Well, here you go.
So, ever since Persona 3, the games have always made the Lovers arcana to be the implied love interest. Crazy, right?
And here's an interview of Erica Harlacher, Ann's VA.
1 day agoCaButler
Time for some random failures and crazy shenanigans!
Yeah, I honestly have no idea what she's doing, and she's basically ignoring the enemies to shoot at that one spot. Must owe her money.
I was moving to try to get the ball in, but if I just left it alone it probably would have gone in without any help. Though I did score a minute afterwards (which I did not include).
So go me!
2 days agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our next Transformers review, where today we're going into the Legends Class of the Titan's Return line to look at a very special figure who is suffering a bit from an identity crisis. Why? Well, there is a bit of a story behind it.
But you may already know the story if I introduce you to him. So let's get this out of the way. May I present to you the Titan's Return Legends Class figure, Rumble!
Or as we proper G1 people like to call him, Frenzy. Here's the thing. In the G1 cartoon Soundwave had four chest minions, two of them humanoid. They were Frenzy and Rumble. The original toys at Rumble be the black and red chest minion while Frenzy as the blue and purple chest minion. But the cartoon switched them up, so Frenzy was red and Rumble was blue.
And even to this day, nobody is exactly clear on who is suppose to be who. Now, while the color scheme says Frenzy to me, for the purposes of this review, I'll call him Rumble.
Anyway, here's the back of the packaging showing off all of Rumble's different modes. So let's get him out of the box and see how he really looks.
So here we have Rumble, a repaint and remold of the Legends class chest minion Rewind, and yeah, he looks pretty cool. I don't have Rewind so I won't be doing any comparisons here. One thing about Rumble is that the legs don't provide a lot of stability, so you need to make sure he's got good leg position to keep him steady.
Up close you can see that the red visor really comes out. I also like the detail on the chest. It's nicely done. Also, how long until we get the straight repaint of Frenzy? One thing to note is that Rumble has gigantic arms! Seriously, those things are bigger than his head!
As a legends class figure, don't expect another Cosmos. Rumble is pretty limited, mostly do to his legs being pretty hollow. He also has no waist swivel and lacks a proper bicep swivel. He isn't that poseable, to be honest.
Rumble also comes with a gun! Just hte one. And no, it can't be stored on his back. Stop being silly, though the gun does store someplace interesting in one of his alt-modes.
So let's do our comparisons.
Here we have Rumble with Combiner Wars Legends class Thundercracker. They're about the same, height wise.
For more of a scale, here we have Rumble with SDCC Brainstorm.
And lastly, here is Rumble with Combiner Wars Buzzsaw. I won't be bringing out Soundwave until later, if you're looking for that.
Anyway, let's discuss the alt-modes. First we'll go with his vehicle alt-mode, then his tape/tablet mode.
So, yeah, Rumble has a tan kmode. The transformation is rather simple and everything attaches well, so there's no issues there.
He can role pretty well, as well, and that's really all I've got to say about it. Oh, but there are a couple of pegs on top of hte tank mode if you want to plug in some Titanmasters, which is something Buzzsaw had in his vehicle alt-mode.
Not much left to say about that so let's get some comparisons out of the way.
Here is Rumble with Combiner Wars Warpath, just to show off another tank with tank goodness. They can look similiar, and while they are both remolds, they're remolds of different molds.
For another comparison, here is Rumble with Combiner Wars Bombshell.
And because we needed to, here is Rumble with Buzzsaw's vehicle alt-mode. I think I prefer Rumble here.
Now for the mode you'll probably have him in, the table mode.
Getting him from tank to tablet mode is rather easy. Just move the arms to the side and fold down the flaps. You don't need to do anything else.
Of course, the stuff shown here are stickers, and if they're anything like Buzzsaw, they're going to come off pretty quickly after wear and tear.
In case you're curious, this is the back of Rumble. As for hte gun, there's actually a place to store it on the side, which is nice to have since it means you can't lose anything.
For a quick comparison, here is Rumble with Buzzsaw, and you can see my Buzzsaw has seen better days. And yes, he can store inside of the tape decks for Soundwave and Blaster.
Here you can see Soundblaster observing the entry. However, the IDW Leader class figures can only store one at a time, so bear that in mind when purchasing these figures.
And... yeah, I'm not really impressed by these guys. I may get Rewind just to help out Blaster but I don't see myself getting these tape deck guys like I would hte extra Titanmasters.
Now, my next set of reviews is actually going to be based on a theme. I have all the figures necessary but I have some extra work to do first before I'm able to review it. I'm looking to start next week but I can't be entirely certain yet. But this stuff will happen.
And yes I know I have Weiss to do still, but her time will come, trust me.
Oh, that theme? Something to do with these figures combing to form a bigger figure. Something like that. It may not interest you, but we'll see. Until then.
3 days agoCaButler
Just in time for RT to get their Anime podcast back going, I have a couple of shows I've been watching recently. Here's some first looks:
Hybrid x Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia - An anime about hot girls in revealing outfits fighting alien monsters who power up by having the main male protagonist feel them up. I'm not kidding here.
Hybrid X Heart is a story about the human race getting it's ass kicked by a bunch of inter-dimensional aliens, forcing humanity into these floating cities. There they continue to fight the aliens using a special tech called Heart Hybrids. However, they're limited in their power source. Enter our main character, Kizuna, who is brought into the city by his sister, who tells him that he needs to help out three girls with their own suits to power them up or they die. No, really, if they lose power the pilots die.
How do they regain their power? Basically sexual activity short of actual sex. And man, even with the censors it's a wonder this show made it on the air.
Here's the thing. I don't typically mind fanservice shows as long as they're entertaining in some way. Most tend to be bad while a few turn out to be so bad their good. it's very rare to have a fanservice show that is legitimate good. High School DxD is way better than it has any right to be.
For Hybrid X Heart, I was hoping they'd take their ridiculous premise and just run with it, keeping the tongue firmly planted in their cheek... or the cheek of one of the ladies. However, it looks like the show is kind of going into a serious route and I don't think it can handle it. Again, look at High School DxD to see how it's done right.
That said, it's got a pretty good cast of characters and they're all well designed. And if you think it's because they seem like they're drawn by a hentai artist, that's because... they were. Yeah, probably best for a fanservice show. We'll see how this goes but I'm honestly not expecting another High School DxD.
Hey, did you hear it got a fourth season? How crazy is that?
Flip Flappers - Hey, it's another magical girl show! Crazy, right? Well, I say magical girl show because I don't mean "sailor moon", but as in a magical show featuring girls. I've only seen the first episode but the first episode was basically these two girls randomly meeting up and going on an adventure in another dimension.
Given it's color and design (and it's absolutely gorgeous animation), it seems like a very lighthearted and fun show. And it is, because these two girls are having a blast. But there are some dark undertones here, especially at the end of the first episode where one of the characters is kidnapped by evil looking robots.
No, I'm not kidding. But the first warning sign for me was how the city had this Utena like feel to it, and if you've ever seen Utena or know anything about it then you already know that's a major warning flag. But then there was the part where the one crazy girl tried to get something for the calmer girl and was getting whacked in the face by what can best be described as a red tentacle.
Yes, these are middle school girls, why do you ask? Luckily it didn't go in that direction as the girl was basically getting slammed repeatedly in the face, drawing blood. Which should have been the second warning.
I'm interested in this show. If anything else the animation won me over. And the ending sequence, too.
That's all I got for now. Tomorrow, I promise, I'll do my Rumble review. Until then.
4 days agoCaButler
Episode 45: The Rival Appears Once More
Hello everybody and welcome to another exciting episode of The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky. The story about two young bracers joining up with a man bear and a traveling bard to enter a tournament in order to gain access to a castle.
In our last episode, it was mostly build up to today’s episode. Mainly, talking to Zane, teaming up with him and having Olivier join up just because he wanted to. Though along the way we did meet with a nun who some intelligence officers were very protective of. Honestly, I can’t be a coincidence at all as something is going to come from that, I can feel it.
But now it’s time for the tournament to begin proper. After speaking to some fellow bracers and everybody else, we’re off to face our opponents. Who could they be? Let’s tune in and find out.
