F1 Pr0n: Renault R30
Renault also rolled out their new car, the R30, today... and there are a few surprises.
It's the first of the 2010 racers to have a low-slung nose. The idealist would suggest that they've found that it's better than the high nose. The cynic, however, will say that all the prevaricating over coming back that Renault did last year prevented them from doing enough design work to discover the possible benefits of the high nose. The sidepod air intakes are larger and lower than the other new releases as well. The front wing is pretty generic, but that'd be easy to change.
Well, looking online, it appears that the Meredith Effect (which I had never heard of before just now) is useful only at much higher power levels than that generated by a F1 car.
Which isn't to say that it's non-existent at lower speeds, just perhaps not worth the trouble. The various ducts and piping and what-have-you the engineers would need to install to get the small bonus it'd generate... would probably counter the bonus and add extra complexity to the car.
Would it be legal? I think the answer clearly would be 'yes.' There's already some (very) small oomph generated by the exhaust system. The Meredith Effect would just add to that. Of course, if a team DID manage to get a measurable and worthwhile bonus from it, the FIA would probably outlaw it, much the same way they did the fan car, and probably for the same reason.
Posted by: Wonderduck at January 31, 2010 11:07 PM (Cpxcy)
That's too bad. I had this image of the jet engine on the back of the Batmobile...
"in fact more properly is called the "Junkers effect" as Junkers
patented the diffusor-radiator-jet combation as "DÃ¼senkÃ¼hler" ('jet
cooler') in DRP 299799 on 17 January, 1915. (Von Gersdorff et al.,
"Deutsche Flugmotoren und Strahltriebwerke, p. 196.)
The principle obviously was well-known in the English-speaking part of
the aviation industry as well. "Fundamentals of Fighter Design" by Ray
Whitford notes (p. 61): "In 1926 it was realized that airflow through
the radiators on liquid-cooled engines could, if properly ducted,
eliminate the cooling drag and even produce a little thrust at speeds
above 260 kts (483 km/h)." "
Posted by: Jani at February 01, 2010 07:54 AM (6qC2o)
But you want tailgating, and positive effects from traveling in another car's slipstream, because that promotes running closely to other cars and passing, and makes the race more exciting. If it's just a battle to see who wins the pole and gets to fire up their afterburner first, well, why even bother to watch the race? Or run it, for that matter?
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at February 01, 2010 02:44 PM (pWQz4)
Naah, it just makes pitstop times more important.
You can pass at Monaco, it's just incredibly difficult and generally counter-productive as you usually end up breaking your car.
Posted by: Wonderduck at February 02, 2010 09:25 AM (Cpxcy)
I wonder what's up with all the smaller teams. Only majors turned up for the first testing sessions.
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at February 02, 2010 06:05 PM (/ppBw)
Well, you'll note that Red Bull themselves aren't at this session. They and Force India will be debuting on Feb 10th. Lotus will be bringing out their car on the 12th. USF1 will be running at the Barber Motorsport Park in Alabama sometime "early in February."
I can't find anything about Virgin F1 and Campos Meta.
Posted by: Wonderduck at February 02, 2010 07:18 PM (w5qDx)
Correction: Virgin is apparently going to be rolling out on Wednesday, Feb 3, with a "private test" at Silverstone on Thursday and Friday.
Posted by: Wonderduck at February 02, 2010 07:19 PM (w5qDx)
F1 Pr0n Sneak Peek: Williams FW32
Not a full F1 Pr0n entry as the car hasn't yet officially debuted, but the Williams took their new car, the FW32, out for a pre-test shakedown run at Silverstone a couple of days ago. Y'know, "kick the tires, make sure everything stays in one piece, turn a few burn a few," that sort of thing. It was supposed to be a secret thing, not for public consumption.
Of course, the car could still change between now and the first test session on Monday, but there's that high nose again! The front wing seems pretty high off the ground, but look at the tires: those are full wet treaded; a weather-related high downforce setup? Maybe Williams doesn't have the final nose on there?
