Boring General Update

Not much is going on here lifewise. Homework? Haven’t had much time to do some of that, but I can assure you I’ve been revising all the time, on chemistry and physics. I especially need to revise these two topics, since I’m getting better grades in Math already, but my physics and chem skillz haven’t gotten up to par yet. That’s what weekends are for.

On the subject of anime: I’m glad I downloaded the entire series of Scrapped Princess and watched it on my own, because the schedule for this Friday’s Anime Club showing doesn’t include anything from Scrapped Princess. This is really strange… if they show the episodes, they should at least let it show until the series ends! Oh well, I can use the Club to find out about new anime that I haven’t watched before but wouldn’t like to waste the bandwith finding out.

5:00 – 5:45 ~ Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A’s 3 – 4
5:45 – 6:30 ~ Gintama 3 – 4
6:30 – 7:00 ~ Fooding Break
7:00 – 8:30 ~ Bleach movie: Memories Of Nobody
8:30 – 9:15 ~ Kyou Kara Maou! 1 – 2
9:15 – 10:00 ~ Romeo x Juliet 1 – 2 (We will only show this if we have spare time)

The only thing I’m interested in is Lyrical Nanoha As, because I heard it was the bomb, much more so than StrikerS (LOL ALL THE GIRLS GOT A NUDE TRANSFORMATION SEQUENCE BUT THE BOY TRANSFORMED FULLY CLOTHED LOL), but let’s check out Gintama, Kyou Kara Maou and Romeo x Juliet anyway. I’ll bring the laptop there for, uh…. productivity.

I am a long way from getting a 85% grade average.

EDIT: I just watched Nuke’s H264 sub of ef – a tale of memories. Apparently the company behind ef was also behind Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, which makes me real interested in this. It’s called Shaft. As you might know from watching Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Shaft has a very distinct style, and it carries over, even into a love story. I don’t know what the original visual novel was all about, but I know that Shaft sure did a great job making it seem interesting. Things like the spinning bicycle wheel, the cracking red wall, the mask outs, and the black and white portions really made this interesting, even if they seem to have no significance whatsoever. I haven’t said this for some time, but I’d rather watch the anime than check out the source material. Kyoto Animation has some serious competition, indeed.

Scrapped Princess

Whoops. It seems that it was already licensed. Oh well, I watched it. It’s pretty damn good, I’ll tell you. Apparently it was made by BONES, which made Eureka 7. I don’t remember Eureka 7 looking this damn good, though.

Scrapped Princess Title Screen16th episode: almsot everybody meets... I like Lenard's face!
The eyecatches in this anime are horribly cute. A compilation of them could pass for an artbook!Again, another cute captcha. There are some moments where even Zefiris is cute, too!I love tragedy. Which is why I bother making a picture of Fulle, even though objectively speaking he's a pretty minor character.It's also really nice how Shannon finds him. Did I mention that Pacifica forgets all about Fulle later on?
When you think about it, Scrapped Princess feels a lot like Evangelion. It starts out really nice, peaceful, happy go lucky, nothing really bad except for bandits and some awesome magic pwning by Raquel, and lots of nice country life stuff. Then it starts to all go downhill, thanks to the Peacemakers (kinda like how that Asuka kept on losing to the Angels and got mind-raped by that Angel, which finally pushed her over the edge and the entire series into hell). The music is very nice, the OP and ED are very nice, although they don’t seem to suit what’s going on in the anime in some episodes. The artwork is superb, and I also have to thank the encoders who made the Keep-ANBU release: you guys are totally awesome. They say video compressibility is aided by having a dark video, but there are so many bright parts in this anime which look totally great: and the best part is it all fits onto a DVD-R! My drive doesn’t support overburning, so I spent several minutes trying out 7zip on the other things until I finally admitted defeat (I was only over it by 12MB! I hate drives that don’t overburn). Overall this series has a lot going for it.
One bad thing I noticed, though, was how when there was a fight they kept on switching back and forth between the other parties. For instance, when Zefiris+Shannon are fighting against the Peacemakers (nothing deep here, just lots of shooting back and forth, but still it’s pretty) then they always cut to Raquel, Leo+Winia, or Pacifica after a set amount of minutes. It’s disconcerting and I still want to watch the fight scene! Other than that I was pretty happy how it turned out. This is one anime that is worth the media I’m burning it on. Oh crap, no, it’s worth 20 times that.

I wouldn’t have watched this unless I joined the anime club (they were showing this on the big screen, episodes 1-4), but I can safely say that anybody will like this anime. It’s not bad. It doesn’t seem to have a especially strong side or message, and the plot might not be very interesting to many people who just skip to the next fighting scene (which isn’t that great, seriously) but if you listen to what they’re talking about, the plot is interesting, and the fights gain meaning, and you really come to like the characters. Shannon and Fulle are likable heroes, Leo is a gag character, Raquel is especially cute when she pwns people while talking in a cute way, the king is a veritable lowlife, the prince (Pacifica’s blood brother) powerless.

Plus, it doesn’t hurt my eyes to look any of the character designs, especially Pacifica in all those outfits in episodes 15-16.

The anime doesn’t really explain why the Peacemakers are not authorized to directly attack the Providence Breaker, however it’s probably because Seria Mauser had some doubts anyway as to whether she was doing the right thing.