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    • I'm also selling games

      4 hours ago

      CaButler

      I've put up a few games for sale on ebay to go with the anime I'm also selling.


      Here are the titles I've put up:


      Suikoden PS2 set: This includes the four PS2 Suikoden titles, III, IV, V, and Tactics.  Somebody is interested in this item so if you want it, you better get on it.


      The Atelier Iris Trilogy.


      The Xenosaga Trilogy.




      These are all PS2 titles, so they will work in PS2 systems or PS3's that are backwards compatible.  I would have put up the .hack//G.U. trilogy set up, but that got picked up right away, so it's not offered here.


      If I have any more to put up, I'll let you know.


      EDIT: Suikoden has been purchased.  The other two are still available, though.

    • Little Witch Academia Episode 9

      1 day ago

      CaButler

      Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Little Witch Academia, the show that teaches us that really weird people have really weird mind spaces.

      In our last episode, Sucy has concocted a potion that would make her the most powerful witch ever! Except it puts her in a deep sleep instead. As a result, Akko goes into the mind space of Sucy in order to wake her up and not destroy the school with mushrooms that are growing all around her. As you expected, her mind space is filled with Mushrooms, as well as various different Sucy personalities. You have the ones you expect of Sucy, where even the nice ones are mean, and ones that are way out there, like Sucy being a Jedi.

      After seeing the Sucys kill off their own, Akko intervenes and saves this cute, kind little Sucy, where she and several other Sucy's take part in a movie filtered through Sucy's own memories. Akko is appalled about what her friend thinks of her, but after a while can't help but find it funny. Then it turns heartwarming when Sucy starts remembering her first meeting with Akko, as well as the Broom Relay race, where in Sucy's mind, they won. How adorable!

      And then it all goes to hell when Kind Sucy turns out to be evil, monster Sucy. Now on the clock, Akko goes to find Original Sucy, who's sleeping Sleeping Beautystyle, forcing Akko to first fight a dragon, then attempt to kiss Sucy awake. Sadly for you Yuri fans, Sucy avoids the kiss, but this helps wake up Sucy... except the scene repeats from the early morning, with Lotte trying to wake up Sucy. Still in her dazed mode, Akko tries to kiss Sucy away, only to have that repeat, as well. And we're left to wonder if Akko was dreaming the whole thing (which says a lot about her), or if those events really did happen. Perhaps we'll never know.

      What wacky misadventures will our heroines get into next? Let's tune in and find out.

      -Our episode starts with a mini-assembly at the main gate. Finneran is giving some ground rules before the girls are allowed to leave the grounds, but Akko, being Akko, isn't really paying attention because she's excited about being outside. Uh, aren't you girls allowed outside to begin with? I mean, granted, it has to be on the weekends, but still. Anyway, she's thinking about all the sweets she'll eat, but Finneran yells at her to snap her back at attention. Not even out of the gate and she's already in trouble. Typical Akko.

      -Anyway, the rules. First, show pride in being students of Luna Nova, but don't do anything that would hurt the school's reputation. Second, don't use magic. This rule will be easy to follow for some witches. She's got more rules, but Professor Holbrooke arrives, showing off her boot she got in mail-order, which looks like a hat when worn. Finneran isn't interested in this, but the Headmaster points out that the girls look like they've been standing there for the last two centuries. Those poor, unfortunate souls. That's when Ursula shows up, but she becomes the target of Holbrooke's attention and puts the show hat on top of her. Uh... aren't you typically the serious one, as well, Headmaster? Because I'm started to get worried.

      -Trying to move the scene away, Finneran asks the girls if they all have their amulets with them. Yup, which includes scissors, a spoon, a Night Fall book, a mushroom, and a pile of dirt. As you expected, the pile of dirt is Akko's, but Holbrooke tells her that this won't do. The amulet must have emotional value to the user and placed at the point of origin. This way, she'll have a way to return home. She shows off her own amulet, which is a staff, adding that the stronger the attachment, the stronger the return spell. She then goes to check on the other girls as Lotte points out that Akko does have something that can work, but she's very hesitant to do that. You dare ask her to use her trading cards!? You monster! So we see the students dropping their items into a cauldron as Akko looks apprehensive about it, but finally, she puts her Shiny Chariot card in. I hope they don't actually burn it, because that would be terrible.

      -After the intro, we cut to Akko, Lotte, and Sucy... in a graveyard. Akko is confused, because she thought they were going to town and Sucy said this was a shortcut! Of course, we're here for mushrooms, and a specific type that can only be found in cemeteries. Sucy finds one and picks it as we get a good look at the hat. Looks like death, if you ask me. Apparently they're called Amanita cimeterium. Lotte is more concerned about meeting up with a ghost, which gets Akko worried, as well. Insane versions of her friends she can deal with, but ghosts!? That's where she draws the line.

      -Suddenly, a murder of crows start flapping about, causing Akko to jump into Lotte's arms in fright, landing on top of two grave stones and knocking them over. Must have been weak soil here. They react poorly to what happened, thinking they'll get cursed. So Akko brings out a option that can help repairs stuff, which she started using thanks to Professor Ursula, so she begins to unscrew it, but Lotte stops her, saying that they can't use magic outside of the school. Akko thinks it'll be fine, but Lotte asks what would happen if something bad happens? Akko doesn't care, really, and goes about the repair, but does it in a magical girl spin that knocks the mushroom out of Sucy's hands, combining it with the spell. See, this is why you don't mock the universe.

      -When the smoke clears, it appears that nothing has happened. After a moment, a hand reaches out and grabs Akko. Then, after another moment, the girls begin to scream. Well, Akko and Lotte scream, but Sucy lets out a deadpan version of it. This got me to laugh, because it seems like Sucy wasn't, but really, she is. She just has issues showing her emotions on the surface. Akko and Lotte book it, but as Akko is still captured, she trips. Lotte attempts to help her up, but they end up dragging up a skeleton instead. You three just can't go anywhere without causing issues, can you?

      -Akko and Lotte scream that it's the curse, but the Skeleton takes offense to this. Him, cursed! If he was cursed would he move around like this? But anyway, have the girls seen a dirty rat around here? He won't stop until he's been captured! He then fixes his head, because it was upside down, then notices that the girls are witches. How marvelous! They ask who he is, and insulted he tries to tell them his name... except he forgot it. He can't even remember if he remembered it when he was alive! It's like his brains are falling out! Though with that hole in his skull, they probably are.

      -Still, he doesn't mind that. He's got his legs, his arms, and his head, but then he notices a problem. He has no hat! Where is his hat!? But then he finds it on the ground in his grave. Whew, disaster averted. After posing for a moment, Captain Jack here shows off his skill by taking out his sword and carving a tombstone in two. Though it's a display of what he'll do to that dirty rat when he finds him. And he runs off for revenge!

      -Finally given a moment to breath, Akko and Lotte collapse, wondering what insanity they just witnessed? Sucy, however, keeps her stone face and asks what they should do now? Are they just going to let him go? After a moment, they realized the problem and the two girls are off to the races. Sucy, not wanting to be left out, follows, but at her own pace. You know, if it wasn't for Constanze, Sucy would be best girl. Instead, she gets to be second best girl.

      -We see the chase is on as Akko asks what happened. Lotte suspects that her position mixed with Sucy's mushroom to resurrect Captain Jack here. By the by, I don't know his name, so for now, he's Captain Jack. Oh, and resurrecting the dead is a major "no-no", one that Akko is going to get a lot of heat for. Besides, do you know how much paperwork is involved in bringing back a person who's been dead for years and years? It's just not worth it.

      -Lotte brings out her wand and casts a spell on some vines to capture Captain Jack, but she runs out of power, so he's able to leave the cemetery without further issue. Sucy finally catches up with the girls and when asked why she didn't help, she responds that she would just let this sort itself out. Apparently the effects of the mushroom are limited, so Captain Jack will be a skeleton again by sundown. Well, this is fine, expect Lotte brings up an excellent point. Captain Jack might hurt someone before he expires... again. Not good. And then there's the punishment for revving the dead. IT's something one hundred times more terrible than the worst thing they can come up with. Sounds like they'll need to get the theater going for another Uwe Boll marathon.

      -So the girls run after him into town, with Akko remarking how fast Captain Jack can run for being a dead man. It's the lack of air resistance, obviously. Suddenly, there is a scream, leading the girls into a local market, where they find Captain Jack randomly interrogating people looking for that dirty coward! The girls move to stop him but he's already run passed them, heading straight for a very young child. The girls put a stop to that, though, but Captain Jack says that he must investigate if this young child is the man he's looking for. Akko thinks that he doesn't know who he's looking for, which Captain Jack scoffs at before seeing a random man walking by and wondering if maybe that's him.

      -Before Captain Jack can jump into action, Akko grabs him by the skull and gives his neck a good twist. The Captain complains about her nearly killing him, but he's already dead, so it's not like they can charge her for that. Now, get back into your grave or else the girls are going to get in a lot of trouble. But the call of vengeance is too great to be ignored. However, the arguing has drawn a large crowd. It's not looking good for them, but luckily, Akko has an idea. Hello everybody and welcome to the most glorious Akko Show!  

      -So Akko, making this up as she goes, as well as using some tidbits from Captain Jack, claims that he is a knight who has revived in order to get revenge on his killer! Lotte gets the role of being the heroine, then asks who would like to hear more of this amazing tale? In the background I see that Sucy has taken a hat for reasons, but apparently she and Akko are working on a subconscious level as Akko asks the people to put a little something into the hat as thanks for this wonderful show. And, shockingly enough, the crowd buys into it and starts dropping money into the hat. I note that it says "pound" on the note, confirming that we are in the United Kingdom here, in case you were curious about that.

      -Unfortunately, thanks to the distraction, Akko loses Captain Jack, but a helpful scream once again points the girls in the right direction. Apparently he reasons that if you're looking for vermin, you look in the trash. As he goes through a dumpster, two police officers arrive to arrest him. Well, this is getting complicated isn't it? Akko claims that Captain Jack here is harmless, but the officers can't let this be, for he's very suspicious looking. It must be the hat that's giving him away. Keeping this town safe is their duty! Akko begs to let this one slide, but the officers take their job seriously, move her to the side and move to arrest Captain Jack. Well, he's not having any of that and draws his sword, requiring Akko to try to keep him calm.

      -Things start escalating fast until Lotte arrives, telling the officers that Captain Jack is her grandfather, and that he's a pirate! Apparently, whenever he sees a box of some kind, he just can't help but take a look to see what's inside. The officers are confused as Lotte plays this as some sort of mental illness. It works, surprisingly enough, so the officers tell Lotte to get her grandfather to stop doing that. And with that, they drive away. Well, at least now they can... where did Captain Jack go?