First, as always, a quick recap of where we are in the story. We take the team into the arena and it just so happens that our opponents are the Ravens, who tried to play some mind games on Estelle and company, but apparently Estelle is the master of mind games and reversed the attack on them. They’re gunning for revenge, seeing this as divine providence. They brag about the training they’ve received and they’re going to show Team Man Bear the results.
Estelle is happy to see that they’re gunning for a fight as much as she is, but she won’t be taking it easy on them. And I only just realized that I forgot to make adjustments to my Orbments. I blame this cold I have.
Anyway, Olivier notices Estelle’s change in attitude.
Joshua knows better than to call Estelle manly. He’s suffered that lesson first hand. Zane is ready to brawl with the referee announcing the beginning of the second match. He orders the teams to take their spots, then tells them to fight!
And with that, battle is joined. The Ravens basically get first strike here, but they’re all grouped up and lined up, allowing me to bring out a lot of AoE spells. Joshua’s and Estelle’s respective attacks get some nice shots in, leaving three of the four dazed.
I use one of Zane’s attacks to confuse the last guy, basically giving me this match. All that’s left is to just finish them off from here. It’s not even a fair fight. I hope nobody placed bets on the Ravens. Olivier gets the last strike, dropping a rock on Deen, and with that, victory!
With the battle ended, the Referee announces that Team Man Bear are victorious! Deen is upset that they lost again, with Rais saying he’s too tough. I assume he means Zane. Rocco just curses, but then Estelle goes right back to playing her mind games.
Did... we were watching the same battle, right? Where I basically dazed and confused the lot of them to guarantee my win? It wasn’t even close. I just have to assume it’s the mind games being played again. Deen and Rais are having trouble remembering the fight, probably due to being hit with that time spell, but Zane, who only just met them today, says that everybody gave it their all and that they can return to the waiting rooms with their heads held high.
Which they do after a fade out. Back in the waiting room Carna is surprised at how well the Ravens fought. Seriously, did everybody else watch a different fight then the one I did? Grant says that he was watching the fight closely and thought it wasn’t bad. Oliver thanks him, stating that their change of heart was born of a desire to follow his shining moral example. You only just met them, Olivier, so I don’t think you had any influence over them.
Anelace buys into it, so Estelle has to step in to stop it.
This is something we’ve long since established for a while now. Before any more of this conversation can continue, the third match is announced. From the south side, blue team, lead by First Lieutenant Riel, the Royal Army’s Third Regiment, the Scholars!.
The camera pans over to the group, with Riel taking the lead. Next is the North side, red team, captained by Don Capua, it’s the Capua Family, also known as the Sky Bandits!
Yeah, I’m in agreement here. When did they escape their cells? Joshua lingers on them, probably remembering that his one true love, Josette, may be among them. Olivier seems to recall the name as we cut to the arena grounds. The announce says they have a unique match for them, describing the Capua Family has a bunch of scoundrels who caused a lot of trouble in the Bose region. But today they’re eager to fight in a fair and honest manner.
...I just realized something. If the Intelligence Division has been behind a lot of what’s been happening in the game, which includes performing mind control over the Don and the Mayor, could the reason the family is here today because they also got hypnotized?
In any case, the Capua’s are looking to win to atone for their misdeeds. And wouldn’t you know it, Duke Dunan is the one sponsoring the team. And suddenly my theory doesn’t seem so farfetched. Zane suspects the whole team play rule was just for those criminals. Olivier laughs it off, saying that the Duke is a generous man. Also easily manipulated. Neither Estelle nor Joshua are amused by this.
That’s when we return to the arena grounds where the Referee announces the start of the match. With all teams in position, he signals them to begin and battle is joined. The Sky Bandits waste no time in rushing the enemy, but the Scholars return in kind, focusing on one person.
Kyle is seen preparing a bomb while the rest do what they can to deal with their opponents. The Don takes out three soldiers in one shot despite losing one of their own, but Kyle is the one who finishes the battle with his bomb. Estelle is not happy about this.
Stranger things have happened. Also, be honest, you were hoping Josette would win, Joshua. In any case, Estelle will not let a bunch of rotten bandits win, especially that stupid girl who wore a school uniform to trick them all! Zane tells them to just make sure their guard is up when the next battle begins.
That’s when Riel’s team returns, looking pretty beaten up. He can’t believe they lost to a bunch of thugs, but luckily his counterpart, first Lieutenant Bern is there to cheer them up. Mainly that those thugs are used to fighting as a group. Riel replies that it isn’t the strength of their enemy as it is their weakness. Which means more training, maggots!
And now it’s time for the fourth and final match of the day. On the south side, the blue team, captained by First Lieutenant Bern, the Seventh Regiment Border Patrol, the Wall! Riel tells them to make this final fight count, which Bern is all to anxious to do. He soon leads his team out to the arena as they announce the other team.
From the north side, the red team, captained by Second Lieutenant Lorence, the Royal Army Intelligence Division, the Spymasters! Estelle is anxious to watch this fight as Joshua recalls the name. We fade to the arena grounds as the referee starts the match. And with that, battle is joined.
The Intelligence Division wastes no time rushing Bern’s team, but it’s a clear mismatch as they can barely due anything to the spies. Lorence basically one shots three of them in a row as the rest of his team finishes off the captain. And you thought the match with the Ravens was one sided. Which Estelle agrees with.
I think everybody else agrees with you. Zane thought it was impressive, though eh comments that they were a man short in the prelims. Turns out, they had a ace in the hole. Olivier says that they are also aces in the hole and is confident in their victory. Joshua, however, seems to recognize the fighting style one of them was using. He’s in his own world so it takes Estelle a bit to snap him out of it. He plays it off as being really impressed, but Estelle seems to doubt that. Olivier plays along as the announcer ends the days matches.
To recap, our winners were Kurt’s Team, the Don’s Team, Zane’s Team and Lorence’s Team. Which of these four will be crowned our King of Fight... wait, I can’t use that? It’s copyrighted? Since when! Tell them they can talk to my lawyer if they want to sue! What do you mean they burned my lawyer’s offices down! That kind of crap is that!
Fine. Jerks. So which of these four will be crowned our Supreme Lord of Combatants? You’ll have to come back tomorrow to find out. But we won’t be doing that. As the screen fades away we get our reward. Twenty thousand mira in cash prize! Nice. As we fade into the outside of the arena, Zane, as captain, is giving a prep talk to the group. Good job out there, but we’ll need to do better the next two days!
Estelle is happy that they are moving on, but they do have some tough competition, which includes a fellow bracer team. Joshua agrees, stating that they can’t let their guard down. Olivier, however, is confident in their victory, for it is fated in the stars!
Or, as he puts it.
Estelle continues to help out her team by bringing them back to reality. Still, Zane doesn’t disagree about the positive thinking. They need to keep their spirits up today so they can be prepared for tomorrow. Speaking of spirits, time to hit the bar! Olivier is ready to join Zane while Joshua suggests giving an update to the guild as well as checking for any new updates. Estelle agrees, so she turns to the soon to be drunken duo and says they’ll need to take a rain check. They’re underage anyway so it’s not like they can join them in the party.
With that, Zane says to meet at the hotel lobby as he and Olivier leave to go get piss drunk. This leaves Estelle and Joshua to do the important task of keeping the paperwork up to date. Joshua also suggests that they should get more info around town. When Estelle asks what kind of info, they’re interrupted by a voice. It’s the Ravens!
You don’t have to keep the mind games going, Estelle. The competition is over. Deen tells her not to get cocky, making an excuse that they didn’t have time to train properly. I’ll say, but they are confident that they will win next time. Rais is kind of annoyed that Deen wants to come back again after the last beating, but Estelle readily accepts their challenge. Joshua calls her out on being hasty, but she wonders what the problem is? As long as they keep up their own training, they’ll be fine. Deen calls her an optimistic twerp and gives them the keys to the Grancel Sewer. Estelle, rightly so, is confused. Rocco says that it’ll open up the barred-off passage in the West Block. It leads to a huge underground sewer system, which is where the Ravens have been training, as they got that key by pure chance. Sure, that’s what it was.
Rais does warn them that there are really tough monsters in there, so they need to be prepared. Estelle is speechless about the whole thing, but Deen plays it off that, if they aren’t going to win, then the team that beat them better do so! They’ll feel less bad about losing as a result. And with that, they leave, leaving the kids confused.
