Blood_XIII

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    • Blood's Anime Of The Month: November 2017 - Punch Line

      1 week ago

      Blood_XIII

      The lateness streak continues! At least this time there IS a few valid reasons, namely me getting sick THEN having a weird sleep schedule for a few days because of it THEN having to work on videos that needed recording/editing THEN having to plan around my sister so I'd have a way to watch the RT Extra Life stream THEN my friend deciding to invite me over on the same weekend/week of such... So yeah, better late than never!


      The Anime Of The Month for November, 2017 is...


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      Advance warning, I won't be able to talk MUCH about this series because the amount of things that can be spoiled is INSANELY huge. Like seriously, it's kinda crazy.



      Series Name: Punch Line
      Creator Name: Kotaro Uchikoshi
      Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, Action
      Air Dates: April, 2015 through June, 2015
      Number Of Episodes: 12 (With a sequel manga that NO ONE has translated)


      Sorry about the opening and ending not existing in the initial posting of this; Turns out both songs are produced under the Sony label and GOD FUCKING FORBID you try to do anything with a Sony property and not pay them first >:/

      As such I'm trying to find a way to upload them myself that WON'T get them axed by YouTube's bots.

      EDIT: Done. The opening is fun and all, but the ENDING is easily one of my favorites in recent memory... And it looks absolutely adorable with that animation style!



      How I Found This Series: As with many other series, I was introduced to Punch Line via my IRL friend Josh/ChaoSamui/Chaos621. Whenever the series first started airing he caught wind of it from a Reddit thread and, knowing how much I love a good pair of panties on a cute girl, promptly told me I should give it a watch.... It took me two years to do such, but I got there eventually.



      Summary: Yuuta Iridatsu is a totally normal high school student... Until a busjacking incident leads to his death, his body being possessed by another spirit as HIS spirit is now forced to float about the material world! The terrorist group responsible for the busjacking has very unclear motives, but it seems like they have something to do with Yuuta losing his body as well! He's forced to 'haunt' his apartment complex, the rather small Korai House, and wait until he has a chance to reclaim his body... Strangely though, Yuuta finds out that same day that he has superhuman abilities... Which only activate when he gets turned on, typically by seeing a girl's panties! The catch? If he gets TOO turned on (IE if he sees panties twice in a row) an asteroid inexplicably slams into Earth and destroys all traces of life! Good thing for him ghosts can go back in time, so he gets an infinite number of tries to avoid ending the world AND solving this mystery!


      No, I'm not kidding. Trust me though, and I really mean this; It IS NOT the kind of series you're probably thinking it is.



      Characters: More than a handful, and with three specific characters it gets VERY confusing unless you take it slowly... But for now we'll focus on the main five characters who live in Korai House.



      Iridatsu Yuuta
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      The main character, who was already described briefly in the summary. Yuuta is a passionate and determined individual, always wanting to help others before himself and ESPECIALLY if he thinks he can make a difference. Friendly and kind as well, the other residents of Korai House all seem to have a genuine appreciation of him both as a friend and neighbor... Even if he is a bit on the perverse side. He somehow has the ability to gain superhuman powers when aroused, his hair going from a navy blue to a literally glowing deep orange, resulting in drastically increased speed, strength and resilience. After becoming a ghost, Yuuta must work to raise his spirit level so that he can further play a part in solving the mystery of the QMay terrorist group.
      FUN FACT: This character's name is a play on the Japanese phrase YUTAI RIDATSU, which translates to "astral projection."



      Mikatan Narugino
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      Narugino is a bit hard to describe, if nothing else because of all the things that COULD be used to describe her! She's a very sweet and kind girl who wants nothing more than peace and happiness for all, a member of the pop-idol group She's May who has regular concerts and album releases, and finally she's a magical girl super-heroine named Strange Juice! This pink-haired, innocent peace-loving girl seems to have the same superhuman abilities as Yuuta, her own hair glowing a very bright orange when said powers are active! Unlike Yuuta though, Narugino seems to be able to turn it on and off at will.
      FUN FACT: This character's name is a play on the Japanese phrase SEIGI NO MIKATA, which translates to "ally of justice."



      Daihatsu Meika
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      Landlady of Korai House AND a super-genius inventor with unmatched hacking skills, Meika is eccentric and grandiose in almost every way possible... Except that she apparently has very little in the way of physical ability, her one personal goal in such being to simply pull off a headstand successfully. She may not seem like it at first, but to the other residents in the apartment complex she's actually quite the dependable and helpful friend.
      FUN FACT: This character's name is a play on the Japanese phrase DAIHATSUMEI-KA, which translates to "great inventor."



      Chichibu Rabura
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      The oldest tenant of Korai House, Rabura is a friend of Yuuta's sister and thus is quite close to Yuuta as well. Being nearly 30 she is actively seeking romance... But seems to fail miserably at it every single time. She works as a spirit medium, or more specifically an exorcist, yet doesn't even full believe in the existence of spirits to begin with due to her not having any REAL interactions with such. She does have a connection to the spirit world though, as she is the only person that Yuuta can possess whenever he needs to interact with the other residents of Korai House!
      FUN FACT: This character's name is a play on the Japanese phrase CHICHI BURABURA, which translates to "breasts dangling."



      Hikiotani Ito
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      Refusing to go to school following a certain incident, Ito has chosen to instead stay locked up in her apartment nearly 24/7 and just keep to herself. She has passion for only two things; Video games and yaoi... At least at first, for a third thing appears in her life that she comes to regard as more important even than her own self! Unlike the other residents of Korai House, Ito is reclusive and quiet, mostly keeping to herself and wishing to b left alone even when the others are trying to be friendly with her. She also displays a great deal of social awkwardness, though whether this developed before or after her reclusion is unclear. She is a cousin to Rabura.
      FUN FACT: This character's name is a play on the term HikiOtaNEET, which is a fusion of the words hikkikomori (Someone who refuses to leave their home), otaku and NEET (Which stands for Not in Education, Employment, or Training).



      Personal Opinions/Views: Okay... Where do I even begin for this series?


      First of all, if you took a look at this seires and/or watched the first episode and went "Oh great, it's just another fanservice-ridden light-harem series with a quirky plot device to validate such..." YOU NEED TO STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING AND GO WATCH THE WHOLE SERIES, NOW.


      I cannot stress this fact enough; Punch Line IS NOT the series you think it's going to be, not even remotely.


      While it IS very much ecchi and there ARE the faintest ideals of a harem series, the general idea of either is waning by the end of the second episode and by the time episode 3 finishes you might be wondering if this is even the same story that you started with. We're talking time travel complete with paradoxes and manifest destiny, fight scenes with impacts so intense that the bass in the sound effects is sightly distorted and AT LEAST three major plot and/or character twists that are so far out of left field that they've gone around the world and hit you in the back of the head.

      It is fucking amazing and I IMMEDIATELY recommend you watch it... ESPECIALLY before reading any more of this journal! I'm going to avoid spoilers as much as I can, but the plot is so sensitive with detail that there's almost nothing I CAN openly talk about otherwise!


      So I guess we'll just focus on the usual stuff first.


      First as always is the look and feel of the show. Punch Line isn't winning any awards for visual innovation, nor are the characters anything that hasn't been seen in other anime out there... However in a way that works perfectly, because the series is so understated at most times and so the lack of over-the-top visual flair HELPS guide your mind down each new avenue of insane plot detail that comes up. I WILL say though that the series does an amazing job with combat, making each hit look particularly mean without going to DBZ levels of intensity... Which is saying something when the superhuman ones can literally lift a bus with little-to-no issue. The characters also may not stand out as much as iconic ones that any anime fan would know, but they ARE super adorable and memorable in their own ways, not to mention each of them are very endearing and hard to forget.


      The sound design of the series is quite nice as well. The music is forgettable, but the sound effects are wonderfully well done... ESPECIALLY in combat moments! The sound of impact on the harder hits all carry a slightly distorted bass, an artifacting almost, as if the power behind each punch and kick is so great that sound itself can't make sense of it. The voice acting is also as fucking awesome as ANYTHING out of Japan ever is... And yes there IS an English version you heretics, but like always I don't know a thing about it nor do I care to find out. The VAs in Japan do a wonderful job of personifying their character through their performance though, especially considering the characters don't have a lot of overlap in terms of personality so each one feels all the more unique.


      Next comes the plot itself... Which is impossible to talk about without spoiling EVERYTHING EVER. I swear to you, when I decided to watch this series I had only seen clips of the first episode and I would've never guessed what it was going to become! This series tricks you into thinking it's going to be a purely fun romp through a land of panties and comedic scenes of the world ending... But then, rather quickly, it becomes the sort of series where you wouldn't be blamed for making a connection wall filled with lines of string as you try to piece all of it together. I'm not joking here either; The time travel gets far more intense than some films do, and there are three characters who have a particularly confusing twist from their past that all but requires you to pause the episode and think about it at length just so you can fully understand who is whom.


      It's crazy how much thought went into this series, especially when the first episode has NOTHING to prepare you for what's to come and as a result turns off A LOT of people who might enjoy it! If you're the sort who hates fanservice and such, or even harem anime, you'll likely drop this series immediately because that first episode of Punch Line doesn't LOOK like it could conceivably be anything else. Each new episode presents a new mystery and/or a new set of questions in your mind... And like a GOOD series should, it gives you all the hints you need to draw your own conclusions before actually giving you the confirmation of such! Somewhere around the 4th or 5th episode I had a moment where I realized I knew EXACTLY where the plot was trying to go, and I fucking loved it... And then by episode 7 it had thrown an entirely different curve ball at me which left a NEW thing to be figured out and understood! Punch Line has that perfect parabolic mystery arc of "Wait, what? What's going on? Oh? Oh. OH! Ohhhhhh!" Except you get to experience it at least three different times!


      So now let's talk the cons to this series... And the first one is a complaint that I've expressed MANY times over by now. The fact that a series like this only runs 12 episodes is an utter shame, and you can REALLY tell within the last 2-3 episodes that the writer had to very quickly or conveniently explain a few things that were otherwise seemingly planned to be expanded upon. 


      When you have time travel and major plot twists like this, a dozen episodes are just nowhere near enough to tell the COMPLETE story to its fullest! As a result the series can sometimes feel like it's moving a bit too fast, or at the very least like it's not giving you he time to process major revelations. As I said before, there are three characters whose are very closely tied together, and the big twist concerning them is covered in a scene that spans less than 1/4 an episode and then is treated like the viewer should perfectly understand it... Which is helped none by the fact that, until the second to last episode, a certain character point is never CONFIRMED and so the twist between said three characters doesn't seem to add up at first.


      The other major issue I have with this series are some things regarding the ending. First, it seems to implicate an eternal loop even though Yuuta SUPPOSEDLY fixed the timeline and saved the world and all that good stuff! There's also HUGE gap of time that is glossed over very quickly just before that point as well, which if you're like me will be disappointing because some of the events set to take place in that time were things that you were hoping to see pan out... Nevermind the fact that it doesn't make COMPLETE sense in regards to time travel, because the fact that some of the things in the characters' pasts happened AT ALL would then directly mean that everything HAD to work out perfectly at some point in history!


      Secondly, from what I understand though, the NEW history that follows the timeline after the series' conclusion is what the sequel manga is based upon... BUT NO ONE HAS TRANSLATED THE FUCKING THING! This is particularly frustrating because the manga is only two volumes long and BOTH are available on Amazon Japan in Kindle format, meaning they're already cleaned! What's more is that the manga hasn't even been looked at by official translation companies, so it's not even on the same morality compass as MAJOR series! It would be almost effortless for a scanlation group to translate the manga... Yet not a single one I've gotten in contact with is willing to do such, even if I myself purchase the Ebooks and then send the file to them!


      At this point I'm probably just going to find someone who can translate each page into English, then I'LL personally do all the typesetting and formatting and repackaging myself... And I'm being 100% serious about this; If you see a Punch Line manga in English it MAY very well be because I personally put in the effort to get it done.


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      I REALLY wish I could get into more detail with this series, but everything good about it that drew me in is a major spoiler that completely defeats the very purpose of explaining it! There's nothing I can say except that you HAVE to watch this series for yourself... And please, DO NOT let the first episode or two fool you! It won't be at all what you're expecting/thinking it'll be, I promise.


      Until next time, my fellow Nippon nakama!
      MATA NE~!


      Hint for next month: This series comes at you hard and fast, leaving you confused about your feelings (And more) and then disappearing as quickly as it came even though it just changed your life forever... Just like the real-world thing it's supposedly an allegory for!

    • THE HINT FOR THE NOVEMBER ANIME OF THE MONTH!

      3 weeks ago

      Blood_XIII

      Here's proof of how late I am on these things; I'm just NOW getting around to the hint for November's anime... And it's already November.


      Hint for next this month: Imagine if you had the power to destroy the entire planet without any amount of effort... Except you didn't WANT to destroy the planet, and it only occurs involuntarily whenever you happen to get turned on.


    • Blood's Anime Of The Month: October 2017 - Gonna Be The Twintail!

      1 month ago

      Blood_XIII

      AHHHHHHHHH RT FRIENDS! DON'T YOU DARE BE SOUR! CLAP FOR YOUR ALWAYS LATE ANIME JOURNAL THING, AND FEEEEEEL THE POWAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!


      I've been busy and lazy lately, so this one is going to be a bit shorter than usual. Sorry in advance!


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      Twintails, if you aren't aware, is the Japanese colloquialism for what most Western societies would call pigtails (Or perhaps double ponytails).