      -Another scream and two people, covered in ketchup, run by, leading the girls into a local tavern where they find Captain Jack... squirting out ketchup from a bottle while the drunken patrons approve. Oh, and Sucy is in there, too, and I just want to remark that the glass she's drinking from makes it look like she has a giant smile on her face. And honestly, I don't think that would be out of character if that was true. Oh, and those two guys running? They were trying to rob the place. Wow, Captain Jack did some good.

      -Sucy thinks that Captain Jack here is hilarious, but asks if he remembers anything. Nope, not a thing. He thinks that maybe if he tries something else, he'll remember something. So he rips off his skull, getting a laugh from the patrons and a scream from Akko and Lotte. Man, I hope you girls have super glue on you. As for the patrons, Sucy is going to slip something in their drinks to make them forget. Good on you, girl. You got to hide the fact that the girls accidentally broke the law.

      -Suddenly, Captain Jack remembers something, a street. Three Caliban Street, to be exact. He runs off, and when Akko grabs him, she ends up taking his arm instead. And the chase is on once again. We see the girls running with the arm helpfully pointing towards Captain Jack. Akko attempts to get closer, but doesn't see the truck coming her way. Luckily, instead of being hit by the truck and resurrected in another world, Captain Jack pushes the young girl out of the way and takes the hit instead. Luckily, he's already dead, so those rules don't apply here.

      -The truck hits Captain Jack with such force that he explodes into a green goo that covers Akko! And with that, Captain Jack dies... again. At least you can get him back in the cemetery now. Except these skeletons are really, really hard to kill, for the arm Akko was carrying gathers up the remains and rebuilds it. Maybe he'll be better, faster, and stronger now. And with less of a head, too! Wait, what happened to the head? Don't you actually need that to see? Wait, thinking on it now, how does Captain Jack see without eyes?

      -Luckily, the head didn't go very far as Akko is able to find him nearby. With Captain Jack fully back together, he makes sure Akko is unharmed, then prepares to go, but Akko stops him, demanding to know why he saved her? Why, it's because she's a witch! Well, that makes sense. He actually explains that witches are the symbols of wisdom and the pride of mankind. That's just common sense, after all. I'm sure there are a few in North America who might disagree with that, depending on the year. Akko, however, wants more answers and keeps getting in Captain Jack's way. Gah! He's got no time to explain! He's got to get to Caliban Street at once!

      -Captain Jack finds a building he thinks is the man's house, but it looks more like a department store. The girls tell him it's not this place, but he really wants to check. Luckily, a random passerby appears, telling them that the owner over there bought up all the remains of the house. And it's the Last Wednesday Society! Hey, we got some continuity here! Inside, the shop owner explains that he house was from the Magic Golden Age, which is why they bought it up. Akko never heard of the Magic Golden Age, so the shopkeep uses some magic to explain to Akko. We should get the popcorn ready for this.

      -About two hundred years ago, between the witch hunts and the industrial revolution, there was no machinery so everybody relied on magic. Yeah, this is something they already learned in Magic History, but Akko wasn't paying attention to that because it was boring. This wasn't boring, so she was paying attention. Shopkeep then turns to Captain Jack and asks how much he wants for that vintage uniform? They turn to the Captain, digging through some stuff, when he comes upon a picture of the man he was looking for, with his wife and daughter. However, he still cannot remember the name of the man he's suppose to kill. Curse the amnesia of a hundred years of death!

      -As Captain Jack tries to get more information, Lotte discovers a letter on the back of the picture. It's from Luna Nova. They open it up and see that it's addressed to Miranda. When questioning who that is, Captain Jack points to the baby, who says her life was cursed thanks to the man in the picture. Apparently he eloped with the woman, a witch, and ran off together. Lotte is a sucker for these kinds of stories. But Captain Jack isn't a fan, because the wife died, leaving the man alone with Miranda. The man, who was called a dirty coward, vowed to turn Miranda into a great witch! You know, given how much Captain Jack knows, I'm going to bet that he's actually the man in the picture. It just seems like the direction this episode is going.

      -Soon, the bells toll, prompting the group to run out of the shop, mainly because Captain Jack wants to investigate it, because the man in question used to be a bell ringer. You know, I think this would be so much easier if the girls tell Captain Jack how long he's been dead, even if they have to rough the number a bit. Anyway, the man ended up breaking his oath. After Miranda was sent off to Luna Nova, they would never see each other again. Yup, this is totally Captain Jack here. And because of this, he will never forgive that man! They run up the bell tower to get revenge on the man who may or may not be Captain Jack.

      -Meanwhile, in Luna Nova, we see Professor Ursula gathering up the things in the cauldron when Holbrooke comes by and sees Shiny Chariot's card. She looks at it, thinking how it brings back fond memories. Ursula smiles as she takes the card and places it in the briefcase with the reset of the items. While they have a chance to talk, Ursula asks about Holbrooke's amulet and asks where the rest of it is. Well, it's been a long time, so the Headmaster doesn't really remember where it is. Ursula smiles at her boss, then after making sure everything is in place, asks if she wants to take a stroll. Clearly, she's trying to butter up her boss for a raise.

      -Back with Captain Jack, he reaches the top of the bell tower, looking for that man. The girls join him, but Akko is more interested in the view of the city from here. It's a good view and makes Akko forget for a moment how much trouble she's in until Sucy reminds her about it. See, that's why you need honest friends like Sucy around, even if they spend most of their time making you drink strange potions. They then investigate the bell, with Lotte commenting that the bell hasn't been used in a long time. Akko looks inside and sees that the rod is missing, as well. Wait, could it be that Holbrooke's amulet is actually the bod from the bell... and that she's actually Miranda? But from Captain Jack's appearance, it looks like he died during the 18th Century. Could Holbrooke really be that old? The show doesn't really say if witches can live a long time or not, so I'm just guessing here. Maybe she isn't Miranda, but a descendent of Miranda. That would make more sense.

      -Anyway, moving on from that, Akko trips and accidentally rings the bell with her head, which causes Captain Jack to react. He starts to remember, and to help him remember, he slams his head into the bell multiple times, prompting the girls to stop him. That's when Captain Jack remembers that the coward of the man he was looking for... is actually him! Dun dun dun! And Miranda is his own daughter! What a twist!

      -Captain Jack begins remembering those memories, like how Miranda used to play up here, and one day, he made her a staff that would hang right in the bell when she was accepted into Luna Nova. That way, she would never have to feel lonely and would serve as a reminder of home. And just so the rest of the audience catches up, we see a picture of said staff, which looks a lot like Holbrooke's staff from early in the episode.

      -Akko starts putting the pieces together from Captain Jack's words, who starts crying tears of green. Sucy can't help but get a little jab in about the color of his tears. That's when Akko tells everybody her theory, that the Headmaster is Miranda. The pattern on the staff matches the pattern of the bell. And with that, she wants to take Captain Jack back to Luna Nova, looking to help bring peace to this skeleton. Except she forgot that she's going to be in so much trouble when she gets back. And I don't think they serve popcorn at this marathon, either.

      -Though it looks like they're running out of time as the sun begins to set. Well, that won't stop the determinator Akko, as she brings out another potion and casts a spell on the bell itself, allowing it to float back to Luna Nova with all four in tow. And in front of so many witnesses, too. Not that using magic out in the open is a bad thing, but the fact that she revived Captain Jack here is. Still, they make it to Luna Nova and happen to run into Ursula and Holbrooke. But Holbrooke isn't the Headmaster of Luna Nova for nothing as she casts a spell that creates a cushion, stopping the bell and freeing it's travelers. However, as a result of this, her own staff vibrates as the bell rolls away, then rejoins the bell, making it ring in it's rolling escape until it finally comes to a stop in front of this strange tree. Must e another memorial.

      -The girls recover to see that the Headmaster is fine, but their own words are cut off by the stares Captain Jack and Holbrooke are giving one another. The two just stare at each other, but it's a familial, loving stare. The other girls, and Ursula, watch on as Holbrooke takes Captain Jack to that tree, which is actually the grave of Holbrooke's mother. She tells her that dad is back, even if he's a skeleton. And while Captain Jack admits that, he's still younger that Holbrooke. She gets in a nice jab in, telling him that the lack of flesh makes it difficult to tell.

      -Now we keep the feelings going, because before Captain Jack dies once more, Holbrooket wants to tell him something. During all her time growing up, she has never once hated or resented him. She followed her passion for magic and became the Headmaster of Luna Nova. Captain Jack is proud of his daughter, having been told that he did keep his promise to her after all. She turns to the bell and casts a spell, giving it a new paint job, and allowing it to ring properly once again. Everybody stares on in wonder, but unfortunately, all good things must come to an end.

      -Captain Jack stares up in the sky and sees that his hand has grown transparent. His time on this earth is running out. He turns to the other girls and thanks them for giving him such a wonderful day, hoping to see them again one day before fading away with the dusk of night. But after he goes, the leaves that were there begin to float up and fly in the sky, glowing and taking the shape of two people, embracing one another. It appears that Captain Jack has reunited with his wife once more. What a tender moment.

      -After that moment, Sucy has to ruin it by mentioning that she inhaled some of Captain Jack's dust. Right, sure you did. But the happy times have ended, so now it's time for Professor Holbrooke to lay down the law! She's very disappointed with the girls, because not only did they use magic outside of school, but you also resurrected the dead! This is unacceptable! Time to clean up that movie theater and get the films ready!

      -Well, not this time, girls. You're punishment is worse than that. And that punishment is... to go into the storage room and fix all of the broken brooms. What a terrible punishment she's giving them! Though I think Akko expected worse than that, but Professor Holbrooke is feeling very generous, telling the three that they're very young, so they should take this time to understand what they did wrong and learn from their mistakes. Aw, Holbrooke is feeling generous because she saw her father again and decided to let the girls off lightly...

      -Or so I would say, but it turns out, Luna Nova has a lot of broken brooms. I guess the Headmaster isn't feel that generous. Akko doesn't like Holbrooke anymore. Lotte is more surprised by how many broken brooms are here. Akko suggests using restoration magic, but Lotte puts a stop to that. We're not having a repeat of today again! Still, this gets Akko to talk about the Magic Golden Age and how great it was. Sucy and Lotte, however, prefer the present, though in Lotte's case, even with the rise of science, there are still a few things only magic can do. Akko can't believe how boring her roommates are. A world filled with magic is so much fun! Though Sucy would prefer a world of mushrooms, instead. And the two get to arguing about which is better, though I think Akko's reasonings are "No mushroom apocalypse!" Cue credits!

      A fun, little heartwarming episode, but man, somebody really needs to put a leash on Akko when it comes to magic. They should make sure that, every time she leaves for town, they check her throughly for magic potions and the like, given how frequently she appears to be breaking the rules. She's acting like the rival character instead of the main protagonist!

