F1 Pr0n: McLaren MP4-28
Before I get into the details of the new McLaren, I have a complaint. See, the little team from Woking used to do great "glamour shots" of their cars... indeed, I believe I got my "nose-3/4-side" format for F1 Pr0n from them. But in recent years, they've gone away from that to putting the car on an angled plinth under nice warm lights... which is HORRIBLE for my purposes. This year they've only released TWO studio shots: one from the side, and the annual McLaren Centerfold. *siiiiiiiiiiigh* Well, let's work with what we've got.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the McLaren MP4-28.
For all intents and purposes, there's only two differences between this and the MP4-27. One, the sidepods have a steeper slope front-to-back, though they didn't copy the Red Bull exhaust thing like Lotus did. The other obvious difference is the nose. Last year's rollout had a very low, long nose; the MP4-28, on the other hand, has something more like the nose run at the end of the 2012 season, when the McLaren was the fastest, though least reliable, car on the track. It looks shorter, though that's probably an optical illusion, maybe because of the installed modesty panel covering the step.
Other than those differences, there's one other oddball thing... the two sidepod inlets have completely different shapes, and each one has a different style/shape of mirror. I can only assume that this is temporary, and one will be decided upon before the first race. Though I wouldn't put it past McLaren to go full wacko on us... it's an odd-numbered year, after all.
Under the skin, there's reportedly a number of changes. They've copied the Ferrari pull-rod suspension for the front, and improved the rear pull-rod suspension by putting all the pieces into one housing, thereby cutting down on drag. Reportedly. For the life of me, I can't see it. That, however, is why they have people who get paid to spot things like that and I work in a bookstore. Okay, we've seen the rest of it, but now it's time for moment we've all been waiting for... and no staples, either!
F1 Pr0n: Lotus E21
It's that time of year again. With the unofficial start of the motorsports year having run this past weekend, it's time for a young man's thoughts to turn to the curves and bodywork of the lovely cars of Formula 1. What, you thought I meant something else? Fortunately for all of us, Lotus understands that which drives us, and today brought out their challenger for the 2013 F1 Championships, the E21.
Which, at least from the front, looks very much like the E20. This is hardly a bad thing, as that chassis proved to be quite effective in 2012, moreso towards the end of the season. One thing that has visibly changed is the livery colors; there's more red and black, less gold. Purists may not like this as it doesn't "tip the hat" to the old Lotus "John Player Special" colors, but I could care less. The red looks great!
It's from this angle that the surprises start to really become visible. They're not using a "modesty panel" to cover the stepped nose; Lotus has said that they don't want to add any extra weight to the car, particularly high up, for mere cosmetic purposes. Now, if they can get a smidgeon of downforce out of it, however.... All the way back to the air intake, the E21 still looks like last year's car.
Whoops! Here's a difference: Lotus is copying the rear end of the Red Bull RB8 sidepods and exhaust exits. That'll bring the exhaust down and around the end of the diffuser, trying to get a bit of a blown diffuser effect, without having a blown diffuser (which would be illegal). Let's face it, if you're going to copy from someone, one may as well copy from the best, right?
It's like Laser Floyd, except better!
So there's our first charger of the year. Next up is the McLaren MP4-28 on January 31st... we'll see you then with the next installment of F1 Pr0n!
Posted by: flatdarkmars at January 29, 2013 12:53 AM (I55Es)
I had a Corgi John Player Special as a kid, and I wish I knew what happened to it. It was beautiful.
Posted by: Mauser at January 29, 2013 06:07 AM (cZPoz)
Mauser, you and me both... I had five corgi cars. A Lotus, a Tyrrell (which I always thought was an "Elf"), a white car that looked a lot like a more-or-less modern Indy car, a UOP Shadow, and some other one. Those were really my introduction to F1; I remember playing with them while listening to a "Sounds of Watkins Glen" flexi-disc, or during ABC's Wide World of Sports occasional coverage of Monaco.
Yeah, I'm old.
