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Jul. 16th, 2017

Anime Review: Rideback

Well, I watched another short little anime this week. It's called Rideback, and I'd never heard of it until I saw it listed on RightStuf. It had a unique premise, so I decided to check it out.

Spoilers, as always )

Final verdict? I think this one's kind of middle of the road. Not terrible, by any means, but not that good, either. The main thing it has going for it is the cast, but I don't know that they're enough to carry it. I will say, though, that Wikipedia says that this was originally a 10 volume manga series, which became a 12 episode anime. So, I wonder. The manga might explain things better than the anime did. Not sure if I'm invested enough to check it out. We'll see.

Jul. 11th, 2017

Anime Review: Blood-C

This one was a bit of a quickie. Just 12 episodes, and then one movie. I watched the series itself in one sitting, and then the movie the next day. So, here are my thoughts!

Massive spoilers withiin )

So, final verdict? Honestly, I liked it. It's not perfect, and I do wish we got some more backstory on Saya, in particular. But it was fun to watch. If you're a fan of other Blood titles, you might feel differently, I don't know. But if you're a first-time fan, like me, I'd say give it a shot. Provided you can handle the gore, of course.

Jul. 8th, 2017

Anime Review: Yuugiou: Dark Side of Dimensions

Well, I finally found a fansub with English subtitles, so I got to watch this movie!

Spoilers~! )

So, final verdict! This was actually really good. Like, really. It was better than I expected it would be. I mean, it's Yuugiou, so I kinda figured I'd like it at least a little bit, no matter what. But I didn't expect a lot. (I remember Pyramid of Light) But it was honestly really fun, and I liked it a lot. So, if you're a YGO fan at all, go watch it. If you're not, then watch/read the series first. This'll be a little confusing if you don't.

Jul. 6th, 2017

Good Grief...

Remember how I was excited about finding that new Yuugiou movie? Well, they fucked it up.

According to this article, they somehow managed to have the entire first batch of disks be defective. The Japanese language track is there, but the subs are the dialogue for the shitty English dub, rather than an actual translation of the Japanese dialogue. =/

Yeah, seriously. So, of course I pulled out my disk to check, and sure enough. I watched the first couple of minutes and spotted dub names as well as additional lines in the subs. My Japanese was never near fluent, and I'm super rusty now, but I can understand some really basic lines. So I can see a couple of places where the subs are adding stuff that the character didn't actually say.

Fucking hell. Can't this idiotic company do anything right?

So now, I have to write to the people who produced the disks and see if they'll exchange my defective one for one that's right. That article I mentioned gives contact info, so I'll try to do that soon. No idea if they'll actually do an exchange, and if so, how long or difficult the process will be. Ugh.


EDIT:

Oh, you have got to be kidding me. Okay, so I was annoyed that I couldn't watch the disk I bought. So, I went looking for a fansub to tide me over. (Because I'm betting that, even if I can get my disk exchanged, it'll probably take a while.) I found one, spent a while downloading it, then fired it up, and...the subs were in fucking Greek. Or I assume it's Greek, based on how the lettering looks. No mention on the torrent site, nothing in the filename, absolutely nothing to indicate that this wasn't in English. Bloody hell...that was a complete waste of my time and bandwidth. And now, I have to go see if I can find any other copies. And hope that those are actually in English. =/ Kat is not amused, seriously.

Jul. 5th, 2017

My Inner Fangirl Is Squeeing So Hard Right Now...

I feel like I'm a teenager again, in the best possible way. =D

From early on, two fandoms that were really important to me were DragonBall Z and Yuugiou. They were some of my earlier ones, and I was super into them, for a long time. Hell, I still am. *Gestures to journal theme* And the source material for both have been wrapped up for a long time, as well.

Or, they were.

When I was out shopping on Sunday, I stopped to look at the new releases in the movie section at Wal-Mart. I wasn't really looking for anything particular. I'd gone to the electronics department to pick up a new thumb drive, and I decided to browse a little. And there, on the rack in the front, was a new Yuugiou movie. I picked it up, not really expecting much. Yuugiou's gotten such a rotten treatment locally, I figured it'd be some poorly handled, dub-only thing. But, no. The box lists both Japanese and English as spoken languages. So I whip out my phone and Google it, and see that it's a legit new movie from Japan. Featuring the original cast (or, at least Yugi and Kaiba), not people from any of the many spin-offs. It's set after the manga, and the story was done by Kazuki Takahashi himself!