From the front, McLaren's 2010 challenger doesn't seem too different from the 2009 car. The nose is higher, but the betting line is that that'll be the norm this season (with the wider front tires last year, the lower nose allowed more ballast to be placed up front. This season's narrower tires will require a better balance all-round, so the high nose won't hinder anything).
It's when you look at the side view, though, that you realize that we're looking at rolling artwork as much as high-speed racer...
I really really like that fin. Has anyone ever done that before?
Posted by: pxcasey at January 29, 2010 10:09 PM (XGEj1)
The Red Bull RB5 had a long fin by the end of the season, but not quite like this one. So, yes, I guess it has been done, but there's something about the McLaren fin that's different. I can't quite put my finger on why.
Ah, I got it. This one looks like it connects to the rear wing; the RB5's didn't.
Posted by: Wonderduck at January 29, 2010 11:01 PM (Cpxcy)
I believe the fin is designed to control yaw in and smooth out airflow the concept has been around for a few seasons now but Mclaren Merc have never run with it. could be using it to cure last years rear downforce problems.
Posted by: le-reve at January 30, 2010 11:15 PM (Y8guG)
When Red Bull introduced the fin on the RB4 back in 2008, the thought was that it improved stability over the rear under braking. The Legendary Announce Team predicted that it'd be copied quickly, even if nobody had the slightest idea why it worked or what it did, because that's the way F1 design works.
Everybody steals from everybody else.
Posted by: Wonderduck at January 31, 2010 12:17 AM (Cpxcy)
F1 Pr0n: Ferrari F10!
It's finally time! The 2010 F1 rollout season is here, and as is traditional, Scuderia Ferrari has the position of honor. They debuted their new chassis, the F10, this morning. And here it is:
At casual glance, it looks pretty much like last year's car, but let's take a comparative glance at the 2009 F60, shall we?
The first thing that leaps out you is the sidepods. On the F60, they go straight across the top, but the F10 is curved, bulging at the outsides. The nose wing is subtly different as well. The middle element on the new car, where the Santander logo picture is located, just stops when it reaches the inner limit. On the F60, they slope down to the limit point. The air intake has changed, with a more squashed appearance in comparison to the 2009 car. Other changes are visible on the rear wing and where the sidepods meet the monocoque; look at the Ferrari logo and you'll see what I mean.
Look up the presentation by Ferrari design chief Nikolas Tombazis. He said most dramatic changes are in the rear suspension and structure that was widened to accomodate the double diffuser. The rest of the car was not changed as much. So pictures of the back would be most telling.
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at January 29, 2010 12:39 AM (/ppBw)
Steven, the teams still have to use two tire compounds/race, so there'll still be stops... they'll just be four seconds long instead of seven. Historically, there have been quite a few more seasons that didn't allow refueling than those that did. I actually don't mind the loss of fuel stops that much. I DO mind the fact that the FIA screwed with the rules again, but I can live with it.
Pete, I'll see what I can find.
Posted by: Wonderduck at January 29, 2010 07:43 AM (Cpxcy)
The good side of them screwing with the rules is that it's no longer McLaren/Ferrarri and a bunch of losers. The game is more competitive now.
Not Quite F1 Pr0n... Yet
Today, Mercedes-Sauber F1 debuted... their paintjob.
The idea behind the livery is that it's a throwback to the original "silver arrows" of Mercedes. Back in the day-- if the day you're talking about is 1934 or thereabouts-- the Mercedes team was going to join the Eifelrennen, but their car was too heavy for the weight restrictions. So the night before, the team sanded all the paint off, leaving just the silver chassis behind.
And a legend was born. Today's paintjob is meant to pay tribute to that one (which really wasn't a paintjob). The car is (obviously) silver, but has part of it "sanded off", revealing the black carbon fiber underneath (not really, it's just paint, but run with it, okay?). The greenish-blue on the leading edges of the nose and other places is the color of Petronas, the team's major sponsor.
