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Poor Morel. Dealing with the insufferable morass of a hostile bureaucracy makes him so grumpy. This is an interesting thing to pop up, though I’m not sure whatever political hullabaloo going on in the Hunters Association will have ...
Poor Morel. Dealing with the insufferable morass of a hostile bureaucracy makes him so grumpy. This is an interesting thing to pop up, though I’m not sure whatever political hullabaloo going on in the Hunters Association will have any direct implications in this arc. It comes off as a small annoyance that will fester into something pretty bad when everyone has to deal with the fallout of whatever happens when the Hunters wipe out the Chimera Ants. Like, if Netero were to die (and there’s a good possibility of that if he’s going up against someone who is clearly the strongest character in the series to this point), then suddenly there’s a huge power vacuum and some greedy fuck will absolutely be waiting to swoop in and fill the void. I don’t think any Hunter would actively sabotage the mission to crush the Chimera Ants, because that would be silly, but making the mission just a bit tougher and dragging it out a bit longer seems like a properly assholish thing to do. It is amusing that this pops up when the American government is still in the throes of a shutdown. I wonder which Hunter is the John Boehner of this series? At least something will happen soon, though, even if it took Cheetu forcing their hand to make it so. I suppose these Chimera Ants aren’t too proud to know where their bread is buttered, so to speak, though we know Leol is the sneaky type willing to play the long game and build up his power to betray at the most convenient moment. (But the Royal Guard is also aware of this since they’re trusting Leol to do well enough to try to earn their trust. Have they been watching the series, too?!) It’s probably a good thing that Leol and Cheetu and whoever else aren’t running into the king, because he would probably behead them for begging to get back into his good graces. I wonder if the king ever does anything with those heads after he’s whacked them? Does he ever hang them above his mantle like trophies, or are they too broken and mushy afterward? These are the hard-hitting questions all fans are asking, I bet. Also, hey, Gon can run around and stuff while charging his attack now! How did he even practice this while being unable to use Nen for a month? Details! Being mobile obviously doesn’t make it an all-powerful killing machine attack, but it certainly does help since Gon can at least defend himself decently while charging his death punch. All the better to beat hulking owls with masses of muscles. Also, with really stretchy overalls. How did those things not rip apart when that owl bulked up like that?! Then again, I don’t really know how the Chimera Ant clothes actually work. Maybe they’re part of their bodies; after all, where would they get clothes if they were born in a nest in the middle of nowhere? There aren’t any shopping centers in the Chimera Ant kingdom, at least from what I can tell. Maybe the clothes wearing ants stole their clothing after killing some humans. That’s probably the most reasonable explanation. But I prefer to think that basketballigator, for instance, was born with a jersey and shorts. Or that the bat was born wearing lingerie. Seriously, what the fuck? Chimera Ants are weird.
about 4 hours ago
?????????!/UQ Holder Chapter 7 Review SPOILER Summary/Synopsis: Touta is impressed by the limo that carries him, Kuroumaru, Yukihime, and Basago, but is surprised when the limo drops them off at a boat. He is further surprised...