Posted by: Wonderduck at January 29, 2013 08:00 AM (rITYa)
Although I'm really jealous of my friend Mitch, who still has a Corgi SPV from Captain Scarlet.
Posted by: Mauser at January 30, 2013 03:58 AM (cZPoz)
A Birthday To Remember
I'd like to tell you all a story. In some ways, it's a happy story, but in others it's kinda sad. If you're not interested in hearing some sad stuff, please enjoy the pretty picture of a piece of birthday cake and go on with your day.
Tired And... It's Probably Best If I Leave It At That.
The Spring semester has begun at Duck U, and we've been kinda busy in the Bookstore. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I'm finding it difficult to come up with the motivation to blog here at The Pond. There are other things going on, too, but that's the main thing.
Don't push yourself to do it if you're already overstretched; but don't believe that your blogging hasn't mattered, either. It's okay to wax and wane your blog presence according to the weeks and seasons.
Your profession dates back to the Middle Ages and the enterprising bookmen and women of Bologna, Paris, et cetera. Just be glad that you don't have to supervise a staff of copyists and artists as well as sales and stock!
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at January 26, 2013 06:09 AM (cvXSV)
Vividred Operation Ep02
It's time once again for everybody's favorite hyperintelligent duck to shamelessly give the business to an innocent, unsuspecting anime. I'll admit some reluctance to use the term "innocent" to describe Vividred Operation,
as it seems very much like the Production Staff's familiarity with the
word is passing at best. Still, that's what makes these things so much
fun, right? I suppose an argument can be made that using the word "fun"
to describe these episodic writeups may not be appropriate, but that's
not for me to say. I just write 'em and let you, my intelligent, good
looking, well-dressed readers, make the call. By the way, have I
mentioned how great your hair looks? Because it's flat-out amazing. How do you get it to do that feathering-and-flip thing? Seriously, I envy you your hair.
We pick up Ep02 pretty much where we left off in Ep01,
with Akane (left) ascended to Magical Girl status amd Aoi (right)
gazing lovingly into her eyes. Just then, Gendo Plushyferret says that
the two of them are the only people in the world that can fight the
alien invaders, and they've got to prepare for docking. Docking? As in
"symmetrical docking"? I've completely changed my mind about this
series, I'm all over it now!
Man, Vividred Operation has
really moved into the big leagues now: it's got an OP and everything!
Too bad I'll never watch it... I actually (almost) never watch a show's
OP, simply because of the spoilers that are usually contained therein.
That is, if I actually care about the series; if I don't, I'll watch
once. Yes, I know there are series where the OP is part of the show
(the ARIA franchise) or changes every episode (the most recent HidaSketch); obviously that's different. But in general, I'd rather be surprised. Okay, now that I've got that out of my system, where's my docking?
I think those are supposed to be F-35's. And having the two girls flying in formation with several of them was pretty awesome.
An interesting thing about the dark haired girl: she has something that looks like a glowing flower on her collar, and one of the petals on it went away when she fired her bow. It's like she has a limited number of shots, and she just used one up.
Suddenly I'm reminded of the cheering children in Megas XLR when the school gets smashed...
And clearly the magical girls have something like superman's "Strength Field" that lets them lift Raptors by the radome without snapping it off.
Looking at the damage to the carrier deck... I wonder if there's a TV Tropes for "Everything is made of stone" based on the way things break into concrete rubble when smashed.
Posted by: Mauser at January 22, 2013 05:51 AM (cZPoz)
Totally F-35. It only has a single engine. It doesn't look like it has the port for the VTOL jet, so it's not that version. It may very well be the naval version.
And now I shall demonstrate my nerdery: The first thought I had when I saw those F-22 looking things in the first episode was, "I thought those weren't going to be exported..." The second thing was that they only had one engine, upon which I actually looked it up.
And symmetrical docking...
Posted by: Anonymous Coward at January 22, 2013 08:49 AM (xsott)
How Did You Spend Your Saturday, Wonderduck?
