Sunday, December 22, 2019

I am now officially retired

As the title says, I'm retiring for good this time. It's been great. Hopefully I don't pull another Hayao Miyazaki again.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Boarding School Juliet (Series rating: 8/10)

Dahlia Academy Boarding School was founded to create peace between the future generations of two warring nations. The plan… doesn’t really work. The two groups hate each other with so much passion that they have full on brawls every day. The leaders of the 1st years are Romio Inuzuka and Persia Juliet . In battle they are almost equal. Thing is, Romio has a huge crush on Persia. So one day he works up the courage and asks her out… during a sword fight. Surprisingly, she accepts. Now the two have to date while keeping their relationship a secret.

A very capable romance comedy with just a hint of lewdness. The characters were great and it had some actual humor for once. From Scott accusing Romio of peeping on Persia while in the middle of doing the exact same thing to the reaction of Hasuki when she learns of Romio’s relationship… it’s all good, violent fun. Does get a bit serious once in a while, with both factions having some real social problems of their own.

Sadly, these subs are from Amazon. So they don’t have the best timing possible. Still, they’re watchable. Hell, we all watched the shows as it was airing using them.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Isekai Quartet (Series rating: 7/10)

This release was NOT directly encoded from a BDMV, but from 1080p BD raws. Should BDMVs for this show be released I am more then willing to do another release. However, this is still better then the current HDTV rips that are available.

One day, by some accident (?) the characters from Overlord, Youjo Senki, Re:Zero and Konosuba are transported to an alternate world. Ironic, no? And in this world, they have to attend high school together. Hijinks ensue. That’s it, that’s the plot.

I found it amusing, but you need to have watched all those shows to get all the jokes. There will be another season with the added cast of Shield Hero. So you need to watch that as well before the next season. Worth it though. Enjoy. Subs by Horrible-Subs.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Seishun Buta Yarou Wa Bunny Girl Senpai No Yume Wo Minai (Series rating: 8.5/10)

Puberty syndrome. A mysterious illness/phenomenon that takes many forms. The effect are different for each individual, but they are always tied to the psychological issues of the person. One day Azusagawa Sakuta sees a beautiful girl wearing a bunny girl costume just walking around the library. The odd thing is that nobody else can see her. She is Sakurajima Mai, and she suffers from puberty syndrome. It makes her invisible to people. Sakuta has to figure out what caused this in her before everyone in the world looses the ability to perceive her.

Basically, this is Bakemonogatari without the monsters. It’s wordy, it’s complex… and I love it. The characters are very well written and their problems are relatable. The humor isn’t bad either. Be warned, if you came here only for the fanservice you will be disappointed. I’m not saying there’s none, but it’s not Bakemonogatari levels.Subtitles for the show are from Vivid, while the audio dramas are from MPT, used here with their permission (since I also used their video).

PS: The previous version is nuked. It was completely fucked. Audio was fucked, subs were fucked.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Mob Psycho 100 S2 (Series rating: 10/10)

Continuing off from where season 1 left off, Mob's adventures lead him to meeting new and interesting opponents. But more then that, Mob himself is growing as a person, and understanding that blindly following someone is not the best course of action. Peace doesn't last long as the head office of the Claw organization starts making its move, led by a psychic that may rival Mob in raw power.

More of the same, and that's good. In fact, I dare say the second season is even better then the first. Mob's fight with Mogami Keiji was absolutely fantastic, not only for the battle itself, but for the different paths two very similar espers took. Had Mob not wondered into Reigen's office, he might have ended of like Mogami. Great visuals all around and it was really nice seeing Mob stand up for himself once in a while.

Subs from Horrible-Subs, OVA included. If you are wondering where the clean OP is, you are not alone. Wasn't on the discs.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Katry's Mystery Solving Files (Series rating: 7/10)

Although Professor Layton is currently missing the Layton Detective Agency is still active in London? The one running it is Layton’s daughter: Katrielle. She may not be AS brilliant as her father but she is still an incredible detective, ready to solve any crime. Especially is it involves cake, or dresses, or a restaurant. Yes, Katrielle is a bit of a glutton. And a tad lazy sometimes. Join her, her assistant Noah and talking dog Sherlo, as they solve mysteries and crimes in good old London.
A very sweet and easy-going show. The mysteries are nothing to write home about but they are bound to put you in a good mood, as many of the “antagonists” turn out to be good people trying to help in their own, misguided way. Also, Hanazawa Kana does cute voices for 50 episodes. What more could you want?