The chassis this paintjob (actually, vinyl decal, but let's go with paintjob) is on isn't the 2010 MGP W01, but last year's Brawn car. We should be seeing the new car later this week, when the first FIA practice session begins. So stay tuned!
Ga-Rei Zero, Episode 04In the last episode, we jumped back in time three years to see how Kagura, the Schoolgirl in White, first met Yomi, the Schoolgirl in Black. We discovered that Yomi wasn't always a bad guy bent on driving the animation company into bankruptcy by forcing them to hire new voice actors for each episode because she killed off the entire cast. So what does Episode 04 bring us?
We start off exactly where the last episode left off, with Kagura getting into The Agency's HMMWV and the group running off to deal with a new threat.
It's not the entire team, though. Mr Laser Weasel, Nabuu and Nabuu seem to already be on site, leaving Iwahata and Kazuki to pick up the girls. Considering that Yomi appears to be The Agency's heavy-hitter, and they seem to expect great things from Kagura, I'd've thought more of an honor guard (perhaps with bosun's whistles) would have been appropriate. Maybe they don't stand on ceremony much.
An episode of Ga-Rei Zero wouldn't be complete without Pocky. But, oh-oh, there's only one stick left! Yomi snags it with a whimsical "first come, first served." Coming between Kagura and her Pocky, however, can be a dangerous proposition:
Yomi, though, will not be denied her delicious chocolate-covered biscuit stick.
Even though the 2nd episode takes place after most of the rest of the series, it does a good job of foreshadowing those episodes. For example, it's obvious from Kagura's expression as she nibbles her Pocky stick that they have some sort of emotional significance to her, but the viewer doesn't learn why until much later. (and the Pocky scene in the HMMWV was great)
All in all, a very enjoyable series that I hope is released in Region 1.
Posted by: Siergen at January 24, 2010 06:38 PM (hu1Gq)
48 days and counting to the first Friday practice in Bahrain...
UPDATE: No, that's not the 2010 Red Bull car. That's the official "Show Car", based on the 2009 chassis. If you're a fan of Top Gear, it's the same one that nailed Clarkson in the plums with paintballs launched from the exhaust...
Random Anime Picture #51: Obsession To Detail -The Cockpit OVA, ep02
If there's one thing military-based anime do well, it's concentrating on the appearance of the hardware being used. Case in point, the picture above. That's a Mitsubishi G4M, perhaps better known by its Allied reporting code of "Betty."
Unfortunately, Bettys were known by their crews as the "Type One Lighter," or "Cigars". That's what happens when you put big, non-self-sealing fuel tanks in a lightly-built airplane with no armor... and then put it in the path of the Big Blue Blanket.
You may also notice that it's carrying a Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka... which is the whole point of this episode from The Cockpit. Considering that most of the Ohkas that were carried aloft never made it to a target, and the Bettys almost invariably were shot down, the above picture seems particularly detailed. Episode 02 also the only of the three episodes I like. Eventually, I'll get around to a writeup like I promised back in November.
The Baka-bombs would have been a lot more effective if the Betties hadn't been so vulnerable. The Baka-bomb was faster than a normal kamikaze and had a bigger bomb load. Once the Baka-bomb was detached and its engine began burning, it was damned hard to stop.
Actually, it wasn't so much that the Bettys were vulnerable, but that the Ohka had such a short range (about 35km under power). That meant, for them to take advantage of their high speed, the Bettys had to get in close... at which point, their vulnerabilities became manifest.
There was an alternate version of the Ohka designed, and apparently built in some small numbers, to use a motorjet engine. This would have increased the range, but lowered the speed somewhat.
There were also standard Ohkas designed to be launched from rails, much like the German V-1, and therefore didn't need a carrier airplane. They were going to be used when the Allies invaded Japan, and probably would have been horrifically successful.
I can only find one example of an Ohka being shot down after it was released. The USS Jeffers (DD-621) hit one with a 5" round, detonating the warhead. Unfortunately, it was only 50 yards or so away when it exploded, and caused substantial, but not hull-integrity threatening, damage.