Even though I had absolutely no reason to do so, I woke up at 5am today, and I'm one of those people who can't go back to sleep once they wake up. I puttered around the interwebz until around 7am, at which point I started three loads of towels going in the laundry room. By 9am, those were finished, and I was giving thought to the grocery shopping. It took me a couple of hours to get the gumption up to go do that, however, as my brain simply wasn't interested in doing anything... I was awake, but it was still craving sleep. So off to the grocery store I went.
That took me a good half-hour or so, horrified by the incredible number of people there. I got back to Pond Central, then I was reminded that I'm getting old and my knees are made of jello and razor blades as I took my shopping up the stairs. I then puttered around the interwebz for another hour or so until my body said "no more, must sleep." So I did, a glorious five hour nap. Once awake, I gathered up my clothes and took them down to the laundry room... another three loads and two hours. Which brings us to right now, more or less, with the temperature dropping like a rock and the wind blowing like the precursor to a hurricane.
I remember when Saturday nights were fun. I kinda miss those days.
Classes start next week. I'm a little worn out already, and I'm barely spending any time on the sales floor. You'd think I'd be nice and relaxed, and to that, I'd say that you don't really know me at all. Under stress I tend to get a little twitchy, and twitchy means tired. As a result, my plans for tonight are simple... have some pizza, watch a little TV, then get to work on the Ep02 writeup for Vividred Operation. Or take a nap after dinner, one of the two.
Vividred Operation Ep01
So there's really only one show that I'm even mildly excited about this season, and that's this one, Vividred Operation.
As I mentioned in the previous post, nobody has the faintest idea
what's going to happen with it: it could be great, it could be stupid,
it could be stupidly great! Well, no matter how it shakes down, I'll be
doing episodic reviews for it, probably on Saturdays. It airs on
Thursday, but there's that whole work thing to think about... I'm not as
young as I used to be, alas. I don't have as much energy, as much
hair, or as many teeth as I did when I was a kid. So let's take a look
at this here show, let's see what we're being given to work with, shall
The City of Townsville! unknown moniker, and something seems a little out of place in it...
like, maybe, the enormous tower in the center (thanks for pointing that out, Muppet!) that simply dwarfs
everything in the vicinity? Seriously, look at that thing, it's easily
five times taller than the tallest structure nearby, and maybe twice as
tall as the skyscrapers in the background. In an earthquake-prone
country, no less. Can you imagine the
number of zoning ordinances that had to be eased so it could be
constructed? Pilots flying into City must hate the thing with a
passion, too. Plus, it's clear that the powers that be are somewhat lax
with their security methods. To whit...
...there's this young woman, standing on the safety railing on the very
top of the tower, watching the sun come up. Completely unbelievable... I
mean, there's not a single iPhone or camera in sight, and there's no way one of today's callow yoots wouldn't be recording this to post on myfaceinatube.com... with the camera held the wrong way. Kids these days, I tell you.
Oh, so it's going to be THAT sort of show, huh? Technically, she is wearing pants. Lil' Miss Wallenda up there is, apparently, a member of O2STK, and nothing she does while on-screen clarifies her reason for existing.
I had a "wait, what?" moment in this episode. Momo complains at one point because they don't have any money. But there are a thousand companies in the world who would be willing to pay huge to get the plans to that flying bike. By all rights they ought to be hugely wealthy.
Yup. Never mind the whole Infinite Phlebotinum Engine, the flying bike should have made him rich... but then, he DOES have a radio-telescope dish in his back yard.
Posted by: Wonderduck at January 16, 2013 10:10 PM (cymHZ)
Yep, it's clear that the reason they don't have any money is because grandpa spends every penny of his massive patent licensing cheques on scientific widgetry. Now that he's a plushy ferret, the girls will live like kings!
Also, that thing that attacked the planes and ships and whatnot? It's totally a runaway planetarium projector.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at January 16, 2013 11:05 PM (PiXy!)
I made the same comment, and was answered with "if that's really a spectrometer, no wonder they're broke." Ah, it's always better to watch with engineers...