So, yeah. I had to buy it. I also tracked down the two chapter manga prologue that leads into the movie. Done by Takahashi-sensei, of course. <3 I haven't watched it yet, but I hope to have time soon. That'll likely be my next post, actually!

And I also mentioned DragonBall Z earlier. Well, you may or may not have heard, but apparently they began doing a new DB series a little while back, called DragonBall Super. I'd heard about it, vaguely, but I didn't pay it much attention at the time. I knew they'd done Kai as well, but that was really just a remake of the original, with the filler removed. I might like to see it at some point...but I seem to remember hearing that it hadn't been reanimated, except for certain key scenes. So, if it's just the old footage cobbled together, that's not very exciting. I'll probably watch it eventually, as I am a completionist, and DragonBall was either my first or second anime series ever.

But, Kai aside. They're doing a new series called Super, and I finally decided to look into it. Apparently, it's retconning GT, which is very interesting. I actually haven't gotten around to watching GT yet, largely because the fandom at large seems to hate it. I planned to watch it at least once, just so I could say I did. And I still plan to do that...but now, that's been pushed back that much more. I'm going to watch Super first. I just downloaded the first 97 episodes, which is all of what's out, so far. I'm thinking I might watch this after I watch the new Yuugiou movie, but I haven't decided yet.

So, two of my oldest and dearest fandoms, of which I thought the source material to be complete, are getting new material. I am so excited, I almost don't know what to do with myself. I just hope the new material is good.

Jul. 4th, 2017

Pet Peeve

So I've been browsing RightStuf's birthday sale, and I've got something I need to gripe about. I've noticed this before, but it's getting on my nerves just now, so here I am.

It really bugs me when anime companies release a box set labeled as a 'Complete Collection' or similar when it actually isn't. For example, I was looking at the box set for The Galaxy Railways. Item listing says 'Complete Collection', so I'm inclined to think that this is, in fact, the entire series. But, no. I'm reading a review of the show, and it mentions several related items, such as a second season and an OVA. So, after a quick trip to Wikipedia, I find that this show does in fact have two seasons, for a total of 52 episodes, plus an OVA. That 'Complete Collection' box set? Has only the first 26 episodes. =/

Argh. If you've released a whole season in a box, then label it as that. 'The Complete First Season', or something. But don't claim it's a 'Complete Collection', when it's missing a big chunk of the series.

I think sometimes they do it because some studios will release the second season of a show with a subtitle, so the companies want to think it's a whole other title. (Think Slayers, each season has an add-on. NEXT, TRY, etc.) The thing is, though? I've seen some companies that still get it right. They'll release a 'Complete Collection' and in the blurb it'll say something like 'contains all episodes of Code Geass and Code Geass R2'. It'll list both seasons by name, but they'll still be bundled into a 'Complete Collection'. This is how they should all do it! Release each season at a time, if you want. But make it clear that the box set contains that particular season. Don't claim to be a complete series set.

It just irritates me, because it means I can't trust the packaging. I have to do extra research before I buy something. If only part of a series was released, then it was abandoned, I'd like to know that before I buy. (I'm looking at you, xxxHolic. Another so-called 'Complete Collection' that was actually only the first season.) It means I have to go and see if I can track down the rest of the series somewhere else. (Torrents, HK disks, Youtube, etc.) Because I probably don't want to start a series if I know I'll never be able to see how it ends. And honestly, having to go to that extra trouble is a bit of a turn-off, anyway.
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Jun. 30th, 2017

Anime Review: Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040

And the anime watching continues! Here's another series from my to-be-watched stack: Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040!

Spoilers for the whole series )

Final verdict? It's a big, fat stinker. If you've already seen the OVA, there's nothing for you here. And if you haven't seen the OVA, go watch that, instead!

Jun. 28th, 2017

Possible Solution?

