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    • Desperate for a Despotron?

      4 hours ago

      CaButler

      Hello everybody and welcome to our next Third Party Transformers review!  For today and the next couple of entries we'll be taking a look at some various third party figures in various shapes, sizes and homages.  We're doing this in size order so we'll start with the Masterpiece class.


      So today we'll be looking at the Masterpiece version of a figure that's already received the Masterpiece treatment... except it wasn't very good.  So the third parties tried to fix that problem with varying success.


      So, without further ado, may I present to you the Maketoys MTRM 08 Masterpiece version of Megatron, Despotron!


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      This is the third attempt from a third party company to do a masterpiece Megatron since MP 05, the official version, isn't really all that good.  Another company released theirs recently, DX9, but we won't be looking at them.


      But as you can see, Maketoys has released their version, showing off the typical MP style box that they've done for this line.


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      And on the back of the box you have your product placement shots, though I should note that there's no picture of the gun mode.  It's interesting, but I suspect that Maketoys knew this was going to be sold in the US and knew it's laws quite well.  We'll get to that later, but for now, let's get Despotron out of the box and see how he really looks.


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      So here we have Despotron out of his box and in robot mode.  You'll note the orange cap on the back of Despotron, which was already in the box by the manufacturer.  Unlike other such figures this one isn't glued in, so you can remove it if you want, but for the purposes of this review and to avoid getting into trouble, it'll stay on.

      As for the figure himself, he's big, bulky and intimidating, just what you would expect with a Megatron like figure.  Though there is a minor problem with the knee that is easily fixable.  Just hammer in the pin.  Aside from that, he looks good.


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      Getting up close to that headsculpt, here you can see Despotron in his default, disappointed look.  That's the perfect buckethead for buckethead.  And for fun, there are three other faces that you can put on.


      It's actually simple to switch faces.  No unscrewing required.  Just lift up the helmet and take off the face, and bam, ready to go.  So let's take a look at the other faces.


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      Here is Despotron smirking, as if Starscream did something stupid again.


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      Here we have really angry Despotron, because his plans were foiled again!


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      And here we have screaming Despotron, because his plans really got screwed over!


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      With regards to posting, he's got a decent amount.  A good waist joint and some tight ratchets.  The arms are strong, allowing for him to keep that arm cannon up.


      Oh, and speaking on the arm cannon real quick, it is an actual scope, but it's all in red so you won't be seeing too much through it.  DX9's actually lights up, if you want that as an option.


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      One other accessory that Despotron comes with is a mace, which is typical with any G1 style Megatron.  Though do to how it's suppose to be plugged in and transformation purposes, it can only be plugged into the right arm.  I removed the arm cannon to make it easier to do this.


      Oh, and the scope doesn't plug in, but slides.  This is the case for robot mode and gun mode.  Now for some quick comparisons.


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      Here is Despotron with Maketoys Gundog, their Masterpiece Hound.  The scale is there, so that's good.


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      For how he compares to the official line, here is Despotron with MP Shockwave.  He's about a head taller than his second in command but this is actually in scale, surprisingly enough.


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      For fun, here is Despotron with Legends class DX9 Mightron.  And suddenly I'm coming up with tons of Mini-me skits.


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      Here is Despotron with Leader class Combiner Wars Megatron.  Because this is the only one I have that's close enough to the style.


      But you guys are probably curious.  How does Despotron fit with MP 10 Optimus?  Because, you know, eternal rivals and such?  Well, let's find out.


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      So here we have...


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      Oh my Primus they look amazing together!


      Seriously, the pictures are not going to do this justice, but from having these two stand side by side it's very clear that Maketoy's made Despotron just so it can fit with MP 10.  They're about the same height wise.  They appear to have the same build, the same mass.  Really, they just look good together.


      Now I just got to make room on my shelf and find MP 10's axe to re-enact that scene from the cartoon.  Speaking of re-enactments.


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      You may have seen this already, but honestly, I couldn't help myself.


      Now for the transformation.  And that'll be fun since this is a Maketoys figure and they love engineering the crap out of their figures.  and Despotron is no exception, for we have a lot of moving parts and instructions broken up into two sheets.


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      Following the instructions in the first half gets you up to here.  And this is all just setup for the payoff.


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      ...Okay, I just wanted one picture of Despotron's head on the gun like that.


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      And here we are, Despotron transferred into the Walter P.38 hand gun.


      And it is big.  Quite big.  Probably bigger than any MP style Megatrons out there.  Here's what I mean.


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      I have some pretty big hands and even I can't completely wrap my hand around the grip to reach the trigger.  It's that big.  Speaking of the trigger, it's spring loaded so it'll snap into position.  It's hidden inside the body of Despotron, along with the rest of the pieces stored there, so it's not sticking out anywhere.  It's also high enough to avoid interfering with waist movement.


      But it's also the only real moving piece.  The safety doesn't move and the hammer itself doesn't move.  Another issue is with the grip has gaps related to transformation, which you can see partly from here.


      Also, this figure doesn't come with the stock or extended barrel, so that may be a deal breaker for you.


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      One nice thing they did with Despotron in alt-mode was have P.38 on the other side.  You can see the screw holes and sliders there, but still, a nice touch.  Though the alt-mode is serviceable it's really the robot mode I got this guy for, and given how well he stands next to MP10, I think the money was well worth it.  Oh, I'm going to have so much fun here.


      And that about covers it for the MP side of things.  Tomorrow we're going back to the CHUG scale and looking at a third party headmaster, one that started a particular line of those figures.  Hopefully we won't need to Code too much.  Until then.

    • That's one way to sell a toy.

      1 day ago

      CaButler

      By the way, MP-24?  Awesome!

    • The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Episode 41

      2 days ago

      CaButler

      With the site acting weird it's making it a big difficult to post up the full Let's Play, especially with the images involved.  So until I'm able to work on it later, you can find today's episode here.


      Also, I posted some new images, if you're interested in that.

    • Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos Episode 9

      3 days ago

      CaButler

      Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Nyarko-Chan: Another Crawling Chaos., where we watch cute character in cute situations try to find cute solutions to their cute problems. The only difference is that we're dealing with a comedy and the cute characters are manifestations of the Great Old Ones in the Cthulhu Mythos. Because Japan won't be happy until it finds a way to moeify everything!

      In our last episode, our cast went out to do what people do when on a trip. Shopping. In one of the stores they find a box filled with old toys and game systems. So they decide to test it out and see how it goes. What happens next is basically a nice big take that to Visual Novel Dating Simulators and shots at Haruhi Suzumiya. So, basically, it was the same old episode, only in a different setting. I went into detail on how they wasted a good chance at doing something interesting with the episode so I won't bother repeating it here. But basically it was the shows process to really drive home the Mahiro/Nyarko ship. Except nothing of note really happened, or at least, nothing of lasting note, since on their way out of the game they tripped over the Voyager Reset button and forgetting everything that happened in the game. Again, a wasted episode.

      So what will await us in this episode? According to the episode summary, time travel! This should be interesting. Will we need to go Back to the Future? Let's tune in and find out.

      And as always, here's our reference guide from this episode.

      -Our episode begins with Mahiro waiting under a tree as Nyarko shows up, saying that they must swear eternity to one another with a kiss under this tree. I should note that Mahiro's eyes are shaded, which is typical for those Visual Novel protagonist... most of the time. Mahiro stops Nyarko from saying any more by putting a finger to her lips and saying not to say any more. He tilts her head up and says that he likes her, too, losing that shaded eye thing he had a couple of minutes ago, then tells her to close her eyes. Then says it in English because... uh, reasons!

      -As Mahiro comes in for a kiss, the screen fades out as a person starts getting panicky. Turns out, it's Mahiro, and he's having the dream of him kissing Nyarko under a tree, like in that VN novel game they were trapped in that they have no memory of. This episode is going to prove me wrong about the reset button, isn't it? So, yeah, we're in his room and from this nightmare of his, he falls out of bed. What could have caused such a horrible vision? A hug pillow of Nyarko, in her school uniform, holding a crowbar. How very meta.

      -Mahiro, in annoyance, kicks the hug pillow, which squeaks in response. Huh, must be a new feature. What will those Japanese think of next? Still, Mahiro is suspicious, and instead of investigating any further, takes the hug pillow to his balcony and tosses it over. After performing his usual morning ritual, he stretches and comments on how nice a day it is. As he goes back inside we linger on the hug pillow, which moves slightly. Guess Nyarko tried something different to get affection from her man. Some day, Nyarko, some day.

      -After the opening credits, we pop over at school to get an extended shot of Nyarko rubbing her butt, clearly hurt from behind thrown form the second story, and calls Mahiro terrible for doing that. She's complaining to Tamao, as her idea of a life-size hug pillow did not come to fruition. Tamao, of course, confirms that Nyarko was inside of the pillow, but she's still complaining about being treated poorly, but begins to have doubt about Mahiro's masculinity. Or maybe you're just being a tad too aggressive. Perhaps start things of with, say, flowers filled with chocolates? Maybe he'll like that?

      -Tamao can only laugh, but it's a pity laugh. Nyarko continues to complains as she thought they were getting closer, what with the guilt date they had at the beach. Tamao suggests that perhaps Mahiro is just shy and suggests to her that she should continue to pursue him aggressively. I made mentions of this before but in the last episode Tamao was a choice as one of the endings to escape the game. At first I found it odd but suspected that it was just the game needing a fourth love interest. But then I started to suspect that maybe there was more to it than that and that maybe she did have feelings for Mahiro, but as Kuko was another option, that seemed to shoot it down... until she made her own surprise move near the end of the episode. I'm of the opinion that Tamao does have feelings for Mahiro and sees Nyarko has competition, and is therefore purposely giving bad advise in order to get another shot at Mahiro. Or I could be blowing this all out of proportion and making up something that isn't there. You be the judge.

      -In response to Tamao's advice, Nyarko asks if she'll be able to crush Mahiro's heart in her fist? I mean, sure, you'll be clutching his heart, but if you crush it, you might end up killing him as a result. Tamao says not to do that, but offers some moral for the silver haired alien, saying that her persistence is what's good about her and to keep at it. Yes, keep at it until you drive him away and into the reporter girls open arms! All according to plan, muhahahaha! Nyarko takes Tamao's advice to heart and will keep at her aggressive pursuit of Mahiro's love. Because that's clearly worked so well before.

      -Tonight's episode is titled I am Him and He is Me. Because that isn't confusing at all. As the bell rings, Nyarko announces that class is over, and since those damnable classes are done with, she goes over to Mahiro and says they should go on a date. Though she's in her own world as she claims he's so passionate he can wait until they get home. As he's finished putting his books away, he tells her that they were asked by Yoriko to buy the daily necessities for Hastur. You know, like dishes and chopsticks. And why isn't she doing it? Well...

      -Apparently, Yoriko is off on an adventure with Shanta-Kun and Jellyfish Monster. Looks like they're really on a hunt for monsters. Though why she included those two is beyond me. Probably as bait or something. Hastur is happy, though, because it means spending time with Mahiro. Kuko is going too because Nyarko is, but she's asking for Dagomon. Looks like a Digimon game. But Mahiro shoots it down. They don't have money to buy that! Kuko is so disappointed by that. How can you take away a gamer's dream like that?

      -Nyarko reluctantly accepts the duties passed on to her, but she has a sinister thought. After all, there are plenty of places to hide in a department store. She'll ditch Kuko and Hastur somewhere and have her way with... hey, why is Hastur and Mahiro leaving already? Hastur asks if they really can leave Nyarko behind, but Mahiro says that it's because of that evil look she has. Kuko goes with them, surprisingly enough, but he's probably seeing this as a chance to hook the two up. Nyarko realizes their leaving and quickly runs after them. And this is why you don't say your day dreams outloud, kids.

      -And we're at the mall. Nyarko is doing some window shopping, but Mahiro tells her to she up about it. They enter a store that has a sign saying "Daily Necessities", with Hastur wondering what to get. Well, whatever he wants, since he'll be using them. After taking a brief look around, he picks out two dishes, one that says Mahiro and one that says Hasuta, and they're his and her dishes! Mahiro immediately shoots that down for so many reasons we simply don't have the time to go over them. That's when Nyarko, being bored, pulls Mahiro's attention to someplace else in the store.

      -Why, it's the store for glasses! Because we have moe characters and we need to increase that moe factor by adding glasses. Nyarko tries on a pair of red-framed glasses and asks Mahiro his opinion. He has no idea what she's trying to do. She tries to bring up the whole "moe glasses are cute" thing, but apparently, that's not his fetish. As for Kuko, she got wet. And she didn't have to fight zombies to do that, too. I bet Mahiro is starting to regret bringing these nut jobs with him.

      -Nyarko falls to her knees, unable to believe that Mahiro doesn't like cute girls with glasses. Hey, it's just not a thing for some people. She tries to get him to understand by forcing them on him, but he resists, but finally relents to avoid a scene. We then get an extended some of him wearing some rimless glasses, and immediately Nyarko and Hastur are swooning. Feeling ignored, Kuko grabs Nyarko's attention to go with the glasses look. Some sexy music plays as the fiery red-head asks for her opinion, but Nyarko says to stop playing around. Honestly, they looked good on her, but that's just me. Still, Kuko is hurt by the double standard Nyarko is displaying here. Mahiro points this out to her, because she won't learn unless you do... assuming she pays attention at all.