      We also get something of a confirmation that witches have long live spans? Or at least, those born into witch families. I don't know how it would be for those that learn into magic, like Akko. It's probably not important in the grand scheme of things, but still, it's something to think about and adds more to the lore of the show itself.

      But I think the most important question here is... how does Luna Nova have so many broken brooms? Do people really not take good care of their stuff? Somebody should given them all a lecture about taking care of their stuff, because that's just insane! And having to repair them all? I'll take the bad movie marathon, thank you very much!

      Still, a fun, heartwarming episode, and one that may be called upon again sometime in the future. But what other wacky adventures will Akko and company get into next time? Tune in on Sunday to find out.

      Until next time, remember, when you accidentally resurrect the dead, you should always help to bring them peace, even if it does mean bringing them out in the open while they hunt for the person they need to take revenge on.

    • I've gotten some good luck on the gachas these past couple of weeks...

      2 days ago

      CaButler

      So the new event is up and I've been spending it on the friend's points trying to get the Avenger there, just because I could. But while doing that, I've been keeping the FP trick in mind. That is, when I roll a 3 star servant in the FP gacha, I roll in the limited.


      My first FP roll got me a Geronimo, so I went into the limited gacha and got Emiya Assassin on the very first card of the first ten roll. Then back in the FP gacha until I got Darius III, then back into the limited gacha, and...


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      So I've been having some really good luck on the gacha rolls the past couple of weeks. I wonder which event will be the one that royally screws me over? Please don't let it be the summer event...



    • I'm selling anime!

      4 days ago

      CaButler

      So in my need to purge stuff, I've decided to hit on the anime discs and movies I have and getting rid of because I don't plan to watch them anymore.  That and anime streaming is so easy these days.


      Still, some of this stuff may not be viewable on streaming and any fansubs may have been lost, so here's your chance to own some classics and some that were kind of "meh".  I am doing international sipping but these DVDs are region one, so bear that in mind.  And even if you aren't interested, you might know somebody who is.


      First, we have the three disc series of Xenosaga. Just in case you didn't want to go through the slog that was the very first game.


      Next, we have the anime series Moon Phase, the story about a college student shacking up with a loli vampire. Though at least she looks like she's a teenager.


      Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles. In case you want to get your Macross anime without the hassle of continuity.


      Here we have the complete set of Maburaho, quite possibly the first ever magical school harem anime. And it's just as good as the rest, too.


      And lastly, here is a random listing for the first three discs of Hayate the Combat Butler and the first disc of Kannagi, all in one package. Why? Because it's too expensive to list them separately.


      Oh, and I put up images too, if you want to check those out, but do that after you look at the above listings and shared them with friends!


      EDIT: Looks like somebody purchased the Hayate and Kannagi set, so that's off the board now.

    • This Gorillia Sure is Prime

      4 days ago

      CaButler

      Hello everybody and welcome to my next Transformers review!  Man, it feels like it's been a while since I've done one of these things, and the plan is to actually have three reviews for this week.


      But before I forget, just a reminder that I've put up some anime DVDs for sale.  If you're interested in adding to your own collection or see something you'd like to have for yourself, check out what I'm offering and see if it interests you.  They are going to be on the cheaper side of things, since they're DVDs, but I plan to put more up in the future.


      On that note, today's review is all about being primal, so without further ado, may I present to you the Generation Toy GT-10, Gorilla!


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      And as you can see, here is the box for Gorilla, who looks more like a robot ape.  But this is a style choice we'll get to later.


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      On the back of the box, it's Optimus Primal!  Yup, we're looking at an MP scaled Beast War Transformer here, only with more robot animal mode.  But that's enough of the box, let's get him out and see how he really is.


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      So here we have Optimus Primal out of his packaging and in his robot mode.  And I do have to say that this looks like a nice version of the character.  He looks more like if he took on a beast mode without being an actual beast.

      Now the story behind this version of the character is that it's based on an official fan artbook of various Beast Wars and Transformers characters done up by various artists.  Primal here is one of those drawings, so GT decided to make a figure of him.  This, however, bought about a different kind of controversy as GT apparently never got the artist's permission to do this figure, and this lead to another discussion about the legality of third parties.  I honestly hope GT didn't pull an EA on the 3P scene.


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      Moving on, checking out the head sculpt reveals a nice looking Primal head, complete with open face plate.  There is a light up feature but I didn't have the battery, and in an unusual twist, GT didn't provide one, so that won't be tested here.


      As for the face, you actually have options for that.


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      Here is the face with the full face plate ,which I like more, so we'll be leaving that on.


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      As for posing, you got a lot of different points of articulation, and almost everything is ratchet base with some nice, hard ratchets.  Though one complain I do have is the head, which seems like it wants to look down a lot.  It's not on ball joint, but a rod that can be tilted.  It's quite odd.


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      The fingers are also done up weirdly.  The first two figures are individually articulated while the last two are one mold.  It's a strange decision to make, honestly.  But as you can see, the hinges involved allow for a straight finger, so not permanent typing fingers here.


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      And just for fun, the classic Primal Hero pose.


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      Coming back here, you can see the shoulder cannons, which are on hinges, so they can move up and down.


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      So Primal can shoot things, if necessary, but these aren't the only accessories he has.


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      For as you can see, Primal here has two swords for slicing death!  They use a peg system instead of the rail system or the typical masterpiece peg, so there's no interchanging of accessories here.  Still, it's a solid grip all around.


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      The swords can be stored on the back if you want to keep them with the figure instead of in the box.  They use a peg system here.


      But we're not done yet, for you can actually take the swords...


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      And combine them into one!  Well, not really.  You just take the blades from the individual sword handles and plug them into this double ended one.  But still, he holds it quite well.


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      And yes, it can be stored on the back, like the other swords.  Why?  Because reasons, that's why.


      Now for some comparisons.


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      Here is Gorilla with MP Optimus Primal, and you can already see a massive difference in size and style used.


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      For another beast comparison, here he is with Takara Legends Bat Convoy, the predecessor of Optimus Primal.


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      And we can't have an MP comparison without MP10 showing up.


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      And lastly, here is Gorilla with GT's OP.EX for a company comparison.


      Now for transformation.  It is really, really simple, and actually a bit clever in some spots, too.  Mainly with how limbs are expanded and shorten, how the beast heat appears, and how the shoulder cannons are hidden.  And soon enough, you'll go from Gorilla in robot mode...


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      To Gorilla in... er, gorilla mode!  And as you can see, there's a lot more robot pieces in beast mode, so if you're looking for  a larger Beast Wars Optimus Primal, look someplace else.


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      Getting up close to the head sculpt, it's got a lot of nice color involved, and it has a bit of a Frankenstein's head going, with the square head and the silver pieces sticking on the side.


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      Oh, and that mouth can open, revealing some nice, Gorilla teeth.


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      And in case you're wondering, the Gorilla had is fully articulated.  It actually uses a separate neck system from the robot head, which is a very impressive design for this figure.


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      And he can look down a bit ways, as well.


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      And here he is, mugging for the camera.  What a glory hog.


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      For posing, a lot of what applies to robot mode applies here, keeping the same articulation.  There is an ab crunch I didn't get to show off before, but it's there.  He's also got a butteryfly joint for the shoulders.


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      And yes, he can pound his chest if he wants to, because he has an extra elbow joint that's for gorilla mode, giving him that extra curl.  Basically, there's very little you can't do with this figure with regards to posing.


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      Here's a shot of the extra elbow joint.


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      For a fun comparison, here is Gorilla with Optimus Primal, just to show off the differences in style.


      And that's it for him.  I like him and I would recommend him, even if he technically doesn't have his own shelf, though I get the feeling he may be hard to come by if things go the way I expect them to go.


      This week I got two more transformers reviews to go through, and this time, I'll be going through the CHUG line.


      And don't forget the stuff I'm selling, either.


      Until then.

    • Little Witch Academia Episode 8

      6 days ago

      CaButler

      Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Little Witch Academia, where the students of a witch academy learn that cheating doesn't pay.

      In our last episode, it's exam time and Akko... is still kind of terrible. Not bad enough to be earning F's left and right, but most of her grades are certainly from more forgiving teachers. After one bad exam that involved getting into a fight, Finneran told the young Akko that if she fails her final exam, she will be expelled from Luna Nova. Her final exam on Magical Philosophy, which is taught by Professor Pisces, a fish. Yes, really. Akko had no idea and doesn't understand fish language, so she realizes she's totally screwed.

      Well, not for nothing, Akko tries to actually butter up Professor Pisces with mineral water in the hopes of a forgiving grade. She almost kills her teacher, than in a panic, accidentally loses her in the sewer drain. With little choice, she, Sucy, and Lotte turn themselves into fish (or in Akko's case, a merman) and go after the professor. There, they run into a sad fish who's family was captured by a poacher, so Akko, being Akko, saves the day while giving the poacher a good scare. Oh, and they rescued Pisces at the same time.

      Still, despite the rescue, Akko is in trouble because she tried to cheat the exam. But because she understood the course well, plus turning herself into a merman and learning the difficult fish language, the Headmaster waves the expulsion punishment. Instead, Akko, Ursula, and friends get to live with Finneran for however long that lasts. Well, better than being kicked out, right?

      What wacky adventures await the girls? Let's tune in and find out.

      -Our episode begins on a dark and stormy night. So either a film noir detective episode or a horror episode. Luna Nova has gone dark, but the lightning from the storm certainly keeps things lit up. There, in a dark laboratory, a familiar laughter echos in the halls. And if you think it's Lukic, you'd be wrong. Instead, it's our other semi-evil magic potion user, Sucy, who has created a potion out of many super-rare and deadly mushrooms to create this super mushroom! When she drinks it, her magical power will increase! Sucy is excited by her evil genius, because with this, finding more deadly mushrooms will be a breeze with her new magical powers. Oh, and if you think I'm joking about the evil genius part, you'd be half right, because right now, Sucy is actually dressed up like an evil, mad scientist. I wonder if she's doing a play?

      -Though apparently Sucy did all of this insider her dorm room, which I find rather amazing, to be honest. Unless she laughs evilly really quietly, both Akko and Lotte sleep like logs. Anyway, Sucy wants to drink her potion, but a sudden thought comes to mind. What if the potion is a failure? What, you think that's stopped other, evil mad scientists before? Still, she doesn't want anything terrible to happen to her, so she's going to test it... on a sleeping Akko. And this is why you need a sorting hat at schools like this.

      -Sucy is about to pour the potion down Akko's mouth by using a funnel, but then she comes to another thought. What, if by some chance, the potion is successful? That means Akko will become a powerful and talented witch, which is unacceptable! She needs to earn her power, and Sucy isn't in the charity mood, so she decides to just drink it anyway. See, she's totally looking on for her dimwitted friend!