      Series Name: Gonna Be The Twintail! (Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu!)
      Creator Name: Written by Yume Mizusawa; Illustrated by Ayumu Kasuga
      Genre: Comedy, Parody, Action, Very Light Harem
      Air Dates: October, 2014 through December, 2014
      Number Of Episodes: 12 (With a second season coming eventually)


      Once again, the OP and ED for this series aren't mindblowing BUT they're super fun... Only issue I have with them really is that the spoil a lot of the series.



      How I Found This Series: This is probably THE most unspectacular one yet. I was at an anime convention and looking through a huge collection of DVDs and Blu-Rays. I saw the title of this one on the spine, picked it up and saw the cover and IMMEDIATELY knew I wanted to watch it. I was not disappointed.



      Summary: Most high school boys are at the whims of their hormones, being very much into the female form to a sometimes slightly perverse degree... But that's not the case for one male, who loves not butts or boobs or anything inbetween. Nay, his obsession lies with the twintail hairstyle! He practically lives and breathes for it, so much so that he can tell almost everything about a person from looking at their twintails!


      A strange human scientist from another world shows up to tell him that an alien race called the Ultimaguild are coming to Earth. These aliens are psychic-based lifeforms, meaning they survive by absorbing people's most powerful thoughts, and what is more powerful than love? And the greatest love of them all JUST so happens to be the love for twintails! If they were to devour Earth's love of twintails, this would rid EVERYONE of the desire to ever wear or even see their hair in such a style, so it's only natural that this boy with the deep love of twintails would oppose them!


      However he probably didn't expect to do it while looking like a girl almost five years younger than he is! With the help of the scientist's Tail Gear device, he is able to put on a suit of super-powered awesomeness that gives him intensely powerful abilities... But for some reason it ALSO turns him into a girl!



      Characters: There's a few important characters I COLD mention, but for now I'll just name off the key four characters and TRY to avoid every spoiler I can.



      Mitsuka Soji (AKA Tail Red)
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      The main character, IE the boy with an intense love/obsession for twintails. Soji's love for the hairstyle is fortunate though, for that is EXACTLY what drives his power and will, allowing him to take the form of Tail Red with the device given to him by the human-from-another-world named Twoearle. As stated already, Soji's obsession runs SO deep that it's almost all he thinks about, sometimes not even fully registering the girl sporting the twintails. In a strange twist though, his love is anything but sexual, or even romantic! Indeed he seems completely oblivious or even indifferent to very concepts of such, acting slightly put off or confused/conflicted when they're thrust upon him. When he dons the Tail Gear armor, he becomes a girl who appears to be AT LEAST five years younger than his actual age.. Not that he cares much, for Soji's ONLY worry is protecting the world's love of twintails!



      Tsube Aika (AKA Tail Blue)
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      Soji's childhood friend, who has a MASSIVE crush on the otherwise oblivious male. She is skilled in several forms of martial arts, and also has a short temper and slightly violent/aggressive attitude. Aika is as close as you can get to being a tomboy without ACTUALLY being boyish, right down to her flat-as-a-board chest which she is VERY self-conscious of and will immediately fly into a rage if it's mentioned! When she obtains her Tail Gear it is said that her suit was designed with a much larger bust in mind, so her lacking chest is all the more prominent in such... Leading directly to her having MANY encounters with the enemy where she is in a state of rage!



      Shindo Erina (AKA Tail Yellow)
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      Being a year older than Soji and Aika, Erina is the student council president of their school AND the heiress to a rather rich and well-to-do family. Her Tail Gear is comprised of research elements taken from the enemy, so Tail Yellow is far more armored and power-oriented than her allies... And has WAY bigger boobs than either of them, seeing as Erina does the opposite of Soji and seems to grow OLDER when she transforms. I can't say TOO much without getting into spoilers, so I'll just leave you with the fact that she seems to be a bit of an exhibitionist and rather likes the idea of being treated like a dog. Similarly I can't go into too any details about Erina's past without getting into what little spoilers this series has to offer!



      Twoearle
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      The 'alien' human scientist who has come to Earth in order to try stopping the Ultimaguild! She failed to do such on her own home planet, and couldn't bear it to happen to any other worlds if she could help it, hence her creation of the Tail Gear. Twoearle is... VERY hard to pin down, in terms of personality. It almost seems like her strife-laden past has caused her to develop a very over-the-top and rather lewd personality in order to keep her resolve strong... That OR she's just a complete weirdo perv woman who HAPPENS to have a good heart and the desire to help others. Once again, I can't speak TOO much on facts about her; The series is short enough AND spoils itself so much with the intro that I'd be remiss to just TELL YOU about the plot points that are her past.



      Personal Opinions/Views: Sadly A LOT of people are going to overlook this series because of the fact that it is VERY blatantly full of fanservice... To which I always wonder why either A. Everyone is so prudish and B. Why I'm such a perv. Regardless, that's all neither here nor there.


      If you've EVER enjoyed a sentai series, be it live action such as Power Rangers or anime such as Sailor Moon, this series will be weirdly nostalgic to you... And probably WAY more funny.
      That's basically what this anime is; A parody of sentai mashed with a parody of moe/fanservice.
      And it is a match made in heaven.


      There's a lot to be said about a series that both knows what it wants to be AND is openly self-aware, and Twintail hits both nails on the head in a big way. There's few anime that can switch between taking themselves seriously and making a joke at their own expense in the same episode, nevermind if they can do it AT ALL... But this one seems to do it every other episode AT LEAST. The plot is actually significantly deep and emotional for what it is, not to mention that even as short as the actions scenes are it FEELS exactly like a sentai series should... Right down to the repeated use of certain scenes/motions (Which I'll get to later!).


      It's an interesting portrayal of fanservice as well, since the main character has almost NO INTEREST WHATSOEVER in such things. Soji is almost 100% focused on twintails and his love of such, so having his face shoved into a pair of tits is more of an inconvenience to him than anything else! Even when he himself becomes a girl he's less interested in his own body and instead goes straight to obsessing about his hair. It's honestly so bad that his own mother is CONSTANTLY telling Aika to literally fuck her son, and when Twoearle shows up and is perving all over Soji she outright says that she wants the weird white-haired alien-but-not-alien to jump her son's bones... Much to Soji AND Aika's chagrin.


      The Ultimaguild are just as hilarious as any humans in the series, because while the whole race has an overall thing for twintails they also have their own personal favorite 'love' which they pursue. Examples include the love of girls holding a doll/stuffed animal, the love of ribbons in the hair/on the outfit, and the love of nurse outfits. At one point there's even two arguing clans who are forced to cooperate, one loving small boobs and the other loving big boobs, both of which just serve to make Aika irate and give her a handful of extremely funny but short fights. These loves though tend to result in the Ultimaguilds having a moment where they express their specific love in some goofy or comedic scene, oftentimes involving random humans by essentially kindly requesting whatever it is they enjoy... Because the Ultimaguild don't ACTUALLY seem to fight anyone, they just want to feed on the emotions of a given world's inhabitants! The problem is... Well, put simply, they're all idiots. At one point they even have a Jenga tournament to decide who gets to fight Tail Red next.


      So let's move on to the usual things, shall we?


      Before anything else, I want to say that the music for this series is FUCKING AWESOME. Almost all the battle music is comprised of sweet rock guitar riffs and fast-paced drums, accompanied by heroic orchestral backing or even synth tracks.

      PLEASE LISTEN TO THAT MUSIC, IT'S SO GOOD.
      It's absolutely gorgeous and full of passion, and I honestly think it might be the glue that holds your mind together when the series is taking itself seriously after spending part of the episode being completely nonsensical.


      On the OTHER side of sound, I once again have to commend the Japanese voice talent for doing what they do best. Even outside the hero characters, the Ultimaguild's talent is comprised of more than a few voice actors that have appeared in other series AND each one of them has their own unique sound that is perfectly fitting to the character... However short lived they may be! The main characters themselves though are a joy to listen to, in particular the guy who plays Soji.  understand acting is the profession, but I can't imagine it's easy to make it REALLY sound like you have a love greater than life itself for a single hairstyle... And yet somehow he pulls it off, every single time.

      Also yes, there IS an English dub for this series! Once again though I've not even LOOKED at it, so you're on your own if you want to pursue this route... Though if I'm honest, with the moe theme this series has I FEEL like a lot of the humor and passion will be completely lost in translation.


      Now let's talk animation... And this is where A LOT of people will foolishly take issue with the series. Don't misunderstand though, it LOOKS absolutely beautiful and the character designs are stunning in every possible way... So much so that the Ultimaguilds' designs are almost more awesome than the heroine characters! 


      What I'M talking about is the fact that there are a handful of scenes and/or motions that are used multiple times over; Transformations, special attacks, things like that. To most audiences today this is considered lazy, un-passionate and even boring... But this is PRECISELY because they're missing the point. Look at things like Power Rangers and Sailor Moon; Every other attack and EACH transformation were the exact same scene just used across multiple episodes to save time and money, because back then media wasn't given as crazy a budget. As a parody/homage to those series, however, Twintail doing this same thing is like a nostalgia trip of the VERY best kind! Every time a re-used scene comes up it just FEELS exactly like watching one of those old series, and I really loved that about Twintail whether it was intentional or not!


      Finally, we'll close with the issues I have towards the series... Of which there are a few notable ones. First off is the fact that a lot of the plot is never REALLY explained. Why exactly does Soji become female when he transforms? What exactly was Twoearle on her home world and what exactly went down when the Ultimaguild attacked them? What do the Ultimaguild plan to do if they eventually consume all of existence's love for twintails? There's plenty more, but it's getting into spoiler territory...


      Which is two OTHER problems I have; First, the intro and ending for the series spoil some of the biggest moments, such as Soji becoming a girl AND the identity of Tail Blue and Tail Yellow long before they're given their Tail Gear. The second thing is that there is SO much effort and emotion put into the plot and backstory that revolves around Twoearle... But it's never ACTUALLY expanded upon outside of some emotional dialogue. Perhaps the original Light Novels or even the manga shows more, and it could be that the second season will as well... But why are we not treated to flashbacks, or even a full episode where things are explained in great detail? 


      The last problem is a simple one, which I've expressed a few times over in these journals; Pacing. Twelve episodes is nice and easy to consume, but when you're trying to hit certain plot points and/or a certain event by the end of the first season EVERYTHING just always seems to move way faster than it should! Maybe I really am just spoiled by 90s anime, where you could have upwards of 10 episodes in a row (Out of 26) before ANYTHING plot related would happen and ALL of them were awesome?


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      Told ya it was going to be short. I literally sat down to type all of this up on the same day I'm posting it, because I've been so busy trying to catch up on things AND dealing with work and other life nonsense... Also spending WAY too much time talking to people in the Sponsor Chat Discord channel.


      But really, go and give this series a watch! It's only twelve episodes; That's not even a week if you watch two a day! It's very funny, has really good action scenes AND it's pleasantly fanservice-ey too! It may not be for everyone, but it's got a little bit of everything and if nothing else the character designs are super cool to look at.


      Until next time, my fellow Nippon nakama!
      MATA NE~!


      Hint for next month: Um... Actually I haven't picked an anime for November yet, and I'm not near my anime-filled HDDs right now, so... I guess I'll update the journal later with a hint?

    • Blood's Anime Of The Month: September 2017 - Detective Conan

      2 months ago

      Blood_XIII

      At this point it's almost tradition for these journals to be late. Blame Rooster Teeth and Game Grumps for putting out so much content that I have to devote like 85% of my free time JUST to stay caught up.


      The Anime Of The Month for September, 2017 is...


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      Some of you will better know this series by its English title, Case Closed. Remember though, I don't do dubs, ESPECIALLY ones that have been subjected to localization changes as heavily as this.



      Series Name: Detective Conan
      Creator Name: Gosho Aoyama
      Genre: Mystery, light Crime Drama, even lighter Comedy
      Air Dates: January, 1996 through present day
      Number Of Episodes: 800+ (That's not a typo)


      This is literally the best quality of the first opening that I could find, so we'll all just have to deal.


      How I Found This Series: Like many others who read this, my fist time even HEARING of the series was when it began airing on Adult Swim's anime block almost 13 years ago. This was a time long after the likes of Colombo and Murder She Wrote had been a big thing, and of course they were too old or were missing that cartoon edge needed to draw in a younger crowd. Likewise it was obviously before the modern age Sherlocks and Castles and other such murder mystery shows would have existed, so there was no popular alternative anywhere in sight.


      As a result, Detective Conan (Or Case Closed, as it was aired under the name of) was something entirely new and exciting to both myself and many other viewers at the time... AND it was anime to boot!



      Summary: When you're the smartest kid in high school, what do you do? Become a detective-for-hire and work with he police to solve crimes, of course! That's what Shinichi did with his intelligence anyway, thanks to his love for the fictional Sherlock Holmes. It became a great passion for him to bring criminals to justice using his powerful deductive reasoning and attention to detail, bringing the world one step closer to order and justice with each case he helped to solve. But, as is the cliche, all of that changed one fateful day!


      Shinichi ends up trying to solve a particular case that involves a mysterious group known as the Black Organization, but during the investigation he's attacked by two members of the group who are trying to clean up the mess. They team up on him and inject him with a poison... But it doesn't kill him; Instead, this poison forces his body to revert to the form of a child! Now looking 10 years younger than he actually is, but still possessing all his knowledge, Shinichi is unable to get anyone to recognize OR listen to him, because they all think he's just being an imaginative kid!


