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    • More Fate/Extella screen shots

      2 hours ago

      CaButler

      I took a lot, so I'll be a bit picky here.


      Also, in case you missed the first batch, here's a link to it.


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      Please, don't.  Or at least, tell it normally.


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      Well, the moon is pretty sparse with life, after all.


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      Got to retake that barren moon, after all.


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      I can think of a couple of emperor's who would have issue with that claim of yours, Empress.


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      Seems like call yourself King is a demotion from Emperor.


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      So... this is the harem you promised?  I think you need to redo the auditions.


      Except for Archer and Lancer.  You can keep them.


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      Who tends to have this issue with dying a lot, but I'm sure that was fixed in this update.


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      As long as it isn't my blood, it's fine.


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      She's talking about Gawain.


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      ...What was the audition process again?


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      Hey, if everybody else got an overacted introduction, why not Archer?


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      Or Emiya... supposedly.  The timeline is weird.


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      You could just ask him.  He's right there, you know.


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      Just wait until Gilgamesh shows up.


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      Which is totally not a date!


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      And who's fault was that?


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      So, what you're saying is... they're vampires?


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      But you're always showing off your valiant figure.


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      Empress Saber loves being complimented.


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      You were an excellent teacher, Empress.


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      Trapped forever in a ring of her love.


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      So... yeah, Elizabeth is trying to be a pop idol.  And she's sucking.  She may be worse than Empress Saber.


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      I'm guessing Empress Saber is missing the irony here.


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      Only Empress Saber's terrible noise will sully her lands, thank you very much.


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      She had this magical girl introduction.  It was eye blinking.


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      ...If I answer honestly, do you promise not to set me on fire?


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      I don't think Empress Saber was ever this Tsundere.  She must be trying it out just for fun.


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      You guys have fun with this one.


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      Look, Empress Saber may be a bit of an exhibitionist, but even she has limits.


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      Hey, you remember those shorts featuring Empress Saber and Casko, and how they seemed to bicker?  Yeah, guess what they do here?


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      Yes, comrade.


      No, seriously, she's got her own style and mixing a bit of Russian into it.  At least to me, that's what I see.


      32)And the claws come out for this video.


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      She is a tricksy fox, after all.


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      I feel like you two are missing the obvious implications here.


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      Except in different colors... and different species.


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      Well, one of them does like starting fires.


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      Empress Saber wasn't all that good at being the conqueror anyway.


      Enjoy.

    • Haiyour! Nyaruani: Remember My Mr. Lovecraft

      18 hours ago

      CaButler

      Hello everybody, and welcome to our final look at the series, Haiyoru! Nyarko-San. We've had some good times and some bad times, but everything does have to come to an end at some point. In this case, it's the series. Today we'll be looking at the last twelve available ONA episodes and see how the second season of ONAs compare to the first.

      So, let's jump right into it and see how it all... er, started.

      [1]

      -Attention please! When watching this program, make sure you turn on the lights and don't sit too close to the screen. Also, the main feature is animated in flash and not in that pesky CGI or hand drawn crap. We have standards here!

      -We start with a pan of a prototype Yasaka household, then start with Nyarko greeting a recently awakened Mahiro. I Note that there's a little more detail to the characters and background then there was the last time. Mahiro is surprised to see that Nyarko is up before her when she asks what he would like for breakfast. Or maybe he would like some of her sweets? *wink, wink, nudge, nudge*

      -Mahiro questions why those are his only two choices, but Nyarko suddenly appears on screen, saying that everyone's disappointed. By everyone, she means the audience. They expected to see them in their moist forms, writhing around, but she starts to cry as she cannot say the words. Mahiro thinks it's a budget or production issue, but Nyarko screams for the fans of her show! What about them? And then she repeats it. She goes on to say that she wants to see Mahiro squirm out of his pajamas and show some skin. You know, for the fans! Mahiro thinks that doesn't make sense, so Nyarko will do the stripping, which is probably what the fans really wanted.

      -That's when Kuko arrives, asking Nyarko to make a mess of her. Nyarko demands to know what this horny bitch is blathering about. No, really, she actually calls Kuko a "horny bitch." Mahiro says "Pot, meet kettle", but Kuko, who tends to be in her own little world some of the time, says that Mahiro can have breakfast while Nyarko eats her. As her eyes sparkle at such a thought, Nyarko delivers breakfast to Mahiro to get Kuko to stop talking. Said breakfast includes... actually, it's a rather normal looking breakfast. Mahiro is shocked by this as Nyarko explains that she woke up really early that morning to make it. Shocking, right?

      -As we see Shanta-kun flying in the background, Nyarko wants Mahiro to try out her sausage. The food, that is. But before he can, it's Shanta-kun who eats it, with a scene of her on the ground in ecstasy. No, really, it actually says that on screen. Mahiro and Nyarko stare at her for a moment before he suddenly accuses her of putting something in the sausages. Nyarko looks away, with words saying she doesn't know, but then we cut to Kuko and... wait, who are you? Are you suppose to be Yoriko? Anyway, they had some of Nyarko's sausage and find that they're quite delicious. Wait, were you that lady from the second season OVA?

      -Suddenly, in space, the Vogons have come to demolish Earth to make way for a Hyperspace bypass, with a caption saying "seventy days before the end of humanity." We then cut to our opening, which starts with a spinning silver fork of doomy doom, then to the song proper, with a very well animated Nyarko, posing, then of Kuko, doing the same. Though her typical red outfit is in black here. Then we have mysterious woman in the black kimono, then another silver haired maiden in probably the ugliest yellow sweater I've ever seen, then Nyarko hugging Mahiro from behind, then doing a back to back pose with him. The camera then pans up to our series title, Naiyoru! Nyaruani: Remember My Mr. Lovecraft.

      -We then see Nyarko standing at a door, looking like she wants to say something. Then Kuko inside of a classroom, looking sullen and said. Then of Kimono Lady with her umbrella, walking in a garden. Then that other silver haired maiden in a park. Then back to Nyarko, who looks very happy. We transition to Nyarko and Mahiro running together, joining hands, then Kuko appearing, doing some posing with her fires, then Kimono lady bowing to the screen. Shanta-kun appears, then the second silver haired maiden with a baseball bat, taking a big swing. I think she struck out.

      -Next we have Mahiro and Nyarko riding a bike together, both smiles, with Nyarko getting her hugs on. Then we're back back in space as the silver fork spins, before falling into earth as our ladies pose for the camera one more time.

      -I should note that the entire opening... or I guess we can call it the closing credits, took up about a fourth of the episode's runtime, which was about four minutes long. We then cut to an after credit scene, one in real life, as we see these two ladies in pink dresses standing around as a CGI Shanta-kun flies around. Nyarko narrates, saying to Mahiro that the city's full of Christmas spirit, with Mahiro asking why she's taking off her clothes? She was hoping it would get him hot, so she brought a Santa costume. Apparently, he isn't big into sexy Santa costumes and plans to have Kuko incinerate it later. All this and more in our next episode, Endless Christmas. But don't worry about the costume, Nyarko is going to keep trying, even if Mahiro doesn't want her to.

      -Oh, I should mention that this episode was titled Because I'm Not a Person.

      [2]

      -No waiting around as we get into our second episode. Please keep away from the screen unless you want to go blind. Anyway, mysterious kimono woman? Her name is Atoko and Nyarko knows her. Turns out, Atoko is her former high school classmate, and introduces herself properly and where she's from, which is Atlach-Nacha. Mahiro comments that, while her name is as silly as everybody else, she seems a lot more mature than a silver silver haired maiden he knows. And we see Shanta-kun is busy eating carrots, because it's what she does in these shorts.

      -Anyway, Nyarko tells Mahiro not to be deceived by Atoko, for she is a lecherous tease! Wow, what strong language, says Mahiro, despite Nyarko calling Kuko a horny bitch in the previous episode. Anyway, to prove her point, Nyarko asks Atoko what her favorite idiom is. It's Adult video idol, she says. Well, looks like Nyarko was right on this one. But she isn't going to let this go, calling Atoko a pervert, but then introduces Mahiro to her, adding that she promised her future to him. Mahiro demands to know when this promise was made! He doesn't remember making any sort of promise! Lies, all of it!

      -But Atoko, keeping her mature demeanor, bows to Mahiro. He doesn't know how to take it but greets her warmly. By the by, why did Atoko come to Earth? And why is there a face on Shanta-kun's head? Anyway, Atoko is here because Nyarko summoned her for an important mission. Whatever that mission was, Nyarko tells her to not bring it up, then tells Mahiro to ignore her. Mahiro doesn't like where this conversation is going. Atoko takes it in a stranger direction, offering to bate and accompany him at night if he lets her stay. Nyarko refuses, because she's only gotten to third base! Mahiro tells her to stop making up lies again.

      -Atoko is upset about this, since it seems that Mahiro doesn't want a midnight companion. Though according to the text, it's actually a midnight snack. But we're playing with the word play joke here, so Nyarko tells her, no, not needed, go away! Mahiro is the one that should be saying that! Atoko agrees with him, but even he questions that and tells her to stick with the conversation. Nyarko uses this to claim that Mahiro said she can be his midnight companion. Again, Mahiro calls her out on her terrible lies. What's with all the lying?

      -That's when Kuko appears, in her typical civilian outfit. Atoko stares at her and calls her cute and offers to take a bath with her. Mahiro asks if he can punch her, with Nyarko granting full permission. We then see that the Vorgons are still on their way to earth, as humankind only has sixty three days left until it's end. Well, that sounds like fun.

      -You know, these end credits clearly took up the small budget this set of shorts have. Though honestly, they look really, really pretty. But we go right to the end to see some buildings under construction as CGI Shanta-kun spins and spins. Our narrator talks about a searing heat that never seems to relent, that a place between this world and another dimension, where even moving forward is difficult. To some, it is called utopia. Otherwise call it a battlefield. Leave me and go, but I cannot leave you, because I'll get lost! Yeah, that's all kinds of confusion. Somebody take that script away from Atoko (I think). All this and more in our next episode, To The Market. Mahiro then questions way she came to Earth anyway?

      [3]

      -Remember to stay away from the screen lest the tentacles reach out and take hold of your eyes. We start with Atoko and Kuko enjoying a nice walk in the dusk of evening. This is when Atoko asks Kuko if she's in love with Nyarko, which she confirms. She then ask Kuko if she... uh, wow. It was so bad they had to censor the flash animation. It probably has something to do with kangaroos.  

      -Kuko gets embarrassed, then Atoko asks something, once again censored, to the point that even Kuko is stunned into silence. And if you can get Kuko like that, then you must be talking about some very dirty stuff. Like dust! And coffee stains! Atoko apologizes for being intrusive, but when she sees her, she likes to... huh, more censoring. Probably something about the early exit of the Cowboys this season. Kuko gets embarrassed. I never took her for a Dallas fan.

      -We have a card show up real quick, saying that, despite how Kuko usually acts, she was embarrassed for some reason. Probably because of her boys losing against the Packers. But enough talk about football, let's talk about something else.

      -Nyarko shows up, telling Mahiro that a friend of her's came over to play. Hey, it's that other silver haired maiden with the yellow sweater. Her name is Nyarue and... why is she flinging her baseball bat around? Oh, and she's also a former high school classmate of Nyarko's. Mahiro then introduces himself to her, but then thinks about everybody else and comments that he seems to be a magnet for aliens as of late, but Nyarko appears to be insulted by this. Still, with ah huge smile, he welcomes Nyarue to his home.

      -And just like that, Nyarue has fallen under Mahiro's spell. And Nyarko has a rival to contend with, and unlike the other rival, this one is a lady... maybe. Still, Nyarue wonders if it's alright for her to fall in love with Mahiro, but he's more concerned about the bat she's holding. Nyarko explains that Nyarue is really athletic, but that's just how she is, so don't worry too much about it, okay? For her friend has her own world, with other text calling her cute. Sure, until she accidentally breaks something with that bat of hers. Then I bet she'll run off without offering to pay for the damages. Stupid kids and their baseball.

      -Nyarue then chimes in, saying that she is what she is, but would Mahiro accept an alien? As she tries to confess, the stress gets so badly that she spins around before transforming into... something that even flash animation can show. Mahiro, who's taking this rather well, asks Nyarko if this "thing" that took Nyarue's place is combustible or noncombustible. Nyarko, taking the question seriously, thinks that they can't burn that.

      -Meanwhile, those Volgans are still coming, with only fifty-six days left until the end of humankind. They sure are taking their sweet time, aren't they?

      -We get a short next episode preview. Shanta-kun is still spinning around as Kuko starts to give us the next episode title, but Nyarko chimes in, giving us the title of Mahiro's Very First Naked Apron. And then she gets stabbed off screen. Only took us three episodes to get to that point, didn't it?

      -Before we move on to the next episode, I want to talk about the bleep gags here. I'm reminding of an episode of Sealab 2021, where part of the episode had a boat captain, who got bleeped out quite a bit in that episode. It's revealed that, while there were mandatory bleeping involved, the creators added more, just to add to the comedy. I wonder if that was the case for Atoko here?

      [4]

      -I should note that the episode is listed here as [i]Mahiro, My First Naked Apron!" Also, do not trying to get close to the screen to try and get a look, or else the gnomes behind the screen still suck out your eyes.