That makes sense. Use the sewer system to train for the upcoming fight. While fighting the Sky Bandits won’t be a problem, it’s the other bracer team and the Intelligence Division that will cause problems. Either way, Estelle seems to think that maybe the Ravens did turn over a new leaf.
Uh... didn’t you warn Olivier not to call Estelle manly? After all, this is the same girl who beat Oliver over the head with her staff for trying to imply something that was totally not there.
She even helps Joshua dig his hole a bit deeper.
Joshua, wisely, remains silent. In any case, Estelle suggests they accept whatever good will is offered, but Joshua suggests waiting until tomorrow as it is getting late now. With that, we’re back in control and over to the guild. There we talk to Elnan, who is ecstatic to see the kids. He congratulates them on their victory, leading Estelle to ask how he knew? Turns out, Grant already reported in, but he’d like more details of the fight from them. Joshua claims it was more surviving than actually winning, which, again, makes me wonder what fight they were involved in? Seriously, it was so one-sided it wasn’t even funny!
Joshua then goes on to explain the presence of the Sky Bandit and Special Op teams. He’s heard that the Sky Bandits were given special permission to participate, but is very surprised to hear of the Spec Ops team entering and that they’re leader is quite powerful. Estelle makes it very clear that the leader was on a different level of power all together.
Perhaps he is like Zane, who is a Man Bear. Though I like Joshua’s comment at the end here.
Maybe Joshua is afraid of cats? This leads him to ask if the guild has any information on Lorence’s personal history. Turns out, the guild knows nothing and Colonel Richard made sure that was the case when the division was formed by suppressing all information related to them. Sounds like the colonel was planning this for a long time. Joshua is upset to hear of this, prompt Estelle is ask about his obsession with the man in red. More specifically, is there something he knows that he should let them know if it’s going to be a problem?
However, if Joshua knows something, he isn’t saying as he just brushes it off as them needing to know who they’re facing. That’s all there is to it. Estelle thinks this is a good idea, because knowing is half the battle. Elnan does have some important news, but isn’t related to the lieutenant. At noon, a military patrol vessel arrived at the landing port and one of it’s passengers was Captain Amalthea.
You get the feeling that Estelle doesn’t like her for some reason? Apparently she’s been traveling though all the major cities in Liberl, and her arrival was unexpected, causing all civilian airship lines to run late.
Yeah! What if somebody is waiting for an important package and some dumb military officer had to go and cause delays! Stupid military taking up all the time in the world. Joshua, however, is concerned about this tour the captain is on, though he knows it’s more of a cover to hunt down the professor. The guild knows of this and has been investigating her trip very carefully, and as soon as they learn anything they’ll be the first to know. For now, they just need to focus on the tournament.
And we’re back in control. There’s nothing new on the big board so we’ll just head back to the hotel. Upon entering the lobby, a cutscene plays. A man yells at them for keeping him waiting, and it’s a voice Estelle recognizes.
It’s Nial! And he isn’t there to greet them, no sir, he isn’t. Though he is doing interviews with the tourney contestants for his article, and he thought the best people to start with was the kids, so he was waiting for them at the hotel in order to ambush them for an interview.
Nial isn’t an award winning journalist for nothing! Still, while Joshua is happy to see him, he knows better than to think there isn’t another angle at work here. Estelle thinks he’s hunting for the next big story, but Nial is wounded by their accusations.
Joshua himself is shocked by this comment while Estelle is fine for a little night air. Nial suggests going to a little place right next door to where he works, which is the perfect place to sit and talk.
We fade out to the place in question, which Estelle things is rather nice. To her, it’s less a bar and more a coffee shop. Nial explains that the owner started up the place as a hobby and comments that the brew is amazing.
And they have to be authentic or it loses the flavor. Still, Nial likes the atmosphere, then tells the kids to have a seat so they can start the interview. I hope the kids didn’t sign a non-disclosure agreement when joining the tournament because that would be bad for them if this gets leaked.
Estelle knows what her priorities are. Joshua agrees, and since Nial offered to pay, they’re going to abuse it for all it’s worth. He reluctantly agrees but only if they give him an exclusive on any news they’ve found.
Do they have baseball in this world? Moving on, Joshua asks if Dorothy is with Nial today, but apparently he gave her something else to work on. Now, enough stalling and get inside!
After a fade we’re inside of the coffee bar, shortly after Estelle has stuffed herself silly. He likes the food, though it is spicy. Joshua likes the coffee, especially after a good meal. And apparently the kids made it to be an all-you-can-eat meal as Nial is crying over his lost paycheck. He questions how he can afford all of this on a reporter’s salary, but Estelle comforts him by saying great meals don’t come cheap. So, anyway, about this interview you were asking about?
You’re just not going to let that go, are you? NIal states that there hasn’t been much to confirm since the queen’s taken ill after the Guardsmen went all terrorist, but he would like some clear info that hasn’t been combed over and “cleaned up” by the army. Estelle and Joshua remain silent but Nial continues on, saying that he heard of a little kidnapping story from Dorothy. But then he gets tired of this beating around the bush nonsense and wants to know how hard they have Colonel Richard by the tail?
But maybe the colonel does have a tail and he’s hiding it really well? Joshua comments on Nial figuring out a lot on his own, which was the confirmation he needed to know that the colonel was crooked. Apparently that interview he did with Richard? IT really boosted his popularity, but before then, he wasn’t anybody worth paying attention to. Apparently, this has been going according to plan.
Joshua states that they can’t confirm he’s planning treason against the throne, but he is manipulating Duke Dunan, which isn’t really a hard thing to do. Still, he is concerned as to why none of the military bigwigs are making their move.
Estelle turns to Joshua and asks if they should let Nial in on what they know. He thinks that getting fresh intel wouldn’t hurt.
Nial, using that keen journalistic mind of his, suspects the kids know something. Joshua admits they do and they would have said something sooner, but anything said after this point must be off the record.
Smug Estelle is still the best. Nial recognizes the look, though, but decides that he’s gone this far already, what’s another few counts of conspiracy to his impressive lists of crimes committed.
After a fade where the kids told Nial everything they knew, he remains silent. Estelle points out that he did say he was ready for this, but apparently he was expecting something else. And this isn’t some joke, either. Pretty much everything that has happened to this point has been the result of the Intelligence Division. To make matters worst, General Morgan, the top of the chain of command, is basically under arrest because he’s too clean cut to bribe. And then there’s the whole guardsmen thing...
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Honestly, the kids are trying to protect you. Though Nial would try to get around that, except the army has their stamps all over the latest issue. And what’s worst is that he has nothing to cover except this damn tournament! But then he realizes something. Why would the kids, knowing what they know, be involved in this tournament? He suspects they’re up to something. They won’t deny it, but as it falls under client privilege, they can reveal anything specific. Though they do need to make a move just to break this deadlock.
Realizing that he has nothing to do and nothing to work with, Nial decides to pitch in and help out the kids as best he can. He’s still got a few “sources” the guild would never go near. Joshua points out that doing anything to oppose the military is going to be risky, but Nial has covered wars, you know. Besides, he always wanted to prove that the pen is mightier than the sword and this is probably his only chance to do it.
With that, Nial asks the kids what information they want more of. Estelle says that information on the army’s movements would be good, as well as knowing how many of the Royal Guardsmen have been arrested, the location of General Morgan, and where does this owner get his fantastic coffee beans from? Nial will work on that stuff, except for the coffee beans, then asks if there is anything else he should look into.
Joshua decides it’s now or never and requests some background information on Colonel Richard, Captain Amalthea and Second Lieutenant Lorence. Should they have to face them, it’s better they know as much as possible to even the odds. Nial quotes a battle line about knowing yourself and knowing the enemy, which Estelle adds that Richard is certainly following along that line of thought. He’ll most likely be watching the fights for the next couple of days.
Nial thinks he can get what he needs, but he can’t promise anything classified. The kids thank him for the help, but all Nial asks in return is to win the championship and give him an inside scoop of the dinner party. That seems fair enough.
We fade out as the narration says that the kids returned to their rooms to retire for the night. Then, the next morning, we fade into the lobby where the kids meet up with the drunkards Zane and Olivier. Zane mentions that, like before, their match is in the afternoon, so they’re free to do what they like in the meantime. Like go explore a sewer system that’s teeming with difficult monsters that a bunch of ragtag thugs were using a s practice. Just for thought.