      Shinichi has to turn to an old friend, an elderly and inventive professor whom Shinichi is the ONLY person to convince of his true identity! Deciding to keep it secret from everyone else, Shinichi assumes the alias of "Conan Edogawa" and is now trying to blend in with the rest of the world while trying to figure out who the Black Organization are AND what they want... All while solving every mystery that comes up along the way, be it related to the ones who turned him into a child or not!



      Characters: Remember what I was saying about having a streak of shows with a small amount of named characters? Yeah, this one REALLY breaks that streak with about 25 named characters that play significant roles and a further 15-20 that could be considered important or worth remembering! For this section I'm only going to cover the four characters that seem to be the core cast...

      Also I've give their stupid English names as an aside for those of you who know them better that way AND so you can see the dumb changes that were made in the dub.



      Kudo Shinichi (AKA Jimmy Kudo)/Conan Edogawa
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      The summary actually does a good job of summing up the blurb I WOULD have used for Shinichi's section here. Super intelligent, unparalleled deductive reasoning and a drive for both justice and truth in all things. That aside, the only thing of note is that Shinichi has a slight flaw in that he hates to lose or be wrong, and later in the series it becomes a prominent fact on certain cases or moments where he loses himself as a result. As Conan, he lives with either Professor Agasa or Ran and her father Kogoro depending on whatever the situation/fabricated excuse may be at the given moment as he tries to keep his true identity a secret. Another thing to be said is that Shinichi/Conan has an unnatural amount of luck in that there seems to always be a murder, crime or mystery unfolding around him at a constant rate.


      Mouri Ran (AKA Rachel Moore)
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      Shinichi's childhood friend, and potential love interest as the series begins; This is even moreso shown as time goes on and she worries about the ever-missing Shinichi, not knowing that the young Conan is the guy she's so enamored with. She lives with her father and helps him to run his failing detective-for-hire agency, nearly ALWAYS being the only voice of reason in the man's life as he'd rather drink and gamble his money away. Ran is also captain of the Karate Club at her school, and a regional champion at that! This comes in quite handy as she is able to defend herself against attackers or even help stop fleeing suspects, oftentimes resulting in their capture and her own safety throughout the series. In terms of personality Ran is kind almost to a fault, wanting to help and believe everyone she comes across and at times even having compassion for the culprits of the cases she is inevitably dragged into via her father's work and Conan's aforementioned luck (Or lack thereof).


      Mouri Kogoro (AKA Richard Moore)
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      Kogoro is, put simply, a nearly inept moron. Constantly reading a clue under the wrong context, latching onto a single suspect and not budging even when proven wrong, never ADMITTING to being wrong in general and just overall completely missing simple facts and information, it's a small mystery in and of itself HOW the man was ever able to make a living at being a detective before Conan showed up in his life. Formerly a police officer, Kogoro left the force to pursue his dream of being a detective after failing the test for such (With the aforementioned things it's not hard to see why). While he DOES have his moments where he can correctly deduce facts or even a whole case, it's typically only when someone makes most of the connections for him. Aside from this, Mouri is MOSTLY a good person... Minus his love for booze, gambling and any woman who'll give him the time of day. However, he's come to be regarded as a very skilled detective as of late thanks to Conan... Who uses a combination of a tranquilizer dart and voice changer to put Kogoro to sleep and then speak in his voice, relaying the details and methods of the criminal's actions to the investigators to solve the mystery fully.


      Agasa Hiroshi (AKA Herschel Agasa)
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      Professor Agasa is, initially, the only person who believes and thus knows Conan's true identity to be that of Shinichi Kudo. Being a bit absent minded BUT very intelligent himself, Agasa is something like an assistant to Shinichi on several cases AND more importantly is a genius inventor! Much like the Watson to a Holmes of the Alfred to a Bruce Wayne, this eldery inventor is there to provide research and information to Conan as he needs it as well as design various gadgets for the boy to use! Things like his watch, which can fire tranquilizer darts or his bow tie, which can change his voice to anything he sets it to! Among other things he's even made glasses with built in tracking/radar, rocket-powered skateboards and even hoverboards, soccer balls that self-inflate and shoes that enhance the power of one's kick!



      Personal Opinions/Views: Before I get into the positive things I have to say about this series, let me first give a few words about the length to anyone who saw the number of episodes and immediately wrote it off.


      YOU DO NOT NEED TO WATCH EVERY SINGLE EPISODE, NOR DO YOU NEED TO WATCH THEM IN ANY SORT OF HURRIED MANNER.


      There are literally less than 70 episodes that I'd say are REQUIRED viewing for either the core story OR learning who a given character is for the first time, and beyond that maybe another 100 or so that aren't required but COULD be called important for various reasons. For the most part, Detective Conan is just a bunch of 'murder mystery' style stories that are encapsulated into 2-3 concurrent episodes on average, then it's onto the next mystery which typically has nothing to do with the ones before it. It's EXACTLY what you see now in shows like Sherlock, Elementary, Castle or ANYTHING of a similar mystery theme; Bits of story that are only there to add something, otherwise it's JUST random mysteries that don't necessarily mean anything in the long run.


      I'm serious about this too, you can JUST go and watch a handful of episodes in this series, then from there you can watch ANY point at random and it will probably make perfect sense even if you have to fill in the blanks on a few details. THIS to me is the biggest factor that makes Detective Conan such an amazing anime, especially for people who are trying to get INTO anime! You can start watching at the beginning for about 10-20 episodes and then take a long break and come back without having lost any of the details, OR just jump ahead and chances are you won't be missing anything along the way that you'd NEED to know!


      As a matter of fact, here, here is a list of every episode that might be considered required viewing in any form. Either watch those and then jump around the series as you wish OR watch it as you would normally; Either way it's a series that is VERY easy to jump into and out of so long as you understand the core concept! Honestly, if you want an even MORE concise version, just watch all of the 20 or so movies that have come out for the series! There's been literally one for almost every April of every year since the series has been airing, and like any good movie they assume that not EVERY viewer is in the know. As such there's always bits of each film that quickly explains who someone is or how/why something is plot related overall... Also the movies are JUST plain good, with something like 80% of them taking the number one spot for highest grossing animated film each year in Japan.


      If you DO want to see every episode for whatever reason, or want to give it a real shot, just start watching from the beginning and try to make it through a complete case or two each day! On average this will equate to around 3 to 6 episodes a day depending on how many you want watch, so even if you only watch four to five episodes a day for just HALF of the year, you'll be completely caught up!


      Now then, onto the usual stuff! Sorry if it's a bit shorter or less detailed than usual, but I'm trying to manage my time here and I've got about 12 videos for YouTube that I need to edit preferably BEFORE the end of the month!


      The biggest flaw people will likely have aside from the sheer length is how the series looks. Going from the beginning especially, it looks exactly like you would expect an anime from the late 90s to look... Except that's JUST the style of the creator. Giant eyes, slightly weird hair, bodies that don't QUITE always make sense proportionally and in general a very cartoon-ey appearance. It never truly goes away, but it DOES become more refined and easier on the yes as the series progresses, to the point where you eventually don't even notice it unless you just plain HATE the art style. If you're not the sort to be picky about such though, then Detective Conan could actually be totally the opposite and you'll see how and why the very look became as iconic to anime as Dragonball Z or Sailor Moon have in their own right.


      Indeed, the series is iconic and regarded as one of the most beloved in Japan BECAUSE of how easy it is to just sit down and watch at any given point. There's no super complex story, no overt violence or sexuality, no drawn out fight/battle sequences and no love stories that guide the plot. Be you old or young, female or male, the series is almost PERFECT for any demographic to consume equally; Even people who say they don't watch anime within Japan itself will openly say they would still watch Detective Conan on occasion.


      Which is the next point, and for a mystery show one that is VERY important; The ability to keep surprising you. While I won't say that EVERY case is as exciting or mysterious or baffling as every other one, the number that are simple or even just plain boring are SO few and far between that it almost seems like an intentional choice. When an episode comes along where it's NOT as interesting, the case that follows seems all the better when it IS genuinely captivating! It's almost as if the slower or less interesting ones are peppered into the series as an occasional palette cleanse of sorts.


      More importantly though is that fact that even when a big mystery is similar to one(s) before it, you either can't tell such right away OR there's a key difference that puts an entirely new spin on the mystery! What's more, the creator KNOWS what he's doing and will blatantly have a character bring up similar cases from past episodes when needed. This not only tells the viewer that it's an intentional choice to have a similar mystery and not an "Oops I forgot I did this already" moment, BUT it's a perfect setup to mislead the viewer! By telling about a similar example, it unconsciously puts an expectation inside your head for what the outcome will be, thus making it all the more easy to blow that expectation away with the twist that makes this new mystery unique compared to the example of the old one!


      Now let's talk voice work and audio design.... Or, well, we WOULD, but I honestly haven't seen the anime in so long that I've almost forgotten a lot of the finer details! From what I HAVE seen recently though, the voice cast is still firing on all cylinders IF NOT marginally better compared to their performances in the past. Logically they must've gotten better, because you don't play a role for almost 20 years and NOT come to be a master at such! Indeed though, when I sat down at a friend's and had to kill some time, I hopped on his Netflix account and just started watching the series where Netflix begins from and right away I noticed the voices were as on-point as I remembered them being AND I was able to follow the events of the episodes without any trouble.


      (By the way, while they ARE subtitled with Japanese audio, Netflix is SUPER wrong about the episodes it has. There are 52 episodes on there and they're labeled as "Season 1," but in reality they are episodes 748 through 799! Don't go there expecting otherwise!!)


      I wish I could provide an accurate account of the sound and music work for the series as well, but as I said I don't remember much.... But I DO remember the main theme for the series, which is called "Kimi Ga Ireba" and is fucking beautiful as well as having a super catchy sound overall. From what I DO recall though, all the foley and other sound effects are wonderfully weighty and crisp, almost as if they were from a time when sound effects were still recorded practically as opposed to being digitally created.


      And now we get to the elephant in the room at last; The English dub for the series. The voice work is actually decent, if a little silly and comical at times (Especially with background characters), but I CANNOT forgive the localization this series was put through. The ONLY thing that is excusable is the name of the series being changed to Case Closed in America due to copyright considerations, and even THEN it's only because we have such a moronic legal system AND capitalism so far up our own assholes so it's not REALLY an excuse so much as a unavoidable trainwreck.


      Ignoring that though, there's STILL the fact that every other character has had their name changed to be more 'relatable,' in some cases their last name was changed as well! I do mean EVERY OTHER CHARACTER as well, with well over half the characters being subjected to a name change until FINALLY someone stepped in and decided to stop the madness! Unfortunately though the damage had already been done, and because of Funimation's terrible choices at the time the characters are now forever locked with those names, even in the manga releases by VIZ (A DIFFERENT COMPANY NO LESS!) that came AFTER the show had aired on American TV and still used the dub names!


      Fortunately, even if you're a hardcore dub-ist, you'll only see a little less than 1/4 of the series in English. Only about 130 to 200 episodes were ever dubbed, because this was all back in a time when Funimation wasn't as.... Let's just say 'intelligent,' nevermind other things like 'fan-friendly' or 'open minded.' With all the censoring, name changes and weird episode licensing processes they used, only 50 of those episodes were ever greenlit for use on Adult Swim back in the day, and then after poor ratings it was just pulled from the air entirely and Funimation pretty much just sat on the rest of their dub and didn't even bother doing any more beyond such. They were later released on DVD in boxed sets. FINALLY though in 2013, Funimation came around with their newer, MUCH more deserving and fan-oriented team, and started streaming episodes they were licensing as they came out in Japan. The next year this was handed off to Crunchyroll; Funimation still doing the licensing while the streaming was handled by the popular service.


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      It's not for everyone, but I will ALWAYS love Detective Conan and appreciate it for being one of the more iconic anime out there, nevermind being genuinely nice to watch no matter what sort of mood you're in! It's an amazing starter anime as well, since it's got all the anime tropes and yet it's not SO stereotypically anime that it makes no goddamn sense. It's based in reality with just a few unbelievable elements (Mainly in Conan's gadgets) and you really can just jump into a random episode and be more or less 100% able to follow along without any real context. Even if you're not taken by the series enough to watch all 870-something episodes, there's not many reasons why you shouldn't enjoy watching a few dozen episodes at random when you just want something to fill your time!


      Until next time, my fellow Nippon nakama!
      MATA NE~!


      Hint for next month: What's better than boobs OR butts? More enticing than legs OR hips? Says more about a girl than her face OR her fashion OR even her very personality? Simple! It's all about how she wears her hair! And there's one hairstyle that puts every other to shame and mocks them as it stands in total superiority!

    • The Journey That Is Modding The OG Xbox

      3 months ago

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      I learned around the middle of July that, unbeknownst to me for the 4-5 years I've owned it, my Hauppague HD PVR2 capture device can ACTUALLY take composite input... Which for anyone too young or not tech savvy enough to know, means I can capture video from the old school red-white-and-yellow AV cables that were standard fare two console generations ago.


      For me, this meant that I had a whole world of new options for my videos going forward! Namely with THIS bad boy.

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      The original Xbox.


      Now I know what some of you are thinking and yes, The OG Xbox DID have a component cable (Red-green-blue-red-white) and I DO own such... But not every game supported HD, and even IF I only stuck to those there's still the issue that, for whatever reason, the Hauppague WILL NOT recognize the incoming signal (I think it's the difference between 720i/1080i and 720p/1080p, seeing as the OG Xbox only does the former... But I've got no fucking idea). But whatever, I'm fine having my videos be on the blurry end if the alternative is NOT having the capability to use certain consoles AT ALL.