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at January 16, 2013 11:08 PM (pWQz4)
I don't know why I bothered hoping that her fear of heights would actually last as a plot device for any length of time. "Oh, I'm cured of that now." Uh... huh. Sigh.
The MST3K Mantra gets a real workout during this show, but I just don't care. The last two anime I managed to stick with for any length of time are Sword Art Online (and I stopped cold once the first arc completed, because I knew that what came next were escalations and repeats of same) and Mouretsu Pirates (best show in years and nobody can prove to me otherwise). I'm trying not to get my hopes up too high for this, but I'll stick with it as long as I can...
Posted by: GreyDuck at January 16, 2013 11:16 PM (xbP2x)
Oh, and you're not the only one. "Oh, it's vivid red. Gotcha." Too many viewings of "Vandread" over the years? Guilty as charged.
Posted by: GreyDuck at January 16, 2013 11:17 PM (xbP2x)
Posted by: Tom Tjarks at January 17, 2013 04:25 PM (T5fuR)
Marketing is getting ready to sell USB drives that look like the key.
Great idea, developing the only means of defense and keying it to a middle school girl who's afraid of heights and so hard hasn't shown the slightest hint of fighting skills, unless she means to bean the aliens with newspapers.
The one thing that bothered me about the whole tiltrotor thing is they pointed out that it ran off of UncleFester Engine energy, and I said "Then why does it have turbine air intakes?"
The other thing is that Ospreys have carbon fiber fuselages. They wouldn't break like that.
Posted by: Mauser at January 18, 2013 03:12 AM (cZPoz)
Watching the helicopter manufacturing process and Ospreys being built made working at Bell Helicopter a wonderful time.
Posted by: Tom Tjarks at January 18, 2013 08:27 AM (iVQxO)
Question For The Pond Scum
My friends, I have a question for all of you. As I'm sure you've noticed, my writeups for Ben-To! are occurring at a rate that makes snails seem fast. I've been busier at work than I was expecting, and since it's an old show, I feel like I can "relax" with it. But I couldn't do that with a show that's currently airing, and that's where the question comes in.
Vividread Operation has just begun to air over in Japan, and it seems to hold great promise as a subject of a Wonderduck Writeup. SDB calls it a cross between Strike Witches and Nanoha, and I suppose that's correct, though to me it leans more towards the 'magical girl' side of the spectrum. Whatever, I can see it being just as singularly stupid as Rio Rainbow Gate!, or as singularly good as Ga-Rei Zero. So I leave it up to you, my friends and readers, the accumulated Pond Scum: do I finish Ben-To!, or do I drop it and go with Vividred Operation?
(Brickmuppet: could be worse, he could have gone with the other half of the blog's name and called us all duck doo.)
Posted by: Mikeski at January 13, 2013 01:01 AM (DU6Ja)
Change up to VRO. If you don't like where it's going, you can always drop back to Ben-To.
Posted by: JT at January 13, 2013 11:39 AM (DY79H)
Gotta go with the crowd. Vividred looks interesting.
Posted by: Ben at January 13, 2013 03:31 PM (/Mdmg)
I'd say switch. I mean, like I'm going to get back to Deadman Wonderland? Who would care at this point?
Posted by: Mauser at January 13, 2013 05:43 PM (cZPoz)
I also say switch to Vividread Operation, if only because Ben-to! is so monumentally stupid that I could feel my brain cells dying just from reading your writeups. (You could always go back to Ben-to! later, if you still have the urge to torment us.)
Posted by: Peter the Not-so-Great at January 13, 2013 07:29 PM (ElBzz)
I'll chime in for Vividred. Go ahead and make the change.
Posted by: GreyDuck at January 13, 2013 11:50 PM (xbP2x)
Am I the only one with a soft spot for Desaturation Lass? My vote is for Ben-To, but it looks like I will be out-voted.
Posted by: Anonymous Coward at January 14, 2013 12:22 AM (ASd7f)
Eight out of ten dramatic ferrets prefer Vividpants. Red. Vividred.