Of course, this is the opening Estelle needs to bring up said sewer system. Zane is certainly interested in that, mainly because they would be worthy opponents. Olivier, the ever poetic, waxes on about the labyrinth snaking out beneath this jeweled city, calling out to his adventurer’s soul. Joshua, in fewer words, is fine with it and reminds us that the entrance is in the West Block. And with that, we’re back in control.
Unfortunately, as much as I would like to continue from here, I need to cut things short. It’s not a time factor so much as me catching a rather nasty cold. Still, I didn’t want to skip a week if I could avoid it, so you can consider this the filler episode and pretend it never happened.
But no matter what, thank you once again for taking the time to read this entry, despite how short it is. I truly appreciate that.
And with that, until next time, remember, when speaking to a reporter, make sure you aren’t violating non-disclosure agreements. Don’t want to end up forfeiting your win just because you didn’t read the fine print.
6 days agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our brand new season of Nyarko-San: Another Crawling Chaos. Only this season is called Nyarko-San: Another Crawling Chaos W.What does the W mean? Maybe we'll find out during the season run, or maybe it means nothing.
Our reference guide for this episode, which you can find here, says it's a homage to Kamen Rider W. But until we're told what it means, I'm just going to make something else. So welcome to our first episode of Nyarko-San: Another Crawling Chaos Witches.
When we last left our heroes, Mahiro, who has the unfortunate luck of having a Cthulhu mythos god fall in love with him, was trapped in an alternative dimension by Ghutatan, an adorable little girl who he and the terrible trio were taking care of because she got lost from her parents. Turns out, however, this was all a manipulation by Roy Flogger, aka, the Major, aka, her butler, because he's really, really into adult games and didn't like it when Mahiro, being a responsible person, refused to let her play said games, hence why the Major manipulated Ghutatan into making Mahiro alone.
But thanks to the efforts of Nyarko, Kuko, Hastur, Luhy and Yoriko, the Major was defeated and Mahiro was let free. Hooray for happy endings, right? Well, if you're looking for a resolution to the shipping wars, you're clearly not at the right series. But we do have a second season, so let's tune in and see what wacky adventures our heroes get into this time.
-Our opening begins with... an anime opening of Bewitched? We see Nyarko riding on a broom in the moonlit night before she makes a turn. She then looks at the camera, smiles and gives a salute. She then flies on her broom, stars overtaking the screen before our next shot. We have Chibi Nyarko doing a pose as narration takes over. The wife's name is Nyarko, who is voiced by Assume Kana. She smiles as hearts fly from her before turning to Chibi Mahiro, who looks upset, as usual. The narration says that he's the husband and we see that he's voiced by Kitamura Eri. He sighs as our next shot shows Nyarko in an apron flipping some eggs as Mahiro comes into the scene. The narration states that, and I'm going straight from the subtitles "The very normal couple fell in love very normally and had a very normal marriage." It took me a while to realize that it was correct, so I'm blaming my sick raddled mind that it didn't click to me.
-Yeah, I'm doing this under the weather, but somebody has to do it! Mainly because I can't afford to pay somebody else to do it. Anyway, Mahiro comes in and kisses Nyarko, who disappears. Like in Bewitched, Nyarko was transformed into a cat, who jumps into Mahiro's arms before returning to normal. Anyway, the only not normal thing about this very normal couple was that the wife was a Nyarlathotep. Yeah, because sanity is the thing Mahiro has to worry about every day of his life.
-That's when the opening begins to play, like last season, but then Mahiro screams out to stop and... turns the show off? We pan back to see our four watching the TV, with Mahiro holding the remote. What a very meta joke just now. Anyway, he's complaining about what that opening was all about and why it's happening this early in the morning? Nyarko, who is dressed in her housewife apron, says that it's a video for the report she's submitting to the Planetary Defense Organization, or PDO. Who did you have to pay to have that animation made, Nyarko?
-Mahiro is upset, of course, because A) It is such a major copyright violation that he's surprised they aren't getting sued right then and there and B) It's all a lie. Nyarko says that it isn't a lie she's a Nyarlathotep, but that isn't the lie he was pointing out. Mainly, when did Mahiro fall in love with Nyarko and marry her? Well, remember when you switched bodies? That's when. Also, I think Kuko is doing the editing because I see her in front of a computer screen and clips from the last season are playing on there.
-Nyarko, however, is a big believer in "first girl wins" and says that they'll get married anyway, so what's the difference if she says it now? Kuko, who is editing this, says the she'll edit it so that the wife is Nyarko and the husband is Kuko. Hastur requests a version with him and Mahiro in it. Nyarko, who's known to be extremely jealous when Mahiro is involved, slams the computer shut and demands to know what they're doing without her permission? What is she paying you for, anyway? Mahiro calls her out on it, but she argues that Mahiro shouldn't have an issue being pursued by such a beautiful girl. She's also leaning forward a bit for clearly obvious reasons... like she's in a visual novel and totally wants to look cute.
-Of course Mahiro has no problems being pursued by a cute girl. It's just that the girl in question is, you know, from a race of aliens who are known in Earth lore as insanity inducing monsters from being the veil. Oh, and Nyarko isn't even in her true form, but she responds that, as the Faceless Deity, she ha a thousand forms, so this one of her as a petite, silver haired girl is truly her. Totally. Mahiro wouldn't want to see the other nine hundred and ninety-nine, but I think you've already seen one with her armored form... unless that doesn't count.
-Besides, Nyarlathotep is the type of being that would drive her enemy into self-destruction and laugh about it. We see Nyarko standing in the foreground of an image where a volcano exploded, all why a version of Nyarlathotep stand there. He then goes on to say that Nyarlathotep would then take over ah man body and secretly get involved in creating nuclear weapons. This is shown with an idealistic looking community while an image of a chest appears. Pandora's box? Our next is Mahiro saying that Nyarlathotep would try to point the world to destruction by proclaiming "You're monster born of a human bride and an evil deity." That sounds like something that would be said in NGE. Nyarko seems so confused, but after that last one she says that they shouldn't worry about the little details. Mahiro will not let this go away and wants to see her true form.
-Fine, you'll get your wish, Mahiro. Nyarko drops the apron and begins to strip out of her clothes, offering to show him what she looked like when she was born. She then acts embarrassed a Mahiro turns away, but she calls for his attention. We turn to Nyarko, her dress unbuttoned as she raises her hand saying that, at this point, they would show the heroine pregnant or giving birth, so even though this is a continuation, she highly suggests and loudly proclaims that they will keep trying. Mahiro, who lacks these meta joke powers, demands to know what she's babbling about. Nyarko, still somewhat undressed, walks towards Mahiro as she says that he heard in the morning is when gentlemen are in the ideal condition to make babies, so they should establish that as a fact.
-And we're back to the Meta joke as Nyarko turns to the screen and says that, in english, id' be "Japanese gentleman, stand up, please!" All while... thrusting and doing some weird pose. We cut to Kuko who says that, no, she will have Nyarko's baby. Mahiro is allowed to be involved, but he just have to give birth to her baby. Hastur wants in on this and says that he'll have Mahiro's babies. Can you do that, even if you're a boy, Hastur? Is it it like being able to change your sex to fit the needs of your environment?
-Nyarko, surprisingly, is against boy on boy love. Hastur complains that she's hogging Mahiro while Kuko is ready to burn the place up just to keep Mahiro from being with Nyarko. Mahiro is trying to keep the peace but is clearly failing. Luckily his mom, Yoriko, appears, but helps fan the fires by claiming that her son is rather popular this morning. At this point he's reached the limits of his patience and tells all three of them to shut up, delivering hits to all of them, with the three screaming "sinanju." This wakes Shanta-kun up, who was enjoying such a nice nap. D'aw, he's got a little bed, too!
-And now we get to our proper opening. It starts with Nyarko spinning with planets circling her before raising her arms in the air, doing a magical girl pose. It then cutes to 2D objects of Nyarko in one of her alternative outfits, then Kuko in one of her other alternative outfits before cutting to Hastur, wearing the same outfit he has. Mahiro appears, followed by York, dressed normally, then followed by Luhy and... a red-haired girl? Looks like we got a new character. I wonder if she'll have to wait as long as Hastur and Luhy before showing up properly in the show. Next we have Tamao and Yoichi posing together in front of the school, then a bunch of other school girls before a not 2D Nyarko appears to throw a ball of love at the screen. She better be able to pay for that window!
