Archive for March, 2012


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Excerpt from the Utan Migration Wars, a novel I’m currently writing.

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Afterward: Hunger Games

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The trailer. It’s not as bad as John Carter’s, which I didn’t even put up, but it misrepresents the movie.

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The main theme of the movie, elegant and worthy of the planetary romance that is John Carter. The movie was likely the best ‘hero’ action film to come out this year, barring a few summer blockbusters, depending on how good Battleship is. This is a movie better than the Hunger Games and is, for me, a day one special edition purchase. Something only Sucker Punch and Tron Legacy have also accomplished.

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Infinite Stratos Afterword

So yesterday night I sat around a bit after finishing my php homework and decided to start up another series. After scouring the internet for some ideas, I came upon some favorable reviews for Infinite Stratos. I had started the series back when it ran on television, around one year ago, but had given it up about half-way through. As I do with most series, I decided to come back to it and rewatch from the beginning in physical release (in this case 1080p) quality.

As usual the wiki entry describes the plot pretty well,

“In the near future, a Japanese scientist engineers a powered exoskeleton called “Infinite Stratos” (IS). Possessing technology and combat capabilities far more advanced than any other weapon system, the IS threatens to destabilize the world. Faced with such an overpowering weapon, the nations of the world enact the “Alaska Treaty”, which states that IS will never be used for military combat and that existing IS technology must be equally distributed to all nations, to prevent any one nation from dominating the others. The introduction of the IS does, however, have a major effect on society. As IS can only be operated by women, there is a shift in the power balance between men and women, where women now dominate society over men.
Ten years after IS was initially introduced, the world has entered a new age of peace. The peace is shattered, however, by an unexpected discovery. A 15 year-old Japanese boy, Ichika Orimura, is discovered to be capable of operating an IS. Realizing the potential, Ichika is forced by the Japanese government to attend the prestigious Infinite Stratos Academy, an international academy where IS pilots from all over the world are trained. Thus his busy high school life surrounded by nothing but girls who can use IS begins.”

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This has been an enjoyable stroll through the anime world. I find this a character driven show, rather than my usual plot driven fare.

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So I recently sat down and marathonned my way through both seasons of Strike Witches. I had heard of the show many years prior and even preordered a few figures based on some of the characters, but had not given it a serious run. Like many others, the loli-fanservicy aspects of the show, which were blatantly advertised everywhere during its run, turned me off and I put the show on the backburner until now.

Recently I’ve had an itching for historical works and since this falls into an alternative WWII scenario, I guess it fits. I’d rather not write a long intro to this whole series and its quirk so I’ll just copy a bit of Wikipedia which ilustrates the setting pretty well,

“Set in an alternate Earth in the mid twentieth century, Strike Witches tells the story of a fight to protect that world using a combination of magic and technology in a fictional recreation of events occurring in World War II with the national armies joining forces to confront an overwhelming alien threat together instead of fighting among themselves.

The titular Strike Witches are young women with high magical potential who are recruited into military organizations around the world to fight against the enigmatic Neuroi, which began an invasion of unprecedented scale on human territory in the year 1939. This puzzling enemy force has appeared frequently and without warning in many areas across the world throughout history. The weapons of the Neuroi mostly take on forms similar to aircraft, but their most troubling tactic is the spreading of a corrosive miasma. Not only do normal humans have no defense against this miasma, but the remnants of the land affected by it are processed by the Neuroi into new weapons, crumbling huge sections of former nations into the sea. As the miasma seems to be unable to spread across large bodies of water, humanity has designated such areas as their main lines of defense.

In order to bring out their potential for use in battle, each Witch equips a unique machine onto their legs: the Striker Unit. With the Striker Unit equipped, they gain the ability to fly and their tapped magical potential provides the strength to utilize weapons far too heavy and powerful for a normal person. A defensive field is also created that can protect the Witches from the Neuroi’s miasma, as well as other physical weaponry, making them humanity’s trump card in the war.”

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“You can’t save everyone.”

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Champions As summoner servants

This is a thought experiment more than anything else. Enjoy it!

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Spring 2012 Anime Season Picks

A rather short post, but I received a few requests from various people regarding my picks for the next season.

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So let us talk about video game morality! This is a picture of you playing a good ‘Twilight Sparkle’.

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