      -Next, we move on to the bedclothes section where... why am I looking at some sort of corn monster with a mouth running along it's body, who has a human head covered in green claws? Oh, and it has wings, too! Apparently, this is a reference to The Thing. Somehow. I don't see it, personally. So we get to Hastur showing off his cat pajamas... seriously, why is that a thing? He asks Mahiro his opinion, but he's clearly uncomfortable with this. But not in the way you expect. Anyway, Hastur says that it's Mahiro who will be taking it off him, so he wants him to like it. Nyarko doesn't even allow that question to be answered as she comes in with a chop to the head, then gets close to Mahiro and asks if he does it without pajamas or does he prefer to keep them on? And then she goes on in her own world about how Mahiro calls her the most beautiful woman in the world in her birthday suit, all while dancing to the beat of her own drum. Mahiro questions why she's always thinking dirty thoughts, especially when she announces them in public and says to restrain herself. But how can you ask her to restrain her love for you, Mahiro?

      -That's when Kuko wants to get in on the sexy bedclothes, dressing herself up and beckoning Nyarko to look at her. And because that's the running theme we have going on, Nyarko calls Kuko out on always thinking dirty thoughts. Mahiro brings that up while wearing glasses because... reasons. I hope this doesn't become the running gag for the episode.

      -We catch the four at a table having finished all the shopping. We have the essentials for Hastur and Nyarko herself purchased something. She apparently found this goodie bag in the toy store, though you could probably call it a clearance bag. Mahiro thinks she's being too blunt about it as Kuko would like to know what's inside. Hey, Nyarko bought the bag, so she's going to open it! Why would she show it off to Kuko? Hastur is curious and tries to reach for the bag, but Nyarko pulls it away from him. Soon the two are trying to reach for the bag, keeping Nyarko distracted, which is what Mahiro wants. Because it means she isn't bothering him with sex jokes.

      -Then, suddenly, somebody shouts "Fall, you flies!" When asked, it turns out that it's Nyarko's incoming message tone. Must before spam messages. She checks it, and turns out, it's from the chief. He's asking how things are in the Dreamlands. You know, the place she and Kuko are suppose to be taking care of. Mahiro says it sounds familiar so Kuko helps out by saying what it is for those that don't quite remember it. It's the realm of the subconscious deeper than dreams, where all Earthlings are connected. So, like the Midnight Channel? Only with less cuddly, pun loving bears? Nyarko reminds them of the mass murdering of the gods protecting the Dreamlands. You know, the ones that Nyarko's brother murdered in order to get revenge on her? Yeah, that. She goes on to explain that the Dreamlands are like a fortress protecting the spirits of humankind. And that's why the PDO... won't stop bugging them about checking on the situation. I mean, it'd be terrible if something happened to humanity. Who would produce their entertainment to the universe then?

      -Mahiro asks if anything bad is happening in the Dreamlands, but Nyarko explains that they are currently empty. Even if they guard the front entrance to the land of the waking, the rear entrance of the spiritual world is wide open to attacks. That sounds bad. Mahiro agrees with this assessment. Kuko assures him that some aliens are incapable of sending their minds from far across the universe. Mahiro points this out to being a problem that only "some" aliens can't do this. However, Nyarko assures him that this is why she's here. By here I mean here as a member of the PDO, not here as in why she isn't doing her job. But she'll use this as an opportunity to show Mahiro just how hard of a worker she is.

      -But Mahiro is worried exactly because Nyarko is involved. He can't trust her with this at all, and apparently, this causes an explosion behind him. Who knew you had that kind of power. Actually, it's that bearded guy from the second episode. You know, the one who tried to kidnap and sell Mahiro to a BL S&M TV show. What was his name again? I'll call him Neptune for now since he's rocking that look. He shows up, saying that he's here to free the souls who were drawn here by gravity, uh, by Earth's entertainment! Yeah, that's it. And from this moment forth, he, Nodens... oh, that was his name. So, yeah, Nodens claims that he controls Earth.

      -However, a voice claims that she won't let him. Nodens is shocked by the sudden appearance of a water spout as the lady says that she will not allow this planet of life-giving waters to fall into the hands of evil! And thus we are greeted with the appearance of Magical Girl, Evil Luhy! Wait, evil? Though she is rocking the Sailor Moon like outfit. She does the typical Magical Girl salute and says to leave the planet's future in her hands.

      -So, as you probably guessed, this is a stage play. Luhy sees the main four nearby and is looking less than thrilled. The four just stare in silence. After another moment, Luhy runs off in embarrassment. Hey, what about the kids watching the show? They paid good money to see this! Well, it's up to Nodens to give a performance of a lifetime! Ah, who am I kidding. He apologizes to the kids and calls for the staff. Seems like the kids enjoyed it.

      -We next see our main four walking home, questioning what they saw. Nyarko suspects Luhy went to a temple and performed a class change. Hastur thinks her outfit was cute, though, and I can't really disagree with that. Kuko, however, tells him that kindness can hurt. Well, sure, if the person is embarrassed by it, but a compliment is a compliment, especially if it's a legit compliment. However, that's when Nyarko senses something wrong. She turns to see Tamao... pointing a camera at them? They're confused about her appearance, but she explains that she is of the Great Race of Yith and that Earth is in danger! She then fires her camera gun, blinding the group and turning the screen white. Talk about a blinding appearance.

      -When the light fades away, Mahiro wakes up to find himself back in his room. He wonders how he got back, but that's when Nyarko is happy to see him. He turns to face... himself? Confused, he touches the Mahiro's face in front of him and finds that this Nyarko sounding Mahiro is real. That's when she... er, he, presents him with a mirror. In the mirror, Mahiro is looking at... Nyarko. Nyarko, who is in Mahiro's body, believes they've swapped bodies. Look, since it's clear things are going to get confusing, when I'm talking about Nyarko in Mahiro's body, I'll write it as M-Nayrko, and for Mahiro, it'll be N-Mahiro. I'm sure that won't be confusing for anybody.

      -As N-Mahiro screams into the sky, we get our eyecatch. On the front half we have Nodens and Luhy. Luhy is in her magical girl outfit, holding a tray with Cthulhu on it. Why, yes, she does look like a waitress, doesn't she? On the back half is Tamao, but she's got this weird claw creature in her hair. Interesting.

      -So it's time for answers! N-Mahiro stares down Tamao, who apologies for what's happened. Hastur, who apparently hasn't been affected by the body swap, and thank goodness for that, explains that this this is actually Isuka, and she came to their time by projecting her spirit from another time and that she's borrowing Tamao's body. Or something like that. Sounds like I'm watching an episode of Quantum Leap. Oh, does that mean Isuka has a holographic companion to help her solve the problems of the past that only she can see and hear? Because that would be awesome!

      -N-Mahiro demands answers, sitting as unlady like as possible. Because it's a guy in there. And Isuka needs to explain it in three lines. Can you really describe a time travel plot in three lines? Isuka will try, though. So, those three lines are "In order to save Earth... I tired to borrow Nyarko-san's body... but I accidentally swapped your bodies instead. I'm the overenthusiastic and clumsy captain of the dodgeball team." Sounds like a bad thing to be when playing a death game like Super Dodgeball. I used to love that game as a kid. N-Mahiro, however, has never heard of it.

      -On to the main question. Can Isuka to them back in their own bodies? Of course she can, so N-Mahiro demands that she do it right now! Unfortunately... it's out of power. And she lost the cable to charge it, too. Curse you, future Apple and the need to go with non-standard cables! M-Nyarko is pissed and will never forgive Isuka, requiring the other three to hold him down. Isuka explains that the Great Race of Yith lives to acquire knowledge as the fight goes on. Her comment does get them to stop as she explains that they sprout tentacles from their throats to get their hands on the entertainment produced in this period of Earth's history. We get a shot of the Yith race and... why do they need three eyes? Though that does explain why they don't use their claws for grabbing anything.

      -Still, how will Isuka save the Earth? Why, she must stop the extremists, of course! Who? Well, she explains that, among the Yith, there are those who wish to transplant their consciousness into all of humankind to fully understand their entertainment. That sounds very bad for a number of reasons that we don't have time to explore here. Besides, the group is on the clock as the Yith's only chance to strike is now, while the Dreamlands are inactive. Dammit, Kuko, N-Mahiro, this is all your fault! But that's why Isuka is here! She wants their help in stopping the extremists. M-Nyarko agrees to help, since it's her job and all. Hastur then says that, instead of transplanting her consciousness, couldn't Isuka have asked M-Nyarko in the first place? Yeah, that seems like the type of thing that would have saved everybody a lot of hassle.

      -Turns out, Isuka never thought of that. N-Mahiro gets pissed, breaks away from the other three and yells at her for that. She tries to move on, explains that, since her explanation is finished like any expository character, she shall become Oightman. I had to look this one up but apparently this is a reference to a manga called the MOMTAROH and a reference to 8 Man. Somehow. Though the same reference guide says that another translation is that Isuka will be exiting stage left. N-Mahiro won't let her leave them like this, but Isuka tries to explain that she needs to let Tamao live a normal life or she'll be in trouble later. You're in trouble now!

      -With that, Isuka runs out the front door, explaining that the device will finish charging tomorrow evening. N-Mahiro gives chase, but apparently, that girl can run. Back inside, the three Great Old Ones are sitting on the couch while N-Mahiro tries to figure out what to do next. He suggests skipping school, but M-Nyarko rejects that, calling her rabbit for some reason. She explains that a student's life revolves around school, so they can't neglect this. I suspect that this is one of those special occasions where it's fine to skip out. Of course, N-Mahiro suspects something else is at play and demands to know what she's really thinking. She's really excited to go to school tomorrow, same as him, but apparently not as much as she suspects as N-Mahiro really wants to hit her. But wouldn't you be hitting your own body as a result?

      -That said, M-Nyarko is leaving the room now. Why? To sprinkle a little water on the flowers. Now isn't the time for gardening, M-Nyarko! Oh, wait, she means going to the bathroom. Okay. Anyway, N-Mahiro tells her to just say she's going to the bathroom, but she replies that he's a girl now, so he should learn some subtlety. M-Nyarko takes offense to being called a girl, but in this case, it's technically true. Hastur asks if he's okay, being in someone else's body and imagine's it'll take some getting used to in moving it around. But it's okay, because Hastur will promise... where did that red blur come from? And why is Hastur all tied up on the floor?

      -That's when Kuko appears behind N-Mahiro and gets her trademark blush going. He tries to point out that while the body is Nyarko, it's Mahiro on the inside. And isn't Kuko suppose to dislike Mahiro? After falling to the ground, Kuko explains that she didn't fall in love for Nyarko just for her body, but for now, just her body will do. You know, I'd expect her to be more confused about this whole mess and who to harass, but apparently, as long as it's Nyarko's body, she doesn't care who's running the controls.

      -Kuko is all excited because it's a new kind of Nyarko. N-Mahiro tries to get her to stop, panics, and ties her up with Hastur. This will keep them both out of trouble. That's when M-Nyarko appears, sparkling with rainbows! She says boys sure are great, which leads to confusion on N-Mahiro's part. I'm confused, too, so let's see where this goes. M-Nyarko explains that it was certainly a feel a girl wouldn't understand, which leads to N-Mahiro questioning what she did. She just laughs and smiles, saying boys are really great. Yeah, I think I can get what they're implying... but how would Nyarko know how to do... nope, wait, we're stopping right there. That is not a question I want to ask. In response, N-Mahiro hits M-Nyarko, getting a "rub it" in return. I'm not even going to ask where that came from.

      -As the night wears on, N-Mahiro is in the bathroom changing. He gets a good look at himself in the mirror, but turns away, refusing the urge to look at the naked form of a pretty girl. You certainly have more self-control than me, Mahiro. We cut to him in the bath, but he's covering his eyes to avoid looking. Must be hard to wash yourself as a result. However, after moving the hands away, he gets a good look at Nyarko's body and notes how surprisingly thing she is. We call that petite, Mahiro. He's a bit surprised that Nyarko is able to fight and defend her in such a delicate body and wonders if he should be nicer to her. Don't forget, she's an alien that is also a Great Old One, so that's something to keep in mind. And I'm sure she'll do something to ruin that thought of yours, like hop into the bath with you.

      -And just like that, M-Nyarko barges in, saying that she's come to help N-Mahiro wash his body. After all, since they're in each other's bodies, there's nothing to be ashamed of. That said, she already knows everything about his, which only serves to hit one of Mahiro's many berserk buttons and proceeds to beat her up. She argues that he's beating up his own body, but I don't think he cares at this point.

      -After a fade, we're back with N-Mahiro, trying to figure out the complicated dressings of a girl. He's holding a black bra in his hands and is trying to determine what to do with it. We understand, Mahiro. The bra is a complicated, devious trap for us menfolk. I can't only imagine it'd be worse if you were stuck inside a woman's body.

      -With that taken care of offscreen, we cut to N-Mahiro, in pink pajamas, looking at the other three and demanding to know why they're here. M-Nyarko is there to protect her body and his mind from Kuko. Kuko is there to protect him. ...What, that's it? No follow up? Okay then. Hastur is there because he's worried about Mahiro. N-Mahiro doesn't buy any of that and demands to truth. M-Nyarko really wants to sleep with him. Kuko wants to fill around with Nyarko's body. And Hastur wants Mahiro to attack him. Oh, those three and their wacky plans, even in a situation where they shouldn't be fooling around like this. N-Mahiro is ready to bring the pain, but apparently he has an idea instead. What, are you planning some sort of epic prank?

