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  1. There was a list of people Chris was expecting to be approached by, with such obvious standouts like guards insisting that he had committed some crime that he totally hadn’t and even if he had, they had no proof; or, you know, the girl he was looking for; but the point was, he hadn’t been expecting being approached by the actual priest of the place, and he especially hadn’t been expecting to be asked about his troubles. He almost went right to his instinctive approach, of sardonically laying out exactly why he wasn’t going to talk to them, just like he had with Julian, but he stopped himself. He was worried about something, “I’m looking for someone,” he said. “I don’t know, this place seemed like a good enough landmark for what I was going for, but now I’m worried she didn’t show up.” “Hmm,” the priest said, stroking his moustache as he did so. “Did you tell this person when you'd be here? I can say no one who showed up so far has been waiting for anyone.” “I just said, ‘this afternoon,’ I think,” said Chris, stretching and rubbing his shoulder as if to mimic the priest’s own contemplative action in some way. “It was kind of a longshot, to be honest, but I don’t know, I still had to stop by and make sure, right?” “They could have stopped by earlier, perhaps you could describe them, maybe they had to leave and couldn’t give a message for some reason.” Chris took a breath, an almost-sigh at one last attempt. “Okay,” he said. “Uh, dark hair, dark clothes… I think it was like a skirt? It might have just been a really big shirt. Either way, I guess the most defining feature is that she might have been tracking water everywhere, so if you did see her, uh, sorry about the mop job.” The priest raised an eyebrow at Chris’ sorry mess of a description but kept his mouth shut. “It seems I cannot help you. Perhaps she didn’t enter the church itself? She may have decided to visit the graves or the river beyond. My apologies that I cannot do more for you.” Chris was already on his feet. “There’s an idea, sorry for bothering you, Father, I’ll go take a look then.” A realization came to him. “Actually, if she does show up later with a message for me, you can pass that on to Lana, she knows how to reach me.” Another realization came to him as he was walking out the door. It was a bigger one, like one of his worries had barged to the forefront of his mind and demanded to be taken seriously. “Oh, Father,” Chris said, turning back around, “Sorry, this is an unrelated question: Do you think there are any unforgivable sins?” It was a tough question, and Chris knew it was bad to just spring it on someone, even a member of the clergy, so he wasn’t surprised at the drawn-out silence that followed, that only eventually ended with the priest saying, “That is something that may take more time for a proper answer, but, as you have places to be, I will simply say that there are three main ingredients for mercy: recognition of guilt, seeking forgiveness, and desire to improve.” Chris nodded. “Thank you, Father,” he said, and went off to look for the graveyard and/or river to see what he could find there.
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    The first post of the new series on my blag, going through the 2004 show Paranoia Agent is now up.

     