      -The next morning, the funnel is still in Akko's mouth as Lotte tells them they're going to be late. Akko gets up, finding the funnel but gets right to getting dressed while the spirit talker tries to wake up Sucy. However, there's a minor problem. Sucy isn't waking up. She also looks rather dead. Akko, however, thinks Sucy just ate a mushroom to skip class, which they can't do because first period is magical linguistics, and that's run by Finneran. Yeah, she's not missing that class at all. And with that, they leave the probably not completely dead Sucy behind, who starts sprouting mushrooms. Oh, it's going to be one of those days, isn't it?

      -After the opening, we see Akko and Lotte are returning to their room. Akko found the history of magic so boring, but Lotte is worried about Sucy. Akko isn't, though, but she quickly changes her tune when she sees the state of their room. Sucy is surrounded by an army of mushrooms. While Lotte stares in shock, Akko decides to skip right to the interrogation. Though she needs to wake up Sucy for that, but nothing is waking her up. Not even the word "mushroom", which Akko finds weird and scary all at once. Akko then checks for a heartbeat, but after a moment, confirms that Sucy does indeed have a heart. How sweet.

      -Lotte is happy that her roommate didn't accidentally kill herself, because that would look bad for her record. Akko, meanwhile, wants Sucy to wake up, but after nothing happens, decides that the best option would be... to get a teacher. I know, I'm just as shocked as you are! A main character showing common sense and getting an authority figure to help? What madness is this!? Lotte, however, stops her friend from leaving because she's found evidence of Sucy doing a strange experiment. Apparently they aren't allowed to do such activities in their dorm room, but Sucy has a rather loose relationship with the rules.

      -Despite knowing all of this, Akko just prepares to get scolded and attempts to go get a teacher, but Lotte stops her again, because given all the trouble they've done, including using summoning magic to order a pizza while still in detention, they may actually get expelled for this. Akko has already flirted with that once before and isn't anxious to do that yet again, so she attempts to wake Sucy up by threatening to eat her mushrooms and trying to tickle her awake.

      -That's when Lotte has figured it out, you see, it looks like a case of...



      ...Akko, dear, why does it look like you're going to drop Sucy on her head? I thought you liked her? Anyway, strange scene aside, which I think says a lot about this show, Lotte thinks Sucy is suffering from Sleeping Witch Syndrome. Akko, of course, doesn't know what that is, so Lotte explains it. Basically, it's an illness that leaves a witch in suspended animation and Sucy may have caught it while handling her experiments. Lotte brings out a book to look for a cure and finds it. Basically, they need to cast a spell to send another witch into the victims subconscious and wake said victim from within. That sounds dangerous, and who knows what goes on in Sucy's subconscious brain of hers! For all you know, it could contain killer mushrooms!

      -Akko, being the all loving hero who would like to not get expelled, volunteers, but Lotte comments that she's never cast such a spell before and it looks really difficult. Except they're running into another problem now. The mushrooms are growing and are crushing our girls. There's no time left, so Lotte goes into Sucy's medicine cabinet to look for an antidote. However, Sucy has this issue of not labeling her jars, so a frustrated Lotte just grabs them all and hands them to Akko, telling her that one of these has to be the antidote, so just go nuts when she's in there. We're just going from one dangerous thing to another, aren't we?

      -With preparations complete, Lotte casts the spell, which apparently transforms her wand into an energy bat, which she uses to smack Akko upside the head, knocking her unconscious and sleeping next to Sucy. Man, when did all of these spells become so violent? Akko clutches her head in pain, telling Lotte that it hurt, but that's when she noticed that she's wearing her official Luna Nova uniform... and isn't at Luna Nova. She takes a moment to take in her surroundings, which is filled with mushrooms that may or may not be killer, but Akko is still jumping for joy because her Lotte did it! Yay for everlasting friendships forged in fire and against stone-breathing creatures from a forbidden forest!

      -That's when Akko hears the chanting of "Sucy" as a bunch of tiny mushrooms walk past her, carrying a sword and shield. This asks many questions. Though Akko's first one is where Sucy is, but they run away in fear. She doesn't take this badly, though, but getting stabbed in the butt by a pitchfork would. And she was stabbed by... a tiny little devil Sucy, who has come to claim Akko's soul. After chasing her for a moment, Angel Sucy arrives to tell Devil Sucy that it's barbaric to kill somebody with such a tool. Instead, you should use lethal injection. Yeah, I kind of expected this from Sucy's good and evil sides.

      -Akko, however, can't die, because she needs to find and wake up Sucy. The little Sucy's wonder if she means the original, but if she's asleep, that would explain why they haven't seen her lately. Devil Sucy thinks it's better this way, but Akko really needs to get to her and wake her up! She asks the little Sucy's to take her to the original, but Angel Sucy asks what she would do for them in return? She argues that there's nothing in it for them if Akko wakes up the original, so they make a deal with her. They will lead her to original Sucy if she agrees to clean her room, do her shopping, and carry her stuff between classes for one month? Akko hesitates, but as the little Sucys leave, she relents and agrees to the terms. Great! Now sign this contract! You don't have to worry about your soul since you're already a witch, but you really should read the fine print. Of course, given that it's Sucy, Angel Sucy tells her that if she breaks the contract, her safety is not guaranteed. Akko questions which one of these two is suppose to be the devil, but honestly, I think they're spot on.

      -With the contract signed, the little Sucys lead the way. Original Sucy is apparently in Mushroom Hills, which is that big mushroom tower in the distance. Though this wouldn't be a problem if Akko knew how to ride a broom. Devil Sucy says this, so this indicates that the little Sucys have all of Original Sucy's memories. It's going to be a long walk, Akko.

      -During the walk, Akko explains the situation to the little Sucys. Devil Sucy is excited to hear about Original Sucy's desires manifesting in the real world, but Akko points out that this would be a problem if this continues. Suddenly, she steps on Sucy sleeping in the middle of the road. Wait, is this the original Sucy? Turns out, it isn't. That's just Lazy Sucy, who crawls her way off screen. Suddenly, she's surrounded by many, many Sucys, all saying hi, bye, and wishing her a Merry Christmas, Halloween, and Easter. And suddenly, she's gone. That was Impatient Sucy. Akko is very confused and probably regretting coming in here.

      -Akko is rather surprised by these man facets of Sucy, having never seen some of them before, and there are many inside of Sucy, like one that loves mushrooms, an angry Sucy, plastic surgery Sucy, complete with Transformers sound effects, Materialistic Sucy, Jedi Sucy (no joke), monster loving Sucy, Copycat Sucy, and the Sucy who just wants to entertain, who has her own stage and dancing mushrooms. Oh, and she knows magic tricks! Like attacking the audience with snakes! Classic.

      -You know, I can't help but wonder if this is the episode where Studio Trigger, who are known to have such restraint with their works, decided to just go insane with it. As if they ever needed an excuse. They soon run into... Llama Sucy? Though she spits in Akko's face and we're told that she's the Sucy who just wants to spit on everything. And then our next Sucy is a tiny, cute girl who gives Akko flowers, with no strings attached and no dangers involved. Wow, that's nice. Too bad she gets arrested five seconds later. Akko is left shocked and confused and asks where they're taking kind Sucy? To court, obviously! Akko immediately knows that this is a bad thing, given the type of world they're in.

      -So we see the court, with Akko and the little Sucys taking their seats as Judge Sucy goes through all the different Sucy personalities. There's one who wants to get into the Night Fall serious like Lotte, but she's put to death. Then we have Elmyra Sucy, who is also put to death. Next we have Hollywood Sucy, then Beauty Stylish Sucy, then... stalker Sucy? Otaku Sucy? She's put to death immediately so we don't know. Akko asks who these Sucy's are, and apparently they're the tiny emotions that are growing within Original Sucy, who are judged harshly. Akko isn't a fan of that, but then Kind Sucy appears on the stand. Before she can actually say anything, the Judge beings the sentencing, but Akko puts a stop to that right away with a loud Objection. Oh, Akko, I think you're making things worse here.

      -Akko points out how absurd this Kangaroo Court is, but as she introduces herself, she's put to death and sent away with the other Sucys. So much for the plan. And the death sentence is beheading by guillotine. Of course Sucy would go with that. And there's a long line of Sucys, as well, but it's a fast moving line, it seems. Devil Sucy mocks Akko, but this just leads her to bite on the little Sucy and... use her pitchfork as a makeshift lock pick and attempts to break free. And... and I just love the looks being given here.

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      -They do say a picture is worth a thousand words, but I think this one has a few more than that. Shockingly enough, this actually works. Akko gets to freeing the other Sucys, but sees that they're all staring up ahead to the guillotine. Apparently the executioners are... Sucy Pyramid Heads. That makes way too much sense to actually make sense. And it looks like Kind Sucy is being put on the chopping block. It looks like she'll be too late, though, but never underestimate the determination of Akko, who uses herself to stop the blade from coming down. Damn girl, you are crazy brave. And insane. Insanely crazy brave.

      -Executioner Sucy complains that Akko is interfering with their work, but she argues that Sucy shouldn't be killing herself, and she should be treating herself with more respect! And no matter what she thinks, every Sucy is important! Luckily Executioner Sucy has a hand axe with her, so Akko uses that to lodge the blade, rescue Kind Sucy, then proceeds with freeing the other Sucys. Hooray! Well, the others show as much enthusiasm as regular Sucy does.

      -With that, the remaining Sucys are let free, though Devil Sucy thinks this will end poorly. But Akko isn't going to let that keep her down. Though she seems to have forgotten her mission as Lotte waits patiently for Akko to complete her mission. And she needs to worry, because there are mushrooms growing form Lotte's hands. Akko briefly hears Lotte's screams of agony, but passes it off as her imagination.

      -Akko is feeling good about herself, though, and feels like the goal is nearby. Except Mushroom Hills isn't any closer. So Akko decides they should hitchhike instead. Shockingly, this works in seconds. They are picked up by a fancy dressed Sucy, who's going to the movies for a series of films about school. Akko asks if they want to check it out and they proceed with going to a drive-in, complete with a shade to make it a better experience. So the film begins, and it's done in a old-school animation feature, complete with classic music. Apparently all of the movies are from Sucy's memories, with one of the characters we see is a lanky, smug looking Diana. Akko gets a laugh from this, but she is then told that these are Sucy's memories from her point of view, which means nobody is safe.

