Anime Spring Week 3

Apr. 23rd, 2017 04:00 pm
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Tousen Shimogamo
Tousen Shimogamo
Uchouten Kazoku 2, Episode 3

Here are the shows from this season that I watched this week…

Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records (Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor): Episode 3
Glenn showed his stuff, and the episode was lit up with action. The series is so much better now than when it started. I’m on board.

Shūmatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka? (a.k.a. Sukasuka)(WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us?): Episode 2
Good episode. I liked how Willem won over the young ones. I also liked the conversation between Willem and Chtholly. We’re only beginning to see the layers of the complex character Willem is hiding. My curiosity is aroused.

Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine (The Royal Tutor): Episode 3
Well… OK. Haine won over one more prince. I can contain my excitement. I’m not sure that Haine-sensei being droll is going to carry the series. This remains a borderline show.

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations: Episode 3
Yay! A slice of time with one of my favorite couples in Konoha – Shikamaru and Temari! Also some Hinata & Himawari time, too! But the best part was how Shikadai, Inojin, and Boruto teamed up to defeat the possessed Metal Lee. Pretty good teamwork for kids.

Sakura Quest: Episode 3
The story started out rather slow and ordinary… and never really got a lot of traction… but the very last part was sweet – Yoshino’s speech… and the formation of her court. Still, this series remains borderline for me. There’s not much competition on Wednesdays, so the show will probably remain in the watchlist.

Kenka Banchou Otome: Girl Beats Boys: Episode 2
Fairly hokey setup for the entire show… and a big unanswered question is how did Hikaru Onigashima get the fighting reputation that he did? Well… I’ll ignore the dumb backstory for now.

Tsuki ga Kirei (As the Moon, So Beautiful): Episode 3
I’m mentally screaming at Kotarou…Don’t blow it, man! Say something! And then… and then… the barest whisper of words… then… cliffhanger! But before that, this was another superb episode… gently paced… filled with subtle glances and movements… and the music was wonderful all the way through. So far I love this show!

Clockwork Planet: Episode 3
Fun episode! The action scenes were tidy, and banter is starting to show nicely. RyuZU rocks, of course – and Halter isn’t far behind. Thursdays are by far the best anime night of the week!

Hinako Note: Episode 3
I wish Hinako wasn’t such a wimp. This is getting tiring, and I hope we soon get away from Hinako’s over-the-top shyness. It’s not funny. Everyone else is just fine. Thankfully the new character, Yua, softened at the end of the episode. It’s now a 5-girl series – just like Sakura Quest this season and BanG Dream last season. Let’s hope something interesting happens.

Seikai Suru Kado (Kado: The Right Answer): Episode 3
Well… beware of gods bearing gifts, I suppose. This SF story is moving sluggishly… and it looks like politics will be ramping up shortly. I can’t say that I’m very excited about this show. The gasping reactions by the onlookers are cliché and uncalled for. It’s hard to see how this story can go for 12 episodes. Maybe there will be a twist next week.

Boku no Hero Academia: Episode 17
Just the act of forming teams was pretty amazing, and I’m surprised and pleased with Izuku’s team. The battle itself was smart also. This episode was tons of fun, and next week’s conclusion should be just as good.

GRANBLUE FANTASY: The Animation: Episode 4
Rackam’s the man – his actions were laudable. On the other hand, General Furias was a cardboard villain – pretty annoying. Finally the Grandcypher got launched, and there should be some good action next week.

Eromanga Sensei: Episode 3
I’ll confess that I didn’t expect Elf Yamada to start showing some attributes that make her less annoying and more likeable. Her exchanges with Masamune were pretty good this episode. I don’t care much for the fan service and the rather arbitrary conflicts between Sagiri and Masamune. Get used to it, I guess. Overall, the show continues to have strong production values and pretty good writing.

Uchouten Kazoku 2: Episode 3
Man, does Benten know how to make an entrance! Twice! It’s nice having her back in the (increasingly complicated) picture. Also, Tousen got screen time! This episode had me so captivated that I about fell out of my chair when it ended abruptly. With superb voice acting, masterful direction, and plenty of P.A.Works scenery porn, this episode was top notch.