Okay, so you may remember that I posted a while back, complaining about losing my old software when I upgraded to Windows 10, and the difficulties I was having in replacing them. Well, I might have worked out a solution to one of those issues. Maybe.

I've been watching anime lately, and I really wanted to work out a way for me to keep screencapping it. I was able to find places to download screencaps that other people had posted for a couple of series on my to-be-watched list, but not for most of them. So I needed to figure something out. Well, I might just have it. It's not a perfect solution, but it might work.

I use VLC Player for most of my video watching. And, since upgrading, I've also used it to watch DVDs. The only problem being that when you use VLC to screencap a subtitled video, the subs appear on the screencaps. Which makes them pretty useless. While trying to find a setting that would allow me to take sub-free caps, I stumbled on a feature that I didn't even know existed. Apparently, you can set VLC to auto-screencap. You just have to give it an image format, a location, and how often you want to cap. (Every 'x' number of frames, I think is how it goes.) So this is pretty cool, right? The only downside being that I have to essentially run through each disk twice. Once to watch it, with subtitles on. And once to run the automatic capping, with subtitles off. That's the only way to get sub-free caps in VLC, apparently.

So, yeah. I'm trying it out on the next series I plan to watch. It's a little inconvenient, having to go through each disk twice. Especially since I'm trying to not do anything else on the computer at the time, so VLC can have all the system resources it needs. But, still. I do really like being able to watch anime without having to manually cap it myself. I never really realized how much of a pain that was, until I stopped doing it. And now, I really prefer it this way. So, being able to just sit and watch makes this option very attractive. Even if I do have to go back and run the disk again later. The only other issue is how many caps it's generating. I may need to tinker with the settings a bit, I'm not sure. The way I've got it set now, I'm getting a lot of duplicates. Anytime there's a scene with people standing around talking, not moving much, I get a bunch of very similar shots. So, I may raise the number of frames between caps a bit. I'm just afraid that if I do that, I'll miss out on good caps during fast paced segments. So, I don't know. I've done two disks, so far. I'm going to go through those caps and weed out the duplicates, and any other useless ones. (Scenery, blurry shots, etc.) If that's not too big of a pain, I might just leave it as-is. If it is, then I'll consider changing it.

We'll see how it goes, but I'm hopeful that this might work out. <3


EDIT: Okay, well I learned something else. Apparently, if you try to cap any of the extras, VLC thinks it's capping something new, and it overwrites the old caps already in the folder. =P Not a huge deal, but a little annoying. So, I guess if there are any extras (like textless opening/ending sequences) that I want to cap, I'll have to remember to do just one at a time, then stop the disk and move the files. Then I can start the disk again and do the next one the same way. Repeat until all extras are covered. Then stop the disk, move the files, and restart the disk to cap the actual episodes.

Jun. 21st, 2017

Anime Review: Akame ga Kill!

Well, I had fun watching Mawaru Penguindrum, so I decided to watch another series. Ah, the joys of summer break~! =D This time, it's Akame ga Kill!

Spoilers for the whole series )

Final verdict? I liked it, though the number of character deaths was a little hard for me to handle. If you don't want to be sad, maybe skip this one. But I did like it, despite that. I may look into reading the manga; apparently it's somewhat different. And there's a prequel series that's still running, I think. That might be fun.

Jun. 15th, 2017

Anime Review: Mawaru Penguindrum

Well, I said I wanted to watch some anime, and I finally am. (And no, I didn't figure out the whole DVD screencapping thing yet. Grr.) I pulled one from my to-be-watched stack, which I've been thinking about lately: Mawaru Penguindrum!

Spoilers for the whole thing )

...Holy crap, that was long! XD

Final verdict? It depends. If you like surreal series with lots of symbolism, then go for it. If not, then it's a maybe. I'm not always a fan of the surreal (some I like, some I don't), and I'm not quite sure how I feel about this one. I liked some things, and I didn't like some things. I think I mostly liked it, but I wish I understood it better. I'll have to watch it again later, and see if that helps.

May. 27th, 2017

Software Aggravations

Alright, I've had just about enough of this crap.