Did all the female characters have colours for names? I noticed Akane, Momo, Mashiro, and Aoi.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at January 14, 2013 02:47 AM (PiXy!)
Follow your bliss. I never really got the point of Ben-to.
Posted by: Mitch H. at January 14, 2013 09:06 AM (jwKxK)
So there I was, in my office at the Duck U Bookstore and I really should take a picture of it and show y'all, if for no other reason than the entertainment value inherent with what my office looks like; I'm sure you think it's some sort of swank place with velour and velvet and high-end mahogany and a cigar humidor with a built-in wine cellar because what else would the office of a bookstore manager look like? You're forgetting the huge floor-to-ceiling ferns disguising the door to my private room with the velvet Elvises, or would that be Elvii? Anyway, two of those, the bar, and all the rye bread anybody can eat, and I go in there and hide when things get crazy (I'm in there a lot) and weep softly to myself as LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out" plays over the hi-fi and I try to regain my morale to face the world again and did I just say all that out loud?
Anyway, so there I was in my office at the Duck U Bookstore, doing paperwork like it was going out of style... didn't they say that computers were going to cut down on paper?... when I realized two things: one, that I kept looking at the opening to the private room, and two, I was ridiculously hungry. But not for just anything, oh no... I had a craving, a veritable need, for two foodstuffs: macaroni and cheese, and peas. Not mixed together. Separately: a bowlful of mac&cheese, and a bowlful of peas.
Ducks In Anime: Mochi Edition -Tamako Market, Ep01
Well, the first episode of the new KyoAni show debuted today. Unlike almost everything else they've done, Tamako Market is original to Kyoto Animation, not based on a manga, light novel or video game. This... may not be a good thing, as KyoAni's previous foray into original work, Munto... let's just say it wasn't worthwhile and leave it at that.
As far as THIS original work goes, jury is still out. It had some good points (it looks great, as all KyoAni shows do, and Anko is also great) and bad (wtf bird?), but it's anybody's guess as to which will win out.
Still, they put a duck in it. That counts for a lot.
The Munto OAV wasn't terrible, just a bit nonsensical. The remake TV series, though... they clearly wanted to expand on the story & setting and had no idea whatsoever how to do so. The only good thing about the TV series was that it was slightly prettier (oddly enough) since they had better-honed skills and better technology than they had back in the OAV days.
So, yeah, unless they've hired an actual writer, they may have problems here. Adaptations are their strong suit...
Posted by: GreyDuck at January 10, 2013 08:17 AM (xbP2x)
Now And Again, Manga
Over at Brickmuppet's place, a recent contest (whyasnake) brought his favorite manga to the light of day. As with all right-thinking individuals, it turns out that it's Yotsuba&!. Careful readers of The Pond will remember that I have a special place in my torso for that title, which explains why it has to be my favorite manga of all time.
But let's face it, that doesn't make for a particularly exciting post, so I'm going to dig a little deeper into the stacks of manga in my collection to find two other favorites! Join me, won't you?
Panzer Vor (If You Know What I Mean)!
One of the many surprises involving the recent series Girls und Panzer was the lack of heavy fanservice. Oh, don't get me wrong, the girls are cute and pleasant to look at, but pretty much the only true fanservice shots are for the tank aficionado.
Oh baby, do those treads go all the way up?
And that's fine, great even. It's a wonderful thing when shows take the high road and avoids blatant pandering to succeed upon its own merits. I mean, I love the Strike Witches franchise, but there's no way to use it as an example of the fine art of anime... there's just not enough pants in that show. However, a casual glance at a well-known repository of anime-related fanart (link ridiculously NSFW) makes it clear that there's a demand for Girls und Panzer fanservice. Which is why it should come as no surprise that the Blu-Ray release of the first volume of GuP in Japan contains an OVA...
Being devoted to my readers, I've decided to take on the challenge of providing suitable coverage of this OVA for your edification. Join me, won't you, in an excursion into GuP OVA #1: Water War!