Subtitles are as follows:
01-11 = Dreamless
12-50 = Pitohui

Now, about the files:
  1. Episode 00 is not an official episode, just something Pitohui made from the game. I included it because the show assumes you’ve played the game and thus already know who everyone is.
  2. The odd named extra opening and ending files are opening/ending for that particular episode. I included all of them because they each have small differences in audio, and I love Hanazawa’s voice so much that they are all indispensable.
  3. The timing is not perfect. It’s only slightly better then for the HDTV version.
  4. I left the credits form Ayasaki and Pitohui alone. They deserve your thanks for working on this show.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Sewayaki Kitsune No Senko-san (Series rating: 9/10)

Nakano Kuroto is a hard working man. He’s stay at work long after he should have left, he’ll help out his colleagues and take on difficult project by himself. Sadly that leaves him little time to take care of himself. One day, as he comes home tired and hungry, he is greeted by an unexpected visitor: Senko-san, an 800 year old fox deity that has decided she will now take care of him. She’ll cook, clean and find other ways of caring for Kuroto. Oh, and she can phase through walls, so he can’t get rid of her.

This was the cutest thing to air that particular season. Now this is a wish-fulfillment fantasy I can get behind. Who wouldn’t want a cute fox loli to take care of them? You do need to keep in mind that Senko-san is 800 years old, and acts like it. She’s basically your grandma as a loli fox girl. This show is very wholesome and sweet. It will melt your stress away. Also, the 1st person segments at the end of each episode are… kind of depressing because you’re never EVER going to have that, you worthless losers… Ahem, I mean are lovely.

Subs from AnimeFreak. Last 1st person segment by me.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

My Roommate Is A Cat (Series rating: 9/10)

This release was NOT directly encoded from a BDMV, but from 1080p raws. Should BDMVs for this show be released I am more then willing to do another release. However, this is still better then the current HDTV rips that are available.

Mikazuki Subaru was always a shy. Now, as a young man working as novelist he’s completely distanced himself from other people after the death of his family. With nothing to live for other then his work he often neglects to take care of himself, sometimes collapsing from not eating or resting enough. Though sheer coincidence he befriends a stray cat which ends up living with him. By learning to take care of another being Subaru learns to take care of himself as well, and to cope with his loss.

Oh! My! God! This was so goddamn adorable. It’s the internet, so I know you love cats. And Haru is the best cat ever in anime. She’s cute, she’s tough, she’s even sarcastic. And her interactions with Subaru are fantastic and accurate. Someone really did their research into cats. But seriously, this anime is great. It’s a very heartwarming slice-of-life about learning to deal with loss by taking care of someone else. And it’s so cute. Part of the reason this works so well is because about half the show is shown from Haru’s perspective. You might see the same thing twice, but because one is from the perspective of a cat it’s like a whole other thing. I highly recommend this especially if you love cats. And if you don’t like cats… we can’t be friends.

Subs from Horrible-Subs.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Girly Air Force (Series rating: 9/10)

This release was NOT directly encoded from a BDMV, but from 1080p raws. Should BDMVs for this show be released I am more then willing to do another release. However, this is still better then the current HDTV rips that are available.

Humanity is attacked by a mysterious force called the Xi. They attack with high-speed aerial force that is completely beyond humanities best fighters. Not only can they perform impossible quick turns they also jam any electronic device in their vicinity making tracking them impossible. While regular missiles do destroy them, it’s next to impossible because they cannot be locked on to. This all changes with the creation of Animas. An Anima is the humanoid “core” of an enhanced plane. This core gives the place abilities that can surpass the Xi. There are numerous limitations though: the correct process for creating an Anima is not really knows and only one Anima can exist for a type of plane.

During an evacuation from China, who fell to Xi forces, Narutani Kei si separated from his parents and attacked by the Xi. He is saved by a strange machine that destroys the Xi, but then crashes itself in the ocean. Desperate to save the pilot that had saved him, Kei rushes to the plane only to find a beautiful girl inside that kisses him before passing out. Later, while trying to find out who that girl and the plane is, Kei is “recurited” in the army and made the partner of Gripen, the first Anima of Japan.

OK, here’s a premise that on paper made this anime out to be crap. But I checked it out anyway because Gripen was cute. I am very glad I did. This was the one show of the season that I watched the second it downloaded because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. They managed to take a used idea (girls as avatars on ships/planes/etc) and make it entertaining by modifying the formula just a bit. Gripen is not an ace pilot/avatar with OP abilities. She’s actually… pretty stupid. And before Kei came along she was pretty useless as well. And she’s slow. But she’s also really sweet. Her interactions with Kei were diabetes inducing. Eagle and Phantom are pretty nice too, though Eagle’s immature behavior and Phantom’s smugness do get irritating at times. Rhyno was also really interesting, but her backstory was… dark.
This anime is basically a spiritual successor of Air Combat, the video games. And the air battles are pretty damn cool. But what really impressed me was the final arc. The series doesn’t end with an epic battle, though there is a battle. Instead we get a very Silent Hill-like final episodes that were genuinely creepy that end with a look inside the head of the Xi, and it’s not pretty. Subs by Horrible-Subs.