      -We then see Akko on the silver screen, but in a deformed, western cartoon look. She fails at riding a broom, which Akko doesn't approve of, though we get very meta in this with Akko pointing at Cartoon Akko, who points at something in the background and mimics her movements. Then we see that Sucy has experimented on her while she sleeps, which is upsetting to Akko, as well. We then see Sucy do various tricks and pranks on Cartoon Akko, but even Akko can' help but laugh at it. Hey, if you can't laugh at yourself sometimes, then it just shows how self-centered you are.

      -That's when another scene plays, one that features Akko's first meeting with Sucy. A few of the scenes play out with more realistically drawn characters rather than their deformed appearances. Akko finds it heartwarming, though, that Sucy would remember all of that. Then the relay race happens, but unlike reality, Sucy thinks that her team won. Akko finds that odd, since that didn't happen, but then the next shot horrifies her. It's of Lotte screaming in horror at the mushrooms growing on her hands. Which is also happening in reality, and soon enough, the secret is out as the mushrooms grow out of control, covering all of Luna Nova and causing it to explode. Uh... okay, that was a rather violent end.

      -Apparently Sucy is wishing for the Mushroom Apocalypse as the school is in flames as the rest of the students run away in horror. Lotte however, is caught by them and is about to be crushed to death in an Akira homage, but the film burns away. All of the Sucys there stare in horror. Apparently not even they would wish such a thing to occur. Well, all bout Kind Sucy, who laughs evilly at the scene. Turns out, Kind Sucy is actually Monstrously Evil Sucy, who transforms into a monster at the drive in and begins eating the other Sucys. Curse your cunning, evil ways!

      -Actually, I think Monster Sucy's monster form is suppose to be a homage to something else, but I don't quite recognize it. Anyway, Akko has escaped with the little Sucys and a mushroom waiter. Wait, what happened to Fancy Sucy? Did she get eaten? Some friend you are, Akko. Angel Akko explains that Monster Sucy is her darker impulses kept under control, because it's something all humans do in order to keep the world from burning all the time. So, apparently, all those Sucys Akko saved? They're becoming this giant monster. And if this keeps up, Monster Sucy will eat up this world and become Original Sucy. Looks like they need to hurry and wake up the Original Sucy before it's too late. Oh, and the little Sucys have been eaten up, leaving Akko with Mushroom waiter. Hopefully he'll be a better sidekick, since he serves food.

      -They soon reach Mushroom Hills, which looks like a glass office building shaped like a mushroom, and make their way up. Having no idea where the original is, Akko will pick a room at random. This one contains a fire-breathing heavy metal Sucy, so obviously, the wrong room. In the next room is Llama Sucy. Yeah, Akko isn't getting a repeat of that. She panics that she won't find the original in time, but that's when the next door opens up, revealing... I want to go with Old Lady Sucy. She knows where the original is as she's been living here for at least ten years... or was it eleven? She can't remember, but then she asks if Akko wants to see her home as she had it remodeled recently. Akko is on the clock though, and asks for the original, but Old Lady Sucy... actually, she's quite talkative, so she's Talkative Sucy, keeps talking, allowing Monster Sucy to just pace around in the background for a while. Well, at least she's being kind and waiting.

      -Akko gets fed up and demands to know the Original's room. Apparently she's in room 666. Does this surprise anybody? Having the answers she needs, Monster Sucy eats Talkative Sucy and the chase is back on. Akko reaches the room but finds it locked, so she tries to break in, and after a few attempts, does so. She finds herself in this thorny forest, but pressed for time, cuts her way through with the sword and shield from earlier. Wait, so she kept those? Where did she keep those to begin with?

      -Akko soon finds Original Sucy as Monster Sucy comes in and begins Black Dragon Sucy. Well, I think the reference is quite obvious here. Which means that Akko is Sucy's Prince Charming. She's in the wrong anime for that, I think. Though if the sword came from inside of Akko's soul, then maybe she's not quite off the mark.

      -So Akko fights the dragon, who gets caught in the thorns, but is then able to corrupt the space around it. Akko, however, pleads with Original Sucy to wake up, and despite all the trouble she causes her, she still loves her mushroom loving, goth friend. How sweet! But that's when Akko remembers the diseases name, takes out all the vials, has no idea which one it is, so she's just going to use all of them. Though she will have to give them mouth to mouth, so Akko drinks them all and prepares to deliver the first kiss, which Dragon Sucy seems to enjoy! She must be Yuri Fangirl Sucy, as well.  

      -Too bad for Dragon Sucy, though, Original Sucy wakes up and isn't interested in kissing Akko, avoiding it just in time for her friend to slam her head in the stone bed instead. No, really, Dragon Sucy is upset... or crying tears of joy? Maybe both? But she sees Akko hug Original Sucy, who is still not a hugging person, but wit that, the dragon explodes as Lotte calls out for them, saying that they're going to be late. Wait, so did Akko travel back in time?

      -We then get a familiar scene of Lotte trying to wake up Sucy, but in horror, Akko goes over to her friend and pleads with her to wake up and attempts to deliver another kiss, but Sucy dodges that one and complains that it's too early for the yelling. She still gets a hug, though, because Akko is still waking up from what seems like a dream. Lotte is happy though, because everybody is being so friendly. Akko then goes on about how Sucy should read Night Fall if she wants to, but Sucy really doesn't want to get into that. Still, they need to get going of they will be late. That's when Sucy reminds Akko that she did promise to carry her stuff for a month, right? But Akko is confused by this. That was all a dream... wasn't it? Our scene then fades to black as we linger on Sucy's bed, but just then, a familiar mushroom grows in place. Cue credits!

      First, let's get this out of the way. Rachelle Hager, Sucy's English VA, really knocked it out of the park with this episode. She had to carry the bulk of the episode and come up with various different voices and personalities or a number of different Sucy characters, and I think she really did it well. It's pretty obvious to me that she is quite talented and I hope she gets to lead her own show someday.

      As for the episode itself, I'm trying to decide who has the weirder headspace. Is it Sucy, or is it Tyler from The Irresponsible Captain Tyler. And if you've seen that show, you know how screwed up Tyler's headspace is there. Though I do wonder if Studio Trigger was struggling for episodes, but even so, they really went all in for the kinds of pop-culture references in this episode. And there were many.

      Speaking of references, there's one I want to talk about. Mainly that Sucy, as a fangirl, apparently sees herself as a Jedi and not a Sith. You'd think she would go full on dark side, given her general personality, but maybe she likes seeing herself as a protector of the galaxy. Either that or she sees herself as a rebel and it would be better go be a Jedi, since they're fighting the big bad Empire. Take your pick.

      Still, this was a rather fun episode. Wacky hijinks did ensue, which makes me wonder what wackiness will happen on Friday. You'll just have to tune in and find out.

      Until next time, remember, when you're performing an experiment, always make sure to test it out on your sleeping friends. What they don't know won't kill them... maybe.

    • It's time to bring this to an end, Jalter!

      1 week ago

      CaButler

      Also, I posted up new images that you may or may not enjoy.


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      Except for Brynhild being very affectionate towards you, or are we just going to forget that?


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      Except for Gilles, obviously.


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      It's a fourth wall breaking, silly event.  Nobody is suppose to understand any of it.


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      Except your so well loved that you get an alternative costume later.


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      No.  I blame Delight Works.


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      I love how the MC would just welcome her into the fold without a second though.  Then again, we also have some other Chaotic Evil servants running around, so she wouldn't be unusual.


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      No, but I do have one on my phone.


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      So how many rare prisms would you get if you burned the MC?


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      Which wasn't so hard to do.


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      Which I already did, so this is kind of a moot point.


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      Oh... right, JRPG rules.


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      Mash was actually hoping not to have to fight.


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      Isn't that her thing, being an Avenger an all?


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      ...You make a lot of sense there, Da Vinci.


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      Except it probably won't.  You're already in the summoning pool now.


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      Can we see the sun in here?


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      Because she'll be a real girl this time.


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      Because according to JRPG logic, the world will right itself in the end after defeating the final boss.


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      Because the sun burns, right?


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      She was made the guest servant, after all.


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      Like for the first anniversary special, which is two months away.


      Well, that was a fun event.  And the gacha systems for me were very kind this week, as I got Jalter to NP2, plus got some limited servants in Fire Emblem Heroes.  And then, when Gil came up via a double-sided card, I was able to get him in about five rolls, so all in all, a good time.


      This is so going to come back and bite me in the ass come the summer event.


    • Little Witch Academia Episode 7

      1 week ago

      CaButler

      Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Little Witch Academia, the school that hosts a bunch of nobles at random in the hopes the students won't turn them into beasts.

      In our last episode, Akko is having issues with using metamorphosis magic, accidentally giving herself animal features instead of transforming the rat proper, so until she's got it down, she isn't allowed to attend the banquet that is going to host a very important noble and his son, Andrew. While Akko does that, Andrew finds the whole thing rather tedious, but is then offered a tour of the campus by the Headmaster, with Diana acting as the tour guide.

      Turns out, Diana and Andrew already knew each other, once, briefly, long ago. And they don't get along well now, mainly because Andrew finds the whole thing with magic rather outdated and useless in the modern world. Now where have I heard that one before? As for Akko, she gets frustrated with her failures, but instead of letting that keep her down, she decides to use a cheat. She's going to find an artifact called the Fountain of Polaris, which is said to give the magic of the starts to those that have the talent for it.

      So as Akko goes for the fountain, she runs into Andrew, they get into a heated debate, and she accidentally gives Andrew the ears and the tail of a donkey. Yeah, that was fun. So he joins her on her little quest, running away from a polar bear, until she finds the Fountain of Polaris. However, what she found isn't was she was expecting, for it turns out, she wasn't the only one seeking it. Long ago, her idol, Chariot, did the same thing, and in the flashbacks that accompanied it, we saw that Chariot had the same difficulties as Akko does now.

      Of course Akko isn't ready for it, yet, but perhaps she will, one day. With Ursula showing up for reasons that may or may not be related to the fountain, Andrew is turned back to normal, but seems to have a different outlook on magic as a whole. I wouldn't say he's changed his mind, but Akko has certainly given him something to think about now.

      With Akko now knowing she needs to buckle down harder, will she begin the same turn around that Chariot did? Let's tune in and find out.

      -Our episode starts with another class taught by Professor Lukic. She tells the students that, should a witch use magic for fraud, then their tongues would be cut out with hot iron. Ouch. Should magic be used for murder, then the perpetrator would be eaten alive by mice who have extra sharp teeth for this task. And Lukic is having a blast repeating these lines. Lotte doesn't think this is that funny, and yeah, only Lukic, who's playing up the classic witch trope, would find it funny. Really, I think it's just an act, but that's just me.