This got a little long... )

Why do newer OSs have to break old software? It's not fair. And, with that being the case, why the fuck do all the good programs get abandoned or discontinued, so there are no newer version to upgrade to? Argh!

May. 17th, 2017

Anime Review: Vision of Escaflowne

Well, I said I wanted to watch some anime once I went on break, and here I am. But, surprisingly, it's an oldie! Instead of tackling my to-be-watched stack, I pulled out an older series for a rewatch. I'm going to write up a review, anyway, because it's fun. =D

Spoilers for the whole series )

Overall, I had a lot of fun with this one. I knew I liked Escaflowne the first time, and now I like it even more. Such a good series. If you haven't seen it, you totally should!

May. 12th, 2017

More School Stuff

Well, I think I finally got my fall schedule squared away. After a few more emails with my internship prof, I was able to register for the classes I needed. So, as far as I can tell, my schedule is complete. Even if it's a little scary to look at! I'm technically registered for six classes, though two of them are for the internship, and so they kind of don't count. All I have to do for that is fill out paperwork and write a paper at the end of the term, I think. It's not a 'class' in the typical sense of the word. But one of the classes I'm taking is another Statistics class, which is definitely scary. And I have no idea what to expect from the others, so...

Ah, well. On to better news, I got my grade for my Econ class! I got an A; I'm so happy! I thought I might have one, but I was worried about how I'd done on the final, and this prof's grading system is confusing, so I wasn't sure of my assessment, anyway. But I did okay, so I'm relieved. I still haven't seen a letter grade posted anywhere for my Operations Mgmt. class, so I'm assuming that what's in Canvas is correct. If so, I've got an A in that one, too. Which I am super grateful for; that class was a nightmare. =P

And now, maybe I can stop stressing about school for a while. *Crosses fingers*

May. 9th, 2017

More Good and Bad

Well, here's another "Good news, bad news" post. =P

The Good

I heard back from my adviser, and she fixed whatever the issue was keeping me out of my elective classes. I picked one and got registered for it. So that's four out of five classes taken care of.

The Bad

I also heard back from the professor who oversees the internship class. He said he'd done something, and I should be able to register. But I still couldn't, when I tried. So I emailed him again, and included a screenshot of what I saw when I tried. Hopefully he'll be able to straighten it out for me, and soon.

Also! My boss is an idiot. I was supposed to take vacation next week. I scheduled this months ago. But today I get a message, saying that he'd scheduled both me and another coworker for vacation on that same week. So one of us had to switch. And honestly, this just...Ugh. I have seniority. By like, a lot. So, if either of us is going to switch, it should be him. But. I don't actually have any firm plans next week. And most importantly? I do not have the emotional spoons to fight about this. I am drained and tired and still a bit stressed over school and grades and everything. And I just do not have the energy to make a stink about this. So, I'm kind of pissed, but it doesn't feel worth it to try and fight it. So, my vacation is getting pushed back...by like, three weeks. I am not a happy camper. =/

May. 8th, 2017

The Good and the Bad

The Good

My Operations Mgmt. prof finally posted the grades for our finals. I actually got an A, which surprised me. (It was a low A, a 92 I think, but still, that's better than I expected!) Not sure if that's curved or not, but I'm kind of thrilled right now. I'm not sure if the percentage showing in Canvas is our actual grade or not, but if it is, then I have an A. I'm not sure where to look in MyGate for our letter grades, so I don't know if that's all final or what. But I don't remember this prof having a weird grading scheme (like my Econ prof did), so I hope it's accurate. No word yet for Econ, but the deadline isn't until Tuesday, so I don't expect grades sooner than that. And honestly, not even that soon. Hopefully it won't be real long afterward, but we'll see.

I also got an email notification saying that the transcript I ordered had been sent to MSU, so yay.