?????????!/UQ Holder Chapter 7 Review SPOILER Summary/Synopsis: Touta is impressed by the limo that carries him, Kuroumaru, Yukihime, and Basago, but is surprised when the limo drops them off at a boat. He is further surprised when instead of going to the tower, as he'd expected, he's taken to the large complex that is the headquarters for UQ Holder. They are greeted by a large number of yakuza types, who gang rush Yukihime in happiness to see their "ane-san" again. Yukihime starts punching them all into the air away from her as a result. Touta decides he's going to make friends with everyone and approaches the first yakuza guy he sees. The guy is not interested in Touta and irritated that Touta is ruining a happy reunion. Touta gets knocked away, but as usual, he's not letting that stop him. He comes back at all of the yakuza types, telling them his and Kuroumaru's name and how they are Yukihime's greatest disciples. The yakuza guys blow this off, and while Basago is somewhat amused by Touta, he tells the boy in no uncertain terms that no one said they'd be his friend. MAKABE Gengorou arrives with fellow UQ Holder members AMEYA Ikkuu and Karin, and he silences Basago and introduces the trio to Touta. Touta is excited by this, but when he approaches Karin, she simply gives him a hard stare and blows him off. Gengorou asks if Touta wants to be one of them, to which Touta enthusiastically answers yes, citing how anyone in Yukihime's yakuza clan is OK with him. Touta continues his arrogant demands for folks to be his friend whether they want to or not. Gengorou says that for an immortal to enter UQ Holder, they must pass an entrance exam, namely, they must escape a labyrinth underneath the capital within eight years. With that, the ground underneath Touta and Kuroumaru opens up and to ensure they fall in properly, Karin whacks both with her mallet. Both fall into the darkness, eventually landing in shallow waters. After making sure they both are OK, Kuroumaru laments being dragged into Touta's issue. Kuroumaru asks if Touta actually thought through anything when demanding UQ Holder be his friend. Touta blows this off, saying that once he's made up his mind, that's it. Touta does wonder if Gengorou was right about there being an eight year time limit to escape this place. As they splash through the waters, Touta notices some sort of creature in the somewhat deeper waters. Kuroumaru summons a sword to dispatch this mystical beast, but a man fishing off a nearby rocky outcrop warns against it, saying that even if they killed it, the creature would summon others. Further, being eaten by one would not be good as it would take 30 years to digest. With that, he introduces himself as SHISHIDO Jinbee, leader of UQ Holder. He then asks them if they have food or fire with them. Thoughts/Review: As I expected, Touta and company get to UQ Holder in this chapter...well, most of them. Touta's annoying aspects of forcing himself on others, to hell with what they want, has moved into the really annoying category. Frankly, I wish Karin had whacked him harder with that croquet mallet of hers. (Yeah, I know it isn't a croquet mallet, but I would have liked to have seen her whack Touta around like a croquet ball.) He is in desperate need of a massive schooling on why being stupid is stupid. The big question from this chapter is whether or not this entrance exam will actually take years to complete or not. If Akamatsu-sensei does decide that Kuroumaru and Touta will be down there for years, then we'll have "lovely" time skips in the manga, since obviously we're not going to spend years of our time exploring these depths with them. I don't mind time skips with purpose, but I fear that if we do get a time skip here, we'll end up getting more, which I'm not so keep on at the moment. It may become necessary though, considering this is a story about immortals/undying. At the moment, I'm going to lean toward them not
about 4 hours ago
Madoka Magica The Movie -Rebellion- opens in Japan October 26 & in N. America in 2013
Madoka Magica The Movie -Rebellion- opens in Japan October 26 & in N. America in 2013
about 5 hours ago
(note: No Type-Moon Weekly News Round Up or All Points Bulletin this week.) It is time for NYCC 2013. Now with 100% less counterfeit badges! While anime and manga are just another piece of the geek puzzle at NYCC, there is more going on ...
(note: No Type-Moon Weekly News Round Up or All Points Bulletin this week.) It is time for NYCC 2013. Now with 100% less counterfeit badges! While anime and manga are just another piece of the geek puzzle at NYCC, there is more going on than you might think! Pre-NYCC Podcast Our tentative panel schedule: Thursday: 12:15 – How to Get Press Coverage (for Small Press Publishers) 01:15 – Fandoms in the Library 03:15 – Rewriting the Classics: Modern SciFi in Comics! 03:15 – Women in Comics 05:00 - Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle – PBS Documentary 05:30 – Kotobukiya Fall Preview 2013 06:45 – Crowdfunding Your Vision: How to Achieve the Results You Want Friday: 11:00 – The Wheel of Time Turns and Epic Fantasy Remains Epic! 12:15 - Image Comics: Behind the Creations 12:15 – Felicia Day and Geek & Sundry Presents! 