      -Lukic continues, saying that if one resurrects the dead with magic, then there would be a punishment so great they would wish they were dead. So, basically, an Uwe Boll marathon for twenty four hours straight? I know I would be wishing for death after that. So, yeah, no bringing people back from the dead or else. Fun times. The students are chilled to the bone as Lukic goes full on evil laughter with an evil, crazed look... that gets ruined by a question by one of the students. It's Akko, and she's asking if all of this will be on the next exam. Damn, Akko, you are insanely brave... also, that's actually a good question. After a very long, awkward pause, a clearly dejected Lukic tells Akko that it will probably be on the exam. Accepting that, Akko gets to writing down those remarks. Lotte stares at her friend, horrified, that apparently she had the gall to ask a serious question when she should have been fearing with dread.

      -Later, Lotte addresses that Akko is acting weird, because apparently legal studies is usually nap time for her. Akko denies such a thing, even if she is acting a bit out of character. Well, she did get a major motivational boost recently, so she's probably doubling down hard. Sucy comes by to tell them that Constanze is showing a double feature tonight. The movies she's showing are the classic horror films "Apkallu: Merman of the Nemi" and "Apkallu 2: Revenge of the Merman." We don't see of the third film, which apparently took the series in space. Who does that to such a classic horror monster?

      -Akko declines, though, since exams are coming up. Sucy is shocked that Akko is actually going to study, with the young student saying that she can't be like Chariot if she doesn't do her best. Sucy just stares in disbelief, uncertain where to even begin. She's probably going to check to make sure Akko didn't contract some disease given how out of character she's acting.

      -After the opening, we're at the next class that Finneran is teaching. She tells the students that, in order to move an object at will they must stay highly focused. Diana, who's already got this down, ask the professor how many cubs of sugar she wants. Teacher's Pet! Though it's rather impressive that she's able to multitask like that. Akko, not wanting to be shown up, tries herself and ends up flinging the tea cup, along with the muffins, into Finneran's face. Well, that didn't go quite the way I was expecting, but still, looks like she's showing some real progress.

      -Apparently Finneran has had enough of this and addresses her concerns with Professor Ursula, since she's Akko's counselor. The professor wants to know why Ursula isn't doing a good enough job, then tells her to get her little protege in shape or her next exams will be her last! You know it would have helped if you allowed Ursula to actually say anything, but you also scoffed at the idea of letting Akko have a guidance counselor like that, so I don't think you really got a leg to stand on. Besides, Akko is taking this seriously, she's just... lacking, compared to everybody else.

      -We cut to Akko, alone in a classroom, looking very sheepish, but regretful. Ursula, however, still has a smile, because she understands her student's plight, and will help her out, first by starting with the basics and moving on from there. First, Ursula asks Akko to open the window. And unlike what happened in class proper, she fails to open the window. It seems to go on for a full day and Akko looks very tired. It's going to be a long week.

      -Of course, while Akko is getting extra help, she still has to take her regular classes, and here the students are learning about hte avian language. Owls and ravens are the most common among familiar spirits, and since they can be a great help, it's important for girls to understand the language. Though I imagine most things ravens say consist of "stupid humans". The raven caws and the students get to writing. Well, except for Akko, but she gets back to writing. During the break we learn that this is actually an exam, but she scored a C, so that's still pretty good. Lotte offers moral support, saying that Akko will do better on the other exams.

      -Of course, what doesn't help is Hannah and Barbara. They take the exam sheet from Akko and start reading the answers out loud, mocking her. Akko isn't in the mood for this crap, though, and takes it back and yells at the girls, but the mocking continues as they leave. Diana, you really need to pick better friends. Anyway, back to the tutoring. Akko's next exams is on white magic, and it'll be on repairing broken objects, so they'll go over restoration magic. Ursula shows this off by sprinkling a potion on a broken clock, giving the magic words, and soon enough, the clock is back to working order. As for Akko, she takes the class herself, but instead of a clock, it's a spoon. The teacher just sighs and asks for Lotte to perform the task next. She comes up as Akko is still there, holding up the spoon, as she brings up and repairs a shoe. Though unlike what happened with Ursula and Akko, Lotte brings out familiars to repair the shoe. I wonder if they're union?

      -That night, Akko is praising Lotte, as apparently only she and Diana scored an A-Plus in white magic. Though she is still in the dumps as she only scored a C-Minus on her exam. Hey, that's still passing, so as long as you don't fail anything, you're good to go. Lotte does remind Akko that she's been working with spirits all her life, since her family owns a magical cafe and all. Of course, Lotte has also heard that it's outdated to use magic to repair things, which seems rather odd, given that it doesn't seem like it takes much to use magic to repair items. But the reason Lotte is at Luna Nova is to see about getting a Magic Tool Handler's License. Akko is surprised that a license would be required, but apparently, it's the law to have one after graduation. You know, like driving!

      -Though the talk of getting a job after graduation does peek Akko's interest, so she reads up the list of alumni with Ursula, who goes on to mention some of the jobs witches have, like one that became a plastic surgeon who uses transfiguration magic, while others are CSI officers who use restoration magic on crime scenes. You know, these sound like excellent plot points for their own spin-offs. Especially the CSI one.

      -Akko starts reading off one entry involving an alumni named Michelle, who excelled at astrology, works as a fortune teller in London. Ursula is curious and asks Akko what she wants to be when she graduates. Why, she wants to be a witch like Chariot! Of course she would. More specifically, she wants to go out in the world to make people happy. Well, got to keep that youthful optimism somehow, right? Though Akko's question for Ursula is quite the armor piercing one. She asks her teacher if she wanted to be a teacher when she was younger. Ursula doesn't respond, but stares out into space, as if she hit her with a question about a war. Yikes, that has to be something. That's when Lotte arrives to grab Akko for their flight exam. Oh, this isn't going to go well, is it? Akko departs with her friend as Ursula remains, thinking about her childhood dream. I wonder if we'll come back to this at some point.

      -So we're in the flight exam, probably Akko's worst subject. Luckily it's Amanda who is on the field and she's showing off her skills on the field before coming to a flashy landing. Professor Nelson, the flight instructor, won't be having any of this nonsense, telling the reckless red-head that she will either fly safe or won't fly at all, giving her a grade of a C-Minus. Next is Akko and... yup, still can't fly. Though apparently Nelson is a very forgiving teacher, giving her a D-Minus. Amanda and her friends are joining Akko for lunch, and like before, Akko has nothing but compliments for her, thinking the red-head would have gotten an A if she didn't show off so much. Well, she's a free-spirit who isn't bounded by those rules, man! Though given the comments before, Akko wonders if she'll be a broom dancer when she graduates. Amanda isn't really thinking about the future. She just wants to have fun.

      -Speaking of fun, Amanda ask the group if they want to go to a club tonight? Her friend is the DJ and offers to help them sneak in. Akko declines though, saying she has to study, which catches Amanda by surprise as her try-hard partner stands up, listing off the exams they have tomorrow. Amanda, unable to believe this, accuses Sucy of having fed Akko something. Her silence is deafening, though the look certainly says "Do you really think I'm that evil?"

      -Unfortunately, while Akko tries to study, she ends up falling asleep. This won't be good. Though I do have to say I like the distortion effect they added, to kind of give it a hard, creepy cut. In class, we see Jasminka cast a spell on a grape, and while Badcock thinks it is sweeter, Jasminka is eating the rest of the grapes, she she gets an A-Minus as as a result. Next is Akko, who tries to do something with an apple. Badcock hesitates for a moment, examining the apple to look for anything weird, but seeing nothing, takes a bite and... yup, she starts drooling, but in a bad way. Well, at least it didn't explode or anything like that.

      -For the next class, we see Constanze for her alchemy exam, who uses her magic to turn it into a freak transformer! Complete with the lawyer-friendly sound effect, too! And this is why Constanze is Best Girl. The teacher finds it impressive, but tells her to try and turn it into something more valuable. Hey, I know people who would pay a lot of money for something like that. Still, she gets a B-Plus, so awesome! Next is Akko. And after such a build up, she finally causes an explosion. I think that's an F, Akko.

      -In the tutoring class, Akko is all kinds of depressed because everybody has something their good at. Everybody but her, that is. It does make me wonder how you got into Luna Nova. Are you from a rich family and the school was just that desperate? Ursula, being a good guidance consoler, says she has plenty of things she's good at. This perks Akko right up and asks for more details, and with such a happy expression on her face, Ursula just can't tell her the truth. Instead of lying, though, she just skips it to the next exams, magical astrology. The professor does have high hopes for her, but Akko gets depressed at the obvious subject change. This has not been a good week for her, has it?

      -In class, we see Diana doing her thing and sees many challenges for Luna Nova, but they must stand united to face them. Ursula is rather impressed by it, but Akko isn't impressed, saying that she's just muttering vague things to sound wise. Dianne offers to read Akko's future, but Akko doesn't want to hear it because she already knows she'll be a great witch like Chariot. Still, Diana is quite curious and gets to reading the future, but she finds something rather surprising. Akko will leave Luna Nova.

      -Akko doesn't believe her, but according to Hannah, Diana's fortune-telling is quite accurate. Barbara twists the knife a bit more with her mocking tone, causing Akko to lunge for her, but Hannah trips her up instead. While the two girls laugh, the rest look rather horrified by it. But that won't keep Akko done and a fight ensues. Ursula tries to get things under control but Finneran arrives rather quickly, putting a stop to it. One thinks she was waiting just for this opportunity, because that was pretty fast.

      -In the Principal's office, Finneran lays out the charges against Akko, which includes feeding the teacher a poisoned apple, blowing up an exam room, and above all else, starting a fight in class. Akko claims it was Hannah who started it, but Finneran isn't interested in hearing any excuses. She doesn't think Akko would be a good fit for this school or would be a good witch, so should Akko fail her last exam, they will have no other option to expel her. Ursula is shocked by this as Akko doesn't want that to happen. In the wide shot Hannah and Barbara are smiling, as if plotting something terrible, but Ursula wants to say something, but Finneran won't let her speak. I imagine few teachers can get a word in when Finneran is on a rant.

      -As far as Finneran is concerned, they cannot continue to teach a witch who will do nothing but bring shame to Luna Nova and turns to the Headmaster, who agrees. Looks like the odds are against Akko, especially when it seems like the staff is against her. Well, all but Ursula, it seems. Later, in the hallway, as Ursula tries to speak with Akko, the young student turns to her consoler, dejected, asking if the professor is disappointed in her, as well. She doesn't want to be a bad student and doesn't want to drop other, either. She refuses to lose and will do whatever she can to pass. Assuming nothing terrible happens.

      -In the cafeteria, we learn that the last exam is magical philosophy. Lotte asks if Akko can really pass that class, with Sucy shocked that she picked that as an elective. Apparently there isn't even a teacher for it, so she wonders how they're going to hold an exam? Apparently the whole class is seat work, for all you do is just stare at a goldfish. Except the goldfish is actually a teacher, and her name is Professor Pisces. Well, isn't that name a little too on the nose.