      -We cut to Atoko and Nyarko on an elevator. They are very silent. Still going down.. Still silent. After close to twenty seconds of silence, Atoko breaks it, saying that if Nyarko opens her heart, there is no longer any need to remove your clothes. Uh... okay? Even Nyarko is confused about this comment. But we don't get a response as we cut to the Yasaka household. Mahiro is going to feed a goldfish, but to make conversation, asks Kuko what she's playing. Why, the Wonder Swan, of course! You remember that thing, right? ...Right?

      -When Mahiro comments on how old the system looks, Kuko responds that swans appear elegant above the water, but they're frantically paddling their feet below the surface. Then a picture of a Fender Jazz Base (?) appears because... why not? Mahiro gives a noncommittal response as Kuko continues, saying the something may appear smart, but be very sophisticated on the inside. And we have a picture of the Virtual Boy because... shut up and accept it! Oh, and apparently the Wonder Swan will record your blood type, too. Because it's important for a game to know your blood type. I don't know why, but it is very important.

      -Moving on from that, Mahiro asks Kuko if she did something to the goldfish. What goldfish? The one in the bowl in front of you. Did you feed him something? His food. What food? From the store. And where was this store!? The store in space, obviously. Mahiro is angry and doesn't want to hear anymore. Kuko, however, finds something impossible. The goldfish's body is red! But that isn't what Mahiro is talking about. What he's talking about is that the goldfish has legs. And they're quite hairy, too. Kuko, missing the implication of the comment, asks if goldfish have legs? This is clearly why Mahiro is yelling and asks how did this happen? Kuko has no idea what's going on at this point, so Mahiro decides to give up on it.

      -Meanwhile, the Volgons are still approaching Earth, with the countdown to the end of days at forty nine. But we don't go right to the credits. Nyarko and Mahiro appear, with our silver haired alien saying that everything knew it was wrong, but because they asked such an important figure, they couldn't say so. Mahiro adds that everyone is happy with the result, so who cares? Wait, what was that all about?

      -Long preview this time. We see Shanta-kun spinning over a grill as Nyarko wishes us a Happy New Year. She asks about our New Year's, if we ate good things and made plans for the coming year. She plans to go on a hot spring date with Mahiro. Though Kuko, Atoko and Nyarue will have to go with them though, but she can't see what's in front of her through all the nose blood and sweat. All this and more in our next episode, Nyarko and Mahiro's Lovey Dovey Steamy Hot Springs Vacation. Don't miss it!

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      -We start with our warning, which does change in each episode. In this one, it warns that there won't be much movement here. So the characters are feeling lazy, are they? How dare they! In the episode proper, we see Shanta-kun in one of those buckets as Nyarko explains how great the hot springs are. Atoko agrees, saying the outdoor baths feel so wonderful. Nyarko explains that, typically, in late night anime, they have hot springs of bath scenes, and breaking the fourth wall a bit, she knows the audience has been waiting for this. FYI, the camera is still on Shanta-kun at this point.

      -Nyarko explains that, apparently, they have the play all to themselves. Kuko notes that it's so quiet, which Nyarko agrees with. Then she notices that Nyarue has grown up quite a bit since she last saw her, then starts feeling her up. Nyarue tries to get her to stop as Kuko complains about not having anything for Nyarko to grab. I'm sure she's talking about lemons or something. Atoko says it's fine and offers to go to the other end with her, but she'd rather have Nyarko instead. However, it's pointed out that Nyarko wants nothing to do with Kuko as we hear more loud noises off screen. Because yes, we're still on Shanta-kun.

      -Also, what was that red ball that appeared in Shanta-kun's bath? It disappears just as quickly. Nyarko tells Kuko to get off her, but apparently our fiery red-head wants to stay with her forever. Atoko, however, things they should feel guilty for deceiving innocent bystanders. Nyarue then asks about Mahiro and if he's by himself in the men's bath. Nyarko calls out and asks him to join them, citing that their skin is all tight and soft. Nah, he's fine where he is.

      -Back to the debauchery at hand. Kuko declares her love for Nyarko, but she'd rather not have Kuko getting all horny on her back. But it's too late! She's already overflowing. Probably talking about the soap. But then Kuko decides to use that extra soap to wash Nyarko, but she tells the fiery redhead to stop, because it's dangerous. Well, she is hot, after all. As in her body temperature is always high. Atoko, witnessing this, says that a bath is a life decision, then turns her attention to Nyarue, who doesn't appreciate all the touching there. She's probably touching her silky, silky hair.

      -Meanwhile, Shanta-kun continues to enjoy her bath, which we've seen her do this entire episode. Actually, we've seen nobody else but her, and she's fine with that.

      -Meanwhile, in space, the Volgons, who see hot springs as a waste of time, continue their approach to Earth. In a mere forty-two days, the world is doomed.

      -For the next episode preview, we have spinning Shanta-kun spinning at... an orange tower, maybe? Atoko is narrating, saying the days are still cold, but asks how everybody else is doing. She mentions that she took a walk that morning and saw the buds of the neighborhood plums had grown. She then says that he'd like to enjoy the flowers someday, but that will have to wait until after our next episode, Buried Alive. What a scary title.

      [6]

      -Next, we have our warning! Don't get too close, because the characters move this time, so you might get run over. We start things proper with Kuko shopping! She's looking at a scarf and imaging herself with Nyarko, because that's her thing. We suddenly cut to Mahiro asking Nyarko where Kuko is. Apparently, she's starting work that day. Mahiro is surprised by this, but Nyarko finds it laughable that the perverted woman is actually working. Mahiro comments that she should find work, too, despite being in the PDO. But Nyarko has the perfect response to that. Working is losing! Indeed... except for needing money to buy goods and other products necessary to stay alive.

      -And then we jump to Lobon Station, where we hear a chime. Kuko welcomes the person and we see she's working as a cashier in a convenience store. She's ringing up a lady, who's buying some food, and Kuko asks if she wants to have it heated up. When the lady agrees, Kuko goes all red and accidentally causes and explosion. I don't think your union is protecting you from that.

      -So we cut to Kuko working at a fast food joint. She's inputting an order and dealing with a troublesome customer who keeps changing her order. Kuko is feeling overloaded, and as somebody who used to work in fast food, I can perfectly understand. Stupid customer. They are not always right! Oh, yeah, Kuko asks if the customer wants hot or iced coffee? Hot... no, wait, she wants orange juice instead. The order continues and Kuko looks like she's on the verge of tears, but she gets so frustrated with this lady that she causes another explosion. In the pan out shot of the explosion we can see the smoke coming from the first explosion. That's a nice little detail, but man, who knew that Kuko could get another job so quickly?

      -After the second explosion incident, we see that Kuko is now working at a gas station. Mahiro immediately puts an end to that at once for some very obvious and concerning reasons. Seriously, Kuko, did you not tell the owners about the other two explosions you caused? I'm sure that's a felony. With that, we cut to the Yasaka household as Nyarko asks about Kuko's work. She says that working is losing, all while she's busy knitting a scarf. When in doubt, just go with something simple.

      -Meanwhile, those Volgons are still coming, and they're only thirty five days away from ending mankind. But then we get a cut of Nyarko, in the dusk of the afternoon sun, claiming that she is Cthulhu! Mahiro comments that she just remembered that, didn't she? Is this a joke from the first season?

      -In our next episode preview, spinning Shanta-kun spins in front of a railroad signal. Mahiro is asking Nyarko what she's doing. She's organizing her pools from the market, which is something she really likes. After all, she has to make sure to check out all the doujin manga and novels! Mahiro then makes the terrible decision of asking Kuko what books she likes. Why, yurt-type doujin manga and novels, of course! Of course she would. And what about Atoko? Dan Oniroku, supposedly. Yeah, I don't want to know about that one. All this and more in our next episode, Mushroom Master. Sounds like a cooking episode.

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      -Look, we told you guys not to get so close to the screen, and because you did, one of you jerks broke the drawing tablet! Thanks a lot for that! We start the episode with Atoko asking Mahiro if he's good with my computers? Note that this isn't a translation error because Mahiro asks what my computers are. Perhaps she means personal computers? But she doesn't comment on that. Instead, she would like to see a website she found yesterday, but she can't find it anymore. That's what search engines are for. Oh, and it'll be in her history, too, so Mahiro will check that out for her. But, of course, her desktop has a picture of her, naked, adorning the screen. But he moves on from that. He clicks on an icon with lips and hears, and out comes a moaning sound. Lady, you are free to have whatever crazy games you want, but make sure the sound is lowered for that, okay?

      -Atoko asks Mahiro if he knows what he's doing, and suddenly he feels like he's being tested. He tries to calm himself down as he clicks on another icon. it is a blue square with Eh on it. A voice says Photo Retouching Software. So, basically Photoshop. Next icon above that is Notebook, then the one above that is the Browser. One would think he'd go into that first, but then again, aliens.

      -After opening it up, Mahiro asks Atoko if she remembers the name of the website? Nope, so you better check that history, but given who's history you're checking, you might want to prepare yourself for the worse. So what was in the site? It had dogs. That sounds relatively normal. As Mahiro goes through her history, he starts questioning it, but really, you should stop that. Though he's concerned with how often she's visiting sites. It's apparently a hundred sites in a minute. She must be opening up a lot of tabs. That runs hell on your RAM, Atoko.

      -Atoko is looking over the list as well and wonders which one it was, with Mahiro looking at the websites and find that they're all pornographic sounding. He suspects that she did this on purpose and truly believes he's being tested. Because he wants this done today, he asks her if there are any more clues she can give him. Nope, she's tapped out. Thirty minutes later, Mahiro is going through various dog sites, displaying them to her. D'aw, what a cute retriever! But it's not it. An hour later, another dog site, but it's not it. But almost. Almost!? Two hours later, and we find this cute little dog, and that's the one she was looking for. Atoko then thanks Mahiro for his help, but he's just confused by this. What it really a test?

      -Meanwhile, those Volgons, who do not like cute dogs, are still on their way to Earth. T-minus twenty eight days until the end of everything. And then we have Nyarko, Mahiro, and Atoko, all in 3D! As in you need the red and blue glasses. Mahiro understands why, but they're done up in the old style. It's also hell on the eyes, too.

      -Our preview has Shanta-kun back on the streets as a lady in a pink dress is greeting people. Kuko is our narrator today, giving us our horoscope. Pisces, this week you'll be surrounded by a thousand baby goats and feel at peace. Sounds like the perfect life of a goat farmer. Your lucky color is one from another dimension. It's probably tang. And your lucky item is an unidentifiable object that looks like a floor cushion. So you should watch the next episode, titled Content Undecided. Why wasn't it decided yet? As for the horoscope, we move on to Taurus, and you guys are in for a hell of a week.

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      -Our warning warns the audience that the people doing the warnings are tired of their warnings being ignored. Their SAN is nearly depleted and wants you all to stop ignoring them! I should also note that this episode is listed as Content to Be Decided. The episode begins with Nyarue, who we haven't seen on screen in a while. She's apologizing and is ready to offer and excuse, but assumes said person isn't interested in hearing any of her excuses, so of course they don't have to listen, but she would like it if Mahiro would listen. Yeah, she's talking to Mahiro, who's probably hoping that they don't have a repeat of her introduction episode.

      -Nyarue explains that she was trying to protect Mahiro from the Nightgaunt since Nyarko and Atoko are gone, as the only ones here are herself and Mahiro. She gets some pretty dirty thoughts displayed on screen, showing an ulterior motive, but she will take her job of protecting Mahiro seriously. Especially from Nightguants. Why? Because Mahiro is an important person. But don't get the wrong idea, she just means that he's important to Nyarko, and he's important to Nyarue, as well. But she's not saying it because she's not interested in him, or that she doesn't think he's attractive. After a pause, she looks embarrassed and asks Mahiro to forget that last part. Too late, for we have it on tape and it already has a thousand views.

      -Nyarue, depressed that she's rambling, believes that something is wrong with her today. She explains that she's been numerous since things have been so crazy lately. She hasn't been sleeping well, or maybe she's stupid for thinking that she's getting enough sleep. First, you're not stupid. Second, you can never get enough sleep. As she explains that she's been out of it, she allowed a Nightgaunt to come in. Then she explains that she was half asleep and that there was no Nightgaunt. What did she see? Herself in the mirror. And we get a picture of herself in the mirror, showing off part of the form we saw in her introduction episode.

      -And Nyarue starts packing again and swinging that baseball bat around, panicking about her and Mahiro. Mahiro, who has been listening patiently this whole time, just asks her to put everything back where it was. But then Nyarue transforms and we find that she and Mahiro are in public, him on the toilet, surrounded by people. I told you Taurus was in for a hell of a week... wait, is Mahiro a Taurus?

      -You know who isn't a Taurus? Volgons. And they're still making their way for Earth to end humanity in twenty one days. Why wait? Because the demolition date is in twenty one days and we are going to follow the schedule, dammit!

      -In our preview, we have spinning Shanta-kuns in the corners while we rock this joint with a lady rocker. Nyarko wishes us a good morning and cuts right to the next episode title, which is When a Threat Comes to Destroy the Milky Way, The Level of Foreboding is Too Much for the Mere High School Student Mahiro, for Whom There is NO Guarantee that Tomorrow's Sun Will Rise at the Same Angle, Speed, Tracing the Same Path, Nor with the Same Radiance, and in the Moment He Feels the Vague Anxiety of All This, How Will He Let Go of Emotions, Stop Worrying, and Love the Girl? Wow, long title.

