Category Archives: anime

Barriers to escape (velocity)

Inset image from [1]. Not from Planetes, but it could have been. The larger, two-page version was probably derived from everything that the ESA was tracking on radar. Here’s the description: Instead of floating inside an orb, these flakes, some of the solar system’s newest ornaments, dance around it. The dusting comprises active satellites and […]

It would be touching if fans hoarded 5 cm/s

But it’s so not happening. I’m not one to note events related to commercial releases, but when it’s uncertainty related to 5 Centimeters Per Second, I’ll make an exception. If you’ve been thinking about giving one of those poor R1’s a better home (alongside its older siblings, perhaps?) than a warehouse, store shelf, or bargain […]

Gundam.dll

If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying hard enough. Pursuant to that, is Gundam 00‘s shot across the bow of Murphy’s Law: if the most unexpected event can occur that can bail you out, it will. Bonus points are had if it’s statistically independent. For example, if you cry so hard that you get your […]

Fork your fansub

One of the many questions that sprouts like a weed goes something like, “What is the cost of a fansub?” Current practice is to deploy the pesticide known as, “Lost sales (maybe),” one whose long term effectiveness is dubious at best. That’s a cost to the industry, and a monetary one at that. But what […]

Misnomers and supposition

The first half toes around the umbrella known as translation. The second half manages to trip over the big orange monster to whom that umbrella belongs to. Somewhere along the line, the lot of us became translators. And I don’t mean just fansubbers, but fansub watchers as well. The term gets thrown around so frequently […]

An absurd proposal

I’m not particularly well-read. I lie. I’m not well-read at all, having last studied any kind of literature in my last year of high school. Whoops, actually I did make an attempt at higher reading out of interest some time later, but more on that, later. So back in high school, I read a number […]

Flattening pyramids

There is a very real tendency for young and niche communities to go to war with, and amongst, each other. Linux versus BSD, FreeBSD versus OpenBSD, GNOME versus KDE, Ruby versus the world, not to mention globalization internationalization versus sterilization localization. (But everybody knows that if you want to get anything done, you use C) […]

Augmented Realism

Director talks Dennou Coil, wao translates. Near the bottom of the first translation, amid the talk on realism or at least scientific/technological plausibility, is a perspective on how to draw. At times, what’s in your mind’s eye sometimes carries more momentum than what’s in front of your real ones. But to think that this is […]

Ethereal puffs tough to autopsy

I finished Shakugan no Shana II a bit past midnight today, capping a roughly 5 hour run from episodes 14 to 24. The point where I took a break might have been purely coincidental – this winter has been blurrier than usual – but it made for a good dividing line anyway. A couple remarks […]

Fllng n th blnks

I think that I have a new metric for evaluating a series. It’s not a practical one by any stretch, but there may be a lesson or two in it, and I would encourage everyone to apply that metric at least once in their viewing…careers. Go through the dialog of each episode of a series, […]