The Bad

...Or not. Because when I went to register for classes, I ran into problems. Oh, it did let me register; I was able to get into both of my required classes. But a lot of the electives I was considering were already full, or some were just not offered this term, or were only offered as in-person classes. And then a few more gave me various different errors when I tried to register. >_> So, I emailed my adviser and told her which ones I'd gotten errors on, and asked her if she could help me out. I need to get into the internship class, and one more elective. I think I got errors on two or three electives, so any one of those would be okay. I did manage to find one elective that I could get into, though it wasn't one I was originally planning to take this soon. But, it was open and didn't give me errors, so I grabbed it. Now I'm just really worried about whether my adviser will be able to get me into those classes that I need. =(

One reason to be glad this is my last semester splitting my time between KCTCS and MSU, I guess. The only reason I'm so late registering is because of those stupid transcripts. After this, I won't have to do this anymore. All my grades will be from MSU, so I won't have to run around transferring things. At least, I hope. The transcript I sent just now *should* have this semester's grades from KCTCS, but with my luck, I'm half afraid they'll tell me I need to do it again next semester. =P Although, even if that happens, I'll be able to do it right away, rather than having to wait for the end of the semester. Still. I'd like to avoid that!

May. 5th, 2017

All Done Except the Waiting...

Well, I took my Econ final last night. That was my last bit of schoolwork, so now it's just down to the waiting. It's weird...on the one hand, yeah, there's some relief at not having to do anything else. (My brain is seriously ready for a vacation!) But on the other hand...it's not like I can stop worrying or stressing. I have no idea how I did on either my Operations Mgmt. final or my Econ final, so I really have no idea what kind of grade I'll be getting in either class. And that's really kind of frustrating.

I hadn't really thought of it before, but this might be the first time this has happened. Typically, most of my other classes have just had multiple choice tests, which the computer could grade as soon as you were done taking it. So, I'd take the test, then get my grade, then go plug that into my other grades, and I'd be able to figure out my grade for the semester. Even if it took the prof a few days to actually post the final grades, there wasn't really any more stress after the test was over. But not this time. I don't know what score I got on my finals, and thus I really can't even guess what grade I'll have in the course overall. Plus, my Econ prof has a really complicated grading thing, with bonus points, must-do assignments, assignments that'll drop, weights, and all that crap. So, I really can't figure what I'll get in that one. And it's kind of driving me crazy. Because it's already been a week since the deadline for my Operations Mgmt. class final, and the professor still hasn't posted our grades. =/ And since the deadline for my Econ final isn't until Tuesday, it's going to be that much longer until I see a grade for that class, too. Argh.

And I had to fill out my course evaluations for both of those classes by the end of the day today, which kinda bugs me. I'd really prefer to wait until I get my grade, especially if I'm going to give a bad review. (Which I did. One bad, and one 'not bad, could be better'.) They say those things are anonymous, but I don't really trust it. But I waited as long as I could, so there's nothing I can do about it.

On the upside, my Database Design prof posted our final grades, so I ordered my transcript to be sent to MSU. Hopefully it won't take too long, so I can hurry up and get registered for my fall classes.

...And then, I can stop thinking about school for a while. XD

May. 1st, 2017

Almost There...

Well, I took my final in my Database Design class. I got an A on it. <3 According to the grades page, my professor still has to post a 'participation' grade, then the letter grade for the course. Hopefully she'll get that done soon. I need to get a transcript sent from KCTCS to MSU, and I can't do it until my grades are in. (Well, I could, but then I'd have to send two within a week or so of each other, to get all the grades. And that's just silly.)

I also did the last bit of homework for my Econ class, which was kind of a practice test. No word yet as to when the prof will post the actual final. I honestly kind of thought he'd do it today, but he sent out a message today saying we'd have another chat session on Wednesday. =/ So, I'm guessing it won't be until somewhere after that.

Which sucks anyway, but the deadline for the final being turned in is on Monday/Tuesday. So, we're not going to have a real big window to take this test, it looks like. And we have to turn in our course evaluations by Friday. =/ I prefer to wait until I'm done with a class before submitting those, but I'm not going to have that option for this one, it seems. Bleh. This prof is just dragging his feet way too much on this class. I'm completely done with all my others (and some have been done for a week already!), and it looks like it'll be another week before I'm done with this one. I just want it to be over, already!

Apr. 28th, 2017

End of the Week

...Well, almost. And I'm probably half-way done with my remaining school stuff.