Actually, I am deeply disappointed. I'd seen the shot of the SCUBA suit and thought they were subverting the trope. alas...this instead of # 11.
Posted by: brickmuppet at January 07, 2013 10:32 AM (vp6an)
Okay. I have a person-who-doesn't-know-very-much-about-tank-design question. I looked up the tanks used in the series (mostly on Wikipedia, I must admit) to get some historical perspective. The Churchill was noted in the wikipedia article for having "all-around tracks", which must mean something other than I think it means...because I know what a track is and how it works on a tracked vehicle. What are "all-around tracks"? Is this an historical reference or an engineering reference?
Posted by: Ben at January 08, 2013 10:09 PM (/Mdmg)
I think what that means is that the top part of the track goes higher than the side of the chassis. Why that might be a good thing is beyond me; it can't have been very important because the Sherman and T34 didn't do that.
It would seem, then, that the "all-around track" on the Churchill was primarily a holdover from the Mark I - IX tanks.
Only in terms of design requirements. The Churchill was designed to fulfill the British Army's requirement for an infantry tank. As the term suggests, such AFVs were intended to provide direct support for the infantry. As such, an infantry tank did not need to be fast, but it did need to be able to go anywhere that the infantry could go.
Running the track over the chassis/hull, as well as equipping it with extra road wheels, gave the Churchill arguably the best all terrain performance of any tank of WW2. It would not be able to win races on the road (Even when new, and the Churchill, like people, got slower as it got older and put on weight.), but it could handle steeper slopes than any other tank of the era, and move better over rough country than most. Since the infantry it supported could not walk any faster but often did have to fight in terrain that would prevent the use of other AFVs, the performance advantage was very significant.
Incidentally, the rhomboid shape used by the WW1 British tanks might given them the best poor terrain performance of any AFV deployed - but their lack of suspensions or shock absorbers detracted from that advantage.
Posted by: cxt217 at January 09, 2013 04:07 PM (metzn)
I think the Churchill could probably climb over a higher barrier (e.g. a stone wall) than a comparable tank whose track didn't do that.
I think the Churchill could probably climb over a higher barrier (e.g. a stone wall) than a comparable tank whose track didn't do that.
Of course, even if a tank could climb over a barrier like that, most tanks and their crews would not risk it if there was enemy opposition. It is usually much better to find a way around, or wait for the engineers to blow a hole through, than climb a barrier in a tank.
Posted by: cxt217 at January 09, 2013 06:45 PM (metzn)
hey i get an email of these pics in full size? for.... research
Posted by: panzerkero at October 17, 2013 10:01 AM (p37C2)
and on the churchill it should be noted that is was designed to be "mechanical infrantry" so the tracks were designed to spread the weight of the tank and allow it to go on sand, also they were bent up to allow a high clearance. ( although its debatable whether it realy helped)
thats just my 2 cents hope it clears it up
Posted by: panzerkero at October 17, 2013 10:16 AM (p37C2)
This was the debut run of the 2012 Toyota TS030 Hybrid LeMans Prototype (LMP1). If you don't have the volume turned on, you're missing the "cool" bit. In case you're wondering what's going on, the car begins in electric-motor mode before the V8 engine kicks in... which then sounds like the car is going into hyperspace. Baby! If the Prius sounded like that, I'd buy one.
I've posted a lower-quality version of this before, but I recently found this cleaner and longer clip of the 2001 "control tire" incident in the Australian V8Supercar series. A simplistic description of V8S would be "Aussie NASCAR, but on road courses." I love it; if I had to blog about a race series, but couldn't do F1, I'd probably do V8S.
The first race I ever did extensive blogging for, the 2005 USGP, is known for only having six cars start. I've spoken of that moment on here before, but never shown it. Well, here it is, in all its gory glory. If you're not sure what's going on, read the link. It'll give you at least a minimum of understanding.