      -N-Mahiro takes out a piece of paper and write something down on it. He then turns to Kuko and tells her that, if she listens to him, he will allow her to have this piece of paper. The three get in a closer look and read it. "When I, Nyarlathotep, return to my own body, I promise to give myself, body and soul, to Cthugha." M-Nyarko doesn't approve of this, though N-Mahiro notes that the handwriting is completely different in another's body. In any case, now that it has his... and by that I mean Nyarko's... thumb print, it's a valid document. Kuko agrees and accepts him as her master. His command? Take M-Nyarko and Hastur into the living room and sleep there! "Yes, your highness" she says in English because... reasons!

      -So Kuko, with the promise of Nyarko's body, takes Hastur and M-Nyarko into the living room, per N-Mahiro's instructions. Alone, he breathes a sigh of relief, but wonders if he'll get his body back. He rusts Isuka, though he has no other choice in the matter. The next day, school! I guess M-Nyarko won out in the argument after all. N-Mahiro asks about Tamao, and apparently, she hasn't arrived yet. This can be good or bad. He regrets trusting her now. M-Nyarko, however, is plotting something and that is never a good thing. Apparently, it won't be as scary as being stabbed with a fork. Before N-Mahiro can question what she's about to do, the teacher shows up and tells those damn brats to take their seats! Why don't they ever listen?

      -The teacher notices that Tamao isn't here, but then adds that Yoichi won't be joining school today. N-Mahiro notes that is unusual for him, but then turns to M-Nyarko and sees that she's still plotting something, about showing the world their relationship. Is now really the time for this? Suddenly, she stands up and grabs N-Mahiro and walks to the front of the classroom. Everybody watches in confusion, and after a moment, M-Nyarko expresses her love for N-Mahiro. Of course, because of the body swapping, everybody sees it as Mahiro declaring his love for Nyarko. Everybody is shocked into silence as M-Nyarko continues, asking for N-Mahiro's hand in marriage. Our episode ends with a still shot of a shocked N-Mahiro, staring at M-Nyarko with horror. Cue credits!

      -In our next episode preview, Nyarko talks about fixing that philistine, drawing confusion from Mahiro. Apparently, she was trying to shout in her voice, since she still has a chance. He tells her not to do that. Meanwhile, we see Isuka holding the body swap camera, M-Nyarko trying to swoon N-Mahiro, Kuko and Hastur doing action stuff and Isuka looking confused. All this and more in our next episode, The Ruler of Super Time-Space. And then Nyarko calls herself stupid. Though the exact line is "I was stupid... so stupid." Which, of course, is a reference to Sayaka from Madoka Magica. And yes, the voice actress for Nyarko is the same for Sayaka, so yay for cross show references!

      So beings the long arc and... I honestly wasn't expecting a body swap plot. Though I'm glad they only kept it to Nyarko and Mahiro, because we don't need any Farscape like confusion here. Though the last episode preview makes more sense in that regards. But the question is, will Isuka complete her mission, or is she not on the up-and-up as we think? We'll have to tune in next week to find out.

      Until next time, remember, when you swap bodies with another person, try not to abuse it too much, even if the other person abuses your own body. As long as they don't do any lasting damage, it'll be all good. Just make sure you have a backup plan incase you can't return to your original body.

    • Don't lose your head, Galvatron

      4 days ago

      CaButler

      Hello everybody and welcome to Transformers review.  I know I promised to do some Transformers stuff next week, but one of my packages came in earlier than I expected, so here we are.  I'll do the rest next week.


      But today we'll be returning to the Titans, so without further ado, may I present to you the Transformers Titans Return Voyager class, Galvatron!


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      So here we have Galvatron in his packaging, showing off that he's a triple changer and losing his head.  Didn't we say not to do that?


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      On the back of the box we have our product placement, showing off Galvatron's alt-modes.  We'll get to them shortly.  But for now, let's get him out of the box and see how he really looks.  

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      So here we have a blurry image of Galvatron, out of his packaging.  It's that rare and difficult to find.  But from this blurry image we can see that this looks very much like a Galvatron.


      My main issue, however, is the placement of the arm cannon.


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      Instead of being normally on the outside of the arm, for whatever reason, the placement for the arm cannon for Galvatron is on the front, by the elbow bend.  This will restrict some mobility, like bending the right elbow.  The left elbow doesn't have that issue.  He's a bit back heavy because of kibble but a wide foot base helps to offset that issue.


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      Getting up close to the headsculpt you can see that Galvatron has that typical smirk going for him.  Now, like other Voyager class figures, there's a bit of a gimmick.  While Astrotrain, Sentinel Prime, and Alpha Trion have these horns that pop up, Galvatron has part of a helmet to complete the look.


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      Here's how the head looks without it.  Looks a bit like Megatron, if you ask me.


      Now, there's not much to say on accessories as Galvatron only has one, the arm cannon, but it can hold a Titanmaster, if you want.


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      Here is Terri-bull, showing off how terrible he looks sitting in that arm cannon.


      Now for some quick comparisons.


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      Here is Galvatron with SDCC Sentinel Prime, showing off the side of the two.


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      For a scale comparison, here is Galvatron with Titan's Return Scourge.


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      For fun, here is Galvatron with DX9's Masterpiece Rodimus.  They did do an MP Galvatron, but I don't own it so I can't compare them... but I can compare the legends class to him.


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      Here is Galvatron with DX9's Tyrant, their Legend's class Galvatron.  What a cute little tyrant of evil!


      Now let's check out the alt-modes.  The instructions have you go through the alt-modes, one at a time, but I'm going to skip to one specific alt-mode.  Transformation itself is rather simple, though the instructions can be unclear on some parts, but it's rather simple.  And soon enough, you go from Galvatron in robot mode...


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      To Galvatron in jet mode.  Yes, as a Voyager class figure Galvatron is a triple changer, so instead of being some sort of tank, Galvatron gets a jet.


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      And honeslty, it's a terrible mode.  I know triple changers will have one weak mode, but usually that weak mold at least looks like something they could be.  Galvatron's jet mode looks more like an after thought, like the designers realized they needed a third mode and had to come up with something.


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      Seriously, it's a terrible design and I will never display Galvatron in it.  Even if it's really the only place to keep the Titanmaster.  Speaking of...


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      Here we have Nucleon, the Titanmaster for Galvatron, and he's looking very much like Megatron.  Though outside of the painted eyes, this Titanmaster is a rather plan one, with little in terms of molded detail or paint.


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      For a quick comparison, here is Nucleon with Apeface.


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      And here they are with a Fansproject Headmaster, Arcana.  And like any other Titanmaster, Nucleon can ride in Galvatron.


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      Though given how the transformation works, Nucleon can sit there in both alt-modes.


      Anyway, some quick jet comparisons.


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      Here is Galvatron with Combiner Wars Cyclonus.


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      And here is Galvatron with Titans Return Skullsmasher.


      And enough with this mode, let's see Galvatron's proper alt-mode.


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      It's a giant cannon of death!  This looks so much better than the jet mode, and if displayed in an alt-mode, will be the thing I display Galvatron in.


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      Thanks to the way the treads are set up, Galvatron in this mode is surprisingly well balanced, though you can have him titled up more, if you want.


      And now it's time for more comparisons!


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      Here is Galvatron with Wolfwire, showing off the different sizes.


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      And here is Galvatron with his little buddy, DX9's Tyrant.


      And honestly, if it wasn't for Skullsmasher, I would have pegged Galavtron as the weakest figure in the wave.  Though it's not for a lack of trying.  An unimaginative alt-mode with the jet and poor placement with the arm cannon hurts the figure.  That said, the cannon alt-mode looks like it should and it's a release of a proper G1 looking Galvatron, which is nice.


      That said, I think I'll be looking at the DX9 MP verison at some point.  Speaking of third party MP figures, next week I'm going to be taking a look at the MP character that nobody seemed to get.  But does that change?  Perhaps our madman leader will know.


      Until then.

    • The Random Journel Thread

      6 days ago

      CaButler

      So I'm been working my way through The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II, and I promise, more shots of that will be coming soon, but it's fun.  Though I have one minor complaint.


      What is it with some of these games and putting their loli characters in semi-revealing outfits?  Fie, who's in short shorts, isn't so bad, but there's an enemy antagonist called Black Rabbit who seems to be flashing everybody.  I didn't need that, thank you.


      Which is weird because this series typically avoided the standard fanservice tropes like that.  Or at least, used them with older characters.  Still, fun game, would recommend, but only after beating the first game.


      In anime news I've been watching this series called Qualidea Code.  By A-1 Pictures, it's an original work that has the traits of a light novel adaption.  Also, for a good part of the middle, the quality of the show is really bad.  As in weird animation looks and motions bad.


      I watch it because, honestly, it showed promise, but at this point I'm just watching to see if the pay off is worth it.  Spoiler alert, so far, it hasn't.  Though it has fun characters that deserve a better show than this.


      SMTIV: Apocalypse came out.  Need to replay the first game to get the Neutral Ending, which appears to be the canon ending.


      I put up some new images for you to enjoy.


      I follow this cover singer on Youtube called Leeandlie, and she typically does anime covers.  One of them is for the ending theme of Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress.  It's nice, in my opinion.


      And next week we return with four new transformers reviews, three of them third party.  And I know how much you love those.


      Until then.

    • The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Part 40

      1 week ago

      CaButler

      Episode 40: Just like Solid Snake

      Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky. The game about infiltrating a military organization that kidnaps old professors for their own evil deeds. Well, maybe they aren’t evil, but kidnapping and making another organization look like they did it makes them very questionable.

      In our last episode, Estelle and company have been given the okay to infiltrate Leiston Fortress, despite the non-interference clause the Bracer Guild follows. Still, because a civilian is in trouble, they need to get about rescuing them.

      In order to do that, the team needs to use Professor’s Russell’s Biosensor disrupter to sneak in. Then, after a short flight over, which we learn that Agate has a little sister, our infiltrators are stuffed into a tight cargo container, which they’re able to sneak pass the biosensor with. Now that they got in and have an exit strategy, it’s time for our heroes to rescue the professor. Will they succeed? Let’s find out.



      As a reminder, here we are. Time to go find the Professor. I head southwest and find himself in a courtyard with a bunch of different attack monsters. I follow the path until I hit an exit in the northwest. There, a cutscene plays.

      The camera pans over to a familiar airship, followed by the two men in black by the doors. Turns out, they were here all along. We cut to the group hiding behind some containers, with Agate confirming that it’s the same people. Their presence here confirms one of Estelle’s theories.







      And clearly they keep up their skills by kidnapping civilians from a civilian factory. Tita asks if her Grandfather is behind those doors, with Agate believing as much. He’s concerned about fighting them, though, because if they’re special ops, they will be trouble. Oh, and the fact that they pick a fight with soldiers inside of a military base would be extra troublesome.

      This leads Estelle to asking how they can get around without getting spotted before we’re back in control. Instead of going head on into battle, I have the group stick against the walls, rounding to the building. There we find a window with bars, which is clickable. Doing so activates a cutscene, with Estelle asking if they can get in from here.

      Joshua says that they can’t because of the iron bars. They also can’t make any noise, which makes it tougher. That’s when Tita and Agate notice something. Estelle takes a look and we cut to the inside of the room.

      In we see Professor Russell with Colonel Richard. He has Major Cid and Captain Amalthea with him. He thanks the Professor for finding a means to control this “Gospel”. Hey, wasn’t he suppose to be one of the good guys? Russell isn’t amused at all, especially when such a man served under Cassius. Richard seems to be reminded that he’s good friends with the Lord God King. Apparently, Richard has been looking for Cassius, as well. So, if you have some information about his whereabouts, that’d be great.



      Translation: Go piss off. Richard laughs it off. He finds himself fortunate, though, because if the Black Orbment, TM, was delivered into Cassius’ hands, then it would have been a problem. That said, he’s confident that not even he would be able to stop their plans. Oh, you’re just asking for trouble now, aren’t you?

      Speaking of plans, Russell asks what Richard plans to do with it. Actually, first, he’d like to know where he found it to begin with. The colonel isn’t talking, though. His source likes to keep things secret, because secrecy is so much fun! As for their plans, it’ll become evident soon enough. It’s a military coup, isn’t it?

      But when their plans are finished, they’ll be happy to release the professor. He’ll just need to sit and wait until then. Russell points out the problem, that he’s a witness to their crimes, and that he won’t be released as a result. This, of course leads Russell to suspect the plans are going to be on a grand scale.





      So, basically, Richard can’t kill Russell, because he still needs him. He goes on to say that this invention will bring Liberl riches like none ever seen before. Why do bad guys say that just before their summon a demon that decided it doesn’t want to listen to them anymore? Russell doesn’t care about that, though. Amalthea chimes in to let Richard finish before giving an answer. And then goes about threatening Tita with a smug smile.



      At least, I’m assuming it’s Tita. And if that’s the case, then she doesn’t get to live. Russell is infuriated by this, but Richard reprimands Amalthea. Or, more exactly, decides to point out that her powers of persuasion are lacking their elegance she’s renowned for.

