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Gosh, my last release was November 2013. D: If anyone gets their hands on more Hakka-ya raws lemme know. Make sure they’re actually raws and not Chinese scanlations though.
Strawberry Glaze features the usual Bucap cuteness… with cameos from Kana, Nodoka, Yumi,
Kanbara Wahaha, and others. And are there untranslated doujin (whether by Hakka-ya or not) that feature Kana’s unrequited love for Mihoko? I wouldn’t mind taking a peek at (and possibly translating) those.
Or heck, if there’s some super cute/cool (non-sexual, or at least, sex should not be the focus of the doujin) yuri doujin/manga you want translated, send them my way and I’ll take a look. (No promises.)
Hint: If it involves “Iya… dame…”, “Kimochi ii…”, or “Kanjichau…!” cliches, giant boobs, OoC, or any men, it’s not my cup of tea. What it should have is originality, good art, and an interesting storyline/lots of fluffiness. I’ll obviously be more interested if you share something from a fandom that I’ve already mentioned on the blog, but it’s not a prereq.
The last thing I’d expect was for the Summer Volume to make me watch a clip from The Dark Knight Rises and hear that ridiculous, grating raspy voice and the surreal levels of Gary Stu idiocy being shoved in my face, but what can you do?
The Summer Volume/Natsu-hen is quite similar to the Spring one in terms of its mechanics, but I have to say that Erika is a much more engaging protagonist than Suou was. We’re now privy to Erika’s thoughts, and it’s fun seeing her referring to certain people disparagingly in her mind.
The Summer Volume tries its very best to avoid spoilers for the mini mysteries in the Spring Volume, but inevitably, they kinda had to mention the protagonist’s name. But other than that, Erika references past deduction games vaguely without giving anything away. Still, since it’s a direct sequel and picks up pretty much right after the end of the Spring Volume, it’s recommended that you play through that first, Even if I personally found the Spring Volume ridiculous and completely infuriating.
So we’re thrust in the thick of things as Erika watches Chidori (a professional singer and actor) perform the ballet version of The Sleeping Beauty on stage in the principal role of Aurora. Erika’s overcome with affection and admiration toward Chidori and the passion she conveys on stage. But at the same time, envy and frustration well up inside her as she considers her own inability to walk, much less dance.
Forewarning: I know I’ll ragequit this VN at some point (again), but nevertheless, here I am. It’s a smart tactic they’re going with. Making me wait a year so the absolute hatred I had for the spring volume subsides majorly. Also, spoilers abound. So continue at your own peril.
So the second installment of Flowers (Summer Volume) is coming out on April 17th. And I’m getting sucked in again because a) the artwork is still ridiculously gorgeous, and b) Erika is starring in this volume as the protagonist (?!?!?!).
I would’ve had more (angry) feelings about this, but before I talk about anything else I want to address the fact that Sarah had to leave the show because she’s pregnant with twins and Shaw is, obviously, a character not remotely compatible with this state of being.
It’s tough either way, but as Sarah says, it’s a no-brainer for her. You’ve obviously got your priorities skewed if you think a TV show with a ship you like (probably the most vocal protests will be coming from shippers and not people who watch PoI for PoI) is more important than the safety of two foetuses that the mother wants to keep.
And I highly prefer this to anything else. We’ve seen what “be careful what you wish for” ends up being like (COUGHWAREHOUSE13COUGH). I am so down for Shaw exiting the show in a totally Shaw-like way. And Sarah fought hard for this. She fought hard to give this to Shaw instead of having her chained to a desk and having Bear keep her company in the subway hideout.
They even talked about working the pregnancy in, and AHAHAHAHAHA, no. Shaw can barely sit still for two hours. Nine months? Hell no. She’d never get pregnant in the first place (contraceptives if she’s having sex with a guy) but even if she somehow managed to get pregnant, she’d abort safely rather than leave it to the inevitable miscarriage it’d be (because let’s face it, even if you want to argue she’ll be completely OoC and keep the foetus, she’s NOT going to sit still until she’s the size of a whale and is physically incapable of moving quickly).