-The next shot is of our heroes walking, with Mahiro taking the lead. Nyarko then runs up and grabs him by the arm, prompting Hastur to run up and get involved. And that ball Nyarko threw before bouncing off the heads of Hastur, Nyarko and Kuko. Because it's a ball of love! It then cutes to our heroes sitting on some stairs, which is something they are not used for as Nyarko does some sort of dance/posing. And that love ball? It's a bomb as it's bounces towards Mahiro, who kicks it away. Good reflexes, kid.
-We then get a long pan of Nyarko, dressed to be cute and looking all sexy, but given the dark stockings she's wearing the pan goes up to Nyarko, squaring and casting a shadow of Nyarko laying on the ground. That's a rather effective piece of animation there. Same thing with Kuko, though we don't get to see all of her. As for Hastur, he's using his hand to cast a shadow towards another who's looking all cute. As for Mahiro, he's on a chess board, running as Nyarko gets all giant and has the world in her hands, an evil look in her eyes. Yeah, that isn't ominous at all.
-We cut to the Yasaka home as Nyarko and Kuko are playing... is that a Sega Genesis with the 32X attachment? Wow, I did not expect that. Hastur is sitting near by but alone as Mahiro is sitting with Yoriko. He's probably using her for protection. Speaking of, Shanta-kun delivers the love bomb to Yoriko, who just smiles and drops it. We then cut to Mahiro leaning against a wall while Nyarko and Kuko are fighting. Hastur looks really worried, but gets even more worried when the two girls trade blows and drop to the ground.
-The love bomb then hits the table where Luhy and Red-Head are having snacks. Red head then throws it away nonchalant like. We then see chibi version of our heroes as Nyarko has her arms around Mahiro, who's getting hugged from behind by Kuko, with Hastur doing the same on Mahiro's other arm. He then pushes them away and begins to run around the love bomb on some steampunk like set piece floating in space. We then see the love bomb being passed by... was that Ghutatan? Well, it starts from her to Red-Head to Luhy to Yoriko to Yoichi to Tamao to Kuko to Hastur to Nyarko, who tries to give it to Mahiro but he refuses. That doesn't stop her from trying to give it to her as they both fall and the bomb explodes, with I think Ghutatan in the background, along with Hastur and Kuko.
-We then get our mini-dance number with our three love interests as Mahiro looks nervous. We then get a line of chibi Nayrko's saluting while Tamao and Yoichi are doing a dance with backup dancers. Nyarko then blows a kiss of starts towards the screen as we get another line of chibi Nyarkos saluting. Then we get our action shots of Nyarko fighting off demons before stripping off her normal outfit and going into her school uniform, running to the school and hugging Mahiro, all with smiles. We then get our title card of Haiyore! Nyarko-San W.
-So... yeah, I think it's best we move on. We return to the episode to see that Nyarko is busy looking at what appears to be a DM's screen. She explains what the Cthulhu mythos, if you've never heard of them. Basically, it's a series of works done by the American horror author Howard Phillips Lovecraft, aka, H.P. Lovecraft, who was not involved with any hardware companies, in which he novelized stories he had heard from aliens calling themselves deities. So it looks like Nyarko is DMing a Cthulhu game. Oh, and she's a Nyarlathotepian, and we get a picture of one of her forms where she's called the Crawling Chaos. Kuko appears and says she's a Cthughaian, then we get Hastur, who says he's a Hasturian. By the way, my autocorrect changed that into Historian. Clearly the most evil creatures to have ever existed.
-Mahiro shows up and asks what they're all doing and if it'll cause trouble? Nyarko repeats the question before turning to the camera and explaining that she's reading the scenario explanation from the handout. Again, lacking the meta powers Nyarko possesses, he's confused, but before that can be explained any further, Yoriko tells them that they'll be late if they don't leave soon. He then turns to the trio and tells them to hurry up because he's going to leave them behind. Well, don't worry, because apparently the trio can transform instantly into their school uniforms with a magic seal. Despite all he's seen, this is the one thing Mahiro refuses to accept. As for Nyarko, she reaches into another seal and grabs her bag, announcing that her changing is finished. So that's why she's able to get those crowbars out of thin air.
-Our poor, confused hero decides to bite and asks what this is all about. Nyarko explains that it's the newest form changing method and wishes to be praised for it. Kuko explains that magic circle effects were difficult and expensive, so they're using it now while they have room in the budget that won't exist in the middle of the season. Hastur is also looking for praise. While Mahiro begins to object, Nyarko goes all in with this, saying that they can put everything away in the mirror world to clean up the living room. Great, so they're going to find evil versions of themselves at some point. I can only imagine them having a goatee of evil at some point.
-As Mahiro is about to lose his patience once again, he remembers something he should have mentioned before. That's when we get our episode title card. It's a chibi Nyarko being summoned on some Cthulhu dice, with our episode titled Attack on Evil Deity. Did this series come out while Attack on Titan was running? Anyway, the thing Mahiro remembers is related to the magic circles. He says that if they're able to get their stuff out of some dimension, couldn't they make a new room in that dimension? They only have so much space in that tiny house, after all. Nyarko says it wouldn't be impossible, but Mahiro goes on to explain that she's been saying in their living room but would probably like some privacy sometime, too. Like he does all the time but apparently gets ignored.
-Nyarko seems to understand what it means as she gives an example. If she was with Mahiro 24/7, then his chest would be throbbing all Mnemosyne-style and he'll be so embarrassed that he'd keep his distance, which is what he was totally trying to say, right? Not even close. Kuko says that his heart goes to Heartbeat High School when he's with a beautiful girl like her. That makes Mahiro an honest and good child. Pitter patter. No, really, she says that. Hastur, however, is looking for some affection and asks if he's cute? Also, do you want to hold him? Mahiro loses it once again and brings out the Silver Fork of Deathy-Doom, which causes the three insanity inducing deities to back away in fear. Then, in a rather darkly image, he tells the three to not underestimate the Silver fork of Deathy-Doom, for it is the strongest weapon in the universe. The trio understand this and nod their heads in agreement, engraving it on their livers. Eh, as long as they got the message it's all good.
-So Nyarko stops playing around and confirms that Mahiro wants them to get their own personal space. After confirming that, she gets right to work by ordering something similar to that from yamanso.com. Apparently, according to the reference guide, this is a reference to Amazon.com, though the name yamanso is one of the pronunciations of the deity Yomagn'tho. Sure, we'll go with that. She pulls out her phone as Kuko explains that it's the biggest online marketplace in space. I'm sure Amazon will take that away once they got that whole space delivery option figured out. Though some of the things you can get from yamanso.com includes books, games, bras and missiles. What, is the PDO one of their biggest clients? Also, Kuko, why are you doing that Lucky Star thing? Stop it.
-Nyarko goes on to explain that yamanso.com will also deliver to Earth, so it's pretty convenient. And with that, the order is complete, so it should arrive sometime today. Mahiro is surprised it would be delivered that fast, but she explains that it's super amazing space technology, so of course it'll be fast. Mahiro mentions that they do like to use the world "space" conveniently. Pretty much for everything from space police to space internet to space ships. Can't you come up with something else, like Universe Police?
-As Nyarko begins to object her phone begins to buzz. It's from the Chief, which says that they have information about an alien entering Earth illegally. She is to investigate and report immediately. And we all know she won't see it until it's already too late. In class Tamao and Yoichi greet Nyarko and Mahiro, respectively, which allows Nyarko to use her Meta powers to explain them. She calls Tamao the "Waling Speaker" as she's saluting in the background. As for Yoichi, he's the class representative. We see from Mahiro's perspective that she's talking to a wall, so he asks who she is explaining this to? Yoichi, who just runs with it, notes that she's more energetic than usual. Mahiro even has to call him out on that. Curse those Gods and their fourth wall breaking powers!