  3. ←←Previous Topic (Planetes) Episode 01 -- Enter Lil’ Slugger Or: Batterrrrrrr Up! Between the surreality and symbolism of Revolutionary Girl Utena and the fixation on the real of Planetes is a small middle-ground where reality is frequently rendered symbolically, but not to the point of incongruity. That’s the realm that something like Paranoia Agent falls under. Put more simply, Paranoia Agent, a 2004 anime directed by (and premise by) Satoshi Kon, written by Seishi Minakami, and animated by the studio Madhouse, is weird -- weird enough that, at the end of each of the first four episodes in my initial viewing, I thought, “Well, there’s no way the show gets any weirder than this,” only to be proven wrong each time -- but it’s still easy to follow and has very coherent themes. And by “very coherent,” I mean characters will say what the theme is out loud. Certain aspects might get missed at times, but not the primary one. Also helping here is the anthology format. The premise of a police drama investigating a strange string of crimes gets dropped about a third of the way in, and even before then, it wasn’t the focus. Satoshi Kon created the series to use all the little ideas he wouldn’t have been able to turn into a full movie, which is probably why the theming takes such a strong focus -- because it’s more of a throughline than the actual story. In a way, Paranoia Agent is more of a societal cosmic horror story than a crime drama, but we’ll get to that when we get to that. Perhaps the most underrated aspect, though, is the show’s character design. As you can probably tell by the OP (which, like every other time, will get a bigger section to itself, don’t worry), each character is wholly unique, averting the usual anime trope to have only a few stock faces to draw from. This is important, because, for example, a character might disappear for five episodes and come back dressed entirely differently and he needs to be recognizable right away, or foreshadowing and bait-and-switches revolving around characters who do look similar. It’s a small detail, something that would have probably gotten passed by in favor of, you know, having a manageable budget, but it absolutely helps. All that being said, it’s certainly not for everyone. Ignoring the main plot, which is a whole bunch of a kid on roller skates going around bopping people with a golden baseball bat and ignoring the blending of reality and fiction common in Kon’s works, an entire episode is dedicated to a trio trying to commit suicide, including a child, and a character records an underage girl undressing without her knowledge. And this is just off the top of my head -- I’m sure there’s more. I’ll include such warnings as I find them in the rewatch, of course. Until then, I’ll see everyone below the break for episode one. If you didn’t notice, there are links to the episodes again, though, given the mature content, you do have to have a Funimation account set up (though no premium required if you don’t mind a few ads). I hope you enjoy!Perhaps the title gives it away somewhat, but this episode is almost structured as almost like an origin story. While the police investigation and rival investigation by magazine reporter Akio Kawazu are the main plot, a great deal of focus is given towards how the antagonist of the series, Shonen Bat/Lil’ Slugger depending on the translation (and yes, it is weird that Funimation uses the old translation for the title but a newer translation everywhere else -- I distinctly remember “Lil’ Slugger everywhere the first time I watched this, though I will try to be consistent with the current subtitles at time of writing), is brought into the public consciousness. In fact, a not-insignificant amount of time is simply dedicated to people talking. “Do you know? Do you know? Have you heard the news?” Some of this is because of who Shonen Bat’s first victim is, Tsukiko Sagi, the designer behind Maromi, basically Paranoia Agent’s version of Kitty White of Hello Kitty fame, which is what I imagine gets it on the news in the first place. If Shonen Bat had, say, first attacked Akio Kawazu, I don’t think it would have hooked Japan in quite the same way, though I suppose the idea of “elementary school brat beating people up” is worth talking about. In any case, by the end of the episode, Shonen Bat is still a minor curiosity, a thing to mention off-hand, and part of the show from this point on is to see where he goes from here. There’s also a key point I should touch on with regards to Shonen Bat’s modus operandi while he’s still being introduced: Both of his attacks were at people who perceived themselves at their lowest point. Tsukiko is obvious, she’s under immense pressure at work to replicate her success in designing Maromi while she’s also collapsing under the weight of a losing workplace politics game, and Akio is in immense debt after hitting an old man in a reckless driving incident to the point that he starts stalking and Tsukiko after her attack and seemingly forcing her to either relive her trauma or recant it. The sequence of Akio calling after Tsukiko on a barely-lit street makes this distinction even clearer: despite being a sleazebag, this is still something Akio is doing out of desperation. Meanwhile, I suppose I should talk about the other two principal characters introduced in this episode, the two police officers Keiichi Ikari and Mitsuhiro Maniwa. On the surface, they have a pretty stock dynamic; the older, gruffer, Keiichi tends to rely on his strong intuition built up by years of being on the force, while the younger Mitsuhiro is more empathetic, and insists on approaching the Shonen Bat case scientifically. This characterization is strong enough that it becomes immediately apparent in their introduction as they interview Tsukiko, which means like the character experiencing his origin story, the rest of their time on the show is going to be spent taking apart the how and why of these two characters. Really, that’s what makes Paranoia Agent a compelling mystery. Each person throughout the series has their own secrets that necessitate revealing to understand the Shonen Bat attacks. Whether it’s the madman who turns out to be a fourth-wall-breaking oracle or Tsukiko’s complicated relationship with her creation/hallucinatory imaginary friend Maromi, these are the things to keep in mind. -r Next time: Suspect Number One is introduced, and he’s not happy about his new title. ←Previous Topic (Planetes) -- Link to Episode
  4. that also sounds like a threat 7/10OP Suggestion: tonight's mood is influential industrial rock this one feels like it's using its electro influences to drag on for a full seven minutes but it's still pretty fun if you like this sort of thing and haven't heard of skinny puppy already 7/10
  5. guy whose job it is to have a good voice has a good voice more at 7(/10) the fadeout is a bit awkward but i assume that's the video's fault not the song's other than that 7.5/10OP Suggestion: have a ten-minute slide guitar and mohan veena jam session because that's the sort of mood i'm in 7.5/10
  6. the lack of new polls can sometimes bring about a sense of ennui. this is common. but fear not there are still polls on the site you can be a part of. for example, you can vote on what anime you want me to cover next on my blag. you can even select multiple choices so you don't have to kill any darlings. wow what a good deal.