See, Shaw’s leaving in a graceful way, and the promo for “Control Alt Delete” shows they’re writing it the best way possible — Shaw can stay off the show indefinitely and still come back easily if or when Sarah wants to, assuming PoI is still airing.
Anyone else watch LoK?
I watched a couple of episodes from the first season awhile back when Korrasami surfaced, but it was really heteronormative so I dropped it… then tumblr exploded in response to the LoK finale, so I went back and watched the later episodes.
The creators have come out and confirmed that Korrasami is a thing, and while they were definitely hints toward them feeling deeply toward one another, I dunno, I just didn’t think it was really that shippable? Like I’m not squeeing, and it doesn’t take much for me to squee.
I dunno. I feel like I should be excited, and in a way I am, but I’m also not? Everyone’s like YAY QUEER REPRESENTATION, and I’m just like… kids ain’t gonna catch that. It’s plenty obvious if you’re at least in your teens, but…? I dunno. It was really nice that the Avatar franchise ended on that note though. I just wish it were more shippable. It’s kind of like Cophine… it just doesn’t do it for me.
It’s refreshing to see someone like Korra as the protagonist, though. I grinned when Mako’s (frail) grandma pointed out Korra was muscular, and her reply was a confused, genuine, “Um… thanks? You too?” I found her insufferable in the first season, much like how annoying Harry Potter was in the fourth (?) book when he was being all, you know, emo and angry. Only Korra was impulsive and stupid. It was nice seeing her grow into a compassionate and caring woman, worthy of being the Avatar.
I also really liked to coherency of seasons three and four… it’s obivous the two “books” were planned together. Kuvira’s by far my favourite villain. You see her progression and shifting allegiance as her goals and focus shifted. She kind of went all dictatory in the end with concentration camps and coercion and whatnot, but her intentions were good to start. That’s my favourite sort of villain. You’ve got your anti-heroes, but I love me some anti-villains!
Hehe, I was so unexcited for the finale that I actually forgot to watch the last episode. :D
Wow, the weird bullshitty stuff is back in full force. It was like a Throwback Thursday to Season 1’s bullshit. Ugh.
And Tougane basically just has an Oedipus complex. What’s that with keeping his mother “pure” though? She’s CA. So like…? That makes about as much sense as “I’m going to keep charcoal black!!” or “I’LL MAKE SURE WATER STAYS WET”? A+. You get a gold star, Tougane.
And Tougane’s seiyuu is really, really crap at emotional scenes. He sounds constipated. But yay! Hidaka Noriko. <3 She should be the voice for all public announcements everywhere.
Does anyone really get what happened in this episode? Because it seemed like a whole lot of hand waving to me. I get it as far as “judging a group of people collectively and seeing what their PP is” in order to “see” and to “judge” Kamui, as well as how that’s analogous to Sibyl as a collective, even if it retcons on what PP is based on (yes, because having someone else’s spleen is going to affect your PP so much amirite? And that would make Sibyl’s PP an “inaccurate” reading too, since they’re all just brains). The fact that Kamui can be recognised is a little iffy (basically this means if you point a Dominator at a corpse now, you can also judge it???) but okay, let’s go with it. But why could Tougane Misako be judged?
The WHOLE POINT is that she’s CRIMINALLY ASYMPTOMATIC. Whether she’s judged individually or as a whole does not alter that fact. Like okay, I get that where they’re going with it is “Oh but even though everyone’s CA, when Sibyl is judged collectively its PP could be above 300, which it is.” But how do you murder “innocent” (i.e. clear PP) individuals that collectively read 300+? It would only make sense if you could either a) massacre everyone involved or b) isolate the ones that contribute to this rating. Kamui’s pointing the Dominator at Misako, not at Sibyl the entity. Why does it read that high? Sibyl did this sort of Internal Affairs hoolah and black smogged offending brains, but?