Posted by: Wonderduck at January 21, 2010 07:22 PM (Cpxcy)
Ga-Rei Zero, Episode 03
As you may remember, at the end of Episode 02 the Schoolgirl in Black, Yomi, seemed to have finished killing off Our (new) Heroes, including the Schoolgirl in White, her friend Kagura. So just how in the world is Ga-Rei Zero going to continue? Do we get another bunch of sacrificial heroes? Nope.
We get voiceovers:
Kagura: "On that day three years ago, I met someone important."
Yomi: "On that day three years ago, I met a girl lost in sadness."
The woman in the frame is Kagura's mom. Yomi exorcised the nasty that killed her, while she died in her husband's arms.
Yomi: "That chance meeting was the destiny of two people who bear the burden of fate."
Both: "That is where it all began."
Posted by: Wonderduck at January 19, 2010 07:22 PM (Cpxcy)
At least in the case of Divergence Eve, they pulled a switcheroo so that what you thought you saw in the first episode didn't turn out to really be what happened. Doesn't sound like they did that in this case, however.
Yuno's Got A New Duck(s In Anime)!
Big news! Yuno's got a new duckie!
-Hidamari Sketch x Hoshimittsu, ep02 This makes three different duckies we've seen accompany her into the bath. I think we can actually begin to count her amongst the ranks of the collectors! And here's the thing: it's a new style of duckie, to boot:
Her previous duckies have a much larger open bill, painted eyes and more detail to the tailfeathers, like so:
-Hidamari Sketch x 365, ep05 ...so it's pretty clear that she's gotten a new one. Or the animators drew it wrong. But I'm going with the first guess, because it fits my reality better!
And here's the neat part. If she DID get a new duckie, the other two are somewhere in her apartment, because Yuno's not the type who could throw away a duckie.
Yuno definitely looks bustier in this picture than in previous ones, but she also looks taller. Did she have a growth spurt? (Is she young enough to still be having growth spurts? ISTR she's a high school junior, but I could well be wrong on that.
Posted by: Peter the Not-so-Great at January 18, 2010 06:55 PM (c62wM)
A Little Housekeeping
I'm currently working on the post for Ga-Rei Zero, Episode 03. It's a remarkably time-consuming process. I take roughly one screenshot per minute of running time per episode (25-30 screencaps per 24 minute show), plus variants for many of them. For example, let's look at this shot:
I actually had five different versions of this picture. The only differences were the positions of the "overhead lights" (she's actually standing underneath an overpass, and as cars went over, the lights moved. No, I don't understand how the highway bridge is see-through either, but it's a neat look).
Then, of course, I have to adjust the saturation, contrast, and size of each screencap as well. ZoomPlayer's snapshot feature is good, but the resulting pictures sometimes seem washed out; maybe it's just me, though. Then comes the uploading of each picture, and THEN I get to write a thousand words around them. Each writeup seems to take between three or four hours all told, not including the initial viewing of the episode.
In other business, there's little going on in the world of Formula 1 at the moment, but that'll be changing very soon. The first Preseason Test session is February 1st at Valencia, and many of the teams are rolling out their cars just ahead of that date. Ferrari, for example, will debut their car to the press on January 28th. Of course, I'll be doing a F1 Pr0n entry for each one!
Fortunately for my sanity, the motorsports season is just about to get underway. First there's the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, which begins on the 19th. Legendary Announce Team member Bob Varsha is the head voice for SPEED's coverage, and it's great to see all those cool cars. Then we get the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona on January 30th. I love watching the 24-hour races, and the Daytona one is pretty much the unofficial start of the American motorsport year.
So, yeah, that's what is going on over here at The Pond at the moment. Only 54 more days until the first practice for the Grand Prix of Bahrain!
Portland is a land of many bridges, because a major river runs right through the middle of the city. In addition to two highway bridges going over it, there are like 7 or 8 street bridges. All of them are at least 50 years old. (The Burnside bridge still has rails on it left over from when this city had a major trolley system.)
