Gintama 285: Jerks

The actual episode title was “Love is Like a Roach Motel”, but I prefer the one I am giving it because it succinctly describes how the Odd Jobs gang acted through out this whole. I know that they act this way in most of the episodes, but in this episode it was pretty obvious that they went out of their way to do so to poor Kondo. All Kondo wanted was a date with Otae, who is the girl of his dreams. Though by this point it should be pretty obvious to him that she never intends on returning the feelings.

Kondo in some weird way gets his date with Otae, but under the pretence of being some type of super hero from a children’s cartoon or something of that nature. Suffice to say he was wearing a mask that had the face of a cockroach on it. One gets the feeling he is being portrayed this way because of his one serious character flaw which is his obsessive stalking of Otae. That is a pretty serious character flaw, but I believe it needs to be balanced against the fact that he probably does actually help people and not just obsessively hound Otae all the time.

In some ways that balance is struck by the situations that the Odd Jobs gang put him in where he has to pick between looking good to Otae and making what is obviously the right moral choice. Overall, in the end it is the Odd Jobs gang that is made to look like the serious cockroaches because of how they set-up their attempt to make Kondo look like the cockroach. Either way Kondo and Otae end the episode the same way they started it with Kondo looking like the pervert and Otae still not returning his feelings of love.

Long Time, No Blog

It has been over two year since I have posted anything to this blog. Let’s just say that the last two years of my life have been rather busy and I did not have much time to blog about anything. I have two other blogs that I post stuff to and they are in just as much a defunct state as this one, but I aim to change that since I have graduated college and have a lot more time to do other things.

First and foremost I have not watched much anime in the last couple of years and if I have it has been watching shows and series that I have watched multiple times before. So, I will be starting up again with the fall season and going from there. I have not decided what I will be paying attention to in the fall season yet, but I plan to have that decided in the next couple of weeks. Most likely the first show I will be putting any content out on will be the latest season of Gintama since I am huge Gintama fan and it is show that I enjoy watching a lot. So look for that within the next week as I continue my catchup to the latest episode.

Second, I plan on doing some watching challenges, but I would like you the reader to suggest what I should be watching in these challenges. You can go back through my posts here or you can check out my profile on My Anime List to give you ideas. I want the shows I watch to be challenge to watch. I should struggle to make through the first episode let alone a full series.

Finally, I am also looking for people who would like to post here as well. I am looking to grow blog from this point on and I can’t do this on my own. I have gotten to the point where I average about 100-200 views a day, but I would like to get more. So I need people who would like to post about anime or even Japanese culture. Really I am looking to fill in any gaps that may be present. So, start submitting apps and writing samples and I will look over them. With that said look forward to future posts here and on my other blogs if you can find them. Just kidding, I will make a future post with links to them and explanations of what I post there.

Season in review

This says season in review, but most of it is going to be me talking about the shows I thought were the greatest of the season. While there were a lot of good shows that I watched while waiting for the greats that is all they were was good. They managed to keep me entertained, but it was not of pressing import that I watch them.They also never managed to keep me enthralled like the shows I have picked to be the best of the season. The shows I have picked to be the best of the season are Aku no Hana and Shingeki no Kyojin.

Aku no Hana gave me the most trouble of t getting into at first. I just couldn’t stand the horrible animation. It was something that my 6 year old niece could have drawn and I would have prefered that the animators used the drawings from the manga for the characters. They looked a lot better in my opinion. The only thing the characters had going for them was I thought they looked more Asian in my opinion. But once I forced myself through the first two episodes I realized that it was going to be great.

Of course it was Nakamura and her twisting of Kasuga that made the show what it was. She drove Kasuga into corner that he probably would have rather not been in. She then proceeded to make him feel like deviant and he started to believe that he was. If he wouldn’t have done what he did involving Saeki’s clothes he would have been every bit as normal as his friends. He would have also probably been fine if afterwards he told Saeki.

The show very much highlighted the pressures that put on upon people to conform to society and what may happen to them when they don’t. Kasuga didn’t really any terribly devious crime, but he felt like he had. Add in Nakamura and things went from bad to worse for poor Kasuga.