      Here's the catch though: Games for this old console are hard to come by, and all the best ones are stupidly expensive and I'm NOT gonna pay over $30 for a game on a console that is over 15 years old! So I decided to go a different route, that being one I was once familiar with because I had done it YEARS ago on my first Xbox: Softmodding.


      (For the curious, the Halo Edition one here was one I bought on Ebay back in 2011 or so. My FIRST Xbox was sold to a friend around the time the 360 came out)


      So I went looking into the details of how to softmod the OG Xbox, because it'd been so many years that I legitimately forgot almost EVERY detail... Turns out it's gotten WAY more complicated.


      Hence where the journey began, with me first learning that I needed to do some PHYSICAL modifications as well. Before starting, I needed to specifically I needed to make sure of two things; The dashboard's third identifier needs to be 5960 AND if the kernel's third identifier is 5713 or less I would need to crack it open and remove something.xTA1OI0.png


      The dashboard was the right version (Which if you ever played a game AFTER the release of Halo 2 it was an update on the disc), but the kernel was right within the problem zone! Much to my own chagrin, I would have to break the stickers on the bottom of the console and open it up.


      The reason being is that all Xboxes before the 1.6 model have a capacitor that allow the system clock to stay accurate even when the console is unplugged... But after about 7-8 years (Or less, if the system is used heavily) this capacitor begins to leak acid onto the motherboard. If left long enough it will eat through the nearby traces and ultimately to board itself, causing irreparable damage and potentially even starting a fire within the console!


      So, following the many guides that exist, I began my journey by opening the console.CQIKeic.jpg
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      Lucky for me, this particular Xbox had spent so much time collecting dust before AND after my purchasing it that the capacitor had barely leaked at all... So little in fact that the r/OriginalXbox subreddit had to point out to me (Via the slightly darker discoloration on the board) that it had leaked at all!

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      Some quick work with a pair of small pliers removed the capacitor, and then I followed the subreddit's advice and used white vinegar to clean the traces of acid THEN went back over the area with rubbing alcohol to remove the vinegar (Because vinegar can be very conductive when dried, and that's obviously bad for electronics)40eQtFG.jpg


      After clipping the tabs off with some small wire cutters, it was time to make sure my modification hadn't broken the console...TUFnslW.jpg

      Success! And just as expected the clock was no longer keeping time.

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      Next came the parts I had done all those years ago; The actual softmodding process... Except it had gotten a bit more tricky than it used to be. This USED to be doable via memory cards, but...Sh7GljB.jpg


      That's not USB, and the OG Xbox doesn't have USB ports, BUT you have to get the softmod files from a PC onto the Xbox somehow! This USED to be doable with a Gameshark peripheral that allowed you to access the memory card with a PC... But that old trick doesn't work on anything but Windows XP!

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      The workaround NOW is that there are controller-to-USB cables you can get online for like $5... But I have something that not many people still own!XRqKdAH.jpg


      Though it may be covered in dust and on it's last legs, this old tower hanging out at my parents' place is STILL alive and running Windows XP! I wouldn't need to worry about getting that extra cable, nor would I have to deal with the headache of finding the right <4gb flash drive (The Xbox will only read a very select few!) like everyone else!


      Next came the process of actually adding the files to the memory card, which required all of the following:

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      The Action Replay software was the ONLY thing I could find that would give the PC the right drivers to recognize the memory card... And that alone took me two days to figure out! Anyways, unpacking the .zip folder and drilling down to get to the files I needed was the next order of business.

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      Then, instead of using the Action Replay or Gameshark software, I was instructed by every tutorial to use Xplorer360, a program that made it MUCH easier because I could see the files themselves as opposed to only seeing files the program would recognize.

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      With the files now on the memory card, I simply had to put the card into the controller and then copy them to the Xbox's internal hard drive.

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      There was only one other item I needed, so $6 and 9 days later...x7uGXXV.jpg


      There are three games you can use to load the Linux files, and the original Splinter Cell is regarded as being the easiest... And it's also what I used in the past, so go with what you know, right?


      It was time to enter the next major step; The actual softmod installation... Which I recorded and edited, to save myself a lot of typing.

      By the way, during this process the Xbox's LED turned what is normally the color of universal death and dread!

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      This is normal though.


      Next came what I personally found to be the hardest/most stressful part: Upgrading the internal hard drive.


      First I had to download a program known as Chimp, then set up the FTP connection on my computer and put the files onto the Xbox in the correct folders/manner.5QAWcL2.png

      I didn't document this part AS I was doing it, so everything is already in the proper place ni the next imageset.L3dufCX.png


      The next step was where my issues began, because I'm an idiot.

      The new HDD I chose was a 250gb Western Digital... Not thinking about the fact that the HDD INSIDE the Xbox was also a Western Digital (I'll explain why that's a problem for dumb people like me in just a bit)n3eZTAl.jpg


      Next was setting the jumpers in the right way, to make sure the Xbox would recognize its original drive as the master and the new drive as the slave (So as not to overwrite the wrong one)

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      Next came the tricky process of setting up both drives at once. Basically, you have to pull the IDE cable from the disc drive and plug it into the new HDD to clone it, BUT the Xbox will crash if it can't detect the disc drive! So you can ONLY do this once Chimp is loaded.

      Once again, I failed to document this part because I'm an idiot, so have a screencap from the video tutorial I was using.

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      Then you just start Chimp (AKA LpartX).

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      NOW it was time to swap the IDE cable... Which I again didn't take a picture of, so here's another screencap from the tutorial I was following.

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      AND THIS IS WHERE I HIT MY PROBLEM.


      See, I'm paranoid AND dumb, so I don't know how to tell designations in-system between a master and slave... And because I was so nervous, I ALSO misread the drive serials.xkqHaZP.png


      Though I didn't take a screenshot of the second drive's info, they both started and ended with the same designation. WD80EB looked EXACTLY the same as WD2500EB to me in the moment, and I had no idea that it was as simple as /dev/hda being the master drive and /dev/hdb being the slave drive... This took me three hours to figure out.


      Once I did though, it was a simple matter of just following the second option from start to finish, cloning the C and E drives.nWBotNU.png
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      With THAT out of the way, it was time to remove the old drive for good and permanently install the new one.5MXBf7D.jpg


      And then hook that bitch up and make sure the F drive's number checked out...Lgd3PFq.png


      Which it absolutely did.

      I now had a softmodded Xbox with 250gb of space; All the free games, emulators and homebrew stuff I could ever want to play for my channel was now an option! I can even rip a game from the disc that's IN the Xbox's disc tray! And speaking of games, the first wave was a collection of old favorites AND potential material for my channel...


      My channel is about to get a lot more retro, guys.

    • Blood's Anime Of The Month: August 2017 - Dagashi Kashi

      3 months ago

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      Late as always, but this time it's only because the data on my cell plan was so close to the monthly limit that I literally couldn't even turn mobile data on for five seconds without going over.... I know this because that's exactly what happened and now I've got to deal with overage charges :P


      The Anime Of The Month for August, 2017 is...

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      If you're anything like me, I apologize for the snacking urges you're going to get while watching this series.



      Series Name: Dagashi Kashi
      Creator Name: Kotoyama
      Genre: Comedy, Slice-of-life, mildly cultural(?)
      Air Dates: January, 2016 through March, 2016
      Number Of Episodes: 12 (With a second season coming in 2018)




      The opening and ending for the series aren't anything too groundbreaking, but they're actually quite cute and to the point so I rather enjoy them.



      How I Found This Series: Okay, so.... This series was introduced to me in a way that I'm not exactly proud to admit, at least not FULLY. Unlike the other series thus far which I either found via friends, the internet or total chance, Dagashi Kashi fell into my lap when I started seeing hentai (That's the common Japanese term for drawn/animated porn, for the uninitiated) of the two female main characters popping up ALL over the place. One thing led to another and I started wondering where these two characters I kept seeing came from, since I could only assume they were from something popular.


      From THERE it was a more normal process; Read about what the series premise is, look into some funny gifs and clips, etc. Just based on the popularity despite such a mundane premise, I found myself very much interested in giving it a watch so I too could see just what made it so special.... Also yes, the girls were cute; Big deal, like YOU'VE never started a series just because you found one or more of teh characters attractive?



      Summary: Dagashi is the all-inclusive Japanese term that is used for, effectively, every single snackfood item in the country (Think of it as being the more positive version of 'junk food'). Sweets, candies, crackers, chips, etc.; ALL of it is dagashi, and like any country Japan has a whole market for such as well as people who love everything about the various snacks... Not to mention people who run the small stores that SELL these various tasty treats! In the land of the rising sun, dagashi shops are their own thing and far more common than the cady shops we in the West typically only find in malls and places with high tourism traffic.


      Enter the tiny, rural Shikada Dagashi; A store owned by a middle-aged man who has run the place alongside his son. The store has been in their family for eight generations, and the father is so passionate about spreading joy to young children and anyone else who enters the shop (Also he's just kinda obsessive) that he wishes for his son to one day inherit the family business and become the ninth generation owner... Except that his son is more interested in becoming a manga author instead!


      The two have little arguments over this regularly... Until (Predictably) one day a strange, lavender haired girl shows up with a business proposal for the father! Unfortunately the old man won't take this offer UNLESS his store is left in good hands in the meantime... Resulting in the strange girl having to to do everything possible to convince the man's son to take over the family business!



      Characters: I've been on a roll lately with NOT picking series that have a gazillion characters, and this one continues that streak! There's only FIVE characters in the series, and every single one of them is a perfect stand-out role that adds something to overall series.



      Shikda Kokonotsu
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      The main character of the series, and the would-be ninth generation owner of the Shikada Dagashi shop. Affectionately called "Coconuts" by his friends, Kokonotsu aspires to write and draw his own manga in the future, as opposed to leading a normal, boring life... However, despite his knack for art, he is more often left in charge of the register for the family store as his father is off doing.... Actually it's never REALLY clear, but it's probably something stupid. Also, though he protests the idea of inheriting the business, Kokonotsu seems to have a natural talent with all things dagashi; Be it knowledge, intuition or even the occasional business strategy, this boy ho seems so opposed to his fate would seem to be very passionate about all things dagashi all the same.



      Shikada Yo
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      Kokonotsu's rather odd father, and the current owner of Shikada Dagashi. While he comes off a bit on the dumb side AND seems to always have business to attend to that leaves his son no choice but to run the shop in his absence, Yo is actually a very knowledgeable and kindhearted person who truly seems to want nothing more than spreading joy and happiness via his innate talent as a dagashi shop owner. In fact, that very talent is EXACTLY what made him a desirable hire for a certain company, thus setting in motion the plot for the whole series!



      Shidare Hotaru
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      There are A LOT of words that could be used to describe Hotaru... 'Normal' is so far from that list that the girl herself is probably allergic to the word. Dagashi is practically her entire life AND the thing behind her very life force, to such a point that she seems to be lacking a fair deal of common knowledge simply because it DOESN'T have anything to do with the snacks she loves so much! Hotaru is the daughter of the owner of the well-known and widespread Shidare dagashi company, and was sent to the middle of nowhere in search of Shikada Yo so that she could extend a job offer to the old man who is allegedly so skilled in the ways of running a dagashi shop. Of course though, Yo wo't leave unless Kokonotsu takes over the business, so Hotaru instead makes it her mission to force Kokonotsu to see that it's his destiny to become the owner of Shikada Dagashi!



      Endo Saya
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      A childhood friend to Kokonotsu and the twin sister of To, Saya and her brother run a cafe (Named Cafe Endo) on the larger end of town from Shikada Dagashi. As you may expect, Saya has quite the crush on Kokonotsu and unlike MOST anime girls has no problem hanging out with and even passively putting herself in romantic situations with the boy she likes! Compared to the other characters Saya is probably the most normal one among the cast... Though as Kokonotsu and Hotaru find out, Saya has a VERY unique talent in that she is almost masterfully skilled at a variety of simple children's' games that are sold in dagashi shops, even though she's never really played most of them before!


      Endo To
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      Another childhood friend to Kokonotsu, and the twin brother of Saya. To is... Well, put simply, he's a passive slacker who mostly wants to be popular with any and all the ladies! Despite that description though, he's actually quite the charming character and seems to genuinely care about both his best friend and younger sister, even if he DOES drive them both crazy on occasion with his antics.



      Personal Opinions/Views: I feel like I say this A LOT, but holy shit this series is AMAZING. It may not be full of action, and the comedy may not quite land with everyone, and SOME people may bitch that it gets a bit fanservice-ey at times (That's melted ice cream, get your mind out of the gutter)...... But in terms of standing out and giving an actual decent lesson on culture, not to mention what MAY be (In my opinion) the single best romantic subplot EVER CONCEIVED, Dagashi Kashi has all but become one of my top recommendations for series that every anime fan needs to see.


      Let's get the usual stuff out of the way first though, before I go off on the reasons why I fell in love with this anime as much as I have.


      We'll start with the look and feel of the show, something that I believe is done VERY well and in a pleasantly unique fashion. The dagashi featured in the series are not only REAL (More on this later), but they're shown in the series almost perfectly mirroring the ACTUAL products themselves! The logos, the packaging, even the look of the snacks themselves; It's all dead-on the real thing and is given so much attention to detail that the dagashi themselves may as well be the sixth character in the show. Add to that the fact that all the charaters LOOK like normal people (Aside from the one who doesn't ACT like a normal person) and Dagashi Kashi has a certain charm in how.... Well, NORMAL it is compared to everything else out there.