Adventures In Anime Ordering
Now, far be it for me to say that I have wildly varying tastes in anime. To be sure, I tend more towards the light comedy / slice-of-life genres, but that's hardly the only stuff I watch. However, even I had to scratch my head when my latest order from Robert's showed up at the Duck U Bookstore...
One of these things is not like the others / which one is different, do you know?
I suppose it's possible to find more wildly dissimilar shows than HidaSketch and Black Lagoon, but you'd have to work at it. Both are really good shows, but in completely different ways... and that just made me think of a crossover between the two series. That makes me weep. Yuno in Roanapur? Sawyer the Cleaner at Hidamari Apartments? Wait... that one would be pretty cool, actually.
Ducks In Anime: Purple -Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai!, Ep05
Kyoto Animation doesn't do ducks very often, but when they do, they're usually nothing to write home about. It's almost as if they didn't give much thought to ducks in everyday life or something. It does appear, however, that with Ep05 of Chuu2, they've seen the error of their ways. A lovely shot in a lovely scene.
Did I offend, or did the video of the giant Duck in Sydney Harbor get caught up in a spam purge?
Posted by: Mauser at January 05, 2013 08:48 PM (cZPoz)
Your comment was blank, Mauser... and I'm not a fan of video embedded in comments, in any case. I've seen the video, of course... five different e-mail made sure of that! Florentijn Hofman is an artistic legend.
Posted by: Wonderduck at January 05, 2013 10:25 PM (cymHZ)
Huh, It wasn't blank in the preview. Or do you mean that it was posted without comment? Whatever, as long as you saw it. No harm, no fowl. *grin*
Posted by: Mauser at January 07, 2013 05:36 AM (cZPoz)
Aww, I missed it. My office is just around the corner from Cockle Bay there the ducky is currently bathing. I'll see if I can get a photo when I'm next in. (Later this week or Monday.)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at January 07, 2013 06:28 PM (PiXy!)
In Praise of Chuu2
Did you watch Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! (aka "Chuu2") when it aired in the Fall season?
Well, did you?
If you didn't, you've missed something awfully special. I'll admit, I was unable to watch it when it was airing, but I've made amends for that. Wow, is this a good show. The basic setup is simple: guy goes to highschool intent on leaving his fantasy-tainted youth (he called himself "Dark Flame Master"... in public) behind and just live a normal life. Then he meets... her.
Rikka, possessor of the "Tyrant's Eye." Or a colored contact lens. One of the two. Unlike Our Hero, she still believes in her fantasy-tainted youth; in fact, she lives it whole-heartedly. I'll be honest... I was embarrassed on her behalf for the first episode. Not like I emphasize with her or anything, heavens, no... I'm merely a hyperintelligent duck with the ability to type. If you can get past that initial embarrassment, however, you find yourself in the middle of the best anime in quite a while, perhaps of all of 2012.
Along the way, Rikka decides to form a club and somehow manages to attracts other fantasists, including a cheerleader, an upperclassman, and a middleschooler, to her side... oh, and the Dark Flame Master gets dragged along, too. Hijinks ensue. Ridiculously entertaining hijinks, might I add. There is a story being told here, which reveals itself around Ep06 or so, but it's a touching one, never angsty without good reason. And for every angsty bit, there's humor and action aplenty, usually at the same time.
It should come as no surprise that, as a Kyoto Animation series, it's absolutely gorgeous. Details that other companies would gloss over or ignore altogether get nearly as much attention as the main images. Characterization is new and fresh, and I found myself actually caring about them. For a flinty-souled duck like myself, this came as a stunning surprise.
I cannot recommend this show highly enough. Go watch it. What are you waiting for?
UPDATE: I neglected to mention something. Blogsuki nailed it with his description of Rikka as an opposite-Haruhi Suzumiya. Rikka doesn't have powers but acts like she does. Haruhi DOES have powers, but doesn't realize it. True, there's almost nothing else similar about them, but it's an excellent observation about their respective personalities. Haruhi would simply hate Rikka... or pity her, which is even worse.