      [9]

      -Warning, because there are three episodes left, we had Mr. Manta write this one. Don't blame us for any loss of SAN. Also, the episode title is listed as How He Came to Love the Girl Despite Being a Normal High School Student Who Cannot Even Sense in the Slightest That the Universe is at Risk of Destruction, and Suppresses a Vague Worry That Tomorrow the Sun May Not Rise from the Same Direction or at the S.... So, yeah, the title was so long, it broke Crunchyroll's limit.

      -In the episode proper, we see Mahiro in a suit of armor, as well as his stats. He's level six, has seven HP, a ton of MP, six hundred and seventy seven gold and a thousand and twenty four points of experience. Must be hurting really badly or poured all of his points into the wrong stat. I bet he only knows one spell, too. I do note that his weapon is a giant silver fork of doomy doom.

      -Mahiro demands to know how this happen, so we cut to one hour earlier, where Nyarko asks him if he wants to play an RPG that looks like Final Fantasy XIII but really isn't. It's called Final Fantasista XIII. Totally different game. Turns out, Atoko got this game. An RPG, Mahiro asks? Why, yes. Atoko says it's a virtual... something that allows you to experience the world of the game. So why bring up a Virtual Boy? Perhaps she's talking about virtual reality? Well, it's not like Atoko understands what these damn kids are into these days, with the low riding jeans and the boots with the fur.

      -Nyarko wants to give it a try, since Mahiro likes RPGs, right? He's not against it, and thinks that maybe it's a 3D RPG. He's certain he has those glasses somewhere. So he checks it out, and soon we find him in the game proper. He didn't think this would happen, but here we are. I also see he's been in battle recently and lost some health. Honestly, I hope he isn't playing a Souls game, because that means lots and lots of dying. Also, I hope this isn't like Sword Art Online where death in the game means death in real life.

      -Oh, and it turns out that, despite having a ton of MP, Mahiro can't use magic. Who created this character, anyway? And suddenly we have a monster... wearing a virtual head set, carrying roses and a wedding ring. What to do? That's when the monster asks if Mahiro desires power. No, wait, it's not a monster. It's a voice inside of Mahiro's own head. Oh, he's in Persona? That's only slightly better than being in a Souls game. He wonders if this is an awakening event and bets he'll learn a special move or spell, which is why his MP is so needlessly high. In that case, he does desire power!

      -Then the voice changes as a light shines upon Mahiro, saying that he shall receive it. And he gets hit in the head with a potion. It's an Elixir. Nope, he's in a Soulsgame after all, as all he gets is an item. One hour later, Mahiro found his way out and tells the two that he's never playing any game they bring ever again.

      -As for the Volgons, they don't like games, which is part of the reason why they want to destroy humanity, which will happen in fourteen days. The paperwork says so, after all.

      -As for our preview, Shanta-kun is spinning in front of a lady sitting on a bench as the girls get in on the fun. Nyarko mentions something about Kyushu as Atoko, I think, says they didn't come here on vacation, but Nyarko understands that. Nyarue then mentions that Kuko ended up in a marathon, somehow, but it's not what it seems to be. But don't worry, Kuko will crush this race. But what are those strange figures ganging up on Kuko? Amidst the sweat and the throb of excitement in her bones, can Kuko cross the finish line in the allotted broadcast time? Probably not. All this and more in our next episode, Content Undecided. Wait, again? But didn't you describe it in the preview?

      [10]

      -Listen, guys. Because you were too close to the screen last time, we couldn't decide on the content for this episode. So back up so we can decide on the content. Oh, and we have two episodes to go, with this one being done in flash.

      -We start with a newscast explaining that people are going missing all over the nation. The investigation diligently continues as we see Mahiro in the kitchen, preparing dinner. Mahiro mentions that things have been going crazy lately. Well, more so than usual. That's when Nyarko comes in, noting that they're having a hot pot that night. Well, it has been cold lately, so something warm is nice. Kuko comes in and asks about it. Mahiro says it'll be done soon, so go get Atoko and Nyarue, okay? And while your at it, do something about the UFOs and monsters in the background. Thanks.

      -After Kuko leaves, Nyarko comments on the high density population of aliens in the household as of late. Mahiro blames her for all this since all three know her personally. Nyarko argues that they're all drawn to this place, because Mahiro is such a chick magnet. Or weirdness magnet. Or both. Take your pick. Nyarue and Atoko soon pop in, happy to see that they're having hot pot for dinner. After all, tomorrow is the big day so they have to eat a lot. Mahiro questions about this foreshadowing and where it came from. So that's when he first got that power. Atoko is a little more reasonable, saying that winter is for hot pot, adding that men and women snuggle up with each other around one pot. This causes her chest to tingle, which is almost never a good thing.

      -Mahiro, apparently wanting to make it worst, asks Atoko why aliens would gather around a pot? Also, there's a lot of other things wrong with what she's saying. Kuko suddenly appears on screen and begins to stir the pot, prompt Mahiro to yell at her. She response that stirring brings out the flavor. That's when Nyarko tells her to move out of the way as she prepares to insert another ingredient, using her skill called Ingredient Insert. We get a dictionary definition of it as Nyarko throws in a creature that looks like Nyarue when she's stressed out. During the white fade, Mahiro punched Nyarko and is upset that they have a mystery hot pot. Nyarko apologizes for her poor impulse control, but that doesn't matter as we hear a weird sound from outside. Oh lord, are the wheel bearings failing again?

      -Nope, it appears that the Vogons have finally arrived, landing in town. I hope they have the proper paperwork for that, but it is the Volgons, so they probably did that, in triplicate. Oh, and the end of humankind is imminent. Fun times ahead! In our next episode preview, we have Shanta-kun on the streets, investigating the landing Volgons. OH, and we have a pretty lady in what appears to be in a maid outfit sitting on a bench. Kuko acts as our narrator, saying that the spaceship arrived suddenly. Then comments on the missing human beings. She adds that Nyarko and her friends are ready to fight, then that Nyarko and Mahiro's feelings become one. All this and more in our final episode, Remember My Love.

      [11]

      -This is what happens when you ignore the warnings, people! Alien spaceships come to Earth to bring about the end of Humankind. This is all your fault! All of you! And that's why this is the final episode.

      -We start things off with the Volgon ship getting news coverage as helicopters fly around it. The area is in panic, people the news lady tells people not to approach the crash site. Yeah, if they weren't going to listen to the warnings before, they certainly won't listen to that. Mahiro and Nyarko face one another in the remains of his house as he asks if this has anything to do with the mission Atoko mentioned back in her introduction episode. Nyarko confirms this, and that she's going out to fight. Mahiro asks to come, but unfortunately, he cannot help them here. What a change from the regular season, where they drag him everywhere against his will.

      -In any case, Mahiro, you stay here and wait for Nyarko's return, okay? Mahiro agrees and asks if she'll be all right. She tells him not to worry as the PDO will take care of it, so it'll be fine. Besides, when it's finally over, she'll erase everyone's memory with a not-neuralizer that she didn't not borrow from a secret organization. Also, don't allude to anything that might get them sued, okay? Kuko goes off ahead, so Nyarko says that, when she comes home, let's go have some fun together, okay? Mahiro tells her not to set off flags like that, because that means she's definitely not coming back. Mahiro is really worried now and asks if she'll come back, but suddenly, hugs! Oh, we're just making this worse, aren't we?

      -Nyarko apologies to Mahiro and asks to stay like that for a while. She promises to return, so when she does, let her get her hugs on again, okay? Okay. He'll be waiting, so she has to come home. With those words, Nyarko feels fully charge and can totally fight now. The others are waiting, so she has to go. She promises she'll come home, so wait for her, okay? She then declares her love and... cue those credits! What a cliffhanger! Seriously, that's the ending. No next episode preview or anything.

      [12]

      -Luckily, we have another episode. Please, please listen to this warning about getting too close to the screen. Oh, and thanks for the purchase, so here's a bonus episode for you guys. It's also a longer episode. The previous episodes for this season have been four minutes. This one clocks in at five minutes and thirty-six seconds.

      -We start this episode in the Yasaka household. Mahiro is alone and has a lot of boxes around him. He worries about Nyarko and wonders when she'll come home. Suddenly, the door chimes and Nyarko enters, happy to be home but exhausted. The others soon join her, all happy to be home. Mahiro is confused and demands an explanation, so after a wipe, we learn of Space Comiket. Nyarue says it's a bad copy of Japan's Comiket, but they've got big plans for it, though. Those missing people? the PDO abducted them to have people wait in line for limited edition figures. Though after that, everyone's memory has been erased, so nobody has to worry. Except for those people that suddenly have a new figure and have no idea where it came from. Was it on order from Amazon?

      -Mahiro understands, then it clicks on him that they borrowed these people for the sake of their hobby. Don't worry, it wasn't actually like that. The planet was in danger, seriously. If Nyarko didn't get four limited edition figures, the world would have been destroyed. Man, those Volgons are sticklers for meeting their budget.

      -Nyarko goes on to explain that the figures enclosed the Earth in an equilateral triangle barrier and protected humankind from the impending Cascade Shower. Mahiro presents on of the figures, which is listed as Bishojo, and asks Nyarko who she had to use figures? She has no idea why. All she knows is the space resin casts used to make those figures happened to contain the sweat of sculptors, which allowed them to create a barrier. But those sculptors are so popular in space, so getting those figures weren't easy. Long story short, Nyarko and company went to Comiket to buy figures to save the world. It was a real battle, though. But then what about the Volgon ship that crashed near his house? Turns out, it was a bus made by Harumi. Who would have Volgons drive a space bus to begin with?

      -Mahiro, however, is really pissed. Turns out the reason he had to stay home was because Nyarko and company couldn't carry everything they bought back from space, so they shipped it by Space Delivery, and they needed Mahiro to receive it. Hence the boxes. Space Delivery covers a large area, so if you miss your delivery, it'll be a long time before they come again. Like UPS. Mahiro, still furious, wants to know why this wasn't explained to him? Nyarko is genuinely confused. She thought this was already explained to him. She thought Nyarue or Atoko explained it to him already. Nope, neither of them did. Poor communication and all that.

      -Still, the battles! Nyarko says that they got into fights when the lines fell apart, the escalators stopped, they got split up, Nyarue got dehydrated, and Kuko and Atoko got surrounded by amateur photographers. So why wasn't Mahiro's memory erased as well? Well, that's because he made a promise to her to hold her when she came home. So the erasure was going to happen after that. Well, before that happens, there will be lots of stabbings by Mahiro's silver forks of doomy doom. No hugs for Nyarko. And we cut to space, where Nyarko's screams could be heard, as a magical girl angel floats by, with text telling us that, yes, this is the last episode.

      -But wait, we're not done yet! We have an after credit scene. As Shanta-kun spins in front of a bridge, Nyarko asks for everybody's opinion of the series? Mahiro thinks it'll get worse than uploaded images of broken DVDs. Nyarko is shocked by that, because everybody loves them. So she wants a kiss, but it's a terrible punchline, according to Mahiro. Must be a wordplay thing. Apparently they said it in the next episode preview back in episode two, with Atoko appearing, saying she had plenty of fun. Mahiro asks what fun, with Kuko asking to meet again soon. Poor Mahiro is getting a headache.

      -After a fade to black, we get that classic dusk shot of Nyarko and Mahiro. Nyarko explains that, after the TV anime comes the movie, so let's make it like Roman Porno! Mahiro tells her to stop making their niche audience even more limited. And we fade to black once more, but that is the absolute end there.

      And there we have it, the two seasons of ONA episodes before the series proper. I'll give my full thoughts in the series review next week, but I will say that I think Nyarue was my favorite and wished she appeared in the main series proper. I kind of wish Atoko showed up, as well, but again, all of my final thoughts will happen next week.

      I think to thank you all for reading this very long entry. I know it's longer than usual, but hey, I had twelve shorts to get through.

      Until next time, remember, when you need to go to Space Comiket, make sure your Space Bus doesn't park in a populated area. It's always cheaper to land in non-populated areas, just to avoid the hassle of lawsuits.

    • She is the Lady Commander

      1 day ago

      CaButler

      Hello everybody and welcome to our next Transformers review.  Today we'll be looking at the last of the promised transformer figures, and this one is special.


      Well, special as in it came with a previously reviewed figure as a bonus.  And it'll make sense when you see her.


      So, without further ado, may I present to you the Iron Factory EX-16A, Alleria, the Lady Commander!


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      Alleria is Iron Factory's take on a Legend's class Elita-One, who you would know was the former girlfriend of Optimus Prime, when he was known as Orion Pax.


      She's also a repaint and remold of Iron Factory's Pink Assassin, their version of Arcee.  And yes, Elita-One was this pink.


      The box itself is very simple, as it is a bonus that came with Ultimate Commander, and thus not for sale on her own.  At least, not yet.  So let's get her out of the box and see how she really looks.


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      So here we have Alleria out of her package, and you can see, even if you didn't get Pink Assassin, there's a lot of Arcee here.  But there are some differences between the two.  Mostly it's the pain but there is one other difference.


