Archive for June, 2008

Akazukin Chacha's three classmates.

I have mentioned before that I've been trying to create various magical girl concepts, if not actual established characters, in the HERO System. Since I've had the point hammered into me with great force that I shouldn't try to stat existing characters without compromising their stated abilities, I've been trying to create my own original magical girls from scratch.

Now, I could turn this into a series of posts about What Makes A Mahou Shoujo, but I'm not sure anyone really wants to read endless ramblings about the Creative Process, which is largely ugly, incoherent, and should not be seen by the light of day. Instead, I'll just shine a narrow beam of illumination onto one aspect which struck me as blog fodder.

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Drosselmeyer greet Ahiru.

I have to give massive props to Princess Tutu for doing it right.

We've all had our discussions about how anime can be Art, or at least be in the same general vicinity as Art. Princess Tutu falls in at least the latter category, and I believe that it makes a very strong case for the former: the composition of each scene, the musical background, the plot, all of it is suffused with the essence of Art-ness. I would not hesitate to recommend this anime to those who would like an anime that makes them ponder the deconstruction (and, possibly, reconstruction) of fairy tales.

And yet, with all its Art-ness, Princess Tutu never forgets to entertain. I can watch it and analyse the roles of the Prince, the Princess, the Evil Villain, and how they're just roles rather than characters, an unfortunate fact that said characters are fully aware of. Or I can watch it and enjoy Ahiru being, well, Ahiru, the happy-go-lucky naive-but-charming little girl who isn't very good at much, but who still tries her best.

Princess Tutu is the best proof I have right now that anime doesn't have to be Serious and Edgy to be thought-provoking. It can be fun, and it can be art, all at the same time.

Also, I've always thought that Saint-Saens's "Les Carnaval des Animaux: Aquarium" would be perfect for a Creepy Eerie Revelation BGM, and Princess Tutu has done exactly that.

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This entry is part 17 of 43 in the series Nanoha GamerS

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This entry is part 16 of 43 in the series Nanoha GamerS

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This entry is part 15 of 43 in the series Nanoha GamerS

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Someone I don't know from Inakoi.

I hasten to assure one and all that I have not suddenly become some sort of tech guru, but merely that after eighteen straight hours of investigative file rearrangement, I caved and bought a new hard disk, reinstalling Windows XP, for the purpose of. Before anyone suggests it, I have indeed entertained the notion of switching operating systems, but always I return to the consideration that Windows XP is the only OS upon which City of Heroes may run without complaint or workaround. (Yes, I am aware of WINE and Boot Camp. Even so.)

Currently my old hard disk stands in digital and physical quarantine, as I cannot be bothered any more with trying to figure out which of the DLLs removed by that overzealous anti-Trojan utility are legitimately innocent, and which are truly pestilent. My files, which I have ascertained to be free from taint, I have transferred to another hard disk, roomier and separate from the Operating System disk. In theory, this should protect my data should Windows decide to Nice Boat on me again. Nevertheless, I have had far too many hard disks crash on me to be entirely sanguine about this state of affairs.

So it goes.

Download Day 2008 has been confirmed to be June 17th. Participate in the attempt to set a world record for most downloads in 24 hours, and there may be a foxgirl for you. No, not really.

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And I had, in hindsight, somewhat irresponsible and unreliable faith in the ability of anti-virus Trojan removal not to completely screw up Windows.

As of this moment, as I am posting on a library computer (which explains the lack of an illustrative header picture), I have what is essentially an expensive doorstop that was once a personal computer. As far as I believe, the data is still intact, but gated by an operating system clamouring for missing DLLs and refusing to boot up further.

I cannot even use a Linux liveboot CD to transfer my files, since apparently there is that odd but insurmountable difference between NTFS and FAT file systems.

In effect, I will not be able to update this blog, or my Livejournal (which this post shall be crossposted to, assuming that doesn't go wrong as well), until I get the computer fixed. The hardware is all fine, but that is small comfort if I cannot recover all my files, collected over the years.

Any advice on the matter will likely go unread, as I cannot check my email or comments either, at least not in time. All my efforts shall be bent towards reviving my computer, and I shall not rest until it is once again functional.

This is one reason why, despite my habit of naming my computers (and peripherals), I do not christen them with names of characters I really like. This is a policy borne from experience, considering that I seem to have a schedule of something catastrophic happening to my computer(s) more or less annually.

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This entry is part 14 of 43 in the series Nanoha GamerS

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This entry is part 13 of 43 in the series Nanoha GamerS

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Amazingly, artwork from and of Kanokon is not exactly plentiful, among the usual imageboards. I suspect that this is at least partly due to the phenomenon known more or less as "too easy".

Download Day 2008

The best estimate available for the release of Firefox 3 is "late June", which is a worryingly vague timeline to spread about as part of an attempt to obtain a world record for the most downloads in one day. I am concerned about the amount of advance warning we shall have, although I admit that I'm not sure how much warning we'll actually need to click on a link.

In any case, when the time comes, download Firefox 3 to get a kitsune girl in your bed. Or maybe not.

In slightly more anime-related news, the popular vote winners for the Anime Blog Awards have been announced. No surprises were in evidence, at least by my expectations.

Updates from here on out shall remain as (ir)regular as ever, but with substantially less content. I shall be off wrestling with infernal, or possibly even abyssal, pinatas of XP present in Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition. I still do not, as yet, have a group to share these treasures with, but as with window shopping, there is surely no harm in looking.

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