It’s getting late, and I’m getting a piratey itch

In my brain.

Imagine my excitement when I found that there was a second Sakura Taisen Complete Song Box (Zenkyoku something) that compiled all the songs from 2002-2006.

No, wait, on second thought: don’t. You might just hurt yourself.

Since it was pretty obvious that the original 2002 Complete Song Box (which was the fucking shit) is already out of print, and was kinda limited to begin with, I thought I’d try out this second Complete Song Box. Some cruel guy uploaded a song from this very collection on Youtube just to torture me. It’s called Atashi Naichaimasu…. which means ‘I’m crying’, but it sounds like some kind of naughty tease song. Not up to the level of previous songs in the first Complete Song Box, but hey, what the flying heck.

Just to spoil the fun for you guys too…. it’s fucking out of print already.

Goddamn, I hate these people! I wasn’t even aware of a Song Box coming out back then and even if I was, I wouldn’t have the money! And now when I’m so close to getting one, the official source drops out and all I’m left with are those weirdo Japanese fuckers on who sell the same damn product at several times its original price. Fuck you, dude. I’m going to download that mp3/FLAC release of your Sakura Taisen Complete Song Box 2 once it appears somewhere on IRC. Oh, and Sakura Taisen 3, too. In Chinese.

It’s getting late, and I’d better finish my homework instead of checking out all these Sakura Taisen things. I even found how useful Rikaichan is too.

Sakura Taisen 2: Kiseki no Kane

Sumire getting angryKanna: joutou da!Kaede’s so hot! as usualYuri’s not that bad either…
Never seen Sumire like this before…That’s right, even Mary had some male aspects to her…Reni? Or was it Lenny?Rejoice, Sakura.Rehearsal 1
Rehearsal 2Rehearsal 3Rehearsal 4And so
Sakura, Rejoice.Obligatory scene…yay!yay again!
All right!oh crap…oh well, it wasn’t that bad after allnext time… it seems those kokkikai guys aren’t dead yet!Seems like Ayame will have something to do with this.
Thanks to the Sakura Taisen Complete Song Box, I had heard the three versions of Kiseki no Kane quite a few times before, and written it off as a pretty nice song that reminded me of some American feel good TV series I forget (I don’t watch many American TV shows), but the significance of this song struck me fully in the gut after going through this chapter. This is such an awesome chapter and to back it up, you even get to see the Kagekidan performing on stage (usually you’re just out there clipping tickets), and plus you get an awesome theme song, and you get to go on two awesome dates (which you never have done so far in ST2). I listened to all three versions of Kiseki no Kane again after playing through that, and boy, I love this chapter. I also really enjoyed going to the church with Sakura, although maybe that’s just my personal bias. Also, the patrol through the theatre also let you see all the different girls once as they pluck flower petals (in their own way) wondering if they’ll be chosen.

So I had to choose which girl would be the main character for the Kiseki no Kane show. Sigh… I really don’t see anybody could consider Leni or Kanna as a possible candidate for Mary, but hey, they’re the top 4 girls who like me (see previous Sakura Taisen 2 post) so I guess that works out. Still, though, Leni? Please.

On a totally different note, sorry Sumire. I’ll play through this game another time and choose you next time, okay? Oh, and go to the beach with you again.

So, I had to choose who was to be the virgin Mary. There was even a ticking timer going on as I looked at all of them one last time (well, except for Kanna, whoops, didn’t have time) and I chose Sakura after all. I thought I’d choose Sumire, but that would just be like a bee wandering about from flower to flower, and besides this isn’t life… I can always play again another time. At least I know I’ll be playing this game at least one more time.

Well, that took only about 40 minutes to go through all that. This is an incredible stress reliever that actually gets quite addictive. Unfortunately I have no intention of fighting a revived Kokkikai tonight, even if Ayame/Kaede is involved, and so good night Sakura Taisen 2.

065. Teikoku Kagekidan – [Sakura Taisen Complete Song Box – Disc 4 #18] Gekitei Ondo

The FAQ said that Koi no Hassha All Right! would be featured somewhere in this chapter, but I don’t remember hearing it.

Sakura Taisen 2 screenshots

I had them on my disk for a while, was thinking I’d better just upload them and get them off my hard disk. I kept them to make a post that would show how uploading images is so much more easier and failsafe without having to worry about what happens when Imageshack goes down.
I think this was Chapter 5, the entire Kagekidan went to the beach. It was a very nice Chapter indeed, except for Maria and Ohgami being so stupid as to not be able to figure out right away who was the culprit (it’s Saki already, if you hadn’t deduced that when she first appeared in the game you are an idiot).
One of the better scenes in the game, everybody catches Sumire sneaking off to talk with me (Ohgami). Unfortunately, I’m not sure I’m that smooth in real life.

I like forward women. So I went with Sumire and Iris to the beach the next day. It wasn’t a hard decision, since I like beaches, the beach looked particularly golden, and all Sakura was doing was sitting in a hot bath (I’d love to go with her, but seriously how much more boring can you get, sitting in a hot bath when you’re at the beach?) The others were off hiking, which came a close second, but of course seeing Sumire in a bikini tipped the scales in her favour. Notice how Iris is in the background.

Oh shit:

In the end everything was just fine and dandy, since I’m Ohgami and all girls on the earth love me. Right. And somehow we get into the traditional Japanese hobby… watching small petty fireworks burn. I don’t see the point in this, but then again I’ve never done it before.

Maria and I figure out that we’ve lost our steam powered communications device. Walking around, I happen upon Sakura… with Maria in the back, but let’s just keep her back there for a bit more. I forgot if Sakura was going to the beach… I don’t quite remember. Anyway there was a huge event being planned and everybody was very hyped about it, all the girls especially except for good old business-only Maria and Ohgami (I am so fucking hardworking).

I’m so smooth with the girls, haha! An interesting point was that even though I went with Sumire to the beach, Sakura still likes me more! mwahahahhahaa…. I love Sakura.

And that’s all for a walk through Sakura Taisen 2 today. I haven’t really played that game in a month, but damn it was fun, especially the beach episode. I had to read a FAQ to prevent wasting my time walking around to locations which don’t have the girls in them (ST players, you know what I mean).
Remind me to run Fraps before I play ST2 next time so I can give ya more screenshots.

EDIT: These images seem a little too large for comfort… should I have resized them down?

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.

Planetarian: a small planet’s Reverie

EDIT: By using the same Word document to write this post, I actually erased a previous post! Crap.
If you want to play Planetarian, you must set your Windows system’s non-Unicode locale to Japanese. Otherwise, it actually crashes. Yes, even with the English patch. I’ve had that happen before… on a fan-translated Chinese patch too!

There’ll probably be some spoilers. You’ve been warned.

Verdict: Although this may have its flaws (and not much replayability) I’m going to rank it up there with Ever17: the out of infinity. It’s definitely better than Narcissu, for reasons I will not pollute this post with. If you’re going to read only two visual novels in your life that don’t focus on dating or hentai, read Planetarian and Ever17: the out of infinity. These two are classics.
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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.