      They laugh it off before Richard turns to Russell, saying that she has a unique sense of humor. He says that he doesn’t want any misunderstandings between him and the professor, but they are only soldiers and he needs to understand that and that hte only civilian that will be involved is Russell. Yeah, soldiers threatening a little girl with harm. There will be no quarter given when the boss battle comes!



      I can’t help but think that this is more on the money than I think. Russell begins to put the pieces together and appears to have figured out his plan. I’m pretty sure it’s a coup, and probably happening for the Queen’s Birthday. They’ve been talking about it all this time so it’s bound to happen then.

      That’s when 2nd Lieutenant Lorence enters. He’s one of the Men in black Agate fought. Amalteha tells him that they’re in a meeting and to get out, but Richard says it’s fine. He asks for a report for Lorence, who tells him that there’s been activity in Grancel, with the white wings being caught in the net, just as the colonel planned.



      Yup, it’s a coup. Richard turns to Russell and excuses himself, taking the Black Orbment, TM, with him. He tells Cid to make sure the professor is comfortable during his stay. Though it looks like Cid isn’t really happy to do this. He’ll follow orders, but he won’t like it.

      The major then turns to Russell and asks if he needs anything. He’ll get him set up with any of the standard amenities. Russell, however, takes this opportunity to try and turn Cid, saying that he was different from the others, a good, upstanding man, but that he had greatly overestimated him. Cid apologizes... but then offers the cover story.





      So much for being a soldier just following orders, despite following the cause. Russell makes it very clear he’s not happy with that and throws him out. And there’s another name to add to the list.

      Outside, the group discusses what just happened. Basically, the well thought of Colonel is the man behind everything that’s happened so far. And he’s searching for Cassius, too. This also leads to questions about the masked man, Lorence, but Agate recognizes him.

      We quickly cut to a scene of the black clad soldiers hopping on the airship. Lorence stops before entering, wonder what will come of the grand plans. Not quite a believer, I imagine. The airship soon takes off, leaving the group alone. Agate is smiling, though.





      I get the feeling that Agate doesn’t like the military, and if they’re planning a coup, he would have no problems fighting them. Estelle says that since they can’t enter via the window, might as well beat up the guards.

















      That’s not like you at all, Joshua. Estelle is concerned and asks if he’s up to it, but he’s good to go. Time to go beat up some guards. And we’re back in control, but as soon as I round the corner, a cutscene plays. One of the MIB wished he was part of the Grancel operation, but nope, he’s stuck guarding an old man. The second continues on, complaining that they’ve done so much for the kingdom, their dream, the colonel, for greed, but this is the life of the Intelligence Division’s Special Ops. They’re Colonel Richard’s hands and eyes, after all.



      What a rude thing to say. The MIB recognize Agate and know they’re in trouble as we enter our fight. Oh, nice fight music. They get first strike and hit Tita and Estelle hard. Revenge shall be ours!



      Here’s what we’re working again. Standard across the board. So I let them have it with the group’s most powerful arts, which includes area of effect magic from Estelle and Joshua. I then use Joshua’s AoE craft on a critical square to finish them off. So, anything good for experience?



      Are you for real? Blah. So with the battle completed, and afterwards Agate gets in some smug trash talk. Way to be a poor sport, Agate.


      Estelle even points this out to our flaming swordsmen.



      But that isn’t important right now. Joshua says it’s a race against time, so they need to get the professor out and get out of here! After gaining control we enter the facility for another cutscene. Russell is about to yell at them, but as he turns around to face who he thinks is Major Cid, it turns out, it’s his granddaughter.

      Letting the emotional reunion take hold, Tita quickly rushes and hugs her grandfather.







      Tita, I know this is a tearful reunion, but I think you need to bring it down a couple of notches. You are still in a military base, after all. Russell can’t believe what he’s seeing and is pretty certain he’s in a dream, but the kids make it clear that this is no dream. He’s impressed they were able to sneak in.



      ...Is he telling Estelle and Joshua that or is he telling Tita that? Agate breaks up the reunion by telling them that they need to leave. Russell, however, has some trouble with him. Mainly, his appearance.



      Agate isn’t quite amused by the comment.







      You know, for a while I thought they were trying to push Agate as this cool, edgy character, but lately, I think the game was doing that just to take the piss out of him. Granted, not as much as to make him a parody or a joke, but just enough to take that “McEdgelord” attitude out from under his wings.

      Tita introduces Agate as a senior in the Bracer Guild. Turns out, Russell thinks he was mentioned by Cassius at one point.





      Can’t kill him, Agate. He’s the target, after all, and the job clearly said to return him unharmed. Joshua says that they'll need to save the explanations for later. Right now, it’s time to vacate. Is there anything Russell needs before they leave? Well, it’d be nice to bring the Capel unit back. He’s concerned about it being misused by the military. That’s the Orbal Calculator. Joshua walks over and grabs it before walking to Russell.  

      The professor states that he’s been using hte Orbal Calculator as a means of research for controlling the Black Orbment, TM, and while he couldn’t discern it’s physical composition, he did have success with the control method. Which means that Richard can recreate the phenomenon whenever he wants. He apologizes to the kids for letting it get misused, but Joshua forgives him, since it was clear Tita was being threatened. Which I still haven’t forgiven the military for. So many bodies to leave behind.

      Estelle adds that it’s their fault the professor and Tita were caught up in this. Agate, however, is getting irritated... well, more so than usual.







      I think he’s still upset about the chicken comment. Russell, however, takes Agate’s comment as a challenge as Tita, in her own, adorable manner, tries to play peacekeeper.

      We’re back in control and I’ve been told by the guide to save now, since this is where the whole “Metal Gear” stealth mission starts. As we exit the building and leaves for the southern exit, a cutscene plays where one of the not so unconscious MIB soldiers says they won’t let them escape. In the next screen, alarms are blaring. So much for staying under cover.

      Further along the courtyard, Major Cid is telling the troops that they have an intruder. Go out and start searching. He orders platoons one through four to establish a blockade among the airship port and dock while five, six and seven will search the barracks, watchtower and research facilities. As for platoon eight, they will be accompanying him to headquarters. Now get a move on, you grunts!

      Back with the group, they see the soldiers coming, noting that the major knows what he’s doing. This also means that their exit strategy is going to have problems. Tita asks what they should do. Agate suggests to avoid the guards to find another way out.

      After a couple of close calls, I make it into the command center. I go west, down the corridor and down some stairs. Looks like I found the brig, and hey, look at that, we have some familiar people here. It’s the Sky Bandits with Joshua’s one true love, Josette. She’s at the bars, commenting on the noise. Kyle suspects somebody is breaking in while Don, who appears to be confused, asks who’s breaking in? Because...





      And that’s when the group enters. Estelle comments on it being bigger than the dungeon at Haken Gate. As they approach the first cell, they find the Sky Bandits.



      Oh, right, they have a bit of a rivalry going. Kyle and Don approach the doors as Joshua greets them. Estelle decides to follow up and asks how they’ve been.









      Looks like Estelle is above this petty squabbling. Josette is clearly not amused by that. Agate, somewhat confused, asks for some details. Joshua says they’re the ones who hijacked the airliner some time ago. Russell has heard the details and is curious about their airship. Kyle uses this to talk shop for a moment before going into bandit mode. Russell is a bit disappointed, but Tita reminds them that they aren’t exactly in a position to ask questions.

      The Don, however, has a question. Why are the bracers here? Certainly not to break you guys out, no matter how much Joshua begs. The group is mostly silent, save for Agate. He apologizes for intruding, and soon, he and the rest of the group leave. The bandits beg to be let out, but the scene fades out.

      Back upstairs, Estelle comments on the surprise visit. This reminds her that they have some sort of connection with the MIB and were arrested by Colonel Richard, which could mean that their theft of the airliner was the colonel’s attempt to trump up one of his accomplishments. This leads Joshua to suspect that Mayor Dalmore was used in a similar fashion.

      Of course, Agate can’t get any sympathy for the guy, even if he was brainwashed into doing evil things. But since we can’t escape in the dungeon, we’ll need to find another escape route.

      I don’t exit out of the building right away but go all the way right and north. No exit, so it’s back to the courtyard. When we attempt to exit, we get a quick scene of soldiers passing information. Apparently they’ve searched the barracks and can’t find the intruders. The watchtower is clear, too. Which means all that’s left is headquarters. Which our group happen to be in. That’s not good at all. Also...



      Did you guys actually use combs? If you didn’t the major is going to be upset with you guys about not being thorough enough. But now isn’t the time to nitpick! Now is the time to get the hell out of here! That’s when a voice calls in from the hallway I just left from. Basically, the voice is telling them to follow it.

      So I follow the voice back to the corridor I was just in, but when I go into the next screen, another scene plays with the voice calling out to the group. Estelle seems to recognize the voice and checks with Joshua to confirm. Yup, it’s familiar to him, too.

      We follow the voice all the way to the door, which was locked previous, and the guy telling them to get in. With the army coming up from behind they don’t have much of a choice.

      Inside we find Major Cid... wait, what?





      Uh... I’m confused now. I mean, weren’t you suppose to be the bad guy? Cid tells them to lock the door to be on the safe side and Joshua goes about doing that. With the room secure, Russell asks to know what’s going on, mainly that Cid was ordered to keep the professor locked up.

      The major apologizes for that and explains that Colonel Richard had already seized control of the Royal Armed Forces by using his position in the Intelligence Division. Must have a lot of blackmail material on the higher ups. One general didn’t, though. It’s our good friend, General Morgan at Haken Gate, where he’s currently imprisoned. Yup, it’s a coup. Agate asks when the military’s structure get so bad, but apparently military regs have been breaking down since the end of the war. More specifically, since hte top brass haven’t stopped embezzling and accepting bribes. Richard just took advantage of it to take over.

      With Morgan, who I pegged as a guy who wouldn’t accept bribes, now in custody, Richard is the man in charge of the armed forces. This isn’t good, which leads to Agate asking about Queen Alicia. Isn’t she the supreme commander?



      ...That doesn’t sound good. Cid continues that the Royal Guardsmen are actually being sought for questioning on suspicion of treason. Estelle asks if Lieutenant Schwarz is being sought after, as well, but as Cid points out, the Central Factory attack was pinned on the Royal Guardsmen, including photographic evidence. Dammit, Dorothy!

      Tita is upset about this and the events that happened in the Central Factory, concluding that you can’t go around blaming other people for something they did! While Cid has no real answer, he does accept their blame as he refused to say anything or object to the change in command. He’s looking to atone and knows that this will be the first step in doing so.

      Russell is willing to forgive, assuming Cid is telling the truth. He had planned to introduce the major to his favorite wrench, which would have been quite heavy on his head. Still, this leaves us with the question on what Cid plans to do now? Mainly, what is he planning to do with them?

      Turns out, Cid has an escape route for them to use. He shows them the secret passage, which Agate is somewhat impressed with. Cid explains that the escape hatch leads to an underground aqueduct. There’s a boat there so they should be able to escape using it.

      Of course, telling civilians about this would net him ten years in prison, but even if he’s put to trial by the military over this, Aidios will forgive him. Maybe. With that, Agate is going to check it out for traps, then will have Russell and Tita follow. Finally, Estelle and Joshua will bring up the rear.


      As the group enters the hatch, Tita and Russel give their goodbyes to Cid. When it comes to Estelle and Joshua, they thank him as well. He says not to thank him as he was expecting this since the moment he saw them. Mainly, as soon as he heard their family name. They are Colonel Cassius’ children, after all.





      He later traded it in for his current rank, Lord God King. Turns out, Richard served under Cassius back in the day, and it was thanks to the Lord God King’s efforts that Erebonia was defeated ten years ago. So the fact that his kids found out the truth and helped the professor, for Cid, it was only a matter of time.

      Estelle is a bit shocked about her father being a military hero, as apparently Cassius never said anything about it. Before anything else could be said, there’s a knock at the door. It’s the soldiers, and apparently the intruders have been spotted in the dungeon. Damn those Sky Bandits! They ask for orders, so Cid says that he’ll be there and to put the facility on high alert. And that’s the cue for the kids to get out.

      After a fade out, Estelle and Joshua come barreling in.



      It’s the happy fun slide, of course! And with that, we’re back in control. I wonder if I have to fight monsters. But nope, it’s a short walk to the rest of the group in the boat. Agate calls them out for being late and demands answers, but the kids were having a talk about their dad being some military hero. With the two in the boat, it’s time to complete the escape. I hope I did well.

      After we fade out, we return to the entrance of Leiston Fortress. Estelle counts themselves lucky that the military haven’t started patrolling this area yet. Joshua suspects the Major is helping them out in that regards, but they should probably hurry all the same. Estelle and Joshua promise to look after Tita and Russell, but Agate has other plans. He orders the kids to fall back.

      Agate’s concern is that the Intelligence Division knows his face by now, which includes Tita and Russell. But unless Major Cid said anything, the kids identities are unknown. He’ll take care of Tita and Russell and lay low. Russell himself understands and blames himself for letting his granddaughter get involved. And because of that, it means they have to keep Tita with him, since she could be used as a hostage.

      Estelle, however, objects to this.