All of the bridges are either really really tall or else they're draw-bridges of various kinds, because large ships use the Willamette River. One of those draw bridges is the Hawthorne Bridge.
...and now I get to the point. The road deck of the Hawthorne Bridge is a metal grill work. I always hated riding my motorcycle over it because it felt like the bike was moving left and right with the grain of the grill work and I was afraid I'd fall over.
I'm not sure why that was done. None of the other bridges are like that. But if you were in a boat underneath it at night, you would be able to see cars going by overhead.
Most of the other draw bridges here are bascule. (I had to look that word up.)
The Sellwood bridge doesn't have any such function, so that's as far upstream as tall ships can go. Beyond that it's all tugboats and barges, as far as commercial shipping is concerned. Which is further limited by Willamette Falls at Oregon City, which you have to use locks to get around.
But for the Rose Festival every year the bridges go up quite often, because the US Navy sends several ships to visit the city every time, and they dock along the waterfront. It's interesting, because there are suddenly swarms of horny young men in white uniforms running around downtown looking for action.
I've seen a few bridges with metal grate instead of roadbed.
The <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mackinac_Bridge">Mackinac Bridge</a> (suspension bridge similar to the Golden Gate Bridge in size) has the inner two lanes of metal grate, and the outer two lanes of asphalt over roadbed.
I've felt my car do a slight left-right-left wander over that metal grate.
Posted by: karrde at January 17, 2010 02:15 PM (F3U2E)
Swing bridges like the 1903 model over the Cuyahoga also have metal grill roadways, not just lift and drawbridges. I learned the hard way not to look up while passing underneath that one... But that's another story...
Gotta be a weight thing, but the Cap'n (of the Clueless) is the closest thing to an injuneer we got here (I think) and I won't trespass on that turf...
Posted by: The Old Man at January 19, 2010 02:26 PM (TcNy+)
Ga-Rei Zero, Episode 02
So Episode 01 of Ga-Rei Zero ended with every character we'd been introduced to, including the two apparent leads, turned into cold cuts at the hands sword of a schoolgirl dressed in a black seifuku. How can Episode 02 top that?
Well, first it pees all over the dismembered corpses of Our (fallen) Heroes by bringing the recently defeated (via Holy Water-based Aerial Bombing) Category B monster back to life, and putting the few remaining grunts in mortal peril because of it. As if their day wasn't going poorly enough! They're outclassed and outnumbered by one monster, and Our (fallen) Heroes' success turns to ashes to boot.
...and then the Category Cs come back, too. At this point, you just know the grunts are saying "F*ck you, Ga-Rei Zero, just f*ck you."
1. What's with the Pocky? Given the lack of deliberate misspelling of the name, it must be some sort of promotional consideration--either that, or the show's producers actually want to get sued. Glico Foods' advertising deparment may not have considered the possible negative connotations of being associated with this blood-and-guts-fest
2. Is there any obscure (to Westerners, anyway) signifcance to the girls' names? I ask this because at first glance, it looks like the scriptwriters just decided to name them after characters from Azumanga Daioh, one of the sweetest shows in all of Japanese animation. That would suggest a deeply warped sense of humor on the scriptwriters' part; imagine if Steven King had called his rabid demon dog Lassie, instead of Cujo, and you've just about got it.
Posted by: Peter the Not-so-Great at January 15, 2010 02:27 PM (c62wM)
Regarding #2, and they're named after my two favorite characters from AzuDai, to boot. If there's anything we're missing, I sure don't know about it.
For #1, I can only assume that there's some sponsorship involved. Pocky shows up all the way through the series...
Posted by: Wonderduck at January 15, 2010 06:33 PM (Cpxcy)
Like Pizza Hut in the Lelouche series whateverthehell it was called.
The Hawk and Big Mac
It's hard to think baseball in the middle of January, but over the past few days there's been two big news items to come from America's Game. It might be interesting to compare the individuals involved, Andre Dawson and Mark McGwire.