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      The head sculpt, which actually matches Elita-One pretty well.  She's also got a bit of that anime look that Windsaber has.


      Actually, looking at my other IF figures with faces, it's the ladies that have that anime look to them.


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      With regards to posing... well, I've seen worse, but it isn't great.  Most of it is a combination of small feet on a heel with her backpack, making her back heavy.  She'll have a tendency to fall backwards if you don't keep her on a flat surface and evenly balanced.


      There's no waist articulation, so a lot of the work is limited to her head, arms and legs.  Honestly, I think I'm glad it came as a bonus.  And certainly stops me from looking at their Pink Assassin.  I guess this is why MMC's Azaela and DX9's legends Arcee both come with stands.


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      Speaking of standing, here is one of Alleria's accessories, an translucent, orange gun.  It's very nice and she holds it well.


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      Alleria also comes with two orange axes, also cast in a translucent orange plastic with some molded on grey-ish plastic.  Why axes?  Because she is the Lady Commander, that's why.


      Now for some comparisons.


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      Here is Alleria with DX9's Arcee, who is quite big in comparison to the Lady Commander.


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      Next, here she is with IF's Windsaber.  They look pretty good together, in my opinion.


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      For a quick scale comparison, here is Alleria with Combiner Wars Warpath.  She's about a head shorter than the bombastic tank.


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      And lastly, here is Alleria with Ultimate Commander.  He's in his armored mode because he's there to protect you from her.  She be crazy!


      Now for transformation.  IT's a bit simple but it's more of a shellformer than an actual transformation.  I think only a couple of the lady bots that have been released actually got full transformations.  It's also simple and similar to Azaela's, but it's one of those cases where I wish she had tabs.


      But soon enough, you'll go from Alleria in robot mode...


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      To Alleria in her hover car mode.  It's interesting in that the gun is actually required for the transformation and acts as the tabs to lock in the legs, but there's an issue with mine and it won't lock in well.


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      Here's a rear shot to show off where some of the accessories store.  And this is nice, for the most part, but it just looks off like that.  Again, probably like Azaela has her stand, as it can be used in her alt-mode.


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      For some comparisons, here is Alleria with Windsaber.


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      Here she is with DX9's Arcee.


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      And for scale, here she is with Rumble.  Or is it Frenzy?


      In any case, yeah, it's a nice bonus, but in my opinion, she's only okay.  Granted, I've had worst, but I'm glad that I wasn't paying for her.


      And that about covers it for the transformers, but not for combing robots.  I left a preview of my next review in my gallery, and let me just say, I am highly anxious to talk about it.  Hell, I had to will myself to not talk about it because I really, really want to show it off.


      But soon, soon!  Soon.  And you'll see me smiling like there's no tomorrow.  It'll be a special two part review next week, so look out for it.


      Until then.

    • Fate/Extella screenshots

      2 days ago

      CaButler

      First, don't forget to check out my review of IF's version of a Legend Class Optimus Prime.


      Second, as you probably guessed, this is me posting screenshots of Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star.

      But before we get to that, check out this opening that was done by Shaft.




      Man, their Casko and Empress Saber are really pretty.  Oh, and I imagine this is basically a preview of what's in store for the Fate/Extra anime coming out next season.


      Now for the screenshots.


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      I had this nightmare about you, only you were male, called yourself Gilgamesh, and you glowed when naked.  What does that say about me?


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      That depends.  Are we at a stage?  And didn't you promise me a harem?


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      If all the world's a stage, then Empress Saber takes it literally.


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      Empress Saber really rampped up her ego settings while we were away.


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      Empress Saber upgraded out of the classroom we shared with her.


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      There's a lot of gold in her room.  And a fancy bath, too.  This if a five figure room and she calls it lacking.


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      Oh god, no.  No stories.  Not at bedtime, or lunch time, or tea time.  Hell, I don't want you wanting to read a book outloud!


      I'll probably post more as we go along.  So... yay for more Empress Saber!

    • He is the Ultimate Commander

      3 days ago

      CaButler

      Hello everybody and welcome to our next Transformers Review.  And you know, I like my Masterpeice and big bots like everybody else, but at the same time, I like the smaller, Legend class guys, too.  Especially when they don't get up as much shelf space but still provide endless fun.  Especially when put with a combiner or city bot.


      Which is what we're looking at today.  We'll be looking at a third party legends class figure, and one that I've been a bit anxious for.  So, without further ado, may I present to you the Iron Factory EX-14 Legends Class version of Optimus Prime, Ultimate Commander!


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      So, yeah, we're dealing with a War Within Legends class Optimus in the form of Ultimate Commander.  You can see it's a bigger than usual box for an IF release, and it's not just because of the accessories he comes with, which are many.


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      And here we have the back of hte box, showing off the various modes of Ultimate Commander.  And yes, he's got a bit of Powermaster Optimus in one form.  But that's enough talk about the box.  Let's get him out of it and see how he really is.


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      So here we have Optimus out of his box, and yes, as mentioned before this is more War Within Optimus, which you could tell they were going with since the Dinobots were more from there, too.  Anyway, we got a nice looking, legends class figure, but I do have some issues with it.


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      My camera really doesn't like hte little guys, though, but the head sculpt is pretty good.  It's very much an Optimus sculpt.  One issue is that the head is a bit fidgety and transformation will get awkward, but I'll get to that later.


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      One thing that's rather impressive about this line is how well you can pose them.  Optimus here is no exception, though some of his joints are a bit tight.  This is mostly true around the hips.  But at least things aren't falling off or too loose, which is a plus.


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      Now, IF Optimus comes with a lot of accessories, so we'll go over them one at a time.  First we have the classic Ion Blaster, because every Optimus ever released always comes with the Ion Blaster.


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      Next is his axe, because every Optimus ever released always comes with an axe of some kind.  He sure does have an axe to grind, doesn't he?


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      And we also have a sword, because... well, that's actually been a recent thing for Optimus.  It's a nice, translucent orange sword.


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      Next, we'll double up on some accessories.  First here are two cannons, but these are meant more for Godbomber mode.


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      And next we have these two wrist mounted guns, which show up more for the alt-mode, but have a use here.


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      And lastly, a backpack cannon, because... yeah, I don't get it either, but it just means that IF Optimus has many, many ways to kill you.


      Now for some quick comparisons.


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      Here is IF Optimus with their Windsaber, a Legends class version of Windblade.


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      Next, here he is with Lord Scorpion, IF's version of Scorponik.


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      On the official scale, here is IF Optimus with Combiner Wars Warpath, putting Optimus on the taller end of the Legend scale.


      No need to compare him with anybody else, so let's move on to transformation.  Which is virtually unchanged from any other Optimus transformation, except this is more War Within, so the style has changed.  But if you own Sparktoys Alpha Strike, it's pretty similiar.  The instructions could be a bit better, but with time, you go from IF Optimus in robot mode...


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      To IF Optimus in alt-mode.  And I'm not even sure I transformed him right as it seemed like I did some steps wrong and he doesn't feel solid.


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      Of course, like other IF figures, IF Otpimus doesn't have a lot of locking tabs, which has been a common complaint of mine when it comes to the Iron Factory alt-modes.


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      Still, while it looks good, it feels too incomplete for me.  Luckily, we have ways to fix that.


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      With the wrist mounted guns acting as engine exhaust and the backpack guns, the alt-mode looks better and feels more complete.  And as IF figures tend to run on the cheap side, this I wouldn't mind so much.  But IF kind of went the extra mile here, for you see...


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      IF Optimus has a trailer!  He's the only non-G2 third party Optimus I can think of that comes with a trailer!  And it's not for show, either, but is related to one of his other modes, which we'll look into later.


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      Oh, and you can store the other weapons on the trailer, like the two rifle weapons.


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      As well as the Ion Blaster, though there's no place for the axe and sword.  But now, let's move on to comparisons!


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      Here is IF Optimus with Windsaber.


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      Here is Optimus with DX9's War in Pocket Toufold.


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      Here he is with Titan's Return Rumble... or Frenzy.  I can't keep up with it anymore.  But yeah, he's pretty big.


      Now, Optimus here does come with a third mode, and it requires the use of the trailer.  It's made up of individual pieces that can help make up a Powermaster looking Optimus.


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      First we have have to put Optimus into a half transformed sate.  Tuck in the head but don't cover it, then hold back the legs.  From there you attach the pieces, like the new hands and legs.


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      Next, you add shoulder pads and a new crotch piece.


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      And then you finish things up by adding the new chest piece, which has a new head, as well as the backpack, which gives him wings.  And now you have a Powermaster/Godbomber Optimus at your disposal.  And he looks really cool to me.


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      Getting up close on the headsculpt you can see it's still the typical Optimus head.


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      Now, while the new additions are nice, they do limit the mobility.  While the elbows, waste and knees aren't a problem, arm articulation is limited because of the wings and shoulder pads, as well as leg movement.  The new crotch piece doesn't have moveable flaps, so he can't make those high kicks.


      So, anyway, remember that axe and sword from before?  Well, they have one more function.


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      They can combine to create a bigger sword!  It's mostly for the Godbomber/Powermaster mode, but still, it's nice.  And he can hold it with two hands.


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      And here's me, adding in the rest of the accessories.  Yes, he can store them all in this mode.


      Now let's move on to comparisons!


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      Here is Powermaster/Godbomber Optimus with Windsaber, showing off the new height.


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      Here he is with Lord Scorpion, who isn't as tall now.


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      A quick comparisons with Combiner Wars Warpath.


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      Here he is with Convobat, showing that the additional accessories make him more of a Deluxe figure.


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      And lastly, just for fun, here is IF Ultimate Commander with Titan's Return Leader Class Powermaster Optimus Prime.


      So, yeah, a fun little figure.  Honestly, I like how Iron Factory is sticking with it's Legend's line.  It also gives them a chance to show off their engineering abilities and creativity, like they did with a certain six changer that I may look at later down the line.


      Oh, I should mention that Ultimate Commander did come with one more thing, but I'll be taking a look at that tomorrow.  It's a nice little bonus and explains why the box is as big as it is.  Until then.



    • Fate/Extelle first impressions

      3 days ago

      CaButler

      Plays like Samurai Warriors to me.


      Also, Empress Saber is the best Saber.  I'll be posting a lot of screen shots about it soon.

    • What a Stain on your soul

      4 days ago

      CaButler

      Hello everybody and welcome to my next third party Transformers review.  Sorry for the delay but I've been very busy.  Don't worry, I'll be making it up to you guys with a special review I have plan next week.


      But for now, let's talk about exclusive sets.  Some companies create an exclusive or rare figure that they'll include to random people or offer to a limited degree.  The one company that comes to mind in regards to this is Maketoys, a third party company that has it's own store that is essentially a global company, since they cater to the West as much as they cater to the East.


      In this case, sometime last year they offered a special figure on their website, which was made to order, so you have to actually pre-order it in order to get it.  So if you didn't get one and you want one, good luck on eBay.


      What is this figure?  Why, it's a Shatter Glass version of a figure they released before.  So, without further ado, may I present to you the Maketoys figure, Stain!


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      As you can see, Stain comes from the Maketoys Combiner series, which means it can only be one of three combiners this company has released.  Which one?  Well, let's not waste any more time and get him out proper!


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      As you can see, Stain is their Shatterglass/Terrorcon repaint of the Technobot Lightspeed, or as he's called in the set proper, Celeritas.


      I include the Terrorcon repaint as he has the same color of the Terrorcon, Blot.  Oh, those crazy word games.


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      So, yeah, just a repaint here, though it's not a total repaint as some parts aren't painted while others are.  I'll go over them when we get to comparisons.


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      Stain does roll quite well and seems to transform better than Celeritas.  Probably based on one of the second production waves.


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      With regards to accessories, Stain here comes with two neon pink, translucent guns, which fit in his alt-mode, like so.  Nothing new to point out.


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      Now on to the comparisons.  Here is Stain with Titan's Return Blurr, just to get a scale going here.


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      Next we have Stain with MP Hot Rod.


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      And here is Stain with his moldmate, Celeritas.


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      Here's where we can see the differences in the pain job.  Most everything has been repainted to some degree, while others got new paint.  You can see that Stain doesn't exactly have a paint for the window while Celeritas does.  This is likely a deliberate choice on Maketoys part.


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      And just for fun, here is Stain with Maketoys Ripper, who was released a couple of years ago.  Yeah, with how this set is moving, it'll probably be a couple more years before the entire repaint line is available.


      Now for transformation.  If you already own Celeritas, you know how to transform Stain.  It's basically the same thing.


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      And here we have Stain in his robot mode, and man did it take me a while.  Maketoys did love complicated transformations, so I kind of forgot how to do this guy.  Still, despite being complicated, they make sense, so it didn't take long to figure out what to do.


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      One thing to note that my camera did not like this color and had trouble focusing on it.  It was too much purple for it.  Still, getting up close to the headsculpt you can see it looks like a Lightspeed headsculpt, with a nice, silver visor there.


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      Stain has the same poseability as Celeritas, which means not a lot of knee bending before toppling over.  The Quantron set was pretty good but their latest combiner, Guardia, was really a major step up.  For the individual bots and the combined mode.


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      As for accessories, here is Stain with his two neon pink rifles, ready to rave it up!  Woo!