      Stop being so damn level headed, Joshua! He adds that, according to the theory of retreat and cover... is that real? Anyway, according to that theory, the more people together, the greater the chance of detection. Which means Agate will stand a better chance of helping Tita and Russell get away. As such, they’ll need to follow orders this time. Agate is happy that one of them understands.







      Estelle really doesn’t want to leave them behind, so Russell decides that it’ll be easier to give them an important mission, one he can’t do on his own, given the circumstances.

      First order of business is for the kids to go to Grancel and speak with Queen Alicia.





      Russell goes on to say that the Black Orbment, TM, originally fell into Colonel Richard’s hands, referring to it as the Gospel. Apparently, it was taken from the Intelligence Division, but by whom, nobody can say. Oh, I have a couple of theories on that. Then, at some point, it was sent to Cassius. However, because of his experimentations, the Intelligence Division realized it was in Zeiss, which was why the attacked the factory.

      So, in reality, the military was planning this coup for a long time. Russell continues on, saying that Richard has some plan to use it in the capital, which means that something very bad is coming. So Her Majesty must be informed at once. The professor has other theories on how the Black Orbment, TM, can be used, but it’s pure conjecture at this point. In any case, the queen must be told, so the kids have to get to it.

      Estelle, realizing the position she’s in, can’t say no, so that means the kids will be accepting the request. Before parting ways, Estelle expresses her disappointment in not being able to stay together with Tita. The young girl understands, being treated so well by them, and she comes in for her own hug.











      Even Joshua has been affected by the bug. But Agate, being a jerk and ruining this moment, says that they have to part now. He does, however, suggest holding back the tears for when they see each other again.



      He can be, can’t he? Still, Estelle thanks him for the lessons he’s provided, Master Agate.















      And with that, Agate, Tita and Russell leave our group. End chapter.



      Wait, seriously? We’re ending it on this? Nope! We’re going to keep this going for a little longer.


      When we return, we see First Lieutenant Schwarz, and she’s escorting... Kloe?



      Huh, I knew she was important somehow, but in what way? Kloe asks Schwarz what they should do now. The lieutenant tells her to exit onto the Royal Avenue and head to Grancel. Her men are causing a diversion so that security should be stretched pretty thin, allowing her to get to the Bracer Guild without getting spotted. Kloe, however, is concerned for Schwarz. She’s going to hold the line and buy her enough time to escape.

      Kloe objects to this, saying she can’t go on her own and is willing to fight at her side, but Schwarz says they all have something to protect, so she will stay here for her convictions and her duty.





      Something tells me Schwarz isn’t expecting to live past this day. Kloe understands, but has the lieutenant promise her not to do anything reckless. And that they’ll meet again in better circumstances and have tea with her grandmother.





      So many death flags. Schwarz then calls for Sieg to watch over Kloe, and soon, they’re off. And it looks like the enemy has finally caught up to her. The camera pans to show off the approaching group. She’s not impressed with their numbers. The lieutenant is going to lay the beat down on you scum! And she rushes into battle as the screen fades out.

      When we return, it’s back to Kloe, who’s still on the run. She calls for Sieg and asks him to check on Schwarz, which he gets to. While he’s off, Kloe does some scouting and confirms that security is much lighter. She needs to get to the Bracer Guild quickly, but just to make her day worse...



      Just your luck, huh? But maybe, with a little extra luck...



      Suddenly, Kloe turns around and sees an airship approaching and blocking her path. She recognizes it as the Special Ops airship. Lorenace appears, and soon, she’s surrounded. Richard soon makes his own appearance and shows that he knows Kloe by name and association and would like to have a word with her.

      Well, that isn’t ominous at all. After a quick fade, we’re at the Erebonia embassy where we find an old friend.





      Hi, Olivier! Being poetic as always. Another man comes into the room, calling him an idiot. Soon walks in a man full in armor, a man Olivier recognizes as Mueller, his boon companion. He’s so happy to see him, though, and asks him what wind he used to travel. Mueller is all kinds of confused, but he’s here for an important reason.





      Geez, Olivier, if this is your best friend, I’d hate to see your worst enemy. Olivier says that there are no need for profanities, but comments that it is the fire in Mueller’s eyes that drove him here.









      So much hugging happening in this episode. But because Mueller has the information, Olivier has to comply. He suggests talking.



      If you wanted sane, you made the wrong friend. And now for the information...





      Mueller isn’t even going to dignify that with a response. So Olivier tries a different approach.





      Did... did you go more insane when I wasn’t watching, Olivier? Mueller is less than amused and has decided to give the information if it means that his “friend” stops talking.

      Turns out, Mueller was on the trail of the guy they were talking about and picked up his trail. Apparently, he was at one of the Erebonian Bracer Guilds until about a month ago. In the past several months, the guild branches in the empire have been attacked, one after another and our mysterious person was there to investigate why. It’s Cassius, isn’t it?

      Olivier asks if a military unit performed the attacks, but apparently not, says Mueller. No military force has been given marching orders. His opinion? Jaegers were hired to do this. However, when that case was solved, the trail went cold. Olivier isn’t quite so happy with this, since he was looking for said person. Mueller then suggests that, if the man they’re looking for isn’t here, then they should leave. That storm Olivier was talking about? It’s going to get worse.

      Olivier, however, doesn’t want to leave. He seems himself as playing a role in the finest opera ever. Mueller starts to ask a question, but Olivier answers that he’s already in costume. However, in his own words, the lead is unavailable, so understudies are required.



      I can’t imagine who he’s talking about here. And welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to our final chapter.



      This is going to be fun. We return to Zeiss with Estelle and Joshua at the Guild hall, giving an update on the situation. Mainly, the Professor was rescued but he, Agate and Tita are in the wind. Murdock thanks them for their help in resolving the issue, but Estelle remains humble, saying that they were there just as back up. Joshua says that all thanks should go to Agate, since he kept the professor safe.

      Murdock will be happy to do that once this insanity all ends. But with that, all they can do is put their faith in Agate. Hopefully Tita will keep him in line. However, this leads us back to the troubling news that Richard has plans in mind for Grancel and the use of the Black Orbment, TM, but for what purpose, nobody can say.

      This is when Estelle mentions that they’ve been asked by the professor to speak with Her Majesty about it. Turns out, Russell is on very good terms with the queen, so it wouldn’t be unusual for him to have access to top secret information. And that concludes their report and the request that Russell has made. He asks Kilika if it’s safe for them to go to Grancel, given everything that has happened and will happen?

      Because there have been no reports of the Bright kids being involved in the breach of the fortress, they should be good to go. Actually, it’s probably a good idea if the kids were to suddenly not be in Zeiss anymore before a full investigation begins. Especially since it means that a thorough search of the Central Factory will be performed.

      With that, Murdock leaves to prepare for such an investigation and wishes the kids luck in their quest. With that, Estelle says that they’ll need to try to get an audience with Her Majesty as soon as possible, which means they’ll need to take the next airliner to Grancel. It’ll take them a half a day to reach the capital on foot. Estelle would have been happy with the walk, but time is of the essence here.

      But before the kids can go, Kilika gets on the phone and makes a call to the airfield. Two for Grancel and to bill the guild for it. The lady wastes no time in getting stuff done. Mainly, the kids won’t have to worry about getting tickets. The guild takes care of it’s own.

      Oh, and they get a recommendation. You know, for revealing a planned coup by the military. The kids are caught off guard by it, but Kilika makes it clear that the tickets are a business expense, related to their mission, and said recommendation is for the rescue of the professor, which is what is going to be said in the books. She tells them to be proud of what they’ve done.

      And now it’s time to get that sweet, sweet BP. First, the Factory Incident.



      Booyah! Next is the job for the Professor’s Whereabouts.



      Cha-ching! But no promotion for the kids. Joshua thanks Kilika for everything she’s done, but she makes it clear that she is only doing her duty. Now, get going! The flight leaves soon!

      And we’re back in control, but we’re going to end it here. No way was I going to end it on that cliffhanger of a chapter ending.

      But with that, Agate, Tita and Russell appear to leave our story as we enter the final chapter. And it looks like Colonel Richard isn’t wasting any time, but one must wonder what he wants Kloe for? I know she’s pretty important, but how important is she?

      And Olivier is back, and apparently he’s more important than we think, what with getting a nice room at the embassy and all. Looks like he knows more than he lets on and may be directing the kids to their role in this manner.

      But yeah, looks like a military coup. But for what reason? Hopefully will get an answer for it soon as we begin the stretch to the ending.

      Once again, I want to thank you all for joining me in this adventure, especially as we start winding down to the end. What could possibly await us in Grancel? And what party members will we have this time? Tune in next week to find out.

      And until next time, remember, when sneaking into a base, always take a moment to check out the dungeon. Who knows what familiar faces you’ll find here.


    • This Apeface knows how to leave a Skytread

      1 week ago

      CaButler

      Hello everybody and welcome to our last Transformers review for the foreseeable future.  Today we'll be finishing up the Titan's Return line as we take a look at the last two available Titanmasters.  Though we may look at other Titan Return figures in the future, for now, it's just these guys.


      So let's get right to it.  Without further ado, may I present to you the Transformer's Titan's Return Titanmasters, Skytread and Apeface.


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      Interesting thing to note is that Apeface was originally a Headmaster figure.  Hell, he was a triplechanger headmaster.  So instead of getting a voyager class figure, he's a Titanmaster.  Poor guy.  Anyway, let's get these guys out of the box and see how they really look.


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      One issue I had with these guys is that they did not want to stand straight at all.  Turns out mine figures had some extra plastic sticking out from the bottom, so they would always be off angle.  I fixed that with an some shaving, but you'll need to keep that in mind for these guys.


      Anyway, Skytread and Apeface.  And like those of wave 2, no real paint to speak of.  Skytread does have some nice molded detail, though.


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      Arm test!  Skytread can lift those arms up like he just doesn't care.  As for Apeface, he wants to give you a Gorilla Hug!  I didn't go with Ape because it doesn't the joke doesn't work as well.


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      As for the mini vehicles, Skytread's is a repaint of Terri-bull, and that is terrible.  As for Apeface, his is kind of werid because it seems like a remold, but at the same time, his one alt-mode seems like a completely new mold.  I'll show you what I mean in a bit.


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      So, yeah, Hasbro didn't waste any time in getting a repaint going.  Though technically we do have Astrotrain and Soundwave, but at least one of those is a proper remolding.


      As for Apeface, his ape is certainly menacing.  And it's got some pretty good paint on it, too.


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      And the ape also have some molded hands, which is a very nice touch and something you wouldn't see unless you were looking for it.  I may have some complaints about Skytread, but Apeface is helping in negating it.


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      Speaking of Skytread, here's Terri-bull so you can see that, yes, it is a straight repaint.


      Now for the second molds.


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      This is where that confusion I had before comes into play.  Skytread, is, of course, a repaint and has the laying down thing going for it, but then we take a look at Apeface.  The jet mode is nicely done with some good, molded detail and good paint work, but what bother's me is that, essentially, this mode carries a lot of similarities with Terri-bull and Skytread.  Sure, it looks very different and those arms move, but it just has too many similarities that I can't ignore them.


      It could be a case of Chromedome, where it takes inspiration from other molds but is a new mold, or a case with Highbrow, who is such a heavy remolding of Scourge that he might as well be a new mold.  Either way, if you get that feeling with Apeface, you're not alone.


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      And let's bring in Terri-bull to get the trifecta going.


      Anyway, time for the weapon modes.  Today, SDCC Sentinel Prime will be helping us out here.


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      Skytread is, of course, using Terri-bull's gun mode and still looks just as dumb.  Even Sentinel is wondering what the hell is this thing.


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      Apeface is almost just as bad.  You have to flip out the arms, but essentially, you have to put him in jet mode.  Sadly, do to how the gun peg stores, you can't do a case of Clobber and Crashbash in having the bots hold the T-Rex modes as a stuffed animal.


      Also, for whatever reason Apeface is really heavy in weapon mode.  Either that or Sentinel has some weak limbs.


      Anyway, let's check out those headsculpts.  We'll use Sentinel since he's already here.


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      First is Apeface, and I just want to point out that Hasbro really made a poor color choice with Sentinel.  Granted, the SDCC helps out with the clear plastic, but otherwise, bleh.


      As for Apceface, that's a really nice headsculpt.  Like with Brawn, he should have gotten his own figure.  A voyager class would be nice.


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      As for Skytread... honestly, I think this is the weakest of the headsculpts.  That said, they'er all rather impressive, but I think it's the brown color that's making me not like this guy.  That or it's being on Sentinel Prime's body that's making it worse than it really is.


      Now, normally this is where I would end things, but I'm not going to do that.  Today I want to see how they scale with some city modes.  Of course, they should scale with the leader class base modes and Fort Max, but what about some others?


      Granted, I only have two real city bots and one is a G1 flavor, so I won't be using that.  Instead, I need to focus on what my Utopia really is.


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      I think @AlexMattias and @WARDOG01 will get a kick out of this.  But I'm using Maketoys Utopia, their version of Metroplex, as my city mode.  And putting this into city mode reminded me on why this is a nightmare to transform.


      anyway, let's get a close look as to what's going on here.


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      Here we have Crashbash and Clobber having a standoff.


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      Loudmouth and Terri-bull are about to have a head on collision.


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      Apeface is doing his best King Kong impersonation.  Now he just needs a pretty girl to complete the picture.


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      Nightbeat is about to take off.