Andre "The Hawk" Dawson started his major league career in 1976 as an outfielder for the Montreal Expos. He won the National League Rookie of the Year award in 1977, and eight Gold Gloves for his defense (1980-1985, 1987-1988). He was what they called a "five-tool player," able to hit for average and power, had good speed, a cannon arm and played excellent defense in the field.
A testament to his offensive abilities is that he became only the third member of one of the most exclusive clubs in baseball, the 300-300 club, in 1991. At the time, only Willie Mays and Bobby Bonds had reached those numbers in home runs and steals (there are now six players with those numbers).
In 1987, Dawson won the NL MVP award, hitting 49 homers and driving in 137 runs. More amazing is that he won the award playing for a last place team, the 76-85 Chicago Cubs. He joined the Cubs in 1986, practically begging the team to give him a contract. This was the age of collusion, when the Major League teams had decided that they wouldn't sign other teams' free agents, no matter what. Dawson gave the Cubs a standard contract with his signature on it, but with the amount he was to be paid left blank. He then told the club to fill in the amount they were willing to pay. They offered him $500000 plus incentives worth an additional $750000 if he made the All-Star team, started in the All-Star game, or won the MVP. These numbers were well below what he should have been offered, but he still took it.
He had good reason to leave Montreal for Chicago: the field. The astroturf in Montreal's Olympic Stadium was easily the hardest in the Majors, being barely more than a plastic grass carpet laid directly on concrete. Over the 10 years he played there, his knees degenerated into putty from all the pounding they took. Much of his speed was lost after 1983, when he stole 25 bases. He never stole close to 20 again. He was always the first to the ballpark, and the last to leave, simply because he needed the extra time to get therapy on his knees just so he could play. While they didn't shorten his career, they certainly made it much more painful. He's actually had one of his knees replaced twice since his retirement, and the other will be replaced sometime soon, as it has no cartilage remaining.
He retired in 1996. In 2005, Ryne Sandburg, the Cubs' great second baseman, was inducted into the Hall of Fame. During his induction speech, Sandburg pushed for Dawson's enshrinement, saying "No player in baseball history worked harder, suffered more or did it
better than Andre Dawson. He's the best I've ever seen. I watched him
win an MVP for a last-place team in 1987 [with the Cubs], and it was
the most unbelievable thing I've ever seen in baseball. He did it the
right way, the natural way, and he did it in the field and on the bases
and in every way, and I hope he will stand up here someday."
This past weekend, Andre Dawson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Mark "Big Mac" McGwire, hit 70 home runs in 1998, breaking the single season record previously held by Roger Maris. He hit 583 for his career. Today, he came out and admitted that he used cheated by steroids during his career, including that 1998 season.
Two more different people would be difficult to find.
Ducks In Anime: HidaSketch Is BACK!
I've been way too long without my fix of Yuno, Sae, Hiro and Miyako. And Yuno's ducks.
Not the normal way to get into a tub...
It seems like they actually have a fairly decent budget this time around, too. It's crystal clear and the art is substantially improved (though you can't tell from the duckie scene).
I so want this duckie for my flock.
Of course, the girls are just the same as they ever were; normal, with just a dash of off-kilter to give the show something to work with. in other words, exactly how they should be. Hidamari Sketch x Hoshimittsu, we'll be seeing a lot of each other in the coming months!
Yeah, that's usually the look I get when I say that...
I d/l'd this show from BakaBT during their recent freeleech event, knowing nothing about it except for two things: one, there are cute girls in it, and two, the series is a prequel to the manga Ga-Rei... which I have never read. So, in other words, I didn't know anything about it. But, hey, cute girls!
So these individuals (L to R: Kudou, Tooru, Masaki and Natsuki) are part of a "special action" team, devoted to taking down supernatural forces that threaten Japan (and by extension, the entire world). They're aided in this task by...
Mami, who's the comms experts. They're all highly skilled in their individual talents, and they need to be. They're called out whenever a supernatural disaster is too much for the grunts of their organization to handle... which is what's occurring in episode 01.