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      Getting up close to the guns so you can see that hot neon pink goodness.  Like Celeritas, you can take the halves of the front tires and attach them to the guns to give him rifle clips.


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      Now for some comparisons.  Here is Stain with MP Bluestreak, to show off how big those MP cars are.


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      Next, here is Stain with Titan's Return Chromedome, to show off the scale and how Stain is on the short end of the Deluxe scale.


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      Here he is with Stain with Celeritas.  Who is the real deal and who is the evil doppelganger?  I think the red guy might be trouble.


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      And lastly, here is Stain with Ripper.  Yup, can't wait to get the entire set... in about five years.


      This week I plan to review two more third party figures I got.  Then next week I have a big surprise, but I don't plan to ruin it just yet.  And I'm pretty sure leaving any clue will make it obvious, so I'll just leave it there.  But I will say that it is a combing robot and leave it at that.


      So come back tomorrow!  And don't forget to check out my Log Horizon entry,listed here.  Until then.

    • Log Horizon Episode 1

      5 days ago

      CaButler

      Hello everybody and welcome to my next where I watch thread, where as chosen by the people, I will be taking a look at the classic "stuck in a game" anime, Log Horizon. The show where a bunch of gamers get stuck in an MMO for reasons that nobody isn't too certain about.

      Now, I know what you're thinking... maybe. "Hey, aren't you still working on another WIW?" Yes, but that's going to end within the next two weeks, and given what I'll be working with I thought I'd get a jump on the gun here. After all, I'll have to go through fifty episodes, and given my usual course of one episode a week, I doubt people will want to hang around for that long. Personally, neither do I, so I'm bending my rules a bit here.

      Instead of one episode a week, I'll be doing two episodes. One episode every Sunday and one episode every Friday, starting as soon as the other one ends. So hopefully that means it'll go a little faster. And like when I did Sword Art Online, I will be asking the MMO players for help, as I am not an MMO player and my understanding is that this show is a little more heavy in it's MMO background.

      As Hulu has the entire series in it's dubbed format, I'll be going with that for this thread. It's just a personal preference of mine.

      Okay, enough rattling about. Let's get this raid started and see how the first episode begins.

      -We start our episode on a clock that turns to Midnight, the beginning of the Dark Hour. Then we're suddenly outside as thousands of cute chipmunks begins stampeding, chasing this guy in a white cloak. We then see his head's up display and select a spell, Electrical Fuzz, and attacks the chipmunks. No, wait, they're weasels. Shiroe says he has them, when a guy clad in armor tells him to watch his side. Don't worry, Akatsuki has you covered as Naotsugu is blocking the weasel's attacks like the good tank he is.

      -Oh, I have subtitles on, which is why I'm also getting the names this early. Still, they're bringing the pain, but as he tries to bring up his skill tree, it starts to go a little crazy. He complains about the controls, but really, is it the controls? Shiroe wars him of two more coming on his left, and as he turns to face them, they jump on his shield, allowing him to get up close with the smell. They don't smell of roses, that's for sure.

      -Though it looks like those weasels were providing a distraction, allowing the others to get a shot in on Naotsugu's back. Shiroe, watching the battle from above, complains that this would be easier at his desk. He calls for Akatsuki, who's busy fighting her own pack of weasels. Would it be easier if you had a chainsaw instead? Also, did you call Shiroe "My Lord?" Was that meant to be sarcastic?

      -Realizing that they're having problems, Shiroe orders the two to fall back. As they do so, Naotsugu comments that this isn't like the game, causing Shiroe to mutter that it isn't, that this is their new reality. Naotsugu thinks this reality sucks and would like to go back to the reality where he was a pirate. That was fun.

      -But they can't all be pirate worlds, can they? Despite the numbers, Shiroe has a skill for this called Nightmare Sphere. However, Shiroe forgot two important rules. One, to always watch your mini-map, and two, tentacle monsters. That's because he gets grabbed up by one, though this tentacle monster, which has a monstrous Venus Fly Trap look, is called a Triffid. Shiroe, who we see is an Enchanter, is losing his hit points fast, which is the perfect time to cut to our opening! Yay for cliffhangers!

      -The opening starts with some texted type in, giving us the name of the series, Log Horizon. It then blasts us with some guitar before closing in on Earth, which turns into a 2D representation and giving us the series title again. As the lyrics begin, surprisingly in English, we see the boat of Shiroe walking by, then a long shot of him in silhouette, with others appearing around him. Wow, the look here, plus the shine in the glasses, make him look really evil. They're not going to pull an Overlord on us, are they?

      -And suddenly, action, with Shiroe on top of a mountain as... wait, why does this sound like Rap/Rock? And it's still in English? And surprisingly good English, too. We get quick shots of various other players, including one that somehow looks more evil than Shiroe, and as we hit some rather calm scenes with trees and ruined buildings, that's when we get the Japanese lyrics in. The camera pans around our three from before, then showing off a bunch of other characters in a line. Then we see our three flying griffins, with Akatsuki riding with Shiroe, the Naotsugu, then another with a Cat man and a girl riding with him. Oh goodie!

      -Then we get some quick action shots, including various forces facing off against one another, then the cat guy facing off against another playing, then Akatsuki... I think, spinning with the moon in the background. Then some monsters , more players, fish monsters, then Akatsuki finishing her spinning death blow, then two characters caught in a thunder storm, with one screaming to the heavens. Because that's always a thing.

      -Next we see Shiroe doing something with the menu, then Akatsuki out of her usual outfit, along with another character, than a campfire with several of the characters. We also see Shiroe holding out his hand for Akatsuki, who's a bit embarrassed by it, then one more group shot the characters, then another, all facing the sunset... or maybe sunrise. Look, they're just facing the sun at the horizon, so make up your mind there.

      -So... yeah, that's not quite the opening I was expecting. I thought they'd go J-Pop, not "Metal and rock and rap." Quite the surprise. Thinking on it, it has a bit of Rage Against the Machine sound going for it.

      -Moving on, we cut to a blue sky as the wind blows. We get real up close to an eye that suddenly opens, then panning back to reveal Shiroe. He gives his best Keanu Reeve's impersonation as the camera pans back further to reveal that apparently he became Rip Van Wrinkle. He's surrounding by buildings that apparently had a few centuries to get their green back. Even if it was metal, Mother Nature takes everything back eventually.

      -Shiroe then acts as our narrator. He's surprised that he was suddenly there, wherever there is, as we get our title card for this episode, The Apocalypse. What a great first episode name to start your series. Also, there's a map of Japan there, apparently divided up into a number of different countries. I'm sure this won't be important later.

      -Anyway, back to our hero. Shiroe is all kinds of confused, because he can smell and feel things. We call those emotions, Shiroe. And those are some weird looking birds flying around. Apparently the Apocalypse was a thing for them, too. We see Shiroe climbing up some stairs of a desolate building, but then sees the White-Beam Tree. Apparently he knows where he is, Akihabara, but can't believe it. They must have had a wild convention recently.

      -Shiroe is all kinds of confused, and he isn't the only one. We cut to various other characters, all confused about their situation. We see Shiroe walking through the crowd as he catches one person yelling at one of the vendors, demanding the GM. Shiroe moves on, probably because he tried that already, but suddenly, he trips and almost lands on his glasses. That's when the menu suddenly appears, causing Shiroe to be even more surprised. I guess he wasn't expecting some game mechanics to show up in a seemingly real environment. Though he realizes that this is the status screen as he can see the names of other players.

      -Still investigating, Shiroe decides to tap it to see what happens. He's able to bring up his magic bag, which gets a laugh out of him. Yeah, this is fun and all but Shiroe would like out now. Hey, look, the log out button! Looks like getting out was easier after all! One push of the button and... nope, still here. What the hell is this? Though Shiroe is apparently easily distracted as he sees a message saying that this zone does not currently have an owner and can be purchased for seven hundred million gold. Though a monthly fee of one point two million gold must be paid to maintain ownership.

      -Hey ,that sounds like a steal! Perhaps Shiroe can be the owner of this land and call it... this land. But, as we showed before, he's easily distracted and sees his friends list. Supreme rule of the land will have to wait until later. he opens it up and we get to see his friends list, which apparently includes Krusty, who is the member of the D.D.D. guild. I wonder if they make jokes in that guild? Shiroe quickly goes through the list, looking for people who's playing. If they're lit up, it means they're in the game, right? Well, that and I imagine the "log-in, log-off" message on the side tells you, as well.

      -As Shiroe goes through the list, we get an outsider's perspective, showing him just flicking air. Those new iPhones sure are something, right? He mentions two characters, Toya and Minori, who we will probably meet with later, and that they're even in the game. Then there's one name he zeroes in on. It's Naotsugu. Well, better give him a ring and see how he's doing. Also, this will be a good test to make sure the telepathic link is up. Because IM is so 2000s.

      -Ring, ring, what a drab ringtone. You'd think they'd have better options. Naotsugu picks up, happy and surprised that Shiroe is there, and suddenly, our Enchanter is off. Where is he going? Why, to meet up with Naotsugu, our knight, though his class is listed as Guardian. Shiroe is surprised when meeting with his friend, as he expected the Guardian to look different. Naotsugu, however, thinks Shiroe looks about right. Mainly some big shot know it all using glasses to hide a pair of creepy, beady eyes. If the opening is anything, those glasses wouldn't hide much.

      -Shiroe says his character in game is supposed to be a Half-Alv. I guess that's a half-elf? He looks at himself in the water, but smiles. As for Naotsugu, this is apparently the first time he's logged in after two years of inactivity. From the sounds of things, he didn't even intend to log in, either. Naotsugu demands answers, but all Shiroe can offer is that, from the looks of things, they're inside of a game called The Elder Tales World. The camera pans far back to see that, in this game, it's green for miles. Mother Nature must have been really pissed off to take everything back like this.

      -Shiroe and Naotsugu talk about what may have caused this. Apparently a new expansion pack was released today, with Shiroe adding that he remembered everything that happened up to the second the update happened, then next thing he knows, he's standing in the middle of some ruined buildings. Well, that explains the clock from earlier. They know for certain they're in Akihabara. But everything feels real, like the sky doesn't look fake, and when Shiroe touches something, he's actually feeling it. What kind of power fantasy crap is this?

      -Also, Naotsugu would be excellent at snarking these things. So, now that they've established they're in the game, how do they get out? Good question. Usually they're some sort of clear condition in these stories, so obviously there has to be one, right? Well, don't ask Shiroe cause he's got nothing for them. As such, Shiroe has decided that they should skip several, traumatic steps and go right to "well, it's home now." Naotsugu asks how and Shiroe makes it clear. Don't treat it like a game, even if there are still game mechanics that get carried over. Of course, the main concern is, while they can play in the rules of the game, they don't know how to live it. I mean, it's not like they hook themselves up to a virtual system all the time, right? Thinking on it, would this game use visual headsets? I would assume so, because that's how they all are in these stories.

      -And this is why Naotsugu is friends with Shiroe. He's much more accepting of this than the Guardian is. So Mr. Enchanter, what's the plan? Well, not so much a plan as a general outline. And we get a little bro moment where the two bump fists, Shiroe welcoming back Naotsugu. Best friends forever! And I imagine many slash pics were written based off that one scene.

      -As we keep track of our two heroes, we see a mysterious looking person watching them mysteriously from a mysterious building. Shiroe comments that the building and roads look the same, so nothing seems too far out of the ordinary. He's busy going over what he can't and can do, and that can't list seems really short, as he's capable of using his items, skills and magic. That's good, because it'd sure be difficult if an Enchanter had to relearn all his skills again. Naotsugu asks Shiroe if he tried logging out, which was the first thing he did... then got distracted several times before contacting his friend. As they reach a gate, Naotsugu asks if Shiroe is ready to face the outside zone, but he'd rather not try to get himself kill at this stage. That will be for later.

      -As they walk through town, Shiroe overhears various conversations about people panicking over their situation. Sucks to be there. Oh, and the mysterious person continues to watching mysteriously while in another mysterious building. During this walk, Shiroe asks Naotsugu about work, and he replies that it's going good, but sadly, the boss didn't get any cute office hotties for him to look at. Oh, so Naotsugu is going to be that kind of character. Also, work is not for flirting. That's for lunch time.

      -Shiroe snarks at Naotsugu about his attitude, but he responds that he needs something to distract him from the bores of work. We call that Netflix. Shiroe can't believe that's all his friend could think of, but Naotsugu tells him that there re two types of men in this world. Real men who dig on the lovely lady folk, and gentlemen like Shiroe who are too scared to admit it. And Naotsugu loves the ladies, for panties are his treasure. He screams that, too, causing the birds to fly away in horror. Lucky birds. I hope you guys were in a private chat, too, though maybe everybody else is too distracted to listen in, what with the sudden move to this post apocalyptic Akihabara.

      -Shiroe decides to move on, but nearly trips over himself again. Were you that much of a klutz in real life? When Naotsugu asks if he's fine, he responds that he is, then asks his friend how tall he is. Hey, look, a flying rock. Must be somebody's pet. Anyway, as Naotsugu was about to answer, he got distracted by the flying rock. Shiroe, missing the rock, explains that he made his character tall then he really is, which is why he's tripping over so much. The curse of the tall folk. And man, those rocks are in full force as another one just flew by Shiroe.