My next great is Shingeki no Kyojin(Attack on Titan). From the very beginning it had me both entraced and enthralled. I waited impate=iently for each episode and it was of utmost importance that I watch each episode as soon as possible and without interruption.

This show had all the elements from the very beginning to be a great in my opinion. But that could be that I very much sympathized with Erin in feeling that he did not want to live his life as a caged animal. He kind of already had it figured out that it was only matter of time before the Titans got through the wall. Add in dashes of what seemed like religious repression and Authoritarianism by the central government and the show becomes a great.

The whole time Erin is showing that he is a true free thinker and leader. He drags people a long with him when he joins the Survey corps. He convienced them that it would be better to die fighting instead of sitting around awaiting what is definitely going to be a slow and certain death. There were also bits of him wanting to get revenge for the death of his mother.

I am not going to detail all the good shows because I have niether the energy nor the motivation to do so. The goods include:

  • Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru
  • Date a Live
  • Ore no Imouto ga Konnai Kawaii Wake ga nai 2
  • Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko
  • Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Bride
  • To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S

There were some good moments in these like in Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko with Tsutsukakushi’s older sister believing that the MC actually had a twin brother that was the Hentai. I will let watch the other stuff to figure it out for yourself.

Summer 2013: Watching

Hello, blog readers. I know I haven’t in sometime. I plan to remedy that situation here shortly. This will not be a preview of the whole season. I think doing those is quite boring and I am not good at coming up with witty and derisive things to say about anime that I think are not good. So I will simply restrict myself to what I am planning on watching. Doing this also allows you the reader to expect posts about these shows from me and I hope you hold me to that(I am a horrible motivator that wants to share his opinion). So without further interruption I will tell what I am watching for the 2013 Summer Anime Season. Don’t wander off though because you may miss it.

For this season I only have two shows that I am certain that I will be watching the rest are an uncertainty. The two shows that I will be watching are Monogatari Series Second Season and Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai 3. I regret to inform that I have probably picked the most obvious choices and the most easiest ones.

In my Uncertainty list is:

  • Kimi no Iru Machi
  • Love Lab
  • Blood Lad
  • To Kurei Sochi Dantai Stella Jo-Gakuin Koutou-ka C3-bu
  • Gatchaman Crowds
  • Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist
  • Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi

The best prospect out this list to me is Gatchaman Crowds. So I may also talk about that one from time to time. The rest will most likely never be talked about again. Well there you have it my Summer 2013 in a nutshell.




Linux and a MAL updater

After looking high and low for a good Myanimelist update for linux I have finally found a decent one. I say decent because it is nowhere as good as the MAL updater built for windows. The one for windows is always monitoring when an episode of anime is played by your chosen media player. The one for linux makes it a requirement that you launch the media player from within the program for the tracker to work properly. The one for linux I am using is called WMAL and it also has melative scrobbling builtin to it.

I like the way that MALU for windows does the tracking and updating because I have several media player open playing something and it tries to keep track of them all. WMAL as I said has the restriction that it has to launched from within WMAL in order for the tracking to work. The reason I prefer MALU’s tracking behavior is because sometimes I will pause what I am watching to watch something else with friends.

In terms of memory though WMAL definitely uses a lot less memory than MALU. WMAL has a commandline interface which I like a lot. Being a linux person and specifically an Arch Linux user with a very minimal interface running I prefer the commandline interface to any graphical interface. I prefer linux’s use of config files to control the settings for the program. Most people probably will not like the commandline stuff because it does not allow the use of the mouse. That is where WMAL has the upper hand. It also includes a curses and gtk interface. For those that prefer the mouse the GTK UI works very good.

WMAL does not include features like twitter posting, sharing on irc, or updating a php banner. What is does include is updating MAL without needing the web interface and it does this very well. So for those of you needing a MAL updater for linux check out WMAL.


WMAL requires python(do not use python 3.0+ for WMAL).

Correction: Since I don’t want to edit the above I will put it here. WMAL does indeed include the same tracker behavior as MALU. It just is not working properly for me. So disregard what I said and enjoy WMAL.