      Something else to note in terms of interesting visual design is that each character's eyes are unique TO that character alone! Kokonotsu's are relatively normal, Yo's are smaller overall, Hotaru's have multiple rings in the iris, Saya has tiny irises and To.... Well, he's always wearing sunglasses. Another nice touch is that Saya has the sharp and cute-but-cliche anime snaggletooth, while her brother has a full set of rather sharp-looking teeth. It's just an interesting thing that the twins have THAT much thought put into their character design.


      The voicework is just as unique, the characters' voices being a perfectly middle-of-the-road feel and tone, and even the performances are almost understated in most cases as if the characters were purposefully made to be just normal people. I can't speak for the English dub, because as always I opt to watch in the superior subbed format, however the English cast is comprised entirely of people whom I've personally never heard of, and so I can only assume that same feel is kept with the English dub. In terms of sound design in general, the series actually does have moments of brilliance that aren't often utilized in nearly the same way within other series. There is literally an episode that touches on the sound different types of dagashi packaging makes when you open it, for instance!


      If anything the one shortcoming of the series is its' plot, which is extremely simple and rather devoid of any drama or twists or other 'draws' that most people seem to almost require in their storytelling. It's JUST a simple tale about a boy who, despite natural talent and passion, wants to pursue a different dream than the one that is seemingly awaiting him in the future. It's cute, funny and might teach you a few things, but beyond that it really ISN'T a story that's going to be remembered among the likes of Code Geass or Cowboy Bebop.


      Now, allow me to tell you why this series should absolutely be at the top of your watch list.


      If you have ANY interest in Japanese culture, Dagashi Kashi is an excellent place to either start learning OR to explore an avenue of the culture that you probably have almost no knowledge of already. It was certainly a pleasant surprise to me to learn so much as I watched it, not ONLY about the Japanese snacks I'd seen so often in the small, out-of-the-way Asian shops I'd been to locally, but about the general culture and thoughts of the Japanese themselves centering AROUND the dagashi in question! There's even one moment where Ramune, the Japanese soft drink that is known even to some Westerners, is explained in detail and the viewer is given a (Mildly comedically inaccurate) history lesson on where it came from and how it became such a hit in the Japanese culture.


      And speaking of Ramune, the most interesting thing about the series to me is that EVERY SINGLE SNACK they bring up is a real product that you can easily find and purchase! I'm 100% serious, I went looking on Amazon for nearly every dagashi the series features and I was able to find a good 85%-90% of them without trouble, and the ones I COULDN'T find on Amazon were found after a few minutes of simple Googling. I WILL say though, in a lot of cases the most effective prices were for bulk packaging, so if you're going to indulge in sampling some of the snacks featured in this series you're probably better off just buying one of the bundles that has a variety of dagashi all packed together... But even then it can be a bit pricey at $35+ per bunch!


      Even going BEYOND that though, there's a whole episode centered around Japan's Summer festivals and all the foods, games and other common things that tend to be at each one. Most anime gloss over these festivals, having an episode that features such but never really EXPLAINING them. Things like the goldfish catching game, for example, are shown in many series but the rules and the reason why it's so difficult are never mentioned; Why would they be? Anime is made in Japan, and the Japanese know such commonplace things already. You don't watch a Western TV show and question things like the hammer-and-bell game, because to us it's something we grew up knowing and so there's no need to bother explaining it. In the same episode there's even a discussion about how candy apples in Japan are seen as a Summer treat sold at festivals, while in America they're typically seen only in the Winter or late Autumn; And from there they even comment on how interesting it is that BOTH cultures would think it'd be strange to experience it from the other side's point of view!


      This is the first major thing about Dagashi Kashi that makes me love it; It gives you something to think about AND teaches you things at the same time! It's a wonderfully nice reminder that even something as simple as snackfoods can be totally different in other parts of the world, and that EVERYTHING has a story behind it that is often so simple it's astonishing how popular it became regardless!


      The second thing about the series I fell in love with is something that I won't get into TOO much, because I could go on for a VERY long time on the matter; The romantic sub-plot between Kokonotsu and Saya.


      I've said it before and I'll say it again, I CANNOT STAND romance bullshit in most stories. I hate that it ends up driving the plot, I hate that it defines the characters more than their actual personalities, I hate that it always works out somehow even though there's no logical reason other than pure determination AND I hate how it's always so abnormally perfect for absolutely no reason whatsoever (All this saying NOTHING of how shipping and OTP nonsense is my biggest hatred an reason why I utterly despise fandoms as a whole). I find almost all romance in media to be the fastest way to murder my attention and ability to give any fucks whatsoever about the thing as a whole, and I've literally dropped a few series in the past because I got so sick of dealing with every fucking arc being all about one of the main characters' love interests getting kidnapped or being in danger and the main character risking EVERYONE'S lives to save them. It's stupid, I hate it and I will probably NEVER think or feel otherwise.


      Dagashi Kashi is able to feature a romance between two characters, neither of which are likely to openly admit to having for one another AND more than once it lends directly to the plot, and yet it NEVER commands the viewer's attention nor does the plot fully revolve around it. What's more, neither Saya nor Kokonotsu seem to let their emotions for one another DRIVE them in any major way, both simply remaining their own character with their own personalities and thought process WITHOUT needing the romance there to help define their characters! There is literally only one scene, a flashback to be exact, where Saya comes on particularly strong (Thirsty is a better term, if we're being honest) and her romantic feelings are driving the scene... But it's done in a comedic way, not to mention the whole flashback is STILL giving you a cultural/dagashi lesson, so it feels less like it's DRIVING the scene and more like it's simply part of what the series wants you know about the characters and the snack in question.


      It's absurdly perfect, in my opinion, how this series handles the romance between those two characters. It just feels.... REAL, for fucking once! It's not overblown or dramatic, not full of turmoil or high stakes, and even with Hotaru in the mix there's so little implications of jealousy and/or concern on Saya's part that it just feels RIGHT every time it's brought up. It's literally as if someone made a manual on how to not write a stupid, shitty love story into an anime, and then Kotoyama memorized that book AND passed a full set of college courses BEFORE earning a doctorate on the goddamn subject. I have NEVER in my life cared more about the relationship between two characters, because for the first time it felt like it wasn't being shoved down my throat like Hotaru does to herself with any given dagashi.


      Even better, Saya and Kokonotsu have constant exchanges throughout the series that ARE NOT romantic in the least. They can meet each other at random or even hang out with one another and JUST act like totally fucking normal friends! They're not constantly blushing when they look at each other, not stammering over every other syllable when the other is in the room, not constantly thinking about the other when nothing else is going on, etc. They're ACTUALLY proper childhood friends who just so happen to like one another, even if both of them are too timid to actually bring it up to one another. For fuck's sake, To and Saya actually TALK in private about how she likes Kokonotsu and Saya doesn't outright refute it or pummel her brother for mentioning it. That ALONE is such a fucking rarity that I honestly can't think of the last time I saw it happen in a series. It's SUCH a welcome change to see characters who can like each other without letting that crush all but command their lives!


      Am I biased on this because of my own thoughts/preferences? Of course, that IS the point of everything I've been saying! It's almost like someone sat me down and asked me what MY ideal romance story in an anime would be, and then proceeded to write it into some goofy series all about Japanese junk food. Maybe it's not YOUR style of romance, and maybe you'll personally find it to be lacking or shallow or underdeveloped... But anyone who has ever thought of romance sub-plots the way I do, this is one I will BEG you to give a chance, because I found it to be THAT good and THAT genuine.


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      I know I've said this before as well, but I cannot recommend this series enough. If you're even remotely interested in food, culture, cutely inconsequential stories and/or just like to have a nice chuckle on occasion; Dagashi Kashi is like a breath of fresh air amidst all these series like Attack On Titan and Re:Zero and Your Lie In April that can't seem to function without insane amounts of drama and/or feels forced upon the viewer. It's just.... Nice.


      Until next time, my fellow Nippon nakama!
      MATA NE~!


      Hint for next month: Just like there is only one truth, I have but one question for you; Do you like Sherlock Holmes?

    • Dead Or Alive Month Is Coming Back! Gimme Your Questions For It!!

      3 months ago

      Blood_XIII

      Some people may remember that I did a series of videos in Dead Or Alive 5 where, for each episode, I just answered a question at length while doing a character's training commands.


      Well that was a long time ago... Like, AT LEAST a year. Since then I've gotten an Xbox One AND Team Ninja released two additional characters.


      So it only makes sense, with the upcoming re-branding and overhaul of my YouTube channel, that I do the ENTIRE SERIES over again on the current console generation!


      There are now 36 total characters in the game, so I'm going to need 36 questions to answer! Which, like last time, is where all of you come into things!

      Ask me a question, anything at all! Ask about philosophical stuff, about political stuff, about me/my life, about my opinions on various things, etc..... Just at least try not to be TOO vulgar or weird about them!


      You can also look at the other journal I linked and see what the questions were last time, both for inspiration AND to avoid asking me duplicate questions that may not have a new answer by now.


      Try to aim for open-ended questions as opposed to simple ones, that way I can get more out of them. Remember that the command training takes a good 10-20 minutes for each character, so there's a lot of time that needs to be filled with each single question!


      So go ahead; Throw your questions at me in the comments OR use the Ask feature on my stupid Tumblr page if you want!

    • I'm Looking For An Animator To Commission!

      4 months ago

      Blood_XIII

      To put it simply, I'm re-vamping my YouTube channel in the hopes of it being not QUITE as lame as it is currently. I've been slowly working on a few aspects of it AND my branding/presence beyond such. So far I've got the theme I want to go with down, my website is about 75% done, I've made an end card slate AND I've done a few other little things in terms of planning and motivation up-keep.... I just need an animation to finish the intro slate.


      I've already got the background, effects and everything else planned out, but it's missing the key element which is the animation in question! I've got ZERO skill or knowledge of animation, so I'm on the hunt for an animator I can hire/commission for the piece!


      To sum up the project quickly, it's only going to be about five seconds long and it's going to roughly be the same sort of animation as when Sonic/Tails come up from out of frame inside the logo upon the title screen of the old Sonic The Hedgehog games. Obviously it's going to be a different character (And ONLY a single character) and there's finer details to it that I can explain, but until I FIND an artist willing to entertain the idea there's really no point in laying out all the details/reference art in full.


      So then... Any takers and/or anyone got an animator friend who'd like to talk details?


    • zogman1 asked Blood_XIII a question

      Are your anime of the month posts late, or extremely early?

      Answered: Jul 7, 2017

      Late, because the idea is that it's meant to introduce someone to a new series. As such, I try to post at the beginning of each month so anyone who cares to WATCH the series will have the whole month to watch it. Then, at the start of the next month, they get a new one.


      I'm just lazy and/or busy and so I usually don't sit down to write the thing OR watch the series myself until the last second. The Project A-ko pot for this month was LITERALLY composed start to finish in about 5 hours and I posted it as soon as I finished XD

    • Blood's Anime Of The Month: July 2017 - Project A-ko

      4 months ago

      Blood_XIII

      Late again, but not as late as last month!


      The Anime Of The Month for July, 2017 is...

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      I will be genuinely surprised if anyone who reads this journal has heard of this series before.


      Series Name: Project A-ko
      Creator Name: Directed by Katsuhiko Nishijima
      Genre: Parody/Comedy, Action, Mecha, Sci-fi
      Air Release Dates: June, 1986 through August, 1990
      Number Of Episodes: 1 movie, 3 sequel OVAs and 2 alternate universe side-story OVAs (Which can be ignored)



      Being an OVA series, Project-A-ko actually doesn't have an opening or ending per se... So here's an English trailer for the DVD remasters



      How I Found This Series: This one is a bit special, because I was introduced to it by pure chance in my youth. A VHS copy of the initial movie was given to me by mother when I was in.... Maybe 7th grade? I have no idea WHERE she found it, and she doesn't even remember it AT ALL. I would assume it either came from our family-owned pawn shop that she worked at during that time OR she found it at some flea market... And there is actually the off chance that it came from the same video store I now work at back when they still HAD VHS tapes. Regardless, one day she just handed it to me as a gift because she knew I loved anime and it was only like $2 whenever it was that she discovered it. Little did she know that she'd given me a treasure of sorts, and little did I know that I was in possession of an anime film that almost NO ONE EVER would see.



      Summary: Set in the not-too-distant future, the story of Project A-ko begins when an asteroid comes from seemingly nowhere and impacts Earth, leveling a city somewhere in Japan. 16 years later, the city has been rebuilt from the crater left by that asteroid and renamed Graviton City. The city came back from the destruction stronger than ever, becoming the technological center of the world and boasting a quite happy population residing all around the city limits. However, amidst the seemingly better-than-perfect recovery of the city, there is still the question of HOW it bounced back so hard and WHY the citizens are so happy... Too bad all of that is pretty much glossed over and instead the story just focuses on three girls who happen to live there, as well as the insane antics they force upon one another!



      Characters: While there are quite a few characters I COULD name off, most of them would be delving into spoiler territory OR just ruining the surprise/theme of said character.... Besides, the three main characters all have a convenient naming scheme that makes them impossible to forget.
      (Note that I'm only going out of logical order for the sake of their descriptions flowing into one another)


      Magami A-ko
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      16 years old and stronger than you PLUS every single person you know... But A-ko is pretty much just like any other girl her age. She has trouble waking up on time for anything, likes cute clothes and occasionally thinks about boys, worries about her weight/physique... And saves the world from time to time. Her personality is one that fits all those traits as well, being relatively carefree and just wanting to get through each day until something fun happens. She does, however, have a bit of a temper that makes her superhuman strength all the more terrifying! Rather comically, she may be the most sensible character in the entire series.