The supernaturals are mostly invisible to normal people (even the grunts need technological help to see them), but the heroes can see them easily. The specters above are "Category C"-level, which is somewhere just above cannonfodder, but there's a lot of 'em in this attack. They almost overwhelm the grunts, but one squad holds the line and seems to end the disaster.
Until this guy shows up. It's a "Category B", and it's WAAAAY over the paygrade of the grunts. Oh, and then the specters regenerate. The squad is mangled, but our heroes arrive just in time to save the day!
I wouldn't think that's a particularly stable firing platform.
Natsuki's a talented motorcyclist, and her tires are studded with spiritually-charged runes. Tooru is a sniper, firing rune-encrusted bullets. He's also good at striking a dramatic pose, no? He starts plinking away at the Cat B, and she goes to work on the specters...
...first by laying down a protective circle of rune-embossed rubber...
...then by getting a little more in their phantom faces, making her cycle dance on their heads. While their efforts are quite impressive, and they don't seem to be in any danger, they're not really getting anything accomplished. Too many baddies, too few heroes. Until Kudou and Masaki arrive...
...flying a tilt-rotor airplane fire-tanker filled with spiritually-charged holy water! No more specters! Tah-dahhhhh! The Cat B is weakened by this run, and Tooru drops it with a boom headshot. But there's ANOTHER one. Our Heroes, guided by Mami, set a trap for it in Tokyo's water supply reservoir system. But how to get it there?
Oh. Right. Natsuki plays bait, the Cat B chases her like a big flaming armadillo, rolling like a ball at high speed down the Tokyo highways and byways. Eventually they get into the reservoir system, Tooru hits the monster with a sniper rifle, and Kudou and Masaki release the water, passing it through a spiritual filter to turn it into holy water and killing the creature.
Wet and tired, Our Heroes relax with nice hot coffee and witty repartee.
My Favorite Moments In Anime
A few posts back, I put up a youtube of Funky Cat Maybe! and mentioned that "it's one of my favorite anime things ever." Which got me to thinking... what are my favorite moments in my anime watching? Those scenes that immediately jump to mind when somebody asks "why do you like anime?" They aren't automatically from my favorite shows, though some are, but even a 'meh' show can have classic moments.
Below is my collection of those moments. They're in no particular order, except for the very last; that's my favorite. Click 'more' and let's take a look! Warning: there may be spoilers ahead!
I've haven't watched much anime in a while, but these come to mind immediately.
Vash breaks his Golden Rule
Mahoraba Heartful Days:
Tamami confronts Shiratori (at the end)
Hmm. Now that I look at these, they're all kind of depressing.
Posted by: Mob at January 07, 2010 08:13 AM (8c34o)
I tend to have favorite episodes or story arcs rather than scenes, but the following scenes stand out for me and I often end up going to watch just these scenes and watch an entire disc or series as a result.
RahXephon: When Ayato fights and kills the dolem <spoiler>that turns out to be his childhood friend.</spoiler> Certainly not a happy scene, but incredibly powerful and well done.
His and Her Circumstances: The wild chase at school that leads to Arima confessing to Yukino.
Aria: Same as Wonderduck.
Ghost in the Shell Innocence: The fight scene with Batou against hundreds of puppets, <spoiler>one of which gets taken over by Major Kusanagi to give him a much-needed bit of help.</spoiler>
Posted by: David at January 07, 2010 11:41 PM (rlE2m)
Starblazers/SBB Yamato: While it is not as flashy or dramatic as many well regarded last moments on screen
The death of Captain Avatar (Okita) is a quiet, poignant and very powerful scene. A brief, superbly paced scene with only 4 words spoken ("Dr. Sain...Thank you."), it still makes me tear up. In the American version, Rick Emersons delivery is absolutely out of the park. There are several other really good scenes in this show many of which have become cliche' over the years but that scene is pretty unique.