And how is it even possible for Sibyl to isolate the few “bad apples” that make its collective PP go over 300? They’re all psychopaths. They’re all creepy little shits that would put Makishima to shame.
Hm. The fact that it’s a three-parter makes the episode make more sense since the whole episode was basically just a set-up for what’s to come.
I mean, there was some flirting and some squee-worth Shoot moments, but other than that it was just Samaritan making a point, more or less. It’s interesting that Samaritan was basically friendly to the idea of meeting TM, but only became hellbent on destroying her after learning that she tried to kill it/him/her in its/his/her infancy.
I love the grey morality that’s going on here (and that’s pretty much been ever-present within the PoI-verse). Both Samaritan and TM have their points, and while it’s easy to see Samaritan as an “evil” entity that wants to destroy TM, TM is likewise trying to doing the same to Samaritan, even if Samaritan does have the upper hand now. And I think it does the story a disservice to assume an anthropocentric view and just side with TM just because she’s on our side.
I’d say that at the end of the day I’m still on Team Machine, but I really don’t see how Samaritan’s any worse than whatever alternatives we can come up with in the long run. Sure, Samaritan doesn’t have human morality, but then, not every human does anyway, and what’s to say that human morality is inherently better than whatever other guidelines that other sentient species (or in this case, beings) may have? The fact that Samaritan got people in witness protection killed and quickly played judge, jury, and executioner is worrying, though. But my point is, I don’t trust having humans in charge is any much better. Like, I would be uneasy with Samaritan in charge, but I’m just as likely to be similarly uneasy with people in charge, even if the latter is a concept that we’re all much more familiar with.
Also, did anyone manage to catch all/most of what the boy said? I always have such great trouble with children’s enunciation. Especially since he’s not speaking with a typical child’s diction, it can be hard to tell what he’s saying exactly. Props to the kid though. Sounded fairly convincing. I was just a little confused what Root was doing though, since as we know, with her being TM’s “analogue interface”, she isn’t really an avatar per se? I just didn’t get how that conversation worked, because I kept forgetting the boy was talking to TM and not to Root.
I also really liked the conversation between Harold, Shaw, and Root. They’re all working toward the same cause, but they all hold such radically different perspectives. Shaw’s the pragmatist who looks toward the results and appreciates Samaritan’s effeciency. Root’s the believer, and Harold’s the sceptic. We usually get these TM vs. Samaritan conversations between Harold and Root, but I like the added layer by putting Shaw in the conversation as well. Continue reading
Okay, so I guess there is some moderate type of consistency to Kamui’s madness. He’s not “unnecessarily violent” toward citizens unless he “has” to be. Makishima would’ve happily gotten all five hundred hostages killed, or at least vamoosed before they detonated the bomb and leaving the people to their fate, but Kamui didn’t, here.
He trusted Akane to keep her word and let the people go so she could be his guide and take him to Sibyl. Why Sibyl didn’t immediately turn and fake Akane’s PP and made it 300+ so Tougane could kill her is beyond me. Or why Tougane didn’t shank Akane the moment he realised his ploy to worsen her Hue wouldn’t work.
And RE: Akane’s “reasoning” for evolving or stagnating as a collective.
Misako ISN’T the one in charge… and it’s possible that the rest of the CA floaty brains will agree with Akane’s assessment that they similarly should be judged, if they really are as “fair’ as they’re supposed to be as a collective (even though they’re just a bunch of murderous psychopaths). But if their desire to preside, to rule, and to subjugate is greater (as in Misako’s case), why would they want change? It’s precisely because someone didn’t want change that the Season of Hell was even a thing.
But LOLOLOLOL, was Tougane trying to pass as 28 years old when he was 41? LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL.
Please don’t make me laugh??? He was really born in 2073 and they said he was like thirteen years younger. And made it seem like he’d been a latent criminal since the past year only. Puh-lease.
Also, is it possible that when Kasei warned Akane about Tougane being someone with the highest PP on record that she was someone else and not Misako in Kasei’s body?
