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Archive for January, 2010

Katanagatari, “Zettō Kanna”

Posted by Doug on January 28, 2010

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I’m a huge fan of Nisio Isin—he is the creator of Bakemonogatari, which came out of nowhere last July and planted itself firmly on my short list of great anime. Hearing that another of his Nisio Isin’s works was to be animated naturally piqued my interest, and now having seen the first episode of Katanagatari, I can say that this is shaping up to be another top-tier anime.

The story goes something like this: Togame, a strategist (and daughter of the now-deceased leader of the last rebellion against the shogun) seeks the help of the head of the Yaguri family (who is heir to the ultimate style of swordsmanship, which paradoxically uses no sword) to track down and recover twelve legendary swords. She travels to the island where the head of the Yaguri family was exiled, only to find that the head of the Yaguri family is now a young man named Shichika.

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Every Anime I Can Remember Reviewed, Update I

Posted by Doug on January 24, 2010

I’ve decided that the way I’m going to handle this very long-term project is to episodically make a separate post with a my review of a few more anime series, the contents of which will also be added to the main reviews page.   This has the advantage of turning one huge task into a bunch of little tasks, which may not ultimately be easier, but it certainly seems easier.  Reviews for Agent Aika, Gunparade March, His and Hers Circumstances, Naruto, Speed Grapher, and Witch Hunter Robin are under the fold!

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Posted by Doug on January 9, 2010

Lately my addiction has been Forza Motorsport 3: according to my in-game profile, I’ve been racing for over eighty-two hours so far, and I’ve yet to get bored of it.  I play with the autobrake, anti-lock brakes, stability control, and traction control off, simulation damage on, and the suggested line set to “braking only”, and I’ve graduated to using the in-cockpit view exclusively, but I still use automatic shifting and leave the opponent difficulty on “easy”.  Thus, the game still provides a little challenge to this significantly-less-than-hardcore player, while not being depressingly difficult.  Eventually I plan on trying to teach myself to use the standard, and maybe if I get good at that I’ll step up to “medium” opponents.

Lotus Elise, at the Nürburgring

Above: My favorite car (Lotus Elise) on one of the most notorious turns (the Karusell) of my favorite track (the Nürburgring Nordschleife)

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