I took my final and even got my course grade in my HTML class. (I got an A!) So, that's off my shoulders. I took my final in my Operations Management class, but I don't have my grade yet. (For the test or the class.) This one's in that weird limbo where, it's out of my hands, but I'm still worrying about it. =P

I finished my homework and took the last unit test for my Database Design class. The final for that one doesn't unlock until Monday, so I have to wait until then to take it. Having just taken a test, it feels like I ought to be done with this one! But, no. One more test to go. And for my Econ class, I've finished three of the four homework assignments. The one that's left is a big one; the prof labeled it as a 'practice test'. It's got something like 59 questions, and it's timed and everything. Yikes. I might try to do that one tomorrow, we'll see. It's not due until May 7th, so there's no rush. And the prof hasn't posted our final(s) for that class yet. He gave us deadlines of May 8-9, so I wonder if maybe he'll post them on Monday? I hope so...I'm ready to be done with all this.

So, basically...two down, and two to go.

Apr. 24th, 2017

It Sneaks Up On You...

Okay, well, crap.

I knew the semester was winding down, and things were almost done. But I just looked over my assignment lists, and I realized. I have two finals and a regular test this week. This, plus the aforementioned homework assignments. Oh, and my Econ prof decided to drop two more assignments on us. Yeah. I thought I had a little more time than that. Crap.

Oh, and my Econ prof is doing another of those stupid 'chat sessions', where I log on and listen to him imitate Charlie Brown's teacher for an hour or two. =P It really sucks, because I could use some help figuring out some of this homework. It's all based on supplemental material he provided, rather than our actual textbook. And the supplements tend to be really awkwardly written, and not easy to understand. So, if he could actually speak intelligible English for these stupid chat sessions, they would probably be really helpful. But, no. Can't have that. =P

Apr. 21st, 2017

Long Rambly Update

I haven't posted in a little while, so here's a bit of an update.

I turned in my course project paper for Economics and my final website project for my HTML class. I actually got perfect scores on both, so that's a huge relief. It's one of those things where I thought I did okay, but I wasn't sure enough of what the professor was looking for, so I was worried about how I'd do. But, it turned out okay. So, I'm really glad about that.

The semester is almost over, which is nice. I'm running around, trying to finish the last of the homework. I've got two more assignments in Economics, one basic homework-type thing like we've done before, and one quiz. (And the first one is a bunch of math and graphing, ugh.) They're not due for a bit, but I want to get them done sooner than later, if I can. I don't know when my prof will post our final; he gave due dates for it, but I hope to get it done well before that.

All I have left in my HTML class and my Operation Mgmt. class are the finals. I have one stupid discussion board thing for my Database Design class. It's annoying mostly because she's requiring us to comment on every single one of our classmates' posts, plus respond to a set number of comments. So, I can't actually do it until everyone else does. Like, just now, I went and looked at it? Only one person has posted their initial post. =/ So, I can write up mine, and comment on that guy's post, but then I'll have to keep coming back and checking to see when everyone else has posted. And, if previous classes are anything to go by, a lot of people will wait until the very last minute to post anything at all. So, I'm worried if I'll have time to get everything done.

And my anxiety has been kicking up a lot lately, which sucks. It makes everything else harder. I keep trying to distract myself, but I don't really have a lot of time to do fun things, so it's not working as well as I'd like. (Plus, when I do take time to read, or whatever, I feel bad, because I feel like I should be doing homework, instead. Bleh.)

Nerdy HTML talk to follow )

And what is up with this new TOS at LJ? I am not comfortable with this. I don't know that it will really affect me any, but still, it's skeevy. >_> I had to click 'accept' in order to get back into my account, so I did. I've seen a lot of people jumping ship over this. I don't know that I'll do that, but I am considering not paying for the service anymore. (All I pay for is icons, but still.) And if I stop paying here, maybe I'll start paying for my Dreamwidth. I've just got a basic free account over there currently, but maybe I'll switch to a paid account, and get that journal spiffed up a bit. I'm also on InsaneJournal, but I think Dreamwidth might be more active. (Although, really, neither is anywhere near as busy as LJ was in its heyday. Sigh.)

...Jeez, this post got long!

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