Citrus – yuri without ice

Two posts with a title that contains Yuri on Ice in some form. I wonder if I can stretch it even farther.

BUT!

Rejoice, my fellow clansmen! Citrus has arrived and it’s straight up yuri. It’s got Ayana Taketatsu voicing our peppy pseudo-gyaru Aihara Yuzu. And Mei is voiced by Minami Tsuda, who notably has starred in Yuruyuri. Really, if it weren’t for the obvious marketing for the show (and the super spoiler that is the OP) and art style I would have been able to go into this blind and have an even bigger reaction to the very first hint of the yuri seven minutes in.

Not much to go on as of this episode. Other than noticing that Yuzu’s mother seems to be pretty strong since she handily lifted a box that Yuzu had trouble getting off the ground, even though they both seemed to have similar body frame and size. I suppose one could say she’s a strong and independent woman… WHO DON’T NEED NO-

The teacher isn’t given much of an introduction. The beginning is already pinning him as a target for our disgust. It’s a bummer because again, plot-wise it seems too much like rote and routine just so we can get our yuri on. (I ain’t complaining.)

I am heavily breathing in anticipation of the next episode already. I don’t think I really need to try and convince others to watch. It’s yuri, and those who desire it shall find and bask in its glory.

Citrus – yuri without ice

Sora yori mo Tooi Basho – The place where Yuri on Ice jokes reside

That feel and surprise when you discover an interesting anime, but you want to keep it to yourself so that you can enjoy it in solitude. I’m kidding, of course.

Name of the game is Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho, and it’s an anime original. I really am hyped for this show simply because there’s no source to refer to. It’s annoying to visit discussion threads and have to watch out for that kind of thing. I stumbled upon a good word for those kinds of people thanks to Reddit: sourcerers.

In addition to the art being fairly good, having plenty of decent angle work and actual character acting, the seiyuu list is fucking stacked. I really shouldn’t be aiming to watch a show solely for the idea of who’s voicing what character, but when a highly relevant-to-my-interests show hires a giant A-team, I’m going to watch it.

I’m particularly fond of Iguchi Yuka voice. I recently re-watched Yama no Susume after hearing about the incoming 3rd season. Her character only made a few appearances at the moment and had one line at the end of the first episode, but it was enough for me to want the next episode already.

I also have Overlord S2 to watch already. And I thought I’d at least have a break from watching anime to write stuff. Guess not.

Sora yori mo Tooi Basho – The place where Yuri on Ice jokes reside

Hard drives got better.

I’ve had a technology category I haven’t used in over 3 years. Good fucking lord. I can’t believe I waited that long just to post a tech entry.

Let’s begin with my opening image. If the bro-hug is making you wary, please direct your eyes to the right-most girl. She’s flipping out because she’s a (recently awakened) fujoshi. I am flipping out, too.

For you see, Seagate has finally developed a design with more than one actuator in a spindle hard disk. It’s amazing for how long this seemed an obvious solution, but only in this most recent announcement that it’s finally a viable product. It’s very much like the lead up to the Oculus Rift. We’ve had the technology to do VR for a very long time. However, we needed technology to reach a point where it is cost-effective to do so. The Rift was simply slapping smartphone panels onto our heads, and then waiting for panel technology to get good enough.

I wondered why we weren’t making one with individually moving heads. This news item is bluntly saying we simply didn’t have the technology to get it to happen. Seagate was already making designs for a while, and now a two actuator hard disk is finally feasible.

Makes you wonder if it’s still worth it when we have SSD solutions today. I do think that spindle drives are on the way out. But having this new tech might mean that those who can’t afford the comfort of SSDs will still have a low-cost high capacity option. It also means that the SSD+spindle option will remain a popular solution for an even longer time.

However, all of this might mean nothing for a number of anime fans. Not everyone has piles of hard drives and a full tower PC. I imagine a large portion watch on their TVs via a gaming console or phone, as well as directly on their phone. So, while I’m rather excited that such technology is still developed, improving spindle-based storage might be a breath in the wind. Spindle drives would have to receive another innovation in data retention and longevity – if not simply becoming indestructible in normal or extreme operations.

Hard drives got better.

Hassan Chop!

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Overlord continues to have nicely timed comedy in the midst of all the serious world building, and a perfect main character to have as a conduit for the viewership. The head bonk also immediately propelled Nabe’s character into adorable-as-fuck tier to me. The minion moe in this show is impeccable. That’s always something I can enthuse over. She also reminds me of Aoyama Motoko, the first woman sword-wielder I really enjoyed.

Momonga (aka Ainz, big bad skele-kun) is gamifying almost everything to his advantage while seeking any links to the real world he’s from. I’ve been able to reel back my inner gamer from correcting any obvious mistakes or oversights by any characters, because Momonga is already in the same position to think the same. Yet it’s also an interesting foil against him, because by having such a perspective of his surroundings, he’s often unintentionally tripping flags through minor actions that are rather monumental in the world he’s now in.

For me, the most interesting part of this show is the process Momonga goes through to learn and adapt to his foreign environment. It’s inadvertent world building, and if done right, the least obtrusive. Makes for a more organic and enjoyable experience. No one likes an exposition fairy. Although I suppose I can’t expect such great heights all the time. Always have to be ready to be disappointed.

For the uninitiated: Hassan Chop!

Hassan Chop!

Let’s Hug Ren-chon.

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I’m sure most of us would like to hug Renge. Although we’ll probably straight up be denied like Natsumi is right in here in the screencap.

We’re up to episode 4, and holy hell. Season 2 is even better than the first one. No, I can’t dare compare it. It’s simply Non Non Biyori as a whole being good. A damn fine show that’s perfect for relaxing your goddamn soul right to the fucking core. I also sometimes gets too frickin’ aggressively relaxed and happy when shows like this appear. It’s like some sort of energy displacement occurs, causing me to over-enjoy the show. I get so hyped, that it starts a cascading effect that amplifies my enjoyment of the show. I just end up being unnecessarily scintillating with joy when Nonday rolls around. I’ll sit in my chair with energy at 350.00%, unable to restrain it from shaking my body, but I’m completely fine not moving an inch, because why waste energy when you can enjoy Non Non Biyori with all of it? It’s an uncanny efficiency rating that the automobile industry would be jealous of. I’m not even sure what the fuck I’m talking about anymore.

I really like Non Non Biyori. I highly enjoy the comedic timing and usage of music throughout the show, and the director has never let me down so far. I was kind surprised to learn he did Kokoro Connect, which I watched, but thought was quite flawed. Maybe he’s just better at doing slice of life comedies.

Thanks Katsuwara Shinya. Mondays have never been better.

(Episode highlights if click.)

Let’s Hug Ren-chon.