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      And finally, Brawn is making it very clear to Skytread that this is his tower and he isn't welcomed.  Honestly, I think this may be my favorite pose.


      So, overall, I like the idea of the Titanmasters but I think the execution left something to be desired.  Honestly, I think individual Targetmasters would have worked better, but that's just my opinion.  At least, if I had room, I could get some playability out of using the city bots, but we'll have to leave it like this for now.


      Thank you all for reading this review.  Tune in tomorrow for another healthy does of The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky.  Until then.

    • Nyarko-Chan: Another Crawling Darkness Episode 8

      1 week ago

      CaButler

      Hello everybody and welcome to another exciting episode of Nyarko-San: Another Crawling Darkness, the show where we take the creatures of the Cthulhu Mythos and make them moe, because somebody was crazy enough to do that and risk plunging the world into insanity. Thanks for that, guy.

      Well, with no major issue happening, will we have more slice of life adventures? Let's find out.

      And before I forget, our reference guide for this episode.

      -Our episode begins with Nyarko declaring her love for Mahiro in a very sincere manner. We quickly cut to Mahiro with the words repeating in his head. It's the next day and clearly he's thinking of the end of the date with Nyarko. He's snapped out of the memory by his mom, Yoriko, telling the group that they'll be buying souvenirs, so the first thing they'll do is window shop. Nyarko is all excited for this treasure hunt, especially with these rustic shops, but probably to spend more time buttering up Mom. As the girls continue forward making small talk, Mahiro... seems suspicious of the silver haired girl. He thinks she's up to something and goes to join the girls. Why do you need to be suspicious of an alien declaring her love for you? Sure, some of them tried to kidnap you early on, but that doesn't mean they're all trying to kidnap you.

      -We get some shots of the characters looking at various stuff, and while the girls are looking at some goods at a window, we see that Mahiro is blushing red. Yoichi asks if there's anything wrong, but he denies it. Suddenly, Nyarko announces a major fine in a twenty year old game, and it's in mint condition and at a price that is clearly below what it should go for. Score! She continues the search while Mahiro watches on, wondering if maybe he's getting a bit paranoid about the declaration. As he walks in the store some more he accidentally hits a box filled with old games. He picks one up as Hastur comes by and points out that the pink system he has is unusual. Nyarko appears and comments that it's the WonderTswan Crystal. Kuko appears, wanting to play it, but Hastur asks if the console still works. Yeah, cause clearly it should have any charge after being left like that for a while. Mahiro hits the power switch, and shockingly enough, it turns on. And... opening title!

      -After the opening, we're back at the Yasaka home. Huh, that's odd. Weren't we at the shore just a while ago? That's a hell of a timeskip. But hey, this show has been weird, so why not have a time skip? Anyway, Mahiro is slowly waking up, commenting that he was just in a hot springs town. Glad I'm not the only one who noticed. Yoriko calls out for her son, but instead of "Hiro", it's "Mahiro." That's very unusual.

      -We then see Yoriko... surrounded by bubbles and wearing an apron? What kind of visual novel crap is still? Anyway, mom is upset that Mahiro wouldn't get up and is upset with her son. She tells him to hurry or else he'll be late. He's a high schooler now, so get it together! Mahiro, however, has an important question. What's with the noise she's making? She's making this "Hmph" noise, or something that would translate into that. Yoriko doesn't answer, but instead, throws the bag into his arms and rushes him out the door. There must be a game she really wants to play and doesn't want Mahiro to watch. What, is it the new Final Fantasy game?

      -Still, it's unusual. Mahiro walks down the streets and starts questioning what's happening. For that matter, where's Nyarko and the rest? Perhaps plotting some prank? But that's when we see Nyarko, in this cliche school uniform and performing the cliche act of running in the street with toast in her mouth, running into our main protagonist. Okay, not a visual novel cliche but every meet cute cliche. Nyarko, overacting as if her life depends on it, blames Mahiro for coming out of nowhere. That's when Mahiro notices something that is also a cliche, the panty shot, but this anime is too high class for something so low base, even for a joke. So the toast, like a knife, is pinning the skirt to the street. That is one sharp bread.

      -Anyway, in a very un-Nyarko fashion, turns around and calls him a pervert and begins to cry, saying that she'll never be able to marry now. And then something about not being able to be the next queen or Draogn God priestess. Now that does sound like Nyarko is pulling a prank. But she rushes off, still crying, leaving Mahiro to wonder what the hell just happened? You're stuck in the worst world ever, a world filled with all kinds of anime romance cliches. I know of some people that would kill to have your place, though.

      -Moving on to Doki-Doki Private Academy... wait, that doesn't sound like the name of their school. For that matter, do we even know the name of their school? I'm guessing not since Mahiro comments on it. And that's when he's greeted by Kuko, who actually calls him by name instead of "boy". She's even in a different school uniform, this one a darker blue from Nyarko's lighter shade. She notes that Mahiro's tie is crooked and fixes it for him, saying the he must maintain his appearance. And suddenly, flowers! That's when she uses this opportunity to get in close, a blush on her face, and tells Mahior that Azathoth watches over them. He doesn't watch over you guys in your private time, does he?

      -So, at this point, Mahiro is clearly going "what in the flying hell is this?" He decides to move on, hoping that maybe, just maybe, if he ignores everything thats happened, he can proceed with his life. Like that'll be easy, for as he's putting away his shoes, Hastur appears... in a basketball uniform, dribbling a basketball, and telling him to hurry or he'll be late. But you don't have to abandon hope, once you give up thinking it's too late, the game's over. Wait, what? Did that make any sort of sense? Is that suppose to make sense? Why is this world not making sense?

      -Also, Hastur, what's with the Jason Kidd getup? Mahiro wonders how the more sensible one is also involved in this prank, but Hastur just laughs and goes about his dribbling... before losing the ball and having to chase after it. Clearly this is going to be one of those days, isn't it?

      -So, to recap, we have Nyarko playing the new transfer student, Kuko playing the doting childhood friend or president (but definite love interest), and Hastur as the sports nut and the boy option. Sounds like we're hitting the tropes properly here. And just in case you thought my visual novel line was just a gag, the show makes it happen by having the first meeting between Mahiro and Yoichi in VN form, with the latter having a text box and introducing himself to the former. But he's also the person providing information about the girls.

      -One thing I like is that they have the mouth flaps for Yoichi just move up and down, like if he was a static 2D image. It's a nice touch to keep it going. Mahiro, who's already suffered enough already, can't believe his friend is helping the others in their prank. Oh, and Yoichi has a text box in front of him as we get a side image showing the box in front of him. Mahiro, who's finally snapped, runs over and shakes his friend, tears in his eyes about the broken trust between the two. Tamao appears and seems to be fine. No box or anything. Mahiro is happy to see some normality, though I suspect she's the super hidden fourth option. You know there's one in every game.

      -Hey, Yoichi isn't done with his speech! He needs to give Mahiro his current standing with the girls. He shows the note to him and we get the notes. Nyarko is advancing love heart, Kuko is falling full speed int desire, Hastur, who I add isn't a girl, has the line "Tenthousand years and two thousand more, has wanted to become one", and Tamao is listed with the line "seriously fell in love 555 seconds ago." According to the reference guide these are all parody lines from songs of either other anime shows, other songs, or Kamen Rider references. If we were doing a drinking game, I'd tell you to take a drink there, but I don't know enough about Kamen rider to do that, so we'll carry on.

      -Mahiro, who has apparently never played a VN in his life, asks what is this. Or maybe he has but his brain can't wrap around the fact that he's in a VN world. That's when Luhy appears and drags him off. What, does she play the sexy school nurse, because we need to fill in that trope, and she fits the bill for that. He wonders if maybe she's changed, too. But when we cut to the nurse's office, we find out that she isn't. Though that didn't stop the game from putting her in that role anyway.

      -So, yeah, Mahiro finds out that they're in a game. More specifically, he's been sucked into the cursed dating simulation game "Doki-Doki High School." He tries to think when that happened and remembers when he turned the game console on. We get to see the aftermath of the powering on scene as the group were sucked into the game by a black hole. But Luhy wasn't in the group, so why is she here? She happens to be accessing the game from the outside, but for everybody else, they've been assigned characters from the dating sim. I'm trying to decide if Yoichi lucked out with his role or had a crap role given to him?

      -But yeah, that's why the others are acting like walking romance cliches. Luhy doesn't know what caused the situation but she does know how to get them out of it. And it's rather simple, too. Just reach a good ending with someone and they can escape from this world! See, simple. But that also means we're kind of forcing Mahiro to choose between the three potential love interests. And just in case it wasn't obvious, Luhy gives the choices. Nyarko, Kuko, Hastur and Tamao. In the end, Mahiro must become lovers with one of them or they'll be stuck in this world forever. At least it isn't Fate/Stay Night where making a wrong choice leads to death. Unless this is one of those games where it seems happy at first, but can lead to some really nasty, bloody endings. If I see a boat here I'm leaving, you got it?

      -Mahiro asks why Hastur has to be one of his choices, but I think we've already established that earlier. But before she can answer, Luhy starts fading out. Looks like she's out of time. She tells Mahiro to happen, because not even she knows what will happen... and she's gone. Well, at least Mahiro can play the game knowing that the other girls are acting out roles and are in no way pretending to be other people. And I'm immediately proven wrong when we see Nyarko, under the bed, acting like herself, She's laughing it up because she knows that Mahiro has to choose one of them and must accept this dating game world. She's happy because it means Mahiro has to cooperate, no matter what flags she sets.

      -As for Kuko, she's overheard the conversation and is already making her plan by having Mahiro hook up with Hastur so that she and Nayrko enjoy their very own Endless Eight. You mean stuck in the same, mind numbing story for several episodes in a row while losing audience members due to the receptive nature of said episodes? Yeah, that'll work out real well for you. As for Hastur, well, he's just looking longingly at Mahiro, but really hates being the sports type as it doesn't suit him. But since he's already in the game, might as well play out the role given to him.

      -And we get a triple screen split of the three characters, all holding up glasses and knowing how this game will end. Wait, so it's going to end with the main character picking a girl that is outside of the potential choices, going with a third option love interest? Yeah, I hated the way that ended.

      -Tonight's episode is titled Nyarko's Exciting High School. Yeah, it's going to be exciting, all right. Though I wonder how much the three will be able to do? Will they be limited to what they can do? Will they be forced to follow the game rules and would not be allowed to deviate from it? Because honestly, I think it would be funny if Kuko actually flirts with Mahiro and finds her words twisted to have him look at her instead of trying to hook up with Hastur.

      -So, after that little prep talk, Mahiro wonders why he has to be in a dating sim? What, would you rather be stuck in Dark Souls instead? I bet that would be real fun. Anyway, time for the action to step up. Nyarko shows up and calls out to Mahiro, but makes sure to keep it proper by using his family name and runs over to him. Mahiro, however, heard Nyarko's out of character moment and calls her out on it, but she's going to play the role she's been given, dammit, and you will appreciate the hard work she'll put in it! Anyway, she wants him to set all sorts of flags with her, showing that, nope, we aren't going to follow the game rules here. That would have been so much funnier.

      -Nyarko grabs Mahiro's arm and is ready to start Super Nyarko-chan Time! Though she turns to the camera to say that, in English, they call it a quick start. She then produces dice that say "Don't Lose!" and "Way of Life." I should also point out that she's got snake eyes in her hands, which is never a good thing to have. Now it's time for swim class! Huh, why was the next even a swim class?

      -Well, it's because Nyarko is going to drown now! She actually announces it, but it's also because she wants to be given mouth-to-mouth. I knew that demure Nyarko wasn't going to last. That's when Kuko appears, hugging Nyarko and forcing her to the ground, wanting mouth-to-mouth, then mouth-to-breast, mouth-to-inner-thigh, then back to mouth-to-mouth. But Nyarko in's amused by this and keeps her back while trying to seek help from Mahiro. However, he's disappeared. Where could he be? Why, Tamao, the fourth love interest, says that Hastur collapsed, so Mahiro took him to the nurse's office. Hey, look at that, little Hastur created a flag. That sneaky kid!

      -In the nurse's office, Mahiro takes care of Hastur, who appears to be breathing heavily. It looks like a genuine moment, but as Mahiro reaches over, Hastur expects a kiss. However, it seems our main hero is actually taking out a thermometer that was in the armpit, noting that his temperature is normal. Hastur is not amused by this and grabs his arm. He tells the main hero that they should make their final fusion today! Wait, does that mean they're being attacked by Majin Buu? Where's Goku when you need him?

      -Mahiro, of course, is confused, but Hastur tells him that he wants to have his child. Again, alien, so who knows how the biology works for them. Hastur goes in for a kiss and, suddenly, Mahiro is in the classroom late in the day. Well, that was unusual, and lucky for Mahiro, who avoided a bad situation. At least one for him. But why is he here? Well, Kuko can explain that. Apparently she's grown tired of observing a static subject, and as a humanoid interface, she can create explosions of data using force and gather information through observation. Okay, I can get making the joke here, since it was made already, but aren't we cutting it a bit close to copyright with that uniform? Sure, different color, but that hasn't stopped people from being sued before.