Alice to Zoroku: Episode 4
Elders rock! (I say this as an elder myself.) Both Zoroku and Sanae voiced some important things this week, and both characters became even more likeable. Sana was humble, and Minnie C continued to be a selfish jerk. At the end, I was glad Ichijo Shizuku is on our side!

Willem and Chtholly
Willem and Chtholly
Sukasuka, Episode 2

My Complete Manga Series

Apr. 23rd, 2017 02:53 pm
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My Manga Library
My Manga Library

I started collecting anime long before I started collecting manga. In comparison to my anime collection, my manga collection is small and young. Relatively speaking, the number of complete series is low. However, once I start collecting a series, I either drop it early or continue to the very end. Skip Beat! has me held hostage – volume 38 has been released, and there’s no signs that we’re heading towards a conclusion. I don’t really mind in this case. Skip Beat! has been a solid series, and I fully expect it will have a happy ending. That’s not always the case with manga. There’s the infamous ending for Usagi Drop (which I haven’t read). And I have some in my own collection.

That said, I’d like to rank my complete manga series (that is, manga series for which I have all of the volumes to the conclusion of the series) in order of preference, favorites first…

1. Claymore (27 volumes)
As much as I love my shoujo romances, violent action series Claymore is probably the manga I’d reread the most. I love the conclusion – and bought extra copies so that I could keep re-reading those volumes. Note: I also have volume 27 (the final volume) in Japanese. My commentary on the ending of the manga is Here and Here.

2. Marmalade Boy (8 volumes)
Ah. There’s my shoujo romance! An old classic, at that! Multiple likable couples. Happy ending. Smiles all around. Note: I also have volumes 1 & 2 in Japanese.

3. Koko wa Greenwood (9 volumes)
Mainly a comedy – but also a romance (Hasukawa x Igarashi). Another old (but largely unknown) classic – this manga makes me smile a lot. Note: I also have all 9 volumes in Japanese.

4. Azumanga Daioh (4 volumes)
Yonkoma comedies hardly count as a series – but I love them. In this category are Lucky Star, Hidamari Sketch and Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun – but I don’t have complete sets of those. Only Azumanga Daioh. Note: I also have all 4 volumes in Japanese.

5. Inu x Boku SS (11 volumes)
The first arc (prologue) was great. But then the world changed, and the story and characters were less compelling… and the ending, while trying to bring everything back together – fell flat for me. The couples are all fabulous, and I was rooting for them. I just wished for a stonger ending. Note: I also have volumes 0, 1, 2, 3, and 7 in Japanese. My commentary on the ending of the manga is Here.

6. Silent Möbius (12 volumes)
I enjoyed reading this series, but the art got progressively worse as the series continued. And I confess that I don’t really remember how things ended. I took a peek just now, and I think I’ll just have to read the series again, sometime. Note: I also have volumes 1–5 in Japanese

7. Sasameki Koto (Whispered Words) (9 volumes)
I liked this series – it was sweet and light. The main problem is that it hasn’t been very memorable for me. It’s been only a year since I read it, and I’ve forgotten nearly everything. My commentary on the manga is Here.

8. Girl Friends (5 volumes)
Another lightweight but sweet series. Also not memorable. Seems like most yuri titles are like this.

9. Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl (5 volumes)
Well… everything was OK up until the end. Then the series went sideways. My gripes about Kashimashi were vented Here and Here.

10. Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou (21 volumes)
Shoujo manga… but this is one with a problematic ending – on two fronts: the nearly total erasure of Yukinon as a valuable, independent person and the creepy relationship between Asaba and the oldest child of Soichiro and Yukinon. I hated the ending of this series. Could we just pretend the last volume doesn’t exist? Everything was pretty good up until then.

11. Fruits Basket (23 volumes)
I’m conflicted about Fruits Basket. I loved Tohru and her friends Arisa and Saki. But I disliked nearly all of the Sohmas. I never really got into the romance candidates – and the final pairing was more of a whatever moment for me.

Coming to the library later this year: the complete manga set of Kimagure Orange Road (18 volumes). Where will it rank, I wonder? Interestingly, I already have all 18 volumes in Japanese.

Buenos Aires Book Fair Schedule

Apr. 23rd, 2017 04:51 pm
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I’m mostly recovered from Minicon…which is good, because on Tuesday, I leave for the Buenos Aires Book Fair!