      -Akko is rather shocked by this, and as we see in the class, the goldfish talks to the students. Akko, of course, can't understand, so she turns to the student next to her, who explains that the fish language is very difficult to understand and that only advanced students of magical language take this class. Akko is rather impressed by this, as she is by most magical things, and asks what the teacher is saying. It's about all the things that will be on the exam. Akko plays it cool, though, but in her room, she's freaking out! You know, one would think that somebody would explain to Akko about how some of these classes work, but given how most of the staff is, I'm not actually surprised by this.

      -Sucy comments on Diana's fortune-telling being accurate, but just the name "Diana" really fires Akko up. She won't let some perfect goody-two shoes student be right on this! She's going to ace the exam, even if she has no freaking idea what she should be studying for. Lotte is shocked by this this recovery, which means they found the codeword needed to bring Akko back around fore fire and fury.

      -Though one of the things Akko is going to do is to bribe Professor Pisces with some expensive water that all the celebrities are drinking. She pours the bottle into the fishbowl and continues to butter her up in the hopes of getting a little leeway for the exam, but it turns out she accidentally killed her teacher. Oh that isn't good. Akko panics trying to revive her, but just to make it worse, it turns out the professor is still alive... and jumps out of Akko's hands and into the sink drain. It's just one thing after another, isn't it?

      -Akko screams in horror as Sucy, Lotte, and Professor Ursula arrive, probably to help cheer her up. What excellent timing. Ursula is shocked by this as Akko claims there was no ill intent involved as Lotte tries to help, saying that no fish would take well to mineral water. But wow, the grin on Sucy's face. She's so very proud of her friend. And thanks to her, things have gotten interesting for the potion got girl. Akko is still depressed, but Sucy and Lotte suggest that maybe Pisces didn't get very far, so they're going to check the sewers. Ursula objects to that, but like with Finneran, she's left behind without being able to get a word in. You two are just so similar to one another, aren't you?

      -We follow the girls down into the sewers as they look for Professor Pisces. Lotte suggests that they transform into fish, as it might help with the search, with Sucy adding that the professor might understand them as a result. So we see them them transform, and while Sucy and Lotte turn into fish, Akko... isn't. She's actually a merman, which gets a laugh from Sucy. Hey, this is much better than last time. Still, Akko thinks she looks terrible and she's going to redo the spell, but Lotte puts a stop to that, saying that they don't have enough power for another spell, since they're technically not at the school anymore, so they need to stay as is. And Akko's week just get worse.

      -Ursula's week isn't looking too good, either. She's there to cover while Pisces is on her impromptu vacation, but the students start arriving, so in a panic, Ursula transforms an eraser into a fish lure and throws it in the bowl, then hides behind the podium. If this works I will be completely amazed.

      -We return to the girls searching for Pisces and... is that a sunken ship? Why is there a sunken ship inside the sewers of a witch school? That just makes no sense. Anyway, Lotte doesn't think the professor would have gotten swept out this far, but suddenly, Akko hears a cry from somewhere. She goes to investigate and finds another fish. Akko, in her fish form, can understand other fish, so she asks about Pisces, but this one hasn't seen her. Akko is happy that she can finally understand the fish language, but this fish is very sad, for their family is gone. Well, you certainly look cheery for somebody so sad.

      -Sucy and Lotte try to get Akko back on track with the mission, but Akko is just too much of a nice person and promises to help find this fish's family. Well, I'm sure Ursula will have it covered in class. Speaking of, we go back to check in on her and find Professor Nelson handing over the exam papers to the fake Pisces. Ursula makes water sounds that passes off as the professor, which apparently translates into her having a cold. Shocked by this, Nelson stays to help with the exam, despite fake-Pisces objections. Oh, this is going to be a long week, isn't it?

      -Back with Akko, she continues the search for Pisces, only to find a trap inside of the lake. Fish friend recognizes the other fishes as her family, apparently all of them, and apparently she's the middle child of the family. Sucks to be her. Lotte is shocked to see the trap as it's forbidden to have them in the lake. Akko tries to open it but it doesn't work, so she tries for a spell but Lotte stops her, reminding her of the limited magic use. Lotte tries to press for time, but after a long moment of looking at the fish's sad eyes, Akko throws caution to the wind and uses her magic to open the cage. Oh taking that class is going to be so awkward now.

      -And hey, Professor Pisces was in the cage, too! So now they can head back to school and take the exam where Akko will hopefully not flunk it. Except we have another problem. The cage still has a trapped fish, the little sister. You can tell because she has a pink bow on her head. This just asks so many questions. Anyway, Middle Fish gives chase, followed by Akko. On the surface we find the guy, who looks a bit like a hipster, who is upset to have only captured one fish. That complaint ends right away when Akko, in fish form, arrives to take the cage back. She then tells the hipster that fish poaching is not cool and dives back underwater. The look she gives, but the general look overall, just makes the entire scene a riot.

      -With the family reunited, the girls, along with Professor Pisces, make their way back to the school. There, we see them running back with the Professor, and are cheerful when they enter in the class, having completed their self-appointed mission. Except, sadly, Ursula got caught and Finneran is there and she doesn't look happy. Well, she never looks happy in general, but more so than usual. I think we've officially hit rock bottom, Akko.

      -In the Principal's office, Ursula gets dressed down by Holbrooke, but apparently she isn't quite upset. Pisces says something, which Akko is able to translate, which Holbrooke confirmed, and we also learn that Akko received an A for truly embedding the course content. So, yeah, Akko can understand fish now, though she doesn't know how that happened. Finneran, however, won't let Akko off the hook that easily as she shows off a tabloid paper called the Moon, which has a mock picture of Akko in her merman form. Guess we got a new legend now, though Akko is curious how the guy got a picture of her. Maybe it was the real deal?

      -For Finneran, this is the straw that broke the camel's back. She wants Akko expelled from Luna Nova for bringing shame to the school. Ursula, however, has had enough of this crap. She loudly objects to the expelling Akko, pointing out that she tries her hardest, learned Fish Language in a day, and is doing her best, including with transformation magic. Yes, Akko has failed a number of times, but she is growing. And the school isn't here to compare her to other students, but to compare her to herself, to help her grow as a person and as a witch, and not to point out how somebody else is doing something better. Oh, and Ursula isn't done yet. When Finneran says that Akko has no value as a witch, Ursula counters that Akko has value as a person, that she wouldn't leave anybody else behind, that she cares more about other people than her self. And raising the students to care for nothing but grades and the public image is just stupid! I think this was a long time coming for Professor Ursula.

      -The professor continues, saying that she values Akko. Finneran, usually the one intimidating the other professors, finds herself intimidated by Ursula. She has nothing to say to her junior, struggling for any sort of retort. Luckily, this comes in the form of Professor Badcock, who mentions that they received a strange phone call and asked if the merman is a student at Luna Nova. Finneran takes this as justification for her arguments, but apparently the people calling are an environmental group, who wish to thank the merman for rescuing a very rare and endangered breed of fish. And just like that, any thoughts of Akko's expulsion are forgotten, despite Finneran really wanting to be rid of Akko.

      -So Luna Nova won't expel Akko for being an honorable student, but she did try to cheat on an exam, so there will be a punishment, one that Holbrook has in mind. Apparently she and her roommates will be living with Professor Finneran, who will be a harsh mistress to the girls. Ursula doesn't understand why she's being punished this way, as well, but I can think of a number of reasons. Still Akko thanks her consoler for saying all the things she said about her earlier, adding that she never had a teacher like her. Well, the smile certainly won over Ursula, who just says that she was just doing her job and totally not helping out a student that reminds her so much of herself. Fun times all around! And hey, the end credits actually include Akko and company as fishes. That's a nice little touch.

      The episode shows that while Akko still has a long way to go, she is growing as a witch. Granted, she's still having trouble with other things, like with flying a broom, but she's getting better, slowly but surely. Early, the show kind of painted Akko as a bit of book dumb, but we would need to put that into context. Yes, she lacks in the basic knowledge and powers that the other students have, but that could be considered a fault of her being a commoner family and only having self-study for magic. It's clear she is capable, but is so far behind everybody else that she needs special attention, one that Ursula is trying to do but apparently can't outside of specific circumstances.

      And this episode shows that Akko is very capable. Learning the fish language in one day, despite it being very difficult, is a remarkable feat. Even Sucy and Lotte can't understand Professor Pisces, so whatever allowed Akko to do it, it wasn't becoming fishes, though that does apparently help being understood and understanding fishes.

      So one thing I want to bring up is Finneran. Yes, she plays up the whole as the harsh disciplinary teacher teacher, but it does look like she's playing favorites. Specifically, she looks down on Akko quite a bit while giving high praise to Diana. Granted, Diana's praise is deserving, but at the same time, Finneran does look for any excuse to expel Akko. Or at least, in recent episodes, that seems to be the case here. If anything, Ursula serves as a counter to Finneran. One is a stern, harsh teacher that isn't easily impressed while the other is a warm, kind teacher who seems to be a bit of a pushover.

      Speaking of Ursula, it's also clear that her ways of teaching are very different from the rest of the staff. She's in an uphill battle if she wants to change anything, but it's pretty clear that she thinks Akko is just as capable as anybody else, and in some cases, she's more than worthy of being a student of Luna Nova.

      With all that said, so far, I think this might be my favorite episode so far. The first half was, admittedly, a bit slow with it basically seeing how badly Akko can screw up, but the second half with the fish and their family? I thought that was comedy gold. Apparently somebody at Studio Trigger watched The Sword and the Stonerecently and wanted to do something similar to the fish scene there, only they would deal with a poacher instead of an enemy crab.

      What wacky adventures await Akko and her friends next? Tune in on Sunday to find out.

      Until next time, remember, when you need to replace your teacher who is a fish and found herself in a drain, you should always use a fish lure to be the replacement. Nobody will be the wiser.

    • At long last, it's time to face the mastermind!

      1 week ago

      CaButler

      Because, you know, JRPG rules and like.  What diabolical person will we face and what terrible scene shall we witness?

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      Admittedly, this isn't exactly what I was expecting.


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      You can tell Emiya be like "I know this situation all too well."


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      If you select the first option...


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      Don't worry, this probably won't get referenced again until the next happy fun event.


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      This is starting to look like that one time in the Fate/Prototype books.


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      This would totally be a funny skit in Carnival Phantasm.


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      Again, this is probably a situation Emiya is all too familiar with.


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      Don't you also have the nasty habit of killing the ones you love?


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      Because there's always one servant who has the worst luck when it comes to these events.


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      Well, you did kind of make yourself the harem protagonist of your own harem story... so, yeah, this is on you, Jalter.