-Tamao then calls over Nyarko and wants to know if there have been any juicy updates with the Mahiro situation. Unfortunately, progress has hit the negatives, which is bad. However, Tamao points out a positive. To her, Mahiro's personality has improved lately, and she suspects one more push and, bang! Of course, she's doing that while pointing at Nyarko's chest, and when she pulls the trigger, she bounces. Why did we need that? Because we have the budget for it, that's why. Anyway, Nyarko is happy about this and has renewed vigor in her pursuit for Mahiro, and should pushing not be enough, she's going to go for the kill! Tamao will root for her, even if she has lingering feelings for Mahiro. That poor girl.
-The teacher shows up and tells them to take their seats so they can begin homeroom. Before he begins, Nyarko raises her hand. She says she isn't feeling well, so she's going to rest in the nurse's office, but only if Mahiro is with her. She'll be back with him in about an hour or so. Mahiro objects with a book to the face, causing a "Juagg!" To make her case, she goes to him and explains that, it's common for the heroines to be pregnant or to show the heroine from the previous series giving birth... wait, didn't you make this exact same argument earlier in the episode? The teacher, however, decides that he isn't hearing an of this to avoid a lawsuit. Nyarko takes this as permission, but again, Mahiro refuses. Kuko, however, is all kinds of pissed off as she says Nyarko's first time has been promised to her. Oh, right, the agreement he made with her when he was in Nyarko's body.
-Also, Kuko, cool down! You don't want to set the building on fire, do you? As for Hastur, while he considers Mahiro an older brother, it doesn't matter as long as there's love, right? Of course it matters, he says, and to stop joking around. But who says he's joking? Shouldn't you know this by now? At this point all three begin to surround him, demanding his attention, forgetting that he's still packing the Silver Fork of Deathly-Doom! And they Zaku, Mari and Ner for their troubles. So many Gundam references this episode.
-Sometime later we see Tamao and Nyarko hanging out together on the stairwell. Nyarko laments on her failure while Tamao wonders what went wrong? This prompts the silver haired girl to wonder if she should strengthen her blast element and go for a partial explosion? Tamao thinks about it for a moment and suggests that since Mahiro is so shy, he may be embarrassed if it's too out in the open. She suggests that Nyarko pick a more romantic location, one that i's quiet, slightly dark and where the two of them can be alone. You know, like in that beach date you had last season, which seemed to cause a critical hit on Mahiro. Nyarko thinks about it for a moment while Tamao continues to push her friend to give it a shot. Nyarko does a pose and agrees to it.
-This transitions to the classroom, where Nyarko slams her hands on the desk to get Mahiro's attention. She says that she needs to speak with him and it's very important. Mahiro is reluctant but decides to go with it, leading to him being trapped in a locker with Nyarko. I don't think Tamao had this in mind when making her suggestion, and honestly, it was not what I was expecting, either. She says that they can finally be alone, which is the only place that she can think of that matched the three requirements Tamao mentioned earlier. Mahiro wants out, but we quickly cut to the hall to find that, yes, they are in the girl's locker room. Apparently even the normally outgoing Nyarko was too hesitant to go into the boys' locker room.
-Though Nyarko had this all planned. The neighboring class's next subject is PE, and we get stills of the girls all putting on their uniforms. Nothing too risqué, mind you, just your typical fan service stuff. As Mahiro objects Nyarko confesses her love again, but in that more subdued, quiet way. This catches him off guard as his face gets red, which Nyarko notices, which means that he does have feelings for her after all! Mahiro continues to object and is about to get angry, but Nyarko shushes him, saying that if he's too loud they're going to get caught, which puts us back into the girls' locker room and seeing the girls changing. Still, even if Mahiro is labeled as a pervert, Nyarko is confident that she'd still be able to love him. It also means less competition!
-As Nyarko goes in for a kiss, Mahiro tries to back up as much as possible, but he finds that he has no room to work with. As she goes in for the kiss, the screen fades, leading to our eyecatch.
-For the first eyecatch, it's housewife Nyarko cooking a meal, but finds that it's too hot. Of course, it's censored because they can't show what it is on TV. Our second eyecatch is the Tamao, Nyarko, Kuko and Hastur all dressed as if they're part of an idol group. We cut to the end of class where Yoichi sees Tamao off. We then cut to Mahiro, Nyarko and Hastur in the nurses office, with Mahiro in bed. Hastur asks if he's alright, and he's a lot calmer now. Nyarko is glad to hear this and tells him not to push himself. He should lay down and she'll lie down with him, but she gets a pillow in her face for her Stark Jegan!
-As for what happened. We flashback to the point where Nyarko comes in for the kiss, but he was thankfully saved by Kuko and Hastur using the magic dimension circle from earlier. Nyarko is upset, citing that it's hard when the one you love is a good-for-nothing... and the fork comes out, causing Nyarko to back up, saying it was a joke. Kuko appears from under the bed and apparently has changed the agreement they had. Mahiro and Nyarko's first times have been promised to her and don't forget it. He wonders when he made such an agreement, but Hastur has his stuff for him. After getting his stuff together, he tells the trio that it's time to go home, but Nyarko isn't ready to go yet. After all, the super fun After School Tea Time is about to begin. Apparently her ghost is saying that she should invite Mahiro so she can apologize for the whole "locking them in the girls' locker room" incident. Mahiro refuses, so Kuko gets in on it, saying that side trips are part of being a student. And Hastur wants to go shopping, too! He agrees, only to get them to start fighting one enough and blow up part of the school. It's actually rather impressive that hasn't happened yet.
-So the place they're going to? An anime shop. We get quick shots of all the available manga and light novels, including a couple I recognize. Nyarko states that Earth Entertainment is too overwhelming. Kuko soon appears holding... a vase? She says that they can fight on for ten more years. As Nyarko is busy shopping, amazed by the differences between the pre-order extra and the in-store extra, Kuko is looking at a book and is surprised by the amount of skin being shown is the same but the character arrangement and posing are different. I guess there is a clean version and a risqué version. Nyarko will have no choice but to buy both in order to get the extras. Mahiro points out that she bought the same thing from the other shop, but Nyarko explains that this is also a part of her job. Though she's actually in it for the extras, but is that a problem? Anime, manga and light novel extras are serious business for Nyarko.
-Turns out, Mahiro does have a problem with that, but Kuko appears with several bags in hand, saying that EArth's entertainment is the object of envy throughout space. And in order to understand what is currently popular is the duty of the PDO. For that, they must be well attended to *finger bite* current fads and bodies *finger bite*. Nyarko then starts whacking her on the head with her hair, saying not to go into heat in front of the general public. Are you talking about her flames? I hope you're talking about her flames. As for Hastur, he's looking at the BL stuff because that's his thing for the series.
-Though apparently this is one of the Mahiro books that was released by one of the four space circle kings, the Ut'ulls-Hr'Herian, Tsuruko! Kuko is amazed that such a thing is here. Mahiro demands to know why he's the main character in a BL book, and for that matter, if he needs to get a lawyer to get royalties for his likeness being used? Kuko says that his face is loved by aliens, so much so that even her loyalty to Nyarko wavers. Nyarko goluah's in response, saying that Mahiro is her husband, dammit! Hastur is off to buy it but Mahiro stops him. The young boy argues to Mahiro that he can use it as reference. For what? We don't actually get an answer as Nyarko rips the book out of Hastur's hands. Kuko attempts to take it, saying she can make a lot of money for it, leading into a three way fight for the book. Must be Tuesday for the shop.
-As the three continue to fight, Mahiro gets pissed off, takes the book from all three of them and purchases it himself, much to the shock of the sales lady. The trio are in tears, but there's a good reason why he bought it. It's for his Linkara impersonation as we see the book burning in a trash bin. Nyarko is upset about this, but is left with no choice. She pulls out a bottle called the Yggsdrasil dew, and with it, even ash will return to it's former state. Mahiro immediately stops that from happening by slapping the bottle out of her hands and right into the flames. She's upset because she can only have one of those at a time and they are very expensive to make. What a terrible thing to do, Mahiro, even if you're preventing a terrible thing from happening.
-With the book burning completed, Mahiro tells the trio that it's time to go home. But Nyarko isn't done yet. After all, she still needs to apologize to him for the locker room incident. Which means the fun is only just beginning. Mahiro isn't thrilled about this as we cut to this building as the first season song plays. Turns out, they went to a cafe to do another meta joke where Tamao joins the trio in performing the song. The crowd cheers as Mahiro is confused as to how they got here to begin with. Nyarko goes over to him, looking for praise, but Mahiro remains confused. He'd like to know what this place is. Turns out, it's a cosplay cafe where the customer's can request to cosplay as well. Which is why the four were dressed up as an idol group.