Wednesday will be a day of recovery and looking around. Thursday afternoon I’ll be doing some press interviews at El Ateneo, one of the most gorgeous bookstores in the world.

Assuming they can pry me out of there, I’ll be doing an interview Saturday afternoon at the Book Fair, followed by a book signing. Later that evening I’ll be participating in the Bloggers Meeting as well.

Sunday, there’s a meet and greet at the bookstore, and then it’s back to the hotel to pack and prepare for the flight home on Monday.

It should be an exciting week. I’m looking forward to meeting my Latin American publisher, and I love that my official schedule has notes like “Embassy driver will pick you up from the airport.” And of course, it will be awesome to meet readers and fans from Argentina!

Blogging and email and such will probably be pretty light, but I should have plenty of pictures to share when I get back. Don’t break the internet while I’m gone, okay?

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

UBC: Cameron, The Artist's Way

Apr. 23rd, 2017 12:27 pm
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The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher CreativityThe Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron

I can't rate this book, since my opinion of it veers wildly between five stars and zero stars.

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Apr. 23rd, 2017 12:27 pm
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I never got any yard time on friday due to traffic ... I was 15 mintutes late for my dental appt, between bridge and road closures and someone having an accident, things were all screwed up. Despite my tardiness, they did see me and I got my new crown. They had to bevel on it a bit to get it to fit right, but, its good as the gold its made out of.

Getting home was just as bad for traffic, and by the time I pulled into the driveway, I was exhausted.

Yesterday, I rolled out of bed with goals in mind. I spent about 7 hours total outside, but I was taking a lot of breaks. slow and steady even. I had a couple of deviations from my plan, one section of the back fence had shifted and popped out of its tracks. I knew I couldnt dig new fence post holes to correct the problem but I did wrangle the section back into place (thank goodness it was a smaller section) and I used scrap wood and three inch nails to keep it together. At some point I have to replace about half of the back fence, the posts shift when the ground does, and they lean .. a lot.

I got the stacked planters replanted and a few other pots and things done, I weed whacked the boarders on the front and back lawns, I only had to replace the filiment once on it. I found a low spot in the back lawn by one of the gutters, and a critter hole nearby, I need to fill that in soon. I moved things that had sat since last fall, and did a bit of trimming on the california lilac, its reaching for the gutters. Refilled bird feeders yet again. I didnt get the lawn mowed, that will have to wait. I hauled over eight 5 gallon buckets of dirt and weed debris behind the fence too. I moved some plants to where they will get put into dirt, but for now, they are in situ for the next step, it also gets them out of the way from the plants that dont have a current home figured out yet.

I did a bit of time in the garage, I had to find the weed whacker, and I had to reach the box that had an old printer in it that was farther back in. I was moving the old pebbles in the sea cave .. I found a middle school that does ecycle for their Robotics Team, and they take old printers, phones and some electronics for parts and to recycle them for profit for the Team. and fancy this, they having an ecycle event on the 29th in Gladstone. I have my almost dead old printer (sitting in the middle of the floor in the cats bathroom at the moment) to take in, and one of my neighbors has a printer that needs to go away too. I am asking a couple other neigbhors if they have something to go, since I am already going.

I also have a few things to go to Restore (its a Habitat for Humanity storefront) so I might make a real recycle day out of it. If I get up in time.. sigh.

Today is the Stephan Pastis signing out in Beaverton, at least thats at 4pm. If its not raining, I will come home and hopefully get the lawn mowed before it becomes a wildlife sanctuary. I could also assemble the last few solar art pieces and get them out in the side yard. Or not. Grin.

I feel pretty decent today, not as stove up as the last couple of times I worked outside, and I have one itchy spot on one foot due to the grass allergy. Not bad at all.
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I saw Antitrust on an airplane in the summer of 2001. I didn't leave with a high opinion of it; it seemed campy fun.

I found a used DVD at a local thrift shop last weekend, so last night I watched it with my spouse.

It actually holds up better than I predicted on a technobabble level! We freeze-framed a lot and marvelled at how reasonable (mostly) all the command-line stuff was. And as mainstream fiction movies go, I think there still hasn't been a movie that takes the conflict between proprietary and open source software more seriously than Antitrust (I'd welcome corrections on this point).

details, including spoilers )

At some point in the future I will watch the special features and listen to the commentary. (One of the special features is a music video for the Everclear song that plays at the end of the movie. The music video includes clips from the movie. It's like Everclear made a vid!) I imagine I'll have more thoughts then.