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      What do you expect when you summon a Yandere Goddess for the yuri route?


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      And now we know the real reason Emiya is around for this event.  He sympathizes with Jalter as a fellow harem protagonist.


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      That might be a little difficult if she keeps breathing like that.


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      I know.  We just killed him a node ago.


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      I think Emiya just made a meta joke here.


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      I don't think anything could prepare us for this.


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      Wait, what?


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      Did... did she use her spear?


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      Do you ever hold anything back?


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      Because even as a young man, Gilles wasn't  a looker.  Hence why he got the Dad role.


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      And he would never wish that on even his most hated enemy.


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      Well, there always needs to be a yuri route, right?


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      ...Why are you blushing, Mash?


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      And I'm sure Jalter is happy to be rid of you.


      Oh, but we aren't done yet.  For you see, the farming node that got released for this story node came with an enemy we never thought we would see again.  But no matter what, when it come time for a silly event, they will return!


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      NOOOOOOOOBBBBUUUUUUUUUUUUU! 

    • Well, this was unexpected...

      1 week ago

      CaButler

      So with the Cualter banner ending I took a shot at it just to see if I could get anything.  Got nothing.


      So, just for fun, I took another shot at the Jalter banner.  And... well...


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      I ended up getting Jalter to NP2.  I'm just as surprised as you are.


      In three total 10 rolls, I got Jalter twice.  And this was from my single purchase a few weeks back.


      Of course, you know this means my luck is ruined for the other rolls I want.

  • Comments (1711)

    • HOWtwoROCK

      4 months ago

      barnes and noble is having a buy 2 get 1 free on manga. Just letting you know

    • zogman1

      5 months ago

      You should really finish Nights of Azure 1.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      6 months ago

      hey remember that nycc17 journal i put up? I think the site deleted it. Can you check? I dont see it anywhere

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        6 months ago

        Nope, didn't see it.

    • zogman1

      1 year ago

      did you get a notification for this?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        I did. 

      • zogman1

        1 year ago

        Notifications seem to be working for you now then. Good.

    • Kaoru27Umi Princess of Mars

      1 year ago

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      Happy Warm Fuzzy Fuzzes Day!

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        Thank you, Princess of Mars.  Long may your reign be.

    • zogman1

      1 year ago

      I just found out Shantae and Compa (and Croire) have the same VA.


      Edit: wow she's voiced a lot of stuff I've played.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        She's also playing Velvet in the new Tales game.


        @zogman1

      • zogman1

        1 year ago

        Yep.

    • zogman1

      1 year ago

      Look what I found: https://youtu.be/71lLnE8gJnU

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        You only just now found this?


        @zogman1

      • zogman1

        1 year ago

        The other day, yes. YouTube doesn't really like me.

    • Kaoru27Umi Princess of Mars

      1 year ago

      HAPPY FU DAY~!  confetti_ball

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        Thanks.  It's the best time of the year.

    • Kevinet496

      1 year ago

      Congrats on the feature, man. It was about time.  donut

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        Thanks.

    • Toptoast FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of the Breakfast

      1 year ago

      Happy FU!

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        Thank you.

    • indiart28 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX 2017 Guardian

      1 year ago

      Congratulations for unlocking the Achievement: "Featured User!" Enjoy your 100 gamerscores!


        whiskey geoff jack ryan gavin michael jeremy tower

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        Thank you.  I will spend it wisely.


        Mostly on booze.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year ago

      I think the RT site deleted your comments from my images

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        They have been rolling back on stuff.

    • Blood_XIII

      1 year ago

      So I just started Forza Horizon 3, and it gave me a free SUV and since I'm actually online for once it popped up with suggested community decals. I picked one that looked cool and upon further inspection realized it was something you would appreciate.


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      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        There be some creative people online.  But they screwed up the arm placement.  The hand cannon is on the wrong arm!

      • Blood_XIII

        1 year ago

        @CaButler Well to be fair the decal is mirrored on the other side, so they likely put it there first and then just mirror-copied it to the right side of the car as opposed to placing the decal itself

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year ago

      wait why did trying to load page 2 of your images lead me to your journal entries???

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        Don't know.  The site has been doing it for a while.


        And if you post something, make sure to tag me.  I won't see it otherwise.

      • HOWtwoROCK

        1 year ago

        ...you know you gave me a great idea


        If I post images most likely I'll shove them all in journal entries. because I know the journal entries get notifications.

    • iMacOfDeath

      1 year ago

      You still participating in ISML voting?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        Has that been going on for a while?  If so, I kind of forgot all about it.

      • iMacOfDeath

        1 year ago

        Since the spring, look for it every monday, wednesday, and friday.

    • zogman1

      1 year ago

      Are your notifications working?

      • solblade44

        1 year ago

        Not him but I was going to ask the same thing. I'm not getting any either.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        They appear to be working now.

      • zogman1

        1 year ago

        indeed.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year ago

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        @HOWtwoROCK


        Cute.

    • grenou

      1 year ago

      Congrats on your Fail making it into today's video!



      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        Awesome. I submitted that months ago. I wonder if there are any others there? Thanks for point this out.

    • zogman1

      1 year ago

      I still need to watch the Fate series.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        I guess you're looking at @HOWtwoROCK post from below.

      • zogman1

        1 year ago

        Yep, but I didn't want to whatever the term is now a 1 month old conversation.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      Remember when these characters were trying to kill each other?


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      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Well, bitches want the D.

      • HOWtwoROCK

        2 years ago

        You know I would watch a romantic comedy with these characters

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      Got norton back and shantae is fine now.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Norton likes half naked half genies.

    • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

      2 years ago

      Did you have this? Figure you could use it as a holiday profile pic or something.

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      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        I did not have a Tales holiday image, so thanks.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        2 years ago

        You're welcome.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      Your fail made it into fails of the week

      yay

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        I know. I saw. I made Geoff laugh. It was awesome.

      • HOWtwoROCK

        2 years ago

        I know right

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      Just gonna dump this here tumblr_nzmqzzbChv1sojsjno2_540.jpg

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Already have, but thanks anyway.

    • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

      2 years ago

      apparently, now mangaconda is shutting down, too.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        I completely forgot about them, to be honest.

      • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

        2 years ago

        really? it's only been a couple weeks, and they're who picked up translating hayate.

    • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

      2 years ago

      good news!

      https://mangaconda.wordpress.com/

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Yay

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      Ah I noticed you have shante up there

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Yes. I posted up an image that I had done as a commission. Take a look at it and give it a good look over.

        Also, I never got notification of a comment here.

    • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

      2 years ago

      so, for days now my "users I follow" feed has been empty, and I assumed it was just because of another stupid update that they'd fix sooner or later.

      what f**king idiot thought automatically having us unfollow everyone was a good idea?

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      deleted the picture that freaked you out. Sorry, didn't think it would hit you so hard

    • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Knowledge

      2 years ago

      I upload new and interesting facts everyday in my series:

      "Fact of The Day"

      Hope to see you there!

    • iMacOfDeath

      2 years ago

      Hey Ca, do you get a notification when I make a comment post?

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      I was watching Fate Stay night unlimited blade works (Tv show). Why the fuck wouldn't archer just use his phantasm on the little german girl who had Bezerker?

    • zogman1

      2 years ago

      you didn't get a notification about any of my image comments, did you?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        I don't think I have, no.

    • zogman1

      2 years ago

      you didn't get a notification about any of my image comments, did you?

      • zogman1

        2 years ago

        This wasn't a double post originally O_o

    • iMacOfDeath

      2 years ago

      When you vote in ISML, be sure to also nominate the spring seasonals.

    • iMacOfDeath

      2 years ago

      ISML is back.

    • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

      2 years ago

      I saw an image posted by you on my feed of a pink haired girl on the beach, but when I clicked to view it, it was gone. could I get a link to it?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        You're welcome.

        I wasn't certain about how safe it was initially, but I think I'll be putting it up again later.

      • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

        2 years ago

        thank you.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Try here.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        She was a blonde, actually. I'll see what I can do about it.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      Is Dog Days a good show for kids?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        I call it a kiddie show, but there are a few fanservice scenes featuring female nudity.

        You can't see anything, but it's there.

    • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

      2 years ago

      Here, I think you might like this. It's another work by Sharkbro.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        2 years ago

        No problem, I was just looking over some of his other stuff and looking for familiar faces.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        I think I already have that in the Odin Sphere folder. I'll have to check. If not, thanks for the find.

    • dragon55128 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crazy_texan

      2 years ago

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      this happened smiley13.gif

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Go nuts.

      • dragon55128 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crazy_texan

        2 years ago

        lol I figured you would like me to share this smiley13.gif

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        C.C. appreciates a fine ass.

        Kallen likes them curvy up top.

        They both win.

    • iMacOfDeath

      2 years ago

      Hey Ca, you watching the second season of Knights of Sidniona?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        No. I though I'd wait for Netflix to stream it, if they get the license.

    • iMacOfDeath

      2 years ago

      Was it you who posted that super cute comic about Bell as a Rabbit?

      • iMacOfDeath

        2 years ago

        Damn, been trying to find it.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        I don't think so.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      3 years ago

      Is this tame? pbs.twimg.com/media/CBnINtOUAAAmA_V.png

      • HOWtwoROCK

        3 years ago

        ok

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        Dear God no. That can result in you getting banned.

      • HOWtwoROCK

        3 years ago

        Okay now delte the first comment

      • HOWtwoROCK

        3 years ago

        I see

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        Borderline, and in my opinion, on the wrong side of the line.

    • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

      3 years ago

      this safe enough for me to post?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        I see it's listed as questionable, but aside from Esdeath nearly falling out of her suit, I can't see anything that would get it deleted.

        But of course, it's all about the personal taste of the mod that will get you. I think it's fine, personally.

    • gi_goku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Tacos

      3 years ago

      Tatsuya Shiba is a troll among trolls sometimes xD

    • Star357

      3 years ago

      I have been taking a lot of my anime choices recently from the image gallery you have been posting. Right now I am on Akame Ga Kill about 1/3 through it and already seen a number of characters die. I am guessing it gets worse as the series goes on huh?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        Yeah, and people are not about it.

        It seemed to go more with shock value than anything else.

    • iMacOfDeath

      3 years ago

      ISML is back.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        Well, I'll have to check it out later.

    • gi_goku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Tacos

      3 years ago

      CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon trailer

    • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

      3 years ago

      No idea what you said, obviously. Cool.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

        Clearly.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        It was me ending the conversation.

    • shadow15

      3 years ago

      hi hi! :)



      hugz-natz

      • shadow15

        3 years ago

        you and I both actually

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        Hurting financially. My own fault, really.

      • shadow15

        3 years ago

        long time no talk whats going on?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        Hello.

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