-Kuko explains that movement in the dance scene is important, but Mahiro doesn't care about that. Hastur cares if he looked cute and looks for praise from him, but it's clear that Mahiro is uncomfortable answering that. In another meta joke, as the meal is served, Mahiro could have sworn that Tamao was here just a few minutes ago, but Nyarko tells him not to work about the little details. No, this is one of those little details that needs to be questioned. While Mahiro points out that such an answer can't be accepted, a girl with purple hair and in a yellow maid outfit appears and immediately recognizes Mahiro.
-Turns out, this is Tsuruko, the one responsible for making the BL manga from before. She's embarrassed about being in the same room as Mahiro and has no idea what to do. She can't believe she got to meet the real deal so soon, meaning that it was totally worth it to enter Earth illegally to write said book. I wonder how she'll react when she's told the book was purchased by Mahiro, only to be burned a scene later. I bet she'll be disappointed about that but happy to have some money coming her way.
-As Tsuruko thinks on what she needs to do when talking to Mahiro, like get him to sign her book and shake her hand. This day is totally going to be awesome and nothing is going to ruin that! Except some book burning, but nobody does that these days. That's when one of the maids announces the Moe Moe Rock-Paper_Scissors Tournament General Election! Yay! Nyarko explains to Mahiro that anybody can enter, and if you win, you can be the center. The center of what, the Miami Heat? She goes on to say that the winner gets to release a new song as a sub-group. She then presents three USB cards, but Mahiro stops her from finishing that joke. She then explains that, the last time she won, she released a song called "Ue Kara Nyar-" and she gets a chop to the head for her troubles. I wonder how well it sold?
-On the stage, starting round one we have Random Maid #28 against Hastur. And in a surprise twist, it's Random Maid #28 who wins! Hastur is upset that he lost, prompting Mahiro to ask if he wanted to be the center. Apparently, he wanted to be the center so he can say "Even if you hate me, please don't hate Mahiro-kun--" and he gets a book to the head to stop so they don't get sued. What inconsistent meta powers he has.
-As for Tsuruko, she entered the tournament as well but lost, but she gets her self pumped up for the people waiting for the next "The Lonely Girls" circle's new issue, for she still has a duty she must fulfill! Which includes interviews, handshakes and autographs! After a cut we skip right to the finalists. Looks like it's a one-on-one fight between Nyarko and Kuko. Hastur is impressed they made it to the finals as the two girls get their battle auras going for this rock-paper-scissors tournament. The two then exchange blows... literally, with both of them palming the other in the face. Looks like another fight is brewing, and despite Mahiro's best attempts to play peace keeper, they aren't listening. Tsuruko, watching from afar, sees this as the best change to get close to Mahiro since everybody is paying attention to the stage.
-As the girls prepare to exchange blows again, Tsuruko breaks through the crowd and calls out for Mahiro to sign her book. She ends up tripping right into the stage and between the line of fire, causing a huge pillar of battle aura goodness to engulf the building. I think the tournament ended in a draw. Later Mahiro is reprimanding the two girls for causing so much trouble, telling them that they have better make sure that all the patrons memories have been erased. Kuko confirms it by dressing up as a Man in Black, which apparently Nyarko doesn't get. Though she's hesitant around the neuralizers, but Hastur says she's just imaging things. At that point she gets a text from the chief saying the signal of the alien that entered Earth illegally has disappeared. Good job! She turns to Mahiro for help on that but he wouldn't have any idea what it meant.
-Still, Nyarko is proud of herself as she took care of an incident without realizing there was one, which means she's pretty amazing. Mahiro disagrees, calling her irresponsible. They return home to be greeted by Yoriko, who says there's a back for Nyarko. Before she can open it she gets another text, but it's from a number she doesn't know. Yoriko asks what the package is, with Mahiro explaining that it's a spare room for the three of them. Nyarko answers her call but makes it clear that she is not in the mood for any scam. However, it turns out to be much, much worse than that? How worse? You'll have to wait for next week because our ending credits are going!
-Our end credits show a long pan down of a Nyarko breaking out of her cocoon called a blanket. She then walks over to the window and opens it up, revealing the universe. We then get a shot of her in a work uniform, putting on boots. She's using planet with a ring for support. We then see her in a school uniform, but not her school's school uniform. The reference guide has nothing here so it's just Nyarko in a random school uniform. We then see her in an outfit that looks very much like Eclair's from Kiddy Grade, but she's got a glowing pendent as her fingers reach for it. Next we have her under an umbrella, looking all depressed. Probably because Mahiro rejected her again.
-Then we get a footstep and the ground giving way as Nyarko jumps from the sky. We then get a shot of Hastur looking at Mahiro while he's being hugged by Nyarko, with Tamao and Yoichi watching and Kuko trying to reach for Nyarko. We then have housewife Nyarko trying to entice her love, but I don't think it's working. We then have Nyarko, Kuko and Tamao in a girl's only meeting, probably to discuss the next scheme in getting Nyarko and Mahiro together. We then pan away from a hand doing that circle pose, and when we look from the other side is Nyarko looking through it. We then get some animation of her singing to the last few lyrics of the song as we see her push the curtains away one more time, revealing a blue sky instead. Said sky being above the Yasaka household.
-And now it's time for the next episode preview. Our heroes are in a library with all sorts of red text attacking them as Nyarko thanks the audience for coming back. Mahiro comments that she's way too excited for this, but it's enough to push Mahiro down and have her way with him. He tells her to not even try. Meanwhile see Nyarko and Mahiro walking through floating shelves, like they're in the matrix, as Kuko has her options ready for killing. We then see Mahiro brushing Hastur's hair because man did that get long. Nyarko is clearly not pleased with it. Kuko is also getting a pat on the head, probably for being a good deity. All this and more in our next episode, [email protected] Oh, and there's robots, but ends with Mahiro preparing to throw something.
So this episode was mostly wacky hijinks followed by rapping the main premise of the show. While I didn't think they would start any new arcs I didn't expect to spend part of the episode recapping part of the premise. Of course, I have no idea how long it was between seasons so maybe this was required.
I'm sure we haven't seen the last of Tsuruko, but then again, as this is a comedy it wouldn't surprise me if she was killed when Nyarko and Kuko crossed the streams. That poor girl.
And hey, I made it through this without passing out at all! Go me! Hopefully this won't be a problem next week when we continue the lovable adventures of Nyarko and company.
Until next time, remember, Rock-Paper-Scissors tournaments are serious business and you do not want to go into it without being in a fight to the death. That center spot is important and people will kill for it!
1 week agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our Next Transformers review, where today we return to the world of Titan's and their little buddies.
In this particular case, we're looking at a remold of a figure already released in the line, but one that was expected already, so let's skip the formalities and get right to it. So, without further ado, may I present to you the Titan's Return Leader Class figure, Soundwave!
I mean, we already have Blaster so it was going to be obvious that Soundwave was coming down the pipeline. And obviously it would be a remold, but how much of a remold? In any case, here's the typical Leader class box, showing off Soundwave and his decapitated head. Poor guy.
And here we have the back of the box showing off everything he can do, because you do need to sell this, after all. Okay, enough about the box. Let's get him out of the package and see how he really is.
So here we have Soundwave out of his box and looking pretty good. You can immediately see all the changes that were made between the Blaster figure and this one, including the molding on the legs, crotch piece and chest.
Getting up close on the headsculpt you can see the bright yellow eyes of our monotone character. You also get a good look at the chest plate, looking like the typical Soundwave chest, and his shoulder cannon. It just wouldn't be Soundwave without it.
Also, for this mold the helmet piece is different. It's a straight on helmet with no faceguard like Blaster has, but is the same thing otherwise, allowing for a full three sixty of movement. And unlike other Titanmaster's which can get away without the extra pieces, Soundwave's actually needs it because he looks pretty ugly without it.
With regards to posing, there's basically nothing new here. Still no waist swivel due to transformation, but you can manipulate the legs to give the illusion of one. And despite being able to stand up straight Soundwave has a natural inclination to lean, so you want to go with those A-stances.