Also, this just occurred to me… but I always just thought they recycled lines from Hidaka Noriko since Dominator says set lines and doesn’t really have any new lines per se… but when you think about it, whenever Dominator specifically says someone’s PP, they actually have to bring Hidakinator in to say that one line. :D I’m so happy she gets paid for giving us one classy line. Nothing else defines the pinnacle of production cost splurging than getting a veteran to do ONE line every other episode pretty much.
And gosh, I want so much to like Mika but she’s making herself really, really unlikable. As expected, she started freaking out when she felt indirectly responsible for Akane’s grandma’s death, but then she sort of pep talks herself out of it by saying she was “simply carrying out Sibyl’s will” and she’s PLEASED that she’s “the head of Division 1” when Akane’s on standby BECAUSE HER GRANDMA WAS BRUTALLY KILLED. I don’t even want my lesbian soap opera anymore with Mika being like this in canon.
Like even Ginoza’s more likeable. He had a much better reason for being the resident sceptic, and he treated Akane oodles better than Mika treats Akane… and that’s when Mika’s Akane’s junior, to boot. I think Mika’s really poorly written by this point. She simply exists to leak relevant information to Akane that she couldn’t have known otherwise on her own whenever the plot demands. Why did she randomly go and tell Akane about Kamui’s beef with Tougane Pharmaceuticals at THAT moment? Mika’s characterisation is so messy and mixed up that you can “justify” her behaviour at ANY given moment by saying “oh, she wants to spite Akane”, “oh, she doesn’t trust Akane”, or “she wants to one-up her”. I don’t see why Mika (who could’ve served the same functions but been portrayed much more sympathetically) has to be so unlikable within the narrative.
And??? Akane’s reaction to her grandma’s death was really weak. Like… OH NO I AM SO UPSET. *five seconds later* HELL yeH watch me MAKE DEDUCTIONS and own UR FACE TOUGANE.
And seriously, who the hell turns into a LATENT CRIMINAL when someone (presumably an Inspector or Enforcer, because you have no reason to believe criminals can get their hands on Dominators) points a bloody Dominator at you?
And it’s not just ONE mook, but all these mooks go “Eek! A dominator! My PP is above 100! I am so scared!”
Why should they be afraid? For all they know they’re just a bunch of Inspectors who took down a latent criminal…? I don’t get the shrieking.
And it’s so weak that the Bureau doesn’t get any explosives. Lulz. They’re sitting ducks. Basically pod people who point Dominators at people and shoot.
I feel so not-invested in this series at this point, even though it should really be the most exciting moment ever narratively speaking.
Somehow I got onto the topic of TV series with someone (she brought up Gotham) and of course it led to Root and Shaw eventually (naturally, courtesy of me) and at some point it went to BBC’s Sherlock. At which I went instantly, “Nope nope nope. Racist and misogynistic.”
The woman I was talking with is cool, so I knew she could be reasoned with. She didn’t feel it was either, likely because she couldn’t really remember the episodes very well. When I talked about the Chinese episode she couldn’t recall it until several minutes of me describing it, and she wasn’t aware that Moffat was both a douchebag and entirely a waste of space.
I also brought up Irene Adler’s character as being gay in canon and then made to fall for Sherlock. Someone else had come by by this point and he said, “Oh, but it makes it more interesting to make her like a man!”
And I swear to goodness I made the biggest nope face of abject disgust/horror being disguised as feeling mildly put off that I have ever made in my life. (I don’t believe the guy is aware that I’m a lesbian, but regardless, the general level of stupidity is not something I can comprehend.)
Also, as soon as the words “racist” and “misogynistic” left my mouth, this white guy (entirely separate from ‘but it’s more interesting to make gay women like men’ guy) basically excused himself from the conversation and said he was going to head home. Am I overreacting? No, because the conversation strayed a little to something else and he stayed on talking for several minutes more, but as soon as the conversation turned back to, oh, I don’t know SOCIAL INJUSTICES, he was like “See you all later! :D”
And that’s after him saying not five minutes ago that he liked to talk about “philosophy”.
