 chapters, all the way through the explosions at the ropeway.

Evirus on Koi wa Ameagari no You ni anime

January 15th, 2018 by Author

Well, doesn’t he nail it on the head:

Koi wa Ameagari no You ni (Love Is Like After the Rain) is about a teenage girl who falls in love with her 45-year-old manager at the family restaurant where she works part-time. […] That is, you don’t necessarily need to dodge the show if the premise makes you uncomfortable. (Likewise, if you find the premise titillating, expect to be disappointed.)

Precisely why I dropped the manga some 20 or 30 chapters in.

The 2017

January 10th, 2018 by Author

If I had to select an anime of the year 2017, it would be ACCA (also known as “13-Territory Inspection Dept.”, or “ACCA13区監察課”). For all of its faults, it was an artistic anime without being a typical NoitaminA fare. It is also dangerously subversive and can screw with weak-minded. ACCA’s world is a pan-national-socialist utopia, which obviously cannot exist. But, suppose for a moment that Mussolini made trains run on time. What would be challenges of everyday life, as well as political and historical ones, in such a case? So, the anime of the year goes to ACCA for daring thinking as well as artistic flair.

Secret Santa 2017

December 25th, 2017 by Author

The dashboard is at Reverse Thieves for 2017. I admit to being slightly relieved that nobody invited me, because the selection mostly consisted of either series that I watched and blogged and or those that I really do not want to watch, let alone blog. The only one that I might be interested in was Alice to Zoroku. I kind of want something of that vein, which is not as annoying as Mitchiko and Hatchin or Kurenai.

SDS’s review of Shingu was not particularly impressive. It is, IMHO, the greatest series that Tatsuo Sato ever helmed, and a masterpiece that he could never exceed afterwards (ever seen Stellvia?). SDS isn’t doing it justice. If you read his review, but haven’t seen the series, would his post persuade you not to rest until you watched all of it? But I don’t think my own blogging of it was all that either. Jeff Lawson’s was, IIRC, but it’s all lost now.

Bobduh on NetoJuu

December 22nd, 2017 by Author

His usual pointer to ANN contained this summary:

The show was one of the most engaging romances I’ve seen in a while, and in general just a very welcome ray of sunshine in a largely miserable real-world year. It told a tightly written romance well, offered plenty of alternately goofy and sharp reflections on anxiety and adulthood, and pretty much made the absolute most of its ten-episode run. Always nice to see such an altogether accomplished and positive production.

Marina on Boruto

December 18th, 2017 by Author

In a comment elsewhere, Marina of B&B sums it up thus:

I, too, am surprised at how much I’ve been enjoying Boruto. I never watched Naruto, never even wanted to since the length of the series intimidates me. Boruto is my chance to jump into the world, though I’m worried about how long it will eventually run.

This alone is a reason enough for Boruto to exist.

Also, I can sympathize with the point about the length. The orininal Naruto was the longest series I ever watched, as I lasted for 146 episodes. Never again.

NetoJuu ends

December 10th, 2017 by Author

That was outstanding, but why is it so short? It’s not only that 10 episodes for a cour is unusual, but pieces were clearly trimmed mid-production. The ED shows us the RL persona of what seems to be Niko, visiting someone (probably Moriko), but she is not present in the anime. Last time I saw something this obvious, it was Shingu.

Although Mori-mori carries the show, the dude gets full marks for going through with things that had to be done. The Chad friend was great, too.

Liked: Heck yea
Rewatch: Quite possible

P.S. Jason understands, proclaims the show “utterly charming”.

UPDATE: Upon an e-mail tip by Avatar, I looked at the PV for the OVA. Good grief.