01:45 – Welcome to Night Vale: The Art of Weird Podcasting 02:45 - From Light Novel to Anime/Manga – Presented by the Japan Foundation 04:00 – [adult swim] Presents: The Venture Bros. 05:15 - Beautiful Books: Graphic Design in Comics & Graphic Novels 05:30 – Anime News Network 06:45 – RWBY 07:45 – NAMCO BANDAI Presents The TALES OF Series Saturday: 11:00 - The Legend of Korra 12:15 – Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski 01:45 - Wikia [LIVE] Presents: Masters of Animanga 02:45 - The Mary Sue Presents Representation in Geek Media 04:00 – Hatsune Miku Conference 2013 . Presented by the Japan Foundation 05:30 - Hanna-Barbera and the Designs of Alex Toth 05:30 – ABRAMS presents the Adventure Time Encyclopaedia panel with the Lord of Evil and Marceline the Vampire Queen 06:45 - Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Sunday: 11:00 - TimesTalks: Adventure Time 12:00 – World Science Festival presents: When Science Gets Graphic 1:30 – Warner Archive Presents: Almost Forgotten TV Heroes 02:30 - Young Heroes and Heroines with the Power to Change the World: What we can learn from Harry Potter, Pug the Magician, Taran, Alanna, Will Stanton and More! 04:00 – NYCC Team Q&A Filed under: Conventions, Events, NYCC, Podcasts
about 6 hours ago
Drag-on Dragoon prequel slated for Japan in December
Drag-on Dragoon prequel slated for Japan in December
about 8 hours ago
Kidrobot's next blind-boxed Dunny series — Dunny Evolved — is here, but it's got a slightly different twist. Instead of recruiting a bunch of artists for the 15 Dunnys in the series, there's only five: Huck Gee, McB...
Kidrobot's next blind-boxed Dunny series — Dunny Evolved — is here, but it's got a slightly different twist. Instead of recruiting a bunch of artists for the 15 Dunnys in the series, there's only five: Huck Gee, McBess, Frank Kozik, Scott Tolleson and Kronk. Do the math, and you get three Dunnys per artist, all themed around evolution from one form to the next. The previews shown off so far indicate that artists have had different takes on exactly what's evolved. Kozik has gone with life and humanity it seems, while Huck's evolution seems to center around a security/enforcement theme. The official roll-out is Thursday, Oct. 10, at most specialty shops, and Kidrobot's retail and online shops. The usual Dunny price of US$9.99 applies, and Kidrobot Boulder (1468 Pearl St., Boulder, Colo.) is hosting a party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mountain. Additionally, during NYCC, Kidrobot New York (118 Prince St., SoHo, Manhattan) is having their signing/party, featuring Kozik, Scott Tolleson and Huck Gee in attendance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern. What do you guys think of the choices that have gone into Dunny Evolved? It's a bit of a different direction, and I'm not sure I'm too hyped over it, but at least Kidrobot's trying something else. Read more...
about 8 hours ago
Square-Enix's MMORPG, Dragon Quest X: Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku Online, may be limited to those in Japan (or those with Japanese Wii's, I suppose) but that shouldn't stop fans from being excited about the new round of plushes being re...
Square-Enix's MMORPG, Dragon Quest X: Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku Online, may be limited to those in Japan (or those with Japanese Wii's, I suppose) but that shouldn't stop fans from being excited about the new round of plushes being released this December, featuring the Pusugon, Weddie girl, and Ogre girl. The Pusugon, as you may have guessed, is the yellow monster with the bow. The plush stands at 32 centimeters, making it slightly taller than the other two (those are 22 centimeters tall). You can snag him (yes, I said "him") for ¥4,800. Both the blue-toned Weddie girl and the horned Ogre girl are made to look like doll versions of themselves. Note the faux button eyes. The girls will cost ¥2,000 each. The lucky few with game will be pleased to know that each of these absolutely adorable plushes comes with an item code to unlock exclusive goodies in-game. Both the Weddie girl and Ogre girl plushes give the player digital equivalents of the toy to display in their virtual house. The real treasure trove comes from the Pusugon, who grants you not only a Pusugon nuigurumi style outfit but also a desk and chair for your house. [ pre-order at AmiAmi (Pusugon, Weddie Girl, Ogre Girl) | HobbyLink Japan (Pusugon, Weddie Girl, Ogre Girl) | Hobby Search (Pusugon, Weddie Girl, Ogre Girl) | CD Japan (Pusugon, Weddie Girl, Ogre Girl) ] Read more...
about 9 hours ago
New features for Bokuj? Monogatari: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi include simpler farming, safari mode, trading post
New features for Bokuj? Monogatari: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi include simpler farming, safari mode, trading post
about 9 hours ago
Mercy (Entangled Ever After) May Contain Spoilers From Amazon: Julia Klein’s life has begun to unravel—her daughter Amy has been suspended from school, Julia is about to lose her job, and her boyfriend Garrett is being transferred th...