I’m Back

I know it has been long time since I have posted anything here, but I am returning. I was posting stuff at a tumblr blog for a while, but with Yahoo buying tumblr and my dislike for anything Yahoo I will be posting here again when I feel like it. Don’t expect to do weekly or even monthly posts because that is not how I work at all. I use to do that, but life gets in the way sometimes and I may not post for months at a time. That is all I really want to say at this time. So i hope you the reader enjoy my future content.

What Happened?

I will tell you what happened. Life happened to me. Actually I went back to classes in August and since then I really haven’t had the time to post anything. I also kind of think I lost an interest in post anything, but I have returned I will start posting again. I will make posts on Fairy Tail, but I will be start with the last episode I left off on. I will be starting with the most current episode and continue from there. Well that is all I really wanted to say.

Fairy Tail 136

This has become my new background. If only I could get Wendy in this pose. That would be awesome. I would welcome this distraction any day. Go on Lucy Keep being Sexy for Dan because I am enjoying it as well. On another note I want to know where they go the different clothes from because as far as I know no one on Team Lucy as Carrying any Backpack to speak of and none of could do requip. I guess we is just pulling a Link from Zelda and pulling shit out from no where. No a bomb, I pull out from my back. Need Sexy Lingerie, pull out of nowhere.

I realized right away that Happy’s Statement about Lucy’s Sex appeal is right. They have never been able to use to good effect before. Quite frankly it seemed like most people were turned off. I hope someday I can get a girlfriend/wife that will do cosplay for me.

No, why did they bring back the Jiggle Butt Gang? The only thing good that ever came from it was Wendy dressed in that skin tight suit with Cat ears on it. Oh, okay   Jiggle Butt Gang carry on because they were able to get her back in it. But wait what is this? They got Erza in it as well. This has to be a lucky day for me. I get treated to Sexy Lucy and both Wendy and Erza wearing the Jiggle Butt Gang costume. But alas not all good things will continue and the Jiggle Butt Gang gets defeated again. This time it is because they destroyed Erza’s flower.

I get the feeling that Erza has become slightly unhinged during this arc. Early she beat the hell out of another gang for interrupting the picnic she was having. There is also the fact that she willingly got into the Jiggle Butt Costume and they she proceed to beat the hell out of them over a flower. Then again I probably would have done it just because the one guy farted in my face.

Two parts to clock were found this episode with Team Gajeel looking for the last piece. Some of the pieces were quite big and thus I have to ask how Jude ever hide them like he did. But Team Gajeel gets interrupted by the Legion Commander.

Fairy Tail 135

The guy who is love with Lucy, Dan is probably the most annoying of this group of villains to me. Dan just annoys me whenever he starts talking about Lucy like he has known her his whole life. There is also the fact that he has the most annoying magic as in both his shield and Lance. He also sucks at using the magic in the lance. I mean seriously this time he shrunk Lucy instead of Natsu. He was going to change Lucy back, but then he decided he wanted her as a desk ornament. He did eventually change her back, but that was after Happy, Michelle, and Romeo rescued her from being a strap. But he hit Happy too which then caused happy to go on rampage because he was afriad of stepping on people.

These events lead to Happy, Lucy, Romeo, and Michelle going off to look for the object in question while Natsu Dealt with Lover-boy Dan. But Team Lucyy has a tag a long with them in Earthland Coco. But what is this? They fell done a trap hole. But through Lucy learns more abotu Earthland Coco. I bet if they weren’t enemies right now they would make good friends. Eventually Lucy Leaves Coco side after rescuing Coco from some rubble and leaving her laying there after bandging her wound.

Let head over to what is happening with Team Gajeel. Oh, wait Levy is thinking he is asshole for is callous attitude about climbing a mountain. They eventually make it to the top where Panther Lily tries to cheer them with a joke, but he ends up scaring the shit out of them.

On another side of the world Team Erza is looking for some type of book repository. But wait what is this? Oh no, please not let be the return of the Jiggle Butt Gang. Alas it is becasue Erza sees a jiggling butt in the book case. What do they plan to do this time? They probably want their Queen back who is Wendy. Please don’t let them get near Wendy.