      -Moving on, Mahiro asks whose class president Kuko thinks she is, but she's the type that pulls out a giant sword from her skirt. Yeah, that wasn't suggestive at all. So, yeah, Kuko has decided to stop playing matchmaker and play killer, looking for a response after she kills Mahiro. I think you should be more worried about how Yoriko will react when she finds out you killed her son. I don't think your species will have much of a future.

      -Mahiro attempts to run, bumps into some desks and knocks them over. As Kuko comes in for the kill, he suddenly finds himself in a darken room. He wonders if this is the next event. He's worried about what will happen next, but that's when, on the stage, we have Nyarko, dressed in a familiar bunny girl outfit, on stage. She's holding a guitar and has a band set behind her, but she's the only one on stage. Guess she's the band. Anyway, this next song is for him, for her song is "Malign Deity Knows."

      -I... I don't even know what's going on anymore. We started out making fun of Visual Novel tropes and now we're taking jabs at Haruhi Suzumiya? This is less funny and more confusing at this point. Before the song plays, which sounds like it would be a killer metal song, Mahiro, who apparently isn't into metal, takes the guitar from her hands and calls her an idiot. You're being mean again, Mahiro. It's not her fault she's acting like this, but the game's fault!

      -Anyway, Nyarko is upset because this is her best scene with excellent key animation, but gets a chop to the head for her trouble. Poor girl. Anyway, on our eye catches, we have our three main love interest in their respective outfits from the VN section, all saying "Doki-Doki Private Academy". The second half is Mahiro, our hero, with a silhouette of a girl under a large tree, also saying "Doki-Doki Private Academy."

      -And now we're at a restaurant called Derleth. Nyarko, dressed as a waitress, welcomes the customer in, all with hearts. She then breaks character and runs to Mahiro, dressed as a waiter or the manager, asking what he thinks of her greeting? He's working now, so he's in serious mode. Nyarko points out that this is the perfect event to raise her standing with him. Realizing that this is going to get back, he walks away, planning to resign. Nyarko stops him and warns... er, threatens him that if he isn't careful with the manager, a beautiful employee with a Japanese sword will cut him in half. I don't think that's how you're going to raise his standing with you, Nyarko. But maybe the game works that way.

      -That's when a bell is heard, which means customers! Nyarko pushes Mahiro forward to take care of them. It's Kuko and she's got a bell at her table. She's pushing it furiously, to the point where Mahiro tells her to stop doing that. He then asks for the order, but apparently she wants a change in server. Too bad for her that they don't use that system here, so deal with it! Nyarko, watching from afar, is upset that Kuko is trying to interfere with her route. However, this was a bad decision as Kuko is getting a good look at her in the waitress outfit and is head-over-heels for her. Admittedly, I do think Nyarko looks cute in her waitress outfit, but then again, Nyarko is generally cute all around.

      -Of course, Kuko keeps going by saying that she wants to violate Nyarko and make her unable to live without her. Okay, I'm saying this now. Nobody let Kuko play Yandere Simulator. Ever. Nyarko is irritated and whacks Kuko over the head with her serving tray, but that just makes Kuko keep going stronger than before, wanting to wear the same clothes as her. Nyarko, still irritated, decides to say that such an outfit wouldn't work good on a girl with tiny boobs like Kuko. She response by saying that they're not tiny, but apparently Nyarko gets this weird feeling that somebody stole her line. I had to look this up but this is a voice acting gag as Nyarko's voice actress plays the character Popura from Working!!!, and her catch phrase is to say she isn't tiny. Hence the meta joke.

      -And suddenly, we're back at the Yasaka residence. Mahiro is trying to recover as Yoriko decides to play up her being the new, hot stop mom, but as Mahiro already knows that nobody is being forced into these roles, tells her that she doesn't have to keep pretending anymore. She's upset by this, as she was hoping they would finally be lovey-dovey. Please tell me she's joking. Still, being a gamer, she's curious to know who Mahiro is pursuing in this game in order to escape. She's got a backlog to deal with, after all. He hasn't, so Yoriko suggests that, if he waits long enough, Yoichi will confess his feelings for him. Nope, Mahiro wouldn't want a bad ending like that to happen. Well, bad for him, that is.

      -Well, since they're stuck until Mahiro choose, Yoriko suggests just picking somebody. He's uncomfortable with this, as it means they're going to confess their feelings to him and, to him, this isn't decision to take lightly. I should also point out that Nyarko did that in a genuine fashion in the previous episode. Just bringing that up, tis all. Yoriko agrees, but still, that backlog of hers.

      -The next day, or in this case, the next event, Mahiro is back at school and talking to Yoichi. He says that the recommended dating spot is the amusement park. We see Nyarko and Mahiro together, and while she's having a blast, he's clearly not. We then transition to a school festival where... Nyarko and Kuko are having calvary battle with actual weapons. Somebody is going to be spilling blood soon. We then transition to the staple of any visual novel romance game, the school festival. More specifically, the made cafe, where Nyarko presents Mahiro with a desert filled with tentacles. Kuko isn't doing any better. At least Hastur's looks somewhat normal, but it's mostly blocked by Mahiro, so who knows what evil it's hiding.

      -And our next scene transition is winter. Somebody kept the skip button on and forgot to take it off until now. Mahiro is at a church with Hastur as it's snowing. It appears to be Christmas now, which means the Christmas event! Hopefully we won't have any poor communication and have one of the detective love interests suspect the hero of attempting to kill her. I mean, that's just weird, right?

      -Hastur thinks that the malign deity of romance is blessing them, but Mahiro wonders if maybe they're being cursed instead. It's fine, because Hastur has a Christmas gift for you, Mahiro! He's a little nervous about it but takes it anyway. And inside is a mini Hastur! Now that's just a weird gift to have. Anyway, it's handmade by Hastur, so Mahiro can sleep with him, bathe with him and do whatever he wants with him. And it's a cast off figure, but do so at your own risk. So it is going to be that kind of Christmas event.

      -Well, with Hastur out of the way, it's time to look at the oddities to come. In this case, it's Kuko. And it appears to be something of occult in nature. Dammit, somebody got her Yandere Simulator, didn't they? This is Space CQC, Pearl of Wisdom number 5, anywhere lighter. She actually lit up a bunch of candles. And she used it to light the candles on a cake. Well, this is rather normal, isn't it? Mahiro, just defeated at this point, says it's rather convenient. But it turns out that Kuko, the one person who's indifferent to Mahiro, has a present for him, too. It's a bomb, isn't it?

      -And inside of the gift is some lacy undergarments. Apparently Kuko wants Mahiro to give it to Nyarko. He throws it at her and says she should do it, but this is more in anger and irritation. Fine, this was Kuko's plan all along. But she's going to try it on first before giving it to Nyarko. Mahiro doesn't care anymore and just wants to move on to the next event.

      -Said next event is with Nyarko. They're meeting in that cliche spot where the trees are decorated with lights at night. She calls out to Mahiro, who turns to look at her, but she's playing the ditzy character and tries for crash into hello, but he effortlessly side steps it, causing her to crash into the ground. In his defense, she did it on purpose. Maybe. But that's not going to stop her form giving her gift. It's a marriage registration. More specifically, she's giving him the present of her life. He takes it into his hands and, after a moment, rips it up, much to her horror. Why would you destroy her flag like that, Mahiro? Because it is a legally binding document, and even if their in a game, it may end up being legally binding in the real world, too. Assuming they escape, but with the way things are going, that doesn't appear to be the case... unless he's going for the tricky harem ending.

      -But that's fine. Nyarko actually has other gifts like... a hand-made scarf? Wow, that's actually rather normal and typical of romance stuff, but not typical of Nyarko. She makes sure he's all bundled up in it before saying that it suits him. This genuine cute moment catches Mahiro off guard, but she then ruins it by wondering if the flag she just set ensured her victory. She's exploding with emotion, after all. Looks like she's winning, but Mahiro says that he can't choose anyone like this. She comments that he's serious about the strangest things, but being sucked into a game doesn't change the fact that it is actually them and not computer simulations, and who knows, they may actually remember what happens in here. Still, despite all of that, that's what she loves about him.

      -But now, Nyarko has no choice but to do battle! Wait, battle? Apparently, if Nyarko can defeat her rivals, then there is only one ending. The ending where everybody is killed? This leads to her declaring that it's time for the final event, hand to hand combat! And it's called the Bloody Valentine. Seriously, if I see a boat at all, I'm leaving.,>


      -We cut to the school as our rivals get brief stats, all dressed up in different outfits. Nyarko appears to be going with a Pai Chan outfit from Virtua Figther, with Kuko wearing what I believe to be Mai's outfit from King of Fighters. And lastly, we have Hastur dressed up as Bridget from Guilty Gear, because really, no other outfit was going to work with him but that. Nyarko explains that the final event is St. Valentine's Day. She goes on to say that, in pursuit of Mahiro's purity, the rivals will speak with their fists to their hearts' content! Clearly, it's because the fist is the best ambassador to settle disagreements, especially in the realm of love.

      -We get a long pan of Kuko in the Mai outfit, only white with red trimmings instead of red with white. She proclaims that Nyarko will be hers and will not allow her to follow the route with Mahiro. As for Hastur... seriously, he's working that Bridget outfit well... right, so Hastur will not lose to these girls! What do they have that he doesn't? With that, Nyarko tells them to follow their racing instincts, awaken their souls, and if you do not fight, you will die. Question: Why racing?

      -So the three charge into the middle of the field and just brawl, but of course, we have dust covering it up, so we don't see anything, but the girls want their ending! And they'll do anything to take it!

      -And we suddenly cut to the gym storage closet with... is that Tamao? She's straddling Mahiro and asks if this is his first time. Wow, did not see that one coming. He states that things are getting interesting, but he's confused as to what's happening. I'm a bit confused, too, thanks to these sudden cuts, but Tamao, blushing up a bit, explains the situation. A boy and a girl are accidentally locked inside the gym storage closet and have to spend the night together. And depending on the work, either nothing happens or everything happens.

      -So Tamao comes in for a kiss but Mahiro objects, saying this is too sudden. I know what you mean. What happen to all the scenes allowing this route to happen to begin with? His complain, however, is that it's turning into an erotic game and his mother never lets him play those. Tamao breaths out a sigh to take her out of serious mode, but apparently was playing along to get the surprise ending. Mahiro comments that she shouldn't take these jokes so far, but she mutters that she wasn't joking. She was completely serious. She really does like Mahiro. Well, that explains why she was a choice early on and not stuck in an NPC role. But Mahiro won't buy it, recognizing it as her trying to plant a flag. I guess she doesn't like him that much after all.

      -So, about that fight? Looks like Nyarko won as she's the last girl standing... or not as she falls to the ground. We transition to a boy standing under a tree and it's Mahiro waiting for the victor. He's honestly hoping it's not Yoichi, given how he tried to avoid setting flags with the other girls. That's when we see a silhouette of a girl approaching. It's Nyarko and she's wearing the typical school uniform of their proper school. As it looks like she's going to give her confession, it turns out that she throws out her fingers in the V sign, announcing her victory. Way to ruin the moment, young lady.

      -Mahiro decides to run with it and congratulates her on winning. But Nyarko is ready for the big event. She explains that, in order to reach their good ending, under this tree with some sort of a history about couples and stuff, they must pledge their love to each other for eternity with a kiss. Because, you know, these games have to end it that way. Mahiro objects, even if they are in a game. Nyarko points out that the games rules are absolute. if they want to escape, they need to kiss. Mahiro is looking for excuses, but flat out says he can't do it. As he turns to leave, Nyarko stops him by grabbing his arm. Oh, did you accidentally set the yandere flag?

      -Actually, Nyarko, in her genuine voice from the last episode, says that she really does love Mahiro and to please accept how she feels. She's been working hard towards this moment and he should appreciate it. Mahiro slowly turns to face her, his face red hot. He thinks back at the end of their date in the real world and her confession. As Nyarko places her hands on his shoulders, Mahiro resolves himself, as this is only to escape from the game and has no significant meaning behind it.

      -As Mahiro repeats this, Nyarko comes in for a kiss, but we pan back from the tree so we only see their silhouettes as the screen fades to white. We return to the real world as our cast returns. They all appear to be confused as to what happened, apparently remembering nothing of what happened in the game. They remember they came to buy stuff, but that's about it. Luhy appears and is happy to see them back in the real world, but this draws more confusion. When questioned, Luhy, but then asks Mahiro about it. However, it's clear he remembers what happened in the game. This draws questions from the others, mainly about why his face is so red, but he's not going to answer that.

      -With that, shopping comes to an end. Bringing up the rear, Nyarko runs over to Mahiro with a smile on her face. When he questions that look, she says it's nothing. When he asks again, she gives the same answer. They keep that up as we pan up to the sky. Cue credits!

      -In our next episode preview, Nyarko is all happy to be in the preview again with Mahiro. He tells her to calm down but she keeps going, saying that the setting of the next episode is Onomichi. And it's a three parter. This leads to more confusion on his part. In the shots, we see Shanta-Kun in a suit of armor as Kuko and Hastur are tied up. We get a shot of Kuko in pajamas, but then we see her kneeling in front of Nyarko, apparently declaring an allegiance or something. And our last shot is that of Tamao pulling a piece out. Why is she going to shoot us? All this and more in our next episode, I am Him and He is Me.