Zone of the Enders: The fact that there is a 35 foot sentient battlemech (with the mind of a schoolgirl) amongst our band of adventurers is not actually central to many of the episodes. Case in point is a scene where James Links (who has been trying to improve his parenting skills by reading a self help book) finds himself face to face with
the author of said book...and the authors estranged son...in the context of the series this scene is both out of the blue and utterly priceless. Hillarity ensues.
Van Dread: The battle sequence end of the final episode of the first season is a superb climax and one of the more satysfing action scenes ever.
PILOT LIGHT !!
Azumanga Daioh: Jumping Rope
Black Lagoon: The chase scene with our heroes PCs being pursued by the goth loli with teh chainsaw and Stabby-StabbyMcChinglish. Unusually, this actually works for me much better in the American version, though in no version does it ever even remotely approach respectability.
Bleach: Ichigo discovers the 'monster' in his closet.
Gurren Lagann: Yomako-sensei's 'lesson' to the two beastmen.
Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha: Many good ones. The ending episode of A's, especially
Reinforce's sacrifice to end the book's cycle of reincarnation.
Ouran Host Club: Episode 5, the Twins Fight:
the big reveal at the end of the fight. I had the privilege to watch this for the second time at a convention with a room full of people. The first-time reactions are priceless.
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: The fight between Yuki and
Baccano!: Another series with a number of favorite moments, but especially
the reveal of Rail Tracer's identity
Posted by: Civilis at January 09, 2010 02:15 PM (9rGIq)
Flavor Flav(io) Reinstated
Ex-Renault team principle Flavio Briatore, who was banned for life from F1 for his role in the Nelson Piquet Jr "CrashGate" scandal, is now un-banned.
Earlier today, the Tribunal de Grande Instance in Paris overturned the lifetime ban, agreeing with Briatore's claim that the FIA did not have legal grounds for the suspension. Which mystifies me, since both the FIA and F1 are private organizations; in theory, they should be able to make their own rules, right?
Furthermore, the court also awarded Briatore â‚¬15000 in damages. That's a far cry from the â‚¬1000000 he was asking for, but it's still a slap in the face of the FIA.
Along with Briatore, Pat Symonds, the former Renault chief of Engineering who was given a five-year suspension, was also cleared and awarded â‚¬5000. Symonds expressed his "eternal regret and shame" over his role in the scandal back when he left Renault. I guess this is some subset of "eternal" that I wasn't aware of.
Any bets on if either of them will be back in F1 within the next couple of years?
UPDATE: The FIA's response:
The FIA notes the Decision of the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Paris in relation to Mr. Briatore and Mr. Symonds. The Court has rejected the claims for damages made by Mr. Briatore
and Mr. Symonds and their claim for an annulment of the FIA's decision.
In particular, the Court did not examine the facts and has not
reversed the FIA's finding that both Briatore and Symonds conspired to
cause an intentional crash at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.
However, the Court did question the FIA's authority to impose bans
upon Mr. Briatore and Mr. Symonds for procedural reasons and because
they are not FIA licence holders and, according to the Court, are
therefore not subject to any FIA rules. The FIA's ability to exclude
those who intentionally put others' lives at risk has never before been
put into doubt and the FIA is carefully considering its appeal options
on this point. The Courtâ€™s decision is not enforceable until the FIA's appeal
options have been exhausted. Until then, the World Motor Sport
Councilâ€™s decision continues to apply.
In addition, the FIA intends to consider appropriate actions to
ensure that no persons who would engage, or who have engaged, in such
dangerous activities or acts of intentional cheating will be allowed to
participate in Formula One in the future.
FIA is not a private organization. It is handed an official authority of sanction motorsport events by the EU government (the Commission). It's a good deal: nobody can run motorsport competition in Europe unless FIA approves. But the downside is the strings attached to it. I don't know if the strings are significant in the case of Flavio's ban, but nonetheless, the wages of being a driving belt for the government may yet come home to roost.
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at January 08, 2010 05:38 PM (/ppBw)
If its charter is from the EU, then EU courts would have jurisdiction, not French courts.