      -So our boys, noticing their problem, continue on their conversation like nothing was out of the ordinary. And suddenly, the Chief Rock appears, splashing down in the water nearby. The boys complain and demand to know what their problem is. As Naotsugu yells at the person throwing the flying rocks at them, we pan up to see our mysterious person who was watching our boys mysteriously from mysterious locations. Shiroe recognizes this person as Akatsuki. Wait, weren't you shorter? Turns out, this person is an Assassin. Fun class to have.

      -Shiroe is apparently all compliments on Akatsuki, and is using the male pronoun a lot for her, though we know from the teaser that she's a girl. Well, this is pretty typical of MMOs, right? Anyway, turns out Akatsuki and Shiroe have been in a couple of raiding parties before and that she is a top-notch assassin. As the day passes, Shiroe and Naotsugu walk into the mysterious room where Akatsuki has been watching them mysteriously, with Naotsugu introducing himself as a Guardian who loves the ladies and isn't afraid to admit it. Well, since you're all trapped here, might as well admit to your character flaws right off the bat then to have it revealed later.

      -Anyway, Akatsuki speaks, with the subtitles saying she's speaking in a female voice. Apparently she was waiting for Shiroe. Apparently she needs help to fix that body of hers. So please sell her a potion, okay? Naotsugu and Shiroe are pretty shocked by this, though I'll give this one to them, since apparently she's been quiet all this time and using what is very much a male avatar. We then see a bunch of kids holding hands in the sunset as we cut to Akatsuki opening up a bottle. According to Naotsugu it's a real metamorphic, which were only available when the game first started. And Shiroe has been hanging on to it all this time. Must have been planning to sell it at an auction for real money at some point.

      -This is also why Akatsuki was looking for Shiroe, since she knew he had one. As Naotsugu tries to sneak over for a peak, Shiroe stops him in his tracks. Something tells me you don't want to piss off the Assassin, Naotsugu. As we see Akatsuki take a shot of the potion, Shiroe goes on with his initial impressions of her, thinking that she was trying to get in character. And suddenly she starts glowing and screaming in pain. The subtitles actually describe the sound as bones breaking as she continues to scream in agonizing pain as our two boys stand there, confused as to what's happening. Yeah, this is a new experience for everybody and one nobody would like to repeat. And hey, it's those kids again! Did they just go into the outside zone? Where are their parents?

      -So after the agonizing pain of shifting the human body into a completely different shape, we get our proper look at Akatsuki. She's basically what she appeared as in the teaser, only in clothes that are obviously too big for her and her hair longer. Naotsugu is instantly infatuated with her. Shiroe is blushing a bit, too. Yeah, she's pretty cute. She also thanks them for the help as Naotsugu is left speechless. I'm betting he wished he could go back and redo his introduction.

      -Hey, it's those kids again! They nod at one another and make their way to the outside zone as three other players watch on. Are you guys seriously just going to let them go out like that? In the middle of the night? Have you people learned nothing about the day/night cycle? Monsters are tougher at night! And what if this is a case of permadeath? You just sent two kids to their potential deaths! You monsters!

      -Right, rant over. Back to the conversation from before, Naotsugu goes on about how the ladies are awesome and a man shouldn't be afraid to say it. All this while Akatsuki does some rather impressive stretching in the background. She must do a lot of parkour. To distract from that, Naotsugu screams that you have to be a man, man. Akatsuki, who's still stretching herself, asks Shiroe what's wrong with his friend. He has no idea where to begin. Well, as far as she's concerned, Naotsugu has a few screws loose in that head of his. Moving on, Shiroe asks Akatsuki if she took the potion to match her real size. So, yup, she's that short in real life. Naotsugu apparently likes his ladies short and says that she shouldn't have stayed that size, but she responds that she was in a role playing game to role play as someone else. Unfortunately, being stuck in a man's body wasn't going to help her at all. I can't imagine what was giving her a problem.

      -Naotsugu, with his impressive tact, gives his thought as to why Akatsuki wouldn't want to be in a man's body. So Akatsuki retorts... with a knee to his face. That's when she turns to Shiroe and asks for his permission to knee Naotsugu in the face, something that the Guardian would have preferred if she said first before doing the actual kneeing in the face. Also, she does not appreciate being called pipsqueak. Well, at least she doesn't go violent over being called short, like a certain other pipsqueak I can think of.

      -So Akatsuki asks what she owes for the rare potion, but Shiroe says he was happy to help. It's a trap, because then he'll kidnap your family member to make the other family member pay for a crime their parents committed. But Akatsuki isn't happy with that situation... the freebie, not the kidnapping thing, because she doesn't want people to think she's ungrateful. As Shiroe tries to decline, Naotsugu decides he wants to get in on this, but before he can finish his request, he gets another knee in the face. This is going to be a running joke between them, isn't it?

      -After Akatsuki asks for permission to knee Naotsugu after the fact, he gets upset that he didn't get to finish his statement. Akatsuki has an idea on what it was going to be, and he doesn't exactly deny, so he goes with the backup plan. Just ask her to hang out with them instead. He defers to Shiroe, who mentions how Akatsuki didn't want to join a guild. Apparently she wasn't a fan of all that politicking, hence why she became an assassin. It's so much easier to deal with the situation when you can just stab them in the back. Turns out, this is the exact same reason why Shiroe and Naotsugu aren't in guilds. They rather avoid the politicking and the stabbings, too.

      -But as they all lack the protection of being at a computer desk, Shiroe thinks that the three of them should band together. Akatsuki asks if it's really okay with her to join the party, and Shiroe responds that, yes, having an assassin in the party is a good idea. She's cool with that, and because she's such a role player, she'll refer to Shiroe as her lord, now, to serve at his pleasure as a ninja. Because ninjas are still cool, right?

      -Shiroe is a bit confused about this as Naotsugu points out that Akatsuki is in the wrong class for this, but she's just going to roll with it since he saved her from a dire and most disgusting fate of being trapped in a man's body. Was it really that bad? So her own personal code of honor requires her to pay back the debt, and even if it's a small kindness, it shall be repaid. She will serve as his ninja and bodyguard. And she gets all cute and sparkly. Shiroe, a bit taken aback by this, accepts the offer. He'd probably feel like he kick a small puppy if he refused her. And then there would be a stabbing in the back, something he would like to avoid.

      -We then cut to our place for a commercial, with the Log Horizon world symbol in the lower left corner. After that, it's back in Akihabara. A new day has dawned and they're all still stuck in game. I wonder if they're going through an accelerated day/night system or if they're on the real world system. That'd be interesting to observe. So our new party of walk through town like they own the place... I feel like there was something to that before... must have been nothing. Anyway, Shiroe acts as our narrator, saying that the NPCs that inhabit the world call themselves the People of the Land, while players like himself are called Adventurers. And we see a bunch of Adventurers looking bored and are just hanging around. And it looks like some have gone from panic to depression. That isn't quite as good for a number of reasons.

      -A nearby NPC calls out to our heroes, saying they look hungry. Naotsugu wonders if it's really food, but the grumbling stomachs say they don't care, as long as it finds a way in there. Across the way, Akatsuki is placing her order. She has no hesitation in what she wants. Hey, who knows, maybe the food will taste really amazing, right? Well, our heroes have their feast and... turns out, the food an't so great. I mean, they'll still eat it, but they won't like it one bit. Man, they can certainly use a distraction to distract them from this terrible food.

      -Look at that, a phone call! The perfect distraction. It's for Shiroe and it's from a player named Maryelle, a member of the Crescent Moon Alliance. Shock! I guess Shiroe wasn't expecting her, either. Possible love triangle? We cut to this tall building in town, with Naotsugu asking if it was Marielle. I should note that the written text had the "y" while Naotsugu saying it had the "i". Keep your stuff consistent, guys! We learn that they're at a build building, as well as some additional stats, like the location, a city with no monsters, no entry or exit restrictions, but no PvP. That's a good thing, too, because I imagine a few players may have gotten a little murder happy after going into their depression stage.


      -We're going to stick with Maryelle as that appears to be the correct translation. Shiroe mentions that she's the guild master for the Crescent Moon Alliance, and hopefully it isn't an alliance involving penguins or little brothers who kind of lost their souls. Naotsugu has issues with the guild hall, with Shiroe commenting that each guild hall is it's own zone. Our Guardian has issues with it still, mainly how it still feels like the game. They reach the door for the guild, and when they enter, they find... a room with pink wall paper, stuffed animals on a dresser and a picture of a dog. Akatsuki comments that it's a lot of cute, while Naotsugu has issues accepting this as the Guild Master's room. What were you expecting, a giant room with a table where the leaders of the guild talk and make decisions?

      -That's when Maryelle arrives, all smiles and laughter, and comes in for a hug, tackling Shiroe to the ground. Guess she skipped right to acceptance, too. So as Maryelle is busy rubbing herself all happily on him, she tells him to eat something, even if it tastes terrible. He tries to get her to calm down, but I don't think that's working. That's when she turns her attention to Naotsugu that she dials it down a bit. Akatsuki does not like this sudden rival appearing, for various reasons.

      -Maryelle, however, it shocked that Shiroe got a girlfriend and didn't tell her and goes right to the hugging. I guess she's just a huggy person. She offers Akatsuki candy and dotes on her for being so cute. Just make sure she doesn't add you to the collection, okay Ninja Girl? As for Naotsugu, he's jealous that Shiroe knows all these hotties and asks where he hides them. And now it's Naotsugu's turn for the hugs, something he's looking forward to. And he gets it, but not in the way he hoped for. Mainly, her tackle hugs are dangerous attacks as Naotsugu's head is slammed into the wall. Look, I know he's the tank and all, but shouldn't you guys be worried about all these hits to the head he's been taking lately?

      -Turns out, Maryelle likes them buff as she pats on Naotsugu's armor, but he's basically in another world after that hit to the head. And suddenly Naotsugu would like to leave now. And that's when another character arrives. Naotsugu instantly approves of her, for her name is Henrietta, and she is a bard. She brings Maryelle to heel and apologizes to Shiroe for bringing him around on such short notice, but she has a few questions to ask and... she takes a look at Akatsuki and instantly drops her business personality to fawn over the cute little ninja. No, really, the text actually says fawning. I didn't think that could be a sound effect.

      -We cut to outside of the room as the other guild members wish they'd stop wasting time as Maryelle chases after Naotsugu while Henrietta chases after Akatsuki. I actually love the deadpan comment from Akatsuki about not wanting to be touched by the crazy people as Shiroe tries to bring order to the guild members. I mean, wasn't it something important?

      -After the chaos has been dealt with, our heroes sit down with the guild leaders and get down to business. First, Shiroe asks Maryelle how many of her guild are here. Nineteen, including herself. That's eighteen in Akihabara, and that's all that logged in. I wonder where the last person is? The guy that made the time waiting comment then adds that Shibuya, Minami, Susukino, all of the major Japanese cities on the server are in bad shape. Worst still, none of the inner city transport gates are working. So the standard method of getting around is off the table. At least it isn't your own method of getting around, because that would be bad otherwise.

      -Henrietta adds that all of the guilds are in meeting, looking for answers, but nobody knows what the right questions are. And it looks like some have decided to go the mafia route and stepping up membership drives for self-protection. You guys just have to pay a small fee and then another small, maintenance fee to keep your membership. Though I guess people are worried about the PvP business, but I think that's only a problem outside of the safe zones... and given that the main way to travel is out, having more people in your guild to travel is probably the best idea.

      -Naotsugu then asks that, while living in the game world is new, at least everybody knows how to play the game, right? Not really. Shiroe reminds them that this incident coincided with the launch of the new expansion pack, the Novasphere Pioneers, and Naotsugu immediately understands what he means. A new expansion pack means new questions, dungeons and weapons, which can change the game in different ways. And to help illustrate that, we go into one of those dungeons to see a pack of howling goblins having a rave of some sort. So even if people knew how to play the game before, with the expansion, there could be new stuff or stuff that had changed over. Like certain skills and spells getting nerfed while others get buffed. Where's the patch notes when you need one?

      -This leads to Maryelle's question. And this is a talk she has had with Shiroe before. She understands that he isn't a fan of the politicking and backstabbing that goes on in the guilds, but maybe you could join her guild instead? She promises to keep the hugging down to three hug tackles a day. Henrietta is surprised by the statement, but Maryelle continues, mentioning another guild called Debauchery Tea Party, which isn't around anymore. Speaking of politicking and backstabbing... nope, not going there. Way too easy.

      -But this is still a sore subject for Shiroe, so he declines Maryelle's offer. Well, I bet this has quite the story to tell. Our next shot shows that the meeting has ended, and probably after Akatsuki and Naotsugi booked it to avoid the hugs, but Maryelle looks on at them, probably wishing she got one more hug in. Meanwhile, with our heroes, Naotsugi seems to like Maryelle, despite the concussion causing hugging. She's got that sexy responsibility, according to him. I don't think I've ever seen leadership called that way before, but sure, we'll go with it.

      -That's when we get a voiceover from Shoryu, commenting on the Debauchery Tea Party, which was apparently some amazing guild that broke up sometime later. Oh, we're back at the guild hall. Maryelle says that they had a name but weren't a registered guild. Henrietta gives us some backstory on this guild, as they used their diversity to conduct large-scale raids as a group. She then adds that their independence allowed them to come together of their own choosing and wine some lucrative battles. And it turns to, Shiroe was their strategist. I guess that's how he skipped all the way to acceptance in a short time. He's playing the long game. Or at least, preparing for it.