Oh gee, I guess thinking about stuff that a bunch of dead white men said is infinitely more interesting and relevant than the bullshit that we have to deal w — oh, excuse me, I guess YOU don’t have to deal with it so it doesn’t exist.
Also, societal expectations of how gross men can be is disgusting. I had to shake hands with a white guy whose nails were caked with filth/dirt. I mean, seriously? I don’t care WHAT you do… gardening? Landcaping? Construction work? It took me five seconds to look up a video on how to clean your hands thoroughly* (and plus I HIGHLY doubt he does any of that, because there weren’t any calluses when I shook his hand).
*Let’s also set aside for one very small moment that the guy in the video says sexist bullshit.
WIOAFJSOIJFSLKJSDKFJSLKJFJKSJLFDJSDKLFJ. Is there a desk around somewhere where I can ram my forehead against repeatedly to forget for a moment that people are idiots.
In case anyone’s wondering WHY I subject myself to this, it’s because I like playing board games. I played Galaxy Trucker, DC Comics Deck-Building Game, The Resistance, and Coup today. Not really my genre (neither into sci fi nor comics particularly) but the games were pretty alright. Some I’ve played before (GT and Resistance), and others I have not.
There are 2 – 4 players (more with the expansion), but basically you build spaceships within a certain time limit and face the event cards and see if your ship can stand up to the things that the event cards throw at it. The little tokens and pieces are the cutest things ever.
DC Comics Deck-Building Game:
Sort of fun, but as you can see, the Smurfette Principle is in full force. I was also bummed out that I didn’t manage to get Wonder Woman into my deck or even any of her equipment. Unfortunately since I was the world’s biggest Gary Stu (i.e. Batman), there were certain cards particularly useful for me — particularly, equipment (instead of super powers) since, you know, that’s all Bruce Wayne uses canonically. I had a couple of super power cards but there were no bonuses to it for me.
A deductive game involving an informed minority (i.e. spies, and they’re aware of each other’s identities, and make up approximately a third of the players) and an uninformed majority that try to root said spies out.
I kind of like it because I get to point at people and say “YOU’RE A SPY!!!!” if I’m one of the “good guys”, and I get to lie to people’s faces when I’m one of the “baddies” (it’s really fun making someone trust me when I’m actually a spy).
And this may be the best game of Resistance ever, even if Scags is really bad at it:
Ashley had the logic down pat, and I don’t know if Wheaton sucks at Resistance or if he was just trying to be a “good host” and including Felicia in the game. Because it’s really easy to tell who’s the spy and who’s not with just five people playing. You can more or less safely assume that spies will try and avoid taking another spy on the mission (unless it’s a ‘two fails required’ one) because you can’t communicate WHO’s going to fail the mission… and outing both your spies is terrible. So we know there’s one spy in the AAA group (Allison, Ashley, and Amy), and Wheaton KNOWS he’s part of the Resistance, which makes Felicia the spy. But he probably just sucks at the game because he wanted to take both Scags and Felicia on the final mission. Also he is gross and a huge sore loser (which is especially evident in the Lords of the Waterdeep episode).
The game’s produced by the same company that made Resistance, and Coup’s set in the same universe as Resistance. It’s like Love Letter if you’ve played that before.
Basically both games are a more complex version of rock, paper, scissors, where each role or card has a positive but also a negative associated with it. It’s quite fun, really. Coup also has an element of bluffing to it, and I love bluffing games. :D
Incidentally, on how I did today:
In Galaxy Trucker, I came in last because I stood in for someone in the last round (there were three rounds total) and didn’t do well enough to make a comeback. I won the DC Comics Deck-Building Game by a few points. I was lucky enough to get quite a bit of equipment. And for The Resistance, the game was actually not too fun this time since it was obvious we managed to snag four resistance members and victory was easily claimed. =P I was on the side of righteousness and we prevailed. (I was a little disappointed when I first got my card, since I love being the spy). Coup was very fun, and I basically killed myself really quickly the first time, but I won my second game. :D