      Kotobuki C-ko
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      Also 16 years of age and blonde as they come... In almost every sense. C-ko is hyper-energetic, childish and more airheaded than some other classic anime airheads can ever hope to be. Despite all this though, C-ko DOES seem to understand more simple ideas and she's very much open when it comes to her emotions and saying what she feels. She is best friends with A-ko thanks to the redhead having come to rescue at a young age... And ever since C-ko hasn't left A-ko's side for a moment, nor would she apparently EVER do such even when the world is at stake...


      Daitokuji B-ko
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      Like the other two, B-ko is a 16-year-old girl attending high school.... She's just infinitely more rich, intelligent, sophisticated AND unhinged than the other two. She's very much a spoiled girl, wanting that which she cannot have and pursuing them to such lengths that the word 'extreme' is too polite to use. Strangely though, when she sets aside her spoiled brat nature, B-ko seems to have her heart in the right place and is actually quite a thoughtful person... Too bad it doesn't happen often, so her heart is usually aimed at making something (Or someone) her own and her thoughts are focused on the designing of things like technologically advanced battle suits.



      Personal Opinions/Views: Do you like girls who can kick your ass and look good while doing it? Do you like oversized mechs wreaking havoc? Do you like plots that don't REALLY bother to explain themselves because it's funnier that way? Do you like gratuitous panty shots? If you answered yes to any of these, then Project A-ko is a must see series for you!


      Actually, fuck what you said in response to any of that; You NEED to see this series.


      Project A-ko may very well be one of if not THE original anime parody, paving the way for things like One Punch Man in today's world. Almost everything about it is meant to be satire and/or total nonsensical fun and/or over-the-top action of some type. It's. Fucking. Nuts. Before now I'd ONLY ever seen the initial film, and while watching the sequel OVAs there were few moments when I wasn't laughing my ass off... And that's only because in those moments I was asking what the actual fuck was going on OR I was exclaiming to the empty room how totally bananas that shit was.


      It's SOOOOO fucking worth a watch if you value the art of parody and/or laughter, and even moreso if you like sci-fi and/or cute girls.


      First off, here's the naming scheme for each OVA. This is important since I'll be referring to some by name.

      1. Project A-ko (Initial movie)

      2. Plot Of The Daitokuji Financial Group (Or "Love & Robots Episode 1" for the Engish title)
      3. Cinderella Rhapsody (Or "Love & Robots Episode 2" for the Engish title)
      4. Final (Or "Love & Robots Episode 3" for the Engish title)
      5. Project A-ko The Versus: Gray Side (Or "Project A-ko: Uncivil War 1" for the Engish title)
      6. Project A-ko The Versus: Blue Side ( Or "Project A-ko: Uncivil War 2" for the Engish title)


      Now, onto the usual points.


      As you can see, the localization for Project A-ko was pretty heavy handed... And the English dub of each entry shows it even more, as I'll explain later.


      The biggest draw to this series, for me personally, is the comedy. I found it to be laugh-out-loud funny purely because of purposefully ridiculous it aims to be, and even when it's NOT being that funny it's quite smart at how it handles humor in general. You wouldn't really know it from the initial film, but Project A-ko is undeniably a parody series once you hit the Daitokuji OVA and from there it never looks back... Well, kind of, but I'll get to that near the end of things. It knows exactly what it wants to be, and it has no problem reminding you of such in case you happen to forget.


      Also the writing features a few sick burns even by today's standards.

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      Perhaps I'm driven by my own nostalgia for the initial film, but I also find the characters and their looks to be a big point as well. Ever since I first saw the initial film all those years ago, I've NEVER ONCE forgotten exactly how A-ko, B-ko or C-ko looked down to even the smallest details (Such as the daisy in C-ko's hair). I don't know what it is about the three main girls, their designs just always stuck with me and I find that a lot of the characters I've ever seen or made on my own tend to borrow at least one concept (Visual or otherwise) from these three OR I end up comparing them against one another. Even beyond them though, the overall look and feel for Project A-ko is something special... Again, at least to me. I don't doubt that me having watched it all the time in middle school has swayed my opinions and feelings, but somehow this series just has a very satisfying feeling to each scene.


      Also, as a testament to the time period in which these were released, there were bare tits multiple times in the series and yet PG-13 was the highest rating these things hit in the US. I was a very happy young lesbian, to say the least.


      Another point is how mecha-heavy this series is, which is to say that almost EVERY entry has a cool mech or five somewhere in it. Again, this lends perfectly to the parody nature of the series, because the mechs and technology are the only way B-ko can fight fairly against A-ko... Not to mention it just opens up a world of potential hilarity as A-ko deals with each thing that B-ko throws at her. Even when it's not comedy though, there is more than enough awesome moments both involving mecha and/or simply involving the girls themselves. Like One Punch Man the series does an astounding job of combining comedy with action, lacing something silly or frugal into a scene with badass destruction or feats of inhuman strength.


      Also it's the only series I know of that makes throwing a drink at someone look cool.


      This is all helped greatly by the music, some of which are actually English songs FROM the 80s as I found out when re-watching the initial film! Two in particular are all but synonymous with imagery from the movie for me, and those are "Dance Away" by Annie Livingston and "In Your Eyes" by Samantha Newark. Without fail, I would have one of these songs randomly pop into my head once every two or three months EVER SINCE I FIRST WATCHED THE MOVIE. Again, I don't know if it's because I practically lived on that movie for a full year or more, but something about the imagery and those songs together have made them permanently locked inside my mind. Even aside from those two songs though, the soundtrack itself is straight out of the 80s and it is fucking glorious. It sounds like it belongs in Blood Dragon, or perhaps more logically like it belongs in an old Sonic The Hedgehog level. Also, if you happen to know the names, all the original music for the film was made by Joey Carbone and Richie Zito; Two American song producers from around that time period who worked on quite a few things and did a DAMN good job at it.


      So now we move onto the voice acting of course, and.... Well, I kinda have to split it up. While I'd only ever heard (And nearly memorized) the English dub of the initial film until last month, I watched every entry in the series in Japanese before writing this journal. The voices can be a little grating on occasion, but that's mostly due to the fact that it  IS from the mid-80s and so the quality isn't quite the best. When someone hits a high pitch it doesn't always translate well, and C-ko practically hits some crazy note EVERY SINGLE TIME she cries over something... Which happens at least once per OVA. This can easily be worked around by simply lowering your volume a pinch, OR messing with the equalizer settings and tuning down the highs just a tad. Either way, if/when you get past the period quality (Which honestly MAY just have been my versions of the files) the voice acting itself is quite charming and lovely~ A-ko's voice has a cute rasp to it at times, C-ko sounds like an adorable child and B-ko sounds rather sultry when she's not being spoiled and/or insane (Which is also done quite well by her VA). As implied by earlier statements, there IS an English dub for this series. It's... Well...........


      This is why I told you it was coming later in the journal, because it deserves a whole section to itself. The English version of the series came out in 1990, which puts it in the time when dub were so bad that it was almost funny if you could get over how badly directed they were... And Project A-ko is DEFINITELY badly dubbed, however because the series is a parody to begin with it ACTUALLY kind of works. It's a relic of a time in the past when you didn't HAVE the option of dub or sub, and things were merely whatever the VHS tape happened to have on it. You either took what you got OR you got nothing at all. Having grew up watching it in English, I have a special love/hate with the English dub; It's so overtly localized and they filled in so much dialogue where there originally was none in Japanese that it's almost nonsensical at times... BUT, as I said, somehow that works perfectly with the series because of how nutty it is to begin with. Honestly my BIGGEST gripe with the English version is that they decided to rename each OVA with some stupid title that only just barely stayed relevant to the plot.


      By the way, if you don't mind suffering through the English version, every bit of Project A-ko is on YouTube (And yes, it's uncensored ;3)


      So now let's move on to the other problems this series may have for some of you.


      There IS a few small catches with this series that may turn a few people away. First of all it is VERY of its time, and that time is the mid-80s. The animation can be all over the place, the action moments aren't as impressive as we have in modern anime, and of course SOME people will be bothered by the overt sexual/gender based humor that exists within Project A-ko... Namely when girls like Mari show up (Yes, that is a FEMALE) Tumblrinas and SJWs would be so pissed at the inherent humor in someone basically making the main character for Fist Of The North Star into a schoolgirl. Even that aside though, the girls in the series are stereotypical girly at some points, especially in Cinderella Rhapsody.


      Perhaps the biggest thing that would make the more PC crowd enraged though is the non-existent yet still heavily implied lesbianity; Specifically centered around B-ko. The ENTIRE FUCKING PLOT of the initial film is that B-ko wants C-ko all to herself because she finds C-ko so cute... However, multiple times this is referenced as her wanting to take C-ko on a 'date' OR her wanting to simply be C-ko's best friend. It's all over the map, and I THINK it was designed specifically to never quite make sense in keeping with the parody theme. What it results in though is just confusion about B-ko's sexuality, not to mention a complete nightmare for the English dubbing team to either A. Figure out, or B. Work around, because the English version is even MORE confusing about B-ko's intentions/sexuality. This remains confusing until Cinderella Rhapsody when the MALE love interest shows up, and B-ko wants him seemingly only because A-ko does... Meaning that people are basically just trophies to B-ko and she wants whatever A-ko wants JUST because, and at best is super bisexual.


      And speaking of plot, that brings me to the fifth and sixth OVAs; Project A-ko The Versus. If you want to watch these, I'll go ahead and save you the headache by spoiling the premise...

      WHICH MEANS STOP READING THIS SECTION IF YOU DON'T WANT SPOILERS!


      These two are set in an alternate universe that has NOTHING AT ALL to do with the four entries before them. The only similarity begins and ends with the fact that it stars A-ko, B-ko and C-ko. A-ko and B-ko are not only best friends in this series, but they're also business partners on an alien planet who end up involved in a plot to kidnap a 10-year-old C-ko so that she can be used to host an evil witch's spirit and revive a space dragon that can destroy all the multiverses and make a new space/time with new universes.


      No, I am not joking, THAT'S the plot of The Versus OVAs.


      Even more annoyingly however is the fact that it DOESN'T go the way you'd expect! They stop the dragon in the end and simply explain that all four entries in the series before now were simply one of the existing universes. Remember, I'm NOT the kind of person who likes downer or sad moments, but even I'M sitting over here wishing that they had failed to stop the bad guys quite in time. Hoping that they'll all be erased in a multiverse reset even though they won, but are okay with it because they know they'll meet in the new reality the dragon makes... And then BAM, suddenly we're shown that The Versus reality was a prequel and the original four entries are that new reality and they simply don't know each other even though they ARE still connected..... 


      BUT NO! They stop the bad guys and the universes all continue to exist, it just so happens that The Versus takes place in yet another universe separate from the one that the last fucking four stories all took place in. Why did we need to know this? Why was this relevant? Nevermind the fact that The Versus just plain IS NOT that entertaining because it completely dropped the parody aspect, but it lends absolutely nothing new to the characters or the story! If anything it feels like someone was trying to either set up reasoning for future sequels that break the already silly canon OR wanted to validate every possible fanfic that may come up for Project A-ko.... Which, by the way, there's VERY little of.


      SPOILERS ARE OVER NOW, YOU CAN START READING AGAIN


      One final note which may bother some people is how little of the backstory is actually explained. A-ko being obscenely superhuman, for example, is never once explained even remotely! In Cinderella Rhapsody there's even a line that implies that her black bracers somehow limit her power to a more controllable level, but beyond the redheaded wrecking ball saying "I forgot, I left my bracers at home!" the audience gets NOTHING in the way of it even being a notable fact! For that matter, the only REAL reference to A-ko's strength is in passing glimpses of her parents because they hold a conveniently passing resemblance to Diana Prince and Clark Kent, comedically implying she's the daughter of Wonder Woman and Superman. All that is saying NOTHING in regards to C-ko and the huge spoilers revolving around her, and even B-ko's family life and upbringing is all but a mystery beyond her father and his occasional appearance.


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      I know it sounds like I'm hating on the series at the end or even saying it's NOT all that great, but really I'm just trying to prepare any of you who DO decide to watch it for what you're getting into. This IS NOT a modern anime, and if you go into this 80s relic expecting the quality you get today then you WILL end up hating it. By all means, this series may permanently be one of my all-time favorites and I will never NOT love it to fucking pieces... But that's because it holds a special place in my heart, and perhaps even played a role in helping me understand my sexuality way back when. For other people who are just now hearing of it though? It's like handing a teen from today a Sega Genesis and going "This is real gaming" and expecting them to understand what you mean; All you're doing is setting things up for failure and endless arguments/criticism.


      I love Project A-ko; You may hate it. I'm definitely not going to make it better by ONLY jerkin' my own gherkin and fangirling over it, so I just tried to point out the things you may NOT like to be safe.


      That said, if you dislike Project A-ko, you're wrong.


      Until next time, my fellow Nippon nakama!
      MATA NE~!


      Hint for next month: Have you ever just wanted to be a manga artist but then this weird girl shows up asking your father to go back to doing the thing he does best but the old man refuses unless she can convince you to take over the family business first? I HATE it when that happens.

  • About Me

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    - A Co-admin of the RWBY Group!
    - Founder of the Traveling Game Community (COMING SOON FUCKING EVENTUALLY MAYBE!)
    - Other stuff used to be here but goddamn man I lost track of it


    The mother of many ideas and much procrastination!

    ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ PRAISE LORD HELIX!! ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ

    1s1Vq

    DUE TO CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, I NO LONGER ACCEPT EVERY FRIEND REQUEST. YOU MUST EITHER BE A LONG-TIME MEMBER OF THE SITE OR YOU HAVE TO BE SOMEONE I'VE TALKED WITH AT LENGTH AND OTHERS CAN VOUCH FOR YOU.
    Sorry I have to be a bitch like that from now on, but we gotta hide tha peoples cuz' they be some crazy folk be climbin' up in ya windows an' snatchin' 'em up.

  • Comments (294)

    • zogman1

      4 months ago

      it looks like your gifs broke btw.

      • Blood_XIII

        4 months ago

        Seems about right for the site as of late XD Fixed that up either way, turns out I just had to re-do the formatting

      • zogman1

        4 months ago

        At least it was an easy fix.

    • zogman1

      9 months ago

      Dare desu ka?

    • zogman1

      11 months ago

      Is your friendship face working?

      • Blood_XIII

        11 months ago

        It's working for me, yeah XD

      • zogman1

        11 months ago

        Good  yang

    • zogman1

      1 year ago

      You got a new gif! I like it.

    • Greenie FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Aristoctopus

      1 year ago

      Herp Derp. Happy Birp!

    • Retsushin

      1 year ago

      Eeeeeeei what up! Honestly I added cuz that friendship face with pinkie pie made me laugh. Plus your "about me" is bloody awesome haha. Figured I'd make friends. Also really jelly about getting that XB1 through the mail...goddam that thing is sexy.

    • DCLaxer06

      2 years ago

      Hey there, I have a friend who's doing some awesome art commissions right now. Would you be interested?

    • erinator9000

      2 years ago

      020.jpgBITCH

    • Elyessi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Press

      2 years ago

      guuurl...I have a business preposition for you

      • Elyessi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Press

        2 years ago

        @Blood_XIII I wanted to make a B/C group on Gaiaonline and am looking for people who actually understand the RWBY universe to help me with the project. I would do it here...but the groups are limiting in design :/

      • Blood_XIII

        2 years ago

        I actually have about million things I'm about to undertake soon, but I'm definitely listening~ :3
        Because one thing I can apparently never have too much of is things to work on XD

    • fallenlords Dirty Shisno

      2 years ago

      Merry Christmas!

    • agentmaine6

      3 years ago

      Leabian hay.. if I was old and creapy I would make some sort of perverted joje ....but cause of my dark humour I have to make one

      I got a spiny dildo from my ex if you want me to mail it I will

    • zogman1

      3 years ago

      YOU'RE ALIVE!!!!

    • Maiu

      3 years ago

      I should have you know, Rhydonna's level 62 and evolved. Rhyhorn is def way cuter, but Rhydonna is Rhydonna no matter her form. <3

      • Blood_XIII

        3 years ago

        Rhydonna's level 62 and evolved.


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    • Edjie

      3 years ago

      Thanks so much for accepting my add smiley1.gif

      • Edjie

        3 years ago

        Tell me some about yourself? smiley1.gif

      • Blood_XIII

        3 years ago

        No problem at all~!

    • paulhikari FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 years ago

      Something tells me that this is the part where I look at your profile pic and go, "D'awww."

    • zogman1

      3 years ago

      So, have any thoughts on the RWBY volume 2 trailer?

      • zogman1

        3 years ago

        Lol
        Well let me know when you see it

      • Blood_XIII

        3 years ago

        My thoughts are that I haven't seen it yet, lol~ I was last online on a good connection like back on the 3rd :P

    • AustinKidd

      3 years ago

      Hello:)

    • Andy50k1

      3 years ago

      X3 love your profile Motto

    • Red_Franke

      3 years ago

      Check your email at xblood_xii@yahoo.com. I sent a message about me leaving (just in case me removing my account gets rid of messages I send you).

      Also feel free to delete this message if you dont' want people having your email address lol

      Post edited 5/01/14 9:46PM

    • Elyessi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Press

      3 years ago

      Hi new friend, happy belated birthday!

    • SpartanJ95

      3 years ago

      Nice title:
      Pervy Panty Pirate Pony Princess
      It really fits you! ;-)

    • phoniexape12

      3 years ago

      hi... you probably wont get this anyway...so what do you look like now for 2k14(selfie?)

    • SpartanJ95

      3 years ago

      Did you get my XBL (Xbox Live) friend request? We could play together when I'm also online! Gamer tag: RadicalOne95

    • Krazee64

      3 years ago

      Just for the heck of it I'm posting a character analysis of RWBY characters on my journal whhich I'm inviting you to read whenever I post it.

      .

    • ryan18245

      3 years ago

      Thanks for joining The Twonks Rooster Teeth group! Are you a listener of the podcast?

      • ryan18245

        3 years ago

        HAHAHA well thanks for joining anyways! Maybe you could listen one day :P

      • Blood_XIII

        3 years ago

        I don't even know what it is, honestly :P I believe I had an invite and just randomly accepted it, lol

    • Greenie FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Aristoctopus

      3 years ago

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      • Blood_XIII

        3 years ago

        This was made a million times more hilarious because I was listening to THIS when I clicked over to the image :P

    • zogman1

      3 years ago

      Awesome sponsor title.

    • phoniexape12

      3 years ago

      So i showed my friend thissite so he saw u and then he said she could of bend bi

    • QuinMcLivan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Avatar

      3 years ago

      Rightio. I just finished setting up a second account on my Xbox One. I got what should have been one achievement in Call of Duty: Ghosts and two achievements in Forza 5 offline. I turned it off before coming back online and you were right. They did not pop once back online.
      So it must clear some kind of achievement cache when it gets turned off without first connecting to the net.
      Surely there will be a patch for this or something. I'm not sure. Hope it all works out haha

      :D

      • QuinMcLivan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Avatar

        3 years ago

        Oohhh. Right.
        Damn ruining the good shit!

      • Blood_XIII

        3 years ago

        I dunno. The suspected reasoning behind this is so it makes it harder for asshat people to mod their gamerscore, and M$ really wants to crackdown on such now that achievements will be tied to in-game rewards and such, not just avatar items.

      • QuinMcLivan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Avatar

        3 years ago

        It's surely an issue that has been brought up and is easily fixable right? I don't know shit about all the technical stuff but hopefully they're onto it already hahaha

      • Blood_XIII

        3 years ago

        WELL FUCK.

        Looks like I've gone back to just saving and hoping like fuck they do SOMETHING to fix that bullshit.

        Only other possibility I can think of is that achievements are now for Gold members only, lol.

    • Mike FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Feed Me Memes

      3 years ago

      First thing I see when I come to your profile:
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      Amazing.

      • Blood_XIII

        3 years ago

        Welp, I'm normally pretty sexually open, panty pirate is one of many nonsensical terms for a lesbian, and out of the Sponsor Chat regulars I'm the one who knows the most about MLP, so it all just came together.

        Post edited 11/26/13 3:08PM

    • Tock FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold WDSY

      3 years ago

      What kind of plan can you get with the HTC Droid?

      • Blood_XIII

        3 years ago

        To be honest, I've no idea :P Like the description on it says, I got it from the high school's lost & found because they apparently just throw out the broken/damaged phones after they've been sitting in there for a year, and I have no use for it so I figured I'd try selling it on eBay :P

    • Chiefroberts FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Asshole

      4 years ago

      Apparently the images you posted in the Level 20 Roll Call thread were too awesome for my computer to handle, because they now crashed it three times in a row.

      • Chiefroberts FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Asshole

        4 years ago

        My computer is on it's last leg. The browser practically exploded the second time. Everything turned into multicolored squares.

      • Blood_XIII

        4 years ago

        The others were just the emblems for the other three girls :P I actually thought since they were just solid black on transparent BGs that it wouldn't be an issue for them to load on most people's connections. Hell, the biggest in terms of filesize is Weiss' emblem and it's only about 480kb :P

      • Chiefroberts FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Asshole

        4 years ago

        It's fine, the one I actually got to see (Ruby's logo thing) looked awesome.

        Post edited 11/19/13 1:02AM

      • Blood_XIII

        4 years ago

        Oh... Whoops :P I keep forgetting that the site doesn't get along with my huge resolution images :P
        Well I can't edit the post now because the old methods I knew to edit posts even AFTER the time limit has expired seem to not work anymore :P
        Mah bad, lol

    • DlNGO

      4 years ago

      A little birdie told me someone here's a lesbian and its definitely not me. Well...it could be. I was also told that flirting with this certain lesbian will get me nowhere. CHALLENGE EXCEPTED!!! So babe......come here often?

    • Tock FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold WDSY

      4 years ago

      I did just wonder earlier this afternoon, while working and able to think about whatever at the same time..is the reason you don't have a home wifi network because of money, or because you're living in a deadzone?

      • Blood_XIII

        4 years ago

        Fair enough, lol

      • Tock FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold WDSY

        4 years ago

        I'll keep the photos up, and the website shouldn't be going anywhere.

      • Blood_XIII

        4 years ago

        I can't access Social Club from the library for some reason :/

      • Tock FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold WDSY

        4 years ago

        Good thing there's Snapmatic on Rockstar's Social Club website. I'll tag you in a photo shortly.

      • Blood_XIII

        4 years ago

        I haven't seen an RS yet :P

      • Tock FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold WDSY

        4 years ago

        In other news. GTA V online: I delivered a stolen car to the docks, then just jacked the first car I saw to avoid walking. It turned out to be a Karin Sultan RS, which I kept.

      • Tock FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold WDSY

        4 years ago

        Oh. I think I read between the lines and saw that they want. more. money.

      • Blood_XIII

        4 years ago

        That's what we have. And we've tried talking to them about it and they're shocked to have to tell us they can't quite get the appropriate signal strength for us to have reliable connection for the price they charge :P

      • Tock FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold WDSY

        4 years ago

        Hmm. Perhaps a Satellite tv and internet bundle would work? Like one television ad that says you'd only need a clear view of the sky facing south.

      • Blood_XIII

        4 years ago

        Deadzone. We're 12 miles from town and they just don't run the cables out that far and for SOME reason satellite providers can get us TV but not internet :P

    • NinjaTogepi

      4 years ago

      Hi.

    • fakeahcrew

      4 years ago

      I finally just finished what will be an awesome let's play vs, team lads and gents. You have to give me just a few minutes to show you this beast. I put some comedy in there i know the guys will love :). Thanks a million. Gamertag ( Ichwill69 ) message me if you would like to see it... It really is amazing took me 2 weeks almost straight.

    • Tock FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold WDSY

      4 years ago

      I'd mail you my copy of GTA V at my expense, but I'm not sure I'd want to put you through all this online character deletion bullshit, and to a lesser extent the other problems with the online game.

      • Blood_XIII

        4 years ago

        Well I don't have internet at home anyways because I live 12 miles away from the nearest town, so the only thing that really matters to me in games is the campaign :P

        And of course once I finished that I'd gladly send it back your way :3

    • CitrusKnight

      4 years ago

      Heyyyy!! Thanks for the friend request. I'm also a lesbian so high five

      • Blood_XIII

        4 years ago

        Because, once again, people are idiots :P

      • CitrusKnight

        4 years ago

        it's called "Friendship is Magic" for a reason!! Why can't everyone just love each other??

      • Blood_XIII

        4 years ago

        I see it a lot in YouTube comments as well. The whole internet is like that really, and so are a few people in IRL.

        Fortunately this site is pretty accepting of most things.... Depending on which threads you go into/people you talk to.
        Ironically and sadly, the MLP thread here is one of the more unfriendly places on the whole site :P

      • CitrusKnight

        4 years ago

        It's basically what places like tumblr and twitter are full of, uuunfortunately

      • Blood_XIII

        4 years ago

        It's how things SHOULD be, but unfortunately there are too many idiots out there who have closed-minded views and opinions because of what society has decided is appropriate and/or normal :/

      • Blood_XIII

        4 years ago

        Exactly how things SHOULD go, but the world is full of morons who can't accept others because of what society has decided is the appropriate way to think :/

      • CitrusKnight

        4 years ago

        That's awesome since it's exactly how things should go :L It's probably why I get along with almost everyone ~

      • Blood_XIII

        4 years ago

        Exactly my own feelings on the subject, quite honestly :3

      • CitrusKnight

        4 years ago

        That's kind of how I am. The way I see it--as long as it's not hurting anyone, you can do whatever you want and I'm not gonna judge ~

      • Blood_XIII

        4 years ago

        True, but furries/cloppers are generally a bunch that are hated with extreme prejudice and much much caps lock activated anger and disgust.

        Being part of the LGBT crowd my whole life though, I don't really agree with hating people for their sexual preferences and/or fetishes, so they're all cool with me :3

      • CitrusKnight

        4 years ago

        This is the internet. No matter how weird something is, there's always going to be something even weirder out there. So I don't even worry about it.

      • Blood_XIII

        4 years ago

        Half the time I wonder if it goes further than that, but I don't want people thinking I'm weird or anything, lol :P

      • CitrusKnight

        4 years ago

        friendship crushes oh my goooood those are probably going to be the death of me. i know how you feel.