      -Shiore looks around as the players are still stuck in their depressed states, with Naotsugu wondering if these players will just sit there and do nothing. He then wonders if dying would let them out of the game, adding that it's a pretty common scenario among fantasy novels. That depends on which story is being told here, with Shiroe offering the alternative. Dying here means dying permanently. Of course, dying in the game used to mean you were resurrected in the cathedral, but nobody is really anxious to test that out yet. Besides, Naotsugu is level ninety, so he isn't losing out on that.

      -Hey, it's those kids again! And they survived the Outside Zone! Maybe. They're being hounded by some shady looking players, probably to join their guild, but Shiroe watches on. When Akatsuki asks what's the matter, he decides that, yeah, they should probably test that whole death thing, and he's got some test subjects in mind to help them out.

      -Soon, night falls and our heroes are dungeon raiding. They're at the archive tower woods, which is a level ninety dungeon, the same level as our players. Shiroe mentions that, normally, low-level monsters would just ignore them, and with good reason, but here? The monsters are on attack on sight orders. Akatsuki likes this plan, but Naotsugu has some issues with this. Mainly that the minimap doesn't work here. Well, yeah, isn't that a staple of dungeon raiding?

      -And suddenly, the Breir Weasels attack! They're level 28, but Naotsugu is all for this action. That's when he pops up his menu and realizes he's having problems here. He can't watch the monsters and enter his attack commands at the same time. Shiroe comments that, thanks to their new situation, they'll have to relearn the game controls. Fun. Still, stick to the plan, and we cut to our teaser from before. Shiroe comments that he expected more pain, but apparently Naotsugu was right, where it isn't like playing at home using software. They actually have to use their bodies and what's in their hands to do battle. So much for that warm up battle, right? And this is why you don't skip the tutorial, kids.

      -And we reached the tentacle monster attacking Shiroe, throwing him away. Guess it didn't like what it saw. Shiroe then comments that they need to learn everything they can about the world and fast if they want to survive the net few days. But sadly, the help system hasn't caught up yet. Stupid out of date help system. Though it looks like Akatsuki is a quick study as she one shots the tentacle monster. Booyah! When asked how she did it, she seems shocked herself. Apparently her body just moved on it's own. Realizing this, Shiroe tells Naotsugu to fight using his body instead of using the menu. He complains that he'll die if he does that, but the Enchanter tells him to do it, dammit! Listen to your Enchanter!

      -So Naotsugu does what he's told and he's able to kill the weasels. Akatuski finds the experience amazing, though wishes the actual experience from this battle wasn't crap. As for Shiroe, he narrates again, commenting on the game, how many people log into the game worldwide, which was twenty million, but that's all changed. Now, there are thirty thousand Japanese Adventures and at least several hundred thousand around the world who are stuck in this game. And nobody knows how to leave. While he narrates we see various other players doing other things, like gathering troops or dealing with monsters.

      -Shiroe decides to get in on the action and does a triple tech with Akatsuki and Naotsugu. He continues with his narration, saying that ll of them who wound up being a part of this event would forever refer to this day as... pause for dramatic effect... the Apocalypse. Roll credits... no, wait, we have another scene.

      -We check in on Maryelle, who's talking to a girl named Serara. She's asking what's wrong, trying to get answers, but all she gets is a cry for help. We see a girl in an alleyway, likely Serara, but some men begin to approach her, laughing. Uh... there's no adult content in this game, is there? And the chase is on as a mysterious cat person watches mysteriously from a mysterious alleyway. Cue credits!

      -Looks like our credits are Akatsuki centric, with her holding an umbrella in the rain, looking at various trinkets, hanging out in trees, getting attacked by tiny frogs and generally walking around. And then the sky clears up, with her walking some more as other characters go by, including Naotsugu, then a bunch of others we haven't seen yet. Though we see cat person cooking something. Then we see her walking side by side with Shiroe, leading to a smile and the two standing under a rainbow. Real subtle, guys.

      -In our next episode preview, Akatsuki provides our narration. She says that one day, they found themselves trapped in a mysterious world. They fought and hurt one another, but it was only a game. A game where they weren't even allowed to die. Then, when a young girl in the crescent moon alliance runs into danger in a distant northern land, Shiroe sets out on a journey. Shiroe gets in on this, saying that this is their reality. All this and more in our next episode, The Rosa Encounter Battle.

      So that was the first episode, which does well in selling the premise of the show. You have a bunch of characters trapped in a world that they're familiar with, but at the same time some changes were made recently, and now they don't know what is new and what is different. While our three heroes quickly skipped to the acceptance phase, others have not and they're all reacting to this new situation in different ways, some not as good as others. What will it mean? We'll just have to tune in next week to find out.

      Yes, I said next week. I don't be doing an episode on Friday for various reasons, but that will change soon.

      As for our voice actors, Shiroe is played by Mike Yager, who played Tabuki in Penguindrum. I'm sure it won't be as mind screwy here. Akatsuki is played by Jad Saxton, who played Haruna in Is This a Zombie? and Faris in Steins;Gate. Naotsugu is played by Andrew Love, who played Zenkichi Yitoyoshi in Medaka Box. These are our main heroes.

      As for the Crescent Moon Alliance, Maryelle is played by Maggie Flecknoe, who played Natsume in Penguindrum. Henrietta is played by Shelly Calene-Black, who played Medaka in Medaka Box. So it looks like you got a decent cast here. Though I think I'll have some fun with some of the previous works here.

      Though I think we'll bring this all to an end now. Thank you so much for joining me this evening. And until next time, remember, when meeting a person who tends to be very huggy, make sure you are not next to a wall, just to avoid those pesky hits to the head.

    • So I got me a new PC

      6 days ago

      CaButler

      And it's running better than my old one, so that means I can actually play modern games for a change!


      On that note, as I mentioned before I won't be hopping right into Trails in the Sky SC, as I'll be working on Log Horizon starting tomorrow.  But I will want to work on that.  And while I didn't mind writing out everything, I feel like making a video or streaming it would work out better.  Granted I would need to edit it all first, but I think that's doable.


      Of course, before that happens, I'll see about testing it out first with other games, if possible.  Hence the new PC.  As such, does anybody have recommendations for microphones and capture software?  I have the hardware itself but if there's a recommended software I'll be happy to check that out.


      Thanks in advance.

    • Haiyoru! Nyaruani: The First Nine

      1 week ago

      CaButler

      Hello everybody and welcome to another exciting episode of... wait, what are we doing again?

      Oh, right, Haiyoru! Nyaruani. What's this, you may ask? Well, long ago, there was actually a series of web shorts for Nyarko's series before it got a series proper. These are usually short, one off gags about two minutes long. We held these off until the end because you guys thought it'd be a good idea to do these after doing the series proper.

      So, with that in mind, we're going to do all the available shorts in the next two weeks. This week it'll be the first series of shorts containing nine episodes, while next week we'll do the second season, which contains twelve episodes.

      But wait, you may ask, what about the OVA for the second season? Or the OVA's for the web shorts? Well, this is where things get tricky. The series is only really available for legal use through Crunchyroll as there was never an official US release outside of that. Same thing with Dog Days, though it hasn't gotten an official US release outside of the second season. We're still waiting for the third season, guys!

      But anyway, to make life slightly easier on myself, I will be going with what is officially available here. So nine this week and twelve next week. Oh, and I did see the OVA, Nyarko-San: Another Crawling Chaos F. Nothing of significance happened. At least, not that the characters can remember.

      So with that, let us begin Haiyoru! Nyaruani.

      [1]

      -Our first episode starts with a Nyarko voice over and some next. "The anime that always sneaks up on your with a smile." It then gives us the title of these shorts as well as the title for this episode, Test. I thought I was done with those things after graduating from college! Anyway, Nyarko is talking to Mahiro, noting that tests have become popular lately. Mahiro replies that he doesn't know how things are in space, but those tests sure are popular in Japan. I'd say, since they decide to post all the results for all to see. Bunch of jerks.

      -But Nyarko thinks they should get on the bandwagon and create their own Cthulhu Test, which prompts Mahiro to ask who would benefit from that? The people who are into Lovecraft, obviously. Nyarko ignores him and says that hey'll naturally follow the "Haiyore! Nayruko-san" text. She produces one of the light novel books, with text showing up saying thank you, with our silver haired maiden giving us a wink. Mahiro asks if she wants to make more enemies, probably from the shameless self promotion, but Nyarko is running with this idea all the way through and says the the sooner we read it, the better our chances.

      -Nyarko then gets very excited as the camera gets closer to her, saying that she is, and that we are all, Cthulhu! I think that Great Old One would take issue with that. Mahiro then stabs Nyarko in the hand with his Silver Fork of Doomy Death. After a delayed moment, Nyarko starts screaming in pain as Mahiro tells her to apologize to the fans. As we see Nyarko crying, her hand bleeding quite a bit, we get some text saying that stabbing a person with a fork is extremely dangerous, so don't do that unless you really, really mean it. As for Nyarko, she apologizes, as ordered.

      -Our narrator appears with three books on display. She says that they are now on sale, with Nyarko appearing saying that, if you buy them, you'll then get these slightly naughty photos of her and Mahiro, but he replies with another fork stabbing and more blood spewing. She immediately apologizes to the fans for lying as we get more text saying that slightly naughty photographs are not included. I wonder how many people are upset with that? To be continued.

      -And that leads to the credits, which shows off our main cast of Nyarko, Mahiro, Kuko, then Nyarko again. What, no Hastur? He'll be upset about that.

      [2]

      -We go right into the second episode with the same tag as before, as well as our next episode, Loyalty. We start things off with Nyarko looking at Mahiro, who is feeding Shanta-kun. She comments that her little people seems to like Mahiro, with his reply of wondering why? I couldn't tell if he was being sarcastic or not as the tone didn't seem to indicate anything of that, so I'll just assume that Mahiro is legit asking. Nyarko seems to think that Shanta-kun is forgetting who her owner is. Mahiro, with a smug smile, asks if Nyarko is jealous, but she finds it ridiculous. Nyarko says that, while Shanta-kun likes him now, he is loyal to her, the owner. Wait, I thought we established that Shanta-kun was female, or was this in the early days, where nothing was really decided.

      -Mahiro suggests testing that theory, which Nyarko is for. She tells Shanta-kun to go to the one she thinks is her master. She tries to draw Shanta-kun to her, but in the next scene, we see her in Mahiro's arm. Ouch, that must hurt. She snaps, and we know this because the text says she does, and we hear sounds of violence with a screen from the PDO, asking for a moment. Also, where did that cow come from? When we return to the happy couple, we see Shanta-kun, looking very beat up, in Nyarko's arms. She knew that the little tyke would choose her and calls her adorable. Mahiro, who appears unharmed, calls her a demon, but we know she isn't. She's a Great Old One, so there's a difference. But what happens next? To be continued.

      [3]

      -Our next episode starts with the same tag, with this episode titled Body Pillow. We catch Nyarko on the computer, and she appears to be drawing. Shanta-kun, who knows better now, is behind the computer, knowing that putting something between her and Nyarko is the best option. Mahiro comes in and asks the Great Old One what she's doing. She's doing a side job of hers. The job? Drawing illustrations for body pillow covers. He scoffs at the idea, but curiosity gets the better of him as he goes over to take a look. He sees Nyarko's current drawing is of him, half naked, calling out for Nyarko.

      -Without missing a single beat, Mahiro gets his stabbing on, getting Nyarko right in the drawing hand. But he's beyond pissed, telling Nyarko that if she distributes that image, he'll run her over with a bicycle. Nyarko accepts this and will just use it for her own personal use, but that gets a stabbing, as well. What will happen next? Probably more stabbing, but to be continued.

      [4]

      -The same tag, with this episode titled Dating Sims. This should be a good one. We see Nyarko on the couch, playing on her DS, all smiles. Mahiro comments that she's playing games again and asks if she ever gets tired of them. Your mom is a pretty hardcore gamer, so I don't think you have the right to say anything. Nyarko asks what he's talking about, saying that she's playing the hottest dating sim in the universe. It's the latest BL story featuring a familiar looking protagonist.

      -The title is Lovecraft Plus, or Love Plus for short. I wonder how Lovecraft would like knowing this is where his legacy went? Mahiro, who knows the meta jokes here, reminds Nyarko that he just recently told her not to piss people off. Why is the topic of Lovecraft so touchy for him? Nyarko then explains the game, saying that usually, the protagonist tries to make the heroine fall for him, but in this game, the heroine makes the protagonist fall for her. Now why does that sound familiar?

      -Though apparently, in this game, the only thing that falls is your SAN points, which prompts Mahiro to say that the game should be removed from the shelves. Hey, no stabbing this time! I bet Nyarko likes that, but I bet the'll be more stabbing next time!

      [5]

      -This episode is titled RPG. Let's keep the explosives to a minimum, okay? We start with Mahiro playing a game while Nyarko looks on, upset that he's not paying attention to her. So she decides to get his attention by asking about his love for RPGs. He comments that they are the easiest to play. Do Roguelikes count as RPGs? If so, somebody should introduce our boy to that.