      Honestly, I think this was a wasted episode. Here's what I mean. The VN/Romance parody has been overdone a bit, so clearly I didn't find those particular parts funny, but then we got random anime shots here, too, which seemed to come out of nowhere, really. Because the setting was already done, I felt that the episode would have really been good if the episode established rules for the characters to follow. Mainly that they all had to play their role, with Nyarko the transfer student who may or may not be a tomboy, Kuko the demure childhood friend and/or Class President, Hastur the outgoing athlete, and Tamao the surprise option. In the end, it was just the same old stuff, though that bit at the end with the tree was rather well done and continued the characterization Nyarko had going for her in the previous episode.

      Though one thing is bothering me a bit. Now, I know why we had Nyarko, Hastur and Kuko as options, though Kuko is a bit of a stretch, but why was Tamao an option? I know we got a scene of her playing it up near the end and playing it off as a joke, but I can't help but think the game wouldn't assign her as one of the potential love interests if there wasn't something there. I don't know if we'll see this, but I honestly think Tamao has genuine feelings for Mahiro. And if that becomes the case, then Nyarko and Hastur are going to be in trouble because she gets an advantage of being a normal human... maybe.

      So, yeah, not a big fan of this episode, but it looks like we're finishing things up with a three episode arc. How will it end? Will Mahiro choose somebody? Well, since it's got a second season I don't think that's the case, but we'll see what happens then.

      Until next time, remember, when you find a random game console inside a box of stuff in a store that sells a class, mint condition game well under market value, don't turn it on. Who knows what crazy world you'll find yourselves sucked into.

    • If you want to Clobber somebody, you're going to need a little Brawn

      1 week ago

      CaButler

      Hello everybody and welcome to our next Transformers review, where today we take a look at the Wave 2 Titanmaster figures, including a couple that were oddly turned into Titanmasters for some reason.  Honestly, I don't know why they did it, but they did.


      So let's get this party started, and without further ado, may I present to you the Transformers Titans Return Titanmasters, Brawn and Clobber!


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      So, yeah, Brawn got turned into a Titanmaster.  You can only imagine that the strength and toughness of whatever bot he's attached to will get tripled.  As for Clobber... he looks oddly familiar for some reason.


      Anyway, let's get them out of the package and see how they look.


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      So here we have Brawn and Clobber, lacking paint like their previous wavemates.  Clobber has some nice molded detail while Brawn is a bit lacking.  That said, Brawn's facesculpt in this mode looks a lot like his G1 face sculpt.  As for Clobber... seriously it looks really familiar.  And I'm pretty sure it's not a remold, either.


      Anyway, arms test!


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      GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!  Right, that's fun.


      Of course, we have ourselves the mini-vehicles, so let's see what we got.


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      Clobber is basically a recolor of Crashbash, so nothing new here.  Brawn, however, is working with a new mold which is meant to emulate his typical alt-mode.


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      We won't talk mcuh about Clobber riding his dragon, but brawn has a pretty nice jeep mode.  It's definitely calling out as his G1 alt-mode here.


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      Though instead of tires, we have treads, because Brawn will go off road anywhere.


      As you've already seen the size comparisons, we'll skip them here for the second alt-mode for the mini vehicles.


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      For Brawn, his jeep turns into a Hoverbike from Star Wars.  No, seriously, it does.  As for Clobber, he's got a T-Rex mode.


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      A side look at the two and you see Brawn  really doesn't want to be compared to those Ewoks.  As for Clobber... seriously, he looks so familiar, but I just can't place my finger on it.  Hey, Grimlock, you have any ideas?


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      ...Grimlock doesn't know, either.


      Let's move on to the gun modes.  We've already seen Clobber's when it was Crashbash.  But we'll show it off anyway so you can see how stupid it is.


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      What's worse here is that Clobber's handle hasn't been shaved properly, so it has a lot of issues fitting into 5 mm ports.  Which is lucky for me as I don't plan to use him as a gun.


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      As for Brawn... his is surprisingly good.  No, seriously, it looks like a gun.  I won't keep Brawn in this because it's kind of pointless, but of all the gun modes, this is the better mode.


      Now to the main gimmick, the heads.  We'll keep Hardhead here since we already have him standing there.  First, we'll start with Brawn.


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      ...Oh my, that is an excellent Brawn sculpt.  The scrowl, the silver face, the gunmetal helmet.  That's just as close to perfect as you're going to get... and we get him as a freaking Titanmaster instead of an actual figure!  WHY, HASBRO, WHY!?


      At least I can comfort myself with the Badcube version.


      Now, let's look at Clobber.


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      That is a surprisingly good headsculpt.  The red and black work well together and the Titanmaster arms work extremely well with the face to make a complete package... but why does it look so damn familiar to me!?


      Still, the headsculpts are good but it kind of defeats the purpose if you don't have bodies for them.  I would have been fine with a Brawn Titan if we had that head sculpt, but instead, he's stuck as a Titanmaster


      Tune in tomorrow as we finish up our reviews.  But watch out for any Apeface creatures that have Skytreads.  They're about three levels higher than you can handle.

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    • RedUnit10 Fan of Yanderes

      6 days 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

        6 days ago

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

      • RedUnit10 Fan of Yanderes

        6 days ago

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

    • zogman1

      2 months ago

      Are your notifications working?

      • solblade44

        2 months 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

        2 months ago

        They appear to be working now.

      • zogman1

        2 months ago

        indeed.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 months ago

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

        2 months ago

        @HOWtwoROCK


        Cute.

    • grenou

      3 months 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

        3 months ago

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

    • zogman1

      4 months 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

        4 months ago

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

      • zogman1

        4 months ago

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

    • HOWtwoROCK

      6 months 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

        6 months ago

        Well, bitches want the D.

      • HOWtwoROCK

        6 months ago

        You know I would watch a romantic comedy with these characters

    • HOWtwoROCK

      7 months 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

        7 months ago

        Norton likes half naked half genies.

    • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

      9 months 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

        9 months ago

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

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        9 months ago

        You're welcome.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      9 months 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

        9 months ago

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

      • HOWtwoROCK

        9 months ago

        I know right

    • HOWtwoROCK

      9 months 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

        9 months ago

        Already have, but thanks anyway.

    • ConanEdogawa FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold All of 'em Anubis

      9 months 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

        9 months ago

        I completely forgot about them, to be honest.

      • ConanEdogawa FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold All of 'em Anubis

        9 months ago

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

    • ConanEdogawa FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold All of 'em Anubis

      10 months ago

      good news!

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

        10 months ago

        Yay

    • HOWtwoROCK

      10 months 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

        10 months 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.

    • ConanEdogawa FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold All of 'em Anubis

      11 months 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

      1 year ago

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

    • IronBridge

      1 year ago

      I upload new and interesting facts everyday in my series:

      "Fact of The Day"

      Hope to see you there!

    • RedUnit10 Fan of Yanderes

      1 year ago

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

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year 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

      1 year 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

        1 year ago

        I don't think I have, no.

    • zogman1

      1 year ago

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

      • zogman1

        1 year ago

        This wasn't a double post originally O_o

    • RedUnit10 Fan of Yanderes

      1 year ago

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

    • RedUnit10 Fan of Yanderes

      1 year ago

      ISML is back.

    • ConanEdogawa FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold All of 'em Anubis

      1 year 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

        1 year 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.

      • ConanEdogawa FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold All of 'em Anubis

        1 year ago

        thank you.

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

        1 year ago

        Try here.

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

        1 year ago

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

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year 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

        1 year 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!

      1 year ago

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

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        1 year 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

        1 year ago

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

    • dragon55128 Crazy_texan

      1 year ago

      well%2Bthen.JPG
      this happened smiley13.gif

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

        1 year ago

        Go nuts.

      • dragon55128 Crazy_texan

        1 year 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

        1 year ago

        C.C. appreciates a fine ass.

        Kallen likes them curvy up top.

        They both win.

    • RedUnit10 Fan of Yanderes

      1 year 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

        1 year ago

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

    • RedUnit10 Fan of Yanderes

      1 year ago

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

      • RedUnit10 Fan of Yanderes

        1 year 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

        1 year ago

        I don't think so.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year ago

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

      • HOWtwoROCK

        1 year ago

        ok

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

        1 year ago

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

      • HOWtwoROCK

        1 year ago

        Okay now delte the first comment

      • HOWtwoROCK

        1 year ago

        I see

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

        1 year ago

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

    • ConanEdogawa FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold All of 'em Anubis

      1 year 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

        1 year 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

      1 year ago

      Tatsuya Shiba is a troll among trolls sometimes xD

    • Star357

      1 year 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

        1 year ago

        Yeah, and people are not about it.

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

    • RedUnit10 Fan of Yanderes

      1 year ago

      ISML is back.

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

        1 year 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

      1 year ago

      CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon trailer

    • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

      1 year ago

      No idea what you said, obviously. Cool.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        1 year ago

        Clearly.

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

        1 year ago

        It was me ending the conversation.

    • shadow15

      1 year ago

      hi hi! :)



      hugz-natz

      • shadow15

        1 year 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

        1 year ago

        Hurting financially. My own fault, really.

      • shadow15

        1 year 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

        1 year ago

        Hello.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year ago

      x2jywtxdpxnphoxlbldt.gif

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year ago

      I think you're new neptune picture experinced an error because I can't comment on it

      • HOWtwoROCK

        1 year ago

        oh okay

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

        1 year ago

        No, I deleted it because Dark already had that image, and they can get a little pissy when that happens.

    • ConanEdogawa FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold All of 'em Anubis

      2 years ago

      enjoy. www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium...

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

        2 years ago

        I've seen it. Won't ever post it.

    • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

      2 years ago

      www.theregister.co.uk/2014/09/24/emma_watson_nude_p...

      Well, there you go. You judged a book by its cover. 4chan is full of assholes, but they aren't typically as malicious as people want to think.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        2 years ago

        Well, that's fine, then. Sorry.

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

        2 years ago

        Then I stand by my comment. I haven't read it for a couple of weeks, so I don't know what's been added when I provided the link. I had to go to another site to get it.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        2 years ago

        Don't know where else I'd have heard it.

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

        2 years ago

        Are you talking about the links I provided related to Zoe Quinn?

        If so, as far as I remember none of them were about Emma Watson. Unless they were updated to include that.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        2 years ago

        It was less than two days ago!

      • 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? I honestly don't remember that.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        2 years ago

        You were the one who told me about 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 didn't even know about the whole Emma Watson thing.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        2 years ago

        Well that's fine, but just don't believe every bad thing somebody writes about it.

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

        2 years ago

        That you think that I'm judging 4chan without having been there myself.

        I have been. And I never want to go back.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        2 years ago

        In what way?

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

        2 years ago

        I judged a book by its cover? That's some statement to make.

    • RedUnit10 Fan of Yanderes

      2 years ago

      ISML today.

    • RedUnit10 Fan of Yanderes

      2 years ago

      ISML today.

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

        2 years ago

        Thanks.

    • RedUnit10 Fan of Yanderes

      2 years ago

      Why didn't any of you remember yesterday's match!? IT WAS A NECKLACE MATCH!

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

        2 years ago

        I typically rely on the other guys to remind me.

        So blame them.

    • RedUnit10 Fan of Yanderes

      2 years ago

      Do you get off on uploading so many damn images?

      • RedUnit10 Fan of Yanderes

        2 years ago

        Oh, well, I never even opened a twitter account.

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

        2 years ago

        Anything that's posted there is usually through my Twitter account, which I'm more actively using.

        That said, actively using means posting something every couple of days.

      • RedUnit10 Fan of Yanderes

        2 years ago

        Oh, that place. I deleted my profile months ago.

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

        2 years ago

        Facebook, mostly.

      • RedUnit10 Fan of Yanderes

        2 years ago

        Where do you find all of these then?

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

        2 years ago

        None.

        A few of them are on my phone. Not many, but a few.

      • RedUnit10 Fan of Yanderes

        2 years ago

        Just how many images do you have on your work computer?

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

        2 years ago

        How do you know that!? Do you have cameras here?

        ...I'm joking, FYI. I'm just bored easily when I'm at work and between customers.

    • ConanEdogawa FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold All of 'em Anubis

      2 years ago

      how safe would you say this is?

      • ConanEdogawa FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold All of 'em Anubis

        2 years ago

        yeah, that's why I was asking.

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

        2 years ago

        The tag itself says it's safe, though what she's doing could constitute as unsafe.

        It's your call, but it's certainly borderline.

    • RedUnit10 Fan of Yanderes

      2 years ago

      ISML today.

    • ConanEdogawa FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold All of 'em Anubis

      2 years ago

      this seem safe to post? danbooru.donmai.us/posts/1649621

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

        2 years ago

        Well, the tag does say safe, but it's clearly borderline. That said, I don't see anything that would get it deleted.

        It's your call.

    • zogman1

      2 years ago

      Bayonetta v.s. Morrigan? Who wold win?

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      Square is asking fans about Kingdom Hearts https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GP7XTLF

    • Star357

      2 years ago

      Love your choice in manga I have to say I am hooked on Golden Time. Its a rather interesting premise of amnesia and ones path in life. I am always looking for good manga so if you got a few suggestions I would appreciate it.

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

        2 years ago

        It's also good drama.

        As for other suggestions, Horimiya is another love comedy, but it's a slow burn, and when the confession happens, it's quite sudden.

        They also don't drag it along like most of these tales do.

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