     

  7. that sounds like a threat 8/10 but is there an instrumental version?OP Suggestion: have some mythology about colors to brighten your day 6.5/10
  8. Well, I gave myself an extra week break because I didn't realize the first Saturday of January was literally New Year's, but now it's time to get back to blagging away. "But what will you blag about?" you may ask, and, well, like the previous two times, that's going to be decided by a poll. Here are your options: Mawaru Penguindrum Paranoia Agent Serial Experiments Lain I put an "other" option too just in case someone wants to force me to go in to something blind and leave comments on it but if you vote for that option you're legally obligated to tell me what that is. That's just how it works. I hope to enjoy whatever comes, though. The poll ends when Friday (January 14) does, and the first post of the new anime will come out the next day.
  9. Chris wasn’t quite used to the shunting back to above-ground just yet, having only done it two or three times with loads of bodily trauma in-between each to make even such a situation as this fade to the back of his memory, but he was starting to. The magic teleporting string now in his possession being such a close facsimile helped as well, as did the inevitable medical treatment awaiting them on the other end. But he couldn’t stay and hang out like last time -- he’d said as much before, but it couldn’t hurt to say it again: “Alright, well, I have to hopefully go find the girl who gave me this purple heart-thing,” he said, patting the pocket where he’d kept it (thankfully it was still there, he wasn’t sure what he would have done if it was gone) and trying to remember exactly what Estellise had said about it (something about summoning, he remembered that much? Maybe she hadn’t said much else) before wandering off in the direction of the church. It had been a while since he’d actually been to church, Chris realized as he entered, the late afternoon sun bathing the entryway in a golden light. His parents had certainly tried to instil in him a sense of piety, though, given his current line of work and relation to his parents, nobody could really say that it took (this in addition to the general politics of being nobility and interacting with the church, which he also never enjoyed the few times he was involved -- especially the solstice party everyone agreed to never speak of again). This one was smaller than the one he was used to, but that was the only big difference. Chris supposed that things changed slowly when you were a church. He hadn’t been listening too closely, but he was pretty sure he’d have known if there were any big schisms or reasons to change things up. He didn’t see anything immediately out of the ordinary, certainly no mysterious water girls throwing themselves into his open arms or anything, but that didn’t mean anything given how little he knew of his potential engagement’s circumstances. Maybe there had to be nobody else around -- the church wasn’t crowded, but there were other people. Maybe the time of day he’d suggested was all wrong for the woman. Maybe, the worst-case scenario, they just weren’t coming at all. Whatever it was, it was worth waiting around for to make sure, so Chris took a seat in one of the rearmost pews and did exactly that, passing the time by taking the purple heart out of his pocket and pondering it as it pulsed with energy in his hands.
  10. i'm not saying the matrix 4 and adolescence of utena are the same movie but i am saying it would be very funny to nameswap "neo" and "trinity" with "utena" and "anthy" respectively

    1. radio414

      radio414

      would the matrix 4 have been improved by including a sequence where neo turns into a car? the answer might surprise you.