Well, here we are then...

Apr. 23rd, 2017 06:50 pm
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So, like many of my friends, I'm now moving my base of operations over to Dreamwidth. I'll cross-post to LJ for the next few weeks (not that I post a massive amount anyway!), but after that I'll probably close it down.

So I'm also bookzombie on DW, so feel free to friend me there.

Reading Tonight

Apr. 23rd, 2017 10:42 am
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I am sure I forgot to mention that I'm reading at SF in SF tonight, along with Pat Murphy and Jewelle Gomez, and moderated by the lovely and talented Terry Bisson.

Doors open at 5:30. Program begins at 6:30. And because it's at the American Bookbinders Museum (355 Clementina Street, off 5th Street, in the South of Market district) there are lots of cool things to look at. Plus cool people to talk to.

If you're in the area and want to drop by, please do. It should be fun for all.

UBC: Levy, Poison

Apr. 23rd, 2017 11:02 am
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Poison: An Illustrated HistoryPoison: An Illustrated History by Joel Levy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a beautifully designed book which talks about poisons from arsenic and snake venom to ricin and sarin. It's not terribly in-depth on any of them, but it does offer a panoramic overview from Cleopatra and Socrates to Alan Turing and Georgi Markov. Levy is an engaging writer, mostly light and deft--he missteps kind of horribly when talking about the assassination of Sarkov by a KGB agent wielding a pellet-shooting air-gun concealed in an umbrella (ammunition: jeweler's ball-bearings that contained ricin). Describing the umbrella as a "slaughterous sunshade" is, I'm sorry, over the top (134)--and very good at explaining how poisons work in a way that's simple enough for a layperson to follow but detailed enough for that same layperson to feel like s/he actually has a good understanding of what's happening, chemically speaking.

The beauty of the design does occasionally get in the way. Some of the font choices are hard to read, and, the sidebar pages offering profiles of the various poisons being printed on colored paper, some of the colors are too dark to easily read the text against.

So: good, but not great.

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Apr. 23rd, 2017 03:23 pm
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Someone has, apparently, added a photo (presumably of me, presumably taken at Eastercon) to a service called PhotoKeeper, and given them my email address. I've just received a very spammy/scammy email from them inviting me to click on the link to see it, which I have no intention of doing.

If it was you, please delete it. Please don't let people like this harvest your address book.

If you took what you think is a nice photo of me and want to let me have a copy, I hear that email is fairly good for that sort of thing.

The Library

Apr. 22nd, 2017 08:56 pm
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In my previous post it might appear that I’m focusing on yuri manga, but it’s just a coincidence those volumes all came at the same time. The open manga series I’m actively collecting are:

  • Skip Beat!
  • Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun
  • Hidamari Sketch
  • Citrus
  • Bloom into You

This doesn’t count English translations that got stopped: Aria and Lucky Star. I’d get those if I could. Also, on the side, I’m collecting the old Sailor Moon series. Lotsa manga.

I’m nearly up-to-date on the manga series. Where I’ve fallen behind is the anime series for my library. Part of that is simply that series distributed by Aniplex are so darn expensive. Part of that is that I’ve collected quite a few boxes that I just haven’t had time to watch yet, so I’m not in a huge rush to add more. Still, I know that series sets can go away at any time, so I’m not going to wait too long. Anime is my #1 hobby, and I’m committed to growing my library.

I keep an ongoing list of items I want in my library. The list is sorted by scheduled publication date. When I get an item, I check the box and move it to the Acquired list. Here’s what that list looks like (from Google Docs):

Anime/Manga Wish List by scheduled publication date

I’m waiting for the final disc set of Assassination Classroom to come out so that I can buy the second season in a single purchase. Also, it seems that Girls und Panzer der Film has been released well ahead of schedule, so I’ve ordered a two-movie bundle.

Yuri Manga

Apr. 22nd, 2017 07:37 pm
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Recent Yuri Manga
Recent Yuri Manga

In the last couple of weeks I’ve tried to do a catchup on recent manga purchases, and I finished reading my last three purchases: Kindred Spirits on the Roof – The Complete Collection, Bloom into You, Volume 1, and Citrus, Volume 5 (all purchased at Powell’s Books, of course… but linked here to Amazon as they have more reader reviews). Coincidentally, these manga are all published by Seven Seas Entertainment, which recently has been expanding their selection of Yuri Titles.