      • Blood_XIII

        4 years ago

        I'm just the weird person who likes all the characters :3

        Though I think I'm weirder for having platonic friendship crushes on Chrysalis and Photo Finish, lulz :P

      • CitrusKnight

        4 years ago

        I can tell by your profile pic~
        I think I probably like AJ the most since I used to ride horses all the time and her attitude reminded me of a lot of people I rode with :L

      • Blood_XIII

        4 years ago

        Because they regard her as the dumb hick :P
        Being from the redneck capital of the universe though I can confidently say she's more Old West than she is Southern, which is why I started to like her myself :P
        But I'm obviously a Fluttershy girl, lol

      • CitrusKnight

        4 years ago

        whAAAT ;W; How could people not like Applejack?? This is blasphemy.

      • Blood_XIII

        4 years ago

        Yay~! At least you accept it unlike a fair number of people :3
        As for AJ, you're sadly in the bottom two for overall rankings. She and Rarity get way too much hate :P

      • CitrusKnight

        4 years ago

        Well there's nothing wrong with throwing ponies everywhere ;D I just happen to be a fan of Applejack, even if I don't watch that much of the show.

      • Blood_XIII

        4 years ago

        I use it as my place to just throw up random comments and also any good pony images I come across.

        Oh yeah, there's lots of pony-ness thrown around in there as well, so be ready for that :P

      • CitrusKnight

        4 years ago

        That sounds like every day of my life! Especially the attention span part :D Maybe I should start posting there a little more ;D

      • Blood_XIII

        4 years ago

        You'll fit in perfectly then. We're known for our extreme laziness and complete lack of attention span in that thread :P

      • CitrusKnight

        4 years ago

        That's awesome :D I should post in there more but I'm so laaaazy

      • Blood_XIII

        4 years ago

        w00t w00t~! Saw you in the Level 20 thread, so automatic FR :3

    • WMDman FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      brohoof! /)

    • SpartanJ95

      4 years ago

      Quick Question: Who is your favorite pony in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic?

    • RAGEgirl FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold r00kie

      4 years ago

      Hello, new friend! Took a quick look through some of your more recent journals and I'm liking all the graphic design stuff. =)

    • haloguy77

      4 years ago

      you figure out how to get a golden shovel in AC:WW yet?

      • haloguy77

        4 years ago

        yea it is, it's the only one I bothered getting as well

      • Blood_XIII

        4 years ago

        I found that out ages ago, lulz. It's by far the easiest Golden Tool to get :P

    • haloguy77

      4 years ago

      I got a notification that said you mentioned in a forum RT went retarded when I clicked on it, what was the mention?

      • haloguy77

        4 years ago

        ok thanks, I'm checking it now

      • Blood_XIII

        4 years ago

        It was in the Level 20 thread

    • JJ FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      Helllooo Rebecca! thanks for the add! I promise i wasnt flirting or trying any "smooth moves"

      • Blood_XIII

        4 years ago

        lol, you wouldn't be the first anyways.

        As a genuine compliment though, I love the visual inserts on the videos you edit; fucking hilarious!

    • Xixius FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      Hey! Nice to meet you. What's going on? And can I ask where you found me?

      • Xixius FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        4 years ago

        Achso! That's not a bad idea. ;]

      • Blood_XIII

        4 years ago

        I believe I friended you when you joined the site, lol. I always friend randoms out of the new people who've just joined the site on any given day :P

    • senorstupid

      4 years ago

      I hope you don't mind the random friend request. I sent it because I like the stuff you say and post in the MLP thread (btw those were some awesome pony cars!).

    • dracokitsune

      4 years ago

      i do not know if i have thanked you yet but. thank you for being my friend here when i have spare time i will draw you a picture as a true thank you :3 hopefully i will have some time on friday :D

      • dracokitsune

        4 years ago

        i find it as a nice gift to those who friend me on here ^w^ since i dont have meny on here :3 its a nice thank you i am drawing it tomorrow :3

      • Blood_XIII

        4 years ago

        Awesome! But really, you don't have to go to all that trouble if you don't want, lol. I always friend randoms and anyone who loves MLP on this site :3

    • chris9801 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Achievement Hunter

      4 years ago

      MLP Comics

    • Brittastrophe FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Epic lvl rogue

      4 years ago

      *Waves* Hi! Thanks for the request.

    • WADR

      4 years ago

      1s1Vq


      Says you. I can be very suave. Also, it seems that Forza has moved all their IT over to Horizon and future projects. My Forza 4 gallery still has that first picture in it and hasn't been updating for new ones. smiley5.gif

  • Questions answered by Blood_XIII

    Late, because the idea is that it's meant to introduce someone to a new series. As such, I try to post at the beginning of each month so anyone who cares to WATCH the series will have the whole month to watch it. Then, at the start of the next month, they get a new one.


    I'm just lazy and/or busy and so I usually don't sit down to write the thing OR watch the series myself until the last second. The Project A-ko pot for this month was LITERALLY composed start to finish in about 5 hours and I posted it as soon as I finished XD

    This question actually comes up often, and fortunately there IS a decent story to it.


    When I was younger my friends and I would always find video games we could play against each other, and since this was back in the days before online gaming was a thing outside of PC, we had limited options.

    One day I happened across a Playstation game that was multiplayer capable, in which you could build your own mech

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    There was something like MAYBE 200 parts total in the game, and there were like 10 categories for parts, so it wasn't anything TOO impressive by today's standards, but back then it was mindblowing.


    My friends and I took to this game in a MAJOR way. We all played through the game's campaign to learn how it played and upgrading our mechs, and once we all finished we started fighting against each other in the Arena mode. We all played it endlessly, making different mechs to change how the fights went, trying out weird mechs for fun.... Then we started to get competitive.

    It was as simple as it gets; 1v1, the person with the better set-up and skill wins. We even resorted to using Game Shark to give ourselves access to all the parts and money we could want so that we could remove the issue of any one simply having better graded parts than anyone else. The competitiveness was what drove us to be better, and more importantly to make mechs that played to our PERSONAL strengths as opposed to just using only the best parts in the game.


    Our mechs started becoming a matter of personal pride, and we even started coloring our mechs in ways that set them apart from each other so we'd all KNOW which mech belonged to whom even at a quick glance. Being a teen, I was prone to trying to be edgy for the sake of coolness, so when the colors were being decided I quickly chose red as a primary color with a darker red as the secondary. Not exactly my favorite color, but it made sense with the name I was going to give to my mech: Blood.

    We would fight in the game and take mental notes of what worked and didn't work for us, and moreover what did and didn't work against each other. Most among my friends would always rename their mech when they saved the new blueprint, a few simply numbered the new versions... I decided to keep Blood named as she was (Being a girl AND following the rules of ships I decided my mech was a girl. I'm weird like that) and just add numbers at the end... But I would do it in a way that took advantage of the text select screen's options.


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    Armored Core MoA had a unique set of characters in the bottom third of the text screen, and I immediately took note of the Roman numerals.The first time I gave Blood a decent upgrade, I added the Roman numeral "II" after the name. The next time I added "III," and so on. Each upgrade was focused on what weapons and armor I seemed to work best with, as well as the things my friends had the most difficulty with. By this point I think you know where I'm going.

    Specifically I recall the decision to sacrifice aesthetics for power by using the Moonlight beam sword instead of the LS-100W, because the latter's beam was red where Moonlight was blue... But after a while the blue beam sword became a staple of it's own because my friends eventually learned to associate the bright blue flash with extreme levels of danger; In alliance with my middle name, they actually ended up referring to the Moonlight as BloodMoon instead. While prolific enough, BloodMoon isn't exactly a rare term that no one would use as a name, and moreover it was just a nickname for a weapon that already HAD a name. So I kept using Blood and Roman numerals...

    And after 12 iterations, Blood reached her pinnacle at the unluckiest number; XIII.


    Blood XIII was built with a single purpose; Get in close and do as much damage as possible, then get as far away as possible to avoid counterattacks and simply repeat the process again. The fastest legs in the game with the strongest boosters, a lightweight energy-based rifle and the Moonlight, two back-mounted missile pods and everything needed to make them lock onto a target almost instantly and a generator with plenty of juice to allow excessive boosting.
    I won't say that Blood XIII was invincible, but I WILL say that my friends had unique setups they would use specifically to handle her and CAPITALIZE on those weaknesses... Specifically the fact that if they could keep me at a distance then I had little hope of winning, or barring that just do an obscene amount of damage quickly since Blood XIII's armor stat was quite low.


    Many times I tried upgrading to Blood XIV, but nothing EVER worked as well as the XIII model. It was always either too slow or ended up feeling like it had too much going on, and I wasn't one for complexity when I favored simple hit-and-run tactics. My friends all kept upgrading and changing their mechs, but Blood stayed in her XIII model for the rest of time and I merely learned to cover my weaknesses where I could... Which wasn't often, because I'm not THAT good at gaming.

    Still though, I was able to give my friends a good run for their money each time we played. I won more often than I lost, but it had to be AT BEST a 60/40 split in my favor. Nothing that would get me any awards, but it made me happy to know I had found something that worked for me.


    Ever since then I always found surprisingly good luck in the number 13. Perhaps that's JUST because superstitions are nonsense imaginary things and so the "curse" on the number caused me to notice when good things revolved around it instead, but who knows? Either way,I kept using the number to be all edgy and cool, and it became associated with me after a long while because of my favoring the number AND because of my fabled mech. Blood XIII as a username was something I started in like 9th grade, when we had to make email accounts for my computer class. Of course though, spaces didn't really work for an email address, so instead of cramming them together I just went with an underscore, making it Blood_XIII.

    The teacher didn't seem too pleased with it, but she didn't make me change it and so it stayed. My old friends from elementary school IMMEDIATELY recognized it and we had a few good days talking about the game again until we repeated the process from years ago, pulling out our old copies and memory cards to battle it out once more.


    Everyone else changed their mechs and battlestyles to suit their age and their now attuned gaming skills... But being a weirdo, I kept Blood XIII as she was and simply learned to use her even better. Much to the chagrin of my friends, I was STILL just as good with my close-range speedster, and once again they had to create specialized setups to keep me at a distance to have the best chance at beating me.

    The mech stood the test of time, and in every future Armored Core game I tried I would use a similar setup and find success when I played a 1v1 match (Because the campaign of Aromored Core games requires VERY different tactics, so I have another mech setup I use for that [And yes it's got a different name and color scheme ;3]), so due to Blood XIII's awesomeness not fading over time I felt like it was only right to keep the name alive by using it in other games and every time I needed to make an online account. It actually reached a point where I had to make a backup username to use on occasion, so some of my friends whom I no longer speak with and/or the people who picked on me in school wouldn't know who I was online... But after a while I stopped caring about such petty people, and went back to letting my polygonal mech have her continued moment in the limelight.


    So there you have it; the entire story of where my username came from and why I continue to use it in some form or other in every username I create :3

    How do you America?

    | Asked by: KMH1995 1 year ago

    First you find the restaurant with the biggest amount of food you can order for the lowest price, then you eat as much of that as you can and throw away what you don't.

    Next, go buy a very large pickup truck and/or SUV, more 'Murica points if you can afford both AND put oversized tires on the truck.

    After that you'll want to go and buy a few guns, about 10 should do if you really want to convince people of your Americanism.

    At some point you need to spend a lot of time watching football and listening to pop music (Rap is also acceptable), and also watch TONS of reality TV shows and get very angry when the person you like has a bad day or gets kicked off (Double points if your favorite is the most annoying or confrontational one)

    You must also spend all day complaining about how much you hate your job but ALSO complain about how foreigners are going to take your job away from you.

    Finally, you must be very lazy 24/7 and do as little as possible, even when you go on vacation to other countries.


    There's more to it, but I'm too America to bother.

    First of all that's two questions.

    Secondly, here's your answers:


    It's rainy as fuck like every other day, and unfortunately not because if there were I'd have more excuses to eat KFC.

    Nothing, actually. I'm just an average user who is a co-admin of the RWBY group, and we've ONLY ever been a fan-group no matter how big our collective and/or the show has grown. Back during Season 10 of Red Vs. Blue, RWBY was first really talked about when Monty and the others handed out these tiny flyers that were simply the word "RWBY" and the now iconic silhouette of Ruby, and I was already interested in knowing about it and being involved however I could because of Monty's awesomeness. Later, the Red Trailer was tacked on after the credits of the RvB10 season's last episode, and I was immediately invested. The day after that RvB episode I went on the site with plans to MAKE a RWBY group (Because on the old RT site EVERY group was made by users, as opposed to now where show-centric groups are usually created and even run by the staff themselves) but one already exited under the creation of Sarge811 (Another everyday user of the site). The group had already started gathering members, and TM4TheWin was already on-board as a co-admin as well. I simply asked Sarge811 if I could be an admin myself, since I had been following the steady build-up before the first trailer had been seen, and I was lucky enough that both of them approved my request. We added Monty to the admin list as the group gained enough momentum for the staff to actually notice it, and as certain people like Barbara were shown to be major parts of the show, we added them to the admin list both out of respect AND so they could post to the News sections IF they ever wanted to. Ray was the oddball and we just added him BECAUSE he's Ray.



    So TLDR; I have NOTHING to do with RWBY officially, nor do the other active co-admins. The RWBY group was simply started by normal members of the RT community to show that we were already invested in the late Monty Oum's new project. Anything we've ever done, talked about, or posted has been 100% separate from the official production and we have little to no involvement with RWBY and indeed Rooster Teeth in such ways.

    something

    | Asked by: FallenWind 1 year ago

    Nothing

    Favorite anime?

    | Asked by: sympt0m 1 year ago

    Probably One Piece, though there are countless others that could just as easily be my answer as well.


    Editing this two months later to include that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is a very close second now.