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      Thar

      top 10 reasons Matrix Resurrection is a legume

      number 7 will make you piss ur pants and cry

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      radio414

      i don't know about legumes but it sure is nutty

  11. Funeral Pyre “The leaders? Hm,” Joy said, tacitly avoiding Olive’s attempts at flirting with her. “I’m not sure entirely how successful we can be at that.” She brought a hand to her chin and thought some more, occasionally glancing over at Timothy like he was going to include some insight he clearly was not. “I mean, I’m not going to fake modesty and say I haven’t fallen into that position. I know us watchdogs are supposed to keep moving, to spread our canon far and wide -- I’m sure that’s what you’re doing now, why you came this far out of the way of, well, everything -- but surely you’ve encountered a place that needs a little extra work. Ah, no offense, of course, Timothy, to you or the island.” Timothy, for his part, found it most prudent to stay silent, acting like he wasn’t paying attention to the point that such an obvious facade of ignorance was part of the act as well. Joy, though, either didn’t notice or such motions had no effect on her as she continued, “Even if there was a leader here, we -- that is, you, me, your friend, or any other watchdog on the island -- would make decisions in their stead. But there wasn’t a leader when I arrived, or not one as such. Sure, Laura handles all the temple administration and Sparky’s got control of the docks, so I suppose you could refer to them, but no headman.” Her eyes widened a bit as she realized a possible implication of what she had just said, “Oh, but that’s not to say that’s why I stayed. Anyway, all this to say, we could probably manage a who’s who, but don’t expect much. And,” Joy turned back towards Timothy, who was still feigning ignorance. “So we will still have the pyre, so the roof should probably get repaired, but no fireworks, you were right.” “No fireworks,” Timothy repeated. “And I will.” “Well, thank you for bringing that to my attention,” Joy said. “Now, I suppose we should probably go off to the temple, start inviting people, and, well, see what the rest of the day has in store for us.” Don’t make me Go Out on My Own There was only one temple on Andalou, but, like Ricky said, it was the biggest thing on the island; there was no way to miss it once someone pointed you in the right direction. This was not its only noticeable quality, however. In fact, of all the buildings on the island with the aesthetic of the “old island” -- that was to say, the ruined areas -- the temple was the most complete, with the only damage more attributable to the incessant march of time than whatever had happened to even the buildings around them. This was the environment Laura inhabited for most of the day. She didn’t overwork herself, and she took breaks when she needed to, but where else was she to be? This was what she enjoyed doing, anyway, presiding over the temple’s many altars, offering prayers to each one as she passed it by, even to the gods who had long since disappeared from the world. Maybe it was meaningless, but it was worth it to her, and that ranked higher on her list of needs than almost anything else. She was just tending to the small ember perpetually maintained in front of Lar’s altar when someone came in, a newcomer and, going by the way he carried himself, a watchdog as well. “Hello, and welcome,” she said. “What can I do for you? Which altar is yours?” OOC
  12. wow can't believe we made it all the way through the bracket after 64 matches here are your final standings: 4th place (the "just happy to be here" ranking): D4DJ First Mix - Guruguru DJ TURN!! by Happy Around! 3rd place (the "guy with champagne despite two people on the podium higher than them meme" ranking): Toradora! - Pure Pare-Do by Rie Kugimiya, Yui Horie, and Eri Kitamura 2nd place (the "first loser" ranking): K-On!! - Go! Go! Maniac! by Aki Toyosaki, Yōko Hikasa, Satomi Satō and Minako Kotobuki 1st place (the "objectively the best anime op of all time that's how science works congrats" ranking): Durarara!! - Uragiri no Yuuyake by Theatre Brook thanks to all participants, congrats again to durarara!! and commiserations, of course, to all the other, less good ops oh and happy new year
  13. Kinda bounced off the vocals but liked everything else 8/10 not gonna lie i'm already not the biggest fan of the original song but this is fine 6/10OP Suggestion: big ol' lie of a title this song is four minutes not one, besides that it's pretty neat 8/10
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    freed from anime for the time being i have decided to return to my wavelength transmission roots to ruin music as well you should check a look

     