I have a lot of manga, and yuri manga is a small and recent subset. I love a good romance, regardless of the gender of the participants.

Kindred Spirits on the Roof – The Complete Collection
This is an omnibus of two stories, each story comprising multiple chapters. It’s sort of a spinoff from the Kindred Spirits on the Roof visual novel, with two characters (Yuna & Hina) from the novel being side characters in the first story. Also the two ghosts make a cameo appearance. The two stories follow the general pattern of one or both protagonists having doubts and being reluctant in being in a “forbidden” relationship. Common theme. Common execution. The art is OK but nothing special. (The art in the second story is weaker than the art in the first; they’re by different artists.) That said, everyone is cute and lovable, and the stories are upbeat with very happy endings. I love happy romantic endings, and I enjoyed this manga quite a bit.

Bloom into You, Volume 1
Of the three books, I think I like the art in Bloom into You (Japanese: Yagate Kimi ni Naru) the best – it’s clean, crisp, attractive, and nicely-detailed. The story is unusual (for a yuri romance) in that the relationship between the protagonists is one-sided, and the non-emotional character (Yuu) doesn’t mind. Touko is manipulative and highly assertive – you’d probably hate her if she were a guy, but it seems the author wants us to cut her some slack – and I guess I do. Anyway, there’s lots of potential for conflict, and the situation does push my curiosity. The art and the writing have my attention.

Citrus, Volume 5
Citrus remains raw, messy, and erratic. Mei is so unpredictable, running hot and cold, that she remains largely unlikeable. I had hoped for a softening by now, and I can’t figure her out. Yuzu oscillates between compassionate – and clueless airhead. The manga is going to be made into an anime series, though. I doubt it will be very successful. Of the three series here, Citrus is the one that I have the least attraction towards.

What Does Democracy Look Like?

Apr. 22nd, 2017 08:33 pm
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 Today, democracy looks like a mad scientist (photo credit to Curtis Johnson, Stand Up Minnesota.)

My own sign was less clever, but I did manage to make one before I left for the March for Science (Saint Paul, Minnesota):


This march was smaller than the Women's March, but there was still a HUGE turn out.  I can't believe the reports that are only counting us at 10,000. I would easily have said 50 or 60 thousand.  I went with Mason and his friend Rosemary and her mom (and a friend of her mom's).  We were able to get fairly close to the Cathedral to be dropped off.  We could even have found parking, but the plan was for a drop-off. It may be that with the nice weather, a lot more people were finding non-car ways of getting to the march.  I know that my friend Naomi biked, and she reported that she could hardly find a spot to lock her bike.  Given that this march took place on Earth Day, I wouldn't be surprised if a large number of people biked in (there was still snow on the ground for the Women's March.)

The signs were all amazing. So many math puns. 

As I remarked to Rosemary's mom, it was impressive how "on theme" everyone was.  I mean, there were a couple of re-treads. I saw at least one: "Things are so bad, the Introverts are here!" and one or two on the overarching theme of Trump Sucks, which could have been recycled from the Women's March.  But, from what I saw, science really was the main theme. The T-Rexes were there. Someone (people, probably,) had a giant wholly mammoth puppet.  Lab coats seemed to be a bigger theme than the knitted "brain" hats (which were meant to the be science version of the pussy hats.)    

The sun was bright.  It was actually kind of hot, despite the typical Spring-like weather.  Me and the kids gave up early (the acoustics for the speakers were still really very bad) and we hopped on the light rail and went to Ichiddo Ramen for some sustenance.  Then we light railed it the rest of the way home.  

It was a good march, I'd say.  Am I fired up to keep fighting?  I hope so.  I hope everyone there is still making all the calls and sending the postcards.  We must continue to resist!

Via la revolution!

IFTTT test subject wanted

Apr. 22nd, 2017 03:56 pm
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is anyone currently using IFTTT and gmail on iOS (or willing to install IFTTT)?

i've got a mobile post widget working for me on android, i'd love to have someone test iOS before i do a public instruction post so that I can note differences.

alternately, if you're already using IFTTT with DW i'd love to compare notes.