Dear Santa, thank you for the dolls and pencils and the fish. It's Easter now, so I hope I didn't wake you but... honest, it is an emergency. There's a crack in my wall. Aunt Sharon says it's just an ordinary crack, but I know its not cause at night there's voices so... please please can you send someone to fix it? Or a policeman, or...
Back in a moment.
Thank you Santa.

Tuesday, June 14

Anime

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Still Short But Not Quite As Short Take

Yes, I really watched the whole of the new series of My Little Pony.

The thing is, while there is no question but that the show was created solely as a cynical exercise in manipulating little girls into getting their parents to exchange their hard-earned dollars for mass-produced plastic toy horses, it is actually pretty good.

I was persuaded of this first by the existence of Weird Al PMVs* and then by the Ponycast put out by the combined forces of the Anime World Order and Greatest Movie Ever podcasts.**

And, despite its origins, target audience, and current status as an internet meme plague, I really enjoyed it.

http://ai.mee.nu/images/Derpy.jpg?size=540x&q=95

* Pony Music Videos.
** I've listened to every single episode of both.  Twice.

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Anime

Wakfu: Short Take

I'll post more on My Little Pony and Wakfu when I have a bit of free time, but here's a very quick rundown of the latter:

Wakfu the animated series feels at first like an attempt to either capitalise on or promote (or both) Wakfu the mumorpuger.  And despite a strong opening and some interesting world building, the first half of the series* devolves into an only moderately entertaing travelogue-with-monsters.

http://ai.mee.nu/images/amalia1.jpg?size=540x&q=95

Fortunately, once you reach the midpoint, it starts to pick up.  Then it picks up some more.  Then it picks up some more.  Then it picks up a whole lot more, one by one the characters take a well-earned level in badass** and the ending is pretty damn awesome.

It doesn't hurt that much of the second half is spent in the Sadida Kingdom, and the Sadida*** women are gorgeous.

http://ai.mee.nu/images/amalia2.jpg?size=540x&q=95

I like the character designs and artwork a lot, the voice acting is pretty solid, and the story does deliver if you stick with it.  Certainly better than you'd expect from a game tie-in.

Recommended.
 
* Actually, the first season from 2008; there's a second season airing right now.
** Or in Evangelyne's case, a level in A-10 Warthog.  Which is the same thing, only more so.
*** Yes.  And the chronomancers are called Xelor, and the healers are Eniripsa.

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Sunday, June 12

Anime

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Short Take

Ponies rule.

Also, Pinkie Pie is clearly a time lord.

Quote: Aaaah!  Bats!  Bats on my face!

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Anime

Wakfu

Interesting world-building.  Feels kind of like a mumorpuger.

It is!  It is a mumorpuger!

That explains the shop specialising in random items.

Quote: Yeah, well, helping jam with legs defending three apples and two potatoes, I'm not calling that nobility.

Speaking of the mumorpuger as opposed to the animated series, I do like the art style and it looks like it could be fun.  If I ever get any time off work, I'll give it a try.

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