Now, aside form the shoulder cannon, Soundwave does come with a gun. It's the same gun as Blaster. Nothing new here.
And yes, the tape deck feature still works on him. So, with that out of the way, let's compare him to some other figures.
Here we have Soundwave with his Autobot counterpart, Blaster, and you can see right away the differences in the molds. Honestly, this is a very good mold, but outside of these two probably won't be seen again. At least, not without it being awkward.
Here is Soundwave with Combiner Wars Leader class Megatron, showing off the scale, which seems to be spot on to me.
And lastly, here is Soundwave with MP Soundwave, so you can see that, aside from a couple of things here and there, the coloring and molding is pretty spot on.
Alright, now it's time for the alt-modes. We'll start with his base mold before looking at his tape deck mold.
So here we have Soundwave's base mode, which is basically the same as Blaster's base mode, but with some differences here and there. They are minor but enough of a change to be different.
Here is the right side and you can see how the molding there is a bit different. There's no warning sign like on Blaster, which I think works better to give them a different feel.
Here's the center area and where one of the major differences comes into play. For Blaster, you pop back the plastic piece acting as the window, which becomes this command screen. It's the same here, only the plastic piece that acts as the chest is solid, so there's no gaps here. There's also a peg in that location now, allowing for a Titanmaster to stand there.
And here we have hte left side, which is molded different from the right side and appears to have more pegs for Titanmasters to stand in.
And finally, the top of the base mode. And unlike my Blaster mold my Soundwave mold has tight joints, so nothing is flopping here. You can have a Titanmaster sit there, if you want. Speaking of Titanmasters, let's take a look at Soundwave's.
So here we have Soundblaster, the Titanmaster of Soundwave. I plugged him into a peg because it was right there. You can see that he looks like a mini-Soundwave, but at the same time is a clear repaint and remold of Twincast, Blaster's Titanmaster partner.
Here's Twincast for a comparison. And the remold isn't just in the head, but also with the chest pieces. The legs don't get a remold, surprisingly enough, but Soundwave has painted legs to make up for it.
And finally, here is Soundblaster with Fansproject Arcana, to show off another size.
Now for a base mode comparison . I'm only going to use Blaster here because I think it fits better. Now let's see if I can get this to work...
There we go. Have to manipulate things a bit but here you have the two base modes side by side. And it just dawned on me on what exactly I can use these two for in their base modes.
Brutal Legend set pieces. I mean, think about it. The typical alt-modes for these two are a tape cassette and boombox, right? So why couldn't they act more like concert stages, just with different levels? If you can't see it it just means you have no imagination, you poor, poor fool.
But let's finish things up with a proper look at Soundwave's proper alt-mode.
Obviously you can see the Blaster mold here, but with differences. The handle is there, but you can fold it back to make it look more like Soundwave.
That looks better. But like I said I like this mold as it works quite well for the characters it's meant for.
Showing off the back you can see the weapon and accessory storage for Soundwave. Typically the Titanmaster can fit in the tape deck with that accessory, but with mine I can't, either due to a molding issue or a size issue. So in this mode, Soundblaster just needs to stand around and look pretty.
There he is, looking pretty. And now for some comparisons.
Here is Soundwave with Blaster, rivals for eternity.
Here is Soundwave with his MP counterparty, looking so much smaller in comparison.
And lastly, for scale purposes, here is Soundwave with Generations Megatron.
So, in the end, this was a good purchase for me. I have more applications I can think of for this guy that I can use later. On Saturday I plan to take a look at one such application. One of the chest minions that Soundwave usually has with him, and it's going to be quite a Rumble. Until then.
1 week agoCaButler
First, I posted up some new images if you're interested. And now on to the entry!
Hello everybody and welcome to our next Go-Bots review! Yup, today we're talking a look at another modern day Go-Bot toy. Why? Because I said so, that's why!
Also because they're generally cheap but well done figures. Today we'll be taking a look at the rather nutty and psycho member of the race who has this thing about being short. At least, compared to everybody else. Basically he's Jeremy.
So, without further ado, may I present to you the Action Toys Machine Robo 01, Bike Robo!
AKA, Cy-Kill, though in the american cartoon he was the same height as everybody else. But as you can see, Cy-Kill comes in the same kind of box as Leader-1, and in the same style box.
And here's the back of the box showing off the vehicle alt-mode. Now, we won't be taking a look at all the pieces that come with him as we already saw that before with Leader-1, so today we'll be focusing on the bot himself.
With that said, let's get him out of the box and see how he really is.
I'm kind of doing things in reverse order for this guy, but here is Cy-Kill in his motorcycle alt-mode. Get the pun yet? Anyway, Cy-Kill is basically some weird looking Harley who rolls really, really well. Just put him on an angled surface and he'll just go.
And here we have the back end. On the other side is a kickstand to keep him upright, but that's about all it does. Also, there's quite a bit of partsforming on Cy-Kill. It's kind of obviously with the wheels but you have additional pieces like the handlebars and the kickstand. This isn't like any of the other Transformers bikes that integrate the kickstand in.
But despite that, I really like this alt-mode. It's sleek, it's colorful and just looks damn cool.
As for weapon storage in this mode, Cy-Kill has an axe which hangs out back here. We'll get more into that later.
But for now, some quick comparisons.
Here we have Cy-Kill next to Generations Orion Pax, just so we can get a scale going. Cy-Kill is actually pretty small in comparison.
Next we have Combiner Wars Legends Class Skywarp, showing how much Cy-Kill is actually compressed.
And lastly, here is Cy-Kill with Combiner Wars Voyager Class Optimus Prime, just so we can see that this would actually be in scale with one another. I didn't do a comparison with Leader-1 because there's no point in the alt-modes, but will be in robot mode.
Speaking of, transformation seems complicated at first but is rather simple after a couple of tries. Must of the complication is with the legs as you don't have a lot of room to work with before compressing everything. It's going back to robot mode that is easy. After a few steps you go from Cy-kill in his alt-mode...
To Cy-kill in robot mode. Now, he looks good, really good in robot mode. The colors are bright and striking, the face looks good, and overall, he's got some decent mobility.
Here's a close up of the headsculpt. it's a good looking headsculpt.
You should note that I've been saying it "looks good", but that's basically all this figure has for it, looking good. The mobility is also where the problems appear the most. The headsculpt is extremely limited despite being on a ball join and that's due to how part of the back of the head keeps going down, limiting mobility greatly. he can look down but can't look up and he can't look to the side.
The right arm on mine by the shoulder is extremely tight. As in squeaky tight, which is always a sign of trouble. The bicep swivel on the left arm is loose and can come off rather easily, especially going from alt-mode to robot mode. And the wheels, despite being nice and tight when tabbed into the hands and legs are extremely loose in robot mode. They come off very easily from a tap.
The axe isn't anything special, either, and doesn't like being slid into the hands. What went from being a great alt-mode turned into a rather lackluster robot mode.
Anyway, let's get some comparisons out of the way.
First here is Cy-kill with Titan's Return Dexlue class Chromedome, just to see how small he is.
For another comparison, here he is with Warrior Class RID Windblade, who is taller than him.
And finally, here is Cy-kill with Combiner Wars Legends Class Thundercracker, just to show where he is.
Basically, my understanding is that, in the Japanese cartoon he's based of, Cy-Kill is the shortest member and that's a real berserk button for him, hence why he's Cy-Kill all the time. Ah, Barbara would be so proud. Anyway, that scale carries other with the other Machine Robo figures, including...
Leader-1, who is maybe a third taller than Cy-Kill.
Overall, I really like the alt-mode but I'm not a big fan of the robot mode. I'll probably keep him in alt-mode on my shelf. Would I recommend him? Honestly, no. I'd go with Leader-1 first.
But hey, guess what? We're going back to the Transformers reviews tomorrow as I take a look at the Soundwave and return to the Titan's. Until then.
1 week agoCaButler
Just so you guys know I posted a lot of images recently.
So, sometime ago on Xbox Live they offered this baseball game as part of their Games for Gold plan.
Aside from the lack of online play it is rather fun. Which leads to today's clip. It's not a glitch but just a failure on the computer's part.
Random friend requests are not acceptable. Seriously. If you want to add me, you better damn well do something important.
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