      -Nyarko, however, has her own suggestion. It's quite popular among the space faring folk. It's called Hainyaru Phantasma. Though that image in the background looks quite familiar. If I squint, I think I can make out an F... and maybe a XIII? Well, probably better to blur it out than to get sued. Mahiro isn't inspired to play after hearing the name. Nyarko explains that, in the game, sometimes, when you defeat monsters, they may want to join the party. Sounds like an SMT mechanic to me. Oh, right, another RPG that is brutal in it's difficulty. Also, how did they get away with using the iTunes icon here?

      -Mahiro calls that a pretty common system, but according to Nyarko, the choices for this scenario are "Yeah" and "yes." That certainly fills up the character limit, doesn't it? Nyarko explains that, when they join the party, they'll demand compensation. Now this is sounding like an SMT game. They even have an SMT demon floating back there. Mahiro is flabbergasted by such a system, but hey, if you play SMT, you'd know that this is the monsters feeling generous. Though then we move away from the system slightly as Nyarko says that, even when paying them, they'll get angry and say they won't serve two masters. Mahiro, getting royally pissed off, hopes those monsters drop dead. Like that Virtual Boy in the corner. I see you there, Virtual Boy. Oh, and to be continued...

      [6]

      -After the tag we get the title of this episode, which is To Be Continued? Even Nyarko sounds confused. And suddenly, Nyarko shows up, introducing herself, followed by Mahiro, who looks bored, and they present to us the What, Why? Best Question time. Mahiro explains that this corner is for them to answer their readers' questions regarding Haiyore! Nyaruko-san. Nyarko is really excited for this and wants to start with the first letter. The first letter is always "A", Nyarko.

      -Mahiro takes out the first letter, which is from someone living on a secluded island. His pen name is "Demon Vending Machine." Sounds like a Dark Souls monster. Nyarko approves and gives him a hundred points and Atlantis. Anyway, the question. "Why is lunch after third period in the first volume, but after fourth period in the GA magazine short?" Nyarko looks strangely angry over this, rips the letter out of Mahiro's hands and shreds it. Then she says "To be continued." But Mahiro says it won't be. But our credits say to be continued, so it must!

      -Also, the best answer to give for that? Say that you're like Douglas Adams and you always rewrite it.

      [7]

      -After the tag, we get the episode title as Cooking. Okay, who agreed to do this for Nyarko? We see her and Mahiro behind a table counter as Nyarko says it's time for Hainyaru Three Minute Cooking. Mahiro asks the producers who came up the idea for this corner and why haven't they been fired yet? Anyway, Nyarko announces today's dish, it's boiled whole (bleep). Oh, that sounds dangerously terrible. Mahiro questions why Nyarko got censored by the broadcast code when they're a web short?

      -To make it worst, Nyarko keeps going, bringing out the first ingredient, fresh (bleep), complete with the censored ingredient. Mahiro asks why it's blurred, even to him, but he should know that human eyes cannot hope to keep their sanity and look at it. Nyarko comments that she worked hard to get it, then starts to mention the Space Washington Treaty, but immediately cuts herself off, saying she shouldn't say that. Mahiro asks what kind of corner this is and wants out, but Nyarko asks why he couldn't tell from the title. It's called Three Minute (san-pun) Cooking. God dammit, Barb! Er, Nyarko! Mahiro agrees and gets his stab on. Man, that was overdue. Will they continue this corner? You'll have to find out in the next episode.

      [8]

      -After the tag, we learn that this episode is called Untouchable Sanctuary. And hey, Kuko gets to join us this time! She's on the couch with Mahiro, who's busy reading a Nyarko light novel. Hah, meta. Anyway, Mahiro asks Kuko about the evil Nodens and waited in R'lyeh to see Nyarko, right? She confirms this, saying she was an accomplice to a crime, but she absolutely had to see Nyarko.

      -You know, that crime of kidnapping Mahiro to sell him to a BL show so that he can be treated as the sadist that he isn't. We had a whole two episode arc about it, remember? In any case, Kuko would like to drop this subject now, but Mahiro is the forgiving sort. But, isn't her uncle in the PDO? Couldn't she use that connection to see Nyarko that way, since Nyarko works for the PDO?

      -Beat, beat, beat, and suddenly Mahiro's book is on fire. Kuko warns him that there will be no next time, then goes back to her show. Mahiro asks why he's being threatened, but that will have to be continued for another time.

      [9]

      -After the tag, our episode title is First Love. Well, we already know a lot about this, don't we? We start with Mahiro reading a magazine when Kuko tries to get his attention. After a second, she does and wants him to teach her how to cook. He remembers that he promised to teach her, which she's happy to hear and says that she adores him. Of course, just for us, he says that she likes him, but doesn't love him, right? So let's go to the kitchen to start cooking. Just make sure you don't have Gordon Ramsey nearby.

      -After the transition, Mahiro asks Kuko what she wants to make. She flat out says that she wants to make something that will make Nyarko want to have sex with her. Then you should put in a lot of alcohol in it. Though Mahiro seems to think that such a thing is impossible. Moving on to her second choice, Kuko suggests sweets. Mahiro thinks on it for a moment, saying that he only knows how to make really simple stuff, but Kuko is fine with that. She isn't picky.

      -Thinking on it for a moment, Mahiro says that he should have some leftovers from the time he made a no-bake cheesecake. So we begin an impromptu cooking corner. Mahiro says that, first, they start by melting the cream cheese at room temperature. Suddenly, he has an idea and asks Kuko to hold onto the cheese. We then see her holding a bowl with two sticks of cheese, both melting fast. That just shows how hot Kuko is. She can melt cheese. Mahiro calls her useful, but she doesn't like being compared to cook utensils.

      -Moving on, next they'll make the tart mixture by crumbling biscuits and mixing in some milk. We then see Kuko eating I think a biscuit, so Mahiro reprimands her, saying they need those for the tart, so stop eating them! But they're so tasty! So they are, but that doesn't mean you can eat them like that! You need them to make other things that are tasty.

      -After another transition, the cake is done. Now it needs to be chilled, so they'll put it in the refrigerator. Kuko helps out with that and summons Aphoom-Zhah. A ball of lightning appears, surrounding the cake. Mahiro is really impressed with how useful Kuko is. She's the perfect cooking utensil!

      -After the next transition, Mahiro has a question for Kuko. Why does she like Nyarko so much? Why, Nyarko is her hero, of course. Wait, are we talking about the same Nyarko? The one that would burn the land if it meant getting a new, limited edition game faster? That doesn't sound like her at all. Kuko explains that, in Space Kindergarten, as a Pisces, she was often forced to be the bad guy when they played pretend. Apparently Mahiro has heard of that, mainly that Cancer and Pisces get bullied. Course you, celestial beings that govern the calendar!

      -But on this day, Kuko was attacked by a Leo and a Scorpio, wearing shining gold armor who were probably not commanded by some Greek Goddess. Mahiro comments on how children are a bunch of jerks sometimes. Kuko continues, saying that when playing pretend, you must follow the storyline, and since she was chosen to be the bad guy, she felt she could not resist. Except telling the kids she doesn't want to, but then they would just ignore her, making it worse.

      -Mahiro even asks why Kuko continued to play pretend? Why not stop? She didn't have any friends then, so even if she had to be the bad guy, she was happy to be included. However, as time wore on, it became more and more difficult, to the point where she hated the role, but couldn't stop playing. On the verge of tears, Nyarko appeared, blowing the Leo and Scorpio away. Mahiro starts questioning this story, but Kuko continues, thinking that Nyarko just jumped in on a whim, which Mahiro agrees with, as Nyarko has always been messed up.

      -Still, at that time, Kuko thought Nyarko was really cool. And while she hates Nyarlathoteps, because of the whole race thing, but Nyarko was different. For Kuko, it was love at first sight. She is Kuko's first love. Mahiro smiles at the heartwarming story, because hey, it's a story about Nyarko not being a jerk, so that's always a plus. Kuko asks if the cate has been set up, but not yet, so Mahiro suggest making some tea for everybody to enjoy. Except their out of tea, so Kuko will go and buy some. And with that, she's off.

      -That's when Nyarko appears and asks what Mahiro is making. A three o'clock snack, obviously. But hey, while you're here, Mahiro asks Nyarko if she remembers her kindergarten days. Why? Because of Kuko's story. Ah, the memories. She mentions that, at the time there was a fad that involving barging in on kids playing pretend and beating them up. Yup, sounds like something Nyarko would do. As an example, if there were kids playing Federation vs Zeon, you, the person doing this fad, would force your way in and beat them both up. This leads Mahiro to ask if she joined in any constellation pretend games. Turns out, she did. She recalls a couple of kids ganging up on someone, so she went and beat them up. And when she said she beat them up, she meant she beat all of them up, including the one being attacked.

      -Wait, that doesn't make sense! Mahiro points out that this doesn't match up with Kuko's story at all. Nyarko is still in nostalgia mode, saying that her catch phrase was "I'll destroy that pretend game of yours!" Can't imagine where she got that line from. How dare you destroy Mahiro's heartwarming moment when he thought you were actually a nice person? But Nyarko ignores any comment he makes, saying that, because of her violent behavior, she was nicknamed the "Slacker Breaker." Yeah, Mahiro isn't laughing at that joke. And hey, Kuko is back! But where will this love triangle go? To be continued...

      And that's all we got for this season. And yeah, a few of these episodes, especially near the end, make more sense after watching the series proper. And yes, it's still got it's meta jokes, though it was less fourth wall breaking as the series went on.

      And this series was so flash, it wouldn't look out of place on Adult Swim. It'd just need to be longer to fit, though. Unless they changed things up recently.

      But still, that's one set of shorts down, another to go. How will it all end? Tune in next week to find out.

      Until next time, remember, when doing a cooking corner, make sure the ingredients you get meet with the Broadcast Code. Otherwise, you just give more work to the editor.

  • About Me

    Random friend requests are not acceptable. Seriously. If you want to add me, you better damn well do something important.

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  • Comments (1700)

    • zogman1

      2 weeks ago

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

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

        2 weeks ago

        You only just now found this?


        @zogman1

      • zogman1

        2 weeks ago

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

    • Kaoru27Umi Princess of Mars

      2 months ago

      HAPPY FU DAY~!  confetti_ball

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

        2 months ago

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

    • Kevinet496

      2 months ago

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

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

        2 months ago

        Thanks.

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

      2 months ago

      Happy FU!

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

        2 months ago

        Thank you.

    • IndiaRT28

      2 months ago

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


        whiskey geoff jack ryan gavin michael jeremy tower

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

        2 months ago

        Thank you.  I will spend it wisely.


        Mostly on booze.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 months ago

      I think the RT site deleted your comments from my images

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

        2 months ago

        They have been rolling back on stuff.

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

      3 months ago

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


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

        3 months ago

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

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

        3 months ago

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

    • HOWtwoROCK

      3 months ago

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

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

        3 months ago

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


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

      • HOWtwoROCK

        3 months ago

        ...you know you gave me a great idea


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

    • RedUnit10

      4 months 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

        4 months ago

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

      • RedUnit10

        4 months ago

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

    • zogman1

      6 months ago

      Are your notifications working?

      • solblade44

        6 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

        6 months ago

        They appear to be working now.

      • zogman1

        6 months ago

        indeed.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      6 months ago

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

        6 months ago

        @HOWtwoROCK


        Cute.

    • grenou

      7 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

        7 months ago

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

    • zogman1

      8 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

        8 months ago

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

      • zogman1

        8 months ago

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

    • HOWtwoROCK

      9 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

        9 months ago

        Well, bitches want the D.

      • HOWtwoROCK

        9 months ago

        You know I would watch a romantic comedy with these characters

    • HOWtwoROCK

      11 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

        11 months ago

        Norton likes half naked half genies.

    • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

      1 year 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

        1 year ago

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

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        1 year ago

        You're welcome.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year 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

        1 year ago

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

      • HOWtwoROCK

        1 year ago

        I know right

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year 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

        1 year 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

      1 year 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

        1 year 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

        1 year 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

      1 year ago

      good news!

      https://mangaconda.wordpress.com/

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

        1 year ago

        Yay

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year 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

        1 year 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

      1 year 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Flibbity Jibbit

      1 year ago

      I upload new and interesting facts everyday in my series:

      "Fact of The Day"

      Hope to see you there!

    • RedUnit10

      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

      1 year ago

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

    • RedUnit10

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

      1 year ago

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      this happened smiley13.gif

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

        1 year ago

        Go nuts.

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

        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

      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

      1 year ago

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

      • RedUnit10

        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

      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

      2 years ago

      CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon trailer

    • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

      2 years ago

      No idea what you said, obviously. Cool.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        2 years ago

        Clearly.

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

        2 years ago

        It was me ending the conversation.

    • shadow15

      2 years ago

      hi hi! :)



      hugz-natz

      • shadow15

        2 years ago

        you and I both actually

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

        2 years ago

        Hurting financially. My own fault, really.

      • shadow15

        2 years ago

        long time no talk whats going on?

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

        2 years ago

        Hello.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

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    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

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

      • HOWtwoROCK

        2 years ago

        oh okay

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

        2 years ago

        No, I 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

      2 years ago

      ISML today.

    • RedUnit10

      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.

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