Mercy (Entangled Ever After) May Contain Spoilers From Amazon: Julia Klein’s life has begun to unravel—her daughter Amy has been suspended from school, Julia is about to lose her job, and her boyfriend Garrett is being transferred thousands of miles away. Overwhelmed, she and Amy leave for a weekend at a rambling old colonial inn. Julia never suspects that Garrett, desperate to find a way to keep Julia in his life, has decided to surprise her by joining them. Nor does she expect her daughter to befriend a mischievous ghost…or that she herself would be possessed by the malevolent spirit of a long-dead mother. As a dark secret emerges, Julia, Amy, and Garrett find themselves pitted in a fight for survival against a savage presence that intends to resurrect/repeat/relive a horrible crime committed two centuries ago. And this time, Amy and Julia will be the victims. Review: Zowie!!  Mercy is a great Halloween read!  I wasn’t expecting much, and in fact only picked this novella up because it’s short and I thought I could polish it off fairly quickly.  I did!  But because I couldn’t put it down once I started it.  It’s creepy and the pacing is unrelenting!  Good thing it’s short, because my heart couldn’t have taken much more!  I am usually not a fan of ghost stories, and even though this is fairly predictable, it’s well written and engaging because the characters are so personable.  Julia’s life is on the skids.  Her husband was killed in a tragic car accident years ago, and her young daughter, Amy, hasn’t spoken a word since.  Trapped in the car with her dead father, the emotional trauma has robbed her of speech.  Julia’s about to lose her job, and she’s freaking out about money.  Amy needs to continue her therapy, and it’s going to be a struggle keeping a roof over their heads and food on the table.  The only bright spot in her life is her boyfriend, Garrett, but he’s been promoted and will soon be moving away.  The final straw is when Amy gets into trouble at school, and in desperation, Julia takes Amy out of town for the weekend, with the hope of getting away from all of their troubles.  Too bad the inn she’s booked is haunted. The story is told from all three protagonists’ point of view.  It’s always a bonus when you like all of the characters, and you hope that everything will work out so that they can all have their HEA.  The creepy occurrences at the inn serve to push them all together and make the other troubles in their lives seem like mere inconveniences.  I guess imminent death does that.  Garrett realizes that he can’t leave Julia and sweet Amy behind, and Julia learns that it’s okay to trust Garrett completely.  The atmosphere is delightfully frightening, as each character, in turn, has interactions with the ghosts haunting the hotel.  As they struggle to make sense of the history that won’t allow the spirits to rest, they must wrestle with their own relationship.  Julia is afraid that a long-distance relationship with Garrett can only end in failure, and Garrett isn’t certain what he wants in the future with Julia.  Is this the real thing, or just a pleasant diversion?  From the moment Garrett arrived at the inn, I had no doubt that this family needed to be together, and I knew that they would find a way for that to happen. If you want to get in the mood for Halloween, this is a great place to start.  Mercy is delightfully creepy, the pacing is spot on, and the characters are all likable.   There’s not a lot of romance, per se, but it’s an engaging read anyway. Grade:  A- Review copy provided by publisher
about 10 hours ago
Selina Briggs of The Jelly Empire has shared a video (made by Peter Michaud) featuring her bots as The Jelly League. All of these figures will be available at NYCC this year: Super Jelly Batbot Martian Bot-Hunter Hawkbot Wonder Je...
Selina Briggs of The Jelly Empire has shared a video (made by Peter Michaud) featuring her bots as The Jelly League. All of these figures will be available at NYCC this year: Super Jelly Batbot Martian Bot-Hunter Hawkbot Wonder Jelly Flashbot Jelly Lantern They all look rad, and I feel like the Jellybot platform really goes well with these designs. Check out the video, and I've attached a copy of the placeholder header image which is a still of all the bots in this troop. And, by the way, The Jelly Empire is still not finished sharing NYCC news! Read more...
about 10 hours ago