Monthly Archives: December 2011

New Highschool DxD previews

You can watch it here (sorry I didn’t embed it.)

How bad is my connection? My wireless carrier seems to hate all things Google (seriously), and my uploads to my blog here are always incomplete, so you might have noticed most of the images here are from my WordPress blog. Frustrating.

Is this a coincidence, deja vu or…?

 What do these 3 have in common? A lot more than you think 😉

First of all, I hate coincidence. Second of all, irony always likes to bite me in the grass. Third…. I know I did not see this coming, but it sure is (creepy?) hilarious. Let’s look into it.

First off a little rundown of what RE: the controversy is. RE: the controversy is my reply to controversy regarding a topic that springs up in a series, whether by me or by what others’ interpretation of a particular scene in an Anime. I then poke fun at it in the form of these (usually) 4koma-like set of screenshots subtitled by my over-the-top zany imagination. The result varies per individual (usually in the form of laughs)

So, the biggest hit of my Spring 2011 4koma joke subs (or trollsubs, as a fellow Animesuki member put it), was Dog Days, specifically this one that pokes fun at the relationship between Millimeter and the Hero. For Summer 2011, I started things with this one, the most popular one that season, again poking fun at the relationship between the lead male and (arguably *cough*) the lead female of the series Ro-Kyu-Bu. And then of course for Fall 2011 there is the recent Guilty Crown one, which proves to be my biggest hit in terms of total enjoyment by readers at 3 different websites I posted it. Again, I poked fun at the lead male and lead female’s relationship. Now what makes all this so hilarious? You might have figured it out by now, but here we go:

1. All 3 series feature a lead female with Pink Hair.
2. Two of the girls are great singers, while the 3rd girl is a great ball handler….with a niiice voice 🙂
3. All 3 girls are deeply involved with the lead male in question.
4. All 3 girls are…. not the best in breast size in their respective series.(I didn’t call them flat!!)
5. All 3 girls have some form of ribbon hair accessory tied onto their heads.
6. All 3 girls were “hurt” by the male protagonists in my joke subs.
7. For the male characters, all 3 have hair that begins with a b (1 blonde, 2 browns)
8. All 3 of the lead males are referred to with names beginning with the letter “S”, with Sink, Subaru and Shu (technically, Dog Days’ “Sink” is officially called “Cinque”, but pronounciation-wise it’s “si-” instead of “ke-“, and no one I’ve seen online referred to him as Cinque, and fansubbers stubbornly stuck with their “Shinku” lol)
9. Finally, I gave Bad Endings to all 3 male protagonists. NO SURVIVORS LOL.

I swear I did not plan all of this, heck I originally did not plan to watch Guilty Crown if it weren’t for a certain mod’s posting of the Nyantype/Megami posters (before the Fall 2011 began, the poster with Ponytail and catgirl in bodysuits). Now how’s that for a deja vu filled coincidental irony? 😄

Now I feel like looking up all of next season’s anime and see which one of my watchlist involves a pink haired girl. I’ve hurt them enough 😄

The return of the real RE:the controversy; Guilty Crown Ep 10

Yup, I love this series. It’s so funny, actually. Here, like this:

Ah, a little after thought:


Playing today’s Anime on a low-end Windows Laptop

Original unedited screen capture

 Whoa, isn’t that pixelized. How do we fix that? Read on to find out!

Having recently helped a fellow Animesuki Forum member regarding playback of today’s anime with a low end laptop, I figured it’s time I shared the setup. First, we’ll need a few things here. Note that I’m currently on XP so chances are everything might not go the same way, but I did these exact same things on Win7 when I used it so I’m sure it’ll work with OS’s higher than XP. A 64Bit OS might not work at all, unless the 32Bit versions of these files are used. I should also mention that if you have any codec packs installed, you’ll need to remove those. Personally I was never fond of those.

 My Specs. That’s 1GB of RAM, Intel GMA 965 x3100 graphics.

First we’ll need:
FFDshow, files with the newest date (Note than a 64Bit OS can still use the 32Bit FFdshow because we’ll be using the 32Bit MPC)
Media Player Classic (Yeah I’m using the old one :D, so any MPC better than that should work too, including Home Cinema. By the way, since I’m on XP, I use Media Player 6 as well, yes the very old one, for smoother playback XD)
Haali Media Splitter.
These files. (just in case, but inside are my FFDshow settings)

So, first off, we’ll install FFDshow, and then Haali media splitter.
Maybe those newest FFDshow files took care of this(I’m still using Rev 3996 October 14, 2011), but you might need to  extract the 3 .ax files in my Codec Essential’s RaR file into “\Windows\System32\”, and then go to Start Menu->Run, and type “regsvr32” (without quotes, again this is a 32bit setting so 64bit might be different). These help if you’ve got no video/audio when playing a file.
Run the “ffdshow.reg” in my Codec Essentials, although since I’m using an older FFDshow that might not work :(, so here’s how to do it manually:
Let’s configure FFDshow, because this is important. When you open the FFDshow Video Decoder Configuration, select “codecs” on the left panel, and on the right side select H.264/AVC, make the decoder “libavcodec” and look blow this part and you’ll see a checkbox that says “skip deblocking always”, and make sure it’s checked.
On the left panel, select “Decoder Options”, and make sure it looks as follows:

This is important: On the left hand side, scroll down to “Output”, and make sure you’re settings are as follows:

Then, go to the “RGB Conversion” on the left panel, and make it as follows:

We’re done with FFDshow, onto configure MPC.
In MPC, make the settings as follows:

(I use “VMR7 Renderless” because I’m a screen capper, you can use “VMR7 Windowed” if you’re a non-screen capper)

That’s just about it. If you’ve got Intel Graphics, it might help to disable any sort of video playback enhancement your software has. Due to some screw-up between Intel and Sony, I’m using an incompatible driver set, so I’m sure these settings should work independent of video drivers. I have tested files from a number of fansub groups, so I know it’s not isolated to just one group or encoder (unless all these groups outsource their encoding to a freelance third party like we used to back when I was a translator). I’ve been using FFDshow since I shunned CCCP back in 2006, and back then this configuration was able to play 720p video on my 2005 model solo-core 1.6Ghz laptop. Even better is that playing Quicktime Trailers from Apple Trailers also works with this setup without even installing Quicktime, and playback of Real Media files is also possible without RealAlternative. That’s not all, if you use MPC Home Cinema, you can play back .flv Adobe Flash files (might need to install the ActiveX Flash Plugin, use Internet Explorer to install, not Firefox or other browsers). Post comments to let me know how this all works out

 Now that looks better!

Hi-Res Infinite Stratos OVA preview

Click images for 720p sizes
Houki taking a bath! Looks like I need a bath too! *strips and pounces on Houki*

I admit, I can’t help but laugh at the articles and blog posts online that do a deep analysis about why Infinite Stratos sells so much. I say Screw It, it’s all about the girls, plain and simple english 😄

Seriously, it’s not often we get a series with mecha girls, and not to mention getting an OVA like this, with the girls in casual outfits? Look at Laura, wearing a party dress or something lol. Shirley looks like she just stepped out of a high class all-girls school, and Rinny looks like the weather is cold out lol, but I’m all for Houki and her sleeveless dress shirt, miniskirt ZZZZZZZZettai Ryouiki combo 😄

-Fun facts:

What does the above picture mean? It could mean that there are fans of Ichika’s and Banager’s voice actor, or you know…. mecha fans. Analyze that!

Not bad, eh? #11 in Anime category, and #35 in DVD’s in general, I’d say Infinite Stratos is doing quite well…. 1 year later without some Madoka airing. Analy-…. never mind.

-Sad fact: I’ve yet to see a single BluRay/DVD version episode of the TV series. Now where’s that box cutter…. 😄

Q & A with mangatron: Big ones, Small ones, and any in-between?

The post title is a joke from the Full Metal Panic manga, specifically the second one. I believe its volume 03, when Sousuke worked in a video rental store. I bought that manga in a US Army base bookstore back in 2006 when I returned to Germany, hence why it’s rather special to me. Except for the part where I left it in Germany.

If you read my last post, you’ll find I’m in favor of small, sporadic posts instead of once-a-blue-moon big posts, and to continue that, there are much questions going about that my PM inbox at the Animesuki forums cannot contain. Seriously, I have to empty that almost twice a season 😄 So today I’m going to tackle a question that has arisen a number of times the past 3 seasons: Who is that girl in your avatar?

Q: Okay, it’s been going on for awhile, but why the bouncy avatars?

A: It’s a fairly recent thing. I’m not really known for it, but as usual something happened and it ended up being a habit. It all started with the Anime version of Astarotte’s Toy, and Lotte’s well endowed mother. Specifically, episode 05. And I made it no secret my love for my Queen, but I had the fun idea to take it a step further by placing her in my avatar, perhaps a first for a mature woman such as her 😄

The avatar that started it all

Of course, it made a heavy impact: at the time, my “lolitron” nickname was as prevalent as ever, then all of a sudden a bouncy woman resides in my avatar space? Shortly afterwards, I never failed to receive a PM/visitor message about “Who is the girl(yes she has been called a girl) in your avatar” during this time, and I thought “Oh, there’s not many viewers for this show, maybe I can recommend a lot to it” and I proceeded to pounce on any chance I can get to animate her screen time.

The second Mercelida avatar from episode 09

From that point, I have had a “big” avatar since. If there wasn’t a new pair of big ones that week, the avatar remained. The best part: I have had so many PM’s about questions of what series my avatar came from, and I have directed them to the appropriate thread, thus making them watch a series they never would have had it not been for my avatar. Thus, the story of my bouncy avatars, why I continue to use them, and why it remains the #1 PM I get 😄

Just some of the avatars I’m responsible for since Spring 2011:

This one deserves special mention. My favorite, one that lasted for almost a month, and the most controversial avatar I have used that brought smiles and a headache to mods and regular members alike, which was also responsible for making me clean out my PM inbox twice: R-15’s Chief-chan.

Up next, is… actually, I think I should finish that tutorial first. I was also hoping to resume 7DA afterwards.