  15. hi how are you I started compiling a list back in like September when I realized two things: I'd listened to a lot of music from this year, and a lot of it had been good. In fact, even before I get into the top ten list, here are a bunch of other albums from this year I think you could also do with checking out just because. They're only ordered alphabetically by artist; I saved the real effort for the list itself: With those out of the way, if I haven't mentioned something on this list, if I didn't include your favorite album, it's probably not that I didn't like it and think your taste is bad, it's just that there was way too much music that came out this year for me to have feasibly heard all of it (just like every year). In fact, if you include links in the comments, I'll probably even check them out. I mean, that's what my (admittedly poorly maintained, sorry) rates thread is for, but still, leave your list (or any good albums of 2021 it doesn't have to be ten i know how big of an undertaking this was you don't have to follow my footsteps) in the comments if you have one -- it will be just as valid as mine. Alright, well, that's all I got. Like I said, let me know what you think or, even if you don't do that, I hope you find something you enjoy here out of the seventeen albums posted. Here's to 2022 being a good year in general, and, for the purposes of this post, for music especially. -r PS. If any of the links don't work or lead to unavailable videos let me know and I'll try and fix it, though it'll probably be the new year before I can be sure they work for as many people as possible.
  16. gifts got were a pocket knife an umbrella slippers (dunno if they were dragon-shaped i technically haven't received them yet) some cool face masks fire emblem three houses and a bunch of chocolates
  17. D4DJ First Mix - Guruguru DJ TURN!! by Happy Around! or Toradora! - Pure Pare-Do by Rie Kugimiya, Yui Horie, and Eri Kitamura poll ends at the end of the year
  18. Durarara!! - Uragiri no Yuuyake by Theatre Brook or K-On!! - Go! Go! Maniac! by Aki Toyosaki, Yōko Hikasa, Satomi Satō and Minako Kotobuki poll ends at the end of the year
  19. Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both. -Proverbs 27:3 (NIV)Things weren’t going great, but they weren’t going terribly either, in Melissa’s eyes anyway. Morgan was certainly taking all those hits in stride, Devin was helping supply such hits since “batter Morgan until she says not to” was part of the plan so far, and Melissa was, well, she was still a limp body clinging onto an AI-generated cherub, but she was doing her best all the same. If Zadkiel was caught off-guard by Morgan’s sudden beam attack, it certainly didn’t show it. Melissa was surprised enough for the two of them, then, her consciousness more interested in following the beam's trajectory than watching the woman on the hill become "on the hill" no longer. Her attention snapped back, though, when a few words from their opponent caught her ear: "Training to take down those bastards" the woman said. It was progress towards the woman's motives, for one (though, Melissa noted that they hadn't really asked before -- something to work on?), and it also gave Melissa the seeds she needed for a new approach. Melissa had Zadkiel land just outside the sandstorm the woman was whipping up and dismissed the angel; she wanted to face the woman by herself. She put a sleeve to her face, oriented herself to the center of the storm, and started walking. Whatever she had been expecting, it wasn't this! Every step -- every movement, even -- hurt so, so much, every breath felt labored, really, the fact that she kept going despite her idiocy was a small miracle in itself. Or maybe it was determination; she had to talk to this woman. "Okay, time out," Melissa said as soon as she could see a vague outline ahead of her, even while squinting her eyes against the buffeting sands. "Time out. This is training for you?" She would have asked more but a particularly strong gust of wind made sure her eyes and mouth stayed shut. "Well, yeah," was the response, the woman going about things much more casually than Melissa, like the sand wasn't a problem at all for her. "I'm meant for much more than playing around in this place. The real fight is back home; you're all just a warm-up." Melissa took a few moments to steel herself for a few more sentences, which eventually came out as, "Okay, well, can we move the fight then? There's- I think there's an arena back at our apartment, you could probably come over whenever we're not busy. We could go back right now, even." "What?" the woman said. "No way, I'm leaving as soon as I finish up here. I ain't going anywhere with you or your weird friends." Ah well. In a different world, she might have kept trying to reason with the woman, but between the raging storm, the new stone edge the woman had formed during their brief conversation, and, most importantly, the fact that any damage done seemed to get repaired overnight (not to mention no bystanders to protect), Melissa's priorities shifted. "Sandalphon," she whispered into her sleeve. Melissa, given your current state and the state of your environment, it is unlikely you will be able to maintain one of us for the duration you are expecting. "Well, we have to do something," Melissa managed. "I'll try to hold on for as long as I can."Perhaps the most understated of the ophan's abilities is its ability to draw attention to itself, particularly away from the girl manifesting it. The woman in the storm, for example, says, "Now what's this thing?!" and immediately turns her stone edge its way. The ophan does not seem to mind the attack. If anything, its radiance seems to more evoke a feeling of concern for the girl, its host. It's right, of course. Maintaining her unconscious trance is difficult. The blowing sand alone causes static to appear in the corners of her vision, and that's not to mention that even as she is, she still needs to breathe, introducing a new, constant pain that keeps threatening to break her meditation. She manages, though, even if just barely, and, as if in appreciation for her efforts, the ophan prepares a laser, takes aim at the woman at the center of the storm, and fires.
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    the utena finale aired december 24 1999 this is the only holiday i will accept

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